Calendar of events: Light-up night for Hensville Lights set for November 23

Tammy Walro

       A Toledo holiday tradition is returning it will be bigger and better than ever this year.
        Plan to be there on Saturday, Nov. 23 as Hensville Lights transform St. Clair Street, between Monroe and Washington Streets, into a wondrous holiday display for the 2019 holiday season. Hensville Lights is presented by Toledo Edison, Lexus of Toledo and IBEW Local 245, and supported by NSG Group and WTOL. 
        Two-hundred thousand twinkling lights bring to life the buildings along St. Clair. Adding to festive atmosphere is the Hensville Park Christmas tree standing 45 feet tall lit with more than 10,000 lights and a special dancing light show synced to music on the Fleetwood’s building.
        Hensville lighting festivities begin at 4 p.m. Nov. 23. It includes Santa Claus, family-friendly entertainment and activities plus performances by Toledo School for the Arts, Nye Dance Productions, and a special joint performance from the Ottawa Hills, Waite and Perrysburg High School American Sign Language Clubs. Hensville Tree Lighting and Light Show will be hosted by DJ Ey from BookthatDJ.
        The 200,000 dancing Hensville Lights and the 45-foot tree will be turned on at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
        Hensville restaurants will feature holiday specials, hot chocolate bars (with spiked hot chocolate) and more. The fun will continue at the Huntington Center as the Toledo Walleye take on Kalamazoo at 7:15 p.m.
        Hensville Lights will shine Nov. 23-Jan. 5, 2020. Businesses along St. Clair Street participating in Hensville Lights include Maloney, McHugh & Kolodgy Ltd., Holy Toledo! Tavern, Fleetwood's Tap Room, Neighborhood Health Association, Thomas Porter Architects, 20 North Gallery, and Fricker’s.
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Ongoing events
Through Feb. 23, 2020: “Everything Is Rhythm: Mid-Century Art & Music, Toledo Museum of Art. A multi-sensory exhibit featuring a selection of 20th-century abstract paintings, each paired with carefully curated musical compositions. Free admission.
Through March 8, 2020: “Global Conversation: Art in Dialogue,” Toledo Museum of Art. Dozens of contemporary works of art, many from the Museum’s permanent collection and many newly acquired, that encompass a broad range of media and geographic regions are featured. Free admission.
Through March 29, 2020: Women of Spiegel Grove – a special exhibit at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. In honor of the centennial of women’s suffrage, the exhibit showcases the lives of the many women who played important roles at Spiegel Grove and tells the national story of women in America, from the suffrage movement to the pursuit for social and workplace equality to the #MeToo movement. Exhibit included with HPLM admission. 419-332-2081,
Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16: Overnights and Snooze at the Zoo, Toledo Zoo. During the overnight adventure, guests make enrichment for animals, tour the Zoo, meet animals up-close and enjoy delicious meals. Each Snooze lasts from 6:30 p.m.-10 a.m. the next day. Separate fee, pre-registration required. 
Nov. 2: The World at War: Miniature War Gaming Day, Fort Meigs Memorial, Perrysburg, Miniature war gaming experts help visitors play more than 16 different war games and learn about this family friendly hobby.
Nov. 2: Flashlight Tour, Toledo Museum of Art, 5:15 p.m. Explore the mysteries of the Museum on this one-hour tour through TMA’s darkened galleries and secret spaces and places. Meet in the Little Theater for orientation 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
Nov. 2-3: Homespun Holiday Art & Craft Show, Great Hall at the Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.
Nov. 2 & 3: Opening Weekend: Toledo Walleye, Huntington Center, Toledo, 7:15 p.m. The defending ECHL Western Conference Champions return to action at the Huntington Center, taking on the Florida Everblades Nov. 2 and the Fort Wayne Komets Nov. 3.
Nov. 3: Johlin Cabin Open Hours: “Warmth for the Winter,” Pearson Metropark (north entrance), noon-2 p.m. See how much life has changed in the last 150 years. Lend a hand in preparing the wool and stay a while to learn the art of crocheting and knitting. Free.
Nov. 3: Girl Scout Day, Toledo Zoo. A chance for Girl Scouts of all ages to fulfill badge requirements while exploring the Zoo. In addition, there will be exclusive classes, animal encounters and guided tours just for Girl Scouts. Event includes 9 a.m. early Zoo access and concludes at 1:30 p.m. More information, including badges, pricing and registration procedures, available at
Nov. 3: Monthly Bird Survey, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, 8 a.m. Free. Join refuge volunteers and become a citizen scientist the first Sunday of each month. Bring your binoculars and dress for the weather. Meet at the trailhead parking area. 419-898-0014,
Nov. 5: Camp for a Day, Toledo Zoo. Children ages 5-12 can enjoy their day off from school at Vote for Animals Camp. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m., campers will meet the reptiles, mammals, birds, amphibians and fish that rely on human support to survive. More information, including pricing and registration, available at
Nov. 6: Toledo Walleye vs. Wheeling Nailers, Huntington Center, 10:35 a.m.
Nov. 7: Beer & Wine Tasting, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6:30-8 p.m. Join personal chef Jennifer Schuerman for a beer and wine tasting with creative foods. This tasting is for both the novice and expert. Menu will be posted the week prior. Fee is $36.05 per person and includes a before-workshop walk through the gardens. Advance notice is required, no later than the Monday prior is appreciated. 419-862-3182,
Nov. 7: Science After Dark, Imagination Station, downtown Toledo, 6-9 p.m. 21 and older event features full museum access, a cash bar and science demonstrations. Enjoy tastings from local distilleries including: 6/5 Distilling, High Level Distillery and Toledo Spirits.
Nov. 9: Heritage Days, White Star Park, Gibsonburg, 4-7 p.m. Celebrate the crisp fall days with wagon rides and frontier treats.
Nov. 9: Toledo Walleye vs. Brampton Beast, Huntington Center, downtown Toledo, 7:15 p.m. Military Appreciation Night.
Nov. 9: Comedy Hypnotist: Michael Night, The Summit, 23 N. Summit St., Toledo, 8-11 p.m. Night’s national touring show mixes comedy, magic, ventriloquism and stage hypnosis.
Nov. 9-10: Fremont Flea Market, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Fremont. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. 419-332-5604,
Nov. 10: Zoomba, Toledo Zoo. Move and groove to traditional Latin rhythms and animal-inspired tunes for an hour of energetic exercise to benefit Raising Up Red Pandas campaign. Workout 9-10 a.m. Separate fee. Includes Zoo admission.
Nov. 10: Authors! Featuring Sen. Sherrod Brown, Toledo-Lucas County Main Library, downtown Toledo, 2 p.m. Sen. Brown will discuss his book, “Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America.” $25, includes book.
Nov. 12: The Price is Right Live! at the Stranahan Theater, Toledo, 7:30 p.m. To register for chance to be a contestant, visit registration area at or near the venue box office three hours prior to show time.
Nov. 12: Toledo Symphony: Itzhak Perlman, Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, 8 p.m. A special program featuring favorites from film composer John Williams.
Nov. 13: “Finding Her Voice” Book Club: “The Debs of Bletchley Park,” Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, noon-2 p.m. “The Debs of Bletchley Park,” by Michael Smith shares the untold stories of women who worked for allied intelligence in England during World War II. Joan Eckermann, special events and volunteer coordinator, will lead this discussion. 419-332-2081,
Nov. 16: 2019 Scarecrow Sprint 5K, Walsh Park, Fremont, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. NW Ohio’s most challenging 5K cross-country course which starts and finishes in Walsh Park. Online registration available at Visit for details.
Nov. 16: Maker’s Mart Holiday Edition, Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St., Toledo, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. A day of supporting makers, shopping small and celebrating, featuring 80-plus vendors, food trucks and more.
Nov. 17: Family Hike at Pearson Metropark, Packer-Hammersmith Center parking lot, 761 S Lallendorf Rd., Oregon, noon-1 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon stroll with the whole family while on a guided nature tour with a park interpreter. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Free. Make reservations online at (Code 404402602).
Nov. 21: $5 After 5 p.m., Imagination Station, downtown Toledo. Bring the entire family for the evening and experience hundreds of hands-on exhibits for $5 admission each.
Nov. 21: Art Loop: Jazz Loop, downtown Toledo (various locations), 5:30-9 p.m. A monthly arts experience. Explore the downtown creative community through self-guided tours of the art, artists, and spaces that inspire a vibrant Toledo. This month, the Arts Commission celebrates Toledo native and international jazz legend Art Tatum’s 110th birthday with a showcase of local jazz legacy and talent. Walk, cycle, drive or take a bus through The Loop.
Nov. 21: A Magical Cirque Christmas, Stranahan Theater & Great Hall, Toledo, 7 p.m. Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by holiday music performed live.
Nov. 22-24: Winesburg Christmas Weekend, Clyde. Three days full of holiday events held at multiple downtown locations including the Northern Lights Parade on Saturday at 6 p.m. For a full schedule or more info, visit the Winesburg Christmas Weekend on Facebook.
Nov. 22-Dec. 31: Lights Before Christmas, Toledo Zoo, Toledo. The zoo’s holiday tradition is a treat for people of all ages, with millions of lights, animation displays, model trains, and Santa, too. 419-385-4040 or,
Nov. 23: Toledo Walleye vs. Kalamazoo Wings, Huntington Center, 7:15 p.m.
Nov. 23-24: PAW Patrol Live! Great Pirate Adventure, Stranahan Theater, Toledo. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and noon and 2 p.m. Sunday. The interactive show encouraging audiences to learn pirate catchphrases, dance the pirate boogie and help the pups follow the treasure map and solve picture puzzles during their mission.
Nov. 23-24: Holiday Craft & Gift Marketplace, Lucas County Rec Center, Maumee. More than 100 local artists and vendors.
Nov. 26: Alice Cooper in Concert, Stranahan Theater, Toledo, 7:30 p.m.  419-381-8851,
Nov. 27: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Huntington Center, Toledo, 4 and 8 p.m. Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) returns with all-new staging and effects in the show that started it all, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories.”
Nov. 28: Dave’s Turkey Chase, downtown Toledo, 9 a.m. The annual 5K and 1-Mile Walk on Thanksgiving Day in downtown Toledo benefits Cherry Street Mission Ministries, Hospice of Northwest Ohio and Hannah’s Socks.
Nov. 28: Toledo Zoo Lights Before Christmas will be open 3-8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Park will close at 9 p.m.
Nov. 29-Jan. 5, 2020: Hayes Train Special, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. Get in the holiday spirit with model trains that run through intricate Victorian Holiday scenes. 800-998-PRES,
Nov. 29: Downtown Fremont Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, 7 p.m.
Nov 30-Dec. 1: Christmas in the Village, downtown Pemberville.
Nov. 30: Small Business Saturday & Shop Hop, downtown Fremont.
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