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Tickets are currently on sale for the long-awaited production of “Mary Poppins,” which will be staged Feb. 26 through March 3 at the Stranahan Theater.

Tickets start at $28 and are available online at, the Stranahan box office or by calling 419-381-8851.

“Mary Poppins,” a co-production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, opened on Broadway on Nov. 16, 2006. Based on P.L. Travers’ cherished stories and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, the stage play features the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

The Theatre League  will present “Mary Poppins” Feb. 26 through
March 3 at the Stranahan Theater. (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

For more information, visit Become a fan of Theater League on Facebook.

Cropping for Kids
Lutheran Homes Society Family & Youth Services, a ministry of Lutheran Homes Society, will present a “Cropping for Kids” scrapbooking fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Blackmon Alternate Learning Center, 40 S. Wheeling St. in Oregon.

The event, which is open to the public, runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Partners in Treatment Weekend, a therapeutic program offered by Family & Youth Services that provides counseling and skills training to troubled youth and their families.

Cost for the scrapbooking fundraiser is $30 for the 12-hour day and $25 for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost includes half of an eight-foot table at which to work, donuts, juice and coffee in the morning; lunch and the opportunity to win giveaways and prizes. Creative Memories scrapbooking supplies, Premier Designs Jewelry, Scentsy products and massage therapy will be available for purchase throughout most of the day.

For more information, contact Aimee Kaminski at 419-693-1520, ext. 309 or email The deadline for registration is Jan. 28.

LHS Family & Youth Services specializes in the care and treatment of seriously emotionally disturbed, high-risk, multi-need, difficult-to-manage children and youth in the least restrictive settings possible.

DivorceCare – a weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced – will meet Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 4 through April 29 in the Family Life Center at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 212 N. Stadium Rd., Oregon.

For more information, call 419-693-1150.

Don’t forget…Go Red
The American Heart Association is encouraging everyone to Go Red Friday, Feb. 1.

For 10 years, the AHA has been encouraging women to fight heart disease. In that decade, more than 2 million women have learned their personal risk of developing heart disease by taking the Go Red Heart CheckUp.

Over 900,000 women have joined the fight. Women who join Go Red For Women receive important information that allows them to take action to improve their health.

Go Red women are more likely to follow their doctors’ advice – from losing weight to taking medications.

Visit or call 419-740-6180 to find out more about Wear Red Day and Go Red For Women.

Cat owners urged to “Beat the Heat”
Warmer weather may still be months away, but Humane Ohio wants pet “parents” to “Beat the Heat” by spaying their female cats in advance of their heat cycles and preventing unwanted litters from being born this spring.

Animal shelters commonly refer to spring time as “kitten season” because that is when they receive the largest numbers of unwanted litters that are difficult to adopt.

To help reduce the number of homeless cats born this spring, Humane Ohio is offering a special “Beat the Heat” promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities®. During the entire month of February, the non-profit organization will spay owned female cats for the special rate of $20.

Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population. While some worry that their pet may be too young for this procedure, spaying and neutering is safe for kittens as young as eight weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, and Humane Ohio will fix kittens at this age as long as they weigh at least two pounds.

Spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle is actually beneficial rather than waiting until after one heat cycle has occurred. The spay procedure is known to improve the health of the pet, including a reduced risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

“Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” according to Jill Borkowski, Humane Ohio marketing director. “Most people don’t want to see their cat get pregnant over and over again, so hopefully our ‘Beat the Heat campaign will serve as a gentle reminder to cat owners to fix their cats before they go into heat and become pregnant this year.”

The special “Beat the Heat” rate is even less than the non-profit organization’s normal low-cost spay/neuter price and is available to all residents of Ohio and Michigan. Cat parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” promotion when they schedule their appointment.

Thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant, Humane Ohio will be able to spay 400 female cats at the special $20 rate during February.

Visit or follow Humane Ohio on Facebook at for more information, or call 419-266-5607 to schedule an appointment.

Epilepsy Center offers new programs 
The Epilepsy Center is offering area families with children who have epilepsy an opportunity to meet at a “Story Hour with Grandma.”

On Feb. 9 at 10 a.m., families with children age K-5th grade are invited to come to The Epilepsy Center at 1545 Holland Rd., Suite B to hear stories and participate in fun activities while adults meet for a Parent–to-Parent Support Group.

For teens, the Center will offer a “Coffee Beans & Teens” get-together Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at Biggby Coffee, 306 Dussell Dr. in Maumee.

Call The Epilepsy Center at 419-867-5950 for reservations or more information about either program. More information about the Center and other programs and services available is also available by emailing

Zooper Bowl
The Toledo Zoo will celebrate all things football Saturday at a Zooper Bowl celebration Saturday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Unlike the football extravaganza, Zooper Bowl tickets are budget-friendly, with visitors getting in half-price Saturday and Sunday Feb. 2 and 3. On top of the zoo’s gridiron games, a Zooper Bowl ticket includes all the zoo’s Winter Weekends activities, including ice-carving, performances by The Wonderful World of Bubbles and Magic from the Land of Down Under, and more. All across the zoo, watch your favorite animals chow down at Cabin Fever Feeds.

Visit for a schedule of activities, or call 419-385-4040 for more information.

“Teens/Tweens” series offered
The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development at Terra State Community College is offering a “Teens/Tweens” series this winter for students in grade five and up.

All classes meet 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The fee for each class is $29 but students who enroll in three or more classes receive a 20 percent discount. All supplies and materials are included in class fees. Adults are welcome, too.

The schedule includes:
• Feb. 2: Handmade Valentines.
• Feb. 16: Nail Art 101.
• March 23: Make Your Own Lip Balms.
• April 13: Make-Up Basics.
• April 27: Nail Art 102.

To register or for more information, call Marsha at 419-559-2255.




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