calendarUpdated January 26, 2017

Novelist Tracy Chevalier Visits Maumee Library
Historical novelist Tracy Chevalier is known for weaving together new worlds from nonfiction, and never more fantastically than when she is addressing the great mysteries of art history. Known for her best-selling novel, Girl With a Pearl Earring (adapted for the big screen in 2003), Chevalier’s writing has taken readers to far-flung locales, from Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s 17th-century studio to a medieval Parisian court. Her most recent novel, though, takes its cue not from art galleries but from the Black Swamp. At the Edge of the Orchard follows a struggling family as they try to make it in Northwest Ohio.
Chevalier will give a free reading from At the Edge of the Orchard on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Gallery, with a book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase. The program is co-presented by the Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and made possible, in part, through support from the Library Legacy Foundation; for details, visit
For more information, contact the museum information desk at (419) 255-8000, ext. 7448 or visit

History Lecture Series Held At Maumee Branch Library
The Wolcott House Museum Guild 2017 Lecture Series will be held at the Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Rd., on Thursdays in February and March at 10:00 a.m.
Programs include “ “All But Forgotten: The Story of Dudley’s Defeat in 1813” by author James Emch on February 9, “Famous Americans Who Lost the Presidency” by author Gerald Bazer on February 16, “Historical Local Stories” by author Clint Mauk on February 23, “Here Comes a Mountain Man” by living historian Red Bear on March 2, “Survey and Found-ing of Perrysburg, Ohio” by author Gary Franks on March 9, “On the Trail of Lewis and Clark” by historian Jonathan Stealey on March 16, “Native Americans Who Were in Northwest Ohio” by historian Judith P. Justus on March 23 and “Highlights of His-tory in Stories” by historical raconteur Jim Bowsher on March 30.
For further information, contact guild president Judith P. Justus at (419) 874-6828.

Glass City Dance Parties To Host Winter Dances
Glass City Dance Parties is hosting a Valentine’s Celebration will be held on Friday, February 10 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight at Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd., Holland.
For more information, visit

Winterfest BG Chillabration Celebrates Ice Arena’s 50th
As part of Bowling Green’s ninth annual Winterfest on Friday through Sunday, February 10-12, the BGSU Ice Arena is celebrating 50 years with Bobcat and Falcon hockey games, a pregame party, postgame reception, a skating show and a visit from Scott Hamilton and Aliza Cizny.
Ice sculptures will be on display in the Huntington Bank parking lot downtown, along with the new Chillabration tent, serving beer, wine, snacks and entertainment from 4:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 11.
The event also features ice-sculpting demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, ice skating, a chili and soup cook-off, a Frostbite Fun Run, cookie creations, youth dodge ball, snow globe co-ed bubble soccer, the new Black Swamp Curling Center grand opening, a window youth art exhibition, the Four Corners Gallery BGHS art exhibit and Wood County Library events to include Home Depot’s Break It Make It, hot chocolate story time and the I Heart Ohio scavenger hunt.
For a complete schedule of events, go to or to the Winterfest BG Facebook page.

Hearts Of Fire Benefit Event Set At Radisson Hotel, UT
The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank presents the 2017 Hearts of Fire Valentine’s Benefit on Saturday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel at The University of Toledo, 3100 Glendale Ave.
Dance to the rhythm of Detroit in Motion, enjoy a meal catered by The Radisson, and bid on a great variety of items in a silent auction. Event guests are offered a special room rate of $99.00. All proceeds from this event go toward fighting hunger in Northwest Ohio. Individual tickets are $60.00 and table purchases at $200 for a table for 10 are available. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
For more information and/or to purchase tickets, visit

Burlesque, Spoken Word Acts Perform To Prompt Self-Love
“Love the Skin You’re In,” a benefit filled with body-positive entertainment featuring local entertainers Eclipse Galaxy and Ruby Jade, will benefit the River Centre Foundation.
The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Underground Theatre in the Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo.
Featuring burlesque, drag and spoken word acts, as well as the display of locally created visual art, “Love the Skin You’re In” focuses on being comfortable with and loving oneself exactly as you are, because every body is a good body. Tickets for the event are $15.00 at the door.
All proceeds from the benefit will go to the River Centre Foundation to create scholarships for individuals to receive treatment for eating disorders.

Central Catholic High School Plans 25th Annual Auction
Central Catholic High School’s 25th annual dinner auction, “The One Evening – It’s a Onederful Life,” will take place on Saturday, February 11 at The Pinnacle, Maumee, at 6:00 p.m.
All proceeds from this event will benefit the school’s scholarship fund.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be available at 6:00 p.m. with dinner served at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets for the black tie-optional affair are $150 per person and include a sit-down dinner, an open bar and a variety of live and silent auction items.
For reservations or more information, contact Marlena Kleine at (419) 469-8757 or e-mail

Zoo’s Wine-Tasting Series Announces Sipping Dates
The Toledo Zoo invites visitors to enjoy its dynamic exhibits and animals while sipping wines from around the globe at the zoo’s wine-tasting series.
Ages 21 and up will enjoy a delectable array of wines, hors d’oeuvres, live music and socializing.
Reserve space by calling (419) 385-5721, ext. 6001. Online reservations are also available at, and discounted pricing is available for groups and multiple-event packages. Tickets must be purchased in advance and reservations are required.
Dates in the 2017 Wine-Tasting Series include: Saturday, February 11 – Wine & Dine in the Aquarium for Valentine’s Day; Friday, March 17 – Museum of Science Great Hall; Saturday, April 22 – Arctic Encounter; Friday, May 19 – The Lodge; Friday, June 23 – Nairobi.

Monclova Community Center Plans Valentine’s Night Out
The Monclova Historical Foundation and Community Center will host a Valentine’s Night Out on Wednesday, February 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Bring a sweetheart or friends, or come by yourself.
The event is at the Monclova Community Center and features music by Tedd Swartz. There will also be wine, food, raffles, prizes and more.
Admission is free with an accessory donation for the Ritzee Resale or a suggested $1.00 donation. For more information on the Ritzee Resale, call (419) 861-1336 or visit
The Monclova Community Center is located at 8115 Monclova Rd.

Immigration Expert Speaks At BGSU, Olscamp Hall
Joseph Carens, professor of political science at the University of Toronto, will give a public lecture entitled “Immigration Controversies: Migrants, Refugees and Open Borders” at Bowling Green State University, 115 Olscamp Hall on Thursday, February 16, at 5:00 p.m.
Carens will examine the ethical issues surrounding immigration policies.
The talk will be based on Carens’s book, The Ethics of Immigration, which examines the ethical issues behind governments’ response to mass migration and the recent refugee crisis. The talk is free and open to the public.

Ice Carving Championships Return To Perrysburg Fest
Downtown Perrysburg Inc. (DPI) and Levis Commons present Perrysburg Winterfest 2017, a National Ice Carving Association (NICA) sanctioned event to be held on Friday through Sunday, February 17-19. Winterfest includes the U.S. National Ice Carving Championships.
Ice carvers from around the country will compete for $15,000 in prize money. The winners will be considered the best ice carvers in the country and the Perrysburg event will be a regional attraction.
Additionally, the popular Friday night beer tasting and Saturday evening wine tasting will be offered. Both events sold out last year, so interested parties should purchase tickets soon. Attendees must be 21 or older.
The beer-tasting event will take place on Friday, February 17 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. To reserve tickets, visit
The wine-tasting event is on Saturday, February 19 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Visit to purchase tickets.

Country Artist Travis Tritt To Perform At Stranahan
CMA and Grammy Award-winning country artist Travis Tritt will perform at the Stranahan Theater on Saturday, February 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Experience this rare opportunity featuring the multi-platinum artist in an intimate solo-acoustic setting, where his powerful voice and his guitar are the subjects of the spotlight. An up-close and personal event, his performance is punctuated by personal stories and anecdotes about his life and musical influences.
Tickets can be purchased at the Stranahan Theater box office, by phone at (419) 381-8851 or online at

36th Rotary Dinner Auction Funds Area Service Projects
The 36th Maumee Rotary Annual Dinner Auction will be held on Saturday, February 25 at the Premier Banquet Hall on Heatherdowns Boulevard.
More than 150 silent auction items, 23 live auction items and a vacation raffle will be up for grabs with returning auctioneer Jeff Keim on the mic for the evening. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Maumee Rotary Service Foundation, the 501(c)3 nonprofit arm of Maumee Rotary.
More information and tickets are available by visiting

Junior League Fundraiser Celebrates New Orleans
The Junior League of Toledo is honoring one of its longtime community partners, Aurora Project Inc., on Saturday, February 25 at the Armory in Hensville at its annual Inspire Toledo fundraiser. The event is from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
In addition to the awards, the Mardi Gras-themed event will have dancing, games of chance, Cajun appetizers and NOLA signature drinks. Each ticket to the event is an entry to the raffle with a $1,000 grand prize. Tickets are $75.00. All funds generated through Inspire Toledo will support Junior League’s two current community projects, Kids in the Kitchen and Uniquely You.
Kids in the Kitchen is a free community event that focuses on educating children and parents about healthy eating and exercise habits.
Uniquely You provides third-grade girls with the confidence to be themselves and lead others in doing what’s right to prevent bullying.
For more information, visit or call (419) 474-6262.

Mardi Gras Party Planned At Sylvania Country Club
The Alliance Française de Toledo celebrates 50 years in the community with an Amazing Mardi Gras Party on Saturday, February 25 from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Sylvania Country Club. Tickets are $50.00 per person. Community members are invited to attend.
Savor appetizers and champagne while the Toledo International Youth Orchestra plays favorites, and then enjoy a sit-down dinner accompanied by music from Gene Parker and his band. The night will feature dancing, magic, fortune telling and a chance to win the raffle grand prize, a week in France or St. Martin, including airfare and accommodations for two.
Costume is optional.
For more information or to make reservations, visit or call (419) 537-9024.

Lial School Open House Planned On February 26
Lial Catholic School will host an open house on Sunday, February 26 from noon to 3:00 p.m.
Visitors will be able to tour the school, meet faculty and staff, and talk with current Lial families.
Lial’s multi-age, continuous progress learning environment is unique among the area’s Catholic schools, offering students the opportunity to work at their own level.
Nestled in the Oak Openings region, Lial’s campus offers students a park-like atmosphere in which to explore, learn and play.
Parental involvement in their children’s education is a welcomed and valued partnership within the school community.
Lial aims to develop the whole child – academically, physically, socially and spiritually. To learn more about Lial or to schedule a private tour, visit

Cupcake Fundraiser Set For Children’s Theatre Workshop
The Children’s Theatre Workshop will host its 6th Annual Cupcake Showdown family-friendly fundraiser on Saturday, March 11 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Local bakeries will bring their most delicious and creative cupcakes to Handmade Toledo at 1717 Adams St., Toledo. Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for students and seniors. Children under age 5 are free with a paying adult. All proceeds benefit Children’s Theatre Workshop’s programs and services.

Swanton Community Center Hosts Woodland Workshop
The Northwest Ohio Woodland Workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Swanton Community Center, 217 Chestnut St., Swanton.
This workshop is for woodland owners who want to explore a broad range of topics. Attendees will learn about the importance of tree diversity, test tree ID skills and learn about the good and the bad when it comes to wildlife. Sessions will be indoors and outside with hands-on activities for some topics.
Cost is $35.00 per person. Preregistration is required by Wednesday, March 8. To register, visit

Garrison Keillor Performance Set At Stranahan In March
One of the most prolific American storytellers of all time, Garrison Keillor will perform at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo on March 12. A writer and humorist, he is best known for his popular live radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion, which attracts more than 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations each week.
Tickets for “An Evening With Garrison Keillor” are available on, and at the Stranahan Theater box office.

Tickets To Shrine Circus On Sale For March Shows
The Shrine Circus will be in Toledo with seven shows on Thursday through Sunday, March 16-19. At the Shrine Circus, attendees can get up close and personal with friendly clowns, ride the specialty animals and relive childhood with cotton candy and snow cones. Tigers, aerial performers, death-defying motorcycles and fun-loving clowns are featured.
Tickets are on sale now at; the Huntington Center box office at 500 Jefferson Ave., Toledo; the Zenobia Shrine office at 8048 Broadstone Rd., Perrysburg; and at (800) GO-CIRCUS.

Free Tuesday Trivia Nights Held At Dégagé Jazz Café
Dégagé Jazz Café offers a trivia night every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. It is free and has prizes for first-, second- and third-place teams. A team can be two to five people.
Dégagé Jazz Café is located at 301 River Rd., Maumee.

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