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Wyandot County Fair @ Wyandot County Fairgrounds
Wyandot County Fair @ Wyandot County Fairgrounds
Sep 16 all-day
The Wyandot County Fair gets underway today and continues through Sunday at the county fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky. Musical entertainment includes concerts on Friday night by the Rough Country Band and Saturday night featuring Whey Jennings and the Backroads Band. Both concerts are in the Masters Building. Other fair entertainment includes a truck pull on Friday, a tractor pull on Saturday and the demolition derby on Monday. Grandstand tickets and pit passes are $10. Daily admission to the fair is $7. Season passes are $25 for adults and $10 for youth between the ages of 8-17. Veterans are admitted free today. Seniors 62 and older will be admitted free on Thursday. Ride prices will be set on the first day of the fair. The fair schedule is as follows: TODAY 8 a.m. — Opening of 167th Wyandot County Fair. 9 a.m. — Flag-raising ceremony. 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Health screenings – Wyandot Memorial Hospital booth. 10 a.m. — Junior and open dairy show – arena. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Wood carvings – Conservation Building. Noon to 2 p.m. — Veterans Day luncheon – Masters Building. 4 p.m. — Baked goods auction – Masters Building. 4 to 8 p.m. — Birds of prey – Conservation Building. 5 p.m. — Open class swine show; open class rabbit show – arena. 5:30 p.m. — Junior fair king and queen pageant – Masters Building. 6:30 p.m. — Parade. 7:30 p.m. — County high school band show – grandstand. WEDNESDAY 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Health screenings – Wyandot Memorial Hospital booth. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Wood carvings – Conservation Building. 1 p.m. — Junior fair horse contesting – horse arena. 2 p.m. — Open market lamb show with open and junior breeding sheep immediately following. 4 to 8 p.m. — Birds of prey – Conservation Building. 4:30 p.m. — Junior fair poultry showmanship and poultry show – goat arena. 5 p.m. — Parimutuel harness racing – grandstand. 5:30 p.m. — Upper Galaxy Twirlers – outside Masters Building. 7 p.m. — County high school music show – Masters Building. THURSDAY 8:30 a.m. — Junior dairy feeders – arena. 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Health screenings – Wyandot Memorial Hospital booth. 10 a.m. — Senior Citizen of the Year Award. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Wood Carvings – Conservation Building. 10:30 a.m. — Senior entertainment – Masters Building. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Farm Bureau agricultural seminars. 11:30 a.m. — Lunch (tickets available at Senior Center) – Masters Building. 12:30 p.m. — Senior entertainment – Masters Building. 2 p.m. — Junior beef breeding — arena. 2 to 6 p.m. — Birds of prey – Conservation Building. 3 p.m. — Junior beef feeder calf show – arena. 4 p.m. — Venison chili – Conservation Building. 5 p.m. — Parimutuel harness racing – grandstand. 6 p.m. — Turkey calling – Conservation Building; Junior beef show; BW Twirlers – outside Masters Building. FRIDAY 9 a.m. — Pony show – horse arena. 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Health screenings – Wyandot Memorial Hospital booth. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Wood carvings – Conservation Building. Noon — Junior fair showman of showmen – arena; Wyandot County Business Showcase – Masters Building. 3 p.m. — National Kiddie Tractor Pullers Association – outside Masters Building. 4 to 8 p.m. — Birds of prey – Conservation Building. 5 p.m. — Fun with Farm Bureau – arena. 6:30 p.m. — Truck pull ($10 grandstand and seats pits) – grandstand. 8 to 11 p.m. — The Rough Country Band – Masters Building. SATURDAY 9 a.m. — Junior fair livestock sale – arena. 10 a.m. — Culinary Saturday Contests – Masters Building; Birds of prey – Conservation Building. 9:30 to 11 a.m. — Health screenings – Wyandot Memorial Hospital booth. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Wood carvings – Conservation Building. 11 a.m. — Venison stew – Conservation Building. Noon to 4 p.m. — Voting for fair directors – Masters Building. 1 p.m. — Zippy and Slow Tones – Masters Building. 2 p.m. — Straw-stacking contest. 3:30 p.m. — Star kids – Masters Building. 6 p.m. — Cheerleading competition – arena; Tractor pull ($10 grandstand and seats pits). 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. — Backroads Band opening for Whey Jennings – Masters Building. SUNDAY 10:30 a.m. — Mass – arena. Noon — Wood carvings located by Conservation Building. 11 a.m. — Fun show – junior horse arena. 1 p.m. — Calf scramble 0 Arena. 1:30 to 7 p.m. — Gospel concert – mast. 4 p.m. — Demolition derby ($10 grandstand and seats pits).
Crafting Through the Seasons
Crafting Through the Seasons
Sep 21 all-day
The Findlay Leo Councilettes will host a craft retreat titled “Crafting Through the Seasons” on Sept. 21-22. The $25 cost includes a weekend of knitting, quilting, crocheting, scrapbooking, reading and more. Door prizes, raffles and table favors, along with lunch, are included. The deadline to register is today. Call Laura Debord at 567-250-9430 to sign up or for more details.
Crafting Through the Seasons
Crafting Through the Seasons
Sep 22 all-day
The Findlay Leo Councilettes will host a craft retreat titled “Crafting Through the Seasons” on Sept. 21-22. The $25 cost includes a weekend of knitting, quilting, crocheting, scrapbooking, reading and more. Door prizes, raffles and table favors, along with lunch, are included. The deadline to register is today. Call Laura Debord at 567-250-9430 to sign up or for more details.
Bluffton Recreation Flag Football @ Bluffton Family Recreation
Bluffton Recreation Flag Football @ Bluffton Family Recreation
Sep 22 all-day
NFL flag football sign-up is underway at Bluffton Family Recreation. The program is for youth ages 5-7, with games played on Saturdays from Sept. 8 through Oct. 13. Registration is $35 for BFR members and $70 for nonmembers, required by Aug. 26. Call 419-358-4150 to sign up.
Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio Fall Fest @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio Fall Fest @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 22 all-day
The Service Group of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio (MHCO) is seeking donations of items, services or “experiences” for a silent auction during Fall Fest, being held Sept. 22. Proceeds will support activities and improvement projects, benefiting more than 350 MHCO elders. All donations are tax deductible. Suggested donations include framed artwork, jewelry and certificates for a business service. To donate an item, email JStrahm@mhcoliving.org or call 419-358-1015, ext. 248. The MHCO Service Group will host a bake sale Sept. 21-22 and will staff the food tent at Mennonite Memorial Home during Fall Fest.
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6:00 pm “Play Ball!” with Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik @ Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park
“Play Ball!” with Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik @ Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik will host a “Play Ball!” event on Sunday night at the Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park. People of all ages can play wiffle ball and enjoy hotdogs and drinks from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free. Mihalik is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which is supporting an initiative by Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, USA Baseball and USA Softball to provide play opportunities to youth in communities across America and Puerto Rico The initiative focuses on the fun nature of baseball and encourages an active and healthy lifestyle for children.
7:30 pm Norm Lewis @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Norm Lewis @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm
Groundbreaking theater, television and movie star Norm Lewis will be the next University of Findlay Donnell Broadway Concert Series guest artist. Lewis, with award-winning Broadway musician Phil Reno accompanying him on piano, will perform Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for senior citizens and $10 for non-UF students. They can be purchased at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., or online at www.marathoncenterarts.com Admission will be free for UF students, faculty and staff with a valid university ID. Lewis received Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle award nominations for his performance as Porgy in the Broadway production of “The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess.” Other Broadway credits include “Sondheim on Sondheim,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Les Misérables,” “Chicago,” “Armour,” “The Wild Party,” “Side Show,” “Miss Saigon” and “The Who’s Tommy.” He made history in 2014 as the first African-American Phantom in Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera.” Off Broadway, Lewis has performed in hits such as “Dessa Rose,” for which he received a Drama Desk nomination and AUDELCO Award; Shakespeare in the Park’s “The Tempest,” and “Dreamgirls” with Jennifer Holliday. On film, he has appeared in “Winter’s Tale,” “Sex and the City 2,” “Confidences,” “Preaching to the Choir” and “Magnum Opus.” Most recently, Lewis was seen as Caiaphas in the Easter Sunday 2018 television film, “Jesus Christ Superstar” that aired on NBC with John Legend, Alice Cooper and Sara Bareilles. His solo debut album, “This is the Life,” can be found on Amazon. For more information about Norm Lewis, visit www.normlewis.com. Reno, originally from Tiffin, is the musical director and vocal arranger for the smash hit, “Something Rotten!,” a Tony Award-nominated musical comedy that opened on Broadway in 2015. Reno received two Grammy nominations for his work on the “Something Rotten!” cast recording. His first Grammy nomination was for the cast recording of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Reno’s other Broadway work has included “The Producers,” “Promises, Promises,” “Thou Shalt Not,” “Cats” and “Dame Edna: The Royal Tour.” He has also contributed orchestrations for the television show, “Broadway Under the Stars,” and the film adaptation of “The Producers.” The Donnell Broadway Concert Series enables noted Broadway artists to visit campus each academic year in the fall and spring. The series provides in-concert entertainment for students and community members, as well as opportunities for UF musical theater students to learn from accomplished professionals in master classes. University of Findlay music professor emeritus Micheal Anders, Ph.D., organizes each concert series.
9:30 am Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Sep 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings with Mommy allows families to enjoy activities with your infant through kindergarten-age children while meeting other moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. The educational playdates will begin Sept. 17 and continue on the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays of each month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera. Each session follows a different theme but includes a devotion, language and literacy activities, crafts, a snack and sensory activities. The cost is $5 per family, per session, payable by cash or check. Registration is required at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-326-4685.
1:00 pm 50 North NASA Series: “Apollo Program” @ 50 North
50 North NASA Series: “Apollo Program” @ 50 North
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm
50 North is cooperating with The Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, the hometown of Neil Armstrong, to present a new NASA series. Registration and a $2 fee are required for each program. All programs begin at 1 p.m. Dates and times include: • Sept. 17, “Apollo Program”: Apollo 11 was the first mission to land on the moon. Ever wonder what happened to the first 10 missions and Apollo 12-17? Registration is required by Sept. 13.
1:00 pm Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
3:30 pm Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 17 @ 3:30 pm
A support group for caregivers of spouses or family members with Alzheimer’s disease is scheduled the third Monday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton. The group meets in the library at the Home, located at 410 W. Elm Street. Group facilitators are Tricia Herrmann, RN, and Janet Schroeder, LSW. The focus of the group is to allow each member to discuss his/her issues involved in caring for their loved one with Alzheimer’s. Speakers can be brought in to address specific topics at the request of the group. For more information, contact Herrmann at 419-358-1015, ext. 221, or therrmann@mhcoliving.org.
4:30 pm Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Sep 17 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Grand Love, a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren, meets Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at 1941 Carlin St., Findlay. Call 419-422-8616.
6:00 pm Watercolor Painting Class @ Putnam County District Library, Ottawa
Watercolor Painting Class @ Putnam County District Library, Ottawa
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A watercolor painting class led by Jeanne Beutler will be offered from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Participants will paint a beginner-level lighthouse scene. The fee is $10 and all supplies are included. Registration is required by Monday by calling 419-523-3747.
7:00 pm “Your Vote, Your Voice” with Mike Brickner @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Room 254
“Your Vote, Your Voice” with Mike Brickner @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Room 254
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm
Voting rights expert Mike Brickner will be speaking Monday at the University of Findlay in celebration of Constitution Day. He will give a free, public talk, titled, “Your Vote, Your Voice,” at 7 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Room 254. Brickner will discuss U.S. Supreme Court cases involving voter purges, partisan gerrymandering, how you can protect your vote, and how to encourage others to cast ballots. He serves as the Ohio director of All Voting is Local. He was previously the senior policy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, where he led the organization’s policy, advocacy and legislative work.
9:30 am Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Mornings with Mommy @ Trinity Lutheran Church
Sep 18 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Mornings with Mommy allows families to enjoy activities with your infant through kindergarten-age children while meeting other moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. The educational playdates will begin Sept. 17 and continue on the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays of each month from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera. Each session follows a different theme but includes a devotion, language and literacy activities, crafts, a snack and sensory activities. The cost is $5 per family, per session, payable by cash or check. Registration is required at tlcjenera.org or by calling 419-326-4685.
11:00 am Bluffton University Constitution Day Forum @ Yoder Recital Hall
Bluffton University Constitution Day Forum @ Yoder Recital Hall
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am
Jonathan Andreas, professor of economics, and Perry Bush, professor of history, will debate for and against the repeal of the 14th Amendment during Bluffton University’s annual Constitution Day Forum. The event will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Yoder Recital Hall. It is free. The friendly debate will provide a primer on the 14th Amendment, while modeling respectful civic dialogue on an important issue in current U.S. politics. The 14th Amendment, ratified in July 1868, established the normative definition of U.S. citizenship.
12:00 pm Findlay Exchange Club @ Rosewood Room
Findlay Exchange Club @ Rosewood Room
Sep 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Findlay Exchange Club meets from noon to 1 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Rosewood Room; call 419-427-8425.
3:30 pm Chill Zone @ Bluffton Public Library
Chill Zone @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 18 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Bluffton Public Library has announced “Chill Zone” begins Aug. 28 with a special DIY Bow Tie event. The program is held every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and is open to anyone in sixth through 12th grade. Activities include gaming, socializing, themed events, crafts and snacks. The Bluffton Public Library is located at 145 S. Main St. Call 419-358-5016 for more details.
6:00 pm Hancock County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society Pioneer Banquet @ Liberty Township Hall
Hancock County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society Pioneer Banquet @ Liberty Township Hall
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm
Tom Davis, portraying John Hancock, will be the featured speaker at the Hancock County Chapter Ohio Genealogical Society’s Pioneer Banquet at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Liberty Township Hall. Davis, who is director of risk management services for the Hancock County Commissioners, will appear in full costume. The banquet is open to the public. The meal, catered by Tony’s, will include baked steak or country fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll, beverage and pie. Tickets are $15 per person. Checks may be sent to the society at P.O. Box 672, Findlay, 45839-0672. Reservations and payment are due by Sept. 5. The banquet celebrates members who have proven descent from a Hancock County resident before Dec. 31, 1845. Another award celebrated at the banquet will be settler, which is for those who can prove descent from a resident between Jan. 1, 1846, and Dec. 31, 1846. Settler and pioneer are two different awards, but cannot be given to the same line of descent. Membership in the society is a requirement for the award application and there is a $10 fee. Membership forms and publication order forms can be found in the Local and Family History Department at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, or on the group’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hccogs. There will also be a silent auction during the banquet. Last year’s auction raised over $200 for the society. The society will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. The featured speaker will be a Hancock Historical Museum representative talking about the gas boom.
6:00 pm Indoor Box Lacrosse @ The Cube
Indoor Box Lacrosse @ The Cube
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The City of Findlay Recreation Department is offering indoor box lacrosse on Tuesdays at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., beginning July 24. The five-week program is available for boys and girls in grades 1-12. Students in grades 1-5 will meet from 6-7 p.m., and those in grades 6-12 will practice from 7-8 p.m. Equipment is required for the scrimmages. Registration is $25. Call 419-424-7176 or stop by the recreation department at The Cube from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to register.
7:00 pm Common Readers @ Upper Sandusky Community Library
Common Readers @ Upper Sandusky Community Library
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm
The Upper Sandusky Community Library hosts two book clubs for community members. The Common Readers discussion group will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 to discuss “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. The group will also be voting on choices for the 2018-19 series of meetings that begin in October. The Common Readers group meets the third Tuesday of each month. The more casual BookTalk meets at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month. Readers share the books they are reading and discuss book- and author-related topics. The next meeting is this week. For more information, stop by the library or call 419-294-1345.
6:00 pm Beth Genson Art Exhibit Reception @ Fisher/Wall Art Gallery, Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Beth Genson Art Exhibit Reception @ Fisher/Wall Art Gallery, Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Beth Genson’s works in the ancient art of encaustic use a hot paint mixture of beeswax, damar resin and oil pigments. Genson finds the encaustic medium well suited for her exploration of water as a subject matter, with rivers and ponds as the focal point of many of her paintings. The public is invited to an artist’s reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
6:30 pm Wellness Wednesdays @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Wellness Wednesdays @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Wellness Wednesdays, in partnership with Blanchard Valley Health System, will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. Information on HPV vaccinations, preventable cancers and colon cancer prevention will be presented by Brianne Hottinger, oncology nurse navigator. Registration is not required, and more information is available by calling 419-422-1712.
7:00 pm Military Service Informational Meeting @ Education Center Conference Room 111, Owens Community College -- Findlay Campus
Military Service Informational Meeting @ Education Center Conference Room 111, Owens Community College -- Findlay Campus
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm
High school students and their parents can obtain information about United States military service academy nominations and the appointment process in a meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Owens Community College — Findlay Campus. The meeting, to be in Education Center Conference Room 111, will be held by U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green. At the meeting, potential service academy candidates will be advised of the congressional nomination process and have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Potential candidates may also obtain an application for a military service academy nomination at the meeting. Applications and additional information are available on Latta’s website at https://latta.house.gov/constituentservices/serviceacademynominations.htm Applications will be due Oct. 1, 2018.
7:30 pm Michael Feinstein @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Michael Feinstein @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm
Michael Feinstein will bring the music of the Great American Songbook to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ main stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. Tickets run between $45 and $85 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org Feinstein has built his career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American Songbook to the world. From recordings that have earned him five Grammy Award nominations to his Emmy nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series and concerts spanning the globe — he’s appeared at the White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House — his work as an educator and archivist has cemented him as a formidable musical force. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Feinstein started playing piano by ear as a 5-year-old. After graduating from high school, he moved to Los Angeles when he was 20 and the widow of legendary concert pianist-actor Oscar Levant introduced him to Ira Gershwin in 1977. He became Gershwin’s assistant for six years, earning him access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, many of which he has since performed and recorded. Gershwin’s influence provided a solid base upon which Feinstein evolved into a captivating performer, composer and arranger of his own original music. He also has become an esteemed interpreter of music legends such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and Harry Warren. He was named principal pops conductor for the Pasadena Symphony in 2012 and made his conducting debut in June 2013. Under Feinstein’s leadership, the Pasadena Pops became a premier orchestral presenter of the Great American Songbook with definitive performances of rare orchestrations and classic arrangements. While there is no consensus among critics and music fans as to what songs belong in the Great American Songbook, it encompasses several early 20th century songs and jazz standards. Feinstein, who founded the Great American Songbook Foundation in 2007, gave his own opinion to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in 2013: “It is songs that stand the test of time.” He told the Florida newspaper that newer artists like Billy Joel have written music that can stand up with artists like Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter and others. The Great American Songbook Foundation is doing its part to educate the musical talent of the future about its storied history through master classes and the annual High School Songbook Academy, an intensive summer program with graduates that went on to record acclaimed albums and appear on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” He also serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s sound recording heritage. For more information, visit www.michaelfeinstein.com
1:00 pm A Matter of Balance @ 50 North
A Matter of Balance @ 50 North
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Falling is a real fear for many senior citizens, but a program of the Area Agency on Aging 3 is looking to help with that. An eight-week class titled “A Matter of Balance” educates seniors on how to make changes to their home and their lifestyle to help reduce the risk of falls. Exercises to increase strength and balance are also taught. Facilitator Dancie Mohler is a health education coordinator for the agency on aging and has been involved with the program for eight years. The evidence-based program was created by Boston University’s Roybal Center in Applied Gerontology and the New England Research Institutes with funding from the National Institute on Aging. The first class at 50 North was held Sept. 6. Sessions continue from 1-3 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 25. Mohler also explained that falling leads to the fear of falling, which leads to more falls. “A Matter of Balance” is designed to help combat that fear and the hesitancy that goes along with it, she said. Session 2 this Thursday will include a discussion on thoughts and concerns about falling. Participants will hopefully feel comfortable enough to open up about their experiences, their challenges and their successes, said Mohler. Exercises start the third week of the program and will include shoulder rolls, foot circles, seated leg extensions and knee raises, toe stands, alternating steps, side steps, finger spreads, elbow touches and stretches. Some people may not want to continue with the series due to the exercises, Mohler predicted. She anticipates that some will be embarrassed because they can’t move like they did when they were younger. The fourth session Sept. 27 will focus on assertiveness and fall prevention, while the session on Oct. 5 will look at managing concerns about falling. A representative from the Findlay Fire Department will talk to the group about what emergency responders do when a Life Alert button is pushed. For the sixth session on Oct. 11, participants will be asked to look for risks inside their homes. Class members will talk about those results at the seventh session on Oct. 18. Mohler also hopes to bring someone in to talk about the various types of safety equipment on the market. Graduation day is set for Oct. 25. The class but free, but anyone interested must come this week or they will not be able to attend Sept. 20 when exercises are introduced for the first time. For more information, call 50 North at 419-423-8496.
1:00 pm Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
4:00 pm Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 20 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The 2018 Hancock County Farmers’ Market season runs from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10 through Oct. 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Visit bit.ly/HCFMvendors or call 419-422-5594 for more information.
5:30 pm HHWP Community Action Commission Micro Business Development Program @ Wyandot County HHWP Community Action Commission office
HHWP Community Action Commission Micro Business Development Program @ Wyandot County HHWP Community Action Commission office
Sep 20 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Recruitment is underway to enroll participants in the fall Micro Business Development Program offered by the HHWP Community Action Commission. The program consists of 11 sessions held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning Aug. 23. Sessions continue through Nov. 1 at the Wyandot County HHWP Community Action Commission office, 559 S. Warpole St., Upper Sandusky. The program is designed for individuals interested in starting their own business, owners of existing businesses, and others who want to learn about business. For the purposes of this program, a small business is defined as having one to five employees — one of which is the owner of the business. Discussion topics include business success stories, developing a business plan, funding a business, opening and marketing, record keeping, e-commerce, buying a business or franchise, insurance, banking, retirement planning, financial statements, legal forms of ownership, and pricing products and services. There is access to one-on-one counseling after completing the program, and qualified participants will be eligible to apply for a business loan of up to $10,000. The program fee is based upon household income and costs $25 for income-qualified applicants. The program fee is $100 for nonqualified participants. The first session is free. For more information or to request an enrollment application, contact Mary Wilcox at 419-423-3755 or mwilcox@hhwpcac.com.
6:00 pm Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
A support group for grandparents raising their grandkids and other children affected by addiction is forming in McComb. Grand Love, a program sponsored by the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, premiered in Findlay last May. McComb organizer Deb Ewing said formation of the rural version has been in the works for the past year, with its first meeting set for Jan. 18. Meetings are open to people living in McComb and the surrounding area and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the McComb school library (enter through north front door #2). Meetings will be facilitated by Family Resource Center professionals, with an emphasis on peer support. Registration is not required, although those bringing kids are encouraged to call ahead so arrangements to provide child care can be made. For more information about McComb’s group, call Ewing at 419-306-9489 or email ewingd@mccombschool.org.
6:00 pm Scott Lavender and Jim Young @ Secor Building's Registry Bistro
Scott Lavender and Jim Young @ Secor Building's Registry Bistro
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Local Wall of Famer Scott Lavender will display his road-tested piano chops while Toledo physician Jim Young sings along Thursday at the Secor Building’s Registry Bistro, 144 N. Superior St., Toledo. “Doc and Scott” will perform from 6 to 7:30 p.m. as part of the Toledo Jazz Orchestra’s Black & White Transportation Bistro Series. Tickets are $35, which includes light hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar available. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the Valentine Theatre at 419-242-2787. Lavender, a Findlay native, is Johnny Mathis’ musical director. He also worked with Glenn Yarbrough and Toni Tennille. His experiences were recognized last year when he was inducted into the Fifth Third Bank Wall of Fame at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Lavender plans on sharing stories about his career, which will cover his time with Mathis as well as conducting the San Francisco Symphony at the debut of his original composition, “Overture to Tomorrow.” Lavender and Young started performing together in 2012, when the emergency room physician contacted Lavender to take jazz piano lessons. This morphed into “Doc and Scott,” with Lavender on piano and Young on vocals, performing in clubs around the Findlay and Toledo area. Both have musical history on the West Coast, as well. Young was a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area, playing bass in local bands before he decided to practice medicine. As for Lavender, he was living in Los Angeles when he met a man through softball that happened to be Mathis’ librarian. Lavender and his wife struck up a friendship with the librarian and his wife, and they let him know when the piano/conductor position opened up in 1990 so he could go audition. Mathis tunes will be in the rotation for Thursday’s show, which is an eclectic mix of jazz and pop standards that include Henry Mancini, Michael Franks, Al Jarreau, the Beatles and more. For more information, visit http://toledojazz.org
7:30 pm The Music Man @ Gundlach Theatre, Heidelberg University
The Music Man @ Gundlach Theatre, Heidelberg University
Sep 20 @ 7:30 pm
Meredith Wilson’s 1957 musical follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band that he vows to organize. Despite the fact that Harold doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef, his plans to make a profit and skip town are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian. Its songs include “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Pickalittle (Talk-a-Little),” “Goodnight, Ladies” and “‘Till There Was You.”
3:00 pm SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Sep 21 @ 3:00 pm
Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator. The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed. SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists. Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.
3:30 pm Carey Freewill Baptist Church Autumn Dinner and Bake Sale @ Carey Freewill Baptist Church
Carey Freewill Baptist Church Autumn Dinner and Bake Sale @ Carey Freewill Baptist Church
Sep 21 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Carey Freewill Baptist Church will host its Autumn Dinner and Bake Sale from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the church, two miles north of Carey on U.S. 23 N. The meal consists of a half-barbecue chicken or two pork chops with au gratin potatoes, green beans, dinner roll, dessert and drink. Cost is $8.50, and orders must be placed by Sept. 14. Call 419-396-4144 to order. Dinners can be delivered to your car or dine-in is available in the fellowship hall.
4:00 pm Reading the Cosmos in Second Temple Jewish Literature: Nature as Model, Sign, Punishment, Witness and Mystery @ Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall
Reading the Cosmos in Second Temple Jewish Literature: Nature as Model, Sign, Punishment, Witness and Mystery @ Centennial Hall's Stutzman Lecture Hall
Sep 21 @ 4:00 pm
Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, assistant professor of religion at Bluffton University, will present the free colloquium “Reading the Cosmos in Second Temple Jewish Literature: Nature as Model, Sign, Punishment, Witness and Mystery” at 4 p.m. Friday in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall, Bluffton University. Wyse-Rhodes will consider portrayals of the natural world in early Jewish and Christian literature. She says nature is variously depicted as a model of righteousness, a sign of things to come, a giver of testimony, an instrument of judgment and a heavenly mystery. Such images informed the religious imaginations of early Jewish and Christian communities, and their meaningfulness endures today.
7:30 pm Blue Oyster Cult with Mark Farner @ The Ritz Theatre
Blue Oyster Cult with Mark Farner @ The Ritz Theatre
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm
Riff-heavy and hook-laden, Blue Oyster Cult’s songs inspired psychedelic jam bands and arena rockers alike, which include the smash singles “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You” and “Godzilla.” Special guest Mark Farner was the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk Railroad to the top of the charts, and today he is a platinum recording artist 30 times over.
7:30 pm Reflections on the Soul of the University @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium
Reflections on the Soul of the University @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm
“Reflections on the Soul of the University” will be the subject of a free, public talk to be given by the Rev. William Reist, recently retired senior pastor at College First Church of God. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium as part of the University of Findlay’s DeBow and Catherine Moore Freed Contemporary Christian Lecture Series. Reist will explore the nature of UF’s Christian heritage in the larger world of church-related higher education. He will propose ideas that would clarify and strengthen the university’s promise that it is “grounded in faith.”
7:30 pm The Music Man @ Gundlach Theatre, Heidelberg University
The Music Man @ Gundlach Theatre, Heidelberg University
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm
Meredith Wilson’s 1957 musical follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band that he vows to organize. Despite the fact that Harold doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef, his plans to make a profit and skip town are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian. Its songs include “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Pickalittle (Talk-a-Little),” “Goodnight, Ladies” and “‘Till There Was You.”
7:30 pm With a Song in My Heart: A Celebration of The Findlay Light Opera @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
With a Song in My Heart: A Celebration of The Findlay Light Opera @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay Light Opera Company Series presented by Fifth Third Bank at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts will kick off the first of four cabarets Friday, Sept. 21, with “A Song in My Heart: A Celebration of the Findlay Light Opera Company.” The one-night only event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Marathon Center’s Roy and Marcia Armes Hall, 200 W. Main Cross St. Tickets cost $15 to $25 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org The company has begun a partnership with the Marathon Center, “returning home” to what was formerly known as Central Auditorium after a hiatus of a few years. The company was founded in 1988 by a group of community members dedicated to expanding the performing arts in Findlay. This cabaret will feature some of the company’s most beloved songs from its 30-year musical theater history, with a cast of singers ranging in age from 8 to 89 as a representative showcase of community talent. The production’s creative staff includes director Kathy Newell; Sharon Vaas and Zach Thomas are accompanists; and Devon King is stage manager.
9:00 pm Mount Blanchard 5th Quarter for Adults @ Gazebo in Hurricane Park
Mount Blanchard 5th Quarter for Adults @ Gazebo in Hurricane Park
Sep 21 @ 9:00 pm
The Mount Blanchard Heart & Soul program will host a “5th Quarter for Adults” discussion after Riverdale football games, starting Friday, at the gazebo in Hurricane Park. Pizza and beverages will be provided. During over 200 interviews with area residents, five themes were identified as what matters most in Mount Blanchard. They are: Activities, business, parks and pool, small town living, and schools. At the 5th Quarter meetings, a different topic will be discussed each week. Schools will be the topic this Friday. The Heart & Soul group is looking for action items that can be done in the community to enhance values. Future topics will be: Sept. 21: Activities, small town living. Sept. 28: Business. Oct. 12: Parks and pool. The discussions will be led by a team member of Heart and Soul.
12:30 pm Jones Mansion Autumn Garden Luncheon @ The Jones Mansion
Jones Mansion Autumn Garden Luncheon @ The Jones Mansion
Sep 22 @ 12:30 pm
The Jones Mansion will host a luncheon with locally harvested food straight from the garden. Guests can sample delicacies like dilly beans, sorrel soup, pickled beets, refrigerator pickles, zucchini sweets and more. Fresh lemonade and switchel will also be served. The program includes a short history of canning, complete with additional samples. Tickets are limited, with proceeds going to the mansion’s upkeep and restoration.
4:00 pm Soul Shine Blues Festival @ Meadowbrook Park Ballroom
Soul Shine Blues Festival @ Meadowbrook Park Ballroom
Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
First Step Healthy Family Resource Center will host the 23rd annual Soul Shine Blues Festival from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Meadowbrook Park Ballroom, 5430 Ohio 18 W, Bascom. Maurice John Vaughn and Shirley Johnson are the event’s headliners. The Soul Shine Blues Band along with Bud Mowery and the All Star Blues Band complete the bill. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained by calling First Step at 419-435-7300. They are also available at the door the day of the event. All proceeds go to help the resource center provide shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children, along with a 24-hour support line, advocacy and outreach with support programs for men, women and children. The festival will offer a variety of food, including Main Street Deli’s seafood jambalaya and red beans and rice; and Hawg Sawce Catering’s Jason Carter will provide pulled pork barbecue. The year’s guitar raffle will feature a limited edition Fender Standard Stratocaster in seafoam pearl with a hard case. There will also be two handmade cigar box guitars donated by Roger Jones, one inspired by Ohio State University with the other a tribute to Vietnam veterans. There will also be a Top Hat raffle and gift baskets. Raffle tickets are available at First Step, located at 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria, or the day of the show. Winners do not need to be present at the event. Coming out of the streets of Chicago, Maurice John Vaughn is a triple threat on guitar, saxophone and vocals. Raised on Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, black Top 40 and James Brown, he has incorporated his various influences into a blues and R&B style of his own. In the 1980s, Vaughn released his debut solo album, “Generic Blues Album,” and followed that up with 1993’s “In the Shadow of the City” and 2001’s “Dangerous Road.” Raised in Virginia, Shirley Johnson is a gritty, big-voiced blues singer who can also handle soul and gospel. She got her start in her church’s gospel choir at the age of 6 before developing a taste for secular blues music, later landing opening slots for Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler, Z.Z. Hill, and other well-known artists passing through Virginia. Eventually, she found a home in the Chicago blues circuit, recording albums like 1996’s “Looking for Love,” 2002’s “Killer Diller,” and 2009’s “Blues Attack.” The Soul Shine Blues Band will perform traditional blues, drawing on influences like John Lee Hooker, Mississippi John Hurt and Reverend Gary Davis along with the Chicago blues of Howlin’ Wolf. The group features Dave Phillips, Otto Mercer, Rusty Campbell, Jay Albright, Pete Hill and Jameson Newhouse, the first four of which have been in the Findlay area music scene for decades. Bud Mowery and the All Star Blues Band was formed specifically for Soul Shine, featuring Mowery, Glenn Roddy, John Whitlow, Steve Wilson, Dave McNary, and Gary Burns. The bandmates carry decades of experience from local bands, with a repertoire featuring everything from B.B. King and Muddy Waters to more contemporary artists like Rory Gallagher and Joe Bonamassa. For more information, go to: http://soulshineblues.com/ or check out First Step’s Facebook page.
6:00 pm Central Church of Christ Movie Night @ Central Church of Christ
Central Church of Christ Movie Night @ Central Church of Christ
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm
Central Church of Christ, 307 E. Hardin St., will host a free movie night at 6 p.m. Sept. 22. The film “I Can Only Imagine,” based on the incredible true-life story that inspired the beloved, chart-topping song, will be shown. Popcorn and water will be provided.
6:00 pm Quarry Farm Jam @ Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm
Quarry Farm Jam @ Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Music of all kinds will fill the air as the Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm hosts the organization’s fifth annual jam. Whether you play an instrument like a virtuoso or just like to pretend, sing along or listen, people of all ages are invited to spend a late summer evening with music under the outdoor pavilion’s big red roof. Light refreshments, including homemade cookies, are available.
6:30 pm Flamingo Designer Purse Bingo @ Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital
Flamingo Designer Purse Bingo @ Marathon Auditorium at Blanchard Valley Hospital
Sep 22 @ 6:30 pm
The Blanchard Valley Hospital gift shop will host “Flamingo Designer Purse Bingo,” a bingo event with designer purses as prizes, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Marathon Auditorium of BVH. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at the gift shop or by phone by calling 419-423-5388 by Sept. 21. Cash and credit card are both accepted.
7:30 pm The Music Man @ Gundlach Theatre, Heidelberg University
The Music Man @ Gundlach Theatre, Heidelberg University
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm
Meredith Wilson’s 1957 musical follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys band that he vows to organize. Despite the fact that Harold doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef, his plans to make a profit and skip town are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian. Its songs include “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Pickalittle (Talk-a-Little),” “Goodnight, Ladies” and “‘Till There Was You.”

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