Christian bands coming together for Hooked on Jesus concert
A slate of the area’s best Christian youth performers will come together at Maumee Bay State Park Amphitheater Saturday, July 28 as part of the 3rd Annual Hooked on Jesus concert. Maumee Bay State Park Amphitheater is located at 1400 State Park Rd., Oregon.
Admission free to the event, which is sponsored by St. Mark Lutheran Church and The Bridges Music Ministry of McCord Road Christian Church.
The schedule includes Revolution, from Mainstreet Church, at 2 p.m.; Jon Hartke, from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 3 p.m.; Fearless Call from McCord Road Christian Church at 4 p.m.; Altars of Athens from McCord Road Christian Church at 5 p.m.; Rew!nd from St. Mark Lutheran Church at 6 p.m. and Refuge from Collingwood Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m.
For more information, call St. Mark Lutheran Church at 419-691-3597.
Kids’ fishing derby set
Volunteers from Friends of Lake Township Parks will sponsor a Fishing Derby July 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Friendship Park Pond, located at 27975 Cummings Rd. at the corner of SR 795 and Cummings Road.
The free event is open to boys and girls 16 years of age and younger accompanied by an adult, who are encouraged to bring their favorite fishing pole and tackle – worms will be provided.
Awards will be provided in the categories of “Most Fish,” “Biggest Fish” and “Smallest Fish.”
Refreshments will be available.
Early registration is encouraged, however registration will be accepted on the day of the event at the shelterhouse.
For more information or to register, contact Ron Hanely at 419-392-3235 or email
Ice Cream Social
Friends of Pearson will hold an Ice Cream Social July 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Macomber Lodge, 4999 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
In addition to Edy’s ice cream (regular and sugar free) and cake, available for a nominal charge, there will be music by The Blue Grass Band, children’s crafts, face painting, a visit by Birdie the Clown and a walking tour at 7 p.m. The Johlin Cabin will also host an open house at Pearson North.
Fair passes available
Passes for the 2012 Ottawa County Fair are currently available at a number of area locations.
The cost of a pass for adults 18 and older is $25 each. Youth passes for ages 9 to 17 years old are $20. They’re available at the Senior Fair Board Office, at Luckey Farmers in Oak Harbor and Graytown; National Bank of Ohio in Oak Harbor; Country Keg in Graytown; Genoa Ford and Genoa Bank in Genoa; Bench’s Greenhouse, Tanks Meats, and Tina’s Country Market in Elmore.
Gate prices for this year’s fair are $7 for ages 9 and older. Admission is free for ages 8 and under. There will also be free admission Tuesday, July 17 until 2 p.m. and all day July 18 for seniors. Veterans will get in free July 20.
The Ottawa County Fair will welcome a new ride company this year. Big “O” Amusements, a family-owned and operated company, offers a wide assortment of Kiddy and major amusement rides. Mechanical rides begin Tuesday, July 17 at 3 p.m. Ride prices are $10 from 3 p.m. to close Tuesday. From Wednesday through Sunday, ride passes are $8 from noon to 5 p.m. and $10 from 6 to 11 p.m. All-day ride passes are $15.
Visit www.ottawacountyfair.org for more information.
Summer Fun Fest
The East Toledo Family Center will hold its annual Summer Fun Fest July 28 from noon to 4 p.m. The center is located at 1020 Varland Ave.
The event will include an East Side Idol contest, crafts, games, laser tag, a moonwalk and more. In addition, a number of agencies will be available with information about programs and services available to the community.
For more information, call the center at 419-691-1429.
Heroes Summer Youth Camp
Area youths ages 8 through 17 will have the opportunity to place themselves in the shoes of first responders and explore the areas of emergency medical service, law enforcement and fire service at a youth camp hosted by Owens Community College July 31 through Aug. 2.
The Heroes Summer Youth Camp will be held at the college’s Center for Emergency Preparedness, located on Tracy Road in Lake Township. Two separate age-appropriate class sections will be offered as part of the three-day camp. Both class sections will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The first class section, open to ages 8 to 12, will explore basic first aid/CPR, head injury prevention/helmet safety, crime prevention and home fire safety. Participants will also tour an air ambulance, police cars and fire trucks.
The second class section is for ages 13 through 17 and will feature similar topics and activities as the younger age group as well as target practice using non-firearm air soft trainers. In addition, attendees will experience a mock bank robbery where they will ride along with a SWAT team, attack a structure fire inside the college’s virtual fire training system, repel off an indoor training tower and use the Jaws of Life to rescue a simulated victim trapped inside a vehicle.
All camp staff members are state-certified Emergency Service Instructors who are active in the emergency services fields. The course fee is $130. For more information or to register call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2411.
Kickin’ it up, country style
The 2012 Wayne Firefighter’s Country Jamboree will be held July 28 in downtown Wayne, Ohio. Gates open at 3 p.m. Parking is free.
This year’s event will feature four Country artists providing live entertainment all evening long beginning with Detroit powerhouse Longneck Strangler at 4 p.m., followed by Gunner and the Grizzly Boys from Grand Rapids, Mich., at 6 p.m. Northwest Ohio’s favorite, Rodney “Hot Rod” Parker and Liberty Beach will cap off the evening at 10 p.m.
There will also be assorted food, including a hog roast and roast beef dinners beginning at 4 p.m. until sold out. A Cornhole Classic Tournament will begin at 4 p.m. (registration starts at 3 p.m.).
Admission, open to adults only, is $5 in advance at www.waynefirejamboree.net or $10 on event day.
Brewing up some fun
The Sandusky County Agricultural Society announced the addition of a new “Home Brew” beer class and judging for the 2012 Sandusky County Fair.
The class is open to anyone who likes to experiment and brew their own homemade beer. Prizes will be awarded for “Home Brews” entered in 10 separate divisions including Light Lager, Dark Lager, Hybrid Style, English Pale, American Pale, American and English Brown and Red Ale, Porter and Stout Style, Wheat and Rye Beer, Scottish/Belgian and Sour Ales, and Specialty Beers.
Entries must be delivered to the Crop and Shop building inside the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 19. Closed judging will take place at 1:15 on that day.
A full and complete listing of the divisions, as well as entry forms and class requirements can be found in the 2012 Sandusky County Fairbook, or by going on the fair's website at www.sanduskycountyfair.com . Those interested may also call the fair board office at 419-332-5604.
The 2012 Sandusky County Fair will be held Aug. 21 through Aug. 26. The fairgrounds are located at 901 Rawson Avenue, Fremont.
Blues Cruise & Party
The Black Swamp Blues Society will sponsor a “Blues Cruise & Party” July 28 from 8 to 10 p.m. aboard the Sandpiper boat. Boarding will begin at 7:45 a.m.
Entertainment will be provided by Pat Lewandowski and Danny Pratt. Tickets are $25 per person. Bring your own drink (no glass) and snack to pass. Ice and set-ups will be furnished.
Seating is limited. Reserve tickets by calling 419-866-8977.