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Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid Training 1:00 pm
Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid Training @ American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter
May 1 @ 1:00 pm
Adult and pediatric CPR/AED and first aid training will be offered twice in May at the Hancock County Red Cross office, 125 Fair St. The course teaches people how to perform CPR and use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Participants also learn how to control bleeding and how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses. Classes will be offered at 1 p.m. May 1 and at 6 p.m. May 24. Call 800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org/take-a-class to register.
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Gardening Program 6:30 pm
Gardening Program @ McComb Public Library
May 3 @ 6:30 pm
Richard and Joanne Ritter will present a gardening program at 6:30 p.m. May 3 at the McComb Public Library, 113 S. Todd St. The informational program will include a question and answer period. No registration is necessary.
Donald Trump and the World 7:00 pm
Donald Trump and the World @ Ohio Northern University College of Law small moot courtroom
May 3 @ 7:00 pm
Journalist Martin Sieff, who has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, will give a talk on “Donald Trump and the World” at 7 p.m. today in the Ohio Northern University College of Law small moot courtroom. He will also address ONU students at noon today in the College of Law’s large moot court. Topics will include the crisis in North Korea, trade with China, relations with Russia, the prospects for Middle East peace, refugees in Western Europe and illegal immigration in the United States. The events are free.
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Monthly Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series 12:00 pm
Monthly Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series @ Hancock Historical Museum
May 4 @ 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.
Brown Bag Lecture — The Journey from the Gulf to Greenville: 1720-1795 12:00 pm
Brown Bag Lecture — The Journey from the Gulf to Greenville: 1720-1795 @ Hancock Historical Museum
May 4 @ 12:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St., will host its monthly Brown Bag Lecture at noon today. Rusty Cottrel will present a lecture as Chief Black Hoof titled “The Journey from the Gulf to Greenville: 1720-1795.” Cottrel served as a flight instructor and test pilot for the U.S. Navy from 1971-1993. He worked as a senior naval science instructor for 16 years before retiring in 2009. He has portrayed several historical characters and has been interpreting Chief Black Hoof for the past 13 years. The lecture is free for museum members, $5 for museum nonmembers and $3 for senior nonmembers. Lunches from Main Street Deli will be available for purchase for an additional $5.50. To make a lunch reservation, call the museum at 419-423-4433.
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Wellness Recovery Action Planning Workshop 9:00 am
Wellness Recovery Action Planning Workshop @ Focus on Friends
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Focus on Friends is holding a two-day workshop on Wellness Recovery Action Planning, an international self-help movement for wellness and recovery, in May. The Findlay nonprofit organization is a recovery center, with a focus on helping those in recovery from mental health issues, addiction or trauma. However, the workshop is not just for people in recovery but is “a program for absolutely anybody who wants to achieve wellness in their life,” said Ellyn Schmiesing, recovery accountability manager at Focus on Friends. The organization’s executive director Wayne Ford will facilitate the workshop. Schmiesing said participants will create their own wellness “toolbox,” and different people might want different tools in their toolbox. They’ll also write down tasks they need to do every couple of days to remain their healthiest, happiest self. Participants are encouraged to share the plan with a trusted friend or family member, who will see the early warning signs if things are not going well. The plan also looks at what to do when experiencing a crisis. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 and 6. Lunch will be provided both days. A $50 fee includes lunch and all materials. To register, call Lisa at Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071. The program was funded through a Trauma-Informed Care Grant from the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board and a grant from the Lai Wei-Zwei and Lai Hung Tsu-Mei Fund of the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.
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Hancock Park District Fish Festival 8:00 am
Hancock Park District Fish Festival @ Lakefront Activity Center at Riverbend Recreation Area
May 6 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
The 21st annual Hancock Park District Fish Festival will be held from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, May 6 in Giertz Lake at the Lakefront Activity Center, Riverbend Recreation Area. The program is to introduce youngsters, 4 to 15 years old accompanied by an adult, to fishing. Trout will be stocked prior to the festival by the state Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division. Only fishing from the bank will be allowed and children must do the fishing with limited adult assistance. State fishing rules and regulations must be followed and individuals should take home the first five trout they catch. There will be no catch-and-release allowed during the event. Bait will be sold at the event. Along with fishing, there will also be an open interactive boating safety display. In addition to posters and other reading material about Ohio boating laws and safety information, visitors and Fish Festival participants will be able to experience sitting in a canoe and can try on life vests. The event will be held rain or shine, except in the event of extreme weather conditions. Names of registered participants will be drawn throughout the morning for random prizes, but participants must be present to win. Besides the state natural resources department, other sponsors include WFIN/WKXA/The Fox and Centennial Screen Printing and Engraving. There is no cost, but registration is required beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Lakefront Activity Center.
Wellness Recovery Action Planning Workshop 9:00 am
Wellness Recovery Action Planning Workshop @ Focus on Friends
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Focus on Friends is holding a two-day workshop on Wellness Recovery Action Planning, an international self-help movement for wellness and recovery, in May. The Findlay nonprofit organization is a recovery center, with a focus on helping those in recovery from mental health issues, addiction or trauma. However, the workshop is not just for people in recovery but is “a program for absolutely anybody who wants to achieve wellness in their life,” said Ellyn Schmiesing, recovery accountability manager at Focus on Friends. The organization’s executive director Wayne Ford will facilitate the workshop. Schmiesing said participants will create their own wellness “toolbox,” and different people might want different tools in their toolbox. They’ll also write down tasks they need to do every couple of days to remain their healthiest, happiest self. Participants are encouraged to share the plan with a trusted friend or family member, who will see the early warning signs if things are not going well. The plan also looks at what to do when experiencing a crisis. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 and 6. Lunch will be provided both days. A $50 fee includes lunch and all materials. To register, call Lisa at Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071. The program was funded through a Trauma-Informed Care Grant from the Hancock County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board and a grant from the Lai Wei-Zwei and Lai Hung Tsu-Mei Fund of the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation.
Mother’s Day Workshop For Kids 10:00 am
Mother’s Day Workshop For Kids @ Fostoria Community Arts Council office
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cheryl Graves will provide a free workshop for elementary school-age children to make Mother’s Day cards and gifts from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, May 6, in Fostoria Community Arts Council office, 125 S. Main St., Fostoria. The program is for children in first through fifth grade. For more information, or reservations, call Graves at 419-435-7474. The workshop is funded with a grant from Geary Family Foundation.
Pole Beans Program For Kids 10:00 am
Pole Beans Program For Kids @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
May 6 @ 10:00 am
A children’s program about pole beans will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the garden at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. A presentation about the beans will be given, including how to set the poles. There will be plants and seeds to place in the ground, and plants to tend which were planted previously. Visitors will be able to lend a helping hand. Participants must be 4 to 18 years old. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should bring a pair of work gloves. The free program requires no registration.
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Plein Air Gatherings 9:00 am
Plein Air Gatherings
May 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The remaining Plein Air Gatherings are an opportunity for artists to get together and paint or draw outdoors “en plein air” in the parks. This program is open to all adult and teen artists who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. If it rains, the session will be canceled. Locations are as follows: May 10 group paints at Riverbend Recreation Area, meets at the Big Oaks parking lot; May 17 group paints at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, meets at the gatehouse; May 24 group paints at Riverside Park, meets at the waterfalls overlook; and May 31 group paints at Blue Rock Nature Preserve, meets at the Edgar Avenue parking lot.
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Summer Blooms of Ohio 1:00 pm
Summer Blooms of Ohio @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
An open house on “Summer Blooms of Ohio” will be held from 1-4 p.m. May 14 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. There will be a guided, hour-long leisurely hike at 2 p.m. to view the flowers. The free family program requires no registration. For more information, contact the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
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Things with Wings 10:00 am
Things with Wings @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A program about “Things with Wings,” presented by Hancock Park District staff, will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The same program is offered each time. The program is for toddlers 3 years and under accompanied by an adult, but siblings may attend. There will be a story, a craft and exploration of the Discovery Center. The free program requires no registration.
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Health Care Seminar 6:00 pm
Health Care Seminar @ Holiday Inn Express
May 16 @ 6:00 pm
With health care spending projected to grow 5.8 percent annually, health care costs remain the largest threat to retirement savings. Citizens National Bank will sponsor a free seminar to help people understand what to do. Deborah Boisselle, vice president of investments with Citizens Wealth Management Group, will speak at 6 p.m. May 16 at Holiday Inn Express, 941 Interstate Drive. Boisselle will discuss: Coverage options including Medicare. Health care costs in retirement. Steps people can take to develop a plan. Boisselle has worked in the financial services industry since 1985 and has worked for LPL Financial, a financial services firm, since 1996. Citizens National Bank partners with it to offer wealth management and investment services to clients. Registration for the seminar is free, but an RSVP is required. Call 419-358-0937 or email kimberly.swank@lpl.com by Friday. To learn more, visit https://cnbohio.com/investments/
Viewing Mercury 6:00 pm
Viewing Mercury @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 16 @ 6:00 pm
A program about “Viewing Mercury” will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Mercury will reach its greatest western elongation from the sun during the week, which means the planet will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. The planet can be easily viewed low in the eastern sky just before sunrise. The Hancock Park District’s planetarium will present the evening program for viewing Mercury up close. The family program is free, but with limited space inside the inflatable planetarium, registration is required by 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 15. The program will be held with a minimum of six and a maximum of 25 individuals. Call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
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Plein Air Gatherings 9:00 am
Plein Air Gatherings
May 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The remaining Plein Air Gatherings are an opportunity for artists to get together and paint or draw outdoors “en plein air” in the parks. This program is open to all adult and teen artists who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. If it rains, the session will be canceled. Locations are as follows: May 10 group paints at Riverbend Recreation Area, meets at the Big Oaks parking lot; May 17 group paints at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, meets at the gatehouse; May 24 group paints at Riverside Park, meets at the waterfalls overlook; and May 31 group paints at Blue Rock Nature Preserve, meets at the Edgar Avenue parking lot.
Monarch Butterflies 6:00 pm
Monarch Butterflies @ Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area
May 17 @ 6:00 pm
A program about monarch butterflies, presented by the Hancock Park District, will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area. Over the past decade, the monarch population has plummeted to an unprecedented low. Free milkweed seeds will be available. The free, family program is recommended for youngsters at least 7 years old. Registration is required by 4:30 p.m. Monday. The program will be held with a minimum of two and maximum of 100 individuals.
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A New Way: Hemp as an Alternative Energy Source 7:00 pm
A New Way: Hemp as an Alternative Energy Source @ Ritz Auditorium
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A community forum, “A New Way: Hemp as an Alternative Energy Source,” will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ritz Auditorium, in Old Main at the University of Findlay. Making presentations will be Matt Stolick, professor of philosophy at the university; John Toupalik, a Findlay inventor; and Terry Cook, of Findlay, creator of topcatplan.com. The program is free and open to the public.
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Litzenberg Photography Hike 10:00 am
Litzenberg Photography Hike @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
A photography hike will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The leisurely hike will include stops to take pictures. The free program is recommended for individuals at least 10 years old. Registration is required by 3 p.m. Friday. The program will be held with a minimum of six and maximum of 20 individuals.
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LODESTAR — Guiding Angels for the Blind Presentation 7:00 pm
LODESTAR — Guiding Angels for the Blind Presentation @ First Presbyterian Church
May 22 @ 7:00 pm
At 7 p.m. Monday, the Stephen Ministry will host an open presentation by Melissa Weaver Schroeder from LODESTAR — Guiding Angels for the Blind. Weaver Schroeder will speak about the program that provides support for children who are blind and visually impaired through the use of guide dogs. The presentation is free and open to the public.
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Puccini and His Tragic Women 7:00 pm
Puccini and His Tragic Women @ First Lutheran Church
May 23 @ 7:00 pm
Micheal Anders, retired University of Findlay faculty, will present a program titled “Puccini and His Tragic Women” at the OWLS (seniors) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with a potluck beginning at 6. All ages are welcome.
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Plein Air Gatherings 9:00 am
Plein Air Gatherings
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The remaining Plein Air Gatherings are an opportunity for artists to get together and paint or draw outdoors “en plein air” in the parks. This program is open to all adult and teen artists who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. If it rains, the session will be canceled. Locations are as follows: May 10 group paints at Riverbend Recreation Area, meets at the Big Oaks parking lot; May 17 group paints at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, meets at the gatehouse; May 24 group paints at Riverside Park, meets at the waterfalls overlook; and May 31 group paints at Blue Rock Nature Preserve, meets at the Edgar Avenue parking lot.
Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid Training 6:00 pm
Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid Training @ American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter
May 24 @ 6:00 pm
Adult and pediatric CPR/AED and first aid training will be offered twice in May at the Hancock County Red Cross office, 125 Fair St. The course teaches people how to perform CPR and use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Participants also learn how to control bleeding and how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses. Classes will be offered at 1 p.m. May 1 and at 6 p.m. May 24. Call 800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org/take-a-class to register.
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Millstream Astronomy Club 9:00 pm
Millstream Astronomy Club @ Riverbend Recreation Area - Shelter 5
May 27 @ 9:00 pm
Don Trinko, with the Millstream Astronomy Club, will present a program about telescopes at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 27, in Shelter 5 at Riverbend Recreation Area. The presentation will discuss the various styles of telescopes. Viewing will be available through telescopes provided, or participants may bring their own. The free family program requires no registration.
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Plein Air Gatherings 9:00 am
Plein Air Gatherings
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The remaining Plein Air Gatherings are an opportunity for artists to get together and paint or draw outdoors “en plein air” in the parks. This program is open to all adult and teen artists who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. If it rains, the session will be canceled. Locations are as follows: May 10 group paints at Riverbend Recreation Area, meets at the Big Oaks parking lot; May 17 group paints at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, meets at the gatehouse; May 24 group paints at Riverside Park, meets at the waterfalls overlook; and May 31 group paints at Blue Rock Nature Preserve, meets at the Edgar Avenue parking lot.
Finances for Life 6:00 pm
Finances for Life @ Lindamood Room at Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will host a Finances for Life program on Wednesday, May 31, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Lindamood Room. Marlene Burns from Burns Financial will discuss spending and budgeting, investments, education, retirement, life insurance and disability and estate planning. No registration is required. For more information, visit www.findlaylibrary.org.

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