Drive on over to Wheeling Park on Friday, July 17, for this month’s 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.

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Laugh in the comfort and safety of your own home at ZoomProv With the Left of Centre Players at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 19. The show will be hosted by Tim Thompson, and the cast includes Sherrie Dunlevey, Bert Furioli, Evan Oslund, Vera Barton-Maxwell, Butch Maxwell, Mindy Sears and Ryan Sears. Technical direction is by Micah Underwood. Donations are welcome. Click on the link at 6:30 p.m. Sunday to join. Although ZoomProv starts at 7 p.m., the meeting is set to start at 6:30 p.m. to allow for gathering the cast, audience, etc., prior to the “curtain” time so the event can start on time.


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.


• Missing the annual Italian fest this summer? Well, then log onto the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books Livestream: Highlights From the Italian American Collection to hear Melissa E. Marinaro discuss the Highlights from the Italian American Collection: Western Pennsylvania Stories. The new book is a fascinating visual history presented through the Heinz History Center’s collection of artifacts, archives and oral histories. The collection is one of the most comprehensive of its kind in the United States and documents the pivotal role Italian Americans played in shaping the region’s political, economic, religious and cultural landscapes. This important collection gives voice to the immigrant experience in America. Marinaro is the director of the Italian American Program at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. Marinaro has worked in the museum field since 2008 and specializes in immigration history, visual and material culture, and 20th-century American history.

• For some more Italian heritage, partake in the Thursday, July 23, People’s University: Around the World in Literature & Language, Italy. Instructor Lou Volpe, an English teacher at Wheeling Central for 40 years, will lead the tour of Italy using Alessandro Manzoni’s I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed). It takes place in Milan during the 17th century during a plague. Most of the aristocrats left town, and Charles Borromeo, the bishop and a saintly man, stayed and organized relief services and walked among the poor. There’s also a mean nobleman who, from his perch atop the mountain, thinks he can control everyone and everything. The ordinary people on the ground can either come together or be greedy, but the novel does end both really and symbolically in marriage, both physical and spiritual. Volpe graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in English and from John Carroll University in 1978 with a master’s degree in English literature. Log on at 6:30 p.m.


• 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.


• Wellness instructor Zach will lead Mansion Lawn Gentle Yoga at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 19, and Sunday, July 26, at Oglebay Park. The vinyasa sequence is designed to cultivate focus, stamina, strength and flexibility. This class is especially great for beginners or those searching for the therapeutic benefits of yoga. Guests are asked to bring their own mat, towel and water.


During July, Artworks Around Town will showcase creations that members made during the recent coronavirus quarantine. Betsy Cox, curator of the Studio Gallery, will hang a variety of works, some inspired by the virus and its effects on the artist and some done just because the artist had extra time to paint. The exhibit will include a variety of subjects from a masked pug to colorful scenes inspired by visitors to a summer garden. The Student Exhibit will continue showing the works of Bobbi Priebe’s high school students from St. John Central Academy. Artworks is open from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. every day except Sunday, and the public is welcome to browse both of these exhibits and see other new works throughout the gallery. Members have been knitting, painting, photographing, weaving, carving, and making pottery and jewelry for two months in preparation for return to the “open for business” status. Beginning in July, Sandy Hadsell’s Open Studio will resume on Fridays. Artists gather from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., bring their own materials, share the space to create and exchange ideas. Participants are asked to make a donation of $5 that goes to the ongoing programs at Artworks. Call 302-233-7540 for information on this and other workshops. Artworks is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market.


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.


The July 16 People’s University Livestream, Around the World in Literature & Language, Australia, is set to begin at 6:30 p.m., and features Jumbucks, Billabongs and Budgie Smugglers: Ballads and Bards of the Australian Bush, presented by Brad Fitzmaurice. The 1890s in Australia were turbulent times. Prolonged drought and falling commodity prices resulted in economic recession and repeated strike action from an invigorated, newly formed labor movement. This period also witnessed the emergence of a distinct national literature that was raw, parochial and political. Its heroes were the stout, resilient, itinerant workers — the shearers and drovers who would in time be reimaged as ANZAC heroes of war and become the bedrock of an Australian national identity. The early exponents of this national literature were typically, young, Australian-born men driven by a variety of inspirations, but mostly the need to make a living — and alcohol. Foremost among them was Henry Lawson and A.B. (Banjo) Patterson. Patterson’s Waltzing Matilda, written in 1895 in response to a shearers’ strike, is Australia’s unofficial national anthem. Fitzmaurice’s presentation outlines the context in which Waltzing Matilda was written and seeks to explain the meaning of its verse. It, therefore, offers an Australian perspective of the capacity of literature and language to understand the world beyond our own local environment. As a bonus, he will also explain the meaning of the term, “budgie smugglers.” Fitzmaurice is a former councilor and vice president of the Royal Australian Historical Society. His master’s dissertation examined the work of a group of Australian writers in the 1890s and early 1900s. He currently teaches American history at Australia’s oldest tertiary institution, the University of Sydney, and he is writing about the history of Wheeling.

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Zoofari Drive-Thru is back this weekend, from Friday, July 17, through Sunday, July 19. Visit the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium from the safety of your car with this limited-time Zoofari Drive-Thru fundraiser guided by a themed audio tour. The event will help to raise funds for the zoo’s emergency operating fund. Tickets are $60 per vehicle/$50 for member vehicles. All tickets must be purchased in advance online. Tickets are available here.

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