Registration is underway for the Findlay Family YMCA’s youth competitive winter basketball league for fifth- and sixth-graders. The season starts Jan. 8. Games are held on Saturdays. Registration is available online at www.findlayymca.org or at either Y branch, or by contacting sports director Jerry McNamee at 419-422-4424 or email@example.com. The league is also seeking volunteer coaches and assistant coaches. Team sponsorships are available for local business owners.
The American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter will offer various lifesaving training sessions in January. Classes will be held at the Hancock County Red Cross office, 125 Fair St., on the following dates: Adult and pediatric CPR/AED and first aid training: 6 p.m. Jan. 3; and 6 p.m. Jan. 29. Babysitter’s training: 9 a.m. Jan. 20 To register for a class or to find another class in the area, call 800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org/take-a-class.
The Park District’s beginner cross-country ski workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the following Saturdays: Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Feb. 3. They will be held at Riverbend Recreation Area, Shelter 3, 16618 Marion Township 208. Workshops will cover the basic fundamentals, including proper use of equipment and how to glide, climb hills, stand up on skis, turn around, and get into rhythm. Workshops are subject to proper snow and weather conditions, which typically require 4 to 6 inches of good snow base. Layered clothing, hats and gloves are suggested. Recommended for ages 8 and up; youth must register with a participating adult. Register with $12 per person by 4:30 p.m. on Friday before each workshop, which can have a maximum of 14 participants. Registration can be done online at www.hancockparks.com under the “Programs & Activities” tab; at the Park District headquarters, 1424 E. Main Cross St., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; or by calling the HPD Administrative Office at 419-425-7275.
Katy Mercer, a certified YogaFit instructor from Harmony Yoga in Findlay, will lead the four-week beginner’s yoga series featuring a slow progression tailored to many age groups. Each class will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and will end with guided meditation and breath work, as well as a light snack. They run the Saturdays of Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the Oakwoods Nature Preserve Discovery Center, 1400 Oakwoods Lane, off Hancock County 144, west of Findlay. Participants are required to be ages 10 and up; youth must register with a participating adult. Register with $10 per person by 4:30 p.m. on the Friday before each class at www.hancockparks.com under “Programs & Activities,” or by calling the HPD Administrative Office at 419-425-7275. The class requires a minimum attendance of four with a maximum of 20. For more information about other upcoming park programs and events, view the HPD Seasonal Program and Event Guide at www.hancockparks.com under the “Park News” section, visit the “Programs & Activities Calendar” or call the park office.
The University of Findlay’s 16th annual Comedy Jam will take place at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Jan. 20. Entertainer Alexandra McHale will be emceeing the show, Mike Paramore will be the featured comedian and Pete Lee will headline. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., with an 8 p.m. showtime. There will also be a meet and greet with the comedians after the show in the Marathon Center’s main atrium entrance. Tickets are available at the Marathon Center’s website and box office. UF faculty, staff, and a student’s first ticket are free with a valid UF ID prior to the night of the show. Community tickets are $15, and all tickets at the door will be $15 the night of the show. To answer any questions or concerns, call 419-434-4606. Alexandra McHale made her network debut on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” She grew up in Connecticut before relocating to New York City, where she became a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and studied with acting greats such as Paul Newman, Sally Field and Ellen Burstyn. She is a frequent commentator on VH1’s “I Love The ’80s,” “Super Secret TV Formulas” and “The 100 Most Cheesetastic Video Countdown.” Mike Paramore has a natural ability to infuse everyday situations with energetic, uplifting humor featuring a smooth delivery punctuated by powerful punchlines. Paramore has opened up for comedians Damon Wayans, “Cash Cab’s” Ben Bailey, Jon Lovitz, and “Saturday Night Live’s” Jay Pharoah; was the grand prize winner of 2015’s Cleveland Comedy Festival; and is a featured comedian on “Laughs” on Fox. He is the senior artistic director of “Good Jokes Live! Comedy & Improv,” a clean comedy production network. Pete Lee was raised in Janesville, Wisconsin, by divorced parents and a 19-inch television, which is probably why he pursued a career in entertainment. Thanks to his highly-rated “Comedy Central Presents” half-hour special and appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” Lee has packed venues at colleges and universities, comedy clubs, and theaters across the country. A standout on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, he also played a doctor on the CBS soap opera “As the World Turns.” Lee’s hit YouTube series, “Pete Lee’s Internet Freak Show,” attracted the attention of television executives and he was quickly hired to be a writer and cast member on FUSE TV’s “Video on Trial” and cast member on VH1’s “Best Week Ever.” The show is rated PG-13 and brought to the community by the University of Findlay’s Student Activities Board and the Marathon Center.
Rachel York, an actress and singer known for her critically acclaimed Broadway performances, will be the next University of Findlay Donnell Broadway Concert Series guest artist. Her public concert, with Broadway musician and Tiffin native Phil Reno accompanying her on piano, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Tickets are $28 for adults, $23 for senior citizens and $11 for students. UF faculty, staff and students will be admitted free with a valid university ID. Tickets may be purchased at the box office of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main St.; by calling 419-423-2787; or online at marathoncenterarts.org. As a teenager from Orlando, Florida, York got her first big break in the seductive and playful role of Mallory in the original Tony Award-winning production of “City of Angels” in 1989. She won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress for her “Victor/Victoria” role as Norma Cassidy, opposite Julie Andrews. Other performances include “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “Sly Fox” with Richard Dreyfuss, and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” with Jonathan Pryce. She also played Lucille Ball in the 2003 CBS movie, “Lucy.” Most recently, she starred on Broadway as Jackie Noelle in “Disaster! The Musical.” Off Broadway, York earned recognition and a Drama Desk Award nomination opposite Julie Andrews in Stephen Sondheim’s “Putting It Together,” and gained additional fame while starring as Reno Sweeney in the Tony Award-winning revival of “Anything Goes” through a U.S. tour. In concert, York has appeared as a soloist worldwide. Some of her performances have been in concert with The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; the National Symphony; the Pittsburgh Pops; “Broadway Showstoppers” with Peter Nero and Philly Pops; and “The Sound of Music” at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Rachel’s debut solo album, “Let’s Fall in Love,” was named one of the Top 10 Vocal CDs of the year by Talkin’ Broadway. She can also be heard on the soundtracks of film and Broadway musical recordings. For more information about Rachel York, visit www.rachelyork.net. Reno is the musical director and vocal arranger for the smash hit “Something Rotten!,” a Tony Award-nominated musical comedy that opened on Broadway in 2015. Reno received two Grammy nominations for his work on the “Something Rotten!” cast recording. His other work includes “The Producers” (2001-2007), the Broadway revival of “Promises, Promises” (2010), “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Thou Shalt Not,” “Cats” and “Dame Edna: The Royal Tour.” He has also contributed orchestrations for the television show, “Broadway Under the Stars” (CBS, 2002-2006) and the film adaptation of “The Producers” (2005).