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Gardening Program 6:30 pm
Gardening Program @ McComb Public Library
May 3 @ 6:30 pm
Richard and Joanne Ritter will present a gardening program at 6:30 p.m. May 3 at the McComb Public Library, 113 S. Todd St. The informational program will include a question and answer period. No registration is necessary.
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Hancock Park District Fish Festival 8:00 am
Hancock Park District Fish Festival @ Lakefront Activity Center at Riverbend Recreation Area
May 6 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
The 21st annual Hancock Park District Fish Festival will be held from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, May 6 in Giertz Lake at the Lakefront Activity Center, Riverbend Recreation Area. The program is to introduce youngsters, 4 to 15 years old accompanied by an adult, to fishing. Trout will be stocked prior to the festival by the state Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division. Only fishing from the bank will be allowed and children must do the fishing with limited adult assistance. State fishing rules and regulations must be followed and individuals should take home the first five trout they catch. There will be no catch-and-release allowed during the event. Bait will be sold at the event. Along with fishing, there will also be an open interactive boating safety display. In addition to posters and other reading material about Ohio boating laws and safety information, visitors and Fish Festival participants will be able to experience sitting in a canoe and can try on life vests. The event will be held rain or shine, except in the event of extreme weather conditions. Names of registered participants will be drawn throughout the morning for random prizes, but participants must be present to win. Besides the state natural resources department, other sponsors include WFIN/WKXA/The Fox and Centennial Screen Printing and Engraving. There is no cost, but registration is required beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Lakefront Activity Center.
Pole Beans Program For Kids 10:00 am
Pole Beans Program For Kids @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
May 6 @ 10:00 am
A children’s program about pole beans will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the garden at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. A presentation about the beans will be given, including how to set the poles. There will be plants and seeds to place in the ground, and plants to tend which were planted previously. Visitors will be able to lend a helping hand. Participants must be 4 to 18 years old. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should bring a pair of work gloves. The free program requires no registration.
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Plein Air Gatherings 9:00 am
Plein Air Gatherings
May 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The remaining Plein Air Gatherings are an opportunity for artists to get together and paint or draw outdoors “en plein air” in the parks. This program is open to all adult and teen artists who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. If it rains, the session will be canceled. Locations are as follows: May 10 group paints at Riverbend Recreation Area, meets at the Big Oaks parking lot; May 17 group paints at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, meets at the gatehouse; May 24 group paints at Riverside Park, meets at the waterfalls overlook; and May 31 group paints at Blue Rock Nature Preserve, meets at the Edgar Avenue parking lot.
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Summer Blooms of Ohio 1:00 pm
Summer Blooms of Ohio @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
An open house on “Summer Blooms of Ohio” will be held from 1-4 p.m. May 14 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. There will be a guided, hour-long leisurely hike at 2 p.m. to view the flowers. The free family program requires no registration. For more information, contact the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
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Things with Wings 10:00 am
Things with Wings @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A program about “Things with Wings,” presented by Hancock Park District staff, will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The same program is offered each time. The program is for toddlers 3 years and under accompanied by an adult, but siblings may attend. There will be a story, a craft and exploration of the Discovery Center. The free program requires no registration.
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Viewing Mercury 6:00 pm
Viewing Mercury @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 16 @ 6:00 pm
A program about “Viewing Mercury” will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Mercury will reach its greatest western elongation from the sun during the week, which means the planet will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. The planet can be easily viewed low in the eastern sky just before sunrise. The Hancock Park District’s planetarium will present the evening program for viewing Mercury up close. The family program is free, but with limited space inside the inflatable planetarium, registration is required by 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 15. The program will be held with a minimum of six and a maximum of 25 individuals. Call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
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Plein Air Gatherings 9:00 am
Plein Air Gatherings
May 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The remaining Plein Air Gatherings are an opportunity for artists to get together and paint or draw outdoors “en plein air” in the parks. This program is open to all adult and teen artists who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. If it rains, the session will be canceled. Locations are as follows: May 10 group paints at Riverbend Recreation Area, meets at the Big Oaks parking lot; May 17 group paints at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, meets at the gatehouse; May 24 group paints at Riverside Park, meets at the waterfalls overlook; and May 31 group paints at Blue Rock Nature Preserve, meets at the Edgar Avenue parking lot.
Monarch Butterflies 6:00 pm
Monarch Butterflies @ Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area
May 17 @ 6:00 pm
A program about monarch butterflies, presented by the Hancock Park District, will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area. Over the past decade, the monarch population has plummeted to an unprecedented low. Free milkweed seeds will be available. The free, family program is recommended for youngsters at least 7 years old. Registration is required by 4:30 p.m. Monday. The program will be held with a minimum of two and maximum of 100 individuals.
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Litzenberg Photography Hike 10:00 am
Litzenberg Photography Hike @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
A photography hike will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The leisurely hike will include stops to take pictures. The free program is recommended for individuals at least 10 years old. Registration is required by 3 p.m. Friday. The program will be held with a minimum of six and maximum of 20 individuals.
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Plein Air Gatherings 9:00 am
Plein Air Gatherings
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The remaining Plein Air Gatherings are an opportunity for artists to get together and paint or draw outdoors “en plein air” in the parks. This program is open to all adult and teen artists who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. If it rains, the session will be canceled. Locations are as follows: May 10 group paints at Riverbend Recreation Area, meets at the Big Oaks parking lot; May 17 group paints at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, meets at the gatehouse; May 24 group paints at Riverside Park, meets at the waterfalls overlook; and May 31 group paints at Blue Rock Nature Preserve, meets at the Edgar Avenue parking lot.
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Millstream Astronomy Club 9:00 pm
Millstream Astronomy Club @ Riverbend Recreation Area - Shelter 5
May 27 @ 9:00 pm
Don Trinko, with the Millstream Astronomy Club, will present a program about telescopes at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 27, in Shelter 5 at Riverbend Recreation Area. The presentation will discuss the various styles of telescopes. Viewing will be available through telescopes provided, or participants may bring their own. The free family program requires no registration.
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Plein Air Gatherings 9:00 am
Plein Air Gatherings
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The remaining Plein Air Gatherings are an opportunity for artists to get together and paint or draw outdoors “en plein air” in the parks. This program is open to all adult and teen artists who use any medium conducive to working outdoors. Bring whatever supplies and equipment needed and dress for ground and weather conditions. If it rains, the session will be canceled. Locations are as follows: May 10 group paints at Riverbend Recreation Area, meets at the Big Oaks parking lot; May 17 group paints at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, meets at the gatehouse; May 24 group paints at Riverside Park, meets at the waterfalls overlook; and May 31 group paints at Blue Rock Nature Preserve, meets at the Edgar Avenue parking lot.

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