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Vienna Family Fun

VIENNA — As part of the final Vienna Family Fund program, two events are planned today and Friday. A dog swim will be 5-8 p.m. today at Jackson Pool. On Friday, a zumba program will be 7-9 p.m. in the Jackson Pool parking lot.

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Bingo

VIENNA — The Parkersburg High School Boys and Girls Tennis will hold a Vera Bradley Bag Bingo on Friday at the Vienna Community Building in Jackson Memorial Park. The cost is $20 for 25 games, with extra sheets $1. There will be concessions, drawings, raffles and door prizes.

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Athens Community Arts and Music Festival

ATHENS, Ohio — The Athens Community Arts and Music Festival will be Friday and Saturday. The festival runs from 5 p.m. until late Friday with the Athens Photographic Project from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Athens Parking Garage and music beginning at 9 p.m. at Casa Cantina, Donkey Coffee and The Union. Saturday’s activities begin at noon and run late into the night on Union Street, including music and visiting artist performances. At 9 p.m., the music moves to The Union, Jackie O’s and Casa Cantina.

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Dinner

LOWELL — A strip steak or chicken dinner will be 5-8 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 750. The cost is based on meal type, eat-in and carry-out are available. A youth group will be selling desserts.

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Concert

MCCONNELSVILLE — Nashville country music recording star T. Graham Brown will perform two shows, at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday for the Ohio Valley Opry at the Twin City Opera House. Brown has performed on the iconic stage of the Grand Ole Opry hundreds of times, and this will be his third appearance on the Ohio Valley Opry show. In addition to Brown, the Ohio Valley Opry regulars will be performing, including The Clark Family, Matt Coleman, Mike Morrison, and comic Uncle Doofus. Curt Guisinger will also be appearing. For tickets, or for more information, log onto www.OhioValleyOpry.com, or call the office at 740-525-9218.

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Breakfast

RAVENSWOOD — A Super Breakfast Fundraiser will be 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at North United Methodist Church, at the corner of Washington and Brown street. The event is sponsored by North United Methodist Men.

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Model Trains Open House

PARKERSBURG — The Mid-Ohio Valley Model Railroad Club will host its annual Homecoming Open House on Saturday and Sunday in the rear basement of NOE Office Equipment at 610 Green St., Model trains will be running in HO, O, N. S and G scales from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are both free with donations accepted to help offset the cost of running the trains. An HO scale train set will be raffled.

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Dinner

CUTLER — The next Cutler Community Center 3rd Sunday Dinner will be noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the center at 4550 Two Mile Run Road. Meals are $7 for adults or $4 for children and all proceeds benefit the Cutler Community Center. The event is hosted by the Western Washington County Seniors. There will be food and live entertainment.

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Bingo Fundraiser

PARKERSBURG — A bingo fundraiser will be Aug. 20 at First Presbyterian Church at 1341 Juliana St. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. There will be concessions. The cost is $20 for 20 games with extra packets $5 each. There will be drawings, door prizes and concessions. Canned food items can be donated and entered for a prize. Proceeds benefit Old Man Rivers. The event is sponsored by Parkersburg Association of Realtors. For more information or tickets call 304-488-0698.

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Luncheon

LUBECK — A Senior Citizens and Friends covered dish luncheon will be noon Aug. 21 at Lubeck United Methodist Church on W.Va. 68.

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Book sale

PARKERSBURG — A book and gift sale will be Aug. 23-24 at the Camden Clark Medical Center Auditorium at 800 Garfield Ave. The sale will be 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 23 and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 24.

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Concert Series

PARKERSBURG — Artsbridge Summer Music in the Park concert series continues today at 7 p.m. with Track 9 performing at Parkersburg City Park in the bandshell.

In case of rain, the concert will be relocated to the horseshoe pit shelter.

Track 9, which references the nine members of the group, is a four horn R&B style band based in the Mid-Ohio Valley. They feature both female and male singers with Sherry Wilson Braid and Roger Bush filling most of those roles.

Other band members are Buddy Lee, Mike Dotson, Rick Poling, Dan Parsons, Matt First, Eric David, and Scott Kitchen, local drummer.

The Summer Music series is hosted by Artsbridge and today’s performance is sponsored by West Virginia Central Federal Credit Union.

The free concert is open to all with donations accepted to benefit Arts Education programming in the local schools. Lambert-Tatman Funeral Homes will provide free bottled water. Bring a lawn chair.

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Ballet Season

PARKERSBURG — The Mid Ohio Valley Ballet Company and Academy of Fine Arts has announced the 2018-19 season and Class Registration Day.

MOVBallet Company will present the annual “Nutcracker” in November/December and a new, original, world premiere ballet based on the famous story by Louisa May Alcott “Little Women” in the spring.

For more information on the performances visit the website at movballet.com.

Class Registration Day will be 1-3 p.m. Aug. 19 at the studios at 1311 Ann St., Parkersburg. Register for classes, purchase class supplies, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments and dance demonstrations by the Company dancers.

Registration will be offered for ages 3 and 4 for a specialized pre-dance program.

For students ages 5 and up there are classes in ballet, creative, tap, and jazz/hip hop/contemporary. All classes are conducted on age and experience appropriate levels and on beginner, intermediate “or advanced/professional levels.

There are also adult ballet/fitness workshops along with private music lessons in piano, voice and stringed instruments.

For more information, call 304-422-5538 or movdance@suddenlink.net or visit movballet.com.

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Asylum on the Hill

ATHENS, Ohio — The Southeast Ohio History Center presents the next in the Athens Asylum Sesquicentennial Speaker Series at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at the History Center, 24 West State St., Athens.

Katherine Ziff, author of “Asylum on the Hill,” will be speaking about the extensive landscape around the asylum buildings and their intended role in the healing process.

The Athens Asylum rose from a landscape on which, 2,000 years earlier, Native Americans known as the Adena built burial mounds deeply imbued with religious, emotional, and psychological meaning.

Two millennia later, with bricks made on the site from its land, the Asylum was built with the hope and intention of creating a healthy therapeutic community dedicated to healing persons with mental illness.

Built to American psychiatry’s 19th century gold standard for responding to mental illness, the Kirkbride Plan for moral treatment, the Athens Asylum began with 150 acres of steep hills and meadows high above the Hocking River and eventually encompassed over 1,000 acres.

Continuously altered to meet the needs of both the institution and its community, by mid-20th century the Asylum grounds were a regional showcase of parks, lakes, farmland, orchards and forests.

Ziff’s talk will take listeners through the transformations of the Asylum landscape, highlight its historical importance, note its role in community memories, and describe its ecological and educational value as a landscape treasure now in the midst of Ohio University’s campus.

The new paperback edition of Ziff’s book, “Asylum on the Hill: History of a Healing Landscape” published by Ohio University Press, will be available.

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