Hearts & Hope for Haiti, a community Fundraising event will be held Feb. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Bethel United Brethren Church, 2920 SR 590 in Elmore.
Proceeds raised from the event, which is sponsored by Bethel UB Church Missions Committee, will benefit Hopital Bon Samaritain in Limbe, Haiti and United Brethren Global Missions, Haiti missionaries. It will include a spaghetti dinner and a vocal performance by Georgette Roby, a vocal performance major at Ohio Northern University and a former Haitian orphan of Hopital Bon Samaritain.
The meal will be offered on a donation basis.
Census worker testing
The U.S. Census Bureau will offer employment tests for individuals 18 years of age and older interested in applying for a temporary positions during the upcoming census.
The employment test consists of multiple choice questions and covers clerical, reading, number and organizational skills. Tests will be offered Feb. 9, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. at Genoa Senior Center, 514 Main St., Genoa; or Feb. 13 at noon at the Harris-Elmore Fire/EMS, 321 Rice St., Elmore.
For more dates/testing sites or to make an appointment, call 1-866-861-2010 or Martha Arndt, local recruiting assistant at 419 356-5131.
Owens Community College culinary arts program is reaching out to the victims of the earthquake that devastated Haiti by organizing a Food Relief Supply Drive in conjunction with a community banquet-style dinner at the community Terrace View Café Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Presented and coordinated by the Catering and Banquet Operations class, the banquet-style dinner will feature
stuffed chicken with ginger carrots and a creamy risotto, along with stuffed mushrooms and a trio of desserts including chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheesecake and a frosted sugar cookie.
In addition, bottled water, canned food and non-perishable food items will be collected and donated to ISOH/IMPACT in Waterville for distribution to Haiti.
The Terrace View Café is located in College Hall Room 148. The cost per dinner, which will be served banquet style, is $7.50. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7359 or visiting www.owens.edu/terrace.
Boating safety classes
Members of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) Division 16, 9th District, Central Region (16 9CR), will present boating safety classes during the weekends of Feb. 13-14 and Feb.20-21 at the Bass Pro Shop, 10000 Bass Pro Blvd, Rossford.
On both Saturdays at 2 p.m., the class topic will be, “Women and Boats ¬–¬ The Essentials.” On Sundays at 1 p.m., the topic will be “Boating Safety.”
In addition, auxiliary members will be available to answer questions, provide free safe boating instructional materials and to discuss boating laws and regulations.
Cat spay/neuter event
The weather outside may be frightful, but for Humane Ohio, a non-profit organization that operates a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, spring and kitten season are just around the corner.
In an effort to prevent unwanted litters before kitten season, the group has planned a “Beat the Heat” promotion and will spay female cats during the month of February for the special rate of $20. The special rate for female cats, which is less than the organization’s normal price, applies to all residents of Lucas and Wood counties (proof of residency required).
Cat owners who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” promotion when they call to schedule their appointment. The promotion is based on availability.
Visit www.humaneohio.org or call 419-266-5607 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
The Northcoast Jobs Connection Job Stores and the Seneca One Stop offer numerous services and resources for job seekers and employers. Seminars are free and open to anyone in the community. The seminars are also available to be customized for employers and delivered on site.
Seminar dates at the Ottawa County Community Resource Centre, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor include:
Feb. 11 – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. – “Why Work Ethics?” Learn what employers expect in work ethics. Get information about confidentiality, tactfulness, communication and manners in the work setting.
Feb. 12 – 9 a.m. to noon – “Ohio Means Jobs.” Learn about the advantages of using the State job-searching website.
Feb. 18 – 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – “Get a Job or a Better Job, POD.” Discuss applications, resumes, interviewing, networking, the Internet and more.
Feb. 25 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – “Individual Resume Writing Assistance.” Work one-on-one with a specialist and produce a good resume before you leave. By appointment only by calling 1-800-665-1677, ext. 270.
Job Store officials ask that people who are interested in attending workshops register by contacting Carol Guice at email@example.com or 419-307-1189.
For more information on the Job Stores, visit www.northcoastjobs.org. In Ottawa County, call the Job Store at 800-665-1677 or call Denise Ventrone at 419-898-6242 at the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation. All basic services are free of charge.
Black History Month
Owens Community College will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events and activities intended to highlight and honor the role and impact of African Americans in America’s history.
The public is encouraged to join the campus community for guest speakers and educational awareness programs.
Planned activities include:
Feb. 15: Community Essay and Poetry Jam Contest. Attendees will have the chance to express and share their thoughts through the use of spoken word and poetry. Presented by the Black Student Union. (6 p.m., Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center rooms 145-147.)
Feb. 16: ALMA Drum and Dance Performance. Discover the vibrant world of traditional West African music and dance as the ALMA Drum and Dance Performance group showcases their many talents. Several dancing and folkloric styles will be featured as part of the performance. (12 p.m., Center for Fine and Performing Arts Rotunda.)
Feb. 16-17: Black History Community Quiz Bowl. Elementary through high school students are invited to test their knowledge of various topics related to black history as the Owens Black Student Union hosts a “Jeopardy”-style community quiz bowl. (6 p.m., Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center Rooms 145-147.)
Feb. 19: Karen Durrant’s Dreamgirls. Take a trip back in time to the magical sounds of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s as Karen Durrant brings to life the classic and timeless songs made famous by such female artists as Tina Turner, Martha Reeves, Gladys Knight, Donna Summer and The Pointer Sisters. (8 p.m., Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre.)
Feb. 19: Personal Finance and Money Management Workshop. Gain insight into the importance of making sound financial decisions. Hosted by the Black Student Union. Baccus Holdings Inc. will serve as the presenting organization. (6 p.m. Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center rooms 145-147.)
March 28: African-American Small Business Awards Celebration. Longstanding area African-American businesses will be honored for their entrepreneurial excellence, exceptional service and dedication to the surrounding communities. Presented by the Black Student Union. (5 p.m., Audio/Visual Classroom Center rooms 125-128.)
In addition, Owens’ libraries on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses will offer a variety of African-American displays, along with a selection of books and audio/visual materials related to Black History Month. Also, artwork of five Owens students is currently on display through March 6 at the 20 North Gallery in downtown Toledo as part of a Black History Month exhibit.
For more information about Owens’ Black History Month activities, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7421.
ODNR boating class
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is offering a one-day Ohio Boating Education Course March 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Gander Mountain, 1320 Holland-Sylvania Rd., Holland.
The course covers state and federal laws, navigational “rules of the road” and basic boating safety practices. A $5 fee covers the cost of materials. Pre-registration is required due to class size limitations.
For more information or to register, call the Maumee Bay Watercraft Office at 419-836-6003.
The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) and the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF) will host a seminar to discuss marketing and branding food products Feb. 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the AIF, located at 13737 Middleton Pike (SR 582) in Bowling Green.
Leslie Schaller of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, Inc. (ACEnet), will present “Foods We Love,” which will address the impacts associated with applying a brand to products, the correlation between producers and consumers, and the benefits of maintaining a consistent message on promotional materials.
ACEnet, located in Athens, O., is known nationally as a leader in helping businesses turn their product idea into a reality. Their food product development and manufacturing sector provides a shared-use facility to more than 150 caterers, bakeries, restaurants and other food businesses every year.
The cost is $25 per person or $40 for two guests, payable by cash or check at the door, which includes networking opportunities and light refreshments. Advance registration is required and may be made by contacting Paula Ray at 419-823-3099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toledo’s Commanders of Harmony Chorus is offering singing Valentines. For $40, a barbershop quartet will serenade your sweetheart at home, work or anywhere you choose in the metro Toledo area and deliver a rose and personalized card.
College Goal Sunday
Owens Community College will host College Goal Sunday Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center.
Presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA), the free state-sponsored event will focus on helping students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application, as well as offering answers to financial aid-specific questions. Financial aid representatives from colleges and universities throughout the region will be on hand to provide insight on securing federal and state assistance to any academic institution of higher learning.
Families interesting in attending should register prior to the event by visiting www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org. For more information, contact the Owens Office of Financial Aid at 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7343.
Researching your family’s history can be as close as your home computer, but finding the best Web sites and resources can be frustrating. The Hayes Presidential Center’s Internet Genealogy I Class can help.
Sponsored by RootsMagic,™ the next class will be held Feb. 13 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Hayes Research Library.
Experienced genealogists from the Hayes Library staff lead the Internet Genealogy I Class. Attendees will be provided with instruction on the basics of how to utilize the Internet and computer resources in their genealogical research. Time is allotted for first-hand experience working with online resources. A segment of the class also will deal with types of genealogical software available for home use.
The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students through high school. Pre-registration is recommended. Visit www.rbhayes.org for a complete list of year-round special events or call 800-998-PRES for more information.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is celebrating President’s Day by offering visitors a chance to travel in presidential style – the way President Hayes did.
During President’s Day weekend, visitors can tour the grounds of Hayes’ Spiegel Grove estate via horse-drawn sleighs provided by South Creek Clydesdales. Rides will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 12-15. The cost is $3 per rider.
In addition to the sleigh/carriage rides, both the Hayes Home and Hayes Museum will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13, and noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. (Although the center usually is closed on Mondays, in honor of President’s Day the Museum and Hayes Home will be open Feb. 15.)
For more information call 800-998-PRES or visit www.rbhayes.org.