Clay Limelighters to present “The Music Man May 3-5
        The Clay High School Limelighters will close their 2018-19 season with the classic musical, “The Music Man” on May 3 and 4, at 7:30 p.m. and May 5 at 3 p.m.
        One of American theatre’s most enduring musicals, Meredith Wilson’s love letter to small town America remains a perennial favorite, with such classic Broadway standards as “(Ya Got) Trouble,” “Shipoopi” and “Seventy-Six Trombones.”
        The Music Man story begins when Harold Hill, a con man salesman, comes to River City, Iowa, looking to pull off one of his money-making schemes: convincing the townspeople that they need to establish a boys’ band to get themselves out of trouble. “Professor Hill” slowly begins winning over the townspeople, much to the frustration of the town’s mayor, but his plans get sidetracked when he encounters Marian Paroo, the town’s stubborn librarian and piano teacher.
        Marian wants nothing to do with Harold, even as he promises to help her shy, younger brother Winthrop come out of his shell. In spite of that, she begins to fall in love with him as he inadvertently enriches the town with a love of music. Harold, in turn, falls for Marian. Will he risk being caught to win her over?
        Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Reserved seating tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 419-693-0665, ext. 2150. Only general admission seating will be available at the auditorium box office prior to each performance.
        The Music Man is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Bark in the Dark 5K
        The Clay High School National Honor Society, in collaboration with the Oregon Rec, the Humane Society and Lucas County Canine Care, will host a 5K race Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. at the Coontz Soccer complex, 5401 Starr Ave Ext, in Oregon.
        Check in starts at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. Registration is $20 at the gate.
        All proceeds go to the Humane Society and Lucas County Canine Care. Come out and support a great cause!!
Teens debate gun violence in performance
        The Creative and Brave Company (CBC) of the Children’s Theatre Workshop will present their third annual performance, “This Way Isn’t Working,” May 3 and 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tansey-Zimmerman Theatre in the Collingwood Arts Center.
        The CBC is a free and voluntary program for Toledo-area teens, who select a social issues topic and create original theatre to promote dialogue and awareness about the topic.
        The company of young people, representing six different high schools in the Toledo area, selected the topic of gun violence in September 2018. They interviewed six people in Toledo from a variety of backgrounds, transcribed the interviews into a script, and will present them in a staged reading.
        “The performance was inspired by the 2018 shooting in Parkland, Florida, and the subsequent student walkouts in April,” said Executive Artistic Director Aimee Reid. “Many of the CBC students were affected by those events and felt compelled to continue the conversation using their skills in theatre performance.”
        In previous years, the CBC presented on issues of mental health and identity politics, using original poetry, scenes, and monologues. This year, however, they chose to bring other voices to the stage.
        “This style of performance was made popular by the play The Laramie Project, which centers around the murder of Mathew Shepard in 1999,” Reid said. “The students are performing the actual words of their interviewees, as well as some of their research and their reactions to the process. It’s little wonder it took us nine months to assemble the performance.”
        Admission is free, thanks to a grant from Leadership Toledo’s YIPEE program. For more info, contact the CTW office at or call at 419-244-5061.
Small Business Basics
        The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour “Small Business Basics” seminars that will answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.
        The seminar will help entrepreneurs avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary steps. Participants will learn the basics of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.
        The May schedule includes:
        • Wednesday, May 1 – 9:30-11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.
        • Wednesday, May 8 – 9:30-11:30 a.m., Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce (conference room), 19 W. Market Street, Tiffin.
        • Wednesday, May 22 – 4:30-6:30 p.m., Terra State Community College (Building B, Room 103), 2830 Napoleon Road, Fremont.
        To register or for more information, contact Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at 419-559-2210 or
Jazz Fest 2019
        Jazz Fest 2019, an evening of Jazz will be presented May 4 at Eastwood High School, Pemberville.
        Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The evening will include performances by the Toledo Jazz Orchestra Combo and Eastwood, Otsego, Oak Harbor and South Central High School students.
        The cost is $40 for dinner and entertainment and $20 for entertainment only. The dinner menu includes a choice of beef marsala with rice, champagne shallot chicken with rice or penne Provencal (vegetarian option). All meals will be served with California vegetable medley, salad, appetizer and dessert.
        Tickets are available online at
Free band concert
        Owens Community College Concert Band will present a free concert Sunday, May 5 at 2:30 p.m. in the Center for Fine & Performing Arts Theater on the Owens Campus.
        The program will include Broadway show songs, movie music, marches and more. Featured performances will be flute soloist Marene Fondessy playing “Meditation,” from “Thais,” by Jules Massenet and a lively trumpet trio, “Triad,” by J. J. Richards.
        Free refreshments will be served in the theater lobby following the program. For more information, call the Owens Department of Fine & Performing Arts at 567-661-7081.
Alumni golf scramble, Groove on the Green
        An Alumni Golf Scramble followed by the 23rd Annual Groove on the Green will be held Saturday, May 11 at Eagle’s Landing Golf Club, 5530 Bay Shore Rd., Oregon.
        The four-player scramble will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $280 per team, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and half-price admission to the Groove on the Green evening event, dinner tickets for the food trucks, keg on the course and door prize drawings.
        Proximity holes, 50/50 raffles, a putting contest and skins competition will be available. Due to limited space, registration will be accepted on a prepaid basis. Based on availability, player/team fees may be accepted the day of the outing. Fees due by May 4.
        Contact Tammy Hughes at 419-693-0665, ext. 2044 or for details.
        Groove on the Green
        Food trucks, a corn hole tournament and golf cart races will be held from 6-9 p.m. Entertainment will include 5 O’Clock Rush Band performing from 7-9 p.m., followed by a DJ from 9 p.m.-midnight.
        Admission is $20, which includes unlimited beer (Miller Lite and Bud Light), wine, pop and snacks. A cash bar with cocktails and premium beer will also be available.
        The casual, indoor/outdoor event is open to ages 21 and older.
        Tickets are available at the gate. Contact Tammy Hughes for class reunion reservations.
        Proceeds from the events go to Clay High School scholarships and other CHS events and items.
Eagles Crafty Crew Crop
        All crafters are welcome to the Eagles Crafty Crew Crop sponsored by the Eastwood Band Boosters Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Eastwood High School cafeteria, 4900 Sugar Ridge Rd., Pemberville.
        The registration fee is $35, which includes lunch, snacks, a free make-and-take and a raffle ticket (additional tickets will be available for purchase).
        Scarlet D’Amore, a “Close to My Heart” independent consultant will be on hand to help scrapbookers. She will also have limited CTMH products for sale.
        The registration deadline is May 11. Limited seating is available. For more info, contact D’Amore at 419-410-8839 or email All proceeds benefit the Eastwood Band Boosters.
“Les Misérables”
        When the Central Catholic High School Glee Club takes the Valentine Theatre stage on May 3, 4, and 5 to present the spring high school musical, they will be making Toledo history.
        “Les Misérables” will be crowned the 90th consecutive musical presentation for Central Catholic. At 90 years, this production will surpass the Toledo Symphony, the Toledo Opera and the Toledo Rep as having entertained audiences longer than any other theater troupe in town.  
        Central Catholic began its musical tradition with “Peggy from Paris” in 1930. The Depression of the 1930s brought hard times but Rev. Raymond Kirsch was determined to begin Central’s musical history with on stage operettas and the largest high school marching band in the country. The first decade gave Toledo audiences “The Mikado” and “The Chimes of Normandy.”
        Even during WWII, Central Catholic students were entertaining and charming audiences with musical operettas. During the `40s, audiences saw “Naughty Marietta” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” Who can forget “The King and I” and “The Music Man” in the 60’s and “The Sound of Music,” which broke box office records in 1976?
        Central’s stage has seen Broadway stars, a Miss Ohio, and an Ohio Junior Miss. For those who are wondering, the stage show that wins the honor of being staged the most times is “Oklahoma,” with five presentations.
        Rebecca Buckman will serve as the Artistic Director of “Les Misérables.”
        Alumni can reconnect at a pre-show reception on Saturday, May 4 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. in the Valentine’s Grand Lobby.
        To order tickets to “Les Misérables,” visit
Camp NEOSA signups
        The Salvation Army-Port Clinton Service Center is accepting applications for Camp NEOSA, which will be held June 19-24. Camp NEOSA is located on a 200-acre peninsula on 1,000-acre Leeville Lake in Carrolton, Ohio.
        The camp program is open to the first 60 Ottawa County children ages 6-12 who complete the application and turn in their $25 registration fee. Transportation is provided.
        Camp NEOSA is one of the many programs offered by the Port Clinton Service Center. It is made possible by funding through local contributions from residents and businesses and grants provided by the Ottawa County Community Foundation, a Stensen Grant and a Walmart Community Grant.
        Camp NEOSA participants will experience many activities that are geared toward developing physical, social, and spiritual needs. Camp NEOSA also provides an opportunity for each camper to contribute to and benefit from a group living experience, make their own decisions, participate in activities that stimulate creativity and experience an atmosphere that fosters independence.
        Camp days are filled with hiking, swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, sports, and drama activities.
        Applications are available at the Salvation Army office located at 1834 East Perry St., Port Clinton. For more info, contact Maureen Saponari at 419-732-ARMY (2769) or
        Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Eastwood Band advances to State
        The Eastwood High School Concert Band qualified for state when they earned a superior rating at the Ohio Music Education Association District Large Group Adjudicated Event on March 8 at Sylvania Southview High School. The Band is directed by Brian Myers and Jonathan Roode.
        The superior rating of a “I” (one) is earned for “an outstanding performance, with very few technical errors and exemplifying musical expression. This rating is reserved for the truly outstanding performance,” according to the OMEA rating description.
        At large group, bands perform three prepared pieces. One of the pieces is required to be from an OMEA list of music. This piece determines the band’s class. This year the Eastwood Band competed in class B.
        The three prepared pieces are performed for a panel of three judges. Each judge rates the group from I to V. The band then goes immediately to another room for sight reading. The band is given a new piece of music. After only six minutes of study, they perform the new piece for one additional judge, who assigns them a rating from I to V. The four scores are averaged for a composite rating. Eastwood earned three “I’s” on prepared pieces and a “I” in sight reading (best possible scores), for an overall rating of “I.” Eastwood was one of five bands from a field of 34 to earn straight “I” ratings.
Mustard Seed benefit
        The Mustard Seed Education Foundation, a startup non-profit, located in downtown Toledo, is having its first fundraising event, Cinco de Manhattan’s, Sunday, May 5 from 5-8 p.m. at Manhattan’s Pub ‘n Cheer, 1516 Adams St.
        The Mustard Seed Education Foundation was founded in 2018 by Dan and Tammi Nester to help families afford to send their children to Catholic elementary schools.  The Foundation will award five scholarships totaling $7,000 for the 2019/20 school year for members at three local Catholic parishes. The Mustard Seed plans to add more schools and parishes each year with the aim of eventually awarding scholarships to families across all of northwest Ohio and beyond.
        Tickets are $25 per person, which includes food and beverages. There will also be a cash bar, silent auction and 50/50 raffle, and music by local Christian Band 2+ One.
        Tickets will be available at the door or call 419-851-0033.
School Bus Safety Act
        State Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) on April 22 introduced the “School Bus Safety Act,” legislation that will bring more awareness to school bus safety issues and increase penalties for people who violate laws designed to protect students while going to and from school.
        Under the bill, the fine for improperly passing a school bus will double. For repeat offenders, the fine will increase $250 and include a rise in level of driver’s license suspension for each violation. The legislation will also enhance the penalty for vehicular homicide or vehicular assault if the offender hits or kills a student as a result of improperly passing a school bus.
        “Recent accidents involving children from schools in my district has made school bus safety an even bigger focus of mine,” Gavarone said. “This bill is going to bring more awareness to the issue and increase penalties for people who blatantly disregard laws that have been proven to protect our children.”
        The legislation also creates a pilot program that will allow districts across the state to apply for school bus cameras, and designates August as “School Bus Safety Awareness Month.”
        Senate Bill 134 will be referred to a Senate committee for further consideration.


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