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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.
Quarry Farm 5K Run/Walk 10:00 am
Quarry Farm 5K Run/Walk @ The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am
The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm in Pandora is holding its annual 5K run/walk event at 10 a.m. Oct. 7. The rain-or-shine race will take participants through a rural course past a historic bridge, two scenic creeks to a rest halfway and back to the finish line at circa 1853 Red Fox Cabin. Participants will receive a custom race T-shirt. Check-in is from 8:45-9:30 a.m. on race day. Online registration is available at https://www.active.com/pandora-oh/running/distance-running-virtual-events/the-quarry-farm-virtual-and-onsite-5k-2017 and at www.thequarryfarm.org.
Kick for the Cure 11:00 am
Kick for the Cure
Oct 7 @ 11:00 am
Soccer players at Liberty-Benton are kicking their fundraising efforts into high gear ahead of this weekend’s third annual Kick for the Cure event. The charity soccer game, being held Saturday, raises money for Cancer Patient Services of Hancock County. Fundraising for Kick for the Cure has typically been limited to boys on the varsity and junior varsity teams but this year, even though they won’t be playing, the girls have gotten involved. The junior varsity match will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, and girls from both teams will serve as ball girls and announcers. They’ll also be in charge of a 50/50 raffle benefiting Cancer Patient Services, which will have representatives on hand for a check presentation between games. The varsity match will follow at about 1 p.m. General admission tickets are $6 or $4 for students, available at the gate. Anyone wishing to donate to the cause can mail a check to the high school, made out to Liberty-Benton Athletic Boosters, attention Kick for the Cure. For more information, call the high school at 419-424-5351 and ask for Nate Irwin or Scott Garlock.
Fall Freeze 2:00 pm
Fall Freeze @ Flag City Sports Complex
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department will host its annual Fall Freeze at the Flag City Sports Complex from 2-5 p.m. Sunday. The complex, at 3430 N. Main St., is the home to the Huntington Bank Arena at The Cube, Marathon Diamonds, Miracle Park, The Findlay Youth Football Field and four batting cages, a playground and a walking path. The day’s activities will include wiffle ball at 2 p.m. at Miracle Field, and an ice skating exhibition from 3-3:15 at The Cube, followed by a free ice skating lesson from 3:15-3:45 and a free public skate from 3:45-4:45. There will also be youth football games played from 1-5 and fastpitch softball games from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. All activities are free for families and children of all ages. For more information, call 419-424-7176.
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.
5K Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk 9:00 am
5K Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk @ Waterfall Pavilion at Riverside Park
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am
Selected students throughout Hancock County are joining forces with various local professionals to plan, promote and coordinate the Seventh Annual 5K Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk benefiting the Hancock Youth Leadership (HYL) program. The Pumpkin Run/Walk will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Waterfall Pavilion at Riverside Park. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Catch the pumpkin runner and be refunded your entry fee! The registration fee for those pre-registered before September 30th is $25, which will include a long-sleeved shirt, goody bag, treats and drinks. Race-day registration will be $30. Awards will be provided for the overall male and female finisher, plus the first and second place participants, male and female, in a variety of age groupings. Participants can register at www.findlayhancockchamber.com/hyl or pick up a registration form at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 123 E. Main Cross St., Findlay. All proceeds will benefit the Hancock Youth Leadership program.
Riverbend Flag City Classic 10:00 am
Riverbend Flag City Classic @ Riverbend Recreation Area
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Riverbend Flag City Classic, for disc golf players, will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Riverbend Recreation Area. The Professional Disc Golf Association-sanctioned B Tier event will include two 18-hole rounds per player. An awards ceremony will be held following completion of the second round. Registration will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in Shelter 5 and a brief players meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. The family program requires children to be accompanied by a participating adult. To register online, go to: http://www.discgolfunited.com/disc-golf-tournaments/event-detail.cfm/tourn_id/4306. For further information, contact Hugh Bockbrader at 419-304-2177.
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.
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.
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.
McComb Halloween 5K
McComb Halloween 5K @ McComb, Ohio
Oct 28 all-day
The annual McComb Halloween-themed nighttime 5K race is slated for Oct. 28 in the village. Proceeds will go toward the sophomore class at the school.
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.