Bluffton Community Chili Cookoff @ Bluffton Middle School cafetorium
Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Bluffton Community Chili Cookoff will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Bluffton Middle School cafetorium.

The cost is $5 and includes chili tastings and a beverage. Attendees will be voting on the people’s choice award.

Sandwiches and baked goods will also be available for purchase. Entertainment will be provided and gift basket and prize drawings will be available for those who donate a canned or boxed food item. Proceeds will benefit the Bluffton Community Assistance Program.

Contact Lynda Best at 419-296-2790 for more information.

Mardi Gras Goes Country @ Stacy’s Place
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation will celebrate its “Mardi Gras Goes Country!” fundraiser from 6-11 p.m. Feb. 24 at Stacy’s Place, 625 Plaza Drive, Fostoria.

During the past 15 years, the foundation’s Mardi Gras party has become the “must-attend” event of the winter in support of its operating mission. This year will feature several new twists including live country music, square and line dancing and a round-trip transportation program.

There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and 50/50 raffles throughout the night.

Music will be provided by Brent Lowry & The Drifters, known across the region for their modern outlaw country sound with a touch of the blues.

General admission tickets are $35 per person with no reserved seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Good Shepherd Home, Reineke Family Dealerships and Roppe Corp. will provide round-trip transportation to “Mardi Gras Goes Country!” from locations within 15 miles of Fostoria. For scheduling purposes, transportation reservations and payment are requested by Friday.

To purchase tickets or schedule transportation, email director@fostoriafoundation.com or call 419-435-2823. A registration form and more information is available at www.fostoriacommunityfoundation.com/MardiGras.pdf.

State Bank Oscar Night: Grease is the Word! @ Hilton Garden Inn
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Hollywood will roll out the red carpet for an evening of food and entertainment to benefit the American Red Cross of Hancock County.

“State Bank Oscar Night: Grease is the Word!” will be held from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1050 Interstate Drive West, Findlay.

“We invite everyone to join the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies for an evening of black tie glamour and fun,” said Todd James, executive director of American Red Cross of Hancock County. “Like a drag race for pink slips, we’ll give our guests a night of thrills and excitement.”

The event will feature upscale dining and desserts prepared by the area’s top chefs, with Time Warp DJ Service providing entertainment. Guests can play the Coke Bottle Toss to win bottles of fine wine and participate in the limbo contest. “We treat our guests like stars with a real red carpet experience, providing them with the best food, drinks, music and fun.”

The benefit will also feature live and silent auctions with items including a private performance by The Reunion Band, jewelry, a four-course dinner at the Mustard Seed Cafe and more.

The Hilton Garden Inn, Findlay, is also offering a special package for the event, which includes a room for two, two tickets to “State Bank Oscar Night; Grease is the Word!” and breakfast in the Great American Grill restaurant the next morning.

All-inclusive tickets for the benefit are $100 each, which includes dining and open bar.

Tickets for the event are limited and are available at redcross.org/NCOhio, at the Hancock County Red Cross office, 125 Fair St., Findlay; or by calling 419-422-9322.

Fostoria Kiwanis Club Pancake Day @ St. Wendelin Parish Life Center
Mar 2 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

The annual Fostoria Kiwanis Club Pancake Day fundraiser will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 2 at St. Wendelin Parish Life Center, 323 N. Wood St., Fostoria.

Pancake day is the club’s largest fundraiser and includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and refreshments. Curbside pick-up, carryout and delivery are available.

Tickets are available from club members or at the door. Cost is $7 for adults, $6 for Golden Buckeye members, $3 for children ages 5-11 years old and free for children 4 and younger.

The club will also be raising funds through the sale of raffle tickets. Raffle items include sports tickets and memorabilia, gift certificates, home decor, a flat screen TV and more.

All proceeds are used by the Fostoria Kiwanis Club for a variety of community projects, mainly assisting children.

Findlay Service League Purse Bingo @ Hilton Garden Inn
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Findlay Service League will host its second annual Purse Bingo from 6-9 p.m. March 2 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1050 Interstate Drive.

The event will include appetizers, raffles and a 50/50 drawing.

To request tickets (presale only), email hhoward119@sbcglobal.net or visit www.findlayfsl.org or Findlay Service League on Facebook.

North Baltimore Rotary Club Wine Tasting Party @ The Depot (Roxie’s Place)
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The North Baltimore Rotary Club will host a wine tasting party from 6-10 p.m. March 10 at The Depot (Roxie’s Place), 142 N. Main St., North Baltimore.

Tickets are $25 each and are available from any North Baltimore Rotarian, or by calling 419-257-2394. Ticket holders will receive five wine tastings or nonalcoholic drinks, as well as hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

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