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SAT 0419
The Firelands Society of Model Railroaders will be holding their spring show at a new location this year. Their Model Train Show will be held at the Richland County fairgrounds, 750 N. Home Road in Mansfield from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 19th . There will be many vendors at the show offering all track gages and lunch will be available. Admission is $5 for adults and free for those under 18 or active duty military personnel. More information about the show can be found at www.fsomr.com or by calling Rick at 419-318-0980.

SAT 0419
The City of Sandusky and the Sandusky State Theatre are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at Washington Park followed by the movie HOP at the State Theatre on Saturday, April 19th.  Easter Egg Hunt is free to all children ages 8 & under and will be held at Washington Park in Downtown Sandusky on Saturday, April 19th from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Participants will be divided into age groups. 2,000 candy filled Easter Eggs, donuts & juice, and a special guest appearance from the Easter Bunny are all made possible with the generous donation from Arthur's Shoe Tree, Subway and McDonald's. Event will be held rain or shine.  The Sandusky State Theatre will be featuring the movie HOP following the Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m. An additional show time will be available at 2:30 p.m. Families of all ages are welcome to attend the movie, free of charge.  For more information, contact Sandusky Recreation at 419-627-5886.

TUE 0421
Serving Our Seniors, a geriatric social service that advocates for the rights of Erie Co. residents age 60 +, to maintain their independence is hosting a public forum entitled “Understanding Medicaid Planning” on Tuesday, April 21st at the Erie County Office Bldg, 247 Columbus Ave. Sandusky. This panel discussion, facilitated by Sue Daugherty, Director of Serving Our Seniors, is not a sales pitch seminar, nor should it be interpreted as free legal advice.  It is an educational forum.  The forum is an introduction to understanding the basics of wealth transfer in relation to Medicaid planning and the cost of nursing home care.  Panelists are:  John Ball, Esq., certified in elder law; Michael Brumbaugh, local  elder law attorney; Linda Van Tyne, Attorney-At-Law.  An audience of 25 or more is required to justify the time of the panel.  RSVP’s are due by April 17th.  Call Serving Our Seniors at 800-564-1856 and ask for Sarah’s voicemail.  Leave your name, phone number and the date of the event.  You will be contacted if the forum is cancelled.

WED 0423
Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Luncheon Club will be held on Wednesday, April 23 at the Sandusky Yacht Club, 529 E. Water Street, Sandusky.  Sonya Kuhar, MD, physical medicine and rehabilitation; and Nick DenBesten, PhD, neuropsychology, will be featured during part one of “Getting back to normal – the importance of inpatient rehabilitation after a stroke.”  Enjoy the yacht club’s delicious Wednesday buffet lunch which includes the following for $15 per person (includes tax/tip; cash or check only please): deluxe salad bar, soup station and rolls, cold cut sandwich bar, hot entrees with at least two meats, vegetables, pasta or fish, assorted desserts, hot tea, iced tea and coffee.  The buffet lunch is from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and will be followed by the presentation at 12:30 pm.  The Luncheon Club program is open to the public and features knowledgeable healthcare providers.  Reservations are recommended.  The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to make this program possible. Please call 419-557-7840 the Wednesday prior to the date of the event. 

THU 0424
Join Firelands Regional Medical Center on Thursday, April 24 from 1 pm – 2 pm for a community health program on brain games. Carlos Lowell, DO, psychiatrist, will discuss how to recognize signs of depression in aging and how to keep you brain active as you age.  This free program will be held at Firelands South Campus, 1912 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky. Registration is required by calling 419-557-7410 by April 21. The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to make this program possible

FRI 0425
The First Congregational United Church of Christ will be hosting a spaghetti dinner on Friday April 25th from 5:00-7:00pm. Tickets purchased in advanced are $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. Tickets purchased at door are .50 cents more. Carry-outs and jars of spaghetti sauce will be available and a bake sale and “bucket auction” will be held in conjunction with the dinner. For more information call 419-625-8105.

FRI 0425
Come out to Bob Evans and help the animals at the Humane Society Bob Evans Community Fundraiser for the Humane Society of Sandusky County on Friday, April 25th  from 6A.M. - 9 P.M.  Flyer is Valid on dine-in or carryout meals.  Present flyer at checkout.  You can print your flyer from their Facebook page or website www.Hs-Sc.org

SAT 0426
Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s Autism Spectrum Kids program (ASK) has teamed up with Premiere Theater in Norwalk to bring families and children with autism and other disabilities a unique private showing of the movie “Rio 2.” The movie will be adapted to be a “sensory friendly” film, and will be shown at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26 at Premiere Theater, 50 Theater Drive, Norwalk. Cost per ticket is $5.50.  Children will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free, or other special snacks if on restricted diets, but the concession stand will also be open.  For more information on the sensory friendly showing of “Rio 2” or any of Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s pediatric programs, contact Lindsey Esker at 419-663-1975, Ext. 3040.

SAT 0426
The Sandusky Walk MS, presented by Novartis, will be held on Saturday, April 26 at the Erie County Senior Center, located at 620 E. Water St., Sandusky, OH 44870. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m.  For more information about multiple sclerosis or Walk MS call 1-800-344-4867 or visit www.MSohiowalk.org.

SAT 0426
Siberian Husky Emergency Life Line Fund will hold its very 1st Annual Howl 'N' Hike on Sat. April 26, 2014 from 9:30 am to 5 pm at W.J. Green Picnic Area in Mill Stream Run Reservation, Berea, OH (500 Old Reservoir Rd, Berea, OH 44017).  This will consist of a fundraising hike, Silent Auction, 50/50 raffles, Canine games/contests, Beer/wine garden, Food, DJ,  20+ vendors, mushing and agility demonstration and Much, Much More!  Complete the online registration at www.shellfund.org/howl-n-hike /registration and select your shirt size (this is also where you pay your registration fee).  The pre-registration is $20 PP and $10 per dog, this includes one t-shirt. Registration at the event will be $35 PP and $15 per dog (Only dogs 30lbs+). Pre-registration ends 4/1/14.  The S.H.E.L.L Fund was developed as a Non Profit 501c3 tax-exempt organization devoted to rescuing Siberian Huskies from high kill pounds/shelters. 

SAT 0426
The Erie County 4-H Committee, Erie County 4-H Camp Inc. and Erie County Heritage Committee will host the 34th Annual Erie County 4-h Chicken BBQ and Auction on Saturday, April 26th.  The event will be held at the Erie County Fairgrounds located at 3100 Columbus Ave. Sandusky.  Chicken dinners with side dishes and beverages will be served from 4:30 – 7:00pm or until sold out.  Quarter, half and carry-out portions will be available.  Prices are $8 for a half chicken dinner, $7 for a quarter chicken dinner and $5 for half chicken only.  Tickets for this event will be available at the door.  The benefit auction will begin 7:30pm.  Admission to the auction is free.  If you have any questions, contact the Erie County Extension Office at 419-627-7631.

SAT0426
The Christian Singles Fellowship will be going on a Singles Trip on Saturday, April 26th.  Meet at the Sandusky YMCA, 2101 W. Perkins Ave. Sandusky, to carpool at 11am.  You will carpool to Imagination Station, Toledo.  Cost is $10 for Adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for Kids.  Kids are welcome.  Please bring a packed lunch and dinner will be at the Spaghetti Warehouse.

SAT0426
Firelands Regional Medical Center will be offering a Breastfeeding Basics education class on Saturday, April 26 from 10 am until 12 pm.  The class will be held at Firelands Regional Medical Center’s South Campus, 1912 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky. The class is designed to teach new parents the benefits of breastfeeding and how to successfully breastfeed their baby.  The cost for this course is $10.00 – (No charge with coupon).  The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to make this program possible. To register, please call Firelands Regional Medical Center at 419-557-7840.

SUN 0427
There will be a fundraiser for the Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary on Sunday, April 27th at the DQ Grill & Chill, 2015 5th St. Sandusky, from11am – 7pm.  10% of all sales for the day will be donated to the Island Safe Harbor Sanctuary. 

SUN 0427
A Pork Chop Dinner will be held at Zion United Church of Christ Fireside, 13525 E Township Road 178 Bellevue, on Sunday, April 27th from 11:30am to 1:00pm.  Carry outs are available!

MON 0428
A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be held on Monday, April 28th at East of Chicago in Norwalk.  East of Chicago will be donating 50% of ALL sales including dine-in, delivery, and carryout to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.  The buffet will be available from 11am to 8pm.  No special flyer or coupon is needed to participate.  Every order at East of Chicago in Norwalk on 4/28 will be contributing to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.  You will also be able to purchase your luminaries during the fundraiser to decorate prior to the Norwalk Relay For Life event at Whitney Field on Friday, July 11, 2014.

TUES0429
Area residents are invited to participate in a Free Skin Cancer Screening on Tuesday, April 29 from 4 pm to 7pm at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at Firelands Regional Medical Center, 701 Tyler Street, Sandusky. This screening is to check suspicious moles or areas of concern (not a full body screening) and is intended for those who do not currently have an established dermatologist or are not currently being followed by a dermatologist. Screening will be performed by Paul Bedocs, DO, and Renee Ott, NP-C, of Dermatology Partners. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 419-557-7410. The Foundation for Firelands provides funding to help make this program possible.

FRI 0502
Join Friendship Foodstores in a fundraising event for Team Spencer on Friday, May 2nd at 1318 Cleveland Rd. Sandusky.  Spencer is a 12 year old boy from Perkins Township who is battling Synovial Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.  On May 2nd, Friendship Foodstore location will be donating proceeds from their annual customer appreciation day to Team Spencer. 

FRI 0502
The 15th Annual Induction Ceremony for the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor will be conducted on Friday, May 2, 2014.  The ceremony will take place in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse, commencing at 11:30 a.m.  The 2014 inductees were born in and / or entered military service from, or currently reside in various towns and cities in Ohio including Marblehead and Tiffin.  Please visit our website (www.ohioheroes.org) for more information regarding The Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor, the noble service members who have been inducted into its ranks and opportunities for charitable giving.

SAT 0503
The Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival will be held on Saturday, May 3rd at the McBride Auditorium on the BGSU Firelands campus.  The New Play Festival will feature 3 plays beginning at 10am.  The cost for this event is free and open to the public. 

SAT 0503
The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 3rd Annual Vermilion Chocolate and Wine Walk.  This event brings a great deal of awareness to all of the businesses that are participating.  Patrons will purchase tickets and be given a map of all the participating businesses.  As shoppers stroll through the beautiful downtown area they can stop and see what your business offers, all the while collecting delicious treats along the way.  Even though your business may not be in the downtown area you can still participate by setting up a table in the Vermilion Boat Club.  Vermilion Chamber members are free; non-members will be $25 per business (space is limited). Please call the Vermilion Chamber office at (440) 967-4477, fax (440) 967-2877, or email vermilionchamber@centurytel.net by April 16, 2014.  Let us know at that time if you will need a table in the Vermilion Boat Club.  Please help us in our partnership to bring more business to the City of Vermilion!

SAT 0503
The St. Mary Central Catholic Kick-It event will be held on Saturday, May 3 starting at 8am at the Cedar Point Stadium at Strobel Field.  Kick-It is an organization that has kickball games around the country to raise money for children’s cancer research.  Teams consist of 8-10 players.  Each player must raise a minimum of $5 each.  For more information contact them at kroesch@stu.sanduskycc.org or mmurphy@stu.sanduskycc.org

SAT0503
4th Annual Oak Harbor Community Cleanup Day on May 3, 2014. We encourage service clubs, youth groups, homeowner associations, community groups, businesses, families and individuals to take part in this annual event. Our goal is to clean up debris and trash from the downtown community. We will be meeting in the back of Community Markets parking lot at 9:00am and will clean until approximately 11:00am. If you or your group would like to sign up please call the chamber office at 419-898-0479. This event is being coordinated by the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce.

SUN 0504
On Sunday May 4, 2014 the Bellevue High School National Honor Society is holding its second annual Relay for Life. This year’s theme is March for Mitch in honor of Mitch Roeser, a Bellevue graduate fighting leukemia. The march will be from 1pm. to 5pm. Cancer survivors are encouraged to come out and take part in the survivors lap, which kicks off the event at 1pm. It will be followed by a reception for the survivors. There will be a concession stand, activities, and games with tickets sold 4 for a $1. Also, there will be tshirts sold. Please come out, wear your orange, and support Mitch and this great cause. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

THU0508
On Thursday May 8, 2014 Parkvue Community will hold a Senior Resource Fair from 10am-12pm in the multi-purpose room at Parkvue Place.  There will be several area organizations and businesses attending with information for senior citizens.  Please call 419-621-1900 for more information.

FRI0509
Edison High School will be presenting a dinner theater on Friday May 9th. The dinner will be buffet style, following dinner will be the Sound Dimension Show Choir, and there will also be an open dance floor open. Doors open at 5:00pm, Dinner at 6:00pm, and Music at 7:00pm. Tickets are $15.00 for Adults and $12.00 for Students.

SAT 0510
Tickets are available now for the Mother’s Day Luncheon, Fashion Show and Fundraiser on Saturday, May 10th at the Catawba Island Club.  Doors open at 11am.  Tickets are $40 per person and proceeds benefit the Ottawa County Republican Party.  Admission is open to the public with a purchase of a ticket prior to the event.  Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets by calling Renee Claycomb at 419-960-7371.

SAT 0517
The Walk for Williams will be held on Saturday, May 17th at the Grace United Method Church located in Perrysburg, OH.  Join a team, establish your own or just come out to support Williams Syndrome Awareness! Enjoy a family fun morning with music, raffle prizes, lunch and so much more! To register by April 26th for a free WSA Walk T-shirt or make a donation visit walk4williams.org

SAT0517
Please join us for a Cancer Benefit for Tina Wadsworth to help raise money to help with medical bills and expenses. This will be held at Cameo Pizza on 702 West Monroe Street Sandusky, OH 44870. For additional Details call (419) 271-5964 or meridyth16@aol.com or Cancer Benefit for Tina Wadsworth on Facebook.

SAT0517
VFW POST 2480 will be hosting their annual Armed Forces Day Bluegrass Festival in celebration of our Armed Forces Past, Present, and Future on Saturday, May 17th. A portion of the profits will go to the Sandusky Ohio Veterans Home for their Activities Fund.
 
SUN 0518
“Who's the Top Dog?” Dog Show Sunday will be held on Sunday, May 18th at the bark until dark off-leash dog park located at 310 s bridge road ( sr 269 south) next to Bayside Comfort.  Sponsored by The Danbury Township Board Of Trustees.  Registration and lunch 11:45 am until 12:45pm Judging starts promptly at 1pm.  Entry Fee is $10 per dog and have many categories.  Big Boppers Restaurant will be there serving hot dogs and chips and a beverage for $5 dollars with all proceeds going the HUMANE SOCIETY OF OTTAWA COUNTY.


The City of Sandusky’s Water Distribution Division will commence flushing fire hydrants within the city on Monday, April 28 and will continue through the end of May, 2014.  Residents and businesses should use caution during this flushing period as turbulence may occur in the water main and travel into customer water pipes. If this happens, flush the cold water line until the water runs clear.  Turbulence is cloudy water, sometimes brownish red in color, which may stain or discolor clothing and food products.  Periodic flushing of water mains is required to ensure high quality, palatable water.  Questions may be directed to the Water Distribution Division at 419.627.5805. Check the city’s website for up-to-date information about which zones are being flushed: www.ci.sandusky.oh.us.

The Sandusky City Schools has decided to extend the school year four additional days. Our schools will be open on Wednesday, June 4th, Thursday, June 5th, and Friday, June 6th. Monday June 9th will be the last day for students, except for graduating Seniors, they will graduate as scheduled. The last day for teachers will be Tuesday, June 10, 2014. All Sandusky City School district students are required to be in attendance during the required extended days of school. We are providing this information to you as soon as possible so that you can make the appropriate adjustments in your schedule to ensure that all students are at school during these extended days.

The City of Sandusky’s Shelby Street Public Boat Launch will open to the public free of charge for the 2014 operating season of April 21st- October 15th.  The Boat Ramp Bait Shop will not be staffed for this season. We encourage patrons to visit Erie Shore Hookers Bait & Tackle located at 235 E. Shoreline Drive for all of your bait and tackle necessities.  Restroom facility at the Shelby Street Boat Ramp will be open and available from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.  The City of Sandusky will continue to host various fishing tournaments at our facility. For information on how to hold a tournament in Sandusky, Ohio contact Sandusky Recreation at (419)-627-5886.

Kids in grades 5-9 who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math—blast off this summer at EHOVE’s summer camps.  With offerings including LEGO robotics, inventing, engineering, culinary arts, athletic speed & performance, duct tape design, design/fab/build/fly and video gaming, these week long, half day camps are tons of fun with hands-on projects that are out of this world. Camps run 8:30-11:30 am for the morning session and 12:15-3:15 pm for the afternoon session, Monday-Friday for the week of June 16-20.  Campers may attend the morning and/or afternoon session.  Cost is $50 per camp session.  Register online, starting April 30th, at www.EHOVE.net.  Registrations may also be mailed using the form in the camp brochure that was sent home with area students, but please note that these camps fill quickly and space will immediately be reserved by registering online.

The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie and Ottawa Counties is seeking citizen members of its Board of Trustees. To serve as a Board member, one must be, eighteen years or older, a resident of Erie or Ottawa County, and have an interest in mental health services or alcohol, drug or gambling addiction services.  Interested persons should contact the Board with questions or for an application at 419-627-1908 or submit a Board Membership Contact Form by visiting www.mhrbeo.org. The Board Office is located at 416 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH.

We are asking community members, businesses, organizations, churches, etc. to show their support of the kids that we serve in our community by contributing to our Annual Bowl for Kids' Sake Campaign. This is the one time a year that we ask the entire community to donate at some level to support our mission of MENTORING KIDS' INTO A BETTER TOMORROW. We are leading up to our main bowling event on Sunday, April 6th at Star Lanes. Anyone interested in either sponsoring this event that host over 300 people, donating money or items, OR putting a team together and enjoying the fun, please contact us at (419) 626-8694 for the Bowl for Kids' Sake Event on Sunday, April 6th.

Sandusky Catholic Community Lake Erie Perch Fish Fry will be held on Friday April 4 and 11 from 5-8pm located at the South Shore Inn, 2047 Cleveland Road, Sandusky.  Lake Erie Perch Dinners include Fries, Cole Slaw and beverage.  Pierogi and Combo dinners, Half Perch dinner, beer and wine and bake sale.

The Huron County Department of Job and Family Services announces the availability of funds to assist individuals seeking employment.  Funding is available to pay the cost of training or education to prepare for employment in Huron County demand occupations.   Examples of individuals who have used these funds to pay for training are jobs requiring a CDL, welding certification, state tested nursing assistant (STNA), etc. Training/education dollars available for demand occupations, include, but are not necessarily limited to, customer service, skilled trades, motor vehicle operators, manufacturing, waste treatment plant operations, health services, information technology, and assemblers.  Individuals who are currently unemployed or underemployed may be eligible for these funds.   For more information please call Rhonda VanScyoc at 419-668-8126, ext. 3460 or visit  OhioMeansJobs – Huron County office at Huron County Job and Family Services, 185 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk. 

Main Street Port Clinton is looking for new/used fishing poles for our Kids Fishing Derby that is held every year during the Walleye Festival. Over 200 children participate and many children do not have their own fishing pole. This event is a great way for children to learn about fishing and spend quality time outdoors.  Main Street Port Clinton is a non-profit 501C3 charitable organization.  If you are interested in donating fishing poles, please contact 419-734-5503.

Protect yourself against a newly developing phishing scam that is affecting financial institutions in this area and nationwide.  People are receiving a recorded message where a random caller states that their debit or credit card is blocked, breached or information needs updated.  The callers are requesting account numbers, pin numbers, etc. stating that this information is required to unlock the card to fix the problem.  Please not that financial institutions will never call asking you to provide personal information out, please contact the issuing bank or credit union immediately or call the number on the back of your credit card.

Nicole Reikowski, a 2010 Norwalk St. Paul High School graduate, will bike across the United States this upcoming summer for affordable housing awareness.  Please consider sponsoring her ride at: www.bikeandbuild.org/rider/7181 & follow her blog for updates and photos across the country at: www.nicolesbikeblog.wordpress.com


32 senior citizens, ages 60 to 95 years old, living in Vermilion to Port Clinton – and anywhere in between -- posed as “pin-ups” for a calendar wearing what appears to be their birthday suite….  All to help their peers.  The “SMILES” Calendar is raising money for senior citizens in Erie County, Ohio who need, but can’t afford dental care.  This was the idea of Serving Our Seniors, a not-for-profit, geriatric social service agency in Sandusky, Ohio and is using the proceeds to help older adults suffering from broken teeth, rotting teeth, and those needing a deep cleaning to save their teeth.  Serving Our Senior is hoping sell 2,000 of their fun & sassy calendars for $10.00 each.  100% of the profits will be used to pay for dental care for those known by Serving Our Seniors’ needing dental care.  Calendars can be purchased at www.servingourseniors.org or calling by 419-624-1856.

Are you lonely and need someone to share your day with?  Please consider adopting a "fabulous feline" or a "darling doggie" from the Humane Society Sandusky County.  You can see our adorable adoptable pets on the Petfinders website.  They are located in Fremont, Ohio at 2520 Port Clinton Rd., just south of the Ohio Turnpike at the Fremont exit.

Firelands Physician Group and Firelands Regional Medical Center are proud to introduce a comprehensive Sports Injury Concussion Clinic.  Services of the Concussion Clinic include: Preseason education and computer baseline testing, initial injury assessment/evaluation, physical therapy intervention to include vestibular and balance evaluation and treatment, athletic and academic recommendations with supervised exercise progression program and clearance for safe return-to-play sports participation.  The Concussion Clinic and Sports Medicine Clinic are located at 703 Tyler Street, Suite, 352, Sandusky. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 1:30–4:30pm. To schedule an appointment for the Concussion Clinic or the Sports Medicine Clinic, please call 419-55-SPORT (419-557-7678)..

The American Cancer Society (ACS) announces a new and much needed resource for cancer patients in the Sandusky County area -- The Road to Recovery® program. Road to Recovery® provides cancer patients with a free ride to and from their cancer treatment and the cancer-related physician visits.  For many reasons, patients are unable to meet their transportation needs.  American Cancer Society Road to Recovery drivers break through this barrier by donating their time and the use of their personal vehicle to get patients to treatment.  To learn more about the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program, or register for a training, contact Deborah Niese at 1-888-227-6446 x5102.  To schedule a ride through Road To Recovery or to find out about all of  the American Cancer Society free programs and resources for cancer patients, call 1.800.227.2345.

Set the Stage is Caryl Crane Youth Theatre’s new educational outreach program designed to offer children from the surrounding school districts the opportunity to see their first live theatrical show at no cost.  The experience, which includes admission to an unabridged performance of each show in the CCYT 2012-2013 season, as well as educational and artistic interaction opportunities, will provide the initial theatre exposure a child needs to foster an interest and passion in the theatre arts for life.

Since October of 1989, Safe Harbour has provided many services to the community.   Safe Harbour is now in need of Household Supplies, Paper Products, Cleaning Products, New Twin Sheets, New Towels and Wash Clothes, New Blankets, Feminine Hygiene Products, New Socks, New Night Clothes, New Slippers, New Women’s Plus Size Clothing.  Safe Harbour requests New items because each resident takes whatever is given to them when they leave the shelter.  Safe Harbour does not have the storage available to store used items.  For further information, please call 419-626-2200 or 419-621-7785.

Down Syndrome of Sandusky Children's Play and Support Group Meeting.  Please join us the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6pm to 8pm at the Sandusky Library in the Program Room.  Children, parents and grandparents of all ages are welcome.  Juice boxes and toys will be provided.  Contact:  DSOSgroup@gmail.com if any questions.

Serving Our Seniors, the geriatric social service agency that advocates for older adults to maintain their independence is in need of unwanted hearing aids that fit over-the-ear.  The donated hearing aids will be refurbished and dispensed by an audiologist or hearing aid business to Erie County residents, age 60+ at a cost that is within each senior citizen’s ability to afford, without causing any financial hardship.  Donate the over-the-ear hearing aid go at Serving Our Seniors, 310 E. Boalt Street, Sandusky.  For more information call 419-624-1856 or 800-564-1856.

Camp Good Grief 2014 for Children 5-13 Who Have Experienced Loss will be held on the following dates: Mon. June 16th-20th at Osborn Park, Mon. June 23rd -27th at Hedges-Boyer Park, Mon. July 21st-25th at Veteran’s Memorial Lake Park, Mon. July 7th-11th at Lakeview Park, and Mon. August 4th-8th at West Park. Registration is required. For more information, contact Hope Seavers at 419-625-5269 or hseavers@steinhospice.org.

The 2014 edition of 3rd Thursday with music, flowers, and a sunset will be held on the following dates May 15th, June 19th, July 17th, August 21st, and September 18th from 6:30pm to Sunset in downtown Vermilion. This will include free live music.

The Firelands Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will sponsor the Out-of-the-Box Shoe Sale at Firelands Main Campus, 1111 Hayes Avenue, Sandusky, April 23 – 25 from 8 am – 4 pm.  Shop the latest in shoes for healthcare workers or office worker. Brands include Born, Clarks, Dansko, Reeboks, Skechers, and much more! Proceeds from items bought at the Firelands Regional Medical Center Gift Shops, special fundraising events, and donations make it possible for the Firelands Auxiliary to purchase equipment for the hospital. The Firelands Regional Medical Center Auxiliary has a history of support and commitment to the hospital and its patients. The group's membership is composed of more than 165 dedicated women and men promoting community awareness and interest in the hospital. If you are interested in becoming a Firelands Auxiliary member, please call 419-557-5469 or visit firelands.com/auxiliary.