Briefly, Dec. 3

Rehab center to have open house

St. Francis Senior Ministries is to open its new rehabilitation and wellness center at 182 St. Francis Ave. An open house is planned 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday.

Attendees will be able to take tours of the rehabilitation center as well as the newly renovated resident suites for short-term therapy stays. Light refreshments will be served. Use the main entrance to St. Francis Home.

Call (419) 447-2723 for more information.

Community Hospice chooses director

The board of directors for Community Hospice Care has announced the retirement of Executive Director Rebecca Shank, effective in January.

Having been with the organization for 23 years, she has become the face of Community Hospice Care. The board has chosen Mikki King to replace Shank. The current marketing director for Community Hospice, King plans to work with Shank for a smooth transition.

Christmas benefit on tap Saturday

The second annual Christmas Extravaganza Benefit is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Elizabeth Schaefer Auditorium, 190 St. Francis Ave. A number of home-based businesses are to have their wares for sale, including 31, Longaberger Baskets, Loom rugs, Mary Kay, Melaleuca Wellness, Premier Designs Jewelry, Rob’s Metal Works, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware and more.

Santa is to be on hand 11a.m.-1 p.m. and Tiffin Art Guild is sponsoring a make-and-take project for all ages. This year’s proceeds will benefit FACT.

For more information, call Shirley at (419) 937-4823 or Deb at (419) 618-9784.

Kiwanis Club luncheon planned

FOSTORIA – Fostoria Kiwanis Club is to host a holiday luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 10 in the lower level at Good Shepherd Home, 725 Columbus Ave., Fostoria. The St. Wendelin Concert Choir is to provide entertainment.

The cost is $9 and includes a buffet-style meal.

Call Julie at (419) 436-6621 to make a reservation.

Holiday activities this weekend

Christmas in Carey is to take place 5:30-8 p.m. Friday. The festivities include refreshments, children’s crafts, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, carriage rides, caroling and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Christmas shopping can be wrapped up in one stop at the Christmas Craft Show 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Consolation School. More than 40 vendors are expected. A $2 admission comes with an entry for hourly door prize drawings.

CLYDE – Share the spirit of the season and light refreshments with volunteers of the Clyde Heritage League at their annual Christmas Fest open house 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Clyde Museum, 124 W. Buckeye St.

Enjoy special themed exhibits “A Touch of White” and “Gifts of Our Season” as provided by donors throughout the year. Enjoy musical memories of recorded Clyde High School band and choir from the past and traditional holiday organ favorites. Bring the kids and a camera for a family photo in a one-horse open sleigh.

During the same hours, the boyhood home of Union Gen. James B. McPherson is to be open for visitors. Soldiers from the Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery and Infantry are to be camped out on the lawn. Tour the house and visit with costumed volunteers of the Clyde Heritage League. Enjoy spinning demonstrations and dulcimer music.

UPPER SANDUSKY – The Christmas parade in Upper Sandusky is 5 p.m. Saturday. The public also is invited to the holiday open house at the Wyandot County Museum 2-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

There is no charge and light refreshments will be served. The museum is at 130 S. Seventh St., Upper Sandusky. For more information, call (419) 294-3857.