Let yourself go



• Packer Historical Center, 112 W. Main St., Anna, is open Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

• Martial arts classes teaching karate and jujitsu will be held for children aged 6 through adults at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA. Classes will be held on Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. for beginners at a cost of $22 for members and $40 for non-members for four classes. Advanced classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. and cost $44 for members and $80 for non-members for four classes. All classes are taught by Sensei David Smith, in partnership with Jukido-Kai School-Martial Arts.

• Kinetics classes are available at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA and include: Mommy & Me (parent & child, ages 10 to 24 months); Pre-School Gymnastics (ages 2 to 5); Youth Gymnastics (ages 6+); Pre-Team Gymnastics; Acrobatic Gymnastics; Cheerleading classes; Tumbling classes; and Competitive Gymnastics Team. For days, times and cost, visit www.sidney-ymca.org.

• Aquatics classes are available at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA and include: Water Discovery/Exploration (parent & child, ages 6 months to 3 years); Preschool Swim Lessons (ages 3 to 6; swimmers in levels 1 through 3 must have a parent or adult in the water with the child); Youth Swim Lessons (ages 6+); Competitive Swim Team (Y Stingrays); Adult Swim Lessons (by appointment only); and Private & Semi-private Lessons available. For days, times and cost, visit www.sidney-ymca.org.

• Home-school Nature Club at the Brukner Nature Center Staff naturalists have developed hands-on educational lesson plans using live wildlife and outdoor exploration. The club is for home-schooled students aged 5-11 and costs $5/child each month for BNC members and $8/child each month for non-members. The Home-school Nature Club will meet on the third Wednesday of each month starting Sept. 21 and through May. Pre-registration is required and can be done via phone by calling 937-698-6493 Monday through Friday or by emailing [email protected]. Parents may register and pay for one month or several at a time. All fees are non-refundable.

• The Brukner Nature Center invites you to come enjoy their Winter Art Exhibit featuring the artwork of Maria Burke. Burke is a Hocking Hills based artist, who pulls her inspiration from Ohio’s native wildlife. Her unique gouache paintings on black paper, and lifelike museum-quality sculptures, recreate Ohio’s plants, animals and environments that are often underappreciated. Burke’s goal is to foster a curiosity and appreciation for the nature we find in our own backyards and beyond. She will also have a selection of giclee prints, magnets, vinyl stickers, postcards and woven throws in the Nature Shop at BNC. A portion of all sales will support BNC’s mission of wildlife conservation. Burke’s art will be on exhibit through March 19, 2023.


• Riverside Art Center, 3 W. Auglaize St., Wapakoneta, is hosting a Meet the Artists event for artist Mike Huffman. The reception is free and open to the public from 6 to 7 p.m. Also starting March 10 is the exhibition of Huffman’s work. His work will be exhibited until April 15.


• The Houston Community Association is having their annual beef and noodle/chicken and noodle dinner at 5005 Russia-Houston Road in Houston from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The menu will include chicken and noodles/beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans/corn, dinner roll, cole slaw, coffee and juice. Donations will be accepted for the meal. Cans of pop and bottles of water will be available for purchase. Take out will also be available.


• Animal tails, bird watching and spiders are just a few topics your preschooler will learn about in the next session of PEEP! Preschoolers meet once a week for six weeks and will discover a different nature-related topic as they share stories, encounter wildlife and explore the outdoors! Class sizes are limited to 10 children. Classes last an hour and a half of mostly outdoor activity, so always dress your child for the weather – rain/winter coats, boots, hats, gloves, etc. PEEP is geared specifically for children ages 3 – 5 years old, who are potty-trained (no pull-ups) and not attending Kindergarten (or being home-schooled for Kindergarten). Pre-registration will begin on Monday, March 13 for children not enrolled in PEEP. BNC’s PEEP Spring Session runs from April 11 – May 19. Classes are offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday mornings from 9:30 – 11 a.m. and Thursday afternoons from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Cost for PEEP Spring Session is $55 for BNC members per child or $75 for non-members per child (cash or check preferred). To pre-register on March 13, call 937-698-6493 or email [email protected] and provide your child’s name, age, birthdate and phone number. List your top three choices for class (see options above) and wait for an email to confirm your child is now registered and which day they will be attending. You will then have three days to mail a check or drop off payment – If payment is not received within three days, your child’s spot will open for another child. Call at 937-698-6493 with any questions.

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