The 38th annual Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival will showcase the work of more than 30 guest composers and performers and includes concerts, composer talks and an art exhibition and lecture. Featured guests include composers Steven Mackey and Sarah Kirkland Snider, Chicago-based ensemble Latitude 49, and vocalist Shara Nova. The 8 p.m. Oct. 21 concert is $7, all other events are free. For a complete schedule of events, visit festival.bgsu.edu or contact the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at 419-372-2685.
The University of Findlay will celebrate its homecoming and family weekend Friday through Sunday. The weekend begins with a football game at 7 p.m. Friday at Donnell Stadium against Kentucky Wesleyan College. During the game, the homecoming court will be announced, and the 2017 Distinguished Alumni and award recipients will be honored. The Marching Oiler Brass alumni will perform with the band during pre-game and halftime. General admission is $5. Those 5 and younger, and 65 and older, will get in for free. Tickets will be available at the gate Friday. A 5K run/walk to benefit the American Heart Association and the UF Academy of Student Pharmacists will start at 8 a.m. Saturday. Fees to participate are $20 for the general public and $10 for UF students with a valid ID. Registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union, and a T-shirt will be provided. The Alumni Association Annual Breakfast follows at 9 a.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary. The cost is $10 per person, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. Registration is required. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, open houses for the university’s six different colleges will be held. Deans and current faculty members will be available. The Mazza Museum also will be open for tours. The weekend ends with a worship service in Winebrenner Theological Seminary at 10 a.m. Sunday. For more information, contact the Wolfe Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends at 1-800-472-9502, ext. 4516, or visit https://www.findlay.edu/offices/advancement/alumni/Homecoming-and-Family-Weekend.
The Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter is holding a home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 in Findlay. Red Cross volunteers and local partners will be canvassing neighborhoods in the northwest area of Findlay from Trenton Avenue to Melrose Avenue, between Bolton Street and Candlewick Drive. They will be installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms, and helping families create escape plans at 800 homes. The agency is looking for 100 volunteers to join this effort, which represents the largest canvassing event the agency has ever undertaken. Training will be provided the morning of the event. Sign up as a volunteer by calling 419-422-9322 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catherine Schock, founder of Prayer Walking the Streets as a Lifestyle, has organized two presentations by Blossom Brackman, director of Eagles of Fire, Washington, D.C. “Walking in Governmental Authority in Your Life on and Your Street with God” will be presented from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 20 at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road, in the day chapel. A luncheon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 will feature the program “How to Walk with God as One in the Arts” at 1806 Lakeland Drive. The potluck runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with 1-3 p.m. set aside for artist ministry. RSVP is required by Tuesday at email@example.com (type “potluck luncheon” in the subject line).
The Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation pumpkin train will take riders to a pumpkin patch where they can pick the pumpkin of their choice and place on the flat car for the ride back to the station. Pumpkin purchases are not required to take rides. Rides are $2 for adults, $1 for kids 12 and under; pumpkins cost $5.