Family briefs: ProMedica announces summer concerts, family movie nights

Press Staff Writer

        The ProMedica Live Summer Concert Series presented by Cutwater Spirits will kick off on Friday, July 7 at Promenade Park with the return of Queen tribute band, Killer Queen featuring Patrick Myers.
        The concerts will feature a variety of musicians, local and national, and musical genres, including country, pop, rock, R&B, soul and hip hop.
        Tickets go on sale Monday, April 17 at 10 a.m. at 
        The concert series schedule also includes:
        • Friday, July 14 – Back to the 90’s Show featuring Treach of Naughty by Nature, DJ Kool, Young MC and C & C Music Factory.
        • Friday, July 21 – Chris Janson.
        • Friday, Aug. 4 – Scotty McCreery (Jeep Fest).         
        This year’s major sponsors include Lucas County, City of Toledo, Cutwater Spirits, Great Lakes Sound, Hylant, Laibe Electric/Technology, Owens Corning, Greater Toledo Community Foundation, Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Paramount, Stevens Disposal and more.
        In 2022, ProMedica hosted nine concerts representing eight music genres. Over 60,000 guests attended from 45 different states. Eight hundred community members volunteered, and 25 companies sponsored the series.
        Like last year, the events will be entirely cashless. The tickets will be digital and only credit/debit cards will be accepted at the food trucks and retail locations. A “cash-to-card kiosk” will be available for attendees to exchange cash for physical cards.
        New this year, a clear bag policy will be implemented for all concerts to expedite entry times into the park. As part of the clear bag policy, folding chairs inside of carry bags will no longer be permitted in the park, though folding chairs without a bag will be allowed.
        Family Movie Nights
        In addition to the concert series, ProMedica Live Family Movie Nights presented by ProMedica Federal Credit Union will kick off on Saturday, June 24 at Promenade Park with “Raya and the Last Dragon” Pre-event features will include movie concessions, activities from Imagination Station, music in the park and special attractions.
        The schedule also includes:
        Saturday, July 22 – “DC League of Super-Pets.”
        • Aug. 12 – “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.”
        Concessions will be available for purchase. Activities and movies are free of charge. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. The new clear bag policy does not apply to movie nights.
        For more information, visit
Book Birthday: Junie B. Jones
        The Wood County District Public Library will celebrate a book birthday for Barbara Park, author of the beloved Junie B. Jones books and characters.
        The celebration will be held Friday, April 21 from 4-5 p.m. at the Walbridge Branch Library, 108 N. Main St., and will include books, games, crafts and a special treat.
        No registration required. For more information, call 419-352-8253 or visit
Plant sale
        Ottawa and Sandusky County Master Gardeners will present their 18th Annual Plant Sale Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont.
        The sale will feature annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, hanging baskets and garden treasures. The master gardeners will also be offering free gardening advice.
        No early sales or pets in the building.
Skin cancer screening
        American Academy of Dermatology SPOT Skin Cancer and Mercy Health Dermatology and Oncology have partnered to host a skin cancer screening event on Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mercy Health – St Anne Hospital in Toledo.
        Appointments are required, and spaces are limited for this free event.
        According to the American Cancer Society, about 97,610 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year. Additionally, about 7,990 people are expected to die of the disease in 2023. Prompt treatment is essential and regular skin exams can help lead to early detection.
        Participants can ask about a specific spot that is causing them concern or they can choose to undergo a full skin exam. Because of the time necessary for the physicians to complete a full skin exam, appointments are mandatory. Registration closes on May 1.
        Schedule a 30-minute appointment by calling Mercy HealthLink at 419-251-6372 or emailing
Free plant exchanges
        Two free plant exchanges, both rain or shine, will be held Saturday, April 29 at the Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green, and Saturday, May 6 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds, 2901 Key St., Maumee.
        Gardeners are encouraged to drop off weed-free and labeled plants, as well as gently used gardening paraphernalia after 8:30 a.m. Master gardener volunteers will organize items into groups before swaps open at 10 a.m.
        Each adult may select a few plants simply for coming; those who bring items may take more.
        Master gardeners will be available to help select plants, and to answer other gardening questions.
         For more information on the Wood County event, check Facebook or call 419-354-9050. Information about the Toledo exchange is also on Facebook or call 419-578-6783.
‘Alice Looking for Wonderland’
        Class A Performing Arts (CAPA) – a locally owned and operated dance studio in Oak Harbor, – will present a theatrical dance performance of “Alice Looking for Wonderland” Sunday, May 14 at 3 p.m. in the Oak Harbor High School Performing Arts Center.
        Influenced by the Royal Canadian Ballet’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the production is a 20-year dream/vision come true for CAPA director Paula Fox-Ferguson. Co-director is Ferguson’s daughter, Sylvia.
        The cast and crew are comprised of youths and adults from Oak Harbor, Port Clinton, Genoa, Woodville and Elmore.
        Reserved-seating tickets are available by calling Don Bolyard at 419-341-9007. Tickets are also available at select times at the CAPA dance/tumble studios – follow the "Class A Dance Performing Arts" Facebook Page for times and dates. The cost for tickets ranges from $18-24, depending on seating location.
BBB Shred Day
        The Better Business Bureau will present a Shred Day on Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Westgate parking lot on Central Avenue in Toledo.
        Three boxes or bags of paper documents will be accepted per household at no cost. Additional bags or boxes will be accepted for $3 each.
        Other recyclables accepted at no cost include computers, cell phones, stereo components and small appliances. Flat panel TVs may be recycled for $35 for TVs 40 inches or smaller and $40 for 41 inches and up. Consoles, CRT (tube) and projection TVs will not be accepted.
        For more information, contact the BBB at 419-531-3116 or
Petunia sale
        The Genoa Garden Club will present its 2023 Mexican Petunia Sale Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with pickup at The Flourish Flat, 1519 Main St.
        Plants in 6-inch pots are $6.50 each. Orders are due by Wednesday, May 3. Place and pay for orders at The Flourish Flat or send order and check payable to Genoa Garden Club to Kim Harsanje, 602 Cherry St., Genoa 43430.
Ladies Night Out        
        The East Toledo Senior Center, 1001 White St., will hold a Ladies Night Out Friday, May 12 from 6-10 p.m.
        The cost is $20, which includes food, four drink tickets, a photo booth, vendors, raffles, a live auction and more. The event is open to ages 21 and older.
        Direct sale vendors are still being accepted for the event. There is no cost to participate, however, a $25 auction item is required. Contact Brenda Holdren at 419-691-2254 for more information.
        All proceeds raised will benefit programs and services for senior citizens.


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