• Relay for Hope at BFR Friday-Saturday - June 23-24

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A weekend Relay for a great cause

Starts Friday evening at Bluffton Family Recreation - Bluffton Relay for Hope

It’s Bluffton Relay for Hope weekend Friday and Saturday, June 23-24.

You’ve already figured that out by seeing the hanging items from Main Street Bluffton store awnings.

All events take place at Bluffton Family Recreation, 215 Snider Road with events beginning at 2 p.m. Friday and concluding at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Visit the Relay's Facebook at BlufftonOhioRelayForHope, or CLICK HERE. The Facbook has more event details and several registration forms for those interested.


Meet and greet candidate for 4th U.S. Congressional District

Tuesday evening in Lima Public Library

A meet the candidate event for Andrew Mackey takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 20, in the Lima Public Library, 650 W. Market St., Lima.

Mackey will run against Jim Jordan, U.S. Congressman, in Ohio's Fourth District. The event is sponsored by AHEAD: Allen and Hardin for Election Action and Democracy.


Emmanuel UCC ice cream social Aug. 4

Emmanuel United Church of Christ will hold an ice cream social from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4, at the church.

The menu includes chicken or sloppy joe sandwiches, chicken noodles, baked beans, a variety of salads, pies, pluse ice cream and beverages.

Tickets are $8 adults, $4 children 10 and under.

The church is located at 8375 Phillips Road, Bluffton


Plans underway for Sept. 16 Ada Harvest and Herb Fest'

Vendor booths still available; invitation to join the parade

Planning is underway for this year’s Ada Area Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest and Herb Festival, according to David Dellifield, chamber president.

This year’s festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. As in past year’s, it will fill Ada’s Main Street from Highland to College. Main Street will be closed at State Route 235 all the way to State Route 81.

The festival has 180 spaces available for vendors.  Booths are 12 feet wide by 8 feet deep and are available while they last. A limited number of booths requiring electricity are also available while they last.


Cadets Drum and Bugle Corp free concert Sunday at ONU

By Monty Siekerman
FROM ADA ICON - You've heard their music throughout Ada since June 2, now the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps is ready for their Thank You Ada concert. The free concert will begin at 8 p.m. at the Dial-Roberson Stadium on the ONU campus.

After practicing in Ada, the Cadets will take their show on the road from coast to coast, competing against other corps from the U.S. and Canada. The 15O-member Cadets Corps includes more than 100 musicians.


Bluffton cars and coffee returns for year 3

Fourth Saturday of each momnth

Masterpiece Signs, 902 N. Main St., will again host a monthly Bluffton Cars and Coffee this summer and fall, according to Tim Boutwell.

The event is an “informal gathering for enthusiasts and their cars.” The monthly cars and coffee event continues through October. It is always held on the fourth Saturday of the month.

Each event is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the following Saturdays:  June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23 and Oct. 28.

Boutwell said that it is open to all makes, models and vehicle years. There’s no charge to attend and door prizes will be given away.


Lima Symphony performs ‘Patriotic Pops’ concert in Ada on July 1

7 p.m. free outdoor performance

FROM ADA ICON - The Lima Symphony Orchestra will again celebrate Independence Day with a “Patriotic Pops” concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday,  July 1 on the ONU campus.  The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held on the sculpture mall east of McIntosh Center between Presser and Weber halls.

The fun-filled family event will feature patriotic music, movie musical selections, popular tunes and a tribute to our armed forces.


Swords into Plowshares: Blacksmiths forge a new beginning for guns

June 22 on the Bluffton University campus

A group of blacksmiths coming to northwest Ohio later this month will “beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.”  Or, lacking swords and spears, they will be forging garden tools out of firearms.
The blacksmiths are part of RAWtools, a non-profit organization based in Colorado that uses performance art to illustrate the vision of biblical prophet Isaiah who penned those words, and to encourage conversation about what it means in modern society.


Schumacher Homestead open Saturday afternoon

Tour the house, garden, summer kitchen and workshop

Each Saturday this summer the Bluffton Pandora Swiss Community Historical Society will be open its Schumacher Homestead  from 1 to 5 p.m. for self-guided or docent led tours.

Visitors will be able to tour the house, garden, summer kitchen, and workshop. 

In addition, the barn will be open on the last Saturday of each of the three months. Public admission to the Homestead is $5 per person; however, current members of the Society and children 16 and under are admitted free. 


Campus Life invites youth to Wednesday PM pool parties

Campus Life announces its Wednesday evening summer pool party schedule at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

Parties are from 8:30 to 10 p.m. for sixth graders through seniors. Admission is $3. Each party offers pizza at $1 per slice and soft drinks for 50 cents each.

Pool party schedule:
June 14
June 21
June 28
July 5
July 12
July 19
July 26
Aug. 2
Aug. 16

Bluffton-Pandora directors are Jeremy Basinger, Matt Gillett and Gwen Sprague.