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Fund-raiser for Special Olympics, Olander Park dedication set for weekend

This weekend in Sylvania, you can partake in the annual Torch Run for the Special Olympics, honor Olander Park's founder, enjoy big band music, and more. 


The northwest Ohio leg of Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ohio will kick-off in Sylvania on Friday morning. Police and law enforcement officials will participate in the the state-wide race by bike or foot to raise awareness for the Special Olympics. For six days, a torch will be passed from jurisdiction to jurisdiction ending in Columbus for the Special Olympics ceremonies. Racers will line up in the Sylvania City Police parking lot at 11:30 a.m., 6635 Maplewood Ave. For more information, for route details, or to register, visit

Wildwood Preserve Metropark will open the doors to the historical Stranleigh Estate, which celebrated its 75th birthday this month. Take a step back in time by exploring the rich history of the area through the lens of the Stranleigh Manor, now called the Manor House. It was built by businessman Robert Stranahan during the Great Depression. The free tour starts at noon and run through 5 p.m., Manor House, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. For information, visit

As part of the Fourth National Conference on Restorative Justice, attorney Walter Madison will speak about the recent trial where he represented the two youths who were found guilty in rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, that garnered national attention. Lourdes University and the University of Toledo sponsored the three-day conference that began on Wednesday and brought together faith leaders, educators, members of the legal community, and policy makers to explore race and the use of restorative justice principles and practices around the globe. Mr. Madison will speak from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30, Willow Oaks Room, The Hotel @ UTMC, 3100 Glendale Ave. For a complete list of speakers and events, visit


Saturday night tap your toes to the big band beat of Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, and Les Brown. Toledo’s own Jeff McDonald’s “Swingmania” Big Band will perform at Centennial Terrace. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m., 5773 Centennial Rd. For information, visit

Sylvania Masonic Lodge hosts a Books ‘n Cookies Sale, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3510 Holland-Sylvania Ave. For information, call 419-841-4712.


Olander Park System will honor Catherine Frye, one of its three founders who had a love for children, nature, and the Sylvania community. The park’s PlayScape, an outdoor play area that will encourage children to have a free-roaming spirit and to explore their natural surroundings, will be dedicated to Mrs. Frye at 3 p.m. The ceremonies will take place at the future site of the PlayScape on the west side of the lake, Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave. For information, call 419-882-8313 or visit

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