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July 30, 2015


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Join in the Swiss conversation on Aug. 4

Do you speak the Bluffton Swiss dialect? How about the Berne dialect?

No matter if you speak either, you may listen to it if you wish.

Those who would like an opportunity to speak or listen to Swiss are invited to Maple Crest's patio room at 7 p.m., Tuesday , Aug. 4. Rich Bucher leads the group.



Reception for Elaine Rich July 25 at First Mennonite

The family of Elaine Rich will hold a reception in her honor from 7-8 p.m. Saturday, July 25, in the fellowship hall of First Mennonite Church, 101 S. Jackson St. All are invited to attend! No gifts, please, but cards are welcome.

A longtime resident of Bluffton, Elaine recently moved to Manchester, Ind., to be closer to family members.


93.9 Kiss FM Summer Pool Party July 24

Bluffton Community Swimming Pool will hold a summer pool party in cooperation with 93.9 Kiss FM on Friday, July 24.

Kiss FM will broadcast live from noon to 2 p.m. during the party. There will be promotional giveaways starting at noon. The pool will be open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 24. Regular admission prices.


Two Saturday concerts on Presbyterian lawn

Bring your lawn chairs downtown on Saturday. There will be two concerts on the lawn at the Bluffton Presbyterian Church.

The first, at 9:30 a.m., features Presbyterian musicians. The second, at noon features two Bluffton HS grads, Jesse Henry and Bradley Wright.

9:30 a.m. concert
Feature performers include Jayne McGarrity, piano; Dave Sycks, trumpet; Linda Sycks, oboe; Jerry Szabo, oboe; Julia Szabo, voice; and Dave Good, keyboards.


Jesse Henry, Bradley Wright team up for Saturday noon outdoor performance

Bring your lawn chairs. A free concert at noon on Saturday in the Bluffton Presbyterian Church lawn features some former Bluffton heavyweights.

Jesse Henry, of The Spikedrivers and Bradley Wright, of LiftMaster Garage Band Contest winner Nashville Crush - who are both Bluffton-natives, will perform.

Their concert is part of the the Shannon Theatre and The Heart of Rock Foundation "A Day Out At The Movies for Special Needs," held earlier on Saturday.


Want to know the value of that antique in your attic? you have three chances to find out during July

Antique appraiser, Anne Stratton, will share her antique knowledge three times this month in the Bluffton area.

You can catch her at:
• Maplecrest, Bluffton, at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 13
• Bluffton Dari Freeze, South Main St., 6 p.m., Wednesday July 15
• Pandora Library, 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 27

Last week she appraised several pieces in the Ada Public library. While there, she also talked about what's hot and what's not currently in the antique world.


County Line Church of Brethren car show July 11

County Line Church of the Brethren's 9th annual car show is planned Saturday, July 11, at the church, 4227 N. Hardin Road, Harrod.

Registration is from 11 a.m. to noon. The show is from noon to 3 p.m. There is a $10 entry fee with door prizes for car owners plus Top Ten Awards presented.

A chicken barbecue takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call the church office, 419-649-5364 for tickets.


Ride to Remember offers several biking options on Saturday

You witnessed GOBA and now you can join a Bluffton bike ride on Saturday, July 11.

Bicycle enthusiasts may register for the inaugural Ride to Remember bicycle ride held  in Bluffton.

The event offers short bike routes for families interested in biking together all the way to a 100-mile route for experienced riders starting and ending at Bluffton Family Recreation.


Ebenezer presents mystery dinner theatre August 7-9

Become part of the mystery and solve the crime in "Suspect Hollywood," Ebenezer Mennonite's mystery dinner theatre August 7-9.

"You’ll be part of an open casting call - along with some “famous” (and not so famous) actors and actresses who are auditioning for a new movie entitled Peril of the Prodigal Son," said Kevin Gratz, director. "The director has made unrealistic promises to most of these potential cast members and financiers. But can he keep those promises? How will they react to his betrayal? Will you solve the crime and be deemed 'Expert Sleuth'"? 


First National Bank to offer Social Security workshop

Do you go into a frenzy when you think about retirement? Do I have enough money to retire? Will Social Security be available? When should I collect Social Security? First National Bank and First National Financial Services will hold a Social Security workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Findlay Inn and Suites at 200 E. Main Cross Street in Findlay.