• Through-July 24: “Student Curators Present: African Art,” Hitchcock Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Art history students at the University of Toledo select and curate this exhibition featuring African art in a variety of media from the TMA collection. 419-255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org.
• Through-Aug. 5: “Refraction/Reflection,” Works on Paper Galleries, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. This exhibition of 125 photographs from the TMA collection focuses on themes of light, shadow, and reflection. Photographic images from the beginnings of the medium in the 19th century through contemporary times will be displayed. www.toledomuseum.org.
|Twiggy and the other elephants at the Toledo Zoo
will get dynamic new digs when the Tembo Trail
exhibit opens May 18. Tembo Trail has been de-
signed to provide the animals with nearly limitless
opportunities to stay active – along with even more
choices about how they spend their days. (Photo
courtesy of Toledo Zoo/Maureen Miller)
• Through Aug. 14: “The Wildlife Art of Bob Hines,” Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. 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 artist. His official title was “National Wildlife Artist.” Despite almost no formal training, his artistic talent was recognized worldwide. Hines also was key in developing the federal Duck Stamp program and had one of his works accepted. This exclusive exhibit showcases his life and his work on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Tues-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m. www.rbhayes.org.
• Through-Sept. 2: “For the Birds,” Toledo Museum of Art, Gallery 18, 2445 Monroe St. An exhibit celebrating the rich diversity of avian art in the TMA permanent collection, delighting both art- and nature-lovers alike. 419-255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org.
• May 15-Sept. 16 – The Gilded Age of Haviland China exhibit, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont. American ingenuity challenged the European bastions of fine china production during the 19th Century as evidenced by this exhibit of some of Haviland's earliest pieces (1850-1890). www.rbhayes.org.
• May 31-Aug. 26: “Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski,” Canaday Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Russian-born Jules Olitski (1922–2007) first gained international acclaim as a Color Field painter, one of a group of highly regarded artists employing intense color in abstract form as the carrier of emotional meaning. www.toledomuseum.org.
• Hike the Dikes, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, May 5, June 16, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 15 and Oct. 13. Meet at the Migratory Bird Center at 9 a.m. for the approximately 90-minute walks. Attend three hikes and earn a hickory walking stick. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
• Saturdays and Sundays through-Sept. 23: Live Harness Racing Raceway Park, 5700 Telegraph Rd., Toledo. 419-476-7751 or www.racewayparktoledo.com.
May 5: National Train Day Toledo, Amtrak Station, 415 Emerald Ave., Toledo, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Model train layouts and displays, food, raffles for train tickets, rides, railroad art and music indoors and outside the Amtrak station. 419-244-2730.
May 5-6: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Columbus Clippers, Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo. 419-725-HENS or www.mudhens.com.
May 6: Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Celebrate the Mexican culture with activities and live performances. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 6: Black Swamp Blues Society Presents Southern Blues Rocker Tinsley Ellis, at Evolution (old Jalapenos), 519 N. Reynolds Rd. Doors open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets available by calling 419-277-4129. www.bsbs.net.
May 4-13: The Biggest Week in American Birding, Magee Marsh/Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, SR 2, Oak Harbor. Visit the Warbler Capital of the World during the peak of spring migration. Activities include viewing warblers and other migrants, guided bird walks and bus tours, bird identification workshops, and more. 419-898-4070 or http://biggestweekinamericanbirding.com.
May 6: Sewing Circle, Pearson, Johlin Cabin, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Have a knack for a needle and thread? Lend a helping hand mending historic clothing and stitching things up for a new season. Free. Reservations needed. 419-407-9700 or www.metroparktoledo.com.
May 9: Friends of Pearson, Pearson, Macomber Lodge, 7 to 9 p.m. Friends of Pearson are always looking for fellow fans of Pearson to join them as they plan events and volunteer activities to support the popular Oregon Metropark. Price: Free. 419-407-9700 or www.metroparktoledo.com.
May 10: Eric Church in concert, Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, 7:30 p.m. www.ticketmaster.com.
May 10: Thursday Art Walk, downtown Toledo, 6-9 p.m. For location, visit www.agct.org or call 419-254-ARTS (2787).
May 11: Preschool Pioneers: Home, Sweet Home (ages 3-5), Pearson, Johlin Cabin, 10 to 11 a.m. Children hear a story, compare objects from their homes to those used in the past and make soap. Reservations needed. Register child only. 419-407-9700 or www.metroparktoledo.com. Price: $ 5.
May 12: International Migratory Bird Day, Magee Marsh, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. A fun-filled day of activities related to songbird migration, including bird-banding, guided walks, food and optics tents, carvers and live raptors. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
May 12: Dart Frog Dash, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. A competitive 5K run, non-competitive 5K walk and a fun 1K run for kids. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 12: Meet the Artists of Garden Argosy, Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River Rd. S., Elmore, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Free. Come meet the artists of the Garden Argosy, Schedel’s amazing Gift Shop. Kids are invited to paint a flower for Mom. Info: 419-862-3182 or www.schedel-gardens.org.
May 12: Roots Poultry Race, Fremont Speedway, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson and North, Fremont, 7 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. 419-333-0478 or visit: www.fremontohspeedway.com.
May 12-13: Spring Plant Sale, Toledo Botanical Garden, Elmer Dr., Toledo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Featuring local plants, live entertainment, refreshments and more.
May 12-13: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson & North, Fremont. Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 200 vendors. Free admission & parking. Concessions available. 419-332-5604 or www.sanduskycountyfair.com.
May 12: Spring on the Farm, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 13: Mother’s Day Brunch and Celebration, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 15: Ladies Night Out, Chateau Tebeau Winery, 525 SR 635, Helena, 7-10 p.m. Ladies are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and an evening planned just for them. Reservations: 419-680-0386 or http://chateautebeauwinery.com/.
May 15-18: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Scranton W/B Yankees, Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo. 419-725-HENS or www.mudhens.com.
May 17: Hike for the Health of It! Ringneck Ridge Wildlife Area, 1818 CR 74, Gibsonburg, 4 p.m., Free. Make some new friends or bring along old friends; get some sun and have some fun as different parks are walked each month. No registration needed; Free. 419-334-4495 or www.lovemyparks.com/.
May 18-20: Opening of the new Tembo Trail elephant facility, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. The dynamic new elephant facility, Tembo Trail, blends extraordinary elephant care with extraordinary visitor experiences. It’s a whole new look and feel to the area known as the African Savanna. New additions this year – naked mole rats, spotted-necked otters and dromedary camels. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 18-19: Rally by the Rails, Loop Park, village of Walbridge. Carnival rides, games, food, live music, a beer tent. Saturday has a parade in downtown Walbridge, followed by a car, truck and motorcycle show, Power of Yesteryear Tractor show, a kiddie tractor pull, and an arts and craft show. www.walbridge-fest.com.
May 18-19: Drums at the Rapids, Miniature War Gaming Conference, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. www.fortmeigs.org.
May 19: Around the World in a Day, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Celebrate cultures from around the world with live entertainment and several activities. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
May 19: Beginner Genealogy Class, Hayes Pesidential Center, Hayes & Buckland, Fremont, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Head Librarian Becky Hill leads this class designed for those just beginning to research their family history. Cost $10/adults, $5/students through high school. Pre-register. 800-998-PRES or www.rbhayes.org.
May 19: Car Show, held in conjunction with Library Patron Appreciation Day, Heatherdowns Branch Library, Toledo, corner of Byrne and Heatherdowns, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Raffles, food, drinks, games and music. To register car ($10), call Scott McLuckie at 419-382-1491. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Northwest Ohio and UTMC Cancer Center.
May 19: Ohio Logistics Race, Fremont Speedway, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson and North, Fremont, 7 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. 419-333-0478 or visit: www.fremontohspeedway.com.
May 19: Jim Witter: The Music of Simon and Garfunkel, Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St., Toledo, 8 p.m. 419-242-2787 or www.valentinetheatre.com.
May 19: American Heart Assn. Heart Walk and 10K Run, University of Toledo Glass Bowl Stadium, 2801 W. Bancroft, Toledo. Registration at 8 a.m., kids’ run at 9 a.m. opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 10K run beginning at 9:45 a.m. 419-740-6181 or www.Heartwalk.kintera.org/toledooh.
May 19-22: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Syracuse Chiefs, Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St., Toledo. 419-725-HENS or www.mudhens.com.
May 19: Take Me Boating Toledo, a kickoff to National Safe Boating Week, 11 a..m.-6 p.m., Toledo Skyway Marina Maritime Academy of Toledo, 1701 Front St. Courtesy vessel safety inspections, live safety demonstrations, children’s activities, boats on display, and prize giveaways. www.SafeBoatingCampaign.com.
May 20: 18th Annual Oregon Fest, noon-6 p.m. Dustin Road, Oregon, O. This year’s theme “Plant, Nurture, Enjoy.” Parade (4 p.m.), living history exhibit, entertainment, music and more. www.oregonfest.net.
May 20: Antique & Classic Car/Truck Show, Historic Lyme Village, 5001 SR 4, Bellevue, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. lymevillage.com.
May 23: Container Gardening with Cindy Bench, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River S. Rd., 6:30 p.m. Create showstopping containers with both annuals and perennials. Also, learn creative ways to "contain" your herbs and vegetables. www.schedel-gardens.org.
May 26: Johlin Cabin Open House, Pearson, Johlin Cabin, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. See how much home life has changed in the last 145 years when you meet the lady of the house dressed in period clothing, help with daily chores or just explore. Free. 419-407-9700 or www.metroparktoledo.com.
May 26: Stargazing, Wolf Creek Campground, 2409 S. SR 53, Fremont, sunset. All ages are welcome to view the night sky with telescopes set up by the Sandusky Valley Amateur Astronomers. Folks are invited to bring their own binoculars, telescopes and questions about astronomy. Please drive to the end of the campground road, located at the southern entrance to Wolf Creek Park. Free. 419-334-4495 or visit: www.sanduskycountyparks.com
May 26-27: First Siege 1813, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. U.S. and British soldiers as well as Woodland Indians recreate historic 1813 battles at Fort Meigs. www.fortmeigs.org.
May 26-28: Flower Day Weekend, Toledo Farmer’s Market, 525 Market St. (adjacent to the Erie Street Market), Toledo, rain or shine. A Toledo Memorial Day Weekend tradition and a kickoff to the 178th Farmer’s Market season, farmers will be on hand Saturday and Monday for “Market Days,” selling baked goods, produce, eggs, poultry, beef, yard art, crafts and, of course, flowers. On Sunday, “Flower Day,” more than 60 vendors will be selling their best plants, yard art, plant accessories and crafts. 419-936-ERIE or www.toledofarmersmarket.com.
May 26-27: Kears Speedshop and Bud Light Race, Fremont Speedway, Sandusky Co. Fairgrounds, corner of Rawson and North, Fremont, 7 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. 419-333-0478 or visit: www.fremontohspeedway.com.
May 26: Edgy Rep Readings: Becky Shaw, Beirut Restaurant, 4082 Monroe St., Toledo, 8-10 p.m. Tickets $10. 419-243-9277.
May 27: Volunteer Work Day, Pearson, Maintenance Shop, 10 a.m.-noon. Spring into volunteer action and give back to your Metroparks. Lend a hand with the operations crew by tending garden beds, pruning, litter pick-up and other projects. Work glvoes, a reusable drinking bottle and sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. Community groups and individuals welcome. Reservations needed. 419-407-9700 or www.metroparktoledo.com.
May 28: Memorial Day Commemoration, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg. Join the staff and volunteers of Fort Meigs in honoring our nation's fallen heroes. www.fortmeigs.org.
June 1-2: Genoa Homecoming, downtown Genoa. Residents, former residents and visitors are invited to enjoy a parade, carnival rides, musical entertainment, beer tent, 5K run/walk, fireworks and much more. The theme of this year’s homecoming celebration is “Classic Movies & TV.” www.genoaohio.org.
June 1-2: Annual Village-Wide Garage Sale, downtown Oak Harbor, www.oakharborohio.net.
June 2: 1st Birthday Celebration for Lucas the Elephant, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Come celebrate the birthday of the zoo’s newest young resident, Lucas the Elephant. 419-419-385-4040 or www.toledozoo.org.
June 2: Nature at Night Hike, Sportsmen's Migratory Bird Center, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, 9 p.m. Free. Discover the sounds of the marsh at night. www.friendsofmageemarsh.org.
June 2-3: Historic Old West End Festival and Home Tours, Toledo’s Historic Old West End, (Robinwood/Bancroft/Collingwood/Monroe), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Home tours, art show, antique car show, entertainment, kids’ activities, garage and antique sales, food court and more. www.toledooldwestend.com.
June 3: 14th Annual British Return to Fort Meigs, Fort Meigs Memorial, 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. View and vote on your favorite British vehicles, tour the fort, sample food and shop from various vendors. www.lebcc.org.
Twiggy and the other elephants at the Toledo Zoo will get dynamic new digs when the Tembo Trail exhibit opens May 18. Tembo Trail has been designed to provide the animals with nearly limitless opportunities to stay active – along with even more choices about how they spend their days. (Photo courtesy of Toledo Zoo/Maureen Miller)