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Published: Wednesday, 1/30/2008

What's On - Michigan/areawide

Adrian

•Love Letters performed at 8 p.m. Feb. 14,15, and 16, and 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at Croswell Opera House, 129 East Maumee St. Tickets: $22 public, $20 seniors, $18 students. Information: 517-264-7469.

•Auditions for Beehive, 1-3 p.m. Feb. 23 and 3-5 p.m. Feb. 24 at Croswell Opera House, 129 East Maumee St. Cast requires six strong female singers (three African American and three white) to sing music of The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Petula Clark, and other popular female singers of the '60s. Show dates are April 18-20 and 25-27. Call: 517-264-7469.

Erie

•St. Joseph's Lenten fish fries, 4:30-7:30 p.m. each Friday Feb. 8 to March 21 at 2238 Manhattan St. All-you-can-eat perch, tilapia, and shrimp. Adults $11, seniors $10, ages 12 and under $6. Information: 734-848-6985.

•Erie Mason High School swimming pool, 7-8 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. Wednesdays at 2400 Lakeside Rd. Lifeguard. Sessions cost $1. Information: 734-848-4257.

Lenawee County

•Lenawee Humane Society, 705 West Beecher St., Adrian. Cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies available for adoption at $50 per animal. Most animals are neutered or spayed. Call 517-263-3463.

•Lenawee Council for the Visual Arts show Feb. 22 through March 15 at Hidden Lake Gardens, 6280 West Munger Rd. (M50), Tipton, Mich. Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost $3, free on March 15. Information: 517-431-2060 or 517-265-4403.

Luna Pier

•Fish fry, 4-8 p.m. Fridays Feb. 8 through March 21 at American Legion Post 193, 11045 Harold Drive. Cost for all-you-can dinner is $10 and $9.50 seniors.

Monroe

• Bingorama on Feb. 9 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Monroe Eagles, 445 North Dixie Hwy. Cost is $75 per person. The first 100 women will be admitted. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling the Eagles. Men will serve drinks and snacks. The first jackpot will be $1,500. Information: 734-242-0032.

•Fund-raiser benefits respiratory therapists class, 5-8 p.m. Feb. 4 at Wendy's, 1125 North Dixie Hwy. Wendy's will donate 10 percent of its gross receipts to the freshmen RT class. Proceeds benefit class projects. Information: 734-243-0945.

•Amateur boxing exhibition at Monroe County Community College, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Welch Health Education Building, 1555 South Raisinville Rd. " Boxing 101" features bouts by male and female boxers from Joe's Boxing Club, the 2006 and 2007 Toledo Golden Gloves Junior Champions and all-Around Team Champions plus guest boxing clubs. Public address announcer for the Detroit Tigers and MCCC alumnus Bobb Vergiels serves as ring announcer. Cost $10, portion of proceeds will help establish the MCCC scholarship by Joe's Boxing Club. Information: 734-735-5241 or 734-384-4124.

•St. Valentine's Day Greektown bus trip fund-raiser, Feb. 16, leaves Monroe County Community College, parking lot H (Health Building) at 6 p.m. and returns at 1 a.m. Cost is $27. Ticket holders will receive a $15 voucher upon arrival at Greektown. Sponsored by the freshmen respiratory therapy class at MCCC. Tickets: 734-847-1917, 734-243-5390 or 419-824-3147.

•Civil War series 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Ellis Reference & Information Center, 3700 South Custer Rd. Call: 734-241-5277.

Ottawa Lake

•Fifth annual prelude to St. Patrick's Day, 7-10 p.m. Feb. 16 at St. Anthony Kenna Hall, 4635 St. Anthony Rd. Entertainment by John Connolly and Co. Tickets $6; available at the door or call, 734-854-5903 or 734-856-1767.

Petersburg

•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.

Tecumseh

•Valentine's Day card craft, 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at Tecumseh District Library, 215 North Ottawa St. Make a handcrafted Valentine for the holiday. Call to register: 517-423-2238.

•Anti-Valentine's Day Party, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Tecumseh District Library. Teens wear black, listen to music unrelated to love or relationships, eat broken heart cookies and learn how to make a variety of chocolates. Free, but registration is required. Call: 517-423-2238.

•Chess club meeting dates 6 p.m. Feb. 25, March 31, and April 28 at Tecumseh District Library. Open to all ages and all playing abilities. Learn new strategies, increase skill, and meet other chess enthusiasts. Boards welcome but not required. Information: 517-423-2238.

Temperance

•Teen Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. after school every week, Bedford Branch Library, featuring video games and food. Information: 734-847-6747.

•Swiss steak dinner, 4-7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2843 West Sterns Rd. Adults $8, ages 4-6 $3, ages under 3 are free. Takeout available. Information: 734-856-1461.

•Historical Society of Bedford meets 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Bedford Branch Library. Bring historical artifact or antique for "show-and-tell" portion of meeting. Dues for 2008 will be collected. Information: 734-847-0922.

•Fish fry, 5-7 p.m. Fridays Feb. 8 through March 21 at Temperance American Legion Post 192, 620 West Temperance Rd. Cost for all-you-can-eat dinner including dessert is $8. Information: 734-847-9245.

•Bedford Artists' Club meets 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Rd. Information: 734-856-4947.

Sylvania

• A Roar and More, 10-11 a.m. Feb. 6, Sylvania Branch Library program to be held at Olander Park. TOPS naturalists will introduce a variety of cats, from kitties to wild cats. Meet at Olander Park. Registration required: 419-882-2089.

• Talk by William Hablitzel, author of Dying Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, during reception at the Kingston Residence, 4125 King Rd., Sylvania, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Meditation and discussion of energy healing follows.

• Sylvania Lacrosse Gala Dinner, 6-11 p.m. March 8, Holland Gardens Banquet Hall, 6530 Angola Ave., Holland. Buffet dinner, live entertainment, silent auctions, and game of chance. For tickets, call 419- 829-2663.

West Toledo

• Euchre tournament at Knights of Columbus Hall, 4256 Secor Rd., 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Entry, $5.

• Hope Co-op Preschool open house, 2201 Secor Rd. at Indian Road, 6-8:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Information: 419-536-8383.

• Emmanuel Christian School open house, 4607 Laskey Rd., 1-3 p.m. Feb. 2 for grades K-12.

• Little Flower Parish card party, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the O'Grady Center, 5522 Dorr St. at Olimphia. Lunch and desserts served at noon. Tallies, $6. Reservations: 419-536-9058.

• Block Kids Competition for Toledo Public Schools' fifth-grade students, held by the National Association of Women in Construction, Toledo Chapter 282, beginning 9 a.m. Feb. 2 in the new Start High School cafeteria, 2010 Tremainsville Rd. Use the back glass doors. National program to promote interest in construction. Information: 419-392-8718.

• Valentine's Day Tea and Romance Giveaway by the Maumee Valley Chapter of Romance Writers of America, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2, Sanger Branch Library, West Central Avenue. Five authors will attend. Tea and finger food served. Free romance novels while supplies last.

• Super Bowl XLII for grades K-6 at West Toledo Branch Library, West Sylvania Avenue,

6:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Games, snacks, and activities.

• Book sale at Sanger Branch Library, 3030 West Central Ave., 1-4:30 p.m. Feb. 8 and 10 and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9. Last day, $3 per bag.

• Teens can become better drivers after they watch audio/video clips of risky driving. Free presentation is open to the public, 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at 2727 North Holland Sylvania Road, Unit A. Reservations: 419-382-9333.

Point Place

• AMVETS Post 1010, fish fry dinners: 4-7 p.m. Feb. 8, 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21, at the VFW Post 3265, Point Place, 5416 Summit St. Use side doors. Cost, $7.

• Point Place Writers' Group, Point Place Branch Library, 117th Street, 9:30-11 a.m. the second Saturday each month for coffee, creative writing exercises, and the chance to meet other writers.

Toledo

• Soup, salad, and sandwich Saturday, Pope John Paul II School Hall, 3233 Lagrange St., 2-5 p.m. Feb. 2. Cost, $6. Soup samplers, 50 cents each. Takeout available.

• Chinese New Year celebration, 4-4:45 p.m. Feb. 7, Lagrange Branch Library, Lagrange Street. Grades K-5 celebrate with crafts and treats. Valentine Fun for the family, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9. Valentine stories, and crafts. Registration required: 419-259-5390.

• Valentine's Sweets, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Main Library downtown, Michigan Street. Stories, crafts, and treat for grades K-6. Anime Club for teens, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Watch anime clips, discuss your favorite series, or talk with others about the quirky Japanese characters and their adventures.

• PERI Chapter 4, monthly meeting, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at 420 South Reynolds Rd.

• Snowball Softball Tourney held by the City of Toledo, Feb. 9 and 10 at Scott Park complex, time to be announced. Fee, $75 per team. Men's and coed teams needed. Call the division of recreation, 419-936-2877.

• Thrift Shop at St. Lucas Lutheran Church, 745 Walbridge Ave., open 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday.

History

• A Legacy of Leadership: Lewis and Clark, 7-9 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Maumee Indoor Theater, Conant Street, Maumee. Tim Kreps and Al Thompson will speak on local history, military history, and leadership.

• "Civil War: Ohio's Black History, presented by the 5th U.S. Colored Troop Company C,"

6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 4 at Rossford Public Library. Infantry re-enactors will present an interactive lesson on the role of African-American soldiers in the Civil War. Light refreshments served. Free.

• Black Swamp Doc re-enactment by John Jaeger of the Toledo Metroparks, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 5 at Knight Nature Preserve, Nature Center upper meeting room, 29530 White Rd., Perrysburg.

• Historical Lectures by the Wolcott House Museum Guild, 10 a.m. at Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Rd., Maumee. Feb. 4: "The Three Most Important Battles in the Northwest Territory" by Clint Mauk. Feb. 11: "A French Fur Trading Voyager" by Tim Kreps.

• Maumee Valley History: The Wars, lectures on the Indian Wars of the late 1700s, the War of 1812, the Civil War, World War I, and World War II, 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays, from Feb. 26-April 8 (except March 25), Wolcott Museum Complex Church, 1035 River Rd., Maumee. Cost, $15 for the series. Teachers can earn 10 contact hours. Information: www.maumee.org/recreation/wolcott.htm or call 419-893-9602.

Schools

• St. Francis de Sales High School Funarama, noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 24 at 2323 West Bancroft St. Raffles for $5,200, $1,200, and $500 cash prizes. A book of 11 tickets costs $10. To volunteer to help at a booth, call 419-531-1618.

• Emmanuel Christian School open house, 4607 Laskey Rd., 1-3 p.m. Feb. 2 for grades K-12.

• Notre Dame Academy Black and White Gala featuring Dueling Pianos, a new interactive musical comedy show, with comedic lyrics, light-hearted roasts of audience members, and a mix of music and comedy, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at Notre Dame's LaValley Gymnasium, 3535 West Sylvania Ave. Tickets, $125 per person, black tie optional, chances to win a trip or cash prize. Contact 419-475-9628, ext. 3133 for details.

• College Goal Sunday, Owens Community College campuses, 2 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Conference Center on the Findlay-area campus and in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center on the Toledo-area campus. Presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the state-sponsored event will help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and answer questions about financial aid. Families must register in advance at www.ohiocollegegoalsunday.org.

• Volunteer math tutors needed for after-school program that meets Mondays and Wednesdays between 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Waite High School cafeteria, 301 Morrison Drive. Volunteers will coach students in Algebra I and geometry. Information: 419-691-4687.

• Black History astronomy programs in February at Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory, University of Toledo, Bancroft Street. Follow the Drinking Gourd, Feb. 2-23 for grades 1-6, and Skywatchers of Africa, a program of African cultures, past and present, for grades 5-12, Feb. 1-29. Fees for school programs are $5 per student. Regular fees are $5 adult, $4 for seniors and children ages 3 and up. Information: 419-530-4641.

• Free Writers' Workshop, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays in the Writing Center at Owens Community College, Oregon Road.

Women

• Eberly Center for Women, brown-bag seminars, 12:30 p.m. Thursdays except March 6, now through April 17 in Tucker Hall, Room 0180, University of Toledo West Bancroft Street campus. Jan. 31, "Shaping the World: Pottery and Hopi Women's Activism" by Lea McChesney, independent scholar. For schedule of the free seminars, call the center at 419-530-8570.

• Club Red, volunteer organization for women, to assist the Red Cross, Oscar Night, Feb. 24 fund-raiser at the Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Oregon Road. Information: 419-734-1100.

Metroparks

• Great Horned Owl Prowl, Side Cut, Siegert Lake parking lot, 6-7:15 p.m. Jan. 31. Brave the season to search for Ohio's largest resident owl. Dress for the outdoors.

• Mardi Gras in the Manor House, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, Manor House, Central Avenue, 7-11 p.m. Feb. 2. Authentic New Orleans-style appetizers and desserts, music by Voodoo Libido band, and entertainment by jugglers, clowns, magicians, face painters, and caricature artists. Silent auction. Open only to those 21 and older. Proceeds will benefit the summer nature camps. Register online at www.metroparkstoledo.com. Tickets are $45. Call 419-407-9700.

• Boy Scouts: Fish and Wildlife Management, at the lodge at Oak Openings Preserve, 4-6:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Boy Scouts will earn seven of the eight requirements for this merit badge. Drop-off program. Free. Register: 419-407-9700.

• Bird Watching and Photography on the North Slope, by Sharon Cummings, Naturalists' Camera Club of Toledo program, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Secor Metropark, Nature Center, Central Avenue.

• Germany and Her Birds, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, Ward Pavilion, 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Join naturalist Jeff MacKenzie for a presentation on his trip to Germany including pictures of some of the many bird species there. An optional walk follows to see local winter birds. Register now: 419-407-9700.

• Good Morning, Groundhog, 9-11 a.m. Feb. 2, Ward Pavilion, Wildwood Preserve. Groundhog Day forecast with Wildwood Willie. Games, activities, and nature walk included. Reservations: 419-407-9700.

Areawide

• Stag-Wild game dinner, hosted by the Great Northern Sportsman's Club, will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 1, at St. Clement's community center, 3030 Tremainsville Rd., $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Information: 419-475-6337 or 419-841-6490.

•Toledo Area Alumnae of Alpha Omicron Pi to celebrate 70th anniversary at Founders' Day, beginning at 11 a.m. on Feb. 2 at The Clarion Westgate, 3536 Secor Rd. Allison Allgier, international vice president of development, will be attending. For more information, phone: 419-470-1485.

•A boating education course will be offered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 2, at Gander Mountain, 1320 Holland-Sylvania Rd., Holland. Course covers state and federal laws, navigational rules of the road, and basic boating safety practices. A $5 fee covers the cost of materials, and pre-registration is required. Call 419-836-6003.

•Glass City Record, Tape & CD Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 3, Knights of Columbus Hall, 4256 Secor Rd. Buy, sell, and trade; there will also be records, books, posters, memorabilia, videos, DVDs. For dealer information, call 419-874-1725. Dealer's table $30, admission $1.

•Singles dances and parties, sponsored by Glass City Singles, Fridays at Gladieux Meadows, 4480 Heatherdowns, line dancing, singles dancing instruction available. Special singles Valentine's Day Lock & Key mixer dance from 8:30 p.m.-midnight on Feb. 15. For more information, phone 734-856-8963 or visit the Web site www.ToledoSingles.com.

•Flower Hospital Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 in the hospital's administrative board room, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania. Donors will have a chance to win door prizes, including movie tickets, treats, and gift baskets. Free parking is available in the hospital parking garage or through the valet service at the hospital entrance. To schedule an appointment call 419-824-1244 or online at www.givelife.org, and enter sponsor code FLOWERHOSP. Walk-ins welcome.

•American Red Cross Blood Drive, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at St. Joan of Arc, 5856 Heatherdowns Blvd. Walk-ins welcome. Appointments: 419-861-0161. Babysitting available.

Benefits

•Serve Up an Ace tennis tournament and silent auction to benefit the Zepf Center to combat mental illness, 7-11 p.m. Feb. 1 at Laurel Hill Swim and Tennis Club, 2222 Cass Rd. Tickets are $25 per person, $45 per couple. Silent auction, 50/50 raffles, door prizes, hors doeuvres, cash bar, and entertainment. Those who attend and do not wish to participate in the tennis tournament can watch the competition and enjoy the food and music.For a registration form call Christina Baskey at 419-841-7701, ext. 207, or go to www.zepfcenter.org.

•Luncheon and spring-style show featuring Jackie Kallen, The First Lady of Boxing, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7, at Carranor Hunt & Polo Club, 502 East 2nd St., Perrysburg, to benefit The Victory Center, whose purpose is to nourish and comfort the body, mind, and spirit during the fight against cancer. Tickets are $35, call 419-531-7600.

•Swim & Stride for Diabetes, a family event to help local children with diabetes, Noon to 4 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the University of Toledo Recreation Center. Participate individually or as a team. Register online at www.dys4kids.org. Earn a free T-shirt with a minimum of $50 in pledges, and free admission to the UT Rec Center on Feb. 23 for raising $50 per family or $25 per person.

•Code 3 breakfast, sponsored by the Whitehouse Fire Department, 10550 Waterville St., Whitehouse, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Sunday of every month through March. Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, toast, coffee, juice, and milk. Cost, $5 adults, $4 seniors, and $3 children; 3 years and under are free. Carryout available, large orders delivered. Call 419-877-0363. Proceeds will go to support various community service activities.



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