Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
Apr 25 @ 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.

Carey Area Chamber of Commerce Professional Women Luncheon @ Shrine Cafeteria
Apr 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Miss Ohio, Sarah Clapper, will be the keynote speaker during the annual Professional Women Luncheon hosted by the Carey Area Chamber of Commerce.

The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 in the Shrine Cafeteria.

There are various ways for businesses to support the event. Contact Cassie Carlson, chamber executive director, at the chamber office, 419-396-7856, or via cellphone at 419-310-2427.

Ben Cathey @ 50 North
Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm

Ben Cathey, TV 13 ABC weather speaker, will give a free program about upcoming weather predictions at 1 p.m. Wednesday at 50 North.

Registration is required today by calling 419-423-8496.

Painting A Spring Scene @ Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Painting a spring scene will be the second in the 2018 Hancock Park District seasonal painting series. The activity will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area.

Awakening Minds Art will provide step-by-step instruction for the activity. Necessary supplies will be provided, including an 11-inch by 14-inch stretched canvas. Light refreshments will be served.

Participants must be at least 16 years old. Register, with $30 per person, by 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at under the “Programs & Activities” tab.

For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.

The program will be held with a minimum of five and a maximum of 30 participants.

Understanding DNA Testing @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm

A program on DNA tests will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa.

Participants will explore Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, National Geographic DNA and other test kits.

24/7 Dad @ First Step
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A 12-session “24/7 Dad” fatherhood program will be offered at First Step, 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria.

Classes start April 17 and will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Both morning and evening classes are available, with child care provided.

The program through the National Fatherhood Initiative is designed to nurture self-awareness, compassion and a sense of responsibility.

For more information, call First Step at 419-435-7300 or visit the office.

Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
Apr 26 all-day

Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library.

Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St.

With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey).

It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer).

The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track.

Other cast members include:

Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain.

The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.

Habits of Happy People @ 50 North
Apr 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

50 North has scheduled two free programs focused on mood and attitude.

“Habits of Happy People” will be presented at 10:30 a.m. April 26. Those attending will learn about the healthy habits and thinking approaches of happy people, and will learn to recognize that desired emotions come from within. Registration is required by Monday by calling 419-423-8496.

A presentation on making over your mood will be part of the “Afternoon Conversation” series at 1 p.m. April 30. Michelle Gibbs, essential oils representative, will share how the use of these oils can promote a better attitude. Registration is required by April 25 at 419-423-8496.

Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Apr 26 @ 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.

Friends of the Bluffton Public Library Spring Tea @ Bluffton Public Library
Apr 26 @ 5:45 pm

The Friends of the Bluffton Public Library will present their annual spring tea at 5:45 p.m. April 26.

This year’s event features Dave Essinger, author of “Running Out.” Tickets are $12, available at the front desk. Proceeds benefit library programs and services.

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