t Star Spangled Banner Celebration at Fort Meigs State Memorial Park, July 3 from 4 p.m. to midnight, 29100 West River Rd., State Rt. 65, Perrysburg. Amusement rides, pony rides, food and ice cream vendors, games and crafts, free blood pressure checks. The Academy Brass Quintet performs at 8 p.m., with the joint Maumee-Perrysburg evening fireworks afterwards at the park at approximately 9:30 p.m. Free admission.
t Annual Star Spangled 5K Run, 8 a.m. July 4 at Starr School, 3230 Starr Ave., Oregon. Register on race day between 6:45 and 7:45 a.m. Information: 419-693-8618.
t Harmonica player Mojo Mike, June 27, 1:30 p.m., Main Library, Michigan Street downtown. Grades K-6 can enjoy this energy-packed Blues concert with 18-year old Mojo Mike. Free. Sponsored by the Library Legacy Foundation.
t Monday Craft Club for grades 5-12, now to July 30, 2 to 3 p.m. at Main Library. Learn some traditional crafts such as knitting, crochet, and other-projects. Share ideas or just be creative. Set up in the Teen area every week with something old that's new.
t University of Toledo Summer Rec Day: Grades 5-12 stop by Main Library between July 2 and 7 to pick up a ticket and parent permission slip for an afternoon of sports and activities at the University of Toledo Student Rec Center. Ticket good only on Tuesday, July 10, noon to 3 p.m.
t Brown Bag Concerts downtown, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 8 on the north lawn, Main Library, 325 Michigan St. June 27: Moody Flutes, light eclectic pop music. July 11: Just Kiddin' Around, children's music. July 18: Diamonds in the Rough folk and bluegrass. July 25: Extra Stout Irish music. Aug. 1: Jessica Stewart Trio performs jazz. Aug. 8: Bandera plays country music. Food and refreshments available from vendors.
t Harry Potter Movie Marathon, for ages 8 and up, 1 p.m. July 9-12, Main Library downtown. Get ready for the new Harry Potter movie by watching previous Harry Potter films on the big screen at the Main Library's McMaster Center. July 9: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. July 10: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. July 11: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. July 12: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. A permission slip is required for entry into the film for unaccompanied children under the age of 13. Rated PG.
t Frogtown Philatelist Club, June 21 picnic at 6 p.m. at Side Cut Metropark, shelter house near Riverside parking, 1025 West River Rd. Take a side dish or dessert to share; meat, beverage, and table ware provided. RSVP to 419-691-1657 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Guests welcome.
t Rotary Club of Toledo, noon June 25 at the Park Inn, 101 North Summit St. Speaker: Rodney Schuster on "Homelessness: Myths, Perceptions, and Realities." There will be no meeting on July 2. Information: 419-241-7060.
•East Toledo Historical Society, 7 p.m. June 28 at the Navarre Park shelter house, 1101 White St. Five authors of the East Toledo Historical Society will present a slide show, autograph books, and share 200 years of East Toledo history. Open to all.
t Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA - Ohio, exercise demonstrations held the first week in July at six area locations. Information: 419-537-0131.
t Toledo Dulcimer Club, Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the stable area at Wildwood Preserve Metropark, weather permitting, 5100 West Central Ave. Take your dulcimers, harmonicas, banjos, guitars, or washboards to join in. Country, gospel, and old time music. Singers and hand clappers welcome. Information: 734-856-4573.
t Women's Connection West of Sylvania, July 13 brunch at Sylvania Country Club, 5201 Corey Rd., Sylvania. Juice and coffee at 9:15 a.m. followed by brunch, inspirational speaker, and cello and piano music. Cost, $12. Reservations and complimentary nursery, 419-472-8749, evenings. Reservations by July 11. Cancellations necessary.
Kitty Todd Preserve
t Lupine seed collection, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23 at the Kitty Todd Preserve, 10420 Old State Line Rd. off Eber Road, Spencer Township. For information on how to volunteer for this event, call 419-867-1521 or 419-877-5009.
t Woodward High School Hall of Fame nominations being accepted for 2008. July 1 is the deadline to nominate distinguished Woodward graduates, administrators, faculty, staff, and friends of the Woodward community for contributions to school, community, or profession. Forms available at www.woodwardhallof fame.com or at any Toledo-Lucas County Public library.
t "The Summer Skies Over Toledo," Fridays, June 22 and 29 at 8:30 p.m., Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory, University of Toledo, Bancroft Street campus. "Our Planet," for children ages 6-12, held 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 23 and 30. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors and children ages 3-12. Children 2 and younger admitted free. Observing of the sky offered after all evening programs, weather permitting. Information, 419-530-4037 or visit www.rpbo.utoledo.edu.
t Free summer writers' forum at Owens Community College, now through July 25, meeting every Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. in the Writing Center, College Hall Room 156-D. Topics: June 27, narrative poetry; July 11, image and language poetry; July 18, performance poetry; and July 25, publication. The forum will not meet on July 4. Information, 567- 661-7385.
•Great Lakes Story and Photo Contest, held by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition: People of all ages can submit stories and photos about people and the lakes for a chance to win prizes. Child, high school, and adult age groups. Four categories: general story, fishing story, camping story, photo. Grand prizes include two outdoor adventure packages and two photography packages, including a digital camera. Guidelines and rules: www.healthylakes.org or mail request to Great Lakes Story Contest, Great Lakes Natural Resource Center, 213 West Liberty St., Suite 200, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48104. Deadlines are July 20 and Aug. 20. Winners chosen monthly.
t Pet Adoptathon Carnival, noon to 5 p.m. June 24 at Sylvania Vet Hospital, 4801 Holland-Sylvania Rd., Sylvania. Cats and dogs available for adoption. Children's activities, pony rides, food, balloon art, dunk Dr. Bob. Information: 419-885-4421.
•Cherry Street Mission Ministries celebration of 60 years of service, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30 on the WPOS grounds, Angola Road, half mile west of McCord Road. Ball games, pie eating contest, live entertainment, picnic. Take a blanket or chair. Free.
•Summerfest picnic under the trees, held by the German American Festival Society, 3 to 10 p.m. June 30 at Oak Shade Grove, Seaman Road, Oregon. Dance music from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Shooting booth, raffle, German food. Free admission, open to the public.
•The Art of Industry Exhibit, now through Aug. 2 in the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery, Owens Community College, Oregon Road, Perrysburg Township. Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. June 22 at the gallery. Free and open to the public.
Garden Tours, Events
t Bedford Flower and Garden Club, annual garden tour, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23. Tickets available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23 at the Bedford branch library, 8575 Jackman Rd., Temperance, Mich. Cost, $6. Tour seven area gardens, featuring the Library Gardens, sun and shade gardens, rose gardens, cottage gardens, ponds, waterfalls, and more. Visit garden vendors in the library courtyard.
t Eden's Garden Club garden tour of 8 homes in Monroe, Mich., noon to 5 p.m. June 24. Tickets, $10 per person; free for children under age 12. Benefits horticulture students of Monroe County. Ticket information: 734-755-0452.
t Artists In The Garden, an exhibit by 26 local artists in a variety of media, now through July 13 at Parkwood Gallery, 1828 Parkwood Ave., Toledo. Presented by Metroparks of the Toledo Area, the exhibit was organized through a jury process overseen by local artist Emanuel Enriquez. Opening reception, June 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery, with music by the CEO Band.
t "Summer in the Garden" workshop, by the Toledo Area Miniature Enthusiasts, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Windgate Hotel, 5480 South Main St., Sylvania. Project: Japanese Tea Room and Gardens. Fee, $70, includes parts and supplies plus continental breakfast and Asian luncheon. For additional information, please call 734-854-1665.
•Give Autism the Boot! fundraiser, June 22-23, to benefit the Great Lakes Center for Autism. Collections will be made at Kroger stores and other locations in Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, and Erie and other counties.
•Toledo Elks Lodge 53 Charity Car Show, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. June 23 at 3520 Holland-Sylvania Rd. Plaques, prizes, trophies, raffles, music and food. No entry fee. All proceeds benefit the Toledo Elks Cerebral Palsy Fund. Information: 419-841-6653
• Ladies Day 18-hole golf scrambles, July 18 at Hidden Hills Golf Club, 4886 County Rd. 16 in Woodville, Ohio, will benefit ovarian cancer research, in memory of Violet Bolger. Cost, $40 per person. Includes cart, continental breakfast, steak dinner, team and pin prizes. 8 a.m. shotgun start, with registration at 7 a.m. Reservation must be made by July 15. Call 419-849-3693.
•The Epilepsy Center of NW Ohio is selling tickets to the Toledo Mud Hens game scheduled for June 24 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. The center will be celebrating its 30th anniversary and all proceeds will benefit its programs and services. Contact 419-867-5950 for tickets.
•Amazon Lodge No. 4, first and third Fridays each month, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 638 North University St., 419-531-7079.
•Conn-Weissenberger American Legion Post 587, 2020 West Alexis Rd., Fridays 5-7 p.m.
•Fraternal Order of Eagles 197, 5050 Jackman Rd., 5-8 p.m. Fridays, shrimp and frog legs, senior menu, smoke-free.
•Maumee Eagles, 827 Illinois, pollock dinners, Fridays from 5-8 p.m., $6.50. Prime rib, crab legs, shrimp, chicken available.
•VFW Post 3013, Fridays at 1950 South Eber Rd., Holland, 5-7 p.m.
•Aquatic arthritis exercise and aerobic classes in a warm-water therapeutic pool, Anne Grady Center, 1525 Eber Rd. Information: 419-866-6500, ext. 214.
•Aquatic exercises, prenatal aquatics, fitness classes, and tai chi at St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Oregon. Call 419-696-7203 for aquatics; 419-696-7412 for prenatal/fitness classes; 419-537-0131 for tai chi.
•Aquatic exercise 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the University of Toledo. $40 per month. Prescription from physician required. Information: 419-530-2731.
•Aquatic exercises classes offered 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Collingwood Center, 2275 Collingwood Blvd., water temp. 90 degrees. Cost is $20 per month, registration necessary. Information: 419-245-6200.
•Childbirth education classes at Toledo Hospital, Monday through Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and 7:30-9:30 p.m. Information: 419-291-5666.
•Dance and exercise firming and toning class at the Toledo Yacht Club, Summit Street in Point Place, for ages 40 and over, Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 p.m. Open to the public, $5 per class or $30 for 10 weeks. Information: 419-381-1956.
•Focus on Healing therapeutic exercises, Wednesday mornings at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, and Thursday evenings at Mercy Health Partners Conference Center, 3400 Meijer Dr. Call 419-345-3986.
•Healthcare speakers available through Bay Park Community Hospital. Message tailored to schools, churches, service clubs, civic groups, businesses. Information: 419-690-7504.
•Hypnosis clinics to stop smoking or lose weight, American Lung Association. $50. Information: 1-800-231-5864.
•In-home respite financial assistance program by the Alzheimer's Association. Eligible families could receive up to $150 for in-home respite. For additional information, please call 419-537-1999 or 1-800-272-3900.
•Mercy Health Partners classes in yoga, tai chi, pilates, and more, at Mercy Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness, 3930 Sunforest Ct., 419-251-8430; and aquatic classes for babies, prenatal exercise, and arthritis at Mercy Center for Health Promotion at St. Charles, 1001 Isaac Streets Dr., Oregon, 419-696-7203.
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