WSOS enrolling preschoolers
As a new school year approaches, applications for children birth to 4 years old are now being accepted at each of the nine preschool centers operated by WSOS. Center locations include Genoa, Fremont, Pemberville, Bowling Green, and Perrysburg/Rossford.
Options available to parents who enroll their children at WSOS include full- and half-day classes and/or home visitation services. Children who cannot be served at a center can be served through the home-based/home-visitation program. Services are also available at some centers for babies and toddlers through the Early Head Start program.
The WSOS Head Start/Early Childhood program provides early childhood education, which is complemented by nutrition/health services for the child, and social services for the entire family.
Families who enroll in the program benefit by having access to a variety of community resources, diverse parent education programs, and other social services that can assist the family to become self-sufficient.
Eligible families are those whose total annual income does not exceed 100 percent of the federal poverty guidelines for Early Head Start/Head Start and 200 percent for the Early Childhood Education Program. Children with special needs are also eligible for these services.
All WSOS childhood centers have earned the highest Step Up to Quality designation – Three Stars – awarded by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS), Children Services Division.
For more information, call WSOS at 1-800-775-9767 or visit www.wsos.org.
Waterfowl hunt drawings
Waterfowl hunters are invited to participate in special drawings for controlled hunting opportunities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. The drawing dates and times are as follows:
• Magee Marsh Wildlife Area Early Teal and Goose Hunt – Drawing will be held at Magee Marsh Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is from 5-6:20 p.m. at the Magee Marsh Beach parking lot, 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.
• Pipe Creek Wildlife Area Early Teal and Goose Hunt – Drawing will be held at Osborn Park Thursday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is from 5-6:20 p.m. at Osborn Park, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron.
• East Sandusky Bay Metro Park Early Teal and Goose Hunt – Drawing will be held at Osborn Park Thursday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is from 5-6:20 p.m. at Osborn Park, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron.
Adult participants are required to present their current or previous year’s Ohio Wetland Stamp or Resident Hunting License. Youth hunters are required to bring their 2012 or 2013 Resident Youth Hunting License to be eligible to participate in the drawings.
For more information on Ohio's wildlife resources, call 1-800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.com.
Art on the Mall
Art on the Mall, a tradition for more than 20 years at The University of Toledo, returns to the Centennial Mall area of UT’s Main Campus on Sunday, July 28.
More than 100 artists specializing in acrylic, glass, jewelry, mixed media, oil, pen and ink, photography, pottery, textiles/fibers/basketry, watercolors and wood will display and sell their works from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Many of the presenting artists are alumni, former or current students, faculty or staff, or parents of UT students.
This year’s event also will feature food vendors, children’s activities, live pottery demonstrations and musical entertainment. A young artist’s area will be set up in the center of Centennial Mall for children to create their own artwork, get their faces painted and engage in other activities and games.
Also new this year, Great Lakes Brewing Company will be onsite serving three of their craft beers in a beer garden.
Parking is free; there will be a courtesy cart shuttle running from three lots to Centennial Mall for the convenience of visitors.
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, located at 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor, will present Bugfest 2013 July 20 from noon to 4 p.m.
The family fun program will feature five different stations, all relating to learning about the fascinating world of insects. The learning stations will include Aquatic Insects, Buggy Bingo, Butterflies, Create a Bug and Insects Up Close. After visiting all the stations, each participant will be awarded a “Degree of Bugology.”
As a special treat this year, “Musical Mark” will be here on hand to entertain the crowd with his bug songs. The Friends of Magee Marsh will have root beer floats for the event. There will also be edible insects to try and other non-insect refreshments.
Free and open to the public, Bugfest will take place at the wildlife area’s Bird Center. Reservations are not required. Kids should bring old shoes if they choose to explore the pond for aquatic insects.
For more information or directions, call Mary at 419-898-0960 ext. 31.
Rock N Roar
Tickets are still available for the Toledo Zoo’s Rock N Roar, the summer’s wildest dance party, which will be held Friday, Aug. 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Music from the `70s, `80s and ‘90s, plus Top 40 favorites will be provided by East River Drive and The Nu Tones. In addition, a DJ from Sounds of Music will keep the music spinning on the Africa! Overlook. There will also be a cash bar and grill foods available for purchase.
Tickets must be purchased in advance by visiting toledozoo.org/roar or by calling 419-385-5721, ext. 2091. Admission open to those 21 and over; ID will be checked at the door. One-hundred percent of Rock N Roar’s net proceeds support the Zoo’s mission to inspire others to care for animals and conserve the natural world.
Memorial dinner planned
The 2nd Annual Cody Van Hersett Memorial Dinner will be held Saturday, Aug. 10 at St. Stephen Church, Toledo.
Funds raised at the dinner, which will be catered by Country Catering, will benefit The Cody Van Hersett Hockey Scholarship Fund, founded in memory of Clay High School sophomore and varsity hockey player Cody Van Hersett, who died in a car accident in January 2012. The event will also include music and gift basket raffles.
For tickets or more information, call Dave Durczynski at 419-392-5777.
Dancing for a cause
“Together We Dance to Cure ALS,” a Zumbathon event will be hosted by Zumba instructor Sophie Aldrich July 26 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the University of Toledo SU Auditorium, 2801 W. Bancroft St., Toledo.
Aldrich will be joined by several local Zumba instructors for the event, with 75 percent of ticket fees going directly to benefit the quest to cure ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Butterflies are not only beautiful; scientists now recognize that they can also serve as one important indicator of the health of ecosystems.
A group of local naturalists is seeking volunteers to participate in the Magee/Ottawa North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Butterfly Count Saturday, July 27 at 10 a.m.
While knowledge of butterflies is a plus, it is not required for participation. Volunteers should meet at 10 a.m. at the Bird Center at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, located at 13229 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. The count will last until about 4 p.m., weather permitting. This local butterfly count has been held since 2009.
The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) organizes the counts and publishes their annual reports. For more information on NABA and the count program, visit www.naba.org.
Hayes Center GroveFest
The Hayes Presidential Center will present “GroveFest” – a celebration of nature and the great outdoors – Saturday, July 27.
GroveFest takes its name from Spiegel Grove, the estate of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes. The Grove’s 25 acres are a state park that is open year-round dawn to dusk. The focus of GroveFest is to help visitors appreciate the natural wonders available in all parks.
Daytime events, which will take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m., are free and open to all. Interactive activities include bird banding, wagon rides, a Bucket-Mouth Bass fishing game, make-it-take-it events, fly-tying, wildlife art, gardening, kids’ art and flower arranging.
The Toledo Zoo will have a display focusing on Ohio animals, and will bring some zoo “residents,” as will the Sandusky County Humane Society and StarGazer Farm Suri Alpacas. Stone Laboratory will host a program on Ohio’s foxsnake and its work at Lake Erie. Back to the Wild will bring animals they are trying to return to the wild.
In addition, there will be a “Pooch on the Porch Parade” at 11 a.m. on the verandah (registration required; forms available at the www.rbhayes.org). The canine participants must be vaccinated, well behaved (able to tolerate other dogs and a crowd of people), and remain on leash while in Spiegel Grove. Owners are required to “clean up” after their pets.
In the evening, the Hayes Center’s largest annual fundraiser – Bid at the Grove Auction will be held from 6-10 p.m. in a reception tent located in Lucy Hayes’ Rose Garden. Celebrity auctioneer Jerry Anderson of WTOL-11 and Fox Toledo TV will headline the adults-only ticketed event. Call 419-332-2081, ext. 226 for ticket information and reservations.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont.
Foster parent meeting
Pastors throughout the city of Oregon and across denominational lines are stepping up to help Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) recruit families to become foster parents.
On behalf of the entire group, New Harvest Christian Church is holding a community open house on July 30 at 7 p.m. to share information about the need for, and qualifications to become, licensed foster parents. The entire community is welcome, and light refreshments will be served. New Harvest is located at 3540 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
The event will feature a discussion panel comprised of agency staff and current foster and foster-to-adopt families.
“Many foster and foster-to-adopt families have found that support from their faith community has helped them succeed as foster parents, and we appreciate the willingness of New Harvest Christian Church and the other Oregon congregations for stepping up to encourage families to support children in our community,” said Dean Sparks, LCCS executive director.
“When LCCS came to us and explained that there was a shortage of foster homes, particularly for babies and young children, we knew that this was a cause that could bring together people of different faiths. The Oregon area churches are ready to help prospective families in any way possible to help them become licensed to care for children in need,” said Pastor Sharon McQueary of New Harvest Christian Church.
The open house is scheduled so that interested families can sign up for the free foster care and adoption training classes that run Tuesday and Thursday evenings Sept. 10 through Oct. 17 from 6-9 p.m. or Saturdays Oct. 12 through Nov. 16 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at LCCS, 705 Adams Street in downtown Toledo.
Circus coming to town
The Kelly Miller Circus, which has been entertaining the young and young-at-heart since the Depression, will be coming to Oregon for two shows Wednesday, Aug. 7.
Thanks to the sponsorship of the Clay High Alumni & Friends, the all-new edition of the show will be offered at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on the Clay High School grounds. Everyone is invited to come out and watch the animals being unloaded and fed and the elephants raising the big top. Activities will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the tent will go up beginning at 9 a.m.
Support the Clay High Alumni & Friends and save money by buying tickets in advance. Tickets are available at Oregon Board of Education office, Maumee Bay General Store, Maumee Bay Veterinary Hospital, and 2nd Avenue Salon in the Freeway Plaza.