Calendar of events: Mother’s Day celebration planned May 12 at the Toledo Zoo

Press Staff Writer

        Let Mom explore and enjoy all the wild wonders at the Toledo Zoo this Mother’s Day. All moms receive free Zoo admission when accompanied by at least one child on Sunday, May 12.
        In addition to Mom’s free admission, the entire family will enjoy a whole zoo’s worth of fun, including touching rays and other sea creatures in the Aquarium, listening to the unique songs of birds from across the globe in the Aviary and enjoying the swinging acrobatics of our primates. Don’t forget to stop by and celebrate with our animal moms – Yaz, the orangutan, Kitani, the gorilla and Renee, the African elephant.
        An optional add-on to your all-about-mom-day is the Zoo’s Mother’s Day Brunch prepared by the Zoo’s award-winning catering staff and served buffet-style in the Malawi Event Center. Seating times, pricing, registration and menu details are available at or by calling 419-385-5721 ext. 6001. Seating for the bountiful brunch is limited and advanced reservations are required. Zoo member discounts apply.
        This Mother’s Day, the Zoo is also celebrating in support of M.O.M., Missing Orangutan Mothers, an orangutan outreach organization. Each year, more and more orangutans (including moms and babies) are killed or left homeless as their native rainforest habitat is cleared for palm oil plantations. To help raise awareness for the protection of these amazing creatures, orangutan keepers and staff will be on hand to educate visitors about the threats and how our small actions can make a big difference for Yaz and Wakil’s wild counterparts.
Ongoing events
Through May 5: “Different Trains,” Toledo Museum of Art, Canaday Gallery. A large-scale video installation, the work features a 1988 musical score by Steve Reich, reinterpreted by Spanish filmmaker Beatriz Caravaggio. “Different Trains” sets Reich’s score to an archival film montage that lends new depths and insights to the original musical composition.
Through May 12: “Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshop,” Toledo Museum of Art. In this solo exhibition of her work, Gray presents glassmaking as something that is experiential rather than strictly visual. The exhibition immerses the audience in the sights, sounds, and smells of the glassmaking studio. Using primarily glass, visitors are invited to experience glassmaking through multiple senses. With Gray’s immersive and sensory installation of the hotshop experience, visitors will be able to grasp a greater understanding of the process of glassblowing. Admission is free.
Through May 29: Special Exhibit “A Family of Service: The Hayeses in World War I,” Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 12-5 p.m. In 1861, 38-year-old Rutherford B. Hayes enlisted in the Union Army during his country’s most desperate hour. Writing to a friend of his military experience, he said: “I think I have never enjoyed any period of my life as much as the last three months. The risks, hardships, separation from family and friends are balanced by the notion that I am doing what every man, who possibly can, ought to do, leaving the agreeable side of things as clear profit.” Hayes passed this belief in the value of service onto his children and grandchildren. This exhibit explores America’s involvement in the “Great War” through the eyes of the Hayes family. Admission is included with the price of a regular museum ticket.
Through Oct. 6: Special exhibit “Temperance,” Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. Before Prohibition, there was temperance. In reaction to increasing consumption of alcohol in the 1800s, many people began to express concerns about the social effects of drinking. The Temperance Movement gained popularity in the 1850s and became a significant moral and political force by 1900. This exhibit will present the causes for temperance, the role of its proponents in American society, and how the Hayeses were shaped by and helped shape the movement. Access to the exhibit is included with regular admission. Members are admitted free. 419-332-2081, or visit
Saturdays-Sundays through Sept. 29: Family Fishing Days, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Catch-and-release fishing at the visitor center pond. Equipment and bait provided. 419-898-0014,
May 3-12: Biggest Week in American Birding, Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center and Pearson Metropark in Oregon; Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Bird Center and Black Swamp Bird Observatory, all in Oak Harbor; East Harbor State Park in Lakeside/ Marblehead and other locations. Throughout the 10-day birding extravaganza, birders from all over the country and the world flock to Northwest Ohio, The Warbler Capital of the World. Activities include guided tours through Magee Marsh and the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and much more. The birds do their part by delighting and dazzling people who traveled here to see them. Last year, 255 species were spotted including 38 warbler species, the most spotted to date.  To register, and find more information on the week's schedule, special events and all the best birding spots visit
May 3-5, May 10-12: “Double Wide Texas,” presented by Genoa Civic Theatre, Genoa. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. In this hilarious, fast-paced comedy, the inhabitants of one of the smallest trailer parks in Texas--four doublewides and a shed--are thrown for a loop when they realize the nearby town of Tugaloo is determined to annex them. Friends, enemies, and neighbors realize they'll have to work together to defeat the encroaching annexation if they--and their way of life--have a snowball's chance to survive being swallowed up by "the big guys." The rollicking mayhem of this flat-out funny Jones Hope Wooten comedy escalates as the residents attempt to secede from Texas, discover a traitor in their midst, and turn the tables in a surprising and side-splitting finale. 419-855-3103,
May 3-5: NW Ohio R Dealers Spring RV Show, The Shops at Fallen Timbers, Maumee. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and May 5 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 3-5: “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse,” Toledo Repertoire Theatre, Toledo. It’s the end of the world and hordes of rampaging zombies are about to kill you. What do you do? Turn to this handy and hilarious guide to survive.
May 3-5, 10-12, 17-19: Fremont Community Theatre presents, “The Little Mermaid,” 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Directed by Randy J. Brown. 419-332-0695,
May 3-4, 10-11, 18, 30-31: Snooze at the Zoo, Toledo Zoo. During the overnight adventure, guests make enrichment for the animals, tour the Zoo, enjoy meals and more. Each snooze lasts from 6:30 p.m.-10 a.m. the following day. Pre-registration required. 419-385-4040,
May 3-12: Ottawa Tram Tour, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge – Visitors Center, Oak Harbor, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Free. Tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 419-898-0014,
May 4: Star Wars in Concert with Toledo Symphony, Huntington Center, downtown Toledo, 8 p.m.
May 4: Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, Toledo Speedway, 8 a.m., Ride or drive in a stock car.
May 4: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Columbus Clippers, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo, 5:05 p.m. 419-725-HENS,
May 4: 15th Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale, Junior 4H Building, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, Fremont, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. No pets or early sales.
May 4: Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, North Parking Lot, Fremont, 9 a.m.-noon. For info on accepted materials, call 419-334-7222 or visit
May 4: Fremont’s 3rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival, downtown Fremont, noon-8 p.m. Food, music, games, contest and more.
May 4: Fremont Speedway (Amerigas Propane – Open Wheel Shootout #1), 901 Rawson, Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. 419-332-5604,
May 5: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Columbus Clippers, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo, 1:05 p.m. 419-725-HENS,
May 5: Monthly Bird Survey, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, 8 a.m. Free. Join refuge volunteers and become a citizen scientist the first Sunday of each month. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Meet at the trailhead parking area. 419-898-0014,
May 5-July 31: Step into Summer Hiking Program, Sandusky Co. Parks, various locations. A program for all ages. Take a hike in Sandusky Parks and get rewards. Hike eight trails between May 5 and July 31. Participants who successfully complete eight trails earn a hiking shield that can be placed on a hiking stick (available for purchase at Creek Bend Farm, Wilson Nature Center). Participating trails include Blue Heron Reserve, Countryside Park, Creek Bend Farm, North Coast Inland Trail, River Cliff Park and White Star Park. Registration required at
May 5: RootsMagic Workshop with company president and software creator Bruce Buzbee, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, 1-4 p.m. RSVP to John Ransom at 419-332-2081.
May 5: Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Toledo Zoo. Take a fun trip south of the border with live entertainment, crafts and activities throughout the day.
May 8: Composting Workshop, Jason’s Pumpkin Patch, 12629 Salem Carroll Rd., Oak Harbor, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. No registration required. 419-898-3215.
May 9: Fused Glass Jewelry, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6 p.m. Led by artist Jill Groves. Arrive early and enjoy the gardens.
May 9: Boochy Mama Kombucha Tea Workshop, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6:30 p.m. Learn how to make your own kombucha.
May 9: Art of Hand Lettering II, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6:30 p.m. Led by artist Rebecca Booth.
May 9: MercyMe with special guest Crowder, Huntington Center, 7 p.m.
May 9: Authors! Adam Savage, Stranahan Theater & Great Hall, Toledo, 7 p.m. MythBusters’ Adam Savage will share his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully turning ideas into reality.
May 10: Author Talk and Book Signing, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, 4 p.m. Paul Kahan, Ph.D., will discuss his book, “The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant: Preserving the Civil War’s Legacy.” Free admission. 419-332-2081,
May 11: Opening Day, Cedar Point, Sandusky. New this year is Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island, which is included with park admission. The new attraction is described as an interactive experience, where visitors are challenged both mentally and physically to solve the mystery surrounding the Forbidden Frontier. Every experience has a different ending, determined by the player and the secrets unlocked. The attraction is geared towards adults, teens, and tweens.
May 11: Midwest Parafest, Toledo Yacht Club, Toledo, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Hosted by Erie Shores Paranormal, the event brings a new lineup of celebrity speakers, authors and psychic/mediums.
May 11: Maker’s Mart Spring 2019, Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St., Toledo, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Toledo's favorite one day pop up indie craft fair featuring 100+ vendors, local coffee and craft cocktails and beer, food trucks and more. $1 admission.
May 11: Jason Aldean with Kane Brown & Carly Pearce, Huntington Center, Toledo, 7:30 p.m.
May 11: Spring on the Farm, Sauder Village, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Experience life in rural Ohio more than 100 years ago.
May 11: Community Day Festival, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Live music, hayrides, craft and art vendors, food, kids’ activities and informational booths on gardening, trees, etc. Rain or shine. Free admission; donations of non-perishable items will be accepted for the Elmore Food Bank. 419-862-3182,
May 11: TV & Electronics Recycling, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, North Parking Lot, Fremont, 9 a.m.-noon. $2 for TVs 24” or less, $3 for TVs 25” and larger; $5 for consoles. Flat screen and panel TVs accepted at no charge. No projection TVs accepted. Computer equipment, CD players, copy machines, electronic game systems, fax machines, etc. also allowed.
May 11: Dog Day at the Beach, White Star Quarry, Gibsonburg. Bring your four-legged friends to play at White Star Beach (humans must stay on the beach). Small dogs (under 25 pounds) may swim from 10-11 a.m.; medium and big dogs welcome from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Special needs and senior dogs may swim from 1-1:30 p.m. Register at
May 11: Kids Days at Hayes, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. An interactive, educational program for kids through age 12. 419-332-2081,
May 11-12: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
May 13-14: Garden Bros. Circus, Huntington Center, Toledo. Showtimes 4:30-7:30 p.m.
May 14: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Norfolk Tides, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo, 6:35 p.m. 419-725-HENS,
May 15: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Norfolk Tides, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo, 10:35 a.m. 419-725-HENS,
May 16: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Norfolk Tides, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo, 10:35 a.m. 419-725-HENS,
May 16: Art Loop: Craft & Culinary, downtown Toledo, various locations, 5:30-9 p.m. Explore the downtown creative community through self-guided tours of the art, artists, and spaces that inspire a vibrant Toledo. The Loop is a program of The Arts Commission, presented in partnership with the artists and participating venues. Walk, cycle, drive or hop the bus ($1.25).
May 16: Bonsai Make & Take, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6:30 p.m. Bonsai specialist Steve Tusen will help participants “make and take” a bonsai home. $36.05 (includes materials).
May 16: Poured Acrylics with Jackie, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6:30 p.m. Artist Jackie Meier will guide participants in creating a unique abstract painting. $36.05 (includes a walk in the garden).
May 17: Wine Tasting at the Toledo Zoo, 7 p.m., Malawi Event Center. Enjoy exhibits and amazing animals while sipping wines from around the globe.
May 17: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Scranton/WB RailRiders, Fifth Third Field, Toledo, 7:05 p.m. 419-725-HENS,
May 17: Toledo Symphony: Mahler’s Resurrection, Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, Toledo, 8 p.m.
May 17-18: Drums at the Rapids, Miniature War Gaming Conference, Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg. Fight epic battles on a small scale.
May 17-18: Rally by the Rails, Loop Park, village of Walbridge. Entertainment, games, food, live music, arts, crafts & hobby show, Butch & Paulette Slone Memorial Car/Truck/Motorcycle Show, parade and more.
May 18: Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash, Toledo Zoo, Toledo. A 5K run, non-competitive 5K walk and a fun 1K run for kids. 419-385-4040,
May 18: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Scranton/WB RailRiders, Fifth Third Field, 5:05 p.m. 419-725-HENS,
May 18: 3rd Annual Fremont Fishing & Outdoor Festival, along the Sandusky River, downtown Fremont, 9 am.-3 p.m. The free family-friendly event will feature live music, food vendors and displays of fishing boats, ATVs, campers, camping gear and more. The 2,500-gallon “Hawg Trough” semi-fish tank will also be there. Watch Bass Pro fisherman, “Michael Simonton” demonstrate fishing and lure techniques. 419-332-4470,
May 18: Antique Car Gathering, Sauder Village, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sauder Village will celebrate the automobiles of days gone by with nearly 100 antique cars on display in the Historic Village.
May 18: Fremont Speedway (Kistler Engines – Meet the Drivers/Students Night), 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7 p.m. 419-332-5604,
May 18-19: ARCA Menards Series 200, Toledo Speedway, 2 p.m. On-track autograph session at noon.
May 19: Oregon Fest, noon-6 p.m. Dustin Road, Oregon, Ohio. Parade, contests, living history exhibit, entertainment, music and more.
May 19: Walk MS: Toledo, Huntington Center, Toledo, 9:30 a.m. 1-mile and 3 -mile routes available. Check-in at 8:30 a.m. and walk begins at 9:30 a.m.
May 19: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Scranton/WB RailRiders, Fifth Third Field, 1:05 p.m. 419-725-HENS,
May 19: Music in the Parlor, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 4-5 p.m.
May 21: “The Sound of Music,” Stranahan Theater, Toledo, 7:30 p.m.
May 23: Painting with Donna, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6 p.m. Create your own flower box. All skill levels welcome.
May 23: Fused Glass Plate or Four Coasters, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Artist Jill Groves will instruct how to create works of decorative and functional art by layering art glass to be fused in Jill's studio kiln after class. Teens and adults welcome. $41.20. 419-862-3182,
May 23: Sandusky Co. Historic Jail Tour, 622 Croghan St., Fremont, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. One-hour guided tour includes the historic 1892 Sandusky Co. jail, the 1840s dungeon located underneath the Sandusky County Courthouse and the Gallows Exhibition Hall featuring the gallows used for the last hanging in Sandusky County. $5. Tickets available at the door or at the Sandusky County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 712 North St., Fremont.
May 24: Chicago in Concert, Toledo Zoo Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.
May 25: Fremont Speedway (American Powersports – Armed Forces Night), 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7 p.m. 419-332-5604,
May 25-26: First Siege 1813, Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg. U.S. and British soldiers as well as Woodland Indians recreate historic 1813 battles at Fort Meigs.
May 25-27:  Flower Day Weekend, Toledo Farmer’s Market, 525 Market St. (adjacent to the Erie Street Market), Toledo, rain or shine. Saturday and Monday are traditional market days with a spotlight on local produce, artisans, plants and flowers. On Sunday, market vendors will be joined by members of the Toledo Area Flower & Vegetable Growers for a fantastic display of plants. Various craft and food vendors will be on hand all three days. 419-255-6765 or
May 25-27: Home Run Weekend, Imagination Station, Toledo. Baseball fans of all ages are invited to slide into Imagination Station, to test their throwing speed in the pitching cage and tap out a tune on a xylophone made out of baseball bats. Activities are free with paid admission. Open Memorial Day 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 26: Fremont Speedway (Computer Man Inc. – All Star Circuit of Champions), 901 Rawson St., Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7 p.m. 419-332-5604,
May 27: Memorial Day Parade, downtown Fremont, 10 a.m.
May 27: Memorial Day Commemoration, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, noon-5 p.m. Join Fort Meigs staff and volunteers in honoring our nation’s fallen heroes.
May 28: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Gwinnett Stripers, Fifth Third Field, Toledo, 6:35 p.m. 419-725-HENS,
May 28: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Gwinnett Stripers, Fifth Third Field, Toledo, 10:35 a.m. 419-725-HENS,
May 30-June 1: Northwest Ohio Latino Fest, Lucas County Fairgrounds, Maumee. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. A celebration of the histories and cultures of those whose ancestors come from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America featuring food, music, dance and art. /
May 30: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Gwinnett Stripers, Fifth Third Field, Toledo, 6:35 p.m. 419-725-HENS,
May 30: Poured Acrylic Jewelry with Jackie, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6:30-8 p.m. Led by artist Jackie Meier. $36.05 includes materials and a before-workshop walk of the gardens.
May 31-June 1: Genoa Homecoming, downtown Genoa. Residents, former residents and visitors are invited to enjoy a parade themed “Ahoy Genoa - Celebrating life above and below the water,” entertainment, beer tent, fireworks and much more.
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