Findlay Young Professionals, which offers social events, leadership development and community involvement for 21- to 45-year-olds, will hold its annual kickoff gathering at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Alexandria’s, 132 E. Crawford St. The event will feature opportunities to network, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, a preview of events for the upcoming year, and chances to become a member. Speaker will be Chuck Bills, chief executive officer of Ohio Logistics. There is no charge to attend Thursday’s event. Membership in Findlay Young Professionals is $50 per year. Non-members can attend events, usually for a $15 fee.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
Parents looking for a preschool for their children can attend Preschool and Early Literacy Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. The preschool fair will give parents a chance to meet with local preschool and daycare representatives in the Lindamood Room. The Children’s Services Department will have a performance, crafts, games, face painting, and early literacy activities for the children. The theme will be based on the “Elephant and Piggie” books by Mo Willems. No registration is required.
Registration for winter storytime at Bluffton Public Library opens Tuesday. The program will take place at 6:30 p.m. Mondays starting Jan. 23, or at 10 a.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 24. Storytime is for children ages 3 to 5. Space is limited to 18 children per session. Register by calling 419-358-5016, emailing email@example.com or visiting the library’s front desk.
The Harlem Globetrotters are returning to Findlay after six years to display their ball-handling wizardry, basketball artistry, audience interaction skills and family entertainment as they take on the World All Stars at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Findlay High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets can be purchased on www.ticketweb.com, at TRENDS! on Main, and the high school. Bench seats are available for $125, which includes one seat on the bench with the team, backstage meet and greet, replica jersey, program, and a Sharpie lanyard. General admission tickets cost $28. An optional add-on ticket, the Magic Pass, is also available for $15. The 30-minute pre-show runs from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and it offers an opportunity to spend time on the court with the Globetrotters, including shooting baskets, trying out ball tricks, and getting autographs and photos. Soft/rubber-soled shoes must be worn on the court. Everyone attending Magic Pass must have a Magic Pass ticket as well as a game ticket. This includes all children as well as the accompanying parents and/or guardians. During the game, the audience can expect lots of highlight dunks, trick shots and random opportunities to participate, as well as the performance of the Magic Circle, where five players go to the middle of the court and perform basketball skills to the tune of the jazz standard “Sweet Georgia Brown.” For their 2017 tour, the team will debut basketball’s first-ever 4-point line, which is 30 feet from the basket, Blakes said. After the game, the players will sign autographs in the arena for a limited amount of time after the final buzzer sounds, according to the team’s website. Founded in 1926 by Abe Saperstein, the Globetrotters played their first road game in Hinckley, Illinois, on Jan. 7, 1927. Since then, the Globetrotters have entertained more than 144 million fans in 122 countries and territories worldwide, introducing many to the sport of basketball while popularizing the slam dunk, fast break, the forward and point guard positions, and the figure-eight weave, according to the team’s website. The team boasts the best winning percentage in the history of professional sports, with more than 26,000 wins and 345 losses, the website said. The Courier, American Red Cross, WKXA-FM radio station, Entenmann’s and TRENDS! on Main are sponsoring the event. For more information, visit www.harlemglobetrotters.com; the team’s Twitter account, @Globies; their Instagram, @harlemglobetrotters, and their YouTube channel.
The Bluffton Public Library’s annual Hot Tea Tuesdays begins today and continues throughout the months of January and February. Patrons are invited to stop by from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays for a free cup of hot tea and cookie while they visit the library, located at 145 S. Main St., Bluffton.