COLOR ME AU-SOME!
Get your clean, white tees ready for the Color Me Au-Some 5K Walk/Run set for Saturday, June 9. Why clean, white T-shirts? Because dry tempera paint powder will be tossed at participants as they run or walk by several color stations throughout the race course. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Wheeling Heritage Port. Packet pick-up will be available from 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 8, and 7-8 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at Heritage Port. All proceeds benefit local children with autism who attend Augusta Levy Learning Center. www.colormeausome.com
SHHH … IT’S A SECRET
It’s almost time for the secrets to be divulged! Where in the Ohio Valley are those gardens on the Oglebay Institute Secret Gardens of Wheeling tour? Stop by the Mansion Museum at Oglebay to pick up your map that will take you to some of the city’s most creative gardens. Get your tickets online in advance ($17) or from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Mansion ($20). The brick pathway outside the Mansion Museum will be lined with vendors for the Garden Market, which opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and is free all day. 304-242-7272; www.oionline.com
BATTLE TO COMMENCE
On Thursday, June 7, the Battle of the DJs Teen Dances will begin. On each of three Thursdays, one DJ will be showcased, with all three battling it out at the final Monster Jam event. Competing will be Brian Oliver, June 7; Nick Arno, June 28; DJ Daner, July 26; with the Monster Jam DJ Battle, Aug. 9. Events are 8-11 p.m. at Wheeling Park Memorial Ice Rink. $6. 304-243-4085
DUEL OF THE LOUNGE LIZARDS
Dueling lounge lizards, a love-conflicted exotic dancer, a down-and-out club owner and a strange Austrian body-builder populate Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s murder mystery, “Murder at the Kit Kat Klub,” playing at 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, at River City Restaurant in Wheeling. Written by Bert Furioli and Butch Maxwell, the comedy features nine hilarious song parodies, audience participation and a murder mystery to solve. For reservations for the dinner-theater show, call 304-233-4555.
ALONE: A SOLO RECITAL
Performed and created by musician Anthony Panebianco, “Alone” is a saxophone and piano benefit recital that explores a personal journey overcoming depression and loneliness through music. The performance is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Towngate Theatre. The recital will feature classical and contemporary works that reflect a high emotional content, giving audience members a perspective and better understanding of deeply personal challenges. The recital also in intended to raise awareness for those struggling with these issues — that they are not alone, and resources are available for those searching for help. Admission is free; however, donations are accepted and will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (Some themes and music performed may be inappropriate for younger audiences. Parental discretion is advised.) anthpanebianco.wixsite.com/anthonyjpanebianco
- “Tangled,” is the free featured film at Riverfront Movie Night set for dusk, Friday, June 8, at the Wheeling Heritage Port.
- “The Incredibles” will be on the big screen at the Summer Dive-In Movie on Saturday, June 9, at Wheeling Park Pool. Free with pool admission; $6.25, kids 4-12, $7.25, those 13 and older. The movie also can be enjoyed free of charge from the upper level of the Stone building. 304-243-4085.
- The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will present the film “Coco” at noon, Saturday, June 9, to kick off the “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading Program aimed at kids and showcasing special events. The Moundsville Library is located at the corner of Tomlinson and Fifth streets in Moundsville. The film showing is free. 304-845-6911
MUSIC HEADS OUTDOORS
- Markus & James (classic rock/country), Marshall County Summer Concert Series, 7-9 p.m., Saturday, June 9, Moundsville Riverfront Park.
- River City Restaurant will host an outside concert on Saturday, June 9. Aaron Margaria gets things going at 7 p.m., followed by Cross Creek at 8 p.m. River City is located at 14th and Main streets, Wheeling.
- Hope for the Hollow (modern rock), Oglebay Summer Concert Series, 7-9 p.m., Sunday, June 10, Oglebay’s Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater, Wheeling.
- Original Fantasies (classic rock), Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, Warwood Garden Park, Wheeling. 304-234-6432
- Matt VanFossen (variety), St. Clairsville Summer Concert Series, 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, Central Park Complex, St. Clairsville. 740-695-2037.
- The Brighton Boys (rock favorites), Wheeling Waterfront Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, Heritage Port, Wheeling.
BLIND AS A BAT
Check out Good Mansion Wine’s favorite tastings — a line of wines covered in brown bags, all priced from $10 to $100. Drink them, guess the costs, and then the true identities are revealed. There are always lots of surprises and lots of learning when preconceptions of wine are stripped down to the bare tongue. Served with cheeses and baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40. www.goodmansionwines.com
LUNCH WITH BOOKS
Questions of class and gender in Appalachia have, in the wake of the 2016 presidential election and the runaway success of “Hillbilly Elegy,” moved to the forefront of national conversations about politics and culture. Todd Snyder, a first-generation college student turned college professor, will share a passionate commentary on these themes in a family memoir set in West Virginia coal country, at Lunch With Books, at noon Tuesday, June 12, at the Ohio County Public Library. Snyder is a professor of rhetoric and writing at Siena College in Albany, N.Y., and the author of “The Rhetoric of Appalachian Identity” and “12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym: Boxing and Manhood in Appalachia. ” “12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym” is the story of the author’s father, Mike “Lo” Snyder, a fifth-generation West Virginia coal miner who opened a series of makeshift boxing gyms with the goal of providing local at-risk youth with the opportunities that eluded his adolescence. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org