A flying good time
It will be two days full of just Plane Fun June 16 and 17 at Toledo Executive Airport, 28331 Lemoyne Rd. Millbury.
The annual event, presented by Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 582, will include displays of aircraft and military vehicles, along with kids’ activities, refreshments and more.
Free airplane rides will be offered for kids 8 to 17 years old through the EAA Young Eagle program. Antique, biplane and warbird plane rides will also be offered for adults (donation required). For thrill-seekers, aerobatic rides will also be available.
Admission is $5. Kids under 7 get in free. For more information, call Dave Horvath at 419-466-7908 or visit EAA582.org.
Perry’s Longboat christening
Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry could not have turned the tide against the British in the Battle of Lake Erie 200 years ago without the aid of the longboat that carried him from the sinking Lawrence to the eventually triumphant Niagara. And although Perry’s Longboat isn’t large on size, its historical relevance is as immense as any ship in the Commodore’s fleet.
For this reason, it has been recreated to play its vital role in the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration later this summer.
On Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m. at the Shelby Street Boat Ramp in downtown Sandusky, the Sandusky Maritime Museum and the Perry Group will unveil Riddle Boat Work’s replica of Perry’s iconic quarter boat. The christening will coincide with the Maritime Museum and Lyman Boat Owners Association’s Classic Boat Show at the Paper District Marina that same day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
With a bottle of ceremonial champagne at the ready, dignitaries and uniformed sailors in place, this piece of maritime antiquity is the launch of the 2013 Lake Erie Shores and Islands Summer of history.
The Christening of Perry’s Longboat is made possible with the support of the Maritime Museum of Sandusky, The Perry Group, Riddle Boatworks, The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Committee, and the City of Sandusky. Admission to the Maritime Museum of Sandusky is $1 during the event from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
For more information, call the Maritime Museum at 419-624-0274 or visit at www.sanduskymaritime.org.
Father’s Day concert
Regional country music group, Ridin’ Shotgun will take the stage for a special Father’s Day concert Sunday, June 16 at Birchard Park stage in Fremont. The group’s 7 p.m. performance is part of the 2013 “Concert in The Park” series.
The show, which will feature a wide variety of classic country music, will also pay tribute to all fathers in the audience.
The concert will also feature a guest appearance by 2011 “Fremont’s Got Talent” winner, Lori Willey, who has also performed with the Fremont Community Theater.
A segment of the show will also pay tribute to country music legend, George Jones, who passed away April 26. Formed in 1997, Ridin’ Shotgun has performed throughout the tri-state region at many fairs, festivals, and shows. Members of the group have shared the stage with many top name country artists such as Tim McGraw, Tanya Tucker Aaron Tippin, George Jones, Confederate Railroad, Joe Diffe, Tommy Cash, Marty Stuart, as well as several Grand Ole Opry stars from Nashville.
Lead singer and guitarist, Billy Lee of Fremont said the group always enjoys performing around their home area the most, and are excited to be included in the “Concert In The Park” line-up again this year.
The Father’s Day concert is sponsored by Fremont Federal Credit Union. Those attending the show are encouraged to bring comfortable seating. Food and refreshments will be available from the Fremont Exchange Club.
In the event of inclement weather, the concert may be postponed or canceled. Call the Fremont Recreation Center at 419-334-5906 after 4 p.m. the day of the concert for cancellation information.
Tattoo fun for dads & kids
Area fathers are invited to participate in a Father’s Day activity with their children scheduled for Saturday, June 15, at A Cut Above Barbershop, 121 South Front St., Fremont.
Children will be able to paint a picture/tattoo on their dads. If the dads wish, they can then paint something on their children in turn. It will take place during Fremont’s Farmers’ Market.
The local barbershop has partnered with WSOS, which operates the Pathways to Fatherhood program, to have this activity at its facility.
The Pathways to Fatherhood program, which serves Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, and Seneca counties, aims to assist dads with developing healthy, long-lasting relationships with their children, through parenting classes, improving job search skills, short term training, financial skills classes and working through barriers to employment. It is open to all those who serve as fathers, divorced fathers, grandfathers serving as fathers, foster dads, in-home dads, and all others.
For information on how to participate, call George at 419-334-3332.
LEGOs kids’ camps
Youths in third through eighth grade are invited to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics through the use of LEGOs at a camp being offered by Owens Community College Workforce and Community Services Adult and Continuing Education July 15-18.
“LEGO Collision Cars” classes will take place at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center on Indian Wood Circle in Maumee.
The beginning class, for grades three through five, will be held from 8:30 a.m.-.noon. The advanced class, open to grades six to eight, will be held from 1-4:30 p.m.
Using advanced LEGO parts and pieces, participants will learn how to design and build their own unique machines by working with gears, levers, pulleys, wheels and motors. The camp will highlight such topics as exploration, problem solving and risk taking with the ultimate goal of learning how machines work and compete. In addition, the class will use LEGO Educational Division materials and LEGO Technic elements as part of the experiential learning program.
Registration is $149. For more information or to register, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7357. A complete listing of other summer camps and classes can be accessed at www.owensworks.com.
Ohioans choose Mason, Sophia
Recently Social Security announced that Sophia and Jacob were the most popular baby names in the U.S. But what names do Ohio parents choose for their sons and daughters?
According to Social Security, the most popular names for boys in 2012 were, in order of popularity, Mason, Liam, William, Noah and Michael. For girls, Ohio parents chose Sophia, Emma, Ava, Olivia and Isabella.
At Social Security’s website -- www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames – visitors can see the top baby names for 2012, each state’s top baby names, and lists of baby names for each year since 1880. Also learn about this year’s winner for the biggest jump in popularity and how pop culture affects baby names.
Mud Hens scoop up title
The Toledo Mud Hens Fantastic Freeze Sundae is the winner of the first-ever #foodfight competition, earning the title of “Best Concession Food in Minor League Baseball.”
The 15-scoop helmet of Toft’s ice cream and all the delicious toppings defeated Durham’s Nuke Dog, Lehigh Valley’s Roasted Corn and Gwinnett’s Knucksie.
“Mud Hens fans are loyal, passionate and proud of their team,” said Craig Nelson, president, A Cut Above Catering. “We have the largest online following in Minor League Baseball, and when we asked our fans to vote for the Fantastic Freeze, they responded in a big way.”
The Fantastic Freeze Sundae made its debut at Fifth Third Field in 2010. It’s designed to share with a group of four to eight fans, depending on appetites. However, the very first person to order it ate the entire sundae in 30 minutes.
As winner of MiLB.com #foodfight, the Mud Hens will receive a four-foot tall silver spoon to hang in Fifth Third Field, while all four clubs earn trophies recognizing their well-deserved wins in their first round categories.
Catch Mud Hens baseball games live on Fox Sports Radio 1230 and all 72 home games live on BCSN. For tickets, visit the Fifth Third Field box office, call 419-725-HENS or visit www.mudhens.com.
Summer kids’ programs
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will present “Wild Wednesdays” – a 10-week nature series designed to encourage children to develop a connection with the natural world through outdoor activities and science-focused programs.
Two program sessions will be held each Wednesday. Children ages 3-5 will meet from 10 a.m.-noon and children ages 6-12 will meet from 1-3 p.m. Wild Wednesdays began June 12 and runs every Wednesday through Aug. 14. Space is limited; call 419-898-0014 to reserve a spot.
The Refuge also offers children’s nature programs on the first Saturday of each month. On July 6, Nature Tots, a program for children ages 3-5, will feature “Wading Birds” from 10:30-11:30 a.m. From 1-2:30 p.m., “Swampers” ages 6-12 are invited to investigate wetlands.
All events are free and take place at the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Call 419-898-0014 to reserve a spot.
Visit the Refuge’s remodeled website, www.fws.gov/refuge/ottawa, for a current calendar of public programming.
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is located 15 miles east of Toledo or 16 miles west of Port Clinton on SR 2.