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Hayes Presidential Center celebrates July 4th with a bang
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center will hold a grand Fourth of July concert featuring the Toledo Symphony Concert Band, under the direction of Sam Szor.

The concert will be held July 4 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, thanks in large part to title sponsors Crown Battery/Hal & Diane Hawk. Additional funding is provided by Heinz North American, Mosser Construction Inc. and donations from numerous individuals and businesses.

Costumed Civil War re-enactors from Gillmor’s Ordinance will punctuate the performance of the 1812 Overture by firing cannons at the composition’s climax. A refreshment stand will be in operation on the grounds. Concert attendees are reminded to bring lawn chairs or blankets.


Conductor Sam Szor will lead the Toledo
Symphony Concert Band in a July 4 concert
at the Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont.
(Photo courtesy of the Hayes Presidential Center)

Both the Hayes Home and Hayes Museum are open before and after the concert (noon to 5 p.m.). The Hayes Home has been undergoing a historically accurate restoration of its interior and now reflects the original decoration and furnishings used by President and Lucy Hayes. The Hayes Museum is currently hosting two temporary exhibits – “The Wildlife Art of Bob Hines” and “The Gilded Age of Haviland China.” There is no extra fee to view these exclusive exhibits.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. For more information, call 800-998-7737 or visit

Woodville 4th of July
The 70th Woodville 4th of July Celebration will be held June 28 to 30 at Trailmarker Park. This year’s event will include one of the largest Grand Parades ever, featuring special grand marshals Mud Hens mascots Muddy and Muddonna.

There will also be carnival rides and games, a bingo tent, a 5K race and Kids’ Fun Run, a Car Show, Big 6 and lots of festival food. The Beer Tent and Front Stage will feature live entertainment every night.

The celebration will end with a spectacular fireworks display. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Boomfest at the Grove
The Steve Augeri Band will headline the 3rd Annual City of Oregon and BP/Husky Refinery “Boomfest at the Grove” June 30 from 2 p.m. to midnight at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.

Admission, entertainment and parking are free. The event will include food, drinks and fun activities for adults and kids.

The celebration will include a Crusin’ the Grove Car Show, from 2 to 6 p.m. and live entertainment featuring Kentucky Chrome (4 to 6 p.m.), Arctic Clam (6 to 8 p.m.) and The Steve Augeri Band (8 to 10 p.m.). The band features the former lead singer from “Journey.”

Fireworks sponsored by BP/Husky Refinery, will cap off the evening. Other local sponsors include ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, Toledo Edison, Holiday Inn Express Oregon, Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce and Platinum Sponsor Toledo Refining Co.

Daylily Expo
The Black Swamp Hosta and Daylily Society will host the 9th Daylily Expo July 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Toledo Botanical Garden (TBG) Conference Center, 5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo.

On display will be hundreds of daylily blooms and exhibits, daylilies in arrangements, a daylily division clinic, door prizes, an opportunity to vote for your favorite daylily and a tour of Toledo Botanical Gardens’ two American Hemerocallis Society's Display Gardens.

For more information contact Joyce at 419-841-3905.

Mark your calendars…
InProcess, located in the Great Eastern Shopping Center, is planning a “Northwood’s Got Talent” and “Womenless Beauty Pageant” Nov. 3.

Musicians, comedians, skit performers, singers, dramatic readers (poets), dancers, magicians and actors are invited to enter the talent show. The event committee will hold auditions Sept. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. Those auditioning may take the stage for three to five minutes. Only 15 slots are available. A $5 participation fee is due upon approval. To sign up for auditions for the talent show, call Cindy Below at 419-721-9467 or Tracy Swartz at 419-837-1004 or signup at

The Womanless Beauty pageant will feature six to eight men of all shapes and sizes who aren’t afraid to put on a fancy dress, a little lipstick and knock ‘em dead with a pair of high heels. The more outrageously feminine and creative the look, the better the chance of winning. Wigs, props, evening gowns, heels, and three- to five-minute theme music are a must. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A $5 participation fee will be due upon signup. To sign up call Below or Swartz at the above numbers.

Do you doodle?
Do you ever find yourself doodling or sketching spontaneously? The Toledo Museum of Art invites you to doodle your way into an exhibition.

Visitors can create their own doodle art for possible inclusion in a Community Gallery exhibition running July 27 to Sept. 20. Museum-goers are encouraged to be inspired by TMA’s world-class collection or to express their own originality.

Sketches must be drawn on the linen-like napkins available at the doodle stations located in various spots around the Museum, including the Café and near the Family Center. Doodles may be completed at home and returned to the doodle inbox. New drawings will be accepted throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Not every doodle submitted will be accepted into the show. Selection of doodles for display is at the sole discretion of the TMA staff. Doodles may be returned at the end of the exhibition run.

For full details and rules, visit Admission to the museum and exhibition is free.

Ladies Night Out
Chateau Tebeau Winery will host a “Ladies Night Out” July 17 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

The theme of the evening is chocolate and wine pairing, which includes a glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres and a chair massage by licensed massage therapist Lou Ann Brandeberry. The cost is $20 plus tax. For reservations or more information, call 419-680-0386.

Rodeo returns to Ottawa Co. Fair
The Wagon Wheel Rodeo Company will take over the Grandstand Track at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds Tuesday, July 17 at 8 p.m.

The rodeo company has been producing championship rodeos in the five-state area and Canada for 25 plus years. Fans will leave with good memories of seeing a rodeo and experiencing the culture of a rodeo which includes fun, family, respect, teamwork, challenge, failure and success. Rodeo admission is $10 for 9 years and up and $5 for 8 and under.

The Ottawa County Fair runs July 16 to 22 at the fairgrounds in Oak Harbor. Other grandstand shows include harness horse racing, a cheerleading contest, a demolition derby, a performance by Arrival – Journey tribute band, open pick-up and semi pulls, tractor pulls, the Ohio Idol Contest and more.

Visit for a complete schedule of events and more fair information.

Volunteers sought
Volunteers are needed to help with the 29th annual Lagrange Street Polish Festival, which will be held July 13, 14 and 15.

Volunteers should be at least 21 years of age and will receive a festival t-shirt, free soda coupons, free admission for the entire weekend and free shuttle service from the parking area at Central Catholic High School. Help is needed with admission gates, ID checks, ticket booths and beer booths.

Call United North at 419-255-8406 for more information. More details about the festival are available at

Fireworks safety
Ohio Academy of Family Physicians offer these safety tips to help ensure a safe and happy Independence Day holiday:

• Use fireworks outdoors only.

• Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.

• Always have water handy (a hose or bucket).

• Only use fireworks as intended. Do not try to alter them or combine them.

• Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

• Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.

• Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.

• Do not ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives. Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.



Gas Prices

Gas prices are expected to soar this summer. Are you prepared to pay more?
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