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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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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.
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UNITED Drag Show Benefit 3:39 pm
UNITED Drag Show Benefit @ Alumni Memorial Union
Apr 10 @ 3:39 pm – 4:39 pm
UNITED, the University of Findlay’s Gay-Straight Alliance, will have its annual Drag Show Benefit to raise money for the university’s LGBT Resource Center and TATS: Toledo Area Transgender Support, on Tuesday at the university’s Alumni Memorial Union. The event runs from 7-10 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. It is free for UF students with valid university identification; $1 for non-UF students with proper identification; and $5 for community members. Featured performers will include Candi, Wantsome? of Findlay; and Magestik, Jade Sexton, and Jackie O, all of Dayton. It will also feature free PRIDE T-shirts for UF students, student groups performing in drag for prizes, snacks and drinks, and professional photography. For more information, call the campus LGBT Resource Center at 419-434-5428.
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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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Zonta Spring Style Show 6:00 pm
Zonta Spring Style Show @ St. Michae's Auditorium
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Zonta Spring Style Show @ St. Michae's Auditorium | Findlay | Ohio | United States
Zonta’s Spring Style Show held at St. Michael’s Auditorium (750 Bright Rd, Findlay) Benefits Hope House, Open Arms, and The Daughter Project Doors open at 6:00PM – bring cash for gift basket raffles and vendors Style Show: 7:00PM – Papillon Boutique Emcees – Beth Wilkins & Keith Hodkinson Wine and light pairings will be served. Tickets are $20 – Contact Lisa Loughman (419)-425-5111 or email: lloughman@woh.rr.com
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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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Save 22 Pancake Breakfast and 5K Walk/Run 7:00 am
Save 22 Pancake Breakfast and 5K Walk/Run @ Findlay AMVETS Post 21
Apr 22 @ 7:00 am
A pancake breakfast and 5K walk/run will be held Saturday to bring awareness to veteran suicide. Every day, 22 American veterans take their own lives because of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. “Save 22” is a program the AMVETS Department of Ohio has started to help veterans and local military members who may be in crisis. The program will put them in contact with other veterans who have dealt with the same issues and also provide them with camaraderie they may be missing since leaving the military. “After learning of this tragedy, I felt the need to bring awareness to the community. And, with the support of the entire AMVETS Post 21, we hope to make a difference,” said junior AMVETS president Mayci Aldrich. A pancake breakfast sponsored by the Sons of AMVETS will be served at the post home, 423 W. Trenton Ave., from 7 a.m. to noon. Cost is $6. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the walk/run starting at 9. Cost is $20 per person which includes a T-shirt, drinks and a swag bag. Proceeds from both the breakfast and walk/run will benefit the SAVE 22 program. To register, check the pinned post on the Findlay AMVETS Facebook page and provide a shirt size, or call the AMVETS at 419-422-5190.
Hancock County Heart Walk and 5K 8:00 am
Hancock County Heart Walk and 5K @ Downtown Findlay
Apr 22 @ 8:00 am
The American Heart Association will host the Hancock County Heart Walk and 5K on Saturday in downtown Findlay. The Heart Walk is a key fundraiser for the American Heart Association and supports its mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Nearly 1,000 participants will join millions of people walking in cities across the country as part of that lifesaving mission. This year, participants are eligible to win a one-year membership to the Findlay Family YMCA. The runner/walker who raises the most money online through 5 p.m. Friday will win the membership. The winner will be announced prior to the start of the walk. The walk will begin at State Bank, 201 E. Lincoln St., with registration at 8 a.m. The ceremony begins at 9. Registration for the 5K is $30 per person; there is no fee to walk. Visit www.heart.org/hancockcountywalk for more information.
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes 11:30 am
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes @ Riverside Park
Apr 22 @ 11:30 am
Open Arms will present the ninth annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event, sponsored by The Union Bank Company, on April 22 at Riverside Park. Hancock County men, women and boys will walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes to raise awareness and educate the community about domestic violence and sexual assault. Open Arms is seeking event sponsors, individual walkers, teams and volunteers. Sign-up is available at www.openarmsfindlay.com. There is also an option to be a virtual walker. Day-of registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with an opening ceremony at 11:30. This is a family-friendly event with a free kids zone featuring face painting, arts and crafts tables, an inflatable bounce house and a visit from Spongebob. Food vendors, massage stations and sponsor areas will be set up throughout Riverside Park. Prizes and awards will be given. For more information or to volunteer, call Jodi DeVore at 419-420-9261.
Hancock Gospel Pavilion Fundraiser 6:00 pm
Hancock Gospel Pavilion Fundraiser @ Vanlue Community Church
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm
A Hancock Gospel Pavilion fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. April 22 at Vanlue Community Church, with music provided by One Voice, Living Water and Jim Boedicker. A goodwill offering will be collected to help fund the gospel pavilion at the Hancock County Fair.
Drag City USA 7:30 pm
Drag City USA @ Legends Steakhouse and Sports Bar banquet hall
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm
Ignite the Arts will host “Drag City USA,” a variety show featuring performances by local and regional drag queens who sing, dance and lip sync, on Saturday, April 22. The fundraising event benefits the Focus on Friends organization and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs banquet hall at Legends Steakhouse and Sports Bar, 411 S. Main St., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Performers include Ivy Winters; Candi, Wantsome?; Taj Mahal; and Majestik. Winters, the show’s headliner, is a former circus performer who routinely incorporates fire eating, stilt walking and juggling into her act. A sought-after costume designer, she won the “Miss Congeniality” title in season five of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and resides in rural Michigan when she’s not touring. Candi, Wantsome? is the persona of Ben Hippensteel, the event’s emcee and a Findlay and Fostoria native. Hippensteel began his drag career in 1998 and majored in musical theater at Wright State University, going on to perform with Thelma Houston, John Cameron Mitchell and RuPaul. He uses his performance medium to help others, with emphasis on those in his LGBT community, who are struggling with addiction and self-acceptance. In 2005, he was asked to join the Rubi Girls, an Ohio-based drag troupe which started in the late 1980s. The group has raised over $1 million for LGBT charities. As someone in long-term recovery, Hippensteel introduces himself in character as “the 39-year-old, super sober, Drag Queen Hostess with the Mostess.” He will share stories of his recovery at the event and says his goal is to show it is possible to be in recovery and still have fun. Focus on Friends is a peer-led recovery center that offers support and resources to people impacted by mental health and addiction issues. Hippensteel is a board member for the recovery center and developed the show with Donaldson. His connections with Rubi Girls helped attract Taj Mahal and Majestik’s participation. Standing room general admission tickets are $20. VIP tickets cost $50 and include special seating, swag bags, entry to meet and greet with food and two drink tickets. Only 250 general admission and 50 VIP tickets will be sold. The event is open to those ages 16 and older. All ticketholders who would like alcoholic beverages will have to go downstairs to the main bar. Food can be brought upstairs, but only limited bistro tables will be available for general admission. An elevator will be available for handicapped accessibility. Tickets can be purchased at Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St.; Focus on Friends, 509 W. Trenton Ave.; or online at www.ignitethearts.com. Those interested in sponsoring the event can email ignitethearts@gmail.com.
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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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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