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.
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.
To celebrate National Women’s History Month, the Blanchard Valley Young Democrats and the Hancock County Concerned Citizens groups are sponsoring a panel discussion on “Women in Politics” at 8 p.m. Thursday in the University of Findlay Student Union Multipurpose Room. Keynoting will be Connie Pillich, a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018, and Republican Mayor Lydia Mihalik of Findlay. Also participating will be Mary Harshfield, Ashley Phillip, Heidi Mercer, Janet Garrett and Barbara Lockard. The event is free and open to the public.
The Mulligan Brothers’ indie folk music will return to the University of Findlay on Friday, March 24, as part of the Music Bach’s Concert Series. The band will perform in the Alumni Memorial Union’s Atrium from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission will be free and community members are invited to attend. Lunches may be purchased at The Cave, or individuals may pack a lunch. The Mulligan Brothers, who last visited UF in 2015, perform music with resonating lyrics that tell stories through soft vocals, mournful fiddle playing and soothing guitar. One of their signature instruments is an upright bass made out of vintage suitcases. They play an original mix of Americana, folk rock and country with a predominantly acoustic sound, reflecting older music with a contemporary twist. The Mobile, Alabama-based band features members Ross Newell, Greg DeLuca, Ben Leininger and Melody Duncan. Duncan replaced fiddle player Gram Rea. The Mulligan Brothers’ performance is presented by the University of Findlay’s Student Activities Board, an extension of the Office of Student Activities, Commuter Services and Leadership Development. Student Activities Board is a student board that strives to bring diverse entertainment to campus. Call 419-434-4606 for more information.