Three area communities will host festivals this weekend or next as September -- and summer -- come to an end.
The 2009 Genoa Street Fair is set for Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Main Street. Sponsored by the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce, the fourth annual event features street vendors, a farmers’ market, American Legion bingo, children’s activities, Air Extreme kids’ games and more.
Rayz Benefit Bike Run begins at 11 a.m. (registration at 10 a.m.) The event is designed to raise funds for Jenna Apthorpe, a Genoa student diagnosed with leukemia. The ride will be followed at noon by a chicken barbecue at Rayz Café, 608 Main Street. Raffles and door prizes are also planned. For more info, call 419-855-CAFÉ.
Judging also begins at noon for the chili cook off and pie baking contest sponsored by the Genoa Retirement Village, 300 Cherry St. Call 419-855-7755 to enter your chili or pie recipe. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.
The retirement center will have a booth at the fair in front of Sprouse Insurance at Main and Sixth Street, where it will sell chili and Coney dogs with all sales benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association for the Memory Walk.
A variety of entertainment is planned at the gazebo, including Petree’s Music and Karaoke from 9 to 10 a.m., Brass Quintets from 10 to 11 a.m., Oldies music from the ‘50s and ‘60s by Dream-works Dave Ninkes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Dance Tek Performance Team from 1 to 2 p.m., and classic rock and Motown from the Moon Dogs between 2 and 4 p.m.
At the Genoa Town Hall, entertainment will include the Genoa Area cheerleaders from 10 to 11 a.m., the Genoa Area High School Band from 1 to 2 p.m., and Dale Aldrich Classic Country Music from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Fairgoers can watch pottery making in progress at 625 Main St., where artists and craftsman Jan Pugh will demonstrate Majolica-style pottery. Pugh, who operates Packer Creek Pottery at 108 E. 8th St., is one of numerous Genoa businesses participating in the street fair with special events, sales and hours.
For example, Genoa Custom Interiors, 644-647 Main St., is offering a one-day sale that includes 20 percent off Mohawk Carpet, framed art and lamps and area rugs, and 25 percent off in-stock furniture. The New Hourglass Inn, 618 Main St., is selling brats, hot dogs, burgers, pigs-in the-blanket and more beginning at 11 a.m.
The Millbury Fireman’s Association will hold its 36th annual Ox Roast on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the village fire hall, 28410 Oak St.
Registration for the 22nd annual Dean Schwamberger Memorial Car Show at the roast begins at 10:30 a.m., a half-hour before the start of the show. For more info about the car show, call 419-704-8704.
Julia Johnston of WUPW Channel 36 Fox Toledo will be the grand marshal of the annual parade, which steps off at noon. For parade information, call 419-467-3638.
D.J. Elvis performs at 1 p.m.
A silent auction of new merchandise, raffles, poker and other games and other activities will be offered. Also available will be beef and chicken dinners, other food, pop and beer.
In addition, Sit Means Sit, a dog obedience training seminar, will present live demonstrations during the roast, according to its Web site.
Haywire, a country and classic rock band, will perform from 7 to 11 p.m.
Sidewalk sales and vendor displays by local artisans will also be a feature of the annual Woodville Lime Fest, a village-wide celebration on Saturday, Sept. 26, that pays homage to the community’s history and most abundant resource -- limestone.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other activities include: tours of the Woodville Historical Museum, a “Guess the Weight” of the large limestone rock contest, a pie-baking contest and sale, chicken barbecue, fish fry, pizza and other foods, a car show, miniature golf, a celebrity golf game for charity, games, evening kite flying and a vintage baseball game.
5K Fun Run planned
The Oregon Professional firefighters (IAFF LOCAL 4093) are sponsoring a 5K Fun Run to kick off Fire Prevention Week Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Ignatius Church, 212 N. Stadium Rd., Oregon.
The firefighters will be using the church’s certified race route. Awards will be given to the top three in each of 13 male/female age groups with cash amounts going to top overall male and female and the top EMS male and female runners.
A $15 pre-registration fee includes a T-shirt to the first 160 entrants registered by Oct. 7. Race-day shirt is $17 from 8-9:45 a.m.
Lymphedema program offered
Cancer patients and others interested in learning about lymphedema will have the chance to get information, hear experts in the field, learn coping strategies and discover ways to prevent the condition after cancer treatment surgery at a program Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Mercy Cancer Center at St. Anne’s Hospital, 3404 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo.
Lymphedema is a swelling caused by a collection of excess fluid in the arms and legs. It may result from surgical removal of lymph nodes and vessels or after radiation.
The program, which is free and open to the public, is being sponsored by Mercy Cancer Center, The Victory Center and Renee’s Survivor Shop. A light continental breakfast will be served. For reservations or more information, call 419-450-4940.
Fields of Green challenge
ProMedica Health System is offering the opportunity for area high school students to win a $5,000 college scholarship through The Fields of Green scholarship competition.
The competition is open to northwest Ohio/southeast Michigan students in grades 10-12. Students are invited to form teams of two to four, which will be challenged to design a health and fitness program for elementary school children, including nutritious snack options.
Last year, ProMedica awarded $42,000 to area students and schools through a program called Lunch 101: Food for Thought, which challenged area high school students to create an affordable and nutritionally-balanced elementary school lunch program.
For this year’s scholarship program, each member of the winning team will receive a $5,000 college scholarship, and the winning team’s school will receive a $1,000 cash award. Additionally, the winning entry will be a pilot program in several local elementary schools.
The Fields of Green scholarship program is part of a larger, comprehensive PHS initiative encompassing a variety of health and nutrition programs designed to combat the local obesity epidemic. Also this fall, PHS will introduce a new program called the Healthy Kids Conversation Map® Program, which will be led by PHS employees trained to teach a series of 30-minute interactive sessions in various community settings. The sessions will focus on establishing healthy nutrition and exercise habits in children and adults.
For more information about the Fields of Green scholarship program, including entry forms, visit www.promedica.org.
Helping Special Olympics
Special Olympics started as a dream - a dream of opportunities for all people with disabilities to experience the joy of competition, the thrill of victory and the compassion of peers in defeat. It was July 20, 1968, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s dream became a reality.
Special Olympics was first introduced to the public with 1000 athletes from 26 states and Canada competing in track and field, swimming and field hockey. What grew out of the day on Solider Field in Chicago came to touch the lives of over 3 million athletes in 181 counties.
Locally, Sandusky County has 110 athletes competing in nine different sports through-out the year. The program relies heavily on donations from local service clubs, business and individuals. Volunteers provide support with hosting various events and coaching the athletes. For more information, visit www.eunicekennedyshriver.org or call Deb Sidell at 419 332-9296 ext. 119.