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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.
Mike Ricksecker Benefit Hog Roast and Luau 1:00 pm
Mike Ricksecker Benefit Hog Roast and Luau @ AMVETS Post 21
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A hog roast and luau will be held to help Mike Ricksecker, who has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and will probably need a double lung transplant before the end of the year. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 1 at AMVETS Post 21, 423 Trenton Ave. Ricksecker is an Army veteran who lives in Jenera. He also has home repair issues that are causing more damage to his health. The AMVETS post is taking on the repair problems at his house and is holding the fundraiser to help with medical bills. The benefit will include a meal, face painting, a 50/50 drawing, gun raffle and dunk tank. Music will be provided by J.D. Owen. All proceeds will be donated to the family. Tickets are $10 and include food and admission. Contact Mary Aldrich at 419-889-1917 or Jenny Miracle-Turner at 567-525-0432 after 6 p.m.
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St. Francis Home Auxiliary Luncheon and Card Party 11:00 am
St. Francis Home Auxiliary Luncheon and Card Party @ Elizabeth Schaefer Hall
May 4 @ 11:00 am
St. Francis Home Auxiliary will hold its annual luncheon and card party May 4 in Elizabeth Schaefer Hall on the St. Francis Senior Ministries campus, 182 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin. Doors open at 11 a.m. with the luncheon beginning at noon. Activities will include cards, bingo, a money raffle, door prizes and a bake sale. Tickets are $7 and will be available at the front desk of the St. Francis Home or at the door the day of the event. Proceeds will fund projects for the residents.
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Curtains 7:30 pm
Curtains @ Founders Hall at Bluffton University
May 5 @ 7:30 pm
Bluffton University will present “Curtains,” the musical comedy whodunit, for the May Day musical. “Curtains” unfolds backstage at Boston’s Colonial Theatre, where the new musical could be a Broadway smash, were it not for the presence of its talent-free leading lady. When the hapless star dies on opening night during her curtain call, Lt. Frank Cioffi arrives on the scene to conduct the investigation. But the lure of the theatre proves irresistible and after an unexpected romance blooms for the stage-struck detective, he finds himself just as drawn to making the show a hit as he is in solving the murder. Dr. Melissa Friesen, a professor and chair of communication and theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show and Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, an associate professor of music, is musical director.
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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.
Curtains 7:30 pm
Curtains @ Founders Hall at Bluffton University
May 6 @ 7:30 pm
Bluffton University will present “Curtains,” the musical comedy whodunit, for the May Day musical. “Curtains” unfolds backstage at Boston’s Colonial Theatre, where the new musical could be a Broadway smash, were it not for the presence of its talent-free leading lady. When the hapless star dies on opening night during her curtain call, Lt. Frank Cioffi arrives on the scene to conduct the investigation. But the lure of the theatre proves irresistible and after an unexpected romance blooms for the stage-struck detective, he finds himself just as drawn to making the show a hit as he is in solving the murder. Dr. Melissa Friesen, a professor and chair of communication and theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show and Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, an associate professor of music, is musical director.
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Curtains 7:30 pm
Curtains @ Founders Hall at Bluffton University
May 7 @ 7:30 pm
Bluffton University will present “Curtains,” the musical comedy whodunit, for the May Day musical. “Curtains” unfolds backstage at Boston’s Colonial Theatre, where the new musical could be a Broadway smash, were it not for the presence of its talent-free leading lady. When the hapless star dies on opening night during her curtain call, Lt. Frank Cioffi arrives on the scene to conduct the investigation. But the lure of the theatre proves irresistible and after an unexpected romance blooms for the stage-struck detective, he finds himself just as drawn to making the show a hit as he is in solving the murder. Dr. Melissa Friesen, a professor and chair of communication and theatre at Bluffton, will direct the show and Dr. Crystal Sellers Battle, an associate professor of music, is musical director.
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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.
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Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive 8:30 am
Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive @ Walmart
May 14 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Members of the Hancock County Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 172 will conduct their annual Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Walmart, 2500 Tiffin Ave. The drive will move to the Walmart store at 1161 Trenton Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 21. Proceeds from both days will be used for first-year college student scholarships for eligible grandchildren of chapter members. Each donor will receive a miniature Rose of Sharon or a miniature American flag. The fund drive began in 2002 and has provided 57 scholarships totaling $28,500. This is the only fund drive the chapter has for the year. For membership information, call secretary Larry Monday at 419-387-7532.
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.
Bark for Life 10:00 am
Bark for Life @ Riverbend Dog Park
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The American Cancer Society will present Bark for Life, a canine event to fight cancer, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Riverbend Dog Park. Participating dogs will receive a “wag bag” full of treats and Frisbees and a Bark for Life bandana. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with the rain or shine walk to follow at 10. A $10 per dog registration fee will be collected prior to the event; $15 the day of. Proceeds will benefit the June 24 Relay for Life of Hancock County. Contact Karla Batt at 888-227-6446, ext. 5203, or Allison Boesel at 888-227-6446, ext. 5216, to register.
Glitz, Glam, and the Greatest Show on Earth! 1:00 pm
Glitz, Glam, and the Greatest Show on Earth! @ Marathon Center for The Performing Arts
May 14 @ 1:00 pm
Center Stage Dance Academy in Ottawa has provided children of all ages with a first-rate dance and tumbling education for 14 years. Now, the students will present their skills with “Glitz, Glam, and the Greatest Show on Earth!” at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. The two-hour performance will feature students ages 2 through 19 performing ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, pointe, and tumbling dances. Music choices range from gospel to country, along with contemporary hits and songs from the 1950s and 1960s.
Historic Homes Tour – Champagne and Candlelight Preview 7:00 pm
Historic Homes Tour – Champagne and Candlelight Preview @ Hancock Historical Museum
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The six homes featured on this year’s Historic Homes Tour will be open for a limited number of guests for this VIP tour. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and desserts from local restaurants with accompanying wine pairings as you tour these magnificent houses. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.
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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.
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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.
Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive 8:30 am
Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive @ Walmart
May 21 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Members of the Hancock County Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 172 will conduct their annual Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Walmart, 2500 Tiffin Ave. The drive will move to the Walmart store at 1161 Trenton Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 21. Proceeds from both days will be used for first-year college student scholarships for eligible grandchildren of chapter members. Each donor will receive a miniature Rose of Sharon or a miniature American flag. The fund drive began in 2002 and has provided 57 scholarships totaling $28,500. This is the only fund drive the chapter has for the year. For membership information, call secretary Larry Monday at 419-387-7532.
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!
Becky’s School of Dance: Movie Mania 1:30 pm
Becky’s School of Dance: Movie Mania @ Performing Arts Center – Fostoria High School
May 21 @ 1:30 pm
Enjoy a show by the students at Becky’s School of Dance taking place at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m.! The theme of this year’s performance is Movie Mania!
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