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Looking for some after-work activities? Round up some co-workers and head to the Ohio Theatre for some easy listening during the Happy Hour Concert Series presented by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. The free concerts, which are open to the public, also include free appetizers and drink specials. The performances begin at 6:30 p.m., but the doors open an hour prior (so does the cash bar, so get there early to grab a drink, mix and mingle!). The first concert of the series is Thursday, Oct. 2, with Stephen Squires, a professor at Roosevelt University as guest conductor.

The Happy Hour series is free thanks to the PNC Arts Alive program, which helps to support art initiatives in several states around the country. "We know what art can do, how it changes perspectives, even changes lives," said Michael Gonsiorowski, PNC regional president for central Ohio in a release. "From classical music and fine art to dance and theatre, we're committed to keeping the arts alive in central Ohio."

Make sure to mark your calendars for the future performances in 2015: They're also happening on Feb. 12 and April 16. To learn more about the Happy Hour Concert Series, visit ColumbusSymphony.com. –Heather Weekley, @heather_weekley