To honor those who serve or have served our country, the East Toledo Senior Activities Center will hold a breakfast for local veterans Friday, Nov. 11 from 7 to 10 a.m. The center is located in the Navarre Park Shelter House, at 1001 White St., East Toledo.
The menu will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Admission is free to veterans. The cost for all others is $5 per person. For more information, call 419-691-2254.
Kiwanis Halloween Parade
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club will sponsor the annual Genoa Halloween Costume Contest Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Genoa. Children are encouraged to arrive at the Genoa Banking parking lot at 6:30 p.m.
Categories of judging will include Ugliest, Prettiest, Huggable, Storybook, Nursery Rhyme, Television and Creative Original.
Age categories include Preschool ages 1 & 2, Preschool age 3 & 4, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth & Sixth Grade and Band. First-, second- and third-place medallions will be presented in each category.
Cider and donuts will be served at the gazebo following the judging. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Old Brunner Elementary School.
The Genoa Area Kiwanis Club is looking for new members to help support community projects. Call Larry Dean, Membership Growth Chairman at 419-855-0096 for details.
Coats for Families
The Salvation Army in Ottawa County is sponsoring a “Coats for Families” program, in partnership with The News Herald, Executive Cleaners and Howard Hanna.
The program, which will run through January 2012, accepts donations from the general public of new and gently used coats, which will be cleaned by Executive Cleaners, at no charge and redistributed, cost-free to local families in need of a winter coat.
Last year, The Salvation Army collected and distributed more than 840 coats to local families in Ottawa County.
Collection sites include The News Herald, Executive Cleaners, Howard Hanna and The Salvation Army. Executive Cleaners is offering a 10% off cleaning coupon to every person who brings in a coat for this program.
Anyone in need of a warm winter coat may stop by The Salvation Army at The Sutton Center and pick one out.
For more information, call Maureen Saponari at The Salvation Army at 419-732-2769.
WSOS Preschool enrolling
Perfecting motor skills, learning to tie shoelaces, and coloring within the lines are only a few things the preschoolers at the WSOS Child Development Center in Pemberville do while they are at the center.
The Early Childhood Programs encompasses much more than classroom work. In fact, parents learn also while their children are enrolled at the center.
The WSOS Child Development Center in Pemberville is enrolling preschoolers for their classrooms. Parents/guardians of income eligible families can enroll their children ages 3-5 at the preschool, located at 135 East Front St. Income-eligibility requirements require that a family of four should earn no more than $22,050 per year. For each additional family member, the income goes up $3,740.
Children attend classes three and a half hours each day, Monday to Friday. Parents may choose morning or afternoon sessions. In addition, teachers visit each family’s home twice per year and there are two parent-teacher conferences per year. Class sizes are between 13-17 children per class.
Program participants receive comprehensive services that include social services, health and dental services, mental health services, nutrition and disability services. Parent involvement is strongly encouraged.
Parents and/or guardians may call the center at 419-287-4057 and request a visit or more information.
Eastwood to stage play
Eastwood High School will present the play, “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” Oct. 12, 13 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House.
Cast member includes Patrick Jennings, Maggie Selzer, Jon Cooper, Alisha Runnels, Abby Stephens, Chris Schermerhorn, Nate Miller, Brandon Rankin, Vreeland Kessler, Rae Wooldridge, Veronica Sholey, Olga Borodko, Camilla Goschin, Ridge Simon, Sam Hirzel, Erica Guyer, Enrique Miranda and Alli Dembicki. The production is directed by F. Scott Regan and Janna Gerke.
Tickets may be purchased at the main office or at the door one half hour before the presentation. All tickets are $7.
Free computer classes
Owens Community College, in conjunction with Connect Ohio, will offer free computer classes throughout October and November as part of the “Every Citizen Online” initiative.
Connect Ohio is a non-profit public-private partnership whose mission is to see all Ohioans have access to the benefits of high-speed Internet service. The “Every Citizen Online” effort is funded through a $6.9 million federal grant.
Each class will highlight computer basics, an introduction to the Internet and a discussion about how broadband can be helpful in daily life.
The six-hour computer classes will be offered Oct. 11 and 18 and Nov. 7 and 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Owens’ Arrowhead Park Learning Center. Classes will also meet Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 and 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Owens Learning Center at The Source.
For more information, or to register, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7357.
Teen driving seminar
AAA Northwest Ohio is hosting its annual Safe Teen Driving Seminar Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at Parkway Place in Maumee. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Geared toward teens who already have a license as well as those who will be getting their licenses soon, the seminar takes driver’s education to a whole new level.
Guest speaker Jacy Good and her fiancé, Steve Johnson, will share their emotional struggle after a distracted teen driver forced Jacy’s college graduation day to take a tragic turn. Safe driving techniques and other safety tips will also be discussed.
Participants will pass through a mock car crash and experience the tragedy of a devastating crash caused by a teen driver. They will also enjoy free educational materials, giveaways, refreshments and a chance to win a $1,000 college scholarship to the University of Toledo.
Reservations are requested. Visit AAA.com, local AAA branches or call 419-843-1287 to register or obtain more information.
In June 2010, Dave and Jean Hunt lost their home to the tornado that swept through Lake Township. The house they were renting was demolished, and will not be rebuilt.
The “Hope Builds” project, begun by the churches of Lake Township, is helping to gather the funds to help ensure they can have a place to call home again.
On Oct. 15, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Elmore, will hold a pancake breakfast to aid in the rebuilding effort. The breakfast, which will run from 7 to 10 a.m., will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, plus Tank’s sausage and bacon, scrambled eggs and beverages. The price is $3 per person, however, additional donations will be gratefully accepted. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is providing matching funds.
Grace is located at the intersection of SR 51 (Woodville Rd.) and Witty Road, a mile northwest of Elmore. For more information, call 419-862-3630 or visit www.graceelconline.org.
Police academy enrolling
Owens Community College is accepting applications for its spring Basic Peace Officer Training Program.
Curriculum the academy is approved by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission. During the seven-month program, students will take courses in patrol operations, firearms, defensive tactics, criminal investigation, constitutional law and physical conditioning, with training provided by local police officers, sheriff’s deputies and corrections officers, as well as state and federal agents. Coursework earned by academy graduates applies toward an associate degree at Owens in law enforcement.
Applications should be completed and returned by Nov. 11. Classes begin in January. For more information or to obtain an application packet, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7439.
Entries are currently being accepted in the Eighth Annual “Celebrating Nature Through Photography Contest” sponsored by Toledo Metroparks’ National Center for Nature Photography.
Entries will be accepted through Oct. 23 during open hours at the Center, located at Secor Metropark, 10001 W. Central Ave. (US20), Berkey, Ohio.
The all-entry contest exhibit will begin with a free public reception Nov. 4. The exhibit continues Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 through Dec. 10. Contest entry prints may be picked up beginning Dec. 11.
Visit NaturePhotoCenter.com for contest details, guidelines, downloadable entry forms, special offers and coupons.
Logo design contest
The Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission is conducting a “Get Your Green On” logo design contest.
Lucas County high school students are invited to create a logo to represent the commission – a collaborative partnership among local governments, non-profits, businesses and individuals created to coordinate sustainability efforts and promote the sustainability of the greater Toledo/Lucas County area.
The winning logo will be displayed on one of the new Lucas County recycling trucks and in all TARTA buses. First-place winners will receive a $100 gift card from The Andersons; second place will receive a $50 gift card. The winning school will also receive a paper recycling program through the Lucas County Solid Waste District.
For official rules and more information, visit www.lucascountygreen.com/logodesign.html.
WSOS seeking board members
A public meeting to elect a low-income representative to the Board of Directors of WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. will be held in each of the four main counties that comprise the main service area of WSOS.
The meeting for Wood County residents will be held Oct. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Jordan Family Development Center in Bowling Green. The meeting is to re-elect or replace current representative Carmen Beltran of Bowling Green Beltran was elected in June to fill the unexpired term of Kellee Downward of Weston.
On Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m., Ottawa County residents can choose their representative to the board at the meeting to be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 109 E. Perry St., Port Clinton. Board Member Misty DeSelms was the representative to the board, but resigned effective September. Her term expires in December.
In Sandusky County, residents can elect their representative on Oct. 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Flower Building on the Sandusky County fairgrounds, Rawson Avenue. Dan Liskai currently serves as the county representative and his term expires in December.
Seneca County residents can re-elect current representative Beverly Hemmerly-Lake or elect a new representative at their meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20, at the Fostoria Early Childhood Center, 801 Kirk St., Fostoria.
Childcare, a meal, and transportation are provided for each of these meetings. Those who plan to attend should make a reservation by calling 1-800-775-9767.