The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
Jeff Brassell and Ethan Setiawan will share the stage of the Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series at 7 p.m. Thursday. Brassell, a singer-songwriter raised in Bluffton, strives to reflect everyday life in his music. Setiawan is an acoustic mandolin player, and also performs on mandocello and electric mandolin. The concert is free, held on the third floor, 100 E. Elm Street, Bluffton.
Independent multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis will bring his guitar-oriented rock and soul music to the Jones Mansion, 313 E. Sandusky St., on Thursday, March 23. The special benefit concert to restore the mansion’s upper porch runs from 7 to 10 p.m., with doors opening at 6. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased by calling Leslie at 419-427-6110. Lewis performs with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Daryl Hall and John Oates on tour and is the only musician to appear on every episode of Hall’s “Live From Daryl’s House” television series. He has also worked with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, Train, Grace Potter, Ben Folds, Booker T. Jones, Jewel, Rob Thomas, Keb’ Mo’, Jason Mraz, Darius Rucker and Gavin DeGraw. He’s also made appearances at the Hollywood Bowl and Japan’s Budokan Arena, as well as on television’s “The Voice,” “The Today Show,” “The View,” Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien and others. Elijah’s cash bar will be open to offer refreshments. Seating is limited. If presale tickets sell out there will be no sales at the door the day of the event. First-sold tickets reserve the best seats, which remain reserved for the length of the show so audience members may visit the bar or restrooms without the worry of losing seats. For more information, visit the Jones Mansion’s Facebook page.
The Findlay Art League will present Dance Night every Thursday, beginning this evening, led by Ashley Donaldson. The night begins with a 7 p.m. lesson, followed by dancing until 8:30. Those attending are requested to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to register. No partner is required, and no experience is necessary. All styles of music and modern jive dancing will be explored. Cost is $8 per person, but there will be a discount for people buying multiple entries ahead of time (6 for $42, 10/$70). The Findlay Art League is located at 117 W. Crawford St.
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 218 E. Sandusky St., will host a Life Tree Cafe discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday. This week’s program is called “An Unsolved Mystery: Living With Life’s Unanswered Questions.” Life Tree Cafe meets weekly to address tough questions in life. The public is invited to attend. Visit www.stpaulsfindlay.org, www.lifetreecafe.com or facebook.com/lifetreecafefindlay for more information.