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Sesame Street Live
The red monster with the green thumb coming to Toledo

Elmo and his Sesame Street friends will join together as they try to find a new


The red monster with the green thumb – accompanied by his
Sesame Street friends – will learn about nature on a magical
adventure Feb. 26-28 at the SeaGate Convention Centre.
(Photo courtesy of VEE Corporation)

home for Elmo’s sunflower, Sunny, in “Elmo’s Green Thumb,” on stage at the SeaGate Convention Centre Feb. 26-28.

Like television’s Sesame Street, Sesame Street Live productions feature timeless lessons for all ages. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Feb. 26; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27; and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Feb. 28.

Tickets are $12, $15 and $18, except for opening night, when all seats are $11. A limited number of $24 Gold Circle seats are also available. For more information, call 419-321-5007. To charge tickets by phone, call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at

Concert, dance contest
The Oregon Arts Council will sponsor an Oldies Dance and Amateur Dance Contest Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at Starr Elementary School, 3230 Starr Ave., Oregon.

Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Eastern Community YMCA Scholarship Program, which sends needy children to camp.


Bring on the beads!
The Toledo Museum of Art is collecting handmade beads from artists, enthusiasts and community members as part of “The Bead Goes On,” a project culminating with the installation of a 10,000-bead curtain at the Museum. Contributors are invited to give as many as five original beads made of glass, metal, felt, kiln-dried wood or other non-organic materials. The completed work of art will be unveiled at the Museum’s Starting Place Gallery, and later permanently installed in the museum’s Glass Pavilion.

“I wanted to find a way to show off even the smallest forms of art,” says glass artist Robin Schultes, who teaches at the museum and who came up with the idea for the community art project. According to Schultes, bead-making is not only one of the oldest art forms known to man, but also a popular hobby for people of all ages.

“The ideal beadmaker is anyone and everyone,” says Schultes. “It doesn’t have to take a lot of time and effort, only as much as one wants to put into it.”


Luke Shaffer, known as Luke James, has moved one step closer to a big break in

Luke Shaffer, known as Luke James

the music industry.

The 2003 graduate of Eastwood H.S. has made it to the Hollywood round of American Idol, and he hopes the honor gains him more exposure and experience.

“If I do well, that would be awesome, but if I don’t, I know that I will have an amazing life experience under my belt that I hope to learn something from,” Shaffer said.

Shaffer got his first guitar when he was 16, but he didn’t start playing it until he was 18. His brother John sparked him to become better.

“I set out to play it better,” he said. “I just wanted to be better than him.”

Shaffer said his mom forced him to join choir class around his sophomore year at Eastwood. He also performed in a few musicals.

“Nothing too involved, though, honestly,” he said about his time at Eastwood.

At around 19 or 20 years old, Shaffer started performing in bars and at friends’ homes. It was at that time he began recording songs on MySpace.


Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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