Calendar: All aboard! Greater Toledo Train & Toy Show set for March 12

Press Staff Writer

        The Greater Toledo Train & Toy Show will roll into the Student Health & Activities Center at Owens Community College on Sunday, March 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The show is presented by Toledo Toymasters.
        The event – which offers something for grownups and kids alike – will feature more than 250 dealers bringing toy and model trains of all gauges and manufacturers as well as toys from all eras – plastic, tin, die-cast, pop culture and much more.
        Parents and grandparents will relive memories from long ago when they see many toys and operating displays from their own childhoods.
        Many famous layouts and exhibits will be operating all day long, including:
        • A layout presented by the Michigan LEGO Users Group featuring an operating LEGO City with trains made entirely out of LEGO bricks. All sorts of LEGOs and mini figures will be available from a variety of sellers.
        • The Toledo tradition lives on with Toledo Toymasters’ award-winning Tiedtke’s Department Store American Flyer antique operating post war “S” gauge train display.
        • Fascinating operating layouts from area groups in many gauges of toy trains including a scenic HO layout by the Hobo Crew, the Swanton Model RR Club, and an amazing train layout made entirely from 3-D printing.
        • Free appraisals and repair advice on site will be offered with Toledo's own “Roundhouse Randy.” A train parts dealer will also be on hand.
        • An entire wall of vintage rare, and operating A.C. Gilbert Erector Set display area featuring toys from the 1920s presented by members of the AC Gilbert Heritage Society.
        • Robotics demonstrations from the award-winning robotics team from Toledo Public Schools’ Toledo Technology Academy.
        • Costumed characters and roaming robots from the Midwest Ohio Chapter of the R2D2 Builders Club.
        • Romick Railways outdoor riding attraction, weather permitting. ($3 ticket required).
        Admission is $7 for adults.  Early-bird admission begins at 9 a.m. and is $10. Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free with one paid adult admission.
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        All month: “Mustering Memory: 160 Years of Saluting the Civil War,” Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. Special exhibit provides the often‐overlooked history of how people have chosen and still choose to remember the Civil War. Open during regular museum hours.
        Through April 2: “Phenomenal Debris,” Toledo Museum of Art, Levis Gallery 29A, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Monumental, colorful, and expressive, Matt Wedel’s ceramics are a full celebration of what’s possible with clay.
        Through April 24: “The Science of Guinness World Records,” Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way, Toledo. Discover the world's great record holders, what it took to cement their names in the history books and potentially become a part of history yourself. Free with admission to the science center.
        Saturdays in March: Toledo Library Women’s Artist Series, Main Branch, 325 N. Michigan St., Toledo, 2-3 p.m. Celebrate National Women’s History Month by commemorating women in art history and creating a masterpiece in their honor. Geared toward ages 6-10. Featuring Frida Kahlo (March 4); Georgia O’Keeffe (March 11); Faith Ringgold (March 18) and Yayoi Kusama (March 25).
        March 4: All Wheels Swap, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont, 7 a.m.- 3 p.m. $5 admission. Formerly Fremont Racers’ Swap, the event features new and used racing parts and equipment and snowmobiles, boats, trailers and more. 419-332-5604,
        March 4: Family Fun with Lorax Day, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This fun family event shares the message of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” through fun activities, crafts, food, and a reading of the book.
        March 4: Glass City Wine Festival, Glass City Center, 401 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. Wine tasting, entertainment, food and shopping. Ages 21 and older.
        March 4: Patti LuPone – “Don’t Money with Broadway,” Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St., Toledo, 8 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. LuPone, a three-time Tony Award winner, presents her acclaimed one-woman show featuring indelible interpretations of classic Broadway show tunes.
        March 5: Acoustics for Autism presented by Project iAm, 300 Block of Conant St., Maumee (at the Village Idiot and surrounding areas), 12 p.m.-2 a.m. This popular event is for all ages will feature eight stages and 90 bands. Free. Project iAm’s main focus is to provide support and information, resources, and financial assistance to families affected by autism.
        March 5: Toledo Walleye vs. Wheeling Nailers, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 5:15 p.m.
        March 7-8: PAW Patrol Live! Heroes Unite, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 6 p.m. The PAW Patrol is on the lookout for Adventure Bay’s Top Heroes in the brand-new live show.
        March 8: Spring Lecture Series: Admiral Henry Wolsey Bayfield, National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front St., Toledo, 7-8:30 p.m. Presented by David Yates, author and semi-retired teacher. Free; registration required. Donations accepted., 419-254-5000, ext. 200.
        March 9: Toledo Irish American Club St. Paddy’s Day Kilt Contest, St. Clement Hall, 2990 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo, 6-10 p.m. featuring live music with The Druids from Ireland along with the 6th annual Kilt Contest. Doors open at 6 p.m. with food available to purchase including Irish baked goods, Jiggs Dinner and Irish bangers. Beer and soda available. The Toledo Firefighters Bagpipes and drummers will play at intermission. Tickets are available through Eventbrite for $22; at the door for $25.
        March 10: Toledo Zoo Wine Tasting, Malawi Event Center, Toledo Zoo and Aquarium, 7-9 p.m. Delight in a mix of wines from around the world, hors d’oeuvres, live music and more. 21 and older, valid ID required.
        March 10-12, 17-19: Fremont Community Theatre presents “Proof,” 1551 Dickinson St., Fremont. Director Bradley Rowe and Assistant Director Jacob Studebaker-Ellis are presenting another new-to-the-FCT stage show, the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. For online ticket reservations, visit Call 419-332-0695 to reserve by phone.
        March 11: Buckeye Beer & Collectibles Show, UAW Hall, 5411 Jackman Rd., Toledo, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
        March 11: Girl Power! Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way, Toledo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Event designed to introduce girls in grades 3-8 to what's possible with STEAM through hands-on workshops, activities and opportunities to hear from a diverse group of local, female professionals.
        March 11-12: Fantasticon, Glass City Center, 401 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. A mid-size comic con created for true comic book and pop culture collectors and fans.
        March 11: Opening, “Exhibit on Arctic Exploration,” a special exhibit at Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. This exhibit will explore the Arctic’s strange, treacherous environment and profile the adventurers who tried to tame it. Included with regular museum admission.
        March 11-12: Ballet Theatre of Toledo, “Beauty and the Beast,” Franciscan Center, Lourdes University, Sylvania. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
        March 11-12: Spring Festival of Crafts, Premier Banquet Hall, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Crafts, home décor, seasonal decorations, candles and more. Bring food and household items to benefit the Toledo SeaGate Food Bank.
        March 11-12: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Free. 419-332-5604,
        March 12: Taffy Pull, White Star Park: Log Cabins, 5013 CR 65 Gibsonburg, 1-3 p.m. Join naturalist Debbie Haubert at the log cabins to try your hand at pulling taffy. Registration required at Open to ages 14 and older. $6 fee.
        March 12: Professional Bull Riders, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 2 p.m. See Top Cowboys and Cowgirls rising stars and established veterans compete for top prize money.
        March 16-19: 71st Zenobia Shrine Circus, Glass City Center, 401 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. Showtimes at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.
        March 17: St. Patrick’s Day at Hensville Park, Washington & St. Clair, Toledo, 4-10 p.m. March Madness on TV, live entertainment, yard games, and more.
        March 17-19: Monster Jam 2023, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. Five big shows featuring world-class athletes locked in intense competitions of speed and skill.
        March 23: Toledo Jazz Orchestra – “Take the A Train,” Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St., Toledo, 8 p.m.
        March 24: Toledo Walleye vs. Reading Royals, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7:15 p.m.
        March 24: Toledo Walleye vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 5:15 p.m.
        March 29: National Museum of the Great Lakes Spring Lecture Series, “From Mouse to Dart – President Hayes Family History on the Great Lakes,” 1701 Front St., Toledo, 8:30 p.m. Offered as a hybrid event (in-person and virtual), presented by Dan Baker, who works at Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont.
        March 29: Presidential History Book Club, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, noon. Free. A discussion of “The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth Century America,” by Jay Sexton (a continuation of the February discussion). Email,
        March 31-April 2: Jurassic Quest, Glass City Center, 401 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. Featuring skyscraping animatronic dinosaurs created with paleontologists, interactive walking dinosaur shows, fossil digs, inflatables and more. Get tickets at Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.
        March 31: Toledo Mud Hens Opening Day, Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo, 4:05 p.m. Get ready for the 21st season of Mud Hens baseball at Fifth Third Field as the Hens take on the St. Paul Saints on opening day. 419-724-HENS,
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