UPCOMING EVENTS


Upcoming public/community events in Clinton County include:

Saturday, March 19

• “Country Legends Tribute Tour” featuring the hits of Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and Keith Urban at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at the Murphy Theatre. For more information or to reserve your tickets, visit www.themurphytheatre.org or call 937-382-3643 or email [email protected] .

• CMH colon cancer education event at Foster J. Boyd, MD Regional Cancer Center on Farquhar Avenue. Free event 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 19; all ages welcome. Learn more about colon cancer screening tools, ask questions of medical staff members, talk to a dietitian, and walk through the giant inflatable colon.

Lichens & Leprechauns — Meet Naturalist Mandy at the Cowan Lake State Park Main Office parking lot at 2 p.m. to hike Old Field Trail looking for and learning about lichens. Educational materials from the Division of Wildlife will be on hand. Field glasses, magnifying glasses and cell phone camera magnifiers will be available to borrow to get better looks at these small organisms. We will hike in the rain and mud so please dress for the weather. Hiking stick and water recommended. Hike will cancel for extreme weather. The Nature Center will be open before and after the hike. Email [email protected] for more information.

Pro-democracy standout to support Ukraine — public invited noon-1 p.m. Saturday, corner of Locust and South South Streets, Wilmington. Rain or shine. Clinton County Alliance for Compassion and Truth (A.C.T.) and the Empathy Surplus Network USA, sponsors, encourage signs promoting freedom, democracy, and peace. Limited number of signs available on site.

Sunday, March 20

Emergency Communications for Beginners at the Wilmington Public Library. Learn the essentials of how to communicate during emergency situations with radio equipment. Learn about Citizen Band (CB), Family Radio Service (FRS), and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS). Classes taught by Clinton County Amateur Radio Association, meets at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Registration details on either the library website or the Clinton County Amateur Radio Association site https://ccara.net/ .

Tuesday, March 22

• Friends of the Library meets at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 at Wilmington Public Library.

Wednesday, March 23

Lenten lunch at Wilmington United Methodist Church, 50 E. Locust St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for $8 donation, also carry-out or local delivery, call after 9 a.m. at 937-382-1465 and ask for kitchen. Menu: Roasted turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttered corn, roll and butter, and pumpkin dessert.

“Race Against Time” book discussion of the Clinton County Reads book selection by Jerry Mitchell at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 at Wilmington Public Library.

Herpetology Day at Cowan Lake State Park Nature Center between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to learn about Ohio’s native reptiles and amphibians. Learn their hunting adaptions and what habitat you can observe them in. Learn how you can help to protect the turtles, salamanders, snakes and frogs! Interact with our animal ambassadors: spotted salamander, woodland box turtle, grey rat snake and everyone’s favorite corn snake, Cornelia!

Thursday, March 24

Free dinner at Grace United Methodist Church in Blanchester for the community 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the fellowship hall of the church with lasagna, Texas toast, salad, and dessert, at Center and Wright Streets.

Friday, March 25

Fish fries by Knights of Columbus Council 3369 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church continue 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 25, and April 1 and 8 in the St. Columbkille Parish Center. Dinners, dine-in or carry-out, are $13. Menu includes a choice of six pieces of fried shrimp, or three pieces of baked or fried cod; and choice of three sides (baked potato, potato wedges, mac-n-cheese, green beans, cole slaw), and a drink. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Saturday, March 26

• Readers invited to book discussion of the 2022 Clinton County Reads book, Jerry Mitchell’s “Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Movement,” at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wilmington Public Library, led by Amy Volz. The book is available at public libraries in the county and from www.booksnmore.org .

Monday, March 28

Clinton County Genealogical Society meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the History Center, 149 E. Locust St., Wilmington. Program will be by genealogist Debbie Large about how to search for your Ohio ancestors. All are welcome.

Wednesday, March 30

Lenten lunch at Wilmington United Methodist Church, 50 E. Locust St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for $8 donation, also carry-out or local delivery, call after 9 a.m. at 937-382-1465 and ask for kitchen. Menu: Roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli casserole, roll and butter, and angel food cake with cherry sauce.

Friday, April 1

Fish fries by Knights of Columbus Council 3369 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church continue 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 1 and 8 in the St. Columbkille Parish Center. Dinners, dine-in or carry-out, are $13. Menu includes a choice of six pieces of fried shrimp, or three pieces of baked or fried cod; and choice of three sides (baked potato, potato wedges, mac-n-cheese, green beans, cole slaw), and a drink. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Saturday, April 2

• Sounds of Summer: A Beach Boys Tribute at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the Murphy Theatre featuring over 30 hits while telling the story of America’s band. Staying true to the Beach Boys sound, they played a live hour special on AXS TV’s “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” in 2016. This show is fun, fun, fun! For more information or to reserve your tickets, visit www.themurphytheatre.org or call 937-382-3643 or email [email protected] .

Tuesday, April 5

Giuliano Graniti, concert pianist, in partnership with Wilmington College, performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at the Murphy Theatre. For more information or to reserve your tickets, visit www.themurphytheatre.org or call 937-382-3643 or email [email protected] .

Wednesday, April 6

Lenten lunch at Wilmington United Methodist Church, 50 E. Locust St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for $8 donation, also carry-out or local delivery, call after 9 a.m. at 937-382-1465 and ask for kitchen. Menu: Oven-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, orange glazed carrots, roll and butter, and cake.

Free screening of “Ghosts of Mississippi” — Clinton County Reads 2022 invites the public at 6:30 p.m.Wednesday at the Murphy Theatre. The movie features one of the Civil Rights era murder cases re-opened as a result of the work of investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell, author of the 2022 Clinton County Reads book, “Race Against Time.” The book is available at public libraries in the county and from www.booksnmore.org.

Thursday, April 7

Public book discussion of Clinton County Reads 2022 book, Jerry Mitchell’s “Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church, Blanchester. The book is available at all the public libraries in the county and from www.booksnmore.org.

Friday, April 8

Fish fries by Knights of Columbus Council 3369 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church continue 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 8 — the final one of the season — in the St. Columbkille Parish Center. Dinners, dine-in or carry-out, are $13. Menu includes a choice of six pieces of fried shrimp, or three pieces of baked or fried cod; and choice of three sides (baked potato, potato wedges, mac-n-cheese, green beans, cole slaw), and a drink. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Saturday, April 9

• ABBAmania Canada featuring the hits of one of the biggest-selling groups of all-time is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at the Murphy Theatre. For more information or to reserve your tickets, visit www.themurphytheatre.org or call 937-382-3643 or email [email protected] .

Wilmington hazardous waste collection day for city residents 9 a.m.-noon only Saturday, April 9 at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 475 Nelson Ave. Drop-off for free: Antifreeze, old fuel, used oil, oil-based paint, stains, and paint thinners. Bring ID to show you are Wilmington resident. Questions? Call Stormwater Administrator Eric Green at 937-382-2413.

PAWS annual Reverse Raffle & Dinner hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles 6-10 p.m. Saturday, 141 E. Sugartree St., benefiting PAWS Humane Society. Cost $25 minimum donation for Reverse Raffle ticket entry and dinner. Tickets by cash or check payable to PAWS Humane Society, Inc. at D&G’s Paws and Claws Snack Shack, 5356 US 68 North, Wilmington, Monday-Thursday 9-6 p.m. and Friday 9-4. Those not purchasing Reverse Raffle & Dinner ticket may make a $10 donation at the door for dinner and evening’s activities.

Wednesday, April 13

Lenten lunch at Wilmington United Methodist Church, 50 E. Locust St., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for $8 donation, also carry-out or local delivery, call after 9 a.m. at 937-382-1465 and ask for kitchen. Menu: Pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, roll and butter, and Texas sheet cake.

Saturday, April 16

“Alice in Wonderland”, a matinee performance for youth by Bright Star Touring Theatre, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at the Murphy Theatre. For more information or to reserve your tickets, visit www.themurphytheatre.org or call 937-382-3643 or email [email protected] .

April 22-24

“Mock-Fest” celebrating the art of the mockumentary movie April 22, 23 & 24 at the Murphy Theatre. Friday, “A Mighty Wind” at 8 p.m.; Saturday, “Best In Show” at 5 p.m. and “This is Spinal Tap” at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, “Waiting For Guffman at 2 p.m. For more information or to reserve your tickets, visit www.themurphytheatre.org or call 937-382-3643 or email [email protected] .

Saturday, April 23

Blanchester Police Fundraiser at 5 p.m. April 23. Cost $25 per person includes catered dinner with dessert and two raffle tickets. Also a split the pot offered. To RSVP, call or text 937-725-7797.

“Earth Day Experience: Sustainability from A to Z” free day-long opportunity to re-think sustainability and recycling in a different way with hands-on demonstrations, science activities, music, art and fun for kids of any age 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 23, presented by Main Street Wilmington. Event will wrap throughout downtown to its primary sponsor location AZEK/TimberTech on Prairie Avenue. Participants can start at Xidas Park and visit the downtown demonstrations then hop a trolley out to the AZEK/TimberTech Demonstration Barn.

Saturday, April 30

McGuffey Lane rocks the Murphy Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30. For more information or to reserve your tickets, visit www.themurphytheatre.org or call 937-382-3643 or email [email protected] .

Saturday, May 6

• Blessid Union of Souls at the Murphy Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6. For more information or to reserve your tickets, visit www.themurphytheatre.org or call 937-382-3643 or email [email protected] .

Monday, May 8

• Mike Albert Tribute to Elvis Presley special Mother’s Day matinee concert at the Murphy Theatre at 2 p.m. Monday, May 8. For more information or to reserve your tickets, visit www.themurphytheatre.org or call 937-382-3643 or email [email protected] .

Saturday, May 28

• The Motown Sounds of Touch tribute at the Murphy Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28. For more information or to reserve your tickets, visit www.themurphytheatre.org or call 937-382-3643 or email [email protected] .

June 3-4

• Kansas City Barbecue Competition from noon Friday, June 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds featuring music, fun food, beer garden, semi-truck show and car show. For tickets/more info including registering for the BBQ competition, visit https://bit.ly/3LSkhUt .

• “Country Invasion” with Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the CVB. For tickets/more info visit https://bit.ly/3LSkhUt .

Saturday, June 11

Clinton County Special Olympics Track & Field event at Blanchester High School. Athlete registration 6:30-7 p.m. with opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. and events begin at 7:15 p.m. Admission is free; concessions are available. Interested in volunteering, participating or donating? Contact Latasha Ruddle at [email protected] or 937-382-7519.

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