Family Briefs: Victory Center to present 8th Annual Cancer Survivor Art Show

Press Staff Writer

        The Victory Center, 5532 W. Central Ave., Suite B., Toledo, will present the Eighth Annual Cancer Survivor Art Show on Friday, Jan. 31 from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 1 from 1-3 p.m.
        Since art expression is an individual process, the scope of the collection includes a wide variety, with items such as bead and wire, jewelry, knitting, collage, watercolor, ink and acrylics. Pieces range from contemplative to joyful and inspirational. Many of the cancer survivors will be present to share the stories behind their artwork.
         The Victory Center hosts a free art therapy program for area cancer patients and survivors.  The program, Healthy Spirit Art Therapy, is led by local art therapist Areka Foster.
        The art show is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.
        Call 419-531-7600 for more information or to RSVP.  Drop-ins are also welcome.
Zoo discounts & coupons
        Need an inexpensive yet entertaining activity to drive away the winter blahs? The Toledo Zoo is offering half-off admission coupons redeemable through Friday, Jan. 31.
        Coupons are available online at Guests must present the coupon (printed or digital) at the entry gate to receive the discount. The coupon is not valid with any other offers and does not apply to groups of 20 or more.
        Additionally, in appreciation of Lucas County voters’ continuing levy support, Lucas County residents receive free admission to the Zoo Saturday, Jan. 18 through Monday, Jan. 20. Valid proof of residency is required.
        To make the holiday weekend even more affordable, Lucas County visitors receive two sets of Zoo coupons. The first includes coupons for concessions and merchandise and is valid throughout the MLK holiday weekend. The second contains coupons for a return Zoo visit during the month of March. This is the Zoo’s way of thanking Lucas County voters for their longtime show of support for the Zoo and its mission of inspiring others to join us in caring for animals and conserving the natural world.
Wine by the Glass Pavilion
        Wine tasting returns to the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) with the winter series of “Wine by the Glass Pavilion.”               
        Visitors can enjoy four wines and paired hors d’oeuvres from 6:30-8:30 p.m. during It’s Friday! at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion.
        “This winter, the Museum is offering another wonderful lineup for its Wine by the Glass Pavilion series,” said Maricarmen Westmark, TMA’s special events and food services manager. “The magnificent setting in the Glass Pavilion offers a special experience for couples or friends looking for something unique to do.”
        The schedule includes:
        • Jan. 24: Luxurious Layers – Blended Wines;
        • Jan. 31: Sinful Sips – Wines to Warm Your Soul;
        • Feb. 14: Bubbles and Bordeaux: Annual Valentine’s Event;
        • Feb. 21: Classically Complex – Great Estate Wines.
        Tickets are $35 for Museum members and $55 for nonmembers, plus tax. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 419-255-8000 during Museum hours.
Dueling Pianos fundraiser
        Beat the winter blues with an evening of music and comedy as Benton-Carroll-Salem Music Boosters present the sixth annual Dueling Pianos Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Oak Harbor VFW Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
        The evening will feature the musical talents of Main Street Dueling Pianos, a high energy, all-request, sing-a-long, comedic piano show with full audience participation.
        Tickets for the 21-and-older event are $45 per person or $85 per couple, which includes a roasted chicken and swiss steak dinner with sides, dessert and beverage. There will also be 50/50 raffles and a silent auction. For tickets, contact Tina at 419-266-7171 or Ann at 419-271-1278.
Wish Upon a Cure Princess Party set
        The Tiki Warriors Relay For Life Team is hosting a Wish Upon A Cure “Frozen 2” Princess Party on Saturday, March 14 from 2-4 p.m. at the Community Market VFW Hall in Oak Harbor.
        Tickets are $15 each per child, which includes a free goody/swag bag, sundae/dessert bar and beverage, crafts, games, raffles and a meet-and-greet with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna from Gabby’s Once Upon a Time Princess Parties.
        Adults are asked to pay a $5 donation if they wish to partake in the food and beverages. All tickets will be put into a special door prize drawing.
        Kids are encouraged to dress in Elsa and Anna costumes or as their favorite princess at the party. The deadline to purchase tickets is Saturday, Feb. 29. Proceeds raised benefit the American Cancer Society.
        For more info or to purchase tickets, contact Tami Coppes at 419-270-2194. Find additional updates on the Tiki Warriors Relay For Life Team Facebook page.
1st St. John Day School
enrolling for 2020-21
        First St. John Lutheran Day School, 2471 Seaman St., Toledo, is now registering for the 2020-21 school year.
        The program offers education and child care to 3- to 5-year-olds featuring a Christ-centered educational program with a multi-sensory curriculum and hands-on activities. First St. John offers a large indoor play area and a new playground.
        An early-bird registration discount is currently being offered. The registration fee is waived for church members. Church scholarships are available.
        For more details, visit, call 419-691-6480 or email
Mercy welcomes new OB/GYN
        Mercy Health announced the expansion of its Obstetrics and Gynecology team with the addition of Janelle M. Noel, DO.
        Dr. Noel is a provider with more than 10 years of experience caring for women of all ages and at every stage of life. She is board-certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
        Dr. Noel received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree in 2007 from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Clarion, Pennsylvania. She completed her internship and residency at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton, Michigan.
        Her areas of expertise include pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the diagnosis of illnesses and conditions, treatments and overall health of the female reproductive system.
        In addition, Dr. Noel is certified in DaVinci® Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery – which helps in reducing pain after surgery and promotes quicker recovery.
        “Making an annual visit to your OB/GYN is so important because your reproductive health matters and I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to care for the women of the Toledo area,” said Dr. Noel. “I am thrilled to be able to join a community-oriented and like-minded health care system, and phenomenal OB/GYN teams that put the wellness of their patients at the forefront of their work.”
        Dr. Noel is accepting new patients at Mercy Health — Maumee Bay Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2702 Navarre Ave., Suite 305, Oregon. Call 419-691-8000 to make an appointment.
        She is also accepting new patients at Mercy Health — Perrysburg Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1103 Village Square Dr., Suite 101, Perrysburg. Call 419-872-3207 for an appointment.
        Visit for more information.
Wild about Art call for Artists
        Toledo Zoo is inviting artists and craftsmen to unleash their creativity and talents at its summer art fair, Wild About Art, taking place Saturday, Aug. 1 and Sunday, Aug. 2.
        In addition to local and regional artists showcasing their talents, Wild About Art will include entertainment, interactive activities and, of course, animals.
         Art does not have to be animal-related. To sign up, visit to be directed to an online application through ZAPP. Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 6.
        For more info, email
History talk at HPLM
        Historian Sam Kidder will discuss an Ohio congressman’s role in drafting the amendment that gave citizenship to anyone born or naturalized in the United States, including former slaves.
        Kidder will discuss Congressman John A. Bingham’s role in the 14th Amendment, which also guaranteed equal protection under the law to all U.S. citizens, and Bingham’s relationship to Presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and Abraham Lincoln, at a talk Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. in the library at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont.        Admission is free.
        Kidder served three years at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and studied East Asian history at Harvard University and the University of Washington.
        Bingham has been called the Second Madison or American Founding Son for his role in drafting the 14th Amendment, which was ratified in 1868. A friend and political supporter of President Hayes, Bingham’s role during the years immediately after the Civil War is attracting more and more attention from historians.
        A trusted advisor to President Lincoln, Bingham served as the lone civilian prosecutor in the trial of the Lincoln assassins and delivered the articles of impeachment from the House to the Senate in the trial of President Andrew Johnson.
        Following his career on Capitol Hill, Bingham was appointed by President Ulysses Grant to be America’s envoy to Japan. Hayes retained Bingham in his Japan posting, and Bingham went on to become the United States’ longest serving ambassador to a key Asian nation.
        Japan, at the time, was just emerging from centuries of feudal military-style government and beginning the process of modernization.
        For info, call 419-332-2081 or visit
Healthy living event
         As we launch into a new decade, Orangetheory Fitness and Whole Foods Market Toledo are collaborating on an event to help inspire a healthier, happier life.
        The event, which is open to the public, will take place in Secor Square at Orangetheory Fitness and Whole Foods Market on Sat. Jan 18 from 1-3 p.m.
        At the event, Whole Foods Market will feature live cooking demos for healthy weekday meals as well as the opportunity to talk to a Whole Body expert about workout nutrition, winter skin care and other healthy lifestyle tips.
        At Orangetheory, coaches will be available to talk about safe, effective workouts and give studio tours. There will also be a Whole Foods Market expert in-studio talking about effective pre- and post- workout nutrition. In addition, Orangetheory will have special membership offers, giveaways and a raffle for the chance to win a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card and Hardcover Healthy Cooking Cookbook.
        For the kids, there will be face painting and other fun activities inside Orangetheory studio. Learn more about Orangetheory Fitness at
Help Me Grow Program
        Help Me Grow Home Visiting and Early Intervention can help teach families how to strengthen vital parent-child relationships prenatally through age 3.
        For more info about Help Me Grow, contact Wendy McNelly at the Sandusky County Public Health at 419-334-6377.


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