Start your Christmas shopping now! Shop all around town at your favorite small businesses to support Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30. There are plenty are places to go in Centre Market with more than 30 locally owned businesses, and you can join the fun at Artworks Around Town — “hand-made gift central” — to see artists demonstrating their skills. There will be a cookie sale and a free craft for the children. Also, check out the Elm Grove business district, Edgewood, the Elm Terrace Shopping Center and The Highlands just to name a few. In downtown Wheeling, the Artisan Center Shop is the place to pick up the perfect gift. New this year on Small Business Saturday will be a synthetic ice rink to be set up from 3-8 p.m. on the Plaza on Market in downtown Wheeling. Skating is free of charge, and ice skates will be available for use.
Towngate will offer a screening of “E.T.” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. $7. Tickets available at the door.
After Thursday’s dinner digests and the Black Friday shopping is finished, try out the Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Oglebay. The course begins and finishes at the upper parking lot of the Oglebay Good Zoo, and goes through the park’s paved Susan Wheeler Walking Trails and Arboretum Trails. Pets are welcome and must remain on a leash at all times. Online registration is available until 11:55 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28. Race day registration opens at 9 a.m., and the race begins at 10 a.m. Cash and check only will be accepted on race day. Light refreshments will be available for all participants. The event takes place rain or shine. $25.
Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance presents several performances of “The Nutcracker” throughout the holiday season. Performances are set for 1 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8 and 15 at the Mansion Museum in Oglebay Park. Tea and photos with OI’s elegantly dressed ballerinas will delight children after each performance at the Mansion. There will be performances at 3 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 22, and 7 p.m. on Dec. 23, at Towngate Theatre. Call 304-242-7700 or www.OIonline.com for reservations.
Want to impress family and friends visiting from the big cities? At 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, Good Mansion Wines will whip out a sampling of its huge inventory of newly arrived holiday wines that will impress even the most well traveled. Wines will be served with cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. www.goodmansionwines.com
LUNCH WITH FRIENDS
Christine Mabon is the guest at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library. She will discuss The Five Essential Friendships That Enrich Our Lives. Friends were there for Mabon following the sudden death of her husband, and these friends gave her the confidence to create a new and fulfilling life when she needed it. Now she wants to share the valuable lesson she learned: Good friends can renew, restore and revitalize the spirit. In the Five Essential Friendships program, she will identify the five friendships; embrace the unique gifts each type of friendship brings to our lives; and discuss how to sustain these friendships. Her book, 101 Ways to Nurture Yourself, will be available for purchase and signing. 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
WHEELING’S WOMEN WRITERS SPEAK
The Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books in partnership with the People’s University at the Ohio County Public Library and the City of Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission will present Wheeling’s Women Writers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. California University professor Christina Fisanick will talk about her own work as well as Wheeling’s pioneering realist writer, Rebecca Harding Davis. Laura Jackson Roberts will discuss the future of women writers by focusing on environmental writing. Jeanne Finstein and Judi Hendrickson will discuss local history writing. Phyllis Sigal, Weelunk’s managing editor, will talk about the non-profit, online magazine’s role in the community and share some war stories from 38 years in the newspaper industry. And veteran newspaper writer Linda Comins will talk about female newspaper columnists in Wheeling in the modern era. For more information about the Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books, People’s University — Wheeling 250: Wheeling in Literature, email the library at email@example.com, call 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s reference desk.
TREE-T YOURSELF TO A PAINTING
A stunning Christmas tree will be the subject at Artworks Around Town’s first Paint & Sip at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Paint, canvas and brushes will be provided. Bring your own beverage, apron or wear old clothes. Artworks members Lynne and Jeff Mamone will lead the event. Reservations are required and can be made by calling or texting 304-280-9921 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The $35 fee is due upon registration, and enrollment is limited to 25 people. Make checks payable to Artworks Around Town. Light refreshments will be provided. Artworks is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market district at 2200 Market St.
CHEERS TO THIS PAINT AND SIP
Support the Junior League of Wheeling by attending the Wine Glass Paint and Sip, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at River City Restaurant. $30 per person includes a wine glass and painting instruction by Moon River Studio. Snacks will be provided, and alcohol will be available for purchase. To reserve your spot and to pre-pay, call Emily Freeman at 304-312-4767 or email email@example.com.
SYMPHONY ON ICE
Don’t miss one of the Ohio Valley’s favorite holiday shows, when the Wheeling Symphony presents its annual holiday extravaganza, Symphony on Ice, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at WesBanco Arena. Join the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra along with champion professional skaters (Katie McBeath and Jeremy Abbott), the Pittsburgh and Wheeling Figure Skating clubs, local middle and high school choirs, and surprise guests to welcome the sounds of the season. www.wheelingsymphony.com
Singer-songwriter Jonathan Clark returns to at Undo’s Elm Grove to perform his unique blend of light and alternative rock at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. A former member of the group the Revivers, Clark performs music from the 1960s through the early 2000s, along with a few select original songs. Undo’s is located at 1253 National Road, Wheeling.
HOLIDAYS AT THE MANSION
Holidays at the Mansion, featuring 13 period rooms decorated in holiday finery at Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Jan. 5. It is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. $10; free for ages 17 and under accompanied by an adult; 304-242-7272; www.OIonline.com
HOLIDAY ART SHOW & SALE
Buy local by visiting Oglebay Institute’s Holiday Art Show & Sale, open through Dec. 23, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center and the Schrader Environmental Education Center. This annual shopping experience showcases the talent of dozens of regional artisans and crafters offering one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays. Shop hundreds of unique items, including pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, textiles, home décor and gourmet goodies. Sale hours at the Stifel are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is also open during scheduled classes and events. Sale hours at Schrader are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 304-242-7700; www.OIonline.com
OGLEBAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Oglebay’s landscape is alive with twinkling light displays through Jan. 5. The Winter Festival of Lights features more than one million lights in 90 displays and covers more than 300 acres over a 6-mile drive through Oglebay Park. New to the show in 2019, guests can experience a variety of enchanting activities at the new Frosted Hilltop attraction located near Oglebay’s iconic Mansion Museum at The Hilltop. This magical wonderland is home to the Snowflake Express Train Ride, designed for children, located inside Oglebay’s greenhouse, while guests of all ages can embark on a 20-minute guided adventure through the twinkling hillsides while aboard the new Frosty Wagon Ride. While at the Frosted Hilltop, guests can experience the Garden Bistro’s new Ice Lounge featuring firepits, s’mores kits and seasonal refreshments, including holiday beverages for guests 21 and older, while enjoying panoramic views of the breathtaking hillside. Visitors can warm up at the Ice Lounge 5-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. With the return of 3D Sleigh Bans, the 2019 Winter Festival of Lights promises to be even more stunning. This year, guests will enjoy new holographic filters including gingerbread men, candy canes, snowmen and snowflakes. For information about the Winter Festival of Lights, visit www.oglebay.com/lights.