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Jan
13
Sat
Findlay Family YMCA Competitive Winter Basketball League @ Findlay Family YMCA
Jan 13 all-day

Registration is underway for the Findlay Family YMCA’s youth competitive winter basketball league for fifth- and sixth-graders.

The season starts Jan. 8. Games are held on Saturdays.

Registration is available online at www.findlayymca.org or at either Y branch, or by contacting sports director Jerry McNamee at 419-422-4424 or jmcnamee@findlayymca.com.

The league is also seeking volunteer coaches and assistant coaches. Team sponsorships are available for local business owners.

Jan
14
Sun
Lacrosse Camp @ University of Findlay Koehler Center
Jan 14 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The City of Findlay Recreation Department is partnering with the University of Findlay women’s lacrosse program to offer a lacrosse camp from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the University of Findlay Koehler Center, 1000 N. Main St.

The camp is for boys and girls ages 5-18 and the cost is $30. Sticks and balls will be provided.

Email coach Lauren Simko at simko@findlay.edu to register. Same-day registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. Call the recreation department at 419-424-7176 for more details.

Hat Day Hike @ Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A “Hat Day Hike” will be held from 2-3 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm, Pandora.

In honor of National Hat Day the following day, participants are encouraged to wear their favorite headgear. Prizes will be awarded for the most colorful and most unusual hats. Cookies and hot chocolate will follow.

Preregistration is required by calling 419-384-7195 or emailing thequarryfarm@gmail.com. The farm is located just north of 14321 Road 7L, and those attending should meet at the Seitz Family Pavilion.

Jan
15
Mon
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Jan 15 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Mornings with Mommy will begin Sept. 18 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, and continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays. The educational playdates are open to infants through preschool-age children and their moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. Each session will have its own theme and will include devotion, language and literacy activities, arts and crafts, sensory activities and more. Registration is required at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-326-4685. The cost is $5 per family (not per child), per session.

Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Jan 15 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Grand Love, a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren, meets Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at 1941 Carlin St., Findlay. Call 419-422-8616.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Walk and Tribute Program @ Church of the Living God
Jan 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The community is invited to participate in the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Walk and Tribute Program on Monday, King’s birthday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This is the center’s 36th tribute program, which has been held every year since its 1982 founding, as well as its 18th Unity Walk.

The unity walkers will gather at 5:45 p.m. at the Church of the Living God, 701 N. Main St., and walk as a group to Winebrenner Theological Seminary on the University of Findlay campus. The walk will take about 10 minutes.

After a brief ceremony of reflection and prayer, the walkers will return to the church, and the tribute program will begin around 6:30 p.m.

The program will consist of prayer; interim speaker comments; music; dance performance; and a keynote speaker, Dr. Jack Sullivan Jr., senior pastor at First Christian Church.

The program will conclude with a musical and video tribute to King.

Jerome Gray, chairman of the Black Heritage Library board, said television was key to the civil rights movement, referencing Steven Levingston’s book, “Kennedy and King.”

He said that King was instrumental in getting the attention of President John F. Kennedy, who delivered the Report to the American People on Civil Rights in a June 11, 1963, broadcast from the White House.

Gray said that was one of the first times a U.S. president used television to address the nation on a matter of that magnitude, and King wept with joy when he watched the broadcast in Atlanta, as Kennedy called on Congress to take action for black Americans’ civil rights.

Gray said the Unity Walk helps drive the movement’s history home for younger participants, in particular.

Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime @ Bluffton Public Library
Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm

Winter storytime registration is underway at the Bluffton Public Library.

Limited spaces are available, and parents or caregivers can register children via email, phone or in person.

Storytime is for preschool children ages 3-5 on either Monday nights or Tuesday mornings.

Children may join storytime at the start of the month in which they will have their third birthday.
Call 419-358-5016 to sign up.

Monday Funday @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
Jan 15 @ 6:30 pm

Monday Funday will resume at the Forest-Jackson Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Youth who are in third grade and older will make edible school supplies.

Monday Funday will be held every Monday, featuring games and snacks. When Riverdale School is canceled due to weather, the event is also canceled.

Understanding Depression in Grief @ Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Bridge Bereavement Services will offer a free presentation focused on understanding depression in grief from 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital, 1900 S. Main St.

Topics will include assisting the bereaved in identifying depression; explaining the difference between feeling and being depressed; and coping mechanisms for healthy grief.

Registration is not required. Call Niki Sidle at 419-423-5351 for more details.

Jan
16
Tue
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Jan 16 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Mornings with Mommy will begin Sept. 18 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, and continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays. The educational playdates are open to infants through preschool-age children and their moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. Each session will have its own theme and will include devotion, language and literacy activities, arts and crafts, sensory activities and more. Registration is required at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-326-4685. The cost is $5 per family (not per child), per session.

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