The annual Rally by the Rails will be held rain or shine May 15 and 16 in Loop Park in the village of Walbridge.
In addition to carnival rides and a variety of festival foods, games and a kiddie tractor pull, there will be free live entertainment Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Spaces are still available for the Arts, Crafts & Hobby Show, which will be held indoors at the Loop Shelter House Friday and Saturday. Call 419-666-3039 for more information.
Northwest Ohio Street Machiners will host a car, truck and motorcycle show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost for is $7 in advance or $10 the day of the show. Dash plaques will be presented to the first 75 registrants. Awards will be presented at 4 p.m. For more information, call K.K. Kansorka at 419-666-2583.
The Grand Parade will step off at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Fun under the tent
It will be fun under the tent, rain or shine at the annual Oregon Fest 2009, set for May 16 on Dustin Road in Oregon.
The festival’s living history exhibits have become an Oregon Fest tradition. Thanks to the 21st Independent Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery Unit, Civil War-era characters will take festival-goers on a journey back in time. Don’t miss the hourly firing of authentic cannons.
The festival will also feature arts and crafts in all media; free entertainment on two stages; a classic car show; free hands-on art and building projects for the kids. There will also be rides and games, festival foods and quality-of-life exhibits hosted by local non-profit groups and organizations.
The Grand Parade will hit the street at 3 p.m., featuring more than 100 entries, including floats, mascots, bands, beauty queens and more.
For more information, visit www.OregonFest.net or call 419-691-7060.
For the birds?
Every Friday in May, world-class birding guides from Black Swamp Bird Observatory and refuge volunteers will lead guided bird walks at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.
Walks are free, open to the public and geared toward all birding levels, from beginner to expert. Meet at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 8 a.m. For more information, call 419-898-0014 or visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa .
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo on SR 2.
Dart Frog Dash
Hundreds of runners from throughout the region are expected to hop to it and make their way to the Toledo Zoo for the annual Dart Frog Dash May 16.
Participants will see the zoo in a new light as they run or walk an accurately measured 5K (3.1 mile) course across the grounds and through surrounding neighborhoods. There will also be a 1K Kids Run for younger runners, who will be greeted at the finish line by none other than Dora’s cousin Diego.
The 5K walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m., and the 1K kids’ race starts at 9:45 a.m. Awards will be given to the top three overall males and females for the 5K, and all kids in the 1K will receive a finisher’s ribbon. Plus, all participants registered by May 10 will receive a t-shirt.
This year, the Dart Frog Dash will also feature disposable chip timing, which ensures faster results.
Participants can register online at www.toledozoo.org, where more information and a complete list of registration fees are included. A registration form and additional information are also available by calling 419-385-5721, ext. 2091.
The deadline for online late registration is May 14. Adults who register the day of the race cannot be guaranteed a t-shirt, and no children’s shirts will be available the day of the race.
Summer concert season announced
Summer’s coming, and that means another season of concerts at The Toledo Zoo!
The 2009 Circle K Summer Concert Series at the zoo will feature performances by veteran rockers Crosby, Stills and Nash June 7, and neo-soul singer and pianist John Legend and special guest India Arie, July 20.
Tickets are currently on sale for the concerts. Tickets are available at the Toledo Zoo box office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 419-474-1333, or log on to www.livenation.com.
More information about the concerts and other zoo events is available at www.toledozoo.org.
A puppet and creative art program will be presented May 9 at 2 and 6 p.m. at the historic Pemberville Opera House.
The free family event is sponsored by God’s Helping hands from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Pemberville. The program, which promises to entertain the young and the young-at-heart, will feature special black light effects for added fun. Visit www.bethlehempemberville.org for more information.
Pop’s Cruise-Ins at Rick’s Café in the Woodville Mall parking lot will be held every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. until Oct. 5.
Entertainment will be provided by Cruisin’ Zeke and his Oldies Machine. The event includes free registration, prizes, food specials and 50/50 raffles. Cars of all shapes, sizes, colors and ages will be on display. The public is invited to come out and meet the car owners and talk and swap car tips.
Woodville Mall is located on Williston Road approximately one mile east of I-280 in Northwood. For more information, call 419-693-0582 or www.cruisinseake.com.
The Placers Car Club will kick off their 2009 cruise-in May 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at their new “digs” – the Toledo Speedway, 5426 Benore Rd.
Cruisin’ Zeke will be back spinning the oldies. All classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and special-interest vehicles are welcome. Cash prizes will be awarded at 7:50 p.m.
A special Make-A-Wish benefit cruse-in with live entertainment May 14.
It’s an all-free show, but no bicycles, skateboards, pets or alcoholic beverages are permitted in the parking lot.
Oregon Community Theatre will present “Ladies of Harmony,” a comedy written by local playwright Ron Hill, May 2 at 8 p.m. and May 3 at 3 p.m. at Fassett Auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors/students at the door. Call 419-691-1398 or visit www.oregoncommunitytheatre.org for more information.
Enjoy an evening with friends, Broadway’s best music, featured soloists Nat Chandler and Carol Dusdiecker and The Toledo Symphony Orchestra May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sandusky State Theatre.
Tickets for the event, presented by The Sandusky Concert Association with support of the Ohio Arts Council and the Dorn Foundation, are $30 for adults, $30 for seniors $25 and $5 for students. Call 419-626-1950 or visit www.sanduskystate.com for information.