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Schrader Youth Ballet preps spring performance

PARKERSBURG — The School of the Schrader Youth Ballet will present its 53rd End-Term Spring Performance under the direction of owner and Artistic Director Velma Schrader at 8 p.m. May 25 at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and ...

Tour to showcase historic Marietta homes

MARIETTA — For the next two weekends, visitors will be able to step back in time during the second annual Historic Marietta Tour of Homes. As part of The Castle’s fundraiser, 10 local homes will open their doors as part of a self-guided tour around historic downtown. Five homes will be ...

Smoot Vocal Ensembles holding auditions

PARKERSBURG— The Smoot Theatre Vocal Ensembles will hold auditions dates for next year’s groups 4 p.m. May 29 and May 30 at the Smoot Theatre, 213 Fifth Street. The Ensembles are the Children’s Chorus for boys and girls who will be in grades 4, 5 and 6 next year, the Girls Ensemble for ...

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Ellison to perform PARKERSBURG — John Ellison, a 2015 West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inductee, will be performing at 7 p.m. Friday at Ohio Valley Rowing Club in Parkersburg. Ellison wrote the song “Some Kind of Wonderful.” The show will be outside along the Ohio River, near the ...

Lawsuit against diocese to include additional allegations

WHEELING — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey sought to add claims Tuesday in his lawsuit against the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, including a new count of unfair competition and new evidence of the church’s failure to conduct background checks and report abuse. The amended ...

Inclusive Summer Day Program scheduled

PARKERSBURG — The Inclusive Summer Day Program, sponsored and organized by The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley, will be held June 17-July 12. The four-week program provides social and recreation activities for youth through grade 12 who utilize the special education system, Doug Hess, program ...

Sisters Health Foundation awards grants to local groups

PARKERSBURG — Sixty nonprofit groups in the region received grants totalling $627,650 Friday from the Sisters Health Foundation. The grants support the foundation’s vision of “healthy people in healthy communities.” Twenty-one organizations providing direct services, such as food ...

Senior Health Expo slated by Camden Clark Medical Center

VIENNA — WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center will hold its annual Senior Health Expo from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. The event includes low-cost lab work available for residents of all ages, health screenings, demonstrations, more than 50 ...

Mid-Ohio Valley readies Memorial Day events

PARKERSBURG — Communities in the Mid-Ohio Valley will be celebrating Memorial Day with parades and ceremonies during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Two ceremonies in Parkersburg will be held May 25, while May 26 will feature two programs in Ravenswood and a picnic in Parkersburg. Most ...

First Swing teaches golf to those with limb loss

VIENNA — Community members with limb loss and other physical challenges worked on the golf range Friday afternoon to learn how to golf or how to return to the game of golf. The event was hosted by Miller Prosthetics & Orthotics at the Parkersburg Country Club. First Swing Learn to ...

Most Wood County Relay activities postponed due to weather

PARKERSBURG — Most of the events for the Wood County Relay for Life at City Park have been postponed until Saturday afternoon and evening due to concerns over the weather. "It's not an easy decision but the safety of everyone in attendance is No. 1 priority," said Carmen Hathaway, senior ...

Sara Taylor enjoys directing pageants

PARKERSBURG — Sara Taylor has found her niche in life. As a pageant coach and director, she wants to help girls and young women to develop confidence in themselves and help their communities. Taylor is director of the Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival pageant. This year’s festival ...

Nelsonville Music Festival opens June 6

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Stuart’s Opera House is presenting the 15th annual Nelsonville Music Festival June 6-9 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville. The festival has four days of music featuring many bands on multiple stages all weekend long, along with camping, ...

Parkersburg Art Center to hold events

PARKERSBURG — A pair of events will be held this weekend at the Parkersburg Art Center. The ladies of the Parkersburg Art League of the Parkersburg Art Center (PAC PALs) will hold their biennial Princess Party from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance at ...

Smoot Theatre to present concert on Sunday

PARKERSBURG — The Smoot Theatre Vocal Ensembles will present their final concert of the year at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Smoot Theatre, 213 Fifth St., in downtown Parkersburg. The event is free and open to the public, with donations accepted. The choral groups are The Smoot Theatre ...

Hidden Marietta explores secret spaces

MARIETTA — Marietta Main Street is teaming up with the Hidden Marietta Tour Company to host a downtown tour called “Hidden Places, Secret Spaces” which takes guests through typically off-limits sections of Marietta’s historic buildings, such as basements or upper floors. This ...

Strawberry Festival to benefit Marietta church

MARIETTA — The eighth annual First Congregational United Church of Christ Strawberry Festival will take place this Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their Fellowship Hall and will offer a slice of much of what makes Marietta great. Kay Maidens, a member of the church and organizer of ...

Rendezvous on the River recreates frontier life

PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is presenting frontier life from the 18th and 19th centuries this week. The annual Rendezvous on the River began Wednesday and runs through Saturday. The rendezvous, put on by the West Virginia Muzzleloaders Association and ...

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Spring concert PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir Spring Concert is 7 p.m. today in the school auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is free. *** Baked Chicken Dinner PARKERSBURG — A baked chicken dinner will be 6 p.m. Friday at the Knights of ...

Henderson Hall to host songwriters Friday night

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Valley Americana Music Series is welcoming back San Marcos, Texas-based songwriters Adam and Chris Carroll on Friday evening at Henderson Hall. “This will make our sixth time hosting the Carrolls,” said MOVAMS founder Steve Tuck. “We were excited to get ...