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Oregon Community Theatre will hold auditions for “Wait Until Dark” Dec. 1 and 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Fassett Auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.

Parts exist for six men, one woman and one girl. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. For more information, call 419-691-1398.


Tax workshop set
The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra Community College and the Small Business Management Program at Vanguard Adult Career Center are teaming to present a Small Business Tax Workshop Dec. 2 from 6:30-9 p.m. in Building B, room 101 at Terra.

Presenter John K. Krupp, C.P.A., will discuss small business taxes including income, sales and payroll taxes, as well as information on tax filings, tax changes and more.

The workshop is free and open to the public. To register or for more information, call Bill Auxter toll-free at 800-826-2431 or 419-559-2210, or contact him by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Terra Community College is located at 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont.

Community forum
Oregon Community and Family Coalition (OCFC) will host a community workshop “Hidden in Plain Sight,” Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Fassett Middle School, 3025 Starr Ave. Oregon. The event was rescheduled from October.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the workshop, presented by The Community Partnership. The interactive program will walk parents through a life-size replica of a teenager’s bedroom - discussing indicators of high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, the choking game, prescription and over-the-counter drug misuse, sexual activity and more.

Social networking and other technological concerns, like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and sexting will also be discussed.

The workshop will also educate parents on how to talk to their teens about different issues and concerns.

For more information on Oregon Community and Family Coalition, visit www.ocfcohio.org or call 419-720-1708. For more about The Community Partnership, visit, www.communityprevention.org or call 419-866-3611.


Dedicated planned
The public is invited to a dedication of a Living Memorial Tree in memory of Charles “Bud” Lagger Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. at Mercy St. Charles Hospital.

An engraved marker will be dedicated in memory of Lagger, who volunteered at St Charles, St. Marks Lutheran Church, Oregon Health & Welfare Committee and the Oregonian Club.


Trail closures
All trails at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will be closed for managed deer hunts Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22, and Monday through Thursday, Nov. 30, Dec. 1-3. The refuge's Visitor Center will still be open on those days.

For more information, visit www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa. The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo on SR 2.


Elected
Two former and two new board members were elected to two-year terms on the WSOS Board of Directors. They include new board member Shannon Phillips of Wood County, Misty DeSelms of Ottawa County, current board member Beverly Hemmerly-Lake of Seneca County, and former board member Dan Liskai of Sandusky County.


“Rudolph”
Terra Community College will sponsor, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” live on stage at the Sandusky State Theatre Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.

The production will feature the heart-warming holiday classic story of a red-nosed reindeer named Rudolph, plus all his reindeer friends, Mrs. Claus, and of course, the big man himself – Santa.  

Tickets are $14 adults and $10 for children and are available by calling the theatre box office at 877-626-1950.
 

Holiday help
The Elmore Unit of the Salvation Army will once again be ringing bells in the Elmore and Woodville area beginning after Thanksgiving.

On the weekend after Thanksgiving, Angel Trees will be set up at Pills `n’ Packages in Woodville and at Huntington National Bank in Elmore. The Angel Tree project helps the Salvation Army provide gifts for children in the community who are in need.

During last holiday season, the Elmore unit helped 31 families with 89 children. In addition to gifts for children, the Army provided winter coats, boots, hats, mittens, blankets, clothes and cleaning supplies.


Holy Toledo
They are sacred spaces and awe-inspiring architectural marvels with profound ties to the Toledo community’s past.

For the first time on television, “Holy Toledo” will showcase some of the most significant and historical places of worship in the greater Toledo area. The WGTE original production will offer a tour of some of the oldest surviving structures that first served the region’s diverse ethnic neighborhoods.  Among the churches to be highlighted is the historic Ss. Peter and Paul Church on Broadway. 

“Holy Toledo” will premiere on WGTE Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.


Seeking nominations
The East Toledo Family Center is seeking nominations for their Distinguished Citizen Award.

Nominees must be persons who have lived, worked or served in East Toledo and who have distinguished themselves in one or more of the following areas: volunteer work, career, entertainment and/or politics. Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by another person.

Forms are available at the Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave., East Toledo, or by calling 419-691-1429. All nomination forms must be submitted by Dec. 31. Selection is determined by a vote of the Alumni Association and past inductees.

Awards are presented at the annual Renaissance Gala, which will be held April 24, 2010.


Financial Aid Night
Lake High School will hold a Financial Aid Night Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the school media center.

Parents of senior college-bound students are strongly encouraged to attend. Greg Guzman, director of financial aid at Bowling Green State University, will present information about financial aid, FAFSA and other general information.


Gospel singer to perform 
Gospel Singer Ann Downing, known for her regular appearances on the popular “Gaither Homecoming,” will visit Genoa Trinity United Methodist Church, Main Street at SR 163, Genoa, Dec. 6 during the worship hour beginning at 10:30 a.m.

All area residents are invited to attend. A free-will offering will be taken.

Downing’s career as a successful Christian recording artist has taken her from her beginnings on a cotton farm in rural Mississippi to some of the nations largest venues, including the Crystal Cathedral and the Billy Graham Crusade. Her ministry supports a nursing home outreach called the “Ms. Lillie Project,” named for her late mother. Learn more about her at www.anndowning.com.


Tree-lighting ceremony
The Elmore Area Chamber of Commerce invites children of all ages to participate in the Elmore Community tree lighting ceremony Nov. 25 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Toledo and Rice streets.

Everyone who participates is encouraged to bring an ornament to be put on the tree. Ornaments must be weatherproof and made to easily but securely attached to the tree. The ornaments will not be returned.

WTOL-TV Channel 11 will have a live broadcast of the event. Those attending are invited to bring a toy for the Marine Corps.’ Toys for Tots program.

For more information, contact Joanne at Red, White and Blue at 419-862-2242.


Christmas Parade set
The 38th East Toledo Christmas Parade will be held Saturday Dec. 5 at 11 a.m.

The parade will start at Ravine and East Broadway, and proceed to Starr Avenue and then to Main Street.

To register, call Denny Fairchild at 419-693-9517.


“Holiday Central”
For the 22nd consecutive year, Toledo will herald the start of the winter holidays with the largest balloon parade in the Midwest. The 2009 Holiday Parade, “Up, Up, Hurray,” will march the streets of downtown Nov. 28. Sponsors for this year’s celebration are Block Communications and Taylor Automotive.

At 11 a.m., marching bands, capering clowns, strutting equestrian units, festive dance troupes and more will step off at Summit and Jefferson streets, traveling north on Summit Street to Jackson Street and finishing on Huron Street at 12:30 p.m.

Along the way, youngsters and the young at heart will enjoy a festive selection of multi-story helium balloons, fun floats and, of course, the parade’s biggest star, Santa Claus.

To add to the holiday spirit, Kris Kringle Village, will be open at the Erie Street Market, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 29. In addition to kids’ activities, live entertainment and holiday vendors, there will be horse-drawn carriage rides, live reindeer and more.

The annual parade attracts hundreds of participants each year. With the addition of Kris Kringle Village, more sponsors and volunteers are needed then ever before, organizers say.

“It will take 300 or more volunteers along with substantial financial support from the business community to get the parade down the street and the village up and operating,” said Joseph H. Zerbey IV, vice president/general manager for The Blade. “We encourage anyone with an interest in supporting either or both of these events to contact us.”

Interested parties wishing to sponsor bands and units in the parade, or to participate as a volunteer, should call the Parade hotline at 419-290-8629, e-mail parade organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit toledoblade.com/parade. Businesses interested in being a parade or village sponsor should contact Mike Mori at The Blade at 419-724-6380.