ETC: Adults invited to Imagination Station for Science After Dark

Tammy Walro

        Imagination Station is giving adults the chance to play like a kid with a new series of events designed just for them.
        Science After Dark pairs food and drink with science and entertainment at after-hours events at Toledo’s Science Center throughout the year. The first in the series, “Science After Dark: Science and Spirits” will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.
        “We like to think of these events as a happy hour for science-lovers that give adults the chance to explore the museum without having to share space with kids,” said Kate Pixler, communications director. “They can ride the High Wire Cycle, try the BOYO, take as much time as they want trying all the great science exhibits and just have fun with their friends on a night out.”
        Science After Dark: Science and Spirits will feature tastings and specialty cocktails from 6/5 Distilling, High Level Distillery and Toledo Spirits. Those brave enough to take the challenge will test their strength, coordination and reaction time as they balance on the back of a mechanical bull. Guests can also dance the night away with music provided by Book That DJ and enjoy full museum access with science demonstrations.
        Pre-sale tickets are available for $25 each at At-the-door pricing is $30 for Imagination Station members and $35 for nonmembers. Admission includes seven tastings, light snacks and all activities. BBQ sandwiches and other food items will be available for purchase and guests may purchase additional drinks from a full cash bar.
        Science After Dark: Science and Spirits is sponsored by Toledo Spirits.
        The next Science After Dark event will explore the science of wine and chocolate on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.
        Call 419-244-2674 or visit
Christmas Parade
        The 47th annual East Toledo Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 beginning at 11 a.m. This year’s theme will be “Up on the House Top.”
        Business, organizations, marching bands, school groups, churches and anyone else interested in participating in this year’s parade can contact Denny Fairchild at 419-693-9517.
“Live! In the House”
        The Voices of Ohio, a dynamic, professional adult vocal show group that has entertained audiences around the world, will entertain audiences at the Historic Pemberville Opera House Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
        The concert is part of the ongoing Live! In the House Concert Series. The Pemberville Opera House, which is now accessible to those with disabilities, is located at 115 Main St.
        The Voices of Ohio performs a wide variety of contemporary and traditional music. Their repertoire includes music that celebrates the American heritage and spirit with a variety of pop, rock, country, show tunes, songs of faith and patriotic music.
        Tickets are $12 and are available at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville; at the door, or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848.
        Visit for more details.
“A Doublewide, Texas Christmas”
        The Genoa Civic Theatre is presenting, “A Doublewide, Texas Christmas” Nov. 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. The theatre is located on the second floor of the historic Genoa Town Hall, 509-1/2 Main St.   Tickets for the comedy are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and are available at the door or call 419-855-3103.
        Visit for more details.
Glass art workshops at TMA
        Have you watched a glassblowing demonstration and wanted to participate in the process? During the month of November, visitors can make a small glass bowl in the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop under the guidance of a Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) instructor.
        “The Toledo Museum of Art workshops are a great opportunity for team building, couples or individuals to participate in the experience of creating glass art and have a wonderful keepsake for their home or office,” said Alan Iwamura, the Museum’s glass studio manager. “The instructors ensure that no matter your knowledge level, it will be a fun, rewarding experience.”
        The hour-long glass art workshops are held Fridays at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. and Saturdays at noon and 4 p.m. The cost  is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Adults and children 14 years and older who are accompanied by an adult are eligible to participate.
        Visitors who prefer something other than a glass bowl can sign up for a Pick Your Project workshop and select from a variety of objects including an apple, mushroom, flower, donut, fortune cookie, ornament or paperweight.        The Pick Your Project glass art workshops cost $42 for museum members and $52 for nonmembers and take place most Thursdays evenings from 6:30- 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 3-4:30 p.m.
        To register for one of the classes, visit and select Glass Art Workshops from the menu or call 419-255-8000 during museum hours.
Tea & Talk Series
        The Wood County Historical Society will welcome Bowling Green State University professor Amilcar Challu as the guest speaker for the November Tea & Talk Series on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 2-4 p.m. at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green.
        The November Tea & Talk program will discuss how Ohio’s signature system of poor relief compared to relief in Latin America.
        Challu is a professor and department chair in the History Department at BGSU. His field of studies includes Latin American history, inequality and human wellbeing (including health and nutrition), and environmental history and environmental humanities.
        Admission is $23 for adults and $18 for Wood County Historical Society members. Admission includes tea, light refreshments and the program. Reservations and payment are required by Friday, Nov. 8. Call 419-352-0967 or visit The Museum is handicap accessible.
        The program is part of a monthly tea series hosted by the Historical Society. The November tea is sponsored by The Lubrizol Corporation. A complete list of teas and other programs is available online at
Authors, Animals and Art
        Toledo Zoo and the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum are collaborating to present a new learning opportunity with “Authors, Animals and Art” at the Zoo.
        The first event of this series will feature Steven Savage, illustrator of “Polar Bear Morning” on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 1-3 p.m. in The Great Hall of the ProMedica Museum of Natural History at the Zoo. The afternoon will begin with a short multimedia presentation from the illustrator, followed by Savage reading the book aloud and concluding with a book signing. Copies of “Polar Bear Morning” will be available for purchase at the event.
        “Polar Bear Morning” is a children’s book created for ages 3-5, authored by Lauren Thompson and illustrated by Savage. It tells the story of two polar bear cubs that venture from their dens to explore their Arctic habitat and form a new friendship. Released in January 2013, it is a follow-up to the award-winning “Polar Bear Night.”
        “Authors, Animals and Art” is open to all ages and is free with Zoo admission. Guests are encouraged to come early and explore the new Museum, including the Mazza Gallery on the second floor. No pre-registration is required.
        For more information, visit
Pemberville holiday happenings
        The Pemberville- Freedom Area Historical Society is busy planning for this year’s Festival of Trees, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1 in the historic Pemberville Opera House.
        In keeping with this year’s theme, “Making Seasons Bright,” organizers are inviting talented tree decorators to step forward and display their creativity. Decorated Trees must be at least 6 feet tall, but anything goes as far as tree color, lights and décor. Individual decorators and teams are welcome.
        Patrons will get a chance to vote for their favorite trees. The winning tree/decorator will receive a $100 cash prize.
        Decorators will have access to the Opera House starting Tuesday, Nov. 12.
        Admission to the Festival of Trees is $5 per person (free for children with paid adult admission), with proceeds benefiting the Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society. Tickets, available at the door, include complimentary refreshments and an entry in the grand prize drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland.
        Call Laurie Housholder at 419-686-8125, Cindy Lohrbach at 419-287-3876 or Todd Sheets at 419-287-3274 for more details.
        Parade units sought
        The Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society is also inviting clubs, organizations, youth groups, schools, musicians and businesses to participate in Pemberville’s seventh annual Lighted Christmas Parade, set for Sunday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Pemberville.
        Register in advance at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., or the day of the parade beginning at 4 p.m. at the Pemberville Public Library, 375 E. Front St.
        The parade will begin at the library and travel through town to the final destination of the Pemberville Town Hall. It will conclude with a tree-lighting ceremony at Mason Park, Pemberville.
        The parade is the finale to Pemberville’s Christmas in the Village festivities, which includes a Santa Claus Meet-and-Greet, horse and carriage rides, the Festival of Trees and other activities.
        Visit for a parade form. For more details, call Todd Sheets at 419-287-4305.
Call for entries for 2020 Maumee Film Festival
        The Maumee Uptown Business Association will present the 5th annual Maumee Film Festival Friday and Saturday March 6-7, 2020 in the Maumee Indoor Theater.
        The film festival celebrates creativity and independent filmmaking. All filmmakers, high school age or older, are invited to submit a film project for a chance to win cash prizes.
        Films selected from the following categories will be screened during the festival: 
        • Short films: Competitive entries in a variety of genres for films with a maximum running time of 15-minutes in length will be considered. Films may be uploaded using Film Freeway.
        • Longer than short: For the extended short film that falls between the short and medium-length films. Films with a running time of 15:01-29:59 fit into this category.
        • Medium-length films: Filmmakers have 30 to 50 minutes to tell their stories through film.
        The deadline to register for the festival is Tuesday, Dec. 31.
        Chris deFaria, president of DreamWorks Feature Animation Group, will serve as a judge for the film festival. Throughout his career, deFaria spearheaded the development and application of emerging technologies and applied them to the creative process with groundbreaking results, notably in such breakthrough films as “Mad Max: Fury Road,” the Harry Potter films, “The Matrix” trilogy and more.
        48-Hour Film Challenge
        The Maumee Film Festival will once again host the 48-Hour Film Challenge, in which filmmakers have two days to write, shoot and edit a short film. The film challenge weekend will take place Friday-Sunday, Feb. 7-9, 2020. Films created during the challenge will be screened at the festival.
        To submit a film or register for the 48-Hour Film Challenge, visit
Polar Paws & Santa Claws
        The Toledo Zoo will present a new holiday-themed 5K Sunday, Dec. 15.
        The Medical Mutual Polar Paws & Santa Claws holiday 5K will include a race, walk and Kids Cub Run.
        The Kids Cub Run will begin at 3 p.m. near the Aquarium and the 5K race/walk will start at 4 p.m. on Broadway Street.
        The 5K course will run through neighborhoods west of the Zoo, through Tembo Trail and conclude in Main Plaza near the Dancing Lights. Registration includes touch screen-friendly gloves, insulated cup, holiday-themed post-race refreshments and admission to the Lights Before Christmas display. Collectible medals will also be provided for the first 600 registrants.
        The registration fee for the 5K is $35 through Nov. 17 and $45 from Nov. 18 through race day.
        The Kids Cub Run is open to youths up to age 12. Registration is $15. Participants will be broken down into three age groups for the race, which is contained within Zoo grounds.
        All event participants are encouraged to wear holiday-themed attire and light-up accessories. Spectators will receive discounted Lights Before Christmas admission if they enter Zoo gates by 4 p.m. on race day.
        For more information, visit
“Laughter on the 23rd Floor”
        Tickets are on sale for the Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s upcoming production of the slapstick comedy, “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” by Neil Simon.
        “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” is the Rep’s tribute to one of the greatest American comedy playwrights who passed away in August 2018. Inspired by Simon’s youthful experience as a television scriptwriter on Sid Caesar’s landmark comedy-variety show, “Your Show of Shows,” the memoir is fueled by the neurotic writing staff at NBC, frantically scrambling to top each other with gags and impress their boss. The production contains explicit language and mature themes.
        The production will run Jan. 10-19 at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 Tenth St. in downtown Toledo. Tickets are $19.75 for adults, $17.75 for senior citizens and $9.75 for students and are available online at or by calling 419-243-9277.
Firefighter-themed Restaurant opens
        A grand and ribbon-cutting were held Oct. 21 for Fire Station Bar And Grill, a new destination firefighter-themed restaurant located at 6040 Knights Inn Place in Maumee.
        From décor to menu, the restaurant celebrates and honors Northwest Ohio firefighters, their engine companies and first responders.
        “This has been an amazing journey after spending the last 18 months gathering historical fire photography and facts with the assistance of the Toledo Firefighters Museum and photographing several engine companies with the full support and cooperation of the City of Toledo Fire Department and countless surrounding fire departments, including the City of Maumee Fire Department, Sylvania Township Fire Department, Bowling Green Fire Division, Waterville Fire Station, Northwood Fire Department, Pemberville Fire Department, Oregon Fire Department, Rossford Fire Department, Monclova Township Fire/Rescue, Swanton Fire Department, Perrysburg Fire Department, and Springfield Township Fire Department,” said Jamie Wietrzykowski, owner.
        The décor is a combination of historical fire station gear, memorabilia, oversized never-seen-before historical photos and murals and a custom-scaled fire truck by a former Disney Effects Artist coming out of the center of the second floor with fully functioning lights and emergency sound.
        The menu features American fare with a smokehouse twist along with local and craft beers, specialty wines and cocktails. The restaurant also features live music featuring local favorite artists and weekly special events including a magician on Wednesdays.
        Visit for more info.


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