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Theater auditions
Auditions will be held for Owes Community College’s upcoming student production of the “Seven Short Farces by Anton Chekhov” Sept. 24 and 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Studio Theatre Room 111. Callback auditions will take place Sept. 26.

Those auditioning are encouraged to prepare a comedic monologue, or a monologue will be provided. Written by Anton Chekhov, “Seven Short Farces by Anton Chekhov” details seven short comedies that begin with a relatively normal situation and build into a chaotic adventure of unique circumstances. Among the short comedies in the production are “The Bear,” “The Festivities” and “The Proposal.”

Kids
St. Boniface Catholic School first graders hit the ground running Aug. 28,
ready to start a busy school year. Last spring, parents and supporters
raised more than $100.000 to keep the school open.

Production dates are Nov. 15 to 18. Appointments are required for auditions. To make an appointment or for more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2798.


Benefit “Cruise-In”
Students in Penta Career Center’s Automotive Technology programs will host a “Cruise-In” Car Show Sept. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. on the school campus, located at 9301 Buck Rd. in Perrysburg.

All types of vehicles and motorcycles are welcome to attend. Vehicle owners will be admitted free with a donation for Perrysburg Township’s annual Operation Bread Basket drive. Cash or non-perishable food items will be accepted. Donations will assist families in the Perrysburg community.

The Cruise-In will also include music and door prizes such as car care kits, gift certificates and products from several Penta Career Center programs. Food will be available for purchase from Deets BBQ. Tours of Penta’s Automotive Technology programs will also be available.

For more information, call 419-666-1120, ext. 1428.


Penta Parent Night
Penta Career Center, 9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg Township, will hold its annual Parent Night Sept. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Parents, guardians and family members of students who attend the school are encouraged to attend.

Beginning at 6:15 p.m. parents will follow their son or daughter’s first-semester schedule, then from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m., they will have the opportunity to meet their student’s second-semester teachers. The Penta Bookstore will be open, and information about ordering the yearbook will be available.

From 5 to 6 p.m., a sub sandwich dinner will be available for purchase in the Commons Area. The cost is $5.50 per person.

For more information, contact Dan Weirich, supervisor of Student Services and Admissions, at 419-661-6480.


Born This Way Ball
The Owens Community College Gay Straight Alliance student organization will present the “Born this Way Ball” – an evening of dance, music and entertainment – Sept. 29 from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center.

In addition to entertainment, several community organizations will be on hand to provide information about healthy living and equal rights for minority groups. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2155.


College Night
Terra State Community College will host the annual Sandusky County Area College Night Oct. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Student Activities Center, Building C, 2830 Napoleon Rd. in Fremont.

More than 70 college and university representatives will be on campus to share information about majors, athletics, student activities, financial aid, housing, costs and career opportunities. Personnel from various branches of the military will also be available to answer service-related questions. Transfer representatives from many of the institutions will be available to discuss transfer opportunities.

In addition Terra financial aid staff members will offer a financial aid workshop at 6 p.m.

For more details, contact Admissions and Enrollment Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-866-AT-TERRA, ext. 2349. Visit www.terra.edu for campus maps and directions.


Swap-It-Up
Owens Community College students are reaching out to those with a limited clothing budget by hosting a clothing swap event.

“Swap-it-Up,” being presented by the college’s Student Activities Office, will be held Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125 to 128. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees are encouraged to bring gently used, folded men’s and women’s clothing in all sizes to the event. Items being accepted include T-shirts, pants, dresses, ties, dress shirts, blue jeans, skirts, shoes, jackets, coats and sweatpants and sweatshirts, among other items.

All donated items must be freshly laundered; clothing with visible stains, holes, broken zippers and missing buttons will not be accepted. Individuals will be given a ticket voucher for each item donated. The ticket voucher will enable attendees to choose from the donated clothing selection.

Any items not claimed during the clothing swap will be donated to Cherry Street Mission Ministries.

For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2994.


Alumni band members invited
Once again this year, the Clay High School Marching Band invites band alumni to join them as they take the football field Oct. 12 at the 7 p.m. homecoming game against Findlay.

For alumni who may be a bit “rusty,” practices will be held Oct. 10 from 7:30 to 9 pm. and at 5:15 p.m. at the school before the game.

For more information, call the band office at 419-693-0665, ext. 2158.


Chopper Dropper
Clay High School Alumni and Friends will present the 2012 Chopper Dropper at the Homecoming game Oct. 12.

After the game, hundreds of numbered balls will be dropped on the fields. Prizes for winning balls include a $1,000 prize for first, $500 for second and $250 for third.

Balls are on sale for $10 each at all home football games, at the high school office (call 419-693-0665, ext. 2044) or by calling Larry Kesling at 419-693-9223.

Proceeds benefit the CHAFA Scholarship Fund.


Box top, label drive
The RC Waters Elementary School PTO is collecting box tops through Box Tops for Education and Campbell’s Soup labels to help raise funds for items the school may need. To learn more about which box tops will be accepted, visit www.boxtops4education.com.

Box tops and labels may be dropped off at the school, 220 East Ottawa St., Oak Harbor, during school hours. The current collection drive runs Sept. 24 through Oct. 19, however labels and box tops will be collected through the end of the school year.


B-C-S to host TSO
Benton-Carroll-Salem Music Boosters will host the Toledo Symphony Orchestra Nov. 28 in the auditorium at Oak Harbor High School.

The high school’s Men’s Chorus and Women’s Choir, along with many band students will perform in concert with the TSO.

The second half of the performance will include the OHHS Mixed Choir, Woodmore Symphonic Choir and a community chorus of singers to perform selected choruses from Handel’s “Messiah.” Oak Harbor alum Kia Frank will also be featured. Rehearsals for the community chorus will be held Sundays Oct. 2, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the OHHS choir room. For more information, contact Russ Raber at 419-898-6216 x334 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Reserved seating admission to the Nov. 28 performance will go on sale Oct. 15. Contact the high school for ticket information.


Kern Center Professional Development Seminars
The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College is offering a variety of non-credit classes and seminars for individuals and businesses.

On Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon, Dr. Kitty Brandal, President of Corporate Compass Training and Development, will present “Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace.” The interactive workshop will benefit every level of employee, however, it is most helpful for people in management positions. The fee is $59.

Dr. Bryan Cavins, of Cavins Custom Solutions, will present “Strengths Power: Harnessing Your Unique Talents to Achieve Success” from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 28. Participants will discover their unique talents through the online StrengthsFinder assessment and identify and create a plan for leveraging their talents at work and at home. The fee is $79.

October seminars include:
• Stress Management and Reduction – 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 5. Fee: $99.

• Type “S” (Superwoman) Women’s Workshop – 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 12. Fee: $79.

• How to Give and Receive Effective Feedback – 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 19. Fee: $69.

• Customer Service and Relations – 8:30 a.m. to noon. Instructor: Fee: $79.

• Effective Meetings – 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 26. Fee: $59.

• Tame Your Butterflies: Manage the Fear of Speaking in Public – 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 and 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 9. Fee: $99.

To register or for more information, call Marsha at 419-559-2255.


School plans jazz tribute
Kelly Broadway and Ramona Collins will lead the bill of jazz greats paying homage to the late vocalist Mary Ann Russo Sept. 22 at the Toledo School for the Arts’ annual Songs for Our Sister event. The tribute will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Valentine Theatre.

Joining Broadway and Collins will be Russo’s daughter, Lisa Young, plus Joel Zmuda, Kim Buehler, Lori Lefevre, Ellie Martin, Sixth Edition and the Toledo Jazz Orchestra.

Songs for Our Sister supports TSA students through the funding of vocal jazz lessons, a graduation scholarship and tuition to the New York Voices Summer Camp at BGSU. Tickets are $32, $27 and $22 and are available directly through the Valentine (419-242-2787 or valentinetheatre.com).

Mary Ann Russo was touted as Toledo’s unofficial “Queen of Jazz,” until her death in 2008. Russo began her music career at just 6 years old on WSPD’s “Kiddies Karnival” program. In her teens, she performed with various bands and went on to be featured in the Johnny Knorr Big Band and the Jackson Big Band, as well as her own group, All That Jazz.


Marine Mechanics class
Enrollment is underway for the Mechanics Skills for Life program, set to begin Nov. 7.  Classes will meet Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. through March 7 at the Ottawa County Community Improvement Corporation’s offices on SR 163 in Oak Harbor.

Designed as an open entry and open exit hands-on program, participants will master the skills of the marine trade through classroom and hands-on training. Participants who complete the program requirements can work at any marina around the nation.

Students are trained in the proper use of all tools used in the marine mechanic industry, including diagnosis, repair and replacement of all components of outboard motors and stern drive motors, as well as the maintenance and repair practices of seasonal marine work. Participants also receive a work ethics certification, first aid/CPR and boating education certification provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Division.

Supported by several local marinas, the classes are made possible by a collaborative effort of the Ottawa County Community Improvement Corporation, Penta Career Center and WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. Estimated cost for the class is $3,300 with financial assistance possible through workforce training programs.

For more information about how to enroll in the program, call George Dupey at 419-334-3332.


Military Friendly
Owens Community College has earned the distinction of being designated a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, a nationally-recognized media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

The listing honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools for exemplary efforts in embracing America’s military service members and veterans as students, through scholarships, veterans’ clubs and staff support, among other resources.

“Owens Community College’s Office of Veterans Services is extremely honored to once again be chosen as a Military Friendly School,” said Vickie Adams, Owens Director of Veterans Services. “This marks the third consecutive year that the Office of Veterans Services has earned this distinction, which certainly reaffirms Owens’ dedication to meeting the educational needs of veterans throughout the region.”


Fall Job Fair
Job searchers are invited to attend the Fall Job Fair at Terra State Community College Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Activities Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

“We are pleased to add a second job fair this year, in the fall,” said Joan Gamble, Terra Coordinator of Career Services. “The response from employers has been very good and we’re looking for a busy two-hour job fair.”  Job seekers are asked to “dress to impress” and bring copies of their resume. Businesses that are scheduled to attend include:

Allied Health careers – Autumnwood Care Center, Bethesda Care Center, Comfort Keepers, Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Guiding Hands Home Health Care and WellsBrooke Home Health.

Engineering and Technology careers – A. Schulman, Air Force One, Alkon Corp, American Electric Power, AT&F, Century Die Co., Green Bay Packaging, IAC Huron, Johns Manville, Materion Brush, Matrix Automation, MTD Shelby, MTD Willard, Norwalk Concrete Industries, Norwalk Custom Order Furniture, Piping Industry Training Center, Progress Design and Machine, Style Crest, Vaughn Industries and Whirlpool.

Miscellaneous – Cardinal Staffing, Cedar Point, Flat Rock Homes, G4S Security Solutions, Goodwill Industries, The Job Store, Kalahari, Kelly Services, New York Life Insurance Co., Norwalk Custom Order Furniture, Oriana House, Primerica, Rachel Wixey, RS Business Machines, Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Center, Tri-County Broadcasting and TRIPS/WSOS.

For more information, call Gamble at 419-559-2252.

The 2011 Job Fair at Terra State attracted job-seekers from throughout the region.

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