Literacy In The Park Features Patricia Polacco
Bowling Green State University’s annual Literacy in the Park event will feature popular children’s author Patricia Polacco.
The Lansing native has written and illustrated more than 115 books for children, including The Keeping Quilt, Thunder Cake and Thank You, Mr. Falker, in addition to being a playwright and penning for adults.
The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at Perry Field House. The event is free and open to the public.
Literacy in the Park, which has taken place for more than a decade, promotes the importance of literacy in the lives of children and features more than 40 interactive exhibitor booths and displays. The focus of the event has been expanded to address all of the different ways literacy is important in our lives. In addition to reading and writing activities, families will have opportunities to engage in activities about digital literacy, science and environmental literacy, financial literacy, nutritional literacy, physical education literacy and many other forms of literacy that can be found in their lives and communities.
In addition to these literacy-related activities going on throughout the day, there will also be entertainment on the main stage and two presentations from Polacco.
While there is no cost to attend, guests are encouraged to preregister to speed entry into the Field House. More information and registration is available at

NDA Camp Early Registration Discount Offered
Parents can save $25.00 off any registration for NDA’s Summer Academy discovery or academic camps until Monday, May 1.
There are a variety of athletic, discovery and academic opportunities for girls in grades K-12.
STEM Camps are perfectly suited to girls’ natural de-sires to explore experiment and get a little messy. Campers will explore science, technology, engineering and math with fun, hands-on activities and always with a focus on learning.
Back by popular demand are the Safe Sitter program, Coding I and II, CSI, Fused Glass, Italian Cooking, Baking, Theater, Dance Camps and more.
Camps are arranged so a girl with a particular area of interest can take a series of camps in the areas she would like to discover.
The NDA Eagles, 13 time All-Sports Champs, will host a variety of sport camps that will include volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, and rowing.
High school students can take credit and non-credit academic camps in which girls can take physical education, U.S. government, health or study skills camp.
Greg Owens from STARS Test Prep, will teach an ACT prep course.
A math and writing “Tune-Up” camp will also be offered to 7th and 8th grade students.
Visit to register to view a full listing of NDA Summer Academy camps.

Midwest Youth Team Tennis Registration Available
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) Midwest Section is offering a Midwest Youth Team Tennis program for the Maumee community.
Featuring the USTA’s Youth Tennis play format, which uses age-appropriate equipment, court dimensions and scoring, Midwest Youth Team Tennis makes the game more fun right from the start.
No tennis experience is needed, and with the game tailored to kids’ sizes and ages, participants learn skills quickly while playing in a team environment.
The program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 16 through June 1, for grades 1-9 at the Maumee High School tennis courts, 1147 Saco St. in Maumee.
Grades 1-5 will meet from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and grades 6-9 will meet from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Registration is $85.00 and must be completed by Saturday, May 6.
Visit to learn more about the league and for easy online signup. Coaches and volunteers are always needed and training will be provided to those who volunteer.

Summer Science Camps Planned At Lourdes
Lourdes University’s Center for Science Education and the Environment (CSEE) and its Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences announce this year’s Summer Science Camps. The summer camps will meet each day at the CSEE, located on campus grounds at 6832 Convent Blvd. in Sylvania. Lourdes University education majors are designing and assisting with the delivery of the science camp curriculum.
Fantastic FOUR will be held from Monday, June 19 through Friday, June 23 from 12:45 to 3:45 p.m. The cost is $110 per camper. The camp is designed for students who will enter grades 5-8 in fall 2017. Young campers will explore the ways of science in fire, air, soil and water to build a better science future.
Fantastic FOUR Junior will be held on Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22 from 12:45 to 3:45 p.m. The cost is $50.00 per camper. The camp is designed for students who will enter grades 3-4 in fall 2017. Budding scientists will learn firsthand how fire, air, soil and water are important to our planet
Space is limited. RSVP by Monday, May 15. All campers receive a T-shirt. Limited scholarships are available. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jenny Gagne-Archer at or (419) 824-3909.

ODNR Offers Forestry Wildlife Conservation Camp
Students who are interested in learning more about the outdoors in a hands-on environment while spending a week outside are invited to attend the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp. The camp will be held on June 11-16, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The camp is open to all students who have completed the eighth grade through high school seniors graduating the year of camp, which is held at FFA Camp Muskingum on beautiful Leesville Lake in Carroll County.
Programs at this year’s weeklong resident camp include tree identification, ecology, forest industries, wildlife management, forest management, wildlife law enforcement, wildlife identification and watershed health. New this year will be the opportunity for the students to observe and learn from a recent timber harvest at the camp.
Campers spend the week making new friends, participating in fun camp activities and learning about the environment around them. Camp culminates with a comprehensive exam, including a tree identification section. The highest scoring students compete for college scholarships to Hocking College, The Ohio State University and Ohio University.
Camp costs $375, with sponsorships available to assist interested students who need help covering the fee. Sponsorships are offered through local SWCD offices, sportsmen’s clubs, forestry groups and many private forestry-sector businesses. Students must register by Friday, June 9, to participate.
For more information and to register for the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp, contact the Ohio Forestry Association at (888) 38-TREES, or visit the OFA website at

Tam-O-Shanter Offers Learn To Skate Programs
Tam-O-Shanter offers a variety of Learn to Skate, Teen Learn Hockey and Youth Learn Hockey programs appropriate for ages 3-17. No experience is required. To get the latest information on current offerings or to register for a class, visit

Summer Speech Therapy Offered Through Easter Seals
Easter Seals Northern Ohio announces its plans for a summer speech therapy program. The program will offer services to children with speech and language disabilities or delays.
Easter Seals understands the importance of giving children access to speech therapy year-round. In summer speech sessions, Easter Seals helps clients maintain the level of ability they’ve worked all school year to obtain. In addition, Easter Seals’ speech-language pathologists will evaluate and accept new clients, children ages birth to school age, who can benefit from their services.
One-on-one sessions are designed around the specific age and need of the child. Activities may include hands-on learning, language experiences and structured play. Sessions are typically a half-hour and are held once a week, depending on the client’s need.
Easter Seals’ speech-language pathologists are experienced in pediatrics, licensed by the state of Ohio and certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Easter Seals offers a sliding fee scale and provides billing for many insurance plans, BCMH and Medicaid. For more information on the summer speech program, call (888) 325-8532.

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