Bridge Home Health & Hospice will offer training courses for prospective volunteers beginning March 21. Training sessions will be held in the Hub Conference Room at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane, and will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. for six consecutive Tuesdays. Courses will cover the basic principles of hospice; pain and symptom management; spiritual caregiving; and understanding grief and loss. No previous hospice experience is necessary, but volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Registration is required. Contact Julie Tiell, Bridge Hospice volunteer services coordinator, at 419-423-5351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for spring storytime at the Bluffton Public Library begins Monday. Storytimes will be held at 10 a.m. March 21 and 28, or 6:30 p.m. March 27. The event is open to preschool children ages 3-5. Registration is required by calling the library at 419-358-5016, emailing email@example.com or stopping by the front desk. Space is limited.
Winebrenner Theological Seminary, 950 N. Main St., will host a “Taste of the Summit” luncheon from noon to 1:15 p.m. March 28. The event serves as a preview for the Global Leadership Summit 2017, scheduled Aug. 10-11, and is an opportunity to become acquainted with the leadership training provided by the summit. The luncheon includes a video teaching session with Mark Miller, vice president of high-performance leadership at Chick-fil-A, Inc. and author of the book, “Leaders Made Here.” There will also be an announcement of the 2017 Global Leadership Summit faculty. A discount registration code to the August event will be given to all attendees. The luncheon is free, but registration is requested by visiting www.winebrenner.edu or by calling 419-434-4226.
Putnam County Help Me Grow and Early Intervention staff will be available to screen Putnam County infants, toddlers and preschoolers from 1-4:30 p.m. March 28. Free developmental screenings include hearing, vision, physical development (rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, etc.), speech and language, behavioral and play skills. Screenings are available at the Putnam County Educational Service Center by appointment only. Call 419-523-6059.
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
A kids spring party will be hosted in the basement of Bloomdale Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Mulberry St., Bloomdale, from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. Kids ages 6-12 are invited for stories, crafts, games and treats. For more information, contact Jane at 419-299-3690.
Story time sessions for preschoolers ages 3-5 will resume Tuesday at the McComb Public Library, 113 S. Todd St. Sessions are offered from 6:30-7:15 p.m. weekly. Story time is on a drop-in basis, registration is not required. Children enjoy books, finger plays, music and crafts. Call the library at 419-293-2425 for more information.