Wear Red Feb. 3
The American Heart Association is asking everyone to show support on Feb. 3 for “Go Red For Women,” a nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power women have to band together and wipe out heart disease.
Heart disease is still the number-one killer of women, taking the life of one in three women each year. Those wishing to show support can wear red to work, make a donation to the campaign and learn more about preventing heart disease.
“Thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country, the color red and the red dress have become linked with creating awareness of heart disease in women,” said Jacqueline Isherwood, executive director of the American Heart Association, Northwest Ohio Division,
Research shows that women who Go Red are more likely to make healthy changes in their lives. For example:
• More than one-third have lost weight.
• Nearly 50 percent have increased their exercise.
• Six out of 10 have changed their diets.
• More than 40 percent have checked their cholesterol levels.
• One-third have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
Visit www.GoRedForWomen.org or call 419-740-6180 to find out more about Wear Red Day and Go Red For Women.
Comfort Food Dinner
A “Comfort Food” Dinner will be held to benefit the Feed Our Neighbors Program Feb. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lake Township Administration Building.
The menu will include fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese, a vegetable, roll and butter and dessert. The event will also include a silent auction.
Advance tickets are available for $7.50 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. For tickets or to make a donation, call Elsa Caudill at 419-666-3415 or Melanie Bowen at 419-662-6561.
All area women are invited to attend the “Love Express” luncheon and program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Feb. 9 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon luncheon and program, which will include Lila Csortos and Kris Downey showing personalized greeting cards and gifts, along with vocal music entertainment by Allana Goetz with Cindy and Gina. In addition, Sandi Lemmon, of Toledo, will speak on “Confessions of a Workaholic.”
The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.
Crash fatalities dip
Fatal crashes and motor vehicle fatalities decreased in Lucas County in 2011, according to a report by the Lucas County Traffic Safety Program.
The report shows there were 23 fatal traffic crashes resulting in 29 deaths. Two of the 29 deaths were motorcyclists, neither of which was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and four were pedestrians. This compares with 35 fatal crashes and 40 deaths during 2010, of which eight were motorcycle deaths (only one was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash) and six were pedestrians.
Forty-eight percent of the fatal crashes occurring within Lucas County in 2011 involved a driver under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both at the time of the crash, resulting in 11 of the 29 traffic fatalities.
Seat belt use in the fatal crashes that did not involve a motorcycle or a pedestrian was 26 percent. Only six people that had seat belts available were wearing them at the time of the crash. According to Gwen Neundorfer, coordinator of the Lucas County Traffic Safety Program, many of these deaths could have been prevented had the person been wearing a seat belt.
The Traffic Safety Program is funded through grants from the Ohio Department of Public Safety and is administered by the Lucas County Educational Service Center.
“A Piano Valentine”
Pianist Jason Farnham will present “A Piano Valentine” Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Pemberville Opera House. The concert is part of the ongoing “Live in the House” series.
Farnham, of Los Angeles, is known as the “chameleon artist” because he performs so many musical styles in one show. His recent projects include composing for a BMW commercial and scoring the feature film, “Hiding in the Open,” He also composes for Harpo Productions, which is Oprah Winfrey’s company.
Tickets are $12 and are available at the door or in advance at Beeker’s General Store in Pemberville. Visit www.pembervilleoperahouse.org for more information.
Sleigh Festival fundraiser
The first-ever Maumee Bay Sleigh Festival is scheduled for Feb. 5, from noon to 3 p.m. at Vail Meadows Equestrian Riding Center, 6118 Cedar Point Rd., Oregon.
The event will feature public indoor displays of sleighs, carriages, and sleigh accessories (bells, chimes, blankets, clothing). A snack bar will be available.
If there’s snow on the ground, sleigh-driving demonstrations will be held; if not, carriages will be driven. Donations are suggested to benefit Horse Powered Avenues for Youth charity.
For more information, see www.sleighfestival.com.
The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, will host “Transitions,” a series of programs of social and educational opportunities designed for individuals with early stage memory loss and their friends and families. Persons who are experiencing forgetfulness, mild confusion or difficulty finding the right words are most likely to benefit.
Programs will be offered at the Alzheimer’s Association, 2500 N. Reynolds Rd., Toledo. The schedule includes:
• Feb. 8 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., “Mind Works,” brain-stimulating games in a fun, non-competitive environment.
• Feb. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m., “Art Café,” featuring artist Jan Revell, who will offer fine art options such as acrylic painting or watercolors. The group is also making UnFrogettible! mosaic frogs as a community service project. No art experience is required.
• Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., educational and support meeting with varied topics.
Registration is requested. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 for more information.
The Elmore Historical Society will be holding a “Freeze-out” Texas Hold-Em tournament Feb. 4 at the Historical Society Barn at 353 Ottawa St. in Elmore. Registration begins at 5:00PM with the tournament beginning at 7:00. Cost of the tournament is $70 with a 70 percent payback. For more information call Rick at 419-377-0700.