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Guild Builders youth theatre program to present “Aladdin Jr.”

PARKERSBURG — The Guild Builders youth theatre program will be presenting “Aladdin Jr.” for the next two weekends at the Guild Playhouse in Parkersburg. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. The show will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Jan. 25, 2:30 p.m. Sunday ...

Campus Martius Museum preps ‘Digging the Past’

MARIETTA — The Campus Martius Museum is getting ready for its annual day-long celebration of the distant past. The museum’s “Digging the Past” Archaeology Day, centered mainly around artifacts and old civilizations of the Mid-Ohio Valley, will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-4 ...

Hidden Marietta Paranormal Expo set for Jan. 26

MARIETTA — A fun day of psychics, ghosts, monsters and the paranormal will be at the Hidden Marietta Paranormal Exposition at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Lafayette Hotel Ballroom. In the ballroom of the haunted and historic Lafayette Hotel, the group will gather together all those who delight in ...

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I Did It My Way Tony DeSare, an award-winning composer and Top 10 Billboard jazz artist, will perform a tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in Colebank Hall at Fairmont State University. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, ...

Blues competition set to rock Marietta

MARIETTA — The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society will hold its 27th annual River City Ohio Blues Competition this year, but with a change. In previous years, the competition was held in February and was followed in March by the annual River City Ohio Blues Festival. This year, the two ...

Folk singers to perform in Marietta today

MARIETTA — According to Michael “Moon” Mullen, owner of Over the Moon Pub and Pizza on Front Street and local musician, folk music uses lyrics to drive the song by telling a story. Today at 8 p.m., three local musicians will tell their stories in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Willie ...

Cleveland, Flamekeeper to entertain in New Martinsville

NEW MARTINSVILLE — The Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Wetzel County) is starting a new concert series in conjunction with the Back Home Appalachian Arts & Music Festival. Organizers started such an endeavor last year, but this year the budget has increased, and ...

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Chili Dinner PARKERSBURG — A chili and grilled cheese dinner will be 6 p.m. Friday at the Knights of Columbus at 1010 Market St. The event is open to the public. Call-in orders for takeout at 304-428-0331. Auction PARKERSBURG —American Legion Post 15 will hold an auction Sunday at the ...

Bluegrass stars to perform

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Award-winning bluegrass performers Rhonda Vincent and The Rage will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville. Tickets are $28 in advance and $33 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets call 740-753-1924 or online at ...

Art installation to open Friday

MARIETTA — “Veil: A Painting and Video Installation by Adrienne Tarver” will be on exhibit through April 20 at the Marietta College Art Department where an opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday. Adrienne Elise Tarver is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn. ...

Kids’ art show displayed at Capitol

CHARLESTON —The inaugural Almost Heaven Art Exhibition featuring the work of West Virginia students in grades K-12 will be on display outside the Governor’s Reception Room in the West Rotunda at the Capitol. The show is sponsored by the office of the governor and the Department of Arts, ...

Gingery exhibit at WesBanco

PARKERSBURG — The Melony Gingery art exhibit may be viewed during January at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St., Parkersburg. The exhibit hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gingery is an artist, sculptor and dreamer. Her art exhibit will ...

Mid-Ohio Valley set to ring in 2019

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley residents will have a number of activities and events to choose from as they celebrate the end of 2018 and the arrival of 2019 on New Year’s Eve. Some of those will include: WOOD COUNTY * In Parkersburg, the Blennerhassett Museum will be holding its first ...

Schrader Youth Ballet to present Winter Dance

PARKERSBURG — The Schrader Youth Ballet will be presenting its annual “Winter Dance” production on Saturday at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. Tickets for Saturday’s performance at the Smoot can be obtained by calling 304-422-PLAY or by visiting the theatre’s website. ...

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Ballroom Dance Party MARIETTA — A ballroom dance party will be 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the O’Neill Center. Admission is $5. Bring a snack. Dress is casual. For more information and to show interest call 740-373-3914. *** Concert VIENNA — Elvis tribute artists Jim Forshey and Hank Poole ...

Mid-Ohio Valley churches to host Christmas dinners

PARKERSBURG — Communal Christmas Day meals have been a tradition in the Mid-Ohio Valley for years and that practice continues this year. * Gihon Tabernacle Evangelical Methodist Church will hold a free community Christmas breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the church at 1906 Gihon Road in ...

Live Nativity opens at Sweetapple Farm Saturday

VINCENT — Heading into the holiday weekend one farmer in Vincent is hoping the public comes by either Saturday or Sunday night to hear a special Christmas story. “The community supports us all year long and this is our way of giving back at the end of the year and spreading a little ...

Blennerhassett Museum to hold New Year’s celebration

PARKERSBURG — For the first time, the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History will host a New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31 at the museum at Second and Juliana streets in downtown Parkersburg. “The museum’s first ‘Big Band Bash’ debuts with a remarkable evening of music, ...

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Pot Roast Dinner PARKERSBURG — The Knights of Columbus will hold a pot roast dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at 1010 Market St. The event is open to the public. Take-out orders may be made by calling 304-428-0331. *** Solstice Watch MARIETTA — The Castle in Marietta will host a Solstice Watch ...

McGirr, Knopp to dance at Smoot Theatre

PARKERSBURG — Velma Schrader is happy that two of her former students, Emma McGirr and Christian Knopp, will be returning home to perform in a Christmas holiday program at the Smoot Theatre. Schrader Youth Ballet of Parkersburg, with Velma Schrader as founder, teacher and artistic director, ...