Family briefs: WCCOA to recognize veterans in honor of Veterans Day

Press Staff Writer

        The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will honor Wood County veterans 50 years of age
and older with a special delivery to their homes.
        The first 75 veterans registered will receive a velvet poppy pin, a yard sign and a slice of pie delivered on Monday, Nov. 8 between 3 and 5 p.m.
        If you are a veteran, or know a veteran in Wood County who is 50 years of age or older, call the WCCOA Programs Department to register at 419-353-5661 or 800-367-4935 or email
        Registration will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 29 or until registration is full.
        For information on WCCOA programs and services, visit
Salvation Army Christmas applications
        The Salvation Army of Toledo will accept applications from Lucas County residents for Christmas assistance Oct. 18-25. All applicants will need to register and apply online at
        Applicants must have a valid email address. Only one application per household will be accepted.
        Toys will be provided for children ages infant through 12 years old. Households with no children or with children over 13 years may apply to receive food assistance in the form of a Kroger gift card.
        The Salvation Army Greater Toledo is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Programming offers rent and utility assistance, counseling, music programs, arts and educational programs, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.
        The Salvation Army is equipped to respond to both acute disasters such as fires and floods as well as the daily, ongoing struggles of the region’s less fortunate individuals.
        For more information, visit
Fall-tastic partnering
        Schedel Arboretum & Gardens is partnering with Hayes Presidential Library & Museums for a reciprocal admission program during October.
        Through Oct. 31, Schedel Gardens members will receive free admission to Hayes Presidential, and, in return, Hayes Presidential members will be admitted free to SA&G.
        A current membership card will be required for admission at each location. Visit or to join.
Special Olympics flag football game
        Law Enforcement in Wood County has partnered with the Special Olympics for six years to host a flag football game, typically with very little fanfare. Total Sports, located at 10020 S Compass Dr., Rossford, is trying to change that this year.
        On Monday, Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m., the Special Olympians and law enforcement officers from Wood County will kick off their game for the sixth year, and the public is invited to come and cheer on the athletes.
        There is no charge for the event. The game will take place indoors, on the Bass Pro “Field of Streams” in the Total Sports Complex.
        “We’re so happy to be able to host this event,” said Total Sports General Manager Tracy Pappas. “We support law enforcement, and we obviously love kids, so this is perfect.”
        For more info contact Scott Beard at

Drive-thru trunk-or-treat
        The Wood County Sheriff's Office will present a Drive-thru Trunk-or-Treat Monday, Oct. 25 from 6-7:30 p.m., 1960 E. Gypsy Lane Rd., Bowling Green. The event will be held rain or shine.
        Join local law enforcement agencies for this free event, offered in a safe and fun environment. Kids are invited to wear their costumes as they drive thru with their families and see all the decorated trunks. For everyone’s safety, kids must stay in their vehicles.
        Genoa Retirement Village invites the community to its Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night, Thursday, Oct. 28 from 6-7 p.m., 300 Cherry St., Genoa.
        The event will include a trick-or treating costume parade contest, in which residents will vote for first, second and third place.
        All are welcome. RSVP by Monday, Oct. 25 by calling 419-855-7755.
Trunk-or-treat, chili cook-off
        VFW 4906, 2161 Consaul, Toledo, will host a Trunk-or-Treat and Chili Cook-off,  Sunday, Oct. 24.
        Trunk-or-treat will be held from 1-3 p.m. Chili cook-off judging will be held at 5 p.m. Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and other judges will arrive at 4 p.m.
Boo on the Boat
        Beginning Friday, Oct, 29 through Halloween Day, the National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) invites visitors to trick-or-treat aboard two of Toledo’s most historic haunts – the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and the Museum Tug Ohio.
        “Boo on the Boat has become a fun tradition for so many,” said Ellen Kennedy, the museum’s Director of Education and Visitor Experience. “This year, instead of just being a single day event, we’ve decided to host the family-friendly fun over the course of the entire extended Halloween weekend.”
        Young “goblins and ghouls” can trick-or-treat in costume from the pilot houses to the galleys and everywhere in between while on a scavenger hunt for goodies. Treats will be distributed using pre-portioned, sealed bags at stations to help youth explore Great Lakes history in a fun, age-appropriate way.
        Additionally, on Saturday, Oct. 30, NMGL will welcome back artist Don Lee to draw free caricatures. Children with food allergies will have access to non-food treats in alignment with the Teal Pumpkin Project.
        Boo on the Boat activities are included with the price of general museum and ship admission. The event is free for members. Guests may consider additional savings and access to the museum year-round by purchasing a membership. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
        To learn more and reserve tickets, visit
“Message in a Bottle”
        The National Museum of the Great Lakes will begin its annual fall lecture series Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. with “Bottled Goodbyes”– a conversation exploring famous messages that have floated ashore.
        Presented by Ric Mixter and based on his newest book, “Bottled Goodbyes – Messages from Shipwreck and Aviation Disasters,” the lecture will feature tales from the Great Storm of 1913 to the development of the radio (which ultimately led to a decrease in bottled messages).
        “The storied ‘message-in-a-bottle’ is a concept that intrigues many of us,” says Christopher Gillcrist, NMGL executive director. “There have been alleged bottled messages connected to U.S. Presidents, and discoveries of bottles capturing the last days of lost souls sailing the Inland Seas. Mr. Mixter introduces a historical phenomenon connected to every one of our five Great Lakes and beyond.”
        Mixter is an Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker, author, and historian who has also served as a SCUBA cameraman on underwater expeditions to the Great Lakes’ largest shipwrecks. He has interviewed dozens of shipwreck survivors and consistently delivers standing-room-only crowds for his repeat presentations all over the Great Lakes.       The lecture, first in a series of lectures in the museum’s fall series, will be offered as a hybrid event. Participants may choose when registering to take part in person at the museum or online via Zoom.
        Event registration is required but free. Donations are encouraged and may be given upon registration.
        For more information on the lecture series to register, visit
Toy, Food & Bike Run
        The 2nd Annual “05” Toy, Food & Bike Run will be held Sunday, Oct. 24 beginning at 11 a.m.
        The event, which benefits needy families in East Toledo, is sponsored by Avengers Motorcycle Club, Teamsters Local 20, Apehangers Bar, East Toledo Junior Football League and the East Toledo Family Center.
        The ride kicks off at Apehangers Bar & Grill, 531 Oak St., Toledo, at 1 p.m. The destination is the East Toledo Family Center. A party will follow the ride. Free food will be available, donated by Teamsters Local 20. Tony-D-Jay will provide music.
        Attendees should bring a $10 toy and one non-perishable food item. The toy must be educational, arts/crafts or sports related. No toy guns, GI Joes or violence-related toys. Organizers ask that donors consider toys for kids over the age of 8. Toys may be dropped off early at Apehangers Bar.
        For more info, call 419-392-0580.
Homemade apple butter
        Hungry for homemade Apple Butter, made the old fashioned way in copper kettles over an open flame?
        The Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society is offering apple butter for $8 per pint jar. Call OJHS Trustee Sharon Newton at 419-691-3635 to order. Free local delivery is available, or pick up at the Brandville Museum Complex, 1133 Grasser St, Oregon, every Sunday afternoon from 2-4 pm until sold out.   
“The Nutcracker: All Jazzed Up!
        Julie’s Dance Studio will present a free performance for the community Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Wood County Committee on Aging, 140 S. Grove St., Bowling Green.
        The group will be performing the first half of their show, “The Nutcracker: All Jazzed Up!” – based on the traditional ballet with a twist, featuring tap and jazz dancing.
        For more info, call 419-353-5661 or visit
“If these walls could talk”
        Learn about the history of your house, a property of interest or a local business with the Wood County District Public Library on Monday, Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. via Zoom.
        Local history librarian Marnie Pratt will demonstrate how to use the library and other community resources to uncover the past and shed light on questions about local properties.
        “Questions about property are one of the more common local history requests that we get at WCDPL,” Pratt said. “Sometimes people are interested in a house they just bought, while other times, they just want more information on a certain old building. This event will provide people with information on how to find answers to these types of questions.”
        Registration is required. Call 419-352-5050, email or register online at


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