Children’s choir tryouts
Auditions for the Terra Children’s Choir will be held Monday, Sept. 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Terra State Community College in Fremont.
No preparation is necessary; the audition process is intended to assess an ability to sing in tune. The audition is expected to take approximately five minutes.
ACT prep classes
Owens Community College will offer a “Building Confidence with ACT Prep” course Monday evenings Sept. 23-Oct. 21 (except Oct. 7) from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Owens Arrowhead Learning Center on Indian Wood Circle in Maumee.
The cost for the four-week class is $125. Students will be tutored in all five sections of the ACT test, including English, math, reading, science reasoning and writing. Tips will also be offered on how to take a timed test.
Limited seating is available and early registration is recommended. For more information or to register, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7357.
A Super Cruise-In will be held Monday, Sept. 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Frisch’s Big Boy, 2669 Woodville Rd., Northwood.
All car owners will receive a 20 percent food discount. In addition, there will be music by Cruisin’ Zeake, 50/50 raffles and a drawing for a $150 gas card.
All proceeds raised will benefit Hospice of Northwest Ohio. For more information, call Zeake at 419-509-5066 or visit www.cruisinzeake.com.
Chili & Soup Supper
The Elmore Kiwanis will hold their annual Chili & Soup Supper Friday, Oct. 4 in the Woodmore High School cafeteria, before the Woodmore vs. Elmwood football game.
The supper, which will run from 4:30-7 p.m., will feature the Kiwanis’ “famous” chili, a selection of homemade soups, beverage and dessert.
Meals will be $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children under 12. A family ticket may also be purchased for $15.
Carryouts will be available. Proceeds from the supper will support the Kiwanis’ many service projects, including providing Christmas fruit baskets, providing scholarships, sponsorship of the Woodmore Key Club and more.
Clothing donations sought
Helping Hands of St. Louis is in need of winter coats and clothing for its annual BYOBB – Bring Your Own Big Bag – coat giveaway in early October.
Donations of gently-used winter clothing, including winter coats, jackets, sweatshirts, gloves, hats, scarves, boots and blanket sleepers are needed. The outreach center is also in need of volunteers for the event.
The BYOBB coat giveaway has been hosted by Helping Hands for the last two years. Since 2011, the outreach center has given away approximately 1,300 pieces of clothing at this event. Men’s and children’s coats and clothing are particularly needed this year.
Those making donations are asked to deliver all clothing donations to Helping Hands’ Clothing Center, located in the former St. Louis Church at 443 Sixth St. in Toledo weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and noon. Donations may also be dropped off at the Helping Hands office located in the building to the left of the clothing center between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or in the blue collection box outside of the office building.
Call 419-691-0613, ext. 2 for more information, to volunteer or to schedule an appointment to drop off donations.
Catholic Charities serves 51,000 people of all backgrounds in the Diocese of Toledo annually by providing food, shelter, prescription and emergency rent assistance as well as adoption services, jail and prison ministries and guardianship services to the elderly.
Apple Butter Making Week
Apple Butter Making Week, a popular fall tradition at Sauder Village, will be held From Wednesday, Sept. 25 through Saturday, Sept. 28.
Guests from throughout the region are expected to gather at Sauder Village to celebrate this annual event with apple butter making, cider pressing, apple cooking demonstrations and a number of hands-on apple-themed activities.
The highlight of the week will take place in the 1910 Homestead where the apple butter is made. Guests can enjoy apple schnitzing demonstrations in the cellar and then watch as gallons of apple cider and bushels of the thinly sliced apples are simmered over an open fire and stirred until the mixture reduces to form the thick, sweet spread. Samples of the homemade apple butter will be available for guests to enjoy.
On the final day of the event, Saturday, Sept. 28, pie bakers young and old will have a chance to show off their talents in the annual Old-Fashioned Pie Baking contest. Any traditional pie recipe with an “old-fashioned” flair can be entered and the winners will receive ribbons and prizes. Additional details and registration forms for the contest are available online at www.saudervillage.org.
Penta Parent Night
Penta Career Center, located at 9301 Buck Rd/ in Perrysburg Township, will sponsor its annual Parent Night Thursday, Sept. 26, from 6-8 p.m.
A sub sandwich dinner will be held in the Commons Area from 5-6 p.m. The cost for the dinner is $5.50 per person.
At 5:30 p.m., students and parents are invited to a special presentation on the topic of college planning, which will be held in the Susor Auditorium.
Beginning at 6:15 p.m. parents are invited to follow their son/daughter’s first semester schedule. From 7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. parents will have the opportunity to meet their son/daughter’s second semester teachers.
Throughout the evening, visitors can purchase items from the Penta Bookstore and obtain information about ordering the 2014 Penta Yearbook.
For more information, call Dan Weirich, supervisor of Student Services and Admissions, at 419-661-6480.
Groove in the Grove
Clay High School's Alumni Association will host their 16th annual “Groove In The Grove” Saturday, Sept. 28, from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. at Oak Shade Grove, the home of the German-American Festival.
Billed as the largest class reunion, all Clay High School graduates and friends are invited to attend, according to Tammy Swartz, president of the Clay High Alumni & Friends Association.
“This is not just for the Clay graduate, but also for those who have raised their children in Oregon and were Waite grads, or Cardinal Stritch grads, themselves. So it is equally important that our friends of Clay High School know they too, are invited,” Swartz said.
The casual outdoor event will include music, dancing, and socializing. Beer, wine and pop will be available. Tickets will be available at the event for $15 per person, which includes beverages and some snacks. Admission is open to those 21 years of age and older.
Proceeds raised will benefit the Clay High Alumni & Friends Association scholarship program. For more information, call Swartz at 419-693-0665 ext. 2044.
Septic assistance available
Residents in the five-county area of Erie, Wyandot, Sandusky, Ottawa and Seneca counties can access funds to assist with replacing or repairing their home sewage systems. Assistance will be available until May 2014 or until funds expire, whichever comes first.
Rental properties are not eligible for this assistance; only owner-occupied homes. Property owners must pay a $1,000 administration fee before work can begin.
To be eligible, a property owner must have income of no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For example, a household of four should not have an annual income of more than $47,000.
For those who may be 100 percent of the poverty guidelines (a household of four – no more $23,500), the assistance can be 100 percent while those between 100-200 percent, the assistance will be 85 percent of the repair/replacement costs.
Those who are accepted to receive assistance should not have a contract with a local sewage installation contractor/designer. All contractors registered with the county’s health department will be contacted to bid on each system.
The funds will not cover installation of a new home’s sewer system, connecting a failing system to the public system, or abandonment of drinking water wells, even if it is required by the local health department.
Income documentation of all household members over 18 years of age must be submitted at the time of application. Since funds are limited, those interested are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
For applications or more information, call Cindy Brookes at 419-334-5016, or visit www.wsos.org.
Celebrating the Maumee
The 2nd Annual Maumee Bay River Festival will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 12-7 p.m. at the Maumee Bay Brewery, outside at the Oliver House at 27 Broadway Street, downtown Toledo.
Last year, more than 500 people attended the first festival, and more are expected this year. Activities will be held in the side yard of the Maumee Bay Brewery, as well as at the downtown docks on Jefferson Street and the Middlegrounds Metropark just down Ottawa Street.
Admission to the festival is $5; however those who bicycle or use TARTA to get to the festival will receive $2 off admission (proof required).
Proceeds raised from the festival will go toward Lake Erie Waterkeeper, a 501c3, and the efforts to reintroduce the native sturgeon fish to the Maumee River.
Maumee Bay Brewery, the festival host and sponsor, will be offering a Lake Erie perch fry and an exclusive festival beer, the Maumee Sturgeon Ale, in addition to a full menu and other brew pub beers.
Neal Kovacik, manager of the Oliver House, fishes the Maumee from his kayak on the weekends and is excited to be a part of the festival. “We take pride in brewing great beer and good water quality is a big part of making good beer. We are proud to support the effort to re-introduce sturgeon into the Maumee River and have plans to bottle our Sturgeon Ale and donate part of the proceeds of the sale of that beer throughout next year to the sturgeon effort,” he said.
Metroparks of Toledo, another festival sponsor, will provide free tours of the nearby Middlegrounds property, site of a future Metropark along the Maumee River. A 12-passanger tram will shuttle festival goers to the property, but walk-ins are welcome. The entrance to the property is under the Anthony Wayne Bridge, just a short walk from the festival.
The Ohio Division of Wildlife will conduct a fish survey demonstration on the river using electric probes that temporarily shock fish and bring them to the surface. The survey is a tool used to identify the diversity of fish in a body of water. The Maumee River is known to have at least 87 species of fish. The fish demonstration will take place at 4 p.m. at the Jefferson St. docks.
Additional activities include cruises along the Maumee in the Sandpiper for $3 a ticket. Tickets can be purchased only at the festival for rides leaving at 1:30, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.
A documentary, “Mysteries of the Great Lakes,” will be screened hourly throughout the festival inside of the Oliver House. The documentary, made for IMAX, is about the sturgeon in the Fox River in Wisconsin
Local conservation organizations, as well as the City of Toledo Water Resources and Environmental Services, will have booths set up at the festival to share information about the water we drink and use in our daily lives, our local ecosystem and watershed.
Live music will include Patrick Lewandowski, The Estar Cohen Project, Ramona Collins, Glass City Steel and Nate Mattimoe with Rachel Richardson.
College Planning Meeting
A College Planning Meeting for Parents will be held Monday, Sept. 30 from 7-9 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at Woodmore High School.
The meeting, which will be conducted by counselor Nancy Slotterbeck, will include discussions about accessing career information, college entrance exams, conducting a successful college search, the college application process, financial aid and NCAA Eligibility Center registration procedures.