Pemberville Harvest Gathering Artist Fair, Gift Boutique & Craft Show

        The Pemberville-Freedom Area Historical Society will present their annual Harvest Gathering Artist Fair, Gift Boutique & Craft Show Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the village’s downtown.
        This year, the show will feature four venues – the Pemberville Fire Hall, Pemberville’s Historic Opera House, Bethlehem’s Fellowship Hall and the Henline Building. Local townsfolk will greet guests with a complete listing of vendors at each location.
        Visit all four venues, earn a punch for visiting, and drop the completed punch card in a bowl for a chance to win $100 in P.I.M.A. (Pemberville Independent Merchants Association) bucks to be spent at any of the participating Pemberville businesses.
        The event will not only include a unique mix of artisans, handmade crafts, vintage finds and more, but also a cornucopia of homemade food. Those whose taste buds are craving the flavors of autumn will want to indulge in cinnamon rolls, fresh baked goods, homemade cabbage rolls, and German; snipple bean soup, homemade pies, sausage on a stick, Poppin’ George’s Kettle Corn, Country Grains Bread, apple dumplings and more.
        To add to the ambiance, musicians will fill the air with the sounds of the season.
        New this year at the Harvest Gathering will be demonstrations, including professional pumpkin carving downtown and tatting in the Pember-Furry House.
        For more details, call 419-287-3274.
Ladies Night Out
        The Millbury Firemaids will hold the 6th Annual Ladies Night Out Friday, Nov. 1 from 7-10 p.m. at the Millbury Fire Hall, 28410 Oak St.
        Since its inception, the fundraiser has provided services and equipment to the community, including three defibrillators for Lake Township, a new stove for the fire hall, a prom for special needs students  and a scholarship for a college-bound student.
        This year’s theme is “Home is Where the Heart Is.” Proceeds raised will help with a roof for the fire hall.
        Tickets are $20 and include a night of shopping from 20 vendors, food, wine, door prizes and auction items. For tickets, call the Millbury Fire Hall at 419-836-7238, text 419-490-7554  or contact or any Firemaid.
        The Firemaids credit all businesses who have donated to items for the auction and door prizes.
Stomp & Chomp
        Each year at the completion of trick-or-treating festivities, Zoo staff gets asked: “What do you do with all these pumpkins?”
        The answer is simple…they share them with the animals.
        On Saturday, Oct. 26, everyone from Lucas, the African elephant to Hue, the white-cheeked gibbon, the meerkats and more will discover the orange fruits in their exhibits during Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp.
        Some of the animals will make a meal and others will make a mess but all of them will be using their natural instincts and displaying natural behaviors.
        The event offers a great way for visitors to see their favorite animals and the Zoo’s enrichment program in action at the same time.
        The schedule of activities includes:
        • 10:30 a.m. – Tiger (Tiger Terrace); dingoes (Tiger Terrace) and elephants (Tembo Trail).
        • 11 a.m. – Birds (Aviary), brown bears (Tembo Trail) and orangutans (Great Apes).
        • 11:30 a.m. – Primates (Primate Forest), penguins (Penguin Beach) and seal training (Arctic Encounter®).
        • Noon – Meet an animal (Nature’s Neighborhood).
        • 12:30 p.m. – Meet an animal (Nature’s Neighborhood).
        • 1 p.m. – Reindeer (Tembo Trail), gorillas (Great Apes) and Tasmanian devils (Tembo Trail).
        • 1:30 p.m. – Elephants (Tembo Trail), cinereous vultures (Vulture Exhibit) and wolves (Arctic Encounter®).
        • 2 p.m. – Hippo pumpkin toss (Tembo Trail), polar bears (Arctic Encounter®) and reptiles (Reptile House).
        • 2:30 p.m. – Cassowaries (Cassowary Crossing), meerkats (Tembo Trail) and otter (Tembo Trail).
        Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp is included with Zoo admission. For more info, visit
Dracula: The Musical?
        Fremont Community Theatre will present the first show of the 64th season: “Dracula: The Musical?” over two weekends: Oct. 18-20 and 25-27. Curtain times for the performance, under the direction of Tracy Armentrout, is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
        Fremont Community Theatre is located at 1515 Dickinson St., Fremont.
        The musical spoof on the classic horror story of Bram Stoker's Dracula features the Seward family and their home (a madhouse). Between a family friend, some interesting neighbors, and those who will in the house, this show will be sure to keep audiences laughing.
        For reservations, call the box office at 419-332-0695. The box office will open 30 minutes prior to show start time. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for military and seniors 60 and over and $5 for students and children (12th grade and under).
        For more info, visit
Benefit spaghetti dinner
        In celebration of The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, The Gardens of St. Francis, located at 930 S. Wynn Rd., Oregon, is raising funds to support The Healing Barn with a Community Spaghetti Dinner.
        The dinner, which will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 4-7 p.m., will feature chef-prepared spaghetti, tossed salad, garlic bread, dessert and drink.
        The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children payable by cash or check only. Dinners are available for dine-in or carryout. Reservations are not necessary.
        All proceeds will benefit The Healing Barn in Millbury, which cares for numerous horses, and even a donkey to help them live long and healthy lives.
        The Gardens of St. Francis, a senior living community, offers long-term care, assisted and independent living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services and coming in early 2020 memory care. A Medicare-Certified rehabilitation program with physical, speech and occupational therapies provides quality of care for individuals recovering from cardiac conditions, strokes, fractures, joint replacements and more.
        To learn more, call 419-698-4331 or visit
Halloween happening
        The Harbor View Historical Museum, 2083 Autokee St, Oregon, will be open Halloween evening, Oct. 31, from 5-9 p.m., offering free snacks, a movie and a Halloween walk-thru. The community is invited.
Polar Paws & Santa Claws
        The Toledo Zoo will present a new holiday-themed 5K Sunday, Dec. 15.
        The Medical Mutual Polar Paws & Santa Claws holiday 5K will be “fun fur the whole family,” offering a race, walk and Kids Cub Run.
        The Kids Cub Run will begin at 3 p.m. near the Aquarium and the 5K race/walk will step off at 4 p.m. on Broadway Street.
        The 5K course will run through neighborhoods west of the Zoo, through Tembo Trail and conclude in Main Plaza near the famous Dancing Lights. Registration includes touch screen-friendly gloves, insulated cup, holiday-themed post race refreshments along with admission to the Lights Before Christmas display. Collectible medals will also be provided for the first 600 registrants.
        The registration fee for the 5K is $35 per participant through Nov. 17 and $45 per participant from Nov. 18 through race day.
        The Kids Cub Run is open to kids up to age 12. Races will be broken down into three age groups and are all contained within Zoo grounds. Pricing for the Cub Run is $15 per participant.
        All event participants are encouraged to wear holiday-themed attire and light-up accessories. Spectators will receive discounted Lights admission if through Zoo gates by 4 p.m. on race day.
        For more information, visit
Sugar skull workshop offered at TMA Café
        Toledo Museum of Art will offer guests a chance to decorate sugar skulls, a traditional activity before the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. The skulls and a wide variety of decorating materials will be available in the Museum Café Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 from noon to 4 p.m.   “The sugar skull, or calavera, is used to decorate the altars families create on the Day of the Dead to celebrate a loved one,” said TMA Executive Chef Joe Felix. “Often the altars will have favorite things and photos remembering very close family members and friends. The colorful sugar skulls with fun designs contribute to the celebratory nature of the holiday.”
        Day of the Dead, which is celebrated in Mexico and Central and South America, welcomes spirits of family members in commemoration of life and death. During the holiday, it is believed the passageway from the living world to the spirit world is opened so that deceased loved ones may return to visit their families and friends. Day of the Dead takes place between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.
        Sugar skulls are not limited for those who have died, Felix explained.
        “A decorated calavera can also be given as a gift on Day of the Dead to a living loved one,” he said.
        The cost, which includes all the decorating materials, is $10 for one sugar skull or $15 for two. Participants will receive a 10 percent discount on the cost with a purchase of an item from the Museum Café’s children’s menu. Pre-registration is not required to participate.
        Visit for more info.


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