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Our Towns Calendar: 11/13

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    Frank Alcorn of Swanton walks the streets of downtown Grand Rapids, Ohio in a Santa Claus costume during the Christmas Open House last year. This year's Open House takes place Saturday and Sunday.

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    The Toledo Swiss Singers, pictured in 2015, will present "Harvest Holiday" Sunday at Oak Shade Grove in Oregon.



Birchard Public Library programs: 423 Croghan St.; Ruff and Ready Readers grades kindergarten-6, 4-5 p.m. Monday and Nov. 27, dog helps children develop reading skills; Teen Book Club grades 7-12, 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, The Reader by Traci Chee, discuss the book and activities; Third Thursday Movie Group, 1:30 p.m. Thursday; Lego Challenge kindergarten to grade 6, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Thursday; Family Game Day grades kindergarten-6, 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Register/​details: Bridget at 419-334-7101 ext. 209.


Bingo Feather Party at American Legion Hall, 302 West St., 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday. Raffles and door prizes. Hall is smoke free. Details: 419-874-5136.


Gibsonburg Public Library programs: 100 N. Webster St.; Book/​Snack Pack, grades 1-4, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, chapter books Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennfier Armstrong; Book Bears 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Turkey Tot by George Shannon. Register: 419-637-2173.


Frank Alcorn of Swanton walks the streets of downtown Grand Rapids, Ohio in a Santa Claus costume during the Christmas Open House last year. This year's Open House takes place Saturday and Sunday.

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Grand Rapids

Christmas Open House in the Village downtown Grand Rapids, 24000 block of W. Front St., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Shops, restaurants, holiday music/​entertainment, horse drawn wagon rides, ice sculpting, Father Christmas, carolers, and more. In the Old Fire Station, children can make gingerbread houses from 1-3 p.m. Saturday and cookies/​hot chocolate will be served. At the village Town Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday, a silent movie will be shown Safety Last! starring Harold Lloyd, with accompaniment provided by Lynne Long on piano.


● Maumee Garden Club Fall Forum at the Maumee Public Library, 501 River Rd., 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. Conversation and panel discussion with local horticulture and leaders. Free and open to the public.


VFW Post 9816 euchre tournaments, 1802 Ashcroft Drive, 2 p.m. Sundays. Details, 419-725-9916.

Toledo Swiss Singers present “Harvest Holiday” concert and dinner at the Chalet at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd. (½ mile east of Coy Rd.), 3 p.m. Sunday. A pork roast dinner is available by advance reservations only and tickets are $24; $10/​ages 12 and under (deadline for dinner reservations is Monday). Concert only: $12. Cash bar will start at 2:30 p.m. For tickets: Elaine, 419-206-0975.


The Toledo Swiss Singers, pictured in 2015, will present "Harvest Holiday" Sunday at Oak Shade Grove in Oregon.



Way Public Library programs: 101 E. Indiana Ave.; Show Me the Movie 2 p.m. Tuesday, screening Norman, starring Richard Gere; Topical Tuesdays 7 p.m. Tuesday, on news and social media by Montana Miller; Reel Opinions presents Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy film 2 p.m. Thursday; FeltLOOM live demonstration, 6 p.m. Thursday, a needle felting machine with demonstrations by Julie Verhelst; Foreign film The Two of Us, 7 p.m. Friday, art film series. Details/​Registration: 419-874-3135, ext. 119.

Blood Drive at the Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday. Appointments can be made online at and enter sponsor code WAYLIBRARY or call 800-RED-CROSS. Walk-ins are welcome. Donors must be 17 years or older, at least 110 pounds, and in good health.

Long-Term Care Benefits eligibility by Debbie J. Papay, author/​V.A. accredited attorney and Megan Coyle-Stamos, licensed funeral director at the Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Learn about long-term care, assisted living, nursing home care, and burial. Veterans of the United States military, who have been honorably discharged are eligible for these benefits. Free, no registration needed. Details: 419-874-3135, extension 119.

Penta Career Center “It’s VEGAS!” Scholarship Dinner and silent auction in the Commons area on the Penta Campus, 9301 Buck Rd., silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Vegas theme, gourmet appetizers, and multiple gourmet food stations (dishes from famous chefs). Music by Dave Carpenter. Cost: $75 per person or $500 for table of eight. Reservations required by Wednesday. For details contact: Elizabeth Wray, of Human Services at Penta, 419-661-6486 or Proceeds to a general scholarship fund and the Hirzel Scholarship fund at Penta.

Stamp Collectors Club of Toledo meeting at the Perrysburg Masonic Building, 590 E. South Boundary St., 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Details: 419-367-9307.


The Toledo Area Genealogical Society meeting at the Sylvania United Church of Christ, 7240 Erie St., 7 p.m. Monday. Speaker: Donna Christian, on Tiedtkes.


The Toledo Rep showing Human Error at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St., Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For show times and tickets: or 419-243-9277.

Wildwood Metropark programs: 5100 W. Central Ave.; How to Buy a Boat, Kayak Edition (all ages) 7 p.m. Thursday, in the Metroparks Hall by Eric Slough, member of Toledo River Gang; Toledo Area Aboriginal Research Society (TAARS), 7 p.m. Thursday, great mysteries lay buried under our feet, discuss topics related to the field of archaeology (no registration required). Register: 419-407-9701.

Maumee Valley Country Day School’s Drama presents the musical Big Fish at their Millennium Theater, 1715 S. Reynolds Rd., 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with closing performance 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10/​students and $12/​adults and can be purchased at or at the door one hour before curtain.

HeART Gallery’s Holiday Tablescape Show at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 428 N. Erie St., 4-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. More than 25 seasonally decorated and themed tablescapes, demonstrations by Kate Philabaum, show designer. A “Lunch and Learn” program from 12:15-1:15 p.m. will be Thursday with a short demonstration and lunch. Reservations for lunch call 419-243-4214. Admission to the gallery is by donation, free parking.

Rummage Sale at Dorr Street Church of God, 5509 Dorr St., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Lunch food and baked goods available for purchase. Proceeds for the church’s Youth’s trip to the International Youth Convention.

Dream Travelers, a world through food and photos at the East Toledo Senior Center, Navarre Park Shelterhouse, 1001 White St., 10:45 a.m. Nov. 20. Lunch theme and destination is New York City. Reservations by Thursday11/​16, 419-691-2254.

The Glass City Toastmasters Club meeting will be at the United Way building, 424 Jackson St., 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Learn how to improve your communication and leadership skills. All are invited. Free. Details: or 812-568-9109.

The Moses Fleetwood Walker Society Hall of Fame Baseball Dinner at Georgio’s, 426 N. Superior St., 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Speaker and sports memorabilia auction. Send your dinner checks for $30 payable to Georgio’s and dues check for $35 payable to this society and send both to: Richard Hasbrook, 405 Madison Ave., Suite 1000, Toledo, Ohio 43604. Donations accepted for the sports memorabilia auction. Walk-ups welcome. Benefits for equipment and baseball camp opportunities with the Mud Hens for inner-city youth baseball kids through the Boys and Girls Club and Police Athletic League.

Turkey Dinner and Bazaar at Memorial United Church of Christ, 1301 Starr Ave. at Plymouth St., 4-6:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $9/​adults, $8/​senior citizens, $3/​children 5-11, and free for children under 5. Details: 419-691-5675.

2018 Gospel Extravaganza “Every Praise Is To Our God!” is a chance for young people to express themselves in music, song, poetry, or dance and will be held at Warren AME Church, 915 Collingwood Blvd. 4 p.m. Jan. 27. Interested in participating contact, Ms. Jelks, 419-967-1414 or Mr. Faulkner, 419-377-0115.

Birmingham Branch Library program: 203 Paine Ave.; Hoopla for school aged children, 4 p.m. Monday, a timed version of Cranium; Color Me Calm, adult coloring program 6 p.m. Tuesday, coloring sheets and supplies provided; Eco Discovery for school aged children 4 p.m. Friday, a nature program, animal adaptations, and live animals. Details: 419-259-5210.


Christmas Tree Sale at Waterville Presbyterian Church, 611 Farnsworth Rd., 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon- 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 8 or until sold out. All proceeds to support the Mission and Ministry of our church. Further information, 419-878-2806 or


Holiday Decorating Contest in downtown Whitehouse during the Whitehouse Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 3. Businesses on Providence St. (from log house to Village Hall) and Waterville St. (from Gilead St. to Texas St.) are invited to participate. Registration deadline by Nov. 22. Rules and application forms available at the Village Hall or

Village of Whitehouse Enrichment class, Winter Birds and Bird-feeding at the Village Hall, 6925 Providence St., 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 27. Indoor presentation highlighting birds seen in our area. Register, 419-877-5383.

Whitehouse Library program: 10651 Waterville St.; BookNuts will meet at the Route 64 Pub and Grub, 1 p.m. Monday, this month’s book is Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne; Details: 419-877-9088 or email


Woodville Public Library programs: 101 E. Main St.; Turkey crafts for kids, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; Kidz Paint, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 25. Register: 419-849-2744.

Support groups

Monroe County Parkinson’s Support meeting, Monroe Charter Township Building, Nature Center, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 4925 E. Dunbar Rd., Monroe. Information: Jennifer Traver, 734-497-5683 or

Basic Training for Caregivers at Monroe Center for Healthy Aging, 15275 S. Dixie Hwy., Monroe. This is free and offered by the Monroe County Commission on aging, 1-3 p.m. Nov. 25. Information: 734-241-0404.

GriefShare Support group at First Presbyterian Church of Maumee, 200 E. Broadway St., Maumee, 6 p.m. a 13-week program Tuesdays. Class is free (small fee for workbook) and open to the public. Information: 419-893-0223 or

Heroin Hurts ... Hope Heals Support group for families of addicts at Park Place House, 7805 Angola Rd., Springfield Township, 7-8:15 p.m. first Monday of every month. Details: 419-250-3132.

Prostate Cancer Support Group at Mercy Health St. Anne Hospital’s Cancer Center Library (Second Floor), 3404 W. Sylvania Ave., 6:30 p.m. fourth Monday of every month. Details: Roger, 419-346-2753 or Ernie 419-344-9830.

TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) 1648 support group, 9:30-11 a.m. every Monday. Location, ​cost, and ​details, 419-242-6789.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous at Epworth United Methodist Church’s Room 206, 4855 W. Central Ave., 7 p.m. Mondays. Contact: Joyce, 419-699-1007 or visit

Family Cancer Support Group at Mercy Health Health St. Anne Hospital’s Cancer Center Library, 3404 W. Sylvania Ave., 6:30 p.m. second Monday of every month. Information: 419-865-0659 or 419-754-1277.

Nar-Anon 12-Step Program for families and friends of addicts at First Presbyterian Church of Maumee, 200 E. Broadway St., Maumee, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, 419-290-3827; at Harvest Lane Alliance Church, 5132 Harvest Lane, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 419-392-2420; and Unity of Toledo, 3535 Executive Pkwy.,10-11 a.m. Saturdays, 248-408-1853 or

PAL (Parents of Addicted Loved Ones), a faith-based support group at Calvary Church, 1360 Conant St., Maumee, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Participants must be 18 or older. Details: 419-893-2171 or see

Family After Addiction or Death (F.A.A.D.)/​Team Recovery: Support Group at ProMedica Toledo Hospital Jobst Tower Auditorium, 2142 N. Cove Blvd., 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Epworth United Methodist, 4855 Central Ave., 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Families or anyone dealing with addiction welcome. Information: 419-561-5433.

Frogtown Low-Vision Support Group at Heatherdowns Branch Library, 3265 Glanzman Rd., 10 a.m.-noon first Wednesday of every month. Reservations: Paul or Jan Rachow, 419-867-8007/

Donna’s Village Grief Support Group at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 611 Woodville Rd., 6-7:30 p.m. first and third Wednesday of the month. Information: 419-460-3122 or

Family Caregiver Classes at Swanton Health Care and Retirement Center, 214 S. Munson Rd., Swanton. 5:30 p.m. every last Wednesday of each month next class will be Nov. 22. Receive a planning kit to help handle responsibilities. Free memory screenings Nov. 15, 2 to 4 p.m., by appointment only. Information: Chris Cremean, 419-825-1145 or email at

Caregivers’ Support group offered by the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter at Parkcliffe Community, 4226 Parkcliffe Lane, 1 p.m. fourth Thursday of every month. Information: 419-381-9447.

S.A.F.E. (Supporting Addict Families Everywhere) at Rescue Crisis, 3350 Collingwood Blvd., 6-7:30 p.m. Sundays. For anyone affected by a loved one’s addiction. Information: 419-304-7034.

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