Putnam County Library Bilingual Story Times @ Putnam County District Library -- Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am

Bilingual story times are scheduled at the Putnam County District Library in Ottawa and the Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial location.

Sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Ottawa and 10 a.m. Thursday in Leipsic. In April, story times will be offered at 6:30 p.m. April 25 in Ottawa, and 10 a.m. April 27 in Leipsic.

Activities include reading children’s books in Spanish and English, crafts and snacks.

Veterans Resource Fair @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Mar 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The University of Findlay and the Hancock County Veterans Service Office will be hosting a Veterans Resource Fair on Thursday, March 30.

The event will include educational, work and recruitment opportunities. Representatives from the university, community organizations, businesses and the military will be present. Refreshments will be served.

The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium.

The fair is organized by the University of Findlay Military Support Services Group. For more event information, contact UF’s Oiler Success Center at 419-434-5680 or at

Children’s Art Lesson @ Bluffton Public Library
Mar 30 @ 3:30 pm

On March 30, Janette Reineke will present a children’s art lesson for ages 8-10 at the Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St.

Children will learn about Impressionistic French painter Claude Monet, then use his method of painting to create a watercolor seascape. There is a $6 fee at the door, cash only.

Registration is required by Thursday by calling the library at 419-358-5016.

Celebration of Women Awards Banquet @ Ohio Northern University
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm

The Celebration of Women Awards Banquet will be held in the ballroom of Ohio Northern University at 6 p.m. March 30 in a collaboration of Soroptimist International clubs representing Kenton-Hardin County, Hancock County and Lima.

Recognition will be given to girls and women from each club. The event also features keynote speaker Charlene Bonsignore, a cancer survivor, competitive natural bodybuilder and inspirational leader.

Tickets are $15 per person and include dinner. Email Missie Austin at or or call 419-673-7104 for tickets or more information. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 9. The event is open to the public.

OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring.

This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics 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.

The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum.

The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check.

More information is available at;; or websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.

Findlay Art League Dance Night @ Findlay Art League
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Findlay Art League will present Dance Night every Thursday, beginning this evening, led by Ashley Donaldson.

The night begins with a 7 p.m. lesson, followed by dancing until 8:30. Those attending are requested to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to register.

No partner is required, and no experience is necessary. All styles of music and modern jive dancing will be explored.

Cost is $8 per person, but there will be a discount for people buying multiple entries ahead of time (6 for $42, 10/$70). The Findlay Art League is located at 117 W. Crawford St.

Life Tree Cafe: Unlocking the Mystery of Music @ St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 218 E. Sandusky St., will host a Life Tree Cafe discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday.

This week’s program is called “Unlocking the Mystery of Music: New Findings on how Music Heals and Relieves.”

Life Tree Cafe meets weekly to address tough questions in life. The public is invited to attend.

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The Cat in the Hat @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm

The Arts Partnership will present Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat,” the classic children’s tale that comes to life on stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.

Reserved seating tickets are $8 for children and $10 for adults.

They can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the show. They are also available online at and by contacting the box office at 419-423-2787.

The show is part of the “TAP Package” at MCPA, a series of one-hour performances geared toward families at affordable prices. The Arts Partnership is also presenting two performances of “The Cat in the Hat” as part of its “School Day Performance Series” on March 30.

Childsplay is one of a handful of theater companies in the United States to perform the adaptation, and show director David Barker said the performance can be boiled down to one word: fun.

“The show feels just as youthful and exhilarating as reading a Dr. Seuss book,” he said.

From the moment his tall, red-and-white striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet.

Suddenly, a rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with The Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done.

The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County is a nonprofit organization serving Findlay and Hancock County. Its mission is to provide, encourage, and promote quality arts education, community enrichment, and entertainment opportunities. The Arts Partnership is funded in part by the Findlay Area Arts Fund and other funds of the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, private donations, corporate and small business donations, and the Ohio Arts Council.

UF Religious Studies Spring Lectures: Eastern Religions @ Ritz Auditorium
Mar 30 @ 8:00 pm

Song-Chong Lee, associate professor of religion, will be the first presenter for the University of Findlay Department of Religious Studies’ spring lecture series. Lee will speak about Eastern religions, specifically regarding yin and yang philosophy, and sociopolitical and Christian reflection, at 8 p.m. Thursday in Old Main’s Ritz Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Others included in this spring’s lecture series are Judith Wahrman, director of the College of Education’s Outreach and Partnership program, who will speak about Judaism on April 3 in Ritz Auditorium; and Gregg Mott, instructor of English as an international language, whose April 10 presentation at Winebrenner Theological Seminary will focus on the Quakers.

Portrayals of the Natural World in Second Temple Jewish Literature @ Stutzman Lecture Hall at Bluffton University
Mar 31 @ 4:00 pm

Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, Bluffton University assistant professor of religion, will present the free colloquium “Portrayals of the Natural World in Second Temple Jewish Literature” at 4 p.m. Friday in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall. The public is welcome.

Wyse-Rhodes will consider additional portrayals of the natural world in early Jewish and Christian literature. She says nature is variously depicted as a model of righteousness, a sign of things to come, a giver of testimony, an instrument of judgment, and a heavenly mystery.

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