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Special Events: This Week April 17, 2014



Ledisi performs with TAKE 6 at the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts on September, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Grammy-nominated soul singer and songwriter Ledisi is coming to Toledo on "The Truth" tour to promote her new album of the same name. The I Blame You singer will stop at the Stranahan Theater on Tuesday. The Robert Glasper Experience, which fuses hip-hop, blues, soul, rock, and jazz, will open for Ledisi. She is known for neo-soul style, jazz-infused melodies, and silky vocals. In the 1990s, Ledisi was part of the jazz group Anibade, before going solo. She garnered mainstream attention in 2007 after the release of her third solo project, Lost & Found. The album spawned hits Alright and Think of You and earned two Grammy nominations. Her fourth album, Turn Me Loose, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Charts in 2008. Her latest project contains more uptempo and celebratory type songs than she is known for. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $50.50, $40.50, and $30.50 and are available at the Stranahan box office and by phone at 419-381-8851.


Toledo Bikes will host a bicycle fix-a-thon from 4 p.m. to almost midnight Friday at the organization's headquarters, 1114 Washington St. Crews will fix 30 bikes to donate to Safe Routes to School, a national and international movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from school. Everyone is invited to lend a hand with fixing flats and oiling chains. Light snacks will be provided and guests are invited to bring snacks for themselves and to share. Volunteers will be entered into a drawing for new Park Tools MTB-7 multitool. Information: 419-386-6090.


Sixth graders from Maumee Valley Country Day School will discuss an app they invented at a Friday Lunch ‘n' Learn hosted by Seed Coworking. The students won the regional competition of the 2014 Verizon Innovation App Challenge earlier this year, and progressed to national competition. Their app, Beachteria, allows users to pull information from websites about the safety of beaches in the Great Lakes area, such as whether or not a particular beach is open. The app also includes mini-games that teach about the causes of E. coli and other bacteria. The public presentation is free and will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 25 S. St. Clair St.

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