• 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 from 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 has added more spots for up to 50 kids during each session. 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 Fort Recovery Museum will be open Saturdays and Sundays through September from noon to 5 p.m. To learn about what the Fort Recovery Museum offers, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HajP7zRoup0.
• Brukner Nature Center Autumn Art Exhibit featuring artwork by Sue King will run through Dec. 11. King’s artwork will be on sale until then and will be ready to be picked up on Dec. 12. All proceeds from this exhibit will go to BNC’s mission of wildlife conservation.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 30
• Minster Oktoberfest in downtown Minster through Oct. 2. For a complete schedule of events, menus and bands visit www.minsteroktoberfest.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 1
• Tim Corbin, a Native American Flute player. will be sharing his music using a variety of hand carved flutes at a free community concert outside on the lawn at the Trinity Church of the Brethren, 2220 N. Main Ave., Sidney. He will be sharing stories about his flutes, Native American culture and nature.
• Sauder Village, 22611 State Route 2, Archibold, is hosting the Fiber Arts Festival. Attendees will have the opportunity to see demonstrations from a variety of craftsmen; spinning, weaving, knitting, rug hooking, embroidery, tatting, lace making and dyeing wool with natural dyes. There will be a Sheep to Shawl exhibit that includes hands-on activities like sheep shearing and an opportunity to learn about different wool. Families can participate in a scavenger hunt and different hand-on learning opportunities like weaving, embroidery, knitting and drop spindles. Regular admission to Sauder Village is $22 for adults, $16 for students ages 6-16 and free for members and children 5 and under. Sauder Village is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
SUNDAY, OCT. 2
• Sauder Village is hosting a free event, Monarchs and More Family Fun Day at Little Lake Erie at Sauder Village. Some of the activities include bee keeping demonstrations by Roger and Judy Myers, macro invertebrates presented by Quarry Farm, a monarch butterfly tagging program, programs about bison, wild bees and composting. There will be a nature-themed story time with Deb Swingholm. There will also be a free trolley ride for a wetlands tour. Since Sauder Village is typically closed on Sundays, this free event is made possible by Fulton County Processing and The Nofziger Family.
MONDAY, OCT. 3
• Pre-registration for the second fall session of Brukner Nature Center’s PEEP program begins. PEEP is a nature-centered program for children aged 3-5 who are toilet trained and not attending Kindergarten, or being home-schooled for Kindergarten. PEEP classes are offered Tuesday through Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and on Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $55 for BNC members and $75 for nonmembers per child.
• Ticket sales for Brukner Nature Center’s Haunter Woods begin. BNC’s Haunted Woods is a kid-friendly event on Oct. 22, 23 and 29. A trail guide will lead a group of 20 people along the lit trail, stopping at six stations along the way for families to learn about the wild creatures of the night. Tickets are only available during the pre-sale. The cost is $5 per person for BNC members and $7/person for nonmembers. Children ages 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased by calling 937-698-6493 or emailing [email protected] Purchased tickets will be emailed one week prior to the date booked, the email will include arrival time, trail time and departure time. If a group cancels no refund will be available. If BNC cancels the event, the rain date will be Sunday, Oct. 30. No refunds will be given if groups cannot make this alternate date.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5
• River’s Edge Explorers is a hands-on educational lesson using outdoor exploration for 12 to 17 year old home-schooled students from 2 to 4 p.m. The topic is “Hidden Habitats” which will include discussion and discovery of macro- and micro-habitats and how the creatures within them interact and prepare for winter. Registration is required by Monday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. and costs $5/child for members and $8/child for nonmembers. Pre-register by calling 937-698-6493 or emailing [email protected]