Briefly, Oct. 16

Celebrate Halloween early

FOSTORIA – The Bookshelf II and More, 210 S. Main St., Fostoria, is to host a Halloween open house 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday. Costumes are optional. Door prizes are to be given away.

Acrobats promote diversity

FINDLAY – The Jabali African Acrobats are to take to the stage at 8 p.m. Friday in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary on the University of Findlay campus. The company combines acrobatics, contortions, tumbling, human pyramids, chair balancing, comedy and music.

The acrobats are performing as part of Diversity Week at UF. Tickets for this family-friendly show are $5. Advance tickets are available at the box office. The phone number is (419) 434-5335.

Help scare away diabetes

GREEN SPRINGS – LA Hair Design is having a “When Pigs Fly” Halloween party 1-3 p.m. Sunday as a benefit for the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. Activities are planned at Green Springs American Legion Hall on Smith Street in Green Springs.

An educational speaker from Bellevue Hospital, raffles, door prizes and a sugar-free trick-or-treat are planned. Children ages 1-16 can participate in a costume contest. Admission is $5.

To learn more, call (419) 639-2010.

Author to speak in Findlay

FINDLAY – James Willis, author of “The Big Book of Ohio Ghost Stories,” is to give a presentation at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at Brugeman Lodge in Findlay’s Riverbend Recreation Area, 16618 TR 208.

“Ghosts of Ohio: The Strange World of James Willis” is to include discussion, audio and video recordings and a book signing session. The program is not recommended for children younger than 12.

Admission is $5. Call (419) 425-7275 to register.

Psych electro rock on tap

FREMONT – Terra State Community College’s “Jazz and American Music Series” begins another season with a concert featuring two regional, electro rock bands at 8 p.m. Saturday in Terra State’s Recital Hall, Building D.

Opening the concert will be the psych/electro rock band Tree No Leaves. This northern Ohio band formed in 2008 as a loop-based duo and is now performing and recording as a quartet with more than 20 online releases.

Headlining the show will be Silent Lions, occasionally called the sinister twosome of heavy soul. Conceived in Toledo, this duo simultaneously plays effected octave bass, sampled synths, drums and manipulated, atmospheric vocals to create music that has been tagged as heavy soul, chill punk and Hall and Oates stoner rock.

A pre-concert talk/presentation is to take place at 7 p.m. Both events are free.

Jazz show scheduled

SANDUSKY In partnership with Terra State Community College’s Jazz and

American Music Program, the Sandusky State Theatre brings back its Jazz @ Eight series.

The first show is “A Night of Brubeck” at 8 p.m. Oct. 26. This night features the musical works of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, presented by the Michael Shirtz Quartet. The night will include such tunes as “Take Five,” “Blue Rondo a la Turk” and more.

The Michael Shirtz Quartet features Keith Barber (guitar), Kris Burt (bass) and Chris Cavera (drums), and will be joined by saxophonist A.J. Shank. Terra’s student jazz combo will be opening the evening with some traditional jazz favorites.

Tickets are $10.