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Toledo Zoo Offers Aquarium “Bon Voyage” on Aug. 11
The Toledo Zoo’s Aquarium is closing soon for renovations, but visitors are invited to a Bon Voyage celebration on Saturday, Aug. 11, marking the history – and the future – of this historic exhibit. The celebration is free with regular Zoo admission.

Educational kids’ activities will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be historical Aquarium photos and conceptual images of the new aquarium on display. Other activities will include a shark feed at 10:30 a.m.; behind-the-scenes open houses from 11 a.m. to noon and 3 to 4 p.m., and a South American tank dive and feed.

The Aquarium was one of the last Zoo structures built by Works Progress Administration (WPA) crews, opening in May, 1939. Preserving the external architectural heritage is an important part of the renovations. Inside renovations will feature floor-to-ceiling tanks, touch tanks and expanded visitor interaction.

The Aquarium is scheduled to close Oct. 1 and reopen in the first half of 2015. Details are available at toledozoo.org.


Country Stampede
Vail Meadows Riding Center and its interior program, “Horse Powered Avenues For Youth” will present the top country stampede in Northwest Ohio Aug. 11.

The event will be held at Vail Meadows, 6118 Cedar Point Rd., Oregon, from 2 to 10 p.m. Gates will open at 1 p.m. Family-friendly musical artists Bad Attitude, Breaking Silence, Sugar Shot and Shift will provide the entertainment, alongside C-X-Ranch rodeo trick rider Gena Cox. A children’s carnival with horseback rides, a petting zoo, prizes and games will open at 2 p.m.

Horse Powered Avenues for Youth is a program designed to help adolescents find a path to a positive and successful way of life. Using horses, instructors guide individuals though various exercises and activities intended to help riders examine their emotions and experiences.

Tickets to the event are $5 and will be available for purchase at Vail Meadows on the day of the event. Children and under will be admitted free. Those attending may bring their own coolers and beverages, however, for the safety of the horses, no glass containers will be allowed on the property. The concession stand will be open and food vendors will be present selling food and drinks.

For more information, contact Kristen Coen at 419-654-3314.


Fundraiser set
A fundraiser to benefit and support Emily and Matt Hyder-Jasinski will be held Aug. 11 from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Christ Dunberger Post, 4925 Pickle Rd., Oregon.

Emily, a 25-year-old alumnae of Northwood High School, is battling Stage 4 leukemia. Proceeds raised from the fundraiser will help pay for her past, current and future medical expenses.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, which includes dinner, soft drinks and beer. T-shirts are available for $10. The fundraiser will also include a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, bake sale, a balloon game, DJ and more.

Tickets are available at the Royal Bar & Grill, 3012 Woodville Rd., Northwood. Call Ashly Brand at 419-508-5769, Jessica Ramire3z at 419-618-4192 or Mandy Cufr at 419-704-8424 for more information.


Broadway comes to Toledo 
Tickets go on sale Aug. 5 for the Theater League’s 2012-2013 Broadway at the Stranahan Series.

The not-to-be-missed series includes the Tony® Award-winning “Billy Elliot the Musical,” set for Oct. 2-7; the electrifying Blue Man Group set for Dec. 4-9, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” set for Feb. 26 to March 3, and the newly staged Broadway hit “Dreamgirls,” set for April 25-28.

Individual tickets for the 2012-2013 season will go on sale Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. via theaterleague.com. Beginning Monday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m., tickets will be also be available at the Stranahan box office, located at 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, or by calling 419-381-8851.


Auditions set for “The Producers”
Oregon Community Theatre will hold auditions for “The Producers” Aug. 7 and 8 at 6 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 611 Woodville Rd.

Those auditioning must be at least 16 years old and be prepared to sing a Broadway show tune, dance, and read from the script.

An accompanist will be provided. Shows are Nov. 2-4 and Nov. 9-10. More information is available by calling 419-691-1398 or at www.oregoncommunitytheatre.org/.


LSP Car Show & Motorcycle Run
The Little Sisters of the Poor, 930 S. Wynn Rd., Oregon, will hold their 6th Annual Car Show and Motorcycle Run to Marblehead Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participation in the Motorcycle Run is $25 per bike and $5 extra for a rider. Registration for the car show is $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the event. Goodie bags and dash plaques will be presented to all participants.

There will also be 50/50 raffles and door prizes throughout the day. Raffle tickets are $5 each, six for $25 and 15 for $50. First prize is $1,000, second prize is $500 and third prize is $250.

Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor and the people they serve. For more information, call 419-698-4331 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Turbo 4 a Cause
“Turbo 4 A Cause - Kickin’ it for Kellen” will be held Aug. 11 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Brunner Campus (Old Brunner School) 1224 West St., Genoa.

Participation in the Turbo Kick event is free. Donations are being accepted, with 100 percent of the funds going to the Kellen Lucas Sharpe SIDS fund. Door prizes, raffle and 50/50 tickets will be sold the day of the event, with all proceeds also donated to the Kellen Lucas Sharpe SIDS fund.

The event was created in remembrance of baby Kellen Sharpe who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in May at the age of 8-1/2 months.

It is being planned to help bring awareness to the St. Jude’s Foundation and SIDS awareness.

For more information, call 419-509-4487.


Camp Sabroske Car Show & BBQ
A Car Show and Chicken BBQ will be held Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Camp Sabroske, 4405 N. Toussaint North Rd., Oak Harbor.

First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded in Best of Show and Street Rod categories. Prizes will also be awarded for the oldest and newest cars.  

The chicken BBQ will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner includes chicken, baked potato, green beans and a roll for $8.

The event will also include fishing, paddle boating, a bounce house and other family-friendly activities. To register for the car show, call 419-898-6741 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Exhibits highlight Tuskegee Airmen
Two unique educational exhibits about the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their crews - will be coming to the area and Tuskegee Airman Dr. Harold Brown, of Port Clinton, will be a key participant in this event.

From Aug. 9 to 12, the CAF Red Tail Squadron will bring its rare P-51C Mustang – such as the Airmen flew during World War II - and the Rise Above Traveling Exhibit to the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport/Carl R. Eller Field in Port Clinton (3515 East State Rd). The public is welcome; there is no charge to see the red-tailed Mustang or experience the Traveling Exhibit.

The Squadron, a volunteer-driven non-profit organization that is part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), completed two $1 million restorations of the Mustang, named Tuskegee Airmen.

The new Rise Above exhibit is a customized 53 foot trailer with expandable sides that houses a 40-foot long, curved panoramic movie screen and seating for 30 in climate-controlled comfort. A short original movie called, “Rise Above” focuses on what the Tuskegee Airmen - pilots and their support personnel - had to overcome to be allowed to fly and fight for their country during World War II.

Display hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Appetite for the Arts
Appetite for the Arts, a weekend of discovery and adventure with the arts will be held Aug. 17, 18 and 19 at the Liberty Aviation Museum, 3515 E. State Road, Port Clinton.

Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday (ticketed event), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

The event will showcase artwork from more than 60 artists from the tri-state area, along with live entertainment, culinary arts, beer, local wineries, vintage cars and airplanes, original maps from Amelia’s Earhart’s last flight and aviation history items.

Visit www.PortClintonArts.org for more information.


Old equipment expo
The Historical Construction Equipment Association (HCEA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the construction, will host its 27th Annual International Convention and Old Equipment Exposition Sept. 14 to 16 at the National Construction Equipment Museum at 16623 Liberty Hi Road, Bowling Green.

The show will feature demonstrations and displays of horse-drawn, steam, gas and diesel-powered antique construction machinery, cable and hydraulic shovels and cranes, hit and miss engines, antique trucks and tractors, and more.

This year’s show will include the annual convention of the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club, and will feature numerous restored Caterpillar machines. Equipment from the Museum’s collection of over 90 pieces, including the restored 1926 Marion 21 electric shovel and 1950s Cat DW20 motor scraper, will also be demonstrated.

The show is open to the public. Anyone involved with the construction, mining and dredging equipment is especially encouraged to attend, so they can observe the ancestors of today’s machinery in action.

Show hours are Friday 9 a.m. to dusk; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $7 per person or $15 for a weekend pass for those 12 and over.


Rally for the Cure Car Show 
Mathews Ford Oregon will present a Rally for the Cure Car Show Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dealership is located at 2811 Navarre Ave., Oregon. In the event of inclement weather, the show will be held Aug. 25.

Free registration is available for all makes and models. Cruisin Zeake and his Oldies Machine will be on hand playing `50s and `60s classic rock. There will also be kids’ activities and 50/50 raffles and more.

Proceeds will benefit Rally for the Cure. For more information call 419-698-4444 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


New exhibits open
Three new exhibits open Aug. 4 at the National Center for Nature Photography in Secor Metropark. The exhibits will remain open Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. through Oct. 28. Admission is free.

The exhibits include “Curious Critters,” by Dave FitzSimmons, an Ohio photographer and member of the pro staff for Sigma lenses; “America's Backcountry,” by Toledo-area, national award-winning photographer Steve Perry, is a journey across the continent, featuring spectacular scenery and wildlife; and “Nature in 3-D,” featuring the works of Larry Low, a University of Toledo Medical Center healthcare technology specialist, who is a passionate photographer.

Also on exhibit during the same period is “Plants Preserved and Plants Protected,” a selection of prints from the Bowling Green State University herbarium collection of celebrated Oak Openings naturalist Edwin Lincoln Moseley, paired with images of the plants as they grow in the wild.

Secor Metropark is located at 10001 W. Central Ave. (six miles west of I-475), Berkey.

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