The Mount Blanchard Heart and Soul organization will be hosting a community summit for area residents from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 at 100 S. Main St., Mount Blanchard. The purpose of the summit is to share with community members the information that the Heart and Soul team has been gathering for the past several months, and to get their input about the data collected so far. More than 200 people who call Mount Blanchard home have been interviewed about their values, hopes and concerns, and action ideas for the community. Several themes have emerged as topics of interest, the Heart and Soul team said. The Heart and Soul principles are to involve everyone, focus on what matters, and “play the long game.” The summit is intended to bring people together to discuss and share ideas for the community and to develop Mount Blanchard Heart and Soul statements. It is an opportunity to get more participation from the community. The event begins at 1 p.m. with free food, entertainment by Riverdale Soundsation, and activities for children such as bounce houses and crafts. The first 100 residents to arrive will receive a free Mount Blanchard Heart and Soul T-shirt. Child care will be provided. After the meal, the summit will commence, led by John Livingston. A Heart and Soul grant of $140,850 was awarded to Mount Blanchard in March 2017 by the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, which uses the process of Community Heart and Soul created by the Orton Family Foundation.
The final concert of the 2017-18 Ronald W. Richards Music Series at Trinity United Methodist Church will feature the Ohio Northern University Singers and Chamber Singers, under the director of Christopher Larsen. The free program, “Peace Surpassing All Understanding,” will be held at 2 p.m. April 22. A freewill offering will be taken to support the Kiwanis Ronald W. Richards Young Musicians Scholarship Fund for students who intend to make teaching music a career following college graduation. The church is located at 301 W. Market St., Lima.
Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers, University Chorale, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble will perform a selection of lighter tunes for its Spring Fling concert. Songs performed will include “Sing” from “Sesame Street”; “Yesterday” by The Beatles; a medley of Irish tunes by Clare Grundman; a wind band arrangement of music from the second “Harry Potter” film; “Yearnin’” by Oliver Nelson; and “Moanin’” by Charles Mingus.
The University of Findlay Orchestra will present “Grieg and Bizet” on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Directed by Soojin Lee, the program includes Edvard Grieg’s most popular work, the “Peer Gynt” suite, and two of Georges Bizet’s most popular compositions, the “L’Arlésienne” suite; and “Les Toreadors” from the opera, “Carmen.” Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” suite was originally composed for the drama “Peer Gynt,” written by Henrik Ibsen. It is the story of the downfall and subsequent redemption of a Norwegian peasant anti-hero. A concert hall favorite, Bizet’s “L’Arlésienne” suite was composed for a melodrama about a young peasant’s love for a girl from Arles. These pieces, including “Carmen,” are incidental music that will tell the audiences the stories through their composition. The University of Findlay Orchestra comprises more than 50 students, staff and community string players. This year, about 20 woodwind and brass players were included in order to perform as a full orchestra. 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.
The Johnson Island Civil War Roundtable will gather at 7 p.m. Sunday at TJ Willie’s in Tiffin, where they will welcome Rob Tong. Tong, a Union re-enactor and popular speaker, will talk about early recruiting in Findlay and the surrounding area leading up to the Battle of Shiloh on April 6, 1862. Tong will dress in a Union uniform and will present many special items.