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Three Johnny Appleseed events in February

Nature Journaling

On Tues., Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m., the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District will offer Intro To Nature Journaling at the McElroy Environmental Education Center (2355 Ada Rd. Lima, OH). 

Nature journaling is a great way to be present in nature, appreciate and record it. Consisting of sketches, paintings, notes, and descriptions, nature journaling offers an opportunity to try to capture a moment and recall observations that otherwise would be forgotten. This session will offer a brief introduction and some tools to get you started. Register by Feb. 14 by calling 419-221-1232 or go to to register. Limited materials available for a $10 fee.


Reminder: Bluffton historical group organizing on Feb. 8

At 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, folks interested in creating a Bluffton history organization and museum will be meeting on the third floor of Town Hall, 154 N. Main. Coordinator Dan Groman is sending out reminders including:

- Come with some ideas of names for this organization

- Think about helping as an officer

- Bring ideas on chartering and getting established

Please forward this invitation to anyone else that is interested in creating a Bluffton area historical society and museum.


February 2 blood drive at Bluffton First Mennonite

Bluffton First Mennonite Church is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, February 2. Visit to schedule a donation time.


Bluffton Senior Center activities for February 2023

February calendar and link to newsletter below

The Bluffton Senior Center newsletter and calendar for February 2023 outlines the many activities available for members of the nonprofit center located at 132 N. Main St. 

This week, the center hosts a Community Meal at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2. Next Monday at noon, members are invited to a noon potluck with Brocolli Soup as the entree.


Hancock Park District hosts "Going Nuts: Open House" at Litzenberg Woods

FINDLAY--Mast producing trees, like walnut and hickory, were important to the McKinnis family and their neighbors. Not only was the wood used in many of their structures, the nuts of the black walnut, shagbark hickory, shellbark hickory, and butternut hickory were used in baking and making ink. Join Mrs. Boylan, a neighbor of the McKinnis family, in the kitchen as she shares samples of her walnut cookies and hickory nut bread to all who stop by.


Spring schedule for Freed Center for the Performing Arts

From our sister publication,

The Ohio Northern University dance company will present a spring dance concert titled IMPULSE featuring faculty, guest artists, and student choreographers.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023 | 2:00 p.m.

The full season of events at the Freed Center includes:

Anne of Green Gables: A New Musical
March 2-4, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
March 4-5, 2023 | 2:00 p.m.

Symphonic Band Concert
March 25, 2023 | 7:30 pm