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Apr
21
Sat
Christian Clearing House All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast @ DOCK at St. Marks United Methodist Church
Apr 21 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Christian Clearing House will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the DOCK behind St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St.

The menu includes pancakes, sausage link, coffee and juice. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and younger. Tickets are available by calling the CCH office at 419-422-2222 or at the door.

All proceeds will benefit the ministries of Christian Clearing House, a nonprofit agency that helps Hancock County residents with emergency needs such as food vouchers, rent payments to prevent eviction, utility payments to prevent shutoff, prescription medications and other emergency needs.

Upper Room Church of God Spring Craft Show @ Upper Room Church of God
Apr 21 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Upper Room Church of God, 520 W. Bigelow Ave., will host a spring craft show from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The event will feature over 25 vendors, along with concessions, baked goods and raffle baskets. Lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition @ Marathon Diamonds
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The City of Findlay Recreation Department will host a free Scotts Major League Baseball pitch, hit and run competition for area youth from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at The Marathon Diamonds, 3430 N. Main St.

Boys and girls will be divided into four age divisions: 7 and 8; 9 and 10; 11 and 12; and 13 and 14. Athletes can choose to compete in either baseball or softball divisions. All participants should bring a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent/guardian fill out a registration and waiver prior to participating.

For more information, visit www.pitchhitrun.com or call 419-424-7176.

STEAM Fun @ Bluffton Public Library
Apr 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

“STEAM Fun” will return to the Bluffton Public Library from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday.

No prior registration is necessary. All children must be accompanied by an adult to help with activities.

Tea Time On The Titanic @ The Jones Mansion
Apr 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Jones Mansion will have an afternoon tea commemorating the 1912 maiden voyage of the Titanic, featuring trivia, history, and a re-creation of the tea menu that was served on board the ship. Guests are encouraged to dress in period attire, and they will receive the name of a passenger who was aboard the Titanic and find out whether or not their passenger survived the crossing.

80 Fingers of Praise @ St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm

On Saturday, April 21, eight piano players will sit down at four pianos to present “80 Fingers of Praise.” The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church sanctuary, 120 W. Sandusky St.

The concert is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering accepted. The church is handicap accessible at the Crawford Street entrance, and child care will be provided for infants and toddlers.

Ragtime, classical, patriotic, hymn tunes, and original music written and arranged for multiple pianos will be played by pianists who have close ties with the church, the majority of whom have played together for over 13 years. All from Findlay and the surrounding area, the pianists are Ann Cramer, Julie Baughman, Barbara Dysinger, Kelly Lewis, Shirley Nebergall, Bev Roby, Jim Scothorn and Mark Willeke.

The first “80 Fingers of Praise” concert, presented in 2005, was conceived by Roby when she was director of music at the church. Taking notice of all the talented pianists at the church, she came up with the idea to have them all play at once. Finding arrangements for duets was easy, but finding music for multiple pianos proved more difficult.

The 2005 concert was successful enough for the ensemble to present it the next three years. Not wanting to wear off its “uniqueness,” they decided to take a break.

Then in 2012, after many requests to revive it, they took to their pianos one more time, thinking that concert was their last.

However, the bond of the musicians and their belief in the power of their music was strong and, when one of the original players announced she was moving from the area, they knew they had one more — and final — concert in them.

Six of the current eight players were in the original ensemble: Roby, Cramer, Dysinger, Lewis, Nebergall, and Scothorn. Baughman joined the group in 2006 to replace a member who moved away, and Willeke (who is the current organist at St. Andrew’s) joined for this concert.

Contact the church 419-422-4845 or www.saumcfindlay.org for more information.

Vanlue Athletic Boosters Comedy Fundtaiser @ Vanlue Community Park
Apr 21 @ 8:00 pm

The Vanlue Athletic Boosters will host their annual comedy night fundraiser Saturday in the shelter house at Vanlue Community Park. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8.

Headlining the show will be Steve Lind, a standup comedian from the Midwest who brings the perspectives of a husband and father of four boys. He has been seen on NBC and has opened for Tim Allen, Kathleen Madigan and Michael Winslow. The featured comedian for the show will be Dan Simon, whose quick-wit, fast-paced style of comedy covers a wide range of topics. The emcee for the evening will be local comedian Eddie Michaels.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $17 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Vanlue Athletic Boosters and the student athletes at Vanlue High School. Contact Mike Edie at 419-348-9242 or email vanlue80@yahoo.com for tickets.

Apr
22
Sun
Mount Blanchard Heart and Soul Community Summit @ 100 S. Main St., Mount Blanchard
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Mount Blanchard Heart and Soul organization will be hosting a community summit for area residents from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 at 100 S. Main St., Mount Blanchard.

The purpose of the summit is to share with community members the information that the Heart and Soul team has been gathering for the past several months, and to get their input about the data collected so far.

More than 200 people who call Mount Blanchard home have been interviewed about their values, hopes and concerns, and action ideas for the community.

Several themes have emerged as topics of interest, the Heart and Soul team said.

The Heart and Soul principles are to involve everyone, focus on what matters, and “play the long game.”

The summit is intended to bring people together to discuss and share ideas for the community and to develop Mount Blanchard Heart and Soul statements. It is an opportunity to get more participation from the community.

The event begins at 1 p.m. with free food, entertainment by Riverdale Soundsation, and activities for children such as bounce houses and crafts.

The first 100 residents to arrive will receive a free Mount Blanchard Heart and Soul T-shirt. Child care will be provided.

After the meal, the summit will commence, led by John Livingston.

A Heart and Soul grant of $140,850 was awarded to Mount Blanchard in March 2017 by the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, which uses the process of Community Heart and Soul created by the Orton Family Foundation.

Peace Surpassing All Understanding @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm

The final concert of the 2017-18 Ronald W. Richards Music Series at Trinity United Methodist Church will feature the Ohio Northern University Singers and Chamber Singers, under the director of Christopher Larsen. The free program, “Peace Surpassing All Understanding,” will be held at 2 p.m. April 22. A freewill offering will be taken to support the Kiwanis Ronald W. Richards Young Musicians Scholarship Fund for students who intend to make teaching music a career following college graduation. The church is located at 301 W. Market St., Lima.

Bluffton University Spring Concert @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Apr 22 @ 2:30 pm

Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers, University Chorale, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble will perform a selection of lighter tunes for its Spring Fling concert. Songs performed will include “Sing” from “Sesame Street”; “Yesterday” by The Beatles; a medley of Irish tunes by Clare Grundman; a wind band arrangement of music from the second “Harry Potter” film; “Yearnin’” by Oliver Nelson; and “Moanin’” by Charles Mingus.

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