There’s plenty to do…
Spend February chillin’ at local exhibits, shows & events
So Punxsutawney Phil issued his prediction for six more weeks of winter? Who cares? Winter hasn’t been so bad – so far, anyway and there’s plenty of indoor fun to enjoy, should the temperatures drop and the flakes fly.
• Art on Exhibit at the National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, located on Central Avenue six miles west of US 23/I-475 in Berkey. Exhibits include “New Lands, New Discoveries,” “Travelogue: North Shore Minnesota,” and “Winning Photos from the 2011 Outdoor Writers Association of America.” Free admission. www.metroparkstoledo.com.
• Through April 29: Mindbender Mansion, Imagination Station Toledo, corner of Summit and Adams streets in downtown Toledo. Adults and children alike will enjoy challenging their minds as they try to master each of the 40 individual brainteasers and the five group activities in this fun and unusual exhibit. 419-244-2674 or www.imaginationstationtoledo.org.
• Feb. 16 through Aug. 14: The Wildlife Art of Bob Hines, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. and holidays. Closed Mondays and Easter. Ohio native Robert Hines (1912-1994) holds the distinction of being the only U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee hired as a full-time “National Wildlife Artist.” Hines developed his love of nature growing up along the verdant banks of the Sandusky River in Fremont. Despite almost no formal training, his artistic talent was recognized worldwide. Hines also was key in starting the federal Duck Stamp program and had one of his works accepted. This exhibit showcases his life and his work on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Info: Nancy Kleinhenz at 419-332-2081, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.rbhayes.org.
• At the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo (www.toledomuseum.org).
Through March 4: “Storytelling in Miniature,” Works on Paper Galleries. Featuring approximately 140 miniature engravings and prints from the Renaissance through the modern and contemporary eras from the museum’s collection.
Through March 11: “European Expressionist and Cubist Works on Paper,” Gallery 18. Drawn from the TMA collection, this exhibition features prints, illustrated books, and drawings from France and Germany in the first decades of the 20th century and includes work by Picasso, Matisse, Kollwitz, Kirchner, Kandinsky, and others who emerged or came to maturity during this time.
Through March 25: “Small Worlds,” Canaday Gallery, brings together intricate, charming, disquieting, and thoughtful artwork on the smallest of scales.
Feb. 4-5: 21st Annual Living History Trade Fair, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson Ave. and North St., Fremont. Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-3, admission; $4 (kids 10 & under free with paying adult). Presented by Smiling Fox Forge. Find everything from period tents to equipment and a large selection of period clothing for the seasoned re-enactor to the interested beginner. Enjoy home-cooked foods and chat with recruiters for historic military groups. Info: 419-334-8180 or www.smilingfoxllc.com.
Feb. 5: Spencers Theatre of Illusion, Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo, 4-8 p.m. A high-tech magic show that combines comedy, romance and suspense with elaborate stage illusions. 419-242-2787 or www.valentinetheatre.com.
Feb. 7: Ask a Patent/Copyright/Trademark Attorney Series, Toledo-Lucas Co. Public Library, 325 Michigan St., Toledo, 7-8:30 p.m. 419-259-5209.
Feb. 7-26: “Jersey Boys,” Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo1-800-745-3000 or www.theaterleague.com.
Feb. 9: Kyle White Live, Spicy Tuna Sushi Bar & Grill, 7130 Airport Highway, Unit 10, Holland. www.spicytunasushi.com.
Feb. 10: Nature Board Games, Sandusky Co. Park District Office, 1970 Countryside Place, Fremont, 4¬- 7:30 p.m. Free. Ages 5 and up and their families are invited to come play a board game or two with a nature-based theme. No registration required. Free. Info: 419-334-4495 or www.lovemyparks.com/.
Feb. 10-12: Great Lakes RV Dealers Show, SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Northwest Ohio’s oldest and largest family RV show. 419-255-3300 or www.greatlakesrvcenter.com.
Feb. 10: Silver Screen Classics: Monkey Business & Duck Soup, Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo, 7:30-11:30 p.m. A Marx Brothers double feature. Cold tall drafts, full bar, $2 popcorn. 419-242-2787 or www.valentinetheatre.com.
Feb. 10-26: “Forever Plaid,” Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. A ‘50s foot-tapping, seat-rocking good time. 419-242-2787 or www.valentinetheatre.com.
Feb. 11-12: Hot Deals at Winter Weekends, Toledo Zoo. On Saturday, watch ice-carving (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Vanimal-tine’s Day (many of the animals get species-appropriate treats); Sunday features the Ballet Theatre of Toledo (performing at 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.). Both days include an indoor inflatable bounce house, plus Cabin Fever Feeds where visitors can watch some of their favorite animals chow down. Presented by Mercy Children’s Hospital. www.toledozoo.org.
Feb. 11: Internet Genealogy I Class, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Info on finding and using free genealogical websites. Cost $10/adult, $5/students through high school age. Pre-registration required. Info: Nancy Kleinhenz at 419-332-2081, email email@example.com or visit www.rbhayes.org.
Feb. 11-12: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson & North St., Fremont. Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 200 vendors. Concessions available. Free admission parking. Info: 419-332-5604 or www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
Feb. 11 and 25: Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions, Lourdes University Appold Planetarium, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, 7:30 p.m. Based on the popular book and website of the same name, Bad Astronomy offers a unique and fun approach to learning about the cosmos. Admission $5/adults and $4/under 12 and Lourdes students. 419-517-8897.
Feb. 11: Toledo Walleye vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7 p.m. 419-725-WALL or www.toledowalleye.com.
Feb. 12: Toledo Walleye vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 4 p.m. 419-725-WALL or www.toledowalleye.com.
Feb. 13: Nature Bingo, White Star Park Log Cabin, 5013 CR 65, Gibsonburg, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Space is limited. Register by calling 1-888-200-5577 or visit www.lovemyparks.com.
Feb. 17-18: Freestyle Motocross, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 419-321-5007 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Feb. 17-19: BASHCon XXVII, University of Toledo Main Campus, Student Union, 2801 W. Bancroft St. Pre-register online at bashcon.com.
Feb. 17-19: HBA House & Home Show, SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. Fri. 3-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 419-473-2507 or www.toledohba.com/eventreg.htm.
Feb. 17: Silver Screen Classics: “Mutiny on the Bounty,” Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo, 7:30 p.m. Cold tall drafts, full bar, $2 popcorn. 419-242-2787 or www.valentinetheatre.com.
Feb. 17: Dances from the Heart of Rock and Roll, Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg, 8 p.m. Rock to the music of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Bonnie Raitt, to name a few, in this soulful and entertaining production. Experience the best of contemporary dance with choreography by Laurie Eisenhower. 567-661-7000 or www.owens.edu/arts/index.html.
Feb. 18-19: Hot Deals at Winter Weekends, Toledo Zoo. On Saturday, enjoy ice-carving (11 a.m.-2 p.m.). Both days feature Zap Entertainment’s One World, Many Stories (1 p.m.) and The Wonderful World of Bubbles (12 p.m. and 2 p.m.), plus an indoor inflatable bounce house and Cabin Fever Feeds. Presented by Mercy Children’s Hospital. www.toledozoo.org.
Feb. 18-20: Free Admission to Lucas Co. Residents, Toledo Zoo. Lucas County visitors also get Zoo coupons to use throughout the weekend, along with an offer for a free return visit in March. toledozoo.org.
Feb. 18: Fancy Nancy, Duck for President & Other Story Books, Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo, 2-4 p.m. A musical revue of eight best-selling children’s stories. 419-242-2787 or www.valentinetheatre.com.
Feb. 18: Mardi Gras, Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon, 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Music by Spass, Food & drink available for purchase. 419-260-9628.
Feb. 18-19: Gun & Knife Show, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson & North St. Fremont. Sat. 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. & Sunday 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission $4. Buy, sell and trade all types of guns and knives. Bring in your gun for a free appraisal. Table space available. Info: Steve Wright at 419-680-5442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 18-19: Sleigh Rides In Spiegel Grove, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 1-4 p.m. $3 per rider. In honor of Presidents’ Day, take a tour through the 25-acre estate of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes using the mode of transportation he used – a horse-drawn sleigh. Rides provided by South Creek Clydesdales of Fremont. After the ride, stay for the day and tour the 31-room Hayes mansion and two-story Hayes Museum & Library. Info: www.rbhayes.org.
Feb. 18: 8th Annual Stella Bertz Memorial Cheer for a Cure, Genoa Area High School, 2980 N. Genoa Clay-Center Rd., Genoa. A cheer competition and fundraiser for cancer research that includes 50/50 cash drawings, cheer apparel and concessions. 419-855-2282 or www.cheerforacure.com.
Feb. 19: Hayes Lecture on the Presidency, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 5-8 p.m. Complete evening (reception/dinner/lecture) $30; lecture only $10 (begins 7 p.m.). Info: 419-332-2081, email at email@example.com or visit www.rbhayes.org.
Feb. 24-26: The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, The Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St., Toledo. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Fri. and Sat. and 2:30 p.m. Sun. 419-243-9277 or www.toledorep.org.
Feb. 24-25: Toledo Walleye vs. Wheeling Nailers, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7 p.m. 419-725-WALL or www.toledowalleye.com.
Feb. 24: Of Ebony Embers, Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg, 8-10:30 p.m. A chamber music theatre work celebrating the lives of the great African-American poets Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay as seen through the eyes of the great muralist and painter Aaron Douglas. 567-661-7000 or www.owens.edu/arts/index.html.
Feb. 24: Silver Screen Classics: “The Sting,” Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo, 7:30-11 p.m. Cold tall drafts, full bar, $2 popcorn. 419-242-2787 or www.valentinetheatre.com.
Feb. 25-26: Hot Deals at Winter Weekends, Toledo Zoo. On Saturday, watch ice-carving (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and play in the somewhat silly Fami-lympics games (11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Sunday features the Wanna Bees preschoolers’ show (12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.). Both days feature Cabin Fever Feeds. Presented by Mercy Children’s Hospital. www.toledozoo.org.
Feb. 25: Square Dance, Ottawa Co. Fairgrounds, 7870 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor, 8 p.m.-midnight. Doors open at 7 p.m., dancing from 8 p.m.-midnight with the band Legacy II. BYOB. Call the fair office to reserve tickets. 419-898-1971 or ottawacountyfair.org.
Feb. 26: Toledo Walleye vs. Cincinnati Cyclones, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 4 p.m. 419-725-WALL or www.toledowalleye.com.