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Family Center Gala set
The East Toledo Family Center is gearing up for its Annual Gala, which this year will be themed, “The Great Gatsby.”

Proceeds from this year’s event, set for April 5 at 6 p.m. at St. Michael’s Hall on Navarre Avenue, will benefit transportation services at the center.

As in the past, Distinguished Citizen and Educator of the Year awardees will be introduced at the gala. Distinguished Citizens include Mark Bollin and King Peacock. The Richard Fisher Educators of the Year include Angie Dalton, Lynn Moran and Dave Yenrick.

Various auctions will be available for bidding and buying. New this year will be a “Nickel Raffle.” Five prizes will be awarded at the gala, however winners need not be present. Online raffle ticket sales are available.

Gala tickets are $55 per person and $100 per couple. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, call Tracy at 419-691-1429 or visit www.etfc.org and click on “events” for more information.


Passport to Hope

To bring attention to the growing number of youth in our community who struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues, Unison Behavioral Health Group will host a “Passport to Hope” event Saturday, April 5 from 6-10 p.m. at the Manor House, located at Toledo’s Wildwood Metropark.

In addition to the international grazing stations and silent auctions planned for the evening, professional dance instructors will be leading classes on the waltz, salsa, line dancing and belly dancing.

A limited number of tickets are available for $50 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Diane Geisbuhler at 419-936-7557 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Event details can also be found at www.unisonbhg.org.

Proceeds will benefit children’s mental health services at Unison Behavioral Health Group, where nearly 6,000 adults, adolescents, and children receive care every year.


Pancake breakfast to benefit hungry pets

The Church of St. Andrew United Methodist Men will present their fourth annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to raise awareness about and help hungry pets in the community Saturday, April 5 from 8-10:30 a.m. at the church, 3620 Heatherdowns Blvd.

Proceeds raised will benefit Humane Ohio, a local non-profit organization that runs a pet food bank and a low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

The menu includes old fashioned pancakes, blueberry pancakes, Chef Paul’s potato-pancakes, French toast with warm fruit, gluten-free and low-carb and vegetarian options, along with grits, beverages and more. The cost is a donation of any amount at the door.

“As a non-profit organization, Humane Ohio relies on the proceeds from fundraisers, donations and grants in order to keep our spay/neuter prices low for the community and to offer programs like the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank,” said Humane Ohio's Development and Marketing Director, Kristy Kissoff.

For more information about the pancake breakfast fundraiser, Humane Ohio's low-cost spay/neuter clinic or their pet food bank, visit www.humaneohio.org or call 419-266-5607.


Recognizing Ability

March is Developmental Disabilities Month, and the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities and other related organizations invite the community to consider the true meaning of this year’s theme, “Ability @ Work.”

Statewide organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events this month to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability.

“Ability @ Work” encourages people to understand that everyone has goals and dreams and desires to live a full life.

“This is a time when our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the people we serve,” said Melinda Slusser, superintendent of the Board of Developmental Disabilities. “During ‘Developmental Disabilities Awareness month, we encourage people to learn more about the 340-plus people in this community who have developmental disabilities and to recognize that all of us have goals and dreams and when we see ability at work, we all succeed.”

To learn more about the services offered by Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities, call 419-898-0400 or follow the organization on Facebook.


 

Testing policy discussed

A community panel discussion on “Ohio’s High Stakes Testing Policies and the Impact on Children, Teachers and Schools” will be held Wednesday, March 26 from 6:45-8:15 p.m. at Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Rd., Maumee. The panel will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

The presentation is the second event sponsored by Northwest Ohio Friends of Public Education (NWOFPE), a citizen-driven, non-partisan movement to inform and engage Northwest Ohioans at the community level to support and strengthen public schools.

For more information about NWOFPE, visit www.nwofpe.org or www.facebook.com/NWOFPE.


Teen Poetry Contest

The Harris-Elmore Public Library will sponsor its eighth annual Teen Poetry Contest during the month of April.

Prizes include $25 gift certificates to a local book store, which will be given in the categories of “Male Poet Serious,” “Male Poet Humorous,” “Female Poet Serious” and “Female Poet Humorous.” The contest is open to students in grades 7-12, or the equivalent for homeschooled students.

Poems should be typed on one side of the paper (but may be more than one page in length) and submitted to the Library, 328 Toledo St., Elmore, by April 10. There is a limit of three entries per person.

For more information, call the library at 419-862-2482. Visit www.harriselmorelibrary.org for more information about the library.


Kindergarten signups

Gibsonburg Schools will conduct kindergarten screenings April 3 and 4 in room 200 at Hilfiker Elementary School.

To be eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall, a child must be 5 years old by Aug. 1. To schedule a screening appointment, call Jill at the elementary school at 419-637-7249. Screening sessions will be held at 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., and will last approximately two hours. Parents/guardians should bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization record, Social Security card, proof of residency and custody papers, if applicable to the appointment. Dental and physical examination forms, which must be returned before the first day of school, will be distributed.

In addition, parents will have the opportunity to meet the school principal, teachers and other personnel at screening appointments. Kindergarten attendance is mandatory for all children before entering first grade.


Yacht club “Ice Breaker”

Maumee River Yacht Club, located at 2735 Broadway St., Toledo, invites birders, artists, naturalists and the general public to enjoy the view of the Maumee River at “Ice Breaker” luncheon events March 23 and 30, noon-4 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children, which includes homemade soups, salads and a dessert served from the buffet in the club’s redecorated Riverview Room. Bring binoculars and enjoy a casual afternoon admiring Mother Nature.

Reservations are suggested and may be made by calling 419-382-3625.


Every 26 seconds

S.T.A.R.S. (Standing Against Real Slavery) will present a program on keeping children safe from sexual predators and human trafficking March 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Unity United Methodist Church, 1910 E. Broadway St., Northwood.

The event, which is open to the community, will feature speakers FBI Task Force member Pete Swartz and “El” Sondra DeRomano, a human trafficking survivor and founder of S.T.A.R.S.

The cost is $40 per person, which includes lunch. Visit www.unityumchurch.com for more information.


Gardner lauded

The Ohio Historical Society and a consortium of other history-related organizations presented State Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) with its first-ever Ohio History Leadership Award at the annual Statehood Day advocacy event held Feb. 27 at the Ohio Statehouse.

Each year, the Ohio History Leadership Award recognizes a member of the Ohio General Assembly who has distinguished him/herself in their public service by being an outspoken advocate for the promotion of Ohio history. Sen. Gardner was the legislative sponsor in 2011 for the new Ohio Historical Society tax check-off that now appears on the state income tax forms. Ohioans receiving a refund on their state income taxes now have the option of donating a portion of their refund to the Ohio Historical Society.

The Society uses the donations as grants for local history-related projects through its History Fund grants program. More than $100,000 in grants was awarded to 10 organizations at the Feb. 27 Statehood Day event.

“Sen. Gardner was a former history and government teacher before he came to the Ohio General Assembly,” said Burt Logan, Ohio Historical Society executive director and CEO. “He has been a strong advocate for so many years promoting Ohio history, heritage tourism and educational issues to the benefit of Ohio. This award is a small token of our thanks to him for his leadership on these and other issues.”


Pearson Sunday Program

The Friends of Pearson’s March Sunday Series continues March 23 with a presentation by Mary Breymaier on “Pearson and Progress: George Pearson’s Leadership in the Development of the East Side.”

Breymaier, the author of “George W. Pearson, A Modest Hero,” will speak at 2 p.m. in Macomber Lodge at Pearson Metropark, 4999 Navarre Ave., Oregon. Refreshments will be available.

The next and final presentation will be held March 30 at 2 p.m., when Robert Clark, former East Side District Leader for Toledo Public Schools, presents, “Landmark of Pride, The First Hundred Years of Waite High School.”

For more information, visit www.metroparkstoledo.com.


Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid, an eight-hour program designed to train participants key skills for helping when a mental health crisis erupts, will be offered March 25 at Bowling Green Municipal Court, 711 Dunbridge Rd., Bowling Green.

Jessica Schmitt of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Wood County and Laura Selders of Family Service of Northwest Ohio, will present the training.

Created in Australia, the program teaches the ALGEE action plan for responding to a crisis or a developing mental illness. ALGEE teaches program participants to:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm;
  • Listen non-judgmentally;
  • Give reassurance and information;
  • Encourage appropriate professional help;
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies.

The March 25 training is supported by the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board. Any group interested in scheduling a Mental Health First Aid training may call Jessica Schmitt, NAMI Wood County, at 419-352-0626.


Donations sought for boardwalk renovation

The Friends of Magee Marsh are raising funds to renovate the popular Magee Marsh Boardwalk, located on the shore of Lake Erie near Oak Harbor.

Listed as one of the top 10 birding hotspots in the country, more than 80,000 people visit Magee Marsh during spring migration, which translates to millions of dollars spent at Northwest Ohio businesses.

The Friends of Magee Marsh are aiming to raise $300,000 to refurbish the 25-year-old boardwalk, which is falling into disrepair. Funds raised will be used to replace the decking and rails, stabilize the tower and make other improvements to ensure the boardwalk remains open to the public.

The Friends group has donated $25,000 to get the project started. Phase One is under way and will be complete by April 1. All work will stop during peak migration. Phase Two will commence June 1. During the renovation, most of the boardwalk will remain accessible.

The Friends of Magee Marsh is asking for community support for the boardwalk renovation. Donation envelopes may be found at the Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center. Additionally, donations may be made via PayPal online at www.friendsofmageemarsh.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofmageemarsh.

Magee Marsh Wildlife Refuge is located on SR 2, 17 miles west of Port Clinton and 25 miles east of Toledo.


Chicken BBQ fundraiser

A chicken barbecue to benefit Kyler Hammer, who was born June 3, 2013 with a genetic disorder, will be held Sunday, March 30, from 11 a.m. until sold out at Eagle’s Nest Hall, 210 Jefferson St., Oak Harbor.

Kyler, the son of Nick and Megan (Brandt) Hammer, requires considerable therapy, which is not covered by insurance. Proceeds raised will help the family meet medical expenses.

The donation is $9 for the dinner, which includes barbecue chicken, baked potato, cole slaw and dessert, served carry-out only.

Donations made payable to “Kyler Hammer Benefit,” may be made at Batdorff Real Estate, which is sponsoring the fundraiser, sent to Bernie Hammer, Batdorff Real Estate, 149 Church St., Oak Harbor, OH 43449. Tickets may be purchased at the Batdorff office, or by calling 419-898-9503, Bernie Hammer at 419-307-4060 or any other Batdorff real estate agent. Pre-sale tickets are recommended.


Volunteer appreciation banquet

The Elmore Historical Society will hold its annual volunteer appreciation banquet March 29 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Elmore.

The banquet will include dinner and dancing, with music provided by Elmore’s “Senior Class,” a band that plays covers of the 1950s-1990s. To make an reservation, call Jen Fording at 419-509-1918.

Admission is free to everyone who volunteered during the society’s many activities held throughout the year, including caterings, the Portage River Festival, antique car shows, Grub `n Suds, Tombstone Derby and Family Holiday Festival.

Although the historical society lost its founder, Lowell Krumnow, to cancer last year, it will continue to pursue his dream of keeping Elmore at the forefront of community activities and to keep the history of Elmore alive.

Those who have volunteered at any historical society event during the past year may call Jen Fording at 419- 509-1918 to make reservations for the banquet.

New members are always welcome. Membership is $5, which is the same as it has been since the society’s inception in 1980.

The Historical Society Barn is open for rental year-round. Reserve the hall by calling Renee at 419-574-1559 or Laurie at 419-266-7429.


Pet store opening

Everything For Pets, an extension of Condos and Trees store, will open for business Monday, March 31 at 10 a.m. in the Great Eastern Shopping Center, 2674 Woodville Rd., Northwood.

Condos and Trees, located at 4211 Woodville Rd., Northwood, will relocate to the new location as well. The store will close at 6 p.m. Friday, March 28 and will reopen at Great Eastern with Everything For Pets March 31.

Everything For Pets will be a full-line pet store featuring pet products as well as live animals, including guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, rabbits, reptiles, crickets and fish. The store’s mascot, “Bacon, the Baconater, a miniature potbelly pig, will be on-site at the store for children to pet and feed.

“The 30,000-square-foot pet store and manufacturing facility will offer a great place for East Side pet owners to purchase items for their four-legged family members,” said owner Jennifer Stewart. “We will also manufacture cat furniture and cat products to buyers’ specifications on the premises.”

Store hours will be Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 419-14-0PET (419-214-0738) for more information.


Memory Madness

In the spirit and fun of college basketball’s popular March Madness, the Harris-Elmore Public Library and the Ohio Historical Society are presenting the Second Annual Ohio Memory Madness – a bracket of 64 historical objects from across the state, all competing for the distinction of being named the 2014 Ohio Memory Madness Champion.

The winner will be determined by public online voting at www.ohiohistoryhost.org/madness/.

The bracket features images of iconic historical objects culled from Ohio Memory, the collaborative digital project of the Ohio Historical Society and the State Library of Ohio, with digital collections from 360 cultural heritage institutions representing all of Ohio’s 88 counties.

The Harris-Elmore Library is proud to have the Elmore Car, Lakeshore & Michigan Southern R.R. car and Elmore Bicycle represent Northwest Ohio in the competition, which proceeds in rounds culminating in a championship April 6-7.

Not only can the public vote throughout the tournament to ensure their favorite object makes it to the championship, they can also enter to win a prize pack from the Ohio Historical Society.


Fallen firefighters event cancelled

The Fallen Firefighters Craft Show & Expo, planned to be held at the International Boxing Club (old Fun Spot Roller Skating Rink, 525 Earlwood Ave., Oregon), on Saturday, March 22, was cancelled due to uncontrollable circumstances, organizers say.

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