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Amazing Race PIB
“Amazing Race – Put-in-Bay Style” to benefit Joyful Connections and CASA will be held June 15.

Participants are invited to gather a team of four to six adults (18 and older) to race through South Bass Island, solving clues, completing challenges and winning prizes, like the TV show, “The Amazing Race.” Teams will meet at 11 a.m. The ferry to Put-in-Bay leaves at noon.

The entry fee is $30 per person. Teams must register by May 31. Registration includes round-trip transportation on the Miller Ferry and a t-shirt.

For more information, contact Sheila Powell at

The recent outbreak of severe weather in Texas and the Midwest has left homes destroyed, communities in crisis and lives changed forever. Thanks to ongoing community support, ISOH/IMPACT had bucketed kits of relief supplies staged for shipment Monday, May 20, to distribute throughout the affected areas.

Community members can help victims of the recent storms as well as other local, national and world-wide disaster victims by contributing to ISOH/IMPACT’s Disaster Relief Fund online at

Other ways to help include donating bank or gift cards, volunteering at ISOH/IMPACT’s Waterville distribution center, or joining the Bucket Brigade by filling a new five-gallon lidded bucket with cleaning supplies, personal care items, first aid supplies, pet supplies or canned and non-perishable food items.

ISOH/IMPACT also accepts other relief items such as paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, disposable tableware, laundry detergent, new tents, tarps, brooms, mops, rakes, shovels, box fans, shop vacs and generators. Visit for more details. No glass items or clothing will be accepted. Bottled water is not needed at this time.

Donations may be dropped off at any Toledo area Tireman Auto Service Center or at ISOH/IMPACT’s Distribution Center located at 905 Farnsworth Rd. in Waterville. There is a P.O.D.S. container onsite at the Distribution Center for 24/7 drop-offs. For large scale corporate and manufacturing donations, please contact the ISOH/IMPACT offices to make the necessary arrangements.

Hayes Lecture set
Lou Schultz, whose extensive collection of War of 1812 materials is the core of the current Hayes Museum exhibit, “War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier,” will be the guest speaker at a lecture June 2 at 2 p.m. in the Hayes Museum. Admission is free and open to the community.

Schultz’s interest in the war’s history began at an early age. In the third grade, his school visited sites related to the war including the Hayes Presidential Center. The inspiration of that trip led to a lifelong passion that included collecting artifacts and manuscripts from the war. The bicentennial of the War of 1812 has further ignited Schultz’s interest. He not only helped the Hayes Center create its exhibit, but also is a member of Ohio’s War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

“The War of 1812 is an exciting, but little-known chapter in Ohio history. This program will serve to heighten awareness of the importance of the War of 1812 in the history of our state and will serve as an introduction to the War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier exhibit currently on display at the Hayes Presidential Center.” Schultz says.

Lecture attendees can view the exhibit before or after the lecture. Museum hours are noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors age 60 and older, and $3 for children 6-12.

The War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier is on exhibit through Oct. 6. Call 800-998-PRES or visit for more information. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont.

Swim Beach opening
White Star Swim Beach, located on SR 300, south of Gibsonburg (925 S. Main St.), will be open noon to 8 p.m. May 25-27, June 1-2, daily June 8-Aug 18, Aug 24-25 and Aug 31-Sept 2.

Admission is free for 2 years and under; $2 for ages 3-12 and $4 for ages 13 and older. For season pass prices and more beach information, visit and click on “White Star Park” or call 419-334-4495.

Tipsy Tow
To help members and non-members celebrate safely this weekend, AAA Northwest Ohio is offering Tipsy Tow service for Memorial Day weekend from 6 p.m. May 25 through 6 a.m. May 26, from 6 p.m. May 26 through 6 a.m. May 27, and from 6 p.m. May 27 through 6 a.m. May 28.

While AAA encourages party goers to designate a driver if they plan to consume alcohol this weekend, the Tipsy Tow service is available to assist those who find themselves in an impaired situation and need to get them and their vehicles home safely.

To take advantage of Tipsy Tow, drivers should call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357), state that they need a “Tipsy Tow” and provide their name, home address, phone number and vehicle location.

“Tipsy Tow is available to help northwest Ohioans celebrate the holiday safely while helping fulfill AAA’s mission of making roads safer for everyone,” said April Cochran, Vice President, Marketing and Public Affairs for AAA Northwest Ohio.

Services that will not be provided as part of the Tipsy Tow program include requests for a vehicle start, flat tire change, gas delivery and/or taxi service. For trips longer than 10 miles, motorists can expect to be charged the towing company’s standard rate.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one alcohol-impaired death occurs every 45 minutes across the country, with alcohol impaired drivers contributing to one out of every three traffic deaths.

Genealogy for kids
Children in grades 4-12 can sign up now for a new program at the Hayes Presidential Center being offered Saturday, June 8.

“Be a Family Detective – Genealogy for Kids” leads youngsters (and parental companions) on a quest to uncover their ancestry. Head Librarian Becky Hill will meet students at 9:30 a.m. at the assigned starting point – the Hayes Presidential Center. The trail she has scouted takes young detectives through the quiet forests of stacks of books in libraries, on virtual treks in the wide open expanses of cemeteries, dark and dusty closets and attics, and dense jungle of Internet resources. Students and parents should prepare for a two-hour journey and come equipped with paper, pencils and curiosity.

Pre-registration is required. The cost is $5 for students and $10 for parents. Call 419-332-2081, ext. 231 or email Cost is $5/ student and $10/parent. The program is sponsored by RootsMagic Inc.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. Visit website for a complete list of year-round special events.

Memorial Day Parade
The annual Memorial Day Parade will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25 in downtown Toledo.

The parade will make its way through downtown to the reviewing stand in front of One Government Center. The Memorial Day Service will begin at 11:30 a.m. on the grounds of the Civic Center Mall.

Happy Birthday Lucas
The Toledo Zoo will hold a second birthday celebration for Lucas the African elephant  June 1.

At 10:30 a.m., Lucas will get his enrichment presents, which were handcrafted by ZOOTeens and zookeepers. At 1:30 p.m., he will enjoy a tasty elephant-sized cake the Zoo’s Catering Department prepared for him.

Lucas has changed a lot since his birth two years ago, when he stood 36 inches tall and weighed 305 pounds. Today, he stands about 60 inches tall and weighs about 1,630 pounds – truly a big birthday boy.

Some things stay the same, though. Lucas is still charming visitors with his favorite activities of chasing ducks that wander into his exhibit (with some adorable elephant trumpeting) and "helicoptering," or spinning in circles.

The birthday party, sponsored by McDonald’s, is free with regular Zoo admission. Learn more at

Viaduct project
A community meeting to discuss the East Broadway Viaduct Mural Project will meet May 30 at 6:30 at the Oakdale School Library, 1620 East Broadway St. Plans are for a mural painted on the viaduct on East Broadway near Vinyl Street. Contact East Toledo Family Center Community Builder Jodi Gross at 419-691-1429, ext. 213, or




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