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Free Time runs each Friday in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel and is the Mid-Ohio Valley guide to arts and entertainment, If you have an event that you would like us to feature in the section, submit it to: Free Time, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel, 519 Juliana Street, Parkersburg, WV, 26101, or submit it electronically via our Virtual Newsroom.

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February 5, 2016 NWTF Banquet PARKERSBURG — The National Wild Turkey Foundation will hold its annual Heritage Banquet 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Nemesis Shriners, 244 Watson Road. more »»

Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics

February 5, 2016 PARKERSBURG — The fourth annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics West Virginia will be held 3 p.. more »»

Show opens today at Art Center

February 5, 2016 PARKERSBURG — The work of two professional photographers and educators from Columbus will be on display at the Parkersburg Art Center. more »»

Symphony concert

February 5, 2016 PARKERSBURG — The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg be in concert 3 p.m. Sunday at Blennerhassett School on Jewell Road. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. more »»

Simonton exhibit up at WesBanco

February 5, 2016 PARKERSBURG — The Lola M. Simonton art exhibit may be viewed during the month of February at WesBanco Bank at 415 Market St. in downtown Parkersbur. more »»

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January 29, 2016 Bingo VIENNA — Bingo night will be 5:30 p.m. today at Greenmont Elementary, 209 58th St. Games start at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $20 for 20 games. Prizes include designer bags, cash and gift cards. more »»

Great Bridal Event to be held Sunday

January 29, 2016 PARKERSBURG — The Great Bridal Event 2016 will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the E.L.I.T.E. Sports Center in south Parkersburg. The event is organized by Crown Event Rentals and will feature over 90 vendor. more »»

Shaggers to hold dance

January 29, 2016 VIENNA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Shaggers Dance Club will hold its 13th annual “Pinin’ for the Summer” dance 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Parkersburg Country Club. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. more »»

OH+5 exhibit opens

January 29, 2016 ATHENS — The Dairy Barn Arts Center will be opening its 10th biennial OH+5: Ohio Border Exhibition featuring artists from four states and 31 artists 5-8 p.m. today. The exhibition was to open Jan. more »»

Fun Times Swimming Event slated

January 29, 2016 PARKERSBURG — The second annual Fun Times Swimming Event will be held in April at the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg, an organizer said. A date will be determined later, said Dr. more »»

Planetarium plans shows

January 29, 2016 MARIETTA — The Anderson Hancock Planetarium at Marietta College has scheduled shows for the months of February, March and April. At 7 p.m. Feb. more »»

Civil War Roundtable to dedicate marker

January 29, 2016 MARIETTA — The Civil War Roundtable of the Mid-Ohio Valley will commemorate the history of Camp Putnam with the dedication of a marker to identify the location of the camp at noon April 23 at Indian... more »»


January 22, 2016 Dinner PARKERSBURG — A meat loaf dinner will be 6 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Knights of Columbus at 1010 Market St. The cost is $6. Carry-out orders are available by calling 304-428-0331. more »»

Art from former hospital to be sold

January 22, 2016 PARKERSBURG — Over 400 pieces of art from the former St. Joseph’s Hospital will be sold between Jan. 24-30 at the Parkersburg Art Center at Eighth and Market streets in downtown Parkersburg. more »»

MOV Players present ‘I Hate Hamlet’

January 22, 2016 MARIETTA — It will be the philosophical question of “To be or not to be” thrown into comedy when the Mid-Ohio Valley Players present “I Hate Hamlet” during the next two weekends, in downtown Marietta. more »»

Shaggers to hold annual dance

January 22, 2016 VIENNA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Shaggers Dance Club will hold its 13th annual “Pinin’ for the Summer” dance Jan. 30 at Parkersburg Country Club in Vienna. The event will run from 7-11 p.m. Jan. 30. more »»

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January 15, 2016 Archaelogy Day MARIETTA — “Digging the Past: Archaeology Day” will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second St. more »»

Art exhibit displays students’ work

January 15, 2016 PARKERSBURG — The January exhibit at WesBanco in Parkersburg comprises the art work of the instructors that teach at Parkersburg High School in the Art Department. more »»

Athens museum gallery closed

January 15, 2016 ATHENS — The exhibit gallery of the Athens County Historical Society and Museum at 65 North Court St. more »»

Food and staples drive to be held

January 15, 2016 MARIETTA — The Riverside Artists Gallery, 219 Second St., will present Gifts From the Heart, the third annual food and household staples drive to benefit the Community Food Pantry, 1-4 p.m. Feb. 6. more »»

Actors Guild to perform ‘39 Steps’

January 14, 2016 PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will open production of “The 39 Steps” tonight at the Guild Playhouse in Parkersburg. “The 39 Steps,” by Patrick Barlow, will be presented at 8 p.m. more »»



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