April 12-Jan. 29, 2012: Civil War: Battlefield & Homefront, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. On the exact date that the first Confederate shots were fired on Fort Sumter – the act that marked the Civil War’s start – the Civil War exhibit will open. The exhibit interprets the war years using the letters of Northwest Ohio residents who served in the war and those who stayed behind. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays and holiday from noon to 5 p.m. (library closed) at the center, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. For more info, call 412-332-2081 or visit www.rbhayes.org.
Toledo Museum of Art – Various exhibits at the museum, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo:
April 8-July 24: Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons, Canaday Gallery. A consistent innovator at the forefront of abstract art, Stella produces his works in series, immersing himself in visual thinking and creating -- according to his words -- “line, plane, volume, and point, within space.” Admission is free.
April 22-Aug. 7: What’s Wrong with Me? Art and Disease, Hitchcock Gallery. Is disease limited to a particular pathogen invading an unwitting host? Or can it be understood as a social construction arising from a complex series of factors? Art history students at the University of Toledo selected works from the TMA collection and designed this exhibition that explores the relationships between art, disease, and human civilization.
Through May 13, 2011: “The Egypt Experience: Secrets of the Tomb” Exhibit, Lower Level Egyptian Gallery, Main Museum. TMA’s popular mummies return to public view for this exploration of ancient Egyptian beliefs about life and the afterlife.
Through May 22: “Baroque Prints of the 17th Century and Beyond” Exhibit, Works on Paper Galleries. Heightened emotions, dramatic movement and grand architectural detail are featured in this exhibition of prints from the museum’s collection. A wide array of Baroque period (1600-1750) artists working in a wide range of techniques is represented. Free admission.
Through-June 12: “The Baroque World of Fernando Botero” Exhibit, Canaday Gallery. Known for the larger-than-life scale of his work and his use of vibrant colors, Columbian painter, sculptor and draftsman Fernando Botero (b. 1932) has a style instantly recognized as his alone.
For more information on these and other programs, call 419-255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org.
April 16: Oak Harbor Annual Easter Egg Hunt, downtown Oak Harbor, noon. Festivities begin in Adolphus Kraemer Park at the Log Cabin with an Easter Egg Hunt, followed by a candy hunt downtown, and then to the VFW Hall on Main Street where there will be games, prizes, photos with the Easter Bunny and a chance to win a special Golden Egg baskets. Free to the public and open to children ages 12 and under. 419-898-0479 or http://oakharbor.net.
April 23: Hayes Easter Egg Roll, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 2-3:30 p.m. Children ages 3-10 are invited to compete in egg-rolling contests on the lawn in front of the Hayes Home. The event re-creates a White House tradition begun by 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877. Admission is three hard-boiled, colored eggs. Children wishing to take part in the Egg Decorating Contest should bring a fourth, colored and decorated egg. 800-998-PRES or rbhayes.org.
April 23: Saturday-Morning Bird Walk, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor Meet at the end of the boardwalk at 8:30 a.m. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
April 30: National Train Day Toledo, Amtrak Station, 415 Emerald Ave., Toledo, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Toledo’s annual celebration of trains and train travel is a free, fun, family-friendly event at the downtown Toledo train station and upstairs at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza. 419-241-9155 or www.tmacog.org.
May 1: Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. A fun, family-friendly celebration of the Mexican culture, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 5-15: The Biggest Week in American Birding, Magee Marsh/Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, SR 2, Oak Harbor. Visit the Warbler Capital of the World during the peak of spring migration. Activities include: viewing warblers and other migrants, guided bird walks and bus tours, bird identification workshops, Kenn Kaufman programs, evening world birding programs, boat trips to Point Pelee and more. 419-898-4070 or http://biggestweekinamericanbirding.com.
May 7: Saturday-Morning Bird Walk, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor Meet at the end of the boardwalk at 8:30 a.m. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
May 14: International Migratory Bird Day, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2., Oak Harbor. A fun-filled day of activities related to songbird migration, including bird-banding, guided walks, food and optics tents, carvers and live raptors. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
May 15: OregonFest, Dustin Road, Oregon, noon-6 p.m., rain or shine. Parade, living history exhibit, entertainment, music and more. www.oregonfest.net.
May 28-30: Flower Day Weekend, Toledo Farmer’s Market, 525 Market St. (adjacent to the Erie Street Market), Toledo, rain or shine. A Toledo Memorial Day Weekend tradition and a kickoff to the 178th Farmer’s Market season, farmers will be on hand Saturday and Monday for “Market Days,” selling baked goods, produce, eggs, poultry, beef, yard art, crafts and of course flowers. On Sunday, “Flower Day,” more than 60 vendors will be selling their best plants, yard art, plant accessories and crafts. 419-936-ERIE or www.toledofarmersmarket.org.
May 30: Memorial Day Parade, downtown Toledo, 11 a.m. www.dotoledo.org.
June 3-4: Genoa Homecoming, downtown Genoa. Residents, former residents and visitors are invited to enjoy a parade, entertainment and much more. The theme of this year’s homecoming celebration is “Fun in the Tropics.” www.genoaohio.org.
June 4-5: Historic Old West End Festival and Home Tours, Toledo’s Historic Old West End, (Robinwood/Bancroft/Collingwood/Monroe), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Home tours, art show, antique car show, entertainment, kids’ activities, garage and antique sales, food court and more. On Saturday, June 4, the annual King Wamba Carnival Parade will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m., featuring a visual odyssey of art cars. Floats, performance art and musical presentations representing the cultural and ethnic diversity of this Toledo neighborhood. www.toledooldwestend.com.
July 3: Independence Day Celebration, downtown Oak Harbor. Small-town Independence Day fun, beginning in the evening. www.oakharborohio.net/419-898-0479.
June 5: The British Return to Fort Meigs British Car Show, Fort Meigs Historical Site, Perrysburg, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. After viewing and voting on your favorite British vehicles, you will have opportunities to tour the restored fort from the War of 1812, shop at one of the vendors or sample some tasty food. Info: Tony Shoviak at 419-878-2041 or www.lebcc.org.
June 15-19: Holland-Springfield Strawberry Festival, Community Homecoming Park, 7807 Angola Rd., Holland. Food, crafts, rides, games, parade, rib-eating contest, entertainment, bingo, strawberry bakeoff and more. www.hollandstrawberryfestival.com.
June 25-26: 46th Annual Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo. In addition to the artwork from over 230 artists, visitors will enjoy live entertainment throughout the weekend, a selection of edibles, children’s activities, beer and wine available for purchase and more. 419-536-5566 or www.toledogarden.org.
June 25: Butterfly Identification Workshop, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 1-3 p.m. Become familiar with local butterflies. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
June 26: Portage River Festival, downtown Elmore (all day). Stage entertainment, flea & craft market, lawnmower-pulling contest, Kiddy Tractor Pull, talent show, delicious food, antique cars, trucks, tractors and two-cycle engines on display and much more. The Elmore Depot will be open with model railroad displays, and historical memorabilia. The festival will welcome cyclists from Hostelling International riding on 10-, 31-, 62- or 100-mile excursions. www.elmorehs.tripod.com/419-862-3552.
July 1-3: The Toledo Blade’s Red, White & Kaboom Fireworks with Taste of Toledo, Promenade and Festival Parks, Toledo. www.redwhitekaboom.com.
July 1-3: Woodville’s 4th of July Celebration, Trailmarker Park, Woodville. Parade, 5K race, car show, amusements, and fireworks. http://homes.amplex.net/fourth/index.htm.
July 3: Independence Day Celebration, downtown Oak Harbor. Small-town Independence Day fun, beginning in the evening. www.oakharborohio.net/419-898-0479.
July 8-10: Lagrange Street Polish Festival, Polish Village (Lagrange Street between Central and Mettler), Toledo. Featuring polka bands from across the Midwest, a variety of Polish food and delicacies, Polish (Pivo) and American beer, soft drinks and bottled water, a polka dance contest, a pierogi-eating contest, a children’s area with rides and games, and arts and craft vendors from across the region. 419-255-8406, ext. 304 or www.polishfestival.org.
July 9: Summer on the Farm, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A fun-filled event that allows guests to experience life on a farm more than 100 year ago. Activities include ice cream-, butter- and rope-making demonstrations, a spelling bee, washing clothes on a scrub board and more. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.
July 9-10: Toledo Harbor Lighthouse 107-Year Festival, Maumee Bay State Park, 1750 Park Rd. #2, Oregon. Island music, fireworks, sandcastle-making contest, food, boat rides around the lighthouse, nautical arts and crafts, children’s activities, lighthouse photo contest and more. An island experience on the mainland on the beaches of Lake Erie and an inland lake. 419-691-3788 or www.toledoharborlighthouse.org.
July 10: Classic Car Show on Main Street, downtown Bowling Green, noon-4 p.m. More than 250 cars ranging from pre-war to modified hot rods, domestic, and imports. Free. Rain or shine. 419-354-4332 or www.downtownbgohio.org.
July 18-24: Ottawa County Fair, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. Food, entertainment, harness racing, tractor pulls, agricultural displays and more. www.ottawacountyfair.org/419-898-1971.
July 26-31: Lucas County Fair, Lucas County Fairgrounds, 2901 Key St., Maumee. www.lucascountyfair.com.
Aug. 2-8: Wood County Fair, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green. Featuring Chris Young & Steel Magnolia, demolition derby and more. www.woodcounty-fair.com.
Aug. 11-14: 28th Annual Northwest Ohio Rib-Off, Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key St., Maumee. A pure taste of hog heaven. In addition to ribs, the event offers children’s activities and a slab of smokin’ good entertainment provided by a number of the area’s best bands. www.dotoledo.org.
Aug. 17-20: Pemberville Free Fair, Memorial Park, Pemberville. One of the last free fairs in Ohio, includes two parades and offers the usual mix of animals, flowers, produce, quilts, needlework, bingo, hobbies and food. www.pembervillefair.org.
Aug. 19-21: National Tractor Pulling Championships, Wood County Fairgrounds, Bowling Green. www.pulltown.com.
Aug. 20-21: Lake Erie Waterfowlers Festival, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Duck calling, retriever trials, decoy contest, fishing pond and vendors. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
Aug. 20-21: 7th Annual Levis Commons Fine Art Fair, the Town Center at Levis Commons, Perrysburg. More than 125 artists and artisans will take part in this juried fair that will feature jewelry, ceramics, painting, glass, photography, fiber and more. Free admission and parking. www.theguild.org.
Aug. 20-21: 37th Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival, Consaul Street between Front and Milford in Toledo’s Birmingham neighborhood. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. both days. www.birminghamethnicfestival.org.
Aug. 23-29: Sandusky County Fair, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
Aug. 26-28: German-American Festival, Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon. Northwest Ohio’s oldest ethnic festival featuring non-stop music & entertainment. Shop at the Import Haus, dance or watch the stone-throwing contest. Enjoy traditional and modern German music, German-American foods and baked goods, continuous entertainment, a children’s Hummel look-alike contest, live glockenspiel, soccer games, free parking, children’s rides, Volkswagen raffle. http://www.gafsociety.org.
Aug 26-Sept. 25: 93rd Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, Hitchcock Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, 3445 Monroe St., Toledo. www.toledomuseum.org.
Sept. 3-5: Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power, Inc. (S.C.R.A.P.) 23rd Antique Tractor & Engine Show, White Star Park, SR 300, a mile south of Gibsonburg. Displays of antique tractors, engines, cars, trucks, motorcycles and farm equipment, demonstrations, live entertainment, food, a large flea market and more. s-c-r-a-p-inc.org.
Sept. 4: Butterfly and Bug Festival, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. Visit Nature’s Neighborhood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a day of fun dedicated to little creatures that creep, crawl, float and flutter plus crafts and activities. www.toledozoo.org or 419-385-4040.
Sept. 8-11: 41st Greek-American Festival, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 740 N. Superior St., Toledo. A celebration of the Orthodox faith, Greek culture, entertainment, food, pastry and hospitality. www.toledogreekfest.com.
Sept. 9-11: Black Swamp Arts Festival, downtown Bowling Green. More than 100 juried art displays from artists from around the country, plus food, music, kids’ activities and more. www.blackswamparts.org.
Sept. 11: Grandparents Day, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. Free admission for all grandparents who visit with their grandchildren. Lots of great activities too. 419-385-4040 and www.toledozoo.org.
Sept. 11: 54th Annual Sylvania Arts and Crafts Festival, Lourdes College – Franciscan Theater and Conference Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Featuring more than 300 juried arts and crafts artisans from throughout the country, plus entertainment, an expanded children’s area and more. www.sylvaniachamber.org.
Sept. 10: Grub N` Suds Motorcycle Festival, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Depot Park, Elmore. Sponsored by the Elmore Historical Society and A.B.A.T.E of Ohio Region 7, the festival will feature more than 1,000 motorcycles, a poker run, live bands, bike games and contests with lots of food and beer. www.elmorehs.tripod.com.
Sept. 20: Senior Safari, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. Join the Toledo Zoo and the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio for a fun day focused on seniors. www.toledozoo.org.
Sept. 21-24: 35th Annual Apple Butter Making, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, O. Celebrate fall with apple cider pressing and other apple-themed activities as well as homemade apple dumplings, pies and other treats to enjoy. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.
Sept. 23-25: Luckey Fall Festival, Luckey, O. between Krotzer Ave. (SR 582) and Gilbert Road on Adams Street. An old-time fall festival weekend with entertainment, craft and flea markets, antique tractor pulls and displays, steam engine hobo dinner, apple-butter festival and more. www.luckeyfallfestival.com.
Sept. 24: Roche de Boeuf Festival, downtown Waterville, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. A fun family festival with crafts, food, business and non-profit vendors, carnival rides, a car show, live entertainment and more. www.watervillechamber.com.
Oct. 1-2: Hayes Civil War Re-enactment, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mark the birthday of Ohio Civil War hero and 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes by experiencing life during the Civil War. More than 500 re-enactors camp on the grounds of the Hayes estate for this two-day living-history event. 800-998-PRES or www.rbhayes.org.
Oct. 8-9: 33rd Oak Harbor Apple Festival, downtown Oak Harbor. A family-oriented family festival that celebrates apples in all their glorious forms with a Grand Parade, kiddie-tractor pull, talent show, classic car show, 5K Apple run, food, entertainment and more. www.oakharborohio.net.
Oct. 8-9: Nightfall Festival, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. Some extra “BOO” has been added to the BOOtanical Garden. Enjoy haunted tours, a spooky pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, crazy performers, food, and more, but don’t worry – there are plenty of fun, non-spooky activities for the little ones too. 419-536-5566 or www.toledogarden.org.
Oct. 8: Fall on the Farm & Scout Day, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Family fun awaits visitors young and old will have the opportunity to take a step back in time and help prepare the farm for the winter ahead. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.
Oct. 15: Kids Rock the Zoo Hallowtween, Toledo Zoo, located off the Anthony Wayne Trail or Broadway entrances, Toledo. The Toledo Zoo will be transformed into a rockin’ bash designed for kids between the ages of 8 and 12. The event includes the interactive Radio Disney AM 910 D-tour show, cool games, music, dancing, karaoke and other Zoo activities. 419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Oct. 20-21: Little Boo at the Zoo, Toledo Zoo, with entrances off Anthony Wayne Trail and Broadway, Toledo. The zoo becomes a Halloween haven for the littlest trick-or-treaters, with all kinds of fun waiting. 419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Oct. 22-23: Pumpkin Path, Toledo Zoo, with entrances off Anthony Wayne Trail and Broadway, Toledo. School-aged kids love trick-or-treating across the Zoo during this Halloween extravaganza. There are also plenty of games, magic, and zoo fun for all ages. 419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Oct. 22: Pemberville Autumn Fest on the River, downtown Pemberville, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: Todd Sheets at 419-287-3274.
Oct. 22: Tombstone Derby, Depot Park, Elmore.
Oct. 29: Boo! At the Boardwalk, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 6-8 p.m. Meet at the west end of the boardwalk. Costume parade at 7 p.m. Visit stations along the boardwalk to learn about wildlife. Treats, surprises and fun. 419-898-0960, ext. 31 or www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
Nov. 12-13: Fisher-Price Little People® Live Holiday Show, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. Join The Toledo Zoo and start the season off right with a very special Fisher-Price Little People® Live Holiday Show, free with regular zoo admission. 419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Nov. 18: Lights Before Christmas, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. The family holiday tradition of over one million lights, over 200 lighted animal images and the zoo’s own electrical spectacle, the Dancing Lights. 419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
Nov 26: Christmas in the Village, downtown Pemberville. www.beekersgeneralstore.com.
Nov. 27: Wooden Feather Day, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, noon-4 p.m. Sponsored by the Maumee Bay Carvers and the Friends of Magee Marsh. Enjoy a warm fire, marsh walk and refreshments. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
Nov. 27-Jan. 8, 2010: Hayes Train Special, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. Watch eight different model trains in styles that relate to the life of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes and his family traverse a 12x24-foot, three-tier model train layout. 800-998-PRES or www.rbhayes.org.
Dec. 3: Holiday Open House at the Bird Center, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 1-5 p.m. Kids’ activities, local vendors offering unique items for sale, refreshments, live music and more. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.