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Reflecting on the secrets of home disheveled home — by Mary Helen Darah

The holidays bring packaging exhaustion — by Rose Roccisano Barto

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Dave Reese has made a career out of raising trees, with help from his family — by David Coehrs

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Sagittarian kids are always happy if they are given space to do their own thing. They are very curious and the most creative sign of the zodiac. They have super imaginations and are content to build, cut, paste and make some of their own cards and paper necklaces. They are fascinated to hear about foreign countries and may try to dig a hole to China in the back yard. They love animals, especially horses. They seem to take on every challenge, which can be difficult for parents to understand. Parents should remember that the Sagittarius child resents strict time limits. Try to give them a 15-minute warning when meals will be served and before clean up and bed time. Often the Sagittarian child will spin a globe to find places around the world. Learning a second language (even sign language) is fun as long as they do not have to sit still for any length of time. They are extremely bright-eyed, friendly and creative. Encourage them to make their own Christmas cards and gifts.

sponsored by Representing Ohio After winning Miss Ohio in the National American Miss pageant, Zoey Gutierrez, age 6, headed to a national contest in California over Thanksgiving. She placed in the top 10 out of 82 contestants. Way to go, Zoey!

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Small town honors Findlay is among the finest communities in the state, declared officially by Ohio Magazine in the publication’s November issue, which designated our city a 2013 "Best Hometown," an honor shared this year with only four other cities statewide. The laurels didn't come as a total surprise to City Council President John Urbanski. He’s 35-year resident who brags about the small-town vibe, excellent schools, low crime, thriving downtown area, multitude of family-oriented activities and friendly, helpful people. "The community supports itself very well. The people care about each other," Urbanski said. "I feel very strongly about our community." Ohio Magazine's associate editor, Ilona Westfall, is impressed, too. She likes the city's Victorian-style homes, community spirit and bustling business environment. "There's a lot going on," she enthused. "The downtown really kind of clinched it." The Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau will host a future public event to accept a commemoration from the magazine’s representatives. CVB Director Angela Crist said event details will be forthcoming. To read more, visit ohiomagazine. com. —DC


Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but they can be priceless to those who can’t afford the luxury of a portrait sitting. The Findlay chapter of Help-Portrait, a community outreach organization, offers a free opportunity for a holiday portrait at its Winter Fest on Saturday, December 8, at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. It’s a chance for area photographers and other volunteers to pay it forward. At Winter Fest, visitors can be primped by a professional cosmetologist before posing for a free 8x10 portrait, courtesy of area visual artists. The fest will also offer guests free meals, donated clothing, care kits, children’s activities, live entertainment, and, yes, a chance to meet Santa Claus. The event is open to anyone experiencing economic hardship. Held each spring and winter at varying locations, and funded through private donations,

past events have attracted up to 700 families and 150 volunteers. “The whole vision is connecting the community back together and celebrating their lives and value,” Help-Portrait Director Nicholas Powell says. 10am-5pm, Winebrenner Theological Seminary, 950 N. Main St. For more information, call 419-701-4044 or visit Donations may be made to: Help-Portrait, 1112 Dalores Dr., Findlay, Ohio 45840. —DC

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On a mission

City Mission of Findlay is expanding, but the success of its capital campaign for the project depends on the community. Plans have been drafted and approved for a $2.7 million, 18,000 square-foot addition to the present location at 510 W. Main Cross St. that will allow for up to 80 beds for men, women and children, including family accommodations. The project also includes a 100seat dining room, offices, conference rooms and storage space. As the only homeless shelter available between Toledo and Lima, the 78-year-old non-denominational ministry is responding to a growing need in Hancock County and surrounding areas for a larger facility. “The need is what has motivated us to do this. We’re seeing larger numbers of homeless people, and have outgrown our building,” says executive director Daniel Hicks. In some cases, the shelter has resorted to providing sleeping mats or motel rooms for the overflow of clients. Funded throughout its history entirely by private, civic and business donations, City Mission assisted 352 people in 2011, about 70 percent from the Hancock County area. Almost half of them successfully transitioned to homes. Depending on the community’s response, City Mission hopes to break ground on the addition sometime in 2013. But Mr. Hicks says there’s a lot of money left to raise. “This is a very caring community, so I think we’ve been fortunate in that regard. It may just take some time.” —DC

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When the lights adorn the railroad tracks, Findlay knows the holidays have arrived. Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc.’s annual North Pole Express is one of the area’s best Christmas time rituals. The December train rides, which leave the station every 15 minutes, span a half-mile track and pass by an array of more than 40 decorated Christmas trees. There’s even a railroad gift shop to keep visitors warm between rides and allow them to shop for gift items and stocking stuffers. The North Pole Express will be open until Sunday, December 30, so families will have the chance to schedule a winter break excursion. Dress warm, as the passenger coaches are open on both sides to take in the holiday ambience. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Military personnel receive free admission. The North Pole Express is located at 11600 CR 99, off of exit 161 on I-75. The trains run Fridays, 5-9pm, Saturdays 5-8pm, and Sundays 5-8pm. 419-423-2995. —NA

Old-fashioned goodies

The Buggy Whip Bakery not only specializes in creative cakes for every occasion, but in old-fashioned goodies just like grandma used to bake. The family-owned and operated bakery recently opened a new location, managed by Jennifer Fulton, in downtown Findlay. Jennifer’s mom, Lois St. Clair, started Buggy Whip Bakery in 1995 using family recipes handed down through the generations. “My mother grew up on a farm near Pemberville with six sisters, where they grew their own food and baked everything from scratch,” says Jennifer. “I guess you could say baking is in our blood.” Lois whips up homemade cookies, pies, cupcakes, muffins, cakes, brownies, cinnamon rolls and other sweets in her Wayne, Ohio bakery, some from recipes dating back more than 100 years . These items are available at the Findlay location with the selection changing daily. “We use high quality ingredients and no preservatives,” said Jennifer. “Everyone who samples our goodies can taste the difference.” Jennifer specializes in cake decorating, creating from simple to elaborate designs to fit the mood of the event. “I’ve always been a creative person and cake decorating is my passion,” she said. Custom orders should be placed well in advance, especially during the holidays. Holiday hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 8am-3pm. Fridays, 8am-6pm and Saturdays, 9am-2pm. 111 E. Crawford St. 567-301-2203. —LWP

Let’s get physical

At Studio Fitness 72, exercise is personalized and private. Owner Mike Terrian, a licensed personal trainer for 16 years, created a non-intimidating environment so clients can focus on their workouts and not be distracted or feel self-conscious. “We’ve taken everything people didn’t like about gyms, and eliminated those elements,” he explains. “We’ve created a comfortable, almost homelike atmosphere.” Terrian customizes fitness programs for people of all ages and fitness levels. He’s committed to helping his clients achieve their goal, whether it’s losing weight, making the college sports team, or just leading a healthier lifestyle. Studio Fitness 72 offers personal training, group training, Yoga, Hot Yoga and Zumba classes, and a limited number of gym memberships. The limited number of memberships helps to ensure client safety and privacy. Members have access to the facility from 4 am to 10 pm, seven days a week. 121 East Crawford Street; 419-348-0710; —LWP • December 2012 •



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Warming hearts and bodies

Skate away the winter blahs

Would you rather your teen post on Facebook or have a blast with friends in real life? Sit in front of a gaming screen or glide across the ice? Ice skating is a classic pastime that combats winter boredom and gets teens moving and socializing. The Cube in Findlay is a popular hangout for the teenage crowd with a public skate — complete with pop music and strobe lights — every Friday and Saturday, from 8 to 11 p.m. For teens who want to learn how to ice skate or improve their technique, the Cube offers skate lessons. The lessons, taught by instructors certified by the Ice Skating Institute, are geared toward ages 5 to adult and every skill level from beginning to advanced. The five-class sessions cost $25 per student, including instruction, skate rental and, when available, admission to public skating immediately following each lesson. Upcoming opportunities for instruction include Session 3, December 15 and 22 and January 5, 12 and 19; a Holiday Session during the school break, December 26 through 30; and Session 4, January 26, February 2 and 23 and March 2 and 9. For more information or to register, visit or call 419-423-8533. —LWP

For 25 years, Coats for Christmas of Hancock County has warmed hearts and bodies by distributing winter coats to people in need. Paul Kramer, local entrepreneur and owner of City Dry Cleaning, started the service project in 1987 and it has grown to involve thousands of donations and hundreds of volunteers. The collection of new and gently-used coats took place in November, but many volunteer opportunities still exist for people 14 years of age and older. Volunteers can hang and load coats at the City Dry Cleaning industrial facility, 1800 Westfield Drive, from 4-5:30 pm., Monday, December 3 through Thursday, December 6. Also, volunteers can help organize, sort and hang coats at Glenwood Middle School gymnasium on Friday, December 7 from 5-7 pm. Shopper helpers can assist people in selecting coats at the gym, Saturday, December 8 from 8:30-11am; 11am-1pm; or 1-3 pm; or Sunday, December 9 from 1-3pm. Volunteers are needed to tear down on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 3-4pm. “Volunteering is a wake-up call for many teens, providing them with a glimpse into the lives of many less fortunate individuals right here in their own community,” said Sheri Murphy, Hancock Youth Leadership Program Director. For more information, visit To volunteer, call “211” or email —LWP • December 2012 •


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Rick & Carl’s Christmas Trees

Through December 20354 N. Dixie Highway, Bowling Green 419-409-0252 Explore a Christmas-time forest of thousands of trees, from Scotch Pine to Douglas Fir. A saw and sled will be provided for those who want to cut down their own tree, and fresh pre-cut trees are also available. Sugar cookies, wreathes, and garlands are available too! Weekdays noon-dark, Saturday 10am-dark, Sunday 11am-dark.

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Saturday, December 1 Waldo Pepper’s / 411 S. Main St. 419-302-3892 / Stumped for a Christmas present? You might find just the right thing at AMA’s second annual fundraiser, which will include an art auction and sale. Artwork is done by clients of Awakening Minds, which provides therapeutic experiences for individuals with special needs. 7-10pm. $10. Saturday, December 1 Knights of Columbus Hall 701 W. Main Cross St. The Mothers & More Third Annual Holiday Shopping Event features 30 booths filled with toys, food gifts, jewelry, vintage costume jewelry, spa products, handmade items, Scentsy, paper crafts, home décor and more. 9am-2pm. Free entry. 10

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Through Saturday, December 22 Kaleidoscope Farms 14841 CR 54, Mt. Cory / 419-722-1154 Pick a tree from 10 varieties and bring it home to decorate. You can also get your picture taken with a reindeer if you bring your own camera, enjoy hot cider and peanuts, find the cool hiking trails and scavenger hunts, and enjoy a baby animal stable and horsedrawn wagon rides.10am-6pm Saturdays, 2pm Sundays, and 4-6pm weekdays through Saturday. Activities are free.

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Saturday, December 8 StoneBridge Church / 2111 Stonehedge Dr. 419-422-6862 / Nothing says Christmas like a church bazaar, and StoneBridge Church promises one of the bigger events. American Girl doll clothes, cookies by the pound and gift baskets are just some of the items available for Christmas shopping. Lunch will be served from 11am-1pm. Free admission.

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Saturday, December 1 Central Auditorium / 200 W. Main Cross St. 419-422-3412 / A new vision of the Christmas classic “The Nutcracker” will dance its way into Findlay for the first time in 10 years. Come see more than 40 local dancers and professionals from Neos Dance Theatre present the classic holiday ballet with a uniquely local twist. 2pm. $15 students, $25 adults, $23 seniors in advance; $30 at the door.


Fort Findlay Playhouse Saturday, December 1 to Sunday December 16 300 W. Sandusky St. 419-422-3412 / You’ve never experienced a holiday musical quite like this one. Go behind the scenes and watch the wacky Little Sisters of Hoboken put on a holiday show for public access television, straight from their convent basement studio, culminating in a wild spoof of the classic Nutcracker ballet. Show times are Saturday and Sunday December 1 and 2; Thursday, December 6 thru Sunday, December 9; Thursday, December 13 thru Sunday, December 16. 8pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 5pm Sundays. $15.

Tuba Christmas

Sunday, December 2 Ritz Theatre / 30 South Washington St., Tiffin 419-448-8544 / Check out Heidelberg University’s Tuba Christmas, part of an international movement honoring the tuba and euphonium, instruments not often given a place of honor in ensembles. But here, you can listen to holiday classics written and arranged for those instruments. 6pm. Free.


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Sunday, December 9 Founders Hall, Bluffton University 1 University Drive, Bluffton 419-358-3000 / Hallelujah! Community members and students join in the 117th performance of the holiday classic. That many years — and that many voices — can’t be wrong. 4pm. Free.

Osmonds Christmas Show

Wednesday, December 12 Ritz Theatre / 30 South Washington St., Tiffin 419-448-8544 / Before there was Justin Bieber, there were the Osmonds. Merrill, Jay and Jimmy come together to create Osmond Brother memories and spread holiday cheer with classic songs. The brothers have been performing worldwide for almost 50 years, breaking records and warming hearts with their close harmonies and smooth voices. 7:30pm. $65, $50, $35, $20.

Silver Blades Christmas Exhibition

Thursday, December 20 The CUBE / 3420 N. Main St. 419-424-7176 / Silver Bells … no wait, it’s Silver Blades! Come enjoy some of the finest skaters in the area as they present an exhibition featuring routines they’ve worked hard to perfect. Performances will vary from solo to group routines, and include a holiday surprise or two. Skaters range in age from 5 to 18. 6-8:30pm. Free.

Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, December 22 Ritz Theatre / 30 South Washington St., Tiffin 419-448-8544 / ‘Tis the season to fill your hearts with medleys of familiar holiday tunes, expressive musical selections and sing-along classics. Conductor Jeffrey Pollack will lead the orchestra in a tuneful holiday in keeping with the orchestra’s 68th season. 7:30pm. $50, $35, $25, $15.

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Weekends thru Sunday, December 30. Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc. 11600 County Rd. 99 419-423-2995 / Take a ride on a quarter-scale North Pole Express train that will take young and old through a track decorated with sparkling lights and holiday decorations. Warm up inside with a cup of

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Charlotte Haase, 8 months, of Findlay hot chocolate, fresh-popped corn and other goodies. The train runs twice around a halfmile track, and departs every 15 minutes. Fridays 6-9pm, Saturdays 5-9pm, Sundays 5-8pm. $2 adults, $1 children under 12.

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Ongoing through Monday, December 31 Toledo Zoo 2 Hippo Way (off Anthony Wayne Trail), Toledo 419-385-4040 / During the holiday season, the Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland. The Lights Before Christmas holiday event features over one million lights, over 200 images of some of your favorite animals, ice-carving demonstrations on Thursday evenings, carolers, holiday treats, the Swanton Area Railroad Club’s model trains, and visits with Santa in the Indoor Theatre. The event is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 3-8pm Sundays thru Thursdays 3-8pm; Fridays and Saturdays 3-9pm. Adults (age 12-59): $12; Seniors (age 60+): $9; Children (age 2-11): $9; Children under age 2: free. Additional charges may apply for some attractions.

Santa’s House/ Winterfest

Ongoing through December 17 St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church Welcome Center / 101 W. Sandusky St. (Welcome Center is on the Crawford St. side across from the Municipal Building) 419-422-4845 / It’s Christmas time in the city, or at least downtown, as Findlay continues a holiday tradition. This year Santa’s House is St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, where Santa and Mrs. Claus can’t wait to hear little ones’ holiday wishes. Every child receives a small gift bag and all are welcome to hot chocolate and cookies. Adults may bring cameras, but photos will also be available for purchase. 6-8pm every Monday and Friday. Free. continued on pg 12 • December 2012 •


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Tuesday, December 4 to Monday, December 24 Santa Land in front of Sears Findlay Village Mall /1800 Tiffin Ave. 419-423-8732 Santa will be there from 4-8pm Monday thru Thursday; noon-8pm Friday & Saturday; noon5pm Sundays thru Dec. 9. Starting Dec. 10, hours are noon-8pm Monday thru Saturday and noon-7pm Sunday. Santa will also be available 10am-5pm Monday, Dec. 24. On Tuesdays, pets can get their pictures taken with Santa, too! They must be Santa-friendly and leashed or carried. 6-8pm. No personal cameras permitted, but photos are available for purchase.

Visits From Santa

December 4 to December 12 Findlay Hancock County Public Library 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712 / Santa will appear at the library from 10:3011:30am on Tuesday December 4 & Thursday, December 6; 6:30-7:30pm Wednesday, December 12. Free.

Christmas Tea with Santa

Saturday, December 15 TRENDS!Too / 515 S. Main St. 419-672-0040 for reservations Crafts, games and breakfast are all part of the meet and greet with Santa himself. Ages 4 through 12. 9:30-11am. $10 per child.

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Friday, December 7 YMCA Downtown Branch 300 E. Lincoln St. 419-422-4424 / Enjoy some holiday cheer courtesy of the Findlay YMCA. Games, crafts, snacks and live entertainment will be featured, as well as a visit from Santa. 6-7:30pm. Free.

Holiday Princess Promenade

Saturday, December 22 TRENDS!Too / 515 S. Main St. 419-672-0040 for reservations What Christmas would be complete without a chance to show off your holiday dresses? Here’s the chance for princesses to debut their silver bells and sparkly shoes — and get their hair, makeup and nails done to boot! A craft, games and snacks are also provided. Ages 4 through 12. $14 per child.

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Saturday, December 1 TRENDS!Too / 515 S. Main St. 419-672-0040 for reservations Come to a Christmas craft event, just you and your favorite girls! All materials will be provided. 9-10:30am. $8.

Sleigh Ride and Cookie Decorating

Friday, December 21 TRENDS!Too / 515 S. Main St., Findlay 419-672-0040 for reservations Craft, games and cookie items provided for this outdoor event — so dress warmly! Who knows, you might get the chance to meet the most famous reindeer of all. Ages 7 through 12. 6-8pm. $12 per child.

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Tuesday, December 4 to Sunday, January 6 Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Spiegel Grove, Fremont 419-332-2081 / Come enjoy the beauty of Christmas past by observing the Hayes Train Special, an elaborate model train exhibit that includes miniature Victorian villages, ice skates and fireworks. Also part of the display is an exhibition of the snowflake art of Mary Graynier of Toledo. While you are there, check out the decked-out home and museum of Ohio native and 19th President of the United States Rutherford B. Hayes. Admission to train exhibit included with museum admission. Tuesdays through Saturdays 9am-5pm; Sundays noon-5pm. Closed Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors over 60 & $3 children 6 thru 12.

Candlelight at the McKinnis House

Saturday, December 8 Liztenberg Memorial Woods 6100 U.S. 224 419-425-7275 / Join the 1840s McKinnis family and friends for a fireside visit and find out why they will or won’t be celebrating the upcoming holidays. The program offers a glimpse of pioneer living by candlelight — before iPhones! 6-9pm. Free.

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas screening

Sunday, December 9 TRENDS!Too / 515 S. Main St. 419-672-0040 for reservations He’s a mean one … but you don’t have to be! Let your kids watch a movie while you shop downtown without them. A craft and snack round out the fun afternoon. Ages 5-12. 1-3pm. $7.

Holiday Shop and Drop Workshop

Saturday, December 15 & Saturday, December 22 Imagination Station / 1 Discovery Way (at Summit & Adams streets), Toledo 419-244-2674 Having a hard time getting your holiday shopping done with your kids in tow? Drop them off at Imagination Station for an afternoon of awesome science fun while you finish! While here, they’ll participate in a series of cool science activities, watch a demonstration, take a ride in the Simulator Theater, snack on delicious liquid nitrogen ice cream and even make a special gift to give the holidays, wrapped and ready to place under the tree! 10am-1pm. Grades 1 thru 7. $12 members, $14 non-members and RSVP is required.

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Saturday, December 1 Findlay Hancock County Public Library 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712 / Get your fill of Tim Allen and other notable actors in the role of Santa with the library’s holiday movie series Saturdays during the month


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of December. The film for December 1st is The Santa Clause. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 1:30pm. Free, but admission tickets are necessary from the Children’s Desk.

The Santa Clause 2

Saturday, December 8 Findlay Hancock County Public Library 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712 / The library’s holiday movie series will feature the Santa Clause 2. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 1:30pm. Free, but admission tickets are necessary from the Children’s Desk.

The Santa Clause 3

Saturday, December 15 Findlay Hancock County Public Library 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712 / The library’s holiday movie series will feature the Santa Clause 3. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 1:30pm. Free, but admission tickets are necessary from the Children’s Desk.

Fred Claus

Saturday, December 22 Findlay Hancock County Public Library 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712 / Schedule a fun winter break outing with the library’s holiday movie series, which features Fred Claus. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 1:30pm. Free, but admission tickets are necessary from the Children’s Desk.

Beethoven’s christmas adventure

Saturday, December 29 Findlay Hancock County Public Library 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712 / Schedule a fun winter break outing with the library’s holiday movie series, which features Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 1:30pm. Free, but admission tickets are necessary from the Children’s Desk.

Christmas Cartoons

Fridays through December 21 Findlay Hancock County Public Library 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712 / Take a break with your children and enjoy a half-hour of short holiday cartoons at the library. Pick up free admission tickets at the Children’s Desk the morning of the show. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 10:30-11am. Free.

Frosty Movie Night

Friday, December 14 TRENDS!Too / 515 S. Main St. 419-672-0040 for reservations Still need some time to shop? Here is your chance, and keep the kids busy with a craft and snack, too. Ages 5-12. 6:30-8pm. $7.

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The giving tree

Families count the traditional — and atypical — ways they get in the holiday spirit By Rose Roccisano Barto

Kellie Hardwick and her family always have two extra people on their gift-giving list. They don’t know who they are, but they are always a boy and a girl. Sometimes they’ll ask for a winter coat, sometimes a Barbie doll. But the wishes are simple, and Kellie and Larry Hardwick are happy to oblige. The recipients’ wish lists are found on a giving tree located at the Clyde Findlay Area Credit Union, and for the last 10 years the Hardwicks have helped make the holidays a little brighter for two local children. “I feel bad for the kids who don’t have anything at holiday time,” says Kellie. “This is something I want my kids to grow up and do with their own kids. It makes them be better people, to have that giving heart that not everybody has anymore.” The tradition started when daughter Kaitlyn, now 11, was about one year old. Since then, son Jack, now 15 and Kaitlyn have each picked a wish list off the tree and shopped for the items. One year one of the cards stated that the little boy wanted socks, a coat and anything that had Spiderman on it. “It absolutely boggled my mind — they were such simple requests,” she says. The Hardwicks wrap the gifts and deliver them to the credit union, which then disperses them. Every year, the family waits for the tree to go up so they can shop for some special wishes. “It’s just our way of giving back,” she says.

The giving family — Kellie and Larry Hardwick with children Kaitlyn & Jack

Ringing the bell for a good cause On any given day before Christmas, the families of Pat Watkins and Sheila Huber can be found ringing a bell at Salvation Army kettles around town. Whether it’s snowing, sleeting or cold, they are two of many families who help the Salvation Army make Christmas possible for needy families in Hancock County. “We know there is an increased need in the community and families who struggle around the holiday time,” says Sheila Huber. “We feel we need to give back.” Huber – along with her husband, Bob, and teen daughters Catie and Nikki – has been a bell ringer for more than 10 years. The family originally pitched in because Bob was on the Salvation Army board of directors, but it quickly became a family tradition. Some days, depending on the weather, they wear long underwear and take turns stepping into the stores to warm up. They have been told they are enthusiastic bell ringers. “Sometimes the bell gets loud, but the louder the better,” she says. “We’ve had people tell us they can hear it down the block.” Pat Watkins and her family – husband Murray, adult sons Landon and Mason and teen daughter Taylor – started helping the Salvation Army when the older children were in elementary school. “It’s nice to do something, instead of just giving money, but I do that, too,” says Watkins, whose family belts out Christmas carols while wearing Santa hats, antlers and other Christmas garb. “Christmas just wouldn’t be complete without it.”

The Smiths, from left, standing Jonah, John Paul, Luke, Dominic, Elizabeth and Drew. Front row, sitting: dad Morgan, Caitlin, Benjamin, and mom Darcy

Family matters For Darcy and Morgan Smith, the time leading up to Christmas is nearly as important as the day itself. The Smiths, with eight children ranging in age from 1 to 12, face the same dilemma all parents do in making sure Christmas does not turn into a greedy free-for-all. To counter Christmas commercialism, they take advantage of their Roman Catholic faith and use Advent — the time before Christmas — as a way to prepare their family for a meaningful December 25. One way they observe Advent is by participating in Las Posadas through St. Michael The Archangel Parish. The nine-day celebration mimics the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter on that fateful night, and those participating go to a different home each night for song and fellowship. “The kids love it. If it were up to them we’d go every night,” says Darcy, of Findlay. “But it’s more than just the Posadas. It’s general Advent preparation, rather than a mad rush for gifts.” The Smiths also set up their Christmas tree the first Sunday in Advent, bare except for lights and pink and purple ornament balls, which represent the special colors of the Advent candles. On Christmas Eve, the star goes atop the tree and they attend the children’s liturgy, finish decorating and — in a fun twist — order Chinese food. “We want to focus on preparing ourselves for Jesus, and to be able to say ‘I’m ready to meet Jesus’,” she says. “I’m ready to open my present, too, but I’m also ready to meet Jesus and welcome him into the world.”

Holiday do-gooders Murray, Landon, Pat, Taylor, and Mason Watkins • December 2012 • Siblings Casey, Jessica and Sara and their mother, Pian Wong, add a dose of Chinese tradition


Under the tree ... When they tear off the gift wrap, make sure they’re reactions are YouTube-worthy

WISH LIST Everything and more

A wheel old-fashioned holiday

Why make the hard decisions? The Findlay Village Mall has everything the people you care about are looking for, all in one location. Get a gift card and they can pick out whatever they’ve been craving all year long, or if you relish the holiday hustle-and-bustle, stop in yourself and pick out the perfect gift.

You know that Dad’s the hardest one to shop for. You know he doesn’t need one more tie. But what if you got him something from a place he actually likes? Cooper Service has the tires, accessories and knowledge that the real car lover is looking for. They’ve got custom wheels, too. Wouldn’t those look pretty slick in the driveway on Christmas morning? Cooper Service 401 E. Main Cross St. 419-422-2389

Findlay Village Mall 1800 Tiffin Ave. 419-423-8732

Style star Custom order gorgeous threads for your fashion princess from Kiya Papaya boutique. Or, visit its sister store, Handmade Home, for a totally unique gift for all those interior decorator types you know. Kiya Papaya & Handmade Home 404 S. Main St. Facebook page: Kiya Papaya Boutique


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Get your fill Plan the perfect holiday party with the perfect soups and sandwiches from the Main Street Deli. The Pumpkin Apple Bisque will make any group of guests happy. Or if you’ve got stockings to stuff, give the gift of lunch! A gift certificate from Main Street will satisfy anyone’s sandwich cravings. Main Street Deli 513 Main St. 419-425-3354

Christmas calling Give the gift of communication with phones and accessories from Wholesale Cellular. They’ve got prepaid plans from AT&T, Boost Mobile, Verizon, T Mobile and more, with all the latest and coolest phones to satisfy your gadget-loving friends and family. And pick up some slick cases and chargers to fill out those stockings. Wholesale Cellular 408 Tiffin Ave. 567-525-4228

String it up Create a gorgeous bracelet with gold, copper, or silver, then embellish with Swarovski crystals. (It’s the kind of gift that’s hard to give away — we’ll be making a bracelet to keep for ourselves, too!) Or, sign the crafty person in your life up for affordable classes — Ju Ju Beadz teaches skills from basic beading, metal smithing and bead stitching. Ju Ju Beadz 829 Tiffin Ave. 419-422-4444

Delicious desserts Gorgeous-looking sweets are a pleasure; having someone else bake them from scratch the way grandma used to is a luxury that everyone looks forward to receiving! Buggy Whip Bakery 111 E. Crawford St. 567-301-2203 • December 2012 •


don’t miss a beat It’s the heartbeat of your child in the womb, preserved electronically by My Little Me. The 3D ultrasound facility will take a sound recording of your child’s heartbeat and “surgically” implant it in a lovable teddy bear. Pressing on the bear’s “heart” will play the recording, and l et you hear the sound for memories that will last a lifetime. My Little Me 312 W. Dussel Dr, Maumee 419-794-7393 www.m y l i t t l e m e . n e t

Gifts with room to grow Make the holidays beautiful, with perfect arrangements from Primrose Flowers and Gifts. You can even get silk flowers to long outlast the season. Finish out your shopping with gorgeous fruit/gourmet gift baskets, or with all the stocking-stuffers you could need, from stuffed animals to chocolate to scented candles. Primrose 155 E. Main St., McComb 419-293-3125

A delicious dinner Give the gift of a night off from cooking dinner with a gift certificate for an authentic Lebanese meal, a healthy, and guilt-free break! Grape leaves and hummus, anyone? Cedar Valley Cafe 1132 Tiffin Ave. 419-425-8866

A sweet treat Iggy’s delicious frozen yogurt flavors, from double berry to nutter butter, are enough to flatter any sweet tooth (a gift card from them is the perfect stocking stuffer or office gift). And with the purchase of a $25 gift card, get $5 Iggy Bucks to spend on a future purchase! Iggy’s 2025 Tiffin Ave. 419-420-0095

Top-notch toys and more

You’re not raising kids who’d be happy with any old toys. Scoots has treasures with a unique flair, including eco-friendly gifts for boys and girls alike. Think arts and crafts supplies from beeswax crayons to tin can robot kits. Or decorate a dream nursery with the whimsical animal-themed artwork of brothers Ryan and Stephen Fowler. Scoots 206 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg 419-872-7517


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If these couch cushions could talk

Olivia measures her brother and Mother Mayhem’s godson Cam on the “See How We Grow” wall

Reflecting on the secrets of ‘home disheveled home’ By Mary Helen Darah

I had the pleasure of going to a Toledo Ballet performance called “If These Walls Could Dance,” where figures inspired by a mural in the Valentine Theater came to life and told their story. While the rest of the audience was enjoying the beauty of the moment, all I could think of was that I was thankful our “walls,” and for that matter our carpeting, furniture and assorted other inanimate objects at my home were keeping their mouths shut!

Hiding more than loose change

A couch that is now located in the girl’s “playroom” once resided in my childhood home. Thank God it’s not able to share the time that my college boyfriend and I would have scored a perfect 10 in a “couch high jump” when my Mom wandered into the family room unexpectedly. It didn’t rat us out after we leapt up and pretended to be looking for a missing contact lens. The carpeting in my house could write a tell-all novel. The family room flooring survived a geriatric Great Gram, a guinea pig who liked to go AWOL, three dogs including an alpha male with territory insecurities, and far too many teens (and the mess that comes with them) to count. The carpeting in my daughter’s room would keep any CSI agent busy for months. A crime lab would shake their heads as remnants of hair dye, nail polish, and an unspeakable substance from my ADULT child (yes, I know, major oxymoron but it applies) who found out that Big Macs and champagne are not a great combo. There is a crack in the tile from letting the girls stand on the tub ledge as I held them and proclaimed,

“Representing the United States she now will attempt a super jump.” I would then repeat it in my best French accent, have her wave to the crowd, lift her high and place her gently down into the bubble filled tub.

Wear, tear and lots of love

Don’t get me wrong, I do keep a clean house. However, we have chipped paint from furniture being moved in and out of college dorms and “upgrading” to a different room when a sister moves out. There is a great divide resulting from the question, “What time is it when multiple teens sit on a kitchen countertop?” (Answer: Time to get a new one!) We also have the names and heights of our children permanently written inside one of the doorways. Yes, I could paint over it, but it’s a constant reminder of how quickly they grow up. Although the Corgi, with two inch legs and “height issues” (according to a pet psychic we ran into at the park), has remained constant. This time of year, we moms cling to our sanity and self-esteem as images of perfect holiday homes in glossy magazines appear in our mailboxes. Looking around my humble abode, it would be easy to focus on the imperfections. Supporting my young women through life means fixing the cracks and replacing the old carpeting will just have to wait. I will have to add some ambiance by busting out the twinkle lights, the angel with the

broken wing and the plastic mistletoe (that better know the meaning of a “Vegas moment”) and our other “stuff” that thankfully only speaks to my heart. I know that Gram’s bent reindeer cookie cutter that turns out cookies that look more like large poodles, and some of my Pop’s ornaments that defy explanation, should find their way to the nearest hefty bag. I’m just not ready to let them go. They are reminders of the now missing generation that added to the history of this much “loved in” and “lived in” house. I guess our home mimics its occupants. We are at times “in repair,” but highly loved. • December 2012 •


Lugging home the trees, from left (above), Jeff and Matt Reese

Oh Christmas tree

Dave Reese has made a career out of raising trees, with help from his family By David J. Coehrs

Plastic (not so) fantastic Opening presents is fun for kids, but exhausting for adults By Rose Roccisano Barto Christmas is a time of joy and peace, right? Then you’ve obviously never tried to open the packaging encasing a Barbie doll, with sweet toddler breath on your neck and little eyes watching your every move and – unfortunately – hearing your every word. I often joke that I swear more trying to get out of the church parking lot on Sundays than I do all week. Opening up those blasted plastic packages at Christmas ranks a close second, for here is where your parenting badge is earned. It’s not so much assembling the toy — smart folks do it ahead of time and stick a big bow on it. It’s getting it out of the package in the first place. I’m not alone in suffering from what is called wrap rage. According to the American Dialect Society, it’s defined as the frustration one encounters trying to open factory packaging.   In 2007 the organization recognized the phrase as one of its “most useful.” The Consumer Product Safety Commission says such plastic packaging — commonly called “clamshell packing” – has caused more than 25,000 slicing and puncture injuries since 2004. According to CBC Marketplace and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 300,000 people go to emergency rooms each year thanks to trying to free holiday gifts. And, according to a poll by the Pennsylvania Medical Society, about 17 percent of Pennsylvanians experienced an injury or know someone who has while opening gifts. Laugh all you want. You obviously 18

haven’t tried to open a gift lately that is sealed in hard plastic with no obvious opening. Armed with scissors, a Swiss Army knife or a hacksaw, they are not easy to open. One year, Consumer Reports magazine gave an award for the worst plastic packaging to a cordless phone set that took 9 minutes and 22 seconds to open. Manufacturers started encasing products in plastic to help deter theft – it’s impossible to open the packages with bare hands, so there’s little worry that someone could filch the product and leave an undisturbed box behind. And while one might empathize with retailers, the Center for Retail Research found that much retail theft is done by store employees — accounting for 44 percent of all losses, compared to 35 percent from shoplifting. But where there is a problem, there is also an opportunity. Companies have invented special openers for the hermetically-sealed plastic packages. So far my husband and I have gutted it out with kitchen shears. Thankfully, that is all that has been gutted as we poke, pry and hack away. By the time Barbie breaks out of her plastic cell, we are ready for another round of coffee and a nap. So, armed with a sharp instrument, steady hands and surgical lighting, go forth and open those Christmas packages. But be careful out there. Or, better yet, open them before Christmas and stick them under a tree with a big bow. I won’t tell anyone, especially Santa Claus.

shearing, an arduous task Growing Christmas trees that makes for long hours. began as a learning experi“It’s very labor-intensive,” ence of sorts for Dave Reese’s says 64-year-old Dave, a sons. Twenty-three years retired vocational agribusilater, selecting just the right ness teacher for the Libertyone on the Reeses’ KaleidoBenton school district. “The scope Farms in Mt. Cory has bugs and the heat during become a traditional holiday summer are the worst.” rite for many residents in and He receives help from around the Findlay area. his sons, their wives and It’s also a family affair children, his mother, his fafor Dave and his wife, Jan, ther-in-law, and his brothwho take pride in the familyer-in-law, although all have owned and operated busiDave Reese careers of their own. The Reness. Everyone pitches in yearround to guarantee a great crop, and their eses also sell trees for home landscaping. But the farm does most of its business togetherness in the project is what he conduring several intense weekends in Desiders most important. “So far, this is a dream come true, and cember. That’s when Dave brings in adI hope and plan to keep it that way,” says ditional help to manage tree sales, run the Dave, the farm’s director. “We have strong gift shop, and oversee a nativity scene with live animals. And reindeer are still feafamily values. Together, we get it done.” The 24-acre farm fairly bulges during tured, although they are brought in only Yuletide with up to 5,000 salable trees in for the holiday. The only downside to the business pine, spruce and fir varieties. Some customers start their shopping early, tagging their Dave can identify is the family’s sacrifice of selections up to a month before Thanks- annual vacations in order to keep the trees giving. At a price range of $35 to $85, all flourishing. But while the lack of vacations receive fresh-cut trees raised through in- have kept them from creating some family tegrated pest management that eschews memories, Dave is pleased that they have pesticides, and in a foundation of clover to created others through the business, and helped the families who buy their Christassist healthy growth. The business started in 1983 as a way mas trees to create their own. Jeff Reese says the business will conto introduce the couple’s sons — Matt, Aaron, Jeff, and Jay — to the family’s agri- tinue into the family’s next generation, cultural background. Along the way, Dave if only to teach Dave’s grandchildren the wanted to instill in each boy a quality work same valuable work ethic he taught his ethic and the pride and value that comes sons. “It’s not easy work, but when you do it together and as a family it can be fun. We with accomplishment. In the beginning, the Reeses also raised want them to know what’s it’s like to do Dorset sheep, Pyrenees dogs, shiitake work that’s hard but satisfying,” he says. For Dave, much of the satisfacmushrooms and flowers along with their Christmas trees. For about a decade, they tion comes from meeting families in the kept reindeer. But the trees dominated the holiday spirit and contributing to their enterprise and became the main business. Yuletide joy. “I enjoy it a lot,” he said. Approximately 24,000 cover Kaleidoscope Kaleidoscope Farms is located off Interstate Farms, with more planted every year to re- 75 between Bluffton and Findlay, just east of State place those sold. Route 235. Open weekdays, 4-6pm, Saturdays, They’re tended to all year, especially 10am-6pm Sundays 2-6pm. Closed at noon during the summer , when all undergo Saturday, December 22.

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Hearty helping

Big taste and bigger portions at Steve’s Dakota Grill By Rose Roccisano Barto

lime pie, peanut butter cream pie or tiramisu for $2.69 each or $6.99 for the trio. We just couldn’t do it, even in a bitesized portion. It looked like the end of the dessert streak. Never fear, we came up with a solution. We ordered a piece of New York style cheesecake ($4.99) to go. It didn’t stay in the refrigerator at home for long, however. It was just as good as it would have been at the restaurant, and solved the dessert dilemma. So despite the best efforts of Steve’s Dakota Grill and its good food, we still had room for dessert — albeit later. Maybe next time we will eat dessert at the restaurant, and take home the entrees. We still have to try the Four Layer Carrot Cake, Chocolate Tower Cake and Steve’s Fudge Brownie.

Though known for their steak and seafood, a vegetarian can find satisfying options on the menu like the Mediterranean veggie wrap, above right

Steve’s Dakota Grill

1600 Broad Ave. 419-420-9394 Open Monday thru Thursday, 11am-10pm Friday and Saturday, 11am-11pm Sunday, 11am-9pm We finally found a restaurant in the Findlay area that nearly made us forget about dessert. Sweet endings are important in our family. We have been known to look at the dessert menu first and order accordingly, to make sure we save room for a treat. Steve’s Dakota Grill, at 1600 Broad Ave., almost broke our dessert track record thanks to its generous portions of hearty food. The first thing we noticed was the rustic hunting lodge décor — a natural for a restaurant that prides itself on grilled steaks. The second thing we noticed is that the hunting theme is carried throughout, including antler light fixtures and taxidermy on the wall. While this did not bother us, it could be unsettling for some. My girls barely noticed the decor, however, once they were presented with the menu. We decided to go for lunch, which has a slightly different menu than for dinner. The dinner menu includes more steak, prime rib and seafood offerings, while the lunch menu offers lighter fare. My almost-teenager ordered the golden fried chicken sandwich with fries ($6.99), my tween ordered the penne pasta with grilled shrimp ($8.99) and my husband

The Short Course:

Kid-friendly? Yes, includes paper tablecloths and crayons for drawing To avoid the wait: Consider off-peak times or lunch Bathroom amenities: Changing table in the women’s restroom High chairs? Yes Got milk? Yes, as well as pink lemonade, soda and chocolate milk Anything healthy for the kids? Fresh broccoli, vegetables and asparagus are on the sides menu Food allergy concerns? As always, ask

ordered the barbeque chicken sandwich with fries ($6.99). Even this vegetarian found a nice option on the menu, a Mediterranean veggie wrap for $6.99. Other lunch options, such as a range of salads, can be ordered either without meat or with meat on the side. We knew we were in trouble when we were presented with rolls topped with honey butter to munch on while waiting. Those weren’t even finished when we received our entrees, which included entire pickles, instead of just spears, with the sandwiches. The pickles were a preview of the rest of the servings— these portions were much bigger than we anticipated for lunch. “That’s a big chicken sandwich —it’s almost on the verge of being ridiculous,” said the almost-teenager. “You know you’re in for a good meal when you immediately figure out you are taking half of it home.” And take half home we did, but not before enjoying our sandwiches. Normally we share at restaurants — everyone who wants to gets a nibble off the plate next door. Not so here, where we each took a box home with at least part of our meal. We were satisfied with our plates, and were happy to have leftovers for dinner. Tinier tummies will be happy with the kids’ menu, which includes a junior burger, mac and cheese, chicken tenders, fish and chips, pizza or a hot dog ranging from $3.99 to $4.99. A big decision then needed to be made. We originally had eyed the offerings of individual dessert shots — key • December 2012 •


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2 SUNDAY Funday Sunday - Eek, there’s a mouse in my house! Hopefully not, but you want to know what to do just in case, so stop by the Mazza Museum for “The Mouse in My House” event, featuring author Paul Orchoski. 1:30-3:30pm. Free. Mazza Museum, Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, University of Findlay, 300 College St. 419-434-4560.

3 MONDAY Discovery Story: Life in the Evergreen Tree - Program includes a story, activities and a craft all about evergreen trees! Recommended for children three to six years old with an adult companion. Other age siblings welcome. 10am & 1pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419-4257275.

4 TUESDAY Work on Reading with Tango and Drysdale - Have fun reading with some furry friends. They love listening to stories! Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 6-7pm. Free. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway. 419-422-1712.


Farm Fun - Stories, songs and activities that focus on farming and agriculture. Presented by members of the Block and Bridle Club of the University of Findlay. No registration required. For ages 2-8 years old and their caregivers. 7:30-8pm. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712.

5 WEDNESDAY Hobbit Party - Come celebrate the release of this exciting movie. Games, snacks and a Hobbit craft. Best dressed hobbit will win a prize. Grades 6-12. 6-7pm. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-4221712.

6 THURSDAY Emergency Preparedness Class It seems like news coverage of one disaster is barely cold when confronted with another and yet another story of some kind of emergency situation, ranging from the fairly small to the utterly catastrophic. For those who are interested in taking a proactive approach in preparing for these situations, attend the Emergency Preparedness class. Topics include: safety, food, water, hygiene, financial, medical, pet and emotional preparedness. 6:308:15pm. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-4221712.

Thursday, December 20 Monday, December 24

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic

The pioneers of imagination at Disney are celebrating 100 years of magic with their latest ice spectacular! More than 60 of Disney’s unforgettable characters come to life to inspire and entertain. Everyone from Mickey Mouse to the Disney princesses will make an appearance on the ice, and exciting moments from loveable films (such as The Lion King, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story) will keep the entire family captivated. Thursday & Friday, 7pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1pm & 5pm; Monday, 1pm. $18.50-$57.75. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. 419-255-3300.

8 SATURDAY Pioneer Traditions Tea - Miss McKinnis welcomes you to her father’s home to learn about early pioneer holiday customs, hear live dulcimer music, drink hot tea and sample period tea bread. Participants are required to be 16 years old and up. Register by Wednesday, December 5. 1:30pm. $6. Litzenberg Memorial Woods, 6100 U.S. Route 224. 419-425-7275.

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10 MONDAY Wee Ones: Sleep - Program includes a story, activities and a craft. Recommended for children three years old and under with an adult companion. Other age siblings welcome. 10am & 1pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419-425-7275.

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Mom & Tot Skate, Bring the little ones to the Cube for open ice skating Monday-Friday. 10am-11am. $2 child/$3 adult skates included. The CUBE, 3430 N. Main St. 419-4247176.


Fall Story Time, Hear stories with songs and a simple craft. For all ages. 10:30-11:30am. Free. FindlayHancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St., Findlay. 419-422-1712.


Starflight First Grade Trail Starter, Camp Fire USA connects children and families with caring, trained adults in an intimate group atmosphere through our club programs. first and third Tuesdays. 3:30-4:30pm. $15. 733 Wyandot Street, Findlay. 419-422-5415.


Toddler Art Zone, Includes a story, art project and music. For ages one to four. 11:30am-12:15pm. $5-$10. YMCA, Downtown Branch, 300 E. Lincoln St., Findlay. 419-422-8249.

First and second Grade Art Classes, each month focuses on an element of design. Students will explore new art techniques and media. 4-5pm. $30 per month. Findlay Art League, 117 W. Crawford St., Findlay. 419-422-7847.


Jr. Teens in Action, This is for children grades six to eight. Curriculum is based on the Five Trails of Camp Fire USA. The Trail to Knowing Me. The Trail to Family and Community. The Trail to Creativity. The Trail to the Environment. The Trail to the Future. 5:30–6:30pm. Camp Fire USA, 305 W. Hardin St., Findlay. 419-422-5415.

12 WEDNESDAY Tales for Tots - Come learn all about the color red, one of the official colors of Christmas. Bring your sack lunch and enjoy storytime inside the nice, warm Mazza Museum. 11-11:30am. Free. University of Findlay Mazza Museum, 300 College St. 419-434-4560.

14 FRIDAY 1-2-3 Knit With Heather McDonnell Learn to Knit for ages 8-14. No experience needed. Registration required. Seating is limited. 4pm. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712.

16 SUNDAY Hands-On Nature: Weather - The weather is changing, so bring the family to find out more about it! There’re lots of experiments to investigate the wind, clouds and other phenomena. Also, do a take-home craft so you too predict the weather at home. 1-4pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419-425-7275.

17 MONDAY Grandma’s Yarn - K-6 and parents/ caregivers. Local author Waneta Cotner Worstine will read her book, Grandma’s Yarn, and do a follow up activity. 7pm. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712.

27 THURSDAY Teen Survival - Will you survive or thrive? Learn kitchen skills while creating a simple meal. Registration required. 10am1pm. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-4221712.

28 FRIDAY Full Cold Moon Hike & Planetarium Program - Spend part of the time inside the new planetarium, learning about the moon and winter constellations. Next hit the trails to look for the full moon outside. No fee, but register by Wednesday, December 26. 7pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Ln. 419-4257275. Teen Movie & Pajama Party - Get out of your house over Holiday break. Wear your pajamas and watch a teen friendly movie! It is a pajama party! Sign up at the Children’s desk or online. Parent permission form needs to be on file. 1-3pm. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-4221712.



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Blue Man Group - This blue-clad trio will thrill Toledo with a high-octane theatrical experience. Escape the ordinary and surround yourself in an explosion of comedy, music, and technology. This unique experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else; guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget! Tuesday-Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm & 7pm. $33-$68. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns. 419-3818851.

9 SUNDAY Fort Meigs Holiday Open House Celebrate the holidays as if you were part of the War of 1812. Soldiers and civilians dressed in period clothing will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions about the war and camp life.

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Enjoy holiday music, hot cider and cookies, and hands-on activities. Sunday from 1-4pm. $1. Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. 419-874-4121.

15 SATURDAY Toledo Walleye Vs. Evansville Icemen - Meet St. Nick himself! Santa will be on hand from 6-8pm for photos in the Main Concourse with a professional photographer and the Toledo Walleye will provide a FREE digital photo for all fans that meet Santa! 7pm. Ticket prices vary. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. 419-255-3300.

Nutcracker - The Toledo Ballet will be accompanied by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra to present the timeless holiday classic of a young girl and her magical nutcracker doll. Saturday at 2pm & 7pm; Sunday at 2pm. $21-$51. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419381-8851.

16 SUNDAY Toledo Walleye Vs. Florida Everblades - Meet St. Nick himself! Santa will be on hand from 4-6pm for photos in the Main Concourse with a professional photographer and the Toledo Walleye will provide a FREE digital photo for all fans that meet Santa! 5pm. Ticket prices vary. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. 419-255-3300.

The Original Harlem Globetrotters For the Globetrotters’ 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour, your family’s smiles will begin before you even get to the show. Fans will decide the rules for the game that could affect the final outcome. This could be anything from playing with two basketballs at once, to getting double the points for each basket made. Go online with your kids to vote for which ground-breaking rule you want to see implemented in the game. 2pm & 7pm. $19-$111.75. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. 419-255-3300.

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