Rally in the Alley
Jul 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The public is invited to the 26th Rally in the Alley outdoor musical event series in downtown Findlay’s Latham Courtyard on the 500 block of South Main Street. The events run Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. and are free of charge.

Violet Vinyl
June 8

This Findlay band’s fusion of folk, bluegrass, country and rock features original songs and covers of Michael Jackson, Chris Stapleton, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley, along with a 10-minute 1990s medley. Ryan Parker sings lead and supplies guitar and harmonica; Carrie Lynn plays fiddle and sings; Dan Wilkinson plays upright bass; and Matt Walker provides percussion.

Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information.

Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn will provide food.

June 15

Formed in 2003 as a three-piece classic rock band in the vein of Journey, Boston and Foreigner, the band currently has five members, most of whom reside in the Lima area. Jimi Goare plays guitar; Rachel Wheaton sings; Dean Altstaetter plays keyboards; Sue Alt supplies bass guitar and David “Sugah” Breaston handles the drums. The group recorded and released an original album, “Closer,” in 2010.

More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page.

Bread Kneads will supply food.

Tongue ‘N’ Groove
June 22 and Aug. 17

Chip McClurkin, a Findlay native as well as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, said Rally in the Alley is the band’s favorite venue to play due to its Friday-after-work vibe and opportunity to interact with the crowd. The band plays classic and contemporary rock/pop music, with sets featuring songs by Led Zeppelin, The Who and Foo Fighters. Sometimes the musicians throw twists into the songs, such as incorporating parts of an older tune into a newer song. In addition to pop hits, the band also throws some epic deep cuts into the set list. Members include David Foreman on lead guitar; Dean Armstrong on keyboards; Mark Stears on bass; and Todd Clymer on drums.

Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information.

Jimmy John’s will provide food in June, and Hot Head Burrito will serve food in August.

Bourbon & Vinyl
June 29

Bourbon & Vinyl specializes in Americana and Southern rock, with some classic rock and ’90s rock covers thrown into the mix. The group has been playing together for nearly a decade, making their official live debut in April for the Alumni Musical Showcase at Findlay High School. Paul Romanoski plays lead guitar; Ryan Clements supplies rhythm guitar and vocals; Jeremy Schlarb plays keyboards and guitar; Evan Iles plays drums; and Zach Barger handles bass and vocals. Ashley Barger and Emma Wright will be featured vocalists.

Hot Head Burrito will supply food.

Spoiled Rotten
July 6

This Findlay-based band plays 1980s rock classics, including Van Halen, Journey, Foreigner and Bon Jovi, along with their own original tunes. Marty Hough supplies lead guitar and lead vocals; Mitch Mitchell plays drums; Tim Shaffer mans the keyboards and sings lead; and Joe Berardinelli provides bass and backing vocals.

Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information.

Campus Pollyeyes will provide food.

Reese Dailey Band
July 13

Formed in 2007, the Toledo-based group plays a concentration of Southern rock, blues and original music, providing high-energy dance and/or jam music at its shows. The band’s first CD, “Simpatico,” is a collection of 10 original songs written, produced and performed by Reese Dailey, who has been playing guitar since the age of 8. The band features Tom Lawson on guitar and vocals; Scott Kretzer supplies drums; and Eric Taylor plays the bass. Dailey’s songwriting combines the lyrical influences of his father, Pat, with Gordon Lightfoot along with the heavy guitar work of The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information.

Culver’s will provide food.

Reunion Band
July 20

Formed 27 years ago at a Findlay High School class of 1971 reunion, this eight-piece group specializes in rock and roll cover tunes from the 1960s and ’70s. Four of the members have been playing together since 1966 in the Central Junior High School basement: Reg Routson on drums; Scott Lavender on keyboards; Mike Rosati on lead guitar; and John Courtney on vocals. Later band members are: Dennis Reamsnyder on rhythm guitar; Steve Wilson on bass; Richard Wittenmyer on vocals and tambourine; and Susan Bright on vocals and cowbell. Routson said the band’s biggest influences are Motown, The Beatles and The Left Banke, and the group also throws some one-hit wonders into their sets, including songs by the Music Explosion, Syndicate of Sound, Electric Prunes, and Richard and the Young Lions.

Fern Café will provide food.

Big Red Deluxe
July 27

Hailing from Wisconsin and comprising musicians from the northwest Ohio area, Big Red Deluxe is a five-piece cover band that blends classic and modern rock, country, Motown and disco. The band covers songs from artists such as Journey, Tom Petty, Zac Brown, AC/DC, Styx, Bruno Mars, Poison, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chris Stapleton, The Temptations and more. Joe “The Hammer” Orians holds down the bass line; Uncle Stevie bangs out the keys; Dr. Ike shreds the guitar; Mark “Thumper” Armstrong rips the kit; and Fritz shakes the tambourine.

Visit www.bigreddeluxe.com and the group’s Facebook page for more information.

Intimate Events Catering will provide food.

Hurricane Jayne and the Houserockers
Aug. 3

This Findlay-based band will blow a gust of ’50s and ’60s rock, rockabilly, classic country and swing through Latham Courtyard. Jayne Allen sings lead and supplies cowbell; Craig Allen plays guitar; Chris Budke pounds the drums; and Mark Calvelage plays bass. Influences include early Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Buck Owens, Bob Wills, Buddy Holly, Brenda Lee and early Elvis Presley, with Patsy Cline profoundly influencing Allen’s singing style.

Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information.

Jack-B’s will provide food.

High Impact
Aug. 10

With members from Columbus and Dayton, this dance rock band’s repertoire boasts standards from the 1960s to the present day, including The Beatles, Robert Palmer, Eddie Money, The Clash, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Kiss, Prince, Led Zeppelin, Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Fuel, Tonic, 3 Doors Down and Rush. Dave Dawson sings lead; Don Smith does drums; Rick Kondoff plays guitar and sings; and Frank Chirico plays bass and sings.

Visit www.highimpactrocks.com and the group’s Facebook page for more information.

Domino’s will provide food.

2018 Kim Fancher Summer Ice Skating Exhibition @ The Cube
Jul 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The Findlay Recreation Department will host the 2018 Kim Fancher Summer Ice Skating Exhibition on Friday from 5:30-7 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Immediately following the exhibition, a public skating session will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Normal admission rate of $5 and skate rental of $3 will apply.

The last summer public skate sessions will be on Saturday from 1 to 2:50 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 419-424-7176.

Jackyl @ All American Rock House
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm

Jackyl’s rock radio hits include “Down On Me,” “When Will It Rain,” “I Stand Alone” and, most notably, “The Lumberjack,” during which vocalist Jesse James Dupree performed a chain saw solo. Dupree’s chain saw escapades on album and in concert along with the band’s Guinness World Records of performing 100 shows in 50 days and 21 shows in 24 hours helped earn Jackyl a reputation as a hardworking band. Rock-n-Roll Outlaws will perform as a special guest at this 21 and over concert.

First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School @ First Baptist Church
Jul 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

First Baptist Church, 1635 Fostoria Ave., invites all children ages 4 through sixth grade to attend Vacation Bible School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This year’s theme is “Operation Arctic,” produced by Answers in Genesis. There will be Bible lessons, music, Bible verses to memorize, games, crafts and stories about missionaries. Call the church at 423-419-0988 for more information.

Immaculate Conception Parish Festival @ Immaculate Conception Church
Jul 14 – Jul 15 all-day

The Immaculate Conception Parish Festival will be held July 14-15 at the church, 189 Church St., Ottoville. The “Saturday Evening Social” will be held from 5-10 p.m., featuring chicken fajitas, barbecue pork sandwiches, wings and live music by the Someone’s Kids band from 6-9 p.m. The baked goods booth opens at 8 a.m. Sunday; the lunch stand opens at 11 a.m.; and family-style chicken and beef dinners will be served in the parish center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A golf balls from heaven drop is at 6 p.m. Sunday, with a $500 grand prize; and the big-ticket drawing for a $1,000 grand prize takes place at 9 p.m. Also featured Sunday are bingo and other games, a kiddie tractor pull at 2 p.m., sand art and inflatables. Sunday’s entertainment will feature Brass Notes at 11:30 a.m., Charlie Doepker and easy listening music at 1:30 p.m., a wild live animal show at 3:30 p.m. and JJ the DJ from 5-8 p.m. The parish historical room will also be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Call the parish office at 419-453-3513 for more information.

Findlay First Edition Annual Garage Sale @ Findlay High School Cafeteria
Jul 14 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Findlay First Edition’s annual garage sale has been set for July 12-14 in the Findlay High School cafeteria, 1200 Broad Ave.

Hours are 5-8 p.m. July 12; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 13; and 8 a.m. to noon July 14.

Money goes into the general fund to help pay for expenses such as costumes.

Donations of gently used items from the public are accepted throughout the week prior to the start of the sale. Items may be taken to the high school cafeteria between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. July 9-11. Large item pickup during these times can be arranged by calling 419-306-9834.

For items that need to be donated sooner, call the above number or 419-681-5255 for drop-off times and location. Pickup is available on a limited basis.

2018 Findlay Garden Tour
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Findlay Garden Club’s 2018 Garden Tour runs Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 15, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Admission to the self-guided tour is free. Donations will be taken to cover tour costs and help with the club’s other community projects.

The 11 stops on the tour are a variety of small and large gardens where the main designs and work have been done by the gardeners themselves as extensions of their personalities.

Tour maps are available at Feasel’s, Brinkman’s, Garden Central, Plant Peddler and 50 North.


Effraim Bilgili
980 Township Road 229

Named 2018’s Gardener of the Year by the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Effraim Bilgili’s 4-acre garden features numerous plants grown by seed. Every type of perennial, vine, vegetable, herb and fruit and nut tree are grown, along with annuals featured in homemade hanging baskets. The self-taught gardener also has penned goats and chickens.

Sandy Winkle
1407 Forest Park Drive

Sandy Winkle’s shade garden is a sylvan retreat, where woodland plants nestle in beds under 100-foot oak trees, including sweet woodruff, red twig dogwood, witch hazel, hellebores, Solomon’s seal, and elephant hosta. The garden also features a redbud called Rising Sun, noted for its pea-like rose-purple flowers on bare branches in early spring.

Betsy and Doug DeFrancesco
310 St. Andrews Drive

The DeFrancescos’ garden features conifers, flowering shrubs, herbs, daylilies, Canada chokecherry trees and staghorn sumacs. A new pollinator garden shares space with fairy gardens, a goldfish pond, annual containers and a raised bed for tomatoes and peppers. Betsy’s favorite dwarf conifers grow in a side yard alongside a bubbler fountain for the birds. A Schnauzer-shaped topiary honors the family dog, and neighborhood kids use the sand pit as a play area.

Deb and Van Curliss
6748 Ohio 186, McComb

When Deb and Van Curliss lost a giant oak, they turned the area on top of the stump into a “she shed” for Deb, reflecting the whimsical nature of the property’s sun and shade gardens. Raised vegetable and herb beds flourish with the aid of compost provided by their pot-bellied pig, Precious. Other displays include a Japanese maple that was nursed back to health and a bench surrounded by herbs and perennials, grown “lasagna” style, under a huge Mulberry tree.


Becky Stahl
514 Cranberry East Drive

Becky Stahl’s garden has about 70 varieties of perennials such as blanket flower, dianthus, catmint, columbine, delphinium and sedum. Plants are nestled in tree trunk crannies and a repurposed old metal toolbox. Creative garden ornaments are found throughout the property. An antique tiller and old pitchfork, along with flower-filled work boots, were gifts from Becky’s dad. Colorful plates and wine bottles are bird feeders. Frogs, toadstools, and metal, glass and wood yard art are prominent, while clematis climbs on a lobster trap from Nova Scotia, and a birdhouse is a mailbox.

Jeff Knox
846 Hemphill Blvd.

Jeff Knox’s garden specializes in vegetables, including 37 varieties of tomatoes, 40 types of peppers, and several herbs and berries. The garden also features repurposed items, including an old TV screen, five industrial propellers, trash cans, and a telephone box. Several refurbished pieces serve as flower pots for annuals, and the garden also includes a mobile chicken coop.


Rob and Jan Young
235 Frazer St.

The Youngs’ wheelchair-friendly garden features two 90-year-old grapevines that morphed into seven varieties of grapes and kiwi vines. The property also features hanging plants, container gardens, a large formal flower bed and three water features, including goldfish ponds. A new rock garden was also constructed from found natural treasures. Parking is available in the adjacent University of Findlay lot.

Lawrence Kirkendall
818 N. Cory St.

Lawrence Kirkendall’s garden is 50 years in the making, with trees and flowers surrounded by 180 yards of well-trimmed privet bushes. There are over 50 varieties of flowers, herbs, vines, shrubs and trees. The trees include Japanese lilac, red bud, mock orange, smoke tree, ginkgo, white peach, Chinese elm, and dogwood, in addition to crape myrtles brought from Mississippi 45 years ago. Kirkendall planned his garden so that leaf shape, texture and variation are complementary, with his expert branch-cutting technique creating new trees.

Randy and Shannon Woerner
228 Prospect Ave.

This garden features blackberries, raspberries, loganberries and blueberries, as well as a vegetable garden, chickens, a retooled coy pond, shrubs, large sunflowers, hanging flowers and metal art.


Ed and Linda Houck
329 E. Yates Ave.

This corner property is an ongoing 30-year project. A landscaped entry garden contains a variety of animal garden ornaments. To the left is a shady lighted patio, two fountains, a 25-year-old hibiscus, several 2- to 5-year-old poinsettias, a peacock ornament and a wheelbarrow planter with cascading impatiens. The back of the house features a large vegetable bed, with all of the produce used for freezing or canning. A large raised-bed planter box was also built as a gift from a daughter and her husband.

Marathon Petroleum Corp.
539 S. Main St.

Marathon has added a pollinator garden to the open space among its new buildings, designed to sustain habitat and food for native birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinator species that support the ecosystem. The garden is maintained by employees, and local Boy Scouts contributed bluebird houses. Native plants such as Southern blue flag, turtle flower, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia, Short’s aster and button blazing star are planted in a wild, natural design.

For questions, call Doris Salis at 419-422-3560 or 419-722-3260, or email salis@findlay.edu

Swiss Homestead Open House @ Swiss Homestead
Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Swiss Homestead at 8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton, will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. every Saturday through August.

Areas open to visitors will include the restored 1843 house; reconstructed summer kitchen; restored workshop; 1850s kitchen garden; an outdoor bake oven; and extensive grounds. Docents will be available to interpret the homestead’s history each weekend.

The 1854 barn will be open the last Saturday of each month only. Special activities will take place the second Saturday of each month: June 9 — making butter in the summer kitchen; July 14 — children’s games; Aug. 11 — working with tools in the workshop.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 16 and younger and members of the Swiss Community Historical Society.

Connections Church Outdoor Baptism Service @ Connections Church
Jul 15 @ 10:30 am

Connections Church, 700 Rockwell Ave., will host an outdoor baptism service beginning at 10:30 a.m. July 15. The service is intended to provide a venue to allow churches to baptize members if they do not have a place to do so at their facility. Each pastor will be able to baptize their own members in the pool, according to their practices and beliefs. Individuals wishing to be baptized are also welcome. A picnic will follow the service. Those attending should bring a lawn chair and a dish to share. Table service and beverages will be provided. The Corrections Officer of the Year Award will also be presented by Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman. Any churches wishing to participate may call the Rev. Jim Klausing at 567-208-7831 or 419-420-9093.

Birds of Summer: Open House @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Hancock Park District will offer a program Sunday entitled “Birds of Summer: Open House” where participants will hear dozens of unique bird calls and find out what birds are singing in the park and why they sing.

A story about some of our summer resident birds will be read, participants can make a bird feeder to take home and be invited to take a short bird watching hike.

The open house will take place at Oakwoods Nature Preserve’s Discovery Center from 1 to 4 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate. Registration is not required.

For more information about other upcoming park programs and events, view the HPD Seasonal Program & Event Guide at www.HancockParks.com under the “Park News” section, visit our park “Calendar” or call the park office at 419-425-7275.

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