Springtime fun goes into full bloom throughout area in May
• May 1-Aug. 2: First Lady Style: White House Gowns, Hayes Presidential Center, corner of Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. The exhibit brings together 29 original and reproduction gowns worn by American First Ladies plus a collection of miniature copies of inaugural gowns worn by every First Lady through Hillary Clinton. 800-998-7737 or ww.rbhayes.org
• Sculpture In the Village, Williams Park, SR 300 just north of SR 600, Gibsonburg. Ohio; Open daily. A juried outdoor sculpture exhibit with over 20 of the Midwest's best sculptors displaying sculpture in bronze, stone, steel, marble, aluminum, granite, glass, concrete, etc. in an outdoor setting meandering for 1/3 mile on a paved path around a quarry surrounded with trees, flowers, fountains and waterfalls. For further information, contact: Jim Havens, Curator, at 419-849-3048 or visit: www.sanduskycounty.org
• Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, 110 Lighthouse Dr., Marblehead. Tours offered weekday afternoons from 1 to 4:45 p.m. May 26 through Sept. 4, and on the second Saturday of the month from May through Oct. Beginning in May there will be a $2 per person fee for adults and children age 6 and up. Children under 6 will be free.
• Farmer’s Market Wednesdays May 6 through Oct. 14 at 4 p.m., Lake Township Administration Building, 27975 Cummings Rd., Lake Township.
• Genoa Farmer’s Market Saturdays May 16 through Oct 10, Town Hall parking lot, downtown Genoa.
May 8-July 18: Terrific Teens Exhibit, Owens Community College Walter E. Terhune Gallery.
May 8-10: 2009 Spring Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Toledo Botanical Garden, Elmer Drive, Toledo. www.toledogarden.org.
May 9: International Migratory Bird Day, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, 13229 West SR 2, Oak Harbor. Learn about the habitats not only in our backyards but also about other habitats birds need to survive. Come out and enjoy the beautiful areas and birds, plus wagon rides through the marsh and displays by various vendors. The birds are the big show, as it will be peak migration for the warblers. 419-898-0960 or friendsofmageemarsh.org. Free.
May 9: International Migratory Bird Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Toledo Zoo.
May 9: Lakeside Daisy Day Festival, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., James Park, Marblehead. Celebrate the blooming of the endangered Lakeside Daisy at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources preserve. A pancake breakfast, kids’ activities, a Daisy 5K Run, LaFarge Quarry Tours, plant sale and other activities. 800-441-1271 or lakesidedaisy.com. Free.
May 9: The Art of it All, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., featuring culinary, visual and performing arts at various locations throughout Marblehead. Events are the 3rd weekend each month through the first weekend in Oct. 419-798-3318 or jodiemccallum.blogspot.com.
May 9: Spring on the Farm, Sauder Village, Archbold.
May 9-10: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 200 vendors. Free admission and parking. www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
May 9: Wheels & Deals Toy Show, Lucas Co. Rec Center, Key St., Maumee.
May 10-16: Nest with the Birds, various locations, Kelleys Island. Enjoy a weeklong nature program of guided bird walks and afternoon lectures. 419-746-2258 or kelleysislandnature.com.
May 10: Mother’s Day Celebration and Lunch, Toledo Zoo. Moms receive free admission when they bring their kids to the Zoo. Tickets for a special Mother's Day Brunch can also be purchased in advance. Reservations/Info: 419-385-5721, ext 3092.
May 13: Lord of the Dance, 7:30 p.m., Stranahan Theater.
May 14-16: Jet Express Point Pelee Birdwatching Excursion. Three-day, two-night trip includes Jet Express Boat trip to Pt. Pelee, birding guides, an evening presentation with author/ speaker Kenn Kaufman, guided field trips to Magee Marsh and surrounding birding hotspots, up-close encounters with migrating warblers at Black Swamp Bird Observatory’s research station and lodging in Port Clinton. 419-898-4070 or 419-734-7111, bsbobird.org or jet-express.com.
May 15-17: 3rd Annual "Blaster" Cavalcade of Stars, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk. 419-668-5555 or summitmotorsportspark.com.
May 15-16: Rally by the Rails, Loop Park, Walbridge. Carnival rides; car, truck & motorcycle show, arts & crafts show, live entertainment and a grand parade.
May 16: Queen Victoria Day, various locations, Put-in-Bay. The kick-off of the summer season with a "Put-in-Bay Poker Run" & the "Downtown Scavenger Hunt." 419-285-2832 and put-in-bay.com.
May 15-17: Greater Toledo Obedience Training Club Agility Dog Show, Tam-O-Shanter Sports & Exhibition Center. Sylvania.
May 16-17: Maumee Valley Gun Collectors Show, Lucas Co. Rec Center, Key St., Maumee. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
May 16: Around the World in a Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Toledo Zoo. The zoo is home to animals whose wild counterparts live all around the world. This event celebrates the human cultures that share a space with these creatures. Music, dance, crafts and more.
May 16: Family Safety Day, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Westfield Franklin Park, Toledo.
May 16: Island Garage Sale Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., various locations, Put-in-Bay. Downtown merchants and island home owners join together for one big sale. 419-285-2832 or put-in-bay.com.
May 17: Oregon Fest, noon-6 p.m., Dustin Rd., Oregon, Oh. Fun under the tents, rain or shine. Grand parade at 3 p.m., Festival foods, children’s rides and games, classic car show, arts & crafts, quality-of-life exhibits, Civil War encampment and more. www.OregonFest.net.
May 17: Spring Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Toledo Zoo.
May 17: Toledo Baby, Child & Family Expo, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Westfield Franklin Park Mall.
May 19: Spring Fling/Senior Citizens Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lucas County Rec Center, Key St., Maumee. The largest senior expo in Northwestern Ohio. Attendees may visit over 100 exhibitors, enjoy various demonstrations, gather valuable information, and enjoy a delicious boxed lunch. Lunch tickets are $2.50 for seniors and $5.50 for non-seniors. Parking and admission are free. Info: 419-382-0624.
May 23: Camping Season Kick-off, 7-10 p.m., East Harbor State Park, Marblehead. Meet in front of the Nature Center for a dance to kick off the camping season. 419-734-4424 ext. 2 or ohiostateparks.org.
May 23: Perry’s Victory Salute to the Troops, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay. Music, games and inspiring speakers on the back lawn of the Visitors Center. 419-285-2184 or nps.gov/pevi.
May 23: Memorial Day Parade, 10 a.m.-noon, downtown Toledo. Following the parade, a memorial ceremony will be conducted in front of the War Memorial. www.dotoledo.org.
May 23-24: Native American Heritage Days, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, Ohio; 10 a.m.- 5 p .m. See history come alive. Info: www.lymevillage.com.
May 23-25: Flower Day Weekend, Farmers Market, downtown Toledo. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. A Memorial Day weekend tradition as the area’s best growers pack the market with the best locally grown flowers and plants. Rain or shine. 419-936-ERIE or www.toledofarmersmarket.org.
May 25: Memorial Day Commemoration, noon-5 p.m., Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg.
May 29-30: Genoa Homecoming, downtown Genoa. Parade featuring the Ohio State University marching Band (the 29th at 6:30 p.m.), kids’ activities, Art in the Park, Multigenerational Amateur Arts & Craft Exhibition, Farmers Market, Super Car Show and more.
May 30: Northwest Ohio Woodland & Wildlife Family Festival, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, 19255 Portage River Rd., Elmore. Informational gardening sessions and activities, plant sale, art displays, youth activities, and more. 419-862-3182 or www.schedel-gardens.org.
May 30-31: Toledo Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show and Obedience & Rally Trials, Lucas Co. Rec Center, Key St., Maumee.
For a complete listing of events throughout the region, visit www.do-toledo.org; www.lake-erie.com or www.lakeeriesfavoriteneighbor.com