Outdoor briefs, April 8

Community garden plots available at Seeds of Hope

Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is hosting community garden plots on the Seeds of Hope Farm. Plots are available for a participation fee for anyone interested in growing produce to use themselves.

FELC promotes active learning and healthy relationships with the natural environment. Community garden plots provide individuals an opportunity to have a hands-on learning experience. Participants also can learn basic gardening skills from experienced master gardeners.

A full-size plot is about 20 feet by 30 feet and costs $100, or half-size plots of 20 feet by 15 feet are $75. Grants are available for those unable to afford the full cost of the plot rental.

Participation fees may be paid in full, or in two installments with the second due by July 1.

Registration and agreement forms are due May 1 to reserve a plot for the season.

To request a registration pack, visit www.felctiffin.org, or contact FELC by emailing kclark@felctiffin.org or calling (419) 448-7485.

Registration forms also can be picked up at FELC, 194 St. Francis Ave.

Bird banding at Springville Marsh to continue in April

Master bird bander Tom Bartlett and his crew invite everyone to visit their bird-banding station at Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve, 12250 TR 24, Carey.

Dates this month include Saturday and April 21 and 28. Dates continue through May.

Banding begins a half-hour before sunrise and usually ends around noon.

If weather is questionable, call (419) 447-0005, (567) 278-2300 or (419) 937-6255. Email Bartlett at hthomas.bartlett@gmail.com.

ODNR releasing catchable trout in area fishing spots

COLUMBUS — Rainbow trout are to be released in area lakes in April and May, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Release dates and places include White Star Quarry, Gibsonburg, Saturday; Lake Lamberjack, Fostoria, April 19; Cross Roads Industrial Ponds, Crawford County, May 5; and Giertz Lake, Hancock County, May 5.

Youth fishing events are planned on release days, and fishing is open to anyone after the event.

The releases are part of an ongoing spring program to release more than 100,000 rainbow trout in 64 Ohio public lakes and ponds.

Fish are released as long as areas are ice-free and accessible to anglers. They are raised at Ohio’s state fish hatcheries and measure 10-13 inches. The daily catch limit for inland lakes is five trout.

Anglers ages 16 and older must have an Ohio fishing license to fish in state public waters. An annual resident fishing license costs $19. A one-day fishing license costs $11. The one-day license may be redeemed for credit toward the purchase of an annual license.

Licenses and permits can be purchased online at wildohio.gov and at participating agents throughout the state. A complete list of participating license sales agents can be found at wildohio.gov.

Tickets on sale for ‘recycled’ fashion show set for May 4

FINDLAY — Join Hancock Park District, Huntington Bank and Hancock County Solid Waste District at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts May 4 for “Runway: Posh Repurpose for Parks.”

Tickets are for sale for the fashion show, which is to feature wearable art made from plastic bags, bottles, cans and other materials that would otherwise be headed to the landfill. The line-up includes 25 designs created by entrants from Hancock, Wood, Putnam, Allen and other Ohio counties.

Tickets cost $30 each and may be purchased online at www.hancock

parks.com under Park News through 6:45 p.m. the evening of the show. Tickets are to be available the night of the show at the door, but may be purchased only with cash.

Guests can enjoy an evening emceed by WFIN’s Chris Oaks, hors d’oeuvres by The Baker’s Caf√©, a coffee bar by We.Serve.Coffee, music and basket raffles. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

A variety of raffle tickets are to be sold (cash only).

Proceeds benefit the Hancock Parks Foundation.

For more information, visit the website or call (419) 425-7275.