The Pemberville Opera House, in conjunction with the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society, will present "A Hot Time in the Old Town" July 27.
Enjoy a delicious old-fashioned chicken BBQ dinner served up by the historical society on the brick street outside the Opera House. Following dinner, enjoy Dixieland Jazz with Ragtime Rick and the Chefs of Dixieland in the Opera House.
Local favorite Rick Grafing will tickle the ivories to your favorite tunes backed up by his Dixieland band. The evening is also the "kick-off" for the "Live in the House Concert Series."
Information will be forthcoming about the nine shows scheduled for the 2008-09 season. Look for details online at www.pembervilleoperahouse.org or contact Carol Bailey at 419-287-4848 or
Tickets are $8 for dinner only; $10 for the show only and $15 for the dinner and show combination. They’re available at Beeker’s General Store, 226 East Front St., or at the door.
Boomer the Frog, who is a Savings Frog, is inviting kids to a Fun Day July 26 at Bay Area Credit Union, 4202 Navarre Ave., Oregon (across from Pearson Metropark).
Young savers are invited to stop in between 10 a.m. and noon for fun, refreshments and goodie bag. Youths through age 11 will receive a Presidential Gold Coin when they open a First Mates Savings Club account or make a $5 deposit to their existing account.
Parents are invited to bring a camera and snap a photo of their kids with Boomer the Frog.
Learn healthy snacking
Children can learn how to snack healthy and enjoy a fun experience at a horse farm at the same time. Serenity Farm, a nonprofit charity located at 21879 Lemoyne Rd., Luckey, is offering two presentations of "Fun Facts with Healthy Snacks" on July 28 for children over age 8 accompanied by a parent/guardian. Participants will learn how to make healthy snacks for themselves and see what horses eat to stay healthy.
Sessions will be presented from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required by calling the farm office at 419-833-1308.
The cost to participate is a donation of carrots or apples for the horses, a gift card for the horses from TSC or Sonseeahray Western Store, a gift card from a Meijer store, donation of bottled water, a gift card from Michael’s craft store, or a cash donation to be used toward the care of the horses during the winter months.
Look Good, Feel Better
Bay Park Community Hospital (BPCH) will host, "Look Good…Feel Better," a free program sponsored by the American Cancer Society, July 14 at 2 p.m.
The program is designed to help women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment learn beauty techniques to help deal with appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
In two-hour workshops conducted by specially-trained beauty professionals, the program offers practical tips about skin care, makeup techniques and guidance for coping with hair loss. Each participant receives a free bag of makeup ($250 value) for use as a learning tool during the session.
Workshops are held the second Monday of the month at 2 p.m. Future dates this year include Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.
For more information or to register, call 1-888-227-6446 and press "2" when instructed. To learn more about the program, visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.
Engaged couples are invited to a bridal registry event July 24-27 at Elder-Beerman in the Woodville Mall.
Registered couples will receive a deluxe wedding and gift planner, a copy of Bridal Guide magazine, and complimentary signature services by Estee Lauder.
Visit with local wedding vendors including gowns by Barbara’s House of Bridal and Formal Wear, tuxes by Kanag Tuxedo Rental and Sales, flowers by Enchanted Flowers and Gifts, photography by Memories by Scott, catering by Carolyn’s Personalized Catering, cake by Cherry Lane Cakes, travel by Central Travel and more.
On Thursday and Friday, there will be live music, free seminars and more. Registration is suggested for seminars, which include a discussion about event venues by Sunrise Park & Banquet Center and Nutrition and Green Cleaning Products by Health is Beautiful. (Call for times.)
Call Julie Kling, bridal consultant, for details at 419-698-3350, ext. 228 or 229, about special events or for a registry appointment.
Prostate cancer support
Memorial Hospital’s Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group helps men cope with prostate cancer by providing community-based education and support to patients and their family members.
The group is open to prostate cancer patients and survivors, and those who would like more information about prostate cancer. Spouses and significant others are also encouraged to attend.
The next meeting will be held July 30 at 7 p.m. in the hospital’s Chestnut Café. Guest speaker will be Herschel Chalk, National Prostate Awareness Trainer of the American Cancer Society.
For more information, call Memorial’s Outpatient Services Department at 419-334-6639.
Pet first aid
The American Red Cross is offering pet owners an emergency first aid course to protect their dogs and cats.
Self-Study Dog First Aid and Self-Study Cat First Aid training guides and DVDs are now available for $16.95 each. The guides deal with more than 70 important health topics, including how to administer medications, dealing with breathing and cardiac emergencies, and responses for various emergencies ranging from wound care to car accidents and more.
The Self-Study programs are not meant to replace veterinarian care, but to help provide supplemental emergency response information for pet owners until they can get their dog or cat to the vet.
To order, contact your local American Red Cross chapter at 419-734-1100 or stop by the nearest office. In Ottawa County, the Red Cross is located in The Sutton Center, 1854 E. Perry St., Port Clinton.
Free vision screening
OptiVue’s Kidseyes Pediatric Program is offering free vision screenings for Northwest Ohio children in grades kindergarten to six on Saturdays in August.
Screenings will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Oregon location, 2740 Navarre Ave. Other dates and locations include:
Aug. 2 – 1855 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo
Aug. 9 – 5733 Lewis Ave., Toledo
Aug. 6 – 485 W. Dussel Dr., Maumee
No appointments are necessary for the screenings, which could help detect vision problems that affect an estimated one in 20 preschoolers and one in four school-aged children.
Helping teens navigate
Parents who want to help their children navigate through the teen years should consider participating in The Parent Project, offered since 2003 by the Wood County Educational Service Center.
The 10-week course is aimed at parents with teens who may have behavioral issues, substance abuse, school attendance and performance problems, depression, bullying and negative peer pressure, or other problems. There are separate sessions targeting both parents and teens.
Parents meet for three hours one night each week for six weeks, then two hours per night for four weeks. A separate, but concurrent component for teens called "Choosing Success, Choosing Life" helps youths to focus on choices before them and explore alternative solutions to various problems.
The next round of Parent Project classes begins Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Rossford High School. The cost is $20 for each parent attending, which includes the cost of the workbook. If the parent attends all 10 sessions, the $20 fee is refunded. Teen sessions are free when parents enroll.
To register or for more information, call Lorrie Lewandowski at 419-354-9010, ext. 113.