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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 ...

Marietta First Friday event

It may be nearly 1,000 miles from New Orleans, but Marietta will be giving a Mardi Gras vibe on Friday night, as downtown businesses give away beads, welcome musicians and keep the lights on late. The theme for Marietta Main Street’s third First Fridays event is Mardis Gras After Party, ...

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Lynaea Oliver, 6, left, of Parkersburg, colors as she talks with artist J.D. Williamson at last year’s Classic Plastics Toy and Comic Expo at the Parkersburg Art Center.

Art center to host 4th Toy and Comic Expo

By Wayne Towner Special to the Times Now in its fourth year, the annual Classic Plastics Toy and Comic Expo at the Parkersburg Art Center is growing into a two-day event in downtown Parkersburg. The expo will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the art center at ...

PEYTON NEELY   The Marietta Times
Anne Gray, owner of Serenity Now in Marietta, washes out the hair dye on Mariah Carper, 27, of Reno, at her shop earlier this week.

Salon tips for transitioning into Spring

Hair comes in all different types from curly to straight, to colored to permed, and it’s important to know what products will help keep your hair shining and healthy, especially transitioning from winter to spring. Spring brings the sunshine which means more exposure to harsh UV rays. ...

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Banquet helps NRA Foundation

By Erin E. O’Neill The Marietta Times eoneill@mariettatimes.com The 10th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Friends of NRA Banquet will be held on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ohio 676 in Churchtown. The event, which has drawn as many as 300 people in the past, according to ...

Home Builders sponsor weekend’s home show

From staff reports The 2017 Great American Home Show will offer vendors and potential customers a chance to display, discuss and consider a variety of local options for local homeowners and customers. Organized by the Home Builders Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley, this year’s event ...

Photo by Art Smith
A female northern cardinal sits on a perch.

Yard birds

Cold weather makes it difficult to get outside, but a well-placed bird feeder can bring nature to a front door. While a few feeders in a yard provide sustenance to a variety of bird species, they also provide hours of viewing pleasure. “Feeding birds is great entertainment and it ...

Glutton for punishment? Then see ‘50 Shades Darker’

By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer In all the kinked knots and twists of satin that adorn “Fifty Shades Darker,” none is more worthwhile to uncoil than the tangled absurdities of its central dominator, Christian Grey. He’s a singularly ridiculous cocktail of money, abs and sex toys. ...

Epic ‘Planet Earth II’ offers creatures’-eye view of nature

By Jill Lawless The Associated Press LONDON — From jungles to deserts to mountains, the BBC’s epic nature series “Planet Earth II” takes viewers around the world - and around many genres of television. The fortitude of a penguin family tugs heartstrings like a love story. The ...

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Blues on the River

From staff reports The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society will host its 25th annual River City Ohio Blues Competition Friday and Saturday at the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta. A total of 12 local and regional blues acts are competing for the chance to perform in an international ...

River Cities Symphony debuts new work at concert

From staff reports The Mid-Ohio Valley’s hometown River Cities Symphony Orchestra is premiering a new work by noted local composer and WV Public Radio host, Matt Jackfert, as part of its 2017 Choral Concert. The Choral Concert will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 ...

JANELLE PATTERSON   The Marietta Times
Duffy Sprague and her son Ayden, of Devola, enjoy crafting together and sharing their valentine love bug bookmarks.

Handmade from the Heart

Valentine’s Day is filled with candy, decorations and gifts for many but to step away from the commercial cut-outs and pre-packaged gifts, some take to the craft table. “Making stuff that you can actually play with and use is the best,” said Ayden Sprague, 8, of Devola. “If you buy ...