Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County is looking for families in need of simple, decent and affordable housing.
Habitat’s guidelines for participants includes need, ability to pay and willingness to partner. Participants must have lived in Ottawa County for at least one year and be willing to relocate. The applicant must not have declared bankruptcy within three years of filing the application.
In addition, the applicant has to be willing to work on the house. A single-parent family or individual must complete 300 hours of sweat equity. A two-parent family must complete 500 hours.
For more information, call Executive Director Shelley Asmus at 419-734-7074.
Test dates announced
St. John’s Jesuit Academy, in partnership with Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search, is serving as a test center for the EXPLORE test for fifth- and sixth-grade students.
The test is designed to prepare students for high school coursework and to help them explore options for their future. Achievement tests in English, math, reading and science are covered. In addition, an interest inventory and a needs assessment section serve as a guidepost to plan for the student’s future.
Test dates are Jan. 23 and Feb. 20. Registration for January is due Dec. 21 and for February, the deadline is Jan. 26. Register at https://onlinereg.ctd.northwestern.edu/register/matsp00.asp. The SJJ Academy NUMATS number is 8501014.
`The Drowsy Chaperone’
The most celebrated musical of the 2006 Broadway season, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a completely original musical comedy, is coming to Toledo at the Stranahan Theater from Jan. 14 to 17, as part of the Lincoln Mercury Broadway Series.
Original direction and choreography are by Tony Award nominee Casey Nicholaw (“Spamalot”) with music and lyrics by Tony Award winners Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.
Tickets start at $23 and are available online at theaterleague.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets, the box office or by calling 800-745-3000. Visit www.drowsychaperoneontour.com for more information about the musical.
Bowling Green-based brass ensemble the Tower Brass Quintet will appear in the Chamber Music Toledo’s Artist Series Dec. 20 at 3 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Broadway St., Maumee.
The ensemble will be performing its very popular holiday concert, “The Spirit of Christmas Brassed.” For tickets and information, call the Toledo Symphony box office at 419-246-8000. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.
Instant Admit Day
Terra Community College in Fremont will host Instant Admit Day Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Roy Klay Hall, Suite A-100.
On Instant Admit Day, those interested in attending Terra for spring semester can complete all of the necessary steps in one trip to campus, located at 2830 Napoleon Rd., including taking the Compass placement exam, enrolling in classes and beginning the financial aid application process.
“We know everyone is busy this time of year, so we want to make everything as streamlined and convenient as possible,” said Heath Martin, director of Admissions and Enrollment Services at Terra.
Those attending should bring their academic records from high school, GED or college, and 2008 income tax records, if they plan to discuss financial aid.
No appointment is necessary. Spring classes at Terra begin Jan. For more information, call 419-559-2349.
Dog tag deadlines
Lucas County dog owners will have until Feb. 26 to purchase their 2010 dog tags, an extension from the standard Jan. 31 deadline.
Ohio Revised Code Section 955.01 requires individuals to purchase an annual license for any dog three months or older. The cost for dog licenses in Lucas County is $25. Licenses purchased after the Feb. 26 deadline will be charged a $25 late fee.
To help raise awareness for the dog tag program, Auditor Lopez will sponsor the third annual “Pick of the Litter” photo contest, in which the winning dog will receive the No. 1 dog tag for 2010 and have his or her picture on the 2011 dog tag renewal forms. Total Pet Care Services will also donate a gift basket to the top three entries. The photo contest runs through Feb. 5.
Entries may be mailed to the auditor’s office at One Government Center, Suite 770, attn: Pick of the Litter, Toledo, OH 43604; or e-mail
Dog tags for 2010 may be purchased at the Auditor’s Office, through the Lucas County Dog Warden; or area agents including:
• Pet Finatics, 3150 Navarre Ave., Suite A., Oregon. 419-724-2277.
• Gladieux Lumber, 5120 Navarre Ave., Oregon. 419-693-0601.
• Oregon License Agency, 3016 Navarre Ave., Oregon. 419-698-4100.
• Island Variety, 722 Dearborn Ave., Toledo. 419-691-9277.
Food For Thought, a local nonprofit group that helps feed the area’s less fortunate, is in need of new toys for a Christmas Shoppe that is being held Dec. 19 at New Harvest Christian Church, 3540 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
The Christmas Shoppe is a volunteer effort that provides gifts for families that otherwise would not be able to purchase them. Many of the patrons are working families that don’t have expendable income for non-essential items, including holiday presents.
Unfortunately, the need has outgrown the resources available to assist these families, organizers say. The organization has reached capacity for the families currently served and will not have the ability to help others, or even those presently signed up unless more donations are received.
Last year, volunteers through Food For Thought provided gifts for 225 children. The anticipated need this year is gifts for 400-500 children.
Food For Thought is also searching for a group, business or volunteer organization to partner in planning and executing the day’s events. These groups would be asked to provide snacks for the shoppers and to assist in socializing with the clients.
Those interested in donating new, unwrapped toys or partnering with Food For Thought for the event may contact Tana Schiewer at 419-972-1338 or
Toys must be delivered by Dec. 14. Monetary donations are also being accepted to purchase additional toys if needed.
For more information about Food For Thought, visit www.freelunchtoledo.com.
Vietnam vets to meet
The Vietnam Veterans of America will host a Christmas social event Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. at Hooters, 4782 Monroe St., Toledo.
“We welcome all those who served to join us for some fellowship and holiday cheer,” said chapter president Gene Schurtz. Locally, the V.V.A. has most almost 100 members and also has an affiliated organization of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, for those who would like to join the chapter but did not serve in the military during the Vietnam years.
For more information, visit www.toledovietnamvets.com.
Search under way
A national search is under way for a new President of Owens Community College. Dr. Christa Adams, who has served as president of Owens since July 2001, will retire Jan. 1, 2010.
The board has enlisted the services of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to assist in conducting the presidential search.