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Experience India’s vast cultural and spiritual history at the Festival of India, set for 2-8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Wheeling Heritage Port. Listen to live music and watch dance performances, taste traditional foods, and enjoy games and activities for the entire family. Try on a sari and turban, get a henna tattoo on your hand, do yoga in the meditation zone (classes every hour on the hour), watch the parade at 5 p.m. and much more. 304-843-1600


Wheeling’s iconic Suspension Bridge is 170 years old this year! The Wheeling 250 committee held a day-long celebration on June 22, inviting the community to come out and paint their interpretations of the bridge. View those paintings at the Suspension Bridge Plein Air Exhibit from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, on the 3rd Floor Loft Gallery at the Wheeling Artisan Center.


Oglebay Institute’s Parcel Players will stage “The Bold, the Young and the Murdered,” by Don Zolidis at 7 p.m. July 11-13 at Towngate Theatre. The long-running soap opera, “The Bold and the Young,” is in its last days: its hunky hero has self-esteem issues, its villainous old man is more interested in soup, and its heroines are slightly psychopathic. The executive producer gives the squabbling cast an ultimatum — complete one episode overnight or the show dies. But when the director ends up murdered, and other cast members start dropping like flies, it seems like his threat might actually come true. Can these misfits discover the murderer before the show is literally killed off? $8. 304-242-7700;


Narrative Fiber: Form, Fashion, Function, an all-woman art exhibition, opens with a free reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center. The exhibit seeks to present fiber beyond its utilitarian applications — revealing how artists push the conventional thinking of how it is used. The result is a narrative that stems from fiber to art to fashion and circles back to utility along the way. The exhibit is on display through Aug. 17 and is sponsored by United Bank and Wheeling Heritage.


Join your friends for Lunchtime Live! from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Market Plaza in downtown Wheeling. Grab your lunch at a local restaurant and head to the plaza for free entertainment provided by Dustin and Lilli, a duo band influenced by bluegrass and Appalachian folk music.


The City of Wheeling will host Mutts & A Movie Night at 9:30 p.m., Friday, July 12, at Heritage Port. The public is invited to bring their canine companions for the screening of Disney’s “101 Dalmatians,” starring Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil. Pets must be on a leash and all city ordinances must be adhered to by those attending. Typically, pets are not permitted in the seating area at Heritage Port, but an exception will be made for this event. 304-234-6432.


The St. Michael Parish Community Festival will offer food, fun and fellowship, 6-10 p.m. Thursday, July 11; and 5-11 p.m. Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13. Entertainment lineup includes: Thursday — 6 p.m., Brother Randall & Friends; 8 p.m. Logan Wojcik; Friday — 5 p.m., Eli Lambie and the Mojo Kings; 8 p.m., Hit Play; Saturday, 5 p.m. — Marsh Wheeling String Band, 8 p.m.; Miller Smith & Mazure.


Glory Days: a Tribute to Bruce Springsteen is coming to the Wheeling Island Showroom, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12. $15. Tickets available at the Wheeling Island Gift Shop or through Ticketmaster.


Singer-songwriter Jule Carenbauer will perform a variety of familiar adult contemporary music along with select original music from 9 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, July 13, at Undo’s Elm Grove. Carenbauer has been a solo acoustic player for years and has recorded two CDs with a full band. Undo’s is located at 1253 National Road, Wheeling.

Jule Carenbauer


On Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University has a fun-filled day of STEM for girls, (grades K-3) introducing robot coding with the use of Code and Go Robot Mouse. Students will participate in a distance learning experience, “Want to Be an Astronaut,” that will allow them to think like an astronaut to discover the differences between life on Earth and in space. The day will end with a hands-on hour of working in space in the Micronaut Simulator. Lunch with be provided. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Giving Circle of the Ohio Valley. Register here.


 Jim Adams, former aerospace engineer on the Gemini and Apollo space missions, will use models and photos to take participants along on the first lunar landing and a safe return to earth, in a special edition of People’s University, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the Ohio County Public Library. His presentation describes the rockets used to get the astronauts from liftoff to traveling at speeds fast enough to escape the earth’s gravitational pull and then coasting to the moon. He will share his story of a small-town boy who, with the guidance of a college professor, followed his dream of becoming an aeronautical engineer and ultimately participating in man’s greatest adventure to leave planet Earth and explore the moon.

Jim Adams


It’s brown bag tasting time! Guess the wine at 6 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Good Mansion Wines. Try an assortment of red and white wines, from $10 to $100, and see who can guess what is what, and at what price point. The bags will be uncovered at the end for an evening full of surprises, gotchas and new favorites. Wines will be served with cheeses and French baguettes. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40.


Wheeling Country Day School welcomes the community to campus to celebrate 90 years of education, with music, games, art and fun for the whole family, at 2 p.m. Monday, July 15. Read Weelunk’s story on WCDS’s 90 years here.


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Mystery Theatre Unlimited will present the hilarious musical-comedy, murder-mystery, “Rock ’em Dead,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, as part of the City of Wheeling’s Two Tappin’ Tuesdays Too summer outdoor concert series. The free performance is family-friendly and open to the public. In “Rock ‘em Dead,” the popular 1980s rock band Tone Def was known primarily for its excessive theatrics and outrageous antics, both onstage and off. Thirty years later, the band’s manager is determined to reunite the band not only for the award, but also to use the renewed media attention to launch a world tour. But the former bandmates have not reconciled after an ugly split-up. Given the tension among these characters, this reunion could literally be murder. In case of rain, the show will be presented in the skating rink area, adjacent to Wheeling Park’s White Palace.

The cast of Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s “Rock ’em Dead” are, from left, Dustin Heavilin, Butch Maxwell, Rick Call, Ryan Sears and original cast member Maria McKelvey. For the Wheeling Park performance, Vera Barton-Maxwell will assume McKelvey’s role.


Nick Schnebelen, will perform at BluesDays at River City, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. One of  three siblings who won the IBC competition a few years ago, and then rose to fame as Trampled Under Foot, Schnebelen will bring his guitar magic to the stage in Wheeling. Other upcoming BluesDays at River City events include: Nikki Hill, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24; and Sue Foley, 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. $20

Nick Schnebelen


Dr. Ned Ketyer, a consultant for SWPA Environmental Health Project and board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility — Pennsylvania, and Climate Reality Project Leader, along with co-panelist Matthew Mehalik, executive director of the Pittsburgh-based Breathe Collaborative and its communications platform, the Breathe Project, will discuss the “Environmental and Health impacts of Ethane Crackers and Shale Gas Development,” at noon Tuesday, July 16, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244;


Relax and rejuvenate at the Wheeling Chamber’s third annual Women’s Expo, from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the Wheeling Park White Palace. There will be a free health screening and health tips from experts, a fashion show, financial tips, make-up and fashion tips, a silent auction, vendors along with hors d’oeuvres and dessert. $25 Wheeling Chamber members/$30 general public.



• Easy Street Band, 7 p.m., Friday, July 12, Glen Dale Park, Marshall County Summer Concert Series

Gregg Molnar, 7-10 p.m., Saturday, July 13, Smokin Saturday Nights, Route 88 BBQ & Brew at Oglebay

• Hard Days Night, 7 p.m., Sunday, July 14, Oglebay Sundaes Under the Stars, Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater

Crandall Creek, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, St. Clairsville Summer Concert Series, Central Park Complex

• The Wheeling Jamboree, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, Wheeling Waterfront Wednesdays, Heritage Port


Oglebay announces the return of scenic Segway tours! Tours take riders on an adventure through the park’s hard-surface trail system to enjoy breathtaking scenery while aboard the ultimate high-tech ride. Segway tours depart from Oglebay’s Schenk Lake boathouse daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per person, and tours are approximately 90 minutes. All Segway riders must be at least 16 years of age and wear a helmet and closed-toe shoes. 304-243-4026;


Beat the heat and take advantage of special rates all summer long with Wheeling Park’s Fun After Five discount program. Through Aug. 9, park visitors will receive discounted pool admission of $3 for adults and $1 for children, plus free waterslide admission from 5-7 p.m. Guests can also enjoy half-priced activity wristbands daily after 5 p.m. Activity wristbands provide access to mini-golf, swimming, water slide, tennis and pedal boats. 304-243-4085


Back by popular demand, Wheeling Park presents free summer drive-in movies. Grab a parking spot in front of the Wheeling Park White Palace at dusk for an old-fashioned drive-in experience. Drive-In movies take place from 9-11 p.m. on July 12, 26; Aug. 16, 30. Guests who prefer to float with a flick can dive into the Wheeling Park pool to enjoy the summer dive-in movie series from 9-11 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 10. Admission for kids ages 4-12 is $6.25, and admission for guests ages 13 and older is $7.25. The movie screening is included with the cost of pool admission. Dive-in movies can also be enjoyed free of charge from the upper level of Wheeling Park’s Stone Building. Drive-in and dive-in movie titles will not be published due to movie licensing constraints. However, guests are encouraged to visit the Wheeling Park Facebook page to participate in weekly movie guessing games, where they’ll be challenged to guess the movie titles for themselves. 304-243-4085;


• Skyflight Productions will present an evening with the Wildwoods on Saturday, July 13, at Grange Hall in Barnesville. The Wildwoods, a band from Lincoln, Nebraska, brings a pioneering sound to Americana roots music. Following the successful release of their album, “Sweet Nostalgia,” the Wildwoods have opened for touring bands such as Elephant Revival, The Hunts, The Accidentals, The Von Trapps and Jamie Wyatt. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. $10. 423-276-2653 or Skyflight Productions on Facebook.

The Wildwoods

• “Mama Mia” continues this weekend at Brooke Hills Playhouse at 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, July 14. “Mama Mia!” takes place during a 24-hour period in the summer of 1999 on the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi, where bride-to-be Sophie dreams of having her father give her away at her upcoming wedding. The only problem is that Sophie’s mother, the free-spirited Donna, refuses to identify Sophie’s father, so Sophie narrows down the list to three likely suspects, and invites all three men to the wedding. 304-737-3344

Bethany Fernbaugh, Odessa Hores, Walt Warren and Kara Zanes rehearse for the Brooke Hills Playhouse production of the musical comedy, “Mamma Mia!”

Don’t miss what the New York Times calls “convulsively funny” parody, as Pittsburgh’s CLO presents “Spamilton,” at Pittsburgh’s CLO’s Green Cabaret Theater, 655 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh. The show runs Wednesdays-Sundays through Aug. 25. Tickets 412-456-666 or online.