In Short: July 4-10, 2013
Ripley Fourth of July
Billed as "the USA's largest small town Independence Day celebration," this free event begins at 10 a.m. Thursday on the Jackson County Courthouse lawn. Musical acts are Hogan's Goat at 11 a.m., The Zappers at 6 p.m. and Beatlemania Magic at 8:30 p.m.
A parade begins at noon, and the Texaco Country Showdown singing competition is at 2 p.m. Magician and balloon artist Dennis Regling performs at 4:30 p.m. Fireworks are at 10:15 p.m.
'Jaws' outdoor screening
At 8:45 p.m. Friday, catch an outdoor screening of "Jaws" on the patio of the Shops at Heritage Station, 210 11th St., Huntington. Admission is $1. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Call 304-696-5954.
Blues and jazz festival
The 12th annual Johnnie Johnson Blues And Jazz Festival runs Friday through Sunday at Palatine Park in Fairmont. Performers include Roddy Barnes, Paul Geremia, Bill Stalnaker and Night Moves and Big Bill Morganfield.
The festival is named for the Fairmont native who is considered by many to be the "founding father of rock 'n' roll." He is a member of both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.
Weekend passes are $25. Friday and Sunday tickets are $10 each; Saturday tickets are $15. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult.
Call 304-363-5377 or visit www.johnniejohnsonbluesandjazz.com.
Way Back Weekend
Huntington's Heritage Farm Museum & Village, 3300 Harvey Road, celebrates its Way Back Weekend with an ice cream social from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy homemade ice cream and tour the many historic buildings on the property.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children. Call 304-522-1244 or visit www.heritagefarmmuseum.com.
Windfest kite weekend
Canaan Valley Resort State Park in Davis will host Windfest with the Wings over Washington Kite Club on Saturday and Sunday.
At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, the group will teach kite building/design workshops for a small fee. At noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, there will be jumbo and stunt kite flying demonstrations, including an 80-foot scuba diver and a 20-foot lobster kite.
Call 800-622-4121 0r visit canaanresort.com.
Sensory-friendly film screening
At 9:30 a.m. July 11, a sensory-friendly screening of "Monsters University" will be held at Park Place Stadium Cinemas. During this screening, the lights will be up, and the sound will be at levels more comfortable for those with autism, sensory issues and developmental disabilities. Guests will also be free to talk, sing or move about the theater.
Tickets are $6. Call Jennifer McCafferty at 304-344-3403 Arc of the Three Rivers for more information.
Children's arts camps
The Academy of Arts at January's, 615 Tennessee Ave., will host two children's camps in July. First, "Mermaids and Dragons," an arts camp for ages 3-7, runs 9 a.m. to noon July 15-19. The cost is $175, which includes snacks and supplies.
Second, Stage Kicks, a theater arts camp for grades 3-7, runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22-26. Cost is $225 plus supplies.
Registration is open through the first day of camp. Call 304-345-5141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's drama camps
The Charleston Theatre Arts Workshops in conjunction with Mountaineer Montessori School will hold three drama camps in July for children ages 3-12. There are half-day camps from 9 a.m. to noon and full day camps from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (which include a swimming lesson at UC).
First is "Hiawatha" July 15-19, which has Native American and African storytelling, creative movement, drumming and oral expression. Next is "CATS" July 22-26, which includes singing, poetry, mask making, creative movement, staging, face painting and character development. Finally is "The Jungle Book" July 29-Aug. 2, which features the use of scripts, blocking, interacting with other characters in addition to arts and crafts and creative movement
For more information or to enroll, call Beth George at 304-342-7870.