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Pet photos with Santa
        Santa Claus is planning a return appearance in Oregon to pose for photos with puppies, guppies and yes, people, too. Andy’s Army Canine Cancer Awareness Project is sponsoring the event Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Gladieux Home Center, 5120 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
        “We are looking forward to this year’s Santa pictures, which is always a day of fun and surprises all for a great cause,” said Susan Bechtel of Whitehouse, Andy’s Army founder and president.
        Children, pets, and families are welcome, Bechtel said. No appointment is necessary. Color photos, 5 x 7, will be printed and framed onsite. The cost is $10 per photo.
        “Sometimes families pose with their pets for photos, and sometimes a family’s favorite fido will be the photo session star,” Bechtel said. “Fish in photos? Rare, but not unheard of during more than a decade of such Andy’s Army photo events.”
        A Toledo-area based nonprofit, Andy’s Army promotes pet health and canine cancer awareness. In recent years, the nonprofit has raised more than $100,000 for canine cancer research.
        To further raise funds, Andy’s Army will offer an array of holiday sweets and treats for sale during the photo session event.
Hometown Holidays Christmas Parties
        The Harris-Elmore Public Library, 328 Toledo St., will hold its Hometown Holidays Christmas Party Dec. 4 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
        Watch Santa ride to the library via fire truck at 10:30 a.m. and then join him inside the library for pictures and to share Christmas wishes. Stay for crafts, games, a scavenger hunt (with prizes), and photo backdrop opportunity (with props). There will also be sweet treats and Christmas cracker gifts from the Elmore Historical Society Cookie and Candy Contest entries.
        Genoa celebration
        Visit with Santa and enjoy games, crafts, a scavenger hunt (with prizes) and photo opportunities at the Genoa Branch Library, 602 West St. on Saturday, Dec. 11 from noon-2 p.m.
        The public is welcome to attend the holiday events.
Holiday Open House
        The Friends of Magee Marsh will host their 14th Annual Holiday Open House Sunday, Dec. 5 from noon-5 p.m. at the Bird Center at the marsh, located at 13229 W. SR 2., Oak Harbor. Admission is free.
        Twelve vendors, including artists, woodworkers, jewelry-makers, craftsmen and more, will have unique items for sale. The gift shop will also be open. Free gift wrapping will be available.
        In addition, there will be live music, a warm fire, refreshments and kids’ activities. The event will also include a door prize drawing and raffles.
        The Friends of Magee Marsh will also have plates of cookies for sale.
        Previews of what to expect can be found on the Friends of Magee Marsh Facebook page.
Genoa Christmas Celebration
        The 4th Annual Genoa Christmas Celebration will be held Sunday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.
        The parade will line up at 6 p.m. on the baseball diamonds. At 6 p.m., it will start on Washington Street, proceed to 9th Street then to Main Street, ending at Genoa Town Hall.
Winter Wonder Lights
        The City of Oregon, Maumee Bay Turf and Baumann Ford present the 3rd Annual Winter Wonder Lights Exterior Home Decorating Contest.
        Register your home or nominate a neighbor by calling 419-698-7169 or 419-698-7147.
        Registration ends Dec. 10. The top 10 will be announced Dec. 13. The top two winners will be announced Dec. 16.
        Oregon Fire and Rescue Department will judge the contest and present prizes.
Cookies with Santa
        The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will present Cookies with Santa Friday, Dec. 10 from 4-7 p.m. at Maumee Bay Lodge, 1750 State Park Rd. #2.
        Those attending are encouraged to bring a camera. Monetary or toy donations appreciated and will go back to the community to support local school children.
Nominations sought
        The Juice 107.3 is seeking nominations for the Christmas Spirit Adopt-a-family campaign, sponsored by Yark Automotive Group.
        The radio station is looking for a family to adopt this Christmas and is turning to the community for help.
        Visit to nominate a family in need. The radio station is asking for information such as ages of family members, clothing sizes, and the reason for nomination.
        There is a one-submission limit, and only one family will be adopted this year. The deadline to submit is Sunday, Dec. 12.
        For more information, email
Genoa Decorating Contest
        Genoa area residents are invited to participate in the Genoa Area Christmas Decorating Contest. Judging will take place Wednesday, Dec. 15. No registration is required. Prizes will be awarded for the best residence and best business.
Virtual History Series
        The Wood County Museum is offering a free Virtual History Series program Thursday, Dec. 9 at noon, in partnership with the North Baltimore Public Library.
        The program, which will be available online via Zoom, will be presented by Hal Brown, vice president of the Wood County Historical Society.
        Participants will learn about the female athletes of Wood County long before the implementation of Title IX. The program will go over the early decades of the 20th century when there was a thriving interscholastic basketball program for girls in Ohio. In Wood County, the township high schools were the main participants, but the larger schools in Bowling Green and Perrysburg sometimes fielded teams.
        Contact the North Baltimore Public Library at 419-257-3621 for Zoom log-in information.
        Visit the Wood County Museum website,, for a full schedule of Virtual History Series programs, or call 419-352-0967 and follow the Museum on Facebook for updates and information.
StoryWalk Challenge
        The Toledo Lucas County Public Library invites everyone to participate in its StoryWalk challenge before the outdoor reading experiences hibernate for the winter.
         Pick up a checklist at any library location or download and print a copy from the library website,, then go on at least five StoryWalk adventures. Once you've completed the challenge, bring your card to any location to redeem a prize: gloves for big kids and adults, mittens for little ones (while supplies last).
        Local locations include:
        Oregon Branch: “Where is Jumper?”
        Birmingham Branch: “Ava’s Poppy.”
        Locke Branch: “Sometimes Rain.” 
Lucas Co. Holiday Light Show
        Visitors can enjoy dozens of displays featuring hundreds of thousands of colored lights synched to festive seasonal music at the Lucas County Holiday Light Show at the Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key St., Maumee.
        Best viewed when it is dark, the drive-thru show begins at 5 p.m. and stays open, on some nights, as late as 11 p.m.
        Over a mile long, the experience lasts 20-25 minutes and runs on select dates through Dec. 30. Tickets are $23- $35 per car-load.
        Visit for a full calendar of dates and times, and to purchase tickets.  
Imagination Station
Days of Gifting specials

        Imagination Station is offering unique gift ideas daily through Dec. 12, including savings on popular items in the Science 2 Go store, new membership add-ons and opportunities to participate in activities beyond what’s already offered at the science center.
        “Plus, when you shop with Imagination Station, you allow us to continue to make a positive impact on our community,” said Amy Mohr, senior information officer.
        Special gift ideas include:
        Dec. 4: Buy one science kit and get one free - in store only.
        Dec. 5: Save $60 on a birthday party at Imagination Station.
        Dec. 6: Buy a Family Membership and get eight tickets to the KeyBank Discovery Theater.
        Dec. 7: Save $25 on a Science Experience Package.
        Dec. 8: Save 22% on a Film Combo Pack - includes four tickets, two large popcorns and four medium drinks.
        Dec. 9: Mystery Box Deal: Grab a small for $15; a medium for $25; or a large for $50. Each box is unique.
        Dec. 10: Science After Dark 4 Pack - The ultimate night out for grown-ups.
        Dec. 11: Save on Family Admission Pack - available in four and eight packs.
        Dec. 12: Become a Scientist for a Day.
        Deals of the day will go live every morning either in-store or online and only a limited number of each will be available. 
        Additionally, through December, shoppers can save on memberships, the new Discovery Movie Pass and earn gift cards through purchases at Science 2 Go. 
        The Discovery Movie Pass offers unlimited access to the daytime films plus three special feature films. The pass is $45 and is good from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2022.  The offer expires Dec. 24, 2021 and won’t be available again until Black Friday 2022.
        Visit for more information.


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