Live music, a pig roast, a 5K and much more are planned as part of the Grow Ohio Valley’s grand opening celebration for the Public Market, a non-profit local and natural foods store in the Intermodal Center at 1401 Main St. The Public Market will open its doors at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, when merchandise will be available for sale, and local vendors will be present next to their products to meet the public and share information. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, live music performances will be hosted in the market space, featuring Bob Gaudio, Jeff Sperl and Laura Cramblet with Brooke Deal. From noon to 7 p.m., as part of the festivities, the Grow Ohio Valley’s popular Harvest Festival will be held outside the market on the corner of 14th and Main streets with additional activities at Heritage Port. From 1-7 p.m., there will be live music on 14th Street, featuring the Wheeling Symphony Brass Quintet, Ezra Hamilton, Adrian Niles and Matt Heusel, Ananga Martin, the Gypsy Cowboys and Mister James. From noon to 12:45 p.m., Laura Hitchman of OV Power Yoga will host Nourish Your Soul, a free public yoga class. Harvest Festival family games and activities will take place from noon to 7 p.m. at Heritage Port, including a pop-up pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating, face painting, kettle corn, and fall games and contests. The Fun-raiser truck will set up, with toys and games available for children. For a full schedule of the day’s events, visit the Public Market Facebook page. 

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It’s opening weekend at home for the Wheeling Nailers! It’s the Nailers vs. the Indy Fuel at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at WesBanco, and again at 4:05 Sunday, Oct. 20. For tickets, call 304-234-GOAL or visit the website.


Mary Blake and Eric Wellman of New Age Adenas will entertain at Artworks Around Town at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, for the monthly Third Friday. The event is free and open to the public.  Donations are welcome, with all proceeds going to the musicians.  Light snacks will be available for purchase. Artworks is located at 2200 Market St.


Boo at the Zoo continues at the Oglebay Good Zoo, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 18-Oct. 27! Dress up in your favorite costume and visit the zoo for its annual fall fundraiser. There will be trick-or-treat stations, a spooky train ride, select zoo animals and a Halloween-themed laser light show. Event proceeds benefit the care and conservation of Good Zoo animals. For times and admission rates, call 304-243-4100 or visit the website.


Spirits From the Past will be floating around West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation beginning at  7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Costumed actors portraying “spirits” from Wheeling history will dramatically recount true events that have occurred in the city over the years. As is fitting for the Halloween season, the tales will include a murder, a disaster, reported hauntings and a robbery (with some humorous details). Each of the four presentations (one on each floor of the building) will be about 10-15 minutes long. Seating will be provided at each location, and light refreshments will be served after the event. The program is not recommended for children 12 and under. Admission is $10 per person, and reservations are strongly suggested. For reservations, call 304-232-5903. West Virginia Independence Hall is located at 1528 Market St., Wheeling.


From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, it’s Halloween at the Hall — West Virginia Independence Hall, that is. The hosts are dying for you to join them for a “Wheeling, Place of the Skull” Halloween party. Wear your costumes and enjoy an afternoon of crafts and treats. Free.


The Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary in support of the Wheeling Symphony Society has organized the Run For Your Life 5k, Saturday, Oct. 19, at Wheeling Heritage Port. This 5K run/walk will provide spooky fun for all. Costumes are encouraged. Check-in opens at 8 a.m. There will be an 8:30 a.m. Mini Monster Dash for kids, and the 5K begins at 9 a.m. Register here. $35 pre-registration, $45 day of the race. The Mini Monster Dash for kids 10 and under is free.


Undo’s Elm Grove will feature the band Mean Mr. Mustard from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Oct. 19. The band faithfully performs music by The Beatles, from the earliest recordings through the Let It Be and Abbey Road albums. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.

Band members, from left, are: Sean Decker, Steve Farrow, Tommy Brannan and Steve Jenkins.


People are still talking about last year’s event, and this year’s A Special Wish Lip Sync Challenge Ohio Valley is set to begin at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. This year, watch six Ohio Valley personalities battle in an epic lip syncing duel. The 2019 battles include: Shawn Fluharty vs. Tate Blanchard; Brittany Grego vs Olivia Tominack Litman; and James G. Zusack vs. Tim Hall. Judges are Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliot, Belmont County Judge Frank Fregiato, WesBanco Manager John Rataiczak and Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger. Tickets are available online or from any of the contestants.


Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s musical comedy, dinner-theater production, “Popguy the Sailor Man,” will be presented at the River City Restaurant at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. The family-friendly comedy features musical parodies and interactive opportunities for audience members, along with a mystery to solve, all in the context of a full meal. 304-233-4555


Oglebay Institute will host the fourth annual Shadows Ball — a night of thrills, chills, sideshow, burlesque, costumes and rock-n-roll, 7 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Back by popular demand, Pittsburgh’s Kabarett Vulgare will entertain guests with a variety of sideshow and burlesque acts. The ever-blossoming, Pittsburgh-based psychedelic jam/funk/rock band, Habitat, will perform throughout the evening, and the dance floor will be open. This year’s Shadows Ball entertainment lineup also includes an eerie puppet show — “The Circus Macabre” — created by local actor, artist and playwright Zachary Michael. Guests will also view lifelike SFX creature creations from Bixby Studios, a Morgantown-based creative production company that specializes in building props for the haunt industry. In addition to entertainment, guests at the Shadows Ball will enjoy a buffet of food and drinks, and there will be a judged costume competition with prizes. Tickets are $35 per person. VIP tickets are $45 and include reserved seating for the sideshows and puppet shows. Costumes required for entry. Open to ages 18 and older only; ID required. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 304-242-7700.


Strange things are happening at the J.B. Martin Recreation Center in St. Clairsville. The eighth annual Harmony House Monster Bash offers a spooktacular night of screams, as well as food, beer and soft drinks, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. There will be a DJ, photo booth fun, 50/50 raffle and auctions. The J.B. Martin Rec Center is located at 102 Fair St., St Clairsville.


West Liberty University’s music department invites the public to enjoy an organ concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, in the Interfaith Chapel. Organist Dr. Wayne Earnest and soprano Dr. Linda Cowan will present a family-friendly fall concert of music especially appropriate for weddings and worship services. Vocal selections will include such classics as Ave Maria and The Lord’s Prayer. Organ music will demonstrate the numerous sounds of the large pipe organ in the chapel. Dr. Cowan is the chair of the WLU Department of Music and Theater and teaches voice. Dr. Earnest, who also is an alumnus, is an adjunct instructor in organ studies and church music. Admission is free, and a reception will follow the concert.

Wayne Earnest


George Bilgere

Lunch With Books will feature the Wheeling Poetry Series with George Bilgere at noon Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Ohio County Public Library. Bilgere has published six collections of poetry. He has won numerous awards and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Commission. His poetry, while residing firmly in the everyday world of janitors, college students or siblings, is noted for its controlled poignancy and limpid free-verse line. Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins has described him as “a breath of fresh American air.” His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. Bilgere teaches creative writing at John Carroll University. 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


Four projects will be competing for funding at Show of Hands, a community-supported crowd-funding event, set for Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Wheeling Artisan Center, 1400 Main St. Attendees will vote on one of four the projects that will positively impact Wheeling. The winner gets at least $4,000 to complete the project. There is a $5 donation to vote. Doors open at 6 p.m. Presentations start at 6:30 p.m.


Broadway at The Capitol brings “The Jersey Boys” to town at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at The Capitol Theatre. The Tony-winning story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons became international pop superstars features such hits as “Sherry,” Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).” They had a sound nobody had ever heard … and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning true life musical phenomenon. Tickets available online.


Sample food from various area restaurants at A Taste of Elm Grove, 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Shriners Temple. Vote for the best entrees, side dishes, appetizers and desserts. Enjoy good food, music and basket auction. $25. Tickets available at Main Street Bank and Paree Insurance Centers.


Don’t miss the Good Mansion Wines Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, when bottles of Pinot Noir from its homeland of Burgundy, as well as Oregon, New Zealand, northern Italy and California, will be presented, under wraps. You guess which is which, they uncover at the end, and the evening is full of surprises. Wines will be served with cheeses and French baguettes. The wine tasting will be presented by Michael Diethorn of Country Vintner Wholesalers. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40.


• Singing! Dancing! Paper! It’s a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until, for no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees of Dunder Mifflin. Don’t miss this hilarious, unauthorized parody of the hit TV show, “The Office,” featuring songs such as “Welcome to Scranton (The Electric City),” “That’s What She Said,” “The Dundies,” “Marry Me Beesly” and more. “The Office! A Musical Parody” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19 at the Byham Theatre in Pittsburgh. For tickets, click here.

• Back by popular demand, Lee Terbosic’s hit show, “In Plain Sleight,” returns to Liberty Magic for an encore performance, now through Nov. 24. The interactive performance of incredible magic, comedy, illusion, sleight of hand, mindreading and storytelling is all rolled up into a 75-minute show that will leave you wanting more. The audience becomes part of the show with several opportunities to participate in the deception. Terbosic’s mastery of decades-old magic traditions brings a new dimension to the world of parlor magic. An internationally touring magician, comedian, actor, daredevil and entertainer from Pittsburgh, he proves that anything is possible. For tickets, click here. Also opening later this month is Terbosic’s show, “The Life and Death of Harry Houdini.”

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