AROUND THE WORLD WITH BOOKS

Dr. David Javersak will launch the online Ohio County Public Library’s Summer Reading for Adults series, People’s University: Around the World in Literature & Language, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11. “Reading Takes You Places” will start in Sweden. Dr. Javersak will discuss two Swedish authors of funny stories and warm human interest including Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown and Us Against You. These works were published first in Swedish between 2012 and 2018. Dr. Javersak will also talk about Jonas Jonasson, author of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared and The Accidential Further Adventures of the 100-Year-Old Man. At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, in class two, students will depart Sweden to fly 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.

Ohio County Public Library

THE TROUBADOUR’S BACK!

The Troubadour’s Sunday Concert Series is back on Facebook Live, from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, June 14. This week’s special guest charity is Laughlin Memorial Chapel in East Wheeling, This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization has operated for over 70 years offering free programs for Wheeling’s youth, including Afterschool Jam, Summer Jam, G.A.P. and Young Lions Club. You may make a donation to this vital program by visiting the chapel’s website right now or during the concert.

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. 

Oglebay

AFRICAN ADVENTURE

Check out the “African Adventure,” a new walking safari at the Oglebay Good Zoo. The zoo also recently has unveiled a new red wolf conservation breeding program along with a new “Wolf Wilderness” habitat.

DEFINING VOICES

The Weirton Area Museum & Cultural Center will open a new exhibit titled Defining Voices at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. The event is free and open to the public, and will follow the state’s COVID-19 opening guidelines. Featured artists include: Dale Biesecker, Bob Dombrowski and Jaci Rice. The exhibition will run through Friday, July 17.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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 at dmendel471@aol.com, 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.

VIRTUAL FESTIVAL, REAL ART

The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will be presented for the first time in its history as an all-digital festival. This year’s Festival grounds will take place on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website through June 14. Each evening, the Festival will present live-streamed events enabling a real-time communal experience. The events will be streamed simultaneously to the Festival’s Facebook page and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust YouTube account. Each evening, the Festival will present live-streamed events enabling a real-time communal experience. The events will be streamed simultaneously to the Festival’s Facebook page and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust YouTube account.

Three Rivers Art Festival

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