Wooden Feather Day
Local wood carvers will be displaying their crafts at the annual Wooden Feather Day Nov. 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area’s Bird Center.
Visitors will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite feathers, to see some of the area that is usually closed to the public on a Marsh Walk at 1:30 p.m., and to enjoy a warm fire and free refreshments. The event is co-sponsored by the Maumee Bay Carvers and the Friends of Magee Marsh.
Then, celebrate the season at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory Holiday Open House Dec.7 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Those looking for gifts for nature-loving friends and family are invited to stop by the gift shop for handmade items crafted by local artists, nature-friendly stocking stuffers, free samples of tasty treats, activities for kids, nature books and other items to stack under the tree.
Local authors Kenn Kaufman and Jim Mollenkopf will be available to sign copies of their books from 2 to 4 p.m. For information call 419-898-4070.
Black Swamp Bird Observatory is located at the entrance of Magee Marsh Wildlife Area on SR 2 north of Oak Harbor.
Owens Community College will be closed Wednesday through Sunday Nov.26-30 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
In addition, there will be no classes Tuesday Nov. 25, however, administrative offices will be open throughout the day. Classes will resume and administrative offices will open again Dec. 1.
Tom Troy, political writer for the Toledo Blade and contributor to the local talk show “Conklin and Company,” will discuss the recent state and local election at the November meeting of the Northern Wood County Republican Club Nov. 24 at the Holiday Inn Express in Perrysburg.
Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the brief monthly meeting and candidate presentations to follow beginning at 7:30 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be available.
The club meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, which is located at 10621 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg
The Northern Wood County Republican Club’s purpose is to provide a venue of relevant, interesting topics for Republicans in the Perrysburg-Rossford-Northwood-Walbridge-Grand Rapids-Bowling Green area; to provide a forum for Wood County Republican political candidates; to develop candidates for political offices and ward/precinct infrastructure; and to develop volunteer support for Republican Party candidates at the local, state and national level. The NWCRC does not endorse political candidates or ballot issues. Suggested annual contributions are $15/person or $20/family.
Call Jerry Bannister at 419-874-5269 or visit http://nwc.woodcountyrepublicanparty.com for more information.
“The Odd Couple”
Oregon Community Theatre will hold auditions for The Odd Couple Dec. 2 and 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fassett Middle School auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave.
Six adult men and two adult women are needed. Those auditioning will be asked to read from a script. Performance dates are Feb. 20-21, Feb. 27-28 and March 1, 2009. For more information, call 419-691-1398 or visit www.oregoncommunitytheatre.org.
Introduction to MRDD
Riverview Industries, a non-profit agency serving adults with MRDD, will host “Introduction to MRDD,” a state certification class at its Oak Harbor site for anyone needing Adult Services certification.
The three-day course, taught by OYM Consulting, a Toledo firm, will be held Dec. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m., Dec. 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dc. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The course fee is $125 per person and must be presented on the first day.
To register or obtain more information, call Michelle Ish, Riverview Industries HR manager, at 419-898-5250, ext.321.
The American Red Cross will offer Babysitter Training Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 21140 W. Toledo St., Williston.
The training is open to students 11 to 13 years old. Participants should pack a sack lunch. Thanks to the generosity of an Ottawa County community foundation, there will be no charge for the training.
Space is limited. To register, call 419-734-1100 or e-mail
The Pemberville Police Department urges residents to abide by the village’s Snow Emergency Ordinance, which stipulates that if a snowfall is 2 inches or greater, vehicles must be removed from village streets to allow plows to safely and quickly remove the snow.
Village residents who do not have a driveway or an alternative location to park their vehicles may use either of the public parking lots located just west of the police station on Pine Street and behind the downtown business district. Failure to comply with the ordinance could result in a citation or the towing and impounding of the vehicle. For more information, call 419-287-3250.
Olde Fashioned Christmas
It will be an Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration Nov. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Oak Harbor.
Santa will arrive by Portage District fire truck and then proceed to the Log Cabin. In addition to the lighting of the village Christmas tree, activities will include music by the Oak Harbor High School Jazz Band, hot chocolate and cookies, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Secret Santa shopping for kids and a Parade of Trees (follow the lighted path from the back of the Log Cabin).
For more information, call the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce at 419-898-0479.
Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck at the Harris-Elmore Public Library Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.
After putting a star atop the children’s tree in the library yard, he’ll invite children into the library for stories and a visit. He’ll also pose for pictures. Refreshments will be served.
Join the parade
The East Toledo Christmas Parade will hit the streets Dec. 6 at 11 a.m.
The parade will start at Ravine and East Broadway, proceed to Starr Avenue and then on to Main Street.
To register, call Denny Fairchild at 419-693-9517.
Child care resources
YWCA Child Care Resources and Referral provides assistance in becoming a child care provider and locating affordable child care in Lucas, Ottawa and Wood counties.
For more information, call 1-800-632-3052.
The Friends of the Pemberville Public Library will present a Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes Dec. 6 and 7. An array of refreshments will await the return of ticketholders after each evening’s tour.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the library or by calling 419-287-4012. In addition, the Friends of the
Library are sponsoring raffles for a Santa on a motorcycle and a nativity centerpiece. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Winners need not be present to win.
Holiday greens for sale
St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Millbury is again selling Christmas greens for the holiday season, including fresh-cut pine blankets and pillows for cemeteries, and wreaths and swags decorated in a variety of colors and styles for holiday decorating.
Prices range from $12 to $38. Orders are being taken through Nov. 26 by calling 419-836-9074.
Christmas will be here before we know it, and the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau is looking for help to make the holidays brighter for the less fortunate in our community.
The bureau provides a “basic” box that includes meat; potatoes, noodles, rice or stuffing; canned and fresh vegetables and fruits; soups; gelatin or pudding; macaroni and cheese or spaghetti sauce; cereal; baking supplies; peanut butter/jelly; desserts; condiments; coffee, tea or juices.
The box also includes laundry and dish detergents, soup and shampoo, toothpaste and brushes and paper products like toilet paper and tissues. Hats, gloves and socks for all family members are also needed.
The Salvation Army is collecting new toys for the bureau. To make a donation, call 419-732-2769.
Contacts, distribution and collection sites are:
Allen, Clay and Genoa - Kathy Mapes at 419-654-6273; distribution site is Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Genoa.
Harris-Elmore - Esteban Reyes at 419-862-2968; distribution site is Elmore Community Center.
Oak Harbor - Phyllis and Larry Coats at 419-862-2545; distribution site is Oak Harbor United Methodist Church.
Benton - Helen Nowak at 419-898-7934; distribution site is Oak Harbor United Methodist Church.
Carroll - Alice Pierson at 419-898-2078; distribution site is Oak Harbor United Methodist Church.
Salem - Margaret Connell at 419-898-4435; distribution site is Oak Harbor United Methodist Church.
Give 5 for kids
The Exchange Club of Greater Maumee is accepting donations for its “Give 5 for Kids Campaign.”
A donation of $5 will help the club in its efforts to distribute flags to children attending the East Toledo Christmas Parade, to sponsor a trip to Children’s Wonderland for kids who might otherwise not be able to attend, and to put presents under the tree for local families.
Donations of $5 or other amounts may be sent to The Exchange Club of Greater Maumee Bay, P.O. Box 167692, Oregon, OH 43616.
Jingle Bell Run
The Arthritis Foundation will sponsor Jingle Bell Run/Walks Dec. 6 at 9 a.m. at Lourdes College in Sylvania and Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Fremont Recreation Center, 600 St. Joseph.
More than 6,000 runners and walkers are expected to turn out for the events. Participants tie jingle bells to their shoes and take to the streets simultaneously raising money to support arthritis research, community programs and services.
Additional activities include a fun one-mile Reindeer Romp for children, door prizes, awards for best costumes in holiday attire and for overall male and female winners and the top three winners in each age group.
Call 419-290-2643 or register in advance for $25 online at http://2008JingleBellRunToledo.kintera.org or http://2008JingleBellRunFindlay.kintera.org or for $30 on race day.
The Prevention Partnership of Sandusky County is seeking nominations for the Youth Asset Development award, which will be presented at the Sandusky County Asset Builder’s Appreciation Luncheon in May of 2009.
The organization is looking for individuals, organizations, businesses, schools and faith communities that build or promote assets in youth by fostering caring relationships, creating opportunities for volunteerism, offering positive role modeling and celebrating youth contributions and/or any other experiences that make a positive impact on youth in our community.
To receive an application, call Stacey Gibson at the Sandusky County Health Department at 419-334-6395 or visit www.sanduskycohd.org and click on the Prevention Partnership link under Health Education/Planning.
In Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 churches in the Gibsonburg area will be presenting a live drive-through-Nativity from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 500 S. Brentwood Ave., Gibsonburg.
The drive-through will include stations, each depicting a part of the Christmas story. They will be and manned by members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Hessville, Shiloh United Methodist Church in Helena, and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, Faith United Methodist Church, First English Lutheran Church, and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, all in Gibsonburg.
The actors are of all ages and many stations have live animals. Visitors will be given a CD to listen to as they travel the parking lot in the comfort of their vehicles. A player will be provided for those who don’t have one.
Breakfast with Santa
Friends of Lake Township Parks will sponsor a Breakfast with Santa Dec. 13 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the township administration building, 27975 Cummings Rd., located at the corner of SR 795 and Cummings.
Breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, sausage or bacon and a beverage for $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for kids 12 and under.
Pictures will Santa will also be available for $4 each. The event will also include a bake sale and silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Lake Township Parks Committee.
Pemberville Police are requesting the public’s assistance in helping to solve a series of acts of vandalism that occurred during the early-morning hours of Nov. 15 when several homes in the 400 block of Pine Street and a shed near Pemberville Elementary School were vandalized. The offenses are believed to have occurred shortly after midnight.
Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call the police at 419-287-3250.
Board meeting changed
The Woodmore Local School District Board of Education will meet Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at Woodmore High School. The meeting location was moved from the elementary building to accommodate those who may want to attend both the board meeting and a music program being held at the high school that night.