We could all use a little calm in our lives right now. While Happy Goat Yoga is closed, owner Lindsey Schooler is offering online sessions. Visit HGY’s Facebook page/videos.
TAKE A HIKE
At least it’s springtime — a great time to be outside! Wheeling Heritage Trails are open, as are the trails at Oglebay Park.
CARRY OUT, CARRY ON
• Wheeling Restaurant Week continues through Saturday, with most of the eateries offering delivery or curbside take-out. In this time of COVID-19 and dine-in bans, our locally owned restaurants need and appreciate community support!
• While restaurants are closed for table seating in Ohio, you can still get a bite to eat at the Ohio Valley Mall. According to a mall spokesperson, “Pursuant to the state order, restaurants are still permitted to sell food on a carry-out or delivery basis. There are currently 17 different eateries and food options at the mall complex offering a wide variety of tasty fare. On March 19, another one joins the lineup. Chick-Fil-A will open for business, drive-through only, Thursday morning.”
WORK WITH CLAY
Starting this weekend, East Wheeling Clayworks will be offering make-at-home Sculpt N’ Gulp kits for the community to use during these next few weeks of limited public interaction. They’re starting with Garden Gnomes, Animal Planters and Monsters! Each kit will contain everything you need to do one of the projects, as well as a step-by-step video on their website of how to complete the project. Adam and Beth Bedway will ship the kit straight to your door or deliver it locally to your doorstep to keep everyone safe. “Once this coronavirus craziness dies down you can bring your piece to the studio to get glazed and fired! We thought this would be great for parents staying home with kids, or as a group activity with roommates,” they said. Kits will be available though their website. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the release.
• The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is just one of many museums around the world that offers virtual exhibits. Grab a glass of wine or some sparkling soda and some snacks and sit down with some masterpieces.
If Tuesday’s at noon just aren’t the same without Lunch With Books, you can check out some past library programs on Facebook. Here’s a Lunch With Books with Wheeling historian Margaret Brennan on YouTube.
GOT THE ALL-THE-CONCERTS-ARE-CANCELED BLUES?
• Blues artists are directly live-streaming their shows at Can’t Stop the Blues and also on YouTube. Upcoming shows include: Mike Zito, Thursday, March 19, 9 p.m.; Albert Castiglia, Friday, March 20, 9 p.m.; Nick Schnebelen, Saturday, March 21, 9 p.m.; Jason Ricci, Monday, March 23, 9 p.m.; more TBA. Canceled local shows at BluesDays at River City were to have featured Schnebelen and Castiglia this month.
• Other concerts are available at nugs.net. Watch Springsteen, Dead & Company, Wilco, The Brothers: “Mountain Jam” and more.
• If opera is more your thing, the Metropolitan Opera is live streaming.
• You can also stream your favorite Broadway shows here. Musicals, drama, classics, Shakespeare, documentaries and more are available. (fee) Or, check out YouTube for some free filmed Broadway shows. Also, Hoopla, iTunes, Amazon offer options.
• Interested in bald eagles? You can watch the Pittsburgh Hays Bald Eagle live-stream video of Mom and Dad Eagle sitting on their nest with two eggs.
• Or peregrines? A great cure for cabin fever and better than Netflix: the Providence Peregrine Falcons are back and eggs are on their way.
PLAYTIME at the PUBLIC
The Pittsburgh Public Theater invites the public to PlayTime, a new 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, March 19, and Friday, March 20, join Marya as she introduces the series and reads excerpts from Shakespeare’s classic tale of courage and imagination, “Henry V.” Next Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27, tune in for Marya and special guests reading Oscar Wilde’s smart and quick-witted classic, “The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.” 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.
A TRIVIAL MATTER
Missing local trivia nights? A pub quiz company in Edinburgh, Scotland, is holding nightly pub quizzes online that anyone across the world can take part in.
SO MUCH TO LEARN & SO MUCH TIME!
Now that you have the time, check out Skillshare, an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics such as illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing and more. On Skillshare, millions of members come together to find inspiration and take the next step in their creative journey.
FOR THE KIDDOS (and parents’ sanity, too!)
Virtual School Activities is a collection of sites to live web cams, virtual tours/trips, and other miscellaneous fun academic sites. What started as a Google Sheet for virtual schooling during this 2020 crisis has blossomed into a comprehensive website.
And don’t forget books. It’s a great time to dive into that pile of books on the bedstand or catch up on your magazines. Or, if you need online books, videos, music, etc., and you don’t have a library card for the Ohio County Public Library, you can easily sign up for a temporary card here.