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ACT course offered
Area residents preparing to take the national ACT test are encouraged to bring a pencil, paper and a calculator to Owens Community College for a program titled “Building Confidence with ACT Prep,” which will be offered in May and June.

The class, coordinated through the College’s Workforce and Community Services, will be held Monday evenings, May 11 through June 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Workforce and Community Services building on Tracy Road in Northwood.

 

Rhonda Hogrefe, Owens Account Representative for Workforce and Community Services, said, “The class will provide students with a variety of test-taking skills that will be beneficial as they study for the ACT and take the actual test.” During each of the four sessions, students will be tutored in all five sections of the ACT test, including English, math, reading, science reasoning and writing. Participants will also learn traditional testing strategies, such as how to take a timed test and how to find the elusive answer to a difficult question.

In addition to offering the ACT preparation class, Owens serves as a host site for the national ACT test, which will be offered in June.

For more information or to register for the class, call 567-661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7357.


Free zoo admission
Lucas County residents always receive free admission to The Toledo Zoo Mondays between 10 a.m. and noon. In honor of National Tourism Week, the zoo is extending this benefit to non-Lucas County residents as well May 11 between 10 a.m. and noon.

National Tourism Week will kick off with a Commissioner’s Conference on Tourism being held at the zoo May 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Toledo Zoo. Presented by the Greater Toledo Convention & Visitors Bureau, the kick-off event will feature Pete Gerken, president of the Board of Lucas County Commissioners, as keynote speaker. Throughout the day, visitors can learn more about the many tourism options that the region has to offer. Exhibitor booths will spotlight area attractions, shopping, dining, recreation and more. In addition, there will be drawings and prizes at participating exhibitors’ booths.

For more information, visit www.toledozoo.org or call 419-385-4040.


Elmore Christian Women
Thirty-five years ago, Anita Miller was talking to a friend and thought it would be nice for the women from the Elmore churches and surrounding area to get together once a month for food, fellowship and a program.

Thus began a monthly gathering of Christian Women. The group currently meets the fourth Monday of every month, unless there is a holiday that falls on the fourth Monday, then it is held on the third Monday. Each month, a different church in Elmore hosts the breakfast, which includes a program.

The next meeting will be May 18 at 9:15 a.m. in the Elmore St. Paul-Trinity United Methodist Church social room, 340 Toledo St. The Woodmore Men's and Women's Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Tracey Nycz will entertain with singing Broadway Hits. 

New participants are always welcome.


Oregon Fest 2009
It’s “Up, Up and Away,” with kites, balloons, bubbles and more at the 15th annual Oregon Fest set for May 17 from noon to 6 p.m. on Dustin Road between Isaac Streets Drive and Coy Road in Oregon.

The family-oriented, alcohol-free event offers fun under the tents, rain or shine.
Don’t miss:
• A family-style build-and-fly kite contest (it’s always windy on Dustin Road in the spring). See the Web site for contest rules.
• A Living History Scavenger Hunt for fourth- and fifth-graders. How many zippers are there on Custer’s uniform? See the Web site for contest rules.
• Visit with Muddy and Muddonna, the Mud Hens’ mascots who will be strolling the festival grounds from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., and in the Grand parade at 3 p.m.
• The Civil War Encampment will feature the 21st Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery Unit. Among many others, the encampment will feature mark Twain, General Custer, General Jackson, General Grant and General Lee. And listen for the roar of cannons all day.
• Thirteen-year-old magician Michael the Magnificent will perform on the West Stage at 12:30 p.m.

Other highlights will include a classic car show, amusement rides, arts and crafts, a kids’ art area, free stage entertainment, ethnic foods and treats, quality-of-life exhibits, raffles, giveaways and, of course, the Grand Parade featuring 100-plus entries at 3 p.m.

Admission and parking are free. A handicap-accessible shuttle will also be available. For more information, call 419-691-9750 or visit www.OregonFest.net.


Graffiti case
Genoa Police Chief Randy Hill said his department has presented a case for review to the Ottawa County Prosecutor involving graffiti being painted in the village.

The suspect is a juvenile, Chief Hill said, adding charges may be filed pending a decision by the prosecutor.

While some of the symbols and colors that were painted resembled those adopted by gangs, Chief Hill said the suspect was likely just copying symbols and not involved in actual gang activity.


Pop-Rock & Potpourri
The Choraliers will present “Pop-Rock & Potpourri” May 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. at Fassett Middle School, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $8 for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at Beth Allen Florist, James Optical, Oregon Office Supply or from any Choralier member. Tickets will also be available at the door.


Curfew sweeps coming
The Pemberville Police Department has announced it will conduct curfew sweeps throughout the rest of the year, with several to be conducted during the summer.

Juveniles caught violating the curfew ordinance will be charged accordingly, said Chief Richard Bingham.

For juveniles 15 and under, curfew hours are 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For juveniles 16 and 17, curfew hours are 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Chief Bingham said officers will be on bicycles and on foot during the enforcement sweeps.

For information about the enforcement effort residents should call (419) 287-3250. 

The police department will also be participating in the Click it or Ticket Program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Village officers will be issuing citations to all drivers and passengers not properly wearing a seat belt if they’re stopped for a traffic violation.

The enforcement program starts May 18 and ends May 31.


Memorial Day
In celebration of Memorial Day, the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce would like to help honor those who have served or are serving our country. 

The Chamber of Commerce would like to display veterans’ photos at t Flat Iron Park May 22 to 29.  If you would like your service man or woman’s picture (any size) displayed on an 11 x 17 poster along with a red, white and blue bow, for only $8.50, call 419-898-0479 or stop by the chamber office located at 178 W. Water St., Oak Harbor. Information and payment deadline is May 20.


Preschool classes
WSOS Early Childhood Program in Wood County is taking applications for the 2009-10 school year. The classes are open to children who are 3 or 4 years old and whose families are income-eligible.

WSOS offers a variety of programs in Ottawa County, depending on the needs of the family. Children can be placed in any of the following options:
• Center-based program, which operates for 3.5 hours per day four days per week in a classroom setting from September through May.
• Home-based program, which focuses on providing one-on-one service to parents and children in their homes.
• Also, WSOS contracts with area daycare centers to provide WSOS services to families in need of childcare.
• Sites in Elmore, Genoa and Port Clinton.

Program sites in Wood County are in the Eastwood, Rossford, Perrysburg and Bowling Green districts.  For more information or to enroll a preschooler, contact the Eastwood center at 419-287-4057; the Rossford center at 419-661-0502; the Perrysburg center at 419-874-4644; and the center in Bowling at 419-353-7407.
 

Bike Week planned
The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) and their partners will sponsor Bike Week (May 11-15) and Bike to Work Day (Friday, May 15).

Several events are being planned including:

Bike to a Bus - From May 11-15, TARTA bus fare will be 25 cents for people using the bike racks. 

Family Fun Ride - May 12, 6-7 p.m., University/Parks Trail. Meet at the Wildwood Preserve Visitor Center, Metroparks of the Toledo Area.

Bike to Work Day - May 15. The event will be observed in several local communities. In Toledo, riders will gather at Ottawa, Detwiler and Walbridge parks on the morning of May 15 to ride downtown, leaving the parks at 7:30 a.m.

Bike Safety Day - May 15, Westfield Franklin Park. The Safe Kids Coalition will have activities inside and outside the mall most of the day.

Toledo Bicycle Extravaganza - May 16, 10 a.m. Riders will converge at the Toledo Farmers Market at 10 a.m., then later ride to Manhattan’s on Adams St. for food and music

For more information, see www.tmacog.org/bikeweek.htm.
  

Steel Magnolia award
Women who have overcome obstacles to positively impact the greater Walbridge-area community have the opportunity to earn recognition as the inaugural Steel Magnolia Award recipients in a program funded by the AK Steel Foundation. 

Up to 10 awards will be given annually and there will be no more than one recipient per AK Steel U.S. location per year.  Each recipient will be able to make a $1,000 donation to an eligible charity of her choice. The term “steel magnolia,” popularized by Robert Harling’s stage play and film of the same name, describes a woman with tremendous strength and will - characterized by steel - but tempered with femininity - represented by the fragile magnolia flower.

In that spirit, the Steel Magnolia Award will honor women of all ages who faced personal adversity and have shown exceptional strength, courage, compassion and leadership through their work in support of their communities.

Nominations, which should take the form of an essay of 500 words or less, must be submitted to the program administrator, the Middletown Community Foundation, no later than May 29. Nominees must live in the vicinity of an AK Steel facility. Nominators and nominees need not be associated in any way with employees of AK Steel. 

Other eligible communities are Ashland, Ky.; Butler, Pa.; Columbus and Rockport, Ind.; and Coshocton, Mansfield, Middletown, West Chester and Zanesville, Ohio.

Visit www.mcfoundation.org/steelmagnolia to view complete requirements and obtain a nomination form. For more information, call 513-424-7369.


Curfew sweeps coming
The Pemberville Police Department has announced it will conduct curfew sweeps throughout the rest of the year, with several to be conducted during the summer.

Juveniles caught violating the curfew ordinance will be charged accordingly, said Chief Richard Bingham.

For juveniles 15 and under, curfew hours are 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For juveniles 16 and 17, curfew hours are 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Chief Bingham said officers will be on bicycles and on foot during the enforcement sweeps.

For information about the enforcement effort residents should call (419) 287-3250. 

The police department will also be participating in the Click it or Ticket Program sponsored by the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Village officers will be issuing citations to all drivers and passengers not properly wearing a seat belt if they’re stopped for a traffic violation.

The enforcement program starts May 18 and ends May 31.

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