Alexandria’s invites you to come celebrate Drinksgiving with us on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Our Taproom will open at 3 p.m. with a great variety of craft beers on tap. Local band, The Athen Ry will perform in The Findlay Room starting at 9 p.m. There is no cost to attend!
The Women’s Resource Center will sponsor its fifth annual Turkey Trot 5K race at 9 a.m. Nov. 26. Participants in the Thanksgiving Day race can run or walk. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Resource Center. Registration may be made online at www.runsignup.com or www.wrchancock.org. For more information, call 419-424-9948.
The North Pole Express will be boarding passengers each weekend from Nov. 27 through Jan. 3. Engine 901 and the Riverside Train will be loading passengers for a ride through a winter wonderland. Please check the website for times when Mr. and Mrs. Claus will present.
First Presbyterian Church will be hosting the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Nov. 27 to help kick off the holiday season for Findlay and surrounding communities. “A Christmas Celebration!” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Great Room on the day after Thanksgiving. This will be the TSO’s inaugural performance at First Presbyterian Church. “They have performed many times at the University of Findlay and other places nearby, but not in our congregation,” said church pastor Cynthia Holder Rich. “We are excited to start a new tradition for Findlay and for First Presbyterian.” Holder Rich, along with church member Marie Louden-Hanes, said the TSO concert will be a great way to begin “one of the most holy and celebrative seasons of the year.” TSO’s interim resident conductor, Sara Jobin, will lead the orchestra through a variety of holiday classics including Robert Wendel’s “Little Bolero Boy,” music from Disney Pixar’s “The Polar Express,” and more. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the church office at 2330 S. Main St. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. “It is our hope that we might be starting a tradition here,” Holder Rich said, “and that the Thanksgiving weekend might come to be known at First Presbyterian — along with the turkey, family gatherings, and football — as an annual celebratory gathering around amazing music and awe at God’s artistic gifts to us all.”
Groups are invited to join the Bluffton Blaze of Lights parade, which will be held Nov. 28 in downtown Bluffton. The parade is sponsored by the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce. This year’s theme is “A Christmas from the Past.” Over 40 units have already registered. Last year, the parade topped 100 entries for the first time. Organizers hope to continue that size this year, making it one of the largest small-town parades in northwestern Ohio. Last year’s parade lasted one hour. The parade will line up on Snider Road beginning at 4 p.m. The parade starts at 5 p.m. Groups interested in being in the parade should contact parade director Junior Weihrauch at 419-365-5304 or email@example.com.