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Model train clinic Saturday in Fremont

Visitors watch a model train at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center's annual Model Train Clinic. Visitors watch a model train at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center's annual Model Train Clinic.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center's annual Model Train Clinic will take place Saturday at the Hayes Museum in Fremont. Experienced model train collectors will be on hand to assist participants with advice related to model train maintenance and repair, as well as estimating the value of older model trains. Some minor repairs and cleaning can be done on site, with the train owner's permission. Model Train Clinic attendees who own G-, O-, or standard-gauge trains are invited to see their models run on the layout during the clinic. Visitors are also encouraged to check out the Hayes Train Special, a 12x24-foot operating model train display. The display, a holiday tradition at the center since 1994, features eight trains running a course through mountain tunnels, around lakes, and near a Victorian village blanketed in snow. The clinic runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and admission is $2 per person or free with the purchase of a Hayes Museum ticket. The Hayes Presidential Center is at Spiegel Grove, 1337 Hayes Ave. in Fremont. Information: 419-332-2081 or rbhayes.org.

-- The Greater Midwest Cheer Competition will kick off Sunday at the SeaGate Convention Centre in downtown Toledo. Last year's high-energy event attracted more than 1,000 competitors. Participants will compete for a chance to go on to the U.S. cheering finals. This year's event will feature several contests, including a toe-touch challenge. The expo will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10, free for children age 5 and under. Information: midwestcheerexpo.com or toledo-seagate.com.

-- Catch a glimpse of nesting and migrating birds during Woodlawn Cementery's Birds of Woodlawn walk. From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, visitors can take a guided tour through the cemetery to see birds and explore natural habitats. The walk is open to everyone from beginners to experienced birders. Visitors are encouraged to bring binoculars and bird guides. Inclement weather may cancel the walk. This event is free. Information: 419-472-2186.

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