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Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
Apr 26 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
Apr 27 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
Apr 28 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
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1:00 pm Mount Blanchard Heart and Soul Community Summit @ 100 S. Main St., Mount Blanchard
Mount Blanchard Heart and Soul Community Summit @ 100 S. Main St., Mount Blanchard
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Mount Blanchard Heart and Soul organization will be hosting a community summit for area residents from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 at 100 S. Main St., Mount Blanchard. The purpose of the summit is to share with community members the information that the Heart and Soul team has been gathering for the past several months, and to get their input about the data collected so far. More than 200 people who call Mount Blanchard home have been interviewed about their values, hopes and concerns, and action ideas for the community. Several themes have emerged as topics of interest, the Heart and Soul team said. The Heart and Soul principles are to involve everyone, focus on what matters, and “play the long game.” The summit is intended to bring people together to discuss and share ideas for the community and to develop Mount Blanchard Heart and Soul statements. It is an opportunity to get more participation from the community. The event begins at 1 p.m. with free food, entertainment by Riverdale Soundsation, and activities for children such as bounce houses and crafts. The first 100 residents to arrive will receive a free Mount Blanchard Heart and Soul T-shirt. Child care will be provided. After the meal, the summit will commence, led by John Livingston. A Heart and Soul grant of $140,850 was awarded to Mount Blanchard in March 2017 by the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, which uses the process of Community Heart and Soul created by the Orton Family Foundation.
2:00 pm Peace Surpassing All Understanding @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Peace Surpassing All Understanding @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm
The final concert of the 2017-18 Ronald W. Richards Music Series at Trinity United Methodist Church will feature the Ohio Northern University Singers and Chamber Singers, under the director of Christopher Larsen. The free program, “Peace Surpassing All Understanding,” will be held at 2 p.m. April 22. A freewill offering will be taken to support the Kiwanis Ronald W. Richards Young Musicians Scholarship Fund for students who intend to make teaching music a career following college graduation. The church is located at 301 W. Market St., Lima.
2:30 pm Bluffton University Spring Concert @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Bluffton University Spring Concert @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
Apr 22 @ 2:30 pm
Bluffton University’s Camerata Singers, University Chorale, Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble will perform a selection of lighter tunes for its Spring Fling concert. Songs performed will include “Sing” from “Sesame Street”; “Yesterday” by The Beatles; a medley of Irish tunes by Clare Grundman; a wind band arrangement of music from the second “Harry Potter” film; “Yearnin’” by Oliver Nelson; and “Moanin’” by Charles Mingus.
3:00 pm Grieg and Bizet @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Grieg and Bizet @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay Orchestra will present “Grieg and Bizet” on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Directed by Soojin Lee, the program includes Edvard Grieg’s most popular work, the “Peer Gynt” suite, and two of Georges Bizet’s most popular compositions, the “L’Arlésienne” suite; and “Les Toreadors” from the opera, “Carmen.” Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” suite was originally composed for the drama “Peer Gynt,” written by Henrik Ibsen. It is the story of the downfall and subsequent redemption of a Norwegian peasant anti-hero. A concert hall favorite, Bizet’s “L’Arlésienne” suite was composed for a melodrama about a young peasant’s love for a girl from Arles. These pieces, including “Carmen,” are incidental music that will tell the audiences the stories through their composition. The University of Findlay Orchestra comprises more than 50 students, staff and community string players. This year, about 20 woodwind and brass players were included in order to perform as a full orchestra. The performance will be free, but tickets are required. They can be reserved by calling the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts box office at 419-423-2787. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the concert.
7:00 pm Johnson Island Civil War Roundtable @ TJ Willie’s
Johnson Island Civil War Roundtable @ TJ Willie’s
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm
The Johnson Island Civil War Roundtable will gather at 7 p.m. Sunday at TJ Willie’s in Tiffin, where they will welcome Rob Tong. Tong, a Union re-enactor and popular speaker, will talk about early recruiting in Findlay and the surrounding area leading up to the Battle of Shiloh on April 6, 1862. Tong will dress in a Union uniform and will present many special items.
9:00 am Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
Apr 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
9:30 am Ohio Star Quilters of Findlay @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Ohio Star Quilters of Findlay @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Apr 23 @ 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, followed by show and tell. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend.
1:00 pm Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Apr 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton. Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs. Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes. To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.
4:30 pm Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Grand Love @ Family Resource Center
Apr 23 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Grand Love, a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren, meets Mondays, 4 to 5:30 p.m., at 1941 Carlin St., Findlay. Call 419-422-8616.
6:00 pm Harold Brown @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium
Harold Brown @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Harold Brown, of Port Clinton, will discuss “Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman,” a book he wrote with Marsha Bordner chronicling his life and World War II service. As one of the United States’ first African-American pilots, Brown was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1944 and flew missions over Europe, which included the protection of bombers in the air. On his 30th mission, his plane was shot down over Nazi territory, and he became a prisoner of war. He went on to serve in the military for 23 years, becoming a lieutenant colonel. Brown also earned a Ph.D., retiring from Columbus State Community College as vice president of academic affairs. The presentation will begin with a brief film about Brown’s service, with Brown and Bordner on hand to sign copies of the book. Location: Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Information: www.airspeedup.com.
6:00 pm What’s Cookin’ Cookbook Discussion Group @ Upper Sandusky Community Library
What’s Cookin’ Cookbook Discussion Group @ Upper Sandusky Community Library
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm
The Upper Sandusky Community Library’s What’s Cookin’ cookbook discussion group will celebrate its fifth anniversary at 6 p.m. Monday. Participants should bring their favorite party food and the recipe. Cupcakes and ice cream will be provided.
6:30 pm Earth Day Program @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
Earth Day Program @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm
An Earth Day program, hosted by Forest-Jackson Public Library, will include a presentation by Wyandot Soil and Water Conservation District and Gottfried Nature Preserve personnel at 6:30 p.m. April 23. Discussion will include the water cycle, watersheds and protecting the water supply. The free, family program will include hands-on activities. For more information, call the library, 419-273-2400.
6:30 pm Monday Funday @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
Monday Funday @ Forest-Jackson Public Library
Apr 23 @ 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.
6:30 pm Powers of Attorney Seminar @ Putnam County District Library -- Columbus Grove branch
Powers of Attorney Seminar @ Putnam County District Library -- Columbus Grove branch
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm
A seminar on the powers of attorney and trustee investment will be offered twice this month in Putnam County. The free program is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at the Putnam County District Library’s Columbus Grove branch, and at 6:30 p.m. April 26 at the main library in Ottawa. Speaker is Joseph Schroeder, attorney at Schroeder, Blankemeyer and Schroeder, LLP.
11:30 am Republican Women of Hancock County @ Hancock Historical Museum
Republican Women of Hancock County @ Hancock Historical Museum
Apr 24 @ 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. The program will feature the following candidates: State Senator, a representative for incumbent Rob McColley, Bob Barker and Craig Kupferberg; State Central Committee representative, incumbent Rob Radway, Christina Muryn, Gina Campbell and Bob Campbell; Hancock County Auditor, Charity Rauschenberg. Lunch will be by Bistro on Main. RSVP at 419-348-3354 or email RepWomenHC32@gmail.com.
12:00 pm Wyandot County Retired Teachers Association Meeting @ Trinity Evangelical Church
Wyandot County Retired Teachers Association Meeting @ Trinity Evangelical Church
Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm
The Wyandot County Retired Teachers Association will hold its quarterly meeting at noon April 24 at Trinity Evangelical Church, 108 Malabar Drive, Upper Sandusky. Wyandot County Sheriff Michael Hetzel will discuss scams, especially those aimed at senior citizens. Lunch will be catered by Special Occasions. Any retired teacher or administrator who is not a member is welcome to attend. For a lunch reservation, call Nancy at 419-294-7609.
3:00 pm University of Findlay Arbor Day Celebration @ Morey and Davis Streets, Findlay
University of Findlay Arbor Day Celebration @ Morey and Davis Streets, Findlay
Apr 24 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay will celebrate Arbor Day, and its third annual Tree Campus U.S.A. designation, at 3 p.m. today at the corner of Morey and Davis streets. The event will be free and open to the public. The program, organized by Ben Dolan, associate professor of biology, will include the planting of three chinkapin oaks, which are prized for their shade and provide small acorns for wildlife. The event is free and open to the public.
6:00 pm Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course @ OSU-Lima
Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course @ OSU-Lima
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Allen County and Hardin County OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will partner to host a Master Gardener Volunteer training course for new Master Gardener Volunteers this spring. The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local Ohio State University Extension county office. Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must. Classes will be held on the OSU Lima Campus beginning with orientation on Tuesday, March 6 and classes being held each Tuesday and Thursday from 6-9 p.m. beginning March 13 and continuing through April 26. More information is available at hardin.osu.edu and clicking on the Master Gardener Volunteers link or by calling Mark Badertscher at 419-674-2297.
6:00 pm Silver Blades Try It Out Days @ The Cube
Silver Blades Try It Out Days @ The Cube
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
The Findlay Silver Blades Skating Club will host its spring “try it out” days from 6-6:45 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The free ice skating clinic is open to new skaters ages 4 through adult and will introduce participants to basic ice skating skills. Skate rental will be available for a nominal fee. Email findlaysilverbladesmembership@gmail.com to register.
6:30 pm Kids and Parents Spring Fling @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Kids and Parents Spring Fling @ Trinity United Methodist Church
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Mulberry St., Bloomdale, will host a “Kids and Parents Spring Fling” from 6:30-8 p.m. April 24. Pizza and games will be available in the church basement. Call Jane at 419-299-3690 for more details.
7:30 pm 24/7 Dad @ First Step
24/7 Dad @ First Step
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A 12-session “24/7 Dad” fatherhood program will be offered at First Step, 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria. Classes start April 17 and will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Both morning and evening classes are available, with child care provided. The program through the National Fatherhood Initiative is designed to nurture self-awareness, compassion and a sense of responsibility. For more information, call First Step at 419-435-7300 or visit the office.
9:00 am Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
11:30 am Carey Area Chamber of Commerce Professional Women Luncheon @ Shrine Cafeteria
Carey Area Chamber of Commerce Professional Women Luncheon @ Shrine Cafeteria
Apr 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Miss Ohio, Sarah Clapper, will be the keynote speaker during the annual Professional Women Luncheon hosted by the Carey Area Chamber of Commerce. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 in the Shrine Cafeteria. There are various ways for businesses to support the event. Contact Cassie Carlson, chamber executive director, at the chamber office, 419-396-7856, or via cellphone at 419-310-2427.
1:00 pm Ben Cathey @ 50 North
Ben Cathey @ 50 North
Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm
Ben Cathey, TV 13 ABC weather speaker, will give a free program about upcoming weather predictions at 1 p.m. Wednesday at 50 North. Registration is required today by calling 419-423-8496.
6:00 pm Painting A Spring Scene @ Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area
Painting A Spring Scene @ Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Painting a spring scene will be the second in the 2018 Hancock Park District seasonal painting series. The activity will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Recreation Area. Awakening Minds Art will provide step-by-step instruction for the activity. Necessary supplies will be provided, including an 11-inch by 14-inch stretched canvas. Light refreshments will be served. Participants must be at least 16 years old. Register, with $30 per person, by 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at www.hancockparks.com under the “Programs & Activities” tab. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275. The program will be held with a minimum of five and a maximum of 30 participants.
6:00 pm Understanding DNA Testing @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
Understanding DNA Testing @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm
A program on DNA tests will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Participants will explore Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, National Geographic DNA and other test kits.
7:30 pm 24/7 Dad @ First Step
24/7 Dad @ First Step
Apr 25 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A 12-session “24/7 Dad” fatherhood program will be offered at First Step, 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria. Classes start April 17 and will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Both morning and evening classes are available, with child care provided. The program through the National Fatherhood Initiative is designed to nurture self-awareness, compassion and a sense of responsibility. For more information, call First Step at 419-435-7300 or visit the office.
10:30 am Habits of Happy People @ 50 North
Habits of Happy People @ 50 North
Apr 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
50 North has scheduled two free programs focused on mood and attitude. “Habits of Happy People” will be presented at 10:30 a.m. April 26. Those attending will learn about the healthy habits and thinking approaches of happy people, and will learn to recognize that desired emotions come from within. Registration is required by Monday by calling 419-423-8496. A presentation on making over your mood will be part of the “Afternoon Conversation” series at 1 p.m. April 30. Michelle Gibbs, essential oils representative, will share how the use of these oils can promote a better attitude. Registration is required by April 25 at 419-423-8496.
1:00 pm Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Apr 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.
5:45 pm Friends of the Bluffton Public Library Spring Tea @ Bluffton Public Library
Friends of the Bluffton Public Library Spring Tea @ Bluffton Public Library
Apr 26 @ 5:45 pm
The Friends of the Bluffton Public Library will present their annual spring tea at 5:45 p.m. April 26. This year’s event features Dave Essinger, author of “Running Out.” Tickets are $12, available at the front desk. Proceeds benefit library programs and services.
6:00 pm Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
A support group for grandparents raising their grandkids and other children affected by addiction is forming in McComb. Grand Love, a program sponsored by the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, premiered in Findlay last May. McComb organizer Deb Ewing said formation of the rural version has been in the works for the past year, with its first meeting set for Jan. 18. Meetings are open to people living in McComb and the surrounding area and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the McComb school library (enter through north front door #2). Meetings will be facilitated by Family Resource Center professionals, with an emphasis on peer support. Registration is not required, although those bringing kids are encouraged to call ahead so arrangements to provide child care can be made. For more information about McComb’s group, call Ewing at 419-306-9489 or email ewingd@mccombschool.org.
6:00 pm Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course @ OSU-Lima
Master Gardener Volunteer Training Course @ OSU-Lima
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Allen County and Hardin County OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will partner to host a Master Gardener Volunteer training course for new Master Gardener Volunteers this spring. The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities for Ohio residents through their local Ohio State University Extension county office. Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; but a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must. Classes will be held on the OSU Lima Campus beginning with orientation on Tuesday, March 6 and classes being held each Tuesday and Thursday from 6-9 p.m. beginning March 13 and continuing through April 26. More information is available at hardin.osu.edu and clicking on the Master Gardener Volunteers link or by calling Mark Badertscher at 419-674-2297.
6:30 pm Master Gardener Class @ North Baltimore Public Library
Master Gardener Class @ North Baltimore Public Library
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm
Vicki Gallagher, Wood/Lucas County Master Gardener, will present a class at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the North Baltimore Public Library. Gallagher has over 20 years of experience as a Master Gardener and horticulturist.
6:30 pm Powers of Attorney Seminar @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
Powers of Attorney Seminar @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
Apr 26 @ 6:30 pm
A seminar on the powers of attorney and trustee investment will be offered twice this month in Putnam County. The free program is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at the Putnam County District Library’s Columbus Grove branch, and at 6:30 p.m. April 26 at the main library in Ottawa. Speaker is Joseph Schroeder, attorney at Schroeder, Blankemeyer and Schroeder, LLP.
7:30 pm 24/7 Dad @ First Step
24/7 Dad @ First Step
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A 12-session “24/7 Dad” fatherhood program will be offered at First Step, 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria. Classes start April 17 and will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Both morning and evening classes are available, with child care provided. The program through the National Fatherhood Initiative is designed to nurture self-awareness, compassion and a sense of responsibility. For more information, call First Step at 419-435-7300 or visit the office.
7:30 pm 50 North Annual Board Meeting @ 50 North
50 North Annual Board Meeting @ 50 North
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm
50 North will hold its annual board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The public is welcome to attend.
9:00 am Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
Johnny Appleseed Park District Weed Pulling Events
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Community members are invited to help Johnny Appleseed Park District save native flowers from garlic mustard, an invasive weed from Europe. Pulling events are held from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and May beginning at Kendrick Woods, then moving on to Hermon Woods, Teddy Bear, Lippincott Bird Sanctuary and Heritage Park. Anyone who would like to help should contact Anne Smedley at 419-221-1232 or ASmedley@jampd.com. Volunteers with sturdy woven plastic bags to hold the pulled mustard are asked to bring them along or donate them at the park office.
3:00 pm SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Apr 27 @ 3:00 pm
Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator. The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed. SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing. The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists. Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.
6:00 pm Scarlet & Grapes @ The Jones Mansion
Scarlet & Grapes @ The Jones Mansion
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Hancock County is hosting a wine tasting event from 6-9 p.m. April 27 at the Jones Mansion, 313 E. Sandusky St. Guests to the event “Scarlet & Grapes” will visit interactive stations with Ohio wines and heavy hors d’oeuvre pairings. Cost is $35 per person, and registration is required by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Email par4osu@woh.rr,com or call 419-423-3993.
6:30 pm American Woodcock @ Riverbend Recreation Area, Shelter 6
American Woodcock @ Riverbend Recreation Area, Shelter 6
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A program about the American woodcock, hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today, and at the same time April 20 or 27 at Shelter 6 in Riverbend Recreation Area. There will be root beer floats for participants. The program is recommended for children at least 8 years old. Children 15 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free, but registration is required by 4 p.m. today, online at www.HancockParks.com under the “Programs & Activities” tab, or by calling the park district office, 419-425-7275. The program will be held with a minimum of four and a maximum of 20 participants.
9:00 am Gathering Basket Herb Society Spring Plant Sale @ 8981 U.S. 224 West
Gathering Basket Herb Society Spring Plant Sale @ 8981 U.S. 224 West
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Gathering Basket Herb Society will host its spring plant sale from 2-6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 8981 U.S. 224 W (the old gas station at the corner of Township Road 139). The rain or shine event will feature many herbs that are not commonly found at big-box garden centers. Call 419-422-5594 for more details.
9:00 am Hancock County Opiate Task Force Medication Collection @ Findlay Municipal Building parking lot
Hancock County Opiate Task Force Medication Collection @ Findlay Municipal Building parking lot
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am
The Hancock County Opiate Task Force will hold its semi-annual event to collect medications from the community on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 9 a.m. Those who wish to drop off medications can do so at the Municipal Building parking lot on Crawford Street until noon. For questions, call 419-424-1985.
10:00 am Blue Rock Nature Preserve Hike @ Blue Rock Nature Preserve
Blue Rock Nature Preserve Hike @ Blue Rock Nature Preserve
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A hike through Blue Rock Nature Preserve, hosted by Hancock Park District personnel, will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. The free program requires no registration and is recommended for individuals at least 6 years old. Participants should meet at the Edgar Avenue entrance. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
10:00 am Fostoria Community Arts Council Mother’s Day Workshop @ Fostoria Community Arts Council
Fostoria Community Arts Council Mother’s Day Workshop @ Fostoria Community Arts Council
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
FOSTORIA — The Fostoria Community Arts Council will hold a free Mother’s Day workshop for kids from 10 a.m. to noon April 28. Children in grades 1-5 are invited to make a variety of Mother’s Day items to take home that day. Call 419-435-7474 to sign up.
10:30 am Walk A Mile In Her Shoes @ Riverside Park
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes @ Riverside Park
Apr 28 @ 10:30 am
Open Arms will present the 10th annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes fundraiser April 28 at Riverside Park. Men, women and children are welcome for this march to speak out against domestic violence and sexual assault, walking one mile in “her shoes” (high heels). On-site registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with an opening ceremony planned for 11:30. Event organizers are seeking event sponsors, individual walkers, teams of walkers and volunteers. Signup is available online at www.openarmsfindlay.com, and community members also have the option to be a “virtual walker.” Miss Ohio, Sarah Clapper, will join Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik as a guest judge for the day. The event will also feature a free kids’ zone with face painting, arts and crafts and an inflatable bounce house, along with food vendors and massage stations. An awards ceremony will immediately follow the walk. To register or for more information, call Jodi DeVore at 419-420-9261.
9:00 pm Bluffton Arbor Day Celebration @ Bluffton village arboretum
Bluffton Arbor Day Celebration @ Bluffton village arboretum
Apr 28 @ 9:00 pm
The Bluffton Tree Commission will celebrate Arbor Day with a tree planting at 9 a.m., on April 28 in the village arboretum. The event is open to the public. The arboretum is between Mustard Seed Café and County Line Road, north of the National Quarry on Lake Street. A shade tree will be planted just west of the Lake Street entrance to John’s Body Shop.

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