Apr
27
Fri
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
Apr 27 all-day

Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library.

Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St.

With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey).

It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer).

The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track.

Other cast members include:

Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain.

The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.

Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe.

Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park.

Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.

SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Apr 27 @ 3:00 pm

Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator.

The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed.
SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing.

The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists.

Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.

Scarlet & Grapes @ The Jones Mansion
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Hancock County is hosting a wine tasting event from 6-9 p.m. April 27 at the Jones Mansion, 313 E. Sandusky St.

Guests to the event “Scarlet & Grapes” will visit interactive stations with Ohio wines and heavy hors d’oeuvre pairings.

Cost is $35 per person, and registration is required by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Email par4osu@woh.rr,com or call 419-423-3993.

American Woodcock @ Riverbend Recreation Area, Shelter 6
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A program about the American woodcock, hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, and at the same time April 20 or 27 at Shelter 6 in Riverbend Recreation Area.

There will be root beer floats for participants.

The program is recommended for children at least 8 years old. Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

The program is free, but registration is required by 4 p.m. today, online at www.HancockParks.com under the “Programs & Activities” tab, or by calling the park district office, 419-425-7275.

The program will be held with a minimum of four and a maximum of 20 participants.

Findlay Family YMCA Daddy-Daughter Dance @ Findlay Family YMCA
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Findlay Family YMCA will host a daddy-daughter dance from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at the downtown branch, 300 E. Lincoln St.

Dress is semi-formal, and daughters are invited to bring their dad, grandpa, uncle or family friend for a night of dancing. Refreshments will be served, and a photographer will be available to capture the moment.

Cost is $20 for YMCA members, $25 for nonmembers, $5 per additional daughter. Registration is open through Thursday at https://www.findlayymca.org/programs/register-for-programs/

Apr
28
Sat
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
Apr 28 all-day

Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library.

Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St.

With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey).

It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer).

The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track.

Other cast members include:

Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain.

The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.

Gathering Basket Herb Society Spring Plant Sale @ 8981 U.S. 224 West
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Gathering Basket Herb Society will host its spring plant sale from 2-6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 8981 U.S. 224 W (the old gas station at the corner of Township Road 139).

The rain or shine event will feature many herbs that are not commonly found at big-box garden centers. Call 419-422-5594 for more details.

Hancock County Opiate Task Force Medication Collection @ Findlay Municipal Building parking lot
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am

The Hancock County Opiate Task Force will hold its semi-annual event to collect medications from the community on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 9 a.m.

Those who wish to drop off medications can do so at the Municipal Building parking lot on Crawford Street until noon. For questions, call 419-424-1985.

Blue Rock Nature Preserve Hike @ Blue Rock Nature Preserve
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

A hike through Blue Rock Nature Preserve, hosted by Hancock Park District personnel, will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

The free program requires no registration and is recommended for individuals at least 6 years old. Participants should meet at the Edgar Avenue entrance.

For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.

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