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Catch up with what Arts & Heritage partners in Findlay and Hancock County Ohio are up to! From upcoming shows to new exhibits to exciting news-see it here! • VisitFindlay.comThe organizations that make up the Arts and Heritage Council meet bi-monthly to share ideas, collaborate, and catch up.  They’ve been busy planning events and activities for you to enjoy – check out what is going on with them below!

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Updates from Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center

This February, Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center recognizes Black History Month with special programming that highlights the African American experience.  All events will take place at Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center, 817 Harmon Street in Findlay.  The most up-to-date information on these events can be found on Facebook.

The can’t miss events include 2 community movie double features of “Hidden Figures” and “Black Panther” for teens and adults on February 8 and on February 22 a showing of “Tuskegee Airmen” and “Redtails” for all public.  Both of these events will have pizza and popcorn provided.  There will also be several community dialogues held throughout the month on the topics of the Black Panthers, Structural Racism, and The March on Washington.

Updates from Awakening Minds Art

Awakening Minds Art will continue to have weekly community walk-in classes on Tuesday, Friday, & Saturday. Winter Programming will run to the end of February with one more registration class being held on February 22nd, Project Paint. You can register online and see program details here!

AMA has several fundraising events coming up including a St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser at Hancock Hotel on March 14th at 6 p.m. and a Purse & Household Items Bingo on April 25th.

For more information on all these events go to AwakeningMindsArt.org.

Updates from Findlay Light Opera Company

Findlay Light Opera Company and Marathon Center for the Performing Arts to present Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man June 19-21, 2020.

The culmination of a two-year partnership between Findlay Light Opera Company and Marathon Center for the Performing Arts will see a spectacular community presentation of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man, June 19-21, 2020. The production will be directed by Julie Lane, with musical direction by Zachary Thomas, choreography by Abbi Starcher, and produced by Erica Bickhart and Heather Clow.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

Auditions will take place April 18 & 19, 2020. Please be sure to visit www.findlaylightopera.org or email findlayopera@gmail.com for information regarding auditions, rehearsals, and other opportunities for involvement.

This production is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.

Findlay Light Opera Company and Marathon Center for the Performing Arts established a partnership in 2018 in an effort to bring community theatre to MCPA. Last year, the partnership presented four cabarets which featured many local performing artists.

Updates from Findlay-Hancock County Public Library

There is always so much going on at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, but this month the library is especially excited about the Young Writers and Illustrators Workshop scheduled for February 1 at 10:30 a.m., the Under the Sea Tea Party on the 29th of February at 10:30 a.m., as well as the Preschool Fair & Early Literacy Night on February 3 at 6 p.m.  For young readers, make sure to plan to attend Reading with Gibbs, where children can interact with Gibbs, a licensed therapy dog, regular Storytime, Baby Storytime,  and Little Tykes Play Dates.

    Teens programs are picking up steam, highlighted by the Teen Kindness Club, (2/11/20, 3/9/20, 4/14/20) which is a new way for teens to volunteer and make a difference in their communities.  There are also Teen Movie Nights, Teen Chess Club, Board Game Nights, and Craft Events to enjoy!

    Adult programs include craft programs, writer’s programs, cooking classes and book discussion groups, which include Ann Hood’s book Kitchen Yarns.  Special programs coming up include Lost Hancock County, Ohio a special night with the author, Teresa Straley Lambert; Fighting Fake News, basket weaving courses, and several programs in February to celebrate Black History Month including movies and special book discussions.

See information about all these events on the library’s event calendar!

Updates from Hancock Parks

Maple Sugarin’ Days are around the corner at Hancock Parks!  Celebrate maple sugarin’ season on March 14 with all-you-can-eat pancakes, maple syrup, sausage, juice, and coffee from 9 – 11 a.m.  Then enjoy Maple Sugarin’ Public Day for a demonstration on how maple syrup was made by pioneers and Native Americans. You can create a beaded maple leaf key chain, explore a Native American encampment, and visit with a pioneer in the sugar bush. Sweet treats and hot drinks will be available in the McKinnis House. You will also have the opportunity to purchase your own sweet treats from Fruths’ Sugarhouse.  Learn more at HancockParks.com!

Updates from Marathon Center for the Performing Arts

Don’t miss the great shows at MCPA this winter!

Bestselling author Ann Hood speaks on February 6. Tickets are available for dinner with the author or just the author talk.

Dueling Pianos returns February 14 and 15 at Alexandria’s. All proceeds benefit the family and youth programming at MCPA.

The “world’s reigning male chorus” Chanticleer comes to Findlay on March 1 and the Live @ Armes series presents country music prodigy EmiSunshine on March 5.

Check all of these and more at MCPA.org.

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