Recycle Christmas trees at African Safari Wildlife Park

Press Staff Writer

        Eco-conscious Ohioans looking to sustainably dispose of their Christmas trees can bring them to African Safari Wildlife Park, 267 S. Lightner Rd., Port Clinton, as a post-holiday treat for bison, cattle, alpacas and deer.
        The trees will be used as enrichment, which is defined as a stimulant that encourages natural behavior to improve animal wellness.
        “Christmas trees are some of the best enrichment items out there,” said park director Kelsey Keller. “The animals love to toss them around, rub their horns and antlers on them, and smell the fragrant pine needles. When the animals are done playing, the remnants of the trees are composted and used as mulch around the park in the spring.”
        Trees can be dropped off at the designated area of the park’s main parking lot. Donations will be accepted daily from 10 a.m-4 p.m. through Saturday, Jan. 7.
        For animal safety, lights, ornaments, hooks and other potentially hazardous items should be removed from trees prior to donation. Artificial trees will not be accepted.
• Through Jan. 8: Hayes Train Special, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. This operating model train display runs through an intricate Victorian holiday scene. Interactive buttons allow visitors to control aspects of the trains’ movements along the winding, multi-tiered, 12x24-foot layout. Included with regular admission.
• Through Jan. 16: “The Science of Guinness World Records,” Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way, Toledo. Discover the world's great record holders, what it took to cement their names in the history books and potentially become a part of history yourself. Free with science center admission.
• Through Feb. 5: “State of The Art: Revealing Works From the Conservation Vault,” Toledo Museum of Art Canaday Gallery, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. This exhibition opens the “conservation vault” to give visitors a glimpse of works of art that largely have been out of sight in storage for, in some cases, decades. The works include paintings, sculptures, metalwork, textiles, and paper and range in date from the 1500s to the 1990s. All of them are in need of conservation — specialized treatment that will allow them to return to view in the galleries in improved condition.
• Through April 2: “Phenomenal Debris,” Toledo Museum of Art, Levis Gallery 29A. Monumental, colorful, and expressive, Matt Wedel’s ceramics are a full celebration of what’s possible with clay.
Jan. 5-8: “On Your Feet,” Stranahan Theater. The inspiring true story about heart, heritage and two people who believed in their talent—and each other—to become an international sensation: Gloria and Emilio Estefan.  Stranahan Theater.
Jan. 5: Colin & Brad: Scared Scriptless Tour, Valentine Theater, 410 Adams St., 7:30 p.m. “Whose Line is it Anyway?” stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are taking to the live stage and they’re...Scared Scriptless.
Jan. 6-8, 13-15: “Harmony Holidays,” presented by Genoa Civic Theatre, 509-1/2 Main Street, Second Floor. Let's take a trip back to Harmony as the ladies begin the job of putting together the Christmas Program. This was usually Maude's job, but it seems that Addie is in charge. Along with that, the ladies take a trip down memory lane of past holidays, aluminum trees, and the electrocuted cat. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 419-855-3103 for reservations. Visit for info.
Jan. 6: Toledo Walleye vs. Kalamazoo Wings, Huntington Center, downtown Toledo, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 7: Silent Movie Night, featuring “The Kid Brother,” starring Harold Lloyd, presented by the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society at the Historic Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St. Tickets are $12 and are available at Beeker’s General Store, at the door or by calling Carol at 419-287-4648.
Jan. 7: Model Train Clinic, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 1-4 p.m. Bring your model train for some attention from train hobbyists to the Model Train Clinic. They’ll assist you with advice related to model train maintenance and repair, as well as estimate the value of older model trains. Admission is $5 per person ages 6 and older. Kids 5 and younger are admitted for free.
Jan. 8: Toledo Walleye vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, Huntington Center, downtown Toledo, 5:15 p.m.
Jan.11-12: Blue Man Group, Stranahan Theater, Toledo, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14: Toledo Walleye vs. Fort Wayne Komets, Huntington Center, Toledo, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 15: Toledo Walleye vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, Huntington Center, Toledo, 5:15 p.m.
Jan. 21: Big Bird Year, North Coast Inland Trail: downtown Elmore, Walter Ory Park; SR 51, 2-3 p.m. This program will be offered each month throughout 2023. The term “big year” in birding is a reference for challenging oneself to see as many bird species in one year as possible. The species you see or hear also needs to be documented by at least one other person for it to count. If you are new to birding or want to take on this challenge with others, join naturalist Debbie Haubert each month for a bird hike. The hikes will rotate through various habitats. Please bring binoculars. Registration required at
Jan. 21: Winter Brewfest, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo, 5-9 p.m. The coolest outdoor event of the season is coming back for the seventh time at Fifth Third Field and the first time since 2019. The festival will feature pours from breweries from across the country, including several local favorites, as well as music, food and a souvenir sample cup.
Jan. 25: Presidential History Book Club, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, noon- 1 p.m. Free. All are invited to read and discuss books about the American presidency. This month, the club is reading “The Quartet Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789,” by Joseph Ellis. (This is a continuation of the December discussion.) This event will take place in person and online. For online login information, email Participants can bring their lunch. 419-332-2081,
Jan. 27-29: NW Ohio RV Dealers Spring RV Show, Glass City Center, 501 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. This year’s show will feature over 30 exhibitors including RV dealers and manufacturers, as well as suppliers and campgrounds from neighboring states.
Jan. 28: Toledo Walleye vs. Kalamazoo Wings, Huntington Center, 7:15 p.m.
Jan. 29: Toledo Walleye vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, Huntington Center, 5:15 p.m.
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