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Groundhogs Day Celebration 1:30 pm
Groundhogs Day Celebration @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Feb 2 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Come on out to celebrate with the parks and see if this woodchuck saw his shadow, and what it means when he sees his shadow and when he doesn’t! Enjoy a story at 1:30 PM and again at 3 PM followed by a craft and activities that relate to the story.
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19th Annual Photo Contest Open House 3:00 pm
19th Annual Photo Contest Open House @ Riverbend Park
Feb 7 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
View this year’s photography contest entries and winners! The public is welcome to stop in and vote for a favorite in the People’s Choice Awards category.
Special Kids Therapy Mardi Gras fundraiser 6:00 pm
Special Kids Therapy Mardi Gras fundraiser @ Elks at Northridge
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm
Special Kids Therapy in Findlay is hosting its third annual Mardi Gras-themed signature fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Elks at Northridge. “SKT’s Mardi Gras cajun buffet dinner consists of voodoo child chicken breast, shrimp etoufee, red beans and rice, cajun mac and cheese, honey bourbon glazed baby carrots, creole green beans, biscuits, cornbread and king cakes. It’s without a doubt the best Cajun lineup in town,” SKT Executive Director Anne Spence said. “All of the money raised will support SKT’s mission to assist special needs children in the Findlay-Hancock County area. We believe that all children deserve to enjoy life and feel good about themselves.” Following the cajun buffet dinner, the event emcee, state Sen. Cliff Hite, will introduce an auction of New Orleans-style items, southern food mixes, local business donations, and other goodies. In accordance with southern tradition, they will finish off with a live auction of high-end items. The evening’s events will wind down with live jazz music and southern-inspired spirits. Tickets are $30 each or reserve a table of eight for $200. Tickets can be purchased at Special Kids Therapy, Rooney & Associates Real Estate, John Seng OD, or Findlay Elks at Northridge. Special Kids Therapy is a nonprofit that funds all programming through grants, donations, and fundraisers. It helps special health needs children with necessities and fun therapies that are not met by insurance, other charities and/or government agencies. SKT clients include children with moderate to severe physical, mental and/or emotional challenges.
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19th Annual Photo Contest Open House 1:00 pm
19th Annual Photo Contest Open House @ Riverbend Park
Feb 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
View this year’s photography contest entries and winners! The public is welcome to stop in and vote for a favorite in the People’s Choice Awards category.
All That Jazz 3:00 pm
All That Jazz @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium
Feb 8 @ 3:00 pm
“All That Jazz” is the theme of the University of Findlay Concert Bands’ upcoming pops concert. Kelly Hill-Kretzer, flute instructor at the university, will be the featured guest soloist. She will perform with the wind ensemble and symphonic band in movements from the Claude Bolling “Baroque ‘n Blue” suite for flute and jazz rhythm section. She’ll also appear in the premier performance of two movements from that suite that have been arranged for concert band by Director Jack Taylor, professor of music and band director at UF. Along with the band, Hill-Kretzer will be accompanied by the Jack Taylor Quartet, a professional jazz rhythm section from the Toledo area whose members also play in the Toledo Jazz Orchestra. Other jazz selections will include “It Had to be Tonight” by Michael Brown, “Dixieland on Stage” by Bob Lowden and “Salute to American Jazz” by Sammy Nestico. Also at the concert, 19 senior band members will be recognizing faculty or staff members who have been most influential during their time at the university. This ceremony will be held during intermission. Admission to the concert is free but tickets are required. They may be picked up at the door or reserved in advance by contacting the university’s box office at 419-434-5335.
A Journey Through Time in Classical Music 4:00 pm
A Journey Through Time in Classical Music @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Feb 8 @ 4:00 pm
The Full Sound Chamber Group returns to Findlay on Sunday, Feb. 8 with a program starting in the baroque period with music by Unico Willem van Wassenaer, continuing with a divertimento by Mozart from the classical period, and finishing with the masterful Piano Trio No.1 in D Minor by Felix Mendelssohn, from the romantic period. The program closes with Martin Luther’s stately hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” The Full Sound Chamber Group consists of five brothers: Shalem Loritsch, violin; Chesed Loritsch, violin; Chayah Loritsch, viola; Racham Loritsch, cello; Tsidqah Loritsch, double-bass and piano. The family group has been performing together for four years. Shalem is a violinist with the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra in Delaware.
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Cool Coverings 1:00 pm
Cool Coverings @ The Children’s Museum of Findlay
Feb 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join the museum to learn more about what animals are covered with and why. Through animal presentations and activities led by staff from the Toledo Zoo, kids can explore cool coverings like scales, feathers, skin, and fur!
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Mardi Gras Fundraiser 6:00 pm
Mardi Gras Fundraiser @ Meadowbrook Park Historic Redwood Ballroom
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation, Inc. will celebrate its 14th annual Mardi Gras Extravaganza on Feb. 13. The event will be held at the Meadowbrook Park Historic Redwood Ballroom in Bascom. This has become the “must-attend” party of the winter in support of the Foundation’s operating mission. Live music will be provided by The Fossils, a classic rock/soul band based out of Findlay. Admission rates: $1,500 Mardi Gras Dance Sponsorship — Includes VIP seating as a headlining sponsor with two reserved tables & 20 tickets $1,000 Masked Mega-Backer Sponsorship — Includes VIP seating as a supporting sponsor with one reserved table & 10 tickets; $500 Beaded Benefactor Sponsorship — Includes one reserved table & 10 tickets; $50 per person general admission — no reserved seating
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Music Bach’s Concert Series: Emily Hearn 11:30 am
Music Bach’s Concert Series: Emily Hearn @ The University of Findlay Alumni Memorial Union
Feb 20 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Music Bach’s Concert Series is a free lunch time concert series hosted by University of Findlay in the Alumni Memorial Union Atrium. Community members are welcome to attend! This month, Emily Hearn will be featured. Pack a lunch or purchase one in the Cave, an on-site restaurant located in the Alumni Memorial Union.
Winter Blues Dinner and Festival 6:00 pm
Winter Blues Dinner and Festival @ Alexandria’s
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
On February 20, join friends and neighbors at Alexandria’s for the 2015 Winter Blues Fest! The event feature blues band RB Stone with guitarist Bobby Messano. In conjunction with the event, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Hancock County will host a dinner at the Upper Deck (Above Alexandria’s) and video premiere at 6 p.m. Tickets for this event are $35 and include entrance to the Winter Blues Fest, and proceeds benefit NAMI. Tickets for the dinner are available online at namiofhancock.org, at Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St. or at Alexandria’s, 132 E. Crawford St. Individual tickets for the concert only are available at Coffee Amici and Alexandria’s. There will be limited tickets at the door. Only 500 individual tickets will be sold. NAMI of Hancock County offers support, education and advocacy to anyone with mental illness as well as their family, friends, caregivers, providers, and anyone else interested in learning more about the struggle and recovery of serious brain disorders. For more information about NAMI of Hancock County call 419-957-9423 or visit namiofhancock.org.
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