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International Rett Syndrome Foundation run/walk 1:00 pm
International Rett Syndrome Foundation run/walk @ Riverside Park
May 1 @ 1:00 pm
A run and walk to benefit the International Rett Syndrome Foundation is scheduled for May 1 at Riverside Park. Rett syndrome is a disorder of the nervous system. The run/walk will support research and funding to find a cure. The event will include a 5K run, a one-mile fun run and a one-mile walk along the Findlay Heritage Trail and around the park. Registration will be held at the Waterfalls Pavilion. Packets for the 5K run can be picked up between 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Packets for the fun run/walk can be picked up between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The fun run/walk will start at 2:45. The entry fee is $20 for adults and $15 for high school students and younger. A T-shirt is included if registration is made by April 15. Participants who register after that day can purchase a T-shirt for $10 while supplies last. Awards will be provided for the top individuals in each age group, as well as the overall male and female runners. For more information including sponsor opportunities, contact Amanda at 419-306-4234 or Karen at 419-957-3875. Online registration is available at http://www.rettsyndrome.org/special-events/live-rett-free.
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Humane Society Golf Outing and Mutt Strut 8:00 am
Humane Society Golf Outing and Mutt Strut @ Red Hawk Run Golf Club
May 6 @ 8:00 am
Golf carts and tees will meet leashes and puppies this May as the local humane society teams up with a Findlay golf course. While dogs are not typically welcome guests on golf course greens, Red Hawk Run Golf Club is willing to make an exception for the Humane Society & SPCA of Hancock County’s largest fundraiser of the year. According to Greg Meyers, chairman of this year’s Humane Society Golf Outing and Mutt Strut, the dog-walking event was added to the annual golf classic as a way of appealing to those who may not be interested in playing golf. The 2.5-mile Mutt Strut will afford walkers and their furry friends a chance to enjoy the beauty of the course, but is also open to walkers without pups in tow. Meyers notes golf courses are rarely opened to non-golfers, and certainly tend to dissuade the presence of dogs. “I was a little bit surprised that Jim Cook (who helps manage Red Hawk Run) and his crew went along with it,” he said of the idea. “We’ll have volunteers that make sure that anything that’s left by the dogs is picked up.” The May 6 event marks the golf classic’s seventh year, and Meyers said about $19,000 was raised last year. Funds go to the shelter for general upkeep, medical needs, food and more. The Mutt Strut begins at 8 a.m., with registration at 7:30. The golf classic begins at 11 a.m., and a “Yappy Hour” will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. To register or for more information, visit hancockhumanesociety.com or call 419-423-1664.
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Spring Disc Golf Tournament 10:00 am
Spring Disc Golf Tournament @ Riverbend Disc Golf Course
May 10 @ 10:00 am
Join us at Riverbend Disc Golf Course for a 3-2-1 challenge. An exciting new challenge that will make disc choice an important part of your strategy. Round one, play all 18 holes with three discs of your choice. For the second round, 15 holes we will be played with two discs and the last round will be played with one disc for 9 holes. Lunch will be provided with donations accepted. Optional Ace fund $2; post event throw off if not won during the 3 rounds. Meet at Shelter 5. On-site registration begins at 8 AM. Players meeting promptly at 9:45 AM; event starts at 10 AM. Register with $20 per person on the day of the tournament. All ages welcome; children must accompanied by a participating adult.
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Elmwood High School Americana Concert 7:00 pm
Elmwood High School Americana Concert @ Wayne Park
May 12 @ 7:00 pm
WAYNE — The Elmwood High School concert band will host a free outdoor “Americana” concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Wayne Park, Center Street, Wayne. The band will perform selections of patriotic and well-known American folk songs. Audience members are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be moved to the Elmwood High School gymnasium, 7650 Jerry City Road, Bloomdale.
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5K Great Strides Walk 6:30 pm
5K Great Strides Walk @ Riverside Park
May 13 @ 6:30 pm
The Michigan-Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will hold its second 5K Great Strides walk in Findlay on Friday at Riverside Park. Check-in is at 5:30 p.m. with the walk at 6:30 p.m. The walk coincides with Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. Great Strides is a national walk held in hundreds of cities. Tens of thousands of walkers participate in the events, which generate funds to fight cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic lung disease. The 2016 Findlay goal is to raise $80,000 to support research, education and care. Call the Michigan-Northwest Ohio chapter at 248-269-8759 or visit www.cff.org/greatstrides to register.
Voices in Perfection Show Choir Spring Fling 7:30 pm
Voices in Perfection Show Choir Spring Fling @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 13 @ 7:30 pm
The Voices in Perfection Show Choir Spring Fling will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, in R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School. The cabaret-style program features solo, ensemble and full group performances by the VIP members and accompanying instrumentalists, The Rippers. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Senior citizens with a Findlay City Schools pass receive free admission. Tickets can only be purchased at the door. Tickets will go on sale at 6:15 p.m. and theater doors will open at 6:45 p.m. VIP and The Rippers will perform their spring show entitled “WEATHER or Not, Here We Go!”, which includes the following selections: “Beautiful Day,” “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Blow, Winds of Fall,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” and “Walkin’ on Sunshine.” VIP is directed by Findlay High School Choir Director Krista Bigger. Alycia Althaus, music educator at Jefferson and Chamberlin Hill elementaries, directs The Rippers and Findlay High School Administrative Assistant Ashley Carey provides choreography. All three directors are FHS and VIP alumni. For additional information, contact the high school’s vocal music office at 419-425-8282.
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Halt Hunger 5K 9:00 am
Halt Hunger 5K @ Riverside Park
May 14 @ 9:00 am
The Halt Hunger 5K will be held Saturday at Riverside Park. According to Heather Heilman, program/grants coordinator at United Way of Hancock County, the 5K will promote a healthier summer for children and adults in Findlay and the surrounding area. Each runner’s $25 registration fee will be evenly distributed among seven county agencies and programs addressing the needs of the food insecure. Those agencies include Lutheran Social Services, Salvation Army, City Mission, Christian Clearing House, CHOPIN Hall, West Ohio Food Bank and the Feed-A-Child weekend meal program. Additionally, the total amount raised will be matched through the Templin Challenge grant, which is set aside for the Halt Hunger Initiative grant pool. Race day registration begins at 8 a.m., with the event beginning at 9 a.m. Preregister at LiveUnitedHancockCounty.org or contact Heilman at heather.heilman@uwhancock.org or 419-423-1432.
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Spring Gospel Sing 1:00 pm
Spring Gospel Sing @ Petro Truck Stop
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Truck Stop Ministries, Inc., which operates out of the Petro Truck Stop at 12900 Deshler Road, North Baltimore, will hold a Spring Gospel Sing from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 15 in its Truckers’ Chapel. The event will feature music by Donna Sue, Paula Barron, Peggy Richardson, One Voice, Jake Reel, Miss Amanda, Chris Baldwin, HeartSong, Jimmy Potridge, New Presence Gospel and Carl Woodring. Those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
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FHS Finale Spring Concert 7:30 pm
FHS Finale Spring Concert @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 16 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra and the Findlay High School Chamber Orchestra will present a Finale Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, in R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School. The concert is free and open to the public. The Chamber Orchestra will begin the concert with two selections: “Prelude for String Orchestra,” and “Blue Rhythmico.” The group performed these two pieces for the Annie Moses Band in a master class as part of an educational outreach while the Annie Moses Band was in Findlay for a performance. The Chamber Orchestra comprises a select group of 20 string players who also perform in the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra. The Symphony Orchestra, comprising 73 students, will perform seven selections at the concert, including “Medieval Legend” by Michael Story, conducted by Anita Schaible; and “Hungarian Dance No. 5 and No. 6” by Johannes Brahms, conducted by David Brax. In addition, the orchestra will perform Fantasy on “Sleepers, Wake” by J.S. Bach and “Aragonaise” from “Carmen” by George Bizet. The group received a “superior” rating on these two selections from a panel of judges when they were performed at the Ohio Music Education Association State Orchestra Contest. The orchestra performance will also feature “Unfinished Symphony No. 8” by Franz Schubert. This challenging piece is a professional-level work that is performed by major symphony orchestras. The concert will conclude with “Purgatorio,” composed by Robert W. Smith. This piece is a tone poem based on Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” It tells the story of Dante’s journey through the island mountain Purgatory where he encounters the seven deadly sins. An unusual and haunting piece, it includes many instrumental solos as well as a vocal element. The Symphony Orchestra is directed by Ken Pressel, with assistant directors David Brax and Anita Schaible. For more information, contact Pressel at 419-422-7158.
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The Black Swamp Classic 7:30 am
The Black Swamp Classic @ Red Hawk Run Golf Course
May 17 @ 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
The 17th Annual Black Swamp Classic promises to be a great day of golf, friendship and fun. Plus, many great prizes will be awarded throughout the day. So make plans to join and help continue the success of the Black Swamp Classic to support the YMCA and Braden Kramer Foundation.
Extravabandza 7:30 pm
Extravabandza @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 17 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay City Schools’ Music Department will present the annual “Extravabandza” concert at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday, May 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. This will be the first Findlay High School instrumental music concert at the arts center. The Findlay High School Jazz Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Percussion Ensemble will perform at the concert. The FHS Bands will be performing several popular selections, including music of The Beatles, “Titanic,” “Star Trek,” “Jurassic Park,” and several other standard band works. The FHS Bands are directed by Michael Springer and Dan Wilson. The concert is free and open to the public, although a freewill donation will be collected to benefit the music department. For more information, contact Dan Wilson, director of bands, at dwilson@fcs.org
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Hamler Country Fest
Hamler Country Fest
May 20 – May 22 all-day
Music fans are in for a good weekend when the Hamler Country Fest comes to Henry County. The lineup mixes acts from northwestern Ohio as well as the rest of the United States, including Craig Campbell, Brent Lowry and the Drifters, RaeLynn, and Nashville Crush. The shows are all under roof with open seating and open beverages available. Concertgoers are asked to provide their own lawn chairs and information about camping on the grounds is available on the website. Admission: $13 for Friday and Saturday, free on Sunday. Three-day pass is $25. Kids 16 and under are free with paid adult admission. Event parking is $2. Single-day passes are $15 at the gate. Primitive camping is $100. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. Sunday.
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Color Me Happy Walk/5K Run 8:00 am
Color Me Happy Walk/5K Run @ Riverside Park
May 21 @ 8:00 am
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Hancock County will again host its “Color Me Happy” walk and 5K fun run May 21 at Riverside Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the walk and run beginning at 9:30 a.m. The 5K route will include color-burst stations. Participants, or “color runners,” are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. A 1K noncolored handicap accessible path will also be available. Awards will be given for the first male, female and child to cross the finish line, the most colorful individual, the largest team, and the most money raised by a team and by an individual. A Fun Finish Festival will follow with music, dancing and more color throws. Vendors will be on-site for food purchases. Registration for the race can be found online at www.namiofhancock.org for $35. Children under 5 years old are free to attend, and the fee for children ages 6-17 is $5. Everyone will receive a participation medal and free photo booth visit. There will also be a free bounce house and face painting. Volunteers are needed to help with the event. Jobs range from setting up and tearing down to manning the information booth and serving as a route guide. For more information, contact Jaime Lehtomaa at jlehtomaa@namiofhancock.org or call 419-957-9423.
Hancock County Special Olympics Golf Tournament 10:00 am
Hancock County Special Olympics Golf Tournament @ Sycamore Springs Golf Course
May 21 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy a golf tournament for a great cause! Held at Sycamore Springs, take part in this 4 player scramble for 18 holes. The outing will start at 10 a.m., registration begins at 9 a.m. There will be a payout for top two places, putting contest, betting holes, raffles, and a hole in one contest! Register today!
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Chicago 4:00 pm
Chicago @ Marathon Center for The Performing Arts
May 22 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Hailed as one of the “most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era”, Chicago will be inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 8 in Brooklyn, New York. “The legendary rock and roll band with horns” also came in at #9 as the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s recent Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists and as the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades. From the signature sound of Chicago’s horns, their iconic vocalists, and a few dozen classic songs, this band’s concerts are celebrations. 2016 marks the band’s 49th consecutive year of touring. Buy your tickets now!
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