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Illegal gambling, high-profile crime cases among key programs in Lourdes Lifelong Learning session


Explore Toledo’s illegal gambling clubs, Cleveland’s international heritage and more through

Lourdes University announces its fall Lifelong Learning program. It offers more than 30 classes on diverse subjects from iPhone/iPad use to Medicare to dream analysis as well as special events and monthly lectures. Here‘s a rundown of some key classes:


August 28 – Illegal Gambling Clubs of Toledo, Franciscan Center, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Hear about Toledo’s sinister past of gambling clubs, mobsters, bookies and bettors from guest speaker Terry Shaffer. He has spent the past 15 years researching and collecting gambling memorabilia, vintage casino chips and stories for his book, Illegal Gambling Clubs of Ohio; the Chips, the Dice, the Places and Faces. Stay after for a picnic lunch and live authentic New Orleans jazz from the Cake Walkin’ Jazz Band. $10 for lunch and jazz. Please RSVP via email at lifelong@lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-824-3707.

Oct. 1 – Cleveland International Heritage Tour. Bus departs Lourdes at 7:30 a.m., returns by 8:30 p.m.

Cleveland’s international heritage is a rich history created by the many immigrant groups who came there in search of a better life, while maintaining their traditions, legacies and customs. Tour Cleveland’s many ethnic cultures and learn the history that makes it a mosaic city of people and places. The tour will go to a number of ethnic and historical places where immigrants came to build their lives, including Irishtown Bend, Little Italy, the famous Westside Market, and the hidden Abraham Lincoln memorials on Public Square. Includes a Polish lunch at Sokolowski’s University Inn and dinner on the way home at the Longhorn Steakhouse in Sandusky. $98 for members, $116 for nonmembers. RSVP by Sept. 17 via email at lifelong@lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-824-3707.


Lifelong Learning has monthly lectures on the third Friday of the month in the Franciscan Center of Lourdes. Refreshments at 9:15 a.m., followed by a presentation from speakers at 10 a.m. Free to members and first-time visitors. This fall’s lectures are:

Sept. 19 – High Profile Prosecutions in Toledo

From the Ottawa Hills murder case to Tom Noe, David Bauer was involved in many high profile state and federal prosecutions in his 36 year career as a state and federal prosecutor. David will reflect on some of those cases and discuss the role of the Lucas County Prosecutor's office and the United States Attorney's office in prosecuting criminal cases in northwest Ohio.

Oct. 17 – The Worst Way to Elect a United States President

Perhaps no part of the U.S. Constitution receives more grief and more recommendations for change than the Electoral College. This presentation focuses on the negatives, but also on the positives, of electing a president via the Electoral College. How can a president be elected (as has happened in the past) through the College while losing the popular vote? Alternatives to the College will be considered, allowing audience members to express their thoughts. Should the United States leave the system as is or replace it with something new? Speaker Dr. Gerry Bazer is Dean Emeritus of Arts & Sciences at Owens Community College and is also a professor, lecturer, and writer on American government and the American presidency.

Nov. 21 – The luckiest man I ever met

Native Toledoan Bobb Vergiels may not be a recognizable face, but his voice is a different story. He has been the stadium and field announcer for professional and major college sports teams in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio for nearly a quarter century. In his years as announcer, he has lent his voice to more than 3,000 games. Among his favorite moments are being the “last voice” at the Ned Skeldon Stadium and the Toledo Sports Arena and the “first voice” at Fifth Third Field and the Huntington Center. He also has announced two World Series, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and two of the largest hockey games ever played in the world at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich. Mr. Vergiels is the public address voice of the Detroit Tigers and the press box announcer for the Detroit Lions. He is also the voice of the University of Michigan’s baseball, basketball and gymnastics teams, and Wayne State’s basketball, football and volleyball teams. By day, he is in charge of communications, public relations and marketing at Monroe Public Schools and, before “retiring,” he was a reader with the Sight Center of Northwest Ohio and the top communicator for the Fermi 2 nuclear plant.

Dec. 19 – Sailing, Racing and the Lady on Deck

Sailing and particularly sailboat racing were not seen as places for women 45 years ago, but Sybil Turin helped change that, and recently completed her 35th run of the all-night Mills Trophy Race, hosted by the Toledo Yacht Club. She fell in love with racing when she met her husband John Turin, who was one of the founding members of the North Cape Yacht Club in La Salle, Mich. Rather than leave the sport when widowed, she kept their passion for sailing alive and became a member of the first all-female crew to compete in the Mills Trophy Race. In this lecture, she will share how her course was charted from growing up on a Maine potato farm to becoming a familiar and revolutionary member of Toledo’s local sailing community.

For more information on Lifelong Learning, go to www.lourdes.edu/lifelong.

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