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Remembering those in the Wood County Paupers’ Cemetery
        Join the Wood County Historical Center & Museum on Saturday, April 6 from 2-4 p.m. for a tribute to those buried in the Wood County Paupers’ Cemetery with a special monument dedication.
        With the help of the Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, the identity of approximately 250 individuals buried on the grounds of the Historical Center will now be publicly recognized and identified.
        The museum is located at 13660 County Home Rd. in Bowling Green. Dress for the weather. In case of rain, the event will move inside the museum. Those attending should feel free to bring a lawn chair.
        The cemetery monument project was made possible through the generosity of community members William Adams, Bob and Millie Broka, James and Jackie Instone, Jim Palmer Excavating, Wilma Rolf, Wood County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, and the 2018 Wood County Historical Society Board of Directors. Contributions are still being accepted and can be made at or by calling the museum at 419-352-0967.
        Also on April 6, there will be a free Demonstration Day featuring the Northwest Ohio Blacksmiths Association as they keep the art of blacksmithing stoked in heart of Wood County with an Open Forge Demonstration from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Watch seasoned blacksmiths or try your hand at this lost art.
        The museum is open with free admission from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The museum is handicap accessible and group tours are welcome.
        All events detailed at or by following the Wood County Historical Museum on social media.
Antiques Roadshow
        Those with antiques, heirlooms, collectibles and treasures are invited to an Antiques Roadshow hosted by the Riverview Healthcare Campus, Oak Harbor, Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Spectators are also welcome to come and enjoy the show. Admission is free.
        Appraisal registration will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Appraisals will be performed by Robert Palicki, who is also a prospective buyer.
        The appraisal fee is $5 for the first item and $2 for each additional item.
        Onsite appraisals will be available for guns, ammunition, knives and weapons; however, these items will not be permitted in the building.
        Riverview Healthcare Campus is located at 8180 W. SR 163.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
        The East Toledo-Oregon Kiwanis Club will present a Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Oregon Senior Center, 4350 Navarre Ave.
        Menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes and assorted toppings, sausage, coffee, tea and orange juice.
        The event will also include children’s crafts and a bake sale. Bring a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny. There will be a free drawing for a children’s bicycle and an Easter basket.
        The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger.
Andy’s Army presents Easter Bunny photos
        Before he hops down the rabbit trail with baskets of colorful eggs, the Easter Bunny will pose for photos with people and pets from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday April 7 at Gladieux Home Center, 5120 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
        “Kids, families, and pets, such as dogs and cats, are invited to get their photos taken with the Easter Bunny,” said Sue Bechtel, founder of Andy’s Army Canine Cancer Awareness Project, a Toledo-area nonprofit.
        Event participants can select their favorite shot or shots. Photos will be printed and framed on site. Framed photographs, 4 by 6 inches, cost $10 each.
        Proceeds will support the three-fold mission of Andy’s Army: promote pet wellness, raise awareness of canine cancer, and generate canine cancer research funds.
Slow Art Day
        The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) is celebrating Slow Art Day Saturday, April 6 with yoga in the galleries, mindful art walks, and the opening of a new exhibition, “Everything is Rhythm: Century Art & Music.”
        Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission – help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.
        Participants are encouraged to visit the museum, look at five works of art for at least 10 minutes, and then meet and talk about their experience.
        As part of Slow Art Day, TMA is hosting two Mindful Art Walks. One will take place from 10 a.m.-noon and the other will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. Participants will learn about mindfulness and meditation through an art walk in the galleries, led by Dr. Wes Bullock of the University of Toledo and the Toledo Mindfulness Institute.
        Tickets are $10 for TMA members, $15 for nonmembers, and $7.50 for military personnel. There is a limit of 10 adults per session.
        Also on Saturday, Yoga at TMA: Monroga will move to the Wolfe Gallery from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 for TMA members, $15 for nonmembers, and $7.50 for students and military. 
        Opening April 6, “Everything is Rhythm: Mid-Century Art & Music” is a multisensory exhibition where music and art are brought together as 14 visual art masterpieces are paired with carefully selected musical accompaniments. 
        Admission to the exhibition is free. “Everything is Rhythm: Mid-Century Art & Music” is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council, with additional support from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, and a gift from the estate of Rachel Merrill. 
        In addition to these activities, there will also be free glass-blowing demonstrations in the Glass Pavilion at 1 and 2 p.m.
        For more information or to register for Yoga at TMA: Monroga or the Mindful Art Walks, visit
Easter Egg Hunt
        The Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Oak Harbor will be held Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at the Log Cabin on Church Street. The Downtown Candy Hunt will follow, then visit with the Easter Bunny at the fire station on Water Street.
        The event is open to children 12 and younger.
        For details, call 419-898-0479 or visit
Michael Night on stage April 27
        National touring comedy magician, ventriloquist and stage hypnotist Michael Night will be in Toledo for one show April 27 at The Summit in downtown Toledo.
        Night will use a mix of stand-up comedy and mind-bending magic tricks and illusion. He opens the stage for volunteers to get hypnotized and then the real fun starts.
        “No one clucks like a chicken or anything like this,” he said. “This show has taken years to develop; I have many people return time and time again to see the show because every show is different.”
        Asked if hypnosis is real Night said, “Yes, it is very real.”
        Night is a certified hypnotist and has performed on television radio and podcasts and has also acted in movies.
        Touring stand-up comics Chris Younger and Ben Marcotte will open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the comedy starts at 8 p.m. The show is rated “R” and is open to ages 21 and over. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. VIP seating, priced at $30, includes a t-shirt.
        Details are available at
“The Odd Couple”
        The Black Swamp Players will present its final production of the 2018-2019 season, “The Odd Couple (Female Version)” April 26-28 and May 3-5 at the First United Methodist Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green.
        First performed in 1985, “The Odd Couple (Female Version)” is a modern riff on Simon’s classic comedy from 1965 about the unlikely friendship between a clean freak and a slob.
        Tickets are $12/adults, $10/seniors and students, and can be purchased at the door or online at
Teen Poetry Contest
        The Harris-Elmore and Genoa Branch libraries are sponsoring the 13th annual Georgiana Huizenga Teen Poetry Contest during the month of April.
        The contest is open to students in grades seven through 12. Several grand prizes will be awarded in four different categories including male and female serious and humorous poems.
        The grand prizes will be $25 gift cards to Books-A-Million. There will also be several other prizes for runners-up.                 Poems should be typed on one side of the paper (poems may be more than one page in length) and should be submitted to the Harris-Elmore Public Library, 328 Toledo St., P.O. Box 45, Elmore, OH or the Genoa Branch Library, 602 West St., Genoa. The deadline to enter is April 26. There is a limit of three entries per student.
        Entries should include the entrant’s name, age, phone number and poetry category.
Children’s Theatre Workshop
        Standardized testing season is a stressful time for students and their teachers. This testing season, scholars and their guides are invited to blow off steam at the Children’s Theatre Workshop with their comedic production of “Les Examables.”
        The production will be staged April 12-14 at the Collingwood Arts Center’s Tansey-Zimmerman Theater, 2417 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo.
        Not to be confused with the Broadway mega-hit, this comedy by Don Zolidis uses a similar storyline to “Les Misérables” to tell the tale of Anna Ullman. Anna is a bright high school student who leads a student rebellion to overthrow her school’s cruel testing prep policies, only to find herself becoming the despotic villain, desperate for high test scores.
        Tickets to “Les Examables” are $8 for K-12 students and seniors and $10 for general admission. K-12th grade public school teachers showing school ID will be given a complimentary ticket. Tickets are available at the door or online at
        For additional information, contact the CTW office at or call at 419-244-5061.
“Finding Neverland”
        “Finding Neverland,” the enchanting Broadway musical will soar into Toledo’s Stranahan Theater April 25-28.
        Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play “The Man Who Was Peter Pan” by Allan Knee, “Finding Neverland” follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up.
        The performance schedule includes April 25 at 7:30 p.m. April 26 and 27 at 2 and 8 p.m. and April 28 at 1 and 6:30 p.m.
        Tickets are on sale now at the Stranahan Theater box office, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, online at or by calling 419-381-8851. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 866-314-7687. Tickets start at $30.
Easter Bunny & Shop-Hop
        Downtown Fremont Inc. will be hosting Easter events on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
        The Easter Bunny will be at the Bunny House from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for pictures with kids.
        Featured downtown businesses will have special signs in their windows to invite shoppers in. Each of the businesses will also offer spring savings.
        The Sandusky County Share & Care Center will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. for kids 5 years and younger and at noon for kids ages 6 and up.
        For more info, call 419-332-8696 or visit Follow the organization on Facebook at Downtown Fremont Inc., Twitter @DowntownFremont and Instagram @downtownfremont.
“French Town: 1812”
        Harbor View Historical Society, Inc., will present a program, “The Battle of the River Raisin,” April 20 at 1 p.m. at the Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Rd.
        Guest speaker Lt. Col. Nick Sass, USMC (Ret), a military historian, will discuss the modern-day Monroe, Michigan and the Battle for French Town in the War of 1812. The presentation is free and open to the public.
        The presentation will focus on the background and causes leading to the War of 1812, the progression and conduct of the war to the battle, the units and men who fought at the battle itself, along with discussions of the weapons, tactics, strategies, differing ideals and cultures interacting and conflicting.
        Lt. Col. Sass enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1983 during his senior year at Clay High School. Two weeks after graduating, he reported for basic training in San Diego. After two years in the enlisted ranks, he was recommended for officer’s training and graduated from the University of Toledo in 1989. He was commissioned as an officer and served with the First Marine Division at Camp Pendleton and the Third Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan, as well as serving as the combat operations officer during his last combat tour in Iraq.
        His last post was as the Armored Vehicle Program manager in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2010 after 28 years of service.
        He holds a bachelor’s degree in History from UT as well as two master’s degrees in Business Administration and Systems Integration from Baker College. He is working on his Ph.D. in History from Wayne State University and the University of Texas.
        Call 419-691-1517 or see the Harbor View Historical Society Facebook page for more details. Vito’s Pizza is co-sponsoring the event.
Dart Frog Dash
        Sign-up is under way for the Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash, which will be held at the Toledo Zoo on Saturday, May 18.
        The 5K race/walk, open to all ages, begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Kids’ Fun Run, open to children up to age 12, at 9:45 a.m. Both race routes begin and end on the historic side of the Zoo.
        To register, visit or call 419-385-5721, ext. 2091 to request a form.
        Those registered by Friday, May 10 receive a Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash t-shirt and registration prices of $28 for the 5K walk/run and the $11 for Kids' Run.
        As of Saturday, May 11 the prices will be $30 for the 5K walk/run; $11 for the Kids' Run. A t-shirt is not guaranteed. Participants may register the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m.
        Registered participants may pick up their race packet at the Sylvania location of Dave’s Running Shop on Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16 from 3-8 p.m. or the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m. at the Zoo.
        Race participants and their cheering sections that are inside the Zoo’s main gates before 10 a.m. are welcome to enjoy the Zoo for the remainder of the day, free of charge.
        In addition to title sponsor Medical Mutual, the event is supported by packet sponsor Dave’s Running Shop and Shipt, Kids’ Fun Run Sponsor.
Golf Scrambles set
        St. Mark Lutheran Church, 611 Woodville Rd., Toledo, will host the 13th Annual Golf Scrambles Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m. at Chippewa Golf Course, 23550 SR 579, Curtice.
        The event is sponsored by the St. Mark High School Youth Group. Proceeds raised will help offset expenses for the Youth Group’s mission trip to Clendenin, West Virginia this summer.
        The cost for the outing is $70 per golfer and includes lunch, cart, desserts and prizes.


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