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Birmingham Ethnic Festival set for Aug 18-19
Celebrate a “Weekend in the Old Country” at the 38th Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival, Aug. 18 and 19 at the corner of Consaul and Genesee streets.

Hours for the festival, a celebration of the community’s ethnic heritage, will be noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The family event features Hungarian and ethnic foods, arts and crafts exhibits, cultural displays, and a wide variety of music, dance and continuous entertainment.

St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, the Hungarian Club of Toledo, VFW Post 4906 and Calvin United Church of Christ will feature their famous chicken paprikas and kolbasz dinners, as well as Hungarian pastries, paprikas noodles and gravy, kolbasz sandwiches, stuffed cabbages, and szalona sutes.

Ethnic dance groups will entertain and vendors will be set up all along the street. The Annual Waiters Race will take place on Saturday at 1p.m., with a recognition ceremony on the steps of St. Stephen’s Church on Sunday at noon.

For more information, including a complete list of scheduled entertainers, visit http://birminghamethnicfestival.wordpress.com/.


Sandusky Co. Fair
The Sandusky County Fair will be held Aug. 21 to 26 at the county fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont.

In addition to agricultural exhibits, carnival rides, a petting zoo, entertainment, foods aplenty, kids’ activities and more, this year’s fair will include a performance by Lonestar on Aug. 22  Tickets are $20. Concert-goers will have the added bonus of opening act, The Connor Rose Show, featuring the 15-year-old Bowling Green-area singer who has made great strides in the local music scene and beyond.

Other highlights include Senior Citizens Day (62 and over) and Veterans Day), both observed on Thursday;

Daily admission is $8, which includes rides.

For a complete schedule of events and more information, visit www.sanduskycountyfair.com or call 419-332-5604.
 

Driving tour open
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, will hold an Auto Tour Aug. 18 and 19. Visitors are invited to drive through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. The new entrance from the Visitor Center parking lot opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.

Call 419-898-0014 for more information.


Concert to benefit Hospice of NWO
Local band “Breaking Silence,” with special guest “Attict” will perform a concert to benefit Hospice of Northwest Ohio Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. at “The Venue,” 4725 Woodville Rd., Northwood.

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Breaking Silence-Cody Corado, Taylor Miller and Mike Wiedman-will perform
in a concert to benefit Hospice of Northwest Ohio Aug. 25. The concert is being
planned in memory of Cody's mom, Sherry, who died at Hospice in 2001.

The concert will be held in memory of Sherry L. Corado, who died Aug. 25, 2001.  “Breaking Silence” band member Cody Corado was only 7 years old when his mom passed away from cancer at Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s Perrysburg Center.

Last year, he and his fellow band members organized a concert to express appreciation for hospice’s mission, raising $670 in Sherry’s memory. This year, the band hopes to meet or even surpass last year’s donation.

Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 the day of the show. Call 419-262-6346 for advance tickets.


Dog rescue seeks donations
You Lucky Dog Rescue and Sanctuary in Oregon is in dire need of used towels and washcloths to help in the care of new puppies.

The rescue will pick up the items within a reasonable distance. For more information, call 419-691-1375 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Lake Erie Wonders
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area will host a “Lake Erie Wonders” program Aug. 18 at 10 a.m.

Participants should meet at the Wildlife Beach for fun hands-on activities designed to help them learn about Lake Erie. Activities will include Lake Erie trivia, a scavenger hunt and a sand building contest, all with prizes.

The free family-friendly event is presented by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the Office of Coastal Management. For more details, call Mary at Magee Marsh at 419-898-0960, ext. 31.

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area is located at 13229 W. SR 2, near Oak Harbor, between state routes 19 and 590.


Gaining financial peace
Are your finances on the straight and narrow? Or just the narrow?

Prince of Peace Church, located on the corner of Lallendorf and Pickle in Oregon will offer Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University – a nine-week program that helps participants learn how to dump debt and build wealth.

The program begins Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. Classes run about 90 minutes per session. The cost of the FPU kit is $99.

For more information, call 419-691-1814 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Navy Week
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, five ships and 500 sailors will be coming to Toledo for Navy Week Aug. 20-27.

The weeklong event will include visits by four modern naval and Coast Guard vessels, plus a reconstruction of one of the oldest ships. The guided-missile frigate USS De Wert, coastal patrol boat USS Hurricane, the Coast Guard cutter Mobile Bay, frigate HMCS Ville de Quebec, and U.S. Brig Niagara, will parade up the Maumee River and be anchored at the Water Street docks and International Park for the event. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.navyweek.org.

In addition, the Sandpiper Boat will offer one-hour boat rides to see the ships Saturday, Aug. 26 at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Reserve a space by calling 419-537-1212 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Butterfly & Bug Fest
On September 1, visit Nature’s Neighborhood, the Toledo Zoo’s award-winning children’s zoo, for a day dedicated to the little creatures that creep, crawl, float and flutter.

The Butterfly & Bug Fest is the Zoo’s latest Science Day, with major sponsorship from BP-Husky Refining LLC.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Kids are invited to participate in all sorts of buggy games, from harvesting and tasting honey to playing in spider ball tournaments and creating an insect movie in Jumpin’ Junction. Don’t miss the zoo’s bug-focused story time, Keeper Tales stage show or spider-feeding demo. Plus Bugman will be on hand with live insects.

The Butterfly & Bug Festival is free with regular zoo admission. For more information and a schedule of activities, visit www.toledozoo.org/bugfest.


Live in the House!
The Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society and Grand Rapids Arts Council have announced the next season of their concert series, “Live In The House.”

Both opera houses are now part of the new lyceum circuit being formed in Ohio. Nine shows will be presented from September to May. Pemberville’s shows will be presented on Saturday evenings, at 7:30 p.m. The Grand Rapids Opera House will present Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.

The concert schedule for the Pemberville Opera House includes:

• Sept. 8 – Harry Bacharach, the baby daddy of “Heavy Easy Listening” piano. Learn more at www.harrybacharach.com.

• Oct. 6 – Smokin’Fez Monkeys, a jugband retro-vaudevillian gypsy hobo quackeristic wackhouse on the cutting edge of cornball. Learn more at www.smokinfezmonkeys.com.

• Nov. 3 – Wild Carrot, which provides contemporary folk music that’s soothing, uplifting and fun all at the same time. Learn more at www.wildcarrot.net.

• Dec. 1 – The Local Girls, a festive Christmas program in precision three-part harmony. Learn more at www.thelocalgirls.com.

• Jan. 5 – Silent Movie Night – maybe Douglas Fairbanks in a rousing swashbuckler? Who knows?

• Feb. 2 – Illusionist/magician Stephen Knight. Learn more at www.stephenknightmagic.com.

• March 2 – Picks and Sticks Stringband, a gumbo mixture of acoustical folk, swing, traditional, light pop, western, country, jazz, bluegrass, oldies and ethnic tunes. Learn more at www.stickssticks.com.

• April 6 – Warren Mailley Smith, young piano virtuoso to the Royal Family. Learn more at www.warrenmailley-smith.com.

• May 4 – The Gospel Harmony Boys, who will entertain with nationally known Southern Gospel. Learn more at www.gospelharmonyboys.org.

Tickets are now available for all shows and can be purchased for $10 each or $75 for the entire season at Beeker’s General Store and Riverbank Antiques in Pemberville. More information can be found at www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.


Bikers for Babies
Die-hard bikers and Weekend Warriors will hit the streets together to raise funds for the March of Dimes in the Bikers for Babies Ride set for Sunday, Sept. 16.

The ride will start at Owens Corning at 10 a.m. Last year, 300 people participated in the ride, with family and friends there to join in the fun.

“Seeing the riders set out together in support of the smallest members of our community is always an incredible sight,” said Brian Drapter, Bikers for Babies chairperson. “The roar of the bikes moving in unison speaks to the power this group has in working together for stronger, healthier babies.”

Local sponsorship and leadership is provided by Hollywood Casino, Rider Insurance, UAW Local 12 Units, UAW Local 14, UAW Local 1435, Everdry Waterproofing and AFL CIO. Leadership of the event is driven by Women in the Wind Motorcycle Club and our volunteer planning committee.

Premature birth is the most serious infant health problem in the U.S. today. It affects more than half a million babies each year. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have lifelong disabilities. The March of Dimes is committed to reversing this trend by funding research to find the causes of premature birth and providing comfort and information to families.


Concert to benefit Hospice of NWO
Local band “Breaking Silence,” with special guest “Attict” will perform a concert to benefit Hospice of Northwest Ohio Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. at “The Venue,” 4725 Woodville Rd., Northwood.

The concert will be held in memory of Sherry L. Corado, who died Aug. 25, 2001.  “Breaking Silence” band member Cody Corado was only 7 years old when his mom passed away from cancer at Hospice of Northwest Ohio’s Perrysburg Center.

Last year, he and his fellow band members organized a concert to express appreciation for hospice’s mission, raising $670 in Sherry’s memory. This year, the band hopes to meet or even surpass last year’s donation.

Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 the day of the show. Call 419-262-6346 for advance tickets.

Breaking Silence – Cody Corado, Taylor Miller and Mike Weidmann – will perform in a concert to benefit Hospice of Northwest Ohio Aug. 25. The concert is being planned in memory of Cody’s mom, Sherry, who died at Hospice in 2001.

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