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Things to do this weekend, December 6-8

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Are you constantly asking “What’s Happening, Hancock County?” There are plenty of things to do in Findlay and Hancock County this weekend!

Fridays at Findlay

University of Findlay’s Winebrenner Auditorium
Friday, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

$10 per person, hot breakfast included ($5 per student) The Fridays At Findlay breakfast lecture series is designed to encourage educational opportunities for community members regarding best leadership practices and offer insights into the challenges professionals face.
Animal Behavior Management: Operant Conditioning with Dolphins, Tigers, Elephants and More
Sue Young ’07, Animal Behavior & Enrichment Manager, Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park, Tampa, FL.
Sue Young ‘07 serves as the Animal Behavior and Enrichment Manager at ZooTampa. Young has been involved in the animal training community for 12 years, and has been a part of some unforgettable experiences. After working with marine mammals at the Miami Seaquarium, Young took her work to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium where she worked with rehabilitated marine life, including Winter from the hit movie, Dolphin Tale. Young and the animals she trains at ZooTampa will be featured in National Geographic’s Secrets of the Zoo, set to air this winter. Young’s goal is to teach her staff about operant conditioning, improve animal welfare through training and enrichment, along with helping to contribute to conservation. Young is a 2007 University of Findlay graduate, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Findlay.edu

North Pole Express

Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation
Friday – Sunday, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

North Pole Express, NWORRP’s Christmas Light display that features hundreds of thousands of lights. Large seasonal displays, Folk Art displays, our computerized light display with lights dancing to music, the entire property is aglow with all the lights. After riding the trains, go into the engine house that is our Christmas tree wonderland with over 175 trees decorated. While you’re there, visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause on select evenings. Warm yourself up with some delicious hot chocolate, and snacks. 4 different scales of model trains will be running for your enjoyment. An event you can’t miss! Nworrp.com

Kiwanis Santa’s House

St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church
Friday, 6 – 8 p.m.

A favorite Findlay tradition is back again, WinterFest and Santa’s House, brought to our community by Findlay Kiwanis. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride around Downtown, meet with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate and sweet treats, and more await you!

Drop and Date

Awakening Minds Art
Friday, 6 – 8 p.m.

Designed for children ages 4 – 13. This class offers a variety of arts and crafts in a FUN, social, 2 hour class. Let the kids let loose on a Friday night with some art while you enjoy downtown Findlay! This class encourages socialization and independence while fostering self-esteem and creativity. No registration, walk-in only! $10.00 each participant.  AwakeningMindsArt.org

Saturday Painting Class

Awakening Minds Art
Saturday, 10 a.m.

Children, teens, and adults of all abilities will focus on painting techniques & socialization. Painting on cardstock is $10, canvas Panels are available for an additional $3.  Class is limited to the first 20 participants, walk-in only! Awakeningmindsart.org

Findlay Altrusa Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair

Findlay Moose Lodge
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

25 vendors under one roof for your holiday shopping! No admission. 50/50 raffle and lunch available. Proceeds benefit Altrusa community projects. Facebook.com

Heaven Came Down

Bethel Life Family Center
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.

The Mount Cory United Methodist Church will be having their 7th Annual “Heaven Came Down,” a very large display of angels and nativities at the Bethel Family Life Center, 201 West Washington Street, Mount Cory. The display will be open for viewing on Saturday December 7th and 14th from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday, December 8th and 15th from 1 pm to 5 pm. It will also be open on Christmas Eve after our Christmas Eve Services at the Pleasant View United Methodist Church, 300 TR 37, Bluffton. Special Group showings can be arranged by contacting Shar Marshall at 419-963-4992

Sensitive Santa

Awakening Minds Art
Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m.

Description: No lines, no stress! Participants can create holiday inspired crafts, while they wait for their visit with Santa! Alcohol ink tile ornaments, holiday crafts, letters to Santa, and even a special sensory gift from Santa, is all made possible by a generous donation from Elks National Foundation. Awakeningmindsart.org

Skate with Santa

The Cube
Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m.

Public Skate with Santa on Saturday, December 7th, 2019 1:00-2:50pm.
In addition, join Santa’s helpers to decorate a cookie and make a craft. Admission is $5 and skate rental is $3. Facebook.com

Schumacher Homestead Christmas Open House

Swiss Community Historical Society
Saturday, 3 – 7 p.m.

Celebrate Christmas with live music, natural decorations, candles, and firelight at the 1840s Schumacher Homestead. Free.
The Swiss Community Historical Society will serve refreshments and provide activities for children. Demonstrations of period woodworking tools will be given in the workshop, weather permitting. Swisshistorical.org

Christmas in the Village

Mt. Blanchard
Saturday, 3 – 7 p.m.

The eighth annual Christmas in the Village celebration will be held from 3-7 p.m. Saturday in Mount Blanchard. New this year will be a DJ sharing songs of the season and making announcements at the town square. The event begins with a parade at 3 p.m. featuring the Riverdale High School marching band. Other activities include a cookie decorating station; hot chocolate station; a live nativity featuring a baby kangaroo, camel and other barnyard animals; cake walks; ice sculptures; horse-drawn wagon rides; and kid’s fire truck rides. Bingo will be played in the village office building. Several vendors will also be set up in the town hall. Kimmel’s new food truck will be stationed on Clay Street, and Boy Scout Troop 314 will sell chili. Pictures with Santa will be available for a fee at Santa’s House. Musical performances and a silent auction will be held at Mount Blanchard United Methodist Church. The silent auction features items ranging from Christmas decorations to antiques. Facebook.com

Christmas Open House

Hancock Historical Museum
Saturday, 5 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m.

Join the Hull family as they celebrate Christmas in the 1890’s. Musical entertainment, crafts and games, storytelling, and a visit by Father Christmas. Take a stroll through our campus that is beautifully decorated for the holidays. Refreshments provided. $1.00 per person. Hancockhistoricalmuseum.org

Breakfast with Santa

Hancock Hotel
Sunday, 2 p.m.

Make this holiday season unforgettable! Join us for Breakfast with Santa Sunday, December 8 from 8 a.m.-Noon and 1-3 p.m.  Breakfast includes a pancake station, sausage and juice. Make memories last by capturing your own photos with Santa himself! There will also be a station for kids to make their own magical reindeer food. Tickets are $13 per guest, kids 3 & under are free. Eventbrite.com

Visit our Museums

Enjoy all that Findlay has to offer by visiting our museums!  While our museums are all open during the week as well, take advantage of their weekend hours and have fun with the whole family.  The Mazza Museum, home to over 11,000 individual children’s book illustrations, is open on Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m. and admission is free.  Find your favorite illustration, read your favorite books, and have fun in the hands-on area as well.  The Children’s Museum of Findlay gives children the opportunity to learn by doing with exhibits representing different industries and activities in Hancock County – like becoming a firefighter, a banker, a farmer. going camping, or taking the stage!  The Children’s Museum is open Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.  Learn more about our heritage – and have fun doing it by visiting the Hancock Historical Museum!  The Historical Museum has a variety of exhibits and buildings dedicated to Hancock County’s history, including a building and transportation room, government center, and more.  The Historical Museum is open on Sundays from 1 – 4 p.m.  The Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center is open 3 – 5 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays.  The Library has exhibits celebrating all cultures around the globe, with a wide variety of educational supplies available to borrow, unique displays, as well as the only location in the world awarded the Smithsonian Institute’s Black Wings exhibit, chronicling the the history of the Tuskegee Airman.

For more information about what is happening in Hancock County, visit our event calendar.  We hope to see you out and about in Hancock County this weekend!