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Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
Sean Gaskell 6:30 pm
Sean Gaskell @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
May 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sean Gaskell will play traditional songs on the 21-stringed West African kora harp from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library’s Lindamood Room. Admission is free. Gaskell learned how to play the instrument throughout the course of several visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. The kora is native to the Mandé peoples within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau, with the music traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots. The kora is a melodic instrument, often used to play songs that tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mandé empires. While the kora is 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He was first inspired to play by Kane Mathis, a kora player formerly based in Seattle who has led the Kora Band and the Sahel Band. Gaskell relocated from Seattle to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2014. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the U.S., Gambia, and Senegal. For more information, call the library at 419-422-1712 or visit www.seangaskell.com.
Ohio Northern Jazz Ensemble 7:30 pm
Ohio Northern Jazz Ensemble @ Bear Cave in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University
May 1 @ 7:30 pm
The ONU Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the Bear Cave in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University, 525 S. Main St., Ada. The concert is free and open to the public.
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Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School
May 4 @ 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition (FFE) Cabaret 2018 will be held at Findlay High School’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be sold Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Heminger Auditorium lobby. Limited tickets, based on availability, will be available at the door one hour prior to the performances. Cabaret will showcase the FFE singer/dancers; their backing band, The Boingers; and technical crew members in a variety of musical performances chosen and rehearsed by the students. The performances will include solo and ensemble acts featuring classical, Broadway, jazz, and rock music. FFE will also perform its competition show, which includes the following selections: “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “What is This Thing Called Love?” and “Night and Day,” all by Cole Porter; “I Hear a Song,” popularized by singer Sandi Patty; and “Back to Then,” “What’s This Love Thang” and “Lost With Time,” all original songs written for FFE by Ben Wexler, a composer/arranger from New York City. The group is directed by Kevin Manley, assistant director is Alycia Althaus, and choreographer is Andy Haines. During the 2017-2018 season, FFE competed in five regional events, winning overall grand champion four times, overall best vocals four times, overall best instrumental combo three times, overall best choreography one time, and overall best show design one time. For more information, contact the high school choir office at 419-425-8282, or email Manley at kmanley@findlaycityschools.org.
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Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 2:00 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School
May 5 @ 2:00 pm
Findlay First Edition (FFE) Cabaret 2018 will be held at Findlay High School’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be sold Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Heminger Auditorium lobby. Limited tickets, based on availability, will be available at the door one hour prior to the performances. Cabaret will showcase the FFE singer/dancers; their backing band, The Boingers; and technical crew members in a variety of musical performances chosen and rehearsed by the students. The performances will include solo and ensemble acts featuring classical, Broadway, jazz, and rock music. FFE will also perform its competition show, which includes the following selections: “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “What is This Thing Called Love?” and “Night and Day,” all by Cole Porter; “I Hear a Song,” popularized by singer Sandi Patty; and “Back to Then,” “What’s This Love Thang” and “Lost With Time,” all original songs written for FFE by Ben Wexler, a composer/arranger from New York City. The group is directed by Kevin Manley, assistant director is Alycia Althaus, and choreographer is Andy Haines. During the 2017-2018 season, FFE competed in five regional events, winning overall grand champion four times, overall best vocals four times, overall best instrumental combo three times, overall best choreography one time, and overall best show design one time. For more information, contact the high school choir office at 419-425-8282, or email Manley at kmanley@findlaycityschools.org.
First Presbyterian Church Artist Series: TSO String Ensemble 3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church Artist Series: TSO String Ensemble @ First Presbyterian Church
May 5 @ 3:00 pm
As part of the First Presbyterian Church Artist Series, the church, 2330 S. Main St., will be hosting the Toledo Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble in concert at 3 p.m. May 5. The free concert will feature music for two violins, viola and cello. A freewill offering will be collected.
Ohio Northern Symphony Interactive Family Concert 3:00 pm
Ohio Northern Symphony Interactive Family Concert @ Freed Center for the Performing Arts
May 5 @ 3:00 pm
The Ohio Northern University Department of Music will present the Ohio Northern Symphony’s “Interactive Family Concert” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 in the Freed Center. An “instrument petting zoo” will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Freed Center Lobby. The concert will be conducted by music director Travis Jürgens. Concert activities are designed for preschool through early elementary students, but attendees are encouraged to bring the entire family–infants through grandparents. The program will include singing, moving, and listening to the music of Prokofiev and Bernstein, while learning about the instruments and exploring musical elements. The concert will be a great way to enjoy music as a family. All tickets $5. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Tickets also are available online at ticketing.onu.edu.
Bernstein at 100 7:30 pm
Bernstein at 100 @ Freed Center for the Performing Arts
May 5 @ 7:30 pm
The Ohio Northern University Department of Music will present the Ohio Northern Symphony at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Freed Center. Music director Travis Jürgens will conduct a program entitled “Bernstein at 100.” The University Singers will join the Symphony for this 100-year celebration of Bernstein’s birth year. The works by Bernstein include the “Overture” to “Candide,” “Mambo,” “West Side Story Selections,” “Chichester Psalms” with boy soloist Mischa Sella from the Cincinnati Boys Choir, and “Make our Garden Grow” from “Candide” featuring soloists Summer Aebker and Jordan Lloyd. Also on the program is Phillip Glass’ “Concerto for Saxophone Quartet” featuring winners of the concerto competition: Curtis Clarke, Alex Chapman, Isabel Bonarrigo-Burton and Jarrett Barr. The University Singers are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Larsen, assistant professor of music. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for ONU faculty and staff, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Tickets also are available online at ticketing.onu.edu.
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School
May 5 @ 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition (FFE) Cabaret 2018 will be held at Findlay High School’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be sold Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Heminger Auditorium lobby. Limited tickets, based on availability, will be available at the door one hour prior to the performances. Cabaret will showcase the FFE singer/dancers; their backing band, The Boingers; and technical crew members in a variety of musical performances chosen and rehearsed by the students. The performances will include solo and ensemble acts featuring classical, Broadway, jazz, and rock music. FFE will also perform its competition show, which includes the following selections: “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “What is This Thing Called Love?” and “Night and Day,” all by Cole Porter; “I Hear a Song,” popularized by singer Sandi Patty; and “Back to Then,” “What’s This Love Thang” and “Lost With Time,” all original songs written for FFE by Ben Wexler, a composer/arranger from New York City. The group is directed by Kevin Manley, assistant director is Alycia Althaus, and choreographer is Andy Haines. During the 2017-2018 season, FFE competed in five regional events, winning overall grand champion four times, overall best vocals four times, overall best instrumental combo three times, overall best choreography one time, and overall best show design one time. For more information, contact the high school choir office at 419-425-8282, or email Manley at kmanley@findlaycityschools.org.
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Awakened Commotion 2:00 pm
Awakened Commotion @ Hardin Northern Local School cafeteria
May 6 @ 2:00 pm
Hardin Northern’s pop a cappella group, Awakened Commotion, will be in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium. Admission is $2. The group is made up of Aubrey Hedges, Hannah Flowers, Clair Wilson, Sebastian Johnson, Franki Bejarano, Maddie Grappy, Cassidy Deckling, Eli Cooper, Joe Johnson and Rylie Bame.
International Rett Syndrome Foundation Benefit Run/Walk 2:45 pm
International Rett Syndrome Foundation Benefit Run/Walk @ E.A. Powell Elementary School
May 6 @ 2:45 pm
A run and walk to benefit the International Rett Syndrome Foundation is scheduled for May 6 at E.A. Powell Elementary School, 500 N. Main St., North Baltimore. Rett syndrome is a disorder of the nervous system. The run/walk will support research and funding to find a cure. The event will include a 5K run, a one-mile fun run and a one-mile walk along the Slippery Elm Trail. Registration will be held at the elementary school. Packets for the 5K run can be picked up from 1-1:45 p.m. Packets for the fun run/walk can be picked up between 1 and 2 p.m. The fun run/walk will start at 2:45. The entry fee is $20 for adults and $15 for high school students and younger. Participants can purchase a T-shirt for $10 while supplies last. Awards will be provided for the top individuals in each age group, as well as the overall male and female runners. For more information, contact Amanda at 419-306-4234 or Karen at 419-957-3875. Online registration is available at https://www.rettsyndrome.org/liverettfree.
Playing Favorites 3:00 pm
Playing Favorites @ First Lutheran Church
May 6 @ 3:00 pm
The members of Old Millstream Ringers have selected their favorite pieces of their repertoire and will present “Playing Favorites” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at First Lutheran Church, 109 E. Lincoln St. The pieces are secular and sacred and range from gentle lullabies to rousing Disney themes. Admission to the concert is free, with a freewill offering taken. The Old Millstream Ringers is a community-based English handbell choir formed in 2000 by director Martha Avery. Avery and co-director Gail Malloy are both retired music educators and, collectively, the choir’s members have been ringing handbells for nearly 400 years. In addition to public concerts, the group also participates in handbell festivals sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America, as well as performing for weddings, seasonal concerts, banquets and other occasions in Findlay and the surrounding area. For more information about the Old Millstream Ringers, or to book a performance, contact Avery at 419-859-2410 or Malloy at 419-424-1751.
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Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
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Maxwell Meyers Memorial Golf Classic and Mutt Strut 9:00 am
Maxwell Meyers Memorial Golf Classic and Mutt Strut @ Red Hawk Run Golf Course
May 11 @ 9:00 am
Dogs and their humans are invited to strut their stuff through the scenic Red Hawk Run Golf Course as part of the Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County’s largest fundraiser of the year. The humane society will host the ninth annual Maxwell Meyers Memorial Golf Classic and Mutt Strut on May 11 in memory of Maxwell, a boxer-Lab mix who loved running at golf courses. Upon his death, Max’s beloved family and friends chose to memorialize him through an event that would aid the work of the local humane society for years to come. Event organizer Greg Meyers said the event began as a golf outing, but has changed over time to become a memorial event. The 2½-mile Mutt Strut is open to people with and without dogs and runs from 8-10 a.m. New this year is a demonstration by the local K9 unit at 9 a.m. Golf begins with an 11 a.m. shotgun start and is open to singles and team golfers. The day concludes with a “Yappy Hour” (happy hour) from 4-6 p.m. Meyers said the hope is that the event will attract dog-lovers and people who enjoy walking, along with golfers. He and other event organizers are especially thankful to Red Hawk Run for welcoming dogs onto its property. Cost for the Mutt Strut is $20 in advance and $25 the day of. Registration for the Mutt Strutt and the golf outing can be made online at www.hancockhumanesociety.com or by calling the humane society at 419-423-1664 or Meyers at 419-422-4040.
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Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus 7:15 pm
Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus @ Wesley United Methodist Church
May 14 @ 7:15 pm – 9:45 pm
The Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will host a guest night from 7:15-9:45 p.m. today at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1200 Van Buren St. (Ohio 613), Fostoria. The event will feature demonstrations of the barbershop craft, including quartets and tag singing. Men of all ages are invited to come sing. Call Jason Barton-Kashmer at 419-607-3142 for more information.
Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra Finale Spring Concert 7:30 pm
Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra Finale Spring Concert @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 14 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra will present a Finale Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, in the high school’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Sophie Wohl will be a featured violin soloist during the concert. She will perform Edouard Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole” for violin and orchestra, movement 1. Wohl is the concertmaster of the orchestra and an accomplished violinist. She has participated in the Ohio Music Education Association’s (OMEA) Northwest Regional Orchestra and All-State Orchestra — comprising the best young string players in the state — for three years. She plans to attend the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music in the fall and major in violin performance and music education. Emily Cairns, the principal cellist in the orchestra, will also be featured on piano. Cairns has studied piano for many years and will perform a piece by composer Claude Debussy titled “Deux Arabesques, Mvt. 1.” She plans to go to Ohio State University to major in psychology before attending law school. The Symphony Orchestra will perform six classical compositions in addition to the Lalo piece. These pieces include “March of the Dwarfs” by Edvard Grieg, arranged by Michael Story, and themes from “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arranged by Richard Meyer. The group received a “superior” rating on these two selections from a panel of judges when they performed them at the OMEA State Orchestra Contest in February. In addition to the music, the concert will feature recognition and awards for the senior members of the orchestra. After the concert, the Findlay Music Boosters will host a reception for the orchestra’s graduating seniors and their families. The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra is directed by Ken Pressel along with assistant director David Brax. This is Pressel’s 25th year teaching orchestra at Findlay City Schools. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in violin performance from Ohio University. For more information, contact Pressel at 419-422-7158.
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Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
Findlay City Schools Extravabandza 7:30 pm
Findlay City Schools Extravabandza @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 15 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay City Schools Band department will present its spring “Extravabandza” concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will feature a variety of music and styles designed to appeal to audiences of all ages. It is free and open to the public. The Findlay High School Percussion Ensemble, Ninth Grade Band, and Symphonic Band will perform. The Percussion Ensemble will open the concert with two pieces, including “Seawind” by Thomas O’Connor. The Ninth Grade Band will perform four selections, including “Military Escort” by Henry Fillmore, published under the pseudonym of Harold Bennett; and “Beyond the Riverbend” by Robert Sheldon. The Symphonic Band will perform five pieces, including its Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) State required selection, “Red Hills Saga” by Robert Thurston; and “The Avengers” from the popular movie series. The Symphonic Band received straight “superior” ratings at OMEA District Large Group and an “excellent” rating at State. At these events, each participating band also must sight-read a piece for an adjudicator. Michael Story’s “Ancient Curses” was the sight-reading selection the Symphonic Band performed at OMEA State Contest and it will be performed at Tuesday’s concert. The concert also will feature recognition and awards for the senior members of the band. After the concert, the Findlay Music Boosters will host a reception for the graduating seniors and their families. The FHS band department will have two additional performances to close out the year. The FHS Jazz Band will perform with the Donnell Jazz Band at Donnell Middle School at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22; and the Findlay Trojan Marching Band will perform in the Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28. The Findlay High School band directors are Dan Wilson, Michael Springer and Brian Sheehe. For additional information, contact Dan Wilson at dwilson@fcs.org
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Hamler Country Fest
Hamler Country Fest @ Hamler Community Park
May 18 – May 19 all-day
Henry County will crank up its volume for two days of music, food and camping when the Hamler Country Fest roars into Hamler Community Park on Ohio 109. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, with Friday admission at $15.75; Saturday is $20.90; a primitive camping site (with two Friday and Saturday admission tickets) costs $124; and $330 pays for a campsite with four backstage passes, along with two Friday and Saturday tickets. Ages 16 and under are free with paid adult admission. Jerrod Niemann will headline Saturday’s bill, with Bucky Covington leading the way on Friday. Covington competed on “American Idol”‘s fifth season, and his self-titled debut album opened at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the biggest first-week sales for any debut country artist in 2007. His songs include “Different World,” “I’ll Walk,” “Good To Be Us,” “Buzzin’” and “Drinking Side of Country” (a duet with Shooter Jennings). Niemann co-wrote multiple songs for Garth Brooks, including the No. 1 hit, “Good Ride Cowboy.” His chart-topping major-label debut, “Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury,” hit The New York Times’ Top 10 Albums of 2010, with gold-certified Top 5 single “What Do You Want” and platinum-certified No. 1 hit, “Lover, Lover,” the song Niemann says changed his life. He is touring on the heels of his fourth studio album, “This Ride,” featuring the single, “I Got This.”   Friday’s music lineup begins at 7 p.m. with Adam Calvert, a southeastern Ohio native and Tennessee transplant; guitarist/singer Chris Salyer and bassist/singer Shellby Messmer, a duo based in Wayne, follow at 8:30; Brent Lowry and the Drifters, a Pemberville-based quintet, will perform at 9; and Covington will take the stage around 11. Redfeather, a Putnam County quintet, kicks off Saturday’s music at 3:30 p.m.; Waterville-based indie rocker Aaron Hertzfeld plays at 4:30; CJ Solar’s country music and southern rock fusion follows at 5; Vester Frey, an old time, roots rock, Americana and country blues stylist, plays at 6:30; country-rock quintet Nashville Crush commences at 7; Brent Lowry and Wade Wedge will bring their acoustic and multi-instrumental talents to the stage at 8:30; Natalie Stovall and the Drive, a Nashville-based quintet whose frontwoman/fiddler competed on the 13th season of “The Voice,” play at 9; and Niemann begins around 11. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. Campers may arrive beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, and must be removed by Monday, May 21; a full list of camping regulations is available at http://hamlercountryfest.com. The concerts will be under a roof with open seating, and lawn chairs are encouraged. Food and beverages are available, and no carry-ins are allowed. Signed memorabilia auctions run at 10:30 p.m. each day, registration for Saturday’s 5 p.m. cornhole tournament is at 4:30; and vendors include Tri-R Guns gun raffle; The Snack Shack; The Deshler Legion; Frank’s Fries; and Tiny’s BBQ. For more information, visit the event’s website, call 419-748-7459 or email hamlercountryfest@gmail.com
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Jenelle Hohman Color Me Happy Walk and 5K 9:00 am
Jenelle Hohman Color Me Happy Walk and 5K @ Riverside Park
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Jenelle Hohman Color Me Happy Walk and 5K will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 at Riverside Park. The color run, presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Hancock County, was renamed last year for Hohman, a Findlay health care professional who specialized in play therapy for children. Hohman died in February 2017. Howard Ohler, board vice president at NAMI, said this is the organization’s ninth annual color walk and serves as NAMI’s signature fundraising event. “All proceeds go toward serving our clients with free classes, training and programming throughout the year,” Ohler said. Examples of programs designed to help individuals and families living with mental illness include Connections, Family-to-family and Peer-to-peer. New this year will be a health fair featuring over 20 local vendors offering free screenings, massages and more, along with a kids’ fest and pet zone, where free dog washing and nail trimming will be available. Eleven food vendors including Yellowbird Food Shack, Kimmel’s Meats and Amy May’s Rockin’ Tacos will be stationed throughout the park. The walk is highlighted by five color stations where participants walk through a different color of dyed corn starch powder. “And of course by the end, these people are doused in color,” Ohler said. “Ears, eyelashes, everything.” Those who register before May 11 will receive event T-shirts. The cost is $40 for adults 13 and older and $10 for children 6-12 years. Participants 5 and younger are free. Online registration can be made at www.NAMIHancockCounty.org or on race day for an additional $5. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. the day of the walk.
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Findlay Great Strides 2:00 pm
Findlay Great Strides @ Riverbend Park
May 20 @ 2:00 pm
Findlay Great Strides, a walk benefitting cystic fibrosis, will be held May 20 at Riverbend Park. The Findlay walk is one of over 400 Great Strides events taking place across the country to help support the search for a cure to cystic fibrosis. Online registration is available at www.cff.org/greatstrides. Check-in begins at 1 p.m., with the walk starting at 2.
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Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
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Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
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