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Humane Ohio to host 2nd Annual Nama-Spay fundraiser
        Do you like yoga, kombucha, and kittens? Are you looking for a great way to spend a Saturday morning? Then join Humane Ohio for our second annual Nama-Spay on Saturday, June 29 at 11:15 a.m. at the USW Local 1-346 Hall, 2910 Consaul St., Toledo. Check-in begins at 11 a.m.
        Nama-Spay will feature a yoga class taught by Tara Kestner of Next Level Yoga, massages by Meredith Hill of Massage 911 for a small donation, kombucha brewed by Boochy Mama, as well as free-roaming kittens. There will also be a 50/50 raffle as well as raffle baskets.
        All funds raised at this event will go toward keeping spay/neuter services affordable in the Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan region, providing care and compassion for cats currently waiting to be adopted, and helping keep pets in their homes.
        Tickets are $25 online at Tickets will also be available at the door for $30.
        “Who doesn’t love yoga and cuddly kittens?” asked Humane Ohio’s Fundraising Coordinator Mariah Burkhart. “Our goal is to create a community where every pet has a home and this fundraiser helps us achieve this goal.”  
        For more info or to buy tickets, visit or call 419-266-5607, ext. 108.
Gibsonburg Homecoming
        The Annual Gibsonburg Homecoming Festival will be held June 19-22 in Williams Park.
        The festival will include rides, vendors, music, food trucks, including Holly’s Homemade Street Eats and others, a beer tent and more.
        Village-wide garage sales will be held in conjunction with the festival, June 20-22.
        Visit for more details.
Museum welcomes new traveling exhibit
        The Wood County Historical Museum, located at 13660 County Home Rd. in Bowling Green will be opening a new traveling exhibit, “Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives,” on June 16.
        The exhibit features photographs by Riis, a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the twentieth century. It is a companion piece to the current exhibit, “For Comfort and Convenience.”
        Visitors to the exhibit will experience immersive life-size photographs, as well as artifacts and personal documentation. The exhibit is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Library of Congress, and Edwin & Irma Wolf. The exhibit was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by Mid-America Arts Alliance.
        “Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives” will be on display June 16-Aug. 11. A grand opening celebration and open house for the exhibit will take place on Wednesday, June 26 from 4:30-6 p.m.
        The museum will be open for self-guided tours Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends from 1-4 p.m. (closed on government holidays). Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, with discounts for seniors, students and military. Historical Society members receive free admission as well as a gift shop discount. The museum offers free admission to all visitors on the first Friday of each month, courtesy of the Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau. The museum is handicap accessible and group tours are welcome.
        All events detailed at or by following the Wood County Historical Museum on social media.
Pemberville Garden Party
        After a soggy May start, Beeker’s General Store is ready for the next Garden Party, (their version of a local farmers market) on Tuesday, June 25.
        This month’s party will be hosted by hometown businesses Beeker’s General Store and Riverbank Antique Market.
        Garden Parties are planned for the fourth Tuesday of each month during the growing season (May-September), from 5-8 p.m., rain or shine, along Front Street in downtown Pemberville.
        The event is growing, with new vendors this month including the Arts in Common – sewn home and kitchen items; Country Grains Bread; Mary Baldoni – garden antiques; Downtown Deco – floral bouquets; Ruth Hasselman – sewn items for home and kitchen; Harold Leemaster – homemade soaps, lotion and salves; Rita McDougle – sewn items for home and kitchen; North Branch Nursery – perennials and flowering shrubs; Poppin’ Georges Kettle Corn; Prairie Song Pottery – pottery and homemade pet treats; Riverbank Antique Market – garden antiques; Schedel Arboretum and Gardens – dawn redwoods; SoBee Honey – honey, beeswax and candles; Susan and Dan Swartz – garden antiques; Muddy Feet Gardens – perennials and veggies; and James Recknagel – metal sculptures.
        Organizers welcome new vendors to sell fresh vegetables, plants and flowers, garden art, antiques and fresh baked goods. Interested vendors should call Beeker’s General Store at 419-287-3274 for more information. A small fee is required in advance to hold a space.
D.A.R. program set
        What are the Daughters of the American Revolution, and what is the process to become a member?
        Find out during a special program on Sunday, June 23 at 1 p.m. in the museum/library building at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont.
        The Hayes Presidential Library then will be open from 2 to 3 p.m. to those attending the program so that they can do research. Admission to the program and the library is free.
        The Daughters of the American Revolution is a national social service organization that promotes history, education and patriotism. Members have a Revolutionary War patriot in their family tree.
        Patriots do not have to be soldiers. They can be men and women who provided assistance to the war effort.
        During this program, Heather Reichert, regent of the DAR’s Col. George Croghan Chapter, and Kim Knepper, registrar of the DAR’s Col. George Croghan Chapter, will share information about the local chapter, what the organization does and what is involved in the application process to join.
        Hayes Library staff will focus on library resources that might assist in completing the application forms. Emphasis will be placed on materials related to the original 13 colonies.
        This program will last about an hour and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
        RSVP is requested and should be made by Friday, June 21. RSVP to John Ransom or Sharon Barnett at 419-332-2081, or
Music in the Park
        The Grove Daddies will kick off Lake Township’s Music in the Park 2019 Summer Concert Series Friday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Friendship Park, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. The performance is sponsored by Kingston Healthcare Company.
        Refreshments, including hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, root beer floats and more will be available for purchase. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. No alcohol will be permitted.
        The next concert date will be June 28, when Matt Thacker and Rt. 23 will perform.
        For more info, call  Ron Hanely at 419-392-3235 or email
Movie Night set
        Northwood Recreation will present, “A Dog’s Way Home,” to be shown Saturday, June 22 in Northwood’s Central Park at the corner of Oram and Wales roads. For more details, contact Pat McGaharan at 419-690-1607 or
Summer concert series
        Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center and Heartland of Perrysburg will kick-off their summer concert series on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m.
        Prior to the concert, the residents and staff will take the runway to model the newest summer fashions, compliments of Clothes Mentor. The New Fashioned Band will take the stage at 7 p.m., singing Frank Sinatra favorites.
        Thanks to sponsors, Dr. Thomas McCabe and Comte Construction, the event is free and open to the community. Those attending should bring a lawn chair, as this event is held in the courtyard of Perrysburg Commons, 10542 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the dining room.
        Light refreshments will be served.
Lord to speak at TMA Master Series
        Chip Lord, the co-creator of the renowned Cadillac Ranch roadside sculpture, will speak at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. in the Peristyle.
        On Friday, June 21, Lord will screen additional automobile-related videos in the Museum’s Little Theater at 7 p.m. Both events, held in conjunction with the new exhibit, “Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture,” are free to the public.
        Lord is a media artist who works with video and digital photography. He was a founding member of the alternative architecture and art collective Ant Farm (1968-1978), which produced the video art classics Media Burn and The Eternal Frame as well as the Cadillac Ranch roadside sculpture in Amarillo, Texas.
        “As a member of Ant Farm and as an individual artist, he has had a career-long fascination with the automobile,” said Scott Boberg, TMA’s manager of programming and audience engagement. “His work with the automobile, especially Cadillac Ranch, which is an American art icon, makes him a perfect Master Series speaker as TMA heads out on the American highway this summer.”
        Lord’s Masters Series appearance will feature a visual presentation of selected projects within and beyond Ant Farm that involve the culture of the automobile. Ant Farm’s Cadillac Ranch and Media Burn will be presented in detail, but lesser known projects will also be discussed.
        The Master Series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture.”  The Masters Series is supported in part by the TMA Ambassadors.
Magruder Urgent Care Offering sports physicals
        The Magruder Hospital Urgent Care offers sports physicals during regular business hours, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. seven days a week.  No appointment is required and the cost is $30 which is due at the time of service.  Be sure to bring the physical form with you.
        The Urgent Care at Magruder is located around the back of the medical building next to the Emergency Room. For more information, call Urgent Care at 419-732-4017.
Playground challenge
        Little Wonders Child Care Center, located in Millbury, is competing to win a playground made from recycled oral care waste through the fifth annual Recycled Playground Challenge, courtesy of Colgate-Palmolive (“Colgate”), Meijer and TerraCycle.
        Little Wonders center will earn one “playground credit” for each unit (defined as 0.02 pounds of used, post-consumer oral care products and packaging) of oral care waste, such as empty toothpaste tubes and floss containers, sent to TerraCycle for recycling. An additional credit is earned for every online vote cast for the school at or by June 30.
        This year’s Recycled Playground Challenge launched April 22 in schools throughout Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Wisconsin that participate in the Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program. At the end of the contest period, the leading school will be eligible to receive a playground made from oral care plastic waste (valued at $55,000) while the first and second runners-up will receive a $750 and $500 Meijer gift card, respectively. Additionally, six honorable mentions are eligible to receive a $150 Meijer gift card.
        The full set of contest rules can be viewed at:
        The Colgate Oral Care Recycling Program is an ongoing activity, open to any individual, family, school or community group. For each piece of waste sent in using a prepaid shipping label, participants earn money toward donations to the school or charity of their choice. To learn more, visit
Author visit planned
        On June 19, USA Today bestselling author Don Bruns will be signing his New Orleans trilogy – “Casting Bones,” “Thrill Kill” and “No Second Chances” – at Gathering Volumes book store, 196 E. South Boundary, Perrysburg.
        Bruns, whose books hit number three on Amazon thrillers in January, has written three books involving a New Orleans homicide cop and a young voodoo practitioner who team up to solve a series of murders.
        A presentation and book signing will take place at 6 p.m., followed by a book club discussion at 7 p.m. Bruns, a former nightclub comic and headliner will bring his guitar for some humorous songs.
Senate budget restores assistance for kin
        As the state budget makes its way toward a June 30 deadline for passage, the Senate Finance Committee today unveiled a substitute bill that prioritizes child safety and permanency.
        A $15 million federal TANF set-aside for the kinship caregiver program has been restored, according to Angela Sausser, executive director of Public Children Services Association of Ohio. “We are grateful to Majority Whip Jay Hottinger (R-31), Chairman Matt Dolan (R-24), Ranking Member Vernon Sykes (D-28) and their fellow committee members for recognizing the critical role that kinship caregivers play by continuing this program designed to provide support when kinship caregivers open their homes to care for kin children,” Sausser said. “The Senate understands that grandparents, relatives and other family friends step up every day to care for children when parents cannot.”
        In addition to direct support for kinship caregivers, the budget restores language to a $3.5 million state investment that will draw down another $3.5 million in federal funding for a statewide kinship navigator program. “Caregivers have a range of supports available to them in Ohio, but many are unaware of the benefits to which they are entitled,” Sausser said. “The navigator program will be a resource that points them in the right direction.
        “We cannot express enough our appreciation to the Senate, the House and Governor DeWine for prioritizing child safety, permanency and wellbeing in this budget,” Sausser continued. “We encourage the full Senate and the Conference Committee to protect these targeted and crucial investments that will help county children services agencies achieve better outcomes for children and families.”
Amy Grant returning to Lakeside June 22
        Grammy and Dove Award-winning singer and songwriter Amy Grant returns to the Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside to perform her timeless hits, “Baby, Baby,” “El Shaddai” and “Every Heartbeat,” at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, June 22.
        Ever since she burst onto the scene as a fresh-faced teenager, bringing contemporary Christian music to the forefront of American culture, the Nashville native has gained a reputation for creating songs that examine life’s complexities with an open heart.
        She became the first Christian music artist to have a platinum record and went on to become a crossover sensation, her musical gifts transcend genre boundaries to make her a household name.
        Purchasing a daily, Friday, Saturday or season Chautauqua Pass includes admission to Lakeside Chautauqua and the show in Hoover Auditorium. A separate ticket is not necessary to attend a show or concert.
        A Daily Chautauqua Pass is $24.50/adult and $16.25/youth (ages 13-24) per day. A Friday or Saturday Chautauqua Pass for an adult is $30 if purchased on that day. If purchased any other day for Friday or Saturday, or if part of a multi-day purchase which includes Friday or Saturday, the price is the Daily Chautauqua Pass rate of $24.50 per adult. Youth Daily Chautauqua Passes are not subject to a Friday or Saturday Chautauqua Pass rate. Children ages 12 and under and guests over the age of 90 are always free.
        To park on the grounds, a Daily Auto Pass is required. Limited parking is available within the gates for $12.50 per day or the South Gate Parking Lot for $6.50 per day (complimentary shuttle service available). Parking at the nearby Danbury School Parking Lot is $2 per day (no shuttle service and limited parking dates based on school schedule). Purchase Chautauqua Passes in advance at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside.
        The doors to Hoover Auditorium open a half-hour prior to the start of the show or concert. Seats are not reserved, but available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and beverages are prohibited inside Hoover Auditorium.
        Lakeside Chautauqua is a family destination that has pioneered the act of nurturing mind, body and spirit since 1873. For more information on vacationing or living the Lakeside Chautauqua experience, visit or call 419-798-4461.


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