Family briefs: Clay Limelighters to present ‘Curtains: School Edition’

        The Clay High School Limelighters will present the hit Broadway musical, “Curtains: School Edition,” on April 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and April 28 at 3 p.m.
        It’s Boston, 1959. At the Colonial Theatre, the cast of “Robbin’ Hood” takes their bows on opening night. Just as the curtain falls, so does Jessica Cranshaw, the profoundly untalented leading lady of the production. Enter Lt. Frank Cioffi, a fast-talking cop with a love for musical theatre. He quarantines the cast and crew inside the theatre while he searches for clues. But Cioffi doesn’t just investigate the murder – he also offers advice and insight into improving Robbin’ Hood. The musical will open again in 24 hours with a new leading lady, so the clock is ticking to find the killer and put on a killer show. Who could it be? Everyone is a suspect, and only Cioffi can make sense of the evidence.
        Curtains is a musical-theatre parody of whodunnit classics, with numbers ranging from the classic musical theatre song-and-dance, “A Tough Act to Follow” to the heartfelt, “I Miss the Music.” A comedic send-up suitable for all ages, “Curtains” will have the audience laughing until the last curtain closes.
        All seating is reserved and may be purchased at Adult admission is $15; senior citizens (60+) and students are $13. Concessions will be available at all performances.
        “Curtains School Edition” is presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
‘It’s a Mystery’ Book Club
        Readers who enjoy a good mystery are invited to join the Wood County District Public Library’s “It’s a Mystery Book Club” at the Walbridge Library, 108 N. Main St.
        Nancy Weiland will lead the discussions. Dates and topics include:
        • April 22 – “Lending a Paw,” by Laurie Cass.
        • May 20 – “Time of Fog and Fire,” by Rhys Bowen.
        • June 24 – “Nothing Ventured,” by Jeffrey Archer.
        • July 22 – “Lethal Licorice,” by Amanda Flower.
        The club meets at 6 p.m.
        For more information about this and other library programs, visit
Diabetes Management Program
        The YMCA’s Diabetes Management Program at Eastern Community YMCA will begin April 23 at 6 p.m., 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon.
        The program is open to anyone ages 18+ diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The six-week, one-hour group discussion sessions are led by a trained facilitator.
        Topics to be covered include monitoring blood sugar, managing food, benefits and effects of exercise on diabetes and medications (includes Q&A with a pharmacist).
        The program cost is $25. Call 419-725-7844 to register.
“Ask the Expert” to focus on minority health
        With the goal of bringing health and wellness information to the community in an easy, digestible way, Mercy Health continues its monthly Ask the Expert series via Zoom on Thursday, April 18, with a session focused on Minority Health Month and services offered by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.
        Cheyenne Nawrot, minority health program coordinator for the Lucas County Health Department, will speak about minority health and wellness and the services that the health department offers. In particular, she will speak to the topics of health services, community outreach, environmental health, food safety, community health and vital records.
        The one-hour, monthly sessions meets virtually on the third Thursday of every month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. via Zoom. To join, participants can call 646-931-3860 or zoom meeting ID: 975 5220 8436. There is no need to pre-register.
         The series will continue Thursday, May 16, focusing on Mental Health. Marriah Kornowa, executive director, National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Toledo (NAMI), will speak about wellness and recovery information and resources.
Magruder Hospital programs announced
        The next Cancer Information Session will be held Wednesday, April 24 in the Magruder Conference Center. The topic will be “Treatment Options During and After Cancer” 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton.
        This group meets from 1-2 p.m. and is free and open to anyone impacted by cancer including patients, caregivers and family members. Attendees do not have to be patients of Magruder Oncology to attend.
        Refreshments will be served  RSVP is requested. Contact Taffy Armstrong at 419-734-3131, ext. 3729, or email
        Free skin cancer screening
        Magruder Hospital & Dermatology Partners will hold a Free Skin Cancer Screening by appointment on Friday, May 10, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Appointments may be made by calling 419-732-4061.
        Laura Jordan, DO, from Dermatology Partners will be providing the screening which will be held at their clinic behind the hospital in the Urgent Care Building, Suite 300, 615 Fulton St., Port Clinton.
Healthy Kids Day
        The YMCA of Greater Toledo will present Healthy Kids Day on Tuesday, April 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Eastern Community YMCA, 2960 Pickle Rd.,  Oregon.
        Held in partnership with Oregon City Schools, the event will feature a giant inflatable, games, prizes, interactive crafts, local resources and more.
        Healthy Kids Day events will also be held at other YMCA of Greater Toledo branches in April and May.
        These free, family-friendly event aims to promote healthy habits, active lifestyles, and fun-filled experiences for  children and families as they embark on the summer season. Sponsored nationally by Peanuts, Healthy Kids Day is dedicated to transforming playtime into lasting memories.
        “It is so important for kids to stay active over the summer, both physically and mentally,” said Beth Konczal, executive director of the Eastern Community YMCA. “At the Y, we are committed to providing families with the resources they need to foster healthy habits year-round. Healthy Kids Day is a fantastic opportunity for the community to come together and kickstart a summer of wellness and fun.”
        For more information, visit
Take a Wild Wellness Walk at the Toledo Zoo
        Area residents are invited to take their daily walks to the next level by taking a Wild Wellness Walk at the Toledo Zoo.
        Through Oct. 31, from 7:30-9 a.m., walkers can explore four designated walking paths on zoo grounds, enjoying beautiful native plants and flowers as they walk among zoo buildings and exhibits. Walkers will also see the team members prepare to open the zoo for the day. They may also get a glimpse of some wildlife as animals also begin their day.
        A complimentary water and coffee station is available.
        Registration is free and open to both zoo members and non-members. All walkers, including 2023 participants, are asked to register in advance as a Wild Wellness Walker. Name badges and lanyards will be produced and distributed at both the Anthony Wayne Trail and Broadway entrances upon their first visit.
        Please note that buildings and animal exhibits will be closed during walking hours. For more details, visit
‘Accent on the Arts’
        On Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., the Music Business Technology students from Owens Community College will present the final concert of the 2023-2024 “Accent on the Arts” concert series, featuring the Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet.
        “Accent on the Arts” is a free concert series designed, booked, promoted and presented by Music Business Technology students. The concert will be in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Owens Community College Toledo Campus. The Center for Fine and Performing Arts is located at 7270 Biniker Rd., Perrysburg.
        The quartet “masterfully blends rhythms, sounds and textures from across the globe.” Featuring oud (a Middle Eastern short-neck lute-type, pear-shaped, fretless stringed instrument), violin, electric bass, synthesizer and world percussion, they are fueled by the spirit of jazz, world music and improvisation.
        Learn more about the quartet at
        Before the concert, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery, attendees can explore “Gratitude,” a solo exhibition by Tamara Monk, and “Passages,” a Juried High School Art Show. Learn more at
National Drug Take Back Day
        Area residents are encouraged to participate in the upcoming National Drug Take Back Day, set for Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m.
        The event provides a safe and responsible way for individuals to dispose of unused or expired medications, helping to prevent substance abuse and protect the environment.
        Local police departments throughout the area, including Genoa and Oak Harbor police, will be hosting drop-off locations, where community members can anonymously discard their unwanted medications.
        These drop boxes are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, providing convenient access for individuals to safely dispose of prescription drugs at any time.
        Residents should review the guidelines provided by each police department to ensure compliance with accepted and prohibited items. Additionally, the Ottawa County Health Department offers Deterra bags, an environmentally friendly solution for at-home disposal of medications.
        For more information on National Drug Take Back Day and to learn about the accepted items and other locations, visit
Singles Dance Party
        Glass City Singles will present a Singles Dance Saturday, Saturday, May 18 at The Ballroom Company, 2558 Parkway Plaza, Maumee (in the Parkway Plaza).
        A free dance lesson will be offered at 6 p.m., followed by open dancing from 6:45-10 p.m.
        Admission is $12, which includes the dance lesson and snacks. Attendees should Bring their own beverages. For more information, visit, email or follow ToledoDJ Tom on Facebook.
Bereavement support group
        A Community Bereavement Support Group meets in the Pavilion at Our Lady of Toledo Shrine, 655 S Coy Rd, Oregon.
        The Bereavement Department of Southern Care Hospice will facilitate the free group, which meets Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. The four-series sessions begin the first Tuesday of the month. Drop-ins are welcome.
        For more information, contact Chris Roper at 419-843-6106 or email
Music Makers Camp
        The Community Music School at Heidelberg University will offer a week of music-making at its Music Makers Camp from May 28-31. The camp runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day.
        Students in grades one through four or rising to grades two through five in the fall are eligible to participate in the day camp, where they’ll have an opportunity to work with others while exploring their voice and creativity.
        Campers will learn to make instruments, create their own music, sing, dance and more. Music instructor, Dr. Elizabeth Tracy, will lead the experience-based camp.
        Additionally, camp participants will experience live performances by guest artists and explore what music-making means to them. Through the experience, the children will also learn to make the connection between music, science, art, math and reading.
        Students will need to bring their own packed lunch (refrigerator available) and refillable water bottle marked with their name.
        The cost for the camp is $125 and includes a T-shirt and daily snacks.
        Registration is currently open. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, April 30. Participation is limited to 24 and scholarship assistance is available. To sign up, visit
Historical society planning events
        The Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society’s Euchre Parties are back.
        Parties are planned for April 25, Sept.30, Oct. 28, and Nov. 25 from 2-5 p.m. at Brandville School, 1133 Grasser St., Oregon.
        “If you play euchre, we can promise you a lot of fun,” said Michelle Quilter, OJHS president. “The more tables, the more fun.
        “Lunch, beverages and cookies are served and you might even win one of the cash prizes.” she said. “Don't be shy about coming alone. You don’t have to be an expert player and it’s okay to come by yourself. How this game is played, your seat is always changing so you have the opportunity to make many new friends all afternoon and we promise you’ll have a few laughs too.”
        The entry fee is $15 per person. RSVP by calling 419-902-5149. Funds raised will go toward the historical society’s building fund.
        ‘Generations Tea’
        The OJHS will present a “Generations Tea,” Saturday, May 4 from noon-2 p.m. Geared toward young girls (typically ages 6-13) and their moms, grandmas, aunts or special friends, the event will be Barbie themed. (OJHS member Virginia Todd will be lending her Barbie doll collection - dating back to 1957 to be on display).
        The cost for this tea is $20 per person. Call Angie at 419-902-5149 to make reservations. Lunch, tea and punch will be served. There will be a short program.
‘Beautiful Vermont’
        The East Toledo Senior Center, with help of Diamond Tours, will host a trip to “Beautiful Vermont,” Sept. 16-21.
        The cost is $955 per person, based on double occupancy. The cost includes motorcoach transportation, five nights of lodging (three consecutive nights in Vermont), eight meals, a tour of a Vermont maple farm, a tour of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, a dinner cruise on Lake Champlain, admission to Shelburne Museum, a visit to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill and more.
        A deposit of $75 per person is due at registration, required by May 1. A limited number of seats are still available. The trip is open to anyone age 21 and older.
        For more information, Call 419-691-2254.
Cedar Point ‘Jobs Fun Fair’
        Cedar Point is set to host its second annual Jobs Fun Fair hiring party at the park’s Main Gate Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
        Interviews, hiring and initial orientation will be held right on the spot with park managers and leaders on hand to answer questions, interview candidates and welcome new associates to the Cedar Point team. From high school students to career professionals and retirees – positions are available for a wide variety of candidates and interests, including traffic and tolls, admissions, food and beverage/culinary services, park services, housekeeping/hotel accommodations, ride operations, office/clerical and more.
        Hourly pay ranges from $13-$17 (for those who are 16 years of age or older) based on experience, prior service and position. Cedar Point offers flexible scheduling and benefits, discounts, reward and recognition programs, exclusive associate-only events, ride nights, free tickets for family and friends, on-site housing for those who qualify and free admission to any Cedar Fair park.
        Several activities will be available at the casual event, including complimentary barbeque, beverages, treats from the park’s French Quarter Confections restaurant, games and more.
        As an added perk, all candidates who are hired at the event will receive a voucher for two complimentary Cedar Point admission tickets they can redeem at their onboarding (in addition to complimentary tickets received as part of regular employment benefits).
        For more information on available seasonal, part-time and year-round positions, potential candidates can apply online at
FAFSA workshop
        A workshop will be held for those with questions about the 2024/25 FAFSA on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. at Owens Community College.
        Get details and register by calling 419-898-7001.


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