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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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April 29, 2016 Appalachian Cook-Off SALEM, W.Va. — The Fort New Salem Foundation will hold its Appalachian Heritage Cook-Off 1-5 p.m. May 14 at Fort New Sale. more »»


April 29, 2016 ? “Legally Blonde - The Musical,” presented by Actors Guild of Parkersburg, 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Guild Playhouse, Eighth and Market streets, Parkersburg. 304-485-1300. more »»

CVB celebrating National Tourism Week

April 29, 2016 PARKERSBURG — The Greater Parkersburg Convention & Visitors Bureau will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week May 1-7 including with an online scavenger hunt next wee. more »»

Woof Fest changes date to May 1

April 29, 2016 VOLCANO — The annual Woof Fest at Mountwood Park has been moved from the fall to the spring this year and has added a new event featuring a fun run for dogs and their owners. more »»

Blennerhassett Island park opens

April 29, 2016 PARKERSBURG — Beginning May 3, the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will open for the 2016 season as visitors begin taking sternwheeler rides to visit the restored mansion and tour the... more »»

W.Va. Tourism Week scheduled for May 1-7

April 29, 2016 PARKERSBURG — As part of the U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel and Tourism Week from May 1-7, West Virginia with its local partners will host events showcasing activities around the state. more »»

Historical area to hold events

April 29, 2016 PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Historical and Preservation Society will hold two events on May 1 beginning at 2 p.m. at the Tavenner Cemetery between the East and Fifth street bridges on Camden Avenue. more »»

Hocking Valley Railway to open soon

April 29, 2016 NELSONVILLE — The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway has offerings unavailable at any other whistle stop. more »»

Lowell celebrates Springfest this weekend

April 29, 2016 LOWELL — The early days of spring in the Mid-Ohio Valley are filled with sunshine and new growth. For many, it’s a time of renewal and a chance to give back to their communities. more »»

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April 22, 2016 Book sale BELPRE — A used book, games, puzzles and crafts sale will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Maple and Third streets. more »»

‘Dancing with the Docs’ to be held

April 22, 2016 MARIETTA — Area doctors are trading in their scrubs and stethoscopes for sequins and quick steps for an upcoming event promising to provide entertainment plus awareness for children’s charities. more »»

Living History Day slated

April 22, 2016 BOAZ — A Living History Day showing the sights and sounds of the Civil War will be noon-3 p.m. April 23 at Henderson Hall in Boaz. more »»

‘Spamalot’ auditions to be this weekend

April 22, 2016 PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg will be holding auditions this weekend for its production of “Monty Python’s Spamalo. more »»

Punnoose photography exhibit at WesBanco

April 7, 2016 PARKERSBURG — The Dr. Jyothy Punnoose photography exhibit may be viewed during April at WesBanco Bank, 415 Market St. in downtown Parkersburg. more »»

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April 7, 2016 Show and Sell PARKERSBURG — Woodcraft Supply, 4420 Emerson Ave., will hold its Show & Sell Maker’s Market of woodworking handicrafts for sale by customers 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30. more »»

Simonton Challenge to be held

April 7, 2016 VOLCANO — Hundreds of mountain bikers will gather at Mountwood Park in April for the 2016 Simonton Windows Challeng. more »»

Jamerson to perform

April 7, 2016 VIENNA — “The CCC Boys Of West Virginia,” a musical about the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, will be presented at 6 p.m. April 13 at the Vienna Public Library. more »»

Quilt show reaches 40th anniversary

April 7, 2016 RIPLEY — The Jackson County CEOS Quilt Show will reach a milestone this year with its 40th anniversary. The exhibition is among the oldest running quilt shows in the region and will be held 9 a.. more »»

Fishing Derby to be held April 16

April 7, 2016 PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Recreation Commission will be holding the 36th annual Parkersburg Fishing Derby at City Park and Southwood Park ponds on April 16. The free fishing derby will be 9 a.m. more »»

Children’s theater program slated

April 7, 2016 PARKERSBURG —The 19th annual Missoula Children’s Theatre program will feature two shows on 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Smoot Theatre. more »»

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March 18, 2016 Area Lenten Fish Fries PARKERSBURG — Several area organizations are holding Lenten Fish Fries in March. ? In Parkersburg, a Lenten Fish Fry will be 6 p.m. more »»



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