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Red Cross Blood Drive 8:00 am
Red Cross Blood Drive @ Riverside Suites
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
A blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 1 at Riverside Suites, 1100 E. Main Cross St. (second floor, rear entrance). To make an appointment, call 800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code RIVERSIDE.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Jun 1 @ 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.
Boogie on Main Street 5:00 pm
Boogie on Main Street @ Main Street, Findlay
Jun 1 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Arts Partnership welcomes the community to celebrate the warm weather and kick off summer with one of Findlay’s largest street festivals, the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company and Huntington Bank’s Boogie on Main Street. Attendees are invited to Main Street from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 1, for food and entertainment. The festival will be held on South Main Street between Main Cross and Crawford streets. Attendees can have dinner or snacks from one of the local food vendors: Gyro Corner, King’s Concessions, Melted Cheese, Smokin’ Buckeye BBQ, and Snowie Summers Shaved Ice. Children can enjoy the Kids Zone from 5 to 8 p.m. New this year, Boogie on Main Street will offer expanded beer and wine selections. For safety purposes, Safe Ride Home will be on site to provide free rides. The Unsub, a Findlay-based rock band, and Toledo’s Velvet Jones will provide the event’s music. Performing from 5 to 8 p.m., Velvet Jones offers a widespread mix of new and modern rock songs, ’90s alternative, big ’80s retro, and ’60s and ’70s classics. As the headliner, the Unsub will play from 8 to 11 p.m. Featuring singer Ryan Parker, the band plays original music along with covers from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. Attendees 21 years and older will be permitted to purchase alcohol with identification and in accordance with the law. Boogie on Main Street is a fundraiser that supports the Arts Partnership’s arts education program. The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County is a nonprofit organization serving Findlay and Hancock County. Its mission is to enrich youth through arts education and advocacy. The Arts Partnership is funded in part by the Findlay Area Arts Fund and other funds of the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, private donations, corporate and small-business donations, and the Ohio Arts Council. For more details, visit www.artspartnership.com.
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Deborah’s Voice 10:00 am
Deborah’s Voice @ University of Northwestern Ohio Event Center
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am
A dynamic morning of praise, prayer, vision casting and celebration with Deborah’s Voice is coming to the University of Northwestern Ohio Event Center, 1441 N. Cable Road, Lima, at 10 a.m. June 2. Featured speakers will be Pastor Diane Mullins (Deborah’s Voice founder/president), Marlene Carson (Deborah’s Voice ambassador) and Pastor Sheila Bowling (Deborah’s Voice rally host). More information on the free event is available at deborahsvoice.net.
LGBTQ+ Spectrum of Findlay Pride Picnic 12:00 pm
LGBTQ+ Spectrum of Findlay Pride Picnic @ Riverside Park
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
To kick off pride month, LGBTQ+ Spectrum of Findlay’s annual pride picnic will be held from noon to 4 p.m. June 2 at Riverside Park. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish, desserts or appetizers to share. Meat will be provided. The family-friendly event will also include prizes, raffles, music, games and kids’ activities. Email contact@spectrumoffindlaylgbt.org for more information.
Swiss Homestead Open House 1:00 pm
Swiss Homestead Open House @ Swiss Homestead
Jun 2 @ 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.
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Flag City U.S.A. “Cars and Coffee” Cruise-In 9:00 am
Flag City U.S.A. “Cars and Coffee” Cruise-In @ Panera Bread
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The Flag City U.S.A. “Cars and Coffee” Cruise-In, hosted by Panera Bread, is having its first event of the season. Guests can enjoy the cars, take pictures, talk with their owners, have some Panera Bread coffee, pastries or breakfast. No judging or trophies involved. Participants showing their vehicles are advised to park in every other lined spot. The Cruise-In will continue every first Sunday of the month through October.
Blanchard River Archaeology Club 2:00 pm
Blanchard River Archaeology Club @ Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jun 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bar weights will be the artifact profile for Sunday’s meeting of the Blanchard River Archaeology Club, from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Phillips Discovery Center, Oakwoods Nature Preserve, County Road 144. Bar weights are thought to be the simplest form of weight attached to an atlatl, or spear thrower, to achieve balance for a thrown spear. They range from crudely to finely made and are sometimes circled with grooves. Most are made of banded slate. The public is invited to attend and bring items for identification. Call Rick Carles at 419-299-3693 for more information.
TGMA Gospel Praise Gathering 6:00 pm
TGMA Gospel Praise Gathering @ Christian Victory Tabernacle
Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm
TGMA Gospel Music Promotions will present a Gospel praise gathering at 6 p.m. June 3 at Christian Victory Tabernacle, 209 Williams St., Wapakoneta. Featured performers include Sandi and Kaylene, Jimmy Potridge, Ed Ewing, One Voice, Paula Barron, Pat Roberts, Peggy Hamilton, HeartSong, Ken Ziegler, Dee Runion, Donna Sue, Miss Amanda and the Gospel Praise Gathering Choir. For more information, call 419-934-5456.
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Peter Rabbit Tea 9:30 am
Peter Rabbit Tea @ Activity Barn at Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Jun 4 @ 9:30 am
The 18th annual Peter Rabbit Tea, hosted by the Hancock Park District, will feature the “Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse” on Monday at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The same program will be offered at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The program will be held in the Activity Barn and will feature a story read by Beatrix Potter, portrayed by a costumed interpreter. After the story, “tea” and snacks will be served in the adjacent McKinnis House. Mrs. Tittlemouse, portrayed by a costumed interpreter, will participate in a garden scavenger hunt. The program is for 4- to 6-year-old children, accompanied by an adult. One adult is required for each pair of children. Registration is $4 per child and must be made by 1 p.m. today at www.HancockParks.com or at the park district office, 1424 E. Main Cross St. The program will be held with a minimum of four and a maximum of 20 children per time slot. Adults do not need to register. For more information, call the park district at 419-425-7275.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jun 4 @ 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.
The Colors of Cuba 1:00 pm
The Colors of Cuba @ 50 North
Jun 4 @ 1:00 pm
50 North will host “The Colors of Cuba,” presented by volunteers Dean and Nancy Kessler of Carey, at 1 p.m. June 4. The program is free. In November 2017, a group of 50 North members embarked on a weeklong, people-to-people cultural exchange in Cuba. The Kesslers will bring the Cuba culture and music alive with stories and pictures. Registration is required by calling 50 North at 419-423-8496.
The Storytellers 4:10 pm
The Storytellers @ Gormley Park
Jun 4 @ 4:10 pm – 5:10 pm
“The Storytellers,” hosted by Forest-Jackson Public Library, will present a program at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Gormley Park. The event is part of the library’s summer reading program. The group uses animated storytelling styles, multiple voices, vocal effects and music to tell stories. The music includes steel drums, donno, didgeridoo, m’bwata, rhumba box, berimbau and other instruments. The group performed for the event last year. After the performance, a free community lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call the library, 419-273-2400, or online at www.forestlibrary.org
Grand Love 4:30 pm
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Jun 4 @ 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.
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Flag City Honor Flight
Flag City Honor Flight
Jun 5 all-day
The first of two 2018 flights of Flag City Honor Flight, the Findlay-based hub of the National Honor Flight Network, will occur Tuesday. Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, plus their guardians, will journey to Washington, D.C., to visit the war memorials built in their honor. They’ll also witness the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery. The trip is made possible by donations of individuals, organizations and local businesses. Veterans pay absolutely nothing, while guardians are asked to make a tax-deductible donation. Participants will depart The Cube parking lot via bus at 4:30 a.m. with escort by the Findlay Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and American Legion Riders of Great First District of Ohio. The Wood and Lucas County sheriff’s departments will join at their county lines. The group will depart Toledo Express Airport via charter jet at 8 a.m., arriving at Baltimore-Washington International airport at 9:30. The return flight arrives in Toledo at approximately 9:30 p.m., where a welcome home ceremony with family members and mail call follows. The public is welcome to attend. The caravan should arrive back in Findlay at about midnight. This year’s second flight will be held Oct. 2. More information is at http://flagcityhonorflight.org/ .
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners 9:30 am
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners @ James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex
Jun 5 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mark Smith, an instructor in the University of Findlay’s western equestrian program, will offer a horseback riding program for beginners in June. Smith, a professional horseman for over 35 years, has trained and coached multiple world and national champions. The program for beginners, offered by the Hancock Park District and the University of Findlay, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 9; or from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the same days. Each session is for individuals at least 8 years old through adults, and will be held indoors at the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex owned by the university. Instruction will include basic horse care, education, safety, basic tacking up and riding (mounting, dismounting, walking, stopping, guiding, jogging, and loping), bathing the horse, cleaning the saddle, and an advanced riding demonstration of other riding styles. Participants must wear long pants and boots with heels, or sturdy shoes. Register, with payment, in person at the park district administrative office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 1. Cost is $125 per person. Participants will need a signed assumption of risk/liability release form, and/or a parental consent form, if applicable. The forms are available online at www.HancockParks.com. Checks should be payable to Mark Smith. The program will be held with a minimum of eight and a maximum of 24 participants. The university equestrian complex is at 11178 Marion Township 201, south of Findlay. Brookside Drive becomes the township road. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
PrimeTimers Luncheon 12:00 pm
PrimeTimers Luncheon @ St. John Mennonite Church
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm
Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) will feature grilled hamburgers and hot dogs at its free PrimeTimers Luncheon beginning at noon Tuesday at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora. Other menu items include macaroni salad, baked beans, potato chips, fresh fruit salad, assorted ice cream treats, cold drinks and coffee. Elaine Wehri, accordionist, will provide entertainment after lunch is served. PrimeTimers is a monthly lunch gathering open to anyone 55 and older. It is a ministry of MHCO and St. John Mennonite Church.
Early-Stage Memory Loss Program 2:00 pm
Early-Stage Memory Loss Program @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
Jun 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A program for individuals with early-stage memory loss will be held from 2-3 p.m. June 5 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. The program will be led by Linda Rae Pollitz and offers social opportunities and group sharing. Register by calling 419-523-3747.
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners 2:00 pm
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners @ James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex
Jun 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Mark Smith, an instructor in the University of Findlay’s western equestrian program, will offer a horseback riding program for beginners in June. Smith, a professional horseman for over 35 years, has trained and coached multiple world and national champions. The program for beginners, offered by the Hancock Park District and the University of Findlay, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 9; or from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the same days. Each session is for individuals at least 8 years old through adults, and will be held indoors at the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex owned by the university. Instruction will include basic horse care, education, safety, basic tacking up and riding (mounting, dismounting, walking, stopping, guiding, jogging, and loping), bathing the horse, cleaning the saddle, and an advanced riding demonstration of other riding styles. Participants must wear long pants and boots with heels, or sturdy shoes. Register, with payment, in person at the park district administrative office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 1. Cost is $125 per person. Participants will need a signed assumption of risk/liability release form, and/or a parental consent form, if applicable. The forms are available online at www.HancockParks.com. Checks should be payable to Mark Smith. The program will be held with a minimum of eight and a maximum of 24 participants. The university equestrian complex is at 11178 Marion Township 201, south of Findlay. Brookside Drive becomes the township road. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
Findlay Garden Club Plant Swap 5:30 pm
Findlay Garden Club Plant Swap @ Sunrise Senior Living
Jun 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The Findlay Garden Club will hold its annual plant swap from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Sunrise Senior Living, 401 Lake Cascades Parkway. Participants are invited to bring their perennial divisions, extra seedlings, cuttings and starts and heirloom seeds, and swap them for someone else’s offerings. Also on hand will be McClelland’s Daylilies, Garden Central and Perennial Plant Peddler.
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Horseback Riding Program for Beginners 9:30 am
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners @ James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex
Jun 6 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mark Smith, an instructor in the University of Findlay’s western equestrian program, will offer a horseback riding program for beginners in June. Smith, a professional horseman for over 35 years, has trained and coached multiple world and national champions. The program for beginners, offered by the Hancock Park District and the University of Findlay, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 9; or from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the same days. Each session is for individuals at least 8 years old through adults, and will be held indoors at the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex owned by the university. Instruction will include basic horse care, education, safety, basic tacking up and riding (mounting, dismounting, walking, stopping, guiding, jogging, and loping), bathing the horse, cleaning the saddle, and an advanced riding demonstration of other riding styles. Participants must wear long pants and boots with heels, or sturdy shoes. Register, with payment, in person at the park district administrative office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 1. Cost is $125 per person. Participants will need a signed assumption of risk/liability release form, and/or a parental consent form, if applicable. The forms are available online at www.HancockParks.com. Checks should be payable to Mark Smith. The program will be held with a minimum of eight and a maximum of 24 participants. The university equestrian complex is at 11178 Marion Township 201, south of Findlay. Brookside Drive becomes the township road. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
50 North Diabetes Support Group 10:00 am
50 North Diabetes Support Group @ 50 North
Jun 6 @ 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.
Hancock County P.E.R.I. Chapter 54 11:00 am
Hancock County P.E.R.I. Chapter 54 @ 50 North
Jun 6 @ 11:00 am
Hancock County P.E.R.I. (Public Employee Retirees Inc.) Chapter 54 will meet at 11 a.m. June 6 at 50 North, 339 E. Melrose Ave. Speakers will be Angie Rader (unit administrator) and Amy Miranda (adult protective service worker) of Job & Family Services.
First Step Artisan Market 2:00 pm
First Step Artisan Market @ First Step Women's Resource Center
Jun 6 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
First Step, 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria, will hold its third annual artisan market from 2-7 p.m. Wednesday. Among the items offered will be homemade soaps, honey, shortbread, aprons, art, essential oils, tie-dyed clothing and tapestries. First Step will offer children’s face painting, refreshments and handmade Women of Worth necklaces. Hawg Sauce catering will serve traditional barbecue foods.
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners 2:00 pm
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners @ James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex
Jun 6 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Mark Smith, an instructor in the University of Findlay’s western equestrian program, will offer a horseback riding program for beginners in June. Smith, a professional horseman for over 35 years, has trained and coached multiple world and national champions. The program for beginners, offered by the Hancock Park District and the University of Findlay, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 9; or from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the same days. Each session is for individuals at least 8 years old through adults, and will be held indoors at the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex owned by the university. Instruction will include basic horse care, education, safety, basic tacking up and riding (mounting, dismounting, walking, stopping, guiding, jogging, and loping), bathing the horse, cleaning the saddle, and an advanced riding demonstration of other riding styles. Participants must wear long pants and boots with heels, or sturdy shoes. Register, with payment, in person at the park district administrative office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 1. Cost is $125 per person. Participants will need a signed assumption of risk/liability release form, and/or a parental consent form, if applicable. The forms are available online at www.HancockParks.com. Checks should be payable to Mark Smith. The program will be held with a minimum of eight and a maximum of 24 participants. The university equestrian complex is at 11178 Marion Township 201, south of Findlay. Brookside Drive becomes the township road. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
CRAFT Training 5:30 pm
CRAFT Training @ Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Jun 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Those worried about a loved one’s substance use can learn some possible solutions during an upcoming class offered by the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services focused on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) model. The free class will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays, May 9 through June 13, at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery, build a healthier relationship and improve their personal quality of life. The class is structured around the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober” and will be facilitated by community members who were trained by the author, Dr. Robert J. Meyers. Participants are encouraged to buy the book, but copies can be borrowed during the class. Call the Hancock County ADAMHS Board at 419-424-1985 to register.
Riverside Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm
Riverside Summer Concert Series @ Riverside Park
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The 67th annual Riverside Summer Concert Series, hosted by Hancock Park District, will begin Wednesday, June 6, with Night Jazz at the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Band Shell in Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave. Each performance runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Bench seating is provided at the band shell, or visitors may bring a lawn chair or blanket. If there is inclement weather, listen to WFIN radio for cancellations or alternate performance venues. Cooperation in producing the concert series is provided by the City of Findlay Parks and Recreation Department, Hancock Parks Foundation, and the Hancock Park District. Sound engineering is provided by the House of Hindenach. WFIN radio personalities will be the masters of ceremonies. For more information, visit www.HancockParks.com under the “Park News” section or call the park district office at 419-425-7275. Night Jazz June 6 A big-band-style jazz group comprising members from Findlay and the surrounding area, Night Jazz plays tunes made famous by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. Founded in 1995, the group incorporates trumpets, saxophones, trombones, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums and singing into its musical mixture. Fostoria Community Band June 13 The 2018 Fostoria Community Band’s summer tour is titled “Celestial Wonders: Music from Beyond the Cosmos.” Selections include “Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst; “Sundance” by Frank Ticheli; “Star Trek Through the Years,” “Superman” and more. Founded in 1995, the band has 55 musicians from Fostoria and the surrounding area. Nashville Crush June 20 Featuring several Ohio musicians, Nashville Crush’s high-energy, award-winning stage show presents a balance of country and rock music with its combination of guitars, fiddle and banjo. Tapestry June 27 This duo of seasoned northwest Ohio musicians features Denise Grupp-Verbon on lever and pedal harp and Michael Grupp-Verbon on acoustic guitar. Buddy Love and the Coconuts July 4 With band members averaging 30 years of experience, Buddy Love and the Coconuts’ goal is to get the crowd moving and grooving to classic rock tunes from the 1960s and today’s top 40. The band has also been known to offer softer, slower acoustic sets and numbers. Findlay Civic Band July 11 and 18 Under the direction of Jack Taylor, a University of Findlay professor of music, the Findlay Civic Band mixes school musicians, professional people, retirees, seasoned musicians and novices into a presentation of light and pop forms of music, including patriotic, Hollywood and Broadway themes. Pantasia July 25 Findlay High School’s Pantasia Steel Drum Band performs music for all occasions on the steel drum. Since its spring 1997 inception, Pantasia has garnered a reputation as an educational and entertaining instrumental music ensemble, performing numerous shows throughout Ohio, nationally and internationally. The Fossil Creek Band Aug. 1 The Fossil Creek Band grew out of the farmlands of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan in the spring of 2006. Now a bluegrass/Americana band, its members boast backgrounds in folk, country, rock, gospel and barbershop music. Civic Jazz Aug. 8 Playing for more than 50 years, the Civic Jazz Band collects local talent from high school to retirement ages to play music of all genres. The band meets for only two months a summer to perform at the band shell in Riverside Park. Ball in the House Aug. 15 This five-member a cappella group follows the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6 while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams. Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus Aug. 22 The Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus has provided the region with G-rated entertainment and harmonizing since 1962. Their repertoire includes barbershop standards, modern harmonies, comic numbers, and many gospel melodies. Ted Yoder Aug. 29 Ted Yoder brings a pop symphonic approach to the hammered dulcimer, a stringed musical instrument played by striking the instrument’s strings with small mallet hammers, utilizing skills from guitarists, percussionists and pianists. Yoder’s approach to the instrument weaves stately solo pieces of modern favorite tunes with unique arrangements, powerful dynamics, and beautiful melodic interlacement. His fame rose after his dulcimer rendition of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” went viral from Facebook Live.
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Yesterday’s Treasures Garage Sale 9:00 am
Yesterday’s Treasures Garage Sale @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Jun 7 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
OTTAWA — Trinity United Methodist Church, 137 N. Pratt St., Ottawa, will hold a “Yesterday’s Treasures” garage sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 7 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8. Bag day sales on selected items will begin at 1 p.m. June 8. There will be no early bird sales.
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners 9:30 am
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners @ James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex
Jun 7 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mark Smith, an instructor in the University of Findlay’s western equestrian program, will offer a horseback riding program for beginners in June. Smith, a professional horseman for over 35 years, has trained and coached multiple world and national champions. The program for beginners, offered by the Hancock Park District and the University of Findlay, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 9; or from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the same days. Each session is for individuals at least 8 years old through adults, and will be held indoors at the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex owned by the university. Instruction will include basic horse care, education, safety, basic tacking up and riding (mounting, dismounting, walking, stopping, guiding, jogging, and loping), bathing the horse, cleaning the saddle, and an advanced riding demonstration of other riding styles. Participants must wear long pants and boots with heels, or sturdy shoes. Register, with payment, in person at the park district administrative office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 1. Cost is $125 per person. Participants will need a signed assumption of risk/liability release form, and/or a parental consent form, if applicable. The forms are available online at www.HancockParks.com. Checks should be payable to Mark Smith. The program will be held with a minimum of eight and a maximum of 24 participants. The university equestrian complex is at 11178 Marion Township 201, south of Findlay. Brookside Drive becomes the township road. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jun 7 @ 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.
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners 2:00 pm
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners @ James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Mark Smith, an instructor in the University of Findlay’s western equestrian program, will offer a horseback riding program for beginners in June. Smith, a professional horseman for over 35 years, has trained and coached multiple world and national champions. The program for beginners, offered by the Hancock Park District and the University of Findlay, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 9; or from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the same days. Each session is for individuals at least 8 years old through adults, and will be held indoors at the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex owned by the university. Instruction will include basic horse care, education, safety, basic tacking up and riding (mounting, dismounting, walking, stopping, guiding, jogging, and loping), bathing the horse, cleaning the saddle, and an advanced riding demonstration of other riding styles. Participants must wear long pants and boots with heels, or sturdy shoes. Register, with payment, in person at the park district administrative office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 1. Cost is $125 per person. Participants will need a signed assumption of risk/liability release form, and/or a parental consent form, if applicable. The forms are available online at www.HancockParks.com. Checks should be payable to Mark Smith. The program will be held with a minimum of eight and a maximum of 24 participants. The university equestrian complex is at 11178 Marion Township 201, south of Findlay. Brookside Drive becomes the township road. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
Tea and Quilts 2:00 pm
Tea and Quilts @ Fisher/Wall Art Gallery, Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm
Guests can enjoy tea and treats while learning about the “Declaration of Sentiments” exhibit, featuring handcrafted quilts depicting women’s struggle for equality, empowerment and justice throughout American history. Lisa Dodson, regional co-representative for Studio Art Quilt Associates Indiana, will discuss the journey from the birth of the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Her talk will highlight the climate of the Antebellum period and how the sacrifices of the men and women of that era influenced the exhibit’s artists.
Hancock County Farmers’ Market 4:00 pm
Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The 2018 Hancock County Farmers’ Market season runs from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10 through Oct. 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Visit bit.ly/HCFMvendors or call 419-422-5594 for more information.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Jun 7 @ 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.
Genealogy Research Program 7:00 pm
Genealogy Research Program @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A genealogy research program will be held from 7-8 p.m. June 7 in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. Justin Crawfis will present a program about using recently digitized Hancock County newspapers in researching family history.
Toys That Shoot and Targets Too 7:00 pm
Toys That Shoot and Targets Too @ Findlay Art League Gallery
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm
Dan Lerma, a Findlay Art League member and co-host of Flag City Toys That Shoot, is bringing his collection to The Findlay Art League Gallery. “Toys That Shoot and Targets Too,” opens at 7 p.m. Friday. The exhibit represents 35 years of collecting and contains weapon-type toys from over a dozen countries. Sling shots from the late 1800s to the present will be on display, along with many clever and unusual targets. The show is family-friendly, and hands-on activities will be available. The show will remain in the gallery through June 23. Gallery hours are 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call Lerma at 419-422-9121 for more details.
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Lima 4-Wheel Jamboree
Lima 4-Wheel Jamboree @ Allen County Fairgrounds
Jun 8 – Jun 10 all-day
Lima is gearing up for the 33rd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Spring 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals with three days of driving contests, displays, camping and more. The weekend is part of the Lucas Oil 4-Wheel Jamboree Series and runs Friday to Sunday, June 8 to 10, at the Allen County Fairgrounds, 2750 Harding Highway, Lima. The public can enter the event at 10 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. the following days. Friday’s events end at 10 p.m., Saturday’s events end at 11 p.m., and Sunday’s closing monster truck show commences at 3:30 p.m. Registration and tech inspection for event participants starts at 8 a.m. Friday to Sunday. Registration starts at noon Thursday, June 7, with tech inspection starting at 12:30 p.m. The 4-Wheel Jamboree is a series of family events geared toward the truck, Jeep and off-road enthusiast. It visits Lima; Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania; and Indianapolis, Indiana, drawing truck enthusiasts from across the country and Canada. The event turns its hosting fairgrounds into a 4×4 playground for the four-wheel drive hobbyist, whether the participant likes to drive it, race it or just show it off. The series is also family-friendly, including a kid zone, a performance marketplace, monster truck racing, monster truck rides and a chance for fans to test-drive remote-controlled off-road crawlers. Drivers will test their skills in obstacle courses, a mud pit, UTV races, burnout contests and more, and there will also be a Miss 4-Wheel Jamboree Bikini Contest on June 10. This year’s event expands the nighttime activities, opening camping to both participants and spectators while adding the Lima Tug Fest, a bring-your-own-beverage, truck vs. truck event running from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at participating O’Reilly Auto Parts stores, online at www.4wheeljamboree.com/buy-tickets-lima-4-wheel-jamboree or at the gate the day of the event. Admission is $20 per day for adults ($18 if purchased at O’Reilly), $10 per day for children ages 3 to 12, and free for younger kids with a paid adult. Parking is $5 and all sales are final. Reserved camping spots cost $130 with one vehicle or tent spot for a maximum of six people. All people camping will be required to have either have a participant wristband (two adults included with truck registration) or purchase a three-day event wristband if not a participant. Three day passes are discounted for campers and will be sold at check-in for $40. Early camping check-in begins June 7, from noon to 9 p.m., and check-in reopens from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 8. No further check-ins will be accepted after this time. Sites are limited and campers are encouraged to register in advance. Spectators cannot bring coolers or pets, and the event takes place rain or shine. Those wanting to register their four-wheel drive vehicles into the event can call 317-236-6515 or visit the website. Pre-registration costs $75 through Sunday, June 3. On-site registration costs $90 and begins Thursday, June 7, at noon. Some individual events carry additional registration fees as well as required membership in the National Mud Racing Organization. The Miss 4-Wheel Jamboree contest is open to participants ages 18 and over, with registration papers available to print out on the website. A complete schedule of events is available at www.4wheeljamboree.com/lima-4-wheel-jamboree-schedule-events For more information, call the Allen County Agricultural Society at 419-228-7141 or visit www.4wheeljamboree.com
Yesterday’s Treasures Garage Sale 9:00 am
Yesterday’s Treasures Garage Sale @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
OTTAWA — Trinity United Methodist Church, 137 N. Pratt St., Ottawa, will hold a “Yesterday’s Treasures” garage sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 7 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8. Bag day sales on selected items will begin at 1 p.m. June 8. There will be no early bird sales.
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners 9:30 am
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners @ James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex
Jun 8 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mark Smith, an instructor in the University of Findlay’s western equestrian program, will offer a horseback riding program for beginners in June. Smith, a professional horseman for over 35 years, has trained and coached multiple world and national champions. The program for beginners, offered by the Hancock Park District and the University of Findlay, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 9; or from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the same days. Each session is for individuals at least 8 years old through adults, and will be held indoors at the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex owned by the university. Instruction will include basic horse care, education, safety, basic tacking up and riding (mounting, dismounting, walking, stopping, guiding, jogging, and loping), bathing the horse, cleaning the saddle, and an advanced riding demonstration of other riding styles. Participants must wear long pants and boots with heels, or sturdy shoes. Register, with payment, in person at the park district administrative office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 1. Cost is $125 per person. Participants will need a signed assumption of risk/liability release form, and/or a parental consent form, if applicable. The forms are available online at www.HancockParks.com. Checks should be payable to Mark Smith. The program will be held with a minimum of eight and a maximum of 24 participants. The university equestrian complex is at 11178 Marion Township 201, south of Findlay. Brookside Drive becomes the township road. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners 2:00 pm
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners @ James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex
Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Mark Smith, an instructor in the University of Findlay’s western equestrian program, will offer a horseback riding program for beginners in June. Smith, a professional horseman for over 35 years, has trained and coached multiple world and national champions. The program for beginners, offered by the Hancock Park District and the University of Findlay, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 9; or from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the same days. Each session is for individuals at least 8 years old through adults, and will be held indoors at the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex owned by the university. Instruction will include basic horse care, education, safety, basic tacking up and riding (mounting, dismounting, walking, stopping, guiding, jogging, and loping), bathing the horse, cleaning the saddle, and an advanced riding demonstration of other riding styles. Participants must wear long pants and boots with heels, or sturdy shoes. Register, with payment, in person at the park district administrative office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 1. Cost is $125 per person. Participants will need a signed assumption of risk/liability release form, and/or a parental consent form, if applicable. The forms are available online at www.HancockParks.com. Checks should be payable to Mark Smith. The program will be held with a minimum of eight and a maximum of 24 participants. The university equestrian complex is at 11178 Marion Township 201, south of Findlay. Brookside Drive becomes the township road. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Jun 8 @ 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.
Independence House Classic Car Show 5:00 pm
Independence House Classic Car Show @ Independence House parking lot
Jun 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Independence House will host its annual classic car show from 5-7 p.m. Friday in the Independence House parking lot, 1000 Independence Road, Fostoria. The show is free. In the case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for June 15. Those wishing to bring their classic cars for display should call 419-435-8505.
Rally in the Alley 5:00 pm
Rally in the Alley
Jun 8 @ 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. Hipnotix 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,[...]
St. Wendelin Festival 6:00 pm
St. Wendelin Festival @ St. Wendelin Catholic School
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 12:00 am
The 45th annual St. Wendelin Festival will be held this weekend. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday at St. Wendelin Catholic School, 533 S. Countyline St., Fostoria. New this year will be 12-15 interactive inflatables replacing the traditional carnival rides typically provided by Durant Enterprises, Inc., which was unable to attend this year. Games of blackjack and poker will be available throughout the festival in the air-conditioned casino located in the cafeteria. Collector’s Corner also returns in the north gym. Items will be half off Saturday until 7 p.m., when fairgoers can purchase a bag to fill for $1. Musical entertainment will be provided in the big tent, located in the south parking lot. Brother Believe Me will kick off the event from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, while Electrik Circus will take the stage from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday. Other attractions will include a Sweet Tooth Booth in the north gym, kids’ games and a $10,000 grand prize drawing that will take place at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. For a complete list of information, visit www.stwendelin.org/sw-festival.
Hillbilly Sound 7:00 pm
Hillbilly Sound @ Ada War Memorial Park
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Hillbilly Sound truck/tractor pull will be coming to Ada War Memorial Park from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, June 8.
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24-Hour Outdoor Experience
24-Hour Outdoor Experience @ Riverbend Recreation Area
Jun 9 – Jun 10 all-day
A “24-Hour Outdoor Experience,” for 10-13 year old children will be held from 9 a.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday in the primitive campground at Riverbend Recreation Area. Hosted by the Hancock Park District, the program will include a variety of nature activities. The activities include a park-wide scavenger hunt, a hike to the Findlay reservoirs and a program about the state’s bats. There will also be knot-tying and building a makeshift shelter. The event includes tent camping, all meals and snacks. Participants should bring a pillow, sleeping bag, pajamas, an extra set of clothes and a water bottle. Registration is $24 per child and can be made online at www.HancockParks.com or at the park district office, 1424 E. Main Cross St., by 8 a.m. Friday. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Beat the Heat Yoga Retreat 9:00 am
Beat the Heat Yoga Retreat @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jun 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
A “Beat the Heat Yoga Retreat,” hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. June 9, 16 and 30 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Katy Mercer, a certified yoga instructor at Harmony Yoga, will lead the yoga series for beginners. Participants will focus on practicing poses that help cool down the body and mind, with a slow progression suitable for all ages. Participants must be at least 10 years old and children must register with a participating adult. Register, with $10 per person, by 4 p.m. the Friday before each class online at www.HancockParks.com under “Programs & Activities” or call the park district office at 419-425-7275. The program will be held with a minimum of four and a maximum of 20 participants.
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners 9:30 am
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners @ James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex
Jun 9 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Mark Smith, an instructor in the University of Findlay’s western equestrian program, will offer a horseback riding program for beginners in June. Smith, a professional horseman for over 35 years, has trained and coached multiple world and national champions. The program for beginners, offered by the Hancock Park District and the University of Findlay, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 9; or from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the same days. Each session is for individuals at least 8 years old through adults, and will be held indoors at the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex owned by the university. Instruction will include basic horse care, education, safety, basic tacking up and riding (mounting, dismounting, walking, stopping, guiding, jogging, and loping), bathing the horse, cleaning the saddle, and an advanced riding demonstration of other riding styles. Participants must wear long pants and boots with heels, or sturdy shoes. Register, with payment, in person at the park district administrative office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 1. Cost is $125 per person. Participants will need a signed assumption of risk/liability release form, and/or a parental consent form, if applicable. The forms are available online at www.HancockParks.com. Checks should be payable to Mark Smith. The program will be held with a minimum of eight and a maximum of 24 participants. The university equestrian complex is at 11178 Marion Township 201, south of Findlay. Brookside Drive becomes the township road. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
Ohio Northern University Community Health Carnival 10:00 am
Ohio Northern University Community Health Carnival @ Robertson-Evans Pharmacy Building
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Ohio Northern University HealthWise Pharmacy will host a community health carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The pharmacy is located in the Robertson-Evans Pharmacy Building at ONU, 511 W. Lincoln Ave., Ada. The event will allow individuals to learn about their health, play games and win prizes. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Information will be offered on health topics such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sun safety, drug abuse/addiction, immunizations, and plans to quit smoking. Medication reviews will be offered. The ONU HealthWise Pharmacy can be contacted at 419-772-3784 or hwpharmacy@onu.edu.
Painted Clover’s Vintage Market 11:00 am
Painted Clover’s Vintage Market @ Wood County Fairgrounds
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Painted Clover’s Vintage Market showcases more than 100 local small businesses, food trucks, live entertainment, furniture, jewelry, clothing and more.
Tea and Doll Show 12:30 pm
Tea and Doll Show @ Tiffin Historic Trust Grammes-Brown House
Jun 9 @ 12:30 pm
Grandmothers, mothers and children are invited to bring their favorite doll to Tiffin for tea and treats. Myrna Riedel, an expert on American and international dolls, will discuss the history of the guests’ dolls. Self-guided tours of the Grammes-Brown House are included with the admission donation, with a tour of the next-door doll museum available for $6. Tea seating is limited with reservations required.
Swiss Homestead Open House 1:00 pm
Swiss Homestead Open House @ Swiss Homestead
Jun 9 @ 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.
Instant Matchpoint Bridge Game 1:30 pm
Instant Matchpoint Bridge Game @ Findlay Family YMCA
Jun 9 @ 1:30 pm
An instant matchpoint bridge game will be held at the Findlay Family YMCA’s downtown location on July 9. Sign-in is required by 1:15 p.m., and the game will begin at 1:30. There is a $5 fee to play, and snacks and drinks will be provided. Gold, red and black points will be awarded. Players from all over North America will be competing against each other. Over 17,000 players participated during last year’s game. Call Bob Smith at 419-434-0209 for more information.
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners 2:00 pm
Horseback Riding Program for Beginners @ James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Mark Smith, an instructor in the University of Findlay’s western equestrian program, will offer a horseback riding program for beginners in June. Smith, a professional horseman for over 35 years, has trained and coached multiple world and national champions. The program for beginners, offered by the Hancock Park District and the University of Findlay, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 9; or from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the same days. Each session is for individuals at least 8 years old through adults, and will be held indoors at the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex owned by the university. Instruction will include basic horse care, education, safety, basic tacking up and riding (mounting, dismounting, walking, stopping, guiding, jogging, and loping), bathing the horse, cleaning the saddle, and an advanced riding demonstration of other riding styles. Participants must wear long pants and boots with heels, or sturdy shoes. Register, with payment, in person at the park district administrative office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 1. Cost is $125 per person. Participants will need a signed assumption of risk/liability release form, and/or a parental consent form, if applicable. The forms are available online at www.HancockParks.com. Checks should be payable to Mark Smith. The program will be held with a minimum of eight and a maximum of 24 participants. The university equestrian complex is at 11178 Marion Township 201, south of Findlay. Brookside Drive becomes the township road. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
St. Wendelin Festival 6:00 pm
St. Wendelin Festival @ St. Wendelin Catholic School
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 12:00 am
The 45th annual St. Wendelin Festival will be held this weekend. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday at St. Wendelin Catholic School, 533 S. Countyline St., Fostoria. New this year will be 12-15 interactive inflatables replacing the traditional carnival rides typically provided by Durant Enterprises, Inc., which was unable to attend this year. Games of blackjack and poker will be available throughout the festival in the air-conditioned casino located in the cafeteria. Collector’s Corner also returns in the north gym. Items will be half off Saturday until 7 p.m., when fairgoers can purchase a bag to fill for $1. Musical entertainment will be provided in the big tent, located in the south parking lot. Brother Believe Me will kick off the event from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, while Electrik Circus will take the stage from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday. Other attractions will include a Sweet Tooth Booth in the north gym, kids’ games and a $10,000 grand prize drawing that will take place at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. For a complete list of information, visit www.stwendelin.org/sw-festival.
An Evening of A Cappella! 7:00 pm
An Evening of A Cappella! @ First Presbyterian Church
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm
The Voices of Harmony Barbershop Chorus will host “An Evening of A Cappella!” featuring Roses in Blue and Tune Squad, a pair of Bowling Green State University-affiliated quartets. The groups will perform a mixture of religious and secular music, with an emphasis on four-part barbershop harmony.
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Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic 8:00 am
Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic @ Findlay Country Club
Jun 11 @ 8:00 am
The 29th annual Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic will be held June 11 at the Findlay Country Club. Michael Reid, Pat McGowan and Findlay native Julie Cole will be guest professionals for the event. The day will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and breakfast, followed by a professionals’ clinic on the range. The golf tournament will begin at 10 a.m. Spectators may purchase an all-day pass for $10 to watch the tournament and have lunch. The event has raised over $2.7 million for local nonprofit organizations. Beneficiaries this year include Bridge Hospice, the Blanchard Valley Health System Center for Simulation and Clinical Education Excellence and the Julie Cole Golf Fund for junior golfers benefiting First Tour programming in Hancock County.
Summer Ice Skating Camp 8:00 am
Summer Ice Skating Camp @ The Cube
Jun 11 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department is offering a summer ice skating camp at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., June 11-14. The camp is designed for ages 5 and older and for beginners through advanced, including figure and hockey skaters. Advanced skaters attend from 8-10:30 a.m., while beginner skaters attend 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The theme for the camp is “Trolls,” and all campers will skate in a free “Trolls”-themed ice show at 12:30 p.m. June 14. A public skate session will immediately follow from 1-2:50 p.m. The public skate cost is $5, with a $3 skate rental fee. The registration cost is $100. Register by Friday to receive a free T-shirt by calling 419-424-7176.
First Presbyterian Church Music and Arts Camp 9:00 am
First Presbyterian Church Music and Arts Camp @ First Presbyterian Church
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church will host the second annual “Music and Arts Camp” for children ages 3 through fifth grade from June 11-15. Children in kindergarten and younger will attend from 9-11:30 a.m.; grades K-5 will attend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The final celebration of the camp will be held at 11 a.m. June 15. Cost for the camp is $25, with scholarships available. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Visit www.findlayfpc.org to register, or contact Brent Neuenschwander at brent@findlayfpc.org for more details.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jun 11 @ 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.
Grand Love 4:30 pm
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Jun 11 @ 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.
Beginning Watercolor Painting Class 6:00 pm
Beginning Watercolor Painting Class @ Putnam County District Library -- Continental branch
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A beginning watercolor painting class with Jeanne Beutler will be held from 6-8 p.m. June 11 at the Putnam County District Library’s Continental branch. Participants will paint a view of water and seagrass. A $10 fee includes all supplies. Register by June 4 at 419-596-3727.
Carey Blue Devils Marching Band 6:00 pm
Carey Blue Devils Marching Band @ Dorcas Carey Public Library
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm
The Carey Blue Devils Marching Band will perform at 6 p.m. June 11 at the Dorcas Carey Public Library. Attendees should bring a lawn chair. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the library’s meeting room.
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Summer Ice Skating Camp 8:00 am
Summer Ice Skating Camp @ The Cube
Jun 12 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department is offering a summer ice skating camp at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., June 11-14. The camp is designed for ages 5 and older and for beginners through advanced, including figure and hockey skaters. Advanced skaters attend from 8-10:30 a.m., while beginner skaters attend 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The theme for the camp is “Trolls,” and all campers will skate in a free “Trolls”-themed ice show at 12:30 p.m. June 14. A public skate session will immediately follow from 1-2:50 p.m. The public skate cost is $5, with a $3 skate rental fee. The registration cost is $100. Register by Friday to receive a free T-shirt by calling 419-424-7176.
First Presbyterian Church Music and Arts Camp 9:00 am
First Presbyterian Church Music and Arts Camp @ First Presbyterian Church
Jun 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church will host the second annual “Music and Arts Camp” for children ages 3 through fifth grade from June 11-15. Children in kindergarten and younger will attend from 9-11:30 a.m.; grades K-5 will attend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The final celebration of the camp will be held at 11 a.m. June 15. Cost for the camp is $25, with scholarships available. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Visit www.findlayfpc.org to register, or contact Brent Neuenschwander at brent@findlayfpc.org for more details.
The Healing Power of Nature 6:00 pm
The Healing Power of Nature @ Bluffton Public Library
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm
Naturalist Beth Theisen of Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Parks will present “The Healing Power of Nature” at 6 p.m. June 12 at the Bluffton Public Library. The program is intended for adults, and registration is required by Thursday. At 6 p.m. July 17, Theisen will present “Backyard Habitats with Johnny Appleseed” at the library.
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“Taste of Detroit” Tour 7:00 am
“Taste of Detroit” Tour @ Hancock Historical Museum
Jun 13 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum is sponsoring a historic “Taste of Detroit” tour on Wednesday, June 13. Participants will learn more about the historical development of Detroit, how the influences of several immigrant populations have shaped its culinary and restaurant landscape, tour prominent architectural landmarks and sample cuisine around the city. The tour will depart at 7 a.m. from the museum, 422 W. Sandusky St. Upon arrival in Detroit, participants will take a walking brunch tour of the Eastern Market, one of the oldest and largest year-round markets in the country, visiting some of the market’s specialty stores and learning about its history. Samples will include cheese pairings at the family-owned DeVries, pizza at Supino Pizzeria, and Greek specialties at Gabriel Import Co. Guests will also view many of the market’s famous murals and see the Motown Room at Bert’s Entertainment Complex, which also features a marketplace and jazz club. Next, guests will take a driving tour of historic Brush Park, Capitol Park, Woodward Avenue, and the International RiverWalk, as well as an extensive guided tour of the Guardian Building. Known as “Detroit’s Cathedral of Finance,” the 1929 Guardian Building is a National Historic Landmark and one of the world’s pre-eminent examples of the Art Deco style. The lobby beckons visitors with a three-story vaulted ceiling covered in Rookwood and Pewabic tiles. The tour continues in Mexicantown and Southwest Detroit, with a stop at the family-owned Honey Bee Market to sample homemade guacamole, salsa and tamales. There will also be a guided tour of the historic Ste. Anne de Detroit Church, built in 1886. The parish is the second oldest continuously operating Roman Catholic parish in the United States, founded in 1701. Next up is a driving tour of Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, which was settled by Irish immigrants in the 1830s. Corktown is home to many well-preserved Victorian homes and commercial buildings. In recent years, Corktown has seen a resurgence of investment by a young, creative class. Guests will take part in a guided tour of the Fisher Building, designed by Albert Kahn and built in 1928. According to the National Park Service, the building displays the finest craftsmanship of any Art Deco building constructed in the United States during the 1920s. While at the Fisher Building, guests will sample baked goods from Stella Café and City Bakery. The day concludes with a sit-down dinner at Traffic Jam and Snug, a Detroit icon and Michigan’s first brew pub. Space on the tour is limited and advance reservations are required. The cost of the day trip is $145 for members of the museum, $160 for non-members, and the price covers charter bus travel, guided tours of the destinations above with local tour guides, all samples and tastings, and dinner. All reservations and payment must be received by June 1. For more information or to make a reservation, call the museum at 419-423-4433 or visit www.hancockhistoricalmuseum.org.
Summer Ice Skating Camp 8:00 am
Summer Ice Skating Camp @ The Cube
Jun 13 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department is offering a summer ice skating camp at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., June 11-14. The camp is designed for ages 5 and older and for beginners through advanced, including figure and hockey skaters. Advanced skaters attend from 8-10:30 a.m., while beginner skaters attend 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The theme for the camp is “Trolls,” and all campers will skate in a free “Trolls”-themed ice show at 12:30 p.m. June 14. A public skate session will immediately follow from 1-2:50 p.m. The public skate cost is $5, with a $3 skate rental fee. The registration cost is $100. Register by Friday to receive a free T-shirt by calling 419-424-7176.
First Presbyterian Church Music and Arts Camp 9:00 am
First Presbyterian Church Music and Arts Camp @ First Presbyterian Church
Jun 13 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church will host the second annual “Music and Arts Camp” for children ages 3 through fifth grade from June 11-15. Children in kindergarten and younger will attend from 9-11:30 a.m.; grades K-5 will attend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The final celebration of the camp will be held at 11 a.m. June 15. Cost for the camp is $25, with scholarships available. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Visit www.findlayfpc.org to register, or contact Brent Neuenschwander at brent@findlayfpc.org for more details.
Visit From The Toledo Zoo 10:30 am
Visit From The Toledo Zoo @ Dorcas Carey Public Library
Jun 13 @ 10:30 am
Three live mammals from the Toledo Zoo will be visiting the Dorcas Carey Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The program will include hands-on exploration of preserved animal pieces.
CRAFT Training 5:30 pm
CRAFT Training @ Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Jun 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Those worried about a loved one’s substance use can learn some possible solutions during an upcoming class offered by the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services focused on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) model. The free class will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesdays, May 9 through June 13, at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery, build a healthier relationship and improve their personal quality of life. The class is structured around the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober” and will be facilitated by community members who were trained by the author, Dr. Robert J. Meyers. Participants are encouraged to buy the book, but copies can be borrowed during the class. Call the Hancock County ADAMHS Board at 419-424-1985 to register.
Social Security Workshop 5:30 pm
Social Security Workshop @ First National Bank
Jun 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
A free Social Security workshop to help people tell where they stand for retirement and provide strategies for maximizing benefits will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 13 at First National Bank, 1630 Tiffin Ave. A representative of Franklin Templeton Investments will provide general information about Social Security and discuss the issues the program faces now and in the future, as well as outline some strategies for maximizing benefits. Included in the presentation is information about the new Social Security optimizer tool. The tool will take your retirement information and provide details about where you currently stand for retirement and how you can achieve more. Workshop attendees are being asked to bring retirement information with them to the workshop, where an appointment can be made for a later date to discuss the optimizer tool. The required information can be found on the First National Bank website at www.e-fnb.com. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Those interested in attending should RSVP by calling 419-384-3221, by visiting any First National Bank branch, or by visiting www.e-FNB.com. RSVPs are requested by June 11.
OSU Alumni Club of Hancock County Annual Meeting 6:00 pm
OSU Alumni Club of Hancock County Annual Meeting @ Findlay Inn & Conference Center
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm
Susan Wagner, adjunct faculty at The Ohio State University, will speak on her pioneering work that acknowledges the spiritual interaction between humans and amimals during the OSU Alumni Club of Hancock County’s annual meeting June 13 at the Findlay Inn & Conference Center. Social time with cash bar and appetizers begins at 6 p.m., followed by a pasta dinner bar, desserts and drinks at 6:30. Wagner’s presentation begins at 7:15, with a short business meeting to follow. RSVP by Friday with name and number attending at 419-859-3337. Cost is $20 for members or $25 for nonmembers.
Composting Panel Discussion 7:00 pm
Composting Panel Discussion @ Third floor of Bluffton Town Hall
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm
A free panel discussion about composting hosted by Transition Bluffton will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the third floor Bluffton Town Hall meeting room, 154 N. Main St. The program is designed for both inexperienced and experienced composters and will consist of a short presentation and sharing by participants about what has worked well for them. Ideas for creating community-wide opportunities to compost will be discussed, in addition to single-home composting.
Riverside Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm
Riverside Summer Concert Series @ Riverside Park
Jun 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The 67th annual Riverside Summer Concert Series, hosted by Hancock Park District, will begin Wednesday, June 6, with Night Jazz at the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Band Shell in Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave. Each performance runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Bench seating is provided at the band shell, or visitors may bring a lawn chair or blanket. If there is inclement weather, listen to WFIN radio for cancellations or alternate performance venues. Cooperation in producing the concert series is provided by the City of Findlay Parks and Recreation Department, Hancock Parks Foundation, and the Hancock Park District. Sound engineering is provided by the House of Hindenach. WFIN radio personalities will be the masters of ceremonies. For more information, visit www.HancockParks.com under the “Park News” section or call the park district office at 419-425-7275. Night Jazz June 6 A big-band-style jazz group comprising members from Findlay and the surrounding area, Night Jazz plays tunes made famous by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. Founded in 1995, the group incorporates trumpets, saxophones, trombones, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums and singing into its musical mixture. Fostoria Community Band June 13 The 2018 Fostoria Community Band’s summer tour is titled “Celestial Wonders: Music from Beyond the Cosmos.” Selections include “Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst; “Sundance” by Frank Ticheli; “Star Trek Through the Years,” “Superman” and more. Founded in 1995, the band has 55 musicians from Fostoria and the surrounding area. Nashville Crush June 20 Featuring several Ohio musicians, Nashville Crush’s high-energy, award-winning stage show presents a balance of country and rock music with its combination of guitars, fiddle and banjo. Tapestry June 27 This duo of seasoned northwest Ohio musicians features Denise Grupp-Verbon on lever and pedal harp and Michael Grupp-Verbon on acoustic guitar. Buddy Love and the Coconuts July 4 With band members averaging 30 years of experience, Buddy Love and the Coconuts’ goal is to get the crowd moving and grooving to classic rock tunes from the 1960s and today’s top 40. The band has also been known to offer softer, slower acoustic sets and numbers. Findlay Civic Band July 11 and 18 Under the direction of Jack Taylor, a University of Findlay professor of music, the Findlay Civic Band mixes school musicians, professional people, retirees, seasoned musicians and novices into a presentation of light and pop forms of music, including patriotic, Hollywood and Broadway themes. Pantasia July 25 Findlay High School’s Pantasia Steel Drum Band performs music for all occasions on the steel drum. Since its spring 1997 inception, Pantasia has garnered a reputation as an educational and entertaining instrumental music ensemble, performing numerous shows throughout Ohio, nationally and internationally. The Fossil Creek Band Aug. 1 The Fossil Creek Band grew out of the farmlands of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan in the spring of 2006. Now a bluegrass/Americana band, its members boast backgrounds in folk, country, rock, gospel and barbershop music. Civic Jazz Aug. 8 Playing for more than 50 years, the Civic Jazz Band collects local talent from high school to retirement ages to play music of all genres. The band meets for only two months a summer to perform at the band shell in Riverside Park. Ball in the House Aug. 15 This five-member a cappella group follows the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6 while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams. Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus Aug. 22 The Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus has provided the region with G-rated entertainment and harmonizing since 1962. Their repertoire includes barbershop standards, modern harmonies, comic numbers, and many gospel melodies. Ted Yoder Aug. 29 Ted Yoder brings a pop symphonic approach to the hammered dulcimer, a stringed musical instrument played by striking the instrument’s strings with small mallet hammers, utilizing skills from guitarists, percussionists and pianists. Yoder’s approach to the instrument weaves stately solo pieces of modern favorite tunes with unique arrangements, powerful dynamics, and beautiful melodic interlacement. His fame rose after his dulcimer rendition of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” went viral from Facebook Live.
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Summer Ice Skating Camp 8:00 am
Summer Ice Skating Camp @ The Cube
Jun 14 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department is offering a summer ice skating camp at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., June 11-14. The camp is designed for ages 5 and older and for beginners through advanced, including figure and hockey skaters. Advanced skaters attend from 8-10:30 a.m., while beginner skaters attend 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The theme for the camp is “Trolls,” and all campers will skate in a free “Trolls”-themed ice show at 12:30 p.m. June 14. A public skate session will immediately follow from 1-2:50 p.m. The public skate cost is $5, with a $3 skate rental fee. The registration cost is $100. Register by Friday to receive a free T-shirt by calling 419-424-7176.
First Presbyterian Church Music and Arts Camp 9:00 am
First Presbyterian Church Music and Arts Camp @ First Presbyterian Church
Jun 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church will host the second annual “Music and Arts Camp” for children ages 3 through fifth grade from June 11-15. Children in kindergarten and younger will attend from 9-11:30 a.m.; grades K-5 will attend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The final celebration of the camp will be held at 11 a.m. June 15. Cost for the camp is $25, with scholarships available. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Visit www.findlayfpc.org to register, or contact Brent Neuenschwander at brent@findlayfpc.org for more details.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jun 14 @ 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.
Hancock County Farmers’ Market 4:00 pm
Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The 2018 Hancock County Farmers’ Market season runs from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10 through Oct. 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Visit bit.ly/HCFMvendors or call 419-422-5594 for more information.
Apt. 3 4:30 pm
Apt. 3 @ Mazza Museum
Jun 14 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum is introducing “Apt. 3,” a young professionals group that the museum will host at after-work receptions and networking events. The first gathering is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the museum, 201 College St. Individuals who bring a donation for the museum’s art room will be admitted free. Ink stamps, Crayola watercolor sets and washable markers, Scotch tape and glue sticks are some of the preferred donations. Subsequent events and receptions will be held about every three months, and will coincide with gallery rotations, according to Kerry Teeple, museum deputy director. Other scheduled receptions will be Dec. 28, March 13 and June 14. Apt. 3 members will be exposed to cultural, literary and artistic experiences, and can enjoy additional social interaction while also supporting the Mazza Museum. Drinks from local brewers and vintners, snacks and a short keynote presentation will be included with each event. Museum organizers hope Apt. 3 will serve as an additional, complementary option for members of Findlay Young Professionals and others between the ages of 18 and 40 who are seeking after-work cultural enrichment. The Apt. 3 name is derived from one of the four original pieces of art that the museum collected. Created by Ezra Jack Keats, the “Apt. 3” illustration was purchased in 1982. The Mazza Museum bills itself as “the most diverse collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world.” The museum’s goal is to promote literacy and enrich lives through the art of picture books.
The Health Benefits of Strawberries 4:30 pm
The Health Benefits of Strawberries @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Jun 14 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Chef Tara, owner of Eleat Culinary Services, will teach participants about the health benefits of strawberries during a free program from 4:30-5:30 p.m. June 14 in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. Attendees will taste locally produced strawberries and both sweet and savory dishes prepared with berries. Registration is required by visiting www.findlaylibrary.org or by calling 419-422-1712, ext. 245.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Jun 14 @ 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.
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Bluffton Festival of Wheels
Bluffton Festival of Wheels @ Downtown Bluffton
Jun 15 all-day
This year’s Festival of Wheels is Friday, June 15, in downtown Bluffton. Bluffton Lions Club sponsors the annual event.
First Presbyterian Church Music and Arts Camp 9:00 am
First Presbyterian Church Music and Arts Camp @ First Presbyterian Church
Jun 15 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church will host the second annual “Music and Arts Camp” for children ages 3 through fifth grade from June 11-15. Children in kindergarten and younger will attend from 9-11:30 a.m.; grades K-5 will attend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The final celebration of the camp will be held at 11 a.m. June 15. Cost for the camp is $25, with scholarships available. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Visit www.findlayfpc.org to register, or contact Brent Neuenschwander at brent@findlayfpc.org for more details.
Read for L.I.F.E. Tutor Training Class 9:45 am
Read for L.I.F.E. Tutor Training Class @ Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Jun 15 @ 9:45 am – 3:30 pm
Read for L.I.F.E. will offer a tutor training class from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. Potential volunteers must be at least 18 years old and are asked to commit to one year or more of teaching reading, writing, English, life skills or subject areas of the GED including math, social studies and science. No professional training or education is required. Register by emailing readforlife@findlaylibrary.org.
Forest-Jackson Public Library Movie Matinee 1:00 pm
Forest-Jackson Public Library Movie Matinee @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm
The Forest-Jackson Public Library will host a movie matinee at 1 p.m. Friday. The film “I Can Only Imagine” will be shown. A freewill donation includes popcorn and a drink.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Jun 15 @ 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.
Rally in the Alley 5:00 pm
Rally in the Alley
Jun 15 @ 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. Hipnotix 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,[...]
Findlay Family YMCA Glow Run 9:00 pm
Findlay Family YMCA Glow Run @ Downtown Findlay
Jun 15 @ 9:00 pm
 
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Beat the Heat Yoga Retreat 9:00 am
Beat the Heat Yoga Retreat @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
A “Beat the Heat Yoga Retreat,” hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. June 9, 16 and 30 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Katy Mercer, a certified yoga instructor at Harmony Yoga, will lead the yoga series for beginners. Participants will focus on practicing poses that help cool down the body and mind, with a slow progression suitable for all ages. Participants must be at least 10 years old and children must register with a participating adult. Register, with $10 per person, by 4 p.m. the Friday before each class online at www.HancockParks.com under “Programs & Activities” or call the park district office at 419-425-7275. The program will be held with a minimum of four and a maximum of 20 participants.
Classic Memories Car and Truck Show 9:00 am
Classic Memories Car and Truck Show @ Owens Community College
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Flag City Classics car club’s 13th annual Classic Memories car and truck show will include food, music, dash plaques and a 50/50 raffle. It’s open to all makes, models and years of cars or trucks, with sponsor trophies and other awards chosen by participant voting. The club is looking for additional sponsors to help with the cost of this show, and all proceeds go to local charitable causes.
NWORRP Family Fun Day 10:00 am
NWORRP Family Fun Day @ Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation’s family fun day includes train and pony rides, jump houses, a large inflatable slide, a dartboard, face painting, and miniature train layouts on display. Food and drinks will be available. On June 17, Father’s Day, dads can get free train rides while normal admission applies for other adults and children at $2 and $1.
Swiss Homestead Open House 1:00 pm
Swiss Homestead Open House @ Swiss Homestead
Jun 16 @ 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.
Junior AMVETS Carnival Fundraiser 4:00 pm
Junior AMVETS Carnival Fundraiser @ AMVETS Post 21
Jun 16 @ 4:00 pm
The Junior AMVETS of AMVETS post 21 will host a carnival fundraiser beginning at 4 p.m. today at the post home at 423 Trenton Ave. The festivities will begin with carnival-type games outside including a dunk tank, Plinko, balloon darts, pie-in-the-face and more. There will be prizes available at each game. There will also be a photo booth with props where patrons will get an instant Polaroid picture. There will be raffle items available throughout the event, as well as a silent auction. Hot dogs/bratwurst and side dishes will also be served for dinner. Evening entertainment in the canteen will be provided by Joe Lowery of Time Warp Mobile DJ. Meanwhile, the kids will be in a separate room participating in a dance contest. Proceeds from this carnival fundraiser will be donated to Save the 22, which provides 24-hour counseling services in an effort to prevent the suicide of an average of 22 veterans per day who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Backyard Habitats with Johnny Appleseed 6:00 pm
Backyard Habitats with Johnny Appleseed @ Bluffton Public Library
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm
Naturalist Beth Theisen of Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Parks will present “The Healing Power of Nature” at 6 p.m. June 12 at the Bluffton Public Library. The program is intended for adults, and registration is required by Thursday. At 6 p.m. July 17, Theisen will present “Backyard Habitats with Johnny Appleseed” at the library.
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Meet the Instruments 10:30 am
Meet the Instruments @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Jun 18 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
As part of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library’s 2018 summer reading program, Kim Brickner will present Meet the Instruments, an interactive introduction to a wide variety of musical instruments, for ages 4-8. The program will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 18 in the Lindamood Room. The theme of SummerRead, which runs through July 28, is “Libraries Rock!”
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jun 18 @ 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.
Nerf Challenge 2:00 pm
Nerf Challenge @ Bluffton Public Library
Jun 18 @ 2:00 pm
A Nerf challenge will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Bluffton Public Library. There will be target practice, obstacle building and a super Nerf challenge for youth in grades 2-5. All participants must provide their own Nerf equipment, and darts should be initialed. Registration is required.
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group 3:30 pm
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jun 18 @ 3:30 pm
A support group for caregivers of spouses or family members with Alzheimer’s disease is scheduled the third Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. The group meets in the library at the Home, located at 410 W. Elm Street. Group facilitators are Tricia Herrmann, RN, and Janet Schroeder, LSW. The focus of the group is to allow each member to discuss his/her issues involved in caring for their loved one with Alzheimer’s. Speakers can be brought in to address specific topics at the request of the group. For more information, contact Herrmann at 419-358-1015, ext. 221, or therrmann@mhcoliving.org.
Grand Love 4:30 pm
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Jun 18 @ 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.
Junior Garden Club 6:00 pm
Junior Garden Club @ AgCredit office
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm
The Findlay Garden Club is organizing its first Junior Garden Club, with an introductory meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the AgCredit office on County Road 140. The club is open to experienced and inexperienced gardeners ages 8-18 who are interested in vegetable or herb gardens, roses, fairy gardens, containers or hanging baskets and pollinator gardens. Call Linda Finsel at 419-424-3213 or email Betsy DeFrancesco at findlaygardenclub@gmail.com for more information.
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Adventure Day Camp 9:00 am
Adventure Day Camp @ Aeraland Recreation Area
Jun 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
An adventure day camp about nature, hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Aeraland Recreation Area, 1141 Washington Township 243, west of Fostoria. The camp is for 6- to 12-year-olds. The program includes making journals, sketching scenes of trees and early summer wildflowers, and taking a leisurely hike to Goose Lake. Snacks will be provided, but participants should bring a sack lunch and a reusable water bottle. Register, with $15 per participant, by 8 a.m. Monday, online at www.HancockParks.com or in person at the park district administrative offices, 1424 E. Main Cross St. The program will be held with a minimum of four and a maximum of 20 participants. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
Slimetime at Gormley Park 10:30 am
Slimetime at Gormley Park @ Gormley Park
Jun 19 @ 10:30 am
The Forest-Jackson Public Library will host “Slimetime” at Gormley Park at 10:30 a.m. today as part of the Summer Reading Program. Participants, ages preschool and older, should wear old clothes and shoes as they may have a bucket of slime dumped on them. A free community lunch will follow at 11:30. In the event of rain, the program will be postponed until 10:30 a.m. July 10.
Old Mill Stream Centre Open House 5:00 pm
Old Mill Stream Centre Open House @ Hancock County Fairgrounds
Jun 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
An open house for the newly-built $1.4 million Old Mill Stream Centre at the Hancock County Fairgrounds will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The 15,000-square-foot building hosted its first event, a wedding reception, on June 9, and has been booked for more events in the coming months, said Dave Thomas, operations and facilities manager for the Hancock County Agricultural Society. The building, designed for shows and seminars as well as receptions, is located south of the Sandusky Street parking lot, east of the driveway entrance from Sandusky Street. It has heating, air conditioning and a catering kitchen. The kitchen has no ovens, only coolers and countertops, he said.
The Brightest Stars in the Sky 7:00 pm
The Brightest Stars in the Sky @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm
A program about the brightest stars in the sky, hosted by Hancock Park District, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the inflatable planetarium, which will be set up in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Participants must sit on the floor, but individuals can ask about accommodations. The free, family program requires registration because of limited space. Registration must be made by 4 p.m. Tuesday at www.HancockParks.com under “Programs & Activities,” or by calling the park district’s administrative office at 419-425-7275. For more information, call the park district office.
Transition Bluffton Group Bike Ride 7:00 pm
Transition Bluffton Group Bike Ride @ Buckeye Park
Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm
Transition Bluffton is presenting a group bike ride at 7 p.m. Tuesday to help people learn about the bike path network in the village. Gather at Buckeye Park, near the shuffleboard courts. The ride will be at an easy pace, suitable for the whole family, and will be guided by experienced cyclists. Participants will be divided into small groups depending on the distance they wish to travel. Visit TransitionBluffton.org or contact the organizers at transitionbluffton@gmail.com to learn more about the group or the event.
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Findlay Exchange Club 12:00 pm
Findlay Exchange Club @ Rosewood Room
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Findlay Exchange Club meets from noon to 1 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Rosewood Room; call 419-427-8425.
Bluffton Public Library “Drive-In Movie” 1:00 pm
Bluffton Public Library “Drive-In Movie” @ Bluffton Public Library
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm
The Bluffton Public Library’s “drive-in movie” will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Participants are invited to create their own cardboard box car at home to park at the movie. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required.
Life’s A Garden: “Herbal First Aid” 1:00 pm
Life’s A Garden: “Herbal First Aid” @ 50 North
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm
The final program in 50 North’s “Life’s a Garden” series will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday with the topic “Herbal First Aid.” Herbalist Sarah Williams, owner of Willow Moon Botanicals, will discuss how to stock an herbal first aid kit: what to put in it, where to get (or how to make) the components, and when and how to use them for everything from scraped knees to stomach bugs. Participants will also learn about widely available herbs that can simply be gathered and used on the fly. Registration and a $5 fee are due today. Call 50 North at 419-423-8496.
Teen Music Trivia Contest 3:00 pm
Teen Music Trivia Contest @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
Jun 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
A teen music trivia contest will be held from 3-5 p.m. June 20 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. The event is open to youth in grades six through 12.
Canning Basics 5:30 pm
Canning Basics @ Ohio State University Extension of Hancock County
Jun 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Two food preservation classes will be held this year. “Canning Basics” will be held June 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and “Freezing Fruits and Vegetables” will be held June 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both classes will be held at Ohio State University Extension of Hancock County, 7868 Hancock County 140, Suite B, Findlay. Classes are free, but participants are asked to register in advance by emailing meents.1@osu.edu or calling 419-422-3851. Canner gauge testing will be available before classes from approximately 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
Riverside Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm
Riverside Summer Concert Series @ Riverside Park
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The 67th annual Riverside Summer Concert Series, hosted by Hancock Park District, will begin Wednesday, June 6, with Night Jazz at the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Band Shell in Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave. Each performance runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Bench seating is provided at the band shell, or visitors may bring a lawn chair or blanket. If there is inclement weather, listen to WFIN radio for cancellations or alternate performance venues. Cooperation in producing the concert series is provided by the City of Findlay Parks and Recreation Department, Hancock Parks Foundation, and the Hancock Park District. Sound engineering is provided by the House of Hindenach. WFIN radio personalities will be the masters of ceremonies. For more information, visit www.HancockParks.com under the “Park News” section or call the park district office at 419-425-7275. Night Jazz June 6 A big-band-style jazz group comprising members from Findlay and the surrounding area, Night Jazz plays tunes made famous by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. Founded in 1995, the group incorporates trumpets, saxophones, trombones, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums and singing into its musical mixture. Fostoria Community Band June 13 The 2018 Fostoria Community Band’s summer tour is titled “Celestial Wonders: Music from Beyond the Cosmos.” Selections include “Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst; “Sundance” by Frank Ticheli; “Star Trek Through the Years,” “Superman” and more. Founded in 1995, the band has 55 musicians from Fostoria and the surrounding area. Nashville Crush June 20 Featuring several Ohio musicians, Nashville Crush’s high-energy, award-winning stage show presents a balance of country and rock music with its combination of guitars, fiddle and banjo. Tapestry June 27 This duo of seasoned northwest Ohio musicians features Denise Grupp-Verbon on lever and pedal harp and Michael Grupp-Verbon on acoustic guitar. Buddy Love and the Coconuts July 4 With band members averaging 30 years of experience, Buddy Love and the Coconuts’ goal is to get the crowd moving and grooving to classic rock tunes from the 1960s and today’s top 40. The band has also been known to offer softer, slower acoustic sets and numbers. Findlay Civic Band July 11 and 18 Under the direction of Jack Taylor, a University of Findlay professor of music, the Findlay Civic Band mixes school musicians, professional people, retirees, seasoned musicians and novices into a presentation of light and pop forms of music, including patriotic, Hollywood and Broadway themes. Pantasia July 25 Findlay High School’s Pantasia Steel Drum Band performs music for all occasions on the steel drum. Since its spring 1997 inception, Pantasia has garnered a reputation as an educational and entertaining instrumental music ensemble, performing numerous shows throughout Ohio, nationally and internationally. The Fossil Creek Band Aug. 1 The Fossil Creek Band grew out of the farmlands of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan in the spring of 2006. Now a bluegrass/Americana band, its members boast backgrounds in folk, country, rock, gospel and barbershop music. Civic Jazz Aug. 8 Playing for more than 50 years, the Civic Jazz Band collects local talent from high school to retirement ages to play music of all genres. The band meets for only two months a summer to perform at the band shell in Riverside Park. Ball in the House Aug. 15 This five-member a cappella group follows the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6 while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams. Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus Aug. 22 The Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus has provided the region with G-rated entertainment and harmonizing since 1962. Their repertoire includes barbershop standards, modern harmonies, comic numbers, and many gospel melodies. Ted Yoder Aug. 29 Ted Yoder brings a pop symphonic approach to the hammered dulcimer, a stringed musical instrument played by striking the instrument’s strings with small mallet hammers, utilizing skills from guitarists, percussionists and pianists. Yoder’s approach to the instrument weaves stately solo pieces of modern favorite tunes with unique arrangements, powerful dynamics, and beautiful melodic interlacement. His fame rose after his dulcimer rendition of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” went viral from Facebook Live.
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Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jun 21 @ 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.
Hancock County Farmers’ Market 4:00 pm
Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The 2018 Hancock County Farmers’ Market season runs from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10 through Oct. 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Visit bit.ly/HCFMvendors or call 419-422-5594 for more information.
City of Findlay Recreation Disc Golf Clinic 6:00 pm
City of Findlay Recreation Disc Golf Clinic @ Firestine Park
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department is hosting a free disc golf clinic from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Firestine Park, 900 Fifth St. Attendees will learn how to play disc golf at the 9-hole disc course. Equipment will be provided and no experience is necessary. For more information, call 419-424-7176.
Findlay Recreation Department Disc Golf Clinics 6:00 pm
Findlay Recreation Department Disc Golf Clinics @ Firestine Park
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department is hosting two free disc golf clinics at Firestine Park, 9-hole course at 900 Fifth St. The clinics will be held from 6-7 p.m. May 30 and June 21, conducted by the Findlay Disc Golf League. The event is free and equipment will be provided. No registration is required. For more information, call the recreation department at 419-424-7176.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
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.
Introduction to Archery 6:00 pm
Introduction to Archery @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
An “Introduction to Archery” program will be held in Oakwoods Nature Preserve Thursday for those at least 9 years to adult, hosted by Hancock Park District. Sessions will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. for individuals 9 to 14 years old and from 7 to 8 p.m. for individuals 15 years and older. The program, led by a certified archery instructor, will be held adjacent to Dold Lake, down from the front parking lot. Registration at $10 per person can be made online at www.HancockParks.com or at the park district administrative offices, 1424 E. Main Cross St., by 4 p.m. Thursday. The program will be held with a maximum of 10 participants per session. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Succulent Dish Garden Make-and-Take Program 6:00 pm
Succulent Dish Garden Make-and-Take Program @ Bluffton Public Library
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm
A succulent dish garden make-and-take program will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bluffton Public Library. Susie Stratton of Stratton Greenhouses will introduce participants to succulents and discuss their varieties and care. Each person will create their own succulent dish garden. The program is open to adults and families with adult supervision. Registration is required. The fee is $15 cash per succulent dish garden, payable at the door.
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SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
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 4:30 pm
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
Rally in the Alley 5:00 pm
Rally in the Alley
Jun 22 @ 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. Hipnotix 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,[...]
Mark Gillfillan 5K Memorial Run/Walk 7:00 pm
Mark Gillfillan 5K Memorial Run/Walk @ Riverdale Schools
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm
The Mark Gillfillan 5K memorial run/walk will be held at 7 p.m. June 22 at Riverdale Schools. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Preregistration with a T-shirt is $15, or $12 without a shirt. All race -day registrations are $20. There will also be a 1-mile memorial walk and a kids’ quarter-mile fun run. Early registration must be received by Friday. All proceeds will benefit the Mark Gillfillan Scholarship Fund. Forms are available at http://www.5k4mark.com/. Call Christa Gillfillan at 419-722-8020 with questions.
Monthly Classic Movie Night: “African Queen” 7:00 pm
Monthly Classic Movie Night: “African Queen” @ Hancock Historical Museum
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St., will host its monthly classic movie night at 7 p.m. Friday with a screening of “African Queen.” Starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, the film was nominated for four Academy Awards in 1952; Humphrey Bogart was awarded Best Actor in a Leading Role. The event is free, and refreshments will be provided.
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Coffee with a Cop 9:00 am
Coffee with a Cop @ Coffee Amici
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The monthly “Coffee with a Cop” event will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St. Members of the Findlay Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will be in attendance.
Teacups and Tulips 11:00 am
Teacups and Tulips @ Hancock Historical Museum
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum will host a Victorian tea on the front porch of the historic Hull-Flater House, 422 W. Sandusky St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 23. The event is for children ages 6-12 with an accompanying adult. The tea will highlight the time period of American Girl, Samantha. The theme is “Teacups and Tulips.” Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite doll and come dressed for the occasion. Participants will enjoy tea and treats served by the Victorian Ladies, while learning about proper etiquette for a Victorian tea party. Following the tea, 19th century lawn games and crafts will be offered. Live music will be provided. The cost is $25 per pair for museum members and $30 per pair for nonmembers. Reservations and payment must be received by June 21. Call 419-423-4433 to reserve a seat.
Riverside Wine Festival 1:00 pm
Riverside Wine Festival @ Riverside Park
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Ohio wineries will return for the Arts Partnership’s Riverside Wine Festival from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave. Admission for Riverside Wine Festival is $25, five tastings and commemorative wine glass included. Tickets for those not tasting or those under 21 are $10. Additional tasting tickets are available for purchase. Entrances are located on the east side of Riverside Pool near the band shell and the concession stand. Attendees of legal drinking age can purchase tasting privileges with proper identification in accordance with applicable laws. Free parking is available at Riverside Park and the east lot of Riverside Suites, 1100 E. Main Cross St. Voted the best wine festival of 2016 by readers of Ohio Magazine, Riverside Wine Festival’s selection ranges from world-class wines to lighter wines made from fresh fruit. Attendees can sample wines from each winery and bottles will be available for purchase to take home. Participating wineries are: Camelot Cellars, Columbus Chateau Tebeau, Helena D & D Smith Winery, Norwalk Deer’s Leap Winery, Geneva Gillig Winery, Findlay Paper Moon Vineyards, Vermilion Sycamore Lake Wine Co., Columbus Grove The Winery at Versailles Via Vecchia Winery, Columbus The event will also feature live music, food and exhibitors. Exhibitors include Awakening Minds Art, Cartoon Giant, My Own Backyard Herbs & Flowers, Rustic Bendz, Ziss Custom Glass, Lip Tease, Amazingly Beautiful Skin Care, Danby, EverLasting Furniture, and LuLaRoe. Local food will be available from Kimmel’s Mountain Man Meats, Big Jerk, Doughlicious Drizzles and Delights, Sweet Dream Gourmet, and Wolfies Nuts. Attendees can also participate in mini paint and partake sessions from Awakening Minds Art. For no extra cost, attendees can also take advantage of large yard games such as cornhole and giant Jenga. Proceeds from the event benefit the Arts Partnership’s arts education programs. The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County is a nonprofit organization serving Findlay and Hancock County. Its mission is to provide, encourage and promote quality arts education, community enrichment and entertainment opportunities. It is funded in part by the Findlay Area Arts Fund and other funds of the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, private donations, corporate and small-business donations, and the Ohio Arts Council.
Swiss Homestead Open House 1:00 pm
Swiss Homestead Open House @ Swiss Homestead
Jun 23 @ 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.
Sit and Sip with the Author 2:00 pm
Sit and Sip with the Author @ Hull's Trace Wine Cellar
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hull’s Trace Wine Cellar, 105 E. Liberty St., Arlington, is hosting a “Sit and Sip with the Author” event from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. David C. Greer, a practicing trial lawyer from Dayton, will share stories from his recently published book “God is Merciful: The Colorful Career of John E. Egan.” Come for the tales about John Dillinger, Alvin Karpis, Al Capone and J. Edgar Hoover; stay for the crimes which made Ohio headlines while having your picture taken with Dillinger or Capone. The winery will be pouring wines and beers for purchase by Innocent Bystander, 19 Crimes and Jackie O’s. The program is free.
Boy Scout Troop 322 Chicken Barbecue Fundraiser 4:30 pm
Boy Scout Troop 322 Chicken Barbecue Fundraiser @ Stonebridge Church
Jun 23 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Boy Scout Troop 322 will host a Harlan’s chicken barbecue fundraiser from 4:30-7 p.m. June 23 at Stonebridge Church, 2111 Stonehedge Drive. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased in advance by contacting Amber Greeno at 419-306-1498 or from any Scout from Troop 322. Proceeds will directly benefit the Scouts by continuing to provide learning opportunities through campouts and new experiences.
Flawless Smile Tour 6:00 pm
Flawless Smile Tour @ All American Rock House
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm
Smile Empty Soul, Flaw, Kaleido and Talia will provide a dose of alternative rock, pop, and punk from across the globe, with roots in Kentucky, California and Paris, France. Attendees must be 21 and over.
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First Baptist Church Carry-in Picnic Lunch 12:00 pm
First Baptist Church Carry-in Picnic Lunch @ First Baptist Church
Jun 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In moving to its summer schedule, First Baptist Church will host a noon “carry-in picnic lunch” the last Sunday of each month, from May to September. The lunch will be followed by an early afternoon service at 1:15 p.m., with no 6 p.m. service that week. First Baptist is located at 1635 Fostoria Ave.
Hancock County Veterans Resource Fair 2:00 pm
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
Tri-County GOP Picnic 2:00 pm
Tri-County GOP Picnic @ Mount Victory Sportsman Club
Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm
The annual Tri-County GOP Picnic for Hancock, Hardin and Logan counties will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mount Victory Sportsman Club. The cost is $5 per adult and children are free. Food will be catered by the Plaza Inn, Mount Victory, and will include pulled pork, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, seven-layer salad, potato salad and drinks. Members of the Hancock County GOP will meet at 1:15 p.m. Sunday at the First Lutheran Church parking lot, 109 E. Lincoln St., and carpool to Mount Victory.
Johnson Island Civil War Roundtable 7:00 pm
Johnson Island Civil War Roundtable @ American Civil War Mueseum of Tiffin
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm
The Johnson Island Civil War Roundtable of Tiffin welcomes re-enactor Raylene Hlavaty, portraying Margaret Junkin Preston, during its 7 p.m. meeting at the American Civil War Mueseum of Tiffin on Sunday. Preston grew up in the North, married a Southerner, lived with the “lost cause,” and wrote poems about the trials of the war even after 1865. Her book “Beechenbrook: A Rhyme of the War” can be read online. The book was beloved thoughout the South.
Fostoria Community Band and Findlay Civic Band 7:30 pm
Fostoria Community Band and Findlay Civic Band @ Fostoria Foundation Park
Jun 24 @ 7:30 pm
The Fostoria Community Band will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Fostoria Foundation Park, 1225 S. Union St., Fostoria. Music selections provided by the Findlay Civic Band will follow. Both bands will then join together to play “America the Beautiful and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
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Lights, Camera, Action! A TV Broadcast Workshop 9:00 am
Lights, Camera, Action! A TV Broadcast Workshop @ Egner Fine Arts Building
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration is open for the Arts Partnership and the University of Findlay TV’s “Lights, Camera, Action! A TV Broadcast Workshop.” The workshop is open to students in grades 7-12 for the 2018-19 school year. Participants will learn the technical and creative aspects of producing a news segment, and how to write news stories and scripts. UFTV’s studio and equipment will be used for recording and editing. The workshop will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 25 at the university’s Egner Fine Arts Building. The registration fee is $60 and includes lunch. Call the Arts Partnership at 419-422-4624 to register.
Thrive Over 50: Healthy Living Coaching 11:30 am
Thrive Over 50: Healthy Living Coaching @ 50 North
Jun 25 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
“Thrive Over 50 … Healthy Living Coaching” will be provided by Annie Hayes, a certified personal trainer and certified nutrition coach through Cornell University from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 25 and Aug. 22 at 50 North. Attendees will learn tips on ways to improve nutrition, ward off disease, build their immune system, reduce body inflammation, improve brain health, conquer weight concerns and develop an accountability plan. The presentation focuses on longevity and “progress over perfection.” Presentations are free, but registration is required at 419-423-8496.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jun 25 @ 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.
Grand Love 4:30 pm
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.
Watercolor Painting Sessions 6:00 pm
Watercolor Painting Sessions @ Bluffton Public Library
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm
Jeanne Beutler will hold watercolor sessions at 6 p.m. June 25 and July 23 at the Bluffton Public Library. Registration is required by calling the library at 419-358-5016. The cost is $10 and all supplies are provided.
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Farm Camp 9:00 am
Farm Camp @ Hancock Historical Museum
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to explore Hancock County’s farming roots at Farm Camp, where they will learn the science behind soil and water, plant and tend a garden, learn the different uses of homegrown herbs, prepare and enjoy basic farm-to-table cooking, meet some of the animals on the farm, and raise their own barn. They will also visit two Hancock County farms to learn more about what life was like on the farm 100 years ago, and what it’s like today. Findlay City Schools educators will serve as facilitators. Space is limited and reservations must be received by June 20.
Grief Trails 10:00 am
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.
Sounds of Science 10:30 am
Sounds of Science @ Gormley Park
Jun 26 @ 10:30 am
The Forest-Jackson Public Library will host “Sounds of Science” at Gormley Park at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday as part of the Summer Reading Program. The speaker will be an educator from the Armstrong Air & Space Museum. Participants will have the opportunity to explore music through the use of boomwhackers, which use different lengths of tubes to display different notes of music. Children will be placed in groups to explore, tinker and create their own music to share. A free community lunch will follow at 11:30 a.m.
Republican Women of Hancock County 11:30 am
Republican Women of Hancock County @ Hancock Historical Museum
Jun 26 @ 11:30 am
The Republican Women of Hancock County will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St. The speaker will be Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik. Lunch will be by Bistro on Main. For reservations, call 419-348-3354 or email RepWomenHC32@gmail.com.
Live and Learn: Cosmetic and Facial Plastics 12:00 pm
Live and Learn: Cosmetic and Facial Plastics @ Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital
Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Dr. Vincent McGinniss, an experienced cosmetic and facial plastic surgeon at the Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Northwest Ohio, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, will host a “Live and Learn” lunch presentation from noon to 1 p.m. June 26 in the Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital. The topic is “Cosmetic and Facial Plastics,” and attendees will learn about the options and benefits of aesthetic procedures. A question and answer session will follow. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by Tuesday at 419-423-5551 or events@bvhealthsystem.org.
Wyandot County Retired Teachers Association 12:00 pm
Wyandot County Retired Teachers Association @ Trinity Evangelical Church
Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm
The Wyandot County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon Tuesday at Trinity Evangelical Church, 108 Malabar Drive, Upper Sandusky. The program will be presented by State Rep. Riordan McClain of the 87th Ohio House District which includes Wyandot, Crawford and Morrow counties, as well as portions of Marion and Seneca counties. He will talk about his duties in the legislature and the public pension program for retired teachers. The meeting is open to any retired teacher or administrator. Lunch by Special Occasions will precede the program. For reservations call 419-294-7609.
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Farm Camp 9:00 am
Farm Camp @ Hancock Historical Museum
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to explore Hancock County’s farming roots at Farm Camp, where they will learn the science behind soil and water, plant and tend a garden, learn the different uses of homegrown herbs, prepare and enjoy basic farm-to-table cooking, meet some of the animals on the farm, and raise their own barn. They will also visit two Hancock County farms to learn more about what life was like on the farm 100 years ago, and what it’s like today. Findlay City Schools educators will serve as facilitators. Space is limited and reservations must be received by June 20.
Quilling Class 1:00 pm
Quilling Class @ 50 North
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm
Bridget Lee will teach the art of quilling at 1 p.m. Wednesday at 50 North. Quilling involves rolling narrow strips of paper into circles, shaping them, and putting them together to make a variety of artwork. The workshop will begin with basic instruction for beginners, followed by rolling some basic shapes. All skill levels are welcome. Registration and a $20 fee are required by Monday. Call 419-423-8496.
Respecting Yourself and Others 1:00 pm
Respecting Yourself and Others @ Bluffton Public Library
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm
Open Arms of Findlay will provide a program for fourth- and fifth-graders at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bluffton Public Library. The theme is “Respecting Yourself and Others.” Registration is required.
Freezing Fruits and Vegetables 5:30 pm
Freezing Fruits and Vegetables @ Ohio State University Extension of Hancock County
Jun 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Two food preservation classes will be held this year. “Canning Basics” will be held June 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and “Freezing Fruits and Vegetables” will be held June 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both classes will be held at Ohio State University Extension of Hancock County, 7868 Hancock County 140, Suite B, Findlay. Classes are free, but participants are asked to register in advance by emailing meents.1@osu.edu or calling 419-422-3851. Canner gauge testing will be available before classes from approximately 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
Pandora UMC Community Meal 5:30 pm
Pandora UMC Community Meal @ Pandora United Methodist Church
Jun 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
A free community meal will be served from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora. The meal this month is provided by the mission committee and includes hamburgers, baked potato bar, mixed fruit, dessert and beverage.
East of Cheyenne 6:30 pm
East of Cheyenne @ North Baltimore Public Library
Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A concert by East of Cheyenne will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today at the North Baltimore Public Library. Those attending should bring lawn chairs. Snacks will be available for a donation to the Friends of the Library. There will also be a 50/50 drawing.
The Wind Beneath Our Wings 6:30 pm
The Wind Beneath Our Wings @ Dorcas Carey Public Library
Jun 27 @ 6:30 pm
The Wyandot County Soil and Water Conservation District will present “The Wind Beneath Our Wings” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dorcas Carey Public Library. Angie Ford will highlight the many different adaptations of birds of prey. There will also be a visit from a live barred owl.
Riverside Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm
Riverside Summer Concert Series @ Riverside Park
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The 67th annual Riverside Summer Concert Series, hosted by Hancock Park District, will begin Wednesday, June 6, with Night Jazz at the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Band Shell in Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave. Each performance runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Bench seating is provided at the band shell, or visitors may bring a lawn chair or blanket. If there is inclement weather, listen to WFIN radio for cancellations or alternate performance venues. Cooperation in producing the concert series is provided by the City of Findlay Parks and Recreation Department, Hancock Parks Foundation, and the Hancock Park District. Sound engineering is provided by the House of Hindenach. WFIN radio personalities will be the masters of ceremonies. For more information, visit www.HancockParks.com under the “Park News” section or call the park district office at 419-425-7275. Night Jazz June 6 A big-band-style jazz group comprising members from Findlay and the surrounding area, Night Jazz plays tunes made famous by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. Founded in 1995, the group incorporates trumpets, saxophones, trombones, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums and singing into its musical mixture. Fostoria Community Band June 13 The 2018 Fostoria Community Band’s summer tour is titled “Celestial Wonders: Music from Beyond the Cosmos.” Selections include “Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst; “Sundance” by Frank Ticheli; “Star Trek Through the Years,” “Superman” and more. Founded in 1995, the band has 55 musicians from Fostoria and the surrounding area. Nashville Crush June 20 Featuring several Ohio musicians, Nashville Crush’s high-energy, award-winning stage show presents a balance of country and rock music with its combination of guitars, fiddle and banjo. Tapestry June 27 This duo of seasoned northwest Ohio musicians features Denise Grupp-Verbon on lever and pedal harp and Michael Grupp-Verbon on acoustic guitar. Buddy Love and the Coconuts July 4 With band members averaging 30 years of experience, Buddy Love and the Coconuts’ goal is to get the crowd moving and grooving to classic rock tunes from the 1960s and today’s top 40. The band has also been known to offer softer, slower acoustic sets and numbers. Findlay Civic Band July 11 and 18 Under the direction of Jack Taylor, a University of Findlay professor of music, the Findlay Civic Band mixes school musicians, professional people, retirees, seasoned musicians and novices into a presentation of light and pop forms of music, including patriotic, Hollywood and Broadway themes. Pantasia July 25 Findlay High School’s Pantasia Steel Drum Band performs music for all occasions on the steel drum. Since its spring 1997 inception, Pantasia has garnered a reputation as an educational and entertaining instrumental music ensemble, performing numerous shows throughout Ohio, nationally and internationally. The Fossil Creek Band Aug. 1 The Fossil Creek Band grew out of the farmlands of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan in the spring of 2006. Now a bluegrass/Americana band, its members boast backgrounds in folk, country, rock, gospel and barbershop music. Civic Jazz Aug. 8 Playing for more than 50 years, the Civic Jazz Band collects local talent from high school to retirement ages to play music of all genres. The band meets for only two months a summer to perform at the band shell in Riverside Park. Ball in the House Aug. 15 This five-member a cappella group follows the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6 while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams. Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus Aug. 22 The Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus has provided the region with G-rated entertainment and harmonizing since 1962. Their repertoire includes barbershop standards, modern harmonies, comic numbers, and many gospel melodies. Ted Yoder Aug. 29 Ted Yoder brings a pop symphonic approach to the hammered dulcimer, a stringed musical instrument played by striking the instrument’s strings with small mallet hammers, utilizing skills from guitarists, percussionists and pianists. Yoder’s approach to the instrument weaves stately solo pieces of modern favorite tunes with unique arrangements, powerful dynamics, and beautiful melodic interlacement. His fame rose after his dulcimer rendition of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” went viral from Facebook Live.
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Farm Camp 9:00 am
Farm Camp @ Hancock Historical Museum
Jun 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to explore Hancock County’s farming roots at Farm Camp, where they will learn the science behind soil and water, plant and tend a garden, learn the different uses of homegrown herbs, prepare and enjoy basic farm-to-table cooking, meet some of the animals on the farm, and raise their own barn. They will also visit two Hancock County farms to learn more about what life was like on the farm 100 years ago, and what it’s like today. Findlay City Schools educators will serve as facilitators. Space is limited and reservations must be received by June 20.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jun 28 @ 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.
Hancock County Farmers’ Market 4:00 pm
Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Jun 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The 2018 Hancock County Farmers’ Market season runs from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10 through Oct. 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Visit bit.ly/HCFMvendors or call 419-422-5594 for more information.
Essential Oil Make-and-Take Program 6:00 pm
Essential Oil Make-and-Take Program @ Bluffton Public Library
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm
An essential oil make-and-take program will be held at 6 p.m. June 28 at the Bluffton Public Library. Participants will make their own hand scrub from simple household ingredients using essential oils. The cost is $6, which includes a container and all ingredients. Registration is due today by calling 419-358-5016.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
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.
Barb Diemer 6:30 pm
Barb Diemer @ Putnam County District Library
Jun 28 @ 6:30 pm
Several free musical programs will be presented in June at the Putnam County District Library, 136 Putnam Parkway, Ottawa. On June 28, Barb Diemer will be performing on guitar at 6:30 p.m. Call the library at 419-523-3747 for further details about any of the scheduled activities.
Full Moon Hike 8:30 pm
Full Moon Hike @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Jun 28 @ 8:30 pm
A full moon hike, led by Hancock Park District staff, will be held at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The hike will begin at the gatehouse. The event is free and requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
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Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” @ Star Theatre
Jun 29 all-day
The Star Players of Upper Sandusky will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” as their summer 2018 musical. Although primarily an adult cast, several ensemble spots will be available to children ages 6-14.   The production will be staged June 29 through July 1 and July 5, 7 and 8. It will be directed and choreographed by Tina Pritchard, with Reid Barth as music director. Contact the Star Players via Facebook for more information.
Farm Camp 9:00 am
Farm Camp @ Hancock Historical Museum
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to explore Hancock County’s farming roots at Farm Camp, where they will learn the science behind soil and water, plant and tend a garden, learn the different uses of homegrown herbs, prepare and enjoy basic farm-to-table cooking, meet some of the animals on the farm, and raise their own barn. They will also visit two Hancock County farms to learn more about what life was like on the farm 100 years ago, and what it’s like today. Findlay City Schools educators will serve as facilitators. Space is limited and reservations must be received by June 20.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
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.
Rally in the Alley 5:00 pm
Rally in the Alley
Jun 29 @ 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. Hipnotix 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,[...]
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Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” @ Star Theatre
Jun 30 all-day
The Star Players of Upper Sandusky will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” as their summer 2018 musical. Although primarily an adult cast, several ensemble spots will be available to children ages 6-14.   The production will be staged June 29 through July 1 and July 5, 7 and 8. It will be directed and choreographed by Tina Pritchard, with Reid Barth as music director. Contact the Star Players via Facebook for more information.
Beat the Heat Yoga Retreat 9:00 am
Beat the Heat Yoga Retreat @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jun 30 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
A “Beat the Heat Yoga Retreat,” hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. June 9, 16 and 30 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Katy Mercer, a certified yoga instructor at Harmony Yoga, will lead the yoga series for beginners. Participants will focus on practicing poses that help cool down the body and mind, with a slow progression suitable for all ages. Participants must be at least 10 years old and children must register with a participating adult. Register, with $10 per person, by 4 p.m. the Friday before each class online at www.HancockParks.com under “Programs & Activities” or call the park district office at 419-425-7275. The program will be held with a minimum of four and a maximum of 20 participants.
Ohio’s Reptiles And Amphibians 10:00 am
Ohio’s Reptiles And Amphibians @ Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Christine Patterson, Hancock Park District program specialist, will have information on the state’s reptiles and amphibians from 10-11 a.m. Saturday in “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center. At 11 a.m., she will lead a hike to search for reptiles and amphibians. Also, there will be unstructured and/or structured activities available during an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Activities and attractions include bird watching via the Windows on Wildlife, mounted animals and live animals on display, nature videos, field guides and nature books for reading, a touch table and puppets, and seasonal displays and exhibits. The free, family program requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Swiss Homestead Open House 1:00 pm
Swiss Homestead Open House @ Swiss Homestead
Jun 30 @ 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.
Patriotic Pops 7:00 pm
Patriotic Pops @ Ohio Northern University
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm
The Lima Symphony Orchestra will celebrate July 4 with the fourth annual “Patriotic Pops” concert June 30 at Ohio Northern University, Ada. The 7 p.m. free concert will take place on the sculpture mall east of McIntosh Center between Presser and Weber halls. This will be part of the final season for Crafton Beck, artistic director and conductor of the orchestra. Special guest performers include Kirsten Osbun-Manley, ONU resident in music and musical theatre coordinator; and the Noteworthy Community Choir, under the direction of Vicki Mills, ONU adjunct music instructor. The rain location will be at the King Horn Sports Center, 609 W. Lincoln Ave., Ada.

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