Humane Ohio, a Toledo based non-profit organization that operates a low-cost spay/neuter clinic and pet food bank, will hold a fundraising dinner at Naslada Bistro, 182 S. Main St., Bowling Green, April 25. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include a four-course vegetarian meal and musical entertainment.
Those interested in attending can purchase tickets at www.humaneohio.org or Naslada Bistro, or by calling Humane Ohio at 419-266-5607. Proceeds from the event will go into a special fund that is used to help Wood County pet owners who cannot afford the cost of spay/neuter.
Career planning workshop`
Owens Community College’s Career Services Office will present “Discovering Career Choices,” a career discovery workshop, April 20 from 4 to 5 p.m. in room 144 at Owens Community College’s Arrowhead Park Learning Center on Indian Wood Circle in Maumee.
The workshop is free and open to the public, however, registration is required due to space limitations.
Those attending will have the opportunity to explore various career paths by participating in a personal interest inventory program. The inventory will match identified interests with occupations and what possible educational majors one could pursue at an academic institution. Additionally, attendees will receive career-specific literature and Web site information from Career Services representatives.
For more information or to register, call 567-661-7501 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7501.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-13 will present “About Boating Safely” April 23 from 8 to 10 p.m. and April 24 from 8 a.m. to noon at Bay View Yacht Club, 3900 N. Summit St., Toledo.
Through April 23 at 5 p.m., motorists traveling Navarre Avenue between Coyne Avenue in Toledo and Patchen Road in Oregon can expect lane restrictions with delays, especially during peak hours.
The lane restrictions and/or closures are necessary to permit Toledo Edison to install electrical transmission poles along Navarre Avenue.
Toledo Edison will responsible for maintaining one lane of traffic in each direction. Access to driveways will be available at all times.
Taste of the Nation
The Fifteenth Annual Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Toledo will be held April 25 at Fat Fish Blue at Levis Commons in Perrysburg.
Toledo’s finest chefs and restaurateurs, as well as nationally-known chefs, will offer their culinary talents, time, food and staff for the event. Diane Larson of 13abc; George Rumman, of Kingston HealthCare and Michael Jacob, of Cooper-Smith Advertising, are this year’s honorary co-chairs.
Tickets for the black-tie optional gala are $150 per person. For tickets, call 419-705-6635 or visit www.toledotaste.org.
Motorcycle enthusiasts interested in improving their safe driving skills are invited to enroll in upcoming Motorcycle Safety Training classes offered through Owens Community College’s Workforce and Community Services.
The three-day course will be held April through October, with the first session set for April 15-18. The program requires 16 hours of coursework: four classroom hours at Owens’ Arrowhead Park Learning Center on Indian Wood Circle in Maumee and 12 hours of practice riding sessions at Owens’ 250 by 500 foot defensive driving pad, located adjacent to the Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center in Perrysburg Township.
Attendees will be provided with motorcycles, helmets and a student workbook. Those registering must show proof of a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s licenses or a valid temporary motorcycle permit in order to participate.
The cost to participate in the program is $25. Individuals under 18 years of age can enroll at no cost. Space is limited to 12 riders per class. For more information, call 567-661-7357 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7357.
Register online at www.motorcycle.ohio.gov by clicking on the ‘Wood County” icon.
WSOS housing counselors are conducting several free workshops to help local residents who may be facing foreclosure on their homes.
The counselors, who are approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will conduct the sessions at the WSOS facility at 1518 CR 113, Green Springs.
There are no income-eligibility requirements for the service. Sessions run from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Dates include April 14 and 28; May 6, 20 and 25; and June 10, 17 and 24.
Homeowners will be provided with information that could help them save their homes from foreclosure. The sessions are available to residents of Seneca, Sandusky, Erie, Huron, Hancock, Ottawa, Wood, Wyandot and Allen counties, but registration is required by calling 419-639-6130.
Renaissance Gala set
The East Toledo Family Center’s Renaissance Gala will be held April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Glass City Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
This year’s gala, themed “Black & White Ball,” will feature music by the Cake Walkin’ Jass Band, auctions and the introduction of the Distinguished Citizen, East Toledo Educator of the Year, and Warren Densmore Scholarship winners.
Tickets are $55 per person or $100 per couple. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor of the event, call the Family Center at 419-691-1429.
The Toledo Community Foundation Board of Trustees recently approved a $20,000 grant to the East Toledo Family Center for fund development and technology improvements.
The Family Center will partner with Goettler Associates for a Smart-Focus Fund-Raising Analysis. The board of trustees will also participate in a workshop with Aly Sterling Philanthropy. The center also plans to upgrade their computer systems and offer computer training for staff members.
The Toledo Community Foundation, Inc., is a public charitable organization created by members of the community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families. It provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. Visit www.toledocf.org for more information.
Scouts plan dinner
The 2010 Eagle Bay District, Boys Scouts of America, Appreciation Dinner takes on special meaning this year as Scouting celebrates its 100th anniversary.
The annual dinner recognizes volunteer leaders for their donation of time, talent and leadership to Scouts throughout the district. The dinner will be held April 22 at the First United Methodist Church, 510 W. Maple St., Clyde. Fellowship begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony.
Tickets are $12 and are available through April 16 at National Bank of Oak Harbor Oak Harbor and Port Clinton branches; Bench Mark Prints in Fremont and the Scout Service Center in Toledo.
Eagle Bay District, comprised of Ottawa and Sandusky counties, is one of several districts in the Erie Shores Council providing programming for youths 7 to 18 years of age in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venture Crews and Explorer Posts. For more information about the dinner or Scouting, call Pat Gerber at 419-332-1707.
Food pantry needs vehicle
Food For Thought, a local non-profit group that helps feed the area’s less fortunate, is currently without a tow vehicle for their mobile pantry.
The organization is searching for a replacement for its vehicle, which is in need of extensive repairs. “If a replacement is not found soon, hundreds of Toledo families may be left without food,” said Matt Wahlgren, assistant director of Food for Thought.
The truck and mobile pantry are used to pick up food, deliver to five mobile pantry sites each month and transport items to the Toledo downtown library every Saturday for distribution to the area’s homeless.
Due to the non-profit nature of the organization, it is unable to afford a new vehicle at this time, Whalgren said. Food For Thought is searching for local businesses and sponsors who may be able to donate a truck, loan one for a specified time, or offer a discount on the purchase of a new vehicle.
In order to tow the mobile food pantry trailer, the truck must have an automatic transmission and be a one-ton, two-wheel drive and gas engine vehicle. Interested parties may contact Wahlgren at 419-388-5806.
Food For Thought serves Lucas County through multiple avenues. Beginning as a small Saturday morning gathering, Food For Thought now serves sack lunches, including their famous PB&J, to about 350 individuals every Saturday morning in downtown Toledo.
The Oregon food pantry, housed in space donated by New Harvest Christian Church, helped feed nearly 1,000 families last month alone. For more information, visit freelunchtoledo.com, or the organization’s pages on Facebook and Twitter.