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Brown Bag Lecture: “Samurai Culture in Japanese War Tales” 12:00 pm
Brown Bag Lecture: “Samurai Culture in Japanese War Tales” @ Hancock Historical Museum
Feb 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Hiro Kawamura, associate professor of Japanese and chair of the Language and Culture Department at UF, will present “Samurai Culture in Japanese War Tales” for the Hancock Historical Museum’s Brown Bag Lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday. The event is free for museum members and $3 for nonmembers.
Edo-Period Samurai Armor Exhibit Opening Reception 4:30 pm
Edo-Period Samurai Armor Exhibit Opening Reception @ Hancock Historical Museum
Feb 1 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum’s new exhibit of Edo-Period Samurai Armor opens with a free eception scheduled from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday.
St. Wendelin Catholic School Open House 5:30 pm
St. Wendelin Catholic School Open House @ St. Wendelin Catholic School
Feb 1 @ 5:30 pm
St. Wendelin Catholic School will hold an open house to celebrate National School Choice Week 2018, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. St. Wendelin Catholic School, 533 County Line St., Fostoria, serves grades K-8 with a student enrollment of 95. The open house will feature tours, a meal, registration, a talent show and a scavenger hunt.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Feb 1 @ 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.
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic 7:30 pm
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic @ Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic will bring their blend of New Orleans blues, jazz, rock, pop and gospel to Lima. Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s psychedelic rockers. His influence continues today, winning his first Grammy for his work on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly.”
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Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training 10:00 am
Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training @ Focus on Friends
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
A new class for individuals worried about loved ones’ substance use begins Friday. The free class focusing on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) model will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. at Focus on Friends, 509 W. Trenton Ave. It will continue for six consecutive Fridays through Feb. 16. Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery and improve their 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. Participants are encouraged to purchase the book, but can also borrow a copy. Register by calling the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services at 419-424-1985.
First Friday Luncheon 11:30 am
First Friday Luncheon @ DOCK at St. Marks United Methodist Church
Feb 2 @ 11:30 am
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik will be the speaker at this week’s First Friday Luncheon, hosted by the Hancock County Republican Party. Mihalik is expected to give an update on city operations. The lunch will be held Friday at The Dock, located behind St. Marks United Methodist Church, 800 S. Main St. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., with the program set to begin at noon. For reservations, call 419-422-5946 before noon Thursday. The cost of the buffet is $10.
Music Bach’s Concert Series: Jeff Parker 11:30 am
Music Bach’s Concert Series: Jeff Parker @ Alumni Memorial Union
Feb 2 @ 11:30 am
Bluegrass musician and composer Jeff Parker, along with a few of his band members, will kick off the University of Findlay’s spring Music Bach’s Concert Series on Friday, Feb. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union’s atrium. The concert is free and open to the public. Parker learned to play guitar from his father, Vester, when he was 6 years old. After tackling the guitar, he moved on to other instruments. At age 12, he was inspired by Harold Russell of the Russell Brothers and Doyle Lawson to play mandolin. Soon after, Parker joined his dad and other family members, playing at area churches and radio stations. They became known as the Sounds of Gospel. For 10 years, Parker served as a member of the staff band at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center, Mount Vernon, Kentucky, as a utility/lead and harmony vocals musician. During his tenure there he received numerous awards for his musicianship. In 2001, he toured with the award-winning Lonesome River Band, serving as their lead/tenor vocal and mandolin player for five years, releasing three records, touring across the country and performing at the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville. For the past decade, Parker has been touring with Grammy nominees and Grand Ole Opry members Dailey & Vincent, who performed at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in 2016. During this time, the group released six records, “Dailey & Vincent Show” DVDs and instructional vocal DVDs. He can also be seen on “The Dailey & Vincent Show” that airs on RFDTV, along with Bill Gaither gospel shows, Country Music Hall of Fame shows, Country Music Fan Fest, and more. When not touring nationally and internationally with Dailey & Vincent, Parker writes and performs his own music, co-producing four of his solo records, including a Christmas album. For more information on Parker, visit www.jeffparker.com. The Music Bach’s Concert Series is sponsored and hosted by the university’s Student Activities Board. For additional information, call 419-434-4606.
Fostoria Red Dress Luncheon 12:00 pm
Fostoria Red Dress Luncheon @ St. Wendelin Parish Life Center
Feb 2 @ 12:00 pm
ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital’s 14th annual Fostoria Red Dress Luncheon will begin at noon Feb. 2 at the St. Wendelin Parish Life Center, 323 N. Wood St., Fostoria. Sashem Brey, 13 ABC, WTVG-TV, Toledo, will emcee the jungle-themed event titled “Be Wild at Heart.” Musical entertainment will be provided by New Riegel High School Jacket Company. The event also features community leaders as celebrity waiters, door prizes and more. The Fostoria Red Dress Luncheon celebrates the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement which calls for women to assume responsibility of their heart health and live stronger, longer lives. The cost is $12 and includes a catered lunch and a donation to the AHA. The luncheon fee must be prepaid by Friday by calling the hospital’s wellness department at 419-436-6688.
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Findlay Family YMCA Competitive Winter Basketball League
Findlay Family YMCA Competitive Winter Basketball League @ Findlay Family YMCA
Feb 3 all-day
Registration is underway for the Findlay Family YMCA’s youth competitive winter basketball league for fifth- and sixth-graders. The season starts Jan. 8. Games are held on Saturdays. Registration is available online at www.findlayymca.org or at either Y branch, or by contacting sports director Jerry McNamee at 419-422-4424 or jmcnamee@findlayymca.com. The league is also seeking volunteer coaches and assistant coaches. Team sponsorships are available for local business owners.
Van Buren Presbyterian Church Groundhog Day Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am
Van Buren Presbyterian Church Groundhog Day Pancake Breakfast @ Van Buren Presbyterian Church
Feb 3 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
VAN BUREN — Van Buren Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St., Van Buren, will hold its 12th annual Groundhog Day pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Feb. 3. Unlimited servings of pancakes, along with fresh, ground, whole-hog sausage, will be served. The gospel group Living Water from Wharton will perform during the breakfast. A freewill donation will be accepted, and all proceeds will go to the church’s mission fund.
Beginner Cross-Country Ski Workshops 9:00 am
Beginner Cross-Country Ski Workshops @ Riverbend Recreation Area, Shelter 3
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
The Park District’s beginner cross-country ski workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the following Saturdays: Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Feb. 3. They will be held at Riverbend Recreation Area, Shelter 3, 16618 Marion Township 208. Workshops will cover the basic fundamentals, including proper use of equipment and how to glide, climb hills, stand up on skis, turn around, and get into rhythm. Workshops are subject to proper snow and weather conditions, which typically require 4 to 6 inches of good snow base. Layered clothing, hats and gloves are suggested. Recommended for ages 8 and up; youth must register with a participating adult. Register with $12 per person by 4:30 p.m. on Friday before each workshop, which can have a maximum of 14 participants. Registration can be done online at www.hancockparks.com under the “Programs & Activities” tab; at the Park District headquarters, 1424 E. Main Cross St., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; or by calling the HPD Administrative Office at 419-425-7275.
Ray Heverling Charity Ice Bowl 1:00 pm
Ray Heverling Charity Ice Bowl @ Riverbend Recreation Area, Shelter 3
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm
The 13th Annual Ray Heverling Charity Ice Bowl, which benefits the Family Center of Findlay-Hancock County and is hosted by Disc Golf Community Association, will be held Saturday at Riverbend Recreation Area. The event, for new and experienced players, will include an 18-hole round of disc golf, prizes, a fire and hot drinks. The first 10 entries get an Ice Bowl logo mini disc. Participants should meet at Shelter 3 with check-in at noon and play starting at 1 p.m. Registration is $20 per participant and can be made on the day of the tournament. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. For more information, contact Dale Wirt via email at dalewirt73@yahoo.com or by phone at 419-889-9567.
Japanese Family Movies at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library 2:00 pm
Japanese Family Movies at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Feb 3 @ 2:00 pm
Japanese family movies will be shown in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10. The features include “When Marnie Was There” and “From Up on Poppy Hill.” There is no charge to attend.
Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival 4:00 pm
Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival @ Depot Park
Feb 3 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 4 @ 12:00 am
The second annual Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival will celebrate the village of Ada’s connection to the biggest football game of the year. Ada’s Wilson Sporting Goods factory makes the footballs used in the Super Bowl, and Saturday’s events will capture that theme, leading up to a “football drop” at midnight on the cusp of Super Bowl Sunday. The 10-foot football used in the drop was constructed by Wynn Hauenstein. The football has a frame of three-quarter-inch conduit pipe and a covering of rip-stop nylon with lights to provide illumination. The hub of activities will be the historic Depot Park and adjacent parking lot, located at 9 Central Ave. and South High Street. This will be the location of the ball drop. A new attraction this year is a large stage that will be located at the east end of the parking lot. Among other new features are a robotics football demonstration by Ohio Northern engineering students in the depot parking lot, weather permitting, and the opportunity for children to take a swing at a football-shaped piñata. The day’s events look at the Super Bowl from various perspectives and offer opportunities for football fans of all levels of interest. Area college football coaches will offer insights during a pregame analysis at 5:30 p.m. in the Bear Cave, located in ONU’s McIntosh Center. Participants include ONU head football coach Dean Paul, Bluffton University head coach Denny Dorrell and University of Findlay head coach Rob Keys. They will be joined by referee Bill Alge, an ONU graduate and a veteran who has officiated all levels of college football from Division III to Division I, including several bowl games. The full events lineup includes: • 4 p.m.: Free showing of “Draft Day” starring Kevin Costner at the Ada Theater • 4:30 p.m.: Festival headquarters opens at the historic railroad depot, with posters, raffle tickets and other merchandise for sale; the Center on Central will open for indoor tailgating • 5 p.m.: Outdoor tailgating begins at the depot parking lot • 5:30 p.m.: Pregame analysis with coaches and local football experts • 7 p.m.: Piñata at Center on Central (for children 12 and younger) • 7-11:30 p.m.: Jive Turkeys performing at Viva Maria • 8 p.m.: Greg Fox, master of ceremonies of evening activities, introduces the evening schedule; football-themed games for adults begin; Wilson football raffles begin • 8:30 p.m.: ONU robotic football demonstration • 9-11:30 p.m. Bad Luck and Trouble performing at Center on Central • 11:30 p.m.: Two grand prize drawings: A Super Bowl LII game day ball and Yeti Cooler and a Super Bowl game day ball and a free night at the Inn at Ohio Northern University with gift basket • 11:58 p.m.: Two-minute warning for football drop • 11:59 p.m.: 30-second countdown begins for football drop The festival is an initiative of the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce.
TGMA Gospel Music Dinner 5:00 pm
TGMA Gospel Music Dinner @ Southside Family Restaurant
Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
TGMA Gospel Music Promotions will present gospel singing and dinner Feb. 3 at Southside Family Restaurant, 3050 S. Main St. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. with singing featuring the Seekers, Pat Roberts and Jesse Davlia from 6-8 p.m. For more information, call Mark Glick at 419-934-5456.
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Bluffton American Legion Post 382 Memorial Service 10:00 am
Bluffton American Legion Post 382 Memorial Service @ Emmanuel United Church of Christ
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am
In commemoration of the dramatic sacrifice of four armed forces chaplains during World War II, the American Legion will observe Religious Emphasis Week from Feb. 4-10. Bluffton American Legion Post 382 Chaplain Donald Rock has announced the post will observe this sacrifice during Sunday’s worship service at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton. The public is welcome to attend the service, which begins at 10 a.m. Legion officials and clergymen are planning special programs for the observance of the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Dorchester and the heroism demonstrated by the chaplains, whose efforts were credited with the saving of more than 200 lives. These four — a Jewish rabbi, a Roman Catholic priest, and two Protestant ministers — calmly issued life belts to American servicemen aboard the troop transport after it was torpedoed on Feb. 3, 1943. When the supply of life preservers was exhausted, the chaplains removed their own life belts and gave them to four soldiers, then stood calmly on the sinking ship, their arms around one another’s shoulders and their heads bowed in prayer. As part of its “Service to God and Country Program,” the American Legion each year marks the anniversary of their supreme sacrifice through special services and programs throughout the nation.
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Outreach Festival 11:00 am
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Outreach Festival @ St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church
Feb 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
The eighth annual outreach winter carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9340 Township Road 32, Jenera. Chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, potato chips, soups, cookies and relishes will be served, and activities will include Wii/card/board games, basketball, face painting, a bouncy house, movies and popcorn. There is no cost to attend, but donations will be accepted for a discretionary fund to help families with emergency needs. Guests are welcome.
Blanchard River Archaeology Club 2:00 pm
Blanchard River Archaeology Club @ Endly Room, Alumni Memorial Union
Feb 4 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Blanchard River Archaeology Club will meet from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Endly Room, Alumni Memorial Union, at the University of Findlay. The surface find awards will be presented for artifacts found in 2017. Items will be judged in the following categories: flint over 2 inches, flint under 2 inches, slate, ground stone, most colorful, most unusual, best broken, best documented new site and people’s choice. Anyone may submit entries and bring items to be identified. For more information, call Rick Carles at 419-299-3693.
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Mornings with Mommy 9:30 am
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Feb 5 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings with Mommy will begin Sept. 18 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, and continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays. The educational playdates are open to infants through preschool-age children and their moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. Each session will have its own theme and will include devotion, language and literacy activities, arts and crafts, sensory activities and more. Registration is required at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-326-4685. The cost is $5 per family (not per child), per session.
The Barn 10:00 am
The Barn @ Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Feb 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
“The Barn,” a puppet show about farm animals, will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5; and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The same program will be offered each time. The show includes music and singing. Visitors can make a craft after the performance. The free, family program requires no registration. For more information, call the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Feb 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.
Grand Love 4:30 pm
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Feb 5 @ 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.
Bluffton Public Library “Let’s Talk Prepping” Group Meeting 6:00 pm
Bluffton Public Library “Let’s Talk Prepping” Group Meeting @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm
The Bluffton Public Library’s “Let’s Talk Prepping” group will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 in the history room. Participants will learn how to be prepared for possible emergency situations. To register, call 419-358-5016 or email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
Concordia Lutheran Church Young Adult Class 6:00 pm
Concordia Lutheran Church Young Adult Class @ George House
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm
Concordia Lutheran Church’s young adult class will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at George House, 1041 N. Main St., under the leadership of Elder Greg Cole. Additional information is available at www.concordiafindlay.com.
Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime 6:30 pm
Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 5 @ 6:30 pm
Winter storytime registration is underway at the Bluffton Public Library. Limited spaces are available, and parents or caregivers can register children via email, phone or in person. Storytime is for preschool children ages 3-5 on either Monday nights or Tuesday mornings. Children may join storytime at the start of the month in which they will have their third birthday. Call 419-358-5016 to sign up.
Monday Funday 6:30 pm
Monday Funday @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
Feb 5 @ 6:30 pm
Monday Funday will resume at the Forest-Jackson Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Youth who are in third grade and older will make edible school supplies. Monday Funday will be held every Monday, featuring games and snacks. When Riverdale School is canceled due to weather, the event is also canceled.
Yamato: The Drummers of Japan 7:30 pm
Yamato: The Drummers of Japan @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 5 @ 7:30 pm
Yamato: The Drummers of Japan will put a brand-new spin on a centuries-old tradition when they bring “Chousensha — The Challengers” to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org. Founded in Japan’s Nara Prefecture in 1993 by Masa Ogawa and three other members, the group debuted at a Shinto shrine festival with their original composition, “Hyu-ga (The sunrise).” The group expanded to 20 members (with Ogawa serving as artistic director) and has brought the style of taiko (Japanese for “drums”) to 54 countries through 3,500 performances and counting, using Japan’s traditional wadaiko drums. Their latest program, “The Challengers,” draws its name from the members’ willingness to push their bodies and spirits to their absolute limit, while having fun in the process. The performance begins with the boom of a taiko drum made from a large 400-year-old tree, with the group members moving their entire bodies to strike the drums, the drummers’ press release states. These drums include the beer-barrel shaped miya-daiko; the hira-daiko, with a diameter that’s taller than most people; the portable okedo-daiko, often used in Japanese theater; and the bronze chappa cymbal, often used in religious services. To accompany the drums, the group utilizes the shamisen, a long-necked three-stringed instrument often played for traditional dance and folk; the koto, a stringed instrument built from hollowed-out, 40-year-old Paulownia trees; and the shinobue, a flute made from shino-bamboo. The performers’ dedication to their craft doesn’t stop on the stage, either. Beginning their days with a six-mile run, the group’s members live together in a community and create everything themselves, including the musical compositions, lighting design, choreography, performance techniques, makeup, stage settings and props such as the bachi (sticks) used in performances, according to the press release. For more information, visit www.yamatodrummers.com.
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Mornings with Mommy 9:30 am
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Feb 6 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings with Mommy will begin Sept. 18 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, and continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays. The educational playdates are open to infants through preschool-age children and their moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. Each session will have its own theme and will include devotion, language and literacy activities, arts and crafts, sensory activities and more. Registration is required at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-326-4685. The cost is $5 per family (not per child), per session.
Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime 10:00 am
Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am
Winter storytime registration is underway at the Bluffton Public Library. Limited spaces are available, and parents or caregivers can register children via email, phone or in person. Storytime is for preschool children ages 3-5 on either Monday nights or Tuesday mornings. Children may join storytime at the start of the month in which they will have their third birthday. Call 419-358-5016 to sign up.
Hot Tea Tuesdays 10:00 am
Hot Tea Tuesdays @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
“Hot Tea Tuesdays” returns to the Bluffton Public Library today and continues through February. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, the library will have hot water, a selection of teas and a variety of goodies for patrons to enjoy.
Chill Zone 3:30 pm
Chill Zone @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 6 @ 3:30 pm
Chill Zone continues at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays in February at the Bluffton Public Library. Chill Zone is a safe space for anyone in grades six through 12 to hang out and relax at the library. Activities include gaming, socializing, themed events and crafts. Snacks are provided. Themes include: taco Tuesday, Feb. 6; ice cream funday, Feb. 13; movie and popcorn, Feb. 20; and ramen noodle challenge, Feb. 27.
Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area 6:30 pm
Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 6 @ 6:30 pm
Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the lower level of the Bluffton Public Library.
Amphibians of Ohio 7:30 pm
Amphibians of Ohio @ Farmer Theater in Reed Hall, Building 8
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm
Tri-Moraine Audubon Society will welcome Eric Juterbock presenting “Amphibians of Ohio” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, featuring a multimedia show comprising hundreds of images choreographed to an Aaron Copland ballet. The free program will be held in the Farmer Theater in Reed Hall, Building 8 at the OSU-Lima campus. Visit http://www.tri-moraineaudubon.org for more information.
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Hancock County Public Employee Retirees Chapter 54 Meeting 11:00 am
Hancock County Public Employee Retirees Chapter 54 Meeting @ 50 North
Feb 7 @ 11:00 am
Hancock County Public Employee Retirees, Inc. (P.E.R.I.) Chapter 54 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 50 North, 339 E. Melrose Ave. Hancock County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg will speak on real estate taxes.
Community Lenten Lunches 12:00 pm
Community Lenten Lunches @ North Baltimore
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The churches of the North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry (NBACM) will host weekly “Community Lenten Lunches” on Wednesdays during Lent. Community members are invited to lunch and Lenten devotions from noon to 1 p.m. at a North Baltimore church. The schedule is: Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, Holy Family Roman Catholic, 115 E. Cherry St.; Feb. 21, Praise Chapel Pentecostal (location of meal: Church of the Good Shepherd, 119 W. Broadway St.); Feb. 28, St. James United Methodist. 201 S. Second St.; March 7, The Bridge Fellowship, 123 E. Broadway St.; March 14, Church of the Good Shepherd; March 21, St. Luke’s Lutheran, 215 N. Second St. There is no cost for the meal, but participants are invited to give an offering for the ministries of NBACM including the “Community Food Pantry.”  
Early-Stage Memory Loss Support Group 2:00 pm
Early-Stage Memory Loss Support Group @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
Feb 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A program for individuals with early-stage memory loss will be held from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. The program will be led by Linda Rae Pollitz and offers social opportunities and group sharing.
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Hancock County Public Defender Commission 8:00 am
Hancock County Public Defender Commission @ Hancock County Public Defender's Office
Feb 8 @ 8:00 am
The Hancock County Public Defender Commission will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday at the public defender’s office, 100 E. Main Cross St., Suite 200, Findlay.
Babies Love Books 10:00 am
Babies Love Books @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 8 @ 10:00 am
Babies Love Books will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Bluffton Public Library. Farm stories is the theme, and the session will include movement and song for babies and toddlers from birth to age 3. All children must be accompanied by a parent or child care provider who will participate in the program. No registration is necessary.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Feb 8 @ 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.
Red Cross Blood Drive 1:00 pm
Red Cross Blood Drive @ First Mennonite Church
Feb 8 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1-6 p.m. Thursday at First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St., Bluffton. To schedule an appointment, call 800-RED-CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org, sponsor code “fmenncbl.” Soup, sandwiches and cookies will be available for donors. Donors should enter by the Jackson Street entrance directly across from Bluffton Elementary School. An elevator is located at that entrance.
Sebok Lecture: Brian Douglas Hoey 1:00 pm
Sebok Lecture: Brian Douglas Hoey @ Freed Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 8 @ 1:00 pm
Brian Douglas “Doug” Hoey, chief executive officer of the National Community Pharmacists Association, will deliver the Sebok Lecture at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts at Ohio Northern University, Ada. The NCPA represents more than 23,000 small pharmacy businesses, which generate more than $80 billion of revenue in communities across the United States. More than half of NCPA’s members are in rural areas, and many others meet the needs of underserved citizens. Prior to the lecture, Hoey will meet with executive members of the ONU student chapter of NCPA at 10 a.m. in the Grunder Learning Lab in the Robertson-Evans pharmacy building. The annual Sebok Pharmacy Lecture is named for Albert Sebok, who received a pharmacy degree from ONU in 1953 and went on to become a senior vice president for Revco Discount Drug Stores.
Badge and Button Workshop 6:00 pm
Badge and Button Workshop @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm
Participants will learn how to make a badge or button at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Classes will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 and 11 a.m. Feb. 10. Those attending should bring a picture or design to use. Buttons measure 3 inches in size, and the first button is free, with each additional button priced at 50 cents. Registration is required by Thursday by calling 419-523-3747.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Feb 8 @ 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 City Schools All-City Orchestra Festival 7:30 pm
Findlay City Schools All-City Orchestra Festival @ Findlay High School gymnasium
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm
Findlay City Schools’ annual All-City Orchestra Festival, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, will showcase string players in grades six through 12 from Glenwood and Donnell middle schools along with Findlay High School. The concert will be held in the gymnasium of Findlay High School and is free and open to the public. The Sixth-Grade Beginning Orchestra, directed by David Brax, will perform two selections: “String Explosion” and “Bloosy Woosy.” These 53 beginning string students started playing their instruments back in August. The Seventh-Grade Orchestra, also directed by Brax, will perform “The Russian Music Box” and “Mama Don’t ‘Low.” The Eighth-Grade Orchestra, directed by Ken Pressel, orchestra department chair, will perform “Blue Ridge Run” and “The Code.” The concert will conclude with the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra performing “Chant and Joyous Dance” and “What’s Up at the Symphony.” Pressel directs the Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra, and Brax serves as assistant director.
Avital Handler 8:00 pm
Avital Handler @ Moore Musical Arts Center, Bryan Recital Hall
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm
Avital Handler is the principal tuba player of the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Opera’s resident orchestra. She serves on the faculty of Jerusalem’s Academy of Music and Dance, the Levinsky College of Education and the Israel Conservatory of Music.
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Fridays at Findlay: Michael Wilcox 7:30 am
Fridays at Findlay: Michael Wilcox @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary TLB Auditorium
Feb 9 @ 7:30 am
Michael Wilcox, founder, chairman and CEO of Wilcox Financial and Wilcox Sports Management, will speak Friday, Feb. 9 as the next guest in the University of Findlay’s Fridays at Findlay executive speaker series. Wilcox will discuss the field of sports management and “Lessons Learned from the Intersection of Athletics, Leadership and Business.” The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Admission is $10 per person and $5 for students. To register and for more information, contact Cindy Lahey at lahey@findlay.edu, call 419-434-5334, or visit www.findlay.edu/offices/advancement/Fridays-at-Findlay. Wilcox, a former Division 1 All-American lacrosse and hockey player, represents nearly 400 college football and basketball coaches, athletic directors, university presidents, conference commissioners, and sports broadcasters throughout the country in areas of finance, contract negotiation, and financial advising.
Roll it Up & Restart — Owning Work Performance Discussions 8:00 am
Roll it Up & Restart — Owning Work Performance Discussions @ Birchaven Retirement Village Clubhouse
Feb 9 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
The Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce will host Women’s Mentoring Connections’ “Roll it Up & Restart — Owning Work Performance Discussions” from 8-9:30 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Birchaven Retirement Village Clubhouse, 7113 Eastern Woods Parkway. A multigenerational panel of women from various professional backgrounds will share their experiences and advice on recognizing professional accomplishments, preparing for annual performance reviews, giving and receiving performance feedback, and setting goals for the coming year. Women’s Mentoring Connections is a free program, but attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable item to benefit City Mission of Findlay. To register, visit FindlayHancockChamber.com, email RSVP@FindlayHancockChamber.com or call 419-422-3313.
Ohio Northern University Mobile Health Clinic 9:30 am
Ohio Northern University Mobile Health Clinic @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
The Bluffton Public Library will host a mobile health clinic from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 9. The clinic is led by Ohio Northern University’s Healthwise staff. There will be free screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose and lipids. Fasting for 12 hours is required for the lipids screening. All ages are welcome and referrals to area doctors will be made available. No registration is required.
Read for L.I.F.E. Tutor Training Class 9:30 am
Read for L.I.F.E. Tutor Training Class @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Feb 9 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Read for L.I.F.E. will offer a tutor training class from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. Potential adult volunteers must be at least 18 and are asked to commit to one year or more of volunteering. Volunteers must be literate, but no professional training or education is required. Volunteers are needed to teach reading, writing, English, life skills and subject areas of the GED including math, social studies and science. Register at readforlife@findlaylibrary.org.
Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training 10:00 am
Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training @ Focus on Friends
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
A new class for individuals worried about loved ones’ substance use begins Friday. The free class focusing on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) model will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. at Focus on Friends, 509 W. Trenton Ave. It will continue for six consecutive Fridays through Feb. 16. Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery and improve their 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. Participants are encouraged to purchase the book, but can also borrow a copy. Register by calling the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services at 419-424-1985.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Feb 9 @ 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.
Emmanuel United Church of Christ Spaghetti Dinner 5:00 pm
Emmanuel United Church of Christ Spaghetti Dinner @ Emmanuel United Church of Christ
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Emmanuel United Church of Christ will hold a Fazoli’s spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, at the church, 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the church’s Faith Formation Program. The dinner includes spaghetti, salad, breadsticks, dessert and a drink. Tickets are available for $8 each by calling the church office at 419-358-1561.  
The International Space Station Passes High 7:00 pm
The International Space Station Passes High @ Ohio Northern University Observatory
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Ohio Northern University observatory will hold a public viewing on Feb. 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., entitled “The International Space Station Passes High”
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Findlay Family YMCA Competitive Winter Basketball League
Findlay Family YMCA Competitive Winter Basketball League @ Findlay Family YMCA
Feb 10 all-day
Registration is underway for the Findlay Family YMCA’s youth competitive winter basketball league for fifth- and sixth-graders. The season starts Jan. 8. Games are held on Saturdays. Registration is available online at www.findlayymca.org or at either Y branch, or by contacting sports director Jerry McNamee at 419-422-4424 or jmcnamee@findlayymca.com. The league is also seeking volunteer coaches and assistant coaches. Team sponsorships are available for local business owners.
Animarathon XVI 9:00 am
Animarathon XVI @ BGSU Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Feb 10 @ 9:00 am – Feb 11 @ 12:00 am
Animarathon XVI is a family-friendly celebration of Japanese animation and media, along with “nerd culture.” It features panels, cosplay contests, a Kawaii Kafé, an artist’s alley, anime screenings, special guests, tabletop and video games, a rave, and more. Admission: $7 for Bowling Green State University students; $10 for general admission at the door; and $20 for pre-registration, guaranteeing a badge, T-shirt, raffle tickets, and early access to the merchandise area.
Children’s Valentine Workshop 10:00 am
Children’s Valentine Workshop @ Fostoria Community Arts Council
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Fostoria Community Arts Council will hold a children’s Valentine workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 10 at its office at 125 S. Main St., Fostoria. Cheryl Graves will conduct this free workshop for students in first through fifth grades. Space is limited, and reservations can be made by calling 419-435-7474.
Badge and Button Workshop 11:00 am
Badge and Button Workshop @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am
Participants will learn how to make a badge or button at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Classes will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 and 11 a.m. Feb. 10. Those attending should bring a picture or design to use. Buttons measure 3 inches in size, and the first button is free, with each additional button priced at 50 cents. Registration is required by Thursday by calling 419-523-3747.
American Girl Victorian Valentine Tea 12:00 pm
American Girl Victorian Valentine Tea @ Hancock Historical Museum
Feb 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St., will host an American Girl Victorian Valentine Tea from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 10. The event is for children ages 5 to 12 with an accompanying adult. The tea will highlight the time period of American Girl Samantha. Guests are encouraged to bring their doll and come dressed for the occasion. Guests will enjoy tea and treats served by the Victorian Ladies, while learning about proper etiquette for a Victorian tea party. The cost is $25 per pair for museum members and $30 per pair for nonmembers. For reservations, call the museum at 419-423-4433. Space is limited. Reservations and advance payment must be received by Friday.
Japanese Family Movies at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library 2:00 pm
Japanese Family Movies at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Feb 10 @ 2:00 pm
Japanese family movies will be shown in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library at 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10. The features include “When Marnie Was There” and “From Up on Poppy Hill.” There is no charge to attend.
Cancer Patient Services Chili Cook-Off 4:30 pm
Cancer Patient Services Chili Cook-Off @ University of Findlay Koehler Center
Feb 10 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Cancer Patient Services will spice up the winter season with its 21st annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Feb. 10. The nonprofit agency’s signature fundraiser will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Findlay’s Koehler Center and is co-presented by Blanchard Valley Hospital and Hancock Federal Credit Union. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and under. Presale tickets can be purchased at the Cancer Patient Services office, 1800 N. Blanchard St., suite 120; or they can be purchased at the door the day of the event. Admission includes tasting 20 chilis, a drink, a Dietsch Brothers ice cream bar, and a variety of snacks. Twenty teams representing area organizations and businesses will be on hand to provide 20 gallons of chili each while competing for first, second and third place in four categories: Celebrity Judge Best Chili, Best Decorated Booth, People’s Choice Best Chili, and the Spirit Money Award (given to the team that raises the most money). Family-friendly events will include a kids zone featuring Monkey Around bounce houses, Snapology, a spinning prize wheel and the Ohio State University chapter of A Moment of Magic, who will be dressed up like popular movie characters. There will also be a raffle offering chances to win a $500, $1,000 or $2,500 gift card to AAA, allowing the winner to choose the vacation destination. Five experience raffle baskets will also be available, including sporting event tickets, beer tasting, date-night packages, and more. AAA raffle tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Cancer Patient Services office before the event. The winner does not need to be present at the event to win. Tickets for the AAA cards and the baskets will also be sold at the cook-off, with unlimited purchases available. Cancer Patient Services’ goal is to reduce the stress of a cancer diagnosis by providing financial assistance, medical supplies, nutritional supplements, patient navigation, emotional support and healing arts programming. The organization hopes to raise at least $100,000 this year, while exceeding last year’s attendance of 1,300 people. For more information, call Cancer Patient Services at 419-423-0286 or visit www.cancerpatientservices.org.
Casino Royale Fundraiser 6:00 pm
Casino Royale Fundraiser @ Camden Falls
Feb 10 @ 6:00 pm
The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services’ Casino Royale Fundraiser features heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a photo booth, a reverse raffle and live music by Jersey — The Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band. Each reverse raffle ticket offers a chance to win $2,000 and admits two people into the fundraiser. Admission is $100 for one reverse raffle ticket; $500 to reserve a table for eight with four tickets; $1,000 to sponsor event with special table, four tickets and a chance to win an additional ticket.
Elks Beach Bash 7:00 pm
Elks Beach Bash @ Findlay Elks Lodge banquet hall
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Findlay’s own Reunion Band will bring its style of ’60s and ’70s rock and roll to the Elks Beach Bash concert that will benefit many Findlay-based charities. The event includes several raffles, with attendees encouraged to wear flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts.
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Animarathon XVI 9:00 am
Animarathon XVI @ BGSU Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Animarathon XVI is a family-friendly celebration of Japanese animation and media, along with “nerd culture.” It features panels, cosplay contests, a Kawaii Kafé, an artist’s alley, anime screenings, special guests, tabletop and video games, a rave, and more. Admission: $7 for Bowling Green State University students; $10 for general admission at the door; and $20 for pre-registration, guaranteeing a badge, T-shirt, raffle tickets, and early access to the merchandise area.
“Follow Me, Boys!” 12:00 pm
“Follow Me, Boys!” @ The Ada Theater
Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm
In honor of the centennial anniversary of Ada Boy Scouts and National Scouting Week, Troop 124 of Ada invites you to a showing of “Follow Me, Boys!”, a Walt Disney production starring Fred MacMurray and Kurt Russell. The movie will be shown at The Ada Theater on Feb. 11 at noon. The event is free and open to the public.
The Barn 1:00 pm
The Barn @ Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Feb 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
“The Barn,” a puppet show about farm animals, will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5; and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The same program will be offered each time. The show includes music and singing. Visitors can make a craft after the performance. The free, family program requires no registration. For more information, call the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
Great Decisions 2:00 pm
Great Decisions @ Hancock Historical Museum
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Want to brush up on the waning of Pax Americana, or deepen your knowledge of U.S. global engagement and the military? Great Decisions, America’s largest discussion program on world affairs, is coming to Findlay this spring, with an organizational meeting planned for Feb. 11. Facilitator Barbara Lockard of Findlay said the program was launched in Portland, Oregon, in 1954 and was developed by the Foreign Policy Association. And while the group tackles topics that might sound intimidating (“China and America: The New Geopolitical Equation,” for instance), Lockard maintains the discussion group is nonpartisan and “really more of a history lesson.” Prior to each monthly meeting, participants will be given a short reading assignment to brief them on the topic. Led by Lockard and her husband, Jerry Sisser, the group will then watch a video on the topic before delving into a discussion led by the facilitators using a teacher’s guide. Meetings will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sundays at the Hancock Historical Museum, and the only cost associated is the $30 briefing book (couples or friends can share a book). Lockard said she and Sisser participated in Great Decisions several years ago at the Fostoria library, and the program has also been offered previously at the University of Findlay. All ages are welcome to attend and, based on interest, participants may be split into two groups to keep discussion sizes small. Lockard said participants should not be intimidated by the nature of the topics, as the group members will all be learning together. More importantly, as it’s not partisan in its design, the program will not feed into the divisiveness of the world today. The informational meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at the museum, 422 W. Sandusky St. Contact Sisser at gsisser@woh.rr.com or call the museum at 419-423-4433 for more details.
East Meets West with Traditional Japanese Dance 3:00 pm
East Meets West with Traditional Japanese Dance @ TLB Audiorium at Winebrenner Theological Seminary
Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay’s free pops concert, “East Meets West with Traditional Japanese Dance,” will be presented at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in the TLB Audiorium at Winebrenner Theological Seminary.
University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Pops Concert 3:00 pm
University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Pops Concert @ TLB Auditorium of Winebrenner Theological Seminary
Feb 11 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present their annual Pops Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, in the TLB Auditorium of Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Under the direction of Jack Taylor, professor of music, the band will be partnering with Hiroaki Kawamura, chair of the UF Department of Language and Culture. This performance will be part of the community-wide Japan Week in Findlay, along with a wide variety of cultural activities in Hancock County. The music at this concert will mix popular music from the United States and Japan. Colleen Abrams, instructor of clarinet and saxophone at UF, will be the featured soloist, performing on the soprano saxophone and bass clarinet. Another featured guest is Michie Joyama, who will perform in two selections of traditional Japanese dance, wearing a kimono dress to go with the Japanese culture theme. The musical production will also feature other surprises for the audience, and senior members of the band will be honoring selected UF faculty and staff members during the concert’s intermission. The February Pops Concert is free and open to the public but tickets are still required. To reserve a ticket, contact the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at www.marathoncenterarts.org or call 419-432-2787.
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Animal Tracks in the Snow 10:00 am
Animal Tracks in the Snow @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
A program about animal tracks in the snow, for 3-year-old and younger children accompanied by an adult, will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The same program will be presented each time. The program will include a story, crafts and games. Siblings may attend the free program, which requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Feb 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.
Grand Love 4:30 pm
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Feb 12 @ 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.
Beginner Level Watercolor Painting Class 6:00 pm
Beginner Level Watercolor Painting Class @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A beginner level watercolor painting class with Jeanne Beutler will be held from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Participants will paint a picture of a baby raccoon. There is a $10 fee and all supplies are included. Registration is required by Feb. 5 by calling 419-523-3747.
Jammin’ at the Library 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm
“Jammin’ at the Library” continues at 6 p.m. Monday and Feb. 26 at the Bluffton Public Library. This song circle-style jam session is open to all who wish to participate. At 6 p.m. Feb. 22, “Jammin’ Instructional” will be held. Those attending will learn various methods of jammin’-style music. For more information, email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime 6:30 pm
Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm
Winter storytime registration is underway at the Bluffton Public Library. Limited spaces are available, and parents or caregivers can register children via email, phone or in person. Storytime is for preschool children ages 3-5 on either Monday nights or Tuesday mornings. Children may join storytime at the start of the month in which they will have their third birthday. Call 419-358-5016 to sign up.
Monday Funday 6:30 pm
Monday Funday @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm
Monday Funday will resume at the Forest-Jackson Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Youth who are in third grade and older will make edible school supplies. Monday Funday will be held every Monday, featuring games and snacks. When Riverdale School is canceled due to weather, the event is also canceled.
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Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime 10:00 am
Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 13 @ 10:00 am
Winter storytime registration is underway at the Bluffton Public Library. Limited spaces are available, and parents or caregivers can register children via email, phone or in person. Storytime is for preschool children ages 3-5 on either Monday nights or Tuesday mornings. Children may join storytime at the start of the month in which they will have their third birthday. Call 419-358-5016 to sign up.
Hot Tea Tuesdays 10:00 am
Hot Tea Tuesdays @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 13 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
“Hot Tea Tuesdays” returns to the Bluffton Public Library today and continues through February. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, the library will have hot water, a selection of teas and a variety of goodies for patrons to enjoy.
Failure and Spiritual Growth in Myth, Marvel and the Age of Social Media 11:00 am
Failure and Spiritual Growth in Myth, Marvel and the Age of Social Media @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 13 @ 11:00 am
The Rev. Matthew Yoder, pastor of Grace Mennonite Church in Pandora, will share “Failure and Spiritual Growth in Myth, Marvel and the Age of Social Media” during Bluffton University’s Spiritual Life Week Forum on Feb. 13. The free lecture begins at 11 a.m. in the university’s Yoder Recital Hall. Yoder will explore the Hero Journey, a universal spiritual growth myth that taps into the deepest longings of humanity to grow and evolve beyond limited versions of ourselves into the fullness of what we were created to be. Every Hero Journey involves a tragic loss or wholesale failure. The true hero is the one who survives this fundamental experience of loss or failure to grow toward new fullness. Yoder will discuss how social media technologies can both aid and hinder our own journeys through failure toward growth.
Bluffton Public Library Poetry Teatime 3:30 pm
Bluffton Public Library Poetry Teatime @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 13 @ 3:30 pm
The Bluffton Public Library will host a poetry teatime at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Participants will explore poetry together in a relaxed setting with tea and treats. Focus is on exposure and enjoyment of poetry. Registration is required by Friday. Those attending should also let staff know of any special dietary requirements. All ages are welcome, but children under 8 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Chill Zone 3:30 pm
Chill Zone @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 13 @ 3:30 pm
Chill Zone continues at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays in February at the Bluffton Public Library. Chill Zone is a safe space for anyone in grades six through 12 to hang out and relax at the library. Activities include gaming, socializing, themed events and crafts. Snacks are provided. Themes include: taco Tuesday, Feb. 6; ice cream funday, Feb. 13; movie and popcorn, Feb. 20; and ramen noodle challenge, Feb. 27.
Youtheatre Club 4:00 pm
Youtheatre Club @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 13 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The Arts Partnership is starting a monthly performing arts club through its Youtheatre program. Students in grades 1-12, regardless of ability or past involvement with Youtheatre, are encouraged to participate in Youtheatre Club, which will meet the second Tuesday of each month beginning Tuesday and ending May 8. Grades 1-5 will meet from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and grades 6-8 and 9-12 will meet from 4-6 p.m. Cost is $45 per year and meetings are held at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Contact Craig VanRenterghem at education@artspartnership.com or 419-422-4624, ext. 3, to sign up.
Kids’ Heart Party 6:30 pm
Kids’ Heart Party @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Feb 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Mulberry St., Bloomdale, will host a “Kids’ Heart Party” in the basement of the church from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. The party is open to kids ages 6-12 and will include singing, stories, crafts, games and treats. Call Jane at 419-299-3690 for more details.
Valentine Bingo 6:30 pm
Valentine Bingo @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
Feb 13 @ 6:30 pm
Valentine bingo will be the theme for a family fun program planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. The free program will also be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial location.
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Findlay Area Human Resources Association Meeting 11:30 am
Findlay Area Human Resources Association Meeting @ Hilton Garden Inn
Feb 14 @ 11:30 am
“Harassment” will be discussed at the next meeting of the Findlay Area Human Resources Association on Feb. 14 at Hilton Garden Inn. Registration and lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation will start at noon. The program costs $17 for members, $23 for nonmembers and $5 for students and members in transition. Registration can be done at http://fahra.mightevent.com/events/event-Results.cfm
Lunch and Learn 12:00 pm
Lunch and Learn @ Berky Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bluffton University’s junior nutrition students will host the 2018 Lunch and Learn series from Feb. 14 to April 18 on the first floor of Berky Hall. The demonstrations are free and open to the public; however, limited space is available for each lunch. Each session includes a 20-30 minute cooking demonstration, nutritional information and a full meal. Lunches will be held from noon to 1 p.m. The 2018 series is sponsored by The Food Store, a whole foods market in downtown Bluffton. Dates and topics include: Feb. 14 — Clarifying the confusion with oils; easy ways to increase fish in your diet Feb. 21 — Soups and flatbreads: quick and healthy supper ideas Feb. 28 — Using new spice and the Instant pot: getting out of the ordinary meal pattern March 14 — Making meals around produce: increase lutein and ellagic acid to fight disease March 21 — Quick supper ideas: clever use of leftovers and wraps March 28 — Easy substitutions to increase fiber and decrease fat and sugar April 4 — Consumer 101: whole grains and introducing sorghum as an alternative grain April 11 — New ideas to make easy vegan and allergy-friendly meals April 18 — New and exciting ideas for on-the-go breakfast and lunch Only 15 seats are available per meal. Reserve a spot by contacting Jeanna Haggard at 419-233-1334 or haggardj@bluffton.edu
Ritz Theatre Matinee Movie Series 2:00 pm
Ritz Theatre Matinee Movie Series @ The Ritz Theatre
Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm
The Ritz Theatre will show movies that played an integral role in the building’s history, which was built in 1928. The matinee movie series is dubbed “Close, but No Cigar,” featuring some of the greatest actresses never to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. “Judgment at Nuremberg” (1961) shows Nov. 15; “Auntie Mame” (1958) is Dec. 13; “Captain January” (1936) is Jan. 24; “Morocco” (1930) is Feb. 14; “Sorry, Wrong Number” (1948) is March 14; “Camille” (1936) is April 18; and “Splendor in the Grass” (1961) is May 16.
West Independence United Methodist Church Love Feast Meal 6:00 pm
West Independence United Methodist Church Love Feast Meal @ West Independence United Methodist Church
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm
West Independence United Methodist Church, 22876 U.S. 224, Fostoria, will host a free Love Feast meal in the church’s Family Life Center at 6 p.m. on Ash Wednesday. Following the feast, the Rev. Mark Weatherman will share a brief reflection in observance of Ash Wednesday. For reservations and additional information, contact the church office at 419-894-6454 by Monday.
Redeemer Lutheran Church Ash Wednesday Service 7:00 pm
Redeemer Lutheran Church Ash Wednesday Service @ Redeemer Lutheran Church
Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm
An Ash Wednesday service will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1009 Blanchard Ave., at 7 p.m. Feb. 14.
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Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Feb 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
The Language Archive 2:00 pm
The Language Archive @ BGSU Wolfe Center for the Arts’ Eva Marie Saint Theatre
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm
Bowling Green State University’s theater department presents playwright Julia Cho’s comedy about a scholar of dead or dying languages who finds it impossible to verbalize love in any of the obscure languages he has mastered, and who may feel more affection for language than for people. Reach the box office at 419-372-8171 between noon and 6 p.m. weekdays or buy tickets at www.bgsu.edu/arts.
Family Movie Night: “Wonder” 5:30 pm
Family Movie Night: “Wonder” @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Feb 15 @ 5:30 pm
The movie “Wonder” will be shown for Family Movie Night at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library in the Lindamood Room at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Popcorn and water will be provided. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.
Forever Memories for Families Group 5:30 pm
Forever Memories for Families Group @ The Hub at Birchaven Village
Feb 15 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Bridge Bereavement Services will offering a Forever Memories for Families Group focused on loss, grief and healing through the creation of a memory frame. The group, open to any child, adult or family who has recently experienced the death of a loved one, will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at The Hub at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane. All materials will be provided at no cost, and participants are asked to bring memories and photos of their loved ones. Registration is required by Feb. 9 by calling 800-982-3306 or emailing bridge@bvhealthsystem.org.
American Red Cross CPR Class 6:00 pm
American Red Cross CPR Class @ American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm
The American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter is offering first aid and CPR/AED courses in February. The sessions teach people how to perform CPR and use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Participants also learn how to control bleeding and how to respond to seizures. Classes will be offered at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 and 28 at the Hancock County Red Cross office, 125 Fair St. Call 800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org/take-a-class to register.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Feb 15 @ 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.
Thursdays at Yoder: Love is in the Air 6:00 pm
Thursdays at Yoder: Love is in the Air @ Yoder Recital Hall lobby, Bluffton University
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This “Thursdays at Yoder” event will feature live music by Bluffton University’s faculty and students; hors d’oeuvres and desserts prepared by the Bluffton University Nutrition Association; and complimentary child care.Two seating options, 6 and 8 p.m. Seating is limited.
Evening with a Leader in Occupational Therapy 6:30 pm
Evening with a Leader in Occupational Therapy @ Alumni Memorial Union north multipurpose room
Feb 15 @ 6:30 pm
Janice Burke will speak at the University of Findlay Occupational Therapy Program’s 14th annual Evening with a Leader in Occupational Therapy at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and at 9:15 a.m. Friday, both in the Alumni Memorial Union’s north multipurpose room. Occupational therapy and health care professionals and the general public are invited to the free talks. Registration is required at https://www.findlay.edu/health-professions/occupational-therapy Burke is a nationally recognized expert on occupational therapy for young children and their families, and the author of publications that address the health-producing effects of “occupation” in individuals with chronic disabilities and the well population. Her Thursday talk is titled “Productivity, Outcomes and Evidence in the Clinic: Protecting the Future of the Therapeutic Encounter.” She will speak Friday on “How Conceptual Ideas Take Hold and Endure: The Model of Human Occupation.” Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants can earn up to four continuing education credits by attending these sessions.
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Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training 10:00 am
Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training @ Focus on Friends
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
A new class for individuals worried about loved ones’ substance use begins Friday. The free class focusing on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) model will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. at Focus on Friends, 509 W. Trenton Ave. It will continue for six consecutive Fridays through Feb. 16. Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery and improve their 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. Participants are encouraged to purchase the book, but can also borrow a copy. Register by calling the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services at 419-424-1985.
The Language Archive 2:00 pm
The Language Archive @ BGSU Wolfe Center for the Arts’ Eva Marie Saint Theatre
Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm
Bowling Green State University’s theater department presents playwright Julia Cho’s comedy about a scholar of dead or dying languages who finds it impossible to verbalize love in any of the obscure languages he has mastered, and who may feel more affection for language than for people. Reach the box office at 419-372-8171 between noon and 6 p.m. weekdays or buy tickets at www.bgsu.edu/arts.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Feb 16 @ 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.
University of Findlay Celebrity Bingo 7:00 pm
University of Findlay Celebrity Bingo @ Alumni Memorial Union -- Multipurpose Room
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm
Rob Iberg, impersonating Buddy from “Elf,” will perform at the University of Findlay at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, for celebrity Bingo. Admission will be $5, or free for those with a valid university ID. No children under age 13 will be admitted. The event will be held in the Alumni Memorial Union’s Multipurpose Room and include snacks. Iberg has performed previously at the university as another Will Ferrell character, Ron Burgundy from “Anchorman.” Celebrity Bingo is presented by UF’s Student Activities Board, an extension of the Office of Student Activities, Commuter Services and Leadership Development.
Deathtrap 7:30 pm
Deathtrap @ The Ritz Theatre
Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm
This suspenseful production written by Ira Levin follows a Broadway playwright with writer’s block that comes across a potential hit script by a young student. The playwright devises a plan to share credit with the younger scribe, leading to an abundance of thrills and laughter.
The Belle of Amherst 7:30 pm
The Belle of Amherst @ Gundlach Theatre, Heidelberg University
Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm
Jennifer Burke will perform the one-woman show that explores the secrets, eccentricities and passions of the famous poet Emily Dickinson, recounting her relationships with family and friends through letters and diaries she wrote.
Starbirth: The Orion Nebula 8:00 pm
Starbirth: The Orion Nebula @ Ohio Northern University Observatory
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Ohio Northern University Observatory will host “Starbirth: The Orion Nebula” from 8-10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. The Orion Nebula will be well placed in the sky for observing during the event. There will also be a short presentation about star formation. Check for cancellations online at http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/astro/publicevents.html.
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Findlay Family YMCA Competitive Winter Basketball League
Findlay Family YMCA Competitive Winter Basketball League @ Findlay Family YMCA
Feb 17 all-day
Registration is underway for the Findlay Family YMCA’s youth competitive winter basketball league for fifth- and sixth-graders. The season starts Jan. 8. Games are held on Saturdays. Registration is available online at www.findlayymca.org or at either Y branch, or by contacting sports director Jerry McNamee at 419-422-4424 or jmcnamee@findlayymca.com. The league is also seeking volunteer coaches and assistant coaches. Team sponsorships are available for local business owners.
The Great Backyard Bird Count at Quarry Farm 8:00 am
The Great Backyard Bird Count at Quarry Farm @ Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm
Feb 17 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm in Pandora will participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count from 8-9:30 a.m. Feb. 17. Participants will walk the trails to document the many species of birds that shelter in the preserve, as well as those that stop by on their annual migration. All recorded species will be submitted to the international count sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Preregistration is requested by calling 419-384-7195 or emailing thequarryfarm@gmail.com. The farm is located just north of 14321 Road 7L, Pandora.
Northwest Ohio Beekeeping Association Beginners Workshop 8:30 am
Northwest Ohio Beekeeping Association Beginners Workshop @ Ohio State University-Lima Life & Physical Sciences Building, Room 100
Feb 17 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
The Northwest Ohio Beekeeping Association will host a beginners’ workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Ohio State University-Lima Life & Physical Sciences Building, Room 100. Topics will include basic honeybee biology, how to start a hive, an overview of equipment, feeding, disease and pest management, producing honey and more. Cost is $40 which includes association membership and a book. To sign up, call Dwight Wilson at 419-722-1953 or Tim Arheit at 419-371-1742.
Coffee with a Cop 9:00 am
Coffee with a Cop @ Coffee Amici
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The monthly “Coffee with a Cop” event will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Coffee Amici, 330 S. Main St., in Findlay. The event is meant to be a conversation between Findlay police officers, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the public.
Findlay Area Rental Association Workshop 9:00 am
Findlay Area Rental Association Workshop @ The Sherman House Community Room
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Findlay Area Rental Association will offer a workshop for new and prospective rental property owners from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 17 in the Sherman House Community Room, 115 E. Front St. Members Paul Sears, Tom Miller, Michael Crumley, and Brad and Jill Wagner will speak on topics such as why someone becomes a landlord, leases, “When Things Go Wrong,” cash flow analysis, advertising, tenant screening, and maintenance. The workshop is sponsored by First Federal Bank. Cost of the workshop is $35, which includes a light breakfast and 2018 membership in the Findlay Area Rental Association. Registration should be done by Friday by calling 419-423-8321.
Hardin County Democrats Presidents Day Luncheon 12:00 pm
Hardin County Democrats Presidents Day Luncheon @ Kenton Moose Lodge
Feb 17 @ 12:00 pm
The Hardin County Democrats will host their annual Presidents Day Luncheon at noon on Feb. 17 at the Kenton Moose Lodge. Featured speakers for the luncheon include Ohio Supreme Court candidates Judge Melody J. Stewart and Judge Michael P. Donnelly as well as J. Michael Galbraith, candidate for Ohio’s 5th Congressional District. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 up through college age. Anyone interested in luncheon reservations or carry-out should contact Michael Hubbell at 419-673-6346 no later than Feb. 10.  
The Language Archive 2:00 pm
The Language Archive @ BGSU Wolfe Center for the Arts’ Eva Marie Saint Theatre
Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm
Bowling Green State University’s theater department presents playwright Julia Cho’s comedy about a scholar of dead or dying languages who finds it impossible to verbalize love in any of the obscure languages he has mastered, and who may feel more affection for language than for people. Reach the box office at 419-372-8171 between noon and 6 p.m. weekdays or buy tickets at www.bgsu.edu/arts.
Dine in the Dark 6:00 pm
Dine in the Dark @ Alumni Memorial Union
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm
Lodestar: Guiding Angels for the Blind, in conjunction with the Office of Disability Services at the University of Findlay, is planning the fifth annual “Dine in the Dark” event. Those attending will experience eating a three-course meal like never before: completely in the dark. All proceeds benefit Lodestar: Guiding Angels for the Blind, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to training and placing service dogs free of charge to blind and visually impaired children. The dinner will be held Feb. 17 in the Alumni Memorial Union at University of Findlay. Hor’s dourves will be served at 6 p.m. with lights out and dinner served at 6:30. Tickets are $30 each through Feb. 1; $35 after. Purchase tickets at https://lodestarditd.eventbrite.com or by phone 419-796-1329.
Deathtrap 7:30 pm
Deathtrap @ The Ritz Theatre
Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm
This suspenseful production written by Ira Levin follows a Broadway playwright with writer’s block that comes across a potential hit script by a young student. The playwright devises a plan to share credit with the younger scribe, leading to an abundance of thrills and laughter.
The Language Archive 8:00 pm
The Language Archive @ BGSU Wolfe Center for the Arts’ Eva Marie Saint Theatre
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm
Bowling Green State University’s theater department presents playwright Julia Cho’s comedy about a scholar of dead or dying languages who finds it impossible to verbalize love in any of the obscure languages he has mastered, and who may feel more affection for language than for people. Reach the box office at 419-372-8171 between noon and 6 p.m. weekdays or buy tickets at www.bgsu.edu/arts.
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Good Karma Yoga 12:00 pm
Good Karma Yoga @ Harmony Yoga
Feb 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Instructor Katy Mercer will offer “Good Karma Yoga,” a free beginner’s yoga class, from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 18 at Harmony Yoga, 1100 Croy Drive. The free class is open to open to anyone 12 and older. Donations will be collected for First Step: Family Violence Intervention Center of Fostoria (www.firststepweb.org/donate).
Bluffton University Concert Band 2:30 pm
Bluffton University Concert Band @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 18 @ 2:30 pm
The Bluffton University Concert Band will host an instrumental concert featuring original and arranged compositions, including Brian Sadler’s “Action Brass”; Gordon Jacob’s wind-band composition, “An Original Suite”; and Brant Karrick’s “They Shall Run and Be Free,” inspired by his visit to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.
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Arts Partnership Presidents Day Theater Camp 9:00 am
Arts Partnership Presidents Day Theater Camp @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Arts Partnership is offering a daylong Presidents’ Day theater camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. The program is open to students in grades one through 12 and will feature a tour of the facility and mini workshops on improvisation, acting, musical theater and theater tech. The cost is $60 per student and includes snacks and water. Students are encouraged to pack a nonrefrigerated lunch. Registration deadline is Feb. 14 and can be made at artspartnership.com or by contacting Craig VanRentgherm at education@artspartnership.com or 419-422-3412, ext. 3.
Mornings with Mommy 9:30 am
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Feb 19 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings with Mommy will begin Sept. 18 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, and continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays. The educational playdates are open to infants through preschool-age children and their moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. Each session will have its own theme and will include devotion, language and literacy activities, arts and crafts, sensory activities and more. Registration is required at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-326-4685. The cost is $5 per family (not per child), per session.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Feb 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.
Grand Love 4:30 pm
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Feb 19 @ 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.
Bridge Bereavement Services Self-Care Presentation 6:30 pm
Bridge Bereavement Services Self-Care Presentation @ Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Bridge Bereavement Services will offer a presentation focused on self-care from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital, 1900 S. Main St. The program will explore methods of self-care such as massage, aromatherapy, mindfulness and meditation, humor, blood pressure checks and mood-lifting desserts. Registration is required by Feb. 15 with Niki Sidle, bereavement coordinator, at 419-423-5351 or email bridge@bvhealthsystem.org.
Monday Funday 6:30 pm
Monday Funday @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
Feb 19 @ 6:30 pm
Monday Funday will resume at the Forest-Jackson Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Youth who are in third grade and older will make edible school supplies. Monday Funday will be held every Monday, featuring games and snacks. When Riverdale School is canceled due to weather, the event is also canceled.
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Mornings with Mommy 9:30 am
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Feb 20 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings with Mommy will begin Sept. 18 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera, and continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays. The educational playdates are open to infants through preschool-age children and their moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. Each session will have its own theme and will include devotion, language and literacy activities, arts and crafts, sensory activities and more. Registration is required at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-326-4685. The cost is $5 per family (not per child), per session.
Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime 10:00 am
Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am
Winter storytime registration is underway at the Bluffton Public Library. Limited spaces are available, and parents or caregivers can register children via email, phone or in person. Storytime is for preschool children ages 3-5 on either Monday nights or Tuesday mornings. Children may join storytime at the start of the month in which they will have their third birthday. Call 419-358-5016 to sign up.
Hot Tea Tuesdays 10:00 am
Hot Tea Tuesdays @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
“Hot Tea Tuesdays” returns to the Bluffton Public Library today and continues through February. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, the library will have hot water, a selection of teas and a variety of goodies for patrons to enjoy.
Storytime Station 10:30 am
Storytime Station @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
Feb 20 @ 10:30 am
Storytime Station at the Forest-Jackson Public Library will hold its annual pajama party at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Children in preschool and older are welcome to wear their pajamas and slippers for pajama party stories, games and snacks.
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group 3:30 pm
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Feb 20 @ 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.
Chill Zone 3:30 pm
Chill Zone @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 20 @ 3:30 pm
Chill Zone continues at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays in February at the Bluffton Public Library. Chill Zone is a safe space for anyone in grades six through 12 to hang out and relax at the library. Activities include gaming, socializing, themed events and crafts. Snacks are provided. Themes include: taco Tuesday, Feb. 6; ice cream funday, Feb. 13; movie and popcorn, Feb. 20; and ramen noodle challenge, Feb. 27.
Northwest Ohio Poetry Out Loud Regional Semifinal 4:30 pm
Northwest Ohio Poetry Out Loud Regional Semifinal @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 20 @ 4:30 pm
The Arts Partnership will host the Northwest Ohio Poetry Out Loud Regional Semifinal at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Six students from northwest Ohio will be reciting poems in two rounds, and one will be selected to move on to the Ohio Poetry Out Loud Finals in Columbus on March 3. The event is free and open to the public.
Community Connections 5:30 pm
Community Connections @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
A “Community Connections” program will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bluffton Public Library. Those attending will learn what children’s programs and services are offered in the Bluffton area and meet with representatives of many organizations, businesses and government agencies.
Fear No Art Lesson: How to Draw a Self Portrait 6:00 pm
Fear No Art Lesson: How to Draw a Self Portrait @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm
Janette Reineke will teach an art class at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Bluffton Public Library. “Fear No Art Lesson: How to Draw a Self Portrait” will be inspired by Rembrandt, who is featured in Reineke’s book, “Fear No Art.” The cost is $10, which will be accepted at the door, and books will be available to purchase that evening. Registration is required before Friday.
Florida Shooting Community Prayer Vigil 6:00 pm
Florida Shooting Community Prayer Vigil @ First Christian Church
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm
First Christian Church will host a community prayer vigil in response to the Parkland, Florida, school shooting at 6 p.m. today in its sanctuary, 1624 Tiffin Ave., Suite B. The gathering will provide spiritual space for people of all faith groups, and even those with no faith group affiliation, to come together and express their pain, grief and even outrage over this particular mass shooting as well as mass shootings in general.
Hancock County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society 6:30 pm
Hancock County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society @ Local and Family History Department, Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm
The Hancock County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Local and Family History Department of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. Dues will be collected from members and are $10. The meeting is open to the public.
First Presbyterian Church Nursery School Open House 7:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church Nursery School Open House @ First Presbyterian Church
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church Nursery School will begin enrollment for the 2018-19 school year on Feb. 20. An informational meeting/open house will be held at 7 p.m. that day in the church fellowship hall for parents who wish to enroll their 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds. The church is located at 2330 S. Main St. Visit http://findlayfpc.org/ministries/nursery-school/ for more information.
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Hardin Northern FFA Blood Drive 8:00 am
Hardin Northern FFA Blood Drive @ Hardin Northern Local School
Feb 21 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Hardin Northern FFA is hosting a blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross on Feb. 21, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the school’s Ag Building. Interested donors can schedule an appointment by calling the Ag Office at 419-759-2331, ext. 1604.
Community Lenten Lunches 12:00 pm
Community Lenten Lunches @ North Baltimore
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The churches of the North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry (NBACM) will host weekly “Community Lenten Lunches” on Wednesdays during Lent. Community members are invited to lunch and Lenten devotions from noon to 1 p.m. at a North Baltimore church. The schedule is: Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, Holy Family Roman Catholic, 115 E. Cherry St.; Feb. 21, Praise Chapel Pentecostal (location of meal: Church of the Good Shepherd, 119 W. Broadway St.); Feb. 28, St. James United Methodist. 201 S. Second St.; March 7, The Bridge Fellowship, 123 E. Broadway St.; March 14, Church of the Good Shepherd; March 21, St. Luke’s Lutheran, 215 N. Second St. There is no cost for the meal, but participants are invited to give an offering for the ministries of NBACM including the “Community Food Pantry.”  
Lunch and Learn 12:00 pm
Lunch and Learn @ Berky Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bluffton University’s junior nutrition students will host the 2018 Lunch and Learn series from Feb. 14 to April 18 on the first floor of Berky Hall. The demonstrations are free and open to the public; however, limited space is available for each lunch. Each session includes a 20-30 minute cooking demonstration, nutritional information and a full meal. Lunches will be held from noon to 1 p.m. The 2018 series is sponsored by The Food Store, a whole foods market in downtown Bluffton. Dates and topics include: Feb. 14 — Clarifying the confusion with oils; easy ways to increase fish in your diet Feb. 21 — Soups and flatbreads: quick and healthy supper ideas Feb. 28 — Using new spice and the Instant pot: getting out of the ordinary meal pattern March 14 — Making meals around produce: increase lutein and ellagic acid to fight disease March 21 — Quick supper ideas: clever use of leftovers and wraps March 28 — Easy substitutions to increase fiber and decrease fat and sugar April 4 — Consumer 101: whole grains and introducing sorghum as an alternative grain April 11 — New ideas to make easy vegan and allergy-friendly meals April 18 — New and exciting ideas for on-the-go breakfast and lunch Only 15 seats are available per meal. Reserve a spot by contacting Jeanna Haggard at 419-233-1334 or haggardj@bluffton.edu
“Displaced” Artist Reception 4:00 pm
“Displaced” Artist Reception @ Owens Community College library
Feb 21 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
“Displaced,” a photo exhibition by Findlay artist Ashley Donaldson, will be on view in the library at Owens Community College. An artist reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, and the photos will remain on view through March 2. Visit www.owens.edu/library for a list of library hours.
Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center Fundraising Banquet 6:00 pm
Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center Fundraising Banquet @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm
The Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center will host its 36th annual fundraising banquet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Findlay City Schools Superintendent Ed Kurt will speak on diversity in education and its role in creating a workforce for the future. Tickets are $50 each and include dinner. Call 419-423-2984 or 419-788-6794 for tickets.
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Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
The Language Archive 2:00 pm
The Language Archive @ BGSU Wolfe Center for the Arts’ Eva Marie Saint Theatre
Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm
Bowling Green State University’s theater department presents playwright Julia Cho’s comedy about a scholar of dead or dying languages who finds it impossible to verbalize love in any of the obscure languages he has mastered, and who may feel more affection for language than for people. Reach the box office at 419-372-8171 between noon and 6 p.m. weekdays or buy tickets at www.bgsu.edu/arts.
Basics of Microsoft Excel 6:00 pm
Basics of Microsoft Excel @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa branch
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm
A class on the basics of Microsoft Excel will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Participants will learn worksheet setups, methods and functions, cell references, formulas and more tips. Hands-on help will be included at this event, and those attending can bring their own laptop or use one of the library’s computers. Registration is required by calling the library at 419-523-3747.
Grand Love 6:00 pm
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Feb 22 @ 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.
Jammin’ Instructional 6:00 pm
Jammin’ Instructional @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm
“Jammin’ at the Library” continues at 6 p.m. Monday and Feb. 26 at the Bluffton Public Library. This song circle-style jam session is open to all who wish to participate. At 6 p.m. Feb. 22, “Jammin’ Instructional” will be held. Those attending will learn various methods of jammin’-style music. For more information, email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
Lend Me A Tenor 8:00 pm
Lend Me A Tenor @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm
“Lend Me A Tenor,” the comedy/farce written by Ken Ludwig, comes to the Fort Findlay Playhouse stage Feb. 22-25 and March 1-3. Sunday shows begin at 5 p.m., with all other performances at 8 p.m. A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, the screwball comedy’s story is set in 1934. Saunders (James Foust), the manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera company, is ready to present Tito Morelli (Patrick Davis), the world’s most famous tenor, as the star of the one-night-only opera, “Otello.” He arrives with his hot-blooded Italian wife Maria (Kedryn Roether) and a terrible stomachache from eating too much while traveling. With his girlfriend Maggie (Samantha Henry), the opera guild’s president Julia (Jean Daniel) and the opera’s resident diva Diana (Lori Foster) all trying to finagle a private meeting with Morelli, Saunders’ beleaguered assistant Max (Andy Conway) has his hands full. Through a series of mishaps, including the hotel’s bellhop (Ron Dutton) popping in and out of the room, Morelli is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume, ready to perform. Now, two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. Tickets go on sale to the public for $12 each on Monday and can be bought online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org, by phone at 567-525-3636, or in person at the box office inside the playhouse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Unreserved seats will be available at the door on show nights on a cash- or check-only basis.
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The Language Archive 2:00 pm
The Language Archive @ BGSU Wolfe Center for the Arts’ Eva Marie Saint Theatre
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm
Bowling Green State University’s theater department presents playwright Julia Cho’s comedy about a scholar of dead or dying languages who finds it impossible to verbalize love in any of the obscure languages he has mastered, and who may feel more affection for language than for people. Reach the box office at 419-372-8171 between noon and 6 p.m. weekdays or buy tickets at www.bgsu.edu/arts.
SMART Recovery Meeting 3:00 pm
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Feb 23 @ 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.
Funny Girl 7:00 pm
Funny Girl @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Featuring some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including “People”, “Don’t Rain On My Parade”, and “The Music That Makes Me Dance,” this musical classic tells the fascinating and bitter-sweet story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star, and her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. This grand production, has music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, a book by Isobel Lennart and based on an original story by Miss Lennart.
Lend Me A Tenor 8:00 pm
Lend Me A Tenor @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm
“Lend Me A Tenor,” the comedy/farce written by Ken Ludwig, comes to the Fort Findlay Playhouse stage Feb. 22-25 and March 1-3. Sunday shows begin at 5 p.m., with all other performances at 8 p.m. A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, the screwball comedy’s story is set in 1934. Saunders (James Foust), the manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera company, is ready to present Tito Morelli (Patrick Davis), the world’s most famous tenor, as the star of the one-night-only opera, “Otello.” He arrives with his hot-blooded Italian wife Maria (Kedryn Roether) and a terrible stomachache from eating too much while traveling. With his girlfriend Maggie (Samantha Henry), the opera guild’s president Julia (Jean Daniel) and the opera’s resident diva Diana (Lori Foster) all trying to finagle a private meeting with Morelli, Saunders’ beleaguered assistant Max (Andy Conway) has his hands full. Through a series of mishaps, including the hotel’s bellhop (Ron Dutton) popping in and out of the room, Morelli is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume, ready to perform. Now, two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. Tickets go on sale to the public for $12 each on Monday and can be bought online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org, by phone at 567-525-3636, or in person at the box office inside the playhouse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Unreserved seats will be available at the door on show nights on a cash- or check-only basis.
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Findlay Family YMCA Competitive Winter Basketball League
Findlay Family YMCA Competitive Winter Basketball League @ Findlay Family YMCA
Feb 24 all-day
Registration is underway for the Findlay Family YMCA’s youth competitive winter basketball league for fifth- and sixth-graders. The season starts Jan. 8. Games are held on Saturdays. Registration is available online at www.findlayymca.org or at either Y branch, or by contacting sports director Jerry McNamee at 419-422-4424 or jmcnamee@findlayymca.com. The league is also seeking volunteer coaches and assistant coaches. Team sponsorships are available for local business owners.
Riverdale PTO Craft Sale 9:00 am
Riverdale PTO Craft Sale @ Riverdale High School
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Riverdale PTO will be hosting a craft show at Riverdale High School in Mount Blanchard, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 24 Local vendors selling one-of-a-kind gifts will be participating. There will also be a raffle and bake sale. Admission and parking for the show are free.
Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center Performing Arts Workshop 10:00 am
Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center Performing Arts Workshop @ Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center will host a performing arts workshop for students in grades 5 through high school from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24. Cost is $15. Register with Elizabeth Washington at 614-360-8611.
STEAM Fun Session 11:00 am
STEAM Fun Session @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
A STEAM fun session will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Bluffton Public Library. Activities will be provided for ages 6 to 12 in the children’s area, and all children must be accompanied by an adult who will assist them.
Valentine Bingo 11:00 am
Valentine Bingo @ Putnam County District Library -- Leipsic
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am
Valentine bingo will be the theme for a family fun program planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. The free program will also be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Leipsic Edwards-Gamper Memorial location.
The Language Archive 2:00 pm
The Language Archive @ BGSU Wolfe Center for the Arts’ Eva Marie Saint Theatre
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm
Bowling Green State University’s theater department presents playwright Julia Cho’s comedy about a scholar of dead or dying languages who finds it impossible to verbalize love in any of the obscure languages he has mastered, and who may feel more affection for language than for people. Reach the box office at 419-372-8171 between noon and 6 p.m. weekdays or buy tickets at www.bgsu.edu/arts.
Diamond Rose Ball 7:00 pm
Diamond Rose Ball @ Lima Knights of Columbus
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm
The Lima Noon Sertoma Service Club and Delta Zeta Sorority at Ohio Northern University are collaborating on the second annual Diamond Rose Ball on Saturday at the Lima Knights of Columbus, 810 S. Cable Road, Lima. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. with music by Exploit Trio. There will also be a silent auction and cash bar. Tickets for the black-tie-optional fundraiser are $45 per person or $350 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased by calling Michele Hicks at 419-234-1706. Ticket sales will support various scholarships and the Delta Zeta Sisters’ charity
Funny Girl 7:00 pm
Funny Girl @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Featuring some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including “People”, “Don’t Rain On My Parade”, and “The Music That Makes Me Dance,” this musical classic tells the fascinating and bitter-sweet story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star, and her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. This grand production, has music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, a book by Isobel Lennart and based on an original story by Miss Lennart.
AdverCity Showcase 7:30 pm
AdverCity Showcase @ Fidnlay's South Side
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm
The AdverCity Showcase will return to Findlay for its fifth surprise performance Feb. 24. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the city’s south side. The performers will be unveiled at the start of the event, and ticket holders will be notified of the event’s location 24 hours prior to showtime. Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite.com by searching the word AdverCity.
Deathtrap 7:30 pm
Deathtrap @ The Ritz Theatre
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm
This suspenseful production written by Ira Levin follows a Broadway playwright with writer’s block that comes across a potential hit script by a young student. The playwright devises a plan to share credit with the younger scribe, leading to an abundance of thrills and laughter.
Lend Me A Tenor 8:00 pm
Lend Me A Tenor @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
“Lend Me A Tenor,” the comedy/farce written by Ken Ludwig, comes to the Fort Findlay Playhouse stage Feb. 22-25 and March 1-3. Sunday shows begin at 5 p.m., with all other performances at 8 p.m. A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, the screwball comedy’s story is set in 1934. Saunders (James Foust), the manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera company, is ready to present Tito Morelli (Patrick Davis), the world’s most famous tenor, as the star of the one-night-only opera, “Otello.” He arrives with his hot-blooded Italian wife Maria (Kedryn Roether) and a terrible stomachache from eating too much while traveling. With his girlfriend Maggie (Samantha Henry), the opera guild’s president Julia (Jean Daniel) and the opera’s resident diva Diana (Lori Foster) all trying to finagle a private meeting with Morelli, Saunders’ beleaguered assistant Max (Andy Conway) has his hands full. Through a series of mishaps, including the hotel’s bellhop (Ron Dutton) popping in and out of the room, Morelli is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume, ready to perform. Now, two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. Tickets go on sale to the public for $12 each on Monday and can be bought online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org, by phone at 567-525-3636, or in person at the box office inside the playhouse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Unreserved seats will be available at the door on show nights on a cash- or check-only basis.
The Language Archive 8:00 pm
The Language Archive @ BGSU Wolfe Center for the Arts’ Eva Marie Saint Theatre
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm
Bowling Green State University’s theater department presents playwright Julia Cho’s comedy about a scholar of dead or dying languages who finds it impossible to verbalize love in any of the obscure languages he has mastered, and who may feel more affection for language than for people. Reach the box office at 419-372-8171 between noon and 6 p.m. weekdays or buy tickets at www.bgsu.edu/arts.
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Deathtrap 2:00 pm
Deathtrap @ The Ritz Theatre
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm
This suspenseful production written by Ira Levin follows a Broadway playwright with writer’s block that comes across a potential hit script by a young student. The playwright devises a plan to share credit with the younger scribe, leading to an abundance of thrills and laughter.
Funny Girl 2:00 pm
Funny Girl @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Featuring some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including “People”, “Don’t Rain On My Parade”, and “The Music That Makes Me Dance,” this musical classic tells the fascinating and bitter-sweet story of Fanny Brice, whose vocal talents and comedic ability see her rise from Brooklyn music hall singer to Broadway star, and her tempestuous relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. This grand production, has music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill, a book by Isobel Lennart and based on an original story by Miss Lennart.
Johnsons Island Civil War Roundtable 3:00 pm
Johnsons Island Civil War Roundtable @ Carmies BBQ & Grill
Feb 25 @ 3:00 pm
Dee Bresler, history lover and member of Johnsons Island Civil War Roundtable, will speak about Northern General George McClellan’s wife, Nellie, during the 3 p.m. Sunday meeting at Carmies BBQ & Grill, Tiffin. Bresler will give detailed information on the gossip and slander involving the courtships of Nellie, including her alleged engagement to Southern General AP Hill. Her mother did not approve.
Deathtrap 7:30 pm
Deathtrap @ The Ritz Theatre
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm
This suspenseful production written by Ira Levin follows a Broadway playwright with writer’s block that comes across a potential hit script by a young student. The playwright devises a plan to share credit with the younger scribe, leading to an abundance of thrills and laughter.
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Ohio Star Quilters of Findlay 9:30 am
Ohio Star Quilters of Findlay @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Feb 26 @ 9:30 am
Ohio Star Quilters of Findlay will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 Tiffin Ave. The day begins with the business meeting and show and tell, followed by a trunk show from Pam Rader. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend. Questions on programs may be directed to Beverly McClarren at 419-348-2644. Questions regarding the Ohio Star Quilters Club may be directed to Tina Wood at 419-348-4247.
Delay the Disease 1:00 pm
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Feb 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.
Grand Love 4:30 pm
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Feb 26 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Grand Love, a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren, meets Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at 1941 Carlin St., Findlay. Call 419-422-8616.
Watercolor Workshop 5:30 pm
Watercolor Workshop @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 26 @ 5:30 pm
A watercolor workshop led by Jeanne Beutler will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Bluffton Public Library. Advance registration is required by calling the library at 419-358-5016. The cost for the session is $10 at the door.
Jammin’ at the Library 6:00 pm
Jammin’ at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm
“Jammin’ at the Library” continues at 6 p.m. Monday and Feb. 26 at the Bluffton Public Library. This song circle-style jam session is open to all who wish to participate. At 6 p.m. Feb. 22, “Jammin’ Instructional” will be held. Those attending will learn various methods of jammin’-style music. For more information, email asc@blufftonpubliclibrary.org.
Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime 6:30 pm
Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm
Winter storytime registration is underway at the Bluffton Public Library. Limited spaces are available, and parents or caregivers can register children via email, phone or in person. Storytime is for preschool children ages 3-5 on either Monday nights or Tuesday mornings. Children may join storytime at the start of the month in which they will have their third birthday. Call 419-358-5016 to sign up.
Monday Funday 6:30 pm
Monday Funday @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
Feb 26 @ 6:30 pm
Monday Funday will resume at the Forest-Jackson Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Youth who are in third grade and older will make edible school supplies. Monday Funday will be held every Monday, featuring games and snacks. When Riverdale School is canceled due to weather, the event is also canceled.
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Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime 10:00 am
Bluffton Public Library Winter Storytime @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am
Winter storytime registration is underway at the Bluffton Public Library. Limited spaces are available, and parents or caregivers can register children via email, phone or in person. Storytime is for preschool children ages 3-5 on either Monday nights or Tuesday mornings. Children may join storytime at the start of the month in which they will have their third birthday. Call 419-358-5016 to sign up.
Hot Tea Tuesdays 10:00 am
Hot Tea Tuesdays @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
“Hot Tea Tuesdays” returns to the Bluffton Public Library today and continues through February. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, the library will have hot water, a selection of teas and a variety of goodies for patrons to enjoy.
‘Diversity Matters’: From the Authors’ Point of View 11:00 am
‘Diversity Matters’: From the Authors’ Point of View @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 27 @ 11:00 am
Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige, executive associate to the president for diversity and inclusion at Calvin College, along with Kevin Williams, director of residence life at Bluffton University, will present “‘Diversity Matters’: From the Authors’ Point of View,” at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Yoder Recital Hall. Dr. Loyd-Paige and Williams are two of the featured authors included in the edited volume “Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity and the Future of Christian Higher Education.” During the presentation, they will discuss insights from their work as professionals in Christian higher education.
Findlay State of the City Address 11:30 am
Findlay State of the City Address @ Millstream Career Center
Feb 27 @ 11:30 am
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik will give her State of the City Address at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Millstream Career Center, 1150 Broad Ave. The address will be open to the public.
Republican Women of Hancock County 11:30 am
Republican Women of Hancock County @ Hancock Historical Museum
Feb 27 @ 11:30 am
The Republican Women of Hancock County will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St. Lunch will be by Bistro on Main. Speakers include Angie Raider of Job and Family Services who will discuss the proposed tax levy; and State Rep. Dorothy Pelanda of the 86th House District which includes Union and Marion counties. She has served as the Majority Floor Leader and Assistant Majority Whip. Pelanda’s topic will be “Optimism, Accountability and Teamwork in the 2018 Elections.” For reservations, send an email to repwomenhc32@gmail.com or call 419-348-3354.
Chill Zone 3:30 pm
Chill Zone @ Bluffton Public Library
Feb 27 @ 3:30 pm
Chill Zone continues at 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays in February at the Bluffton Public Library. Chill Zone is a safe space for anyone in grades six through 12 to hang out and relax at the library. Activities include gaming, socializing, themed events and crafts. Snacks are provided. Themes include: taco Tuesday, Feb. 6; ice cream funday, Feb. 13; movie and popcorn, Feb. 20; and ramen noodle challenge, Feb. 27.
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Community Lenten Lunches 12:00 pm
Community Lenten Lunches @ North Baltimore
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The churches of the North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry (NBACM) will host weekly “Community Lenten Lunches” on Wednesdays during Lent. Community members are invited to lunch and Lenten devotions from noon to 1 p.m. at a North Baltimore church. The schedule is: Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, Holy Family Roman Catholic, 115 E. Cherry St.; Feb. 21, Praise Chapel Pentecostal (location of meal: Church of the Good Shepherd, 119 W. Broadway St.); Feb. 28, St. James United Methodist. 201 S. Second St.; March 7, The Bridge Fellowship, 123 E. Broadway St.; March 14, Church of the Good Shepherd; March 21, St. Luke’s Lutheran, 215 N. Second St. There is no cost for the meal, but participants are invited to give an offering for the ministries of NBACM including the “Community Food Pantry.”  
Lunch and Learn 12:00 pm
Lunch and Learn @ Berky Hall, Bluffton University
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bluffton University’s junior nutrition students will host the 2018 Lunch and Learn series from Feb. 14 to April 18 on the first floor of Berky Hall. The demonstrations are free and open to the public; however, limited space is available for each lunch. Each session includes a 20-30 minute cooking demonstration, nutritional information and a full meal. Lunches will be held from noon to 1 p.m. The 2018 series is sponsored by The Food Store, a whole foods market in downtown Bluffton. Dates and topics include: Feb. 14 — Clarifying the confusion with oils; easy ways to increase fish in your diet Feb. 21 — Soups and flatbreads: quick and healthy supper ideas Feb. 28 — Using new spice and the Instant pot: getting out of the ordinary meal pattern March 14 — Making meals around produce: increase lutein and ellagic acid to fight disease March 21 — Quick supper ideas: clever use of leftovers and wraps March 28 — Easy substitutions to increase fiber and decrease fat and sugar April 4 — Consumer 101: whole grains and introducing sorghum as an alternative grain April 11 — New ideas to make easy vegan and allergy-friendly meals April 18 — New and exciting ideas for on-the-go breakfast and lunch Only 15 seats are available per meal. Reserve a spot by contacting Jeanna Haggard at 419-233-1334 or haggardj@bluffton.edu
Pandora UMC Community Meal 5:30 pm
Pandora UMC Community Meal @ Pandora United Methodist Church
Feb 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
A free community meal will be served from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Pandora United Methodist Church, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora. This month’s meal is being provided by Hilty Memorial Home. The menu is fried chicken, parsley potatoes, California blend vegetables, assorted cupcakes and beverage.
American Red Cross CPR Class 6:00 pm
American Red Cross CPR Class @ American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm
The American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter is offering first aid and CPR/AED courses in February. The sessions teach people how to perform CPR and use an AED, what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Participants also learn how to control bleeding and how to respond to seizures. Classes will be offered at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 and 28 at the Hancock County Red Cross office, 125 Fair St. Call 800-RED CROSS or visit redcross.org/take-a-class to register.
Allen County Museum Blues Concert 7:00 pm
Allen County Museum Blues Concert @ Allen County Museum
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm
The Allen County Museum is holding a blues concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the museum, 620 W. Market St., Lima. The concert is free and open to the public. The presenter for the concert is Ricky Nye, who won Best Solo Act in the 2001 and 2002 Cammy Awards. He was inducted into the International Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame in 2013.

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