College notes

Kahla Bernacchi of Marysville was named to the spring 2011 dean's list at Tiffin University.

Jackson Smith of Marysville was named to the spring 2011 dean's list at the University of Akron. Heather Sharp of Plain City was also named to the list.

To be eligible, students must earn at least a 3.25 grade point average.

The University of Findlay has announced its spring 2011 dean's list.

Plain City residents named to the list were Mandi Curry, Erica Ernst, Ashley Lovejoy, Chris Pollock, Matt Randall and John Roby.

To be eligible for the list, students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average.

Muskingum University has announced its spring 2011 graduates.

Marysville residents earning bachelor's degrees were Kyle Axe, Joshua Hegenderfer and Leigh Porter.

Humane Society hosts Run Fur Hope

The Union County Humane Society will hold its seventh annual Run Fur Hope Saturday, Aug. 6, at Mill Valley Park South, 1067 Creekview Drive, Marysville.

Humane Society director Steffen Baldwin said the day will feature three events: a 5K race (runners only), a two-mile fun run with your dogs and a one-mile family walk with your dog.

Registration opens at 8 a.m. with the 5K race starting a 9 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., the two-mile fun run will begin and the one-mile family walk will step off at 10 a.m.

Following the races, there will be face-painting for children, various pet-related vendors and dog contests.

Individual participation in the 5K race costs $25 if participants pre-register or $30 on the day of the event. The fun run and family walk each costs $20 per family.

Participants can register by mail, in person at the Humane Society (16540 County Home Road), online by typing Run Fur Hope on or on the day of the event.

Auditions slated for 'It's A Wonderful Life'

The Houston House Arts Center will hold auditions for "It's A Wonderful Life" from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Houston House, 264 W. Fifth St., Marysville.

The two-act play, written by James W. Rodgers, is based on the story by Philip Van Doren Stern about a man named George Bailey, a frustrated yet compassionate businessman who struggles against a greedy banker. His family stands by him through thick and thin and he is given encouragement by an angel-in-training named Clarence.

"It's A Wonderful Life" will be performed Nov. 17-20 at the Upper Room Theatre at First Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Fifth St.

More information may be obtained by contacting Karen Iden at (740) 513-7372 or Cynthia Walker at (937) 578-8289.

Schools receive $50,000 state grant

The Marysville Exempted Village School District received a $50,000 Safe and Drug Free School Sustainability grant from the Ohio Department of Education.

The grant was one of 51 awarded statewide and will be used to continue the district's focus on reducing the use of illegal substances, harassment and bullying, which will also include cyber bullying.

Resident to perform at festival

Ken Nicol of Marysville and Mary Drake of Dayton will perform at the St. James Brats and Crafts Festival Aug. 5-7 at St. James Lutheran Church, 5660 Trabue Road as the musical duo, Ken and Mary Musik According to Akkordians.

Performances are scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 7.

The event will also include authentic German food and beer, live music and dancing, a hot air balloon launch (Friday) and an 1860s-era baseball game (Saturday).

Sunday's activities will include a traditional German worship service at 2:30 p.m. A performance by the Columbus Maennerchor will precede the service at 1:30 p.m. The service will be spoken and sung entirely in German.

For more information, call Steve Dodson at (614) 777-7792 or the church office at (614) 878-5158.