‘GREASE’ IS THE WORD
Grease will be the word as the City of Wheeling hosts its final free movie night of the season at 9:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2 at Warwood’s Garden Park, 1208 Warwood Avenue. 304-234-6432
Youth Services System Inc. invites everyone to enjoy a free day at Wheeling Park on Thursday, Aug. 1, for the Celebrate Youth Festival. Cool off in the pool, paddle around the pond and putt around the mini-golf course. Pick up free school supplies and helpful information on local resources at the ice rink, where inflatables, games, crafts, food, entertainment and more will take place all day.
Oglebay Institute’s Parcel Players will present “The Tale of Captain Ficklebeard” by Zachary at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, through Saturday, Aug. 3, at Towngate Theatre. Captain Ficklebeard and his band of pirates go on a quest to find an ancient treasure known as the McGuffin. Along the way, they come across legendary creatures, old friends, old enemies and tons of hijinks. $8; 304-242-7700; www.OIonline.com
DEBBIE GREEN RACE WEEKEND
It’s Debbie Green Race Weekend! Events kick off at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, with the Bordas & Bordas Health and Fitness Expo at WesBanco Arena. The Green Mile race starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2. The Health and Fitness Expo continues from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Debbie’s Dash 100-yard children’s race is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, followed by the Debbie Green 5K Run/Walk for Cancer at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit a local recipient who suffers from leukemia/pediatric cancer. www.debbiegreen5k.com
Laura Cramblet will entertain at Lunchtime Live! presented by Wheeling Heritage from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Market Plaza Wheeling. Grab some lunch at nearby restaurants and enjoy an outdoor concert.
BLUESDAY at RIVER CITY
Canadian-born Sue Foley, a triple-threat guitarist, songwriter and vocalist, will perform at BluesDays at River City, at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. $20. www.heritagemusicfest.com
The Russell Nesbit Services is hosting its annual beach party steak fry at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Wheeling Park Memorial Ice Rink. All proceeds benefit Russell Nesbit Services Inc. Texas Road House will provide the steaks. Live entertainment by Twice as Nice.
Renowned artist Gina Judy will open her exhibit in the Studio Gallery at Artworks Around Town on Friday, Aug. 2. The month-long show will begin with a free reception from 5:30-8 p.m. and is open to the public. A Steubenville native and teacher, Judy was recognized as an Ohio Region East Outstanding Art Educator and named to the OAEA Circa-Society of Membership. While at Bethany College, she studied with the late Wes Wagner whose influence instilled in her a love of watercolor. Judy has exhibited in 12 states and in 17 shows that have required a national/international screening, and has placed in one of them. artworksaroundtown.com
The 2019 Outdoor Concert Series continues on First Friday, Aug. 2, featuring MSM (Miller, Smith & Mazure) live at Centre Market from 7-10 p.m. Free admission. Seating is limited. Please bring your own chairs.
Undo’s Elm Grove features the band Vinyl Soul from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Aug. 3. The band performs popular music from the 1960s and 1970s. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
The Strand Theatre will bring Mamma Mia! to the stage Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 4, featuring the music of Swedish pop band ABBA. This worldwide phenomenon follows young Sophie who, before her wedding, sets out to discover who her father is by inviting three of her mother’s former lovers to the Greek island where they live. Watch, laugh and sing along as Sophie’s mother, Donna, comes face-to-face with her past loves, reunites with her former girl band, and general pre-wedding chaos takes place. The production is directed by Shelby Garrett, with musical direction by Justin Jones and choreography by Anna Harsh. The role of Donna is played by Vera Barton-Maxwell, with her husband Butch Maxwell playing her love interest and “the one that got away” Sam Carmichael. Peter J. Lim plays Harry Bright, and Evan Oslund plays Bill Austin, completing the trio of Donna’s past lovers. Donna’s best friends Tanya and Rosie are played by Melody Meadows and Donna Frey. Sophie is played by Alexa Jasinski, while Michael Wylie plays Sky, Sophie’s fiancé. Curtain is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Join the cast for a special ABBA karaoke session after opening night on Aug. 2. For $5, re-enter the Strand, grab a glass of wine, and join the cast members and band and have your own moment of glory on stage. strandtheatrewv.com; facebook.com/strandtheatrewv
Free to Be Together: Outdoor Community Yoga Jam, is set for 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Grand Vue Park, Moundsville. Happy Goat Yoga has partnered with Follansbee’s Yoga House and St. Clairsville’s Restore Yoga + Wellness to offer up a big dose of nature therapy and community connection at Grand Vue Park, Shelter 5.
LUNCH WITH BRIDGES
At Lunch With Books, at noon Tuesday, Aug. 6, Jeanne Finstein will discuss Wheeling’s historic infrastructure, including the roads and bridges that connected the city internally as well as the ones that connected Wheeling to a growing nation, making it a transportation hub. 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
Ladies, stop by Shoot Like A Girl — SLG2’s mobile range, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Cabela’s at The Highlands. Shoot a pistol, rifle and bow. If you’re new to shooting or have experience, this is a great opportunity to visit with and get instruction from some of the best female NRA certified instructors and archery coaches in the country. Must be 16 to participate.
Sponsored by the Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department, Betty Zane Days, named after the legendary local Revolutionary War heroine, celebrates the community’s rich history and takes place in the City Park, 401 S. 4th St. Martins Ferry. The event, set for Thursday, Aug. 1, through Saturday, Aug. 3, features firefighter water battle, amusement rides and games, food and craft vendors, and nightly entertainment. 740-633-1481
A HOTBED OF UNIONISM
In observation of the 250th anniversary of Wheeling’s founding, People’s University at the Ohio County Public Library will explore its industrial history, focusing on the experiences of the working class and the rise and organization of labor unions. Class 1 is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, and will explore “Early Industry and the Roots of Labor Organization.” From 1830 to 1930, Wheeling was West Virginia’s premier city and the Ohio Valley’s leading industrial center, providing the nation with metal products, glassware and tobacco products, plus hundreds of other manufactured items for local and regional consumption. It also led the way in unionizing the various trades in the city — from bootblacks to stogie makers. Dr. David Javersak will lead the class. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
SNOW WHITE and the SEVEN DWARFS
The Brooke Hills Playhouse production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” will be performed at 8 p.m Aug. 2 and 3; and 2 p.m. Aug. 4. 304-737-3344
ALL SUMMER LONG …
SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
• Crazy Horse, 7-9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 2, Marshall County Summer Concert Series, Riverfront Park
• Eli Lambi Duo, 7-10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, Smokin’ Saturday Nights, Route 88 BBQ & Brew at Oglebay
• Tim Ullum Band, 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 4, Oglebay Sundaes Under the Stars, Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater
• Russel Sisters and All It Takes, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, St. Clairsville Summer Concert Series, Central Park Complex
• National Night Out With Law Enforcement, The TimUllom Band, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, Wheeling Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays, Too, Wheeling Park Amphitheater
• Eli Lambie & The Mojo Kings, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, Wheeling Waterfront Wednesdays, Heritage Port
Oglebay announces the return of scenic Segway tours! Tours take riders on an adventure through the park’s hard-surface trail system to enjoy breathtaking scenery while aboard the ultimate high-tech ride. Segway tours depart from Oglebay’s Schenk Lake boathouse daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per person, and tours are approximately 90 minutes. All Segway riders must be at least 16 years of age and wear a helmet and closed-toe shoes. 304-243-4026; www.oglebay.com/segways
DIVE INTO DISCOUNTS
Beat the heat and take advantage of special rates all summer long with Wheeling Park’s Fun After Five discount program. Through Aug. 9, park visitors will receive discounted pool admission of $3 for adults and $1 for children, plus free waterslide admission from 5-7 p.m. Guests can also enjoy half-priced activity wristbands daily after 5 p.m. Activity wristbands provide access to mini-golf, swimming, water slide, tennis and pedal boats. 304-243-4085
Back by popular demand, Wheeling Park presents free summer drive-in movies. Grab a parking spot in front of the Wheeling Park White Palace at dusk for an old-fashioned drive-in experience. Drive-In movies take place from 9-11 p.m. on Aug. 16, 30. Guests who prefer to float with a flick can dive into the Wheeling Park pool to enjoy the summer dive-in movie series from 9-11 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 10. Admission for kids ages 4-12 is $6.25, and admission for guests ages 13 and older is $7.25. The movie screening is included with the cost of pool admission. Dive-in movies can also be enjoyed free of charge from the upper level of Wheeling Park’s Stone Building. Drive-in and dive-in movie titles will not be published due to movie licensing constraints. However, guests are encouraged to visit the Wheeling Park Facebook page to participate in weekly movie guessing games, where they’ll be challenged to guess the movie titles for themselves. 304-243-4085; www.oglebay.com/wheeling-park
UP THE ROAD …
• Don’t miss what the New York Times calls “convulsively funny” parody, as Pittsburgh’s CLO presents “Spamilton,” at Pittsburgh’s CLO’s Green Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh. The show runs Wednesdays-Sundays through Aug. 25. Tickets 412-456-666 or online.