ETC: Get Wild About Art Aug. 12-13 at the Toledo Zoo

Press Staff Writer

        The Toledo Zoo will present Wild About Art, Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
        The two-day art fair, which will take place throughout zoo grounds, will feature local and regional artists with various mediums on display and for sale.
        Visitors will also enjoy artist and animal painting demos, live musical entertainment and more.
        Animal painting demos each day will include:
        • 10:30 a.m. – African elephants, Tembo Trail, indoor viewing.
        • 11 a.m. –Red pandas, Primate Forest.         
        • 1:30 p.m. – Penguins, Penguin Beach.
        • 2 p.m. – African elephants, Tembo Trail, Bull Yard,
        • 2:30 p.m. – Tortoises, Reptile House.
        • 3 p.m. – Red pandas, Primate Forest.
        The live entertainment and demonstrations schedule features:
        All day:
        • Kids’ Art Zone, Nature’s Neighborhood.
        • Chalk art demos with Ice Creations – throughout the Art Fair.
        • Noon-2 p.m. each day – Origami demos, Main Plaza.
        • Noon-3 p.m. each day – Toledo School for the Arts (TSA) art party, near Monarch Marketplace.
        Saturday’s musical entertainment lineup includes:
        • 10:30 a.m.-noon – Millenius String Quartet, Main Plaza.
        • 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. – TSA Pop Combo, Main Plaza.
        • 3 and 4 p.m. – TSA Urban Jazz Collective, Main Plaza.
        Sunday musical entertainment scheduled to perform includes:
        • 10 -11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – TSA Glass City Steel Drums, near Aquarium.
        • 12:30-2 p.m. – Millenius String Quartet, Main Plaza.
        • 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. – TSA Urban Jazz Collective, Main Plaza.
        Visit for complete details and a complete list of participating artists.
Ladies’ Formal Tea
        Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society is taking reservations for the Ladies’ Formal Tea, set for Sept. 14 and 19 from noon-2 p.m. at the Brandville School Museum, 2117 Grasser St.
        Guests will learn about Mary Colter, known as the “Architect of the Southwest” and a woman before her time.  Cost is $25 per person. Call OJHS at 419-902-5149 to reserve. Reservations are confirmed once payment is received.
Walbridge Library August programs set
        The Walbridge Library, 108 N. Main St., will present the following programs in August:
        • Snacks: Families can grab a snack at the library every weekday at 3 p.m., supported by Connecting Kids to Meals and the Wood County District Public Library Friends of the Library.
        • Ohio Means Jobs with Ohio Connectivity Champions, Thursday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. – The Ohio Means Jobs website offers resources and information for those who are looking for their first, last, or next job. Attendees will learn how to navigate the website, apply for jobs, create and post a resume, and get career path advice.
        • It’s a Mystery Book Club, Monday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. – Participants will discuss “The Ritual Bath,” by Faye Kellerman.”
        Visit for more information.
AirPower History Tour
        The sights, sounds, and stories of World War II aviation will come to life in Toledo Aug. 9-10 when the B-29 Superfortress “Fifi” and the B-24 Liberator “Diamond Lil” land at Eugene F. Krantz – Toledo Express Airport, accompanied by a T-6 Texan, a PT-13 Stearman and a RC-45J Texan.
        The event is being presented by the Commemorative Air Force, which brings its AirPower History Tour to airports across North America each year. Visitors will be able to view all aircraft up close, purchase rides and tour the B-29 and B-24 cockpits when the aircraft are not flying.
        The event will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Supporting aircraft will be offering rides both days. The B-29 flies on Wednesday and Thursday at 9 and 10:30 a.m. The B-24 flies on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Cockpit tours of the B-29 and B-24 will be available each day when the aircraft are done flying.
        The aircraft will be staged at the Federal Aerospace Institute (FAI) ramp at the airport, located 11371 W. Airport Service Rd., Swanton.
        Access to the ramp is $20 for adults, $10 for youths age 11-17, and free for children age 10 and under. Rides may be booked in advance at, where additional information about the event may also be found.
Lake Erie Awareness Day
        Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and education partners across South Bass Island will host Lake Erie Awareness Day Thursday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Aquatic Visitors Center, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Cooper’s Woods Preserve, Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center, South Bass Island State Park, and South Bass Island Lighthouse.
        This free, family-friendly event will highlight the cultural and historic significance of the islands, address pressing environmental issues such as aquatic invasive species and plastic pollution, draw attention to land conservation efforts, showcase island wildlife, and raise awareness of aquaculture and safe and clean boating programs. Island residents, families, and visitors are encouraged to attend. More information about the event, including station locations, is available at
        A highlight for this year’s event will be trash removal technology demonstrations using Pixie Drone – a floating, remote-controlled, mobile waste collector. The Pixie Drone targets floating waste in all forms, including organic, plastic, glass, metal, paper, rubber, etc. This drone can be operated in salt, fresh and brackish waters.
        Since April 2022, Meijer has donated $1.5 million to The Council of the Great Lakes Region’s (CGLR) charitable arm to clean up Midwestern beaches and waterways with the purchase and use of the BeBots and Pixie Drones. In August 2022, Meijer officially launched its participation in the Great Lakes Plastics Cleanup Program with the use of the two innovative technologies. The retailer’s initiative supports the single largest deployment of these types of eco-friendly and remote-controlled devices across multiple states in the Great Lakes.
Ship & Shore Experience
        The National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) and The Sandpiper passenger tour boat are teaming up again to offer the “Ultimate Great Lakes History Day.”
        On Saturday, Aug. 12, a special ticket will be available combining full access to NMGL and a trip along the Maumee River aboard The Sandpiper.
        “The Ship & Shore experience provides a way to explore Great Lakes history all day long,” said Ellen Kennedy, the museum’s spokesperson. “Guests receive full-day access to the National Museum of the Great Lakes including our museum’s world-class, family-friendly exhibits, a 617-foot iron ore freighter and a lake class tugboat, along with a mid-day trip aboard The Sandpiper departing and returning from the museum docks.”
        While touring the Maumee River aboard The Sandpiper, visitors will have access to the award-winning “Port of Toledo: Then and Now exhibit,” which uses QR codes onboard the vessel to allow cruisers to interact with Great Lakes history along the Maumee River.
        Advance tickets are recommended and may be purchased at or by calling 419-214-5000. Day-of-event tickets will only be available if space exists.
Bluegrass Music Concert
        Bluegrass music band, Bridge County, will perform at Clyde Museum, 124 W. Buckeye St., on Friday, Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.
        Attendees are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating on the front lawn or place a lawn chair for seating on W. Buckeye Street as the street will be closed for the concert that evening.
        Admission is free. There will be a food truck onsite offering a variety of different food and beverages.
        In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside of the museum in the Hurd Room (limited seating available).
        For updates, visit the museum’s Facebook page, Clyde Museum & General McPherson House, or call 419-547-
        For more information about the Clyde Museum, call 419-547-7946, or visit
Bigfoot sculpture exhibit extended at HPLM
        The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ display of a large sculpture of Bigfoot’s head created by a local artist has been extended through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4.
        The sculpture, titled “Evasive Species,” has been popular with visitors, and artist Dan Chudzinski has decided to exhibit it at the museum through the summer.
        Access to see the sculpture and panels detailing how Chudzinski created it is included with regular HPLM admission.
        The sculpture was first displayed at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, as part of the “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration” exhibition. Chudzinski was the only living sculptor represented in the galleries, which featured iconic fantasy artists dating back to the Italian Renaissance.
        Chudzinski worked with Hayes Presidential on its special exhibit “Ohio: An Unnatural History” in 2020. The exhibit examined Ohio folklore, legends and creature stories, including Bigfoot, sometimes called Grassman in Ohio.
        He created digital art of the legends that was used to make life-sized cutouts and loaned Hayes Presidential some of his sculptures of mythical creatures.
        After the exhibit at Hayes Presidential ends, the sculpture will be displayed far beyond the Hayes Museum. The Lunar Codex contemporary art archive chose it to be photographed and etched into metal microfilm and put into a time capsule that will be sent to the south pole of the moon.
        The Lunar Codex was started in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic to bring hope during a dark time and to share some of humanity with the moon for potential future travelers to find.
        A Fremont native who grew up near Spiegel Grove, Chudzinski is curator of the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books at the University of Findlay. He has a diverse background in art techniques and has worked as a zoo taxidermist, apprenticed under master marble carvers in the mountains of Northern Italy, made functional artillery pieces for film and television and created totem poles with Tlingit master carvers in Alaska.
        He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Miami University and Master of Fine Arts degree in three-dimensional studies from Bowling Green State University.
        Chudzinski’s artistic adventures can be followed on Instagram at @danchudzinskistudio.
                For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit
“Run Discrimination Out of Town”
        The Fair Housing Center will present the inaugural “Run Discrimination Out of Town” virtual walkathon/runathon Aug. 26-Sept. 30.
        Individuals and teams are invited to join in the event aimed at eliminating discrimination and promoting social justice. Participants will have the chance to set their own mileage goals, raise funds and help make a tangible difference in the lives of others.
        The Fair Housing Center will host three in-person events at Metroparks Toledo to foster camaraderie and encourage participants to work toward their goals.
        Events will be held:
        • Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Wildwood Metropark at the Whitetail Shelter.
        • Sept. 9, 1-4 p.m., Oak Openings Metropark at the Mallard Lake Shelter.
        • Sept. 30, 1-4 p.m., Pearson Metropark at the Pearson Playground Shelter.
        All funds raised through this event will directly contribute to furthering the mission of The Fair Housing Center, which helps ensure access to equal housing opportunities for everyone.
        For registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit or email


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