Family briefs - Toledo Zoo, Ability Center to present ADA Day July 22

Press Staff Writer

        Be a part of the flock celebrating and supporting the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the Ability Center during ADA Zoo Day on Monday, July 22, from 10 a.m-2 p.m.
        The Zoo will host an information fair with a variety of local vendors and organizations that will supply helpful information about disability-related issues. This local resource fair focuses on businesses and organizations that help seniors and people with disabilities to live more independently. The complete list of participating organizations can be found at
        In past years, more than 5,000 guests have attended ADA Zoo Day.
        Admission to ADA Zoo Day is free for Lucas County residents with valid proof of residency from 10 a.m.-noon. For non-Lucas County residents, regular Zoo admission prices apply. Zoo parking rates and policies apply all day. For more information about Zoo admission, parking and policies, please visit
        In addition to the information fair, check out all of the Zoo’s interactive and inclusive experiences including the new ProMedica Museum of Natural History, Touch Tanks in the Aquarium, Keet Retreat in the Aviary and Tower Ridge Giraffe Experience.
Family Fun Day
        Toledo Refining Company & Community Partners will present a Family Fun Day at Navarre Park Sunday, July 21 from noon-4 p.m.
        The event will include face painting, a bounce house, refreshments and more. In addition, Mercy Children’s Hospital Autism Services will provide a sensory-friendly area from noon-5 p.m., and the Mercy Mobile Health Van will be available.
        For more details, call the East Toledo Family Center at 419-691-1429.
Escape the Library!
        Get “trapped” in the Genoa Library, solve the clues before the librarian finds you, Aug. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 from 6-8:30 p.m.
        The cost is $20 per person. Sign up online at or stop by the Elmore or Genoa libraries to sign up. All proceeds go to the Harris-Elmore Building Fund.
Sundae Funday
        Howl, roar, growl and scream for ice cream at Sundae Funday July 21 at the Toledo Zoo.
        The event, held on National Ice Cream Day, will feature a variety of flavors by Dean's Country Fresh ice cream, a sundae toppings bar, sherbet push-ups and soda floats. Visit for the full list of flavors.
        In addition to the samples, there will be a free ice cream-themed bounce house, free photo opportunity with Trolls, ice treats for Zoo animal residents, live entertainment and more
        Tickets are $5 per person for Zoo members and $6 per person for non-members. Each ticket includes 10 samplings and may be purchased online in advance or in person the day of the event. The cost of ticket does not include Zoo admission for non-members.
        Guests are also encouraged to stay and enjoy Music under the Stars, a free concert in the Amphitheatre beginning at 7:30 p.m.
        Get tickets at
Rally at the Ridge
        Rally at the Ridge, a one-day community event, will be held Saturday, July 27 from noon-6 p.m. at Stony Ridge Community Park.
        The event will feature bands, food trucks, a kids’ area and vendors.
Vet Fest 2019
        VFW Post 2904, 1-2 W. Andrus Rd., Northwood, will present Vet Fest 2019 July 19 and 20. Hours are 5 p.m.-midnight Friday and noon-midnight Saturday.
        The event will feature fun for kids, games, prizes, bingo, food and refreshments.
        Highlights include a performance by Rocktonic Friday at 7 p.m.; and on Saturday, a bounce house for kids, a car show with DJ Dave from noon-3 p.m. and music by Dem-Bonz at 7:30 p.m.
Kids Days @ Hayes
        Kids can participate in farm-inspired activities on the lawn of the Hayes Home and learn about the plants and animals that called Spiegel Grove home during Kids Days @ Hayes on Saturday, July 13.
        At one time, Spiegel Grove was a working farm. President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes, who loved nature and wildlife, kept cows, chickens and sheep on the property and raised plants.
        The event runs from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the Spiegel Grove grounds.
        Cost is $3 for kids and grandkids of Hayes Presidential Library & Museums members at the family level and higher and $5 for non-member kids. There is no charge for adults who bring kids to this event.
        The title sponsor for Kids Days @ Hayes is Impact Credit Union.
        For info, call 419-332-2081, or visit
Farmers Market, Garden Market
        Downtown Fremont will be hosting the Croghan Colonial Bank Farmers Market and Crown Battery Go Green Garden Market Events from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. Attendance is free at the rain or shine event.
        During the Farmers Market, there will be a Fairy Garden Competition with prizes provided by Elroy’s Deli Market; a Watering Can Decorating Contest with prizes provided by Down Thyme Café and a Lawn Mower Parade and judging with prizes provided by The Garrison. Prizes for all competition winners will be $25 for first place, $15 for second place and $10 for third place.
        Judging for the Fairy Garden Competition and Watering Can Contest will begin at 12 p.m. Volunteers from the Sandusky/Ottawa County Master Gardeners will serve as judges
        Fairy Garden demonstrations will be held at 10 and 11 a.m. close to the Garrison and Front intersection.
“Primp Your Pit”
        Pit bull-type dogs make up the highest percentage of type of dog at local shelters, and are the most at risk of euthanasia.
        That is why Humane Ohio, with funding support from PetSmart Charities®, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, is conducting a “Primp Your Pit” spay/neuter promotion.
        Through the promotion, Humane Ohio will provide a special $20 spay/neuter surgery ($60 if over 100 pounds) for pit bull-type dogs during the months of August and September. This special rate during the “Primp Your Pit” event applies to all residents of Lucas County.
        “Spaying or neutering a pet is the most effective thing a pet parent can do to prevent unwanted litters from being born that will add to the already large number of homeless pit bulls in our area,” says medical director, Monica Monto, DVM. “It’s also the best thing you can do for your dog to help decrease the risk of hormone driven behaviors such as marking, fighting and roaming. A fixed dog is a happy dog.”
        “With the success of two previous spay/neuter campaigns this year, we are proud to continue to support the work of Humane Ohio to proactively reduce the homeless pet population while also providing affordable spay/neuter services throughout Ohio and Michigan,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “This initiative will prevent thousands of unplanned litters, freeing resources for more pets in need.”
        Pit bull-type dog guardians who wish to take advantage of this special offer must mention the “Primp Your Pit” promotion when they schedule their appointments. The promotion is based on limited availability, on a first-come/first-served basis.
        Visit or call 419-266-5607 for more info or to schedule an appointment.
The Lettermen on stage
        Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside, will welcome The Lettermen Friday, July 26 at 8:15 p.m.
        The iconic trio will perform everything from their first hit, “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” to current hits of today.
        With more than 10,000 sold-out shows, 10 Gold albums and scores of hit singles under their belt, The Lettermen appeal to generations of music lovers.
        The trio first hit the charts in 1961, followed by their second chart-topper “When I Fall in Love.” Original singers Tony Butala, Jim Pike and Bob Engemann became one of the top concert acts of the 1960s.
        The current lineup of band members includes founding member Butala, as well as Donovan Tea since 1984 and Bobby Poynton since 1989.
        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.
        To park on the grounds, a Daily Auto Pass is required. 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.
        For more information on vacationing or living the Lakeside Chautauqua experience, visit or call 419-798-4461.


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