Handbags That Help Ladies Luncheon @ Findlay Country Club
Aug 9 @ 11:00 am

Handbags That Help is hosting a ladies’ luncheon for the women of Hancock County on Wednesday.

The event begins at 11 a.m. with socializing, with the program, “Women in Philanthropy,” beginning at 11:45. The lunch will be held at the Findlay Country Club.

Handbags That Help is a local giving circle with the mission of building strong families in our community. The organization is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and has granted a total of $410,920 to local nonprofits.

Contact Andrea Reinhart at 419-425-1100 or to RSVP or for more information.

Lunch on the Lawn: Martin Koop @ Fostoria Municipal Building lawn
Aug 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Martin Koop will give a free performance from noon to 1 p.m. today for the final Lunch on the Lawn at the Fostoria Municipal building in downtown Fostoria.

Box lunches will be available for $5. Rain location will be across the street in the BANKquet room at 125 S. Main St.

Red Cross Blood Drive @ North Ridge Banquet Hall at the Elks
Aug 9 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

A blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday at North Ridge Banquet Hall at the Elks, 900 W. Melrose Ave.

Organizers hope to collect 100 pints of blood to celebrate 100 years of American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter service. All those who donate will receive a $10 Visa gift card, while supplies last, and enjoy a barbecue lunch from Miller’s Meats. All who schedule an appointment for this blood drive will also receive a Cedar Point ticket or a $25 Meijer gift card, while supplies last.

Visit and enter code “cedarpoint” or call 800-RED CROSS to make an appointment or for more information.

Keep Active, Keep Healthy @ Bernard Park
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The last “Keep Active, Keep Healthy” event will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bernard Park, 1105 Bernard Ave.

Several activities have been hosted at Findlay’s parks this summer through a partnership of the city’s Recreation Department in cooperation with the Ohio State Extension Office, Hancock Public Health and 50 North.

On Wednesday, participants can run an obstacle course, enjoy new playground equipment and take part in a kick ball or wiffle ball game.

The event is free. The event will be canceled if it rains.

For more information, call the city recreation department at 419-424-7176.

Mythology of the Sky @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm

A Hancock Park District planetarium program about constellations, “Mythology of the Sky,” will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve.

Participants are required to sit on the floor in the inflatable planetarium.

The family program is free, but because of limited space, registration is required by 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The program will be held with a minimum of six and maximum of 25 individuals.

For more information, or registration, call the park district office, 419-425-7275; or online at:

You’re Not Alone @ Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services
Aug 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

You’re Not Alone support group meets 7-8 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) meeting room, 438 Carnahan Ave., Findlay. Call 419-722-4506.

Henry County Fair @ Henry County Fairgrounds
Aug 10 – Aug 17 all-day

The Henry County Fair will be held from Aug. 10 to 17 at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Napoleon.

More information, including schedule:

Operation Street Smart @ University of Findlay Alumni Memorial Union
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services has announced the offering of a second program, “Operation Street Smart,” which deals with adult drug education and training. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at University of Findlay Alumni Memorial Union. The training is meant to provide current narcotics information on trends, terminology, paraphernalia and physiological effects.

Email for additional information or to register.

Putnam County Cancer Assistance Program Bingo Event @ Leipsic Fraternal Order of Eagles
Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Putnam County Cancer Assistance Program will hold a back-to-school bingo event at the Leipsic Eagles from 7-10 p.m. Aug. 10, with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Flag City BalloonFest @ Emory Adams Park
Aug 11 – Aug 13 all-day

More than 40 balloons will fly into Findlay’s Emory Adams Park for Flag City BalloonFest, a free event running from Aug. 11-13.

BalloonFest was founded in 1999 by Findlay businessman Dan Clinger, who worked with a committee of family, friends, and volunteers to create a local celebration for the new millennium in 2000.

The festival has continued every year since, with this year’s event drawing balloons from locations like Upper Sandusky and Lima to places as far away as Florida, North Carolina and Texas.

Standing eight stories high (with some special-shaped balloons standing taller), the balloons take off and fly into the park at 7 a.m. each day, weather permitting. They also take off at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The special-shaped balloons are known as “fiesta balloons,” and they have become crowd favorites, said Bruce Baker, media chairperson of BalloonFest. These include “Oggy the Friendly Dragon” from Westfield, Indiana; Peg Leg Pete from Mahomet, Illinois; and Gordo, a monkey and BalloonFest regular, from Columbia, Missouri.

Most of the balloons are competing to win points for the U.S. and World Nationals.

Competitions include a bean bag drop from the flying balloons. A ring grab contest includes a Hula Hoop ring on a 20-foot pole, which the pilots must grab as they fly by. Accuracy and skill is required for the pilot to reach the ring.

The balloons will light up the park for illumination ceremonies at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. This involves heating the air inside the balloon with propane-fueled fire, which causes the balloon to glow brightly. During a daytime flight, this effect is usually not seen, but the BalloonFest website described the nighttime view as “stunning.”

Friday’s events will conclude with a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

Sunday’s activities include a free pancake breakfast for at least 200 people at 6:30 a.m., and a praise service at 7:30 a.m.

Other attractions during the weekend include a Saturday car and motorcycle show; food vendors; a beer garden; a beer-making demonstration by the Hancock County HomeBrewers Association; helicopter rides; a remote-controlled airplane show and display by the Findlay Flying Circuits; Hancock County sheriff K-9 demonstrations; a petting zoo; a kids fair; knocker ball; autograph sessions with Miss Ohio and the balloon pilots; a Saturday morning 5K race; a vintage base ball match with 19th century rules; and more.

Music will be provided by four local bands from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday in a battle of the bands, and Saturday’s music will run from 5:30 to 11 p.m., featuring Nashville-based Findlay native Joshua Melton and Sol Jam, a local act.

Balloon rides are offered to the general public during some of the morning and evening flights. “Tiny,” a balloon piloted by Brian Trapp of Lebanon, Ohio, can carry up to 10 riders, depending on their weight.

The rides cost $250 per person. If the ride is canceled due to high winds or poor weather, $225 will be refunded or the participants could make arrangements to fly Sunday morning or another time.

Participants must arrive at Emory Adams Park’s information tent half an hour before their scheduled flight to check in. Pre-registration and advance payment are required and can be done on by clicking on the “Balloons” tab and clicking on “balloon rides,” as well as by emailing

Tethered balloon rides are offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and cost $20, with no registration required. Laurie Givin of Lebanon, Ohio, will offer the rides in her balloon, “Lady Blye.”

In the event of inclement weather, including rain and dangerous winds, flights can be canceled but other events continue.

The BalloonFest is a drone-free zone. No drones are allowed to fly by the public during the entire event.

For a full schedule of events, visit or call 567-208-0026 for more information.

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