Family briefs: Toledo Swiss Singers plan Valentine High Tea Feb. 5

Press Staff Writer

        The Toledo Swiss Singers will present a Valentine Tea Sunday, Feb. 5 from 3-5 p.m. at The Chalet at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
        The traditional high tea will include a variety of tea selections, finger sandwiches, sweets and scones with jam. A cash bar will be available, offering Valentine cocktails and mimosas. Jazz pianist Gene Parker will provide entertainment. The dress code for the event is smart casual.
        Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children under 13.
        For tickets, call or text Elaine at 419-206-0975. RSVP is required by Jan. 30.
        Learn more about the Toledo Swiss Singers at or follow ToledoSwissSingers on Facebook.
Museum offering free admission
        The National Museum of the Great Lakes will offer free admission Jan. 14-16, in recognition of the Martin Luther King holiday and of the support visitors, members and community partners have shown over the years.
        “We will be celebrating the reopening after our annual cleaning shutdown as well as welcoming a new year with an extended weekend of free admission,” said Ellen Kennedy, NMGL Education and Visitor Experience director. “We
love showing off our incredible facilities and couldn’t think of a better way to enter 2023 than offering this.”
        Museum admission is always free for members, with non-member museum-only admission ranging from $8 to $11. Over Martin Luther King Day weekend the museum will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Monday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
        Although not required, individuals may reserve their free tickets by pre-ordering and scheduling their visit online at For more information, visit the website or call 419-214-5000.
Sampling Saturday
        In honor of the “big game” in February, Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville, is pulling together a variety of food vendors for a taste-testing extravaganza Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
        Attendees will have the opportunity to try Amish edibles, local honey, homemade baked goods, Gianno’s Chocolates, Sechler’s pickles, Faro coffee, Brownwood Farms and more.
        Local “celebrities” and residents are participating in a contest in which Beeker’s will provide a mystery brown bag containing a product that the store features. Each cook will then create a recipe with their mystery item and offer samples for tasting.
        For more information, call 419-287-3274 or visit
Singles Valentine Dance
        Glass City Singles will host a Valentine Party Saturday, Feb. 11 at The Ballroom Company, 2558 Parkway Plaza, Maumee.
        The event will kick off with a free dance lesson at 6 p.m., followed by open dancing from 6:45-10 p.m.
        Admission is $10, which includes a dance lesson and snacks. Attendees are invited to bring their own beverages and a dish to pass.
        The evening will also include prizes and cash drawings.               
        For more information, visit, email or call 419-270-3502. Follow ToledoDJ Tom on Facebook for updates.
Rummage sale donations sought
        The Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society is accepting donations for its rummage sale, which will be held May 3-5. Last year’s sale raised more than $1,100 for OJHS.
        Donations of gently used household items, Christmas decorations and storage boxes or containers will be accepted Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Brandville School, 1133 Grasser St., Oregon. No clothes please. Tax deductible receipts will be available to donors.
        For more information, call Kitty Sternberg at 419-376-9491.
Girl Scout Cookie Season
        Girl Scouts of Western Ohio kicked off the 2023 Cookie Season Jan. 6.
        Every box of cookies sold provides invaluable experiences for Girl Scouts, such as service projects, troop travel and summer camp.
        Nine cookie varieties are available, including fan favorites such as Thin Mints and Samoas. Scouts will take orders through March 19. Beginning Feb. 17, Girl Scouts will host pop-up shops, or booths, in front of supporting businesses.
        The Scouts are also participating in Digital Cookie, enabling customers to purchase cookies online from a Girl Scout. Starting Feb. 27, consumers can order cookies for shipment directly to their doorstep, which includes this year’s newest addition, the Raspberry Rally cookie. Raspberry Rally is offered through digital channels for direct shipment only.
        The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls, building lifelong skills in financial planning, budgeting, teamwork, innovative thinking, and confident decision-making. In addition, Girl Scouts’ newly updated Financial Literacy badges offer entrepreneurial activities tailored for every age level.
        Don’t know a Girl Scout? Search for troops near you by entering your ZIP code into the Girl Scout Cookie Finder at This link can also be used to find a local booth, order and ship cookies online (beginning Feb. 27), and/or to donate cookies to local community causes.
        Text COOKIES to 59618 to stay informed about how to purchase Girl Scout Cookies and other Girl Scout news.
Giving Birthdays
        Throughout January, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is collecting gifts and birthday items to give local kids in foster or kinship care special birthday parties.
        HPLM is partnering with Giving Birthdays, a registered non-profit organization that serves Sandusky and Wood counties, to collect birthday gifts, party supplies, cake mix, frosting and other items.
        Visitors who bring an item or multiple items receive $2 off admission. HPLM is conducting the drive in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.
        Giving Birthdays will take the items collected and create a birthday celebration customized to each child’s needs, interests and wishes.
        The organization works directly with Sandusky County Children Services and Wood County Children Services to obtain lists of youths, their ages, wants and needs. It then works with sponsors to fill those needs.
        After collecting the items, Giving Birthdays adds birthday cards and delivers them to Children Services. Caseworkers then take the celebrations to the kids and their caregivers during their monthly visits.
        Items needed are:
        • Toys and gifts, such as craft kits, LEGOs, books, bath items, blankets, stuffed animals, sensory toys, makeup, headphones, cologne/perfume, board games, scooters, skateboards and fast food gift cards.
        • Cake mixes, frosting, sprinkles and candles.
        • Birthday banners and decorations.
        • Storage containers.
        • Birthday plates and napkins.
        Since Giving Birthdays formed in January 2021, it has provided 53 birthday celebrations to youth turning 1- 21 throughout Sandusky County. In 2022, the organization expanded to Wood County and has given 97 birthday parties.
        In January, the Hayes Home and museum are open Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are noon-5 p.m.
        Hayes Presidential is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont.
        For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit
YWCA Milestones
        The YWCA of Northwest Ohio will present its Milestones – Tribute to Women Awards Luncheon Thursday, March 30 at 11:30 a.m. at the Glass City Ballroom in downtown Toledo.
        The event was established in 1996 to recognize Northwest Ohio women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and who, through their efforts and accomplishments, have opened doors for other women to achieve their potential.
        Nominees must live or work in Northwest Ohio, demonstrate outstanding achievement or distinction in career and community work, and exhibit leadership qualities.
        This year’s recipients include:
        • Arts – Amy Chang.
        • Business – Ambrea Mikolajczyk.
        • Education – Mary Sabin.
        • Government – Dr. Cecilia Adams.
        • Sciences – Lori Hauser.
        • Social Services – Tina Butts.
        • Volunteerism – Kristi Hoffman.
        • Women on the Rise – Lauren Scott, Kendra Smith and Erin Baker. The new category recognizes outstanding women who are making impact early in their career while developing their potential to become a transformative leader in the community.
        All proceeds from the luncheon will benefit over 23,000 women and families who utilize the social service programs of the YWCA.
        For more information or to make reservations, contact the YWCA at 419-241-3235 x139.        


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