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Stress Relief Artistic Expression Workshops offered Dec. 3-6
Just in time for the holidays, Owens Community College is offering workshops entitled, “Using Art to Reduce Stress and Anxiety.”

Presented by Owens as part of the AmeriCorps College Completion Coaches Initiative, the four different, two-hour workshops will be held in College Hall Room 120B on the Toledo-area Campus Monday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 12 to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 6 from 12 to 2 p.m. The workshops are free and open to the public.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore stretching, relaxation and breathing techniques to reduce stress, and to learn about how the arts can assist in balancing life through self-care and self-expression. Each workshop will feature a different art-specific exercise focused on freedom of artistic expression. Hands-on activities will include collage-making (Dec. 3), cartoon your life (Dec. 4), self-portrait (Dec. 5) and still-life drawing (Dec. 6).

For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2351.


Holiday concert set
BP-Husky Refining will present the Oregon Holiday Concert featuring the Toledo Symphony Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Clay High School.

Free tickets are available at the school. Seating is limited.

Oregon City Schools, in conjunction with the Clay High School Culinary Arts Department, invites concertgoers to a free dessert buffet outside the auditorium from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., before the concert.


The Local Girls
The Local Girls will be “Live in the House” at The Pemberville Opera House Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

The trio of singers came together on a summer's night in Athens, Ohio in 1988. Brenda Catania, Gay Dalzell, and Mimi Hart came from varied musical backgrounds but quickly realized that they shared an enthusiasm for close three-part harmony songs.  Each woman remains stylistically distinctive, but together they create an unusually strong, vibrant blend.

They have opened for The Platters, Leroy Parnell, Lonestar and Chubby Checker. Working with the renowned string ensemble, The Lark Quartet, the “Girls” premiered a new birthday song, “Your Trip around the Sun” on the occasion of Hillary Clinton's 50th birthday gala in Washington D.C., hosted by Tipper Gore.

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 about the entertainers, visit www.thelocalgirls.com.


Choraliers “Live in the Light”
The Choraliers & Friends will provide holiday entertainment Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 5757 Starr Ave. Ext. in Oregon and later that same day at 7 p.m. at Hope Community Church, 5650 Starr Ave. Ext., also in Oregon.

On Dec. 9, a performance will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 17877 W. SR 579 (Blackberry), Martin.

Admission is free, however a freewill offering will be collected at each performance.


Breakfast with Santa
Friends of Lake Township will present a Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 8 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the township Administration Building, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury (corner of SR 795 and Cummings Road).

The menu will include pancakes, eggs, sausage links or bacon, and a beverage. The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for kids 12 and younger.

Pictures with Santa will be available for $4, or bring your own camera. There will also be a silent auction.

Proceeds raised from the event will benefit Lake Township Parks.


Holiday Cookie Sale
St. George Orthodox Cathedral, 738 Glenwood Rd., Rossford, will hold its 9th Annual Holiday Cookie Sale Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Doors will open and numbers will be handed out at 9:30 a.m. The sale will include holiday cookies, kolachy with various fillings, tiropata (cheese triangles), specialty items and books and gifts. Cookies will be sold by the pound.

For more information, call 419-662-3922 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Weihnachtsglocken!
Teutonia Mannerchor and Damenchor will present “Christmas Bells!” – Weihnachtsglocken! Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Chalet at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and a stuffed chicken dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The concert featuring guests from the St. John’s Lutheran Church Handbell Choir, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dancing to the music of Encore! will follow.

Tickets are $24 for the dinner, concert and dancing and $13 for concert and dancing only. Reservations are required by Dec. 3. No tickets will be available at the door. For information, contact Nancy Waters at 419-290-3229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 

Hot fun for a good cause
The Hot Flashes – a group of “young-at-heart” women from the Pemberville-Bowling Green area – will join forces Pemberville-area churches to present “A Good Samaritan Christmas Concert” Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. in the Eastwood High School auditorium.

The program will include some surprises and several new additions, including an appearance by the Eastwood Jazz Band, a silent auction for more than 30 baskets of gifts and refreshments consisting of homemade cookies and candies.

The concert will benefit the Good Samaritan Fund and Community Food Pantry, which helps with food items,  prescriptions and utility bill shut-offs for those in need in the Eastwood School District. This year, the Fund has received a challenge grant from Thrivent Financial Foundation which will match 50 cents for every dollar raised up to $10,000.

Admission to the concert is free, however, a freewill offering will be collected. Doors will open at 2 p.m. to allow time for refreshments, fellowship and the silent auction before the concert. For more information, call Carol Bailey at 419-287-4848 or Kathy Brandt at 419-287-4182 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.


“Christmas with Brass”
The Terra Brass Choir will present a free holiday concert, “Christmas with Brass” Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Fremont.

The concert will feature traditional Christmas favorites uniquely arranged for brass ensembles, including “Christmas Fanfare,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Jingle Bells,” a jazzy version of “We Three Kings” by Lennie Niehaus, and more.

Special features will include “Christmas Bell Medley” with Sherry Blanchard at the piano and a trumpet solo of “O Holy Night” played by director Jeff Blanchard. A carol sing-a-long will conclude the concert.

For more information, call John Cipiti at 419-559-2378.


Tuskegee Airmen Tribute 
The Owens College Community Band will present a Holiday & Tuskegee Airmen Tribute Concert Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fine & Performing Arts Center Theater on the Owens campus.

The program will include Christmas and Hanukkah music, alto saxophone soloist Gary Herren playing “Harlem Nocturne,” music from the Broadway show “Chicago” and a musical tribute to the Tuskegee Airman of WWII.

The special guest of honor will be WWII Tuskegee Airman Col. Harold Brown, a resident of Catawba Island. Col. Brown flew 30 missions during WWII, was shot down, spent eight months in a German POW Camp, and remained in the US Air Force for 23 years.

The Concert is free and refreshments will be served in the lobby following the program with the opportunity for attendees to meet Col. Brown.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Ladies Night Out
Chateau Tebeau Winery, 525 SR 635, Helena, will hold a “Ladies Night Out” Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 plus tax, which includes a glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres, and a mini-manicure with hand massage offered by Brittany Reichert, consultant from Beauti Control Spa Products.

The evening will showcase products by Mary Kay Cosmetics, Guy & Eva and Thirty-One Gifts.

For more information, call 419-638-5411 or www.chateautebeauwinery.com.


Big Band Holiday Party
A Big Band Holiday Party will be held at Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center Friday, Dec. 7.

The cost is $49 per person, which includes a reception from 6 to 7 p.m., a holiday buffet dinner served from 7 to 8 p.m. and live entertainment and dancing from 8 to 11:30 p.m.

Overnight rooms are available for $79.99 per night. For reservations, call 419-836-1466.


Holiday Open House
Ottawa County Senior Resources will host a 4th Annual Holiday Open House & Senior Resource Fair Friday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Riverview Healthcare Campus, 8180 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor.

Seniors, caregivers and members of the community are invited to attend the free event. The senior service providers from Ottawa and surrounding counties will be available to answer questions and distribute information about their services.

The day will also feature a Holiday Fishbowl Auction and 50/50 raffle with proceeds from these events benefiting the seniors of Ottawa County. There will also be refreshments and musical entertainment by Dan McCoy.

For more information, call Senior Resources at 419-898-6459 or 877-898-6459.

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