On March 7, Doyle and Helen Weber of Ravenna will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. This will be a special day because Helen (affectionately known as EBB) is proud to boast of this being her 67th birthday. Her husband, Doyle, will turn a young 87 on March 31. So many people are ashamed to share their age, but it should be shouted from the rooftop when God has blessed you to live year after year.
The Webers are two wonderful people who volunteer their time and talent at the Skeels-Mathews Community Center regularly. March for the Weber household is extremely busy because their granddaughter, Crystal, will also celebrate her 26th birthday on March 22. Congratulations and blessings to the Weber family.
A gospel extravaganza and banquet sponsored by the Spiritual Connection of Ravenna is being held at 6 p.m. March 29 at the First United Methodist Church, 263 S. Prospect St., Ravenna. Special guests from United Church of Jesus Christ in Ravenna include the Brotherhood, the Apostolic Choir and the Spiritualettes.
Other gospel greats on program include the Sacred Voices of Kent, Professor Riley and the Harmony 3 Plus, the Golden Echoes and Mary McLauren-Glover & Company, all of Cleveland. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served promptly at 6 p.m.
Why go to Cleveland, Akron or any other major city when the great sounds of gospel music is coming right to your door in Portage County? Come out and support our own while enjoying good soul food and great gospel music at the same time.
Tickets should be purchased in advance or may be purchased at the door for slightly more. For ticket information, contact Jeff or Linda Sanders at (330) 297-8935, Patricia Davis at (330) 298-2953 or Michael Sanders at (330) 297-1094.
The Upper Room Cultural Development Corp. of Ravenna, a non-profit cultural group, will sponsor a line dancing class from 1 to 3 p.m. March 15. The class will be led by dance instructor Yvette Brown of Cleveland. There will be additional classes with dates and times to be announced later.
Anyone ages 7 to 107 is invited to attend for a nominal fee of $2. Pre-registration by March 10 is a must as space is limited. You can reserve your space by calling (330) 296-6333 weekdays between the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The second annual Mother/Daughter Luncheon, sponsored by the Womens Department of Winfield Church of God in Christ in Ravenna, will be held May 3 at the Eagles Club on Cleveland Road, Ravenna. Mother Johnnie Mae Evans is the president of the Womens Department and Elder Willie J. Evans is the pastor.
Tickets will go on sale at the end of this month through April. Tickets must be purchased in advance in order to have a count in preparation for the luncheon. The guest speaker(s) will be announced next month. If you attended the first luncheon, you know that you wont want to miss this one.
The Womens Social Club is pleased to announce Returns to Fashion in 2003 fashion show and luncheon March 29 at the Kent State University Student Center second floor dining room. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and the luncheon will start promptly at 11:30 a.m. with the fashion show at 12:30 p.m.
Fashions are being provided by Fashion Bug and Cato. Tickets are $20 per person with all proceeds directly benefiting the Minority Scholarship Fund. For tickets or additional information, contact Robin Patton at (330) 297-2050.
Applause, cheers and praises to our own Kelly A. Harris, who was among 12 finalists at the Akron Civic Theatres Showtime at the Apollo on Feb. 14. Kelly was one of the 12 who made it to the finals after being selected from among more than 100 local auditions in January.
Although she was not selected as the winner that evening, Kellys poetry has won her many awards and acclaim throughout Ohio and other states. This win would have afforded her the opportunity to try out at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, N.Y. Kelly has performed in Detroit, Atlanta, Columbus and often performs in Cleveland.
Kelly will always be a winner to Eddie and I, as well as to many others who have been blessed to hear her original poetry recitals. To find where she will be in the future, or to order a copy of one of her books, go to her Web site at http://geocities.com/kahpublishing.
Let me just say that there are some extremely wonderful people born in the month of March. I may be slightly prejudiced by saying that, but here we go: Yours truly, Toni Brown-Harris, Edith Williams, Damien Fortson, Elaine Walker, Helen Weber, Doyle Weber Sr., Helen Fullum, Pat Dennison, Patricia Williams, Barbara Shavers, Naomi Bush, Luther Fortson Sr., Jay McKinney, Valandia Justice, Jerry Buchanan, Marchae Grair, Crystal Logan and Roy Davis III. Many more blessed and happy birthdays to all of us!
I would also like those of you who knew this great lady, the late Shirley Brown, to keep her in your remembrance.
Send information to MsToniBH@CS.com or to Toni Brown-Harris, P.O. Box 1051, Ravenna 44266.