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Spring canoe trip 7:00 am
Spring canoe trip @ Blanchard Landing
May 2 @ 7:00 am
This trip is an enjoyable, yet challenging adventure at approximately 37 miles with a primitive tent camping experience at Riverbend Recreation Area’s campground. This two-day canoe trip includes up to seven potential portages around dams and rock fields with five potential portages on the second day alone. All food and camping gear will have to be transported in the canoes unless other arrangements are made. Trip planning and a wilderness expedition mindset may be necessary. Canoeists will paddle 20 miles on day one (approximately 7 hours without stops and with two strong paddlers) and 17 miles on day two (approximately 6 hours without stops and with two strong paddlers). If the trip is canceled due to extreme inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. Meet at 7 a.m. at Blanchard Landing, located on Ohio 235, south of U.S. 224 West. The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 7 a.m. Canoeists will be transported to Blanchard River Nature Preserve via the HPD Shuttle Service. Adults with a signed assumption of risk/liability release/waiver of all claims form and parental consent form if applicable. Youth under the age of 18 are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.Participants must have the ability to swim. Enrollment maximum: 12 people total with a maximum of two participants per canoe. Register by Friday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. Supplies: Wear tennis shoes that can get wet. Bring enough food, supplies, equipment and clothes to support a weekend canoe trip (alcohol is not permitted in HPD canoes, parks or campground). Dress and plan accordingly for the weather. Canoes, life vests, paddles, shuttle service, firewood, and camping permit are provided.
19th Annual Fish Festival 7:30 am
19th Annual Fish Festival @ Riverbend Recreation Area
May 2 @ 7:30 am – 11:00 am
Young anglers can try their luck as the Hancock Park District hosts its 19th annual youth fishing event. Trout stocking will take place prior to the event courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division. Fishing will be allowed by bank only. Children must do the fishing, but limited adult assistance is permitted. All state fishing rules and regulations must be followed and anglers are asked to take home the first five trout they catch. No catch and release is permitted. Live bait will be for sale on site. The Fish Festival will be held rain or shine, except in the event of extremely threatening weather conditions. Throughout the morning, registered participant names will be drawn for random prize drawings and must be present to win. Sponsors of this year’s fish festival are ODNR Division of Wildlife, WFIN/WKXA/The Fox and Centennial Screen Printing and Engraving. Food concession will also be available by the Findlay Area Civitan Club in Shelter 4. For ages 4 to 15, with an adult companion. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., festival begins at 8 a.m.
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Spring canoe trip 7:00 am
Spring canoe trip @ Blanchard Landing
May 3 @ 7:00 am
This trip is an enjoyable, yet challenging adventure at approximately 37 miles with a primitive tent camping experience at Riverbend Recreation Area’s campground. This two-day canoe trip includes up to seven potential portages around dams and rock fields with five potential portages on the second day alone. All food and camping gear will have to be transported in the canoes unless other arrangements are made. Trip planning and a wilderness expedition mindset may be necessary. Canoeists will paddle 20 miles on day one (approximately 7 hours without stops and with two strong paddlers) and 17 miles on day two (approximately 6 hours without stops and with two strong paddlers). If the trip is canceled due to extreme inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10. Meet at 7 a.m. at Blanchard Landing, located on Ohio 235, south of U.S. 224 West. The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 7 a.m. Canoeists will be transported to Blanchard River Nature Preserve via the HPD Shuttle Service. Adults with a signed assumption of risk/liability release/waiver of all claims form and parental consent form if applicable. Youth under the age of 18 are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.Participants must have the ability to swim. Enrollment maximum: 12 people total with a maximum of two participants per canoe. Register by Friday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. Supplies: Wear tennis shoes that can get wet. Bring enough food, supplies, equipment and clothes to support a weekend canoe trip (alcohol is not permitted in HPD canoes, parks or campground). Dress and plan accordingly for the weather. Canoes, life vests, paddles, shuttle service, firewood, and camping permit are provided.
International Rett Syndrome Foundation run/walk 1:00 pm
International Rett Syndrome Foundation run/walk @ Riverside Park
May 3 @ 1:00 pm
A run and walk to benefit the International Rett Syndrome Foundation is scheduled for May 3 at Riverside Park. Rett syndrome is a disorder of the nervous system. The run/walk will support research and funding to find a cure. The event will include a 5K run, a one-mile fun run and a one-mile walk along the Findlay Heritage Trail and around the park. Registration will be held at the Waterfalls Pavilion. Packets for the 5K run can be picked up between 1 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. with the race starting at 2 p.m. Packets for the fun run/walk can be picked up between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. with the run/walk starting at 3 p.m. The entry fee is $20 for adults and $15 for high school students and younger. Participants can purchase a T-shirt for $10 while supplies last. Awards will be provided for the top individuals in each age group as well as the overall male and female runners. For more information, including sponsor opportunities, contact Amanda at 419-306-4234 or Karen at 419-957-3875. Online registration is available at http://www.rettsyndrome.org/special-events/live-rett-free.
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Art in the Park: Plein Air Gatherings 6:00 pm
Art in the Park: Plein Air Gatherings @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
If you love to paint or draw outdoors, the Plein Air Artists group is just for you! This program is open to all artists, from professional to interested and enthusiastic amateurs, who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Artists should plan to bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. The coordinator will be available each session to answer questions In case of rain, the session will be cancelled. This event is for teens and adults
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Pizza Party & Planetarium Show 6:00 pm
Pizza Party & Planetarium Show @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Families will enjoy pizza and drinks inside the Discovery Center, followed by a planetarium show. Saturn will be closest to Earth and the Moon will be soon be a new one. Visitors will look for those things and search for the constellations that make up the hunting dogs, hair and the crow. Participants must sit on floor and may bring along a pillow if they wish. Ask about handicap accessibility. Recommended for those ages 5 and up, Register with $5 per person by Thursday, May 7.
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March for Babies 8:30 am
March for Babies @ First Presbyterian Church
May 9 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Registration, breakfast/lunch, kids activities, silent auction … all free! Help us raise awareness and funds for stronger, healthier babies!
Lighthouse Church Auction Fundraiser 12:00 pm
Lighthouse Church Auction Fundraiser @ Lighthouse Pentecostal Church of God
May 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Items to auction include a boat, tools, dishes, tables, furniture, gift baskets, gift certificates and more. Concession stand will be available.
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Downtown Findlay dinner event 5:00 pm
Downtown Findlay dinner event @ Downtown Findlay
May 14 @ 5:00 pm
Two menu tours will be available with a few different start times. Available times are: 5 p.m., 6 p.m., or 7 p.m. Menus include: The Tree City Tour: Appetizer at The Gathering Wine: Antipasto appetizer consisting of various meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. Soup and salad at Tavern at the Inn: Sun-dried tomato tortellini soup with a classic caesar salad. Entrée at The Jones Mansion with food prepared by The Bistro on Main: Tuscan braised pork with white cheddar polenta and sweet pickle salad. Coffee and dessert at Coffee Amici in partnership with Bread Kneads: your choice of hot buttered toffee latte, toasted marshmallow hot chocolate or strawberry smoothie and Bread Kneads’ carrot cake with walnuts and cream cheese frosting. The Flag City Tour: Appetizer at Trans Am Meatballs & Records: Vietnamese pork meatball with green papaya salad and fresh mint. Soup and salad at The Greek Garden: Lemon chicken soup with a traditional Greek salad. Entrée at Alexandria’s: Braised short ribs over risotto. Coffee and dessert at Main Street Deli in partnership with The Baker’s Café: Your choice of freshly ground gourmet coffee, vanilla chai latte, or iced mocha coffee and Main Street Deli’s lemon poppy cake with lemon-raspberry glaze or chocolate sour cream cake with chocolate ganache. Tickets are $50 per person and only 50 tickets for each time frame will be sold. Alcohol and food substitutions are not included in ticket price. Tickets must be presented at each location. Each tour lasts approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Tickets are on sale at the following locations: Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St. (cash or check accepted), DorAnne’s Gifts & Gourmet, 327 S. Main St. (cash or check accepted), Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, 123 E. Main Cross St. (cash, check, credit cards accepted; $3 processing fee applied when using a credit card). More info: http://thecourier.com/local-news/2015/05/03/weekend-do-a-little-door-to-door-dining-downtown/
Findlay Country Club Wine Night 6:00 pm
Findlay Country Club Wine Night @ Findlay Country Club
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Enjoy a fun night at The Findlay Country Club! Wine, appetizers, art materials and fun will be provided! Registration is required through the Findlay Country Club only, call 419-422-9263.
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Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon 12:00 pm
Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon @ The Jones Mansion
May 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
The Dressing Room Boutique is hosting a Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon to benefit Hope House, an organization which helps the homeless and impoverished individuals and families in Hancock County. Ticket includes: – Lunch catered by Bistro On Main – 15 percent off purchases from the show at The Dressing Room Boutique – 5 percent of proceeds from boutique purchases will be donated to Findlay Hope House Parking for the Jones Mansion at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 218 E. Sandusky St.
Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis 5:30 pm
Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis @ Riverside Park
May 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event. Each year, more than 125,000 people participate in hundreds of walks across the country to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research and drug development.
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Step Away from Stigma Walk and Color Me Happy 5K 8:00 am
Step Away from Stigma Walk and Color Me Happy 5K @ Riverside Park
May 16 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join the fun! This event serves as NAMI’s biggest day of celebration, when families and friends who have fundraised gather for a full day of activities, including a 5K Run and Walk, entertainment, games, networking, and sharing our successes in our journeys with mental illness. Friends are made, contacts are made, families connect and fun and memories are made by all! The event, this year will not only have a fun walk but also a color run! This event is less about a 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Me Happy 5K, untimed race in which participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. The fun continues after with an unforgettable Fun Finish Festival. This larger than life party is equipped with music, dancing and color throws, and additional entertainment.
Spring canoe trip 9:00 am
Spring canoe trip @ Blanchard Landing
May 16 @ 9:00 am
This is a popular half-day trip, and rightly so. At 9.3 miles, it is scenic, it has no foreseeable obstacles or portages, and there are narrow sections and riffles to make it interesting and fun. Wildlife sightings are commonplace. Without stops and with two strong paddlers, this trip should take approximately 3 hours. If the trip is canceled due to extreme inclement weather, it will be rescheduled for Sunday, May 17. Meet at 9 a.m. at Blanchard Landing, located on Ohio 235, south of U.S. 224 West. The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 9 a.m. Canoeists will be transported to Liberty Landing via the HPD Shuttle Service. This canoe trip is for a parent and child age 12-14 with a signed assumption of risk/liability release/waiver of all claims form and parental consent form. Participants must have the ability to swim. Enrollment maximum: 12 people total. One parent and one child per canoe. Register by Friday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. Supplies: Wear tennis shoes that can get wet. Bring lunch, snacks, and water or Gatorade in a small cooler (alcohol is not permitted in HPD canoes). Dress and plan accordingly for the weather. Canoe, life vests, paddles, and shuttle service will be provided.
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Tim Horton’s Run/Walk for the Camps 9:00 am
Tim Horton’s Run/Walk for the Camps @ Riverbend Park
May 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Register now for the 3rd Annual Tim Hortons Findlay Ohio 5K Run/Walk for the Camps! Participation in the Tim Hortons Run/Walk for the Camps will help send 18,000 children and youth from low income homes to camp this year.
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Hole-in-One Derby 4:00 pm
Hole-in-One Derby @ Findlay Country Club
May 18 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Presented by Findlay Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram; picnic dinner included, cash bar available. Limited additional hole-in-one chances for $20 each. Chance to win a free car.
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Black Swamp Classic 7:00 am
Black Swamp Classic @ Red Hawk Run
May 19 @ 7:00 am
The 16th Annual Black Swamp Classic promises to be a great day of golf, friendship and fun. Plus, many great prizes will be awarded throughout the day. So make plans to join us and help continue the success of the Black Swamp Classic to support Childhood Health and Wellness Programs at the Findlay Family and Putnam County YMCA’s. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. – Morning Registration 7:45 a.m. – 8 a.m. – Instruction on Format 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Morning Flight Golf 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Morning Flight Prizes Awarded 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch Provided to All 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Afternoon Registration 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Instruction on Format 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Afternoon Flight Golf PRIZES AWARDED First, second and third place prizes will be awarded for both the morning and afternoon competitions. Participants will enjoy the post-golf ultimate prize giveaway. All team members will receive a commemorative gift item, team photo and a Black Swamp Classic gift pack. On-course snacks will be provided.
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On Behalf of Youth Fundraising Luncheon 11:30 am
On Behalf of Youth Fundraising Luncheon @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary
May 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
 
Art in the Park: Nature Journaling 7:00 pm
Art in the Park: Nature Journaling @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join artist, naturalist and HPD volunteer Sharon Hammer Baker for workshops to explore nature journaling techniques, including observation skills, sketching, drawing, painting and writing. Work from live and mounted wildlife as well as fresh and collected materials from the parks to enhance the experience. Participants should bring a sketch book and drawing supplies. This event is for teens and adults.
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Firehouse Memorial Run for MS 10:00 am
Firehouse Memorial Run for MS @ Central Joint Fire Station
May 23 @ 10:00 am
The Central Joint Fire District in Wood County is hosting its 10th annual memorial bike run to raise money for the MS Society. Registration is $20 and includes a T-shirt. First bike out at noon; open to all makes and models. Rain or shine.
Telescopes 101 8:00 pm
Telescopes 101 @ Riverbend Park
May 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Don Trinko of the Millstream Astronomy Club will be presenting a program on telescopes. He will be discussing the basic characteristics of different types of telescopes. Items he will talk about are the advantages and disadvantages of each type and what they cost. After the talk, there will be a viewing session with the club’s telescopes as along as viewing conditions are favorable. All ages are welcome!
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Vernal Pools 1:00 pm
Vernal Pools @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come out to the park and learn all about vernal pools. Who lives in the vernal pool and what do they feed on? Why are they important to our ecosystem? There will be a movie, activities and a hike to look at vernal pools. Come prepared to do some wadding if the water is high enough to find those little creatures in the pool. All ages are welcome
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City Mission Golf Outing 8:15 am
City Mission Golf Outing @ Sycamore Springs Golf Course
May 29 @ 8:15 am – 4:00 pm
Come out and play golf for a good cause! The City Mission Golf Outing is taking place at Sycamore Springs. Cost is $60/golfer or $200/team of four. Lunch is included for golfers, $10 for non-golfers. There will be raffles, prizes and more!
Divine and Wine 6:00 pm
Divine and Wine @ The Jones Mansion
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the historic Jones Mansion for a relaxing yoga class led by Melinda Williams, of Open Circle Yoga, followed by a wine tasting and elegant cheese pairing. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets are limited to the first 20 and can be purchased through the box office at www.artspartnership.com or directly at 419-422-3412.
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Hiking for Ice Cream 1:00 pm
Hiking for Ice Cream @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Let’s hike through the woods at Oakwoods to work up an appetite for a sweet treat! Without things from nature it would be hard to enjoy one of the most popular frozen treats. After a hike, meet back in the Discovery Center to make a tasty snack and top it with some of nature’s treats. All ages are welcome!