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UF Spring Senior Forum Educational Sessions @ Alumni Memorial Union -- Multipurpose Room
UF Spring Senior Forum Educational Sessions @ Alumni Memorial Union -- Multipurpose Room
Mar 26 all-day
From a wind turbine tour to a lesson on an intriguing baseball chapter in Findlay history, this spring’s senior forum educational sessions, sponsored by the University of Findlay’s Division of University Advancement, will cover a wide array of interests. Offered as a flexible learning experience for people age 50 and older, the sessions will feature site visits and presentations by experts, students and other community members. Three sessions each will be held on Wednesdays, April 12, 19 and 26. Most will take place in the UF Alumni Memorial Union’s Multipurpose Room. The cost is $12 per day, or $18 with lunch. Single session attendance costs $4. Walk-in registrations are accepted, but those who want lunch must contact Nancy Leatherman at 419-434-4672 to reserve a place five to seven days before the session.
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10:00 am Flag City Model Train Show @ Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc.
Flag City Model Train Show @ Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Inc.
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The 14th annual Flag City Model Train Show will feature model and toy trains along with railroad memorabilia for sale and on display. The year’s train ride season will also kick off with Engine 901 and Riverside Train in operation. Experts will be on hand for discussion along with food service, free parking and handicap accessibility.
11:00 am Pandora United Methodist Church Chicken Dinner @ Pandora United Methodist Church
Pandora United Methodist Church Chicken Dinner @ Pandora United Methodist Church
Mar 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora, will hold a barbecued chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26. Dine-in and carryout will be available. Tickets are $8.50 per person. For ticket information, call 419-384-3782. Some tickets will be available at the door.
1:00 pm True or False?: Open House @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
True or False?: Open House @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Mar 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Are robins a sign of spring? Do opossums hang upside down? Are bats blind? Test your nature knowledge at this month’s Open House at the Discovery Center with quizzes about things you thought you knew about nature.
1:00 pm UF Senior Art Exhibit Reception @ Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion
UF Senior Art Exhibit Reception @ Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion
Mar 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay is hosting a senior art exhibit through Thursday in the Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery of the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion. The works, made with different mediums, are by Katy Flint of Clinton, Michigan; Jessica Meek of Kilaueau, Hawaii; and Kacie Pohlman of Fostoria. Some are for sale. A reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the fine arts pavilion. The Lea Gallery is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. All of its exhibits are free and open to the public.
3:00 pm William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Mar 26 @ 3:00 pm
The Reduced Shakespeare Company will pare down and shake up the Bard’s canon when it presents “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office at 200 W. Main Cross St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and one hour prior to the show. They are also available online at www.marathoncenterarts.org with prices ranging from $30 to $60. Playwrights Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor weave together most of the famous speeches and plot devices of Shakespeare’s 39 plays to create a fast, funny, and fictional 40th for the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s 10th stage show. The play centers on an ancient manuscript discovered in a treasure-filled parking lot in Leicester, England, that turns out to be the long-lost first play written by then 17-year-old William Shakespeare. The manuscript shows Shakespeare’s most famous characters and familiar speeches in a brand-new story. But because it’s 100 hours long and contains multiple unwieldy storylines, the Reduced Shakespeare Company decides, as a public service, to abridge it down to a palatable 90 minutes. The play turns Shakespeare’s canon upside down, with an ancient grudge pitting Puck (from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”) against Ariel (from “The Tempest”), creating such strange bedfellows as Hamlet and Lady Macbeth, Viola and Richard III, King Lear and the Weird Sisters, and Dromio (yes, that’s correct) and Juliet. The Reduced Shakespeare Company began in 1981 and has created 10 stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots, and numerous radio pieces, all of which have been performed, seen, and heard the world over. The show contains some occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo, so it’s suggested for audiences ages 13 and older. For more information, visit www.reducedshakespeare.com or call the Marathon Center’s box office at 419-423-2787.
7:00 pm Clue: The Musical @ St. Wendelin Catholic School
Clue: The Musical @ St. Wendelin Catholic School
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm
The St. Wendelin Catholic School Drama Club will present its annual spring production, “Clue: The Musical,” Thursday through March 26. Based on the board game by Parker Brothers, the audience will get to play along and choose the cards as the cast unravels the mystery of who killed Mr. Boddy. The result can (and likely will) be different each show, with 216 possible solutions. The musical is directed by Anthony and Keight Gallina. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors/students. They can be purchased at the parish office and at the door. The Thursday show will feature the annual dinner theater with a meal at 6 p.m. and the show at 7. Dinner theatre tickets are $30 each and must be purchased by today. Contact Anthony Gallina at 419-435-6692, ext. 412, for more information.
5:30 pm Watercolor Workshop @ Bluffton Public Library
Watercolor Workshop @ Bluffton Public Library
Mar 27 @ 5:30 pm
Jeanne Beutler will present a watercolor workshop at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St. Participants will complete a watercolor painting with a mat for framing. There is a $10 supply fee at the door, cash only. Registration is required by calling the library at 419-358-5016
6:00 pm First Step Spring Greeting Card Program @ First Step Healthy Family Resource Center
First Step Spring Greeting Card Program @ First Step Healthy Family Resource Center
Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm
First Step Healthy Family Resource Center, 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria, will kick off the fourth year of its Women’s Enrichment Series with an Irish tea program and a spring greeting card workshop. A stamp-a-stack of spring cards program will start at 6 p.m. March 27. Sherri Kennedy will show participants two design layouts that feature the colors of spring and will accommodate interchangeable greetings and text for birthday, thinking of you, anniversary and sympathy. Stampers will take home at least 10 cards and envelopes ready for mailing. The cost is $20, and registration is due by March 26. For more information or to make reservations, contact First Step at 419-435-7300.
6:30 pm Bluffton Public Library Spring Storytime @ Bluffton Public Library
Bluffton Public Library Spring Storytime @ Bluffton Public Library
Mar 27 @ 6:30 pm
Registration for spring storytime at the Bluffton Public Library begins Monday. Storytimes will be held at 10 a.m. March 21 and 28, or 6:30 p.m. March 27. The event is open to preschool children ages 3-5. Registration is required by calling the library at 419-358-5016, emailing birkey@blufftonpubliclibrary.org or stopping by the front desk. Space is limited.
9:00 am Bridge Home Health & Hospice Volunteer Training @ Hub Conference Room at Birchaven Village
Bridge Home Health & Hospice Volunteer Training @ Hub Conference Room at Birchaven Village
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Bridge Home Health & Hospice will offer training courses for prospective volunteers beginning March 21. Training sessions will be held in the Hub Conference Room at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane, and will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. for six consecutive Tuesdays. Courses will cover the basic principles of hospice; pain and symptom management; spiritual caregiving; and understanding grief and loss. No previous hospice experience is necessary, but volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Registration is required. Contact Julie Tiell, Bridge Hospice volunteer services coordinator, at 419-423-5351 or jtiell@bvhealthsystem.org.
10:00 am Bluffton Public Library Spring Storytime @ Bluffton Public Library
Bluffton Public Library Spring Storytime @ Bluffton Public Library
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am
Registration for spring storytime at the Bluffton Public Library begins Monday. Storytimes will be held at 10 a.m. March 21 and 28, or 6:30 p.m. March 27. The event is open to preschool children ages 3-5. Registration is required by calling the library at 419-358-5016, emailing birkey@blufftonpubliclibrary.org or stopping by the front desk. Space is limited.
12:00 pm Taste of the Summit Luncheon @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary
Taste of the Summit Luncheon @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Winebrenner Theological Seminary, 950 N. Main St., will host a “Taste of the Summit” luncheon from noon to 1:15 p.m. March 28. The event serves as a preview for the Global Leadership Summit 2017, scheduled Aug. 10-11, and is an opportunity to become acquainted with the leadership training provided by the summit. The luncheon includes a video teaching session with Mark Miller, vice president of high-performance leadership at Chick-fil-A, Inc. and author of the book, “Leaders Made Here.” There will also be an announcement of the 2017 Global Leadership Summit faculty. A discount registration code to the August event will be given to all attendees. The luncheon is free, but registration is requested by visiting www.winebrenner.edu or by calling 419-434-4226.
1:00 pm Putnam County Help Me Grow screenings @ Putnam County Educational Service Center
Putnam County Help Me Grow screenings @ Putnam County Educational Service Center
Mar 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Putnam County Help Me Grow and Early Intervention staff will be available to screen Putnam County infants, toddlers and preschoolers from 1-4:30 p.m. March 28. Free developmental screenings include hearing, vision, physical development (rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, etc.), speech and language, behavioral and play skills. Screenings are available at the Putnam County Educational Service Center by appointment only. Call 419-523-6059.
6:00 pm OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
6:30 pm Bloomdale Trinity UMC Kids Spring Party @ Bloomdale Trinity United Methodist Church
Bloomdale Trinity UMC Kids Spring Party @ Bloomdale Trinity United Methodist Church
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
A kids spring party will be hosted in the basement of Bloomdale Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Mulberry St., Bloomdale, from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. Kids ages 6-12 are invited for stories, crafts, games and treats. For more information, contact Jane at 419-299-3690.
6:30 pm McComb Public Library Storytime @ McComb Public Library
McComb Public Library Storytime @ McComb Public Library
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Story time sessions for preschoolers ages 3-5 will resume Tuesday at the McComb Public Library, 113 S. Todd St. Sessions are offered from 6:30-7:15 p.m. weekly. Story time is on a drop-in basis, registration is not required. Children enjoy books, finger plays, music and crafts. Call the library at 419-293-2425 for more information.
6:30 pm Putnam County Library Bilingual Story Times @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa Branch
Putnam County Library Bilingual Story Times @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa Branch
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm
Bilingual story times are scheduled at the Putnam County District Library in Ottawa and the Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial location. Sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Ottawa and 10 a.m. Thursday in Leipsic. In April, story times will be offered at 6:30 p.m. April 25 in Ottawa, and 10 a.m. April 27 in Leipsic. Activities include reading children’s books in Spanish and English, crafts and snacks.
6:30 pm Student Art Show Opening: Kindergarten-5th Grade @ Findlay Art League
Student Art Show Opening: Kindergarten-5th Grade @ Findlay Art League
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Two student art shows begin this week at the Findlay Art League, 117 W. Crawford St. The first show opens from 6:30-8 p.m. today, displaying the work of students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Viewing will continue through April 9. The second show includes the work of students in grades 6-8 and 9-12. It opens from 6:30-8 p.m. April 13. High school art will be judged by Laura Barnhardt Corle, Findlay watercolor artist and adjunct professor at Ohio Northern University. Viewing will continue through April 23. Findlay Art League viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 5-7 p.m. Fridays; and noon to 2 p.m. Sundays. The shows are free and open to the public. For more information, call 419-422-7847.
1:00 pm Afternoon Conversation: Tracing Your House’s History @ 50 North
Afternoon Conversation: Tracing Your House’s History @ 50 North
Mar 29 @ 1:00 pm
50 North will host a program called “Afternoon Conversation: Tracing Your House’s History” at 1 p.m. March 29. Becky Hill, head librarian at the Hayes Presidential Center, will explain how to use printed and online sources to track the history of your home with a variety of sources. Registration and a $5 fee are required by Friday. Call 419-423-8496. 50 North is located at 339 E. Melrose Ave.
5:30 pm Discover Lacrosse Day @ Flag City Sports Complex Youth Football Field
Discover Lacrosse Day @ Flag City Sports Complex Youth Football Field
Mar 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department is hosting a Discover Lacrosse Day from 5:30-7 p.m. March 29 at The Flag City Sports Complex Youth Football Field, 3430 N. Main St. Registration is $35, and participants should register by today to ensure a free lacrosse stick and ball to take home. The event is open to boys and girls ages 4-18. Anyone wishing to volunteer as a coach may contact the office at 419-424-7176.
5:30 pm Pandora United Methodist Church Community Meal @ Pandora United Methodist Church
Pandora United Methodist Church Community Meal @ Pandora United Methodist Church
Mar 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
A free community meal will be held at Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora, from 5:30-7 p.m. March 29. This month’s meal is provided by Sprunger Insurance Co. and features spaghetti, bread sticks, salad, cake and a beverage.
8:00 pm Encore! A Celebration of Creativity and the Arts @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Encore! A Celebration of Creativity and the Arts @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm
“Encore! A Celebration of Creativity and the Arts” will culminate Bluffton University’s annual Civic Engagement Day with a variety of works, including music; scenes from “Demo,” a play written by senior Brianna Lugibihl; excerpts from “Beaver Monologues”; and poetry readings by “Bridge” literary journal writers.
10:00 am Putnam County Library Bilingual Story Times @ Putnam County District Library -- Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial
Putnam County Library Bilingual Story Times @ Putnam County District Library -- Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am
Bilingual story times are scheduled at the Putnam County District Library in Ottawa and the Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial location. Sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Ottawa and 10 a.m. Thursday in Leipsic. In April, story times will be offered at 6:30 p.m. April 25 in Ottawa, and 10 a.m. April 27 in Leipsic. Activities include reading children’s books in Spanish and English, crafts and snacks.
11:00 am Veterans Resource Fair @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Veterans Resource Fair @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Mar 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The University of Findlay and the Hancock County Veterans Service Office will be hosting a Veterans Resource Fair on Thursday, March 30. The event will include educational, work and recruitment opportunities. Representatives from the university, community organizations, businesses and the military will be present. Refreshments will be served. The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. The fair is organized by the University of Findlay Military Support Services Group. For more event information, contact UF’s Oiler Success Center at 419-434-5680 or at oilersuccesscenter@findlay.edu.
3:30 pm Children’s Art Lesson @ Bluffton Public Library
Children’s Art Lesson @ Bluffton Public Library
Mar 30 @ 3:30 pm
On March 30, Janette Reineke will present a children’s art lesson for ages 8-10 at the Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St. Children will learn about Impressionistic French painter Claude Monet, then use his method of painting to create a watercolor seascape. There is a $6 fee at the door, cash only. Registration is required by Thursday by calling the library at 419-358-5016.
6:00 pm Celebration of Women Awards Banquet @ Ohio Northern University
Celebration of Women Awards Banquet @ Ohio Northern University
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm
The Celebration of Women Awards Banquet will be held in the ballroom of Ohio Northern University at 6 p.m. March 30 in a collaboration of Soroptimist International clubs representing Kenton-Hardin County, Hancock County and Lima. Recognition will be given to girls and women from each club. The event also features keynote speaker Charlene Bonsignore, a cancer survivor, competitive natural bodybuilder and inspirational leader. Tickets are $15 per person and include dinner. Email Missie Austin at missieaustin@gmail.com or sikenton@soroptimist.net or call 419-673-7104 for tickets or more information. The deadline to purchase tickets is March 9. The event is open to the public.
6:00 pm OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
7:00 pm Findlay Art League Dance Night @ Findlay Art League
Findlay Art League Dance Night @ Findlay Art League
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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.
7:00 pm Life Tree Cafe: Unlocking the Mystery of Music @ St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
Life Tree Cafe: Unlocking the Mystery of Music @ St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 218 E. Sandusky St., will host a Life Tree Cafe discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday. This week’s program is called “Unlocking the Mystery of Music: New Findings on how Music Heals and Relieves.” Life Tree Cafe meets weekly to address tough questions in life. The public is invited to attend. Visit www.stpaulsfindlay.org, www.lifetreecafe.com or facebook.com/lifetreecafefindlay for more information.
7:00 pm The Cat in the Hat @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
The Cat in the Hat @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm
The Arts Partnership will present Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat,” the classic children’s tale that comes to life on stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Reserved seating tickets are $8 for children and $10 for adults. They can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the show. They are also available online at www.marathoncenterarts.org and by contacting the box office at 419-423-2787. The show is part of the “TAP Package” at MCPA, a series of one-hour performances geared toward families at affordable prices. The Arts Partnership is also presenting two performances of “The Cat in the Hat” as part of its “School Day Performance Series” on March 30. Childsplay is one of a handful of theater companies in the United States to perform the adaptation, and show director David Barker said the performance can be boiled down to one word: fun. “The show feels just as youthful and exhilarating as reading a Dr. Seuss book,” he said. From the moment his tall, red-and-white striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly, a rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with The Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done. The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County is a nonprofit organization serving Findlay and Hancock County. Its mission is to provide, encourage, and promote quality arts education, community enrichment, and entertainment opportunities. The Arts Partnership is funded in part by the Findlay Area Arts Fund and other funds of the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, private donations, corporate and small business donations, and the Ohio Arts Council.
8:00 pm UF Religious Studies Spring Lectures: Eastern Religions @ Ritz Auditorium
UF Religious Studies Spring Lectures: Eastern Religions @ Ritz Auditorium
Mar 30 @ 8:00 pm
Song-Chong Lee, associate professor of religion, will be the first presenter for the University of Findlay Department of Religious Studies’ spring lecture series. Lee will speak about Eastern religions, specifically regarding yin and yang philosophy, and sociopolitical and Christian reflection, at 8 p.m. Thursday in Old Main’s Ritz Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Others included in this spring’s lecture series are Judith Wahrman, director of the College of Education’s Outreach and Partnership program, who will speak about Judaism on April 3 in Ritz Auditorium; and Gregg Mott, instructor of English as an international language, whose April 10 presentation at Winebrenner Theological Seminary will focus on the Quakers.
4:00 pm Portrayals of the Natural World in Second Temple Jewish Literature @ Stutzman Lecture Hall at Bluffton University
Portrayals of the Natural World in Second Temple Jewish Literature @ Stutzman Lecture Hall at Bluffton University
Mar 31 @ 4:00 pm
Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, Bluffton University assistant professor of religion, will present the free colloquium “Portrayals of the Natural World in Second Temple Jewish Literature” at 4 p.m. Friday in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall. The public is welcome. Wyse-Rhodes will consider additional portrayals of the natural world in early Jewish and Christian literature. She says nature is variously depicted as a model of righteousness, a sign of things to come, a giver of testimony, an instrument of judgment, and a heavenly mystery.
6:00 pm John Strauss Reception @ Findlay Art League
John Strauss Reception @ Findlay Art League
Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Collector Gallery at Objects of Desire Artful Living will host a reception for furniture maker John Strauss from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Findlay Art League, 117 W. Crawford St. The public is invited and it is free. Strauss, of Canton, builds custom furniture for designers and architects around the country. His reception is free and open to the public.
8:00 pm Open Mic Night @ Coffee Amici
Open Mic Night @ Coffee Amici
Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday nights at Coffee Amici are Open Mic Nights! Head over to hear local talent and get up and show off your own talent!
8:00 pm The Long Red Herring @ Osceola Theatre, Gillmor Student Center, Tiffin University
The Long Red Herring @ Osceola Theatre, Gillmor Student Center, Tiffin University
Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm
Tiffin University’s Dragon’s Den Players will present “The Long Red Herring,” a comedy thriller by Pat Cook. The show chronicles a professor with an unusual final exam: he sets up a murder in his own home and has his students try to solve it. Soon, the students suspect the murder is real.
8:30 am Christian Clearing House Garage Sale @ Brinkman’s Greenhouse
Christian Clearing House Garage Sale @ Brinkman’s Greenhouse
Apr 1 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Christian Clearing House will hold a community garage sale at Brinkman’s Greenhouse, 1800 E. Sandusky St., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 and from 1-4 p.m. April 2. A large variety of items will be available, including electronics, furniture, home decor, collectables, appliances, books, sporting goods, clothes for all ages, toys and baby items. Lunch will be available Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations for the sale may be dropped off at the greenhouse beginning March 13. Donation times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24, 27 and 29; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 25 and 30; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 15, 22 and 29. Tax deductible forms will be available at the point of dropoff. Items must be in good condition; console televisions, pianos, organs, stereos or drop-side baby cribs will not be accepted. Funds raised from the sale will benefit programs and services for low-income individuals in Hancock County. After the sale, nonprofit organizations will be invited to take any unsold items for their agency. Any Hancock County group interested in picking up leftover items should contact the Christian Clearing House office at 419-422-2222.
9:00 am Bluffton Family Recreation Volleyball Camp @ Bluffton Family Recreation
Bluffton Family Recreation Volleyball Camp @ Bluffton Family Recreation
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Bluffton Family Recreation is accepting registration for a volleyball camp for youth in grades 4-6. The camp will be held at the facility from 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, March 25 to April 29. Costs are $40 for BFR members; $50 for nonmembers. Registration is due by March 22 and can be made online at www.bfronline.com. Call 419-358-4150 for more information.
9:00 am Saturday Morning Nature Series: Trees @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Saturday Morning Nature Series: Trees @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Attention, all nature-loving 8-11 year olds! The Hancock Park District is excited to announce a new nature series. Four different nature topics will be covered over the course of four consecutive Saturday mornings. Each topic involves hands-on learning, a craft, hiking, and lots of fun. Register with $20 per child by noon on Thursday, March 16. A medical form is required and available online or at the park office.
10:00 am Children’s Easter Art Workshop @ Fostoria Community Arts Council
Children’s Easter Art Workshop @ Fostoria Community Arts Council
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Fostoria Community Arts Council, 125 S. Main St., Fostoria, will hold a children’s Easter art workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The free workshop under the direction of Cheryl Graves is for children in first through fifth grades. Call Graves at 419-435-7474 to register.
10:00 am Masons Lodge 227 Easter Egg Hunt @ Findlay Masonic Complex
Masons Lodge 227 Easter Egg Hunt @ Findlay Masonic Complex
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am
Findlay Lodge 227 Free and Accepted Masons and Findlay Rainbow for Girls Assembly 173 will host a free Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Complex, 303 Osborn Ave. The hunt will be divided into three divisions: 3 and younger; ages 4-7; and ages 8-10. The event is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the hunt will be held inside the Masonic Complex building.
1:00 pm Wood County Historical Center and Museum Free Day @ Wood County Historical Center and Museum
Wood County Historical Center and Museum Free Day @ Wood County Historical Center and Museum
Apr 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Wood County Historical Center and Museum, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green, will offer free admission from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Museum education coordinator Mike McMaster will present “Cross of Iron, Cross of Gold: The Sinking of the Ticonderoga in World War I” from 2-3 p.m. The program ties in with the museum’s current exhibit, “Send Word, the Wood County Boys are Coming! World War I 1914-1918.” The historical center also welcomes the Northwest Ohio Blacksmiths Association with an open forge demonstration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., while costumed interpreters prepare the log cabin for a “Spring Renewal” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6:00 pm Bluffton University Gospel Choir Concert @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Bluffton University Gospel Choir Concert @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm
Bluffton University’s Gospel Choir will present a concert featuring personal favorites of the conductor, Crystal Sellers Battle, associate professor of music. Soloists will include community members who are in the choir, Kathy Grady of Findlay, and Marta Michalska-Uras, originally from the Czech Republic. Sellers Battle will also be featured as a soloist on one of the pieces.
6:00 pm Spectrum of Findlay Dinner Fundraiser @ Findlay Moose Lodge
Spectrum of Findlay Dinner Fundraiser @ Findlay Moose Lodge
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm
An April 1 event will be a murder mystery, a dinner theater — and a chance to raise funds for an organization working to be a resource for the area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Tickets are now on sale for Spectrum of Findlay’s fundraising dinner. Spectrum is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status. Barry Ratzlaff, a board officer, said it started as an effort to raise money for a local gay pride picnic. The April 1 event will be an original murder mystery, “Babylon Broadway Murder Mystery” dinner/theater night, with interactive audience participation. It’s written and produced by Jim Toth, and performed by the Northwest Ohio Theatre Fraternal Association. Proceeds go toward the pride picnic. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is at the Findlay Moose Lodge, 1028 W. Main Cross St. The event will include door prizes and a buffet-style prime rib dinner including honey brown-sugar ham, vegetarian ziti, potatoes, green beans, vegetables and cheese, desserts and more. Spectrum is providing most of the food, although the prime rib will be cooked for them. The show is open to attendees age 16 and older. There will be a cash bar for those 21 and older. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at $30, presale only before March 25, by sending money order or check to Spectrum of Findlay, 1910 Candlewick Drive, Findlay, OH 45840.
7:30 pm Menopause: The Musical @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Menopause: The Musical @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 1 @ 7:30 pm
A celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “the change,” “Menopause: The Musical” will bring 90 minutes of comedy and song parodies to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1. Tickets can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the show. They are also available online at www.marathoncenterarts.org with prices ranging from $30-$60. Set in a department store, four women meet while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, they joke about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. The women go on to form a sisterhood and bond with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer “the silent passage.” The sisterhood is real. Cast member Megan Cavanagh told The Courier it’s like a “love fest,” and she has enjoyed touring with her co-stars since she started doing the musical in 2004. “It’s like going on vacation, and ‘yay, we get to do a show,’” she said. Cavanagh was attracted to the script after she attended one of the shows and watched it capture the audience, she said. “The message is pretty clear: Although we are all going through this life-changing process, our best years are not necessarily behind us, they’re ahead of us. We go into it in solidarity and laughter together. “It’s different for every woman. Everyone sees themselves in the show. They see themselves through one or more of the characters,” Cavanagh said. The guys are invited to join the girls’ night out, too. “Men come in reluctantly but always leave smiling,” Cavanagh said. The characters don’t have names in the traditional sense, instead they are recognized by their personality traits. Cavanagh plays Earth Mother; Donna Huntley plays Professional Woman; Rebecca Fisher plays Soap Star; and Teri Adams plays Iowa Housewife. Cavanagh said she identified strongly with her character as someone who is eco-friendly, meditates and has followed a vegan diet. “It was a perfect fit, quite frankly,” she said. Normally a maternal and loving personality, Earth Mother is struggling to make sense of her recent onset of insomnia and mood swings. “We all help each other deal with this change of life,” Cavanagh said. The production features parodies from classic pop songs of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, including “My Husband Sleeps at Night,” a take on “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Night Fever” becomes “Night Sweatin’,” and “Chain of Fools” turns into “Change of Life,” she said. Written by Jeanie Linders and premiering in Orlando in 2001, the show has played in more than 450 cities across the United States, nearly 300 international cities and a total of 15 countries. The show contains adult content and may not be suitable for children under 13. For more information, visit www.menopausethemusical.com or call the Marathon Center box office at 419-423-2787.
8:00 pm The Long Red Herring @ Osceola Theatre, Gillmor Student Center, Tiffin University
The Long Red Herring @ Osceola Theatre, Gillmor Student Center, Tiffin University
Apr 1 @ 8:00 pm
Tiffin University’s Dragon’s Den Players will present “The Long Red Herring,” a comedy thriller by Pat Cook. The show chronicles a professor with an unusual final exam: he sets up a murder in his own home and has his students try to solve it. Soon, the students suspect the murder is real.

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