t Halloween Costume Contest held by the Genoa Area Kiwanis, 7 p.m. Oct. 29 on Main Street downtown. Contest is for preschoolers through grade six and high school band. Children are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m. Cider and doughnuts served at the gazebo after judging. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Genoa fire station. For costume categories and information, call 419-855-8381.
t Free square dance and line dancing from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Lake Township Administration Building, State Rt. 795 and Cummings Road. Introduction to western square dancing, refreshments. Held by the Buckeye Squares Dance Club.
t Spaghetti dinner at Northwood Church of God, 1838 South Coy Rd., 4:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12. Adult $6; child, $2.50. Free for ages 4 and under.
t Toledo East Women's Connection, luncheon and program, Oct. 11 in the Oregon Room, St. Charles Hospital, 2600 Navarre Ave. Lunch buffet at noon, program at 12:30 p.m. Cost, $8.50. Speaker, music,
t Oregon Fest 2008 planning meeting, 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Rd. Open to all groups and individuals. Visit www.OregonFest.net or call 419-691-9750.
t Oregon Business and Professional Women bingo, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Wheeling Street fire station 2. Tickets, $5. Refreshments available. Call 419-693-6409.
t Oregon Relay For Life planning meeting 6:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in the community room at the Oregon Municipal Building on Seaman Rd. Be a volunteer or form a walk team. Relay is scheduled for June 13-14, 2008, at Clay High School. Information: www.freewebs.com/oregonrelay or call 419-698-9846.
t Senior Wellness Day at the Eastern Community YMCA, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at 2960 Pickle Rd. Call 419-691-3523.
•Class for recovering cancer patients, 9:30-11 a.m. Oct. 11, 16, 18 at Bay Park Community Hospital, 2801 Bay Park Drive, Great Lakes Conference, Oregon. Free class is designed for recovering patients ages 18 and older to regain strength and reduce stress and tension. Registration: 419-690-7675.
t Bunco Party fund-raiser for Jim and Maggie Maher, 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Oregon fire station 2, Wheeling Street and U.S. I-280. Donation, $6 per person. Door prizes and raffle prizes. Sandwiches, salads, desserts, and beverages provided. Sponsored by the Coyettes Auxiliary of Oregon Fire Station 2.
t St. George Orthodox Cathedral ethnic food fair and craft show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at 738 Glenwood Rd.
t Fall Harvest program by the Wood County Parks, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Rossford Public Library, 720 Dixie Hwy. Help make apple cider from an antique cider press, decorate gourds, make leaf prints, and listen to a fall story. For ages 5 and older. Free, but registration required: 419-666-0924.
t Monster Ball and Reverse Raffle to benefit the East Toledo Senior Center, 6:30 to 11 p.m. Oct. 27 at the IBEW Local 245 Hall at 705 Lime City Rd., Rossford. Cost, $40 per person includes dinner and a reverse raffle ticket for a $2,000 grand prize. Halloween costume optional. Broomstick races, special raffles held. Benefits the senior center. Call for tickets.
t Funny Filmfest, 5:30 p.m. every Thursday at Walbridge Branch Library. Call 419-666-9900 for program details.
t Annual Spooktacular Cruise-In and Fall Festival,
2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Loop Park, East Perry and Dixon streets. Car show registration at 4 p.m. Vehicle Poker Run registration begins 3:30 p.m. Costume contest at 6:30 p.m. Games, hay rides, haunted house, and a Halloween parade of lights for kids at 8 p.m. Food available.
t Luther Home of Mercy card party, Oct. 13 at 5810 North Main St. Light supper at 5:30 p.m. in the gym, before the card games. Cost, $5. Reservations: 419-725-5266.
t Pancake and sausage breakfast, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Woodville fire station, 321 East Main St. All-you-can-eat pancakes, plus eggs, applesauce, beverage. $5.50 adult, $5 seniors, $4.50 children under age 12. Proceeds for equipment.
t Wood County Driving Day, noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 14. Pick up a Wood County Driving Tour CD at Wood County Historical Center in Bowling Green and drive to Zimmerman School open house, Grand Rapids Applebutter Fest, North Baltimore Historical Society open house, refreshments at the Pember-Furry House and Beeker's General Store in Pemberville, Historic Cooking Demonstrations at Ft. Meigs, and special guest, Frank North, son of painter Earl North, will talk about how his father gathered inspiration from northwest Ohio. Raffle of a 1955 Earl North painting. Earl North paintings currently on display at the museum during October. Volunteers needed.
t Weekly Ghost Tours, 7 to 8 p.m. every Friday in October at Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green. Tours also offered 1 to 2 p.m. on Oct. 27. Reservations required: 419-352-0967, ext. 104. Halloween Folklore and Funfest, 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20 at the center, with ghost tours from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Family-oriented evening of haunted museum tours, Boo-ville kid games and crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides, and Monster Theatre. Sign up for guided Museum Ghost Tours on the front lawn. The last tour will leave at 9:30 p.m.
t Annual Halloween Campout, Oct. 12-13 at East Harbor State Park in Marblehead, Ohio. Bonfire, dance, scarecrow-building contest, campsite decorating contest, cookout, haunted house, crafts and games, hayrides. Call 419-734-4424 ext. 2.
t Oak Harbor Apple Festival, Oct. 13-14 downtown. Over 130 vendors, from food to crafts. Crowning of the 2007-2008 Royalty Court at opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. Oct. 13. Grand Parade at 2 p.m., and a talent show, tractor pulling contest, and an adult band. Family Day is Oct. 14, with entertainment, 5K Apple Run, youth football game, local choirs, and more. Information: www.oakharborohio.net
t Autumn Lighthouse Festival at Marblehead Lighthouse State Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church next to the lighthouse at 110 Lighthouse Drive in Marblehead. Demonstrations, entertainment, arts and crafts, food, and free lighthouse tours.
t Festival at the Keeper's House, 9999 Bayshore Rd. in Marblehead, on Oct. 13. Civil War encampment, re-enactors, blacksmith, wood carvers, and more. Bean soup and Johnny cake available. Information: 419-734-9777.
t Free breast cancer screenings for uninsured women,
7:30 to 10 a.m. Oct. 23 and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at St. Luke's Hospital, 5901 Monclova Rd., Maumee. Appointments are needed. Call 419-897-8484.
t Family Fall Festival at the Wolcott Museum Complex, noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 20, River Road, Maumee. Old-time craft demonstrations include candle dipping, pumpkin decorating, tin punch ornaments, and making weathervanes. Storytelling, children's play area, crafts, and craft demonstrators, and guitar music and singing are scheduled.
t Nature Center Spooky Carnival of Fun, noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 20-21 at the Milton B. Trautman Nature Center, Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon. Halloween activities and crafts for families. Refreshments available. Wear a costume. Admission, $3. Information: 419-836-9117.
t Annual Traditional Pow Wow, "Honoring the Elders," noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 20 with a dinner break from 5 to 7 p.m., and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at Maumee High School, 1147 Saco Rd., Maumee. Native American dancing, singing, arts, food, Potato Dance Contest by the American Indian Intertribal group of Northwest Ohio. Admission, $6 adult, $4 seniors and students. Children ages 6-12, $3. Under age 6, free. Information: 419-882-3417.
t Oak Openings Explorer: fall color tram tours held each Sunday in October at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The 15-passenger, wheelchair accessible tram will depart from the Mallard Lake Area of the Oak Openings Metropark. Organized groups can sign up for a 1:30 p.m. ride. Free. Reservations needed; call 419-407-9700.
t Enjoy fall color from a canal boat, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Canal Experience at Providence Metropark, Grand Rapids. An extended fall color ride down the canal on a mule-drawn boat with a historical interpreter and a naturalist. Limited to 45 people. Cost, $6. Reservations needed.
t Side Cut Explorer tram rides along the Maumee River, every Tuesday 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon, now through October, at Side Cut Metropark, riverview parking lot. Board the 12-passenger, wheel-chair accessible tram for a ride along the river and canal towpath. Free. Groups can schedule separate times for a nominal fee. Information: 419-407-9700.
t Halloween Rides at the Metroparks, annual Tombstone Bike Tour on Oct. 14, co-sponsored by Hostelling International, Toledo Area. The 38-mile route begins at Secor Metropark, with a lunch stop at Oak Openings and a snack stop at MacQueens Orchard. Along the way, costumed riders will pass 11 cemeteries. Family Haunted Ride with a Metroparks naturalist, for families with children under age 12, Oct. 14 at Oak Openings Preserve, Swanton. Lunch is provided for both events, including the traditional Tombstone Chili. For a brochure, go to www.hitoledo.org or call 419-878-6440.
t Scaring Up Ghosts At Providence: Ghosts of Providence Lantern Tour, a semi-scary evening in a real ghost town, Oct. 26-27 at Providence Metropark, Grand Rapids. Tours times from 7 to 10 p.m. Meet people from the past who dwell in Providence, Ohio, along the scenic Maumee River. Each tour limited to 15 people. Reservations needed. Cost, $5; free for ages 6-11. Not recommended for children under age 5.
t Scary Tales Along Winding Trails, Oct. 13 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Side Cut Metropark. Storytelling and a walk for children ages 8 and up and their parents. Cider and treats. Reservations needed. Cost, $3 per child. Meet at Silver Lake parking lot. 419-407-9700.
t New Hope Christian Church, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the church, Holloway and Garden roads. Tickets, $7. Church rummage sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 20.
t Holland American Legion fish fry, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday through April 18 at the post, 1074 Clarion Ave. Information: 419-865-8511.
t Progressive Fishing Association fish fry: Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. now to Nov. 16 and Jan. 4 to April 25 at 8050 Schadel Rd. Adults $7, seniors $6.50, and child $4. 419-392-4715.
tAmazon Lodge No. 4, first and third Fridays each month, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 638 North University St., 419-531-7079.
tConn-Weissenberger American Legion Post 587, 2020 West Alexis Rd., Fridays 5-7 p.m.
tDiehn American Legion Post 468, first Friday fish fry, 5 to 7 p.m. at 5580 Centennial Rd., Sylvania. Deep fried and baked fish. Chicken strips and shrimp available.
t Northwood VFW 2984 Friday fish fry, 5 to 8 p.m. every week at 102 West Andrus Rd. Steaks and chicken available. Open to public.
tFraternal Order of Eagles 197, 5050 Jackman Rd., 5-8 p.m. Fridays, shrimp and frog legs, senior menu.
tMaumee Eagles, 827 Illinois, pollock dinners, Fridays from 5-8 p.m. Cost, $6.50. Prime rib, crab legs, shrimp, chicken available.
tVFW Post 3013, 5-7 p.m. Fridays at 1950 South Eber Rd., Holland.
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t St. Michael's Altar Society fall craft show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10, at the schools gym and cafeteria, 502 West Front St., Monroe, Mich. Information: 734-241-7950 or 734-241-0082.
t Franciscan Care Center Sylvania rummage and bake sale sponsored by the activity department, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11, at 4111 North Holland Sylvania Rd. Information: 419-824-2674.
•Cass Road Baptist Church fall garage sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the church 1400 Cass Rd., Maumee. Information: 419-893-2008.
•St. Joseph's Catholic Church rummage sale, rummage sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 in the community center, 120 West Broadway. Please use back service entrance in alley off Allen St. Clothing, housewares, and more. On Sat. clothing will be $2 a bag and half price on all other items.
•VFW 2898 Jr. Unit craft and bake sale, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the VFW post, 3925 West Alexis. Information: 472-8810.
•St. Clement Rosary-Altar Society fall rummage sale, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at the church hall, 2990 Tremainsville. Lunch available both days. Tuesday is $2 bag day.
•Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Regina Coeli Activities Center, 600 Regina Parkway. Saturday will be $2 bag day.
•Crafters Needed for the Lenawee 4-H Council craft show, Oct. 20 at Madison Schools, Adrian, Mich. Information: 517-264-5314.
•American Legion Post 193 fish fry, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at 11045 Harold Dr., Luna Pier, Mich. All you can eat fish, fries, cole slaw, roll, dessert and side of shrimp. Cost $10, seniors $9.50.
t St. Paul's Episcopal Church fish fry, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 19. at the church, 798 South Coy Rd., Oregon. Alaskan Walleye, all you can eat desert included, dine in or carryout. Adults $7.75, children $3.50. Information: 691-9400.
•Newborns in Need, Toledo's local chapter will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 for their monthly workday at Calvary Assembly of God, 5025 Glendale Ave. The organization is a non-profit charity that donates items to any facility that provides for the needs of premature and new born babies that are sick or in crisis. Teachers are on hand to teach volunteers how to quilt, knit, crochet, and sew. Supplies are provided. Information: 865-4470.
t The Roger Bresnahan/Mud Hens Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) will meet at 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Packo's at the Park, Washington St. and St. Clair St. The meeting will begin with baseball research presentations by local members and then we will watch/view the American and National League playoff games being played that night. Information: 419-882-1301.
t Southside American Legion Post 531 in conjuction with Commodore Perry VFW Post 3338 will host a spaghetti dinner for Kim Sue (Foster) Georgia, who has lung cancer and has no medical insurance. Oct. 14, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. (children until 5 p.m.) at 2231 South Ave. There will be live entertainment and raffles. Information: 419-385-8861.
•Harbor House's Car Show at the Hilton, 3100 Glendale Ave. Oct. 14 noon to 3 p.m. in the south parking lot, located on the former MUO campus. Bring your muscle car, street rod, classic car, truck, or any special interest vehicle and register from 10 a.m. to noon. Fee $10. Free breakfast buffet certificates, courtesy of the hotel to the first 50 registrants (one per car). Top 10 awards and Best Of Show trophy including an overnight stay with breakfast certificate. Harbor House is a transitional housing facility for homeless women who are recovering from alcohol or substance abuse. Information: 419-244-6300.
t Paws and Whiskers annual Halloween Party 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at St. Clement's Hall, 2990 Tremainsville Rd. Live band, best costume prize, raffle and auction. Costume optional. Advance tickets $25, at the door $30. For information: 419-536-1914 or www.coolcatstrut.com.
t Step Out to Fight Diabetes a fundraiser sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, Oct. 20. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. at Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. Participants can choose from one-mile or two-mile routes. This fundraiser supports the prevention and cure of diabetes through programs and services in southeast Mich., and northwest Ohio. Registration: 1-888-DIABETES, ext. 6688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.