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Homeschoolers in the Park 9:30 am
Homeschoolers in the Park @ Hancock County Parks
May 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Classes in the park are for homeschooled families. This 10 day series will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from September to June to explore different science based curriculum programs such as earth, space, physical and life science. Each class will cover some of Ohio’s teaching standards in a fun and exciting way. Most of the classes will be held at Oakwoods Nature Preserve, but we will visit some of the other parks in Hancock County. We will follow Findlay City Schools for weather delays and cancellations. 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., ages 5-8 11 a.m. to noon, ages 9-13 Series includes the following: September 2 – Plant and Animal Classification – Oakwood Nature Preserve (ONP) October 7 – Ecosystems & Habitats – Riverbend Recreation Area (RRA), Shelter 3 November 4 – Living History: Life for the McKinnis’s in 1847 – Litzenberg Memorial Woods (LMW) December 2 – Motion – ONP January 6 – Earth Rocks – ONP February 3 – Solar System – ONP March 2- Physics & Experiments – RRA, Lodge April 6 – Energy – RRA, Shelter 3 May 4 – Wildflowers and Trees- LMW June 1 – Outdoor Recreation Fun (archery, canoeing, kayaking, fishing) – ONP Register with $20 per child for the series or $3.00 per child for an individual month by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, August 26; a medical form is required and available online or at the park office
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ArtWalk – May 2016 5:00 pm
ArtWalk – May 2016 @ Downtown Findlay
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Downtown Findlay will open its doors to showcase the businesses, restaurants, artists, performers and musicians throughout the community for the May ArtWalk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 6. The semi-annual event hosted by the Arts Partnership is free to the public and celebrates art and the minds that make it. In addition to strolling through individual businesses, attendees can view pieces of art from local artists and watch performers from the region. Guests may also take advantage of special offers, sales, demonstrations and tastings that many businesses and restaurants offer for the event. The Findlay Art League’s May show opens the evening with a juried showcase of Art League member works that will remain open throughout May. Other area galleries open for the evening include Awakening Minds Art, Jones Building Artist Studios, The Gaslight Gallery, and Kan Du Studio. To view or print the official event brochure, including a list of the participating businesses and artists performing or being showcased, visit http://artspartnership.com. Copies of the brochure will be available for pickup at participating event locations. For more information, call 419-422-4624 or visit the Arts Partnership website. The Arts Partnership is located at 618 S. Main St., with office hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Mars 9:00 pm
Mars @ Riverbend Park
May 10 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
J.T. Senghas of the Millstream Astronomy Club will be giving a talk titled “Mars” which is all about our mysterious red neighbor. The program will be followed by observations of the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Meet at Shelter 5. All ages welcome. Free, registration not required.
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Nature Critters Craft Program 1:00 pm
Nature Critters Craft Program @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A crafts program using buckeyes, acorns, pine cones, and other natural craft supplies to create “nature critters” will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The family program requires $2 per person registration, payable by 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the park district office, 1424 E. Main Cross St. A minimum of six participants is required to hold the program. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
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Biomimicry Program 1:00 pm
Biomimicry Program @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
An open house to look at how nature has inspired through “biomimicry” will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Visitors can look at inventions and creations, like Velcro and camouflage, modeled after something in nature. The free family program requires no registration. For more information, call the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
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Planetarium: Our Solar System 2:00 pm
Planetarium: Our Solar System @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Learn about our solar system by comparing cosmic sizes, distances and atmospheric conditions. Is life possible on another planet? What makes Earth so special? Participants must sit on the floor, but bring along a pillow if you wish. Ask about handicap accessibility. Meet at Discovery Center. All ages welcome. Free, but register by 3 PM on Friday, May 20. Minimum: 6 Maximum: 25.
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A Pioneer’s Day Off: Open House 1:00 pm
A Pioneer’s Day Off: Open House @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The McKinnis family, portrayed by costumed interpreters for the Hancock Park District, will show how members entertained themselves in leisure time during an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the farm house at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The free program requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
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Wee Ones: Baby Animals 10:00 am
Wee Ones: Baby Animals @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Spring is definitely here and summer is on the way, which means that baby animals are everywhere! Baby birds, fawns, ducklings, lambs, and piglets can all be seen this time of the year. We’ll have a story and an activity about the baby animals of spring. You will get to make your very own baby animal to take home with you! Meet at Discovery Center. This event takes place at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Recommended for ages 3 and under with an adult; other aged siblings are also welcome to attend. Free, registration not required
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