Flag City Honor Flight has announced that it will offer flights to Washington, D.C., on June 7 and Sept. 20. As the Findlay-based hub of the national Honor Flight network, Flag City Honor Flight flies veterans free of charge to the nation’s capital to visit their memorials. Flag City Honor Flight normally makes just one flight to Washington each year. However, a second flight has been added for 2017 due to additional funds having been raised. Veterans, their accompanying guardians, and a small staff of Flag City Honor Flight personnel will travel to Washington, D.C., to visit the war memorials, particularly the World War II memorial. Other stops include the Korean War and Vietnam War memorials and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The one-day flights depart from Grand Aire Terminal at Toledo Express Airport. Flag City Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status. Trips are made possible by donations from individuals, organizations and businesses. Veterans pay nothing and guardians are asked to make a tax-deductible donation of $400. Flag City Honor Flight services primarily northwestern Ohio, southern Michigan and parts of Indiana. However, applications are accepted from any veteran, no matter where he or she lives. World War II veterans receive the highest priority. Those who served during the Korean War are second priority, followed by those who served during the Vietnam War. Flag City Honor Flight is also looking for those who served between World War II and Korea, or between Korea and Vietnam. Those who are terminally ill may be moved up the list. Any veteran is eligible to go on a flight, from any branch of service and any campaign. Both 2017 flights are filling up quickly, and any interested party is encouraged to respond soon. More detailed information for veterans, potential guardians, event volunteers and donors is available at www.flagcityhonorflight.org. Application forms may be downloaded from the website. The organization can be reached at email@example.com.
The Friends of the Bluffton Public Library will hold a fall book sale next week on the lower level of the library. Hours are 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22, and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23. All proceeds support library programs and services.
The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation will host a four-part “Board Service 101” series beginning Wednesday. The workshops are designed to serve nonprofit board members — those both new to board service and those who are more seasoned — as well as anyone who might have an interest in serving on a board in the future. Sessions will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday at the Family Center, 1800 N. Blanchard St. Dates and topics include: Sept. 20: Aly Sterling Philanthropy staff will present the basics of being a member, including roles, responsibilities and best practices. Oct. 4: Patrick Sadowski and Greg Hull will cover legal concerns for board members, such as liability, questions to ask and coverage. Oct. 18: Community Foundation staff will speak on fundraising, including strategies, best practices/trends and resources. Nov. 1: Aly Sterling Philanthropy will discuss the decision to be a board member, signs of a healthy organization and board, as well as an exploration of personal values and skills. The series culminates in a nonprofit “speed dating” event Nov. 15, where nonprofits in search of new board and committee members can network with potential leaders. Those who attend three or more of the sessions will receive a special designation on nametags at the event, making nonprofits aware of their completion of the sessions. Registration is available at www.community-foundation.com.
The American Red Cross will present an adult and pediatric CPR/AED and first aid class at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Hancock County Red Cross office, 125 Fair St. The course teaches people how to perform CPR and use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Participants also learn how to control bleeding and how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses. Call 800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org/take-a-class to register.
On Wednesday, the Women of the ELCA will host a salad smorgasbord in the First Lutheran Church fellowship hall at 6:30 p.m. The Rev. Chris Dittmar will present a program on the recent Reformation tour of Luther’s Germany. All women of the church are welcome. Due to construction, all are reminded to enter by the Lincoln Street or elevator entrances.
The Oktoberfest Pageant will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Findlay Room at Alexandria’s, 132 E. Crawford St., with rehearsal held Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the same location. Age divisions are: Wee Oktoberfest Princess, ages 4-6; Little Oktoberfest Princess, ages 7-9; Petite Oktoberfest Princess, ages 10-12; Oktoberfest Princess, ages 13-15; Oktoberfest Queen, ages 16-18. Contestants must reside in Findlay/Hancock County geographical boundaries or attend a school within the boundaries. Winners and two runner-ups will be selected from each division; all contestants will receive gifts. Winners of each division will be named to the Findlay/Hancock County Oktoberfest Court and will crown next year’s winners; the queen and princesses will be introduced as the reigning court at the main Oktoberfest event on Sept. 23. The Queen age division also offers a $500 scholarship for post-secondary education or training, which this year is being donated by the First Federal Bank. Wee, Little, and Petite contestants will model “dress up” clothing; and walk in a pattern from back to front with poses both on the entry floor and also on the stage. Princess contestants will model either a short or long “dress up” clothing using same pattern as above and answer a randomly selected question individually in 30 seconds or less on stage. Queen contestants will model using long formal wear and have up to two minutes to answer a question they will be given at rehearsal. The pageant co-chairs, Kathy Siebenaler Wilson and Shelly Naugle Pahl, said the pageant offers opportunities for youth to get involved in the community. Past winners have participated in community events including the Halloween parade, the holiday Christmas tree lighting, and the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. The event has roots in the Miss Flag City pageant that was for older girls only, and the Oktoberfest Pageant was developed to offer several age groups opportunities to demonstrate their talents, poise and self-confidence, the co-chairs said. Registration costs $20 if received by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 (first 15 contestants in each division will be accepted), and $25 if received by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. Make cash or check payable to: Hancock Historical Museum. To register, pick up an entry form at Hancock Historical Museum or visit http://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/oktoberfest-pageant/ and detach and complete the bottom portion of the entry form attached at the bottom of the page and mail or hand-deliver with a nonrefundable entry fee and a wallet-sized head-shot photo to: Hancock Historical Museum, Attention: Lauren Etler, 422 W. Sandusky St., Findlay 45480. For more information or questions, call 419-722-0248 (leave a message, calls will be returned after 5 p.m.).
Carsie Blanton@ Roy and Marcia Armes Hall at Marathon Center for Performing Arts
Sep 20 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Carsie Blanton will kick off the 2017-2018 Live @ Armes Series at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ Roy and Marcia Armes Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Blanton grew up in Virginia, left home at the age of 16, and is based in New Orleans. She has toured the United States, Europe and Australia with several of her musical heroes, including Paul Simon, The Wood Brothers, Loudon Wainwright III, John Oates, Shawn Colvin, The Weepies and Anais Mitchell. She also enjoys Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Erykah Badu, Nick Lowe, Tom Waits, Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday. She writes on her website that she loves songs, but not genre categorization. Her eclectic list of influences is reflected in her discography, which spans several styles of music. Her latest record, 2016’s “So Ferocious,” is a playful indie-pop record with lyrics exploring themes of pleasure, ferocity, and female empowerment. Her 2014 album, “Not Old, Not New” contains classic jazz music; “Idiot Heart” and “Rude Remarks,” her 2012 and 2013 albums, tackle Americana and rock styles; and 2009’s “Buoy” features folk and pop. In addition to her five full-length albums and two EPs, Blanton has gained popularity for her blog (which tackles questions of love and sexuality) and music videos (notably for Hot Night and Baby Can Dance). The Live @ Armes Series 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, with four seats per table. The main floor tickets cost $25, the tabletop seats are $35 and they can be ordered by calling the Marathon Center’s box office at 419-423-2787, and visiting the box office in person at 200 W. Main Cross St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Customers can also visit http://marathoncenterarts.org/event/carsie-blanton/ and click on the “Buy Tickets” button underneath the Carsie Blanton photograph. For more information, call the box office, visit the Marathon Center website or go to www.carsieblanton.com.