Sunday , 18 April 2021

Community Focus



Please send all future community focus events to [email protected] 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

FRI APRIL 16

HURON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
The Huron County Humane Society presents their event Roll It Forward on 11001 US Hwy 250 N., in Milan across from Ehove. This event will take place on Friday April 16th from 9-5pm and on Saturday, April 17th from 9-3pm. This will be a Rummage Sale for charity! Come find some treasures.

BLOOD DRIVE
The next American Red Cross Blood Drive is on April 16th from 8am-6pm at the Richard E. Jacobs Health Campus on 33100 Cleveland Clinic Blvd. in Avon.

SAT APRIL 17

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- WOODVILLE
Birchard Public Library of Woodville presents From My Backyard: A Facebook LIVE Event on Saturday, April 17th at 9:00 am. Join librarian Rene in her backyard as she shares life on the farm via Facebook LIVE.

14TH ANNUAL BAKED STEAK DINNER
Clyde St. Mary’s Boy Scout Troop 320 presents their 14th Annual Baked Steak Dinner on Saturday, April 17th from 4:30-7:30pm at St. Mary’s Church Hall on 609 Vine Street in Clyde. Tickets are $10 each. Carry-Out and Drive up will be available as requested for safety and ease. Follow the signs for pick-up. Be sure to get your tickets early as they sell out fast! For tickets, contact Scouts BSA Troop 320 Jeremy Riehl at 419-680-0701, Tim Billings at 419-547-8129, Barb Wahl at 419-341-2775, Ginger Workman at 419-265-6108, and Celia LaBenne at 419-307-6680. The menu will include a 6oz baked steak, au gratin potatoes, vegetables, a dinner roll, salad, and dessert.

CHRISTIAN SINGLES FELLOWSHIP
The Christian Singles Fellowship presents their Spring Amish Trip on Saturday, April 17th at 10am. To carpool, meet at the Norwalk Alliance Church on SR 250 South. Pack a lunch or snack, but later after shopping we will eat supper at Mrs. Yoders restaurant. Bring the kids, too.

FREMONT PIGEON CLUB SHOW AND SHOP
The Fremont Pigeon Club Show and Shop will take place on April 17th at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds on 901 Rawson Avenue in Fremont. This event begins at 8am and will be free to attend. This is an annual event for the Fremont Pigeon Club. For more information, call 419-483-3484 or email: [email protected]

APRIL HYDRO PHOTOSHOOT
The Haunted Hydro presents their April Hydro Photoshoot on April 17th at 1333 Tiffin Street in Fremont from 11am-7pm. This will be the first Spring Shoot of the Season. Welcome to our 8th consecutive season. Got Spring fever? Come enjoy the day with us! Bring your cameras, your costumes, your characters and your creative fun concepts and let the Hydro Experience be your Canvas.We welcome all types of photo/video art styles. This is a fun and exciting event geared towards offering the opportunity for singles, couples and groups 18 & over a unique opportunity to use our facility and scenic outside settings to gain inspirational images based in and around the Haunted Hydro’s 1911 historic building featuring our creative and fun scenes and sets. We also border the beautiful Sandusky River and have a woods setting that offers some more natural backdrop opportunities as well. For more information, visit our website at www.thehauntedhydro.com, email [email protected] or call 419-307-6985.

SUN APRIL 18

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- WOODVILLE
Birchard Public Library of Woodville presents What’s Your Hobby? on Sunday, April 18th at 2:00 pm. Friends and neighbors from the Woodville area will share their hobbies in this new virtual series to be posted on Facebook.

MON APRIL 19

MARGARETTA BOARD OF EDUCATION
The Margaretta Board of Education regular meeting that is scheduled for April 19th at 6:30pm will be an in-person meeting at the MES gym to follow health and safety procedures due to the current health crisis.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- FREMONT
Birchard Public Library of Fremont presents their Artist of the Month Frida Kahlo on Monday, April 19th for kids in K-6th. There will be a special craft kit and Facebook video featuring a different artist each month.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- WOODVILLE
Birchard Public Library of Woodville presents Spring Craft Kit for Adults on Monday, April 19th at 7:00 pm, via Zoom. Pick up supplies starting April 14th, then join via Zoom for fun and conversation.

TUE APRIL 20

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Huron Public Library presents their Mystery Book Group on Zoom on Tuesday, April 20th at 7pm. Join this monthly book club in an online Zoom chat featuring a variety of mystery books. Books are available at the Library. Call to join. This month’s book is The Yard by Alex Grecian. Call (419) 433-5009 for more information.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- GREEN SPRINGS
Birchard Public Library of Green Springs presents Tuesday Night at Green Springs Library Tuesdays in April at 7:00 p.m. Join us on Facebook on April 6th for Tasty Tuesday, Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry, on April 13th for Tell Me Tuesday, book discussion of “Unbroken,” by Laura Hillenbrand, on April 20th for Teach Me Tuesday, Mason Jar Bird Feeder, and on April 27th for Tournament Tuesday, Scatergories.

BLOOD DRIVE
The next American Red Cross Blood Drive is on April 20th from 1-5:30pm at Holy Angels Catholic Church on 428 Tiffin Avenue in Sandusky.

WED APRIL 21

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Huron Public Library presents their event STEAM Team on the Go on Wednesday, April 21st for Kindergarten – Grade 6. Pick up a different STEAM Team Kit each month for a fun, at-home experiment. This month’s kit is called Earth Day. While supplies last. Registration is required. Call (419) 433-5009 for more information.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- FREMONT
Birchard Public Library of Fremont presents Watercolor Painting for Beginners on Wednesday, April 21st at 6:30 pm. Adults will learn to paint a simple and beautiful watercolor landscape via Zoom with librarian Grady using an art book from the library collection. Supplies needed include: watercolor paper, watercolor paint: red, yellow, and blue, and size 12, 8, and 2 brushes. Registration is required. Call Grady at 419-334-7101 for details.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- GIBSONBURG
Birchard Public Library of Gibsonburg presents Novel Explorers on Wednesdays, April 7, and April 21, at 4:00 pm. Teens are invited to a virtual discussion of “The Golden Compass,” by Phillip Pullman and the movie that was made from the book. Register for the Zoom discussion.

FREMONT KIWANIS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The 61st Annual (Take-Two) Fremont Kiwanis Pancake Festival Drive-Thru Edition will take place on April 21st at Angelina’s on 2270 Hayes Avenue in Fremont. This event will be from 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Drive -thru service only. Tickets will cost $8.00 during pre-sale, and $9.00 on the day of the event. Children 10 and under will cost $4.00. Advance Tickets are available at: Russell Real Estate, Eye Centers of Northwest Ohio, Otto & Urban Flowers, Holland CPA, Nationwide Insurance. Continuous pancake serving will take place all day. Proceeds benefit youth and community activities. For more information visit, www.fremontkiwanis.org

THU APRIL 22

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Huron Public Library presents Online Storytime LIVE with Miss Melissa and Rockin’ Readers Book Club on Thursday, April 22nd. Online Storytime LIVE with Miss Melissa will take place on Facebook at 1pm. Join in and watch Miss Melissa read a story and sing some songs LIVE from the Library’s Facebook page @huronpl. Rockin’ Readers Book Club will take place on Zoom at 5pm and is intended for Grades 3 – 6. Join this monthly tween book group in an online Zoom chat. Books are available at the Library for tweens interested in joining. Registration is required. Call (419) 433-5009 for more information.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- WOODVILLE
Birchard Public Library of Woodville presents Celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 22nd from 12:00-5:30 pm. Turn trash into treasure. Craft supplies provided while they last.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- WOODVILLE
Birchard Public Library of Woodville presents Adulting 101: How to Uncork a Wine Bottle on Thursday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm on Facebook Live.

FREMONT SPEEDWAY
The Fremont Speedway will have an event on April 24th (410’s, 305’s, and Dirt Trucks) on 901 Rawson Avenue in Fremont. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. and races start at 7:00 p.m. – Come out and experience a night at the races, and don’t forget to visit our Hall of Fame! All times and schedules are subject to change. Ticket prices vary. Visit our website for updated information, and continued scheduling (www.fremontohspeedway.com) or call our office at 419-332-5604.
RUTHERFORD B. HAYES PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUMS
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums presents Kids Days @ Hayes, Earth Day on April 24th at Spiegel Grove in Fremont from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Kids can celebrate Earth Day with a nature and conservation activity. This event is for kids in fourth through sixth grades. The cost is $5 for Hayes Presidential members at the major level and higher and $7 for non-members. There is no cost for adults who bring kids to this program. RSVPs are required and must be made by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 22. RSVP to Joan Eardly, education coordinator, at [email protected], or online at rbhayes.org.

BLOOD DRIVE
The next American Red Cross Blood Drives are on April 22nd from 1-6pm at the First Presbyterian Church on 225 Williams Street in Huron and from 11am-4pm at Avon Isle Park on 37080 Detroit Road in Avon.

FRI APRIL 23

CHRISTIAN SINGLES FELLOWSHIP
The Christian Singles Fellowship presents Spring Thing on Friday, April 23rd at 6:30pm. Meet at Karson’s Home at 1401 Berlin Road in Huron. Barbecued Ribs will be provided. Bring a covered dish, dessert, or pop. Also bring the kids and join the fun.

BLOOD DRIVE
The next American Red Cross Blood Drive is on April 23rd from 10am-4pm at the American Red Cross Lorain County on 2929 West River Road North in Elyria.

ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
The Erie County Board of Elections will be holding its regularly scheduled board meeting on Friday, April 23rd at 9 a.m. at the Erie County Services Center, 2900 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, in room #118.

SAT APRIL 24

SANDUSKY CITY WIDE CLEANUP
The City of Sandusky presents a City Wide Cleanup on Saturday, April 24th from 9am-12pm at the Shelby Street Boat Launch on 101 Shelby Street. This event is open to city of Sandusky residents only and a photo ID is required. Volunteers will be waiting to help unload items. Please follow COVID-19 precautions including maintaining six feet of social distancing. Face coverings are required. You may drop off items such as mattresses/box springs, unwanted household items, electronics, furniture, bicycles/exercise equipment, appliances, carpet, batteries, prescription pills, unwanted paper documents (limit of 2 banker boxes per household), and passenger car and light truck tires. No tractor tires will be accepted. There is a limit of 10 tires per person, and a max of 1,000 tires will be collected. Rims must be removed. Other items that will not be accepted include construction debris, hazardous waste, paint, propane tanks, no liquid recycling, household garbage, commercial landscaping debris, residential yard debris (such as trimmings, sod, stumps, or rock), TV’s, and Commercial Trailer loads and/or oversized U-Haul loads. Thank you to our partners: Sandusky City Schools’ Gentleman’s Club, Allshred Services, Barnes Nursery, Cyclone Services, Goodwill Industry, Interstate Battery, Ohio Tire Terminal, Sandusky Police Department, and Sandusky Steel.

ACCESS: WELLNESS & PERFORMANCE
Train with a pro! Tracy Sprinkle and Co. presents Access: Wellness & Performance. This Fitness Training program will take place at South Rec Center in Elyria. This program will feature high intensity physical training, mental training, and nutritional tips. The Spring dates will be from March 27th- March 28th and from April 24th- April 25th. The Summer dates are TBA. You can register at elyria.recdesk.com/community/program.

GYPSY DREAMS “LIVE”
The Strand Theater presents Gypsy Dreams “Live” on April 24th at 220 S. Front Street in Fremont. See Gypsy Dreams, Ground Chuck and Lugnutz at The Strand Theater, Saturday April 24th, 2021. The show starts at 7:00pm. Tickets will cost $20.00 each. Gypsy Dreams, a Stevie Nicks Tribute Experience, along with classic rock from Ground Chuck and Lugnutz, all in one night for 1 great price. The Strand is BYOB adult beverages, the Backstage Lounge kitchen is open all day and into the evening, enjoy some great food along with the show. For tickets, visit: facebook.com/events/481262423284130.

21ST ANNUAL SCAS REVERSE RAFFLE FUNDRAISER
The 21st Annual SCAS Reverse Raffle Fundraiser will take place on April 24th. This will be a virtual event with a drive-thru meal included from Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed on SR 590 Gibsonburg. This event will take place from 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. This will be Drive -thru service only. It will be $75.00 for a ticket and one meal, and additional meals are $15.00. Hosted by Sandusky County Agricultural Society​. Held on Saturday, April 24th at 7:00pm. Tickets are required. Additional Prize Drawings available include: 3 – 50/50 Drawings, Meat Variety Box Raffle, 3 – 2nd Chance Ticket Drawings. For more details, visit: sanduskycountyfair.com/raffle.

SPRING FLING CRAFT SHOW
The Spring Fling Craft Show will take place on April 24th from 10am-4pm at Rockin Horse Ranch on 8315 Milan Road in Sandusky Ohio. Admission to this event is free. There will be over 100 Vendors & Crafters at this event practicing social distancing. Some items you can expect to find at this event include homemade crafts, blankets, skin care, dog accessories, essential oils, soaps & scents, toys, jewelry, doll clothes, paintings, candles, crochet items, gift ideas, tumblers, wreaths, baked goods, and wooden signs. We will be donating to “A Special Wish Foundation”. A Special Wish Foundation is a unique non-profit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children under the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder. A Special Wish Foundation was one of the first wish-granting organizations in the United States, and now has chapters across the U.S. Since 1982, wishes have been granted to thousands of qualifying children.

SUN APRIL 25

ACCESS: WELLNESS & PERFORMANCE
Train with a pro! Tracy Sprinkle and Co. presents Access: Wellness & Performance. This Fitness Training program will take place at South Rec Center in Elyria. This program will feature high intensity physical training, mental training, and nutritional tips. The Spring dates will be from March 27th- March 28th and from April 24th- April 25th. The Summer dates are TBA. You can register at elyria.recdesk.com/community/program.

CHICKEN BBQ
Huron River Joint Firefighter’s Annual Chicken BBQ will be held on Sunday, April 25th starting at 11:00 am and running until the last chicken is sold! This year’s event will again be a DRIVE THROUGH ONLY event at the Huron River Joint Fire District Station at 155 Monroe Street in Monroeville. Please line up on the Prospect side of the station where the fire wives will take your order! Hope to see you all there!

MON APRIL 26

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Huron Public Library presents Teen Library Council on Zoom on Monday, April 26th at 4pm for Grades 7 – 12. Current and new members are invited to share ideas that will make a difference at the Library in a monthly online Zoom chat. Visit huronlibrary.org for details. Call (419) 433-5009 for more information.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- FREMONT
Birchard Public Library of Fremont presents Teen Bullet Journaling. Pick up craft supplies starting Monday, April 26th and register to attend this Zoom program about creating your own journal.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- GIBSONBURG
Birchard Public Library of Gibsonburg presents Gibsonburg’s Virtual Adult Book Chat on Zoom Monday, April 26th at 7:00 pm. Join in the virtual discussion of “Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk,” by Kathleen Rooney. Visit www.birchard.org and click on the event to register.

FISHER-TITUS COMMUNITY HEALTH SCREENING
Fisher-Titus will be hosting a Community Health Screening on Thursday, April 29th from 7-9 a.m. at Fisher-Titus Family Medicine – New London, 187 West Main St., New London. Health screening appointments can be made by calling 419-660-2646. Registration is open now until Monday, April 26 at 5 p.m. You will be asked to choose from a variety of tests and provide the name of your physician when registering. Prices will vary depending on the tests you choose. Fisher-Titus continues to put the health and safety of patients first during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 precautions will be in place at the health screening. Participants will have their temperature checked upon arrival, be asked to wear a mask, and observe physical distancing practices. For more information on the Fisher-Titus response to COVID-19, visit fishertitus.org/coronavirus. For more information about this event, visit fishertitus.org/classes-events or follow Fisher-Titus on Facebook.

TUE APRIL 27

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- GREEN SPRINGS
Birchard Public Library of Green Springs presents Tuesday Night at Green Springs Library Tuesdays in April at 7:00 p.m. Join us on Facebook on April 6th for Tasty Tuesday, Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry, on April 13th for Tell Me Tuesday, book discussion of “Unbroken,” by Laura Hillenbrand, on April 20th for Teach Me Tuesday, Mason Jar Bird Feeder, and on April 27th for Tournament Tuesday, Scatergories.

WED APRIL 28

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Huron Public Library presents Real Reads: Nonfiction Book Club on Zoom on Wednesday, April 28th at 3pm. Join this monthly book club in an online Zoom chat featuring nonfiction selections. Books are available at the Library and Zoom codes are posted on huronlibrary.org. This month’s book is Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. Call (419) 433-5009 for more information.

RUTHERFORD B. HAYES PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUMS
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums presents their Presidential History Book Club on April 28th at Spiegel Grove in Fremont. This event will begin at noon and is free to attend. All are invited to read and discuss books about the American presidency at this free book club. This month, the club is reading “One Man Against the World” by Tim Weiner. Participants can bring their lunch. Sponsored by Richard and Kathy Smith. Call 419-332-2081 or visit our website at: www.rbhayes.org for more information.

THU APRIL 29

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Huron Public Library presents Online Storytime LIVE with Miss Melissa on Facebook on Thursday, April 29th at 1pm. Join in and watch Miss Melissa read a story and sing some songs LIVE from the Library’s Facebook page @huronpl. Call (419) 433-5009 for more information.

BLOOD DRIVE
The next American Red Cross Blood Drive is on April 29th from 9am-2pm at North Ridgeville Public Library on 35700 Bainbridge Road in North Ridgeville.

FRI APRIL 30

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Huron Public Library presents Take & Make Craft Kits for Adults on Friday, April 30th. Grab a kit and make a craft at home. In this kit, you can make a Mother’s Day craft for someone special. Registration is required. Call (419) 433-5009 for more information.

BLOOD DRIVE
The next American Red Cross Blood Drive is on April 30th from 12-5pm at Firelands Regional Medical Center on 1912 Hayes Avenue in Sandusky.

SAT MAY 1

SAT JUNE 5

26TH ANNUAL BEGINNER BEEKEEPING CLASS
The Lorain County Beekeepers Association is proud to announce the 26th Annual Beginner Beekeeping Class on March 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th and on April 9th. These classes will be from 7-9pm at Life Church on 1033 Elm Street in Grafton Ohio. The cost for this program is $50 and this includes a 1 year LCBA Memebership and a monthly email newsletter for you and other family members living at the same address. Books will be available for an additional $23 fee during classes. On June 5th, there will be a Hands-On Field Day at 10am (rain or shine) at Queen Right Colonies on 43655 State Route 162 in Spencer Ohio. Go to the LCBA website to download the class registration form: www.loraincountybeekeepers.org.

FRI SEPTEMBER 10

26TH ANNUAL BEGINNER BEEKEEPING CLASS
The Lorain County Beekeepers Association is proud to announce the 26th Annual Beginner Beekeeping Class on March 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th. These classes will be from 7-9pm at Life Church on 1033 Elm Street in Grafton Ohio. The cost for this program is $50 and this includes a 1 year LCBA Memebership and a monthly email newsletter for you and other family members living at the same address. Books will be available for an additional $23 fee during classes. There will be a Bonus Class- Fall Wrap on September 10th from 7-9pm at Life Church on 1033 Elm Street in Grafton, Ohio. Go to the LCBA website to download the class registration form: www.loraincountybeekeepers.org.

NON-DATED EVENTS

CITY OF SANDUSKY SERVICES & UTILITIES
The Division of Water Distribution will commence flushing fire hydrants within the City, starting Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Periodic flushing of water mains is required to ensure high quality of water. Crews will move through zones in consecutive order, starting with Zone 1. It takes approximately one week to complete each zone. Please visit the City’s website to view a map of the city by zone: www.cityofsandusky.com/ConstructionUpdates. Residents and business owners should use caution during this flushing period, as turbulence may occur in the water main and travel into customer water pipes. If this happens, flush the cold water line until the water runs clear. (Turbulence is cloudy water, sometimes brownish red in color that may stain or discolor clothing and food products.) All questions about hydrant flushing and water quality may be directed to Big Island Water Works at 419.627.5805.

CITY OF SANDUSKY SERVICES & UTILITIES
When items are flushed down the toilet that should be put in the trash can, they cause problems in our homes and businesses, in the wastewater treatment system and at the wastewater treatment plant. Please remember to throw all disinfecting wipes, baby wipes and “flushable” wipes in the trash can. These items stick together and block pipes and pumps, ultimately damaging the environment. To help protect our community and the environment, we want others to join us in creating awareness about the problem various items can cause if they are flushed down the toilet. Free resources, including infographics, are available and free to use through the Think Before You Flush public awareness campaign.

CITY OF SANDUSKY SERVICES & UTILITIES
As seasonal yard work commences, residents and business owners are reminded that raking or blowing leaves and yard debris into the street is prohibited according to City Ordinance 531.03. In addition to enrolling in a monthly yard waste collection program, residents and business owners also have the option of disposing of yard waste at the Barnes Compost Facility at 1630 Camp Street in Huron for a nominal fee.

CITY OF SANDUSKY SERVICES & UTILITIES
Crews at Oakland Cemetery & Memorial Park will be conducting spring clean-up on Wednesday, April 16th. All items placed at grave sites during the fall and winter months will be removed and no artificial flowers will be permitted for spring and summer months.

CITY OF SANDUSKY SERVICES & UTILITIES
Asphalt plants are now open for the season. Streets & Traffic crews will be moving through the City zone by zone in an effort to the patch the streets. To report a pothole, please call 419.627.5829.

5TH ANNUAL FRIENDS OF 2083 FOUNDATION GOLF SCRAMBLE
Please join us in honoring SPD Officer Andrew Dunn at the 5th Annual Friends of 2083 Foundation Golf Scramble on Saturday, July 10th at Woussickett Golf Course on 6311 Mason Road in Sandusky. This event is in honor of the 10th Anniversary of Andrew’s “End of Watch”. Registration begins at 7:30am and Shotgun Start begins at 8:30am. You must fill out a registration form in order to attend this event. It will cost $320 for each team. Entry fees will NOT be accepted at the door. The entry fee includes gold, a cart, lunch, and all beverages (including beer), dinner (hog roast/BBQ) and prizes! There will be hold prizes, a 50/50 drawing, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies. Need to purchase extra dinner tickets or order carry out for dinner? Contact Greg Hall at 419-656-6501. Tickets are $12 each or 2 for $20. Registration is limited to the first 30 teams. The deadline to register is July 2nd.

THE WORKS: THE ART OF WORLD TEXTILES
The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art, & Technology presents a new art gallery exhibition titled “The Art of World Textiles” on display April 15 through July 2, 2021. The official opening for the exhibit will be April 17 from 1:00-4:00 p.m., when guests can ask questions and hear more about textiles and the stories behind them. This gallery was assembled by Cynthia Cunningham Cort, a textile specialist and scholar who has spent years in India studying the structure and design of handmade textiles. She has brought together highlights of her personal collection of textiles from around the world. The gallery features brocades, embroideries, and resist-dyed fabrics from Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Africa. “The Art of World Textiles” is sponsored by The Energy Cooperative. Denison University is the 2021 Main Gallery Sponsor. The Art Gallery is free and open to the public. Reserve tickets online in advance at www.attheworks.org/tickets. Guests are asked to stay 6 feet apart while visiting the Art Gallery. The Gallery is open during current operating hours at The Works, Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-Noon and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Learn more at www.attheworks.org.

SANDUSKY GOES BIG ON WATERFRONT PROGRAMMING
Have you ever daydreamed about listening to a concert while being able to watch a sunset on Sandusky Bay? How about a family picnic while watching a movie on the Great Lawn of the Jackson Street Pier? The city and its partners are excited to announce amenities coming to the enhanced Jackson Street Pier this summer. At a city commission meeting, the City Commission approved purchases of an LED Digital Screen and a Performance Stage. Numerous Sandusky anchor institutions stepped up to make these amenities a reality, and released details of future purchases to be made. The Civista Bank Ice Skating Rink will debut this November. The Mylander Pavilion, named after George Mylander and the Mylander Foundation, will become an open-air or heated space for community and private events. The Erie County Community Foundation Stage will bring concerts and live events to the waterfront. The Firelands Regional Health System LED Screen will bring the newest movies and cult classics to both children and adults. A lead gift was provided by the Sandusky Bicentennial Commission, with remaining funds of the 2018 year going towards ensuring large scale, unifying events would continue in the Sandusky community. The city and its partners look forward to creating events that are entertaining, inclusive, diverse and fun for the entire community and surrounding region. Programming is set to begin in July of 2021, adhering to COVID guidelines as they are at the time. Stay tuned for more details.

ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
The Erie County Board of Elections absentee/in person early voting days and hours for the week of April 19th are Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. When mailing ballots back to the Board of Elections, please take them into the post office to ensure that the ballots are postmarked. We have a drop box available in our foyer that is available 24/7 and under video surveillance. You may drop off your voted ballot in the drop box or in our office; the deadline is May 4th at 7:30pm. Please call the Erie County Board of Elections office at 419-627-7601 for additional information or questions.

HURON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
While some shelters have found the resources to manage kitten season, every shelter needs help during this time. You can take the first step toward supporting them by knowing what to do if you find kittens born to community cats in your neighborhood. If you find neonate kittens, don’t scoop them up and take them to the shelter. Watch the neonate kittens to see if the mother comes back. If you see her, it’s best to let her take care of them until they’re old enough to eat independently. If they’re younger than four weeks old, don’t consider taking them to a shelter unless mom hasn’t appeared for about 6 hours. If the kittens are older, perhaps 4-6 weeks of age, then wait a day before gathering them up. Even if you don’t find kittens in your neighborhood, the number one way to help shelters manage kitten season is to adopt a kitten or cat during the summer months when the spring kittens are old enough to be placed in homes. Not only do you save a life, but you also open up space for the shelter to care for another kitten or cat. If your home is full, you can still help by encouraging your friends and family members to adopt. You can also donate to help continue lifesaving programs.

HURON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
HCHS is partnering with Humane Ohio to provide transport to their low-cost spay/neuter clinic for our area residents. We are hosting a once-a-month transport. Humane Ohio picks animals up in the morning at Norwalk Walmart, transports them to their facility in Toledo, and then returns them to the Walmart in Norwalk the same evening. HCHS is handling the scheduling and accepting payment for the desired services. To cover some of the costs of providing this service, there is a $5 administrative fee added to Humane Ohio’s requested services price. We request that you prepay when your appointment is scheduled. Stray/feral/outdoor cats are welcome during the months that Humane Ohio is willing to do their surgeries. HCHS also offers live trap rentals for those interested in trapping and spaying/neutering stray and feral cats. Here are some helpful how-to tips: google how to trap a feral cat for TNR by Kitten Lady or go to www.alleycat.org/TNR. The cost through Humane Ohio is only $29 for stray/feral cats. This price includes the spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, and ear tip.

ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
The Erie County Board of Elections absentee/in-person early voting days and hours for the week of April 12th are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. When mailing ballots back to the Board of Elections, please take them into the post office to ensure that the ballots are postmarked. We have a drop box available in our foyer that is available 24/7 and under video surveillance. You may drop off your voted ballot in the drop box or in our office; the deadline is May 4th at 7:30 pm. Please call the Erie County Board of Elections office at 419-627-7601 for additional information or questions.

SANDUSKY LIBRARY
NEW Tuesday Open Hours starting Tuesday, April 6
Monday 10:00-6:00
Tuesday 10:00-6:00
Wednesday 10:00-6:00
Thursday 10:00-6:00
Friday 10:00-5:00 (curbside/telephone service only)
Saturday 10:00-5:00
Follett House Museum tours are available by appointment and are limited to groups of six.

THERESA GAVARONE- VALUE OF LIBRARIES
I want to encourage you today to visit your local public library, your community’s gem that helps in so many ways. Before serving in elected office, I was known at my local library in Bowling Green as one of the “Library Moms,” routinely taking my children to story time and other library events. The public library helped us raise and educate our children. It helped us connect to our neighbors and community. Your public library can do the same for you and your family. The library helps families instill the love of reading and learning in our children, opening up the world to them through stories and songs. This helps our children gain needed early literacy skills that will help them throughout their lives. Programs like the Dolly Parton Imagination Library or the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative help parents encourage and excite the littlest minds to learn and discover. Homework help, tutoring sessions, and partnerships with schools to deliver e-cards so students can access digital information to help school-aged children. Your local library helps people at every age, from those seeking a new job or mastering a new technology skill. From cradle to grave, your library serves you and your community. Though the pandemic has caused all of us – including our libraries -to have to do things a little differently for a while, the public library remains a crucial connection point for all of us. Expanded access to digital information, expanded Wi-Fi-access, curbside and delivery services, online story hours and author visits all help keep us connected to the information we need and the stories we love. Ohio’s public libraries are the best in the nation. The library is an effective and efficient investment by a community and the State of Ohio, giving us a robust return on investment. Locally in Bowling Green, in 2019 for every $1 invested in library operations the community received services valued at $4.69. So visit your library and learn about all the ways they can help you and your family. The world awaits!

NATIONAL DISTRACTED DRIVING AWARENESS MONTH
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Fremont Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes and their focus on the roadway while driving. Over the last five years, 212 people lost their lives as a result of distracted driving. During this same timeframe, distracted driving led to 66,181 crashes in Ohio. Because drivers are reluctant to admit to distracted driving, the actual number of distracted driving crashes, injuries, and deaths are believed to be significantly higher. Distracted driving is any non-driving activity with the potential to distract a person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking the mind off driving. Texting while driving is an example that results in all three types of distraction. Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field when traveling at 55mph. As a reminder, Ohio law bans all electronic wireless communication device usage for drivers under 18. Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers and is a secondary offense for adults 18 and above.

RUTHERFORD B. HAYES PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUMS
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums presents their continued special exhibit “Ohio: An Unnatural History” at Spiegel Grove in Fremont. Regular museum hours apply. Myths and legends are how people have tried to understand the unknown. This exhibit will profile legendary creatures and spooky tales from across Ohio and look at the role of folklore in our culture. This exhibit is included with regular admission. Members are admitted for free. It will be open through Saturday, Oct. 31, 2021. Sponsored by Hanneman-Chudzinski-Keller Funeral Home. Call 419-332-2081 or visit our website at: www.rbhayes.org for more information.

OTTAWA SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
The Spring Fish Sale going on now! It’s time to stock your ponds! Again, area pond owners have the opportunity to stock their ponds with fish through the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District Fish Sale Program. This is a convenient and low-cost way to stock or add to your current population. Fish orders will be accepted until Friday May 7th. Fender’s Fish Hatchery will bring their tank truck, with aerator, on Tuesday, May 18th from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. to our office to distribute the fish orders! This year, customers can order online at ottawaswcd.com! Individuals who order fish will be notified, reminding them of the pick-up time and date. You will need to bring your own container, filled with pond water. A trash container (with a plastic trash liner) serves as an ideal container. A 5-10 gallon (clean) can is adequate for 100 fish. For more info or an order form call 419-898-1595 or email [email protected]

ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS
The Erie County Board Of Elections has announced the following precinct changes for the May 4 primary election:
Vermilion precincts 3-A and 3-B are being relocated from Vermilion High School to the Vermilion Veterans Field House located behind the Middle School and baseball fields at 5295 Sailorway Dr., Vermilion.
Huron precincts A and C will no longer be at the Mesenburg Plaza Place but instead will be located at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 430 Main St., Huron.
Berlin Township 1(Huron School district split of this precinct) that is normally at the Berlin Township Fire Station and Milan Township 2, Milan Firehouse, (Huron School district split of this precinct) are being hosted at the Huron Library, 333 Williams St., Huron for this election only.
Voters at Oxford Township for Monroeville Schools are to vote at the Groton Township Building at 9414 Portland Rd. Castalia, for this election only.

ERIE COUNTY CHILDREN SERVICES
Erie County Children Services is celebrating the month of April for its national recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. In an effort to recognize those individuals who go above and beyond, we are accepting nominations through the month of April for the Aiding Children’s Excellence Awards. This is a great opportunity to acknowledge those volunteers, law enforcement, foster parents, attorneys, educators and public and private non-profit agencies who make a difference each and every day. Included with this letter is a nomination form. This can be completed and submitted by mail, fax or electronically through our website at www.eriecountychildrenservices.com. All individuals will be recognized on our website, Facebook page and media release. The agency is also reaching out to individuals, businesses, educators, and social organizations in an effort to provide outreach and education regarding Child Abuse and Prevention as well as Foster Parent and Adoption Recruitment. If you have an interest in our agency conducting a presentation for you or your organization, please contact AJ Lill at (419) 627-4417. Thank you in advance for taking the time to nominate individuals or groups who you know go above and beyond each day to make a difference in the life of a child!

ISLAND SAFE HARBOR ANIMAL SANCTUARY
Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary presents their Annual Fundraiser New Leash on Life on Friday, July 30th at Catawba Island Club on 4235 East Beach Club Road in Port Clinton. VIP Admission will begin at 5pm and General Admission will begin at 6pm. Please contact DeeDee Kramer at 440-724-8371 or [email protected] or Frank Kozuch Jr. at 440-503-8552 or [email protected] if you would like to donate or inquire about more information. Our mailing address is ISHAS 2021 Fundraider, P.O. Box 394, Marblehead, Ohio 43440. You can find our Go Fund Me Page at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/new-leash-on-life-2020. Watch our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdxl9z9VbXI&t=1s.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- FREMONT
Birchard Public Library of Fremont presents Rhythm & Rhymes with Miss Jill on Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:00 am. Preschoolers are invited to a virtual program on Facebook with rhythm and rhyme activities. Find this program at www.facebook.com/birchardpubliclibrary/.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- FREMONT
Birchard Public Library of Fremont presents Meditation & Mindfulness with Miss Jessica on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 am. Preschoolers are invited to engage their minds in these virtual programs on Facebook.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- FREMONT
Birchard Public Library of Fremont presents Free Craft Kits for Kids on Mondays in April. Kids! Pick up a new take-home craft kit each Monday at the main library while supplies last.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- GIBSONBURG
Birchard Public Library of Gibsonburg presents a “Pizza” Party Learning Kit. Pick up the April activity kit with a pizza party (stickers, not real food) theme geared for preschoolers while supplies last.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- GIBSONBURG
Birchard Public Library of Gibsonburg presents Pose and Play on Thursdays in April at 11:00 a.m. on Facebook. Join Mrs. M to learn a basic yoga pose and a fingerplay. Each video will be available for 24 hours.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- GREEN SPRINGS
Birchard Public Library of Green Springs presents Tuesday Night at Green Springs Library Tuesdays in April at 7:00 p.m. Join us on Facebook on April 6th for Tasty Tuesday, Blueberry Cream Cheese Pastry, on April 13th for Tell Me Tuesday, book discussion of “Unbroken,” by Laura Hillenbrand, on April 20th for Teach Me Tuesday, Mason Jar Bird Feeder, and on April 27th for Tournament Tuesday, Scatergories.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- WOODVILLE
Birchard Public Library of Woodville presents Take & Make Crafts on Tuesdays from 9-5:30 pm for Grades K-6th. Pick up a craft kit to make at home.

ACCESS: WELLNESS & PERFORMANCE
Train with a pro! Tracy Sprinkle and Co. presents Access: Wellness & Performance. This Fitness Training program will take place at South Rec Center in Elyria. This program will feature high intensity physical training, mental training, and nutritional tips. The Spring dates will be from March 27th- March 28th and from April 24th- April 25th. The Summer dates are TBA. You can register at elyria.recdesk.com/community/program.

HEIDELBERG HYBRID MUSIC & THEATRE SUMMER CAMP
After a year hiatus because of the pandemic, the Heidelberg University School of Music & Theatre Summer Camp will be back and better than ever this June. This summer’s camp offers high school students (grades 8-12) a hybrid camp experience that will foster their love of the arts and keep everyone safe. This year’s summer camp, from June 14-18, will be a hybrid design that allows campers to customize the experience, choosing tracks in choir, instrumental and theatre or a combination of those three areas. The theatre track will feature Shakespeare in the Park-style scenes and musical theatre numbers with choreography. All classes, rehearsals and social activities will be hosted online Monday-Thursday of camp week. Then, campers will join faculty on campus Friday to rehearse and perform an outdoor concert that brings together all of their classes from the week. All safety protocols will be strictly enforced during the campers’ time on campus. Heidelberg music and theatre faculty will be the instructors for all of the courses and tracks. The choir track includes the following courses: Intro to Music Theory, Score Analysis, Choir, Vocal Coaching and Conducting. The instrumental track includes the following courses: Intro to Music Theory, Drill Writing, Band, Musical Improv and Conducting. The theatre track includes the following courses: Monologue Work, Audition Book, Musical Theatre, Shakespeare and Theatre Improv. The registration deadline for this year’s camp is Friday, May 10. Cost is $275 for campers and includes tuition, meals, a camp T-shirt and a Heidelberg face mask. Registration and additional information are available at www.heidelberg.edu/SMTCamp or by emailing Camp Director Dr. Elizabeth Tracy at [email protected]

18TH ANNUAL KIWANIS GOLF SCRAMBLE
You are invited to the 18th Annual Kiwanis Golf Scramble on May 19th of 2021! The Kiwanis Club of Sandusky is a leading service club in our area, serving the children of Sandusky and the surrounding communities. Proceeds from this event will help fund our signature project, the Erie County Imagination Library, which provides free books every month to over 2,200 Erie County children from birth to five years old, regardless of income! There are three ways you can help. First of all, you can become a Hole Sponsor for $125. As a hole sponsor, you or your business will have a sign posted at one of the holes for all our golfers to see. Your support will also be listed in our program and recognized on Facebook. You can also Sponsor a Team for $320. Sponsor a team for your business or organization and enjoy the day! Registration with payment is due by May 3rd, 2020 to insure a tee time is reserved for your team. No refunds unless the event is cancelled. Finally, you could become a Lunch Sponsor for $500. This sponsor will receive recognition in our program, signage the day of the event, recognition on our Facebook page, and a hole sponsorship. Our golfers will also appreciate your generosity! Only one sponsorship is available in this category. Boxed lunches will be made by Creative Cuisine. For additional information, please email [email protected] or call our Fundraising Chair, Tony Cummings at 419-625-1894.

BELLEVUE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Bellevue Historical Society wants you to join the Bellevue Historical Society for 202- and, if possible, become a Tremont House sponsor while you’re at it. All sponsors will be prominently recognized on a plaque inside the museum in proportion to their gift. In 2021, we need to raise a lot of money if we want to open the Tremont House in time for the building’s 175th anniversary late in the year. After years of hard work by many people, we are so close to opening our town’s history museum! Whatever your connection to Bellevue is, we thank you in advance for your 2021 membership contribution and Tremont House sponsorship. It is your continued generosity that will enable the momentum to continue in 2021. Thank you!

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Huron Public Library is now open to the public. We ask that patrons continue to limit their time in the Library when possible. Masks are required to be properly worn in the building. Please visit huronlibrary.org to find current safety precautions and services offered at this time. In addition, the Library is now offering free Abbot BinaxNOW Home COVID-19 Test Kits available by contactless Curbside Pickup. Patrons should call the Library at (419) 433-5009 to schedule a time to pick up the tests through Curbside Pickup. Patrons also must be able to use the NAVICA mobile app through the use of a smartphone or tablet in order to administer the test. Tests are not intended to be picked up inside or administered in the Library. Please DO NOT enter the Library if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or if you are feeling ill. Library staff are also not able to discuss medical questions or assist with the use of the mobile app. Please visit huronlibrary.org and find our “COVID-19 Updates” page for more information.

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Huron Public Library presents their Online Community Art Gallery. Share pictures of your artwork or photography in our virtual Gallery on huronlibrary.org. All ages can participate. Send artwork name, artist name, medium, and picture to [email protected]

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Huron Public Library presents Pay It Forward Food Drive during the month of April. Help those in need by donating non perishable, unexpired food items.

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Huron Public Library presents Health & Wellness Programs during the month of April. Firelands Regional Medical Center offers a variety of virtual health programs. Call the Library at (419) 433-5009 or visit huronlibrary.org for details.

SANDUSKY RECREATION
The City of Sandusky’s Recreation Department is springing forward with new camps and the return of the downtown Easter Egg Hunt this season. Sandusky Recreation has several popular programs returning in 2021 including an Intro to ASL- Sign Language, Basic Spanish and Make it Sew Easy. Some new programs are available this spring with the help of the Erie Conservation District including Get Growing, Archery and Beach Glass making. The newest program that will fill up the fastest is the new Spring Passport program on three days from March 30 to April 1. Children ages 7 to 14 will have the opportunity to sign up for two passport camps; the Merry-Go-Boating Passport and the Passport to Nature. The Merry-Go-Boating Passport includes camps at the Merry-Go-Round Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Sandusky Sailing Club. The Passport to Nature includes an Archery lesson at Mills Creek Golf Course, a lake lesson at the Mylander Pavilion at the Jackson Street Pier, and a session about trees at the Sandusky Greenhouse. Each group is limited to eight participants so spots will go fast! Additional programs are available for kids and adults including Get Growing, Gardening on a Dime Series, Beach Glass Jewelry Making and more archery programs. Sandusky Rec continues its partnership with Rose Gold Gymnastics to offer classes for students from 18 months to 18 years old. Classes are held at the Erie County Fairgrounds Building 1 on Monday through Thursday. Sessions include Tiny Tots, Tumbleweeds, Levels 1, 2 & 3 and Tumbling. Register online at www.cityofsandusky.com/Recreation. Downtown Sandusky’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, April 3 at 10 a.m. Participants, children 8 and under, will be socially distanced. Children under 2 are not required to wear masks. Sandusky Rec is partnering with Sandusky Rotary and Sandusky City Schools for this year’s event in Washington Park. Mills Creek Golf Course officially opens April 1 and Season passes and combo passes are available. Call Annette Solet at 419.627.5803 for more information. For questions contact Sandusky Recreation 419.627.5833 or [email protected] Follow www.facebook.com/SanduskyRec and Twitter @SanduskyRec for updates.

CITY OF SANDUSKY
The City of Sandusky is committed to promoting a cleaner community by offering options for yard waste disposal, see information below and check out or City website for more information; www.cityofsandusky.com/yardwaste.

YARD WASTE PICKUP
The City of Sandusky has signed into contract with Republic Services of Sandusky, Ohio to offer City residents Yard Waste Services beginning April 1st, 2021 and ending December 31st, 2021. This is an optional service offered to City residents. If you were signed up for the service in 2020, you will automatically be enrolled in the 2021 program. If you would like to discontinue service, please contact the Customer Accounting Office at (419) 627-5893. For anyone who is interested in signing up, please visit the Customer Accounting office at City Hall, 240 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, OH, Monday thru Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm or calling (419) 627-5893. A $13.10 monthly fee for this service will be added to your water and sewer bill monthly during the time of service. Your yard waste pick up day will be on Friday of each week.
Rules:
Have your yard waste at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on the day it is to be picked up. It’s highly recommended that it be placed at the curb the night before your scheduled pickup.
Your yard waste pick up day will be on FRIDAY. For the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday, your service date will be November 26th and December 24th.
Make sure the yard waste container is clearly marked YARD WASTE. Please use a 20 – 35 gallon container made of plastic, metal or fiberglass with adequate handles for lifting.
Biodegradable bags are accepted.
Yard wastes that are accepted include leaves, brush, grass, garden waste, tree material/wood up to 4 inches in diameter tied and other compost material.


AT-HOME COVID-19 ANTIGEN TESTS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, in partnership with the Seneca County Health District and the Seneca County Emergency Management Agency, will have the BINAXNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Test available for free to small businesses in Seneca County. Test kits will be available for contactless pickup at their offices, located at 19 West Market Street, Suite C, beginning Monday, March 8, and available anytime 8 a.m.-5 p.m. during weekdays. The 15-minute BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test has received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for at-home testing in collaboration with eMed, a digital health solution. A trained telehealth professional then guides you through the at-home self-test via video call using the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test and Abbott’s complementary NAVICA™ mobile app to enable the testing process and display BinaxNOW COVID-19 test results. The simple test procedure is performed by using a nasal swab and a test the size of credit card and is intended only for individuals suspected of COVID-19 within the first seven days of symptom onset. As well as the home test kits, a limited supply of hand sanitizer and face coverings are available at the office, and will be kept at a table in the lobby for business owners to take. Business owners are asked to provide their name, name of their business and contact information upon pick-up.

LORAIN COUNTY METRO PARKS
Spring is nearly here, and the Lorain County Metro Parks are full of changes. Visit loraincountymetroparks.com for a list of what’s happening. Or, stop by one of our parks and enjoy nature nearby.

LORAIN COUNTY METRO PARKS
The Lorain County Metro Parks Hiking Stick program will be kicking off again April first. Get your registration form and a list of all the hikes in the March/ April Arrowhead or at loraincountymetroparks.com.

LORAIN COUNTY METRO PARKS
Summer Camp registration has begun at the Lorain County Metro Parks. Your child can learn fishing, birding, survival skills, boating, and so much more. Visit loraincountymetroparks.com to register today!

LORAIN COUNTY METRO PARKS
For the latest news and virtual programs from the parks, follow Lorain County Metro Parks on Facebook. You’ll find Storytime, Yoga, Peaceful Pauses, Animal facts, and more! It’s the next best thing to visiting the parks in person!

SANDUSKY LIBRARY
The Sandusky Library presents their Virtual Children’s Programs available on Facebook and YouTube:
First Chapter Book Club: Mondays at 3:00 (Facebook only)
Bedtime Story: Mondays at 7:00
Family Storytime: Wednesdays at 10:30
Saturday Stories: Saturdays at 11:00

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Birchard Public Library has a variety of virtual programming at all four locations. All programs are free, but some require registration. For more information or to register for a program, call 419.334.7101, or visit www.facebook.com/birchardpubliclibrary/ or www.birchard.org and click on an event. New programs, events and activities are being added each week. We are open regular hours, but we still offer curbside pickup of library materials and activity kits for those who prefer not to enter the building.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- FREMONT
Birchard Public Library of Fremont presents Rhythm & Rhymes with Miss Jill Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:00 am. Preschoolers are invited to a virtual program on Facebook with rhythm and rhyme activities. Find this program at www.facebook.com/birchardpubliclibrary/.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- FREMONT
Birchard Public Library of Fremont presents Meditation & Mindfulness with Miss Jessica Tuesdays & Thursdays at 9:00 am. Preschoolers are invited to engage their minds in these virtual programs on Facebook.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- GIBSONBURG
Birchard Public Library of Gibsonburg presents Novel Explorers on March 24, April 7, and April 21, at 4:00 pm. Teens are invited to a virtual discussion of “The Golden Compass,” by Phillip Pullman and the movie that was made from the book. Register for this Zoom discussion.

BIRCHARD PUBLIC LIBRARY- WOODVILLE
Birchard Public Library of Woodville presents Take & Make Crafts Tuesdays from 9-5:30 p.m. for Grades K-6th. Pick up a craft kit to make at home

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Huron Public Library presents Health & Wellness Programs. The Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio and Firelands Reginal Medical Center offer a variety of virtual health programs. Visit huronlibrary.org for details.

HURON PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Huron Public Library presents Online Storytime LIVE with Miss Melissa on Facebook every Thursday at 1pm. Join in and watch Miss Melissa read a story and sing some songs LIVE from the Library’s Facebook page @huronpl. Call (419) 433-5009 for more information.

FOOD PANTRY
The Sandusky Church of God presents a Food Pantry every second Saturday of the month from 10-11am at 1018 West Bogart Road. This event is for everyone! Be sure to bring along some form of identification with you.

1099-G FORM IDENTITY THEFT
BBB is receiving calls every day from consumers who have received 1099-G forms from the Job and Family Services offices in Ohio, Michigan or other states. The callers have no idea what these forms mean or whether they are scams. They have had their identity stolen! These 1099-G forms are just another unwelcome byproduct of the pandemic: crooks are taking advantage of increased unemployment to collect benefits in the names of unsuspecting victims. This fraud is costing the state and Federal government billions of dollars! Thieves typically get the personal information they need for fake unemployment claims by purchasing it online. Other times, scammers get personal information for fake claims through “phishing messages” that the consumers fell for. Most victims do not know their identity has been used for unemployment fraud until they are contacted about an unemployment claim they never made. If you receive a letter, email, or any other notification about an unemployment claim that you never made, be sure to report it. Our BBB talked to one consumer locally who received a notice of his unemployment benefits from Kentucky! If you don’t notify them, you may be compelled to pay taxes on income you never received!

OHGO FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Starting Feb 3 the Sandusky Mall is now a host site for OHgo food distribution. Every Wednesday Feb 3 – thru April 28 from 3:30pm – 5:00 pm in the JCPenney north parking lot.


SANDUSKY LIBRARY
Starting Monday, February 1, Sandusky Library will be providing computer appointments Monday Saturday from 11:00-12:00. Call 419-625-3834 and choose 2 for reference to make an appointment. Patrons must have a library card to use the computer. Lobby appointments to fill out a library card application or check out a Hotspot will be available from 11:00-12:00 Monday-Saturday. Call 419-625-3834 and choose 1 for circulation to make an appointment. Safety protocols for all visitors are available on the Library’s website.

BBB SCAM ALERTS BY TEXT
All consumers are now invited to sign up for free BBB Scam Alerts by Text! It couldn’t be simpler. Just text the word START to 95577. You will be immediately signed up to receive BBB Text Alerts on the latest scams and frauds. The service is free and the information is completely confidential. It is not shared with or sold to anyone else.

TAI CHI CLASSES AT THE SANDUSKY MALL
Every Saturday starting Feb. 6th from 9 -10 am we will be offering free Tai Chi classes in the Elder-Beerman Hallway. Master Instructor, Sifu Dennis will be instructing the class. Open to any person of age or ability. Arrive by 8:45 am. Check the Mall website for more information.

26TH ANNUAL BEGINNER BEEKEEPING CLASS
The Lorain County Beekeepers Association is proud to announce the 26th Annual Beginner Beekeeping Class on March 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th and on April 9th. These classes will be from 7-9pm at Life Church on 1033 Elm Street in Grafton Ohio. The cost for this program is $50 and this includes a 1 year LCBA Memebership and a monthly email newsletter for you and other family members living at the same address. Books will be available for an additional $23 fee during classes. March 5th’s class will cover Beekeeping Equipment, March 12th’s class will cover Managing Your Beehive, March 19th’s class will discuss the First Two Months as a Beekeeper, March 26th’s class will discuss Summer and Fall Management, and April 9th’s class will be a Members Meeting. On June 5th, there will be a Hands-On Field Day at 10am (rain or shine) at Queen Right Colonies on 43655 State Route 162 in Spencer Ohio. There will be a Bonus Class- Fall Wrap on September 10th from 7-9pm at Life Church on 1033 Elm Street in Grafton, Ohio. Go to the LCBA website to download the class registration form: www.loraincountybeekeepers.org.

FOSTORIA YOUTHBUILD
Fostoria Youthbuild accepts applications daily. We are located at the Fostoria Learning Center 342 Perry Street. Fostoria, OH our hours are from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. All students must attend Mental Toughness in order to qualify for Youthbuild. Mental Toughness is an orientation program. During this time, students learn about the Youthbuild program, work ethic, teamwork as well as meeting our partners. Attending Mental Toughness does not ensure your acceptance into Youthbuild, you must attend each day and BE ON TIME! In Youthbuild, students earn their GED or high school diploma while attaining construction and/or welding experience. They also receive leadership development, counseling, and career exploration as part of the program. Youthbuild staff are also there to assist students with basic service, such as housing, child care, and other various supportive services. Participants can be a high school student and still participate in YouthBuild! The program will run 6 months with follow up services upon completion. Each student will have the opportunity to earn a $25.00 stipend for attending GED classes, as well as earning $ 10.50 per hour for working on the construction site. Fostoria Youthbuild is open to youth both male and female between the ages of 16-24 who have not finished high school or who have dropped out of school. The Fostoria Youthbuild program is …FREE to all who qualify.
Contact us: John Page: (419) 324-5909 Kristi O’Connell: (419) 575-2024

FIRELANDS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
This year has been like no other, but the Firelands Symphony Orchestra continues to pursue all opportunities to “enrich lives through music” in a time when we need it most. In 2020, we have experienced many challenges which have been out of our control including the Pandemic and extensive damage to our concert home- The Sandusky State Theatre. This ‘Flex Season’ has encouraged us to reach across boundaries to partner with major event centers for larger ensemble concerts, as well as outdoor venues for small ensemble concerts. In addition, we are collaborating with local online sources to reach those throughout the Firelands region who are not able to attend due to COVID-19 including senior living facilities and schools. These opportunities would not be possible without the generosity of community minded individuals like you. Your support directly impacts the lives of families, seniors and children across our community. Please join us in making a difference with your tax-deductible donation to the Firelands Symphony Orchestra Annual Fund Drive to help us continue these efforts!

IMAGINATION LIBRARY GRANT
Terra State Community College has been awarded a grant through the Sandusky County Communities Foundation. The foundation provides charitable donations to community organizations that aim to help to improve the quality of life for residents. The grant, which totals to $5,040, will be used to purchase over 400 books for children in Sandusky County as a part of Imagination Library. Imagination Library was started in 1995 by Dolly Parton, in an effort to distribute books to children across the U.S. and is now recognized in five countries. Children ages 0 through 5 in Sandusky County are eligible to receive one book a month, up until their fifth birthday. Books are mailed to the children at no extra cost to their families. Interested parents, guardians or family members can visit imaginationlibrary.com/ and click “Check Availability” to sign up their child.

SANDUSKY ARTISANS RECOVERY COMMUNITY CENTER
The Sandusky Artisans Recovery Community Center is a 501C-3 non-profit providing guidance, support, and friendship for individuals, children, and families with substance use disorders and/or mental health challenges. Located in the heart of downtown Sandusky, Ohio, SARCC has been serving our community for 24 years, and is now serving all of Erie, Huron, Seneca, and Ottawa Counties, also offering support for 23 other counties in Northwestern Ohio. Last year, 22,648 visits were made to SARCC. Today we ask for YOUR support to help us realize our dream of creating a building to better serve OUR community. We are currently undergoing renovations on our 113-year-old building to bring it to code and enable it to be fully accessible, as we have never been able to occupy the 3rd floor. By donating to our renovation today, you will be helping make a difference in our community. Your tax-deductible donations may be made at www.SanduskyArtisansRecovery.com, by sending a check, or via our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/SanduskyArtisans/. Your support at this time is vital to our community, we thank you in advance for your contribution and invite you to the Grand Opening (details to follow) to see where hope, healing, and acceptance occur for so many! Thank you for helping us make a difference!

HEIDELBERG THEATRE SEASON 2020-2021 ‘I WON’T GROW UP’
Nothing is conventional during the pandemic, but the shows must go on for Heidelberg University Theatre. Despite the challenges, ‘Berg Theatre is forging ahead with an exciting 2020-21 season, albeit with a number of safety precautions in place. This year’s season will feature five productions and “9 to 5,” a bonus holdover from last spring. Closing out the 2020-21 season will be “Heathers: The Musical” on April 22-25. This is a hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal new show based on the cult classic 1980s comedy film of the same name. Theatre students will stage Dolly Parton’s musical comedy “9 to 5,” the hilarious story of an unlikely trio of women who find friendship and revenge in their workplace in the 1970s, during Heidelberg’s commencement weekend May 13-16. Originally scheduled to conclude the Spring 2020 season, students were unable to perform “9 to 5” when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closing of Heidelberg in March. Season subscriptions are now available. Subscribers receive exclusive content, behind-the-scenes access to rehearsals, design processes and portions of the fall performances. When it is safe, subscribers will be the first to be invited to attend in-person performances. General admission cost is $50 for the five shows this season. Visit gundlachtheatre.org for additional information. Although the pandemic is limiting indoor gatherings currently, it is hoped that by the spring, the theatre will be able to seat small audiences. If that is the case, season subscribers will be offered tickets first. Additional information about all of the productions as well as subscriber information can be found at gundlachtheatre.org. You can also call the theatre box office at (419) 448-2305 for assistance.

AHOP Women’s Leadership Series
The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services is excited to announce a partnership with Kim Radison, KKR Consult to offer a yearly Women’s Leadership Series. AHOP Women’s Leadership Series was created to help women recognize specific habits that prevent them from growing in their leadership roles within organizations. Discussion is focused on the book How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, Or Job. This series reviews these habits, helping women recognize the career limiting habits that prevent them from achieving their organizational and career goals. Participants are also challenged to create new goals and habits that will move them forward in their organization. The series consists of six two-hour Zoom workshops from 10 am to 12 pm on the first Tuesday of each month from December to May. It also includes two 50 minute one on one executive coaching sessions. The Women’s Leadership Series is limited to ten women. The investment is $1,250 per participant. Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce members receive a $250 discount per participant. To register for this event, visit events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=kf4m4m8ab&oeidk=a07eh9uwxncc95e2a57. For more information, please call The Chamber at 419-447-4141.

After-School Curbside Snack Program
The Sandusky Library’s After-School Curbside Snack program will occur from 4-5pm Monday through Friday. Drive or walk from Columbus Avenue to the front entrance to pick up your child’s snack. This program is available to all children under the age of 18 regardless of financial status. Children do not need to be present to receive a snack.

KIWANIS CLUB OF SANDUSKY
The Kiwanis Club of Sandusky, the area affiliate for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, announced a name change for their signature project. Originally named the Sandusky Imagination Library, since Sandusky was the original service area, the Kiwanis Club project now serves all of Erie County and has been renamed the Erie County Imagination Library. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book delivery program gifting one book each month to pre-school (birth to 5 years old) children. These free books, delivered directly to eligible families throughout Erie County, is financially sponsored and managed by the Kiwanis Club of Sandusky and the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library. With support from local grants and area foundations, Kiwanis pays 50% of the annual fees and OGIL contributes the other 50% through its current state legislative budget allotment. These are high quality, award winning books and if the child begins receiving the books in early infancy, they will accumulate a 60-book library of their own by Kindergarten. Currently more than 2,000 children in Erie County are receiving the Imagination Library books. On-line registration is available and encouraged at www.imaginationlibrary.com For additional information, contact the Sandusky Library at 419-625-3834.

ADDICTION SUPPORT CENTER IN NORWALK
The Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services announces that Let’s Get Real of Huron County has a Peer Wellness Center providing a home for Huron County’s ALERT program and a place to receive support services for residents seeking assistance with addressing substance use issues. The Peer Wellness Center will be located in the lower level of the Board’s building located at 2 Oak Street in Norwalk and will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, with hours extended to 9:00 pm on Wednesdays. Let’s Get Real’s staff of certified peer recovery supporters will assist any Huron County resident requesting assistance with a substance use issue in identifying and connecting with treatment and recovery services. Persons experiencing substance use issues will be connected with detox, treatment, housing, and support providers. Family and friends affected by their loved one’s substance use issues will receive support and information about recovery resources. Residents can visit Let’s Get Real’s new office during office hours or can call their hotline at (980) 425-3784 [4ALERT4] any time, 24 hours a day, to access services.

COPING WITH STRESS
The Center for Disease Control has warned: “The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.” Family Life Counseling and Psychiatric Services has good news! The agency is now offering Telemental Health and Telerecovery Services Option to the community. Telemental Health and Telerecovery Services are the use of technology in order to provide real-time counseling and support services from a distance. Getting the support you and your family need while sheltering at home just got easier. Help is just a call away – (567) 560-3584

Support Group For Those With Mental Health & Substance Abuse
Bayshore Counseling Services offer a free wellness and support group every Wednesday from 1:30-2:30pm, in the back room of their offices, 1634 Sycamore Line, Sandusky. Meet with a group specially designed to support people with mental health or substance use disorders. Call 419/626-9156 for info.

Support For Family & Friends of Those With Addiction Issues
Bayshore Counseling Services presents For Family And Friends every Wednesday from 5-6pm at their offices, 1634 Sycamore Line, Sandusky. They set out to educate about addiction and recovery, learn to love and support someone in addiction and recovery, and understanding family roles. Call 419/626-9156 for info.

 

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