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July 6, 2015


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It's Bingo every night in July in Ada

FROM THE ADA ICON - Ada Bingo plays every Thursday at the Alumni N-men’s Building in downtown Ada in July.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Bingo begins at 6:55 p.m. Ada Bingo uses new, radio-controlled electronic machines, as well as, traditional paper packages. Proceeds from Ada Bingo benefits the Ada Lion's Club, Ada Music Boosters and the Ada-Liberty Volunteer Fire Department.

And, on the third Thursday of each month, the special Bonus Nights continue at Ada Bingo. These hugely popular Bingo Bonus Nights are held on the third Thursday of each month.


Bluffton Hospital sponsors outdoor movie "Toy Story" tonight in Ada

FROM ADA ICON - You can watch a free outdoor movie in Ada on Friday night.

That's right. And, Woody and Buzz Lightyear will be there.

The movie, Toy Story, will be shown on a 40-foot screen on the Ohio Northern University tundra. This is the second of three free outdoor summer movies sponsored by The Freed Center for the Performing Arts and Bluffton Hospital.

The movie starts at dusk. ReStore will sell pop, popcorn and candy during the movie. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the movie under the stars.


Lima Symphony Orchestra performs free patriotic pops concert July 4 at ONU

FROM THE ADA ICON - Patriotic classics, American standards, and popular movie and Broadway tunes will highlight the Lima Symphony Orchestra’s Fourth of July “Patriotic Pops” celebration on the campus of Ohio Northern University. The event is free and open to the public.

The concert will take place on the sculpture mall east of McIntosh Center between Presser and Weber halls. This will be a fun-filled family event exploding with patriotic music and a tribute to our armed services. The concert begins at 7 p.m.


Swiss Day carry-in dinner, program at Ebenezer Mennonite on Sunday

Swiss Day, a program of the Swiss Community Historical Society, holds its annual carry-in dinner and program 12:30 p.m., Sunday, June 28, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, 8905 Columbus Grove Road.

Here’s the program announcement from the Society’s Facebook:

Please bring a hot or cold dish to share. We will enjoy the Swiss National Anthem, and hear a detailed report on Phase II of the Capital Campaign "Bringing alive the past by building for the future."

The band “Silver Threads among the Gold” will provide background music during the dinner.


Emmanuel UCC ice cream social July 17

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton, will hold an ice cream social from 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 17.

Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under.


Richland Manor car show June 26

Wheels will be turning as vintage and classic cars cruise to Richland Manor's Car Show Friday, June 26, from 4-7 p.m. Trophies will be awarded to the top five cars/truck and best motorcycle.

We invite the community to view the cars and enjoy some food. Please bring a canned food item to be donated to the local food pantry. For more information, contact Richland Manor, 7400 Swaney Road, 419-643-3161.


GOBA's visit a good time for July 11 Ride to Remember reminder

The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) is not the only bike event in Bluffton this summer.

On Saturday, July 11, Bluffton is host to the inaugural Ride to Remember. The bike ride offers routes of several distances and provides options for family rides all the way to a 100-mile ride.

For all the details on the Ride open the attachment at the bottom of this story.


Sunday afternoon is your chance to hear about John Dillinger's visit to Bluffton in 1933

You probably never met John Dillinger, but the next best thing – or worst thing – to Public Enemy number 1 will visit Bluffton on Sunday.

John Carnes of Lima, a Dillinger expert, will give several short descriptive talks about the John Dillinger bank robbery that took place on Main Street Bluffton in August of 1933.

Carnes will provide the talks during the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) visit to Bluffton on Sunday. His talks will start at 2 p.m. – he will repeat these a couple times during the afternoon.


Free program on wellness and weight loss June 29 at BFR

A free program on contagious wellness and weight loss will be held at 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 29, at Bluffton Family Recreation, 2015 Snider Road, Bluffton, according to Jeff Reichardt of the 20/30 Fast Track Program.

“If you are interested in contagious wellness and would like to know why seven hormones prevent you from enjoying contagious wellness and weight loss, please join us for the informative program,” he said.

Call 419-860-3481 to reserve a seat as seating is limited. The program is open to the public.



Captain James Riley - namesake of Riley Creek (aka Dr. Darrell Groman) will entertain GOBA audience with tales of the 1800s

The namesake of Riley Creek - Sea Captain James Riley - will be in Bluffton for Sunday's GOBA actitives. He will talk about his experiences, which include surveying Riley Creek and traveling across the globe.

His talk, open to the public, is at 5 p.m., either outdoors in GOBAville, along Rosenberger Drive and Elm Street, or in case of rain, in Marbeck Center. (Captain Riley is also known as Dr. Darrell Groman.)

We asked the good captain to tell Icon viewers alitle about himself. Here's what he told us:

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