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Kids’ clothing swap planned at Owens
Owens Community College students are reaching out to area families with a limited clothing budget by hosting a children’s clothing swap event titled “Swap-It-Up” Tuesday, March 19.

The swap, being presented by the Student Activities Office, will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125-128. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees are encouraged to bring gently used, folded clothing of all sizes for children to the event. Items being accepted as part of the “Swap-It-Up” initiative include pants, dresses, shoes, skirts, jackets, shorts, short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, ties and onesies, among other items.

All donated items must be freshly laundered and should not have visible stains, holes, broken zippers and/or missing buttons. Individuals will be given a ticket voucher for each item donated. In turn, vouchers will enable attendees to choose from the already donated clothing selection.

Any items not claimed during the clothing swap event will be donated to Cherry Street Mission Ministries. For more information about the clothing swap event, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2994.

Pot O`Gold Adoption Days
The luck of the Irish is awaiting for those looking to adopt a pet. Through March 17, those who adopt their new best friend at the Toledo Area Humane Society will get a photo taken in the society’s kissing booth.

They can also try their luck at the TAHS scavenger hunt, where they can learn more about the TAHS and maybe even get a 10, 20 or 50 percent discount of their new pet’s adoption fee, along with other prizes.

Pet owners can also stop in with their furry friends and have their photos taken in the kissing booth. Copies of photos can be printed or emailed for a small fee.

The TAHS is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The society is located at 1920 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. Call 419-891-0705 or visit for more information.

Breakfast with the Bunny
The East Toledo Family Center will hold Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m.-noon. The center is located at 1020 Varland Ave.

Pancakes will be served from 9-11:30 a.m. Seating is limited. In addition, the Easter Bunny will be available for photos and there will be crafts available for children to enjoy.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is free and open to the community. To volunteer to help out at the event, or for more information, call Jodi Gross at 419-691-1429.

Egg hunt planned
Heartland of Oregon will hold an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. Heartland is located at 3953 Navarre Ave., Oregon.

Young egg hunters will find candy-filled bags and other surprises.

Chamber plans Egg Hunt
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m.

The event will begin in Adolphus Kraemer Park at the Log Cabin with an Easter Egg Hunt, followed by a candy hunt downtown, and then proceed to the Portage Fire Station on Water Street where the children can visit with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, take photos with the Easter Bunny and have a chance to win a special Golden Egg basket.

The egg hunt is free to the public and open to children ages 12 and under. For more information, contact the chamber office at 419-898-0479.

Kiwanis Egg Hunt
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club will sponsor the Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday March 30, at 1 p.m. at Genoa Veterans Park. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Genoa Fire Hall.

The egg hunt is open to all children living in the Genoa Area School District. Participants will be divided into age categories including ages 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade. Several Easter baskets will be available to those children finding specially marked eggs. There will also be a Grand Prize Easter Basket Drawing.

The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club is looking for new members to help support their community projects. Call Jean Holcombe at 419-855-8381 for details.

A Dickens of a Tale
Genoa High School will present, “Oliver!” March 21-24.

One of the most beloved musicals of all them, “Oliver!” is based on the Charles Dickens’ tale of “Oliver Twist.” From the moment the orphan boy asks, “Please sir, may I have some more?” the audience is swept into his moving “rags to riches” story.

Genoa Elementary students Nicke Hemmert and Andrew Szepiela will share the role of Oliver Twist. They will be joined on stage by a cast of almost 60 high school students, including Carlos Baez (Fagin), Mackenzie Baumhower (Nancy), Drew Keenan (Bill Sykes), Brennen Williams (Mr. Bumble), Serena Parlette (Widow Corney), Emanuel Aranda (The Artful Dodger), Caitlin Dazley (Bet) and Clay Parlette (Mr. Bownlow). Adding to the performance will be the orphan/pickpocket chorus consisting of an addition 30 elementary and middle school students.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students/senior citizens and are available from any cast member or by calling Genoa Schools at 419-855-7741, ext. 31315 (Middle School Library) or ext. 41203 (Elementary Office).

“Grease,” The Musical
Woodmore Drama Club will present, “Grease, The Musical,” March 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and March 24 at 2 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Tickets will be available March 11,12,14,18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the high school and 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the elementary school.

Pancake fundraiser
The Church of St. Andrew United Methodist Men will host their third annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to benefit Humane Ohio Saturday, April 6 from 8-10:30 a.m. at the church, 3620 Heatherdowns Blvd., near Byrne and Heatherdowns.

The event will include a variety of pancakes, including old-fashioned, blueberry, chocolate chip and potato pancakes, along with French toast, low-carb and vegetarian options.

The cost is simply a donation of any amount at the door. Donations raised will benefit Humane Ohio, a local non-profit organization that runs a pet food bank and a low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

“As a non-profit organization, Humane Ohio is funded solely on fundraisers, private donations and grants,” according to Humane Ohio’s Marketing Director, Jill Borkowski. “Proceeds from events like this allow us to off-set the true, high cost of spay/neuter procedures so we can keep our prices low, and offer programs like the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank.

For more information about the pancake breakfast fundraiser, Humane Ohio’s low-cost spay/neuter clinic or their pet food bank, visit or call 419-266-5607, x111.

Spring Shop Hop
Eight merchants in eight area communities will be participating in a Spring Shop Hop April 5 and 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Participating shops will include Thyme for All Seasons in Curtice; Novelties & Nostalgia in Woodville; Simple Gatherings in Elmore; Beeker’s General Store in Pemberville; Summer Kitchen in Helena; Primitive Cupboard in Oak Harbor and Country Cupboard in Gibsonburg.

Those who visit all the shops will be entered for a gift basket drawing.

For more information, call 419-707-3636 or 419-304-7381.

Play ball!
Opening Day at Fifth Third Field is April 11, when the Mud Hens take on the Louisville Bats. The first pitch is 5 p.m. Gates will open at 3 p.m.

Leading the team for his third season is manager Phil Nevin. Hitting coach Leon “Bull” Durham, pitching coach A.J. Sager and trainer Matt Rankin also return for another season. Both Durham and Rankin mark 13 seasons with the Mud Hens, while Sager returns for his sixth.

Fans can purchase tickets at the Fifth Third Field box office, by phone at 419-725-HENS, or online at

Cancer Connection 5K
Mobile Care Group (MCG) will sponsor the 2nd annual Cancer Connection of Northwest Ohio, Inc. 5K event, which will be held Sunday, April 14 at Secor Metropark.

Cancer Connection of NWO, Inc. (CCNWO) offers personal, hands-on support for cancer patients and their families while creating additional needed programs and services in order to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of their clients. Money raised at the 5K will be used to fund services provided by CCNWO in the community, including the Hand-in-Hand program, which provides accompaniment to physician appointments and weekly check-in phone calls. Free services also include housing, a Holistic Program, financial assistance and a Spiritual Care Program, among other things.

“This event is for both walkers and runners. The proceeds from this event are utilized to continue providing free services to cancer patients and their families,” said Jean Schoen, founder and president of CCNWO.

The fee for the run is $20, which includes a t-shirt for all those who pre-register by April 1. Admission is $25 the day of the event.

For more information and to register online, visit or

Dylan to perform
Legendary musician and cultural icon Bob Dylan will perform at the Bowling Green State University Stroh Center Sunday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Los Angeles-based folk-rock band Dawes will open the show at 7:30 p.m., and Dylan takes the stage at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at the Stroh Center box office and at General admission tickets are $35 and $45. Student tickets are $25 and available with a student ID at the Stroh Center box office.

Bob Dylan is presented by Bowling Green State University in association with the American Red Cross Northwest Ohio Region. Proceeds from the show will benefit the programs and services of the American Red Cross including disaster preparedness, disaster relief and recovery assistance, support for military members and their families, health and safety training, and more.

For more information, visit or

Benefit photo contest
Kurt Nielsen Photography, 5431 Schultz Dr. Sylvania, is currently scheduling appointments for a free photo contest that is open to all children age 12 and under.

Through April 13, photographers will shoot free mini portrait sessions meant to showcase a child’s personality. Parents will then be asked to come back to the studio to choose an entry photo for the contest. At that time they will be given the opportunity to make a minimum $5 donation to the Ronald McDonald House.

With the donation, parents will receive a complimentary CD slideshow set to music (not printable) of all of the images from their child’s session and a chance to purchase prints or digital images at a discounted rate. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win.

Contest details are available at

Spring Make it-Take-it
Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., downtown Pemberville, will offer a Spring lineup of Make it-Take-it classes.

The current schedules include an Easter chick floral centerpiece, Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. The fee is $25; all materials and tools will be provided. The instructor is designer Michele Poturalski, of Downtown Deco. Advance registration and payment are required.

The class project for April 9 will be a spring accent pillow. The fee for the class, which will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. is $25. Seamstress Chris Budke will be the instructor.

Advance registration and payment are required. For more information or to learn about future classes, visit




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