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Thursday, 28 February 2013 15:17

Black Swamp focus of Pearson March Sunday Series
The annual Friends of Pearson March Sunday Series will begin this weekend, with presentations about the flora and fauna of the Great Black Swamp.

The sessions will meet each week from 2-3 p.m. at Pearson Metroparks. Those attending are invited to stay after the presentation for a nature walk.

The topics include:
March 3 – “What Will Be Blooming this Spring? “ presented by Diane DeYonker, Wild Ones, Toledo Chapter, in the Macomber Lodge.

March 10 – “The Ohio Oaks," presented by Kathy Smith, OSU Extension Office in the Packer-Hammersmith Center.

March 17 – “Butterflies and Skippers of the Black Swamp,” presented by Steve Smith, Ohio Lepidopterists in the Macomber Lodge.

March 24 – “Getting Ready for a Great Spring of Birding,” by Karen Mitchell, Metroparks naturalist in the Macomber Lodge.

Refreshments will be available. For more information, visit

Canada Goose Day
Celebrate the beginning of the spring migration season at the annual Canada Goose Day celebration March 3 from noon-4 p.m. at the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center at Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.

The Maumee Bay Carvers will be on hand demonstrating their craft. There will also be a naturalist-led marsh walk at 1 p.m., interesting displays, kids’ corner and the Friends of Magee Marsh will be providing homemade cookies and the fireplace will be lit. And it is all free of charge.

For more information, call Mary at 419-898-0960, ext. 31.

Limelighters to present “Godspell”
The Clay High School Limelighters will present the musical “Godspell” March 22, 23 and 24 in the Clay High School Auditorium.

“Godspell,” written by John-Michael Tebelak with music by Stephen Schwartz, is an often-performed musical given its uplifting message and familiar musical score.

Curtain time for Friday and Saturday performances is 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee will be at 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased prior to the show by contacting Karen Nyitray at 419-693-0665 or on the day of each show at the box office. Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $10 for adults.

In keeping with recent tradition, the opening night performance Friday March 22 will serve as a benefit night for Andrew Gale.

Andrew, a 2010 Clay High graduate, was a member of the Limelighters and currently attends Bowling Green State University. He is recovering from an accident that occurred in the fall while on a field trip with the BG Outdoor Activity Club to Hope Lake in southeast Ohio.

As he dove/swam out into the lake water, he hit his head. Immediately, he turned himself around and yelled for help from friends. He was airlifted to a hospital in Columbus and although he never lost consciousness, he suffered a severe spinal cord injury. Andrew had several surgeries to repair his broken vertebrae and attend to other injuries. Today, he continues to heal and rehab through physical therapy.

The Limelighters will donate $1 from every ticket sold on opening night as well as a percentage of the 50/50 proceeds and concession sales. Money raised may help with therapy or book expenses when Andrew returns to BG in the fall.

Comedy, magic & hypnosis
Jason Christopher will present Comedy Magic & Hypnosis Show Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Woodmore High School gym.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children under 3 will be admitted free. Proceeds raised will benefit the sophomore class of 2015 prom fund.

The first 30 minutes will be a comedy/magic show. After an intermission, Christopher will invite 24 audience members to participate in the hypnosis part of the show. Among the highlights – an audience member will float, and attendees will meet a mindreading raccoon. There will also be raffles, a bake sale and concessions available.

Tickets are available at the Woodmore High School office.

For more information, call Hope Nevins at Woodmore High School at 419-862-2721.

“Little Mermaid Jr.”
Young thespians of Fassett Middle School will present “Little Mermaid Jr.” March 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 at 3 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Christian Soto (standing) and Wes Sneed rehears for Fassett
Middle School’s upcoming performance of “Little Mermaid Jr.”
March 15 through 17. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for seniors and children.

Beauty and the Beast
A tale as old as time, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will be presented March 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m. at Eastwood High School.

All seats are reserved and are $10. Call 419-833-3611 for advance tickets or purchase them at the door.

“The Music Man”
Lake High School will present its spring musical, “The Music Man” March 21, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m.

The much-loved musical follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. Hill’s plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by the curtain’s fall.

Tickets will be available at the door, and will cost $5 for students 18 and under and seniors 60 and over, and $7 for all other adults.

To reserve tickets or for more information, call 419-661-3000, ext. 3832 or visit

“Annie Get Your Gun”
Northwood High School students will present, “Annie Get Your Gun” March 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call Annette Slater at 419-691-4651 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Snow fun reminder
With winter weather making a return, Metroparks Toledo offers a reminder that Pearson Park stays open until 9 p.m. weeknights when conditions are right for sledding on the park’s lighted sledding hill.

Golden Eagle Café open
The Golden Eagle Café at Clay High School is now open for lunch Tuesdays and Thursdays through May, except March 5 and 29. Lunch will be available from 11:20 a.m.-12:50 p.m. (Hours April 16 are noon-1 p.m.).

Reservations and pre-orders are required, to enable students to plan a successful lunch service. Food is promised to be served 10 minutes after ordering or it’s free.

A set banquet-style menu will be offered on Tuesdays, with seats reserved for a noon service. Pre-orders chosen from menu will be offered for dining in or carryout on Thursdays. For menu information or to make reservations, call the Golden Eagle Café at 419-693-0665, ext. 2162.

Photography class
The Hayes Presidential Center is offering a “Photos & Genealogy” class to help 21st-century amateur photographers manage their hobby.

The class will be offered March 9 from 9 a.m.-noon in the Hayes Library. The Center’s Head of Photographic Resources Gilbert Gonzalez will lead the class, which is sponsored by RootsMagic Inc.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students through high school. Pre-registration, is required. Call 419-332-2081, ext. 231 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information. Visit for a complete list of year-round special events.

Teddy Bear Care Fair
On Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Toledo Zoo will celebrate animal care in all its forms at a Teddy Bear Care Fair.

Children can bring their favorite teddy bear or other stuffed pal to Nature’s Neighborhood where they will receive an examination, and perhaps a few small repairs, from a teddy bear care specialist.

Visitors can also hear from the people who care for the Zoo’s animals, or visit the Toledo Area Humane Society’s adoption station, set up for the day in the Museum of Science.

Visit for more information, including a complete schedule of events throughout the day. Online admission discounts, for use through March 22, are available at

Chili cook-off
Mobile Meals of Toledo, Inc. will hold the 21st Annual Great Chili Cook-Off Saturday, March 23 from noon-4 p.m. at Stranahan Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd.

Competition categories include Media; Restaurant; Amateur and Corporate. Awards are announced beginning at 3 p.m. Area chefs and food specialists will select the winners. A People’s Choice winner will be selected by those attending.

The event is open to the public and features the Black Swamp Cruisers’ Classic Car Show, entertainment from Glass City Sounds DJ, Salsa Tasting and concessions.

All proceeds benefit Mobile Meals of Toledo, a community service agency that helps clients sustain independence and enhances quality of life by delivering nutritious food.

Toy & Train Show
The Greater Toledo Train & Toy Show sponsored by Toledo Toymasters will be held Sunday, March 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Premier Complex, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo.

Admission is $6 or $8 for “early birds,” (9-11 a.m.). Children 12 and younger will be admitted free with a paid adult admission.

The event, which will be a “family fun day for all,” will include more than 250 dealers, free appraisals, repair services, parts for sale and:

• A 150,000-piece operating LEGO Big City layout presented by the Michigan Lego Club.

• The Tiedtke’s Department Store American Flyer antique operating train display.

• A rare, operating 1949 Lionel Toy Train Store Display featuring original, antique post-war toy trains.

• Exhibitors with a variety of operating toy displays.

• Free rides for youngsters 4 and younger on “Thomas” riding trains.

For more information, visit  

Spring Shop Hop
Eight merchants in seven area communities will be participating in a Spring Shop Hop April 5 and 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Participating shops will include Thyme for All Seasons in Curtice; Novelties & Nostalgia in Woodville; Simple Gatherings in Elmore; Beeker’s General Store in Pemberville; Summer Kitchen in Helena; Primitive Cupboard in Oak Harbor and Country Cupboard in Gibsonburg.

Those who visit all the shops will be entered for a gift basket drawing.

For more information, call 419-707-3636 or 419-304-7381.

Trip planned
The East Toledo Activities Center, in conjunction with Diamond Tours, will host a trip to New York City Sept. 5-10.

The cost is $599 per person, double occupancy, which includes motorcoach transportation, five nights of lodging including three consecutive nights in New York, eight meals, guided tours of the city and more. A $75 deposit is due by April 22.

For more information, call 419-691-2254.

Tangled Up in Red: An Evening with Bob Dylan
Legendary musician and cultural icon Bob Dylan will perform at the Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center Sunday, April 21.

The Los Angeles-based folk-rock band Dawes opens the show at 6:30 p.m. Dylan takes the stage at 8 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. at the Stroh Center box office and at VIP tickets are $125 and are available exclusively through the Red Cross at 419-269-2573. Student tickets are $25 and available with a student ID at the Stroh Center box office.

All proceeds from Tangled up in RED: An Evening with Bob Dylan will benefit the programs and services of the American Red Cross Northwest Ohio Region including disaster preparedness, disaster relief and recovery assistance, support for military members and their families, health and safety training, and more.

2013-14 season announced
Theater League has announced the 2013-14 Broadway in Toledo Series Live! Lineup at the Stranahan Theater.

The performance schedule will include “Hello Dolly” Oct. 24-27; “War Horse,” Dec. 3-8; “Rock of Ages,” Feb. 6-9, 2014; “Million Dollar Quartet,” March 20-23, 2014 and “West Side Story,” May 1-4, 2014.

Season memberships start at $115 (one ticket for all five shows). New season members can call 419-381-8851 and renewing season ticket members can guarantee their seats prior to March 11.

More information is available at

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