Sept. 11 observance
Owens Community College’s Student Government invites fellow students and employees, as well as members of the community to join them in paying tribute to the victims and heroes who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The observance will include a memorial display that will be open Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Rotunda.
The display will include floral arrangements, newspaper clippings and photos from the tragic event, along with a complete listing of those who perished. Visitors will also have the chance to leave their own inspirational messages and pick up a carnation to present at the memorial as part of an interactive exhibit titled “Where Were You?” Memorial display activities will conclude at 4 p.m.
Individuals will also have the chance to view the film “102 Minutes That Changed America” in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre. The 102-minute documentary film depicts in virtually real time the events of the New York-based attacks primarily using raw video footage from mostly amateur citizen journalists. Produced by History (channel), the documentary premiered in 2008. “102 Minutes That Changed America” will air continuously from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7583.
Strut your mutts
The Wood County Humane Society’s annual Mutt Strut walk-a-thon, which is a crucial source of funding for the non-profit organization, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Rd. at SR 65, Perrysburg.
Participants can walk with a pet or in memory of a pet, or without a four-legged friend as well. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The walk will kick-off at 10 a.m., and participants may walk any time until 2 p.m.
Other activities will include a Wood County Humane Society doggie alumni parade at 10 a.m., a Beauty PAWgent where a king and king will be crowned at 11:30 a.m., a live broadcast by K100, contests, food, refreshments and vendors.
Toledo Area Humane Society Cruelty Officer Nancy Schilb will be on hand signing copies of her children’s books. Those attending can meet Ruby the Red Eyed Tree Frog from WBGU-TV and other animal mascots, do a paw painting on a keepsake plate from 2 Art Studio, enjoy the Blue Booth photo booth, get free training advice from K-9 Solutions, have a pet sketch done by Marsha B. and more.
Walkers are encouraged to collect sponsor donations, however, there is no per-mile donation nor any minimum. The $15 registration fee will be waived for walkers who turn in $15 or more in donations.
The Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Sept. 2 on US 6 west of SR 199 in Freedom Township, Wood County.
According to patrol reports, John A. Bognar, 76, of Toledo, was driving a 2011 Hyundai Accent eastbound on US 6 west of SR 199 when he drove left of center, striking a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup driven by Merle E. Trumbull, 71, of Bradner head on.
Bognar was pronounced dead at the scene. Trumbull received minor injuries and was transported to the Wood County Hospital.
Both occupants were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
‘Wall’ t-shirts for sale
Due to overwhelming requests for Vietnam Combat Veterans Moving Wall t-shirts, Elmore American Legion Community Post #279 will take orders until Monday, Sept. 10.
Parent Project offered
The Wood County Educational Service Center will once again offer The Parent Project class, which aims to help parents and teens better navigate through the sometimes turbulent years of adolescence.
The class – completed by more than 100,000 families throughout the U.S. – will meet Thursday evenings from Sept. 18 through Nov. 20 at the Center, located at 1867 North Research Dr., Bowling Green.
Incorporating components for both parents and teens, the program covers strategies for preventing teen drug and alcohol use, violence and bullying. It suggests ways to improve teens’ school attendance and performance. The course has a proven track record – when the Parent Project was introduced by a judge to Minidoka County, Idaho, juvenile offenses fell by 33 percent, drug-related probation violations were reduced by 20 percent, and the number of minors on probation for any cause fell by over 30 percent within two years (www.parentproject.com.)
The Parent Project has also received high marks in Wood County. Area parents who completed the course reported an 80 percent success rate in dealing with their teens, according to Educational Service Center evaluations.
The $20 fee can be refunded to participants who attend all scheduled sessions. To register or for more information, call Lorrie Lewandowski at 419-354-9010.
The Center offers the Parent Project in various Wood County locations three times every year. For more information, call 419-354-9010.
Black Swamp Arts Festival
The 20th annual Black Swamp Arts Festival, set for Sept. 7 to 9 in Bowling Green, will feature a variety of visual artists from across the country, local and national musical acts, and an interactive youth art area – all free of charge. The festival will open Friday with live music on the Main Stage located off Main Street directly behind Panera Bread and Sam B’s Restaurants. A large variety of food and beverages will be available in the Concessions Garden situated adjacent to the stage. Juried and Wood County Invitational Art shows will be open Saturday and Sunday. Festival guests will be entertained with live music and art throughout the weekend.
Many venues will provide live entertainment throughout the festival. The Main stage will feature national, regional and local music performances spanning a variety of music genres. This year’s headliners include The Bright Light Social Hour, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Booker T. Jones. A complete stage schedule can be found at www.blackswamparts.org.
The Family Entertainment Stage, located near the Wood County Library, is geared toward a younger audience with musicians and live entertainment for the entire family, while Acoustic Stage on Main presents its audience with acoustic musicians.
Festival-goers can enjoy the two fine art and fine craft shows featuring artists from across the nation as well as from the Wood County community. The Juried Art Show features more than 100 artists in varied media ranging from watercolor, jewelry, sculpture, photography, multimedia and glass. Additionally, 50 local artists display their work in the Wood County Invitational Art Show. Art shows are open Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the Youth Art area, children of all ages can express their artistic creativity by making a variety of kid-friendly art projects. Musical and theatrical performances geared toward children will be featured on the Youth Arts Stage. The Youth Art area is open Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Voter registration events
Area residents will have the opportunity to register to vote Sept. 11 at four East Toledo locations.
Voter registration will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in the parking lot at Walgreens at the corner of East Broadway and Woodville Road.
Registration events will also be held at the Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St.; Birmingham Branch Library, 203 Paine Ave. and the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave., Toledo.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Celebrity Chefs benefit
The 3rd Annual Celebrity Chefs event to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor will be held Sept. 19 from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Pinnacle in Maumee.
Tuning Up for Food
The fourth edition of the 2012 “Tuning Up For Food” series will take place Sept. 8 and 9 at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds, located at 901 Rawson Avenue, Fremont.
Several area musicians and entertainers will be taking the stage from 1 to 4 p.m. to benefit the Sandusky County Food Pantry. All live entertainment is free, and open to the general public. Non-perishable food donations are requested. Monetary donations to the Food Pantry will also be accepted at the show.
Saturday’s 1 p.m. show will feature special performances by three of the finalists from the 2012 “Fremont’s Got Talent” contest – Samantha Kuns, Alissa Barnard and winner Gary Jones.
Sunday’s performance line-up will include performances by Jordan Ashley Depew, The Connor Rose Show, Billy Lee & Friends, and other special guests.
Fifteen-year-old Rose recently appeared at the Sandusky County Fair as the opening act for the Lonestar concert and has recorded in Nashville. He will also be featured in a television program on WBGU TV this fall.
The family-friendly shows are held in conjunction with the Sandusky County Flea Market, which runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those attending the shows are invited to bring lawn chairs or other comfortable seating.
Food and other refreshments will also be available, and all who attend are encouraged to come early and visit the vendors at the Flea Market.