African Safari welcomes rare white bison
African Safari Wildlife Park recently welcomed a unique animal to its collection – an extremely rare White Bison.
“This is a very exciting event for us,” said Kelsey Keller, technical advisor for the park. “The opportunity we have to share this amazing creature with our guests is an honor beyond words.”
Lakota legend tells the story of Wóȟpe, the goddess of peace, who once appeared on Earth guised as a beautiful young woman frocked in white. Through her teachings, she brought prosperity to her people. Wóȟpe rolled on the earth, transformed herself into a White Bison calf, and disappeared. As such, the birth of a White Bison is heralded as an extraordinary event.
The park’s bison is a 2-year-old male that arrived in February from a ranch located in the western United States. He is currently settling into his new home well.
The odds of a White Bison birth are estimated to be one in 10 million. There are multiple inherited traits that may cause a Bison’s fur to appear white, but the exact such gene or genes that this individual expresses in unknown.
Bison, sometimes known as buffalo, are the largest land-dwelling mammals in North America. More than a dozen of the animals live in the park’s Drive-Thru Safari, the only such facility in the Midwest.
African Safari Wildlife Park, at 267 S Lightner Rd., Port Clinton, is open daily through Nov. 30, 2014.
Peg + Cat = Fun
WGTE Public Media invites families to the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave., Saturday, June 7 from 1-4 p.m. for an afternoon of educational, fun-filled, hands-on activities designed especially for children 2-8 years-old.
The event is inspired by PBS Kids’ new hit show, “Peg + Cat,” which airs daily at 9 a.m. on WGTE Public Television.
Each episode of “Peg + Cat” follows the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick Cat as they embark on adventures and learn introductory math concepts and skills.
SuperWhy!, the star of another popular WGTE and PBS kids’ show, will be on hand throughout the event to meet young fans. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
Challenger Center events
Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West will host the “I’m a Mars Generation!” Engineering Design Challenge, May 31from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 4955 Seaman Rd. The free event will include fun and challenging activities for the entire family including Design Challenge Stations, StartLab Planetarium Programs, Mission Tours and more.
The event is sponsored in partnership with NASA and the National Institute of Oceanography.
Schedules for summer camps at the Challenger Learning Center are now posted online. Grants, funded through BP, are available. Visit http://www.esclakeeriewest.org/challenger-learning-center for more information.
Outdoor Adventure Expo
Metroparks of the Toledo Area will present an Outdoor Adventure Expo to help outdoor enthusiasts enhance their skills and plan their summer adventures May 31 from noon-4 p.m. at the Silver Lake area at Side Cut Metropark in Maumee.
Informational workshops and “Try It” events will be offered by Metroparks staff and representatives of local outfitters and outdoor recreation organizations. Visitors can try or learn more about a wide range of activities, including canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, day hiking, camping, fishing and wildlife watching, archery, geocaching and bicycling.
The event, is free and open to the community. Food vendors will also be available.
The Expo is the kickoff for a new series of outdoor skills programs, including archery, kayaking, camping and more. For program information, visit MetroparksPrograms.com and click on the “Outdoor Skills” icon. The new programs will be offered at various Metroparks.
Garage sale set
Sellers and vendors are being sought for 2nd Annual Maumee Bay State Park Community Garage Sale, which will be held June 21 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the beach parking lot.
The cost to participate is $25 for a 20 x 20 spot. For more information, contact Rick Royce at 419-536-7304 or email@example.com.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of Maumee Bay. Proceeds raised will help the non-profit organization support the park.
Area families are invited to get up-close to wild native mammals, birds, insects and more at “Wild about Wildlife,” a free event which will be presented by Nature’s Nursery June 1 from 1:30-4 p.m. at Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo.
Enjoy a stroll through the garden and visit stations that offer information on how to help wildlife and nature. Admission is free; pre-registration is not required.
The non-profit Nature's Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education, located in Whitehouse, provides medical care to injured and orphaned wild animals, and conducts nature education programs for children and adults. Learn more at natures-nursery.org or 419-877-0060.
Fireworks display set
Phantom Fireworks will present their annual fireworks shoot Saturday, June 7 at Maumee Bay State Park.
The fireworks will start at about 10 p.m. Phantom’s showroom, located at 10224 Jerusalem Rd., Curtice, will be open until midnight that night.
For more information, call 419-836-4145.
Happy birthday, Lucas
Everyone is invited to join in the celebration as Lucas, the Toledo Zoo’s African elephant calf turns 3 years old Saturday, June 7.
The will kick off at 10:30 a.m. when Lucas gets his enrichment presents, hand-crafted by ZOOTeens and zookeepers. At 1:30 p.m., he’ll get a tasty elephant-sized cake the zoo’s catering department made just for him.
The “party of ponderous proportions” isn’t the only big thing happening at the zoo. Visitors will want to check out the all-new Flamingo Key, Penguin Beach and ‘Keet Retreat, which opened May 23.
Lucas is not the only one celebrating – the Toledo Zoo was recently rated the number-one zoo in the nation by USA Today Travel, and is listed among the top 10 family attractions nationwide by FamilyFun Magazine.
More information is at toledozoo.org.
43rd Old West End Festival
The 43rd Annual Historic Old West End Festival is set for June 7 and 8.
The festival will kick off Saturday at 10 a.m. with the 105th anniversary of the King Wamba Carnival Parade featuring members of Toledo Fire and Rescue Station Number 17 as grand marshals, along with art cars, floats, and the Scott High School marching band.
Also on Saturday, there will be an Antique Car Show under the shaded trees of Toledo Spain Park in front of the Park Lane Luxury Apartments. Scott High School will also host a Community Bash on the front lawn from 11 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
Throughout the weekend, there will be historic home and mansion tours; an Art Fair on the grounds of the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion; food, a beer garden and live entertainment; garage and yard sales and children's activities.
For the first time in nearly four decades, the historic Libbey house, home to legendary and influential Toledoans Edward Drummond Libbey and Florence Scott Libbey, will be open to the public for tours and host several special events during festival. Located at 2008 Scottwood Avenue, the home was built in 1895 and is listed as a National Historical Landmark. Tickets for the tours may be purchased at the Old West End information info booths (by Art Fair at Woodruff/Parkwood and at the Arboretum at Robinwood/Delaware) and at each home.
The Old West End 5K Run/Walk will be held Sunday. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit http://toledooldwestend.com.
Play (base) ball!
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center’s vintage base ball team – the Spiegel Grove Squires – will play their first home game of the season Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m. on the grounds of Spiegel Grove, Fremont.
The team will take on the Forest City Base Ball Club of Chagrin Falls in a match of 1860s-style base ball. The event is free and open to the public, thanks to sponsorship from KF Construction & Excavating, LLC.
The sport of base ball (two words in the 19th century) just was reaching the level of a “national pastime” in the late 1800s. Professional teams were organizing and rules of play were being standardized. By the 1860s, most large cities hosted matches of what was known as the “gentlemanly sport of base ball.”
Future home games will be held June 29, July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 7. For more information, visit www.rbhayes.org or call 419-332-2081.
Experimental Aircraft Association 582 will present the 2014 Plane Fun Festival Father’s Day weekend, June 14 and 15 at Toledo Executive Airport, 8331 Lemoyne Rd., Millbury.
The event will include aircraft and military vehicle displays, activities, free Young Eagle airplane rides for kids 8-17 years old, food concessions and more. Bi-plane rides will also be available.
Gates open at 9 a.m. Admission is $5 and free for kids under 7. Free parking is available. For more information, visit eaa582.org or call Dave Horvath at 419-466-7908.
Antique Tractor Show
Tractor Supply Company’s Oregon store, located at 3942 Navarre Ave., will present the 6th Annual Antique Tractor Show Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Among the tractors on display at the show, will be a 1954 International Super W4 owned by Calvin Nelson, of Curtice. A parade will be held at 4 p.m. Concessions will be provided by Livestock Unlimited 4-H Club.
For more information, call Brian at 419-691-2715.
Music in the Park
Lake Township’s Friendship Park will once again be the site of free Friday-night concerts as the Friends of Lake Township Parks present Music in the Park Summer Concert Series.
The season runs Fridays June 20 through Aug. 15; there will be no concert July 4. Music lovers are invited to bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music, which will run from 6:30-8 p.m. Refreshments, including hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, ice cream floats and more, will be available. No alcohol will be permitted.
In the event of rain, concerts will be held in the township hall, next to the park. Admission is free; freewill offerings will be accepted, with proceeds benefiting the non-profit Friends of Lake Township Parks organization.
The series kicks off June 20 with The Genoa Legion Band – a crowd-pleasing favorite offering polkas, marches and patriotic music. Due to the size of the band, for this concert only, the concert will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.
Future performances include Bridge County Bluegrass June 27; Crystal Gauge July 11; Just Us Two July 18; Crimson Light July 25; Watermelon Men Aug. 1; Blue Kazoo Aug. 8 and Ottawa County Bluegrass Aug. 15.
For more information, contact Ron Hanely at 419-392-3235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chevelle returning to casino
Alternative rock band Chevelle will return to perform under the stars at Hollywood Casino in Toledo Friday, June 20, as part of the casino’s summer-long Hollywood Concert Series.
Touring in support of their seventh album, “La Gárgola,” Chevelle is best known for their hit “The Red.” The concert will begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are available at www.hollywoodcasinotoledo.com/HCS.
The concert series, which features a diverse lineup representing the best of country, alternative rock, classic rock, Motown and more, kicks off June 6, 7 and 8 with a weekend of free shows from Legends in Concert.
Fishing at Fremont Reservoir
Anglers looking to catch yellow perch are invited to drop a line at the Fremont Reservoir, which was stocked with fish last fall and again this spring, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
ODNR stocked the reservoir with 93,008 yellow perch fingerlings last fall and again this spring with 140,000 yellow perch fry.
According to Mike Wilkerson, Fish Management Supervisor for District 2, fisheries biologists have seen perch grow to 6-7 inches by the first summer in similar newly stocked reservoirs in northwest Ohio.
In 2008, the Division of Wildlife provided the city with a $5 million grant from Ohio's boat motor fuel taxes to help fund the reservoir.
The Division of Wildlife has also been working with city officials on the removal of the Ballville Dam as an opportunity to provide ecological restoration and to increase angler opportunities in the area. Removal of the dam offers the potential to improve walleye spawning on the Sandusky River, improving the fishery and likely increasing the numbers of anglers that travel to the area.
Sales of fishing licenses along with the Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) program continue to fund the operation of the Division of Wildlife's fish hatcheries. No state tax dollars are used for this activity. This is a user-pay, user-benefit program.
For more information about the Division Wildlife or fisheries management in Ohio, visit wildohio.com.
Hands-on archaeology workshops for kids are being offered throughout the summer at the Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green.
Participants must be age 10 and older; ages 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult.
• Field Work – offered June 7, July 12 and Aug. 19 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., will include a search for historic artifacts on the center’s grounds. Participants should bring lunch and bottled water and dress to be outside. The fee is $15.
• Lab Night – offered June 10 and 26 and Aug. 12 from 6-9 p.m. inside the museum, will focus on found items and how to tag and document archaeology findings. Fee is $8.
• Dig Demos will be held on the center grounds June 28 and July 26, plus other dates to be announced. Visitors of all ages are welcome to watch (no charge).
Digs are being organized by Felicia Konrad, a recent graduate of Heidelberg University who has many years of experience as an archaeologist working primarily at Johnson’s Island.
The historical center grounds are open daily dawn to dusk as a public park. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and weekends 1-4 p.m., with extended hours during special events. Closed Mondays and holidays. For more information, visit www.woodcountyhistory.org.