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Norwalk Firefighters IAFF Local 1199 are selling Fire Department commemorative Coins. Pictured on one side of the coin is the current fire station built in 1912 and on the other the new station which is currently under construction.  The coins are made in the U.S. and are $10 each.

Coins can be purchased at Schild’s IGA, Millers Grocery, Fireland Federal Credit Union, Sherri’s Coffee House or by stopping into the Norwalk Fire Department.

Norwalk Park and Recreation Center

In search of Team Sponsors- 

Team sponsors needed for your basketball program.  Many team sponsors are needed for all ages divisions, Kindergarten thru High School.  Sponsorship cost is $125 per team.  If you are interested in sponsoring or have questions, please contact Stacie @ 419-663-6775 Ex. 1028

OPEN GYM- 

Special Holiday Open gym times will start Tuesday December 19th.  Specific Days and times are scheduled for the different grade levels over break.  Please check out our website, http://www.norwalkrec.com Call or Stop by the front desk to learn of the available times.

SPORTIES FOR SHORTIES-

Now taking registration.   Lots of fun will be happening here as children ages 3-5 learn the basics of the sport soccer.  This five-week beginner program will also be held Saturdays starting January 27th.  Early registration cost in $18 Norwalk students/members and $23 Out of Town students

YOUTH DANCE-

We now have youth dance classes available.  This next session will have two new classes to offer, starting Jan. 13th through Feb. 17th.  All classes will be held on Saturday mornings.  Now taking registration through Jan 4th.  Cost is $30 members, $35 Universal           9:30 Beginner ballet (5-8yrs)            10:30 Cheer technique (8-12yrs)

Sandusky Cultural Center-  Playing the Changes,  The Life & Legacy of Milt Hinton January 7th – February 11th

Playing the Changes provides an unrivaled perspective on the life and legacy of jazz legend Milt Hinton, one of the 20th century’s most accomplished bass players.  Developed by Oberlin College and the Milton J. Hinton Photographic Collection, the exhibit combines fifty of Hinton’s most acclaimed original photographs taken between the 1930s – 1990s with insightful biographical materials drawn from the Milton J. and Mona C. Hinton Collection in the Oberlin Conservatory Library’s special collections.

Sandusky Lions Club and Sandusky Lions Club Fund for the Blind of Erie County Broom Sale $4 – $12 each or buy in quantities to get a discount.  Household brooms, Large Angle and Warehouse brooms, Deck mops and much more. This is a continued fundraiser.

The Lions Club has been a stong vital non-profit community orgaization for the last 90 years.  Existing to enhance the quality of life for the visually impaired by providing eye exams, glasses, eye related treatment, travel assistance, low vision machines and white canes for persons of low-income and culturally diversified individuals of any age, in order to foster the productivity of the sight-impaired, while believing in our commitment to actively serve the community ensuring the principals of the “Knights of the Blind” are preserved.

There are also many secondary agencies and organizations that benefit from the support of the Lions Club Fundraisers.

The Brooms Sale used to be done by members going door to door in neighborhoods.  Through your support of our brooms sales, 100% of the net proceeds support local persons and organizations.

To get your Broom order form or for questions call Fred Fogle at 419-239- 3997

 

Vermilion VFW Post 7576, Poorman Rd., Vermilion – Every Friday night Fish Fry & more! Open to the public from 5 – 8 p.m.
The Community Prevention Partners are offering free drug test kits to parents in the community. The drug test kits are free & can be picked up anonymously at the following locations: Huron County General Health District, 180 Milan Ave., Norwalk from 8 – 4:30 p.m., anytime at the Fisher-Titus Medical Center Emergency Room, Mercy Hospital Emergency Room and the Bellevue Fire Department. Only adults over 18 years of age can pick up drug test kits.
The Firelands Coastal Tributaries Volunteer Stream Monitoring Program is looking for monitors to collect grab samples from Pipe, Mills, Sawmill and Old Woman Creeks in Erie County.  Volunteers are also needed to test pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and nutrients.  For more information, contact Erie Conservation District at 419-626-5211 or go to ErieConserves.org
The American Legion post 514 in Willard invites the public to their Friday night dinners. They begin at 5:00pm and run through 7:30pm. There is also a drawing that is held at 9:00pm on Friday nights.
Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services are now offering Vivitrol, a monthly medication that blocks the feeling substance addiction gives. Vivitrol is not addictive, or a narcotic. It will not prolong or substitute opioid dependence or cause withdrawal when stopped. Those who take Vivitrol will also be enrolled in counseling.  To be eligible for the new program the addicted patient must be 18 years or age, and not taken any opioid for 7-10 days, must be seeking assistance for relapse prevention, and open to receiving counseling. To learn more about the medication-assisted treatment program, visit firelands.com/mental health.
Four county Recovery will be holding meetings Monday evenings beginning at 7pm, and Thursday mornings beginning at 10am for those struggling with addiction and their families. Meetings are held in at the Norwalk Rec Center and for more information call Rory at 614-907-1030. Meetings for current and recovered addicts are also held in Bellevue at the City council Chambers Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 6pm. Bellevue meetings for family and loved ones are biweekly in the City Council Chambers on Saturdays at 11am.
American Legion Post #547 Monroeville-  Fish Fry every Friday from 11am – 1pm and 5:30 – 8pm.
New Day Family Resource Center in Sandusky is holding Joseph’s Pantry the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11am-2pm. Items available from Second Harvest Food Bank and other donations, to benefit you must bring photo ID and proof of Erie County Residence(bill, mail addressed to you, receipt, etc.). The Center also offers Stay and Play for children of the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday of the month from 5:30-7pm and the 2nd and 4th Monday from 11am-12:30pm. Kids are welcome to enjoy many different toys and books. The diaper pantry is also open during these times, but appointments are necessary. Prayer and devotions take place Monday- Thursday beginning at 9:30am as well. For more information about these programs or a full program offerings, schedule a center tour, to donate items or volunteer call 419-626-8730.
Berlin Heights Public Library-

Teen Trivia Tuesday-   3pm – 4pm 
Teens ages 11-18  are welcome at Berlin for a battle of wits! Test your knowledge of book, film, music, and other pop culture related trivia.

Thursday- Story Time 10:30 – 11:30am
Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and SMART Board activities.

Norwalk Park and Recreations- 

Pickleball Open Play: Perkins Family Gymnasium, Mondays & Thursdays from 9:30am – 11:30am.  Punch cards available at the Ernsthausen Center.

Looking for Lifeguards-  The Norwalk Park and Rec is hiring for lifeguards.  Scholarships are available for those interested in taking the Lifeguard Training Class.  A Lifeguard Training class is scheduled for Sundays in December, the 3rd through the 17th.  If you’re looking for a rewarding job with a flexible schedule and a great work environment, contact Mary Church at the rec at 419-663-6775 Ext 1030

Milan Public Library-   

Tuesdays-  Twist & Shout 10:30am- 11:00am
Swing by the library and groove at our interactive dance party for little ones and their caretakers.

Fridays-  Story Time 10:30am – 11:30am
Join us for stories, songs, crafts and SMARTboard activities.

Winter Reading Program-
Don’t let the winter blues bring you down.  It’s time to participate in Milan-Berlin Library District’s Winter Reading Program from January 8 – February 10.  Each book, magazine, audiobook, and ebook you check out from the library will give you the opportunity to win a prize.

Erie MetroParks- 

Firelands Audubon Society-  Student Art Contest.  This competition is open to all students in grades K-12 in Erie and Huron counties.  Deadline is Friday April 13th.  Entry forms and contest rules can be found at   http://www.firelandsaudubonsociety.org

Mondays-  Walk It Out 5-6pm     Take a nature walk with one of our instructors at designated trails.  See website for current week’s location.

Tuesdays-  Get Fit Club 6-7pm     Zumba is not only a workout it’s a party.  Get ready to dance and have some fun with instructor Patricia Cromer. Please bring a yoga mat.  Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, Erie Room 3910 Perkins Ave. Huron.

Wednesdays-  MetroPark Hikers 10:30am – 11:30am    Do you enjoy the great outdoors?  Let’s go for a hike with  our guide.

Check the website for this week’s location.

These are just a small amount of the great activities and programs Erie MetroParks offers.   For a full list of programs or events go to the website  http://www.eriemetroparks.org/programs/

Lorain County Relay for Life Team Night Owl Angels Raffle

The Lorain County Relay for Life Team is selling raffle tickets for a 90 second shopping spree to take place at Oberlin IGA on February 10th.  Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased through Oberlin IGA or Team Captains Carol Munger 440-452-6530 Relayerofloraincty@gmail.com  or Jessica Smith jnsmith0916@gmail.com

Drawing will take place on February 3rd at 7:00pm and tickets will be available until an hour before the drawing.

January
19th Fri Fisher-Titus Medical Center hosts American Red Cross Blood Drive 12 – 5pm

The blood drive will be held in the hospital auditorium, 272 Benedict Ave., Norwalk.

In an effort to help get donors through the process of giving blood faster, appointments can be made by going to http://www.redcrossblood.org Donors are required to bring a list of medications they are currently taking and an I.D.

20th Sat Florence Twp Fire Dept Steak Fry 6pm

Steak dinner will be served from 6-pm and a dance will take place after from 8pm – 11:30pm.   Come out to The Lodge of New Russia Twp 46300 Butternut Ridge Rd. Oberlin, OH for food and fun.

$25 per person (MUST BE 21 or over, NO KIDS)  Beer is provided.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact any Florence Firefighter or call Sean at 440-396-6328.

20th Sat Christian Singles Fellowship- Ice Skating & Dining Out 11am

Meet at the YMCA in Sandusky at 11am to carpool to the Fremont Rink.

$3 to skate and Dinner afterwards at Pizza Palace Buffet…. Bring the kids too

20th Sat Milan Public Library- Bullet Journaling 101    10:30am – 12:30pm

Described as an “analog system for the digital age” Bullet Journals are highly customizable collections of logs, mindfulness, and organizational tidbits.  They can be as simple as a group of daily “to do” lists or as complex as any full planner system, but with the bonus of allowing each user to create layouts and themes from scratch. Discover how you can create your own bullet journal and learn how to customize the system to meet your own needs.

20th Sat Fisher-Titus Teams Up with Norwalk Park & Recreation Winter Hike 10am

FTMC and  Norwalk Parks & Rec have teamed up to offer a Winter Hike through Veterans Memorial Lake Park aka the Reservoir.  Jacob Rospert, Fisher-Titus Athletic Trainer, will begin the walk with tips about proper warm-up and stretching.  Walkers  can then choose a 1,2,3, or 5-mile path to hike.  Warm up afterwards with a bowl of bean soup and cornbread in the Clubhouse.

Walkers of all fitness levels are welcome.  Bring your family and friends.  Registration is NOT required.

21st Sun Norwalk & Western RR – Eastern Division 8th Annual Model Train Show & Swap Meet 10am – 3pm

Model Trains- All Scales,  Model Railroad Train Supplies, Railroad Historical Items, Books, Videos, and DVDs

Operating Layouts and Displays   –   Thomas the Tank Engine Items

Free Parking                  Excellent Lunch Available      Admission for ages 10 and over $5

Taking place at German’s Villa 3330 Liberty Ave., Vermilion, OH 44089

Open memberships!  Visit our website http://www.norwalkandwesternrr.com or call 419-706-8038 for more information.

21st Sun Wakeman Masonic Lodge All You Can Eat Breakfast 9am – 1:30pm

Breakfast will include French Toast, Pancakes & Sausage. Breakfast will be served at the Wakeman Lodge 34 Pleasant St. Wakeman.  Donations will be accepted.

22nd Mon Milan Public Library- 

Jiminy Cricut: Electric Die Cut Machines 11am – 12pm 

Learn about electronic die cut machines like the Cricut, and discover how you can utilize them in everyday life.

STEM Spectacular 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Join us for fun and exciting activities focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. This month we will be exploring weather at the library.

Locker Cup Holder 5 -7pm *Registration Required

Make a duct tape cup holder for your locker or desk.  Choose from a variety of colors and patterns to match every style and decor.  Ages 13-18

We The Tiny House People (Not Rated)  6-7:30pm 

This fascinating documentary invites us into the tiny homes of people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism, and happiness by creating shelter in caves, converted garages, trailers, tool sheds, river boats, and former pigeon coops.

23rd Tues Erie Metro Parks-  Firelands Audubon Society – Slide Safari / Chili Potluck 6-8pm

Please bring a side dish to share and your pictures on a CD or flash drive to share. FAS will provide chili. *Note earlier starting time.* Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, Firelands Room, 3910 Perkins Ave, Huron.

23rd Tues Milan Public Library- Tabletop Takeover!  Board Game Night 6:30 – 7:30pm

Board games have changed a lot since the days of Monopoly.  Drop by the library to check out some new classics like Catan, Takenoko, or Elder Sign.

24th Tues Basic Life Support CPR offered at Fisher-Titus 4-8pm

Fisher-Titus Medical Center will offer a Basic Life Support CPR training class at the hospital, 272 Benedict Ave., Norwalk.

Pre-payment is required.  To register or for more information, call Fisher-Titus at 419-660-2646.

24th Weds Erie MetroParks-   Bike Maintenance 7–9pm

Come and learn the simple things you can do to keep your bike on the road. We will cover how to fix a flat and other easy on the road repairs. Ages 10+. Registration required. Limit 20. Osborn MetroPark Frost Center, Erie Room, 3910 Perkins Ave, Huron.

25th Thurs Berlin Public Library- 

Perler Palooza 3 – 4pm 

Join us for an afternoon of Perler bead crafting. Use colorful beads to create magnets or keychains in your favorite 8-bit-style shapes. Materials will be provided. Ages 8-12

Book Bites: The One and Only Ivan 3:30 – 4:30pm  *Registration Required

Readers age 8-12 are invited for snacks and a chat about a great book.  Registration is required. Pick up this month’s book,  Katherine Applegate’s “The One and Only Ivan”, at the front desk.

26th Fri Christian Singles Fellowship- Dinner & Movie 

6pm Dinner at the VFW 604 W Perkins Ave

8:30pm Movie at Karson’s Home. Kids welcome too

For more information call Karson at 419-433-0085

27th Sat Relay for Life Norwalk- Chili Cook-Off 5-8pm

$10 to enter your recipe and prizes will be awarded.   Your entry fee includes the same samplings as an adult ticket.

Best of Show win $100 cash prize

Adult samplings tickets: $10 and includes 8 samples, choice of hot dog or brat, and bottled water)

Kids (10 and Under) samplings tickets:  $5 and includes 4 samples, hot dog or brat and bottled water.

Taking place at the Norwalk VFW 140 Milan Ave.

For more information check out the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1489333784436841/

or purchase tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/norwalk-chili-cook-off-tickets-41097372347

28th Sun St. Paul Luthern Church Welcome Table 12-1:30pm

Everyone is welcome and the meal is FREE.  The building is Handicap accessible.

Lunch will be served at St. Paul Luthern Church 2211 Mill St., Sandusky.

For more information call the church office 419-625-6800

29th Mon Milan Public Library- DIY Traveler Notebook 6-7pm *Registration Required

Create your own simple, chic, and refillable traveler’s notebook! Space is extremely limited.

30th Tues Milan Public Library- Help! My Phone is Full:  Digital Photo Organization *Registration Required 6-7pm

Free up space on your phone by utilizing cloud storage space for your digital photos. Learn the basics of Google Photos and iCloud to help you get started organizing and sharing your files.

31st Weds Berlin Public Library- Hot Cocoa Social 6 – 7pm

Celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day at the library’s Hot Cocoa Social.  Say hello to fellow community members as you savor delicious hot chocolate with all your favorite toppings.

31st Weds Erie MetroParks-   Full Moon Night Hike 8–10pm

Come and walk the trails under the light of a full Moon and see what wildlife we might find. Ages 10+. Registration required. Limit 20. Hoffman Forest MetroPark, 5313 Huff Rd, Berlin Heights

February
5th Mon American Cancer Society Daffodil Days 

Daffodil Days is an opportunity for everyone to join the American Cancer Society in saving lives, celebrating lives and leading the fight for a world without cancer.  Dollars raised through Daffodil Days support groundbreaking research, patient services, and other lifesaving programs.  Through the daffodil, the first flower of Spring, this campaign brings a symbol of hope to cancer patients and those affected by disease.

To participate, simply collect donations from your friends, co-workers, teammates, and place a group order through a team captain or coordinator by February 5, 2018. The more you collect the more Daffodils you get.

For more information contact Brian Gibson at brian.gibson@cancer.org or by phone 1-888-227-6446 ext. 5205

6th Tues Bonsai Club 6:30pm (All club meeting held at Osborn Park Frost Center)

All members Swap Meet- Bring your books, tool, pots, supplies, etc. that you would like to sell or swap with other club members.

Workshop presentation on Basic Tools by Senior Members

Bring a tree that you would like to work on

VISITORS AND MEMBERS WELCOME!

6th Tues Huron County Community Library Get Healthy 2018 6-7pm

Stop smoking with tips from treatment suggestions from Fisher-Titus Medical Center during a free seminar.  Registration required.

Wakeman Branch 33 Pleasant St. Wakeman

9th Fri Christian Singles Fellowship Valentine Dinner 6:15pm

Meet at Out Back Steakhouse 4920 Milan Rd. at 6:15pm.  Please contact Karson for reservations by February 8th.  Come and have a lovely time.

10th Sat The 6th Annual Officer Andrew Dunn Sandusky Police Academy Scholarship Fund Reverse Raffle Grand Prize $5,000 hosted by The Friends of 2083 Foundation

Only 300 tickets sold- $75 per ticket

Doors open at 4:30pm ~ Dinner at 5pm ~ Raffle Begins at 6pm

Ticket includes one spaghetti dinner, entry in raffle and open bar (draft and well drinks)

Dinner/Open Bar tickets $20 each

For tickets or more info call Greg Hall at 419-656-6501

10th Sat 5th Annual Brunch With A Farmer 9am   *Please RSVP by February 5th

Cost: Adults- Farm Bureau members and Our Ohio Supporters $10
Non-members  $15           Children  $10
All attendees will receive a partial refund upon arrival at event

Come and meet Lorain County farmers and enjoy local food prepared by LCCC Culinary Arts students.  Please bring nonperishable food to support Second Harvest Food Bank.

Brunch will be served at Lorain Community College, Elyria

To register, contact Lorain County Farm Bureau at 440-877-0706 or lorain@ofbf.org

11th Sun Christian Day Nursery 2nd Annual Chili-Cook Off and Silent Auction 12-2pm

Cost is $5 for ages 8 and up. Kids 8 and under are FREE.  Includes all you can taste chili and 5 additional food items.  Food choices:  hot dogs, chips, jo-jo’s, drink or dessert.

All proceeds go to help with tuition assistance, school supplies, and maintenance of the school.

Anyone can enter chili to try to win a prize. There will be three prizes handed out.

1st- OSU Embroidered Apron & OSU 6 Qt Crock-Pot
2nd- $25 gift card to Walmart
3rd-$15 gift card to McDonald’s

The silent auction has donations from area businesses and artists. We also have donations from the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland CAVS, and some of the minor league baseball and hockey leagues

For questions or more information either call the church at 419-668-2856 or email Michelle at cdns@frontier.com

12th Mon Christian Singles Fellowship Planning Meeting 7pm

Meet at the Columbus Ave Methodist Church 2401 Columbus Ave. Sandusky.

Come help us plan.

16th Fri Huron County Community Library- Celebrate Chinese New Year 3-4pm

It’s the year of the dog!  Ages 10 and under are welcome to enjoy games, food and crafts.

Wakeman Branch 33 Pleasant St. Wakeman

17th  Sat LIP SYNC BATTLE  You be the judge!      7PM

The door of the State Theatre 106 Columbus Ave. Sandusky, OH will open at 6:30pm,

This event is for 21 & Older.   Tickets are $10+processing fee and Available at the website http://www.sanduskystate.com  or by calling 419-626-1950

Sponsored by The Mylander Foundation, with benefits going to The Nehemiah Center & Volunteer Center

23rd Fri Christian Singles Fellowship- Love Wins 6:30pm

Meet at the YMCA to listen to speaker Kevin Seager.

Afterwards meet and fellowship at Fazoli’s.

27th Tues Huron County Community Library- Bigfoot 5:30 – 7pm

Learn about Bigfoot in Northwest  Ohio.  Marc Dewerth, local Bigfoot researcher will present some of the evidence to support this elusive creature.

Wakeman Branch 33 Pleasant St. Wakeman

MARCH

2nd Fri Lorain County Beekeeper Association 23rd Annual Beginner Beekeeping Class 2018

Cost:  $50- includes one year membership for you and other family members living at the same address in the LCBA and a monthly newsletter by e-mail. Books will be available for an additional $23 fee during classes.  Four classes will be held at Life Church, 1033 Elm St, Grafton, OH.

March 2 at 7pm   CLASS 1- Beekeeping Equipment
March 9 at 6pm   CLASS 2- Managing your Bee Hive
March 16 at 7pm CLASS 3- Pests & Diseases
March 23 at 7pm CLASS 4- Class Review and First 6 Months in the Life of a Beekeeper

Membership also includes a Hands on Field Day in June and a bonus class in September.
For more information go to the website: http://www.loraincountybeekeepers.org

6th Tues. Bonsai Club 6:30pm (All club meeting held at Osborn Park Frost Center)

 

Erodium Workshop- Paul will get a supply of Erodiums from Corso’s for us to use or you can bring your own.

Tropical Workshop also, bring your own plant

VISITORS AND MEMBERS WELCOME!

10th Sat St. Peter Catholic Church, Huron Presents “Gatsby at the Rock” A Roaring 20s Auction Gala

It’s raining in the Church and it needs to stop!  This year’s auction will be “1920 Gatsby” themed to raise money to fix our leaky windows. The auction will feature our Grand Auction, Silent Auction, raffles, a sit down dinner- all with a nod to Gatsby himself! It will take place in our bright and spacious gym and event center- The Rock.

This fundraiser has been very successful because of the generous support we receive from our local and national merchants and parishioners.  Your contribution of items and services will be auctioned and your cash donation turned into a “sponsored item” for which you will be credited.  In appreciation, your company will be highlighted in our auction catalog for our hundreds of auction attendees.

For more information call the church office at 419-433-5725