The City of Northwood will hold a tree lighting ceremony Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in front of the administration building, 6000 Wales Road.
Residents are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the city’s annual Christmas food basket program.
A Holiday Breakfast with Santa will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8:30-11 a.m. in the Lake Township Administration Building, located at the corner of SR 795 and Cummings Rd.
The donation is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children 12 and younger. Breakfast will include eggs, sausage or bacon, all-you-can-eat pancakes and a beverage. In addition, there will be a silent auction with prizes including jewelry, gift baskets, gift items, toys and kids’ items.
Proceeds raised from the event will benefit Friends of Lake Township Parks.
Let There Be Lights
Residents of Otterbein Portage Senior Lifestyle Community, 20311 Pemberville Rd., Pemberville, will present a Christmas theatrical production, “Christmas on Broadway” Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.
The celebration will offer something for the entire family. Villa homes will be lit at 5 p.m. to kick off the Christmas season. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be provided by Nissen Farms from 5-6:30 p.m. Rides will be offered at no charge with the donation of non-perishable food for the local food pantry. Children will be able to visit with Santa and make a Christmas craft. Photos with Santa will be taken.
At 7 p.m., Otterbein residents and staff will present their annual Christmas pageant. Following the play, guests will be treated to Christmas cookies by the hearth. For more information, call Jaime at 419-833-8917.
For more information about Otterbein Portage Valley, contact Lori Stitely, Assisted Living Admissions Counselor, 419-833-8917,
Otterbein will host “A Gift for Others,” a complimentary breakfast and Christmas shopping event Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 9 a.m.
The public is invited to enjoy a holiday breakfast prepared by Executive Chef Reggie Hall, along with presentations by four local vendors who offer unique gifts. Guest vendors include Janet Rasmusson (Stampin’ Up); Wayne and Janet Smith, (The Sawdust Pile); Anita Grieger, (Woodville’s Novelties and Nostalgia); and Alisa Krumnow (BeeLight Products). Following the presentations, guests will be welcome to visit with vendors and purchase products.
For more information or to make a reservation, call Geri Ricker at 419-833-8917.
Once Upon a Christmas
Downtown Fremont will celebrate the fifth annual “Once Upon a Christmas,” Dec. 6-8.
On Dec. 6, a craft show will be held from 4-8 p.m. at the Strand Theatre. A variety of food trucks will be open for business on Garrison Street until 8 p.m. There will also be free horse and buggy rides, marshmallow and chestnut-roasting stations, extended business hours, and a downtown holiday tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at Tschumy’s Corner on Front and State streets. Complete the evening at the Strand Theater with an 8 p.m. showing of “4 Christmases.”
Dec. 7 will be a day packed full of kids’ activities, including breakfast with Santa at Santa’s Stop, 200 S. Front St.; activities for the whole family at downtown businesses and holiday shopping all day.
Front and Garrison streets will be closed down to accommodate all of the planned activities, including a variety of food, vendors, free train rides, free horse-and-buggy rides, marshmallow- and chestnut-roasting stations, winter carnival games, Camp Fire USA Buckeye Council Gifts of Love program, the popular “I Spy” Window Contest, Sacred Heart carolers, and more. In addition, Swim Rite Pools wrap gifts, and a special mailbox with direct access to the North Pole can be used to ensure all your holiday wishes make their way to Santa.
At 2 p.m., the Paramount Cinema will once again be showing free movies, including, “”The Christmas Story,” “Polar Express,” or “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Anyone who brings a non-perishable food item for the Sandusky County food pantry will receive a free popcorn. Doors will open at 1 p.m. and seating is limited.
The 23rd annual Festival of Lights Parade will step off from Rodger Young Park at 4 p.m. The parade route will run north on Front Street, turn west on Croghan Street and disperse in front of the old Fremont Middle School. The celebration will continue Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1-4 p.m. with the Holiday Craft Show; Snacks with Santa at Santa’s Stop, 200 S. Front Street, and business open houses and demonstrations.
At 2 p.m., the movie, “Elf” will be shown at The Strand.
For a complete listing of events, visit www. DowntownFremontOhio.org or call 419-332-8696.
Stranahan to host “War Horse”
The National Theatre of Great Britain’s epic “War Horse,” winner of five 2011 Tony Awards including Best Play, will premiere in Toledo Dec. 4-8 as part of the 2013-2014 Broadway in Toledo Series.
Tickets, which start at $33, are available online at theaterleague.com/toledo/war-horse/, stranahantheater.org, the Stranahan Theater box office at 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., or by calling 419-381-8851.
Groups of 10 or more may call 1-866-31-GROUP. Military members receive a 50 percent discount throughout the theater and students receive a 50 percent discount on all balcony seating (excluding Saturday 8 p.m. and excluding Gallery seating).
Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, “War Horse,” is also the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s feature film of the same name, which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture.
The National Theatre of Great Britain’s epic “War Horse,” will premiere in Toledo
Dec. 4-8. (Photo by Photos © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg, courtesy of Theater League)
Hailed by The New York Times as “theatrical magic,” “War Horse” is the powerful story of young Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, who has been enlisted to fight for the English in World War I. Joey is caught in enemy crossfire and ends up serving both sides of the war before landing in no man’s land. Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. What follows is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, filled with stirring music and song.
The tour of “War Horse” is directed by Bijan Sheibani and is presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company. At the heart of the show are life-sized puppets which bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on stage.
Curtain times are Dec. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 7 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
“1940s Radio Christmas Carol”
Genoa Civic Theater and Literary Society will present “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol” – based on the book by Walton Jones, with music by David Wohl, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at the Historical Town Hall Opera House, 509-1/2 Main St., Genoa.
Enjoy an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of a live radio show as, on Christmas Eve 1943, the Feddington Players, broadcasting from a hole-in-the-wall studio in Newark, N.J., are set to present their contemporary take on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For reservations, call 419-855-3103.
Olde Fashioned Christmas
Santa will arrive in style to announce the arrival of the holiday season as Portage District Fire Department guides him through the streets of Oak Harbor Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4:15 p.m.
At 5 p.m., Santa will visit with children at the Portage Fire Station. Afterwards, from 5-7 p.m., kids can enjoy hot cocoa and a cookie and design their own packaging for the two free gifts they can select for their loved ones from Santa’s Shop, which will be located upstairs in the fire station.
A representative from the Holiday Bureau will also be on hand to collect donations for needy families. In addition to cash donations, canned/boxed foods, hats, gloves, socks, toiletries and paper products are needed.
Santa will also be at the Log Cabin from 6-8pm Dec 14 and 21. For more information, call 419-898-0479.
Parade of Lights
Walbridge Centennial Committee, in conjunction with the Walbridge Fest Committee, will sponsor a Centennial Parade of Lights, which will step off Sunday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. from Railway Park.
The parade will line up at 5 p.m. at Railway Park and proceed down Breckman to Parkview, to East Union and stop on N. Main in front of Veteran’s Park, where a centennial tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. Floats, vehicles and other entries are needed for the parade; prizes will be awarded. Call 419-666-8345 for details or to sign up to participate in the parade.
Santa will greet children for cookies and cocoa in the VFW Hall after the parade and ceremony.
Other holiday activities include a Cookie Sale Dec. 19 from 5-8 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 109 N. Main St. Call 419-419-662-6561 for information about special orders.
Residents of the Walbridge community are invited to “deck their halls” for a chance to win prizes. On Monday, Dec. 16, the Centennial and Walbridge Fest Committees will be driving around town to choose the three best decorated homes. Prizes, which will be awarded at the council meeting on Dec. 18, include $100 for first place; $75 for second place and $50 for third place.
Community Christmas Caroling will begin at 6 p.m. in Veteran’s Park. Carolers are needed and will be assigned areas of town. Hot chocolate will be available for the carolers at the gazebo.
Family Christmas Festival
The Christmas tradition of heralding in the holidays on the first Saturday of December will continue as Elmore Historical Society, American Legion Post #279 and the Elmore Church of God presents the annual Family Christmas Festival Dec. 7.
The celebration will kick off with Elmore Church of God’s all-you-can-eat pancake, sausage, bacon and egg breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Historical Society barn.
Other highlights include:
• Santa’s arrival by fire truck at 10:30 a.m.
• Cookie-baking and candy-making contest at the Historical Society depot, 9 a.m.-noon.
• Christmas tree lighting and placement of winning Christmas tree ornament at library at 10:45 a.m.
• Pictures with Santa at the Legion Hall (bring your own camera), 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Christmas Craft and Gift show at the Elmore Historical Society barn, noon-4 p.m.
• Stories with Mrs. Claus and kids’ crafts at the Historical Society log cabin, noon-4 p.m.
The Legion will host a reverse raffle and dinner with a $1,000 grand prize awarded later in the day. Proceeds from the raffle will support Post 279 Secret Santa Gifts for local families.
For more details about the contest, call Renee at 419-574-1559. For more information about the Craft & Gift Show, call Rick Claar at 419-377-0700.
Santa Paws Picture Days
Mobile Meals of Toledo, The Andersons General Stores and Santa Claus are raising funds to help feed hungry pets this holiday season through Mobile Meals’ Season of Suppers campaign, a national pet food drive that runs through Dec. 24.
Santa Paws Picture Days will be held at local Andersons General Stores, with all proceeds benefiting the Mobile Meals’ Season of Suppers Campaign. A $10 donation will be collected for each pet photo.
Picture Days will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Maumee store and Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon-3 p.m. at the Toledo (Talmadge Road) store.
Santa and Considering Lillies Photography are donating their services to help the program.
The Season of Suppers campaign, now in its eighth year, aims to feed pets of homebound seniors who receive meals from meal programs across the country. The program calls attention to the importance of pets to the well-being of homebound seniors. Mobile Meals of Toledo will deliver the donated pet food to their meal clients in January.
For more information about the program or how to get involved, contact the Mobile Meals’ office at 419-255-7806 or visit mobilemeals.org.
Dungeon Descent package
For those looking for a special gift for the paranormal adventurer, The Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering a “Dungeon Descent Gift Package.”
The $30 package includes a ticket for the Jan. 10 Dungeon Descent and a Limited Edition Sandusky County Jail T-shirt.
Tickets go on sale Monday, Dec. 2 at 8am and may be purchased online at: www.sanduskycounty.org or in person at the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau Office located at 712 North St. (in the fairgrounds parking lot).
There are 40 gift packages available to purchase, which will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 419-332-4470.
The Teutonia Männerchor and Damenchor of Toledo will present a Weihnachten Nostalgie – “Christmas Nostalgia” dinner and concert Saturday, Dec. 14 in the Chalet at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
The Holzhacker Baum Schuplattler Gruppewill prepare a chicken cordon bleu dinner, and table service will be provided by the Bowsher High School German Club.
Doors will open at 5 p.m.; dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and a concert featuring music by The Rinelanders will follow at 7:30 p.m.
Non-refundable tickets are $24 for dinner, concert and dancing (children under 12 eat free). A cash bar will be available. Dinner reservations are required by Dec. 9 and may be made by contacting Nancy Waters at 419-290-3229 or
Tickets for the concert and dancing will be available at the door.
Memory Makers art
Memory Makers art group will exhibit a variety of acrylic paintings from local artists throughout the month of December at Higher Ground Coffee Shop in Pemberville (next to Beeker’s General Store).
Hours are Thursday 3-8 p.m.; Friday 3-11 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, contact instructor Doreen Kirk at
The Flatlanders Bicycle Club will sponsor a New Year’s Day “Resolution Ride” on the North Coast Inland Trail.
Cyclists, runners and walkers are invited to. meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Grace Community Church, Smith Road, Fremont. Last year’s inaugural ride drew 50 people.
For more information, contact Judy or David at Fremont Cycle and Fitness at 419-332-4481.
Toys for Tots Day
Chateau Tebeau Winery, located at 525 SR 635, Helena, will host a Toys For Tots Day Thursday, Dec. 5. Shoppers who bring in a new, unwrapped toy for the collection box will receive a 15 percent discount on food or gift items (wine or previously discounted merchandise not included).
Fine Art creations for Community Causes, located on Water Street in Oak Harbor, will host a brunch with St. Nick and a bake sale to benefit No Kid Go Hungry, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
For information, call Jackie at 419- 559-9081, Dori at 419-691-0596 or Doreen at 419-707-3189. The fundraising goal is $700.00.
Are you looking for a way to keep little ones busy while you step out to assist Santa and his elves?
Terra State Community College is offering Holiday Helpers “classes” Dec. 14 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids will enjoy a day of crafts, movies and games while parents do some shopping. The classes are open to children ages 3 and up; all children must be potty trained. A pizza lunch and popcorn snack will be provided.
The fee is $35. Parents who sign up three or more siblings at once will receive a 20 percent discount. To register, call Marsha at 419-559-2255.
Rescued grey seal
A young grey seal, estimated to be 2 years old, is now on exhibit at the Toledo Zoo’s Arctic Encounter.
The juvenile male arrived at the zoo through the National Marine Fisheries Service after being caught wild off the East Coast and transferred to a “stranding center.”
Although many of the animals at stranding centers are rehabilitated and subsequently released, the seal was not able to be released. He was habituated to humans and had been taking fish off fishing lines, which could have put him at risk as he matured.
Since his arrival, the zoo’s animal care, enrichment and veterinary teams have helped him settle in to his new home, where he is making steady progress and seems curious about people and his surroundings.
In the wild, grey seals live in the North Atlantic Ocean, predominantly around North America and Europe. Males can grow to more than 600 pounds and measure 10 feet or longer; females are smaller. Currently, wild grey seal populations are stable.
Find more information at www.toledozoo.org.
Volunteers are needed to help bring holiday cheer to visitors during the holidays Dec. 7-15 during Holidays in the Manor House at Wildwood Preserve.
As stationary tour guides, volunteers will enjoy the decorated home firsthand. Shifts include 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-3:30 p.m., 3:30-6 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. Volunteers should to arrive 30 minutes prior.
Sign-up online at MetroparksPrograms.com, call 419-407-9840 or e-mail Laura Willis. Individuals, small groups, and new volunteers are welcome. Youths must be 12 to volunteer with by parent, or at least 14 to volunteer independently. Seating accommodations are provided if needed.