LIMA — If you love Christmas all year long, visit The Meeting Place on Market on Friday, July 16, and enjoy a Christmas in July celebration. The fun starts at 10 a.m. at 220 W. Market St., Lima, and wraps up at 4 p.m. Meeting Place staff will have free bakery and coffee samples, as well as activities for kids such as making ornaments and cookie decorating. The event also includes unique gifting ideas and Peppermint Mochas. Admission is free.
Other events around the region include, on Friday:
Grief Trails: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Challenged Champions, 11913 County Road 6, Ottawa. Grief support ride for children 6-12. Registration due July 7. Call 419-423-5351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hillbilly Truck Pulls: 7 p.m.-midnight Friday at Northwest Ohio Field & Stream, 11910 Kolter Rd., Spencerville. Gate opens at 5 p.m. There are no bleachers, so bring a lawn chair. Social distancing is encouraged. There is a $15 donation taken at the gate; children are admitted free.
Lincoln Park Dance: 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Lincoln Park Shelter House at Shawnee Street and E. Elm Street in Lima. If construction hampers your driving route, the shelter house can be reached from Bellfontaine Avenue, north on Shawnee Street and from East North Street south on Shawnee. The dance is free and open to the public.
The Art of Stuart Fink “Reflections” at ArtSpace/Lima: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at 65-67 Town Square, Lima. This is the final day to visit the exhibit. ArtSpace celebrates Stuart Fink’s work in the Ellen Nelson Gallery. Fink’s small works contain shapes and designs that mirror the Lima sculpture “Trinity.” Forty of Fink’s solid steel sculptures are on display, as well as his large paperwork renderings and artifacts from his first visit to Lima. Admission is free.
Discovery Center Open House: Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Lane, off CR 144, west of Findlay. The open house features watercolor painting in the butterfly garden with Naturalist Michelle Rumschlag, but visitors can choose to participate in unstructured or structured activities during the open house. Other activities include bird-watching via the Windows on Wildlife, nature videos, live and mounted animals on display and seasonal displays and exhibits. All ages are welcome to participate in this free event.
Local author book signing: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 3330 W. Elm St., Lima, at the Readmore Hallmark store. Join the Readmore staff in welcoming authors Ruth Naylor and Marilyn Stark, who will be signing books. The event is free.
Autism “Rocks!” rock painting event: 2-4 p.m., McLean Teddy Bear Park, 2004 N. Dixie Highway, Lima. The event is free, but donations are accepted. All painting supplies are provided, and light snacks will also be available. The whole family is invited to attend, paint a rock, take it home and hide it somewhere in the community where others can see it.
Churn on Friday Open House: Sunday, July 18, 1-4 p.m. at Litzenberg Memorial Woods McKinnis House, 6100 Rt. 224, west of Findlay. It’s time to milk the cow and churn the butter on the McKinnis family farm. When finished, sample the fresh butter on a buttermilk biscuit straight from the old wood stove oven. All ages welcome to this free event - no registration is required.
Live Music at Zinum 12: 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at 134 W. High St., Lima. Every third Sunday of the month, through August, a jam band of different area musicians will be featured.
One Voice concert: 6 p.m. Sunday at The Ada Church of Christ Disciples, 316 S. Main St., Ada. A concert featuring “One Voice” will be held. A free-will offering will be taken.