Owens Community College has renamed its two learning center locations. The Learning Center at the Source, located at 1301 Monroe St., Toledo, will now be known as Owens Community College Learning Center Downtown Toledo. The Arrowhead Learning Center, 1724 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, will be known as Owens Community College Learning Center Maumee.
The decision was made to rename the centers locations after the state announced plans to rename all one-stop job center locations throughout Ohio to “Ohio Means Jobs.” “The Source” building name will no longer exist and will be renamed “Ohio Means Jobs Lucas County.”
The former Arrowhead Learning Center, was renamed to help students and visitors in locating the learning center, Owens officials said.
Rally by the Rails
The 2014 Rally by the Rails will be held May 16 and 17 in Loop Park in Walbridge.
The event, which will be held rain or shine, will feature food, games and more, including:
• Amusement rides by D and R Shows.
• Parade (Saturday at 1 p.m.).
• Arts, Crafts & Hobby Show. Limited indoor space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a spot for the show, call Jodi at 419-917-4990.
• Live entertainment featuring Dry Bones Revival Friday and Saturday nights.
• Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show (Saturday). Registration 9 a.m.-noon. Awards at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is $7; day of-show registration is $10. For parade and car show information, call K. K. Kansorka at 419-04-2395.
• Antique Tractor Show.
For more information, visit Walbridge Fest Inc. on Facebook.
Music in the Parlor
Rutherford and Lucy Hayes maintained a very musical household, whether they were living in the White House or their Fremont residence.
The Hayes Presidential Center will celebrate the presidential couple’s love of performance with “Music in the Parlor,” a new event being held from 4-5 p.m. Sunday, May 18 in the Library Parlor of the Hayes mansion, located in Fremont at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.
The program will feature the talents of the Dodworth Duo, a sub-group of the Dodworth Saxhorn Band that performs regularly at Greenfield Village in Michigan.
Artists Julie Craigo (soprano) and Ted Badgerow (tenor) will bring to life songs of the 19th century – principally those of the Dodworth era (1835-1895) in a concert titled “America’s Past in History & Song.”
Seating is limited; advance reservations are required. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children age 12 and younger. For reservations, call 419-332-2081, ext. 238.
For more information or to receive a 2014 calendar of special events at the Hayes Presidential Center, call 800-998-PRES, or visit www.rbhayes.org.
Schedel Community Day
A Community Day and “Meet the Artists” event will be held Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore.
The event, which will be held rain or shine, will include face painting, a bonsai demonstration, fly fishing, a scavenger hunt, butterfly and insect display, gardening information and perennial plants for sale.
Artist Jan Pugh, of Packer Creek Pottery, will be on hand creating her famous majolica ceramics on the pottery wheel. Twisted Strands will perform Celtic music, and Rosie’s Rolling Chef will offer lobster bisque, Hot Mama Bread, lamb chops, paninis and more.
A wide range of unique and hand-crafted items will be available for purchase in the Garden Argosy Gift Shop. Visitors can also enjoy the art of Roger Ferguson, on display in the McAlear Gallery.
Admission is free. For more information, call 419-862-3182 or visit www.schedel-gardens.org.
The Ottawa/Sandusky Master Gardeners are sponsoring a plant sale Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont.
A wide range of annuals, perennials and vegetable plants will be on sale, along with gardening-related items such ASgloves and other accessories. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions.
The annual fundraiser helps the master gardeners serve the Ottawa and Sandusky county communities with such services as answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; participating in gardening activities with children, senior citizens or disabled persons; beautifying the community; developing community or demonstration gardens and other horticultural activities.
Making the most of subscription-based genealogy resources will be the focus of the Internet Genealogy II Class being offered 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17 at the Hayes Presidential Center, corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont.
Hayes Presidential Center Head Librarian Becky Hill will introduce attendees to such sites as Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3.com, NewEnglandAncestors.org, and Archives.com.
Student workshop set
The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with the Ohio Division of Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Winous Point Marsh Conservancy, invites high school students to a one-day workshop, “Field Skills for Future Land Stewards – Wildlife Management.”
The workshop will be held Thursday, June 26 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, located near Oak Harbor.
During the workshop, 20 students will get the opportunity to spend a day out in the field with wildlife managers and learn what they do.
In the morning, the students will participate in a goose round-up. During lunch, there will be an open discussion featuring professionals from all aspects of wildlife management. After lunch, students will get back in the field to learn more about radio telemetry and animal necropsy.
“I see this as an opportunity for students with a career interest in conservation to ‘get their feet wet’ in the realms of wildlife management,” said Becky Simpson, education specialist for the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District. Participants should bring waders or old tennis shoes, a change of clothes (just in case) and binoculars or cameras. Lunch is included in the $20 fee.
The workshop is open to youths who will be in high school in the fall. To register or for more information, call 419-898-1595 or visit www.ottawaswcd.com.
Workshop for authors
“No Mic Night,” the monthly author support group co-sponsored by the Way Public Library and PRIZM Creative Community, is held each month on the third Thursday evening from 7- 9 p.m. at the Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave. in Perrysburg.
Guest facilitator for the May 15 program is Jean Ann Geist. A lifelong writer inspired by years on the staff of BGSU’s Browne Popular Culture Library, Jean Ann Geist authored the award-winning novel “Only in the Movies” followed by her recent book, “Only on the Radio.”
Geist will begin the evening by sharing tidbits about her love for writing, and her personal experiences with the world of publishing. The bulk of the evening will be spent on peer review, where participants can share in progress work. Attendees who choose to share work for peer review should bring 12-plus copies to share.
“Ohio’s Sand Country”
A new exhibit produced by Metroparks National Center for Nature Photography, “Ohio’s Sand Country: We Call it the Oak Openings,” will be on display through June 29 in the McMaster Gallery at THE Main Library in downtown Toledo. The free exhibit is open during library hours.
Featuring 25 framed photographs by Art Weber, the collection was assembled as a traveling exhibit to display at nature centers and other venues around Ohio to share the story of the Oak Openings Region of Lucas County.
This fall, the exhibit will move to the National Center for Nature Photography in Secor Metropark, which is currently undergoing a major renovation. The park, located on Central Avenue, is located in the Oak Openings Region.
Weber, a 42-year veteran of Metroparks with numerous national awards to his credit, penned personal notes to be displayed alongside each photo in the exhibit.
Oregon Fest 2014
The 20th Annual Oregon Fest will be held Sunday, May 18 from noon-6 p.m. on Dustin Road.
A Give `n Take Plant Exchange will be held Saturday, May 17 at Dustin Road and Harbor Drive. Plant drop-off will be held from 9-10 a.m. Plant shopping and pick-up will run from 10-11:30 a.m.
In conjunction with the festival, a Memorial Service to honor police, fire and EMS workers will be held at 1 p.m. at the Oregon Municipal Building.
Fair highlights include:
• Grand Parade – 4 p.m.
• Food Drive – for each non-perishable food item donated, receive one ticket for a 5 p.m. drawing.
• Chess Tournament for all ages – noon-3 p.m.
• Entertainment two stages. Performers will include Rumblin’ Rhythm Cloggers, The Choraliers, Brian Maloney, Not of This World (Christian Rock), Toraigh (Irish and Scottish music), Aegela Middle Eastern Dance, Clay High School Choir, Northwood High School Jazz band and more.
• A variety of contests including Marshmallow Blast, Scavenger Hunt, Best Little Big Wheeler and “Where in the World of Oregon?” The winners of “The Best of Oregon” contest and “Distinctly My Oregon” photo contest will also be announced.
Celebrating Oak Openings
Hiking, biking, gardening, art and food are among the activities set for May 10-18 in observance of “Blue Week,” a celebration of the Oak Openings Region.
Exploring the sandy region west of Toledo to gain a greater appreciation for the “green ribbon” of high quality natural areas is the goal of the annual event, which is sponsored by the Oak Openings Green Ribbon Initiative. Kimberly Kaufman, executive director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, will be the keynote speaker for the Blue Week Soiree dinner and raffle, Friday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ward Pavilion at Wildwood Preserve Metropark. Her topic will be “Marketing the Warbler Capital of the World: Spring Songbird Migration in Northwest Ohio.”
The dinner will include local barbeque as well as a silent auction and raffle, with proceeds benefiting the Green Ribbon Initiative. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets online, visit www.oakopenings.org.
The observance will also include nature walks, a bonfire, a square dance, a tour of the University of Michigan Matthai Botanical Garden and a workshop at the Toledo Botanical Garden about incorporating native plants into private gardens. Wild Ones Oak Openings Chapter will also give a presentation about the history of the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly.
A full calendar of events is posted online at www.oakopenings.org.
90 Plus Spectacular
In celebration of Wood County residents age 90 and older, the Wood County Committee on Aging will present a “90 Plus Spectacular,” Monday, May 19 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 315 S. College Dr., Bowling Green.
The dinner party will consist of a slide show, entertainment by Nancy Lendrim, principal harpist of the Toledo Symphony, and recognition of individuals 90 years and older by the Wood County Commissioners and elected officials.
Family members and friends (maximum four per honoree) are invited to attend the event. The cost for dinner is $4 for those 60 and older and $7 for all others. Advance registration and payment is required. Special diets are available by request in advance.
Appliance recycling drive
Ohio residents have recycled approximately 50,000 outdated refrigerators and freezers since 2010 through FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities’ ongoing appliance recycling drive.
The program encourages customers to save money on their electric bills and help the environment by recycling secondary, energy-inefficient refrigerators and freezers. It offers easy pickup and rewards customers a $50 incentive for participating.
By recycling 50,000 refrigerators, customers of FirstEnergy’s Ohio utilities have returned approximately 150,000 pounds of aluminum, equal to 4.2 million aluminum cans, back into the manufacturing stream.
The program is ongoing and scheduling a pickup is easy. Customers can call 877-545-4112, or visit energysaveOhio.com. Appliances must be in working order when picked up for recycling.
Units picked up through the program are transported to an appliance recycling facility operated by JACO Environmental. JACO safely removes harmful materials from the old energy-guzzlers, reclaiming 95 percent of the materials in the appliances for reuse in manufacturing new products. Even the foam insulation is safely incinerated to generate electricity.
Resurfacing on SR 582
State Route 582, between routes 64 and 65, will be closed May 12-13 for resurfacing.
Intermittent lane restrictions are also possible on route 582, between state routes 25 and 65, for resurfacing through August. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.