Jun
21
Thu
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Jun 21 @ 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 ewingd@mccombschool.org.

Jun
22
Fri
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm

Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator.

The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed.
SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing.

The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists.

Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.

Bluffton Relay for Hope @ Bluffton Family Recreation
Jun 22 @ 4:30 pm – 11:59 pm

BLUFFTON — The purple shoes hanging from the eaves of downtown businesses along Bluffton’s Main Street can only mean one thing: Relay for Hope is near.

The fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held from 4:30 p.m. to midnight Friday at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road. This year’s theme is “Hope, Love, Believe, Walk for a Cure.”

Teams walk to raise money and support for the cancer society. Activities will include a survivor dinner and lap, team and individual laps, luminarias and a memory service, food, music, games and entertainment.

A pie contest and auction and silent auction also return this year, organized by members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera.

The first Relay for Life pie auction was held in 2006. Entries from the public are judged, with prizes awarded to the top three. The rest of the competitors receive a participation prize, said Esther Spaeth, who oversees the pie competition.

She said all kinds of pies are represented in the contest.

According to the rules, the pie must be completely homemade, including the crust.

Spaeth said there are usually 25 pies in the contest, and everyone is welcome to come, bid, and take home a homemade pie. Judging is held at 6:45 p.m., and the auction takes place at 7:30.

The youngest baker this year is 9.

The most profitable pie ever — a pecan pie — went for $200. And last year’s auction raised a record $2,014.

There is a $20 minimum bid for each pie.

Following the event, the recipes are collected and put together in a cookbook which also serves as a relay fundraiser.

Cookbooks from former years will be available for a donation at this year’s relay.

A meal is provided for survivors at 5 p.m., followed by the opening ceremonies at 6:15.

A pork chop dinner will be served, and there will also be a booth with sandwiches, chips and drinks. The silent auction will offer bidders more than 100 items ranging from gift cards and toys to homemade items.

The luminaria service begins at 9 p.m. and lasts about an hour. Area firemen do a lap in full turnout gear at 10 p.m., and a 5K Glow Run begins at 10:30. Registration starts at 9:30 and the fee is $25, with all proceeds going to Bluffton Relay for Hope.

The public can come out and register for the walk Friday, as can participants for the Glow Run. Beginning at 2 p.m., luminarias can be purchased for $5 to remember those who have died or celebrate a survivor.

More information and registration forms are available by contacting Lynda Best at 419-296-2790 or bestlynda568@gmail.com, stopping at the Village Cut & Curl at 212 Cherry St. in Bluffton, or checking the Facebook page: Bluffton Area Relay for Life-Ohio.

Relay for Hope schedule:

2-8:30 p.m. — Luminarias available for purchase at tent along BFR sidewalk
4:30-5:30 p.m. — Entertainment by Katie Hohenbrink and Sheila Hausken
4:30-6:30 p.m. — Drive-thru or dine-in lasagna meal
5 p.m. — Survivors’ meal
5-9:30 p.m. — Silent auction inside BFR by Trinity Lutheran Church, Jenera
5:30 p.m. — National anthem by Courtney McLaughlin
6:15 p.m. — Presentation of colors by Ed Amstutz and the color guard; opening remarks; survivor, caregiver and team laps
6:30-7 p.m. — Findlay Cloggers
6:30 p.m. — Concession stand inside BFR by Trinity Lutheran Church
6:45 p.m. — Pie judging inside BFR
7:30 p.m. — Pie auction
7:30-8:30 p.m. — Jon Butler with ’50s and ’60s music.
8 p.m. — Quarter lap
8-9 p.m. — Music
9 p.m. — Luminaria service
9:30 p.m. — Memory lap in silence; registration begins for 5K Glow Run at table at BFR front doors
10 p.m. — End of silent auction; fireman’s lap
10:30 p.m. — 5K Glow Run
11 p.m. — Music by Nick Nowlan
Midnight — Pizza inside BFR; cleanup and closing ceremony

Jun
24
Sun
Hancock County Veterans Resource Fair @ Elks at Northridge
Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The fifth annual veterans resource fair Sunday will allow area veterans in Hancock County and surrounding counties to learn about the benefits they earned during their military service and what is available in their community to support them.

The event, hosted by Hancock County Veterans Service Office and Elks BPOE 75, will be held at the Elks at Northridge, 900 W. Melrose Ave. It will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

“This is a great way for us to provide an event where veterans can get questions answered and make it easier for them to take advantage of the many local, state and federal benefits they may be missing out on,” said Nichole Coleman, executive director of the veterans service office. “Many of the vendors who will be there this year are different than the past two years. We are hoping this will bring back the veterans who have attended previously and that new veterans will come as well.”

Many exhibitors will be available to meet and talk to veterans about veterans administration health care, education and other benefits from the federal and state governments, state and local wellness and other services.

Some of the vendors include Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, the Toledo Vet Center, the University of Findlay, 50 North, Honor Flight and FOCUS.

The Elks will provide a veterans appreciation dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Dinner participants should contact the county veterans service office at 419-424-7036.

For more information, follow the Hancock County Veterans Service Office on Facebook or call the office. Information about the Hancock County Veterans Service Office is available online at: www.hancockveterans.com

Jun
25
Mon
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Jun 25 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 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.

Jun
26
Tue
Grief Trails @ Challenged Champions Equestrian Center
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Bridge Bereavement Services is offering youth an opportunity to work through grief by spending time with horses.

Grief Trails allows children ages 6-12 to learn through horses about the importance of communicating emotions and needs to others.

The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 26 at Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, 11913 County Road 6, Ottawa. Registration is required by June 18 by calling 800-982-3306 or emailing bridge@bvhealthsystem.org.

Jun
28
Thu
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Jun 28 @ 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 ewingd@mccombschool.org.

Jun
29
Fri
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Jun 29 @ 3:00 pm

Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator.

The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed.
SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing.

The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists.

Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.

Jul
2
Mon
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Jul 2 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 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.

Jul
4
Wed
50 North Diabetes Support Group @ 50 North
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

A new diabetes support group has formed at 50 North.

The free self-management group meets from 10-11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month and provides practical ideas to deal with symptoms effectively.

Registration is required by the Monday prior to each presentation by calling 419-423-8496.

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