It’s time for the annual Wheeling Feeling Chili Cookoff set for Saturday, June 2, at Wheeling Heritage Port. There are cash prizes for the chili cooks, chili to taste, vendors, activities for kids and entertainment by the Steel Drum Band and the New Age Adenas. Admission is free, and tickets to taste the chili are two for $1. Funds raised will support the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. The event will be held rain or shine, noon to 6 p.m. 304-234-6432
Artworks Around Town will celebrate its 20th anniversary this month, and June’s Gallery Hop set for Friday, June 1, will honor the group’s original members, as well as celebrate the 20th year of First Fridays receptions. The works on exhibit will represent a selection of artwork from as many of the founding members as possible. Friday’s event is from 5:30-8 p.m. Artworks Around Town is located at 2200 Market St., Wheeling. 304-233-7540
Add Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre to your list of June 1 First Fridays stops in Wheeling. View the latest exhibit at “The Gallery at Towngate” featuring the work of Lynn Anderson. Anderson creates her work in a variety of forms: painting, digital art and mixed media. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Wine, craft beer and light food will be available downstairs. Upstairs, independent film shorts will be shown on the Towngate Cinema big screen. At 8 p.m., The Prosers take the stage performing original poetry. An open mic will follow. All events are free and open to the public. www.oionline.com
Local artist Mindi Yarbrough will be creating a live painting at First Fridays outside of Ziklag Gift Shop in Centre Market in Wheeling. Yarbrough has artwork for sale inside the shop and will set up a demo (acrylic painting on canvas) for the public to get a look at her creative process and artistic vision. The painting will be framed at Cat’s Paw and will be for sale at Ziklag after the event. Ziklag is located at 2263 Market St., Wheeling.
Check out First Fridays at SMART Centre Market from 6-9 p.m. June 1. There will be live music, snacks, activities and a StarWatch at dusk. 30 22nd St., Centre Market. smartcentremarket.com
Casa di Vino – House of Wine will host its monthly First Fridays walk-about wine tasting from 6-8 p.m. Six wines will be featured. Cheese and meat trays will be provided. 2261 Market St., Wheeling.
Good Mansion Wine’s open house happy hour tasting and tapas will feature an assortment of refreshing whites, reds and roses, 6 p.m. Friday, June 1. $15 at the door; limited to 40 people. www.goodmansionwines.com
Riverfront Movie Night will feature “Wonder,” (PG) at 9:30 p.m. Wheeling Heritage Port.
SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
The newest music series is Lunchtime Live! at Market Plaza, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month now through September, hosted by Wheeling Heritage, in partnership with Williams Lea Tag. Logan Wojcik will kick off the series Friday, June 1, performing original and well-known country hits.
Also on Friday, June 1, is the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau concert, featuring Jill West and the Blues Attack and Pat Heiserman. Gates to the venue, the Weirton Event Center located at 3322 East St., open at 6 p.m. with music at 7 p.m.
Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays Too presents Yankee Gray, Tuesday, June 5, at Wheeling Park’s Amphitheater. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in skating rink area.
On Wednesday, June 6, hear the New Silver Eagle Band at Waterfront Wednesdays at Wheeling Heritage Port, 7-9 p.m.
Free Summer Drive-In Movies continue Friday, June 1, with “For the Love of the Game.” Grab a parking spot in front of the Wheeling Park White Palace at dusk for an old-fashioned drive-in experience. 304-243-4085.
Float with a flick at the Wheeling Park pool for the Summer Dive-In Movie Saturday, June 2, “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Admission for kids (ages 4-12), $6.25; and for adults, $7.25, however, the movie is free with cost of pool admission. Movie also can be enjoyed free of charge from the upper level of the Stone building. 304-243-4085.
Leave the kids at home when Oglebay’s Crispin Center pool offers adult swim, from 9-11 a.m. Saturday mornings. Adult swim is the perfect opportunity for aquatic exercise or relaxation. $5. Guests are welcome to remain at the pool for regular pool hours.
On Tuesday, June 5, give Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga a try! Enjoy all the benefits of paddleboard yoga, with the added safety and comfort of Oglebay’s historic swimming pool. The class is taught by Lindsay Schooler, E-RYT and Certified SUP Yoga Center Instructor. Each 60-minute session is all levels and open to beginners, though more challenging options are offered as participants progress in their practice. Classes are 9-10 a.m, with added free time at the end. Classes include: an introduction to the basics of the board, guided meditation, pranayama (breath work), plenty of yoga asana and movement, gentle stretching with introspection, savasana (soothing final relaxation), photos and extra time to play and paddle. Dress comfortably, as you would for a hot yoga class, or wear a bathing suit under something comfy. Towels are provided. Please wear sunscreen, arrive hydrated and at least 10 minutes early. $35, limited to 12. Call 877-436-1797 to register.
The fourth annual Free to Be Yogi outdoor community yoga jam is set for 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at Grand Vue Park in Moundsville. The event is hosted by Grand Vue Park and Happy Goat Yoga. Take a mindfulness hike with Carrie White, go on a fun run with Johnny Haught, both at 1 p.m. At 3 p.m., join the crowd for yoga. The entire teaching crew from Happy Goat will be on hand to offer consults and tips. There are mats to borrow or chairs to use, if preferred. New this year is the Kids’ Yoga Creation Station with mindfulness activities and crafts. The event is free and open to the public. There will be lots of drawings/giveaways, new HGY merch, donation-based healthy snacks and drinks, and plenty of good vibes to go around!
Experience the wonder of Edouard Manet by seeing his masterpieces on the big screen Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. “Exhibition on Screen: Manet” takes an unprecedented look at one of the all-time great artists, the “father of modern art. Show times are 2 and 4 p.m. June 2 and 4 p.m. June 3. Tickets for all screenings can be purchased at the door and are $7 per person. The box office opens one hour prior to each screening. Beer, wine, soda, water, popcorn and candy are available for purchase at all Towngate movies. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
Auditions for Brooke Hills Playhouse productions of “Charlotte’s Web” and “Farce of Habit” are set for Saturday, June 2. Anyone unable to audition at the scheduled day and times should call the Playhouse at 304-737-3344 by Friday, June 1, to make other arrangements, or to ask questions about either of the shows. Auditions for “Farce of Habit” will begin at 10 a.m. The script calls for five women and four men, all adults of various ages. The comedy will be presented Aug. 17-19 and 24-26. Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” will begin at noon, with parts for five to seven males and seven to nine females, including children, teens and adults. The show will run July 27-29 and Aug. 3-5.
ON THE HOME FRONT
Did you, your parents or grandparents serve in the military during World War II? Was your mother or grandmother a local “Rosie”? Do you remember having to use ration booklets and stamps during the war? The Wheeling Memories Nostalgia Series program will feature local men and women who served during WWII, local businesses who manufactured materials for the war effort and the employees who made it happen, and what Wheeling, in general, was like during the war years of the 1940s. Dr. David Javersak hosts Lunch With Books, at noon Tuesday, June 5, at the Ohio County Public Library. 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
HARP ON THE BLUES
One of the best harmonica players on the planet, Jason Ricci, will be at BluesDays at River City, 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 4. River City is located at 1400 Main St., Wheeling; $20. heritagemusicfest.com