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May 25, 2020

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Elderly and low-income tax preparation assistance offered by ONU students

Elderly and low-income tax payers in Hardin and surrounding counties can find free income tax assistance from Ohio Northern University business and law students through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).

The VITA Program offers free tax help to low-to-moderate-income (generally $51,000 and below) individuals across the country who cannot prepare tax returns on their own.

As part of this program, ONU students have received training and have become IRS-certified to help prepare basic and intermediate tax returns and identify special credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly.

"Rin Tin Tin" author Susan Orlean to Skype with Ada Public Library book group

Susan Orlean, the acclaimed author of 'The Orchid Thief' will meet via Skype with the Ada Public Library book group to discuss her latest book, 'Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend'.

The event takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. at Ada Public Library.  Everyone is welcome.

If you are interested in learning more about Susan Orlean's biography of Rin Tin Tin, you may click here for the New York Times book review.

Veterans benefits explained at free public presentation

Don Dunahue, the Hardin County Veterans Service Officer will present "Veterans Benefits - What you really need to know" on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Community Health Professionals Building, Ada. 

The event is free and open to the public.

Mr. Dunahue will discuss the various benefits that are available to veterans or their surviving spouse and the process for receiving these benefits. There will be a special focus on benefits available for home health and assisted living.

The event is offered jointly by Community Health Professionals of Ada and Blanchard House in Kenton, Ohio.

Chinese New Year program for kids at the Ada Public Library

The Chinese New Year, one of the most important of Chinese holidays, officially begins Feb. 10 but it's being ushered in early at the Ada Public Library.

On Monday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. the Ada Public Library will host the ONU Asian American Student Union as they present "The Red Dragon", a performance for grades K through 5 and open to all.  The performers will explain about the tradition and it's significance. 

Children will receive a traditional Chinese New Year gift.  Activities will include origami and Korean calligraphy.  



Apollo kicks off Career-Tech Ed Month on Jan. 29

Apollo Career Center will hold its first-everl Apollopalooza on Jan. 29, 5:30-7 p.m., to kick-off National Career and Technical Education Month, which runs through February.

Apollopalooza will showcase both the high school and adult education programs. The event is free and open to the public.

“Because Apollo is not a traditional high school or college, and because adults and high school students are being trained during the day and evening, Apollo is opening up the building, for the public to see and experience what Apollo students learn everyday,” said Dana Dukes Norton, community relations liaison.

Ada resident part of award winning "Big River" musical at Van Wert Civic Theater now through Feb. 9

The Van Wert Civic Theatre is presenting the Tony Award winning musical Big River, a country and bluegrass musical adaptation of Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".

The show is directed by Jerry  Zimmerman and features Ada dramatist Nancy Williams Shuffle in the role of Mary Jane Wilkes.  

The musical won numerous Tony awards, including for both music and score.

Big River is running Thursday through Saturday on the following dates:
Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 2, 3 and Feb. 7, 8, 9.

The Thursday through Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m.