SPRING FEVER

The 50th annual Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce Home and Garden Show this weekend will put a spring in your step, as you think of plantings to spruce up your yard and weekend projects to tackle. The Chamber will kick off the weekend with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Friday. Each year the Chamber works to bring the area’s best and most successful companies to the arena with an up-close look at their products and services. While the adults are perusing the wares of the vendors, there will be children’s workshops, balloon animals and sweet treats to keep the youngsters busy. In addition to the main floor exhibits,  there will be a crafter/artisan show on the concourse and mezzanine, with home-made goods, essential oils, jewelry and more. The event is set for 3-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at WesBanco Arena, 14th St., Wheeling; free; 304-233-4470.

A BUNCH OF PROSERS

The Prosers return to the Towngate Theatre stage, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, bringing their unique style of spoken word poetry. The group performs original, intensely emotional works. They share powerful stories of personal struggle and authentic experiences while examining social justice issues. The theme for this show is “lighthouse,” which “explores what each individual’s own ‘light in the dark’ consists of — what brings them hope. The lighthouse is a symbol of that hope, as sailors use its light to return home,” Prosers leader Samantha Pearl said. In addition to Samantha, Prosers include: Ryan Norman, Rosaline Clark, Claudell Whetstone, Sarah Clark, Sandra Baker, Matthew Nickolas, Ben Casteel and Vince Caruso. The event will also feature an open mic session. Poets, new and experienced, shy and bold, are welcome to bring their poems and read aloud to the audience. $5 Purchase tickets online, at the door or call 304-242-7700.

PIANO MAN

“52nd Street” – a Tribute to Billy Joel comes to the Wheeling Island Showroom, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8. Tickets available at Ticketmaster or Wheeling Island Gift Shop; 877-846-4373.

HOT JAZZ

Pittsburgh’s Boilermaker Jazz Band will perform in the historic Stifel Mansion at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, as part of Oglebay Institute’s Jazz at the Stifel series. The Boilermaker Jazz Band interprets the great American songbook in a unique fashion, bringing the swinging sounds of the jazz age and swing era back to life. The Boilermaker Jazz Band has performed at major venues throughout the world for more than 25 years. Desserts and wines available for purchase. $20; 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com

COOL BEANS

Jack and the Beanstalk” will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Towngate Theatre. Cast members include: Justin Swoyer, Mike Blanton, Maria McKelvey, Elizabeth Jeffers, Elaine Pusz, Alex Fabrizio, Shane Young, Jana Lu Schodzinski, Patricia Jeffers, Isaac Swoyer, Taylor Andrews, Abigia Smith, Owen Dobrzynoski and May Devine. Showtime is 7 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com

Front, from left: May Devine, Abigia Smith; seated on bench, Patricia Jeffers (cow), Elaina Pusz, Alex Fabrizio, Jana Lu Schodzinski; standing: Owen Dobrzynoski, Taylor Andrews, Elizabeth Jeffers, Maria McKelvey, Mike Blanton, Isaac Swoyer; back row: Justin Swoyer (giant) and Shane Young

SOUPER BOWL

The House of The Carpenter’s Souper Bowl of Caring Luncheon will support the agency’s Hunger Ministries. Join them from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the House of The Carpenter, 200 S. Front St., Wheeling, for lunch and raffle. $25 gets you soup, salad, breadsticks, beverage and dessert, PLUS, take home a ceramic bowl, hand-made by a local artist. Or, pay $10 for lunch only. 304-233-4646; www.houseofthecarpenter.com

RED WINES OF RHONE

Cold winters are the best time to rediscover the rich, robust and spicy red wines of France’s Rhone Valley. Ideal for winter stews, wines like Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueras and Crozes-Hermitage have captured the palate of millions of people worldwide for their approachable style and value. Explore some of these, along with Cotes du Rhone, Lirac and others, at the Good Mansion Wines wine tasting, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. The wines will be served with cheeses of the Haut Savoie in France and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. www.goodmansionwines.com

FIRST FAMILIES

The Wheeling Area Genealogical Society’s monthly lecture series, Wheeling’s First Families — part of the year-long Wheeling 250 observance — features historian John Bowman speaking about “The Zanes’ Path to Wheeling in 1769.” The lecture will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Ohio County Public Library’s auditorium. www.wheeling250.net

LUNCH WITH BOOKS

Ron Lewis will discuss his book, “Walter F. White: The NAACP’s Ambassador for Racial Justice,” at Lunch With Books, at noon Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Ohio County Public Library. White was head of the NAACP from 1929 until his death in 1955. During his tenure, White was in the vanguard of the struggle for interracial justice. His reputation went into decline, however, in the era of grassroots activism that followed his death. White’s disagreements with the U.S. left, and his ambiguous racial background fueled ambivalence about his legacy. In this comprehensive biography, co-written by Robert L. Zangrando, the authors seek to provide a reassessment of White within the context of his own time, revising critical interpretations of his career. Lewis is Stuart and Joyce Robbins chair and professor emeritus of history at West Virginia University. Zangrando is professor emeritus of history at the University of Akron. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org

♥ VALENTINE’S DAY EVENTS

WOO AT THE ZOO

Meerkats do it. Squirrels do it. Red Pandas do it. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by finding out how animals at the Oglebay Good Zoo express affection for each other at Woo at the Zoo, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. This adults-only Valentine’s event includes a brunch of eggs, bacon, fruit, potatoes, biscuits, coffee and juice. Following brunch, guests will receive a guided tour of the Good Zoo’s vet hospital, and meet and greet with the Good Zoo animal ambassadors. As part of the Good Zoo’s commitment to the conservation of wildlife, this event allows guests to discover the importance of the Zoo’s breeding and rearing programs. $40 ($35 for Good Zoo members). Make reservations here.   

TEA FOR TWO

Join Joe and Gretchen Figaretti for a Valentine Tea Luncheon, noon, Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Eckhart House, 810 Main St., Wheeling. Additional times and dates are 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9; and noon, Saturday, Feb. 16. Guests will enjoy a three-tiered platter of turkey Waldorf triangles; herbed cucumber sandwiches; brie and pear crostini; seasonal fruit; cranberry almond scones with sweet cream and jam; red velvet crinkle cookies; cherry cheesecake tartlets; rose tea and their signature cream Earl Grey tea; $20 per person; reservations, 304-232-5439; www.EckhartHouse.com

A STRAND OF LOVE

Hear your favorite country, oldies and pop love songs from the 1950s to today when the Strand Theatre offers A Strand of Love Valentine Concert featuring The Ron Retzer Trio at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available online or in person at Ruttenbergs, Moundsville Pharmacy, and Frame & Fortune in Moundsville. Tickets may be available at the door if the show hasn’t sold out. $15.

CREATE YOUR OWN LOVE POTION!

Create your own love potion at the Empress Emporium Tea and Parfumerie, from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Explore the world of natural aphrodisiacs. Get ready for Valentine’s Day and smell luscious. Learn the history, the science and create your very own love potion. $25 ($5 off if you bring a snack). Seats will be limited. 700 Main St., Wheeling. RSVP to the Empress’ Facebook page.

VALENTINE’S EVE AT CLIENTELE

Grab your friends, your Galentine, or special someone and celebrate Valentine’s Day Eve at Clientele. OVConnect’s first Art Social from 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Clientele will introduce you to the works of local artists like Logan Schmitt, Tony Provenzano, Chad Fullerton, Mindi Yarbrough and Eric Price. Many of the pieces on display will be available to purchase. Mix, mingle and make new friends while checking out Wheeling’s growing arts scene. Wine, beer, and light refreshments provided courtesy of OVConnect. Register for the event here. $5.

CHAMPAGNE TOUR

Oglebay Institute will present a Valentine’s Champagne Tour of the Mansion Museum in Oglebay from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb.14. During the champagne tour, guests will learn about the lives and loves of three generations of the Oglebay family — secret engagements, tragedy, young love, second chances and more. Presented by Holly McCluskey, the program includes the rare opportunity to go inside the Mansion’s period rooms. Couples will receive champagne, chocolates, a single rose and a glass “kiss” made in the Glass Museum studio. The program appeals to local history buffs as well as those who are intrigued by stories of love and romance. $75 (OI members receive a discount); reservations required, 304-242-7272 or www.oionline.com.

DATE NIGHTS!

  • Take your sweetheart out on a date, escape to shop or take a nap for Parents’ Night Out, and the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley will take care of the kids. Drop your kiddos off for a few hours of fun, from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Pizza and snacks will be provided. $20 child/$15 per sibling, for ages 3 and up. (must be potty trained). Limited space available. Must be paid in full. Reserve your place by clicking here.
  • Why not bookend Valentine’s Day with another date night! Hosted by the Wheeling YMCA, on the heels of the successful New Year’s Eve Overnighter, is the Valentine’s sleepover. Drop off is 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and pick-up time is 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited. Kids can play games, go swimming, make arts and crafts and more. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided. The program will be supervised by the Y’s well-trained staff. (All staff is certified in CPR, AED machine and first aid.) Participants must bring a swimsuit, towel, pillow and sleeping bag. Early pick-up is available if child does not want to spend the night. For information, call Brian at 304-242-8086 or click here. $30

DUELING PIANOS DINNER SHOW

Treat your sweetheart to the Dueling Pianos Valentine’s Dinner Show hosted by Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Enjoy the sounds of Midwest Dueling Pianos while dining on sliced sirloin with mushroom demi, chicken florentine and more. $50. Tickets at Ticketmaster or the Wheeling Island Gift Shop.

YOU RUB MY BACK …

  • Looking for a fun date night idea? Join veteran massage therapist Kristy Ferguson for a great Valentine’s date night at a Couples Massage Workshop at Under The Elder Tree Apothecary & Healing Arts Centre. There are two chances to participate: 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, or 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. This workshop is designed for individuals who are not certified massage therapists to learn more about massage technique and to prevent tiring out your hands. Light refreshments will be provided. Advanced reservations required. $50 per couple.
  • And, if you want the massage lessons along with a family-style meal after, check out Rub & Grub. There are classes at 6 p.m. Feb. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. Rub & Grub offers basic massage therapy classes, each focusing on different areas of the body.  At the end of class, a catered meal from a local restaurant is provided. Meals are catered by Hangover BBQ, Wheeling Brewing Co. or the Vagabond Kitchen, depending on the date. Students also receive a take-home care package that contains all of the essentials to practice their newly acquired skills. $160 per couple, includes dinner.

FOR THAT SPECIAL PERSON

The Student-Special Person Dance at Woodsdale Elementary School is an opportunity for students to spend a fun evening with a special adult in his/her life. Enjoy dancing, games, cookies, punch, prizes, photos and fun from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Woodsdale Elementary School. The event is hosted by Woodsdale Elementary PTO. All students must be accompanied by an adult.

DOWN THE ROAD …

• Mystery Theatre Unlimited will rock and roll with its current show, featuring live original music — entirely performed by the actors, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at River City Restaurant, Wheeling. In “Rock’em Dead,” a musical-comedy, murder-mystery, dinner-theater show, a rock band that once enjoyed great success, but dissolved in a bitter break-up, is poised to be inducted in the Rock Hall of Fame. The problem is the surviving band members must reunite, but they hate each other. For reservations, call 304-233-4555. www.MysteryTheatreUnlimited.com

• The British musical invasion hits The Capitol Theatre with Music of the Knights: The Music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney with guest artists Scott Coulter, Kelli Rabke, John Boswell and Lorinda Lisitza, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. The Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by music director finalist Andrés Franco. Coulter, Rabke and Boswell return to Wheeling after having performed with the WSO in the 2017-18 season opener, Blockbuster Broadway. Currently in his fourth season as music director of Tulsa’s Signature Symphony and associate conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Franco returns to Wheeling after leading the WSO in November with A Night in Vienna. The Feb. 22 concert will include such hits as Memory, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, Hey Jude, Live and Let Die, Can You Feel the Love Tonight and Crocodile Rock. At 6 p.m., patrons can enjoy a pre-show dinner buffet. ($25, reservations are required); wheelingsymphony.com, 304-232-6191, boxoffice@wheelingsymphony.com

UP THE ROAD …

Starring a company of women, Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of “The Tempest” runs through Sunday, Feb. 24, at the O’Reilly Theater. “The Tempest” begins in silence in a patient’s room on the surgical oncology floor of a Pittsburgh hospital. In the bed is Prospero (Tamara Tunie), who is battling late-stage breast cancer. In Shakespeare’s play, Prospero is enraged because his brother and the king stole his dukedom. In this version, the betrayal Prospero suffers is her family’s abandonment during her illness. As Prospero begins to dream, both she and the audience are transported to a magical island where Shakespeare’s story unfolds, but now with a new resonance. 412-316-1600; ppt.org

• The Phantom of the Opera returns to Pittsburgh at the Benedum Center, Feb. 20 to March 3, with reinvented staging and stunning scenic design. This new version of “Phantom” is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America. Quentin Oliver Lee will portray the man behind the mask, with Eva Tavares as Christine Daaé, Jordan Craig as Raoul, Trista Moldovan as Carlotta Giudicelli, David Benoit as Monsieur Firmin, Rob Lindley as Monsieur André, Susan Moniz as Madame Giry, Phumzile Sojola as Ubaldo Piangi and SarahGrace Mariani as Meg Giry. TrustArts.org; 412-456-4800



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