At Weelunk, we’re all about keeping you connected to your community. Because that looks a little different right now, we’re bringing you ways to engage while staying safe and healthy. We hope Weelunk can continue to connect you to Wheeling — no matter where you are.

EARTH DAY

While Earth Day was yesterday, Oglebay Institute’s Earth Day activities are still available. Celebrate with the Schrader Environmental Education Center:

Earth Art Contest: Create an Earth Day poster, sign, chalk drawing or other creation. Then, display it in a window, doorway or sidewalk. Post a photo of you and your art on the Schrader Environmental Education Center’s Facebook page.

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt: Visit Oglebay Institute’s website to find the Earth Day Scavenger Hunt. Explore outside and see how many items you can find. The trails at the Schrader Center are open if you need a place to explore. Post a photo of you and your completed (or semi-completed) list on the Schrader Center’s Facebook page.

Clean-up Challenge: Head outside with a garbage bag and a pair of gloves. Pick up all the litter you can find, then post a photo of you with your bag of trash to the Schrader Center’s Facebook page. You can also share your photo on the center’s Instagram page #WhatsYOURnature.

All three activities will be encouraged on April 22 through April 30 and promoted on OI’s website and social media platforms.

Magnolia Trees

PLANT A TREE

The WVU Extension Service of Ohio County and Wheeling’s Parks and Recreation Department invite the public to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting over 100 trees throughout the City of Wheeling.

This event is a way to look toward the future and create a lasting impact on our communities, while protecting one another during the present health crisis. Although city parks are still closed, and groups are limited to five or less, families are invited to plant a tree at one of the city’s parks or trails.

Participants must sign up in advance to adopt a tree and commit to planting it and caring for it over the next year. Tree adoption signup forms are online, or you can call the extension office at 304-234-3673 (leave a message). Signup opens on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, and will close at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26. The adoption forms will help match participants with the parks closest to them. Trees will be distributed from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the parking lot of the Ohio County Public Library, 16th and Eoff streets, Wheeling. There are no delivery options. Instructions for planting will be provided, and a tree planting hotline will be monitored to answer questions for the rest of the week at 740-545-6588. 

TAKE A HIKE

There are dozens of hikes you can take in our Ohio Valley. Read Weelunk’s story for some of writer Laura Jackson Roberts’ favorites.

QUIZ ME THIS

Take one of Weelunk’s quirky quizzes. You can find them here.

Quizzes Videos Podcasts

VIRTUAL LUNCH WITH BOOKS

For those who have missed Lunch With Books and other live programs for adults at the Ohio County Public Library, a series of Facebook Livestream events is taking place. The presenters will use their own equipment to broadcast each program live from their own location on the Lunch With Books Facebook page. Tune in to watch the live broadcast or visit the page later to watch the recording. At noon on April 28 see “Wheeling’s Polonia” with Dr. Hal Gorby. A history professor at WVU, Gorby will officially launch and discuss his new book from WVU Press, “Wheeling’s Polonia: Reconstructing Polish Community in a West Virginia Steel Town.” Gorby’s study of Wheeling’s Polish community weaves together stories of immigrating, working, and creating a distinctly Polish American community, or Polonia, in the heart of the upper Ohio Valley steel industry. OCPL will release a new “Lunch With Books from the Vault” at noon every Tuesday on the Lunch With Books Facebook page. The videos are also available on the Lunch With Books page on the website.

“SUSPENDED AGGRAVATION”

Catch up on Weelunk’s original Wheeling-centric series, “Suspended Aggravation,” by Nora Edinger. Haven’t started it yet? Check out Chapter 1!

CENSUS TIME

Fill out that Census 2020 form! Here’s why it counts to be counted.

2020 Census

SING FOR YOUR SUPPER

R.J. Gaudio will sing for some suppers as this week’s Troubadour Sunday Concert Series will support the Community Bread Basket. Apart from offering food assistance to those in need in Brooke and Hancock Counties, the CBB provides rent and utility assistance, as well as Gabriel Room services to young mothers and information/help to those inquiring about public assistance programs. Tune in to Facebook Live from 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday for some toe-tapping, sing-along music.

GET A JOB!

West Virginia Northern Community College will host a virtual Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 23. The event is hosted by the Career Services Department at WVNCC and will take place via Zoom. The event is open to all WVNCC students, alumni and community members who are seeking employment. It will also provide information to WVNCC students who want to transfer to a four-year institution. Currently, there are 16 employers and higher educational institutes signed up for the event including West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, TTEC, Williams Lea, West Virginia Army National Guard, Visiting Angels, Chick-fil-A and Amedisys Hospice. For more information, contact WVNCC Career Services Counselor, Laura Kastenbauer at 304-214-8817 or lkastenbauer@wvncc.edu

VIRTUAL TOUR

“Presence: An Exploration of Aging Through Art” examines the universal, yet intensely personal, experience of growing old. Through painting, photography, sculpture, written word and mixed media, artists from throughout the United States explore a broad range of perspectives — from thriving lifestyles to the harsher realities of aging. “Presence” provides insight into the physical and mental aging process, challenges us to rethink how we perceive age, highlights the therapeutic benefits of the creative process and examines the role of elders in our society. Take the virtual tour here.

OI GETS SOCIAL

Oglebay Institute is helping to engage the community by using social media to provide online classes and activities that are free to the public. Activities listed below are accessible through OI’s Facebook page.

• Nature Time with the Schrader Center
Every day at 3 p.m. you can enjoy a short video on plant, animal or tree identification, feeding demonstrations and other cool nature-themed topics.

• Listening Through the Lens: The Musical Portraits of George J. Kossuth
The Museums of Oglebay Institute will digitally share George J. Kossuth’s photographic portraits that immortalized internationally renowned musicians, singers, composers and conductors who visited Wheeling in the early to mid-1900s. A different portrait and bio will be shared every day at 10 a.m.

• Storytime with Miss Cheryl
OI Director of Dance Cheryl Pompeo will read some of her favorite dance-inspired children’s books on Facebook every evening at 7 p.m.

• Online Dance Classes
OI’s School of Dance is offering free online classes through a private Facebook group. Classes include ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, dance sampler and more. Contact Cheryl Pompeo through the Oglebay Institute Facebook page or at cpompeo@oionline.com if you are interested in joining the group.

• Online Art Instruction
Stifel Center Director Rick Morgan will provide online pottery instruction. Learn how to center the wheel, watch demos on making a mug, a bowl and much more. Director of Art Education Brad Johnson will share hands-on art projects that kids can do at home. Look for their lessons every Wednesday at noon.

• Towngate Memories
At 1 p.m. each day, Towngate Theatre will share photos, videos and newspaper clippings from past productions. Also, some of their fabulous volunteer actors will talk about some of their favorite roles and share monologues and songs.

A SCAVENGER CHALLENGE

Are you up for a scavenger challenge? Check out Earl Nicodemus’ Weelunk story and search for Wheeling landmarks via Google Earth.

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