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Deet’s BBQ opened its doors at 2963 Navarre Ave., Oregon on Jan. 26.

Deet’s was founded in May 2010 as a locally owned and operated BBQ catering business and food truck. It currently also operates storefront locations in Maumee, Rossford and Toledo.

Owners Trevor Deeter and Tim Haye strive to leave a lasting impact their guests, their team and the community by keeping it real and keeping it simple. “We are excited to bring our brand to the great city of Oregon. We have hired 22 employees in the past two weeks.”

Check out the menu at

The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will officially welcome Deet’s BBQ to the community with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. The first 50 customers will receive a $50 gift card with purchase of any menu item.

Store hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


Cabin Fever Weekends
Bundle up and beat the winter blahs at Cabin Fever Weekends at the Toledo Zoo.

Enjoy half price admission and unique Zoo experiences each Saturday, along with a full schedule of animal encounters, feeds and demonstrations each Sunday. Half-price admission coupons, available online at, are valid through March 1.

Themes for February Cabin Fever Weekends include:

Feb. 9- Play Naturally Toledo Day

Feb. 16- Happy Hearts Day (free Lucas County admission for holiday weekend).

Feb. 23- Not Monkeyin’ Around Day

For more information and the full schedule of activities, please visit


Book club rescheduled
Due to the forecast of extreme cold last week, the Presidential History Book Club meeting has been moved from Wednesday, Jan. 30, to Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont.

The club will meet at noon in the museum/library building and will discuss “Wilson” by A. Scott Berg. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch.

The Presidential History Book Club is sponsored by Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home. For a full schedule of book club events, visit

For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit


Live! in the House
Audiences can enjoy “An Evening with Cole Porter,” at the next Live! in the House presentation Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Pemberville Opera House.

Founded in 1997 by Maestro Robert Nance, Heartland Sings is a non-profit vocal music production company based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In this show, audiences will be treated to an evening in Cole Porter’s living room as his friends gather around the piano and sing favorite songs.

Tickets are $12 and are available at the door.


Singing Valentines
Quartets from the “Voices of Harmony” chorus, part of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, are preparing to fill offices, homes, businesses, and restaurants with the sound of four-part harmony, as they deliver Singing Valentines on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Singing Valentines (one song plus a rose and personalized card) will be delivered in person throughout Northwest Ohio as well as the Southeast Michigan area.

The cost of in-person deliveries is $40. In addition, one song and a personalized message can be delivered to loved ones live over the phone (for delivery anywhere), for only $10.

Orders can be placed by calling 888-741-7464 (option 3) or emailing For more information, please visit For info outside the local area, call 866-799-SING (7464).

Visit Voices of Harmony in person Tuesday evenings from 7-9:45pm at the Alliance Church, 1161 Napoleon Rd., Bowling Green.


For the Love of Art
“For the Love of Art,” a student art exhibit, will be presented in the Pemberville Opera House Saturdays, Feb. 9 and 16 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10 from noon-4 p.m.

The exhibition will feature artwork made by young adults from Northwest Ohio. Anyone high school age to three years post-graduation can enter. Monetary prizes will be awarded to top winners. Art pieces can be entered through a school instructor or individually.

Visit for entry forms and rules.


New exhibit at Wood Co. Museum
The Wood County Historical Museum, opened the 2019 season on Feb. 1st with a new exhibit, “For Comfort & Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio by Way of the Poor Farm.” The museum is located at 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green.

The exhibit depicts Ohio’s earliest form of public charity, the poor farm, by representing all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Historical documentation shared from many counties will be placed within diorama-style exhibits, along with 120 modern-day photographs of each county taken by local photographer Jeffrey Hall over the last two years.

The exhibit examines the architecture and design of institutional life in Ohio as characterized by the Ohio State Board of Charities, and the people who worked to uphold “comfort and convenience” for public charity. These early standards set in motion a variety of social welfare practices that are used today.

This exhibit was made possible by the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Humanities Council.

The museum will be open for self-guided tours Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends from 1-4 p.m. (closed on government holidays). Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, with discounts for seniors, students, and military.

Historical Society members receive free admission as well as a gift shop discount. The museum offers free admission to all visitors on the first Friday of each month, courtesy of the Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau. The museum is handicap accessible and group tours are welcome.

A grand opening celebration for the exhibit will take place Friday, Feb. 22 with a ribbon-cutting at 4:45 p.m., followed by a public reception and self-guided tours from 5-8p.m. Exhibit photographer Jeff Hall will share remarks at 6 p.m. about his 5,000-mile journey to Ohio’s poor farm sites.

All events detailed at or by following the Wood County Historical Museum on social media.


Capture the flag to escape HPLM
Imagine yourself to be Civil War soldier in the 72nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry mustered from Sandusky County. During the embarrassing defeat your unit experienced at the Battle of Shiloh, the Rebels captured your regiment’s banner and have taken it back to their camp. This humiliation cannot stand!

You and your team have orders to proceed into the Confederate camp under the cover of darkness, scout out whatever clues you can find regarding the flag’s location, and retrieve it. Sources say you should have one hour to complete your mission before the Rebel garrison becomes aware of your presence.

Complete the mission, and you will safely escape with your flag.

This is the theme of the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ Escape Room event, taking place Friday, March 22, Saturday, March 23, Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30.

Up to 10 participants at each time slot will have an hour to solve puzzles hidden throughout a museum gallery. Smaller groups may be combined into a team of 10.

There will be two sessions each night: 5:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at

Light refreshments will be served after each session.

For info, call 419-332-2081, or visit


Valentine’s Wine & Dine
Celebrate Valentine’s Day on the wild side at the Toledo Zoo.

On Friday, Feb. 15 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., the Zoo will host Valentine’s Day Wine & Dine in the serene setting of the Aquarium.
Guests will enjoy an intimate, multi-course gourmet meal, complete with professionally paired wines, prepared by Toledo Zoo’s award-winning catering staff. In addition, there will be live entertainment.

Cost is $80 per person for Zoo members and $85 per person for non-members.

Reserve seats by calling 419-385-5721, ext. 6001 or by visiting Tickets must be purchased in advance and reservations are required. Guests must be 21 or over with valid ID to attend.

Wine lovers may want to mark the following dates on their calendars for the continuation of the Zoo’s 2019 Wine Tasting Series:

• Friday, March 22- Aquarium

• Friday, April 26- Arctic Encounter

• Friday, May 17- Malawi Event Center

• Friday, June 7- ProMedica Museum of Natural History at the Toledo Zoo

Each event also includes gourmet hors d’oeuvres and live music.


Outdoor hockey returning to 5/3 Field in 2020
The game of hockey will return to its roots for a second time in the Glass City, as the Toledo Walleye announce plans to host Winterfest presented by ProMedica in December 2020.

The winter celebration will include a wide variety of community events, featuring outdoor hockey games being played at Fifth Third Field.

“Winterfest captured a moment and turned the spotlight on Toledo when we hosted the event in 2014-15,” said President and CEO of Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye Joe Napoli.

“We received tremendous support and I can’t wait to showcase our city now, five years later, with the addition of Hensville, Promenade Park, Middlegrounds Metropark, rooftop bars, new restaurants and so much more by 2020. The first Winterfest had such a collaborative spirit and we’re excited to see what our community partners can do this time.”

Toledo is the first and only city in the ECHL to host an outdoor hockey game. More than 50,000 people attended the various events when the Walleye hosted their first Winterfest from Dec. 26, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015, which included the first two outdoor games in ECHL history.

The dates and events for Winterfest in December of 2020 will be announced at a later time.


Saturdays R 4 Kids
Kids can make a Valentine’s Day sun catcher and create their own poems on Saturday, Feb. 9, during Second Saturdays R 4 Kids.
The program is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is for kids ages 4 through 12.

The theme is “I Love Lucy,” in honor of First Lady Lucy Hayes. Kids will explore Victorian-era Valentines and the letters Lucy and Rutherford sent to each other and then use tissue paper and glue to create a heart-shaped sun catcher and paper and glue to make their own poems.

Cost is $3 for kids. There is no charge for adults to bring kids to this program.

Kids and grandkids of Hayes Presidential Library & Museums members at the family level and higher are admitted for free.
RSVP is required by noon Thursday, Feb. 7 and can be made by contacting Education Coordinator Joan Eardly at 419-332-2081, ext. 246, or The RSVP deadline is noon Thursday, Feb. 7.

Nova Scotia bus trip
The Magruder Hospital VIP Club invites friends and family of VIP members as well as the general public to participate in a 10-day trip to Nova Scotia June 15-25.

Travelers will visit the Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick areas. Cost is $1,289 for double occupancy ($1,269 for triple and $1,904 for single).

The trip will start with a guided tour of the rocky headlands of Acadia National Park in Maine before going on to a stay in Nova Scotia, including a guided tour of the capital Halifax, the rural Peggy’s Cove and the port town of Lunenburg.

Then the group will enjoy a stay and guided tour on the picturesque Prince Edward Island. A final stay will be in New Brunswick where the group will visit the famous towering Hopewell Rocks and explore the charming waterside town of Saint John.

For more info, call Michele at 419-734-3131 ext. 3147, or Marty at 419-734-5362.


Auditions planned

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre will hold auditions for the upcoming production of “A Fla in Her Ear,” which will be staged April 5-7 and 11-14.

Auditions will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10 from 1-4 p.m. at the 10th Street Stage. Actors will cold read from the script or sides. Familiarity with the material will be extremely helpful.

Call 419-243-9277 or visit to sign up or for more details.


TLCPL celebrates Black History Month 

Join the Toledo Lucas County Public Library during Black History Month, paying tribute to the generations of African-Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

Activities include:

• Read-In, all month: Visit any Library location and read, listen to or watch any title from any African-American author and add your name to the banner at your favorite branch. All ages and branches.

• Share Your Migration Story, all month: Trace your country of origin, region or another city that led you to Toledo, and examine the path that others have followed. Available at various Library locations.

• Dances from the Motherland: Elev8ted Productions presents “Dances from the Motherland,” a tribute to African dance. Phylicia Hills will demonstrate the fine art of African dance and the meaning behind the movement Feb. 7 at Birmingham Branch and Feb. 21 at Locke Branch. Both performances are at 4 p.m.

• Soul Food Sampling from J’Mae’s Home Cooking: One of Toledo’s finest soul food Restaurants, J’Mae’s, will have the quintessential dish, baked macaroni and cheese, to sample Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. at Locke Branch.

For more info on Black History Month visit


TMA “Collection Companion”

The Toledo Museum of Art’s (TMA) latest catalog, “Collection Companion,” featuring color photographs and information about 267 works of art, is now available in the Museum Store.

“It is a great representation of the quality and scope of the Toledo Museum of Art’s world-class collection,” said TMA Managing Editor Paula Reich. “It will be both a great souvenir and an engaging reference book that will allow visitors to gain a richer appreciation for the works of art.”

In addition to the individual and group entries, the guide contains an essay about the history of the Museum and the development of its collection, written by Director of Curatorial Affairs Halona Norton-Westbrook, as well as an essay about the development of the campus and buildings and their impact on the community, written by Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey Director Brian Kennedy.

The book also features The Art of Seeing Art™, TMA’s process for looking carefully and exploring a work of art on a deeper level.
“Collection Companion” replaces the sold-out Masterworks collection highlight book that was first published in 2009. The price is $24.95.




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