Theatre auditions set
Perrysburg Musical Theatre will hold adult auditions for its upcoming production of “The Sound of Music” March 11 at noon at NextStage Studios in Perrysburg.
Those auditioning should set aside the entire day because callbacks will be the same afternoon. Children’s auditions will be held April 28 beginning at 10 a.m. All information and audition packets may be downloaded from www.PerrysburgMusicalTheatre.org.
PMT will also present a “Sound of Music Sing Along” March 9 at 6 p.m. at Zoar Lutheran Church. The event will include raffles, silent auctions, costume contests and more. Tickets are $5.
On March 17, the theatre will hold its second annual Audition Workshop for children 5 to 18 years old. The workshop will focus on voice, dance, drama and tech. Registration forms may be downloaded from the website. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
Coat program extended
Due to increasing need and generous donations from the community, the Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Unit is extending the Winter Coats Program through February. The program typically runs Nov. 1 through Jan. 31.
The Warm Winter Coats effort is based on donations from the public of gently used and new coats, which are then cleaned offered free to local families in need. Executive Cleaners provided cleaning for all donated coats. Residents in need of a warm winter coat may pick up coats for their families at The Sutton Center, 1848-1856 E. Perry St., Port Clinton.
This is the 16th year this program has been providing coats to the residents of Ottawa County. Last year, The Salvation Army collected and distributed more than 900 coats. To date this year, more than 1,100 coats have been distributed.
For more information, call Maureen Saponari at 419-732-2769.
Birding website honored
The Lake Erie Birding Trail website is being honored by the Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) as the February Site of the Month, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. The Lake Erie Birding Trail is a partnership between Ohio Sea Grant and ODNR’s Division of Wildlife. The site offers comprehensive information for birding at 86 locations along Lake Erie. The Lake Erie Birding Trail spans 312 miles and covers Ohio’s entire shoreline.
The GLIN, a Great Lakes Commission project, serves as a gateway to the Great Lakes region of North America. Its data holdings and services cover the environment, economy, tourism, education, maps, geographic information systems (GIS), demographics and more.
Launched in 1993, GLIN has continued to expand, and currently averages more than 4.5 million hits per month. Visit GLIN at http://www.great-lakes.net/ for more information.
Dr. Philip Xie, of Bowling Green State University, recently released a study titled “Socio-economic Impacts of Birdwatching along Lake Erie: A Coastal Ohio Analysis.” In that study he surveyed birders visiting six popular Lake Erie birding hotspots: Oak Openings Metropark, Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve, Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Reserve, Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve and Conneaut Harbor. These locales are part of the 86-site Ohio Lake Erie Birding Trail.
In respect to the Lake Erie Birding Trail, this study found:
• $26,438,398 was generated by birders visiting the six study sites;
• 283 jobs were created as a result of birding visitation to these sites;
• $1.9 million was generated in local taxes;
The study examined only 7 percent of the sites that comprise the Ohio Lake Erie Birding Trail. Birder-driven economic impacts along the entirety of Ohio’s Lake Erie shoreline are undoubtedly much higher.
According to the 2006 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Survey, an estimated 3.5 million Ohioans participate in wildlife-watching activities, including birding.
The Lake Erie Birding Trail has been supported by the Wildlife Diversity and Endangered Species Fund, which receives donations from Ohioans through the state income tax check-off program, and by the sale of cardinal license plates and the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp. Individuals wanting to donate can also make an online contribution at wildohio.com.
“Outstanding” nominees sought
Owens Community College’s Alumni Association will recognize the tremendous contribution that area police, fire and emergency medical professionals make to Northwest Ohio’s surrounding communities by hosting the ninth annual Outstanding Service Awards. Recipients will be honored as part of a community celebration April 27.
The Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations for the Outstanding Service Awards. Area residents are invited to nominate an individual or individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service above and beyond the call of duty. The award is not limited to a single recipient, and the College’s Alumni Association encourages the nomination of more than one person when teamwork was the key element in their success.
The five awards will be presented in the categories of Outstanding Police Officer, Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, Service to Community and Community Spirit. Selection criteria will be based upon a nomination process with candidates demonstrating exceptional service related to dedication, ingenuity, bravery, special skills and/or to the community over a sustained period of time. The awards are not limited to a single recipient.
Nominations must returned to the college’s Office of Alumni Relations by Feb. 29. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7410.
ODNR sets license sale
Ohio’s 2012-13 fishing, hunting and trapping licenses and permits will be on sale starting March 1, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.
“Ohio’s new license sales system performed very well in its inaugural year,” said Scott Zody, chief of the Division of Wildlife. “Customer identification (ID) numbers should be used whenever possible to help streamline the license purchasing process. People can find the number at the top of last year’s license.”
Each license buyer must have a Social Security Number (SSN) recorded in the system. Those who purchased licenses last year may now use their customer ID number and will not have to supply their SSN again.
The license will be valid March 1 through Feb. 28, 2013. The 2011-12 licenses will expire Feb. 29. Licenses and permits may be purchased online at wildohio.com and at agent outlets throughout the state. A complete list of participating license sales agents may be found at wildohio.com.
Naturalist training offered
Training for the Ohio State University Extension Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program will be offered to residents of Wood County and surrounding areas beginning in April.
Anyone with a strong interest in their natural surroundings, a desire to sharpen their outdoor interpretation skills and a willingness to share their knowledge with others is invited to apply. The program provides an extensive course in the natural sciences in exchange for a donation of volunteer hours through OCVN-sponsored activities.
Training will be held at various Wood County parks on seven consecutive Tuesdays beginning April 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., along with Saturdays April 21, May 5 and May 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class topics include ecological concepts, geology and soils, herpetology, forests, ornithology, entomology, mammals, aquatic life, plants, stewardship, and interpretation skills.
Participants must attend all training sessions, pass examinations and volunteer 40 hours to various projects. The $200 enrollment fee will cover the cost of training materials, speakers and facilities plus a mandatory volunteer criminal records check. Class size is limited to 20 applicants.
Ebony Embers at Owens
Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts will present Core Ensemble’s “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre.
Presented in conjunction with the college’s celebration of Black History Month, Core Ensemble’s presentation will feature actor Chris White portraying multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical cello, percussion and piano trio. Notable poets highlighted during the performance are Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay. With a script written by Akin Babatunde, “Of Ebony Embers” will also feature musical works by jazz legends Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, among others.
Tickets are $18. To purchase tickets, visit www.owens.edu/arts/ or call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2787.
Rossford levy forums
Two forums will be held to address questions pertaining to the renewal of two 7.9 mill operating levies for the Rossford School District.
Forums will be held Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Rossford High School auditorium, 701 Superior St., Rossford; and Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Glenwood Elementary School cafeteria, 8950 Avenue Rd,, Perrysburg.
Center seeks volunteers
The Northeast Area Senior Center, located at 705 North Main St., Walbridge, is in need of volunteers to deliver meals in the Walbridge local area.
Volunteers must have a vehicle, a valid drivers license and up-to-date insurance. Meals are delivered between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. but should take approximately 45 minutes to those familiar with the route.
Volunteering offers an excellent way for parents with children at home for the summer or individuals looking for an activity to give back to their community.