•Master Gardener Program offered 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 17 for 12 weeks at Hidden Lake Gardens, 6214 West Monroe Rd. (M-50), Tipton, Mich. Classes taught by Michigan State University Extension staff and experts from southeastern Michigan. Topics: flower gardening, soils, vegetables, woody ornamentals, pest management, indoor plants, tree and small fruits, lawn care, basic botany and diagnostics. Master Gardener certification is achieved upon completion of the course work and 40 hours of volunteer commitment. Fee is $225 and includes 800-page Master Gardener reference notebook. Applications available at www.hiddenlakegardens.msu.edu or call 517-431-2060.
•Dracula, 8 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26, and 27, and 3 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28 at Croswell Opera House, 129 East Maumee St. Tickets: $22 general admission-$18 upper balcony; $20 seniors-$18, and $18 students-$12. Information: 517-263-6868 or www.croswell.org.
•Lenawee Humane Society has cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies for adoption at $50 per animal. Most of the animals available for adoption are already neutered or spayed. Call: 517-263-3463.
•Blissfield Model Railroad Club open house, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20-21, Nov. 17-18, and Dec. 22-23, 114 East Adrian St. Children accompanied by a parent have the opportunity to run trains over 2,700 square feet of track. Free. Information: 517-266-0949.
t Roast pork dinner, 4:30-7 p.m. October 26 at United Church of Christ, 300 Tecumseh Rd. Adults $8, ages 5-10 $5, under 5 years free. Takeout available. Information: 517-456-4363.
•Spaghetti dinner and auction, 4:30-7 p.m., auction follows dinner, Oct. 13 at Erie United Methodist Church, 1100 East Samaria Rd. Information: 734-497-5804.
•VFW Post 3925 Reverse Raffle, Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m. appetizers, 6:30 p.m. dinner, and 7:30 p.m. raffle at 1944 East Erie Rd. Tickets, $50. Only 250 tickets sold. Proceeds benefit the post's building fund. Information: 734-848-4299, 419-726-1905.
•Craft show and pig and chicken roast Oct. 27, craft and bake sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., roast 5-7 p.m. at 1100 East Samaria Rd., Information: 734-497-5804.
•Erie Mason High School swimming pool open every Wednesday for two sessions, 7-8 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. at 2400 Lakeside Rd. Lifeguard on duty. Cost per session is $1. Information: 734-848-4257.
•Book club, 4:30 p.m. the second Tuesday each month, Ida Branch Library, Lewis Avenue. Call: 734-269-2191.
•Crafters and merchants needed for Christmas in the Country craft show Nov. 10 at Lynn C. Weeman Post 514, 11601 Lewis Ave. Table rental information: 734-777-6452 or 734-848-8438.
•Home Vendor Holiday Show, 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at St. Michael's Church gym, 502 West Front St. Food, jewelry, cosmetic, and home decor vendors attending. Raffles, prizes, food and refreshment. Information: 734-242-3818.
•Lia Sophia jewelry showing to benefit the Cancer Connection, 11 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Monroe Center Cancer Connection, 15275 South Dixie Hwy. Call: 734-241-8888.
•Italian dinner at the Center 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at Monroe Center Cancer Connection, 15275 South Dixie Hwy. Cost of the Italian feast, prepared by Chef Mario Pace, is $10. Purchase tickets early by calling 734-241-8888.
•Monroe Camera Club meets the first and third Thursday of the month, 4010 North Custer Rd. Information: 734-243-3346.
•Ottawa Lake Music Jam,
6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Zion Lutheran Church 8307 Memorial Hwy. Traditional music with acoustical instruments. Players needed, listeners welcome. Information: 419-654-0426.
t Friends of the Frenchtown Libraries Herb Study Group meets the second Tuesday of each month. Group works on various projects including the maintenance of the herb garden at the library. Public welcome. Information: 734-289-1035.
•Summerfield-Petersburg Branch Library closed for remodeling. Return materials at other branches or renew materials at www.monroe.lib.mi.us., or call 800-462-2050. Neighboring library locations are: Dundee, Ida, and Bedford.
•Bedford Artist Club meets 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Bedford Branch Library. Presentation by watercolor artist Bob Martin. Information: 734-856-4947. The library is located at 8575 Jackman Rd. Program information: 734-847-6747.
t CarFit for Mature Drivers helps older drivers determine how well they and their cars "fit" together and how to increase safety on the road, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at Flower Hospital, 5200 Harroun Rd. Appointments available, but not required. Call 419-824-1116.
t Garage Sale at Southview High School, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13, Sylvania Avenue. Donations will be accepted 3-6 p.m. Oct. 4-7 and all day on Oct. 12. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Southview High School AfterProm activities held in the spring. For more information, call 419-824-9989.
t "Mystery at Gavaudan," full dinner and musical murder mystery, Oct. 12 at the Sylvania Historical Village, 5717 North Main St. Cost, $30. Reservations due by Oct. 5. Information: 419-882-4865.
t Sylvania Area Historical Society, 5717 N. Main St., will meet 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Program by historian Trini Wenninger, "Identifying Women's Fashion in Old Photographs." Free and open to the public.
t Community pancake breakfast, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at First Christian Church, 5271 West Alexis Rd. Adult $5, child $3.
t Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce Energy Forum, "Igniting Energy Solutions," 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Franciscan Center at Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd. Forum is presented by Lourdes College, The Blade, and FirstEnergy. Reservations, $15 for the all-day session plus lunch, can be made by calling 419-882-2135.
t Sylvania Community Orchestra rehearsals, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at McCord Junior High School. New orchestra members welcome; call 419-885-4388.
t VFW Post 606 Auxiliary, membership meeting, 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 and 11 a.m. Oct. 13 at the post home, 3005 Laskey Rd. Steak and shrimp dinner,
4-7 p.m. Oct. 5 and 19 at the post. Open to the public.
t Monroe Street U.M. Church concert by organist Bradley Welch, 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the church, 3613 Monroe St. Featuring works by Bach, Guilmant, Schumann, and Dupree. Free.
t Academy Brass Quintet Concert, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Epworth U.M. Church, 3077 Valleyview Dr. Classical, pop, blues, and ragtime selections. Free.
t American Legion steak or chicken dinner, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Walter Weller Post 135, 2404 Sylvania Ave.
t Fall Fest for grades K-5 from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Reynolds Corners branch library, 4833 Dorr St. Spooky stories, fall crafts, refreshments. Registration required.
t Farmers' Market at Augsburg Church, 1342 Sylvania Ave., 3-7 p.m. every Tuesday through Oct. 30 in the church parking lot. Call: 419-478-2374.
t Old West End Association, architectural scavenger hunt, 2-4 p.m. Oct. 14. Meet at Mansion View at 2 p.m., 2035 Collingwood Blvd. Refreshments and prizes from 4 to 5 p.m. Cost, $5 per person and teams of 2 or 4. Information: 419-246-9333.
t Anime Club for grades 5-12 will meet 4:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and Nov. 29, Main Library Sky Bank meeting room, 325 Michigan St. Join the club and watch anime clips, discuss your favorite series, or just talk with others who also know those Japanese characters and their adventures.
t El Corazon de Mexico folkloric dance group will perform 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Toledo Heights branch library, 423 Shasta Dr.
t Baby Signs program for new parents, 11 a.m. Oct. 13, Main Library downtown. Join the Toledo Hearing and Speech Center and learn to "talk" with your baby before your baby can talk, using baby sign language. Registration is required: 419-259-5231.
t Baby Time at the library,
11:30 a.m. Mondays through Nov. 12, West Toledo Branch Library, 1320 Sylvania Ave., for ages 1-2 with an adult caregiver. Thirty minutes of board books, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music. Registration is required: 419-259-5290.
t St. Hyacinth Parish feather party, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 in the school hall at 728 Parkside Blvd. Kielbasa and golabki dinner, $8. Cake booth, bingo starting at noon. School hall is handicapped accessible.
t Pilgrim Church events, 1375 Sylvania Ave., Pumpkin Patch Oct. 13-31, selling pumpkins from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 7 p.m. Sundays, and 2 to 7 weekdays. Flu clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at $30 per shot for those without insurance. Pancake breakfast, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14 and a Gospel Jam at 7 p.m. Cabbage roll dinner and silent auction, 12:30-3 p.m. Oct. 28. Proceeds benefit the Jamaican mission. Call: 419-478-6012.
•Baby Time, Toddler Time, and Preschool Story Time, for ages 1 to 5, are offered now through Nov. 15 at Point Place Branch Library, 110th Street. Call or visit the library for a schedule of times.
t "Thunder Road" will be at the Placer's Car Club "Make a Wish" Super Cruise, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at 6190 North Summit St., weather permitting.
•Harvest Hoedown, 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Point Place Branch Library, 2744 110th St. Celebrate the harvest season with games, activities, and treats for the family. Registration is required: 419-259-5390.
•Friendship Park Senior Center fall craft show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the center, 2930 131st St. Baked goods, crafts, household items on sale. Sloppy joe lunch available. Craft table rental at $10 or $15. Call 419-936-3079.
t Free breast cancer screenings for uninsured women,
7:30-10 a.m. Oct. 23 and
5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 29 at St. Luke's Hospital, 5901 Monclova Rd., Maumee. Appointments are needed. Call 419-897-8484.
t Metropark Mutts: Maumee River Migration, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, outside Ward Pavilion, 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, West Central Avenue. Enjoy a fall color walk with your dog across the covered bridge and around the meadow. Dogs must have shots, get along with other dogs and be on a standard six-foot leash. Free
t Preschool Pioneers: Pumpkins, Gourds, and Turnips, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, Oak Grove School, 10-10:45 a.m. Oct. 19. Children ages 3-5 listen to a Halloween story, carve with turnips or gourds as the settlers did, and take home a goody bag. Dress your child for a "messy" task; parent participation required. Cost, $3. To register or be put on the waiting list, call 419-277-0107. Class size is limited to 12 participants.
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 7-10 p.m. Meet people from the past who dwell in Providence along the Maumee River. Each tour limited to 15 people. Reservations required. Price is $5, free for ages 6-11. Not recommended for children under age 5.
t Northwest Ohio Writers Conference (formerly the Maumee Valley Writers Conference), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13, at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes College, Sylvania. Featured speaker: Les Roberts, award-winning mystery novelist. Plus USA Today bestselling author, Rosemary Laurey. Information: 419-636-1937 or www.nwowc.com.38.39939 -75.20802