NAMI to host dinner
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot counties is to host a dinner to kick off preparations for its sixth annual NAMI Walk.
The kick off dinner is to take place 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pontifex, 416 W. State St., Fremont.
NAMI welcomes area families and organizations to organize teams of walkers. Complete information is to be presented at the dinner. Prospective team captains, sponsors and volunteers are encouraged to attend.
To make reservations for the dinner, call Josie Setzler at (419) 334-8021.
The walk, to take place April 30 at Conner Park in Fremont, aims to raise support and awareness about the value of fostering mental health in local communities.
The local NAMI group is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
Proceeds from the local walk are to fund NAMI's support, education and advocacy efforts in Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties.
For more information, visit www.namissw.org.
Yoga for beginners
The beginners level yoga class is to take place at 5:30-6:60 p.m. March 9,16 and 23 and April 6, 13, 20 and 27 at St. Francis Spirituality Center, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.
Cost is $6 per class.
Keep up on
FREMONT Internet resources for genealogists seem to change as rapidly as the weather. Hayes Presidential Center can help individuals keep up via its internet genealogy II class.
The next session of the class is to take place 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Hayes Research Library. The class is sponsored by RootsMagic.
Cost for the class is $10 for adults and $5 for students through high school. Pre-registration is required by calling (419) 332-2081, ext. 231, or e-mail bhill@rb
Head Librarian Becky Hill is to lead the class, which is to feature online genealogy sites such as Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Footnote.com, NewEngland
Ancestors.org, Archives.com and NewspaperArchive. The Hayes library is to provide free access to all of these subscription-based sites via a bank of public-use computers available in its reading room.
The class also is to include instruction on how to make the best use of time spent searching the databases.
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is at Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. The facility is affiliated with Ohio Historical Society.
Celebrate Fat Tuesday
Tiffin-Seneca Public is to host a teens-only Mardi Gras party on Fat Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Frost Kalnow Room. Students in grades 6-12 can participate and are to create their own mask.
Refreshments are to be provided at the free event. No registration is necessary.
Call (419) 447-3751 for more information or log on to the library's website at www.tiffinsen.lib.oh.us.
Community Wide Read continues
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library continues Community Wide Read with a Korean food sampling.
The event is to be 6 p.m. March 13 in honor of this year's selection, "The World is Bigger Now" by Euna Lee.
Korean restaurant, Koreana, from Toledo, is to cater the event with a tasting of authentic Korean food. Facts about Korean cuisine and culture are to be discussed at the program.
The event is free, and no registration is necessary.
During Community Wide Read, the library encourages area residents to read the same book and come together for special events and discussions, celebrating the book.
Multiple copies of the book are available for seven-day circulation. The display is near the check-out desk.
For more information, call the library at (419) 447-3751.
Ohio beef producers to meet Tuesday
Ohio Cattlemen's Association in partnership with the OCA Allied Industry Council is to host a meeting for beef producers Tuesday at Shell Shuckers in Tiffin. All cattle producers are invited and encouraged to attend, as well as others with beef industry interest. The meeting is to begin at 6:30 p.m. with a complimentary dinner.
Those in attendance are to hear from Sam Roberts of United Producers Inc. as he discusses techniques in marketing fat cattle and buying feeder calves.
Cattlemen also are to have the opportunity to voice opinions on issues addressed by the OCA on behalf of the beef industry. There also is to be an opportunity for producers to visit with Allied Industry Council members.
For more information, contact the OCA office at (614) 873-6736 or visit www.ohiocattle.org.
Be a cornhole champion
Tiffin-Seneca United Way is to invite individuals and businesses to join the organization for the third annual United Way Cornhole Championship 2-4 p.m. March 20 at Camden Falls, SR 231, Tiffin.
The competition is to bring Seneca County businesses together to share in camaraderie while the winner is to have the honor of keeping the Cornhole Championship Traveling Trophy (along with bragging rights) for display during the coming year.
The cost is $50 for two-person teams. Individuals may enter more than one team. Prizes for the top three teams are to total $600: first place is to receive $300, second place is to receive $200 and third place is to receive $100.
To register a team, visit www.tsunitedway.org for an application and mail it, along with the check to: Tiffin-Seneca United Way, 201 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, by March 16. Or contact United Way for a registration or for details, by calling Pat DeMonte at (419) 448-0355.
This event is to help United Way raise the final dollars needed to help reach the campaign goal of $475,000. Donations still are being accepted and the campaign ends March 31.
Kiwanis to host Pancake Day
FOSTORIA - Attendees to Fostoria Kiwanis Club's annual Pancake Day fundraiser Thursday can count on getting a plateful - or more - of pancakes, and possibly a new TV or Cleveland Indians Opening Day tickets.
The 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. event is to take place at St. Wendelin Parish Life Center, 323 N. Wood St. The meal, which is the club's largest fundraiser, is to include all the pancakes one cares to eat, sausages, coffee and orange juice. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for Golden Buckeye members, $3 for children 5 to 11 years old and free for children younger than 5.
In addition to the meal, the club is to raise funds through the sale of raffle tickets.
Raffle prizes are to include a flat-screen TV, autographed Grant Jackson baseball, Cleveland Indians tickets, Toledo Mud Hens tickets, a Geary Family YMCA pool party, African Safari Wildlife passes, a golf package, and a variety of gift certificates from area businesses and restaurants.
Raffle tickets are to be sold for $1 each, six for $5, 12 for $10 or 25 for $20.
Proceeds from the sales are to go toward the operation of the Fostoria Kiwanis Club, which has been a part of the greater Fostoria community for more than 80 years. The club participates in a variety of community projects, especially those catering to children.
To learn more about Kiwanis, including how to become a member, contact Julie Reinhart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FCH to offer women's cancer support group
FOSTORIA - March 15, Friends Helping Friends Cope, a women's cancer survivor support group, is to meet 6-7 p.m. at Fostoria Community Hospital. This free support group is open to the public.
Friends Helping Friends Cope was developed as an extended support service for women who have survived any form of cancer, as well as their family members and interested public.
The group meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Fostoria Community Hospital Conference Center, on the hospital's lower level, entrance 2.
For more information, call Kim Willford at (419) 436-6626.
CPR?course to be offered at Fostoria Community Hospital
FOSTORIA - The American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR course for adult, child and infant CPR is to take place at 5:30 p.m. March 14 in the Fostoria Community Hospital Conference Center, on the hospital's lower level, entrance 2. The cost is $30 for the adult/child module and $50 for the full course.
The Heartsaver CPR class is to teach untrained rescuers how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest and choking for adult, child and infant victims.
Participants are to learn to recognize the warning signs of heart attack and stroke in adults and breathing in children. The program is to be divided into two different courses: CPR for adults and CPR for infants and children.
To register or for more information, call ProMedica Total Wellness at (419) 436-6688.
March Is Red Cross Month
March is the perfect time to give blood since March is Red Cross Month.
"Chances are, wherever you live or wherever you go, you're likely to encounter someone whose life has been touched by blood donation," said Kathy Smith, collections director for the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross. "We're proud to be an organization of people who band together to help their neighbors-be they next door or around the world."
Red Cross officials say it's easy to get involved in helping to affect change in your community.
Volunteers may give blood, donate time and talent or make financial contributions. Nationwide, more than 500,000 volunteers make a difference through Red Cross services such as blood donations, disaster relief, health and safety training, support to military members and families and international aid.
"If you're wondering how you can make a difference, you can - through your American Red Cross," said Smith. "We offer countless opportunities for you to help save the day for someone in need."
The Red Cross delivers humanitarian and community services through about 650 locally-supported chapters, and collects blood through a network of 36 blood regions.
"Volunteer blood donors make it possible for us to supply lifesaving blood to those in need," said Smith. "We hope the public will donate blood this March in celebration of helping others through the American Red Cross."
Storms continue to cancel drives
The American Red Cross Western Lake Erie Region is asking people who are eligible to schedule a time to give blood.
The recent round of winter storms forced the cancellation of many blood drives in this area, resulting in a shortfall of more than 800 blood donations since Jan. 1. Since that date, more than 33,000 blood donations went uncollected across the country because of winter weather.
"Regardless of what the weather is, patients count on blood being there when they need it," said Annie Marckel, communications manager for the Western Lake Erie Region of the Red Cross. "We are asking people to give blood as soon as possible to build our blood inventory back to an adequate level."
People may make an appointment to give blood or platelets by calling (800) RED CROSS. All blood types are needed, but there is a special need for donors with O-Negative, A-Negative and B-Negative blood.
Red Cross distributes blood products to about 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the United States.