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5:00 pm Community Glow Walk to Break the Silence @ Downtown Findlay
Community Glow Walk to Break the Silence @ Downtown Findlay
Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm
Zonta Club of Findlay will hold “the Community Glow Walk to Break the Silence” at 5 p.m. this evening in downtown Findlay. The walk, to raise awareness about violence against women, is part of Zonta’s annual 10 days of activism. Club and community members will meet at Coffee Amici and walk through the downtown. Walkers will be given glow sticks and are asked to wear orange in support of the cause.
6:00 pm Family Fun Nights at the Y @ Findlay Family YMCA
Family Fun Nights at the Y @ Findlay Family YMCA
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Family Fun Nights at the Y – Featuring an inflatable bounce house, swimming, light snacks, crafts, and more
6:00 pm Prayer Walking the Streets as a Lifestyle @ St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church
Prayer Walking the Streets as a Lifestyle @ St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Catherine Schock will host a Prayer Walking the Streets as a Lifestyle gathering from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the day chapel at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road. For more information, email awalkintoglorylight.org or email cathyschock17@gmail.com.
6:00 pm Santa’s House @ St. Andrews United Methodist Church
Santa’s House @ St. Andrews United Methodist Church
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Santa’s House will open from 6-8 p.m. today at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St. Visitors should use the Crawford Street entrance. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit from 6-8 p.m. every Friday through Dec. 22. Each child visiting will receive a gift bag, and hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Horse-drawn wagon rides through downtown Findlay will be offered. As far back as 1964, Santa has been making stops in Findlay. That year, he arrived by helicopter at the Findlay Village Mall. After spending the morning there greeting children, he made his way to Santa’s House which was located at 311 S. Main St., escorted by then-Findlay Mayor John Sausser, majorettes, baton twirlers and the Shrine Clown unit calliope. Alpha Chi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi took over Santa’s House in 1972. Alpha Chi became Laureate Beta Phi in 1993, and the sorority partnered with the Findlay Downtown Area Association to sponsor Santa’s House. The location was moved to the Findlay Municipal Building in 1990. Prior to that, it was in an empty storefront in the downtown area. When the sorority was no longer able to host the event, members asked the Kiwanis Club of Findlay to take over Santa’s House. The venue changed to St. Andrew’s church five years ago. This is the 17th year the Kiwanis Club has been offering the holiday event. About 5,000 people visit annually.
6:30 pm Hancock County Children’s Choir @ Santa’s Village at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church
Hancock County Children’s Choir @ Santa’s Village at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church
Dec 8 @ 6:30 pm
The Arts Partnership will present two holiday performances of the the Hancock County Children’s Choir, featuring a selection of classic Christmas and holiday songs. At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, the choir will perform at Santa’s Village at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St. The choir will collect donations of toothbrushes and toothpaste for Christian Clearing House. The choir will also perform at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 10 in the chapel at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane. Both performances are free and open to the public.
7:30 pm The Hot Club of San Francisco’s “Cool Yule” @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
The Hot Club of San Francisco’s “Cool Yule” @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm
The Hot Club of San Francisco will swing into Findlay to heat up the Christmas season with “Cool Yule” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $27 and available at the Marathon Center’s box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., at www.marathoncenterarts.org, or by calling 419-423-2787. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the performance. “Cool Yule” is described by the Marathon Center as “a swinging gypsy wagon trip to the North Pole” featuring many holiday favorites and some rarer seasonal standards. The group is led by Paul Mehling, who has been dubbed the godfather of American gypsy jazz. According to the group’s website, Mehling was largely inspired by Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Reinhardt, a renowned Belgian-born Romani guitarist and bandleader who emerged from France and had his career take off in the 1930s, revolutionized the guitar with the unique solo style he developed after injuring two of his fingers in a fire. Mehling was a fan of rock and roll groups like the Beatles, but preferred to play acoustic guitar, though classical music didn’t scratch his musical itch, either. “Then I heard Django,” Mehling said. “Three guitars, bass, and violin and they sounded and acted like a rock band.” Hot Club of San Francisco’s first album was produced by Mehling and put out on the band’s own label. Since then, they’ve put out nine more albums of gypsy-flavored jazz. In 2000, The Hot Club of San Francisco was the first American band invited to play the Festival de Jazz Django Reinhardt in Samois-Sur-Seine, ground zero for the current Django revival. The group’s current lineup features Isabelle Fontaine on vocals and guitar; Evan Price on violin; Jordan Samuels on guitar; and Sam Rocha on bass. For more information, visit www.hotclubsf.com.
8:00 pm A Merry rocKING Christmas Concert @ Lincoln Elementary School
A Merry rocKING Christmas Concert @ Lincoln Elementary School
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm
A community Christmas party will unite music lovers with the philanthropically minded. A Merry rocKING Christmas Concert, featuring live music, drama and a local DJ, will kick off at 8 p.m. Friday in the Lincoln Elementary gym. Proceeds will benefit Christian Clearing House, a Findlay charity that provides emergency financial assistance to Hancock County residents. Event organizer Nate Stults got the idea for a community Christmas concert about a year ago, and says this year’s event will be a “soft launch” for what he expects to be a larger concert next December. He says concertgoers can expect new twists on traditional Christmas songs, as well as some classic versions. He welcomes local artists and bands to attend Friday to get a feel for what the event is all about, in hopes they’ll sign on for the 2018 show. A DJ himself, Stults is presenting the concert through his mobile DJ, audio recording and videography service, MicDrop Productions. Stults is also associate pastor at Findlay First Church of the Nazarene. In January he’ll join Christian Clearing House’s development team, focused on creative ways to engage the community. The church of the Nazarene, for which Stults has worked for the past five years, is a partner organization of Christian Clearing House. A donation box collecting household goods for Christian Clearing House will be available the night of the concert. Tickets to A Merry rocKING Christmas Concert are $15 presale and $20 at the door, which includes snacks and beverages. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.merryrockingchristmas.eventbrite.com.

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