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CNC machine programmer training
Penta Career Center’s Adult & Continuing Education division will offer a new affordable, short-term training program for adults in the area of CNC Machine Programming.

“We decided to begin this program because many employers in our region are hiring CNC technicians and machinists that need training,” said Kevin Whitltach, director of Penta’s Adult & Continuing Education division. “We are anticipating that many people are retiring from this industry and the need for adequately trained machine programmers and operators to replace these retirees will increase.”

The 120-hour course will start March 18 and continue through June 26. Classes will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the Penta Career Center campus. Potential students must pass a pre-admission test to be eligible for the program.

For more information, call Brad Luebcke, Penta Adult Education Program Coordinator at 419-661-6555.


Benefit concert set
Area residents are invited to listen to an array of musical selections ranging from Broadway show tunes to patriotic-themed numbers, and support the outreach efforts of Cherry Street Mission Ministries as the Owens Community College Concert Band presents a Winter Pops Benefit Concert Sunday, March 3.

The concert will begin 1:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre. The performance is free and open to the public. Owens and Cherry Street Mission Ministries will be accepting monetary donations as part of the event.

Soloist will be percussionist Michael Sander, a native of Pemberville, and graduate of Eastwood High School, BGSU, and music faculty member at Owens Community College playing “Xylophonia.” Also featured will be Owens faculty member and artist Kevin Schroeder painting a mural of a Walt Disney character on stage as the band plays “The Music of Disneyland.”

Other music will include highlights from “Porgy & Bess,” songs from “The Wizard of Oz,” a patriotic medley entitled “The Good Old USA,” marches, and more.

Free refreshments will follow the concert in the theater lobby. More information can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 419-855-7596.


“Little Mermaid Jr.”
Young thespians of Fassett Middle School will present “Little Mermaid Jr.” March 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 at 3 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and children.


Distinguished alumni sought
The Maumee High School Alumni Association is accepting nominations for their 2013 Distinguished Maumee High School Alumnus Award.

The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor graduates who have made significant and noteworthy achievements as successful adults in their chosen careers and/or have served as benefactors to mankind.

A maximum of four winners will be named for 2013. MHS alumni, members of a nominee's family, or any other individual who has knowledge of nominee’s accomplishments, may submit a nomination. Nomination forms can be found at www.maumee.k12.oh.us/alumni. The deadline for nominations is April 15. An induction ceremony will be held Aug. 30.

For more information, contact Nancy Sayre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-893-3200.


Genoa kindergarten signups
Genoa Area Local Schools will hold kindergarten registration and screening April 17, 18 and 19 at Genoa Elementary School.

All parent information and registration forms will be distributed at the screening session.

In order to be eligible for kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old by Sept. 30. All kindergarten students must be screened and registered to begin the school year.

Parents/guardians should call the elementary school at 419-855-7741 after March 1 to set an appointment.

Appointment times are 8 to 10 a.m., 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. and 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. each day. Sessions are limited to 12 students each day. Items to be brought to the appointments include the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, the child’s Social Security card and custody papers, if applicable. Children should dress in comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.

A parent/guardian must be present with the child during the entire registration and screening appointment.


“The Music Man”
Lake High School will present its spring musical, “The Music Man” March 21, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m.

The much-loved musical follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. Hill’s plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by the curtain’s fall.

Tickets will be available at the door, and will cost $5 for students 18 and under and seniors 60 and over, and $7 for all other adults.

To reserve tickets or for more information, call 419-661-3000, ext. 3832 or visit www.lakeschools.org.


Comedy, magic & hypnosis
Jason Christopher will present Comedy Magic & Hypnosis Show Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Woodmore High School gym.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children under 3 will be admitted free. Proceeds raised will benefit the sophomore class of 2015 prom fund.

The first 30 minutes will be a comedy/magic show. After an intermission, Christopher will invite 24 audience members to participate in the hypnosis part of the show. Among the highlights – an audience member will float, and attendees will meet a mindreading raccoon. There will also be raffles, a bake sale and concessions available.

Tickets are available at the Woodmore High School office.

For more information, call Hope Nevins at Woodmore High School at 419-862-2721.


Clay High Garage Sale
The annual Clay High School Giant Garage Sale will be held Saturday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Clothing, household items and other donations for the sale may be dropped off at the cafeteria Friday, March 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. only.

The event is sponsored by the Academic Booster Club.


Zoo preschool enrolling
Applications are currently being accepted for the Toledo Zoo’s preschool program.

The zoo’s preschool center, licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, offers a nature- and animal-based curriculum that blends traditional readiness learning with storytime, fine and gross motor skill development, along with all the early learning content standards for the state of Ohio.

The year runs from September through mid-May. Three-year-olds meet two days each week, while 4-year-olds meet three days each week. Morning or afternoon times are available for both age groups.

Space is limited. Learn more at toledozoo.org/preschool, or call 419-385-5721, ext. 2004, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Beauty and the Beast
A tale as old as time, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will be presented March 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m. at Eastwood High School.

All seats are reserved and are $10. Call 419-833-3611 for advance tickets or purchase them at the door.


Small Business Basics
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is offering free, two-hour “Small Business Basics,” seminars designed to answer questions about starting, buying or expanding a small business.

The seminar will take the confusion out of name registration, licensing, taxes, zoning, business entities, employees, insurance, financing and business planning.

Seminars will be held:
• March 6 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

March 27 – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Terra State Community College (Building B, Room 101), 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.

To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra, toll-free 800-826-2431 or contact him by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Purple & Gold Celebration
Morrison R. Waite High School is celebrating its 99th year as an educational institution this year and as part of the celebration, six Waite graduates will be honored as Distinguished Waite Alumni at the 49th Annual Purple and Gold Celebration in April.

The inductees include:
• Bernard A. Frick, `57, Education and Community Service;
• Phillip L. Kajca, `81, Business and Community Service;
• Philip L. Kuebbeler, `56, Medicine and Community Service;
• Alan R. Miller, `73, Business and Community Service;
• Harry N. Mills, `45, Engineering and Community Service;
• Emilio V. Ramirez, `91, Education and Community Service.

The Purple and Gold Celebration Dinner will be held April 27 at St. Michael Centre, 4001 Navarre Ave., Oregon. A social hour and silent auction will begin the evening’s festivities at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the induction ceremonies and music and fellowship.

Tickets are $45 per person. For reservations more information, call Principal Dave Yenrick at 419-671-7000.


Lake kindergarten screening
Lake Local Schools will conduct kindergarten screening April 11 and 12.

To be eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall, a child must reside in the district and be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1.

The screening will provide assessments of speech development, large and small motor skills, language skills and kindergarten readiness. In addition, each child will have vision and hearing tests. The process will take about 90 minutes and a parent/guardian must be present during the registration and screening.

Screening appointments will be offered April 11 at 8 and 10 a.m., and 12:30, 2:45 and 5 p.m.; and April 12 at 8 and 10 a.m., and 12:30 and 2:45 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, visit www.lakeschools.org and click on “Buildings,” then “Lake Elementary,” then “LES Kindergarten Screening” and answer the scheduling questions. All children must be pre-registered. Sessions are limited to 12 children each. A confirmation letter will be sent advising of the date and time of the scheduled session. Those without Internet access may call Mrs. Alemino at 419-661-6682 to request a registration form.

Parents/guardians should bring the child’s birth certificate, current proof of residency (current gas or electric bill), the child’s Social Security card and custody papers, if applicable.


Coy Parent Night set
A School-Wide Title One Parent Information Night will be held at Coy Elementary School in Oregon March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Parents will rotate to three stations while children view a puppet show in the gym. Mac and cheese pizza will be donated by Vito’s Pizza at the end of the evening. Those who participate in the entire evening’s events will have the opportunity to enter in a drawing for an iPod and/or Walmart gift cards.

The event will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about educational initiatives including:

K-2
•New Common Core State Standards Overview;
•Third Grade Guarantee Overview;
• Educational Apps and Website;

Third-fifth grade:
• New Common Core Standards Overview
• Technology Awareness
• Educational Apps and Website

Those planning to attend should RSVP to the school no later than Friday, March 1. Call 419-693-0624 for more information.


All Saints Open House
All Saints Catholic School in Rossford, will host an Open House, Sunday, March 3, from noon to 2 p.m.

The school, located at 630 Lime City Rd., serves students in preschool through eighth grade. Half- or full-day preschool with three- and five-day options are available.

The school offers art, music, physical education and advanced technology specialists as well as CYO athletics and many extra-curricular activities, including band, cheerleading, and an art club. Free bus transportation is available along with an extended day program until 6 p.m.

For more information, call 419- 661-2070.


Enrollment down
Terra State Community College followed a state-wide trend with a decrease in its spring semester enrollment.

The statistics, which became official Jan. 28, show Terra’s student headcount at 3,036, down 9.2 percent while Full-Time Equivalency (FTE) is at 909.9, down 9.9 percent.

School officials attribute the drop to changes in eligibility for federal Pell Grants, increased employment in many areas of the state, and a general decline in high school graduation rates.

Enrollment is measured both in the actual number of students on campus as well as FTE, which is the total number of credit hours for all students registered by the census day divided by 30 credits for campuses on a semester system and 45 credits for those on a quarter system. Ohio public colleges receive funding from the state based on annual FTE.