All aboard! Greater Toledo Train & Toy Show set for March 9
Kids and grownups alike are invited to get on board for a day of fun March 9 at the Greater Toledo Train & Toy Show at its new location in the Student Health & Activities Center at Owens Community College, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg. Show hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The first-class show features more than 250 dealers varying in expertise in trains and toys from all eras – plastic, tin, diecast, pop culture and much more.
Free appraisals, repair advice and original parts will be available. A number of layouts and exhibits will be operating all day, including:
- Must-see-to-believe operating” Lego Big City” layout presented by the Michigan Lego Users Group.
- A Toledo tradition – the Tiedtke’s Department Store American Flyer antique operating post-war “S” gauge train -display
- Rare, operating 1950 Lionel toy train store display featuring original, antique post war Lionel “O” gauge toy trains just as they used to run in store windows.
- Operating layouts from area groups in all gauges of toy trains from “N” to “G” scale and everything in between.
- A vintage rare, A.C. Gilbert Erector Set dealer display area featuring toys from the 1920s.
- Free rides for little ones age 4 and younger on “Thomas” riding trains.
Adult admission $6. “Early birds” will be admitted at 9 a.m. for $8 each. Kids 12 and under get in free with one paid adult admission. Plenty of free parking is available.
Breakfast with the Beast
A breakfast with the characters from Northwood High School’s upcoming production of ”Beauty in the Beast” will be held Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
Breakfast is $7 per person. For $15, those attending can enjoy breakfast and an array of activities, which include a mani-pedi, “Beast” face painting, baked goods decorating stations and coloring stations.
Pictures with the characters will be available for $2. Free-will donation raffle tickets will be available for “Beauty and the Beast” memorabilia.
“Beauty and the Beast” will be performed March 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the Northwood High School auditorium. For tickets or information, call 419-691-5989.
March Sunday Series planned at Pearson
Friends of Pearson invite the community to join them Sundays in March for a series of discussions on “Building a Community: Living Along the Eastern Maumee River.”
The programs will be held at 2 p.m. each week in the Macomber Lodge, 4999 Navarre Ave, Oregon. Refreshments will be available.
The schedule includes:
- March 2: “Richly Dressed and Handsomely Attired: Daily Life of Our Earliest Residents, Native Americans,” presented by Dr. Janet Rozik, of Heidelberg University.
- March 9: “Farming Pioneers: Early Settlers on the East Side,” presented by Joanne Crandall, Johlin family historian, and Floyd Hagedorn, Oregon historian.
- March 16: “Early Days of the East Side: from Villages to Townships to Cities,” presented by Larry Michaels, local historian and author.
- March 23: “Pearson and Progress: George Pearson’s Leadership in the Development of the East Side,” presented by Mary Breymaier, author of “George W. Pearson, A Modest Hero.”
- March 30: “Landmark of Pride, The First Hundred Years of Waite High School,” presented by Robert Clark, former East Side District Leader for Toledo Public Schools.
For more information, visit www.metroparkstoledo.com.
Lake High School students will present, “Anything Goes,” March 20, 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium
Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” takes audiences aboard the S.S. American, where nothing is as it seems and almost anything goes. Enjoy the antics of a lovestruck stockbroker, a wealthy debutante, an English Lord, a gangster, and a night-club-singer-turned-evangelist.
Reserved seating is available for $6 for students and seniors 60 years old and over and $8 for adults 18 to 59 years old.
Call 419-661-3000, ext. 3832 or visit www.lakehighschool.org for tickets and information.
Open auditions planned
Genoa Civic Theatre is looking for five women for its upcoming production of “Dixie Swim Club,” which will be staged April 25-27 and May 2-4.
Auditions will be held March 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. at the theatre, located at 509-1/2 Main St., Genoa. All women are invited to the open auditions.
The touching comedy about friendships follows a college swim past graduation through a 33-year time period. It will be directed by Barb Markley, with assistant Donna Wollenslegel.
For more information, call 419-862-2629.
Paint Away Polio
Join the Oregon-Northwood Rotary Club April 12 from 6-10:30 p.m. at Oak Shade Grove for “Paint Away Polio,” a fundraiser to End Polio Now.
The cost is $55, which includes hors d’oeuvres, art supplies and a wine ticket. A cash bar will be available. No painting experience is necessary; step-by-step instructions by Uncork TheArtist. Advanced purchase is required. Open to ages 21 and older.
An opening reception will be held March 7 from 8-10 p.m. for a new “Iconic Images” exhibit sponsored by PRIZM Creative Community at Sam B’s Restaurant Gallery, 163 S. Main St., Bowling Green.
The exhibit features more than 130 new works of art, including glass, jewelry, photography and art in all media. Among the artists featured are landscape artist Mike Batista, photographer Chuck Heath and abstract artist Sarah Bonham.
African Safari Wildlife Park opened for another season of family fun and unforgettable animal encounters on Feb. 28.
For five days March 3-7, the park is offering discount admission with the promo code COLDCASH. African Safari Wildlife Park is located at 267 S. Lightner Rd., Port Clinton. Visit www.africansafariwildlifepark.com for more information.
Young Rep production
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre will present the Young Rep’s “MacBeth, A Kid’s Cautionary Tale Concerning Greed, Power, Mayhem, and Other Current Events” at 16 10th St., March 14-16.
Presented by actors ages 7-13 and directed by Amy Heuring, this shortened, kid-friendly adaptation by Nancy Linehan Charles from William Shakespeare’s popular Scottish tragedy is told within a lively and humorous story-theater frame.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 419-243-9277 or visit www.toledorep.org.
The Greater Toledo Train & Toy Show is a “must-see” for toy and train enthusiasts of all ages. The show is set for March 9 from 11 a.m-3 p.m. at the at its new location in the Student Health & Activities Center at Owens Community College, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg.