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O’Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree @ Allen County Fairgrounds
O’Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree @ Allen County Fairgrounds
May 20 all-day
Allen County is revving up for the 32nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 4-Wheel Jamboree. Contestants will test their driving skills in obstacle courses, a mud pit, UTV races, burnout contests and more. Camping spots will be available on site, and those who want to register their four-wheel drive vehicles into the event can call 317-236-6515 or visit the website. Registration is $70 until May 12, then $90 at the event. Participating O’Reilly Auto Parts stores have adult tickets at $18 per day. Online and at-the-gate adult tickets are $20 per day, $10 per day for kids 3-12, and free for younger kids. RV spots are $50, $20 for tents and covers a minimum two-night stay and four people. Registration and tech inspection starts 8 a.m. each day. The public can enter at 10 a.m. May 19, and 9 a.m. the following days. The final May 19 event starts at 6 p.m., the final May 20 event is 6:30 p.m., and the last May 21 event is 3:30 p.m.
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7:00 am Findlay Armed Forces Day Show @ Hancock County Fairgrounds
Findlay Armed Forces Day Show @ Hancock County Fairgrounds
May 20 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Four people will be honored this weekend as part of the 30th annual Armed Forces Day celebration, hosted by the Findlay Military Association at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Hours for the three-day event are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. to noon Sunday. Daily admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 17 years old. Children under 6 are admitted free. Parking is free. Enter at Gate C off Fishlock Avenue. Sgt. Michael A. Arlt of the U.S. Marine Corps will be honored as Hancock County “Military Person of the Year.” Three others will be recognized as “Veteran of the Year,” including Army Sgt. Frederick M. Makrancy, Marine Cpl. Warren P. Bean Jr., and Navy 3rd Class Petty Officer Thomas L. Wells. Armed Forces Day events will also include helicopter flight demonstrations, living history displays, musical performances, military vehicles, and re-enactment performances. The show will honor all veterans and eras, especially Vietnam War veterans, including those who were prisoners of war and missing in action, to recognize the 50th anniversary of U.S. involvement there. An American Huey 369 helicopter, based in Peru, Indiana, will be at the fairgrounds at 1 p.m. Friday and 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Memberships will be available to purchase, which will provide members a ride in the chopper. Military vehicles and weapons displayed will be presented by the Marlboro Volunteers, the Ohio Motorpool and the Buckeye Military Vehicle Collectors. There will also be a military memorabilia and vehicle parts swap meet and sale. Food and beverages will be available throughout the event, and camping is available. Opening ceremonies will be held Saturday, which is Armed Forces Day, beginning at 10:15 a.m. A military service pass and review will held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Military vehicles will start at the East Sandusky Street entrance and be driven down the fairgrounds midway. There will be a display of military vehicles and weapons, and war re-enactments. A GI breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in Building D and serving will continue until the food is gone. Col. Rodney D. “Chip” Tansill, U.S. Army retired, will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast. Tansill was named director of the state Department of Veteran Services in September 2015 by Gov. John Kasich. Following the breakfast, the veterans recognition and awards program will be held at 8:30 a.m. Cost of the breakfast is $6 and tickets are available at the door. Show admission is not included with the breakfast ticket. For more information about Armed Forces Day, visit www.findlaymilitaryshow.org
8:30 am Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive @ Wal-Mart
Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive @ Wal-Mart
May 20 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Members of the Hancock County Korean War Veterans Chapter 172 will conduct their annual Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart, 2500 Tiffin Ave. The fund drive will move to the Wal-Mart at 1161 Trenton Ave., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on May 20. Net proceeds from both days will be used for first-year college student scholarships for eligible grandchildren of chapter members. Each donor will receive a Rose of Sharon flower, the national flower of South Korea. Children will receive a miniature American flag. The fund drive started in 2002 and has provided 64 scholarships totaling $32,000. This is the only fund drive the chapter has for the year. For membership information, call chapter secretary Larry Monday at 419-387-7532.
9:00 am Fostoria Farmers Market @ Tiffin and Main Streets
Fostoria Farmers Market @ Tiffin and Main Streets
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The first Fostoria Farmers Market for the season will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Tiffin and Main streets. There will be flowers, planters, hanging baskets, plant and vegetable starts. Other vendors will have gifts for moms, including silk scarves, photography, hand-sewn items and jewelry, yard art and wind chimes, homemade jams, soaps, oils and jewelry, pottery, homemade doggie treats, painted signs, Amish brooms and homemade laundry detergent. Also for sale will be baked goods, honey and candles, fresh eggs and frozen beef. Eastern Star will provide breakfast sandwiches in the Masonic Lodge on East Tiffin Street, and Tasty Dogs will be available to purchase. The market is sponsored by Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau, in conjunction with the Fostoria Garden Club Limited and the Review Times. For more information, visit Fostoria Farmers Market on Facebook, or call 419-435-1718.
9:00 am Mount Blanchard Gun Club Youth Fun Day @ Mount Blanchard Gun Club
Mount Blanchard Gun Club Youth Fun Day @ Mount Blanchard Gun Club
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Mount Blanchard Gun Club will hold a youth fun day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20. Activities will include range and firearms safety. Firearms, targets and ammunition will be provided, or participants can bring their own gun. Clay target shooting and .22-caliber rifle shooting will also be offered. No experience is needed. Lunch is provided. There is no cost to attend, but donations are accepted. The event is open to all school-age students. The gun club is located at 21655 Hancock County 186, Mount Blanchard. For more information, call 419-273-5057.
10:00 am Boy Scout Troop 342 Car Wash @ O’Reilly Auto Parts
Boy Scout Troop 342 Car Wash @ O’Reilly Auto Parts
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Boy Scout Troop 342, sponsored by Zion United Methodist Church, will hold a car wash from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 540 Tiffin Ave. The Scouts are raising money for a trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to see a Civil War re-enactment.
10:00 am Color Me Happy 5K Run/Walk @ Riverside Park
Color Me Happy 5K Run/Walk @ Riverside Park
May 20 @ 10:00 am
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Hancock County will host the seventh Color Me Happy 5K Run/Walk on Saturday at Riverside Park in Findlay. Teams and individuals can choose from two separate events: the traditional walk to raise awareness within the community about mental illness, or a 5K colored fun walk/run in which participants travel through nontoxic powder intended to leave them “colorful and happy.” The event also includes a kid zone with bounce house, clowns, balloons and face painting. Dogs are welcome. Post-event festivities will include music provided by Time Warp DJ and opening of Zumba from ZPulse. Color Me Happy is intended to support the many individuals and families affected by mental illness. An estimated 1 in 4 families in the United States has a member with mental illness, and as many as 14,860 residents of Hancock County could be diagnosed with serious brain disorders in their lifetime, NAMI reports. The run/walk is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the park band shell, with registration starting at 9. Rex Howard will serve as master of ceremonies at an opening ceremony, also scheduled for 9 a.m. The walk committee has set a fundraising goal of $40,000. NAMI is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status and funds raised provide education, support and advocacy services for Hancock County residents. Services provided at no charge to clients include: Peer-to-Peer, a 10-week class offered to people diagnosed with a mental illness who are interested in learning how to establish and maintain wellness; Family-to-Family, a 12-week class for family members and other loved ones of people diagnosed with mental illness; a support group which meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at ADAMHS Board; and KidShop, which meets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at Jacobs Elementary School. Online registration is available at https://raceroster.com/events/2017/11472/nami-color-me-happy-walk-5k .
10:00 am Litzenberg Photography Hike @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Litzenberg Photography Hike @ Litzenberg Memorial Woods
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
A photography hike will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The leisurely hike will include stops to take pictures. The free program is recommended for individuals at least 10 years old. Registration is required by 3 p.m. Friday. The program will be held with a minimum of six and maximum of 20 individuals.
10:00 am Millstream Wood Carvers Show @ Millstream Wood Carvers Show
Millstream Wood Carvers Show @ Millstream Wood Carvers Show
May 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Several artists will display their works at the Millstream Wood Carvers Show. Some artists will be carving their works on site, and others will be creating works of pyrography, which involves decorating wood with controlled burn applications. Food will be available.
10:00 am Riverbend Spring Disc Golf Tournament @ Riverbend Recreation Area
Riverbend Spring Disc Golf Tournament @ Riverbend Recreation Area
May 20 @ 10:00 am
A spring disc golf tournament will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Riverbend Recreation Area. The “back to the basics two-disc challenge” will allow participants to select their two most versatile discs for use during the two rounds. Registration is $20 per person and may be made the day of the tournament. There will be an optional “ace” fund of $2 per person. An individual throwing a hole-in-one wins the pot. A post-event “throw off” will be held if no one wins the fund. There will be a one-hour lunch break between rounds. The family event requires children to be accompanied by a participating adult On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. in Shelter 5 at the park, with a players meeting at 9:45 a.m. For more information, call Hugh Bockbrader, 419-304-2177, or via email: Hugh@laserperfection.net
10:30 am Crochet and Knitting Program @ Putnam County District Library
Crochet and Knitting Program @ Putnam County District Library
May 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A crochet and knitting program will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 20 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Participants should bring a crochet hook size H, I or J; one color skein of yarn; and size 8 or 9 needles for knitting — circular are best. Donations of yarn are also being accepted.
11:00 am Build A Reading Buddy @ Putnam County District Library -- Fort Jennings Branch
Build A Reading Buddy @ Putnam County District Library -- Fort Jennings Branch
May 20 @ 11:00 am
Families will get the chance to build a reading buddy at the Putnam County Public Library in Ottawa and two of its branches in May. Children will make a 16-inch teddy bear with help from an adult. Sessions are scheduled for 11 a.m. May 6 in Continental, 6:30 p.m. May 9 in Ottawa and 11 a.m. May 20 in Fort Jennings. There is no cost, but the number of participants is limited. Registration opens Tuesday. Choose the library you’d like to attend and call the main library at 419-523-3747 to register.
12:00 pm Gospel Singing at the Gazebo
Gospel Singing at the Gazebo
May 20 @ 12:00 pm
TGMA Gospel Music Promotions will present Gospel Singing at the Gazebo at noon May 20 in downtown Carey, 141 E. Findlay St. Performers include Chuck Kennedy, Jimmy Potridge and Heartsong. Those attending should bring their own lawn chair. Call Mark Glick at for more information.
1:00 pm Cinco de Mayo at Black Heritage Library @ Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center
Cinco de Mayo at Black Heritage Library @ Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center
May 20 @ 1:00 pm
The Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the center, located at 817 Harmon St. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexican culture, including food, music and customs. Entertainment will be provided by the dance troupe Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas (Folkloric Ballet with a Mexican Image), and the day’s activities are free and open to all ages. For more details, call 419-423-4954 or visit blackheritagecenter.org.
6:00 pm Lighthouse Gospel Concert Series: Ed Ewing, the Baptist Brothers, Cathy Arnold and 441 Quartet
Lighthouse Gospel Concert Series: Ed Ewing, the Baptist Brothers, Cathy Arnold and 441 Quartet
May 20 @ 6:00 pm
The Lighthouse Gospel Concert Series will present the ministries of Ed Ewing, the Baptist Brothers, Cathy Arnold and 441 Quartet on May 20, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and music starting at 6. A freewill offering will be taken to support the ministries. Food is available by donation. Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to support local charities. Call 419-423-1725 for more information.
7:00 pm Movie Magic @ St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
Movie Magic @ St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
May 20 @ 7:00 pm
The Old Millstream Ringers will perform the music of pirates, princesses and Mary Poppins when they present “Movie Magic” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 218 E. Sandusky St. Admission to the concert is free, and a freewill offering will be taken. The Old Millstream Ringers is a community-based English handbell choir formed in 2000 by director Martha Avery. Avery and co-director Gail Malloy are both retired music educators and, collectively, the members have been ringing handbells for more than 300 years. The ensemble performs a variety of music from sacred to secular and Broadway to Disney. In addition to public concerts, the group also participates in handbell festivals sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America, as well as performing for weddings, seasonal concerts, banquets and other occasions in Findlay and the surrounding area. For more information about the Old Millstream Ringers, or to book a performance, contact Avery at 419-859-2410 or Malloy at 419-424-1751.
7:30 pm Scotland Road @ The Ritz Theatre
Scotland Road @ The Ritz Theatre
May 20 @ 7:30 pm
The Ritz Players will present a chilly mystery for the month of May. In 1990, an Icelandic fishing boat spots a young woman floating on an iceberg. Dressed in 19th century attire, she utters only one word: “Titanic.” The main clue for discovering the woman’s identity points toward an enigmatic place called “Scotland Road.” By play’s end, one of the characters is dead, all the characters’ identities have been questioned and a shared secret is revealed.
8:00 pm Looking @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
Looking @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 20 @ 8:00 pm
The Fort Findlay Playhouse will conclude its 2016-2017 season with “Looking,” a romantic comedy that will show May 12-14 and May 18-20. All performances will start at 8 p.m. except for May 14, which will start at 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased in person at the Fort Findlay Playhouse or by phone at the playhouse box office at 567-525-3636. Reservations may also be made at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org by using the box office link. Unreserved seats will be sold when doors open half an hour prior to shows, on a cash- or check-only basis at the door. It is a Second Stage Production and not a part of the regular season ticket package. The play is written by Norm Foster, one of Canada’s most popular playwrights. The production will be directed by Pete Rose, and produced by Casey Wurm. Val (Aeryn Williams) is an operating room nurse, Andy (Mark Simons) is in the storage business, Nina (Lori Foster) is a police officer and Matt (David Marquart) is the host of a morning radio show. They’re middle-aged, single and looking. Val agrees to meet Andy after answering his personal ad in the newspaper and Nina and Matt are coaxed into joining their friends for support. The production seeks to capture the dynamics between couples and friends and find the humor and poignancy that can be found during the quest for love. There are a few “adult” situations in the show, so it is best for teens and adults. For more information, call the playhouse or visit its website.

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