Oregon Community Theatre presents “The Odd Couple”
Oregon Community Theatre will present Neil Simon’s classic comedy, “The Odd Couple,” known for its wildly zany story of Felix Unger (Reed Steele) and Oscar Madison (Jeff Smith), Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. and March 1 at 3 p.m. in the Fassett Middle School auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.
The cast also includes Patrick Boyer, Daniel Sifuentes, Keith Daniel, Kevin Harrington, Renee Harrington and Lisa Gordon. The show is directed by Pat Mahoney, assisted by Carol Foley.
Tickets are $12 for adults or $10 for seniors/students and may be purchased in advance or at the door. This play contains adult language. For more information, call 419-691-1398 or visit www.oregoncommunitytheatre.org.
Refuge offers drive-through tour
Area families are invited to beat the winter blues and visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s jewel of Ohio, the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.
Weather permitting, the auto tour route will be open Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event offers an opportunity to travel through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. Visitors can drive at their own pace along a well-marked route, following a self-guided tour brochure found at the route entrance. In addition, there will be hands-on exhibits and a short film about the natural and cultural history of the Lake Erie marsh ecosystem and the Great Black Swamp in the Visitor’s Center.
For more information about these or other Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, call 419-898-0014 or visit the www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa.
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo on SR 2. The refuge's visitor center is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays noon to 4 p.m.
“Lighten Up” at St. Ignatius
“Lighten Up,” a wise, witty celebration of faith and family featuring Doug Brummel and his cast of characters, will be presented March 3 and 4 at 6:47 sharp at St. Ignatius Church in Oregon.
Described as “hysterical, hope-filled and holy too,” the two-night series will be different each evening. For more information, about Doug Brummel, visit www.DougBrummel.com.
Family to Family classes offered
Once again, NAMI SSW is offering an education course to help family members understand more about mental illness, treatment and recovery.
The Family to Family course (for any family member, caregiver, or provider) will be held at the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, 4997 Twp. Rd. 183, Clyde, on 12 consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. starting Feb. 17.
The class is designed to help families understand the clinical treatment of brain disorders and offers the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. It lets them know more about what their loved ones face in a way that is non-judgmental, factual, and yet encouraging. There is no fee to attend.
Call Kate Naderer at 419-355-8819 or the office at 1-888-582-8889 with questions or to sign up for the classes.
Grace Baptist Church in Oak Harbor has started a new children’s Bible Club, “The Young Lions’ Club,” which meets Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at the church, 325 S Toussaint Portage Rd.
The club is a ministry that equips children with essential tools for becoming stronger Christians through assorted activities. Membership is open to all children in local communities. For more information, call 419-898-4002.
Youth auditions set
The Horizon Youth Theatre will hold auditions for “Sun and Moon,” a play based on folktales from around the world, March 1 and 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wooster Street Center, 1124 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green.
Auditions are open to area youths between the ages of 9 and 18. No preparation is required but it is recommended that those auditioning be familiar with the script, which is available at the reference desk at the Wood County District Public Library.
There is a participation fee for those selected, though scholarships are available. Young people interested in working backstage on costumes, lights, scenery or props are asked to come to the auditions to fill out a contact sheet.
Rehearsals will begin March 3. The production will be staged March 28 and 29, under the direction of Scott Regan, professor emeritus of theatre and film at Bowling Green State University.
For more information, call 419-352-3257.
Help feed the hungry
Feed the Hungry, an organization formed locally by teens who serve as advocates to feed the hungry through agriculturally friendly means, is looking for new organizations to help their mission.
The organization works to raise money to build agricultural structures in Northwest Ohio, and the food that is harvested goes to local food banks.
“It is our mission to provide the hungry and those who serve them with organic produce through economically and environmentally friendly means,” said Jerry Palermo, president of Feed the Hungry. “We can do this by constructing hoop houses, greenhouses and vertical gardens, then donating the bounties from these structures to local homeless shelters and food banks.”
Feed the Hungry is looking for new organizations that would like to collaborate in their efforts. Fund-raising efforts, technical assistance on construction and operation, material sourcing and produce handling insights are available to interested parties.
Lucas County Children Services, the governmental agency responsible for protecting children from abuse and neglect, is sponsoring an essay contest open to all children in grades seven and eight in Lucas County.
The contest theme, “Every Child Has A Right to be Safe,” is in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month, recognized nationwide each April. The contest winner and runner-up will have the opportunity to read their essays aloud during LCCS’ annual Child Memorial, scheduled for April 24 in downtown Toledo. The winner and runner-up will also receive $50 and $25 gift certificates, respectively.
The essay contest will be judged by a panel of LCCS agency staff, and it provides an opportunity for young people in Lucas County to become more aware of the issue of child abuse and neglect. “Child abuse and neglect occurs in all kinds of families, regardless of the neighborhood they live in, how much money they make or their ethnic or religious background. By asking young people to think about this serious issue in our essay contest, we hope to empower them to speak up if they become aware of abuse or neglect among their own family or friends,” says Dean Sparks, LCCS executive director.
All Lucas County schools serving students in grades seven and eight will receive information about the contest, and students are encouraged to work with their teachers to prepare their entries. Home schooled students may enter directly to the agency. See contest rules at http://lucaskids.net, or obtain a copy by calling 419-213-3253. Entries can be submitted starting March 1, and must be received at LCCS by April 3.