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Farm Toy Show 9:00 am
Farm Toy Show @ Elmwood School Community Center
Jan 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come out to the 22nd annual Elmwood FFA and alumni Farm Toy Show. There will be free parking, a lunchstand and door prizes as well as a variety of farm-related toys.
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Friday Night Live 7:30 pm
Friday Night Live @ The National Theatre at The Ritz
Jan 9 @ 7:30 pm
Looking for something to do on a Friday night? The National Theatre at The Ritz will host an eclectic selection of artists in an unplugged performance environment. Each Friday Night Live will feature two or three regional entertainers that may include a folk singer, a jazz musician, an aspiring singer/songwriter or some other style of artist. Join us for a glass of wine or cup of coffee in this casual, intimate setting. This week’s artists include: Cellocentric, a cello/guitar/bass trio from Cleveland, and November Rising, a modern rock duo from Tiffin.
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The Spy Who Called BINGO 8:00 pm
The Spy Who Called BINGO @ The University of Findlay
Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm
Yeah, baby! Austin Powers — or, rather, someone who looks remarkably like him — will be the groovy caller for The University of Findlay’s Celebrity B.I.N.G.O. Night on Saturday, Jan. 10 in the Alumni Memorial Union’s multipurpose room. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for family-friendly fun, minus Dr. Evil. There will be chances to win prizes and snacks will be provided. Greg M. Thompson will play the “international man of mystery.” Raised on a North Carolina farm, Thompson caught the acting bug as a child. He honed his improvisational and comedic skills as master of ceremonies and show manager for Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Florida and South Carolina. He also gained experience as an associate producer for an AIDS benefit show and as a Universal Studios Florida entertainer. Thompson also portrays Captain Jack Sparrow, Buddy Holly, Santa Claus (good and bad) and Andy Warhol; is a licensed talent agent in Florida, and produces shows and stars in his own creation, “The Sweeney Family Band,” a country comedy show. Celebrity B.I.N.G.O. Night is being presented by the University’s Campus Program Board, a student-led group that strives to bring high-quality, diverse entertainment to campus.
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So You Want to be a STAR? Workshops 9:00 am
So You Want to be a STAR? Workshops @ First Presbyterian Church
Jan 17 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Arts Partnership’s Youtheatre program is offering age-appropriate theater workshops during its “So You Want to be a STAR?” program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17. The workshops offer area youth currently in grades 1 through 12 theatrical instruction and include a presentation to family and friends at 12:15 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Great Room, located at 2330 S. Main St. in Findlay. The workshops are as follows: • Students in grades six through 12 — Making Characters Come to Life. Learn how to create a character from head to toe with Julie Lane. First, the students will learn the creative process to designing the physical look of a character through makeup, costume and hair. Then, they will team up with the first- through third-grade group and transform those students into the characters they have designed for a mini-production. • Students in grades four through five — Theatre Tech: The 3-D Backdrop with Merv Schrock. In this workshop, students will learn about the technical side of theater — sets, lights, multimedia and sound, and how tech brings a show to life. The students will then work with the other sections, grade one through three, and six through 12, in performing a mini-production to show how everything works together. • Students in grades one through three — Making Characters Come to Life. Learn how to create a character from head to toe with Lindsay Taylor. *This session is full. No more students will be accepted.
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Caring Cups Club 9:00 am
Caring Cups Club @ We Serve Coffee
Jan 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Diversion Foster Care meets the third Wednesday each month to host the Caring Cups Club. This is an opportunity to stop in and have any questions you may have answered about how to become a foster parent. There is a need in Findlay and the surrounding area for foster families able to foster children of all ages. Find out if this opportunity is right for you
All-City Orchestra Festival 7:30 pm
All-City Orchestra Festival @ Findlay High School
Jan 21 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay City Schools’ annual “All-City Orchestra Festival,” scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 21, will showcase string players in grades five through 12. The fifth-grade orchestra, directed by Anita Schaible, will perform four selections: “Pirate Ships,” “Valsette,” “Imitation Mozart” and “String Explosion.” The middle school orchestra, comprised of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade string players from Glenwood and Donnell, will perform “Velocity,” “Out of the Winter” and “Rumba Bumba.” They will be directed by Christine Klosterman. The concert will conclude with the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra performing: “Best of Bach,” “Wizards in Winter” — a selection made popular by the Trans Siberian Orchestra — and “Mission Impossible Theme.” The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Ken Pressel, orchestra department chair, with assistant director Schaible.
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The Sounds of the Islands 7:30 pm
The Sounds of the Islands @ R. L. Heminger Auditorium
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kicking off the Blanchard Valley Health System Community Month, Findlay First Edition and Pantasia will present “The Sounds of the Islands,” paired with singing, dancing and instrumentals. This pairing of talent is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 at Findlay High School. This performance serves as a fundraiser for FFE and Pantasia. Now in its 31st season, this award-winning show choir has continuously entertained audiences with its distinctive style of performing. FFE has claimed 80 grand championships and 36 national awards, including a two-time showstoppers grand champion, fame show choir cup, fame New York grand champion, and the 2014 third runner-up at the Fame Show Choir National finals. This year, FFE will travel to the Churubusco Invitational, Medina Midwest Showcase, Grove City Voices in the Grove, and Show Choir Nationals at the Grand Ole Opry House. Accompanying the group is the instrumental ensemble known as The Boingers. The Boingers, directed by Alycia Althouse, supply an energizing background to the 50-member show choir, and have also won over 50 caption awards for best instrumental combo. Also accompanying the group is a seven-member crew. FFE is under the direction of Kevin Manley with choreography by Andy Haines. The members of First Edition are involved in many other activities at Findlay High School, and maintain a group grade point average of 3.5. The steel drum phenomenon, otherwise known as Pantasia, has been delivering exciting performances for audiences since 1997. Since its inception by director Tim Mattis, Pantasia has flourished as a performing ensemble. The 21-member performing group is in high demand, averaging over 40 performances a year and performing in 11 states, the District of Columbia, and on several Caribbean cruises.
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Pirates and Princesses Children’s Carnival 10:00 am
Pirates and Princesses Children’s Carnival @ Humane Society Multipurpose Center
Jan 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come for a day of fun at the Pirates & Princesses Children’s Carnivals, benefiting The Findlay Service League! There will be lots of activities for all to enjoy, including a Caterpillar Obstacle Course, Face Painting, Cake Walk, concessions and more! Findlay Service League is a women’s organization that gives back to the Findlay/Hancock County community by way of volunteer service and/or funds, and is committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers and has partnered with Awakening Minds Art, Mazza Museum and Snapology for this event.
Sing-Along with Anthony Zarola 1:00 pm
Sing-Along with Anthony Zarola @ The Children’s Museum of Findlay
Jan 24 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Anthony Zarola is a musician with an amazing talent for guitar and a love for kids. Visit Little Main Street and sing along as he leads the audience in favorite children’s songs and selections of classical music.
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Mother Nature Tea 9:30 am
Mother Nature Tea @ Riverbend Park
Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Our enchanting character, Mother Nature, will share a story about her child, Autumn. Afterwards, join Mother Nature for “tea” served by her helpful little friends followed by children’s activities and a craft! To attend this program, children are required to be between the ages of 4-6, with an adult companion (one adult for every two children). Registration is due by Friday, January 23. Times of this event are: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. Each event will last about a hour.
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Animal Needs 11:00 am
Animal Needs @ The Children’s Museum of Findlay
Jan 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
There are 5 basic needs that are essential for every animal. Kids will learn what those needs are through fun activities and engaging animal demonstrations presented by staff from the Toledo Zoo.
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Storytelling for Literacy with Mike Anderson 6:30 pm
Storytelling for Literacy with Mike Anderson @ Glenwood Middle School Cafetorium
Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This workshop, originally created under the auspices of a 2-year Adult Literacy grant from the Illinois State Board of Education, is recognized nationally. It teaches the importance of storytelling and its impact on literacy: how it helps children learn and develop reading comprehension skills. It focuses on the whys of storytelling and the learning of the art. Mike Anderson is a musician, author, elementary school teacher and wonderful story teller that has been nationally recognized for his workshops. Mike is a driving force in the Illinois folk scene and is one of the people we can thank for keeping traditional music and storytelling alive. Registration encouraged by January 27.
Bluffton Artist Series: Cantus 7:30 pm
Bluffton Artist Series: Cantus @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Bluffton Artist Series brings to the campus each year a number of outstanding concert artists and ensemble groups. This month, men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is featured. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m Individual event prices are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and students, $15 for Bluffton faculty/staff, $5 for Bluffton University students.
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Meet SimMan 11:00 am
Meet SimMan @ The Children’s Museum of Findlay
Jan 31 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Prepare to be fascinated! Representatives from the University of Findlay will be giving an interactive demonstration of SimMan, a life-sized robot that can blink, breathe, and imitate other natural functions. Visitors can take his pulse, check his blood pressure, and more. He’ll be a patient for the day!
Mike Anderson ft. Dulcimer Gatherin’ 4:00 pm
Mike Anderson ft. Dulcimer Gatherin’ @ College First Church
Jan 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Mike Anderson ft. Dulcimer Gatherin’ is the conclusion to a series of beginner and intermediate workshops. Mike Anderson will be performing selections on the Dulcimer and will invite Dulcimer Gatherin’ to join him. Mike Anderson is one of the most versatile folk performers and educators in the Midwest. Under Mike’s leadership, the New Salem Storytelling Festival, and the Clayville Music and Storytelling Festival before that, events of national renown. Mike is also nationally renown, appearing at the Nat’l Mt. Music Festival, holding a prestigious position on the faculty of the Mt. Dulcimer Workshops at Appalachian State Univ., Boone, NC and West Carolina Univ., NC, Dulcimer Workshops, and presenting workshops and concerts across the US. Mike’s children’s concerts are very popular. He received a National Children’s television award for his show “Mike’s Music Works.” Under the auspices of the Illinois State Board of Education, Mike has conducted many teacher and parent workshops for developing literacy through the art of storytelling. His Early Childhood shows are legendary.. Mike plays guitar, banjo, jaw harp, noseflute, bones, and more. He is best known as an outstanding mountain dulcimer player. Mike Anderson ft. Dulcimer Gatherin’ is part of the Blanchard Valley Health System Community Month. – See more at: http://artspartnership.com/event/dulcimer-gatherin/?instance_id=360#sthash.fX8B9EZL.dpuf