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10th Cheer for a Cure
Stella Bertz Cheer For A Cure, an organization created to memorialize Stella Bertz, will sponsor the 10th Annual Cheer For A Cure Championship Saturday, Feb. 16 at Genoa High School.

The annual Cheer For A Cure cheerleading and dance competition was established in 2005 in memory of the generosity and dedication of Stella Bertz, who coached cheerleading in the Genoa Area School District for more than 10 years. Bertz succumbed to cancer in February 2003.

The organization has grown into a national, community-based group dedicated to raising funds in an effort to impact the lives of those who have been touched by cancer. The grassroots network of cheerleaders, coaches, and supporting fans holds competitions and events to raise funds to support cancer prevention and improving quality of life by funding research, education, advocacy, and service.

Stella Bertz Cheer For A Cure has been able to donate over $115,000 to cancer research in the past nine years alone. This year the organization will directly fund cancer research through the Stella Bertz Cheer For A Cure Cancer Research Fund at Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute. The new partnership with The James allows the organization to directly fund researchers and doctors involved in groundbreaking research to end cancer.

To make a contribution or for more information, call Josh Maluchnik at 419-855-2282 or visit CheerForACure.org.

Stella Bertz Cheer For A Cure is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and all sponsorships, donations, and gifts are tax deductible.


Hilarity abounds on “Flamingo Court”
Three different condos and three different “slices of life” – they could be your neighbors. Genoa Civic Theatre will present, “Flamingo Court,” by Luigi Creatore, under the direction of Sheryl Allan. Show dates are Feb. 28, March 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9.

The comedy in condos and will have audiences laughing at the truth they see in what might be their own neighbors- only zanier. For instance, Angelina, in 104 is a three-character piece that starts with smiles and grows into a hilarious, audience-howling ending. Clara, in 204, deals with two characters in a poignant look at the problems of aging and separation. Harry, in 304, deals with an 89 year-old gentleman who is battling his greedy daughter at the same time that he gets involved with an aging hooker. Hilarity ensues.

“Flamingo Court” is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. For reservations, call 419-855-3103. For more information, visit www.genoacivictheatre.com.


Ntl. Ice-carving championship Coming to Perrysburg Feb. 21-22
Toledo’s premier ice carving company, Ice Creations, will host the National Ice Carving Championship Feb. 21-22 in downtown Perrysburg as part of the Perrysburg Winterfest.

“We are excited to be partnering with Downtown Perrysburg, Inc. to bring this outstanding level of competition to Northwest Ohio,” said Chad Hartson, 2005 World Champion Ice Carver and owner of Ice Creations.

Limited to 24 carvers classified as either Master or Pro status, carvers must qualify and apply to compete in the competition, which will take place in two parts. The first, on Friday, Feb. 21, requires carvers to carve a one-block design in three hours.

The second, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 22, requires carvers to carve a two-block design in four hours. Blocks of ice weight more than 300 pounds. Scores will be combined from the individual competitions to determine the winner of the coveted National Champion title which will be announced at Saturday’s award ceremony.

The National Ice Carving Championship will take place in conjunction with the Perrysburg Winterfest, Feb. 21-23, which will feature 60 commissioned ice sculptures that will line the streets of downtown Perrysburg. Additionally, Winterfest offers a full schedule of family-friendly activities and beer and wine tastings. Visit www.perrysburgwinterfest.com for a full list of activities and information on how to become involved and/or support the event.


March Sunday Series planned at Pearson
Friends of Pearson invite the community to join them Sundays in March for a series of discussions on “Building a Community: Living Along the Eastern Maumee River.”

The programs will be held at 2 p.m. each week in the Macomber Lodge, 4999 Navarre Ave, Oregon. Refreshments will be available.

The schedule includes:
• March 2: “Richly Dressed and Handsomely Attired: Daily Life of Our Earliest Residents, Native Americans,” presented by Dr. Janet Rozik, of Heidelberg University.

• March 9: “Farming Pioneers: Early Settlers on the East Side,” presented by Joanne Crandall, Johlin family historian, and Floyd Hagedorn, Oregon historian.

• March 16: “Early Days of the East Side: from Villages to Townships to Cities,” presented by Larry Michaels, local historian and author.

• March 23: “Pearson and Progress: George Pearson’s Leadership in the Development of the East Side,” presented by Mary Breymaier, author of “George W. Pearson, A Modest Hero.”

• March 30: “Landmark of Pride, The First Hundred Years of Waite High School,” presented by Robert Clark, former East Side District Leader for Toledo Public Schools.

For more information, visit www.metroparkstoledo.com.


Spring Alive at Toledo Zoo, Feb. 27 – March 2
Spring comes early to the Toledo Zoo Feb. 27 through March 2, with a floral extravaganza called “Spring Alive: Fairy Tales, Fables & Flowers.” The event, free with regular zoo admission, is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. For these four days only, Nairobi Pavilion (near the Zoo’s multispecies Africa! exhibit) will become a storybook garden with thousands of flowers bringing beloved childhood stories into bloom.

Toledo-area landscape companies, garden centers, college groups and designers from as far away as New York City are creating the expansive themed floral displays that pay tribute to Peter Pan, Hansel & Gretel, Sleeping Beauty and more cherished family favorites.

How-to gardening demonstrations, kitchen gardening/cooking sessions with the zoo’s executive chef and personal tours of the historic Conservatory are just some of the highlights. There will also be children’s story times, puppet shows, live harp performances and more.

The zoo’s animals, too, will be a colorful part of Spring Alive, including a keeper talk about wolves inside the Wolf Cabin filled with floral interpretations of Little Red Riding Hood’s cabin. Spring Alive will also include animal feeds, enrichment demonstrations and chances to meet zoo animals up close.

Optional, separate-fee princess tea parties, adults-only wine-tasting, family dinner/after-hours activities and more will also be available. Details are at toledozoo.org/springalive.


Wellness Day planned
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1213 Washington St., Genoa, will present a “Fit for Life Wellness Day,” featuring guest speaker William Hablitzel, M.D., Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m.-noon.

Light breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. Dr. Hablitzel, an internist with a private practice in Cincinnati and author of “Dying Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me,” and “It Was Only A Moment Ago,” will discuss the discovery of health and wisdom in all circumstances.

Breakout sessions and resource tables will be available on such topics as nutrition, mental health, physical therapy and physical fitness, and hospice.

The event will also include health screenings, chair massage, chair exercise demonstrations and more.

Reservations are not required and admission is free, however donations will be accepted to benefit health ministry programs.


Christian Mom’s Group
A Christian Moms’ Group will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. the first and third Monday of each month through May at Our Lady of Lourdes, 204 Main St., Genoa.

The group is open to all moms who desire encouragement and support in the vocation of motherhood. For info, contact Patti Greenhill at 419-862-0128 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Cholesterol screenings
The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. is currently scheduling cholesterol screening clinics for March.

Screenings are open to Wood County residents 25 years of age and older. The cost is $20 for those 60 and over, and $25 for those 25-59. Screenings require an appointment and pretest instructions.

The screening panel includes Total Cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), Triglycerides, Total Cholesterol/HDL ratio and blood glucose level. Results will be immediately available and discussed with clients by a registered nurse.

Screenings will be offered at the Bowling Green Senior Center 9 a.m.-11 a.m. March 4, 7 and 20; at the Perrysburg Senor Center 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 12; and at the Rossford Senior Center 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 26.

To schedule an appointment, call the WCCOA Social Services Department at 1-800-367-4935 or 419-353-5661.


Dealing with Dementia
“Dealing with Dementia” will be the topic of a program being held at St. Clare Commons, the Franciscan Living Community located at 12469 Five Point Rd., Perrysburg.

The program, which will be presented by Dr. Govind Bharwani, will be offered Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. and again Friday, Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m.

Attendees will learn tips and techniques for caring for, cooperating with and calming those with dementia. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, or to RSVP, call 419-931-0050 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Outstanding seniors sought
The Ohio Department of Aging is accepting nominations for outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2014 Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

Individuals and organizations interested in nominating a neighbor, colleague, family member or friend may visit www.aging.ohio.gov/news/halloffame/ for more information, to submit a nomination or download the nomination form.

“So many of our older Ohioans - our Golden Buckeyes - are defined not by their age, but by the good work they have done and continue to do,” said Bonnie K. Burman, director of the department. “The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors the vital roles our elders play in their communities, across the state and nationwide, while it promotes the benefits of active, productive and purposeful living at all points in our lives.”

Nominees must be age 60 or older and be native-born Ohioans or residents of the state for at least 10 years. Posthumous nominations will be accepted. The nominee (or a representative of the nominee if he or she is unable) must consent to the nomination.

Nominees will be evaluated on the impact of their current contributions, or a continuation of contributions begun before age 60, in areas of endeavor including, but not limited to Arts/Literature, Business/Technology, Education, Health/Fitness, Community Activism or Science/Medicine.

Induction is held each May.


Zoo named Brides’ Choice winner
For the third consecutive year, The Knot has named the Toledo Zoo a Brides’ Choice winner in its 2014 Best of Weddings segment. The award is the direct result of brides’ reviews of wedding professionals.

“We are honored that so many brides rate the Toledo Zoo as a top choice in the area,” Jeff Sailer, executive director of the Toledo Zoo, said. “More than 50 couples each year choose the Zoo’s beautiful gardens and historic buildings to start their lives together, which is a reflection of the role we are proud to play in this great community.”

The zoo accommodates all sizes of weddings, with a range of location choices that include the Formal Gardens, Nairobi Pavilion and historic African Lodge. Complete planning and coordination services are available, from chef-designed wedding cakes to gourmet meals in exotic venues.

More information about Zoo weddings is available at toledozoo.org/weddings.

The Knot Best of Weddings 2014 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to the top wedding professionals across the country.


Monthly podiatric clinic
For the benefit of older adults, Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) will begin offering a monthly podiatry clinic, with the first clinic set for Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main St. Bowling Green.

Drs. Joshua Morris and R. Scott Johnston of Maumee Bay Foot and Ankle Specialists will offer help with foot screenings, ulcer and open wound care, toenail trimming and diabetic education.

Patients should check with their insurance companies about coverage and co-pays. Medicare and Medicaid will be accepted.

For information about future dates, contact Megan Nole at 800-367-4935 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information about Maumee Bay Foot and Ankle Specialists, visit www.maumeebayfoot.com.


Million Dollar Quartet
The national tour of the Broadway musical, “Million Dollar Quartet” will make its Toledo premiere March 20-23 at the Stranahan Theater.

The international Tony Award Winning musical, tells the true story of the evening of Dec. 4, 1956, when an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together.

Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” who was responsible for launching the careers of each icon, brought the four legendary musicians together at the Sun Records storefront studio in Memphis for the first and only time. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.

Tickets, which start at $28, are on sale now online at theaterleague.com and stranahantheater.org, at the Stranahan Theater box office at 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, or by calling 419-381-8851.


Health & Safety Fair
A Health and Safety Fair for Seniors and Caregivers will be held Thursday, April 3 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the St. Rose School gymnasium, 215 E. Front St. (behind St. Rose Parish), Perrysburg.

Experts from home health agencies, care advocates, parish nurses, Realtors, movers, funeral planners, senior communities and more will be on hand. Light breakfast and lunch options will be provided by event sponsors.

For details, call 419-874-4559.Family Briefs

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