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The Flowers of Spring 10:00 am
The Flowers of Spring @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Learn about Ohio’s native wildflowers on Monday, April 4. There will be a story about flowers, a game to play, and an opportunity to make your very own seed paper that can be taken home and planted in your own backyard. Children will learn which spring flowers best attract butterflies and other pollinators. This program is recommended for children ages three to six with an adult companion. Other-aged siblings are welcome to attend.
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Homeschoolers in the Park 9:30 am
Homeschoolers in the Park @ Hancock County Parks
Apr 6 @ 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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Findlay High School Junior Statesmen of America Dinner 5:00 pm
Findlay High School Junior Statesmen of America Dinner @ First Presbyterian Church
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Findlay High School Junior Statesmen of America is hosting a community dinner Thursday at First Presbyterian Church. The service and debate club has raised money for a project to help people in Tanga, Tanzania, for the past 10 years. This year the club is raising money to train rural maternal health care workers. Community members can contribute by buying tickets for the community dinner, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday night and catered by City Barbecue. Attendees can carry out or eat in for $10 a person, $5 of which will go to the project. Those interested can buy tickets by calling 419-425-8296 or emailing jwithrow@fcs.org.
Westbrook Accessory Bingo 6:00 pm
Westbrook Accessory Bingo @ Sycamore Community Center
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SYCAMORE — Westbrook Assisted Living and Memory Care will host a night of accessory bingo Thursday at the Sycamore Community Center, 3894 Ohio 103, Sycamore. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with games beginning at 6 p.m. Prizes include purses, wristlets and jewelry. Admission is $10 at the door. Food will be available for purchase by the Sycamore Fire and Rescue Inc. Proceeds will benefit Hospice of Wyandot County. For more information, call 419-209-1100.
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Make and Take: Spring Birdbath 1:00 pm
Make and Take: Spring Birdbath @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm
Bring your creative side out and join Hancock Park District program specialist Chris Allen for an afternoon making a concrete nature birdbath and other items. Materials used include large leaves and other items from nature. The program is recommended for ages 13 and up, with a maximum capacity of 25 registrants. Registration and payment are required by noon Thursday, April 7.
Telescopes 101 8:00 pm
Telescopes 101 @ Riverbend Recreation Area - Shelter 5
Apr 9 @ 8:00 pm
Members of the Millstream Astronomy Club will explain how to use different styles of telescopes along with observations of the crescent moon, Mars and Jupiter. All ages are welcome to attend and registration is not required.
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United Way of Hancock County Annual Meeting 5:30 pm
United Way of Hancock County Annual Meeting @ Hilton Garden Inn
Apr 12 @ 5:30 pm
The United Way of Hancock County will hold its 61st annual meeting Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a Gaslight Society reception for donors of $750 or more annually. The annual dinner meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social reception, meal and presentations. Two community members will be honored during the event. Alisha Schroeder will receive the Secor Scholar Award, a $2,000 renewable scholarship honoring Steven and Doris Secor; and David Whikehart will be presented with the Jeri Bjorling Memorial Distinguished Volunteer Award. The event costs $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight. Register by visiting LiveUnitedHancockCounty.org or call 419-423-1432.
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Child Abuse Prevention Kickoff Breakfast Ceremony 8:30 am
Child Abuse Prevention Kickoff Breakfast Ceremony @ Marathon Center for The Performing Arts
Apr 13 @ 8:30 am
Hancock County Job & Family Services will host the annual Child Abuse Prevention Kickoff Breakfast Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. The event is open to everyone in the community who would like to join the agency in celebrating National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Those attending are encouraged to wear blue. Immediately following the breakfast will be a presentation of balloons in front of the Hancock County Courthouse.
Mercury, Venus and Mars 7:00 pm
Mercury, Venus and Mars @ Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm
Join Hancock Park District naturalist Michelle Rumschlag and learn about Mercury, Venus and Mars with the help of a portable planetarium. The program will point out facts about the three planets and highlight why Earth is best suited for living. Registration is limited to a minimum of six and a maximum of 25 participants, and is recommended for ages 7 and up. Registration deadline is noon Tuesday, April 12. A pillow and blanket to sit on is encouraged, and participants should ask about handicap accessibility.
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Spring Fling Ladies Luncheon 12:00 pm
Spring Fling Ladies Luncheon @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
Apr 14 @ 12:00 pm
FOREST — Deb Harvitt, owner of De-Clutter with Deb professional organizing service, will be the keynote speaker during the Spring Fling Ladies Luncheon fundraiser, to benefit the Forest-Jackson Public Library, at noon April 14 at the library, 102 W. Lima St., Forest. Kathy Miller will cater the event and the meal will include roast beef, twice-baked potato and broccoli salad. A dessert bar, provided by Friends of the Library, is also included. Cost is $12 per person and reservations are required by calling the library at 419-273-2400.
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North Baltimore Library Blood Drive 4:00 pm
North Baltimore Library Blood Drive @ Powell Elementary School
Apr 15 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
NORTH BALTIMORE — Powell Elementary School and Friends of the North Baltimore Public Library are hosting a blood drive Friday. The blood drive will be in the Powell gymnasium at 500 N. Main St. from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Those who give blood will be entered to win prizes. Participants can preregister by calling 1-800-733-2767 or visiting redcrossblood.org
Craters and Maria of the Moon 9:00 pm
Craters and Maria of the Moon @ Ohio Northern University Observatory
Apr 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
ADA — The Ohio Northern University Observatory will host a viewing of the moon from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. “Craters and Maria of the Moon” is the title of the program. Visitors will be able to view the highlands, lowlands, rilles, mountains and craters of the moon. While there are no large bodies of water on the moon, the giant craters that filled in with dark basalt look like oceans. Jupiter and its Galilean moons will also be prime targets. The event is free, but clear skies are needed. Check for cancellations online at http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/astro/publicevents.html.
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Hancock County Heart Walk and 5K 9:00 am
Hancock County Heart Walk and 5K @ Downtown Findlay
Apr 16 @ 9:00 am
The American Heart Association will host the Hancock County Heart Walk and 5K on April 16 in downtown Findlay. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Findlay Family YMCA. A ceremony is planned at 9 a.m. The Heart Walk is a key fundraiser for the American Heart Association and supports its mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Nearly 1,000 participants will join millions of people walking in cities across the country as part of that lifesaving mission. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is the signature sponsor of this year’s event, and the company’s chief financial officer, Ginger Jones, is the 2016 Hancock County event chairman. The Heart Walk is a key component of the American Heart Association’s “My Heart. My Life.” program, a health, wellness and fitness platform developed to empower Americans to get healthier. Local businesses and organizations help support the Heart Walk by forming company teams and/or by becoming sponsors. In addition to promoting heart-healthy lifestyles and raising critical funds for life-saving research and education, the Heart Walk honors loved ones lost to heart disease and stroke as well as celebrates survivors. Among the survivors is 44-year-old Travis Knight of Findlay, who has lived with Atrial Fibrillation for the past five years. While at work one morning, Knight’s heartbeat started racing, he felt lightheaded and broke out in a sweat. Testing revealed the AFib diagnosis, in which the heart’s two small upper chambers beat irregularly and too fast. If left untreated, AFib can lead to serious issues including stroke and heart failure. Doctors prescribed medication and performed an ablation. Knight cites his wife, Jenni, and children, Gracie and Charley, as his motivation to participate in the Heart Walk. The event will also feature the Cooper Tire Heart Challenge, which is a free obstacle court challenge open to children ages 12 and younger. Registration for the 5K is $30 per person. There is no registration fee for the walk. The American Heart Association’s 2020 goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by 2020. For more information, visit www.heart.org/hancockcountywalk or call 419-740-9669.
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Earth Day at the Hancock Historical Museum 1:00 pm
Earth Day at the Hancock Historical Museum @ Hancock Historical Museum
Apr 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Earth Day will be celebrated at the Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St., on Sunday. Visitors can play Earth Day bingo and make crafts. They can also help prepare the herb garden and learn more about herbs and how they can be used. The museum is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The activities are available with regular admission.
Run the Res 2:00 pm
Run the Res @ Fostoria Reservoirs 2 and 3
Apr 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
FOSTORIA — The seventh annual “Run the Res” around Fostoria’s Reservoirs 2 and 3 will be held at 2 p.m. April 17. The 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer walk/run is hosted by Susie Shiff and her family in memory of her husband, Jeff, who died of colon cancer in 2008. “My children and I started ‘Run the Res’ to celebrate my husband’s life and love of running. Jeff enjoyed running the ‘res’ so the name was an easy choice,” Shiff said. “He is missed greatly, but this event is one way we are carrying out his memory in a positive way that benefits others in our community.” Pre-registration continues through Monday. The day of the events, registration and packet pickup is from noon to 1:45 p.m. in the brick shelter house at City Park, near the corner of Vine and Van Buren streets in Fostoria. A children’s fun run, for 3- to 9-year-olds, will be held at 1 p.m. The 5K and 10K races will loop around Reservoirs 2 and 3, named Lake Mottram and Lake Lamberjack, located at the end of Fremont and Tiffin streets, then down Tiffin Street to Hancock County 262 and back to the finish. Race results will be tabulated using computer chips attached to runners’ and walkers’ shoes. Pre-registration for the 5K and 10K races costs $20, which includes a soft cotton T-shirt; or $25, which includes a Tek T-shirt. Registration on race day is $25 and a shirt is not guaranteed. Pre-registration for the children’s fun run, which is 400 yards, costs $10 and includes a shirt. Registration on race day costs $15 and a shirt is not guaranteed. In 2015, over 300 adults and children participated in the event, which raised $6,000 for ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital’s Cancer Fund. To register, or for more information, online at: runtheres.org or info@runtheres.org or call Susie Shiff, 419-435-1772.
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Wee Ones: April Fools in Nature 10:00 am
Wee Ones: April Fools in Nature @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hancock Park District personnel will present a story, craft and a hike about how nature plays tricks on humans and other animals during a program April 18 for children 3 years old and younger accompanied by an adult. The same program will be offered at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Siblings may attend the free program. Registration is not necessary.
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St. Wendelin Bakery Bingo 7:00 pm
St. Wendelin Bakery Bingo @ St. Wendelin Parish & School
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
FOSTORIA — St. Wendelin Parish & School will host its third annual Bakery Bingo event from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday in the Parish Hall, 323 N. Wood St., Fostoria. Bingo cards are $1 each and slices of pizza are $2 each. Money generated will help the St. Wendelin Parents Association fund future events and supply mini grants to teachers for classroom materials. The event is open to the public.
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Spring Nature Hike For Kids 1:00 pm
Spring Nature Hike For Kids @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 23 @ 1:00 pm
A spring nature hike for kids, presented by Hancock Park District staff, will be held at 1 p.m. April 23, beginning in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The free program is for all children. No registration is necessary.
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Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Findlay meeting 7:00 pm
Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Findlay meeting @ Fox Run Manor
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm
Heather Heilman will discuss the current state of the Community Garden of Hancock County and its direction and opportunities for the future at the April 28 meeting of the Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Findlay. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Fox Run Manor, 11745 Township Road 145, and the public is invited to attend. Now in its sixth year, the garden plot at the Family Center, 1800 N. Blanchard St., will have more than 60 plots available. Anyone interested in joining the club may contact president Larry Schock at 419-299-3236.
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Christian Clearing House Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am
Christian Clearing House Pancake Breakfast @ St. Marks United Methodist Church
Apr 30 @ 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 St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St. The menu will include pancakes, sausage links, coffee and juice. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 10 and younger. Tickets will be sold at the door and are available by calling 419-422-2222. All proceeds benefit the ministries of Christian Clearing House.
Quarry Farm Family Day 1:00 pm
Quarry Farm Family Day @ Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm
Apr 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm is holding its annual Family Day from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The event is free and open to the public. The event will feature an open house of fun in the gardens, woods and wetlands. A representative from Black Swamp Raptor Rehabilitation Center, Pandora, will be on-site with several birds of prey. Attendees of all ages can make their own walking staff and take it with them along the trails to count spring wildflowers and butterflies and visit with the residents of the farm animal sanctuary. “Lasting Leaf” T-shirts may also be made for a donation to the nonprofit organization in support of educational programming. The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm is located just north of 14321 Road 7L, Pandora. For more information, visit www.thequarryfarm.org or call 419-384-7195.

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