Archaeology Month Lecture: “Ancient Earthworks in the Middle Ohio Valley: Discovering New Sites and Re-examining the Old”

Archaeology Month Lecture: “Ancient Earthworks in the Middle Ohio Valley: Discovering New Sites and Re-examining the Old” By Jarrod Burks, PhD, Director of Archaeological Geophysics, Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. The Middle Ohio Valley is rich in ancient moments--circles, squares, and even more exotic shapes; most were built about 1800 years ago. Recent aerial photograph analysis and on-the-ground geophysical surveys have found a surprising number of previously undocumented enclosure sites, as well as many new features at well-known sites.

Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon and Two-Mile Race

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon begins at 8 a.m. in downtown Parkersburg and is the RRCA W.V. Championship. The rolling course will take you out of the city and into the scenic surroundings of West Virginia before looping back into the commercial area. You will finish the race to the cheers of thousands of spectators lined up on Market Street prior to the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival Parade. NEWS AND SENTINEL TWO MILE RACE: Starting line is at Third and Juliana streets at the Towne Square Parking Garage and the finish line is at Sixth and Market streets. The Two Mile Race is the RRCA West Virginia Championship. Race begins at 8:10 a.m. Awards will be presented at 10:30 a.m. at the Bicentennial Park area. Team trophies will also be awarded. All participants will receive a T-shirt. NEWS AND SENTINEL KIDS RACES: Aug. 20, 2017: Based on age, these events will have age- and gender-based races for children ages 11 and younger. The Tiny Tot Trot is for children ages 5 and under and the Junior Races are for children ages 6 to 11. The Tiny Tot Trot will start at 1 p.m. at Parkersburg High School’s Stadium Field and the Junior Races will follow. Runners in these races can register on race day starting at 11:30 a.m. and ending just prior to the start of the races. Participants may also pre-register by mail, online, or at the Runners Expo on Aug. 19. All participants will receive a medal and a T-shirt.

Five Craft Workshops

Week-long workshops at beautiful Cedar Lakes Conference Center feature fly fishing, wool art needle felting, blacksmith knife making, woodturning and twig furniture. Call Marsha Humphrey at 304-372-7860 for details.

Alpine Theatre 80th Anniversary

Alpine Theatre is a 120-seat venue that has been the site of entertainment since the 1930s. Part of the WV Historic Theater Trail, the 80th anniversary celebration includes a special showing of Disney's 1937 classic, "Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs." The show will have 1937 ticket and concession prices and special guests. It is located across from the Jackson County Courthouse at 210 W. Main Street in Ripley.

3rd Annual Mini Con

Super heroes and friends will be in Ripley for this event. Games, crafts, contests and quests will be part of the festivities. Costumes are encouraged.

May Craft Workshops

Weekend workshops on making jewelry, dulcimer playing and fiber weaving are planned. On May 12-14, artist Vivian Ripley offers an acrylic workshop. Contact Marsha Humphrey at or 304-372-7860 for details.

Road Scholar Workshops

Week-long craft workshops are scheduled for stained glass, creative writing, quilting, watercolors, flyfishing and woodworking. For information, call 304-372-7860 or email

Craft Workshops

Road Scholar is coming to Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley. Workshop topics include basketry, quilting, stained glass, woodcarving, and woodturning. Contact Marsha Humphrey at 304-372-7860 for information.

Alpine Acoustic Concert

The intimate setting of the historic Alpine Theatre is the setting for this concert featuring: P.D. Bird & Friends, Scott Thompson, Ryan Willard and Luke White. Call 304-372-1637 for details.

Dirt Track Racing

A season of more than 20 Saturday night racing events is scheduled at I-77 Speedway. The dirt track is located just off Interstate 77, Exit 132 Ripley/Fairplain.

Air Force Concert

Rhythm in Blue is a 15-piece orchestra of the United States Air Force. The band is presenting a free concert in the 700-seat Ripley High Auditorium.

Jackson County Quilt Show

The 43rd annual show features basket quilts, demonstrations and market area.

37th Potter’s Gathering

Master potter Cynthia Bringle will lead the 37th annual workshop at Cedar Lakes Conference Center. Here's an opportunity to perfect your porcelain techniques on and off the wheel. She will be demonstrating various techniques to create an assortment of forms.