Rally by the Rails
The annual Rally by the Rails Festival, set for May 18 and 19 in Loop Park in Walbridge.
On Friday and Saturday, the celebration will include carnival rides, games, live entertainment, food and an arts, crafts and hobby show.
Saturday highlights include a parade through downtown Walbridge at 11 a.m., a Kiddie Tractor Pull and a Power of Yesteryear Tractor Show. Northwest Ohio Street Machiners will also hold a Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon the day of the show ($10). Pre-registration is also available at a discounted fee of $7 by calling K.K. Kansorka at 419-304-2395. Dash plaques will be presented to the first 75 registered vehicles. Awards will be presented at 4 p.m.
Rain or shine, the 18th annual Oregon Fest, set for May 20 on Dustin Road between Isaac Streets Drive and Coy Road in Oregon promises a day of fun for young and old alike.
More than 10,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festival, which has the theme, “Plant – Nurture – Enjoy!”
Highlights will include:
• Find out about the real story behind all the Civil War history you missed in school with President Abe Lincoln, Gen. Robert E. Lee, Gen. George Custer, Gen. Ulysses Grant, 1st Ohio Battery H and 1st U.S. Sharpshooters, brought by the 21st Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery Unit. And listen to the roar of the cannons all day.
• Bring your camera to capture your family “blossoms” on the theme board near the Children’s Art Tent.
• Free art projects for the kids to make.
• Expanded food offerings include all-American foods such as ribbon fries, homemade lemonade, corn dogs, elephant ears, funnel cakes, perch, shrimp and sweet potato fries. There will also be ethnic favorites including tacos, taco salad, chicken paprikas, lamb and beef gyros and Italian or Polish sausage. Special gourmet treats available will include fried Oreos, smoothies, hand-rolled pretzels, cheesecake, bananas on a stick, kettle corn and sugar roasted nuts.
• Free stage entertainment will highlight Spanish, German and modern dancing. There will also be music from the `50s, contemporary Christian music and selections from the Clay High School Choir, along with performances by The Choraliers and members of Oregon Community Theatre.
The family-oriented, alcohol-free event will also feature quality of life exhibits, a classic car show, amusement rides, arts and crafts, a business fair, health screenings, raffles, giveaways and a parade featuring more than 100 entries at 4 p.m.
Admission is free. Free parking with handicap shuttle will be available. For more information, call 419-691-7060 or visit www.oregonfest.net.
May We Dance
The Wood County Committee on Aging and Bridge Hospice will present “May We Dance,” an evening of music, refreshments and light snacks, May 22 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 North Main St., Bowling Green.
Ice Cream Social
An Ice Cream Social will be held May 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Luther Ridge senior apartment community, 80 S. Wheeling St., Toledo.
The event, which is open to the public, will be held in the Social Room and outdoors (weather permitting). Ice cream sundaes and root beer floats will be sold for $1 and entertainment will be provided by local musician Johnny Ginger.
For more information, contact Somica Alexander at 419-698-5476.
TMA says, you ought to be in pictures
The Toledo Museum of Art is offering members of the community to be part of a community exhibition museum.
This month and next, the museum will take photos of hundreds of museum supporters, volunteers, staff members and visitors of all ages. From these photographs, portraits will selected to be part of the exhibition “Museum People: Faces of TMA” and hung “salon style” from floor to ceiling in Gallery 1 off Libbey Court. As many as 600 portraits are needed to fill the gallery walls.
For a chance to be part of the special community exhibition, stop by the museum during one of several scheduled photo sessions including from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 22 in Herrick Lobby. Future photo sessions will be held:
• June 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Libbey Court;
• June 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion;
• June 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Family Center.
Only one person can be in each photograph. Children ages 3 and older must be able to stand independently on a raised surface and take instruction to participate.
All photographs become the property of the Toledo Museum of Art. There is no cost to be photographed, but prints will be available through the photographer for a fee.
“Museum People: Faces of TMA” will be on display Sept. 28 through Jan. 10, 2013. Admission to the museum and to the exhibition is free.
Mark your calendars now for the annual Genoa Homecoming, which will be held June 1 and 2 in downtown Genoa.
Friday’s highlights will include a parade, rides, food vendors, beer tent, bingo and Big 6 and music by Swing Shift.
On Saturday, there will be a 5K run, Red Neck Garden Tractor Pull, rides, wine tasting, a classic car show, food vendors, a beer tent, bingo & Big 6, music by TimePeace and spectacular fireworks.
The non-profit beneficiary for the event will be the Genoa Food Pantry.
Car Show set
A Car Show will be held May 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at NAPA Auto Parts, 21971 SR 51, Genoa.
The show will also include lunch and DJ music, along with in-store specials.
MetroBarks - A Festival For Dogs
The 9th annual MetroBarks will be held Saturday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Secor Metropark.
The festival promises to be a howling good time for dogs and their owners. The full day of events will include the National Weiner Dog Races, kids’ activities, breed-specific rescue groups and shelters and dog-related vendors.
Get Your Rear in Gear
More than 200 participants are expected to attend the inaugural “Get Your Rear in Gear” 5K Run/Walk in Toledo on June 2 at The Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St., Maumee.
Runners, walkers and volunteers will gather to raise awareness of the nation’s number-two cancer killer, and raise funds for colon cancer prevention screening. The day will include opportunities for celebration of the survivors and support for caregivers and those who may have been left behind. Registration begins at 8 a.m., runners start at 9 a.m. and walkers immediately after at Fallen Timbers.
Funds raised at the Get Your Rear in Gear event will stay in the Toledo area, helping the Lucas County Colorectal Cancer Coalition with education, prevention, early detection and treatment, and healthy living projects for this disease.
“Lucas County has been designated a priority county for colorectal cancer awareness due to the high number of late-stage colon cancer diagnoses,” said Dr. Eilynn Sipe, Lucas County Colorectal Cancer Coalition Chair. “This doesn’t need to be the case, since colon cancer is the most preventable form of cancer there is. However, this year alone, an anticipated 103,170 new cases of colon cancer and 40,290 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed.” Registration information is available online at www.getyourrearingear.com/events/list/2012/toledo-oh-2012/. Race day registration is available at the event. Information about volunteering, fundraising, sponsoring an event or forming a team is also posted on the website.
Special Olympics fundraiser
The Walgreens Distribution Center, located off SR 795 at Oregon Road in Perrysburg, will host a fundraiser for Wood and Lucas County Special Olympics June 2.
The event will begin with a Motorcycle Ride. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by a welcome and Highway Patrol Safety Ride presentation at 9:15 a.m. Cyclists will depart at 9:30 a.m. and travel to Harrison Lake State Park and back to the Distribution Center. Registration fees are $25 for riders and $20 for passengers.
A Cruise In and Craft Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check-in and set-up will begin at 8 a.m. and must be complete by 9:30 a.m. The registration fee is $10 per car. Space rental for the craft fair is $25.
General admission to the event is $3 per person or $10 for a family of four or more.
The registration deadline for the Cruise In and Craft Fair is Friday, May 25. Registration forms are available at www.woodlane.us. Click “Walgreens Cruise In, Craft Fair, and Motorcycle Ride” in the News section.
Party animals invited
The Wood County Humane Society’s annual Wine & Cheese Benefit will be held June 1 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. in Olscamp Hall on the campus of Bowling Green State University.
Guests will enjoy a relaxing, elegant evening with dinner, dessert, fine wines from Heidelberg Distributing and Barefoot Wines, and music by CK’s House of Music and The Joe Baker Band.
The event will also include a silent auction and a live auction with auctioneer Jerry Anderson from WTOL, Channel 11.
“This event is a main source of income for our non-profit organization,” said Board President Lori Young. “The proceeds play a crucial part in our ability to help homeless and abused animals in our community and to assist pet parents in need through programs like Safe Pets and SNIP.”