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Beginner Cross-Country Ski Workshops 9:00 am
Beginner Cross-Country Ski Workshops @ Riverbend Recreation Area, Shelter 3
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
The Park District’s beginner cross-country ski workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the following Saturdays: Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Feb. 3. They will be held at Riverbend Recreation Area, Shelter 3, 16618 Marion Township 208. Workshops will cover the basic fundamentals, including proper use of equipment and how to glide, climb hills, stand up on skis, turn around, and get into rhythm. Workshops are subject to proper snow and weather conditions, which typically require 4 to 6 inches of good snow base. Layered clothing, hats and gloves are suggested. Recommended for ages 8 and up; youth must register with a participating adult. Register with $12 per person by 4:30 p.m. on Friday before each workshop, which can have a maximum of 14 participants. Registration can be done online at www.hancockparks.com under the “Programs & Activities” tab; at the Park District headquarters, 1424 E. Main Cross St., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; or by calling the HPD Administrative Office at 419-425-7275.
Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area 6:30 pm
Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 6 @ 6:30 pm
Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the lower level of the Bluffton Public Library.
Amphibians of Ohio 7:30 pm
Amphibians of Ohio @ Farmer Theater in Reed Hall, Building 8
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm
Tri-Moraine Audubon Society will welcome Eric Juterbock presenting “Amphibians of Ohio” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, featuring a multimedia show comprising hundreds of images choreographed to an Aaron Copland ballet. The free program will be held in the Farmer Theater in Reed Hall, Building 8 at the OSU-Lima campus. Visit http://www.tri-moraineaudubon.org for more information.
The International Space Station Passes High 7:00 pm
Casino Royale Fundraiser 6:00 pm
Casino Royale Fundraiser @ Camden Falls
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm
The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services’ Casino Royale Fundraiser features heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a photo booth, a reverse raffle and live music by Jersey — The Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band. Each reverse raffle ticket offers a chance to win $2,000 and admits two people into the fundraiser. Admission is $100 for one reverse raffle ticket; $500 to reserve a table for eight with four tickets; $1,000 to sponsor event with special table, four tickets and a chance to win an additional ticket.
Elks Beach Bash 7:00 pm
Elks Beach Bash @ Findlay Elks Lodge banquet hall
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Findlay’s own Reunion Band will bring its style of ’60s and ’70s rock and roll to the Elks Beach Bash concert that will benefit many Findlay-based charities. The event includes several raffles, with attendees encouraged to wear flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts.
Animal Tracks in the Snow 10:00 am
Animal Tracks in the Snow @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A program about animal tracks in the snow, for 3-year-old and younger children accompanied by an adult, will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The same program will be presented each time. The program will include a story, crafts and games. Siblings may attend the free program, which requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Starbirth: The Orion Nebula 8:00 pm
Starbirth: The Orion Nebula @ Ohio Northern University Observatory
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Ohio Northern University Observatory will host “Starbirth: The Orion Nebula” from 8-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. The Orion Nebula will be well placed in the sky for observing during the event. There will also be a short presentation about star formation. Check for cancellations online at http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/astro/publicevents.html.
The Great Backyard Bird Count at Quarry Farm 8:00 am
The Great Backyard Bird Count at Quarry Farm @ Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm
Feb 17 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm in Pandora will participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count from 8-9:30 a.m. Feb. 17. Participants will walk the trails to document the many species of birds that shelter in the preserve, as well as those that stop by on their annual migration. All recorded species will be submitted to the international count sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Preregistration is requested by calling 419-384-7195 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The farm is located just north of 14321 Road 7L, Pandora.
Diamond Rose Ball 7:00 pm
Diamond Rose Ball @ Lima Knights of Columbus
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm
The Lima Noon Sertoma Service Club and Delta Zeta Sorority at Ohio Northern University are collaborating on the second annual Diamond Rose Ball on Saturday at the Lima Knights of Columbus, 810 S. Cable Road, Lima. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. with music by Exploit Trio. There will also be a silent auction and cash bar. Tickets for the black-tie-optional fundraiser are $45 per person or $350 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased by calling Michele Hicks at 419-234-1706. Ticket sales will support various scholarships and the Delta Zeta Sisters’ charity