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Terra State’s Celebration of the Arts Festival begins today

The annual Celebration of the Arts Festival at Terra State Community College begins April 4. This weeklong event celebrates digital, fine and performing arts at Terra State.

The festival includes displays and exhibits of student and faculty work and is located on both the first and second floors of Building D. These exhibits will be open during normal college building hours. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free to all events and events will take place in the Recital Hall in Building D.

The schedule of events is:

•April 4–Artistic Fusion. featuring Fusion band KillBot Zero, Terra Contemporary Ensemble and artistic guests. Admission is $10, free with Terra student ID.

•April 7–Video premier of “Dougumentary,” featuring national recording artist Doug Johns.

•April 10–Festival Evening. Admission is $10, free with Terra student ID.
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.–Wine and cheese reception.
6:30 to 7:45 p.m.–Celebrating Our Literary Arts, readings of original short fiction and poetry.
8 to 10 p.m.–Jazz performance, “The Great American Songbook,” featuring Terra State Jazz Ambassadors and a special reading by Lylanne Musselman.

•April 11–two performances
7 p.m.–Student recital, featuring tenor John Jadwisiak.
7:30 p.m.–“Resounding Brass,” featuring the Terra Brass Choir and area high school musicians, at the Port Clinton Performing Arts Center.

•April 12–Symposium and Music Fest, sponsored by the Northcoast Arts Alliance
10 a.m.–Art Panel Discussions, presented by festival guest artists Dave Leri, Travis Lewis and Chris Seaman.
11 a.m.–Culinary Arts Demonstration, featuring Chef Ben Staples, Food Service Director of the Cuyahoga Group.
12:30 p.m.–Music Technology in the Arts, presented by Chris Cavera, Music Technology and Recording Arts faculty.
1:15 p.m.–Dedication of the Terra State Veterans Center mural, presented by the Terra State Art Club.
1:30 p.m.–Charting a Course for the Creative Economy, the Northcoast Arts Alliance meeting, open to the public.
7 p.m.–Jazz and American Music Fest, area and regional bands at The Strand Concert Theater, 220 S. Front St., Fremont. Admission is $5.

•April 13–Closing Performance, Spring Chamber Concert, featuring the Terra Chamber String Ensemble and Terra Guitar Ensemble.

For more information on any of these events, call 419-559-2233.

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Win a trip to Washington and help the Terra Choral Society

Terra State Community College in Fremont is sponsoring a raffle for the opportunity to win a free trip to Washington and travel with the Terra Choral Society and Jazz Ambassadors on their tour to participate in the National Memorial Day festivities in May.

The Choral Society sang in the National Memorial Day Choral Festival at the Kennedy Center two years ago, and will be returning to participate again this May. This year, the Jazz Ambassadors will also be traveling with the Choral Society and presenting several concerts in Washington. The chorus and band will also share a public concert.

The winner of the raffle will be able to go backstage to the Kennedy Center, travel and attend concerts with the musicians, and visit the monuments and grounds of our nation’s Capitol. 

In a special fundraiser to help off-set the costs of the trip, the organizers will be selling raffle tickets for $20. Tickets are sale from now until the winner is announced at the college's jazz concert on Thursday, April 10. The winner will then join the musicians as they travel to Washington May 22-26.

To purchase a raffle ticket, call the Terra State Box Office at 419-559-2379 or visit the Division of Business, Communications and the Arts, located in the Bordner Arts and Health Technologies Center (Building D), Office Suite D201. For more information, call 419-559-2233.

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Motorcycle Ohio Rider Education classes begin in April at Terra State

Registration for the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (ODPS) Motorcycle Ohio Rider Education Program is underway. Classes will begin at Terra State Community College on Friday, April 11. Those wanting to learn how to ride a motorcycle or refresh their motorcycle safety skills may register at www.motorcycle.ohio.gov for one of the $50 courses.

Classes available through Terra State, 2820 Napoleon Road, Fremont, include:

The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is designed to teach new riders how to safely ride. The class is only three days long, totaling 16 hours. After a successful completion of the skills test, you will leave this class with your motorcycle endorsement. All classes are held over one weekend. 

The Returning Riders Course (BRC-RR) is for those that have had more than one motorcycle permit, but have never obtained a license. This class is a one day course and will be held on Sept. 28, 12–8 p.m. Motorcycles and helmets are provided for both the Basic Riders and Returning Riders Courses.  All you need is a valid motorcycle permit and the excitement to ride. 

The Experienced Riders Course (BRC-ERC2) is for those who already have a motorcycle endorsement and need a MSF card for military purposes or to lower the cost of motorcycle insurance.

Motorcycle Ohio is run by ODPS’ Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS). OCJS serves as the lead justice planning and assistance agency for the state. Through research, technology and grants, OCJS serves a wide variety of agencies committed to reducing and preventing crime across Ohio.

For more information or assistance with registering for one of the classes, call Edie Dirnberg at 419-559-2110 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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