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  • Portsmouth River Days will run September 3 to September 7, with a host of various ongoing events. Friday, Sept. 4 gets the weekend going with the festival, midway and marketplace craft area on Front Street and the Court Street Landing all opening at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m. great fun for the kids – the Buckeye Sanctioned Kiddie Tractor Pull on Front Street. Southern Edge takes the stage to perform at 7:30 p.m. followed by Keith Anderson at 9 p.m.
  • Kinkead Ridge Estate Winery will be holding a wine release and tasting on Friday, September 4, Saturday, September 5, and Monday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The winery is at 904 Hamburg Street, Ripley, Ohio.
  • Saturday’s River Days events include: The festival, midway and marketplace craft area opens at 10 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by the Ricer Equipment River Days Grand Parade featuring Ohio State University drum major David Pettit as the grand marshal. The Miss River Days Queen’s Pageant at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts on the campus of Shawnee State University at 5:30. At 7:30 p.m. Terry Hall and the Dave Morrison Band kick off the entertainment on the Riverfront stage and one of the best known acts in country music – Sawyer Brown brings down the curtain at 9 p.m.
  • Pioneer Village will be hosting Old Fashioned Days on Saturday, September 5. The events begin at 9 a.m. and run all day. There will be a lot for guests to participate in, from touring the cabins, visiting the flea market, food is served by the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland, and more. The event is to raise money to sustain the cabins. Pioneer village is directly across from Lowes in Wheelersburg.
  • Awesome Town and Castle Comics will be hosting a Super Smash Brothers Wii U Tournament on Saturday, September 5. The event will start at 3 p.m. and will be over by 6 p.m. $5 admission buys players three lives and a $50 prize will be awarded to the champion.
  • Sunday’s River Days Events include: The festival, midway and marketplace craft area opens at 10 a.m. with childrens’ activities in York Park featuring a COSI Buckeye Mobile Tour from noon until 4 p.m. The entertainment begins on the Riverfront stage at 6 p.m. as the band Flint kicks off the music followed by Teazer at 7:30 p.m. and local favorites – Doc Roc and the Remedies at 9 p.m. Finishing off the night’s festivities will be the River Days Fireworks Extravaganza at 10 p.m.
  • A community jam session will be held Sunday, September 6 at 2 p.m. in the courtyard of Riverview Retirement Center. Locals are invited to come perform or listen to good music. The event is held at 500 2nd Street, Portsmouth. It will be held every Sunday in the Riverview Retirement Center until cool weather, in which case it will be moved inside.
  • Monday’s River Day events include: The Antique and Collector car Show in the Boneyfiddle district. In addition, there will be a petting zoo and animal exhibit every day in York park and pony rides will be available from open until close each day. Midway rides by Michael’s Amusements will be on Front Street this year and those wanting to attend the week’s events can enjoy all of the concerts free.
  • Theology on Tap will be held every Monday at Port City, starting at 6 p.m. The doors are open for conversationalists to enjoy discussion on open-minded philosophical topics and debates in the company of good people and high spirits. The event is in the front room of the pub, 424 Chillicothe Street, Portsmouth.
  • The Wheelersburg branch of the Portsmouth Public Library will be hosting an event called Teen Halloween Painting on September 1 at 5:30 p.m. Local teens are invited to show their artistic talents to create a Halloween character with a lawn paver. Materials will be provided. The library requests interested teens call ahead to reserve a seat by phoning 740-574-6116. The library is at 10745 Old Gallia Pike, Wheelersburg.
  • Port City Open Mic Poetry will be held Wednesday, September 2, starting at 7 p.m. All members of the public are welcome to share their own work and listen to work written by their neighbors. This event falls on the first Wednesday of every month. The event is held in the front room of the pub, 424 Chillicothe Street, Portsmouth.
  • The South Webster branch of the Portsmouth Public Library will be hosting an event called Build it Lego on September 3 at 4 p.m. Children ages 6-12 are invited to test their creative skills with Lego at 496 Webster Street, South Webster. For more information, call 740-778-2122.
  • The New Boston branch of the Portsmouth Public Library will be hosting a Price is Right event on September 4 at 4:30 p.m. Teenagers ages 13-18 are invited to play games and win prizes at 3850 Rhodes Avenue. For more information, call 740-456-4412.
  • Port City Open Mic Music will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, with sign-ups at 7:30 p.m. The event is for local musicians to perform a small set list for the public. The event is held at the pub, 424 Chillicothe Street, Portsmouth. This event falls on the first Saturday of every month.
  • The main branch of the Portsmouth Public Library will be hosting a River Days Cartoon Marathon on September 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where kids are invited to watch classic cartoons with the Youth Services Department. There will also be crafts for children to partake in.
  • Frank-N-Steins will be hosting a concert on Sunday, September 6, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. entitled Joey Ray’s Musicians Memorial Show and Jam. The music will feature live performances of all genres. Some of the musicians include Vivian Shooter, Tom Hill, Linda Whisman, Jess James, Gary Billups, Joey Ray, Warren Smith, Gio Settonni, Wyatt Bates, Diana Mae, Kaci Kielmar, Jerry Brooks, Guns Drawn, Chronic Pounder, Randy Boldman, Tom Stiverson, and many more. There will be no cover charge.
  • Portsmouth Little Theatre auditions for “The Glass Menagerie” will be held on Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9 at 7 p.m. Portsmouth Little Theatre is at 1117 Lawson Street, Portsmouth.
  • The South Webster branch of the Portsmouth Public Library will be hosting Family Story Time on September 8 at 11:30 a.m. The event is for children six and under. For more information, call 740-778-2122. The library is at 496 Webster Street, South Webster.
  • The Steven A Hunter Hope Fund will be hosting its annual Steven A Hunter Hope Fund Tennis Tournament on Saturday, September 12. The event will be held at 8 a.m. and players can register for $25. Finals on Sunday Sept. 13th at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit Steven’s Power Pack Club, feeding hungry children in 11 public elementary schools in Scioto County and two in Pike County.
  • Awesome Town and Castle Comics will be bringing back card tournaments in style on Saturday, September 12 at noon. The business will be welcoming local artist Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme for a proof signing of his very own designed Magik the Gathering cards.
  • Haskins House will be welcoming locals for their Second Saturday Poetry Open Mic on Saturday, September 12. Poets are welcomed to read their work at 8 p.m. The featured poet will be Brian Richards.

To add events to the community entertainment calender, contact Joseph Pratt by email at rpratt@civitasmedia.com or by phone at 740-353-3101, ext. 1932.