MCPA/TAP Family Series: “Clementine” @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am

The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts (MCPA) and The Arts Partnership (TAP) co-present the Barter Players’ production of “Clementine” at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at the MCPA, 200 W. Main Cross St.

The performance is the second in the MCPA/TAP Family Series sponsored by Marathon Petroleum Corp.

Based on the books by Sara Pennypacker, the show follows Clementine, a spunky 8-year-old that’s having “not so good of a day,” but she doesn’t let a trip to the principal’s office get her down. Whether she’s cutting the glue out of her best friend Margaret’s hair, concocting a scheme to prevent her teacher Mr. D’Matz from moving to Egypt, or riding the service elevator with Mitchell, who is not her boyfriend, Clementine navigates the hilarious waters of friendship, family, school, and mischief on an epic third-grade adventure.

The show is approximately one hour in length. Reserved seating tickets are $12 for children and $15 for adults. Attendees are encouraged to come early for games and activities.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact MCPA box office at 419-423-2787 or visit Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

50 North Arts and Crafts Fair @ 50 North
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

50 North will hold its first arts and crafts fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 17.

Applications for vendors selling new homemade arts, crafts and baked goods will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through Feb. 28. Indoor tables/spaces cost $10, and proceeds will benefit the agency’s Mobile Meals program.

Finders Keepers Arts and Craft Fair @ 50 North
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

50 North will host its first “Finders Keepers Arts and Craft Fair” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Vendors will display a range of items including handmade wreathes and floral designs, paintings, honey, maple syrup, jelly and jam, jewelry, greeting cards, wood décor, grapevine trees, dish towels, string art, scarves and shawls, baby items, lavender, birdhouses, fairy items, children’s busy books, bees wax products, grave saddles, dog coats and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase and door prizes will be provided throughout the event.
The craft fair will benefit the Mobile Meals program at 50 North, located at 339 E. Melrose Ave.

St. Wendelin Action Auction @ St. Wendelin Catholic School north gym
Mar 17 @ 5:30 pm

St. Wendelin’s 34th annual Action Auction will be held March 17 in the St. Wendelin Catholic School north gym, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets to the “Luck o’ the Saints” auction are $50 per person, available by visiting or calling the St. Wendelin Parish Office at 419-435-6692, or online at

Attendees will be served a prime rib dinner, hors d’oeuvres and beverages while bidding on over 500 silent and grand auction items ranging from St. Wendelin memorabilia, technology gadgets, furniture, fine art and jewelry. The popular “Mystery Tins” and “Family Fun Box” will be returning this year, as will other raffles, including a 2002 Jeep Liberty Sport raffle. Tickets are $20 each or three for $50, and only 1,000 tickets will be sold.

For more information, contact Jeannette Lee at 419-435-6692, ext. 415.

Hardin County Pork Producers Banquet @ St. John's Evangelical Church
Mar 17 @ 6:30 pm

The Hardin County Pork Producers will hold their annual Pork Banquet on Saturday, March 17 at St. John’s Evangelical Church, 211 E. Carrol St., Kenton, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The evening will include selection of the queen and scholarship recipients, as well as food and door prizes.

Ticket prices are $8, and half price for 2017 Hardin County Junior Fair Swine Exhibitors, as well as fair workers from the food pavilion, and children under the age of 12.

The banquet is open to all interested persons but advance tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased through March 9 from county Pork Producers Directors or can be reserved by calling the Extension office at 419-674-2297.

“The Sound of Music” Character Breakfast @ Hardin Northern Local School
Mar 17 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Hardin Northern School will host “The Sound of Music” character breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Saturday in the cafeteria.

Tickets are $5 and include three hotcakes, three sausage links and a drink, along with a visit and performance by “Sound of Music” cast members. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own camera for pictures.

See any cast member or call 419-759-2331, ext. 1510, for tickets.

The school will stage the musical from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 6 and 7, and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 8 in the junior high gym.

“Branching Off” Artist Reception @ Grace Albrecht Art Gallery, Sauder Visual Arts Center
Mar 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Senior artists and graphic designers from Bluffton University will showcase their most prominent work in a combined exhibit called “Branching Off.”

The exhibit runs Monday through March 28 in the Grace Albrecht Gallery of Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Arts Center and features works by Amanda Diller of Bluffton; Miriam Fike of Lima; Tyler Frank of Maumee; Alissa Hauke of Leesburg, Ohio; and Chase King of Cairo, Ohio. Each respective collection is made up of digital prints, sculpture, painting, drawing and photography.

The artists will be available to discuss their work during a reception 1-3 p.m. March 18.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-5 p.m. weekends.

March Madrigal Madness @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Mar 18 @ 2:30 pm

Bluffton University will hold its spring choral concert, “March Madrigal Madness” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University, 1 University Drive, Bluffton.

First Presbyterian Church Artist Series: Jeff Hultke @ First Presbyterian Church
Mar 18 @ 3:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church will present a trombone concert featuring Jeff Hultke at 3 p.m. March 18.

Hultke graduated from Bowling Green State University in December 2017 with a degree in music education, and will begin pursuing a master’s degree in music this fall.

Jazz — Where You Least Expect It! @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Mar 18 @ 3:00 pm

“Jazz — Where You Least Expect It!” will be the theme for this spring’s University of Findlay Jazz Ensemble concert.

Scheduled for Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium, the event will be free and open to the public, but tickets will be required through the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ box office at or by calling 419-423-2787.

The concert will be directed by Jack Taylor, professor of music, and will feature a variety of modern and traditional arrangements for big band. Familiar songs will be transformed into jazz arrangements including themes from “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” “Little Liza Jane,” “I Love Lucy” and more.

These selections will be mixed with more traditional selections from Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and other big bands.

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