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February 6, 2016

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Maple syrup season celebrated soon in Metro Parks

Several events are planned in February by the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District. Those events follow:

On Saturday, Feb. 20 at 9 a.m., the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District and will offer maple fest' volunteer training and pancake breakfast at McElroy Environmental Education Center.

Experienced and new volunteers are welcome to attend. Call 419-221-1232 to register by Feb. 18.


BRWP sponsors rain barrel decorating contest

The Blanchard River Watershed Partnership is sponsoring a Rain Barrel Decorating Contest at the Greater Findlay Home Show Saturday, March 5, and Sunday, March 6, at the Findlay Village Mall.

Thirty-three Rain Barrels have been entered in this year’s contest.  All Rain Barrels will be on display at the Home Show on March 5-6.  Plan to stop at the Findlay Mall and vote for your favorite Rain Barrel.

The three categories this year are:
1). Agricultural Theme,
2). Watershed Theme and
3). General Theme. 


Saturday book signing at Book ReViews features UFO topics

Book ReViews will host a book signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, featuring Dr. Bruce Maccabbe’s two books “Abduction in my Family: A novel of alien encounters,” and a second book, “The FBI, CIA UFO Connection: The Hidden UFO Activities of USA Intelligence Agencies.”
The novel of alien encounters is a book of fiction. The UFO activities book is non-fiction.
The author holds a doctorate in physics. For 36 years he was employed at Naval Surface Warfare Center in optical data processing.


He's back! Everett Collier in Driving Miss Daisy

Everett Collier performs his signature role in Driving Miss Daisy in a Lima dinner theatre.

Performances are at Old City Prime, Upper Lounge, South Main Street, Lima. Reservations are required by calling 419-227-7463.

Shows are:
• now through Jan. 30 with doors open at 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.
• Jan 31 with doors open at noon, dinner 1 p.m., show 2 p.m.

Tickets are $50 each.



Think spring: 45th annual arts and crafts show planning underway

Mark your calendar. Plans are underway for the 2016 Bluffton Arts and Crafts Show.

This is the 45th annual show with this year's event on Saturday, May 14, in downtown Bluffton. The show is held in conjunction with the Bluffton Soccer Club's tournament, held the same weekend at Bluffton University. These two events make for a busy Bluffton weekend with hundreds of out-of-town visitors spending time in Bluffton.

In addition, the Bluffton Farmers' Market, in the Citizens National Bank parking lot, will take place on the morning of the show.


Feb. 4 next Red Cross Bluffton blood drive

Bluffton's next American Red Cross blood drive is from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, at First Mennonite Church

Blood Donors Must:
• Be in good general health and feeling well.
• Be at least 17-years-old in most states, or 16-years-old with parental consent if allowed by state law –
• Weigh at least 110 lbs.


Allen County Master Gardeners "Art of Gardening" seminar March 19

The 17th annual Allen County Master Gardeners presents its Art of Gardening seminar Saturday, March 19, at Ohio State University-Lima. The class is held in the Life Science Building from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost for the seminar is $45.

An attachment provides detailed information on the event. 

Contact Gretchen Staley, 407 E. Sycamore St., Columbus Grove, OH 45830 to register.



2nd annual Ride to Remember bicycle event July 16

The second annual Ride to Remember bicycle ride will take place on Saturday, July 16, in Bluffton, Ohio.
The bicycle event offers routes for families interested in biking together all the way to a 100-mile route for experienced riders.
Ride to Remember offers a 10-mile loop, a 64-mile loop with cutoffs for 13, 17, 24, 50 and 57 miles and a 100-mile course.


Here are 2016 county fair dates

Here are area county fair dates for 2016:
• June 20-25 - Putnam, Ottawa
• July 27-Aug. 7 - Ohio State Fair, Columbus
• Aug. 19-27 - Allen, Lima
• Aug. 31- Sept. 5 - Van Wert, Van Wert
• Aug. 31- Sept. 5 - Hancock, Findlay
• Sept. 6-11 - Hardin, Kenton


Community Pre-school selling tickets for March 11 purse bingo

Bluffton Community Pre-school is selling pre-sale tickets to its purse bingo planned Friday, March 11.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. When six tickets are purchased at the same time those persons will have a table at no additional charge.
Tickets are on sale at the pre-school, located in the First United Methodist Church – entrance from Jackson Street, across from the elementary school.
The purse bingo takes place in the middle school cafetorium. Doors open at 6 p.m. for light refreshments. Bingo starts at 7:30 p.m.