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The Pemberville Children's Theatre Workshop, under the direction of Angela Patchett will present “Fairy Tale Courtroom” Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic village opera house.

The production is made possible through the generosity of the Gale and Marlyn Performing Arts Fund. Before the show and during intermission, local young pianists who are students of three Pemberville piano teachers will be featured.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets available at Beeker’s General Store or by calling 419-287-3274 or 419-287-4848.


A modern twist 

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, in conjunction with its new exhibit, Patterns from the Past: Quilts of Northern Ohio, will present a free lecture titled, “A Modern Twist on Old Quilt Blocks,” by quilt artist Amy Reitzel Aug. 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Hayes Museum auditorium.

Reitzel is a quilting instructor and employee at Sonflower Gifts & Quilts in Sylvania. Her works have been displayed at the Schedel Gardens & Arboretum in Elmore, as well as at the American Quilting Society Expo, Kaleidoscope of Quilts, Monroe County Fair, and the Michigan State Fair.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont, Ohio. The facility is affiliated with the Ohio Historical Society. Check the Hayes Presidential Center website for a complete list of year-round special events.

“Dog Days of Summer”

Looking for something fun to do with your canine friend? Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate the “Dog Days of Summer” Aug. 9 from noon to 4 p.m.

Take a walk on the refuge’s trails and enjoy treat (dog and human treats will be available). Nature walks will be offered at 1 and 3 p.m. Dogs must get along with other dogs and be on a standard 6-foot leash to participate in the walks.

For more information, call 419-898-0014 or visit The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo or 16 miles west of Port Clinton on SR 2.

“Wonka Time”

The Oregon Community & Family Coalition (OCFC) Youth Board will host “Wonka Time” to recruit new Youth Board members Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. at New Harvest Church, 3540 Seaman St., Oregon.

Students entering grades 9-12 and their parents are invited to Wonka Time - an Oompa-Loompa time of fun where Youth Board graduates will be honored and new recruits will be welcomed. There will be flowing chocolate rivers, a Wonka picture booth and an overall world of wonder. All new recruits will receive a candy bar that might possess the golden ticket that can be turned in for an iTunes gift card.

OCFC Youth Board is a group of teens that work together to be a positive influence among their peers and their community to stand against drugs and substance abuse. The youth board is required to serve 20 community service hours and must commit to not attend parties where drugs and/or alcohol are present. The teens also participate in many events, throughout the year, that make a difference in the Oregon community.

For more information, call Wonka Hot Line at 419-720-1708.

Toast of Ohio

The fifth annual Toast of Ohio will be held Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sandusky Bay Pavilion, 605 E. Water St., Sandusky.

This year’s event, presented in conjunction with the Ohio Grape Industries Committee, will include musical entertainment and family fun activities at local museums.

There is a $1 admission fee for the event, which will feature 15 Ohio wineries. Admission fees will benefit the sponsor museums - Maritime Museum of Sandusky and the Merry-Go-Round Museum.

Fifty-cent and one-dollar tickets will be available to purchase for exchange of wine tastings and food purchases. Wine related merchandise and souvenirs will also be sold at the festival.

What's quality wine without quality food? Gourmet samples from local restaurants will be available throughout the day, including hot appetizers, fabulous entrees and various delectable desserts. There will also be entertainment including the Bare Bones Jazz Quartet from 2 – 6 pm. In addition there will be artists exhibiting their work during the festival.

The Maritime Museum of Sandusky and the Merry-Go-Round Museum, co-sponsors of the festival, will host tours and activities. The free Sandusky Main Street Trolley will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to transport festival patrons to the Merry-Go-Round Museum and downtown Sandusky.

Artists & Authors

Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) will celebrate Ohio’s natural beauty with its Artists & Authors Event, Aug. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The free event will feature work by Ohio-based artists and writers focusing on birds and wildlife, and the area’s natural beauty through books, paintings, photographs, jewelry and other art forms. Book signings and art demonstrations will take place throughout the afternoon.

Presentations will be offered at 1:30 p.m. by Jen Brumfield, artist and tour leader, and at 2:30 p.m. by famed photographer Brian Zwiebel. At 3:30 p.m., there will be book signings by Kenn Kaufman, author of the Kaufman Field Guides, Kingbird Highway and the recently-released Flights Against the Sunset.

Larry Rosche and Judy Semroc, authors of several books highlighting the region, and their just-released book, Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeast Ohio, 2nd Edition; and Jim Mollenkopf, author of several books on the Great Black Swamp and his just-released book: The Great Black Swamp III: Further Historical Tales Of Northwest Ohio will also be on hand.

BSBO, an independent, non-profit organization devoted to research, conservation, and education, is located at 13551 W. SR 2 at the entrance to Magee Marsh Wildlife Area.

For more information, call BSBO at 419-898-4070 or visit





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