Meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Lowe’s in Wheeling to begin a City Cave Hike, hosted by the Ohio River Valley Council. This dark and sunlight hike goes through a railroad tunnel, the woods, a field and Louis Wetzel’s Cave (approximately a 3-mile hike). Be sure to wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots — there is mud and water on this hike. Other thins to bring: a flashlight for going through tunnels and cave; a water bottle; sunscreen; a plastic grocery bag for muddy shoes or clothing after the hike; a spare pair of shoes for driving home.


Drive on over to Wheeling Park on Friday, July 31, for a free Drive-In Movie. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk. Visitors are invited to grab a parking spot in front of the Wheeling Park White Palace to enjoy a family-friendly film from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle. Because of social distancing, the number of vehicles permitted to attend will be limited. Upon arrival, Wheeling Park associates will direct guests to their designated parking spot. Moviegoers must remain in their vehicles at all times, except when accessing restroom facilities at the White Palace or W.E. Stone Building. Visitors wishing to purchase refreshments can do so via phone at 304-243-4185, and a Wheeling Park associate will deliver the items to the vehicle. For more information, call 304-243-4085.



Get ready for some island atmosphere! Every Thursday night through Sept. 3, enjoy Caribbean Nights at Schenk Lake, from 7-9 p.m., at Oglebay Park. Hear the Caribbean sounds of Josh Garrett on the steel drums. Enjoy pedal boats, fishing, walking trails or grab some ice cream at The Boathouse as you kick back to the tropical sounds of the islands. And while you’re there, enjoy extended mini golf hours for Mini Golf Under the Lights from 8-10 p.m. every Thursday, with discounted admission.


It’s off to South America at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, for People’s University Livestream: Around the World in Literature & Language, Colombia. Professor Kim Grewe will discuss the book, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Grewe is a lifelong educator whose love affair with books began at an early age and is still going strong. Her teaching has run the gamut — from middle school to college, in areas ranging from composition to creative writing, and science fiction to American literature.


The Ohio County Public Library’s 2020 Summer Reading Finale for adults will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, when Dr. David Javersak hosts a World Geography Bee featuring questions inspired, in part, by the Around the World People’s University series. No pre-registration required. Just join online and participate by logging into your Facebook or YouTube account and having your keyboard ready to answer questions. Round One will feature questions based on readings, language and geography of the regions visited throughout the People’s University Summer Reading Program. The first person to type the correct answer in the comments on social media will earn one point. The top three scorers from Round One will move on to Round Two where they will play head to head in a virtual broadcast studio following a brief intermission. At the end of Round Two, the Geography Bee Queen or King will be announced, and top point winners will be awarded prizes in the form of gift certificates to local businesses. The Summer Reading Finale: Online Geography Bee will be broadcast live on the People’s University Facebook page and through the People’s University YouTube channel.


Join Generation Wheeling, in partnership with Wheeling Parks & Recreation, for a free outdoor yoga series at Market Plaza at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 27. Generation Wheeling’s own Betsy Sweeny will lead an all-level, beginner-friendly, slow-flow class. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bring your own mat, blocks and any other materials for the practice. Safe social distancing guidelines will be followed throughout the series.



A staple of Oglebay Institute’s art exhibition season, Crosscurrents is open at OI’s Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling. The multi-media exhibition features more than 90 pieces from dozens of artists and can be seen free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 22. Patrons must practice social distancing and wearing a mask is strongly encouraged when visiting the gallery. Call 304-242-7700 for more information. Many of the works on display can be purchased at the gallery online. Stifel Fine Arts Center is located at 1330 National Road in Wheeling.


Oglebay Institute Mansion Museum’s latest exhibit explores “Orchidelirium,” the fanatical Victorian-era obsession with collecting, cultivating and discovering orchids, through the work of Adelaide Flaccus Stifel. Born in Wheeling in 1884, Stifel took up the hobby in the late 1930s as part of an American and European craze that would make orchids the nexus of science, status and beauty. This exhibit explores her individual passion for orchids through paintings, cultivation and her own meticulous scientific records. “Orchidelirium” is on display through October. The Museums of Oglebay Institute are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Single museum admission is $10, dual admission (Mansion and Glass Museums) is $15. Ages 17 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult.


At the Aug. 4 Lunch With Books Livestream, editor Janet Croon will discuss The War Outside My Window: The Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, 1860-1865. Gresham was born in 1847 to an affluent slave-holding family in Macon, Georgia. After a horrific leg injury left him an invalid, the educated, inquisitive, perceptive and exceptionally witty 12-year-old began keeping a diary in 1860 — just as secession and the Civil War began tearing the country and his world apart. He continued to write even as his health deteriorated until both the war and his life ended in 1865. His unique manuscript of the demise of the Old South is lauded by the Library of Congress as one of its premier holdings. The War Outside My Window, edited and annotated by Croon with helpful footnotes and a detailed family biographical chart, captures the spirit and the character of a young privileged white teenager witnessing the demise of his world even as his own body slowly failed him. Gresham will be remembered as the young voice of the Civil War South. Lunch With Books Livestream begins at noon.


Tim Ullom Band Live will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the St. Clairsville Central Park Amphitheater. Bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. 740-695-2037

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