An Evening of Contemporary Piano in Findlay Wednesday night

America’s Funniest Pianist!

The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Findlay City Schools and the Findlay- Hancock County Community Foundation proudly announces a concert event scheduled for Wednesday, March 13 when Jason Farnham performs his signature piano show “An Evening of Contemporary Piano” at Donnell Middle School, 301 Baldwin Ave., at 7p.m. This concert is free and open to the public.

Jason Farnham of San Francisco Bay, CA is truly the “International Entertainer of Contemporary Piano Music”. Fans have affectionately dubbed him “Schroeder” from Peanuts because of his toy piano, his witty Victor Borge-style piano comedy antics and the clever way he interacts with the audience. The newest addition to his piano show has become his staple track:

Fur Elise with a techno-rock beat: “Fur Crying Out Loud Elise, Let’s Dance!” And Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca has now become “Rondo Alla Techno”. Fans of Mannheim Steamroller and rich piano instrumentals will find much to love here.

Jason Farnham is a first-class entertainer, and his show is sure to leave the audience smiling. Kathy Parsons of MainlyPiano.com says, “Think Schroeder from Peanuts meets George Winston meets Victor Borge meets a guy who makes techno remixes out of classical tunes.”

Jason Farnham is providing a week-long Artist in Residency Program at 10 schools in Findlay and Hancock County.

Small Town Monsters – Ohio Bigfoot Hits the Big-Time

Local filmmaker creates coast-to-coast, adventure, mini-series that promises to offer “compelling, new evidence” for creature’s existence

Ohio Bigfoot Hits the Big-Time

Local filmmaker creates coast-to-coast, adventure, mini-series that promises to offer “compelling, new evidence” for creature’s existence

A new, documentary mini-series promises to change the way you view the Bigfoot phenomena when it is released in March. The series’ director, Seth Breedlove, grew up in Bolivar and used his hometown as a central location in the project, which, in addition to Northeast, Ohio, was also shot in California, Oregon, Washington, Oklahoma, South Carolina, New York and more. The series tracks the history of the Bigfoot subject while also telling Seth’s personal story, tracing how he went from an ardent skeptic, to truly believing there could be a real, undiscovered creature lurking in North American forests.

The documentary mini-series was created by Seth as a “solo, filmmaking experiment” through the course of 2018. Shot in over fourteen different states, and featuring twenty-one Bigfoot enthusiasts, investigators, skeptics, and believers, On the Trail of Bigfoot, is told in six episodes and is already being hailed as the definitive documentary on the subject. Breedlove drew national attention in 2015 with the release of his first film, Minerva Monster, which documented a Stark County family’s brief-but-terrifying encounter with a mysterious being in the woods behind their home in the late 70’s. On the Trail of Bigfoot revisits the Minerva Monster story within the context of retelling the entire history of the subject. Since the release of Minerva Monster, Breedlove has gone on to direct numerous features and shorts focused on local legends and lore. In 2018 he began developing an original series based around his films with a production company in Hollywood.

Small Town Monsters - Bigfoot in Ohio

While filming On the Trail of Bigfoot, Seth joined four different Bigfoot investigative groups located in Southern Ohio, Pennsylvania, the Olympic Peninsula in Washington and the Ouachita Mountains in Southeastern Oklahoma. He spent numerous days and nights in the forest with these groups searching for the creature and managed to get some intriguing video and audio evidence that is shown in the mini-series. While in the Ouachita Mountains, Seth and members of his team witnessed something throwing rocks and making bizarre screams from a hill near their camp; an event that persuaded Breedlove that perhaps there is more to the Bigfoot “legend”, after all.

On the Trail of Bigfoot was shot, edited, written, narrated and directed by Breedlove who considered the task of solely creating the series as a “filmmaking challenge”. He also co-produced the series with his wife, Adrienne. Together they run the production company, Small Town Monsters based out of Wadsworth, Ohio. On the Trail of Bigfoot will premiere at the Canton Palace Theatre on Friday, March 29th at 8pm with four of the six episodes being shown. It is also scheduled to play at a film festival in Eau Claire, WI and again at the Kent Stage in Kent, OH this coming April. The series will see a digital premiere on Amazon, Vimeo OnDemand and VIDI Space as well as DVD on March 29th.

To learn more, visit smalltownmonsters.com.

Adrienne Breedlove

Small Town Monsters


Latta Announces Annual Congressional Art Competition

High school students living in or attend school in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District are encouraged to submit!

BOWLING GREEN, OH – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has announced details for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. High school students that live or attend school in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District are encouraged to submit a piece of art for this year’s competition. All artwork will be displayed at Owens Community College in Perrysburg Township.

The deadline for submission is Monday, March 4.

A previous winner with Mr. Latta

More than 650,000 high school students have participated in the competition nationwide since it began in 1982. The winning piece will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. for one year, and three honorable mention pieces will be displayed in Latta’s three district offices. Submissions can be dropped off at any of those offices, listed below:

Bowling Green – 1045 N. Main Street, Suite 6, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Defiance – 101 Clinton Street, Suite 1200, Defiance, Ohio 43512
Findlay – 318 Dorney Plaza, Room 302, Findlay, Ohio 45840

Each student is allowed one entry. Eligible artwork includes the following:

Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
Collage: must be two dimensional
Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, etc.
Computer Generated Art

District Staff is also available to pick up artwork from students. To obtain an entry form, further information, or to arrange a pick-up time, contact the Findlay office at (419) 422-7791.

Library Sponsors Bookmark Contest

North Baltimore Public Library Celebrates 100 Years……….

North Baltimore Public Library Celebrates 100 Years!

Bookmark Contest for (almost) All Ages

Children age 3 to adults are invited to enter the contest. 

Entries must be submitted on a paper sized 4 ¼ by 11 inches (half of an 8 ½ by 11 inch sheet). 

Bookmarks may include pen, markers, crayons, pencils and paint – but no stickers, stencils or materials that could fall or flake off. 
They should be flat for photocopying. 

All creations must be original artwork – no characters.   

Entries will be judged in the following age groups:

Ages 3-5/6-8/9-11/12-14/15-17/18 & over

One winner from each age group will be selected and made into bookmarks to be distributed in April during National Library Week. 

Please create a bookmark based on one of these themes:

“Happy Birthday to Our Library”

“Our Library 100 Years Ago”

“Our Library Today”

“Our Library in the Future”

“100 Years of the NB Public Library”

On the back each entry must list:

Artist’s first & last name

phone number

& age

(over 18 will be accepted for adults;)

Entries must be submitted at the Main or Children’s Desk by Friday, March 1.

Black Swamp Players To Hold Auditions

Auditions during week of February 25 for The Odd Couple (Female Version)…….

(Bowling Green)—The Black Swamp Players will hold auditions for the final production of its fifty-first season, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version), during the week of February 25.

Open auditions for the production will be held on the following dates: Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26. Auditions will begin each evening at 7:00 and run to 9:00 PM. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, February 28 beginning at 7:00 PM. All auditions and callbacks will be held at the First United Methodist Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green.

The script for The Odd Couple (Female Version) calls for a cast of six women and two men. Auditions are open to adults of all ages, races/ethnicities, orientations, sexes, and abilities. Those who want to audition should be prepared to cold read from the script.

First performed in 1985, The Odd Couple (Female Version) is a modern riff on Simon’s classic comedy from 1965 about the unlikely friendship between a clean freak and a slob. The female version is set in the apartment of slovenly Olive Madison who, at the opening of the play, has invited a group of friends over for a weekly game of Trivial Pursuit. Late to arrive is Florence Unger, who has just been separated from her husband. Fastidious, depressed, and hyper-tense, Florence seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Olive becomes the one with murder on her mind when the pair decide to room together and hilarious results ensue.

The production will be directed by Heath A. Diehl.

The Odd Couple (Female Version) will open on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 PM. Additional performance dates include: Saturday, April 27, Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, all at 7:30 PM; and Sunday, April 28 and May 5 at 2:00 PM. All performances will take place at the First United Methodist Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green.

Tickets for the production are $12/adults, $10/seniors and students, and can be purchased on the organization’s website or at the door.

Black Swamp Players is nonprofit corporation that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theatre to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to president@blackswampplayers.org.

Poster Contest for Ohio Students

Ohio Attorney General’s Office Now Accepting National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest Entries

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is urging Ohio fifth graders and their teachers to take part in the 2019 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Missing Persons Unit is now accepting entries for the contest.

The contest’s theme is “Bringing Our Missing Children Home,” and it is sponsored nationally by the United States Department of Justice. The purpose of the contest is to help raise awareness about child safety, exhibit America’s efforts to bring missing children home safely, and highlight the importance of preemptive education programs.

Fifth graders across the state are eligible to submit a poster to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office that incorporates the theme of the contest into their artwork. The artwork will be judged on creativity, reflection of the contest theme, and design originality.

The top three posters will be selected by a panel of judges from the Ohio AMBER Alert Steering Committee and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. The winners, their parents, and teachers will be invited to Columbus to receive their awards.

Ohio’s first place winner will then be entered into the national contest, where one nationwide winner will travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day ceremony.

Ohio entries should be sent to the Ohio Attorney General’s Missing Persons Unit, P.O. Box 365, London, Ohio, 43140. The deadline is February 15, 2019.

Each poster must be submitted with a completed application, which includes a description of the poster and a brief biography of the artist. Click here to access the application and contest rules.


The latest Fisher/Wall Art Gallery Exhibition, located in Marathon Center for the Performing Arts is now open…..

Latest Fisher/Wall Art Gallery Exhibition Opens

Findlay, OH, January 7, 2019– The Fisher/Wall Art Gallery, located in Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, welcomes printmaking artist, Janet Ballweg, whose exhibition is now on display in the gallery through February 24, 2019.

Holding an MFA from the University of Illinois, Janet Ballweg currently serves as the head of the printmaking program at Bowling Green State University. Having been a BGSU faculty member since 1990, Ballweg teaches both undergraduate and graduate level printmaking courses and is an active member of numerous print and educational organizations. Boasting a history of residencies at both Guanlan Printmaking Base in Guanlan, China and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, Ballweg’s current research involves 3D digital modeling and 2D imaging in conjunction with contemporary printmaking processes, including photopolymer intaglio, photo lithography, and screenprint—examples of which can be viewed in the Fisher/Wall Art Gallery exhibition.

“This ongoing body of work explores the ways in which patterns shape our lives and how constructions of memory, experience and gender are embodied in the domestic landscape. Pattern and repetition exist as both a decorative and metaphorical element; pattern can depict the literal essence of fabric or wallpaper while simultaneously acting as a metaphor to conceal and reveal, touching on subtle emotional and behavioral connections that speak to our interconnectedness despite a history of unraveling… It is an attempt to render visible the larger façade of domesticity where intimacy and desire are pitted against discord, disaffection, refusal, and isolation.”

The Fisher/Wall Art Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm. and there is no admission fee to view the exhibit. An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, January 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Poetry Contest for Older Adults

14th Annual contest sponsored by Wood County Committee on Aging…

WCCOA is welcoming entries for 14th annual poetry contest

Bowling Green, OH – The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will soon be accepting entries for 2019’s Poetry Contest, “Dreams”. Any Wood County individual 50 years of age or older may participate. The opening date for submissions will be Tuesday, January 22 and will close on Friday, March 29 at 4 p.m.

Poems should share stories of life, hope, dreams and love. We are looking for poetry that, in some way, celebrates the heart and souls of members of Wood County citizens as they continue to celebrate their lives.

Entries must be submitted in English, double spaced, in a 12 point Times New Roman Font or handwritten. Entries must be entirely your own work and never previously published, online or offline. All styles of poems are acceptable but they must be originals. Any plagiarized poems will be disqualified. Poems should not exceed one page.

Two entries will be accepted per person. Intent to submit will not be accepted. Poems are to have a title and to have the poet’s name, address and phone number on each page.

Poems are due to the Programs Department at the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., 305 North Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 by Friday, March 9, 2019 by 4 p.m. You may also e-mail your entry to programs@wccoa.net. All entries must have the title of the poem, the poet’s name, phone number, address and date of submission included.

Winners will be selected by a Bowling Green State University Writing Professor and BGSU Gerontology Students. All poems entered will be available for reading in a loosely bound edition.

Winning poems will be announced on April 26, 2019 on our blog and via phone call, and will be published on WCCOA’s website and blog. The grand prize award will be a $50 gift card.

All poems will be posted on our blog site, woodcountycommitteeonaging@blogspot.com. All submissions become the property of WCCOA and can be published online or in print.

The mission of the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., shall be to provide older adults with services and programs which empower them to remain independent and improve the quality of their lives.

For information on programs and services, please contact the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., at (419) 353-5661, (800) 367-4935 or www.wccoa.net.

The Art of the Perfect Gift

One trick to winning the holidays is bringing back the basics by choosing presents you know your loved ones need and can actually use…..

(Family Features) Even in a world where just about anything is a few clicks away, finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can still be a difficult task. One trick to winning the holidays is bringing back the basics by choosing presents you know your loved ones need and can actually use.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Consider these crowd-pleasing gift ideas to provide holiday smiles at the moment they’re unwrapped.

The Gift of an Experience
An experience could be perfect for the person in your life looking to spice things up by taking on a new adventure. From a scenic helicopter ride to an exhilarating sky diving package, experiential gifts can be exciting undertakings. One of the best parts: these presents don’t always have to be one-and-done – you can give the gift of a new life skill such as cooking classes or motorcycle riding lessons. Learn more about Harley-Davidson Riding Academy motorcycle classes by visiting your local dealership or H-D.com/LearnToRide.

The Gift of Traveling in Style
If you’re interested in giving a present that inspires adventure, a piece of quality luggage may be all your loved one needs. A sturdy backpack is versatile and can be used for a hike on the nearest trail or a backpacking trip through another country. If the next trip is on the open road, an option like the Harley-Davidson Premium Touring Bag can help pack the necessities as you explore the world.

The Gift of Stocking Stuffers
Sometimes, it’s the big gift ideas that are inspired naturally and shoppers find themselves scrambling to find stocking stuffers. This holiday season, don’t overthink it. Stuff those stockings with things people need such as headphones, socks or a warm stocking cap.

The Gift of the Trends
Today’s fashion trends dictate two outerwear items everyone should have in their closets: a denim jacket and a go-to leather jacket. If someone on your holiday shopping list has yet to jump on the trend, try styles like Harley-Davidson’s Sherpa Fleece Denim Jacket for women or the Men’s #1 Skull Slim Fit Leather Jacket for inspiration.

For more holiday gift inspiration, check out the guide at H-D.com/Holiday.


Thank You, Superheroes

Jonathan Juravich is the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year………..


Thank You, Superheroes, for the Difference You Make in Ohio’s Classrooms

By: Jonathan Juravich


A week after I was named the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year, I received a note from an administrator in another part of the state asking if I really thought I “was the best teacher in Ohio.” I was taken aback by this question — the answer clearly is no. I am in no way the best teacher in Ohio or even at my school. But I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to advocate for and represent teachers from all corners of our state. And over the past year, I have had the opportunity to meet remarkable, inspiring teachers who are nothing short of superheroes.

My 5-year-old came home from her first week of kindergarten in Columbus City Schools proclaiming, “Mrs. Coneglio is a superhero without a cape.” Within those first few days with her teacher, she realized something very important — this teacher did remarkable things for her and the rest of her classmates. Mrs. Coneglio was not flashy with a sparkling uniform and a flowing cape. She did not have a mask concealing her identity. Instead, she was an everyday person with the extraordinary ability to build connections and bring her students into a state of awe.

During this season of thanks, I want to take the opportunity to thank the remarkable teachers across Ohio who give of themselves every day for their students and communities. These teachers believe in the power of their students as individuals. And for that, I am truly grateful.

I am thankful for teachers like Veronica Cotton, a third-grade teacher at John P. Parker Elementary in Cincinnati Public Schools, who welcomed me into her classroom with open arms. I watched her validate and then integrate her students’ unique experiences into their learning during Language Arts and Science. Thank you, Veronica, for reminding me, and all of us, that our students’ individual contexts fundamentally influence their learning.

Thank you, Dillon Sedar, art teacher at Munroe Elementary with Tallmadge City Schools. His students bring in works of art they create at home to trade with him. He proudly takes their masterpieces and gives them a piece of his own artwork. This connection validates their role as individual artists. Thank you, Dillon, for challenging and valuing your students’ individual voices and creative spirits.

I am grateful for the infectious positivity spread by Jen Savage, a teacher of the deaf at Windermere Elementary in Upper Arlington. In small, purposeful ways, she works tirelessly to make sure her students and their families are taken care of and well represented. Thank you, Jen, for all you do to make learning accessible to all students.

Thanks, Arthur Lard. Arthur is a business teacher at Portsmouth High School. He teaches financial literacy, educating his students about the economic risks that could profoundly impact their lives. He encourages them to be patient and take time to find their own answers instead of relying on teacher-driven decisions and solutions. Thank you, Arthur, for empowering your students as they consider their futures.

Many thanks to Bre Sambuchino of Loveland High School. Bre models selflessness for her students through community service-oriented instruction. The Day of Service she organizes for her high school students gets them into the community to make a very real difference for others. Students attach notes of love and affirmation they have written to coats they donate to a local center. Thank you, Bre, for inspiring the future leaders, teachers and citizens of our world with kindness and empathy.

To this small handful of educators and the countless others across Ohio, I say, thank you. Thank you for your leadership, your voice and your dedication to your students…our future. Though you might not wear a cape to school each day, know that those young eyes looking back at you see you in a theatrical way. They envision you in a stance of strength and power, with the wind in your hair and lights shining behind you. To those students. Your students. YOU are a superhero.

Jonathan Juravich is the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year. For the 2018-2019 school year, Jonathan is taking a sabbatical from his position as an elementary art teacher at Olentangy Local Schools to serve as the Department’s teacher-in-residence. You can learn more about Jonathan by clicking here.

Go Exploring for These Hidden Travel Gems

A destination like the Texas Panhandle Plains offers a wealth of opportunities for excitement and adventure…..

(Family Features) Discovering a region’s secret treasures is one of the greatest rewards of travel. When you embrace an adventurer’s spirit, there’s no telling just where you’ll go. From an uncharted journey back in time to new ways to appreciate unconventional art, a vacation that celebrates the unexpected is an ideal way to uncover hidden travel gems.

Though it can be tempting to schedule every moment of your trip, a better way to capture the most exceptional travel experiences is to leave ample time for exploration and see what delightful sights you can happen upon by chance. A destination like the Texas Panhandle Plains offers a wealth of opportunities for excitement and adventure.

Great grapes: A growing movement of casual wine enthusiasts has wineries popping up all over the country. Regional variances in climate and soil make for some tasty twists on your favorite varieties, so take time to explore and sample the local wine scene. World-class quality wine can be found from coast to coast, and a winery is the perfect place to relax and unwind while taking in the ambiance of a vacation destination.

History lesson: In a place like the Texas Panhandle Plains, history is as much a part of the landscape as the canyons and plains. Frontiersmen and settlers encountered the Comanche nation, which led to the rise of the Frontier Forts throughout the region. Later the area became home to a great part of the American ranching industry. For example, Frontier Texas!, the Texas Forts Trail, Fort Concho, The Texas Plains Trail and the National Ranching Heritage Center are a few places where history comes to life.

Off the beaten path: You may be surprised by what you can find when you venture away from more populated areas. In state parks, you can take adventure into your own hands and get up close and personal with a destination’s rugged natural beauty. The scenic outdoors are the perfect backdrop for you to marvel at the native wildlife, hike, ride horses or bikes, camp, geocache or take a scenic drive. Similarly, local parks or lakes might also offer opportunities for boating, fishing and swimming.

Local legends: Visiting a city with ties to an internationally acclaimed celebrity is almost like entering the screen of a self-directed documentary. You can see where he or she lived and ate, and travel the same roads, marveling at the lifestyle and environment that shaped a bigger-than-life persona. In Lubbock, visitors can do all that and more at the Buddy Holly Center, which pays tribute to the uniquely interesting life of the iconic music legend.

Artistic license: Art can be enjoyed in many places far removed from a traditional gallery or museum. You can even find artistic displays in an empty field, including one located on Route 66 west of Amarillo: Cadillac Ranch was created in the 70s by a group of California hippies. Originally a tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail fin, today the 10 vehicles protruding from the earth are scarcely recognizable as automobiles. The iconic attraction is ever-changing, as visitors add their own interpretations to this piece of public art.

Start your quest for hidden travel gems at TravelTexas.com.

Texas Tourism Board

Quilters to Hold Monthly Meeting

Will meet on Monday, November 26, 9:30 am……

Ohio Star Quilters of Findlay will meet on Monday, November 26, 9:30 am in  Findlay at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1701 Tiffin Avenue.

The day begins with the business meeting followed by Show and Tell.

Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend.  Questions regarding the Ohio Star Quilters Club may be directed to Tina Wood at 419-348-4247.