Local Events


¯ Rural Action will meet from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 5 for its annual meeting, “Rural Action at 30: What’s Next?” at Chesterhill Produce Auction. Attendees will tour the auction, hear how Rural Action helped the region navigate a difficult year, and discuss the organization’s future course. The event is free and includes live music and lunch. To register, visit bit.ly/3hAc62p.

¯ Grandview Township will hold 2021 regular meetings at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the township hall. The following months will be held on different dates: July 6, and Sept. 13. These meetings will also be held at 6 p.m.

¯ Liberty Township will hold 2021 regular monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month.

¯ Decatur Township will hold its monthly public meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at the township building on Welch Road in Cutler.

¯ Ludlow Township will hold regular monthly meetings the last day of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the town hall.


¯ The Ohio River Sternwheel Festival will host its eleventh annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival 5K Run and Walk Saturday at East Muskingum Park in Marietta.

¯ Beverly American Legion Post 389 will host a public steak fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Post Home, 114 Fifth Street, Beverly. The cost is $15 and includes steak, a baked potato, salad and a roll.

¯ The Dairy Barn Arts Center exhibition “Quilt National ’21: The Best in Contemporary Quilts” will open Saturday through Sept. 6 featuring new artworks by 84 artists from 14 countries. Reservations and masks required. Dairy Barn Arts Center is located at 8000 Dairy Lane in Athens. For more information, visit dairybarn.org/QN21.

¯ The Salem-Liberty High School Alumni Banquet will not be held in May this year and is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 18, 2021 at the elementary school. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per plate. Mail checks payable to: SLHS Alumni, 26300 Goulds Run Road, Lower Salem, OH 45745. To donate an item to the drawing, call Patty at 740-585-2747 or Gisele at 740-336-8162. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.

¯ The Castle will hold a Merchants of Marietta Cemetery Tour beginning at 10 a.m. and noon June 5 at Mound Cemetery. Learn about the lives of some of Marietta’s earliest merchants. The cost is $10 and the tour begins at Mound Cemetery, Fifth and Scammel. For more information, visit bit.ly/2ScOy9e.

¯ Salem Twp. Vol. Fire Dept. will host a Mini Social from noon to 7 p.m. June 5 at the station, Ohio 821, Lower Salem. The event will include pulled pork sandwiches, fish sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, desserts, ice cream, a 50/50 drawing and gun raffle. Take-out or dine-in. The cost is a donation.

¯ Oak Grove Christian School will host a weekly storybook-themed summer camp June 7 through Aug. 20, offering a program that integrates learning through play, games, crafts and outdoor activities. Fridays will feature optional outings. Breakfast, lunch and a snack included. $25 registration fee required by June 1. For more information, call 740-336-5041 or email oakgrovechristianschool@yahoo.com.

¯ Marshall Alumni of the Mid-Ohio Valley will host the Big Green Coaches’ Tour at the annual Rally by the River. The Rally will be held at 5:30 p.m. June 3 at Buzzie Dils in Vienna (behind Walmart). Tickets cost $20 per person at the gate and free for children 12 and under. Ticket includes food and beverages courtesy of the North End Tavern. All are welcome.

¯ The Francis family annual reunion will be held at 1 p.m. June 6 in the dining hall at the Barlow Fairgrounds rain or shine. Meat, drinks and table service provided, and a 50/50 drawing will be held.

¯ The 39th Annual Friends of Slow Joe British Motorcycle Show and Poker Run will be held June 11 and 12 at Perry County Gun Club, four miles north of New Lexington, Ohio, off State Route 13, Township Road 146. This event is free. For more information, call John at 386-690-2987.

¯ The Gretchen Feldmaier Dragon Boat Society of the Mid-Ohio Valley (MOV’n Dragons) will host a regional clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 12 at the Marietta City Harbor. The clinic is designed to improve skills and safety while dragon boating. For more information, call MJ Ebenhack at 740-434-5638.

¯ The 47th Annual Sarahsville Alumni Banquet will be held June 19 at the Noble County Community Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and social hour begins at 5:30. Baked steak dinners will be served at 6:30 p.m. by Patty’s Place. The cost is $17 per dinner and $4 dues per alumni. Masks are required when not seated. Tickets for prizes sold at the door. For more information or to make reservations, call Mary at 740-732-4600.

¯ The Ohio Valley Opry’s first show of the season will be held at 6 p.m. June 19 featuring bluegrass band Midnight Storm, country music singers Gary Swartz, Mike Morrison, Matt Coleman, and The Clark Family. Reserved seats are $20 and general admission is $15 at the door. For more information, visit OhioValleyOpry.com.

¯ First Congregational Church United Church of Christ (318 Front St. in Marietta) will continue its weekly free breakfast as take-out from 8:30 to 10 a.m. each Saturday. All are welcome.


¯ The Castle will host the free virtual Third Thursday Talk, “Front Page News, a Journey Through Time” by Art Smith, from 7 to 8 p.m. June 17 via Zoom. Art will discuss stories that made the front pages and how the newspaper itself has evolved over the last 150 years. Donations encouraged.


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