Beth Genson Art Exhibit Reception @ Fisher/Wall Art Gallery, Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Beth Genson’s works in the ancient art of encaustic use a hot paint mixture of beeswax, damar resin and oil pigments. Genson finds the encaustic medium well suited for her exploration of water as a subject matter, with rivers and ponds as the focal point of many of her paintings. The public is invited to an artist’s reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Crafting Through the Seasons
Sep 21 – Sep 22 all-day

The Findlay Leo Councilettes will host a craft retreat titled “Crafting Through the Seasons” on Sept. 21-22.

The $25 cost includes a weekend of knitting, quilting, crocheting, scrapbooking, reading and more. Door prizes, raffles and table favors, along with lunch, are included.

The deadline to register is today. Call Laura Debord at 567-250-9430 to sign up or for more details.

Flamingo Designer Purse Bingo @ Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital
Sep 22 @ 6:30 pm

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.

Mitch McVicker @ Salem-Cass United Methodist Church
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am

Mitch McVicker will bring his Dove award-winning music to Findlay for a 10 a.m. show Sunday, Sept. 23, at Salem-Cass United Methodist Church.

The show is free, but tickets are required. They can be picked up at the church, 4699 Hancock County 236; or Findlay Christian Book and Gift Store, 438 Tiffin Ave.

With 10 albums, a DVD and over 1,800 concerts in 49 states and 13 countries to his name, McVicker began his career in 1995 as support for Rich Mullins, a Christian musician who wrote the song, “Awesome God.”

The two traveled, performed, wrote and lived together before a car accident killed Mullins and badly injured McVicker. While McVicker was still deep in a lengthy and difficult recovery period, the two were awarded a Dove award for the song, “My Deliverer.”

While McVicker’s style is distinct from Mullins, he acknowledges Mullins’ influence on his life, with a pursuit of simplicity and a desire to say real things with his music.

He is touring on the heels of his latest album, “The Acceptance of And,” which he describes as a gradual shift and refinement of his sound.

McVicker said he appreciates the intimate vibe that goes with the larger-than-life sound a church can provide for music, adding that audience energy is what makes a concert special.

Those who attend the show can witness McVicker’s unique stage show, which has described as “MacGyver meets Mark Twain.”

Latino Sunday @ Our Lady of Consolation National Basilica and Shrine
Sep 23 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Latino Sunday will be observed Sept. 23 at the Our Lady of Consolation National Basilica and Shrine, 315 Clay St., Carey. Aztec dancers from Norwalk, Ohio, will perform in front of the basilica prior to the noon Mass, which will be celebrated in Spanish. The shrine cafeteria will serve a menu of Mexican specialties. The day will conclude at 2:30 p.m. with devotions and an outdoor rosary procession, followed with benediction and individual prayers for healing and a blessing with the relic of the true cross.

Fostoria Relay For Life @ Tiffin and Main streets, Fostoria
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm

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.

Newsboys @ Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center
Oct 6 @ 6:00 pm

Peter Furler and Phil Joel will rejoin their old bandmates in Newsboys to perform their influential Christian songs, including “We Believe,” “He Reigns,” “Miracles,” and “Born Again.” Their platinum-certified hit, “God’s Not Dead,” inspired the film franchise of the same name.

Arcadia United Methodist Church Harvest Bazaar @ Arcadia United Methodist Church
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

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 or by calling 419-348-8227 or 419-306-7325.

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