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Monthly Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series 12:00 pm
Monthly Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series @ Hancock Historical Museum
Jan 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Scheduled for the first Thursday of each month visit the Hancock Historical Museum for a variety of informative and educational presentations on a wide range of topics relevant to Findlay and Hancock County Ohio. Bring your lunch and enjoy learning about our community from a diverse group of presenters. Brown bags are free for museum members and $5 for nonmembers. Lunches from Main St. Deli are available for purchase for an additional $5.50. Lunches include sandwich, chips, cookie and drink.
Findlay Art League Dance Night 7:00 pm
Findlay Art League Dance Night @ Findlay Art League
Jan 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Findlay Art League will present Dance Night every Thursday, beginning this evening, led by Ashley Donaldson. The night begins with a 7 p.m. lesson, followed by dancing until 8:30. Those attending are requested to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to register. No partner is required, and no experience is necessary. All styles of music and modern jive dancing will be explored. Cost is $8 per person, but there will be a discount for people buying multiple entries ahead of time (6 for $42, 10/$70). The Findlay Art League is located at 117 W. Crawford St.
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Van Buren Home Safety Seminar 7:30 pm
Van Buren Home Safety Seminar @ Van Buren High School auditorium
Jan 10 @ 7:30 pm
Van Buren will hold a home safety seminar at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the high school auditorium. The village is teaming up with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office to discuss residents’ right to protect themselves in and outside of their homes. Topics include: self-defense in public and in your home; home safety action plans, and ways to improve the security of your home.
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Findlay Art League Dance Night 7:00 pm
Findlay Art League Dance Night @ Findlay Art League
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Findlay Art League will present Dance Night every Thursday, beginning this evening, led by Ashley Donaldson. The night begins with a 7 p.m. lesson, followed by dancing until 8:30. Those attending are requested to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to register. No partner is required, and no experience is necessary. All styles of music and modern jive dancing will be explored. Cost is $8 per person, but there will be a discount for people buying multiple entries ahead of time (6 for $42, 10/$70). The Findlay Art League is located at 117 W. Crawford St.
Ted Yoder 7:00 pm
Ted Yoder @ Bluffton Town Hall
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm
The Bluffton Town Hall Series brings Ted Yoder and his hammer dulcimer to the village at 7 p.m. Jan. 12. Yoder’s fame started when he was named the 2010 National Hammer Dulcimer Champion and has evolved from there. His inspired musical style “Yoderizes” the hammer dulcimer from its traditional folk origins to powerful arrangements of favorite modern tunes.
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Hotel California 7:30 pm
Hotel California @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm
Hotel California will take the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts through a showcase of the Eagles’ megahits at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Tickets can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office at 200 W. Main Cross St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and one hour prior to the show. They are also available online at marathoncenterarts.org with prices ranging from $30 to $60. For more than two decades, Hotel California has toured the world, faithfully and accurately reproducing the Grammy-award winning sounds of the Eagles, reaching a level of international recognition normally reserved only for gold and platinum recording artists, according to the Marathon Center’s website. The show incorporates the group’s own world-renowned vocal harmony and authentic instrumentation, including all specialty instruments in a modern stage spectacle. Songs performed include “Take it Easy,” “Heartache Tonight,” and, of course, “Hotel California,” as well as selected titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh. For more information, visit www.hotelcal.com or call the Marathon Center’s box office at 419-423-2787.
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Janice Sunflower 8:00 pm
Janice Sunflower @ Mustard Seed Cafe
Jan 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Native flute player Janice Sunflower will perform a free concert at the Mustard Seed Cafe, 562 N. Main St., Bluffton, from 8-10 p.m. Jan. 14. Janice Trytten (Sunflower) enjoys parallel lives as a native flute player and a professional horn player in the Cincinnati area. Since the late 1980s, she and her family have attended and participated in many living history events, from which the native flute playing developed.
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Second City Youth Improv Workshop 1:30 pm
Second City Youth Improv Workshop @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Jan 16 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Arts Partnership is offering a class in improvisation with the comedy group The Second City, focusing on teaching the building blocks of improvisation to students with little-to-no experience. This class is open to students in grades 9-12 and is limited to 10 participants. The workshop will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. The cost is $30 and registration is required by Jan. 23. Visit artspartnership.com or contact Craig VanRenterghem at education@artspartnership.com or 419-422-3412, ext. 3, for reservations. The Second City is an improvisational comedy enterprise, best known as the first ongoing improvisational theater troupe based in Chicago. It opened in 1959 and has since become one of the most influential and prolific comedy theaters in the world. The group will be appearing as part of the Performing Arts Series at MCPA at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28.
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Transition Bluffton Energy Talk 7:00 pm
Transition Bluffton Energy Talk @ Bluffton Town Hall
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm
“Transition Bluffton” will be hosting a talk on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Community Room on the third floor of Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St. Dan Klear, owner of Superior Energy Solutions, Ottawa, will discuss how to reduce energy bills and become more energy independent with solar panels and wind generators. Klear is an industrial engineer. He founded Superior Energy Solutions in 2009. Transition Bluffton is a local group, modeled after the Transition Town Movement. Transition Towns are grassroots community initiatives that seek to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as oil, climate change and economic uncertainty.
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Findlay Art League Dance Night 7:00 pm
Findlay Art League Dance Night @ Findlay Art League
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Findlay Art League will present Dance Night every Thursday, beginning this evening, led by Ashley Donaldson. The night begins with a 7 p.m. lesson, followed by dancing until 8:30. Those attending are requested to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to register. No partner is required, and no experience is necessary. All styles of music and modern jive dancing will be explored. Cost is $8 per person, but there will be a discount for people buying multiple entries ahead of time (6 for $42, 10/$70). The Findlay Art League is located at 117 W. Crawford St.
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Beach Bash Concert 6:00 pm
Beach Bash Concert @ Findlay Elks Lodge #75
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Findlay Elks will host a Beach Bash Concert for Hancock County charities, headlined by the Reunion Band with the Midnight Riders opening. There will be dancing and games of chance with many prizes available. Concertgoers are encouraged to wear beach attire.
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Activismo: Art and Dissidence in Cuba 11:00 am
Activismo: Art and Dissidence in Cuba @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Jan 24 @ 11:00 am
Phil Sugden, assistant professor of art at Bluffton University, and Carole Elchert, assistant professor of communication at the University of Findlay, will preview their documentary, “Activismo: Art and Dissidence in Cuba” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 in Bluffton University’s Yoder Recital Hall. In December 2015, Sugden and Elchert traveled to Havana to interview artists and gather footage for the film, which focuses on six of Cuba’s prominent artists and explores the role of art as a form of activism or dissidence. The event is free.
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Unleash the Winner Within You 11:30 am
Unleash the Winner Within You @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Jan 25 @ 11:30 am
Sherry Winn, a two-time Olympian and former women’s basketball coach, will give a talk titled “Unleash the Winner Within You” on Jan. 25 at the University of Findlay. Winn led the University of Charleston’s team to two consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association Elite Eight appearances. She also played handball in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics and earned gold medals in the Pan American Games. The lunch is sponsored by the University of Findlay Office of Student Activities, Commuter Services & Leadership Development, and the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Tickets for chamber members, and UF students, faculty and staff are $20. Tickets for others are $25. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber at 419-422-3313 or visiting www.findlayhancockchamber.com by Friday, Jan. 20.
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Findlay Art League Dance Night 7:00 pm
Findlay Art League Dance Night @ Findlay Art League
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Findlay Art League will present Dance Night every Thursday, beginning this evening, led by Ashley Donaldson. The night begins with a 7 p.m. lesson, followed by dancing until 8:30. Those attending are requested to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to register. No partner is required, and no experience is necessary. All styles of music and modern jive dancing will be explored. Cost is $8 per person, but there will be a discount for people buying multiple entries ahead of time (6 for $42, 10/$70). The Findlay Art League is located at 117 W. Crawford St.
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If ‘God Obviously Makes No Difference to the Universe,’ then ‘What Is the Point of Being a Christian?’ 4:00 pm
If ‘God Obviously Makes No Difference to the Universe,’ then ‘What Is the Point of Being a Christian?’ @ Stutzman Lecture Hall at Bluffton University
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm
J. Alexander Sider, associate professor of religion and Harry and Jean Yoder Scholar in Bible and Religion, will present the colloquium “If ‘God Obviously Makes No Difference to the Universe,’ then ‘What Is the Point of Being a Christian?’” on Jan. 27. The title of the presentation combines quotes from two Dominican theologians, Herbert McCabe and Timothy Radcliffe, who have both affected Sider’s thinking on the relationship between God and the world. The presentation is free and open to the public beginning at 4 p.m. in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall at Bluffton University.
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