Owens Community College students and faculty, along with community members will have the opportunity to write, cast, rehearse and perform seven plays in a 24-hour period as the Center for Fine and Performing Arts hosts the fifth annual fall “Theatre Express” production, Sept. 21-22.
The 24-hour marathon begins Sept. 21 when actors and actresses arrive at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts wearing a costume put together from their own wardrobe. Attendees will also bring an item that reflects their characters’ personality. Each performer’s photo will then be taken for playwright selection purposes.
That same evening, seven teams of writers and directors representing Owens faculty will begin writing and staging different plays involving the assigned three to five actors and actresses. Caffeinated beverages will be the drink of choice as writers frantically craft five- to 10-minute plays throughout the evening hours.
Actors and actresses will meet with the directors at 9 a.m. on Sept. 22 in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts to rehearse and memorize lines of the newly-written plays. Final rehearsals will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the event will conclude Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. with the presentation of the seven plays.
The production is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive at a 7 p.m. due to limited seating in the Studio Theatre.
For additional information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2798.
In celebration of Constitution Day, Owens Community College’s Student Government and the Office of Student Activities will hold special voter-registration events Sept. 17.
Owens student representatives will make voter registration forms and free U.S. Constitution pocket booklets available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center and the College Hall Atrium.
Established in 2004, Constitution Day celebrates the significant moment in U.S. history when 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document that defined and separated powers of the federal government on Sept. 17, 1787.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 3029.
Aiding pets in poverty
The youth group of the Church of St. Andrew, 3260 Heatherdowns near Byrne, Toledo, will hold a “Pets in Poverty” event to raise awareness and collect pet food donations for Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank Sept. 16 from noon to 4 p.m.
The event will feature a blessing of pets, a pet food drive, pet-related vendor booths, a bounce house for kids, food and music. “Pets in Poverty” t-shirts will be on sale, with proceeds to be used to buy food for the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank.
Youths from the non-profit organization Sheltered Reality will perform at 3 p.m. In addition, local animal groups will be on hand with animals for adoption.
Humane Ohio, a non-profit organization that operates a low-cost spay/neuter clinic and pet food bank, distributes more than 71,000 pounds of pet food a year through its pet food bank. The program helps make sure that pets and free-roaming cats in the community do not go hungry; helps pet parents keep their pets even in tough financial times and helps ensure that people do not have to share their own meals with their pets and go hungry themselves.
For more information, visit www.humaneohio.org.
College Fair set
Owens Community College will host a college fair Sept. 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center Room 125.
Presented by the Educators and Community Helping Hispanics Onward organization, the event offers prospective students the opportunity to visit with various college and university representatives and pick up important information about admission requirements as well as choosing a career path.
The regional college fair will begin with welcoming remarks from educators and Community Helping Hispanics Onward representatives followed by a lecture presentation titled “Get Set for College.”
Colleges and universities and community organizations expected to attend include Owens, Hiram College, University of Toledo, Youngstown State University, Bowling Green State University, University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, Gannon University, Cleveland State University, Baldwin Wallace University, Central State University, Kent State University, Terra Community College, Rhodes State College, Ohio Northern University, Educators and Community Helping Hispanics Onward and Ohio Department Job and Family Services, among others.
Admission to event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7176.
Christian Writers to meet
The 24th Annual Northwest Ohio Christian Writers Conference will be held Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holland Free Methodist Church, 6605 Angola Rd., Holland.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. Guest speaker will be author, editor and humorist James Watkins, an acquisitions editor for Wesleyan Publishing House and editorial advisor for American Christian Writers Press.
The registration fee is $55 through Oct. 6 and $65 at the door. Lunch is included. For more information, call 419-882-3705.
Casino a big draw
In just over three month since opening, the Hollywood Casino has surpassed more than one million visitors.
“Since opening day, we have seen just over 1.1 million visitors,” said Richard St. Jean, the casino’s general manager.
Hollywood Casino isn’t the only one benefiting from these visitors. Local businesses such as Moe’s Place in downtown Rossford report a definite uptick in business since the opening three months ago. Joe Haddad, owner of Moe’s Place said that when he sees new faces in his restaurant he asks they if they’ve been to the casino and the majority of the time they are either on their way, or just coming from there. “They are usually stopping in here for a quick bite to eat on their way home or before they head to the casino,” he said.
Haddad also says that when he asks people where they are from it seems like Northwest Ohio is the main answer. “I’ve had a few people in from Youngstown and a couple from Detroit that were told to stop here by a friend, but most people I talk to are from surrounding cities like Findlay and Swanton,” he said.
Forfeited Land Sale
The second and final Forfeited Land Sale of 2012 will be held Sept. 26, according to Anita Lopez, Lucas County Auditor.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the sale will begin at 10 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Hearing Room, located on the first floor of One Government Center. Due to limited seating, only the first 160 registrants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
There will be approximately 362 parcels for sale and the bidding will begin at $60 per parcel. A successful bidder must have a deposit of 50 percent or $300, whichever is greater. If a bid is $300 or less, the purchase price must be paid in full. All bids or sales will be required to pay additional fees of $73.95, which will be due on the day of sale. Cash only; no checks, debit, or credit cards
A list of parcels, regulations, and procedures governing the sale may be downloaded from the Auditor’s website or obtained in the Auditor’s office.
The parcels of real estate being sold are tax delinquent, and have been offered for sale twice by the County Sheriff. Lopez urges anyone interested in purchasing property at the Forfeited Land Sale to research the property being sold. The Auditor’s Office provides no guarantees regarding title, possession or any other matter.
Preliminary research, including a list of properties being sold at auction, is available online at the Auditor’s website at www.co.lucas.oh.us/Auditor; by visiting the Auditor’s Office located at Suite 770, One Government Center.
Free light bulbs
The Village of Elmore and Efficiency Smart have joined together to save money and reduce power usage for Elmore Board of Public Affairs electric customers through several energy efficiency initiatives.
Efficiency Smart staff and volunteers will be going door-to-door in Elmore Sept. 22 to hand out free compact fluorescent light bulbs (CLFs) and discuss incentives and services available to Elmore Board of Public Affairs electric customers through the partnership.
Efficiency Smart staff and the Elmore Boy Scouts will be visiting homes from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free CFLs and information kits will only be available during this time and while supplies last.
Door hangers will be placed on the doors of Elmore residents who are not home when a representative or Scout visits to notify them of the missed visit. For those not at home, a limited amount of light bulb packages will be available at the Board of Public Affairs building. Those who were not home should also check the mail for lighting coupons and other promotions or shop Efficiency Smart’s online lighting store for discounts.
For more information please call village superintendant Buck Stoiber at 419-862-3454.
In addition, Efficiency Smart offers several incentives to Elmore Board of Public Affairs residential electric customers to promote savings including $50 rebates on the purchase of qualified Energy Star refrigerators or high-efficiency clothes washers; $50 incentives for recycling up to three secondary working refrigerators and/or freezers through the free appliance recycling initiative and an electric meter loan program to help renters and homeowners measure their electric usage and identify areas for savings
For information, visit www.efficiencysmart.org or call 877-889-3777.
Groove in the Grove
Clay High Alumni and Friends Association will present the 15th Annual Groove in the Grove will be held Sept. 29 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
Tickets are available at the gate or by calling Clay High School at 419-693-0665, ext. 2044.
College Preview Night
Fifth Third Bank will present a free College Preview Night for high school juniors and seniors and their parents Sept. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.
More than 30 colleges, universities, programs and military representatives will be on hand to answer questions and offer information and materials about admissions, financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
Local experts will offer tips on college entrance exams, how to make the most of college money and student loans during three session at 5:35, 6:10 and 6:45 p.m.
In addition, Fifth Third Bank will award three $1,000 scholarships that night. Attendees can also enter to win a $10,000 scholarship from Fifth Third Bank, which will be awarded at a later date.
Participants are encouraged to register at www.mudhens.com/collegenight. This event is free and open to the public.
Among the institutions scheduled to attend are Adrian College, the Air National Guard, Albion College, Baldwin College, Bluffton College, Bowling Green State University, Brown Mackie College, Central State University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Defiance College, Eastern Michigan University, Heidelberg University, Herzing University, Hillsdale College, Indiana Technology, Lawrence Technological University, Lourdes University, Mercy College, Monroe Community College, Northwest State Community College, Northwestern University, Notre Dame University, Oakland University, Owens Community College, Partners in Education, Purdue University, Purdue University of Technology, Siena Heights University, Terra Community College, Tiffin University, The Salon Professional Academy, the United States Army, University of Findlay, University of Toledo, Wayne State University and more.