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Punkin’ Chunkin’ Archery Challenge 12:30 pm
Punkin’ Chunkin’ Archery Challenge @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve, Dold Lake
Oct 1 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Pumpkin season has finally arrived. To celebrate, participants will test their archery skills in a different way by using pumpkins as targets. Cider and donuts will be included. Participants must have attended an HPD introductory archery session prior to this event and must use HPD archery equipment. Age: Required to be ages 9 and up Admission: Register with $13 per person by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. An adult must accompany children ages 15 and under. Capacity: Maximum of 10 participants
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Pioneer Program for Preschoolers 10:00 am
Pioneer Program for Preschoolers @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A pioneer program for preschoolers will be held at Litzenberg Memorial Woods at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Oct. 2. The same program will be offered each time. Hikers will meet at the gatehouse before touring the 1847 McKinnis homestead and few some jobs pioneers did during the fall. Hands-on activities include grinding corn, pressing apples, churning butter and checking the garden for what is ready to harvest. After each stop, hikers will receive a sample. The free program is recommended for children 3-6 years old with an adult. Siblings may attend. No registration is necessary. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Fall Plants That Come Up in the Spring 6:30 pm
Fall Plants That Come Up in the Spring @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Master Gardener Patrick Flinn will present “Fall Plants That Come Up in the Spring” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. Participants will learn about planting flowers, vegetables, fruit and nut trees, as well as landscaping plantings. Register at www.findlaylibrary.org or by calling 419-422-1712.
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Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program 9:00 am
Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program @ Putnam County OSU Extension Office
Oct 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Putnam County Extension office this year will be offering the Master Gardener training program, which provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities. Specialists from the Ohio State University will be teaching sessions along with some local experts. Topics will 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. Classes will begin Oct. 3 and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 21. The course fee is $125 per person or $150 per couple. Classes will be held at the Putnam County Extension office, 1206 E. Second St., Ottawa. Sign up by Thursday by calling 419-523-6294 or emailing meyer.524@osu.edu.
Winter Bark Tree Identification 6:30 pm
Winter Bark Tree Identification @ Bluffton Public Library
Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm
The Gardeners of the Bluffton/Pandora Area will host a free program on winter bark tree identification at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bluffton Public Library. The speaker will be a Johnny Appleseed Park District naturalist.
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Brown Bag Lecture 12:00 pm
Brown Bag Lecture @ Hancock Historical Museum
Oct 5 @ 12:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum will host its monthly Brown Bag Lecture at noon Thursday, with the speaker related to October’s designation as American Archives Month. Eric Honneffer, document conservator and manuscript specialist at Bowling Green State University’s Center for Archival Collections, will present a lecture on archival preservation. Honneffer is the former chair of the Ohio Preservation Council. The museum is located at 422 W. Sandusky St. The lecture is free for museum members, $5 for adult nonmembers and $3 for senior nonmembers. Lunches from Main Street Deli will be available for purchase for an additional $5.50. Call the museum at 419-423-4433 to make a reservation for lunch.
Full Moon Hike 7:30 pm
Full Moon Hike @ Shelter 6 in Riverbend Recreation Area
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm
Hancock Park District staff will lead a full moon hike at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, beginning at Shelter 6 in Riverbend Recreation Area. The family program is free and requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
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Van Buren School 100th Anniversary
Van Buren School 100th Anniversary @ Van Buren High School
Oct 6 – Oct 7 all-day
When Allen Township students reported for the first day of classes in September 1917, they entered a new building. It was also the start of a new era as all of the one-room schools were consolidated into the Allen Township Centralized School. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that building, and a two-day celebration is planned to coincide with the school’s annual homecoming festivities. The centennial theme is “100 Years, Countless Stories, Endless Pride.” According to information collected for the village of Van Buren’s sesquicentennial celebration in 1983, the first school in the township dates back to 1836 when a small log structure was built. Erected of round logs, the school had a clapboard roof, greased paper windows and a fireplace. About 1870, a two-room brick building was built on East Market Street/Ohio 613. This building was later condemned and replaced by a four-room school. The school was used until 1917 when it was decided that Allen Township would consolidate all of its one-room schools into one centralized building, and the present school was erected. Other memorabilia pertaining to the school will also be on display during this weekend’s festivities, including copies of the student newspaper, The Dixie News, and a vinyl album from the music department featuring the 1968-69 middle and high school bands and choirs. The record has been transferred to a CD and will be played during the celebration. Additionally, all of the trophies in the building will be on exhibit. Many activities are planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Van Buren School building this weekend. The schedule is as follows: Friday Building tours, 4-7 p.m. Sophomore class chicken barbecue (order ahead by calling the school), 4:30-6 p.m. Recognition of all former homecoming kings and queens, 6:15 p.m. Crowning of the 2017 homecoming king and queen, 6:30 p.m. Varsity football game with Cory-Rawson High School and recognition of all former homecoming kings and queens in attendance, 7 p.m. Community homecoming dance and reception in the auditorium, 9:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday Eighth grade volleyball tournament; entertainment in the auditorium; building tours, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 1917-1959 classes reunion in the original gym, 9-11 a.m. 1960-1979 classes reunion in the original gym, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1980-1999 classes reunion in the original gym, noon-2 p.m. 2000 to present classes reunion in the original gym, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Commemorative ceremony in the auditorium, noon Community square dance in the auditorium, 4-6 p.m.
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Growing Green Thumbs: McKinnis House Garden Preparation 10:00 am
Growing Green Thumbs: McKinnis House Garden Preparation @ McKinnis House Garden in Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am
A program for youngsters 4-18 years old to prepare the McKinnis garden for winter will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Litzenberg Memorial Woods, as part of the Growing Green Thumbs program. A final garden harvest will be done, too. The free program requires registration online at www.HancockParks.com or at the Hancock Park District office by 1 p.m. Friday. Participants under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should bring their own work gloves. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
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Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program 9:00 am
Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program @ Putnam County OSU Extension Office
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Putnam County Extension office this year will be offering the Master Gardener training program, which provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities. Specialists from the Ohio State University will be teaching sessions along with some local experts. Topics will 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. Classes will begin Oct. 3 and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 21. The course fee is $125 per person or $150 per couple. Classes will be held at the Putnam County Extension office, 1206 E. Second St., Ottawa. Sign up by Thursday by calling 419-523-6294 or emailing meyer.524@osu.edu.
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Victorian Halloween Tea 12:30 pm
Victorian Halloween Tea @ Grammes-Brown House and Garden
Oct 14 @ 12:30 pm
Author/historian Lisa Swickard will share discoveries she made and ghostly encounters she had with her team of paranormal investigators while researching Tiffin’s history, including unexplained occurrences in the Grammes-Brown House neighborhood. Tea, sandwiches and pastries will be served, seating is limited and reservations are required. Place a prepaid reservation by leaving a detailed message providing the names of the people attending the tea and your contact information for Phyllis Watts at 419-448-8312.
Nature Walk 1:30 pm
Nature Walk @ Lawrence Woods
Oct 14 @ 1:30 pm
The Tri-Moraine Audubon Society and Johnny Appleseed Park District will host a free nature walk at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in Lawrence Woods, 13278 County Road 190, Kenton. Lawrence Woods is a 1,000-acre forest in Hardin County known for large, mature trees in swamp forests. Participants will carpool from Lima and are expected to return to the city by 4:30 p.m. Visit www.tri-moraineaudubon.org for more information.
Riverbend Hayrides 2:00 pm
Riverbend Hayrides @ Riverbend Recreation Area - Shelter 2
Oct 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tractor-pulled hayrides through Riverbend Recreation Area will be held at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, beginning at Shelter 2. Light refreshments will be available. The family event requires online registration at www.HancockParks.com, or in-person registration at the Hancock Park District office, 1424 E. Main Cross St., with time preference. Cost is $5 per participant, payable by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12. The rides will be held with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 25 individuals per ride. For more information, call the park district at 419-425-7275.
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Fort Jennings Depot Open House 1:00 pm
Fort Jennings Depot Open House @ Fort Jennings Depot
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A free open house will be held from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the historic Fort Jennings depot, 15153 Road 22-K, Cloverdale. The restored train station features railroad memorabilia and a model display that runs seven trains simultaneously. There will be rides on a handcar and a 1/3-scale train that runs along a half-mile miniature track around the perimeter of the property.
Harvest the Past 1:00 pm
Harvest the Past @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
“Harvest the Past,” the annual Hancock Park District event, will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Litzenberg Memorial Woods and farm park. There will be baking in the 1847 McKinnis House with apple turnovers and stew cooking on the stove. The garden shed will feature a farmers market and extras from the garden will be available for a donation. Chad Hazelton of Ada will have farm animals to view, while popcorn and cider will be available in the Activity Barn, which will feature period music, too. In the medicinal tent visitors can spin the wheel of sickness to learn more about illnesses and remedies of the 1840s. There will be an artisans tent with individuals selling some of their wares. The family event is free and requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
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Wee Ones: Spiders 10:00 am
Wee Ones: Spiders @ Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
“Wee Ones: Spiders” will be held at Oakwoods Nature Preserve’s Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday. Children will read a story about spiders, make spider-inspired crafts and learn that arachnids aren’t so scary after all. The program is recommended for ages 3 and under, with an adult. Other siblings also are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. The preserve is located off Hancock County 144 west of Findlay.
Antique Appraisals 6:00 pm
Antique Appraisals @ Putnam County District Library -- Columbus Grove Location
Oct 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Annie Stratton will provide free antique appraisals at three of the Putnam County District Library’s branches this month. Programs will be held Monday in Columbus Grove, Thursday in Fort Jennings and Oct. 23 in Continental. All programs will run from 6-8 p.m. Participants may bring two items to be appraised, but no coins, stamps or weapons. To register, call the Columbus Grove library at 419-659-2355, the Fort Jennings branch at 419-286-2351 or the Continental library at 419-596-3727.
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Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program 9:00 am
Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program @ Putnam County OSU Extension Office
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Putnam County Extension office this year will be offering the Master Gardener training program, which provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities. Specialists from the Ohio State University will be teaching sessions along with some local experts. Topics will 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. Classes will begin Oct. 3 and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 21. The course fee is $125 per person or $150 per couple. Classes will be held at the Putnam County Extension office, 1206 E. Second St., Ottawa. Sign up by Thursday by calling 419-523-6294 or emailing meyer.524@osu.edu.
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Aiming for Archery 8:30 am
Aiming for Archery @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve, Dold Lake
Oct 21 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Youngsters can learn archery during a program Saturday at the Dold Lake archery area in Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Those 10-14 years old will participate from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and those 15-17 years old will meet from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Archery basics will be presented by a certified archery instructor. The program is part of Hancock Park District’s leisure education initiative which provides outdoor recreation instruction on a variety of activities. Registration is $10 per person and can be made online at www.HancockParks.com under “Programs and Activities” tab, or in-person at the park district offices, 1424 E. Main Cross St., by 4 p.m. Oct. 20. For more information, call the park district at 419-425-7275.
Jane Washington Chapter DAR Membership Workshop 9:30 am
Jane Washington Chapter DAR Membership Workshop @ Kaubisch Memorial Public Library
Oct 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Jane Washington Chapter DAR in Fostoria is holding a membership workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Kaubisch Memorial Library, 205 Perry St., Fostoria. Anyone who has already started their family history is encouraged to bring their family tree or family group sheets, along with copies of birth, death and marriage records for themselves, their parents and their grandparents. DAR volunteer genealogists will be on hand to assist in the completion of applications to join the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
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Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program 9:00 am
Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program @ Putnam County OSU Extension Office
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Putnam County Extension office this year will be offering the Master Gardener training program, which provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities. Specialists from the Ohio State University will be teaching sessions along with some local experts. Topics will 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. Classes will begin Oct. 3 and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 21. The course fee is $125 per person or $150 per couple. Classes will be held at the Putnam County Extension office, 1206 E. Second St., Ottawa. Sign up by Thursday by calling 419-523-6294 or emailing meyer.524@osu.edu.
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Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program 9:00 am
Putnam County Extension Master Gardener Program @ Putnam County OSU Extension Office
Oct 31 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Putnam County Extension office this year will be offering the Master Gardener training program, which provides intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities. Specialists from the Ohio State University will be teaching sessions along with some local experts. Topics will 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. Classes will begin Oct. 3 and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays through Nov. 21. The course fee is $125 per person or $150 per couple. Classes will be held at the Putnam County Extension office, 1206 E. Second St., Ottawa. Sign up by Thursday by calling 419-523-6294 or emailing meyer.524@osu.edu.

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