Concert series welcomes “Pianist to the Royal Family”
“The Live in The House Concert Series” will present Warren Mailley-Smith, one of Britain’s leading concert pianists, Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Pemberville Opera House.
Critics laud Mailley-Smith as a rare exceptional talent who turns out to be utterly charming and down-to-earth, with a gentle, self-depreciating sense of humor. Combined with his formidable technical skill and mature musicality, these attributes have made him a favorite of audiences world-wide.
Mailley-Smith studied at the Royal College of Music where he won numerous post-graduate prizes. He has made his solo debuts to critical acclaim at Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2011, he made his much-anticipated debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of “Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto.”
The artist has also received more than 30 invitations to perform for the British Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, Highgrove House and Sandringham House.
Mailley-Smith has recorded six CDs and a Live in concert DVD. Learn more about him at www.warrenmailley-smith.com.
Tickets for the performance are $10 and are available at the door or in advance at Beeker’s General Store and Riverbank Antiques in Pemberville or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848. For more information, visit www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.
Hayes Egg Roll
Children as young as 3 can participate in the Hayes Presidential Center’s 2013 Hayes Easter Egg Roll Saturday, March 3 from 2-3:30 p.m. The center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont.
This family activity re-creates a White House tradition begun by 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes, who, in 1878, opened the White House lawn for use by neighborhood children after Congress enacted a law forbidding youngsters from playing on the grounds of the Capitol.
The Hayes Easter Egg Roll is open to children ages 3-10. Admission is free, however, each participant is asked to bring three colored, hard-boiled eggs for use in the egg-rolling games.
Participants also can enjoy an Easter parade led by the Easter Bunny, storytelling, face painting, corn-hole games, and an egg-decorating contest. The latter requires that children bring a fourth hard boiled and decorated egg. Judges award prizes in each age category.
In the event of inclement weather, the egg-rolling events will be canceled. However, other activities will be conducted indoors.
Visit www.rbhayes.org for more information.
Fundraisers planned to Benefit Vail Meadows
A number of community fundraisers are being planned to benefit Vail Meadows after the therapeutic riding center’s original barn was destroyed and 10 horses were lost in a recent fire.
Events planned include:
• Icons Eatery & Entertainment, 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon, will host a benefit spaghetti dinner Saturday, March 30 from 5-9 p.m. The donation is $6 for adults and $3 for children.
• Toledo Police “Fallen Hero Harley” benefit taco dinner will be held Tuesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at Patrolmen’s Hall, 1947 Franklin Ave. Toledo.
• Vail Meadows benefit Speed Show/ Barrel Race will be held Sunday, April 28 at Vail Meadows. The expo will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the show at 2 p.m.
• A golf scramble is being planned for May 18 at Eagle’s Landing Golf Course in Oregon.
• Run for the Meadows 5K will be held May 25 at the Millbury Fire Hall. Visit www.runforthemeadows.com for more information.
Donation opportunities and fundraising information will be posted at the center’s website at www.vailmeadows.com and on their Facebook page.
Wine & War
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stephenson. The Fort Stephenson Bicentennial Commission is proud to present Wayne State College Professor and renowned 1812 author Donald R. Hickey on Friday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hayes Presidential Center for “An Evening of Wine and War.”
Hickey, called the “dean of 1812 scholarship” by The New Yorker, will be presenting “Ten Things You Should Know about the War of 1812 in the West (But Probably Don’t)”
The event will include appetizers, a chance to visit the War of 1812 Exhibit at the Hayes Center and a meet-and-greet with Hickey prior to the event. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10, which includes an appetizer bar. A cash wine bar featuring Ohio wines will be available as well. For ticket information, call the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 419-332-4470.
If walls could talk
You probably have heard the expression, “If these walls could only talk.” The Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont can help give voice to the walls of your home with its class. “Tracing Your House’s History,” offered April 6 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Hayes Museum.
Head Librarian and veteran genealogist Becky Hill will lead the class, sponsored by RootsMagic Inc. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 students through high school. Call 419-332-2081, ext. 231, or email
for information or to register.
Hill will explain how to use printed resources and online sources to get to the root of a home’s past. Among the reference materials Hill highlights are deeds, Sanborn Maps, city directories, and tax records. Attendees also will be introduced to the wide array of resources available in the Hayes Research Library.
The class is one of a series of 11 “Learning about the Past” classes that will be offered by the Hayes Center this year. For a full list of remaining classes, dates, and times visit www.rbhayes.org.
Fundraiser for Baby Ellie
A community fundraiser to benefit Baby Ellie Carnicom will be held Wednesday, April 10 from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Bob Evans at 10770 Fremont Pike in Perrysburg.
Ellie was born premature to Nikki and Jesse Carnicom of Oregon and will need to be hospitalized for months. Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of sales to anyone who brings in the ad in this week’s Press. Donations may be made at any Huntington Bank.
A call for poets
The Harris-Elmore Public Library will sponsor its seventh annual Teen Poetry Contest during the month of April.
The contest is open to students in grades seven to 12. Prizes of $25 gift certificates to a local book store will be awarded in the categories of male and female humorous and serious poems.
The library is also sponsoring a poetry contest for adults. Poems should be comprised of book, CD or movie titles. Participants may use the catalog to find titles. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate.
Poems should be typed on one side, but may be more than one page in length and must be submitted to the library, located at 602 West St., by April 30. There is a limit of five poems per person in each category.
St. Boniface Catholic School will host the annual Spring Fling Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the school gymnasium at 215 Oak St., Oak Harbor.
Advance tickets are $25 per person, or a table for 10 for $200. Adult beverages and sodas will be available. Dinner will include a dinner of chicken and/or ham, green beans, cheesy potatoes, rolls and apple pie.
There will also be a live DJ, silent and live auctions of handmade treasures by each class, raffles, a $500 “Gas for Cash Bonanza” drawing and a chance to be a contestant on “Let’s Make a Deal.”
To reserve tickets, contact Sandy at 419-732-1728 or email
Sr. center plans trips
The East Toledo Senior Activities Center, in conjunction with Diamond Tours, will host a trip to New Orleans June 23-29.
The cost is $615 per person, based on double occupancy. The cost includes motor coach transportation, six nights lodging including four consecutive nights in New Orleans, 10 meals, a swamp tour, a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River, time in the historic French Quarter, a visit to the historic National World War II Museum and more. A deposit of $75 is due as soon as possible.
The center is also sponsoring a tour to New York City Sept. 5-10. The price of $599 includes motor coach transportation, five nights lodging, eight meals, two guided tours of New York City and more. A $75 deposit is required by April 22.
For more information, call 419-691-2254.
Hysterical comedy will fill the Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre as Owens Community presents “Noises Off” “Noises Off” April 12-13 and 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances will be staged April 14 and 21 at 3 p.m.
Written by Michael Frayn, “Noises Off” tells the story of the backstage and onstage antics of a group of theatre performers attempting to present the production “Nothing On.” An unending number of theatrical blunders and hysterical personal adventures serve as the focal point to the chaotic tale.
The cast is comprised of Owens students and community members under the direction of Jeremy Meier. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $8 for Owens students and employees. All seats are general admission.
To purchase tickets, visit www.owens.edu/arts. For more information, call the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2787.
Teen theater auditions
Fremont Teen Theater has announced “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” as their annual summer production, which will be staged in late June.
Auditions for students age 13 to 19 will be held on Sunday, May 5 and Monday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Fremont Community Theater, 1562 Dickinson St., behind Vanguard Vocational School. Applicants will be required to prepare 16 bars of a musical theater vocal selection.
The 1949 Tony Award-winning musical set in the Roaring Twenties, follows the madcap adventures of gold-digging flapper Lorelei Lee and her chaperone, Dorothy Shaw, as they travel on the Ile de France cruise ship looking for benefactors.
The production will be directed by Rossford High School assistant theater director Ryan Mahaffey. For more information, call 419-332-0695 or visit the theater online on Facebook.
Bird ID classes
Do you enjoy watching and feeding birds? Would you like to learn how to identify some of those birds?
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Bird Center will offer a pair of basic bird identification classes April 10 and 17. Both classes will run from 7-9 p.m. These classes will cover field marks, birding by habitat, bird songs and learning the warblers. Participants will receive educational ID guides and CDs. Classes are geared for beginning birders, but all are welcome to attend.
There is no cost to sign up for the class, however pre-registration is required. Class size is limited. To register or for more information, contact Mary at 419-898-0960, ext. 31 or email
Glass City Marathon signups
The annual Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon will be held April 28 and according to Race Director Clint McCormick, registrations are averaging about 75 to 100 per day.
“We have passed the 5,000 registrant mark, and expect about 1,500 more runners to register by race day,” McCormick said.
Considered one of the fastest marathon courses in the Midwest and one of the top 25 marathons in the country, the marathon begins and ends at the University of Toledo, winding through Old Orchard, Ottawa Hills and Sylvania Township neighborhoods before finishing in Glass Bowl Stadium. It features little elevation change, smooth roads, metropark running, a stadium finish and a great post-race party. The RRCA has designated this marathon as the Regional Championship race, and it is an excellent Boston qualifier.
The Owens Corning Half Marathon has sold out, and tickets are selling quickly for the five-person Marathon Relay, the 5K run and the Findley Davies Kids Marathon.
The event’s official charities include the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism, the Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, Kids Unlimited, Family House, Catholic Charities, Girls on the Run and Research Down Syndrome. Sponsors of the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon include Medical Mutual, Owens Corning, YARK Subaru, The University of Toledo, The Toledo Blade, WNWO-TV, Cumulus Broadcasting, The Andersons, Subway, Metroparks of Toledo, Dave's Running, Michelob Ultra, Findley Davies and Great Black Swamp Brewery.
For more information or to register, visit www.glasscitymarathon.org.
Terra State Arts Festival
Preparations are well underway for Terra State Community College’s annual “Celebration of the Arts” Festival, April 5-14.
Each spring, the college celebrates the fine, digital, performance, and culinary and literary arts with exhibits, presentations, performances and activities. This year includes special features such as the unveiling of a new monumental sculpture in Building D, collaborations with the Northcoast Arts Alliance in presenting a new regional Arts Showcase and Symposium, the annual recital and art show with Fremont City School’s art and music educators, and much more.
This year’s featured artist is Sayaka Ganz who was born in Yokohama, Japan and grew up in Japan, Brazil and Hong Kong. Currently she teaches design and drawing courses at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Using reclaimed plastic household objects as her materials, Ganz’s recent sculptures depict animals in motion with rich colors and energy. Her work will be displayed in Terra State’s Art Gallery throughout the festival, along with artwork by Terra State’s art faculty Daniel Chudzinski and Emily Sullivan. Ganz will present a lecture on her artwork during the Arts Showcase and Symposium on April 13.
For more information about the festival, call Lonnie Shuey at 419-559-2229.
Warren Mailley-Smith, one of Britain’s leading concert pianists, will perform April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Pemberville Opera House. (Photo by Ben Ealovega)