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A special “Snow Much Fun” story time will be held at the Putnam County District Library in Ottawa and its branches in January.
The schedule is as follows: Jan. 16 — Fort Jennings, 10 a.m.; Jan 17 — Leipsic, 9:30 a.m., Pandora 10:30 a.m.; Jan. 18 — Continental, 10 a.m.; Jan. 23 — Kalida, 10 a.m.; Jan. 24 — Ottoville, 10 a.m.; Jan. 25 — Columbus Grove, 10 a.m.; Jan. 30 — Ottawa, 6:30 p.m.; and Jan. 31 — Ottawa, 10 a.m.
Ohio Northern University is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s talk at ONU at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts, 525 S. Main St., Ada.
Dr. King spoke at Ohio Northern University’s Taft Gymnasium on Jan. 11, 1968. Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis on April 4 of that year.
A panel discussion will include four former students as well as two former faculty members and the university’s public relations director at the time.
A panel of seven people who witnessed Martin Luther King Jr.’s talk at Ohio Northern University in 1968 will share their memories of the event during a panel discussion at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.
King spoke at ONU on Jan. 11, 1968. A series of events will honor the 50th anniversary of the speech, ending with the unveiling of a statue of King on April 17 outside of Taft Hall.
Panelists for this event are Terry Keiser, Alfred Cohoe, Monty Siekerman, Sadicka White, Bob Parsons, Bob Roberts and Joel Weaver. In 1968, Keiser and Cohoe were ONU faculty, Siekerman was ONU’s director of university information, and the others were ONU students.
The event will also feature the ONU Gospel Ensemble and prayers led by current students.
King’s talk at ONU was one of the last speeches he gave at a college or university. According to ONU archivist Paul Logsdon, King spoke at Kansas State University on Jan. 19, 1968, and at Manchester College in Indiana on Feb. 1. He was assassinated in Memphis on April 4.
Information about King’s visit to ONU is available online at www.onu.edu/mlk.
An iPad basics seminar will be held at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Putnam County District Library in Ottawa and 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Continental branch.
Participants will learn the basics such as menu navigation, settings and profiles, email, messaging and social media, apps, data management and selfie tips.
The main library will also offer an Android seminar at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24.
The Brain Builders STEAM Club will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday and Jan. 18 at the Bluffton Public Library.
In this club, children ages 6 to 12 will experiment, construct and explore themes of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) utilizing Legos, K’Nex, Strawbees ELENCO Snap Circuits, code.org and more. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A support group for grandparents raising their grandkids and other children affected by addiction is forming in McComb.
Grand Love, a program sponsored by the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, premiered in Findlay last May. McComb organizer Deb Ewing said formation of the rural version has been in the works for the past year, with its first meeting set for Jan. 18.
Meetings are open to people living in McComb and the surrounding area and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the McComb school library (enter through north front door #2). Meetings will be facilitated by Family Resource Center professionals, with an emphasis on peer support. Registration is not required, although those bringing kids are encouraged to call ahead so arrangements to provide child care can be made.
For more information about McComb’s group, call Ewing at 419-306-9489 or email email@example.com.
Jammin’ at the Library continues at 6 p.m. Monday and Jan. 22 at the Bluffton Public Library.
This song circle-style jam session is open to all who wish to participate.
At 6 p.m. Jan. 18, Jammin’ Instrumental will be held. Those attending will learn various methods of jammin’-style music.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new class for individuals worried about loved ones’ substance use begins Friday.
The free class focusing on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) model will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. at Focus on Friends, 509 W. Trenton Ave. It will continue for six consecutive Fridays through Feb. 16.
Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery and improve their quality of life. The class is structured around the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober” and will be facilitated by local community members who were trained by the author, Dr. Robert J. Meyers. Participants are encouraged to purchase the book, but can also borrow a copy.
Register by calling the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services at 419-424-1985.
The Dorcas Carey Public Library will be celebrating Tedd Arnold’s birthday with a “Fly Guy Party” at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
This party is for students in preschool to third grade and will feature games, crafts and refreshments. Call the library at 419-396-7921 to reserve a spot or sign up at the adult circulation desk.
Registration is underway for the Findlay Family YMCA’s youth competitive winter basketball league for fifth- and sixth-graders.
The season starts Jan. 8. Games are held on Saturdays.
Registration is available online at www.findlayymca.org or at either Y branch, or by contacting sports director Jerry McNamee at 419-422-4424 or email@example.com.
The league is also seeking volunteer coaches and assistant coaches. Team sponsorships are available for local business owners.