Metroparks annual Travel Circle Series kicking off
Metroparks and Maumee Valley Adventurers will host a weekly “Travel Circle” series Saturdays in January, February and March at 2:15 p.m. at Wildwood Preserve or Oak Openings Preserve metroparks.
The public is also invited to participate in a hike or ski prior to each talk at 1 p.m. Admission is free. The schedule includes:
• Jan. 4, Wildwood, Ward Pavilion – Costa Rica, Natural Paradise by Tim Kreps.
• Jan. 11, Wildwood, Ward Pavilion – Around The Ukraine in 80 Days by Tatiana Gorbunova.
• Jan. 18, Oak Openings, Oak Openings Lodge, Legendary Turkey, by Richard and Christine Weisfelder.
• Jan. 25, Oak Openings, Oak Openings Lodge, The Dalmatian Coast, Croatia, Albania and Montenegro by Rose & Andy Kandik.
• Feb. 1, Wildwood, Metroparks Hall, Safari to Tanzania by Sally and Bernie Albert.
• Feb. 8, Wildwood, Ward Pavilion, The Baltic Nations, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia by Jan and Gary Samples.
• Feb. 15, Wildwood, Ward Pavilion, The Rhine From Basel to Amsterdam by Susan Lang.
• Feb. 22, Oak Openings, Oak Openings Lodge, Cruising The Western Mediterranean, by Judy Pfaffenberger.
• March 1, Wildwood, Ward Pavilion, to be announced.
• March 8, Oak Openings, Oak Openings Lodge, Backpacking In Rocky Mountain National Park, Larry Lindsay.
• Saturday, March 15, Wildwood, Ward Pavilion, Rome To Vatican City by Connie Bauer.
• March 22, Oak Openings, Oak Openings Lodge, Gates And Grates Of Eastern Europe by Dave Beckwith.
• Saturday, March 29, Oak Openings, Oak Openings Lodge, Beautiful Greek Isles by Barbara Laird.
Singles Dance Party
Glass City Singles will host a singles dance party Jan. 10 from 8 p.m.-midnight at Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd., Holland.
For more information, visit www.toledosingles.com.
A better defense
Otterbein Portage Valley will offer “Defense in the 21st Century,” which is a nine-week course for bridge players looking to improve their game.
Instructor Bill Ryan, a Silver Life master with the ACBL will take bridge players through opening leads, second and third hand play, defensive signaling, interference of declarer and developing defensive tricks. The ninth lesson will focus on the negative double.
Ryan will also provide all students with one free play at the Perrysburg Duplicate Bridge Club, which he operates. Each lesson will last 90 minutes but spirited discussion by students may extend sessions to two hours. The fee is $40 charge for the nine lessons, which includes a manual.
Registration is required. For more information or to register, call Jaime at 419-833-8917.
STOMP, the international percussion sensation, will return to the Stranahan Theater as a special engagement of the 2013-14 Broadway in Toledo Series Jan. 18 and 19.
From its beginnings as a street performance in the UK, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years. Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, the show continues its phenomenal run with four global productions – the ongoing sell-out production at New York's Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and North American and European tours.
The performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” Cresswell said. Both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.
Tickets, which start at $28 are on sale now and are available online at theaterleague.com and stranahantheater.org, by visiting the Stranahan Theater box office, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, or by calling 419-381-8851. Groups of 10 or more may call 1-866-31.GROUP.
Fused glass workshop
Northwest Ohio is home to many accomplished glass artists, and Toledo is known as the birthplace of the Studio Art Glass movement over 50 years ago.
In keeping with the tradition of excellence, PRIZM Creative Community is offering a workshop to explore new and innovative ways of creating glass using warm techniques, often referred to as “fused glass.” The class will be held Thursday evenings Jan. 9 from 6-10 p.m. at the studio of Ellen Rubin, 8751 Big Cypress Cr., in Sylvania.
Cost will be $25 for PRIZM members or $35 for guests. Up to 30 participants can be accommodated with small groups overseen by instructional helpers.
Registration is available at www.MyPrizm.com or by sending your check payable to PRIZM to workshop chairman Lori Roach, 7401 Twin Lakes Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551, 419-666-0667,