“The coolest weekend of the year” planned in Bowling Green
More than 25 ice sculptures will line the streets of downtown Bowling Green for the 6th Annual Winterfest, set for Feb. 14, 15 and 16.
The fun-filled community event will feature ice sculpting demonstrations and an ice garden display, free horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating, a sandwich stroll, a pancake breakfast, chili and soup cook-off, a Frostbite Fun Run, Snow Games, Winter Art Exhibition, a Penguin Party, Date Night Activities and a Romantic Hotel Package for Valentine’s Day.
A ‘Ticket to Winterfest,’ featuring an event schedule from participating locations is available on the WinterfestBG Facebook page. Have your ticket stamped for each activity you participate in. Each stamp is an entry into the prize package giveaway.
Individual ice sculptures will be on display on the South Main blocks as well as a Valentine’s-themed ice garden in the Huntington Courtyard downtown. Ice carving demonstrations are on Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. Free carriage rides will be offered both Friday and Saturday nights starting at 6 p.m.
The Winter Art Exhibition is free and open to all artists and media. To register, either fill in the online form at bgartscouncil.com or call 800-866-0046.
For a complete schedule and more information about the events, visit the Facebook page at WinterfestBG or visitbgohio.org.
Oregon Community Theatre will present Toledo favorite, M*A*S*H, Feb. 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. in the Fassett Auditorium at 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.
Set during the Korean War, M*A*S*H was written as a semi-autobiographic fiction by Robert Hooker and adapted by Tim Kelly. Hooker wrote the book based on his experiences as a surgeon in South Korea. The OCT’s presentation promises to be a fun experience for the entire family as it is the G-rated version of the story.
The show features a cast of more than 30 people – the biggest cast ever for OCT's winter show.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For tickets call 419-691-1398. For more information, visit oregoncommunitytheatre.org.
Couples Date Night
Chateau Tebeau Winery will present a “Couples Date Night” Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 7-9:30 p.m. The winery is located at 525 SR 635, Helena.
The evening will include a chocolate and wine pairing featuring Dove chocolates offered by Julie Gentry, independent chocolatier from Dove Chocolate Discoveries. There will also be hors d’oeuvres and chair massages by licensed massage therapists Lou Ann Brandeberry and DeaLynn Keckler. A cash bar by the glass will be available during the event.
The cost is $39.95 per couple plus tax. For more information, call 419-638-5411 or visit www.chateautebeauwinery.com.
Event to benefit mentalhealth services, programs
“Heart & Soul: Caring for our Community” will hold its 10th Annual Benefit to raise awareness and help erase the stigma associated with mental illness Saturday, Feb. 8 from 6:30-10 p.m. at “The Birdcage” on the second floor of Fifth Third Field (above home plate).
Admission is $40 per person in advance or $50 at the door, which includes dinner, live entertainment and free parking. A silent auction will be held, along with a Live auction by Karen Rose.
Proceeds raised will go toward patient facility upgrades for the Wellness Management & Recovery & Education Programs at NOPH (Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital); and programs and services for the members of the Thomas M. Wernert Center.
Honorary Co-Chairs are Mary Beth Zolik from 101.5 The River, along with Honorary Chair Teri Eigensee. Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Shaun Hegarty from 13abc Action News.
Travel show rescheduled
The community is invited to a complete preview of the 2014 Pleasure Trips sponsored by the WSOS Sandusky County Senior Center in Fremont Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the lower level of The Fort Stephenson House, 600 W. State St., Fremont. Information on each planned trip will be presented at both sessions.
The event has been rescheduled from its former date due to anticipated bad weather. According to Senior Site Supervisor Barb Ward, it is recommended that attendees make a deposit on the trip of their choice at the show. A $25 deposit is required for any single day trip. A $75 deposit is required for multi-day trips.
Refreshments will be served. Reservations are required by Feb. 7 due to space limitations. Call 419-334-8393 to sign up or for more information.
Zoo visitors a-flutter
Visitors to the Toledo Zoo are all a-flutter over the new Butterfly Exhibit taking flight inside the historic Museum of Science. The exhibit runs through March 2.
It all happens in an engaging walk-through experience at the Museum’s Great Hall, transformed into a sunny getaway. Dazzling butterflies from all across the Americas glide around visitors. Learn more at toledozoo.org/butterfly.
This exhibit is free with Zoo admission. New online coupons offer visitors a 50 percent discount through Feb. 26. (http://www.toledozoo.org/site/page/admission_tickets)
The exhibit is part of the zoo’s year-long celebration of flight; visit toledozoo.org/flight for details on upcoming events.
A new craft program will allow guests to “Discover Handmade” this winter at Sauder Village. From February through mid-April craftsmen will present free demonstrations on Saturdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Sauder Village Welcome Center.
Demonstrations will vary each week. The demonstrations planned in February include broom making Feb. 1, basket making and spinning Feb. 8, rug hooking demonstrations Feb. 15 and weaving Feb. 22. A complete schedule of programs is posted online at www.saudervillage.org.
Free “Craft Saturdays” are also planned this winter at Sauder Village. Throughout February and March there will be special “How To” projects demonstrated at the Gift Shop and Lauber’s General Store. The demonstrations will be held by request between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
While the Historic Village may be closed for the winter, the Shops at Sauder Village offer shopping opportunities year round. For hours and more information, call 800-590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org.
Intl. Cat Show set
The International Cat Show will be held Feb. 15 and 16 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Lucas County Rec Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee.
The show will feature cats from throughout the world competing in six divisions for titles and awards. There will also be cats available for adoption, cat vendors, door prizes and more. For info about showing a pedigreed or mixed-breed cat, visit www.ToledoCatShow.com by Feb. 10.