Training classes offered
Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) will offer free training classes for adults interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.
Two new sessions of classes, which are required for foster or adoptive licensing, are available:
• Tuesday evening classes, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Sept. 8-Dec. 8.
• Day-long Saturday classes from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sept. 12-Oct. 31, allowing participants to complete the entire curriculum in seven sessions.
Registration for the classes is available by calling 419-213-3336 or online at www.lucaskids.net.
While LCCS strives to help children remain with their families byworking with their parents to build a safe, nurturing environment, it’s not always possible. As a result, the agency needs foster and adoptive parents for children of all ages. There is a particular need for families who can provide loving and stable homes for teenagers and groups of brothers and sisters.
To qualify, applicants:
• Must be at least 18 years of age to adopt; 21 to become a foster parent.
• Can be married or single.
• Can own or rent their homes.
• Can work outside the home.
• Don’t have to earn a lot of money, just enough to support themselves.
• Need a home safety inspection.
• Must agree to a background check.
• Receive free training.
• Receive financial support, based on the child’s needs.
Families and individuals interested in birds and birdwatching are invited to join Joe LaFleur, author of the DVD series “Better Birdwatching,” at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Aug. 29 at 2 p.m.
LaFleur will provide a free audiovisual program about birds found at the refuge. The program is designed to help participants identify birds by sight and sound, as well as reviewing habitats where each species is likely to be encountered.
At 2:30 p.m., he will lead a free guided field trip to practice field identification. Late August should be a good time to view fall migrants passing through the area. Beginners and birdwatchers of all levels are welcome.
For more information, call the refuge at 419-898-0014 or LaFleur at 888-414-2837. For more information about other Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, visit www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa.
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo SR 2.
Riverview HealthCare Campus will again celebrate Grandparent’s Day Sept. 12 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. A free pancake breakfast sponsored by Stein Hospice will start off the day, followed by an Antique Tractor Show, a Kiddie Tractor Pull, children’s fingerprinting by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department, kids’ make-and-take crafts, a lunch stand by Riverview Auxiliary and more.
For more information or to register for events please call Kimberly Geldien or Kendra German at 419-898-2851 or 419-732-3173
Walk for diabetes
More than 2,000 walkers representing local corporations, families, schools, and other organizations are expected to participate in the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 11th annual Walk to Cure Diabetes Sept. 12 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Ottawa Park.
Funds raised will support research to find a cure for diabetes and its complications. In addition to the walk, there will be music, kids’ activities, a special appearance by Miss Ohio International, food, and more.
On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the North Cove side of Ottawa Park. The walking course will be approximately 3.1 miles long. For more information on the event or JDRF, visit www.jdrf.org or call 419-873-1377.
Maintain your brain
The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a special program to help baby boomers as well as others interested in living a brain-healthy lifestyle and potentially reduce their risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
The Maintain Your Brain program will be held Aug. 25 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Luther Ridge, located at 80 S. Wheeling St., Toledo.
This program will focus on simple lifestyle modifications that can have an impact on one’s health. Registration is not required. For more information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900.
8th Buddy Walk set
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo will hosts its 8th annual Buddy Walk™ to promote awareness, acceptance and inclusion for people with Down syndrome Oct. 4 at The University of Toledo’s Rocket Hall, located at the corner of Dorr and Secor.
More than 1,000 participants are expected to participate, including individuals with Down syndrome, their families, friends and supporters. Funds raised will support the association’s local programs and the National Down Syndrome Society’s education, research and advocacy efforts.
Registration will begin at 10 a.m. The walk will begin at noon. Through Sept. 1, pre-registration fees are $10 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under). The cost includes a t-shirt, lunch and a day full of fun, including pedal cars, an inflatable obstacle course, games, face painting and more. After Sept. 1, pre-registration is $15 for adults and $8 for children.
Registration forms may be downloaded from www.dsagt.org.
TRIPS volunteers will be visiting homes in Woodville Aug. 24 to share information about the availability of TRIPS transportation.
TRIPS, Transportation Resources for Independent People of Sandusky County, is a partnership of 11 county organizations that operates in Sandusky County. Funded is provided by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration, the Area Office on Aging, fares and donations.
The cost per one-way trip is $2.50 within Fremont city limits and $3.50 per one-way trip for those in Ballville and Sandusky townships. Outside those areas but still within Sandusky County, a one-way trip is $5.50. Trips outside of Sandusky County are also available for an additional cost. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance.
To schedule a trip or for more information, call 419-332-8091.
Road work scheduled
The Ottawa County Engineer’s office has announced several road closings for construction work.
Benton-Carroll Road, between State Route 2 and Duff-Washa Road, will be closed Aug. 24. Emergency vehicles and school bus traffic only will be permitted.
No vehicles will be allowed on the following roads during construction:
Slemmer-Portage Road, from Portage River South Road to Elmore-Eastern Road, will be closed Aug. 24.
Schiller Road and Lickert-Harder Road to Benton-Carroll Road will be closed Aug. 25.
Benton-Carroll, from Salem-Carroll Road to State Route 2 will be closed Aug. 25-28.
Construction dates may be changed due to weather conditions.