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. December 30, 2013.

Cure the Winter Blues with FFE & Pantasia Performance

Two local musical powerhouses will join forces for a concert sure to beat the winter blues with song, dance and steel drums. Findlay First Edition and Pantasia, acclaimed groups at Findlay High School, will bring their own brands of entertainment to the evening. FFE has claimed more than 75 grand championships and more than 34 national awards in its 30 years. Accompanied by award-winning musical ensemble, The Boingers, the 50-member show choir most recently won several awards at the Ada Music Fest. Pantasia will bring a taste of the Caribbean with steel drums, the national instrument of the island nations of Trinidad and Tobago. Now in its seventeenth season, the group has performed internationally and across the U.S., and has also been featured on five of its own CDs including “Caribbean Christmas.”

Friday, January 24 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School, 1200 Broad Ave., Findlay.  Purchase tickets from the Arts Partnership at 419-422-4624 or by visiting www.artspartnership.com.

Penguins and Pinecones  for Funday Sunday

A little penguin’s unlikely friendship with a pinecone will kick off the Mazza  Museum’s Funday Sunday series for 2014. A “Penguin Party” will be hosted by the museum featuring the book “Penguin and Pinecone” by Salina Yoon.  Yoon’s artwork is also a part of the collection of the museum, an internationally-recognized facility dedicated to preserving and promoting children’s literacy. The day will feature hands-on stations including Japanese origami and storytelling. A special “challenge station” will offer children, ages nine and older, age-appropriate activities. Funday Sunday also offers toddler storytimes and tours of its exhibits.

Sunday, January 12 from 1:30-3:30pm. The University of Findlay campus in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, 1000 North Main St., Findlay. For more information, call 419-434-4460 or visit www.findlay.edu/offices/academic/mazzamuseum.  Free.


Lego” have some fun at the Library

Lego fans – both the young and young at heart – will find plenty of activities to test their skills in January. First up is the Lego Challenge where Legomaniacs can build models that use gears, axles and pulleys. Working in teams with guided instruction from Snapology, children of all ages and abilities can build together. Need more Lego love? Snapology will host several afterschool classes with thousands of Legos.  Starting in January, classes begin in Lego Engineering, Amusement Park Adventures Camp, Mini-figure Mania and Combat Robots. A small fee is charged for the afterschool classes, which run for several weeks. The Discovery Center is also open for Lego play, from 6 to 8 pm. on Fridays and for parties on the weekends. Free play in the Discovery Center starts at $10 for two hours.

The Lego Challenge, Monday, January 6 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, 206 Broadway St., Findlay. Free.

The January Snapology classes take place at The Discovery Center, 15041 Flag City Drive (next to City BBQ). For more information on Snapology events, call 419-701-9529 or visit findlay.snapology.com


Staying Active Outdoors with Winter Hikes and Woodpeckers

“Take a hike” takes on new meaning in the winter thanks to the Hancock County Park District. Cabin fever can be cured by participating in the winter activities hosted by the park district. Whether you want to stay inside or try one of the trails with your toddler, the park district has several ideas to get you out of the house. Learn all about woodpeckers with a preschool educational program at the “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The program is recommended for children ages three to six, though other aged siblings are also welcome. It includes a story, activities and a craft. Beavers get the spotlight, same time and place, on January 27. Also, A winter hike will be hosted at the Riverbend Recreation Area. Dress for the weather and enjoy a brisk hike in the winter woods!

Winter Hike: Sunday January 18 from 1-3pm. Beginning at shelter #3 at Riverbend Recreation Area, 16618 Township Road 208., Findlay. For more information, contact the park district at 419-425-PARK or visit www.hancockparks.com.

Preschool Educational Program: Mondays, January 6 and 27 at 10am. “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Lane off County Road 144., Findlay. Free