October 23, 2014



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Tree walk on university campus Oct. 24

Icon viewers are invited to a tree walk on the Bluffton University campus. Meet at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, in front of Marbeck Center. Joanne Antibus will lead the walk. Participants may admire and identify trees. The walk is open to the public.




Auditions sought for Ohio Has Talent!

Auditions for the eighth annual Ohio Has Talent! competition will be held Nov. 14 and 15 in Van Wert.

The top 20 acts will take part in the Feb. 28, 2015, Ohio Has Talent! show at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. All entertainment talents are welcome – single and group acts – especially those other than singing and dancing, to provide variety for the show.


Mom-to-mom sale Oct. 18 in Jenera

A mom-to-mom sale takes place Saturday, Oct. 18, from  9 a.m. to noon at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 9340 Township Road 32, Jenera. Donations of two canned goods at the door are accepted.



Tips on fall tree maintenance Tuesday PM at the library

Now is a great time to perform maintenance on your existing trees and to plant new trees. according to members of the Gardeners' of Bluffton/Pandora Area.

A free program, open to the public, on fall tree maintenance takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the lower level of the Bluffton Public Library.


Anne Stratton guest speaker at Heirloom Antique Club Oct. 7

Icon viewers are invited to an open meeting of the Heirloom Antique Club at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Bluffton town hall.

Anne Stratton, speaker and antique appraiser, will talk about the Confederate prisoners of the Civil War camp on Johnson's Island, Marblehead, Ohio.

Persons attending are also invited to bring one or two antiques for an appraisal. Please RSVP to Jo Edwards at 419-358-8341 or Sheila Niswander at 419-358-0394. Feel free to leave a recorded messages.


Jacob King, poet, holds book signing and readings at Book Reviews Saturday

Jacob King,  poet, will hold a book signing and readings from his book “Difficult Conversations," from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, at Book ReViews, 123 S. Main St., Bluffton, according to Dr. Christina Waltom, manager.

Of his two chapbooks, King writes that “Difficult Conversations” and “Getting There” come from “working very hard to say with grace, precision, and humor what I have felt needed to be said from my own point-of-view.”


Bluffton's trick-or-treat night Oct. 30

Here's the answer to the most asked question in Bluffton this month?

Answer: Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Question: When in Bluffton's trick or treat?



Community meals at Senior Center on Oct. 2 and 16

Two community meals are planned in October. Both are at 6 p.m. at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center.

The October 2 meal will be served by Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio. The October 16  meal will be served by St. John's United Church of Christ. Meals are open to the public with no admission charge. Donations are accepted and go to the Bluffton Food Pantry.


BFR Sports and Fitness indoor soccer and girls' volleyball tourney registration underway

Indoor Soccer League Session I
BFR Sports & Fitness has opened registration for its 2014 Indoor Soccer League. The registration deadline for Session 1 is Friday, Oct. 24.

If teams register before Friday, Oct 10, those teams will be given an option to reserve the arena for a free practice session. Fee is $400 per team with a $50 deposit due at registration. Call 419-358-4150 to reserve a spot.


Here's the fall festival schedule at Swiss Homestead on Saturday

The annual Swiss Community Historical Society Fall Festival at the Homestead will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8350 Bixel Road.  

The restored Schumacher House, 1840’s garden, barn, workshop, and summer kitchen will all be open for self-guided tours. Demonstrations of 19th-century handcrafts, horse plowing, hand milking, and other activities will be offered all day. Musical groups will perform and soup, bread, cheese, cider and popcorn will be available for a donation.