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June 20, 2019

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Gardeners of Bluffton-Pandora meet on May 7

The next Gardeners of the Bluffton Pandora Area meeting is Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bluffton Public Library, in the main area of the library.

The club is hosting naturalist Beth Theisen from the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Parks of Allen County who will be presenting on how to create a “Backyard Habitat” for those creatures that we would like to see visit our yards and gardens. Please note, due to the library book sale, the club meeting will be held in the main area of the library.

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Oddball romantic comedy this weekend

“Guys and Dolls” May 3-4 in Founders Hall

Bluffton University will present “Guys and Dolls” as the May Day musical May 3 to 4 at 7:30 p.m. each evening in Founders Hall.

This iconic Broadway show features popular songs such as “Luck Be a Lady,” “If I Were a Bell” and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.” Based on characters from short stories written by Damon Runyon, “Guys and Dolls” is a high-energy production with broad appeal for a wide range of ages.

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Textiles in the Swiss Settlement

Sunday program at Maple Crest focus is linen, wool and flax

Keith Sommer and Rachel Friesen will present a program on the textiles used by settlers in the Bluffton-Pandora area during the period of 1833-1863, sponsored by the Swiss Community Historical Society.

The society's spring program is at 5 p.m, Sunday, April 28, in the Maple Crest Patio Room, 700 Maple Crest Court, Bluffton.

Sommer and Friesen will discuss and show linen and wool garments from the society's collection as well as flax grown, harvested and processed at the Schumacher Homestead in summer 2018 and spring 2019.

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Three Johnny Appleseed program set in May

Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park Distict announces three programs in May of interest to Icon viewers:

  • Area Horses & Harness 19th Annual Spring Plow Day on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allen County Farm Park. Horses and antique tractors will be preparing the ground for spring planting.

  • Wildflower Walkabout at Kendrick Woods on Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the fleeting beauty of spring wildflowers, with a naturalist. This is an easy hike, but please wear appropriate footwear.

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25th annual Ohio Lincoln Highway League state meeting in Van Wert

The Van Wert Historical Society hosts the 25th annual Ohio Lincoln Highway League (OLHL) state meeting Saturday, April 27. 

A welcome and introduction will begin at 10:15 a.m. by Larry Webb of the Van Wert Historical Society. 

Marty Thomas, president of the Western Ohio Chapter and of the Welsh Society of Northwest Ohio will give an update on the retrieval and restoration of a 1936 aircraft that accompanied Admiral Richard Byrd to the Antarctic in 1941. 

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Bluffton Arbor Day celebration April 27

Bluffton will celebrate Arbor Day at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Bluffton Arboretum on Lake Street.

The local Girl Scouts Troop will be performing an interactive drama, based on Dr. Suess's "The Lorax."  Participants will also be able to take part in a short meditation session on nature.

Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free.

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