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Pumpkin Path, Little Boo promise to be wild & wonderful
The Toledo Zoo’s Halloween happenings, Pumpkin Path and Little Boo at the Zoo offer family-friendly trick-or-treat activities plus wild and wonderful zoo fun.

Little Boo at the Zoo runs Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19, while Pumpkin Path runs Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21.

Pumpkin Path, sponsored by Meijer, features trick-or-treat stations throughout the Zoo and the Fisher-Price Play Area, plus ghoulish games, a mini straw maze, spook-tacular magic shows and more Halloween hijinks. Details are at toledozoo.org/pumpkin.

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Little Boo at the Zoo offers the fun of Pumpkin Path on a smaller scale that’s perfect for preschool poltergeists, who will encounter trick-or-treating, games and more, in a way that’s sure to delight without the fright. Little Boo at the Zoo is sponsored by Fisher-Price®. Details are at toledozoo.org/boo.

For Toledo Zoo members, one-day admission tickets to Pumpkin Path or Little Boo are $6 for children (and for adults who trick-or-treat at Pumpkin Path). Tickets for non-members are $11 for adults and children and $8 for seniors. A ticket discount code, good for $1 off with online orders purchased through toledozoo.org, is available at Meijer stores.

In October, the Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 419-385-4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.


Holiday Craft Show
The Gathering Place childcare center, located at 3530 Seaman Rd., Oregon, will hold a Holiday Craft Show Saturday Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The show will include crafts, various independent vendors, antiques, raffles and homemade food. Lunch will be available for purchase in the café.

“Every year we help out a number of our families by purchasing gifts and necessities for children in need at Christmas,” said Kristine Ellis, Assistant Administrator.  “We have called on our parents, grandparents and staff to help purchase these items. Over the years more and more families have been in need, as our numbers have continued to grow we have found it difficult to meet the needs without additional help.

“Two years ago we started hosting the craft show and ask all the crafters to donate an item they make to the raffle, with all money generated would be used to purchase gifts for the Angel Tree,” she said.

In addition, each Gathering Place classroom has created an original piece of artwork to be sold at the show, as part of the “Children Helping Children” project. Some of the items for sale include a Christmas Wreath that holds Christmas cards, decorated holiday plates, gift tags, wall art, magnets, a memory board and much more.

“The children have painted, cut, glued, stamped and sprinkled love into every project,” Ellis said. “Fingerprints and footprints can be found on many of the items that the Infant classrooms made. Each piece is one-of-a-kind.”

For more information, call 419-691-6313.


Pumpkin Fest
Hoeflinger-Bolander Funeral Home will present the 10th Annual Pumpkin Fest Oct. 20 from noon to 2 p.m. in the parking lot, 3500 Navarre Ave., Oregon.

There will be free pumpkins to decorate and goodies for kids. The Oregon Fire Department will be on hand with their Smoke Bouncy House, and Oregon Police will bring a police car for kids to inspect. The Mercy St. Charles Mobile Health Van will also make a stop and the Humane Society and Rescue Animals for the Disabled have booths to visit.

Those attending are invited to bring canned goods or a new toy for donation to the Oregon Christmas Basket Program.


Halloween Alternative
Friendly ghosts, skeletons and witches will abound when Owens Community College presents its 7th annual Halloween Alternative Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center.

The event, open to children age 12, is sponsored by the Owens Student Government. The evening’s activities will include arts and crafts, trick-or-treating through a haunted house, refreshments and more.

All activities are free and area residents are welcome to attend with their children.

“Owens Community College’s ‘Halloween Alternative’ is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy an evening full of fun and entertainment in a safe, warm, indoor setting,” said John Byers, Owens Director of Student Involvement. “Halloween is considered a very special day by many children. The College’s Student Government is proud to provide an event for the Northwest Ohio community that captures the Halloween spirit and excitement.”

For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2569.


Blue Man Group
The Stranahan Theater will welcome a new theatrical touring production of Blue Man Group Dec. 4 to 9.

The show will feature a new sound, set, and video design centering around a proscenium-sized LED curtain and high-resolution screen that will create a high-impact visual experience.

Tickets start at $28 and are available now online at theaterleague.com, at the Stranahan Theater box office at 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. Toledo or by calling 419-381-8851.


Nominations sought
The Ohio Department of Aging is accepting nominations for the 2013 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

The hall honors the vital role elders play in their communities, across the state and nationwide, while it promotes the benefits of active, productive and purposeful living at all points in life.

Individuals and organizations interested in nominating a neighbor, colleague, family member or friend may visit www.aging.ohio.gov/news/nominations/ for more information, to submit a nomination or download the nomination form.

Nominees must be age 60 or older and be native-born Ohioans or residents of the state for at least 10 years. Posthumous nominations will be accepted. The nominee (or a representative of the nominee) must consent to the nomination. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Nominees will be evaluated on the impact of their current contributions, or a continuation of contributions begun before age 60, in areas of endeavor including, but not limited to arts/literature, business/technology, education, health/fitness, community activism or science/medicine.

Those selected will join more than 350 older Ohioans inducted into the hall since its inception in 1978. To learn more and view past inductees, visit www.aging.ohio.gov/news/halloffame/.


Adopt-a-Pet Weekend
On Oct. 13 and 14, six Toledo-area Pet Supplies Plus stores will participate in an “Adopt-a-Pet Weekend” with the hopes of placing countless canines and cats with forever families.

The adoption events will be held in conjunction with Maumee Valley Save-A-Pet, a local rescue organization. Hours vary by store location.

In observance of National Pet Adoption Month, Pet Supplies Plus will also be accepting donations for Maumee Valley Save-A-Pet at store checkouts.


Give old shoes the boot
Twelve year-old Curtice resident, Erek “EcoErek” Hansen wants your unwanted, untied athletic shoes to help set a Guinness World Record.

The shoes will be sent to National Geographic in Washington, D.C., where they will be tied together for “The Longest Chain of Shoes.” The shoes will then be recycled and processed into basketball courts.

In order to break the world record, approximately 12,500 shoes will be needed – enough to create five basketball courts. Erek’s goal is to collect at least 2,000 pairs of athletic shoes from Northwest Ohio.

These shoes will be kept OUT of our local Northwest Ohio landfills, participate in a world record attempt AND then be reused as athletic courts. It is important to Erek that we are aware of the ability to recycle items that can be reused in order to reduce our waste at the landfill.

Donate shoes through Oct. 31 at The Future Wave Salon, 3324 Navarre Ave., Oregon; CC Bella, 530 Commerce Park Blvd, Northwood or Eisenhower Middle School, 331 N. Curtice Rd., Oregon.

The Bowling Green State University Athletic Department and Camp Millionaire will also be supporting Erek in his effort. Collection bins will be set up at the Oct. 27 BGSU home football game.

Keep track of Erek’s progress at www.ecoerek.org, and www.facebook.com/EcoErek.

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