Special events: Kasper featured at Expo

Everfine/Lava/Atlantic recording group O.A.R. performs Saturday in the Sports Center at Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, as part of the band s fall tour promoting its 2005 release,  Stories of a Stranger.  Army of Me opens the 8 p.m. show. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $25 for the general public. Information: 419-772-2728.
Everfine/Lava/Atlantic recording group O.A.R. performs Saturday in the Sports Center at Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, as part of the band s fall tour promoting its 2005 release, Stories of a Stranger. Army of Me opens the 8 p.m. show. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $25 for the general public. Information: 419-772-2728.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper, author of two Italian cookbooks and host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table, will be the guest chef at The Blade's Great Taste Toledo Food Cooking Expo Tuesday and Wednesday in the Stranahan Theater and Great Hall at the Masonic Complex, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd.

Cooking shows will be presented daily at 1:30 and 7 p.m., and exhibits in the Great Hall will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. A ticketed VIP Italian wine and cheese reception takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday in Tamaron Country Club, 2102 Alexis Rd.


Comedian Ron White brings his You Can't Fix Stupid Comedy Tour to the Stranahan for performances at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. tomorrow. The 7:30 p.m. show is sold out.


The Toledo Opera continues its presentation of Romeo and Juliet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Valentine Theatre, 400 North Superior St.


Violinist Tai Murray joins conductor Chelsea Tipton II and the Toledo Symphony in a program of music by Ravel and Mozart at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Franciscan Theater and Conference Center at Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania.


David Gonzalez's Broadway show Sofrito!, a blend of Latin musical theater, stand-up, and dance, will be presented at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Owens Community College, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg.


The Black Swamp Blues Society presents the 10th Annual Black Swamp Blues Battle Solo/Duo Competition at 7 p.m. Sunday in Manhattan's Restaurant, 1516 Adams St., followed by the band finals Oct. 21 at Club Bijou. Competing will be Jason Quick, Blue Moon (Laurie Swyers and Mary Dick), Sara Cohen, Patrick Lewandowski, Dan "Mudfoot" Hubbs, NOLA Blues Boys ("Ragtime Rick" Grafing and Ray Heitger), and Lucky Brother (Tim Oehlers and Lucky Lemont). The winners of the band and solo/duo competitions will compete in Memphis at the International Blues competition in February.


Sauder Village in Archold will host its annual Fall on the Farm event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Activities will include making noodles, butter, and soup over an open fire, harvesting sunflower seeds, and decorating pumpkins.


Trumpet legend Tomasz Stanko brings his quartet to Murphy's Place, 151 Water St., downtown for shows at 8 and 10 tonight.


The Slackers Comedy Tour takes the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Ritz Theatre, 30 South Washington St., Tiffin. Billed as the next generation of "Blue Collar" comics, the show features Reno Collier, Pat Dixon, and James Johann. Also at the Ritz will be Talk Cinema Tiffin at 3 p.m. Sunday. Talk Cinema Tiffin is a film club that airs foreign and independent films before their release, and films that have been released but ordinarily wouldn't be screened in this region. A discussion follows.


The 5 Browns will be in concert at 8 tonight in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center at Bowling Green State University. The five brothers and sisters all studied piano at the Julliard School of Music at the same time.


The Toledo Area Humane Society's 18th Annual Fur Ball will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Inverness Club, 4601 Dorr St. Proceeds benefit the care of the animals at the humane society.


The American Cancer Society Cattle Baron's Ball, "Dustin' Off the Denim," takes place Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Lucas County Recreation Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee. Doors open at 6:30.


The 21st Annual Toledo International Rowing Regatta will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in International Park. The Frogtown races have more than 200 entries from 39 organizations. Teams will compete in a three-mile race on the Maumee River.


Academy Award-winning comedian Steven Wright will perform at 7:30 tonight in the La-Z-Boy Center Meyer Theater, on the campus of Monroe Community College, 1555 South Raisinville Rd., Monroe. Wright was ranked No. 23 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time.


Chad & Jeremy will be in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in the River Raisin Centre for the Arts, 114 South Monroe St., Monroe.


Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, presents singer Frankie Avalon as the headliner for its homecoming concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts.


Spooktacular Cruise-In Fall Festival will be held from 2:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Loop Park, East Perry and Dixon streets in Walbridge. Planned are a car show and car poker run, costume contest, and hay rides.

Oak Harbor Apple Festival takes place in downtown Oak Harbor Friday-Sunday. Saturday's highlights include a 2 p.m. parade, talent show, and adult dance.

11th annual Autumn Lighthouse Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in St. Byzantine Catholic Church, 506 East Main St. in Marblehead.

A Fall Festival is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in Lakeside, Ohio. Events include a pie contest, free hay rides, and live entertainment.

Harvest Happenings takes place Saturday and Sunday in Osborn Park, 2910 Perkins Ave., Huron, Ohio, featuring an Antique Engine and Tractor Show, food, folk arts, crafts, a classic car show, and hay rides.

13th annual Applepumpkin and Antique Street Fair Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in downtown Tecumseh, Mich.

Fostoria Rail Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Fostoria. Events include a soup cook-off and train swamp meet.

The Ohio Renaissance Festival continues through Oct. 22 along State Rt. 73 in Harveysburg, Ohio. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. This week's theme is Romance Weekend.


Toledo Museum of Art: 2445 Monroe St.; 419-255-8000. New Glass Pavilion: The Art of Glass: Masterworks in TMA: on permanent view.

University of Toledo's Center for the Visual Arts: 620 Grove Pl.; 419-530-8303; UT Faculty Exhibition: through Oct. 20.

BGSU Fine Arts Center: Bowling Green; 419-372-8525; Willard Wankleman Gallery: SACI Faculty Exhibition: through Oct. 27; Bowen-Thompson Student Union Galleries: Fire & Form: Student Glass Exhibition: through Sun.

American Gallery: 6600 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania; 419-882-8949; Tom Marino: ceramics; through Oct. 31.

Collingwood Arts Center: Colling-wood Blvd.; 419-244-2787; Gerber Galleries: Taste of the Collingwood: residents work from all galleries; through Oct. 28.

D'vine Design: 116 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg; 419-874-2816; jewelry, paintings, sculpting, metal works, rug weaving, and poetry art; on permanent view.

Dziak Gallery: 110 W. Main St., Marblehead, Ohio; 419-798-4994; Rick Dziak: original oils; on permanent view.

Flatlanders Galleries: 11993 E. US 223, Blissfield, Mich.; 517-486-4591; Denise Keeley: A Life's Work. D.W. Martin: exhibition of sculpture; both through Nov. 12.

Frame Shop Art Gallery: 7101 Orchard Centre Dr., Holland; Andrei Protsouk, Marcus Glenn, James Spearman, A. Chen, J.W. Scott: serigraphs; G. Smith: blown glass; R. Mazzei: fused glass; E.F. Ivory: Tagua nut carvings; on permanent view.

Hudson Gallery: 5645 N. Main St., Sylvania; 419-885-8381; Celebrating Contemporary Printmaking: 22 artists, local printmakers Matthew Squibb and Craig Fisher; through Oct. 31.

Kismet Gallery: 16819 W. Central Ave.; 419-8841-9682; Toledo Studio Hand Blown Invitational: through Oct. 28.

Lighthouses by Murphy: 2017 W. Sylvania Ave.

Maumee Branch Library: 501 River Rd., Maumee; 419-259-5360; Richard Hamilton: photography; through Oct.

Monroe County Community College: Campbell Learning Resources Center (Building C), 1555 Raisinville Rd., Monroe. Lanna Pendleton Hall: Skyscapes.

Mott Branch Library: 1085 Dorr St.; Thomas D. Vines Sr.: African-Americans of the Nations, The Great Late Marvin Vines, The Artist Extraordinary: ongoing.

Mr. Atomic Gallery & Studio: Common Space, 1700 N. Reynolds Rd., room 204; pop art; on permanent view.

National Center for Nature Photography: Secor Metropark, 10000 Central Ave, Berkey; Masters Gallery: Nature photography from across the country, and Ohio's Landscapes; through Oct.

Ottawa Hills Sculpture in the Park Exhibit: Arrowhead Point, a triangle bounded by Secor, Indian, and Bancroft; 9 sculptures; through Oct. 22.

Owens Community College: 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg; Walter E. Terhune Gallery: Marcia Derse: fiber artist and Jack Schmidt: glass sculptor; through Nov. 11. Opening reception: Fri., 6-8.

Owens Community College Findlay Campus: 3200 Bright Rd., Findlay; 800-466-9367; Intercultural Touch: from a Distance: Brazil; Jon-Vlair Gordon: digital watercolors; through Oct. 29.

Parkwood Gallery: 1838 Parkwood Ave.; Matthew Donahue, Ruth Foote, Melissa Harding, and Luke Ellison: photography; through Sun.

Paula Brown Gallery: 912 Monroe St.; 419-241-2822; Athena Art Society Fall Juried Art Exhibition: through Oct. 24.

River Gallery: 120 S. Main St., Chelsea, Mich.; 734-433-0826; Lesa Chittenden Lim: pastels and monoprints; through Oct. 29.

RRT Images Gallery: 6423 Monroe St., Sylvania; 419-460-1343; local, area, and national artists; ongoing.

Sanger Branch Library: 3030 W. Central Ave.; 419-259-5370; Renee Dallas: mini quilts; Darlene Krohn: oil paintings; through Oct.

Spectrum Friends of Fine Art: Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr.; Kat Kozak and Lois Wallace: mixed media; through Oct. Hours: Wed.-Sun., noon-4.

Schedel Arboretum & Gardens: Elmore, Ohio; 419-882-3182; Sculpture in the Garden: Emanuel Enriquez: stone figure; through Oct. 20. Hours: Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4; Sun., noon-4.

Sculpture In The Village: Williams Park, Rt. 300, Gibsonburg; 419-367-2971; through June, 2007. 33 sculptures will be on display on both sides of the circular path for a year.

Toledo Artists' Club Gallery: Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr.; 419-531-4079; Watercolorama Exhibition 2006; through Oct. 26. Hours: Tue.-Fri., 1-5; Sat., 1-4.

20 North Gallery: 18 N. St. Clair; 419-241-2400; Steven Conine: Spanish Seduction; through Oct. 26.

Wesley Memorial Gallery: 1200 Van Buren St., Fostoria, in the narthex of Wesley United Methodist Church; 419-435-8551; Dr. John Schaefer: Flowers and Thorns: photographs; through Oct. 20. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3.