Saturday , 25 March 2017

Community Focus

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

The Perkins Township Police Department hosts the “Dare” Fundraiser, Thurs. March 23rd at 12-9PM. Fundraiser to support Perkins Police DARE program. Mention this fundraiser and a portion of your purchase will help our cause. Located at Mikey’s Froyo in Sandusky.

ADVENTURE TOTS, Thu. March 23, 1-1:30pm. Let’s go on an adventure! Kids will explore a nature trail with a naturalist and discover plants, animals, and all things nature! In case of cold or bad weather we will stay inside and play! Ages 0-6 with an accompanying adult. Registration required. Limit 10. East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, The Enchanted Cottage, Sandusky.

The Stroke Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 23. For more information, please call the Fisher-Titus Medical Center at (419) 660-2700.

Bellevue’s 4th Annual POWER OF THE PURSE presents an evening of fun, food, and fashion. Thurs. March 23rd, 5-8pm. Featuring designer purse silent auctions, raffles, side boards, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. All proceeds benefiting towards the community. $20 tickets at the advanced sale; $30 tickets at the door. Located at the Bellevue VFW. Tickets available at The Medicine Shoppe, Bellevue Beverage Center, and Twin Lakes. For ticket sales or questions call/text (419) 217-4308 or (419) 217-7123.

BOOMERS ARCHERY, Thu. March 23, 6-8pm. Time to dust off those skills you learned as a kid or learn a new skill while having fun! This class is for beginners and experienced archers. Ages 50+. Registration required. Limit 10. Osborn MetroPark, Shelter 4, Huron.

Fisher-Titus Medical Center will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from noon-5 p.m., Friday, March 24 in the hospital auditorium. In an effort to help get donors through the process of giving blood faster, appointments can be made by going to Donors are required to bring a list of medications they are currently taking and an I.D.

St. Patrick’s Pot’s of Food and Fun Night, 6:30PM at Karson’s Home, 1401 Berlin Rd. Huron. Kibusa & sauerkraut provided, bring a covered dish/dessert/pop to share. Kids welcome.

THE GIBSON BROTHERS will be participating in “Voices in the Valley,” a musical showcase in Peninsula, OH. The Gibson Brothers will be playing songs from their brand new release “In The Ground.” Tickets are $30 and the showcase starts at 8 p.m.

The Huron Boy Scouts will provide a  spaghetti dinner from 5pm-7:30pm. Come join Troop 31 at First Presbyterian Church located at 225 Williams Street, Huron, OH. The charge for adults is $7 and the charge for children is $5.

The Sandusky Library will offer free tax filing from 10am-5pm.  Volunteers from The Salvation Army will be offering free tax preparation at the Library. No appointment is necessary; walk-ins will be taken on a first-come, first served basis. This service is for anyone who has a household income of less than $95,000 (filing jointly) or less than $65,000 (filing single). This service is sponsored by The Benefit Bank, The Salvation Army, and the United Way of Erie County.

Firelands Regional Medical Center is offering the American Red Cross Babysitting Course on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held atFirelands Regional Medical Center’s South Campus. Ages 11 years or older, will learn important safety information and responsibility guidelines when caring for younger children. A certificate of attendance will be awarded to those who complete the class. The fee for the course, which includes books and materials, is $65. Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required by calling Firelands Regional Medical Center at 419-557-7840.

BIKE MAINTENANCE, Sat. March 25, 9-11am. Come and learn the simple things you can do to keep your bike on the road. This is the perfect class for novices! We will cover flat tires and simple on the road repairs to get you home. Ages 10+. Registration required. Limit 20. Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, Erie Room, Huron.

Willard preschool will be holding a community health fair on March 25 from 10AM-12PM at Willard Elementary focusing on kids ages 0-4. Preschool staff will be there to pass out applications for next year and answer questions. Other community services agencies will be on hand to pass out information. Any questions you can contact Willard Preschool at 419-935-5341.

CLASSROOM KAYAKING, Sat. March 25, 1-3pm. So you want to learn how to kayak, but you don’t want to look foolish on the water or struggle in front of strangers? Good news! This class is taught in a dry classroom with no water! You will gain experience with paddling gear, strokes, and rescues with the aid of our kayak simulator. Ages 12+. Registration required. Limit 20. Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, Huron.

The Milan Public Library will offer copies of “No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression” by feature writer, Scott Longert. 1pm-2pm in the Milan Community Room. This book documents the fortunes of the Cleveland Indians during one of the worst economic times in American history. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Call 419-499-4117, Ext. 110 for more information.

The monthly meeting of the Johnson’s Island Civil War Round Table is scheduled for Sunday, Mar. 26 at Carmie’s, 2460 S. St. Rte 231 at 3 pm. Michael Gilbert will present “The 72th OVI at Shiloh”. Members and guests may dine following the meeting. All are welcome.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will have a welcome table from 12-1:30pm.  Located at 2211 Mills Street, Sandusky,OH. This event is open to the community and you can enjoy a free meal. Handicap accessible. Call 419-625-6800 for more information.

PARK P.A.L.S. (Pre-Schoolers Actively Learning Science) – TURKEY VULTURES! Mon. March 27, 10:30-11:30am. Let’s learn about Turkey Vultures! What is the difference between a vulture and a buzzard? What do they eat? We will read a story, make a craft, and go for a walk. Ages 3-6 with an accompanying adult. Registration required. Limit 15. Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, Erie Room, Huron.

METROPARK HIKERS, Mon. March 27, 5-6pm. Spring is approaching! Come celebrate with a walk in a park. The Coupling MetroPark, Milan.

The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. For more information, please call the hospital at (419) 660-2117, Ext. 3112.

GET FIT CLUB – PILOXING, Tue. March 28, 6-7pm. Join instructor Dana Mickens for a high energy workout combining standing Pilates, boxing, and dance! Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, Erie Room, Huron.

FIRELANDS AUDUBON SOCIETY – THE BIRDS OF HONDURAS, Tue. March 28, 7-9pm. Mary Warren will present highlights from the 2015 FAS trip to Honduras. Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, Firelands Room, Huron.

WONDERFUL WATERCOLORS, Wed. March. 29, 9:30am-12:30pm. Anyone can create your own watercolor painting by following step by step demonstration by watercolor artist and teacher Clela Neale. $60 for a 4 week session or $15 per class. Register by contacting Clela at 440-371-5637 or A supply list will then be provided by the instructor. Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, Firelands Room, Huron.

METROPARK HIKERS, Wed. March 29, 10:30-11:30am. Spring is approaching! Come celebrate with a walk in a park. The Coupling MetroPark, Milan.

ENCHANTED STORY TIME, Fri. March 31, 10:30-11:30am. Come enjoy an interactive story time at The Cottage with puppets, finger plays and more! A fun activity will accompany each story. All ages with accompanying adult. Registration required. Limit 15. East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, The Enchanted Cottage, Sandusky.

The Volunteer Center of Erie County presents the 4th Annual Purse Auction. Fri. March 31. 5:30 p.m. Doors Open, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Buffet Dinner, 6:00 p.m. Festivities & Raffles Begin.
$20.00 Presale Ticket Price (5 Free Raffle Tickets)
$25.00 at Door Price (5 Free Raffle Tickets)
$250.00 Reserved Table for 10 (10 Raffle Tickets/Person)
Cash Bar ~ Vendor Tables
Proceeds help fund the programs and projects of The Volunteer Center of Erie County!
Order tickets online: or at The Volunteer Center of Erie County. Auction located at The American Legion, lower level. Call 419-627-0074

FROGGY FRIDAY, Fri. March 31, 7-9pm. Be prepared to get wet and muddy as we go in search of salamanders and frogs! Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet! Nets will be provided. Registration required. Limit 15. Edison Woods MetroPark, Berlin Heights.

Daly’s Pub presents State of Comedy at the Sandusky State Theatre Friday, March 31 at 8 PM feat. two headliners Steve Sabo and Spark Mann. Tickets are $12 and can be ordered and printed online at or call or stop in the Box Office 107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky at 419.626.1950 or 877.626.1950 Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm. Tables for 6 can be reserved in advance by calling the Box Office. Mature Audience – Limited Seating

Join us April 1st, 8:30AM-4PM at Messengburg’s Plaza Place in Huron for their Annual Spring Seminar. Topics presented include: Garden Crops, Succulents, Diagnosing Disease and Insects in the Landscape, Healthy Choices from the Garden, Organic Solutions for Pests and Disease, and more! Lunch and gifts included. Pre-registration & fee required, must be received by March 23rd. For more info call (419) 627-7631.

5K Run/Walk 17′, Sat. April 1. Downtown Sandusky Coarse, Fire-station start at 600 W. Market St. Registration at 8AM, Race at 9AM. Pre-registration $20 postmarked by March 10. $25 race day registration. T-shirts for the first 100 people to pre-register. Registration forms at HSEC, FB, and online. Well behaved dogs are welcome (short leashes only). Proceeds benefit the HSEC “Preventative Medications” Fund.

Calvary Temple is hosting a Craft Fair at 1158 Cleveland Rd in the Sandusky Plaza. Saturday, April 1, 9am to 4pm. For application and further information e-mail: or call 419-626-3523.

New Day Family Resource Ctr. presents the third annual Craft and Vendor Show! April 1st, 10AM-2PM at the Ohio Business College, 5205 Timber Commons Drive, Sandusky. Come check out at least 30 crafters and vendors! Small lunch will be available. Free admission, but asking guests to bring a small hygiene donation to help supply the New Day Resource Ctr. In conjunction with the show, Ohio Business College will be having an open house, so feel free to explore what OBC has to offer while supporting the New Day Family Resource Ctr.

Come raise domestic violence awareness by attending a pulled pork dinner will be held from 4pm-7pm.  This fundraising event will be to support Denise Reed and her family. Located at Hancock School in Sandusky. There will be a silent auction that closes at 6:30. This event will also feature 50/50 raffles, door prizes, a teacup auction, and a bake sale. The pulled pork dinner is $10 and all proceeds will go Denise Reed’s children. Cash or checks to be made payable to Julie Held-Bath. Please Call Julie at 419-504-8915, Lisa at 419-656-8347, or Annie at 419-357-2509 for more information.

The Sandusky High School Choral Department proudly presents “Annie” in the SHS Auditorium. The shows will be on March 31 and April 1. Tickets are $7. Both shows start at 7pm.

VOL SPONSORS FREE ENVIRONMENTAL EXPO as a free service to the Vermilion Community. The Vermilion on the Lake Historic Community Center will host its 12th annual “Vermilion River Watershed Open House” at 3780 Edgewater Drive in Vermilion, Ohio 44089 on Saturday, April 1st from 10am to 4pm. The Expo will feature Lorain and Erie County groups dedicated to the protection and enhancement of our watershed area.  The main feature exhibitor from 11:00am to 3:00pm will be “Back to the Wild” from Castalia, Ohio, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center specializing in birds of prey.  They will display a Bald Eagle, hawks, owls, snakes and other live wildlife “up close and personal”. There is no charge to this event unless you pay for a lunch.

Firelands Regional Medical Center will host a breastfeeding basics for new parents event from 10am-12pm. The class is designed to teach new parents the benefits of breastfeeding and how to successfully breastfeed their baby. The cost for this course is $10.00. Register online by visiting classes and events at or by calling 419-557-7840.

Dr. David Grayson will offer an upcoming Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) chapter presentation in Huron, OH. Dr. Grayson is a senior Airmen Medical Examiner (AME) who works at Firelands Regional Medical Center. As of May 1, many pilots will no longer be required to hold an FAA Medical Certificate to fly and can use an alternate pathway for medical flight clearance called BasicMed. Specializing in occupational medicine, Dr. Grayson will explain the new medical requirements at his presentation at 1819 Boos Rd, Huron, OH 44839. The presentation will start at 1pm.

Pork Chop Dinner at Zion United Church of Christ Fireside in Bellevue. Sun. April 2, 11:30am to 1:00 pm
Dinner includes: Pork chops, parsley potatoes, green beans, jello salad, home made pie and the best barbecue sauce in town! Carry out is also available.

14th Annual Cancer Services Spaghetti & Meatball Fundraiser. Hosted by F.O.E. in Sandusky. Sun. April 2, 12-6PM. Entertainement provided by Johnny R and other community talent. Donation of $8 per person. reserved seating for 8 people or more. For tickets and more information contact Cancer Services (419) 626-4548 or (419) 656-1832.

The Sandusky/Firelrands chapter of PFLAG will have a social outing at 2pm. The meeting will be held at the Erie Social Club located at 5686 East Harbor Road, Marblehead, 43440.  All are welcome.

The Montana Repertory Theatre presents “Barefoot in the Park,” one of Neil Simon’s best comedies. Tickets are free and are required.  For ticket information, call the Sandusky Library at 419-625-3834.


The Sandusky Library will host “Undercover Adventures” for the 75th celebration of the “Boxcar Children” series.  Each month will feature a different Boxcar Children story. Starting April 3 from 4-5 pm. Visit the Sandusky Library for more information.

The Sandusky Library will also show the film “The Outsiders” at 6pm. Rated PG-13, parents are strongly cautioned. The book will be discussed the following day (APRIL 4) at 6pm. This event is for the 50th anniversary of “The Outsiders.”


Morning coffee and free health screenings at Firelands Regional Medical Center from 8am-10am. There will be free blood pressure screenings, free blood sugar screenings, and a total Lipid Profile for $17.00 (12-Hour Fast). No appointments are necessary. Please call 419-557-7722 for more information.


Fisher-Titus Medical Center is offering an Advanced Cardiac Life Support Renewal Course for healthcare professionals from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at the hospital, 272 Benedict Ave., Norwalk. Participants must have a current CPR card. Pre-payment is required. To register or for more information, call Fisher-Titus at (419) 660-2646.

HEIDELBERG UNIVERSITY will host the Honorable Susan P. Graber, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as part of the Patricia Adams Lecture Series (PALS). Judge Graber will deliver a keynote address at 6:30pm in Seiberling Gymnasium. Heidelberg invites the community to attend dinner and Graber’s keynote address.

The Texas Tenors will be appearing on stage at the Sandusky State Theatre on Friday, April 7th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $30 – $60 and are on sale now! They can be purchased & printed online at, by calling 419-626-1950 or 877-626-1950 or by visiting the Box Office at 107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH Mon. – Fri. 10 AM – 5 PM.

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 8, 2:00pm. The event will begin in Adolphus Kraemer Park at the Log Cabin with an Easter Egg Hunt, followed by a candy hunt downtown, and then to the Portage Fire Station on Water Street where the children can visit and take photos with the Easter Bunny and have a chance to win one of their special Golden Egg baskets! Free to the public and open to children ages 12 and under. For more information please contact the chamber office at 419-898-0479.


The VacationLand Federal Credit Union will be hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt at OsbornMetro Park. Children 1 year to 10 years old. Starting at 2pm for all ages. Following the Easter egg hunt, Erie MetroParks will host free activities and crafts inside the Frost Center.

Wightman Wieber Safety Fair and Kidsfest Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, held at the Elks Lodge on Adams Street on April 9th (Psalm Sunday) from 8:00 to 12:30. All the money made at this fundraiser will be used to help support our annual Safety Fair and Kidsfest that is scheduled for May 20, 2017.

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation are hosting a FREE Teen Summer Job Fair on Wednesday April 12th, 2017. It will be held at Oak Harbor High School and will run from 1:15pm-4:15pm. There is no cost to employers to participate, but all employers must register. If your company would like to reserve a table, please call 419-898-0479 or


iPhoto classes will be held at the Sandusky Library at 10:30am. Learn the basics of using an iMac computer and Apple’s entry-level video and photo editing programs, iMovie and iPhoto. Tour the Visual Recording Studio. After completion of this class and tour, you will be eligible to schedule time to use the Visual Recording Studio and Editing Studio. Registration is required as class size is limited to 6.

Experience the greatest music of the 60s, 70s and 80s with Decades Rewind. Fri. April 21st, 7:30 PM. A brand new theatrical concert extravaganza featuring a live 14-piece band performing medleys of hit songs spanning 30 years at the Sandusky State Theatre. Tickets are $43 & $38 and are on sale now! They can be purchased and printed online at, by calling 419-626-1950 or 877-626-1950 or by visiting the Box Office Mon. – Fri. 10 AM – 5 PM. Visit

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner Fri. April 21st, 5–8pm. Benefit Edison Chargers High School Bowling Teams. Located at Norwalk Masonic Temple in Norwalk. Cost: $10 per person.

Join the Sandusky Alzheimer’s Support Group Meetings Tues. April 25, 7pm. Today’s meeting: Nutrition Tips for the Person with Dementia with Ellen Hohler, RD. Located at the Firelands Regional Medical Center in the South Campus.

Learn how to make your own Facebook business page. Visit the Ritter Public Library Endowment Room in Vermilion from 9:30-10:30am. This free hands-on workshop will help businesses and merchants organize an efficient and eye-catching Facebook page for their businesses.  Deadline to register is Friday, April 21st. Please call  419-967-4477 or  419-963-0772 for more information. Limited to 12 participants.

Have lunch with the Easter Bunny from 12-2pm. This event is hosted by Edward Jones and Camden Falls. Tickets are $8. Call Camden Falls at 419-448-7699 or First Call First Help at 419-448-4357 for further information.

Tiffin University’s International Dinner will be at 6pm. Tickets are $15. This dinner will roughly represent 400 students and 28 countries. Visit for more information.


6th Annual Chocolate and Wine Walk Saturday April 29, 11am—5pm. Call the Vermilion Chamber office at (440) 967-4477, fax (440) 794-6692, or email by April 13, 2017. Let us know at that time if you will need a table at Tiffany’s Flowers at Old Town Hall.


The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and the Vermilion Ministerial Association will host a prayer breakfast from 7:45-9am. The cost is $7. This event aims to bring citizens together for fellowship and there will be a guest speaker.  Please RSVP to the Vermilion Chamber or get more information at 440-967-4477.

Join the Sandusky Alzheimer’s Support Group Meetings Tues. May 23, 7pm. Today’s meeting: Adult Day Care with speaker Karol Spicer, RN and Vicky Laney. Located at the Firelands Regional Medical Center in the South Campus.

Spring City-Wide Garage Sale. Sat. June 3rd. It’s not too early to think about turning unused items into cash! The Huron City-Wide Garage Sale I at the Huron Boat Basin. Limited spaces; first-come, first-serve. More information.<>

Join the Sandusky Alzheimer’s Support Group Meetings Tues. June 27, 7pm. Today’s meeting: Into the Other Lane-Driving and Dementia with a DVD. Located at the Firelands Regional Medical Center in the South Campus.


Berlin Library presents Teen Trivia Tuesday’s in Teen Services. 3–4pm. Teens ages 11-18 are welcome at Berlin for a battle of wits! Test your knowledge of book, film, music, and other pop culture related trivia!

WALKING @ WOODLANDS – FREE PROGRAM! Monday – Thursday on School Days, 6-7:30pm. Learn more. <>

The Breastfeeding Support Group will meet from 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, March 7, March 14, March 21 and March 28. For more information, call the hospital at (419) 660-2117 Ext. 6491.

Expectant parents can prepare for the birth and care of their newborns during this informative childbirth education class at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. The class covers topics such as: signs and stages of labor, breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, car seat safety and basic newborn care. Classes will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursdays, March 9-March 23. Pre-payment is required. For more information and to register, call Fisher-Titus Medical Center at (419) 660-2646.

March 13 – April 3, 2017
The deadline for voter registration or to change your name or address for the May Primary/Special Election is April 3rd.

The Erie County Board of Election Office Hours are:
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday through March 31st.

The Erie County Board of Elections Office Hours are:
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Monday, April 3rd.

The office is located at Erie County Services Center in Sandusky

Berlin Public Library Story Time, Thursdays, in Children’s Services, 10:30am–11:30am. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and SMART Board activities.

Milan Library presents Story Time in Children Services, Fridays, 10:30am–11:30am. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and SMART Board activities.

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre presents “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure.” The musical is based on DreamWorks’ motion pictured titles “Madagascar.” The musical is directed by CCYT Artistic Director Brian Marshall and features 61 students, ages 6-12. Tickets range from $6-$12. The musical will be held on the following dates:

*April 6 at 7:00 pm.

*April 7 at 7:30 pm.

*April 8 and 9 at 2:00 pm.

All showtimes will be at the McBride Auditorium BGSU Firelands College, Huron, OH 44839. Order tickets and call 419-626-1950 for more information.

The Erie County Children Services is hosting events throughout the month of April which is Child Abuse and Prevention Month.  The Erie County Children Services encourages you to bring your lunch and learn about becoming a foster parent. FAQ and information sharing sessions from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

*April 5: Sandusky City Library.

*April 12: Huron City Library.

*April 19: Milan City Library.

*April 26: Berlin Heights Public Library.

Dates for the Senior Men’s Fellowship programs are as followed:

*April 3: Geoffrey Steinhart – Fisheries Biologist – Commercial and Sport Fishing in Lake Erie.

*April 10: Todd Barber – Erie County Veterans Services – Services available to veterans.

*April 17 Christine Ammanniti – FRMC – Director of Cardiac and Pulmonary Services. Atrial Fibrillation.

*April 24: Jessica Oliver – Crisis Navigator Catholic Charities, How Catholic Charities are working in our area.

The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Beginning in February, the Inn will “roll back” rates on its original nine rooms to their 1987 price of just $75. All Inn rooms booked weeknights (excluding holidays) will be priced at $75. Every month, throughout 2017, the Inn will feature a different special “30” promotion, celebrating the Inn’s three decades in business, including:
*   March – Guests staying three nights receive 30% off of their lodging.
*   April – Visitors are encouraged to bring three friends and enjoy 30% off of their stay in Redbud or Hickory Hollow cabin, for the perfect girlfriends getaway
*   May – There’s no better Mother’s Day gift than a gift certificate to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, thus every $100 gift card sold comes with a bonus $30 gift card.
*   June – Visitors staying any Wednesday enjoy $30 off of their lodging.
*   July – Travelers staying on any date with the number “3” in it receive 30% off their lodging.
*   August – Anyone who has stayed at the Inn before receives 30% off of a one-night stay, Sunday to Thursday.
*   September – Guests who purchase two hours of weekday spa services enjoy 30% off of their services.
*   October – Guests can add an extra 30-minute massage to any spa treatment for only $30.
*   November – The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is offering 30% off of any Gathering Place rental fee.
*   December – Every item in the Inn’s gift shop is 30% off

Firelands 55+ Club on the first Wednesday of every month for Morning Coffee from 8 to 10 a.m. starting Wednesday, February 1. Morning Coffee will be held at Firelands Regional Medical Center’s South Campus, Community Resource Room.
The following screenings will be available: Free Blood Pressure Screening, Free Blood Sugar Screening, and a Total Lipid Profile for $17.00 (12-Hour Fast)
No appointments are necessary for the health screenings. For more information, please call 419-557-7722.


Firelands will offer childbirth education classes on April 5, 12, 19, 26 from 6-8:30pm.  Preparation classes are held at Firelands Regional Medical Center, South Campus, 1912 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky. The cost for the class is $35 per couple. It is recommended that this course be taken during the last trimester of pregnancy. Call 419-557-7840 for more information.

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be offering a six-week program focused on weight management through lifestyle change. Held on Tuesdays, March 21 through April 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Cancer Center Meeting Room of the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at Firelands Regional Medical Center. The program is supported by the Sandusky YMCA and is led by Luis Perez. $30 for the general public, $20 for Firelands Regional Medical Center employees, and includes needed materials. Space is limited. Registration is required by calling 419-557-7410.

Heidelberg University’s School of Education will host its fifth annual Education Summit March 23-24 on campus with the theme “What Makes an Effective Teacher?” This year’s keynote speakers are Dustin Weaver, 2017 Ohio Teacher of the Year; Teresa Cianchetti, 2016 Ohio Teacher of the Year; and Jeff Fisher, 2015 Ohio Principal of the Year. Weaver will kick off the conference with the keynote address at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Gundlach Theatre., followed by brief presentations from Cianchetti and Fisher. On Friday, March 24, the trio will be featured in a panel discussion at 10:15 a.m. in Wickham Great Hall. These events are free and open to the public.

Sandusky Central Catholic High School proudly presents Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend. This musical is set at a English Finishing School in France during the early 20th century. The Boyfriend follows the story of two young lovers who overcome overbearing parents, boy crazy friends and many other obstacles. There will be 3 shows performed at SMCC’s own The Kinzel Center (located on 410 W Jefferson St. Sandusky, Ohio), on March 24th and 25th. Showtimes are Friday the 24th at 7:00 P.M and Saturday the 25th at 2:00 P.M and 7:00 P.M. Ticket prices vary from $7.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children/ Students.

The Sandusky Area Stroke Club is a support group founded to help stroke survivors and their families cope with life after stroke. Also welcome are those dealing with head injuries. We generally meet at 6:30pm on the 1st Tuesday of each month in the Community Room main floor of Firelands Regional Medical Center South Campus in Sandusky. For more information, please call Sue DuBray at 419-433-3054.

Down Syndrome of Sandusky Children’s Play and Support Group Meeting.  Please join us the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6pm to 8pm at the Sandusky Library in the Program Room.  Children, parents and grandparents of all ages are welcome.  Juice boxes and toys will be provided.  Contact: if any questions.

Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. through April 12, FREE tax help (federal, state, and local) for taxpayers with low- and middle-incomes, with special attention to those age 60 and older, will be offered again at the Library by AARP volunteers through the AARP Foundation, in conjunction with the IRS. Bring your Social Security card and your 2015 return. Time slots are given on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 20 slots. You may sign up for a time slot 30 minutes prior to the start of the free tax-aide, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Terrace Level lobby, and no later than 12:30 p.m. All tax returns are e-Filed (electronic filing). No business, clergy, or rental property returns are done.

Fisher-Titus Medical Center, in conjunction with Norwalk Park & Rec and Huron County Public Health is sponsoring a Couch to 5K program. This free, 9-week training plan will help participants prepare for their first 5K run/walk, or get them back into racing. Meetings will take place at predetermined locations once a week on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 p.m., Feb. 21-April 18. Incentives will be provided and will depend on participation rates and completion of the Earth Week 5K Run/Walk on April 22, 2017. There is a registration fee to participate in the Earth Week 5K. Registration forms available on For more information, contact Niki Cross at 419-663-6775, ext. 1026 or

Firelands Regional Medical Center will be offering a four-week Childbirth Preparation class on the following dates: Wednesday, March 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Childbirth Preparation classes are held at Firelands Regional Medical Center, South Campus. $35 per couple. Anyone interested will not be refused for this course due to inability to pay. To register, call Firelands Regional Medical Center at 419-557-7840.

Tickets are on sale now for the Serving Our Seniors Reverse Raffle, Saturday March 4 at the Sandusky American Legion, 3615 Hayes Ave., Sandusky at 5pm.  Every ticket wins a prize and includes dinner, a drink ticket, a swag bag and a shot at the $2500 grand prize. Tickets are $50 at the Serving Our Seniors office, or visit

I SPY IN THE METROPARKS, Jan. 1-Oct. 31. Here is a challenge for kids! There are 7 required “I Spys” throughout the MetroParks. Pick up your task list at the Frost Center at Osborn MetroPark or find it at Then, take a picture next to each task! Once you have completed the task list, bring your photos into the Frost Center to pick up your prize bag!

THE LORAIN COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION is preparing for their upcoming Beginning Beekeepers Class for 2017. March 341017 and 24. The class will provide info on what it takes to be a beekeeper, what equipment & supplies are needed, bee health, and etc. Registration beings at 6:30pm, class begins at 7-9pm. Cost is $50 and includes a one year membership to LCBA with a monthly newsletter. Located at First Church of Christ in Oberlin. More info can be found at

Ohio’s Hocking Hills hosts a maple syrup celebration March 11-13 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Naturalist’s Cabin behind the Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center. Naturalists and costumed interpreters transport guests from the very oldest sugaring techniques to the contemporary methods used today to distill maple syrup. Visitors will get to see and taste how local maple sap is collected and boiled down to create syrup. Visitors are encouraged to explore the many trails and adventures the region offers. Detailed information is available<>.

The Rossford High School Drama Club under will present the Northwest Ohio PREMIERE of the 2009 rock musical, “ROCK OF AGES”, March 16th-19th. Thursday through Saturday performances will be held at 7:30pm and a 2pm Sunday matinee. The Saturday, March 18th performance will also be the RHS Drama Alumni Night Reunion. RHS Drama Alumni will receive a discounted ticket rate for that evening. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. It is strongly suggested to make reservations in advance. Advance reservations will begin on Wednesday, February 22nd and run Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm in the high school office. For further inquiries, please contact Located at Rossford High School.

Bellevue Society for the Arts will present “Seussical: The Musical” at the Hirt Theatre, located at 205 Maple Street. The musical honors all of Dr. Seuss’s famous characters and stories. Tickets are $12 for adults who are 18 and older and $8 for children, as well as, adults who are 60 and over. Please call 419-484-2787 for reservations.

The musical will be held on:

*March 24 & 25 @7:30pm.

*March 26 @ 2pm.

*April 1 & 2 @2pm.

Firelands Regional Medical Center will host “Baby & Me” classes on April 6 and 26.  These classes provide opportunity to engage your baby while having experienced developmental therapists coach you through important aspects of development such as early language development. The classes are divided between walkers and non-walkers.

Walkers: 9-10:30am on April 26

Non-walkers: 0-10:30am on April 6

Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Please call 419-557-7076 for more information.

The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 6th Annual Vermilion Chocolate and Wine Walk. Sat. April 29th. 11am-5pm. As shoppers stroll through the beautiful downtown area they can stop and see what your business offers, all the while collecting delicious treats along the way.  Even though your business may not be in the downtown area you can still participate by setting up a table in Tiffany’s Flowers at the Old Town Hall.  Vermilion Chamber members are free; non-members will be $25 per business (space is limited). Please call the Vermilion Chamber office at (440) 967-4477, fax (440) 794-6692, or email by April 13, 2017.

FIRELANDS AUDUBON SOCIETY STUDENT ART CONTEST. This competition is open to all students in grades K-12 in Erie and Huron counties. Deadline is Friday April 14th.  Entry forms and contest rules can be found at

Edison Kindergarten registration will be May 16-18, appointments can be made as early as April 3. A child must be at least 5 years of age by August 1, 2017 to be eligible for registration. Parents must provide a birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization records, proof of residency if possible, and custody information of their child. Please call 419-499-2471, Ext. 1100 or 1101 for more information.

Parents interested in enrolling their child in Edison Little Chargers Preschool for the 2017-2018 school year may pick up an interest survey beginning May 5. Children mist be 3 years of age on or before August 1, 2017 to be eligible. Completed sheets should be returned to the Edison elementary Office by June 1, 2017. A preschool open house will be on May 5 from 10am-11am and 1pm-2pm. If you have any questions, please call the preschool office at 419-449-3000, Ext. 1109.

The Sandusky Library will offer Tech Tutors on Thursdays from 2:30-4:00 p.m. through April. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced user, a Tech Tutor will help with your questions. One-on-one appointments are also available by calling 419-625-3834.  You can get help with:

*Basic Computer Skills –  Learning to use a mouse and keyboard, computer features, searching the Internet, signing up for and using email.

*Job Search – Searching online for jobs, applying online.

The notorious Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, OH has just announced dates for its Ghost Hunts and Ghost Walks. The reformatory also offers an overnight experience for those highly interested in the paranormal experience. Admission is $70 per person and all proceeds go to the restoration and preservation of this historical structure. To book a Ghost Hunt or Ghost Walk, visit<> or by calling (419) 522-2644. Ghost Hunts are scheduled as: April 14,22; May 6,20; June 3,17,24,30; July 8,21,29; August 12,19; September 2. Ghost Walks are scheduled as: April 21,28; May 5; June 9,23; July 7,28; August 11; September 1.

CAMP GOOD GRIEF will offer a summer of fun for children who have experienced loss. To register, please visit or submit an application and a $10 fee to Stein Hospice attendant Kathy Failor. Register at an area near you:

*Huron: June 12-16 from 10am-2pm at Osborn Park.

*Port Clinton: July 10-14 from 10am-2pm at Lakeview Park.

*Norwalk: July 24-28 from 10am-2pm at Memorial Lane park.

*Elyria: August 7-11 from 10am-2pm at West Park.

For more information contact Kathy Failor at 419-625-5269 or

“WALK IT OUT” is a series of walking programs being sponsored by the Erie County Health Department. The goal of these programs is to inspire new healthy habits to the Erie County area. Health information will be shared by various health professional before, during, and after the health walks. There will be 16 weekly walks from May 1 to August 28. For more information, contact Jeanie Wertenbach at 419-626-5623 or

Columbus, OH is known for taking great pride in its impressive list of locally crafted products, businesses, restaurants, and attractions. Columbus visitors now have a carefully curated trail that helps them delve into in the creative collaborations found all around Ohio’s capital city. Each stop along the new “Made in CBUS Trail” offers unforgettable experiences and the gorgeous quality work of Columbus makers that can’t be found in other cities. Please visit for more information.

Gary Barber has been named the new superintendent for Tiffin City Schools. The Tiffin City Board of Education recently held a special session to introduce Gary Barber as the new Superintendent effective August 1, 2017. Mr. Barber has created a situation where the educational system has aligned with the business community on workforce development. The Tiffin community cannot wait to welcome Gary Barber and see how he transforms the area.

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