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Amanda Vernon 7:00 pm
Amanda Vernon @ St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm
Internationally known recording artist Amanda Vernon will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road. The free concert is open to the public and will include Vernon’s original music, along with sharing of the faith-filled stories behind the songs. Visit amandavernon.com for more information about the performer.
Findlay Garden Club Fall Harvest Potluck Dinner 6:00 pm
Findlay Garden Club Fall Harvest Potluck Dinner @ Riverbend Recreation Area - Shelter 3
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm
Those interested in joining the Findlay Garden Club are invited to the club’s annual fall harvest potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Riverbend Park shelter house 3. Members will be there to answer questions about the club’s programs, annual garden tour and community activities. For more information, visit www.findlaygardenclub.org.
Hancock County Democrats Fall Dinner 6:30 pm
Hancock County Democrats Fall Dinner @ Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center
Oct 4 @ 6:30 pm
Hancock County Democrats will hold their fall dinner on Wednesday at the Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center, 817 Harmon St. Statewide Democratic candidates, including Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, who is running for governor, and a state treasurer candidate will join Findlay City Council candidates Barbara Lockard, Mary Harshfield and Heidi Mercer. The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. with speakers at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person, or $25 to sit at the chair’s table. For reservations, call 419-348-2599.
Carey Freewill Baptist Church Autumn Dinner 3:30 pm
Carey Freewill Baptist Church Autumn Dinner @ Carey Freewill Baptist Church
Oct 6 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
An autumn dinner featuring a half barbecue chicken or two pork chops with au Gratin potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, dessert and drink will be served in the Carey Freewill Baptist Church fellowship hall from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Friday before the Carey versus Buckeye Central football game. Tickets are $8 each, presale only, and must be reserved before Sunday by calling 419-396-4144. Dine-in and carryout are available.
St. John’s United Church of Christ Fall Beef and Noodle Dinner 4:30 pm
St. John’s United Church of Christ Fall Beef and Noodle Dinner @ St. John’s United Church of Christ
Oct 6 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
St. John’s United Church of Christ’s fall beef and noodle dinner will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday at the church, 223 W. College Ave., Bluffton. The menu consists of homemade noodles, beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, roll, pies and beverages. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for students in sixth grade through college, $4 for elementary-age children and free for pre-K and younger. Dine-in and carryout are available.
Bluffton University Concert Band 2:30 pm
Bluffton University Concert Band @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Oct 8 @ 2:30 pm
The Bluffton University Concert Band will perform a show during its homecoming weekend. The band will play “Symphonic Suite” by Clifton Williams; Samuel Hazo’s “Southern Hymn”; “A Golden Celebration” by Brant Karrick; “Brighton Beach,” a concert march by William Latham; “Skyline” by Frank Gulino; and “Old Churches” by Michael Colgrass. Roy Couch, assistant professor of music, will conduct.
Toledo Symphony Orchestra 8:00 pm
Toledo Symphony Orchestra @ St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church
Oct 12 @ 8:00 pm
The Toledo Symphony Orchestra will perform at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road, at 8 p.m. Thursday as part of its annual youth ministry fundraiser, IMPACT. The symphony program is meant to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The concert will include movements from Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 “Reformation.” Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased at the church via cash and check only. A fundraising dinner catered by various area restaurants will precede the performance, beginning at 6:30. Tickets are $100 each and include admission to the symphony concert. Visit www.findlaystmichael.org or call 419-422-4246 for more information.
Victorian Halloween Tea 12:30 pm
Victorian Halloween Tea @ Grammes-Brown House and Garden
Oct 14 @ 12:30 pm
Author/historian Lisa Swickard will share discoveries she made and ghostly encounters she had with her team of paranormal investigators while researching Tiffin’s history, including unexplained occurrences in the Grammes-Brown House neighborhood. Tea, sandwiches and pastries will be served, seating is limited and reservations are required. Place a prepaid reservation by leaving a detailed message providing the names of the people attending the tea and your contact information for Phyllis Watts at 419-448-8312.
Ethereal Connections 7:30 pm
Ethereal Connections @ Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm
The Lima Symphony Orchestra will fuse modern and traditional music in an outer space-themed season opener, Ethereal Connections. Mason Bates’ electrifying and magnetically charged contemporary piece “Mothership” carries a techno dance-pulse that merges with traditional symphonic style; Lima Symphony’s Artistic Director, Crafton Beck, composed the tender and thoughtful “Passages”; and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” is at times contemplative, serene, and benevolent, juxtaposing forceful, tempestuous musical waves and evocative visual images. Single tickets available online Aug. 31.
Barbara Lister-Sink 3:00 pm
Barbara Lister-Sink @ First Presbyterian Church
Oct 15 @ 3:00 pm
Barbara Lister-Sink will present a concert in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church as part of its 2017 Artist Series. A renowned pianist and artist-in-residence at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she will play pieces from the solo piano genre, including many favorites from Beethoven, Mozart and Liszt. Known for her tone and musicianship, reviews describe her as “extraordinary” and “masterful.” A free-will offering will be received.
Gilboa UMC Soup and Sandwich Supper 5:00 pm
Gilboa UMC Soup and Sandwich Supper @ Gilboa United Methodist Church
Oct 15 @ 5:00 pm
GILBOA — Gilboa United Methodist Church will hold a freewill donation soup and sandwich supper at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 to benefit hurricane relief. The meal also includes dessert and drinks. All proceeds will go to Samaritan’s Purse to assist hurricane victims. The public is welcome to help with this mission by donating ingredients for the soups, sandwiches and drinks, or by making a dessert. Volunteers are also needed to help with preparation and cleanup. Donations may be dropped off at the church from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 14, or arrangements can be made by calling 419-890-9369.
Carey Scholarship Chili Cook-Off 6:00 pm
Carey Scholarship Chili Cook-Off @ Moreno's Fine Dining
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A chili cook-off to raise funds for a scholarship to benefit a Carey High School senior will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 15 at Moreno’s Fine Dining, 109 W. Findlay St., Carey. The event was the idea of Lois Kurtz, a businesswoman, longtime Carey council member and community promoter who died Aug. 11. The cook-off is being organized by members of the Carey Area Chamber of Commerce. Nine local businesses will be competing. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Kurtz Shoe Store, the chamber office, FACTS Christy Insurance, Regina Vent Realty, Wyandot County Visitors Bureau, A-1 Printing, American Heritage Realty, First Citizens National Bank in Carey and First Federal Bank.
BGSU New Music and Art Festival
BGSU New Music and Art Festival @ Bowling Green State University
Oct 18 – Oct 21 all-day
The 38th annual Bowling Green State University New Music and Art Festival will showcase the work of more than 30 guest composers and performers and includes concerts, composer talks and an art exhibition and lecture. Featured guests include composers Steven Mackey and Sarah Kirkland Snider, Chicago-based ensemble Latitude 49, and vocalist Shara Nova. The 8 p.m. Oct. 21 concert is $7, all other events are free. For a complete schedule of events, visit festival.bgsu.edu or contact the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at 419-372-2685.
McComb Lions Club Senior Scholarship Dinner 4:00 pm
McComb Lions Club Senior Scholarship Dinner @ McComb High School cafeteria
Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The McComb Lions Club will hold its annual senior scholarship dinner from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 20 prior to the varsity football game versus Pandora-Gilboa. The meal will be held at the McComb School Cafeteria and will consist of barbecue chicken, vegetable, roll, dessert and drink. Dine-in and carryout will be available. Tickets cost $9 each and must be purchased by Oct. 13. They are available through any McComb Lions member; at Primrose Flowers, Hoverman Insurance and Tees, Tees & More in McComb; at Ted’s Market in Pandora; or by calling 419-293-2350. All proceeds from the meal will be used to fund the McComb Lions Club scholarship awarded to a 2018 McComb High School senior.
Beech Grove Wesleyan Church Pork Chop Barbecue 5:00 pm
Beech Grove Wesleyan Church Pork Chop Barbecue @ Beech Grove Wesleyan Church
Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Beech Grove Wesleyan Church, 16054 County Highway 4, Carey, will host a pork chop barbecue from 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 21.
Oakdale United Methodist Church Wedding Feast 5:00 pm
Oakdale United Methodist Church Wedding Feast @ Oakdale United Methodist Church
Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm
Oakdale United Methodist Church, 24994 Hancock-Wood County Line Road, Deshler, will host a wedding feast at 5 p.m. Oct. 21. All area women and girls are invited to the catered meal featuring honey-baked chicken breast, followed by a program by Christian radio personality Robin Sullivan, who can be heard on Toledo’s 102.3 ProclaimFM. Guests are invited to wear their wedding attire including gowns or veils, or flower girl, bridesmaids or mother-of-the-bride dresses. Photos will be taken. Tickets are $5, available by calling Karen Richard at 419-278-2143, Ken Rider at 419-278-0746 or Caring Points church office at 419-943-3556.
Bubba C Barbecue 12:00 pm
Bubba C Barbecue @ Bluffton Family Recreation
Oct 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Bluffton Family Recreation is hosting a Bubba C Barbecue from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton. Tickets are $8 and are available at Bluffton Family Recreation. Dinner includes either a pulled port sandwich or one-quarter chicken, macaroni and cheese and green beans. Meals are for carry-out or eat-in at Bluffton Family Recreation.
Bluffton University Fall Choral Concert 2:30 pm
Bluffton University Fall Choral Concert @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Oct 22 @ 2:30 pm
Bluffton University will host a fall choral concert featuring the University Chorale and Camerata Singers at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Yoder Recital Hall. Natalie Mallis, visiting assistant professor of music, will conduct the concert in collaboration with university accompanists Ana Yoder Coulter and Benjamin Crook. The music of Palestrina, Handel, Debussy and Durufle will be featured. This event is free. An offering will be taken for music scholarships.
Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet 7:30 pm
Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm
The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts will welcome Irma Thomas, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet for the Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans tour at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Tickets range from $35 to $55 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office, at marathoncenterarts.org, or by calling 419-423-2787. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. According to Allmusic.com, Irma Thomas was dubbed the “unrivaled Soul Queen of New Orleans” by the city officials. Her recordings include “You Can Have My Husband (But Don’t Mess with My Man),” “It’s Raining,” “Ruler of My Heart,” “Break-a-Way,” “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand),” and “Time Is on My Side,” which went on to become a hit for the Rolling Stones. With a recording career spanning 58 years, she won her first Grammy Award when her 2006 album, “After the Rain,” was named best contemporary blues album. As Don McLeese wrote in his review of that album, “Most singers who have been recording as long as Thomas resort to tricks, mannerisms, and show-off displays, but she remains the anti-diva, a stylist of exquisite understatement whose every note rings true and hits home.” Hailed as “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone, the Blind Boys of Alabama first rose to fame in the segregated South with their vocal harmonies and roof-raising live show. They released their debut single, “I Can See Everybody’s Mother But Mine” on the iconic Veejay label in 1948, launching a 70-year recording career that would see them rack up five Grammy Awards, enter the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, collaborate with everyone from Mavis Staples and Stevie Wonder to Prince and Lou Reed, and perform on the world’s most prestigious stages. Their latest album, “Almost Home,” grew out of the recognition that the band’s original lineup is down to just two remaining survivors: longtime group leader Clarence Fountain and current leader Jimmy Carter. Both men were born in Alabama during the Great Depression, and while Carter is still active and regularly touring with the group, Fountain’s health precludes him from traveling much these days, though he does appear on the album. The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet represents a tradition that started in 1961 when Preservation Hall first opened in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The band comprises some of the most revered alumni of the hall, many of whom have toured the world with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for decades. For more information, visit www.allmusic.com and www.blindboys.com.
Derek “Troll” Leonard Benefit Concert/Auction 6:30 pm
Derek “Troll” Leonard Benefit Concert/Auction @ Dave's Hideaway
Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
A benefit concert and live auction for Derek “Troll” Leonard will be held from 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 28 at Dave’s Hideaway, 1730 Lima Ave. In 2012, Leonard, of Findlay, was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrpysin Deficiency, a rare condition that affects the liver and lungs. He is currently awaiting a new liver and hopes to have the transplant in the next few months. The event will feature music by the Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaws, an auction and 50/50 raffle at 8 p.m.