Rallying by the Rails
Walbridge-Fest, Inc. will present the annual Rally by the Rails Festival May 18 and 19 in Loop Park in Walbridge.
The festival will include carnival rides, games, food, live music, a beer tent and an arts and craft show. On Saturday, there will be a parade in downtown Walbridge, followed by a car, truck and motorcycle show, Power of Yesteryear Tractor show and a kiddie tractor pull.
For parade information or for car show registration ($7 in advance, $10 the day of the show), contact K.K. Kansorka at 419-304-2395. For craft show registration or any other questions please call 419-913-3719 or visit www.walbridge-fest.com.
The Salvation Army will celebrate its 125th anniversary of serving the Northwest Ohio area May 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fifth Third Center, One SeaGate, Toledo.
The celebration will include a silent auction, the historical World War II Donut Girls and grazing stations featuring selections from some of the Toledo area’s best-known restaurants.
Guest speaker will be Matt Campbell, University of Toledo head football coach. Hosts for the evening will be Sashem Brey and Jeff Smith of 13 ABC News.
For tickets or more information, call Port Clinton Salvation Army Director Maureen Saponari at 419-732-2769.
Walk for Conservation
“Walk on the Wild Side,” the second walkathon for conservation will be held May 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area in Oak Harbor.
The event combines fun, the chance to get outdoors and see thousands of migratory birds and the opportunity to help preserve an important wetland for ducks, swans, geese and over 300 species of migratory songbirds. Participants may register online at http://walk.birdday.org/mageemarsh.
Individuals and families can choose a one- or two-mile walk that explores some of Magee Marsh’s best wildlife areas. Along the way, participants will be treated to special activities and opportunities to view wildlife. Registration fees and the additional pledges from friends and family will support Weeds to Wildflowers, a habitat restoration project that will replace invasive plant species with native wildflowers.
Registration is $10, which includes a t-shirt. On-site registration is available. Prizes will be awarded to teams and individuals who raise the most pledges.
For more information or to register or donate online, visit http://walk.birdday.org/mageemarsh.
The 18th annual Oregon Fest will be held May 20 on Dustin Road between Isaac Streets Drive and Coy Road in Oregon.
More than 10,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festival, which has the theme, “Plant – Nurture – Enjoy!”
Highlights will include:
• Find out about the real story behind all the Civil War history you missed in school with President Abe Lincoln, Gen. Robert E. Lee, Gen. George Custer, Gen. Ulysses Grant, 1st Ohio Battery H and 1st U.S. Sharpshooters, brought by the 21st Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery Unit. And listen to the roar of the cannons all day.
• Bring you camera to capture your family “blossoms” on the theme board near the Children’s Art Tent.
• Free art projects for the kids to make including painting, bubbles, picture frames, flowers, butterflies and many more.
• Expanded food offerings including all-American foods such as ribbon fries, homemade lemonade, corn dogs, elephant ears, funnel cakes, perch, shrimp and sweet potato fries. There will also be ethnic favorites including tacos, taco salad, chicken paprikas, lamb and beef gyros and Italian or Polish sausage. Special gourmet treats such as fried Oreos, smoothies, hand-rolled pretzels, cheesecake, bananas on a stick, kettle corn and sugar roasted nuts will also be available.
• Free stage entertainment will highlight Spanish, German and modern dancing. There will also be music from the `50s, contemporary Christian music and selections from the Clay High School Choir, along with performances by The Choraliers and members of Oregon Community Theatre.
The family-oriented, alcohol-free event will also feature quality of life exhibits, a classic car show, amusement rides, arts and crafts, a business fair, health screenings, raffles, giveaways and a parade featuring more than 100 entries at 4 p.m.
Admission is free. Free parking with handicap shuttle will be available. For more information, call 419-691-7060 or visit www.oregonfest.net.
Memorial Day Service
Grace Baptist Church, 325 S. Toussaint-Portage Rd., Oak Harbor, will host this year’s Community Memorial Day Service May 27 at 11 a.m.
The Oak Harbor American Legion Post 114, which will be recognized in a special tribute, will attend the service, which will include special music, patriotic songs, worship and prayer. All village residents are invited to attend.
Anglers interested in learning the art of fly-fishing and practicing their skills on a half-mile section of Cold Creek at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery are encouraged to enter the lottery for beginning fly-fishing clinics.
Seventy-five slots are available for the popular program, and the deadline for submitting a lottery entry is Aug. 1.
In addition to fly-fishing instruction by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife staff and members of Trout Unlimited, attendees will be able to test their newly acquired skills by fishing for the abundant rainbow trout found in Cold Creek. Anglers may also encounter an occasional brown trout. Instruction will be provided from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19.
Applicants must submit a postcard listing their name, address and phone number. The applicant may bring one guest, but the guest’s name must be listed on the postcard at the time of submission. Only one postcard per applicant and guest is allowed, and no duplicates may be submitted. Postcards should be sent to the attention of Linda Ringer, ODNR Division of Wildlife District Two, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840.
Successful applicants will receive a permit with an assigned session date. Permits are non-transferable. All anglers 16 years and older are required to have a valid Ohio fishing license. Funds generated from the sale of fishing licenses go toward conserving and restoring habitat, enforcement of fishing regulations, hatchery operations, fish stocking of public fishing areas, research and educational outreach.
For more information on Ohio's fishery resources, call 800-WILDLIFE or visit wildohio.com.
For more information about ODNR, visit www.ohiodnr.com.
Open house set
During this past school year, 150 high school students at Penta Career Center have been constructing a 2,200 square-foot house as part of their career training.
The house, a contracted project for the King family, is located at 10663 Eckel Junction Rd. in Perrysburg (between Thompson Road and SR 199).
The house will be open to the public Sunday, May 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. Parking is limited in the area near the house so a free shuttle service will be provided to/from the Home Depot parking lot, off Route 20.
Students in Penta’s Construction Carpentry, Remodeling, Masonry, Electricity, HVACR/Piping Systems Technology, and Construction Trades programs worked on some aspect of the home construction project. Penta instructors Rob Weaver, Tim Blanchard, Pat Luther, Mike Hardenbrook, Mike Urbine, Jason Vida and Mike Knitz worked with the students throughout the school year to complete the house.
Students build at least one house each school year. The homebuilding project is part of the high school curriculum in the Construction Trades programs. For more information about contracting with Penta to construct a house, call Kevin McCann at 419-666-1120, ext. 6358. Potential homebuilding projects must be located within a 10 to 15 minute driving distance of the Penta campus. In addition, a potential project must be located within one of Penta’s member school districts.
Clay Spring One Acts
The Clay High Limelighter’s will present “An Evening of One Acts” May 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
The program will include three one-act plays, “Things Fall (Meanwhile)” by Barton Bishop, “And” by Alan Haehnel and “Harry’s Hotter at Twilight” by Jonathan Dorf, with each being directed by senior class members of the Clay High Limelighters. There will be comedy, drama, and most of all great entertainment.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and can be purchased at the auditorium box office each evening prior to the show.
Candidates to speak
Josh Mandel, candidate for U. S. Senate, and Joe Wurzelbacher aka “Joe the Plumber,” candidate for Congress in the 9th District Congress, will be among the speakers at the Ottawa County Republican Women’s Club get-together May 24 in the loft at Mon Ami Restaurant, 3845 E. Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton. An elevator is available for easy access to the loft.
The gathering will begin at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a silent auction and an opportunity to chat with candidates, elected officials and friends. Mandel, Wurzelbacher and others will speak at 6:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, however, reservations are preferred.
For reservations, send a check for $20 per person payable to OCRW, Pam Fredrick, Treasurer, 133 E Main St., Oak Harbor 43440. Include names and addresses of those attending. For late reservations, call 419-898-1387. For info on OCRWC membership, call Joyce Murphy, president at 419-734-3459.
Summer theatre auditions
The Pemberville Children’s Theatre Workshop will hold auditions for “Flapper – A Madcap Musical Comedy Tribute to the 1920s,” May 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. and May 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House.
Auditions are open to ages 7 to 16. Both singing and non-singing parts are available. Backstage crew members are also needed.
Production dates are Aug. 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 5 at 2 p.m.
Angela Patchett and Donella Wilt will be returning as the directors. The workshop will be Saturday afternoons in the Pemberville Opera House starting in early June.
Information and downloadable forms are available at www.pembervilleoperahouse.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Support for the workshop is provided through The Gale and Marlyn Williamson Performing Arts Fund.
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day Saturday, May 12 with a number of special events at the refuge’s Visitor Center.
A family and beginner bird walk led by Bill Thompson III, author of “Young Birders Guide to Birds of North America,” and Richard Crossley, author of “The Crossley ID Guide,” will begin at 9 a.m. Later, from 5 to 6 p.m., Crossley will help participants learn to identify birds in a new and different way on a bird walk.
A number of book signings will be going on throughout the day with Thompson, Crossley and John D. Juriga, author of “Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist.”
“We are enormously lucky to have such remarkable people join in the events celebrating International Migratory Bird Day at Ottawa NWR this year,” said Rebecca Hinkle, Visitor Services Manager.
Naturally Speaking, a presentation series held at Ottawa NWR’s Visitor Center each month will be held May 13, 2012 featuring Todd Crail, doctoral candidate at University of Toledo. Crail’s presentation, “Native Freshwater Mussels, What Was Once Thought Lost, Has Now Been Found” will take place at 2 p.m.
The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge entrance is located 15 miles east of Toledo or 16 miles west of Port Clinton on the north side of SR 2.
Trunk Sale set
The Northeast Area Senior Center will host a Trunk Sale in their parking lot at 705 North Main St., Walbridge Friday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This event encourages participants to fill their vehicle trunks with items they are interested in selling. A cold box lunch will be available for a $2 donation for those over 60 years of age and $5 for those under 60 years old.
The trunk sale is open to anyone in the community who is interested in buying or selling. Those interested in participating are encouraged to register for a parking space in advance, by calling Sandy Hart, site manager at 419-260-3228.
The Division of Watercraft is offering extended hours for watercraft registration through July 27 at its Oregon office, located at Maumee Bay State Park, 1400 State Park. Rd.
Hours are Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The office is closed Saturday and Sunday.
All watercraft must be registered to be operated on Ohio waterways. Registrations are valid for a period of three years. For more details about Ohio’s boat registration requirements and fees, visit www.ohiodnr.com/watercraft.