Free computer classes
The Birchard Public Library is accepting registration for free computer classes being offered for adults in May at the Woodville Branch, 101 E. Main St.
Citizens Online Computer Basics 1, 2, 3 and 4 will meet Thursdays 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 3, 10, 17 and 24. Students enroll for all four class sessions.
Word Processing 1, 2 and 3 will meet Thursdays 1 to 2:30 p.m. May 10, 17 and 24. Students enroll for all three sessions.
Call 419-334-7101, ex. 216 to register.
Teutonia Männerchor and Damenchor will present a Frühlingszeit Konzert (Spring Concert) April 28 at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
The theme for the concert will be “Trinkleid und Leichtfertigkeit” (drinking songs and frivolity). Special guests will be “Germania,” from Columbus. In addition, the evening will include a full gourmet meal served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., cash bar and band music following the concert.
For reservations, call the Black Forest Cafe (formerly the clubhouse) at 419-691-4116 or Nancy Waters at 419-666-7868. Tickets are available for the dinner and concert or concert only.
A community summit to address the issue of hunger in metro Toledo will be held April 25 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the Huntington Meeting Room at Main Library, 325 North Michigan St., Toledo.
Co-sponsors for the “Conversations to End Hunger” are ProMedica, YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo, United Way of Greater Toledo, the Urban Affairs Center, The University of Toledo and Toledo Grows.
“Hunger is a growing problem in our community and one that causes significant health issues,” said ProMedica President and Chief Executive Officer Randy Oostra. “Having an open, honest dialogue about the challenges our community faces, along with collaborative discussions around solutions, we can end hunger in our region.”
Today in the United States, one in five households lacks enough food to meet basic nutritional needs at some point during the year. Twenty-five million individuals depend on food banks and charities. Locally, more than 43,000 adults and 42,000 children depend upon food assistance (food stamps) which is 22.1 percent of the Lucas County population.
The goal of the summit is to facilitate dialogue around the barriers faced by local organizations that are working to end hunger in our community and to create long-term, significant change.
This event will feature a keynote address on creating a sustainable food economy from Kenn Dunn, founder of the Resource Center in Chicago, followed by breakout discussions. Attendance is free and open to the public. To register, call 419-242-7401 or email
College Fair for Veterans
Terra State Community College and American Legion Post 121 will sponsor a college fair for veterans April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Legion post, 2000 Buckland Ave., Fremont.
The Veteran Education and Training Symposium (V.E.T.S.) will give armed forces veterans the opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of area colleges and universities to discuss enrolling in school or transferring to another institution.
“We are excited to be working with the American Legion to offer this opportunity to all area veterans,” said Joyce Spencer, Student Success Mentor for Veterans at Terra. “Having all of these representatives in one place will make information gathering much easier and maybe a little less intimidating.”
Institutions that have committed to attending in addition to Terra include: Bowling Green State University and its Firelands campus, Herzing University, John Carroll University, Owens Community College, Siena Heights University, the University of Akron, ITT Technical Institute, Northwest State Community College, School of Advertising Art, Spring Arbor University, The Ohio State University at Lima, Trainco Truck Driving School and Youngstown State University.
This event is free to all veterans. For more information, call 419-559-2348.
Owens Pops Concert
Owens Concert Band will present its Annual Spring Pops Concert April 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature songs from the musicals “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “ABBA on Broadway”, as well as such music as “Semper Fidelis,” “All Glory Told” and “El Choclo.”
Guest singer Eddie Boggs will also perform a number of songs to the accompaniment of the Owens Concert Band, including “Our American Soldiers” and “You Raise Me Up,” among others.
Additionally, World War II veteran and Silver Star Medal recipient Earl Geoffrion, 94, of Oregon, will be honored for his bravery and service to his country as part of the performance.
For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7081.
Week of the Young Child
The Early Childhood Education Department at Terra State Community College will host a Week of the Young Child Family Fun Event April 24 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.
The Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, recognizes the important role of early childhood education and focuses attention on the needs of young children and their families.
Terra will collaborate with community partners such as Help Me Grow, WSOS, Sandusky Valley Association of the Education of Young Children, the Birchard Public Library, Elias Adin’s Comforting Hearts Inc., the YMCA, multiple departments at Terra and early childhood centers to provide fun activities for young children and information for parents.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Stacey Pistorova at 419-559-2216.
“Culinary explorer” to speak
Area residents are invited on a journey of exotic food exploration and discovery as Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts welcomes internationally-known chef, writer and culinary explorer Andrew Zimmern to the Mainstage Theatre for a lecture presentation Monday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
As the co-creator, host and consulting producer of Travel Channel’s series “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” and “Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World,” Zimmern travels the globe exploring food in world-class restaurants as well as in local street carts and jungle markets.
In May 2010, Zimmern was honored with the James Beard Award for Outstanding TV Food Personality. His online series “Appetite for Life” received an Effie in 2010. “Bizarre Foods” also took home two CableFax awards in 2009, one for Best Television Program: Food, and another for Best Online Extras for his other web series “Bizarre Foods in the Kitchen.”
Additionally, Zimmern is a contributing editor and award-winning monthly columnist at the “Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine” and a senior editor at “Delta Sky Magazine.” As a freelance journalist, his work has appeared in numerous national and international publications, including “Food and Wine” and “Saveur.”
Zimmern is also the author of “The Bizarre Truth” and has several books slated for release in the near future.
Tickets for the lecture presentation are $40 for main seating and $30 for raised seating. To purchase tickets, visit www.owens.edu/arts or 567-661-2787.
Spring plant sale
Members of Owens Community College Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club will hold their annual Spring Plant Sale April 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next to the greenhouse, located near the entrance to the Math/Science Center.
The sale will feature a wide selection of shrubs and rare, unusual trees, as well as annuals, among other items. Most shrubs will be priced at $15 to $20, while tree varieties will cost $15 to $30.
The Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club will also sell perennials, including select hostas and daylilies. In addition, an assortment of planters and hanging baskets with flowering annuals, grown by the college’s greenhouse management class, will be available this year. Hanging baskets will cost $12, while combination planters will cost $6-20.
A complete listing of the available plants with their prices is available at www.owens.edu/direct/plantsale.pdf. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7623.
All proceeds from the plant sale will help in supporting the organization’s participation in the annual PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Student Career Days, a national horticultural and landscape competition involving over 50 colleges and universities across the country.
Owens Community College’s Environmental Club is encouraging area residents to bring their used electronic devices to the Toledo-area Campus in support of environmental awareness as the student group serves as host to an “E-Waste” Collection Drive April 24.
The initiative is part of a collaborative effort with Recycle It USA’s environmental program, through which electronic items are either refurbished or recycled with the various components being broken down and disseminated to recycle-specific organizations.
Items being collected include computers, displays, printers, keyboards and mice, scanners, projectors, document cameras, speakers, storage devices, stereo equipment, cameras and camcorders, networking hardware, cell phones, cables, video game consoles and flash drives, among other items. Televisions are not being accepted.
Electronic devices can be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. outside the Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Toledo-area Campus, located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.
Proceeds from all cell phones collected will benefit the Environmental Club. For more information, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7583.
The American Red Cross will offer Babysitter Training for 11- to 13-year-olds at the Genoa Middle School Library May 15 and 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. Students must attend both sessions to receive a certificate.
Leslie Vogelpohl will instruct the classes. Training fees are $85. Thanks to the generosity of the Ottawa County Community Foundation, there are a limited number of full scholarships available for this training. Space is limited to 15 students.
American Red Cross babysitters are given the information they need to be more confident and knowledgeable about childcare. Participants receive a handbook and certification card upon completion.
To register, call 419-734-1100 or email
Honor Flights resume
Honor Flight Northwest Ohio will begin its 2012 flying season April 25 with a flight to Washington, D.C. carrying 80 World War II veterans.
The veterans, each accompanied by a personal “guardian,” will visit the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Air Force, Iwo Jima Marine Corps memorials, Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Since its initial flight in April 2008, Honor Flight Northwest Ohio has taken 859 World War II veterans to Washington, D.C.
Future flight dates include May 23, June 20, Aug. 29 and Sept. 26. The May flight will include 80 World War II veterans; the June flight will include a mix of World War II veterans and Korean War veterans and the August and September flights will carry mostly Korean War veterans.
World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans are encouraged to apply. A “Veteran Application” can be found online at www.honorflightnwo.org/veteran.asp.
Guardians and volunteers are needed for each Honor Flight, and applications are available at www.honorflightnwo.org.
Youth Poetry Contest
The Harris-Elmore Public Library is sponsoring its sixth annual Teen Poetry Contest throughout April.
The contest is open to ages 7-12. Entries will be accepted in the categories of male or female humorous or serious. Grand prize winners will receive $25 gift certificates to a local bookstore. Prizes will also be awarded for runners-up.
Poems should be typed on one side of a sheet of paper and should be submitted to the library by April 30. Poems may be longer than a page in length. Students are limited to five poems in each category.
Northwood Local Schools will hold the 14th Annual Senior Citizens’ Luncheon May 2 at 1 p.m. at the high school, 700 Lemoyne Rd., Northwood.
An invitation has been sent to city residents who regularly attend the month senior citizen Golden Eagle meetings at Northwood Church of God.
Seniors who are city residents and did not receive an invitation may call the Board of Education at 419-691-3888 to make a reservation.
Special guests from the city, Wood County Commissioners, Northwood Schools Board of Education and the Wood County Educational Service Center will attend.