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Saturday Morning Nature Series: Trees 9:00 am
Saturday Morning Nature Series: Trees @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Attention, all nature-loving 8-11 year olds! The Hancock Park District is excited to announce a new nature series. Four different nature topics will be covered over the course of four consecutive Saturday mornings. Each topic involves hands-on learning, a craft, hiking, and lots of fun. Register with $20 per child by noon on Thursday, March 16. A medical form is required and available online or at the park office.
Growing Green Thumbs: Caring For McKinnis Historical Orchard 10:00 am
Growing Green Thumbs: Caring For McKinnis Historical Orchard @ McKinnis House at Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am
Chris Allen, Hancock Park District program specialist, will lead the second installment of the Hancock Park District’s “Growing Green Thumbs” garden series at 10 a.m. Saturday in the orchard at McKinnis House in Litzenberg Memorial Woods. Bill Patch, parks operation manager for the park district, will discuss “Caring for our McKinnis Historical Orchard,” including tree care, how and when to prune trees, and what is necessary for trees to produce good fruit. Participants must be 4 to 18 years old. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required for the free program. Participants should bring a pair of work gloves and meet in the garden area near the house. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Spectrum of Findlay Dinner Fundraiser 6:00 pm
Spectrum of Findlay Dinner Fundraiser @ Findlay Moose Lodge
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm
An April 1 event will be a murder mystery, a dinner theater — and a chance to raise funds for an organization working to be a resource for the area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Tickets are now on sale for Spectrum of Findlay’s fundraising dinner. Spectrum is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status. Barry Ratzlaff, a board officer, said it started as an effort to raise money for a local gay pride picnic. The April 1 event will be an original murder mystery, “Babylon Broadway Murder Mystery” dinner/theater night, with interactive audience participation. It’s written and produced by Jim Toth, and performed by the Northwest Ohio Theatre Fraternal Association. Proceeds go toward the pride picnic. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is at the Findlay Moose Lodge, 1028 W. Main Cross St. The event will include door prizes and a buffet-style prime rib dinner including honey brown-sugar ham, vegetarian ziti, potatoes, green beans, vegetables and cheese, desserts and more. Spectrum is providing most of the food, although the prime rib will be cooked for them. The show is open to attendees age 16 and older. There will be a cash bar for those 21 and older. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at $30, presale only before March 25, by sending money order or check to Spectrum of Findlay, 1910 Candlewick Drive, Findlay, OH 45840.
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Master Gardener Presentation 6:30 pm
Master Gardener Presentation @ Lindamood Room at Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Apr 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will host a program on adding newer plant varieties with more color and contrasts to landscapes. Ohio State University graduate landscape architect and Master Gardener intern Tim Brugeman will give a presentation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the Lindamood Room. Registration is required by calling 419-422-1712 or by visiting www.findlaylibrary.org.
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OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training 6:00 pm
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
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Cookie Decorating Classes at Leipsic Library 4:00 pm
Cookie Decorating Classes at Leipsic Library @ Putnam County District Library -- Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial location
Apr 6 @ 4:00 pm
Cookie decorating classes will be held at libraries in Ottawa and Leipsic in April. A session is planned at 4 p.m. April 6 at the Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial location, while another program will be held at 6 p.m. April 10 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Helen Doboze will lead the classes for participants who are ages 9 and older. There is a $3 fee, and supplies will be provided. Those attending may bring an apron if desired and a container to transport the cookies home. Each person will decorate six cookies. Registration is requested by Monday by calling the Leipsic library at 419-943-2604 or the Ottawa library at 419-523-3747.
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training 6:00 pm
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
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Jupiter Viewing 7:00 pm
Jupiter Viewing @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm
A program to view Jupiter at its closest point to earth this year will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The program will begin in the inflatable planetarium and then move outside to view the planet and its moons. Participants may bring binoculars or a telescope to view the four largest moons. Register for the free program by noon on April 6. The family program will be held with a minimum of six and a maximum of 25 participants. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Jupiter Viewing 9:00 pm
Jupiter Viewing @ Ohio Northern University Observatory
Apr 7 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Ohio Northern University Astronomy Club will host a free astronomy event from 9-11 p.m. tonight. The main attraction will be Jupiter. Check for cancellations online at http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/astro/publicevents.html.
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Saturday Morning Nature Series: Insects 9:00 am
Saturday Morning Nature Series: Insects @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Attention, all nature-loving 8-11 year olds! The Hancock Park District is excited to announce a new nature series. Four different nature topics will be covered over the course of four consecutive Saturday mornings. Each topic involves hands-on learning, a craft, hiking, and lots of fun. Register with $20 per child by noon on Thursday, March 16. A medical form is required and available online or at the park office.
Titanic Afternoon Tea at The Jones Mansion 2:00 pm
Titanic Afternoon Tea at The Jones Mansion @ The Jones Mansion
Apr 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Jones Mansion will host an afternoon tea Saturday, April 8, to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic on April 14 and 15, 1912. The event will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and feature trivia, history and a recreation of the tea menu that was served on board the Titanic in third class the day of the sinking. Although it is not a requirement, guests are encouraged to dress in period attire to help add to the experience. All those who come shall receive the name of a passenger who was aboard the Titanic and will find out whether or not their passenger survived the crossing. Tickets are $25 per person and are limited. They can be purchased by calling the Jones Mansion at 419-427-6110 or by placing a request and payment into the venue box outside the mansion near the front doors at 313 E. Sandusky St. The last day for presale tickets is Wednesday, April 5. If the event doesn’t sell out, tickets may be available at the door the day of the event for $30 each. Proceeds from the event go toward the restoration and upkeep of the 1867 Jones Mansion.
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Cookie Decorating Classes at Ottawa Library 6:00 pm
Cookie Decorating Classes at Ottawa Library @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa Branch
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm
Cookie decorating classes will be held at libraries in Ottawa and Leipsic in April. A session is planned at 4 p.m. April 6 at the Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial location, while another program will be held at 6 p.m. April 10 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Helen Doboze will lead the classes for participants who are ages 9 and older. There is a $3 fee, and supplies will be provided. Those attending may bring an apron if desired and a container to transport the cookies home. Each person will decorate six cookies. Registration is requested by Monday by calling the Leipsic library at 419-943-2604 or the Ottawa library at 419-523-3747.
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Hancock Park District Spring Break Children’s Camp 9:00 am
Hancock Park District Spring Break Children’s Camp @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
A three-day spring break children’s “camp,” hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held April 11, 12 and 13 at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Topics will include birds, plants and camping. Birds will be the subject from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. There will be a trail hike, games, dissecting of owl pellets, and making bird feeders. Wildflowers will be the subject from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. The day will be spent hiking to search for wildflowers. Flower gathering will be done for pressing, and seeds will be started for the backyard garden. “Camping 101” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 13. Participants will experience fishing, hiking, and crafts, and gain confidence before attending a longer camp this summer. The camp will take place at the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Children must be 6 to 12 years old. Register, with $15 per child per camp, for the birds and/or wildflower camps by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 7. Register for “Camping 101,” with $15 per child, by 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 10. A medical form is required and is available online at www.hancockparks.com or at the park district office, 1424 E. Main Cross St. Snacks will be provided, but participants should bring a sack lunch to each camp. The programs will be held with a minimum of six and a maximum of 20 participants. Participants should wear good hiking shoes and clothes that can get dirty. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training 6:00 pm
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
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Hancock Park District Spring Break Children’s Camp 9:00 am
Hancock Park District Spring Break Children’s Camp @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
A three-day spring break children’s “camp,” hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held April 11, 12 and 13 at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Topics will include birds, plants and camping. Birds will be the subject from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. There will be a trail hike, games, dissecting of owl pellets, and making bird feeders. Wildflowers will be the subject from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. The day will be spent hiking to search for wildflowers. Flower gathering will be done for pressing, and seeds will be started for the backyard garden. “Camping 101” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 13. Participants will experience fishing, hiking, and crafts, and gain confidence before attending a longer camp this summer. The camp will take place at the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Children must be 6 to 12 years old. Register, with $15 per child per camp, for the birds and/or wildflower camps by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 7. Register for “Camping 101,” with $15 per child, by 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 10. A medical form is required and is available online at www.hancockparks.com or at the park district office, 1424 E. Main Cross St. Snacks will be provided, but participants should bring a sack lunch to each camp. The programs will be held with a minimum of six and a maximum of 20 participants. Participants should wear good hiking shoes and clothes that can get dirty. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
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Hancock Park District Spring Break Children’s Camp 9:00 am
Hancock Park District Spring Break Children’s Camp @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
A three-day spring break children’s “camp,” hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held April 11, 12 and 13 at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Topics will include birds, plants and camping. Birds will be the subject from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. There will be a trail hike, games, dissecting of owl pellets, and making bird feeders. Wildflowers will be the subject from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. The day will be spent hiking to search for wildflowers. Flower gathering will be done for pressing, and seeds will be started for the backyard garden. “Camping 101” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 13. Participants will experience fishing, hiking, and crafts, and gain confidence before attending a longer camp this summer. The camp will take place at the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Children must be 6 to 12 years old. Register, with $15 per child per camp, for the birds and/or wildflower camps by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 7. Register for “Camping 101,” with $15 per child, by 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 10. A medical form is required and is available online at www.hancockparks.com or at the park district office, 1424 E. Main Cross St. Snacks will be provided, but participants should bring a sack lunch to each camp. The programs will be held with a minimum of six and a maximum of 20 participants. Participants should wear good hiking shoes and clothes that can get dirty. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training 6:00 pm
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
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OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training 6:00 pm
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
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OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training 6:00 pm
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
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The Galaxies of Spring 9:00 pm
The Galaxies of Spring @ Ohio Northern University Observatory
Apr 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Ohio Northern University observatory will present “The Galaxies of Spring” from 9-11 p.m. today. Galaxies are a swirling collection of stars, gas, dust and dark matter that are generally difficult to see with telescopes because they are so far away and faint. But during this time of the year, the closest concentrations of galaxies are positioned high in the sky by midnight for better viewing. The program will target M66 in Leo and the black eye galaxy in Coma Berenices for observation with the telescopes. At 9:47 p.m., an Iridium satellite is scheduled to flare brightly just as it passes into Coma Berenices. Check for cancellations online at http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/astro/publicevents.html.
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Spring Constellations and Binoculars 8:00 pm
Spring Constellations and Binoculars @ Riverbend Recreation Area - Shelter 5
Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm
Neil Stewart, with Millstream Astronomy Club, will present a program on spring constellations and how to use binoculars at 8 p.m. Saturday in Shelter 5 at Riverbend Recreation Area. After the talk, telescopes will be available to view the sky. Participants may bring their own telescope. No registration is necessary for the free family program. For more information, call the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
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Transition Bluffton River Walk 6:00 pm
Transition Bluffton River Walk
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Transition Bluffton is hosting a river walk along the Little Riley beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday. Naturalist Anne Coburn-Griffis will lead the walk exploring plant and animal life in the Motter Metro Park just outside Bluffton. Walkers will explore park trails and be introduced to creatures that make their home in and along the Little Riley. Participants will need good walking shoes and should bring binoculars and magnifying lenses. Parking for Motter Metro Park is located at 10740 Columbus Grove-Bluffton Road. Visit TransitionBluffton.org for more information.
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OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training 6:00 pm
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
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Pandora United Methodist Church Community Meal 5:30 pm
Pandora United Methodist Church Community Meal @ Pandora United Methodist Church
Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
A free community meal will be served from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St. This month’s meal is provided by Pandora-Gilboa Student Council and includes tacos, refried beans, salad, cookies and beverage.
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Basics of Archery 7:00 pm
Basics of Archery @ Dold Lake at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A “basics of archery” class for adults will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday near Dold Lake in Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The class will be presented by a certified archery instructor. Equipment and targets will be provided including a compound bow. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Register, with a fee of $10 per person, by noon Monday. The class will be held with a minimum of two and maximum of 12 participants.
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Zion United Methodist Church Chicken Barbecue 4:00 pm
Zion United Methodist Church Chicken Barbecue @ Zion United Methodist Church
Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Zion United Methodist Church, 9009 Ohio 12 W, will host a Harlan’s chicken barbecue from 4-7 p.m. Friday. The dine-in, carryout or drive-thru menu includes a half chicken, baked potato, corn, roll and dessert. Tickets are $8 each and can be purchased by calling 419-306-7780.
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