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The Otterbein University Opera Theatre program will present its spring production, The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, April 19-21, in Battelle Fine Arts Center's Riley Auditorium, 170 W. Park St.

With stage direction by Karen Eckenroth and musical direction by Dennis Davenport, this Viennese favorite features seniors Martine Tyus as the Widow and Tyler Driggs as Count Danilo. Also performing are Dustin Evans as Baron Popoff, Alyssa Waldman as his wife Natalie and Dillon Cordray as Camille.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. Tickets will be sold at the door or may be purchased in advance by calling 614-823-1508. Cost is $10 adults, $8 faculty/staff/seniors, $5 students.

The Otterbein University Percussion Ensemble will present its spring concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Battelle Fine Arts Center's Riley Auditorium.

The program includes a wide variety of offerings highlighted by Mario Davidovsky's Synchronisms No. 5 for percussion and tape. This has been an important work in the continuum of electronic tape combined with acoustic instruments. (Davidovsky received the Pulitzer Prize for his Synchronisms No. 6 for piano and tape.)

The Otterbein Percussion Ensemble is comprised of student percussionists and is directed by Department of Music senior lecturer Jack Jenny.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 614-823-1508.

Otterbein University's annual Alumni Weekend will be held April 26-28, with many events open to the public. For more information about any of these events, visit otterbein.edu/alumniweekend2013. To register for any of these events, call 614-823-1650.

The festivities begin with the Founders Day Celebration on Friday, April 26. A Prayer of Remembrance to honor alumni and friends who have passed over the past year will be held at 3:15 p.m. on the lawn of Towers Hall, 1 S. Grove St. The annual Founders Convocation, Snapshots: Life at Otterbein in 1913, 1963 and 2013, will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Hanby House will be open for tours from 1:30-3 p.m. at 160 W. Main St.

Kids Night Out will be held during Westerville's 4th Friday activities, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, in the Rike Center, 180 Center St. This annual event is hosted by Otterbein student-athletes for children in grades K-5. Athletic skills stations will be set up during the evening where Otterbein's student-athletes will lead and supervise games and activities. Otterbein's mascot Cardy will be on hand, and the student-athletes will sign autographs. Children should plan to wear clothes and shoes for running and playing. Otterbein athletic trainers will be in attendance in the event of an injury. Space is limited and reservations are required.

A variety of Otterbein athletic events will be held on campus on Saturday, April 27. Women's Lacrosse takes on Concordia-Wisconsin at noon and Baseball and Men's Tennis takes on rival Capital University at 1 p.m., all at the Sports Complex north of the Campus Center, 100 W. Home St. Cardinal Cheerleaders will be selling hot dogs at a Dime-a-Dog sale starting at noon.

On Sunday, April 28, the public is invited to the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science from 12:30 to 2 p.m. for free tours, hunter/jumper riding demonstrations, family photos with an Otterbein resident horse and many kids' activities, including a grooming station, making horse treats and decorating stall doors. The Knowlton Center is located at 600 N. Spring St.