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Music added to Parkersburg half marathon experience

PARKERSBURG — Live music is expected to add to the experiences of runners and walkers participating in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon and Two-Mile Race next month. Those not participating in the races also are welcome to listen to the two bands set to perform on Friday, ...

River City Comic Arts Festival drawn in new direction

MARIETTA — After taking a hiatus in 2018, the River City Comic Arts Festival is back this Sunday at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta. Jordan Lowe, owner of Marietta’s Asylum Comics, started the convention in 2011 and is focusing the event in a new direction this year. “This year it’s ...

‘Little Mermaid Jr.’ taking stage in New Martinsville

NEW MARTINSVILLE — Artslink will present “Little Mermaid Jr.” at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville at 7 p.m. Aug. 1-3 and a 3 p.m. matinee on Aug. 4. Tickets for reserved seats are $12 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased online at artslinkwv.org. ...

‘La Cage Aux Folles’ to close out season for Actors Guild of Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — “La Cage Aux Folles,” the closing production of the Actors Guild of Parkersburg’s 2018-2019 season, opens on Friday. Based on the 1973 French play and 1978 film of the same name, “La Cage Aux Folles” tells the story of Georges (Chris Parsons) and Albin (Joe Reeves), ...

Parkersburg Art Center to present Bow WOW Meow exhibit

PARKERSBURG — Professional and amateur artists from throughout the region will have their works on display at the Parkersburg Art Center in an exhibit opening Sunday and remaining on display through Aug. 24. The show kicks off with an opening reception and awards ceremony from 2-4 p.m. on ...

Artsbridge Summer Music plans Anthony Mossburg concert

PARKERSBURG — Today’s keynote entertainer in the Artsbridge Summer Music at City Park is an award-winning country music singer. Anthony Mossburg will perform 7-8 p.m. at the City Park bandshell. The show, sponsored by Community Bank, will move to the Horseshoe Pit in case of rain. Lawn ...

Harmar Days set for this weekend

MARIETTA — The history of a frontier outpost and the industrial riverside neighborhood of Harmar will be celebrated with the hand-turning of a bridge this weekend. Harmar Days is an annual festival celebrated for more than 30 years to recognize not only the founding spirit of Fort Harmar ...

Weber exhibit to be one night only Aug. 1

MARIETTA — The Paintings of August James Weber, a one-night-only exhibit, will be held 6-8 p.m. Aug. 1 at Perry & Associates, 313 Second St., Marietta. The exhibit is a fundraiser for The Castle in Marietta. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. August James Weber, ...

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Historical society PARKERSBURG — H.G. Young III, a professor of music at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, will be the lecturer at the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society meeting 7 p.m. Monday in the Fire Training Center next to the Phelps/Tavenner House at 2401 Camden ...

Peoples Bank Theatre kicks off performance series

MARIETTA — Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta kicked off its 2019 Summer-Fall Spotlight Series in July with a pair of shows. The series continues in August and runs through the end of the year. This year marks the theatre’s 100th anniversary. Information about tickets is available online ...

Parkersburg Art Center to host dog show

PARKERSBURG — The “Bow Wow Meow” dog show will be 1:30 p.m. July 28 at the Parkersburg Art Center. Registration is $10 per dog and there's a category for every dog, the art center said. Prizes will be awarded to the top dog in each of the five categories: Best Smile: The Mona Lisa ...

Pomeroy to host blues bash along Ohio River

POMEROY, Ohio — Two nights of live music and a local craft beer festival will highlight the 19th annual Big Bend Blues & Brews Bash, which takes place July 26 and 27 at the Riverside Amphitheater in downtown Pomeroy, Ohio. Affectionately called “The Bash” by blues aficionados, this ...

West Virginia Interstate Fair weathers storms, forecast of excessive heat

MINERAL WELLS — Evening thunderstorms tried to dampen the spirit of the 2019 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition on Wednesday, but the fairgoers celebration in Mineral Wells continued after the rain stopped and continued into the night. The rain and storms at the fair stopped the ...

West Virginia Interstate Fair continues today

MINERAL WELLS — The 2019 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition continues today through Saturday at the fairgrounds on Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells. The fair features live music, carnival rides, crafts, vendors, 4-H activities and track events for ATVs, trucks and ...

Marietta Sweet Corn Festival begins on Friday

MARIETTA — For a buck an ear, the community is invited to gorge on the renowned sweet treat of the summer this weekend. “Like a pirate, but on the river,” laughed Mark Doebrich, after checking that the tents went up in East Muskingum Park Tuesday. “You can eat cheap, the sweetest ...

Oak Grove Car Show to benefit rec area

MARIETTA — Fans of sunshine, food, play and classic cars will have a chance to experience all that Sunday morning at the Oak Grove Recreation Center. The volunteer group that looks after the community park is holding its ninth annual car show at the park Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and ...

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Dinner PARKERSBURG — A baked steak dinner will be 6 p.m. Friday at The Knights of Columbus at 1010 Market St., Parkersburg. The event is open to the public. Call in orders for takeout at 304-428-0331. *** Williamstown Ice Cream Social WILLIAMSTOWN — The 74th annual Williamstown ...

Mid-Ohio Valley ready to mark Independence Day

PARKERSBURG — A number of activities are planned in the Mid-Ohio Valley around the Fourth of July holiday. WOOD COUNTY * The American Legion Post 15 Carnival and fireworks show at Parkersburg’s City Park begins Tuesday 2 and runs through Saturday with games, rides and concessions. Rides ...

Marcella Chandler Blomberg honored by Parkersburg Art Center

PARKERSBURG — A local artist is being honored with a retrospective during July at the Parkersburg Art Center. Works by the late Marcella Chandler Blomberg (1937-2018) will open with a reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at the art center at Eighth and Market streets. “Marcella Blomberg: a ...

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Dinner Cruise PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will present its next Point Park Music Series Dinner Cruise at 6 p.m. Friday. The cost is $27 for adults and $21 for children ages 3-12. The boat will depart Point Park at 6 p.m. and return to Point Park at 7:30 p.m. ...