Briefly, April 23

Jewelry for sale in Fostoria

FOSTORIA – Fostoria Community Hospital Auxiliary is offering a jewelry sale 7 a.m.-6 p.m. today in the gift shop lobby at the hospital. All items are priced from $10-$50.

Student art on display at Owens

FINDLAY – Owens Community College is to open “Our Best Yet,” a spring student art exhibition, today with a reception 5-7 p.m. in the Library Gallery on the Bright Road campus in Findlay.

Admission is free.

The exhibition is to run through May 3. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday.

Flower baskets for sale

Tiffin Tomorrow is taking pre-sale orders for its hanging plant baskets now through May 1. The choices include pink or red dragonwing begonia; mixed hardy annuals; purple wave or combination petunias; red, pink or lavender geraniums; and ferns.

The baskets are 12 inches in diameter and cost $20 each. The baskets will be ready for pick-up 5-8 p.m. May 10 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 11 in the old gym at St. Joseph Church.

All funds raised from the basket sales go toward downtown beautification projects.

Fish dinner planned in Bettsville

BETTSVILLE – Bettsville American Legion, 3751 SR 12, Bettsville, is to serve a fish dinner 5-7 p.m. Saturday.

The cost is $5.

Area man pens book of veterans’ stories

UPPER SANDUSKY – Local author Lew Gottfried has been featured previously regarding some of the books he has written. His most recent effort is “Protecting Our Liberty,” a collection of individual veterans’ stories. He begins with accounts of Wyandot County during the Civil War and continues to the present.

In all, the book contains the stories of more than 50 Ohio veterans.

In addition, all nine of Gottfried’s books have been signed by prominent citizens and collected into a set in a special wood box. The sets are to be for sale Saturday at Fairhaven Community’s Taste, Toast and Tunes Party.

Benefit to help struggling family

ATTICA – A spaghetti dinner and auction to benefit Piper Wilhide, 6 months, is set for 4 p.m. Sunday in the Attica Fairgrounds Social Hall.

Diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was four weeks old, Piper since has undergone two major surgeries and six rounds of chemo. She now is considered to be in remission.

Piper’s mother Haleigh, a Seneca East graduate, and her family, friends and classmates have organized the “Piper’s Brighter Days” fundraiser to offer hometown support for the family’s medical bills.

Musician Drew Hoerig is to provide entertainment and auctioneer Greg Martin is to conduct a live auction. Auction items or monetary donations can also be dropped off at Sweetums Flow & Gift Shoppe in Attica. A 50/50 drawing also is planned.

Admission is $7. A Facebook page, Pipers Brighter Days Benefit, also has information.

Group to hear Chancellorsville summary

The monthly meeting of the Johnson’s Island Civil War Roundtable is to be 7 p.m. Sunday at T.J. Willie’s, Tiffin. Dennis Studrawa and Rex Felton will moderate a traditional round-table discussion, “A 150th Anniversary Study of the Chancellorsville Campaign.”

The meeting is free; members and guests may choose to dine and chat beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Free RootsMagic workshop offered

FREMONT – Bruce Buzbee, author of the geneaology software program RootsMagic, is to lead a free workshop on how to use the program to create and track family histories.

The workshop is 1-3 p.m. Saturday at The Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont.

Register by calling (419) 332-2081, ext. 231, or emailing

St. Francis to host card party

The St. Francis Home Auxiliary is hosting a “Pennies From Heaven” card party May 1 in Elizabeth Schaefer Auditorium. Doors are to open at 10:30 a.m. for cards, bingo, bake sale and raffle ticket sales. Lunch is to be served at noon.

Tickets are $7 and can be purchased in advance at the reception desk of St. Francis Home or at the door.

Proceeds are to be used for enrichment activities for residents at St. Francis Home.

Cell phone assistance available

Those who cannot afford a cell phone can sign up for U Lifeline, Alltel’s government-assisted phone program, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 1 in the Tiffin Mall Bingo Hall next to the American Red Cross office.

The prepaid program features 500 anytime minutes, 500 text messages and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calls at a cost of $10 per month. Bring an ID and proof of government assistance.

Post-abortion healing workshop slated

FOSTORIA – Catholic Charities is to host a workshop by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Project Rachel Team 3-5 p.m. May 1 at St. Wendelin’s parish hall in Fostoria.

A Mass and prayers for healing are to follow at 5:30 p.m.

Project Rachel is a confidential counseling program that helps women and men who are suffering emotionally and psychologically after an abortion. The workshop is free and open to mental health and medical professionals, campus ministers, high school guidance counselors and others who may make referrals to the program.

Attendees will learn about the nature and structure of Project Rachel and how to make referrals. For more information or to register for the workshop, call (972) 916-0652.

Friendship Day to be observed

Church Women United is to observe Friendship Day at noon May 3 at First Christian Church, CR 19 and US 224. The theme of the event is “Behold I Stand at the Door and Knock.”

Churches participating include First Lutheran, Sisters of St. Francis and Trinity United Church of Christ. All denominations are welcome. Bring a dish to share and table service.

For more information, call Janet at (419) 447-8266.