ETC: Beginning birding tours offered May 11, 12 at Magee Marsh

Press Staff Writer

        The Ohio Ornithological Society (OOS) is now accepting signups for guided beginner birding tours during the International Migratory Bird Day weekend, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife
        The OOS, in cooperation with the Division of Wildlife, will be conducting guided bird walks May 11 and 12 at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, 13531 W. SR, Oak Harbor, Oak Harbor. These outings are targeted at novice or new birding enthusiasts and help people who are new to birding get better acquainted with the beauty of birds.
        May 11 will be held at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. On May 12, walks will be held at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Walks are limited to 15 participants each and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested individuals can register by emailing Please provide your name, phone number, and requested date and time-slot. Additional information will be provided upon registration.
        Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is listed as one of the top 10 birding hotspots in the county and a typical spring songbird migration can draw in around 80,000 people during the months of April and May. In years past, visitors to the area have come from all 50 states and over 30 counties. During these months, birders spend nearly 40 million dollars at area businesses, hotels and restaurants.
        Birders and others who enjoy nature and want to help fund conservation in Ohio can now purchase the 2019 Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. This year’s collectible stamp features the barred owl. The sale of the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp benefits the Wildlife Diversity Fund, which is used to protect and manage wild animals and their habitats. The stamp may be purchased at or any license agent.
“The Little Mermaid”
        Fremont Community Theatre will present, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” May 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theatre is located at 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont.
        Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is a love story for the ages. It tells the story of Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, who wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
        With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable includes favorite songs, “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”
        Reserve tickets by calling 419-332-0695; payment is not required to make reservations and tickets are held at the box office window. The box office will open 30 minutes before the show.
Kids Days @ Hayes
        Kids can test their skills at an obstacle course and with relays during Kids Days @ Hayes on Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont.
        The cost is $3 for kids and grandkids of Hayes Presidential members at the family level and higher and $5 for non-member kids. There is no charge for adults who bring kids to this program.
        The obstacle course and relays are inspired by HPLM’s special exhibit “A Family of Service: The Hayeses in World War I.”
        The title sponsor for Kids Days @ Hayes is Impact Credit Union. The obstacle course and relay event sponsor is JG3 Fitness.
        The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.
        For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit
Mom’s Day at Hayes Center
        In celebration of Mother’s Day, moms will be admitted to the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums for free on Sunday, May 12.
        The Hayes Presidential also will have lemonade and cookies available to visitors throughout the day. A hands-on artifact activity, where visitors can put on the same archival gloves HPLM curators wear and hold a piece of history, will be available at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. in the museum.
        The museum and Hayes Home will be open from noon to 5 p.m. The first tour of the Hayes Home is at 1 p.m., and the last tour is at 4 p.m.
        The library is closed on Sundays.
        For information, call 419-332-2081 or visit Like HPLM on Facebook at @rbhayespres and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @rbhayespres.
Wine down at the Zoo
        Wine-down from your day with a wine tasting on the wild side at the Toledo Zoo Friday, May 17 from 7-9 p.m. in the Malawi Event Center.
        Guests can enjoy Zoo exhibits and amazing animals while sipping wines from around the globe. Events also include professionally paired hors d'oeuvres and live music.
        Tickets are $45 for Zoo members and $50 for non-members. Guests must be 21 or over with valid ID to attend. Tickets must be purchased in advance and reservations are required.
        Reserve a space by calling 419-385-5721, ext. 6001 or online at  The next Wine Tasting will be held Friday, June 6 in the ProMedica Museum of Natural History.
Bark for Life
        The pitter patter of paws on the pavement, tags clinking together, tails a waggin’ – sure signs that it’s Bark For Life time in Genoa.
        The annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will be held Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Veterans Park. In the event of rain, Bark for Life will be held May 25.
        The event will feature a dog walk and various activities for dogs including the popular canine costume contest. This year’s theme is “Paw Wars-The Bark Strikes Back,” so organizers are encouraging participants to dress their dogs and themselves in Star Wars costumes.
        There will also be a Bone Drop 50/50, raffles, vendors music by DJ Shellie Shell, food, blessing of the dogs by Pastor Tammy Keaton, photos with Barky, the event mascot and more.
        Registration is $15 for the first dog and for $5 each additional dog in your household. All registered dogs receive a Bark For Life bandana. Pre-registered dogs will receive a free wag bag.
        For more information or to register, contact Kim Coppes at 419-265-2789 or email
        Event sponsors include Graymont Dolime, JBI Corporation, Edward Jones, Owen’s Ark Veterinary Clinic, Sprouse Insurance, Wilhelm Insurance and Oak Harbor Veterinary Hospital/Pet Haven.
Dart Frog Dash
        Sign-up is under way for the Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash, which will be held at the Toledo Zoo on Saturday, May 18.
        The 5K race/walk, open to all ages, begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Kids’ Fun Run, open to children up to age 12, at 9:45 a.m. Both race routes begin and end on the historic side of the Zoo.
        To register, visit or call 419-385-5721, ext. 2091 to request a form.
        Those registered by Friday, May 10 receive a Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash t-shirt and registration prices of $28 for the 5K walk/run and the $11 for Kids' Run.
        As of Saturday, May 11 the prices will be $30 for the 5K walk/run; $11 for the Kids' Run. A Participants may register the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m. at a cost of $30 for the 5K walk/run and $11 for the Kids' Run, however, no t-shirts will be available.
        Registered participants may pick up their race packet at the Sylvania location of Dave’s Running Shop on Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16 from 3-8 p.m. or the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m. at the Zoo.
        Race participants and their cheering sections that are inside the Zoo’s main gates before 10 a.m. are welcome to enjoy the Zoo for the remainder of the day, free of charge.
        In addition to title sponsor Medical Mutual, the event is supported by packet sponsor Dave’s Running Shop and Shipt, Kids’ Fun Run Sponsor.
“Choral Odyssey”
        The Clarence Smith Community Chorus (CSCC) will perform “Choral Odyssey,” a program showing the power of the Negro spiritual, at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. on the Peristyle stage.
        Celebrating its 43rd season, the 30-member CSCC will highlight the beauty of the Negro spiritual, in addition to classical and gospel selections. The chorus specializes in the performance of Negro spirituals and is dedicated to its preservation as well as the performance of works by African American composers. The CSCC also maintains a liberal helping of standard classical music in its repertoire. Its members come from all walks of life, unified by their mutual love of great music.
        General admission is $15 and seniors are $13. To purchase tickets, visit Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates.
TMA installation closing May 12
        Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshop, which provides visitors with an introduction to glassmaking that involves multiple senses and experiences, will conclude Sunday, May 12. The exhibition is located in Gallery 18 at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) and is free to the public.
        “Gray’s multi-sensory work immerses visitors in the sights, sounds, and smells of the glassmaking studio,” said Diane Wright, TMA’s curator of glass and decorative arts. “They will move beyond a traditional static viewing of glass objects and closer to what the artist experiences in the glassblowing process.”
        Based in Los Angeles, Gray is inspired by historic glassmaking methods and forms, especially traditional 19th and 20th century American and European vessels.
        (Being) in a Hotshop invites visitors to listen to the sounds of the artist blowing glass through a hand-blown cup attached to the wall; to experience the smells particular to the hotshop in an installation entitled Paper Sleeve Wax Block; to touch actual glassblowing tools; and to see video of Gray at work in a hotshop, creating some of the finished glass works on display in the exhibition. She has created a literal rainbow of inspired vessels in the visually stunning installation, A Rainbow Like You.
        Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshop is presented by O-I with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council and 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.
Grant Deadlines
        The Arts Commission has announced the return of the Accelerator Grant program for a third year.
        The program offers financial support with quick turn-around for area literary, performing, and visual artists to advance their creative projects and their careers.
        Eligible categories for up to $1,500 in support include equipment, supplies, professional development and project support.
        The 2019 deadlines are May 28, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26 and Sept. 23. Full guidelines and an application can be found at
        Since 2017, the Accelerator Grant and Merit Award programs have funded 65 artists and collaborative groups with a total of nearly $50,000. Find information on the 2017 and 2018 grant and award recipients online at
        The 2019 Merit Award deadline will be announced late summer 2019.
        The Arts Commission Artist Services programming is supported by ProMedica, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council.
Hensville Concert Series
        The 2019 Hensville Concert Series draws an eclectic lineup of veteran rock performers taking to the Owens Corning stage in Hensville Park for an intimate musical experience.
        The series kicks off on Saturday, July 13 with American Idol winner Phillip Phillips and wraps up on Saturday, Sept. 7 with Guster with a whole lot of good music in between.
        Hensville Park Concert Series is presented with support from Yuengling, Meredith Party Rentals and Great Lakes Sound.
        • Saturday, July 13: Phillip Phillips
        • Tuesday, July 16: Gov't Mule
        • Thursday, Aug. 22: Michael Franti & Spearhead
        • Saturday, Sept. 7: Guster
        Tickets for the general public go on sale on Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m. For prices, tickets and more info, visit or call the box office at 419-725-4367.
        Hensville Park provides an intimate concert experience with the open air and laid-back atmosphere. Concert-goers can bring their own chairs and blankets into Hensville Park to sit in designated seating areas.
Golf scrambles set
        St. Mark Lutheran Church, 611 Woodville Rd., Toledo, will host the 13th Annual Golf Scrambles Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m. at Chippewa Golf Course, 23550 SR 579, Curtice.
        The event is sponsored by the St. Mark High School Youth Group. Proceeds raised will help offset expenses for the Youth Group’s mission trip to Clendenin, West Virginia this summer.
        The cost for the outing is $70 per golfer and includes lunch, cart, desserts and prizes.


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