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The Friends of the Bluffton Public Library will hold a fall book sale next week on the lower level of the library.
Hours are 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22, and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23.
All proceeds support library programs and services.
Camp Fire will host a free back-to-school carnival from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at its office, 305 W. Hardin St.
The event will feature games, a bounce house, food and information on upcoming programs including after-school clubs for elementary youth; classroom enrichment programs for all grade levels; and “School Day Out” camps offered on days when kids are home and their parents must work. Environmental education and camp programs are available for youth of all ages, and Teens in Action reaches youth ages 12-18.
For more information, call Camp Fire at 419-422-5415.
Individuals worried about a loved one’s substance use can learn how to help them at a new class focusing on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) model.
The first class will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. It will continue for six consecutive Thursdays, through Oct. 19.
Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery, build a healthier relationship and improve their personal quality of life. The class is structured around the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober” and will be facilitated by local community members who were trained by the author, Dr. Robert J. Meyers.
The class consists of six sessions, held once a week, with a maximum of 10 participants.
Participants are encouraged to attend all six sessions, but it is not a requirement. There is no charge to attend.
Participants are encouraged to purchase the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober,” or they can borrow a book during the class.
Participants can register by calling the Hancock County ADAMHS Board at 419-424-1985.
Bridge Bereavement Services is offering a “Sew Many Memories” grief support program from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane.
The program, open to any adult, child or family who has recently experienced the death of a loved one, will offer participants the opportunity to turn their loved one’s clothing into a keepsake. No sewing experience is necessary, and volunteers will be available to assist.
Participants must attend both sessions, as the first is for planning purposes and the second is for sewing.
Registration is required by Sept. 18. Call Bridge Bereavement Services at 419-423-5351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An organizational meeting for a League of Women Voters group will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 in the basement of St. Mark’s Methodist Church.
The nonpartisan league will take stands on issues and hold candidate debates in an attempt to encourage dialogue among people with differing political philosophies.
Coordinators are Colleen Benelli Reed and Dianne Jacobson, and all women from Findlay and Hancock County are encouraged to attend.
An informational meeting about military service academy nominations and appointments will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Owens Community College’s Findlay Campus, Conference Room EC 111 ABC, for high school students and parents.
U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, will review the congressional nomination process.
Participants will be able to meet with representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York; and U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut.
Potential candidates may also obtain an application for a service academy nomination at the meeting. Applications and additional information are available on Latta’s website.
Applications will be due Sept. 30.
Decades Rewind plans to take the audience back to the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s when it brings its national touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m.
The show’s setlist features medleys of disco, rock, funk and Motown hits, including favorites from Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin, Van Halen, Katrina and the Waves, Queen, Earth, Wind and Fire, Parliament, Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin, and more. The production will feature non-stop historical videos corresponding to each decade, in addition to more than 100 costume changes.
Tour manager Sandy Gatti told The New Jersey Stage the show was conceived when her husband, keyboardist Peter Gatti, and his friend, drummer Mark Blinkhorn, would play ’60s, ’70s and ’80s tunes in Florida, while sometimes adding props and costumes to their performances.
“Decades Rewind is the same thing “– except on steroids!” she said. “It features 120 tunes “–“ not to mention over 100 costumes” — “and the songs are done in reverse order” — ‘”80s, ’70s, and then ’60s “–“ which is great because even though we have very diverse audiences, everyone stays for the ’60s!”
The production has grown to feature Coya Jones, Ashley Renee, Calvin Johnson, Frank J. Edmondson III, Wade Whiskey and Monica Cox on vocals; Al Owen and Jimmy Delisi on guitar; Jeff Stoddard on bass; Ryan Redden on saxophone; Jimmy Blount on trombone; and Patrick McKenzie on trumpet.
The performers have played music with stars like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Reba McEntire, Burt Bacharach, Liza Minnelli, Dickey Betts and Quiet Riot’s Kevin DuBrow; and their backgrounds span opera, rock, musical theater and R&B music.
Tickets range from $42 to $47 and they can be ordered by calling the Marathon Center’s box office at 419-423-2787, visiting the box office in person at 200 W. Main Cross St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, or an hour before the performance.
Customers can also visit http://marathoncenterarts.org/event/decades-rewind/ and click on the “Buy Tickets” button underneath the “Decades Rewind!” logo.
For more information, call the box office, visit the Marathon Center website or go to www.decadesrewind.com.
The 128th session of the Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, dubbed the “Unforgettable Stories” session, will be held Sept. 22-24 at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky.
All Eastern Star members are sincerely encouraged to attend the session, which concludes with the installation of 2017-18 grand officers at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24.
Contact chairman of arrangements Jan Foy at 419-618-1194 for more information.