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A fraction of a second may not seem like a long time, but at the 9th Annual Partners In Education Dragon Boat Festival, it can mean the difference between “well done!” and “nice try”

This year’s festival, presented by BP-Husky Refining, will be held July 24 in International Park in downtown Toledo.

“We are very pleased that for the ninth year in a row, Partners In Education offers free admission to this unique Toledo family festival,” said Kelly O’Loughlin, program coordinator for Partners In Education.

Forty-two teams are scheduled to participate in the festival. The 40-foot long Dragon Boats will be racing down the Maumee River starting at 8 a.m. and continuing through 5 p.m.

Each team is comprised of a 20-member crew plus a steersman and a drummer. Teams race a 500-meter course in four-boat heats, and will participate in three races during the day.


Family Fun Fest planned at East Toledo Family Center
The East Toledo Family Center will hold its annual Family Fun Fest and East Side Idol contest July 31 from noon to 4 p.m. at the center’s Warren Densmore Building, located at 1029 Varland Ave.

The event will kick off at noon with a performance by several local cheerleading groups. The East Side Idol contest will run from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Performers will compete in three age categories, including sixth grade and younger, seventh to ninth grade and 10th to 12th grade.

Other activities include free games and inflatable rides, agency displays and more. In addition, hot dogs, brats, soft drinks and other items will be available for purchase.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Nicole Heitger at 419-691-1429.


Local individuals and families who are on a quest for financial literacy and security are invited to participate in a free program being offered by Community Credit Counseling Specialists, Inc. in Toledo.

The program is being funded through a grant from Chase Card Services, the credit card division of JPMorgan Chase & Co. The grant was made possible through Chase’s Financial Literacy Grant Program, which, since its inception five years ago, has made more than $5 million available to select community organizations, including credit counseling agencies and consumer finance research groups throughout the United States.

The Quest for Financial Literacy program is designed to educate all family members from 4 years old to adults about finances, according to Dona Graves, Director of Education at Community Credit Counseling Specialists.  

The program includes a class, free credit reports with FICO score, all materials, one-on-one access to a personal counselor, creation of a full financial overview to assist with setting up the family budget, information on how to get out of debt and stay out of debt, and discussions about savings plans and other financial issues.


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