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Spittin’ Image to perform

Audiences at the Pemberville Opera House will not only think they’re seeing double, they’ll have double the enjoyment when Spittin’ Image – the duo comprised of twins Blain and Brian Swabb take the stage Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Their performance is sponsored as part of the ongoing Live in the House concert series.

The twins were born and raised and still live in Greenville, Ohio, Darke County. They started picking their instruments at a young age, and by the time they turned 13, they had formed their first group. At 14 years old, they were performing most weekends. After graduating from high school, the two traveled the Midwest playing the hotel and resort circuit.

The high-energy show includes an entertaining blend of music, comedy and audience participation. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door, or in advance at Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville, or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848. For more information, visit

The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Owens Community College Fine and Performing Arts will present, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” April 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and April 6 and 13 at 3 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre.

The musical tells the story of a new tenant at Armadillo Acres – and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil-loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband –storms begin to brew.

Admission is $12 for general public and $8 for Owens faculty, staff, students and alumni. For more information, contact Jeremy Meier at 567-661-2798 or visit

Easter Bunny Breakfast

The East Toledo Family Center, located at 1020 Varland Ave., Toledo, will host a “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” April 12 from 9 a.m.-noon. Pancakes will be served until 11:30 a.m.

The Easter Bunny will be available for photos, and families are invited to bring their cameras. There will also be children’s crafts.

The program is free and open to the community. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To volunteer or for more information, call Jodi Gross at 419-691-1429, ext. 213.


Friends of Lake Township Parks will present an Egg-Stravaganza Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday, April 12, 8-11 a.m. at the Lake Township Administration Building, 27975 Cummings Rd.

The breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, sausage links or bacon and coffee or juice. The requested donation is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children 12 and under.

Free events, which include a kids’ craft area and a coloring contest, will run from 8:30-11 a.m. The egg hunt, which starts at 11:15 a.m., will be broken into age groups – 6 months-2 years; 3-4 years, 5-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years. Pictures will be available with the Easter Bunny for a $4 charge.

Proceeds raised from the event will benefit Lake Township Parks. For more information, contact Ron Hanely at 419-392-3235 or email

Doll & Bear Show set

The Toledo Doll & Bear Show will be held April 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Theater Lobby at the Stranahan Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.

The show will feature more than 270 tables of merchandise, including dolls, bears, antique toys and more, from vendors from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, as well as other states.

“This is a very popular, well-attended show,” said Jean Garrison, local collector who will be on hand for the show. “Toledo is known for having some high-dollar sales – sometimes $20,000 or more. One local collector bought a doll for $30,000 and turned around and sold it for $50,000.”

Doll appraisals will be available by Floyd Jones, doll appraiser for several recent episodes of PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow.” In addition, Shari McMasters will be on site stringing dolls.

Admission is $5 per person. Children under 12 will be admitted free. For more information, call Sandy Bullock at 734-282-0152 or visit The next show is set for Oct. 12.

Paint Away Polio

The Oregon-Northwood Rotary Club will present “Paint Away Polio,” a fundraiser to End Polio Now, April 12 from 6-10:30 p.m. at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman St., Oregon.

Participants are invited to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while working on their own masterpieces. The cost is $55 per ticket, which includes instructions by Uncork The Artist, art supplies, hors d’oeuvres and wine ticket. No painting talent or experience is necessary; instructors will offer step-by-step guidance.

Admission is open to those 21 and older; outside alcohol is not permitted. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets are available by advance purchase only. Spaces are limited. Those who are unable to attend the event may support the fight to help end polio by making a monetary donation or a raffle prize. For tickets or to arrange donation pick-up, contact Melinda Ciesielczyk at 419-720-0085 or; Sarah Beavers at 419-693-5580 or or Danielle Addison at 419-693-9000 or

Easter Egg Hunt

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 12 and younger April 12 at 2 p.m.

Participants will begin downtown and then proceed to the Portage Fire Station on Water Street, where children can visit with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, take photos with the Easter Bunny and have a chance to win one of the chamber’s special Golden Egg baskets.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the chamber at 419-898-0479.

Summer Concert Series

Tickets are currently on sale for the Toledo Zoo’s popular Summer Concert Series. Scheduled to perform in the Zoo’s classic open-air Amphitheatre this summer are:

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band – July 1;

Little Big Town – July 11;

Sarah McLachlan – July 13;

Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson – July 17;

Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss – July 18;

John Fogerty – July 30;

The Avett Brothers – Aug. 5;

The Moody Blues – Aug. 20.

Tickets are available in person at the Zoo’s box office, at Ticketmaster or Live Nation locations, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Concerts are held rain or shine, and unless otherwise determined by Live Nation, refunds will not be given in the event of rain. For additional concert information, visit or

“Music Man” auditions set

Perrysburg Musical Theatre will hold auditions for its upcoming performance of “The Music Man,” which will be staged July 31 and Aug. 1-3 at Perrysburg High School.

The production, which will be directed by Clark Ausloos with musical direction by Pam Williams-Rumer, will feature roles for all ages from 7 years old and up.

Auditions are open to the community. General auditions (ages 13 and up) will be held April 21 and 22, 4-7 p.m. at the Commodore Building in Perrysburg.

Auditions for children ages 7-9 will be held April 26, 10-11:30 a.m. at St. Timothy’s Church in Perrysburg. Children ages 10 - 12 will audition April 26, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., also at St. Timothy’s Church. Invited call-backs will be held April 28, 4-7 p.m. at the Commodore Building in Perrysburg.

Audition packets with specific details about auditions, preparation, and the rehearsal details are available online at Completed packet information must be brought to auditions.

For more information on auditions and the production please visit our website at or visit us on Facebook.

Oregon Fest contests

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Oregon Fest, the planning committee has designated this year’s theme as “The Best of Oregon.”

The festival, which will be held May 18 will feature arts and crafts, a Business Fair, Classic Car Show, Festival Foods, kids’ art projects, a Living History Encampment, Quality of Life Tent, rides, games, prizes, free stage entertainment, a Grand Parade and more.

New this year will be a number of contests designed to celebrate what’s best about Oregon. Contests include:

  • People’s Choice – the Best of Oregon. Through April 18, community members are invited to vote for their Oregon favorites, including restaurants, pizza, grocery store, bank, pharmacy and more. Ballots will be sent home with school-age children and are available at the Oregon Library.
  • Distinctly My Oregon – a photo contest seeking entries that depict something “distinctly Oregon.” Photos must be printed and submitted by April 18. Photos may be turned in at the Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Rd., or mailed to Oregon Fest Photo Contest, P.O. Box 167774, Oregon OH 43616. Photos must include the photographer’s name, address, phone and location of picture written on the back.

Judges will choose 10 photos based on content, impact and creativity. Photos will be on display at the library April 21-May 7 for members of the public to select their favorite. Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice prizes will be awarded at the Fest.

For more information about the Fest, visit

Teen Poetry Contest

The Harris-Elmore Public Library will sponsor its eighth annual Teen Poetry Contest during the month of April.

Prizes include $25 gift certificates to a local book store, which will be given in the categories of “Male Poet Serious,” “Male Poet Humorous,” “Female Poet Serious” and “Female Poet Humorous.” The contest is open to students in grades 7-12, or the equivalent for homeschooled students.

Poems should be typed on one side of the paper (but may be more than one page in length) and submitted to the Library, 328 Toledo St., Elmore, by April 10. There is a limit of three entries per person.

For more information, call the library at 419-862-2482. Visit for more information about the library.

Taking it slow

The Toledo Museum of Art is inviting area residents to stop by and take part in Slow Art Day April 12. Nearly 200 venues in North America, Europe and Australia are expected to participate the international observance, which encourages people to take their time looking at works of art, then gather to discuss what they saw with others.

TMA Docent Program Manager Paula Brown-Gray, who coordinates the day’s activities locally, describes slow looking as “total and full engagement with the works.”

The Museum has selected six works to feature on Slow Art Day. Participants can view the objects anytime between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, April 12. Enough time should be allowed to spend at least 10 minutes observing each work. Those attending can bring lunch or purchase a meal from the Museum Café to eat while discussing the works of art with others in the Green Room starting at noon.

Slow Art Day is free but advance registration is required before checking in at Herrick Lobby during the viewing period. To register, visit

Admission to the Museum is free. Parking is free for members and $5 for non-members.

“West Side Story”

The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of “West Side Story” is coming to the Stranahan Theater for six performances May 1-4 as part of the 2013-14 Broadway in Toledo Series.

West Side Story-From the first note to the final beat, "West Side Story" soars as the greatest love story of all time. The smash hit Broadway revival will play at the Stranahan Theater May 1-4, as part of the 2013-14 Broadway in Toledo Series. Tickets are available online at and or call 419-381-8851. (Photo courtesy of TheaterLeague/Carol Rosegg)

“West Side Story” tells the tale of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them.

The Bernstein and Sondheim score, considered to be one of Broadway’s finest, features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

Curtain time is 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, which are on sale now, start at $28 and are available online at and, by visiting the Stranahan Theater box office, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, or by calling 419-381-8851.

Military members receive a 50 percent discount throughout the theater, and students receive a 50 percent discount on all balcony seating (excluding Saturday evening).

Dart Frog Dash

Want to run a 5K, but not sure where to start? Let the Toledo Zoo help; you still have time to register and get fit for the Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash, which will be held Saturday, May 17.

With regular tips on training, nutrition and more right up to race day, the zoo helps participants get ready every step of the way.

Walk or run the course, which travels through zoo grounds and surrounding neighborhoods. Make it a family event with the 1K “fun run,” for kids.

This year, as an optional extra for the Dart Frog Dash, runners can help the zoo raise extra dollars to purchase fish for the new Aquarium, opening in spring, 2015, by asking friends to make online donations to show their support for Dart Frog Dash participation.

Learn more at

Kids invited to get STEAMed

Area children from preschool through middle school are invited to enjoy a fun and educational event April 15 at Terra State Community College in Fremont.

Terra State students and faculty from a variety of areas, including the Early Childhood Education Department and the Terra Association of Future Teachers (TAFT), will host the STEAM (science, technology, education, arts and math) event from 3-7 p.m. in the Student Activities Center on campus.

Children can explore the world of STEAM as they experiment with rockets, design airplanes, engage in new computer technologies, explore pop-up playgrounds and discover the arts.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stacey Pistorova at 419-559-2216.

Spring break at the zoo

If a family vacation isn’t in your budget during the kids’ spring break, check out the fun at the Toledo Zoo. With more than 6,000 animals on a 74-acre campus, visitors can travel “from snow to sand” in the company of polar bears, tigers, frogs and birds without the hassles of flight delays, lost luggage or cramped hotel rooms.

Start the adventure at the Arctic Encounter, where the year-old twin polar bear cubs – almost as big as their mother now – splash and play.

In Tembo Trail, indoor viewing brings visitors close to huge African elephants and tiny naked mole rats. Plus, the zoo’s award-winning children’s zoo, Nature’s Neighborhood, is brimming with fun.

On Friday, April 18, the zoo will present the popular Animal Egg Hunt, when the animals discover treats and enrichment items in their exhibits.

New this year, don’t miss Breakfast with the Bunny, April 18-19, a separate-fee opportunity to enjoy early entry to the zoo, breakfast, and a photographed visit from a special costumed bunny character. Reserve a spot in advance online. Visit for complete details, or connect at or

Travel guide available

Lake Erie Shores & Islands – the region on Ohio’s north coast between Toledo and Cleveland, attracts more than 7.5 million visitors annually. Those looking to tour an island, ride Cedar Point coasters, splash at a waterpark, or just explore will want to check out the 2014 travel guide for Lake Erie Shores & Islands, which is available now.

The 120-page travel guide contains a wealth of information about the region, including area attractions, lodging, dining, events, and more. The guide is a larger size for 2014 and now includes a fold out/tear out regional map featuring area attraction locations. Also included is the tear-out Shore Savings Card, which offers visitors savings at participating businesses.

It is available at Ohio visitors bureaus, AAAs, Ohio Turnpike service plazas, welcome centers, travel and sport shows or by calling 1-800-255-3743. The travel guide is also available to request or download at

1st Run & Ride set

Cedar Point will present the inaugural Run & Ride race series in June.

The event will feature three races for competitors of all ages and skill levels – the Cedar Point Half-Marathon, the Millennium Force 5K and Snoopy’s One-Mile Fun Run.

The Half-Marathon, which will be held June 29 at 6:45 a.m., will test the skills of even the best runners. This 13.1 mile run will take participants into downtown Sandusky, across the picturesque Cedar Point Causeway and along the historic Cedar Point midways.

The registration fee for the half-marathon includes a finisher medal, commemorative long-sleeve tech t-shirt and complimentary admission into Cedar Point Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, June 27-29.

The Millennium Force 5K will wind its way around the amusement park, taking runners past towering rides and coasters

Five dollars from each registration fee will go to the Chris Smith Memorial Fund, which benefits the high school athletic booster clubs at Sandusky, Perkins and Sandusky Central Catholic.

Adults and kids of all ages will enjoy Snoopy’s One-Mile Fun Run, which will take racers past the GateKeeper and around Planet Snoopy and Kiddy Kingdom before crossing the finish line.

The Millennium Force 5K and Snoopy’s One-Mile Fun Run will take place at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28. The registration fee for both races includes a commemorative bib number, t-shirt and discounted rates on admission tickets to Cedar Point.

Chip-timing will be used in the Half-Marathon and 5K events to provide runners with instant results and determine the top prize winners. Also, all participants can purchase specially-discounted admission tickets to Cedar Point for the race weekend.

For registration and fee information, visit

Cedar Point opens for the 2014 season Saturday, May 10. For a complete operating schedule, visit

Bus trip planned

The Life Scholars program at Terra State Community College is now taking registrations for a September bus trip to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Sept. 15-19.

The five-day, four-night excursion will include a stop in Pittsburgh where travelers will take a Gateway Clipper Cruise, a guided tour of the city including the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, a tour of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and the Duquesne Incline.

In Philadelphia, visitors will have a guided tour of Independence Hall and Liberty Bell Center, experience the Founding Fathers show and a performance of Freedom Rising, and see the National Constitution Center. Other stops along the way will include Sturgis Pretzel Factory, Wilbur Chocolates and Ephrata Cloister.

The package, which includes motorcoach transportation, four breakfasts, three full-course dinners, taxes and meal gratuities, and baggage handling, is $760 per person for double occupancy and $970 for single.

For information or to make reservations, call 419-559-2255.

Junior Pilot Camp

Junior Pilot Camp will be offered this summer for youths 11-16 at the Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton.

Camps will be offered June 16-20, July 14-18 and Aug. 18-22 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The weeklong classes will expose participants to the aviation industry. Participants will gain hands-on experience in the physics and history of flight and learn about airport maintenance and management. Classes will also include an introduction to flight in airplane and rotorcraft.

The cost is $150, which includes a box lunch daily. Scholarships are available. For more info or to obtain an application, email

Casino restaurant lauded

For the second year in a row, Forbes Travel Guide named Final Cut at the Hollywood Casino Toledo as a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant.

Featuring fine dining, exquisite decor and a 125-label wine list, Final Cut features the prime cut steaks and sustainable fresh seafood from the Atlantic, Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by Forbes Travel Guide for the second year in a row as a Four Star Restaurant,” said Stephen Greer, Food and Beverage Director with Hollywood Casino Toledo. “To receive this honor again is a true testament to our superior level of service and culinary talent here at Final Cut.”

For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit

Hayes children’s series debuts

The first session of the Hayes Presidential Center's new children’s educational series, “Second Saturdays R 4 Kids,” set for April 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., will offer kids and their parents/adult companions the chance to volunteer to serve in the Civil War.

Participants will experience being “mustered in,” and learn about soldiers, officers, and military training (drills, firing positions, etc.). The day includes special activities and a make-and-take-project. Families are not obliged to stay for the entire three-hours.

Admission is $7.50 for adults and $1 for children, which includes admission to the Hayes Museum where the special exhibit, “Buckeye President: Rutherford B. Hayes,” is on display. Those who have Hayes Presidential Center "Family-level" or above memberships can attend free. Call 419-332-2081, ext. 230 for more information or to register. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont.




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