Hot Tea Tuesdays @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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.

Child Care Workshop: 1,2,3 Count with Me @ Marilyn's Life Long Learning Center
Feb 21 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Child care professionals can take part in a series of free professional development workshops in Findlay, offered by WBGU-TV through a grant from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Each workshop is approved for contact hours and is Ohio and Step-Up approved. The workshops will be held starting Tuesday at Marilyn’s Life Long Learning Center, 15100 Birchaven.

The first workshop, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Supporting Social and Emotional Development,” will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

It will focus on strategies to build positive relationships with young children and help them cope with separation anxiety from familiar adults.

The second workshop, from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Feb. 21, will be “1,2,3 Count with Me: Building Math Skills through Play with Preschoolers.”

The third workshop, “ABCs of Getting Ready to Read: Supporting Emergent Literacy,” will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 2.

Child care professionals can register to attend at www.occrra.org. For more information, call 419-372-9318.

McComb Public Library Storytime @ McComb Public Library
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm

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.

Bluffton Community Chili Cookoff @ Bluffton Middle School cafetorium
Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Bluffton Community Chili Cookoff will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Bluffton Middle School cafetorium.

The cost is $5 and includes chili tastings and a beverage. Attendees will be voting on the people’s choice award.

Sandwiches and baked goods will also be available for purchase. Entertainment will be provided and gift basket and prize drawings will be available for those who donate a canned or boxed food item. Proceeds will benefit the Bluffton Community Assistance Program.

Contact Lynda Best at 419-296-2790 for more information.

Pandora United Methodist Church Community Meal @ Pandora United Methodist Church
Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St., will host a free community meal from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the fellowship hall.

The meal this month is provided by Hilty Memorial Nursing Home. The menu includes fried chicken, parsley red potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll, strawberry shortcake and a beverage.

Tractor Safety/Machinery Operation Certification Course @ Hardin County Extension Office
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A tractor safety and machinery operation certification course will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays from Feb. 8 through March 15 at Hardin County Extension Office, 1021 Lima St., Kenton.

An exam will conclude the course, along with a hands-on operation skills course component, on Saturday, March 18, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds as part of the Community Farm Safety Day planned by Farm Bureau.

Those interested in the Tractor Safety and Machinery Operation course should call the Hardin County Extension office at 419-674-2297 by Jan. 25.

Cost to participate is $40, which includes manuals, handouts and certification card. Course will be limited to 25 participants.

Offered by Ohio State University Extension, the certification course is recommended for youth ages 14-15. Younger ages can observe the class, but are not eligible to be certified until age 14.

Older youth can participate at the recommendation of their parent or employer.

The federal government prohibits 14 and 15-year-olds from operating farm tractors and attached powered equipment unless they are working on a farm owned/operated by their parent or legal guardian, or they have completed an approved safe tractor and machinery operation-training program.

Love and Romance Among the Constellations @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm

A planetarium program about love and romance among the constellations and planets will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve.

The free program is recommended for individuals at least 8 years old.

Because of limited space in the inflatable planetarium, registration is required by noon Feb. 21.

The program will be held with a minimum of six and a maximum of 25 participants.

More information is available online at www.HancockParks.com under the “What’s New?” section, or by calling the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.

Bluffton Senior Citizen Center Garage Sale @ Bluffton Senior Citizen Center
Feb 23 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

The Bluffton Senior Citizen Center will  host community garage sale this month.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24, and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 25. The senior center is located at 132 N. Main St., Bluffton.

The workshop is provided through a Geary Family Foundation grant.

Babies Love Books @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am

A session of Babies Love Books will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 23, including stories,
movement and songs for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old. Activities promote language and motor development.

To register, call the library at 419-358-5016, send an email to birkey@blufftonpubliclibrary.org or stop by the front desk. The library is located at 145 S. Main St., Bluffton.

Putnam County Library Bilingual Storytime @ Putnam County District Library -- Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial location
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am

The Putnam County District Library in Ottawa and the Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial location will both host bilingual storytimes this month.

Storytime in Leipsic will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 23, while the session in Ottawa is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Children’s books will be read in Spanish and in English. There will also be snacks and crafts.

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