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• July 2018 •

Volume 8 • Issue 7 • July 2018



Famil y e t i r o v a F

Eliminating Artificial Food Dyes

One family shares the health benefits

Family Favorites


The results are in!



Enjoy a romantic night with your love. Hilton Garden Inn is offering one couple the opportunity to be pampered with their Romance Package which includes a one night stay with rose petals in your room, a bottle of champagne (or house wine if preferred) and free breakfast. The giveaway also includes dinner for two at the Garden Grille & Bar!

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Making a Difference

Local mom positively impacts lives in Hancock County — by Jessica Kempf

Countering the negative perceptions of foster care

[Always online] Preparing for the surprises of motherhood




Preparing for the surprises of Mother hood



Local wom CESS en in business



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The Urban Market

The July heat is upon us and now is the time to update your summer look with some new sunglasses. For every pair purchased, DIFF Charitable eyewear donates a pair of reading glasses to those in need. DIFF makes quality designer sunglasses at a fraction of the cost of higherpriced luxury brands. The sunglasses are available at The Urban Market for $85 including a high-quality case and cleaning cloth. The Urban Market also offers home décor items, jewelry, and trendy women’s clothing at a great price. Check out their new store downtown or follow them on Facebook for more information. 419-771-7508, 624 S. Main St., “The Urban Market” on Facebook

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Rieck’s Gallery

Summertime is made for picnics, parks and pools, and you can prepare yourself for your next sunny outdoor adventure with PackIt freezable bags available at Rieck’s Gallery. These reusable and foldable bags keep food and drinks cold for hours without the need for ice packs. Rieck’s sells a variety of the lunch bags with trendy and simple designs for $22.95. Wine bags and picnic totes are also available so you and your family can enjoy a variety of cool treats on-the-go. 419-422-2862, 524 S. Main St.,

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Good news! A treat that’s nutritious, delicious and perfect for summer will likely be in your neighborhood soon. Follow “Kona Ice Findlay” on Facebook to find out where everyone’s favorite shaved ice truck will be next. Kona Ice is Smart Snack Approved and free of most allergens. Prices range from $3-5 and each customer gets to choose and pour their own fruity flavors from the side of the truck. With island tunes playing from Kona Ice vehicles, your tropical escape awaits!

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Findlay students surveyed to develop job search platform FHS Sophomores Selected as Delegates to 3-day Conference Findlay High School students Dominic Mora and Braden Richards, Jr. have been selected as Delegates of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, MA outside Boston this summer. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Mora and Richards were nominated by Dr. John C. Mather, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists to represent FHS based on academic achievement, leadership potential, and passion for science and technology. During the three-day Congress, Mora and Richards join students from across the country with Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners discussing leading scientific research and learning about cutting-edge advances and the future of science and technology. Richard Rossi, Executive Director of NAFST said, “Focused, bright and determined students like Braden and Dominic are our future and they deserve all the mentoring and guidance we can give them.”

Bluffton Ride to Remember 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the opening of Bluffton’s first bicycle path. To commemorate this occasion, Bluffton’s Lions Foundation held the first Bluffton Ride to Remember to raise money for a new bicycle path. Based on its success, the Lions Foundation has made it an annual event and it is now one of the Foundation’s key fundraising events for additional bike paths. The community is behind their effort with different organizations and individuals contributing to the Ride. More than 30 volunteers are on board for the 2018 Ride on July 14th. With some 250 riders expected with routes ranging from 2-112 miles, it’s a big project. Bluffton Pedestrian and Bike Pathway currently has 4 of 10 planned miles built. The pathway has provided improved access to the Riverbend and Parkview subdivisions, Maple Crest, Buckeye and Village Parks, Bluffton University Nature Preserve and restaurants and businesses on SR 103. In all, Bluffton has over 9 miles of paved, crushed aggregate, mulched and natural trails. For more information and to register visit and “Bluffton Ride to Remember - Ohio” on Facebook.


Findlay Family YMCA’s Brent Finlay Retires


Issue Date: Sep. 1st Reserve By: Aug 15th


The career insights platform, randrr, released the results of a new survey that found American students in elementary, middle and high school who are exposed to a limited number of career choices often pick aspirational careers such as a professional athlete or entertainer which sometimes lead to difficulty in determining realistic educational pursuits and, ultimately, discovering a profession they will be passionate about. “The data shows that people at a very young age set expectations around career choices, which change over time as they are exposed to new possibilities,” said Terry Terhark, a Findlay native and founder and CEO of randrr. “Exposing children to various types of work and careers can help them make the most of their education and find careers that they love. We don’t think this learning process ends. As adults, we need the same kind of exposure to information and insights that guide our career paths.” The findings are based on research results from Findlay students in 1st through 12th grades. This is the first in a series of surveys randrr will conduct with students in 2018 to better understand this problem and to use technology to provide transparency into the world of work for the next generation.

• July 2018 •

On May 31st Brent Finlay retired as president and CEO of the Findlay Family YMCA. Finlay joined the YMCA in December 2012. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with hundreds of volunteers all devoted to the mission and impact of the Findlay YMCA,” Finlay said. The YMCA board of directors is continues to search for a replacement for Finlay. Until a replacement is found Paul Worstell, former president of PRO-TEC and founder of Lead-Learn-Coach, LLC, has been named as interim executive director of the Findlay Family YMCA.

All American Rock House: A Place to Rock and Roll (Almost) All Night Long

With a deep pool of musical talent in Findlay, enjoying live music is readily available. Now, All American Rock House offers a steady lineup of live – and often loud – musical entertainment. Open earlier this year, the venue has already hosted local favorites like Nashville Crush as well as nationally-recognized bands like Puddle of Mudd and Fuel. On Tiffin Ave. next to Goodwill, All American Rock House replaces the Yucatan Liquor Stand and brings some serious hard rock and country fun to Findlay. In July, All American Music House will host the three-day Keith Anderson Blue Collar Country Weekend featuring Josh Melton, Keith Anderson and the Riverbend Band. For a more alt-rock feel, Soul Asylum takes the stage in late July. Ticket prices vary by show. Check out the lineup and purchase tickets at -BWM Thursday-Saturday 8pm-2:30am, 1851 Tiffin Ave., 567-525-3333,, “All American Rock House” on Facebook

Charming Finds Moves

At Charming Finds you can find a little bit of everything for the home, whether you’d like to redecorate, find a gift or something fun for yourself or even learn the art of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. Earlier this year, Charming Finds moved out to a larger building on State Route 12 and updated their logo and sign to “Charming Finds Interiors.” Still offering the same great refurbished furniture, unique gifts and décor as well as classes, Charming Finds also participates in fundraisers and have made appearances at craft shows. Along with their new location, Charming Finds added Loyalty Program: After you purchase 10 quarts of Chalk Paint® paint you will receive the 11th for FREE! -ER Monday-Thursday 11am-5pm, 1st Saturday of the month 10am-12pm, 16280 E. State Rt. 12, 567-301-2396,, “Charming Finds Boutique” on Facebook

Painters’ Pottery is Back

After closing their Tiffin Ave. studio in 2009, Painters’ Pottery is back with a new downtown location behind Findlay Wine Merchant and across from Journey Salon and Day Spa. With a Grand Re-Opening Celebration in April, this family-friendly paint your own pottery studio has a large selection of pottery pieces available to purchase and paint. Each piece of pottery is priced between $4 and $50, which includes studio time, paint, glaze and firing. Painters’ Pottery offers the opportunity to make a memory that your whole family can be a part of! -JK Thursday 4-8pm, Friday 12-midnight (adults only after 9pm), Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 1-6pm, 540 S. Main St. Suite E, 567-294-4680,, “ Painter’s Pottery” on Facebook

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• July 2018 •

Summer vacation for teens usually means hanging out with friends, spending time outdoors and taking a break from work. One local student spends her summer doing something very different. Annalyse Dissinger, daughter of Dave and Adrianne Dissinger of Findlay, changed her summer plans when she and her mother were asked to do some sewing for a program designed to help women at risk, making clothing for an organization called Dress a Girl Around the World. Providing dresses to girls in need, many who have never had new clothing, each dress takes a minimum of three hours of work. In addition to a special label that identifies the dress, the garment is hand delivered to each recipient. Annalyse says “a transformation takes place,” not only do the girls receive something new to wear, they gain confidence and self-esteem. The dresses serve as an important symbol that the girls are cared for and can be a deterrent to predators. Annalyse was so taken with the program, she wanted to do more. Setting (and meeting) big goals At the beginning of her summer break in 2016, Annalyse planned to create 25 dresses to donate, but that number grew. Her days were filled with the routine of waking up, sew, eat, sew and go to bed. Her friends would contact her to do things, but she usually told them she was too busy. At the end of the summer, she had reached her goal of 100 dresses. Over the past two years, Dissinger and her mother have organized about 100 volunteers during four community sewing days and inspired fellow members of a fashion board to implement sewing days of their own. To date, Annalyse and Adrianne have made 250 dresses themselves.

Making an impact Dissinger, who will be a senior this fall at Sugar Maple Lane Christian Academy and also takes college classes at Owens Community College, was nominated by her English Professor, Tim Rice, for the Board of Trustees’ Extraordinary Community Engagement and Volunteerism award. Rice said after Annalyse won the award, “I nominated (her) for the award because I was touched by her willingness to assist others less fortunate than herself. She epitomizes the notion of community service that is often lacking in society.”

Dissinger delivering dresses to an orphanage in Haiti in 2017 Dissinger and her mother personally delivered 25 dresses to an orphanage in Haiti late last year. The experience sparked two more interests in the teen: she is considering studying education and possibly teaching in Haiti, and she has begun making and selling headbands as an ongoing fundraiser for that orphanage.

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Local church offers Special Needs Play Time By Beth Richards

If you’re looking for a chance to meet other families, socialize and let the kids burn off some extra energy, Trinity Lutheran Church at 935 West Bigelow Ave. in Findlay is hosts opportunities for inside fun this summer. Open Gym for Special Needs Play Time is a group for families of children with special needs and meets every Tuesday from 1-2:30pm through August 7th. The Open Gym is a Trinity Lutheran ministry designed to address the need for physical activity during the summer for the local special needs community. An ongoing program Christy Bauer, one of the group organizers, explains that this is the second year for the program. Held in the church gym, the group has a supply of sporting equipment available and children may also bring their favorite toys to play with. Many of the activities are sports related and are designed for all ages.

Bauer said the group usually has children middle school age and younger attending. Families also bring food to enjoy during the Special Needs Play Time as a potluck lunch. Friendship and support Bauer, a special needs parent, notes the group promotes the development of friendships and support. “The little ones make friends that they enjoy seeing week after week, while the adults bond over the shared experiences of caring for special needs and young children. The young ones get a chance to develop physically and learn social values like patience through play.” Additionally, the church is hosts an open gym for preschoolers this summer on Wednesdays from 9-10:30am. Both programs are free and open to the public.


For more information, visit Facebook “Open Gym for Special Needs” and “Open Gym for Little Ones” or contact the church at 419-422-2641 or email

Ready for fun in the sun? Findlay Area Family is here to help! From library story times to local events to special holiday happenings, our online calendar offers everything you need to stay active this summer. For stories and ideas straight to your inbox, sign up for our parent e-newsletter today!

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We asked and you answered. From the best place for after school activities to the best doctor town and everything in between, you shared your vote for Family Favorites. The following list can serve as your go-to for places to go, people to see and things to do all year long.

Smarty Pants Findlay is a local resource for teachers and families to find quality educational supplies, books, games, toys and classroom decor. Owner Jane Hassan’s passion is making learning enjoyable for all. Smarty Pants carries a variety of toys to keep kids’ brains keen and ready including educational games, toys and puzzles and other learning aids. For more information visit “Smarty Pants Findlay” on Facebook. Runner Up: Once Upon A Child - Findlay

Favorite Places and Spaces

Time to Part y Place to Buy a Birthday Cake Buggy Whip Bakery

Place to Buy Birthday Decorations Decorations Plus

Runner Up: Cakes for

Runner Up: Party Place

Heaven’s Sake

Family Photographer Amy Cook Photography

Family Friendly Entertainer Awakening Minds Art

Runner Up: Chelsie Hosmer


Runner Up: Art Me! Ohio

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Runn ER- UP ER- UPark P Favorite PlaceRunn to Picnic: Riverside

WINNER Favorite Place to Ice Skate: The Cube

Favorite Park or Playground: Fort Findlay/Emory Adams Park


The City of Findlay in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Office and Hancock Public Health want to invite you to come out and PLAY! Throughout the summer we’ll be visiting different parks & hosting games for ALL to play.

July 12 6-7:30pm

July 26


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Flag City Sports Complex

Family Activity Children’s Museum of Findlay

Museums Mazza Museum

Runner Up: Mazza Museum

Runner Up: Children’s Museum

Place to Read Findlay-Hancock County Public Library

Fair or Festival Hancock County Fair

Runner Up: Tiffin-Seneca

Runner Up: Flag City Balloon Fest

Public Library

Place for a Birthday Bash Flashover Indoor Sports

Runner Up: Rolling Thunder

Skating & Family Fun Center

1425 Byal Ave.

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Bernard Park


1105 Bernard Ave.


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Runner Up: StoneBridge Church

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Place to Volunteer Humane Society & SPCA of Hancock County

Animal Encounters Toledo Zoo Runner Up: The Farm

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Tween Activity Ice Skating at The Cube

Obstacle Course & Wiffle Ball Obstacle Course & Movie Night


Runner Up: Riverside Park


3430 N. Main St Findlay, OH

Runner Up: Swan House Tea Room

All activities are FREE and for all ages! All Equipment will be provided. In the event of rain, activity will be cancelled that day.

Public Skate

Place for a Picnic Riverbend Park

Place to Worship Runner Up: Findlay City Mission St. Michael the Archangel Parish

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Riverside Park

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Garden and Nature Center Hancock Park District

Runner Up: Feasel’s Garden Center

Bowling Alley AMF Sportsman Lanes amf-sportsman-lanes Runner Up: Southgate Lanes,


Delicious Eats Cupcakes/Bakery/ Sweets Shop Brinkman’s Country Corner

Runner Up: Buggy Whip Bakery

Family-Friendly Restaurants Fricker’s Findlay

Runner Up: Ralphie’s

Baby Boutique Shop

Boutique Beaut y

Homestead Collection

Homestead Collection has a “Village of shops” to browse through with something for everyone, offering boutique gifts, home decor, antiques and more! Stop by their Homestead Boutique for a variety of adorable baby items. For more information visit “Homestead Collection” on Facebook.

Kids’ Clothing Store Once Upon A Child - Findlay

Runner Up: The Beanstalk, Tiffin

Runner Up: Trendy Little Tots, Bowling Green

Maternity Clothing Store Once Upon A Child - Findlay Runner Up: Style Encore

Place for Furnishing the Nursery Once Upon A Child - Findlay Runner Up: Hobby Lobby

Mom-Owned Business TRENDS! On Main

Runner Up: Journey Salon

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Dietsch Brothers Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream

When someone asks what Findlay is known for, there are a few landmark businesses that come to mind…one of those is Dietsch Brothers. Throughout seventy five years in business, two things remains the same: the personal level of service provided to customers and their high quality fine chocolates and ice cream. Quality has been the secret to their success. With a variety of unique, traditional and even seasonal ice cream flavors, there is something for every ice cream lover! Runner Up: Mr. Twister

Local Pizza Shop Heavenly Pizza Runner Up: Jac & Do’s

Place Where Kids Eat Free Ralphie’s

Runner Up: Fricker’s Findlay

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Place to Buy Sports Equipment DICK’S Sporting Goods

Few exlusions. Expires: August 1, 2018

Runner Up: Dunham’s Sports

The Digital Age Local Parent Blogger Christy Denman, Our Cozy Den

Runner Up: Amy Mullholand, The Fibro Frog

Local Parent Facebook Group Hancock County Mom to Mom Sale Runner Up: Findlay Family

Local Instagram Account Social Findlay @socialfindlay

Runner Up: @foddi_tiffin


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Enrichment Acti vities Place to Go Ice Skating

Acting and Theatre Class The Arts Partnership

The Cube

Runner Up: University of Findlay The Cube, an indoor ice rink open from September to late March and May to July, offers a competition quality ice surface for figure skating, hockey and public skating. The Cube is the home ice for the Findlay High School Trojan Hockey Team, Silver Blades Figure Skating

Club, Findlay Amateur Hockey Association, Gliding Stars Adaptive Ice Skating, Findlay Men’s Hockey League as well as City of Findlay Recreational Skating programs and classes.

Dance Class Becky’s School of Dance

Runner Up: Slater Family Ice

Kids Art Class Awakening Minds Art

Arena, Bowling Green

Runner Up: Studio 1 Dance

Runner Up: Findlay Art League

Get Acti ve Place to Go Roller Skating Rolling Thunder Skating & Family Fun Center

Music Class Music Together Family Friendly Gym Findlay Family YMCA

Runner Up:

Runner Up: Ohio Skate, Maumee

Tiffin Community YMCA

Park or Playground Riverbend Park

Biking Trail Blanchard River Greenway Bike Trail

Runner Up: Fort Findlay Playground

at Emory Adams Park

Indoor Play Space Children’s Museum of Findlay

Runner Up: Flashover Indoor Sports

Waterpark Kalahari Resorts & Conventions Sandusky

Runner Up: Great Wolf Lodge,


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Runner Up: Heartstring Melodies

Martial Arts Program Findlay Martial Arts Academy

Findlay Elite Gymnastics & Cheer

The goal of Findlay Elite Gymnastics & Cheer is to positively encourage children to reach their fullest potential through the sports of gymnastics and cheerleading. Over the years the Findlay Elite staff has coached thousands of girls and boys from ages three and up with all levels of ability from beginners to World Champions. The gym is able to house everything from preschool classes to USAG Level 10 gymnasts to All-Star Cheerleading with a full size 42x54 spring floor. Runner Up: Capitol City

Gymnastics & Cheerleading

Runner Up: Academy of Martial

Arts Studies blanchard-river-greenway Runner Up: Heritage Trail

Sports Camp Findlay Family YMCA

Swim Lessons Findlay Family YMCA

Runner Up: Tiffin Community YMCA

Horseback Riding Lessons Triple T Ranch and Western B&B

Runner Up: Cory Rawson

Soccer Club

Runner Up: The Secret Ranch, By

Victoria, Van Buren

Summer Day Camp Campfire Northwest Ohio

Youth Sports League Findlay Youth Baseball

Runner Up: Flashover Indoor Sports

Traveling Sports Club League Findlay Amateur Hockey Association

Runner Up: Blackswamp

Volleyball Club

Runner Up: Findlay Family YMCA

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After School Program FABSS - Findlay City Schools FABSS is designed to provide safe and quality care for children in grades K-5. Children have the opportunity to participate in daily activities that promote academic achievement, creativity and social skills. FABSS sites open at 6:30am and close at 6pm. Activities include fine and large motor skill games, homework and academic review time and a variety of fun learning experiences. Breakfast is offered in the before school session along with a nutritious snack in the after school session. FABSS is also open for all school delays due to inclement weather but is closed for all school holidays and closures, scheduled or unscheduled. Runner Up: The Arts Partnership

Doctors Orders Pediatric Practice Blanchard Valley Pediatrics

Watch Me Soar ENT Doctor Dr. Evan McBeath, MD ENT & Allergy Specialists of Northwest Ohio

Preschool Washington Preschool

Runner Up: Dr. Erik Nielsen, MD,

Runner Up: First Presbyterian

Runner Up: A Tender Touch

ENT & Allergy Specialists of Northwest Ohio

Chiropractor Risner Spinal Center

Optometrist/ Ophthalmologist Dr. Duane Wires, O.D. Eyes on Main

Pediatrics, Tiffin

Runner Up: Dr. Lofquist, Flag

City Sport and Spine

Emergency Care Physicians Plus Urgent Care Runner Up: ProMedica Urgent Care

Place to Give Birth Blanchard Valley Hospital

Runner Up: Mercy Health - Tiffin


OB/GYN Dr. Lorie Thomas, DO

Women & Children’s Center Runner Up: Dr. Kurt L. Ebersole,

O.D., Spectrum Eye Care

Allergist Dr. Amber Patterson, MD ENT & Allergy Specialists of Northwest Ohio Runner Up: Dr. Ghassan Safadi,

MD, FAAAAI, Allergy Clinic Ohio

Dentist Dr. Kathryn Lewis, DDS Findlay Dental Group

Runner Up: Dr. Kimberlee Perkins,

DO, Findlay Women’s Care

Runner Up: Dr. Kyle Amspaugh DDS, MS, Blanchard Valley Pediatric Dentistry

Midwife Susan Smith, CNM Findlay Women’s Care

Orthodontic Care Dr. Jonathan Davis, DDS Total Dental Care

Runner Up: Kathleen Fries, CNM

Runner Up: Findlay Orthodontics

Family Doctor Dr. Kathryn Karhoff, DO Eastern Woods Family Practice

Veterinarian VCA Findlay Animal Care Center

Runner Up: Dr. William Hopkins, MD, Findlay Family Practice

Church Nursery School

Tutoring Center Sylvan Learning Center Findlay

Runner Up: Sylvan Learning

Center Tiffin

Middle School Donnell Middle School

Runner Up: Liberty-Benton

Middle School

Charter School Findlay Digital Academy

Runner Up: TRECA Digital Academy

Private/Parochial School St. Michael the Archangel School

Teacher and Their School Mrs. Ryan, Northview Primary School

Runner Up: Calvert Catholic

Runner Up: Mrs. Curth, Jefferson Primary School

Elementary School Lincoln Elementary School

Daycare Something Special Learning Center Findlay

Runner Up: Whittier Primary


Schools, Tiffin

Special Needs Services Awakening Minds Art Runner Up: Blanchard Valley Center

Runner Up: Owens Community

College Findlay Child Care Center Runner Up: Blanchard Valley

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Parents Night Out Enjoy a Parents Night Out at Fireside Brick Oven Pub and Grill By Betsey Watson Mascaro

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ead to Fireside Brick Oven Pub & Grill with your honey to rekindle romance while enjoying creative pizzas, drinks and a welcoming patio. Location, location, location

Downtown Findlay has seen incredible improvements in recent

years with locally-owned businesses offering unique twists on everything from jewelry to Asian cuisine to clothing boutiques. Fireside’s location in the former Niswander Jewelers store front is with a relaxed, modern feel to make your night out casually classy. After escaping from the kiddos, focus on each other.

Sometimes breaking out of the parent role can be hard. But Fireside will help you recall what brought you together by offering interesting food in an atmosphere that’s bound to get you two talking. Take your time to read through Fireside’s menu – you just might find yourselves giggling at the pun-y names of the menu items. The magic happens inside the 900° brick oven where Fireside fires each pizza, calzone and sandwich for a balance of crispiness and cheesy goodness.

Timing is everything

Every couple is different – some thrive on competition, some bond through long conversations while others just need time together to feel connected. “Fireside Brick Oven Pub and Grill” on Facebook lists their event schedule so you two can enjoy some local musical talent or a trivia competition. Or, for a low-key evening, just enjoy a beautiful summer evening on the patio, a perfect place to slow down, catch up and dream together. Fireside Brick Oven Pub and Grill, 331 S. Main St., 419-777-5088, Hours: Monday – Thursday 11:30am-9pm, Friday 11:30am-10pm, Saturday 4-10pm, Closed Sunday

Private Event Space available for: • Bridal Showers • Baby Showers • Rehearsal Dinners • Birthday Parties • Bottling Parties, and more! Contact Nikki to reserve your space today!


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Eliminating Artificial Food Dyes in Children’s Diets One family’s story By Jessica Kempf

In the fall of 2017, Cindy Hill and her husband, Jason, felt helpless when it came to their three-year-old daughter’s behavior. Lauren was having major meltdowns as well as acting very defiant and aggressive. While preschool meltdowns are typical, Hill describes Lauren’s as “all day meltdowns, over anything and everything.” From frequent meltdowns to a happy kid After hearing from another mom that eliminating artificial food dyes had helped her son, the Hills eliminated Red Dye #40 for one week. This was no small task as red dye can be found in everyday foods like cereal, salad dressing, yogurt and applesauce. With red dye cut out of her diet, the family, extended family and teachers all noticed a big difference in Lauren. “She was happier, less aggressive and nicer. She is an amazing little girl, but the chemicals affecting her behavior were hiding her true self. Now we are able to enjoy the real Lauren,” explains Hill. Stores make going dye-free affordable and convenient Since that time, the Hill family has eliminated all artificial dyes. Their oldest daughter, Madelyn, does not seem to be affected much by the dyes. But, as Hill put it, eliminating artificial color is worth a try for any family. “Even if it doesn’t necessarily make a difference in behavior, it’s putting less chemicals in your child’s body.” Grocery stores have caught on to the concerns of parents, with Aldi eliminating artificial colors from their store brand food products. This makes shopping for dye-free foods more affordable and convenient. Even so, Hill admits it can be overwhelming. “Start small and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. It can be intimidating, but it’s easier than it seems. Don’t give up! It was the best decision we have ever made.”

Clockwise from upper left, Jason, Cindy, Lauren and Madelyn Hill, a change in diet made a big difference

Names to look for in ingredients lists n Blue 1 n Blue 2 n Green 3 n Red 3 n Red 40 n Yellow 5 n Yellow 6 n FD&C Lakes (may be a combination of colors) n Citrus Red 2 (used on oranges, frankfurters and sausages) n Dyes are also sometimes listed as “Artificial Color” Products to look out for––read the ingredients carefully! n Frosting/icing n Pickles n Cereal (including brown cereal) n Kids’ vitamins n Kids’ medications n Sports and electrolyte drinks n Chips n Yogurt n Oatmeal n Salmon n Salad dressing n Popcorn n Peanut butter n Flavored applesauce n Canned fruit n Soup and bouillon cubes

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SPECIAL SUMMER APPETIZER MENU! Enjoy Happy Hour with us each day from 5-7pm and save $1 on both appetizers and domestic beers. Great selection of Craft Beers also available as well as wine by the glass. Happy Hour can also be enjoyed outdoors on our patio.

Treat yourself to dinner after a movie and receive 20% off your entire meal at the Garden Grille. Just present your ticket stub on the same day you visit your local movie theatre and make a date night out of it!

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Turning the Page on Culture UF and Findlay-Hancock County Library promote cultural learning By Kelsey Nevius

TAP and MCPA want to assure the community that several things are not changing: All arts education opportunities—including Youtheatre, summer camps and school day performances— will continue to be offered.

The Arts Partnership Merges With Marathon Center for the Performing Arts Shared vision, continued opportunities By Emily Roberts

Effective July 1st, The Arts Partnership and Marathon Center for the Performing Arts have merged into one organization. Marathon Center for the Performing Arts (MCPA), one of Northwest Ohio’s premier destinations for diverse arts programming and entertainment, opened in December 2015 as the culmination of a community-wide campaign to establish a performing arts center in the city of Findlay. The Arts Partnership (TAP), which has worked closely with MCPA since it first opened, was founded in 1979 as the Findlay Area Arts Council with the vision to encourage and stimulate the practice and appreciation of the arts locally and statewide. Common mission TAP and MCPA share a common mission: to bring quality arts programs to the adults and children of Hancock County. This long-anticipated consolidation of resources allows the organizations to work together toward achieving this shared vision. The single, joined organization will operate under the name Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.

Opportunities, celebrations continue TAP and MCPA assure the community that several things are not changing: All arts education opportunities— including Youtheatre, summer camps and school day performances—will continue to be offered. This summer’s community-wide celebrations that Findlay residents have come to know and love—including Boogie on Main, Winefest, Feast on the Street and the Courtyard Concerts—will continue. A wide-ranging array of national touring performances will continue to be presented in the Donnell Theater, along with an eclectic Live @ Armes series and shows by community organizations, the school district, the University of Findlay and others. The board of directors and employees of both MCPA and TAP hope that the rest of the community will share in their excitement for the future of arts and educational programming in Findlay. Questions regarding the merger are welcome and can be directed to leadership at either organization.

For more information call Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at 419-423-2787, and “Marathon Center for the Performing Arts” on Facebook


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The library is a great source for knowledge, from books on how to bake decadent cakes to planting your own garden of greenery. Dr. Hiroaki Kawamura, a University of Findlay professor and promoter of cultural understanding and learning in the community, sees the library as a benefit for people in the pursuit of cultural knowledge, a resource that hasn’t yet been fully utilized. Originally from Japan, Kawamura has been spreading cultural learning and understanding at the University and in the surrounding community for years, striving to provide opportunities for students and community members to become involved. In association with the FindlayHancock County Library, the University and Kawamura are providing people with opportunities to broaden their horizons and learn more about Japanese culture. The spine of cultural learning Dr. Kawamura believes that bridging the gap between Japanese people in the Findlay community and native Findlay residents is the key to promoting culture in people’s lives. “Resources at the library include films and books, but there are many ways to get active in culture,” said Kawamura, referencing community opportunities. “There is Japanese art in the Mazza Museum and Funday Sundays at the Mazza, as well as Genki Kids, which is an afterschool program at Liberty Benton.”

Gathering more information However, just providing access to resources isn’t enough. People need to combine these resources about different cultures with face-to-face interaction, with both the University and the Library helping to bridge the gap. “Nothing, not books, films, the internet or food, is more impactful than actual experiences with people,” said Kawamura. “So, we usually involve people, like having hands-on activities with Japanese people before or after Japanese films.” Writing another chapter Intercultural knowledge and skills are becoming an integral part of our increasingly global society, and Kawamura points out that these skills will last a lifetime. “Knowledge of other cultures is the first step,” Kawamura said about the importance of understanding and exploring different cultures in today’s society. “The goal is to develop skills to interact with people from other cultures.” To learn more about Cultural Connections at the University, or to get involved in culture-building experiences, contact Dr. Kawamura at 419-434-4619 or

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Teachable moments By Rose Roccisano Barto

Do you remember learning how to drive? I bet you don’t. For many adults, driving becomes a habit, like breathing. You don’t think about the steps needed to make a turn or the spatial awareness needed to pull into a parking space. By now, you get in the car and go. When I first taught my daughters to drive, we started out in the mall parking lot. Yes, that was us, driving around and around the mall early in the morning. We gradually went on the streets around the mall. Before long, they were taking me on as many errands as I could muster. That was also us, with two giant “student driver” magnets on the back of the car. I figured those would serve as fair warning to other drivers. Perhaps they would take a little extra care around my learning drivers and be a little more patient. Boy, was I wrong. Patience, please If anything, my daughters learned more about driving from how other drivers treated them than what I taught them or what they heard from their driving instructors. They experienced iconic “what an idiot” moments that, unfortunately, will not be the last in their driving careers. We made a left turn, correctly into the closest lane, onto Bright Road and were beeped at by the woman behind us. That

woman then sped around us and pulled into her driveway. My daughter learned that some adult drivers need to chill. We were going the speed limit on East Sandusky Street and were passed by a car going way too fast. We ended up behind him at a light. We had a nice discussion about how it makes no sense to drive recklessly to gain a mere car length in distance. We were going the posted speed limit on a county road. A pickup truck behind us kept flashing its lights and tailgating. The driver was, apparently, unaware that if he hit us from behind it was automatically his fault. My daughter still avoids that road if she can thanks to someone who apparently thought it was funny to tailgate a new driver. All these were teachable moments, scary though they were. I talked about how the other driver’s actions were wrong and even dangerous, but that they would happen. It was up to my daughters to anticipate idiots and to have a plan. Listen up I like to think that all that talking and teaching helped my daughters to be better drivers. I once heard my older daughter tell my husband that even now she hears my voice in her head while she’s driving. Honestly, I have never had a prouder parenting moment. If only the other drivers would listen to me, too. • July 2018 •


it k a o SUp! A Round up of Local Swimming Pools By Emilee Roberts

Summer is here, and the temperature is on the rise. We know you’re always on the lookout for things to keep the kids busy, so we compiled a list of local pools and splash pads which provide a perfect way to beat the heat and keep the kids entertained.


Riverside Park 231 McManness Ave 419-422-4424 Hours: Daily 12-7pm Daily Cost: Youth (up to age 17) $1.50, Adult (Age 18+) $3.50

THE COOL ZONE The Toledo Zoo 2 Hippo Way, Toledo 419-385-5721 Hours: 10am-one hour prior to zoo close Daily Cost: Included with zoo admission

The Toledo Zoo has been repeatedly named one of the best in the nation, and it is even more fun now that The Cool Zone splash pad opened for the season. This splash pad is open daily from 10am until an hour prior to the closing of the zoo. It will be open throughout the season until Labor Day. There is no additional cost for the splash pad.

Riverside Pool is the place to be this summer to keep you and your family cool on a hot day! This summer marks the 9th year that the Findlay Family YMCA has led full Riverside Pool operations in partnership with the City of Findlay. With the addition of new twin flume water slides and a new picnic shade shelter, the Aquatic center is set to serve thousands of residents and friends this coming summer. The YMCA aquatic team is trained and poised to deliver a great pool experience for all. Season passes are available to make it easier for you and your family to enjoy the pools.


205 Snider Rd., Bluffton 419-358-2066 Hours: Weekdays 12-8pm and Weekends 1-6pm Daily Cost: $4 and Children under 2 are Free


520 Conneaut Avenue, Bowling Green 419-352-2174 Hours: Weekends 12-8:45pm and Weekdays 1-8:45pm Daily Cost for Resident: Adults $6, Youth $5.50, Child $3.75, Nonresidents add $1 Bowling Green’s City Pool is great fun for the entire family to enjoy all summer long. Open through Labor Day, this pool is a great way to keep cool in that summer heat. It offers something for everyone including a Zero Depth Pool, Splash Pad, Lazy River, 1 and 3 Meter diving boards, a water slide and a full service concession stand. Additionally, a variety of water fitness classes are also available. This pool also offers a pool party package where guests can enjoy three hours of shelter rental and pool admission for up to four adult guests and up to 36 invited children. A meal deal is also available as an add on which includes pizza, a drink, and cookie cake.


The Bluffton Community Swimming Pool offers zero-depth entrance, a 12-foot deep diving well, eight 25-meter competition swim lanes and a 35-foot tall waterslide. Vending machines are available on site for simple snack options and visitors are welcome to bring non-alcoholic beverages and food in appropriate containers and are asked to help keep the area clean. For more information visit “Bluffton Community Pool” on Facebook.


Village of McComb Community Park S. Park Drive, McComb 419-293-0122 Hours: Daily 12-9:45pm Daily Cost: $3 or free for those under 6 or over 62 About ten miles Northwest of Findlay lies a hidden summer gem: McComb Pool. Nestled next to the community park in the middle of a quiet town, this pool tends to be less crowded than other public pools with very reasonable daily rates. Families can bring in their own food or drinks with them or purchase from the snack bar. Lifeguards are attentive and little ones will love the zero entry side of the pool as well as the splash pad. The pool offers two water slides for bigger kids and plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas for relaxing. For more information visit “McComb Pool” on Facebook.

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LAKEVIEW POOL 15701 Lakeview Parkway 419-422-8565 Hours: Daily 12-8pm Daily Cost: Membership required

Lakeview Pool & Tennis Club offers a fun and innovative facility that features interactive water features, beach entrance, whirlpool hot-tub and deluxe bath house. Along with a Zero Entry pool area where children and parents can enjoy the pool, Lakeview Pool also offers a high performance diving board, 160 foot water slide, water fountain and 12 foot round hot tub. Members receive exclusive summer access to the pool and cabana areas and spa as well as access to the sporting areas such as tennis, basketball, sand volleyball, playground and checkers/chess. Snack bar, park pavilion, veranda and a grilling area are available for your enjoyment.


Arlington Community Park Park St., Arlington 419-365-5114 Hours: Mon-Sat 12-9pm and Sunday 1-8pm Daily Cost: $3 Arlington has a modern swimming pool, built in 1990. It has a diving area and a wading pool that is handicap accessible. With two diving boards in a small community setting, Arlington Community Pool is fun for the whole family. For more information visit “Arlington Swimming Pool” on Facebook.

Your favorite summer activity as a family:

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Going to the pool at Findlay Country Club or going up to Lake Erie.

Your favorite ice cream spot: Dietsch Brothers.

Local mom impacts community through Handbags That Help

How many years have you lived in the Findlay area? I was mostly born and raised

By Jessica Kempf

Nikki Matheny is a graduate of St. Wendelin High School in Fostoria and considers herself born and raised in the Findlay area. After graduating from Kenyon College and spending time in California, she returned to Findlay where she is making an impact on local families. Matheny is a mom of two and a member of Handbags That Help (or HTH), a women’s giving circle that funds grants to local projects and organizations. Creating a lasting legacy Over the course of the past ten years, HTH has donated almost half a million dollars which has strengthened our community. Matheny’s involvement with Handbags began six years ago. “A friend of mine invited me to the group meeting and I was just so impressed by what they did. They made an impact that wasn’t just a one-time thing, but it created a lasting legacy in our community,” she explains. One example of a project that received its initial funding through Handbags That Help is Dolly Parton’s Imagina-

tion Library. This program sends each child in Hancock County a free book each month until they turn five years old. “The most impressive aspect of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library was the stats that came behind it. It’s a global program with results to show that they have been able to improve local kindergarten readiness scores,” says Matheny. Studies show the long-term importance of this readiness score as those who are ready for school achieve higher levels of academic and career success. Addressing the needs of families and children Other grants awarded by HTH provided intervention services for children, back-to-school shoe vouchers, toothbrushes and other basic needs as assessed by the group. “Handbags that Help is important to me because it reaches families and children.” Matheny stated, adding, “That’s something close to my heart being a mother and having a family of my own.

Seeing the struggles that families in our community have to deal with on a daily basis with things I take for granted like books, shoes and toothbrushes make it important to me.” In addition to her involvement with HTH, Matheny is a member of Findlay MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), which she enjoys because of fun playdate activities and empathy and understanding among fellow moms. As a big fan of downtown Findlay, Matheny and her family also enjoy spending time at the Findlay Family YMCA taking a variety of classes. With a passion for Findlay and her heart for local families, Matheny is a wonderful asset to our community. Interested women are welcome to check out Handbags that Help by contacting the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation at 419-425-1100.

in the area since my family lived in Fostoria when I was a kid. But after college and moving away I have been back in Findlay for ten years.

Are there any new businesses in town that you’re excited to check out? Yes, JK Juices is opening a

downtown location on Crawford Street, which is close to my house. Also Vivir Modern Mexican is opening downtown soon as well.

Favorite restaurant with or without kids: We put the

kids in the stroller and take them everywhere. That’s why we live downtown. I prefer Wine Merchant for lunch and Stix for dinner. Kimchi fried rice from Stix is my favorite!

Favorite place to shop (for you!) in Findlay: The Dressing Room Boutique.

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Baylifft Gym & Box: The gym that feels like family Friendly, inviting and encouraging By Jessica Kempf

If awards were given for friendliest gym, Baylifft Gym and Box would win the prize. Friendly smiles and welcoming faces greet class attendees at the door and the camaraderie feels like family. As a firsttimer attending Baylifft’s high intensity interval class known as TRAIN, I was helped and encouraged by coaches and members alike. With a variety of classes and challenging workouts, it’s easy to see why Baylifft Gym and Box is growing rapidly.

About Baylifft Gym & Box Mandie Bayliff and her husband, Joe, opened Baylifft Gym and Box, located in Dunkirk, in 2015. “Our goal was to give those who didn’t belong to a gym a home and a place to grow as an athlete,” explains Bayliff. This meant keeping classes short and providing plenty of instruction. The gym offers nearly 40 fitness classes each week and all members receive personal training and meal planning advice.

Bayliff references the theme song from Cheers to describe the atmosphere they strive for as a gym. “You want to go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came. We aim to do that every time. We want to know your name and greet you with smiling faces when you come through the door,” she says. The workout During the forty-minute TRAIN class, we did several intense weight-training exercises with as many reps

as possible within a set time limit. Similar to a CrossFit-type class, the workout of the day (WOD) is written on the wall for all to see. Moves included burpees and using a weighted bar to do overhead presses and upright rows. Another move was “wall balls,” or throwing and catching a medicine ball punctuated by a deep squat before repeating. As someone who lacks upper body strength, my arms were tired and shaking within the first ten minutes.

The squats with the wall ball kicked my legs into gear. It felt good to challenge myself, and I encourage others to give it a try. Baylifft Gym and Box is a friendly and welcoming place, and your first class is free! For more information about Baylifft Gym and Box or a schedule of classes go to or call 567-674-2203. Visit “Baylifft Training” on Facebook. • July 2018 •


125 East Main Street, Leipsic 419-943-1236 “Smokin’ B’s” on Facebook Open: Monday – Thursday 7am-10pm, Friday 6am– 1am, Saturday 10am-1am and Sunday 10:30am-8pm

Smokin’ B’s: Worth the Trip

An extensive menu serves up family-friendly favorites (and a few surprises!) By Betsey Watson Mascaro

Growing up in Findlay, you learn a bit about the surrounding small towns. All those dots on the map boast charm and treasures. With great curiosity, we loaded up the kids and entered a Leipsic address into our GPS. Thirty minutes later, we followed a curve into town and pulled up to Smokin’ B’s. Smokin’ B’s looks like any other local watering hole. When I pulled open the door a friendly face promptly welcomed us in. Along with a few standard beer signs, the interior oozes local pride and features framed jerseys, team photos and front pages from local newspapers (including The Courier). A large wraparound bar lines one wall. Room after room are connected together, making it apparent that Smokin’ B’s is the perfect place to hold any kind of gathering from team dinners to a fundraiser. Signs on the walls advertise bands, happy hour specials and a weekly jackpot drawing. A mix of choices As we sat down, the girls grabbed the kids’ menus and started coloring while Leland (who’s 8) decided to try playing Keno (with no money – ha!) which kept them busy long enough for us to check out the menu. Everything appeared to be an extensive, but fairly standard, mix of options like pizzas and burgers, BBQ and wraps. Then I saw more unusual options like pig wings, gizzards and a “Junk Basket.” The latter one is Smokin’ B’s clev-

erly titled version of a sampler plate. But what the heck are pig wings? Our server informed us that they’re pig knuckles and a quick Google search revealed that they’re the pork alternative to chicken wings (also called ham hocks, shanks and even pork steak). Since my husband, Jeremy, ordered the BBQ plate that included four chicken wings, pork loin and pulled pork, we opted not to try the pig wings (though I admit that I’m still intrigued). Our girls wanted mac and cheese (which was not on the kids’ menu but was available as a side dish) while Leland ordered the pulled pork sliders. I opted for a Southwest personal pizza with tangy ranch dressing, grilled chicken, black beans, corn, cheese and onions. We also tacked on a cheeseburger and two sides of fries. Delicious food When the food arrived, the girls devoured the mac and cheese in minutes. And they’re still raving about how good it was! Joey also tried the cheeseburger and reported that it was “sooooooo gooooooood” while Mae happily noshed on fries. Leland liked the pulled pork sliders except the fact that they came with coleslaw on top. But that’s not Smokin’ B’s fault – it was definitely a parenting fail. We should’ve known that a place offering so much BBQ would also put the traditional coleslaw on top of pulled pork sandwiches. My husband

The Short Course Kid-Friendly: Yes Noise Level: Average High Chairs and Boosters: Yes. Got Milk? Yes Kids Menu: Yes Reservations: No. Food Allergy Concerns: Ask your server for assistance Jeremy enjoyed the pulled pork saying it was tender and the BBQ sauce was tangy and sweet without much spice. The wings were also good, he said, although he didn’t care for the pork loin. My pizza offered the perfect blend of crispy edges and gooey deliciousness. The corn and beans added an interesting texture, and I loved the taco flavoring with just a hint of spiciness. And I have to give Smokin’ B’s credit for covering nearly every inch of the pizza with cheese. All too often I bemoan the paltry amount of cheese on pizzas – but not at Smokin’ B’s! The abundance of cheese gave the edges the crispiness I enjoyed so much.

As we finished up, the kids begged for dessert. Our server sadly informed us that Smokin’ B’s doesn’t offer dessert but then kindly suggested a local ice cream spot, Viking Korner, just down the road. She also recommended getting eyes on our ice cream. Well, give a kid an option for eyes on their ice cream and we had to give it a try. We found Viking Korner easily and the kids enjoyed their ice cream with eyes. With full bellies, the trip home gave us time to admire a beautiful almost-summer evening and wonder what other tasty treats lie just outside Findlay. 20

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Picnic at the Park - Gather with your neighbors and the rest of the community while enjoying burgers and hot dogs provided by CFyouth. Bring a dish to share. 5:30-7:30pm. Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave. 419-422-7365. Free

Ice Cream Social - The Hancock Historical Museum will host an old fashioned ice cream social on the front porch of the Hull House, built in 1881. Donation. Noon-2pm. 422 W. Sandusky St. 419-423-4433.

Community Dinner - Meet with others in the area and enjoy a free dinner open to the pubic. Every Sunday, one of five participating churches will host. See online at for a full schedule and list of times. Free

Extraordinary Animals - Explore the facts and wonders of real animals and make an art project based on the week’s animal. $10. 9:30-10:30am every Wednesday. Awakening Minds Art, 515 S. Main St. 419-302-3892.

Jr. High Girls Small Group - Girls in junior high school come together to make friends and provide support with games, a video lesson and discussion. Meets every Sunday 5-6:30pm. Shawnee Alliance Church, 4455 Shawnee Rd., Lima. 419-991-6546. Free American Girl Series: Becoming Kirsten - Have an American Girl experience by reading a chapter from the book “Kirsten’s Surprise” and re-enacting the activity. Four sessions are offered, but participants are not required to attend all. 2-4pm Mondays. Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, S. 6777 OH-19, Bloomville. 419-477-8091. Free

2 MONDAY Free Lunch Program - Every Monday through Friday, except July 4, until July 27, children up to 18 years old can enjoy a nice lunch for free. Adult meals are $3.50. 11:30am-12:30pm. Glenwood Middle School Cafeteria, 1715 N. Main St. 419-429-8038. Free Student Work Day - Junior and senior high schoolers can make some extra money for the summer by helping out at Shawnee Alliance Church. Students must bring their own lunch, and meet in the HopeShakers youth room. 10am-2pm. Also offered Monday, July 23. Shawnee Alliance Church, 4455 Shawnee Rd., Lima. 419-991-6546. shawneealliance. Free Slimed! - Children will create slime and other messy arts and crafts. For ages 6 and up. $59, additional $49 for sibling. 5-8pm. Also meets Tuesday, July 3. Limabean Arts and Crafts, 2500 Shawnee Rd., Suite C, Lima. 567-371-1447.

3 TUESDAY Teen Movie Night - Teens can hang out and watch the movie (announced later). 5:30-8pm. Findlay Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway. 419-422-1712. Free Craft Creations - Create a little straw hat boy and girl couple. All supplies provided and all ages are welcome. Register in advance. 5pm. Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, S. 6777 OH-19, Bloomville. 419-477-8091. Free

5 THURSDAY Backpackin’ Babies: Bugs! - Bring your infants up to 18 months old for an exploration of bugs along the trail with fingerplays, stories and puppets. Register in advance. 5pm. Tiffin University Nature Preserve, 155 Miami St., Tiffin. 855-664-1200. Free

6 FRIDAY Public Skate - Get the family together for ice skating. The rink will be open for any and all to practice or perform their skating skills. $5 admission, $3 skate rental. 7-9pm Fridays, 1-2:50pm and 7-9pm Saturdays, and 3-4:50pm Sundays. The Cube, 3430 N. Main St. 419-424-7176.

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All calendar events are subject to change, cancellation and limited size. Calling ahead for confirmation is recommended.

July Game Night - Join CFyouth during this monthly game night. For grades 6-12. 7-9pm. CFyouth, 1100 N. Main St. 419-422-7365. Free Sensory Explorers - See how your toddler experiences art while exploring their senses and create a project with them. $10. Offered 9:30-10:30am every Friday. Awakening Minds Art, 515 S. Main St. 419-302-3892.

7 SATURDAY Nature Walk Bird Talk - Look and listen for the sights and sounds of the outdoors while walking the trails. Bring your binoculars and cameras! 8-9:30am. Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, S. 6777 OH-19, Bloomville. 419-477-8091. Free Game Night - Bring your games and your friends for a fun-filled evening. 8-10pm. Coffee Amici, 328 S. Main St. 419-423-7957. Free Family Bible Treasure Hunt - Go on an adventure by checking out stations full of hands-on Bible fun, including an exploding volcano, collecting coins, creating crafts and listening to island tunes. Register in advance. 10am-noon. St. Andrews United Methodist, 120 W. Sandusky St. 419-422-4845. Free

The Flag City July 4th Parade is an annual event celebrating our Independence as a country. Its main focus is to say thanks to the men and women who serve or have served our country. The parade is held in Downtown Findlay and steps off at 11am. The 4th of July Parade was reintroduced to Findlay by a group of Veterans in 2013, after a long absence, with the desire to allow the citizens of Findlay & Hancock County to display the patriotic pride Flag City and Hancock County is known for. The parade is FREE to attend.

Family Fun Day Sunday, July 8

Join in the fun for Trinity Baptist Church’s annual Family Fun Day. This is a FREE community event for the entire family. The fun, which includes inflatables, pony rides, a petting zoo, paintball range, face painting, food and so much more, begins at 4pm.

4-6pm, 7839 County Road 236, 419-422-8462,

Tunes & Trains Friday, July 13

Head over to the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation for Tunes & Trains, a country concert featuring Matt Goodrich, Joshua Melton and Natalie Stovall. Enjoy the music, food and more! Gates open at 4pm and the show kicks off at 5pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the gate or purchase pre-sale tickets at the Vanlue Marathon Carryout (417 S. Buffalo St., Vanlue) and the Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation Museum or call 419-306-7724.

4-11:30pm, 12505 County Road 99,

Family Fun Event: Reptiles - Check out the nature preserve with reptile themed activities and learn everything about turtles and snakes from their habitat and diet to how they cope with the winter. 11am-3pm. Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, S. 6777 OH-19, Bloomville. 419-477-8091. Free

8 SUNDAY Reading is Magic - Elizabeth Nauert, local magician and Liberty Benton student, will perform magic. Seating is limited, first come-first served. 2-2:30pm. Findlay Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway. 419-422-1712. Free

9 MONDAY Puzzle-a-Thon - Join the library for puzzles and popcorn for a two hour speed challenge. How many puzzles can you create? Grades 4-12 welcome. 1-3pm. Findlay Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. Free

Hitchings 50th Celebration and Customer Appreciation Thursday, July 19

Hitchings Insurance Agency appreciates their customers and they invite you to help them celebrate 50 years of service. Join them at the Arcadia Lions Community Center on July 19 for their 50th Celebration and Customer Appreciation event. This free event will be fun for all ages and goes with train rides from Romick Railway, corn hole, a playground and kickball. Food and drinks provided.

3-7pm, Arcadia Lions Community Center, 301 W. Brown Rd., Arcadia, 419-423-9145,

Robot Olympics - Kids aged 9-12 join Snapology to learn mechanical and computer programming while building robots to compete in sports themed challenges. $110. Camp meets 9am-noon daily through Thursday, July 12. Owens Community College, 3200 Bright Rd. 419-701-9529. Printmaking - This class takes place on four different days, where students in grades 5-12 will learn everything about printmaking. Register online. $60. Meets 12:30-1:30pm Monday, July 9, Wednesday, July 11, Monday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 18. Awakening Minds Arts, 515 S. Main St. 419-302-3892. Breastfeeding Support Group - Bring your baby with you to this support group and meeting for mothers who breastfeed. 4-5pm. Also meets Monday, July 23. Blanchard Valley Hospital, 1900 S. Main St. 419-423-5103. Free

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Kids Make and Take Craft Sessions Children in grades K-5 create a craft with a different theme and materials each session. July 10: Pet rock, July 17: Color and decorate a pencil case, and July 24: Sock Puppet Karaoke. Register in advance. 1-2pm. Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St., Bluffton. 419-358-5016. Free

Ladies Night - Hey mamas, do you need a break from parenting just for a little while? Call the babysitter and go out with your girlfriends for half off wine and a delicious meal from the brick oven. Offered every Wednesday. Menu prices vary. 5-9pm. Fireside Brick Oven Pub and Grill, 331 S. Main St. 419-777-5088.

12 THURSDAY Pickleball Game - What is Pickleball? How do you play? Find out Thursday and play a game or two with the family. Hintit’s a paddle sport. 6pm. Riverside Park, 219 McManness Ave. 419-422-3315. Free Babies Love Books Storytime Accompany your little ones from birth-3 years old for stories and songs. 10-11am. Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St., Bluffton. 419-358-5016. Free

Game On - Get together with friends and family for a fun afternoon of gaming. July 12: Apples to Apples and Jenga, July 19: Giant Twister and musical games, July 26: Clue, Q-Bitz and Connect Four. 2-3:30pm. Findlay Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. Free Cook the Book: Tween Book Club Tweens will discuss this month’s book, A Wrinkle in Time, and make a bookinspired snack. Register at the Children’s Desk or call. 6-7pm. Findlay Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. Free Prenatal Classes - Bring a support person with you to this two-day class where you’ll gain insight on your journey through pregnancy, labor, and postdelivery. Registration required, only register for the first class. $45. 6-9pm. Also meets Thursday, July 19. Bluffton Hospital, 139 Garau St., Bluffton. 419-423-5220.

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July 3 Findlay Independence Celebration

4-11pm; Fireworks at 10pm Hancock Co. Fairgrounds, 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay.

Bowling Green Community Fireworks

Patriotic concert at 8pm; Fireworks begin at dusk BGSU Intramural Field, Stadium Dr., BGSU Campus, Bowling Green.

July 4

Lima Star Spangled Spectacular

9am-11pm; Fireworks at 10pm Faurot Park, S. Cole St., Lima

4th of July at Hedges-Boyer Park

6-11pm; Fireworks at 10pm 491 Coe St., Tiffin


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Young Adventurers: Fishing Fun Kids ages 6-12 years old will learn the basics of fishing and catch fish in the pond. All supplies provided, or feel free to bring your own. Register in advance. Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, S. 6777 OH-19, Bloomville. 419-477-8091. Free

13 FRIDAY DIY Disney - Create Disney-inspired crafts while listening to the movie’s soundtrack. For grades 4-12. July 13: Frozen, July 20: Alice in Wonderland, July 27: Moana. 2-3:30pm. Findlay Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. Free The Addams Family: A New Musical - In this production, Wednesday Addams is all grown up, and falls in love with a man her parents have never met. Once her father, Gomez, finds out, see how he tries to keep a secret from his wife, Morticia, after Wednesday begs him not to tell. $15/adults, $10/students. 7:30-9:30pm. Other showtimes are 7:309:30pm Saturday, July 14 and Saturday, July 21, and 2-4pm Sunday, July 22. The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin. 419-448-8544.

Preschool Pals: Frogs and Toads Learn all about frogs and toads with your little ones aged 3-5 years and hike the pathways around the pond. Register in advance. 5pm. Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, S. 6777 OH-19, Bloomville. 419-477-8091. Free

14 SATURDAY Teen Chess Club - Any level of player, grades 6-12, is welcome to play a game of chess. Use a set from the library or bring your own. 11:30am. Findlay Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. Free My Grown Up & Me: Paint & Partake - Take an art class with your little one where you will create a piece together and then take it home. Cost includes all materials, one lunch for an adult and one lunch for a child. $40, $10/additional child. Noon-1:30pm. Awakening Minds Art, 515 S. Main St. 419-302-3892. Mermaid Day - Stop by the bakery for mermaid themed sweets like cupcakes, cookies and other goodies. Show up dressed as a mermaid and get one free item! Menu prices vary. 9am-4pm. Sara’s Sweets, 435 S. Eastown Rd., Lima. 419-371-4745. Canoe Float - Have an adventure paddling on the water in a canoe. Adult life jackets provided, parents must provide life jacket for children under 8. Register in advance. 2pm. Garlo Heritage Nature Preserve, S. 6777 OH-19, Bloomville. 419-477-8091. Free

15 SUNDAY Sundae Funday at the Zoo - Visiting the Toledo Zoo just got a little bit cooler with Ice Cream Day. Visit sundae stations all around the Zoo, roaming live musical performances, and special ice treats for the animals. Stay for a live performance by the Toledo Symphony in the Amphitheater at 7pm. $6 (admission and parking not included). 3-6pm. 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. 419-385-5721.



Seneca Co. Nature Camp - This five day camp for ages 6-12 is a great way for kids to learn about nature and the outdoors. Campers will spend the morning hiking the Preserve, identifying plants and animals. Monday-Friday. $20. 9amnoon. Garlo Preserve, 6777 S. St. Rt. 19, Bloomville. 419-447-8091. Pop Art Painting - Kids will create their own piece inspired by the works of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Two sessions for different age groups offered. Ages 5-8: $15, $26/two students, 10:30amnoon. Ages 9-13: $20, $36/two students, 1-3pm. Art Supply Depo BG, 435 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green. 419-352-9501.

17 TUESDAY Toddler Trot: Teddy Bear Picnic - Go on a short hike with your children 18-36 months then have a picnic with their teddy bears. Bring a sack lunch and teddy bear. 6pm. Geary Family YMCA Fruth Outdoor Center, 154 W. Center St., Fostoria. 419-435-6608. Free

19 THURSDAY Family Movie Night - Watch the beloved movie “A Wrinkle in Time” while enjoying popcorn and water. 5:307:30pm. Findlay Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-4221712. Free Zoo Talk - Employees from the Toledo Zoo presents “Insects and Invertebrates” for kids in grades K-2 to learn about the creatures at 1pm. Then, at 2pm, the Zoo presents “Zoo Careers” for grades 3-12 to learn behind the scenes. Registration required for both programs. Bluffton Public Library, 145 S. Main St., Bluffton. 419-358-5016. Free

20 FRIDAY Movies in the Park - Grab your blankets and chairs and head out to the park for an outdoor screening of the movie, “Wonder” and pre-movie activities. 9-11pm. Faurot Park, S. Cole St., Lima. 419-221-5195. Free

21 SATURDAY Escape Room - Solve the mystery and figure out the puzzle to escape the room. For grades 4-12. Registration required. Time slots offered 9:30am-5pm. Also 1-5pm Sunday, July 22. Findlay Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. Free

23 MONDAY Pointillism Painting - Children will learn this technique of dotted layers in this engaging, hands-on workshop. Two classes offered for different age groups. All supplies provided. Register in advance. Ages 5-8 $15, $26 for two. 10:30am-noon. Ages 9-13 $20, $36 for two. 1-3pm. Art Supply Depo BG, 435 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green. 419-352-9501.

26 THURSDAY Ultimate Frisbee Game - Findlay teams up with OSU for a series of fun outdoor sports, free to the public. Learn how to play the game of Ultimate Frisbee with friends and family. 6pm. Riverside Park, 219 McManness Ave. 419-422-3315. Free Vanlue Fest - Celebrate the village of Vanlue. The annual event will feature a community 5k, cheerleading competition, basketball tournament, bbq, parade and more. Thursday-Saturday. All day. West Main St. & Buffalo St., Vanlue. Free You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown Watch this production where the whole Peanuts gang comes to life on stage. 5-7pm. Fort Findlay Playhouse, 300 W. Sandusky St. 567-525-3636. Barnyard Bash - Your kids will make farm and Western themed art projects like cows, horses, barns and boots. $69, additional $59 for sibling. 9am-12:30pm. Also meets Friday, July 27. Limabean Arts and Crafts, 2500 Shawnee Rd., Suite C, Lima. 567-371-1447. Full Moon Hike - Take a hike at night and learn about the month’s full moon. 9pm. Clinton Nature Preserve, 375 E. Township Rd. 132, Tiffin. 419-477-8091. Free

28 SATURDAY Free Movie & Munchies - Get the family together for a movie screening watching “Happy Feet” and enjoying snacks. 10-11:15am. Kaubisch Memorial Public Library, 205 Perry St., Fostoria. 419-435-2813. Free

Explore Color and Line: Learn Graffiti Lettering - This workshop for ages 5-8 will teach students the basics of color and design and how to write letters in different graffiti styles. Register in advance. $15, $26 for two. 10:30am-noon. Art Supply Depo BG, 435 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green. 419-352-9501.



Love of Legos - Children 5 and up will make Lego themed arts and crafts with painting, drawing, clay and other mixed media. $69, additional $59 for sibling. 1-4:30pm. Also meets Tuesday, July 31. Limabean Arts and Crafts, 2500 Shawnee Rd., Suite C, Lima. 567-371-1447.


Storytime at the Library - Join in for stories, songs, activities and crafts. 10:30-11:30am. Findlay Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway. 419-422-1712. Free


Riverside Concerts - Every Wednesday evening through August, Riverside Park will host a live outdoor concert. Riverside Park, 219 McManness Ave. 419-422-3315.


Food Truck Days - Check out the food truck food court Wednesdays through September. Choose from a rotating selection of vendors and try something new. 11am-2pm. Marathon Center, 200 W. Main Cross St. 419-423-2787. Free

Creative Writing/Illustration Children in grades 4-12 will learn about the art of illustration and creative writing, then write their own stories. $40. 5:30-6:30pm. Awakening Minds Art, 515 S. Main St. 419-302-3892.


Farmers’ Market - See what local farmers, bakers and craftsmen are serving up every Thursday through September at the Hancock Co. Farmers’ Market. Each week will feature live music, presentations by local non-profits and more. 4-6pm. Marathon Center, 200 W. Main Cross St. 419423-2787. Free


Rally in the Alley - Fridays through August 17, come on down to Findlay’s Rally in the Alley. This outdoor festival features a free outdoor concert and refreshments downtown. July 6, Spoiled Rotten, 13, Reese Dailey Band, 20, Reunion Band, 27, Big Red Deluxe. 5-8pm. Latham Courtyard, 510 S. Main St. 419-422-3313. Free

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