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Bird Migration Canoe Trip 8:30 am
Bird Migration Canoe Trip @ Blanchard River
Sep 2 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
A canoe trip on the Blanchard River, to view bird migration, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, beginning at Zonta Landing in Riverside Park. Participants may bring binoculars. An experienced birder/program specialist will guide the group. Canoes, paddles, and personal flotation devices will be provided. No experience is needed, but participants must be at least 12 years old and able to maneuver/control a canoe. Register, with $10 per person, online at www.HancockParks.com under “Programs & Activities,” or in person at the Hancock Park District office by 4 p.m. Wednesday with a signed assumption of risk/liability release/waiver of all claims form and/or a parental consent form, if applicable. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
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United Way of Hancock County Campaign Kickoff Luau 5:00 pm
United Way of Hancock County Campaign Kickoff Luau @ Elks Lodge at Northridge
Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
United Way of Hancock County has announced this year’s campaign cabinet and plans for the 2017 campaign kickoff, a public luau featuring a hog roast, live music and cash bar. The luau will be held from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Elks Lodge at Northridge. Cost is $15, with registration available at http://liveunitedhancockcounty.or/luau-united or by calling 419-423-1432. Included in this event will be an inspirational rally for all workplace campaign coordinators from 3:30-5 p.m. Those attending the rally get free admission to the luau.
Archery Basics for Adults 6:30 pm
Archery Basics for Adults @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve, Dold Lake
Sep 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join a certified archery instructor and learn about the basics of archery. Participants will learn about equipment, shooting techniques, and safety measures while shooting arrows at targets using a compound bow. All necessary equipment and targets will be provided. Age: Required to be 18 years and older Admission: Register with $10 per person by 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Capacity: Maximum of 10 participants For more information, or registration, call the park district office at 419-425-7275; or visit www.hancockparks.com.
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Fall Night Sky Program 6:00 pm
Fall Night Sky Program @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm
A program on the fall night sky will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in the portable planetarium in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Participants will sit on the floor. The program is free, but registration is required because of limited capacity. Register by 4 p.m. Friday online at www.HancockParks.com under the “Programs & Activities” calendar, or at the Hancock Park District office. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
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Fall Bird Migration Program 9:00 am
Fall Bird Migration Program @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
A program on fall bird migration will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. There will be an hourlong presentation at 9 a.m. and an hourlong bird-watching hike at 10 a.m. Participants may bring binoculars, telescopes, or cameras. No experience is necessary. The free program is recommended for individuals at least 6 years old. Register by 4 p.m. Friday at www.HancockParks.com under the “Programs & Activities” calendar, or at the Hancock Park District office. For more information, call the office, 419-425-7275.
Growing Green: Harvest Time 10:00 am
Growing Green: Harvest Time @ McKinnis House Garden in Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
A youth program on gardening will be held at McKinnis Garden, with harvesting and shelling of beans, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The program is called “Growing Green: Harvest Time.” There will be a snack from the garden or orchard, depending on what has ripened. The program is free, but registration is required by 1 p.m. Friday, online at www.HancockParks.com or at the Hancock Park District office. Participants are required to be 4 to 18 years old. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should bring work gloves. For more information call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
City Mission Masquerade Gala 6:00 pm
City Mission Masquerade Gala @ Findlay Country Club
Sep 9 @ 6:00 pm
A Masquerade Gala to benefit the City Mission will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Findlay Country Club. Sponsorships are still available, and tickets are on sale at www.findlaymission.org. For more information, contact Joy Barger at 419-423-9151.
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Phillips Discovery Center Open House 1:00 pm
Phillips Discovery Center Open House @ Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Sep 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
An open house in the Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve from 1-4 p.m. Sunday will allow visitors to learn about some weird, but true, facts in science and nature. For instance, a male ostrich can roar like a lion and sharks have eight senses. The family program is free and requires no registration. For more information, call the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
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Nature’s Less-Than-Lovable Features 10:00 am
Nature’s Less-Than-Lovable Features @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Sep 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A program for preschoolers about nature’s “less-than-lovable” features will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The same program will be offered each time. The presentation will include facts about slimy, sticky, smelly and ugly items in nature. The program is for 3- to 6-year-old youngsters, accompanied by an adult. Siblings may attend. There will be a story and hands-on activity. Registration is not required for the free program. For more information, call the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
Master Gardeners: Community Gardens 3:18 pm
Master Gardeners: Community Gardens @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Sep 11 @ 3:18 pm – 4:18 pm
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will host a program, “Master Gardeners: Community Gardens” at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Lindamood Room. Master Gardener Karl Farwig will discuss how to set up community gardens, as well as the benefits and challenges that are associated with them. Registration is required by calling 419-422-1712 or visiting www.findlaylibrary.org.
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Chip in for Charity Golf Scramble 9:00 am
Chip in for Charity Golf Scramble @ Sycamore Springs Golf Club
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am
Christian Clearing House will hold a “Chip in for Charity” golf scramble Sept. 15 at Sycamore Springs Golf Club, Arlington. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9. The cost is $80 per person/$320 per team, which includes green fees, cart, continental breakfast, lunch and door prizes. Registrations will be accepted for both teams and individual players. A hole-in-one contest will feature a $5,000 saving bond. Raffle tickets for Ohio State and Detroit Lions football games and other various prizes will also be given away. All proceeds will benefit Christian Clearing House, an agency that helps Hancock County residents in emergency situations. Call 419-422-2222 or email tstahl@hcchfindlay.org to register or for more information.
Cassini’s Final Plunge into Saturn 9:00 pm
Cassini’s Final Plunge into Saturn @ Ohio Northern University Observatory
Sep 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Ohio Northern University observatory will be open to the public from 9-11 p.m. Friday to observe “Cassini’s final plunge into Saturn.” Cassini-Huygens planetary orbiter and probe departed on its mission to Saturn on Oct. 15, 1997. Twenty years later it is about to end its mission in spectacular fashion by burning up in Saturn’s atmosphere. Although Cassini will not be visible in the observatory’s telescopes, Saturn will be along with its rings and moons. Check for cancellations online at http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/astro/publicevents.html.
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2017 Hancock County Walk to End Alzheimer’s 10:00 am
2017 Hancock County Walk to End Alzheimer’s @ Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am
The 2017 Hancock County Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held at the University of Findlay Koehler Center. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the walk at 10. Online registration is available at http://act.alz.org/HancockCounty2017. Organizers have set a goal of 677 participants/56 teams, with a fundraising goal of $70,000. Teams consist of two or more individuals, and those who raise $100 or more will receive an event T-shirt.
Family Fun Day and Corn Roast 12:00 pm
Family Fun Day and Corn Roast @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Sep 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A family fun day and corn roast will be noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church.
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Friends of the Bluffton Public Library Fall Book Sale
Friends of the Bluffton Public Library Fall Book Sale @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 20 – Sep 23 all-day
The Friends of the Bluffton Public Library will hold a fall book sale next week on the lower level of the library. Hours are 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22, and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23. All proceeds support library programs and services.
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Open Arms Charity Golf Classic 9:00 am
Open Arms Charity Golf Classic @ Red Hawk Run Golf Course
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am
Open Arms will host its 2017 charity golf classic Sept. 22 at Red Hawk Run Golf Course. Breakfast and registration begin at 8 a.m., with a shot-gun start at 9. The event is limited to the first 27 teams to register and pay by Sept. 8. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, with a deadline of Sept. 1. For more information or to sign up, call 419-420-9261 or email OpenArmsGolfClassic@gmail.com.
ONU Public Star Party 8:00 pm
ONU Public Star Party @ Ohio Northern University Observatory
Sep 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Ohio Northern University observatory will host a public star party from 8-10 p.m. Friday to celebrate the autumnal equinox, which is the astronomical start of fall. On this day, the Earth’s equatorial plane intersects the sun. Consequently, there are approximately equal durations of nighttime and daytime. Also, the sun rises due east and sets due west on this day. Targets will include the setting moon, Saturn, Uranus and deep sky objects. Check for cancellations online at http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/astro/publicevents.html.
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Oktoberfest Findlay! 2:00 pm
Oktoberfest Findlay! @ Broadway Street
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The third annual Oktoberfest Findlay! will celebrate German heritage in Hancock County with German music, polka dancing, contests, kids activities, German food and a large selection of German beer and wine. The family-friendly event will take place from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at downtown Findlay’s Broadway Street. Admission is $5 for ages 21 and over and $3 for those under 21. All funds raised will benefit the operations and programming at Hancock Historical Museum, a privately funded nonprofit organization located at 422 W. Sandusky St. Sarah Sisser, the museum’s executive director, said the event became one of the largest single-day events in the county in its first two years, drawing more than 4,500 people annually. She said the music, food, and activities all give people a chance to experience authentic German culture. John Ordosch and the PROSIT-teers will take the stage to kick off the festival at 2 p.m. Winners of the first annual German baking competition will be announced along with the Oktoberfest royal court at 2:30 p.m. The Oktoberfest Planning Committee, Alexandria’s Beer Club, and the Oktoberfest pageant royalty will take the stage at 4 p.m. for the official tapping of the keg and opening ceremonies for the festival’s many contests, including a stein endurance challenge (contestants hold one full liter of beer for as long as they can), bratwurst eating competition, and a yodeling contest. Fred Ziwich and His International Sound Machine will take the stage at 6 p.m. John Ordosch and the PROSIT-teers hail from Parma and perform polka, rock, country, American standards, jazz, and novelty/specialty songs. Fred Ziwich was elected as a lifetime achievement winner for the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in 2010, and was inducted into the International Polka Music Hall of Fame this year. The festival’s new features include a German baking competition and the Hancock Historical Museum will have an exhibit in the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library open to festivalgoers to learn more about local German heritage and Findlay’s brewing history. There will also be an expanded Kinderplatz! Kids Zone with assistance from the University of Findlay and the Millstream Career Center, which will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. To pre-register for the contest, visit http://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/oktoberfest-contests/ The Stein Endurance contest has an entry fee of $25 that includes a 42-ounce glass stein and 42 ounces of Rochester Mills Oktoberfest beer. The Team Beer Endurance Race has a $25 entry fee per team of 4 and includes 16 ounces of beer per member. The brat eating contest has a $10 entry fee, and the yodeling contest is $5. The Costume (Tracht) Contest is free, as is the baking competition. People can also register for the contests the day of, though space is limited. For more information, visit http://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/oktoberfest/ or call the museum at 419-423-4433.
Millstream Astronomy Club — Mercury 8:00 pm
Millstream Astronomy Club — Mercury @ Riverbend Recreation Area - Shelter 5
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm
Doug Rider, with Millstream Astronomy Club, will present a program about Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, at 8 p.m. Saturday in Shelter 5 at Riverbend Recreation Area. After the program, telescopes will be available, or participants may bring one, to view the moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn. The free family program requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
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Vitak-Elsnic Tribute Band 4:00 pm
Vitak-Elsnic Tribute Band @ Bavarian Haus
Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Northwest Ohio’s Vitak-Elsnic Tribute Band will perform from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Deshler’s Bavarian Haus as a memorial to its first trumpet player and co-founder Kent Harris, who died suddenly in August. The previously scheduled performance will now be a fundraiser for Bowling Green State University’s Polka Preservation Fund, with 100 percent of proceeds from CDs sold at the concert going to the organization. Additionally, an anonymous donor will match the amount raised. The band plays “old time” polkas, waltzes and two-steps. For more information, contact band member Todd Harris at sdharris01@aol.com.
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Wee Ones: River Otters 10:00 am
Wee Ones: River Otters @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A program for toddlers about river otters will be presented by Hancock Park District staff at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The same program will be offered each time. The Wee Ones program, for 3-year-old and younger toddlers accompanied by an adult, will include a story, activities and a craft. Siblings may attend. The program is free and requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
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Garden Club of Findlay 7:00 pm
Garden Club of Findlay @ Fox Run Manor
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm
Tanner Cole will give a presentation on the gardens of Europe at the 7 p.m. Thursday meeting of the Men’s & Women’s Garden Club of Findlay. The meeting will be held in the Cooper Room at Fox Run Manor, 11745 Township Rd 145. For more information, visit the club’s Facebook page or contact Ann Brickner at annbrick@tds.net or Heather Heilman at heilman727@gmail.com.
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Dinner on Broadway 5:00 pm
Dinner on Broadway @ Broadway Street, Findlay
Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The American Cancer Society will present Dinner on Broadway, an urban dinner with local fare, from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 30. The one-of-a-kind dinner will host 150 people seated at one long table stretching along Broadway Street in downtown Findlay. Guests will enjoy a meal prepared by local chefs, paired with wine selected specifically for the dish. Musical entertainment, an auction and a raffle will round out the event. Tickets are $100 each, with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Suzie Reineke at 567-207-7377 or email Suziereineke@gmail.com.

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