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Applications being accepted for art travel scholarship
From photography in Thailand to Egyptian coffins at the University of Pennsylvania, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Palmer Scholarship has helped area art students explore their interests more deeply.

Now, the museum is inviting the next generation of artists, photographers and others pursuing an art-related education to apply for the $8,000 award, which covers the cost of travels to enhance their studies.

The application deadline for the annual art travel award is Feb. 25. The award can be used toward airfare, hotel and food expenses either domestically or abroad. Project examples include advancing creative skills, conducting research and studying educational techniques.

Applicants must reside in Northwest Ohio. The award recipient(s) must complete the travel within one year of notification. Awards will be announced in March. Details and an application form can be downloaded at by clicking on the scholarships link.

Questions can be directed to Mike Deetsch, assistant director of education/classes, at or 419-255-8000 ext. 7292.

“Be Our Guest”
The cast and crew of Northwood High School’s upcoming production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” invites members of the community to be their guest at a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Friday, Jan. 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

The cost is $7 per person, which includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad and bread. A “donation-only” bake sale will be available for dessert. Carry-out dinners will be available.

Tickets are available at the door. All proceeds raised will help fund the production.

Adult learning classes
The Vanguard-Sentinel Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) program offers free classes to help adults improve their reading, math, writing or English skills, prepare for the GED test, and get ready for college or an adult certificate training program.

Those interested are invited to call one of the learning centers to register for orientation, where they can set goals and take an assessment designed to help direct an individual learning plan.

The schedule includes:
Fremont – Feb. 3 and 4 at 9 a.m. and Feb. 3 and 5 at 5 p.m. (call 419-334-6901, ext. 2701 or ext. 2703).

Oak Harbor – Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. and Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. (call 419-898-3688 ext. 270).

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

The February seminar schedule includes:

Feb. 5 – 9:30-11:30 a.m., Ottawa County Improvement Corporation (conference room), 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

Feb. 26 – 4:30-6:30 p.m., Terra State Community College (Building A, Room 314), 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.

To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center, toll-free at 800-826-2431 email at

St. Boniface fundraiser
St. Boniface Catholic School in Oak Harbor will host its second annual “Taco Salads and Subs” fundraiser Sunday, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Happy Hour Inn, 124 W. Water St., downtown Oak Harbor.

In addition to homemade taco salad and sub sandwiches, the school will sell tickets for a 50/50 drawing. Dine-in and carry-out service is available.

All proceeds raised will benefit the school, which currently serves students in preschool through sixth grade.

Guiding Good Choices
The Wood County Educational Service Center is offering the popular “Guiding Good Choices” classes – a five-week course designed to give parents concrete ways to help their kids age 7-14 years old say no to negative influences.

The course will be offered at no cost in the library at Lake Elementary School, 28150 Lemoyne Rd., Millbury, Mondays at 6:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 3. A light dinner will be available for parents who attend. Childcare will be available for children over 4.

“Providing handrails for life’s slippery slopes,” is how Greg Bonnell, prevention specialist with the Wood County Educational Service Center, describes the focus of Guiding Good Choices. The class provides step-by-step suggestions for helping kids make wise decisions, reducing family conflict, and maintaining strong family bonds.

Parents may attend all five sessions, but walk-ins are also welcome. Those interested may call Bonnell at 419-354-9010 for more information.

Guiding Good Choices classes are offered several times each year in various locations around Wood County. The program is funded by the federal Safe Schools Healthy Students grant.

Free business workshop
On Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Northcoast Arts Alliance, along with the Sandusky State Theatre, will present a free workshop for artists entitled “Working to Create a Business Plan that Works for You.”

The theme for the 2014 season of the Northcoast Art Alliance highlights “Artistic Creativity: A Business that Matters.”

Workshops and sessions during this year will provide valuable information, tools, and resources for NAA members and community participants to grow their organizations and prepare long-term sustainability for local arts groups and individuals.

The presentation and workshop are designed to help individuals and arts groups establish the basics of a business plan.

Led by Bill Auxter, director of the Small Business Development Center at Terra, the workshop will be held at Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.

Reservations are appreciated and may be made by emailing or calling 419-559-2229. Learn more about NAA at




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