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Weekender Briefs: Attend 'Reefer Madness,' learn about local historic women

Friday, April 8

Reefer Madness will take place at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St., at 7 p.m. The musical, performed by members of the Lost Flamingo Theatre Company, is a spoof of an early 1900s government anti-marijuana PSA. The show was originally set to be performed spring 2020, so come see the revival of the show that never got to be. 

Admission: $5, cash or check only

“Reclaim” Spring Senior Dance Concert will be performed by students in Putnam Hall, 96 E. Union St., at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The concert will feature students from the School of Dance. The performance will present new choreographed works and is part of senior dance students’ capstone experience.

Admission: $14 or free with a valid OU student ID 

Vinnie Mele and the Lubricators will perform at The Over Hang, 63 N. Court St., at 9 p.m. Come see this funky band share its groovy, unique spins on classic songs. Featuring drums, organ, bass and guitar, this band is sure to put on a lively show. 

Admission: Free

Saturday, April 9

An Annual Easter Egg Hunt will commence at 60 Pomeroy Rd., at 1 p.m. Hosted by the Richland United Methodist Church, 100 dozen eggs of candy will be hidden for kids to find. Participants can expect games, free Texas Roadhouse kids meal certificates and a visit from the Easter Bunny. 

Admission: Free

Ratha Con is back for 2022, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St. After a two-year hiatus, Athens’ pop culture convention returns. This nine hour event features artists, vendors, cosplay, workshops, panels, gaming and more. 

Admission: $10 for adults, $7 for kids 11-17, free for kids under 11. VIP tickets is $25, which includes a SWAG bag and VIP badge

Fun Home Auditions will take place at 12 p.m. at ARTS/West. The five-hour audition for the June performance of Fun Home invites adult and child actors for available roles. Rehearsals will take place during the month of May and adult actors will be paid.

Admission: Free

Sunday, April 10

A R.A.D. Adventure Ride will embark from 8675 Armitage Road at 10 a.m. The 40-mile journey, hosted by Roll: Bicycle Company, invites participants to challenge themselves biking on gravel routes with technical surfaces and steep terrains. Those adventuring are advised to bring their own food, water, clothing and bike, as each rider is responsible for themselves, although encouraged to always lend a helping hand.

Admission: $20

The Women of our History guided tour will take place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., departing from 200 W. Main, New Straitsville. Led by local historian Cheryl Blosser, the walk will explore the untold stories of nearby New Straitsville and the women who built it. Come enjoy stories of historic figures brought to life and learn more about Southeast Ohio’s hidden women’s history.

Admission: $20

Embroider Spring Flowers from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. or from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Chosen Pathways Spiritual Emporium, 400 E. State St. Nadine and Nancy’s Knitting Class returns to Chosen Pathways to lead participants in embroidering festive spring flowers. Participants will learn some basic stitches and frame their favorite flowers in a small embroidery hoop. 

Admission: $25, or $40 signing up as a pair


Katie Millard


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