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Owens event to
showcase arts careers
Owens Community College invites students, alumni and the community to the Fine and Performing Arts Networking Fair and Symposium March 14-16.
The free event will take place in a virtual and in-person format with more than 20 sessions to attend. On Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15, all sessions will be held virtually. On Thursday, March 16, join for in-person sessions at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 7270 Biniker Drive, Perrysburg.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet educators and professionals from the fields of graphic design, animation, photography, recording arts, broadcasting, theatre, music, music business and fine arts.
“We have a lot of great educational opportunities at Owens in the classroom every semester, but this event is when we bring career professionals together with students to talk about opportunities and future careers and the future of the industry,” said Jeremy Meier, Owens chair of Fine and Performing Arts.
This biennial event is moving to a hybrid format this year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was fully virtual. The hybrid format will allow participants and professionals to continue joining from outside the area.
Each 45-minute in-person session on March 16 will be followed by 15 minutes for participants to network with each other and with industry professionals. “Getting face-to-face opportunities for students to talk about industries around the region is invaluable. They are not only seeing ways to grow in the classroom, but also how to grow and start their careers in Northwest Ohio,” Meier said.
View the full schedule of speakers and sessions and register for the Fine and Performing Arts Networking Fair and Symposium at

Book Birthday
celebration set
The Wood County District Public Library is celebrating a book birthday for Bill Martin Jr., author of the beloved Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book, Monday, March 20 from 4-5 p.m.
Stop by the library at 251 N. Main St., Bowling Green from 4-5 p.m. to enjoy books, games, crafts and a special treat.
No registration required. For more information, call 419-352-8253, email or visit

Quilters to meet
The Maumee Bay Country Quilters’ Guild will meet Tuesday, April 11 at 6:45 p.m. at Northwood Church of God, 3375 Curtice Rd.
Doors open at 6 p.m. The program will feature Sandy Sack, from Perfectly Pink Quilt Shop. Visitors and new members are welcome. The visitors’ fee is $10; yearly membership is $35.

‘Newsies The Musical’
The Clay High School Limelighters will present Disney’s “Newsies The Musical” March 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and March 19 at 3 p.m.
Based upon the true story of an 1899 newsboys strike in New York City, “Newsies” tells the tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragtag band of young “newsies” who strike against unfair labor conditions to fight for what’s right.
The Tony Award-winning musical is packed with thrills, dance numbers, music, and an inspiring story of courage in fighting for what’s right.
All seating is reserved and may be purchased at Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.
Concessions will be available at all performances. Raffle baskets and novelty items are available online at and at all performances.
“Newsies The Musical” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Fremont Theatre
to present ‘Proof’
Fremont Community Theatre will present its fourth show of the 2022/2023 season, “Proof,” March 10-12 and 17-19.
Director Bradley Rowe and assistant director Jacob Studebaker-Ellis are presenting another new-to-the-FCT stage show, this one was written by David Auburn. “Proof” was the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.
Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and military members and $8 for students 18 and younger. To reserve tickets, visit or call 419-332-0695 and leave a message.
Synopsis of “Proof:”
On the eve of her 25th birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness — or genius — will she inherit?
Visit for more details.

Ohio Legislative Update
The NW Ohio Conservative Coalition (NWOCC) is sponsoring a talk, “Ohio Legislative Update” Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Maumee Indoor Theatre Community Room, 601 Conant St., Maumee.
Speakers will include State Reps. Derek Merrin (District 42) and Josh Williams (District 41).
“Many people are wondering what’s going on in Columbus. We are looking forward to hearing from two leaders in the legislature as to what the outlook is for important issues such as school vouchers, tax cuts and abortion,” said Linda Bowyer, chair of the NWOCC.
The talk is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to cover the venue cost. Preregistration is required as seating is limited.
Register using Eventbrite, at
The Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition is a non-connected political action committee registered with the Federal Elections Commission and the State of Ohio. For more information, visit or email

Road project
Ottawa County crews are expected to be working on Walbridge East Road through March 17, depending on the weather.
Walbridge East, between Nissen and Elliston Trowbridge roads, is closed to all traffic between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. during construction, which began March 9.

Stock price increase
Martin P. Sutter, Chairman of GenBanc, Inc. ,has announced the stock valuation as of Jan. 31, 2023 to increase from current market fair price of $31 to the new price of $33.25 - a 7.25 percent increase in stock value.
GenBanc, Inc. is the holding company of the 120-year-old GenoaBank, as well as GenoaFinancial.


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