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Volume 6 • Issue 12 December 2016

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parent profile

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calendar 21 — compiled by Chloe Rothschild and Athena Cocoves

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting in December Katy M. Clark shares why it’s not the end of the world to have a baby near Christmas and was, in fact, better and sweeter than she could have ever thought.

Ten Mini Home Makeovers for the Budget Minded Mom

With the holidays around the corner, many of us will be hosting parties and/or overnight guests. You may not be able to afford the dream room you are planning, but you can give your house a facelift without breaking the bank.

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cultural connections 17 Friends of Findlay

Japanese group builds community amongst themselves and Findlay — By Halley Sullivan

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An inside look at what we’re loving for parents this month Sink’s Flower Shop and Greenhouse There’s nothing more festive than a red poinsettia during the holidays. Stop by Sink’s Flower Shop for the best quality and selection of blooming plants since 1926. These aren’t the grocery store variety of poinsettias; they are premium, lush plants that are sure to complement to your holiday décor. A family-owned full service florist, Sink’s offers everything from candle-lit centerpieces to bridal bouquets to special occasion flowers. 419-422-7722, 2700 N. Main St., sinksflowers.com, “Sink’s Flower Shop & Greenhouse” on Facebook

Wolfie’s Roasted Nuts The Nutcracker Sweet Candy Mix is a seasonal family favorite combining doubledipped chocolate-covered peanuts, honeyroasted cashews, butter-toasted peanuts, honey-roasted peanuts, and M&Ms. The nuts at Wolfie’s are slow roasted in store, daily. A 14 oz bag, just $9.99, makes a great teacher gift, hostess gift, or treat for the kids. 419-423-1355,1016 Tiffin Ave., wolfiesnuts.com, “Wolfie’s Roasted Nuts” on Facebook

Swan House Tea Room

Chilly winter days call for a warm, cozy cup of tea. This December, the Swan House Tea Room will feature its very own Swan House blend of tea. This blend of black tea combines notes of cinnamon, vanilla, spices, along with a dusting of gold sugar that pairs perfectly with the homemade scones served at the Swan House. A 2 oz bag of loose-leaf Swan House blend tea is available for purchase in the gift shop for $5.50. 419-429-7926, 225 W. Sandusky St., “Swan House Tea Room” on Facebook

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KIDS HOROSCOPE Dec. 21 - Jan. 22 By Sue Lovett This child may come out of the womb already looking smarter than you look! And this goes on..and on…They learn to talk at a very young age and are serious about whatever they say. Adult conversations are never a mystery to them. When they play with children their own age they are the leader of the pack. They are touchy and often keep their hands on the person to whom they are speaking. No matter the age of other family members, they get along well with them so long as they can be the boss! When they are ready for pre-school they are ofte “teacher’s pet” because they are so bright and follow the rules. They enjoy history and even like antiques. They are natural-born leaders and this quality lasts throughout their lifetime. Save your money because they may need it for their education which surely goes at least through college and perhaps beyond. You will always be proud of your Capricorn child.

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Co-publisher/Chief Financial Officer Mark I. Jacobs (mjacobs@toledoparent.com) making the whole family happy

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Assignment Editor Sarah Mayle (editor2@findlayfamily.com) family Contributing Writers Halley Sullivan, Jessica Kempf, Sarah Mayle, Rick Neale, Kerry Trautman, Rose Barto, Kay Mathias, Emilee Roberts, Sue Lovett, Pam Molnar, Katy M. Clark

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Production Manager Imani Lateef (imani@adamsstreetpublishing.com) Atlanta in the fall Senior Designer Leah Foley (leah@adamsstreetpublishing.com) cookie baking and decorating (eating!) Graphic Designer YOUR NAME HERE (YOU@adamsstreetpublishing.com) WE’RE HIRING Designer Anita Tipton christmas morning with my girls, no matter how old they are

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Accounting Robin Armstrong (rarmstrong@toledoparent.com) donating to toys for tots Distribution Cassie Hadadd (cassie@adamsstreetpublishing.com) watching muppet christmas carol with my dad Tech Manager Saul Jacobs (saul@adamsstreetpublishing.com) santa

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Books-A-Million

This month, we are loving the children’s holiday book selection at Books-A-Million, particularly The Twelve Days of Christmas in Ohio by Carole Gerber. In the story, two cousins go on an adventure around the state of Ohio to celebrate the 12 days before Christmas. The book features famous people, landmarks, and events in Ohio history. Not only is The Twelve Days of Christmas in Ohio educational, but it also brings the magic of Christmas home with Santa flying over the state in the final pages. 419-423-6891, Findlay Village Mall, 1800 Tiffin Ave. #189, booksamillion.com

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Booginhead’s new Super Power line of kids’ products have arrived with a Wow! Boom! Kapow! Featuring comic style art inspired by Andy Warhol, Booginhead’s Super Power collection may just inspire your child’s special powers– whether that be imagination, kindness, or an incredible appetite. This month’s winner will receive a Super Power Prize Pack valued at $26, which includes a BAM dinner set of a plate, bowl, cup, and a fork and spoon ($9.99); a matching machine-washable BAM Bib/Cape ($7.99); and two Squeez’Ems reusable food pouches ($7.99) for snacks on the go. All BooginHead items are BPA, PVC, & phthalate-free. Check out booginhead. com for more information. Visit findlayfamily.com and click on our Giveaway through December 31 to win! It’s that easy!

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We asked again and you provided! There were so many great ones, we had to share more of the Back to School photos you submitted to our Facebook page last month. Enjoy a few of our favorites. Send your favorite pics with names, ages and hometown to production@adamsstreetpublishing.com Who knows... It may end up on the cover!

Congratulations to Nikki Matheny, of Findlay, who won our October Giveaway, the Kleynimals 3-piece baby flatware set, valued at $35.95. Matheny also won four of Sparkling ICE’s limited edition 8oz. cans featuring the new Dreamworks movie, “Trolls.” Matheny and her husband Patrick were born and raised in Findlay and now have two sons, Hudson, 2, and Emmett, 9 mos. Nikki said Emmett will put the flatware set to good use and Hudson will like the cans, “He gets really excited when he sees commercials about the Trolls movie,” she said.

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Briefs compiled by: Halley Sullivan, Rick Neale and Rose Barto

Free Dyslexie font Designed for struggling readers from age 5-Adult

Dyslexie font, created by a Dutch graphic designer, is available for parents of children with dyslexia to help their kids identify letters on a computer monitor. You can download a free reading tool with a special typeface that emphasizes the visual differences between letters of the alphabet, draws extra attention to capitalized words at the beginning of sentences, and increases the spacing between letters and words. -RN

New Cardio Drumming Class for Adults at Flashover

Drumming away the flab at Flashover Sports & Fun Center.

There’s something primal about a good beat and how it resonates throughout the body. Adults can now let it flow and leave their cares behind during Cardio Drumming classes at Flashover Sports & Fun Center. Flashover Owner Cheryl Lauer, who openly and emphatically hates exercising, said she loves the class which she described as fun, light-hearted and full of everyday people. Cardio Drumming started at Flashover after Manager Kirsten Fruchey attended a class and wanted to bring the fun to back to the center. Upbeat songs such as “Happy” by Pharrell and “Beat It” by Michael Jackson blare in the background as participants dance, squat and jump around the makeshift drum. All the moves, however, are easily modified to match the individual’s fitness level. Cardio Drumming is held 7-8pm Mondays and Thursdays. Classes cost $6 and include a Herbalife tea shot and protein shake. Drummers can save $1 off admission to Flashover’s bounce house for the kids with registration. Participants can attend with or without equipment which includes a yoga ball, laundry tub and a pair of drumsticks. For more information and to register, call 419-420-1575, or visit flashoverindoor.com and click on Family Fun. -BWM

Center helps children Get Involved work through abuse with Exchange A child who is the victim of sexual abuse often has to Club of Findlay relive that abuse by re-telling the details as the case

goes through the judicial system. With the help of the Center for Safe & Healthy Children, however, those children will only have to tell the details once in a safe, supportive environment. Family members and the child are also able to take advantage of counseling and other services in one familiar place at 1900 Chapel Dr. An average of 100 children in Hancock County receive help every year, said Pam Lather, a court reporter and president of the center’s board of directors. “Under the old system, if a child disclosed abuse there were certain people they had to talk to in order to prosecute,” Lather said. “They get tired and they don’t want to talk about it.” Children are interviewed about the abuse at the center. The trained interviewer records the session and other professionals– including prosecutors and counselors– view the recording in order to aid prosecution. This eliminates the child having to tell the details over and over. “That has lifted a tremendous burden off these kids,” said Lather. “We’re talking 6-7-8-year olds.” The Center for Safe & Healthy Children relies on funding and donations, and is planning its next fundraiser– Purse Bingo– on March 11. Due to confidentiality the center cannot accommodate volunteers, but staff members are available to speak to groups about its mission. Those interested in scheduling a speaker or learning about how to donate can call 419-425-1475 or visit hancocksafechildren.com. -RB 6

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Many people like the idea of getting involved through volunteer opportunities but don’t know where to start. The holiday season is the perfect time to get involved in the community - why not through Exchange Club of Findlay? Exchange Club of Findlay is an all-volunteer organization of men and women who serve our community, develop leadership skills and enjoy new friendships. Together volunteers participate and support a variety of organizations and causes. Some of the recent club service opportunities included a mini diaper drive for the Women’s Resource Center and baking and delivering cookies for the National Day of Service. Exchange Club of Findlay meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Rosewood Room at Henderson Dining Hall at the University Of Findlay. -ER Exchange Club of Findlay, University of Findlay, Rosewood Room, 1000 N Main St., nationalexchangeclub.org and on Facebook under “Exchange Club of Findlay”


Husband-and-wife dermatology team returns home to Findlay

After living in Columbus the past four years, Chase and Rebecca Scarbrough have joined Blanchard Valley Medical Associates to reunite with relatives and care for Hancock County skin, hair and nails. “It’s always been our goal to come back to Findlay. We have tons of family here in Findlay. It’s a great place to raise a family,” Chase said. “We have a couple of little kids, and both grandparents here. It’s a great community. We always wanted to come back and serve the community we grew up in,” he said. The husband-wife dermatology team– both of whom earned bachelor of science degrees in nursing from the University of Toledo– married in August 2009 in Findlay. Chase, 32, and Rebecca, 29, moved to Findlay in August this year, and started seeing patients soon after. Both adult and pediatric patients are welcome. He is a Findlay native and graduate of Arlington High School. She is a Van Buren native and graduate of Van Buren High school. “It’s been busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve seen a lot of people that I knew when I was here before, a lot of family friends. And I’ve met a lot of new people,” Chase said of their BVMA practices. “I have a great staff that works with me here, and I’ve got a great patient base. It’s just a lot of fun to be able to come into work every day,” he said. Blanchard Valley Medical Associates, 200 W. Pearl St.,419-427-1393, 8am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 4 pm Friday.

‘American Ninja Warrior’ competitor opens gym in downtown Findlay

Flag City, USA’s “American Ninja Warrior” has expanded her home-based fitness training sessions by opening a new gym on South Main Street: AH Fitness. “I always wanted to be downtown. That was always a dream of mine– to have my own studio,” said founder Amber Holbrook. “My main focus is strength training. I do weight-loss programs, personal training, some group classes, functional movement. Instead of going to a gym and trying to figure out what you’re going to do, I write the workout for you. You come in, you do it, and you leave,” Holbrook said. “I have clients who are as young as 13 all the way up to 70. And I basically customize workouts for everyone who comes to my classes,” she said. Holbrook started teaching classes in November 2014 as a stay-home mom/personal trainer inside her Findlay home– “my entire finished basement was my gym,” she recalled. Then in June 2015, Holbrook gained acclaim by competing on the NBC series American Ninja Warrior in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She represented her autistic 6-year-old daughter, Cailyn, and caught the attention of the show’s host, Matt Iseman. “I am 100% #TeamCailyn Amber Holbrook showing it’s all about heart on American @ninjawarrior #autismAwareness” Iseman tweeted. Cailyn is now 7, and she attends Jefferson Elementary School with her 5-year-old brother, Dalton. “Now that both of my kids are in school full-time, I’m able to run my own business,” Holbrook said. AH Fitness opened in October. AH Fitness, 610 S. Main St., 567-250-3489 visit ahfit.net or AHFitness Facebook page for more information.

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The Misunderstood Child: Sensory Processing 101 How to recognize sensory processing disorder and what you can do By Sarah Lyons and Rick Neale

A typical morning in my home begins with the words, “My clothes hurt me. They are too loose. I need new clothes.” As a result, I begin the search for the “right” clothes for my 4-year-old daughter. After much time, many tears, lots of tight hugs, and a good dose of frustration, she begins her day in the same dress she wore the previous day– and many days prior to that. The process of getting dressed, which seems simple to most, is the biggest challenge my child faces on a daily basis. This situation illustrates one example of what living with a child with Sensory Processing Disorder is like.

Get answers as soon as you begin to wonder

“Early intervention is crucial. Sensory Processing Disorder happens anytime the brain is just having a difficult time receiving or recognizing the senses,” said Sarah Crisp, founder and CEO of Awakening Minds Art. “It doesn’t let the brain properly process those senses, so they’re operating with a deficiency of those senses.” Crisp said a majority of parents seek help because their child is a “sensory avoider.” Because of hypersensitive responses to sensory input, these kids may be: • Distracted by noises that sound normal to others, such as flushing toilets and clanking silverware • Fearful of hugs or surprise touch • Avoiders of swings and playground equipment • Frequent fallers with poor balance

Help is available

“Exposure is crucial” for Sensory Processing Disorder.

To help these children, Awakening Minds Art operates a sensory store offering specialized socks, wiggle seats, chewies, pressure vests and other items. “Exposure, exposure, exposure is crucial, especially to those individuals who are avoiding sensory,” Crisp said. Sensory Processing creates challenges for families, but other treatments are also available for kids who struggle. “We had a fabulous occupational therapist that helped my son,” said Joy Alsup, mother of four. “She gave us tools and gave him permission to figure out what worked for him and what didn’t. He has a high need for tight, long hugs and we understand that this is what helps him. It’s a huge priority for us.” The Awakening Minds Art sensory store is located at the nonprofit’s Findlay studio, 515 S. Main St. Call 419-302-3892 for a consultation Sarah Lyons is a wife and mother of six. The inspiration for this article came from her daughter, Grace, who was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder in 2014.

healthy kids Tips To Help Shy Children– Role-play, Practice and Debrief Take it slow and be patient By Rick Neale

Shy children ages 5 to 12 may not adapt as well as their peers in the classroom or on the playground, the American Association of Pediatrics reports. Worse, worried parents face a dilemma: Forcing a shy child into social situations is typically counterproductive, said Holly Schweitzer Dunn, a clinical social worker with Mind Body Health Associates of Findlay. So the No. 1 thing for parents to remember is to take it slow, and be patient. “When the parent knows that the child is going to enter into a social situation, prepare, prepare, prepare,” Dunn said.

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Clinical Social Worker Holly Schweitzer Dunn gives “shy child” tips.

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Role-play. “For example, give them the words to use: ‘Hi, my name is Holly. Would you like to play?’ so that they don’t have to think about it. It can almost become sort of a habit while they’re waiting for themselves to feel more comfortable in those situations.”

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Practice. “If there’s a dance class they go to every week, on the way there, go through what to expect. ‘We’re going to go in, you’re going to put your coat on the hook, you’re going to say hello to your teacher, you’re going to say hello to the girl beside you,’ so on and so forth.” Debrief. “After the experience, talk with them about it. Where were they comfortable? Where were they uncomfortable? What words did they remember to say? What words do they want to say next time?” Fortunately, most shy children do well in relationships and social settings after they get past an initial adjustment period, the AAP reports. “Be very specific and walk them through step-by-step so that they’re comfortable in their environment,” Dunn said.


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Nutcracker Allows Young Dancers to Share the Stage

A 1940s Nutcracker coming to Marathon Performing Arts Center By Rose Roccisano Barto

Caitlin Smith loves a challenge.

That’s one of the reasons she spends nearly a dozen hours a week in classes and rehearsals with the Findlay Academy of Ballet. “Ballet pushes you,” said Smith, 14, a home-schooled eighth grader from Findlay. “It’s hard and when you finally get something it feels really good and it’s a big accomplishment.” That hard work pays off this month as Smith and other local dancers share the stage with professional dancers as part of “A 1940s Nutcracker” at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. It will be presented at 8pm December 16 and 3pm December 17.

Presented with a Findlay flavor

The holiday classic, presented by Neos Dance Theatre, will offer tradition with a twist. Instead of being set at the turn of the 19th century, the story is set in 1940s Findlay. Parts of this Nutcracker will have a Findlay focus, from the tire-making riveters to the traditional Chinese Tea Dance, to the ladies who lunch as the delightful Mirlitons. It’s a familiar mix that Neos first brought to Findlay in 2012. Now, with a larger production on a larger stage, Findlay audiences will recognize even more local history. Ohio Oil, the old Harris Theatre, Patterson’s Department Store and other places play their own roles as backdrops to the tale. “It was a time that America embraced what we now consider a ‘traditional

Dancers prepare for A 1940s Nutcracker at the Marathon Center.

Christmas,’” said Neos co-founder and artistic director Bobby Wesner. “Those that lived, worked and served in the 1940s certainly influenced who we are today.”

A performance to remember

While Neos dancers will dance the principal roles, many advanced members of the Findlay Academy of Ballet will also have featured roles. They and others were cast in the summer, and have been rehearsing their parts since. They have balanced extra Nutcracker rehearsals with school, work, regular ballet classes and rehearsals, and other activities. Like other advanced ballet students, Smith has often given up activities because of the demands of ballet. Ballet, however, has offered her opportunities few in Findlay have. She has danced onstage with members of Neos for Ballet on Broadway, part of the Arts Partnership’s summer series, and in Mansfield last year with Neos’ Mansfield-based Nutcracker. “I’m part of something so big. It makes me feel like I can do more,” said Smith, who will perform as one of three Mirlitons in the ballet’s second act. “Performing is just a lot of fun for me. When I finally get on stage, all of this work has totally been worth it.”

To get your tickets:

Performances of “A 1940s Nutcracker” will be at 8pm on Dec. 16 and 3pm on Dec. 17 at The Marathon Performing Arts Center, 200 West Main Cross St. Tickets range from $20 to $45. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 419-423-2787 or visit marathoncenterarts.org.

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HOLIDAY Hullabaloo ’Tis the season for Findlay families to be jolly! With our guide to the area’s best holiday happenings, we have many ways to make the coming weeks both merry and bright. From Christmas crafts to Yuletide carols, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

Your Local Guide to the Most Wonderful Time of the Year By Jessica Kempf

Weekends through January 1

North Pole Express

Fridays & Saturdays 5-9pm, Sundays 5-8pm 12505 CR 99, Findlay 419-423-2995, nworrp.org All aboard the North Pole Express! Enjoy a quarter-scale train ride through a winter wonderland. Closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and OPEN Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Tickets are $3/adults and $2/children.

December 1-18

Riehm Produce Farm

Fridays 4-7pm, and Sat-Sun Noon-7pm 7244 N. State Route 53, Tiffin (near Old Fort) 419-434-4560, funacres.net, and on Facebook under “Riehm Produce Farm, LLC” If you love live Christmas trees, decor, fun and more, load up the family for a trip to Riehm Farm in Tiffin. About a 45-minute drive from Findlay, find something for everyone in the family. Many sizes and varieties of Christmas trees are available, as well as ornaments and other Christmas decor such as wreaths and crafts. Make memories with the kids as you explore straw tunnels, a giant slide, hayrides, mazes, Mrs. Claus’s village and more for just $5. Don’t forget to get a photo with Santa.

Mondays and Fridays through Dec. 23 Kiwanis Santa’s House & WinterFest

6-8pm , Mondays and Fridays St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church 120 W. Sandusky St., Findlay Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, take a wagon ride through downtown Findlay and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Don’t miss out on this great event put on by the Kiwanis Club of Findlay each year. Free 10

Daily through December Kaleidoscope Christmas Tree Farms

Saturdays 10am-6pm, Sundays 2-6pm (closing at 4pm Dec. 18), Weekdays 4-6pm Kaleidoscope Farms 14841 CR 54, Mt. Cory 419-722-1154, kaleidoscopefarms.blogspot.com Choosing your Christmas tree is just a part of the Christmas experience at Kaleidoscope Farms. See Santa’s reindeer, go on a scavenger hunt and enjoy hot cider in the gift shop. On Saturdays and Sundays, take a horse-drawn wagon ride (weekends only and weather permitting, ending around 4pm). Activities free; cost applies to trees and gifts.

December 1-4, 8-11, 15-18 A Christmas Story: The Musical

Times vary, see website for details Fort Findlay Playhouse 300 W. Sandusky St. 567-525-3636, fortfindlayplayhouse.org A hilarious and nostalgic holiday tale about the mischievous Ralphie who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Enjoy this classic Christmas favorite set in the 1940s to great songs. Tickets can be purchased online, at the Playhouse, or by calling 567-525-3636. $15 per ticket

Friday, December 2

December 2 & 3

7:30pm Marathon Center for the Performing Arts 200 W. Main Cross Street, Findlay 419-423-2787, marathoncenterarts.org Capture the majesty of the holidays with the vibrant sound of Boston Brass! Boston Brass treats audiences to classical arrangements, jazz standards, humor and personality for an evening of fun, captivating all ages. Tickets from $25-$55

6-9pm St. Mark’s United Methodist Church 800 S. Main St., Findlay 419-422-4236, stmarksfindlay.org See the Christmas story come to life with a live action tour through the events surrounding the birth of Jesus. Free

Boston Brass Holiday

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Live Nativity


December 1-December 31

Lights Before Christmas!

Sun-Thurs 3-8pm, Fri-Sat 3-9pm Toledo Zoo & Aquarium 2 Hippo Way, Toledo 419-385-4040, toledozoo.org The Toledo Zoo’s holiday tradition boasts nearly 70 miles of lights throughout the zoo. Come and see animated holiday displays while you enjoy hot chocolate, Christmas cookies and more. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Prices: $17/adults 12-59, $14/children 3-11, $14/seniors 60+, children 0-2 Free.

December 2, 3 & 4

The ONU Holiday Spectacular 2016

Dec. 2 at 7:30pm, Dec. 3 at 2 & 7:30pm & Dec. 4 at 2pm Veteran’s Memorial Civic and Convention Center 7 Town Square, Lima Ohio Northern University’s holiday musical performance is packed full of festive Christmas carols, ballerinas, nutcrackers and more. Tickets can be purchased at Kewpee Hamburger restaurants, by calling 419-772-1900 or in person at The Freed Center Box Office, 525 S. Main St. in Ada. All tickets $5.

Saturday, December 3

Santa and his Reindeer visit Feasel’s

5-8pm Feasel’s Garden Center 2330 Bright Rd., Findlay 419-423-4223, feasels.com Visit with Santa and meet his reindeer, plus do some free kid’s krafts! CONTINUED ON P.12

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December 3

Grace Speaks Charity Hockey Game

Tuesday, December 6

Presents for Parents

Doors open at 3:30, puck drops at 4:15 Bowling Green State University Ice Arena 417 Mercer Rd., Bowling Green 419-348-4083, grace-speaks.org This annual charity hockey game between the Grace-Speaks.org all-stars and the Detroit Red Wing Alumni Association helps provide speech therapy to children in Findlay. A children’s area will include crafts, face painting and more. Purchase advance tickets at grace-speaks.org or by calling 419-3484083. $10 per ticket & $50 VIP tickets include dinner and drinks following the game. $13 general admission tickets available at the door. (Children 3 and under are free)

1pm Children's Museum of Findlay 1800 Tiffin Ave. Suite 201, Findlay 567-250-9616, cmfindlay.com For December, the Children's Museum of Findlay's monthly preschool session will be Presents for Parents. Children are invited to join CMF staff in creating a unique craft to give as a gift for a loved one. Admission: $6.50/ages 16 and up, $4.50/ages 3-15, free for members and children under 3.

Wednesday, December 7 Mommy & Me Tour

Saturday, December 3 McKinnis House by Candlelight

6-9pm Litzenberg Memorial Woods 6100 U.S. Route 224, Findlay 419-425-7275, hancockparks.com The McKinnis family will invite you into their home to share their favorite holiday traditions. Join in a sing-along by the fire and sample freshly baked gingerbread cookies. All ages welcome, registration not required. Free

Saturday, December 3

Christmas Open House

Dec. 3, 5-8pm; Dec. 4, 1-4pm Hancock Historical Museum 422 W. Sandusky St., Findlay 419-423-4433, hancockhistoricalmuseum.org Join the Hull family as they celebrate Christmas in the 1890s. Families will enjoy crafts, games, refreshments, music, and a visit from Father Christmas. $1/ticket

December 3, 9 & 10

Home for the Holidays Festival

9am-8:30pm Uptown, Upper Sandusky 419-294-3349, uppersanduskychamber.com This full-day holiday event has become a small-town tradition for families to enjoy. Activities include a 5K Fun Run, a parade, a visit from Santa, marshmallow roasting and more. Go to uppersanduskychamber.com for a full schedule of events and locations.

Saturday, December 3

Christmas in the Village

3-7pm 100 N. Main St., Mt. Blanchard 419-306-3073 Visit this quaint village decorated with holiday lights and filled with fun things for children and families. There will be a parade, live music, live nativity, children’s area, and much more! Stay tuned for more details on Facebook under “Mt. Blanchard Beautification Committee/Christmas in the Village.” Free

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December 3 & 4

Holiday Lantern Tour: “Yuletides of Yesteryear”

4–8:30pm Sauder Village 22611 State Route 2, Archbold 800-590-9755, saudervillage.org The holiday trolley tour at Sauder Village takes guests on a lanter lit experience of yesteryear. The 90-minute tour includes several stops throughout different periods of time where guests will learn about Christmas decorating, crafts and more through this handson experience. Preregistration and prepayment is required. Members: $11/adults, $6/children over 3; Nonmembers: $13/adults, $7/children over 3.

Sunday, December 4 Sunday Funday

1:30-3:30pm The Mazza Museum 201 College St., Findlay 419-434-4560, mazzamuseum.org Little ones will love the Mazza Museum’s monthly event with crafts, games, activities, and more. December’s theme is Daring Dragons! Free

Monday, December 5

Discovery Stories: Barn Owls

10am & 1pm Oakwoods Nature Preserve Discovery Center 1400 Oakwoods Lane, Findlay 419-425-7275, hancockparks.com Bring the kids out to learn some fun facts and enjoy a story, craft and game about the barn owl. Recommended for ages 3-6 with an adult; other aged siblings are welcome to attend. Free

Monday, December 5

Wreath Making for Tweens 6-7:30pm Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Lindamood Room 206 Broadway St., Findlay 419-422-1712, findlaylibrary.org Head to the library to make a fabric wreath for the holidays or give as a gift. Grades 2-6. Free

December 5 & 7

Visits from Santa

10:30-11:30am Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Lindamood Room 206 Broadway St., Findlay 419-422-1712, findlaylibrary.org Get into the holiday spirit with Christmas stories, songs and a visit from Santa. Be sure to bring your camera. For kids of all ages. Free

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10am Wood County Historical Center & Museum 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green 419-352-0967, woodcountyhistory.org Take a guided tour of the historical museum, enjoy a story and a snack. This is a stroller-friendly tour. $5/adults, children are Free.

Wednesday, December 7 Williamsburg Wreath Workshop

3pm & 6:30pm Riverbend Recreation Area, Brugeman Lodge 16618 TR 208, Findlay 419-425-7275, hancockparks.com You're invited to a Williamsburg-style wreath workshop where all participants will be decorating a fresh-cut wreath with fruits, berries, cones and more. Ann Boyd of My Own Backyard Herbs & Flowers will guide you along the way. Ages 16 and up. Register by calling 419-425-7275 by 4:30pm on Dec. 5. $20 per person.

December 9-23

Birchaven Village Christmas Bazaar

10am-4pm Birchaven Village 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay 419-424-3000, birchaven.org Please join us for the 29th annual Christmas Bazaar! Shop a variety of items handmade by residents, staff, and volunteers including homemade fudge, one-of-a-kind ornaments, teacher gifts, and more. Proceeds benefit activity programs at Birchaven.


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Saturday, December 17

10am & 1pm Oakwoods Nature Preserve Discovery Center 1400 Oakwoods Lane, Findlay 419-425-7275, hancockparks.com Flurry on in to the Discovery Center to read a book about snowflakes. Learn how no two snowflakes are alike and then make your own unique snowflake with your handprint. Recommended for ages 3 and under with an adult, other aged siblings are welcome to attend. Free

11am Children's Museum of Findlay 1800 Tiffin Ave. Suite 201, Findlay 567-250-9616, cmfindlay.com Come join the Children's Museum of Findlay for a Holiday Painting Event with Awakening Minds Art! Children will have a chance to paint a holidaythemed painting led by an AMA instructor. All abilities welcome! Admission: $6.50/ages 16 and up, $4.50/ages 3-15, free for members and children under 3

Kids in the Park: Winter Fun Hike

1pm Riverbend Recreation Area, Shelter 1 16618 TR 208, Findlay 419-425-7275, hancockparks.com It’s time to get out and enjoy the fresh air and search for winter hiding spots of the animals. Can you find a track they have left? Where do they get their food when the snow falls? For children of all ages. No registration required. Free

Saturday, December 10 Skate with Santa

1-2:50pm The Cube 3430 N. Main St., Findlay 419-424-7176, findlayohio.com Skate to today’s Christmas music, have your picture taken with Santa, decorate a cookie, and make a craft. $5 admission & $3 skate rental.

Saturday, December 10

Saturday Family Movie: Secret Life of Pets

2-3:30pm Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Lindamood Room 206 Broadway St., Findlay 419-422-1712, findlaylibrary.org Come enjoy a movie together! Popcorn and water provided. Children under 13 must have a parent present the whole time. Free

Wednesday, December 14

Tales for Toddlers & Tales for Tots

10:15-10:30 (toddlers ages 1-2) & 11-11:30am (tots ages 3-5) The Mazza Museum 201 College St., Findlay 419-434-4560, mazzamuseum.org “Story Nana” leads this fun themed storytime tailored for different age groups. This month’s theme: Red (Our Colorful World!). Free

Thursday, December 15

Saturday, December 17

Findlay Christian Bookstore Craft & Story Time

2pm & 4pm Findlay Christian Book & Gift 438 Tiffin Ave., Findlay 419-422-6116, search “Findlay Christian Book and Gift” on Facebook Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy a retelling of the Nativity story, a snack, and a craft to take home. Free and a craft to take home. Free

December 28, 29 & 30

Cookies & Cram

6-8pm Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Lindamood Room 206 Broadway St., Findlay 419-422-1712, findlaylibrary.org Come to the library to prepare for finals. Bring your friends and study together or bring a book and create your own read-a-thon. Groups welcome. Grades 6-12. Cookies and milk will be provided.

December 16 & 17

A 1940s Nutcracker– Neos Dance Theatre

Dec. 16 at 8pm; Dec. 17 at 3pm Marathon Center for the Performing Arts 200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay 419-423-2787, marathoncenterarts.org Neos Dance Theatre’s story takes a twist from the original tale by paying homage to an iconic age of film, fashion, American Christmas traditions, the industrial age and WWII. For families and children of all ages. Tickets from $20-$45

Holiday Ice-Skating Mini-Camp & Show

8am-12:30pm The Cube 3430 N. Main St., Findlay 419-424-7176, findlayohio.com Enjoy ice skating lessons that end with a show– Charlie Brown & Friends! Lessons each day December 28-30, with the show 12:30pm on December 30. Advanced classes are 8-10:30am and Beginner 10am-12:30pm. Cost $75

Saturday, December 31

Noon Year’s Eve Party

11:30am-12:30pm Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Lindamood Room 206 Broadway St., Findlay 419-422-1712, findlaylibrary.org Celebrate New Year's Eve as a family. Wear your fanciest party gear and join us for a story and craft as we count down to noon. The party will continue with kid-friendly dance tunes. Free

Saturday, December 17 Jingle Bell Jog

8-10am 419-422-4424, findlayymca.org Get your holiday started off on the right foot with the Findlay YMCA’s festive 1st Annual Jingle Bell Jog 5K. This timed 5k will start at 8:30am with everyone wearing jingle bells on their shoes to celebrate the holiday season! Brought to you by Findlay YMCA and Great Scot. Race begins at Great Scot on Broad Avenue. Contact YMCA to register. Cost $25

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Saturday, December 10

Holiday Painting Event

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Local families celebrate holiday traditions from around the world By Halley Sullivan

Traditions are the threads that hold families together. This holiday season many diverse and beautiful holiday customs will be celebrated right here in Findlay, Ohio. Meet four local families who are celebrating holiday traditions from around the world.

in Findlay The Chinese New Year, China’s biggest festival, celebrates a year of hard work and makes wishes for a prosperous coming year. The Chen family will continue to keep tradition by celebrating Chinese New Year on January 28, 2017, a date based on the lunar calendar. Since moving to Findlay, Ailing Chen, her husband, Xu, and son Hasen, 4, have taken to celebrating Chinese New Year with local friends because they don’t have an extended family nearby. The Chens invite Chinese friends to their home and each family cooks traditional food to share. The group gathers to celebrate Chinese festivals throughout the year. “In China, families gather together to enjoy traditional food and time together,” says Chen. Food plays a significant role in the celebration, with each dish holding a special meaning. Fish is always served during the Chinese New Year meal because the fish signifies savings or surplus. Dumplings, which are similarly shaped to gold currency once used in China, represent fortune. Rice cakes are considered good luck to eat during Chinese New Year because they represent increasing prosperity each year. The giving and receiving of red envelopes is a favorite tradition among children. In Chinese culture, red represents luck and happiness. The red envelopes are filled with money and given by adult family members to children and the elderly as a wish for the New Year. “It’s just like Christmas here.”

The Chen Family Xu, Ailing, and Hasen, 4 China Celebrating Chinese New Year

Chen teaches her son Chinese New Year songs and dresses him in red traditional clothing. She takes photos and videos to share with her family in China. The family places a red couplet across their doorframe with the words “Best Wishes” and also hangs red lanterns. On the day of the new year celebration all family members– kids and adults– get fresh haircuts and wear new clothing, down to the socks. “We’ve been here for six-and-a-half years; this is our home now, and we want it to feel like home. I want Hasen to know about his culture,” Chen said.

Paul and Kelsey Witte have celebrated Christmas all around the United States. Over the past eight years the Findlay family has lived in Alaska, Illinois, and Louisiana, observing and collecting holiday traditions from each unique region. When living in Alaska, the Wittes discovered that salmon was the main dish for holiday meals and gift giving. It’s very popular for Alaskan families to give and receive canned salmon that they have caught and prepared themselves as gifts. The Christmas traditions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana were some of the more unique and culturally rich that the family has observed. On Christmas Eve, large bonfires are built on the levees of the Mississippi River to guide “Papa Noel” and his team of alligators through the fog to deliver gifts. It takes weeks to build the teepee-like bonfire structures, many of which are over 20 feet tall. “When they light the fires on Christmas Eve people host big parties with food, traditionally gumbo, and fireworks. Families, friends, and neighbors all mingle and visit along the river,” explains Kelsey Witte. This year, the Witte family plans to prepare for Christmas by lighting candles on an Advent wreath each night at dinner. In the Catholic tradition there are four candles on the wreath representing hope, love, joy, and peace. Accompanying family devotions prepare their hearts and minds to celebrate the birth of Christ. Another important family tradition is reading together. “I love Christmas books and reading them with the kids,” Witte says. “We buy a few new books each year and have quite a growing collection.” The Witte girls, Anna, 6, and Kate, 4, say that their favorite tradition is singing Christmas carols in bed each night. The one tradition that the family keeps, regardless of where they are living, is displaying Kelsey’s family nativity. “My mom gave it to me after my wedding, but I still allow my kids to play with the figures, hoping they will come to understand the true meaning of Christmas.” 14

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The Witte Family Paul, Kelsey, Anna, 6, Kate, 4, Joseph, 1 Findlay, OH Celebrating Christmas across the U.S.


The Rajan Family Rajan, Aruna, and Abhinaya, 7 Chennai, India Celebrating Diwali

Diwali is India’s biggest and most important annual holiday. Even though they are far from their home in Dehli, India, Aruna Rajan and her husband, Rajan, are excited to share the traditions of this special holiday with their Findlay friends and daughter Abhinaya, 7. “Our friends have become more like family now. This year we are gathering in a common place with each family bringing their own goodies and dishes to share. We will eat, light lamps, and celebrate together.” Diwali is known as the festival of lights because many Indian families light rows and rows of small clay lamps called “diyas” around their homes. The diyas are lit in celebration of the victory of light over darkness, or good over evil. The longer the lamp burns, the more satisfaction or spiritual clarity those lighting the lamp receive. During Diwali, houses are brightly illuminated and inviting. Aruna and her daughter hand-painted clay diyas together this year, paying close attention to draw out the intricate details. There is extensive planning and preparation for the festival of Diwali. Homes are freshly cleaned from top to bottom and repair projects completed. New clothing, including matching accessories, are purchased, dozens of traditional savory and sweet dishes are prepared to be shared with friends or family, and brightly colored decorations are displayed. On the morning of Diwali, the family comes together in the home’s worship room where the eldest member applies oil to each person’s head symbolizing a new beginning and getting rid of any evil or selfishness in that individual. The family then worships and prays to the gods who bring prosperity. That evening, family and friends gather to enjoy a feast of “at least 36 dishes,” laughs Aruna Rajan. “Sweets are the main thing, we always feel when you start with a sweet and end with a sweet everything ends up on a sweet note.” Small fireworks are a common part of the joyful celebration that lasts deep into the night. Diwali 2016 was celebrated this fall.

The Grigorieff Family

Ted, Sofia, and Thea, 2 Italy Italian Christmas with Swedish Influences

It should come as no surprise that food is a big part of the Italian Christmas celebration. In Italy many of the traditions and dishes are dependent on the region in which you live. Sofia Grigorieff, grew up in Abruzzo, Italy combining both her mother’s Swedish traditions with her father’s Italian traditions at Christmastime. “Growing up we celebrated my mom’s Swedish side at Christmas Eve dinner, eating salmon and boiled potatoes with dips,” explains Grigorieff. Christmas Eve is a busy and full time for Italian families, many of whom attend midnight masses at local churches and then “Babbo Natale,” Father Christmas, brings presents to the children. “On Christmas Day, we prepare lasagna and cardone, a local dish prepared with artichoke stems, broth, meatballs, and Parmesan cheese. It started as a very poor dish, just people boiling the artichoke stems, but now people add the meatballs and Parmesan, making it rich and delicious,” she says. Families tune in to the Pope’s Christmas message, which is broadcast on TV from Rome. Huge and often life-sized nativity scenes are a very popular tradition in Italy. Some families devote an entire room of their home to display their nativity sets, including the village of Bethlehem with the markets, shepherds, wise men, three kings and the stable with baby Jesus. “There is a tradition that every church has its nativity on display,” Grigorieff says. “Churches put out complete sets, showcasing statues and pieces from the 1800s. At Christmastime, you go from church to church to see all the different nativities.” This Christmas, Sofia is looking forward to spending time with her family who will be visiting for the holidays and creating new traditions for her 2-year-old daughter, Thea. The Grigorieffs plan to take Thea to see Santa Claus, teach her some Christmas carols, and prepare traditional lasagna– “if I can find authentic ingredients!” says Grigorieff.

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Local gift ideas for mom, dad, and the kids By Halley Sullivan

If shopping for the holidays has you stumped, we are here to help. We’ve compiled one-of-a-kind gift ideas for Mom, Dad, and the kids from local shops that are sure to delight your loved ones. Save time and enjoy the holiday season with our 2016 gift guide!

RooBarb Studio 524 S. Main St., 419-422-2862

riecksgallery.com Whether your guy is an art lover or an Ohio State fan, this 100 percent slate cheese board is a fun addition to any man cave. Just $28.95, this board is beautiful enough to display via the attached leather strap or to use as a serving platter during a tailgate. Soapstone chalk is included in the packaging so that can you root on your team, mark your hometown or label the food you are serving. A versatile, one-of-a-kind piece for the most discerning gift recipient. Dad will enjoy the craftsmanship and uniqueness of this gift.

524 S. Main St. 419-422-2862, riecksgallery.com Whether your guy is an art lover or an Ohio State fan, this 100 percent slate cheese board is a fun addition to any man cave. Just $28.95, this board is beautiful enough to display via the attached leather strap or to use as a serving platter during a tailgate. Soapstone chalk is included in the packaging so that can you root on your team, mark your hometown or label the food you are serving. A versatile, one-of-a-kind piece for the most discerning gift recipient. Dad will enjoy the craftsmanship and uniqueness of this gift.

Ace Hardware

200 S Main St 419-422-5852 acehardware.com This “Classic Swiss Army Knife” is a bestseller because it’s small and useful. It’s been dubbed “the most popular knife in America” (per swissknifeshop.com) and you can buy it right on Main Street. The compact tool includes a small blade, scissors, nail file with screwdriver tip, toothpick, tweezers and a key ring for $15.99. Small enough to fit in a pocket, on a keychain, or in a glove compartment, you can bet Dad will be reaching for this tool regularly.

Trends! on Main

501 S. Main St. 419-420-1582 trendsonmain.com

Blanket scarves are on trend and extremely versatile, making them a perfect gift for mom. These oversized scarves can be worn as a wrap, a poncho, or a scarf. Trends! On Main carries several plaid prints of the popular accessory for $27 each and can show you how to style the scarf. Pick one out and keep mom cozy in a soft, oversized scarf all winter long.

The Children’s Museum of Findlay

Findlay Village Mall, 1800 Tiffin Ave #201 567-250-9616, cmfindlay.com A membership to the Children’s Museum of Findlay is a gift that will get played with all year long! On top of unlimited visits to the museum’s innovative and interactive exhibits, a membership provides discounted party room rentals and invitations to special programs or events. And don’t forget it’s also a great place to get the wiggles out on the long, cold days of winter. Adults can socialize with other parents and play with their kids in a safe, educational environment. A family membership, $80, is valid for one year from date of purchase. 16

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The Far East to the Midwest

Cruising along Industrial Drive in Findlay, you may notice a few companies of Japanese origin. Northwest Ohio is a draw for many Japanese-based automobile industries due to the work force, the proximity to I-75, and the nearby auto industries. Currently there are 14 Japanese-based companies located in the area, employing over 6,000 individuals. These companies not only bring jobs to our community, but also expatriates from Japan who have rallied together to embrace their Japanese culture and the American community in which they live.

Friends of Findlay

Friends of Findlay is a community organization comprised of employees from Japanese-based companies with satellite locations in Northwest Ohio, along with representatives from the City of Findlay. Kazuo Koyama, President of Nissin Brake in Findlay, founded the group in 1992 in an effort to connect Japanese individuals living and working in the U.S. with each other and their communities. Originally from the Nagano prefecture

of Japan, Koyama has lived in the U.S. twice for his job and says he started Friends of Findlay because of the “various cultural differences between Japan and the U.S…such as law, language, traffic, food, and the education system.” The group’s mission is to establish friendly relationships among members and with the residents of Findlay, to build a foundation to contribute to the city of Findlay, and to support activities for the cultural exchange of Japan.

known as “arigatou no kai” during which students show gratitude to their teachers with their talents, such as music or dance. Friends of Findlay has also hosted several trips to Japan with members of the Findlay community. During these trips the group visits a variety of schools, business’ headquarters, and meets with former Findlay residents to gain insight into the academic, social, and business culture of the Japanese. The City of Findlay has welcomed the Friends of Findlay by offering tours of

Blanchard Valley Hospital and translating hospital forms into Japanese. Findlay City School District provides bus services every Saturday for children to attend Japanese school in Toledo for lessons in Japanese language, culture, and math. The Findlay Economic Development office even closed their offices for a halfday for the Detroit Japanese consulate to temporarily come to Findlay to provide on-site support service. Friends of Findlay demonstrates that what is good economically is even better culturally for our community. While many of its members are here on temporary assignment, the impact of the organization leaves a lasting impression upon the City of Findlay.

Building Community

In the fall, the group enjoyed a social picnic with over 200 members in attendance. They also participate in the Julie Cole Charity Golf Tournament, which benefits local hospice programming. “Findlay is a good place to raise a family, people are very welcoming. We want to show our gratitude.” says Koyama. Friends of Findlay members organize an annual gratitude ceremony,

Friends of Findlay bridges the gap between Findlay and Japan.

Community members and readers are encouraged to submit ideas for the column. Know someone our readers might like to meet or have an example of cultural diversity that we can share and learn from? Email Sarah Mayle at editor2@findlayfamily.com.

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The Holey Stitchers Warming Those in Need One Stitch at a Time Knitting and crocheting group ‘yarn bombs’ Findlay with kindness By Kay Mathias

Paging Professor Google ...

Could there have been life without the internet? By Rose Roccisano Barto

You just can’t do homework anymore without the internet. Whether it’s Quizlet, Khan Academy or trusty Google, there are very few nights in my house that various devices aren’t fired up and running. Most of our search histories would bore Homeland Security– in one night alone, it was history, anatomy, Spanish and calculus. It makes me wonder how I survived 13 years of public schooling without it.

The olden days

The other day I was talking about ancient times, when we had to get up to change one of the 12 channels our TV received. If I had a question I had to call a friend on our rotary dial phone and sit at the kitchen table because the cord didn’t reach very far. When I went to the library I had to look in a card catalogue that was limited to the books my library had. But what stopped my kids in their tracks– and what seems impossible even to me– is that I lived before the internet existed. I remember my first time online. I was working at my first newspaper job and we got one computer hard-wired– no wifi– to the internet for the whole newsroom. We were encouraged to look up anything we wanted, just to get the hang of the thing. The first thing I Yahooed– Google didn’t even exist yet– was that classic mid-90s show, Party of Five. While the internet was handy for work, it was about seven years too late for high school.

The wifi less traveled

What could my life have been like if I had Khan Academy when I was struggling to understand trigonometry? Writing that senior research paper would have been so much easier if I could have cited online sources instead of writing bits and pieces on 47 index cards. And Wikipedia would have beaten the living room encyclopedias a million times over in about a twentieth of the time. Now, it only takes a few keystrokes to find the answer to a thorny homework problem. Researching a topic takes only searching a few moments instead of driving down to the library before it closes. And, unfortunately, it is far too easy to cheat by finding old answer keys online. I am, however, grateful I didn’t have easy answers. Not understanding trig taught me a lifelong lesson– always ask for help if you don’t understand something. I still prefer a printed copy over trusting the little men in the computer to save my information. And just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it’s right.

Time marches on

The internet is just as revolutionary, maybe even more so, than the first automobile, atomic bomb or Moon landing. Which, by the way, were all done without the internet. Karl Benz didn’t Google how to build a gaspowered engine for his automobile. Manhattan Project scientists made good use of pencil and paper. And the geniuses at NASA used computers that were about as powerful as the calculator most students bring to school. When my children ask for homework help, my first response is to ask if they’ve Googled it. I’m still waiting, however, for an assignment that requires a dictionary, encyclopedia and card catalogue. When that happens then? Step aside, Professor Google. I got this. 18

Findlay resident Libby Hanes Calloway has turned her favorite hobbies of crocheting and knitting into a mission of spreading and sharing joy. In 2015, Calloway invited moms and daughters via the Hancock County Homeschool Facebook page to meet at the library to knit and crochet. After the group’s first meeting, she felt blessed to be offered a regular site to meet at Turning Point Church, where she is not a member. Calloway then came up with the group’s witty name, “The Holey Stitchers,” since the group meets at the church and “knitting and crocheting have holes (some people’s more than others as they learn),” Calloway said, jokingly.

Yarn bombs: The gentlest of arsenals

The Holey Stitchers is currently comprised of five mother-and-daughter teams who meet weekly to knit, crochet or both– which Calloway describes as “croknitting.” Meeting year-round, the group distributes their items to the community in fun ways such as “yarn bombing.” For the past two years, the girls have “yarn bombed” downtown Findlay with handmade scarves, hats mittens and more, on lampposts, trees, and fences. Tags are attached that read, “Please take me if you are out in the cold.” If items remain hanging after three days, they are sent to the homeless in Washington, D.C. Calloway said the group also creates baby items to donate to hospitals and shelters. Calloway’s great-grandmother taught her to crochet when she was 4-years-old. While living in domestic violence shelters, Calloway crocheted blankets, sweaters, slippers and even Easter dresses for her children. In 2003, she was diagnosed with Dandy-Walker Syndrome, a seizure disorder, and found she would have to stay home a lot more. On the bright side, it was around that time a man she calls “Uncle Max” taught her how to knit when she attended a knitting group at the Yarn Farm in Findlay. Calloway knits and crochets breast forms for women who have to undergo a mastectomy or lumpectomy, contributes to Random Acts of Kindness (RAKS), and has previously knitted socks for soldiers. She says socks are her favorite thing to create because it only takes 400 yards of finger-weight yarn to make a pair.

Come one come all

Calloway said that even though the Holey Stitchers originated as a mother/ daughter homeschool group, it is open to any women who want to share life, make friends or try something new. “The world is so isolating now that we need to intentionally reach out to others,” said Calloway. “Working outside the home wasn’t in the cards for me, so I try to help out where I can.” There is no cost to join the group. “Just bring your yarn hooks and needles,” said Calloway. “Don’t have any, no problem– I occasionally receive donations and I am happy to pass them on to new yarnies!” For more information, you can check out the Holey Stitchers Facebook page, or email Calloway at CalLibberty@gmail.com. The group happily accepts donations.

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Ask the Expert Embrace the Season of Thanksgiving

I’m Thankful by Terri-Sue Hill

How to Raise a Child with Gratitude By Jessica Kempf

1. What are the benefits of cultivating an attitude of gratitude in our children? According to research, children with gratitude develop empathy for others as well as increased feelings of happiness, forgiveness and patience. A sense of gratitude can help lower stress and give children the opportunity to relate to other people’s feelings, leading to overall feelings of wellbeing and belonging. 2. How do parents with younger children (5 and under) get started? Can you give some practical examples? With younger children modeling is the best approach. Allow children to witness you showing gratitude. Say “please” and “thank you” when interacting with others and speak to children in the way you would like for them to speak. For example, “Thank you for picking up your toys. That was very helpful.” Children are always watching and learning so give them opportunities to see you being grateful. 3. What are some ways parents of school-age children and teens can build and nurture the skill of being grateful? Heading into the holiday season provides many opportunities to build and nurture this skill. Get children involved in local charities. Collect food for food drives, donate old toys and clothes to local shelters, or allow your children to help prepare a meal for a family in need. Take time to talk with your children about why these acts of service are important and discuss what your family is grateful for.

Being Thankful by Mercer Mayer

My First Gratitude Journal: A Write-in Draw-in Gratitude Journal for Kids by Vivian Tenorio

Jenelle Hohman, Licensed Professional Counselor explains good behavior in children. 4. What are some behaviors or attitudes in children that have a negative effect on gratitude? How can we redirect our children when they express these attitudes? Some attitudes and behaviors that can have a negative effect include not helping out, expecting to always get their way, not accepting “no” for an answer, extreme focus on materialistic wants, not being grateful, and feelings of entitlement. When children express these behaviors and attitudes, parents can use these moments as a teaching opportunity. It is important to acknowledge and validate the feelings but then help them to find gratitude in that moment. For example, “I know you really wanted the Star Wars Lego set, but let’s look at the fun things you can do with this set and tell your friend thank you for the gift.”

5. What resources do you recommend for parents who want more help in this area? Books for Parents: Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World — by Kristen Welch

Jenelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor who holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Heidelberg University. She offers counseling for a number of issues and specializes in working with young children. She has office hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and is currently accepting new patients at Mind Body Health Associates located at 200 West Lima Street in Findlay, 5 67-525-3311

The Me, Me, Me, Epidemic: A Step-byStep Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World — by Amy McCready

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The Dark Horse Restaurant

4136 N. Main St., Findlay 419-424-9201 Hours: 7am-10pm MondayThursday; 7am-11pm FridaySaturday; 8am-3pm Sunday Darkhorsefindlay.com, “The Dark Horse Restaurant” on Facebook Takeout, delivery, and catering Christmas gift card special– Purchase $50 gift card get $10 bonus card free

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Most restaurants have their draw, their flagship reason why people first give them a try or, if they’re lucky, come back. It’s hard to choose that outstanding reason why The Dark Horse left me so content. There was the pleasant feeling of time slowing down as I enjoyed the company of my family, and the sense of community in the restaurant. There was the simple, cozy decor. And what about how I can still taste those homemade croutons in my salad, and the delicious marinara sauce and breading of my chicken parmesan? “We do have a lot of repeat customers,” said Neeli Oler, Dark Horse owner. “Some people are here four and five times a week. That’s what we want– people to feel at home, that they can come to a friendly place where they know people and want to come back. I can’t say enough about our longtime customers. They keep me going. ” Along with the sense of community, Oler said The Dark Horse is known for its meals made from scratch, many of which are generations-old family recipes. Oler strives for reasonable prices and portions, and she said their lunch specials, prime rib, and the “Best Breakfast in Town,” are also big draws. The restaurant has been open for about 10 years; for five years, Oler has been the sole owner.

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There’s nothing fancy about the decor of The Dark Horse. There are tables with ads on them, cushioned brown chairs, a tile floor, a wooden bar, cream-colored walls with wooden trim. There are a few flat-screen TVs, but in a world of fastpaced over-stimulation, the environment 20

is refreshing, freeing your attention to your company and the food. Plans for new restrooms and an expanded waiting area are currently in the works. As my kids happily colored their placemat sheets and tried to “help the Momma fish find her 10 babies” on their cups, our family of four all had a nice chat and shared a lot of laughs. Looking around, I saw a little bit of everyone there– a young family with an estimated 1-year-old and 3-yearold, some senior citizens, a group of ladies dining, a few men chatting at the bar. The Dark Horse menu is extensive, including 11 appetizers; several sandwiches; soups; delicious salads; a tasty variety of burgers; a wide variety of sides; several Italian specialties such as veal parmesan and lasagna; and a number of tantalizing entrees– tortilla-crusted tilapia, steak, and mahi mahi, to name a few. The kids’ menu offers your standards but several choices off the beaten path too, such as fish sticks, spaghetti and meatball, and mac and cheese. For $4.99 you get an entree, side, drink and, one of the top ways to win the favor of kids: ice cream.

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As we perused the menu making our selections, our waitress brought a basket of homemade, warm bread spread with a little butter and seasoning. Delightful. My 11-year-old son ordered a side salad, chicken strips and fries. Looking over his salad he was ready to proclaim we were in for a great meal. “I think this is going to be awesome,” he said, basically drooling, with wide eyes. “It has a hard-boiled egg, so, you know...”

My husband ordered the chef salad with French dressing and selected banana bread to come with it. He had sampled the salad before and knew it was just what he wanted and said the rest of us should try the homemade banana bread. Lately, my son has been coming up with descriptions for food he loves that involve pillows– this time he decided the bread was “like a new pillow.” I would describe the bread as outstanding, fluffy, sweet and delicious. I promptly ordered a loaf to take home for breakfast and continued to swoon over each piece. My 7-year-old daughter was a fan of the bread, along with her chicken and fries. My meal, the Parmesan chicken, was exceptional. The spaghetti was cooked to that perfect place where it’s soft, but not gooey. The tomato sauce was wonderful, with tiny pieces of beef, and very flavorful. The seasoned breading on my chicken reminded me of the homemade croutons atop my salad– crispy, light and delicious. Last but not least, my chicken was juicy, topped with tomato sauce and heavenly melted cheese. I simply could not have enjoyed my meal more– and I ate my leftovers at my first opportunity, lunch the very next day. If I might be straightforward, The Dark Horse has quickly catapulted to one of my favorite restaurants. For the Christmas season, it will even be decorated with lights and a tree, making it all that more cozy. Save my seat, please– I crave another chicken Parmesan and precious quality time with the family!

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The Short Course Kid-friendly To the max Noise level Quiet

Bathroom amenities Clean and adequate High chairs Yes and booster seats Got milk? White and chocolate Kids’ menu? Yes, nice variety

Food allergy concerns No peanut oil used. Oler said let your server know, and accommodations can be made.

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1 THURSDAY A Christmas Story the Musical The beloved Christmas film can now be seen as a musical on stage! This show tells the story of Ralphie and his quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Each famous scene is spectacularly reimagined in a new medium. Dec. 1- 4, 8-11, 15-18. 8pm/ non matinees, 5pm/matinees. $15. Fort Findlay playhouse. 300 West Sandusky St. Findlay OH. 567-525-3636. tickets.fortfindlayplayhouse.org ABC, Come Play With Me Following Storytime & Mother Goose Bring your kids, ages five and under, out to the library for play and story time. The program lasts about an hour and offers to teach kids letter recognition and the importance of sharing.10:30 am. Dorcas Carey Public Library. 236 East Findlay Street Carey, OH. 419- 396-7921. dorcascarey.org. Free

2 FRIDAY A No Promises Christmas Welcome the Christmas season with harmonized versions of classic christmas songs. No Promises vocal band is unveiling their latest holiday album. No Promises will give an unforgettable performance. 7pm. First Presbyterian Church. 2330 S Main St Findlay, OH. 419-423-2112. findlayfpc. org. Free Boston Brass Holiday The Boston Brass are back once again to play your holiday favorites and classic jazz standards. The Boston Brass have refined their sound for over 30 years, and have created a one of a kind sound. Audiences will love the ensembles personality and humor. 7:30pm. $25-$55. Marathon Center of the Perfor ming Arts. 200 W. Main Cross St. 419-423-2787. marathoncenterarts.org Christmas Fun at Feasel’s The Children’s Christmas train is once again making a stop at Feasel’s Garden Center. Take a ride through a christmas wonderland. There will also be a free craft for kids. 5pm. Feasel’s Garden Center. 2330 Bright Road Findlay, OH. 419-423-4223. feasels.com. Free North Pole Express Take a holiday ride on the North Pole Express. The route for the train ride is decorated for the holiday. Starts Dec. 2 and are every saturday 5-9pm. $3/ adults, $2/ kids. Northwest Ohio Preservation and Riverside Train. 12505 County Rd 99, Findlay, OH 45840 419-423-2995. nworrp.org Holidaze Craft Show Blanchard Valley Center is hosting their annual Holidaze Craft Show. Finish your holiday shopping by buying a hand made craft. Vendors will be selling purses, jewelry, candles, homemade crafts, treats, and more! 6pm. Blanchard Valley Center. 1700 E. Sandusky Findlay, Ohio. 419-423-4500. bvhealthsystem.org

such as Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Tarzan, and many more! The performance is for all ages. There will be a raffle and refreshments. Dec. 2 7:30pm, Dec. 3 2pm. $10. Mcbride Auditorium Bowling Green University. 1 University Dr, Huron, OH 44839. 419-372-0732 firelands.bgsu.edu.

3 SATURDAY Christmas in the Village Christmas is coming to the village. Mount Blanchard is hosting the 4th annual Christmas at the Village. This event will include a parade, live music, live nativity, and children’s area. 3pm-7pm. Mount Blanchard. Main Street Mt. Blanchard, OH. 419-422-3315. hancockrpc.org/places/mount-blanchard Charity Hockey Game Grace Speaks vs. Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association are being hosted for a game by Grace speaks speech therapy for a hockey game. Come see great past Red Wing players as they raise money for speech therapy. 3:45pm. $10/ if bought before. $13/ at the door. BGSU Ice Arena. 417 N. Mercer Rd. Bowling Green, OH. 419-348-4083. gracespeaks.org. Christmas Open House Join the Hancock Historical Museum as they celebrate Christmas in the 1890’s. There will be musical entertainment, crafts, games, storytelling, and a visit from Santa himself! Refreshments will be provided. 5pm. $1/ per person. Hancock Historical Museum. 422 W Sandusky St Findlay, OH. 419-423-4433. hancockhistoricalmuseum.org.

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No Promises, a capella group, will offer a free, one-hour Findlay performance coinciding with their debut album, “Christmas With No Promises.” This professional ensemble brings exhilarating vocals to popular favorites of jazz, Motown and adult contemporary music. The new album will be available at each venue for purchase on CD, or digital download. The ensemble will perform selections from their Christmas repertoire including spiritual and secular holiday favorites. Reservations are not required, but it is recommended that audiences arrive early. 7:30pm, Friday Dec. 2, First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., 419-722-9134, mattcroy@gmail.com.

2nd Holiday Cookie Bake-off and Tasting Do you think you have the best cookies in the area? Put your skills to the test and enter the 2nd Holiday Cookie Bake - Off. You may enter multiple different recipes in the contest. Contestants should bring at least two dozen cookies for tasting. Local celebrities will judge the cookies and award prizes in three categories. 2pm. Wood County District Public Library. 251 N. Main Street Bowling Green, OH. 419352-5104. wcdpl.org. Free

5 MONDAY Discovery Stories: Barn Owls Have you ever wanted to learn more about the fascinating barn owl? Bring the whole family out for a morning with the owls. This event will learn fun facts, play games, and create a craft all revolving around the owl. 10 am. Oakwoods Nature preserve. 419-425-7275. hancockParks.com. Free.

McKinnis House by Candlelight Enjoy a relaxing evening at the McKinnis house. The house will be decorated for the holiday and lit by candle light. The smell of freshly made cookies will be lingering in the house. Partake in singing carols next to the piano. 6pm. The McKinnis House. 6100 U.S. Route 224. 419-425-7275. hancockParks.com. Free Old Home Holiday Tour Christmas is a time to remember the history of our county. Take a self guided tour throughout the Wood County Historical Museum. There will be holiday decorations and programing. On the weekends enjoy special visits from Santa along with other activities. 1pm. Free with admission. Wood County Historical Museum. 13660 County Home Road Bowling Green, OH. 419-352-0967. woodcountyhistory.org.

4 SUNDAY Wreath Making Make a holiday wreath using fresh greens with the Master Gardeners. The classes include the materials for the project. Registration required. 3pm. $15. Findlay - Hancock County Public library. 206 Broadway St Findlay, OH. 206 Broadway St, Findlay, OH 45840. 419-422-1712. findlaylibrary.org

Mickey Mouse Club Christmas Journey into the imagination and meet many beloved disney characters. Caryl Crane Youth Theatre returns to celebrate 88 years of Disney. The concert includes

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After School Art Classes Exercise your creativity by learning how to create unique art pieces. Classes offered to students in grade 7th - 12th grade. Supplies are included in the admission fee . Dec. 5 4pm, Dec. 12 4pm. $40. Findlay Art League. 117 W. Crawford St. 419422-7847. findlayartleague.org.

6 TUESDAY Pet Photos with Santa Whether your pet has been naughty or nice bring your pet down to get a picture with santa. Photo package must be purchased to participate. Your pet can get a personal picture with Santa or the entire family can join in. Starts Dec. 6 and goes on every tuesday evening. Prices range for photos. Findlay Village Mall. 1800 Tiffin Avenue Findlay, OH. 419-423-8732. shopfindlayvillagemall.com

Presents for Parents Hand made gifts are always more special than those bought from a store. That’s why this month’s pre-school session will have kids making presents for mom and Dad. Staff members will even gift box their creations so they will be ready to put under the tree. 1pm - 2:30pm. Free with cost of admission. Findlay Children’s Museum. 1800 Tiffin Ave Findlay, OH. 567-250-9616. Cmfindlay.com.

7 WEDNESDAY Kahuna’s 2nd Annual All-Star Christmas Jam All musicians are encouraged to come out and play some holiday favorites. Musicians from all different backgrounds are encouraged to come out and jam! Alexandria’s in Findlay will be taken over for this music event in order to support Toys for tots. Drums, amps, and P.A. will be provided. Bring your own instrument to the event. 6pm-10pm. Admission cost is to bring a toy donation to Toys for Tots. Alexandria’s 132 E Crawford St Findlay OH. 419-4245750. 1063thefox.com

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American Legion Fish Fry Support the American Legion while eating some delicious fish. The legion puts this dinner on every month. Proceeds from the dinner benefit many of the Legion’s charities. 5:30pm- 7:30pm. $7. American Legion. 120 W Front St, Findlay, OH 45840. 419422-0552. Find more information at Findlay American Legions Facebook.

Skate With Santa - Skate with Jolly old Saint Nick himself! Holiday favorite songs will be playing while you skate. There will also be picture opportunities, cookie decorating, and crafts.1pm. $5/ admission, $3/ skate rentals. The Huntington Bank Arena @ The Cube. 3430 N. Main St Findlay, OH. 419423-8533.findlayohio.com.

WinterFest and Kiwanis Santa’s House A great holiday tradition returns to Hancock County. Visit Santa’s House at St. A ndrews UMC for wagon rides, hot chocolate, cookies, and more. 6pm-8pm. St. Andrews United Methodist Church. 120 W Sandusky St. Findlay, OH. 419-422-4845. saumcfindlay.org

Kids in the Park: Winter Fun Hike - Learn more about the local wildlife on this winter fun hike. Go searching for hiding spots for animals. 1pm. Riverbend Recreation Area in Shelter 1. 16618 Township Road 208 Findlay, OH. 419-425-7275. hancockParks.com.

11 SUNDAY Little Women Tea Have you ever wanted to live Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel “Little Women?” Come to the Jones Mansion for a Little Women themed tea party. Dress in period attire or as your favorite character. A prize will be awarded to the best dressed. 2pm. $20. Jones Mansion. 313 East Sandusky St Findlay, OH. 419-4275915. UF presents: It’s All About that Claus The University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will be performing some holiday favorites. There will be a special guest surprise during the performance. 3pm. Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. 200 W. Main Cross St. 1-800-472-9502. findlayforthearts.org. Free

12 MONDAY Wee Ones: Snowflakes Learn the science behind snowflakes. This session will teach kids why no two snowflakes are the same. They will then do a craft activity which will have kids make a snowflake using their handprint. 1pm. Oakwoods Nature Preserve. 1400 Oakwoods Lane. 419-425-7275. hancockparks.com Family Movie Night Enjoy a movie together as a family. Popcorn and water will be provided. Children under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult. 5:30pm. Findlay Hancock County Public Library. 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. findlaylibrary.org. Free Visit From Santa Come to the library for some christmas stories and songs. There will even be an appearance from Santa himself! This event is open to children of all ages. 10:30am. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library. 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. findlaylibrary.org. Free

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14 WEDNESDAY Tales for Toddlers The Mazza Museum offers a themed storytime for toddlers. This is event happens every fourth wednesday of the month. There is an optional sack lunch after the story activity. 10:15 am. The Mazza Museum. 1000 N Main St. 419-434-4560. mazzamuseum.org. Free

15 THURSDAY Just4Teens This event will be for grade 5th and up. There will be games, crafts, and snacks. 3:30pm. North Baltimore Public Library. 230 N. Main Street North Baltimore. 419-257-3621. nbpubliclibrary.org. Sensory Explorers This event is created for toddlers. Awakening Minds Art will teach your child about colors, shapes, and sizes. There will also be a sensory activity. 10:30 am. $10. Awakening Minds Art. 515 South Main Street. 419-302-3892. awakeningmindsart.org

16 FRIDAY A 1940’s Nutcracker See a new take on the classic story of “The Nutcracker.” Neos Dance Theatre performs the show with a new twist. This time the show is set in Findlay Ohio and pays homage to the industrial age and World War Two. 3pm. Tickets range from $20-$40. Marathon Center of the Performing Arts. 200 W. Main Cross St. 419-423-2787. marathoncenterarts.org

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17 SATURDAY Jingle Bell Run Join in on the first Jingle Bell Run brought by Findlay Family YMCA and Great Scot. The run is a 5k that can be ran or walked. Participants will be wearing jingle bells on their shoes as part of the holiday theme. 8:30 am. $25. Findlay YMCA. 300 E Lincoln St, Findlay, Ohio 45840. 419-422-4424. findlayymca.org.

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Storytime, Visit the library for stories, songs, and a craft. 10:3011:30am. Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. findlaylibrary.org Free

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Sensory Explorers, Participants will create a painting while learning about colors, shapes and sizes, while learning to follow directions, participate in a group and work on social skills. Students will also be provided a sensory activity each session. For toddlers with an adult. 10:30-11:30am. $10. Awakening Minds Art, 515 S. Main St. 419-302-3892. awakeningmindsart.org

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Christmas Sleigh Rides through Spiegle Grove - Recreate the past by riding in a horse drawn carriage through the Rutherford B. Hayes presidential library estate. After the ride warm up in the Hayes Home or Museum. Every Day until Dec. 31 1pm- 4pm. $3. Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum. 1337 Hayes Avenue Fremont, OH 43420. 419.332.2081. Rbhayes.org.

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Legopalooza Share your collections and exchange creative ideas. Library staff will share stories, books, and ideas with participants. 2pm-3pm. Children’s Place Programming Room at the Main Library Branch. 251 N. Main Street Bowling Green, OH. 419-352-5104. wcdpl.org. Free

21 WEDNESDAY Our Colorful World Bring your kids of different ages for this themed story time with “Story Nana.” 11am. The Mazza Museum. 201 College Street. 419-434-4560. mazzamuseum.org. Free

27 TUESDAY Art Squad Art Squad is a social art club that was created to benefit adults with developmental differences. This session is for ages 15 and up and will build social, life, & job skills. 5:30pm. $10. Awakening Minds Art. 515 South Main Street. 419-302-3892. awakeningmindsart.org

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31 SATURDAY New Year’s Eve Family Party Celebrate the new year as a family. This celebration will count down the minutes until the clock strikes noon. There will be a story reading and craft activity. So wear your fanciest clothes and celebrate the New Year with a treat. 11:30am. Findlay Hancock County Public Library. 206 Broadway St. 419-422-1712. findlaylibrary.org

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