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“Brian Matters -Still” topic of Two Villages community forum

Only one percent of parents believe that his/her teen binge drinks.

Brian and Cindy Hoeflinger, of Ottawa Hills, were in the 99 percent who did not know their son would binge with friends. That was a year ago. That was before they got a phone call to get to the hospital as soon as possible.

During this past year, the Hoeflingers have become tireless in learning the subculture that supports binge drinking and sharing what they have learned in as many places as possible. Their story was recently featured nationally on the Katie Couric Show, and locally, by Toledo news anchors Jerry Anderson and Diane Larson.

In addition to the television interviews, Dr. Hoeflinger wrote a book documenting the topic, “The Night He Died: The Harsh Reality of Teenage Drinking.”

On Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m., the Hoeflingers will be at Woodmore High School to share the story of their son, Brian, with hopes of sparing lives of other teens. This forum is open to all members of the Woodmore and neighboring communities. The school is located at 633 Fremont St., Elmore.

For more information about the Hoeflingers, visit www.brianmatters.com. For more information about the work of Two Villages, contact Jayne Klett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


“Once Upon a Mattress”

The Woodmore High School Drama Club will present “Once Upon a Mattress” March 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m. at Woodmore Elementary School.

Under the direction of Marcia Busdeker and musical director Tracey Nycz, “Once Upon a Mattress” tells the story of a queen’s attempts to sabotage her son’s search for a princess bride. The musical is an adaptation of “The Princess and the Pea.”

Tickets are $8 for senior citizens and students and $10 for adults. Ticket sales will be March 10, 11, 13, 17 and 18 from 10 a.m.-noon at the high school in Elmore and the same dates from 7:30-9 p.m. at the elementary school in Woodville.

Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the performance.


“Legally Blonde”

The Clay High Limelighters will present, “Legally Blonde” the musical, March 28, 29 and 30 in the Clay High School auditorium.

The show, written by Heather Hach with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Neil Benjamin, tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend and in the process discovers how her knowledge of the law can help others.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $10 for adults, and may be purchased in advance through Karen Nyitray at the high school 419-693-0665, or at the auditorium box office prior to each performance.


“Shrek the Musical”

Genoa Area High School will present “Shrek the Musical” March 20-23 in the high school auditorium.

Join Shrek (David Riegle) and his loyal steed Donkey (Emanuel Aranda) as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona (Christy Dazley) from her tower guarded by a fire-breathing love-sick dragon (Serena Parlette). Add a diminutive Lord Farquaad (Carlos Baez), a gang of fairytale misfits and a cookie with an attitude and hilarity is sure to ensue.

The show features all new songs as well as a cult Shrek anthem, “I’m a Believer.” It has been available for amateur licensing since June 2013, and Genoa High School is only the fourth high school in Ohio to present the show on stage.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available from any cast member or by calling Genoa Area Local Schools at 419-855-7741, ext. 31315 or 41204.


“Joseph” presented at Eastwood

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be presented by Eastwood High School thespians March 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

The family-friendly musical tells the Biblical tale of Joseph, his devoted father, his jealous brothers and his incredible series of adventures. The series of memorable numbers features everything from country to calypso to rock `n roll.

The cast includes David Krukemyer as Joseph, Annalesa Rahrig as the narrator and Sam Hirzel as Pharaoh, along with 22 children in grades three through eight.

Reserved-seating tickets are $10 and are available by calling 419-833-3611 or in person at the Eastwood High School office.


“All Shook Up”

Oak Harbor High School students will present the musical “All Shook Up” – a musical inspired the hits of Elvis Presley –March 21, 22 and 23.

The musical features such tunes as “You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “It’s Now or Never” and more.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors and are available at the door, from any cast member or by calling OHHS at 419-898-6216.


“Anything Goes”

Lake High School students will present their spring musical, Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” March 20, 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

The musical takes audiences aboard the S.S. American, where nothing is as it seems and almost “anything goes.” Join in on the antics of a love-struck stockbroker, a wealthy debutante, an English Lord, a gangster and a nightclub-singer-turned-evangelist.

Reserved tickets are $6 for students and seniors 60 years old and over and $8 for adults 18-59 years old. Call 419-661-3000, ext. 3832 for tickets or more information.


Spring Vendor & Craft Show

The Tiki Warriors Relay for Life team of Ottawa County will hold a Spring Vendor and Craft Show Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 302 West St., Genoa.

More than 20 vendors and crafters will be on hand with jewelry, Easter items, candles, home décor and more. There will also be raffles, along with snacks and beverages available for purchase.

A portion of funds raised will benefit the Relay For Life of Ottawa County.


Zoo offers Garden Tours

The Toledo Zoo’s popular “Watch it Grow” garden tour series starts Wednesday, March 19, 10:30 a.m.-12 noon.

The March 19 program includes a tour of the zoo’s historic Conservatory and Greenhouse (an area not normally open to the public), along with a talk on plant propagation. Because space is limited, registration is required for this tour. Call 419-385-5721, ext. 2039 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve a spot.

This is the first of several 90-minute walking tours, all free with regular Zoo admission. Visitors are welcome to attend any or all sessions. Master Gardeners receive one hour of continuing education credit for each tour attended.


Totally Rad Party

Walbridge-Fest will present, a `70s/80s Totally Rad Party Saturday, March 29 from 6 p.m.-midnight at the VFW Banquet Hall in Walbridge.

The cost is $15 per person, $25 per couple and $10 for children. The evening will include a Moonwalk, Atari/Nintendo Station, Pet Rock Station and Costume Contest.

Proceeds will help fund the 2014 Rally by the Rails.


Breakfast with the Bunny

An All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be held Saturday, April 5 from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Waite High School cafeteria, Toledo.

The cost is $3 for kids 12 and under, $5 for ages 13 to adult and $4 for senior citizens. Free activities include face painting, a raffle, arts and crafts and games. There will also be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny for a $3 fee.

Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Morrison R. Waite Chapter of the National Honor Society.


Easter Egg Hunt planned

The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt April 12, at 2 p.m.

The egg hunt will begin in Adolphus Kraemer Park at the Log Cabin, followed by a candy hunt downtown, and then to the Portage Fire Station on Water Street where the children can visit with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny.

There will be opportunities to have photos taken with the Easter Bunny, and to win a special Golden Egg Basket.

The event is free to the public and open to children ages 12 and under. For more information, call 419-898-0479.


Easter Bunny Breakfast

The East Toledo Family Center, located at 1020 Varland Ave., Toledo, will host a “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” April 12 from 9 a.m.-noon. Pancakes will be served until 11:30 a.m.

The Easter Bunny will be available for photos, and families are invited to bring their cameras. There will also be children’s crafts.

The program is free and open to the community. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To volunteer or for more information, call Jodi Gross at 419-691-1429, ext. 213.


Spaghetti dinner benefit

A spaghetti dinner benefit for Debbie Hawley will be held March 22 from 5-10 p.m. at the Glass City Boardwalk, 27820 East Broadway, Walbridge.

Hawley has been diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a rare and aggressive form of terminal brain cancer. The event is designed to fulfill her wish to have a big party with friends and family while raising money for her family.

The evening will include a spaghetti dinner, which will include salad, bread and dessert. John Barile, Bobby May and Friends will provide entertainment.

Organizers are seeking donations, including food, raffle and silent auction prizes along with monetary donations. Checks payable to The Deb Hawley Fund may be sent to State Bank & Trust, 311 Main St., Walbridge, OH 43465. Contributions will be acknowledged in the event flyer and at the benefit.

For more information, contact Linda Smith, co-chair of the event, at 313-805-3920. For information about donations, call Diane Wright at 419-661-2756.


Zumba fundraiser

Licensed Zumba instructors Brianna Jensen and Jody Bronowski will present a Zumba event fundraiser March 23 at 6 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 611 Woodville Rd., Toledo.

Admission is free, however donations will be accepted to benefit the Walk For MS on the University of Toledo campus.


Women’s symposium

In celebration of Women’s History Month, W.O.W. (Women of the World) Toledo will hold its 2nd Annual Symposium March 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the University of Toledo’s Scott Park Auditorium.

The symposium is created for women, by women. Its purpose is to connect, inspire and empower women.

Registration and the Market Place open at 8:30 a.m. Throughout the day, there will be door prizes, vendors, health screenings, performances and presentations.

The event is free and open to all women who will attend three breakout sessions presented by women from the Toledo area. Breakout sessions will include education and financial planning, entrepreneurship, parenting, creativity, and physical fitness. To view the full list of breakout sessions, visit wowtoledo.org.

The event will also include a “SHEroes Rock” award presentation, with awards given to unsung women for their work within the community.

For more information, visit wowtoledo.org, like them on Facebook at Women of the World - WOW Symposium or follow them on twitter @WOWToledo.


Art-A-Fair 2014

PRIZM Creative Community will present “Art-A-Fair 2014” – the 8th annual juried show featuring art, literature and live performance March 22-May 26 at Fifth Third Center at One Seagate, 550 North Summit St., Toledo. Parking is available at the Vistula Garage on Superior.

The exhibit, which showcases some of the most talented authors and artists, features both visual and literary works. Many of the pieces will be available for purchase.

“Ideas that Fly” is the theme of this year’s Creative Challenge. Artists and authors were allowed to enter works in the Challenge, as well as, in the general exhibit. Prizes are awarded by PRIZM for the Challenge and the overall exhibit.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, March 22, 3-6 p.m. An awards assembly, at 3:30 in the auditorium, will reveal the –winner of this year’s Art, Literature, and Creative Challenge Awards with short select performances from the winning authors.

Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon-6 p.m. The exhibit will also be a featured stop on the April 19th Gallery Loop from 3-8 p.m. and on the Thursday evening May 22nd Art Walk from 6-9 p.m. sponsored by The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo.

For more information on upcoming PRIZM educational workshops in the visual and literary arts visit the PRIZM website www.myprizm.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 419-931-8732.


“Flying Reptiles”

See flying lizards, snakes and more at the “Flying Reptiles” exhibit on display in the Toledo Zoo’s historic Reptile House.

Two key animals of the exhibit, rarely seen at U.S. zoos, include flying dragons and ornate snakes. Originating in southeast Asia, flying dragons expand their ribs and specialized membranes to glide up to 25 feet in the air, or about 37 times their body length. Ornate flying snakes, from India, Asia and neighboring islands, flatten their whole body into a “wing,” like a long, oval Frisbee disc. Both behaviors are the animals’ natural defensive mechanisms to escape danger.

Although the concept of flying reptiles and amphibians may be new to many people, these species once shared the skies with the world's first bird species, long before humans existed.

In addition to the live animals arriving for the new exhibit, hand-crafted models of many prehistoric flying animals will be on display. These include a life-size replica of Quetzalcoatlus northropi, which stood as tall as a giraffe and had a wingspan of 35 feet.

The exhibit is free with zoo admission. Learn more at toledozoo.org/flight.

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