Sunday announcements, March 17

Rescheduled Tiffin-Seneca Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Community Celebration

The rescheduled Tiffin-Seneca Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Community Celebration Dinner is to be 6 p.m. March 31 at Faith United Methodist Church, 75 N. Sandusky St, Tiffin. Reservations need to be made by March 25. For reservations, call (419) 595-3603 or go online at goo.gl/forms/du5HuMSF6irNtdiI2. Ticket are $20 for adults and $5for children.

The keynote speaker is to be Tonya Rider, former detective, BGSU instructor and “Cold Justice” investigator. Cindy Lepeley is the Peacemaker Award recipient. The 7:15 p.m. program is free.

Rider, former Toledo Police Department detective, now an investigator for the “Cold Justice” television program and instructor in Bowling Green State University’s Forensic Investigations Program, is the keynote speaker. The Peacemaker Award Winner, Lepeley, does Spanish interpretation work and took a class of Heidelberg University students to interpret for asylum seekers in Dilley, Texas.

Auditions to be held for ‘Next to Normal’ at the Ritz

The Ritz Players are to hold open auditions for Next to Normal today and Monday at 6:30 p.m. in The National Theatre at The Ritz. There are roles for four men, ages late teens to 50s, and two women, ages late teens to 50s. Vocal auditions will be songs from the production only, no dancing is required. For additional information contact the director Jim Cook at jncsnc@gmail.com or music director Lila Conley at conleylim@tiffin.edu.

Performances are to be May 10, 11 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and May 19 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

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Artwork being sought

Downtown Tiffin is planning a “Blooming Artists Stroll” 4-8 p.m. April 18 in various businesses downtown. Artists are to be assigned a location in which to set up and sell their art. Artists must provide their own table and chairs and any other set up materials.

Each artist along with the host businesses will be printed in a brochure shared with local media. Applications must be received by April 1. Once the application has been received and processed, additional details will be sent directly to the artist. Entry forms must be sent to the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership. If you have any questions please contact Mary Lewis at (419) 448-0370 or email Jill Groves at manorridgecreations@gmail.com.

Musical to be staged

Calvert Catholic Schools is to present “Guys and Dolls” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Calvert High School gymnasium, 152 Madison St., Tiffin. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students 18 and under. They can be purchased in the school office or at the door before each show.

Film Festival writing contest for essays, poetry includes cash prizes

FREMONT — Think you’re a pretty good writer or poet?

Accept the writing challenge and enter the American Presidents Film & Literary Festival’s poetry and essay contests!

The deadline for all entries is 11:59 p.m. Sept. 7.

The topic of the poetry contest is “A Conversation With Your Favorite President.” Poems can be about a single president, more than one president or the U.S. presidency in general. Entries cannot exceed 32 lines. Entries are limited to two per person.

Age groups and prizes for the essay and poetry categories are:

• Age group: Youth ages 11 and younger — First Prize $50, Second Prize $30, Third Prize $20

• Age group: Youth ages 12-18 — First Prize $50, Second Prize $30, Third Prize $20

• Age group: Adults — First Prize $50, Second Prize $30, Third Prize $20

In the essay contests, participants in the youth group — ages 11 and under — are to write about “A Conversation With My Favorite President.” The essay should address what the entrant would talk about, what questions he/she would ask of the president; what might the participant learn from the conversation. Maximum length is 200 words. Entries are limited to one per person.

The topic for the youth group — ages 12-18 — and the adult essay contests is “A Conversation With My Favorite President.” Essays should address what the entrant would talk about, what questions he/she would ask of the president; what might the participant learn from the conversation. Maximum length is 500 words. Entries are limited to one per person.

For full contest rules, visit americanpresidentsfilmfestival.org/submit-writing/.

Award winners will be notified by Sept. 23. For information on the writing contests, contact Pam Hoesman, literary committee chairman, at (419) 334-7101 or pam.hoesman@birchard.lib.oh.us.

Visit the film festival’s website at www.americanpresidentsfilmfestival.org, and like its Facebook page at fb.me/ampresfilmlit and follow on Twitter @film_american.

The American Presidents Film & Literary Festival is organized by the Liberty and Learning Foundation, Fremont City Schools, Birchard Public Library, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and Downtown Fremont.

NCORcog to host annual meeting

The North Central Ohio Regional Council of Governments is to host its annual meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, 928 W. Market St.

During the meting, Lydia L. Mihalik, director of Development Services Agency for the state of Ohio, is to be the featured speaker.

Mihalik was nominated by Mike DeWine and took office Jan. 1. She was the mayor of the City of Findlay and the first woman to hold the city’s highest post.

For those interested in attending the meeting, contact NCORcog Director John Davoli at (419) 447-2927 or email jdavoli@ncoesc.org.

HPLM hosts Easter egg roll

FREMONT – The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is to host a replication of the White House Easter Egg Roll at 2 p.m. April 20 at Spiegel Grove.

Admission is free and children are asked to bring their hard-boiled, colored eggs for use.

Prizes in the egg games will be awarded in six age categories.

HPLM has been hosting the egg roll since 1986.

Outstanding Educator Award

The Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services is to again present the Outstanding Educator Award during the annual New Educator’s Breakfast in August.

The award honors an educator who has exemplified vision, leadership qualities and commitment to the improvement of education.

Students, parents and teachers are able to nominate an individual who has gone above and beyond for their students.

The deadline for nominations is July 15.

To nominate an educator, contact the chamber at 19 W. Market St., Ste. C or call (419) 447-4141. Nomination forms are also online at tiffinchamber.com.

Kids STEM program at HPLM this summer

FREMONT – Children will be able to build their own boats, design a roller coaster and create a terrarium during the Frohman Summer Series: Hands on History at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums this summer.

The Forhman series is to return for its second year to offer three different sessions for children ages 6-11 using materials from the Charles E. Frohman Collection at HPLM.

The sessions are free and offered from 10 a.m.-noon and from 2-4 p.m.

The following are the dates of the series:

• Roller Coasters – June 20.

• All Hands on Deck – July 18.

• Ever-Changing Lake Erie – Aug. 15.

Registration is required by calling (419) 332-2018, ext. 239 or email ncard@rbhayes.org or jmayle@rbhayes.org.

Films now being accepted for film, literary festival

FREMONT – The American Presidents Film & Literary Festival is accepting films for its second annual festival, which is to take place Oct. 4-6.

Films include short films, feature films and documentaries. They should touch in some way, whether directly or loosely on the themes of people, places, politics and power.

Films can be submitted through the Film Freeway, filmfreeway.com/AmericanPresidentsFilmandLiteraryFestival.

The deadline is May 31.

A $250 cash prize will be awarded in the categories of best feature-length film, best short film, best production, and people’s choice.

Latta to host military academy info night

FINDLAY – Congressman Bob Latta, is to host an information night about the U.S. Military Service Academy nomination and appointment process at 7 p.m. March 19 at Owens Community College-Findlay Campus.

Students seeking an appointment in the future – and their families – are invited to attend.

During the meeting, potential candidates are to be advised of the congressional nomination process and have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.

Applications and additional information are available on Latta’s website, latta.house.gov. Initial applications are due Sept. 30 and full applications completed by Oct. 15.