Six miles of trails at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will be closed Oct. 1-4 and Oct. 8-11 for the annual archery hunt
All trails will reopen Oct. 12. Seven miles of trails will remain open on the refuge for wildlife viewing and hiking. Signs on trails and kiosks will mark which trails are closed.
For more information, call 419-898-0014 or stop by the Visitor Center.
ACT prep class
Owens Community College will offer a series of Fall ACT Preparation Classes Oct. 1 to 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the college’s Arrowhead Park Learning Center, Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. The class is coordinated through Owens’ Workforce and Community Services.
The four “Building Confidence with ACT Prep” classes will cover all five sections of the ACT test, including English, math, reading, science reasoning and writing. Students will also learn testing strategies.
Limited seating is available and early registration is recommended. For more information, or to register for the class, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7357.
The Healing Barn, a horse rescue and rehabilitation facility located at 27731 Bradner Rd., Millbury, will host its second annual Open House and Adoption Event Oct. 13 from noon to 4 p.m.,
The event will showcase rescue horses, as well as horses available for adoption. There will also be a silent auction, a children’s activity table and refreshments available for purchase.
For more information, call Corri Mayo at 419-836-8367.
Birmingham banquet set
The Birmingham Hall of Fame’s 36th Annual Inductee and Scholarship Banquet will be held Oct. 21 at St. Stephen School Hall, 2018 Consaul St. in East Toledo.
The celebration will begin with a social hour at 4:30 p.m. The organization’s “World-Famous” chicken paprika and pig-in-the-blanket dinner will be served family-style at 6 p.m. This year’s guest speaker is Tricia Cullop, Women’s Head Basketball Coach for The University of Toledo Rockets.
Banquet tickets are $20 per person for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12 years old and free for kids under 6. Order tickets by calling Takacs Grocery & Meats at 419-693-9233.
Proceeds raised at the banquet provide financial support to the Birmingham community and scholarship program.
Coats for Families
The Salvation Army’s Warm Winter “Coats for Families” – a program that provides warm winter coats for local families in need – starts Oct. 1 and runs through January 2013.
The program welcomes donations of new and gently used coats, which will be cleaned by Executive Cleaners and redistributed cost-free to local families in need. Last year, The Salvation Army collected and distributed more than 1,000 coats to Ottawa County families.
Donations may be dropped off at The News Herald, Executive Cleaners and Howard Hanna and The Salvation Army in Port Clinton. Executive Cleaners is offering a 10 percent discount coupon to contributors.
Anyone who needs a warm winter coat may stop by The Salvation Army at The Sutton Center, 1854 E. Perry St., and pick one out.
For more information, call Maureen Saponari at The Salvation Army at 419-732-2769.
Town Hall Meeting
The Friends of the Locke and Birmingham Libraries will sponsor an informational Town Hall Meeting on Issue 23, a 2.9-mill operating levy for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, Oct. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Locke Branch, 703 Miami St., Toledo.
The levy, which will be on the Nov. 6 ballot in Lucas County, would replace a 2-mill levy that will expire at the end of this year. Library officials say the increase would cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 less than eight cents a day and would restore services that have been cut.
Those attending the meeting will hear facts about the levy and how its passage will affect both the Locke and Birmingham branch libraries. Refreshments will be provided. Safe, secure parking is available.
Safe Boating course
An Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gander Mountain, 1320 Holland-Sylvania Rd., Holland.
The fee for the course, offered through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft, is $5, which covers the cost of materials. The course covers a variety of boating topics, including navigational rules, boating and personal safety equipment, navigational signage, Ohio boating laws and more.
To RSVP or for more information, call the Maumee Bay Watercraft Office at 419-836-6003 or visit www.ohiodnr.com.
All area women are invited to the “Weight and See” luncheon and program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon luncheon and program. Sari Kahler, from Weight Watchers in Oregon will share information on the program. Terri Sevinsky, from Cleveland will provide musical entertainment and will also share how “She is Proof that Optimism is Alive and Well.”
The price is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.
The Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, sponsor of the Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West, will host the Fall STEM Challenge Oct. 4 and 5.
More than 600 area eighth-graders from schools throughout the region will participate the event, which will include learning opportunities guided by Ohio’s new Science/College and Career Readiness Standards. Student teams will be engaged in a “topic” venue aligned with the Ohio Content Standards for eighth-grade science. Venues and topics include:
• Challenger Learning Center - Mission to Mars;
• NASA Plum Brook - Space Communications;
• Penta Career Center - Using GIS and GPS to Calculate and Map Distance;
• Imagination Station - Catapult Challenge;
• Lourdes University Environmental Center – Biomes.
The Fall STEM Challenge will also welcome keynote speaker William Kallay, filmmaker, photographer and author of the book, “The Making of Tron: How Tron Changed Visual Effects and Disney Forever.” Kallay will be available for a public book signing Oct. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West. Afterward, the public will be invited to view the stars through high-powered telescopes at a “Star Party.”
This challenge is made possible through STEM partnerships with BP, High Schools that Work and NWO Center for Excellence in STEM Education. Local science centers and universities are participating in this event as topic venue hosts.
On Oct. 5, BP-Husky Refinery President Mark Dangler present the ESC of Lake Erie West with funding for the BP Challenge Grant, which will provide qualified schools with 50 percent matching funds to attend Challenger Missions.
Clay Alumni Band
Once again this year, the Clay High School Marching Band invites band alumni to join them as they take the football field Oct. 12 at the 7 p.m. homecoming game against Findlay.
For alumni who may be a bit “rusty,” practices will be held Oct. 10 from 7:30 to 9 pm. and at 5:15 p.m. at the school before the game.
This is a tradition that is held in high regards by most band alumni. Returning to their Alma Mater and performing as they did when they were in high school.
For more information, call the band office at 419-693-0665, ext. 2158.
Due to the weather, the OVI checkpoint scheduled for Sept. 21 in Genoa was cancelled. The checkpoint is now scheduled for Sept. 29 at the same location on SR 51.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, along with other agencies, will conduct the checkpoint between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.