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Spooktacular & ‘Gruel’ Cook-Off planned Oct. 26
        The Oregon Bandstand Spooktacular & ‘Gruel’ Cook-Off to benefit the James “Wes” Hancock Senior Center will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6-11 p.m. at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
        The event will also include raffles, door prizes, a costume contest and a cash bar.
        Tickets are $15 and are on sale now. Call 419-698-7078 for more details or to make reservations.
Chicken paprikas dinner
        The East Toledo Senior Center, 1001 White St., will hold a Chicken Paprikas Dinner Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 4-7 p.m.
        The cost is $7 in advance and $10 the day of the dinner, which includes Hungarian noodles with gravy, green beans, dinner roll and beverage (dine in only). Carryouts available. A bake sale will also be held.
        Call 419-691-2254 for more details.
Groundbreaking ceremony
        A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for the Wood County Committee on Aging/Wood County Senior Center Project Friday, Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at 140 S. Grove St., Bowling Green. Light refreshments will follow the ceremony.
        This project is made possible through the collaborative efforts of State Sen. Theresa Gavarone; Chancellor of Higher Education Randy Gardner; Bowling Green State University – Optimal Aging Institute; City of Bowling Green; Wood County Board of Commissioners; Friends of the WCCOA; State Bank and Trust of Defiance; MemoryLane Care Services; Duket|Architects|Planners; Mannik & Smith Group; and donors from throughout Wood County. $1.6 million for this $8 million project was funded through the 2018 State Capital Budget.
        RSVP to Jim Stainbrook 419.353.5661 or via email
Medicare 101
        The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. is working with the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) to help ensure local seniors have all the information they need for this fall’s Medicare open enrollment.
        A representative from OSHIIP will present a talk at the Perrysburg Area Senior Center, 140 West Indiana Ave., on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.     
        Attendees will learn about the recent changes to Medicare and how the Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 Medicare Annual Coordinated Election Period can work for them. They will also get tips on how to enroll for 2020 coverage in a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) and/or a Medicare health plan, and learn if they qualify to save an average of $3,900 on their prescription drug costs.
        No RSVP is needed for the presentation. For more details, contact the Social Services Department at the Wood County Senior Center by calling 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935, or contact OSHIIP directly at 1-800-686-1578.
        For information on programs and services offered through the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc., visit
Museum recruiting docents    
        Toledo Museum of Art is seeking docents. Volunteers should have a passion for teaching and sharing the arts with school-aged audiences. An informational session will be held Thursday, Sept. 19 from 10:30 a.m. until noon in the GlasSalon.
        “Docents are trained Museum volunteers who engage with visitors to facilitate enriched experiences with works of art and create a warm and welcoming Museum environment,” said Kate Blake, TMA’s assistant director of education. “Docents encourage inquiry and enjoyment of the arts.”
        Applications are being accepted through Oct. 7 and interviews will take place mid-October, with classes scheduled to begin in February 2020. As part of the year-long training process, participants will attend convenient weekday classroom and gallery training sessions where they will meet with experienced docents and Museum curators.
       In addition to the overall docent training, this 2020 class will gain specific skills to connect K-8 students with the works of art in the TMA collection, as well as specific training for the school tour program.
       “We are often asked what makes a good docent,” Blake said. “We look for volunteers who are enthusiastic, patient and flexible with an interest in interacting with the public as part of an energetic team.”
       For more information, visit


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