Family briefs - Toledo Zoo offering Winter Day Camps

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Toledo Zoo offering Winter Day Camps
        In an effort to help combat cabin fever and keep young minds active during winter break from school, the Toledo Zoo is offering Winter Day Camps.
         Children ages 5-12 will experience non-stop fun with exhibit tours, animal visitors, crafts and games. All camps run 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
        Offerings for ages 5-10 include:
        • Reindeer Games, Dec. 30.
        • Zoo Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.
        • Winter Wild Artist, Jan 2, 2020.
        • Frozen, Jan. 3, 2020.
        The cost is $40 per day for Zoo members and $45 per day for non-members.
        Camps available for ages 11-12 include:
        • Winter Jr. Zookeeper, Dec 30.
        • Zoo TV, Dec 31.
        • Exhibit Design, Jan 2, 2020.
        • Winter Jr. Zookeeper, Jan 3, 2020.
        The cost is $45 per day for Zoo members and $50 per day for non-members.
        For full details and online registration, visit
Hometown Holiday
        Celebrate a Hometown Holiday Saturday, Dec. 14 in Elmore.
        The schedule includes:
        • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Storytime with Santa at the Harris Elmore Library.
        • Noon-2 p.m.: Pictures with Santa at Commodore Perry FCU.
        • 1 p.m.: Tree-topping Ceremony at the corner of Rice and Toledo streets.
        • 1:30-2:30 p.m.:  Kindred Harps Music and hot cocoa. at Christy's Corner.
        In addition, there will be a Pack a Sleigh Food Drive at Harris Elmore Library from 10 a.m. -5 p.m., free carriage rides in downtown Elmore provided by the Elmore Historical Society and possible Santa sightings throughout the village.
Kids’ Christmas Party
        A Kids’ Christmas Party will be held Saturday, Dec. 21 from 1-5 p.m. at the USW Hall, 2910 Consaul St.
        ProMedica, S.T.A.R.S., Midland Title, House of Day and Matthews Ford – Oregon are sponsoring the event. Santa’s Workshop will be held from 2-4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Gifts will be available while supplies last. A bike raffle will be held until bikes are gone.
        To donate a bicycle or make a cash contribution, or to volunteer to help with the party, call 419-280-2451.
 Life Line Screenings
        Northwood-area residents can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with screenings by Life Line Screening being offered Jan. 15, 2020 at Gracepointe Church, 4035 Williston Rd.
        Screenings can check for:
        • The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for heart disease, stroke and overall vascular health;
        • HDL and LDL cholesterol levels;
        • Diabetes risk;
        • Bone density as a risk for possible osteoporosis;
        • Kidney and thyroid function, and more.
        Packages start at $149. Consultants will help create a package based on age and risk factors. Screenings are accessible for wheelchairs and those with trouble walking. Free parking is also available.
        A Wellness Gold Membership Program is available to allow customers to get the screenings they need at a cost of $19.95 a month.
        Pre-registration is required. Call 1-877-237-1287 or visit
Exhibit to celebrate Sandusky County’s 200th birthday
        The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums invites the community to celebrate Sandusky County’s 200th birthday with a reception for a new exhibit Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.
        The exhibit will highlight the history of Sandusky County through the use of photos and will also use a timeline to share different historical points in history. Dozens of historic images artfully arranged in a photo collage tell the history of Sandusky County in visual form. This floor-to-ceiling mural will occupy two walls in the local history section of the Hayes Museum.
        The project is a collaboration with HPLM and a group of students from Heidelberg University in Tiffin. The students are putting together this project for their final as a part of their public history course, taught by Christie Weininger, Hayes Presidential executive director.
        The students will offer remark at 2:15 p.m.
        The exhibit opening is included with regular admission. Hayes Presidential members are admitted free. Admission for Heidelberg University students is free with a Valid Heidelberg University ID.
        For additional information, call 419-577-9073 or email
Three Dog Night coming to Stranahan
        Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night will be performing live in concert at the Stranahan Theater March 6, 2020. Tickets are on sale at, the Stranahan Theater Box Office or by phone at 419-381-8851. Tickets range from $39 to $85 (plus applicable fees).
        Three Dog Night celebrates nearly five decades, with Top 40 hits such including “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala,” and “An Old-Fashioned Love Song,” to name a few.
        The band maintains an aggressive, year-round touring schedule of over 70 dates a year. The hit filled concerts are performed for generation-spanning audiences by Danny Hutton (founder/lead vocalist), Michael Allsup (guitar), Paul Kingery (bass/vocals), Pat Bautz (drums), Howard Laravea (keyboards) and David Morgan (vocals).
        Visit or to learn more.
Creative scrapbooking
        Local artist Amy Sweeney will share how to use scrapbooking to document special occasions during the Visiting Artist series at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) Family Center Friday, Dec. 27 at 6 p.m.
        The free recurring event, held the last Friday of the month, offers families the opportunity to hear directly from local artists and musicians.
        Sweeney will share fun and creative ways to enhance scrapbooking pages during her visit to the Family Center. Participants are encouraged to bring photos and mementos from an event to build a scrapbooking page that evening.
        The Visiting Artist series offers an opportunity for both children and their adult caregivers to see the importance of art at a young age and how they can nurture the talent of their young children.
        The Family Center is a free drop-in, hands-on art studio and play space for families with young children. Families work together to create works of art using a wide variety of mediums. The Family Center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Fridays 3:30-8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays noon-5 p.m. The Family Center is supported in part by The Andersons, Mercy Health and the TMA Ambassadors.
New Year’s Eve bash
        Party like its 1820 at the New Year’s Eve celebration, hosted by the Sandusky County Bicentennial Committee at the Elks Lodge, 436 Croghan St. The party will be held from 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, on the second floor of the Elks.
        Tickets are $20 per person and include hors d’ oeuvres and the midnight champagne toast. Classic Trendz will perform live music, and there will be a cash bar.
        Tickets are available online at or in-person at Color Haven Paint & Supply, 105 N. Stone St., Fremont, and the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 712 North St., Fremont.
        Ticket holders will receive a wrist band that will allow them to leave the event to participate in other New Year’s events happening in downtown Fremont and return to the party.
        The party is the kickoff to a year of celebration for the county bicentennial. The bicentennial committee is planning numerous events throughout the year around the county. A schedule of events and details are available at For updates, like the bicentennial on Facebook at @SanduskyCounty2020.
Frosty Glass workshops
        Frosty Glass Workshops return to the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) for a second year during the Great Art Escape.
        The workshops will take place Saturday, Dec. 28 and Sunday, Dec. 29 at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the GlasSalon.
        Fun for all ages, participants will apply stickers and decals to a clear glass or mug that will be frosted to reveal a unique design.
        The cost is $20 for museum members and $25 for non-members and includes one child and an accompanying adult.
        Register in advance online at The Frosty Glass workshops are sponsored in part by Libbey, Inc.
        The Museum’s annual winter celebration, the Great Art Escape, will take place Dec. 26–29, Dec. 31, and Jan. 1, 2020. Bring family and friends to celebrate the season with a diverse array of events and performances that fill the galleries, Glass Pavilion, and Peristyle. The Great Art Escape is sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac.
GRANDlove focus group
        GRANDlove, an outreach program of the Ottawa County Family Advocacy Center, hosted a focus group for grandfamilies of Ottawa County on Nov. 15.
        Sen. Theresa Gavarone, Ohio Rep. D.J. Swearingen, Ottawa County Commissioners and members of the Ottawa County Family Advocacy Board were present to hear the challenges grandparents and other adults are facing when they step up to raise children because the parents are unable to do so. Topics discussed included the need for ongoing support groups for grandfamilies, support for traumatized children, respite care, housing concerns, legal expenses and financial support.
        GRANDlove estimates that there are over 225 families in Ottawa County who would benefit from the agency’s services and invites any interested adults to contact GRANDlove at 419-301-0225 for more information.
Stanley Cup to visit Toledo
        The most recognized sports trophy in North America is coming to the Glass City.
        The Stanley Cup, awarded to the NHL’s playoff champion each season, will make an appearance at the Huntington Center during the Toledo Walleye game on Sunday, Dec. 29.
        The trophy will be on display pregame in the Aquarium, and from the beginning of the first intermission until the end of second intermission on the main concourse of the Huntington Center for fans to view the Cup and take pictures.        Fans can also purchase an early-entry game package for $25. It includes a game ticket, early access into the Huntington Center and Aquarium at 4 p.m., and $5 in Walleye bucks.
        On Dec. 29, Toledo takes on Cincinnati at 7:15 p.m. The Toledo Walleye are an affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, 11-time winners of the Stanley Cup® Championship.
        For tickets, call 419-725-9255 or order online at


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