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Levis Commons to be Sand-Tastic!

Levis Commons to be Sand-tastic!

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Twins Atticus, left, and Madeline play in a giant sandbox during last year’s Sand-Tastic! at Levis Commons.

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The Town Center at Levis Commons in Perrysburg will look more like a beach this weekend, as tons of sand is brought in and shaped up for the shopping center's annual Sand-tastic! Scores of people turn out for the festival, where artists transform mounds of sand into detailed sculptures and create chalk drawings on sidewalks throughout the plaza. Chalk and graffiti artists from Toledo School for the Arts will decorate the boulevard with colorful works of art and a community sandbox and water table will be stocked with all the necessary tools to build your own masterpiece. A variety of strolling entertainment and live music also will be available at the free event, which runs from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The sculpting team will give a 45-minute demonstration in the sandbox and share their tips for sculpting like a pro at 2 p.m. both days. Information: shopleviscommons.com

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Griffin Hines Farm has reopened its gates and music once again fills the air at the outdoor venue, which has hosted blues musicians including B.B. King, Freddy King, John Lee Hooker, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and many more. On Saturday, the historic farm will serve as the backdrop for the first Blues & Boogie Fest benefit, presented by the Black Swamp Blues Society. Headlining the show are John D'?Amato and Reverend Robert Sexton, with local acts Postmodern Blues Band, T-Bone Lightnin', Ellenie Ash and Friends, Craig Perras, and Blind Dog Boogie Band. There will be several raffles, including one for a custom Traxler guitar. Admission is $20 and the show runs from 2 to 10 p.m. The farm is at 3950 S. Berkey Southern Rd, Swanton.

Grab your blankets and popcorn and head over to White Star Beach to enjoy a movie under the stars. A family-friendly movie will show on a 16-foot inflatable screen at dusk Friday as part of the Outdoor Cinema System. Bring snacks or visit the concession stand for popcorn and treats. Go early for pre-movie activity. This event is free. White Star Beach is at State Rt. 300, South Main Street in Gibsonburg. Information: 419-332-4470.

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