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.

LUNCH WITH BOOKS IS BACK (Virtually, that is…)

For those who have missed Lunch With Books and other live programs for adults at the Ohio County Public Library, an initiative is being planned to compensate for the loss of physical programs at the library includes a series of Facebook Livestream events. 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.

Upcoming events include:

• Noon, Tuesday, April 21: Ohio County Sanitariums with Ryan Stanton

A social studies teacher at Wheeling Park High School where he teaches AP U.S. government and politics and the history of Wheeling, Stanton will discuss sanitariums in Ohio County, including the Schmulbach mansion, its use as a tuberculosis sanitarium and how the property has changed over the years.

Ohio County Sanitarium

Roney’s Point, Ohio County

• Noon, April 28: “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.

Wheeling's Polonia

From the Vault

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.

Lunch With Books

“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!

Suspended Aggravation

THE TROUBADOUR

The April 19 Troubadour Sunday Concert Series will serve as a fundraiser for Project HOPE (Homeless Outreach Partnership Effort), a consortium of volunteer medical talent that serves the emergency-health needs of the homeless population in Wheeling. R.J. Gaudio, who will entertain from 7-8:30 p.m., aims to raise awareness and some much-needed materials and funding for those veteran medical volunteers who work in the tent camps, in local shelters and under the bridges to medically treat our homeless neighbors.

A SONG A DAY

C.A. House Music presents A Song A Day Series. Well-known area musician Roger Hoard will be playing a song a day for everyone while we are all shut indoors due to COVID-19.

Roger Hoard

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.

TOUR DE FRANCE

Tastings to Go will continue with French wines at Good Mansion Wines from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 17. Wines served with an assortment of breads, French cheeses and salumi. Call ahead for curbside pickup. $15 per person. 304-233-2632

PLAYTIME at the PUBLIC

The Pittsburgh Public Theater invites the public to PlayTime, an online reading series, hosted live by Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski, that will bring great classic plays and the work of extraordinary Pittsburgh writers right to your living room, computer or device. This Thursday, April 16, (part 1) and Friday, April 17, (part 2), tune in for “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen. Click here to join in at 7 p.m. This series is free of charge, but donations will be gladly accepted to support the guest artists and costs of the program.

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