The 14th annual Flag City Model Train Show will feature model and toy trains along with railroad memorabilia for sale and on display. The year’s train ride season will also kick off with Engine 901 and Riverside Train in operation. Experts will be on hand for discussion along with food service, free parking and handicap accessibility.
The Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora, will hold a barbecued chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26. Dine-in and carryout will be available. Tickets are $8.50 per person. For ticket information, call 419-384-3782. Some tickets will be available at the door.
Are robins a sign of spring? Do opossums hang upside down? Are bats blind? Test your nature knowledge at this month’s Open House at the Discovery Center with quizzes about things you thought you knew about nature.
The University of Findlay is hosting a senior art exhibit through Thursday in the Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery of the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion. The works, made with different mediums, are by Katy Flint of Clinton, Michigan; Jessica Meek of Kilaueau, Hawaii; and Kacie Pohlman of Fostoria. Some are for sale. A reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the fine arts pavilion. The Lea Gallery is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. All of its exhibits are free and open to the public.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company will pare down and shake up the Bard’s canon when it presents “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office at 200 W. Main Cross St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and one hour prior to the show. They are also available online at www.marathoncenterarts.org with prices ranging from $30 to $60. Playwrights Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor weave together most of the famous speeches and plot devices of Shakespeare’s 39 plays to create a fast, funny, and fictional 40th for the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s 10th stage show. The play centers on an ancient manuscript discovered in a treasure-filled parking lot in Leicester, England, that turns out to be the long-lost first play written by then 17-year-old William Shakespeare. The manuscript shows Shakespeare’s most famous characters and familiar speeches in a brand-new story. But because it’s 100 hours long and contains multiple unwieldy storylines, the Reduced Shakespeare Company decides, as a public service, to abridge it down to a palatable 90 minutes. The play turns Shakespeare’s canon upside down, with an ancient grudge pitting Puck (from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”) against Ariel (from “The Tempest”), creating such strange bedfellows as Hamlet and Lady Macbeth, Viola and Richard III, King Lear and the Weird Sisters, and Dromio (yes, that’s correct) and Juliet. The Reduced Shakespeare Company began in 1981 and has created 10 stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots, and numerous radio pieces, all of which have been performed, seen, and heard the world over. The show contains some occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo, so it’s suggested for audiences ages 13 and older. For more information, visit www.reducedshakespeare.com or call the Marathon Center’s box office at 419-423-2787.
Jeanne Beutler will present a watercolor workshop at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St. Participants will complete a watercolor painting with a mat for framing. There is a $10 supply fee at the door, cash only. Registration is required by calling the library at 419-358-5016
First Step Healthy Family Resource Center, 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria, will kick off the fourth year of its Women’s Enrichment Series with an Irish tea program and a spring greeting card workshop. A stamp-a-stack of spring cards program will start at 6 p.m. March 27. Sherri Kennedy will show participants two design layouts that feature the colors of spring and will accommodate interchangeable greetings and text for birthday, thinking of you, anniversary and sympathy. Stampers will take home at least 10 cards and envelopes ready for mailing. The cost is $20, and registration is due by March 26. For more information or to make reservations, contact First Step at 419-435-7300.