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Your Guide to the Weekend

Jun. 07, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Park it for a cool birthday party

Summer is all about celebrating the good things in life. Those celebrations get super-sized when a good anniversary rolls around.

Here's a look at some cool anniversary events coming up.

The 75th anniversary of Jim's: Jim's Steak and Spaghetti House, located at 920 5th Ave., Huntington, is celebrating its 75th anniversary on Saturday, June 8. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. come out and hear the Backyard Dixie Jazz Stompers playing under a tent in front of Jim's which was started in 1938 by current owner Jimmie Carder's father, the late Jim Tweel. Jim's has served everyone from Muhammed Ali, Evel Knievel and Dustin Hoffman to a slew of presidents from George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton to JFK who ate at Jim's during his successful 1960 presidential campaign.

Camden Park's 110th birthday celebration: The historic family run park that's been stirring up summer fun for 110 years, celebrates on Wednesday, June 12. Award-winning songwriter Steve Free and his band play on the Midway Stage. The park, which has more than 30 rides and attractions including the new ride, The Rattler, will also have free cake, face painting and guests can help paint a monster-sized birthday mural. For more info, call 866-8CAMDEN or go online at www.camdenpark.com.

Rocking the speedway: The historic Ona Speedway is celebrating its 50th anniversary and they'll have racing every other Saturday through summer and into the fall. Come Saturday, June 8, the track will feature the Clayton Homes 100 with six classes of racing action and an appearance by Rockabilly Hall of Famer Sleepy LaBeef, who will be performing at 5:15 p.m Saturday at Victory Circle prior to the racing at 7 p.m.

Admission is: $10, $7 for children age 11-17 and free for kids age 10 and younger. Pit admission is $20 and $18 for children age 11-17. All-access passes (grandstand and pits) are $30, $20 for children age 11-17 and free for kids age 10 and younger. Parking is free. There are full concessions including barbecue from AJ's Pig Pickin in Ona. No alcohol is served. Check the website, www.hughes-motorsports.com


Friday night gospel lights

You can get a world-class touch of Sunday worship goodness on Friday Night as David Phelps, the electrifying member of the Gaither Vocal Band and accomplished solo artist, does a Friday, June 7, date solo at the historic Paramount Arts Center.

Phelps, the Nashville-based artist who has some 10 solo CDs under his belt and two Grammy and 15-platinum-selling projects with the Gaithers, is doing a stop in Ashland before heading across the pond for a two-week run through Europe.

Tickets are $30 for main floor, $20 for balcony, $38 for first five rows and first row of balcony and $40 for tables to see Phelps who received 2009 Dove Award nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year and Long Form Video for his Christmas DVD "O Holy Night."

Call 606-324-3175 or go online at www.paramountartscenter.com for more info.


A high stakes night of murder and racing

Downtown Huntington's always a great place to hit on a Saturday night. Add the unique spice of an interactive murder mystery and the excitement of horse racing to the night as Murder and Merriment Theatre Troupe is putting on "Post Time for Murder" at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Pullman Plaza Hotel.

Come dressed for the races (prizes for best hat) as this horse racing themed murder mystery is based on the fictional story of Big Black, a Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner who is trying to win the triple crown at Belmont Park for the Belmont Stakes. Win prizes for being able to pick the murderer.

Before the murder mystery, attendees will watch the actual Belmont Stakes at 6:30 p.m. live on TV at the hotel.

Tickets are $40 a person and overnight hotel packages are also available. Call 304-691-5414.


Redling reads and signs at the museum

Sheila Redling, who anchored the morning show for WKEE for 15 years, has been rocking the literary world since last year when she dropped an action-packed thriller "Flowertown" onto the scene that sold more than 50,000 copies in its first six weeks.

Redling will sign copies and have a brief reading from her new book "Damocles" at the Huntington Museum of Art's Museum Shop at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9.

"Damocles" follows a group of humans as they travel through space and make contact with an extraterrestrial planet, which has a different language and look, but strikingly similar society to Earth's. Refreshments will be served. Redling's third book, "The Widow File," is set for a November release, and she is working on its sequel.

For more information about events at HMA, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701.


Rose Garden gone wild

Mondays may be terrible but you can beat back the blues and get the week started off right by stopping to smell the roses, literally.

Take a walk at the nationally recognized Ritter Park and don't miss out on climbing those stone steps up to one of the crown jewel areas of Ritter Park -- The Ritter Park Rose Garden.

Since 1934, the rose garden has been West Virginia's nationally recognized municipal rose garden containing about 2,000 bushes and noted for it's All-American Rose Selections.

Check out more great things to do in Ritter Park and the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District's other dozen plus parks and properties online at www.ghprd.org.


Dive into $2 Tuesday at Dreamland

Remember when you could get into the pool for just a couple bucks?

Those good ol' days prices are back on Tuesdays at the historic Dreamland Pool, which has been keeping Kenova cool since 1926.

Once the largest swimming pools in the United States east of the Mississippi River, Dreamland is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Gate admission at Dreamland, which is located on U.S. 60 West and 23rd Street in Kenova, is $5, youth (4 to 17) and seniors 60 and older, $3.50. Tuesdays are $2 Tuesdays when anyone can get admission for $2.

Call 304-453-6288; at city hall 304-453-3121 or go online at dreamland.cityofkenova.com.


Take a free photo trip to Japan

You can check out some of the amazing spaces in Japan in a new Japanese World Heritage Photo Exhibition that features the work of renowned Japanese photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi.

On display through June 15 at Gallery 842 in Huntington, the exhibit, funded by the Japan Foundation, features Miyoshi's photos of various scenic locations in Japan, including his hometown of Yoshinogawa, as well as Mt. Fuji and Yakushima Island. His work now is part of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film's permanent collection in New York.

Azusa Hanah Yamada, Japan Outreach Initiative program coordinator at Marshall, said the exhibition promotes international and multicultural awareness and is recommended for school trips for students K-12.

It is organized by the Japanese Program in the Department of Modern Languages in the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Art & Design in the College of Fine Arts and the Japan Outreach Coordinator, all at Marshall University.

Gallery 842 is open from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.