Family briefs: Toledo Zoo’s Music under the Stars moving to the fall

Press Staff Writer

        A longtime Toledo tradition, Music under the Stars at the Toledo Zoo, will be offered this fall in the Zoo’s historic Amphitheater.
        The free community concert series, which will be held on Sunday evenings Sept. 6 through Oct. 11, will highlight the many musical talents found in community bands throughout our region.
        Concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. 13abc anchor Tony Geftos will serve as emcee.
The schedule includes:
        • Sept. 6 – Forte Music School
        • Sept. 13 – Maumee Community Band
        • Sept. 20 – Toledo Polish American Concert Band
        • Sept. 27– Genoa American Legion Band
        • Oct. 4 –- Black Swamp Pipes & Drums
        • Oct. 11 – Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra
        More information about parking, gate opening, capacity and policies will be released closer to the concerts.
Living History program
        The 17th annual Wood County Living History Day will be held Sunday, Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. on the Wood County Museum grounds, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green
        Local residents will portray early citizens of Wood County, and 2020 honorees were chosen as in honor of Wood County's bicentennial celebration. This event is free and open to the public.
        “A Joyful Noise” will provide music before the event. Parking is available in the Museum’s parking lot. The Wood County Sheriff’s Auxiliary will provide free rides from the parking lot to the program location. This year, due to COVID-19, those attending are asked to bring a lawn chair and mask. In case of heavy rain, the program will be moved inside the Museum’s meeting room (limited capacity of 35 to adhere to social distancing guidelines).
        Event details and past honorees can be found at
Concert canceled
        Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Verandah Concert featuring North Coast Big Band scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums has been canceled.
        The last Verandah Concert of the season will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, on the verandah of the Hayes Home, located at Spiegel Grove in Fremont. It will feature the Bridge County Bluegrass Band. The audience is asked to bring a chair or blanket for seating, wear a face covering and maintain 6 feet of physical distance between themselves and other household groups. Attendees also are welcome to bring snacks or a picnic. Bathrooms will be available.
        Verandah Concerts are sponsored by Fremont Federal Credit Union, with additional funding by Mosser Construction and ProMedica Memorial Hospital.
        For info, call 419-332-2081, visit or follow HPLM on social media.
Harvest Gathering canceled
        The Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society has decided to cancel this year’s Harvest Gathering Craft Show & Gift Boutique due to COVID-19.
        “It was certainly our hope that this event could have been staged, however, adhering to all the guidelines being set forth, would make it nearly impossible. The health and wellbeing of all involved is of utmost importance,” the announcement said.
        “We look forward to 2021 and next year’s Harvest Gathering, scheduled for Oct. 23. Our goal is to produce yet another wonderful show, similar to past years.”
        For additional information, call 419-287-3274.
Imagination Library
        Oregon area residents are invited to sign their children up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a book-gifting program that mails free books to children from birth until they turn 5 years old.
        Sign up at or call United Way 211.
        Oregon sponsors for the program include Toledo Refining Company and MercyHealth.
Dog parade set
        Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center, 10542 Fremont Pike, is calling all dogs to join in a dog parade Thursday, Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m.
        Perrysburg Commons clients, who will be wearing masks and social distancing, will be waiting along the parade route in the front parking lot. Canine participants and their humans may either walk or stay in their vehicles. Treats and goodies will be handed out during the event.
        RSVP to Susan Snoddy, community coordinator at 419-874-1931 or
Humane Society’s garage sale canceled
        After careful consultation among organizers, volunteers, and board members, Wood County Humane Society has decided to cancel its annual garage sale for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally planned for May, the event was tentatively rescheduled for fall when the pandemic hit.
        In an email to Shelter Manager Erin Moore, dated July 15, co-organizers Stephanie Ringler and Joseph Schroeder cited concerns over the health and safety of both volunteers and patrons as their rationale for cancelling the event.  “It is with great heaviness in our hearts that we have come to the conclusion that we will not be able to run a successful garage sale that would be socially distanced,” the co-organizers wrote.
        At their July meeting, board members of WCHS unanimously supported Ringler and Schroeder’s decision to cancel the event.
        Held every May since 1993, the WCHS garage sale has been the largest annual fundraiser for the organization for nearly a decade. In 2019, the sale raised $19,407.40, exceeding 2018 sales by $2,277.75.
        Cancellation of the annual garage sale comes in the wake of a number of other event cancellations for the organization.
        Those who would like to support WCHS to help compensate for some of the lost fundraising revenue can visit
        Located in Bowling Green, the Wood County Humane Society is a private, non-profit, managed admission shelter providing care for homeless, abused, or/and neglected pets.
        The organization receives no funding from national humane organizations for daily operations, instead relying on earned revenue and the generosity of individual donors and businesses to fund programs such as Humane Investigations, Safe Pets, food assistance programs, low-cost spay/neuter opportunities and educational presentations.
        The WCHS provides care for over 1,000 animals each year, from dogs and cats, to the occasional pocket pet or farm animal. All animals admitted into the adoption program are housed and cared for as long as it takes to find their adoptive home.
Alzheimer’s Assn.virtual programs
        The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter will be present several virtual educational programs to help the community and families impacted by the disease.
        All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Call 800-272-3900 to sign up. The schedule includes:
        • Aug. 17: Living with Alzheimer’s - Late Stage for Caregivers, Part 1, 11 a.m.
        • Aug. 18: 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, 2 p.m.
        • Aug. 18: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 6:30 p.m.
        • Aug. 19: Legal and Financial, Part 2, 12:30 p.m.
        • Aug. 19: Living with Alzheimer’s – Middle Stage for Caregivers – Part 3, 3:30 p.m.
        • Aug. 20: Living with Alzheimer’s – Early Stage for Caregivers – Part 3, 3:30 p.m.
        • Aug. 24: Living with Alzheimer’s – Late Stage for Caregivers, Part 2, 11 a.m.
        • Aug. 24: Activities at Home, 2 p.m.
        • Aug. 25: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior, 11 a.m.
        • Aug. 25: Effective Communication Strategies, 2 p.m.
        • Aug. 25: 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s, 6:30 p.m.
        • Aug. 27: Dementia Conversations, 6:30 p.m.
        • Aug. 31: Dementia Conversations, 4:30 p.m.
        Visit or call 800-272-3900.
Terra State offering new kids’ program
        Beginning Sept. 12, parents can enroll their kids in Titan Kids Club, a new Terra State Community College program geared toward kids entering first through eighth grades.
        Titan Kids Club offers the opportunity to make new friends and to be on a college campus. Course offerings will vary from week to week and include classes in art, cooking, fitness, math, music and more.
        The first-ever Titan Kids Club class will begin on Saturday, Sept. 12 and will continue every other Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Each class will have a maximum number of students allowed, depending on Gov. Mike DeWine’s COVID-19 updates. As of now, the cap will be nine students per class.
        Due to COVID-19, KidsCollege, an annual week-long summer kids’ program at Terra State was canceled. Next year, the plan is host KidsCollege in addition to Titan Kids Club classes.
        “Our utmost importance is ensuring the health and safety of our children attending the program, our instructors and our families in the community,” said Community Education Coordinator Holly Hoffman.
        Safety measures will be in place and strictly followed. All regulations for Titan Kids Club will follow Terra State regulations. Everyone will be required to wear a facial covering as long as they are medically able; temperatures will be taken at the entrance; classrooms will be sanitized and sanitization stations will be available for use. These regulations are subject to change based on current conditions at the time.
        Each Titan Kids Club class is $35 per child. Those interested in taking multiple classes, may become members by purchasing a membership for $25. Members will receive a free Titan Kids Club T-shirt, a 10% discount on all classes, and access to the private Titan Kids Club Facebook group for additional activities. A family discount is available for parents/guardians enrolling multiple family members.
        In addition to Titan Kids Club, Hoffman and her team are planning to implement “Titan Teens,” which will be a program for ninth through 12-grade students. Titan Teens will have classes in leadership, college and career readiness, fitness and more. Hoffman also plans to incorporate community service projects and mentoring. “I am working with some of our local organizations to assist with teaching, volunteering and mentoring” Hoffman said.
        To register for the Titan Kids Club, visit or contact Hoffman at or 419-559-2255.
Spaghetti dinner benefit
        Jo Jo’s Nite Club, 115 E. Main St., Woodville, will hold a Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Jack Busdiecker Sunday, Aug. 30 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dine in, drive thru or carry out.
Golf Outing
        On Friday, Sept. 18, the Holland-Springfield Chamber of Commerce will host the 30th Annual Golf Outing at the Valleywood Golf Club, located at 13502 Airport Hwy, Swanton.
        Approximately 72 golfers will come together this year for a four-person scramble. All participants will receive a complimentary goodie bag and will also be given the opportunity to win prizes throughout the day. Players will gather to enjoy a day of relaxation and golf, along with the amenities that make being on the green a day of fun.
        Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Participants will tee off at 9 a.m., competing for Hole-in-One, Closest-to-the- Pin, Longest Drive and Putting Green Contests.
        Also, by popular demand, Fantasy Golf will also be featured again this year. Golfing will commence at 2 p.m., where all golfers will then be invited to enjoy a delicious lunch while awards are handed out.
        A portion of the proceeds will benefit the “Let’s Build Beds Program,” a volunteer-based organization that works together to handcraft headboards and bed rails for kids and families in need. In addition, the event proceeds will support the Holland-Springfield Chamber scholarship fund and local food pantries.
        To register, visit to fill out the digital registration.


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