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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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Humane Society Pancake Breakfast 7:00 am
Humane Society Pancake Breakfast @ Humane Society Multipurpose Center
Jan 10 @ 7:00 am – 11:00 am
“All-You-Can-Eat” pancakes plus two sausage patties, juice, milk and coffee. Art contest for K through 8th grade and raffle!
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
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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.
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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!