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The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, offers a variety of services, programs, activities & support for patients, families and caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s. Learn more at www.alz.org/nwohio or call 800-272-3900.
Humane Society of Erie County Bingo every Wednesday morning with doors opening at 8 and bingo starting at 10 at the American Legion, 3615 Hayes Ave., Sandusky. Come & join them!
Vermilion VFW Post 7576, Poorman Rd., Vermilion – Every Friday night Fish Fry & more! Open to the public from 5 – 8 p.m.
Turkey Shoot every Saturday at the Vermilion VFW 7576, Poorman Rd., with breakfast starting at 9 a.m., sign-ups at 10 a.m. and shoot starts at 11 a.m.
Amherst Sportsman Club is having Shoots every Sunday now thru March with doors opening at 8 a.m.  Event includes $2 meat shoots as well as money shoots from $3 to $5.  Also prize raffles and 50/50 raffles.  Donuts & lunch available.  The club is located at 47980 Cooper Foster Park Dr., Amherst.  For more information call 440-984-3456.
Vermilion American Legion Post 397 Breakfast every Sunday from 9 – 12 noon at the American Legion Post 397, 2713 St. Rt. 60, Vermilion (no holidays). Breakfast consists of eggs, hashbrowns, sausage or bacon, gravy & biscuits, and more! Cost is $5 per person and is open to the public.
The Erie County Board of Elections is always looking for Poll Workers…do your part for your country, state and local community and earn extra spending money in the process. Call the Erie County Board of Elections at 419-627-7601 for more information.
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.
Goodwill offers Electronics Recycling! Drop off your unwanted electronics (working or not) to your local Goodwill Store. Some electronics include: computer monitors, keyboards, computer towers, speakers, mice, routers, VHS, CD’s, DVD’s, cassettes, all batteries, cell phones, home phones, any household electronics, appliances, radios and more. For more information go to www.goodwillsandusky.org.
Head Start Program is enrolling children for the 2014-2015 program year.  Willard’s Head Start Center is located at 1530 S. Conwell St.  Part-Day AM session is 8 – 11:30 and the PM session is 1 – 4:30.  Children have to be three years of age & families have to meet the income eligibility requirements.  Please call 419-935-6481 or stop by the Head Start Office for more information.
From now through Spring 2015, the Huron County Humane Society will be collecting “Pennies for Pets”!  Join the effort to fill an entire dog crate with change to purchase gasoline for the shelter vehicle.  This growing expense takes a gouge out of an already strained budget & will report the result in the Spring 2015 issue of The Paw Print.  Donate your pennies today!  Want to donate a gas card or make a donation towards filling up the shelter van?  Please mail your gift to HCHS, attention: Gas for Shelter Van, 246 Woodlawn Ave., Norwalk.  The HCHS is a 501 c 3 non-profit and donations are tax deductible.
VacationLand Federal Credit Union will be awarding $3,000 in scholarships to 2015 high school graduates.  Eligibility is based on the applicant being a primary account holder of a regular or minor account with VLFCU.  To qualify for one of the $500 scholarships, the student member must be a senior in high school, plan to participate in post-secondary studies at a professional, vocational or academic institution and submit a completed application which will be accepted through April 15, 2015.  Applications available at all four of the VLFCU’s branches in Sandusky, Norwalk and Vermilion.  For more information call 419-625-9025.
With cold weather here, Victory Kitchen is in need of winter hats, gloves, coats, scarves, coveralls, sleeping bags and blankets.  Please drop off any items Monday through Friday 9am – 3pm at Victory Kitchen, 1613 Hayes Ave., Sandusky.
3rd Annual Officer Andrew Dunn Sandusky Police Academy Scholarship Fund Reverse Raffle on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 at the Sandusky American Legion Post 83, 3615 Hayes Ave., with doors opening at 5 p.m., spaghetti dinner at 5:30 p.m. and reverse raffle at 6 p.m. Only 300 tickets sold – $50 per ticket & includes 1 spaghetti dinner (additional dinners can be purchased for $10 each). $2,500 Grand prize, 50/50 drawings, cash bar and a live auction. For tickets or more information call Greg Hall @ 419-656-6501. 100% of proceeds go to Andy’s Scholarship Fund at the Sandusky Police Academy.
Huron County Humane Society’s Cutest Pet & Video Contest now through January 30th.  Each video must be submitted with a $5 donation.  Winner receives a one year Conway Dog Pass or a basket full of goodies.  For more information call 419-602-7599.  100% of your donation will go to the shelter.
Your 2015 Dog License must be purchased by January 31, 2015.  All dogs 3 months & older must have a license.  After January 31st, the fee doubles & you are in violation of the law & could be cited into court for a fine.  The law also mandates that the dog license must be displayed on the dog & failure to do so could also cause the owner to be cited.
Attention Realtors! Huron County Public Health and the Ohio Department of Health will be hosting a free CE Course for all realtors in Huron County.  The topic is Radon Testing and how to get reliable test results.  Call 419-668-1652, ext. 239 to sign up thru January 28th!
January is National Radon Action Month.  Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that comes from the ground.  It is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.  Huron County is in the highest risk zone for elevated levels of radon.  Visit www.huroncohealth.com or call 419-668-1652, extension 239 to request a free radon test kit to test your home today.

January

24th Sat. Fisher-Titus Medical Center & Norwalk Parks & Rec’s “Winter Hike – Walk with a Doc” at Veterans Memorial Lake Park Clubhouse, Old State Rd., (North Entrance), Norwalk, at 10 a.m.  A brief talk with Dr. Gregory Grant, Family Medicine, about keeping safe while walking in cold weather then choose a 1, 2, 3, or 5 mile path for your hike.  Afterwards enjoy bean soup, cornbread & cocoa in the Clubhouse.  Dress for the weather – families welcome.  Event is free and registration is not required.
25th Sun. Life Share Blood drive at the Kipton Community Church, 511 Church St., Kipton, from 10 – 1 p.m.
25th Sun. Soup & Sandwich Lunch at the Bismark Senior / Community Center, 5582 Bismark Rd., Bellevue, from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.  Menu includes: chicken noodle, vegetable & potato soups, pulled pork & chicken sandwiches, desserts & drinks.  Also accepting donations for the local food pantry and a 50/50 drawing.
25th Sun. Welcome Table from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mills St., Sandusky.  Everyone is welcome to join for a free meal.
27th Tues. Firelands Audubon Program at Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, Firelands Room, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron, at 6 p.m.  There will be a Slide Safari & Chili Potluck.  Bring a side dish to share for the dinner and your pictures on a CD or flash drive to share for the program.
28th Wed. Monroeville, Norwalk & Wakeman United Fund’s Dine Out for the FUNd of It at Los Buenos Amigos.  Help the United Fund & support community restaurants at the same time.  A portion of the day’s sales will go towards the annual Community Campaign to help 29 local programs and grants.
28th Wed. MetroPark Hikers meet at DuPont Marsh/Huron River Greenway North, 1805 River Rd., Huron, at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Event for walkers & hikers of all abilities and takes place rain, snow or shine!
29th Thurs. Spaghetti Dinner, in celebration of Catholic Schools Week, at Norwalk Catholic School’s Early Childhood Center (St. Mary’s Reynolds Hall) from 5 – 7 p.m.  Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert & drink for $5 per adult, $3 per child with a maximum of $25 per immediate family.  Families are encouraged to bring in donations of non-perishable food items to be donated to the Norwalk St. Mary’s food pantries.  Also a 50/50 raffle.
29th Thurs. Community Workshop “What to do when stopped by Police” – It could happen to you – taking place at the Quality Inn, 1935 Cleveland Rd., Sandusky, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Event is sponsored by the Toledo Buffalo Soldiers, Sandusky Police Dept., Chief John Orzech, Erie Co. Sheriff Paul A. Sigsworth, local NAACP Sandusky Chapter and Sandusky community leaders.  FBI’s Civil Right’s section will be on hand to provide information as well.  Refreshments & finger foods will be served.  Seating is limited.  For more information call the Sandusky Police Dept. @ 419-627-5869.
29th Thurs. Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Healthcare Provider CPR Certification Course from 8 – 11:30 a.m. at the hospital’s South Campus in Sandusky.  Course is for medical professionals & students beginning course work in healthcare professions only.  Class fee $50 per person.  Registration is required by calling the hospital @ 419-557-6740.
29th, 30th, 31st & Feb. 1 Thurs., Fri., Sat. & Sun. Caryl Crane Youth Theatre & BGSU Firelands College present Auntie Mame Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday at 2 p.m. in McBride Auditorium, BGSU Firelands, Huron.  All tickets under $15.  For tickets call the Sandusky State Theatre @ 419-626-1950 or order online at www.sanduskystate.org.
30th Fri. American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Jennings Auditorium, from noon – 5 p.m.  Call 1-800-733-2767 for an appointment.  Walk-ins are welcome.
31st Sat. Special Olympics “2015 Polar Plunge” takes place at Thirsty Pony in Sandusky starting at 10 a.m. with an after party with food & other activities for participants.  For more information or to register go to www.sooh.org.
FEBRUARY
3rd Tues. Cinderella’s Closet – Turning Dresses into Dreams “2nd annual Designer Handbag Bingo Fundraiser” at the American Legion, 3615 Hayes Ave., Sandusky, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and bingo begins at 6 p.m.  Advance tickets $20 per person or at the door $25 per person & includes 20 rounds of bingo and a door prize ticket.  Also 50/50, raffle tickets, Chinese Auction tickets and a cash bar & food available for purchase.  To order tickets call Annette @ 419-366-4390.  All proceeds to benefit Cinderella’s Closet.
4th Wed. Monroeville, Norwalk & Wakeman United Fund’s Dine Out for the FUNd of It at Pizza Post.  Help the United Fund & support community restaurants at the same time.  A portion of the day’s sales will go towards the annual Community Campaign to help 29 local programs and grants.
4th Wed. BGSU Firelands & Elder College presents Kenneth Hammontree as George Washington at BGSU Firelands Cedar Point Center, Huron, from 1:30 – 3 p.m.  Event is free and open to the public.  For more information call Tracy @ 419-372-0617.
4th Wed. MetroPark Hikers meet at Edison Woods MetroPark, 8728 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights, at 10:30 a.m. and at 5 p.m.  Walkers & hikers of all abilities and takes place rain, show or shine!
5th, 6th, 7th & 8th Thurs., Fri., Sat. & Sun. Caryl Crane Youth Theatre & BGSU Firelands College present Auntie Mame Thursday & Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday at 2 p.m. in McBride Auditorium, BGSU Firelands, Huron.  All tickets under $15.  For tickets call the Sandusky State Theatre @ 419-626-1950 or order online at www.sanduskystate.org.
6th Fri. All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry or Chicken Fingers Dinner at the Attica K of C Hall, Heyman Dr., from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  Adults $9 and children $6.  Carry out available and is open to the public.
6th Fri. Popcorn and a Movie at Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, Erie Room, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron, at 7 p.m.  Enjoy popcorn and a movie and will learn all about the history of popcorn and how it is used in our everyday life.  Will make a craft & watch Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who!  Registration appreciated.
7th Sat. 3rd Annual Berlin Heights Club Scout Pack 236 Chili Cook-Off at the Berlin Township Fire Department from 5 – 8 p.m.  A night off from cooking to support a great cause with raffles and 50/50 drawings.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 419-357-6030 or at the door the night of the event.
7th Sat. Annual Olmsted Falls Alumni Association Las Vegas Night, featuring gambling, food & fun, held at the Irish-American Club, 8559 Jennings Rd. (south of Bagley, west of Stearns), in Olmsted Township from 7 p.m. to midnight.  There will be a cash bar, refreshments, door prizes, big wheel, dice, black jack, let it ride, poker, Texas hold ‘em, 50/50 raffle, side boards & more!  Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door.  For more information or tickets call the Alumni Office at 440-427-6030.  All profits go towards scholarships for the OFHS class of 2015.  21 & over please!
8th Sun. Winter Waterfowl Watch at the Huron Boat Basin, 417 Main St., Huron, at 10 a.m.  Search for Mergansers, Scaups, Loons, Grebes and more!
8th Sun. “College Goal Sunday,” hosted by BGSU Firelands in Huron at 2 p.m.  Free FAFSA assistance and you can talk to financial aid professionals.  To register or for more information go to www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org.
11th Wed. Monroeville, Norwalk & Wakeman United Fund’s Dine Out for the FUNd of It at Pean’s Pizza, Subs & Sudz, Monroeville (open at 4 pm).  Help the United Fund & support community restaurants at the same time.  A portion of the day’s sales will go towards the annual Community Campaign to help 29 local programs and grants.
11th Wed. MetroPark Hikers meet at East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, Eagle Point, 3819 Cleveland Rd., Sandusky, at 10:30 a.m. and at 5 p.m.  Walkers & hikers of all abilities and takes place rain, show or shine!
11th Wed. Bike Maintenance & Repair class at Osborn MetroPark, Erie Room, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron, at 7 p.m.  Class will cover simple things anyone can do to keep their bicycle running safely and will also cover cleaning and oiling, repairing flats & tire changes & emergency on the road repairs.  Equipment & bike safety will also be covered.  Event for ages 10 & up and registration is required.
12th Thurs. “Winter Warm Up at the Winery” at Quarry Hill Winery, 8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Bring your Valentine for a relaxing evening of wine tasting, food, music, raffles, fellowship and fun for a worthy cause!  Tickets are $40 each & include 4 wine tastings, food, door prize ticket and fun with friends.  Beer & soft drinks will be available for purchase.  Tickets available at Main Street Cafe in Berlin Heights, Key Bank in Milan and at the door.  This is a benefit for the Berlin Heights Community Center Building Maintenance & Repairs Fund.
13th Fri. Ability Works, Inc. annual “Passion for People,” at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron with 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner and 8:15 p.m. dancing & entertainment.  Join for an evening of fun to celebrate people with disabilities and Valentine’s Day for $90 single, $175 couple or $875 full table.  For reservations or more information call 419-626-1048, ext. 3193.
15th Sun. Breakfast Buffet at the Monroeville Knights of Columbus Hall, Peru Center Rd., from 8 – 12 noon.  Adults $7, children $3 and under 6 free.  Open to the public.
17th Tues. Senior Enrichment Services presents “An Afternoon with the Lincolns” and celebrate President’s Day with “We Made History” Presidential Living Historians at the VFW Post 2743, Milan Ave., Norwalk.  Tickets are $5 each with potluck beginning at 11:30 a.m. with the main dish catered – bring a dish to share.  Presentation will begin immediately following the dinner.  Reservations are required.
18th Wed. Monroeville, Norwalk & Wakeman United Fund’s Dine Out for the FUNd of It at Cameo Pizza (open 5-10 pm).  Help the United Fund & support community restaurants at the same time.  A portion of the day’s sales will go towards the annual Community Campaign to help 29 local programs and grants.
18th Wed. MetroPark Hikers meet at Castalia Quarry MetroPark, 8404 St. Rt. 101, Castalia, at 10:30 a.m. and at 5 p.m.  Walkers & hikers of all abilities and takes place rain, show or shine!
19th Thurs. Dog Walk at the Huron River Greenway MetroPark, North Trail, 1805 River Rd., Huron, at 5 p.m.  Join in to get some of that energy out with some exercise and socialization!  Dogs must be leashed.
20th Fri. Date Night in the East Sandusky Bay MetroPark, The Enchanted Cottage, 4011 Cleveland Rd., Sandusky, at 5 p.m.  Come out & cook pancakes over an open fire!  Pancake mix will be provided.  Please bring any toppings you would like to add!  Registration required – limit 20.
21st Sat. Classroom Kayaking at Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, Erie Room, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron, at 10 a.m.  Class is for those thinking of getting into kayaking.  Class will cover equipment types and uses, paddle strokes and how-to lessons.  All in a warm dry class room!  Ages 10 & up.  Registration is required – limit 20.
22nd Sun. 2015 Sandusky County Livestock Expo in the Clyde High School from 2 – 4 p.m.  Event will showcase local producers & suppliers and increase awareness within our own counties of where to find livestock and/or livestock items.  Open to the public.
23rd Mon. Park Pals-Tracks at Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, Erie Room, 3910 Perkins Ave., Sandusky, at 10:30 a.m.  Children will explore animal tracks & make & compare tracks of their own.  Dress for the weather as we will take a short walk to look for tracks around the park.  Also read a story, play some games & make a craft.  Ages 3 to 6 with accompanying adult.  Registration is required – limit 15.
25th Wed. Monroeville, Norwalk & Wakeman United Fund’s Dine Out for the FUNd of It at Pizza Hut.  Help the United Fund & support community restaurants at the same time.  A portion of the day’s sales will go towards the annual Community Campaign to help 29 local programs and grants.
25th Wed. MetroPark Hikers at Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron, at 10:30 a.m. & 5 p.m.  Walkers & hikers of all abilities and takes place rain, snow or shine!
28th Sat. 14th Annual Home & Business Show at the Norwalk Middle School, from 10 – 4 p.m.  Free and open to the public.
MARCH
3rd Tues. Monroeville, Norwalk & Wakeman United Fund’s Dine Out for the FUNd of It at Bar 145.  Help the United Fund & support community restaurants at the same time.  A portion of the day’s sales will go towards the annual Community Campaign to help 29 local programs and grants.
11th Wed. Monroeville, Norwalk & Wakeman United Fund’s Dine Out for the FUNd of It at East of Chicago Pizza, Norwalk.  Help the United Fund & support community restaurants at the same time.  A portion of the day’s sales will go towards the annual Community Campaign to help 29 local programs and grants.
14th Sat. Seeing Green Reverse Raffle, benefiting Serving Our Seniors, at Mesenburg’s Plaza Place, Cleveland Rd., W., Huron, with doors opening at 5 p.m.  $2,500 grand prize but every ticket wins a prize!  Only 250 tickets sold.  Great food, 50/50 and side raffles and “Swag Bags” for all.  For tickets or more information call Sarah at Serving Our Seniors @ 419-624-1856.  100% of the proceeds benefit Serving Our Seniors.
18th Wed. Monroeville, Norwalk & Wakeman United Fund’s Dine Out for the FUNd of It at Casa Fiesta.  Help the United Fund & support community restaurants at the same time.  A portion of the day’s sales will go towards the annual Community Campaign to help 29 local programs and grants.
25th Wed. Monroeville, Norwalk & Wakeman United Fund’s Dine Out for the FUNd of It at Mia Famiglias, Uptown Cafe.  Help the United Fund & support community restaurants at the same time.  A portion of the day’s sales will go towards the annual Community Campaign to help 29 local programs and grants.