Memorial Day services
Memorial Day services for the Oak Harbor area community will begin Sunday May 25 when members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and their auxiliaries will attend the 9 a.m. service at St. Paul Lutheran Church on CR 17.
On Memorial Day (May 26), a breakfast will be served at the American Legion Post Home on Park Street from 6:30-8:30 a.m. All veterans and their families are invited.
VFW Post 8732 will hold Memorial Day services at 8:45 a.m. at Frenchtown Cemetery; at 9:05 a.m. at Locust Point Cemetery; at 9:30 a.m. at Rushau Cemetery and at 9:55 a.m. Roose Cemetery.
American Legion Post #114 will hold a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. at Limestone Cemetery and at 9:30 a.m. at Elliston Cemetery, featuring speaker Ron Distel and Elizabeth Sutton offering the invocation and benediction.
The two units will join other organizations for the annual Memorial Day Parade at 11 a.m. The parade will form at 10:30 a.m. in front of the American Legion Home on Park Street.
The parade will proceed south from Church Street to Water Street to Flat Iron Park, where a brief ceremony will be held, and then proceed to the Bayou Bridge to honor veterans lost at sea. From the bridge, the parade will proceed to the Veteran Memorial Circle in Union Cemetery for the final service.
The guest speaker will be Paul Laderach. Rev. Rick Bickelhaupt will offer the invocation and benediction. Parking and seating will be available at Union Cemetery.
In the event of severe rain, the parade will be canceled and the Union Cemetery service will be held in the Oak Harbor Middle School.
Teen volunteers needed
East Side libraries need teen volunteers, age 12-17, for Summer Reading Club (June 10 – Aug. 10).
Applications are available at the Birmingham Branch, 203 Paine Ave. (419-259-5210) or Locke Branch, 703 Miami St., (419-259-5310).
Volunteers will learn responsibility, build job skills, add to their resumes and have fun helping the younger children with the club.
Cedar Point will kick off its Memorial Day festivities with Armed Forces Weekend. All active, retired and honorably-discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces will receive free admission into Cedar Point, Friday through Monday, May 23-26, with a valid ID.
Valid forms of ID include active duty ID, retired personnel ID, VA ID or a copy of DD-214 discharge papers and photo ID. Family members also receive a discount on park admission by purchasing a regular ticket priced at $38.99, a savings of $21 off the regular admission price.
Cedar Point’s Soak City opens May 24. The waterpark offers 18 acres of fun, including more than 30 slides and attractions. Members of the military can also receive free admission into Soak City, Saturday through Monday, May 24-26. Soak City is open through Sept. 1.
For more information and a complete operating schedule, visit cedarpoint.com.
White Star beach opens
The White Star Park Swim Beach, located at 901 S. Main St., Gibsonburg, will open Saturday, May 24, the Sandusky County Park District has announced.
The beach will be open daily, weather permitting May 24-26, May 31-June 1, June 7-Aug. 17, Aug. 23-24 and Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
Admission is free for 2 years and younger; $2 for ages 3-12 and $4 for those 13 and older. Season passes may be purchased at the Beach House or at the park district office, 1970 Countryside Dr., Fremont. The cost is $35 per person for Sandusky County residents and $45 for non-residents. For county residents, family passes are $50 for two people plus $10 for each additional person (limit of eight people per pass). The non-resident cost is $65 for two people and $15 for each additional person (limit of eight people).
Swim lessons will be offered July 7-18 (weekdays only). Register at the Beach House.
Coast Guard-approved life jackets and vests, beach buckets, sand toys, “noodles” and coolers are permitted on the beach. No glass, cans, inflatable devices including floaties, balls and rafts are allowed.
For more information, call 419-334-4495 or visit www.LoveMyParks.com.
Children’s auditions set
Auditions will be held May 31 and June 1 for the Pemberville Children’s Workshop’s production of “Peter Pan” – the adventurous tale of the boy who wouldn’t grow up.
The auditions, open to children 7-16 years old, will be held May 31, from 1-3 p.m. and June 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House. Both singing and non-singing parts available, as well as backstage crew positions. Production dates will be Aug. 1, 2 and 3
Information and application forms will be available at auditions and online at www.pembervilleoperahouse.org. Details are also available by emailing email@example.com or calling 419-287-4848.
The Pemberville Children’s Workshop is made possible through The Gale and Marlyn Williamson Performing Arts Fund.
Neighborhood House reunion
Those who remember the good times at the East Toledo Neighborhood House are encouraged to relive memories and reconnect with old friends at the annual Friends and Family Neighborhood House Reunion Tuesday, June 17 at the Millbury Firemen’s Hall, 28410 Oak St., Millbury.
The 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to Richard Bicanovsky, Mike Charchol, John Fernbaugh, Andrew Kohlhofer, Leland MacDonald and Herbert Mickles.
Tickets are $20, which includes dinner. For tickets or more information, call Tracy Garufos at 419-691-1429.
Precious, Not Parents
Humane Ohio, with funding provided by PetSmart Charities, is introducing the “Precious, Not Parents” campaign, in an effort to help prevent accidental litters of kittens and puppies.
Some pet owners may be surprised to learn that kittens can get pregnant at 4 months of age, and puppies at five months. The accidental litters often end up in local shelters, with no place to call home and at risk for euthanasia.
In June, Humane Ohio will offer $20 spay or neuter surgery for puppies and kittens under 6 months of age. Appointments must be booked in May, and pet owners must mention “Precious, Not Parents” at the time of scheduling.
Visit www.humaneohio.org or call 419-266-5607 for more information. Humane Ohio is located at 3131 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo.
Thanks for the Mammaries
Area golfers are invited to hit the course at Bedford Hills Golf Club Saturday, July 12 at 8 a.m., for the fourth annual “Thanks for the Mammories” outing to benefit the Northwest Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The event is being organized by Oregon native Melissa Cogar, who is the organization’s Operations and Volunteer Manager.
The outing will include 18 holes of golf with cart, range balls, skins, a 50/50 raffle, prizes and more. The cost is $300 per team or $75 per individual if paid by June 1. The fee goes up by $10 per golfer after. There will be a men’s and women’s category.
Registration will start at 7 a.m. Lunch and a silent auction will follow, and golfers will have the chance to win prizes and bid on items like a trip to Orlando, autographed sports memorabilia, sports tickets, a stay at Maumee Bay State Park and more.
This year, non-golfers are invited to participate by enjoying 18 or 36 holes of miniature golf at 10 a.m. The cost is $25 and includes lunch afterwards with the golfers. Children are welcome.
To register or for more information, contact Cogar at 419-245-4712 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/thanksforthemammories.
The Genoa Homecoming celebration will be held Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31 in Veteran’s Memorial Park.
This year’s theme is “Down on the Farm.”
The celebration will kick off Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. with the annual parade, which will include high school bands, floats and area organizations. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. at 13th and West streets (Brunner Complex). Registration for the parade is open through Monday, May 26. Any entries signed up after the deadline will be placed at the end of the parade. Floats and entries are encouraged to have an agricultural focus, in keeping with the Homecoming theme. For more information, contact Neil Ammons, parade chairman at 419-461-0584 or email@example.com.
After the parade, the amusement rides will be running and craft and food vendors will be set up. In the expanded beer tent, 56 Daze will provide live music. There will be no Bingo or Big 6.
Saturday’s activities will include a 5K run, a pet adoption, farm equipment show, garden tractor pull, amusement rides, wine tasting, a car show and live music by Bob Gatewood and Calabash under the Beer Tent.
Specialty foods will be available from vendors, local restaurants and organizations throughout the day and evening. Once the sun has set, a spectacular fireworks display will light up the evening skies.
To find out more about the Genoa Homecoming, visit www.genoaohio.org or www.genoachamber.com.