Monday , March 4 2024

Community Focus



Please send all future community focus events to community@basbroadcasting.com at least two weeks prior to the event.

DAILY EVENTS

Due to concerns over the spread of Coronavirus, many events are being cancelled or rescheduled. Please contact the event organizers to make sure your event is still taking place

A PSA from the Erie County Board of Elections: According to Ohio Revised Code it is illegal to take a picture of a voted ballot and post it for anyone to see under the section 3599.20. We have gotten some questions about it and I contacted the legal dept. of the Secretary of States office and they informed me that it is a 5th degree felony and that no one should ever take a photo of their ballot showing how they voted and making it public.

THU FEB 29

IDA RUPP PUBLIC LIBRARY
Ida Rupp Public Library presents Kid’s O’Keeffe Mixed Media Project on Thursday, February 29th from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. for children. Children ages 5-12 are invited to create their own version of a Georgia O’Keeffe mixed media project. This art project will feature a desert scene, cow skull, and flowers. Kids will be using crayons, colored pencils, watercolor paints, and glue. Please wear clothes you are comfortable painting in! Registration is required. There will be supplies for 11 children. Registration opens on February 15th at 8:00 a.m. All supplies will be provided. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

NORWALK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Norwalk Public Library presents StoryTime on February 1st, February 8th, February 15th, February 22nd, and February 29th from 10:00 am to 10:30 am for ages 0-5. Encourage a love of reading and learning as we introduce your little one to books, rhymes, and songs.

MILAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Milan Public Library presents Author Talks [ Adult Services ] on Thursday, February 29th from 6:30-7:30pm. Join us for another installment of our Author Talks series, as we host Helen Marketti, who will discuss her recently published book, The Long & Winding Phone (Blue Jade Press, 2024). Marketti’s book features a collection of fascinating interviews with individuals who have had a connection to The Beatles, either directly or indirectly.

BLOOD DRIVE
The next American Red Cross Blood Drives are on February 29th from 11am-4pm at Bowling Green State University Firelands Campus on 1 University Drive in Huron and from 9am-2pm at North Ridgeville Public Library on 35700 Bainbridge Road in North Ridgeville.

LEAPS & HOPS BEER SAMPLING
The Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky is hosting a Leaps & Hops beer sampling event on Leap Day, Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 5-9 p.m. The event will include a sampling mug, six samples from downtown Sandusky establishments and the museum, and a shuttle with Firelands Adventure Tours throughout the night. Samples can still be redeemed through the weekend, but the shuttle will only be available on Thursday evening. Free carousel rides will be available for the 21+ crowd that evening as well. Shuttle stops will start at the Merry-Go-Round Museum and continue to Tony’s, OH Taco, Daly’s Pub, Landmark Kitchen Bar, Shore House Tavern and Saucy Brew Works. Pre-registration is $20 before the event and $25 the night of the event. Tickets can be purchased here: https://merrygoround.hometownticketing.com/embed/event/93

FRI MAR 1

IDA RUPP PUBLIC LIBRARY
Ida Rupp Public Library presents a Tournament of 2023’s Best Books on Friday, March 1st for all ages. March Madness is not just for basketball but also for reading! Help us decide the top book from last year. Children, Teens, and Adults can decide the best Teen Fiction, Teen Manga, Picture Book, and Children’s Chapter Book. This event will be updated every week. Make sure to come back to vote!

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Huron Public Library presents Free Screenings on Friday, March 1st from 10am-12pm. Firelands Regional Medical Center offers free screenings, including blood pressure tests, information about breast health for both men and women, and assistance scheduling mammograms for anyone over the age of 40, specifically for those that do not have insurance or for those that may be under-insured.

ERIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DISPATCH ADVISORY BOARD
There will be a meeting of the Dispatch Advisory Board on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 0900 in the Roll Call Room at the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

CHRISTIAN SINGLES FELLOWSHIP
The Christian Singles Fellowship presents Dinner & Bowling on Friday, March 1st at 6pm. Meet at Berardi’s Restaurant on 218 Cleveland Road in Huron. After dinner around 8:45 pm we will meet for bowling at Riverview Lane on 125 Main Street in Huron. Bowling will cost $4 per game and shoes will cost $2.50 each. Bring the kids for a striking event.

SAT MAR 2

ATTICA SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION GUN RAFFLE
Saturday March 2 is the annual Attica Sons of the American Legion Post 260 Gun Raffle, with lots of side raffles. Doors open @ 4:00, drawing starts @ 5:00. Proceeds go to benefit area veterans programs and local community projects. Tickets available at the door or contact Tim @ 419-271-0180

IDA RUPP PUBLIC LIBRARY
Ida Rupp Public Library presents Erie Proving Grounds on Saturday, March 2nd from 2 – 3 p.m. for adults. Join us at Ida Rupp Library, where historian Caroline Dahnke will be giving a presentation on the history of Erie Proving Ground. This US Army facility is locally known in the present day as Camp Perry, first established in the early 20th century as a training camp for riflemen. There is no registration required for this program, and there will be time for questions at the end.

ANNUAL SPAGHETTI BENEFIT
Project Share of Margaretta Township presents an Annual Spaghetti Benefit at Grace Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 2nd from 4:30pm until sold out. There will be a Free Will Offering. The meal will include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, a breadstick, and dessert. This event is drive-thru pickup only in the back of the church. Delivery is available for shut-ins, cal 419-357-3672 to schedule a delivery. Project Share of Margaretta Township is a 501(c)(3) organization who annually provides gifts, clothing, and food for families of Margaretta School District who share a need. This benefits the families in the Margaretta school district that express a need at Christmas.

NORWALK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Norwalk Public Library presents Dungeons & Dragons Club on March 2nd and March 16th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for 6th through 12th grades. Embark on a quest in a fantasy realm where your fate depends on the roll of the dice and the only limit is your imagination. Adventurers of any skill level are welcome. Registration begins Saturday, February 10th.

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Huron Public Library presents Read Across America Day all day on Saturday, March 2nd. The day was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get kids excited about reading. The day occurs each year on the birthday of beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss, so a perfect way to celebrate is to don a Seussian hat and read one of his famous tales, like One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. On National Read Across America Day, students, teachers, parents, and community members around the nation come together to read books and celebrate the joy of reading — join us!

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Huron Public Library presents Chess with Paul Sherwood on Saturday, March 2nd from 10am-12pm. Everyone is welcome to join local chess enthusiast Paul Sherwood, who is available as instructor or competitor. Come for fun or to improve your game. This program is open to all ages and abilities.

MILAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Milan Public Library presents a Friends of the Library Book Sale on Saturday, March 2nd from 9:30am-2pm. Looking to add items to your home library? Make sure you swing by the Friends of the Library Book Sale in the Milan library community room to check out the huge selection of books, DVDs, and CDs available to make a part of your collection.

STEMFEST
The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology is celebrating 14 years of STEMfest! a weekend-long free event beginning Saturday, March 2, through Sunday, March 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day at The Works. STEMfest! provides youth and families the opportunity to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) by interacting with local community partners and industries in aeronautics to environmental engineering to robotics—and everything in between. Featuring hands-on activities and experiments throughout the museum, STEMfest! is the perfect opportunity to learn how STEM plays a part in everyday life. STEMfest! 2024 is sponsored by Denison University, Kokosing, Park National Bank, and Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority. This event is free and open to the public. Visit attheworks.org/stemfest for more information on this exciting STEM-filled weekend!

SUN MAR 3

DINE TO DONATE MARCONI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
The Erie County Senior Center presents Dine To Donate at Marconi’s Italian Restaurant on March 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th on 424 Berlin Road in Huron. Come and enjoy a wonderful meal and help support the Erie County Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels Program. A portion of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to our program.

ANNUAL WESTERN RESERVE TOY AND COLLECTIBLE SHOW
The Western Reserve Ruritan Club presents their 33rd Annual Western Reserve Toy and Collectible Show on Sunday, March 3rd from 9 am to 3 pm at Western Reserve Elementary School at 3851 US Rt 20 East, Collins, Ohio. Admission is $3, but children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult are free. All types of toys and collectibles. Proceeds go towards scholarships for Western Reserve seniors. Information: 419-706-9612 or 419-744-0796.

STEMFEST
The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology is celebrating 14 years of STEMfest! a weekend-long free event beginning Saturday, March 2, through Sunday, March 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day at The Works. STEMfest! provides youth and families the opportunity to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) by interacting with local community partners and industries in aeronautics to environmental engineering to robotics—and everything in between. Featuring hands-on activities and experiments throughout the museum, STEMfest! is the perfect opportunity to learn how STEM plays a part in everyday life. STEMfest! 2024 is sponsored by Denison University, Kokosing, Park National Bank, and Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority. This event is free and open to the public. Visit attheworks.org/stemfest for more information on this exciting STEM-filled weekend!

MON MAR 4

IDA RUPP PUBLIC LIBRARY
Ida Rupp Public Library presents Teen Art Club on Monday, March 4th from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. for teens. Teen Art Club is a place where kids grades 6-12 can come and make art. Let your imagination flow with crayons, markers, paint, and more. Supplies will be provided.

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Huron Public Library presents Mahjong Mondays on Monday, March 4th at 11:30am. Join local Mahjong players for a game of Mahjong. Beginners welcome.

BERLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Berlin Public Library presents Teen Advisory Board [ TEEN ] on Monday, March 4th from 3:30-4PM. Is there a certain program you would love to attend at the library? Do you have suggestions for how to improve the library’s teen area or programming? Join the teen librarian, Katrina, at the Teen Advisory Board meeting and share your ideas on how to improve the library and plan future programming.

MILAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Milan Public Library presents What’s Cooking? Potato Dishes [ ADULT ] on Monday, March 4th from 6-7pm. Interested in discovering delectable dishes and sharing them with fellow foodies? We’re setting the table for our potluck club, What’s Cooking?, and you are cordially invited to see what’s on the menu! Registration is required. This month is all about potatoes – mashed, boiled, fried, cooked in a stew… So bring an old or new favorite potato dish to share with the group!

SENIOR MEN’S FELLOWSHIP CLUB
The Senior Men’s Fellowship Club presents Jim Miller discussing The Lighter Side of Elections on March 4th. All meetings are held at the Erie County Senior Center, 620 Water Street, in Sandusky. The meetings begin at 9:45 am. Members begin arriving as early as 8:30 to 9:00 am for coffee and donuts, and fellowship.

TUE MAR 5

DINE TO DONATE MARCONI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
The Erie County Senior Center presents Dine To Donate at Marconi’s Italian Restaurant on March 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th on 424 Berlin Road in Huron. Come and enjoy a wonderful meal and help support the Erie County Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels Program. A portion of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to our program.

IDA RUPP PUBLIC LIBRARY
Ida Rupp Public Library presents Story Time on Tuesday, March 5th from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. for children. Bring your little ones to listen to some stories, sing a few songs, and get wiggles out! No registration required. Theme: STEM Topics

IDA RUPP PUBLIC LIBRARY
Ida Rupp Public Library presents One-On-One Tech Help on Tuesday, March 5th from 2 – 3 p.m. for adults. Call Ida Rupp Public Library at (419) 732-3212 to schedule a 30-minute help session.

MARBLEHEAD PENINSULA BRANCH LIBRARY
Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library presents Marblehead Tech Help on Tuesday, March 5th from 3 – 4 p.m. for adults. Need help with a smart phone, tablet, computer, or other device? Sign up for one of our 30-minute one-on-one Tech Help sessions at the Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library. Sessions are free, but you must register, either online or by calling the branch at 419 798-0477 and asking to be registered.

MARBLEHEAD PENINSULA BRANCH LIBRARY
Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library presents a Marblehead Peninsula Writing Group on Tuesday, March 5th from 6 – 7:30 p.m. for adults. Join the Marblehead Peninsula Writing Group at their bi-monthly (twice per month) meeting! Get feedback on your own writing, provide advice for other writers, and learn more about the craft. This is a supportive group, open to all levels of writers and facilitated by an experienced writing teacher. You don’t have to bring any of your own writing to share; all who are interested in writing are welcome. Email (dkimmel@seolibraries.org) or call (419 798-0477) Dave Kimmel if you have any questions about the group!

ERIE ISLANDS LIBRARY
Erie Islands Library presents DIY Birdhouses for Kids on Tuesday, March 5th from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. for children. It’s springtime and all our bird friends will be returning. Let’s make them a birdhouse to enjoy. We will paint the pieces and put them together. Due to the limited number of kits, there will be a limit of 15 participants. Must register beginning February 13th online or by calling us at 285-3614.

NORWALK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Norwalk Public Library presents a Suncatcher craft on March 5th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am at the Enrichment Center for Huron County. Transform CDs into suncatchers using duct tape and glass paint. Please note this event takes place at the Enrichment Center for Huron County located at 130 Shady Lane and interested individuals must call 419-668-6245 to register.

NORWALK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Norwalk Public Library presents Kids in the Kitchen on March 5th from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm for 1st through 6th grades. Celebrate the upcoming solar eclipse by preparing moon pies. Registration begins Tuesday, February 13th.

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Huron Public Library presents Stitch Niche Crochet Club on Tuesday, March 5th at 3pm for teens and adults. Do you love to crochet or would you like to learn how? Teens and adults can join in on the crochet craze and meet up and share current yarn projects, get help from Library staff, or just enjoy being in the company of other crafters. Bring a project or start a new one. Supplies will be provided.

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Huron Public Library presents Family Storytime on Tuesday, March 5th at 6:30pm. Evening storytime is a family affair! Join Miss Melissa at the Library to share stories, songs, and fun every Tuesday night. All ages are welcome. These storytimes engage your little ones in a variety of ways that stimulate the development of early literacy skills through books, flannel boards, songs, stories, and much more. No registration necessary.

MILAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Milan Public Library presents Paws to Read [ CHILDREN ] on Tuesday, March 5th from 4-4:30pm. Come read with the therapy dog, Daisy, in the cozy library atmosphere! Daisy provides a non-judgmental reading partner, allowing kids to practice and improve their skills with performance pressure removed. For children grades K-6.

MILAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Milan Public Library presents Planner Society: Paper Bag Journals [ ADULT ] on Tuesday, March 12th from 6-7pm. Learn to make your own custom journal from paper bags! Registration is required by 3/5.

WED MAR 6

DINE TO DONATE MARCONI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
The Erie County Senior Center presents Dine To Donate at Marconi’s Italian Restaurant on March 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th on 424 Berlin Road in Huron. Come and enjoy a wonderful meal and help support the Erie County Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels Program. A portion of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to our program.

IDA RUPP PUBLIC LIBRARY
Ida Rupp Public Library presents Who Turned Out the Lights?: Solar Eclipses and Nocturnal Animals on Wednesday, March 6th from 6 – 7 p.m. for all ages. Back to the Wild will be at the Ida Rupp Library for a special program on nocturnal animals! Wildlife rehabilitation workers will be here to talk about these curious creatures along with unique behaviors that they exhibit during events such as the upcoming solar eclipse. There is no registration required to attend this program, but room capacity is limited. Eclipse glasses will be available at this event. Limit one pair per person. You must attend the program in order to receive glasses.

MARBLEHEAD PENINSULA BRANCH LIBRARY
Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library presents Marblehead Tech Help on Wednesday, March 6th from 10 – 11 a.m. for adults. Need help with a smart phone, tablet, computer, or other device? Sign up for one of our 30-minute one-on-one Tech Help sessions at the Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library. Sessions are free, but you must register, either online or by calling the branch at 419-798-0477 and asking to be registered.

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Huron Public Library presents Babies & Toddler Time on Wednesday, March 6th at 10am OR 11am. Bring your little ones to the Library and join Miss Melissa for stories, songs, and fun! These storytimes engage your little ones in a variety of ways that stimulate the development of early literacy skills through books, flannel boards, songs, stories, and much more. No registration necessary.

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Huron Public Library presents Preschool Storytime on Wednesday, March 6th at 1:30pm for children ages 3 ½ to 5 without a caregiver. Preschoolers can join Miss Melissa in the Story Hour Room for stories, songs, and fun every Wednesday from January 17 to February 7. These storytimes engage your little ones in a variety of ways that stimulate the development of early literacy skills through books, flannel boards, songs, and stories. No registration necessary.

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Huron Public Library presents a Writers Group on Wednesday, March 6th at 5:30pm. Huron Public Library is hosting their writer’s group. Meet others who love writing and get writing tips and critiques. All levels of writers are welcome.

MILAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Milan Public Library presents Nailed It! Library Snack Challenge [ CHILDREN ][ TEEN ] on Thursday, March 7th from 6-6:45pm. Teens and tweens are invited to join us for this food-centric series. This month we will be making Pot’O’Gold chocolate covered Oreos. Designed for tweens and teens in 4th-12th grade. Registration is required by 3/6.

THU MAR 7

OBERLIN’S ARTIST RECITAL SERIES
Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series presents a Bonus Concert featuring Imani Winds on Thursday, March 7th.The Oberlin-alumni founded woodwind quintet Imani Winds collaborates with cellist Seth Parker Woods, pianist Cory Smythe, and actor Justin Emeka in a performance of Jeff Scott’s Fallen Petals of Nameless Flowers, which tells the stories of four Michiganders who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles. This concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Warner Concert Hall. Admission is free.

DINE TO DONATE MARCONI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
The Erie County Senior Center presents Dine To Donate at Marconi’s Italian Restaurant on March 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th on 424 Berlin Road in Huron. Come and enjoy a wonderful meal and help support the Erie County Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels Program. A portion of the proceeds from your meal will be donated to our program.

SUN MAR 10

THE ART OF SALVAGING
The Old House Guild of Sandusky presents The Art of Salvaging on March 10th at 6pm at Patina Porch on 2434 W Monroe Street. Join us for the second event in the OHG’s DIY series! Benny Byington, local barber and expert scavenger will present a hands-on program on the art of salvaging and repurposing items for your home. Explore Sandusky’s history through Ben’s unique collection. Prepare to be amazed at his creativity in turning “junk” into stylish decor. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and be inspired! This event is free to attend.

TUE MAR 12

DINE TO DONATE ZUPPAMAN
The Erie County Senior Center presents Dine To Donate at Zuppaman on March 12th on 1186 Cleveland Road W in Sandusky. Come and enjoy a wonderful meal while supporting the local Meals on Wheels Program. A portion of the proceeds from your meal will go towards the Meals on Wheels Program.

WED MAR 13

OBERLIN’S ARTIST RECITAL SERIES
Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series presents Artemis on Wednesday, March 13th. Hear the sophisticated, soulful, and powerful music making of Artemis, the all-star collective of visionary modern jazz bandleaders and composers. Pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes is joined by trumpet player Ingrid Jensen, tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover, bassist Noriko Ueda, and drummer Allison Miller. This concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Finney Chapel at 90 N. Professor Street in Oberlin.

TUE MAR 19

DINE TO DONATE TEXAS ROADHOUSE
The Erie County Senior Center presents Dine To Donate at Texas Roadhouse in Sandusky on March 19th from 4-7pm. Support the Erie County Seniors at the Sandusky location, and we will donate 10% of your total food purchases to the organization!

FRI MAR 22

FIRELANDS HEALTH’S STRIDES TOWARD WELLNESS
Get moving and learn about different health topics at Firelands Health’s Strides Toward Wellness. Participants will hear from an expert while getting exercise. Austen Smith, D.O., a weight management specialist at Firelands’ Center for Coordinated Care, will kick off the program at the Sandusky Mall. Participation is free and open to the public. Here are the dates and topics:
Jan. 19 – Weight loss medications overview; when to consider and how they work.
Feb. 16 – How to remain full while losing weight.
March 22 – Strategies to prevent and treat obesity.
All events take place at 9 a.m. Enter the main doors near the food court. For additional information, visit firelands.com/strides or call 419-557-7410.

SAT MAR 23

EASTER SPRING FLING
There will be an Easter Spring Fling on Saturday, March 23rd from 1-4pm at Amherst Historical Society Hall on 113 South Lake Street in Amherst (at the corner of South Lake Street and Milan Avenue). There will be an Easter Bunny, Face Painting, Kids Activities, a Jelly Bean Counting Contest, a Bake Sale, Tours of the Quigley Museum, and more! For more information, please contact us at 440-988-7255 or office@amhersthistoricalsociety.org. This event is free to attend!

FRI MAR 29

2024 PASSION WALK
Port Clinton Passion Walk evokes all of the emotions and drama of Jesus’ final hours before he gave his life that we might be redeemed. The Passion Walk on Good Friday takes you on a spiritual journey as you walk with Jesus Christ to the Cross on His last day on Earth. The 7 block march will reflect on Jesus Christ’s suffering, passion, and death and relive historical events. Along the route, participants will stop and pray at 8 stations taking turns carrying a large wooden cross. Friday March 29 beginning at 3:00 PM, beginning and ending at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 Madison St., Port Clinton.

FRI APR 19

UNITED WAY NIGHT AT THE BEE FUNDRAISER
United Way of Greater Lorain County invites the public to its signature fundraiser, A Night at the Bee, Friday, April 19th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County Community College. The event is a fun game night-style competition for adults that includes four categories of Spelling, History, STEM and Art. Teams of four will compete across each category for the $1,000 grand prize courtesy of Ross Environmental Services and the champion’s traveling trophy. The event has a unique twist where spectators also have a chance to win. Community members are encouraged to register teams to play in the competition. Teams of four are $200 and include buffet dinner and a drink ticket. Themed team names and costumes are encouraged. Spectator tickets are $45 per person and include buffet dinner and a drink ticket. Those who are unable to attend the event can donate to the event at uwloraincounty.org/anightatthebee. All proceeds from the event support United Way’s local education initiatives including community collaboratives focused on kindergarten readiness and middle school success in the Clearview, Elyria, Firelands, Lorain, Midview and Oberlin school districts. To learn more about United Way’s education initiatives, visit uwloraincounty.org/education or by calling 440-277-6530.

FRI APR 26

OBERLIN’S ARTIST RECITAL SERIES
Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series presents Silkroad Ensemble: Uplifted Voices on Friday, April 26th. Silkroad’s new program, titled Uplifted Voices, shines a light on previously under-recognized voices to change our perspectives on the history and migration of music. Audiences will be led on a musical journey that connects the music of indigenous North America to the world, drawing inspiration from music of Japan, China, Armenia, Ireland and the Hebrides, and native populations across North America. The ensemble is percussionist Haruka Fujii, Celtic harpist and vocalist Maeve Gilchrist, cellist Karen Ouzounian, and violinist and vocalist Mazz Swift. They will perform with special guests Pura Fé, a Tuscarora/Taíno lap-steel slide guitarist and vocalist, and pipa player Wu Man. This concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Finney Chapel at 90 N. Professor Street in Oberlin.

NON-DATED EVENTS

BERLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Berlin Public Library presents Twist & Shout [ CHILDREN ] on Mondays March 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 10:30-11AM. Dance, sing, and play instruments with your friends at the library! This program is intended for children under 5 and their caregivers.

BERLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Berlin Public Library presents Mellow Monday [ TEEN ] on Mondays March 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 3-3:30PM. Mondays can be tough – especially in middle school! Join us Mondays, after school, at the Berlin Heights library for an hour of relaxing crafts, immersive gaming, and hanging out. For ages 8-14.

MILAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Milan Public Library presents Stay & Play [ CHILDREN ] on Tuesdays March 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 10-10:45AM. In this program, we use music along with large- and small-motor movement to engage in a fun atmosphere that encourages care givers and children to foster early learning through play. This program will start with 10 to 15 minutes of songs, rhymes, and structured activities and then parents and caregivers are invited to stay and play. Ages 1-4.

ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
The Erie County Board of Elections absentee/in-person early voting for the March 19, 2024, Presidential Primary Election days and hours for the week of March 4th are Monday, March 4th – Friday, March 8th from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 9th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Deadline to submit absentee ballot applications is March 12th by 8:30pm in the board’s office. When mailing ballots back to the Board of Elections, please take them into the post office to ensure that the ballots are postmarked. Please call the Erie County Board of Elections office at 419-627-7601 for additional information or questions. Erie County Board of Elections drive up drop box is located on the east side of the Erie County Water Department building at 2900 Columbus Ave. The box is available 24/7 and is also under surveillance 24/7. Voter registration forms, absentee ballot applications, absentee ballots and other business related to our office may be deposited in the box.

CHRISTIAN SINGLES FELLOWSHIP
The Christian Singles Fellowship presents a Possible Sledding event if there’s snow on a Saturday in March. Contact Karson for details at 419-433-0085.

MILAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Milan Public Library presents Preschool Story Time [ CHILDREN ] on Fridays March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 10:30-11am. Listen to stories, sing, dance and make a craft. Children ages 2-5.

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Huron Public Library presents Art in the Gallery during the month of March. The Library’s art gallery will feature the photography of Kevin Lee of Kevin Lee Visuals.

BOARD OF ELECTIONS
Next week the Board of Elections will end the voter registration period, and begin the Early Voting period for the March 19, Primary Election. The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election, or to update a registration with a new address or name is Tuesday, February 20, 2024. First time voters, or voters who have moved or changed their name since their last time voting, must file a voter registration form with the Board of Elections no later than 9:00 PM Tuesday. Voter registration forms can be found at the following locations:

The Board of Elections, 2900 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky
The Erie County Treasurer’s Office, 247 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky
Job & Family Services, 221 West Parish Street, Sandusky
Sandusky License Bureau, 1050 Cleveland Road, Sandusky
Your Local Library, or
Online at www.voteohio.gov

Voters who need to register or update their registration, but failing to do so, will be required to vote a provisional ballot in the March Primary. Following the Voter Registration Deadline, the Board Office will be open for Early Voting. Voters can vote early in person at the Board of Elections office during the following times:

Week 1: Weds, Feb 21 – Fri, Feb 23, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Week 2: Mon, Feb 26 – Fri, Mar 1, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Week 3: Mon, Mar 4 – Fri, Mar 8, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sat, Mar 9, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Week 4: Mon, Mar 11, 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM; Tues, Mar 12, 7:30 AM – 8:30 PM; Weds, Mar 13 – Fri, Mar 15, 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM; Sat, Mar 16 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Sun, Mar 17, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Voters should note that to vote they must present a valid, unexpired form of photo identification, including an Ohio driver’s license, state issued ID card, interim ID form issued by the Ohio BMV, US passport of passport card, US military ID, Ohio National Guard ID, or US Dept of Veterans Affairs ID. For further information, Erie County residents can contact the Board of Elections by calling 419-627-7601 or by visiting their website at https://www.boe.ohio.gov/erie/.

NORWALK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Norwalk Public Library presents a Poetry Contest from March 1st to March 30th. Write a solar eclipse poem and submit it to the library. There are three age groups—kids in grades K-6, teens in grades 7-12, and adults—and poems must fit into one of the following categories: 8 words or less, haiku, and free verse no longer than a single page. Winners will be featured on our StoryWalk at Sofios Park.

NORWALK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Norwalk Public Library presents Eclipse Glasses. Starting March 1st, earn your solar eclipse glasses at the library. Here’s how:
1) Attend a Norwalk Public Library event: Attend any NPL event. They are always free to the public.
2) Do weekly activities: Visit our Children’s Room each week to complete a new themed activity.
3) Write a poem: Write a solar eclipse poem for our poetry contest.
Keep in mind glasses are available while supplies last. Limit 1 per person.

NORWALK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Norwalk Public Library presents Music & Movement on March 1st, March 15th, and March 29th from 10:00 am to 10:30 am for ages 2-5. Develop large motor and listening skills while exercising the body and mind.

HURON CITY SCHOOLS PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION & SCREENING
Huron City Schools will conduct Preschool screening on March 18th and 19th 2024. Any child who will be three years old by August 1, 2024 is eligible to attend preschool. Huron City Schools will conduct Kindergarten screening on May 28 & 29, 2024. Any child who will be five years old by August 1, 2024 is eligible to attend kindergarten. Parents are asked to go online to the Huron City Schools website, beginning Wednesday, February 21, 2024 and use the link to reserve a day and time for their child’s screening. Screening will take place at Woodlands Elementary School, 1810 Maple Ave, Huron. Kindergarten parents are required to accompany their child to the screening, and must bring their child’s original birth certificate, immunization records, a current electric bill along with one additional proof of residency, and custody papers (if applicable) with them to screening. These items are needed to complete the registration. Preschool parents are required to accompany their child to the screening. After registering online for the screening date & time, Preschool parents then are required to pick up a folder at Woodlands Elementary School. Once the folder is completed, it’s to be returned to Woodlands by Monday, March 11. In addition to the completed folder, parents need to bring the child’s original birth certificate, immunization records, a current electric bill along with one additional proof of residency, custody papers (if applicable), and income verification (W-2, 2023 tax return, current pay stubs) back to Woodlands. These items are needed to complete the registration.

ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
The Erie County Board of Elections absentee/in-person early voting for the March 19, 2024, Presidential Primary Election days and hours for the week of February 26th, 2024 are Monday, Feb. 26 – Friday, March 1 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Deadline to submit absentee ballot applications is March 12th by 8:30pm in the board’s office. When mailing ballots back to the Board of Elections, please take them into the post office to ensure that the ballots are postmarked. Please call the Erie County Board of Elections office at 419-627-7601 for additional information or questions. Erie County Board of Elections drive up drop box is located on the east side of the Erie County Water Department building at 2900 Columbus Ave. The box is available 24/7 and is also under surveillance 24/7. Voter registration forms, absentee ballot applications, absentee ballots and other business related to our office may be deposited in the box.

SOLAR ECLIPSE T-SHIRT SALE
The Milan Township Fire Department will be selling 2024 Solar Eclipse t-shirts to raise money for community events like Safety Town, Fire Prevention Week, smoke detector giveaways and more. The t-shirts are a Milan fire shirt showing the birthplace of Thomas Edison and the eclipse. Order shirts through the Milan Fire Department Facebook page and click on the link or call 419-577-3385.

HAYES PRESIDENTIAL, YMCA OF SANDUSKY COUNTY TO HAVE MARCH MEMBERSHIP SWAP
The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and YMCA of Sandusky County are teaming up to offer their members free admission to each other’s sites throughout March. The two sites are offering a membership swap where members of the YMCA can show their YMCA membership card and visit Hayes Presidential for free, and Hayes Presidential members can do the same at the YMCA. This membership swap gives Hayes Presidential members access to any amenities at the YMCA that do not have an additional fee. This free access includes using exercise equipment, the swimming pool, basketball courts, walking track, babysitting room during hours it is open, fitness classes that do not have an additional fee and more. YMCA members can tour the Hayes Home and museum for free. Hayes Presidential members will need to fill out a waiver at the YMCA, and adults will need to show a photo ID. They will only have to fill out the waiver once. Become a member of Hayes Presidential at https://www.rbhayes.org/main/membership/. Become a member of the YMCA of Sandusky County at https://www.ymcafremont.org/join-the-y-today/.

2024 RUNDUSKY RACE SERIES
The City of Sandusky Recreation Department is proud to announce the winners in the 2023 RUNDUSKY Race Series Grand Prize package. Jess Saffran of Port Clinton and Sandy Bodi of Bay View each won entry to all nine participating races in 2024. The RUNDUSKY Race Series had more than 90 participants who participated in at least four of the nine races and qualified for a free hooded sweatshirt provided by Firelands Health System. More than 52 participants ran five or more of the nine races to qualify for the race package drawing and there were four participants that participated or volunteered at all nine events. The race series resulted in more than 300 registrations to Sandusky races with an average of 40 participants in each race. The average age-per-participant in the series was 45 years old. This year, the City of Sandusky’s Recreation Department and Firelands Health System are partnering with nine race events in the city to promote outdoor recreation for residents and visitors. Participation in the 2024 RUNDUSKY Race Series promotion is free, but participants must register for each race independently. Prices and registration availability depend on each race. Those who participate in four of the nine races will be given a RUNDUSKY Race Series hoodie. Each participant who finishes five, six, seven, eight, or all nine of the races will be entered into a drawing for a race package. The package will include free entry to participating RUNDUSKY races in 2025. The RUNDUSKY 2024 Race Series includes the following events:

Humane Society of Erie County 5k
Bait House Brewery, 223 Meigs St.
9 a.m. Saturday, April 6
Registration: www.runsignup.com/hsec5k
$25 supports the HSEC and includes a race shirt


Running Laps with Lions Walk/Run
Lions Park, 533 Winnebago St.
9 a.m. Sunday, May 5
Registration: www.runsignup.com/lapswithlions
$33 supports Sandusky Lions Club and includes t-shirt and finisher medal

All for Abs 5k Color Dash
Paper District Marina, 611 W. Shoreline Drive
9 a.m. Saturday, June 15
Registration: https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Sandusky/AllforAbs5k
$35 Supports the Abigail Bastien Scholarship Fund and includes t-shirt and finisher medal


Boy with the Boot 5k
Washington Park at the Boy with the Boot statue
8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 4.
Registration: https://runsignup.com/bwtb
$28.00 includes dry-wick t-shirt and finisher medal

IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio
Jackson Street Pier
6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 21
Registration: https://www.ironman.com/im703-ohio-register

Rush to the Crush 5 Miler & Wine Sprint
Firelands Winery, 917 Bardshar Road
Time TBD Sunday, Aug. 18
Registration: COMING SOON

Drea 5k
NexXt Level Fit Academy
9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1
Registration: COMING SOON

Save your Pumpkins 5k,
Battery Park
9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5
Registration: COMING SOON

The Race before the Game
Cameo Pizza at Central Park
9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30
Registration: www.runsignup.com/RBTG
Participation in the promotion is FREE and anyone interested can download a RUNDUSKY entry card at www.cityofsandusky.com/recreation For questions contact Sandusky Recreation 419.627.5833 or jwerling@cityofsandusky.com. Follow www.facebook.com/SanduskyRec and X @SanduskyRec for updates.

ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
The deadline for voter registration or to change your name or address for the March 19, 2024 Presidential Primary Election, is Tuesday, February 20, 2024. The Erie County Board of Election Office Hours on this day is 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Board office will be closed February 19 in observance of President’s Day. You may also register or update registration electronically by deadline at: www.voteohio.gov. The office is located at Erie County Services Center, 2900 Columbus Avenue, Room 101 in Sandusky. The Erie County Board of Elections drive up drop box is located on the east side of the Erie County Water Department building at 2900 Columbus Ave. The box is available 24/7 and is also under surveillance 24/7. Voter registration forms, absentee ballot applications, absentee ballots and other business related to our office may be deposited in the box.

BLOOD DRIVE
The American Red Cross urges donors to give blood or platelets now to continue to strengthen the national blood supply this month. The public can book a time to give by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. People of all blood types – especially type O blood donors, the most needed blood group by hospitals – and platelet donors are needed daily to ensure blood products are available for hospitals at a moment’s notice. As February continues, so does the potential for additional weather systems to disrupt blood drives and the ability to provide critical blood products to hospitals. While thousands of donors have answered the call to donate in recent weeks to combat a significant drop in the blood supply, more donors are needed now to ensure the blood supply remains ready for those in need of lifesaving medical procedures. Don’t wait − make an appointment to give blood or platelets by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. In thanks for helping, all who come to give in February will get a $20 Amazon.com Gift Card by email. Details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Heart.

ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
The Erie County Board of Elections absentee/in-person early voting for the March 19th, 2024, Presidential Primary Election days and hours for the week Feb. 21st are Wednesday, Feb. 21st – Friday, Feb. 23rd 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Deadline to submit absentee ballot applications is March 12th by 8:30pm in the board’s office. When mailing ballots back to the Board of Elections, please take them into the post office to ensure that the ballots are postmarked. Please call the Erie County Board of Elections office at 419-627-7601 for additional information or questions. Erie County Board of Elections drive up drop box is located on the east side of the Erie County Water Department building at 2900 Columbus Ave. The box is available 24/7 and is also under surveillance 24/7. Voter registration forms, absentee ballot applications, absentee ballots and other business related to our office may be deposited in the box.

ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
The Erie County Board of Elections is currently seeking civic-minded individuals to serve as Precinct Election Officials (PEOs), more commonly known as poll workers.

The Need: Erie County will have 34 polling locations open for the March 19th Primary Election, servicing all 62 precincts. To ensure these precincts are fully staffed on election day, the Board of Elections will hire more than 250 bi-partisan PEOs, back-ups and support staff. To maintain the integrity of each polling place, no more than one half of the total number of workers can be affiliated with one major political party or the other.

The Challenge: Many of the PEOs in Erie County are retirees looking to serve their communities. March Primaries offer a unique challenge for our area as there are some PEOs who spend their winters outside of Ohio and will not return until later in the spring.

The Process: The staff of the Board hires PEOs in the months leading up to an election. Each PEO will be assigned a job to perform on election day, and a polling place to work. The staff tries to keep PEOs as close to their home precincts as possible, but some may need to travel depending on the need. PEO training occurs two weeks before the election at the County Service Center, 2900 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, and some positions have an option for online training. After the election all PEOs will receive a check in the mail as compensation for their time on election day and training.

Who can be a PEO: Any registered voter in Erie County can serve as a PEO. As part of the Secretary of State’s Youth at the Booth program, any 17-year-old student can also serve as a PEO. 17-year-old students should talk to their school counselors and contact our office regarding serving.

How to sign up: Interested individuals can sign up to be PEOs by visiting the board of elections website at https://www.boe.ohio.gov/erie/election-info/election-workers/, by visiting the board of elections during our normal office hours, or by calling the board of elections.

For further information, Erie County residents can contact the Board of Elections by calling 419-627-7601 or by visiting their website at https://www.boe.ohio.gov/erie/.

MILAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Milan Public Library presents Preschool Story Time [ Children’s Services ] on Fridays February 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 10:30-11am. Listen to stories, sing, dance and make a craft. This program is for children ages 2-5.

MILAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Milan Public Library presents Stay & Play [ Children’s Services ] on Tuesdays, February 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th from 10-10:45am. In this program, we use music along with large- and small-motor movement to engage in a fun atmosphere that encourages caregivers and children to foster early learning through play. This program will start with 10 to 15 minutes of songs, rhymes, and structured activities and then parents and caregivers are invited to stay and play. This program is for ages 1-4.

EMERGENCY BLOOD SHORTAGE
The American Red Cross continues to experience an emergency blood shortage as severe winter weather has further impacted the ability to rebuild the blood supply. Blood and platelet donors are urged to give now to help ensure lifesaving medical procedures are not delayed. In addition to dangerous road conditions, many Americans have dealt with flight and shipping delays, and the Red Cross is no different. Snow, ice and extreme temperatures have made it tougher to move vital blood products across the Red Cross network, affecting deliveries to hospitals in some locations. Individuals are urged to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). As a thank-you, all those who come to give Feb. 1-29, 2024, will receive a $20 Amazon.com Gift Card by email. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/Heart for details.

SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR OHIO’S FAMILY PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR
The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) is seeking nominations for one of its most prestigious awards, the 2024 Family Physician of the Year. This award recognizes an Ohio family physician who has exhibited extraordinary, beyond the call of duty merit, and encourages OAFP members and medical students to pursue the ideals of family medicine, and convey these ideals to the public. To be nominated for this award, the family physician must:
-Have 10 years’ post-residency (or equivalent) experience
-Is currently a member of the OAFP for a meaningful period of time
– Is currently in practice
Nominations for the 2024 award can be made by any current OAFP member, a local constituent chapter, a family medicine residency program, departments of family medicine, or a community individual. Nominations are due by Friday, February 23rd, 2024. To nominate your physician, please complete the online nomination form. For more information, please visit www.ohioafp.org.

APPLICATIONS TO VOTE BY MAIL
The period to apply to vote by mail in the March 19th Primary Election is now open. To vote by mail, a voter must properly complete an Absentee Ballot Application, providing the voter’s name, address, date of birth, and one form of identification. The voter must also specify that they would like to receive a ballot for the March 19th Primary, and which ballot they would like to vote: Democratic, Republican, or Issues Only. These applications must be signed and returned to the Board of Elections in person, via mail, or by use of the secure drop box. Voters can access Absentee Ballot Applications on the Erie County Board of Elections website or the Ohio Secretary of State’s website; copies will also be available at locations throughout the county, including the Erie County Treasurer’s office at 247 Columbus Avenue in Downtown Sandusky, the Sandusky Library, the Huron Library, Ritter Library in Vermilion, and the Erie County Board of Elections office. Voters may also request an application be mailed to them by calling the Board of Elections. All Absentee Ballot Applications must be returned to the Erie County Board of Elections no later than Tuesday, March 12, 2024, by 8:30 P.M. For further information, Erie County residents can contact the Board of Elections by calling 419-627-7601 or by visiting their website at https://www.boe.ohio.gov/erie/ .

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE WEEKEND
Destination Seneca County has announced their major events planned for the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend that will take place starting Friday, April 5, 2024. The weekend will consist of a Solar Eclipse of the Heart Bingo contest, Out of the Dark Glow 5K & Fun Run sponsored by Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital, and Elope at the Eclipse, along with other community activities. Solar Eclipse of the Heart Bingo will begin on Friday, April 5 and will last through Tuesday, April 9. The bingo game will allow community members and visitors to support local businesses listed in the 2024 Seneca County Community Guide. Bingo cards can be found on the www.SenecaCountySolarEclipse.com website and are available to download and print or can be picked up at the Destination Seneca County Welcome Center, located at 96 South Washington Street in downtown Tiffin. Once they have completed their bingo cards, they will submit a picture of their completed card to www.DestinationSenecaCounty.org/EclipseBingo. The Out of the Dark Glow 5K & Fun Run sponsored by Mercy Health – Tiffin Hospital, will take place on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 PM. Participants will embark on a journey through scenic routes as they run or walk, symbolizing emerging from darkness into the light. As dusk descends, participants will be adorned with vibrant glow accessories, transforming the night into a luminous spectacle. Runners can sign up online at www.5KEclipse.com through March 25 for $30. Check-in will begin the night of the race at 6 PM and will last until 7:15 PM at the Tiffin Community YMCA, 180 Summit Street. Every walker and runner will receive a collectible medal, solar eclipse glasses, a glow stick, and after race snack. All proceeds from the race will support the Tiffin Community YMCA’s backpack food program that supports students in the Tiffin community. The Elope at the Eclipse event will take place at the Frost Kalnow Amphitheater, 155 East Market Street in Tiffin, on Monday, April 8, 2024. This unique event offers couples an opportunity to celebrate their love in a magical setting with the beauty of the Eclipse as a backdrop. Destination Seneca County will provide an unforgettable experience, taking care of essential elements to make the day truly special. Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Damon Alt will officiate the wedding, No Eileen will provide live music for the first dance from the support of Downtown Tiffin, and Destination Seneca County will provide the beverages for the first toast, a photographer to capture the day, and a personalized wedding cake. The event is free for couples and guests. Couples must bring a valid marriage license to the event. Couples that are looking to reaffirm their commitment can also register and do not have to bring any documentation. For additional information about Elope at the Eclipse, how to register, and how to obtain a marriage license for the ceremony, visit www.2024Elope.com. For all information pertaining to the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Seneca County, visit www.SenecaCountySolarEclipse.com.

AUXILIARY HEALTHCARE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Knox Community Hospital Auxiliary will be offering academic scholarships to high school seniors and college students interested in pursuing or currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree in a healthcare profession. Applications are available from the guidance offices of Centerburg, Danville, Fredericktown, East Knox, and Mount Vernon high schools and the Knox County Career Center. Additionally, the application is accessible on the Knox Community Hospital website. Each scholarship award will total $1,000 and the number of scholarships available is not yet determined. Eligibility requirements are outlined in the application. All applicants must have been a Knox County resident for at least twelve months. Completed applications can be mailed to Knox Community Hospital, 1330 Coshocton Avenue, Mount Vernon, OH 43050; Attention: Marketing Department. Go to kch.org/auxiliary and volunteers and click on Auxiliary Scholarships for the online application. Deadline is March 25. Anyone with questions may call 740-393-9086.

CHRISTIAN SINGLES FELLOWSHIP
The Christian Singles Fellowship presents a possible Sledding event on a Saturday in February if there’s snow. Contact Karson for details at 419-433-0085.

FREEDOM’S ECHO: SANDUSKY’S UNDERGROUND RAILROAD LEGACY
In the lead up to America’s 250th anniversary, the City of Sandusky announced today it received a Buckeye Impact Grant from the America 250-Ohio Commission for its upcoming project titled, “Freedom’s Echo: Sandusky’s Underground Railroad Legacy.” This project will focus on the city’s role in the Underground Railroad, blending historical preservation and modern technology to offer an immersive experience. It will feature interactive exhibits, enhanced guided walking tours with QR code-accessible audio narratives, and a showcase of historical sites, aiming to preserve and celebrate Sandusky’s contribution to the fight for freedom and equality. The Buckeye Impact Grants offer up to $50,000 for projects with a statewide, regional, or significant local impact. These projects may include significant exhibitions, regional commemorative activities, substantial digital and documentary media projects and signature public events. The City of Sandusky was one of the 23 recipients chosen from the more than 70 statewide applications during the grant program’s fall 2023 funding cycle. The America 250-Ohio Commission grants program will work with Ohio Humanities to distribute $1 million in grants by June 30, 2024, and it is designed to showcase the achievements, struggles, honors, innovations and significance of all people in Ohio since before its founding to the present day. Themes identified for Ohio’s commemoration of America’s 250th anniversary programming include:
● Celebrations and Signature Events: Impacting tourism and economic development
● Ohio Originals: Highlighting points of pride and unity
● Engaging Youth and Lifelong Learners: Education and scholarship
● Inclusive Statewide Engagement: Museums, arts and culture
● Telling Ohio Stories: Highlighting stories of Ohioans past and present

The winter 2024 funding cycle is now open with applications due March 15, 2024. During this round, the America 250-Ohio Commission will award approximately $600,000 in grant funding. The period of performance for winter 2024 recipients will be June 15, 2024 through May 31, 2025. Eligible parties must be non-profits registered within the State of Ohio, educational, and local governmental organizations located in Ohio. Individual artists, authors, or performers must apply through a non-profit fiscal agent/sponsor. For more information on eligibility, project guidance and information on applying for a grant, visit America250-Ohio.org/grants/. To learn more about the America 250-Ohio Commission’s grants program visit America250-Ohio.org/grants/.

FRANKIE & ME EXHIBIT
The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art, & Technology presents Frankie & Me, a new art gallery exhibition opening Saturday, January 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Journey through the lens of local photographer Garrett Martin and his 6-year-old daughter Frankie. In a combined gallery show, see a collection of photography shot by both father & daughter. Plus, take a peek at the very first roll of film Garrett ever shot. Frankie & Me is sponsored by Explore Licking County and will be on display at The Works in the Marcia W. Downes Art Gallery January 20 through March 30, 2024. The Gallery is free and open to the public, Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.attheworks.org for more details.

SANDUSKY LIBRARY
The Sandusky Library presents Writers Unite every Wednesday at 5pm from January 17th-April 24th. Are you a writer in need of a little inspiration or maybe just dedicated time to work on your latest project each week? Writers Unite is a supportive community for peer writers of all levels. Bring your laptop or pen and paper and be ready to create.

SANDUSKY LIBRARY
The Sandusky Library presents All The Feels, their 2024 Winter Reading Program from January 16th-March 16th for all ages on beanstack. Experience all the feels this winter! Stop in to register in person or online at https://sanduskylib.beanstack.com/ Earn fun emoji-themed edges for logging your reading, completing activities, submitting book reviews, and more! Collect each badge and display them on your limited edition emoji bag!

DONATIONS TO ANIMAL SHELTER TO BE MATCHED
You can help provide a safe and healthy environment for elderly, infirmed, terminal dogs! Every $1 raised by Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary in Port Clinton through March 1 will be matched with $1 – up to $5000! The Trustees of the Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation have once again voted to award ISHAS a 1-for-1 challenge grant in the amount of up to $5000. Every dollar you donate will be doubled, due to this generous offer! Donate today!
• Via Paypal: NIBBLERZ123@aol.com
• Send check, money order or cash to: 2337 S. Linda Drive, Marblehead, OH 43440
• Online link: https://ishas.betterworld.org/campaigns/2024DornFoundationChallenge

SANDUSKY LIBRARY
The Sandusky Library presents Tween Tuesday on Tuesdays at 3pm. Drop in anytime between 3 and 4 to participate in a game, STEAM-building, food, or craft-themed activity.

OBERLIN’S ARTIST RECITAL SERIES
Subscriptions to the 2023-24 Artist Recital Series are available to the general public beginning July 15, with full-season and Pick 3 packages both offering significant savings over individual ticket prices. Get tickets for all six Artist Recital Series for just $180—a savings of $5 per ticket. Seniors age 55 and older, members of the military, and Oberlin staff and alumni pay just $150, and students pay only $48. Pick 3 packages allow you to select any three concerts on the Artist Recital Series (pending availability) and save $5 off the regular price of each ticket. Single tickets for individual concerts will be on sale. New this season—and only for Oberlin College and Conservatory students with valid OCID—Artist Recital Series single tickets will be free and distributed as long as supplies last on a first come, first served basis. This is made possible through the generosity of Oberlin alumni donors Richard ’62 and Linda ’62 Clark. Subscription packages are available now online. Patrons may reserve tickets by calling 800-371-0178 or visiting at the Eric Baker Nord Performing Arts Annex (67 N. Main Street) from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

LORAIN PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
Lorain Public Library System presents Board Games and Chess Night on Tuesdays, Oct. 24th, Nov. 28th, Dec. 19th, Jan. 23rd, and Feb. 27th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Avon Branch. Join us for a fun evening of card and board games, including chess. Preregistration required.

LORAIN PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
Lorain Public Library System presents Adapted Story Time at the Avon Branch:
Saturdays, Oct. 14; Nov. 11; Jan. 20; Feb. 17; 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Mondays, Dec. 18; 6 to 6:45 p.m.
Children with varying learning styles and abilities enjoy a program with stories, songs, games and a social time. While content is geared for ages 3 to 7, all ages are welcome. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend. Preregistration required.

COMMUNITY FLU SHOT CLINIC
Starting Friday, September 29th, Knox Public Health will be kicking off this year’s Community Flu Shot Clinics. Flu shots are free with most insurance plans, otherwise the cost of the flu shot is $35 which can be paid by cash or check. More convenient times can be scheduled with the Health Center if unable to attend the currently scheduled clinics. With this schedule, Knox Public Health will be happily serving the community all throughout the county; from Centerburg and Mount Vernon to Martinsburg and Danville. Call 740-392-2200 for any and all questions. For the full Community Flu Shot Clinic schedule, see below.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS
You are not alone. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Erie county is holding a free family support group. It is designed for family members of someone with mental health conditions. This event will take place every third Thursday of the month at 6pm. It is held at 138 East Market Street in Sandusky, Ohio.

SCHOOL OF NURSING ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing is accepting applications. The enrollment process for Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing is now open for the 2024-2025 school year. The school offers students the opportunity to pursue a registered nurse (RN) diploma or transition from a licensed practical nurse (LPN) to an RN. Students will also earn college credit through a partnership with Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Firelands College. Graduates can join the workforce in as little as two to three years, compared to a four-year degree, and can seamlessly transition to a bachelor-prepared nurse after one year of RN to BSN coursework with our partners at BGSU. Apply at firelands.com/schoolofnursing. Contact the school with questions or inquiries by calling 419-557-7110 or emailing schoolofnursing@firelands.com.

WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
Knox Community Hospital is proud to begin offering a Women’s Cancer Support Group to women of Knox and surrounding counties. The Center for Cancer Care at KCH is hosting this new support group on the second Wednesday of each month, starting July 12th, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in the Wright Family Medical Pavilion, 2nd-floor meeting room. There is no cost to attend. A support group is a gathering of people facing common issues to share what is troubling them. Through the sharing of experiences, they are able to offer support, encouragement, and comfort to the other group members and receive the same in return. Meeting topics could include managing life challenges, stressors, financial concerns, what to expect during their cancer treatment, and more. It is encouraged that topic ideas are brought to the first meeting on July 12th. Join KCH for their kick-off of the Women’s Cancer Support Group! RSVP by calling 740.393.5551 or sign up online.

HURON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
The Huron County Humane Society will host Bingo the first Wednesday of each month at the Norwalk Eagles 711 Hall on 151 Cline Street in Norwalk. Doors open at 4:30pm, Early Bird begins at 5:30pm, and Regular Bingo happens at 6pm. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated. This event is open to the public, but you must be at least 18 years old. Stop by for your chance to win cash prizes!

 

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