Dec
18
Mon
Grand Love
Dec 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 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.

Watercolor Workshop @ Bluffton Public Library
Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm

A watercolor workshop led by local artist Jeanne Beutler will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Bluffton Public Library.

The cost is $10 at the door, cash only. Registration is required by Friday by calling the library at 419-358-5016.

Findlay Multiple Sclerosis Support Group @ First United Church of Christ
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm

The regular monthly meeting of the Findlay Multiple Sclerosis Support Group will take place at 6 p.m. Monday at First United Church of Christ, 2100 Greendale Ave.

The meeting will be a Christmas party and will include a “white elephant” gift exchange. Dinner will be provided.

Contact facilitator Dana Roca at 419-513-0688 for more information.

Monday Funday @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
Dec 18 @ 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.

Bridge Bereavement Services Holiday Support Seminar @ Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital
Dec 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Bridge Bereavement Services will offer a free presentation that focuses on how individuals can prepare for the holidays while allowing themselves to grieve in a healthy manner from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 18 in Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital, 1900 S. Main St.

Attendees will be provided with the tools and assistance necessary to create a luminary to light in honor and remembrance of their loved one. Registration is not necessary.

Contact Niki Sidle at 419-423-5351 for more details.

Dec
19
Tue
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Dec 19 @ 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.

Snowflake Storytime @ Bluffton Public Library
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am

A “Snowflake Storytime” is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 19 at the Bluffton Public Library with icy stories, songs and crafts.

No registration is necessary and all ages are welcome.

Chill Zone @ Bluffton Public Library
Dec 19 @ 3:30 pm

“Chill Zone” will continue at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays in December at the Bluffton Public Library.

Chill Zone is a safe space for tweens and teens to relax at the library. Activities are open to anyone in grades six through 12. Meeting themes include holiday crafts and tacos today, a holiday movie Dec. 12 and white elephant bingo Dec. 19.

Dec
21
Thu
The Winter Solstice @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm

A program about the winter solstice will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve.

The program will be in the portable planetarium and individuals will sit on the floor. There will also be a craft: making an orange pomander, a holiday item which dates to the Middle Ages.

The family program is free, but registration is required by noon Dec. 21. Register online at www.HancockParks.com under the “Programs and Activities” tab or call the Hancock Park District office, 419-425-7275, for registration or more information.

Dec
22
Fri
Santa’s House @ St. Andrews United Methodist Church
Dec 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Santa’s House will open from 6-8 p.m. today at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St. Visitors should use the Crawford Street entrance.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit from 6-8 p.m. every Friday through Dec. 22. Each child visiting will receive a gift bag, and hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Horse-drawn wagon rides through downtown Findlay will be offered.

As far back as 1964, Santa has been making stops in Findlay. That year, he arrived by helicopter at the Findlay Village Mall. After spending the morning there greeting children, he made his way to Santa’s House which was located at 311 S. Main St., escorted by then-Findlay Mayor John Sausser, majorettes, baton twirlers and the Shrine Clown unit calliope.

Alpha Chi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi took over Santa’s House in 1972. Alpha Chi became Laureate Beta Phi in 1993, and the sorority partnered with the Findlay Downtown Area Association to sponsor Santa’s House. The location was moved to the Findlay Municipal Building in 1990. Prior to that, it was in an empty storefront in the downtown area.

When the sorority was no longer able to host the event, members asked the Kiwanis Club of Findlay to take over Santa’s House. The venue changed to St. Andrew’s church five years ago.

This is the 17th year the Kiwanis Club has been offering the holiday event. About 5,000 people visit annually.

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