The Incredible Years
There is still time to register for next month’s session of The Incredible Years, a class for parents of children 3 to 8 years old.
The class will teach parents how to bolster their children’s self-esteem, strengthen their social skills and boost their academic success.
Offered at the Jordan Family Development Center on the Bowling Green State University campus, the course will be held weekly on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 29.
The cost is between $8 and $50, depending on the family’s ability to pay. The program provides limited childcare and a light meal for participants.
To register, call Angie Patchen at The Children’s Resource Center at 1-888-466-KIDS.
Platelet donors sought
The Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region has issued a call for platelets, a blood component used to treat cancer patients, for example.
Although the local Red Cross is intensifying phone calls, e-mails and direct mail to blood and platelet donors, the response is still not sufficient to meet current needs.
Anyone who is eligible to donate blood or platelets is asked to do so as soon as possible. To help, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Hip Hop performance
Awarding-winning poets and Hip Hop artists Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval will bring their lyrical and rhythmic talents to Owens Community College Oct. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center. The visit, presented by the Student Activities Office, will include a free performance and workshop titled “Race Mixing.”
Admission to the events is free and open to the public. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2994.
Financial workshops set
Mercy St. Charles Foundation will host a financial forum and workshop Nov. 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the hospital board room. Space is limited. Reservations are required by calling 419-696-7645.
The foundation will also host a two-part in-depth financial workshop Nov. 14 and 21 from 6 to 7 p.m., also in the hospital board room. Brent Shimman and Frank Dobnikar, financial advisors with S & D Capital, Oregon, will lead the workshop, which is geared toward individuals 50 and older who are preparing for retirement. Call 419-696-7645 to sign up.
Maumee Valley Save-A-Pet will host its 2011 Amazin’ Grazin’ Dinner and Auction Nov. 4 at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee.
The event will include a silent auction, cash bar and “grazing stations.” Tickets are $35 per person, $60 per couple and $240 for a table of eight.
To order tickets, become a sponsor or donate an auction item, call the shelter at 419-537-9663. Donations are tax-deductible.
Oral cancer screening
Free oral cancer screenings will be offered at Owens Community College Oct. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, located in the Health Technologies Hall.
The clinic is sponsored by the Owens Dental Hygiene Program, the Toledo Dental Hygienists’ Association and ProMedica Cancer Institute.
Screenings will include both visual and tactile exams for visible indicators of oral cancer. Referral forms will be provided if the examining dentist or dental hygienist deems it necessary.
Those interested in obtaining a screening are encouraged to call the ProMedica Cancer Institute at 877-291-1441 to make an appointment.
Fall Fun Run
The Lake Fall Fun Run, sponsored by the Lake School Health Advisory Council, will be held Oct. 29 at Mainstreet Church, Moline-Martin Road, Moline.
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The one-mile Pumpkin Run will begin at 10 a.m. The registration fee is $5 per child (12 and under). The 5K run/walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per person and $20 per family.
Proceeds raised will benefit school health projects.
“My Son Pinocchio”
Oregon Community Theatre will present Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto’s Musical Tale,” Oct. 28 and 29 and Nov. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. at Fassett Auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors/students. For more information, call 419-691-1398 or www.oregoncommunitytheatre.org
The Genoa Retirement Village will celebrate Halloween Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Young ghosts and goblins are invited to the Health Care Center and the Assisted Living Facility, 300 Cherry St. for trick-or-treating.
Heating help available
Residential electric and natural gas customers who have experienced or are facing a disconnection will again have the option of making a one-time payment of $175 in order to maintain or restore their service.
On Sept. 14, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) issued its 28th annual Winter Reconnection Order that allows customers to pay their amount owed or $175, whichever is less plus a reconnection fee of no more than $36, if applicable. This option is available until April 13, 2012.
For households with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, funds provided through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Winter Crisis Program (WCP) or other energy assistance programs may be used to pay the $175 charge. Households with incomes above 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines must enter a payment plan for any remaining balance above $175.
The PUCO has issued a new provision this year for certain customers who have been dropped from the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus) for non-payment. These customers must pay up to $50 per utility of any PIPP Plus default amount over $175. The PUCO order applies to PIPP Plus customers in default for failure to pay their monthly PIPP Plus payments and may be facing disconnection, as well as those customers who have been disconnected and wish to reenroll in PIPP Plus.
“While the Winter Reconnection Order will provide necessary assistance to customers who have been disconnected from, or are facing loss of their electric or natural gas service, the OCC remains concerned that in the current economic climate, there are limited resources available to reduce the percentage of Ohioans facing this situation,” Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander said. “We urge those behind on their bills to seek available payment assistance or contact their local utility to arrange a payment plan before being faced with a service disruption and expensive reconnection fees.”
For more information about all available assistance options, visit www.pickocc.org.
Hunter education course
A free Hunter Education Course will be offered Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the American Legion, S. Main St., Gibsonburg.
The course, led by instructors certified by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, is designed for first-time hunters or seasoned hunters seeking a refresher. Those who register will be given a take-home study course, which must be completed and presented Nov. 5, when a test will be conducted.
Participants who successfully pass the course will receive a certificate that is required by most states for first-time hunters to purchase a license.
Pre-register by calling 1-800-WILDLIFE. For more information, call Charlie Nopper at 419-637-7565 or Ken Deiter at 419-308-7438.
Buddy Backpacks for vets
Members of Elmore American Legion Community Post 279 Auxiliary are seeking donations of items to be included in Buddy Packs for the Homeless Veterans living in shelters in Ottawa County.
Among the items that are needed are bars of soap and containers to put them in, washcloths, hand towels, combs, rolls of paper towels, bathroom tissue, toothbrushes and holders, toothpaste, fleece blankets, insulated cups, eating utensils, 50-gallon plastic bags and new or gently used backpacks to put everything in.
For more information about dropping off donations or arranging for pick-up, call Winnie Chasteen, Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Chairman at 419-862-9003.