41st Portage River Festival set for Sunday, June 27

        On Sunday, June 27, the Elmore Historical Society will be holding their 41st Portage River Festival beginning at 11 a.m. in Depot Park.
        This year’s event will include a car show (first 30 cars receive a dash plaque); an exhibition by Heidi's Twirlers on the basketball court; a bicycle safety, bicycle registration and bicycle rodeo sponsored by the Elmore Police Department; and a visit from Nature's Nursery, which will bring animals, birds and reptiles and give nature talks near the log cabin.
        The American Legion Riders will also be holding a Motorcycle Dice Run for the first time ever at the Portage River Festival. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and bikes will go out at 1 p.m. Prizes include $500 for first place and a last-place prize of $250.
        The Elmore Historical Society will be serving fresh-cut French fries, hot roast beef sandwiches, shredded chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and coney dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, fresh-cut fruit salad and the always-popular strawberries and ice cream.
        This year, the Historical Society is partnering with the Harris-Elmore Fire Department and EMS, as part of the Portage River Festival festivities. An open house will be held at the fire station at 11 a.m. and will include a ladder truck for rides, the department’s new fire truck, a fire safety trailer and fun activities for the kids.
Grand opening celebration set
        Genoa Classic Cars, 636 Main St., will hold a Grand Opening Celebration Thursday, June 24 from 5-7:30 p.m.
        The celebration will be held in conjunction with the Genoa Homecoming Car Show, which will be held from 5-8 p.m. that evening.
        In addition to prize drawings for various items, including items from classic car part suppliers and local businesses, there will be a grand prize drawing for a 1966 Chevy Pedal Car. Other highlights of the celebration include a pedal car race, performances by Positive Image Dance Studio and music by Cruisin’ Zeake.
        Ray’z Café and R-Café will be offering food specials.
        For information and updates, visit genoaclassiccars.com.
Cruisin’ Night set in Pemberville
        Pemberville will host its second summer Cruisin’ Night of the season on Thursday, July 1. The theme for the July show will be “Star Spangled.”
        Downtown Pemberville, lined with American flags, will be the setting for the show, which will run from 5-8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
        Registration and parking begin at 5 p.m. at the canopy of the Pemberville Police Station. The first 100 registrants will receive a gift, compliments of show sponsors, Riverbank Antiques and Beeker’s General Store.
        Balloon art will once again be offered for the children. A variety of foods/beverages will be available at The Gathering Place –food court. A la carte items will include hot beef/chicken sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, BLTs, fresh-cut onion rings, a variety of summer sides, hand-dipped ice cream, homemade strawberry shortcake, root beer floats, brownie sundaes and Poppin’ George’s Kettle Corn. The Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society and Pemberville’s Masonic Lodge will be serving the tasty treats.
        Country Cupboard Ohio, Riverbank Antiques and Beeker’s General Store will all be open until 8 p.m. for shopping.
        As an added feature, boat restoration enthusiast Jerry Hill will be displaying a couple of his restored boats and sharing tidbits of their history at the show. DJ Moose will provide `50s and `60s music.
        PIMA (Pemberville Independent Merchants) members will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets throughout the evening with proceeds benefiting the organization and the the Cruisin’ Nights.
        For more info, call 419-287-3274.
Virtual Music Trivia
        Get ready to rock trivia with the Wood County District Public Library’s Virtual Music Trivia Tuesday, June 29 through Wednesday, June 30. Show off your music knowledge with topics all over the musical scale.
        To participate, find the Google Form on the WCDPL Facebook page at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29. The form will be open to the competition for 24 hours before closing on Wednesday, June 30 at 4 p.m. After the winners are chosen, the form will be left available for anyone to play for fun.
        “Music is a powerful way to connect with others,” said Emrys Cordier, Information Services Librarian. “What better way to connect than by testing your knowledge on music from the past and present?”
        No registration is required. For more information, visit wcdpl.org or call 419-352-5050.
History Happy Hour
        On Thursday, July 1 from 5-7:30 p.m. the National Museum of the Great Lakes will host “History Happy Hour: Sailor Stories.”
        The event allows guests to enjoy happy hour drinks while exploring the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship to learn more about its history, from its early years on the lakes to the current restoration efforts.
        “Our History Happy Hour series is meant to mix maritime history with everyday fun by providing a unique interactive experience,” says Kate Fineske, the museum’s Senior Director of Institutional Advancement. “Guests will tour the 617-foot lake freighter and visit multiple docent-led history stations, while mixing and mingling with friends and taking in breathtaking views of beautiful downtown Toledo and the Maumee River.”
        “History Happy Hour: Sailor Stories” is the first in what the museum hopes will be a series of events offering themed, after-hour access to the museum and its various exhibits.
        Admission is $25 for members or $30 for non-members and includes two drinks, snacks and after-hour touring of the Schoonmaker Museum Ship with interactive storytelling.
        For more information or to purchase tickets, visit nmgl.org.
Independence Day celebration set
        The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce will present an Independence Day Celebration Saturday, July 3, beginning at 5 p.m.
        Mill Street riverfront activities will include:
        • 5-10 p.m.: Food concessions open; pop and beer available in the Chamber tent.
        • 5-11 p.m.: SWIG Ohio shuttle service to and from Oak Harbor High School, $2 per person.
        • 5:30 p.m.: Class A Dance Performance.
        • 6:30 p.m.: Harbor Lites Performance.
        • 8 p.m.: Royalty Duck Race.
        • 8-11 p.m.: Music by DJ Down Rawlins.
        • Dusk: Fireworks.
        No bleachers will be available this year; attendees should bring their own chairs or seating. No outside alcohol will be permitted; all coolers will be subject to inspection. All alcoholic beverages must be purchased at the event.
Run for the Refuge
        The Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will present a virtual Run for the Refuge.
        The virtual race, which promotes healthy lifestyles while raising funds for conservation at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, will run July 1-Aug. 8.
        Since it’s a virtual race, runners and walkers can complete the 1-mile, 5K or 10K race on their own at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, in their neighborhoods, or even on a treadmill.
        All of the $15 registration fee will support conservation efforts at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. Additionally, race t-shirts, tanks, hoodies, medals, and water bottles are available for purchase through July 18.
        Those interested in participating may sign up at friendsofottawanwr.org/virtual-race.html.
        The habitats in the 10,600-acre Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Complex play a critical role in the Lake Erie ecosystem, acting as the kidneys of the landscape; working to protect NW Ohio's drinking water, work, and leisure. They also provide important nesting and stopover habitat for birds, fish, and wildlife.
        Plan a visit to the refuge at friendsofottawanwr.org/plan-your-visit.html.
Virtual Safety City
        Safe Kids Greater Toledo at ProMedica Russell J. Ebeid Children’s Hospital will host a virtual safety city from July 26 through Aug 1. The virtual education will be provided in the form of videos from community partners throughout the Greater Toledo area. The videos will feature local experts such as firefighters, police officers, lifeguards, nurses and safety personnel.
        Incoming kindergarteners will receive education on a variety of different safety topics. The topics covered will include safe practices with fire, water, animals, police, bikes, school buses, railroads, booster seats, pedestrians and more.
        Educational videos from community partners will be posted every morning throughout the week on the Safe Kids Greater Toledo Facebook page, facebook.com/SafeKidsToledo. There, participants can watch the designated safety topics for that day, at a time that’s convenient for them and their families. Anyone can access and review the safety education provided regardless of where the original safety city training took place.
        Parents can sign up their children for the virtual safety city at https://forms.gle/EePecB2XrzXjoRmj9. Registration will include an informational packet, fittings for a free bike helmet and entry into a drawing to win a new bike. To guarantee their child receives an informational packet, bike helmet and entry into the drawing, participants must be signed up before July 19. A location for packet pick-up and helmet fittings will be announced at a later date but will occur during the week of July 19.
        Safe Kids Greater Toledo works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Greater Toledo was founded in 1993 and is led by ProMedica Russell J Ebeid Children’s Hospital.
        For more information, visit safekids.org.


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