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Friends of Pearson to hold Black Swamp Festival Oct. 7
Enjoy an afternoon of fall foliage and local history at the annual Black Swamp Festival Oct. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pearson Metropark in Oregon.

The festival, sponsored by Friends of Pearson Metropark, will be held outside the recently-renovated Packer-Hammersmith Center, where there will be nature-themed activities for children, food and more.

Stop by the Johlin Cabin, located at the North entrance to Pearson on Seaman Road, for candle-dipping and to learn how people lived in the former swamp during the mid-1800s.

An Autumn Adventure walk will begin there at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the naturalist-led walk into the Black Swamp woods and earn credit toward completion of the Autumn Adventure fall walking program.

The festival will offer visitors the opportunity to check out the many recent improvements to the park, including a new shoreline at the Pearson Lakes and renovations to the Lake Activity Center, Packer-Hammersmith Center, Macomber Lodge and the historic WPA shelter house at the playground/tennis courts area.

Pearson North features a bird observation deck overlooking the restored marsh, and a new walking/bicycling trail that connects with the Starr Avenue bikeway.

For more information, visit www.metroparkstoledo.com.


The Smokin’ Fez Monkeys
Armed with a repertoire of old favorites and snappy original works, and a batch of low-tech whizbangs that can barely be classified as instruments, The Smokin Fez Monkeys will take the stage at the Pemberville Opera House

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Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Asked to describe themselves, the group may come up with something like “cheapshot trashophonic retrovaudevillian gypsy hobo quackeristic wackhouse with a twist of Spike on the cutting edge of cornball.” The jug band’s mission is to put the fun back into live music and bring the audience back into the mix.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Beeker’s General Store or Riverbank Antiques in Pemberville or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848.

Learn more about the group at www.smokinfezmonkeys.com. For more about the ongoing Live in the House! concert series, visit www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.


Apple Festival sure to be “sweet”
The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce will present the 34th Annual Oak Harbor Apple Festival Oct. 13 and 14. The schedule for the popular festival, a celebration of the apple in all its glorious forms, will include:

Saturday: (all events on the Main Stage, unless otherwise noted.)
9 a.m.: Opening ceremonies.

9:15 a.m.: Dorothy Heiks Award, Past Royalty Introduction.

9:30 a.m.: Royalty contest.

9:45 a.m.: Baking Contest winners announced.

10 a.m.: 2012 Queen announcement.

11:30 a.m.: Baby Contest – “Costumed Cuties.”

1:45 p.m. Kiddie Parade – “Awesome Autumn” – Main Street judging starts at St. Johns.

2 p.m. Grand Parade, Main Street judging.

4:30 p.m.: Kiddie Tractor Pull (Oak Harbor FFA)

6 p.m. Talent Show – “It’s All About Me.”

9 p.m.: St. Boniface Dance/Beer Tent with entertainment by “The Nephews,” Mill Street Tent.

6-11 p.m. Bingo, Portage Fire Station.


Sunday
11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Kids’ Smokehouse Demonstrations (Portage Fire Station).

12:30-2:30 p.m.: Free kids’ crafts, sponsored by Mill Street Brew in the Mill Street Tent.

Noon-4 p.m.: Car Show, Oak Harbor High School.

1 p.m.: Youth ages 8 and under Apple Run, Oak Harbor Junior High.

1:30 p.m.: Youth ages 9-14 Apple Run, OHJH.

2 p.m.: 5K Run & Walk, OJHS.

2 p.m.: Ronald McDonald Magic Show.

3:15 p.m.: Apple Run Awards.

3:30 p.m. Oak Harbor 8th Grade Choir performance.

4 p.m. Oak Harbor High School Choir performance.

4 p.m. Car Show awards, Oak Harbor High School.

5 p.m.: Class A Dance Studio performance.

Other highlights of the festival will include a baking contest to be held Friday night at the Oak Harbor Municipal Building; Boy Scout Apple Butter Stir & Sale in the park; a craft show at Community Markets VFW Hall; games and rides by Durant Amusements on Mill Street; a flea market at St. John’s Lutheran Church; and an antique tractor show at Shoreline Church.

Free parking and bus service will be available to and from Oak Harbor High School and the corner of Church and Main.

For more information, visit www.oakharborohio.net.


Community Band concert
Owens Community College Community Band will present a free concert Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m. in the Theater of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

The program will include marches by John Philip Sousa and Karl King, a medley of songs from the musical “Jersey Boys,” a musical montage of western songs in “Southwest Saga,” Glenn Miller’s biggest hit “In The Mood” and much more.

The Toledo School for the Arts Studio Winds will join the Owens Band in performing “American Salute,” “New York: 1927,” “Moravian Dance” and “The Center Ring” march.

Refreshments will be served in the theater lobby following the concert. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


War Film Series
Four nationally-known films depicting the raw emotional, mental and physical struggles that combat veterans endure will make their return to the “big screen” at Owens Community College as the Office of Veterans Services unveils its War Film Series.

Each film will be shown in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre.

“Attendees will find each of these films emotionally riveting,” said Vickie Adams, Owens Director of Veterans Services. “Film-goers will also see the horrors and honor of war, the connections that soldiers have to one another and their untold stories. Furthermore, individuals will learn more about what was once an unknown for many soldiers in posttraumatic stress disorder.”

The film series will open Oct. 18 at noon with the HBO Emmy Award-nominated documentary, “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq”, which details 10 American soldiers and their narrow brushes with death on the desert battlefield.

Future films in the series include “Restrepo,” set for Jan 17; “Lioness,” which will be shown March 21 and “Wartorn,” which will be shown May 2. Screening time is noon for all the films.

For more information about the free War Film Series, contact the Office of Veterans Services at 567-661-8387 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 8387


Opera House hosts Rakugo
The University of Findlay will present a traditional Japanese oral tradition performance, known in Japanese as rakugo, by Showto Saturday, Sept. 29 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville.

A second performance will be offered Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 to 8 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union North Multi-Purpose Room at the University of Findlay. Admission is free.

Showto performs rakugo in both English and Japanese. He has appeared on stage in New Zealand, Boston, New York, Washington, D.C. and other locations.

Rakugo is traditional Japanese verbal entertainment. A storyteller, the rakugoka, kneels on a cushion at the center of the stage and depicts a comical story. The rakugoka plays the role of at least two characters by changing his voice, tone, facial expressions, mannerisms, speech and positioning. In addition, the rakugoka uses props to aid in storytelling.

Rakugo was performed as early as the end of the 17th century. Historically, rakugokas are male.

For more information, contact Hiro Kawamura at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Cathy Donovan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Resident Artists Exhibition
The Collingwood Arts Center’s “Resident Artists Exhibition” will open with a reception Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

The exhibit, hailed as a celebration of some of the best work current residents have to offer, will be showcased throughout the building’s many gallery spaces.

The reception is free and open to the public and will feature both visual artwork and live performances until 10 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. The show will remain on display throughout the month.

The CAC is located at 2413 Collingwood Boulevard, Toledo. Visit www.cactoledo.org for more information.


Walk to Defeat ALS
The 9th Annual Walk to Defeat ALS (known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) will be held Oct. 7 at Flower Hospital, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. The walk will begin at 1 p.m.

Join families and friends of patients as they walk the wheelchair-accessible, two-mile paved paths. Strollers, rollerblades and dogs are welcome. Clowns, face painting, refreshments and fun activities will precede the event. A Choice Auction with merchandise and services in the historic barn following the walk.

While there is no registration fee, tax-deductible donations are welcome. Many also choose to ask others for pledges.

For information about the disease, team formation and the event, contact Ruth Moeller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 419-885-2673 or register at www.alsohio.org.


Buddy Walk
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo (DSAGT) will hold its annual Buddy Walk Oct. 7 at the University of Toledo, on the corner of Dorr and Secor.

Registration will begin at noon. The walk will step off at 2 p.m. The purpose of the Buddy Walk is to raise awareness of Down Syndrome and to raise funds for research, education, and more.

To register or for more information, call 419-536-4321 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Those who are unable to participate in the walk, can be a virtual walker from anywhere, or make a charitable donation to help support the Buddy Walk program and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo by visiting www.dsagt.org.


Team Fox Walk for Parkinson’s
The 7th Annual Tam Fox Walk for Parkinson’s Research will be held Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, 2801 Bay Park Dr., Oregon.  

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. Proceeds raised will benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.  

For more information or to donate, visit www.teamfox.org. Search for Janet Clough or contact Janet Clough at 419-376-4423.


Hockey Showdown in T-Town
The Huntington Center will plays host to two pre-season exhibition hockey games on Saturday, Oct. 6, in preparation for the 2012-13 hockey season.

At 6 p.m., in an AHL exhibition game, the Grand Rapids Griffins will take on the Lake Erie Monsters. At 9 p.m., in an EHCL exhibition game, the Toledo Walleye will face the Kalamazoo Wings.

Tickets to the games are $5 general admission, with all proceeds benefitting the Toledo Walleye charitable fund - Walleye Wishing Well.

The $5 ticket includes access to all events held at the Huntington Center on the 6th, including an open Walleye practice at 10 a.m. and four consecutive youth hockey games from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Walleye will open their 2012-13 season Oct. 13 against the division rival Kalamazoo Wings. Come early for the FinFest Opening Night pregame party at 4:30 p.m. in The Aquarium.

Exhibition, Opening Night, and season tickets are on sale now online at www.toledowalleye.com or by phone at 419-725-9255.


Calling all sauerkraut lovers
The Fremont Company, makers of SnowFloss Sauerkraut is looking for Ohio faces its Label Stars program.

The search will kick off at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival Oct. 13 to 1 in Waynesville. SnowFloss is actively seeking photos of sauerkraut lovers to place on the labels of their product.

To participate, send a photo of yourself, your family, your group or your friends enjoying SnowFloss sauerkraut. Explain what you're doing and how you use SnowFloss to make your meals special. Photos will be accepted through January at the SnowFloss Facebook page or emailed directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (put SnowFloss Stars in the subject line.)

SnowFloss has been made by the Ohio based Fremont Company since 1905. The Sauerkraut festival itself is held in Waynesville, a town older than the state of Ohio. The Festival attracts approximately 350,000 visitors each year to browse among the over 450 craft booths and sample the offerings from more than 30 different food booths. It continues to be one of the top food festivals in the United States, attracting visitors and vendors from every state across the Nation. SnowFloss has been a long time sponsor of the event. www.sauerkrautfestival.com.


Hunter safety course
Registration is under way for a free Hunters Safety Course that will be held Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, 5, and 7 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the Gibsonburg High School Library.

The course is open to ages 8 and older, however children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult during all class sessions. Participants from outside the Sandusky County area are welcome. Participants must attend all four sessions unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor. Participation will be limited to the first 60 people to register.

Register at www1.oh.wildlifelicense.com/training_index.php. Select “Hunter Education Courses,” select the county, select this course and then follow the registration instructions. Registration will also be accepted the first night of the class.

For more information, contact instructor Mark White by calling him at Gibsonburg High School at 419-637-2873 ext. 1167 at 419-704-0087.


“Teens/Tweens” Series
The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College is offering a new “Teens/Tweens” series this fall for students in grade five and up.

All classes are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The fee for each class is $29 but students who enroll in three or more classes receive a 20 percent discount. All supplies and materials are included in the cost of the class. Adults are welcome, too.

A sampling of the schedule includes:

• Oct. 6: Duct Tape Designs – Students will practice working with Duct Tape and make their own wallet and necklace.

• Oct. 20: Cookies and More Cookies: Learn to decorate Halloween cookies using poured icing, buttercream icing and embellishments.

• Nov. 3: Make Your Own Lip Balms – Learn about what goes into homemade lip balms and then create your own personal flavor/scent.

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