Fourth of July
•Freedom Fest 2007 from 5-10 p.m. June 30 at Cathedral of Praise, 3000 Strayer Rd., Maumee. Helicopter rides, carriage and pony rides, quad bungee jump, games, entertainment. Fireworks display at 10 p.m. Information: 419-866-2094.
•Sylvania Star Spangled Celebration, July 3 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Rd., Sylvania. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Dancing, food, activities. Admission, $5 adult, $3 child. Parking, $3 per car. No carry-in food or beverages allowed at Centennial Terrace. The fireworks may be seen from Sylvania Pacesetter Park, 8801 Sylvania-Metamora Rd., at a $3 parking fee per vehicle. Information: 419-882-1500.
•Fort Meigs July 3: 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. Free admission.
•Maumee-Perrysburg Fireworks on July 3 will be fired from Fort Meigs Memorial Bridge at 10 p.m. The bridge will be closed from 8-11 p.m. to pedestrians and vehicular traffic, and no cars allowed on Conant Street in Maumee from US 24 to the bridge. Spectators may sit in Conant Street between Broadway Street and the bridge and in the 200 block of Conant Street. Community picnic before the fireworks, 5-9 p.m. in the 100 block of East Wayne Street. Rain date is July 5.
•Fort Meigs on July 4: an 1813 Independence Day celebration, 2 p.m., with an 18-cannon salute, toasts, fife and drum music. Military and camp life demonstrations, hands-on activities for children. The museum and fort are open noon-5 p.m. July 4, State Rt. 65, a mile west of downtown Perrysburg. Admission, $8 adults, $4 students, free for ages 5 and under. Information: 1-800-283-8916 or visit www.ohiohistory.org.
•Fourth of July: 1876 Celebration, noon to 4 p.m. July 4 at Providence Metropark, 13827 U.S. 24, Grand Rapids, at Kimble's Landing. Celebrate the nation's centennial birthday on a journey aboard "The Volunteer" canal boat, at the Ludwig Mill and shopping in the General Store. Craftspeople will demonstrate blacksmithing, tinsmithing, woodcarving, candle making and more. Hands-on crafts and activities for the family. Free.
• Annual Star Spangled 5K Run, 8 a.m. July 4 at Starr School, 3230 Starr Ave., Oregon. Register on race day between 6:45-7:45 a.m. Information: 419-693-8618.
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, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 8 on the north lawn, Main Library, 325 Michigan St. 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, 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 age 13. Rated PG.
•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 PERI Chapter 93, meeting 1 p.m. June 28 in the Oregon Fire Station 2, 1102 South Wheeling St., Oregon. Business meeting, speaker, refreshments.
t Rotary Club of Toledo, noon July 9 at the Park Inn, 101 North Summit St. Induction of 2007-08 officers and trustees. July 16: Speaker Joe Napoli on "Creation of a Sports and Entertainment District in downtown Toledo."
t Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA - Ohio, exercise demonstrations held the first week in July at six Toledo area locations. Call 419-537-0131.
t Black Swamp Woodcarvers meet 7-9 p.m. every Thursday in the Common Space basement, Reynolds Road and Dorr Street. Annual carving show, Nov. 4. Open to all.
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. For more information, phone 734-856-4573.
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 Sports physicals for high school or middle school athletes, 5-8 p.m. July 17 at Bay Park Community Hospital's Total Rehab, Professional Office Building, 2751 Bay Park Dr., Suite 150. All athletes, regardless of age, must be accompanied by a parent or have a parent signature on a physical form. Information and fees: 419-690-8400.
tOpen tryout for pitchers for intercollegiate men's baseball at Owens Community College, 10 a.m. July 7 at the College's baseball complex on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. For more information about the open tryout, phone 567-661-7973.
t "The Summer Skies Over Toledo," June 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. June 30. Admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors and children ages 3-12. Children 2 and younger admitted free. Observing of the sky offered after June 29 evening program, 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, open to community members and writers of all ages and genres, Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. in the Writing Center, College Hall Room 156-D. The forum will not meet on July 4. Information, 567-661-7385.
• St. Luke's Hospital new book sale, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28 to 29 in the auditorium, 5901 Monclova Rd., Maumee.