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The Putnam County Extension office this year will be offering the Master Gardener training program, which provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities.
Specialists from the Ohio State University will be teaching sessions along with some local experts. Topics will 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.
Classes will begin Oct. 3 and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 21. The course fee is $125 per person or $150 per couple. Classes will be held at the Putnam County Extension office, 1206 E. Second St., Ottawa.
Sign up by Thursday by calling 419-523-6294 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A daylong program about what animals do in preparation for winter will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve.
Snacks will be provided, but participants should bring a sack lunch and a reusable water bottle.
The program is for children 6 to 12 years old. Registration is $15 per child and must be made by 4:30 p.m. today, either online at www.HancockParks.com under “Programs & Activities,” or in person at the Hancock Park District office, 1424 E. Main Cross St. A medical form is required and available online or at the park district office.
The program will be held with a minimum of four and a maximum of 24 individuals. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Technology classes will be offered at the Putnam County District Library and its branches in November.
Sessions are open to those who need help with their laptop, tablet, Kindle, iPad, smartphone or MP3 player. Instructions will also be given on how to download e-books, magazines, music, videos or audiobooks from the library.
Available times and locations include:
Call 419-523-3747 for an appointment and schedule a 30-minute session or two consecutive times if more time is needed.
A six-week support program for children of parents with addiction will begin meeting from 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 17.
Presented by the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, the program is open to youth ages 12-17. It is designed to help youth understand the hardships their family and they themselves may go through while working on problem solving, communication, social and coping skills.
For more information, contact Kendra Vermillion at 419-422-8616, ext. 138, or email email@example.com.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Mulberry St., Bloomdale, will hold a Thanksgiving party in the church basement from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. Kids ages 6-12 years are invited to attend for stories, crafts, games and treats. Call Jane at 419-299-3690 for more details.
The seventh annual Women’s Resource Center Turkey Trot 5K, starting at St. Michael Catholic Church, east, will take place Thanksgiving morning.
The race begins at 9 a.m. and benefits the work of the center. Family members of all ages are invited to walk, run or crawl.
Sign up at www.runsignup.com or visit www.wrchancock.org or call 419-424-9948 for more information.
A special Thanksgiving Day service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The choir will sing “All Good Gifts,” and the church will be decorated with harvest items. The church is handicap accessible. More information is available at www.tlcjenera.org.
A free Thanksgiving dinner will be held Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church at the corner of Main and Pratt streets in Ottawa. Serving is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The dinner is open to anyone looking for a hot meal and a place to gather for Thanksgiving. It is hosted by Tri-R Guns, the Ron Deatrick family and their friends.
StoneBridge Church, 2111 Stonehedge Drive, will host its annual free community Thanksgiving Day meal from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is open to anyone who is hungry, would like some company or simply doesn’t want to cook. It is estimated that 309 volunteers, as well as the support of many local companies and groups, will be needed. In 2016, over 2,000 people enjoyed 64 turkeys, 30 hams and various side dishes. A drive-thru will also be available, along with the usual dine-in and delivery options. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact the church office at 419-422-6862 or visit StoneBridgeChurch.org.