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The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, offers a variety of services, programs, activities & support for patients, families and caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s.  Learn more at www.alz.org/nwohio or call 800-272-3900.
Humane Society of Erie County Bingo every Wednesday morning with doors opening at 8 and bingo starting at 10 at the Sandusky Eagles Club, 1235 W. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Come & join them!
Vermilion VFW Post 7576, Poorman Rd., Vermilion – Every Friday night Fish Fry & more! Open to the public from 5 – 8 p.m.
Turkey Shoot every Saturday at the Vermilion VFW 7576, Poorman Rd., with breakfast starting at 9 a.m., sign-ups at 10 a.m. and shoot starts at 11 a.m.
St. John Lutheran Church, corner of Route 99 & Strecker Rd., Monroeville, is holding Saturday evening non-traditional worship services every Saturday at 5 p.m.  Dress is casual.
Free Community Breakfast held monthly on the 2nd and 4th Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Sandusky, (next to The Care & Share Building) from 9 – 11 a.m.
Vermilion American Legion Post 397 Breakfast every Sunday from 9 – 12 noon at the American Legion Post 397, 2713 St. Rt. 60, Vermilion (no holidays). Breakfast consists of eggs, hashbrowns, sausage or bacon, gravy & biscuits, and more! Cost is $5 per person and is open to the public.
Do you have information about the following:  Drug activity? Drug Trafficking? Thefts? Burglaries? Vandalism? Car Entries?  Call anonymously 24 hours a day 7 days a week!  Call the Norwalk Police Department tip hotline @ 419-663-8958.
Nicole Reikowski, a 2010 St. Paul School graduate, will bike across the United States this upcoming summer for affordable housing awareness.  Please consider sponsoring her ride at:  bikeandbuild.org/rider/7181 & follow her blog for updates & photos across the country at nicolesbikeblog.wordpress.com.
Main Street Norwalk’s 1st annual “Hack it Up” Golf Outing takes place on Saturday, June 28th with registration starting at 1 p.m. and first tee-off at 2 p.m. at Sycamore Hills Golf Course, 14 Sycamore Dr., Norwalk.  Entry fee $45/person & includes green fees, cart & catered dinner.  Payment is due by Friday, May 16th, 2014.  Entry forms available at golf course or www.mainstreetnorwalk.org.  Proceeds will support Main Street Norwalk programs & projects.
16th Masonic District Annual Pork Fundraiser takes place now thru Thursday, May 1, 2014.  Fresh frozen Daisyfield Pulled Pork for $5 for 1 pound or $25 for 5 pound tubs is available.  See any Mason or stop in The Coffee Station, The Village Station, The Milan Drive Thru or Frederick Architects and your check must accompany your order.  Delivery approximately May 15th.  All proceeds benefit local Masonic Projects and Charities.  For more information call 419-503-2692.
Sweet Dreams are made of this – High school student collects pillows, pajamas for needy families!  14-year old Britain Bennett is collecting new pillows and new or gently used pajamas & blankets for disadvantaged youth (newborn thru teens).  She is also taking donations of gently used household goods (curtains, towels, kitchen supplies, etc.) and toys.  She will deliver half of the collected items to Erie County Care & Share and remaining donations will be provided to University of Findlay’s Rotaract Club for Hermano Pedro-a Guatemalan hospital where all of the children have been abandoned by their families.  If you would like to donate call 419-202-4349 and her and her parents will pick them up the week of April 14th, 2014.
   

April

17th Thurs. Lefty Grove Baseball is having a Spaghetti Dinner at the Norwalk VFW from 5 – 7 p.m.  Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 & under.  This non-profit organization provides a summer baseball program for over 500 children in Norwalk and is one of the league’s primary sources of income & money raised from the event will be used to help operate the league.  For more information go to www.leftygrovebaseball.org.
17th Thurs. Erie County Job & Family Services is hosting an informational meeting on the process to become a foster/adoptive home from 5 – 8 p.m. at 221 W. Parish St., Sandusky.  To register or for more information call Tina Krueger @ 419-627-4484.  By attending this meeting there is no commitments to the program.
17th Thurs. Mercy Willard Hospital’s Education Department is offering the American Heart Association’s Healthcare Provider CPR Course from 5 – 9 p.m. in the hospital’s Schaffer Conference Center, Room 1.  Course is intended for participants who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings including in-hospital and out-of-hospital.  Course fee $40.  Registration is limited.  Call Rachel Buurma to register at 419-964-5119.
17th Thurs. Support Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary from 4 – 9 p.m. at Ciao Bella, 3880 Harbor Light Landing Dr., Port Clinton, as they will be donating a portion of the proceeds from their 1 year anniversary celebration.  All pasta dinners will be $9.99 for this event & reservations are required by calling 419-734-2426.
18th Fri. Huron Community Good Friday Service at Huron Community Prayer Path & Labyrinth, 930 S. Main St., Huron, at 1 p.m.  For more information call 419-433-4711.
19th Sat. Tool Time with the United Fund at the Huron County Fairgrounds / Expo Center, Norwalk, from 1 – 4 p.m.  $5 per person & includes admission, entry to all the prize drawings (including the grand prize drawing) and 3 drink tickets.  Limit 1 event ticket per person.
19th Sat. “Easter Fair” at the Norwalk Middle School, Christie Ave., from 9 – 1 p.m. and is sponsored by Ashley’s Fundraiser.  Event includes:  Easter Bunny, fashion show, family games, talent show at 11:30, raffles, shopping, kids games, face painting, Usborne book fair, great food and more!  Admission $2 plus a donation of new children’s books or new school supplies.  A fun family day! For more information call 419-668-8059 or ashleysfundraiser@earthlink.net.  Proceeds benefit several local area community groups, Ohio’s School Children in Need and the Piggyback Foundation.
19th Sat. Firelands Society of Model Railroaders “Model Train Show” at the Richland County Fairgrounds, 750 N. Home Rd., Mansfield, from 10 – 4 p.m.  Many vendors at the show offering all track gages and lunch will be available.  Admission is $5 for adults & free for those under 18 or active duty military personnel.  For more information call Rick at 419-318-0980 or www.fsomr.com.
20th Sun. Easter Egg Hunt at the Monroeville Rod & Gun Club, Peru Center Rd., South, starting at 2 p.m.  Open to the public.  For more information call Gary Opper @ 419-465-4311.
21st Mon. Sandusky Ski Club meeting at the American Legion, 3615 Hayes Ave., Sandusky, at 7:30 p.m.  For more information call James @ 419-271-1134 or www.sanduskyskiclub.com.
23rd Wed. Archery for Adult Beginners at Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron, at 6:30 p.m.  Adult participants will meet for basic archery lessons given by trained instructors using recurve and compound bows.  Registration required!
23rd Wed. Edison High School Music Department’s annual Spring Band Concert in the High School Auditorium at 7 p.m.  Featured performances by the Edison High School Stage Band, Varsity Band and Wind Ensemble.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students & senior citizens and are available at the door, through band students or at the High School during school hours.
23rd Wed. Stampede of Dreams Therapeutic Riding Program meeting at 7 p.m. at Eagle Creek Golf Club, 2406 New State Rd., Norwalk.  Meeting is for current, new volunteers and those interested in becoming a volunteer.  Please feel free to bring a friend who may be interested.
23rd Wed. Pizza Send Off – All-You-Can-Eat Pizza at Edison High School Cafeteria from 4 – 6:30 p.m.  Adults $10 and 12 & under $5.  Pizza’s from the following:  Domino’s, Huron; Pitstop Pizza; East of Chicago; Jim’s Pizza Box.  Soft drinks & water also served with pizza.  Proceeds go towards Edison Statue to go to Washington D.C. & Jim’s Pizza Box.  Event sponsored by Edison High School Interact Club & Milan Rotary.  Tickets available from Interact Members, Milan Rotary Members or at the door.
23rd Wed. The Vermilion E&R Church MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group will meet at the church, 752 Grand St., from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  MOPS brings together mothers to discuss mom topics, build faith, create friendships and have fun!  Free childcare provided. 
23rd Wed. The Bellevue Hospital is providing free blood sugar & blood pressure checks at Miller SuperValu in Clyde from 9 – 11 a.m.
23rd Wed. Interested is starting your own business?  Curious what it takes to be an entrepreneur?  You are invited to the Rising Entrepreneurs Networking & Speaker Series at EHOVE Young Chef’s Inn, 316 West Mason Rd., Milan, from 4 – 6 p.m.  Free to attend – RSVP required by calling 419-627-7791.
23rd, 24th & 25th Wed., Thurs. & Fri. Firelands Regional Medical Center Auxiliary’s Out-of-the Box Shoe Sale at the hospital’s Main Campus in Sandusky Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 8 – 4 p.m.  Shop the latest in shoes for healthcare workers or office worker.  Brands include Born, Clarks, Dansko, Reeboks, Sketchers & more!  Proceeds benefit the Auxiliary to purchase equipment for the hospital.
24th Thurs. The Bellevue Hospital is providing free blood sugar & blood pressure checks at the Clyde Senior Center from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
25th Fri. Spaghetti Dinner at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 431 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, from 5 – 7 p.m.  Menu includes: Spaghetti with home-made meat sauce, tossed salad, Italian bread, dessert & beverage.  Also a bake sale & bucket auction will be held.  Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children if purchased before event or 50 cents more at the door.  Carry out available & jars of spaghetti sauce will be available.  For more information call 419-625-8105.
25th Fri. All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner at the Norwalk Masonic Center, East Main & Old State Rd., Norwalk, from 5 – 7 p.m.  Adults $8 and kids $4.  Open to the public and carry out available.
25th, 26th & 27th Fri., Sat. & Sun. Huron High School presents the musical performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the McCormick Middle School Auditorium in Huron.  Reserved seating $9.  Tickets will be on sale at the High School Thursday and Friday from 11 – 12:30 p.m.  For more information call Becky @ 419-433-1356.
26th Sat. Fisher-Titus Medical Center & the Norwalk Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a 5K Walk/Run & Fun Run in celebration of Earth Week 2014 starting at 9 a.m. with the course beginning & finishing on Seminary Street behind the Main Street School.  Registration will be set up in the Main Street School Gymnasium.  Forms available at the Rec Center front desk or www.norwalkrec.com.  Donation $12 pre-register; $15 race day; $5 Fun Run. 
26th Sat. Sandusky Walk MS at the Erie County Senior Center, 620 E. Water St., Sandusky, with check-in beginning at 8 a.m.  Proceeds benefit local programs, services and medical research.  For more information about Multiple Sclerosis or Walk MS call 800-344-4867 or www.MSohiowalk.org.
26th Sat. Wildflower Walk & Talk – Join Huron County Master Gardener Volunteer Shannon Ditz as you walk along the Firelands Rails to Trails on Northwest Street in Norwalk from 10 – 11 a.m.  Shannon will talk about the many spring wild flowers that can be found along this relatively flat gravel trail.  Wear comfy walking shoes & bring a camera.  Event is free and open to the public.  For more information call 419-541-2985.
26th Sat. It’s So Bazaar! at Trinity Lutheran Church, Broad St., Monroeville, from 10 – 4 p.m.  Show features craft vendors, home party vendors, Girl Scout Cookies, baked goods & chocolate & more.  Also door prizes and snacks & lunch available.  All proceeds go to Malawi Orphan Care Projects.  For more information call 419-465-2480.
26th Sat. Point & Shoot Cell Phone Photo Class – The Huron County Master Gardner Volunteers will offer this free class from 12 noon – 3:30 p.m. at the Huron County Administration Building, Meeting Room A, 180 Milan Ave., Norwalk.  Learn how to take pictures with your cell phone!  Open to the public.
27th Sun. Pork Chop Dinner at Zion United Church of Christ, 13525 E. Twp. Rd. 178 (just off St. Rt. 18 South), Bellevue, from 11:30 – 1 p.m.  Dinner includes:  Pork chops, buttered parsley potatoes, green beans, jello salad, homemade pie & beverage.  Carry out available.
27th Sun. Mighty Falcon Marching Band’s Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Florence Twp. Fire Station, Chapel St., Birmingham, from 8 – 1 p.m.  Menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, eggs, and beverage.  Donations welcome.  Also a basket raffle, plant sale and 50/50 drawing.
27th Sun. 14th Annual Huron River Joint Fire Department’s Chicken BBQ at the fire station, 155 Monroe St., from 11 – ?  Dinner & dessert $8.50.  Carry out available.
27th Sun. Join Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary of Port Clinton from 11 – 7 p.m. at the Sandusky Dairy Queen, 2015 Fifth St.  10% of the total sales for the day will be donated to the Sanctuary.  Dine-in, carry-out or drive-thru…No flyer needed for participation.
27th Sun. All-You-Can-Eat Hotcakes & Sausage at the Norwalk Masonic Center, East Main & Old State Rd., Norwalk, from 8 – 12 noon.  Adults $5 and kids $3.  Open to the public and carry out available.
27th Sun. American Legion Post 659, St. Rt. 61, north of Berlin Heights, is hosting a Turkey Shoot starting at 12 noon.  Regular type meat prizes, $50 & $100 shoots, 50/50, ham raffle & good food.
 27th  Sun. Earth Day Extravaganza at Osborn MetroPark, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron, from 11 – 4 p.m.  There will be local government; non-profit and community organizations; informative displays; recycled art contest; local food vendors; live music from local bands; Back To The Wild; promotional information and more!  Free family fun! 
27th Sun. Sandusky Concert Association presents Antonio Pompa-Baldi at BGSU Firelands Campus Theatre in Huron at 3 p.m.  Tickets are $15 adults with students K-12 free.  To purchase tickets visit Forte Music in downtown Sandusky or at the concert venue.  This performance is dedicated to the memory of Elinor Sidner.
28th Mon. East of Chicago in Norwalk will donate 50% of ALL sales including dine-in, delivery and carryout to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life and buffet will be available from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  No special flyer or coupon is needed.  You will also be able to purchase your luminaries during this event to decorate prior to the Norwalk Relay For Life event at Whitney Field on Friday, July 11th.
28th Mon. The Bellevue Hospital is providing free blood sugar & blood pressure checks at the Bellevue Recreation Center from 8 – 10 a.m.
29th Tues. Firelands Regional Medical Center Auxiliary’s “Book Fair” from 8 – 4 p.m. at the hospital’s South Campus in Sandusky.  Event features a variety of new books offering a selection of premium quality hardcover books at wholesale prices!  Proceeds from the book fair will benefit hospital projects & patients.
29th Tues. Millions of Trilliums Wildflower Trek at Back to the Wild Rehabilitation Center, 4504 Bardshar Rd., Castalia, at 6 p.m.  Join a naturalist for up-close look at the most spectacular blooms of Trillium in the area.  Registration appreciated.  Limit 25.
29th Tues. Free Skin Cancer Screening from 4 – 7 p.m. at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at Firelands Regional Medical Center, 701 Tyler St., Sandusky.  Screening is to check suspicious moles or areas of concern and is intended for those who do not have an established dermatologist or are not currently being followed by a dermatologist.  Appointments are required and can be made by calling 419-557-7410.
29th Tues. The Bellevue Hospital is providing free blood sugar & blood pressure checks at the Bellevue Senior Center from noon – 1 p.m.
29th Tues. Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Healthcare Provider CPR Certification Course from 8 – 11:30 a.m. at the hospital’s South Campus in Sandusky.  Course is for medical professionals & students beginning course work in healthcare professions only.  Class fee $50 per person.  Registration is required and can be made by calling the hospital @ 419-557-6740.
30th Wed. First United Church of Christ in Fremont (church by the Ballville Bridge) annual “Bird in the Bag” Dinner from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Dinner will be $7.50 & includes half chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, dinner roll & dessert.  Drive-thru and dine-in service will be provided.
30th Wed. Spaghetti Dinner Fundraising Supporting “Weekends Without Hunger” at the Norwalk Eagles, Cline St., Norwalk, from 4 – 7 p.m.  Tickets $7 adults and children 5 & under free.  Meal includes spaghetti with marinara sauce, salad, roll & cookie.  Carry out available.  For more information or tickets call 419-668-9797.  Mission of Weekends Without Hunger is to ensure Norwalk’s elementary students who qualify for free & reduced price meals at school have access to healthy meals on weekends throughout the school year.
     
   

May

3rd Sat. The Chocolate & Wine Walk, presented by the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce, from 11 – 5 p.m.  Take a stroll through downtown Vermilion while sampling chocolate treats and/or wine as you visit quaint shops.  Just present your ticket at the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce to get a map of participating businesses & an event wristband (required for chocolate & wine tasting).  Cost is $20 per person.  For more information or tickets call the Vermilion Chamber @ 440-967-4477.
6th Tues. Career Fair, sponsored by Goodwill, at the Erie County Fairgrounds, 3110 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, from 12 – 4 p.m.  Free for job seekers with 50 employers from all industries on-site and hiring, resume writing & interviewing technique workshops and enter to win a free IPad!  For more information call Goodwill @ 419-625-4744 or www.goodwillsandusky.org.
7th Wed. Archery for Youth Beginners at 6:30 p.m. at Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron.  Youth participants, ages 8 to 17, will meet for basic Archery lessons given by trained instructors using recurve and compound bows.  Registration required.  Limit 10.
8th Thurs. Mercy Willard Hospital’s Laboratory Screening & Wellness Fair at the Seneca East Public Library, N. Main St., Attica, from 7 – 10 a.m.  Appointment not required.  For more information call Rachel Buurma @ 419-964-5119.
8th Thurs. Career Fair, sponsored by Goodwill, at the Fremont Recreation Complex, 600 St. Joseph St., Fremont, from 12 – 4 p.m.  Free for job seekers with 50 employers from all industries on-site and hiring, resume writing & interviewing technique workshops and enter to win a free IPad!  For more information call Goodwill @ 419-625-4744 or www.goodwillsandusky.org.
10th Sat. Presentation of “LAND of the Free? Home of the Brave!” Documentary will be presented at the Sandusky Public Library at 2 p.m.  This is a story, as told by persons who were affected, of the lives of those people who were displaced from their land in early 1941 so that the U.S. War Department could build the Plum Brook Ordnance Works in preparation for the war. 
10th Sat. Norwalk Park & Rec’s “Baby & Beyond Sale” from 9 – 12 noon.  Gather all gently used & unwanted children’s items you can find from infants to children of sixth grade.  Event will be held indoors with rental spaces $12 each for 10×10.  To reserve your space or for more information call Stacie @ 419-663-6775, ext. 28.
10th Sat. Take the Kids Fishing Fun Day from 11 – 1 p.m. at Shoreline Park, 411 East Water St., Sandusky.  Fun fishing for the whole family!  There will be prizes and lunch available for participating youth ages 5 – 17 years of age.  Come out and join us!  Co-sponsored by the Sandusky Recreation Dept., Western Basin Sport Fishing Assoc. and Erie MetroParks.  To register contact the Sandusky Recreation Dept. @ 419-627-5886.
10th Sat. Huron County Master Gardener Volunteers free program on how to get your garden ready to grow flowers during the Bed Prep, Mulch and Planting Annuals takes place at the Wakeman Park, Main St., from 9 – 10:30 a.m. 
14th Wed. Full Moon Night Hike at 8:30 p.m. at the Castalia Quarry MetroPark, 8404 St. Rt. 101, Castalia.  Join the Naturalist for a beautiful night hike on each month’s full moon!  Please leave flashlights at home; the moon will light our way.  Family, friends and friendly canine companions on leash are always welcome.  Hikes will last about an hour and registration is appreciated.
14th Wed. Full Moon Kayak Float at 8:30 p.m. at The Coupling MetroPark, 11618 St. Rt. 13, Milan.  Meet at the canoe landing for a trip on the Huron River under a full moon.  Those who own their own Kayak are welcome to join us on this or any float.  Registration required for everyone participating.
14th Wed. The Vermilion E&R Church MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group will meet at the church, 752 Grand St., from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  MOPS brings together mothers to discuss mom topics, build faith, create friendships and have fun!  Free childcare provided. 
15th Thurs. Mercy Willard Hospital’s Laboratory Screening & Wellness Fair at Mercy Willard Hospital, 1100 Neal Zick Rd., Willard, from 7 – 10 a.m.  Appointment not required.  For more information call Rachel Buurma @ 419-964-5119.
17th Sat. Saturday Afternoon Bicycle Ride at 1 p.m. at Woodlands Intermediate School, 1810 Maple Ave., Huron.  Take a casual afternoon ride on the Lake Erie Electric Bike Trail.  Meet at the parking lot on the east side of the school.  Ride for ice cream then return.  Helmets are required.  Registration appreciated.
18th Sun. “Who’s the Top Dog” Dog Show at Bark Until Dark off-leash dog park, 310 S. Bridge Rd. (SR 269 South), next to Bayside Comfort, with registration & lunch at 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. & judging starting at 1 p.m.  Entry fee $10 per dog.  Blue ribbons awarded.  All dogs entering park must be vaccinated & licensed and are subject to the dog park rules.  Everyone is welcome to bring their pup.  All proceeds going to the Ottawa County Humane Society.  For more information call Dianne Rozak @ 419-798-4071.
21st Wed. Rain Barrel Workshops at Osborn MetroPark, Shelter 1, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron, at 5:30 and 6 p.m.  Join Erie Soil & Water Conservation District & Erie MetroParks for hands-on rain barrel construction and learn the benefits.  Workshop fee $45 and includes materials & instruction for one rain barrel.  Register with Erie Soil & Water at 419-626-5211.  Limit 15 participants per workshop.
28th Wed. Archery for Adult Beginners at Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron, at 6:30 p.m.  Participants will meet for basic Archery lessons given by trained instructors using recurve and compound bows.  Registration required!  Limit 10.
28th Wed. The Vermilion E&R Church MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Group will meet at the church, 752 Grand St., from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  MOPS brings together mothers to discuss mom topics, build faith, create friendships and have fun!  Free childcare provided. 
31st Sat. 5K Run/Walk at the Norwalk Reservoir, Shelter #1 with registration at 10 a.m. and the Run/Walk at 11 a.m.  Entry fee $20 pre-registration by May 15th or $25 after and day of race.  Awards given.  Held rain or shine.  Proceeds go to the Ella Enderby Benefit Fund.  Ella was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in January, 2014.  For more information call 419-668-8919.
31st Sat. Root Beer Canoe Float at The Coupling MetroPark, 11618 St. Rt. 13, Milan, at 5 p.m.  Meet at the Coupling equipment shed at the first parking lot at the bottom of the hill to start the paddling season with a canoe trip on the Huron River.  End the evening with a root beer float in The Coupling Depot, $1/person at the door.  Registration required for everyone participating.