Eastwood One Acts
The Eastwood High School Music/Drama Organization will present an evening of one-act plays Oct. 11 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Historic Pemberville Opera House.
The performance will consist of a staging of Mark Twain’s satire, “The Diary of Adam and Eve” and the farce, “The Real Inspector Hound,” by Tom Stoppard.
“The Diary of Adam and Eve” will include Nate Miller and Erica Guyer as Adam and Eve, with Jared Smith as the Snake.
The cast for “The Real Inspector Hound” includes Alli Dembicki, Ridge Simon, Abby Stephens, Rae Wooldridge, Chris Schermerhorn, Sam Hirzel, Mouriche Oakley, Solomon Carr and Patrick Jennings.
Stage crew members include Joey Hirzel and Natalie Reidling. The plays are directed by Janna Gerke and F. Scott Regan.
Wood Co. Throwdown
Five accomplished chefs will battle it out at the Wood County Committee on Aging’s Wood County Throwdown Oct. 20 at Penta Career Center, 9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg.
Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. Guests can sample appetizers, main courses and desserts and then vote for their favorites. In addition to People’s Choice Awards, there will also be celebrity judging to announce the 2012 Wood County Throwdown Champion. Judges will include Penta Superintendent Ron Matter, Blade Food Editor Dan Newman and Owen Community College President Dr. Mike Bower.
The Gene Parker Quartet will entertain throughout the event.
Competing chefs include Dave Napierala of Waterford at Levis Commons; Anne Hodulik of Bowling Green Manor; James Price of Sterling House of Bowling Green; Mike Widmer of Blakely Care Center and Paul Dauch, of Wood County Committee on Aging.
Advance tickets may be purchased for $5 by calling 419-353-5661.
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club will sponsor the Annual Halloween Costume Contest Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Genoa.
Children who want to participate are encouraged to arrive at the Genoa Bank parking lot at 6:30 p.m. Categories of judging will include Ugliest, Prettiest, Huggable, Storybook, Nursery Rhyme, Television and Creative Original. Age categories include Preschool Ages 1 & 2, Preschool Age 3 & 4, Kindergarten & Age 5, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth & Sixth Grade, and Band.
First-, second- and third-place medallions will be presented in each category. Cider and donuts will be served at the gazebo following the judging.
In case of rain, the event will be held at St John’s United Church of Christ, 1213 Washington St.
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club is looking for new members to help support community projects. Call Larry Dean, Kiwanis President at 419-855-0096 for details.
Wildlife Refuge Week
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week with a number of special events Sunday, Oct, 14.
At 1:30 p.m., an opening will be held for the permanent gallery exhibit honoring the bird conservation and education efforts of Bob Hines. The gallery, located on the third floor of the Visitor Center, is a tribute to Hines, an Ohio native and the only U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee to hold the title National Wildlife Artist.
At 2 p.m., Dr. John D. Juriga, author “Bob Hines – National Wildlife Artist” will give a presentation on the life and works of Hines, as part of the “Naturally Speaking” series. Refreshments will be offered throughout the event.
Between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., the Wildlife Refuge will also hold a “Big Sit” – an annual, international bird watching challenge to count as many birds seen and heard while sitting within a 17-foot circle. Refuge manager Jason Lewis will host the event on the west side of the woods accessible from the trail head parking lot. Everyone is encouraged to stop by or join in on the bird watching fun. Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to call the refuge at 419-898-0014.
For more information about The Big Sit 2012, visit www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/connect/bigsit/about.php# .
The Auto Tour will be open Saturday, Oct. 13 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Auto Tour offers visitors access to seven miles of refuge roads that are normally closed to the public. The new auto tour entrance is located in the Visitor Center parking lot.
All events are free of charge and are held at the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Call 419-898-0014 for questions.
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge entrance is located at 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.
Pasta, pumpkins & politics
The Ottawa County Democrats’ annual dinner will be held Oct. 28 at the Community Market Hall, 251 W. Main Street, Oak Harbor.
Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Pre-dinner snacks will be served. The program will begin at 5 p.m. followed by dinner featuring pasta dishes and homemade pumpkin desserts prepared by County Commissioner candidate JoEllen Regal and her volunteer crew. Homemade pumpkin desserts will top off the dinner.
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who is running to retain her seat in the 9th Congressional District, and Angela Zimmann, candidate for the 5th Congressional District, will speak before dinner. The keynote speaker will be State Sen. Nina Turner, Minority Whip of the Ohio Senate.
Jeff Bretz, candidate for State Senate, and Chris Redfern, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party and candidate for State Representative are scheduled to be at the dinner. Local candidates on the agenda include Regal and John Huffman, who are running for County Commissioner seats and Dr. Dan Cadigan, who is running for Coroner.
Darrell Opfer will explain how voting “yes” on Issue 2 will create congressional districts for the benefit of people and communities rather than for the interests of political parties.
The suggested donation is $25 per person. Reservations are required by Oct. 22. To purchase tickets, call JoAn Monnett at 419-734-3986 or Mark Mulligan at 419-410-5245.
The dinner will be hosted by Ottawa County Recorder Virginia Park and current and retired staff from her office. For more information, call Park at home at 419-734-2753.
Temporary road closure
To ensure a quality hunting experience for Ohio’s sportsmen and woman, access beyond the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area along the wildlife area road to the beach area, including the boardwalk and beach trails, will be closed now through Oct. 27 and Nov. through Dec. 1.
Additionally, the road and beach area will be closed during the controlled youth deer hunts scheduled Nov. 17 and 18.
The remaining Saturdays and Sundays during this time period hunters, anglers, and wildlife viewer will be permitted access to the beach area and wildlife trails Saturdays from 2 p.m. until sunset and Sundays from sunrise to sunset.
The Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center and bird center walking trail will remain open for wildlife viewing during the fall hunting season.
Noted historian to speak
On Oct. 25, the ElderCollege program at Terra State Community College in Fremont will host a daylong seminar by noted writer and historian, Randy Buchman.
Bachman, a noted speaker on the topic of the War of 1812, will speak on the topic of “The War of the Ohio Frontier.”
The cost for the daylong seminar is $60, which includes lunch. For more information or to register, call Marsha at 419-559-2255.
ElderCollege, a membership organization at Terra, is open to adults age 50 and beyond who share a common desire to learn. No previous college experience is necessary. The course schedule varies from term to term but typically includes such topics as history, art and music.
Boating safety class
An Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, 10000 Bass Pro Blvd., Rossford.
The course, offered through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft, will cover a variety of topics, including navigational rules, boating and personal safety equipment, navigational signage, Ohio boating laws and more.
The course fee is $5, which covers the cost of materials. Pre-registration is required due to space limitations. To RSVP or for more information, call the Maumee Bay Watercraft Office at 419-836-6003 or visit www.ohiodnr.com.
College Planning Meeting
Woodmore High School will hold a College Planning Meeting for Parents Oct. 22 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the high school’s multi-purpose room.
The meeting, which will be conducted by high school guidance counselor Nancy Slotterbeck, will address a variety of topics including college entrance exams, the Ohio Career Information System (OCIS), the college application process; GPA and class rank; NCAA Eligibility Center registration procedures and more.