Ohio State Alumni Club of Hancock County Freshman Send-Off Picnic @ Findlay Elks Lodge 75 at Northridge
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm

The Ohio State Alumni Club of Hancock County will hold its freshmen send-off picnic at 6 p.m. Friday at Findlay Elks Lodge 75 at Northridge, 900 W. Melrose Ave.

There will be Ohio State University music, food, drinks, games and door prizes. One new freshman will receive a $250 OSU bookstore gift card.

Email jenniosu91@aol.com or call Jenni Wilson at 419-326-4871 to make a reservation.

Family Yoga Session @ Bluffton Public Library
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am

Joy Stemen, a licensed massage therapist and yoga instructor, will hold a family yoga session at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bluffton Public Library.

The class is open to ages 8 and older. Registration is required, and those attending should bring a yoga mat and water bottle.

Call 419-358-5016 to sign up.

Phillips Discovery Center Open House @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center in Oakwoods Nature Preserve will offer a variety of activities during an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Bird watching through the Windows on Wildlife, mounted animals and live animals on display, nature videos, field guides and nature books for reading, a touch table, puppets, and seasonal displays/exhibits will be available.

Program specialist Chris Allen with the Hancock Park District will share facts about rocks and fossils on display from 10 to 11 a.m.

The free, family program requires no registration.

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

Big Daddy’s Down With Cancer @ Dave's Hideaway
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm

Among Findlay’s motorcycle-riding, beer-drinking, live-music-loving crowd, Dave Turner is fondly remembered as the life of any party. But his name is also synonymous with a much softer identity: charitable giving.

The man behind the name at Dave’s Hideaway Lounge died June 23, leaving behind a huge family, a handful of small businesses and a legacy of hosting benefits and bike runs for anyone who was down on their luck.

He also leaves behind explicit instructions to hold a benefit in his own memory, in support of a cause that kept him alive since 1994.

In a public post in which Turner detailed his 24-year journey with cancer, he wrote: “There are no other treatments available for me. It looks like my journey will end in a few months. … One of my last wishes is to have a benefit for cancer research, with all the donations to go to the Cleveland Clinic marked for cancer research.”

Tonja Sheline, Turner’s daughter who is also now the manager at Dave’s Hideaway, said her father was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer in late May and was given three months to live. He immediately began planning a benefit called “Big Daddy’s Down With Cancer,” which references his longtime nickname.

Turner died two months earlier than the doctors predicted, at age 79. This Saturday, the memorial bike run Turner helped plan for himself will go on without him.

Kickstands will go up at noon, with riders setting out on a five-stop poker run. The cost is $20 per bike, which includes a T-shirt and a meal. Sheline said Turner’s goal was to raise $10,000 and, based on those who have signed up so far, the event is set to easily exceed that amount.

Live music will start at 1 p.m. with country music artist Matt Venhaus, followed by Freddy Neal at 4:30. Ground Chuck will take the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight. There is no admission charge for the events at the bar, which also includes bike games, a raffle and a 50/50 drawing.

Dave’s Hideaway is well-versed in hosting benefits, with Sheline noting her father never turned down a request to host a benefit or a bike run. Even as his health declined and he became reliant on oxygen treatments, Turner was a constant presence at the bar and its many charitable functions.

Turner was diagnosed with voice box cancer in 1994 and underwent a series of chemotherapy and radiation treatments in Findlay. The cancer returned six years later, and Turner sought treatment at Cleveland Clinic. After laser surgery and a series of checkups, he was considered “cured.”

Lung cancer was first diagnosed in 2011, when a small portion of a lobe was removed. The lung cancer reappeared in 2015 and required 30 radiation treatments. Finally, in 2018, a more aggressive form of lung cancer was detected — “A whole new ballgame,” Turner wrote. Due to his age and the collapse of his left lung, chemotherapy and radiation were not feasible options. He was given a three-month prognosis.

“The reason I wanted to share my story,” Turner wrote, “is so that people know that with radiation and laser treatments, my life has been extended for more than 20 years. That time has allowed me to witness and be a part of my children’s life, births of grandchildren, graduations, weddings, even great-grandchildren. I have been blessed.

“Without the clinic my journey would have been a short one,” Turner continued. “God bless to all who can donate.”

According to Turner’s obituary, he died at the Bridge Hospice Care Center in Findlay.

He opened his first bar, The Swing Doors, in 1969 in Toledo. He went on to own several other bars in the Toledo and Findlay areas. He moved to Findlay in 1973 and opened Siding Outlet & Builders, followed by Galaxie Construction, Turner’s C.B Shop and Southside Family Restaurant. At the time of his death, he owned Cherokee Construction, Accurate Cab, Findlay Siding and Building Supply and Dave’s Hideaway Lounge, along with dozens of rental properties.

No prior registration is required to participate in Saturday’s bike run, though T-shirt preorders began June 1. Contact Dave’s Hideaway at 419-425-1027 to register or for more information.

Lazy Sunday Evening Stroll for Adults @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Jul 22 @ 6:00 pm

A “Lazy Sunday Evening Stroll for Adults,” for individuals 18 years old and over, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Litzenberg Memorial Woods with a leisurely-paced walk through the area.

Participants should meet at the gatehouse. The event is free and requires no registration.

For more information, call the Hancock Park District office, 419-425-7275.

Dorcas Carey Public Library Summer Reading Program Party
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The summer reading program at the Dorcas Carey Public Library continues through July 21.

All children up to 12th grade must have their books read and turned in for credit by that date. Children up to fifth grade must read 10 books, and children in sixth through 12th grades must read five books.

A swimming and pizza party will be held for children up to fifth grade from 10 a.m. to noon July 23, with a rain date of July 24. Teens and tweens in grades six through 12 will have a pizza party at 4 p.m. July 25.

The drawing for the community scavenger hunt baskets for adults and teens/tweens will be held Aug. 1.

Call the library at 419-396-7921 for more details.

Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Jul 26 @ 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.

Bluffton Public Library Summer Reading Program Party @ Bluffton Swimming Pool
Jul 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

The conclusion of the Bluffton Public Library’s summer reading program will be celebrated with a pool party from 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 30 at the village swimming pool.

Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should turn in their logs, collect prizes and receive a pool party ticket at the library. Tickets are available starting Monday, and the last day to turn in logs is July 27.

Friends of the Upper Sandusky Community Library Book Sale @ Upper Sandusky Community Library
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

The Friends group of the Upper Sandusky Community Library is accepting donations for a book sale.

Gently used books, DVDs and audiobooks will be accepted through July 28.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 2; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 3; and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 4. A preview sale for Friends members will be held from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 1. To join the group, stop by the circulation desk.

Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 2 @ 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.

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