A free Community Day and Meet the Artists event will be held Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore.
The event will include fun activities for the whole family. In addition to several different displays on gardening, there will be face painting, a bonsai demonstration, worm composting, seed planting, a wool spinning demonstration, a butterfly and insect display and a perennial plant sale.
|Visitors to the Community Day and Meet the Artist Day at
Schedel Arboretum and Gardens May 11 can enjoy the
scenery, watch area artists demonstrating their creativity
and shop for unique Mother's Day and other gift items.
A number of the artist vendors in the Garden Argosy Gift Shop on the grounds will also be on hand, including Jan Pugh, of Packer Creek Pottery in Genoa, who will demonstrate how she creates her colorful majolica ceramics.
Visitors may shop for unique handcrafted Mother’s Day gifts, including painted bird and butterfly houses, origami, bird feeders, jewelry, handmade purses and steel art works.
For more information, call 419-862-3182 or www.schedel-gardens.org.
The Genoa Civic Theatre and Literary society will present “Godspell,” with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz May 3-5 and 10-12 at the Historic Town Hall Opera House, 509-1/2 Main St, Genoa. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
The nationally known show includes a string of recognizable songs, including the international hit, ”Day By Day.”
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. To reserve tickets, call 419-855-3103.
Walters Family Walk/Run
The 3rd Annual Walters’ Family 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, June, 8, at 8 a.m.
The race, dedicated to the seven community members who lost their lives as a result of the June 5, 2010 tornado, will begin and end at the Ayers Road Fire Station, 1911 Ayers Rd., Millbury. Proceeds raised will benefit the Ryan, Mary, and Hayden Walters Scholarship Fund at Owens Community College.
Race organizers encourage families, running clubs, schools and community members to participate in event. Entry forms are available at Second Sole in Levis Commons, Perrysburg, and Calvary Lutheran Church or on race day at the Ayers Road Fire Station.
The entry fee is $20 with tech shirt sizes S, M, L; $22 for tech shirt size XL or $15 with no shirt. Participants can also register on race day for $20, with no shirt. Race entries must be postmarked by May 11.
Send entry forms to Walters Family 5K, c/o Mark Beck, 2219 Pheasant Dr., Northwood, OH 43619-2801. Checks should be made payable to: “Walters’ Family 5K.”
For more information, contact Mark Beck at 419-367-1917 or email@example.com.
Cinco de Mayo celebration
On Sunday, May 5, the Toledo Zoo will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with music, dance and all-day fun.
Events, which are free with regular zoo admission, run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the zoo’s Main Plaza. In case of rain, the activities and performances move indoors to the Museum of Science. The schedule includes:
• 11 a.m.-noon–DJ Tony Rios
• Noon-1 p.m.–El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico Dance Group
• 1 p.m.– Kids can take a swing at a piñata filled with tasty treats
• 1-2 p.m.– DJ Tony Rios
• 2-3 p.m.– El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico Dance Group
Follow the festivities at toledozoo.org/cinco.
Tuning up for Food
Tuning up for Food will present a pair of live music concerts and food pantry drives to benefit the Sandusky County Food Pantry, May 11 and 12 at the Log Cabin Stage at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont.
On Saturday, May 11 from 1-4 p.m., Samantha Kuns, Gabriel & The Grove and Alissa Barnard will take the stage. A special Mother’s Day Tribute will be held Sunday, May 12 from 1-4 p.m. The concert will feature 2011 Fremont’s Got Talent winner Lori Willey, along with the Christian Kaser Band and The Connor Rose Show.
Parking and admission is free, however, those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the food pantry. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
For more information, call 419-307-3123 or visit Tuning Up for Food Concerts on Facebook.
Wild fun for mom
Despite how very hard moms work, they like to have fun, too. This year, on Sunday, May 12, celebrate your marvelous mom with a day at your Toledo Zoo.
On Mother’s Day, all moms receive free zoo admission when accompanied by one or more child. Free flowers (while supplies last) and activities will be available in Nature’s Neighborhood from noon-3 p.m. Plus, there’s all the fun the Zoo has to offer – including some marvelous animal moms, from Crystal the polar bear and Renee the African elephant to Fanta and Fresca the ring-tailed lemurs. The Mother’s Day Celebration is sponsored by Meijer.
In addition, the zoo hosts a full-service Mother’s Day brunch in the Nairobi Pavilion, near the Africa! exhibit. Times, prices and menu details are available at toledozoo.org. Pre-paid reservations only. Reserve a place by calling 419-385-5721, ext. 6001.
The Toledo Zoo is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo. For more information, visit toledozoo.org or call 419-385-4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.
The Piccadilly Circus will roll into the Lucas County Rec Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee on Thursday, May 9. The next day, on May 10, the Circus will be at the Stroh Center, 1535 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green.
Two shows – 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. – will be offered at both locations.
The all-new show, “Blammo!” will include Cossack Warriors on horseback, Motorcycle Nitro Cowboys in the Globe of Death, camels and zebras performing with ponies, clowns and comedy acts and much more.
Special buy-one-get-one-free adult tickets are available online at www.TheFunCircus.com. Piccadilly Circus is a production of Ice Capades.
The Oak Harbor High School Vocal Music Department will present a Spring Pops Concert entitled “From Broadway to the Big Screen and Back Again” Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
The concert will feature the OHHS Eighth-Grade Choir, Women's Choir, Men’s Chorus, 3rd Inversion Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Mixed Choir and several soloists and small groups.
BCS Music Boosters will host a BBQ chicken dinner and silent auction following the concert from 4:30-6:30 in the high school cafeteria.
In addition, the Vocal Music Department will hold their semi-annual Garage Sale in the high school cafeteria Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m.-1: p.m. All proceeds will help the choir students as they raise funds for their trip to New York City in November.
Free music downloads
The Harris-Elmore Public Library has joined the Library Ideas network of public libraries that offer access to more than 3 million songs.
Every week, each cardholder of the Harris-Elmore or the Genoa branch library may download three Freelegal Music tracks in the MP3 format at no charge.
Users can download to any MP3 player, including iPods. To access the service, click on the “Freelegal” link on the library homepage, harriselmorelibrary.org. Cardholders may browse for tracks by title or artist, and can download after entering a library card and PIN number.
On Saturday, May 18, the Port Clinton Artists’ Club will offer a class with renowned watercolorist Charles Rowland at the Sutton Center, 1854 Perry St., Port Clinton.
“Charles is an excellent instructor and always comes prepared to teach something new,” said Kathie Widing, program chair. The cost is $45. For more information, call Kathie Widing at 419-341-0817. More information about membership is available at www.portclintonartistsclub.com or on Facebook.
For a walk on the wild side, take a Vineyard Adventure after hours at the Toledo Zoo on Friday, May 10 from 7- 9 p.m.
Visitors will enjoy gourmet wines that feature animal names at the Africa! Overlook. The evening will also include tasty hors d’oeuvres and mingling, plus the sweet sounds of sisters and singers Brynn & Emma, recent Toledo Battle of the Bands winners and popular zoo entertainers. If the weather offers “liquid sunshine,” the festivities will move indoors in the Nairobi Pavilion, in the Africa! exhibit and next to the Overlook.
Admission is open to those 21 and older. Tickets are $35 for zoo members and $40 for non-members. Reserve a space by calling 419-385-5721, ext. 6001 by 3 p.m. on May 9. Online reservations are also available at toledozoo.org/vineyards. The next Vineyard Adventure, which will celebrate the wines of Australia, will be held June 7.
Dart Frog Dash 5K Run/Walk
Registration for the Toledo Zoo’s Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash, which will be held Saturday, May 18, is now open.
The 5K run/walk, certified by USA Track and Field (USATF) starts at 8:30 a.m. The 5K run is chip-timed, with award categories for men and women in several age groups; the 5K walk is non-competitive and does not include awards. The course winds through the zoo’s grounds (before public hours), as well as the residential streets around the zoo.
The event also features a popular 1K Kids’ Fun Run, which is open to kids age 12 and younger. All finishes are recognized.
Participants who preregister by May 12 will receive a t-shirt. Snacks, fruit, sports drinks and water will be provided beyond the finish line in the zoo’s Main Plaza; one water station will be provided on the 5K course.
Race packets (for participants registered by May 12) will be available at Dave’s Running Shop in Starlite Plaza, Sylvania, on Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16 from 3-8 p.m. Late registration is available at Dave’s (no t-shirt provided). For more information, visit toledozoo.org/dartfrog.
New photography exhibits to open
Four new exhibits open this weekend through Sept. 1 at the National Center for Nature Photography in Secor Metropark, 10001 W. Central Ave., Berkey.
The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Exhibits include:
• A traveling exhibit featuring 40 of the winning photographs from the 2012 International Conservation Photography Awards.
• A new, original exhibit by Art Weber highlighting the significance of the local wet sand prairie habit.
• Photos by Dr. Tyler Nordgren, the National Parks Night Sky Ambassador, documenting the night sky through stunning, award-winning photographs taken during his travels across the United States.
• And images of spiders found in the Oak Openings region by spider expert Dr. Richard Bradley of The Ohio State University.
Lithophanes on display
The world’s largest collection of lithophanes will be available for viewing May 4 through Oct. 27 at the Blair Museum of Lithophanes, located in the Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo.
Lithophanes are three-dimensional translucent porcelain plaques which, when backlit, reveal detailed images. The Blair museum features porcelain treasures from all around the world brought to Toledo by founder Laurel Blair.
The museum is open weekends from 1-4 p.m., as well as during special TBG events. For more information, visit www.lithophanemuseum.org or the museum’s Facebook page.
The Voices of Harmony will present an a cappella harmony show, “I’m Gonna Miss Her,” May 25 at 7 p.m. in the Maumee Performing Arts Center, 1147 Saco St Maumee.
The Voices of Harmony Quartet, part of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will welcome special guests The Jones Boys from Columbus, and Northwest Ohio’s own Blueshift college quartet (2013 International College Quartet Contest qualifiers).
The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s list of Most-Requested books includes:
• “12th of Never,” by James Patterson, author Maxine Paetro
• “Six Years,” by Harlan Cohen
• “Starting Now: A Blossom Street Novel,” by Debbie Macomber
• “The Hit,” by David Baldacci
• “Whiskey Beach,” by Nora Roberts,
• “The Burgess Boys,” by Elizabeth Strout
• “A Week in Winter,” by Maeve Binchy
• “Daddy’s Gone a Hunting,” by Mary Higgins Clark
• “The Storyteller,” by Jodi Picoult
• “Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel,” by Charlaine Harris
Otter Pups on exhibit
A pair of twin spotted-necked otter pups is now on exhibit with their parents at the Toledo Zoo. The pups – one male and one female -- were born in October 2012, and spent much of the winter growing and bonding with their parents in heated quarters off-exhibit at Tembo Trail.
Nationwide, only nine zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) exhibit spotted-necked otters; this is one of the only births in the last three to four years at these zoos.
In Africa, spotted-necked otters live in clean, unsilted freshwater habitats where prey (fish) is abundant; they rarely venture more than 30 feet from the water’s edge. While their webbed paws make land travel look awkward, they are some of the strongest swimmers in the otter species.
African spotted-necked otters are common or fairly common in ideal habitat, but their populations are declining. Their biggest threat is loss of habitat through increased agricultural activity, as well as contamination of the waterways they depend upon for survival.
For more information, visit www.toledozoo.org.