ETC: ‘For the Love of Art’ to showcase works by young local artists

Press Staff Writer

        “For the Love of Art,” a student art exhibit, will return to the Pemberville Opera House Saturdays, Feb. 11 and 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sundays, Feb. 12 and 19 from noon-4 p.m. and Monday Feb. 20 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Opera House is located at 115 Main St., Pemberville.
        The community is invited to view the array of unique works created by young Northwest Ohio artists.
        The exhibition is open to anyone high school ages to three years post-graduation. Art pieces may be entered by individuals or by school art instructors. Monetary prizes will be awarded. Entry forms and rules are available online at
        Admission to “For the Love of Art” is free. In addition, to the exhibit at the Opera House, artwork and colorful projects from middle, elementary and preschool students will be on display at the Pemberville Library and Town Hall.
        For more information, call Cindy Lohrbach at 419-287-3876.
Live in the House!
        The Live! In the House Concert Series continues Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Pemberville Opera House as The Baker Family, a high-energy bluegrass band hailing from south central Missouri, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m.
        Tickets are $12 and are available at the door. The Opera House is located at 115 Main St., Pemberville.
        In addition to bluegrass, the Baker Family’s repertoire includes Gospel and classic country music. The band is comprised of mom, Carrie, who plays guitar and double bass; Trustin on the violin and banjo; Carina, who plays the mandolin and harmonica and Elijah, playing bass and lead guitar.
        They performed on season 12 of “America’s Got Talent,” and PBS’s “Great American Bluegrass,” and have received a number of accolades, including being named “Bluegrass Band of the Year” by the International Country Gospel Music Association, and the “Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest” in Branson, Missouri.
        Learn more at
Comedy Night & Dinner
        Oak Harbor American Legion Post 114, 221 Park St., Oak Harbor, will present its Annual Comedy Night & Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 11.
        The spaghetti dinner will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Comedians will perform at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. Only 100 tickets will be sold. The event is open to the public.
        For tickets, call 419-898-5888 or stop by the post Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday between 4 and 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Legion.
THS celebrating Valentine’s Day
        Looking for a creative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, the Toledo Humane Society is currently running a “Love Stinks” Fundraiser.
        Members of the public who may be feeling “pet-ty” are invited to donate $5 to have the names of an ex-partner written on THS litterboxes for shelter cats to “take care of business.”
        On a more positive note, THS is also asking community members who have classes, groups, or even individuals to write love letters to the animals of THS. Mail Valentines to Toledo Humane Society, 827 Illinois Ave., Maumee, OH 43537.
        Lastly, THS will conduct its annual Barkery sale on Saturday, Feb. 11 from noon-5 p.m. in the shelter education suite in honor of volunteer Linda Hansen, who passed away in 2014. The event raises funds for THS animals.
        For more information, visit or or call 419-891-0705.
Library to celebrate author Mo Willems
        The Wood County District Public Library is celebrating a book birthday for author Mo Willems Monday, Feb. 13 from 4-5 p.m. at the Walbridge Library, 108 N. Main St.
        Willems is the author of the beloved “Pigeon” books and characters. The library will have books, games, crafts and a special treat.
        No registration required. For more information, call 419-352-8253, email or visit
Travel Circle Series    
        The Maumee Valley Adventurers’ Travel Circle Series continues in February and March, as each Saturday from 2-3 p.m., local presenters share their experiences traveling to faraway destinations.
        Cosponsored by Metroparks Toledo, the long-running winter program series alternates between Wildwood Preserve, Ward Pavilion and Oak Openings Preserve, Oak Openings Lodge.
        Reservations are not required. Admission is free. An optional hike precedes each presentation, from 1-2 p.m.
        The schedule includes:
        • Feb. 4, Wildwood Preserve – “Round and Round,” a circular trip in the Eastern U.S. presented by Scott Grenerth.
        • Feb. 11, Oak Openings Preserve – “Pedaling, Pondering and Praying – an 1852-mile Life- Changing Journey,” presented by Mike Armstrong.
        • Feb. 18, Wildwood Preserve – “Turkey Through the Ages,” presented by Ron Randall.
        • Feb. 25, Oak Openings Preserve – “Botswana 1965-2022 – A Remarkable Transformation,” presented by Dick Weisfelder.
        • March 4, Oak Openings Preserve – “Iceland: The Land of Fire & Ice, Fauna & Flora,” presented by Sue Ryno.
        • March 11, Wildwood Preserve – “Exploring Glacier National Park,” presented by Tomko’s/Barbara Laird.
        • March 18, Oak Openings Preserve – “Western Ireland,” presented by Judy Pfaffenberger.
        • March 25, Wildwood Preserve – “Along the Way, the Camino de Santiago, from the Pyrenees to the Atlantic Ocean,” presented by Vince Walsh.
        Visit for more details.
Burn Your Socks Concert
        Ready to send Old Man Winter on his way?
        Grab a pair of winter socks to burn up, put on flip-flops and a tropical shirt, and head to Playmakers Civic Theatre in Port Clinton Sunday, Feb. 26 for an afternoon of live music and laughs at the first-ever Burn Your Socks Concert.
        Doors open at 1:30 p.m. at the theatre, located at 604 W. Sixth St.
        The Island Song Trio will kick things off, followed by Seajamz 7 and headliner Master TC and The Visitors. Nashville comedian Lee Hardin will serve as master of ceremonies to keep things moving and provide plenty of laughs between sets. Beer and wine will be available by donation.
        The event is a fundraiser for the theatre.
        Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and are available online at or at the door. All seats are general admission.
        Winter socks will be burned in a barrel fire in the parking lot, tended by the Port Clinton Fire Department.
Museum announces access program for low-income families
        The National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) has joined Museums For All – a program providing free and reduced admission to those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits.
        With the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, visitors receive free admission to the 11,000 square-foot interior museum and $3 admission to the Museum Ships.
        “Museums for All is a national, branded access program that encourages individuals of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits,” said Ellen Kennedy, NMGL’s Education and Visitor Experience Director. “Standard admission to our museum ranges from $8-17. We recognize this can be a barrier for many low-income families and want to eliminate that barrier.”
        Participation in Museums for All is part of the museum’s broad commitment to seek, include and welcome all audiences through their doors, Kennedy said. The museum already offers various free programming, as well as educational field trip grants.
        Museums for All is a program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM). More than 850 institutions participate in the initiative, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more.
        Participating museums are located nationwide, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
        The National Museum of the Great Lakes is located at 1701 Front St., Toledo. Visit to learn more about the museum, special events, programs and more.


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