Lifestyle briefs, June 3

Parenting classes offered

Patchworks House, 42 Madison St., is offering three free parenting classes in June.

“Protecting Your Child’s Health with Shots” is set for 11 a.m. Thursday. Parents can learn about the value of vaccines and the proper time to obtain them.

From 10:30 a.m.-noon June 11, parents of older children are invited to “What’s Up with That?” This class covers the communication and discipline strategies needed for addressing the emerging independence of pre-teens, tweens and teenagers.

“What Do You Stand For?” is a discussion on how to raise children with good character. The class is to meet 10:30 a.m.-noon June 18.

To register for a class, call (419) 448-0080 or email

Support group forming

Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services is providing a free support group for family and friends of individuals with drug and alcohol problems.

Starting this week, the group will be conducted 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday at 76 Ashwood Road. Janet Leffler will assist in providing supportive services during the group.

Friends’ Market returns

Elizabeth Schaefer Gymnasium on the St. Francis campus is to be filled with all kinds of merchandise for another Friends’ Market this weekend. The hours are 9 a.m-4 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Proceeds are to be used for the sisters’ mission in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Celebration in works for cancer survivors, caregivers

FOSTORIA – In partnership with the American Cancer Society and Fostoria Relay for Life, the ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Cancer and Infusion Center invites local cancer survivors to the annual Survivor and Caregiver Celebration. It is to take place at 5:30 p.m. June 12 at St. Wendelin Parish Life Center, 323 N. Wood St., Fostoria.

In addition to a complimentary dinner for survivors/cancer patients and their guest, the event includes a special gift for all survivors and caregivers, door prizes and a featured speaker, Kelly Morse, licensed genetic counselor, ProMedica Cancer Institute.

This event is free. To register, call Ruth at (419) 937-2667 by Thursday.

Kin Hunters meeting to focus on interpreting death records

FREMONT – The next meeting of the Sandusky County Kin Hunters will be at 2 p.m. Sunday the Sandusky Township Hall, SR 19 North, Fremont.

The speaker will be Deborah Carder Mayes with her program, “Talking to the Dead.” She is to discuss finding and using a variety of records pertaining to an ancestor’s death.

The meeting is free. For details, call David at (419) 502-7620.

Gambling prevention seminar coming to Heidelberg

Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties, in partnership with Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services and Sandusky County Prevention Partnership Coalition, will be offering a free gambling prevention seminar 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 13 in the Great Hall at Heidelberg University.

Four speakers will give information on “Playing It Safe”:

Rick Galloway, compliance manager, Hollywood Casino, Toledo.

Laura Clemens, problem gambling program coordinator, Ohio Casino Control Commission.

Ray Krebs, gaming program chairman, Thistledown Racino, Cleveland.

Scott Anderson, problem gambling coordinator, Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Included is a free lunch and T-shirt for all who attend. To register, call (419) 448-0640 by Monday.

Program advises on balance

Allen Eiry Center is taking registrations for “A Matter of Balance.”

The award-winning program is designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. It is to begin at 1 p.m. June 18 and continue every Wednesday for six weeks.

Registration is required by calling (419) 448-9774.

Fleck program on tap at tea

Local historian Mark Steinmetz is to present “History Mystery: J.J. Fleck” at the next Tiffin Historic Trust Victorian Tea.

A selection of food and tea is to be served at 12:30 p.m. June 21 in the Grammes-Brown House, 172 Jefferson St. Participants can tour the historic home and garden. The cost is $20.

For reservations, call Nancy at (419) 447-0665.

Participants needed for ‘Winter Wonderland’

Plans are in progress for Tiffin’s Winter Wonderland Dec. 5-7 in downtown Tiffin. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: ice rink, entertainment, church tours, food, fundraisers, donations, decorations and Santa Claus.

Individuals and organizations interested in participating should contact Melody Snyder by email at or by telephone (419) 618-9950.

Group plans summer events

Helping Our Patrons Everywhere has scheduled multiple summer benefits to raise funds for an emergency shelter in Tiffin. Saturday, the group is to conduct a car wash 3-6 p.m. at AutoZone in Tiffin. They will have baked goods and pizza for sale.

Vendors needed for antique and craft show in Fostoria

FOSTORIA – Fostoria Community Arts Council is to sponsor an antique and homemade craft show 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 19 during Summerfest. The show will take place in the Bankquet Hall at 125 S. Main St.

Those who want to sell antiques or homemade crafts can reserve a 10-foot spot and furnish their own tables (a few will be available to use.) The price will be $20 per “booth.” Vendors can reserve a spot by mailing a check made out to FCAC for $20 at P.O. Box 387, Fostoria, OH 44830.

Space will be available “first come, first serve.” Set-up will start at 8 a.m. that morning. Call Browning at (419) 435-4324 with questions.

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