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Marietta’s Peoples Bank Theatre plans holiday programs

MARIETTA — Three holiday programs will be featured through the end of December at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta. Full event details and ticket information for these events and more are available online at peoplesbanktheatre.com or by calling the box office at 740-371-5152. Walk-up hours ...

Wood County art teachers displaying work at WesBanco

PARKERSBURG — Several art teachers from the Wood County School System are exhibiting their artistic talent during December. The Wood County School Teachers Art Exhibit will be on display at WesBanco, 415 Market St., Parkersburg, during regular hours on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 ...

Schrader Youth Ballet to present ‘Nutcracker’ in Parkersburg, Marietta

PARKERSBURG — The Schrader Youth Ballet Company will present its annual production of “The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream)” this weekend in Parkersburg and Marietta. The performance will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Smoot Theatre at 213 Fifth St. in downtown Parkersburg. On Friday, a ...

Gallery to host two book signings Friday

PARKERSBURG — Two book signings will be held Friday at The Gallery, 614 Green St., Parkersburg. Author R.G. Yoho of Little Hocking will hold a book signing for “Return to Matewan,” which is about how the coal miners attempted organize a union in Matewan, W.Va., from 10 a.m.-2 ...

Pets ‘Light Up’ Humane Society of the Ohio Valley fundraiser

MARIETTA — During the month of December, the Light Up Our Lives program is once again in full swing to remember and honor the pets that have brightened and enriched people’s lives. All proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley. “It’s tough for someone ...

Marietta’s Peoples Bank Theatre kicks off season

MARIETTA — Following its first full year in operation following extensive restoration, the historic Peoples Bank Theatre will kick off another season of shows running from mid-January through May. The series includes a wide variety of live entertainment, from acrobatics and illusions that ...

United Way Pacesetters honored

United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley is pleased to honor those who have generously joined the Pacesetter Club as of Dec. 1. “Thanks to our pacesetters we are ahead of last year’s pace and have reached over 40 percent of our goal,” said Chip Pickering, Pacesetter chairman. “We ...

Historic Marietta home gets into the Christmas spirit

MARIETTA — Overlooking the west side of the Muskingum River is The Anchorage atop the hill on George Street where it is adorned with holiday lights. “The display outside is dedicated to the reason for Christmas, our savior, the Washington County Historical Society and the ...

Youth groups teaming up to raise funds for Salvation Army

PARKERSBURG — Youth groups from seven churches on both sides of the Ohio River are coming together Dec. 17 to ring bells at the Grand Central Mall to raise funds for the Salvation Army. And maybe learn a few things about themselves as well. “There’s going to be youth groups from ...

Daniel McPherson pens another Christmas book for children

PARKERSBURG — A local insurance agent has written a new children’s book with a yuletide theme. “Buddy Bunny & Mac Moose” is Daniel McPherson’s tale about a moose befriending a rabbit, playing reindeer games and helping Santa Claus. Mac lives at the North Pole. He’s ...

PACF Civic Leaders Fellowship program is accepting applications

PARKERSBURG — Applications are available for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates’ Civic Leaders Fellowship Program. The six-week employment program will begin in June and will offer students a chance to return to their home communities to work in a ...

Donations accepted for Operation Backyard Shoebox

MARIETTA — Some children are less fortunate during the holidays than others. Gospel Mission Food Pantry is working to make sure that every child is given a gift during the season for giving with Operation Backyard Shoebox. “We just want every child to have the same opportunity as ...

Grand Central Mall to collect linens for The Arc

VIENNA — From noon to 3 p.m. today, shoppers at Grand Central Mall are encouraged to donate new bed and bath linens and winter clothing accessories for The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s Secret Christmas Project. The donations can be brought to center court at the mall as part of the ...

PM Company announces 2016 Spirit of Giving totals

VIENNA — The PM Company held its annual Spirit of Giving benefit Thursday and announced the 2016 recipients of the annual fundraising effort and the amount to be shared among agencies. For the ninth year, Pat Minnite Sr. and his family elected to forego traditional gifts to tenants and ...

Inmates at Noble Correctional Institution build bikes for Christmas program

CALDWELL — This Christmas, foster children throughout Southeastern Ohio will be rushing to the bottom of their Christmas trees to find a shiny, brand new bicycle as the Noble Correctional Institution is partnering with Bike Lady to build and send out bikes across seven counties. Inmates and ...

Annual Cookeez sale slated at First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The third annual Cookeez sale will be held 10-noon Saturday at the First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum Streets. This holiday sale gets bigger and better every year, offering a scrumptious way for you to “EEZ” into your Christmas entertaining. This year, in addition to a ...

Kennedy to end year as Wood County Belle

ROCKPORT — A Rockport woman is finishing her year’s reign as Wood County Belle. Mrs. Jorie Kennedy is completing her year as the Wood County Belle, representing the county in June at the West Virginia Folk Festival in Glenville. She  was sponsored by the Wood County CEOS, where ...

Betsey Mills to hold doll tea

MARIETTA — Teaching both historical context and exposing young girls to other cultures, The Betsey Mills Club will once again offer its annual doll tea for young girls ages 6 through 12 next week. “The doll tea is a great way to introduce kids to the Betsey,” said Willa O’Neill, ...

Schrader ballet to perform ‘The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream)’

PARKERSBURG — This year’s Schrader Youth Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker (Clara’s Dream)” will mark 50 years of holiday performances by the organization. Shows will be held 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Smoot Theatre, a matinee performance in Marietta at 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at the ...

Marietta Kiwanis Club donates trike to Ewing School

MARIETTA — The joy seen on the face of a child while riding a bike for the first time is unforgettable. For some children, it isn’t as easy as for others but thanks to the Marietta Kiwanis Club, youth like 15-year-old Daniel Jenks, of Lower Salem, will get the chance to ride a bike just ...