Call for chili teams
Mobile Meals of Toledo, Inc., has issued a call for chili teams to compete in the 22nd Annual Great Chili Cook-Off, which will be held Saturday, March 29 from noon-4 p.m. at Stranahan Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.
Entries will be accepted in four categories – Media, Restaurant, Amateur and Corporate. Registration forms are available online at www.mobilemeals.org. Spaces are limited; registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Area chefs and food specialists will serve as judges.
The event, which is open to the public, will also feature a classic car show featuring Black Swamp Cruisers; entertainment by Glass City Sounds DJ; salsa tasting and concessions.
All proceeds raised will benefit Mobile Meals of Toledo, a community service agency that delivers nutritious meals to help clients sustain independence and enjoy a better quality of life.
“Let’s Limit Litters”
The Humane Society of Ottawa County and local veterinary hospitals are sponsoring “Let’s Limit Litters,” a program that provides certificates low-cost canine and feline spay and neuter procedures.
Pet owners may contact the Humane Society to obtain the certificates for use at participating veterinary hospitals, which include:
• Oak Harbor Veterinary Hospital, 1386 SR 19, Oak Harbor.
• Westview Veterinary Hospital, 3032 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.
• Lakeshore Veterinary Hospital, Lakeshore Veterinary Hospital, Sandusky.
• Fremont Animal Hospital, 2357 Sean St., Fremont.
The cost of the certificates is $130 for a canine neuter; $165 for a canine spay; $50 for a feline neuter and $73 for a feline spay.
The sterilization procedures will be done by the participating veterinary hospitals at a reduced rate with no ancillary testing, elective procedures and limited hospitalization.
For more information, call 419-734-5191.
Safe boating class
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-16 will offer a one-day safe boating class Saturday, March 8 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the YMCA, 306 Bush St., Toledo.
Public comment sought
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is seeking public input as the staff prepares to review the refuge’s hunting and fishing programs.
Members of the community are invited to share their ideas about improving hunting and fishing at the refuge at an open house Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Visitor Center, located at 14000 W. SR 2., Oak Harbor. Call 419-898-0014 for details. For more information about Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, visit www.fws.gov/refuge/ottawa or connect at www.facebook.com/OttawaNWR.
Oregon Community Theatre will hold auditions the upcoming performance of “On Golden Pond,” Feb. 25 and 26, from 6-8 p.m. at Fassett Auditorium, 3025 Starr Avenue in Oregon. Show dates are April 25 and 26 and May 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and April 27 at 3 p.m.
A classic American comedy/drama, “On Golden Pond” offers a touching, funny and a warmly perceptive study of a Norman and Ethel Thayer, a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years. They are visited at their summer home by their divorced, middle-aged daughter Chelsea and her dentist fiancé Bill, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son Bill behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple has longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness-and slang-in return.
Director Dawn Yard is looking for three men, two women and one teenage boy. Actors looking to play Norman and Ethel may be 55 and older; Charlie (the mailman), Chelsea and Bill in their 40s and Billy Ray 12-15.
Free Range Day
A Free Range Day designed to introduce youths to firearms basics, safety and competitive shooting, will be offered at the Civilian Marksmanship Program at Camp Perry in Port Clinton March 1. The event is being sponsored as an Eagle project for Jeff Wilson, of Boy Scout Troop 160 in Millbury.
Participation is open to kids ages 8-18 (must be 8 on or before March 1). Children with disabilities (must have full upper body control) are welcome. Veterans are also invited to attend the event.
After a safety class, participants will shoot air pellet rifles, which will be provided. Kids will begin shooting at 8 a.m.; veterans may start at noon. Donuts will be provided in the morning; lunch will be available in the afternoon.
Spring into service
Single, Catholic, college-age women are invited to participate in live-in service opportunities with the Little Sisters of the Poor. Service opportunities for summer as well as spring, fall and winter breaks are available. Summer service placements offer the possibility of paid employment. No nursing experience is required.
Little Sisters of the Poor offers homes for the elderly in 27 locations across the U.S. Overseas placements are also possible.
Applications for the summer program must be received by March 15; notification of placement will be made by April 1. Applications for spring, fall or winter break are accepted at any time.
A Cygnet, O. man suffered non-life threatening injuries Tuesday in an accident on State Route 795 in Lake Township, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Thomas O’Leary, III, 45, was transported to St. Charles Hospital by a township emergency medical service unit after his flatbed wrecker struck a truck stopped at a rail crossing from behind.
The truck driver, Ricky Buchman, 51, Wayne, O., was not injured but both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
The accident occurred about 1:45 p.m.
A Skywarn storm spotter class will be offered Monday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Harris-Elmore Fire Department, 321 Rice St., Elmore.
The Cleveland office of the National Weather Service provides the free training in storm spotting techniques to members of police and fire departments, emergency management officials, amateur radio operators and citizens.
National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Garnett will conduct the class.
The goal of the training is to provide understanding of storm structure to better prepare spotters to look out for and report extreme and unusual meteorological circumstances.
The training is free and open to the public; no advance registration is required.
Bob Ford & Ragamuffins
Bob Ford and The Ragamuffins will bring their unique brand of toe-tapping music, lighthearted humor and off-the-wall tales of simpler times to the Pemberville Opera House March 1 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the ongoing Live in the House concert series.
The trio is comprised of Ford, who has opened for such diverse artists as Gregory Hines and the Makem Brothers. He has also touched the lives of more than a quarter-million school children through his educational programs.
He is joined by his daughter Beth Ford, who joins her father on vocals, cello and electric bass. Jan Finkle completes the trio, performing on the flute, whistle, guitar and whatever else can fit in her basket.
Bob Ford and the Ragamuffins has brought audiences to life in small concert halls, clubs, schools, and at festivals, presenting an array of heartwarming songs and hilarious stories that draw in listeners—and whisk them back to yesteryear. From familiar folk tunes to classics by Burl Ives, Tommy Makem and the Kingston Trio, their musical repertoire evokes nostalgia for the simpler pleasures of the good old days.
Tickets are $10 and are available at Beeker’s General Store or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848. The performance includes hits from the 1570s to the 1970s.
For more information about Bob Ford, visit www.bobfordmusic.com
Bob Ford and The Ragamuffins, including Janice Finkle, Bob Ford and Beth Ford will bring music, folklore and toe-tappin’ fun to the Pemberville Opera House March 1. (Photo courtesy of Sunshine Photography)