The University of Findlay Orchestra will present “A Spring Concert” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. The performance will be free, but tickets are required. They can be reserved by calling the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts box office at 419-423-2787. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the concert. Directed by Thomas Carey, the program of light classics will include “Largo and Allegro” from Sonata IV by Georg Philipp Telemann, themes from “Romeo and Juliet” by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” and other orchestral standards. Highlights will include Bela Bartok’s “Allegro Barbaro,” a forceful and rhythmic 20th century classical piece reminiscent of Stravinsky; John Williams’ “A Prayer for Peace” from the Steven Spielberg film “Munich,” recounting the 1972 Olympics tragedy when Israeli athletes were taken hostage and several were killed by Palestinian terrorists during a showdown with police; and selections from “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The University of Findlay Orchestra comprises more than 50 students, staff and community string players. It performs twice each year on the UF campus.
Adult and pediatric CPR/AED and first aid training will be offered twice in May at the Hancock County Red Cross office, 125 Fair St. The course teaches people how to perform CPR and use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Participants also learn how to control bleeding and how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses. Classes will be offered at 1 p.m. May 1 and at 6 p.m. May 24. Call 800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org/take-a-class to register.
Bluffton Middle School will host its annual Night at the Museum from 6-7 p.m. May 1. The event will be held in the middle school gymnasium and cafetorium, and features over 250 projects. Sixth-graders have chosen a country to display and show its culture. Students in seventh grade have chosen a famous person to feature and share why they are remembered, and eighth-graders have chosen a career field to research. All students will dress up to represent their project.
Tony Award-nominated actor and singer Gavin Creel will be the special guest at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ Fundraising Reception at 9 p.m. Monday, May 1, at Dietsch Brothers, 400 W. Main Cross St. The event follows the sold-out 7 p.m. “Gavin Creel: Coming Home to You” performance at the Marathon Center, 200 W. Main Cross St. The Marathon Center said the reception is likely to be a low-key event where attendees have the opportunity to meet Creel, whose stage credits include “The Book of Mormon,” “Hair,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and “Hello, Dolly!” Posters will also be sold during the performance to benefit the Marathon Center, with some limited-edition posters signed by Creel. It is not a requirement to see the show to purchase reception tickets, but a reception ticket is not a substitute for a performance ticket, which needed to be purchased separately. Reception tickets cost $100 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and they will also be sold when the building opens for the show. They are also available by calling the box office at 419-423-2787 or ordering online at www.marathoncenterarts.org. If you choose to have a reception ticket emailed to you before the show, have it printed out by 5 p.m. May 1. Will call will not be available. All proceeds benefit the Marathon Center Endowment Fund. For more information, visit the Marathon Center website or www.gavincreel.com.
A program for individuals with early stage memory loss will be held from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Transitions, led by Linda Rae Pollitz, program manager for Northwest Ohio Alzheimer’s Association, offers social and educational opportunities and group sharing. Persons who are experiencing forgetfulness, mild confusion or difficulty finding the right words are most likely to benefit, along with family and friends. Registration is requested by calling the library at 419-523-3747.