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George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic 7:30 pm
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic @ Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic will bring their blend of New Orleans blues, jazz, rock, pop and gospel to Lima. Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s psychedelic rockers. His influence continues today, winning his first Grammy for his work on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly.”
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Music Bach’s Concert Series: Jeff Parker 11:30 am
Music Bach’s Concert Series: Jeff Parker @ Alumni Memorial Union
Feb 2 @ 11:30 am
Bluegrass musician and composer Jeff Parker, along with a few of his band members, will kick off the University of Findlay’s spring Music Bach’s Concert Series on Friday, Feb. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union’s atrium. The concert is free and open to the public. Parker learned to play guitar from his father, Vester, when he was 6 years old. After tackling the guitar, he moved on to other instruments. At age 12, he was inspired by Harold Russell of the Russell Brothers and Doyle Lawson to play mandolin. Soon after, Parker joined his dad and other family members, playing at area churches and radio stations. They became known as the Sounds of Gospel. For 10 years, Parker served as a member of the staff band at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, Mount Vernon, Kentucky, as a utility/lead and harmony vocals musician. During his tenure there he received numerous awards for his musicianship. In 2001, he toured with the award-winning Lonesome River Band, serving as their lead/tenor vocal and mandolin player for five years, releasing three records, touring across the country and performing at the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville. For the past decade, Parker has been touring with Grammy nominees and Grand Ole Opry members Dailey & Vincent, who performed at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in 2016. During this time, the group released six records, “Dailey & Vincent Show” DVDs and instructional vocal DVDs. He can also be seen on “The Dailey & Vincent Show” that airs on RFDTV, along with Bill Gaither gospel shows, Country Music Hall of Fame shows, Country Music Fan Fest, and more. When not touring nationally and internationally with Dailey & Vincent, Parker writes and performs his own music, co-producing four of his solo records, including a Christmas album. For more information on Parker, visit www.jeffparker.com. The Music Bach’s Concert Series is sponsored and hosted by the university’s Student Activities Board. For additional information, call 419-434-4606.
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Van Buren Presbyterian Church Groundhog Day Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am
Van Buren Presbyterian Church Groundhog Day Pancake Breakfast @ Van Buren Presbyterian Church
Feb 3 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
VAN BUREN — Van Buren Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St., Van Buren, will hold its 12th annual Groundhog Day pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Feb. 3. Unlimited servings of pancakes, along with fresh, ground, whole-hog sausage, will be served. The gospel group Living Water from Wharton will perform during the breakfast. A freewill donation will be accepted, and all proceeds will go to the church’s mission fund.
TGMA Gospel Music Dinner 5:00 pm
TGMA Gospel Music Dinner @ Southside Family Restaurant
Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
TGMA Gospel Music Promotions will present gospel singing and dinner Feb. 3 at Southside Family Restaurant, 3050 S. Main St. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. with singing featuring the Seekers, Pat Roberts and Jesse Davlia from 6-8 p.m. For more information, call Mark Glick at 419-934-5456.
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Yamato: The Drummers of Japan 7:30 pm
Yamato: The Drummers of Japan @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 5 @ 7:30 pm
Yamato: The Drummers of Japan will put a brand-new spin on a centuries-old tradition when they bring “Chousensha — The Challengers” to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org. Founded in Japan’s Nara Prefecture in 1993 by Masa Ogawa and three other members, the group debuted at a Shinto shrine festival with their original composition, “Hyu-ga (The sunrise).” The group expanded to 20 members (with Ogawa serving as artistic director) and has brought the style of taiko (Japanese for “drums”) to 54 countries through 3,500 performances and counting, using Japan’s traditional wadaiko drums. Their latest program, “The Challengers,” draws its name from the members’ willingness to push their bodies and spirits to their absolute limit, while having fun in the process. The performance begins with the boom of a taiko drum made from a large 400-year-old tree, with the group members moving their entire bodies to strike the drums, the drummers’ press release states. These drums include the beer-barrel shaped miya-daiko; the hira-daiko, with a diameter that’s taller than most people; the portable okedo-daiko, often used in Japanese theater; and the bronze chappa cymbal, often used in religious services. To accompany the drums, the group utilizes the shamisen, a long-necked three-stringed instrument often played for traditional dance and folk; the koto, a stringed instrument built from hollowed-out, 40-year-old Paulownia trees; and the shinobue, a flute made from shino-bamboo. The performers’ dedication to their craft doesn’t stop on the stage, either. Beginning their days with a six-mile run, the group’s members live together in a community and create everything themselves, including the musical compositions, lighting design, choreography, performance techniques, makeup, stage settings and props such as the bachi (sticks) used in performances, according to the press release. For more information, visit www.yamatodrummers.com.
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Community Lenten Lunches 12:00 pm
Community Lenten Lunches @ North Baltimore
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The churches of the North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry (NBACM) will host weekly “Community Lenten Lunches” on Wednesdays during Lent. Community members are invited to lunch and Lenten devotions from noon to 1 p.m. at a North Baltimore church. The schedule is: Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, Holy Family Roman Catholic, 115 E. Cherry St.; Feb. 21, Praise Chapel Pentecostal (location of meal: Church of the Good Shepherd, 119 W. Broadway St.); Feb. 28, St. James United Methodist. 201 S. Second St.; March 7, The Bridge Fellowship, 123 E. Broadway St.; March 14, Church of the Good Shepherd; March 21, St. Luke’s Lutheran, 215 N. Second St. There is no cost for the meal, but participants are invited to give an offering for the ministries of NBACM including the “Community Food Pantry.”  
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Findlay City Schools All-City Orchestra Festival 7:30 pm
Findlay City Schools All-City Orchestra Festival @ Findlay High School gymnasium
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm
Findlay City Schools’ annual All-City Orchestra Festival, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, will showcase string players in grades six through 12 from Glenwood and Donnell middle schools along with Findlay High School. The concert will be held in the gymnasium of Findlay High School and is free and open to the public. The Sixth-Grade Beginning Orchestra, directed by David Brax, will perform two selections: “String Explosion” and “Bloosy Woosy.” These 53 beginning string students started playing their instruments back in August. The Seventh-Grade Orchestra, also directed by Brax, will perform “The Russian Music Box” and “Mama Don’t ‘Low.” The Eighth-Grade Orchestra, directed by Ken Pressel, orchestra department chair, will perform “Blue Ridge Run” and “The Code.” The concert will conclude with the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra performing “Chant and Joyous Dance” and “What’s Up at the Symphony.” Pressel directs the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra, and Brax serves as assistant director.
Avital Handler 8:00 pm
Avital Handler @ Moore Musical Arts Center, Bryan Recital Hall
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm
Avital Handler is the principal tuba player of the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Opera’s resident orchestra. She serves on the faculty of Jerusalem’s Academy of Music and Dance, the Levinsky College of Education and the Israel Conservatory of Music.
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Emmanuel United Church of Christ Spaghetti Dinner 5:00 pm
Emmanuel United Church of Christ Spaghetti Dinner @ Emmanuel United Church of Christ
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Emmanuel United Church of Christ will hold a Fazoli’s spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, at the church, 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the church’s Faith Formation Program. The dinner includes spaghetti, salad, breadsticks, dessert and a drink. Tickets are available for $8 each by calling the church office at 419-358-1561.  
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Elks Beach Bash 7:00 pm
Elks Beach Bash @ Findlay Elks Lodge banquet hall
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Findlay’s own Reunion Band will bring its style of ’60s and ’70s rock and roll to the Elks Beach Bash concert that will benefit many Findlay-based charities. The event includes several raffles, with attendees encouraged to wear flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts.
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East Meets West with Traditional Japanese Dance 3:00 pm
East Meets West with Traditional Japanese Dance @ TLB Audiorium at Winebrenner Theological Seminary
Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay’s free pops concert, “East Meets West with Traditional Japanese Dance,” will be presented at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in the TLB Audiorium at Winebrenner Theological Seminary.
University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Pops Concert 3:00 pm
University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Pops Concert @ TLB Auditorium of Winebrenner Theological Seminary
Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present their annual Pops Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, in the TLB Auditorium of Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Under the direction of Jack Taylor, professor of music, the band will be partnering with Hiroaki Kawamura, chair of the UF Department of Language and Culture. This performance will be part of the community-wide Japan Week in Findlay, along with a wide variety of cultural activities in Hancock County. The music at this concert will mix popular music from the United States and Japan. Colleen Abrams, instructor of clarinet and saxophone at UF, will be the featured soloist, performing on the soprano saxophone and bass clarinet. Another featured guest is Michie Joyama, who will perform in two selections of traditional Japanese dance, wearing a kimono dress to go with the Japanese culture theme. The musical production will also feature other surprises for the audience, and senior members of the band will be honoring selected UF faculty and staff members during the concert’s intermission. The February Pops Concert is free and open to the public but tickets are still required. To reserve a ticket, contact the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at www.marathoncenterarts.org or call 419-432-2787.
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Jammin’ at the Library 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm
“Jammin’ at the Library” continues at 6 p.m. Monday and Feb. 26 at the Bluffton Public Library. This song circle-style jam session is open to all who wish to participate. At 6 p.m. Feb. 22, “Jammin’ Instructional” will be held. Those attending will learn various methods of jammin’-style music. For more information, email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
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West Independence United Methodist Church Love Feast Meal 6:00 pm
West Independence United Methodist Church Love Feast Meal @ West Independence United Methodist Church
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm
West Independence United Methodist Church, 22876 U.S. 224, Fostoria, will host a free Love Feast meal in the church’s Family Life Center at 6 p.m. on Ash Wednesday. Following the feast, the Rev. Mark Weatherman will share a brief reflection in observance of Ash Wednesday. For reservations and additional information, contact the church office at 419-894-6454 by Monday.
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Thursdays at Yoder: Love is in the Air 6:00 pm
Thursdays at Yoder: Love is in the Air @ Yoder Recital Hall lobby, Bluffton University
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This “Thursdays at Yoder” event will feature live music by Bluffton University’s faculty and students; hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by the Bluffton University Nutrition Association; and complimentary child care.Two seating options, 6 and 8 p.m. Seating is limited.
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Dine in the Dark 6:00 pm
Dine in the Dark @ Alumni Memorial Union
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm
Lodestar: Guiding Angels for the Blind, in conjunction with the Office of Disability Services at the University of Findlay, is planning the fifth annual “Dine in the Dark” event. Those attending will experience eating a three-course meal like never before: completely in the dark. All proceeds benefit Lodestar: Guiding Angels for the Blind, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to training and placing service dogs free of charge to blind and visually impaired children. The dinner will be held Feb. 17 in the Alumni Memorial Union at University of Findlay. Hor’s dourves will be served at 6 p.m. with lights out and dinner served at 6:30. Tickets are $30 each through Feb. 1; $35 after. Purchase tickets at https://lodestarditd.eventbrite.com or by phone 419-796-1329.
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Bluffton University Concert Band 2:30 pm
Bluffton University Concert Band @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 18 @ 2:30 pm
The Bluffton University Concert Band will host an instrumental concert featuring original and arranged compositions, including Brian Sadler’s “Action Brass”; Gordon Jacob’s wind-band composition, “An Original Suite”; and Brant Karrick’s “They Shall Run and Be Free,” inspired by his visit to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.
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Community Lenten Lunches 12:00 pm
Community Lenten Lunches @ North Baltimore
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The churches of the North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry (NBACM) will host weekly “Community Lenten Lunches” on Wednesdays during Lent. Community members are invited to lunch and Lenten devotions from noon to 1 p.m. at a North Baltimore church. The schedule is: Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, Holy Family Roman Catholic, 115 E. Cherry St.; Feb. 21, Praise Chapel Pentecostal (location of meal: Church of the Good Shepherd, 119 W. Broadway St.); Feb. 28, St. James United Methodist. 201 S. Second St.; March 7, The Bridge Fellowship, 123 E. Broadway St.; March 14, Church of the Good Shepherd; March 21, St. Luke’s Lutheran, 215 N. Second St. There is no cost for the meal, but participants are invited to give an offering for the ministries of NBACM including the “Community Food Pantry.”  
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Jammin’ Instructional 6:00 pm
Jammin’ Instructional @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm
“Jammin’ at the Library” continues at 6 p.m. Monday and Feb. 26 at the Bluffton Public Library. This song circle-style jam session is open to all who wish to participate. At 6 p.m. Feb. 22, “Jammin’ Instructional” will be held. Those attending will learn various methods of jammin’-style music. For more information, email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
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Jammin’ at the Library 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm
“Jammin’ at the Library” continues at 6 p.m. Monday and Feb. 26 at the Bluffton Public Library. This song circle-style jam session is open to all who wish to participate. At 6 p.m. Feb. 22, “Jammin’ Instructional” will be held. Those attending will learn various methods of jammin’-style music. For more information, email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
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Community Lenten Lunches 12:00 pm
Community Lenten Lunches @ North Baltimore
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The churches of the North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry (NBACM) will host weekly “Community Lenten Lunches” on Wednesdays during Lent. Community members are invited to lunch and Lenten devotions from noon to 1 p.m. at a North Baltimore church. The schedule is: Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, Holy Family Roman Catholic, 115 E. Cherry St.; Feb. 21, Praise Chapel Pentecostal (location of meal: Church of the Good Shepherd, 119 W. Broadway St.); Feb. 28, St. James United Methodist. 201 S. Second St.; March 7, The Bridge Fellowship, 123 E. Broadway St.; March 14, Church of the Good Shepherd; March 21, St. Luke’s Lutheran, 215 N. Second St. There is no cost for the meal, but participants are invited to give an offering for the ministries of NBACM including the “Community Food Pantry.”  
Pandora UMC Community Meal 5:30 pm
Pandora UMC Community Meal @ Pandora United Methodist Church
Feb 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
A free community meal will be served from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora. This month’s meal is being provided by Hilty Memorial Home. The menu is fried chicken, parsley potatoes, California blend vegetables, assorted cupcakes and beverage.
Allen County Museum Blues Concert 7:00 pm
Allen County Museum Blues Concert @ Allen County Museum
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm
The Allen County Museum is holding a blues concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the museum, 620 W. Market St., Lima. The concert is free and open to the public. The presenter for the concert is Ricky Nye, who won Best Solo Act in the 2001 and 2002 Cammy Awards. He was inducted into the International Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame in 2013.

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