Family Briefs

Tammy Walro

Free healthcare visits
        Wood County Community Health Center is offering free visits during September.
        New patients or existing patients who have not been seen at Wood County Community Health Center yet in 2019 can come for a free health care visit on Tuesdays in September.
        Walk-in patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Appointments may be scheduled for another day if not everyone can be seen.
        Patients should bring a list of their top health concerns. A primary care provider will work with patients to come up with a plan to improve overall health. Nurse practitioner Sally Royston will see patients one-on-one. Lab work, Pap tests and other specialized services are not included in this visit.
        People of all ages are welcome. Attendees are invited to tour our facility and meet providers.
Farmers Market & Street Play
        Downtown Fremont Inc. will host the Croghan Colonial Bank Street Farmers Market & Sandusky County Public Health and Sandusky County Park District Street Play Saturday, Sept. 21.
        Events will run on Front Street from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
        Free and inclusive activities promoting health, recreation and fitness will be held in the Brady Parking Lot during the market. They include a bounce house, an obstacle course, bike helmet fittings, fruit and veggie tasting and Jazzercise from 11 a.m.-noon. Kids’ yoga will be held from 9-10 a.m. in the grass lot across by the Arch Street Parking Lot.  Pepper the Unicorn Pony will be in the vendor line up for pictures.
Planned Pethood Birthday Bash set
        Planned Pethood will hold its community-wide 40th Birthday Bash Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
        The event, open to the public, will be held at the Carpenters Local 351 Union Hall, 9278 Bass Pro Boulevard (near Lime City Road) in Rossford.
        The celebration will feature dog and cat adoptions at a 40 percent off birthday rate. In addition, there will be activities for kids and adults, along with pet-related products and services. Food trucks will be on site, and we'll have cupcakes and cookies to celebrate the occasion.
        Planned Pethood, Inc., was established in 1979 to help reduce the overpopulation of dogs and cats through a more organized spay / neuter program; and provide a foster-based service to rescue, vet and place adoptable dogs and cats into permanent homes.
Luckey Fall Festival
        The 2019 Luckey Fall Festival will be held Sept. 27-29 on Adams Street between Krotzer Avenue (SR. 582) and Gilbert Road.
        A fall tradition since 1982, the festival will feature live music, bingo, a craft and flea market, food, tractor pulls, a steam engine spark show, antique and classic auto displays, a kids’ area, antique gas engine display, tractor pulls and much more.
        A complete schedule and more information is available online at or
Healing Barn open house, fundraiser set
        An open house and fundraiser will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 from noon-3 p.m. at the Healing Barn, 27731 Bradner Rd., Millbury. Admission is free.
        The community is invited to come and meet the equines at the horse rescue facility. In addition to entertainment by DC Taylor, the event will include face painting, a bouncy house, raffles and food and beverages.
        Proceeds raised will go entirely for caring for abused horses.
Toledo Rep production
        The Toledo Repertoire Theatre will present, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” Sept. 13-14, 20-22 and 26-29. The theatre is located at 16 10th St, Toledo.
        Curtain time is 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $15 for students and children.
        Tony award-winner for Best Musical, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music and laughs. It tells the story of a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm…and a dash of murder.
        The cast of 11 includes Matthew Crawford as Montague “Monty” Navarro, Dawn Kingman as Miss Shingle, Sarah Hunter as Sibella Hallward, Sarah Pettee as Phoebe D’Ysquith and Jeffrey Beam as the D’Ysquith Family. Ensemble includes Rebecca Schmidt, Courtney Rahe, Maddie Hickey, Ben Quintanilla, Ryan Mahaffey and Andrew Packard. The comedy is directed by Julie Zatko, with music direction by Amy Johns.
        Tickets available at or by calling the box office at 419-43-9277.
Canine Costume Contest
        Fleitz Pumpkin Farm, 7133 Seaman Rd., Oregon, will host a Canine Costume Contest to benefit Lucas County Canine Care and Control’s Cutie’s Fund. Saturday, Oct 5 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The shelter will be at the farm with adoptable dogs. Three separate contests will be judged at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
        There is a $10 entry fee. Contestants must be on a leash and their humans should clean up after them.
        For more info, call 419-836-7613.
Tickets on sale for Broadway in Toledo
        Tickets are on sale for the 2019-20 Broadway in Toledo Series, which features an eclectic mix of shows for every taste.
        Featured shows include:
        • “Fiddler on the Roof,” Oct. 17–20. Rich with musical hits including “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life (L’Chaim!” “Fiddler on the Roof” is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter.
        • “The Elf on the Shelf, Dec. 21. This all-new musical and premiere stage production includes an exclusive invitation to Santa’s North Pole and engages audiences with a glimpse into the magical lives of Scout Elves.
        • “Bandstand,” Jan. 9–12, 2020. From three-time Tony Award-Winner and “Hamilton” choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler comes a poignant and inspiring new American musical. It’s 1945. As America’s soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, struggles to rebuild the life he left behind.
        • “Rent,” Feb. 4. A re-imagining of Puccini's “La Bohème,” “Rent” follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
        • Drum TAO 2020, March 7. TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming, combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals.
        • Disney’s “The Lion King,” March 25-April 12. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before, and as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. (Tickets to will go on sale at a later date.)
        • “Waitress,” April 30-May 3. Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this new hit features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy Award® nominee Sara Bareilles.
        Individual tickets can be purchased at the Stranahan Theater Box Office, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd,, Toledo, online at or by calling 419-381-8851. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 866-314-7687.
Free recital
        Bowling Green State University faculty members will perform a free recital in the Toledo Museum of Art’s (TMA) Great Gallery Sunday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m.
        The recital will feature faculty members Kevin Bylsma, Caroline Chin, Matthew McBride Daline, Penny Kruse, Robert Satterlee, Ellen Strba Scholl, and Brian Snow from BGSU’s College of Musical Arts.
        “This is a wonderful collaboration between the Toledo Museum of Art and BGSU faculty,” said Scott Boberg TMA’s manager of programs and audience engagement. “The audience will enjoy the presentation, which will showcase the music of Johannes Brahms and Phillip A. Cooke.”
        Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund, Hartmann & Associates, Joseph and Judith Conda, Shaun Coughlan, Carlos A. de Carvalho, Geraldine Mowery, Nancy K. Phlegar, and an anonymous donor.
Indian Cuisine for charity
        “Indian Cuisine from Farm to Table for Charity,” a fundraiser to benefit Educational Uplift of Minority (EUCM), Inc. will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the Bury Road Barn, 1010 Bury Rd., Oregon. The cost is $25. RSVP required.
        The 501(c)3 charitable organization strives to bring about opportunities for the educational uplift of underprivileged children locally and around the globe, helping those in economically depressed situations to be self-reliant and aiding those caught in the cycle of human trafficking. Visit
        Locally, the group works to educate students on growing healthy foods (green education). The training starts from seed planting to plant nurturing and growth in a non-chemical environment. The students learn entrepreneurial skills that help them market these products and gives them a hands-on experience in business.
        The buffet will include home-cooked food raised at the farm in Oregon the natural way, without chemicals.
        The vegan/vegetarian option includes kadhu with dall, curried chick peas, potato bhaji, torri (gourd) with dall and Indian bean bhaji. The non-vegetarian menu includes pulled chicken with vegetables, goat meat curry and torri with fish/shrimp. Meals also include plain rice or fried rice pilaf and Indian bread (purri) made with whole wheat flour.
        The event will also include a silent auction.
        RSVP by Oct. 5 by sending information and payment payable to EUCMI to 7150 Corduroy Rd., Oregon, OH 43616. Donations, which are tax-deductible, are also welcome.
        For more details, 419-836-6300 or email
Mom’s House receives TANF Program support
        Mom’s House has received major funding from the State of Ohio and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program — a state program of family assistance.
        TANF is provided by state and federal funds and is administered under an executive order of Gov. Mike DeWine.
        Mom’s House is helping young families break the cycle of poverty through education and teaching young mothers to become responsible parents. The nonprofit organization has been located in Toledo since 1993.
        According to Executive Director Christina Rodriguez, this $200K grant will go directly to Mom’s House’s 5-Star Early Education Program. It will also help to enhance the Family Wellness Program, especially in the Parent Education component.
        “This is some of the best news we could have received from the Ohio Governor’s Office,” Rodriguez said. “We are barrier breakers and history makers.
        “It is an honor to have our excellent model recognized at the state level,” she said. “Right now, we are limited by space as to how many clients we can serve. This grant is a game-changer for us. We will be able to realistically consider growth and help more families in Toledo become tax producers and not tax consumers. Our community wins in the end.”
        For more information on Mom’s House, call 419-241-5554 or visit
Don’t Skirt the Issue
        The 4th “Don’t Skirt the Issue” event will be held Friday, Oct. 18 from 6-11 p.m. at the Pinnacle in Maumee.
        For the last three years, a coalition of local businesses, media and government agencies held “Don’t Skirt the Issue – Help” events, raising almost $130,000 toward developing transitional housing specifically for women. 
        This year the event will be raising money for Safety Net, located at 2005 Ashland Ave. in Toledo. Safety Net is the only 24-hour emergency shelter for runaway homeless youth in Northwest Ohio.
        It provides temporary shelter, supportive services and life skills development lessons to youth who have left home without permission of their parents or guardians, or to other homeless youth who might otherwise end up in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems in Lucas County.
        The event will feature dining from NW Ohio restaurants, a live auction, raffles and entertainment from Guy in the 419 - Pat McCarty. Emcee for the evening is Fred Lefebvre 1370 WSPD. Tickets are $65. For tickets or more information, please visit or call 419-841-7701.


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