In moving to its summer schedule, First Baptist Church will host a noon “carry-in picnic lunch” the last Sunday of each month, from May to September. The lunch will be followed by an early afternoon service at 1:15 p.m., with no 6 p.m. service that week. First Baptist is located at 1635 Fostoria Ave.
The fifth annual veterans resource fair Sunday will allow area veterans in Hancock County and surrounding counties to learn about the benefits they earned during their military service and what is available in their community to support them. The event, hosted by Hancock County Veterans Service Office and Elks BPOE 75, will be held at the Elks at Northridge, 900 W. Melrose Ave. It will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. “This is a great way for us to provide an event where veterans can get questions answered and make it easier for them to take advantage of the many local, state and federal benefits they may be missing out on,” said Nichole Coleman, executive director of the veterans service office. “Many of the vendors who will be there this year are different than the past two years. We are hoping this will bring back the veterans who have attended previously and that new veterans will come as well.” Many exhibitors will be available to meet and talk to veterans about veterans administration health care, education and other benefits from the federal and state governments, state and local wellness and other services. Some of the vendors include Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, the Toledo Vet Center, the University of Findlay, 50 North, Honor Flight and FOCUS. The Elks will provide a veterans appreciation dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Dinner participants should contact the county veterans service office at 419-424-7036. For more information, follow the Hancock County Veterans Service Office on Facebook or call the office. Information about the Hancock County Veterans Service Office is available online at: www.hancockveterans.com
The Johnson Island Civil War Roundtable of Tiffin welcomes re-enactor Raylene Hlavaty, portraying Margaret Junkin Preston, during its 7 p.m. meeting at the American Civil War Mueseum of Tiffin on Sunday. Preston grew up in the North, married a Southerner, lived with the “lost cause,” and wrote poems about the trials of the war even after 1865. Her book “Beechenbrook: A Rhyme of the War” can be read online. The book was beloved thoughout the South.
The Fostoria Community Band will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Fostoria Foundation Park, 1225 S. Union St., Fostoria. Music selections provided by the Findlay Civic Band will follow. Both bands will then join together to play “America the Beautiful and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
“Thrive Over 50 … Healthy Living Coaching” will be provided by Annie Hayes, a certified personal trainer and certified nutrition coach through Cornell University from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 25 and Aug. 22 at 50 North. Attendees will learn tips on ways to improve nutrition, ward off disease, build their immune system, reduce body inflammation, improve brain health, conquer weight concerns and develop an accountability plan. The presentation focuses on longevity and “progress over perfection.” Presentations are free, but registration is required at 419-423-8496.
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.