November 24, 2014


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Naylor book signing on Saturday at Book ReViews

Ruth Naylor, Bluffton poet/writer will launch her newest book at Book ReViews as part Blaze of the Lights from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29.

The book title is  "Straw & All: A Christmas Poetry Collection."  During her poetry reading and book signing Naylor will share Christmas experiences that inspired the poetry.

According to Elaine Sommers Rich, Naylor has a “rare ability to imbue Christmas trappings such as candles, trees, and presents with a spiritual aura.”


Tree of Remembrance Service Dec. 6

Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services hosts its annual Tree of Remembrance Service on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. at its Shawnee Chapel, 1170 Shawnee Road, Lima.

This service honors those we have lost, and is open to everyone, no matter what their faith, when they lost their loved one, or which funeral home performed the service.  Every family will receive an ornament engraved with their loved one’s name that they can take home for memories that will last lifetime. 


Tonight is final jam session of 2014 at the library

Monday, Nov. 24, is the final "jam session" at the Bluffton Public Library for 2014. Contact Charles Saylor for details at tucksaylor@gmail.com.


Holiday Shop Around Saturday with Larry’s Cakes, Avon and Thirty-One - at St. John's UCC

Kick-off your holiday shopping on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 2-4 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 223 W. College Ave., in Bluffton. Stop in anytime for cash and carry items, free samples and refreshments.

Making his debut will be Larry Battle, with Larry’s Cakes. These delicious pound cakes will be available for sampling. Orders for the holidays can be placed. Cakes come in all sizes to feed the smallest or largest family gathering.


Relay for Life quarter auction/bingo Dec. 5

Bluffton Relay For Life will hold a quarter auction/bingo from 6:30-9:30 on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Bluffton Middle School cafetorium. Those attending will play bingo and bid on gift baskets donated by Origami Owl, Thirty One, Jamberry Nails, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, and  It Works.

Food will be available. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Lynda Best at 419-296-2790 or 419-358-7593.


Santa Claus is coming to town - first visit Nov. 22 at Town and Country Flowers

You'd better watch out.

Santa Claus is coming to town, thanks to the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.

He'll be here four Saturdays in a row, so your chances to talk with him are excellent. (Mrs. Claus comes with him on Saturday, Nov. 29).


Apollo floral students plan Christmas open house Dec. 5

Apollo Career Center Floral students will be holding a Christmas Open House, Believe in the Magic of Christmas from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 5, in the Floral  Design lab.

Currently, the lab is being housed behind the main building, and can only be accessed from the Shawnee Road entrance. For more information, please contact Joe Warnement, floral instructor, at 419.998.2934.


The Dough Hook holds sixth annual "cans for cookies" drive Nov. 17-29

The Dough Hook, 117 N. Main St., will hold its its sixth annual "cans for cookies" event this month.

The event is Nov. 17-29. Here's how it works: Bring in canned goods to The Dough Hook and get a cookie for each item donated.

For example, bring in 12 items and get a dozen free cookies. All donated food will be given to the Bluffton Food Pantry.


Lincoln Highway group meets in Van Wert Nov. 18

The Western Ohio Chapter of the Lincoln Highway Association will have its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at  6 p.m.

Members and guests are encouraged to dine at Balyeat's Coffee Shop, 133 E. Main St. in Van Wert where they can order from the menu.


Gaden Shartse monks perform musical form of offering here Nov. 13

On Thursday, Nov.  13, the Gaden Shartse monks return to Bluffton as part of their Sacred Arts of Tibet Tour. They will perform on the third floor of the Town Hall at 7 p.m. In the first 45 minutes, the monks will be doing a musical form of offering to the Buddhist goddess Tara.

This will be followed by a time where the public can ask questions about art, music, healing, and life experience of the group.