Octoberfest celebration planned in Gibsonburg
An Octoberfest celebration will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Gibsonburg.
The celebration will include crafts, games, food, a flea market, kids’ bounce house fun and more. Other highlights include a costume contest for kids and pets, hayrides (noon-4 p.m.), pony rides (1-4 p.m.) and a free candy scramble at 1:30 p.m.
Line-up for the Halloween Parade will begin at 11:45 a.m. at the Log Yard. No registration required.
All proceeds raised from the event will go toward new playground equipment at Williams Park. For more information, call Tammy Heminger at 419-463-7081 or Marsha Morelock at 419-637-2064.
Fall Harvest Sale
Students in Penta Career Center’s Floral Design & Greenhouse Production program and the Landscape & Turfgrass Management program are sponsoring a Fall Harvest Sale Thursday, Oct. 10 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The sale will take place inside and outside the Petal & Plants retail store near the greenhouse on the Penta campus, located at 9301 Buck Rd. in Perrysburg Township.
Pumpkins, corn stalks, mums, fall arrangements, Halloween and fall décor, gifts, trees, and shrubs will be available for purchase, along with homemade apple butter, which will be made on site.
For more information, call 419-661-6344.
The Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society will present a pair of Fall Teas Oct. 22 and 24 at noon at the Brandville Historic Complex, 1133 Grasser St., Oregon.
Tickets are $16. For reservations, call Bonnie at 419-696-0280.
Owens Community College students and faculty, along with community members will perform several different plays that have been written, cast and rehearsed in a 24-hour time period as the Center for Fine and Performing Arts serves as host to the sixth annual fall “Theatre Express” production.
The presentation will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. the center’s Studio Theatre, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg.
The production is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive around 7 p.m. due to limited seating.
Community members interested in taking part in the production need to register before Oct. 18. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2798.
Christian Gospel Concert
Dave Anderson and Roger Walck will be the featured performers at a free Christian Gospel Concert Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at First St. John Lutheran church, 2471 Seaman St., Toledo.
The concert is free and open to all ages, young and old. Anderson and Roger’s concerts include a mix of contemporary and traditional Christian music, hymns, gospel songs, praise and worship and children’s songs, to which audience members are invited to sing along.
A soup and salad dinner will precede the concert from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat. Visit www.SheperdsCanyonRetreat.org or call 800-783-3079 for more information about Shepherd’s Canyon.
Call 419-691-7222 for more information about the concert.
Back in Time
GBU will present a `50s and `60s dance Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7:30-11 p.m. at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon. Doors will open a 6 p.m.
Music will be provided by Bob Wurst. Burgers, hot dogs and fries will be available for purchase. Tickets are $12. A cash bar will be available.
For reservations or more information, call Mary Jean at 419-250-2335 or Evalyn at 419-836-8030.
Art in the Barn
Art in the Barn, a fundraiser for Serenity Farm Equestrian Center, will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the center, 21870 Lemoyne Rd., Luckey.
The event will include a live auction of one-of-a-kind pieces created by area artists; performing artists from Next Stage Studios and Clark Ausloos and grazing on light appetizers and desserts.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 through PayPal at www.serenityfarm.org or $15 at the door. All funds raised will go toward therapeutic riding activities at the center.
A free concert to honor America’s veterans will be presented by the Owens Community College Concert Band Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Theater on the Perrysburg campus.
The band will perform a variety of music, including a medley of Frank Sinatra hits, Broadway show tunes, marches and more. Veterans of the 555th Air Force Band, Ohio National Guard, will join the Owens band for the final four numbers of the program in a patriotic tribute to veterans.
Refreshments will be served after the concert in the theater lobby. The theater is handicapped-accessible. Ample parking is available directly across from the center.
For more information, call 567-661-7081.
African Safari Wildlife Park, which has been located in Port Clinton, since 1969, is offering Ottawa County residents the opportunity to visit for $4 during the month of October. A valid ID is required.
For more information, call 419-732-3606 or visit www.AfricanSafariWildlifePark.com.
The Toledo Jazz Orchestra will welcome back vocalist Mark Randisi, singing authentic Frank Sinatra arrangements, Saturday Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St, Toledo.
Randisi will perform the arrangements of three legendary writers - Quincy Jones, Nelson Riddle and Billy May ¬– three gentlemen who created many of Sinatra’s greatest arrangements, and also were bandleaders in their own right. The orchestra will add their own special flair to the concert by performing some of the original charts of music recorded by these three magnificent band leaders from their own recordings.
Tickets are $22-32 and are available at www.theToledoJazzOrchestra.org.
Largemouth Series tourney
The Great Lakes Largemouth Series Championship event will take place Oct. 12 and 13 at the West Harbor public boat launch, 1955 N.E. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton.
Boats will launch around 7 a.m. and weigh-in will start around 3 p.m. More info is available at www.greatlakeslargemouthseries.com/championship/.
Halloween Parade set
Area community groups are being sought to participate in the annual Rossford Halloween parade, which will be held Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.
This year's theme is “The Jungle.” Cash prizes will be awarded for best float and costumes, etc. that have a jungle theme. Groups may hand out promotional items, candy, etc. along the 1.3-mile parade route.
Casket race entries sought
The Elmore Historical Society will present the 9th Tombstone Derby Saturday, Oct. 26 at Depot Park.
Entries are being sought for the Motorized Casket Races. Entrants can use any kind of vehicle, including go-karts, golf carts, four-wheeler, with a body modified to resemble a casket. Vehicles should be decorated with a Halloween theme if possible.
Vehicles must have working brakes. Racing speeds must not to exceed 25 mph. The race will be run like a “Poker Run” with participants receiving a card with each lap completed. The winner will receive 100 percent of the total entry money plus a trophy.
All vehicles must register to participate. There is a $20 entry fee to race. For more information, visit http://www.elmorehs.tripod.com/.
Lions and tigers and bears
The Erie Shores Council, Boy Scouts of America, will host a Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 26 from 5:30-9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 from 2-4:30 p.m. at Camp Miakonda, 5600 West Sylvania Ave. between Corey and Holland-Sylvania roads.
Children 12 years of age and under are invited to bring their families to the Halloween Party, which will include trick-or-treating, a haunted hayride, a haunted fort, haunted cabins, games and concessions.
The cost is $7, with children 2 and under admitted free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes are encouraged. Trick or treat bags and a patch are included in the cost and will be passed out at check-in.
For more information, call Jennifer Medley at 419-241-7293 or visit www.erieshorescouncil.org for directions and more information.
Toledo Zoo lauded
The Toledo Zoo, along with the Bronx Zoo, has been honored by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for Significant Achievement in International Conservation for the facilities’ “Kihansi Spray Toad: A Cooperative Venture to Re-Establish an Extinct-in-the-Wild Species” program.
The International Conservation Award recognizes exceptional efforts toward regional habitat preservation, species restoration for an animal declared extinct in nature, and support of biodiversity in the wild.
“The Bronx Zoo and Toledo Zoo are proven leaders in international wildlife conservation,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “While all AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums make conservation a top priority, this award brings well-deserved recognition to the Bronx Zoo and Toledo Zoo for making a positive impact on the future of this species.”
The Kihansi spray toad was only discovered in 1996. Endemic to the spray zone of the Kihansi Falls, Tanzania, it has a global range of less than two hectares. When the species began a steep decline in 2000, the Tanzanian Government invited the Bronx Zoo to collect toads to establish assurance colonies in UA zoos.
By 2009, the species was classified by as extinct in the wild. The Bronx and Toledo zoos faced and addressed the challenges required to successfully maintain and propagate this species. By 2010, there were more than 6,000 toads at the two zoos, and to date 1,800 spray toads (in four shipments) have been sent to two recently opened facilities in Tanzania.
In 2011, studies conducted at the Tanzanian facilities determined that reintroducing the spray toads would not put other amphibian species in the Kihansi ecosystem at risk through the accidental introduction of non-native pathogens, and also confirmed that the zoo-born toads were not susceptible to pathogens present in the gorge.
An initial reintroduction of 2,000 spray toads occurred in the Kihansi Gorge in the fall of 2012. The reintroduced toads are being monitored and an additional 2,000 toads will be released in 2013.
Both the Bronx and Toledo zoos will continue to breed toads to provide animals for reintroductions.
Dungeon Restoration Fundraiser
Members of the community are invited to be part of the first group ever to use an Edison 1877 Phonograph to capture EVP’s in the Historic Sandusky County Jail Oct. 12.
The event will raise money to begin the process of restoring the historically significant dungeon that is located underneath the courthouse. There will be 135 tickets available for $10. Ages 8 and older are welcome.
The evening’s experience will be hosted by O.R.B.S., a paranormal investigation group that has episodes on “My Ghost Story” and “The Haunted” and has conducted more than 300 investigations.
Each participant will get to experience the phonograph at work, as well as spend time in the Historic Dungeon and Gallows Exhibition Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the adventures will begin promptly at 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and midnight.
Tickets are available at the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau, located at 712 North St. in Fremont or online at www.sanduskycounty.org. For more information, call 419-332-4470.
Christian Writers Conference
“Secrets to Successful Freelancing” will be the topic of the 25th Annual Northwest Ohio Christian Writers Conference Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Holland Free Methodist Church, 6605 Angola Rd., Holland. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Guest speaker will be author Linda Taylor, who has written and edited for Evangelical Teacher Training Association and Youth for Christ, and is author of three books.
Registration through Oct. 7 is $55, which includes lunch, and $65 at the door. For more information, call 419-882-3705.