The Findlay Elks will host a Beach Bash Concert for Hancock County charities, headlined by the Reunion Band with the Midnight Riders opening. There will be dancing and games of chance with many prizes available. Concertgoers are encouraged to wear beach attire.
A group of citizens from Hardin and Allen counties plans to hold an “Allen-Hardin County Day of Action” at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Bluffton post office, then walk down Main Street for a candlelight vigil at the Bluffton Village Hall. The gathering is being prompted by concerns about the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act and about President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees. Participants are being encouraged to bring a candle in a jar. AHEAD (Allen and Hardin for Election Action & Democracy), an organization of local activists, is hosting the event. More information is available at http://act.moveon.org/event/cmty-mtgs-trump_attend/6178
The Hancock Park District will be hosting its eighth annual Mother Nature Tea on Jan. 23 in Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area. Times will be 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The same program will be offered each time. Mother Nature, portrayed by Chris Allen, will read a story about winter. After the story, children will have “tea” and a snack. After serving there will be activities and a craft for children. Children must be 4-6 years old and accompanied by an adult. Older siblings may not attend. One adult is required for every two children. Register, with $4 per person, by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19. The program will be held with a minimum of six and maximum of 30 participants. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
Artist Jeanne Beutler will offer a watercolor workshop at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Bluffton Public Library. This session is titled “Winter Birch Trees,” and registration is required as space is limited. Participants will leave with a piece of art and mat. There is a $10 fee at the door, cash only. To register, call the library at 419-358-5016 or stop by the front desk.
Reservations are being accepted for the 23rd annual Carey Area Chamber of Commerce dinner on Jan. 23 at Dance on Vance, 610 N. Vance St., Carey. Tickets cost $20 per person and are available by contacting Cassie Carlson, executive director, by email at email@example.com; by calling the office at 419-396-7856; online at careychamber.com and clicking on events; or at the chamber office, 132 E. Findlay St. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the “state of the village address,” the Bright Star and Spotlight award presentations, and a look at 2017 chamber activities.