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Kenton Municipal Swimming Pool Doggie Swim 12:00 pm
Kenton Municipal Swimming Pool Doggie Swim @ Kenton Municipal Swimming Pool
Sep 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Kenton Municipal Swimming Pool will host its annual Doggie Swim from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Friendly pups are invited to come splash in the pool. The event is free, but donations will be accepted to help support the local dog park.
Flag City Classic Natural Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique and Bikini Competition 2:00 pm
Flag City Classic Natural Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique and Bikini Competition @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 1 @ 2:00 pm
The Flag City Classic Natural Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique and Bikini Competition will tone up the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Sept. 1. Admission for the 2 p.m. prejudging event is $15, with a $25 admission to the 6 p.m. finals. The combo package ($35) and VIP combo package ($45) grant admission to both events. VIP tickets offer seats in the first five rows, and the rest offer general admission. Tickets are available at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or an hour before showtime; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org Shiloe Steinmetz, who is organizing the National Gym Association-sanctioned event with Joe and Amanda Bayliff, has more than 20 years of competitive bodybuilding and judging experience. The Mount Blanchard resident (and multiple Mr. Ohio champion) has competed in more than 70 competitions across the country, including the national and world championships. This experience influenced his objective to create a show geared toward the competitors, he said. This included selecting the Marathon Center for the event, which Steinmetz said provides a good atmosphere; a later check-in time for athletes; and additional awards and recognition, including: Most Inspirational for an athlete who overcame particular adversity to compete; an award recognizing the gym that brings in the most competitors; and an award for the most entertaining evening routine. Steinmetz also hopes to make the Flag City Classic an annual event, with plans to add an expo in an effort to bring fitness-minded people together along with those who enjoy watching a quality competition. The prejudging event is where the athletes’ hard work is officially judged, with each class scored live to determine the placings for the evening finals. Classes will be called out separately and directed through a series of mandatory posing, with emphasis on the technical aspects of the sport. According to Steinmetz, the finals are the most entertaining part of the event, and the portion he most encourages new spectators to watch. During the finals, routines are performed to music and each class is presented with awards. They are then judged again to determine the best of the best and eventual overall winner of each category. Athletes compete in several classes, including traditional bodybuilding, classic physique, men’s physique, women’s physique, figure and bikini. Most athletes prepare for a 12-week period leading up to the contest, Steinmetz said. This includes a strict dietary regimen along with cardiovascular and weight training. Steinmetz said the judges look for a variety of things. Symmetry is based on proportions between the size of the arms, legs, etc.; muscularity is the size and shape of muscles; and conditioning evaluates how lean the athletes are. The overall winners in each category at the Flag City Classic will qualify for professional status, going on to compete for money and prizes in events that include the national championships in November. A drug-free event, Flag City Classic competitors need to pass a urinalysis. Most of the competitors come from Ohio, with athletes also coming from Michigan, Kentucky and North Carolina. Chris Miller, a sports broadcaster on WKXA radio station in Findlay, is among the competitors. Athlete registration runs until the day of the event. Entry fee is $80, crossover fee to compete in other categories is $30, and sign-up is available at www.ngaflagcityclassic.com For more information, contact Steinmetz at 419-799-0714, visit https://marathoncenterarts.org or go to www.ngaflagcityclassic.com/
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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
Sep 2 @ 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.
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Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 3 @ 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
Sep 3 @ 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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Hardin County Fair
Hardin County Fair @ Hardin County Fairgrounds
Sep 4 – Sep 9 all-day
Country artist Dylan Scott will headline the 2018 Hardin County Fair, which begins today and continues through Sunday at the county fairgrounds in Kenton. Scott along with the music duo Brown & Gray will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in the grandstand. General admission tickets for the concert are $15, assigned seating tickets are $20 and track standing/seating tickets are $25. Scott’s single “My Girl” was No. 1 on the Country Airplay charts in 2016, and “Hooked,” a second single by the Louisiana native, reached sixth on Country Airplay in 2017. Other grandstand events include harness racing on Thursday, a truck and tractor pull Friday night, and a demolition derby on Sunday. Admission to the harness racing is free. Tickets for the pull and the demolition derby are $6 for general admission, $8 for reserved seats and $10 for pit passes. The Children’s Entertainment Lawn will feature children’s activities and events each day of the fair, including the Dino-Roar Show, and glass blower and wood carver presentations. Admission to the fair is $9 for those ages 9 and over. A season pass, which admits one adult and a family’s school-age children all week is $20. Veterans are admitted free on Tuesday, and senior citizens (ages 60 and over) get in free on Friday. All-day wristbands for the amusement rides are $12. The fair schedule is as follows: TUESDAY 9 a.m. — Junior fair swine show — Show Arena; born and raised market goat show — Small Animal Show Arena; 4-H horse speed show — Horse Arena. Noon — Open class flower show — Arts and Crafts Building; dairy breeding — Show Arena; pygmy, breeding, and market goat show — Small Animal Show Arena; official fair opening — Gazebo. 1 p.m. — Children’s pedal tractor pull — Shelter House. 1:30 p.m. — Veterans program — Community Building. 2 p.m. — Homemaker Dish Day — Community Building. 3:30 p.m. — Junior Fair Beef Skill-a-thon Contest — Beef Barn; Homemaker demonstrations – Community Building. 4 p.m. — Youth judging — Arts and Crafts Building. 4:15 p.m. — Children’s activities — Community Building. 6 p.m. — Junior fair beef education clinic — Show Arena; children’s dish day contest — Community Building. 7 p.m. — Crowning of junior fair king and queen and high school band show — Grandstand; wine judging — Arts and Crafts Building. WEDNESDAY 8 a.m. — Open class beef show — Show Arena. 9 a.m. — Junior fair horse and pony pleasure show — Horse Show Arena; Junior fair rabbit show — Small Arena Show Arena; Junior fair beef showmanship — Show Arena. 11 a.m. — Junior fair born and raised show — Show Arena; pork dish day — Community Building. 12:30 p.m. — Open class wool show. 1 p.m. — Open class and junior fair sheep breeding show — Show Arena. 1:45 p.m. — Homemaker demonstrations — Community Building. 2 p.m. — Junior fair dairy show — Show Arena. 4:15 p.m. — Children’s and teen activities — Community Building. 6 p.m. — Junior fair market lamb show — Show Arena; teen chopped challenge (Grades 7-12) — Community Building. 7 p.m. — Tug-A-Truck — Grandstand. THURSDAY 8 a.m. — Junior fair dairy beef show — Show Arena. 9 a.m. — Junior fair poultry show — Small Animal Show Arena. 11 a.m. — Harness Racing — Grandstand. 1:45 p.m. — Homemaker demonstrations — Community Building. 2 p.m. — Junior fair sheep showmanship and born and raised lamb show — Show Arena. 4 p.m. — Junior fair Beef Breeding and Feeder Show — Show Arena. 4:15 p.m. — Children and Teen Activities — Community Building. 5:30 p.m. — Girl’s group progressive fair meal (Grades 4-6) — Community Building. 6 p.m. — Harness racing — Grandstand. 7 p.m. — Junior fair Steer Show — Show Arena; ‘just kidding around’ goat fun for kids — Small Animal Show Arena. FRIDAY 8 a.m. — Born and raised market hog show — Show Arena. 9 a.m. — Open class draft horse and pony show — Grandstand. 10 a.m. — Dairy beef feeder buy-back auction — behind Dairy Feeder Barn. 11:30 a.m. — Antique tractor parade — Fairgrounds. Noon — Open class dairy show — Show Arena; flower show — Arts and Crafts Building; children’s pee wee dairy showmanship — Show Arena 1:45 p.m. — Homemakers demonstrations — Community Building. 2 p.m. — Columbus Zoo — Goshen Barn. 7 p.m. — Truck and tractor pull — Grandstand. SATURDAY 8 a.m. — Junior fair livestock sale — Show Arena. 9 a.m. — Dog show — Shelter house. 6 p.m. — Sheep Lead Contest — Show Arena. 8 p.m. — Dylan Scott and Brown and Gray concert — Grandstand. SUNDAY 10:30 a.m. — Hour of inspiration — Grandstand. 11:45 a.m. — Wood carving and glass blown items auction — Gazebo. 1 p.m. — County show choir show — Grandstand; swine pee wee showmanship — Show Arena. 3 p.m. — Showman of showmen contest — Show Arena. 5 p.m. — Girl Scout award program — Community Building. 6 p.m. — Demolition derby — Grandstand.
Findlay Exchange Club 12:00 pm
Findlay Exchange Club @ Rosewood Room
Sep 4 @ 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.
PrimeTimers Luncheon 12:00 pm
PrimeTimers Luncheon @ St. John Mennonite Church
Sep 4 @ 12:00 pm
The ball-handling talents of ACE Basketball will be the featured entertainment at a PrimeTimers luncheon beginning at noon Tuesday at St. John Mennonite Church, 15988 Road 4, Pandora. The meal includes shredded chicken and shredded pork sandwiches, broccoli salad, potato chips, green beans, fruit salad and ice cream sandwiches. There is no charge for the meal, but donations will be accepted.
Chill Zone 3:30 pm
Chill Zone @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 4 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Bluffton Public Library has announced “Chill Zone” begins Aug. 28 with a special DIY Bow Tie event. The program is held every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and is open to anyone in sixth through 12th grade. Activities include gaming, socializing, themed events, crafts and snacks. The Bluffton Public Library is located at 145 S. Main St. Call 419-358-5016 for more details.
Game Time for Youth 3:30 pm
Game Time for Youth @ Dorcas Carey Public Library
Sep 4 @ 3:30 pm
A game time for youth from preschool through fifth grade will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Dorcas Carey Public Library. Participants will play card and board games.
Indoor Box Lacrosse 6:00 pm
Indoor Box Lacrosse @ The Cube
Sep 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department is offering indoor box lacrosse on Tuesdays at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., beginning July 24. The five-week program is available for boys and girls in grades 1-12. Students in grades 1-5 will meet from 6-7 p.m., and those in grades 6-12 will practice from 7-8 p.m. Equipment is required for the scrimmages. Registration is $25. Call 419-424-7176 or stop by the recreation department at The Cube from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to register.
First Lutheran Church Book Club 7:00 pm
First Lutheran Church Book Club @ First Lutheran Church
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm
The First Lutheran Church book club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the church lounge to discuss this month’s selection, “The Life She Was Given” by Ellen Marie Wiseman.
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50 North Diabetes Support Group 10:00 am
50 North Diabetes Support Group @ 50 North
Sep 5 @ 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.
Teen Time: School Stress Unwind Program 3:30 pm
Teen Time: School Stress Unwind Program @ Dorcas Carey Public Library
Sep 5 @ 3:30 pm
A program designed to help teens unwind from the stresses of school will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Dorcas Carey Public Library. The Teen Time program is open to youth in grades six through 12. Participants will enjoy homemade doughnuts and make a DIY stress doughnut.
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BookTalk 10:00 am
BookTalk @ Upper Sandusky Community Library
Sep 6 @ 10:00 am
The Upper Sandusky Community Library hosts two book clubs for community members. The Common Readers discussion group will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 to discuss “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. The group will also be voting on choices for the 2018-19 series of meetings that begin in October. The Common Readers group meets the third Tuesday of each month. The more casual BookTalk meets at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Readers share the books they are reading and discuss book- and author-related topics. The next meeting is this week. For more information, stop by the library or call 419-294-1345.
A Matter of Balance 1:00 pm
A Matter of Balance @ 50 North
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Falling is a real fear for many senior citizens, but a program of the Area Agency on Aging 3 is looking to help with that. An eight-week class titled “A Matter of Balance” educates seniors on how to make changes to their home and their lifestyle to help reduce the risk of falls. Exercises to increase strength and balance are also taught. Facilitator Dancie Mohler is a health education coordinator for the agency on aging and has been involved with the program for eight years. The evidence-based program was created by Boston University’s Roybal Center in Applied Gerontology and the New England Research Institutes with funding from the National Institute on Aging. The first class at 50 North was held Sept. 6. Sessions continue from 1-3 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 25. Mohler also explained that falling leads to the fear of falling, which leads to more falls. “A Matter of Balance” is designed to help combat that fear and the hesitancy that goes along with it, she said. Session 2 this Thursday will include a discussion on thoughts and concerns about falling. Participants will hopefully feel comfortable enough to open up about their experiences, their challenges and their successes, said Mohler. Exercises start the third week of the program and will include shoulder rolls, foot circles, seated leg extensions and knee raises, toe stands, alternating steps, side steps, finger spreads, elbow touches and stretches. Some people may not want to continue with the series due to the exercises, Mohler predicted. She anticipates that some will be embarrassed because they can’t move like they did when they were younger. The fourth session Sept. 27 will focus on assertiveness and fall prevention, while the session on Oct. 5 will look at managing concerns about falling. A representative from the Findlay Fire Department will talk to the group about what emergency responders do when a Life Alert button is pushed. For the sixth session on Oct. 11, participants will be asked to look for risks inside their homes. Class members will talk about those results at the seventh session on Oct. 18. Mohler also hopes to bring someone in to talk about the various types of safety equipment on the market. Graduation day is set for Oct. 25. The class but free, but anyone interested must come this week or they will not be able to attend Sept. 20 when exercises are introduced for the first time. For more information, call 50 North at 419-423-8496.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 6 @ 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
Sep 6 @ 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.
HHWP Community Action Commission Micro Business Development Program 5:30 pm
HHWP Community Action Commission Micro Business Development Program @ Wyandot County HHWP Community Action Commission office
Sep 6 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Recruitment is underway to enroll participants in the fall Micro Business Development Program offered by the HHWP Community Action Commission. The program consists of 11 sessions held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Aug. 23. Sessions continue through Nov. 1 at the Wyandot County HHWP Community Action Commission office, 559 S. Warpole St., Upper Sandusky. The program is designed for individuals interested in starting their own business, owners of existing businesses, and others who want to learn about business. For the purposes of this program, a small business is defined as having one to five employees — one of which is the owner of the business. Discussion topics include business success stories, developing a business plan, funding a business, opening and marketing, record keeping, e-commerce, buying a business or franchise, insurance, banking, retirement planning, financial statements, legal forms of ownership, and pricing products and services. There is access to one-on-one counseling after completing the program, and qualified participants will be eligible to apply for a business loan of up to $10,000. The program fee is based upon household income and costs $25 for income-qualified applicants. The program fee is $100 for nonqualified participants. The first session is free. For more information or to request an enrollment application, contact Mary Wilcox at 419-423-3755 or mwilcox@hhwpcac.com.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Sep 6 @ 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.
Pickleball Clinic 6:00 pm
Pickleball Clinic @ Riverside Park
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department is hosting a free pickleball clinic at the new pickleball courts at Riverside Park from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 6. Members from the Flag City Pickleball Club will be available to give instructions and demonstrations. No experience is necessary and equipment will be provided. The courts are located behind fire station 3 on McManness Avenue. In the event of inclement weather, the clinic will be canceled. For more information, call 419-424-7176.
The Amish and America 6:30 pm
The Amish and America @ Upper Sandusky Community Library
Sep 6 @ 6:30 pm
Gerald Mast, a professor at Bluffton University, will present “The Amish and America” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Upper Sandusky Community Library. The free program will explore the relationship between American and Amish cultures.
“Nice Dreams” Opening Reception 7:00 pm
“Nice Dreams” Opening Reception @ Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion’s Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
“Nice Dreams,” an art exhibition by fine artist Brandon Briggs, will take place at the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion’s Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery from Monday through Sept. 14. A reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Briggs is a full-time instructor in drawing and painting at Bowling Green State University. His current work is focused on all things quiet. The Lea Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Hilty Home Ice Cream Social 7:00 pm
Hilty Home Ice Cream Social @ Hilty Home
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm
An ice cream social will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday on the Hilty Home front porch, 304 Hilty Drive, Pandora. The event will feature homemade ice cream and entertainment by The Morse Family. Those attending are asked to bring a lawn chair. Jonathan and Heidi Morse and six of their nine children perform Southern gospel music and have traveled extensively throughout Ohio, Indiana and the southern United States.
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Black Swamp Arts Festival
Black Swamp Arts Festival @ Downtown Bowling Green
Sep 7 – Sep 9 all-day
 
First Friday 11:30 am
First Friday @ DOCK at St. Marks United Methodist Church
Sep 7 @ 11:30 am
Several candidates are expected to speak this week at the First Friday lunch hosted by the Hancock County Republican Party. Reservations are due by noon today. Call 419-422-5946 and leave a message. Cost is $10 for lunch. There is no charge to hear the speakers. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. The event will be held at The Dock, behind St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St. Candidates expected to speak are state Sen. Rob McColley; Jon Cross, candidate for the 83rd District seat in the Ohio House; and uncontested Hancock County candidates: Tim Bechtol for county commissioner, Charity Rauschenberg for county auditor, and Jonathan Starn for judge of Hancock County Common Pleas Court.
Music Bach’s Concert Series: David Davis 11:30 am
Music Bach’s Concert Series: David Davis @ University of Findlay Alumni Memorial Union
Sep 7 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
David Davis, a multitalented musical artist with a soulful voice, will perform at the University of Findlay on Friday, Sept. 7 as part of the free Music Bach’s Concert Series. His Alumni Memorial Union show will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Davis explains his artistry is characterized by natural talent and “radical vulnerability” that was nurtured at a young age. For as long as he can recall, he has been fixed on a music career. Chicago-born and surrounded by eight siblings, he captured attention by belting out Motown classics, performing in church, and always finding his way to a stage. He perfected his piano and performance skills while studying in the nationally renowned Belmont University music program, drawing inspiration from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross and Adele. Davis has recorded with legendary producers, from RedOne (Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and One Direction) to Aaron Sprinkle (One Republic and Eisley). He has garnered a wide range of awards and reviews, has had songs featured on hit TV shows, and has performed more than 500 shows in the past two years throughout the country. He has played to sold-out clubs and festivals, both as a headliner and as an opening act for the likes of Jon Bellion and John Legend. Davis’ voice, arrangements, and productions have been featured on chart-topping records, commercials for major brands and networks, and across hundreds of stages internationally. For more about David Davis and to hear some of his music, visit www.justdaviddavis.com The Music Bach’s Concert Series is sponsored and hosted by Student Activities Board, “your source for diverse edutainment.” For additional information, call 419-434-4606.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Sep 7 @ 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.
Coin Tricks: Economic Forces in Neil Gaiman’s Novels 4:00 pm
Coin Tricks: Economic Forces in Neil Gaiman’s Novels @ Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall
Sep 7 @ 4:00 pm
Cynthia Bandish, English and language department chair at Bluffton University, will present the colloquium, “Coin Tricks: Economic Forces in Neil Gaiman’s Novels,” at 4 p.m. Friday in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall. Part of her discussion will focus on the novels “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” and “American Gods,” which ask questions about economic structures and capitalism when “magical money” is introduced into the economy. According to Bandish, these questions allow us to think of the novels not just as fantasy but also as “commentary on contemporary economics.” This event is free and open to the public.
Friday Night Live 6:30 pm
Friday Night Live @ 50 North
Sep 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
50 North has announced its summer season of Friday Night Live, featuring a variety of local talent including: • Friday, 6:30-8 p.m., Indoor steel drum show with Tim Mattis: Enjoy the talents of retired Findlay High School Band instructor and director of Pantasia, Tim Mattis, during a live steel drum performance and outdoor picnic. Registration and a $10 fee are required by Monday. • Aug. 3, 6:30-8 p.m., 50 North Cabaret with Celia Stockton: Through live vocals and piano stylings, Celia Stockton takes participants on a sentimental journey called “Try to Remember.” Participants will enjoy hors d’oeuvres. Registration and a $10 fee are required by July 30. • Sept. 7, 6:30-8 p.m., Karaoke Night: Bring your voice and willingness to participate. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and awards will be offered for the best singers. Registration and a $7 fee are required by Sept. 3.
Hancock Historical Museum Farm-to-Table Dinner 6:30 pm
Hancock Historical Museum Farm-to-Table Dinner @ Scarlet Oaks Estate barn
Sep 7 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum will host a Farm-to-Table Dinner from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 in the Scarlet Oaks Estate barn, 13754 U.S. 68. The restored 1850s barn and surrounding countryside will provide atmosphere for the meal prepared by chefs Jonah Agner and Nancy Corle-Agner, the owners of The Food Store in Bluffton. A carefully selected wine pairing will accompany each course. Jonah and Nancy use local ingredients to create unique dishes that combine the best elements of down-home cooking with a modern flair. The pair are influenced by international flavors and cuisine, as well as the “food you remember your grandma making.” While the five-course dinner will feature locally sourced meat, Jonah and Nancy enjoy dreaming up creative vegan and vegetarian dishes that appeal to the masses. They frequently sell out of their creations from their food truck on Saturday mornings at the Bluffton Farmers’ Market. Just Jazz Live, an acclaimed band from the Mansfield area, will provide the evening’s entertainment. The group includes several featured singers along with guitar, flute and saxophone. Dinner costs $125 per person, with advance registration for the limited-seating event required by Sept. 4. For more information or to register, call the museum at 419-423-4433 or visit https://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org Proceeds from the dinner will benefit educational programming and preservation efforts by the Hancock Historical Museum.
Session Americana 7:30 pm
Session Americana @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 7 @ 7:30 pm
Session Americana will draw the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts into its musical circle at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 as part of the Live@Armes series in the center’s Roy and Marcia Armes Hall. General admission tickets are $15, bistro-style tabletop seats are $25 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org The Live@Armes Series, presented by Blanchard Valley Health System, provides attendees with an up close and personal experience with the artists, complete with banter and laughs, that is tailor made for Session Americana’s style, which Rolling Stone says “expertly blends vintage American roots music styles — from country to jazz to rock — in a rowdy but deft fashion.” The Somerville, Massachusetts musical collective prides itself on never performing the same show twice, describing its concerts as “rowdy, freewheeling modern hootenannies” designed to surprise the performers as well as the audience. The show is a familial gathering of musicians seated at a round cafe table with ambient mics tuned to catch the complete sound of the voices and instruments. Players swap songs and instruments: a suitcase drum kit, an old electric bass, a field organ and a collection of acoustic instruments. Although the musicians face each other, they want to draw the audience into the circle with their camaraderie, playful musicality and original compositions. The collective assembled in 2004 around the idea of applying a traditional Irish music session approach (where musicians sit around in a circle and play fiddles) to Americana music, giving the group its name. Session Americana started haphazardly with no rehearsals, doing traditional country songs, band songs, and Boston community songs, going from a rag-tag jam at a local pub to a regional institution. For more information, visit www.sessionamericana.com
Mount Blanchard 5th Quarter for Adults 9:00 pm
Mount Blanchard 5th Quarter for Adults @ Gazebo in Hurricane Park
Sep 7 @ 9:00 pm
The Mount Blanchard Heart & Soul program will host a “5th Quarter for Adults” discussion after Riverdale football games, starting Friday, at the gazebo in Hurricane Park. Pizza and beverages will be provided. During over 200 interviews with area residents, five themes were identified as what matters most in Mount Blanchard. They are: Activities, business, parks and pool, small town living, and schools. At the 5th Quarter meetings, a different topic will be discussed each week. Schools will be the topic this Friday. The Heart & Soul group is looking for action items that can be done in the community to enhance values. Future topics will be: Sept. 21: Activities, small town living. Sept. 28: Business. Oct. 12: Parks and pool. The discussions will be led by a team member of Heart and Soul.
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Bluffton Recreation Flag Football
Bluffton Recreation Flag Football @ Bluffton Family Recreation
Sep 8 all-day
NFL flag football sign-up is underway at Bluffton Family Recreation. The program is for youth ages 5-7, with games played on Saturdays from Sept. 8 through Oct. 13. Registration is $35 for BFR members and $70 for nonmembers, required by Aug. 26. Call 419-358-4150 to sign up.
Coffee with a Cop 9:00 am
Coffee with a Cop @ Coffee Amici
Sep 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
A “Coffee with a Cop” event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St., Findlay. Attendees will be able to speak to local law enforcement officers.
Tiffin Moose Lodge Benefit Bingo and Raffle 9:00 am
Tiffin Moose Lodge Benefit Bingo and Raffle @ Tiffin Moose Lodge
Sep 8 @ 9:00 am
The Allen Eiry Center will hold a benefit bingo and raffle event at the Tiffin Moose Lodge, 1146 Ohio 53 N, on Sept. 8. Doors will open at 9 a.m., with early bird games beginning at noon. High payouts will be made for each game, with a chance to win the jackpot coverall game of $3,200. Bingo packages are $40, $45 or $50 if purchased prior to Aug. 31. The price for each package increases by $10 after that date. No tickets will be sold at the door. Every player will receive a door prize and a free buffet breakfast served from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Register at www.lodge846.org, call 567-281-0291 or email moosebingo@lodge846.org.
Pad Palooza 9:30 am
Pad Palooza @ Gateway Church
Sep 8 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are invited for a day of fun and fellowship Saturday during the annual Pad Palooza. Attendees will form an “assembly line” as they cut and sew reusable cloth feminine pads to support Mission Possible and school girls in Haiti. Volunteers are needed to cut, iron, sew, pin and trace patterns. All supplies including fabric, sewing instructions, irons, ironing boards, extension cords and tables will be provided. Those planning to sew should bring a sewing machine and manual if possible, standard straight-stitch foot, zig-zag foot, overlock foot, even-feed foot, pink thread, seam ripper and scissors. The event is sponsored by Sew Quilt Share, an outreach ministry of Gateway Church. Interested participants are encouraged to register at gatewayepc.org/pad-palooza for the full day (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), morning session (9:30 a.m. to noon) or the afternoon session (noon to 4 p.m.). A soup bar lunch will be provided. Sandra Tietje of Sew Quilt Share says last year’s Pad Palooza yielded enough pads for Mission Possible to provide 12 pads each to 524 Haitian girls. She encourages mothers and daughters — or grandmothers and granddaughters — to participate, adding that sewing skills are not a necessity. Nonsewers are encouraged to bring a sharp pair of fabric scissors. Fabric donations of 100 percent cotton flannel will also be accepted, as one yard of flannel will make 10 cloth feminine pads. There is also a need for size 12-14 girls hipster underwear and Ivory bar soap. Those who cannot attend Saturday’s sewing session can find a link to pattern and sewing instructions on Gateway’s website. Drop off completed pads at the Gateway Church office, Mission Possible or the Christian Book and Gift Store in Findlay. Gateway Church is located at 9555 County Road 9.
2018 Ultimate Dogpawlooza 10:00 am
2018 Ultimate Dogpawlooza @ Riverbend Recreation Area
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County along with the Hancock Park District will present Ultimate Dogpawlooza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in Riverbend Recreation Area, 16618 Township Road 208. The public can attend for free. Lucky Dogs Lure Coursing will serve as the main event, featuring an artificial lure attached to a line that goes at speeds of up to 40 mph across an open field in a pattern that simulates live prey. The lures are modified to utilize a continuous closed-loop system with variable speed control and reversible direction to accommodate all levels of canine athleticism. It costs $10, cash or credit, to participate in the lure course. For the protection of all dogs, female dogs in heat are not allowed on the premises; dogs must be on a leash at all times unless participating in the lure course; and any aggressive dog will be removed. Cats are not allowed. For a fee, attendees can attempt to drop the dog warden into a dunk tank. There will also be games and an inflatable dog for kids to play on, as well as food and merchandise vendors. Madam Houndini will also be on hand to read dog paws and predict fortunes, along with a variety of dog contests and demonstrations from local law enforcement K-9 units. The event’s proceeds will help the Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County care for the animals at the shelter. The Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County does not receive financial support from national organizations or tax money, relying instead on community support. Participants and visitors can bring items to pack a LaRiche vehicle to benefit the Humane Society. Wish-list items include bleach, paper towels, dog/cat toys, canned dog/cat food, and dog treats. For a complete wish list or to become a vendor, walk into the Humane Society at 4550 Fostoria Ave., call 419-423-1664 or visit www.hancockhumanesociety.com
Grave Marker Service for Israel Hubbard Jr. 10:00 am
Grave Marker Service for Israel Hubbard Jr. @ Malahan Cemetery
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am
A grave marker service for Israel Hubbard Jr., a Revolutionary War veteran who is buried in Malahan Cemetery near Pandora, will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 8. The cemetery is located at 6714 Township Road M-6 in Riley Township, Putnam County. This is a project of the Hubbard Program of the Northwest Territory Chapter, Ohio Society, Sons of the American Revolution, working with the John Hancock Chapter in Findlay and the Centennial Chapter in Lima. These chapters make up the Northwest District of the Ohio Society. Hubbard was born in 1752 in Sunderland, Massachusetts. He enlisted in military service three times from 1775-78. In approximately 1837, the family moved to Putnam County where Hubbard lived with his son’s family until his death on March 20, 1840, at the age of 88. He was buried in Malahan Cemetery, an old abandoned family cemetery that the township trustees later cared for and maintained. An inscription at the bottom of his marker reads, “Was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.” Other organizations involved in the project include American Legion Post 536, Daughters of the American Revolution, Pandora Fire Department, Putnam County Veterans Service Commission and the Jr. ROTC Color Guard unit from the Kenton City Schools. Anyone who may be a descendant of Hubbard is asked to contact Kurt Dahlberg at 419-270-1511 or kurtdahlberg@embarqmail.com. A second service honoring Revolutionary War veteran Hezekiah Bloomfield Hubbell, who is buried in Hubbell Cemetery on Shifferly Road in Allen Township, will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 8. All attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs as the programs are expected to last about an hour.
Putnam County Historical Society 1:30 pm
Putnam County Historical Society
Sep 8 @ 1:30 pm
The Putnam County Historical Society will host its annual meeting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the new annex building at the museum during Kalida Pioneer Days. Bruce Stowe and Nancy Kline will give a slide presentation highlighting the many well-known names throughout history with Putnam County roots, including generals, artists, writers and professional sports figures. The two recently completed a children’s book on this topic. From 2:30-3:30 p.m., children are invited to come and complete an “All About Me” journal and other crafts to take home. The museum, at 201 E. Main St., Kalida, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Neptune 4:00 pm
Neptune @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Sep 8 @ 4:00 pm
A program on Neptune will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Hancock Park District staff will present the program in the inflatable planetarium. Participants must sit on the floor. The family program is free, but because of limited space, registration is required by 1 p.m. Saturday online at www.HancockParks.com and click on Programs and Activities, or call the park district office at 419-425-7275. There will be a maximum of 25 participants. For more information, call the park district office.
Quiet Riot 6:00 pm
Quiet Riot @ All American Rock House
Sep 8 @ 6:00 pm
People 21 and over can come to Findlay and feel the noise when Quiet Riot comes to town with special guests Saturnine Hello and SnakeSkin Saints. The influential headliner’s other metal tunes include “Bang Your Head (Metal Health)” and “Slick Black Cadillac.” Saturnine Hello is a motley crew of Toledo and Detroit rock ‘n’ rollers who bring a modern touch to glam and punk, and SnakeSkin Saints’ Facebook page boasts of a band that pays tribute to the Hollywood glam scene of the 1980s by delivering arena-style music performances.
Millstream Astronomy Club Mars Program 8:00 pm
Millstream Astronomy Club Mars Program @ Shelter 5 at Riverbend Recreation Area
Sep 8 @ 8:00 pm
Tom Fretz, a member of the Millstream Astronomy Club, will present a program about Mars at 8 p.m. Saturday in Shelter 5 at Riverbend Recreation Area. After the program, participants can observe Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn through the club’s telescopes, or participants may bring a telescope. The free, family program requires no registration. For more information, call the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
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Hancock Horizontal Hundred Bicycle Tour 7:30 am
Hancock Horizontal Hundred Bicycle Tour
Sep 9 @ 7:30 am
Registration is underway for the 48th annual Hancock Horizontal Hundred Bicycle Tour, being held Sunday. Approximately 500 people typically turn out for the ride, with routes ranging from 20 to 100 miles. Event coordinator Paul Craun encourages individuals and families to consider participating in the short 20- or 33-mile routes, which take riders from the starting point at the University of Findlay’s Koehler Recreation Center to Pleasant Grove Church near Bluffton. There, they will be treated to live dulcimer music, a campfire and lots of refreshments. “We’re trying to get local people to come out, sit around a park-like setting, have a nice community campfire with an easy 10-mile ride in, 10 miles out,” Craun said. Anyone who embarks on any of the other routes, which include 50, 68 or 100 miles, will pass by this rest stop, Craun said. Longer routes take riders to Ottawa. Activities begin at the Koehler Center, 1250 N. Main St., from 4-9 p.m. Saturday with packet pickup and vendor displays. A Dietsch’s ice cream social runs from 5-7:30 p.m., and steel drum musician Tim Mattis will perform from 5:30-7:30. Ride-day packet pickup is available from 6:30-9 a.m. Bagels and coffee will be served from 6:15-8:15. Riders will depart at their convenience, from 7:30-9:30 a.m., taking into consideration the lunch and rest stop times for their route. A welcome-back reception will take place from 1-6 p.m. at the Koehler Center, featuring certificate stickers and ride patches, professional sports massages, ice cream and showers. Registration is available at www.hancockhorizontalhundred.com. Call Craun at 419-424-8782 for more information.
McKinnis House Open House: Medicines in the 1840s 1:00 pm
McKinnis House Open House: Medicines in the 1840s @ McKinnis House at Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Sep 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The McKinnis House at Litzenberg Memorial Woods will host an open house from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 about medicines in the 1840s. The free program requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
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Town and Campus 9:00 am
Town and Campus @ UF President Home
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am
Town and Campus will meet Monday in the tent by the home of university president Katherine Fell. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. with refreshments. The service club supports the university with scholarships.
End of Summer/Beginning of Fall Program 10:00 am
End of Summer/Beginning of Fall Program @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A program about the end of summer and beginning of fall, for 3- to 5-year-old youngsters accompanied by an adult, will be presented by Hancock Park District staff on Monday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The same program will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The free program requires no registration. The program will include a story and crafts about fall wildflowers. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 10 @ 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
Sep 10 @ 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.
Thrive Over 50 5:30 pm
Thrive Over 50 @ 50 North
Sep 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
“Thrive Over 50,” a healthy living coaching presentation with Anne Hayes, will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at 50 North. The session is designed to help attendees improve their nutrition, learn how to ward off disease, build their immune system, reduce inflammation in the body, improve brain health, conquer weight concerns, develop an accountability plan and more by implementing simple lifestyle changes which encourage a nutrient-based foundation. Registration is required, but the program is free. Call 419-423-8496.
Jammin’ at the Library 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library continues at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 and 24 at the Bluffton Public Library. This is a song-circle style jam session that anyone is welcome to join. For more information, email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
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Wyandot County Fair
Wyandot County Fair @ Wyandot County Fairgrounds
Sep 11 – Sep 16 all-day
The Wyandot County Fair gets underway today and continues through Sunday at the county fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky. Musical entertainment includes concerts on Friday night by the Rough Country Band and Saturday night featuring Whey Jennings and the Backroads Band. Both concerts are in the Masters Building. Other fair entertainment includes a truck pull on Friday, a tractor pull on Saturday and the demolition derby on Monday. Grandstand tickets and pit passes are $10. Daily admission to the fair is $7. Season passes are $25 for adults and $10 for youth between the ages of 8-17. Veterans are admitted free today. Seniors 62 and older will be admitted free on Thursday. Ride prices will be set on the first day of the fair. The fair schedule is as follows: TODAY 8 a.m. — Opening of 167th Wyandot County Fair. 9 a.m. — Flag-raising ceremony. 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Health screenings – Wyandot Memorial Hospital booth. 10 a.m. — Junior and open dairy show – arena. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Wood carvings – Conservation Building. Noon to 2 p.m. — Veterans Day luncheon – Masters Building. 4 p.m. — Baked goods auction – Masters Building. 4 to 8 p.m. — Birds of prey – Conservation Building. 5 p.m. — Open class swine show; open class rabbit show – arena. 5:30 p.m. — Junior fair king and queen pageant – Masters Building. 6:30 p.m. — Parade. 7:30 p.m. — County high school band show – grandstand. WEDNESDAY 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Health screenings – Wyandot Memorial Hospital booth. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Wood carvings – Conservation Building. 1 p.m. — Junior fair horse contesting – horse arena. 2 p.m. — Open market lamb show with open and junior breeding sheep immediately following. 4 to 8 p.m. — Birds of prey – Conservation Building. 4:30 p.m. — Junior fair poultry showmanship and poultry show – goat arena. 5 p.m. — Parimutuel harness racing – grandstand. 5:30 p.m. — Upper Galaxy Twirlers – outside Masters Building. 7 p.m. — County high school music show – Masters Building. THURSDAY 8:30 a.m. — Junior dairy feeders – arena. 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Health screenings – Wyandot Memorial Hospital booth. 10 a.m. — Senior Citizen of the Year Award. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Wood Carvings – Conservation Building. 10:30 a.m. — Senior entertainment – Masters Building. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Farm Bureau agricultural seminars. 11:30 a.m. — Lunch (tickets available at Senior Center) – Masters Building. 12:30 p.m. — Senior entertainment – Masters Building. 2 p.m. — Junior beef breeding — arena. 2 to 6 p.m. — Birds of prey – Conservation Building. 3 p.m. — Junior beef feeder calf show – arena. 4 p.m. — Venison chili – Conservation Building. 5 p.m. — Parimutuel harness racing – grandstand. 6 p.m. — Turkey calling – Conservation Building; Junior beef show; BW Twirlers – outside Masters Building. FRIDAY 9 a.m. — Pony show – horse arena. 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Health screenings – Wyandot Memorial Hospital booth. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Wood carvings – Conservation Building. Noon — Junior fair showman of showmen – arena; Wyandot County Business Showcase – Masters Building. 3 p.m. — National Kiddie Tractor Pullers Association – outside Masters Building. 4 to 8 p.m. — Birds of prey – Conservation Building. 5 p.m. — Fun with Farm Bureau – arena. 6:30 p.m. — Truck pull ($10 grandstand and seats pits) – grandstand. 8 to 11 p.m. — The Rough Country Band – Masters Building. SATURDAY 9 a.m. — Junior fair livestock sale – arena. 10 a.m. — Culinary Saturday Contests – Masters Building; Birds of prey – Conservation Building. 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Health screenings – Wyandot Memorial Hospital booth. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Wood carvings – Conservation Building. 11 a.m. — Venison stew – Conservation Building. Noon to 4 p.m. — Voting for fair directors – Masters Building. 1 p.m. — Zippy and Slow Tones – Masters Building. 2 p.m. — Straw-stacking contest. 3:30 p.m. — Star kids – Masters Building. 6 p.m. — Cheerleading competition – arena; Tractor pull ($10 grandstand and seats pits). 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. — Backroads Band opening for Whey Jennings – Masters Building. SUNDAY 10:30 a.m. — Mass – arena. Noon — Wood carvings located by Conservation Building. 11 a.m. — Fun show – junior horse arena. 1 p.m. — Calf scramble 0 Arena. 1:30 to 7 p.m. — Gospel concert – mast. 4 p.m. — Demolition derby ($10 grandstand and seats pits).
UF 9/11 Service 12:00 pm
UF 9/11 Service @ Flagpole in front of Old Main, University of Findlay
Sep 11 @ 12:00 pm
The public is welcome to attend the University of Findlay’s annual service to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. At noon on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the flagpole in front of Old Main, UF pastor Matt Ginter will offer comments and lead attendees in a brief prayer.
Business 2 Business Networking 2:00 pm
Business 2 Business Networking @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 11 @ 2:00 pm
The Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce will host Business 2 Business Networking at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. This fast-paced networking event will offer the opportunity to meet up to 20 business professionals, one on one, in five-minute increments. Cost to attend is $15 for chamber members, $25 for nonmembers. Register and pay online at FindlayHancockChamber.com, 419-422-3313 or by emailing rsvp@FindlayHancockChamber.com.
Chill Zone 3:30 pm
Chill Zone @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 11 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Bluffton Public Library has announced “Chill Zone” begins Aug. 28 with a special DIY Bow Tie event. The program is held every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and is open to anyone in sixth through 12th grade. Activities include gaming, socializing, themed events, crafts and snacks. The Bluffton Public Library is located at 145 S. Main St. Call 419-358-5016 for more details.
Technology Courses 4:30 pm
Technology Courses @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 11 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Matt Motes, information technologist, will teach a series of technology courses Sept. 11 at the Bluffton Public Library. A Microsoft Word class will be offered at 4:30 p.m., followed by Cyber Security at 5:30 and Cloud Computing at 6:30. Registration is required, and participants are welcome to register for one, two or all three sessions. Call the library at 419-358-5016.
Indoor Box Lacrosse 6:00 pm
Indoor Box Lacrosse @ The Cube
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department is offering indoor box lacrosse on Tuesdays at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., beginning July 24. The five-week program is available for boys and girls in grades 1-12. Students in grades 1-5 will meet from 6-7 p.m., and those in grades 6-12 will practice from 7-8 p.m. Equipment is required for the scrimmages. Registration is $25. Call 419-424-7176 or stop by the recreation department at The Cube from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to register.
Blessing of our Guardians Service 6:30 pm
Blessing of our Guardians Service @ Connections Church
Sep 11 @ 6:30 pm
Connections Church will host a Blessing of our Guardians service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the church, 700 Rockwell Ave. The short service will honor first responders, firefighters, police officers and veterans from Hancock County and the surrounding area. Pastors from area churches are encouraged to attend. Free Dietsch’s ice cream and other refreshments will be served. Call Lin Drebert at 567-429-1898 or email unomerlion@gmail.com for more information. RSVP is requested by Monday.
Symphony Storytime 6:30 pm
Symphony Storytime @ Putnam County District Library, Ottawa
Sep 11 @ 6:30 pm
The Lima Symphony Orchestra will present a free “Symphony Storytime” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Visitors will be encouraged to enjoy books such as “Pete the Cat,” “Peter Rabbit” and “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” accompanied by classical masterworks performed by a string quartet.
Findlay Garden Club: “Succulents and Cactuses” 7:00 pm
Findlay Garden Club: “Succulents and Cactuses” @ Fox Run Manor
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm
The Findlay Garden Club will present “Succulents and Cactuses,” presented by Feasel’s Garden Center greenhouse manager Maxine Shearer, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Run Manor, 11745 Township Road 145. Shearer will show different plants and explain their care. The public is invited to attend.
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National Video Games Day at Bluffton Public Library 3:30 pm
National Video Games Day at Bluffton Public Library @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 12 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
National Video Games Day will be celebrated from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bluffton Public Library. Participants are invited to bring their console and games to share with others. All games must be rated “E for Everyone,” and children ages 8 and younger require an adult to be present with them. Registration is required by calling the library at 419-358-5016.
Put-a-Cork in Cancer 6:00 pm
Put-a-Cork in Cancer @ Gillig Winery
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Put-a-Cork in Cancer fundraiser will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Gillig Winery, 1720 Northridge Road. Attendees will hear firsthand how the network allows ACS’s volunteers to make a difference in the fight against cancer while enjoying an evening of wine, music, auction times and snacks. Tickets are $26, available at https://www.acscan.org/events/put-cork-cancer-findlay-oh .
Bible Fellowship Church Family Carnival 6:30 pm
Bible Fellowship Church Family Carnival @ Bible Fellowship Church
Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Bible Fellowship Church, 11906 W. Fellowship Drive, Arlington, will host a free family carnival from 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 12 to kick off its weekly KYB (Knowing Your Bible) program. The carnival will feature games, inflatables and snacks. KYB is open to children ages 4 through 12th grade and meets Wednesday evenings. Contact the church at 419-365-5276 or church@bfcarlington.info for more information.
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Babies Love Books 10:00 am
Babies Love Books @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 13 @ 10:00 am
The Bluffton Public Library will host a Babies Love Books program at 10 a.m. Thursday. Activities promoting language and motor development will target babies and toddlers through age 3. No prior registration is required, but children must be accompanied by a parent or child care provider who will participate in the program
A Matter of Balance 1:00 pm
A Matter of Balance @ 50 North
Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Falling is a real fear for many senior citizens, but a program of the Area Agency on Aging 3 is looking to help with that. An eight-week class titled “A Matter of Balance” educates seniors on how to make changes to their home and their lifestyle to help reduce the risk of falls. Exercises to increase strength and balance are also taught. Facilitator Dancie Mohler is a health education coordinator for the agency on aging and has been involved with the program for eight years. The evidence-based program was created by Boston University’s Roybal Center in Applied Gerontology and the New England Research Institutes with funding from the National Institute on Aging. The first class at 50 North was held Sept. 6. Sessions continue from 1-3 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 25. Mohler also explained that falling leads to the fear of falling, which leads to more falls. “A Matter of Balance” is designed to help combat that fear and the hesitancy that goes along with it, she said. Session 2 this Thursday will include a discussion on thoughts and concerns about falling. Participants will hopefully feel comfortable enough to open up about their experiences, their challenges and their successes, said Mohler. Exercises start the third week of the program and will include shoulder rolls, foot circles, seated leg extensions and knee raises, toe stands, alternating steps, side steps, finger spreads, elbow touches and stretches. Some people may not want to continue with the series due to the exercises, Mohler predicted. She anticipates that some will be embarrassed because they can’t move like they did when they were younger. The fourth session Sept. 27 will focus on assertiveness and fall prevention, while the session on Oct. 5 will look at managing concerns about falling. A representative from the Findlay Fire Department will talk to the group about what emergency responders do when a Life Alert button is pushed. For the sixth session on Oct. 11, participants will be asked to look for risks inside their homes. Class members will talk about those results at the seventh session on Oct. 18. Mohler also hopes to bring someone in to talk about the various types of safety equipment on the market. Graduation day is set for Oct. 25. The class but free, but anyone interested must come this week or they will not be able to attend Sept. 20 when exercises are introduced for the first time. For more information, call 50 North at 419-423-8496.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 13 @ 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
Sep 13 @ 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.
HHWP Community Action Commission Micro Business Development Program 5:30 pm
HHWP Community Action Commission Micro Business Development Program @ Wyandot County HHWP Community Action Commission office
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Recruitment is underway to enroll participants in the fall Micro Business Development Program offered by the HHWP Community Action Commission. The program consists of 11 sessions held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Aug. 23. Sessions continue through Nov. 1 at the Wyandot County HHWP Community Action Commission office, 559 S. Warpole St., Upper Sandusky. The program is designed for individuals interested in starting their own business, owners of existing businesses, and others who want to learn about business. For the purposes of this program, a small business is defined as having one to five employees — one of which is the owner of the business. Discussion topics include business success stories, developing a business plan, funding a business, opening and marketing, record keeping, e-commerce, buying a business or franchise, insurance, banking, retirement planning, financial statements, legal forms of ownership, and pricing products and services. There is access to one-on-one counseling after completing the program, and qualified participants will be eligible to apply for a business loan of up to $10,000. The program fee is based upon household income and costs $25 for income-qualified applicants. The program fee is $100 for nonqualified participants. The first session is free. For more information or to request an enrollment application, contact Mary Wilcox at 419-423-3755 or mwilcox@hhwpcac.com.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Sep 13 @ 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.
Line Dancing with Barb 6:00 pm
Line Dancing with Barb @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm
Line Dancing with Barb will be held for teens and adults at 6 p.m. today at the Bluffton Public Library. RSVP at 419-358-5016. The floor is carpeted, so participants should bring a pair of clean socks.
With Help There is Hope 7:00 pm
With Help There is Hope @ Aller Room, Blanchard Valley Hospital
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm
The first meeting of With Help There is Hope will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Aller Room on the first floor of the pavilion at Blanchard Valley Hospital. Meetings will be held the second Thursday of each month. For more information, contact Century Health at 419-425-5050.
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Christian Clearing House Chip In For Charity 9:00 am
Christian Clearing House Chip In For Charity @ Sycamore Springs Golf Club
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am
Christian Clearing House will hold a “Chip in for Charity” golf scramble, including a four-person best ball scramble, Sept. 14 at Sycamore Springs Golf Club, Arlington. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9. The cost is $80 per person/$320 per team, which includes green fees, cart, continental breakfast, lunch and door prizes. All proceeds will benefit Christian Clearing House in its mission to help Hancock County residents in emergency situations. To register or to provide a sponsorship, contact Christian Clearing House at 419-422-2222 or email tstahl@hcchfindlay.org.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Sep 14 @ 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.
Van Buren United Methodist Church Pre-Game Tailgate 5:00 pm
Van Buren United Methodist Church Pre-Game Tailgate @ Van Buren United Methodist Church
Sep 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Van Buren United Methodist Church will host a pregame tailgate party before home football games, from 5-7 p.m. This replaces the “5th Quarter” hosted by the church in the past. Families are invited to come for free food and games, including hot dogs, walking tacos and desserts. Home games are scheduled for Sept. 14 and 28 and Oct. 26. The church is located within walking distance of the football field and is “Home of the 9 Square.”
Classic Movie Night: “Stagecoach” 7:00 pm
Classic Movie Night: “Stagecoach” @ Hancock Historical Museum
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St., will host its monthly free classic movie night at 7 p.m. Friday with a screening of “Stagecoach.” Starring John Wayne, the film won two Academy Awards and was nominated for five more in 1940.
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Bluffton Recreation Flag Football
Bluffton Recreation Flag Football @ Bluffton Family Recreation
Sep 15 all-day
NFL flag football sign-up is underway at Bluffton Family Recreation. The program is for youth ages 5-7, with games played on Saturdays from Sept. 8 through Oct. 13. Registration is $35 for BFR members and $70 for nonmembers, required by Aug. 26. Call 419-358-4150 to sign up.
Ada Harvest and Herb Festival 9:00 am
Ada Harvest and Herb Festival @ Main Street, Ada
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The 33rd annual Harvest and Herb Festival will return to downtown Ada from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The festival will fill the village’s Main Street, from Ohio 235 to Ohio 81, with space for 180 vendors. So far, over 130 vendors have signed up. The day’s schedule includes: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Booths open 10 a.m.: Parade on Main Street 11 a.m.: Kids’ games open at Depot Park Noon: Welcome from Mayor David Retterer; flag raising by Ada VFW 9381 Color Guard; and national anthem sung by Noteworthy Community Choir 12:30 p.m.: Crowning of 2018 festival queen 1 p.m.: Drummunity with Lori Fithian 2 p.m.: Andrew Martin the Magician 3 p.m.: Twisted Creations by Pat Parade entries are still being accepted and can be made by contacting Junior Weihrauch at 419-365-5304 or 419-889-4315. Lineup begins at 9 a.m. in the school parking lot. Interested vendors may email questions and requests for booth space to harvestandherb@gmail.com.
Chalk-A-Walk 9:00 am
Chalk-A-Walk @ Downtown Findlay
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Area artists are being sought to create sidewalk art on Main Street in Findlay on Sept. 15. Chalk-A-Walk, sponsored by the Findlay Art League, is intended to be a fun event where teams of artists decorate the sidewalks downtown. Completed drawings will be judged and a $100 cash prize will be awarded in each of the following categories, including high school, college, business, friends and family, church and youth groups. Interested artists must assemble teams of three to five people and register at the Art League, 117 W. Crawford St., or online at findlayartleague.org. The cost is $10 per person. Registration and payment are required by Aug. 24. Teams may supply their own chalk or purchase chalk from the Art League. Participants must bring their own wipes, towels, water and other beverages, and be prepared to provide their own lunch. Several downtown restaurants will be offering Chalk-A-Walk specials. Participants should arrive at the Art League at 9 a.m., when they will be assigned a spot to draw. They may work until the contest ends at 6 p.m., then return to the Art League at 7, when awards will be announced. Professional chalk artist Jodi Hubbard will be giving classes Sept. 1. She will discuss introductory sidewalk chalk drawing from 10 a.m. to noon. A class on advanced drawing for ages 16 and older will be held from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Registration is also required for the classes. Businesses may also co-sponsor the event. The deadline for registration is also Aug. 24. For more information, call 419-306-5720.
Miracle League All-Star Celebration 9:00 am
Miracle League All-Star Celebration @ Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am
Findlay has been selected as the host of the inaugural Miracle League All-Star Celebration to be held this weekend at the Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park. A total of 90 Miracle League All-Star players from around the U.S. and Canada plus 60 Miracle League directors will participate in this first-time event. Events will begin Friday with a street party/meet and greet for players, families, and directors at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Four All-Star baseball games will be played Saturday at Miracle Park, 3430 N. Main St., beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday evening, an All-Star gala will be held at the Hancock Hotel downtown. Miracle Park, a custom baseball field with a cushioned, rubberized surface, allows players with disabilities to play baseball. Miracle League of Findlay players regularly compete at the park, which opened in 2016 at the Marathon Diamonds. The field features wheelchair- and walker-accessible dugouts and a flat surface that eliminates barriers to players with restricted mobility or visual impairments. Players have disabilities including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, Rett syndrome, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The $1.6 million park, which was paid for entirely by public and private donations, also features an inclusive playground. Miracle Park was expanded this year in preparation for the All-Star weekend. The $200,000 expansion included an additional 2,000 square feet of playground surface for children ages 1 to 4, a pavilion, bleachers, two accessible picnic tables and landscaping.
Stitchin’ Time Quilt Club Show 10:00 am
Stitchin’ Time Quilt Club Show @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public LibraryLindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Stitchin’ Time Quilt Club will hold a free quilt show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. The show will include bed quilts, table toppers, wall hangings and other quilted items.
Y-Guides Open House 10:00 am
Y-Guides Open House @ Findlay Family YMCA
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Y-Guides is a YMCA program that helps fathers spend quality time with their children through weekend camping trips, swimming, Sky Zone, ice skating, pinewood derby and more. An open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the YMCA. All families are welcome to come meet existing members and participate in activities including bounce houses, dodgeball and games. For more information, contact Kallie Allen at 419-422-4424 or email KAllen@findlayymca.com.
TnT Toy Run 12:00 pm
TnT Toy Run @ Reineke Ford Lincoln
Sep 15 @ 12:00 pm
The 34th annual TnT Toy Run to benefit Toys for Tots, A.B.A.T.E. of Ohio and other area children’s Christmas charities will begin at noon Saturday at Reineke Ford Lincoln, 12000 County Road 99. Cost to participate is $10 or $5 and a new toy. A party will follow the poker run at Findlay Eagles Club 2118, 4023 County Road 220. The club will also be open before the ride begins. For more information, contact Ed at 419-937-4341 or Pete at 419-722-9941.
UF Swimming and Dive Team Car Wash 12:00 pm
UF Swimming and Dive Team Car Wash @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary parking lot
Sep 15 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 
Fall Fest 1:00 pm
Fall Fest @ Blanchard Valley Center
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Fall Fest, a sensory-friendly event presented by Friends of BVS, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Blanchard Valley Center. Activities include pumpkin painting, face painting, a photo booth, train rides, carnival games, sensory station and food.
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“Play Ball!” with Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik 6:00 pm
“Play Ball!” with Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik @ Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik will host a “Play Ball!” event on Sunday night at the Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park. People of all ages can play wiffle ball and enjoy hotdogs and drinks from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free. Mihalik is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which is supporting an initiative by Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, USA Baseball and USA Softball to provide play opportunities to youth in communities across America and Puerto Rico The initiative focuses on the fun nature of baseball and encourages an active and healthy lifestyle for children.
Norm Lewis 7:30 pm
Norm Lewis @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm
Groundbreaking theater, television and movie star Norm Lewis will be the next University of Findlay Donnell Broadway Concert Series guest artist. Lewis, with award-winning Broadway musician Phil Reno accompanying him on piano, will perform Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for senior citizens and $10 for non-UF students. They can be purchased at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., or online at www.marathoncenterarts.com Admission will be free for UF students, faculty and staff with a valid university ID. Lewis received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of “The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess.” Other Broadway credits include “Sondheim on Sondheim,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Les Misérables,” “Chicago,” “Armour,” “The Wild Party,” “Side Show,” “Miss Saigon” and “The Who’s Tommy.” He made history in 2014 as the first African-American Phantom in Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera.” Off Broadway, Lewis has performed in hits such as “Dessa Rose,” for which he received a Drama Desk nomination and AUDELCO Award; Shakespeare in the Park’s “The Tempest,” and “Dreamgirls” with Jennifer Holliday. On film, he has appeared in “Winter’s Tale,” “Sex and the City 2,” “Confidences,” “Preaching to the Choir” and “Magnum Opus.” Most recently, Lewis was seen as Caiaphas in the Easter Sunday 2018 television film, “Jesus Christ Superstar” that aired on NBC with John Legend, Alice Cooper and Sara Bareilles. His solo debut album, “This is the Life,” can be found on Amazon. For more information about Norm Lewis, visit www.normlewis.com. Reno, originally from Tiffin, is the musical director and vocal arranger for the smash hit, “Something Rotten!,” a Tony Award-nominated musical comedy that opened on Broadway in 2015. Reno received two Grammy nominations for his work on the “Something Rotten!” cast recording. His first Grammy nomination was for the cast recording of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Reno’s other Broadway work has included “The Producers,” “Promises, Promises,” “Thou Shalt Not,” “Cats” and “Dame Edna: The Royal Tour.” He has also contributed orchestrations for the television show, “Broadway Under the Stars,” and the film adaptation of “The Producers.” The Donnell Broadway Concert Series enables noted Broadway artists to visit campus each academic year in the fall and spring. The series provides in-concert entertainment for students and community members, as well as opportunities for UF musical theater students to learn from accomplished professionals in master classes. University of Findlay music professor emeritus Micheal Anders, Ph.D., organizes each concert series.
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Mornings with Mommy 9:30 am
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Sep 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings with Mommy allows families to enjoy activities with your infant through kindergarten-age children while meeting other moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. The educational playdates will begin Sept. 17 and continue on the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays of each month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera. Each session follows a different theme but includes a devotion, language and literacy activities, crafts, a snack and sensory activities. The cost is $5 per family, per session, payable by cash or check. Registration is required at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-326-4685.
50 North NASA Series: “Apollo Program” 1:00 pm
50 North NASA Series: “Apollo Program” @ 50 North
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm
50 North is cooperating with The Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, the hometown of Neil Armstrong, to present a new NASA series. Registration and a $2 fee are required for each program. All programs begin at 1 p.m. Dates and times include: • Sept. 17, “Apollo Program”: Apollo 11 was the first mission to land on the moon. Ever wonder what happened to the first 10 missions and Apollo 12-17? Registration is required by Sept. 13.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 17 @ 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.
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group 3:30 pm
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 17 @ 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
Sep 17 @ 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 Class 6:00 pm
Watercolor Painting Class @ Putnam County District Library, Ottawa
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A watercolor painting class led by Jeanne Beutler will be offered from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Participants will paint a beginner-level lighthouse scene. The fee is $10 and all supplies are included. Registration is required by Monday by calling 419-523-3747.
“Your Vote, Your Voice” with Mike Brickner 7:00 pm
“Your Vote, Your Voice” with Mike Brickner @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Room 254
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm
Voting rights expert Mike Brickner will be speaking Monday at the University of Findlay in celebration of Constitution Day. He will give a free, public talk, titled, “Your Vote, Your Voice,” at 7 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Room 254. Brickner will discuss U.S. Supreme Court cases involving voter purges, partisan gerrymandering, how you can protect your vote, and how to encourage others to cast ballots. He serves as the Ohio director of All Voting is Local. He was previously the senior policy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, where he led the organization’s policy, advocacy and legislative work.
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Mornings with Mommy 9:30 am
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Sep 18 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings with Mommy allows families to enjoy activities with your infant through kindergarten-age children while meeting other moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. The educational playdates will begin Sept. 17 and continue on the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays of each month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera. Each session follows a different theme but includes a devotion, language and literacy activities, crafts, a snack and sensory activities. The cost is $5 per family, per session, payable by cash or check. Registration is required at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-326-4685.
Bluffton University Constitution Day Forum 11:00 am
Bluffton University Constitution Day Forum @ Yoder Recital Hall
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am
Jonathan Andreas, professor of economics, and Perry Bush, professor of history, will debate for and against the repeal of the 14th Amendment during Bluffton University’s annual Constitution Day Forum. The event will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Yoder Recital Hall. It is free. The friendly debate will provide a primer on the 14th Amendment, while modeling respectful civic dialogue on an important issue in current U.S. politics. The 14th Amendment, ratified in July 1868, established the normative definition of U.S. citizenship.
Findlay Exchange Club 12:00 pm
Findlay Exchange Club @ Rosewood Room
Sep 18 @ 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.
Chill Zone 3:30 pm
Chill Zone @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 18 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Bluffton Public Library has announced “Chill Zone” begins Aug. 28 with a special DIY Bow Tie event. The program is held every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and is open to anyone in sixth through 12th grade. Activities include gaming, socializing, themed events, crafts and snacks. The Bluffton Public Library is located at 145 S. Main St. Call 419-358-5016 for more details.
Hancock County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society Pioneer Banquet 6:00 pm
Hancock County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society Pioneer Banquet @ Liberty Township Hall
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm
Tom Davis, portraying John Hancock, will be the featured speaker at the Hancock County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society’s Pioneer Banquet at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Liberty Township Hall. Davis, who is director of risk management services for the Hancock County Commissioners, will appear in full costume. The banquet is open to the public. The meal, catered by Tony’s, will include baked steak or country fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll, beverage and pie. Tickets are $15 per person. Checks may be sent to the society at P.O. Box 672, Findlay, 45839-0672. Reservations and payment are due by Sept. 5. The banquet celebrates members who have proven descent from a Hancock County resident before Dec. 31, 1845. Another award celebrated at the banquet will be settler, which is for those who can prove descent from a resident between Jan. 1, 1846, and Dec. 31, 1846. Settler and pioneer are two different awards, but cannot be given to the same line of descent. Membership in the society is a requirement for the award application and there is a $10 fee. Membership forms and publication order forms can be found in the Local and Family History Department at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, or on the group’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hccogs. There will also be a silent auction during the banquet. Last year’s auction raised over $200 for the society. The society will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. The featured speaker will be a Hancock Historical Museum representative talking about the gas boom.
Indoor Box Lacrosse 6:00 pm
Indoor Box Lacrosse @ The Cube
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department is offering indoor box lacrosse on Tuesdays at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., beginning July 24. The five-week program is available for boys and girls in grades 1-12. Students in grades 1-5 will meet from 6-7 p.m., and those in grades 6-12 will practice from 7-8 p.m. Equipment is required for the scrimmages. Registration is $25. Call 419-424-7176 or stop by the recreation department at The Cube from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to register.
Common Readers 7:00 pm
Common Readers @ Upper Sandusky Community Library
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm
The Upper Sandusky Community Library hosts two book clubs for community members. The Common Readers discussion group will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 to discuss “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. The group will also be voting on choices for the 2018-19 series of meetings that begin in October. The Common Readers group meets the third Tuesday of each month. The more casual BookTalk meets at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Readers share the books they are reading and discuss book- and author-related topics. The next meeting is this week. For more information, stop by the library or call 419-294-1345.
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Beth Genson Art Exhibit Reception 6:00 pm
Beth Genson Art Exhibit Reception @ Fisher/Wall Art Gallery, Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Beth Genson’s works in the ancient art of encaustic use a hot paint mixture of beeswax, damar resin and oil pigments. Genson finds the encaustic medium well suited for her exploration of water as a subject matter, with rivers and ponds as the focal point of many of her paintings. The public is invited to an artist’s reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Wellness Wednesdays 6:30 pm
Wellness Wednesdays @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Wellness Wednesdays, in partnership with Blanchard Valley Health System, will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. Information on HPV vaccinations, preventable cancers and colon cancer prevention will be presented by Brianne Hottinger, oncology nurse navigator. Registration is not required, and more information is available by calling 419-422-1712.
Military Service Informational Meeting 7:00 pm
Military Service Informational Meeting @ Education Center Conference Room 111, Owens Community College -- Findlay Campus
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm
High school students and their parents can obtain information about United States military service academy nominations and the appointment process in a meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Owens Community College — Findlay Campus. The meeting, to be in Education Center Conference Room 111, will be held by U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green. At the meeting, potential service academy candidates will be advised of the congressional nomination process and have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Potential candidates may also obtain an application for a military service academy nomination at the meeting. Applications and additional information are available on Latta’s website at https://latta.house.gov/constituentservices/serviceacademynominations.htm Applications will be due Oct. 1, 2018.
Michael Feinstein 7:30 pm
Michael Feinstein @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm
Michael Feinstein will bring the music of the Great American Songbook to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ main stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. Tickets run between $45 and $85 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org Feinstein has built his career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American Songbook to the world. From recordings that have earned him five Grammy Award nominations to his Emmy nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series and concerts spanning the globe — he’s appeared at the White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House — his work as an educator and archivist has cemented him as a formidable musical force. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Feinstein started playing piano by ear as a 5-year-old. After graduating from high school, he moved to Los Angeles when he was 20 and the widow of legendary concert pianist-actor Oscar Levant introduced him to Ira Gershwin in 1977. He became Gershwin’s assistant for six years, earning him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded. Gershwin’s influence provided a solid base upon which Feinstein evolved into a captivating performer, composer and arranger of his own original music. He also has become an esteemed interpreter of music legends such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and Harry Warren. He was named principal pops conductor for the Pasadena Symphony in 2012 and made his conducting debut in June 2013. Under Feinstein’s leadership, the Pasadena Pops became a premier orchestral presenter of the Great American Songbook with definitive performances of rare orchestrations and classic arrangements. While there is no consensus among critics and music fans as to what songs belong in the Great American Songbook, it encompasses several early 20th century songs and jazz standards. Feinstein, who founded the Great American Songbook Foundation in 2007, gave his own opinion to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in 2013: “It is songs that stand the test of time.” He told the Florida newspaper that newer artists like Billy Joel have written music that can stand up with artists like Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter and others. The Great American Songbook Foundation is doing its part to educate the musical talent of the future about its storied history through master classes and the annual High School Songbook Academy, an intensive summer program with graduates that went on to record acclaimed albums and appear on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” He also serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s sound recording heritage. For more information, visit www.michaelfeinstein.com
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A Matter of Balance 1:00 pm
A Matter of Balance @ 50 North
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Falling is a real fear for many senior citizens, but a program of the Area Agency on Aging 3 is looking to help with that. An eight-week class titled “A Matter of Balance” educates seniors on how to make changes to their home and their lifestyle to help reduce the risk of falls. Exercises to increase strength and balance are also taught. Facilitator Dancie Mohler is a health education coordinator for the agency on aging and has been involved with the program for eight years. The evidence-based program was created by Boston University’s Roybal Center in Applied Gerontology and the New England Research Institutes with funding from the National Institute on Aging. The first class at 50 North was held Sept. 6. Sessions continue from 1-3 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 25. Mohler also explained that falling leads to the fear of falling, which leads to more falls. “A Matter of Balance” is designed to help combat that fear and the hesitancy that goes along with it, she said. Session 2 this Thursday will include a discussion on thoughts and concerns about falling. Participants will hopefully feel comfortable enough to open up about their experiences, their challenges and their successes, said Mohler. Exercises start the third week of the program and will include shoulder rolls, foot circles, seated leg extensions and knee raises, toe stands, alternating steps, side steps, finger spreads, elbow touches and stretches. Some people may not want to continue with the series due to the exercises, Mohler predicted. She anticipates that some will be embarrassed because they can’t move like they did when they were younger. The fourth session Sept. 27 will focus on assertiveness and fall prevention, while the session on Oct. 5 will look at managing concerns about falling. A representative from the Findlay Fire Department will talk to the group about what emergency responders do when a Life Alert button is pushed. For the sixth session on Oct. 11, participants will be asked to look for risks inside their homes. Class members will talk about those results at the seventh session on Oct. 18. Mohler also hopes to bring someone in to talk about the various types of safety equipment on the market. Graduation day is set for Oct. 25. The class but free, but anyone interested must come this week or they will not be able to attend Sept. 20 when exercises are introduced for the first time. For more information, call 50 North at 419-423-8496.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 20 @ 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
Sep 20 @ 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.
HHWP Community Action Commission Micro Business Development Program 5:30 pm
HHWP Community Action Commission Micro Business Development Program @ Wyandot County HHWP Community Action Commission office
Sep 20 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Recruitment is underway to enroll participants in the fall Micro Business Development Program offered by the HHWP Community Action Commission. The program consists of 11 sessions held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Aug. 23. Sessions continue through Nov. 1 at the Wyandot County HHWP Community Action Commission office, 559 S. Warpole St., Upper Sandusky. The program is designed for individuals interested in starting their own business, owners of existing businesses, and others who want to learn about business. For the purposes of this program, a small business is defined as having one to five employees — one of which is the owner of the business. Discussion topics include business success stories, developing a business plan, funding a business, opening and marketing, record keeping, e-commerce, buying a business or franchise, insurance, banking, retirement planning, financial statements, legal forms of ownership, and pricing products and services. There is access to one-on-one counseling after completing the program, and qualified participants will be eligible to apply for a business loan of up to $10,000. The program fee is based upon household income and costs $25 for income-qualified applicants. The program fee is $100 for nonqualified participants. The first session is free. For more information or to request an enrollment application, contact Mary Wilcox at 419-423-3755 or mwilcox@hhwpcac.com.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Sep 20 @ 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.
Scott Lavender and Jim Young 6:00 pm
Scott Lavender and Jim Young @ Secor Building's Registry Bistro
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Local Wall of Famer Scott Lavender will display his road-tested piano chops while Toledo physician Jim Young sings along Thursday at the Secor Building’s Registry Bistro, 144 N. Superior St., Toledo. “Doc and Scott” will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m. as part of the Toledo Jazz Orchestra’s Black & White Transportation Bistro Series. Tickets are $35, which includes light hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar available. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the Valentine Theatre at 419-242-2787. Lavender, a Findlay native, is Johnny Mathis’ musical director. He also worked with Glenn Yarbrough and Toni Tennille. His experiences were recognized last year when he was inducted into the Fifth Third Bank Wall of Fame at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Lavender plans on sharing stories about his career, which will cover his time with Mathis as well as conducting the San Francisco Symphony at the debut of his original composition, “Overture to Tomorrow.” Lavender and Young started performing together in 2012, when the emergency room physician contacted Lavender to take jazz piano lessons. This morphed into “Doc and Scott,” with Lavender on piano and Young on vocals, performing in clubs around the Findlay and Toledo area. Both have musical history on the West Coast, as well. Young was a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area, playing bass in local bands before he decided to practice medicine. As for Lavender, he was living in Los Angeles when he met a man through softball that happened to be Mathis’ librarian. Lavender and his wife struck up a friendship with the librarian and his wife, and they let him know when the piano/conductor position opened up in 1990 so he could go audition. Mathis tunes will be in the rotation for Thursday’s show, which is an eclectic mix of jazz and pop standards that include Henry Mancini, Michael Franks, Al Jarreau, the Beatles and more. For more information, visit http://toledojazz.org
The Music Man 7:30 pm
The Music Man @ Gundlach Theatre, Heidelberg University
Sep 20 @ 7:30 pm
Meredith Wilson’s 1957 musical follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band that he vows to organize. Despite the fact that Harold doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef, his plans to make a profit and skip town are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian. Its songs include “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Pickalittle (Talk-a-Little),” “Goodnight, Ladies” and “‘Till There Was You.”
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Crafting Through the Seasons
Crafting Through the Seasons
Sep 21 – Sep 22 all-day
The Findlay Leo Councilettes will host a craft retreat titled “Crafting Through the Seasons” on Sept. 21-22. The $25 cost includes a weekend of knitting, quilting, crocheting, scrapbooking, reading and more. Door prizes, raffles and table favors, along with lunch, are included. The deadline to register is today. Call Laura Debord at 567-250-9430 to sign up or for more details.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Sep 21 @ 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.
Carey Freewill Baptist Church Autumn Dinner and Bake Sale 3:30 pm
Carey Freewill Baptist Church Autumn Dinner and Bake Sale @ Carey Freewill Baptist Church
Sep 21 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Carey Freewill Baptist Church will host its Autumn Dinner and Bake Sale from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the church, two miles north of Carey on U.S. 23 N. The meal consists of a half-barbecue chicken or two pork chops with au gratin potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, dessert and drink. Cost is $8.50, and orders must be placed by Sept. 14. Call 419-396-4144 to order. Dinners can be delivered to your car or dine-in is available in the fellowship hall.
Reading the Cosmos in Second Temple Jewish Literature: Nature as Model, Sign, Punishment, Witness and Mystery 4:00 pm
Reading the Cosmos in Second Temple Jewish Literature: Nature as Model, Sign, Punishment, Witness and Mystery @ Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall
Sep 21 @ 4:00 pm
Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, assistant professor of religion at Bluffton University, will present the free colloquium “Reading the Cosmos in Second Temple Jewish Literature: Nature as Model, Sign, Punishment, Witness and Mystery” at 4 p.m. Friday in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall, Bluffton University. Wyse-Rhodes will consider portrayals of the natural world in early Jewish and Christian literature. She says nature is variously depicted as a model of righteousness, a sign of things to come, a giver of testimony, an instrument of judgment and a heavenly mystery. Such images informed the religious imaginations of early Jewish and Christian communities, and their meaningfulness endures today.
Blue Oyster Cult with Mark Farner 7:30 pm
Blue Oyster Cult with Mark Farner @ The Ritz Theatre
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm
Riff-heavy and hook-laden, Blue Oyster Cult’s songs inspired psychedelic jam bands and arena rockers alike, which include the smash singles “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You” and “Godzilla.” Special guest Mark Farner was the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk Railroad to the top of the charts, and today he is a platinum recording artist 30 times over.
Reflections on the Soul of the University 7:30 pm
Reflections on the Soul of the University @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm
“Reflections on the Soul of the University” will be the subject of a free, public talk to be given by the Rev. William Reist, recently retired senior pastor at College First Church of God. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium as part of the University of Findlay’s DeBow and Catherine Moore Freed Contemporary Christian Lecture Series. Reist will explore the nature of UF’s Christian heritage in the larger world of church-related higher education. He will propose ideas that would clarify and strengthen the university’s promise that it is “grounded in faith.”
The Music Man 7:30 pm
The Music Man @ Gundlach Theatre, Heidelberg University
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm
Meredith Wilson’s 1957 musical follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band that he vows to organize. Despite the fact that Harold doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef, his plans to make a profit and skip town are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian. Its songs include “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Pickalittle (Talk-a-Little),” “Goodnight, Ladies” and “‘Till There Was You.”
With a Song in My Heart: A Celebration of The Findlay Light Opera 7:30 pm
With a Song in My Heart: A Celebration of The Findlay Light Opera @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay Light Opera Company Series presented by Fifth Third Bank at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts will kick off the first of four cabarets Friday, Sept. 21, with “A Song in My Heart: A Celebration of the Findlay Light Opera Company.” The one-night only event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Marathon Center’s Roy and Marcia Armes Hall, 200 W. Main Cross St. Tickets cost $15 to $25 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org The company has begun a partnership with the Marathon Center, “returning home” to what was formerly known as Central Auditorium after a hiatus of a few years. The company was founded in 1988 by a group of community members dedicated to expanding the performing arts in Findlay. This cabaret will feature some of the company’s most beloved songs from its 30-year musical theater history, with a cast of singers ranging in age from 8 to 89 as a representative showcase of community talent. The production’s creative staff includes director Kathy Newell; Sharon Vaas and Zach Thomas are accompanists; and Devon King is stage manager.
Mount Blanchard 5th Quarter for Adults 9:00 pm
Mount Blanchard 5th Quarter for Adults @ Gazebo in Hurricane Park
Sep 21 @ 9:00 pm
The Mount Blanchard Heart & Soul program will host a “5th Quarter for Adults” discussion after Riverdale football games, starting Friday, at the gazebo in Hurricane Park. Pizza and beverages will be provided. During over 200 interviews with area residents, five themes were identified as what matters most in Mount Blanchard. They are: Activities, business, parks and pool, small town living, and schools. At the 5th Quarter meetings, a different topic will be discussed each week. Schools will be the topic this Friday. The Heart & Soul group is looking for action items that can be done in the community to enhance values. Future topics will be: Sept. 21: Activities, small town living. Sept. 28: Business. Oct. 12: Parks and pool. The discussions will be led by a team member of Heart and Soul.
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Bluffton Recreation Flag Football
Bluffton Recreation Flag Football @ Bluffton Family Recreation
Sep 22 all-day
NFL flag football sign-up is underway at Bluffton Family Recreation. The program is for youth ages 5-7, with games played on Saturdays from Sept. 8 through Oct. 13. Registration is $35 for BFR members and $70 for nonmembers, required by Aug. 26. Call 419-358-4150 to sign up.
Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio Fall Fest
Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio Fall Fest @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 22 all-day
The Service Group of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) is seeking donations of items, services or “experiences” for a silent auction during Fall Fest, being held Sept. 22. Proceeds will support activities and improvement projects, benefiting more than 350 MHCO elders. All donations are tax deductible. Suggested donations include framed artwork, jewelry and certificates for a business service. To donate an item, email JStrahm@mhcoliving.org or call 419-358-1015, ext. 248. The MHCO Service Group will host a bake sale Sept. 21-22 and will staff the food tent at Mennonite Memorial Home during Fall Fest.
Jones Mansion Autumn Garden Luncheon 12:30 pm
Jones Mansion Autumn Garden Luncheon @ The Jones Mansion
Sep 22 @ 12:30 pm
The Jones Mansion will host a luncheon with locally harvested food straight from the garden. Guests can sample delicacies like dilly beans, sorrel soup, pickled beets, refrigerator pickles, zucchini sweets and more. Fresh lemonade and switchel will also be served. The program includes a short history of canning, complete with additional samples. Tickets are limited, with proceeds going to the mansion’s upkeep and restoration.
Soul Shine Blues Festival 4:00 pm
Soul Shine Blues Festival @ Meadowbrook Park Ballroom
Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
First Step Healthy Family Resource Center will host the 23rd annual Soul Shine Blues Festival from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Meadowbrook Park Ballroom, 5430 Ohio 18 W, Bascom. Maurice John Vaughn and Shirley Johnson are the event’s headliners. The Soul Shine Blues Band along with Bud Mowery and the All Star Blues Band complete the bill. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained by calling First Step at 419-435-7300. They are also available at the door the day of the event. All proceeds go to help the resource center provide shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children, along with a 24-hour support line, advocacy and outreach with support programs for men, women and children. The festival will offer a variety of food, including Main Street Deli’s seafood jambalaya and red beans and rice; and Hawg Sawce Catering’s Jason Carter will provide pulled pork barbecue. The year’s guitar raffle will feature a limited edition Fender Standard Stratocaster in seafoam pearl with a hard case. There will also be two handmade cigar box guitars donated by Roger Jones, one inspired by Ohio State University with the other a tribute to Vietnam veterans. There will also be a Top Hat raffle and gift baskets. Raffle tickets are available at First Step, located at 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria, or the day of the show. Winners do not need to be present at the event. Coming out of the streets of Chicago, Maurice John Vaughn is a triple threat on guitar, saxophone and vocals. Raised on Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, black Top 40 and James Brown, he has incorporated his various influences into a blues and R&B style of his own. In the 1980s, Vaughn released his debut solo album, “Generic Blues Album,” and followed that up with 1993’s “In the Shadow of the City” and 2001’s “Dangerous Road.” Raised in Virginia, Shirley Johnson is a gritty, big-voiced blues singer who can also handle soul and gospel. She got her start in her church’s gospel choir at the age of 6 before developing a taste for secular blues music, later landing opening slots for Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler, Z.Z. Hill, and other well-known artists passing through Virginia. Eventually, she found a home in the Chicago blues circuit, recording albums like 1996’s “Looking for Love,” 2002’s “Killer Diller,” and 2009’s “Blues Attack.” The Soul Shine Blues Band will perform traditional blues, drawing on influences like John Lee Hooker, Mississippi John Hurt and Reverend Gary Davis along with the Chicago blues of Howlin’ Wolf. The group features Dave Phillips, Otto Mercer, Rusty Campbell, Jay Albright, Pete Hill and Jameson Newhouse, the first four of which have been in the Findlay area music scene for decades. Bud Mowery and the All Star Blues Band was formed specifically for Soul Shine, featuring Mowery, Glenn Roddy, John Whitlow, Steve Wilson, Dave McNary, and Gary Burns. The bandmates carry decades of experience from local bands, with a repertoire featuring everything from B.B. King and Muddy Waters to more contemporary artists like Rory Gallagher and Joe Bonamassa. For more information, go to: http://soulshineblues.com/ or check out First Step’s Facebook page.
Central Church of Christ Movie Night 6:00 pm
Central Church of Christ Movie Night @ Central Church of Christ
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm
Central Church of Christ, 307 E. Hardin St., will host a free movie night at 6 p.m. Sept. 22. The film “I Can Only Imagine,” based on the incredible true-life story that inspired the beloved, chart-topping song, will be shown. Popcorn and water will be provided.
Quarry Farm Jam 6:00 pm
Quarry Farm Jam @ Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Music of all kinds will fill the air as the Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm hosts the organization’s fifth annual jam. Whether you play an instrument like a virtuoso or just like to pretend, sing along or listen, people of all ages are invited to spend a late summer evening with music under the outdoor pavilion’s big red roof. Light refreshments, including homemade cookies, are available.
Flamingo Designer Purse Bingo 6:30 pm
Flamingo Designer Purse Bingo @ Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital
Sep 22 @ 6:30 pm
The Blanchard Valley Hospital gift shop will host “Flamingo Designer Purse Bingo,” a bingo event with designer purses as prizes, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Marathon Auditorium of BVH. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at the gift shop or by phone by calling 419-423-5388 by Sept. 21. Cash and credit card are both accepted.
The Music Man 7:30 pm
The Music Man @ Gundlach Theatre, Heidelberg University
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm
Meredith Wilson’s 1957 musical follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band that he vows to organize. Despite the fact that Harold doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef, his plans to make a profit and skip town are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian. Its songs include “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Pickalittle (Talk-a-Little),” “Goodnight, Ladies” and “‘Till There Was You.”
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Mitch McVicker 10:00 am
Mitch McVicker @ Salem-Cass United Methodist Church
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am
Mitch McVicker will bring his Dove award-winning music to Findlay for a 10 a.m. show Sunday, Sept. 23, at Salem-Cass United Methodist Church. The show is free, but tickets are required. They can be picked up at the church, 4699 Hancock County 236; or Findlay Christian Book and Gift Store, 438 Tiffin Ave. With 10 albums, a DVD and over 1,800 concerts in 49 states and 13 countries to his name, McVicker began his career in 1995 as support for Rich Mullins, a Christian musician who wrote the song, “Awesome God.” The two traveled, performed, wrote and lived together before a car accident killed Mullins and badly injured McVicker. While McVicker was still deep in a lengthy and difficult recovery period, the two were awarded a Dove award for the song, “My Deliverer.” While McVicker’s style is distinct from Mullins, he acknowledges Mullins’ influence on his life, with a pursuit of simplicity and a desire to say real things with his music. He is touring on the heels of his latest album, “The Acceptance of And,” which he describes as a gradual shift and refinement of his sound. McVicker said he appreciates the intimate vibe that goes with the larger-than-life sound a church can provide for music, adding that audience energy is what makes a concert special. Those who attend the show can witness McVicker’s unique stage show, which bandcamp.com has described as “MacGyver meets Mark Twain.”
Latino Sunday 11:30 am
Latino Sunday @ Our Lady of Consolation National Basilica and Shrine
Sep 23 @ 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Latino Sunday will be observed Sept. 23 at the Our Lady of Consolation National Basilica and Shrine, 315 Clay St., Carey. Aztec dancers from Norwalk, Ohio, will perform in front of the basilica prior to the noon Mass, which will be celebrated in Spanish. The shrine cafeteria will serve a menu of Mexican specialties. The day will conclude at 2:30 p.m. with devotions and an outdoor rosary procession, followed with benediction and individual prayers for healing and a blessing with the relic of the true cross.
The Music Man 1:30 pm
The Music Man @ Gundlach Theatre, Heidelberg University
Sep 23 @ 1:30 pm
Meredith Wilson’s 1957 musical follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band that he vows to organize. Despite the fact that Harold doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef, his plans to make a profit and skip town are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian. Its songs include “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Pickalittle (Talk-a-Little),” “Goodnight, Ladies” and “‘Till There Was You.”
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Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 24 @ 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
Sep 24 @ 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.
Jammin’ at the Library 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library continues at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 and 24 at the Bluffton Public Library. This is a song-circle style jam session that anyone is welcome to join. For more information, email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
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Chill Zone 3:30 pm
Chill Zone @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 25 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Bluffton Public Library has announced “Chill Zone” begins Aug. 28 with a special DIY Bow Tie event. The program is held every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and is open to anyone in sixth through 12th grade. Activities include gaming, socializing, themed events, crafts and snacks. The Bluffton Public Library is located at 145 S. Main St. Call 419-358-5016 for more details.
Indoor Box Lacrosse 6:00 pm
Indoor Box Lacrosse @ The Cube
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department is offering indoor box lacrosse on Tuesdays at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., beginning July 24. The five-week program is available for boys and girls in grades 1-12. Students in grades 1-5 will meet from 6-7 p.m., and those in grades 6-12 will practice from 7-8 p.m. Equipment is required for the scrimmages. Registration is $25. Call 419-424-7176 or stop by the recreation department at The Cube from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to register.
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A Matter of Balance 1:00 pm
A Matter of Balance @ 50 North
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Falling is a real fear for many senior citizens, but a program of the Area Agency on Aging 3 is looking to help with that. An eight-week class titled “A Matter of Balance” educates seniors on how to make changes to their home and their lifestyle to help reduce the risk of falls. Exercises to increase strength and balance are also taught. Facilitator Dancie Mohler is a health education coordinator for the agency on aging and has been involved with the program for eight years. The evidence-based program was created by Boston University’s Roybal Center in Applied Gerontology and the New England Research Institutes with funding from the National Institute on Aging. The first class at 50 North was held Sept. 6. Sessions continue from 1-3 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 25. Mohler also explained that falling leads to the fear of falling, which leads to more falls. “A Matter of Balance” is designed to help combat that fear and the hesitancy that goes along with it, she said. Session 2 this Thursday will include a discussion on thoughts and concerns about falling. Participants will hopefully feel comfortable enough to open up about their experiences, their challenges and their successes, said Mohler. Exercises start the third week of the program and will include shoulder rolls, foot circles, seated leg extensions and knee raises, toe stands, alternating steps, side steps, finger spreads, elbow touches and stretches. Some people may not want to continue with the series due to the exercises, Mohler predicted. She anticipates that some will be embarrassed because they can’t move like they did when they were younger. The fourth session Sept. 27 will focus on assertiveness and fall prevention, while the session on Oct. 5 will look at managing concerns about falling. A representative from the Findlay Fire Department will talk to the group about what emergency responders do when a Life Alert button is pushed. For the sixth session on Oct. 11, participants will be asked to look for risks inside their homes. Class members will talk about those results at the seventh session on Oct. 18. Mohler also hopes to bring someone in to talk about the various types of safety equipment on the market. Graduation day is set for Oct. 25. The class but free, but anyone interested must come this week or they will not be able to attend Sept. 20 when exercises are introduced for the first time. For more information, call 50 North at 419-423-8496.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 27 @ 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
Sep 27 @ 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.
HHWP Community Action Commission Micro Business Development Program 5:30 pm
HHWP Community Action Commission Micro Business Development Program @ Wyandot County HHWP Community Action Commission office
Sep 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Recruitment is underway to enroll participants in the fall Micro Business Development Program offered by the HHWP Community Action Commission. The program consists of 11 sessions held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Aug. 23. Sessions continue through Nov. 1 at the Wyandot County HHWP Community Action Commission office, 559 S. Warpole St., Upper Sandusky. The program is designed for individuals interested in starting their own business, owners of existing businesses, and others who want to learn about business. For the purposes of this program, a small business is defined as having one to five employees — one of which is the owner of the business. Discussion topics include business success stories, developing a business plan, funding a business, opening and marketing, record keeping, e-commerce, buying a business or franchise, insurance, banking, retirement planning, financial statements, legal forms of ownership, and pricing products and services. There is access to one-on-one counseling after completing the program, and qualified participants will be eligible to apply for a business loan of up to $10,000. The program fee is based upon household income and costs $25 for income-qualified applicants. The program fee is $100 for nonqualified participants. The first session is free. For more information or to request an enrollment application, contact Mary Wilcox at 419-423-3755 or mwilcox@hhwpcac.com.
Sew Many Memories 5:30 pm
Sew Many Memories @ Birchaven Village
Sep 27 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Bridge Bereavement Services is offering a “Sew Many Memories” grief support program from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane. This program will offer participants the opportunity to turn their loved one’s clothing into a keepsake. The Sept. 27 session will be for planning purposes and the Oct. 6 session will be used for sewing. “Parting with clothing that belonged to a deceased loved one can often be an emotional decision to make,” said Niki Sidle, Bridge bereavement coordinator. “This program will allow those who recently lost someone close to them to turn that clothing into a heartfelt keepsake.” The program is open to any adult, child or family who has recently experienced the death of a loved one. No sewing experience is necessary, and volunteers will be available to assist. Participants must attend both sessions. Registration is required by Sept. 24. RSVP at 419-423-5351 or by emailing bridge@bvhealthsystem.org.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Sep 27 @ 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.
Persons Affected by a Loved One’s Suicide 7:00 pm
Persons Affected by a Loved One’s Suicide @ Aller Room at Blanchard Valley Hospital
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm
Persons Affected by a Loved one’s Suicide (PALS) will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Aller Room at Blanchard Valley Hospital. The group is free, open to all grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide, and professionally facilitated by Century Health. The group meets the fourth Thursday of each month, except November, when it meets the third Thursday. The group also has a small lending library and speakers available for groups or classes. Contact Nancy Stephani at 419-425-5050 for more details.
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Micky Dolenz
Micky Dolenz @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 28 all-day
Former Monkees vocalist and drummer Micky Dolenz performs at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 28.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Sep 28 @ 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.
Van Buren United Methodist Church Pre-Game Tailgate 5:00 pm
Van Buren United Methodist Church Pre-Game Tailgate @ Van Buren United Methodist Church
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Van Buren United Methodist Church will host a pregame tailgate party before home football games, from 5-7 p.m. This replaces the “5th Quarter” hosted by the church in the past. Families are invited to come for free food and games, including hot dogs, walking tacos and desserts. Home games are scheduled for Sept. 14 and 28 and Oct. 26. The church is located within walking distance of the football field and is “Home of the 9 Square.”
BulletBoys with Enuff Z’Nuff 6:00 pm
BulletBoys with Enuff Z’Nuff @ All American Rock House
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm
Formed in 1988 during the peak of the Los Angeles glam movement, BulletBoys boasts a roster of musicians who played in groups like King Kobra and Ratt along with a sound that fuses hard rock and blues, which is demonstrated on its cover of “For the Love of Money.” Chicago’s Enuff Z’Nuff formed in 1984 and cranked out more than 20 albums, including 1991’s “Strength” and 1993’s “Animals with Human Intelligence.”
Mount Blanchard 5th Quarter for Adults 9:00 pm
Mount Blanchard 5th Quarter for Adults @ Gazebo in Hurricane Park
Sep 28 @ 9:00 pm
The Mount Blanchard Heart & Soul program will host a “5th Quarter for Adults” discussion after Riverdale football games, starting Friday, at the gazebo in Hurricane Park. Pizza and beverages will be provided. During over 200 interviews with area residents, five themes were identified as what matters most in Mount Blanchard. They are: Activities, business, parks and pool, small town living, and schools. At the 5th Quarter meetings, a different topic will be discussed each week. Schools will be the topic this Friday. The Heart & Soul group is looking for action items that can be done in the community to enhance values. Future topics will be: Sept. 21: Activities, small town living. Sept. 28: Business. Oct. 12: Parks and pool. The discussions will be led by a team member of Heart and Soul.
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Bluffton Recreation Flag Football
Bluffton Recreation Flag Football @ Bluffton Family Recreation
Sep 29 all-day
NFL flag football sign-up is underway at Bluffton Family Recreation. The program is for youth ages 5-7, with games played on Saturdays from Sept. 8 through Oct. 13. Registration is $35 for BFR members and $70 for nonmembers, required by Aug. 26. Call 419-358-4150 to sign up.
AdverCity Showcase 7:30 pm
AdverCity Showcase
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Tickets for the fifth AdverCity Showcase, from 7:30-10 p.m. Sept. 29, are on sale at Eventbrite.com (search The AdverCity Showcase #5). The featured performers and venue are a surprise for ticketholders, with the location announced just 24 hours prior to the show and the performers announced at the show. Each event features four performers ranging from spoken word, comedy, singer/songwriter and bands. Tickets are tiered, ranging from $10-15 depending on sales.
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