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Sweet Breath of Spring Vidalia Onion Festival nearing

ST. MARYS — The 2018 Sweet Breath of Spring Vidalia Onion Festival will be Saturday in downtown St. Marys, featuring music, food, plant sales, farmers market, crafts, car cruise in, bingo and other activities. The festival, now in its 14th year, will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Washington ...

Mid Ohio Valley Ringers set for Saturday

VIENNA — The Mid Ohio Valley Ringers will present “Cinco de Bronzefest” at 4 p.m. Saturday at Wayside United Methodist Church, 3001 Grand Central Ave., Vienna. Admission is free with goodwill offerings accepted. The program title celebrates Cinco de Mayo and “Bronzefest,” an ...

New Era Kite Festival to be held May 12-13

MINERAL WELLS — The ninth annual New Era Kite Festival, which was postponed twice this year, has been scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12-13 at the Mineral Wells Elementary School Campus, 1838 Elizabeth Pike. Free kites to the first 50 kids will be available. Also planned are bouncy ...

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Spring Sale PARKERSBURG — The Cedar Grove United Methodist Church Women will hold its Spring Sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3-4 at the church on W.Va. 47. Concessions, baked goods, clothing and spring flowers will be available. *** Dinner PARKERSBURG — A baked chicken dinner will be 6 ...

Julia-Ann Jazz to premiere June 2

PARKERSBURG — The first Julia-Ann Jazz event will be 6-9 p.m. June 2 at 112 13th St. in Parkersburg at the historic district home of Bob and Melissa Herceg. Providing the jazz outside will be the Smoot House Band, Stolen Moments from Charleston and @ Play, a quartet from Parkersburg, said ...

Singers to take stage at Actors Guild Idol fundraiser on May 19

PARKERSBURG — The finalists of the first Actors Guild Idol singing competition have been selected. Sponsored by the Actors Guild of Parkersburg, the fundraising competition has been pared to 10 vocalists who will meet for the final contest at 7:30 p.m. May 19 at the Actors Guild on Market ...

Woof Fest to be held Sunday at Mountwood Park

VOLCANO — For the last decade, Mountwood Park has been going to the dogs on a special Sunday each year. This year, the 10th annual Woof Fest Fun Run and Pageant will be noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, presented by the Friends of Mountwood Park. Woof Fest features activities, contests, ...

Fire and Rain

Frequent Smoot visitor Jim Witter will present “Fire and Rain” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. He will be joined by vocalist Giselle Sanderson. Tickets are $20-$40 and can be obtained by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529) or online at smoottheatre.com.

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park to open for visitors

PARKERSBURG — Beginning May 1, the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will open for the 2018 season as visitors begin taking sternwheeler rides to visit the restored mansion and tour the historic island. The new season will see the continuance of several popular program, ...

W.P. Snyder Jr. to mark birthday

MARIETTA — Built in Pittsburgh by Carnegie Steel Co. in 1918, the towboat that eventually would be named the W.P. Snyder Jr. was created for pulling and pushing barges up and down the Ohio River. Steam-powered, 175-feet long and 32-feet wide, it carried a crew of 20 and sat about 5 feet ...

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Library to host writers PARKERSBURG — Author and editor Cat Pleska and poet Randi Ward of Parkersburg will present a reading and discussion on a new anthology at the Parkersburg-Wood County Public Library from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. After the presentation, Pleska and Ward will sign copies of the ...

Unni Boksasp Ensemble to perform at Peoples Bank Theatre

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank Theatre and Marietta College are hosting a Norwegian music group during the month of April, including a public concert at 7 p.m. April 28 at the theatre on Putnam Street in downtown Marietta. Tickets are $16 and are available at the Peoples Bank Theatre box office, ...

Peoples Bank Theatre announces shows

MARIETTA — The Peoples Bank Theatre on Wednesday announced its 2018 Summer-Fall Spotlight Series, featuring the return of several audience favorites, as well as award-winning artists from the genres of classic rock, country, bluegrass and folk. The season’s headliners include Wynonna ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg to perform ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will present the classic drama “To Kill a Mockingbird” for two weekends at the Guild Playhouse at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg. The play will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and April 27 and 28, with matinee ...

Parkersburg Fishing Derby set for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Recreation Commission will hold the annual Parkersburg Fishing Derby on Saturday at City Park and Southwood Park in Parkersburg. The derby will be 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the ponds at both parks. It is free to all children ages 3-14. Prizes awarded for ...

Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival slated for Saturday in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The 2018 Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival will be Saturday at the City Park Pavilion, featuring music, dancing and other attractions. The festival, now in its 13th year, will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person with children ages 12 and under admitted ...

Marietta Earth Day events offer fun for kids

MARIETTA — Developing good habits at a young age can be much easier than changing them a little later in life. That’s why the annual Earth Day celebration in Marietta is chock full of fun, hands-on activities for children that also teach them how to preserve natural resources. “When I ...

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Third Thursday Talk MARIETTA — The Castle will hold its next Third Thursday Talk at 7 p.m. today at 418 Fourth St. Admission is $5 for non-members, $4 for members and free for docents. Register by calling 740-373-4180 or visit mariettacastle.org. The program is entitled “Marietta’s ...

Missoula Children’s Theatre to present ‘Snow White’ at the Smoot

PARKERSBURG — Area children are working and rehearsing each evening this week to learn dialogue and scenes as they prepare to put on a play April 14 at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. The Missoula Children’s Theatre program has returned to the Smoot Theatre, giving local ...

SW Resources artists to hold exhibit at Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — Windows of Opportunity featuring the work of the Marble Tree artists of SW Resources will open with a reception 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Parkersburg Art Center. Windows of Opportunity features Linda Alexander, Forest Ash, Charlene Dawson, Jenny Ferruso, Kristi Garrison and ...