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Author group to meet
Way Public Library in Perrysburg and PRIZM Creative Community will be hosting “No Mic Night,” a monthly author support group beginning Jan. 16.

The community is invited to participate in these regular support and inspirational gatherings for the literary arts, which will meet the third Thursday of each month from 7-9 p.m.

Meetings on Jan. 16 and Feb. 20 will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the library’s Mercy Family Activity Center. Meetings from March 20 through Dec. 18 will be from 7-9 p.m. on the lower level of the library, located at 101 E Indiana Ave.

Each meeting will include peer review, useful feedback, and tips for getting published, all within an informal atmosphere. The group will be guided by facilitators with experience in creative writing including published author and professor of creative writing, Lylanne Musselman, who currently serves on the PRIZM Board of Directors.

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Recruiting docents
The Toledo Museum of Art is recruiting a new class of volunteer educators, known as docents, to join the ranks of more than 100 others. Docents enroll part-time in 18 months of training in art history, visual literacy and public speaking, with summers off.

Upon graduation, they become an integral part of the museum, leading nearly 50,000 people annually on tours of its collection and teaching visitors how to see better using the principles of visual literacy.

Those interested are invited to attend free informational sessions on becoming a docent Thursday, Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m. or Friday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Museum’s Little Theater.

While docents often serve community visitors to the Museum, they also participate in some of its most-recognized public programming, like baby tours.

For more information, contact Docent Coordinator Paula Brown-Gray at 419-255-8000 ext. 7514 or email

“Magic” qualifier
On Saturday, Jan. 18, Checkmate Games & Hobbies will host Northwest Ohio’s first-ever Pro Tour Qualifier event for “Magic: The Gathering.” The event will be held from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at American Legion Post 468, 5580 Centennial Rd., in Sylvania.

The tournament gaming event will determine the region’s qualifier for the national Pro Tour competition “Journey into Nyx,” held May 16-18 in Atlanta, Ga.

“Magic: The Gathering,” the popular card game, was developed by game designers Wizards of the Coast in 1993 and acquired by Hasbro in 1999. Today, there are more than 12 million active players of the game throughout the world, and Hasbro reports it as the biggest brand in their games portfolio. Over 20 years, “Magic” has developed a core of dedicated gamers, as well as a professional circuit of players with many more who seek to enter its ranks.

Checkmate Games & Hobbies in Toledo is one of the many game stores nationwide which participates in the “Friday Night Magic” playing sessions. Founded in 2011, Checkmate has been so successful in attracting and cultivating a large and loyal following of “Magic” players that the store was selected by Wizards of the Coast to host the region’s exclusive qualifying event.

The event will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. The Players Meeting and Tournament play will begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 10 p.m. The registration fee is $25. There will also be side events beginning at 1 p.m.

Bluegrass Fest
One of Ohio’s largest Indoor Bluegrass Festivals featuring national and regional bluegrass bands is being held Jan. 10 and 11 at the Holiday Inn French Quarters in Perrysburg.

Saturday’s lineup, which will run from 1-11:30 p.m., will include Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Bluegrass Mountaineers, Remington Ryde, Idletymes and Dean Osborne.

The indoor festival will include concerts, jamming, workshops, autograph opportunities and more. General seating is $25 per day. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

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