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Weekender Briefs: Learn about Athens’ Black history, take a polar plunge

Friday, Feb. 25

Judge Russo, The Wastemen and Tasteful will perform at The Union, 18 W. Union St., this Friday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. This exciting triple performance will be hosted by Blackout Booking. Don’t miss this colorful show.

Admission: $8 

The Strike Down the Stigma benefit concert will take place at 10 p.m. at Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St. The event will be hosted by Kylee Hendershott and the Ohio University American Music Therapy Association of Students (AMTAS). The concert requires proof of vaccination to attend and will feature musicians Sneakthief and Caitlin Kraus.

Admission: $5 for those 21+, $7 for those under 21

The Winter Dance Concert opening night will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, 33 University Terrace. Presented by the School of Dance, the event will feature talented dance students. Come support Ohio University dancers, and if you can’t make it on Friday, a second show will be on Saturday at the same time and place.

Admission: Free for OU students with a valid student ID at the door, $12 for anyone else

Saturday, Feb. 26

A Photo Walk will take place at 2 p.m., meeting at a soon-to-be-announced location. Updates will be made on the Athens, Ohio Wanderlust Facebook page, which is co-hosting the walk with Matthew Shaw. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring only one camera and lens not to feel weighed down.

Admission: Free

The Seventh Annual Polar Plunge will take place from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the River Park Pool, 36 N. McKinley Ave. All are welcome to brave the cold to help support the Southeast Ohio Food Bank/HapCap. A $5 donation will be made for each person who takes the plunge. The event will feature food trucks, music, games and drinks. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 150 participants and a $100 gift card will be awarded to the winner of the “Best Dressed” competition.

Admission: Free

Puppy Hour will take place from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Bubbles Tea and Juice Company, 18 S. Court St. Bubbles is coordinating with Bobcats of the Shelter Dogs to bring this adorable puppy hour to life. $2 from every purchase will go to dogs in need, and several adoptable pups from the shelter will be joining customers.

Admission: Cost of your order

“Black Wall Street Athens County” is set to air its first of three installments of the docuseries at the Athena Cinema, 20 S. Court Street. The event will commence at 7 p.m. Co-produced by the Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society and Bent Street Films, there will be a reception following the showing across the street at the School of Film. Come and learn about the hidden history of Athens County through these documentary films about two incredible Black women of Southeast Ohio. 

Admission: $6.50

Sunday, Feb. 27

Lifting up Diversity in Little Cities walking tour of uptown Athens will take place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The tour will start in front of HangOverEasy, the site of the former Berry Hotel, 18 N. Court St. Brian Koscho of Invisible Ground podcast will lead the informational walk through the city and enlighten participants with stories of Black history, entrepreneurship, education and community building. A portion of ticket sales for this 1.5 mile walk will support the Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society.

Admission: $40

Learn to Crochet this Sunday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Chosen Pathways Spiritual Emporium, 400 E. State St. Hosted by Nadine and Nancy’s knitting class, the event will teach the basics of crochet, beginning with a washcloth. Come learn a new skill; a crochet hook and ball of yarn will be provided.

Admission: $25

Winter Wolf Painting Party will be held at 3 p.m. at Mama Renie’s Pizza, 23 Public Square in Nelsonville. The two-hour class, led by artist Sharon Dean and hosted by Gaia’s Realms, will have participants follow along to create a cold wintery scene. All materials will be provided, and participants can enjoy food and drinks as they paint.

Admission: $35


Katie Millard


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