ETC: Area nonprofit sponsoring photos with Easter Bunny March 11

Press Staff Writer

        Dogs – and humans, too – are invited to dress in their best springtime finery for a visit and photos with the Easter Bunny Saturday, March 11 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 11 at the Gladieux Home Center, 5120 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
        Sponsored by Andy’s Army Canine Cancer Awareness Project, Photos with the Easter Bunny has always been particularly popular with area dog owners.
        No appointments are necessary. Participants can select their choice of 4-inch x 6-inch photos for purchase. Photos will be printed, framed and ready to take home shortly after participants pose with the bunny. The cost is $10 per photo, with all proceeds going to Andy’s Army, a Toledo-area based nonprofit.
        “Andy's Army is looking forward to our Easter Bunny photo session at Gladieux Home Center,” said Sue Bechtel of Whitehouse, president and founder of Andy’s Army. “It is a fun day and there are always some surprises,
        “Andy's Army is celebrating 10 years of fighting canine cancer – 10 years and still going strong,” she said.
        Since its founding, the nonprofit has raised and donated more than $100,000 to support canine cancer research.
Live! In the House
        The 6th Edition Vocal Ensemble will bring jazz with a bit of pop thrown in to the Pemberville Opera House Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is part of the ongoing Live! In the House Concert Series presented by the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society.
        Tickets are $12 and are available at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville, by calling Carol at 419-287-4848 or at the door. The Pemberville Opera House is located at 115 Main St.
        A talented jazz vocal group with a rich, sophisticated sound, 6th Edition has been winning over audiences for 20 years with a diverse repertoire, from the American Song Book to Stevie Wonder.
        The group was formed in 2001, born from the inspiration of their experience working with the legendary John Hendricks at the University of Toledo. Friends Kim Buehler, Kevin Eikum, Lori Lefevre, John Johnson and Lisa Young had been involved in studio jingle singing and ensemble work. They each had solo careers as well.
        Together as the 6th Edition, they produced a CD, “It’s About Time,” while performing throughout the Midwest. They have also performed with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
Genealogy & Family Research Classes
        Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society is partnering with The Genealogy Investigator, Kelley Amstutz, who has 20+ years of experience in genealogy research, to offer genealogy and family research classes at Brandville School Museum, 1133 Grasser St., Oregon.
        This six-part course is being offered as separate, individual classes and as a package deal. Each class begins at 7 p.m.
        The course kicks off March 15 with “Writing Your Story.” Writing your life story is a gift that you leave for the future generations. Participants will learn about preserving your legacy, memories and stories.
        Additional topics include:
        March 29: “Tackling a Research Project.”
        April 5: “Proving or Disproving Family Stories.”
        April 19” “How to Use Census Records.”
        May 10: “Death Record Research.”
        May 24: “Types of Family Trees and Charts and How to Get Started.” Participants will actually create their own family tree in this workshop. Start time for this class is changed to 6 p.m. to accommodate extra workshop time.
        OJHS offers special member pricing of $20 per class or the six-class package price of $110. Nonmembers pay an additional fee.
        Register for classes online at, email or call Kitty at 419-376-9491, where new memberships are also accepted.
Short Stacks
For a Tall Cause
        East Toledo/Oregon Kiwanis sponsor a Flapjack Fundraiser to support Build Beds for Kids Saturday, March 18 from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee’s, 3007 Curtice Rd., Northwood.
        Tickets are $10 and are available by contacting John Eisenart at 419-346-0231 or
        For more information about Let’s Build Beds, visit
Designer Purse FUNdraiser
        The Oregon/Northwood Rotary will present a Designer Purse Bingo Party FUNdraiser Thursday, March 16 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Oregon Senior Center, 4350 Navarre Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Play begins at 7 p.m. Refreshments, including snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available.
        Proceeds from the event will benefit Oregon/Northwood Rotary Club projects, which include the annual Breakfast with Santa; literary projects at Oregon, Northwood and Cardinal Stritch schools; educational missions to the Challenger Learning students for local students and other projects.
        The event will have 11 rounds. Each will have a handbag winner featuring brand names such as Kate Spade, Coach and Michael Kors.
        Admission is open to ages 21 and older. Tickets are available on the Oregon/Northwood Rotary Facebook page or call 419-720-0085.
Glass City Dance Party
        Glass City Singles will present a Dance Party Saturday, March 11 at the Ballroom Company, 2558 Parkway Plaza, Maumee (in the Parkway Plaza).
        A free dance lesson will be offered at 6 p.m. Open dancing will follow from 6:30-10 p.m.
        The theme is “March Madness – the Big Dance” Come out and take a shot at winning the dance contest or cheering on the dancers who compete. Everyone is welcome. Attendees don’t have to dance – just show up and meet new friends.
        Admission is $12, which includes the dance lesson and snacks. Those who wish may bring a meal to pass. Visit or email for more details.
Mackinac Island trip
        The East Toledo Senior Center, with the help of Diamond Tours, will host a trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan Oct. 9-13.
        The cost is $639 per person, based on double occupancy. The price includes transportation via luxury motorcoach, four nights of lodging, four breakfasts and dinners, guided tours of Mackinac City, a visit to Mackinac Island, including a carriage ride and more. A deposit of $75 is due by June 2, with the balance due by Aug. 2.
        For more information, call 419-691-2254.
Play Euchre and cards
at Brandville School
        The Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society will host Euchre and cards Tuesday, March 21 from 2-5 p.m. at Brandville School, 1133 Grasser St., Oregon.
        The cost is $15 per person, with proceeds going towards OJHS restoration projects. Come by yourself or bring friends.  Membership is not required. Prizes will be awarded to winners. Call Kitty at 419-376-9491 to RSVP.
Pottery classes at The Arts Garage
        The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council will present pottery classes at The Arts Garage (TAG), 317 W. Perry
St., Port Clinton.
        Join instructors Jeanette Oleska, Valerie Crow and Maggie Beckford for this hands-on journey in pottery.
        The class schedule includes:
        • March 7 at 6 p.m. - Pinch pot
        • March 8 at 6 p.m. - Coil
        • March 19 at 1 p.m. - Glazing
        • April 4 at 2 p.m. - Slab
        • April 5 at 4:30 p.m. - Slab
        • April 9 at 1 p.m. - Glazing
        • April 18 at 6 p.m. - Glazing
        The cost is $40 per class (excluding glazing, which is no charge) and tickets can be purchased Visit the “Classes” page and select the session or sessions you would like to attend.
        Sign up at under “classes.”
Meet the Author
        Families, students, teachers, and children’s book lovers are invited to the Wood County District Public Library’s meet the author and illustrator program with award-winning author and illustrator of “Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story,” Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez-Neal.
        The duo will visit the Bowling Green Library, 251 N. Main St., Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m. Free copies of “Fry Bread” will be distributed to the first 100 families to attend the event.
        During the program, Maillard and Martinez-Neal will discuss the creation of “Fry Bread” – an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow.
        Visit for more details.
“Xanadu” on stage
        The Collingwood Arts Center and Stone Productions will present, “Xanadu” – a new musical based on the 1980 cult classic film of the same name – March 10-12.
        The Collingwood Arts Center is located at 2413 Collingwood Boulevard, Toledo. For tickets and more information, call 419-244-2787 or visit
Volunteers needed for Magee Marsh Gift Shop
        Since June 2022, the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center at Magee Marsh has been getting a total transformation and is scheduled to open in April.
        Visitors will see a whole new look and feel as they walk through the front door which is framed in large glass windows.
        Inside, new displays, exhibits and new restrooms have been installed. Visitors will also have access to the upstairs, and this space will focus on the hunting tradition at Magee Marsh. An exact opening date will be announced soon and will be posted on the Friends of Magee Marsh Facebook page.
        The Friends of Magee Marsh will also have a brand-new gift shop within the Magee Marsh Visitor center. The group is recruiting volunteers to help in the gift shop. Volunteers will meet visitors from all over the world. The gift shop will be open April through October. An information session for anyone interested in volunteering will be held Saturday, March 25 at 1 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Library in Port Clinton. To register, email Mary Warren at
Bark in the Park registration open
        Registration is now open for the Toledo Humane Society’s 38th Annual Bark in the Park, which will be held Saturday, June 3 from 9 a.m.-noon at The Shops at Fallen Timbers.
        The annual 4K and 1-mile family fun walk for animals will also include games, raffle prizes, a Vendor Village, Adoption Alley and treats for pups and kids. Food will be available for purchase from Smash Dawgs, Kickback Toledo and Cruising Cuisine.
        Adults can have some fun, too, at the 21+ Paw Patio, where Johnny Rodriguez will be playing from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
        The 2022 event raised a little over $80,000 for the animals. This year’s goal is $90,000.
        To register as a free participant or to sign up to run, visit
and-programs/bark-in-the-park-2023. Raise $50 to be eligible to start winning prizes – starting with our exclusive 2023 Bark in the Park t-shirt and dog bandana.
        Bark in the Park raises life-saving funds that provide critical medical care, food, shelter, and adoption services for thousands of animals THS serves every year.
OregonFest returning to Dustin Road in 2023
        Dustin Road will once again be filled with the familiar sights and sounds of OregonFest on May 21 from noon-6 p.m.
        The theme for this year’s event is “Bringing History to Life,” which will be brought to life with the help of Grand Parade marshals from the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society.
        In addition to the parade, OregonFest will feature a Kids’ Area, Quality of Life Tent, food trucks, contests, a plant exchange, shopping with local vendors, a car show sponsored by Dunn Chevrolet Buick with Toledo HotRodders and more.
        Vendor, sponsor, parade and food truck entries are now being accepted.
        Volunteers needed
        OregonFest is a community organization which relies on donations from area businesses, and the hard work of volunteers dedicated to enriching their community. “We have tons of spots and can accommodate all abilities and schedules,” said Cassie Tinta, OregonFest chairperson. “With your help, our community will be able to return together again in celebration of everything we love about our city and enjoy our favorite fest traditions.”
        Sign up online at, follow on Facebook at @OregonfestOH or email
Artists & crafters sought
        The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council’s is seeking artists and crafters to participate in the organization’s annual Arts and Crafts Festival Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Waterworks Park on Perry Street in Port Clinton.
        The event is open to all artists and crafters; no wholesalers or imported goods will be accepted. In celebration of the 30th anniversary, registration is $30 until May 15, then will increase to $35.
        To apply, please visit or click the “2023 Arts and Crafts Festival” tab on the homepage.
The rules and instructions are on the entry form page as well.


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