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The Bluffton Community Chili Cookoff will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Bluffton Middle School cafetorium.
The cost is $5 and includes chili tastings and a beverage. Attendees will be voting on the people’s choice award.
Sandwiches and baked goods will also be available for purchase. Entertainment will be provided and gift basket and prize drawings will be available for those who donate a canned or boxed food item. Proceeds will benefit the Bluffton Community Assistance Program.
Contact Lynda Best at 419-296-2790 for more information.
Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St., will host a free community meal from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the fellowship hall.
The meal this month is provided by Hilty Memorial Nursing Home. The menu includes fried chicken, parsley red potatoes, mixed vegetables, dinner roll, strawberry shortcake and a beverage.
The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will host a retirement income planning workshop from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lindamood Room.
Marlene Burns of Burns Financial will talk about calculating how much income you will need, identifying retirement income sources, prioritizing goals and concerns, determining expenses, discovering the retirement income gap and discussing possible ways to fill the gap.
No registration is required.
A tractor safety and machinery operation certification course will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays from Feb. 8 through March 15 at Hardin County Extension Office, 1021 Lima St., Kenton.
An exam will conclude the course, along with a hands-on operation skills course component, on Saturday, March 18, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds as part of the Community Farm Safety Day planned by Farm Bureau.
Those interested in the Tractor Safety and Machinery Operation course should call the Hardin County Extension office at 419-674-2297 by Jan. 25.
Cost to participate is $40, which includes manuals, handouts and certification card. Course will be limited to 25 participants.
Offered by Ohio State University Extension, the certification course is recommended for youth ages 14-15. Younger ages can observe the class, but are not eligible to be certified until age 14.
Older youth can participate at the recommendation of their parent or employer.
The federal government prohibits 14 and 15-year-olds from operating farm tractors and attached powered equipment unless they are working on a farm owned/operated by their parent or legal guardian, or they have completed an approved safe tractor and machinery operation-training program.
A planetarium program about love and romance among the constellations and planets will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve.
The free program is recommended for individuals at least 8 years old.
Because of limited space in the inflatable planetarium, registration is required by noon Feb. 21.
The program will be held with a minimum of six and a maximum of 25 participants.
More information is available online at www.HancockParks.com under the “What’s New?” section, or by calling the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
The Bluffton Senior Citizen Center will host community garage sale this month.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24, and 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 25. The senior center is located at 132 N. Main St., Bluffton.
The workshop is provided through a Geary Family Foundation grant.
A session of Babies Love Books will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 23, including stories,
movement and songs for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old. Activities promote language and motor development.
To register, call the library at 419-358-5016, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the front desk. The library is located at 145 S. Main St., Bluffton.
The Putnam County District Library in Ottawa and the Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial location will both host bilingual storytimes this month.
Storytime in Leipsic will be held at 10 a.m. Feb. 23, while the session in Ottawa is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Children’s books will be read in Spanish and in English. There will also be snacks and crafts.
The Bluffton Public Library will host a star walk from 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Quarry Farm Nature Preserve, 14321 Road 7L, Pandora.
Those attending should park along the road and meet at the shelter house. Dress for the weather, including good walking boots or shoes, and bring a flashlight. The guided walk will take visitors to the preserve area to look at the stars.
No infant strollers are permitted. All children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian. Registration is required by Feb. 17 by calling the library at 419-358-5016 or stopping by the front desk. The library is located at 145 S. Main St., Bluffton.
The Findlay Art League will present Dance Night every Thursday, beginning this evening, led by Ashley Donaldson.
The night begins with a 7 p.m. lesson, followed by dancing until 8:30. Those attending are requested to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to register.
No partner is required, and no experience is necessary. All styles of music and modern jive dancing will be explored.
Cost is $8 per person, but there will be a discount for people buying multiple entries ahead of time (6 for $42, 10/$70). The Findlay Art League is located at 117 W. Crawford St.