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Luther Hills health fair
Luther Hills senior apartment community, located at 2472 Luther Hills Circle in Oregon, will host a health fair Sept. 13 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The health fair, which is free and open to the public, will include blood pressure checks, balance screenings, hearing tests, bone density screenings, and other health information.  Numerous local health care service providers will be represented, and tours of the senior community and light refreshments will be available.

For more information, contact Somica Alexander, Luther Hills Service Coordinator, at 419-697-5192. Luther Hills is a ministry of Lutheran Homes Society that provides housing and services for seniors age 62 or older.


Celebrating 35 years
Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center will celebrate 35 years of providing senior living solutions Sunday, Sept. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. The center is located at 10542 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg.

The celebration, which has been planned for their residents, families, and the community, will include an open house and complimentary brunch buffet from noon to 1:45 p.m.; a proclamation by Perrysburg Township Trustees at 1:55 p.m. and a concert by the Johnny Knorr Big Band from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call 419-874-1931 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Spaghetti dinner benefit
A spaghetti dinner will be held to benefit Jeffrey Ball, Sr. (Big Daddy) and family Sept. 15 at The Venue, 4725 Woodville Rd., Northwood, in front of the mall.

The event, which will begin at 2 p.m., will include a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and music by DJ Mike McGeorge.

In 2005, a virus attacked Jeff’s heart, and it has never fully recovered. Despite the implantation of a pacemaker, his heart remains weak and he has been unable to work since December 2011.

Proceeds raised from the fundraiser will help defray medical expenses and help the family meet expenses.


Free mammogram screenings
ProMedica Bay Park Hospital will provide free clinical breast exams, screening mammograms and education for individuals without mammogram coverage, high deductibles or without insurance, Sept. 18 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital Women’s Services Port Clinton, 1854 Perry St., Suite 400, Port Clinton.

Follow-up support will be provided as needed. Screenings are funded by the Northwest Ohio affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Limited appointments are available. To schedule an appointment, please call 419-734-8080.


Helping “one of their own”
“Please help us help one of our own” – is the theme behind a fundraiser being planned for Oct. 13 at the Harris-Elmore Fire Station, 321 E. Rice St., Elmore. The fundraiser will benefit Harris-Elmore Fire Chief Michael D. Murray, who is battling advanced Stage A prostate cancer.

Dinner (steak or chicken) will be served from 4 to 7:30 p.m. There will also be a live and silent auction, bake sale and 50/50 drawing.

Sponsors for the event are the Friends of the Harris-Elmore Fire & EMS Division, Harris-Elmore Firefighter and EMS Associations.

Tickets are $10 and are available from Harris-Elmore firefighters. For more information, call 419-466-4785 or 419-862-2825.


Walk to Cure Parkinson’s
The 7th Annual Team Fox Walk to Cure Parkinson’s Disease will be held Oct. 13 at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital in Oregon.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the walk will step off at 10 a.m. The course is .4 miles around the inland pond and participants may feel free to walk or “roll” as many laps as they wish. Refreshments will be provided throughout the morning.

The annual walk was started seven years ago by Janet Clough in memory of her father, Lester Cowell, who battled Parkinson's disease for 10 years. Cowell, a loving family man, a WWII veteran and watercolor artist, retired from LOF in 1984 after 41 years as a general foreman in the template department. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1995 and passed away in 2004.

For more information about the walk, visit Clough’s Team Fox page at www.teamfox.org and search for Janet Clough.


A Night to Remember
Mercy St. Vincent Foundation, Mercy Children’s Hospital Foundation and Mercy St. Anne Hospital will present the annual, “A Night to Remember” event Friday, Sept. 21 at the Stranahan Theater and Great Hall in Toledo.

Following dinner and silent auction at 6 p.m., guests will be entertained at 8 p.m. with a live auction and concert featuring Wilson Phillips. As one of the best-selling female groups of all time, their debut album sold over 10 million copies worldwide and included three #1 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

The group consists of Chynna Phillips, Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson. Their hits include “Hold On,” “Release Me” and “You’re in Love.” They have been nominated for five Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards

For tickets and more information, call 419-251-8742 or visit www.mercysvfoundation.org.


Baskets of Care
Baskets of Care, a Toledo-based (501)(c) (3) nonprofit organization, has received a grant from The Toledo Rotary Foundation for $9,394.68.

The grant will cover the cost of creating and distributing nearly 200 Comfort Care Bags to people with breast cancer in 20 Northwest Ohio counties.

“We are honored to have our organization awarded the Toledo Rotary Foundation grant,” said Gail Cooper, founder and executive director of Baskets of Care. “Their support substantiates our work of providing support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

“Baskets of Care is a new nonprofit organization that depends on financial support through donations from individuals, corporations and grants,” Cooper said. “A grant such as this gives us the opportunity to continue our mission, expand our service area and increase our support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.”

During her own battle with breast cancer, Cooper became increasingly disappointed in the lack of non-medical support. She realized there was a need for hands-on assistance for others in her situation.

Baskets of Care provides individuals with breast cancer essential contact information, educational materials, and comfort care products, as well as direct support throughout their battles. Since its inception, Baskets of Care has supported more than 300 people newly diagnosed with breast cancer in our community.

For details about Baskets of Care, call Gail Cooper at 419-283-9003, e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.basketsofcare.org.


Life Fair
Area residents interested in learning more about the pro-live movement are invited to attend the fourth annual Northwest Ohio Life Fair Sunday, Sept. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Perrysburg St. Rose School gym, 217 East Front Street. The event is free.

“The right to life is the most fundamental of all social justice issues, and now, more than ever, people want to know what they can do to make a difference. The Life Fair gives them the opportunity to come and familiarize themselves with the many activities that are taking place in our area and the many organizations that initiate and support them,” said Ann Barrick, Life Fair organizer and founder of ProLifeConnection.

“We expect to have more than 20 pro-life groups, including pregnancy centers, maternity homes, Right to Life groups, post abortive help, and more. The goals of all these organizations include ending abortion and providing life-enhancing alternatives to women facing challenges with their pregnancies.”

Keynote speaker will be Shawn Carney, national campaign director for 40 Days for Life, a peaceful, pro-life prayer campaign. The next 40 Days for Life will take place in the Toledo area from Sept. 26 through Nov. 4. Visit www.40daysforlife.com/Toledo for more information.

Also appearing at the Life Fair will be John Morales, executive producer of “The 40 Film,” an upcoming documentary on the heated issue of abortion in the United States.

For more information, visit www.prolifeconnection.com.


Spina Bifida walk
The Spina Bifida Association of Northwest Ohio (SBANWO) will hold a Walk & Roll-A-Thon Saturday, Sept, 15 at the Ada War Memorial Park in Ada, Ohio. The event is being held in conjunction with Ada’s Harvest and Herb Festival.

The Walk & Roll-A-Thon celebrates the achievements of those living with Spina Bifida and helps raise awareness about the importance of folic acid in preventing birth defects.

Spina Bifida, an incomplete closure of the spinal column that occurs in the first month of pregnancy, is the most frequently occurring, permanently disabling birth defect in the U.S. By consuming 400 mcg (0.4 mg) of folic acid in a supplement or multivitamin prior to pregnancy, women may reduce the likelihood of their child being born with serious birth defects like Spina Bifida by as much as 70 percent.

For more information about the Walk & Roll-A-Thon or about the Spina Bifida Association of Northwest Ohio, contact Jennifer O’Brien by calling 419-794-0561, visit www.sbanwo.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .