Guitar Fest planned
Guitar Fest ’09 will be held Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Toledo School for the Arts (TSA), 333 14th St., Toledo, between Adams and Madison.
TSA has lined up artists, performers, producers, technicians and songwriters for a day of style and technique workshops and performances. Among the local, regional and national artists in the festival line-up are:
• Joe “MoJo” Boes, Toledo singer/songwriter with his blues/jazz/funk fusion.
• Justin Longacre songwriter and member of Homeville Circle.
• Nathan Montgomery, experimental percussive acoustic and jazz guitarist from Grand Rapids, Mich.
• Lee Dyament, guitarist from Wayne State University.
• Don Flick, bluegrass and folk specialist.
• Rick Zeithaml of the Nu-Tones.
All levels of experience will be covered, as well as rock, blues, jazz, metal, country, bluegrass, folk and more. A total of nine workshops will be offered, including Playing Technique, Pedal Effects, Set-up and staging, Song Writing and Six-Strings. Give-aways, raffles, sponsor gifts and door prizes will be offered all day.
The event is open to the public. The $20 registration includes a t-shirt and a pizza lunch. Admission will be $25 at the door. Information and registration forms available at http://www.tsa-guitarfest.com.
The Journey of St. Paul
Theater of the Word, Inc., of St. Louis, will present “The Journey of St. Paul” March 14 at the Little Sisters of the Poor, 930 S. Wynn Rd., Oregon.
The presentation follows Paul on his journey from his early hatred and persecution of the church through his miraculous conversion and through his years of fighting for the faith as he battles shipwrecks, imprisonments, stonings and privations - all for the sake of the salvation of souls.
Tickets are $20 in advance. Seating is limited. For more information, call 419-698-4331 or e-mail
A call for poets
A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a special poetry contest sponsored by Christian Poets Guild.
Fifty prizes will be awarded, totaling $5,000. To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 7308 Heritage Dr., Mt. Vernon, IN, 47620, or enter online at www.freecontest.com. The deadline for entering is Feb. 28.
Poems may be written on any subject, using any style. “A typical poem might be a love poem, a nature poem or one that inspires the reader,” said contest director Dr. James Hunter.
Those who would like a winner’s list should enclose a stamped return envelope.
Genoa pianist Dr. Lynda Dunn, retired professor emeritus of music, will be a featured performer at a “Sunday Music Sampler” March 8 at 3 p.m. at the first Baptist Church of Greater Toledo, 6520 Pilliod Rd., Holland.
The program, sponsored by the Springfield Schools Foundation, will also feature Jeanne O’Donnell, director of music ministry at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maumee, and “Tu-ba Fours,” from Defiance.
Dr. Dunn taught music in Genoa Area, Elmore and Toledo Public Schools for many years before joining the music faculties of Northern Illinois University and Carson-Newman College. She recently retired and moved back to Genoa.
For more information about the concert, call 419-855-7596 or e-mail
Financial aid event
On Feb. 8, College Goal Sunday seminars will be offered statewide to assist students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The free event is presented annually by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents.
The FAFSA is the federal application that is required to receive federal financial aid including the Federal Pell Grant and student loans as well as the need-based state grants.
Terra Community College will host “College Goal Sunday” beginning at 2 p.m. Likewise, Owens Community College will offer assistance beginning at 2 p.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center on the Toledo-area campus.
Visit www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org for more information.
The Toledo East Women’s Connection will present a “Gifts from the Heart” luncheon and program Feb. 12 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors will open at 11:45 a.m. The lunch buffet will begin at noon, followed by the program at 12:30 p.m. Participants are invited to “come shop for free” at Sacks Thrift Avenue. Nancy Williams, of New Breman, O., will provide musical entertainment and discuss, “You are Priceless – You Can Live Beyond Your Disappointments.”
The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Caryl at 419-476-2604.
Disaster loan aid
U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has announced that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations located in Ohio that were impacted Sept. 14-16 by excessive rain and high winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ike.
Lucas, Wood and Sandusky counties are among the 13 counties eligible under the program, which provides loans of up to $2 million at 4 percent interest rate for terms of up to 30 years to qualified small businesses and non-profit organizations. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity, and its financial resources. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant's financial condition. Agricultural producers are not eligible for loans under this disaster declaration, the SBA says.
Disaster victims should contact the SBA's customer service center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. by calling 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hering impaired) or by writing to the email at
. Loan applications may also be filed out online at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
Cabin fever fund-raiser
A cabin fever brunch fund-raiser will be held Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hungarian Club of Toledo, 224 Paine Ave., in Toledo's Birmingham neighborhood.
Food is available for dine-in and carry-out and includes Hungarian stuffed cabbage, salad bar and Palacsinta (Hungarian crepes). Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and $5 for children under 12. Take out food requires advance orders and cost $5 for two stuffed cabbage and $9 for 6 crepes.
There will also be a bake sale, an arts and craft sale, and a slide show presentation on the American Summer Institute 2008 in Szeged and Csongrad in Hungary.
For tickets or more info, call Carol LaBounty at 419-874-1060 or Judy Balogh at 419-475-7053. Checks can be made payable to the Toledo-Szeged Committee and mailed to Carol LaBounty, 26406 E. Wexford, Perrysburg, OH 43551.
New library equipment
A large-screen digital TV, a Blu-Ray DVD player, an audio system and a media cart are now available for use in the meeting rooms at the Oak Harbor Public Library.
The equipment was purchased with a $1,500 grant received from the Ottawa County Community Foundation. Up to 90 people can be accommodated in the meeting room at the library at 147 W. Main, which also includes a pull-down screen, LCD projector and a laptop.
Groups interested in the meeting room at the library should call 419-878-7001 and ask for the director.
Flotilla 7-01 of the Coast Guard Auxiliary has scheduled its first winter class of the State of Ohio- and Coast Guard-approved Boating Safely eight-hour course mandated for those Ohio boaters born after Jan. 1, 1982.
The certified course will be held on Feb. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Maumee American Legion Post 320, 204 Illinois Ave., Maumee,
The cost is $30 per person or $5 per couple. Call 419-893-0249 or 419-536-BOAT by Feb. 18 for reservations.
The East Toledo Senior Activities Center was awarded $7,500 from the Toledo Rotary Foundation Jan. 26.
The funds will be used to purchase a vehicle for the center’s Chore Program, which provides low-cost lawn and snow removal services for local senior citizens.
The Northcoast Jobs Connection Job Store at the Ottawa County Community Resource Centre, 8043 W. SR. 163, Oak Harbor, will offer the following seminars in February:
• Feb. 13 – 9 a.m. to noon, “Interviewing and Role Playing.” Learn up-to-date interviewing techniques.
• Feb. 19 – 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., “Get a Job or a Better Job, POD.” Learn how to prepare for and conduct a successful job search. The session includes a review of unemployment services provided by the state, information about other community resources and a free lunch.
• Feb. 27 – 9 a.m. to noon, “Control Your Stress.” Measure your own stress and learn coping techniques.
Job Store officials ask that people who are interested in these workshops should register by contacting Carol Guice at
or at 419-307-1189.
Seminars are free and open to anyone in the community. They are also available to be customized for employers and delivered on site.
Moment with Mayor
Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner will hold a Moment with the Mayor on Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1, 2100 Tracy Road. Residents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns, offer suggestions on city matters, or just say hello to Stoner on a first come first serve basis. Residents requesting a specific meeting time are asked to call Sandra K. Perry, secretary to the mayor, at 419-693-9320 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Wood County Humane Society is seeking volunteers to move furniture, clean, design, repair, construct and organize as changes are made to the shelter space on Sunday, Feb. 15 starting at 4:30 p.m. as the shelter, at 801 Van Camp Rd. in Bowling Green, closes for the day.
New offices will be constructed for the staff and the current office will be converted into a reception area rather than having the public stand in the small lobby waiting for assistance. Volunteers will also enjoy space in the new area. All skill levels are needed and food and snacks for the workers would be greatly appreciated.