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Mornings with Mommy 9:30 am
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
May 1 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings with Mommy will begin Sept. 18 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, and continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays. The educational playdates are open to infants through preschool-age children and their moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. Each session will have its own theme and will include devotion, language and literacy activities, arts and crafts, sensory activities and more. Registration is required at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-326-4685. The cost is $5 per family (not per child), per session.
Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
Early-stage Memory Loss Program 2:00 pm
Early-stage Memory Loss Program @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
May 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A program for individuals with early-stage memory loss and their families will be held from 2-3 p.m. May 1 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Linda Pollitz, program manager for the Northwest Ohio Alzheimer’s Association, will present. Persons who are experiencing forgetfulness, mild confusion or difficulty finding the right words are most likely to benefit. Bruce Stowe will host his African/Kenya travelogue. Registration is encouraged by calling the library at 419-523-3747.
Findlay Garden Club 6:30 pm
Findlay Garden Club @ Blanchard Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
May 1 @ 6:30 pm
Roger Powell of Powell Nursery and Landscape Design will help gardeners answer the question “Is Your Garden Empty?” when the Findlay Garden Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Blanchard Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. The question is meant to determine if your garden helps to feed bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and how to change that if it doesn’t. The public is invited to attend. To nominate a property for the garden club tour this July, text 419-306-6539 with your name and the name and address of the property you would like to nominate.
Sean Gaskell 6:30 pm
Sean Gaskell @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
May 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sean Gaskell will play traditional songs on the 21-stringed West African kora harp from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library’s Lindamood Room. Admission is free. Gaskell learned how to play the instrument throughout the course of several visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. The kora is native to the Mandé peoples within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau, with the music traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots. The kora is a melodic instrument, often used to play songs that tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mandé empires. While the kora is 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He was first inspired to play by Kane Mathis, a kora player formerly based in Seattle who has led the Kora Band and the Sahel Band. Gaskell relocated from Seattle to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2014. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the U.S., Gambia, and Senegal. For more information, call the library at 419-422-1712 or visit www.seangaskell.com.
24/7 Dad 7:30 pm
24/7 Dad @ First Step
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A 12-session “24/7 Dad” fatherhood program will be offered at First Step, 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria. Classes start April 17 and will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Both morning and evening classes are available, with child care provided. The program through the National Fatherhood Initiative is designed to nurture self-awareness, compassion and a sense of responsibility. For more information, call First Step at 419-435-7300 or visit the office.
Ohio Northern Jazz Ensemble 7:30 pm
Ohio Northern Jazz Ensemble @ Bear Cave in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University
May 1 @ 7:30 pm
The ONU Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the Bear Cave in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University, 525 S. Main St., Ada. The concert is free and open to the public.
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Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events 9:00 am
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
Dehydrating and Preserving Your Harvest 1:00 pm
Dehydrating and Preserving Your Harvest @ 50 North
May 2 @ 1:00 pm
Rebecca White-Schooner will present “Dehydrating and Preserving Your Harvest” at 1 p.m. May 2 at 50 North. White-Schooner, of Schooner Farms, will share techniques, equipment, ideas, recipes and equipment used in dehydrating. Registration and a $5 fee are required by Monday at 339 E. Melrose Ave.
Carey Library Star Wars Parties 3:30 pm
Carey Library Star Wars Parties
May 2 @ 3:30 pm
The Dorcas Carey Public Library will host Star Wars parties next week. Students in first, second and third grades will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, while youth in grades four, five and six will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Register by calling the library at 419-396-7921 or stop by the adult circulation desk.
Chair Yoga 4:00 pm
Chair Yoga @ Bluffton Family Recreation
May 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bluffton Family Recreation will offer a chair yoga class in May instructed by Janette Reineke. Classes are from 4 to 5 p.m., May 2, 16, 23 and 30.   Bluffton Family Recreation asks that participants bring their own dumbbells between the weight of 2-5 pounds. If they do not have any, Bluffton Family Recreation will be provide them. To register, call Bluffton Family Recreation at 419-358-4150 or visit www.bfronline.com
24/7 Dad 7:30 pm
24/7 Dad @ First Step
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A 12-session “24/7 Dad” fatherhood program will be offered at First Step, 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria. Classes start April 17 and will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Both morning and evening classes are available, with child care provided. The program through the National Fatherhood Initiative is designed to nurture self-awareness, compassion and a sense of responsibility. For more information, call First Step at 419-435-7300 or visit the office.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 3 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
Crow Family Adoption Fund Garage Sale 8:00 am
Crow Family Adoption Fund Garage Sale @ 1640 Forest Park, Findlay
May 3 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
A spring garage sale will help facilitate a local family’s adoption of a 14-year-old boy from a Ukrainian orphanage. Lorie Crow said she and her family need to raise a minimum of $35,000 to bring Nazarii from an orphanage in Kiev, Ukraine, to their home in Findlay. The garage sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Crows’ residence, 1640 Forest Park. Home decor, kitchen items, kids’ clothing and toys, televisions, stereo equipment, Longaberger baskets and more will be offered at the sale. Lorie and her husband, Matthew, partnered with a Christian nonprofit agency called Open Hearts and Homes for Children last fall. The organization works to find forever homes for orphans living in Latvia and the Ukraine, where Lorie explained children age out of orphanages at age 16. Often, she said the girls go on to become prostitutes and the boys enter a life of crime. Many don’t live to see their 30th birthday. The adoption process will require Lorie and Matthew to travel to Kiev three times, where multiple court cases will take place. They’ll need to stay in the Ukraine for three full weeks during their first visit in order to obtain visas and see Nazarii through the completion of a medical exam. Once the adoption process begins, any of Nazarii’s family members have 30 days to come forward and contest his adoption. Lorie has been assured this occurs in extremely rare cases only and pointed out the teen’s parents’ rights have been permanently terminated due to neglect. The family has set up an online fundraising effort through YouCaring, which can be accessed at www.youcaring/crowadoptionfund by anyone who is “prayerfully considering being a part in giving this young man a home,” Lorie said. About 70 donors have raised just shy of $17,000 — half of the family’s declared goal. Lorie is planning to build a large, framed puzzle as a gift for Nazarii, with each puzzle piece bearing the name of someone who contributed to his adoption effort. Anonymous donors will be represented with a Bible verse.
Brown Bag Lecture: “The Tet Offensive: 50 Years Later” 12:00 pm
Brown Bag Lecture: “The Tet Offensive: 50 Years Later” @ Hancock Historical Museum
May 3 @ 12:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St., will host its monthly Brown Bag Lecture at noon Thursday. Dwayne Beggs will present a lecture on “The Tet Offensive: 50 Years Later.” 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 an additional $5.50. Reservations for lunch are due by 9 a.m. Thursday by calling 419-423-4433.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
May 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
Carey Library Star Wars Parties 3:30 pm
Carey Library Star Wars Parties
May 3 @ 3:30 pm
The Dorcas Carey Public Library will host Star Wars parties next week. Students in first, second and third grades will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, while youth in grades four, five and six will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Register by calling the library at 419-396-7921 or stop by the adult circulation desk.
“The Overcoat” Listening Party 4:30 pm
“The Overcoat” Listening Party @ Freed Center for the Performing Arts
May 3 @ 4:30 pm
The Departments of Communication and Media Studies and Theatre Arts of Ohio Northern University will host a listening party for the premiere of ONU’s first radio production, The Overcoat. ​ The listening party will occur on Thursday, May 3 ​at 4:30 p.m. at the Freed Center. The airing will be followed by a question and answer session with members of the cast and production staff. Admission is free and open to the public. The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol, dramatized for radio by Jim Poyser. The play is set in 19th century Russia. Akaky is a clerk in a government office copying documents day in and day out. Walking to work, he wears a ragged overcoat and those around him urge him to get a better coat. By saving, working overtime and pawning some of his possessions, Akaky is finally able to buy a very fine looking overcoat.​ ​While far from home and on foot, Akaky is robbed of his coat. He manages to stumble to the home of his supervisor and asks for help but is turned away. He then walks through the freezing temperatures to his home and dies from the cold. Akaky returns as a ghost and visits his superior. Despite the sad ending, there is humor in the play. The Overcoat was produced in collaboration with Malcolm Raeburn Read (Director) from the University of Salford, the Department of Communication and Media Studies and the Department of Theatre Arts. For more information, please call the Freed Center box office at 419-772-1900.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
A support group for grandparents raising their grandkids and other children affected by addiction is forming in McComb. Grand Love, a program sponsored by the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, premiered in Findlay last May. McComb organizer Deb Ewing said formation of the rural version has been in the works for the past year, with its first meeting set for Jan. 18. Meetings are open to people living in McComb and the surrounding area and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the McComb school library (enter through north front door #2). Meetings will be facilitated by Family Resource Center professionals, with an emphasis on peer support. Registration is not required, although those bringing kids are encouraged to call ahead so arrangements to provide child care can be made. For more information about McComb’s group, call Ewing at 419-306-9489 or email ewingd@mccombschool.org.
Special Storytime with Shirley Wagner 6:30 pm
Special Storytime with Shirley Wagner @ Bluffton Public Library
May 3 @ 6:30 pm
A special storytime with Shirley Wagner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bluffton Public Library. This session will help children ages 4-10 learn about life and death in a sensitive, caring way, and help them to understand the feelings grief can cause. Registration is required by calling the library at 419-358-5016.
24/7 Dad 7:30 pm
24/7 Dad @ First Step
May 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A 12-session “24/7 Dad” fatherhood program will be offered at First Step, 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria. Classes start April 17 and will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Both morning and evening classes are available, with child care provided. The program through the National Fatherhood Initiative is designed to nurture self-awareness, compassion and a sense of responsibility. For more information, call First Step at 419-435-7300 or visit the office.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 4 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
Bluffton University May Day Weekend
Bluffton University May Day Weekend @ Bluffton University
May 4 – May 6 all-day
Bluffton University will celebrate its annual May Day weekend of festivities Friday through Sunday. The events begin Friday with a juried student art exhibition in Sauder Visual Arts Center. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At 4 p.m. Friday, members of the class of 1968 can attend a reception and dinner in Marbeck Center, while the class of 1978 can attend a reception and dinner in Sommer Center at 4:30 p.m. Performances of the May Day Musical, “[title of show]” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Yoder Recital Hall. Tickets are available at tickets.bluffton.edu. Bluffton University’s annual May Day Run/Walk will start the day on Saturday. Check-in for the four-mile race starts at 7 a.m. in Sommer Center with the race beginning at 8 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., alumni are being invited to Yoder Recital Hall for the Alumni Choir sing, followed by a reception.The Alumni Choir will also gather to sing “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” to close the May Day ceremony. A brunch event will be held for the class of 1973 at 11 a.m. Saturday in Houshower House. The end of the academic year, the beginning of a new chapter for graduates and the remembrance of times past, will be celebrated during the 2018 May Day Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on the Centennial Hall lawn. The event includes the colorful Maypole dance performed by first-year students, crowning of the queen and king and recognition of graduating seniors. The king and queen are seniors Andrew Hunter of Arlington, and Laura Galley of Indianapolis. A reception for alumni, graduates and families will follow. From 2:30 to 4 p.m., a retirement reception will be held for President James M. Harder in the lobby of Yoder Recital Hall. Graduation day, Sunday, will start with baccalaureate at 10:30 a.m. in Founders Hall. The religious service will include speeches from Deanna Barthlow-Potkanowicz, assistant professor of psychology, and graduates Olivia Poole and Blake Hershberger, who were selected by faculty recommendation. Commencement will take place at 2 p.m. in Sommer Center with President Harder providing the commencement address.
Crow Family Adoption Fund Garage Sale 8:00 am
Crow Family Adoption Fund Garage Sale @ 1640 Forest Park, Findlay
May 4 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
A spring garage sale will help facilitate a local family’s adoption of a 14-year-old boy from a Ukrainian orphanage. Lorie Crow said she and her family need to raise a minimum of $35,000 to bring Nazarii from an orphanage in Kiev, Ukraine, to their home in Findlay. The garage sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Crows’ residence, 1640 Forest Park. Home decor, kitchen items, kids’ clothing and toys, televisions, stereo equipment, Longaberger baskets and more will be offered at the sale. Lorie and her husband, Matthew, partnered with a Christian nonprofit agency called Open Hearts and Homes for Children last fall. The organization works to find forever homes for orphans living in Latvia and the Ukraine, where Lorie explained children age out of orphanages at age 16. Often, she said the girls go on to become prostitutes and the boys enter a life of crime. Many don’t live to see their 30th birthday. The adoption process will require Lorie and Matthew to travel to Kiev three times, where multiple court cases will take place. They’ll need to stay in the Ukraine for three full weeks during their first visit in order to obtain visas and see Nazarii through the completion of a medical exam. Once the adoption process begins, any of Nazarii’s family members have 30 days to come forward and contest his adoption. Lorie has been assured this occurs in extremely rare cases only and pointed out the teen’s parents’ rights have been permanently terminated due to neglect. The family has set up an online fundraising effort through YouCaring, which can be accessed at www.youcaring/crowadoptionfund by anyone who is “prayerfully considering being a part in giving this young man a home,” Lorie said. About 70 donors have raised just shy of $17,000 — half of the family’s declared goal. Lorie is planning to build a large, framed puzzle as a gift for Nazarii, with each puzzle piece bearing the name of someone who contributed to his adoption effort. Anonymous donors will be represented with a Bible verse.
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events 9:00 am
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
50 North Dietitian Chat: “The Rise of Plant-Based Milks” 11:00 am
50 North Dietitian Chat: “The Rise of Plant-Based Milks” @ 50 North
May 4 @ 11:00 am
50 North will host its free monthly dietitian chat at 11 a.m. May 4. Rachel Snyder, a registered dietitian nutritionist with Blanchard Valley Health System, will present “The Rise of Plant-Based Milks.” A taste testing will be included. Registration is required at 419-423-8496 by Tuesday.
First Friday Luncheon 11:30 am
First Friday Luncheon @ DOCK at St. Marks United Methodist Church
May 4 @ 11:30 am
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik and Alissa Preston, director of the Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be the guest speakers at this week’s First Friday Luncheon hosted by the Hancock County Republican Party. Mihalik and Preston are expected to give an update about downtown Findlay activities and the future. The lunch will be held Friday at The Dock, located behind St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the program set to begin at noon. For reservations, call 419-422-5946 before noon Thursday. The cost of the buffet is $10.
Finding Reliable Health Care Information on the Internet 1:00 pm
Finding Reliable Health Care Information on the Internet @ 50 North
May 4 @ 1:00 pm
50 North will present “Finding Reliable Health Care Information on the Internet” at 1 p.m. Friday. Seniors and caregivers will learn more about health information online including how to use online medical databases, what makes a website trustworthy and recommended health websites. Registration is required by Wednesday by calling 419-423-8496.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
May 4 @ 3:00 pm
Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator. The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed. SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists. Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.
Harlan’s Chicken Barbecue Dinner 4:00 pm
Harlan’s Chicken Barbecue Dinner @ Zion United Methodist Church
May 4 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A Harlan’s chicken barbecue will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Zion United Methodist Church, 9009 Ohio 12 W. Half-chicken, baked potato, green beans, roll and dessert are available for $9, with options for dine-in, drive-thru or carryout. Order tickets at 419-257-2733.
Findlay Service League Wine Tasting Fundraiser 5:00 pm
Findlay Service League Wine Tasting Fundraiser @ Wine Merchant
May 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Findlay Service League will host a wine tasting fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Wine Merchant. Tickets for four generous tastings are $10, and all proceeds will be used to support a number of organizations in Hancock County. Tickets are available at the door.
Spring ArtWalk 5:00 pm
Spring ArtWalk @ Downtown Findlay
May 4 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Downtown Findlay will open its doors to showcase the businesses, restaurants, artists, performers, and musicians from throughout the community for the Spring ArtWalk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4. The semi-annual event hosted by the Arts Partnership is free to the public. It celebrates commerce and culture, allowing local artists, downtown businesses and restaurants to form a connection that draws spectators downtown to see what Findlay has to offer. Guests may also take advantage of special offers, sales and demonstrations that many businesses and restaurants offer for the event. This ArtWalk includes the final public display of works by Marianna Hofer, a local artist who died unexpectedly last year. Pieces will be for sale with proceeds going to the Marianna Hofer Arts Endowment Fund. St. Andrews United Methodist Church will also have art from the congregation on display. New locations participating in ArtWalk include: Painter’s Pottery, the Swan House Tea Room, Journey Salon & Day Spa, and Downtown Yoga. The evening will open with the Findlay Art League’s May show, a juried showcase of Art League member works that will remain open throughout the month. Other area galleries open for the evening include Awakening Minds Art, Jones Building Artist Studios, Gaslight Gallery Art Studio and Kan Du Studio. To view or print the official event brochure, including a list of the participating businesses and artists performing or being showcased, visit artspartnership.com/event/artwalk. Copies of the brochure will be available for pickup at participating event locations. For more information, visit www.artspartnership.com or call 419-422-4624. The Arts Partnership is located at 618 S. Main St., with office hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. ArtWalk is sponsored by First Federal Bank, GSW Manufacturing, Whirlpool Corp., Eyes on Main, One Energy, The Courier, WFIN, WKXA, 106.3 The Fox, Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Ohio Arts Council. The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County is a nonprofit organization serving Findlay and Hancock County with the mission of enriching youth through arts education and advocacy.
Runway: Posh Repurpose for Parks 6:00 pm
Runway: Posh Repurpose for Parks @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Runway: Posh Repurpose for Parks is a unique event to build environmental awareness while raising funds for the Hancock Parks Foundation. This event showcases amazing fashions made from plastic bags, bottles, cans, etc.—materials that would otherwise be headed to the landfill. The designs were submitted to our contest for a chance to win a grand prize of $500 cash. Join the Hancock Park District, Huntington Bank, Walmart and the Hancock County Solid Waste District at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts for a fun-filled evening emceed by WFIN’s Chris Oaks. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres by The Baker’s Cafe and a coffee bar by We.Serve.Coffee, music, raffles, and a creative fashion show with audience participation! Raffle items include: Kayak and canoe donated by Dr. Robert McEvoy Lowe’s Garden Treasures Fire Pit Purse signed by Mary Wilson of The Supremes Scarf signed by Martha Reeves of Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Original glazed vase by Brandon Knott Dietsch’s Tower Shirley’s Popcorn gift card King’s Island day passes Miller Ferry adult round-trip tickets My Own Backyard Gift Basket Mud Hens tickets Findlay YMCA Youth Pass Legacy Lawn & Pet bird feeder …and much more!
Owens Community College Commencement 6:30 pm
Owens Community College Commencement @ Owens Community College -- Student Health and Activities Center
May 4 @ 6:30 pm
A total of 626 candidates for graduation, including 58 from the Findlay campus, will receive degrees during the Owens Community College spring commencement on Friday. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo campus. Nick Komives, an Owens alumnus, Toledo City Council member and past executive director of Equality Toledo, will be the graduation speaker. Komives worked as a community organizer while attending Owens, where he received an associate degree with honors. He is the recipient of the Toledo 20 Under 40 Leadership Award in 2016, Equality Award from Equality Toledo in 2010, Champion of Equality from the Toledo City Paper in 2016, and several other awards and commendations from various civil rights organizations. Kelsea Scott Briceno of Toledo, a physical therapist assistant major graduating with summa cum laude honors, has been selected as the Owens class representative and will address the graduates during the ceremony. For more information on Owens’ commencement ceremony, visit www.owens.edu/commencement.
Special Mass in Honor of St. Peregrine 7:00 pm
Special Mass in Honor of St. Peregrine @ Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation
May 4 @ 7:00 pm
The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation will celebrate a special Mass in honor of St. Peregrine, patron saint of those affected by cancer, at 7 p.m. May 4. Anyone suffering from cancer, in remission from cancer, a cancer survivor, the loved one of a survivor or a caregiver to a cancer patient/survivor is especially invited to participate. The sacrament of anointing of the sick will be offered at the conclusion of Mass, and prayers for healing will be offered. For more information or directions to the shrine, call 419-396-7107 or visit www.olcshrine.com.
[title of show] 7:30 pm
[title of show] @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
May 4 @ 7:30 pm
Bluffton University will present the musical comedy “[title of show],” an original musical about writing an original musical. Featuring music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell, the small-cast show addresses themes of creative collaboration, self-doubt and the journey of following one’s dreams. Admission: . Time: 7:30 p.m. May 4 and 5. Location: Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University. Information: Call the box office at 419-358-3239 or visit http://tickets.bluffton.edu.
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School
May 4 @ 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition (FFE) Cabaret 2018 will be held at Findlay High School’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be sold Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Heminger Auditorium lobby. Limited tickets, based on availability, will be available at the door one hour prior to the performances. Cabaret will showcase the FFE singer/dancers; their backing band, The Boingers; and technical crew members in a variety of musical performances chosen and rehearsed by the students. The performances will include solo and ensemble acts featuring classical, Broadway, jazz, and rock music. FFE will also perform its competition show, which includes the following selections: “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “What is This Thing Called Love?” and “Night and Day,” all by Cole Porter; “I Hear a Song,” popularized by singer Sandi Patty; and “Back to Then,” “What’s This Love Thang” and “Lost With Time,” all original songs written for FFE by Ben Wexler, a composer/arranger from New York City. The group is directed by Kevin Manley, assistant director is Alycia Althaus, and choreographer is Andy Haines. During the 2017-2018 season, FFE competed in five regional events, winning overall grand champion four times, overall best vocals four times, overall best instrumental combo three times, overall best choreography one time, and overall best show design one time. For more information, contact the high school choir office at 419-425-8282, or email Manley at kmanley@findlaycityschools.org.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 5 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
Crow Family Adoption Fund Garage Sale 8:00 am
Crow Family Adoption Fund Garage Sale @ 1640 Forest Park, Findlay
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
A spring garage sale will help facilitate a local family’s adoption of a 14-year-old boy from a Ukrainian orphanage. Lorie Crow said she and her family need to raise a minimum of $35,000 to bring Nazarii from an orphanage in Kiev, Ukraine, to their home in Findlay. The garage sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Crows’ residence, 1640 Forest Park. Home decor, kitchen items, kids’ clothing and toys, televisions, stereo equipment, Longaberger baskets and more will be offered at the sale. Lorie and her husband, Matthew, partnered with a Christian nonprofit agency called Open Hearts and Homes for Children last fall. The organization works to find forever homes for orphans living in Latvia and the Ukraine, where Lorie explained children age out of orphanages at age 16. Often, she said the girls go on to become prostitutes and the boys enter a life of crime. Many don’t live to see their 30th birthday. The adoption process will require Lorie and Matthew to travel to Kiev three times, where multiple court cases will take place. They’ll need to stay in the Ukraine for three full weeks during their first visit in order to obtain visas and see Nazarii through the completion of a medical exam. Once the adoption process begins, any of Nazarii’s family members have 30 days to come forward and contest his adoption. Lorie has been assured this occurs in extremely rare cases only and pointed out the teen’s parents’ rights have been permanently terminated due to neglect. The family has set up an online fundraising effort through YouCaring, which can be accessed at www.youcaring/crowadoptionfund by anyone who is “prayerfully considering being a part in giving this young man a home,” Lorie said. About 70 donors have raised just shy of $17,000 — half of the family’s declared goal. Lorie is planning to build a large, framed puzzle as a gift for Nazarii, with each puzzle piece bearing the name of someone who contributed to his adoption effort. Anonymous donors will be represented with a Bible verse.
Hancock Park District Youth Fishing Event 8:00 am
Hancock Park District Youth Fishing Event @ Giertz Lake
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
The Hancock Park District’s 22nd annual youth fishing event will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Giertz Lake near the Lakefront Activity Center at Riverbend Recreation Area. The event is free. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the activity center. Trout will be stocked in the lake by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division. Fishing will be allowed from the bank only. Children 4-15 years old must do the fishing. An accompanying adult may provide limited assistance. State fishing rules and regulations must be followed and participants must take the first five trout caught, as catch-and-release will not be permitted. Live bait will be for sale. The fishing festival will be held rain or shine, except in the event of extreme weather conditions. Names of registered participants will be drawn for random prizes. They must be present to win. There will be a watercraft safety display, too. Sponsors include the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife; WFIN/WKXA/The Fox radio; and Centennial Screen Printing and Engraving. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Fostoria Farmers’ Market 9:00 am
Fostoria Farmers’ Market @ Tiffin and Main streets, Fostoria
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The first Fostoria Farmers’ Market of the season will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Tiffin and Main streets in downtown Fostoria. The theme is “Celebrate Moms” and is sponsored by Alan Kaminsky Jewelers. Kaminsky will have sidewalk sales in front of the store right across the street from the market at 111 S. Main St. Additionally, spring flowers, vegetable starts and unique planters will be available from Barb & Dick’s, Mr. Basket, Shirley Conley and the Fostoria Garden Club Ltd. Farm-fresh eggs will be available from Widmer Family Farms, along with baked goods from Country Crafts and Peg Kauffman; Coonies Kettle Corn; Just Jammin & Stuff’s homemade jellies, soaps, jewelry and painted gourds; honey products from Just Natural sweeteners; and maple syrup products from the Sugar Shack. Other vendors include Pat Coronado’s many hand-sewn items; Prairie Song Pottery and doggie treats; Dick Perrine’s wind chimes and garden art; Scentsy; Premiere Jewelry; Joy’s Candles; Sours Homestead crafts; Hummel’s Cricut crafts, the Review Times and Costco. Information will be available on getting registered to vote as well as for affordable housing at the Fostoria Townhomes. The Eastern Star will provide breakfast sandwiches and muffins in the Masonic building across the street from the market at 113 E. Tiffin St. The Fostoria Farmers’ Market is sponsored by the Fostoria Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau, in conjunction with the Fostoria Garden Club Ltd. and the Review Times. For more information, visit Fostoria Farmers’ Market on Facebook, email fostoriamarket@yahoo.com or call 419-435-1718.
Self-Guided Float Trips on the Blanchard River 9:00 am
Self-Guided Float Trips on the Blanchard River @ Blanchard Landing
May 5 @ 9:00 am
Hancock Park District is offering a series of self-guided float trips on the Blanchard River, with shuttle service provided by the park district. The trips will follow the river from Liberty Landing to Blanchard Landing. Trips will be offered at 9 a.m. on Saturdays, May 5, 12 and 19. The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 9 a.m. Canoeists and kayakers will be transported to Liberty Landing. Register in-person at the Hancock Park District office or online at www.HancockParks.com by 4:30 p.m. on the Friday prior to the trip. Cost is $20 per person, per trip, and registration is for adults and youth 16 and 17 years old. The 16-year-old participants must be accompanied by someone at least 18 years old. Participants must have a signed “Assumption of Risk/Liability Release/Waiver of all Claims” form and/or a parental consent form for the younger participants. Forms will be available at Liberty Landing prior to the trip. There is a maximum of 10 individuals per trip, with two participants per canoe, and individuals must be able to swim. For more information, call the park district at 419-425-7275.
University of Findlay Commencement Ceremonies 9:00 am
University of Findlay Commencement Ceremonies @ Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex
May 5 @ 9:00 am
Nearly 1,000 University of Findlay students are eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies Saturday. A total of 767 are expected to graduate this spring and summer, while 222 wrapped up their studies in fall 2017. The graduates include those in the first bachelor of science in nursing cohort. Doors to the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex will open at 8 a.m. for the graduate commencement ceremony, with the formal procession to begin at 9 a.m. Doors will open at 2 p.m. for the undergraduate ceremony, and the formal procession will begin at 3 p.m. Participation in the ceremonies is optional for graduates. The ceremonies will be broadcast live by UFTV on its YouTube Channel, UFTV Productions. The day’s events will also be covered on UF’s social media accounts, including a Facebook livestreaming of the Griffith Memorial Arch ceremonies that will follow commencement exercises. The speaker for the graduate ceremony is 2002 graduate Dr. Jaison Grimes, an assistant professor of clinical neurology with the Indiana University School of Medicine. He graduated with a degree in biology/pre-medicine. He was a four-year varsity letter winner on the Oiler basketball team and served as co-captain during the 2000-2001 season. Phil Reno, the longtime musical director of UF’s Donnell Broadway Concert Series, is the undergraduate speaker. He is a Grammy Award-nominated musician and a pianist, conductor, arranger, orchestrator and recording artist. He has performed all over the world, most frequently on Broadway, where he has conducted shows such as “The Producers,” “Something Rotten!,” “Cats,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Elf,” “Promises, Promises,” and many more. Reno has also taken part in numerous productions at Radio City Music Hall. The weekend also includes a reception, baccalaureate service and brunch.
Springtime in Ohio Art and Craft Show 10:00 am
Springtime in Ohio Art and Craft Show @ Hancock County Fairgrounds
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cloud Productions’ 30th anniversary Springtime in Ohio Art and Craft Show features more than 280 artists and craftspeople offering up-to-date fashions for personal use as well as home, office and garden décor. There will also be a big-top tent, music, food, pony rides, face-painting, discounts, a package check, and more.
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 2:00 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School
May 5 @ 2:00 pm
Findlay First Edition (FFE) Cabaret 2018 will be held at Findlay High School’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be sold Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Heminger Auditorium lobby. Limited tickets, based on availability, will be available at the door one hour prior to the performances. Cabaret will showcase the FFE singer/dancers; their backing band, The Boingers; and technical crew members in a variety of musical performances chosen and rehearsed by the students. The performances will include solo and ensemble acts featuring classical, Broadway, jazz, and rock music. FFE will also perform its competition show, which includes the following selections: “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “What is This Thing Called Love?” and “Night and Day,” all by Cole Porter; “I Hear a Song,” popularized by singer Sandi Patty; and “Back to Then,” “What’s This Love Thang” and “Lost With Time,” all original songs written for FFE by Ben Wexler, a composer/arranger from New York City. The group is directed by Kevin Manley, assistant director is Alycia Althaus, and choreographer is Andy Haines. During the 2017-2018 season, FFE competed in five regional events, winning overall grand champion four times, overall best vocals four times, overall best instrumental combo three times, overall best choreography one time, and overall best show design one time. For more information, contact the high school choir office at 419-425-8282, or email Manley at kmanley@findlaycityschools.org.
First Presbyterian Church Artist Series: TSO String Ensemble 3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church Artist Series: TSO String Ensemble @ First Presbyterian Church
May 5 @ 3:00 pm
As part of the First Presbyterian Church Artist Series, the church, 2330 S. Main St., will be hosting the Toledo Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble in concert at 3 p.m. May 5. The free concert will feature music for two violins, viola and cello. A freewill offering will be collected.
Ohio Northern Symphony Interactive Family Concert 3:00 pm
Ohio Northern Symphony Interactive Family Concert @ Freed Center for the Performing Arts
May 5 @ 3:00 pm
The Ohio Northern University Department of Music will present the Ohio Northern Symphony’s “Interactive Family Concert” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 in the Freed Center. An “instrument petting zoo” will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Freed Center Lobby. The concert will be conducted by music director Travis Jürgens. Concert activities are designed for preschool through early elementary students, but attendees are encouraged to bring the entire family–infants through grandparents. The program will include singing, moving, and listening to the music of Prokofiev and Bernstein, while learning about the instruments and exploring musical elements. The concert will be a great way to enjoy music as a family. All tickets $5. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Tickets also are available online at ticketing.onu.edu.
Findlay Bike Rodeo 3:59 pm
Findlay Bike Rodeo @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 5 @ 3:59 pm – 4:59 pm
Saturday is the seventh annual Findlay Bike Rodeo sponsored by Bikes, Books, and Badges; Safe Kids; Ohio State University Extension and the City of Findlay from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. This year, the bike rodeo will return to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts parking lot at 200 W. Main Cross St. This family-friendly free event includes obstacle courses, bike giveaway, guided rides in the neighborhood, helmet fitting, free food, and more. The target age is grades one through six. Participants should bring their bike and helmet to the event. If you do not have a helmet, one will be provided. Having a helmet is required to participate in the bike rodeo. There will also be a limited number of bikes to borrow for the rodeo.
AMVETS Monte Carlo Night 5:00 pm
AMVETS Monte Carlo Night @ AMVETS Post 21
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
AMVETS Post 21 will present a Monte Carlo night to benefit Flag City Honor Flight from 5-10 p.m. May 5. The post is located at 423 W. Trenton Ave.
Flag City Morning Rotary Kentucky Derby Gala 6:00 pm
Flag City Morning Rotary Kentucky Derby Gala @ Hancock Hotel
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Flag City Morning Rotary will celebrate the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby with a gala planned for 6-10 p.m. May 5 inside the Hancock Hotel’s Blanchard Ballroom. Games, raffles, a live auction, music, food and themed beverages will be offered. Attire is business casual, with hats and bow ties optional. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased at https://flagcitymorningrotary.org/shop or by contacting Rotarian Tasha Dimling at 970-948-5552 or tdimling@bvhealthsystem.org.
Northwest Ohio Alzheimer’s Association Murder Mystery Dinner 6:00 pm
Northwest Ohio Alzheimer’s Association Murder Mystery Dinner @ American Legion Hall
May 5 @ 6:00 pm
The Northwest Ohio Alzheimer’s Association will host a murder mystery dinner at 6 p.m. May 5 at the American Legion Hall, 711 S. Shore Drive, Lima. Tickets are $25 each and include an Italian meal buffet, dessert, beverage and the evening’s entertainment. The name of the murder mystery is “Bobby and Bonnie Got Married.” Tickets can be purchased by calling Tracy Oberst at 567-208-1582 or at HCF Management, 1100 Shawnee Road, Lima. Proceeds go to West Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Walk to Remember.
[title of show] 7:30 pm
[title of show] @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
May 5 @ 7:30 pm
Bluffton University will present the musical comedy “[title of show],” an original musical about writing an original musical. Featuring music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell, the small-cast show addresses themes of creative collaboration, self-doubt and the journey of following one’s dreams. Admission: . Time: 7:30 p.m. May 4 and 5. Location: Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University. Information: Call the box office at 419-358-3239 or visit http://tickets.bluffton.edu.
Bernstein at 100 7:30 pm
Bernstein at 100 @ Freed Center for the Performing Arts
May 5 @ 7:30 pm
The Ohio Northern University Department of Music will present the Ohio Northern Symphony at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Freed Center. Music director Travis Jürgens will conduct a program entitled “Bernstein at 100.” The University Singers will join the Symphony for this 100-year celebration of Bernstein’s birth year. The works by Bernstein include the “Overture” to “Candide,” “Mambo,” “West Side Story Selections,” “Chichester Psalms” with boy soloist Mischa Sella from the Cincinnati Boys Choir, and “Make our Garden Grow” from “Candide” featuring soloists Summer Aebker and Jordan Lloyd. Also on the program is Phillip Glass’ “Concerto for Saxophone Quartet” featuring winners of the concerto competition: Curtis Clarke, Alex Chapman, Isabel Bonarrigo-Burton and Jarrett Barr. The University Singers are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Larsen, assistant professor of music. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for ONU faculty and staff, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Tickets also are available online at ticketing.onu.edu.
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School
May 5 @ 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition (FFE) Cabaret 2018 will be held at Findlay High School’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be sold Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Heminger Auditorium lobby. Limited tickets, based on availability, will be available at the door one hour prior to the performances. Cabaret will showcase the FFE singer/dancers; their backing band, The Boingers; and technical crew members in a variety of musical performances chosen and rehearsed by the students. The performances will include solo and ensemble acts featuring classical, Broadway, jazz, and rock music. FFE will also perform its competition show, which includes the following selections: “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “What is This Thing Called Love?” and “Night and Day,” all by Cole Porter; “I Hear a Song,” popularized by singer Sandi Patty; and “Back to Then,” “What’s This Love Thang” and “Lost With Time,” all original songs written for FFE by Ben Wexler, a composer/arranger from New York City. The group is directed by Kevin Manley, assistant director is Alycia Althaus, and choreographer is Andy Haines. During the 2017-2018 season, FFE competed in five regional events, winning overall grand champion four times, overall best vocals four times, overall best instrumental combo three times, overall best choreography one time, and overall best show design one time. For more information, contact the high school choir office at 419-425-8282, or email Manley at kmanley@findlaycityschools.org.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 6 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
McComb Lions Club Over 80s Party
McComb Lions Club Over 80s Party @ McComb American Legion
May 6 all-day
The McComb Lions Club will hold its 52nd “Over 80s Party” on May 6 at the McComb American Legion. This free event is open to all McComb school district residents 80 and older.
Flag City U.S.A. “Cars and Coffee” Cruise-In 9:00 am
Flag City U.S.A. “Cars and Coffee” Cruise-In @ Panera Bread
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The Flag City U.S.A. “Cars and Coffee” Cruise-In, hosted by Panera Bread, is having its first event of the season. Guests can enjoy the cars, take pictures, talk with their owners, have some Panera Bread coffee, pastries or breakfast. No judging or trophies involved. Participants showing their vehicles are advised to park in every other lined spot. The Cruise-In will continue every first Sunday of the month through October.
Springtime in Ohio Art and Craft Show 11:00 am
Springtime in Ohio Art and Craft Show @ Hancock County Fairgrounds
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cloud Productions’ 30th anniversary Springtime in Ohio Art and Craft Show features more than 280 artists and craftspeople offering up-to-date fashions for personal use as well as home, office and garden décor. There will also be a big-top tent, music, food, pony rides, face-painting, discounts, a package check, and more.
Awakened Commotion 2:00 pm
Awakened Commotion @ Hardin Northern Local School cafeteria
May 6 @ 2:00 pm
Hardin Northern’s pop a cappella group, Awakened Commotion, will be in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium. Admission is $2. The group is made up of Aubrey Hedges, Hannah Flowers, Clair Wilson, Sebastian Johnson, Franki Bejarano, Maddie Grappy, Cassidy Deckling, Eli Cooper, Joe Johnson and Rylie Bame.
International Rett Syndrome Foundation Benefit Run/Walk 2:45 pm
International Rett Syndrome Foundation Benefit Run/Walk @ E.A. Powell Elementary School
May 6 @ 2:45 pm
A run and walk to benefit the International Rett Syndrome Foundation is scheduled for May 6 at E.A. Powell Elementary School, 500 N. Main St., North Baltimore. 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 Slippery Elm Trail. Registration will be held at the elementary school. Packets for the 5K run can be picked up from 1-1:45 p.m. Packets for the fun run/walk can be picked up between 1 and 2 p.m. The fun run/walk will start at 2:45. 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, contact Amanda at 419-306-4234 or Karen at 419-957-3875. Online registration is available at https://www.rettsyndrome.org/liverettfree.
Playing Favorites 3:00 pm
Playing Favorites @ First Lutheran Church
May 6 @ 3:00 pm
The members of Old Millstream Ringers have selected their favorite pieces of their repertoire and will present “Playing Favorites” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at First Lutheran Church, 109 E. Lincoln St. The pieces are secular and sacred and range from gentle lullabies to rousing Disney themes. Admission to the concert is free, with a freewill offering taken. The Old Millstream Ringers is a community-based English handbell choir formed in 2000 by director Martha Avery. Avery and co-director Gail Malloy are both retired music educators and, collectively, the choir’s members have been ringing handbells for nearly 400 years. In addition to public concerts, the group also participates in handbell festivals sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America, as well as performing for weddings, seasonal concerts, banquets and other occasions in Findlay and the surrounding area. For more information about the Old Millstream Ringers, or to book a performance, contact Avery at 419-859-2410 or Malloy at 419-424-1751.
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Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events 9:00 am
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
Mornings with Mommy 9:30 am
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
May 7 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings with Mommy will begin Sept. 18 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, and continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays. The educational playdates are open to infants through preschool-age children and their moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. Each session will have its own theme and will include devotion, language and literacy activities, arts and crafts, sensory activities and more. Registration is required at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-326-4685. The cost is $5 per family (not per child), per session.
The Great Blue Heron 10:00 am
The Great Blue Heron @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A program about the great blue heron, hosted 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 program, for children 3 years old and younger accompanied by an adult, will include a story, crafts and games. The same program is offered each time. Siblings may attend the free program, which requires no registration. For more information call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Aging In Your Own Home 1:00 pm
Aging In Your Own Home @ 50 North
May 7 @ 1:00 pm
A free program offering suggestions for seniors about aging in their own home will be held at 1 p.m. May 7 at 50 North. Gina Bailey, community nurse liaison at Bridge Home Health and Hospice, and Randy Schroeder, marketing representative at Northwest Ohio Medical Equipment, will offer tips about how to keep the home safe relative to aging issues. Participants will also see a variety of assistive devices that could make living in their home easier and safer. Registration is required by May 3 by calling 419-423-8496.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
Grand Love 4:30 pm
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
May 7 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Grand Love, a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren, meets Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at 1941 Carlin St., Findlay. Call 419-422-8616.
Basket Weaving Class 6:00 pm
Basket Weaving Class @ Putnam County District Library -- Continental branch
May 7 @ 6:00 pm
A two-part basket weaving class will be held at the Putnam County District Library’s Continental branch at 6 p.m. April 30 and May 7. Participants will make a Mother’s Day flower basket with Linda Pollitz. There is a $16 fee. Supplies needed include a pair of scissors, 12 clip clothes pins, measuring tape, 5-gallon bucket, pencil, towels and a flat-head screwdriver. All other supplies are provided. Registration is required by Monday by calling 419-596-3727.
Jammin’ at the Library 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 7 @ 6:00 pm
“Jammin’ at the Library” will be held at 6 p.m. May 7 and 21. This is a song-circle-style jam session and is open to the public.
Women’s Enrichment Series: “Meditation, Yoga and Benefits of a Plant-based Diet” 6:00 pm
Women’s Enrichment Series: “Meditation, Yoga and Benefits of a Plant-based Diet” @ First Step Women's Resource Center
May 7 @ 6:00 pm
First Step will present “Meditation, Yoga and Benefits of a Plant-based Diet” at 6 p.m. Monday as part of its Women’s Enrichment Series. The class will provide resources, simple tips and a guided meditation. Katy Mercer, a certified yoga instructor at Harmony Yoga in Findlay, will teach the class. Tea and a vegan menu will be served. The cost is $17. First Step is located at 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria. For more information, call 419-435-7300.
Beware of Poison Plants 6:30 pm
Beware of Poison Plants @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
May 7 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Master Gardeners will present “Beware of Poison Plants” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 7 in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. Participants will learn about the many common plants — including berries, mushrooms and poison ivy — that can make people ill. Registration is required by calling 419-422-1712.
Monday Funday 6:30 pm
Monday Funday @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
May 7 @ 6:30 pm
Monday Funday will resume at the Forest-Jackson Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Youth who are in third grade and older will make edible school supplies. Monday Funday will be held every Monday, featuring games and snacks. When Riverdale School is canceled due to weather, the event is also canceled.
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Hancock County Retired Teachers 9:00 am
Hancock County Retired Teachers @ Dark Horse
May 8 @ 9:00 am
The Hancock County Retired Teachers will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Dark Horse restaurant, 4136 N. Main St. The featured topic will be Citizen’s Academy, a program of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. All retired teachers and spouses are invited to attend. No reservations are necessary. Call David Vaas at 419-722-4711 for more information.
Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
Youtheatre Club 4:00 pm
Youtheatre Club @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The Arts Partnership is starting a monthly performing arts club through its Youtheatre program. Students in grades 1-12, regardless of ability or past involvement with Youtheatre, are encouraged to participate in Youtheatre Club, which will meet the second Tuesday of each month beginning Tuesday and ending May 8. Grades 1-5 will meet from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and grades 6-8 and 9-12 will meet from 4-6 p.m. Cost is $45 per year and meetings are held at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Contact Craig VanRenterghem at education@artspartnership.com or 419-422-4624, ext. 3, to sign up.
Family Fun Program 6:30 pm
Family Fun Program @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
May 8 @ 6:30 pm
A family fun program featuring life-size games will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 8 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa.
24/7 Dad 7:30 pm
24/7 Dad @ First Step
May 8 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A 12-session “24/7 Dad” fatherhood program will be offered at First Step, 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria. Classes start April 17 and will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Both morning and evening classes are available, with child care provided. The program through the National Fatherhood Initiative is designed to nurture self-awareness, compassion and a sense of responsibility. For more information, call First Step at 419-435-7300 or visit the office.
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Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events 9:00 am
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
Spring Centerpiece Class 10:00 am
Spring Centerpiece Class @ 50 North
May 9 @ 10:00 am
Kay Youngs will teach members of 50 North how to create a spring centerpiece at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Supplies will be provided including baskets, flowers and ribbons. Participants can also bring along a special candle, vase or decoration to include in their design if they like, along with a pair of wire cutters. The cost is $5. Advance registration is required by Monday by calling 419-423-8496.
Genealogy 101 1:00 pm
Genealogy 101 @ 50 North
May 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A free “Genealogy 10” class will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at 50 North. Justin Crawfis, genealogy associate at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, will provide the information needed to get started with genealogy. Registration is required by Monday at 419-423-8496.
Putnam County Help Me Grow/WIC Baby Fair 1:30 pm
Putnam County Help Me Grow/WIC Baby Fair @ Putnam County Educational Service Center
May 9 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Putnam County Help Me Grow and Putnam County Women, Infants and Children (W.I.C.) programs are sponsoring a free baby fair from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Putnam County Educational Service Center, Ottawa. The event is open to Putnam County pregnant women and mothers of infants and toddlers. Local vendors will highlight services available, and giveaways, door prizes and refreshments will be offered. Call Help Me Grow at 419-523-6059 or W.I.C at 419-523-5080 for more information.
Black Swamp Council Planned Giving Seminar 4:15 pm
Black Swamp Council Planned Giving Seminar @ City Club
May 9 @ 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm
The Boy Scouts of America, Black Swamp Council, will host a planned giving seminar from 4:15-6:15 p.m. Wednesday at the City Club, 144 S. Main St., Lima. The sessions will provide an economic outlook and will focus on the effects of changes to the tax code, along with the vehicles and tools available to those who support charities. RSVP by Friday to Jennifer Kayser at 567-208-5281.
CRAFT Training 5:30 pm
CRAFT Training @ Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
May 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Those worried about a loved one’s substance use can learn some possible solutions during an upcoming class offered by the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services focused on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) model. The free class will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays, May 9 through June 13, at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery, build a healthier relationship and improve their personal quality of life. The class is structured around the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober” and will be facilitated by community members who were trained by the author, Dr. Robert J. Meyers. Participants are encouraged to buy the book, but copies can be borrowed during the class. Call the Hancock County ADAMHS Board at 419-424-1985 to register.
24/7 Dad 7:30 pm
24/7 Dad @ First Step
May 9 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A 12-session “24/7 Dad” fatherhood program will be offered at First Step, 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria. Classes start April 17 and will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Both morning and evening classes are available, with child care provided. The program through the National Fatherhood Initiative is designed to nurture self-awareness, compassion and a sense of responsibility. For more information, call First Step at 419-435-7300 or visit the office.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 10 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
Lima Aglow International Community Lighthouse Meeting 9:30 am
Lima Aglow International Community Lighthouse Meeting @ WTLW TV44
May 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
The monthly meeting of the Lima Aglow International Community Lighthouse will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at WTLW TV44, 1844 Baty Road, Lima. Men, women and young adults are invited to gather for an encouraging and empowering time of worship, prayer and ministry with Laurie Kohls. Call 419-303-6374 for more details.
Babies Love Books 10:00 am
Babies Love Books @ Bluffton Public Library
May 10 @ 10:00 am
Babies Love Books will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Bluffton Public Library. The session, for babies and toddlers up to age 3, will feature stories, songs and activities to promote language and motor development.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
May 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
Hancock County Farmers’ Market 4:00 pm
Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 10 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The 2018 Hancock County Farmers’ Market season runs from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10 through Oct. 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Visit bit.ly/HCFMvendors or call 419-422-5594 for more information.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
May 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
A support group for grandparents raising their grandkids and other children affected by addiction is forming in McComb. Grand Love, a program sponsored by the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, premiered in Findlay last May. McComb organizer Deb Ewing said formation of the rural version has been in the works for the past year, with its first meeting set for Jan. 18. Meetings are open to people living in McComb and the surrounding area and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the McComb school library (enter through north front door #2). Meetings will be facilitated by Family Resource Center professionals, with an emphasis on peer support. Registration is not required, although those bringing kids are encouraged to call ahead so arrangements to provide child care can be made. For more information about McComb’s group, call Ewing at 419-306-9489 or email ewingd@mccombschool.org.
The Marvelous Wonderettes 7:00 pm
The Marvelous Wonderettes @ Star Theatre
May 10 @ 7:00 pm
The Star Players’ spring musical will feature more than 30 1950s and ’60s pop staples. The smash off-Broadway hit comedy was written by Roger Bean and follows class clown Betty Jean, diva Cindy Lou, overachiever Missy and ditzy Suzy through their 1958 prom and 1968 class reunion at Springfield High School.
24/7 Dad 7:30 pm
24/7 Dad @ First Step
May 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A 12-session “24/7 Dad” fatherhood program will be offered at First Step, 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria. Classes start April 17 and will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Both morning and evening classes are available, with child care provided. The program through the National Fatherhood Initiative is designed to nurture self-awareness, compassion and a sense of responsibility. For more information, call First Step at 419-435-7300 or visit the office.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 11 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events 9:00 am
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
Maxwell Meyers Memorial Golf Classic and Mutt Strut 9:00 am
Maxwell Meyers Memorial Golf Classic and Mutt Strut @ Red Hawk Run Golf Course
May 11 @ 9:00 am
Dogs and their humans are invited to strut their stuff through the scenic Red Hawk Run Golf Course as part of the Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County’s largest fundraiser of the year. The humane society will host the ninth annual Maxwell Meyers Memorial Golf Classic and Mutt Strut on May 11 in memory of Maxwell, a boxer-Lab mix who loved running at golf courses. Upon his death, Max’s beloved family and friends chose to memorialize him through an event that would aid the work of the local humane society for years to come. Event organizer Greg Meyers said the event began as a golf outing, but has changed over time to become a memorial event. The 2½-mile Mutt Strut is open to people with and without dogs and runs from 8-10 a.m. New this year is a demonstration by the local K9 unit at 9 a.m. Golf begins with an 11 a.m. shotgun start and is open to singles and team golfers. The day concludes with a “Yappy Hour” (happy hour) from 4-6 p.m. Meyers said the hope is that the event will attract dog-lovers and people who enjoy walking, along with golfers. He and other event organizers are especially thankful to Red Hawk Run for welcoming dogs onto its property. Cost for the Mutt Strut is $20 in advance and $25 the day of. Registration for the Mutt Strutt and the golf outing can be made online at www.hancockhumanesociety.com or by calling the humane society at 419-423-1664 or Meyers at 419-422-4040.
Forest-Jackson Public Library Movie Matinee 1:00 pm
Forest-Jackson Public Library Movie Matinee @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 8:45 pm
The Forest-Jackson Public Library will show movies Friday. The movie matinee, “The Greatest Showman,” will begin at 1 p.m. A family movie, “Paddington 2,” will run from 7-8:45 p.m. A $1 donation includes popcorn and a drink.
HHWP Head Start Ice Cream Social and Open House 1:00 pm
HHWP Head Start Ice Cream Social and Open House @ Findlay Head Start
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
HHWP Head Start will hold an ice cream social and open house from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Findlay Head Start building, 545 Winfield Ave. Parents interested in registering their children for the 2018-19 school year may bring their children to tour the facility, meet the staff and pick up an application form. Current Head Start families are also invited to attend. Activities will include Romick Railway train rides, Dietsch’s ice cream, carnival games and prizes. Parents wishing to apply should bring verification of date of birth, 2017 1040 or W2s and immunization records, if available. If the family is currently homeless (including living with family or friends due to lack of their own income), receiving TANF (OWF) or SSI, or if the child is a foster child, the child is eligible without further proof of income.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
May 11 @ 3:00 pm
Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator. The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed. SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists. Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.
The Marvelous Wonderettes 7:00 pm
The Marvelous Wonderettes @ Star Theatre
May 11 @ 7:00 pm
The Star Players’ spring musical will feature more than 30 1950s and ’60s pop staples. The smash off-Broadway hit comedy was written by Roger Bean and follows class clown Betty Jean, diva Cindy Lou, overachiever Missy and ditzy Suzy through their 1958 prom and 1968 class reunion at Springfield High School.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 12 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
Coffee with a Cop 9:00 am
Coffee with a Cop @ Coffee Amici
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
“Coffee with a Cop,” a monthly event where officers are available at Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St., will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Officers from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Findlay Police Department are expected to attend.
Mount Blanchard Cleanup Day 9:00 am
Mount Blanchard Cleanup Day @ Mount Blanchard
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
This Saturday is village cleanup day in Mount Blanchard sponsored by the Beautification Committee, Mount Blanchard United Methodist Church Social Concerns, Mount Blanchard park board and the village of Mount Blanchard. Volunteers from youth groups, families, civic groups and school groups are needed to help. Activities include cleaning the parks and pool area, planting flowers, mulching several areas, painting, cleaning the streets and building a gaga pit. Volunteers should bring shovels, rakes, brooms, wheelbarrows, wagons and any painting supplies. Some tools will be available. Works hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch provided to all volunteers. Salads and desserts donations are needed. Let Jackie Porcello know at 419-306-3073 if you can bring a group to help or if you can donate food. Food donations can be brought to the village building at 103 E. Clay St.
Self-Guided Float Trips on the Blanchard River 9:00 am
Self-Guided Float Trips on the Blanchard River @ Blanchard Landing
May 12 @ 9:00 am
Hancock Park District is offering a series of self-guided float trips on the Blanchard River, with shuttle service provided by the park district. The trips will follow the river from Liberty Landing to Blanchard Landing. Trips will be offered at 9 a.m. on Saturdays, May 5, 12 and 19. The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 9 a.m. Canoeists and kayakers will be transported to Liberty Landing. Register in-person at the Hancock Park District office or online at www.HancockParks.com by 4:30 p.m. on the Friday prior to the trip. Cost is $20 per person, per trip, and registration is for adults and youth 16 and 17 years old. The 16-year-old participants must be accompanied by someone at least 18 years old. Participants must have a signed “Assumption of Risk/Liability Release/Waiver of all Claims” form and/or a parental consent form for the younger participants. Forms will be available at Liberty Landing prior to the trip. There is a maximum of 10 individuals per trip, with two participants per canoe, and individuals must be able to swim. For more information, call the park district at 419-425-7275.
The Marvelous Wonderettes 7:00 pm
The Marvelous Wonderettes @ Star Theatre
May 12 @ 7:00 pm
The Star Players’ spring musical will feature more than 30 1950s and ’60s pop staples. The smash off-Broadway hit comedy was written by Roger Bean and follows class clown Betty Jean, diva Cindy Lou, overachiever Missy and ditzy Suzy through their 1958 prom and 1968 class reunion at Springfield High School.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 13 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
2018 Historic Homes Tour 11:00 am
2018 Historic Homes Tour
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum will host the 2018 Historic Homes Tour on Mother’s Day weekend to showcase six area houses encompassing a variety of architectural styles from the 1840s to the 1920s. One hundred guests can attend an exclusive May 12 champagne and candlelight preview from 7 to 10 p.m., where they can tour five homes while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and desserts from local restaurants with accompanying wine pairings. All six homes will open May 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can start at any of the houses, proceeding in any order as they tour at their leisure with docents at each residence offering information about their history and architectural details. Guests at the preview usually have more of an opportunity to speak with the homeowners due to the smaller audience. The tour has been a Findlay springtime staple for more than 40 years, at one time hosted by the now defunct Hancock County Historic Preservation Guild. The museum took up hosting duties in 2012 and, after a four-year break, the tour returned in 2016 to become a biennial event in even-numbered years, with more than 1,000 people participating last year. Sarah Sisser, the museum’s executive director, said historic preservation is a driver in economic and creative development, with the city and county’s forefathers building several of the homes. Tickets to the champagne and candlelight preview are limited and must be purchased in advance at the museum, 422 W. Sandusky St. They cost $50 for museum members, $60 for nonmembers. Presale tickets for the May 13 Historic Homes Tour will be available for $15 at the museum, UIS Insurance and Investments, Century 21 Realty — Koehler & Associates, Michael Eller Diamonds, The Trust Company in Findlay, or online at http://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/events/2018-historic-homes-tour/ Tickets also may be purchased at the museum for $20 the day of the May 13 tour. The event serves as a fundraiser for the museum to facilitate continued preservation efforts and operations. For more information, including a tour map, visit www.hancockhistoricalmuseum.org or call 419-423-4433. THE HOUSES Hancock Historical Museum has a committee that plans the tour with the goal of creating a well-rounded, comprehensive representation of the area’s historic eras and architecture, according to Sarah Sisser, the museum’s executive director. This year, Sisser said the committee reached out a bit further and farther than previous years, in terms of both time and distance: the tour extends to Jenera and the oldest homes featured date back to the mid-1800s. The George Arnold house-Scarlet Oaks Estate will be available to tour on May 13, but not the 12. Gray-Murphy house 829 S. Main St. The Gothic Revival-style house was built by Milton Gray around 1880, undergoing extensive remodeling in the 1930s. David and Sheri Murphy purchased the home in 1993. Notable features include the its decorative wood trim and modern kitchen. Messinger-Aldrich house 1035 S. Main St. Charles Messinger completed the Colonial Revival-style house in 1903. John and Kathryn Aldrich purchased the property in 2007, which features square-fluted porch pillars, an entry with leaded glass sidelights, and a third-floor shed dormer. Firestine-Jess house 1115 S. Main St. Rolly C. Firestine built the Craftsman-style home in 1927, Barry and Sharon Jess bought the house in 1989, and it features a “false thatched” roof that mimics those of rural England. Bishop-Rakestraw house 11595 Hancock County Road 40 Henry Bishop completed this Italianate-style farmhouse in 1849. The house was purchased by Edwin and Dorothy Rakestraw in 1939, when it had no electricity or running water, and the closet at the east end of the upstairs hallway was originally a meat keeper. Dorothy sold the home to her grandson, Greg, and his wife, Sandee, in 1993. Glick-Etler house 9085 Township Road 32, Jenera Nathan and Lauren Etler purchased this Italianate-style house in 2013, which was settled by Lauren’s great-great-great grandfather, Anthony Glick, in the 19th century. Built around 1853, the house stayed in Lauren’s family for more than 100 years before changing hands and falling into disrepair before the Etlers’ purchase and restoration. George Arnold house-Scarlet Oaks Estate 13754 U.S. 68 George Arnold purchased the Gothic Revival-style home in 1852, with rumors swirling that it played a role in the Underground Railroad. While there is no way of substantiating this claim, the property’s location and time period make it plausible, with a written account of an Underground Railroad stop seven miles outside of Findlay. Patrick and Kate Manders along with Chaderick and Bridgett Johnson bought the property in 2015, and it is now a premier location for weddings and private events.
Bradner Fire Department Mother’s Day Dinner 11:30 am
Bradner Fire Department Mother’s Day Dinner @ Bradner Fire Department
May 13 @ 11:30 am
The Bradner Fire Department and auxiliary will host its annual Mother’s Day baked steak dinner Sunday at the fire station, 117 E. Crocker St. Serving will begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue until the food is gone. Cost is $8 which includes baked steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll, pie and drink. Carryouts are available for pickup or delivery in Bradner only by calling 419-288-2012 on Sunday morning.
The Marvelous Wonderettes 2:00 pm
The Marvelous Wonderettes @ Star Theatre
May 13 @ 2:00 pm
The Star Players’ spring musical will feature more than 30 1950s and ’60s pop staples. The smash off-Broadway hit comedy was written by Roger Bean and follows class clown Betty Jean, diva Cindy Lou, overachiever Missy and ditzy Suzy through their 1958 prom and 1968 class reunion at Springfield High School.
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Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events 9:00 am
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
Grand Love 4:30 pm
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
May 14 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Grand Love, a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren, meets Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at 1941 Carlin St., Findlay. Call 419-422-8616.
Beginners’ Watercolor Class 6:00 pm
Beginners’ Watercolor Class @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jeanne Beutler will teach a beginning level watercolor class from 6-8 p.m. May 14 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Participants will paint cosmos flowers. A $10 fee includes all supplies. Register by May 7 at 419-523-3747.
Law Enforcement Memorial Recognition Program 6:00 pm
Law Enforcement Memorial Recognition Program @ DOCK at St. Marks United Methodist Church
May 14 @ 6:00 pm
The Findlay-Hancock County Law Enforcement Chaplain’s Association is planning a Law Enforcement Memorial Recognition Program at 6 p.m. Monday at the DOCK at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St., Findlay. The event is free and open to the public. It is expected to last about an hour. For questions, call 419-722-1254.
Monday Funday 6:30 pm
Monday Funday @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
May 14 @ 6:30 pm
Monday Funday will resume at the Forest-Jackson Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Youth who are in third grade and older will make edible school supplies. Monday Funday will be held every Monday, featuring games and snacks. When Riverdale School is canceled due to weather, the event is also canceled.
“New Vision, New Mission: Our Time Has Come!” 7:00 pm
“New Vision, New Mission: Our Time Has Come!” @ First Christian Church
May 14 @ 7:00 pm
First Christian Church, 1624 Tiffin Ave., Suite B, will hold a spring revival at 7 p.m. nightly, May 14-16. The theme for the revival is “New Vision, New Mission: Our Time Has Come!” and the special guest preacher each night will be Pastor Doris Harris Mars, intentional interim pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, First Christian’s nearby neighbor on Tiffin Avenue. For more information, contact First Christian Church at 419-422-5615 or info@findlaydisciples.org.
Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus 7:15 pm
Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus @ Wesley United Methodist Church
May 14 @ 7:15 pm – 9:45 pm
The Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will host a guest night from 7:15-9:45 p.m. today at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1200 Van Buren St. (Ohio 613), Fostoria. The event will feature demonstrations of the barbershop craft, including quartets and tag singing. Men of all ages are invited to come sing. Call Jason Barton-Kashmer at 419-607-3142 for more information.
Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra Finale Spring Concert 7:30 pm
Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra Finale Spring Concert @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 14 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra will present a Finale Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, in the high school’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Sophie Wohl will be a featured violin soloist during the concert. She will perform Edouard Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole” for violin and orchestra, movement 1. Wohl is the concertmaster of the orchestra and an accomplished violinist. She has participated in the Ohio Music Education Association’s (OMEA) Northwest Regional Orchestra and All-State Orchestra — comprising the best young string players in the state — for three years. She plans to attend the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music in the fall and major in violin performance and music education. Emily Cairns, the principal cellist in the orchestra, will also be featured on piano. Cairns has studied piano for many years and will perform a piece by composer Claude Debussy titled “Deux Arabesques, Mvt. 1.” She plans to go to Ohio State University to major in psychology before attending law school. The Symphony Orchestra will perform six classical compositions in addition to the Lalo piece. These pieces include “March of the Dwarfs” by Edvard Grieg, arranged by Michael Story, and themes from “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arranged by Richard Meyer. The group received a “superior” rating on these two selections from a panel of judges when they performed them at the OMEA State Orchestra Contest in February. In addition to the music, the concert will feature recognition and awards for the senior members of the orchestra. After the concert, the Findlay Music Boosters will host a reception for the orchestra’s graduating seniors and their families. The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra is directed by Ken Pressel along with assistant director David Brax. This is Pressel’s 25th year teaching orchestra at Findlay City Schools. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in violin performance from Ohio University. For more information, contact Pressel at 419-422-7158.
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Mornings with Mommy 9:30 am
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
May 15 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings with Mommy will begin Sept. 18 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, and continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays. The educational playdates are open to infants through preschool-age children and their moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. Each session will have its own theme and will include devotion, language and literacy activities, arts and crafts, sensory activities and more. Registration is required at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-326-4685. The cost is $5 per family (not per child), per session.
Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
Coffee, Tea and Cocoa Tasting and Discussion 6:00 pm
Coffee, Tea and Cocoa Tasting and Discussion @ McClean Room of Kaubisch Memorial Public Library
May 15 @ 6:00 pm
Friends of the Kaubisch Memorial Public Library will host a coffee, tea and cocoa tasting and discussion event at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Barista Kim Marquart of Cups of Comfort will introduce various coffee brewing methods, and will give a presentation on basic tea brewing techniques. A conversation will explore what defines free trade and organic products and the benefits for producers and consumers. The free event will be held in the McClean Room of Kaubisch Memorial Public Library, 205 Perry St, Fostoria.
Hancock County Genealogical Society 6:30 pm
Hancock County Genealogical Society @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
May 15 @ 6:30 pm
The Hancock County Genealogical Society will gather at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library to celebrate the founding of the club in 1978. Former members are encouraged to attend, along with three original members who will be recognized. The meeting will also include talks by several members about their successful Pioneer and/or Settler applications. Pioneer Award applications, available on the group’s Facebook page or in the Local and Family History department of the library, should be submitted as soon as possible.
“New Vision, New Mission: Our Time Has Come!” 7:00 pm
“New Vision, New Mission: Our Time Has Come!” @ First Christian Church
May 15 @ 7:00 pm
First Christian Church, 1624 Tiffin Ave., Suite B, will hold a spring revival at 7 p.m. nightly, May 14-16. The theme for the revival is “New Vision, New Mission: Our Time Has Come!” and the special guest preacher each night will be Pastor Doris Harris Mars, intentional interim pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, First Christian’s nearby neighbor on Tiffin Avenue. For more information, contact First Christian Church at 419-422-5615 or info@findlaydisciples.org.
Findlay City Schools Extravabandza 7:30 pm
Findlay City Schools Extravabandza @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 15 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay City Schools Band department will present its spring “Extravabandza” concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will feature a variety of music and styles designed to appeal to audiences of all ages. It is free and open to the public. The Findlay High School Percussion Ensemble, Ninth Grade Band, and Symphonic Band will perform. The Percussion Ensemble will open the concert with two pieces, including “Seawind” by Thomas O’Connor. The Ninth Grade Band will perform four selections, including “Military Escort” by Henry Fillmore, published under the pseudonym of Harold Bennett; and “Beyond the Riverbend” by Robert Sheldon. The Symphonic Band will perform five pieces, including its Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) State required selection, “Red Hills Saga” by Robert Thurston; and “The Avengers” from the popular movie series. The Symphonic Band received straight “superior” ratings at OMEA District Large Group and an “excellent” rating at State. At these events, each participating band also must sight-read a piece for an adjudicator. Michael Story’s “Ancient Curses” was the sight-reading selection the Symphonic Band performed at OMEA State Contest and it will be performed at Tuesday’s concert. The concert also will feature recognition and awards for the senior members of the band. After the concert, the Findlay Music Boosters will host a reception for the graduating seniors and their families. The FHS band department will have two additional performances to close out the year. The FHS Jazz Band will perform with the Donnell Jazz Band at Donnell Middle School at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22; and the Findlay Trojan Marching Band will perform in the Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28. The Findlay High School band directors are Dan Wilson, Michael Springer and Brian Sheehe. For additional information, contact Dan Wilson at dwilson@fcs.org
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Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events 9:00 am
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Community Health Fair 10:00 am
Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Community Health Fair @ Stacy's Place
May 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The 16th annual Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Community Health Fair, hosted by ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital and the Fostoria Area Health Ministry, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Stacy’s Place, 625 Plaza Drive, Fostoria. The event will include free screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, bone density, skin damage, skin cancer of the head and neck, and oral cavity cancer. There will be information available from over 60 vendors on financial planning, long-term care, and the services available through ProMedica and area agencies. There will be drawings for door prizes. A free, light lunch will be provided to participants. For more information, call ProMedica Wellness, 419-436-6688.
Ritz Theatre Matinee Movie Series 2:00 pm
Ritz Theatre Matinee Movie Series @ The Ritz Theatre
May 16 @ 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.
Chair Yoga 4:00 pm
Chair Yoga @ Bluffton Family Recreation
May 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bluffton Family Recreation will offer a chair yoga class in May instructed by Janette Reineke. Classes are from 4 to 5 p.m., May 2, 16, 23 and 30.   Bluffton Family Recreation asks that participants bring their own dumbbells between the weight of 2-5 pounds. If they do not have any, Bluffton Family Recreation will be provide them. To register, call Bluffton Family Recreation at 419-358-4150 or visit www.bfronline.com
CRAFT Training 5:30 pm
CRAFT Training @ Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
May 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Those worried about a loved one’s substance use can learn some possible solutions during an upcoming class offered by the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services focused on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) model. The free class will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays, May 9 through June 13, at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery, build a healthier relationship and improve their personal quality of life. The class is structured around the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober” and will be facilitated by community members who were trained by the author, Dr. Robert J. Meyers. Participants are encouraged to buy the book, but copies can be borrowed during the class. Call the Hancock County ADAMHS Board at 419-424-1985 to register.
“New Vision, New Mission: Our Time Has Come!” 7:00 pm
“New Vision, New Mission: Our Time Has Come!” @ First Christian Church
May 16 @ 7:00 pm
First Christian Church, 1624 Tiffin Ave., Suite B, will hold a spring revival at 7 p.m. nightly, May 14-16. The theme for the revival is “New Vision, New Mission: Our Time Has Come!” and the special guest preacher each night will be Pastor Doris Harris Mars, intentional interim pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, First Christian’s nearby neighbor on Tiffin Avenue. For more information, contact First Christian Church at 419-422-5615 or info@findlaydisciples.org.
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Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
Hancock County Farmers’ Market 4:00 pm
Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The 2018 Hancock County Farmers’ Market season runs from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10 through Oct. 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Visit bit.ly/HCFMvendors or call 419-422-5594 for more information.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
A support group for grandparents raising their grandkids and other children affected by addiction is forming in McComb. Grand Love, a program sponsored by the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, premiered in Findlay last May. McComb organizer Deb Ewing said formation of the rural version has been in the works for the past year, with its first meeting set for Jan. 18. Meetings are open to people living in McComb and the surrounding area and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the McComb school library (enter through north front door #2). Meetings will be facilitated by Family Resource Center professionals, with an emphasis on peer support. Registration is not required, although those bringing kids are encouraged to call ahead so arrangements to provide child care can be made. For more information about McComb’s group, call Ewing at 419-306-9489 or email ewingd@mccombschool.org.
Meteor Showers 6:00 pm
Meteor Showers @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
May 17 @ 6:00 pm
A family program about meteor showers, hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the planetarium at Oakwoods Nature Preserve’s Discovery Center. Participants must sit on the floor in the inflatable planetarium. The free program requires registration by 4 p.m. Thursday at www.HancockParks.com, under the “Programs & Activities” tab, or by calling the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Confessions of an OSU Usher 6:30 pm
Confessions of an OSU Usher @ Upper Sandusky Community Library
May 17 @ 6:30 pm
Trevor Zahara will present from his book “Confessions of an OSU Usher” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Upper Sandusky Community Library. Zahara’s book will be available for purchase at the free event.
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Hamler Country Fest
Hamler Country Fest @ Hamler Community Park
May 18 – May 19 all-day
Henry County will crank up its volume for two days of music, food and camping when the Hamler Country Fest roars into Hamler Community Park on Ohio 109. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, with Friday admission at $15.75; Saturday is $20.90; a primitive camping site (with two Friday and Saturday admission tickets) costs $124; and $330 pays for a campsite with four backstage passes, along with two Friday and Saturday tickets. Ages 16 and under are free with paid adult admission. Jerrod Niemann will headline Saturday’s bill, with Bucky Covington leading the way on Friday. Covington competed on “American Idol”‘s fifth season, and his self-titled debut album opened at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the biggest first-week sales for any debut country artist in 2007. His songs include “Different World,” “I’ll Walk,” “Good To Be Us,” “Buzzin’” and “Drinking Side of Country” (a duet with Shooter Jennings). Niemann co-wrote multiple songs for Garth Brooks, including the No. 1 hit, “Good Ride Cowboy.” His chart-topping major-label debut, “Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury,” hit The New York Times’ Top 10 Albums of 2010, with gold-certified Top 5 single “What Do You Want” and platinum-certified No. 1 hit, “Lover, Lover,” the song Niemann says changed his life. He is touring on the heels of his fourth studio album, “This Ride,” featuring the single, “I Got This.”   Friday’s music lineup begins at 7 p.m. with Adam Calvert, a southeastern Ohio native and Tennessee transplant; guitarist/singer Chris Salyer and bassist/singer Shellby Messmer, a duo based in Wayne, follow at 8:30; Brent Lowry and the Drifters, a Pemberville-based quintet, will perform at 9; and Covington will take the stage around 11. Redfeather, a Putnam County quintet, kicks off Saturday’s music at 3:30 p.m.; Waterville-based indie rocker Aaron Hertzfeld plays at 4:30; CJ Solar’s country music and southern rock fusion follows at 5; Vester Frey, an old time, roots rock, Americana and country blues stylist, plays at 6:30; country-rock quintet Nashville Crush commences at 7; Brent Lowry and Wade Wedge will bring their acoustic and multi-instrumental talents to the stage at 8:30; Natalie Stovall and the Drive, a Nashville-based quintet whose frontwoman/fiddler competed on the 13th season of “The Voice,” play at 9; and Niemann begins around 11. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. Campers may arrive beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, and must be removed by Monday, May 21; a full list of camping regulations is available at http://hamlercountryfest.com. The concerts will be under a roof with open seating, and lawn chairs are encouraged. Food and beverages are available, and no carry-ins are allowed. Signed memorabilia auctions run at 10:30 p.m. each day, registration for Saturday’s 5 p.m. cornhole tournament is at 4:30; and vendors include Tri-R Guns gun raffle; The Snack Shack; The Deshler Legion; Frank’s Fries; and Tiny’s BBQ. For more information, visit the event’s website, call 419-748-7459 or email hamlercountryfest@gmail.com
Armed Forces Day 7:00 am
Armed Forces Day @ Hancock County Fairgrounds
May 18 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Five people will be honored this weekend as part of the 31st annual Armed Forces Day celebration, hosted by the Findlay Military Association at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Hours for the three-day event are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. to noon Sunday. Daily admission is $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6-17. Children younger than 6 are admitted free. Parking is free; enter at Gate C off Fishlock Avenue. Sgt. Jacob Hunt of the Ohio Army National Guard will be honored as the Hancock County “Military Person of the Year.” Four others will be recognized as “Veteran of the Year,” including Army S2 Security Specialist Joyce Winter, Army Command Sgt. Major Ronald Winter (retired), Army Lt. Colonel James Woodward (retired) and Army Master Sgt. E8 Leasha Dixson (retired). Armed Forces Day events will also include living history displays, musical performances, military vehicles, re-enactment performances and flamethrower demonstrations by Charles Hobson, an instructor for flamethrower operator training with 30 years of experience. He is author of the book, “The Illustrated Manual of U.S. Portable Flamethrowers.” An American Huey 369 helicopter and Wolfhounds will be at the fairgrounds at noon Friday and at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. There will also be a military memorabilia and vehicle parts swap meet and sale. A military service pass and review will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Food and beverages will be available throughout the event, and camping is available. Opening ceremonies will be held Saturday, which is Armed Forces Day, beginning at 10:15 a.m. The Arlington High School All-Brass Marching Band will perform, and the guest speaker is retired Army Col. James Coomler. A native of Indiana, Coomler holds a masters of military arts and science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He held a wide variety of command and staff assignments in the United States, the Federal Republic of Germany and South Korea. After retiring from the Army in 1999, he became the senior instructor for Springfield High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. He retired from that position in 2015. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Accommodation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal and the Federal Republic of Germany’s Silver Iron Cross. A GI breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in Building D with Coomler as the speaker. Cost of the breakfast is $6. Show admission is not included with the breakfast ticket. Following breakfast, the veterans recognition and awards program will begin at 8:30. Honorees include: • Hunt, a Findlay High School graduate, enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard as an 118th Infantryman as a 17-year high school junior. He graduated from infantry school and two months later was deployed with Bravo Company 1-148th of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan, where he served 14 months. He is currently preparing to serve as an Ohio Army National Guard recruiter/career counselor. Hunt’s military awards include the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. • Joyce Winter enlisted in the Army in 1971. After completing basic and specialist trainings, she was assigned to the Pentagon as 2nd assistant to the first woman brigadier general in the Army, a position she held until 1973. She also served as a casualty specialist, S2 security specialist and operational administrative specialist. Since receiving an honorable discharge in 1978, she worked as a bookkeeper, transportation specialist, payroll specialist and data processing specialist before retiring in 2003. She resides in Arlington. Her military awards include two Good Conduct Medals and National Defense Service Medal. • Ronald Winter enlisted in the Army in 1956. After completing basic training, he was assigned to intelligence school, where he completed a Morse intercept course. His assignments have included duties in Kenai, Alaska; Berlin, Germany; Republic of Vietnam; and Udorn, Thailand. He retired from the Army as a command sergeant major in 1979 and worked with Army Intelligence until 1987. He now lives in Arlington. His military awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Civilian Commendation Medal, seven Good Conduct Medals, Army Occupation Medal (Berlin), National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (3 stars), Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Vietnam Civic Action Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device. • A graduate of Arcadia High School and Findlay College, Woodward was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant and attended Army Command College and the Air Force War College. He served 34 years in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve before retiring in 1989 as a lieutenant colonel. In his professional life, he worked at Cooper Tire for 38 years. His military awards include the Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Expert Infantry Badge. • Dixson joined the Women’s Army Corps after graduating from high school. She served three tours in Germany and one tour in Korea. She was a cryptologist and switchboard operator and later was a unit supply specialist. She joined the Army Reserve as an individual reserve augmentee. In 2004, she was deployed to Iraq. She retired from the Army in 2015 and works at Marathon Petroleum Co., where she has 17 years of service. Her military awards include the Army Achievement Medal (2nd OLC), Good Conduct Medal (fifth award), National Defense Service Medal (third award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/M Device, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (third award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and a Marksman Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar. For more information about Armed Forces Day, visit www.findlaymilitaryshow.org. Armed Forces Day itinerary Friday 7 a.m. — Gates open to the public 8 a.m.[...]
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events 9:00 am
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
May 18 @ 3:00 pm
Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator. The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed. SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists. Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.
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Armed Forces Day 7:00 am
Armed Forces Day @ Hancock County Fairgrounds
May 19 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Five people will be honored this weekend as part of the 31st annual Armed Forces Day celebration, hosted by the Findlay Military Association at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Hours for the three-day event are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. to noon Sunday. Daily admission is $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6-17. Children younger than 6 are admitted free. Parking is free; enter at Gate C off Fishlock Avenue. Sgt. Jacob Hunt of the Ohio Army National Guard will be honored as the Hancock County “Military Person of the Year.” Four others will be recognized as “Veteran of the Year,” including Army S2 Security Specialist Joyce Winter, Army Command Sgt. Major Ronald Winter (retired), Army Lt. Colonel James Woodward (retired) and Army Master Sgt. E8 Leasha Dixson (retired). Armed Forces Day events will also include living history displays, musical performances, military vehicles, re-enactment performances and flamethrower demonstrations by Charles Hobson, an instructor for flamethrower operator training with 30 years of experience. He is author of the book, “The Illustrated Manual of U.S. Portable Flamethrowers.” An American Huey 369 helicopter and Wolfhounds will be at the fairgrounds at noon Friday and at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. There will also be a military memorabilia and vehicle parts swap meet and sale. A military service pass and review will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Food and beverages will be available throughout the event, and camping is available. Opening ceremonies will be held Saturday, which is Armed Forces Day, beginning at 10:15 a.m. The Arlington High School All-Brass Marching Band will perform, and the guest speaker is retired Army Col. James Coomler. A native of Indiana, Coomler holds a masters of military arts and science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He held a wide variety of command and staff assignments in the United States, the Federal Republic of Germany and South Korea. After retiring from the Army in 1999, he became the senior instructor for Springfield High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. He retired from that position in 2015. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Accommodation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal and the Federal Republic of Germany’s Silver Iron Cross. A GI breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in Building D with Coomler as the speaker. Cost of the breakfast is $6. Show admission is not included with the breakfast ticket. Following breakfast, the veterans recognition and awards program will begin at 8:30. Honorees include: • Hunt, a Findlay High School graduate, enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard as an 118th Infantryman as a 17-year high school junior. He graduated from infantry school and two months later was deployed with Bravo Company 1-148th of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan, where he served 14 months. He is currently preparing to serve as an Ohio Army National Guard recruiter/career counselor. Hunt’s military awards include the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. • Joyce Winter enlisted in the Army in 1971. After completing basic and specialist trainings, she was assigned to the Pentagon as 2nd assistant to the first woman brigadier general in the Army, a position she held until 1973. She also served as a casualty specialist, S2 security specialist and operational administrative specialist. Since receiving an honorable discharge in 1978, she worked as a bookkeeper, transportation specialist, payroll specialist and data processing specialist before retiring in 2003. She resides in Arlington. Her military awards include two Good Conduct Medals and National Defense Service Medal. • Ronald Winter enlisted in the Army in 1956. After completing basic training, he was assigned to intelligence school, where he completed a Morse intercept course. His assignments have included duties in Kenai, Alaska; Berlin, Germany; Republic of Vietnam; and Udorn, Thailand. He retired from the Army as a command sergeant major in 1979 and worked with Army Intelligence until 1987. He now lives in Arlington. His military awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Civilian Commendation Medal, seven Good Conduct Medals, Army Occupation Medal (Berlin), National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (3 stars), Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Vietnam Civic Action Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device. • A graduate of Arcadia High School and Findlay College, Woodward was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant and attended Army Command College and the Air Force War College. He served 34 years in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve before retiring in 1989 as a lieutenant colonel. In his professional life, he worked at Cooper Tire for 38 years. His military awards include the Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Expert Infantry Badge. • Dixson joined the Women’s Army Corps after graduating from high school. She served three tours in Germany and one tour in Korea. She was a cryptologist and switchboard operator and later was a unit supply specialist. She joined the Army Reserve as an individual reserve augmentee. In 2004, she was deployed to Iraq. She retired from the Army in 2015 and works at Marathon Petroleum Co., where she has 17 years of service. Her military awards include the Army Achievement Medal (2nd OLC), Good Conduct Medal (fifth award), National Defense Service Medal (third award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/M Device, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (third award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and a Marksman Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar. For more information about Armed Forces Day, visit www.findlaymilitaryshow.org. Armed Forces Day itinerary Friday 7 a.m. — Gates open to the public 8 a.m.[...]
Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive 8:30 am
Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive @ Walmart
May 19 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Members of the Hancock County Korean War Veterans Chapter 172 will conduct their annual Rose of Sharon Scholarship fund drive from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Walmart, 1161 Trenton Ave. All net proceeds will be used for first-year college student scholarships for eligible grandchildren of chapter members. Each donor will receive a rose of Sharon, the national flower of South Korea. Children will receive a miniature American flag. The fund drive began in 2002 and has provided 74 scholarships totaling $37,000. This is the chapter’s only fund drive for the year. For membership or additional information, call Larry Monday at 419-387-7532.
Jenelle Hohman Color Me Happy Walk and 5K 9:00 am
Jenelle Hohman Color Me Happy Walk and 5K @ Riverside Park
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Jenelle Hohman Color Me Happy Walk and 5K will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 at Riverside Park. The color run, presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Hancock County, was renamed last year for Hohman, a Findlay health care professional who specialized in play therapy for children. Hohman died in February 2017. Howard Ohler, board vice president at NAMI, said this is the organization’s ninth annual color walk and serves as NAMI’s signature fundraising event. “All proceeds go toward serving our clients with free classes, training and programming throughout the year,” Ohler said. Examples of programs designed to help individuals and families living with mental illness include Connections, Family-to-family and Peer-to-peer. New this year will be a health fair featuring over 20 local vendors offering free screenings, massages and more, along with a kids’ fest and pet zone, where free dog washing and nail trimming will be available. Eleven food vendors including Yellowbird Food Shack, Kimmel’s Meats and Amy May’s Rockin’ Tacos will be stationed throughout the park. The walk is highlighted by five color stations where participants walk through a different color of dyed corn starch powder. “And of course by the end, these people are doused in color,” Ohler said. “Ears, eyelashes, everything.” Those who register before May 11 will receive event T-shirts. The cost is $40 for adults 13 and older and $10 for children 6-12 years. Participants 5 and younger are free. Online registration can be made at www.NAMIHancockCounty.org or on race day for an additional $5. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. the day of the walk.
Self-Guided Float Trips on the Blanchard River 9:00 am
Self-Guided Float Trips on the Blanchard River @ Blanchard Landing
May 19 @ 9:00 am
Hancock Park District is offering a series of self-guided float trips on the Blanchard River, with shuttle service provided by the park district. The trips will follow the river from Liberty Landing to Blanchard Landing. Trips will be offered at 9 a.m. on Saturdays, May 5, 12 and 19. The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 9 a.m. Canoeists and kayakers will be transported to Liberty Landing. Register in-person at the Hancock Park District office or online at www.HancockParks.com by 4:30 p.m. on the Friday prior to the trip. Cost is $20 per person, per trip, and registration is for adults and youth 16 and 17 years old. The 16-year-old participants must be accompanied by someone at least 18 years old. Participants must have a signed “Assumption of Risk/Liability Release/Waiver of all Claims” form and/or a parental consent form for the younger participants. Forms will be available at Liberty Landing prior to the trip. There is a maximum of 10 individuals per trip, with two participants per canoe, and individuals must be able to swim. For more information, call the park district at 419-425-7275.
Crocheting Program 10:00 am
Crocheting Program @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
May 19 @ 10:00 am
A free program on crocheting will be held at 10 a.m. May 19 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Deb Kuhlman will lead the program. Those attending should bring a crochet hook size H and one color skein of yarn. Items made will be donated to those in need.
Birchaven Village USO Tribute 7:00 pm
Birchaven Village USO Tribute @ Birchaven Village
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Birchaven Village will host a special tribute to the United States Organization’s (USO) shows of the past from 7-8:30 p.m. May 19 at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane. All veterans, spouses of veterans and a guest are invited to a night of hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live entertainment including The Flag City Rock & Soul Revue, Marilyn Monroe impersonator “Marilyn Performs” and Hancock County’s Marine Corps Color Guard. RSVP by Friday to Jeanna Kolhoff at 419-348-6978 or jmkolhoff@bvhealthsystem.org.
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Pentecost Party
Pentecost Party @ First Presbyterian Church
May 20 all-day
First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., will host a “Pentecost Party” on May 20. The day will start with worship and lead into a celebration including food, cupcake decorating, a book sale and discussion of the church’s new website. Members will also pack emergency cleanup buckets for disaster relief efforts around the world.
Findlay Great Strides 2:00 pm
Findlay Great Strides @ Riverbend Park
May 20 @ 2:00 pm
Findlay Great Strides, a walk benefitting cystic fibrosis, will be held May 20 at Riverbend Park. The Findlay walk is one of over 400 Great Strides events taking place across the country to help support the search for a cure to cystic fibrosis. Online registration is available at www.cff.org/greatstrides. Check-in begins at 1 p.m., with the walk starting at 2.
Johnson Island Civil War Roundtable 7:00 pm
Johnson Island Civil War Roundtable @ TJ Willie's
May 20 @ 7:00 pm
Howard Strouse will speak about “Baltimore in the Civil War” during the 7 p.m. Sunday meeting of the Johnson Island Civil War Roundtable of Tiffin. Baltimore, Maryland, was important to both the North and the South, as Maryland was a border state which President Abraham Lincoln successfully kept from seceding from the Union. There were, however, many Southern sympathizers in the state. The meeting will be held at TJ Willie’s of Tiffin, beginning with dinner at 5:15 for those who wish to meet Strouse.
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Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events 9:00 am
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
Mornings with Mommy 9:30 am
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
May 21 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings with Mommy will begin Sept. 18 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, and continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays. The educational playdates are open to infants through preschool-age children and their moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. Each session will have its own theme and will include devotion, language and literacy activities, arts and crafts, sensory activities and more. Registration is required at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-326-4685. The cost is $5 per family (not per child), per session.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group 3:30 pm
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group @ Mennonite Memorial Home
May 21 @ 3:30 pm
A support group for caregivers of spouses or family members with Alzheimer’s disease is scheduled the third Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. The group meets in the library at the Home, located at 410 W. Elm Street. Group facilitators are Tricia Herrmann, RN, and Janet Schroeder, LSW. The focus of the group is to allow each member to discuss his/her issues involved in caring for their loved one with Alzheimer’s. Speakers can be brought in to address specific topics at the request of the group. For more information, contact Herrmann at 419-358-1015, ext. 221, or therrmann@mhcoliving.org.
Grand Love 4:30 pm
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
May 21 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Grand Love, a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren, meets Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at 1941 Carlin St., Findlay. Call 419-422-8616.
Jammin’ at the Library 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 21 @ 6:00 pm
“Jammin’ at the Library” will be held at 6 p.m. May 7 and 21. This is a song-circle-style jam session and is open to the public.
Watercolor Painting Workshop 6:00 pm
Watercolor Painting Workshop @ Bluffton Public Library
May 21 @ 6:00 pm
Ottawa artist Jeanne Beutler will present a watercolor painting workshop at 6 p.m. Monday at the Bluffton Public Library. Lilacs are the theme of the painting. A $10 cash-only supply fee will be collected at the door. Register by calling the library at 419-358-5016.
Monday Funday 6:30 pm
Monday Funday @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
May 21 @ 6:30 pm
Monday Funday will resume at the Forest-Jackson Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Youth who are in third grade and older will make edible school supplies. Monday Funday will be held every Monday, featuring games and snacks. When Riverdale School is canceled due to weather, the event is also canceled.
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Republican Women of Hancock County 11:30 am
Republican Women of Hancock County @ Hancock Historical Museum
May 22 @ 11:30 am
The Republican Women of Hancock County will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St. The program by Rosemary Rucker will focus on Findlay Digital Academy. Lunch will be provided by Bistro on Main. Call 419-348-3354 to request a lunch.
Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
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Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events 9:00 am
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
The Edmund Fitzgerald — What Really Happened? 1:00 pm
The Edmund Fitzgerald — What Really Happened? @ 50 North
May 23 @ 1:00 pm
50 North will present the program “Edmund Fitzgerald — What Really Happened?” at 1 p.m. May 23. The ship had an exciting life for the 18 years that it sailed. Then on Nov. 10, 1975, everything changed. A speaker from the National Great Lakes Museum will explore the mysteries of the loss. Registration and a $5 fee are required by May 21.
Chair Yoga 4:00 pm
Chair Yoga @ Bluffton Family Recreation
May 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bluffton Family Recreation will offer a chair yoga class in May instructed by Janette Reineke. Classes are from 4 to 5 p.m., May 2, 16, 23 and 30.   Bluffton Family Recreation asks that participants bring their own dumbbells between the weight of 2-5 pounds. If they do not have any, Bluffton Family Recreation will be provide them. To register, call Bluffton Family Recreation at 419-358-4150 or visit www.bfronline.com
CRAFT Training 5:30 pm
CRAFT Training @ Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Those worried about a loved one’s substance use can learn some possible solutions during an upcoming class offered by the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services focused on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) model. The free class will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays, May 9 through June 13, at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery, build a healthier relationship and improve their personal quality of life. The class is structured around the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober” and will be facilitated by community members who were trained by the author, Dr. Robert J. Meyers. Participants are encouraged to buy the book, but copies can be borrowed during the class. Call the Hancock County ADAMHS Board at 419-424-1985 to register.
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Automation Nation: A Panel Discussion on Robotics in Manufacturing 11:30 am
Automation Nation: A Panel Discussion on Robotics in Manufacturing @ Findlay Country Club
May 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
A free program, “Automation Nation: A Panel Discussion on Robotics in Manufacturing” will be held for financial executives from manufacturing and distribution businesses from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24 at Findlay Country Club. Panelists will address the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence on productivity, the workforce and the bottom line, and whether area manufacturers are on track to remain competitive. Panelists will be Jim Robey, director of regional and economic planning services for W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, Michigan; Tom Ballay, president of Autotec Engineering, Toledo; Troy Wildermuth, director of manufacturing, Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership for the Center for Innovative Food Technology, Toledo; and Tim Mayle, director of Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development. The event, which includes lunch, is sponsored by public accounting firm Gilmore Jasion Mahler. Manufacturing financial executives can RSVP via email at info@gjmltd.com. The event also will be held elsewhere, so the accounting firm asks that those attending the Findlay event specify that in the RSVP.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
May 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
Hancock County Farmers’ Market 4:00 pm
Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The 2018 Hancock County Farmers’ Market season runs from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10 through Oct. 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Visit bit.ly/HCFMvendors or call 419-422-5594 for more information.
Gardening with Essential Oils 6:00 pm
Gardening with Essential Oils @ Bluffton Public Library
May 24 @ 6:00 pm
Emily Ulrey will present a workshop on gardening with essential oils at 6 p.m. May 24 at the Bluffton Public Library. Ulrey will talk about the use of essential oils in the garden to repel pests, attract beneficial insects and help gardens flourish. Participants will also get the chance to mix up one of their own sprays to take home. The program is open to anyone 18 and older. An $8 fee will be collected at the door which includes a 16-ounce glass spray bottle and contents. Registration is required by Thursday.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
A support group for grandparents raising their grandkids and other children affected by addiction is forming in McComb. Grand Love, a program sponsored by the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, premiered in Findlay last May. McComb organizer Deb Ewing said formation of the rural version has been in the works for the past year, with its first meeting set for Jan. 18. Meetings are open to people living in McComb and the surrounding area and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the McComb school library (enter through north front door #2). Meetings will be facilitated by Family Resource Center professionals, with an emphasis on peer support. Registration is not required, although those bringing kids are encouraged to call ahead so arrangements to provide child care can be made. For more information about McComb’s group, call Ewing at 419-306-9489 or email ewingd@mccombschool.org.
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Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events 9:00 am
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
May 25 @ 3:00 pm
Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator. The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed. SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists. Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.
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Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events 9:00 am
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
Wyandot County Equine Rescue Horsemanship Clinic 9:00 am
Wyandot County Equine Rescue Horsemanship Clinic @ Wyandot County Equine Rescue
May 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Wyandot County Equine Rescue will host its annual horsemanship clinic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28 at its facility at 4658 Ohio 199, Carey. The speaker will be Hannah Campbell Zapletal, a certified instructor who uses a variety of horsemanship techniques. The cost is $30 to observe or $50 to participate. Proceeds benefit the rescue group. Call 419-294-4477 to register.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
May 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
Grand Love 4:30 pm
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
May 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Grand Love, a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren, meets Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at 1941 Carlin St., Findlay. Call 419-422-8616.
Monday Funday 6:30 pm
Monday Funday @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
May 28 @ 6:30 pm
Monday Funday will resume at the Forest-Jackson Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Youth who are in third grade and older will make edible school supplies. Monday Funday will be held every Monday, featuring games and snacks. When Riverdale School is canceled due to weather, the event is also canceled.
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Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
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Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events 9:00 am
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
Chair Yoga 4:00 pm
Chair Yoga @ Bluffton Family Recreation
May 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bluffton Family Recreation will offer a chair yoga class in May instructed by Janette Reineke. Classes are from 4 to 5 p.m., May 2, 16, 23 and 30.   Bluffton Family Recreation asks that participants bring their own dumbbells between the weight of 2-5 pounds. If they do not have any, Bluffton Family Recreation will be provide them. To register, call Bluffton Family Recreation at 419-358-4150 or visit www.bfronline.com
CRAFT Training 5:30 pm
CRAFT Training @ Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
May 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Those worried about a loved one’s substance use can learn some possible solutions during an upcoming class offered by the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services focused on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) model. The free class will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays, May 9 through June 13, at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery, build a healthier relationship and improve their personal quality of life. The class is structured around the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober” and will be facilitated by community members who were trained by the author, Dr. Robert J. Meyers. Participants are encouraged to buy the book, but copies can be borrowed during the class. Call the Hancock County ADAMHS Board at 419-424-1985 to register.
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Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
Hancock County Farmers’ Market 4:00 pm
Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 31 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The 2018 Hancock County Farmers’ Market season runs from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10 through Oct. 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Visit bit.ly/HCFMvendors or call 419-422-5594 for more information.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
A support group for grandparents raising their grandkids and other children affected by addiction is forming in McComb. Grand Love, a program sponsored by the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, premiered in Findlay last May. McComb organizer Deb Ewing said formation of the rural version has been in the works for the past year, with its first meeting set for Jan. 18. Meetings are open to people living in McComb and the surrounding area and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the McComb school library (enter through north front door #2). Meetings will be facilitated by Family Resource Center professionals, with an emphasis on peer support. Registration is not required, although those bringing kids are encouraged to call ahead so arrangements to provide child care can be made. For more information about McComb’s group, call Ewing at 419-306-9489 or email ewingd@mccombschool.org.

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