calendarUpdated March 6, 2017

Glass City Dance Parties To Host Winter Dances
Glass City Dance Parties is hosting a dance party on Friday, March 24 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight with a free dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. with paid admission.
Upcoming Friday dance themes include spring break on April 7, blue jeans on April 21, Mother’s Day on May 5 and Hawaiian on May 19. All will be held from 8:00 p.m. to midnight with a free dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. with paid admission.
A special Memorial Day dance party will take place on Sunday, May 28 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight with a free dance lesson at 7:15 p.m. with paid $12.00 admission.
Dances are held at Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd., Holland. For more information, visit

Children’s Theatre Workshop Holds Cupcake Fundraiser
The Children’s Theatre Workshop will host its sixth annual Cupcake Showdown, a 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. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and seniors. Children under age 5 are admitted free with a paying adult. All proceeds benefit Children’s Theatre Workshop’s programs and services.

Spring Festival Of Crafts Planned At Stranahan
The annual Spring Festival of Crafts craft show, sponsored by the juried members of the Toledo Craftsman’s Guild, will be held at the Stranahan Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. in Toledo, on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12.
The ever-popular craft show will bring the finest in handmade, juried crafts and art items to the Toledo area.
Attendees can purchase handcrafted spring items for decorating; and with Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations and weddings just around the corner, gifts for those celebrations will be available, as well.
Spring floral arrangements, brightly painted yard and home decorations, solid wood items, fabric, metalwork, candles, lotions and scents, sweats, country crafts, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, seasonal items and more will be featured.
Additionally, many members of the Toledo Craftsman’s Guild will fill special orders.
Hours on Saturday are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
The guild will also host a food drive at this show by collecting food and household items for the Toledo Seagate Food Bank.

Greater Toledo Train Show Takes Place At Owens CC
The Greater Toledo Train and Toy Show will be held at the Owens Community College Student Health and Activities Center, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg, on Sunday, March 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The show features over 250 dealers bringing toy and model trains of all gauges and manufacturers, as well as toys from all eras: plastic, tin, die-cast, pop culture and more. Free appraisals, repair advice and original parts for sale will be offered on-site.
Many famous layouts and exhibits will be operating all day long, including: “LEGO Big City,” Tiedtke’s Department Store American Flyer operating a post war “S” gauge train display, Coney Island tabletop operating a miniature amusement park, layouts from area groups in all gauges of toy trains from “N” to “G” scale, including the Toledo Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas, A.C. Gilbert Erector Set display, robotics demonstrations and free rides for little ones ages 4 and younger on “Thomas” riding trains in the kiddie area.
Adult admission is $6.00. All children ages 12 and under are admitted to the show free with one paid adult admission.

Symphony Youth Orchestra Plans Side-By-Side Concert
The Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra’s next youth concert will be the Side-by-Side Concert on Sunday, March 12 at 4:00 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle.
Tickets are $10.00 each and available through the Toledo Symphony offices.

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

Appold Planetarium Program Prepares For Solar Eclipse
For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will sweep across North America on Monday, August 21 – the moon will completely block the sun, daytime will become a deep twilight and the sun’s corona will shimmer in the darkened sky.
To prepare for this rare solar eclipse, the Appold Planetarium on the campus of Lourdes University in Sylvania is premiering a new show, Eclipsing the Sun.
Attendees will watch the spectacle unfold from ideal locations on earth, the moon and the sun. Learn how to safely watch this eclipse, which may be the most viewed total solar eclipse ever. Additionally, attendees can purchase a pair of glasses for $1.00 to safely view the solar eclipse in August.
Admission prices for Eclipsing the Sun are $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 and under. The family-friendly shows are offered at 7:30 p.m. on the following Saturdays: March 11 and 18; April 1, 15 and 29; and May 6 and 20.
Reservations are strongly recommended. Please call (419) 517-8897 or e-mail

Garrison Keillor Performance Set At Stranahan Theater
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.

Flutist William Bennett Offers Master Class At UT
The University of Toledo Department of Music welcomes internationally renowned flutist, William Bennett to campus Wednesday, March 15 to present a master class in flute. Students performing on the master class have already been selected, but the event is free and open to the public to attend. It will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall and parking is free in Area, across the street from the CPA.
Visit the UT Department of Music at

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 March at 10:00 a.m.
Programs include “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 History in Stories” by historical raconteur Jim Bowsher on March 30.
For further information, contact guild president Judith P. Justus at (419) 874-6828.

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.

March Madness Fundraiser Planned At The Pinnacle
The V Foundation for Cancer Research will host its 17th annual March Madness NCAA Basketball fundraiser at The Pinnacle from 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Friday, March 17.
The cost is $50.00 per person or $75.00 per couple and includes green beer, Marco’s and Little Caesars pizza, Firehouse subs, Mi Hacienda guacamole and Rachel Michael’s gourmet popcorn. There will also be a cash bar and Jiggs dinner available for purchase. All four games will be televised simultaneously on 20-foot projector screens.
For more information, visit

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: Friday, March 17 – Museum of Science Great Hall; Saturday, April 22 – Arctic Encounter; Friday, May 19 – The Lodge; Friday, June 23 – Nairobi.

Blissfield Railroad Club Plans Spring Open Houses
The Blissfield Model Rail-road Club, 109 E. Adrian St., Blissfield, Mich., will hold spring open house events on Saturdays and Sundays, March 18-19 and April 22-23.
The large HO scale model railroad has been under construction since the club moved to its new facility three years ago. The model railroad layout has been newly built from the ground up, and is now nearly completed.
There will be 6-8 trains operating continuously on the railroad layout during open house, with trains running on three different levels.
Model railroaders, train enthusiasts, railfans, seniors, children of all ages, and everyone else are welcome.
Club membership is open to anyone interested in joining. If interested, please talk to a member. For more information, visit

Lourdes W.A.V.E. Festival Held At Franciscan Center
In honor of National Women’s History Month, Lourdes University reaches a milestone with its 10th annual W.A.V.E. (Women, Artists, Visionaries, Entrepreneurs) Festival on Saturday, March 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. The event is free and open to the public.
Created as a way to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of women throughout the region, W.A.V.E. is a juried indoor exhibition and sale of fine arts and crafts such as ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry, pottery and paintings. This year’s festival features work from more than 50 exhibitors and a variety of live entertainment. Guests can also enter to win prizes donated by some of the exhibitors and enjoy refreshments.
Proceeds from the 2017 W.A.V.E. Festival will go to Beach House Inc., a Beach House Family Shelter/FOCUS Partnership, whose mission is to help households transition from homelessness to permanent housing. For more information, e-mail or visit

Craig Firsdon Speaks At Gathering Volumes
Local disabled poet and artist Craig Firsdon will be at Gathering Volumes, 196 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg, on Saturday, March 18 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. for the public release and signing of his first book, Requiem.
Requiem is a collection of some of his favorite poems, written mostly in the last 10 years.
At the book signing he will also read from the book, have a discussion, answer any questions and show a few of his paintings, which may be for sale. For more information, visit

Fort Meigs Visitor Center Offers Sunday Tea Time
Tea time at the Fort Meigs Visitor Center is from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. Attendees will be served a traditional tea and learn more about tea time in the early 19th century. Historical crafts will be taught to all who wish to learn. The program is suitable for all, ages 6 and up.
General admission to the site is required. In addition to the tea, admission includes entrance to the Legacy of Freedom museum exhibit. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors and $3.00 for students. Children ages 5 and under and Ohio History Connection members are admitted free of charge.
For more information on these programs or all of the other events at this National Historic Landmark, visit or call (800) 283-8916.

Christian & Muslim Peace Featured In Documentary
The Sylvania Franciscan Village, the United Muslim Association of Toledo and the Franciscan Action Network are co-sponsoring the Toledo premiere of the documentary The Sultan and the Saint on Sunday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. A reception follows. The event is free and open to the public.
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons, the documentary, presented by Unity Productions Foundation, details the story of Muslim-Christian peace. During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better.
Reservations are strongly encouraged. RSVP at The film is recommended for adults and children 12 and older.
To learn more about the documentary, visit

Serve Up An Ace Fundraiser Benefits Anti-Drug Campaign
The Zepf Center will host a “Serve Up an Ace” tennis event to support its Help With Heroin campaign on Saturday, March 18 at the Twos Athletic Club, 2222 Cass Rd., Toledo, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
The cost to attend is $35.00. For reservations, visit, e-mail or call (419) 841-7701.
“Serve Up an Ace” features tennis for all levels, a silent auction, grazing from local restaurants, a cash bar and door prizes. Additionally, there will be an exciting $2,500 cash raffle and door prizes.

Lou Holtz Featured Speaker At Youth Mental Health Event
Coaching legend Lou Holtz will join ProMedica Foundations on Saturday, March 18 to address the mental health epidemic that affects hundreds of thousands of individuals in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
Critical ConneXions will be emceed by motivational speaker and author Dr. Clint Longenecker of The University of Toledo and feature presentations from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Harbor Behavioral Health. Former college football coach and sports analyst Lou Holtz will offer a keynote address on the importance of coaches leading by example through taking time to care for their own mental health and maintaining positive life balance.
The event will take place at 9:00 a.m. at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo on Saturday, March 18. Tickets are $10.00 and may be ordered online at

YWCA Milestones Luncheon Honors Outstanding Women
The YWCA of Northwest Ohio will celebrate the 22nd annual Milestones: A Tribute to Women awards luncheon on Thursday, March 30.
This year’s honorees are: Diana Attie – arts; Ann Cipriani – social services; Gretchen Downs – education; Kimberly Kaufman – sciences; Sheila Dwyer Schwartz – business; Rhonda Sewell – volunteerism; and Janet Zale – government.
Each ticket includes lunch as well as admission to the awards program. Lunch and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., program begins at noon. Business attire is suggested.
Art raffle tickets are available for purchase. Participants can enter to win a piece from renowned artists Baker O’Brien and Leslie Adams. The cost is $5.00 per ticket, or six for $20.00. One hundred percent of proceeds go to the YWCA of Northwest Ohio. Tickets are available at

Author Jennifer Teege Featured At Lecture
The Jewish Federation of Toledo, Holocaust Center of Toledo and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library present author Jennifer Teege for a special lecture on Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. Teege will speak about the book she penned – My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Sharon Lapitsky, director, Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo at

Ohio Theatre To Host Funk And Sole Review
The Almighty Get Down is busy preparing a new album, but not too busy to bring the funk back to Toledo on Saturday, April 8, when they headline Get On Up! The Ohio Theatre Funk and Soul Revue.
Also appearing are Toledo acts The Overton Project and G-Mac and the Soul Attack.
The Ohio Theatre is located at 3114 Lagrange St., Toledo. Built in 1921, it is the last of Toledo’s neighborhood theatres, and now features upgraded lights, sound and concessions, including a full bar.
Tickets are $10.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door, and $10.00 for students. Doors open at 7:00 with music at 8:00 p.m.
Advance tickets can be secured at

St. Luke’s Auxiliary Members Announce Used Book Sale
The St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary will offer a giant used book sale on Thursday and Friday, April 13 and 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Auditorium B. The sale will feature used books, videos, DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles.
The auxiliary donates fundraising monies to purchase hospital equipment, fund expansion projects and provide special services to enhance patient care.

Maumee Band Parents Org. Plan Reverse Raffle
The Maumee Band Parent Organization will host a Reverse Raffle on Saturday, April 22 at the Lucas County Rec Center (Stucco Building). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The ticket includes dinner, beer, wine, pop and entry into the raffle. There will be a limited cash bar available. Available through the night will be a silent auction and games of chance. Come for a chance to win over $2000.00 in cash and prizes (based on 200 tickets sold). Attendees must be 21 or older. To purchase tickets, see any MBPO officer. Tickets are one for $40.00 or two for $70.00.

Stage At Stranahan Theater Hosts Iconic Band, Chicago
Chicago will perform at the Stranahan Theater and Great Hall on Friday, May 19. For more information, visit

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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