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Findlay YMCA Treadmill-A-Thon 11:30 am
Findlay YMCA Treadmill-A-Thon @ Millstream Art Plaza
May 1 @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
The YMCA’s annual campaign kicks off today with a Treadmill-A-Thon at the Millstream Art Plaza in downtown Findlay. YMCA enthusiasts will be running a mile each from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to complete a full marathon to show support for the Y. Each runner is accepting pledges to support the cause. Campaign co-chairs Kerry Kirk and Christian Pedersen will also be present to kick off the campaign, this year titled “Your Year, Your Y!” Funds raised allow the Y to be available to everyone in the community, regardless of ability to pay. Contact Jennifer Treece, development director, at jtreece@findlayymca.com or 419-422-4424 for more information.
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Gardening Program 6:30 pm
Gardening Program @ McComb Public Library
May 3 @ 6:30 pm
Richard and Joanne Ritter will present a gardening program at 6:30 p.m. May 3 at the McComb Public Library, 113 S. Todd St. The informational program will include a question and answer period. No registration is necessary.
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Maxwell Meyers Memorial Golf Classic and Mutt Strut 7:30 am
Maxwell Meyers Memorial Golf Classic and Mutt Strut @ Red Hawk Run Golf Course
May 5 @ 7:30 am
The Hancock County Humane Society will host the Maxwell Meyers Memorial Golf Classic and Mutt Strut on May 5 at Red Hawk Run golf course. This year marks the eighth annual presentation of the golf classic, with the community dog walk added in 2016. Proceeds help provide programming including the humane society’s spay/neuter clinic and other food and shelter services. Mutt strut registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the 2.5-mile walk through the golf course starting at 8. Community members are welcome to walk with or without a dog, and breakfast treats will be provided for both people and pets. Advance mutt-strut registration is $20 per person, day-of registration is $25. Registration for the golf classic begins with coffee and breakfast at 10 a.m., with golfing at 11. A “Yappy Hour” featuring cocktails, beer tastings and appetizers will run from 4-6 p.m. Cost is $50 per couple or $35 for singles. To register or for more information, contact the humane society at 419-423-1664 or email paula@hancockhumanesociety.com.
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Hancock Park District Fish Festival 8:00 am
Hancock Park District Fish Festival @ Lakefront Activity Center at Riverbend Recreation Area
May 6 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
The 21st annual Hancock Park District Fish Festival will be held from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, May 6 in Giertz Lake at the Lakefront Activity Center, Riverbend Recreation Area. The program is to introduce youngsters, 4 to 15 years old accompanied by an adult, to fishing. Trout will be stocked prior to the festival by the state Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division. Only fishing from the bank will be allowed and children must do the fishing with limited adult assistance. State fishing rules and regulations must be followed and individuals should take home the first five trout they catch. There will be no catch-and-release allowed during the event. Bait will be sold at the event. Along with fishing, there will also be an open interactive boating safety display. In addition to posters and other reading material about Ohio boating laws and safety information, visitors and Fish Festival participants will be able to experience sitting in a canoe and can try on life vests. The event will be held rain or shine, except in the event of extreme weather conditions. Names of registered participants will be drawn throughout the morning for random prizes, but participants must be present to win. Besides the state natural resources department, other sponsors include WFIN/WKXA/The Fox and Centennial Screen Printing and Engraving. There is no cost, but registration is required beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Lakefront Activity Center.
Pole Beans Program For Kids 10:00 am
Pole Beans Program For Kids @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
May 6 @ 10:00 am
A children’s program about pole beans will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the garden at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. A presentation about the beans will be given, including how to set the poles. There will be plants and seeds to place in the ground, and plants to tend which were planted previously. Visitors will be able to lend a helping hand. Participants must be 4 to 18 years old. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should bring a pair of work gloves. The free program requires no registration.
City Mission of Findlay Food Drive 12:00 pm
City Mission of Findlay Food Drive @ City Mission
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
City Mission of Findlay will hold a food drive from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The top items on the needs list include canned fruit, baked beans, pasta and soup; 55-gallon trash bags, sandwich or quart-size bags, salad dressing, sugar and creamer, coffee, Pam spray and box and instant mashed potatoes. Items can be dropped off behind the mission, located at 510 W. Main Cross St.
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International Rett Syndrome Foundation 5K Run/Walk 2:45 pm
International Rett Syndrome Foundation 5K Run/Walk @ Riverside Park
May 7 @ 2:45 pm
A run and walk to benefit the International Rett Syndrome Foundation is scheduled for May 7 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 from 1-1:45 p.m. Packets for the fun run/walk can be picked up from 1-2 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 Saturday. 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 liverettfree@gmail.com, Amanda at 419-306-4234 or Karen at 419-957-3875. Online registration is available at http://www.rettsyndrome.org/liverettfree.
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Plein Air Gatherings 9:00 am
Plein Air Gatherings
May 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The remaining Plein Air Gatherings are an opportunity for artists to get together and paint or draw outdoors “en plein air” in the parks. This program is open to all adult and teen artists who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. If it rains, the session will be canceled. Locations are as follows: May 10 group paints at Riverbend Recreation Area, meets at the Big Oaks parking lot; May 17 group paints at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, meets at the gatehouse; May 24 group paints at Riverside Park, meets at the waterfalls overlook; and May 31 group paints at Blue Rock Nature Preserve, meets at the Edgar Avenue parking lot.
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Garden Club of Findlay Plant Sale 9:00 am
Garden Club of Findlay Plant Sale @ Perennial Plant Peddler
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Findlay’s annual spring plant sale will be held Friday and Saturday at the Perennial Plant Peddler, 8875 Township Road 251. Sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Club members donate a wide variety of their personal perennials, annuals and vegetable plants to raise funds for activities promoting beautification of the community and improving member gardening skills. Two visible activities managed by the club are the Crystal and Tiffin Avenue triangle gardens. More information about the club and the sale can be found on the club’s Facebook page. For membership information, contact Heather Heilman at heather.heilman@uwhancock.org.
2017 Relay for Life of Hancock County 6:00 pm
2017 Relay for Life of Hancock County @ Findlay High School’s Cooper Field
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – May 13 @ 12:00 am
The 2017 Relay for Life of Hancock County runs from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday at Findlay High School’s Cooper Field, 1200 Broad Ave. This year will see the combined efforts of community members and Findlay High School students. Opening ceremonies will be followed by the survivors’ and caregivers’ laps. There will also be a luminaria ceremony. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser which raises money for cancer research and local programs and services. Visit RelayForLife.org/Hanco or call 888-227-6446, ext. 5216, for more information.
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Christian Clearing House Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am
Christian Clearing House Pancake Breakfast @ DOCK at St. Marks United Methodist Church
May 13 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Christian Clearing House will host an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the DOCK at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St. The menu includes pancakes, sausage link, coffee and juice. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children 10 and younger. Tickets are available by calling the office at 419-422-2222 and will be sold at the door. All proceeds benefit the ministries of Christian Clearing House. The nonprofit organization helps Hancock County residents with emergency needs such as food vouchers, rent and utility payments, prescription medications and other emergency needs.
Feed-A-Child 5K Run/Walk 8:00 am
Feed-A-Child 5K Run/Walk @ Riverside Park
May 13 @ 8:00 am
Harvest Time International Ministries Church will host a Feed-A-Child 5K run/walk May 13 at Riverside Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the race starting at 9. Cost is $25 per person, and those entering before April 28 will receive a race T-shirt. Nonperishable food donations will be accepted for the coinciding USPS Stamp Out Hunger event. The Feed-A-Child program distributes six easy-to-make weekend meals on Friday afternoons during the school year for children in grades K-5 in Findlay City, Cory-Rawson, Van Buren and Blanchard Valley schools. These meals are provided to families who have identified a need for supplemental meals over the weekend. There are 815 children receiving meals through this program during the 2016-17 school year. Feed-A-Child is coordinated by the Findlay Family YMCA. Food is purchased at a discount and packaged at West Ohio Food Bank. It is delivered with assistance from many volunteers from the community and various departments from Marathon Petroleum Corp., Ohio Logistics and Garner Trucking. Race sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Heather Heilman at heather.heilman@uwhancock.org or 419-423-1432. Over the course of its 24-year history, the United States Post Office’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive has collected 1.5 billion pounds of food. This year in Findlay, the food drive, overseen by the local USPS AFL-CIO chapter, will enlist United Way of Hancock County’s help with coordinating volunteers. Up to 30 volunteers and volunteers with about 15 vehicles will be needed to assist the drivers with collecting donations throughout the city. To volunteer, register with United Way of Hancock County at http://liveunitedhancockcounty.org/stamp-out-hunger. To donate food for the drive, leave nonperishable items in a plastic or paper bag by the home’s mailbox by 8 a.m. May 13. Letter carriers and volunteers will pick up the items. Donations can also be dropped off in the back parking lot of Great Scot on West Main Cross Street on this same date from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive 8:30 am
Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive @ Wal-Mart
May 13 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Members of the Hancock County Korean War Veterans Chapter 172 will conduct their annual Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart, 2500 Tiffin Ave. The fund drive will move to the Wal-Mart at 1161 Trenton Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on May 20. Net proceeds from both days will be used for first-year college student scholarships for eligible grandchildren of chapter members. Each donor will receive a Rose of Sharon flower, the national flower of South Korea. Children will receive a miniature American flag. The fund drive started in 2002 and has provided 64 scholarships totaling $32,000. This is the only fund drive the chapter has for the year. For membership information, call chapter secretary Larry Monday at 419-387-7532.
Garden Club of Findlay Plant Sale 9:00 am
Garden Club of Findlay Plant Sale @ Perennial Plant Peddler
May 13 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Findlay’s annual spring plant sale will be held Friday and Saturday at the Perennial Plant Peddler, 8875 Township Road 251. Sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Club members donate a wide variety of their personal perennials, annuals and vegetable plants to raise funds for activities promoting beautification of the community and improving member gardening skills. Two visible activities managed by the club are the Crystal and Tiffin Avenue triangle gardens. More information about the club and the sale can be found on the club’s Facebook page. For membership information, contact Heather Heilman at heather.heilman@uwhancock.org.
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Summer Blooms of Ohio 1:00 pm
Summer Blooms of Ohio @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
An open house on “Summer Blooms of Ohio” will be held from 1-4 p.m. May 14 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. There will be a guided, hour-long leisurely hike at 2 p.m. to view the flowers. The free family program requires no registration. For more information, contact the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
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Black Swamp Golf Classic
Black Swamp Golf Classic @ Findlay Country Club and Red Hawk Run Golf Course
May 15 all-day
One of the city’s premier golf events will return for its 18th year this month, with proceeds supporting the health and wellness of area children. The Black Swamp Golf Classic has raised $1.7 million since its inception and has grown to the point that a second day of golf needed to be added. The main four-person scramble, featuring two separate flights May 16 at Red Hawk Run, has sold out, but space is still available for a May 15 event at the Findlay Country Club. Registration can be made at blackswampclassic.org. Programs being supported this year are the Findlay and Putnam County YMCAs’ childhood obesity prevention initiatives and the Braden Kramer Foundation, which supports families dealing with pediatric cancer. The latter is a foundation near and dear to five-year committee member Andrea Kramer’s heart, as it was established when her 4-year-old nephew, Braden, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015. Braden is now 6 years old and still gets cancer treatments at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Last year alone, the Black Swamp Golf Classic raised $55,000 for the foundation. The organization donated about $35,000 to Cancer Patient Services and recently donated $7,000 to the family of Elise Billmaier, a Findlay High School senior with acute leukemia. Kramer said when awarding money raised through the foundation, it is members’ hope that a parent of a young cancer patient could afford to take a year off work, perhaps, or use the funds to sanitize their home for the protection of their child. This year, Findlay Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has donated a brand new Jeep Cherokee Sport to be raffled for the cause. Tickets sell for $100, and only 300 tickets will be sold. Kramer said if desired, the winner can trade the Jeep for $20,000 toward any vehicle on the dealership’s lot. Tickets are available to golfers and nongolfers alike and can be purchased through the Black Swamp Golf Classic’s website or through a link on its Facebook page.
Things with Wings 10:00 am
Things with Wings @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A program about “Things with Wings,” presented by Hancock Park District staff, will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The same program is offered each time. The program is for toddlers 3 years and under accompanied by an adult, but siblings may attend. There will be a story, a craft and exploration of the Discovery Center. The free program requires no registration.
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Black Swamp Golf Classic
Black Swamp Golf Classic @ Findlay Country Club and Red Hawk Run Golf Course
May 16 all-day
One of the city’s premier golf events will return for its 18th year this month, with proceeds supporting the health and wellness of area children. The Black Swamp Golf Classic has raised $1.7 million since its inception and has grown to the point that a second day of golf needed to be added. The main four-person scramble, featuring two separate flights May 16 at Red Hawk Run, has sold out, but space is still available for a May 15 event at the Findlay Country Club. Registration can be made at blackswampclassic.org. Programs being supported this year are the Findlay and Putnam County YMCAs’ childhood obesity prevention initiatives and the Braden Kramer Foundation, which supports families dealing with pediatric cancer. The latter is a foundation near and dear to five-year committee member Andrea Kramer’s heart, as it was established when her 4-year-old nephew, Braden, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015. Braden is now 6 years old and still gets cancer treatments at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Last year alone, the Black Swamp Golf Classic raised $55,000 for the foundation. The organization donated about $35,000 to Cancer Patient Services and recently donated $7,000 to the family of Elise Billmaier, a Findlay High School senior with acute leukemia. Kramer said when awarding money raised through the foundation, it is members’ hope that a parent of a young cancer patient could afford to take a year off work, perhaps, or use the funds to sanitize their home for the protection of their child. This year, Findlay Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has donated a brand new Jeep Cherokee Sport to be raffled for the cause. Tickets sell for $100, and only 300 tickets will be sold. Kramer said if desired, the winner can trade the Jeep for $20,000 toward any vehicle on the dealership’s lot. Tickets are available to golfers and nongolfers alike and can be purchased through the Black Swamp Golf Classic’s website or through a link on its Facebook page.
Viewing Mercury 6:00 pm
Viewing Mercury @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 16 @ 6:00 pm
A program about “Viewing Mercury” will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Mercury will reach its greatest western elongation from the sun during the week, which means the planet will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. The planet can be easily viewed low in the eastern sky just before sunrise. The Hancock Park District’s planetarium will present the evening program for viewing Mercury up close. The family program is free, but with limited space inside the inflatable planetarium, registration is required by 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 15. The program will be held with a minimum of six and a maximum of 25 individuals. Call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
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Plein Air Gatherings 9:00 am
Plein Air Gatherings
May 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The remaining Plein Air Gatherings are an opportunity for artists to get together and paint or draw outdoors “en plein air” in the parks. This program is open to all adult and teen artists who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. If it rains, the session will be canceled. Locations are as follows: May 10 group paints at Riverbend Recreation Area, meets at the Big Oaks parking lot; May 17 group paints at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, meets at the gatehouse; May 24 group paints at Riverside Park, meets at the waterfalls overlook; and May 31 group paints at Blue Rock Nature Preserve, meets at the Edgar Avenue parking lot.
Monarch Butterflies 6:00 pm
Monarch Butterflies @ Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area
May 17 @ 6:00 pm
A program about monarch butterflies, presented by the Hancock Park District, will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area. Over the past decade, the monarch population has plummeted to an unprecedented low. Free milkweed seeds will be available. The free, family program is recommended for youngsters at least 7 years old. Registration is required by 4:30 p.m. Monday. The program will be held with a minimum of two and maximum of 100 individuals.
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Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive 8:30 am
Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive @ Wal-Mart
May 20 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Members of the Hancock County Korean War Veterans Chapter 172 will conduct their annual Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart, 2500 Tiffin Ave. The fund drive will move to the Wal-Mart at 1161 Trenton Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on May 20. Net proceeds from both days will be used for first-year college student scholarships for eligible grandchildren of chapter members. Each donor will receive a Rose of Sharon flower, the national flower of South Korea. Children will receive a miniature American flag. The fund drive started in 2002 and has provided 64 scholarships totaling $32,000. This is the only fund drive the chapter has for the year. For membership information, call chapter secretary Larry Monday at 419-387-7532.
Boy Scout Troop 342 Car Wash 10:00 am
Boy Scout Troop 342 Car Wash @ O’Reilly Auto Parts
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Boy Scout Troop 342, sponsored by Zion United Methodist Church, will hold a car wash from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 540 Tiffin Ave. The Scouts are raising money for a trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to see a Civil War re-enactment.
Litzenberg Photography Hike 10:00 am
Litzenberg Photography Hike @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
A photography hike will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The leisurely hike will include stops to take pictures. The free program is recommended for individuals at least 10 years old. Registration is required by 3 p.m. Friday. The program will be held with a minimum of six and maximum of 20 individuals.
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Plein Air Gatherings 9:00 am
Plein Air Gatherings
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The remaining Plein Air Gatherings are an opportunity for artists to get together and paint or draw outdoors “en plein air” in the parks. This program is open to all adult and teen artists who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. If it rains, the session will be canceled. Locations are as follows: May 10 group paints at Riverbend Recreation Area, meets at the Big Oaks parking lot; May 17 group paints at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, meets at the gatehouse; May 24 group paints at Riverside Park, meets at the waterfalls overlook; and May 31 group paints at Blue Rock Nature Preserve, meets at the Edgar Avenue parking lot.
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Millstream Astronomy Club 9:00 pm
Millstream Astronomy Club @ Riverbend Recreation Area - Shelter 5
May 27 @ 9:00 pm
Don Trinko, with the Millstream Astronomy Club, will present a program about telescopes at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 27, in Shelter 5 at Riverbend Recreation Area. The presentation will discuss the various styles of telescopes. Viewing will be available through telescopes provided, or participants may bring their own. The free family program requires no registration.
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Plein Air Gatherings 9:00 am
Plein Air Gatherings
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The remaining Plein Air Gatherings are an opportunity for artists to get together and paint or draw outdoors “en plein air” in the parks. This program is open to all adult and teen artists who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. If it rains, the session will be canceled. Locations are as follows: May 10 group paints at Riverbend Recreation Area, meets at the Big Oaks parking lot; May 17 group paints at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, meets at the gatehouse; May 24 group paints at Riverside Park, meets at the waterfalls overlook; and May 31 group paints at Blue Rock Nature Preserve, meets at the Edgar Avenue parking lot.

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