FAMILY FUN FEST
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 email@example.com for tickets.
TRICK OR TREAT ON THE TRAIN
Today and Oct. 27
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation’s trick or treat on the train event will stop at six different locations for kids to receive treats. Two of the locations will be staffed by Cracker Barrel and Sweet Frog. Admission: Rides are $2 adults, $1 ages 12 and under. Time: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. both dates, 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 27. Location: 12505 Hancock County 99, Findlay. Information: 419-423-2995 and www.nworrp.org
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. Location: 12505 Hancock County 99, Findlay. Information: 419-423-2995 and www.nworrp.org
Through Oct. 27
Educator and local historian Mike Gilbert’s series has two sessions left. Today 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 www.rbhayes.org.
HAUNTED GHOST TOWN
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.
Aaron Dussing and Polka Revolution will perform at Bowling Green State University’s Oktoberfest event, which will also feature a cash bar and buffet with bratwurst and potato salad. Dussing sings in eight languages, specializes in authentic Alpine yodeling, and can play a wide range of 20 different musical instruments, with accordion as his main instrument. Polka Revolution also plays other European music and ballroom dance music as well as American standards, jazz and rock. Admission: $10 advance, $15 at door. Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., buffet open until 8. Location: BGSU Bowen-Thompson Student Union’s Lenhart Grand Ballroom. Information: https://bg-oktoberfest.ticketleap.com to order tickets.
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 findlayelks.org. 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.
ITALIAN HORROR FILMS
Oct. 30 and 31
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library staff member Chris Spradlin will share his enthusiasm for horror films along with his insight into two Italian films. Director Pupi Avatti’s “Zeder” will show Oct. 30 and Lucio Fulci’s “City of the Living Dead” shows on Halloween. The screenings are intended for mature audiences, and no registration is required. Admission: Free. Time: 6 to 8 p.m. both days. Location: Library’s Lindamood Room, 206 Broadway. Information: Kelly Young at 419-422-1712, ext. 148.
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.
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 www.npacvw.org
Bluffton University’s Chorale and Camerata Singers will perform at a fall concert under the leadership of the new choir director, Bo Young Kang. Admission: Freewill offering accepted. Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University. Information: Call the box office at 419-358-3239.
CHOIR OF MAN
Designed to re-create the environment of a pub show, the concert’s nine performers include world-class tap dancers, tumblers, singers, instrumentalists and even the reigning BBC U.K. Poetry Slam champion. They perform pub tunes, folk, rock, choral and opera numbers, and the show features a real working bar from which the cast will pull pints and invite audience members to get up close and personal with the show. Admission: $20 to $50. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St., Toledo. Information: Reach the box office at 419-242-2787 and www.valentinetheatre.com
The Bowling Green Area Community Bands invite families to attend a Halloween concert, with children encouraged to wear non-scary costumes. The show will feature selections from the concert band as well as the jazz band. Admission: Free. Time: 4 p.m. Location: Bowling Green Schools Performing Arts Center, 530 W. Poe Road, Bowling Green. Information: www.bgacb.org
TERRA BRASS QUINTET
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 www.rbhayes.org.
Live Wire performs the best of AC/DC, from the early roots of the band’s Australian club circuit days to the superstar worldwide status of their present hits. Admission: $15 to $30. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin. Information: 419-448-8544 or www.ritztheatre.org
DAILEY AND VINCENT
Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent have spent a decade performing an eclectic mix of country, folk, gospel and bluegrass music along with television and comedy, becoming members of the Grand Ole Opry this year while winning five Grammys along the way. Admission: $20 to $35. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S, Van Wert. Information: 419-238-6722 or www.npacvw.org
‘YOU GOT OLDER’
Today and Sunday, Oct. 25 to 27
Clare Barron’s play follows Mae, who must nurse her father back to health while tending to emotional wounds of her own through surreal fantasies and reconnecting with her siblings. Both humorous and reflective, the play deals with the unpredictable events that populate the human experience. Admission: $5 advance for students, $10 for seniors and $15 for adults. All door tickets are $20. Time: 2 p.m. today, Sunday and Oct. 27, 8 p.m. today and Oct. 25 to 27. Location: Wolfe Center for the Arts’ Eva Marie Saint Theatre, Bowling Green State University. Information: Tickets available at Wolfe Center box office, online at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171.
‘FARCE OF HABIT’
Today and Sunday, Oct. 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: www.offstagetheatre.com
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.
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 www.valentinetheatre.com
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 www.marthagaustad.com
Through Dec. 3
Acclaimed sports artist and Olympian Liston Bochette’s “Olympic Ideals, Images, and Impressions” exhibit of drawings demonstrates his insight into social behavior. The artist says he never saw the separation between athletics and art, and an opening reception will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. with light refreshments served. Admission: Free. Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Location: Hayes Center for the Arts’ Diane Kidd Gallery, Tiffin University. Information: Email Joseph Van Kerkhove at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are now on sale for the following events:
Fleetwood Mac — Nov. 7, 8 p.m., Nationwide Arena, Columbus. $69 to $199; 614-246-2000, www.ticketmaster.com
Lindsey Buckingham — Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m., Canton Palace Theatre. $62.50 to $104.50; 330-454-8172, www.ticketmaster.com
Greta Van Fleet — Dec. 27, 29 and 30, 8 p.m., Fox Theatre, Detroit. $43 to $128; 313-471-6611 or www.ticketmaster.com