Read for L.I.F.E. Tutor Training Class @ Lindamood Room at Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Read for L.I.F.E. will offer a tutor training class from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, with optional jail training at 9:30 a.m.

Potential adult volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and are asked to commit to one year or more of volunteering. Volunteers must be literate, but no professional training or education is required.

Registration is required by emailing readforlife@findlaylibrary.org.

Read for L.I.F.E. is designed to improve literacy in Hancock County through volunteers trained to act as tutors on a one-on-one basis with adult nonreaders. Read for L.I.F.E. estimates that approximately 8 to 10 percent of Hancock County adults cannot read well enough to function in today’s society.

Art Fun for the Whole Family @ Bluffton Public Library
Jan 20 @ 3:30 pm

Art Fun for the Whole Family will be held at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Bluffton Public Library.

The program features arts and crafts activities for all ages. Participants will make a balanced mobile after reading about Alexander Calder or a drip painting inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock.

Those attending should wear old clothes. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Canvas Painting Class @ Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area
Jan 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A canvas painting class will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 20 in Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area.

Personnel with Awakening Minds Art will provide step-by-step instructions on painting a winter water scene.

Supplies and an 11-inch by 14-inch stretched canvas will be provided. There will be light refreshments available.

Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Register, with $30 per person, by 12:30 p.m. Jan. 17. The class will be held with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 participants.

For more information, call the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.

Open Mic Night @ Coffee Amici
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday nights at Coffee Amici are Open Mic Nights!  Head over to hear local talent and get up and show off your own talent!

Beach Bash Concert @ Findlay Elks Lodge #75
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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.

Allen-Hardin County Day of Action @ Downtown Bluffton, Ohio
Jan 22 @ 7:00 pm

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

Mother Nature Tea @ Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area
Jan 23 @ 9:30 am

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.

Watercolor Workshop: Winter Birch Trees @ Bluffton Public Library
Jan 23 @ 5:30 pm

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.

23rd Annual Carey Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner @ Dance on Vance
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm

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 director@careychamber.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.

Winter Storytime at Bluffton Public Library @ Bluffton Public Library
Jan 23 @ 6:30 pm

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 birkey@blufftonpubliclibrary.org or visiting the library’s front desk.

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