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January 26, 2015


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BFR invites you to a Friday "Keeping Active" kick-off

BFR Sports and Fitness invites Icon viewers to this winter’s Keeping Active Kick-off from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23, according to Carole Enneking.


Keeping Active includes six weeks of free use of the BFR indoor track, free attendance to group fitness classes, free access to recreational activities and free participation in learning session on exercise and nutrition as scheduled.


Town Hall Concert Series performance Monday at First Mennonite

Diem Lafortune, a Toronto musician, will perform in concert at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 19, at First Mennonite Church, in a Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series, according to Wendy Chappell-Dick.

LaFortune is a 2013 Canadian Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year nominee by the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

According to Chappell-Dick, “Her album Beauty and Hard Times is a varied collection including Acadian fiddle tunes, Celtic, prairie Cree drums, and the accordion and strings-fuelled tunes of the Jews and Romany in Eastern Europe.”


Paint & Sip events continue in February sponsored by BFR

The popular painting programs will continue this winter through BFR Sports & Fitness.  Paint & Sip programs are planned for Sunday, Feb. 8 (1:30-4:30 p.m.), Thursday, March 12 (6-9 p.m.) and Thursday, April 9 (6-9 p.m.).

Each event includes instruction from Marilyn Reed of Marilyn’s Artistry, Ada, all art supplies, appetizers and one glass of a specialty, wine beverage. 

The February project is a 16x20 floral design in acrylic. The March project will include glass painting on two wineglasses and a decorative caddy.  Plans for April include painting on slate. 


Susan Carpenter book signing Jan. 17 at Book ReViews

Book ReViews, 123 S. Main St., Bluffton, will host Bluffton University English professor, Susan Carpenter, for book signing and reading from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17.

Dr. Christina Walton, Book ReViews manager, said that the event is open to the public.

For more details on Carpenter's book, open the attachment at the bottom of this story.



Join Bluffton and Pandora's oldest new year's eve tradition

Join Bluffton-Pandora's oldest tradition at 5 p.m. on New Year's Eve. New year's carolers will sing David Rothen's carols in German at Mennonite Memorial Home. Following caroling at MMH the singers will go to Maple Crest. This is a program of the Swiss Community Historical Society and the public is invited to participate.

By Fred Steiner
To best understand our community, it's helpful to appreciate the musical gene of those who carry a Bluffton birthmark.


Free showing of "Night at the Museum" 10 a.m. Saturday - sponsored by Tommy Tire

Tommy Tire is sponsoring a free showing of "Night At The Museum; Secret of the Tomb" at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Shannon Theatre. All are welcome, but seating is limited so it's first come first serve.  Small popcorn and drink will be provided as well.


Monday's Christmas concert should be standing-room-only

Expect a standing-room-only crowd in the Bluffton High School gym on Monday. It's the date of the annual Bluffton elementary Christmas concert set for 1:30 p.m.

Here's the schedule, according to Alice Basinger, music teacher.


Dave Sycks guest soloist with ONU Jazz Band Dec. 11

The Ohio Northern University Department of Music closes out the year with an ONU Jazz Band concert on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and a performance by the ONU Wind and Symphony Orchestras on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Both shows will be held at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.

The ONU Jazz Band concert, titled “Basie and Beyond,” will swing out to Basie classics and feature many student soloists, the ONU Jazz Combo and guest trumpet soloist David Sycks, current band director at Bluffton High School.


You can go back in time - Saturday at the Schumacher homestead

How did our Bluffton-Pandora Swiss ancestors celebrate Christmas? 

The Bluffton/Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society Christmas open house, “Christmas at the Homestead” will be Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1-6 p.m. at the Schumacher Homestead.

The public is invited to tour the decorated 1843 house while snacking on homemade treats and listening to songs of the season.



Tommy Tire sponsoring free movie Dec. 20 at Shannon Theatre

Tommy Tire is sponsoring a free showing of "Night At The Museum; Secret of the Tomb" at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Shannon Theatre. All are welcome, but seating is limited so it's first come first serve.  Small popcorn and drink will be provided as well.