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Girls Night In at Fox Run Manor 5:00 pm
Girls Night In at Fox Run Manor @ Fox Run Manor
Feb 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fox Run Manor has partnered with Caretakers Healthcare to present “Girls Night In” from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 2. The entry fee at the door is $5, and presale tickets are $4. Tickets can be purchased at Fox Run Manor, Caretakers Healthcare, or directly from Jennifer Appleman or Diane Franks at Fox Run. The entry fee includes admission to the event, as well as light refreshments, door prize tickets and a punch card. The grand prize for the punch card is two tickets for a Lake Erie wine tour and a wine basket donated by Primrose. All proceeds will go to 50 North. Call Fox Run Manor at 419-424-0832 for more information.
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Van Buren Presbyterian Church Groundhog Day Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am
Van Buren Presbyterian Church Groundhog Day Pancake Breakfast @ Van Buren Presbyterian Church
Feb 4 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Van Buren Presbyterian Church’s 11th annual Groundhog Day Pancake Breakfast, featuring unlimited servings of pancakes along with fresh-ground whole-hog sausage, will be held from 8-11 a.m. Feb. 4. The gospel group Living Water from Wharton will also be performing during the breakfast. Freewill donations will be accepted. The church is located at 207 W. Market St., Van Buren.
St. Wendelin Action Auction 10:26 pm
St. Wendelin Action Auction @ Stacy’s Place
Feb 4 @ 10:26 pm – 11:26 pm
FOSTORIA — Fancy fun is headed to Fostoria during St. Wendelin Catholic School’s 33rd annual Action Auction. Themed “Ties & Tiaras,” the event, slated for Feb. 4, will move to Stacy’s Place this year, 625 Plaza Drive. While attendees are supporting St. Wendelin students through their donations and bidding, development director Jeannette Lee said they will be treated like royalty. “We’re not asking you to dress all black-tie, but you can if you want,” she said. “It’s more of a fun and relaxed setting so if you want to wear jeans, wear jeans.” Tiaras and ties will be available for purchase at the door for those looking to spruce up their outfits at the last minute. The event begins with a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be available until 6:30 and a buffet dinner, catered by Special Occasions Catering, will be served from 6:30-8. The live auction will follow and features tickets to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Toledo Zoo passes, Kalahari Resort packages, furniture pieces and accessories, jewelry, gift certificates, golf packages, a kayak, bicycles and more. Artworks created by students, which Lee said typically generate a “bidding war,” will also be auctioned. To add to the fun, the Raffle King and Raffle Princesses will be selling tickets for three different raffles — a money tree, 30 gift boxes and a “Key to Family Fun” box — during the silent auction. Last year’s event raised a total of $65,411 through auction items and another $81,750 through a separate appeal — STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Lee said these funds go specifically toward the STEM Initiative and have previously been used to purchase items such as textbooks and Chromebooks. Funds garnered from the auction itself are put toward the school for improvements, teacher enhancements and other “necessary costs to keep the school running.” “St. Wendelin Catholic School exists to provide a welcoming, faith-based family environment that prepares our students spiritually, academically, physically and socially to think and act as leaders enabling them to succeed in achieving their life goals in faith, family and service to others,” Lee said. While the auction serves as one of the three major fundraisers for St. Wendelin, along with the St. Wendelin Festival in June and the Reverse Raffle in November, Lee said it’s also meant to be a “fun-filled evening for our guests.” “We listened to what our guests were saying and decided to make a few changes,” she said, citing the new raffle items and the theme. Possibly the most notable change this year is the shift in venue. In the past, the event has been hosted at the school; however, this year the auction moves to Stacy’s Place. Lee said this decision was made to prevent scheduling conflicts with sporting events and to allow easier accessibility for guests. “We never take for granted the generosity that Fostoria businesses provide when it comes to supporting students. Our students, in turn, give back to the community by committing to stewardship hour projects,” Lee said, explaining students completed 4,512 community service hours in 2016 — 1,612 hours beyond the required amount. “We are appreciative and blessed to be in a community that believes in our youth.” Dessert and coffee will be served from 8:30-10:30 p.m. and the bar will remain open until the event ends at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at the parish office, 323 N. Wood St., through Feb. 3. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For more information, call the parish office at 419-435-6692 or visit www.stwendelin.org.
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Funday Sunday: Magical Music 1:30 pm
Funday Sunday: Magical Music @ Mazza Museum
Feb 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
February’s “Funday Sunday” program at the Mazza Museum will have a “Magical Music” theme and include a presentation by students from the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra, as well as students from Glenwood and Donnell middle schools. The event will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Ken Pressel, the musical director for the orchestra, will be at the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum with several students and will offer introductions of the musicians and instruments. The musicians will host an “instrument petting zoo” that will give guests a chance to touch and sample the musical instruments available, including the violin, cello and bass. Visitors also will get a chance to create their own music on a piano and have it recorded to be played back for them. Other activity stations will include art projects, face painting and a gaming station where participants can win prizes.
Full Sound Chamber Group 4:00 pm
Full Sound Chamber Group @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Feb 5 @ 4:00 pm
The Full Sound Chamber Group returns to Findlay on Feb. 5 with a program featuring Baroque music by Vivaldi, classical music for piano and strings by Mozart and a lively selection by “The Waltz King,” Johann Strauss II. The concert begins at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 128 W. Hardin St., and is free and open to the community.
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All-City Orchestra Festival 7:30 pm
All-City Orchestra Festival @ Findlay High School gymnasium
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm
Findlay City Schools’ annual All-City Orchestra Festival will showcase string players in grades 6 through 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Findlay High School gymnasium. The concert is free and open to the public. The 6th Grade Beginning Orchestra, directed by David Brax, will perform two selections, “String Explosion” and “Batman Meets Bowman.” The 7th Grade Orchestra, also directed by Brax, will perform “British Grenadiers” and “Jane and Josie.” The 8th Grade Orchestra, directed by Pressel, will perform “French Dance” and “Fire in the Bow.” The two groups will then combine to perform “The Sailor’s Hornpipe.” The concert will conclude with the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra performing “Theme from ‘New York, New York,’” “Go West!” and “Russian Sailor’s Dance.” The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Ken Pressel with assistant directors Anita Schaible and Brax. For more information, contact Pressel at 419-429-2300 or email kpressel@fcs.org.
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Cancer Patient Services Chili Cook-Off 4:30 pm
Cancer Patient Services Chili Cook-Off @ Koehler Center
Feb 11 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Chilly community members can spice up their winter at the Cancer Patient Services’ 20th annual Chili Cook-Off. The nonprofit agency’s biggest fundraiser will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the University of Findlay’s Koehler Center and is co-presented by Hancock Federal Credit Union and Blanchard Valley Health System. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. The cook-off includes over 1,300 attendees from the local community, more than 550 gallons of chili, 250 volunteers as well as up to 20 teams representing area organizations and businesses along with their chili. There will also be activities for children and a vote for the favorite chili. Along with other silent auction items, Cancer Patient Services is offering one raffle ticket winner a choice of a trip for two adults and two kids to Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort in Orlando, Florida; or a couple’s stay at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall in Jamaica. Each trip covers four nights with round-trip airfare. The winner will be selected at the cook-off at 8 p.m., but does not need to be present to win. Buyers can purchase unlimited chances at $20 per ticket. They can be bought at Cancer Patient Services’ offices, from a Cancer Patient Services board member or a cook-off committee member through Feb. 11. For more information, call Cancer Patient Services at 419-423-0286.
From Broadway with Love 7:00 pm
From Broadway with Love @ 50 North
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm
50 North has scheduled dance classes and a concert in February. Ballroom dancing classes will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Participants will learn the foxtrot, waltz, swing/jive and more. Registration and a $25 fee per couple (for the entire month) are due by Feb. 1. A concert titled “From Broadway with Love” is planned for Feb. 11, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the concert beginning at 7. The evening features a variety of Broadway and inspirational tunes, with vocals by Harry and Celia Stockton, along with specialty desserts and coffee. Cost is $7, due by Feb. 6. Call 50 North at 419-423-8496 to sign up for either event.
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Boy Scout Troop 226 Pancake and Sausage Dinner 10:45 am
Boy Scout Troop 226 Pancake and Sausage Dinner @ Pandora United Methodist Church
Feb 12 @ 10:45 am – 1:00 pm
Pandora-Gilboa Boy Scout Troop 226 is having a pancake and sausage dinner from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 12 at Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St. Adult presale tickets are $5, $7 at the door. Kids ages 4-12 eat for $4, and children 3 and younger are free. Carryout is available. For tickets, contact Scoutmaster Chris Fleming at 419-303-2584 or order via email at PandoraTroop226@yahoo.com.
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Black Heritage Library Celebration Banquet & Fundraising Benefit 6:00 pm
Black Heritage Library Celebration Banquet & Fundraising Benefit @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm
The 35th Anniversary Celebration Banquet & Fundraising Benefit, featuring Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce Jacqueline T. Williams, will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Winebrenner Theological Seminary, 950 N. Main St. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 419-423-4954 or 567-525-1233.
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Sonic Escape 7:30 pm
Sonic Escape @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm
Shawn Wyckoff and Maria Millar of Sonic Escape will share their Celtic-inspired sounds at Bluffton University. With a flute and violin, the duo’s goal is to use hyper instrumentals to fill hearts with indescribable joy. The Juilliard graduates will be joined by guest cellist Rachel Pinkney. Tickets are available on the web at http://tickets.bluffton.edu or in person at the Marbeck Center information desk.
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Art Connections Studio Art Auction 6:30 pm
Art Connections Studio Art Auction @ Moreno’s Casual Dining
Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm
Art Connections Studio and Gallery of Carey will hold its second annual Art Auction on Saturday at Moreno’s Casual Dining, 100 W. Findlay St. This black-tie, invitation-only affair, will showcase the talent and creativity of local artists with disabilities. The studio has been open since 2011 and is financially responsible for operating its Carey downtown storefront. A social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. with two complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres for the attendees. The Upper Chamber, a local group comprised of three classical musicians, will provide background music.
Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series: The Rough & Tumble 7:00 pm
Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series: The Rough & Tumble @ Bluffton Town Hall, third floor
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm
The Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series presents The Rough & Tumble at 7 p.m. Saturday on the third floor of Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St. The Americana-folk duo is a compact team of close harmonies, versatile instrumentation and deliberate songwriting, all presented with a nudge of the elbow and a tongue in the cheek. Admission is free, while a donation will be taken to support the musicians. The Rough & Tumble will also be performing during Sunday brunch at the Mustard Seed Cafe in Bluffton.
Kevin MaC — “Classic Country Jukebox” 8:00 pm
Kevin MaC — “Classic Country Jukebox” @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 18 @ 8:00 pm
Kevin MaC will bring “southern swag” and a fresh spin on country classics to Findlay when he performs his “Classic Country Jukebox” show at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Tickets can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office at 200 W. Main Cross St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and one hour prior to the show. They are also available online at www.marathoncenterarts.org with prices ranging from $20 to $45. In “Classic Country Jukebox,” MaC performs hits by iconic artists Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and more while putting a fresh spin on countless country classics, engaging the audience and taking requests along the way. MaC loves to surprise audiences with his own spin on hip-hop, classic rock and, sometimes, a boy band hit or two, according to his biography on www.eastcoastentertainment.com. Equally at home performing any of these genres, Kevin coined the term “southern swag” to describe his musical style, and said it is “a cool country sound where hip-hop and country styles combine to create a fresh, sexy vibe.” He has opened for Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Phil Vassar, Darryl Worley, Trace Adkins, Colt Ford, LeAnn Rimes, Kip Moore, The Band Perry, Missy Elliott, Blackstreet, T. Mills, Timbaland, J. Cole and Ashanti. He re-recorded a “southern swag” version of the 1990s hit “No Diggity” with producer Teddy Riley, and has written and collaborated with Rascal Flatts, Diamond Rio, Beyonce and Britney Spears. For more information, call the Marathon Center’s box office at 419-423-2787, or visit https://www.eastcoastentertainment.com/artist/kevin-mac.
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Bluffton University Winter Instrumental Concert 2:30 pm
Bluffton University Winter Instrumental Concert @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 19 @ 2:30 pm
Bluffton University’s Concert Band will present the 2017 Winter Instrumental Concert under the direction of Roy Couch. The show will include: “Songs of Paradise,” a setting of hymns by Charles Albert Tindley, known as the father of African-American hymnody; “Kiwanisca,” a march by Stephen Bulla; “Acrostic Song” by David del Tredici; “Songs of Wales,” a collection of Welsh folk tunes set by Albert Oliver Davis; “From Whom All Blessings Flow” by Ed Huckeby; and “Thrive” by Sean O’Loughlin.
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Bluffton Community Chili Cookoff 5:30 pm
Bluffton Community Chili Cookoff @ Bluffton Middle School cafetorium
Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The Bluffton Community Chili Cookoff will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Bluffton Middle School cafetorium. The cost is $5 and includes chili tastings and a beverage. Attendees will be voting on the people’s choice award. Sandwiches and baked goods will also be available for purchase. Entertainment will be provided and gift basket and prize drawings will be available for those who donate a canned or boxed food item. Proceeds will benefit the Bluffton Community Assistance Program. Contact Lynda Best at 419-296-2790 for more information.
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Mardi Gras Goes Country 6:00 pm
Mardi Gras Goes Country @ Stacy’s Place
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Greater Fostoria Community Foundation will celebrate its “Mardi Gras Goes Country!” fundraiser from 6-11 p.m. Feb. 24 at Stacy’s Place, 625 Plaza Drive, Fostoria. During the past 15 years, the foundation’s Mardi Gras party has become the “must-attend” event of the winter in support of its operating mission. This year will feature several new twists including live country music, square and line dancing and a round-trip transportation program. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and 50/50 raffles throughout the night. Music will be provided by Brent Lowry & The Drifters, known across the region for their modern outlaw country sound with a touch of the blues. General admission tickets are $35 per person with no reserved seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Good Shepherd Home, Reineke Family Dealerships and Roppe Corp. will provide round-trip transportation to “Mardi Gras Goes Country!” from locations within 15 miles of Fostoria. For scheduling purposes, transportation reservations and payment are requested by Friday. To purchase tickets or schedule transportation, email director@fostoriafoundation.com or call 419-435-2823. A registration form and more information is available at www.fostoriacommunityfoundation.com/MardiGras.pdf.
Kate Boyd 7:30 pm
Kate Boyd @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm
Kate Boyd, associate professor of piano and piano area coordinator at Butler University in Indianapolis, will perform a guest recital at Bluffton University. An active soloist and chamber musician, Boyd has performed solo recitals at Schubert’s birth house in Vienna, the National Concert Hall in Dublin and the Musikhalle Hamburg. Her performance will include works by Gubaidulina, Bach, Chopin and Prokofiev.
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State Bank Oscar Night: Grease is the Word! 7:00 pm
State Bank Oscar Night: Grease is the Word! @ Hilton Garden Inn
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Hollywood will roll out the red carpet for an evening of food and entertainment to benefit the American Red Cross of Hancock County. “State Bank Oscar Night: Grease is the Word!” will be held from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1050 Interstate Drive West, Findlay. “We invite everyone to join the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies for an evening of black tie glamour and fun,” said Todd James, executive director of American Red Cross of Hancock County. “Like a drag race for pink slips, we’ll give our guests a night of thrills and excitement.” The event will feature upscale dining and desserts prepared by the area’s top chefs, with Time Warp DJ Service providing entertainment. Guests can play the Coke Bottle Toss to win bottles of fine wine and participate in the limbo contest. “We treat our guests like stars with a real red carpet experience, providing them with the best food, drinks, music and fun.” The benefit will also feature live and silent auctions with items including a private performance by The Reunion Band, jewelry, a four-course dinner at the Mustard Seed Cafe and more. The Hilton Garden Inn, Findlay, is also offering a special package for the event, which includes a room for two, two tickets to “State Bank Oscar Night; Grease is the Word!” and breakfast in the Great American Grill restaurant the next morning. All-inclusive tickets for the benefit are $100 each, which includes dining and open bar. Tickets for the event are limited and are available at redcross.org/NCOhio, at the Hancock County Red Cross office, 125 Fair St., Findlay; or by calling 419-422-9322.
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Bluffton University Masterworks: Vivaldi’s “Gloria” 2:30 pm
Bluffton University Masterworks: Vivaldi’s “Gloria” @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Feb 26 @ 2:30 pm
Bluffton University’s Masterworks performance of Vivaldi’s “Gloria” will be at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in Yoder Recital Hall. Mark J. Suderman, professor of music, will conduct the performance, also featuring regional soloists and orchestra. For more information, contact Suderman at sudermanm@bluffton.edu or 419-358-3364.
Masterworks Performance: Bluffton University Chorale 2:30 pm
Masterworks Performance: Bluffton University Chorale @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 26 @ 2:30 pm
Bluffton University’s Masterworks performance will feature a chorus with members from the Bluffton University Chorale and the Bluffton Choral Society joined by an orchestra made up of university students and community members. The soloists are Bluffton University students Anna Cammarn, Constance Moushon, Meghan Gibson, Mary Bender and Kimberly Meyer. “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi will be performed and a freewill offering will be taken to help cover expenses.
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