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Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds to become Winter Wonderland
Sandusky County Junior Fair Board, in conjunction with the Sandusky County Agricultural Society, have announced plans for the first-ever "Winter Wonderland" to take place this holiday season inside the Sandusky County Fairgrounds.

Officials plan to transform the fairgrounds into a variety of festive scenes complete with Santa Claus, reindeer, elves and more, for two weekends before Christmas. Displays will be set up throughout the fairgrounds, so that families and groups can walk through the attractions while enjoying Christmas music, carolers as well as hot chocolate and cookies.

All area youth organizations and clubs are encouraged to enter and assemble a holiday theme display for the event, which is tentatively scheduled for the weekends for Dec. 13 to 16, and Dec. 20 to 23. Organizers plan to award prizes and judging for each display.

A Holiday Craft and Vendor show is also planned for Dec. 14 to coincide with the displays. Area businesses are also invited to participate with a display for a nominal entry fee.

Organizers plan to decorate the Log Cabin area into “Santa’s Village” for the children, with Santa on hand to visit with kids each Saturday.

According to Junior Fair Coordinator Danyelle Lantz, organizers are hoping to make this an annual event with admission prices benefiting local charities. Lantz said they are hoping for as many participants as possible to make the first-year “Winter Wonderland” a big hit.

The group is currently seeking donations of any Christmas decorations in useable condition for the youth groups to use in assembling their displays. They are also seeking individual and business sponsorships to help defray the costs of the two-weekend event.

Anyone interested in further information about setting up a display, donating Holiday items and decor, helping with the event, or becoming a sponsor for the event, may contact Lantz at the Junior Fair office by calling 419-332-1972 or emailing her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Information may also be obtained by calling the Agricultural Society office at 419-332-5604. Further details will also be posted on the fair’s website and the Junior Fair and Senior Fair’s Facebook pages.


“The Producers”
Oregon Community Theatre will present “The Producers” Nov. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. and Nov. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. in the auditorium at Fassett Middle School, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.

Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors/students, may be purchased in advance or at the door. Call 419-691-1398 for more information.


Live in the House!
Wild Carrot and the Root Band will take the stage at the Historic Pemberville Opera House Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m., as part of the ongoing Live in the House! concert series.

Wild Carrot & The Roots Band offers something for everyone. Wild Carrot is made up of Pam Temple and Spencer Funk. The pair met through music, married and began performing full-time together in 2000. In addition to performing, Spencer is a respected guitar teacher. Pam hosts The Front Porch, an American Roots radio program heard in the Greater Cincinnati area on local NPR member station 89.7FM WNKU.

Mike Breen of City Beat calls their show, “a whirlwind of Roots music forms, touching on Bluegrass, Country, swinging Jazz, Modern Folk and Celtic music.”

Tickets are $10 and are available at Beeker’s General Store or Riverbank Antiques in Pemberville, or by calling Carol at 419-287 4848. For more information, call www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.


Theatre auditions
Oregon Community Theatre will hold auditions for its winter show, “Twelve Angry Jurors, Nov. 5 and 6 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium at Fassett Middle School, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.

Shows dates are Feb. 15 to 17 and Feb. 22 to 23, 2013.


“Everybody Loves Opal”
Genoa Civic Theatre will open its 30th season Nov. 2 with an encore production of “Everybody Loves Opal,” written by John Patrick and directed by Pete Lowry.

The play will be staged for two consecutive weekends in the Genoa Town Hall – Nov. 2, 3 and 4 and Nov. 8, 9 and 10. Curtain times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Opal Kronkie believes in “live and let live,” even if her house guests are plotting her demise. Through a series of comical misadventures, she maintains her love of everybody and, in the end, convinces everybody to love her. It is this unwavering belief in human nature that has audiences rooting for Opal through it all.

To reserve tickets, call the theatre box office at 419-855-3103.


Trivia Night
All Saints PTO is sponsoring the inaugural All Saints Trivia Night Nov. 17 starting at 6 p.m. in the McAlear Center at the school, 630 Lime City Rd., Rossford.

Teams of eight are invited to challenge other teams’ knowledge of general trivia. The evening will begin with tablegating (tailgating, but indoors) followed by the trivia at 7 p.m.

There will be 10 rounds of 10 questions each and team members collaborate to come up with correct answers. The team with the highest number of correct answers at the end of the evening wins — not only bragging rights, but prizes, as well. 

Tables of eight are $80 (or $10 a ticket). Tickets are available at the All Saints School office. Additional information and ticket order forms are available online at www.allsaintscatholic.org or by calling the school office at 419-661-2070.


Market Place Mania
Get a jump on holiday shopping at the Little Sisters of the Poor/St. Joseph Auxiliary’s “Market Place Mania,” which will be held Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Home Auditorium/Gift Shop, 930 S. Wynn Rd., Oregon (across from Pearson Park).

A number of vendors will be on hand, including Lia Sophia, Dee’s Miche Bags, The Game Room (family board games), Life’s Little Treasures (handmade dolls) and more.

There will also be a Bake Sale, Craft Bazar featuring items hand-made by Sacred Heart Home residents and volunteers, raffles and a lunch special.

All proceeds raised will benefit the residents of the Sacred Heart Home. For more information, call 419-698-4331 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


New Year’s Eve Gala
A Gala New Year’s Eve Ball featuring music by the Johnny Knorr Orchestra will be held Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Stranahan Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo.

In addition to music and dancing, the evening will include a buffet dinner by Michael’s Gourmet Catering, Inc., a champagne toast at midnight, hats, noisemakers, snacks, a cash bar and more.

Tickets are $60 per person. Reservations are required by Dec. 28. For tickets or more information, call 419-697-7612 or visit www.johnnyknorr.com.


Authors to speak
In celebration of National Adoption Month, Adopt America Network will host sisters Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian Nov. 17 from between 2 and 5 p.m. at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, Levis Commons.

The sisters are co-authors of a book, “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children,” billed as “an honest and hilarious discussion of their journeys through parenting children with special needs. A dessert reception and book signing will follow.

The sisters share a love of wine, humor and writing (excluding check writing). They are also among the growing number of parents raising children with special circumstances on a “perfection-preoccupied planet.” Gina and Patty will speak up about the frustrations, sadness, and stigmas they face as parents of children with special needs (one with Asperger’s syndrome, the other with bipolar disorder). They will share “The Movement on Imperfection” and offer guidance for families of children with special needs.

Ms. Gallagher resides in Marlborough, Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters, and countless dust bunnies. Ms. Konjoian lives in Andover, Massachusetts with her husband, son, and two daughters; she has been on a diet since 1978.

Tickets to the panel are $10 and will benefit Adopt America Network, a national adoption charity based in Toledo, dedicated to helping children in the U.S. foster care system find permanent, loving families.

For information or to purchase tickets, please call Adopt America Network at 1-800-246-1731.
 

Portraying Life in Toledo
In the spirit of this fall’s Season of Portraiture, Toledo Museum of Art invited community members to submit original photographs to the “Portraying Life in Toledo” photography contest and exhibition.

Photographs chosen capture everyday life in Greater Toledo and feature at least one individual. The public voted on their favorites and a panel selected the portraits included in the show. The exhibit, on display in the Community Gallery, runs through Jan. 10, 2013. Admission is free.

The Toledo Museum of Art is located at 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Call 419-255-8000 or visit www.toledomuseum.org. for more information.


Battle of the Badges
The clash of the badges is back. The Toledo Police Department and the Toledo Fire Department are sharpening their skates to face off in the second annual Toledo Walleye “Battle of the Badges” charity hockey game Nov. 10.

The enormously competitive game of Good vs. Good has both sides bringing a variety of skill levels to this year’s match-up.

T.P.D. comes into the game with the single victory, but the fire department predicts that won’t happen twice.

The puck drops prior to the Saturday, November 10 Walleye game at the Huntington Center. Tickets include both the “Battle of the Badges” charity hockey game at 3 p.m. and the Toledo Walleye vs. Wheeling Nailers game at 7:05 p.m. Fans can exit the arena and return for the Toledo Walleye game. Doors open at 6 p.m. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Firefighters Local 92 Charities and the Toledo Police Museum.

Tickets are on sale now online at www.toledowalleye.com or call 419- 725-WALL and mention “fire” or “police” when purchasing tickets.


Most requested books
The Toledo-Lucas County Library’s list of most-requested books includes:

• “Notorious Nineteen,” by Janet Evanovich;

• “NYPD Red,” by James Patterson, author Marchall Karp;

• “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn;

• “The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling

• “Merry Christmas, Alex Cross,” by James Patterson;

• “The Racketeer,” by John Grisham;

• “A Wanted Man,” by Lee Child;

• “The Bone Bed,” by Patricia Cornwell;

• “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot,” by Bill O’Reilly;

• “Winter of the World,” by Ken Follett.

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