Senior Day at the Fair
Most women of a certain age wouldn't think of "hot flashes" as entertainment, but a group of Pemberville area women plans to change that impression on Aug. 2 during Senior Day at the Wood County Fair.
Formed about four years ago by Trudy Davies, The Hot Flashes is a group of female singers who traditionally perform '50s and '60s doo wop music. Thirteen of the 14 members are in their mid-50s and older.
Those members who have experienced the biological change for which their performing troupe is named sometimes get the best chuckle out of the initial reaction people unfamiliar with them have when they are announced on stage.
The Hot Flashes are the first of several entertainers scheduled to perform Aug 2 during the Wood County Fair's annual free Senior Day for older county residents. The special day also includes food – starting with coffee and donuts at 9 a.m. sponsored by Blakely Care Center – and giveaways and continues through 3:30 p.m. at the county fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd. in Bowling Green.
Other Senior Day events by scheduled time:
• 10 to 11 a.m. -- Chez' Cheese, comprised of two Lima natives, covers a variety of music from the 1960s to the present. Besides singing in harmony to guitar, member Newman has a one man band in a box that makes the duet sound like a full band.
• 11 a.m. -- Door prize drawings will be announced. Winners must be present.
• 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. -- 16-year-old singer Conner Rose will take the stage to show why the teenager who performs at shows across northwest Ohio has already been to Nashville, Tenn., to record his own original single, "Talkin' and Textin."
• 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. – Lunch will be served, featuring stacked turkey or ham, cold beans, coleslaw, melon salad, a Rice Krispie treat and water. The meal is sponsored by Bowling Green Manor, Right at Home Health Care, Interim Health Care, Briar Hill Health Campus, Odyssey HealthCare, and Gentiva Home Health.
• 12:30 to 1 p.m. – Dancers from the Perrysburg Academy of the Performing Arts, under the direction of Vicki Hartkopf, will present some of the numbers that show why they were selected to perform at Downtown Disney in 2011 and on a cruise ship for hundreds of guests in 2013.
• 1 to 2 p.m. – Singer/actor Michael Sonata, a Canton native, will perform a "Frank Sinatra Tribute." A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Kent State University, acting and singing was always his first love and he decided eight years ago to follow his heart. He has worked in theaters in several states.
• 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. – A four-piece band of country music veterans from Wood and nearby counties, East of Cheyenne performs songs by country music greats. The band got its name from a time many years ago when its six-string guitar player Kenny Hough, now 80, was a cowboy in Wyoming.
• 3 p.m. -- Last door prize drawing. Winners must be present.
Advance reservations are required by July 27 to participate in Senior Day. Call the Wood County Committee on Aging at 419-353-5661 in the Bowling Green area or toll-free at 1-800-367-4935, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enter the fairgrounds at Gate B or C off Poe Road and go to the large tent. Free shuttle service from the parking lots, sponsored by the Wood County Sheriff, will be available by calling 419-352-8257.
In addition to the county Committee on Aging, Senior Day entertainment is sponsored by Wood Haven Health Care, SouthernCare, Inc., Heritage Corner Health Care Campus, Northwest Ohio Medical Equipment, and A to Z Healthcare, Inc.
Blood pressure program
A Blood Pressure Education Program will be held July 31 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the board room at Mercy St. Charles Hospital, 2600 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
The free program will include information about how to help manage blood pressure, a blood pressure screening, help with a personal plan of action and monthly coaching support for six months.
Participants will receive a free measuring spoon set. Pre-registration is not required but is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 419-251-2004.
Ageless Wonders of Lake Township will be dining out Aug. 8 at Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman Rd., Oregon,
The group will meet at the restaurant at 5 p.m. Reservations have been made for “Ageless Wonders.”
For more information, call 419-836-3811.
Better Breathers Club
Heartland of Oregon has teamed with the American Lung Association to provide The Better Breathers Club, designed to provide answers about COPD, asthma, medications and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Upcoming meeting dates include Aug. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 and Dec 20. Meeting time is noon to 1 p.m. A complimentary lunch is provided.
Heartland of Oregon is located at 3953 Navarre Ave., Oregon. For more information, call 419-698-4521.
Ice cream social
The East Toledo Senior Activities Center is planning an Ice Cream Social & Music in the Park Aug. 25 from noon to 3 p.m. The center is located at 1001 White St., Toledo.
The event, which is free to all seniors age 60 and older, will include hot dogs, chips, beverages and ice cream. Those 59 and younger can purchase food for a small fee.
Music will be provided by the Cakewalkin Jass Band. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. The event is sponsored by Otterbein Portage Valley Senior Lifestyle Community, Bernie Stone, Hoeflinger-Bolander Funeral Home and the Cakewalkin’ Jass Band.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, is offering a series of “Transitions,” programs offering social and education opportunities and group sharing for individuals with early stage memory loss and their friends and families.
People who are experiencing forgetfulness, mild confusion or difficulty finding the right words are most likely to benefit.
The following Transitions programs will be held in August at the Alzheimer’s Association, 2500 North Reynolds Rd., Toledo:
• “Mind Works,” Aug. 8 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., features brain-stimulating games in a fun and non-competitive environment.
• “Art Café,” Aug. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m., with artist Jan Revill offering fine art options such as acrylic painting or watercolors. Participants can also choose to create a make-n-take. No art experience is required.
• Aug. 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m., features educational or support meetings on a variety of topics.
Registration is requested. There is a $5 suggested program fee for all Toledo Transitions programs. Individuals will not be denied services for inability to pay. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 419-537-1999 or 800-272-3900 for more information.
Does Alzheimer’s affect you?
Does Alzheimer’s affect your life? A program offering a review and update about Alzheimer’s disease will be presented July 26 at 6 p.m. at Perrysburg Care & Rehab, 28546 Starbright Blvd., Perrysburg, near the corner of SR 795 and Oregon Road.
The program will be presented by neurologist Dr. Howard Schecht, from the Neurology Department at the Toledo Clinic. Dr. Schecht is a nationally recognized Alzheimer’s and dementia expert.
RSVP to 419-666-0935. The program is co-sponsored by the Solana Program of Perrysburg Care and Rehabilitation, The Waterford at Levis Commons and The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Oho Chapter.
Volunteer needs votes
The Wood County Committee on Aging is asking area residents to vote for one of its home-delivered meals volunteers in a national contest being sponsored by the Meals on Wheels in America Association (MOWAA).
“Join me in voting for Jack Roesler, of Rossford,” said Jacqueline Metz, WCCOA Volunteer Coordinator. Three years ago, Larry Farnham from Bowling Green won third place in the nationwide contest.
Visit https://apps.facebook.com/americanvolunteer/entry/296798 to cast a vote. Voting ends Aug. 21 at 11:59 p.m. You can only vote once.