Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe.

Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park.

Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.

The Edmund Fitzgerald — What Really Happened? @ 50 North
May 23 @ 1:00 pm

50 North will present the program “Edmund Fitzgerald — What Really Happened?” at 1 p.m. May 23.

The ship had an exciting life for the 18 years that it sailed. Then on Nov. 10, 1975, everything changed. A speaker from the National Great Lakes Museum will explore the mysteries of the loss.

Registration and a $5 fee are required by May 21.

Chair Yoga @ Bluffton Family Recreation
May 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Bluffton Family Recreation will offer a chair yoga class in May instructed by Janette Reineke. Classes are from 4 to 5 p.m., May 2, 16, 23 and 30.


Bluffton Family Recreation asks that participants bring their own dumbbells between the weight of 2-5 pounds. If they do not have any, Bluffton Family Recreation will be provide them.

To register, call Bluffton Family Recreation at 419-358-4150 or visit

CRAFT Training @ Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Those worried about a loved one’s substance use can learn some possible solutions during an upcoming class offered by the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services focused on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) model.

The free class will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays, May 9 through June 13, at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St.

Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery, build a healthier relationship and improve their personal quality of life. The class is structured around the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober” and will be facilitated by community members who were trained by the author, Dr. Robert J. Meyers. Participants are encouraged to buy the book, but copies can be borrowed during the class.

Call the Hancock County ADAMHS Board at 419-424-1985 to register.

Automation Nation: A Panel Discussion on Robotics in Manufacturing @ Findlay Country Club
May 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

A free program, “Automation Nation: A Panel Discussion on Robotics in Manufacturing” will be held for financial executives from manufacturing and distribution businesses from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 24 at Findlay Country Club.

Panelists will address the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence on productivity, the workforce and the bottom line, and whether area manufacturers are on track to remain competitive.

Panelists will be Jim Robey, director of regional and economic planning services for W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, Michigan; Tom Ballay, president of Autotec Engineering, Toledo; Troy Wildermuth, director of manufacturing, Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership for the Center for Innovative Food Technology, Toledo; and Tim Mayle, director of Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development.

The event, which includes lunch, is sponsored by public accounting firm Gilmore Jasion Mahler.

Manufacturing financial executives can RSVP via email at The event also will be held elsewhere, so the accounting firm asks that those attending the Findlay event specify that in the RSVP.

Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
May 24 @ 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
May 24 @ 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 or call 419-422-5594 for more information.

Movie Screening: “The Glass Castle” @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
May 24 @ 5:30 pm

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will screen the movie “The Glass Castle” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lindamood Room.

The memoir by Jeannette Walls spent over 200 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was adapted into a film. “The Glass Castle” addresses how Walls’ family struggled with mental health, addiction, hunger and poverty, and how she emerged from these challenges.

Gardening with Essential Oils @ Bluffton Public Library
May 24 @ 6:00 pm

Emily Ulrey will present a workshop on gardening with essential oils at 6 p.m. May 24 at the Bluffton Public Library.

Ulrey will talk about the use of essential oils in the garden to repel pests, attract beneficial insects and help gardens flourish. Participants will also get the chance to mix up one of their own sprays to take home.

The program is open to anyone 18 and older. An $8 fee will be collected at the door which includes a 16-ounce glass spray bottle and contents. Registration is required by Thursday.

Grand Love @ McComb School Library
May 24 @ 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

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