Birders flocking to Biggest Week in American Birding
It’s truly something to warble about – the Biggest Week in American Birding celebration will draw birding enthusiasts from near and far to the area May 3-12.
In addition, special celebrations are planned for Mom, and plan to attend the annual Oregon Fest, which is set for May 19.
• Through May 31: “Spring Warblers of Eastern North America,” photography exhibit by Brian Zweibel, Sportsman’s Migratory Bird Center, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Presented by the National Center for Nature Photography. Free. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
|Piccadilly Circus will bring its all new Blammo! Show,
complete with acrobats, ponies, camels, clowns and
much more-to the Lucas County Rec Center in Maumee
on May 9 and the Stroh Center inBowling Green
on May 10.
• Through July 14: “Crossing Cultures: The Owens and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art,” Canaday Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art. More than 120 works of indigenous art from Australia in the collection of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through Oct. 7: “The War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier” on exhibit, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. In commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Hayes Museum presents an exclusive exhibit detailing how Northwest Ohio was pivotal in turning the War of 1812 from a defeat to victory. Artifacts and manuscripts from the Hayes Presidential Center Collections, area museums and historical societies and the private collection of Lou Schultz are featured. 419-332-2081 or www.rbhayes.org.
• Sculpture in the Village, Williams Park, SR 300, Main Street, Gibsonburg. A walkway path of more than 20 sculptures designed by various artists
• May 1-July 21: “Prints by Twenty-Five Australian Artists: The Bicentennial Folio,” Gallery 18 & Director’s Conference Room, Toledo Museum of Art. The multicultural nature of Australian society is reflected in this compendium of prints, on loan from a private collector, which was commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and issued in 1988 to mark the 200-year anniversary of the country’s settlement. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Hike the Dikes, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, May 4, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and a date in October TBA. Meet at the Migratory Bird Center for the approximately 90-minute walks. Attend three hikes and earn a hickory walking stick. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
• Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 15: Live Harness Racing Raceway Park, 5700 Telegraph Rd., Toledo. 419-476-7751 or www.racewayparktoledo.com.
May 3-12: The Biggest Week in American Birding, Magee Marsh/Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (SR 2, Oak Harbor) plus the Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center (State Park Rd., Oregon), Black Swamp Bird Observatory (SR 2, Oak Harbor). Visit the Warbler Capital of the World during the peak of spring migration. Activities include viewing warblers and other migrants, guided bird walks and bus tours, bird identification workshops, and much more. 419-898-4070 or http://biggestweekinamericanbirding.com.
May 3-5: Ottawa Co. Fairgrounds Arena Fundraiser, Ottawa Co. Fairgrounds, Oak Harbor. A three-day event featuring a chili cook-off, Open Speed Exhibition, a Sunday Pleasure Show, and music by Kelsey K. and the Buffalo Ridge Band. www.ottawaarenafund.com.
May 3-5: First Siege 1813, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. U.S. and British soldiers as well as Woodland Indians recreate historic 1813 battles at Fort Meigs. www.fortmeigs.org.
May 3, 10, 19, 24 and 31: Auto Racing, ARCA/Toledo Speedway, 5639 Benore Rd., Toledo,. www.toledospeedway.com.
May 4: National Train Day Toledo, Toledo Amtrak Station/Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, 415 Emerald Ave/300 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Toledo, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 419-244-2730.
May 4: The Gospel Harmony Boys take the stage in the final Live! In the House concert series performance at the Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10/per person. www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.
May 5: Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate the Mexican culture with activities and live performances. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 5: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Charlotte Knights, Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo, 2 p.m. www.mudhens.com.
May 5: Carrie Underwood in Concert, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7:30 p.m. www.ticketmaster.com.
May 6-9: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Rochester Red Wings, Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo. www.mudhens.com.
May 7: Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney Series, Toledo-Lucas Co. Public Library, 325 Michigan St., Toledo, 7¬ p.m. Free admission and parking. 419-259-5200 or www.toledolibrary.org.
May 8: Authors! Authors! Series: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, 7-9:30 p.m. 419-381-8851 or www.toledolibrary.org.
May 8, 15 and 22: Jazz on the Maumee, Best Western Premier Grand Plaza, 444 N. Summit St., Toledo, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Presented by the Art Tatum Jazz Society. Cash bar and specially-priced drinks. $15/adults, $5 students/ $10/members.
May 9-12: “The Momologues,” Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St., Toledo. Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. 419-243-9277 or www.toledorep.org.
May 9: Piccadilly Circus, Lucas Co. Rec Center, 1406 Key St., Maumee. Showtimes at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. A magical place of fun where families laugh, gasp, eat cotton candy and make memories for a lifetime. 877-373-0477 or www.TheFunCircus.com.
May 10-12: Spring Plant Sale, Toledo Botanical Garden, Elmer Dr., Toledo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring local plants, live entertainment, refreshments and more. www.toledogarden.org.
May 10: Piccadilly Circus, Stroh Center, 1535 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green. Showtimes at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. A magical place of fun where families laugh, gasp, eat cotton candy and make memories for a lifetime. 877-373-0477 or www.TheFunCircus.com.
May 10: Vineyard Adventure Wine Tasting: Animal Names, Toledo Zoo, Africa! Overlook, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy a delectable mix of wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, live music and socializing. 419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 10-24 (Fridays): “Impossible Marriage,” The Village Players Theatre, 2740 Upton Ave., Toledo, 8-10:30 p.m. 419-472-6817 www.thevillageplayers.org.
May 11: International Migratory Bird Day, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. A fun-filled day of activities related to songbird migration, including bird-banding, guided walks, food and optics tents, carvers and live raptors. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
May 11: Spring on the Farm, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Experience life in rural Ohio more than 100 year ago. www.saudervillage.org.
May 11: Around the World in a Day, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Celebrate cultures from around the world with live entertainment and several activities. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 11: Community Day & Meet the Artists Event, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River S. Rd., Elmore, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. www.schedel-gardens.org.
May 11-12: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson and North, Fremont, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Indoor and outdoor vendors, rain or shine. Free admission and parking.
May 11: 2013 Toledo Heart Walk, Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo. Gates open for registration/donations at 8 a.m. Info: 419-740-6181 or www.Heartwalk.kintera.org/toledooh.
May 11: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk, Town Center at Levis Commons, 3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. Info: 419-931-8888 or http://makingstrides.acsevents.org.
May 11: Cedar Point Opening Day, Cedar Point, Sandusky. www.cedarpoint.com.
May 12: Mother’s Day Celebration & Brunch, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Moms get in free when kids bring them to the zoo. For brunch reservations, call 419-385-5721, ext. 6001.
May 12: Mother’s Day Comedy Celebration, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, 7:30 p.m. Featuring Michael Blackson, Luenell, Red Grant, and Rodney Perry (artists subject to change). Mature audiences. 419-381-8851 or www.stranahantheater.com.
May 12: Moms Get in Free on Mother’s Day, Imagination Station, One Discovery Way, Toledo. www.imaginationstationtoledo.org.
May 12: Mother’s Day Treat, Schedel Gardens & Arboretum, 19255 W. Portage River S. Rd., Elmore. Admission is free for all mothers from 12-3 p.m. The gardens will be open until 4 p.m. 419-862-3182. www.schedelgardens.org.
May 14-17: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Scranton W/B Yankees, Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo. 419-725-HENS or www.toledomudhens.com.
May 17-18: Drums at the Rapids, Miniature War Gaming Conference, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. www.fortmeigs.org.
May 18: Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. A competitive 5K run, non-competitive 5K walk and a fun 1K run for kids. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 18: 2nd Annual Arts & Music Festival, Front Street, downtown Fremont. Featuring artwork from local schools, live music, an Art Walk, performing arts and food.
May 19: 18th Annual Oregon Fest, noon-6 p.m. Dustin Road, Oregon. This year’s theme “Plowing into Summer.” Parade (4 p.m.), living history exhibit, entertainment, classic car show, arts & crafts, health screenings, Civil War re-enactors, music and more. www.oregonfest.net.
May 18: Antique & Classic Car/Truck Show, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. lymevillage.com.
May 18: Searching Your Ohio Roots, Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 9:30 a.m. $10/adults, $5/students. Hayes Presidential Center Head Librarian Becky Hill will concentrate on Ohio resources for tracking down family in the Buckeye state. Pre-registration required. www.rbhayes.org.
May 18: Antique Car Gathering, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. More than 100 antique cars on display. 800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.
May 18-21: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Syracuse Chiefs, Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo. 419-725-HENS or www.mudhens.com.
May 18: Take Me Boating Toledo, Maritime Academy of Toledo, 803 Water St., Toledo. A family fun event that includes a kayaking safety demonstration, life jacket education, flare demonstration, boat/nautical displays, kids’ activities, refreshments and more. Free and open to the public. www.SafeBoatingCampaign.com.
May 19: Ride with a Ranger, 1-3 p.m. Meet at Pearson Metropark, parking lot 3, to ride the park bike trail. Take a side trip on the Oregon bikeway through Pearson North, the Oregon Recreation Complex and the Clay High School Campus. Part of TMACOG’s National Bike Month observance.
May 23: Basic Bonsai Care, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River S. Rd., Elmore, 11 a.m. $12. Learn basic bonsai history and care. Reservations required. 419-862-3182 or schedel-gardens.org.
May 23-27: 3rd Annual Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival, Water Works Park, Port Clinton. An array of free live concerts, kids’ fishing derby, parade, educational programs and activities, food and more. Walleyefestival.com.
May 24: School Bus Night of Destruction, ARCA/Toledo Speedway, 5639 Benore Rd., Toledo, 7:30-10:30 p.m. 419-727-1100 or www.toledospeedway.com.
May 24: Silver Screen Classics: “The Breakfast Club,” Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo, 7:30 p.m. Full bar and $2 popcorn. General admission; reservations suggested. 419-242-2787 or www.valentinetheatre.com.
May 25: Memorial Day Parade, downtown Toledo, 10 a.m.-noon. Memorial service 11:30 a.m.-noon. Parade route starts on N. Summit Street at Jefferson Street, N. Summit Street to left on Jackson Street ending at Michigan Street.
May 25-27: 24th Flower Day Weekend, Toledo Farmer’s Market, 525 Market St. (adjacent to the Erie Street Market), Toledo, rain or shine. A Toledo Memorial Day Weekend tradition and a kickoff to the 180th Farmer’s Market season. Farmers will be on hand Saturday and Monday for “Market Days,” selling baked goods, produce, eggs, poultry, beef, yard art, crafts and, of course, flowers. On Sunday, “Flower Day,” more than 60 vendors will be selling their best plants, yard art, plant accessories and crafts. 419-936-ERIE or www.toledofarmersmarket.com.
May 26: Grand Opening Celebration of Wild Walkabout presented by Mercy, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Enjoy the festivities as the zoo celebrates the arrival of several Australian animals throughout the zoo. 419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 26: Canoe Odyssey - Park to Park. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Sandusky County Park District Office, 1970 Countryside Place, Fremont. Enjoy following a “water trail” from Decoy Marsh to Muddy Creek Reserve. The district provides canoes and lifejackets. Pack a snack. Travel with Tom Kashmer on Green Creek to the mouth of Sandusky River, through Muddy Creek Bay to Muddy Creek. Canoe experience required, allow five hours for the trip. Register by phone at 1-888-200-5577.
May 26: White Star Swim Beach Opens, Gibsonburg. Hours (weather permitting) are noon-8 p.m. on the following dates: May 25-27; June 1-2; June 8-Aug. 18 daily; Aug. 24-25; Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Info: www.LoveMyParks.com.
May 27: Memorial Day Commemoration, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. Join the staff and volunteers of Fort Meigs in honoring our nation's fallen heroes. www.fortmeigs.org.
May 31-June 1: Genoa Homecoming, downtown Genoa. Residents, former residents and visitors are invited to enjoy a parade, carnival rides, musical entertainment, beer tent, 5K run/walk, fireworks and much more. www.genoaohio.org.
May 31-June 3: Toledo Mud Hens Baseball vs. Louisville Bats, Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo. 419-725-HENS, www.mudhens.com.
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