Singers, musicians invited
The Christian Festival Choir and Orchestra invite area singers and instrumentalists to join them in preparation for their annual concert “Exaltation 2012” March 16 at 7 p.m. and March 18 at 3 p.m. at Northwood High School, Northwood.
Rehearsals will begin Jan. 7 at 9 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church, 4543 Douglas Rd., Toledo. Rehearsals will continue on Saturdays until their concert.
For more information, visit www.toledoexaltation.org or call 419-865-5795 or 419-260-8284.
Lincoln in Literature
Lincoln historian and literary scholar Doug Collar from Heidelberg University will be the guest speaker at the Jan. 22 meeting of the Regional “Johnson’s Island Civil War Round Table.”
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at T.J. Willies’s Restaurant at 738 W. Market St., Tiffin. An optional dinner will be held at 5:15 P.M.
Silent movie night
Enjoy a silent movie night at the Pemberville Opera House Jan. 7 as the epic “Ben-Hur” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Michael Hurwitz, theatrical consultant, lecturer, author and historian from Columbus will be on hand to share insights about the film, which at $3.9 million, is the most expensive silent film ever made.
Tickets are $12 and are available at Beeker’s General Store in Pemberville or by calling Carol at 419-287-4848. Visit www.pembervilleoperahouse.org for more information.
Literacy classes offered
Owens Community College’s Office of Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) is expanding to include new educational site locations in Bowling Green.
Beginning the week of Jan. 9, adults interested in improving their skills in such areas as English, mathematics and reading will be able to attend ABLE classes at Wood County JOBsolutions, 1928 E. Gypsy Lane Rd. in Bowling Green. The new classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Prospective students must first register for orientation prior to attending ABLE classes.
The College offers ABLE classes at multiple locations in Northwest Ohio, including the Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township, the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee, the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, the Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority in Toledo and at several Toledo-Lucas County Public Library locations, among others.
For more information about Owens’ ABLE classes, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2708.
The Hayes Presidential Center is in the final stages of its four-year restoration of the home of U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes.
To allow work to progress, the Hayes Home temporarily will not be open for tours. The temporary closure is to begin Jan. 24 and continue through Feb. 29.
The Hayes Museum and Hayes Library are not affected. Both continue to be open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
During this stage of the restoration process, historically accurate wallpaper will be installed in the downstairs and upstairs hallways, as well as in the stairwell. Experts from Historic Wallpaper Specialists in Johnsville, Tenn., need to erect a complex network of scaffolding in the halls and stairwells. In keeping with 19th-century standards, the workers will apply sizing to the walls, followed by a layer of muslin, the main wallpaper and finally the decorative frieze papers.
Center officials consulted with historic restoration experts to re-create the wallpapers selected by Rutherford and Lucy Hayes for their home. Black and white photographs of the home’s interior taken during the Hayeses residence provided guidance for patterns and placements. Entries in the family’s diaries as well as stories published in newspapers of the time aided in selection of colors. The wallpapers then were re-created using papers, inks, and methods employed in the 19th Century.
Restoration of the Hayes Home is possible thanks to a $400,000 federal appropriation from Save America’s Treasures. The late Congressman Paul Gillmor was instrumental in securing the appropriation, which required the Hayes Presidential Center to raise matching funds. Businesses and individuals from throughout the country have contributed to the project and the State of Ohio contributed $500,000 from its Capital Improvement funds.