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Antique farm tools focus of Heirloom Antique Club meeting Sept. 1

The Heirloom Antique Club's next meeting is at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the Bluffton town hall.

The speaker is Jim Gatchell. He is a retired teacher who grew up on his family farm working with his father and grandfather. This work started his interest in old farm tools and a love for historical preservation.

He will display items from his collection of old farm tools during his presentation. Persons are invited to bring any old tool to share with the group.



Brauen's Gourds open house Sept. 5-6

Brauen's Gourds, 7140 Tom Fett Road, Bluffton, will hold their annual fall open house in early September.

Hours are:
• Saturday, Sept. 5 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Sunday, Sept.6 - 1 to 4 p.m.

The gourds are created by Don and Jodi Brauen.



Elder abuse topic of Sept. 17 "lunch and learn" in Ada

Community Health Professionals, Ada, and Liberty National Bank, Ada, will hold a free "lunch and learn" program from noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, at the CHP building, 1200 S. Main St., Ada.

Elder abuse is the topic of the program. Jayme Richards, executive director of the Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services, Columbus, is the speaker.

The program is free. Participants will receive a box lunch courtesy of Liberty National Bank. Donations are welcome and will go toward CHP hospice patient care fund.


Ada Harvest and Herb Fest' set for Sept. 19

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Ada Harvest and Herb Fest. This year's event is Saturday, Sept. 19, in downtown Ada. The Ada Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event.


Bridge Bereavement Services showing “Inside Out” movie in Bluffton

Bridge Bereavement Services is hosting a showing of the movie “Inside Out” on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m. at the Shannon Theater, 119 S. Main St., Bluffton. This showing is the first movie in a new cinema therapy program for children and adults offered by Bridge Bereavement.


Exhibit of rare books reflect Swiss Mennonite spiritual heritage

Pages of Piety, an exhibit of rare books reflecting the Swiss Mennonite spiritual heritage, is part of the Sunday Aug. 30, events celebrating the 175th anniversary of the founding of the first Mennonite church in the Bluffton-Pandora Swiss Settlement.

Curated by Carrie Phillips, the exhibit is open to the public at Ebenezer Mennonite Church on Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.


Town Hall Concert Series features "Theory Expats" tonight

Theory Expats will perform in tonight's (Thursday, Aug. 20) Town Hall Concert Series. The performance is at 7 p.m. on the third floor, according to Wendy Chappell-Dick.


She describes the group this way: "Theory Expats are a folksy swingin' band based in Goshen, Ind., featuring Andrew Pauls, Ethan Setiawan and Sadie Gustafson-Zook.


Arlington Boy Scouts hog roast Aug. 22

The Arlington Boy Scout Troop 318 will hold at hog roast from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22, in the Arlington Park.

Tickets are $8. Meals are for both take out or eat at the park. Meals include a dessert and drink in addition to the main course.



Ada Farmers' and Merchants' Picnic offers great weekend entertainment

FROM ADA ICON - The 102nd annual Ada Farmers’ and Merchants’ Picnic takes place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8 in the War Memorial Park.

Here’s this year’s schedule:

Friday, Aug. 7
• Party in the Back 40.
Gates open 5 p.m. Exploit on stage from 7:30 to 12:30 a.m.
• Picnic Pull, 7 p.m. (schedule at bottom of story)


Riley Creek Festival - games, food, car show, lots more Friday and Saturday

Pandora invites Icon viewers to its two-day Riley Creek Festival, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8.

Here's a summary of events:

• 5-9 P.M. Car Show
Start Lining up around 1 P.M.