Canning Basics @ Ohio State University Extension of Hancock County
Jun 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Two food preservation classes will be held this year. “Canning Basics” will be held June 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and “Freezing Fruits and Vegetables” will be held June 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Both classes will be held at Ohio State University Extension of Hancock County, 7868 Hancock County 140, Suite B, Findlay.

Classes are free, but participants are asked to register in advance by emailing meents.1@osu.edu or calling 419-422-3851. Canner gauge testing will be available before classes from approximately 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

Riverside Summer Concert Series @ Riverside Park
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The 67th annual Riverside Summer Concert Series, hosted by Hancock Park District, will begin Wednesday, June 6, with Night Jazz at the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Band Shell in Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave.

Each performance runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Bench seating is provided at the band shell, or visitors may bring a lawn chair or blanket. If there is inclement weather, listen to WFIN radio for cancellations or alternate performance venues.

Cooperation in producing the concert series is provided by the City of Findlay Parks and Recreation Department, Hancock Parks Foundation, and the Hancock Park District. Sound engineering is provided by the House of Hindenach. WFIN radio personalities will be the masters of ceremonies.

For more information, visit www.HancockParks.com under the “Park News” section or call the park district office at 419-425-7275.

Night Jazz
June 6

A big-band-style jazz group comprising members from Findlay and the surrounding area, Night Jazz plays tunes made famous by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. Founded in 1995, the group incorporates trumpets, saxophones, trombones, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums and singing into its musical mixture.

Fostoria Community Band
June 13

The 2018 Fostoria Community Band’s summer tour is titled “Celestial Wonders: Music from Beyond the Cosmos.” Selections include “Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst; “Sundance” by Frank Ticheli; “Star Trek Through the Years,” “Superman” and more. Founded in 1995, the band has 55 musicians from Fostoria and the surrounding area.

Nashville Crush
June 20

Featuring several Ohio musicians, Nashville Crush’s high-energy, award-winning stage show presents a balance of country and rock music with its combination of guitars, fiddle and banjo.

June 27

This duo of seasoned northwest Ohio musicians features Denise Grupp-Verbon on lever and pedal harp and Michael Grupp-Verbon on acoustic guitar.

Buddy Love and the Coconuts
July 4

With band members averaging 30 years of experience, Buddy Love and the Coconuts’ goal is to get the crowd moving and grooving to classic rock tunes from the 1960s and today’s top 40. The band has also been known to offer softer, slower acoustic sets and numbers.

Findlay Civic Band
July 11 and 18

Under the direction of Jack Taylor, a University of Findlay professor of music, the Findlay Civic Band mixes school musicians, professional people, retirees, seasoned musicians and novices into a presentation of light and pop forms of music, including patriotic, Hollywood and Broadway themes.

July 25

Findlay High School’s Pantasia Steel Drum Band performs music for all occasions on the steel drum. Since its spring 1997 inception, Pantasia has garnered a reputation as an educational and entertaining instrumental music ensemble, performing numerous shows throughout Ohio, nationally and internationally.

The Fossil Creek Band
Aug. 1

The Fossil Creek Band grew out of the farmlands of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan in the spring of 2006. Now a bluegrass/Americana band, its members boast backgrounds in folk, country, rock, gospel and barbershop music.

Civic Jazz
Aug. 8

Playing for more than 50 years, the Civic Jazz Band collects local talent from high school to retirement ages to play music of all genres. The band meets for only two months a summer to perform at the band shell in Riverside Park.

Ball in the House
Aug. 15

This five-member a cappella group follows the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6 while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams.

Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus
Aug. 22

The Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus has provided the region with G-rated entertainment and harmonizing since 1962. Their repertoire includes barbershop standards, modern harmonies, comic numbers, and many gospel melodies.

Ted Yoder
Aug. 29

Ted Yoder brings a pop symphonic approach to the hammered dulcimer, a stringed musical instrument played by striking the instrument’s strings with small mallet hammers, utilizing skills from guitarists, percussionists and pianists. Yoder’s approach to the instrument weaves stately solo pieces of modern favorite tunes with unique arrangements, powerful dynamics, and beautiful melodic interlacement. His fame rose after his dulcimer rendition of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” went viral from Facebook Live.

Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jun 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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.

Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The 2018 Hancock County Farmers’ Market season runs from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10 through Oct. 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Visit bit.ly/HCFMvendors or call 419-422-5594 for more information.

City of Findlay Recreation Disc Golf Clinic @ Firestine Park
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The City of Findlay Recreation Department is hosting a free disc golf clinic from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Firestine Park, 900 Fifth St.

Attendees will learn how to play disc golf at the 9-hole disc course. Equipment will be provided and no experience is necessary.

For more information, call 419-424-7176.

Findlay Recreation Department Disc Golf Clinics @ Firestine Park
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The City of Findlay Recreation Department is hosting two free disc golf clinics at Firestine Park, 9-hole course at 900 Fifth St.

The clinics will be held from 6-7 p.m. May 30 and June 21, conducted by the Findlay Disc Golf League. The event is free and equipment will be provided. No registration is required.

For more information, call the recreation department at 419-424-7176.

Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

A support group for grandparents raising their grandkids and other children affected by addiction is forming in McComb.

Grand Love, a program sponsored by the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, premiered in Findlay last May. McComb organizer Deb Ewing said formation of the rural version has been in the works for the past year, with its first meeting set for Jan. 18.

Meetings are open to people living in McComb and the surrounding area and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the McComb school library (enter through north front door #2). Meetings will be facilitated by Family Resource Center professionals, with an emphasis on peer support. Registration is not required, although those bringing kids are encouraged to call ahead so arrangements to provide child care can be made.

For more information about McComb’s group, call Ewing at 419-306-9489 or email ewingd@mccombschool.org.

Introduction to Archery @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

An “Introduction to Archery” program will be held in Oakwoods Nature Preserve Thursday for those at least 9 years to adult, hosted by Hancock Park District.

Sessions will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. for individuals 9 to 14 years old and from 7 to 8 p.m. for individuals 15 years and older.

The program, led by a certified archery instructor, will be held adjacent to Dold Lake, down from the front parking lot.

Registration at $10 per person can be made online at www.HancockParks.com or at the park district administrative offices, 1424 E. Main Cross St., by 4 p.m. Thursday. The program will be held with a maximum of 10 participants per session.

For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.

Succulent Dish Garden Make-and-Take Program @ Bluffton Public Library
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm

A succulent dish garden make-and-take program will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bluffton Public Library.

Susie Stratton of Stratton Greenhouses will introduce participants to succulents and discuss their varieties and care. Each person will create their own succulent dish garden.

The program is open to adults and families with adult supervision. Registration is required. The fee is $15 cash per succulent dish garden, payable at the door.

SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm

Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator.

The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed.
SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing.

The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists.

Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.

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