ETC: Magee Marsh Wildlife Area to host Family Fun Day July 5

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Magee Marsh Wildlife Area to host Family Fun Day July 5
        The Ohio Department of Natural Resource (ODNR) Division of Wildlife invites families looking for outdoor fun to visit Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Friday, July 5.
        Family Fun Day activities will include a bird banding demonstration, fishing and archery at the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center, located at 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.
        Volunteers from the Green Creek Wildlife Society will be banding nestlings from the purple martin colony at 11 a.m. Attendees will learn about purple martins, being a purple martin landlord, and how citizen science has helped this species to prosper.
        Archery and fishing will be available from 12-3 p.m. Archery will be supervised by Division of Wildlife staff and all necessary equipment will be provided.
        Fishing will take place in the pond around the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center. Loaner poles and bait will be provided; however, anglers are welcome to bring their own fishing equipment. Anglers 16 years and older are required to have a current Ohio fishing license. Fish caught may be kept within the guidelines set by the Ohio Fishing Regulations.
        Anglers are welcome to fish the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center throughout the summer with their own fishing equipment, sunrise to sunset. To learn more about Magee Marsh Wildlife Area visit For more information about these activities, call 419-424-5000.
        The mission of the ODNR Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit to find out more.
Crosby Festival at TBG
        The Crosby Festival of the Arts, Northwest Ohio’s premier fine arts festival, will be held June 29-30 at Toledo Botanical Gardens.
        Now celebrating its 54th year, the festival, presented by Toledo GROWs, will feature works by more than 200 artists from across the country. Support for the festival is provided by the Ohio Arts Council. Proceeds from the show support Toledo GROWs and its work in the areas of education, community gardening, and urban agriculture.
        New this year: Friday evening hours give guests an extra day to enjoy the festival. Be the first to view and purchase the artwork Friday, June 28, from 6 until 9 p.m. Saturday festival hours are 10-5, and Sunday 10- 4. Local food trucks will offer a variety of food all three days. Both soft drinks and adult beverages will be available as well. Friday evening features music by Quick Trio with Michelle Shelton. Saturday features children’s activities and musical groups Ben Maloney and Moths in the Attic. Children’s activities continue Sunday, with Tim Ohlers and Chloe and the Steel Strings providing music.
        A number of food vendors will be on hand. Free parking and shuttle to the festival are available at the Meijer store on Central Avenue. Handicapped parking is available on the festival grounds, at the Elmer Drive main entrance.
        Festival tickets are $10 at the door but can be purchased online for a discounted $9. Children 12 and under are free. Metroparks members receive two admissions at half off at the door, with your member card. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
“Meet the Artist”
        Meet artist Donna Ebert at a reception Sunday, June 30 from 2-4 p.m. at Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore. Light appetizers will be served at the Brown Welcome Center.
        The artist’s works will be available for purchase.
        Visit for details.
Log Cabin Summer Concert
        Oak Harbor Log Cabin Summer Concert Series continues Sunday, July 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Kraemer Park across from the Post Office on Church Street.
        Master T. C. and the Visitors will entertain with rock `n roll.
        The series is made possible in part by a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation. For more info, visit the foundation’s website at
        Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Come early to attend the street fair featuring crafts, vendors, food and drink from 4:30-7:30.
Sidewalk Sale
        A free sidewalk sale will be held Saturday, July 6 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Great Eastern Shopping Center, 2676 Woodville Rd., Northwood. Free vendor set up. For more info, call Jean at 419-277-9083.
Kids’ Fishing Derby
        A Kids’ Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, July 13 at Ranger Park, Stoner Pond. The event is open to all children ages 3-13, whether or not they reside in Northwood.
        Registration begins at 8 a.m. The derby runs from 9-10 a.m. A casting contest will be held from 10:30-11 a.m. Awards will be presented 11-11:30 a.m.
        To register or for more info, contact Pat McGaharan at 419-690-1607 or
TMA Community Block Party
        Make plans to attend the Glass City’s premier summer event when the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) hosts its sixth annual community Block Party Saturday, July 13 from 6-10 p.m. The indoor and outdoor event has activities for all ages.
        On the Museum grounds, and along Monroe Street, guests can enjoy live music, glassblowing demonstrations, food and a Jeep-themed car show. Also on display will be monster trucks and a mechanical dragon, created by self-taught artist and engineer, Tim Willis.
        Performing at this year’s Block Party is Moving in Stereo, who -will recreate the sights and sounds of The Cars, one of the most popular American rock and roll bands of the late '70s and early '80s. Also appearing at the Block Party will be Ramona Collins, who will entertain with her soulful jazz voice. Finishing off the evening will be a performance by Glass Fire Poi, with its mesmerizing fire dancing. Serving as emcee and spinning tunes between music sets will be DJ Big Lou the Mayor.
        The Family Center will offer hands-on art activities for all ages, and the Toledo School for the Arts’ Art Force will showcase face painting and chalk drawing. There will also be pop-up studios throughout the grounds featuring drawing and painting for adults.
        In addition to the outdoor events, visitors can visit “Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture,” which is located in the Canaday Gallery and is free for Museum members.
        Monroe Street will be closed to traffic from Scottwood Avenue to Collingwood Boulevard to allow for easy access between the main Museum and the Glass Pavilion. Admission to the Block Party is free; there is a charge for some activities and refreshments. For more information visit
Stroll the Street Wednesdays
        The Rossford Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Rossford is presenting “Stroll the Street Wednesdays” weekly through Oct. 9.
        The free, family-friendly event, which runs from 4-8 p.m. in downtown Rossford, features a farmers market, music, food trucks, arts and craft vendors and more. It will span one side of the downtown boulevard from Ford Memorial Park, adjacent to IPS Corporate Headquarters, through the downtown.
        “Stroll the Street Wednesdays” is sponsored by the NSG Group and IPS.
        Weekly special events will also be offered. The July schedule includes:
        • July 3: Bring the kids for the Bubble Sharks and make a 4th of July t-shirt in the park. Bring your lawn chairs, too, and enjoy the cool jazz of The Brad Billmaier Trio on the Library lawn.
        • July 10: Bitch, Thunder! all-female party drum line will power the park, plus, free face painting for kids. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the ‘80s Rock of 56Daze on the library lawn.
        • July 17: Watch glassblowing demonstrations by FireNation in the park and enjoy Native American flute player Eagle Cloud. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the Black Swamp Rebels crossover/country band on the library lawn.
        • July 24: Enjoy Americana, country and folk music by Old State Line Band in the park. Kids can make a summer flower bouquet.
        • July 31: The Randy Kajewski Polish Band will perform in the park. Face painting will be available for kids.
Swingsters Big Band
        Chateau Tebeau Winery, 262 SR 635, Helena, will present the Swingsters Big Band Wednesday, July 17 from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free.
        Founded in 2003, the Swingsters Big Band’s vocalists reincarnate sounds from the `20s to the `60s, playing swing, Dixieland, polka, waltz, foxtrot and more. The volunteer members hail from all over Northwest Ohio and southern Michigan.
        Chateau Tebeau will be offering a full dinner menu from 5-8:30 p.m. Call 419-638-5411 or visit for more details.


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