Oliver Hazard Perry on stage
Area residents are invited to relive the War of 1812 and arguably one of its most significant moments and military leaders of that time as Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts presents “Oliver Hazard Perry: Hero of Lake Erie” in a scholarly portrayal by Fine and Performing Arts Assistant Professor Jeremy Meier on Monday, Sept. 10.
Meier’s 35-minute monologue as Commodore Perry about the Battle of Lake Erie will begin at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. The performance, which is taking place in conjunction with the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812, is free and open to the public.
|Owens Assistant Professor Jeremy Meier
will portray Oliver Hazard Perry on stage
Adorned in period clothing, which was designed and constructed by Owens Fine and Performing Arts Adjunct Instructor Nichole Newman, Meier will provide insight into Perry’s life while serving in the U.S. Navy. Perry is well known for his victory over an entire British squadron during the Battle of Erie, which elevated his status to national hero.
Meier was commissioned by the Ohio Humanities Council to develop and write “Oliver Hazard Perry: Hero of Lake Erie.” The Sylvania resident has presented his portrayal of Perry in several communities throughout Ohio in 2012.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2798.
Steve Perry, photographer of the “America’s Backcountry” exhibit at the National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark will be in the center gallery Sept. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. to share his photo adventures.
The event is free event and everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Perry is a northwest Ohio resident who has won many national photography awards and is the all-time winner of awards in the Metroparks’ “Celebrating Nature through Photography” annual contest.
The exhibit will be on display at the center through Oct. 28. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Secor Metropark is located at 1001 Central Avenue (US 20), Berkey, six miles west of US23 / I-475. For more information, visit NaturePhotoCenter.com.
Live in the House!
Harry Bacharach, the “Baby Daddy of Heavy Easy Listening,” will kick off the Live in the House! series at the Pemberville Opera House Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.
Bacharach, 34, is Cleveland’s piano-playing, singing, songwriting “King of Cool.” He has played private concerts for Stevie Wonder and Barry Manilow and has opened for David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco.
Tickets are $10 and are available at Beeker’s General Store or Riverbank Antiques in Pemberville or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848.
Bacharach’s appearance is the first of nine concerts in the Live In The House Concert Series. A listing of all the concerts planned can be found at www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.
Grandparents Day, Day of Honor
Sunday, Sept. 9 will be a special day at the Toledo Zoo, as both Grandparents Day and Day of Honor will be observed.
In observance of Grandparents Day, the zoo will offer free admission to grandparents who are accompanied by at least one grandchild. The celebration will include fun activities in Nature’s Neighborhood, the award-winning children’s zoo.
Because Sept. 9 is also Day of Honor, the zoo will show appreciation to those who keep us safe. All military personnel, police officers, firefighters and EMTs will get free zoo admission when they show their badge or professional ID. There will also be an official presentation of the colors, giant thank-you cards to sign for area first responders, and some cool vehicles to check out too. The Day of Honor is presented by Mercy Health Partners and Zoro Tools.
For more information and a schedule of all activities, visit the Zoo’s website at toledozoo.org.
Northwood’s Got Talent
InProcess, located in the Great Eastern Shopping Center, is planning a “Northwood’s Got Talent” and “Womenless Beauty Pageant” Nov. 3.
Musicians, comedians, skit performers, singers, dramatic readers (poets), dancers, magicians and actors are invited to enter the talent show. The event committee will hold auditions Sept. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. Those auditioning may take the stage for three to five minutes. Only 15 slots are available. A $5 participation fee is due upon approval. To sign up for auditions for the talent show, call Cindy Below at 419-721-9467 or Tracy Swartz at 419-837-1004 or signup at http://inprocessllc.com/auditions/.
The Womanless Beauty pageant will feature six to eight men of all shapes and sizes who aren’t afraid to put on a fancy dress, a little lipstick and knock ‘em dead with a pair of high heels. The more outrageously feminine and creative the look, the better the chance of winning. Wigs, props, evening gowns, heels, and three- to five-minute theme music are a must. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A $5 participation fee will be due upon signup. To sign up call Below or Swartz at the above numbers.
New voices welcome
If you like to sing, The Suburban Singers are looking for you.
The group, which has relocated to the Woodville United Methodist Church, 201 West St., Woodville, is beginning rehearsals Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.
There are no auditions – the biggest requirement is a love of music and enjoyment of group fellowship. The Suburban Singers perform through Christmas, and then go on hiatus through the winter and spring.
For more information, call Claire Lavigne, director, at 419-849-3264 or Kay Garbers, president, at 419-693-7651.
Terra Choral Society
The Terra Choral Society begins its new season with an opening rehearsal on Sept. 4. The rehearsal is an opportunity for those interested in singing with the group to come and experience the choir and meet its musical staff. Singers interested in joining may register at the rehearsal.
The TCS serves as the community/student chorus-in-residence at Terra State Community College. Composed of more than 100 student and community singers across five counties in Northwest Ohio, membership ranges from high school students to adults.
The chorus is conducted by Michael Shirtz and accompanied by the college’s Chamber Arts Orchestra. The group also collaborates annually in performances with regional arts organizations and schools.
The TCS first rehearsal begins Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall in the Marsha S. Bordner Arts and Health Technologies Center (Building D) at Terra.
Registration for the TCS is $30 per semester or $50 for the year. High school and senior discounts apply. For more information, contact the Music Department at 419-559-2233.
Senior Safari Day
The Toledo Zoo prides itself on being a zoo for all ages, and on Tuesday, Sept. 18, visitors age 60 and up will get treated to some special seniors-only extras.
The celebration starts with free admission and parking in the Anthony Wayne Trail lot and continues with free fresh-brewed coffee and a mini-muffin in the zoo’s North Star Trading Post®. Seniors also get exclusive discounts on zoo merchandise, memberships and more.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the zoo and the Area Office of Aging will offer free health screenings for visitors age 60 and up, plus safety and exercise tips.
Just about the time that free coffee and muffin are wearing off, a tasty lunch will be provided in the Nairobi Pavilion. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the Area Office on Aging at 419-382-0624.
Senior Safari Day is part of the Zoo’s celebration of visitors 60 and up, with special events lasting all through September and October. For more information and a full schedule of all the activities, visit www. toledozoo.org/seniors.
Fall theater auditions
Area residents interested in performing in the upcoming student production of the “Seven Short Farces” by Anton Chekhov are invited to open theatre auditions at Owens Community College, 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 on Sept. 26.
Those auditioning are encouraged to prepare a comedic monologue as part of the audition, or a monologue will be provided for them. Production dates are Nov. 15-18.
“Seven Short Farces by Anton Chekhov” includes seven short comedies that begin with a relatively normal situation and build into a chaotic adventure of unique circumstances.
Audition appointments are required. For more information, or to make an appointment, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2798.
Join the Autumn Adventure
School is back in session, the nights are cooler and change is in the air. Autumn is almost here. Perhaps the best sign of fall is the start of Metroparks Autumn Adventure program – Metroparks’ annual fall program, with opportunities to hike (or paddle) starting this weekend and continuing through Nov. 3.
To get started, just pick up a walking record to get moving. Records will be available starting next week at all Metroparks and on the Autumn Adventure page on MetroparksToledo.com. Walk eight of the suggested trails listed on your own or during a scheduled hike to complete the program.
Visit www.metroparkstoledo.com for a list all of the Autumn Adventure hikes, plus two canoe paddles. Those who complete eight trails will be eligible to purchase an Autumn Adventure shirt featuring this year’s original artwork created by Jesse Mireles, Metroparks graphic artist.
Vendors are being sought for “Arts and Crafts on the Bay,” which will be held Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Oregon Recreation Center, 5330 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
To register or for more information, call 567-218-6407 or visit artsandcraftsonthebay.webs.com.
Oregon Bandstand in the Grove featuring Bob Wurst will be held Sept. 29 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
The event will include light refreshments, raffles and a cash bar. Those attending are encouraged to dress to rock the “oldies but goodies.”
Tickets are $15. All proceeds will benefit the James “Wes” Hancock Oregon Senior Center. For tickets or more information, call the center at 419-698-7078.
Carvers plan Decoy Show
The annual Decoy Show sponsored by Maumee Bay Carvers will be held this year as part of the Lake Erie Wing Watch weekend Sept. 22 and 23.
The event, typically held at the Lake Erie Waterfowlers Festival, will be at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area near the Bird Center, which houses an extensive collection of decoys. Magee Marsh is located at 3229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. More details about the show are available at www.maumeecarvers.com.
Other events scheduled for the weekend include bird walks and birders’ breakfasts Saturday and Sunday, canoe trips, identification workshops, kids’ activities from Flying Wild, an open house at Back to the Wild and more.
For a complete list events visit www.LakeErieWingWatch.com.
Library’s Most Requested
Among the books at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library this week
• Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
• Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
• Zoo, by James Patterson
• A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, by Lee Child
• Last to Die: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel, by Tess Gerritsen
• Friends Forever, by Danielle Steel
• The Inn at Rose Harbor, by Debbie Macomber
• NYPD Red, by James Patterson
• Bared to You, by Sylvia Day
• The Light Between Oceans, by ML Stedman.