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Riley Creek Christmas Tour 11:00 am
Riley Creek Christmas Tour @ Bridenbaugh One Room Schoolhouse
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The third annual Riley Creek Christmas Tour of historic buildings near Pandora will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The free tour includes four stops along Riley Creek. All the buildings have historical significance and will be decorated for the holidays. The first stop will be the Bridenbaugh One Room Schoolhouse at 14022 Road 6, at the corner of Road 6 and Road M6. This building is on the National Register of Historic Places and will be decorated for a 19th century Christmas. At 11 a.m., Darrell Groman (also known as Captain Riley) will give a presentation about life along Riley Creek. Jon Kuhns and his Old Time Gospel group will provide musical entertainment beginning at 1 p.m. The next stop is the McCullough Log Cabin at 14503 Road 6, Pandora. It is owned by Tom and Jane McCullough of Pandora. The 2½-story log home was originally built in 1860 and stood near Reading, Pennsylvania. It is furnished primarily with 19th century furniture from Putnam County. This is the third public open house for the McCullough cabin. A blacksmith/gun shop and reconstructed log barn will also be open. The third stop is Red Fox Cabin, a 1½-story log cabin built in 1853 by German immigrants and moved from West Virginia in 1995. The cabin will be decorated for Christmas with natural materials from the Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm. The cabin is one-eighth mile north of 14321 Road 7L. The fourth stop is Riley Creek United Methodist Church, built in 1850 by pioneers. “The local circuit-riding pastor and some of the members” will be there. The church is northwest of Pandora at the intersection of Roads M and 7L. For more information, contact Peggy Bridenbaugh at 419-969-0075.
Hancock Historical Museum Christmas Open House 5:00 pm
Hancock Historical Museum Christmas Open House @ Hancock Historical Museum
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum will host its annual Christmas open house this weekend, allowing visitors to experience the sights, tastes and sounds of the season during a guided tour of the historic Hull House, which has been decorated as it would have been for an 1880s Christmas. There will also be seasonal goodies cooked over the open hearth of the Crawford Log House to sample. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The museum is located at 422 W. Sandusky St. Live musical entertainment will be presented by the violin and cello duo Ken Pressel and Anita Schaible on Saturday, while Findlay High School’s Three Strings will entertain visitors Sunday. Father Christmas will make an appearance both days and the Hancock Park District and the Children’s Museum of Findlay will provide activities. On Sunday, Ric Beck and Paul Knoebel from the statewide organization Friends of Ohio Barns will be onsite to raise a mini barn — an 8-foot-by-12-foot timber framed barn with hand-hewn posts and pegs. The barn was crafted by Knoebel in 2003 to teach children about the lost art of timber framing. It will find a semi-permanent home in the museum’s Agriculture Building. The museum gift shop will also be open. Sale items include antique Findlay Glass, Findlay gift baskets and local history books. Purchases will be wrapped. The cost to attend is $1 per person. Call the museum at 419-423-4433 or visit www.hancockhistoricalmuseum.org for more information.
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Wood County Historical Center and Museum Demonstration Day 1:00 pm
Wood County Historical Center and Museum Demonstration Day @ Wood County Historical Center and Museum
Dec 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Wood County Historical Center and Museum will host a free December Demonstration Day including historical German Christmas activities inside the log cabin from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Costumed interpreters will lead visitors in German-influenced Christmas traditions including decorating, making Victorian-era ornaments, caroling and a reading of the classic poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” The poem will be read at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., and caroling will take place at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30.
Craft and Sip 3:00 pm
Craft and Sip @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Participants can create their own winter pine-cone trees while enjoying hot cocoa and cookies. Participants will get to choose from a few variations of this craft and pick whichever style they like best. All materials and instruction will be provided. Register with $10 per person at www.HancockParks.com under “Programs & Activities,” or in person at the Hancock Park District Administrative Office at 1424 E. Main Cross St. by noon Dec. 1.
Pine Cone Tree Craft 3:00 pm
Pine Cone Tree Craft @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
A pine cone tree craft, hosted by Hancock Park District, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Participants can choose from several variations and pick a style they like. All materials and instruction will be provided for the craft. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available. Registration is $10 per person and must be made by noon Dec. 1 online at www.HancockParks.com under “Programs & Activities,” or at the park district office, 1424 E. Main Cross St. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
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All About Otters 10:00 am
All About Otters @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A program about otters will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 4 for preschoolers in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The same program will be offered each time. Chris Allen, with Hancock Park District program staff, will read a story. There will be games and a craft. The free program is for 3-6 year-old children with an adult companion, but siblings may attend. No registration is necessary. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
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Holidays at the McKinnis House 6:00 pm
Holidays at the McKinnis House @ McKinnis House in Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Hancock Park District invites the community to step back in time and join the McKinnis family as they gather for the holiday season at the McKinnis House in Litzenberg Memorial Woods on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. Holiday cakes will be made in the kitchen for the family and guests to enjoy. The family will gather in the sitting room for a sing-along and conversation, including a discussion about new traditions that have been brought to the settlement. In the bedchamber, the kids will play games and discuss a Christmas tree. All ages are welcome to attend the free program, and registration is not required. Litzenberg Memorial Woods is located at 6100 U.S. 224, west of Findlay. For more information about other upcoming park programs and events, view the HPD Seasonal Program & Event Guide at www.HancockParks.com under the “Park News” section, visit the park “Program & Activities Calendar,” or call the park office at 419-425-7275.
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Animals That Hibernate 10:00 am
Animals That Hibernate @ Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A program for toddlers about animals that hibernate and those “under the snow” will be presented by Hancock Park District staff at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday in the “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The same program is offered each time. The program is for children 3 years old and under, accompanied by an adult. Siblings may attend. The program is free and no registration is necessary. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
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Ritz Theatre Matinee Movie Series 2:00 pm
Ritz Theatre Matinee Movie Series @ The Ritz Theatre
Dec 13 @ 2:00 pm
The Ritz Theatre will show movies that played an integral role in the building’s history, which was built in 1928. The matinee movie series is dubbed “Close, but No Cigar,” featuring some of the greatest actresses never to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. “Judgment at Nuremberg” (1961) shows Nov. 15; “Auntie Mame” (1958) is Dec. 13; “Captain January” (1936) is Jan. 24; “Morocco” (1930) is Feb. 14; “Sorry, Wrong Number” (1948) is March 14; “Camille” (1936) is April 18; and “Splendor in the Grass” (1961) is May 16.
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Tri-Moraine Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count 7:30 am
Tri-Moraine Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count @ Indian Lake
Dec 16 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am
Tri-Moraine Audubon Society invites the public to participate in the 118th Christmas Bird Count as volunteer citizen scientists. The society will conduct two counts: Indian Lake on Dec. 16 and Grand Lake St. Marys on Dec. 17. The events are from 7:30-10:30 a.m., and volunteers may spend as little as 15 minutes or are welcome to attend the whole event. The count is a chance to check up on local birds, and maybe even see a few rare winter visitors. Register by emailing Eric Juterbock at juterbock.1@osu.edu.
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Tri-Moraine Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count 7:30 am
Tri-Moraine Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count @ Grand Lake St. Marys
Dec 17 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am
Tri-Moraine Audubon Society invites the public to participate in the 118th Christmas Bird Count as volunteer citizen scientists. The society will conduct two counts: Indian Lake on Dec. 16 and Grand Lake St. Marys on Dec. 17. The events are from 7:30-10:30 a.m., and volunteers may spend as little as 15 minutes or are welcome to attend the whole event. The count is a chance to check up on local birds, and maybe even see a few rare winter visitors. Register by emailing Eric Juterbock at juterbock.1@osu.edu.
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The Winter Solstice 6:00 pm
The Winter Solstice @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm
A program about the winter solstice will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The program will be in the portable planetarium and individuals will sit on the floor. There will also be a craft: making an orange pomander, a holiday item which dates to the Middle Ages. The family program is free, but registration is required by noon Dec. 21. Register online at www.HancockParks.com under the “Programs and Activities” tab or call the Hancock Park District office, 419-425-7275, for registration or more information.
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Winter, Nature, and Yoga for Kids 10:00 am
Winter, Nature, and Yoga for Kids @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Dec 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A “Winter, Nature, and Yoga for Kids” program, for youngsters 5-9 years old accompanied by an adult, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 28 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Participants will practice yoga through music, games, and imagination to imitate animals and nature in winter. There will be poses for stretching, balance and relaxation. Register, with $5 per child, at www.HancockParks.com under the “Programs & Activities” tab, or in person at the Hancock Park District office, 1424 E. Main Cross St. Registration deadline is 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Adults do not need to register.
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