“Winter Wonderland” will come alive at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds for two weekends, Dec. 12-15 and 19-22.
For those who wish to enjoy the experience from their vehicles, drive-thru tours will be available Thursday through Sunday from 6-8 p.m. Walk through visits, available Friday and Saturday from 6-9 p.m., include visits with Santa, a craft show, kids' activities, horse rides and more.
Admission is $1 or the donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit the Sandusky County Food Pantry.
Ashland Church, 2350 Starr Ave., Oregon, will hold a special service for those who are feeling “blue” during this holiday season Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.
The service will be geared toward those dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with illness or other situations that may make the season feel less than bright.
Wild winter fun
Enjoy the wonders of Ohio’s wildlife and their habitats this winter at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, located at 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.
Saturdays are for the kids on the first weekend of every month. Nature Tots (ages 3-5) meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m., followed by Swampers (ages 6-10), which meets 1-2:30 p.m. Both wildlife programs are designed to spark an early interest in science and conservation for kids.
On Dec. 21 and 22, catch a glimpse of wildlife up close by driving through seven miles of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge that are normally closed to the public. The new entrance from the Visitor Center parking lot opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.
All events are free of charge and are held at the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Call 419-898-0014 or visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa or www.facebook.com/OttawaNWR for more information about upcoming programs.
Heroes to be honored
Bass Pro Shops will honor local heroes – police, firefighters, paramedics, war veterans, soldiers and military personnel Sunday, Dec.15 from 7-10 p.m. with a special evening of activities, shopping, discounts and drawings.
All local heroes and their immediate families are invited to attend. Those attending must show a badge or other identification to attend the special, after-hours event.
Heroes and their family can visit Santa’s Wonderland and enjoy activities such as slot car racing, remote control cars and trains, kids’ craft activities and a free picture taken with Santa until 9 p.m.
Special sales and discounts will be offered storewide throughout the store until 9 p.m. A keepsake ornament will be distributed to the first 100 heroes 18 years and older.
For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com/santa.
Parade of Trees set
Being creative and celebrating creativity by sharing your talents and breaking bread together are not unusual activities for members of PRIZM Creative Community, a local non-profit 501 c. 3 for the visual and literary arts.
Recently, members gathered to decorate the annual PRIZM Christmas tree featured at The Toledo Club’s annual “Parade of Trees.” The 9-foot tree, which features a Winter Woodland theme, is on display evenings starting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17-19. The club is located at 235 14th St, Toledo.
Bids will be taken on all trees through Dec. 31, with proceeds to benefit local non-profit organizations and causes. Visitors to the display will also enjoy entertainment by local school choirs; a buffet dinner is available for purchase.
Knorr TV special to air
In lieu of a traditional New Year’s Eve gala, bandleader Jerry Knorr has produced a television special entitled, “Thanks for the Memory,” a TV show featuring the Johnny Knorr Orchestra.
The special will air New Year’s week online at JohnnyKnorr.com and on Buckeye CableSystem New Year’s Eve at 9 and 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. on channel 58 and at 7 and 10 p.m. on channel 69.
The program will air again on New Year’s Day at 9 and 10 a.m. on Buckeye Cable channel 58 and at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on channel 69.
See a preview online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnI0JvbsT8E.
Walleye coat collection
The Toledo Walleye and Huntington Bank are teaming up for a coat drive to area residents in need of a coat to stay warm this winter.
Walleye fans are being asked to bring new or gently used coats for any age to the game against Evansville Dec. 14. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Collection bins will be set up at Huntington Center entrances.
The Salvation Army will help distribute the coats. For tickets or more information, call 419-725-WALL or visit www.toledowalleye.com.
Zoo winter camps
For kids looking for something fun and interesting to do over the holiday break from school, the Toledo Zoo is offering a series of winter camp experiences Dec. 27, 28 and 30. Campers ages 5-12 can enroll in camps for one day, two or three days. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Kids ages 5-10 years are invited to explore how the zoo’s animals handle the cold, whether it’s leaving for the winter, going to sleep or surviving with special adaptations. Programs include “Zooper Heroes” Dec. 27; “Winter Wild Artist” Dec. 28 and “Penguins to Polar Bears” Dec. 30.
For ages 11-12, the zoo will offer a Junior Zookeeper program, which will allow participants to work alongside the zoo’s Education animal keepers and learn about preparing diets, cleaning enclosures and training behaviors.
The cost for 5-10 year-old campers is $35 per day; the cost for 11- to 12-year-old campers is $40 per day. Toledo Zoo member discounts apply. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Learn more at toledozoo.org/camps.