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Published: Wednesday, 12/6/2006

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•Astronomy programs at the University of Toledo Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory, Bancroft Street campus: Family programs on Fridays through Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m., "Holiday Lights." Saturdays through Dec. 23 at 1 p.m., for children: "Santa's Secret Star." Admission, $5 for adults, $4 for ages 3-12 and seniors. Information: 419-530-2650 or visit www.rpbo.utoledo.edu.

•Children's art classes offered by the Toledo Artists Club at Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. Advanced drawing and mixed media for ages 5-17. Information: 419-841-8153.

•Community Writers Workshop, for area residents who enjoy writing short prose or poetry, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Owens Community College, College Hall room 156-D, Toledo-area Campus on Oregon Rd. Information: 567-661-7385.

•Distance Learning courses to be offered by the Community Partnership at no charge. For information visit www.communityprevention.org or call 419-866-3611.

•ElderVision classes at Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd. One-day trips and programs for active adults. Information: 419-824-3707 or visit www.lourdes.edu/eldervision.htm.

•English for speakers of other languages, Mondays-Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon or 1-3:30 p.m. offered through Washington Local Adult Basic and Literacy Education, 3939 Wrenwood. Call 419-473-2364.

•English for speakers of other languages at Owens Community College, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-8 p.m. in the college's Workforce and Community Services on Tracy Rd., Northwood. Information: 567-661-7357.

•Free Adult Computer GED Enhancement Program by Toledo Public Schools Adult Basic and Literacy Education Program, will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 1530 North Superior St., Summit Annex second floor, room 232. Call 419-671-8700.

•GED test preparation and practice tests for adults: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-9 p.m. at 7035 Madison, Holland, or Wednesdays from 12:30-8:30 p.m. at 6850 Monroe, Room 210, Sylvania. Call 419-867-5763 or 419-824-8539. Sponsored by Sylvania Schools adult basic, literacy education.

•GED test preparation offered at Washington Local Adult Basic and Literacy Education, 3939 Wrenwood. GED classes, practice tests to qualify for fee waiver forms, instruction in math, reading, and writing are offered at no charge. Free 5-class fast-track program with test offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. Information: 419-473-2364.

•GED Preparation Class for area residents to be offered at Owens Community College in the Workforce and Community Services building on Saturdays at 9 a.m. For information call 567-661-7160 or 1-800-GO-OWENS ext. 7160.

•Ironworkers apprenticeships; applications accepted at the Toledo Area Ironworkers Apprenticeship Training Center, 1078 Atlantic Ave., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. Picture ID and $10 nonrefundable fee required. Information: 419-382-3080.

•Lifelong Learning Classes for adults at Monroe County Community College's Whitman Center, 7777 Lewis Ave., Temperance, Mich. Art, real estate, tai chi, more. Information: 734-847-0559.

•Medical Coding, Medical Transcription and Activity Professionals classes offered at Mercy College Continuing Professional Education, 2221 Madison Ave. Information: 419-251-1799 or go to www.mercycollege.edu.

•Pottery classes by the Toledo Potters Guild at Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., for ages 14 through adult. Clay class also available for children ages 7-18. Information: 419-535-6937 or go to www.toledopottersguild.org.

•Project Succeed opportunities for those who have lost financial support. Become financially self-sufficient through education and career decisions. Information: Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women at the University of Toledo, 419-530-8570.

•Roofers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee applications accepted at Northwest Ohio Construction Education Center, 4535 Hill Ave., 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. For ages 18 or older who have completed 10th grade or more; have 30 days or more experience on the roof; must show a driver's license or birth certificate.

•Spectrum to offer program on "Motivating Our Children to Excellence" designed for children and teens, ages 6-17, who are struggling academically. Program includes therapeutic activities and exercises to help children with learning strategies, social skills, self control, and self confidence. To register or get information: call 1-800-442-5753.

•Swim lessons and toddler water safety at Sunshine Children's Home, 7223 Maumee Western Rd., Maumee; geared to able-bodied children or children with disabilities who can participate without a personal attendant in the water, for children ages 3-10. Information: 419-865-0251 ext. 3611.

•Wolcott House Museum Super Saturday programs for grades 3-6 on early American customs and traditions. Hands-on class. To register call 419-893-9602. Information: www.maumee.org/recreation/wolcott.htm.

•YW Child Care Connections provides assistance in locating affordable child care. Information: Toledo Office at 419-255-5519 or 1-800-632-3052; Wood County at 419-353-7801 or 1-800-632-3053; and Ottawa County at 419-732-7807 or 1-877-228-1700.

Employment

•Employment Resource Center, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, St. Stephen Church, 7800 Erie St., Sylvania. Free help with resumes, interview skills, networking, budget, and debt counseling. Information: 419-885-1551.

•One-stop employment and job training: Lucas County: 419-213-JOBS; Wood Co.: 419-352-4172.

Exchange Students

•AFS-USA intercultural student exchange programs for American and foreign students: 1-800-AFS-INFO or visit www.afs.org/usa.

•Aspect Foundation seeking volunteer host families for high school students from countries such as the Ukraine, Armenia, and Tajikistan. Students are part of the U.S. State Department's Future Leaders exchange program. Host families may be married or single, with or without children, and will be responsible for providing room, board, and a caring home environment. Information: 1-800-US-YOUTH, or visit www.aspectfoundation.org.

•ASSE International Student Exchange program needs host families for ages 15-18 from various countries. Students fully insured; host families select student. Call 1-800-736-1760.

•Cultural Homestay International seeks host families for international high school students who speak English, attend local high schools, have spending money and insurance. Call 1-800-210-6080.

•EF Foundation for Foreign Study seeks host families for high school foreign exchange students. Information: 1-800-498-2487.

•Forte International Exchange Association is looking for families to host high school students (15-18 years old) from various countries. All students are prescreened, speak English, have medical insurance and their own spending money. Information: 888-866-9148.

•Foundation for Intercultural Travel is looking for host families for students from Germany, Brazil, Denmark, Spain, and various other countries. All students speak English, have their own spending money and medical insurance. Families of all "types" are eligible to host. Call 1-877-439-7862.

•Into Edventures needs host families to welcome foreign students age 15-18 into their home. Must provide a bed for the student and include them in family meals. Students have spending money and are fully insured. Host families receive a $50 per month tax deduction. Information: 1-877-586-8586 or 419-726-2554.

•Ocean, a nonprofit international educational program, seeks host families for exchange students from Germany, Latvia, China, Thailand, Japan, Turkey, Korea, Mongolia, Slovakia, other countries. Call 419-344-0466.

•PAX Program of Academic Exchange is looking for host families for international high school students. PAX students are ages 15-18, speak English, have full insurance coverage and their own spending money. Private rooms not required, and single parents, young couples, and retirees are welcome to apply. Call 1-800-555-6211.

•STS Foundation seeks host families for international exchange students who will attend local high schools. Students have their own spending money and insurance and will share their customs and culture with their host families. Information: 1-800-522-4678 or visit www.stsfoundation.org.

•Terra Lingua is seeking volunteers to host English speaking foreign exchange students from France, Germany, South Korea, Russia, and Taiwan, ages 15-18, for up to 5 months or 10 month school year program. Students have spending money and health insurance. Call toll free: 1-877-520-2522 or TerraLinguaInfo@yahoo.com.

•World Heritage seeks local representative to provide local program support to high school students from several countries. Representatives screen potential host families, plan orientations, meet with local high schools, provide support for participants, and visit with the exchange students and families every month. On-going training provided. Information: 1-800-888-9040 or www.world-heritage.org.

•Youth For Understanding International Exchange Student seeks host families for students from various countries. Details: 1-800-833-6243.

Fish Fries

•Amazon Lodge No. 4, first and third Fridays each month, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 638 North University St., 419-531-7079.

•American Legion, 1074 Clarion Ave., every Friday through April 7, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Lake Perch, Walleye, steaks, burgers, senior discounts, carryout available. Information: 419-865-8511.

•Commodore Perry VFW 3338, 2231 South St., every Friday from 4-8 p.m. Information: 419-381-0153.

•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.

•Joseph W. Diehn American Legion Post 468, 5580 Centennial Rd., Sylvania, dinners the first Friday of each month from 5-7 p.m. Deep fried and baked fish, chicken strips, and shrimp. Information: 419-841-6832.

•Maumee Eagles, 827 Illinois, pollock dinners, Fridays from 5-8 p.m. Prime rib, crab legs, shrimp, chicken available.

•VFW Post 3013 at 1950 South Eber, Holland, Fridays, 5-7 p.m.

Health

•Aquatic arthritis exercise and tai chi 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.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Collingwood Center, 2275 Collingwood Blvd., water temp. 90 degrees. Cost is $20 per month, pre-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 age 40 and over, Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 p.m. Open to the public, $5-class or $30-10 weeks. Information: 419-381-1956.

•Diabetes education group meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday each month, Washington branch library, 5560 Harvest Lane. Information: 419-841-5992 ext. 6744.

•Focus on Healing therapeutic exercises, Wednesday mornings at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, and Thursday evenings at Mercy Health Partners Conference Center, 3400 Meijer Drive. 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 $50 for in-home respite. Details: 419-537-1999 or 1-800-441-3322.

•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.

•Mammogram screenings free to any CareNet member, by Mercy Women's Care at St. Charles, with support from the NW Ohio Affiliate, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Information: 419-696-7900. Must be 40 years or older, have not had a mammogram in past 12 months, and have no breast cancer history.

•Online Health Care Classes to be offered through Mercy College Continuing Professional Education. For information go to www.ed2go.com/mercy.

•Pet first-aid course at Owens Community College at the Workforce and Community Services building on Tracy Road, Northwood. Proper techniques to care for pets in a crisis. Information: 567-661-7357.

•Psychotherapy analysis free at the Center for the Study of Experiential Psychotherapy, University of Toledo, in exchange for participation in research (videotaping of sessions, completing questionnaires). Information: 419-530-4014.

•Smoke Stoppers Staying Stopped, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Charles Mercy Hospital, 2600 Navarre, Oregon.

•Tai chi classes by the Arthritis Foundation at Lutheran Home at Toledo, 131 North Wheeling, 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Call: 419-691-9451.

•Ultrasound screenings at Mercy Women's Care at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. Test to detect abnormal bone mass density in women over age 45. Registration: 419-251-4000.

•YWCA Healthy Connections to offer free programs for women and children. Heart-Health, Lifestyle and Exercise classes to be offered starting Jan. 2. Breast cancer screenings available. Encoreplus is a class in prevention of Breast Cancer. For more information call 419-241-3235.

Holidays

•Season of Light is a special holiday program for all ages at The Appold Planetarium at Lourdes College that recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals during the winter solstice. Viewers will learn about winter constellations and why we have seasons. The program will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 16. Tickets are $4 adults and $3 for children, reservations required. Call 419-517-8897 or email to eburi@lourdes.edu.

•Breakfast with Santa at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 5240 Talmadge Rd., Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. Admission is food for Feed Your Neighbor. For reservations call 419-473-1187 or 419-376-2551.

•North Pole Express, quarter-scale steam train ride through winter wonderland of holiday lights and decorations, will depart from Findlay continuously on Fridays through Dec. 29 from 6-9 p.m., Saturdays through Dec. 30 from 5-9 p.m. and Sundays through Dec. 17 from 5-8 p.m., sponsored by the busy volunteer elves of Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc., 11600 County Rd. 99. Information: 419-423-2995 or go to www.nworrp.org. Tickets $2 for adults and $1 for children.

•Victorian Christmas Tea for the Historic Vistula Foundation will be Dec. 9, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. All sittings are available through advanced ticket purchase of $25 per person to benefit the Historic Vistula Foundation, and will be held in the Casey-Pomeroy House, 802 North Huron St. Raffle tickets will be available for a one-of-a-kind Santa Clause created by artist Margaret Cook. To purchase tickets call 419-244-9476.

•White Christmas by the River exhibit will be on display at the Wolcott House Museum, 1031 River Rd., Maumee, through Dec. 22. Tours available Thursday through Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., $3.50 adults, $3 seniors and $1.50 students. Tour tickets available at Museum Store. "Special" Tea & Tours on Dec. 10 from 12:30-3:30 p.m., sweets and tea will be served, Black Swamp Dulcimer Gathering will perform, cost is $3 adults, $2.50 seniors and $1 students this day only. Shopping hours at Museum Store are Noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, free gift wrapping available.

Reunions

For a listing of upcoming military and school reunions, log on to www.toledoblade.com/log.

Support Groups

For a listing of support groups in the area, log on to www.toledoblade.com/log.

Volunteers

For a listing of volunteer opportunities in the area, log on to www.toledoblade.com/log.



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