Lifestyle briefs, Feb. 11

Non-perishable food donations being accepted

The annual “From the Heart” food drive to replenish the inventories at local food banks wraps up Friday.

Tiffin and Seneca County residents are asked to drop off donations of commercially canned or non-perishable food items and household cleaning and personal supplies at Tiffin-Seneca United Way, 201 S. Washington St., Heritage IGA or area churches this week.

Volunteers will be on hand to unload any donations dropped off 1-3 p.m. Friday at The Salvation Army, 505 E. Market St.

Cash donations also are welcome. More information is available by calling Christine at (419) 448-4357 or by stopping at 201 S. Washington St.

Former monk to speak

Community Hospice Care is to present “Wisdom of Compassion” with John Bruna 10-11:30 a.m. Monday at 181 E. Perry St.

A counselor, educator and spiritual teacher, Bruna was ordained a Buddhist monk at Gaden Shartse Monastery in India. Now, he has returned to life as layperson and has dedicated himself to helping others cope with personal obstacles and challenges.

Bruna’s talk is free, but registration is requested by calling (419) 447-4040.

Habitat sets annual meeting

Seneca Habitat for Humanity is to have its annual meeting 5-7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Upper Room at St. Joseph Activity Center.

Bring a dish to share and table service for a potluck dinner beginning at 5:15 p.m. Beverages, plates and napkins are to be provided, and extra utensils will be available.

The business portion of the meeting is to start at 6 p.m.

To RSVP, email or call (419) 447-4270.

Tulip festival trip planned

Allen Eiry Center still has a few seats available for a bus trip to the Holland (Mich.) Tulip Festival. The three-day, two-night tour is set for May 5-7. The cost is $439 per person with double occupancy. The package includes six meals, an evening show, a souvenir gift, admission to attractions, taxes and tips.

For reservations, call (419) 448-9774.

Grant to boost arts activities

FOSTORIA – Fostoria Community Arts Council has received a grant from the Geary Memorial Fund through Key Bank. These funds will be used to continue the philanthropic ideal of Henry Geary and will be used to provide community programs such as the Summer Concert Series, Lunch on the Lawn and children’s activities.

FCAC soon will kick off the membership drive for its 16th season. Call (419) 435-4324 for more information.

Workshop rescheduled

New Transitions Counseling in Tiffin has moved its workshop, “Understanding Drug or Alcohol Addiction and Family Recovery,” to 9-10:30 a.m. March 1 in the Campus Center at Heidelberg University.

The seminar is free.

Those who are concerned about a loved one’s drinking or drug use are invited to attend and receive tips on how to handle such behavior. Joanne Kosta, licensed mental health and substance abuse counselor, is the presenter.

For more details, call (419) 448-4094.

Beginners yoga on tap

An eight-week yoga class for people who consider themselves beginners is to run 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday evenings March 3-April 21. The class is to meet in the lower level of St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave.

Yoga mats and blocks are to be available for class use.

Sister Paulette Schroeder is to instruct on basic poses, breathing and relaxation techniques. The class will prepare participants to join more experienced yoga students.

For more information, call (419) 447-0435, ext. 136.

Concert coming to St. Francis

Toledo Symphony and Black Swamp Conservancy are collaborating to bring music and nature together in a series of concerts called “Simple Gifts.”

At 2 p.m. March 2, the symphony is to give a concert in the St. Francis Chapel. Tickets are free but they must be reserved by calling (419) 246-8000.

Local center hosts game day

Allen Eiry Center is offering “Game Time” 2-4 p.m. March 2 at the center, 28 Hopewell Ave. Members and guests can bring games from home or use board games, card games, billiards and Wii bowling at the center.

The center is to provide soft drinks, water and coffee, and participants are asked to bring snacks to share.

Admission is free.

Pro football player to speak

Spend “An Evening with Bruce Gradkowski” at 6 p.m. March 4 in Elizabeth Schaefer Auditorium, 190 St. Francis Ave.

This benefit for Community Hospice Care includes a buffet dinner, 50/50 drawing and a talk by the Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback who graduated from The University of Toledo. He also is to autograph photos.

Tickets are $30 or $200 for a table of eight. For more details, call (419) 447-4040.

Grief support for adults

Stein Hospice, 100 Madison St., is hosting a six-week adult support/educational group for the loss of a loved one. Beginning March 5, the support group is to run 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays through April 9.

Register by calling (800) 625-5269.

Cornhole to benefit agency

Tiffin-Seneca United Way is to have its sixth annual cornhole championship 2-4 p.m. March 9 at Camden Falls. This double-elimination tournament is offering prizes of $300, $200 and $100 to the winning teams.

Registration is $50 per team.

A youth cornhole competition has been added this year for two age groups, 5-10 years old and 11-15 years old. Registration is $20 per two-person team.

Cash prizes are to be awarded to the top two teams in each bracket.

To register, visit or call (419) 448-0355.

CASA volunteers needed

The next volunteer training class for CASA of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is to begin at 5 p.m. March 13 at the main office, 21 Court St.

A Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer advocates for “at risk” children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Advocates are appointed by a juvenile court judge to represent the best interest of an abused and neglected child in court. CASA volunteers gather information about the circumstances of each case, attend the court hearings and make recommendations to the court, focusing on the child’s best interest.

To request an application or for more details, call (419) 448-1442, (419) 355-1442 or (419) 209-1442.