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All in the ‘Famiglia’ For Allegro

July 18, 2010

Just in time for Italian festival season, Allegro Dance Company from Wheeling has begun touring a new show called Famiglia (meaning family).

Led by dancer Anna Harsh, Allegro performed for the Italian Festa in Akron Sunday, July 11.

The troupe will return to Wheeling for two performances on the Italian Stage for the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival Friday and Saturday, July 23-24.

The group's summer schedule includes an appearance in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. The dancers' season ends at the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival in Clarksburg Saturday, Sept. 4.

Debra Amorocchi of Weirton plans to walk 60 miles through Cleveland for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, a weekend of hope and help to raise funds for breast cancer care.

The event takes place Friday, July 30, through Sunday, Aug. 1. Amorocchi said she will be walking 20 miles a day for three days in memory of her sister-in-law, Marybeth DeSimone.

Wheeling native John Corbett appeared on "Live With Regis and Kelly" Thursday, July 15, during the television program's series of outdoor shows on Prince Edward Island.

The actor announced that he had just learned he would be staying in Canada for an additional six weeks for filming of a Hallmark Hall of Fame Christmas movie in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Corbett also related to show hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa that he thought he would be staying up north for just two days, so he brought only an overnight bag with him. It sounds like he's going to be doing some shopping!

People magazine devoted a full page in its July 19 issue to photographs from the celebrity-studded opening of The Greenbrier's casino in White Sulphur Springs.

Headlined "Casino Royale!," the magazine stated, "West Virginia native Jennifer Garner made a trip home with husband Ben Affleck to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary - and the opening of the new Casino Club at the Greenbrier Resort July 2.

"The two danced to Lionel Richie's rendition of 'Brick House' (he was joined onstage by Brooke Shields for a duet!), and Jessica Simpson was presented with a cake in honor of her 30th birthday."

Pictured in the People spread, in addition to Garner, Affleck, Richie, Shields and Simpson, were Shaquille O'Neal, Debbie Reynolds, Raquel Welch and her son, Damon. Wielding enormous golden scissors, Simpson and Reynolds helped cut the ribbon to open the gambling facility.

Readers of this column and the Sound Off column in Boomers & Beyond are aware of my quest to acquire furniture for my dining room. I'm happy to report that my search has concluded successfully, and I am now the happy owner of a beautiful "gently used" cherry dining room suite, with a table, six chairs and a china cupboard.

Years ago, my dream was to own a house with a dining room. That dream came true five years ago, when my next goal became to acquire suitable furniture for said dining room. Now, after a temporary solution of cobbling together other pieces of furniture for dining in the room, that long search has been completed and a matching suite has taken up residence in my dining room.

Best of all, I found the reasonably-priced dining room suite advertised in the classified section of The Intelligencer and News-Register. See, it pays to advertise! And it's worthwhile to read the classified ads!

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