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Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” @ Star Theatre
Jul 1 all-day
The Star Players of Upper Sandusky will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” as their summer 2018 musical. Although primarily an adult cast, several ensemble spots will be available to children ages 6-14.   The production will be staged June 29 through July 1 and July 5, 7 and 8. It will be directed and choreographed by Tina Pritchard, with Reid Barth as music director. Contact the Star Players via Facebook for more information.
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
Jul 1 @ 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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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Summer Playdates 9:30 am
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Summer Playdates @ Jenera Community Park
Jul 2 @ 9:30 am
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is hosting summer playdates at Jenera Community Park, south of the village on Ohio 698, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the first and third Mondays of July and August. Parents, grandparents and caregivers may bring children of any age to enjoy playing outside with other children while the adults visit.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jul 2 @ 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
Jul 2 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Grand Love, a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren, meets Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at 1941 Carlin St., Findlay. Call 419-422-8616.
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Findlay Exchange Club 12:00 pm
Findlay Exchange Club @ Rosewood Room
Jul 3 @ 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.
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Spirit of 1776
Spirit of 1776 @ Dorney Plaza
Jul 4 all-day
Community members can take a trip back in time when the Fourth of July rolls in on Wednesday. The fourth annual “Spirit of 1776” will begin around 9:30 a.m. in Dorney Plaza, in front of the Hancock County Courthouse, and will carry on until approximately 2:30 p.m. The event will take a break at 11 a.m. for the annual Fourth of July parade, and resume afterward. Don VanRenterghem, the event’s organizer, said re-enactors will portray George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and the 5th United States Colored Troops infantry regiment, the most decorated African-American regiment from the Civil War. Barbara and John Bond, known as the Heritage Minstrels, will perform music from the colonial period through the Civil War, complete with 1840s attire, an Irish whistle and percussion. There will also be a cannon expert and cannonier, Bob Kelley. New this year is Tom Niewulis, an author and entrepreneur with a military background who will portray Samuel Adams. Niewulis runs the blog, “Samuel Adams Returns.” According to the blog, Niewulis has read many of the original documents written by the nation’s founders. Through his research, Niewulis concludes Adams was a strong proponent of religion in every aspect of society. VanRenterghem said Adams wrote to several newspapers under several different names, spreading the ideas that would instigate the Boston Tea Party and, later, the American Revolution. Also at Wednesday’s event will be Richard Lee Haithcock, chief of the Saponi-Catawba Nation in the Ohio River Valley, a U.S. Army and Navy veteran and the author of several books. VanRenterghem will play Alexander Hamilton. George Washington will be played by Kenneth Hammontree, a former history teacher with a repertoire of nearly 30 characters and the moniker of “Mr. Ohio History.” In addition to the United States Colored Troops infantry re-enactors, local re-enactor and collector Rob Tong will be on hand to share his Civil War knowledge. VanRenterghem found the Civil War re-enactors after he couldn’t find black Revolutionary War re-enactors. He said the events of 1776 helped lead to the Civil War, illustrating history’s continuing reverberations through time. A re-enactor will speak about every 15 minutes, which is new this year. They will also be on hand for people to talk to them. The event will also include face painting for kids and colonial period novelties. The Hancock Constitutionalists helped put the event together, and free copies of the Constitution will be given out to people who want them.
50 North Diabetes Support Group 10:00 am
50 North Diabetes Support Group @ 50 North
Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A new diabetes support group has formed at 50 North. The free self-management group meets from 10-11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month and provides practical ideas to deal with symptoms effectively. Registration is required by the Monday prior to each presentation by calling 419-423-8496.
Findlay July 4th Parade 11:00 am
Findlay July 4th Parade @ Downtown Findlay
Jul 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
Hancock Historical Museum Ice Cream Social 12:00 pm
Hancock Historical Museum Ice Cream Social @ Hancock Historical Museum
Jul 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St., will host an ice cream social on the front porch of the historic Hull-Flater House from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, immediately following the City of Findlay’s Flag City July 4th Parade. Ice cream will be available for $1, root beer floats for $2, and a sundae buffet for $3.
McComb Lions Club Chicken Barbecue 5:00 pm
McComb Lions Club Chicken Barbecue @ McComb Village Park
Jul 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The McComb Lions Club will hold its 10th annual chicken barbecue dinner from 5-7 p.m. July 4, prior to the McComb fireworks. The barbecue will be held at the McComb Village Park and will feature a half-chicken, vegetable, roll, dessert and drink. Tickets are $9 each, presale only, and may be purchased through Wednesday. Tickets are available from any McComb Lions member or by calling 419-293-3458, and at Primrose Flowers, Hoverman Insurance, or Tees, Tees & More in McComb. All proceeds will be used to fund club projects.
Riverside Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm
Riverside Summer Concert Series @ Riverside Park
Jul 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The 67th annual Riverside Summer Concert Series, hosted by Hancock Park District, will begin Wednesday, June 6, with Night Jazz at the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Band Shell in Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave. Each performance runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Bench seating is provided at the band shell, or visitors may bring a lawn chair or blanket. If there is inclement weather, listen to WFIN radio for cancellations or alternate performance venues. Cooperation in producing the concert series is provided by the City of Findlay Parks and Recreation Department, Hancock Parks Foundation, and the Hancock Park District. Sound engineering is provided by the House of Hindenach. WFIN radio personalities will be the masters of ceremonies. For more information, visit www.HancockParks.com under the “Park News” section or call the park district office at 419-425-7275. Night Jazz June 6 A big-band-style jazz group comprising members from Findlay and the surrounding area, Night Jazz plays tunes made famous by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. Founded in 1995, the group incorporates trumpets, saxophones, trombones, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums and singing into its musical mixture. Fostoria Community Band June 13 The 2018 Fostoria Community Band’s summer tour is titled “Celestial Wonders: Music from Beyond the Cosmos.” Selections include “Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst; “Sundance” by Frank Ticheli; “Star Trek Through the Years,” “Superman” and more. Founded in 1995, the band has 55 musicians from Fostoria and the surrounding area. Nashville Crush June 20 Featuring several Ohio musicians, Nashville Crush’s high-energy, award-winning stage show presents a balance of country and rock music with its combination of guitars, fiddle and banjo. Tapestry June 27 This duo of seasoned northwest Ohio musicians features Denise Grupp-Verbon on lever and pedal harp and Michael Grupp-Verbon on acoustic guitar. Buddy Love and the Coconuts July 4 With band members averaging 30 years of experience, Buddy Love and the Coconuts’ goal is to get the crowd moving and grooving to classic rock tunes from the 1960s and today’s top 40. The band has also been known to offer softer, slower acoustic sets and numbers. Findlay Civic Band July 11 and 18 Under the direction of Jack Taylor, a University of Findlay professor of music, the Findlay Civic Band mixes school musicians, professional people, retirees, seasoned musicians and novices into a presentation of light and pop forms of music, including patriotic, Hollywood and Broadway themes. Pantasia July 25 Findlay High School’s Pantasia Steel Drum Band performs music for all occasions on the steel drum. Since its spring 1997 inception, Pantasia has garnered a reputation as an educational and entertaining instrumental music ensemble, performing numerous shows throughout Ohio, nationally and internationally. The Fossil Creek Band Aug. 1 The Fossil Creek Band grew out of the farmlands of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan in the spring of 2006. Now a bluegrass/Americana band, its members boast backgrounds in folk, country, rock, gospel and barbershop music. Civic Jazz Aug. 8 Playing for more than 50 years, the Civic Jazz Band collects local talent from high school to retirement ages to play music of all genres. The band meets for only two months a summer to perform at the band shell in Riverside Park. Ball in the House Aug. 15 This five-member a cappella group follows the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6 while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams. Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus Aug. 22 The Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus has provided the region with G-rated entertainment and harmonizing since 1962. Their repertoire includes barbershop standards, modern harmonies, comic numbers, and many gospel melodies. Ted Yoder Aug. 29 Ted Yoder brings a pop symphonic approach to the hammered dulcimer, a stringed musical instrument played by striking the instrument’s strings with small mallet hammers, utilizing skills from guitarists, percussionists and pianists. Yoder’s approach to the instrument weaves stately solo pieces of modern favorite tunes with unique arrangements, powerful dynamics, and beautiful melodic interlacement. His fame rose after his dulcimer rendition of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” went viral from Facebook Live.
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Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” @ Star Theatre
Jul 5 all-day
The Star Players of Upper Sandusky will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” as their summer 2018 musical. Although primarily an adult cast, several ensemble spots will be available to children ages 6-14.   The production will be staged June 29 through July 1 and July 5, 7 and 8. It will be directed and choreographed by Tina Pritchard, with Reid Barth as music director. Contact the Star Players via Facebook for more information.
BookTalk 10:00 am
BookTalk @ Beca House Coffee Co.
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am
The Upper Sandusky Community Library will present a “BookTalk” at 10 a.m. Thursday at Beca House Coffee Co., 128 S. Sandusky Ave., Upper Sandusky. This is a casual gathering of readers who will be talking about what they’ve been reading.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jul 5 @ 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
Jul 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The 2018 Hancock County Farmers’ Market season runs from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10 through Oct. 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Visit bit.ly/HCFMvendors or call 419-422-5594 for more information.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Jul 5 @ 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.
Findlay Library Creative Writing Group 6:30 pm
Findlay Library Creative Writing Group @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Jul 5 @ 6:30 pm
The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will host a creative writing group at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5 in the Lindamood Room. Creative writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry are invited to practice their writing, meet other writers, ask questions, receive feedback and have fun. The meeting will begin with a prompt and will continue with free writing and the option to share near the end of the hour. Beginners are welcome. For more information, visit www.findlaylibrary.org.
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Tree Town Festival
Tree Town Festival @ Gormley Park
Jul 6 – Jul 8 all-day
The Tree Town Festival will run July 6, 7 and 8 at Gormley Park in Forest.
Tree Town Festival
Tree Town Festival @ Gormley Park
Jul 6 – Jul 8 all-day
Forest’s Tree Town Festival is set for this weekend in Gormley Park. For more information, call 419-273-2520 or email treetownfestival@hotmail.com.
Flag City Daylily Tour 10:00 am
Flag City Daylily Tour
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The third annual Flag City Daylily Tour, featuring six gardens, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 6 and 7 and from noon to 6 p.m. July 8. Admission to the self-guided tours are free. This spring the Flag City Daylily Tour was named the first “Daylily Ambassador” by the American Daylily Society. All nine gardens from the previous two years and this year have received this honor. All six gardeners are members of the American Daylily Society, and several of the gardeners are active members of Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Findlay, as well as the Black Swamp Hosta and Daylily Society (Toledo), the Metropolitan Columbus Daylily Society, and the Ohio Daylily Society (Mansfield). This year’s gardens are: • Sharon and Ron DeCooman, 4251 Hancock County 236, Arcadia. Located on the northeast side of Findlay, this garden is on a rural farm and includes 1,200 registered daylilies, many of which are for sale. This garden emphasizes tall, large flowered daylilies and includes many newer varieties by Margo Reed, Judy Davisson, Jamie Gossard, Sandy Holmes, and Dan Bachman. The garden includes many hostas and other perennials, as well as an extensive hybridizing program that has produced thousands of daylily seedlings that are on display in open fields. • Mike and Denise Anders, 712 Redfox Road, Findlay. There are more than 2,000 registered daylilies and non-registered seedlings growing in this east-side garden located on a half-acre city lot. Most of the daylilies are large-flowering classic forms. This “historic daylily garden” includes a substantial collection of cultivars by Steven Moldovan, Roy Woodhall and Ron Valente. It also features numerous hostas and a wide collection of garden art. • Linda and David Spahr, 9898 Township Road 234, Findlay. This classic country garden surrounds a white farm at a bend in the road in the middle of a large dairy farm. It includes many old and new daylilies mixed with hostas, perennials and annuals. There are many double-blooming daylilies, as well as numerous tall and late bloomers. • Richard and Robin Hopkins, 1214 Hurd Ave., Findlay. New to the tour this year is a “beginner” daylily collection with more than 200 registered cultivars in a garden located in one of Findlay’s historic south-end neighborhoods. It includes an assortment of hostas, as well as various perennials and annuals surrounding the Victorian house and original carriage house that were built in 1874. The garden also includes several water features, garden art, and a small chicken coop that all blend with the numerous plants. • Ann and George Brickner, 8755 Township Road 251, Findlay. Located on the far east side of Findlay, the Perennial Plant Peddler has over 1,200 newer and classic daylily cultivars and seedlings in this American Daylily Society “display garden.” Many of these plants are for sale and include all sizes, shapes, colors and forms of daylilies. The garden also includes more than 200 hosta varieties, 250 irises, and well over 1,000 other perennials. • Keith and Becky McClelland, 9728 County Road 37, Findlay. McClelland’s Daylilies is located south of Findlay, near the University of Findlay Western Equestrian Farm. The garden includes more than 500 older and newer daylilies, planted in raised beds that create the visual impact of a sea of color. Additionally, there are over 150 different types of hostas. The emphasis of this daylily garden is on extra-large forms, both spiders and doubles, from very early through very late bloomers, most of which are for sale. For more information about the Flag City Daylily Tour, check out their page on Facebook, send an email to anders@findlay.edu, or call 419-889-8827.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Jul 6 @ 3:00 pm
Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator. The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed. SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists. Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.
Rally in the Alley 5:00 pm
Rally in the Alley
Jul 6 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The public is invited to the 26th Rally in the Alley outdoor musical event series in downtown Findlay’s Latham Courtyard on the 500 block of South Main Street. The events run Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. and are free of charge. Violet Vinyl June 8 This Findlay band’s fusion of folk, bluegrass, country and rock features original songs and covers of Michael Jackson, Chris Stapleton, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley, along with a 10-minute 1990s medley. Ryan Parker sings lead and supplies guitar and harmonica; Carrie Lynn plays fiddle and sings; Dan Wilkinson plays upright bass; and Matt Walker provides percussion. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn will provide food. Hipnotix June 15 Formed in 2003 as a three-piece classic rock band in the vein of Journey, Boston and Foreigner, the band currently has five members, most of whom reside in the Lima area. Jimi Goare plays guitar; Rachel Wheaton sings; Dean Altstaetter plays keyboards; Sue Alt supplies bass guitar and David “Sugah” Breaston handles the drums. The group recorded and released an original album, “Closer,” in 2010. More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page. Bread Kneads will supply food. Tongue ‘N’ Groove June 22 and Aug. 17 Chip McClurkin, a Findlay native as well as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, said Rally in the Alley is the band’s favorite venue to play due to its Friday-after-work vibe and opportunity to interact with the crowd. The band plays classic and contemporary rock/pop music, with sets featuring songs by Led Zeppelin, The Who and Foo Fighters. Sometimes the musicians throw twists into the songs, such as incorporating parts of an older tune into a newer song. In addition to pop hits, the band also throws some epic deep cuts into the set list. Members include David Foreman on lead guitar; Dean Armstrong on keyboards; Mark Stears on bass; and Todd Clymer on drums. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Jimmy John’s will provide food in June, and Hot Head Burrito will serve food in August. Bourbon & Vinyl June 29 Bourbon & Vinyl specializes in Americana and Southern rock, with some classic rock and ’90s rock covers thrown into the mix. The group has been playing together for nearly a decade, making their official live debut in April for the Alumni Musical Showcase at Findlay High School. Paul Romanoski plays lead guitar; Ryan Clements supplies rhythm guitar and vocals; Jeremy Schlarb plays keyboards and guitar; Evan Iles plays drums; and Zach Barger handles bass and vocals. Ashley Barger and Emma Wright will be featured vocalists. Hot Head Burrito will supply food. Spoiled Rotten July 6 This Findlay-based band plays 1980s rock classics, including Van Halen, Journey, Foreigner and Bon Jovi, along with their own original tunes. Marty Hough supplies lead guitar and lead vocals; Mitch Mitchell plays drums; Tim Shaffer mans the keyboards and sings lead; and Joe Berardinelli provides bass and backing vocals. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Campus Pollyeyes will provide food. Reese Dailey Band July 13 Formed in 2007, the Toledo-based group plays a concentration of Southern rock, blues and original music, providing high-energy dance and/or jam music at its shows. The band’s first CD, “Simpatico,” is a collection of 10 original songs written, produced and performed by Reese Dailey, who has been playing guitar since the age of 8. The band features Tom Lawson on guitar and vocals; Scott Kretzer supplies drums; and Eric Taylor plays the bass. Dailey’s songwriting combines the lyrical influences of his father, Pat, with Gordon Lightfoot along with the heavy guitar work of The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Culver’s will provide food. Reunion Band July 20 Formed 27 years ago at a Findlay High School class of 1971 reunion, this eight-piece group specializes in rock and roll cover tunes from the 1960s and ’70s. Four of the members have been playing together since 1966 in the Central Junior High School basement: Reg Routson on drums; Scott Lavender on keyboards; Mike Rosati on lead guitar; and John Courtney on vocals. Later band members are: Dennis Reamsnyder on rhythm guitar; Steve Wilson on bass; Richard Wittenmyer on vocals and tambourine; and Susan Bright on vocals and cowbell. Routson said the band’s biggest influences are Motown, The Beatles and The Left Banke, and the group also throws some one-hit wonders into their sets, including songs by the Music Explosion, Syndicate of Sound, Electric Prunes, and Richard and the Young Lions. Fern Café will provide food. Big Red Deluxe July 27 Hailing from Wisconsin and comprising musicians from the northwest Ohio area, Big Red Deluxe is a five-piece cover band that blends classic and modern rock, country, Motown and disco. The band covers songs from artists such as Journey, Tom Petty, Zac Brown, AC/DC, Styx, Bruno Mars, Poison, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chris Stapleton, The Temptations and more. Joe “The Hammer” Orians holds down the bass line; Uncle Stevie bangs out the keys; Dr. Ike shreds the guitar; Mark “Thumper” Armstrong rips the kit; and Fritz shakes the tambourine. Visit www.bigreddeluxe.com and the group’s Facebook page for more information. Intimate Events Catering will provide food. Hurricane Jayne and the Houserockers Aug. 3 This Findlay-based band will blow a gust of ’50s and ’60s rock, rockabilly, classic country and swing through Latham Courtyard. Jayne Allen sings lead and supplies cowbell; Craig Allen plays guitar; Chris Budke pounds the drums; and Mark Calvelage plays bass. Influences include early Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Buck Owens, Bob Wills, Buddy Holly, Brenda Lee and early Elvis Presley, with Patsy Cline profoundly influencing Allen’s singing style. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Jack-B’s will provide food. High Impact Aug. 10 With members from Columbus and Dayton, this dance rock band’s repertoire boasts standards from the 1960s to the present day, including The Beatles, Robert Palmer, Eddie Money, The Clash, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Kiss,[...]
Blue Collar Country Weekend 6:00 pm
Blue Collar Country Weekend @ All American Rock House
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm
Josh Melton will return home from Nashville to headline the July 6 lineup of the Keith Anderson Blue Collar Country Weekend, which features Keith Anderson headlining on July 7 and Riverbend Band headlining July 8. July 6’s lineup also features Liberty Rose, Andrew Ellis, and Shifferly Road; July 7 features Abby Ray, R.B. Stone, Rodney Parker and the Liberty Beach Band; and July 8 features J.D. Owen, “Hendy,” and Jim Burns Band. Time: Doors open 6 p.m. July 6 and 7, open 2 p.m. July 8.
Friday Night Live 6:30 pm
Friday Night Live @ 50 North
Jul 6 @ 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.
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Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” @ Star Theatre
Jul 7 all-day
The Star Players of Upper Sandusky will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” as their summer 2018 musical. Although primarily an adult cast, several ensemble spots will be available to children ages 6-14.   The production will be staged June 29 through July 1 and July 5, 7 and 8. It will be directed and choreographed by Tina Pritchard, with Reid Barth as music director. Contact the Star Players via Facebook for more information.
Punky’s Pace 5K 9:00 am
Punky’s Pace 5K @ Ridgemont High School
Jul 7 @ 9:00 am
The second annual Punky’s Pace 5K will be held Saturday in Ridgeway to benefit the Keegan McKee Memorial Fund. The 18-year-old McKee died in February 2017. Several family members including aunts, uncles and grandparents survive in Findlay and the surrounding villages. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. behind the old Ridgemont High School near Ridgemont track and field (Oak and South East streets). The race begins at 9 a.m. Race registration is $30, with $2 kids’ fun runs and races available. Additional activities will include bounce houses, balloon launch, raffles and door prizes. Contact Toni McKee at 419-674-6106 or email Tmckee222@gmail.com for more information.
Flag City Daylily Tour 10:00 am
Flag City Daylily Tour
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
The third annual Flag City Daylily Tour, featuring six gardens, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 6 and 7 and from noon to 6 p.m. July 8. Admission to the self-guided tours are free. This spring the Flag City Daylily Tour was named the first “Daylily Ambassador” by the American Daylily Society. All nine gardens from the previous two years and this year have received this honor. All six gardeners are members of the American Daylily Society, and several of the gardeners are active members of Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Findlay, as well as the Black Swamp Hosta and Daylily Society (Toledo), the Metropolitan Columbus Daylily Society, and the Ohio Daylily Society (Mansfield). This year’s gardens are: • Sharon and Ron DeCooman, 4251 Hancock County 236, Arcadia. Located on the northeast side of Findlay, this garden is on a rural farm and includes 1,200 registered daylilies, many of which are for sale. This garden emphasizes tall, large flowered daylilies and includes many newer varieties by Margo Reed, Judy Davisson, Jamie Gossard, Sandy Holmes, and Dan Bachman. The garden includes many hostas and other perennials, as well as an extensive hybridizing program that has produced thousands of daylily seedlings that are on display in open fields. • Mike and Denise Anders, 712 Redfox Road, Findlay. There are more than 2,000 registered daylilies and non-registered seedlings growing in this east-side garden located on a half-acre city lot. Most of the daylilies are large-flowering classic forms. This “historic daylily garden” includes a substantial collection of cultivars by Steven Moldovan, Roy Woodhall and Ron Valente. It also features numerous hostas and a wide collection of garden art. • Linda and David Spahr, 9898 Township Road 234, Findlay. This classic country garden surrounds a white farm at a bend in the road in the middle of a large dairy farm. It includes many old and new daylilies mixed with hostas, perennials and annuals. There are many double-blooming daylilies, as well as numerous tall and late bloomers. • Richard and Robin Hopkins, 1214 Hurd Ave., Findlay. New to the tour this year is a “beginner” daylily collection with more than 200 registered cultivars in a garden located in one of Findlay’s historic south-end neighborhoods. It includes an assortment of hostas, as well as various perennials and annuals surrounding the Victorian house and original carriage house that were built in 1874. The garden also includes several water features, garden art, and a small chicken coop that all blend with the numerous plants. • Ann and George Brickner, 8755 Township Road 251, Findlay. Located on the far east side of Findlay, the Perennial Plant Peddler has over 1,200 newer and classic daylily cultivars and seedlings in this American Daylily Society “display garden.” Many of these plants are for sale and include all sizes, shapes, colors and forms of daylilies. The garden also includes more than 200 hosta varieties, 250 irises, and well over 1,000 other perennials. • Keith and Becky McClelland, 9728 County Road 37, Findlay. McClelland’s Daylilies is located south of Findlay, near the University of Findlay Western Equestrian Farm. The garden includes more than 500 older and newer daylilies, planted in raised beds that create the visual impact of a sea of color. Additionally, there are over 150 different types of hostas. The emphasis of this daylily garden is on extra-large forms, both spiders and doubles, from very early through very late bloomers, most of which are for sale. For more information about the Flag City Daylily Tour, check out their page on Facebook, send an email to anders@findlay.edu, or call 419-889-8827.
Oakwoods Nature Preserve Open House 10:00 am
Oakwoods Nature Preserve Open House @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Hancock Park District naturalist Michelle Rumschlag will have a bird skull and bone collection on display during an open house from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The open house will continue until 4 p.m. Activities and attractions include bird-watching through the Windows on Wildlife, mounted animals and live animals on display, nature videos, field guides and nature books, touch table and puppets, and seasonal displays and exhibits. The free, family program requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Treasure Hunt Family Fun Fest 10:00 am
Treasure Hunt Family Fun Fest @ St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church
Jul 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St. (main entrance on Crawford Street), will host Treasure Hunt Family Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to noon July 7. The island fun will feature free music, science experiments, crafts, food, photo opportunities and more. Call the church office at 419-422-4845 to register.
Swiss Homestead Open House 1:00 pm
Swiss Homestead Open House @ Swiss Homestead
Jul 7 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Swiss Homestead at 8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton, will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. every Saturday through August. Areas open to visitors will include the restored 1843 house; reconstructed summer kitchen; restored workshop; 1850s kitchen garden; an outdoor bake oven; and extensive grounds. Docents will be available to interpret the homestead’s history each weekend. The 1854 barn will be open the last Saturday of each month only. Special activities will take place the second Saturday of each month: June 9 — making butter in the summer kitchen; July 14 — children’s games; Aug. 11 — working with tools in the workshop. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 16 and younger and members of the Swiss Community Historical Society.
Blue Collar Country Weekend 6:00 pm
Blue Collar Country Weekend @ All American Rock House
Jul 7 @ 6:00 pm
Josh Melton will return home from Nashville to headline the July 6 lineup of the Keith Anderson Blue Collar Country Weekend, which features Keith Anderson headlining on July 7 and Riverbend Band headlining July 8. July 6’s lineup also features Liberty Rose, Andrew Ellis, and Shifferly Road; July 7 features Abby Ray, R.B. Stone, Rodney Parker and the Liberty Beach Band; and July 8 features J.D. Owen, “Hendy,” and Jim Burns Band. Time: Doors open 6 p.m. July 6 and 7, open 2 p.m. July 8.
Vanlue Vacation Bible School 6:00 pm
Vanlue Vacation Bible School @ Vanlue Park Community Building
Jul 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
“Turned Around” is the theme of the free Vacation Bible School being presented from 6-8 p.m. today through Thursday at the Vanlue Park Community Building. The program will include Bible verses, lessons, crafts, games, songs and snacks. It is sponsored by East Mt. Zion and Vanlue Christ United Methodist churches, Vanlue Community Church and Child Evangelism Fellowship Chapter.
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Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” @ Star Theatre
Jul 8 all-day
The Star Players of Upper Sandusky will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” as their summer 2018 musical. Although primarily an adult cast, several ensemble spots will be available to children ages 6-14.   The production will be staged June 29 through July 1 and July 5, 7 and 8. It will be directed and choreographed by Tina Pritchard, with Reid Barth as music director. Contact the Star Players via Facebook for more information.
The Well
The Well @ University of Findlay
Jul 8 – Jul 13 all-day
The Well, a free, Christian-based, weeklong summer theology institute for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, will be held July 8-13 at the University of Findlay. The camp is for students who are interested in learning more about their faith and how it intersects with and informs other aspects of their lives, including career choice. Participants will be provided with on-campus lodging, daily meals, snacks and all materials they need. To register and to view an activities list, visit www.findlay.edu/academics/well/ .
First Presbyterian Church Community Dinner 11:00 am
First Presbyterian Church Community Dinner @ First Presbyterian Church
Jul 8 @ 11:00 am
The next First Presbyterian Church community dinner will be served at 11 a.m. July 8 in the great room, 2330 S. Main St.
Flag City Daylily Tour 12:00 pm
Flag City Daylily Tour
Jul 8 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The third annual Flag City Daylily Tour, featuring six gardens, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 6 and 7 and from noon to 6 p.m. July 8. Admission to the self-guided tours are free. This spring the Flag City Daylily Tour was named the first “Daylily Ambassador” by the American Daylily Society. All nine gardens from the previous two years and this year have received this honor. All six gardeners are members of the American Daylily Society, and several of the gardeners are active members of Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Findlay, as well as the Black Swamp Hosta and Daylily Society (Toledo), the Metropolitan Columbus Daylily Society, and the Ohio Daylily Society (Mansfield). This year’s gardens are: • Sharon and Ron DeCooman, 4251 Hancock County 236, Arcadia. Located on the northeast side of Findlay, this garden is on a rural farm and includes 1,200 registered daylilies, many of which are for sale. This garden emphasizes tall, large flowered daylilies and includes many newer varieties by Margo Reed, Judy Davisson, Jamie Gossard, Sandy Holmes, and Dan Bachman. The garden includes many hostas and other perennials, as well as an extensive hybridizing program that has produced thousands of daylily seedlings that are on display in open fields. • Mike and Denise Anders, 712 Redfox Road, Findlay. There are more than 2,000 registered daylilies and non-registered seedlings growing in this east-side garden located on a half-acre city lot. Most of the daylilies are large-flowering classic forms. This “historic daylily garden” includes a substantial collection of cultivars by Steven Moldovan, Roy Woodhall and Ron Valente. It also features numerous hostas and a wide collection of garden art. • Linda and David Spahr, 9898 Township Road 234, Findlay. This classic country garden surrounds a white farm at a bend in the road in the middle of a large dairy farm. It includes many old and new daylilies mixed with hostas, perennials and annuals. There are many double-blooming daylilies, as well as numerous tall and late bloomers. • Richard and Robin Hopkins, 1214 Hurd Ave., Findlay. New to the tour this year is a “beginner” daylily collection with more than 200 registered cultivars in a garden located in one of Findlay’s historic south-end neighborhoods. It includes an assortment of hostas, as well as various perennials and annuals surrounding the Victorian house and original carriage house that were built in 1874. The garden also includes several water features, garden art, and a small chicken coop that all blend with the numerous plants. • Ann and George Brickner, 8755 Township Road 251, Findlay. Located on the far east side of Findlay, the Perennial Plant Peddler has over 1,200 newer and classic daylily cultivars and seedlings in this American Daylily Society “display garden.” Many of these plants are for sale and include all sizes, shapes, colors and forms of daylilies. The garden also includes more than 200 hosta varieties, 250 irises, and well over 1,000 other perennials. • Keith and Becky McClelland, 9728 County Road 37, Findlay. McClelland’s Daylilies is located south of Findlay, near the University of Findlay Western Equestrian Farm. The garden includes more than 500 older and newer daylilies, planted in raised beds that create the visual impact of a sea of color. Additionally, there are over 150 different types of hostas. The emphasis of this daylily garden is on extra-large forms, both spiders and doubles, from very early through very late bloomers, most of which are for sale. For more information about the Flag City Daylily Tour, check out their page on Facebook, send an email to anders@findlay.edu, or call 419-889-8827.
Vanlue Vacation Bible School 6:00 pm
Vanlue Vacation Bible School @ Vanlue Park Community Building
Jul 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
“Turned Around” is the theme of the free Vacation Bible School being presented from 6-8 p.m. today through Thursday at the Vanlue Park Community Building. The program will include Bible verses, lessons, crafts, games, songs and snacks. It is sponsored by East Mt. Zion and Vanlue Christ United Methodist churches, Vanlue Community Church and Child Evangelism Fellowship Chapter.
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Broadway in Your Backyard
Broadway in Your Backyard
Jul 9 – Jul 13 all-day
Students entering grades 1-12 are invited to participate in “Broadway in Your Backyard,” July 9-13. Students will work with teaching artists to learn about the performing arts while staging a showcase production for the community. Age-appropriate workshops such as creative dramatics, acting, movement, music, improvisation and theatre games will also be offered. Students in grades 4-12 will have the opportunity to attend a performance featuring a professional Broadway music director and performer. Camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9-12 for grades 4-12 and from 8:30 a.m. to noon for grades 1-3. The showcase performance will be held at 7 p.m. July 13. Registration for grades 1-3 is $80 and $70 for each additional family member. Registration for grades 4-12 is $160 and $135 for each additional family member. A limited number of scholarships are available. Register at http://marathoncenterarts.org/summer-camps/ or email Craig VanRenterghem at education@artspartnership.com for more details.
Fireflies Program 10:00 am
Fireflies Program @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A Hancock Park District program on fireflies for 3-year-old and younger toddlers, accompanied by an adult, will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. There will be a story and a craft. The same program will be offered each time and siblings may attend. No registration is required.
Kids Yoga Camp 10:30 am
Kids Yoga Camp @ Harmony Yoga
Jul 9 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Children will work for five days on flexibility, strength, focus and balance by learning yoga poses, breathing and relaxation techniques with music, games, books, and guided imagery with a “sea” theme. A special craft will be made with a small snack provided. Registration and payment due by July 6. Sessions will be 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 6, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 7 to 11.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jul 9 @ 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.
North Baltimore Public Library Family Night 4:00 pm
North Baltimore Public Library Family Night @ North Baltimore Public Library
Jul 9 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
As part of the Summer Reading Program Libraries Rock!, the North Baltimore Public Library will host a free family night from 4-7 p.m. Monday. There will be a DJ in the Wolfe Community Room and live music on the lawn. A special area will feature different types of musical instruments. Food, games and face painting will also be offered.
Grand Love 4:30 pm
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Jul 9 @ 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.
Beginners’ Watercolor Painting Class 6:00 pm
Beginners’ Watercolor Painting Class @ Putnam County District Library, Ottawa
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jeanne Beutler will present a beginning level watercolor painting class from 6-8 p.m. July 9 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Participants will paint purple pansies. The $10 fee includes all supplies. Registration is required by Monday by calling 419-523-3747.
The Magic Factory Kidz Storm 6:00 pm
The Magic Factory Kidz Storm @ Trinity Baptist Church
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Trinity Baptist Church, 7839 County Road 236, will host “The Magic Factory Kidz Storm” Vacation Bible School for ages 4 through sixth grade from 6-8 p.m. daily, Monday through Wednesday. Register at VBSFindlay.com. Transportation will be provided each evening for children living in Findlay. Call the church at 419-422-8462 to request a ride.
Vanlue Vacation Bible School 6:00 pm
Vanlue Vacation Bible School @ Vanlue Park Community Building
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
“Turned Around” is the theme of the free Vacation Bible School being presented from 6-8 p.m. today through Thursday at the Vanlue Park Community Building. The program will include Bible verses, lessons, crafts, games, songs and snacks. It is sponsored by East Mt. Zion and Vanlue Christ United Methodist churches, Vanlue Community Church and Child Evangelism Fellowship Chapter.
First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School 6:30 pm
First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School @ First Baptist Church
Jul 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
First Baptist Church, 1635 Fostoria Ave., invites all children ages 4 through sixth grade to attend Vacation Bible School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This year’s theme is “Operation Arctic,” produced by Answers in Genesis. There will be Bible lessons, music, Bible verses to memorize, games, crafts and stories about missionaries. Call the church at 423-419-0988 for more information.
Basic Archery Class 7:00 pm
Basic Archery Class @ Dold Lake in Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A basic archery class for individuals at least 18 years old will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the archery range near Dold Lake in Oakwoods Nature Preserve. A certified archery instructor will lead the class, which will have a maximum of 10 participants. Registration is $10 per person and can be made online at www.HancockParks.com or at the Hancock Park District administrative offices on East Main Cross Street. Registration deadline is 4 p.m. Monday. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
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Kids Yoga Camp 10:30 am
Kids Yoga Camp @ Harmony Yoga
Jul 10 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Children will work for five days on flexibility, strength, focus and balance by learning yoga poses, breathing and relaxation techniques with music, games, books, and guided imagery with a “sea” theme. A special craft will be made with a small snack provided. Registration and payment due by July 6. Sessions will be 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 6, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 7 to 11.
The Magic Factory Kidz Storm 6:00 pm
The Magic Factory Kidz Storm @ Trinity Baptist Church
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Trinity Baptist Church, 7839 County Road 236, will host “The Magic Factory Kidz Storm” Vacation Bible School for ages 4 through sixth grade from 6-8 p.m. daily, Monday through Wednesday. Register at VBSFindlay.com. Transportation will be provided each evening for children living in Findlay. Call the church at 419-422-8462 to request a ride.
Vanlue Vacation Bible School 6:00 pm
Vanlue Vacation Bible School @ Vanlue Park Community Building
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
“Turned Around” is the theme of the free Vacation Bible School being presented from 6-8 p.m. today through Thursday at the Vanlue Park Community Building. The program will include Bible verses, lessons, crafts, games, songs and snacks. It is sponsored by East Mt. Zion and Vanlue Christ United Methodist churches, Vanlue Community Church and Child Evangelism Fellowship Chapter.
First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School 6:30 pm
First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School @ First Baptist Church
Jul 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
First Baptist Church, 1635 Fostoria Ave., invites all children ages 4 through sixth grade to attend Vacation Bible School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This year’s theme is “Operation Arctic,” produced by Answers in Genesis. There will be Bible lessons, music, Bible verses to memorize, games, crafts and stories about missionaries. Call the church at 423-419-0988 for more information.
Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training 7:00 pm
Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training @ Hancock County ADAMHS Board
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Individuals worried about a loved one’s substance use can sign up for a class focusing on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training model (CRAFT). The class will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on six consecutive Tuesdays, July 10 through Aug. 14, at the Hancock County ADAMHS Board, 438 Carnahan Ave. A maximum of 10 participants will be accepted into the class. Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery, build a healthier relationship and improve their personal quality of life. The class is structured around the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober” and will be facilitated by local community members who were trained by the author, Dr. Robert J. Meyers. The class is free, and participants are encouraged to purchase the book, though copies will be available to borrow. Call the ADAMHS Board office at 419-424-1985 to register.
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HealthWise Mobile Health Clinic 9:30 am
HealthWise Mobile Health Clinic @ Bluffton Public Library
Jul 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Students and staff of Ohio Northern University’s HealthWise program will host a mobile health clinic at Bluffton Public Library from 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 11. The clinic offers free screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose and lipids. The lipids test requires a 12-hour fast. A bone density screening for osteoporosis will also be available. Participants may speak with students and staff about their results or concerns and receive referrals to area doctors. All ages are welcome.
Kids Yoga Camp 10:30 am
Kids Yoga Camp @ Harmony Yoga
Jul 11 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Children will work for five days on flexibility, strength, focus and balance by learning yoga poses, breathing and relaxation techniques with music, games, books, and guided imagery with a “sea” theme. A special craft will be made with a small snack provided. Registration and payment due by July 6. Sessions will be 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 6, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 7 to 11.
The Magic Factory Kidz Storm 6:00 pm
The Magic Factory Kidz Storm @ Trinity Baptist Church
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Trinity Baptist Church, 7839 County Road 236, will host “The Magic Factory Kidz Storm” Vacation Bible School for ages 4 through sixth grade from 6-8 p.m. daily, Monday through Wednesday. Register at VBSFindlay.com. Transportation will be provided each evening for children living in Findlay. Call the church at 419-422-8462 to request a ride.
Vanlue Vacation Bible School 6:00 pm
Vanlue Vacation Bible School @ Vanlue Park Community Building
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
“Turned Around” is the theme of the free Vacation Bible School being presented from 6-8 p.m. today through Thursday at the Vanlue Park Community Building. The program will include Bible verses, lessons, crafts, games, songs and snacks. It is sponsored by East Mt. Zion and Vanlue Christ United Methodist churches, Vanlue Community Church and Child Evangelism Fellowship Chapter.
First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School 6:30 pm
First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School @ First Baptist Church
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
First Baptist Church, 1635 Fostoria Ave., invites all children ages 4 through sixth grade to attend Vacation Bible School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This year’s theme is “Operation Arctic,” produced by Answers in Genesis. There will be Bible lessons, music, Bible verses to memorize, games, crafts and stories about missionaries. Call the church at 423-419-0988 for more information.
Riverside Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm
Riverside Summer Concert Series @ Riverside Park
Jul 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The 67th annual Riverside Summer Concert Series, hosted by Hancock Park District, will begin Wednesday, June 6, with Night Jazz at the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Band Shell in Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave. Each performance runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Bench seating is provided at the band shell, or visitors may bring a lawn chair or blanket. If there is inclement weather, listen to WFIN radio for cancellations or alternate performance venues. Cooperation in producing the concert series is provided by the City of Findlay Parks and Recreation Department, Hancock Parks Foundation, and the Hancock Park District. Sound engineering is provided by the House of Hindenach. WFIN radio personalities will be the masters of ceremonies. For more information, visit www.HancockParks.com under the “Park News” section or call the park district office at 419-425-7275. Night Jazz June 6 A big-band-style jazz group comprising members from Findlay and the surrounding area, Night Jazz plays tunes made famous by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. Founded in 1995, the group incorporates trumpets, saxophones, trombones, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums and singing into its musical mixture. Fostoria Community Band June 13 The 2018 Fostoria Community Band’s summer tour is titled “Celestial Wonders: Music from Beyond the Cosmos.” Selections include “Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst; “Sundance” by Frank Ticheli; “Star Trek Through the Years,” “Superman” and more. Founded in 1995, the band has 55 musicians from Fostoria and the surrounding area. Nashville Crush June 20 Featuring several Ohio musicians, Nashville Crush’s high-energy, award-winning stage show presents a balance of country and rock music with its combination of guitars, fiddle and banjo. Tapestry June 27 This duo of seasoned northwest Ohio musicians features Denise Grupp-Verbon on lever and pedal harp and Michael Grupp-Verbon on acoustic guitar. Buddy Love and the Coconuts July 4 With band members averaging 30 years of experience, Buddy Love and the Coconuts’ goal is to get the crowd moving and grooving to classic rock tunes from the 1960s and today’s top 40. The band has also been known to offer softer, slower acoustic sets and numbers. Findlay Civic Band July 11 and 18 Under the direction of Jack Taylor, a University of Findlay professor of music, the Findlay Civic Band mixes school musicians, professional people, retirees, seasoned musicians and novices into a presentation of light and pop forms of music, including patriotic, Hollywood and Broadway themes. Pantasia July 25 Findlay High School’s Pantasia Steel Drum Band performs music for all occasions on the steel drum. Since its spring 1997 inception, Pantasia has garnered a reputation as an educational and entertaining instrumental music ensemble, performing numerous shows throughout Ohio, nationally and internationally. The Fossil Creek Band Aug. 1 The Fossil Creek Band grew out of the farmlands of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan in the spring of 2006. Now a bluegrass/Americana band, its members boast backgrounds in folk, country, rock, gospel and barbershop music. Civic Jazz Aug. 8 Playing for more than 50 years, the Civic Jazz Band collects local talent from high school to retirement ages to play music of all genres. The band meets for only two months a summer to perform at the band shell in Riverside Park. Ball in the House Aug. 15 This five-member a cappella group follows the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6 while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams. Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus Aug. 22 The Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus has provided the region with G-rated entertainment and harmonizing since 1962. Their repertoire includes barbershop standards, modern harmonies, comic numbers, and many gospel melodies. Ted Yoder Aug. 29 Ted Yoder brings a pop symphonic approach to the hammered dulcimer, a stringed musical instrument played by striking the instrument’s strings with small mallet hammers, utilizing skills from guitarists, percussionists and pianists. Yoder’s approach to the instrument weaves stately solo pieces of modern favorite tunes with unique arrangements, powerful dynamics, and beautiful melodic interlacement. His fame rose after his dulcimer rendition of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” went viral from Facebook Live.
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Discovery Explorers: Frogs and Toads 10:00 am
Discovery Explorers: Frogs and Toads @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Hancock Park District is offering a new “Discovery Explorers” series for those who loved “Discovery Stories,” but who have aged beyond the series. The new program offers a short, informative talk followed by activities and a craft all about the topic of the month. “Discovery Explorers: Frogs and Toads,” which is the second in this series, will take place Thursday at the Richard S. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Children ages 6 to 10 with an adult, as well as other siblings, are welcome to attend programs at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The program is free and registration is not required. For more information about other upcoming park programs and events, view the HPD Seasonal Program & Event Guide at www.HancockParks.com under the “Park News” section, visit the park calendar, or call the park office at 419-425-7275.
Kids Yoga Camp 10:30 am
Kids Yoga Camp @ Harmony Yoga
Jul 12 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Children will work for five days on flexibility, strength, focus and balance by learning yoga poses, breathing and relaxation techniques with music, games, books, and guided imagery with a “sea” theme. A special craft will be made with a small snack provided. Registration and payment due by July 6. Sessions will be 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 6, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 7 to 11.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jul 12 @ 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
Jul 12 @ 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.
Evidence: The Aesthetics of Dissent Opening Reception 5:00 pm
Evidence: The Aesthetics of Dissent Opening Reception @ Neon Heater Gallery
Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
“Evidence: The Aesthetics of Dissent,” an exhibit by Philip Sugden, will be on display in the Neon Heater Gallery in downtown Findlay through July. The visual arts exhibit features objects appropriated from the artist’s home and sealed inside official court evidence bags. These objects could be used in a court of law to help establish an “indisputable proof” of the artist/suspect being in dissent against current U.S./Christian government values and policies of disinformation and untruths. The exhibit will run July 1-30. An opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. July 12 in the gallery, 400½ S. Main St., second floor. To make an appointment to view the exhibit, text or call 419-422-0498 or email theneonheater@gmail.com.
Findlay First Edition Annual Garage Sale 5:00 pm
Findlay First Edition Annual Garage Sale @ Findlay High School Cafeteria
Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Findlay First Edition’s annual garage sale has been set for July 12-14 in the Findlay High School cafeteria, 1200 Broad Ave. Hours are 5-8 p.m. July 12; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 13; and 8 a.m. to noon July 14. Money goes into the general fund to help pay for expenses such as costumes. Donations of gently used items from the public are accepted throughout the week prior to the start of the sale. Items may be taken to the high school cafeteria between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. July 9-11. Large item pickup during these times can be arranged by calling 419-306-9834. For items that need to be donated sooner, call the above number or 419-681-5255 for drop-off times and location. Pickup is available on a limited basis.
Bluffton’s Got Talent 5:30 pm
Bluffton’s Got Talent @ Bluffton Public Library
Jul 12 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The Bluffton Public Library will host “Bluffton’s Got Talent” from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday. DJ EZB will be there with a microphone and sound system, and judges will award prizes. All participants will receive an entry ticket for the summer reading program’s grand prize drawing. Registration is required by calling the library at 419-358-5016.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Jul 12 @ 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.
Vanlue Vacation Bible School 6:00 pm
Vanlue Vacation Bible School @ Vanlue Park Community Building
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
“Turned Around” is the theme of the free Vacation Bible School being presented from 6-8 p.m. today through Thursday at the Vanlue Park Community Building. The program will include Bible verses, lessons, crafts, games, songs and snacks. It is sponsored by East Mt. Zion and Vanlue Christ United Methodist churches, Vanlue Community Church and Child Evangelism Fellowship Chapter.
First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School 6:30 pm
First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School @ First Baptist Church
Jul 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
First Baptist Church, 1635 Fostoria Ave., invites all children ages 4 through sixth grade to attend Vacation Bible School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This year’s theme is “Operation Arctic,” produced by Answers in Genesis. There will be Bible lessons, music, Bible verses to memorize, games, crafts and stories about missionaries. Call the church at 423-419-0988 for more information.
With Help There is Hope 7:00 pm
With Help There is Hope @ Aller Room, Blanchard Valley Hospital
Jul 12 @ 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.
Tusk 7:30 pm
Tusk @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Jul 12 @ 7:30 pm
Fleetwood Mac fans are in for a treat when Tusk performs at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12. The band’s website says the performance will feature note-for-note renditions of Fleetwood Mac classics with no wigs, backing tracks or gimmicks. Tusk’s five seasoned musicians have been making music together in various combinations and styles, in original outfits and in cover bands, for over 25 years. Kathy Phillips takes the role of Stevie Nicks’ vocals; Kim Williams performs Christine McVie’s vocals and keys; Scott McDonald performs Lindsey Buckingham’s guitar and vocals; Tom Nelson drums Mick Fleetwood’s parts; and Randy Artiglere captures John McVie’s bass playing. Tickets range from $30 to $36 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 For more information, visit www.fleetwoodmactribute.com
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Findlay First Edition Annual Garage Sale 8:00 am
Findlay First Edition Annual Garage Sale @ Findlay High School Cafeteria
Jul 13 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Findlay First Edition’s annual garage sale has been set for July 12-14 in the Findlay High School cafeteria, 1200 Broad Ave. Hours are 5-8 p.m. July 12; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 13; and 8 a.m. to noon July 14. Money goes into the general fund to help pay for expenses such as costumes. Donations of gently used items from the public are accepted throughout the week prior to the start of the sale. Items may be taken to the high school cafeteria between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. July 9-11. Large item pickup during these times can be arranged by calling 419-306-9834. For items that need to be donated sooner, call the above number or 419-681-5255 for drop-off times and location. Pickup is available on a limited basis.
Kids Yoga Camp 10:30 am
Kids Yoga Camp @ Harmony Yoga
Jul 13 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Children will work for five days on flexibility, strength, focus and balance by learning yoga poses, breathing and relaxation techniques with music, games, books, and guided imagery with a “sea” theme. A special craft will be made with a small snack provided. Registration and payment due by July 6. Sessions will be 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 6, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 7 to 11.
Toddler Adventure Day Camp: My Grown-Up and Me Painting Session 12:30 pm
Toddler Adventure Day Camp: My Grown-Up and Me Painting Session @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 13 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Hancock Park District’s “Toddler Adventure Day Camp: My Grown-Up and Me Painting Session” will be held at Oakwoods Nature Preserve’s Discovery Center from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday. Toddlers will explore their senses with wax crayons and watercolor texture rubbings of objects found in nature. Awakening Minds Art will also guide toddlers and their grown-ups through a step-by-step guided painting of summer flowers. Snacks will be provided, but parents should bring a reusable water bottle. Register with $20 per child by 1 p.m. Thursday at www.HancockParks.com or in person at the HPD administrative offices, 1424 E. Main Cross St. Adults do not need to register. There is a minimum of three and a maximum of 15 participants. For more information about other upcoming park programs and events, view the HPD Seasonal Program & Event Guide on the HPD website under the “Park News” section, visit the park calendar or call the park office at 419-425-7275.
Movie Night: “Chappaquiddick” 1:00 pm
Movie Night: “Chappaquiddick” @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
Jul 13 @ 1:00 pm
The movie “Chappaquiddick” will be shown at 1 p.m. July 13 at the Forest-Jackson Public Library. The film is rated PG-13. A freewill offering includes popcorn and a drink.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Jul 13 @ 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.
Leipsic First Christian Church Annual Ice Cream Social 5:00 pm
Leipsic First Christian Church Annual Ice Cream Social @ Leipsic First Christian Church
Jul 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Leipsic First Christian Church will host its annual ice cream social from 5-7 p.m. (or until sell-out) Friday. On the menu are homemade chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and brats with all the fixings, baked beans, homemade salads, chips, homemade pies, beverages and Lugibihl’s homemade ice cream. This year’s donations will be used for youth outreach.
Rally in the Alley 5:00 pm
Rally in the Alley
Jul 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The public is invited to the 26th Rally in the Alley outdoor musical event series in downtown Findlay’s Latham Courtyard on the 500 block of South Main Street. The events run Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. and are free of charge. Violet Vinyl June 8 This Findlay band’s fusion of folk, bluegrass, country and rock features original songs and covers of Michael Jackson, Chris Stapleton, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley, along with a 10-minute 1990s medley. Ryan Parker sings lead and supplies guitar and harmonica; Carrie Lynn plays fiddle and sings; Dan Wilkinson plays upright bass; and Matt Walker provides percussion. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn will provide food. Hipnotix June 15 Formed in 2003 as a three-piece classic rock band in the vein of Journey, Boston and Foreigner, the band currently has five members, most of whom reside in the Lima area. Jimi Goare plays guitar; Rachel Wheaton sings; Dean Altstaetter plays keyboards; Sue Alt supplies bass guitar and David “Sugah” Breaston handles the drums. The group recorded and released an original album, “Closer,” in 2010. More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page. Bread Kneads will supply food. Tongue ‘N’ Groove June 22 and Aug. 17 Chip McClurkin, a Findlay native as well as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, said Rally in the Alley is the band’s favorite venue to play due to its Friday-after-work vibe and opportunity to interact with the crowd. The band plays classic and contemporary rock/pop music, with sets featuring songs by Led Zeppelin, The Who and Foo Fighters. Sometimes the musicians throw twists into the songs, such as incorporating parts of an older tune into a newer song. In addition to pop hits, the band also throws some epic deep cuts into the set list. Members include David Foreman on lead guitar; Dean Armstrong on keyboards; Mark Stears on bass; and Todd Clymer on drums. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Jimmy John’s will provide food in June, and Hot Head Burrito will serve food in August. Bourbon & Vinyl June 29 Bourbon & Vinyl specializes in Americana and Southern rock, with some classic rock and ’90s rock covers thrown into the mix. The group has been playing together for nearly a decade, making their official live debut in April for the Alumni Musical Showcase at Findlay High School. Paul Romanoski plays lead guitar; Ryan Clements supplies rhythm guitar and vocals; Jeremy Schlarb plays keyboards and guitar; Evan Iles plays drums; and Zach Barger handles bass and vocals. Ashley Barger and Emma Wright will be featured vocalists. Hot Head Burrito will supply food. Spoiled Rotten July 6 This Findlay-based band plays 1980s rock classics, including Van Halen, Journey, Foreigner and Bon Jovi, along with their own original tunes. Marty Hough supplies lead guitar and lead vocals; Mitch Mitchell plays drums; Tim Shaffer mans the keyboards and sings lead; and Joe Berardinelli provides bass and backing vocals. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Campus Pollyeyes will provide food. Reese Dailey Band July 13 Formed in 2007, the Toledo-based group plays a concentration of Southern rock, blues and original music, providing high-energy dance and/or jam music at its shows. The band’s first CD, “Simpatico,” is a collection of 10 original songs written, produced and performed by Reese Dailey, who has been playing guitar since the age of 8. The band features Tom Lawson on guitar and vocals; Scott Kretzer supplies drums; and Eric Taylor plays the bass. Dailey’s songwriting combines the lyrical influences of his father, Pat, with Gordon Lightfoot along with the heavy guitar work of The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Culver’s will provide food. Reunion Band July 20 Formed 27 years ago at a Findlay High School class of 1971 reunion, this eight-piece group specializes in rock and roll cover tunes from the 1960s and ’70s. Four of the members have been playing together since 1966 in the Central Junior High School basement: Reg Routson on drums; Scott Lavender on keyboards; Mike Rosati on lead guitar; and John Courtney on vocals. Later band members are: Dennis Reamsnyder on rhythm guitar; Steve Wilson on bass; Richard Wittenmyer on vocals and tambourine; and Susan Bright on vocals and cowbell. Routson said the band’s biggest influences are Motown, The Beatles and The Left Banke, and the group also throws some one-hit wonders into their sets, including songs by the Music Explosion, Syndicate of Sound, Electric Prunes, and Richard and the Young Lions. Fern Café will provide food. Big Red Deluxe July 27 Hailing from Wisconsin and comprising musicians from the northwest Ohio area, Big Red Deluxe is a five-piece cover band that blends classic and modern rock, country, Motown and disco. The band covers songs from artists such as Journey, Tom Petty, Zac Brown, AC/DC, Styx, Bruno Mars, Poison, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chris Stapleton, The Temptations and more. Joe “The Hammer” Orians holds down the bass line; Uncle Stevie bangs out the keys; Dr. Ike shreds the guitar; Mark “Thumper” Armstrong rips the kit; and Fritz shakes the tambourine. Visit www.bigreddeluxe.com and the group’s Facebook page for more information. Intimate Events Catering will provide food. Hurricane Jayne and the Houserockers Aug. 3 This Findlay-based band will blow a gust of ’50s and ’60s rock, rockabilly, classic country and swing through Latham Courtyard. Jayne Allen sings lead and supplies cowbell; Craig Allen plays guitar; Chris Budke pounds the drums; and Mark Calvelage plays bass. Influences include early Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Buck Owens, Bob Wills, Buddy Holly, Brenda Lee and early Elvis Presley, with Patsy Cline profoundly influencing Allen’s singing style. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Jack-B’s will provide food. High Impact Aug. 10 With members from Columbus and Dayton, this dance rock band’s repertoire boasts standards from the 1960s to the present day, including The Beatles, Robert Palmer, Eddie Money, The Clash, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Kiss,[...]
2018 Kim Fancher Summer Ice Skating Exhibition 5:30 pm
2018 Kim Fancher Summer Ice Skating Exhibition @ The Cube
Jul 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The Findlay Recreation Department will host the 2018 Kim Fancher Summer Ice Skating Exhibition on Friday from 5:30-7 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Immediately following the exhibition, a public skating session will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Normal admission rate of $5 and skate rental of $3 will apply. The last summer public skate sessions will be on Saturday from 1 to 2:50 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 419-424-7176.
Jackyl 6:00 pm
Jackyl @ All American Rock House
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm
Jackyl’s rock radio hits include “Down On Me,” “When Will It Rain,” “I Stand Alone” and, most notably, “The Lumberjack,” during which vocalist Jesse James Dupree performed a chain saw solo. Dupree’s chain saw escapades on album and in concert along with the band’s Guinness World Records of performing 100 shows in 50 days and 21 shows in 24 hours helped earn Jackyl a reputation as a hardworking band. Rock-n-Roll Outlaws will perform as a special guest at this 21 and over concert.
First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School 6:30 pm
First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School @ First Baptist Church
Jul 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
First Baptist Church, 1635 Fostoria Ave., invites all children ages 4 through sixth grade to attend Vacation Bible School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This year’s theme is “Operation Arctic,” produced by Answers in Genesis. There will be Bible lessons, music, Bible verses to memorize, games, crafts and stories about missionaries. Call the church at 423-419-0988 for more information.
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Immaculate Conception Parish Festival
Immaculate Conception Parish Festival @ Immaculate Conception Church
Jul 14 – Jul 15 all-day
The Immaculate Conception Parish Festival will be held July 14-15 at the church, 189 Church St., Ottoville. The “Saturday Evening Social” will be held from 5-10 p.m., featuring chicken fajitas, barbecue pork sandwiches, wings and live music by the Someone’s Kids band from 6-9 p.m. The baked goods booth opens at 8 a.m. Sunday; the lunch stand opens at 11 a.m.; and family-style chicken and beef dinners will be served in the parish center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A golf balls from heaven drop is at 6 p.m. Sunday, with a $500 grand prize; and the big-ticket drawing for a $1,000 grand prize takes place at 9 p.m. Also featured Sunday are bingo and other games, a kiddie tractor pull at 2 p.m., sand art and inflatables. Sunday’s entertainment will feature Brass Notes at 11:30 a.m., Charlie Doepker and easy listening music at 1:30 p.m., a wild live animal show at 3:30 p.m. and JJ the DJ from 5-8 p.m. The parish historical room will also be open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Call the parish office at 419-453-3513 for more information.
Findlay First Edition Annual Garage Sale 8:00 am
Findlay First Edition Annual Garage Sale @ Findlay High School Cafeteria
Jul 14 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Findlay First Edition’s annual garage sale has been set for July 12-14 in the Findlay High School cafeteria, 1200 Broad Ave. Hours are 5-8 p.m. July 12; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 13; and 8 a.m. to noon July 14. Money goes into the general fund to help pay for expenses such as costumes. Donations of gently used items from the public are accepted throughout the week prior to the start of the sale. Items may be taken to the high school cafeteria between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. July 9-11. Large item pickup during these times can be arranged by calling 419-306-9834. For items that need to be donated sooner, call the above number or 419-681-5255 for drop-off times and location. Pickup is available on a limited basis.
2018 Findlay Garden Tour 10:00 am
2018 Findlay Garden Tour
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Findlay Garden Club’s 2018 Garden Tour runs Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission to the self-guided tour is free. Donations will be taken to cover tour costs and help with the club’s other community projects. The 11 stops on the tour are a variety of small and large gardens where the main designs and work have been done by the gardeners themselves as extensions of their personalities. Tour maps are available at Feasel’s, Brinkman’s, Garden Central, Plant Peddler and 50 North. NORTH AREA Effraim Bilgili 980 Township Road 229 Named 2018’s Gardener of the Year by the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, Effraim Bilgili’s 4-acre garden features numerous plants grown by seed. Every type of perennial, vine, vegetable, herb and fruit and nut tree are grown, along with annuals featured in homemade hanging baskets. The self-taught gardener also has penned goats and chickens. Sandy Winkle 1407 Forest Park Drive Sandy Winkle’s shade garden is a sylvan retreat, where woodland plants nestle in beds under 100-foot oak trees, including sweet woodruff, red twig dogwood, witch hazel, hellebores, Solomon’s seal, and elephant hosta. The garden also features a redbud called Rising Sun, noted for its pea-like rose-purple flowers on bare branches in early spring. Betsy and Doug DeFrancesco 310 St. Andrews Drive The DeFrancescos’ garden features conifers, flowering shrubs, herbs, daylilies, Canada chokecherry trees and staghorn sumacs. A new pollinator garden shares space with fairy gardens, a goldfish pond, annual containers and a raised bed for tomatoes and peppers. Betsy’s favorite dwarf conifers grow in a side yard alongside a bubbler fountain for the birds. A Schnauzer-shaped topiary honors the family dog, and neighborhood kids use the sand pit as a play area. Deb and Van Curliss 6748 Ohio 186, McComb When Deb and Van Curliss lost a giant oak, they turned the area on top of the stump into a “she shed” for Deb, reflecting the whimsical nature of the property’s sun and shade gardens. Raised vegetable and herb beds flourish with the aid of compost provided by their pot-bellied pig, Precious. Other displays include a Japanese maple that was nursed back to health and a bench surrounded by herbs and perennials, grown “lasagna” style, under a huge Mulberry tree. EAST AREA Becky Stahl 514 Cranberry East Drive Becky Stahl’s garden has about 70 varieties of perennials such as blanket flower, dianthus, catmint, columbine, delphinium and sedum. Plants are nestled in tree trunk crannies and a repurposed old metal toolbox. Creative garden ornaments are found throughout the property. An antique tiller and old pitchfork, along with flower-filled work boots, were gifts from Becky’s dad. Colorful plates and wine bottles are bird feeders. Frogs, toadstools, and metal, glass and wood yard art are prominent, while clematis climbs on a lobster trap from Nova Scotia, and a birdhouse is a mailbox. Jeff Knox 846 Hemphill Blvd. Jeff Knox’s garden specializes in vegetables, including 37 varieties of tomatoes, 40 types of peppers, and several herbs and berries. The garden also features repurposed items, including an old TV screen, five industrial propellers, trash cans, and a telephone box. Several refurbished pieces serve as flower pots for annuals, and the garden also includes a mobile chicken coop. NORTH MAIN AREA Rob and Jan Young 235 Frazer St. The Youngs’ wheelchair-friendly garden features two 90-year-old grapevines that morphed into seven varieties of grapes and kiwi vines. The property also features hanging plants, container gardens, a large formal flower bed and three water features, including goldfish ponds. A new rock garden was also constructed from found natural treasures. Parking is available in the adjacent University of Findlay lot. Lawrence Kirkendall 818 N. Cory St. Lawrence Kirkendall’s garden is 50 years in the making, with trees and flowers surrounded by 180 yards of well-trimmed privet bushes. There are over 50 varieties of flowers, herbs, vines, shrubs and trees. The trees include Japanese lilac, red bud, mock orange, smoke tree, ginkgo, white peach, Chinese elm, and dogwood, in addition to crape myrtles brought from Mississippi 45 years ago. Kirkendall planned his garden so that leaf shape, texture and variation are complementary, with his expert branch-cutting technique creating new trees. Randy and Shannon Woerner 228 Prospect Ave. This garden features blackberries, raspberries, loganberries and blueberries, as well as a vegetable garden, chickens, a retooled coy pond, shrubs, large sunflowers, hanging flowers and metal art. SOUTH MAIN AREA Ed and Linda Houck 329 E. Yates Ave. This corner property is an ongoing 30-year project. A landscaped entry garden contains a variety of animal garden ornaments. To the left is a shady lighted patio, two fountains, a 25-year-old hibiscus, several 2- to 5-year-old poinsettias, a peacock ornament and a wheelbarrow planter with cascading impatiens. The back of the house features a large vegetable bed, with all of the produce used for freezing or canning. A large raised-bed planter box was also built as a gift from a daughter and her husband. Marathon Petroleum Corp. 539 S. Main St. Marathon has added a pollinator garden to the open space among its new buildings, designed to sustain habitat and food for native birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinator species that support the ecosystem. The garden is maintained by employees, and local Boy Scouts contributed bluebird houses. Native plants such as Southern blue flag, turtle flower, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia, Short’s aster and button blazing star are planted in a wild, natural design. For questions, call Doris Salis at 419-422-3560 or 419-722-3260, or email salis@findlay.edu
Swiss Homestead Open House 1:00 pm
Swiss Homestead Open House @ Swiss Homestead
Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Swiss Homestead at 8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton, will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. every Saturday through August. Areas open to visitors will include the restored 1843 house; reconstructed summer kitchen; restored workshop; 1850s kitchen garden; an outdoor bake oven; and extensive grounds. Docents will be available to interpret the homestead’s history each weekend. The 1854 barn will be open the last Saturday of each month only. Special activities will take place the second Saturday of each month: June 9 — making butter in the summer kitchen; July 14 — children’s games; Aug. 11 — working with tools in the workshop. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 16 and younger and members of the Swiss Community Historical Society.
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Connections Church Outdoor Baptism Service 10:30 am
Connections Church Outdoor Baptism Service @ Connections Church
Jul 15 @ 10:30 am
Connections Church, 700 Rockwell Ave., will host an outdoor baptism service beginning at 10:30 a.m. July 15. The service is intended to provide a venue to allow churches to baptize members if they do not have a place to do so at their facility. Each pastor will be able to baptize their own members in the pool, according to their practices and beliefs. Individuals wishing to be baptized are also welcome. A picnic will follow the service. Those attending should bring a lawn chair and a dish to share. Table service and beverages will be provided. The Corrections Officer of the Year Award will also be presented by Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman. Any churches wishing to participate may call the Rev. Jim Klausing at 567-208-7831 or 419-420-9093.
Birds of Summer: Open House 1:00 pm
Birds of Summer: Open House @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hancock Park District will offer a program Sunday entitled “Birds of Summer: Open House” where participants will hear dozens of unique bird calls and find out what birds are singing in the park and why they sing. A story about some of our summer resident birds will be read, participants can make a bird feeder to take home and be invited to take a short bird watching hike. The open house will take place at Oakwoods Nature Preserve’s Discovery Center from 1 to 4 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate. Registration is not required. For more information about other upcoming park programs and events, view the HPD Seasonal Program & Event Guide at www.HancockParks.com under the “Park News” section, visit our park “Calendar” or call the park office at 419-425-7275.
McComb Church of Christ Vacation Bible School 5:30 pm
McComb Church of Christ Vacation Bible School @ McComb Church of Christ
Jul 15 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Community Vacation Bible School will be offered July 15-19 at McComb Church of Christ. Dinner is served every night at 5:30 p.m., with VBS to follow from 6-8:30. Bible school is open to ages 4 through eighth grade (3-year-olds may attend with a parent). Register at https:/bit.ly/McCombVBS2018 .
Sing and Celebrate: An Evening of Song, Fellowship, Prayer and Praise 7:00 pm
Sing and Celebrate: An Evening of Song, Fellowship, Prayer and Praise @ Riley Creek United Methodist Church
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm
Riley Creek United Methodist Church, 7102 County Road M, Ottawa, will host “Sing and Celebrate: An Evening of Song, Fellowship, Prayer and Praise” at 7 p.m. July 15. Musicians will include pianist Laura Coburn, singer Jason Horstman and guest artist Abe Cramer. The church is also celebrating the step-by-step milestones in the effort to expand its building and facilities. Architectural plans for the proposed building addition will be displayed, and the footprint outlined.
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Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience 8:30 am
Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience @ Donnell Middle School
Jul 16 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
“Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience” will be held at Donnell Middle School the week of July 16-20. Children can be registered at Findlay City Schools administrative offices, 2019 Broad Ave. Camp World’s limit is 100 campers, and fewer than 10 spots are left. Camp World is for first- through sixth-graders. Its theme is “Mysteries of Africa from A to Z” and it will focus on the countries of Algeria, Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Lunch, a T-shirt and all materials are included in the $150 fee. Limited financial aid is available. For information about financial aid or details about Camp World, call 419-427-5495 or 419-425-8296. Camp World is sponsored by Findlay Enrichment Programs and Findlay City Schools.
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Summer Playdates 9:30 am
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Summer Playdates @ Jenera Community Park
Jul 16 @ 9:30 am
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is hosting summer playdates at Jenera Community Park, south of the village on Ohio 698, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the first and third Mondays of July and August. Parents, grandparents and caregivers may bring children of any age to enjoy playing outside with other children while the adults visit.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jul 16 @ 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
Jul 16 @ 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.
Cruising Memories at 50 North 4:00 pm
Cruising Memories at 50 North @ 50 North
Jul 16 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
50 North will host its second annual car show, “Cruising Memories at 50 North,” from 4-8 p.m. Monday. The free event will be held rain or shine. The is no cost to display a car, and all makes and models are welcome. Vehicle registration begins at 3 p.m. Food will be available for purchase and a 50/50 drawing will be offered. 50 North is located at 339 E. Melrose Ave. Call Tom Brumley at 419-348-7889 for more details.
Grand Love 4:30 pm
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Jul 16 @ 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.
McComb Church of Christ Vacation Bible School 5:30 pm
McComb Church of Christ Vacation Bible School @ McComb Church of Christ
Jul 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Community Vacation Bible School will be offered July 15-19 at McComb Church of Christ. Dinner is served every night at 5:30 p.m., with VBS to follow from 6-8:30. Bible school is open to ages 4 through eighth grade (3-year-olds may attend with a parent). Register at https:/bit.ly/McCombVBS2018 .
No Child Left Indoors 5:30 pm
No Child Left Indoors @ Broken Bird Gun Club
Jul 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Hancock County Pheasants Forever, Black Swamp Bucks and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will host youth outdoor adventures during a “No Child Left Indoors” event from 5:30-8 p.m. July 16 at the Broken Bird Gun Club, 23251 Township Road 186, Forest. Sign-in begins at 5 p.m. Recreational activities will include archery, kayaking, air rifle and shotgun use, and more. The free program is recommended for 7- to 17-year-olds accompanied by an adult. Preregister with Mark Plesec at meplesec@coopertire.com.
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Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience 8:30 am
Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience @ Donnell Middle School
Jul 17 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
“Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience” will be held at Donnell Middle School the week of July 16-20. Children can be registered at Findlay City Schools administrative offices, 2019 Broad Ave. Camp World’s limit is 100 campers, and fewer than 10 spots are left. Camp World is for first- through sixth-graders. Its theme is “Mysteries of Africa from A to Z” and it will focus on the countries of Algeria, Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Lunch, a T-shirt and all materials are included in the $150 fee. Limited financial aid is available. For information about financial aid or details about Camp World, call 419-427-5495 or 419-425-8296. Camp World is sponsored by Findlay Enrichment Programs and Findlay City Schools.
McComb Church of Christ Vacation Bible School 5:30 pm
McComb Church of Christ Vacation Bible School @ McComb Church of Christ
Jul 17 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Community Vacation Bible School will be offered July 15-19 at McComb Church of Christ. Dinner is served every night at 5:30 p.m., with VBS to follow from 6-8:30. Bible school is open to ages 4 through eighth grade (3-year-olds may attend with a parent). Register at https:/bit.ly/McCombVBS2018 .
Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training 7:00 pm
Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training @ Hancock County ADAMHS Board
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Individuals worried about a loved one’s substance use can sign up for a class focusing on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training model (CRAFT). The class will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on six consecutive Tuesdays, July 10 through Aug. 14, at the Hancock County ADAMHS Board, 438 Carnahan Ave. A maximum of 10 participants will be accepted into the class. Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery, build a healthier relationship and improve their personal quality of life. The class is structured around the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober” and will be facilitated by local community members who were trained by the author, Dr. Robert J. Meyers. The class is free, and participants are encouraged to purchase the book, though copies will be available to borrow. Call the ADAMHS Board office at 419-424-1985 to register.
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Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience 8:30 am
Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience @ Donnell Middle School
Jul 18 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
“Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience” will be held at Donnell Middle School the week of July 16-20. Children can be registered at Findlay City Schools administrative offices, 2019 Broad Ave. Camp World’s limit is 100 campers, and fewer than 10 spots are left. Camp World is for first- through sixth-graders. Its theme is “Mysteries of Africa from A to Z” and it will focus on the countries of Algeria, Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Lunch, a T-shirt and all materials are included in the $150 fee. Limited financial aid is available. For information about financial aid or details about Camp World, call 419-427-5495 or 419-425-8296. Camp World is sponsored by Findlay Enrichment Programs and Findlay City Schools.
Findlay Exchange Club 12:00 pm
Findlay Exchange Club @ Rosewood Room
Jul 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.
McComb Church of Christ Vacation Bible School 5:30 pm
McComb Church of Christ Vacation Bible School @ McComb Church of Christ
Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Community Vacation Bible School will be offered July 15-19 at McComb Church of Christ. Dinner is served every night at 5:30 p.m., with VBS to follow from 6-8:30. Bible school is open to ages 4 through eighth grade (3-year-olds may attend with a parent). Register at https:/bit.ly/McCombVBS2018 .
Riverside Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm
Riverside Summer Concert Series @ Riverside Park
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The 67th annual Riverside Summer Concert Series, hosted by Hancock Park District, will begin Wednesday, June 6, with Night Jazz at the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Band Shell in Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave. Each performance runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Bench seating is provided at the band shell, or visitors may bring a lawn chair or blanket. If there is inclement weather, listen to WFIN radio for cancellations or alternate performance venues. Cooperation in producing the concert series is provided by the City of Findlay Parks and Recreation Department, Hancock Parks Foundation, and the Hancock Park District. Sound engineering is provided by the House of Hindenach. WFIN radio personalities will be the masters of ceremonies. For more information, visit www.HancockParks.com under the “Park News” section or call the park district office at 419-425-7275. Night Jazz June 6 A big-band-style jazz group comprising members from Findlay and the surrounding area, Night Jazz plays tunes made famous by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. Founded in 1995, the group incorporates trumpets, saxophones, trombones, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums and singing into its musical mixture. Fostoria Community Band June 13 The 2018 Fostoria Community Band’s summer tour is titled “Celestial Wonders: Music from Beyond the Cosmos.” Selections include “Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst; “Sundance” by Frank Ticheli; “Star Trek Through the Years,” “Superman” and more. Founded in 1995, the band has 55 musicians from Fostoria and the surrounding area. Nashville Crush June 20 Featuring several Ohio musicians, Nashville Crush’s high-energy, award-winning stage show presents a balance of country and rock music with its combination of guitars, fiddle and banjo. Tapestry June 27 This duo of seasoned northwest Ohio musicians features Denise Grupp-Verbon on lever and pedal harp and Michael Grupp-Verbon on acoustic guitar. Buddy Love and the Coconuts July 4 With band members averaging 30 years of experience, Buddy Love and the Coconuts’ goal is to get the crowd moving and grooving to classic rock tunes from the 1960s and today’s top 40. The band has also been known to offer softer, slower acoustic sets and numbers. Findlay Civic Band July 11 and 18 Under the direction of Jack Taylor, a University of Findlay professor of music, the Findlay Civic Band mixes school musicians, professional people, retirees, seasoned musicians and novices into a presentation of light and pop forms of music, including patriotic, Hollywood and Broadway themes. Pantasia July 25 Findlay High School’s Pantasia Steel Drum Band performs music for all occasions on the steel drum. Since its spring 1997 inception, Pantasia has garnered a reputation as an educational and entertaining instrumental music ensemble, performing numerous shows throughout Ohio, nationally and internationally. The Fossil Creek Band Aug. 1 The Fossil Creek Band grew out of the farmlands of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan in the spring of 2006. Now a bluegrass/Americana band, its members boast backgrounds in folk, country, rock, gospel and barbershop music. Civic Jazz Aug. 8 Playing for more than 50 years, the Civic Jazz Band collects local talent from high school to retirement ages to play music of all genres. The band meets for only two months a summer to perform at the band shell in Riverside Park. Ball in the House Aug. 15 This five-member a cappella group follows the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6 while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams. Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus Aug. 22 The Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus has provided the region with G-rated entertainment and harmonizing since 1962. Their repertoire includes barbershop standards, modern harmonies, comic numbers, and many gospel melodies. Ted Yoder Aug. 29 Ted Yoder brings a pop symphonic approach to the hammered dulcimer, a stringed musical instrument played by striking the instrument’s strings with small mallet hammers, utilizing skills from guitarists, percussionists and pianists. Yoder’s approach to the instrument weaves stately solo pieces of modern favorite tunes with unique arrangements, powerful dynamics, and beautiful melodic interlacement. His fame rose after his dulcimer rendition of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” went viral from Facebook Live.
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Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience 8:30 am
Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience @ Donnell Middle School
Jul 19 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
“Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience” will be held at Donnell Middle School the week of July 16-20. Children can be registered at Findlay City Schools administrative offices, 2019 Broad Ave. Camp World’s limit is 100 campers, and fewer than 10 spots are left. Camp World is for first- through sixth-graders. Its theme is “Mysteries of Africa from A to Z” and it will focus on the countries of Algeria, Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Lunch, a T-shirt and all materials are included in the $150 fee. Limited financial aid is available. For information about financial aid or details about Camp World, call 419-427-5495 or 419-425-8296. Camp World is sponsored by Findlay Enrichment Programs and Findlay City Schools.
Dying with Dignity: An Ethical and Holistic Approach 9:00 am
Dying with Dignity: An Ethical and Holistic Approach @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jul 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Niki Sidle, a licensed independent social worker with supervision, will present “Dying with Dignity: An Ethical and Holistic Approach” from 9 a.m. to noon July 19 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. The presentation is approved for three social work contact hours in ethics. It will explore the meaning of holistic care and how to practice; discuss misconceptions about end-of-life care; discuss cultural and religious views on death as well as familial dynamic influence; discuss the attempt to find meaning in losses including one’s own death; and review the grief process. Register by today by calling 419-358-1015, ext. 265, or emailing BLockard@mhcoliving.org.
Blanchard Valley Chapter of the Battle of the Bulge Association 1:00 pm
Blanchard Valley Chapter of the Battle of the Bulge Association @ Kathy’s Korner
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm
The Blanchard Valley Chapter of the Battle of the Bulge Association will hold its quarterly meeting July 19 at Kathy’s Korner, Arcadia. Lunch will be at 1 p.m., followed by a short business meeting and time to reminisce. Any veteran who participated in the Battle of the Bulge is invited to attend along with their family and friends and other veterans. For more information, call 419-435-3588.  
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jul 19 @ 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
Jul 19 @ 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.
McComb Church of Christ Vacation Bible School 5:30 pm
McComb Church of Christ Vacation Bible School @ McComb Church of Christ
Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Community Vacation Bible School will be offered July 15-19 at McComb Church of Christ. Dinner is served every night at 5:30 p.m., with VBS to follow from 6-8:30. Bible school is open to ages 4 through eighth grade (3-year-olds may attend with a parent). Register at https:/bit.ly/McCombVBS2018 .
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Jul 19 @ 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.
Jasmine Cain 6:00 pm
Jasmine Cain @ All American Rock House
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm
Singer, songwriter and bassist Jasmine Cain’s raw, aggressive and emotional songs will headline the All American Rock House’s special bike night. She has self-released five albums and sold more than 30,000. Northwestern Ohio-based band RockMofia will perform as a special guest at the 21 and over show. Admission: $7. Time: Doors open at 6 p.m. July 19 Location: All American Rock House, 1851 Tiffin Ave. Information: 567-525-3333 or www.allamericanrockhouse.com.
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Findlay High School Class of 1973 Reunion
Findlay High School Class of 1973 Reunion
Jul 20 – Jul 21 all-day
The Findlay High School Class of 1973 will celebrate its 45th class reunion the weekend of July 20-21. The celebration will kick off at Rally in the Alley, weather permitting, starting at 5 p.m. July 20. The rally is held in the courtyard between Chase Bank and Scramblers on South Main Street. The Reunion Band, featuring classmate Doug Cross on saxophone, will provide entertainment. Admission is free. Following the rally, the class will gather at the Findlay Brewing Company, 213 E. Crawford St. An optional golf outing will be held at 8 a.m. July 21 at Hillcrest Golf Course, 800 W. Bigelow Ave. Those wishing to golf should include the number of players on their reunion registration so the committee can provide an accurate count to the golf course. The main event will be held 6:30-11:30 p.m. July 21 at the Findlay Country Club. A buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres, as well as beer, wine and soft drinks, are included in the $45 registration fee. A group photo will be taken at 7:30. Registration is payable at the door, but prior RSVP is appreciated to assist in planning. Send checks payable to FHS Class of 1973 to Theresa (Kinn) Albers, 124 E. Yates Ave., Findlay, OH 45840. Include with payment the name of the graduate, name of spouse/guest (if applicable) and current email address and phone number. If applicable, include the number of people planning to golf. For additional information, contact the committee at FindlayHS73@gmail.com or call Jane (Treece) Webber at 419-348-0792, Theresa (Kinn) Albers at 419-889-8282 or Diane Romantowski at 419-722-4670. Updates will also be available on the class Facebook page: Keeping in touch with Findlay sr.High Class of “73” .
Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience 8:30 am
Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience @ Donnell Middle School
Jul 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
“Camp World: A Multi-Cultural Experience” will be held at Donnell Middle School the week of July 16-20. Children can be registered at Findlay City Schools administrative offices, 2019 Broad Ave. Camp World’s limit is 100 campers, and fewer than 10 spots are left. Camp World is for first- through sixth-graders. Its theme is “Mysteries of Africa from A to Z” and it will focus on the countries of Algeria, Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Lunch, a T-shirt and all materials are included in the $150 fee. Limited financial aid is available. For information about financial aid or details about Camp World, call 419-427-5495 or 419-425-8296. Camp World is sponsored by Findlay Enrichment Programs and Findlay City Schools.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Jul 20 @ 3:00 pm
Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator. The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed. SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists. Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.
Rally in the Alley 5:00 pm
Rally in the Alley
Jul 20 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The public is invited to the 26th Rally in the Alley outdoor musical event series in downtown Findlay’s Latham Courtyard on the 500 block of South Main Street. The events run Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. and are free of charge. Violet Vinyl June 8 This Findlay band’s fusion of folk, bluegrass, country and rock features original songs and covers of Michael Jackson, Chris Stapleton, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley, along with a 10-minute 1990s medley. Ryan Parker sings lead and supplies guitar and harmonica; Carrie Lynn plays fiddle and sings; Dan Wilkinson plays upright bass; and Matt Walker provides percussion. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn will provide food. Hipnotix June 15 Formed in 2003 as a three-piece classic rock band in the vein of Journey, Boston and Foreigner, the band currently has five members, most of whom reside in the Lima area. Jimi Goare plays guitar; Rachel Wheaton sings; Dean Altstaetter plays keyboards; Sue Alt supplies bass guitar and David “Sugah” Breaston handles the drums. The group recorded and released an original album, “Closer,” in 2010. More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page. Bread Kneads will supply food. Tongue ‘N’ Groove June 22 and Aug. 17 Chip McClurkin, a Findlay native as well as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, said Rally in the Alley is the band’s favorite venue to play due to its Friday-after-work vibe and opportunity to interact with the crowd. The band plays classic and contemporary rock/pop music, with sets featuring songs by Led Zeppelin, The Who and Foo Fighters. Sometimes the musicians throw twists into the songs, such as incorporating parts of an older tune into a newer song. In addition to pop hits, the band also throws some epic deep cuts into the set list. Members include David Foreman on lead guitar; Dean Armstrong on keyboards; Mark Stears on bass; and Todd Clymer on drums. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Jimmy John’s will provide food in June, and Hot Head Burrito will serve food in August. Bourbon & Vinyl June 29 Bourbon & Vinyl specializes in Americana and Southern rock, with some classic rock and ’90s rock covers thrown into the mix. The group has been playing together for nearly a decade, making their official live debut in April for the Alumni Musical Showcase at Findlay High School. Paul Romanoski plays lead guitar; Ryan Clements supplies rhythm guitar and vocals; Jeremy Schlarb plays keyboards and guitar; Evan Iles plays drums; and Zach Barger handles bass and vocals. Ashley Barger and Emma Wright will be featured vocalists. Hot Head Burrito will supply food. Spoiled Rotten July 6 This Findlay-based band plays 1980s rock classics, including Van Halen, Journey, Foreigner and Bon Jovi, along with their own original tunes. Marty Hough supplies lead guitar and lead vocals; Mitch Mitchell plays drums; Tim Shaffer mans the keyboards and sings lead; and Joe Berardinelli provides bass and backing vocals. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Campus Pollyeyes will provide food. Reese Dailey Band July 13 Formed in 2007, the Toledo-based group plays a concentration of Southern rock, blues and original music, providing high-energy dance and/or jam music at its shows. The band’s first CD, “Simpatico,” is a collection of 10 original songs written, produced and performed by Reese Dailey, who has been playing guitar since the age of 8. The band features Tom Lawson on guitar and vocals; Scott Kretzer supplies drums; and Eric Taylor plays the bass. Dailey’s songwriting combines the lyrical influences of his father, Pat, with Gordon Lightfoot along with the heavy guitar work of The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Culver’s will provide food. Reunion Band July 20 Formed 27 years ago at a Findlay High School class of 1971 reunion, this eight-piece group specializes in rock and roll cover tunes from the 1960s and ’70s. Four of the members have been playing together since 1966 in the Central Junior High School basement: Reg Routson on drums; Scott Lavender on keyboards; Mike Rosati on lead guitar; and John Courtney on vocals. Later band members are: Dennis Reamsnyder on rhythm guitar; Steve Wilson on bass; Richard Wittenmyer on vocals and tambourine; and Susan Bright on vocals and cowbell. Routson said the band’s biggest influences are Motown, The Beatles and The Left Banke, and the group also throws some one-hit wonders into their sets, including songs by the Music Explosion, Syndicate of Sound, Electric Prunes, and Richard and the Young Lions. Fern Café will provide food. Big Red Deluxe July 27 Hailing from Wisconsin and comprising musicians from the northwest Ohio area, Big Red Deluxe is a five-piece cover band that blends classic and modern rock, country, Motown and disco. The band covers songs from artists such as Journey, Tom Petty, Zac Brown, AC/DC, Styx, Bruno Mars, Poison, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chris Stapleton, The Temptations and more. Joe “The Hammer” Orians holds down the bass line; Uncle Stevie bangs out the keys; Dr. Ike shreds the guitar; Mark “Thumper” Armstrong rips the kit; and Fritz shakes the tambourine. Visit www.bigreddeluxe.com and the group’s Facebook page for more information. Intimate Events Catering will provide food. Hurricane Jayne and the Houserockers Aug. 3 This Findlay-based band will blow a gust of ’50s and ’60s rock, rockabilly, classic country and swing through Latham Courtyard. Jayne Allen sings lead and supplies cowbell; Craig Allen plays guitar; Chris Budke pounds the drums; and Mark Calvelage plays bass. Influences include early Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Buck Owens, Bob Wills, Buddy Holly, Brenda Lee and early Elvis Presley, with Patsy Cline profoundly influencing Allen’s singing style. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Jack-B’s will provide food. High Impact Aug. 10 With members from Columbus and Dayton, this dance rock band’s repertoire boasts standards from the 1960s to the present day, including The Beatles, Robert Palmer, Eddie Money, The Clash, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Kiss,[...]
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Big Bird Fly-In 9:00 am
Big Bird Fly-In @ Lima Area Radio Kontrol Society
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:59 pm
The Lima Area Radio Kontrol Society will host its 20th annual Big Bird Fly-In. A combination of local and regional pilots will be performing with a variety of radio-controlled minature aircraft throughout the day, with giant scale only running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open flying of all sizes of aircraft runs throughout the day. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, and refreshments will be available.
Swiss Homestead Open House 1:00 pm
Swiss Homestead Open House @ Swiss Homestead
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Swiss Homestead at 8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton, will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. every Saturday through August. Areas open to visitors will include the restored 1843 house; reconstructed summer kitchen; restored workshop; 1850s kitchen garden; an outdoor bake oven; and extensive grounds. Docents will be available to interpret the homestead’s history each weekend. The 1854 barn will be open the last Saturday of each month only. Special activities will take place the second Saturday of each month: June 9 — making butter in the summer kitchen; July 14 — children’s games; Aug. 11 — working with tools in the workshop. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 16 and younger and members of the Swiss Community Historical Society.
Rawson Proud Craft Show 2:00 pm
Rawson Proud Craft Show @ Rawson
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rawson Proud is seeking local crafters and vendors for the town festival craft show, scheduled for 2-9 p.m. July 21. The fee is $20 and includes a 10-foot by 10-foot space. There will be no duplication of vendors. Email RawsonProud@yahoo.com or message RawsonProud on Facebook to sign up.
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Dorcas Carey Public Library Summer Reading Program Party 10:00 am
Dorcas Carey Public Library Summer Reading Program Party
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The summer reading program at the Dorcas Carey Public Library continues through July 21. All children up to 12th grade must have their books read and turned in for credit by that date. Children up to fifth grade must read 10 books, and children in sixth through 12th grades must read five books. A swimming and pizza party will be held for children up to fifth grade from 10 a.m. to noon July 23, with a rain date of July 24. Teens and tweens in grades six through 12 will have a pizza party at 4 p.m. July 25. The drawing for the community scavenger hunt baskets for adults and teens/tweens will be held Aug. 1. Call the library at 419-396-7921 for more details.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jul 23 @ 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
Jul 23 @ 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.
Hidden in Plain Sight 6:00 pm
Hidden in Plain Sight @ Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The “Hidden in Plain Sight” traveling interactive display will be at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library on July 23. Adults can tour the display from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free. The display looks like a typical bedroom. However, amidst the “normal” items are indicators of involvement in dangerous and/or illegal activity. The audience is encouraged to explore and interact with the display to become more aware of dangerous signs of substance use and abuse. The “Hidden in Plain Sight” display is a collaboration of the Hancock Leadership Class of 2018 and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Findlay Police Department and Hancock County Community Partnership.
Watercolor Painting Sessions 6:00 pm
Watercolor Painting Sessions @ Bluffton Public Library
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm
Jeanne Beutler will hold watercolor sessions at 6 p.m. June 25 and July 23 at the Bluffton Public Library. Registration is required by calling the library at 419-358-5016. The cost is $10 and all supplies are provided.
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Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training 7:00 pm
Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training @ Hancock County ADAMHS Board
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Individuals worried about a loved one’s substance use can sign up for a class focusing on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training model (CRAFT). The class will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on six consecutive Tuesdays, July 10 through Aug. 14, at the Hancock County ADAMHS Board, 438 Carnahan Ave. A maximum of 10 participants will be accepted into the class. Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery, build a healthier relationship and improve their personal quality of life. The class is structured around the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober” and will be facilitated by local community members who were trained by the author, Dr. Robert J. Meyers. The class is free, and participants are encouraged to purchase the book, though copies will be available to borrow. Call the ADAMHS Board office at 419-424-1985 to register.
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Riverside Summer Concert Series 7:00 pm
Riverside Summer Concert Series @ Riverside Park
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The 67th annual Riverside Summer Concert Series, hosted by Hancock Park District, will begin Wednesday, June 6, with Night Jazz at the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Band Shell in Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave. Each performance runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Bench seating is provided at the band shell, or visitors may bring a lawn chair or blanket. If there is inclement weather, listen to WFIN radio for cancellations or alternate performance venues. Cooperation in producing the concert series is provided by the City of Findlay Parks and Recreation Department, Hancock Parks Foundation, and the Hancock Park District. Sound engineering is provided by the House of Hindenach. WFIN radio personalities will be the masters of ceremonies. For more information, visit www.HancockParks.com under the “Park News” section or call the park district office at 419-425-7275. Night Jazz June 6 A big-band-style jazz group comprising members from Findlay and the surrounding area, Night Jazz plays tunes made famous by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. Founded in 1995, the group incorporates trumpets, saxophones, trombones, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums and singing into its musical mixture. Fostoria Community Band June 13 The 2018 Fostoria Community Band’s summer tour is titled “Celestial Wonders: Music from Beyond the Cosmos.” Selections include “Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst; “Sundance” by Frank Ticheli; “Star Trek Through the Years,” “Superman” and more. Founded in 1995, the band has 55 musicians from Fostoria and the surrounding area. Nashville Crush June 20 Featuring several Ohio musicians, Nashville Crush’s high-energy, award-winning stage show presents a balance of country and rock music with its combination of guitars, fiddle and banjo. Tapestry June 27 This duo of seasoned northwest Ohio musicians features Denise Grupp-Verbon on lever and pedal harp and Michael Grupp-Verbon on acoustic guitar. Buddy Love and the Coconuts July 4 With band members averaging 30 years of experience, Buddy Love and the Coconuts’ goal is to get the crowd moving and grooving to classic rock tunes from the 1960s and today’s top 40. The band has also been known to offer softer, slower acoustic sets and numbers. Findlay Civic Band July 11 and 18 Under the direction of Jack Taylor, a University of Findlay professor of music, the Findlay Civic Band mixes school musicians, professional people, retirees, seasoned musicians and novices into a presentation of light and pop forms of music, including patriotic, Hollywood and Broadway themes. Pantasia July 25 Findlay High School’s Pantasia Steel Drum Band performs music for all occasions on the steel drum. Since its spring 1997 inception, Pantasia has garnered a reputation as an educational and entertaining instrumental music ensemble, performing numerous shows throughout Ohio, nationally and internationally. The Fossil Creek Band Aug. 1 The Fossil Creek Band grew out of the farmlands of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan in the spring of 2006. Now a bluegrass/Americana band, its members boast backgrounds in folk, country, rock, gospel and barbershop music. Civic Jazz Aug. 8 Playing for more than 50 years, the Civic Jazz Band collects local talent from high school to retirement ages to play music of all genres. The band meets for only two months a summer to perform at the band shell in Riverside Park. Ball in the House Aug. 15 This five-member a cappella group follows the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6 while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams. Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus Aug. 22 The Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus has provided the region with G-rated entertainment and harmonizing since 1962. Their repertoire includes barbershop standards, modern harmonies, comic numbers, and many gospel melodies. Ted Yoder Aug. 29 Ted Yoder brings a pop symphonic approach to the hammered dulcimer, a stringed musical instrument played by striking the instrument’s strings with small mallet hammers, utilizing skills from guitarists, percussionists and pianists. Yoder’s approach to the instrument weaves stately solo pieces of modern favorite tunes with unique arrangements, powerful dynamics, and beautiful melodic interlacement. His fame rose after his dulcimer rendition of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” went viral from Facebook Live.
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Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
Hancock County Farmers’ Market 4:00 pm
Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Jul 26 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The 2018 Hancock County Farmers’ Market season runs from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10 through Oct. 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Visit bit.ly/HCFMvendors or call 419-422-5594 for more information.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Jul 26 @ 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.
Ultimate Frisbee Clinic 6:00 pm
Ultimate Frisbee Clinic @ Flag City Sports Complex
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department is looking for volunteers to help teach an Ultimate Frisbee clinic from 6-7:30 p.m. July 26 at Flag City Sports Complex, 3430 N. Main St. Anyone interested in helping should call 419-424-7176.
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SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Jul 27 @ 3:00 pm
Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator. The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed. SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists. Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.
Rally in the Alley 5:00 pm
Rally in the Alley
Jul 27 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The public is invited to the 26th Rally in the Alley outdoor musical event series in downtown Findlay’s Latham Courtyard on the 500 block of South Main Street. The events run Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. and are free of charge. Violet Vinyl June 8 This Findlay band’s fusion of folk, bluegrass, country and rock features original songs and covers of Michael Jackson, Chris Stapleton, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley, along with a 10-minute 1990s medley. Ryan Parker sings lead and supplies guitar and harmonica; Carrie Lynn plays fiddle and sings; Dan Wilkinson plays upright bass; and Matt Walker provides percussion. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn will provide food. Hipnotix June 15 Formed in 2003 as a three-piece classic rock band in the vein of Journey, Boston and Foreigner, the band currently has five members, most of whom reside in the Lima area. Jimi Goare plays guitar; Rachel Wheaton sings; Dean Altstaetter plays keyboards; Sue Alt supplies bass guitar and David “Sugah” Breaston handles the drums. The group recorded and released an original album, “Closer,” in 2010. More information can be found on the group’s Facebook page. Bread Kneads will supply food. Tongue ‘N’ Groove June 22 and Aug. 17 Chip McClurkin, a Findlay native as well as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, said Rally in the Alley is the band’s favorite venue to play due to its Friday-after-work vibe and opportunity to interact with the crowd. The band plays classic and contemporary rock/pop music, with sets featuring songs by Led Zeppelin, The Who and Foo Fighters. Sometimes the musicians throw twists into the songs, such as incorporating parts of an older tune into a newer song. In addition to pop hits, the band also throws some epic deep cuts into the set list. Members include David Foreman on lead guitar; Dean Armstrong on keyboards; Mark Stears on bass; and Todd Clymer on drums. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Jimmy John’s will provide food in June, and Hot Head Burrito will serve food in August. Bourbon & Vinyl June 29 Bourbon & Vinyl specializes in Americana and Southern rock, with some classic rock and ’90s rock covers thrown into the mix. The group has been playing together for nearly a decade, making their official live debut in April for the Alumni Musical Showcase at Findlay High School. Paul Romanoski plays lead guitar; Ryan Clements supplies rhythm guitar and vocals; Jeremy Schlarb plays keyboards and guitar; Evan Iles plays drums; and Zach Barger handles bass and vocals. Ashley Barger and Emma Wright will be featured vocalists. Hot Head Burrito will supply food. Spoiled Rotten July 6 This Findlay-based band plays 1980s rock classics, including Van Halen, Journey, Foreigner and Bon Jovi, along with their own original tunes. Marty Hough supplies lead guitar and lead vocals; Mitch Mitchell plays drums; Tim Shaffer mans the keyboards and sings lead; and Joe Berardinelli provides bass and backing vocals. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Campus Pollyeyes will provide food. Reese Dailey Band July 13 Formed in 2007, the Toledo-based group plays a concentration of Southern rock, blues and original music, providing high-energy dance and/or jam music at its shows. The band’s first CD, “Simpatico,” is a collection of 10 original songs written, produced and performed by Reese Dailey, who has been playing guitar since the age of 8. The band features Tom Lawson on guitar and vocals; Scott Kretzer supplies drums; and Eric Taylor plays the bass. Dailey’s songwriting combines the lyrical influences of his father, Pat, with Gordon Lightfoot along with the heavy guitar work of The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Culver’s will provide food. Reunion Band July 20 Formed 27 years ago at a Findlay High School class of 1971 reunion, this eight-piece group specializes in rock and roll cover tunes from the 1960s and ’70s. Four of the members have been playing together since 1966 in the Central Junior High School basement: Reg Routson on drums; Scott Lavender on keyboards; Mike Rosati on lead guitar; and John Courtney on vocals. Later band members are: Dennis Reamsnyder on rhythm guitar; Steve Wilson on bass; Richard Wittenmyer on vocals and tambourine; and Susan Bright on vocals and cowbell. Routson said the band’s biggest influences are Motown, The Beatles and The Left Banke, and the group also throws some one-hit wonders into their sets, including songs by the Music Explosion, Syndicate of Sound, Electric Prunes, and Richard and the Young Lions. Fern Café will provide food. Big Red Deluxe July 27 Hailing from Wisconsin and comprising musicians from the northwest Ohio area, Big Red Deluxe is a five-piece cover band that blends classic and modern rock, country, Motown and disco. The band covers songs from artists such as Journey, Tom Petty, Zac Brown, AC/DC, Styx, Bruno Mars, Poison, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chris Stapleton, The Temptations and more. Joe “The Hammer” Orians holds down the bass line; Uncle Stevie bangs out the keys; Dr. Ike shreds the guitar; Mark “Thumper” Armstrong rips the kit; and Fritz shakes the tambourine. Visit www.bigreddeluxe.com and the group’s Facebook page for more information. Intimate Events Catering will provide food. Hurricane Jayne and the Houserockers Aug. 3 This Findlay-based band will blow a gust of ’50s and ’60s rock, rockabilly, classic country and swing through Latham Courtyard. Jayne Allen sings lead and supplies cowbell; Craig Allen plays guitar; Chris Budke pounds the drums; and Mark Calvelage plays bass. Influences include early Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Buck Owens, Bob Wills, Buddy Holly, Brenda Lee and early Elvis Presley, with Patsy Cline profoundly influencing Allen’s singing style. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information. Jack-B’s will provide food. High Impact Aug. 10 With members from Columbus and Dayton, this dance rock band’s repertoire boasts standards from the 1960s to the present day, including The Beatles, Robert Palmer, Eddie Money, The Clash, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Kiss,[...]
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Swiss Homestead Open House 1:00 pm
Swiss Homestead Open House @ Swiss Homestead
Jul 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Swiss Homestead at 8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton, will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. every Saturday through August. Areas open to visitors will include the restored 1843 house; reconstructed summer kitchen; restored workshop; 1850s kitchen garden; an outdoor bake oven; and extensive grounds. Docents will be available to interpret the homestead’s history each weekend. The 1854 barn will be open the last Saturday of each month only. Special activities will take place the second Saturday of each month: June 9 — making butter in the summer kitchen; July 14 — children’s games; Aug. 11 — working with tools in the workshop. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 16 and younger and members of the Swiss Community Historical Society.
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First Baptist Church Carry-in Picnic Lunch 12:00 pm
First Baptist Church Carry-in Picnic Lunch @ First Baptist Church
Jul 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In moving to its summer schedule, First Baptist Church will host a noon “carry-in picnic lunch” the last Sunday of each month, from May to September. The lunch will be followed by an early afternoon service at 1:15 p.m., with no 6 p.m. service that week. First Baptist is located at 1635 Fostoria Ave.
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Bluffton Public Library Summer Reading Program Party 9:30 am
Bluffton Public Library Summer Reading Program Party @ Bluffton Swimming Pool
Jul 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
The conclusion of the Bluffton Public Library’s summer reading program will be celebrated with a pool party from 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 30 at the village swimming pool. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should turn in their logs, collect prizes and receive a pool party ticket at the library. Tickets are available starting Monday, and the last day to turn in logs is July 27.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Jul 30 @ 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
Jul 30 @ 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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Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training 7:00 pm
Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training @ Hancock County ADAMHS Board
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Individuals worried about a loved one’s substance use can sign up for a class focusing on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training model (CRAFT). The class will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on six consecutive Tuesdays, July 10 through Aug. 14, at the Hancock County ADAMHS Board, 438 Carnahan Ave. A maximum of 10 participants will be accepted into the class. Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery, build a healthier relationship and improve their personal quality of life. The class is structured around the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober” and will be facilitated by local community members who were trained by the author, Dr. Robert J. Meyers. The class is free, and participants are encouraged to purchase the book, though copies will be available to borrow. Call the ADAMHS Board office at 419-424-1985 to register.

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