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Luckey festival heralds the arrival of autumn
The 31st Annual Luckey Fall Festival will be held Sept. 27, 28 and 29 in Basic Park, located between Krotzer Avenue (SR 582) and Gilbert Road on Adams Street in the village of Luckey.

The old-fashioned festival, which has become synonymous with autumn in these parts, mourned the passing of its longtime president, Larry Swartz, who succumbed to cancer Feb. 21. Fellow organizers remembered Swartz as a workhorse and the festival’s heart and soul, who was adamant that the festival continue.

The festival will open Friday morning at 8 a.m. and run through 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Throughout the weekend, festivalgoers can enjoy craft displays, a flea market and exhibits featuring gas engines and tractors. There will also be a variety of food, apple butter-making, daily saw mill demonstrations, and a muzzleloaders encampment.

Friday highlights include the Eastwood FFA Antique Tractor Pull at 10 a.m.; Bingo at 6:30 p.m. and the Luckey Area Business Tractor Pull, also at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday events include breakfast at 7 a.m.; antique tractor weigh-in at 8 a.m., followed by the Antique Tractor Pull at 11:15 a.m.; a Classic Auto Display beginning at 10 a.m.; Bingo and Hobo Dinner at noon; Horseshoe Pitch at 1 p.m.; and a performance by Nashville recording artists The Connor Rose Band at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, a 7 a.m. breakfast will precede a community church service, which will be offered at 7 a.m. Other events scheduled include a chicken barbecue in the bingo tent at 11:30 a.m.; a Horseshoe Pitch at 1 p.m.; Kiddie Tractor Pull at 2 p.m. (registration opens at 1 p.m.); Power of Yesteryear Club Raffle Tractor Drawing at 3 p.m.

Admission is free. For more information, visit luckefallfestival.com or call Tom Loew at 419-467-8468. For information about the Antique Tractor Pull, call Dan Reitzel at 419-874-4850; about gas engines, call Terry Rothenbuhler at 419-575-3617; about antique cars, call Emil Slavik at 419-833-6401 and the flea market, call Mike Hubbs at 419-287-3230.

No hookups are available at the festival grounds. No ATVs will be permitted. All dogs must be on a leash.

Quiet time will be observed after 11 p.m., when no generators will be permitted.

The Luckey Fall Festival, which has heralds the beginning of autumn in this area, will be held Sept. 27-29. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)


Genoa Street Fair
The Downtown Genoa Merchants will present a family-friendly Street Fair Saturday, 21.

The fair, which will include more than 50 vendors, inflatables for the kids, a fish pond, ice sculptures created by the chef at Genoa Care Center, and a Garden Tractor Pull (registration starts at 9 a.m.).

There will also be plenty of entertainment, including the Genoa High School marching band, the Packer Creek Quartet and Antioch. A Cruiz-in Car Show will begin at 5 p.m.


Chili cookoff & salsa contest
Genoa Retirement Village will host a Chili Cookoff & Salsa Contest Saturday, Sept. 21, in conjunction with the Street Fair.

The tent will be located in front of Sprouse Insurance on Main Street.

Names of winners, along with the award-winning recipe, will be announced in the newspaper.

Pre-registration forms may be mailed, faxed or dropped off at Genoa Retirement Village, 300 Cherry St., Genoa. Entries will also be accepted the day of the contest.

Chili and salsa, along with an index card containing the recipe, must be delivered to the tent by 11 a.m. Judging will start at noon.

For more information, call 419-855-7755.


Christian music concert
The biggest stars in Christian music will rock the stage Saturday, Sept. 14 at Cedar Point as the park hosts its fifth annual PointFest music festival. Performances will start mid-afternoon and run throughout the night.

On tap to perform are Building 429, whose recent album “We Won’t Be Shaken” debuted at the top of the Billboard Christian albums chart; Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award-winning Tenth Avenue North; Dove Award and Grammy Award-winning group Third Day; and Dove Award, American Music Award, Billboard Music Award and six-time Grammy Award-winning TobyMac.

General admission, junior, senior, season passholder and VIP gold tickets are available online now at cedarpoint.com.

PointFest tickets include admission to Cedar Point, so concert-goers can enjoy the music as well as more than 150 rides and attractions.

For more information and to order tickets, visitwww.cedarpoint.com/events/plan-a-visit/events/PointFest. For group sales information, call 800-448-2428 and enter options 1, 1.


Christian music festival
Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center and Heartland of Perrysburg will host a Fall Festival Sunday, Sept. 15 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at located at 10540/10542 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg.

The festival will include entertainment by The North Coast Big Band, who will perform under the big tent; dancing with students from Bluffton University; a complimentary box lunch; tours of Perrysburg Township Fire Department’s fire truck; an antique car show; an appearance from Perry the Penguin, the Commons’ mascot, and Sparky, the Perrysburg Township Fire Department mascot.

Thanks to sponsor Ohioan’s Home Care, the event is free for the community. For more details, call Susan Snoddy at 419-874-1931.


Ice cream social & concert
An Ice Cream Social & Concert will be held on the lawn of the Genoa Town Hall Sunday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m.

The event, which will be held rain or shine, will include music by the American Legion Band. A free-will offering will be collected to benefit the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.


Spay-ghetti fundraiser
A Spay-ghetti Dinner and Silent Auction fundraiser to benefit Humane Ohio will be held Sunday, Sept. 29 from 5-8 p.m. at La Scola Italian Grill, 5375 Airport Highway near Reynolds in Toledo.

Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are available at Pet Supplies Plus stores, by visiting www.humaneohio.org or by calling 419-266-5607, ext. 111.

Proceeds raised will benefit Humane Ohio, a non-profit organization that runs a low-cost spay/neuter clinic and pet food bank.


Back to Drool adoption event
The Lucas County Dog Warden’s Second Annual Back to Drool Adoption Event will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 410 S. Erie St., Toledo.

In addition to showcasing a wide selection of adoptable dogs, the event will feature kids’ activities and photo opportunities. Dog adoptions from Sept. 23-28 will include a free four-week obedience class.

For more information, call 419-213-2800.


White Cane Walk/Fun Run set
The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio will hold its 6th Annual White Cane Walk Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Flower Hospital campus, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania.

Funds raised will be used to help deliver services to people of all ages in the community who are blind or visually impaired.

The event is also intended to increase awareness about the Ohio White Cane Law, which requires motorists to yield the right-of-way to blind pedestrians in public thoroughfares.

“It is our hope that the White Cane Walk/Fun Run will raise awareness in the general public about issues facing people who are blind or visually impaired,” says Dawn Christensen, executive director of The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio.

The one-mile fun run will follow the scenic walking path around the Flower Hospital Campus. The family-friendly event will include additional hands-on activities, games, raffles items and demonstrations. Attendees can also learn the basics of how to use a white cane and how to serve as a sighted guide to someone who is blind or visually impaired.

In addition, the Bar 145 Celebrity Eating Challenge will challenge local celebrities to eat a three-course meal blindfolded, using appropriate etiquette and proper eating utensils.

Registration for the walk/run will begin at 9 a.m.; the run will begin at 9:45 a.m., followed immediately by the walk. Registration is $15 per person or $30 for a family.

Register at www.sightcentertoledo.org or call 419-720-3937 for more information.


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

The fee for each class is $39 but students who enroll in three or more classes receive a 20 percent discount. All supplies and materials are included in the cost of the class.

The schedule includes:
• Handmade Paper Bead Necklaces – 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 21

• Bath Scrubs – 10 a.m.-noon. Oct. 5

• Tie-Dying Basics – 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 2

• Marbleized Stationary and Cards – 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 16

• Funky Holiday Wreaths – 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 7

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


Parenting class offered
Most parents would agree that raising young children is a tough but rewarding job. The Children’s Resource Center will present its “The Incredible Years” course designed to help parents of children ages 1-3 years help with juggling child-raising’s many challenges.

Registration is being accepted for a group that will begin Sept. 24. The 12-week course will meet Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green. There is no charge for the group and child care is available.

Class space is limited; register by calling Kristin Nagel or Deborah Goldberg at the CRC at 419-352-7588 or toll-free 1-888-466-KIDS.

Supported by grant funds through the Wood Co. Family and Children First Council, “The Incredible Years” curriculum shows parents how to increase children’s self-esteem and self-confidence, strengthen their children’s social skills, discipline effectively and enrich children’s relationships.


Guiding Good Choices
The Wood County Educational Service Center will offer its free five-part “Guiding Good Choices” parenting series beginning Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Pemberville Elementary, 120 College Ave.

The classes are designed to teach parents of kids 7-14 years old how to:

• Reduce problem behaviors;

• Establish clear guidelines and healthy beliefs;

• Help their kids say no to risky situations;

• Control anger and family conflict;

• Involve everyone to strengthen family bonds.

A light dinner will be served and childcare will be available for children age 4 and older. Weekly door prizes and
attendance gifts will also be presented.

During each class instructor Greg Bonnell will share tips for handling difficult behaviors “from tot tantrums to teen tirades,” offer pointers for avoiding addiction, and methods for preventing the arguments that can undermine family relationships.

Guiding Good Choices is offered several times each year in various locations around Wood County. Financial support for the program is provided through the federal Safe Schools Health Students grant.

For more details or to register, call the Wood County Educational Service Center at 419-354-9010. Drop-ins to the class are welcome.


Lions and Tigers and Beers?
The Toledo Zoo’s annual Zoo Brew will be held Friday, Sept. 20 from 7-11 p.m.

In addition to a wide range of craft beers from pilsners to pale ales, the adults-only event will include grazing on assorted appetizers and live entertainment by Skoobie Snaks in a wildly fun atmosphere.

Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $40 for zoo members and $45 for non-members. New this year, VIP options include extra sampling tickets and exclusive access to premium craft beers, along with bourbon tasting, a Toledo Zoo souvenir glass and early access to the event.

Call 419-385-5721, ext. 6001 by 3 p.m. Sept. 19 to reserve a spot. For more information and a schedule of all the activities, visit toledozoo.org/zoobrew.


Fighting prostate cancer
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. At www.zerocancer.org, visitors will find a wealth of information about prostate cancer and how to take action.

The website is sponsored by End of Prostate Cancer, a national nonprofit organization with the mission to end prostate cancer. The organization’s mission is to end the disease by advancing research, encouraging action and providing education and support to men and their families.

ZERO has teamed with PAN Foundation to provide financial and educational assistance to more than 900 patients with metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer.

Free educational brochures on advanced prostate cancer are available, and a webcast with Dr. Tom Beer will be presented Sept. 25 at 4 p.m.

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