Evening at the Races this Friday

Last Call for Tickets for the “Evening at the Races” event hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Port Clinton this Friday, Nov. 15, at Lock, Dock & Barrel on Buckeye Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanian or at The Beacon office, next to Goodwill in the Beacon Place Business Center on State Route 53 North. Tickets are $25 per person which includes appetizers, betting opportunities and a guaranteed good time. 

The Port Clinton VFW’s Food Drive Scavenger Hunt is this Saturday starting at 1 p.m. They need teams of 4 people to canvass the community to collect non perishable food items and toiletries. Each team will get a section of town to go door-to-door and the team with the most points wins some nice prizes. Every year the VFW gets a list of local vets in need. The collected items will go to them. 

Our “Find Wylie” winner this week is Bob Pence from Danbury Township who was one of 178 people who found our friendly fish hiding in the ad for Young’s Carpet One on page 1B in last week’s Beacon. Bob wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week. If you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website, 

I attended the kickoff breakfast for the 2013 Red Kettle Campaign for the local Salvation Army unit. They still need volunteers to ring the bell. Just two hours of bell ringing is equivalent to donating over $100. The campaign starts on Monday, Nov. 18, and runs through Dec. 24. Their goal is $64,000, and is much needed. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Director Maureen Saponari at 419-732 ARMY (2769).

You’ve heard of Black Friday? How about Small Business Saturday? Well, now we have a new one…Giving Tuesday! It is the day now designated to create a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season. Joyful Connections in Ottawa County is a local non-profit group that will be participating in “Giving Tuesday” on Dec. 3. They are asking you to visit their website,, click on the “Donate Now” button and make a donation. Joyful Connections is a local nonprofit agency in Ottawa County that serves children and families for safe visitation and exchanges. 

The 9th Annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, under the direction of Craig Dieterich, will be performed on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church on Adams Street in Port Clinton. The community choir, along with professional soloists and orchestra, will present this time-honored Christmas Classic. All singers are welcome to be part of the choir. Rehearsals will be at St. John from 8-9 p.m. on Nov. 14, 21, Dec. 5 and 12. 

The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet this Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Library in Port Clinton. Speaker for the evening will be Derek Davey, who will discuss “Breaking Brick Walls A-Z”. He is a professional genealogist, teacher and speaker who teaches at Lourdes University.

Island Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary will be holding a special “Challenge Bowling Match” with the Danbury Police Department on Monday, Nov. 18. It will be held at 20th Century Lanes in Oak Harbor at 7 p.m.

The Humane Society of Ottawa County’s Poinsettia Sale runs through Nov. 24. They come in 3 different sizes and 4 different colors...white, red, pink and marble. Orders will be ready for pickup on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the shelter during Santa Photos. Order forms will be available at the Shelter. All poinsettias are purchased from Bench’s Greenhouse in Elmore. The Humane Society is also conducting a telephone campaign between the hours of 4 and 9 p.m.

The Port Clinton Athletic Boosters Annual Reverse Raffle will be this Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Port Clinton Elks Lodge. This is their ONLY fundraiser of the year. The Grand Prize will be $7,500. Tickets are $100 each which includes one Prime Rib/Chicken buffet dinner. Additional dinner tickets may be purchased for $20 each. They may be purchased from any Booster Club officer or by contacting Rich Kokinda (419-734-5231) or John Gluth, Jr. (419-732-8826). If you would like to donate an item for the live or silent auctions, contact Missy Cross (419-341-3656). 

There will be an informational meeting for the Men’s Rec Basketball in Port Clinton tonight (Thursday, Nov. 14) at 6 p.m. at Port Clinton City Hall. There will be a discussion on league fees, starting date and game times and other questions will be answered at this time. If you have any questions concerning this meeting, call the PC Rec. Dept. at 419-734-5522, Extension 6, or Lee Horne at 419-573-9432.

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