To celebrate Earth Day, the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Magee Marsh, East Harbor State Park, and Catawba Island State Park, will host a county-wide beach clean-up April 19.
All events will be held at 9 a.m. Anyone interested in volunteering at one of the beach clean-up events may call to register:
- Catawba Island State Park or East Harbor State Park – Mike Monnett at 419-734-4425;
- Magee Marsh – Becky Simpson at 419-898-1595;
- Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge – Justin Woldt at 419-898-0014.
Retired Teachers to meet
The Lucas County Retired Teachers Association’s April Luncheon will be held Thursday, April 24 at noon at the Brandywine Country Club, 6904 Salisbury Rd., Maumee.
Guest speaker Scott Carpenter, PR representative for Metroparks of the Toledo Area, will provide an update on current park activities.
This month’s spotlighted charity is Aurora House, a transitional housing shelter for homeless women and children. The facility is requesting donations of health and beauty products for adult women and supplies for babies.
Entrée choices include Champagne Chicken, Baked Swiss Steak or Parmesan Breaded Tilapia. Entrée choice, along with payment, in the form of a check for $17 made payable to LCRTA, must be sent to Robert Fetter, 7803 Shaftesbury, Sylvania OH 43560 by April 17.
Northwood Schools will hold kindergarten registration Wednesday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at Northwood Elementary (Olney Building). To be eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year, a child must be 5 years old by Sept. 30.
The event will provide parents/guardians with the opportunity to obtain information/registration materials and to meet teachers and other school staff members.
For more information, call the school office at 419-691-2601.
Global Youth Service Day
Adult and youth volunteers are invited to join the East Toledo Club, East Toledo Family Center and One Voice for East Toledo, along with other community organizations who will be working together to clean up East Toledo during a Global Youth Service Day event Saturday, April 12.
The event, coordinated by the United Way Volunteer Center, will be held from 9 a.m.-noon. Adult and youth volunteers are needed to help clean up the Main Street corridor, and the parks along the way. Main Street businesses are also encouraged to participate.
Participants will be treated to a free lunch, and free admission to the Toledo Zoo at 12:30 p.m.
Youth training signup
The Economic Opportunity Planning Association (EOPA) is accepting worksite and participant applications for the Lucas County Empowerment Program (LCEP).
The program provides paid training and work experience to approximately 700 Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)-eligible youth and young adults ages 16-24 during eight-week program sessions. Nine sessions are anticipated.
Each program participant will be assessed for computer skills and job aptitude. The training will encompass business communications, professional demeanor, conflict resolution, goal setting and basic financial management.
LCEP offers participants case management and job coaching. Additionally, partnerships with the public and private sector will include topics of civic responsibility such as voter registration, volunteerism and use of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library for access to materials and employment searches.
EOPA currently provides community services such as GED training, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Senior Emergency Repair, Financial Literacy, and adult Employment Readiness Training.
The association encourages potential employers to provide opportunities for the young people for what is often their first work experience.
Throughout the program, evaluations will be conducted of participants’ employment skills to encourage improvement and boost the chance for future employment.
To be eligible to participate in the program, participants must be between the ages of 16-24, have a minor child in the family household and be under 200 percent of the Lucas County Poverty Ratio. For example, the income of a family of four must be under $3,975 monthly. Eligible applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration ends May 1; openings are limited and will be considered by the date they are received. Applications should be completed and returned as soon as possible. To register, complete the online application available at www.eopa.org/LCEP/home.html.