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Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is welcoming adults interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents to attend its upcoming free training classes.

The agency is currently seeking adults and families who can provide loving and stable homes for teenagers with behavioral, developmental or physical challenges, minor mothers and groups of three or more brothers sisters.

 The upcoming free training session will be held six consecutive Saturdays beginning April 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The all-day sessions cover two topics each day. To register for classes, call 419-213-3336 or visit Qualifying to be a foster or adoptive parent is easier than you think. Applicants:

• Must be at least 18 years of age to adopt; 21 to become a foster parent.

• Can be married, single or partnered.

• Can own or rent your home.

• Can work outside the home.

•  Don’t have to earn a lot of money, just enough to support yourself.

• Need a safety inspection for your home.

• Agree to a background check.

• Receive free training.

• Receive financial support, based on the child’s needs.

The mission of Lucas County Children Services is to lead the community in the protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect. This is accomplished by working with families, service providers and community members to assess risk and coordinate community-based services resulting in safe, stable and permanent families for children.

One-Man Comedy/Variety show
Illusion, music, juggling and deadpan comedy will collide in a Vaudevillesque spectacle as The Great Kaplan - One Man Comedy/Variety Show brings his zany antics to Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts Sunday, March 15.

The comedy/variety performance by David Kaplan, which will be held in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts’ Mainstage Theatre at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., is the third in the series of three Family Fun Sundays presented by Owens.

With humor being the focus of the show, Kaplan delights audience attendees with his ability to juggle bean bag chairs, play a melody on a “concert balloon” and defy the laws of physics with bowling balls, among other magical performance surprises. The Columbus resident has entertained audiences nationwide since the early 1980s with his highly original act. Inspired by the antics of such entertainers as Victor Borge and Maxwell Smart, Kaplan is known for his unique and hilarious spectacle, as well as his uncanny ability to appeal to a wide cross-section of audiences.

Tickets for The Great Kaplan comedy performance are $12 and all seats are general admission. To purchase tickets, visit or contact the College’s Box Office. For more information about this event, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at (567) 661-2787 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. ARTS (2787).

“Wonderful Town”
The Clay High School Limelighters will present “Wonderful Town,” featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein, March 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors, are available by calling Clay High School at 419-693-0665, ext. 2006 or at the box office on performance nights.

Hop Hoppening
The East Toledo Family Center will hold its annual Easter Hop Hoppening April 4 from noon to 4 p.m.

This year’s activities will include an egg hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, arts and crafts, games, music, snacks and more.

The program is free and open to the community. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To volunteer or obtain more information, call LaToya Boyd at 419-691-1429.

A coat of many colors
Genoa High School thespians will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” March 19 through 22 at the High School.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, which are $7 for adults and $5 for students/senior citizens, are available from any cast member or by calling Genoa Middle School at 419-855-7781, ext. 18, the high school at 419-855-7735 or Allen Central Elementary at 419-855-7795.

Taking on the role of Joseph is senior Sam Schlievert. Telling the story of Joseph and his brothers are narrators Becca Sheehy, Ellie Swisher and Rachel Brown. They will be joined on stage by a talented and hardworking cast of more than 70 students including (Jacob Schreuder (Jacob), Jay Herman (Reuben), Zac Purney (Simeon), Blair Skilliter (Judah), Phil Royster (Potiphar) and Nate Daniels (Pharaoh).  Adding to the spectacle of light and sound on stage will be our children’s chorus comprised of an additional 43 students from the elementary and middle school students.






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