Helping Hands of St. Louis seeking donations for holiday meals
Helping Hands of St. Louis is in need of donations for their annual Thanksgiving meal and Christmas food baskets.
This holiday season, Helping Hands expects to feed more than 500 people at the Thanksgiving luncheon, and to give away more than 200 Christmas food baskets. Extra donations will be given in advance to St. Francis de Sales and Assumption Outreach Centers for their holiday food distributions.
Donations, which are requested by Nov. 18, include frozen turkeys, canned sweet potatoes, dressing mixes, canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup and fried onions.
Donations needed for the Christmas food baskets by Dec. 13 include boneless hams, cartons of a dozen eggs, margarine, five-pound bags of potatoes, apples, oranges and cake mix.
“A lot of people do not have the means to buy a turkey or a chicken. You’re helping so many people and they are very thankful,” said Paul Cook, director of Helping Hands.
Donations may be sent to or dropped off between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Helping Hands, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH 43605.
For more information or to arrange a different delivery time, call Cook at 419-691-0613, ext. 2.
Catholic Charities serves 51,000 people of all backgrounds in the Diocese of Toledo annually by providing food, shelter, prescription and emergency rent assistance as well as adoption services, jail and prison ministries and guardianship services to the elderly.
Genoa Holiday Open House
The Genoa Merchants will present a Holiday Open House Nov. 22-24.
Village merchants, including Packer Creek Pottery and Genoa Custom Interiors, are gearing up for the holiday season. At Packer Creek, visitors can enjoy painting demonstrations and refreshments, and browse a large selection of holiday items, including the limited edition 2013 Holiday Plate.
Genoa Custom Interiors will offer refreshments, discounts, and door prizes.
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for the tree lighting Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. Holiday music will be presented by “The Packer Creek Quintet.”
Through Nov. 22, The Ottawa County Holiday Bureau is collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys for children 18 and younger for its annual toy drive. Collection boxes are located at Rayz Café, Genoa Elementary and Genoa Custom Interiors. Those who donate will receive an entry into a drawing for a bicycle. One boy’s and one girl’s
Bicycle will be given away. Bikes are on display at Genoa Elementary.
On Nov. 23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Genoa Civic Theatre & Literary Society will present a Christmas Bazaar at the theatre, 509 Main St. (on the second floor of the Town Hall).
For vendor or more information, call Kathy Hanneman at 419-855-3116.
Toy Drive kicking off
The Ottawa County Helping Hand Toy Drive will kick off Nov. 19.
The drive is a joint effort among The Salvation Army, Toys for Tots “Weapons Company 1/24” and Ottawa County Holiday Bureau, which partner with other community organizations to assure that each child in Ottawa County receives a gift under the tree.
Last year nearly 6,500 toys were distributed to children. This year, it is anticipated the drive will serve a minimum of 1,900 children countywide.
Toy collection boxes will be set up in local stores, churches, banks and businesses Nov. 19 through Dec.10. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at Huntington Banks, Key Bank, Magruder Hospital, National Bank of Ohio, Wood Forest Bank, Davis Bessie, Ida Rupp Library, First National Bank, Salon 53, 1812/Rosie’s, JT’s Café, Trinity Church (Elmore) and The Salvation Army-Sutton Center, among other locations. Donations may also be mailed to The Salvation Army, 1854 E. Perry Street, Suite #800, Port Clinton, OH, 43452.
All toys collected will stay in Ottawa County and serve our local residents in need.
For more information, call Maureen Saponari at The Salvation Army at 419-732-ARMY (2769).
Toy drive kicking off
The Salvation Army, Port Clinton Service Unit’s annual Toy Drive will run Nov. 13 through Dec. 13.
The drive “officially” begins, with toy boxes and Angel Tree tags set up in more than 45 locations throughout Ottawa County.
Anyone who wishes to donate a toy to the Toy Program can do so by either taking an Angel Tree Tag from a Christmas Tree and returning a toy to a toy box location or to the Salvation Army office at 1854 E. Perry St., Suite 800, Port Clinton.
Call 419-732-ARMY (2769) for more information.
Breakfast with Santa
The Genoa Civic Theatre will present their inaugural “Breakfast With Santa” Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. until noon at the theatre (located on the second floor of the historic Opera House, 509 Main St., Genoa).
Kids and adults will be able to enjoy crafts, Christmas music, breakfast and a special visitor from the North Pole. Those attending are invited to bring a camera to capture their time with Santa.
The cost is $2.50 per person; children must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve a spot, send reservation information and check to Breakfast With Santa, c/o Marcia Busdeker, 611 W. First St., Woodville, OH 43469.
Neighbors helping Neighbors
From Nov. 7-30, Northwood Jewelers will be collecting toiletries for those in need in our community.
All toiletries collected will be taken to Lake Township Operation: Feeding Our Neighbors for food baskets distributed at the holidays.
Donations may be brought to Northwood Jewelers Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m..
Toiletries needed include toilet paper, paper towels, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, laundry detergent, tissues, and deodorant. All items must be in its original unopened packaging.
For every item that is donated, participants will receive an entry form for a drawing for a $500 Northwood Jewelers Gift Certificate. The drawing will be held Dec. 1.
For more information, call Tara Taylor at 419-691-6519 or email
Holiday Open House at Magee Marsh
A Holiday Open House will be held Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bird Center at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Oak Harbor.
The Division of Wildlife and the Friends of Magee Marsh are sponsoring the event as a way to thank the community for its support during the past year.
A variety of vendors will be on hand and all items at the bookstore will be discounted. Hand-painted bird ornaments, and cookies and candy will be available for purchase.
The Friends of Magee Marsh will offer refreshments to enjoy while listening to live music by the Twisted Strands. A warm fire and holiday decorations will add delight to the afternoon. There will also be kids’ activities.
Ottawa National Wildlife Area and Black Swamp Bird Observatory will also hold open houses on the same day. Those who attend all three will be entered into a prize drawing.
For questions or directions, call Mary at Magee Marsh at 419-898-0960, ext. 31.
Tree a Rama Charity Auction
The Salvation Army will present the 10th Annual Tree A Rama Charity Auction Sunday, Dec. 8 at Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery, 3845 E Wine Cellar Rd, Port Clinton.
A silent auction will begin at 2 p.m., and a live auction will start at 4 p.m. Proceeds raised at the event will support the Salvation Army's Toy program, which last year provided more than 6,500 toys for 1,900 children.
To donate an item for auction, including a tree, centerpiece, wreath or gift package, call Maureen Saponari at the Salvation Army at 419-732-2769 or Jackie at Mon Ami at 419-797-4445.
Holiday Lantern Tours
Sauder Village will continue a popular holiday tradition as visitors from throughout the region make plans to attend the annual Holiday Lantern Tours. Reservations are now being taken for the tours, which will be held Nov. 30, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14.
“Our Holiday Lantern Tours offer guests an opportunity to experience the holiday customs and celebrations of the 1900s,” said Kim Krieger, PR/Media Relations Specialist. “The flicker of a candlelit lantern will light the way as guests travel to the 1910 Homestead, District 16 School, Village Church and Elmira Depot to celebrate the holiday traditions of yesteryear.”
A number of retail shops will also be open during the Holiday Lantern Tours, including the Herb Shop, Village Gift Shop and Lauber’s General Store.
Tours last about 90 minutes and will be repeated every half hour from 4-8:30 p.m. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Admission is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 and up. Special rates are available for members, Inn guests and groups of 14 or more. Due to the length of the lantern tours, this special program is most appropriate for children 6 and older.
For more details or to make a reservation, call 800-590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org.
An electrical spectacle
Since 1986, the Lights Before Christmas has drawn families to the Toledo Zoo for dazzling lights, holiday treats and festive good cheer.
The 2013 season kicked off Nov. 15 with the ceremonial lighting of the Zoo’s 85-foot Norway spruce tree draped in more than 35,000 energy-saving LED lights, which Travelocity has named one of the best in the U.S.
As always visitors can enjoy more than a million lights and 200-plus illuminated animal images, plus carolers and ice-carving on selected evenings. Back by popular demand is last year’s featured attraction, Snow Globe Live, inviting visitors to step inside the winter fun of a bigger-than-life snow globe.
New this year is an outdoor ice rink, included with regular zoo admission. Skate rental is available for a small fee, or visitors can bring their own skates.
From 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, skate with your favorite Toledo Walleye hockey players. In addition to skating and having fun on the ice, the players will be available for photos, autographs and meet-and-greets.
The Lights run through Dec. 31 (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve night and Christmas Day). Hours are 3-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, with the zoo closing at 9 p.m.; on Friday and Saturday, hours are 3-9 p.m., with the zoo closing at 10 p.m.
This year, Toledo Zoo members get unlimited free Monday-Thursday Lights Before Christmas visits, plus one free weekend visit. Visitors save $1 per ticket by ordering online at toledozoo.org/lights.
For more information, visit toledozoo.org or call 419-385-4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge on non-holiday Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.
PRIZM Holiday Boutique
PRIZM Creative Community will feature some of its best creative artists in a Holiday Boutique Saturday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the downtown gallery area at 25 South St. Claire St. in Toledo.
The selection will be featured at the open office space of Seed Coworking, The portable boutique will be a featured stop on the Holiday Loop sponsored by The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo.
Holiday music, food and beverages and locally made gifts from a variety of local artists will be featured, including fine and folk art jewelry, hand-painted glass, children’s books written and illustrated by local author Amy Fell, and original metal sculptures by Veronica Kaufman.
Other items that will be available will include prints and originals of fine art and photography by many local artists, as well as practical items such as David Grabarczyk’s custom-made jewelry boxes.
PRIZM Creative Community is a 501 c. 3 nonprofit organization for education, service, and collaboration in the literary and visual arts. For more information on upcoming PRIZM educational workshops and exhibition opportunities, visit www.myprizm.com, email
or call 419-931-8732.
Get a jump on holiday shopping at the annual Fall Vendor/Craft Show Extravaganza Nov. 23 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.
A number of well-known and local vendors will be on hand including Relay for Life Ottawa County, Riverview All-Stars, Pam’s Jam, Birdhouses by Heidi and others. Raffles and at least one 50/50 drawing will add to the fun.
There is space for more vendors. The cost is $25 for an 8-foot table and $20 for vendors supplying their own tables. Proceeds from the sale of space will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Call Kathy Pratt at 419-967-0656 for questions and to register.
Poinsettia sale, cookie walk set
A Poinsettia Sale to benefit Humane Society of Ottawa County is being held through Nov. 24. Poinsettias are available in three sizes – 4.5 inches with three to four blooms for $5; 6.5 inches with five to eight blooms for $10 and 7-inch with eight-12 blooms for $15. Flowers are available in white, red, pink and marble. Poinsettias will be purchased from Bench’s Greenhouse & Nursery in Elmore.
Order forms are available at the shelter, located at 2424 E Sand Rd., Port Clinton. Orders will be ready for pickup Saturday, Dec. 7 –the same day Santa Photos are being offered at the shelter.
A Cookie Walk is being planned for Dec. 14. Those who would like to bake for the Cookie Walk may contact Joyce Frederick at 419-732-2382 or Laurie Heck at 419-355-7014.
Proceeds raised from the events will help the Humane Society care for abandoned, unwanted, abused and neglected animals.