Family briefs: “On Your Feet!” coming to Stranahan Theater Jan. 5-8

Press Staff Writer

        The American Theatre Guild will present the new hit musical, “On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan” Jan. 5-8 p.m. at the Stranahan Theater.
        The production is a part of the Broadway in Toledo Series. Tickets are available for purchase at and, by calling 419-381-8851, or in person at the Stranahan Theater box office.
        Group ticket savings for 10 or more are available by emailing
        Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
        For more information, visit 
Imagination Station sets holiday hours
        Imagination Station will be closed, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Monday, Dec. 26 in observance of the holiday. The science center will reopen Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 10 a.m.
        A New Year’s Eve Eve Bouncy Ball Drop will be held Dec. 30. This year, the science center is going big and will drop 23,000 bouncy balls from the top of the atrium at 2:23 p.m.
        Located at 1 Discovery Way, Toledo, Imagination Station is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Closed Mondays. Lucas County kids 12 and under get free admission to the science center every Saturday. Lucas County residents also get $2 off admission every day.
        Visit for more information.
Noon Year’s Eve at the Toledo Zoo
        Ring in the New Year at the stroke of noon at the Toledo Zoo, Saturday, Dec. 31.
        The celebration will run from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Visitors are invited to gather in the Main Plaza to enjoy crafts, an ice carving demo and an apple juice toast as they watch the ball rise at noon.
        Make 2023 Re-ZOO-lutions and don’t miss your favorite animals enjoying enrichment treats made possible through generous donations to the Zoo’s Giving Tree program. Reservations required. Visit for more details.
Movies Just for You
        Looking for movie suggestions, but don’t know where to start? The Wood County District Public Library can help Get personalized viewing suggestions based on your favorite movies or television shows with WCDPL’s new Five Movies Just for You form.
        Simply fill out the form on the WCDPL website at, and a WCDPL librarian will select five movies or television shows just for you based on the information you provide.
        To fill out the form, visit For more information, call 419-352-5050 or email
Library offers online
access to Sentinel-Tribune

        In partnership with the Sentinel-Tribune, the Wood County District Public Library now offers in-library access to digital versions of the Sentinel-Tribune.
        The new database houses Sentinel-Tribune issues from 1906-1979 via This database can be found on the library’s website at It joins other community databases like Wood County Historical Newspapers, WCDPL’s Local Newspaper Index, and the WCDPL Digital Collection.
        For more information, call 419-352-5050, email, or visit
CASA information
        Learn more about Wood County Court Appointed Special Advocates, the role of CASA volunteers and how to become involved by calling 419-352-3554 or emailing
        CASA Volunteers advocate for the best interest of children who have experienced abuse and neglect, some of whom are in foster care. CASAs get to know the child and their family and make recommendations to the court regarding services and placement to help families remain strong.
         Volunteers must be 21 years old, have a valid driver's license, complete an extensive background check, and participate in 30 hours of pre-service training. The average CASA volunteer donates 5-10 hours per month to their CASA case.
Give blood or platelets
        As more people make travel plans to celebrate with family and friends this year, the American Red Cross is once again asking donors to set aside a time to give blood or platelets for patients waiting for care over the holidays.
        Throughout the season, several factors can disrupt the ability of the Red Cross to collect enough blood for patients across the country, including travel, seasonal illnesses and weather.
        Schedule an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
        As a thank you, those who come to give Dec. 16-Jan. 2 will get a long-sleeved Red Cross t-shirt, while supplies last.
        Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
        • American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway – Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
        • Oregon: Dec. 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, 2801 Bay Park Drive
        • Elmore: Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 19225 W. Witty Rd.
        • Perrysburg: Dec. 22, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd.
        • Rossford: Dec. 30, 12-5 p.m., Rossford United Methodist Church, 270 Dixie Hwy.
        • Walbridge: Dec. 19, 12-5:30 p.m., St. Jerome Catholic Church, 300 Warner St.
        Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.
        Another way to support the mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience. 
        Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position, call 216-431-3328 or visit 
Open house set
        After several difficult years due to COVID-19, economic uncertainty and employee shortages, Liberty Aviation Museum will thank neighbors, friends and the community who have supported by hosting an Open House Saturday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The museum is located at 3515 E. State Rd., Port Clinton.
        During these hours, admission to the museum will be free. In addition the Gift Shop (known as the PX) will be offering discounts on most items.
        Liberty Aviation Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and receives no government funding, relying instead on gifts and donations from visitors and donors, museum admissions and proceeds from its sister companies the Tin Goose, the PX and the soon-to-be-open vintage soda-fountain, Cosmic Rayz Atomic Emporium, located in downtown Port Clinton.
        Founded in 2012, Liberty Aviation Museum features a campus of hangars and galleries that spans over eight acres, filled with beautifully maintained, restored, rebuilt, and displayed aircraft, automobiles and world war munitions and armaments.
        For more information, email, text or call James R. Priebe at or 440-781-9618.


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