Spring has sprung — believe it or not!

While the temperatures are still on the chilly side, we can expect lots of sunshine for the next few days, so there’s no excuse not to explore the upcoming events!

Step Right Up

• This event will get the blood flowing and your feet tapping! The seventh annual Wheeling Polka Festival is set for Friday, March 23, through Sunday, March 25, at Glessner Auditorium, Wilson Lodge, Oglebay. Join 12-time Grammy-nominated polka band Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push, The NuTones, Ray Jay and The Carousels, and The John Gora Band & The Knewz for a weekend of polka pleasure. The kick-off party gets things going at 8 p.m. Friday, March 23. Also, Polish favorites such as sauerkraut soup, haluski, pierogies with sauteed onions, golabki with tomato sauce, grilled kielbasa, and pork roast and kraut sandwiches on brioche with spicy mustard, will be available for purchase. www.oglebay.com/wheeling-polka-festival


Music, Music, Music!

• At the Albert S. George Youth Center in Barnesville, see The Brother Brothers, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22. Identical twins Adam and David Moss lean toward the darker elements of Appalachian, klezmer and bluegrass traditions. The music is laden with harmonies that only siblings seem to achieve. David is featured on cello and guitar, while Adam plays the string fiddle. 423-276-2653 or visit Skyflight Productions on Facebook.

• At the Pennyroyal Opera House, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, with opening band, Out of the Blue, will entertain Friday, March 23. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the opening band to take the stage at 7 p.m. www.pennyroyalbluegrass.com

Hunting Demons

• Ready for some inspiration? “Demon Hunting and Other Life Lessons” is the title of best-selling author Jeannette Walls’ talk at West Liberty University, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22. Walls’ memoir “The Glass Castle” about her life growing up in the desert and in the Appalachian town of Welch, W.Va. was named by Amazon as one of the top 10 books of the decade. Her story of survival, resilience and optimism should not be missed! The lecture is part of the Hughes Lecture Series named for Dr. Raymond Grove Hughes, a beloved teacher at the school from 1931-1970. Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in College Hall and will be followed by a book signing and reception in Boyle Conference Center. To read more about her, visit weelunk.com/glass-castles-demons-jeannette-walls or westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/01/31/best-selling-author-jeannette-walls-guest-hughes-lecture

Think Outside the Book

• The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library will present a Think Outside the Book film at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. The feature will be “Breathe,” a historical bio-drama based on the true story of Robin and Diana Cavendish. Robin Cavendish is given only a few months to live when he is struck down by polio at 28. But his wife Diana plots a daring escape from the hospital, and they seek a full and passionate life together, raising a son, traveling and helping others. This is an inspiring true love story, set in Great Britain, and marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander and Hugh Bonneville. The 2017 release is rated PG-13. This film showing is free and open to the public. Moundsville Library is located at the corner of Tomlinson and Fifth Street in Moundsville. 304-845-6911


Charismatic and spirited, Junie B. Jones (Marra Tharp, right) documents her experiences navigating the shifting social landscape of first grade through “top-secret personal beeswax” entries in her diary. While basking in the joy of having a brand new lunch box, Junie B. takes advice from her mother (Amanda Rine, left).

Curtains Up

• Moundsville Middle School students will present “Junie B. Jones, The Musical,” a 60-minute student version of the witty and charming show that follows the adventures of a precocious girl named Junie B., nervously facing the beginning of first grade. The production is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, and at 6 p.m. Friday, March 23, in the auditorium at Sherrard Middle School, 1000 Fairmont Pike, Wheeling. Tickets are available at Moundsville Middle School or at the door.

• “He’s Alive,” a musical passion play, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at The Capitol Theatre. Admission is free.

• The last two performances of “The Cripple of Inishmaan” are set for Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24. The dark, Irish comedy was written by Martin McDonagh, writer/director of the film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which received 43 major nominations for the 2018 awards season, winning 20 awards including two Oscars and four Golden Globes. www.oionline.com

• Love will set sail as Mystery Theatre Unlimited presents “Murder on the Luv Boat” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at River City Restaurant, 14th and Main streets, Wheeling. “Murder on the Luv Boat” invites passengers to hop aboard a fabled cruise ship where lovers renew their commitments to one another – or commit a murder before the first port of call. Along the way, audience members will participate as members of the crew, enjoy broad comedy, musical parodies and attempt to solve a murder mystery. 304-233-4555 or www.rivercitybanquets.com

Mix it Up

• Discover the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley at the Spring Museum Mixer, 6-7:3- p.m. Thursday, March 22, 1000 Main St., Wheeling. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks provided.

Drink Up

• Syrah, From France and Beyond: This noble Rhone Valley grape manifests itself in wines from its homeland in the Rhone to Australia, South Africa, Italy, California and beyond.  Come to Good Mansion Wines and explore the expressions of this amiable red grape, from Cotes du Rhone to Crozes Hermitage, Australian and South African Shiraz, California Syrah and more. Presented by the staff of Good Mansion Wines. Served with an assortment of cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. goodmansionwines.com

Not So Trivial Cause

• Put on your thinking caps and participate in the Holy Family Child Care and Development Center Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 24, at Generations Restaurant and Pub. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sponsor reception at 6 p.m. www.facebook.com/events/162407114548007

In the Bag

• The Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary’s Snag a Bag event is set for Friday, March 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Elm Grove Civics. Great designer bags, some filled with wonderful things, will be up for bid at silent and live auctions. Tickets are available at the door.g

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