16th Welding Program
The Northwest Ohio Section of the American Welding Society and Owens Community College will present the 16th Annual Motorsports Welding Program April 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Automotive Technologies Center at Owens, located at 30335 Oregon Rd. in Perrysburg Township.
The featured speaker will be Karl Hoes, from the Lincoln Electric Motorsports Company. Hoes, who is also a welding instructor, works on NASCAR and Nationwide cars, ARCA cars and IRL cars in trackside applications. He also works with the Experimental Aircraft Builders Association.
Throughout the evening, more than 30 competition vehicles will be on display. There will also be welding and cutting demonstrations and a virtual reality welding simulator. A new welding helmet will be awarded for the best weld of the night.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dick West at 419-862-2933 or Larry Blake at 419-349-1521.
“Disco Fever” gala
The East Toledo Family Center is gearing up for its 2012 gala, set for April 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Glass City Boardwalk, 27820 East Broadway St., Walbridge.
The event, themed, “Disco Fever,” will include presentation of Distinguished Citizen and Educator of the Year awards, auctions and more.
Tickets are $55 per person and $100 per couple. To purchase tickets or become an event sponsor, call Tracy at 419-691-1429 or visit www.etfc.org.
All area women are invited to the “Spring in Bloom” luncheon and program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection April 12 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for the noon luncheon and program that will include musical entertainment by Rachel Reed and a presentation on spring planting by Jill Bench, from Bench’s Greenhouse in Elmore. In addition, Robin Reese, of Brighton, Mich., will tell “How to be Secure in an Unsecured World.”
The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.
Tent City set
Owens Community College students will spend a night under the stars as part of the seventh annual Sleep Out for the Homeless Tent City Wednesday, April 4.
Beginning at 4 p.m., Owens students will spend 17 consecutive hours camping out on the college’s courtyard lawn outside the Student Health and Activities Center.
The goal of the sleep-out is to raise awareness about homelessness in the surrounding communities and to collect non-perishable canned food items to benefit Cherry Street Mission Ministries in Toledo. The event will conclude at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 5.
In addition, Owens students will put their construction skills to the test as part of a cardboard box-building competition. The student project receiving first-place honors will have the collected non-perishable canned food items donated in the builders’ names to Cherry Street Mission Ministries.
Cherry Street Mission Ministries was founded in 1947 with the goal of providing help to those in need with food and shelter. In addition to meeting critical basic needs, the organization focuses on empowering people to break the bonds of homelessness and poverty.
Owens’ Sleep Out for the Homeless Tent City event is being coordinated by the college’s Office of Student Activities. For more information, including donation information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2569.
Area high school seniors are invited to learn about the educational opportunities available at Owens Community College during two fun, music-themed Registration Rocks events.
High school seniors can sign up for any day of Registration Rocks, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 2 to 5 and April 9 to 12. Advance registration is required.
Throughout each day, students will be able to meet with an advisor, take placement testing, tour the campus, complete student orientation and pick up information about financial aid, clubs and student activities, local housing and academic program offerings. A separate parents’ program will also be offered. Lunch will be provided.
For more information or to register, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7379 or visit www.owens.edu/regrocks/ and click on the “Registration Rocks” icon.
A helping hand needed
Facing an increased need for services in 2012, Helping Hands of St. Louis is asking for community support to continue providing for those in need.
The soup kitchen and pantry, located at 443 Sixth St. in Toledo, is in need of assistance to replace badly deteriorated storage shelving at an estimated cost of $750.
Helping Hands has experienced an increase both in the number of meals served and the number of grocery bags distributed in 2012, compared with the first two months of 2011. The soup kitchen served 5,636 meals in February, an increase from 4,000 in February 2011. In January, the soup kitchen served 5,514 meals, compared with 5,161 meals in January 2011. The pantry also distributed 76 more grocery bags in the first two months of 2012 compared with last year.
“We see more and more new people,” said Paul Cook, director. “We’re seeing bigger families coming in. It’s just the way the economy is. People need more help.”
Those interested in providing assistance to Helping Hands may contact Cook at 419-691-0613, ext. 2, or 419-351-8304.
Getting youths involved
On Saturday, April 21, youths around the world will join together for the 24th Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) – the largest service event in the world.
Locally, the United Way Volunteer Center is coordinating youth service projects across the community, in conjunction with the Toledo Zoo and Westfield Franklin Park.
Individuals and groups are encouraged to sign up. “We’ve already connected more than 600 youths to service projects, but we want to beat our record from last year of 1,500 youths,” said Emily Avery, manager of the United Way Volunteer Center. “Many nonprofits across the community could truly benefit from a group of youths volunteering with them, so we encourage you to contact us if you have a group of young people who are willing to make a difference in their community. This is also a great family activity.”
Locally, young people will disperse the morning of April 21 for the service projects, and then come together for a free lunch and celebration at the Toledo Zoo. Local personalities, including Toledo Mayor Bell, will be on hand to serve lunch and speak about the importance of service. The zoo will grant participants free access for the remainder of the day.
Coordinated by Youth Service America, GYSD is now celebrated in more than 100 countries. Young people, participating in youth-led service and service-learning initiatives, address critical issues such as illiteracy, hunger and homelessness, childhood obesity and preserving natural habitats.
Nominations are being accepted through April 30 for the annual Spirit of Wood County Awards.
Wood County residents are invited to nominate current or former county residents for awards in one of seven categories – Agricultural Leadership; Industrial/Economic Development; Education for Civic Responsibility; Liberty through Law/Human Freedom; Religion and Liberty; Self-Government; and the Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award.
Nomination forms and category descriptions are available on the Wood County website, www.co.wood.oh.us (follow the “Spirit of Wood County Awards” link). A list of previous award recipients is also posted on the website. Forms are also available in the 2011 Annual Report that was released last week.
Tree removal slated
To ensure the safety of visitors, dead trees will be removed along the popular boardwalk at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Only trees that are in danger of falling on the boardwalk, walking trails and parking lot will be removed. Most of the dead and dying trees are ash trees that have been attacked by the non-native emerald ash borer (EAB) – an insect native to Asia that was detected in Michigan in 2002 and subsequently spread to Ohio and other states. The ash borer has been responsible for killing millions of ash trees in the Midwest. There is no large-scale method to control the borer at this time.
ODNR’s Division of Wildlife will allow natural tree regeneration to replace the ash trees. Tree species that will likely colonize the site include cottonwood, box elder, Kentucky coffeetree and hackberry.
For more information, visit ODNR website at ohiodnr.com.
Motorcycle training classes
Motorcycle enthusiasts interested in enhancing their skills are invited to enroll in Motorcycle Safety Training classes being offered through Owens Community College’s Workforce and Community Services through October.
Motorcycle Ohio has 22 permanent training locations throughout Ohio and one mobile program, as well as a fleet of 450 training motorcycles, helmets and over 250 instructors.
The 16-hour Basic Rider Course includes four classroom hours at Owens’ Arrowhead Park Learning Center on Indian Wood Circle in Maumee. Classroom topics include introduction to motorcycling, preparing to ride and street strategies. The final 12 hours will be held as part of practice riding sessions at the 250-foot by 500-foot defensive driving pad adjacent to the Owens Fire Science and Law Enforcement Center in Perrysburg Township.
Attendees will be provided with motorcycles, helmets and a student workbook. Proof of a Motorcycle Endorsement on one’s driver’s license or a valid temporary motorcycle permit is required for participation in the course.
The cost to participate in the class is $25. Space is limited to 12 riders per class. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7357 or register at www.motorcycle.ohio.gov.
Safe boating class
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-16 will present an “About Boating Safely” class April 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Legion Post #320, 204 Illinois Ave., Maumee.
The course meets requirements of the Ohio law that requires all persons born after Jan. 1, 1982 to complete an approved safe boating course.
Benefit fish fry
The staff and residents at Genoa Retirement Village are hosting a community fish fry Friday, April 6 noon to 6 p.m.
The meal is carry-out or delivery only, and will include perch, fries, cole slaw, roll and homemade bread pudding.
Meals are $10 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Genoa Area Food Pantry.
To order, call 419-855-7755. Genoa staff will meet you at your car with your meal, or will deliver to your home or business upon request.
Happy birthday to us
Forty years ago, on April 4, 1972, The Press published its first issue – a publication dedicated to serving the communities bounded by the Maumee and Portage rivers, Lake Erie and Route 6.
As we look back on our history, we are also looking forward to our continued mission of providing the news and information you need, and we are asking our readers to share ideas. Drop us a line and tell us what we’re doing right and how we might make the paper even better. Have there been any news or feature stories, or even advertisements that have been especially beneficial to you? Are there any regular features you enjoy or look forward to each week?