CELEBRATE DAD

Oglebay will host a Father’s Day Celebration from Friday, June 19, through Sunday, June 21, that will include fireworks on June 20, a silly Dad’s Belly Flop Competition and a variety of other activities. Check out the complete schedule of fun things to do with Dad here.

MAKE A SPLASH

The water is fine! Bridge Park Pool on Wheeling Island and Garden Park Pool in Warwood will be open daily from noon to 7 p.m. starting Friday, June 19. The occupancy of each pool will be limited to 100 people. Attendees will be asked to wear facial coverings and personal protection when possible and maintain a distance of six feet from one another. Bring chairs as no benches or seating will be provided. Hand sanitizer will be available, but pool users are encouraged to bring their own. The bathhouses will be open, but swimmers are asked to come already dressed to swim to limit the number of people in small spaces.

GUESS WHAT’S PLAYING?

Wheeling Park has a mystery free drive-in movie on Friday, June 19. Visitors are invited to grab a parking spot in front of Wheeling Park’s White Palace to enjoy a free, family-friendly film from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk. Because of social distancing, the number of vehicles permitted to attend drive-in movies will be limited. Upon arrival, Wheeling Park associates will direct guests to their designated parking spot. Moviegoers must remain in their vehicles except when accessing restroom facilities at the White Palace or W.E. Stone Building. Visitors wishing to purchase refreshments can do so via phone at 304-243-4185; a Wheeling Park associate will deliver the items to their vehicle. Drive-in movie titles will not be published due to movie licensing constraints.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 a movie guessing game, where they’ll be challenged to guess the movie titles. For more information, call the Wheeling Park main office at 304-243-4085.

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MUSIC IN THE HILLS

Music in the Hills, hosted by Grand Vue Park, will feature the duo Markus and James from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, June 19, outside of The Vue & Bar Grill. The venue asks audience members to social distance and, if you have health concerns or pre-existing health issues, to stay home. The event is sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce.

SUNDAY FUNDAYS

Get a real bargain every Sunday through Labor Day at Oglebay’s Sunday Fundays! Take advantage of 50 percent off activity bands that include admission to the Crispin Center Outdoor Pool and Fountains of Fun, Oglebay Good Zoo and Train Ride, Aerial Challenge Course, miniature golf, Par 3 Golf, fishing at Schenk Lake, pedal boating, aqua cycles and kayaks at Schenk Lake, trolley rides, tennis court rentals, pickleball, bike rentals, Glass and Mansion museums and the Schrader Environmental Center nature programs. Wristbands can be purchased at all locations that accept them except Mansion Museum, Glass Museum, Schrader Center and trolley.

AROUND THE WORLD WITH BOOKS

The Thursday, June 18, edition of the online Ohio County Public Library’s Summer Reading for Adults series, People’s University: Around the World in Literature & Language, will take students 1,000 miles southeast and a century back in time exploring Russia through the novellas of Leo Tolstoy. Led by Dr. Ian Lanzillotti, Bethany history professor and Russian speaker, the class will include useful words and phrases in Russian. On June 25, retired Wheeling Jesuit University history professor Dr. Joe Laker will lead his class 4,600 miles east (and 270 years back in time to 1639) across the massive Eurasian Steppe to explore Japan through Endo Shusaku’s novel Silence. Endo was Japan’s best known Japanese Catholic novelist, and this particular historical novel is set in early 17th century Japan. A Japanese speaker, Dr. Laker will also teach Japanese words and phrases. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m.

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POETS OF THE ROUNDTABLE

Join Marc Harshman, West Virginia’s poet laureate, as he leads the annual Authors’ Roundtable, from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 21. The roundtable aims to showcase regional authors and provide an opportunity for community members to learn more about the authors, their works, their processes and inspiration. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions with the panel, which will be composed of poets James Harms, Mary Moore, Elizabeth Savage and Cameron Barnett.

J.B. CHAMBERS READY FOR PLAY

The City of Wheeling’s two J.B. Chambers Sports Complexes are now available for use with some restrictions. The J.B. Chambers Sports Complex on 16th Street is open from dawn until dusk for play, while times for conditioning and practices only can be scheduled through Wheeling’s Parks and Recreation Department. However, games are NOT permitted at this time, and all access to the bleachers is restricted. Beginning Monday, June 22, games and other competitions can begin on the 16th Street field, but the Safety Guidance for Low-Contact Sports set down by Governor Jim Justice must be followed. At the J.B. Chambers I-470 Complex, the batting cages and the interior practice field area between Ben’s Field and Lisa’s Field are open for batting practices and conditioning during the day when staff is present. However, the fields will remain closed for the time being for field improvements. The fields will be ready for play by June 22.

STOP THE SILENCE

This Sunday night, June 21, the Troubadour’s Sunday Concert Series will benefit Stop The Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse Inc., a non-profit organization that is headed by Dr. Pamela Joan Pine. Stop The Silence is a charitable group that focuses on ending child sexual abuse throughout the world. Tune in to the R.J. Gaudio Gaudio — Troubadour Facebook page to listen.

AUDITIONING? IT’S A PIECE OF CAKE

The Brooke Hills Playhouse will hold auditions for “The Red Velvet Cake War,” a comedy by the team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Playhouse, located in Brooke Hills Park. Rehearsals will begin July 13, with performances scheduled for Aug. 21-23 and 28-30. Social distancing will be observed, with small groups reading selections from the play. Anyone interested in auditioning for the show should contact the director, Diana Mendel of Wellsburg, by email or call the Playhouse at 304-737-3344, in order to secure an audition spot. Actors unable to audition at the scheduled time can make other arrangements. The comedy has roles for seven females and five males, ranging in age from 30 to 80. Actors need not be those exact ages, as long as they can play those ages believably.

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