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The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will host story time on Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Programming Room.
Baby Story Time will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. in the Early Literacy Center for children up to 3 years old.
Little Tikes Play Time will follow on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:15 a.m. to noon in the Children’s Programming Room.
The Arlington Branch Library holds regular story times every Thursday at 11:15 a.m.
No registration is required for any of the story times. For more information, contact the Children’s Services Department at 419-422-1712 or visit www.findlaylibrary.org.
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.
Parishioners from All Saints Catholic Church in New Riegel and Sts. Patrick and Andrew Catholic Church in Bascom will present “The Living Stations of the Cross Through the Heart of Mary” during the Lenten season. The traditional 14 stations of the cross will be portrayed through narration, acting and music from the perspective of Mary. Performances will be held at All Saints church at 7 p.m. March 23 and 25.
Jonatha Brooke will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, as part of the Live@Armes series at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ Roy and Marcia Armes Hall.
Hailing from Massachusetts, Brooke performed in The Story, a folk-rock duo with fellow musician Jennifer Kimball, from the late 1980s into the 1990s.
As a solo artist, the singer-songwriter has spent nearly two decades incorporating folk, pop and rock into her music. With a fan base built largely on word of mouth and extensive touring with her band, Brooke crafts emotional and intelligent songs with poignant lyrics and complex harmonies.
Some of her songs have been included in film and television, with her 1995 song “Inconsolable” featured in an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and she was also commissioned to write “What You Don’t Know,” the theme song to the Fox television show, “Dollhouse.” Her song, “I’ll Try,” appeared on the soundtrack of Disney’s 2002 sequel to “Peter Pan,” “Return to Never Land,” along with a cover of “The Second Star to the Right.”
Brooke recently finished several performances of her one-woman show, “My Mother Has 4 Noses,” at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, which the Star Tribune described as “a tender and surprisingly funny musical” tribute to Brooke’s late mother told through guitar- and piano-based songs, along with poetry excerpts.
The Live@Armes Series, presented by Blanchard Valley Health System, is meant to create an intimate, jazz club atmosphere, featuring general admission theater-style seating on the main floor or general admission bistro-style tabletop seating. Attendees will experience an up close and personal show with the artists, complete with banter and laughs, to create a memorable live music experience.
Main floor tickets are $25, the tabletop seats are $35. Tickets can be ordered by calling the box office at 419-423-2787 or visiting the box office in person at 200 W. Main Cross St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
For more information, visit www.marathoncenterarts.org/event/jonatha-brooke/.
About 100 volunteers are needed to help the American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter and the Findlay Fire Department check and install smoke detectors in Findlay on Saturday.
About 800 homes will be visited in the northwest area of Findlay, from Trenton Avenue up to Melrose Avenue, between Bolton Street and Candlewick Drive. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24.
The volunteers will also help families create escape plans.
The “Sound the Alarm” campaign is part of a nationwide effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires.
Todd James, executive director of the Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter, said volunteers do not need experience. They will be trained the morning of the event, and will serve as installers, safety educators and documenters.
Businesses, organizations and individuals who want to volunteer should call the Hancock County Red Cross office at 419-422-9322, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial contributions are also being accepted.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are house fires. According to the Red Cross, working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half. An escape plan further improves the odds of survival.
The smoke detector campaign was launched in 2014, and since that time 2,000 smoke alarms have been installed in the local Red Cross chapter area.
RISINGSUN — Girton Church of God is hosting a holy cupcake contest that could pay big dividends to the baker of the best little bite of cake.
The Risingsun church is looking for 30 people to enter the contest that could pay $10,000 for the tastiest cupcake. Entry fee is $30 and each contestant is asked to find 30 people or businesses to pay $30 apiece to sponsor the contestant.
A percentage of the $900 each contestant raises will go to support the church and to cover the payout for the top three contestants — $10,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place and $1,000 for third.
“This is our first year doing this and we plan to make it an annual event,” said Robin Hindall, church pastor. “Every church has their annual fundraisers, whether it be a spaghetti dinner or a fish fry. We’d like this to be ours.”
Hindall said 10 people have already signed up, leaving only 20 spots to round out the inaugural event.
All are invited to judge the cupcakes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24 at the Risingsun Park shelter house, 550 Salem St. Cost to be a judge is $3 at the door the day of the event, and all proceeds collected at the door will go to the Risingsun Police Department.
The contest rules are pretty straightforward:
Hindall estimates 30 cupcakes per contestant should be enough to provide each judge a tasty mouthful.
In addition to cupcakes, Hindall said there will be plenty of coffee and water to help wash it all down.
Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. the day of the contest. Winnings are subject to change depending on participation.
Hindall said the plan for contest day is to have the bakers on one side of the shelter house and their sponsors on the other.
Her best advice for bakers is “to have fun and enjoy being part of the community and helping the church and the police department.”
Entry forms are available by contacting Hindall at 419-450-2994 or by emailing email@example.com. Entry deadline is March 1.
Tickets include a pack of bingo cards (20 games) + heavy appetizers and treats.
Door prizes are available: For every glue stick, pack of baby wipes or roll of paper towels brought, receive one ticket.
Extra bingo packs available; side games and raffles also available.
The Johnsons Island Civil War Round Table meeting will feature Taylor’s Battery Company C at 3 p.m. Sunday at Carmie’s BBQ and Grill, Tiffin.
Taylor’s Battery fought for the South in the Civil War. It was organized as Co. C 12 Battalion Virginia Light Artillery in August 1862 before changing its name to Eubanks’ Battery. Its first captain, John L. Eubanks, resigned due to physical disability in the spring of 1863. Captain Osmond B. Taylor was then appointed and the battery took his name.
The group will dress in Confederate uniforms. There will be a sharpshooter, lady canoneer, bugler playing and more. Those wishing to meet the group are welcome to dine after the meeting.