FIND THE TREASURE
Kids are taking over Centre Market from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, for the Centre Market Family Treasure Hunt. Kids will receive a free wristband for bounce houses, face painting, Big Bubble demos and downloadable fun family photos. The grownups can register for drawings for gift cards from Centre Market shops. Along with all the fun, the event will raise money for Paw It Forward to support its fundraising efforts for area K-9 Units. The first 100 participants will also receive a Centre Market Tote and a Centre Market Treasure Map to discover some of the shopping gems of Centre Market, collect trinkets and treasure, complete a craft project. Stop by Zeb’s Barky Bites to pick up your tote (first 100 kids) and wristband.
FIRST FRIDAY FUN
• At 6 p.m. Friday, June 7, visit SMART Centre Market for First Friday music with Jariel Henthorn, a 13-year-old musician from Moundsville. A performer with the bluegrass band Crandall Creek, she sings and plays a variety of instruments including piano, guitar and ukulele. At dusk, enjoy StarWatch with telescopes at SMART Centre Market.
• Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre is hosting several free programs Friday, June 7, as part of Wheeling’s monthly First Fridays event. Doors open at 6 p.m. In the Gallery at Towngate, attendees can view the exhibit “Pressed,” which features a collection of monoprints by Elizabeth Hestick. Film shorts by Undependent Films will be shown on the Towngate big screen. At 8 p.m., The Prosers, a group of local spoken word artists, will perform on the Harold G. O’Leary stage. Guests can also enjoy wine, craft beer and light refreshments. The first drink is complimentary. Oglebay Institute director of performing arts Tim Thompson said stopping at Towngate for First Friday is “a great way to start off your weekend and enjoy the talents of local artists, filmmakers, writers and performers. www.oionline.com
• The Tim Ullom Band will be featured at the Outdoor Concert Series at Centre Market, near the SMART Centre Market, 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 7. Seating is limited, so bring your own chairs. Some Centre Market businesses will be open late for the event. 304-234-3878.
• Artworks Around Town’s featured artists for the month of June, Cecy Rose and Alan Fitzpatrick, will greet guests at a free reception from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Artworks’s North Gallery in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market. Rose has had a long history of making art, while Fitzpatrick is a relative newcomer to the process. Since making her home in Wheeling, Rose has taught at Northern Community College and Stifel Fine Arts Center. Born in Saskatchewan, Fitzpatrick was surrounded by classmates of Canada’s First Nations, which led to his life-long affinity for Native People. After working as a psychologist and business owner, Fitzpatrick turned his attention to studying 18th century history. He began his current art journey several years ago with classes taught at Artworks.
• Join the fun at Casa di Vino — House of Wine on First Friday for the Walk About Wine Tasting, 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 7. Stop in and try the six featured wines of the evening, and enjoy cheese and meat trays. $10. 30-4905-8537; www.Casadivino1.com
• Start off your First Friday early in the day with Lunchtime Live! with Jason Treuman, 11:30-1 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Market Street Plaza. Grab your lunch and head to the plaza for free entertainment.
COLOR ME AU-SOME
Color Me Au-Some 5K Walk/Run is a fun and unique event where participants are covered, coated, swathed and plastered with dry tempera paint powder at stations throughout the course. The run and walk begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8. Packet pick-up will be available from 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, from 7-8 a.m. at Heritage Port. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org for a printable race application or visit the website. Following the race, participants can enjoy refreshments, door prizes, an awards ceremony and music provided by Nick Arno Entertainment. Participants are encouraged to wear white to fully engage in the “color me process.”
Selwyn Birchwood kicks off a full slate of summertime BluesDays at River City leading up to the Heritage Music BluesFest in August. Birchwood will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at River City. With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. The series continues with Brandon Santini, July 2; Lindsay Beaver, July 9; Nick Schnebelen, Wednesday, July 17; and Nikki Hill, Wednesday, July 24, with others to be announced. $20. Heritage Music BluesFest is set for Aug. 9-11. www.heritagemusicfest.com
HELP WHEELING HERITAGE CELEBRATE 25 YEARS
Join Wheeling Heritage for its 25th anniversary celebration, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at The Capitol Theatre. Cocktails and refreshments, heavy hors d’oeuvres and live jazz by Roger Hoard will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed at 7 p.m. with awards, special videos, vision and impact presentations. $50. RSVP by June 6.
RUB & GRUB
Rub & Grub will hold its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Friday, June 7. The ribbon cutting with the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce is at 11 a.m., and from noon to 10 p.m., the business will be open and ready for fun. There will be a donation chair massage for Project HOPE all day long — $1 per minute goes directly to Project Hope. Food from Wheeling Brewing and Hangover BBQ and cupcakes from Whisk will be available throughout the day, along with karaoke and open mic, tours and a sample of a massage class. Live music provided by #DarkSunset begins at 5:30 p.m.
Get a rare peek at some of the most exquisite kitchens in Wheeling during Oglebay Institute’s Secret Kitchens of Wheeling Tour and Gourmet Market on Saturday, June 8. Presented by the Committee of the Museums of Oglebay Institute, this biennial event raises money for the Mansion and Glass Museums and ushers in summer with a self-guided tour of Wheeling’s grandest kitchens and an opportunity to shop from more than 40 vendors. Cost is $17 in advance or $20 the day of the event. The vendor market, located on the walkways near the Mansion Museum, is free. To discover whose kitchens are being featured, arrive at the Mansion Museum between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 8. Guests will purchase a ticket and receive a detailed map to find each of the secret kitchens. Names will be revealed then – and only then. The last tickets are sold at 2 p.m., and guests have until 4 p.m. to take the self-guided tour. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register in advance for the Secret Kitchens Tour, call the Mansion Museum at 304-242-7272 or visit www.oionline.com.
KICK OFF SUMMER
It’s the summer kickoff party you’ve been waiting for — the 13th annual Party in the Park presented by Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration, at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Levenson Shelter at Oglebay. Join the Circus Saints & Sinners as they bring the theatrical power pop rock band The M-80s for a raucous night of fabulous food, fun and good times. Ruttenbuck’s Grill & Bar will provide favorite summertime foods.
LIVE ON STAGE
Nail City Record presents Mateo Monk featuring The Spiritual Underground on the NCR live stage. The music of Mateo Monk is a synthesis of multiple genres of world roots music, heavily informed by the spontaneous freedom of psychedelic jam culture. Mateo performs solo on the guitar, flute, synthesizer and melodica, utilizing a looper pedal to create fully-textured rhythms. It’s a modern spin on the iconic idea of the one-man band. Mateo has been performing for 23 years and has worked with many influential artists, including Thievery Corporation, Junior Marvin of Bob Marley and The Wailers, and members of the legendary reggae group Culture. The Spiritual Underground is a psychedelic indie rock duo from Wheeling, featuring band members Chase Bonar (guitar and vocals) and John McFarland (drums). Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
COUNTRY AND COMEDY
A unique duo offering a blend of music and comedy will be featured at Undo’s Elm Grove Saturday, June 8, as 2 Broke Country Girls performs from 9 p.m. to midnight. Comprised of two daughters of country music fathers who performed at Jamboree U.S.A., the Pittsburgh-based duo specializes in country, classic rock, oldies, blues, disco and easy listening, peppered with comedic characters such as The Juggs, Sunny and Sher, Disco Divas and the ’60s Girls, with just the right blend of music and comedy in every story line. The duo has performed throughout the Pittsburgh area for the past two years.
WELLNESS & YOGA
West Virginia Wellness will present the second in its series of wellness lectures at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the Ohio County Public Library. Carrie White will discuss the benefits of yoga, especially as related to stress and how it can help alleviate it through gentle stretches and poses. White has been a yoga instructor for over 25 years. She works for the WVU Entrepreneurial Center and has a law degree. At the lecture, she will invite attendees to do yoga positions. Bring a mat with you, but there will be some available if you don’t have one.
LUNCH WITH WRITERS
Marc Harshman, poet laureate of West Virginia, will host a day of poetry and prose, welcoming his friends Valerie Nieman and Kevin Rippin to Lunch With Books, at noon Tuesday, June 11. Nieman is the author of four novels, including To the Bones, coming soon, and three poetry collections, including Leopard Lady: A Life in Verse. Her awards include the Greg Grummer, Nazim Hikmet and Byron Herbert Reece poetry prizes. A WVU and Queens University of Charlotte graduate, she now teaches creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University. Rippin earned a master’s degree in writing from the University of Pittsburgh. He has worked as a corporate editor and writer, and currently teaches writing as a full-time lecturer at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for sale and autographs. 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; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
ALL SUMMER LONG …
• Pocket Change, 7 p.m., Sunday, June 9, Oglebay Sundaes Under the Stars, Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater
• Vinyl Soul, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, Warwood Toe Tappin’ Tuesdays, Warwood Garden Park
• Shades of Time, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, St. Clairsville Summer Concert Series, Central Park Complex
• Bowie Live tribute, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, 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; www.oglebay.com/segways.
DIVE INTO DISCOUNTS
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 June 14, 28; 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; www.oglebay.com/wheeling-park.
DOWN THE ROAD …
• The Eckhart House is hosting two tea luncheons in June — June 15 in celebration of Father’s Day and a Summer Tea on June 29. The menus include freshly prepared tea sandwiches, scones served with sweet cream and jam, seasonal fruit, assorted confections and gourmet tea. Reservations are required. Teas can be arranged by appointment for groups of six to 26 persons. 304-232-5439; www.EckhartHouse.com
• Cecy Rose will present a Yupo workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Artworks Around Town. Size of class is limited. For more information and a list of supplies needed, check out The Artworks website or call the desk at 304-233-7540. Artworks is a nonprofit organization offering display and sales space for juried artists as well as providing ongoing community outreach activities. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5:30 on Monday -Saturday except for Fridays when closing is at 6 p.m. For information about how to join Artworks, consult the website.
UP THE ROAD …
• The 60th anniversary year of the Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off Friday, June 7, with music, art, outdoor performances, artisans’ goods, food trucks and more. Events continue through June 16. Visit the website for a full schedule, map, history and more.
• Pittsburgh Public Theater ends its season with the Pittsburgh premiere of Marjorie Prime, the funny and emotional sci-fi hit written by Jordan Harrison (TV’s “Orange is the New Black”) and directed by Marya Sea Kaminski, who is completing her first year as The Public’s artistic director. Marjorie Prime runs through Sunday, June 30, at the O’Reilly Theater. In Harrison’s play — a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize — the company Senior Serenity manufactures “primes,” a holographic “person” made as a companion for someone who has lost a family member. Their artificial intelligence is loaded with memories specific to the customer who buys it. The play stars Nathan Hinton, a Morgantown, W.Va., native, known for Angels in America, Two Trains Running, Blood Knot, Romeo and Juliet, A Streetcar Named Desire, and others including television credits “Manifest,” “Madam Secretary,” “Elementary,” “The Good Wife” and the new military legal series “The Code.” 412-316-1600, ppt.org