Choraliers to present “Love – Laughter – Legends”
The Choraliers will present “Love – Laughter – Legends” May 10, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. in the auditorium at Fassett Middle School, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.
The song-and-dance show will include an eclectic mix of numbers from Broadway to the Beach Boys sure to delight all ages.
General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $5 for children under 10. A discount is available for groups of 10 or more.
Tickets are available at James Optical, Beth Allen Florist, Urban Flowers in Rossford or from any Choraliers member.
Train Day Toledo
Toledo’s Train Day celebration – one of the largest Train Day observances in the country – will be held May 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the downtown Amtrak station, 415 Emerald St., and at the adjacent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza.
The Grand Lobby will be filled with operating model train layouts and displays. Visitors will also enjoy food vendors, raffles for train tickets, rides, railroad art and music indoors and outside the Amtrak station.
Returning this year is Engineer Steve, a Norfolk Southern railroader who presents an entertaining program teaching adults and children about safety on the rails.
Visitors to Toledo’s Train Day event will get the opportunity to see Amtrak’s 40th Anniversary Exhibit Train, a rolling museum chronicling Amtrak’s four decades as a coast-to-coast passenger train system. Also new this year will be music by “Cannonball” Paul, a strolling entertainer who has taken his act all over the world.
Admission is free.
Live in the House!
The Raisin Pickers will take the stage at the Pemberville Opera House May 5 as part of the ongoing Live in the House! concert series. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.
The Raisin Pickers, who hail from Michigan, are a distinguished string band that draws on a vast array of traditional musical influences.
Tickets are $12 and are available at the door or in advance at Beeker’s General Store in Pemberville. For more information, call Carol at 419-287-4848 or visit www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.
Refuge Bus Tours
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will be offering bus trips to various points of interest on both Ottawa and Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuges through May 17.
Seating is limited and riders must make a reservation by calling the Visitor Center at 419-898-0014. Buses will leave from the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot at 7 a.m. and trips will last about three hours. Refuge staff will be driving the bus and will gladly interpret refuge management and the wildlife experience during the tour.
Morning trips will be offered May 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16 and 17. In addition, afternoon trips, running from 1 to 4 p.m. will be offered May 12 and 13.
For more information about the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, call 419-898-0014, visit www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OttawaNWR.
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located at 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.
Music & Art Show
Genoa Elementary School will host a Music & Art Show May 8. Music, including a performance by the third-grade, will be showcased in the gym.
The Art Show, featuring works by students in kindergarten through fifth grade, will be held in the cafeteria and hallways from 3 to 6 p.m.
Rally by the Rails
The annual Rally by the Rails Festival, set for May 18 and 19 in Loop Park in Walbridge.
On Friday and Saturday, the celebration will include carnival rides, games, live entertainment, food and an arts, crafts and hobby show.
Saturday highlights include a parade through downtown Walbridge at 11 a.m., a Kiddie Tractor Pull and a Power of Yesteryear Tractor Show. Northwest Ohio Street Machiners will also hold a Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon the day of the show ($10). Pre-registration is also available at a discounted fee of $7 by calling K.K. Kansorka at 419-304-2395. Dash plaques will be presented to the first 75 registered vehicles. Awards will be presented at 4 p.m.
For more information about Rally by the Rails, call 419-913-3719 or email
InProcess offers classes & more
In addition to offering a variety of arts and craft items made by local and regional artists, InProcess, located in the Great Eastern Shopping Center, offers assorted exercise, art and other classes.
Exercise class offerings include belly dancing, Zumba, Hula Hoop Fitness, yoga, and more.
A sampling of upcoming art classes include:
• May 12: Napkin Decoupage Pots 1 p.m. price TBA
• May 24: Chainmail: silver earrings 5:30-7 p.m. $45 all supplies included
• May 26: Gem Trees 10-12 $15.00 all supplies included
• May 26: Watercolor class. 1:00-2:30 $25 includes all supplies
On May 18-19, psychic medium John Turski will be at InProcess from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Space is limited.
On May 25, there will be an Artist Meet and Greet from 5 to 9 p.m. Meet local artists, enjoy refreshments, live music by Cricket on the Hearth and Marlea Peabody.
Pre-registration is required for classes and events. Store hours are Tuesday through Thursday noon-7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon-5 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
For information call 419-721-9467 or 419-262-6223
New Photo Exhibits Open
Two new exhibits open May 5 at the National Center for Nature Photography, a Metroparks facility inside Secor Metropark, 10001 W. Central Ave., Berkey.
“Ancient Ohio” features images by Art Weber and Tim Black that reveal the Native American earthworks of pre-historic Ohio.
In the second exhibit, “A Photographer's Guide To Ohio,” Ian Adams, Ohio’s most prolific and recognized landscape photographer, shares images related to his new book of the same name.
Both exhibits run through July 29. The exhibit Center hours are noon to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Call 419-407-9757 or visit www.metroparkstoledo.com for more information.
Free music downloads
Birchard Public Library and the Clevnet libraries have contracted with Freegalmusic.com to offer free music downloads to library patrons. Library cardholders can download three free music selections each week when they enter the Freegalmusic.com site by clicking on a box on the library’s homepage. Freegalmusic.com is a music service that is only available through subscribing libraries.
Birchard Public Library also offers other electronic information and download opportunities to library users, including research databases, e-books, and e-audiobooks.
Visit the library website at www.Birchard.lib.oh.us for more information on electronic resources.
Library’s Most Requested
The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s list of “most requested” books includes:
Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy, by E.L.James
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
11th Hour, by James Patterson, author Maxine Paetro
Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
The Lost Years, by Mary Higgins Clark
The Witness, by Nora Roberts
The Last Boyfriend, by Nora Roberts
Calico Joe, by John Grisham
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, by Anna Quindlen
Deadlocked: a Sookie Stackhouse Novel
Kayak, paddleboat programs
Instructors of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are now accepting students for the 2012 Safe Boating Kayak/Paddleboat Programs.
Classes are open to all persons and will start promptly as scheduled. Group and family discounts are available and registration fees collected at the start of class. Pre-registration is strongly recommended
Classes will be offered May 29 and July 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the pond at Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania.
For more information about this and other Boating Safety Classes, contact Division 16 Public Education Officer Pat Groves at 419-729-1529 or
Naked mole rats returning
Elephants aren’t the only attraction at the Zoo’s new Tembo Trail, opening on Friday, May 18. Returning to public view after four years off exhibit is a colony of naked mole rats that will be housed within the elephants’ indoor quarters.
Despite the name, naked mole rats are neither moles nor rats. With a nearly hairless, buck-toothed appearance that few people forget, they are more closely related to porcupines and guinea pigs than to moles or rats. Naked mole rats have a eusocial group structure that is unusual among mammals. A single queen rules the colony, breeding with a few select males, while the rest of the colony defends and serves her.
Moving these burrowing animals into an exhibit in the elephants’ indoor quarters offers visitors a chance to see two remarkable African species in one dynamic space. It’s part of a whole new look and feel to the area visitors have known as the African Savanna, including rhinos, lions, meerkats, otters, crocodile and the beloved hippos of the Zoo’s world-renowned Hippoquarium®.
The $15 million Tembo Trail project was made possible by Lucas County’s voters who supported the Zoo’s 2006 capital levy and by generous capital campaign donors, including The Kresge Foundation, Jonathan F. Orser in memory of his mother Grace Ford Orser, and the Landman-Goldman Foundation. Major sponsor for Grand Opening Weekend May 18 to 20 is The Andersons.
Tuning up for Food
Fremont Area Musicians and Entertainers (F.A.M.E.), and the Sandusky County Agricultural Society will once again sponsor live music concerts and Food Pantry drives the second weekend of each month throughout the summer, in conjunction with the Fremont Flea Market. Organizers also have a few openings for area groups and entertainers to perform at the events.
The fourth annual, summer series of “Tuning Up For Food” will kick off May 12 and 13 at the Log Cabin Stage inside the Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. All proceeds will benefit the Sandusky County Food Pantry. The family- friendly shows are free and open to the public. Donations of non-perishable food items are requested, or those attending may make a monetary donation to the Food Pantry.
Those attending the shows are invited to bring lawn chairs or other comfortable seating. Food and refreshments will also be available both days, and all who attend are encouraged to come early and visit the vendors at the Flea Market starting at 10 a.m. both days.
For more information on the live music shows or the food drive, call Billy Lee at 419-307-3123 or email
. More information about the flea market is available at www.sanduskycountyfair.com or by calling 419-332-5604.
Terra announces new Jazz and American Music program
Terra State Community College’s Department of Music recently announces a new degree, concert series and summer festival for “Jazz and American Music Studies.”
The new degree program prepares students for future careers as working musicians by offering the first two years of a bachelor in Jazz Studies, Performance with Contemporary Music Emphasis, and includes music business and professional production training opportunities.
As with all of Terra’s music degrees, students are provided with real-life and hands-on training in music careers from performance to production. The new Jazz and American Music Studies degree is eligible for students to enroll this fall.
Terra will present its first “Jazz and American Music Festival” (JAM Fest) June 11-16. The weeklong event, hosted by Terra and partnering organizations across Ohio, will be packed with diverse music and activities for the whole family.
The festival will start out with a day camp (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) beginning June 11 called Jam Camp Ohio. Participants can take part in an inclusive, supportive program where all activities are taught through hands-on group experiences for all levels, with an array of lessons and sessions on performance, production classes and seminars on recording and songwriting, and much more.
The camp includes evening “jam” sessions for camp participants, instructors and the public at the Strand Theatre in downtown Fremont. Special scheduling opportunities will be provided so individuals may schedule sessions around possible work schedules. The camp will conclude on Friday, June 15 to kick-off the JAM Fest weekend events.
Friday night's performance, “A Tribute to Jazz Legends,” features a regional all-star jazz group and the popular Terra State Jazz Band. This concert will pay tribute to the jazz legends and entertainers who have shaped the American music landscape. Friday night’s concert is at the Port Clinton Performing Arts Center.
Saturday features an all-day festival event, involving various artists and a variety of American music genres at Terra’s Student Activities Center and Recital Hall. Performances begin at noon and are presented throughout the afternoon.
Performing groups include Blue Lunch (Cleveland), New Vancouver (Columbus), Gingley Joh (Fremont), Uneiq (Fremont), Slow Burn (Toledo), Brian Lang Orchestra, Obnox Duo, Bowling Green Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and a workshop with bassist Doug John’s sponsored by Bass Gear Magazine. Interactive children’s music and artistic activities will be presented throughout the day.
The festival concludes with a concert by festival headliner Doug Johns, Funk/R&B bassist from Cleveland with the Doug Neel Project opening. Saturday evening’s concert will be held at the Strand Theatre.
For more information on Jam Camp Ohio, JAM Fest, or Terra’s new Jazz and American Music Studies program, visit www.terra.edu or call 419-559-2233.