Veterans Expo set
Owens Community College’s Office of Veterans Services will honor American service men and women at a free Veterans Expo Wednesday, Nov. 7
The Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center rooms 125-128. All activities are free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Featured speaker will be Holly Koester, who served in the U.S. Army for 10 years and retired as a captain after a motor vehicle accident left her paralyzed. As sports director for the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Buckeye Chapter, Koester is an avid wheelchair racer, having completed more than 130 marathons. She is the first wheelchair racer to complete a marathon in all 50 states. Koester will speak at noon about her own experiences in the military and how helping others has impacted her life.
In addition to the lecture presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to visit with and receive information from several community outreach organizations, including U.S. Marines Toys for Tots, the Toledo Outpatient Clinic OEF/OIF Program, Heroes in Action, Lucas County Veterans Services, Troop and Family Assistance Center, and Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault and Schaffer Co., L.P.A., as well as other community groups.
Owens’ Office of Veterans Services is dedicated to assisting veterans, active service persons, reservists and eligible dependents in their pursuit of a college education. For more information about the Expo, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 8387.
The Incredible Years
The Children’s Resource Center in Bowling Green is offering a new group for parents of children 1 to 3 years old.
“The Incredible Years” toddler group will meet Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon beginning Nov. 14 at the Jordan Center near the BGSU Campus.
Developed by child development experts at the University of Washington, “The Incredible Years” will guide parents in increasing their children’s self-esteem and self-confidence; strengthening children’s social skills; disciplining effectively and enriching children’s relationships. The program is recommended by the American Psychological Association.
Limited childcare and snacks for parents are available at all sessions. The cost for the group ranges from $8 to $50, depending on the family’s ability to pay.
For more information or to register, call Kristin Nagel at The Children’s Resource center at 1-888-466-KIDS.
Planners and engineers in northwest Ohio are inviting non-geeks to join them in celebrating the accomplishments of Geographical Information Systems at GIS Day Nov. 14 at One Lake Erie Center, 600 Jefferson Ave., Toledo.
Students and professionals of all ages are invited to stop in any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Activities being planned include a poster competition for high school and college students, presentations from regional organizations and schools, a display of maps showcasing the current uses of GIS in our area, interactive learning experiences, food, drinks and more. There is no charge.
At GIS Day, visitors will see how area analysts, engineers, and planners use GIS to take information from a database about a location – such as streets, buildings, water lines, and sewer system – and turn it into visual layers. The ability to see geographic features on a map gives users a better understanding of a particular location, enabling planners, analysts, and others to make informed decisions about where to build or place infrastructure.
Gateway to College
Area residents ages 16 to 21 who are interested in receiving a second chance to realize their fullest academic and career potential are invited to apply for the 2013 Gateway to College program at Owens Community College.
Interested applicants can get more details about the program by attending one of several one-hour informational sessions being offered Mondays at 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m. through Dec. 13 at the Owens Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo.
In 2011, Owens, in partnership with Toledo Public Schools, was awarded a $325,000 start-up grant from Gateway to College National Network to implement Gateway to College, a nationally recognized dropout recovery program. The program, designed for young adults 16 to 21 years old who have dropped out of high school or are significantly behind in their credits and are unlikely to graduate, helps participants complete their high school diploma requirements while simultaneously earning college credit toward an associate degree or certificate.
Up to 150 students from TPS will be served through the program over the next three years. Students must meet specific criteria for entrance into the program and will be dually enrolled at Toledo Public Schools and Owens Community College until they complete their high school diploma.
The program is free to students and covers tuition, fees and books, as well as lunch and transportation to the Owens Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo.
Prospective students must reside in the Toledo Public Schools district. Applications are available and must be returned to the College’s Gateway to College Office by Dec. 14. Spring semester classes begin Jan. 7.
For more information about the Gateway to College program or the informational sessions, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2850, or e-mail at
Night of Empowerment
Baskets of Care, Inc. will host its first-ever “Night of Empowerment” for persons with breast cancer and breast cancer survivors Thursday, Nov. 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the conference room of the Better Business Bureau, 7688 Kings Point Rd., Toledo.
The free event will include refreshments and hand massages by Vicki Feit, LMT.
“This is a night for breast cancer survivors to relax, renew and rejuvenate,” said Gail Cooper, breast cancer survivor and founder of Baskets of Care, Inc. Cooper launched Baskets of Care in 2010 to offer support to those recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Since March, 2012, Baskets of Care has distributed more than 400 baskets to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
“When they are first diagnosed with breast cancer, individuals often feel confused and frightened,” Cooper said. “Baskets of Care volunteers have experienced those emotions firsthand, and they are eager to offer their emotional support. We have found in our journeys that having that hands-on support by another breast cancer survivor is the best, because they have walked the walk.”
Baskets of Care are packed with educational materials and comfort care products, including the book, “Just Get Me Through This,” by Deborah Cohen, educational materials, a healing shawl knitted by Baskets of Care volunteers and more.
The baskets of care are gifted by the Breast Cancer Support Team (comprised of a surgeon, breast health navigator, and breast cancer survivor) throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
Register for the free “Night of Empowerment” by calling 419-283-9003 or via e-mail at
. For more information on Baskets of Care, visit www.basketsofcare.org.
Clinic open house
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Toledo Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) will hold an open house Friday, Nov. 9 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at its new location at 1200 South Detroit Ave.
“The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System remains committed to veterans in Northwest Ohio,” said VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) Director Robert P. McDivitt. “The new Toledo clinic will create a healing community designed to best serve Toledo - area veterans.”
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System has had a CBOC location in Toledo since 1978, when it opened its Glendale location. The new 66,000 square foot CBOC opened in September. Veterans can find new and expanded services at the facility, including mental health, mental health compensation and pension exams, tele-medicine, dermatology, Click 2 Benefits, occupational therapy, physical therapy, ophthalmology, dental and the Faces of Heroes exhibit.
The public is encouraged and welcome to attend the open house.
Veterans’ Stand Down
Area veterans who are experiencing housing difficulties are invited to participate in a Veterans’ Stand Down event Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Terra State Community College, Fremont.
The event, which will connect veterans with available social services, will begin at 10 a.m. at Terra’s Student Activities Building, Napoleon Road, Fremont. Lunch will be provided for all who attend. Veterans attending will be asked to show their DD214 papers.
Information booths will include medical, financial, employment, housing, veterans’ benefits, notary public services, and several other social services. Several other local community service-providers will be available to assist veterans with a variety of needs. In addition, since the funding is aimed at services for those veterans struggling to make ends meet, donations are being accepted to provide services to other veterans who may attend.
The Stand Down event is aimed at veterans from Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Seneca counties.
The event is being funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans Employment and Training Services, Homeless Veteran Re-integration Program. In addition, local sponsors include Ottawa County Veterans Services, Clyde VFW Post 3343, WSOS CAC, Inc., Stein Hospice, Church and Dwight Co. Inc., Terra State Community College, Ballreich’s of Tiffin, Ottawa County Safety Council, True Value of Woodville, Tiffin University, Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, Trainco Truck Driving Schools Inc. Wal-Mart, Clyde-Findlay Area Credit Union, Sandusky County Safety Council, Sandusky County Visitors and Convention Bureau, and Sue Risner of Stone Fossil Studio.
For more information, call Bonnie at 419-559-2236 or Kerrie at 419-332-8263.
Youth job training
Lucas County youth 18 to 24 years old can find assistance with construction job skills through the new YouthBuild program.
YouthBuild is a federally-funded program operated by WSOS Community Action Commission, in partnership with 14 area organizations.
The program aims to provide the youths with skills that would help them to find jobs in any of the construction trades, including masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, facilities maintenance and weatherization.
“By helping train workers, we will impact many area businesses because they will have access to local skilled people who meet industry standards as soon as they complete the training,” said Roger Fisher, WSOS employment and training coordinator.
Participants will also receive GED/ABLE and CPR/First Aid training and certification through Penta Adult Career Center as well as a 10-hour certification by the Ohio Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) through the Northwest Ohio Construction Education Center. In addition, Big Brothers/Big Sisters will provide the Six Pillars of Character leadership training.
To hone their skills, participants will complete the total rehabilitation of an apartment and/or historical housing unit located within a blighted area of North Toledo.
For more information on eligibility, call Roger Fisher at 419-334-8911.
Memory Screening Day
The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc is encouraging members of the community to be proactive about memory health by taking advantage of free, confidential memory screenings and information about successful aging on Nov. 13.
The event is part of National Memory Screening Day (NMSD), an annual initiative that the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) holds each November during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. More than 2,000 sites across the country will be participating.
The Wood County Senior Center will provide the memory screenings at 305 North Main St., from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
From 1 to 2 p.m., the center will also offer Brain Gym exercise to learn more about the unique features of the brain and how to stimulate cognitive abilities. To register, call the program department at 419-353-5661 or 1-800-367-4935 or email
Qualified healthcare professionals administer the screenings, which consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to ten minutes. Screening results are not a diagnosis, and individuals with below-normal scores or who have concerns are encouraged to pursue a full medical exam.
Some memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. Other memory problems might result from causes that are not currently reversible, such as Alzheimer’s disease. In general, the earlier the diagnosis, the easier it is to treat one of these conditions.
Sponsors for the memory screening event are Forest Laboratories and Senior Helpers as silver sponsors, and Accera Inc., Eli Lilly and Company and Novartis, as remembrance sponsors.
For more information. Visit www.nationalmemoryscreening.org or call 866-AFA-8484.
November will mark Clay High School Culinary students’ 15th annual “World’s Finest Student Pie Sale.”
The sale offers students the opportunity to learn to make pies from scratch using fresh local pumpkins and harvest apples. Funds raised support needy Oregon families at Christmas, as well as financing culinary activities.
Four styles of pies will be offered: Fresh Pumpkin, Chess (a southern-style sugar custard pie), Honey-Crunch Pecan and Apple-Crumb. The cost is $7 for the Pumpkin and Chess; $10 for the Apple-Crumb and $12 for the Honey-Pecan, which is made with a full half pound of Southern pecans.
Pumpkin and Apple-Crumb pies may be ordered as fresh baked or frozen raw to be baked at home. Honey-Pecan and Chess are pre-baked.
Orders are being taken through Nov. 8. Pies must be picked Tuesday, Nov. 20 unless other arrangements are made. To order, call the student-run restaurant, the Golden Eagle Café, at 419-693-0665 and ask for ext. 2162.