Family Briefs

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Springtime brings egg-citing fun at Imagination Station
Enjoy egg-citing hands-on events and activities during April at Imagination Station.
• Egg Drop Challenge, Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14 – One of Imagination Station’s most popular events is back – the Egg Drop Challenge. Visitors will use engineering and ingenuity to create a contraption that will protect an egg from a 20-foot drop. Participants whose egg survives the fall will be entered to a prize drawing.
• Upcycling Celebration, April 15-22 – Learn how to care for the planet while turning trash into treasure. Upcycle plastic bottle caps into colorful wall art, lawn ornaments and jewelry. The science center will collect unwanted cell phones and tablets. Visitors who recycle these small electronics will receive free admission to the science center’s temporary exhibit, “Popnology: From Sci-Fi to Wi-Fi.”
Imagination Station will be closed Sunday, April 21 but will be open Monday, April 15 and Monday, April 22.
• Art Loop: Poetry and Performance, Thursday, April 18, 5-9 p.m. Imagination Station is once again a stop on the Art Loop. The science center is kicking off the 2019 season with BYOS: Bring Your Own Sock. Everyone has at least one sock without a match - turn that lonely foot covering into a one-of-a-kind puppet and put on a show.
April programming at the science center includes:
• Mini Explorers Club, April 30, 2-3:30 p.m. – Children ages 3-5 and their grown-ups will observe weather patterns using tools and record their observations through drawings and writing. Together they will create fluffy clouds and investigate the power of wind and how it makes things move. Free with admission.
For more details, visit
Easter Egg Hunt
Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River S. Rd., Elmore, will present an Easter Egg Hunt Thursday, April 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., rain or shine.
Separate egg-hunting areas will be designated for different age groups for kids ages 1-12. Bring your own basket.
The event is free. Donations of canned goods for the Elmore Food Bank will be appreciated.
Other activities scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. include:
• Visit with the Easter Bunny (bring a camera);
• Easter egg cookie decorating station;
• Storytime with the Harris-Elmore Library;
• Bench’s Greenhouse Planting Station;
• Easter crayon coloring station.
For more details, call 419-862-3182, or visit
Hayes “Backstairs Tours”
Hear the fascinating stories of the servants who worked in the Hayes Home during special tours being offered in April.
The Backstairs Tour takes guests through some behind-the-scenes portions of the Hayes Home that are not included on the standard tour.
Visitors will hear the stories of the many servants who worked for the Hayes Family over the years. Some were former slaves from Kentucky, and others were immigrants who spoke little English.
The tour includes some hands-on activities, an exhibit room focusing on the servants and ginger snaps like those the servants made for the Hayes Family.
The themed tour will be offered on certain days starting in April and continuing through early November. April dates include Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, April 20 at 4 p.m.
Cost for this tour is $8 for HPLM members and $10 for non-members. Non- members must purchase the tour in addition to a site pass.
Hayes Home guides developed the Backstairs Tour based on months of research into the servants’ lives. The Servants Room exhibit area that is included on the tour is sponsored by Decker Roofing & Gutter Solutions.
For the schedule, visit
Celebrate Spring at the Toledo Zoo
Hop to it and bring the whole family to the Toledo Zoo to celebrate all the delights of spring.
Breakfast with the Bunny, which will be held Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, begins with early entry to the Zoo at 9 a.m. for a special children’s egg hunt on the Africa! Overlook (indoors if inclement weather), followed by
family-friendly crafts and a visit with the costumed bunny. Each guest will receive one free photo with the bunny.
Guests will then gather in the Malawi Event Center for a chef-designed, kid-friendly breakfast buffet before having the remainder of the day to explore the Zoo.
For pricing, more information and to make reservations, visit or call Group Sales at 419-385-5721, ext. 6001. Reservations are required and tickets must be purchased in advance. Breakfast with the Bunny price includes Zoo admission and member discounts apply.
The Zoo will also host an Animal Egg Hunt on Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring the whole family and see what enrichment treats the bunny dropped off for your favorite Zoo animals. Follow the animal egg hunt through the entire Zoo and learn all about animal behaviors, diets and daily activities through keeper talks and demonstrations.
Animal Egg Hunt is free with Zoo admission. For more information, including the schedule of activities, visit
RootsMagic founder to give free workshop
Learn how to get the most out of RootsMagic Genealogy & Family History Software from the man who wrote it during a special workshop on Sunday, May 5, at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
RootsMagic Founder and President Bruce Buzbee will help participants with their genealogy questions and give an overview and demonstration of RootsMagic7. This event is free.
The schedule is as follows:
• Noon-1 p.m.– The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library will open for research and browsing.
• 1-2:30 p.m. – Buzbee will present an overview and demonstration of RootsMagic7 with specific information on how to migrate FamilyTreeMaker data to RootsMagic. He will also discuss how to use a personal subscription in conjunction with RootsMagic.
• 2:30-2:45 p.m. – Break
• 2:45-4 p.m. – Question and answer session.
• 5 p.m. – The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums close for the day.
To help plan for seating, registration is requested. To register, call 419-332-2081 and ask for the library, or email John Ransom at
Free youth bereavement camp
ProMedica Hospice and Heartland Hospice Care will host Camp Fearless for children and adolescents who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
The free bereavement day camp, open to children ages 6-16, features therapeutic activities, arts and crafts and team-building exercises led by a team of professional counselors, hospice team members and trained volunteers.
Children will explore issues related to the impact that loss can have on their lives in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
The program also provides an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet individually with camp leaders to discuss the individual needs of the children and family following loss. Hospice staff provide information and connect families with additional resources to help children continue to grow and move forward on their grief journey.
Locally, Camp Fearless is being offered at three locations:
• Perrysburg: Camp Fearless will meet from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 18-21 at Zoar Lutheran Church. Registration is required and is open through June 12. For more information or to register, contact ProMedica Hospice at 419-824-7400, or visit
• Fremont: Camp Fearless will meet from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 16-19 at Grace Community Church. Registration is required and is open through July 2. For more information or to register, contact ProMedica Hospice at 419-547-6419, or visit
• Sylvania: Camp Fearless will meet from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 23-26 at Sylvania First United Methodist Church. Registration is required and is open through July 17. For more information or to register, contact ProMedica Hospice at 419-824-7400, or visit
For more information about ProMedica, visit
Thanking volunteers
Mercy Health marked National Volunteer Week (April 7-13) by thanking its many volunteers – men and women who help make remarkable quality care possible for patients, their families and friends.
Mercy Health’s volunteers serve in a wide variety of roles, including clinic physicians and nurse practitioners, greeters, clerks, aides, messengers, patient partners and ambassadors, transporters, drivers and more.
In three of Mercy Health’s Toledo area hospitals alone, more than 750 active volunteers provided more than 118,000 hours of service in 2018. Some of Mercy’s volunteers just began their services while others have served for more than 20 years.
Throughout the month of April, Mercy Health will honor the volunteers with celebrations to note a job well done.
To learn more about Mercy Health volunteer program, visit and search “volunteering,” or call Volunteer Services. To inquire about volunteering at St. Charles Hospital, call at 419-251-4145.
Diabetes Get Together
The Magruder Hospital Nutrition Department is offering monthly Diabetes Get-Togethers on the third Thursday each month September through May at noon in the Conference Center, 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton.
A different speaker addresses the get-together each month. On April 18, Magruder Diabetes Educators will present a program on, “Diabetes Complications – Am I Doomed?”
The group is for anyone dealing with diabetes or pre-diabetes, including family and friends. Light refreshments will be provided; no RSVP is necessary. For more info, call 419-732-4027.
Penta FFA Plant Sale
Penta Career Center’s FFA chapter is hosting a Plant Sale Friday, April 26 from 1-5 p.m. on the Penta campus, 9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg Township.
Floral Design & Greenhouse Production students will be offering spring plants and flowers for sale. Flowers and plants available to purchase include hanging baskets, bedding plants and combination planters. Landscape & Turfgrass Management students will be conducting a tree sale featuring deciduous and flowering trees, including varieties of maple, birch and crabapple trees.
Penta’s flower shop will also be open and will have memorial silk arrangements available for purchase.
For more information about the Plant Sale call Penta Career Center at 419-661-6344.
Books for Babies
Local author organization, Northwest Ohio Authors, in conjunction with Gathering Volumes bookstores, invites community members in the Toledo area to join them in supporting Austin’s Book Club at their Books for Babies event on Saturday April 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the empty lot adjacent to Gathering Volumes.
For more information about the event, attendees are encouraged to visit
Books for Babies will benefit Austin’s Book Club, a charity that provides NICU families at Toledo Children’s Hospital with books to read to their newborns. This is often the only way these families can spend time with their babies who are receiving life-sustaining care.
Austin’s Book Club also sends each family home with a book when their baby is discharged, encouraging early literacy.
In addition to local authors having their books for sale, there will be raffle baskets ranging from children’s books and games to a grand-prize basket that will contain works from local authors and a gift certificate to Gathering
Volumes. All proceeds from the raffle baskets directly benefit Austin’s Book Club. 
Local children’s author Kelly Jean Lietaert will be conducting children’s activities.
More details about the event are available at To find out more about Austin’s Book Club, visit
Amish Country tour
Beeker’s Excursions will present a trip to the Heart of Ohio Amish Country Wednesday, May 22.
Meet at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville, at 7:15 a.m. for shopping and breakfast bites before departing via motorcoach with Bliss Charters.
Stops include Smucker’s (Orville), Lehman’s (Kidron), Ashery Country Store (Fredricksburg), Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen (Mt. Hope) and downtown Berlin.
Return to Pemberville at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The cost is $75 per person, which includes round-trip transportation, evening box meal, raffle prizes and refreshments.
Reservations required by May 5. Payment must be made at the time of reservation. Call 419-287-3274 for details.
Kids Days @ Hayes
Kids can test their skills at an obstacle course and with relays during Kids Days @ Hayes on Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on the grounds of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont.
Cost is $3 for kids and grandkids of Hayes Presidential members at the family level and higher and $5 for non-member kids. There is no charge for adults who bring kids to this program.
The obstacle course and relays are inspired by the Hayes Presidential Center’s special exhibit “A Family of Service: The Hayeses in World War I.”
The title sponsor for Kids Days @ Hayes is Impact Credit Union. The obstacle course and relay event sponsor is JG3 Fitness.
For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit
“Egg” stravaganza
Enjoy the Easter season in Uptown Maumee as the Maumee Uptown Business Association hosts the 5th Annual Easter “Egg” Stravaganza on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m.-noon.
The Easter bunny will be on hand at In Bloom Flowers & Gifts, located at 126 W. Wayne St., and art projects will be offered at Sunshine Studios located on the corner of West Wayne and Conant Streets.
Children ages 3-12 are also invited to bring an Easter basket to collect candy-filled eggs from participating uptown businesses.
The event is free and open to the public.
Petals for a Purpose
The Ability Center will host their annual “Petals for a Purpose” flower sale Friday, May 10 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the center, 5605 Monroe St., Sylvania.
Funds raised from the sale benefit Life Skills Program which helps youth with disabilities to learn independent living and employment skills. The classes for  youths and young adults with disabilities ages 13-26 are free of charge and hosted at The Ability Center.
Ability Center staff will also be present to answer program questions, discuss Life Skills class options, and connect with other families.
Hanging baskets, patio pots and flats can be purchased at the sale or through preorder April 22-May 6 on The Ability Center’s website,
CARES Awards
The Lucas County Committee for Children will present the second annual Lucas County CARES Awards dinner to recognize five outstanding individuals and organizations that have advanced the cause of protecting Lucas County's children from abuse and neglect.
The dinner will be held at The Pinnacle in Maumee on Thursday, April 25. A VIP reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the awards program and dinner at 7 p.m.
Honorees being recognized in five categories include:
Agency Award – Sheila Metternick, Lucas County Children Services caseworker
Board Award – Hon. James Ray, Lucas County Juvenile Court (retired)
Community Award – Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center
Director Award – Hon. Denise Navarre Cubbon, Lucas County Juvenile Court
Family Award – Beverly Hardaway, foster parent
Tickets are $100 and can be ordered online through EventBrite at


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