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Dancing with the Docs

Many times physicians need to be quick on their feet when dealing with a medical situation. This Saturday, however, eight of Marietta’s finest will put on a pair of dancing shoes to help the Strecker Cancer Center. Dancing with the Docs is a presentation by McDonald’s of Marietta, LLC, ...

Merchants and Artist Walk in Parkersburg

From staff reports The first Market Street Merchants and Artists Walk in downtown Parkersburg will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, featuring more than 20 retail shops, restaurants, offices and services along with local and regional artists. Downtown PKB and Artsbridge are partners in ...

Photo submitted by Prudence Burgardt
Children make creatures out of wood at a craft table at last year’s Community Earth Day Celebration.

Celebrating Earth Day

By Kate York The Marietta Times kyork@mariettatimes.com It’s the 18th year for the annual Community Earth Day Celebration in Marietta and the event will focus on some old traditions—like the Sweet Gum Ball Contest—and some newer additions that include a chance to learn how to ...

Earth Day-themed events Saturday at wildlife refuge

From staff reports The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge will have an Earth Day Celebration full of activities for the whole family on Saturday. The celebration will kick off with a morning of planting trees on the refuge followed by a fun-filled afternoon with ranger-led hikes, ...

Children’s theater doing 2 shows of ‘Peter and Wendy’ at the Smoot

From staff reports Area children are working and rehearsing each evening this week to learn dialogue and scenes as they prepare to put on a play Saturday at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg. The Missoula Children’s Theatre program has returned to the Smoot Theatre, giving local ...

The Giver

The Giver Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is ...

Photo courtesy of Veritas Classical Academy
Students in Megan Dougherty’s music class at Veritas take advantage of a sunny day to practice songs outside for an upcoming performance at First Fridays commemorating Marietta’s birthday.

Marietta birthday celebration

Marietta’s 229th birthday celebration will be full of fun and interesting things to do, including art, music and a scavenger hunt. Marietta Main Street’s First Fridays event for April will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. and will include a photo booth at Twisted Sisters Boutique; artwork at John ...

Easter-related activities

A variety of Easter activities are planned in the local area this weekend: ¯ In Belpre, Belpre Heights United Methodist Church will hold its free Easter Bunny Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church at 720 Clement Ave. in Belpre. Pancakes, sausage and drinks will be available. ...

Photo submitted by Patti McKibben
An assortment of embroidered Warren-themed key chains will be available at The Patti Wagon booth at the first Warren Spring Craft and Vendor Fair on Saturday.

Warren boosters craft show

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. That old adage rings true when it comes to the highly successful Warren Band Booster craft show. A Christmas holiday craft show is a popular tradition each November, so much so that organizers are going to try it again on Saturday, with a spring theme. ...

Long Rifle exhibit at Lafayette

From staff reports The Association of Ohio Long Rifle Collectors (AOLRC) will hold its 42nd annual exhibit on Saturday and Sunday at The Lafayette Hotel, 101 Front St. in Marietta. The exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 ...

Marietta’s ‘birthday’ dinner reservations due

The Washington County Historical Society will continue the long tradition of commemorating "Marietta's birthday" with a dinner and program on Friday, April 7. The dinner will be served at First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta, at 5:30 p.m. Chair lifts are available at both ...

KATE YORK   The Marietta Times
Reece Nichols, a tutor at the Ely Chapman Education Foundation, helps organize books for the foundation's Spring Fling event on Tuesday.

Spring Fling at Ely Chapman

About 700 people passed through the doors of the Ely Chapman Education Foundation’s last Spring Fling event but not to worry, there is plenty of fun and more than enough free books for all. Those who want a taste of some food favorites, though, may want to go early. “Loretta’s ...

Songwriting workshop at Peoples Bank Theatre

From staff reports Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta is partnering with American Public Television’s “Songs at the Center” to host “Songwriting in the Spotlight” this weekend. The free songwriting workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Saturday and will end ...

Kite festival Saturday Mineral Wells Elementary

From staff reports The eighth annual New Era Kite Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Mineral Wells Elementary School on West Virginia 14 in Mineral Wells. The free festival is sponsored by the New Era School Museum. Previously held over two days, this year’s event will ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Kristina Davis, owner of Elizabeth Michaels in Vienna, stocks shoes at her store on Monday afternoon.

Steppin’ Out for Prom

Dresses and tuxedo rentals are, of course, a big portion of the prom looks being planned by local high schoolers. However, what they’re walking in may be quite eye-catching as well. This year’s shoe trends have shaped up into something more modern, pushing away from cowboy boots, which ...

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Jason Marquez with bass player Jeremiah Kidd performs on stage during the 25th annual River City Blues Competition at the Lafayette Hotel in February.

Blues festival weekend

From staff reports Some of the top regional and national blues acts in the country will be performing at the 26th annual River City Blues Festival on Friday and Saturday in downtown Marietta. The two-day event will be held at the Lafayette Hotel at 101 Front St. in Marietta and is being ...

SAM SHAWVER   The Marietta Times
Riverside Artists Gallery member Jane Ryals looks over watercolor paintings by students of local artist Lynda Rhodes in the gallery at 219 Second St. Tuesday.

Saturday Suds and Samples

By Sam Shawver Special to the Times It’s been 20 years since the Riverside Artists Gallery was first established. The local artists co-op continues to maintain a presence in downtown Marietta where a Suds and Samples event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday will give the public a chance to ...

WAYNE TOWNER   Special to the Times
Quilting judges Amy Pabst, from left, Sue Papouschek and Barbara Jones review submitted quilts in preparation for the opening of the 13th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in Parkersburg. This year’s exhibit opens Saturday and runs through March 19.

Heritage Quilt Show at regional museum

From staff reports The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History will be hosting its 13th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show from Saturday through March 19 in Parkersburg. The exhibit opens with a reception from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the museum at Second and Juliana streets ...

Our diet: Bacon, soda & too few nuts

By Lindsey Tanner AP Medical Writer CHICAGO — Gorging on bacon, skimping on nuts? These are among food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Overeating or not eating enough of the 10 foods and nutrients contributes to nearly half of U.S. ...

Study: Fewer heavy Americans are trying to lose weight

By Linsey Tanner AP Medical Writer CHICAGO —Fewer overweight Americans have been trying to lose weight in recent years, and researchers wonder if fat acceptance could be among the reasons. The trend found in a new study occurred at the same time obesity rates climbed. “Socially ...