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WJU's Appalachian Institute to 'Celebrate Appalachia' April 11-19



WHEELING, W.Va., April 3, 2017 - Each year, Wheeling Jesuit University's Clifford M. Lewis, SJ Appalachian Institute sets aside time to 'Celebrate Appalachia' through a series of events to educate young and old about the region.

The 7th annual Celebrate Appalachia Series is set for April 11 -19. Three events are planned and the events are open to the campus and Wheeling community.

“For the past seven years, we have set aside time to recognize the work we do - work that helps build healthier, stronger and more sustainable communities across Appalachia. This year's activities will once again accomplish those goals,” said Beth Collins, Director of the Appalachian Institute.

The Celebrate Appalachia activities begin on Tuesday, April 11 with Millennials in the Mountain State. This networking event is a gathering for WJU Students and the local community to meet with young West Virginia change makers who have intentionally decided to live and work in the Mountain State. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in The Ratt, which is located in WJU's Swint Hall. Free beverages and food will be provided.

Volunteers can lend a hand Tuesday, April 18 in WJU's Garden by Giving an Hour to the Garden. This is an annual service project celebrating Earth Day. Student, employees and local residents can volunteer between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to prepare Wheeling Jesuit's garden for planting. To sign up, contact Collins at ecollins@wju.edu.

The series will culminate in the annual Appalachian Community Dinner will be held Wednesday, April 19 in Swint Hall's Benedum Room. The dinner will feature Appalachian cuisine, a winetasting by local wine makers and Bluegrass music by Bill Gorby and the Musical Mercenaries. The dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. $5 to attend and kids under three are free.




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