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The National Museum of the Great Lakes’ second temporary exhibit, “Great Lakes Masters: 150 Years of Marine Art,” opened to the public Feb. 8 in the community room at the museum, located at 1701 Front St., Toledo.

The exhibit, which features original works of marine art by a number of artists, runs through March 22.

“The National Museum of the Great Lakes has a strong art collection with over 250 pieces of two-dimensional art. The collection covers a wide variety of mediums, topics and skill sets,” said Christopher Gillcrist, executive director of the Great Lakes Historical Society which owns and operates the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “What we present in ‘Great Lakes Masters: 150 Years of Marine Art’ are some of the best the Great Lakes has to offer, but it is certainly not a complete representation.

“Temporary exhibits like this provide us the opportunity to continually bring new and exciting changes to the public,” he said.

“Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World” will be “on tour” at Imagination Station Toledo Feb. 14 through May 17.

The exhibition explores all facets of the world’s most popular instrument – from its evolution into an instrument of popular culture to the science of creating sound with wood and steel. It is composed of three elements: the science of sound; the evolution, engineering and design of the guitar; and the guitar’s cultural impact.

Visitors are invited to discover the science and history behind the instrument as they play the world’s largest guitar, see more than 60 instruments ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and investigate how different materials affect a guitar’s sound through interactives, performance videos, audio and stunning images.

“The science of sound is a rich area for scientific discovery. ‘Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World’ uses an instrument that most people are familiar with to explore some fascinating science concepts,” said Carl Nelson, chief scientist for Imagination Station. “Sound impacts our lives on a near-constant basis, but many people never think about how sound is created and transmitted.”

Auditions set
Auditions for Oregon Community Theatre’s spring show, “Forbidden Broadway” will be held Feb. 18 and 19 from 6-8 p.m. at Fassett Auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.

The show will be directed by Jeff Smith and produced by Dawn Yard. Smith is looking for four to six men and women. Those auditioning should bring something to sing.

Performances will be April 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and April 19 at 3 p.m. For more information, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For the Love of Art
The 12th Annual “For the Love of Art Student Art Exhibit,” will be held Saturdays Feb. 14 and 21 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 15 from noon-4 p.m. at Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St.

The annual “celebration of creativity,” will showcase the talents of area students. High school students and graduates are invited to participate in the show (entry forms and rules are available online at

For more information, call Cindy Lohrbach at 419-287-3876.

“Amazing Aloe” offers many benefits

Plant care activity tends to move indoors in the winter and though spring officially starts next month, the recent frigid temperatures make it a great time to turn your attention to houseplants.

With a wide variety of plants available for the home, growers can choose from types that produce blooms, are fragrant, have variegated foliage, are easy to grow, etc.

Then, there are those plants that are not only attractive but also have extra benefits, such as healing or medicinal properties. One plant, especially, has exceptional healing benefits for winter-related skin problems. If you are out in February’s cold weather very much you may be experiencing chapped lips, wind burn, cold sores and dry or cracked skin.

This winter skin “cure-all” is Aloe vera or Aloe Barbadensis. Over time, Aloe vera has been known by many names, such as burn plant, elephant’s gall, lily of the desert, medicine plant, miracle plant, and unguentine plant. With so many aliases, Aloe vera stacks up to be a very interesting as well as attractive houseplant.

Do you ever consider what your legacy will be when you’re gone? I certainly hope you’re not spending every waking minute counting down the time you have left, but does the thought of legacy ever cross your mind?

I suppose there are at least two schools of thought on this subject. Some may consider practical matters when pondering their mortality, while others may lean toward the softer issues. I’d like to offer an example of both, with the goal of encouraging you to be somewhat proactive in your approach to that which you’ll leave behind.

I happen to work in the retirement planning realm. That means, among other things, I hear story after story of how people would like to have their affairs handled both during their life and after. It’s really fascinating to me how some people choose to be very deliberate in how their affairs will be ordered while others take the view of, “Hey, I’ll be gone, the kids can deal with it.”

While this is rarely meant to sound unloving, there is that sense that the act of preparing isn’t high on the priority list.

In an effort to better understand this, I spoke with an estate planning attorney, Richard Chamberlain, of Chamberlain Law Group in Perrysburg, who helps people formally establish their wishes and the handling of their assets.


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