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The Service Group of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) is seeking donations of items, services or “experiences” for a silent auction during Fall Fest, being held Sept. 22.
Proceeds will support activities and improvement projects, benefiting more than 350 MHCO elders. All donations are tax deductible.
Suggested donations include framed artwork, jewelry and certificates for a business service. To donate an item, email JStrahm@mhcoliving.org or call 419-358-1015, ext. 248.
The MHCO Service Group will host a bake sale Sept. 21-22 and will staff the food tent at Mennonite Memorial Home during Fall Fest.
The Blanchard Valley Hospital gift shop will host “Flamingo Designer Purse Bingo,” a bingo event with designer purses as prizes, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Marathon Auditorium of BVH.
Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at the gift shop or by phone by calling 419-423-5388 by Sept. 21. Cash and credit card are both accepted.
As farmers begin harvesting their crops this fall, a group of people will be harvesting a little hope in downtown Fostoria.
Fostoria’s Relay For Life will step off from the green space at Tiffin and Main streets at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 under this year’s theme: Harvesting Hope.
Naomi Karr, Fostoria’s Relay for Life volunteer marketing lead, said they’re thinking of the event as a “fall festival.”
The festival will include five vendors — four food trucks and one novelty vendor — along with inflatables, games and more. Karr said the festival will be open to the public and is free to all comers.
This year’s Relay For Life goal is $55,000 and the five teams registered, as well as the event’s eight sponsors, have raised nearly half that amount.
But Relay organizers know it will take the Fostoria community to make it a success, which is why the festival has been moved to the center of the city.
Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser. Relay events are conducted across the nation to “remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer,” according to the agency.
Although the move to Main Street was meant to draw more supporters, the relocation will work out well considering the construction underway at Fostoria City Schools’ campus.
Bleachers will be set up for spectators and participants alike as the green space is transformed into the staging area for the event where teams will set up their campsites, Karr said. There will be a survivors’ tent, a tent from which luminaries will be sold and a tent for the silent auction that runs from 2-6:30 p.m.
There will also be a designated space for the Hawg Sauce Catering BBQ dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. The dinner costs $10 for a half-barbecue chicken dinner or pulled pork and $12 for barbecue ribs and includes cheesy potatoes, green beans, dinner roll and a beverage. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 21 by calling Annette Griffin at 419-619-2707.
The Veterans Service Commission of Putnam County will host the third annual Putnam County Veteran of the Year Recognition Dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Fogle Center, 815 E. Mathias St., Leipsic.
Nomination forms can be picked up at the veterans office, 336 E. Main St., Ottawa, or can be received by mail by contacting the office at 419-523-4478. Forms are due by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The event will also recognize in-county Vietnam veterans.
Tickets are available in advance only. Call the above phone number for tickets or to be honored as a Vietnam veteran during the event.
The 2018 Findlay-Hancock County Halloween Parade will take place in downtown Findlay on Tuesday, Oct. 23, beginning at 7 p.m.
The annual event is sponsored by the Hancock Leadership Alumni Association.
The parade is open to groups, organizations, businesses, and schools. Registration is available through Oct. 19. Online registration is required at www.hancockleadership.org/parade.
Discounted early registration is available from Sunday through Oct. 9. Early registration fees are $90 for business/for-profit entrants, and $25 for non-business/nonprofit entrants. Entries received after Oct. 9 will pay $10 more.
This year, entrants will receive a reserved staging location and will be assigned a spot in the parade based on the order of registration.
A limited number of preferred placement packages are available during early registration for $250. The first 20 paid preferred placement groups will be placed in the first section of the parade, immediately following dignitaries and the color guard.
Floats, vehicles and walking groups will be competing against each other for the following awards: Best of Show, Most Original, Scariest, Funniest, Spirit of Halloween, Flag City USA Award, and the John Hancock Award.
For more information, to register or volunteer, visit www.hancockleadership.org/parade or call 419-422-3313, ext. 8001.
Businesses and organizations are being sought to set up a trunk-or-treat display during Carey’s Kiwanis Harvest Festival from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Krupp Pavilion at Memorial Park.
Volunteers are also needed to serve drinks and soups, and to clean up after the event. Potential volunteers should contact Deirdre Christy at 419-396-7993.
Donations received during the event will go toward children’s programs at the Dorcas Carey Public Library.
Arcadia United Methodist Church will host its Harvest Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 3, with homemade food including noodles and apple dumplings. There will be craft items, a cookie walk, bake sale, quilt drawing and silent auction of gift baskets and purses. Apple dumplings may be preordered in pans of four for $10 by going to ArcadiaUMCAppleDumplings@gmail.com or by calling 419-348-8227 or 419-306-7325.