Penitentiary haunted history talk
Sherri Brake will present the free talk "The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary" at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center.
Brake is the author of "The Haunted History of the West Virginia Penitentiary: Afterlife with No Parole." Her presentation will use historical and current photographs sprinkled with images captured by paranormal investigators.
Registration is encouraged but not required. Call Bobby Taylor at 304-558-0230, ext. 163.
Deron Sodaro benefit
A benefit jam for local musician Deron Sodaro starts at 6 p.m. Friday at The Boulevard Tavern, 806 Kanawha Blvd. The benefit will raise funds to help offset the medical bills Sodaro incurred from an extended hospital stay following a ruptured appendix.
New acts start every hour. They are (in order) Spencer Elliot, Karen & Mike, Hillbilly Carnival, Comparsa, The VooDoo Katz, Mother Nang, C2J2 and the Git Down Crew.
Cover is $10. Call 304-205-7951 or visit www.theboulevardtavernwv.com.
Country music festival
The first Country Music in the Valley will be held Saturday at the Upper West Fork Community Park in Chloe. Gates open at 11 a.m.; music runs from 1 to 9 p.m.
The Browns and The Road Runners perform at 1 p.m., Common Tradition at 3 and 5 p.m., Tom and Carol Wriston at 4 and 6 p.m. and County Line at 7 p.m.
The stage is outside, and there is a playground area. Bring your own lawn chair and equipment. The kitchen will be open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., serving meals and snacks.
Admission is $8 for adults and free for children under 12. Call Kay Snider at 304-655-8334 or Sharon Settles at 304-655-8280.