Briefly, Dec. 31

Hayes holiday events ending

FREMONT – Carriage rides are to be offered 1-4 p.m. today at the Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont. The cost is $3.

Also, the Hayes Train Special continues 1-4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Eight model trains are on display and a model train clinic is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

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Polar jump approaches

BETTSVILLE – H.P. Eells Park is to host its first Polar Bear Jump at 11 a.m. Saturday to raise money for 30 picnic tables. Check-in is to start at 9 a.m. The registration is a minimum of $25, which includes a buffet lunch. All ages are welcome to participate.

After the jump, the Bettsville American Legion is to serve the lunch. Those who don’t want to jump can purchase a spectator lunch at $8. Raffles also are to be conducted.

Gospel music on tap

First Church of the Nazarene, 777 E. TR 201, is to host a New Year’s Eve gospel sing. A potluck dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. today with music 7 p.m.-midnight.

For more details, call Mark at (419) 934-5456.

Youth can dance after game

Dances after home football games were a tradition from 1985-2006 at First Lutheran Church, 300 Melmore St. Twice this past fall, the dances were held again and now, starting Jan. 10, an After the Game dance is planned following the Columbian home basketball game.

Doors will be open for students (grades 6-8 only) to enter from 9-9:15 p.m. The entry fee will be $2. Students may enter at the pre-school door entrance at the northwest corner of the building. Pop, water and pizza may be purchased for 50 cents.

DJ Biscuit will be playing music for the dance.

Parents should plan to pick up their children at the back entrance parking lot at 10:30 p.m. Police auxiliary officers will be present, as well as a number of adult chaperones.

To learn more or to volunteer, call the church office at (419) 447-1323.

Woodcarving class forming

Seneca Chippers, a local woodcarving group, is offering classes 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays at Sentinel Career and Technology Center. A fee of $7 per night is waived for new carvers’ first two nights.

The group has been meeting and teaching woodcarving skills since 2006. Experienced carvers are available to teach relief carving, wildlife and chip carving. Tools are available for use by novices.

For more information, call Paul Reinhart at (419) 447-7777.

– MaryAnn Kromer, staff writer