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Owens Community College’s Raising Awareness Club will host a “Love Your Mother Earth: Tree Hugger Fair” Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center.
The event is free and open to the public.
“Owens Community College is proud to collaborate with several local community organizations and educate the public about the many benefits of natural and organic living,” said Nicole Lance, Raising Awareness Club advisor and Student Activities part-time assistant. “The ‘Love Your Mother Earth: Tree Hugger Fair’ will provide a great venue for individuals to learn about ways to live a healthier lifestyle, free from chemicals that could cause harm to themselves and the environment.”
Fair participants will include Health Foods by Claudia, Toledo Botanical Garden’s Toledo GROWs, Toledo-Lucas County Rain Garden Initiative, Phoenix, Anyana-Kai, GreenLine Foods and Bassett’s Health Foods, among others. In addition, the Owens Environmental Club will offer information about utilization of bamboo plants and the college’s massage therapy program will be providing free massages to event attendees.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2569.


“Fire & Ice” fundraiser
The public is invited to the Fire & Ice 2011: Rock ‘N’ Roll for the Red Cross fundraiser Feb. 18 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Cla-Zel Theater on Main Street in downtown Bowling Green.
The highlight of the evening will be a presentation and recognition of the first responders and Red Cross partners who responded to the tornado that struck Lake Township and surrounding areas last summer.
Along with appetizers and desserts, the event will include live music by Bourbon Street Band, a special performance by “Elvis,” a bartender contest featuring Wood County firefighters and table-side magic by Pattrick’s Magic.
There also will be a silent and live auction, raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle. Among the auction items is a riding lawnmower, valued at $5,300, donated by Maumee Bay Turf Company. Waddington Jewelers of Bowling Green has donated jewelry pouches for the first 100 guests, with one pouch containing a half-carat diamond, valued at $1,300. All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Red Cross in Wood County.
Services of the Red Cross include disaster preparedness and relief, health and safety training, blood services and services to U.S. armed forces.
Tickets, which are $25 or two for $40 are available at the door.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Red Cross office at 419-352-4575 or visit


Disaster training
The Ottawa County District Office of the American Red Cross will offer disaster services training opportunities Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p .m. at the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District Office, 3155 N. Genoa-Clay Center Rd., Genoa.
Training includes:
• Disaster Services: An Overview, a prerequisite to all other authorized Red Cross disaster courses. The course includes fundamental information about disasters, their effects on individuals and the community, the role of government agencies, Red Cross and other agencies, and how the Red Cross provides disaster relief. Upon completion, participants will also be able to identify resources for personal preparedness, determine how to help their community prepare, respond to disasters, and identify the next steps to becoming a volunteer.
• Shelter Operations/Simulation, (prerequisite: Disaster Services: An Overview), a course that prepares Red Cross paid and volunteer staff to effectively and sensitively manage shelter operations as a team and meet the needs of people displaced as a result of a disaster.
Pre-registration is required. Call 419-734-1100 or e¬-mail redcross@thirdplanet to register. There is no charge for the training sessions.


Daily health tips
By February, many people may be tempted to give up on resolutions to be healthier, so the Ohio Department of Aging is helping people of all ages to keep their promises by posting “Healthy U Tips of the Day” on Facebook throughout the month.
Tips will cover managing chronic conditions, finding resources, understanding symptoms, managing stress, exercise, eating well, communicating with health professionals, managing medications and more. Facebook users can visit, and click the “Like” button to have the tips delivered right to their news feeds.
“The simple act of deciding to live a healthier life increases your chances of success by a factor of 10, but developing new habits can take time and dedication,” said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the department. “By now, people who made wellness resolutions for the new year may be wondering if they can keep them. Using the proven advice from our Healthy U program, we hope to provide a little assistance.”
In addition to these tips, subscribers to the department’s page on Facebook also will receive weekly spotlights on businesses that honor the Golden Buckeye Card and timely updates about current issues affecting older Ohioans, department programs and initiatives, local activities and resources, and more.





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