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Arts in the Park: Plein Air Gatherings 6:00 pm
Arts in the Park: Plein Air Gatherings @ Aeraland Recreation Area
Jul 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
For those love to paint or draw outdoors, the Plein Air Artists group is just for you! This program is open to all artists, from professional to interested and enthusiastic amateurs, who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Plan to bring supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. A coordinator will be available during each session to answer questions. In the case of inclement weather, the session will be cancelled. Recommended for adults and teens.
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Night Hike Series: Full Moon 9:30 pm
Night Hike Series: Full Moon @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 3 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Take a night hike and learn about the moon. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be moved to the indoor planetarium. Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for weather conditions. This event is recommended for teens and adults!
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Discover Story: Butterflies 10:00 am
Discover Story: Butterflies @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am
Bring the kids out to learn about the life of a beautiful butterfly. Join the park district for a story, check out butterfly displays, venture through butterfly tunnels, and enjoy fun crafts. There is nothing more exciting than watching a butterfly hatch and fly for the first time. Their life is one amazing metamorphosis! This event will take place three times today, at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Recommended for ages 3-6 with an adult companion; other aged siblings welcome.
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Kids in the Park: Canoeing 6:30 pm
Kids in the Park: Canoeing @ Riverside Park
Jul 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Here is a chance for kids to share the experience and learn canoe operations along with safety procedures with the help of the Hancock Park District. Kids are sure to have a fun afternoon of floating on the water! Recommended for youth of all ages with an adult companion. Register with $5 per canoe by 4:30 PM on Thursday, July 9.
Night Hike Series: Nocturnal Animals 9:30 pm
Night Hike Series: Nocturnal Animals @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 10 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Take a night hike and learn about nocturnal animals. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors. Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for weather conditions. Recommended for teens and adults.
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Ride to Remember
Ride to Remember @ Bluffton Family Recreation
Jul 11 all-day
Bicycle enthusiasts may register for the inaugural Ride to Remember bicycle ride scheduled Saturday, July 11, in Bluffton. The event offers short bike routes for families interested in biking together all the way to a 100-mile route for experienced riders starting and ending at Bluffton Family Recreation. Ride to Remember offers a 10-mile loop, a 64-mile loop with cutoffs for 13, 17, 24, 50 and 57 miles and a 100-mile course. The 10-mile fun loop offers riddles to solve for families participating. There is also a two-mile walk, run, bike loop through Bluffton. The ride is a fund-raiser for the Bluffton Bike and Pedestrian Pathway Committee. The organization has constructed one Bluffton bike path and is working on additional paths, to eventually encircle the northwestern Ohio village. Costs for the ride are $20 for individuals ($25 after June 30). Family members ride for $20 for the first member, $15 for the second and $5 for each additional member (add $5 to each after June 30). Registrations may be mailed to Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road, Bluffton, OH 45817. Checks are payable to Bluffton Family Recreation. Persons may also register on-line at www.bfronline.com. Registration includes a lightweight bag for the first 200 registered riders, snacks at rest stop and finish, roaming repair van and rider pick-up service, pass to Bluffton Community Swimming Pool, shower at BFR and coupon for up to $8 off at Bluffton restaurants. Sign-in and registration opens at 6 p.m. Routes open at 6:30 a.m. An optional mass start is at 8 a.m. Routes close at 4 p.m. For additional information, including maps showing the routes, go to www.RideToRemember.net, or see the flyer!
Fossils and Geology 1:00 pm
Fossils and Geology @ The Children’s Museum of Findlay
Jul 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
The Hancock Park District will be at CMF to teach the children all about the history of the Earth through examining fossils and geology. Fossils are fantastic evidence of the past life that lived on Earth!
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Cancer Patient Service’s Christmas in July Scavenger Hunt 5:15 pm
Cancer Patient Service’s Christmas in July Scavenger Hunt @ Coffee Amici
Jul 16 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm
Cancer Patient Services is excited to announce its first annual Christmas in July Scavenger Hunt. The hunt will begin at Coffee Amici, where teams or individuals can register for $20. Participants can register beginning at 5:15 p.m. on the day of the event. The course will take place in downtown Findlay where participants will receive clues that will help them reach the finish line at Waldo Pepper’s. Goodies and raffle tickets will be given out along the route!
Art in the Park: Nature Journaling 7:00 pm
Art in the Park: Nature Journaling @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join artist, naturalist and park volunteer Sharon Hammer Baker for a workshop that will explore nature journaling techniques, including observation skills, sketching, drawing, painting and writing. Work from live and mounted wildlife as well as from fresh and collected materials from the parks to enhance your experience. Participants should bring their own sketch book and art supplies. Recommended for teens and adults.
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Night Hike Series: Constellations, Navigation and Mythology 9:30 pm
Night Hike Series: Constellations, Navigation and Mythology @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 17 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Take a night hike to learn about the stars! In the case of inclement weather, the program will be moved to our indoor planetarium. Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for weather conditions. Recommended for teens and adults.
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Ride for Victory 12:00 pm
Ride for Victory @ Fostoria Moose Lodge
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The “Ride for Victory” event will be the Tina Warsop-Beam Memorial Colon Cancer Awareness Ride for motorcycles and custom cars. The ride will begin and end at the Fostoria Moose Lodge and feature poker runs, auctions, door prizes, raffles, shirts and food! The first bike/car well be out at noon with the last one in at 5:00 p.m. The cost is $25 single/$40 double, and an additional hand for $15. The shirt and meal are included in the cost. All proceeds benefit the Victory Center in Toledo. For more information, e-mail twbride4victory@gmail.com or visit http://www.facebook.com/Twbride4victory!
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Wee Ones: Bees 10:00 am
Wee Ones: Bees @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am
See what the buzz is all about when kids learn more about these yellow and black flyers! This program will include a story, activities, and a craft that relates to bees. Plan on dancing like busy bees! This event will be taking place three times today, at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Recommended for ages 3 and under with an adult companion; other aged siblings are welcome.
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Red Cross B*A*S*H 7:00 pm
Red Cross B*A*S*H @ Hancock County Fairgrounds
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
After Rally in the Alley, head over to the Hancock County Fairgrounds for an evening of army-inspired fun for summer’s best party! Tons of fun and entertainment including: Live music by Tongue ‘N Groove with special guests Chaos Golden Corral Mess Hall Fun & games in the ‘Swamp’ Rosie’s Bar And much more! Tickets are just $5; kids 11 and under are $2, children in strollers are free.
Night Hike Series: Planets 9:30 pm
Night Hike Series: Planets @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 24 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Take a night hike and learn about the solar system! In the case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors. Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for weather conditions. This event is recommended for teens and adults.
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Cooper Tire Centennial 5-Miler 7:45 am
Cooper Tire Centennial 5-Miler @ Cooper Field at Findlay High School
Jul 25 @ 7:45 am – 9:30 am
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company celebrates over 100 years in the tire business! Cooper invites walkers and runners of all ages and skill levels to participate. Funds are being raised on behalf of the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Centennial Scholarship, a component of the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. More information coming soon! Registration at RunSignUp.com.
Pluto 9:00 pm
Pluto @ Riverbend Park
Jul 25 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Millstream Astronomy Club’s J.T. Senghas will be providing a program about NASA’s New Horizons mission which sent a spacecraft to the dwarf planet Pluto, to study it up close for the first time. Later, participants will observe Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon. Participants will have the opportunity to look through telescopes and binoculars; feel free to bring your own. All ages welcome!
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Eye on the Target with Archery – Session II
Eye on the Target with Archery – Session II @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve - Dold Lake
Jul 28 all-day
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at archery? Come out for an hour-long, four-day archery series, led by a certified archery instructor. All necessary equipment and targets will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the basics of archery along with safety measures while shooting arrows at several targets, using a compound bow. Classes will be held at the Oakwoods Nature Preserve, Dold Lake. Classes are separated by age at the following times: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., ages 9-11; 11 a.m. to noon, ages 12-14; 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., ages 15-17; and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., ages 18 and up. Register with $20 per person for session I by noon on Tuesday, June 2, and session II by noon on Monday, July 27; a medical form is required and available online or at the park office. For questions, contact Lisa Bogard at lbogard@hancockparks.com.
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Eye on the Target with Archery – Session II
Eye on the Target with Archery – Session II @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve - Dold Lake
Jul 29 all-day
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at archery? Come out for an hour-long, four-day archery series, led by a certified archery instructor. All necessary equipment and targets will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the basics of archery along with safety measures while shooting arrows at several targets, using a compound bow. Classes will be held at the Oakwoods Nature Preserve, Dold Lake. Classes are separated by age at the following times: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., ages 9-11; 11 a.m. to noon, ages 12-14; 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., ages 15-17; and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., ages 18 and up. Register with $20 per person for session I by noon on Tuesday, June 2, and session II by noon on Monday, July 27; a medical form is required and available online or at the park office. For questions, contact Lisa Bogard at lbogard@hancockparks.com.
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Night Hike Series: Night Sounds and Tracking 9:30 pm
Night Hike Series: Night Sounds and Tracking @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 31 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Take a night hike to identify the sounds of night and search for tracks! In the case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors. Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for weather conditions. This event is recommended for teens and adults.