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An Evening with the Rat Pack
The Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society will present their annual spring fundraiser, “That’s Amore, An Evening With The Rat Pack!” April 19 in the Riverview Banquet Centre, 405 E. Front St., Pemberville.

The evening will include an Italian dinner buffet and live show.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to an Italian buffet of salad, assorted pastas, breads and desserts. There will be a cash bar available.

At 8 p.m., “The Rat Pack and More,” comprised of veteran performers Damione Fontaine, Scott Brotherton and Stan Davis, will celebrate the timeless music and wacky hijinks of Frank, Sammy, & Dean.

Tickets are $30 per person, which includes an Italian dinner buffet and the live stage show, and are available at Beeker’s General Store at 419-287-3274 or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848. More information is available at

Funds raised enable the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society to care for its buildings and preserve the history of the village.

Senior real estate seminar
“What Seniors Need to Know About Today’s Real Estate Market” will be the topic at a program being offered April 24 at 4 p.m. in the dining room at Otterbein Portage Valley, 20311 Pemberville Rd, between Pemberville and Luckey.

The seminar will be followed by complimentary dinner.

Rick Hunsicker, a national real estate and senior living industry expert, will discuss the surprising disadvantages of home ownership for today’s seniors. Attendees will learn:

• When experts predict home prices will recover to pre-recession values;

• What effect foreclosures are having on home values in your neighborhood;

• The cost of having your equity tied up in an older home, versus earning income from other investments.

There is no charge to attend. Space is limited. RSVP to 419-833-8917 by Friday, April 19.

Donkey basketball
Lake High School Student Council will sponsor a Donkey Basketball Game Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the high school field house.

Lake Township Police will take on Lake Township Fire and Lake staff will compete against high school students. A championship game will be played between the winners of each game.

Advance tickets may be purchased at the school for $6. Admission at the door is $8. Children 6 and under are free. There will be $1 donkey rides between games.

GiveAWay outreach
Lakewood Church of the Brethren, located at 27009 Lemoyne Rd., a mile south of Lake High School, hold a large garage sale April 20 with one big catch – everything is free.

The community outreach event, held twice a year by the church, will feature a number of items, including adult and children’s clothes, toys, linens, furniture and assorted household items. Items have been donated by members of the church and community supporters.

Cookies and drinks will also be provided. Hours are 9 a.m.-noon.

Guiding Good Choices
There is still time to register for Guiding Good Choices, the nationally-recognized free five-week series for parents of children entering middle and high school.

The series will begin April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. Childcare is available for children 4 and older, and a light dinner will be served.

Middle and high school bring new challenges for kids. For the first time, they may be pressured to use alcohol and drugs, or confronted with other risky behaviors. Guiding Good Choices show parents and guardians how to help their kids say “no” to substance abuse and other harmful choices. Parents get tips on establishing the clear expectations and solid communication that help adolescents exercise sound judgment.

For more information or to register, call Greg Bonnell at 419-354-9010, ext. 228. Those interested may attend all or any sessions. Walk-ins are welcome.

Guiding Good Choices if offered several times each year in various locations around Wood County. It is supported by the federal Safe Schools Healthy Students grant.

Pen to Palette
The Oregon Branch Library will offer a “Pen to Palette” book discussion – a program that integrates library stories with art at the Toledo Museum of Art – Friday, May 3. The group will be discussing Debra Dean’s “The Madonnas of Leningrad,” which is currently available for pick-up at the library with an extended due date.

Participants should meet at the library, 3340 Dustin Rd., at 11:15 a.m. and then carpool to the Toledo Museum of Art. Parking will cost $5.

After eating lunch at the Museum Café (your cost), there will be a book discussion in the reserved Yellow Room. From 1:30-2:30 p.m., there will a docent-led tour of artwork relating to the story.

For more information, call the library at 419-259-5250.

CPR program
Ever want to learn CPR but didn’t have the time or know where to go?

A CPR class will be held April 20 from 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m. in the Clay High School gym, 5665 Seaman Rd., Oregon. The program is not a card-carrying course.

The class is sponsored by Oregon Fire & Rescue, Oregon Career & Technology Center, Oregon Full-time Firefighters Association, Oregon Part-time Firefighters Association and the American Heart Association. RSVP by calling 419-693-0668.

Run for the Meadows
The annual 5K Run/Walk to benefit Vail Meadows, a therapeutic equestrian riding center that helps mentally and physical disabled children and adults gain skills and have fun, will be held May 25.

The event will be held at the Millbury Fire Hall, located at 28410 Oak Street, Millbury. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The race will start at 10 a.m. Participants may pre-register online at

The fee for pre-registration online is $15 which includes a t-shirt or $10 with no t-shirt. Race-day registration is $20 with a t-shirt or $15 with no shirt. Pre-registration ends on April 30.

Last year’s event raised $3,000 for Vail Meadows and organizers are hoping to go above and beyond this year, since Vail Meadows is in the process of rebuilding after the center’s original barn was destroyed and 10 horses were lost in a recent fire.

Grace Church planning vow renewal ceremony
Couples who were married in the Grace Church located next to Walbridge Elementary School are invited to renew their wedding vows at a ceremony being held June 8 in conjunction with the Walbridge Centennial.

The “100 Years of Weddings” celebration will be held at 11:45 a.m. at Grace Bible Baptist Church, 116 E. Union Street (Union at Grove). A reception will follow the ceremony.

There is no charge for the event. To sign up, or for more information, contact Pastor David Stogsdill at 419-661-5058.

Slow Art Day 2013
At a time when daily life speeds by faster than ever, the Toledo Museum of Art is inviting area residents to stop and look at art on April 27. That’s when TMA and more than 200 other art venues worldwide will celebrate Slow Art Day. The international observance encourages people to take their time looking at works of art, then gather to discuss what they saw with others.

TMA Docent Program Manager Paula Brown-Gray, who is coordinating the day’s activities locally, describes slow looking as “total and full engagement with the works.”

The museum has selected five works to feature on Slow Art Day. Participants can view the objects anytime between 10 a.m. and noon on April 27. Enough time should be allowed to spend at least 10 minutes observing each work. Those attending can bring or purchase a lunch from the Museum Café to eat in the Green Room during discussion of the works of art starting at noon.

Slow Art Day is free but advance registration is required before checking-in at Herrick Lobby during the viewing period. To register, visit

The featured works of art include “Speigel.” by Jaume Plensa, “Dress Impression with Train,” by Karen LaMonte, “The Crowning of Saint Catherine,” by Peter Paul Rubens, “Untitled #1176 (Elisabeth-Elizabeth),” by Petah Coyne, and “Kaningarra,” by Susie Bootja Bootja Napaltjarri, which is part of the special exhibition “Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art,” from the Hood Museum of Art.

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather because the works of art are found on the Museum’s grounds as well as in the Glass Pavilion and main Museum.

Slow Art Day is part of the Museum’s ongoing efforts to teach visual literacy, which is the ability to construct meaning from what you see.

Admission to the museum is free. Parking is free for members and $5 for non-members.

Dart Frog Dash
Registration is under way for the Toledo Zoo’s Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash, which will be held Saturday, May 18.

The 5K run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m. and is certified by USA Track and Field (USATF). The 5K run is chip-timed, with award categories for men and women in several age groups. The 5K walk is non-competitive and does not include awards. The course winds through the zoo’s grounds (before public hours), as well as the residential streets around the zoo.

The Dart Frog Dash also features a popular Kids’ Fun Run, a 1K walk/run open to kids age 12 and younger. All finishers in the kids’ event will be recognized.

Participants who preregister by May 12 will receive a free Dart Frog Dash t-shirt. Snacks, fruit, sports drinks and water will be provided beyond the finish line in the zoo’s Main Plaza; one water station will be provided on the 5K course.

Race packets (for participants registered by May 12) will be available at Dave’s Running Shop in Starlite Plaza, Sylvania on Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16, from 3-8 p.m. Late registration is available at Dave’s (no Dart Frog Dash t-shirt provided).

For more information, visit

Fido & Feline Fiesta
The Lucas County Dog Warden will present a “Fido & Feline Fiesta” – a mega-adoption event May 4 and 5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lucas County Recreation Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Toledo-Area Humane Society, Planned Pethood, Lucas County Pit Crew, Maumee Valley Save-a-Pet, You Lucky Dog Rescue and Harry Houdini Husky Rescue.

For more information, call 419-213-2800 or visit

10th MetroBarks set
The 10th Anniversary MetroBarks will be held Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Swan Creek Metropark (Airport Highway entrance).

In addition to the 2013 Humane Hustle 5K run/walk, the event will also include an “Ask the Vet” booth, microchipping offered by the Lucas County Dog Warden’s Office, a dog wash, free photo booth, unique pet products, drug dog and other demonstrations, food vendors, kids’ games and activities, live music and entertainment, costumed characters and more.

Those attending can also meet the 2013 Pet Idol Contest finalists, along with a number of special adoptable pooches from area rescue groups.

Admission is free. For vendor information, call 419-407-9716 or visit




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