Enjoy hot, hot, hot summertime fun all month long
• Through 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 Sr., Marblehead. Tours offered weekday afternoons from 1 to 4:45 p.m. through Sept. 4, and on the second Saturday of the month through Oct. $2 per person fee for adults and children age 6 and up. Children under 6 free.
• Farmer’s Market Wednesdays through Oct. 14 at 4 p.m., Lake Township Administration Building, 27975 Cummings Rd., Lake Township.
• Genoa Farmer’s Market every other Saturday July 11 through Oct 10, Town Hall parking lot, downtown Genoa.
• June 1-Aug. 25: Grandparents Mondays, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Half-price admission on Mondays for grandparents with grandchildren. www.rbhayes.org.
“Let’s Go Outside” Family Adventures at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Saturdays at 10 a.m., Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 15 miles east of Toledo on SR 2, Oak Harbor. Enjoy a nature walk, explore the outdoors and experience nature together. Dress to be outside and come prepared to have fun. www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa.
July 2-Aug. 30: Monkey Business Exhibition, Toledo Museum of Art. On this 150th anniversary year of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species,” explore simian symbolism through the ages. www.toledomuseum.org.
July 2-4: Woodville’s Annual 4th of July Homecoming, Trail Marker Park, Woodville. Free fun event with rides, amusements, food vendors, stage shows, a big parade July 4 at 1 p.m. Fireworks on July 4 at 10 p.m. Complete schedule at http://homes.amplex.net/fourth/index.htm.
July 3: Music in the Park, Williams Park, Gibsonburg. 7 p.m. Free. Andrew Dean entertains with country, patriotic and gospel music. Bring lawn chair or blanket. 419-637-7746 or visit www.andrewdean.us.
July 3-4: Toledo Blade’s Red, White & Kaboom Fireworks with a Taste of Toledo, Promenade & Festival parks, downtown Toledo. Noon-9 p.m. Food, music – including a Battle of the Bands - and fireworks. www.dotoledo.org.
July 4: Independence Day Concert, 2-3:30 p.m., Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. Be part of a red, white and BOOM celebration at the home of the nation's first presidential center. Civil War re-enactors join the musicians of the Toledo Symphony Concert Band to perform a rousing concert of patriotic tunes and foot-tapping favorites. Come early and enjoy refreshments. 800-998-7737 or rbhayes.org.
July 4, 11, 18, & 25: Fremont Speedway Races at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson & North, Fremont. Gates open 4:30 p.m. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Featuring sprint cars and dirt trucks every Saturday night until Oct. 3. Info: 419-333-0478 or www.fremontohspeedway.com.
July 4: Hike the Dikes, Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. 9 a.m. Meet at the Bird Center. Topic: Jewels with Wings – Dragonflies. Walk along areas of the marsh and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge that are normally closed to visitors.
July 6-Aug. 25: Grandparents Mondays, Hayes Presidential Center, corner of Hayes and Buckland; Fremont. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Half-price admission on Mondays for grandparents accompanied by grandchildren. Info: 419-332-2081 or visit their website at: www.rbhayes.org
July 8 & 22: Verandah Concerts, Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. 6:45-8 p.m. Free outdoor concert from the verandah of the home of 19th U.S. President Rutherford. B. Hayes. Bring you own chair. Free ice cream social. www.rbhayes.org.
July 8: The Around the Bend Players, Improv comedy, Fat Fish Blue, Home of the Funny Bone, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. Info: 419-931-3474 or www.aroundthebenddplayers.com.
July 9: Pemberville’s Cruisin’ Nite, downtown Pemberville. 5-8 p.m. Free registration. Classic cars, food, strolling entertainment, shopping, `50’s and `60’s music. www.sanduskycounty.org.
July 9-12: “The Wiz,” Toledo Repertoire Theater/Tenth Street Theater. 419-243-9277 or www.toledorep.org.
July 10: Music in the Park, Lake Township Friendship Park, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Glass City Dixieland performs.
July 10-12: Lagrange Street Polish Festival, Polish Village, Toledo. Fri. 5-11 p.m.; Sat. noon-11 p.m.; Sun. noon-7 p.m. Polka bands, Polish food and delicacies, pierogi-eating contest, kids’ rides and games and more. 419-255-8406, ext. 304.
July 10-12: Civil War Encampment, East Harbor State Park, Marblehead. 419-734-4424 ext. 2 or ohiostateparks.org.
July 13-31: 2009 National Trophy Pistol & Rifle Matches, Camp Perry, Port Clinton. The National Matches offer competitive shooting in pistol, smallbore and rifle matches. Programs for beginners also available. 419-635-2141 ext. 1101 or odcmp.com.
July 10-12: 5th Annual African American Festival, University of Toledo Scott Park Campus, Nebraska at Parkside. Live entertainment, vendors, rides and more. 419-255-8876.
July 10-Aug. 23: 91st Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, Toledo Museum of Art. Highlighting the region’s artistic community, the exhibit includes an eclectic array of works. www.toledomuseum.org.
July 11: Pemberville’s Christmas in July, downtown Pemberville. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Participating merchants, Christmas artisans and more. 419-287-3274 or www.sanduskycounty.org.
July 11-12: Toledo Harbor Lighthouse 105-Year Festival, Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon. Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Island music, fireworks, sandcastles, food, boat rides around the lighthouse and more. www.toledoharborlighthouse.org.
July 11-12: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson, Fremont. Free admission. Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 200 vendors. www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
July 11: S.C.R.A.P. Tractor Pulls, White Star Park, Gibsonburg. 9 a.m. Presented by Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power, Inc. Info: 419-307-4265 or 419-332-5775 or www.s-c-r-a-p-inc.org
July 11: Fiddle Contest and Summer on the Farm, Sauder Village, Archbold. Ice cream-making, spelling bee, and more. www.saudervillage.org.
July 11: Butterfly ID Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor. Discover the more common butterflies of the area. 419-898-0960, ext. 31.
July 12: Music Under the Stars, Toledo Zoo Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. The Toledo tradition of free Sunday evening concerts by the Toledo Symphony continues. Featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cassandra Ballet of Toledo and Cassie Okenka, Broadway vocalist. www.toledosymphony.com.
July 14-18: Preserving our Memories, Sauder Village. Learn how memories are preserved at the village and how to preserve your own memories at home. www.saudervillage.org.
July 16: WAR and Average White Band, Centennial Terrace, Sylvania. TicketMaster: 419-474-1333.
July 17: Music in the Park, Lake Township Friendship Park, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Bridge County Bluegrass performs.
July 17: Wasted Rock Rangers will present Lo Cash Cowboys with Rake Shakers & Keys 2 Eden, 5 p.m., Oak Shade Grove in Oregon. Proceeds from the concert, being held in memory of Carl Jones, will benefit Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Tickets ($20 donation) available at Yeeha’s, 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon, where pre- and post-concert parties will be held. Shuttles available to and from the event from Yeeha’s 5 p.m. to midnight.
July 18: East Toledo Days, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Toledo Food Center (River East Plaza). Craft show, car show featuring the Northwest Ohio Jeep Club, nitro fuel dragster champion and East Toledo-born Dyno Dave Heitzman, raffles and more. Info: Will Cheek at 419-460-2060.
July 18: Bugfest! Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Noon-4 p.m. Earn a degree in “bugology” by visiting five fun learning stations about the fascinating world of insects. Fun “buggy” songs will be presented by entertainer Musical Mark. Wear old shoes for exploring aquatic insects. Free refreshments.
July 18: Downtown Fremont Art & Music Fest; Front Street, downtown Fremont. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Local artists and musicians will be displaying their artwork and performing their music for the public to enjoy during the monthly Farmers Market. www.fremontohio.org.
July 18: Pemberville’s Community Wide Garage Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 419-287-4996.
July 18: Corn Crazy! Toledo Farmer’s Market, 237 S. Erie St., Toledo. A celebration of the local corn harvest.
July 18: Maumee River Canoe Float, sponsored by Metroparks, Toledo. Explore the wonders of the scenic Maumee by canoe. http://reservations.metroparkstoledo.com/programs/
July 19: Music Under the Stars, Toledo Zoo Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. The Toledo tradition of free Sunday evening concerts by the Toledo Symphony continues. www.toledosymphony.com.
July 20-26: Ottawa County Fair, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, 7870 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. A good old fashioned agricultural fair featuring, entertainment, harness racing, food, demolition derby, tractor pulls and more. www.ottawacountyfair.org.
July 24: Music in the Park, Lake Township Friendship Park, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Just Us Two performs.
July 24-26: Stony Ridge Festival & Flea Market, Route 20, five miles east of I-75. Stony Ridge, O. Giant flea market, kids’ rides, games, food, music and more, O. Fri. 4 p.m.-dark; Sat. 9 a.m.-dark; Sun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 24-26: 1st Annual Fords at the Summit, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk. 419-668-5555 or summitmotorsportspark.com.
July 24-26: Islandfest 09, Memorial Park, Kelleys Island. Music, a parade, waterfront craft fair, fireworks and more. Kelleysislandchamber.com.
July 24: Air Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band, Centennial Terrace, Sylvania.
July 24-25: Monster Truck Show at Toledo Speedway, ARCA/Toledo Speedway, 5639 Benore Rd., Toledo. 419-243-2200 or www.arcaracing.com.
July 24-26: Christmas in July, various Locations, Put-in-Bay. Island businesses decorate for the holiday season. Best Decorated Boat Contest Friday at 10 p.m. in the downtown harbor. Land parade at 9 p.m. put-in-bay.com
July 24-26: Christmas in July, East Harbor State Park, Marblehead. Campsite decorating contest, visits from Santa and the Grinch, and more. 419.734.4424 ext. 2
July 25: Great Maumee River Dragon Boat Festival, International Park, (across the river from downtown Toledo). 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Paddle, cheer, race and celebrate to fund learning opportunities for local students. 419-242-2122.
July 25: North American Butterfly Association Count, Magee Marsh and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor. Come out and be a part of the national annual count. You don’t have to be an expert; all skill levels welcome. Pack a lunch, bring binoculars, wear a hat and dress for the weather. $3 fee.
July 25: WIOT Riot with Ratt, Toledo Harley-Davidson parking lot. 7960 Central Ave., Toledo. 419-843-7892 or TicketMaster.com.
July 25: Johnny Knorr at Centennial Terrace, Sylvania. 7:30-11 p.m. 70th Anniversary Celebration featuring the Music of Glenn Miller. Admisson: $10/person.
July 25-26: Fisher-Price Play Weekend, Toledo Zoo. A great weekend for ages 6 months to 5 years. www.toledozoo.org.
July 25-26: Drums Along the Maumee, Fort Meigs State Memorial, Perrysburg. See and hear fife and drum corps from across the country play military music from the 1750s through the War of 1812. 800-283-8916 or fortmeigs.org.
July 26: Spiegel Grove Squires Vintage Baseball, Hayes Presidential Center, corner of Hayes & Buckland, Fremont. 2 p.m. The vintage baseball game offers an innovative and action-packed lesson in the early history of the sport. Free admission. The Squires will take on the Wyandotte Ghost Riders. Info: www.rbhayes.org.
July 26: Art on the Mall, University of Toledo, Centennial Mall, Toledo. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring the area’s best artists. Free. www.dotoledo.org.
July 26-Aug. 2: Seneca Co. Fair, Seneca Co. Fairgrounds, Tiffin. http://senecacountyfair.org.
July 26: Music Under the Stars, Toledo Zoo Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. The Toledo tradition of free Sunday evening concerts by the Toledo Symphony continues. www.toledosymphony.com.
July 27: ADA Day at the Zoo, Toledo Zoo. Annual information fair to educate the public on a wide range of goods and services available to people with disabilities. Ability Center – 419-885-5733.
July 28-Aug. 2: Lucas Co. Fair, Lucas Co. Fairgrounds, Key Street, Maumee. Rides, concessions, entertainment, animals, tractor pulls, demolition derby and more. www.lucascountyfair.com.
July 28: Super Cruise-In, downtown Genoa. Info: Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce at 419-855-3225.
July 30-Aug. 1: “The Full Monty,” Toledo Repertoire Theater/Tenth Street Theatre. 419-243-9277 or toledorep.org.
July 31: June 19: Music in the Park, Lake Township Friendship Park, 27975 Cummings Rd., Millbury. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. Sneakers Band performs.
July 31-Aug. 2: Ribs on the River 2009 – Smoke on the Water – Ribs for the Red Cross, Promenade and Festival parks, downtown Toledo. Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-7 p.m. www.dotoledo.org.
Aug. 1-19: 2009 National Trophy Pistol & Rifle Matches, Camp Perry, Port Clinton. The National Matches offer competitive shooting in pistol, smallbore and rifle matches. Programs for beginners are also available. 419-635-2141 ext. 1101 or odcmp.com.
Aug. 1: 32nd Annual Night Under Fire, Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk. 419-668-5555 summitmotorsportspark.com.
Aug. 1: Jerry Lippus Memorial Classic Car and Truck Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Madison St., Port Clinton. Over 150 vehicles line the streets of downtown Port Clinton, plus food, music, and fun. 419-734-5503. portclintonchamber.com.
Aug. 1: Art Show, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., the Old Stone Church & Museum, Kelleys Island. Art paintings, crafts and more. 419-746-2399.
Aug. 4-10: Wood County Fair, Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green. Agricultural displays, grandstand entertainment featuring Little Big Town, harness racing, tractor truck pulls, midway rides, food and more. www.woodcounty-fair.com.
For more information about area events, visit www.presspublications.com, www.dotoledo.org, www.lake-erie.com and www.lakeeriesfavoriteneighbor.com.