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The Ohio Northern University observatory will present “The Galaxies of Spring” from 9-11 p.m. today.
Galaxies are a swirling collection of stars, gas, dust and dark matter that are generally difficult to see with telescopes because they are so far away and faint. But during this time of the year, the closest concentrations of galaxies are positioned high in the sky by midnight for better viewing.
The program will target M66 in Leo and the black eye galaxy in Coma Berenices for observation with the telescopes. At 9:47 p.m., an Iridium satellite is scheduled to flare brightly just as it passes into Coma Berenices.
Check for cancellations online at http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/astro/publicevents.html.
A pancake breakfast and 5K walk/run will be held Saturday to bring awareness to veteran suicide.
Every day, 22 American veterans take their own lives because of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. “Save 22” is a program the AMVETS Department of Ohio has started to help veterans and local military members who may be in crisis. The program will put them in contact with other veterans who have dealt with the same issues and also provide them with camaraderie they may be missing since leaving the military.
“After learning of this tragedy, I felt the need to bring awareness to the community. And, with the support of the entire AMVETS Post 21, we hope to make a difference,” said junior AMVETS president Mayci Aldrich.
A pancake breakfast sponsored by the Sons of AMVETS will be served at the post home, 423 W. Trenton Ave., from 7 a.m. to noon. Cost is $6.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the walk/run starting at 9. Cost is $20 per person which includes a T-shirt, drinks and a swag bag. Proceeds from both the breakfast and walk/run will benefit the SAVE 22 program.
To register, check the pinned post on the Findlay AMVETS Facebook page and provide a shirt size, or call the AMVETS at 419-422-5190.
The American Heart Association will host the Hancock County Heart Walk and 5K on Saturday in downtown Findlay.
The Heart Walk is a key fundraiser for the American Heart Association and supports its mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Nearly 1,000 participants will join millions of people walking in cities across the country as part of that lifesaving mission.
This year, participants are eligible to win a one-year membership to the Findlay Family YMCA. The runner/walker who raises the most money online through 5 p.m. Friday will win the membership. The winner will be announced prior to the start of the walk.
The walk will begin at State Bank, 201 E. Lincoln St., with registration at 8 a.m. The ceremony begins at 9.
Registration for the 5K is $30 per person; there is no fee to walk. Visit www.heart.org/hancockcountywalk for more information.
Bluffton Family Recreation is accepting registration for a volleyball camp for youth in grades 4-6.
The camp will be held at the facility from 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, March 25 to April 29. Costs are $40 for BFR members; $50 for nonmembers.
Registration is due by March 22 and can be made online at www.bfronline.com. Call 419-358-4150 for more information.
Open Arms will present the ninth annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event, sponsored by The Union Bank Company, on April 22 at Riverside Park.
Hancock County men, women and boys will walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes to raise awareness and educate the community about domestic violence and sexual assault.
Open Arms is seeking event sponsors, individual walkers, teams and volunteers. Sign-up is available at www.openarmsfindlay.com. There is also an option to be a virtual walker.
Day-of registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with an opening ceremony at 11:30.
This is a family-friendly event with a free kids zone featuring face painting, arts and crafts tables, an inflatable bounce house and a visit from Spongebob. Food vendors, massage stations and sponsor areas will be set up throughout Riverside Park. Prizes and awards will be given.
For more information or to volunteer, call Jodi DeVore at 419-420-9261.
The Fostoria Area Historical Society will celebrate the 189th birthday of Charles Foster on April 22.
Born in 1828, Foster became a Fostoria businessman, served as the 35th governor of Ohio and later was named secretary of the treasury under President Benjamin Harrison. The city of Fostoria is named for his family.
The celebration will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Fostoria. Food will be served and sold at 123 N. Main St. Other vendors will be selling everything from crafts to cookies.
Buggy rides will be available for $3 per person, with members of the Black Swamp Driving Club bringing their horses and antique buggies.
Sue Murray of Tiffin will present a free program on Victorian manners at the Foster Museum, 105 N. Main St., at 2 p.m.
A Hancock Gospel Pavilion fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. April 22 at Vanlue Community Church, with music provided by One Voice, Living Water and Jim Boedicker. A goodwill offering will be collected to help fund the gospel pavilion at the Hancock County Fair.
Ignite the Arts will host “Drag City USA,” a variety show featuring performances by local and regional drag queens who sing, dance and lip sync, on Saturday, April 22.
The fundraising event benefits the Focus on Friends organization and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs banquet hall at Legends Steakhouse and Sports Bar, 411 S. Main St., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
Performers include Ivy Winters; Candi, Wantsome?; Taj Mahal; and Majestik.
Winters, the show’s headliner, is a former circus performer who routinely incorporates fire eating, stilt walking and juggling into her act. A sought-after costume designer, she won the “Miss Congeniality” title in season five of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and resides in rural Michigan when she’s not touring.
Candi, Wantsome? is the persona of Ben Hippensteel, the event’s emcee and a Findlay and Fostoria native. Hippensteel began his drag career in 1998 and majored in musical theater at Wright State University, going on to perform with Thelma Houston, John Cameron Mitchell and RuPaul.
He uses his performance medium to help others, with emphasis on those in his LGBT community, who are struggling with addiction and self-acceptance. In 2005, he was asked to join the Rubi Girls, an Ohio-based drag troupe which started in the late 1980s. The group has raised over $1 million for LGBT charities.
As someone in long-term recovery, Hippensteel introduces himself in character as “the 39-year-old, super sober, Drag Queen Hostess with the Mostess.” He will share stories of his recovery at the event and says his goal is to show it is possible to be in recovery and still have fun.
Focus on Friends is a peer-led recovery center that offers support and resources to people impacted by mental health and addiction issues. Hippensteel is a board member for the recovery center and developed the show with Donaldson. His connections with Rubi Girls helped attract
Taj Mahal and Majestik’s participation.
Standing room general admission tickets are $20. VIP tickets cost $50 and include special seating, swag bags, entry to meet and greet with food and two drink tickets. Only 250 general admission and 50 VIP tickets will be sold.
The event is open to those ages 16 and older. All ticketholders who would like alcoholic beverages will have to go downstairs to the main bar. Food can be brought upstairs, but only limited bistro tables will be available for general admission. An elevator will be available for handicapped accessibility.
Tickets can be purchased at Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St.; Focus on Friends, 509 W. Trenton Ave.; or online at www.ignitethearts.com.
Those interested in sponsoring the event can email email@example.com.
The Fort Findlay Playhouse will present the zany comedy “Boeing Boeing” on April 20-23 and April 27-29.
Evening performances start promptly at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees will start at 5 p.m. Unsold seats will be available on a cash-only basis at the door 30 minutes before curtain time.
The French farce adapted for the American stage was written by Marc Camoletti and received a Tony Award for Best Revival in 2008. It was also a popular movie starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis in 1965.
Set in the swinging sixties, it tells the story of self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard (m James Foust) who, like having a girl in every port, has a fiancee in three different cities.
Balancing the three lovely ladies takes some skill, but Bernard pulls it off for a while as all three are flight attendants with different layover times. But with one unexpected switch in schedules and the faster new Boeing jet, Gabrielle (Megan Meyer), Gloria (Laurie Dye) and Gretchen (Casey Wurm) all end up in Bernard’s apartment on the same day, with Berthe the housekeeper (Sarah Olesky) to greet them there.
Bernard’s old school chum Robert (Wes Taylor) tries to help, but with Robert forgetting which lie he told to which girl, catastrophe and comedy ensue.
Tickets go on sale to the public Monday for $12 each. They can be purchased through www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org, by phone at 567-525-3636 or in person at the Playhouse box office, 300 W. Sandusky St. Reservations must be paid at the time of ordering tickets. Phone reservations can be paid with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express and can be sent by email to print at home or display on a mobile device.
The show is produced in association with Samuel French.
Neil Stewart, with Millstream Astronomy Club, will present a program on spring constellations and how to use binoculars at 8 p.m. Saturday in Shelter 5 at Riverbend Recreation Area.
After the talk, telescopes will be available to view the sky. Participants may bring their own telescope.
No registration is necessary for the free family program.
For more information, call the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.