ETC: Local nonprofit to preserve NW Ohio’s last historic drive-in

Press Staff Writer

        Almost four months after announcing plans to save the Sundance Drive-in from its planned closure at the end of this season, the nonprofit group, Save Our Screen, answered the community’s calls to preserve the property.
        The local group will take possession of the property on Jan. 1, 2023, and plans to reopen under the drive-in’s original name, The Parkside Drive-in next spring.
        The group is looking forward to the challenging work ahead, Save Our Screen executive director Jennifer Beaver said.
        Besides fundraising as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the organization is offering discounted carload memberships for families and partnership opportunities with other local businesses. Beaver said plans for the 2023 operating schedule are already underway and the organization is excited about taking on a larger and more beneficial role in the local community.
        More information is available on the organization website at or on Facebook at @saveourscreenoh.
Toy, Food and Bike Run
        The East Toledo Family Center, in partnership with the Avengers Motorcycle Club, Teamsters Local 20, Ape Hangers Bar and the East Toledo Junior Football League will hold its annual `05 Toy, Food and Bike Run Sunday, Nov. 6 beginning at United Steelworkers Hall, 2910 Consaul St., Toledo.
        An all-day party will begin at the Steelworkers Hall at 10:30 a.m.
        Kickstands will go up at 12:30 p.m. Participants will ride to the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave., via Consaul to Dearborn, to Starr and East Broadway.
        The event will benefit needy families in East Toledo during the holiday season. Participants in the run will donate toys, cash donations or non-perishable food items to assist families through ETFC’s Adopt-A-Family program. Each year, the center helps more than 175 families.
        “We encourage the community to get involved with the toy and food drive,” said Jodi Gross, ETFC executive director.
        Donations may be dropped off at Ape Hangers Bar, 531 Oak St., Toledo.
Glass bottles needed
in world record attempt

On Saturday, Nov. 5, Imagination Station is hoping to shatter a world record – with help of area residents.
        The science center is looking to break the Guinness World Record for the most recyclable glass bottles collected in one hour – that’s right, 60-minutes to collect two and a half tons of glass bottles.
        Bottles only – no jars –may be brought to Imagination Station’s drive-thru drop off.
        “Why this record? Imagination Station is proud to be part of the Glass City and with 2022 being the International Year of Glass, we wanted to set a glass-related record,” said Lori Hauser, Imagination Station chief executive officer. “The science center was recently awarded grants from the Ohio EPA and O-I Charities Foundation to support our new recycling and waste reduction initiative. This record attempt captures what we want to do – help people understand litter reduction, keep 2.5 tons of glass out of our landfills and we get to involve the community because we need the bottles they’re collecting to break the record.”
        All the glass collected will be recycled to make new glass bottles and jars or downcycled at Imagination Station to be turned into sand.
        Fun fact: Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality.
NMGL fall lecture
        The National Museum of the Great Lakes will host the final presentation of its 2022 Fall Lecture Series on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
        The presentation, which will be offered in person and virtually, will feature J.W. Westcott Company. Since 1874, the company has served the Great Lakes marine community through deliveries of mail and other items.
        It all began with John Ward Westcott, who was born into a prominent Michigan shipping family, sought to remediate maritime communications by inventing “mail by the pail.”
        “This past summer, the museum featured the Westcott Company and its history in a temporary exhibit,” said Ellen Kennedy, the museum’s Director of Education and Visitor Experience. “For this last lecture, we’ll take a comprehensive look at the company’s long-standing history as the only non-military, floating ZIP Code in the United States.”
        The lecture presenter, Sam Buchanan, is the general manager of the J.W. Westcott Company and has worked for the company for over 37 years. Buchanan’s experience offers many insights behind the company’s long-lasting impact on Great Lakes sailors through making deliveries of mail, pizzas, and even Amazon packages.
        The lecture is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, Past fall lectures may be viewed online at
        The National Museum of the Great Lakes is located at 1701 Front St., Toledo.
“All in the Timing”
        Owens Community College will present the Fall 2022 student production of “All in the Timing,” by David Ives, Nov. 10-12 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. in the Owens Center for Fine and Performing Arts Theatre, 7270 Biniker Dr., Perrysburg.
        The show’s synopsis is: “Monkeys type into infinity in an attempt to craft ‘Hamlet,’ two people meet and find their destinies interrupted and purposed by the sound of a bell and a famous musician has an existential breakdown in a bakery – these critically acclaimed, award-winning comedies combine wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun.”
        Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Visit for more information.
Fall craft show set
        The Northwood Parent Organization (NPO) will present a Fall Craft Show Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Northwood High School, 600 Lemoyne Rd.
        Crafters will be offering a wide array of items, including wreaths, jewelry, candles, pottery, home décor and more. A number of vendors will also be on hand, including Mary Kay, Color Street, Paparazzi, Tastefully Simple, Iris Fashion Jewelry, Scentsy and Norwex. Food trucks will also be available.
        The NPO will be accepting school supply donations at the event.
Glass City Dance Party
        Area singles are invited a Glass City Dance Party, Saturday, Nov. 12 from 6:45-10 p.m. at The Ballroom Company, 2558 Parkway Plaza, Maumee.
        A free dance lesson will be offered at 6 p.m.
        Admission is $12 includes snacks. Bring your own beverage.
        Direct questions to Toledo DJ Tom at 419-270-3502. For more info visit or ToledoDJ Tom on Facebook.
B-C-S Senior Citizens
Holiday Luncheon set

        Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools will present its Annual Senior Citizens Holiday Luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 7 at noon at Oak Harbor High School, 11661 W. SR 163.
        The high school choirs and bands will perform Christmas music prior to the lunch in the auditorium. Doors will open at 10:45 a.m. for the performance.
        Lunch is $2, payable at the door.
        The deadline for reservations is Thursday, Dec. 1. Call 419-898-6210 for reservations.
Ugly Christmas Sweater
Run and Walk planned

        The Ugly Christmas Sweater Walk and Run – a holiday tradition in Gibsonburg – will step off at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.
        The 5K (3.1 Mile) run and walk will start and finish at Gibsonburg Town Hall on N. Webster Street in Gibsonburg. As in years past, entry fee for the event will be a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item(s).
        Toys collected will be distributed to children in the community by the Gibsonburg Ministerial Association and Gibsonburg School District. Donated food items will go to the Gibsonburg Food Pantry.
        Special awards will be presented to the adult male and female and youth boy and girl with the “Ugliest” Christmas sweaters.
        “World-famous” Ideal Bakery donuts will be served at Town Hall after the event.
        For more information or to obtain an entry form, call 419- 637-2634 or email
Upcycled Ornament Contest
        The Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District is encouraging area residents to participate in its annual Upcycled Ornament contest.
        The contest, open to all Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca county residents, challenges participants to make a holiday
ornament out of upcycled/natural materials and share with the district for a chance to win a $25 gift card.
        This will be the third year of the Upcycled Ornament contest and The District is expecting the highest participation rate yet.
        All entries will be added to the virtual holiday tree on the district’s website for the month of December. Entries will be accepted through Dec. 9.
        To enter, visit and follow the instructions on the homepage.
        Winners will be chosen in the following categories:
        • Adult/Youth – Mixed Material: Make an ornament with more than one repurposed item.
        • Adult/Youth – Natural Items: Make an ornament made from organic materials found in nature.
Taste of the Season Dinner
        Trinity United Methodist Church, 204 N. Wayne St., Fremont will host the “Annual Taste of the Season” Dinner Sunday, Dec. 4 at 5:45 p.m. A Holiday Concert will follow at 7 p.m.
        This free concert is open to the public and will feature the Terra State Fusion Band along with other musical talent. A free-will offering will be taken and donated.
        The dinner will include appetizers, soup, a choice of meat or vegetarian lasagna, salad, bread, dessert and beverage for $14 by prepaid ticket only with deadline of Nov. 25.
        Call Terri at 419-332-8167 or the church office at 419-332-5032 to reserve dinner tickets.
OJHS plans home tour,
Parade of Trees Dec. 3

        The Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society will present their popular, “Tour of Distinctive Homes,” Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
        This year, six beautifully decorated Oregon homes will be on the circuit along with the “Parade of Trees,” which is being introduced at Brandville School.
        Tickets are on sale now for $15 per person. Call Connie at 419-367-5254 or Nancy at 419-270-1654. Tickets can also be purchased through the OJHS website,
        Apple butter available
        Sugar-free apple butter, made by the OJHS at an Apple Butter Stir event Oct. 9, is available for purchase at Sprague’s Farm Market, 1327 S. Wheeling St., Oregon.
        “This year, we had the assistance of Bob and Betty Anderson, who have been making and stirring apple butter since 1965,” said Michelle Quilter, OJHS president. “As our official taste-testers, they recommended that our 2022 crop of apple butter is so good, it didn't need the extra ingredient of brown sugar. Therefore, this year, our apple butter is sugar-free.”
Holiday Trunk Show
        The Arts Commission will present a Local Artists’ Holiday Trunk Show, in conjunction with the Libbey House Foundation, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at The Edward D. Libbey House, 2008 Scottwood Ave., Toledo.
         The event will feature glass and ceramic artwork from local artists for sale with a portion of proceeds benefiting The Arts Commission’s programs.
        Artists will be set up on the second floor of the Libbey House. Guests with mobility limitations will have access to accommodations to be able to view and purchase artwork. Light refreshments and beverages will be available throughout the day, including coffee, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails from Six Fifth’s Distilling.
        Tickets are $10 and are available online at
        ProMedica, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council are providing additional sponsorship for the event.
8th Annual Turkey Giveaway
        Andre Parr, hip hop artist, actor, and Central Catholic High School 2003 Hall of Fame alumni, will present the 8th Annual Turkey Drive Charity Event, giving away 100 free turkeys, Saturday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. at The Believe Center, One Aurora Gonzalez Dr., Toledo.
        Parr, also known professionally as Dre P., is a Toledo native but makes his home in Atlanta, where he runs an online clothing business and music entertainment company, He is also the stepson of Michael Ashford, Lucas County Recorder and chairman of the Lucas County Democratic Party.
        “Since 2015 I have made it a point to return to my hometown and give a little something back. Each year, along with a group of volunteers, we raise funds, purchase the turkeys locally, and then a little before Thanksgiving. pass them out to those a little less fortunate. It is truly rewarding,” he said.
        The event is sponsored in part by his Fly Guy Entertainment Co. and Mud City clothing brand, along with his childhood best friends Danny Riccardi and Dwaun Hicks of Build-a-Body Fitness and Broke Boy Society, respectively. Despite sponsorships, Dre P. says donations and volunteers are welcome and appreciated.
        To add to the fun, Dre P. will have a raffle with the grand prize of and an authentic University of Toledo football jersey from their Sept. 19 game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Tickets are $25 each and only 100 tickets will be sold.
        To donate, purchase raffle tickets, or for event information visit
        To learn more about Dre P.’s career visit; or
Conservancy opening
new Storybook Trail
        Black Swamp Conservancy is inviting families to visit the newly installed storybook trail at Dr. Robert L. Nehls Memorial Nature Preserve, 4400 Muggy Rd., Port Clinton, (on Catawba Island).
        Storybook trails offer a fun and engaging way for families to enjoy reading and spending time outdoors. They feature book pages of a children’s story displayed at stations along a natural outdoor path.
        The loop storybook walking trail, which winds through a restored pollinator meadow and along the water’s edge, is open to the public from dawn to dusk. New books will be installed monthly. This month’s book is “Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn,” written and illustrated by Kenard Pak.
        Funded by a grant from the Recreational Trail Program, a cooperative project of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Highway Administration, Nehls Storybook Trail will provide families year-round enjoyment.
        For more information about Nehls Storybook Trail and updates on featured books, visit Black Swamp Conservancy’s website at or call 419-833-1025.


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