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The Findlay-Hancock Chamber of Commerce will host Women’s Mentoring Connections’ “Unpack Your Fears and Conquer Them — Get Out of Your Head and Listen to Your Gut” from 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Birchaven Retirement Village Clubhouse, 7113 Eastern Woods Parkway.
Admission is free, but the chamber urges attendees to bring a donation for the Salvation Army. Needs include craft supplies for after-school programs, food and toiletries, boxed potatoes and dessert mixes for holiday meals and gift cards for teens.
Register at FindlayHancockChamber.com or by calling 419-422-3313.
The Hancock County Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 172 will hold its annual Christmas banquet at noon Dec. 14 at StoneBridge Church, 2111 Stonehedge Drive.
The guest speaker will be Bob Weinberg, former sentry at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
There is no charge for active, associate, honorary and prospective members, and for the widows of deceased members. Each person may also bring one guest at no charge. Other guests will be charged $10, payable at the door.
Reservations must be made by noon Friday by calling 419-387-7532.
Registration is underway for the Thursday meeting of the Bluffton Public Library’s Expand Your World Family Book Club.
The theme of the 6:30 p.m. program is “Christmas Around the World,” which will focus on the different customs and traditions of the Christmas holiday as it is celebrated around the world. The book club is co-led by Joanna Gratz of Trades of Hope.
The Hancock Park District will offer a new monthly “Teen Homeschool Hangout,” for 13- to 19-year-old homeschooled teens, in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve.
The first program will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. The event will feature activities about science and nature.
Register, with $3 per person, by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14.
For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
Santa’s House will open from 6-8 p.m. today at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St. Visitors should use the Crawford Street entrance.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit from 6-8 p.m. every Friday through Dec. 22. Each child visiting will receive a gift bag, and hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Horse-drawn wagon rides through downtown Findlay will be offered.
As far back as 1964, Santa has been making stops in Findlay. That year, he arrived by helicopter at the Findlay Village Mall. After spending the morning there greeting children, he made his way to Santa’s House which was located at 311 S. Main St., escorted by then-Findlay Mayor John Sausser, majorettes, baton twirlers and the Shrine Clown unit calliope.
Alpha Chi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi took over Santa’s House in 1972. Alpha Chi became Laureate Beta Phi in 1993, and the sorority partnered with the Findlay Downtown Area Association to sponsor Santa’s House. The location was moved to the Findlay Municipal Building in 1990. Prior to that, it was in an empty storefront in the downtown area.
When the sorority was no longer able to host the event, members asked the Kiwanis Club of Findlay to take over Santa’s House. The venue changed to St. Andrew’s church five years ago.
This is the 17th year the Kiwanis Club has been offering the holiday event. About 5,000 people visit annually.
Tri-Moraine Audubon Society invites the public to participate in the 118th Christmas Bird Count as volunteer citizen scientists.
The society will conduct two counts: Indian Lake on Dec. 16 and Grand Lake St. Marys on Dec. 17. The events are from 7:30-10:30 a.m., and volunteers may spend as little as 15 minutes or are welcome to attend the whole event.
The count is a chance to check up on local birds, and maybe even see a few rare winter visitors. Register by emailing Eric Juterbock at email@example.com.
The National Model Railroad Association, North Central Region, Three Rivers Division Train Show and Swap Meet will feature more than 150 tables of model railroad/toy train/train memorabilia bargains. There will be at least one model railroad layout, Timesaver puzzles, a children’s play area and an appearance by Santa Claus.
Findlay Masons Lodge 227 will hold their annual children’s Christmas party from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the Findlay Masonic Complex, 303 Osborn Ave.
All Masonic family members are welcome to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will have a stocking for each youngster. Findlay Assembly 173 of Rainbow for Girls will assist with crafts, cookie decorating and food.
Rawson Proud will hold its third annual Christmas in the park on Saturday.
Santa and his elf will arrive by fire truck at the depot at 3 p.m. Santa will have stockings filled with goodies for the kids and will stay until 5 p.m. There will be seasonal music along with hot dogs, cookies, hot chocolate and coffee.