Once Upon a Mattress
The Music Department of Lake High School will present the spring musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” March 22, 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Mainstreet Church’s 795 campus.
The story, which is a musical retelling of “The Princess and the Pea,” features (Jessica Snyder) in the role of Minstrel, (Katie Hotz) as Queen, Trevor Walsh as Dauntless, John Eckenrode as Wizard, Forrest Bennett as Sir Harry, Autumn Walker as Lady Larken, Hayley Grames as Princess Winnifred, Kalen O’Leary as the King, and Jake Momany as the Jester.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call the Lake Theater hotline at 419-661-6640 ext. 3832.
Annie Get Your Gun
Genoa Area High School thespians will present “Annie Get Your Gun,” Irving Berlin’s musical celebration of legendary sure-shot Annie Oakley, March 22-24 and 25.
The updated version includes a revision of the dated view of Native Americans and Sitting Bull, and a reworked finale with a modern, accurate ending.
The show features timeless hits like “Anything You Can Do,” “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”
The cast of more than 50 includes Jane Schlievert as Annie Oakley, Christopher Chapinski as Frank Butler, joined by Travis Dusseau as Buffalo Bill Cody, Clay Parlette as Sitting Bull, Kailey Fairchild as Dolly Tate, Carlos Baez as Charlie Davenport, Derek Miller as Tommy Keeler, Erica Brown as Winnie Tate and Brennen Williams as Foster Wilson/Pawnee Bill. A dozen elementary school students will share the roles of Annie’s younger siblings.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling Genoa Schools at 419-855-7741, ext. 31315 (Middle School Library).
Northwood High School will present “Seussical” March 16 to 18 in the high school auditorium.
The musical, by Stephen Flahtery and Lynn Ahrens, blends elements from 15 of Dr. Seuss’ beloved stories into one original tale.
Audiences are invited to watch as Horton the Elephant (Ben Slaughterbeck) works hard to save Whovillians dropped in a clover patch. All the while, the ornery Cat in the Hat (Logan Genson) performs trucks on the beloved JoJo (Page Genson), son of the Mayors of Who (Luke Laviolette and Andrea Howard).
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. Reserve tickets by visiting the high school website at www.northwood.k12.oh.us.
The annual Skywarn severe weather spotters training for Wood County will be held March 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Joint Fire Station, 13179 Mermill Rd., Portage.
The training is presented by the National Weather Service, Cleveland office, and is sponsored by the Wood County Emergency Management Agency.
Participants will learn how to identify and report severe weather occurrences to the National Weather Service and local officials. Anyone interested in learning more about severe weather is invited to attend.
Pre-registration is not required. For more information, contact the Wood County Emergency Management Agency at 419-354-9269 or
Marine Mechanics class
The Marine Mechanics Skills for Life program is accepting applicants for two upcoming 10-day class series.
The first program, set to begin March 19, will focus on outboard marine engines. It will meet Monday to Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ottawa County Community Improvement Corp.’s (OCIC) offices on SR 163 in Oak Harbor.
The second class, which will address stern-drive motors, will run from April 2 to 12 at the same time and location.
Supported by several local marinas, the classes are made possible through a collaborative effort of the Ottawa County Community Improvement Corporation, Penta Career Center and WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc.
The class provides students with program instruction and hands-on training in the proper use of all tools used in the marine mechanic industry; diagnosis, repair and replacement of all components of outboard motors and stern drive motors as well as the maintenance and repair practices of seasonal marine work. Participants also receive a work ethics certification and boating education certification provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Division.
It is designed as an open entry and open exit hands-on program that allows participants to master the skills of the marine trade in less than six months. The participant who completes the requirements of this program can work at any marina around the nation.
For more information on how to enroll, call George Dupey at 419-334-3332.
Wildlife refuge program
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will be open for an auto tour March 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Visitors will be able to drive at their own pace through seven miles of the refuge that are normally closed to the public. A self-guided tour brochure will be available at the route entrance.
For more information about these or other Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge events, call 419-898-0014, visit www.fws.gov/midwest/ottawa or connect on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ottawanwr.
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo on SR 2.
Patrols stepped up
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office will have extra patrols on the roadways during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.
Three overtime shifts will be scheduled during the weekend, during which deputies will enforce traffic laws, with an emphasis on speed, OVI and seat belt violations.
The overtime will be paid for through a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is seeking volunteers to survey wetlands for amphibians and marsh birds as part of the Marsh Monitoring Program on March 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Visitor’s Center, 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor.
Amphibian routes are surveyed three times a year during the late evening, and frogs are counted at each point along the route for three minutes. A typical amphibian survey takes one and a half hours to complete. Marsh bird surveys begin in June. Bird routes are surveyed three times a year during the early evening. All birds both seen and heard are counted at each point along the route for 15 minutes. A typical marsh bird survey can take three hours to complete. Each volunteer is provided with both training materials and field training.
Those who are interested but cannot attend may call Kathy Huffman at 419-898-0014, ext. 35 or email
Prom dress drive
Owens Community College students are reaching out to high school girls to ensure that they are able to receive a special high school prom experience by hosting the second annual Prom Dress Drive.
Through March 31, members of the college’s Raising Awareness Club are accepting donations of gently used prom-specific items, including dresses, shoes, purses, gloves and jewelry.
“Last year’s Prom Dress Drive was a huge success as the Raising Awareness Club was able to assist many high school students in making their prom a special experience,” said Nicole Lance, Owens Student Activities Assistant and Raising Awareness Club Advisor. “We really want to make sure the prom is a memorable day for high school students this year and are encouraging the local communities to give back by donating to the Prom Dress Drive.”
On April 14, the Raising Awareness Club will host the Prom Dress Extravaganza for high school students and their families. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase prom dresses and accessories for minimal cost ranging from $5-20 for dresses and 50 cents to $5 for accessories. Shopping mentors will be on hand to assist shoppers. Owens students will provide prom dress alterations free of charge during the event.
Owens’ Prom Dress Extravaganza will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the College’s Student Health and Activities Center.
Prom donations can be dropped off in the Office of Student Activities Room 165 at the College’s Student Health and Activities Center.
Any items not claimed during the Prom Dress Extravaganza will be donated to Camp Courageous near Whitehouse. All proceeds raised from the prom dress initiative will be used to benefit future community outreach activities for the Raising Awareness Club.
For more information or to make a donation, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2569.
Spring Job Fair
Terra State Community College will host a Spring Job Fair March 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.
More than 60 employers and organizations will send representatives to campus to discuss job openings and talk to prospective employees.
The event is free and open to the public. Job seekers are asked to dress appropriately, bring their resume and be ready to impress.
To view the list of employers registered to attend, visit Terra’s Facebook page. For more information, call Career Services at 419-559-2256.
Community members of all ages are invited to join the bilingual adventures of “Stuart Little” as Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts presents the theatrical version of a timeless favorite in both spoken English and American Sign Language Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre.
“Stuart Little” is presented by the national touring group “Sign Stage on Tour” through Windwood Productions, a theatrical company comprised of deaf and hearing stage specialists. The troupe is dedicated to presenting educational programs that integrate bilingual education with theatre.
“Stuart Little” tells the story of Stuart, a mouse who lives in New York City. Stuart believes that size is not important and enjoys living among humans in a world that includes daily adventures, highlighted by rescuing his friend Margalo, a bird, from the pursuit of Snowbell, a house cat. The adaptation of the Sign Stage on Tour’s theatrical production is based on the book by E. B. White.
Tickets are $12. To purchase tickets, visit www.owens.edu/arts or contact the College’s Box Office. For more information about this event, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2787.
Animal Care Fair
On Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Toledo Zoo will celebrate animal care in all its forms at the Teddy Bear Care Fair.
The celebration will feature animal demonstrations, keeper talks and an opportunity for kids to bring in their favorite stuffed pals for a check-up or a minor repair. The Teddy Bear Care Fair helps show your family how important it is to look after our favorite furry, finned or feathery friends.
In addition, the Toledo Area Humane Society will be on hand to help those looking for a family pet to find the right cat or dog. The adoption area will be in the Great Hall of the Zoo’s Museum of Science.
Visit toledozoo.org/teddybear for more information, including a complete schedule of events for the day. Online admission discounts for use throughout March, are available at toledozoo.org.