Twelve members of the Abbey Theater Dublin Senior Players traveled to Baltimore in June to attend the Senior Theater USA Performance Festival.

Twelve members of the Abbey Theater Dublin Senior Players traveled to Baltimore in June to attend the Senior Theater USA Performance Festival.

The cast presented its performance, "Senior Day," three times at the festival.

The festival is produced by the Senior Theater USA organization, which has a goal of encouraging older adults to explore the performing arts. This year's festival attracted more than 200 seniors from across the country.

The Dublin Senior Players have been producing three shows a year for the past four years.

More information is available by calling Betty Trott at (614) 581-1739.

The Ohio Arts Council is accepting nominations for the 2009 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio.

The annual awards are given to Ohio individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding contributions to the arts statewide, regionally and nationally. Awards are given for Arts Administration, Arts Education, Arts Patron, Business Support of the Arts, Community Development and Participation and Individual Artist.

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Oct. 14, and the deadline for support letters is Monday, Oct. 20.

Nominations will be accepted only online.

More information about the awards and the nomination process is available at www.oac.state.oh.us or from Jodie Engle at the Ohio Arts Council, 727 E. Main St., Columbus 43205. The 2009 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio and Arts Day Luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 1.

A candidate forum hosted by Central Ohio Chambers of Commerce in the 15th congressional district will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19 at the Holiday Inn on the Lane.

Candidates running for the 15th congressional district -- Donald Eckhart, Mary Jo Kilroy and Steve Stivers -- will attend.

Cost of the event is $15. Reservations may be made until Sept. 12.