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Combating Chemical Dependency – A Community Effort

Tonight, Dr. Brad Bundy (DO, Blanchard Valley Psychiatric Associates) will be a guest presenter for the Combating Chemical Dependence: A Community Effort series beginning at 6:00 p.m. in University of Findlay, College of Pharmacy, Davis Street Building, Room 102. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Dr. Bundy is an engaging presenter who will skillfully explain some of the medical and biological fundamentals of the brain which will greatly facilitate a better understanding of the complex interplay between neurology and addiction.

Retirement Announcement

“After nearly 15 years as the owner of DorAnne’s Gifts & Gourmet, I am announcing my retirement effective Friday, February 24th. THANK YOU, Findlay, for letting me serve your gift-giving needs for so many years!” – Doris Schumacher 60% off storewide through Feb. 24. Open Monday-Friday, 10-5 (Closed Sat & Sun).

Grease is the Word for 8th Annual Red Cross Gala

Hollywood comes to Hancock County on Saturday, February 25th, for the State Bank Oscar Night gala to benefit the American Red Cross of Hancock County. State Bank Oscar Night; Grease is the Word! will be held 7-11:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1050 Interstate West in Findlay. Upscale dining and desserts prepared by the area’s top chefs. Time Warp DJ Service. Live and silent auctions. All-inclusive tickets are $100 each, which includes dining and open bar. Tickets are limited and available at redcross.org/NCOhio, at the Hancock County Red Cross office, 125 Fair St. in Findlay or by calling 419.422.9322.

Community Gardens Applications Being Accepted

The Community Gardens of Hancock County is gearing up for its seventh year. The gardens are located at the Family Center, 1800 N. Blanchard St. and will have more than 60 plots available. The Community Gardens are open for anyone to apply, but low- to moderate-income families or those on assistance are especially encouraged to apply and will be given preference. Agencies, organizations, churches or youth groups that want to grow a plot and donate at least a portion of the produce to those serving food to insecure families may apply as well.Applications will be accepted through Feb. 28. Applications can be filled out online here.

HHWP CAC’s Micro Business Development Program Starting Soon

Recruitment is underway to enroll participants in the next Micro Business Development Program offered by the HHWP Community Action Commission. The program consists of 13 sessions held from 5:45-8:45 p.m. on Thursday beginning March 2, 2017. Each session will be held at the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, 123 E. Main Cross St., Findlay. The final session will be June 1, 2017. The program is designed for individuals interested in starting their own business, owners of existing businesses and others who just want to learn about business. The program fee is $100. Based on household income, participants may reduce their tuition to $25.  For more information and to enroll in the program, contact Tom Meyers, Micro Business Manager, at the HHWP Community Action Commission, 122 Jefferson St., Findlay, OH, (419) 423-3755, tmeyers@hhwpcac.com.

2017 Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care to be Held in Cincinnati

A keynote luncheon on Tuesday, March 28 will be held at Sharonville Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The luncheon will feature experts on sustainably-based Clinical Operation and Healthcare Leadership Sustainability Perspectives, plus a trade show with exhibitors focusing on the Healthcare Industry. To register and for more information, click here. The Symposium is sponsored by Heapy Engineering, Wright State University and UC Health.

Bluffton Public Library Announces February 2017 Programs and Services

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Upcoming Events at The Bourbon Affair

Live Music Saturday with Scott Adams on February 18 from 9-12 p.m.
Whiskey Tasting on February 28 from 6:30-9 p.m. Four tasting pours, four cocktails, and four food plates. Tickets are $40.

Upcoming Events at The Gathering

Fat Tuesday Celebration – Cocktails and bead throwing from the balcony of The Anvil, New Orleans special menu, and $1 off glass pour wine all evening.
Two-Year Anniversary Celebration – Gathering Wine will celebrate on March 4 with live entertainment, drink specials, a ribbon cutting and 50% off featured appetizer menu.

NAMI Upcoming Events

Out of the Shadows into a Starr on March 25, 2-8 p.m. at Glenwood Middle School – Free BBQ, entertainment from local country artist Aaron Daniels and talent show for the community. Bring mental illness out of the shadows and help support you local NAMI with a fun filled day for your family to come out and enjoy a free meal and enter the talent show. Cash prizes for 1st-3rd winners.
Color Me Happy Walk & 5K on May 20, 10 a.m. – Preregister for the race by May 5 to ensure a t-shirt. Registration begins at 9 a.m. race day. Five and under FREE, 6-17 $5 fee, and 18 and older, $35 registration fee. Zumba from Z-Pulse, plus a Kid Zone and Pet Zone.

Hancock Park District Events

Valentines at the McKinnis House: Open House – Visit the McKinnis House at Litzenberg Memorial Woods on Sunday, February 19 from 1 to 4 pm. to learn about the history of Valentine’s Day and what it was like in 1847.
Romance Among the Night Skies – A planetarium program that looks at love and romance among the constellations and planets will take place on Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. at Oakwoods Nature Preserve’s Discovery Center. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Free program. Register by Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Parking Spots Available in Downtown Findlay

The Family Offices of Gardner and Sons has parking spots available in Downtown Findlay. 13 spots available at the following rates: $50/month for 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and $75/month for 24/7 access (including during special events). For more information, contact kschnip@findlaygathering.com.

For Rent: 2 Downtown Commercial Spaces

1 is 1300 sq ft. The other is 1600 sq ft. Each includes four off-street parking spaces. Call 419.230.8020 to view or for more details.

Local Red Cross Volunteer Joining Louisiana Relief Effort

A local Red Cross disaster relief volunteer is joining the effort to help those affected by tornadoes that struck southeast Louisiana on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Karl Gingrich of Findlay will be serving as a Red Cross Staff Services Supervisor, overseeing the deployment of Red Cross workers responding to the disaster.

John and Tamara Luchini Fund for the Performing Arts Announced

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the John and Tamara Luchini Fun for the Performing Arts. An amateur thespian and life-long musician, John Luchini was an avid supporter of performing arts, including theater, musicals, and opera during his lifetime. Upon his death, St. Wendelin created the John Luchini Drama Award in his memory. The award honors two St. Wendelin seniors who have made significant contributions to the drama program. For additional information about The Community Foundation and its funds, visit www.community-foundation.com or call 419.425.1100.

Garner Trucking Named 2017 Best Fleets to Drive For

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge have named Garner Trucking as a 2017 Top 20 Best Fleets to Drive For. The 20 for-hire trucking companies from across North America are being recognized for providing exemplary work environments for their professional truck drivers and employees.

BVHS Awarded Grant to Fund Around the Clock Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Services

Blanchard Valley Health System has been awarded a grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to support sexual assault victim assistance services available to the community. The grant, which totaled $192,880.58, will be used to support a part-time sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) coordinator position, SANE nurse training, medical equipment, and 24-7 SANE nurse coverage at BVHS.

Tony Robbins Partners with OsteoStrong

Entrepreneur, author and self-help guru Tony Robbins is also known for his dedication to fitness. Tony has been a long-time user of osteogenic loading, and is now a partner with OsteoStrong. In addition to making a commitment to help grow the brand, he has contracted to open three OsteoStrong facilities of his own. The first OsteoStrong center in the Findlay area is located at 655 Fox Run Road, Suite E, just off Bright Road. You can call them at 419.581.5632 to schedule your first of 2 free sessions, which includes a complimentary HydroMassage. If you are searching for a natural way to stop and reverse bone loss, or increase your strength exponentially, OsteoStrong is the answer. You can learn more about OsteoStrong, view members’ testimonials and schedule your complimentary session at http://www.osteostrongfindlay.com.

Why is Shirley’s right for your next fundraiser?

Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn of Findlay offers a tasty and popular way to raise funds for youth groups, sports teams, class trips and many other groups. Fundraising margins range from 35% to 50% and include a variety of flavors as well as refillable tins. For more details, stop by our Findlay store at 1042 Interstate Court (behind Cracker Barrel) or call Tracy at 419.422.2676.

Make your next corporate event FUN at the Roller Coaster Capital of theWorld!

From 71 rides to 17 roller coasters, 3 kids areas and award winning entertainment, Cedar Point has something for everyone and every age. Create your event, your way but let us help you along the way. Email Scott Pisano at spisano@cedarpoint.com or visit www.cedarpoint.com/group-sales for more information.

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Winter Blues Fest

Alexandria’s will host Winter Blues Fest in its Findlay Room on Friday, February 17 beginning at 9 p.m. and on Saturday, February 18, beginning at 7 p.m. The Buzzard Blues Project will open for Josh Garrett each night. $5 at the door, $150/night for a table that seats up to 10 or $250/both nights. Call 419.424.5750 or visit 132 E. Crawford, Findlay for tickets.

Findlay Mom Prom to Benefit Awakening Minds Art

Join the fun with Nashville Crush at the Findlay Elks Lodge on February 18th for Mom Prom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $30 admission included appetizers and some boot kickin’ fun you won’t find anywhere else! This event is for both women and men, adults only. Attire is of your choosing – however, prom themed attire paired with your cowboy boots is encouraged! Get tickets.

Clergy Tax Assistance Day

Winebrenner Theological Seminary is holding a “Clergy Tax Assistance Day” on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Anyone having ministry-related tax questions is invited to schedule an appointment with our guest accountant, Robin Ridge, CPA and President of “Ridge & Company” of Findlay, OH. Fifteen-minute appointment time slots are available beginning at 9:00am and ending at 3:00pm. To schedule your appointment, please contact Lisa Cross at 419-434-4208 or lcross@winebrenner.edu. Your consultation time is free, courtesy of Robin Ridge and Winebrenner.

Author Sean Covey to Visit Hancock County

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by the late Stephen R. Covey, has been chosen as the featured book for the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library’s 2017 CommunityREAD. Accompanying YouthREAD titles are “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teams” and “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids,” by Sean Covey. Sean Covey will visit Hancock County on Thursday, March 16, during CommunityREAD month for a public presentation at 7 p.m. at the Marathon Center. This year’s selection is part of a unique partnership between the library, Raise the Bar Hancock County, and city and county schools to bring the concepts of the 7 Habits family of books to Findlay and Hancock County. Copies of the books are available for loan at the library. Tickets for the Sean Covey event are available at www.marathoncenterarts.org.

Free Tax Preparation Appointments to Serve Eligible Hancock County Residents

For the ninth year in a row, United Way of Hancock County is partnering with local businesses to offer free tax preparation services on various dates at locations throughout the community. Free tax preparation services are for individuals who made up to $65,000 and families who made up to $95,000 in 2016. To schedule an appointment at the Findlay-Hancock County Library or Millstream Career Center, callers should dial 2-1-1, or dial 1.800.650.HELP(4357). Individuals interested in being trained to become an OBB volunteer tax counselor should visit http://support.ohiobenefits.org/taxes.html#training  for online training. Upon completion of the training, volunteers can contact Pam Zimmerly at the HHWP CAC to be scheduled to volunteer. She can be reached at pzimmerly@hhwpcac.com or by calling 419-423-3755 extension 206.

Taxes can also be filed electronically at http://unitedway.org/myfreetaxes.

Hancock Saves Announces Partnership to Bring SaveYourRefund Campaign to Hancock County

In the 2017 tax season, the SaveYourRefund program will once again offer tax filers in Hancock County and across the country the chance to win cash prizes for saving a portion of their tax refunds. Assistance and information will be available online at www.saveyourrefund.com.

Entertainment at The Anvil

Every Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m. to midnight, offering 126 whiskeys, 14 tap beers, and always FREE FOOD during performances. Upcoming performances by: Scott Duress, Feb. 3; Kevin Cullen, Feb. 4; David T. Lester, Feb. 10; Jason Quick, Feb. 11; Eddie Molina, Feb. 17; Slim, Feb. 18; Violet Vinyl, Feb. 24; and Ben Barefoot, Feb. 25.

Upcoming Events at OsteoStrong

Find out what events are being held during February and March, like “Inks and Drinks” by clicking here.

Lowenoak Landscape Development Takes to Social Media Platform HOUZZ

As a sponsored professional on HOUZZ, a site and app used by more than 35 million users to update their homes from start to finish, Lowenoak is helping revolutionize the marketing efforts of landscape professionals and contractors alike. Growing their presence on the site, Lowenoak has found that their 3D design is setting themselves apart from competitors in the industry. Lowenoak uses the site to increase its exposure to homeowners needing services, on top of using it as a communication tool with clients throughout projects. Lowenoak Landscape on HOUZZ.com.

Local Red Cross Volunteer Joins Tornado Relief Effort

A local Red Cross disaster relief volunteer is joining the effort to help those affected by a series of deadly tornadoes in the South. Dr. Brandy Truelove of Vanlue will be serving as a Red Cross caseworker, helping families assess their needs and providing assistance, resources and referrals to aid their recovery. Truelove will be reporting to Red Cross operational headquarters in Hattiesburg, MS, and is assigned for a two-week deployment.

Garner Trucking Driver of the Year Selected to Serve on America’s Road Team

American Trucking Associations has named Gary Smith, Garner Trucking Driver of the Year (2015) as 1 of 20 professional drivers to the 2017-2018 America’s Road Team – an elite group of professionals who serve as trucking industry ambassadors.

The CaveMan has moved

The CaveMan Store has moved to Jeffery’s Antiques located at 11326 CR 99, Booth 323.

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Chamber Ambassador of the Year Chosen

Chelsea Steinman, Key Realty and Co-Chair of the Findlay·Hancock County

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