Train excursions by the Southern Michigan Railroad Society, departing 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, now through Oct. 29, from 806 South Evans St., Tecumseh. Tickets: $15 adults, $12 seniors 65 and older, $9 youth 2 to 12 years. Groups of 15 to 115 should make reservations in advance: 517-456-7677. Visit www.southernmichiganrailroad.org.
Pipes Spectacular, The World s Largest Organ Concert, 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at First Presbyterian Church, 200 East Broadway St., Maumee. Chapter members, the Academy Brass Ensemble, and the St. Rose/Zoar Lutheran Children s Choir will perform. Compositions commissioned for this event will be performed. The American Guild of Organists (AGO) will present more than 2,000 performers in concert venues throughout North America and abroad. Concert is free. Information: toledoago.org.
Tiffin Flea Market by Seneca County Jr. Fair Foundation, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19 at the Seneca County Fairgrounds, 100 Hopewell Ave., Tiffin. Antiques, collectibles, furniture, crafts, produce, sports cards, clothing, tools, glass, and more. Camping available for $15 per night. Breakfast available in the Youth Center from 7-10 a.m. both days. Dinner in the Public Safety Building at 11 a.m. Oct. 19. Information: 419-983-5084.
Northwest Ohio s White Cane Walk, sponsored by the Sight Center of Northwest Ohio, 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 25, 1002 Garden Lake Pkwy. Participants will learn how to use a white cane and how to serve as a sighted guide to someone who is blind or visually impaired. Information: 419-720-3937 or sightcenterwhitecanewalk.org.
Dig It! Archaeology for Kids, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at Wolcott Museum Complex, 1031 River Rd., Maumee, a history activity class for children grades 3-6. Cost is $10 per student (MVHS members $8), registration form at wolcotthouse.org.
Ritter Planetarium & Brooks Observatory, Family Fridays at 8:30 p.m., College of Arts & Sciences at University of Toledo, The Fall Skies Over Toledo, Oct. 17. Saturday afternoon programs for all ages at 1 p.m., The Moon Witch, Oct. 18 and 25. Cost, $5 for adults, $4 seniors and children 3 and older. Details: 419-530-2650.
Appold Planetarium, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, will show BIG, program takes an imaginative look at the size and scale of the universe, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and Nov. 1 and 15, featuring 3D graphics, clay-animated characters, and surround musical score. Adults $4, children $3. Reservations: 419-517-8897.
t St. Anne Mercy Hospital holiday gifts, craft show, candles, beauty products,and food, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17, third floor conference center. Benefits the Mercy Family Fund.
Food donations needed for Cherry Street Mission Ministries. Gift cards also accepted. Critical items needed include: chicken, beef, sausage, grits, eggs, butter, salad dressing, mayonnaise, oil, oatmeal, pasta, pasta sauce, canned beans and gravy, coffee, and juice. Donations accepted at 1919 West Madison St., 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Information: 419-242-0049.
Boys & Girls Club of Toledo will benefit from cookie sales at Toledo-area Max & Erma s locations at 7050 West Central Ave., 1391 Arrowhead Drive, Maumee, and 1210 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg through Oct. 19.
Prowl & Howl, auction and dinner to benefit Maumee Valley Save-A-Pet, 7-10 p.m. Oct. 17 at Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd., Springfield Township. Tickets are $35 per person, $60 per couple, or table of 10 for $250. For tickets, or to donate, sponsor, or volunteer call 419-471-3698.
Shades Of Fall, Art Auction & Wine Tasting by Maumee Chamber of Commerce, 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 17 at The Andersons Greenhouse, 480 West Dussel Drive, Maumee. Local art donated include paintings, sculptures, pottery, prints, glass, fiber, jewelry, and photography. Tickets are $45 per person or $80 per couple in advance. Tickets day of event are $52 and include two drink tokens, auction paddle, java, and appetizers. Call 419-893-5805 or stop by the chamber, 605 Conant St.
Cattle Baron s Ball will benefit the American Cancer Society, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Lucas County Recreation Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee. Headline entertainers will be Rodney Parker and the Liberty Beach Band. Music, casino games, and food. Information: 1-888-227-6446, ext. 5211.
Cool Cat Strut dinner dance, benefit for Paws and Whiskers Cat Shelter, 7 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at St. Clement s Hall, 2990 Tremainsville Rd. Entertainment by Skoobie Snaks, auction, cash bar. Tickets $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets: coolcatstrut.com or 419-536-1914.
Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Lydia (Sanchez) Johnson, recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin s Lymphoma, 1-8 p.m. Oct. 26, Walbridge Park Shelter House, across from the Toledo Zoo. Raffles, silent auction. Tickets at the door, $10 adults and $5 child under age 12. Information: 419-382-8148.
Tip Or Treat Celebrity Wait fundraiser by the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund and Central City Ministry of Toledo, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Real Seafood, 22 Main St. Money raised will provide tuition assistance for local students. Tickets, $40, includes choice of four entrees, salad, dessert, beverages. Reservations: 419-244-6711 ext. 220.
Free Breast Cancer Screenings for uninsured women offered by St. Luke s Hospital 7:30-10 a.m. Oct. 21 and 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 23. Women are eligible for the free screenings if they do not have health insurance, have not had a mammogram in past 12 months, or are between 25 and 40 years old and have a first degree relative with breast cancer or have found a lump in their breast. Appointments needed: 419-897-8484.
Look Good...Feel Better workshop for women undergoing cancer treatment, to deal with appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, at Bay Park Community Hospital, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, 2 p.m. second Monday of each month through Dec. 8. Participants receive free make up for use as a learning tool. Free. To register call 1-888-227-6446 or go to lookgoodfeelbetter.org.
Diabetes informational classes, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and noon Thursdays at Crossroads Giant Eagle, Rossford. Reservations: 419-874-2471 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
t Roger Bresnahan/Mud Hens Chapter, Society for American Baseball Research, 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at Packo s at the Park, Washington and Superior streets, downtown Toledo. Baseball research and baseball talk; watch the playoff game. Information: 419-882-1301.
t Past Presidents Club of the VFW, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at VFW Post 2898 at 3925 West Alexis. Meeting held by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary 11115.
Parents With Parents (P.W.P.), information and support group for adults who have ailing parents, 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Pilgrim Church, 1375 Sylvania Ave. Arcelia Parsons, Community Outreach Specialist with the Area Office on Aging, will be the speaker. Information: thenewpilgrim.org or call 419-478-6012.
Boating Education Course, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 at Gander Mountain, 1320 Holland-Sylvania Rd., sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft. Fee of $5 covers cost of materials. Pre-registration required. Call 419-836-6003.
Mary Ellen Mark: Twins Exhibition, explores the relationship found within the world of twins, Owens Community College, Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery. Call for gallery hours: 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 2787.
Children s Art Classes available at Toledo Botanical Gardens, 5403 Elmer Drive, sponsored by Toledo Artists Club, ages 5-17, advanced drawing and mixed media. Call 419-841-8153.
Craft Show at Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek Retirement Community, 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Rd., Holland, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fall Craft Show at Friendship Park Senior Center, 2930 131st St., Point Place, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18. Tables available for $10 or $15. Crafts, baked goods, and sloppy joe lunch.
Fall Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Oakshade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., lunch and 40 crafters and vendors. Call: 419-726-0389.
Crafters needed for show at All Saints Episcopal Church, 563 Pinewood Ave., 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1. Entry deadline Oct. 15. Items must be made by vendor. Call: 419-866-1528.
Crafters and vendors needed for fall festival and craft show sponsored by the Holland Springfield Alumni Association, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Springfield High School, 1470 McCord, Holland, featuring crafts, kids activities, costume contest, baking contest, door prizes, and silent auction. Booth rental is $35. Call 419-346-7522. Proceeds to benefit college scholarships.
Crafters needed for craft bazaar at Regina Coeli Parish from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1. For table rental call 419-476-3012.
Vendors needed for Holiday Boutique at Olney Elementary in Northwood on Nov. 1 to benefit the reading log reward program. Call 419-691-5073.
Crafters needed for Craft Show & Sale at Calvary Bible Chapel, 3740 West Alexis Rd., noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 7 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8. Information: 419-472-9765, ext. 100.
Crafters needed for St. Michael s Altar Society craft show, 502 West Front St., Monroe, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Tables for crafters: 734-241-7950.
Crafters needed for craft show at the Lutheran Home at Toledo, 131 North Wheeling St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8. Deadline for entry is Nov. 1. Call 419-693-0751, ext. 217.
Crafters needed for Yuletide Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Blissfield Elementary School, 630 South Lane St., Blissfield, Mich. Information: 517-486-4347 days or 517-486-4116 evenings.
Crafters needed for Christmas Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16, at Lynn C. Weeman American Legion Post 514, 11601 Lewis Ave., call 734-777-6452.
Preschool Pioneers: Revolutionary War Days, Side Cut, Lamb Center, 1025 River Rd., 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Oct. 17. Bring your preschooler to explore what it was like to be a child during the Revolutionary War. Hear a story and make patriotic tea to take home. Parent participation is required and class size is limited. Fee: $ 5. Reservations at metroparkstoledo.com or 419-407-9700.
Music in the Grand Manor, Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, Drawing Room, 5100 West Central Ave., 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 17. David Saygers presents Stars of the Future. Ticket price includes Manor House salad buffet lunch. Prepaid reservations required: 419-407-9790. Sponsored by the Manor House Volunteers. Fee: $ 10.
October Meadow, Secor, National Center for Nature Photography Parking Lot, 10001 Central Ave., 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 18. Take a walk to discover how the meadow and its inhabitants prepare for winter.
Autumn Adventure: Hike to Bendview, Farnsworth, Boat Launch Parking Lot, 8505 South River Rd., Waterville, 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 18. Take in scenic views of the Maumee river and migrating wildlife on this 4.4 mile hike along the towpath.
Nature Shoot: Early Peak Color, Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center Porch, 4139 Girdham Rd., Swanton, 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 18. Learn more about photography and our native forest. Fee: $ 15, register at metroparkstoledo.com or 419-407-9700.
Oak Openings Region Seed Harvest, Oak Openings Preserve, Buehner Center Porch, 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 18. Harvest native, northwest Ohio prairie grasses and wildflower seeds. Come on your own or with a group and help Metroparks collect seeds to be used to restore natural areas in the Oak Openings Region. Register at metroparkstoledo.com or 419-407-9700.
Interpretive Naturalist Field Training, Side Cut, Riverview Area, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18. A monthly field training for those interested in sharing nature with others. Recommended for Metroparks volunteer walk leaders and Volunteer Trail Patrol.
Especially for Families: Tree ID by Leaves, Bark and Nuts, Swan Creek Preserve, Yager Center, 4659 Airport Hwy., 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 18. Families with children ages 7 and over discover nature together. Discover three ways to identify local trees while enjoying the fall colors. Register at metroparkstoledo.com or 419-407-9700.
Fall Color Ride, Providence, Kimble s Landing, 13827 U.S. 24 West, Grand Rapids, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Travel the Miami and Erie Canal as historical interpreters recount the history of the canal. After passing through Lock No. 44, a naturalist explains the beautiful changes in color taking place in autumn. This trip will take one and a half hours, so there will be no noon boat run. Fee: $ 9.
Farnsworth Exploration, Farnsworth, Roche de Bout Parking Lot, 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 19. Wander along the Maumee River and learn about the Bowling Green fault, Native American history and how the Maumee River got its name.
Celebrating Nature Through Photography Contest, Secor, National Center for Nature Photography, final day to enter 12 to 5 p.m. Oct. 19. Visit MetroparksToledo.com for contest information.
Side Cut Explorer, Side Cut, Riverview Area, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Board the 12-passenger, wheelchair-accessible tram for a ride along the Maumee River and canal towpath every Tuesday in October. Free. Groups can schedule separate times for a nominal fee. Call 419-407-9700.
BGSU Concert: Woodwind Wonders, Wildwood Preserve, Manor House, Drawing Room, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Students from the oboe studio of Jackie Leclair will demonstrate why the oboe has been described as majestic.
Wednesday Prairie Seed Harvest, Secor, National Center for Nature Photography Parking Lot, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22. Harvest native, northwest Ohio prairie seeds. Come on your own or with a group and help Metroparks collect seeds to be used to restore natural areas in the Oak Openings Region. Call 419-407-9700.
Oak Grove School, Wildwood Preserve, open from October to June by appointment for visitors to learn what it is like to attend a one-room school. Call: 419-407-9849.
Conn-Weissenberger American Legion Post 587, 2020 West Alexis Rd., Fridays 5-7 p.m.
Holland American Legion, 1074 Clarion Ave., 4:30-7:30 p.m. every Friday through April 10. Senior discounts and carryout available. Information: 419-865-8511.
Maumee Eagles, 827 Illinois, pollock dinners, Fridays from 5-8 p.m. Cost, $6.50. Prime rib, crab legs, shrimp, and chicken.
Mayfair-Plymouth Church, 5253 Bennett Rd., all-you-can-eat fish, fries, cole slaw, rolls, drinks and homemade desserts, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Carryout available.
St. Paul s Episcopal Church, 798 South Coy Rd., Oregon, 4-7 p.m. Oct. 17. Alaskan walleye, all you can eat, dessert included, dine in or carry out, $8 adults and $4 children.
VFW Post 3013, 5-7 p.m. Fridays at 1950 South Eber Rd., Holland.
Clubs, Guilds, Etc.
American Legion Post 335: Friday noon lunches and speaker at the Club, 235 14th St. Call: 419-877-5414.
American Sewing Guild meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday from September to December at the Holland Branch Library, 1032 South McCord Rd., Holland. Visitors and new members welcome. Call 419-841-8564.
Black Swamp Wood Carvers meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Common Space, 1700 North Reynolds Rd., new members and guests always welcome.
Bridge Group meets for duplicate bridge every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Eleanor Kahle Senior Center, 1315 Hillcrest. Call: 419-476-0866.
Chinese Association of Greater nonprofit group promotes culture, language, and business in the region, in partnership with Sister Cities International, Families with Children from China, University of Chinese Student Union, Chinese Center of Toledo, and the UT Asian Study Program. Membership fees: $15 per person, $25 per family, and $5 student. Business, $35. Information and activities: email jmeyer13@UTNet.UToledo.Edu or call 419-530-1916.
t Compass Club luncheon, speaker, and discussion 11 a.m. Wednesdays at El Matador, 7011 Airport Hwy., and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at Uncle John s restaurant, 3131 Secor Rd. For ages 55 and older. Information: compassclubtoledo.com or 419-865-8848.
t Crochet Now of the Crochet Guild of America meets once a month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Rd. Call: 419-241-2683.
t Cygnets 4-H Club of Swan Creek, for ages 5-18, invites new members. The club promotes learning, leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Includes summer camp, community service, and 4-H projects, such as small and large animal care, photography, carpentry, insects, gardening, cooking, creative arts, and sewing. The group meets the second Monday each month. Call: 419-872-2091.
t Czech Dancers Polka Club holds dances from noon to 6 p.m. and dinner from noon to 2 p.m. some Sundays at the Czech Hall, State Rts. 120 and 109 in Seward, Fulton County, about once a month. For a listing of events, visit PolkaDancers.com or call 419-644-4271.
t East Historical Society open house, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays at the Navarre Park Museum, next to the park shelter house, 1101 White St. Free admission.
t Genealogy by Computer Society meets 1 p.m. the second Saturday each month at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 325 Michigan St. Information: 419-382-6559 or www.gcstoledo.org.
t Glass City Miniatures Guild meets 7 p.m. every third Tuesday, Conference Center at Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Drive. Mini-project each month. Information: 734-854-6652.
Glass City Singles Dances, Friday nights at Gladieux Meadows, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $7. Information: 734-856-8963 or toledosingles.com.
t Greater Republican Club meets at 7:30 p.m. the last Thursday of each month, except May and July, at Wernert s Corners Civic Association Building, 5068 Douglas Rd. Information: 419-476-3884.
t Great Eastern Toastmasters Club, 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday each month at Bay Park Community Hospital, Curtice East/West Road and Wheeling Street, Oregon. Improve your speaking, listening, and leadership skills. Call: 419-836-5556 or 419-836-5051.
t Greater Sewing Guild meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday each month except December, at the Common Space library, 1700 North Reynolds Rd. Call: 419-535-1064.
t Holey Knitters meets 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday each month at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 915 North Reynolds Rd. Visitors welcome. Call: 419-537-9325.
t Lake Erie British Car Club dinner meetings second Wednesday each month at Charlie s Restaurant, 12407 Airport Hwy., Swanton. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by meeting. Call: 419-878-2041.
t Lutheran Home Coffee Club, 1:30 p.m. second Thursday each month, 131 North Wheeling St., Oregon. Call: 419-693-0751, ext. 246.
t Machine Embroidery Guild meets at 11 a.m. the second Saturday every month from September through June. Dues per meeting is $2. Information and monthly location: 419-841-5373 or e-mail email@example.com.
t Maumee Valley Model Boat Club, dinner meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday each month, Bob Evans Restaurant, 6420 Kit Lane, Maumee. RC, Sail and Static boat runs held 1 to 5 p.m. the fourth Saturday each month. Guests welcome. Information: 419-472-1331.
t Maumee Valley Save-A-Pet meets monthly at the Ground Round Restaurant on Dussel Drive, Maumee, 7 p.m. the second Wednesday each month. Information: www.maumeevalleysaveapet.org or 419-471-3698.
t Mother s Center of Greater hosts weekly meetings and social activities for stay-at-home moms and their children. Information: motherscenter.net or 419-868-1067.
t Needle Arts Guild meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Conference Center, Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Drive. t Newborns in Need: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Saturday each month at Calvary Church, Glendale Avenue and Reynolds road. Knit, sew, and crochet baby items for those in need in northwest Ohio. New volunteers and beginners welcome. Supplies provided. Information: 419-865-4470.
Northwest Ohio Writers Forum meets 10 a.m. to noon on third Saturday. Oct. 18 at Sylvania Library, 6749 Monroe, with children s author Kim Delmar Cory to speak about writing for children, and Nov. 15 meeting at Sanger Library, 3030 WEst Central Ave. Information at nwowf.com.
t Old Newsboys Goodfellows Association luncheon meetings, noon the first and third Friday each month, September through June, at Michael s Bar and Grill, 901 Monroe St. Information: 419-381-0755.
t Pals of Long Ago Remembering Athletic Club meets the second Saturday of each month, September through June, at 9:30 a.m. for breakfast at Michael s Bar and Grill, 901 Monroe St. Information: 419-536-8525.
t Photo Arts Club meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Drive. Information: 419-536-8422 or toledophotoartsclub.com.
t PRIZM Creative Community sponsors visual and literary art workshops twice a month, plus networking days. Artists, painters, and writers invited. Information: 419-872-8730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
t Public Employee Retirees Chapter 33 meets 10 a.m. the first Thursday each month at Wood County Senior Center. 305 North Main St. Information: 419-833-5999.
t Rotary Club of meets at noon on Mondays at The Park Inn, 101 North Summit St. Information: 419-241-7060.
t Springfield Embroidery Club meets the third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Sew Many Stitches, 7341 Airport Hwy. Springfield Serger Club meets the second Saturday and the Springfield Quilt Club meets the first Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Information: 419-866-0783.
t Toastmasters International, Anthony Wayne Chapter, meets the first, third, and fifth Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Charlie s Restaurant, 6945 West Central Ave. Information: 419-356-9993 or toastmasters.org.
t Bridge Center meets for games at various times weekly. For detailed information, call 419-537-6800.
t Camera Club meets 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday each month, September through May, Botanical Garden Community Room, 5403 Elmer Drive. Information: 419-478-7594 or toledocameraclub.com.
t Rose Society meets 7:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month, February-November, in the Botanical Garden conference center, Elmer Drive. Meetings are open to the public. Information: 419-865-2618.
t TOPS Chapter 1648, an international nonprofit organization providing motivation and support for weight loss, meets 9 a.m. every Monday at Mayfair Plymouth Congregational Church, 8253 Bennett Rd. Information: 419-885-2116 or 419-841-2726.
t Trendsetters Toastmasters meets the second and fourth Monday of each month to improve communication skills, Uncle John s Pancake House, 3131 Secor Rd. Information: 419-536-9427.
t Welcome Club of Northwest Ohio social group open to women new to the area or who want to make new friends. Needlework, card games, dining out, golf. Information: 419-531-5636. Membership is $15 per year, or $6 through December.
t Western Lake Erie Association meetings are normally held 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the University of Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Rd., Oregon. Information: westernlakeerie.org.
t Westgate Toastmasters: 7-8:30 a.m. Fridays at West Park Place, 3501 Executive Pkwy. Information: toastmasters.org.