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Houston Library gears up for summer

Houston Library is located at 5 W. Jamestown St. in South Charleston. For more information about the following events, call 937-462-8047.

• Movie Nights (adults). All movies are shown at 6 p.m.—“Men in Black” (PG-13), June 4; “Men in Black II” (PG-13), June 25; “To Catch a Thief” (NR), July 2; “Top Gun” (PG), July 30.

• Teen Movie Nights. All shows at 5:30. June 12, “The Swarm” (PG); June 26, “Them!” (NR); July 10, “Arachnophobia” (PG-13); July 31, “Spiderman” (PG-13).

• Music Appreciation Series (all ages). Springfield Dulcimer Club will perform at 4 p.m. June 21.

• Men’s & Kids’ Chess (ages 8-108). June 30 and July 28 at 6:30 p.m.

• Family Movie Matinees. Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.—June 28, “Bug’s Life” (G); July 26t, “Charlotte’s Web” (G).

• Create Your Own Bug Contest (grades K-6), June 2-30. Create a bug out of anything you’d like. Bring it in to display. Prizes will be awarded for the prettiest, creepiest and most original.

• Chicken Fishing in America (all ages), June 2 at 3:30 p.m. Join Beth Stewart in audience interaction, movement, music and storytelling featuring the Grouchy Lady-bug, Chicken Fishing humor and more.

• Backyard Bug Safari, while supplies last starting June 2. Visit the new program room anytime during regular hours to get started on the summer reading program, “Catch the Reading Bug.” Along with sign-up, there will be freebies to pick up and bug crafts to make and take home.

• Guitar Hero III Tournament, (ages 13-19), June 7 at noon. RedOctane will provide prizes to the top three winners and to all participants in this teen event. Pre-register, according to skill level, by calling 937-462-8047 or stopping by the library. Open registration will continue from noon to 1 p.m. the day of the event. The tourney starts at 1. Munchies will be provided.

• Brunch and Bingo, (adults only), June 9 at noon. Pre-register, bring a friend and your favorite breakfast dish or casserole, and bring a copy of the recipe to share. Bingo starts after brunch.

• Flutter, Buzz and Zoom, (all ages), June 11 at 12:30 p.m. Bring a brown bag lunch. The library will provide mosquito juice and butterfly cupcakes. Stay for buggy activities, crafts and stories.

• Yugioh and More, (grades 2 – 12), June 14 and July 12, 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your yugioh cards and gaming gear, favorite board game, or sports cards to show or trade. The library also will have board games and an interactive boom chair with headphones; bring your portable games, CD players and MP3’s to plug in.

• Creepy Crawly Critters, (all ages), June 17 at 12:30 p.m. This is a good program for those who just can’t get the wiggles out. Bring your own brown bag lunch. The library will provide “Ants in a Bag” for dessert. Stay for participative stories and a game of Ants in Your Pants.

• Miss Spider Meets Spiderman, (all ages), June 23, anytime between 10 a.m. and noon. Enjoy spider crafts, stories, games and refreshments.

• Teen Altered Crafts, (ages 13-18), June 24-28—stop by anytime to turn a CD into a clock. July 8-July 12—stop by anytime to make a folding scrapbook.

• Tween DDR/GH, (ages 8-12), June 28 and July 26, 10 a.m.-noon.

• Dr. Insecta, (all ages), July 8 at 6 p.m. In full costume, Dr. Insecta and his menag-erie of multi-legged friends will weave a web of mystery around an audience volunteer and turn them into “Insecta Kid.” Free toy bugs for every child who attends.

• Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!, (ages 7 and up), July 10 anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. Make a coiled caterpillar with the art of paper quilling. Janny Augustus, along with library staff, will teach the basics.

• Mehandi Tattoo, (teens), July 12, anytime between 2 and 4 p.m. This ancient Hindu bridal custom is still practiced today. Recreate the beautiful patterns using paste made from henna plants and essential oils.

Alumni banquet planned

The South Charleston-Southeastern alumni banquet will take place June 21 at Southeastern High School. A tour will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the banquet at 6:30. To make a reservation, contact JoAnn Wright at 937-462-8773 or Elizabeth Mercer-Wise at 462-8670. New directories will be available for $10.

Grand ball slated

The Ohio Heritage Commission and 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Association will hold its third annual Midsummer’s Eve Grand Ball from 8 to 11 p.m. July 12 at the South Charleston Opera House, 35 Chillicothe St.

The ball will celebrate Civil War-era period dance and living, including a grand march at 8 p.m. A light buffet with Victori-an desserts will be served all evening. Carriage rides around South Charleston, 7 to 9 p.m., are included in the ticket price.

A free dance practice will be offered at the Opera House from 7 to 9 p.m. Casual dress and dance shoes are recommended.

Only 70 reserved spaces on the dance floor will be sold for the Grand Ball. A donation of $25 per person is requested. Well-behaved children under the age of 10 will be admitted at no charge. Reservations are due by June 25.

For more information, call dance manager Julie Berkhofer at 937-462-9190.

Construction company promotes Edwards

Commercial construction company Elford Inc. of Columbus has promoted Debbie Edwards to director of estimating and preconstruction.

A native of the Springfield area, Edwards resides in South Charleston.

In her new role, Edwards leads Elford’s Estimating and Preconstruction Department to produce qualified, competent pricing for clients and coordinates all of Elford’s preconstruction resources to efficiently and effectively control estimating, budgeting, scheduling, value engineering, pre-purchasing and program development.

Beginning her career at Elford in 1988, Edwards worked as chief estimator on major projects at Riverside Methodist Hospital and Mount Carmel East. As preconstruction project executive, she performed preconstruction services for Madison County Hospital, Springfield Regional Cancer Center, Dublin Methodist Hospital, Goodwill Columbus, Fairfield Medical Center, Hardin Memorial Hospital and many other Ohio institutions. She is leading preconstruction efforts for the Columbus Museum of Art expansion and a Mount Carmel Health System and Fairfield Medical Center joint venture project.

In her 20 years at Elford, Edwards has taken the lead on a variety of special projects. Most recently she facilitated committees addressing subcontractor relations and new owner education. In 2008, she will lead Kaizen events to identify process improvements within Elford.

Edwards earned her bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership from Wittenberg University. She is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), has earned ASHE (American Society of Healthcare Engineers) certification, and maintains membership in the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio and SAGE (Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments).

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