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Guild Builders to present ‘Madagascar — A Musical Adventure Jr.’

PARKERSBURG — The Guild Builders youth theater program will present “Madagascar — A Musical Adventure Jr.” for two weekends in January. Due to renovation work at the Parkersburg Actors Guild Playhouse in downtown Parkersburg, the Guild Builder performances will be held in the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley Players staging ‘All My Sons’

MARIETTA — Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning classic “All My Sons” kicks off 2020 for the Mid-Ohio Valley Players. Performance dates are 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for youth 17 and under. For ...

Hidden Marietta Paranormal Expo to scare up crowds Saturday

MARIETTA — Those people into the unusual and unexplained have a chance to meet like-minded people this Saturday at the Hidden Marietta Paranormal Expo. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lafayette Hotel ballroom. The price is $12 per person in advance and $15 per person ...

Sternwheel committee to hold fundraiser ball

MARIETTA — A committee of the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival is bringing back an old event to help raise funds for the 2020 fireworks and entertainment. A 45th anniversary ball will be held 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Lafayette Hotel. Dinner is 7 p.m. at the semi-formal event that will include ...

Stuart’s Opera House to hold open house

NELSONVILLE — Stuart’s Opera House in Athens County will hold an open house 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The event is free and open to everyone. People are invited to tour the historic Stuart’s Opera House to see newly renovated spaces for weddings, conferences, meetings or private parties. The ...

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Faculty Recital MARIETTA — Amy Yekel and Merewyn Weinkauf of Marietta College will present a faculty recital 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Alma McDonough Auditorium. Music performed will include sets by Richard Strauss, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Antonin Dvor’k and Richard Wagner. The performance also ...

River City Blues Festival to rock Marietta hotel

MARIETTA — The blues will return to Marietta in March for the 29th annual River City Blues Festival on March 20-21 at the Lafayette Hotel. The annual weekend of music is sponsored by the Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society of Marietta. For reservations and information, contact Peggy Bolen ...

Synthetic ice rink opening at Parkersburg park today

PARKERSBURG — The synthetic ice-skating rink in the Parkersburg City Park Pavilion opens to the public today, with an open skating period from 6-9 p.m. Saturday hours are 2-4 p.m. for ages 7 and younger, 4-7 p.m. for all ages and 7-9 p.m. for teens. The rink is open to all ages from 2-5 ...

Marietta Ice Festival set for Saturday

MARIETTA — Marietta Main Street’s first Marietta Ice Festival will be held 3-7 p.m. Saturday in the downtown. Seventeen carved ice sculptures will be on display, each created by local artist Tyson Whistler, Marietta Main Street said. Kicking off at 3 p.m. will be a live sculpture ...

Martin Luther King programs set in Parkersburg, Marietta

PARKERSBURG — Several programs and services honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in connection with the holiday in his honor will be held in the coming week. * Zion Baptist Church will honor the late King at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church at the corner of Eighth and Clay streets in ...

Artsbridge bringing bluegrass to Grand Central Mall

VIENNA — A bluegrass group will perform 2 p.m. Sunday in the Winter Music Series at Grand Central Mall sponsored by Artsbridge. The Sheppard Brothers Band will perform in front of H&M at the Grand Central Mall Center Court. The Sheppard Brothers have performed a traditional style of ...

Maple syrup workshop offers sweet lesson in Marietta

MARIETTA — Matt Halfhill, of Halfhill Farm in Whipple, will teach the basics of making maple syrup during a workshop this weekend. The workshop will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in room 102 in the Rickey Science Center, Marietta College. Reservations must be made before Friday ...

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Spaghetti Dinner PARKERSBURG — A spaghetti dinner will be held 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Parkersburg Knights of Columbus, 1010 Market St. The event is open to the public. Call 304-428-0331 for takeout orders. *** 40/8 Spaghetti Dinner PARKERSBURG — American Legion — 40/8 — will hold a ...

Actors Guild of Parkersburg, Mid-Ohio Valley Players prep for rest of season

PARKERSBURG — With the arrival of 2020, the Actors Guild of Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley Players in Marietta will be moving into the second half of their 2019-2020 seasons. In Parkersburg, the Guild will be relocating its next production and its Guild Builders program due to ...

Blennerhassett Museum to host lecture series

PARKERSBURG — The Winter Lecture Series has been announced at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. The 2020 Winter Lecture Series will be held at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History, 137 Juliana St., corner of Juliana and Second streets. The four-week series will be held ...

Artsbridge’s winter concerts reverberating at Grand Central Mall

VIENNA — From the sounds of the season to the music of the Mid-Ohio Valley, the new Artsbridge Winter Music Series at the Mall is providing local residents with a chance to get out this winter and listen to a variety of different musicians. Artsbridge Program Director Diane McDonald said ...

Parkersburg Art Center aims to inspire with new round of ‘Arty Parties’

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center kicked off its annual series of “Arty Parties” on Saturday, which give local children a chance to try their hands at a variety of arts and crafts activities every Saturday through March 21. The free Arty Party program, which is sponsored by the ...

Peoples Bank Theatre slates 2020 shows

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank Theatre will be featuring a number of performances and programs during its 2020 Winter/Spring Spotlight Series beginning in late January. The Winter/Spring Spotlight Series will include Josh Turner, The Fab Four, The Oak Ridge Boys, Aoife Scott, Erth’s Prehistoric ...

Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley plans trip

MARIETTA — Following the success of its fall field trip, the Civil War Round Table of the Mid-Ohio Valley is organizing its “Spring 2020 New Birth of Freedom Field Trip” in April. The field trip will depart from Marietta and Parkersburg on April 23 and return April 26. The ...

Parkersburg Art Center to hold classes

PARKERSBURG — Beginning in January, the Parkersburg Art Center will be offering a variety of art classes for children, teens and adults. Various fees will be required for the classes, but the art center is also bringing back its free weekly Arty Parties for children. Beginning Jan. 4, the ...