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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 allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
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.
The Collector Gallery at Objects of Desire Artful Living will host a reception for furniture maker John Strauss from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Findlay Art League, 117 W. Crawford St. The public is invited and it is free.
Strauss, of Canton, builds custom furniture for designers and architects around the country. His reception is free and open to the public.
Tiffin University’s Dragon’s Den Players will present “The Long Red Herring,” a comedy thriller by Pat Cook. The show chronicles a professor with an unusual final exam: he sets up a murder in his own home and has his students try to solve it. Soon, the students suspect the murder is real.
Christian Clearing House will hold a community garage sale at Brinkman’s Greenhouse, 1800 E. Sandusky St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 and from 1-4 p.m. April 2.
A large variety of items will be available, including electronics, furniture, home decor, collectables, appliances, books, sporting goods, clothes for all ages, toys and baby items. Lunch will be available Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Donations for the sale may be dropped off at the greenhouse beginning March 13. Donation times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24, 27 and 29; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 25 and 30; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 15, 22 and 29. Tax deductible forms will be available at the point of dropoff. Items must be in good condition; console televisions, pianos, organs, stereos or drop-side baby cribs will not be accepted.
Funds raised from the sale will benefit programs and services for low-income individuals in Hancock County.
After the sale, nonprofit organizations will be invited to take any unsold items for their agency. Any Hancock County group interested in picking up leftover items should contact the Christian Clearing House office at 419-422-2222.
Bluffton Family Recreation is accepting registration for a volleyball camp for youth in grades 4-6.
The camp will be held at the facility from 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, March 25 to April 29. Costs are $40 for BFR members; $50 for nonmembers.
Registration is due by March 22 and can be made online at www.bfronline.com. Call 419-358-4150 for more information.
Attention, all nature-loving 8-11 year olds! The Hancock Park District is excited to announce a new nature series. Four different nature topics will be covered over the course of four consecutive Saturday mornings. Each topic involves hands-on learning, a craft, hiking, and lots of fun.
Register with $20 per child by noon on Thursday, March 16. A medical form is required and available online or at the park office.
The Fostoria Community Arts Council, 125 S. Main St., Fostoria, will hold a children’s Easter art workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The free workshop under the direction of Cheryl Graves is for children in first through fifth grades. Call Graves at 419-435-7474 to register.
Findlay Lodge 227 Free and Accepted Masons and Findlay Rainbow for Girls Assembly 173 will host a free Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Complex, 303 Osborn Ave.
The hunt will be divided into three divisions: 3 and younger; ages 4-7; and ages 8-10.
The event is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the hunt will be held inside the Masonic Complex building.