Event Calendar

January 03, 2014


From 9:00AM to 5:00PM

The Art of Norman Rockwell is now presented in a selection of his paintings at Wesley Memorial Gallery and continuing through January 31st, 2014. The gallery is located at 1200 Van Buren St., Fostoria in the narthex at Wesley United Methodist Church, Fostoria.The gallery is open to the public M-F 9am-5pm and at other times by telephoning Wesley United Methodist Church at 419-435-8551 and is handicapped accessible.


From 1:00PM to n/a

Friday, January 3 join Natural Resource Assistant Bob Sams to help conduct a Bird Diversity and Population Census. Interested participants should meet at 1 P.M. at shelter 3, in the Big Oaks Area, in Riverbend Recreation Area to begin. Participants should bring their binoculars as they will help to count all observable birds to accumulate data that will be used to help monitor population trends, land management effectiveness, and as a tool for long term habitat change and planning. Hiking distances and times will vary, but be prepared for weather, ground conditions, and at least 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours on the trails. This is an Adult Nature Education program; participants must be at least 18 years of age. No registration required. Interested participants just need to show up. Riverbend is located at 16618 Twp. Rd. 208, Findlay, via State Route 568 east and Twp. Rd. 208. For more information about other upcoming programs, view the HPD Program Guide at www.HancockParks.com under the “What’s New” section or call the HPD office at 419-425-PARK/7275 and “Discover Your Hancock Parks”.


From n/a to n/a

Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center opens Friday, January 3 Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center is set to open Friday, January 3 and will remain open weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, and holidays until ground and weather conditions become unsuitable. Normal hours of operation at the concession are 11 A.M. – 5 P.M. The concession offers a complete outfitting of cross-country ski equipment and snowshoes for kids of all ages. Rentals fees are set at $7 per hour or $20 for the day and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Arrangements for all day rentals can be made through the HPD office during the week or at Raccoon Run during normal business hours. Equipment can be taken to other HPD areas. Beginner cross-country ski workshops are now available on Saturdays in January and February including January 4, 11, and 18 and February 1, 8, and 15 from 9-10:30 A.M. before the concession opens for public rentals. A snowshoe is scheduled for Saturday, January 25. All scheduled workshops are subject to proper snow and weather conditions. Sign the family up for a cross-country ski workshop to learn basic techniques like gliding, turning, and rhythm. Participants must be at least eight years of age with a participating adult. Cost is $12 for cross-country and $10 for snowshoe workshops. Register at the HPD office with fees by the Friday before each workshop date. Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center is located in Big Oaks Area Shelter 3 at Riverbend Recreation Area at 16618 TR 208, off SR 568 to TR 241 east of Findlay. For more information regarding the Raccoon Run Winter Sport Center and activities view the HPD website at www.HancockParks.com, like us on Facebook, download a Program Guide or call the HPD office at 419-425-PARK/7275 and “Discover Your Hancock Parks”. A Raccoon Run brochure can be downloaded from the website along with a discount coupon to redeem at the concession. To check current snow and trail conditions on weekends, call the Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center at 419-424-1555. During the week, Monday through Friday, 8am – 4:30pm, call the HPD office at 419 425-PARK/7275.

Support for the Divorced and Separated, Fostoria

From 6:30PM to 8:30PM

“New Life Journey: Divorced/Separated Support Program” is a DivorceCare, Inc. program designed to offer peer support and recovery education to divorced and separated persons. It begins Sunday January 5th and continues for 13 weeks. The program will be offered at St. Wendelin Parish Upper Room 323 N. Wood St., Fostoria from 6:30-8:30pm. You may join at any time during the 13-week period since each topic is self contained. Topics include facing anger, depression, loneliness, financial survival, new relationships, how divorce affects our kids, forgiveness and moving on. This ecumenical program is open to anyone regardless of faith denomination. The cost is $20 for materials with financial assistance available. Register at the door or contact Bonnie Valenti at 419-937-1015 or Keith Koehler at 419-294-4070.


From 7:30PM to 9:30PM

Looking for something to do on a Friday night? The National Theatre at The Ritz will host an eclectic selection of artists in an unplugged performance environment. Each Friday Night Live will feature two or three regional entertainers that may include a folk singer, jazz musician, an aspiring singer/songwriter or some other style of artist who is passionate about the opportunity to showcase their talents. Join us for a glass of wine or cup of coffee in this casual, intimate setting....a perfect way to jump-start your weekend!