The Van Buren Lions Club will sell homemade apple butter and bean soup as it hosts its 29th annual festival, which will also feature a craft show, quilt show, food vendors and children’s activities. There will be vision screening for children and old eyeglasses, hearing aids and ink cartridges will be collected. Parking is free. Admission: Free. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Van Buren High School, 217 S. Main St. Information: 419-348-6413.

Through Oct. 21

The Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation pumpkin train will take riders to a pumpkin patch where they can pick the pumpkin of their choice and place it on the flat car for the ride back to the station. Pumpkin purchases are not required to take rides. Admission: Rides $2 for adults, $1 for kids 12 and under, pumpkins cost $5. Time: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Location: 12505 Hancock County 99, Findlay. Information: 419-423-2995 and

Through Oct. 27

Educator and local historian Mike Gilbert’s series has two sessions left. Oct. 20 covers Civil War medicine and Oct. 27 features ghost stories. Admission: $5 per session. Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Location: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. Information: Nan Card at 419-332-2081, ext. 239 or

Through Oct. 27

Ghost Town Findlay is open every Friday and Saturday night through Halloween, featuring frights, food, a climbing wall and a zombie laser shoot. Admission: $20, front-of-line VIP is $30. Climbing wall is $5. Student and military discounts available. Saturday’s Kids Jr. Haunt admission is $5, with ages 2 and under free, with a $13 all-inclusive package with trick-or-treat, unlimited climbing wall and zombie laser shoot. Group discounts are also available. Time: Jr. Haunt runs Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., regular events run 8 to 11:30 p.m., with ticket gate opening at 6:30 p.m. Location: 10630 Hancock County 40. Information: 419-270-2667 or visit “Ghost Town Findlay, Ohio” on Facebook.


With more than 40 years experience in genealogy research, Becky Hill is offering classes through the fall season, with one remaining. It focuses on paid genealogical sites. Admission: $10, can be paid day of class. Time: 2 to 4 p.m. Location: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. Information: Preregister at 419-332-2081 or

Oct. 20

A Painter’s Diary, an adult art workshop led by Cathy Schock, centers around Psalm 91 using supplies like permanent inks and multi-media paper. Admission: $50, covers supplies. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Findlay Art League, 117 W. Crawford St. Information: Call the Art League at 419-422-7847 to sign up.

Oct. 24

This one-hour guided tour includes the historic 1892 Sandusky County jail that has ties to President Rutherford B. Hayes, the 1840s dungeon located underneath the Sandusky County Courthouse and the Gallows Exhibition Hall featuring the gallows used for the last hanging in Sandusky County. Admission: $5. Time: 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Location: Historic Sandusky County Jail, 622 Croghan St., Fremont. Information: Tickets available at the door or at the Sandusky County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 712 North St., Fremont, or visit

Oct. 27

The public is invited to Findlay Elks Lodge 75 for an evening of food, raffles, door prizes and designer purses. A limited number of reserved tables (tickets and seating for eight) will also be available. Attendees must be 18 to enter the event with no alcohol or outside containers allowed. Tickets are available at the Elks Lodge or online at Admission: $40 for a single ticket with 20 games of bingo, or $400 to reserve a table. Time: Bingo starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 with pre-event cocktails available in the lounge beginning at 5. Location: Findlay Elks Lodge, 900 W. Melrose Ave. Information: Tracy Kennedy at 419-348-7801.

Nov. 3

The Jones Mansion’s sixth annual holiday gathering of market artists and vendors includes Lynne Cartwright, Rustic Bendz, Dazzling Designs by Debra, Ohio Log House, Simply Stamped, The Main Cookie, Glasgow Teamworks, My Own Backyard Herbs and Flowers, Amy’s Closet, Boutique 45, Deb’s Creations, Whispering Through Thyme, Doodle and Bean Design, and Mason’s Mercantile handspun wool and yarn with a rug-making demonstration. Moyer’s Mini Donuts and Coffee food truck will be on hand. Admission: $3. Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: 313 E. Sandusky St. Information: Purchase tickets at 419-427-5915.



Designed to combine the magic of Cirque with the brilliance of the Lima Symphony Orchestra, this concert features a professional company of acrobats, strongmen and contortionists who perform choreographed routines to acclaimed symphonic masterworks. Family-friendly Cirque activities and refreshments will be available in the lobby before the show. Admission: $25 to $30 for adults, $10 to $15 for students. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center, 7 Public Square, Lima. Information: Tickets available at symphony office, 133 N. Elizabeth St., Lima; by calling 419-222-5701; or at the door the evening of the show.


Three-time Juno nominees and Billboard-charting Sultans of String will present their global sonic tapestry of Gypsy jazz, Spanish flamenco, Celtic, Arabic folk, and Cuban rhythms that meld fiery fiddle with guitar, drum and bass rhythms. Admission: Free, with donations to musicians encouraged. Time: 7:30 p.m., food served at 6:45 p.m. Location: Bluffton Town Hall’s third floor, 100 E. Elm St., Bluffton. Information: 419-303-9769.


Singer, songwriter, author and humorist Mark Lowry is best known for penning the lyric to the Christmas classic “Mary Did You Know?” and singing baritone for the Grammy-Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band for many years. Brian Free and Assurance will join Lowry on stage. Free is known for his Southern gospel tenor and has sung with the Gold City Quartet. Admission: $30 to $45. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S, Van Wert. Information: 419-238-6722 or


Dr. Roy Couch, Bluffton University assistant professor of music, will conduct a varied selection of music from some established names in wind-band writing along with new composers. Songs include “Chant and Jubilo” by W. Francis McBeth, “The Gathering of the Yeomen” by Robert W. Smith and selections from “William Byrd Suite” by Gordon Jacob. The concert also includes “Rise of the Firebird” by Michael Sweeney, “Spirals of Light” by Sean O’Loughlin and a treatment by Randall Standridge of a hymn tune called “In Simple Faith.” Admission: Free, freewill offering accepted. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University. Information: Call the box office at 419-358-3239.

Oct. 17 to 20

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, contemporary classical ensemble Hub New Music and puppetry/dance artist Sha Sha Higby headline the 39th annual New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University. The international festival features the work of more than 30 guest and BGSU faculty composers and performers and includes eight concerts, composer talks, panel discussions and a performance and exhibition by artist-in-residence Higby. Admission: Most events are free, with the BG Philharmonia concert costing $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Time: Higby’s performance is 7 p.m. Oct. 17, Hub New Music plays 8 p.m. Oct. 19, BG Philharmonia plays 8 p.m. Oct. 20. Location: BGSU’s Moore Musical Arts Center, Wolfe Center for the Arts, and Fine Arts Center. Information: For a full schedule of events, visit

Oct. 20

Four-time Grammy nominee and multiplatinum saxophonist Boney James has been leading a successful solo career for more than 25 years. He cut his teeth as a sideman for artists like Morris Day and the Isley Brothers, developing the muscular and gritty stage presence along with the music that would become his trademark. Admission: $35 to $55. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S, Van Wert. Information: 419-238-6722 or

Oct. 20

The Hancock County Citizens Sheriff’s Academy Alumni Association features a kids’ costume contest and prizes, face painting, bounce house, hayride, pumpkin patch, train rides on the Romick Railway and a Harlan’s chicken dinner, which are all covered by the admission fee. Other events include a visit by K-9 Sonny and the Sheriff’s Posse, drone team demonstrations, first responders tug of war, a gun raffle, 50/50 drawing and silent auction. Admission: $15 for ages 13 and older, $10 for kids 4 to 12, and free for 3 and under. Time: 3 to 7 p.m. Location: Old Mill Stream Centre, Hancock County Fairgrounds, 1017 E. Sandusky St. Information: Call 567-208-8529 or 419-424-7239, stop by 200 W. Crawford St. or email for tickets.

Oct. 21

Made up of members of Terra State Community College’s brass choir and musicians from the Fremont area, the Terra Brass Quartet will play jazz, ragtime, patriotic, classical and Civil War-era music with selections from composers like George Cohan, John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland and Karl King. Admission: $12, reservations required. Time: 4 to 5 p.m. Location: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. Information: 419-332-2081 or

Oct. 27

“T” and Rich Dueling Piano Show encourages the audience to sing and clap along while submitting requests of their favorite songs and artists, which will be delivered with a comic twist. Tables seat six to eight patrons. Admission: $25, dinner included. Time: Doors open at 6 p.m. with cash bar and appetizers, dinner is at 7 followed by the show from 8 to 11. Location: Moose Lodge, 381 N. Warpole St., Upper Sandusky. Information: Call 419-294-3556 or email to make reservations by Oct. 19.

Nov. 1

The perils of marriage, homeschooling, and growing up in the Midwest may not exemplify the rock star life, but they make excellent punchlines. The Christian comedian, singer and songwriter parodies popular songs while sending up and celebrating everyday life in a family-friendly format. Admission: $25 to $75. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center, 7 Public Square, Lima. Information: 419-224-1552 or


Today and Sunday

The Ritz Players present playwright Joseph Kesselring’s classic black comedy chronicling Mortimer Brewster, an author known for his diatribes against marriage. After getting married in the opening scene, he heads home to tell his two aunts the news, and discovers their hobby: killing lonely old men and burying them in the cellar. It gets worse from there. Admission: $12 adults, $8 students. Time: 7:30 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday. Location: The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin. Information: 419-448-8544 or

Today and Sunday

Set in the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, “Chicago” is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines. Admission: $49 to $89. Time: 8 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday. Location: Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St., Toledo. Information: Reach the box office at 419-242-2787 and

Oct. 19 to 21, 26 to 28

Off Stage Productions’ show is a Southern-fried romp featuring the perfect storm of madcap characters and bad weather descending on Reel ‘Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. Saturday and Sunday shows are dinner theater, and Friday shows forgo dinner in favor of popcorn, which is covered with the ticket cost. Water and pop are also available for purchase. Reservations are available to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They can be made by calling 419-605-6708. Admission: $28 for dinner and show, $13 for Friday popcorn shows. Time: Saturday doors open 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 with show at 8. Sunday doors open 12:30 p.m., dinner at 1 and show at 2. Friday doors open at 7 p.m. with 7:30 showtimes. Location: Vantage Career Center, 818 N. Franklin St., Van Wert, entrance at door 13. Information:

Oct. 27

Based on the 1939 film with a book adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams, this musical uses the Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg songs from the movie and includes some new songs and additional music by Webber and additional lyrics by Tim Rice. Admission: $44 to $84. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center, 7 Public Square, Lima. Information: 419-224-1552 or

Nov. 1 to 4

Bluffton University will present “Helen,” a contemporary adaptation of Euripides’ ancient Greek play. It centers on Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world. She has been whisked away by the gods to a three-star Egyptian hotel during wartime. The play puts a comic twist on the tale, examining society’s obsession with celebrity, beauty and the myths that eclipse realities. Admission: $8 adults, $6 for age 65 and older along with non-Bluffton students. Time: 2:30 p.m. Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. all other dates. Location: College Hall’s Ramseyer Auditorium at Bluffton University. Information: Call the box office at 419-358-3239.

Nov. 12

Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” lovingly ripped off from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” follows King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the grail, encountering flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen, and showstopping musical numbers. Winner of the Best Musical Tony, the book was written by Monty Python’s Eric Idle, who wrote the music and lyrics with John Du Prez. Admission: $49 to $89. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St., Toledo. Information: Reach the box office at 419-242-2787 and


Through Oct. 20

The evolving culture of the arts along with the American and multinational presence in Kosovo since the war ended in 1999 will be the subjects of the “Trance” photography exhibit by Kosovan native Burim Myftiu. The exhibition will portray the Islamic tradition of the Dervish trance ritual, marking the American debut of these 20 contemporary photographs. Admission: Free. Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Location: Lea Gallery, Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, University of Findlay.

Through Oct. 21

Initially a tribute to the late Bernie Casey, a Bowling Green State University grad who went on to be an athlete, actor and and visual artist, “So Much More “¦ Ohio’s African-American Artists” evolved into a broader, intergenerational conversation among alumni and current students while inviting African-American artists from Ohio and beyond, addressing the intersection of racial identity and personal experience. Admission: Free. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Location: Fine Arts Center’s Willard Wankelman Gallery, Bowling Green State University. Information: 419-372-2786.

Through Nov. 9

Martha Gonter Gaustad’s fine arts exhibition, “Liberated Figuratively,” contains 15 works across the spectrum of 2D media including paintings, drawings and photography. At the heart of Gaustad’s art is the female figure, with its forms, tones, and textures revealed by the light cast in both contrived and natural settings. The work evokes the viewer’s appreciation for the visual subtlety and complexity of the human form as well as a psychological response to the posture, expression and narrative composition of each piece. Admission: Free. Time: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Location: Fisher/Wall Art Gallery, Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Information: Reach the box office at 419-423-2787 or visit


Tickets are now on sale for the following events:

Elton John — Today, 8 p.m., Little Caesars Arena, Detroit. $175 to $224; 800-745-3000,

Eagles — Sunday, 8 p.m., Little Caesars Arena, Detroit. $99 to $399; 800-745-3000,

Keith Urban and Kelsea Ballerini — Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Huntington Center, Toledo. $59.50 to $89.50; 419-321-5007 or and

Phil Collins — Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Nationwide Arena, Columbus. $53 to $278; 614-246-2000,

Lynyrd Skynyrd — Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Huntington Center, Toledo. $29 to $350; 419-321-5007 or and

Fleetwood Mac — Nov. 7, 8 p.m., Nationwide Arena, Columbus. $69 to $199; 614-246-2000,

Alabama — Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Huntington Center, Toledo. $34.75 to $125.75; 419-321-5007 or and

Lindsey Buckingham — Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m., Canton Palace Theatre. $62.50 to $104.50; 330-454-8172,

Greta Van Fleet — Dec. 27, 29 and 30, 8 p.m., Fox Theatre, Detroit. $43 to $128; 313-471-6611 or