Eastern Y Teen Program develops leadership skills
The Eastern YMCA Teens Leadership Program meets every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Participants have fun learning leadership skills and developing key decision-making and organizational skills. Other program goals include clarifying goals, developing character, relationship building, community outreach/service projects.
The program also includes a Leadership Camp – five days of learning, being challenged, having fun and meeting new friends from all over. In addition, teens will work with junior high students through a Mentoring Program,.
At “Saturday Hang time,” held the first and third Saturday of the month from 4 to 6 p.m., teens can play games, watch movies and build relationships through “Talk Time.”
The Eastern Community Y is located at 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon. For more information, call Kevin Emahiser at 419-356-9760, email
or visit www.ymcatoledo.org.
Fundraiser to benefit Starlene Burkett
Family, friends and members of Families Curing Cancer will hold a benefit for Starlene Burkett March 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Sunrise Park & Banquet Center, 1460 Woodville Rd., Millbury.
Burkett is battling BRCA 1, a genetic form of cancer that is highly aggressive. The illness has created a strain for her and her family, which includes four children. “Starlene has worked as an occupational therapy assistant and has helped people of all ages and deficits try and regain independence as much as possible; now she is on the other end of it,” said Gina Arroyo, who is helping with the fundraiser. “This event will raise money to fight the mounting expenses associated with the life-changing endeavor.”
The event will include live music by Gene Zenz followed by Polka Floyd, children’s activities, a taco bar and a cash bar. There will also be raffles with prizes such as a mountain bike, a weekend getaway to a waterpark and scores of other items.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and are available online http://familiescuringcancer-efbevent.eventbrite.com/. Cash donations are also accepted through the website.
For more information, call 419-531-2500
Easter egg hunt
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt March 31 at 2 p.m.
The festivities will begin with the egg hunt at the Log Cabin at Adolphus Kraemer Park, followed by a candy hunt downtown, and then to the Portage Fire Station on Water Street where children can visit with ans have their photos taken with Mr. & Mrs. Bunny. Youngsters will also have a chance to win special Golden Egg baskets.
The event is free to the public and open to children ages 12 and under. For more information, call the chamber office at 419-898-0479.
Dog lovers wanted
You Lucky Dog, Inc., a dog rescue organization in Oregon, is looking for dependable adults or older teens to help in the general care of rescue dogs and the housing facility.
Flexible times are available. To volunteer or obtain more information, call Jane Huth at 419-691-1375 or email youluckydog.net.
Sharing Pot `o Gold
Do you have the “Luck of the Irish”? Find out this weekend at the Toledo Area Humane Society.
March 16 through 18, adopters can try their luck to win prizes from the Humane Society’s pot o’ gold. Once adopters have met their new best friend and decided to make it a forever part of the family, they can draw a gold coin from the pot o’ gold and receive prizes including 10 or 50 percent off the adoption fee or toys and accessories for their new pet.
The Toledo Area Humane Society’s new hours of operation are Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Effective March 17, the society’s new weekend Nail Trim Clinic hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. All friendly dogs, cats, pocket pets and reptiles are welcome to have their nails trimmed. No appointment is necessary. Nail trims are $10 per pet and all proceeds directly benefit TAHS.
Donations from local individuals, corporations and monies generated by fundraisers are a major source of funding for the Toledo Area Humane Society. For more information or to make a donation, call 419-891-0705 or visit www.toledoareahumanesociety.org.
Singles celebrate spring
Glass City Singles will hold a Dance Party March 23 from 8 p.m. to midnight at Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd.
Special guest for the evening is Media Astrologer Janet Amid. The theme for the night is, “It’s the Smell of Spring.”
Ladies who wear flowery dresses will receive $1 off the admission price until 8:30 p.m. Admission is $8. For more information, visit www.toledosingles.com or visit Glass City Singles on Facebook.
Walk on the wild side
Walk on the wild side at a Vineyard Adventure at the Toledo Zoo Saturday, March 24 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Adventurers will enjoy gourmet champagnes and wines from Italy, Greece and Spain, plus hors d’oeuvres and live music with singing duo Brynn & Emma – all in the sophisticated surroundings of the historic African Lodge.
There will also be an opportunity to test your taste buds during the Guess the Grape challenge.
Besides being a great date night, Vineyard Adventure makes a lively girls’ night out or just a fun getaway for friends.
Reserve a space by calling 419-385-5721, ext. 6001 by 3 p.m. March 23. Online reservations are also available at toledozoo.org/vineyards.
Amazing Day of Play
Oregon Community and Family Coalition and Eastern Community YMCA will present Amazing Day of Play 2012 March 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Y, located at 2960 Pickle Rd., Oregon.
“Fit for Summer: Strengthening Our Bodies, Our Families, Our Community” is a free, family-focused event with fun activities for children ages 3 to 10. Children and parents are invited to participate in activities such as:
• Health and fitness activities with Imagination Station;
• Do-it-Yourself paper-making;
• Make your own garden;
• Have a family photo taken;
• Crafts, games and more.
Adults must accompany children during the event; childcare will not be provided. For more information, contact Becca at the Oregon Community and Family Coalition at 419-720-1708 or email
Mental health classes planned
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Wood County is offering four free courses this spring for those who live with or care about someone with a mental illness.
The courses are designed to provide information, support and coping skills to anyone whose life is affected by mental illness, which strikes four out of five families in the U.S., according to the National Institutes on Mental Health. Trained volunteers, in some cases individuals who are recovering from mental illnesses themselves, teach all courses.
The nine-week Peer to Peer course will begin March 29 and run every Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 311 Parkview Avenue in Bowling Green (Village Court North Apartments). In this course’s unique format, people with mental illness teach others with these diseases. Offered for the first time in Wood County, Peer to Peer has been well received in other areas because of the instructors’ first-hand knowledge of living with a biological brain disorder.
For those with adult relatives diagnosed with a mental illness, another Family to Family course will begin March 20 and meet every Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at 804 Thurstin Avenue (Village Court Apartments).
Family Connections is similar to Family to Family but is designed for relatives of persons with Borderline Personality Disorder. Co-sponsored by the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder and NAMI, the course will run April 12 through June 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Village Court North Apartments.
NAMI Basics is for parents or caregivers of children aged 3 to 17 with a mental illness. It will meet Wednesdays beginning in April at a time and location to be announced.
Finally, NAMI Wood County will offer a one-day mental health workshop April 13 at BGSU’s Levis Commons site. Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Back to Basics will include presentations on mental illnesses, their treatments, coping skills for family members, where to go for help and how to advocate for loved ones with mental illness. Presenters will include local NAMI board members, group leaders, and course instructors. There is a nominal fee of $10, which includes lunch.
For more information, call NAMI Wood County at 419-352-0626.