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Volunteers sought
The Salvation Army Port Clinton Service Center needs volunteers to ring the bell for the “Christmas in July” Red Kettle event, which will be held July 27 to 29 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Three kettle sites will be set up, with volunteers needed at each site. The sites include Community Market in Port Clinton, Kroger and the Jet Express. All proceeds will go to support the Port Clinton Salvation Army’s current programs.

To volunteer or to make a donation, call Director, Maureen Saponari at 419-732-2769.

“Chicks Mix” for charity
Chicks for Charity, an informal group of more than 1,800 women who want to give back to the community, will host Chicks Mix ‘12 July 11 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Toledo Botanical Garden.

The event is open to the public, and girls and women of all ages are encouraged to attend. Tickets for the evening are $37 and $20 for Junior Chicks age 20 and under.

All proceeds raised will help provide academic, cultural, social and service-learning activities for Toledo-area youth through IBC Beat the Streets. To purchase tickets for the event or to learn more about Chicks Mix `12, visit or call 419-241-2221.

“The kids at IBC are inspirational. And we are thrilled once again to be teaming up with them for this great event,” said Martha Vetter, president of R/P Marketing Public Relations and founder of Chicks for Charity. “This year, I hope the women and girls of the Toledo-area show that we continue to be committed to the success and personal improvement of the youth in our community. IBC’s mission is one that we wholeheartedly support.”

Last year’s event raised close to $30,000 for IBC.

IBC programs have benefited more than 4,000 youths in the greater Toledo area over the last 13 years. Since early 2011, IBC’s community partnerships have increased not only to include Chicks for Charity, but numerous others throughout the area and country.

Because of these partnerships, IBC has enjoyed incredible growth this past year, including a move into a larger facility in Oregon. This new building allows for further support for at-risk teens, including the introduction of softball and volleyball programs for girls.

One of these exciting partnerships is with Beat the Streets, a national nonprofit organization whose mission centers on academic achievement, leadership and sportsmanship through the sport of wrestling. With the help of Beat the Streets, along with collaboration with Toledo Public Schools, IBC expanded its programs to reach more underprivileged youths than ever.

In addition to the sports programs, IBC Beat the Streets provides youth opportunities within their Institute for Building Careers, such as a learning/tutoring program, a vocational program and the Gloves with Love community service program. Moreover, Tiffin University, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Toledo have offered scholarships specifically to IBC students in 2012.

“Jim’s Garden”
Friends of the late Jim Pauwels will celebrate his life and his passion for hostas with the planting of the new “H Jimmy Blue Eyes” hosta June 24 at the waterfall garden in Pearson Metropark in Oregon.

Family, friends and neighbors of Pauwels are invited to bring a hosta or daylily to plant the gathering, which will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. The hosta planting will take place at 3 p.m.

The garden is located in Parking Lot #3. Follow the trail behind the pond. It is maintained by Pauwel’s friends Don Bixler and Kevin Kwiatkowski.

Pauwels, an avid gardener and member of the Black Swamp Hosta and Daylily Society lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Sept. 29, 2009.

For more information, call 419-559-6725 or 419-691-5684.

Boomfest at the Grove
The Steve Augeri Band will headline the 3rd Annual City of Oregon and BP/Husky Refinery “Boomfest at the Grove” June 30 from 2 p.m. to midnight at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon (home of the German-American Festival).

Admission, entertainment and parking are free. The event will include food, drinks and fun activities for adults and kids.

Highlights include:
• Crusin’ the Grove Car Show, from 2 to 6 p.m.
• Live entertainment featuring Kentucky Chrome (4  to 6 p.m.), Arctic Clam (6 to 8 p.m.) and The Steve Augeri Band (8 to 10 p.m.). The band features the former lead singer from “Journey.”
• A spectacular fireworks display, sponsored by BP/Husky Refinery, will cap off the evening. Other local sponsors include ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, Toledo Edison, Holiday Inn Express Oregon, Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce and Platinum Sponsor Toledo Refining Co.

“We are excited to once again partner with the local business community and the GAF to present a fun event for Oregon-area families,” said Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian. “We expect this event to continue and to grow as a new Oregon 4th of July tradition.”




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