Briefly, Sept. 4

Bag some bread

at shelter in Fostoria

FOSTORIA – Families are getting help stretching their food budget dollars from First Step Healthy Family Resource Center, 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria. The center is hosting a Bread and Bagels Day 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today and Sept. 11.

Individuals are asked to bring their own grocery bag to fill and to arrive early because supplies are limited.

For more information, call (419) 435-7300.

Organ donation topic of informational forum

Life Connection of Ohio, the non-profit organ procurement organization that serves northwest and west central Ohio, is to host informational meetings in an effort to recruit new volunteers and spread the word about organ and tissue donation.

The meetings are to cover information about organ and tissue donation; the role volunteers play in the program; and volunteer opportunities and procedures. The meeting rooms are to be filled with people whose lives have been touched by donation. These meetings are open to transplant recipients and candidates, donor family members, living donors and anyone who supports donation.

The second in the series of traveling meetings for new volunteers is slated for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church, 965 Monroe St.

For more information, call Kelly Valentine at (419) 893-1618.

Farmers’ market

to sell art in Fostoria

FOSTORIA – The next Fostoria Farmers’ Market is to take place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at KeyBank, 133 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria.

Seniors and WIC recipients are able to redeem their produce vouchers at any of the main produce vendors. The theme for the Farmers’ Market is “Art at the Market.” Besides fresh, locally grown produce, various artists are to have their art for display and for sale.

Nature photographs on display at gallery

FOSTORIA – An exhibit of images by two nature photographers has opened at Wesley Memorial Gallery in Fostoria and runs through Sept. 30.

Frank Matera’s portfolio of 12 floral images, “Floral Fantasy,” presents his visual perspective of floral wonders. Rick Ergenbright has contributed “Images of the American Landscape,” which he recorded while driving and hiking throughout the nation.

Located at 1200 Van Buren St., the gallery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and other times by appointment. For more information, call (419) 435-8551.

Benefit planned

for area toddler

BASCOM – A benefit for 3-year-old Jaydin Nighswander is to take place 2-6 p.m. Sept. 14 at Poplar Shelter in Meadowbrook Park, Bascom.

Diagnosed with a seizure disorder, Jaydin is developmentally delayed. Funds from this event are to be used to purchase a special stander/walker for him.

Food is to be for sale and there is to be face painting and raffles.

For more details, call Lisa at (419) 447-0916.

Barn tours offered

FINDLAY – The Hancock Historical Museum is to host its first Historic Barn Tour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 14. The self-guided tour is to include six barns in southwestern Hancock County, dating from the 1850s to 1905.

The structures display a variety of timber-framing techniques and styles. Music and history-related activities are to be available for participants at each stop.

Advance tickets are $10. They can be purchased at the museum, Findlay Implement Co., Reineke Ford, Blanchard Valley Farmers’ Co-op, Citizens’ National Bank, Ag Credit, Archbold Equipment, Hancock County Farm Bureau and ADS. On the day of the tour, tickets are $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members.

More information and a map of the tour stops are available at

Recipes mark hospital anniversary in Willard

WILLARD – Mercy Willard Hospital is observing 25 years as a member of the Mercy health care system by releasing an anniversary cookbook. Produced by the Mercy Willard Foundation, the cookbook contains more than 300 recipes submitted by employees and friends of Mercy. It also has a brief history of the hospital.

Cookbooks can be purchased in the Mercy Willard gift shop for $15. All proceeds are to benefit the hospital.

Cookbooks can be mailed for an additional $2. Send a check for $17 payable to Mercy Willard Foundation, 1100 Neal Zick Road, Willard, OH 44890. Include the address to which the book should be mailed.

For more information, call Audrey at (419) 964-5105.