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Helping Hands of St. Louis is in urgent need of food donations for the center’s food pantry and soup kitchen.

The shortage is due to the closure of a distributor that donated meat, along with increasing numbers of people seeking assistance.

Helping Hands is in particular need of new local organizations and businesses to become long-term partners to meet the growing need.

The East Toledo center has experienced a significant increase in food requests in the past four months compared with 2013. Director Paul Cook attributes the increases to the 30 percent cut in food stamps and more families moving into the East Toledo area.

Helping Hands served 4,019 more meals in the past four months compared with the previous year. If the trend continues at the same increase of 20 percent per month, Helping Hands is projected to have more total requests for food in 2014 than any year since 2010.


Oregon Community Theatre will be one of the first local theatre groups to present the award-winning musical comedy, “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”

The musical comedy, “lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” will be staged Nov. 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. Performances are held in the Fassett Auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.

The show tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the quest for the Holy Grail. It features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows and killer rabbits.

“Spamalot” is not just for Python fans – the show is filled with spoofs of many other musicals, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Les Misérables” and “Fiddler on Roof.”


Pumpkin Path and Little Boo offer ghoulishly good times
The Toledo Zoo’s annual Pumpkin Path and Little Boo at the Zoo promise wild and wonderful Halloween fun for little ones.

“Little Boo” runs Oct. 23 and 24, while Pumpkin Path runs October 25 and 26. Both events offer family-friendly activities, from the Jack-o-Lantern Express train ride to spook-tacular music, magic and live entertainment.

Pumpkin Path, sponsored by Meijer, features trick-or-treat stations located throughout the zoo, plus ghoulish games and Halloween hijinks. Details are at

“Little Boo” offers the fun of Pumpkin Path on a smaller scale that’s perfect for preschool poltergeists. Details are at


The Elmore Historical Society has added some new and exciting things this year for the 10th annual Tombstone Derby, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Depot Park in Elmore.

The day’s activities begin with a pie baking contest. This year’s judging will cover three types of pie – pumpkin, fruit and nut. All pies must be baked and must have a bottom crust. No cream pies, hot pies, meringue or custard pies will be accepted.

Pies should be taken to the Harris-Elmore fire station between 9 a.m. and noon. Judging will begin at noon until done. All winners will be notified by phone.

Entrants must fill out two index cards per entry. One should include the name of the pie and the baker’s name, address, phone number and age (for kids’ entries). The other should have the kind of pie and ingredients


Nothing says “autumn” like pumpkins, colorful mums

Autumn is definitely upon us! October skies are clear and bright now and the evenings hold a hint of crisp chill that has already affected the flowers and trees. The maples are beginning to change from bright greens to scarlet and rust. The fall bounty is evident in the stores and farm markets all over the area. Pumpkins, apples, squash, nuts, and gourds are on display in all their cheerful, autumn colors.

When the russet leaves begin to drop, find a beautifully shaped and colored one, feel its cool crispness and you hold the essence of the season in your hand.

Decorating for this time of year usually includes pumpkins and, if you plan to use them for a Halloween display, here are some tips for pumpkin carving and care:


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