t New Journal for a New Year, 3 - 5 p.m. Dec. 14, Locke branch library, 806 Main St. Students in grades 5-12 make a journal to keep track of their thoughts and ideas. Yu-Gi-Yo tournament for grades 1-4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Locke branch. Students must have their own cards and know how to play.
t Saturday bingo weekly at St. Thomas Aquinas School, White and Idaho streets. Doors open 5 p.m. Information: 419-693-5849.
•"The Dickens' Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts," by Mark Landon Smith, a comedy production, 8 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Genoa Civic Theatre in the Town Hall Opera House, 509 1/2 Main St. Reservations: 419-855-3103.
•"Women of Christmas," community Christmas program for women, Dec. 7 at Christ Community Church, 303 West Fourth St. Register at 6 p.m. Buffet served 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a program. Free-will offering taken for expenses and to benefit the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau.
•Senior citizens' holiday luncheon, 1 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Genoa Area High School gym, 2980 Genoa-Clay Center Rd. For ages 62 and older who are residents of the school district. Reservations due by 3 p.m. Dec. 8. Call 419-855-7735, ext. 10.
•Library Food for Fines program, now through Dec. 12 at Genoa branch library, 602 West St. Donate non-perishable food items such as canned goods or boxed dry goods food items as payment for overdue fines. The food will be given to the Ottawa County Holiday Bureau.
t Santa Claus visits at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Genoa branch library, West Street. He will read stories and visit with children.
•Spaghetti dinner, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Northwood Church of God, 1828 South Coy Rd. Free for ages 4 and under.
t WIC clinic open 9:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 and 28, Municipal Building, 6000 Wales Rd.
t Bird Study for Adults: Birds as Nest Builders, 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 9, Pearson Metropark, Packer-Hammersmith Center, 4600 Starr Ave. View last year's bird nests around the park and discover their unique materials and architecture.
t Michael the Storyteller 10:30 a.m. Dec. 16, Oregon branch library, Dustin Road. Professional storyteller Michael Kasony-O'Malley will entertain with Christmas legends. Refreshments will be served.
t Seasonal Ornaments, 2 p.m. Dec. 16, Oregon branch library, 3340 Dustin Rd. Students in grades 6-12 make a seasonal ornament to take. All materials provided.
t Tom Conkle Dual Wrestling Invitational, 9 a.m. Dec. 9 at Eastwood High School, 4900 Sugar Ridge Rd. Middle school wrestling tournament with area schools competing. Tickets cost $4 for adults and $3 for students.
t Cookie Walk and luncheon at United Presbyterian Church of Pemberville, corner of Pine and Perry Streets, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Fill a 3 lb. coffee can with Christmas cookies for $8 per can. Homemade candies and a "white elephant" table available.
•Public reception for Douglas Brinkley, author of a book on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Way Public Library, 101 East Indiana Ave. A talk, "The Great Deluge and Heroism," will be held afterwards at 7:30 p.m. at Perrysburg Junior High School, 550 East South Boundary. Book signing follows. Free admission.
•Holiday music by the Academy Brass Quintet, 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Way Public Library cafe, East Indiana Avenue. With refreshments. Free event.
•Classic film, The Bishop's Wife, 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at Way Public Library, East Indiana Avenue. Free, with refreshments. Book discussion of Rosa Parks by Douglas Brinkley, 7 p.m. Dec. 17. Book signing and talk, Dying Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me by William Hablitzel, 7 p.m. Dec. 19. Refreshments served.
t Immunization and WIC clinics open 9:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 and 19, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 871 East Boundary.
t Holiday cookie and pastry sale, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, 738 Glenwood Rd. Includes kolachi, strudel, and specialty items. Information: 419-662-3922.
t Holiday Gala dance by Northwest Ohio Traditional Music and Dance group, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Rossford United Methodist Church, 270 Dixie Hwy. Admission, $6. Square and contra dances; all dances taught, no partner necessary. Information: 419-536-3747.
t Children read to visiting dogs at the library, 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19, Rossford Public Library, Dixie Highway. Register now for a 15-minute time slot.
t Two-day babysitting clinic for ages 11 and older will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 28-29 at Rossford Public Library, Dixie Highway. Children must attend all six hours to earn a Babysitting Certificate. Fee, $25, is payable to the Red Cross. Register now.
t Painting exhibit by award-winning local artist June DeVries, on display all of December at Walbridge branch library, 108 North Main St.
t Recipe exchange program ongoing at the Walbridge branch library, 108 North Main St. Drop in any time during regular library hours and share favorite holiday recipes.
t Food for Fines library program, now through Dec. 27 at the Walbridge branch library, 108 North Main St. Donations of non-perishable foods for the Main Street Church food pantry accepted in place of library fines. Information: 419-666-9900.
t Pancake and sausage breakfast, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at Woodville Twp. fire station, 321 East Main St. Cost, $5.50. Discounts for children and seniors. Free blood pressure checks by Life Squad 91.
t Blue Grass Jam from 6 to 10 p.m. every second and fourth Friday through March at 200 Elm St. Acoustic instruments only. Take a potluck dinner to pass. Information: 419-343-8115.
t Pancake and sausage breakfast held by Toledo Port Lawrence Masonic chapter 161, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at 3024 131st St., Point Place. $5. Proceeds benefit the chapter and Adopt America.
t Holidays in the Manor House, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 West Central Ave. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 to 8. Free.
t Local author, Mary Helen Wright, will be presenting and signing her book, Is It Bridget....? at the Downtown Latte, 44 South St. Clair St. from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Book is based on the life of a woman who came from Ireland to Toledo at the age of five and settled in the historic St. Patrick's neighborhood. Information: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
t Breakfast, bake sale, 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at VFW Post 5530, 415 East Central Ave.
t Winter arts and crafts sale, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, Ward Pavilion, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 and from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Shop for homemade art and craft items and have a meal or a snack while you visit Holidays in the Manor House. Sponsored by Volunteers In Parks.
t Christmas for the Birds, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, Oak Grove School, from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 10. After a tour of Holidays in the Manor House, children of all ages can visit the one-room schoolhouse, and make a pine cone treat for the outdoor birds. Groups must call 419-270-0498 to reserve a program time. Free.
•Christmas for Kids, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Arlington Avenue Lutheran Church, 915 Hampton Ave. Stories, crafts, carols, lunch. Free but reservations required. Call 419-382-1968.
t Holiday cookie, candy sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 2820 West Alexis Rd. Decorations and gift items available for sale.
t Holiday Showcase 2006 by the Toledo Area Theatre Organ Society, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Ohio theatre, 3114 Lagrange St. Featuring the Marr and Colton Theatre pipe organ, with vcalists, dancers, and choirs. Presenting and retiring of the colors. Admission, $5. Refreshments served.
t Native American communities and health and social issues, a talk held 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Community Partnership Training Center, 5902 Southwyck Blvd. Information on how Native American communities are preventing underage drinking and alcohol use and abuse. Free.
t Tiedtke's Old Timers Christmas party, starting 11 a.m. Dec. 17 at Walbridge Park shelter house, Broadway Street. Reservations due Dec. 12. Call 419-865-2764.
t Caroling in the Park, 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14 at Friendship Park in Point Place, 2930 131st St. Caroling, entertainment by singers and dancers, clogging, barbershop chorus. Santa Claus will have presents for children; Chuckles the Clown will make an appearance. Free hot beverages, cookies, and brownies for all.
t Christmas stories, 3 p.m. Dec. 16, Main Library, Michigan Street. Professional storyteller Michael Kasony-O'Malley will entertain with Christmas legends for grades K-6.
t African drumming, dancing, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Dec. 16 at Kent branch library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd. Holiday refreshments served.
t Ring in the Holidays, Wildwood Manor House drawing room, 7 p.m. Dec. 18, West Central Avenue. Members of the bell choir and string ensemble from Little Flower School will give a holiday concert. Free.
t Christmas dinner at Jamie Farr Park, 2225 Summit St., from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 20. Doors open 1 p.m. Open to all.
t Longest Night, Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 21. It's the shortest day of the year, and the longest night. Enjoy stories, activities and a night walk. Reservations required: 419-407-9700.
•Toys for Tots can be dropped off until Dec. 11 at all Heartland Rehab Clinics. Perrysburg Commons will be accepting donations weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For other locations and times call 419-944-9414. Toys will be distributed Dec. 22.
•Stranahan Elementary School to celebrate 50 years. To help with planning, call 419-824-8614.
•Sylvania Academic Excellence Foundation seeking nominations for the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. Graduates of any Sylvania School may be nominated. Information: 419-824-8553.
•Food and Clothing Drive with the Perrysburg Township Fire and Police and Owens Community College Department of Safety and Security, through Dec. 15, a variety of new and used clothing, toy items, non-perishable foods and monetary donations to help local families. Items can be dropped off inside the entrance to the safety and security office in Alumni Hall on the Toledo-area Campus, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg Township. "Food for Fines" and "Toys for Tickets" program offered to individuals with Owens parking citations up to $100 with the past year, canned goods and new toys donated will reduce the fine owed. Information: 1-800-GO-OWENS ext. 7575.
•Christmas Stockings for Soldiers at the Whitehouse Library will be filled with goodies as part of Operation Support American Troops (OSOP). Donations are welcome; call 419-875-6752.
•Hair Rocks Fashion Show, to benefit the Good Samaritan Outreach Center, presented by Attitudes Salon and Red Envy boutique, Dec. 9 from 7-10 p.m. at Dockside grille (formerly Gumbo's), 18 Main St., spotlighting hair, clothes, rock & roll and today's culture. Make-over giveaways, door prizes and raffles, music by Rediscover. Tickets $5 available at Attitudes salons or at the door.
•Pet Photos with Santa to benefit Humane Ohio will be taken on Dec. 9 at Pet Supplies "Plus" at 849 West Alexis Rd., and on Dec. 17 at Pet Supplies "Plus" at 6923 West Central Ave., from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. both days. No appointment is necessary, children and families welcome, $10 package includes two 5"X7"s and eight wallets, a $20 package includes two 5"X7"s, eight wallets and an 8"X10". All Pet Supplies "Plus" locations are accepting donations of in-kind goods for Humane Ohio through Dec. 25. For more information call 419-367-6828 or go to www.humaneohio.org.
•Winter Day Camp at Kimball Camp YMCA, 4444 Long Lake Rd., Reading, Mich., for children ages 5-14, Dec. 26-29. Drop-off time at 8 a.m. and pick-up at 5 p.m. Cost is $80 for week, optional overnight stay Thursday. Lunch is provided, early arrival and late pickup can be arranged. Lots of fun activities. Information: 517-283-2168.
•Ageless Wonders of Lake Township will have their Christmas Party on Dec. 7 at Noon in the administration building. Lunch will be served, reservations only. Call 419-837-5743.
•American Sewing Guild meets the second Wednesday monthly at 6:30 p.m. at Hancock Fabrics, 5201 Airport Hwy. New members welcome.
•Artists Club meets twice a month for hands-on activities and guest speakers at the Arts Council office, 134 West South Boundary St., SuiteT, Perrysburg. Information: 419-873-2787 or Perrysburgarts.org.
•Blissfield Model Railroad Club open house: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9-10, and Dec. 16-17 at 115 East Adrian St., Blissfield, Mich. Weekly gatherings at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Information: 517-486-2223, weekends.
•Bowling Green Skating clubs: Adults ages 18 and older meet Thursdays 8-10 p.m. at the BGSU ice arena, Mercer Rd., Bowling Green. Information 419-878-6604. Junior Club, ages 5 and up, meets Saturdays 8-11 a.m. Information 419-878-3509 or visit www.bgskateclub.org.
•Compass Club luncheon, speaker and discussion 11 a.m. Wednesdays at El Matador, 7011 Airport Hwy., and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at Uncle John's restaurant, 3131 Secor Rd. Open to all. Information: 419-865-8848.
•Crochet Now of the Crochet Guild of America meets the first Thursday each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Maumee branch library, 501 River Rd. Information: 419-837-5653.
•Genealogy by Computer Society meets 1 p.m. the second Saturday each month at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, 325 Michigan St. Visitors welcome. Information: 419-382-6559 or go to www.gcstoledo.org.
•Glass City Miniatures Guild meets 7 p.m. every third Tuesday, Conference Center at Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Rd. Public welcome, mini-project each month. Information: 419-936-2986.
•Glass City Singles Club: group dance instruction for singles age 35 and up, Fridays 7:30-8:30 p.m. at DC Ranch, 25740 North State Rt. 25, Perrysburg. Also Sundays 5:30-11 p.m. at Gladieux Meadows, 4480 Heatherdowns, $7. Dining group formed for singles. Information: 734-856-8963 or visit www.toledosingles.com.
•Great Eastern Toastmasters of Oregon meet at 6:30 p.m. the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month at Bay Park Community Hospital. Improve public speaking , listening, and leadership skills. Information: 419-836-5556.
•Greater Toledo Republican Club meets the last Thursday each month, 7:30 p.m. at Wernert's Corners Civic Association building, 5068 Douglas Rd. Information: 419-476-3884.
•Holey Toledo Knitters guild meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday each month at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 915 North Reynolds Rd., visitors welcome. Information: 419-537-9325.
•Holland-Springfield-Spencer Historical Society meets Dec. 14 for a Christmas Party at Providence Lutheran Church, 8131 Airport Hwy., Holland, 7:30 p.m. There will be a $5 gift exchange.
•IPMS Toledo Plastic Modelers meets 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays each month, Rider's Hobbies of Toledo, Starlight Plaza Shopping Center, 5700 Monroe St., Sylvania.
•Kaffeestunde German coffee hour, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays during the semester, University of Toledo student union 2562, Bancroft Street campus. Anyone interested in speaking German is welcome. Information: 419-530-5506.
•Lake Erie British Car Club has dinner meetings the second Wednesday each month at Charlie's Restaurant, 12407 Airport Hwy., Swanton. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by meeting. Information: 419-878-2041.
•Lions Club of Bedford dinner meeting, first and third Wednesday each month except June through August, at Erie Restaurant, 9788 Dixie, Erie, Mich. Open to the public. Information: 734-856-7985.
•Lutheran Home Coffee Club, 1:30 p.m. second Thursday each month, 131 North Wheeling St., Oregon. Information: 419-693-0751, ext. 246.
•Machine Embroidery Guild meets the second Saturday every month at Hancock Fabrics, 5700 Monroe St. at 11 a.m. Dues per meeting is $2. Information: 419-841-5373 or email email@example.com.
•Maumee Bay Country Quilters Guild meets 6:45 p.m. every Tuesday except July and August at St. Charles Mercy Hospital, Oregon Room, Navarre Avenue, Oregon. Guest fee: $3. Information: 419-726-3849.
•Maumee Valley Model Boat Club, 7 p.m. first Wednesday each month, Lake Township Headquarters complex, 27975 Cummings Rd. and State Rt. 795. R C, Sail and Static. Boat runs are 1 p.m. the second Sunday each month. Guests welcome. Information: 419-472-1331.
•Maumee Valley T's (Ford Model T Club), 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday each month at Brondes Ford, 1511 Reynolds Rd., Maumee. Information: 419-877-0513.
•Monroe Camera Club meets the first and third Thursday of the month at the church at 4010 North Custer, Monroe, Mich. Information: 734-243-3346.
•Naturalists Camera Club of Toledo, 7:30 p.m. the second Friday each month, Secor Metropark, National Center for Nature Photography, 10000 Central Ave., Berkey. Information: 419-474-2911 or www.naturalistcameraclub.com.
•Needle Arts Guild of Toledo meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Conference Center, Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer. Information: 419-832-3801.
•Newborns In Need, Toledo chapter, meets second Saturday each month 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Calvary Assembly of God, 5025 Glendale Ave. . Information: 419-472-4667.
•New Neighbors League Club sponsors interest groups and special activities for those new to the area, including monthly luncheons with speakers. Information: 419-841-5642.
•Old Newsboys Goodfellows Association luncheon meetings, noon the first and third Friday each month at Michael's Bar and Grill, 901 Monroe St. Information: 419-381-0755.
•Pals of Long Ago Remembering Athletic Club meets the second Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. for breakfast at the Zenobia Shrine Temple, 1511 Madison Ave. Information: 419-536-8525.
•Panera's Professionals Book Club, newly formed "book talk" group of professionals, managers, and educators, meets for lunch the first Sunday each month at 1 p.m. at Panera Bread, 4050 Talmadge Rd.
•Playwrights forum by the Harvest Theatre of Toledo, every other Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. Information: 419-902-0608 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Public Employee Retirees Chapter 33 meets 10 a.m. the first Thursday each month at Bowling Green Senior Center. Information: 419-833-5999.
•Quarter Century Wireless Association meets 9 a.m. every second Saturday at Big Boy Restaurant, 1405 Reynolds Rd., Maumee.
•Real Estate Investment Association meets at 6:45 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Sullivan Hall behind Gesu Parish, 2049 Parkside Blvd. Information: 419-843-3094 or 419-283-8427.
•Rotary Club of Toledo meets Mondays at noon at Zenobia Shrine, 1511 Madison, information: 419-241-7060 or email email@example.com.
•Singles Group Bowling League is accepting bowlers or teams of three for games every other Sunday in Oregon. Information: 419-862-0098.
t Swan Creek Cygnets 4-H Club invites ages 8 to 18 to join for activities including small and large animal care, photography, carpentry, gardening, cooking, creative arts, sewing, and more. Meetings held the second Monday each month. Information: 419-825-3509.
•Toastmasters International, Anthony Wayne Chapter, meets 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays each month at 6:30 p.m. at Charlie's Restaurant, 6945 West Central Ave. Information: 419-893-9759 or go to www.toastmasters.org.
•Toledo Area Genealogical Society will meet Dec. 11 in the basement of the Common Space Bldg., 1700 North Reynolds Rd., at 7 p.m. The annual cookie smorgasbord and silent auction will be held. Public is welcome. Call 419-882-6892.
•Toledo Camera Club meets 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday each month, Toledo Botanical Garden Community Room, 5403 Elmer Dr. Open to the public. Information: 419-478-7594 or visit www.toledocameraclub.com.
•Toledo East Women's Connection will have a Victorian luncheon and program on Dec. 14 in the Oregon Room at St. Charles Hospital, 2600 Navarre Ave., Oregon. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., cost is $8.50 inclusive. For reservations call 419-476-2604. Open to the public. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.
•Toledo Gem and Rockhound Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at Toledo Botanical Garden Conference Center, 5403 Elmer Dr. Open to the public. Information: 419-531-8124 or www.Toledogemandrockhoundclub.com.
•Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Society meets the last Thursday each month at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge, 7 p.m. Public is invited.
•Toledo Mothers of Twins Club, 7 p.m. the second Thursday each month at Toledo Hospital, 2142 North Cove. Open to mothers, foster mothers, guardians of multiple births. Information: 419-472-5032.
•Toledo PC Users Group meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at the UAW Local 14 Hall, 5411 Jackman Rd. Information: www.toledopcug.org.
•Toledo Polish Genealogy Society meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Lagrange Street Library, 3422 Lagrange St., visit website at www.geocities.com/tpgs02.
•Toledo Sewing Guild meets third Monday each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Common Space Library, 1700 North Reynolds. Open to the public. Information: 419-882-0461.
•Topics Camera Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, September through May, at the Perrysburg Way Library, 101 Indiana Ave. Information: 419-849-3108.
t Trendsetters Toastmasters meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month to improve communication skills, both speaking and listening. For meeting times and location call 419-536-9427.
•VFW Post 5536 Ladies Auxiliary meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at their post home, 1032 Sylvania Ave.
•VFW Post 8598 Ladies Auxiliary meets the 1st Monday each month at their post home, 1055 South Main St., Swanton.
•Welcome Club of Northwest Ohio social group open to women new to the area or who want to make new friends. Needlework, card games, dining out, golf. Information: 419-531-5636.
•Westgate Toastmasters meet Fridays 7-8:30 a.m. at West Park Place, 3501 Executive Pkwy., visitors welcome. Information: www.toastmasters.org.
•Women's Connection West Brunch will be Dec. 8 at Sylvania Country Club, 5201 Corey Rd., Sylvania, beginning at 9:15 a.m., cost is $12 inclusive. Information: 419-472-8749. Affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.
•The Clarence Smith Community Christmas Concert will be held at the Friendship Baptist Church, 5031 Nebraska Ave., Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public.
•John Tyner Chorale to present Holiday Concert on Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the IHM Motherhouse Chapel, 610 West Elm Ave., Monroe, Mich. concert is free and open to the public.
•Craft Bazaar at Stranahan Elementary School, 3840 Holland-Sylvania Rd., Dec. 8 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Bake sale and lunch also available. Open to the public.
•Winter Festival of Crafts sponsored by the Toledo Craftsman's Guild, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., admission and parking are free. Pottery, woodworking, stained glass, ceramics, fabric, soft sculpture, decorative painting, jewelry, wooden toys, holiday wreaths and decorations.
•Craft Show for Christmas Celebration in Petersburg, sponsored by the Summerfield-Petersburg Friends of the Library, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m.
•Astronomy programs at the University of Toledo Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory, Bancroft Street campus: Family programs on Fridays through Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m., "Holiday Lights." Saturdays through Dec. 23 at 1 p.m., for children: "Santa's Secret Star." Admission, $5 for adults, $4 for ages 3-12 and seniors. Information: 419-530-2650 or visit www.rpbo.utoledo.edu.
•Bedford Child Development Center, child-care facility for children 6 weeks to 12 years is open to surrounding communities. Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 734-847-5730.
•Childbirth education classes at Bay Park Community Hospital, 2801 Bay Park Dr., Oregon. Sign up: 419-690-7735.
•Children's art classes offered by the Toledo Artists Club at Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. Advanced drawing and mixed media for ages 5-17. Information: 419-841-8153.
•Community Writers Workshop, for area residents who enjoy writing short prose or poetry, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Owens Community College, College Hall room 156-D, Toledo-area Campus on Oregon Rd. Information: 567-661-7385.
•Distance Learning courses to be offered by the Community Partnership at no charge. For information visit www.communityprevention.org or call 419-866-3611.
•ElderVision classes at Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd. One-day trips and programs for active adults. Information: 419-824-3707 or visit www.lourdes.edu/eldervision.htm.
•English classes for adult speakers of other languages, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Burnham Building, 6850 Monroe, Room 208. Sponsored by Sylvania Schools adult basic and literacy education. Information: 419-824-8539.
•English for speakers of other languages, Mondays-Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon or 1-3:30 p.m. offered through Washington Local Adult Basic and Literacy Education, 3939 Wrenwood. Call 419-473-2364.
•English for speakers of other languages at Owens Community College, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-8 p.m. in the college's Workforce and Community Services on Tracy Rd., Northwood. Information: 567-661-7357.
•Free Adult Computer GED Enhancement Program by Toledo Public Schools Adult Basic and Literacy Education Program, will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 1530 North Superior St., Summit Annex second floor, room 232. Call 419-671-8700.
•GED test preparation and practice tests for adults: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-9 p.m. at 7035 Madison, Holland, or Wednesdays from 12:30-8:30 p.m. at 6850 Monroe, Room 210, Sylvania. Call 419-867-5763 or 419-824-8539. Sponsored by Sylvania Schools adult basic, literacy education.
•GED test preparation offered at Washington Local Adult Basic and Literacy Education, 3939 Wrenwood. GED classes, practice tests to qualify for fee waiver forms, instruction in math, reading, and writing are offered at no charge. Free 5-class fast-track program with test offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. Information: 419-473-2364.
•GED Preparation Class for area residents to be offered at Owens Community College in the Workforce and Community Services building on Saturdays at 9 a.m. For information call 567-661-7160 or 1-800-GO-OWENS ext. 7160.
•Ironworkers apprenticeships; applications accepted at the Toledo Area Ironworkers Apprenticeship Training Center, 1078 Atlantic Ave., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. Picture ID and $10 nonrefundable fee required. Information: 419-382-3080.
•Lifelong Learning Classes for adults at Monroe County Community College's Whitman Center, 7777 Lewis Ave., Temperance, Mich. Art, real estate, tai chi, more. Information: 734-847-0559.
•Medical Coding, Medical Transcription and Activity Professionals classes offered at Mercy College Continuing Professional Education, 2221 Madison Ave. Information: 419-251-1799 or go to www.mercycollege.edu.
•Pottery classes by the Toledo Potters Guild at Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., for ages 14 through adult. Clay class also available for children ages 7-18. Information: 419-535-6937 or go to www.toledopottersguild.org.
•Project Succeed opportunities for those who have lost financial support. Become financially self-sufficient through education and career decisions. Information: Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women at the University of Toledo, 419-530-8570.
•Roofers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee applications accepted at Northwest Ohio Construction Education Center, 4535 Hill Ave., 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. For ages 18 or older who have completed 10th grade or more; have 30 days or more experience on the roof; must show a driver's license or birth certificate.
•Spectrum to offer program on "Motivating Our Children to Excellence" designed for children and teens, ages 6-17, who are struggling academically. Program includes therapeutic activities and exercises to help children with learning strategies, social skills, self control, and self confidence. To register or get information: call 1-800-442-5753.
•Swim lessons and toddler water safety at Sunshine Children's Home, 7223 Maumee Western Rd., Maumee; geared to able-bodied children or children with disabilities who can participate without a personal attendant in the water, for children ages 3-10. Information: 419-865-0251 ext. 3611.
•Wolcott House Museum Super Saturday programs for grades 3-6 on early American customs and traditions. Hands-on class. To register call 419-893-9602. Information: www.maumee.org/recreation/wolcott.htm.
•YW Child Care Connections provides assistance in locating affordable child care. Information: Toledo Office at 419-255-5519 or 1-800-632-3052; Wood County at 419-353-7801 or 1-800-632-3053; and Ottawa County at 419-732-7807 or 1-877-228-1700.
•Employment Resource Center, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, St. Stephen Church, 7800 Erie St., Sylvania. Free help with resumes, interview skills, networking, budget, and debt counseling. Information: 419-885-1551.
•One-stop employment and job training: Lucas County: 419-213-JOBS; Wood Co.: 419-352-4172.
•AFS-USA intercultural student exchange programs for American and foreign students: 1-800-AFS-INFO or visit www.afs.org/usa.
•Aspect Foundation seeking volunteer host families for high school students from countries such as the Ukraine, Armenia, and Tajikistan. Students are part of the U.S. State Department's Future Leaders exchange program. Host families may be married or single, with or without children, and will be responsible for providing room, board, and a caring home environment. Information: 1-800-US-YOUTH, or visit www.aspectfoundation.org.
•ASSE International Student Exchange program needs host families for ages 15-18 from various countries. Students fully insured; host families select student. Call 1-800-736-1760.
•Cultural Homestay International seeks host families for international high school students who speak English, attend local high schools, have spending money and insurance. Call 1-800-210-6080.
•EF Foundation for Foreign Study seeks host families for high school foreign exchange students. Information: 1-800-498-2487.
•Forte International Exchange Association is looking for families to host high school students (15-18 years old) from various countries. All students are prescreened, speak English, have medical insurance and their own spending money. Information: 888-866-9148.
•Foundation for Intercultural Travel is looking for host families for students from Germany, Brazil, Denmark, Spain, and various other countries. All students speak English, have their own spending money and medical insurance. Families of all "types" are eligible to host. Call 1-877-439-7862.
•Fulton County families can host a Japanese exchange student, age 15-18, to attend local high school. Tuition, fees, medical costs covered by the Fulton County OSU Extension Service, 4-H. Families provide room and board. Information: 419-337-9210.
•Into Edventures needs host families to welcome foreign students age 15-18 into their home. Must provide a bed for the student and include them in family meals. Students have spending money and are fully insured. Host families receive a $50 per month tax deduction. Information: 1-877-586-8586 or 419-726-2554.
•Ocean, a nonprofit international educational program, seeks host families for exchange students from Germany, Latvia, China, Thailand, Japan, Turkey, Korea, Mongolia, Slovakia, other countries. Call 419-344-0466.
•PAX Program of Academic Exchange is looking for host families for international high school students. PAX students are ages 15-18, speak English, have full insurance coverage and their own spending money. Private rooms not required, and single parents, young couples, and retirees are welcome to apply. Call 1-800-555-6211.
•STS Foundation seeks host families for international exchange students who will attend local high schools. Students have their own spending money and insurance and will share their customs and culture with their host families. Information: 1-800-522-4678 or visit www.stsfoundation.org.
•Terra Lingua is seeking volunteers to host English speaking foreign exchange students from France, Germany, South Korea, Russia, and Taiwan, ages 15-18, for up to 5 months or 10 month school year program. Students have spending money and health insurance. Call toll free: 1-877-520-2522 or TerraLinguaInfo@yahoo.com.
•World Heritage seeks local representative to provide local program support to high school students from several countries. Representatives screen potential host families, plan orientations, meet with local high schools, provide support for participants, and visit with the exchange students and families every month. On-going training provided. Information: 1-800-888-9040 or www.world-heritage.org.
•Youth For Understanding International Exchange Student seeks host families for students from various countries. Details: 1-800-833-6243.
•Amazon Lodge No. 4, first and third Fridays each month, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 638 North University St., 419-531-7079.
•American Legion, 1074 Clarion Ave., every Friday through April 7, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Lake Perch, Walleye, steaks, burgers, senior discounts, carryout available. Information: 419-865-8511.
•Commodore Perry VFW 3338, 2231 South St., every Friday from 4-8 p.m. Information: 419-381-0153.
•Conn-Weissenberger American Legion Post 587, 2020 West Alexis Rd., Fridays 5-7 p.m.
•Fraternal Order of Eagles 197, 5050 Jackman Rd., 5-8 p.m. Fridays, shrimp and frog legs, senior menu, smoke-free.
•Joseph W. Diehn American Legion Post 468, 5580 Centennial Rd., Sylvania, dinners the first Friday of each month from 5-7 p.m. Deep fried and baked fish, chicken strips, and shrimp. Information: 419-841-6832.
•Maumee Eagles, 827 Illinois, pollock dinners, Fridays from 5-8 p.m. Prime rib, crab legs, shrimp, chicken available.
•VFW Post 3013 at 1950 South Eber, Holland, Fridays, 5-7 p.m.
•Aquatic arthritis exercise and tai chi in a warm-water therapeutic pool, Anne Grady Center, 1525 Eber Rd. Information: 419-866-6500, ext. 214.
•Aquatic exercises, prenatal aquatics, fitness classes, and tai chi at St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon. Call 419-696-7203 for aquatics; 419-696-7412 for prenatal/fitness classes; 419-537-0131 for tai chi.
•Aquatic exercise 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the University of Toledo. $40 per month. Prescription from physician required. Information: 419-530-2731.
•Aquatic exercises classes offered 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Collingwood Center, 2275 Collingwood Blvd., water temp. 90 degrees. Cost is $20 per month, pre-registration necessary. Information: 419-245-6200.
•Childbirth education classes at Toledo Hospital, Monday through Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and 7:30-9:30 p.m. Information: 419-291-5666.
•Dance and Exercise firming and toning class at the Toledo Yacht Club, Summit Street in Point Place, for age 40 and over, Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 p.m. Open to the public, $5-class or $30-10 weeks. Information: 419-381-1956.
•Diabetes education group meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday each month, Washington branch library, 5560 Harvest Lane. Information: 419-841-5992 ext. 6744.
•Focus on Healing therapeutic exercises, Wednesday mornings at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, and Thursday evenings at Mercy Health Partners Conference Center, 3400 Meijer Drive. Call 419-345-3986.
•Healthcare speakers available through Bay Park Community Hospital. Message tailored to schools, churches, service clubs, civic groups, businesses. Information: 419-690-7504.
•Hypnosis clinics to stop smoking or lose weight, American Lung Association. $50. Information: 1-800-231-5864.
•In-home respite financial assistance program by the Alzheimer's Association. Eligible families could receive up to $50 for in-home respite. Information: 419-537-1999 or 1-800-441-3322.
•Mercy Health Partners classes in yoga, tai chi, pilates, and more, at Mercy Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness, 3930 Sunforest Ct., 419-251-8430; and aquatic classes for babies, prenatal exercise, and arthritis at Mercy Center for Health Promotion at St. Charles, 1001 Isaac Streets Dr., Oregon, 419-696-7203.
•Mammogram screenings free to any CareNet member, by Mercy Women's Care at St. Charles, with support from the NW Ohio Affiliate, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Information: 419-696-7900. Must be 40 years or older, have not had a mammogram in past 12 months, and have no breast cancer history.
•Online Health Care Classes to be offered through Mercy College Continuing Professional Education. For information go to www.ed2go.com/mercy.
•Pet first-aid course at Owens Community College at the Workforce and Community Services building on Tracy Road, Northwood. Proper techniques to care for pets in a crisis. Information: 567-661-7357.
•Psychotherapy analysis free at the Center for the Study of Experiential Psychotherapy, University of Toledo, in exchange for participation in research (videotaping of sessions, completing questionnaires). Information: 419-530-4014.
•Smoking cessation program at Toledo Hospital, a series of four classes each month, $58. Day or evening classes. Information: 419-291-8033.
•Smoke Stoppers Staying Stopped, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Charles Mercy Hospital, 2600 Navarre, Oregon.
•Tai chi classes by the Arthritis Foundation at Lutheran Home at Toledo, 131 North Wheeling, 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Call: 419-691-9451.
•Ultrasound screenings at Mercy Women's Care at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. Test to detect abnormal bone mass density in women over age 45. Registration: 419-251-4000.
•YWCA Healthy Connections to offer free programs for women and children. Heart-Health, Lifestyle and Exercise classes to be offered starting Jan. 2. Breast cancer screenings available. Encoreplus is a class in prevention of Breast Cancer. For more information call 419-241-3235.
•Season of Light is a special holiday program for all ages at The Appold Planetarium at Lourdes College that recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals during the winter solstice. Viewers will learn about winter constellations and why we have seasons. The program will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 16. Tickets are $4 adults and $3 for children, reservations required. Call 419-517-8897 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Breakfast with Santa at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 5240 Talmadge Rd., Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. Admission is food for Feed Your Neighbor. For reservations call 419-473-1187 or 419-376-2551.
•North Pole Express, quarter-scale steam train ride through winter wonderland of holiday lights and decorations, will depart from Findlay continuously on Fridays through Dec. 29 from 6-9 p.m., Saturdays through Dec. 30 from 5-9 p.m. and Sundays through Dec. 17 from 5-8 p.m., sponsored by the busy volunteer elves of Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc., 11600 County Rd. 99. Information: 419-423-2995 or go to www.nworrp.org. Tickets $2 for adults and $1 for children.
•Victorian Christmas Tea for the Historic Vistula Foundation will be Dec. 9, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. All sittings are available through advanced ticket purchase of $25 per person to benefit the Historic Vistula Foundation, and will be held in the Casey-Pomeroy House, 802 North Huron St. Raffle tickets will be available for a one-of-a-kind Santa Clause created by artist Margaret Cook. To purchase tickets call 419-244-9476.
•White Christmas by the River exhibit will be on display at the Wolcott House Museum, 1031 River Rd., Maumee, through Dec. 22. Tours available Thursday through Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., $3.50 adults, $3 seniors and $1.50 students. Tour tickets available at Museum Store. "Special" Tea & Tours on Dec. 10 from 12:30-3:30 p.m., sweets and tea will be served, Black Swamp Dulcimer Gathering will perform, cost is $3 adults, $2.50 seniors and $1 students this day only. Shopping hours at Museum Store are Noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, free gift wrapping available.
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