News Briefs Week of 2/07/20

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Genealogical meeting
The Lucas County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society will meet Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 Michigan St. in downtown Toledo.
The meeting will be held in the Community Board Room, located to the right on the lower level, adjacent to the parking lot. Everyone is welcome.
William J. Priest, professional genealogist and LCOGS president will present, “Lucas County’s Historical Markers, Museums, and Societies.”
For more details, visit

Arsenic and Old Lace
The Oregon Community Theatre will present the comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Feb. 14-16 and Feb. 12 and 22 at Fassett Middle School, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.
Curtain time is 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students and are available online at or by calling 419-691-1398.

Fraternity alumnae
to donate books
The Toledo Area Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity will host a Fraternity Day of Service Saturday, Feb. 29, in conjunction with First Book and the University of Toledo.
The signature event is one of only five being held throughout the country to promote reading and literacy.
From 9:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m., members of the Alumnae Club will be distributing 20,000 new, age-appropriate books to local schools and programs that work with children in need. The distribution will take place in the Lancelot Thompson Student Union’s Ingman Room at the University of Toledo, 2801 W. Bancroft St.
Volunteers from the University of Toledo community as well as individuals, businesses, and service organizations are pooling their resources to ensure the success of the endeavor.
Members of the community who would benefit by being gifted these books, which are suitable for children ages birth through 18, are encouraged to register with First Book, a non-profit with the mission to give books to children from low-income families, and to register with Pi Beta Phi for the event.
To register a class, school, organization or program, visit and before midnight Wednesday, Feb. 19.
For more info, contact Beth at 419-340-6643 or

Homework Zone
Sylvan Learning Centers are offing free homework tutors for children of all ages during a Homework Zone event Feb. 10-13.
Participating locations include Oregon, Toledo, Bowling Green, Perrysburg and Fremont.
Homework tutors will help children boost comprehension and learn how to apply new skills. Call 1-800-EDUCATE to schedule a free homework tutoring session.

Ten free trees
The Arbor Day Foundation is offering 10 free Norway spruce trees or 10 free redbud trees to those who join in February.
The trees, part of the Foundation’s “Trees for America” campaign, will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between March 1 and May 31, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge.
Members also receive a subscription to the Foundation’s bimonthly publication, “Arbor Day,” and “The Tree Book,” which contains information about planting and care.
To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, visit or send a $10 contribution by Feb. 29 to Ten Free Norway Spruce Trees, or Ten Free Eastern Redbud Trees, Arbor Day Foundation. 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410.

Zoo to host Great
Lakes Symposium
Join the Toledo Zoo to learn what the community can do to help preserve our neighboring waterways at the Great Lakes Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Malawi Event Center.
The symposium will include live presentations about Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes by experts from the Zoo and area universities. Scheduled presenters include Dr. Ryan Walsh and Dr. Matt Cross, of the Toledo Zoo, Dr. Patrick Lawrence, of the University of Toledo; Tory Gabriel of The Ohio State University Sea Grant program and more. The program will also include opportunities for the audience to ask questions of the presenters.
The event is geared toward middle and high school students and teachers but all are welcome. Attendance and parking are free but pre-registration is required. To register, visit and scroll to the bottom of the page. Complimentary parking is available in the Zoo's main lot off the Anthony Wayne Trail.
For more info about the Symposium, call 419-385-5721 x2048 or email

Chili for Conservation
Show off your favorite chili recipe and feel the heat at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge’s Chili Cookoff, set for Feb. 22. The competition is sponsored by Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.
The free, family-friendly competition is open to the public. To enter the competition, bring a slow cooker full of chili at 11:30 a.m. to the Refuge’s Visitor Center, 14000 SR 2, Oak Harbor.
The judges’ tasting will be at noon, with public tasting to follow. Three awards will be presented, including the Judges’ Choice Golden Ladle Award, the 4-Alarm (hottest chili) Award, and the People’s Choice Award.
Judges will be selected by the Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.
Wildlife Tours of the refuge will be held in the Blue Goose Bus, weather permitting, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Any donations collected during this event will help to fund projects around the Refuge and support future events and tours that are open to the public.


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