Family briefs: Get read-y for Ntl. Library Week with Virtual Bookish Trivia

Press Staff Writer

        The Wood County Public Library invites patrons to get ready for National Library Week by playing WCDPL’s Virtual Bookish Trivia beginning Monday, March 29 at 4 p.m. and ending Tuesday, March 30 at 4 p.m.
        Patrons will be able to show off their literary knowledge with topics ranging from the classics to modern authors and everything in between. Participants can play by themselves or as a team.
        “We wanted to deliver some bookish fun in anticipation of National Library Week, which is from April 4-10 this year,” said Nicole Cordier, WCDPL Information Services Librarian.
        No registration is required. A Google Form with trivia questions will be posted to WCDPL’s Facebook page at and will be open for the competition for 24 hours beginning at 4 p.m. on March 29. After the winners are chosen, the form will be left available for anyone to play for fun.
        For more info, contact WCDPL Information Services by calling 419-352-5050, emailing, or visit
Drive-thru Easter Meal
        Elmore Church of God, 310 Congress St., will be serving a free drive-thru Easter Meal from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., or until food runs out, on Easter Sunday, April 4.
        The community is invited to enjoy the meal, which will include ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, a dinner roll and dessert.
Wildlife Drive
        Enjoy the beauty of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge from the comfort of your car March 20-21.
        The seven-mile route departs from the Visitor Center entrance road. The red line on the trail map (available at refuge kiosks or on the Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge website at indicates the Wildlife Drive route with some seasonal options.
        Gates open at sunrise and close one hour prior to sunset. The Wildlife Drive is only open on specified dates, which are weather dependent. High wind, flooding, and winter weather can impede travel on the drive. Future dates include April 17-18, and April 30.
        The refuge is located at 14000 West SR 2, Oak Harbor. Call 419-898-0014 for more details.
Terra State to host career fair
        Terra State Community College will be hosting a career fair on Tuesday, March 30 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Activities Center on Terra State’s Fremont campus. The event is open to the public.
        The Kern Center for Workforce and Community Education will offer free workshops on resume writing, interview skills and other topics in advance of the career fair. Attendees can join any workshop in-person or virtually via Zoom. Pre-registration is encouraged for the workshops. Visit to register or view workshop offerings. Call the Kern Center at 419-559-2464 for more info.
        Registration is not required to attend the job fair. Job-seekers not comfortable visiting the career fair in-person can send their resumes to
        Masks are required and guests can enter through the General Technologies Building entrance or the Marsha S. Bordner Arts and Health Technologies Center entrance. The entrance to the Student Activities Center is currently closed. Guests will sign in and receive a temperature check upon entering.
        More than 30 community businesses will be available for job seekers. Businesses scheduled to attend include Vaughn Industries, Buckeye Broadband, Parkview Care Center, Blanchard Valley Health System, Cedar Point, Jet Express, Century Die Co., Firelands Regional Medical System, Northcoast Security, Clouse Construction Corp., RVI Inc., Transformation Network – Clyde office, Renhill HR OnDemand, Woodbridge Corporation, Seneca County Department of Job and Family Services, Bethesda Care Center, International Metal Hose Co., Ottawa County Riverview Healthcare,  Kenneth G. Myers Construction Co. Inc., Heritage Village of Clyde, Sandusky County Sheriff’s Department, Countryside Manor, Kelly Services, Whirlpool Corp. – Clyde division, ProMedica, Berry Global, Inc., Staffmark, Tin Man Heating, Huron County Job and Family Services, Ohio Means Jobs – Sandusky County and Ameriwood Home.
Blood donations remain essential
        A year ago, many things in the world paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the need for blood never stopped. Today blood donations are just as essential, and the American Red Cross urges individuals who are healthy to make an appointment to donate blood.
        More donors, especially those with type O blood, are needed now to ensure that patients have lifesaving blood products available for emergencies and everyday medical treatments.
        March is Red Cross Month, and the Red Cross is celebrating blood, platelet and plasma donors for stepping up to meet the constant need for blood amid the pandemic. In thanks for being a vital part of the organization’s lifesaving mission, all who come to give March 15-26 will receive an exclusive Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
        COVID-19 information for donors
        The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptom. Testing may also identify the presence of antibodies developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus. Plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for high levels of COVID-19 antibodies may be used to help COVID-19 patients.
        COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity.
        To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.
        Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance.
        Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
        Upcoming blood donation opportunities March 15-31 include:
        • Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway, Toledo – Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
        • Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont, March 18, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
        • Community Market Oak Harbor VFW, 251 W. Main St., Oak Harbor, March 19, noon-5:30 p.m.
        • Local 8 Union Hall, 807 Lime City Rd., Rossford, March 23, 2-7 p.m.
        • Pemberville American Legion, 405 E. Front St., March 24, 1-7 p.m.
        • Jerusalem Township Fire Hall, 9501 Jerusalem Rd., Curtice, March 31, noon-5 p.m.
        Schedule a blood donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Nixon expert to join book club
        An expert on President Richard Nixon’s secret Oval Office recordings will join the Presidential History Book Club sponsored by Hayes Presidential Center and Libraries on Wednesday, March 31.
        Luke Nichter, who has been interviewed about his expertise in the national media, will join virtually to discuss Nixon with the group, which is reading “One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon.”
        The meeting begins at noon and will take place in-person and online. Participation is free, and attendees can bring their lunch.
        Hayes Presidential is closed on Wednesdays at this time, but Hayes Presidential staff will give book club participants access to the building for this event.
        To join online from a computer, tablet or smartphone, click on at the meeting time. The access code is 721-742-869.
        Nichter, a native of Northwest Ohio, studied at Bowling Green State University. He is a New York Times bestselling author or editor of six books, including “The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972,” which he edited with Douglas Brinkley.
          He also is an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University, the history book review editor for research journal “Presidential Studies Quarterly,” and a visiting fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
        The Presidential History Book Club is sponsored by Richard and Kathy Smith.
        For information about the club, contact McLochlin at 419-332-2081, ext. 230, or
Teddy Bear Care Fair
        Bring your favorite stuffed pal to the Toledo Zoo Saturday, March 20, and Zoo volunteers will make sure it’s fixed up and ready for snuggles for another year.
         Visitors and their stuffies can also enjoy keeper talks, animal feeding demonstrations and more fun activities. Teddy Bear Care Fair showcases the many ways that people can care for animals, from stuffed buddies and real-life pets to your favorite Zoo residents. This bear-y fun event is included with Zoo admission.
        Stuffed animal check-up and repair stations will be set up from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. outdoors in Nature’s Neighborhood. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved into the Great Hall of the ProMedica Museum of Natural History.
        Visit for more details.
Spring on the horizon
        With spring on the horizon, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens in Elmore is making plans to open for the 2021 on Thursday, April 1.
        The 17-acre estate features a Japanese garden, a kitchen garden with more than 80 varieties of ornamental hot peppers, a bonsai collection, water gardens, perennial gardens, and dozens of flower gardens featuring more than 10,000 annuals.
        Expanding its mission to offering unique opportunities for the study and appreciation of art, Schedel grounds also feature 25 large-scale sculptures. Pieces in various mediums are on display including stone, bronze, marble, granite, steel and ceramics by regional, national and internationally renowned artists.
        Visit for more info.


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