Our Towns Calendar: 9/10


Bowling Green

Tea Series at the Wood County Historical Center and Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., 2-4 p.m. Thursday. Topic: Go, Go Tin Lizzie: The Speed of Driving Culture by Alyssa Kapelka and Kaysie Harrington. Cost: $15/​adult, $12/​member, and $5/​child. Reservations: 419-352-0967.

Bowling Green State University events, 1001 E. Wooster St.; Tuesdays at the Gish presents The Glass Castle (directed by Destin Daniel Cretton), with an introduction by Mariia Spirina, student in American culture studies, in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union theater, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, free. Guest Artist Series presents pianist Heather Lanners in the Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center, 8 p.m. Tuesday, free. Faculty Artist Series presents horn soloist Andrew Pelletier in the Bryan Recital Hall, 8 p.m. Wednesday, free.  

Choir Conspirare to perform Craig Hella Johnson’s evocative and compassionate Considering Matthew Shepard at Bowling Green State University’s Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center, 1031 Moore Musical Arts Center, 7 p.m. Sept. 17. Guest choirs are from the University of Toledo and area high schools. A talk-back session will follow from 9-9:30 p.m. in the Bryan Recital Hall with Mr. Johnson and other panelists. Advance tickets for community members are $7/​adults, $3/​students and children, and all tickets are $10 per person day of performance. Box office 419-372-8171 or online at bgsu.edu/​arts. The screening of a PBS special on Considering Matthew Shepard, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Bryan Recital Hall.

Get A Clue For the Kids benefiting the Ronald McDonald House at the Wood County Historical Museum, 13660 County Home Rd., 7-9 p.m. Sept. 22. Solve the mystery presented by the Bowling Green High School drama students in an original mystery by Tyler Savino. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and prize for the winning team. Organized by the Red Shoe Society, Tickets: $40 per person and can be purchased online or at J and M Carryout, 10015 S. Dixie Hwy., Portage, Ohio. Details, call 567-694-5172.


Howard Marsh Metropark program, 611 S. Howard Rd.; Sunrise over the Marsh: Photography (ages 8 years and up), parking lot, 6-8 a.m. Saturday, capture the beauty of nature, bring your camera to explore this new Metropark. Limited cameras will be provided. Bring your own SD card. Free. Reservations, 419-407-9701.


Birchard Public Library programs, 423 Croghan St.; Family storytimes 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Teen Movie Night (grades 7-12) 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, new movie about virtual reality gaming, there will be snacks and crafts. Monarch Magic (kindergarten-grade 6) 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, raising Monarch butterflies, crafts, and a story. Crochet Connection (adults) 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18, all levels, bring your own hooks and yarn. Register/​details: 419-334-7101, extension 209. or online at birchard.lib.oh.us.


Gibsonburg Public Library programs, 100 N. Webster St.; Nature Night: Butterflies (all ages), 6:30 p.m. Monday, learn how caterpillars become butterflies. Book and Munch Bunch (grades 4-7) 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, The Island by Gary Paulsen. Cookbook Club 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, appetizers and fall desserts, bring a copy of your recipe with your dish. Register, 419-637-2173.

Grand Rapids

Providence Metropark program, 13200 S. River Rd. (historic area) or 13827 S. River Rd. (dam area); Through the Lock History Paddle: Family Canoe Adventure, Canal/​Mill parking lot, 6-8 p.m. Friday, paddle through the historic Miami-Erie canal and lock and hear stories about the historic ghost town of Providence. Participants must be 8 years old or older to paddle, minors must be accompanied by an adult. Register all participants. Cost: $12. Register, 419-407-9701.


Blood Drive at Providence Lutheran Church’s Family Life Center, 8131 Airport Hwy., 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 23. For appointment: redcrossblood.org, enter sponsor code, PROVLUTH. Walk-ins are welcome.

Fall Rummage and Bake Sale at New Hope Christian Church, 2457 Holloway Rd., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Details: 419-867-1535.


Side Cut Metropark programs, 1025 W. River Rd.: S’mores and More!, Sledding Hill, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, join us at the fire pit for this classic treat and a chance to meet an interesting character from the past, bring your own chair, no registration required, free. Fall Fun! Family Geocache (Short Loop), Riverview Area, 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Hike along the beautiful Maumee River as you search for hidden caches. $8, Reservations, 419-407-9701.


The Bedford Artists Club first meeting in the community room at the Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Rd., Temperance, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Acrylic painting demonstration by Aaron Bivins, a well-known artist from the Toledo area. Open to anyone interested in art, accepting new members. For details: 419-378-1323.

The American Cancer Society’s Hunting For A Cure, an eight-week photo/​video scavenger hunt around Bedford. Teams of two or more work to find clues, photograph their findings, and compete to see who is the best scavenger hunter(s). Once teams are registered, they will receive instructions and clues. This event will conclude on Oct. 27 with an event at the Bedford Branch Library from 4-8 p.m. A $50 donation per team is suggested. Teams may jump in at any point during the eight-week challenge. Register by going to the Hunting For A Cure Facebook page and register via the link to the American Cancer Society Hunting for a Cure web page.


Perch Fishing Tournament at VFW Post 9816, 1802 Ashcroft Dr, starting at 7 a.m. with weigh-in at 4 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $15 per person with 2 man teams. All fish will be donated to VFW. All entry fees paid out to first, second, and third place (by weight). Details: Dave, 419-297-7675.

JWH (James “Wes” Hancock) Oregon Senior Center programs, 4350 Navarre Ave.; Putt Putt, meet at center 10:30 a.m. for trip to Alexis Road, leaving 11 a.m. Monday, cost $15 to play and pizza. Cooking Class with Azeze at 3 p.m. Tuesday, cheesy bread, sign up to reserve your spot. Shop ‘til You Drop trip to Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio, leaving at 9 a.m., returning 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, lunch will be at the Barn Restaurant, cost $30 for transportation, admission and lunch. Book club trip to the Toledo Art Museum, meet at center 11:15 a.m., leaving 11:30 a.m. Thursday.  Free ice cream floats sponsored by Arbors of Oregon at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Details: 419-698-7078.

● VFW Post 9816 euchre tournaments, 1802 Ashcroft Dr., 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Details, 419-725-9916.

Pearson Metropark program, 761 Lallendorf Rd. at State Rt. 2; Family Hike: Water Fowl, North Boardwalk parking lot, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, enjoy an afternoon stroll with the whole family while on a guided nature tour with a park interpreter. Free. Register, 419-407-9701.


Way Public Library programs, 101 E. Indiana Ave.; Show Me the Movie with free screening of The Greatest Showman, 2 p.m. Tuesday, seating is limited, refreshments. The Great American Read, a PBS series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, book discussion of selected works 10 a.m. Thursday, space is limited, extension 112. Registration/​details: 419-874-3135, extension 119 or waylibrary.info.

Andy’s Army Canine Cancer Awareness Walk at the W.W. Knight Center, 29530 White Rd., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. DJ music, blessing of the animals (10:45 a.m.), bake sale, and basket raffles. Free tailgate party for registered participants. Entry fee: $15 per person or $30 per family. Register at andys-army.org or at the event. Dogs on leashes are welcome. All proceeds to benefit canine cancer research. 

Way Public Library Huge Book Sale, 101 E. Indiana Ave., 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Thousands of used books, all genres, and for all ages. Prices: $15/​large bag and $5/​small bag (bags provided). Books may also be purchased individually. Cash, check, or credit card. All proceeds benefit this library. Details: waylibrary.info or call 419-874-3135, ext. 351.

Perrysburg Fire Division will conduct CPR training sessions Sept. 19 at Way Public Library.
Perrysburg Fire Division will conduct CPR training sessions Sept. 19 at Way Public Library.

Perrysburg Fire CPR Training Center Family and Friends CPR Class at the Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., 6-9 p.m. Sept. 19. For people who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card. Ideal for students, parents, grandparents, babysitters, and others interested in learning how to save a life. Class will cover adult hands-only CPR with AED, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR, and relief of choking. Cost: $5 at registration. Registration at the library’s information desk. Details: Amy Vasko, 419-872-8027 or avasko@ci.perrysburg.oh.us.


● The Toledo Area Genealogical Society program at Sylvania United Church of Christ, 7240 Erie St. (across from Sylvania Country Club), 7 p.m. Monday. Program: “Ways to Organize Your Genealogy Research.”  Organizing and making sense of the information collected. Genealogy charts will be available. Refreshments available and all are welcome. For details, Amy Danforth, 419-266-1517.


Grito Fest 2018 with El Corazon de Mexico Folkloric dance group at Latins United, 706 S. St. Clair St., 4-11 p.m. Saturday. A street festival with live music by Latino Norteno, Los Aztecas, DJ Nando, DJ Duran, and Master of Ceremonies St. Dave, performances, food, raffles, contests, inflatables, games, vendors, and more. Admission: $5. Proceeds to dance group’s upcoming performance at Disney World in 2019.

Ukulele Jam Session/​meeting at the King Road Branch Library, 3900 King Rd., 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday. Open to adults and teens. Bring a ukulele and join us. The Toledo Ukesters will meet monthly. Free. Details: email, Sheila at SheilaP52@yahoo.com or Sharon at sharart@gmail.com.

The Northwest Ohio Writer’s Forum meeting at the King Branch Library, 3900 King Rd., 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Help improve or enhance your writings. Free and open to the public.

Toledo Botanical Garden Park program, Conference Center, 5403 Elmer Dr.; Hort Hikes starting at the Historic Log Cabin, 6-7 p.m., every second Monday of the month, highlights seasonal plants throughout the garden. Free. Reservations: 419-407-9701.

Wildwood Preserve program, 5100 W. Central Ave.; All Aboard! Members Bus Tour of Newest Parks and Projects, Metz Visitor Center, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Members are invited to an exclusive tour of the newest and soon to open Metroparks. Contact Felica at 419-407-9712 or Felica.clark@metroparkstoledo.com to reserve your seat. Cost: $10.

Birmingham Branch Library programs, 203 Paine Ave.; Happy Unbirthday Party (children 5-10) 4 p.m. Thursday, celebrating all the un-birthdays, enjoy books, games, snacks, and more. Homework Helper (kindergarten-grade 8) 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, improve your grades and get help with your school assignments. Details: 419-259-5210.

The Lucas County Retired Teachers fall luncheon at the Stone Oak Country Club, 100 Stone Oak Blvd., Holland, at noon on Sept. 27. Speaker: Dawn Shinew of Bowling Green State University on current innovations in education training. Charity is Mom’s House (refer to Slate for specific items needed). Choice of entree: 1. Cranberry/​Bourbon chicken; 2. Roasted beef with mushroom gravy; 3. Mushroom Ravioli with Olive oil and herbs. Cost: $20.50. Send check to LCRTA for $20.50 with lunch choice by Sept. 19 to: Jeannine Petcoff, 15139 Todd Rd., Petersburg, Mich. 49270.


Waterville Branch Library programs, 800 Michigan Ave.; Magic the Gathering Club (teens) 7-8 p.m. Monday, connect with other players or learn more about this trading card game. Bookenders (adults) noon-1 p.m. Thursday, bring your lunch for a lunchtime discussion on your favorite books. Pokemon Trading Card event (kindergarten-grade 8) 10-11 a.m. Saturday, bring your Pokemon cards to trade. OTAKU Anime and Manga Club (teens) 2-3 p.m. Saturday, talk Manga and enjoy some snacks. Register at: 419-878-3055 or toledolibrary.org.


Oak Openings Preserve program, 5402 Wilkins Rd.; Guided Nature and Forest therapy experience, Lodge, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, nature and forest therapy certification trainees invite you to immerse yourself in nature, hands-on activities that help you connect to the healing elements it offers. Outdoors and some walking. Reservations Required, 419-407-9701. Free.

Whitehouse Library program, 10651 Waterville St.; Booknuts Group discussion at Rt. 64 Pub and Grub, 1 p.m. Monday. The library is looking for a volunteer from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, contact library. Register/​details: 419-877-9088 or email whouselibrary@gmail.com.

Village of Whitehouse Fly Fishing Enrichment class at Village Hall, 6925 Providence St., 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Denny McLean whose been fly fishing since 1978 will teach on fly rods vs. spinning, traditional and Spey casting basics, line handling, casting techniques, and if time allows audience casting. Free and open to the public. Participants must be at least 10 years of age and accompanied by an adult. Registration required, 419-877-5383.


Woodville Public Library programs, 101 E. Main St.; Wednesday Book Club 7 p.m. Wednesday, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, copies available at library. Chess and Checkers (kindergarten-grade 6) 4 p.m. Thursday, learn the fundamentals. Register, 419-849-2744.


Sylvania High School Class of 1973 celebrating 45th reunion at the Spuyten Duyvall Golf Club, 9501 Central Ave., Sylvania on Oct. 6. There will be more activities during the weekend. For details see our Facebook page, Sylvania High School Class of 1973 or email at shsreunion73@gmail.com.

The Whitmer Girls Class of 1950 will meet at Schoolhouse Lunchroom Commons, 8336 Monroe Rd., Lambertville, 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Details: Nancy (Ray) Striggow, 734-854-2558 or 419-466-2494 or email anstriggow@msn.com.

Olney/​Northwood High School Reunion 1940-1969 at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center, 1460 Woodville Rd., Millbury, Ohio, Saturday. For details see website: olneynorthwood.weebly.com.

Franklin School Alumni Picnic at Pearson Metropark’s Tennis Court Picnic Shelter, 4600 Starr Ave., Oregon, noon-6 p.m. Saturday. Information, visit Franklin School Alumni page on Facebook or contact, John Nickoloff at jbulgarian@bex.net.

Robert S. Rogers Class of 1968 50th Reunion at Springfield Township Hall, 7617 Angola Rd., Holland, Ohio at 6 p.m. Oct. 6. For reservations contact: Brenda Krukowski, 419-260-4310 by Saturday.

Walbridge School reunion for any adults that attended the school in Walbridge will be held at the VFW Post 9963 Banquet Room, 109 N. Main St., Walbridge, beginning at 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Cost: $20/​per person. For details contact: Vicki Ducket Sigler, 419-508-4653 or Cheri Sigler Carr, 419-343-1368.

The Whitmer High School Class of 1968 50th Reunion at Highland Meadows Golf Club, 7455 Erie St., Sylvania, Sept. 22. For details and to register: whitmerhighschoolclassof1968.com or contact Joyce McCloskey Slusher, 419-509-5723.

Whitney High School Class of 1966 (Health Services Only) luncheon at Brandywine Country Club, 6904 Salisbury Rd., Maumee, 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Help find other classmates. Contact: Rosemary Riley, rschwarmberger@hotmail.com/​419-490-7554 or Ann Ramlow, goofy60@bex.net/​419-693-7663.

Summerfield High School (Petersburg, Michigan) Reunion Classes of 1967, 1968, and 1969 at LaRoy’s Hall, 12375 S. Telegraph Rd., LaSalle, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28. If you were a classmate or know of anyone that was part of these classes, contact, Carolyn (Nieman) Wetzler at wetzlercs@gmail.com or 734-945-8826.

Woodward High School 1968 50th Class Reunion at Shorty’s Back Forty, 5215 Monroe St., 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 29. Cost: $45 per person. Contact: Colette Kalisz Egner, 419-824-3403 or Sherry Hobbs Fitzpatrick, 419-356-4468.

Start High School Class of 1968 50th Reunion weekend Oct. 4-7. Activities begin at Tony Packo’s on Oct. 4. See the new Start with a tour and transportation, then an evening reception at the Heights in the Renaissance on Oct. 5. Dinner dance evening at the Renaissance Toledo on Oct. 6. Picnic at Olander Park, Sylvania will be Oct. 7. Attend one or all events. Total cost: $75 (activities are not separately priced). For more information/​reservations/​pay go to shs50reunion.com or contact Jan Fought Brown, redbird32303@yahoo.com or Kim Wening Maros, marjoe55@charter.net or 734-848-8007.

Libbey High School class of 1958 60th Reunion at Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg, Ohio from 6-10:30 p.m. Oct. 20. For reservations form or more information email libbeyclassof1958@gmail.com.

USS IWO JIMA (LPH2/​LHD7) Shipmates Reunion at Doubletree Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville, Florida, Oct. 10-13. For all ships company, Embarked Navy, and Marine Corps personnel who were on board the LPH2 or LHD7. Contact, Robert G. McAnally, 757-723-0317; yujack46709@gmail.com; or http://​ussiwojimashipmates.cfns.net/.

Support groups

Are you finding it difficult to be a mom today? Come to this free four-part series “How to Raise Good Kids” at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, St. Rt. 795 (across from old Millbury School), Millbury, Ohio, 9:30-11 a.m. on Wednesday and Oct. 3, Oct. 17, and Nov. 7. Learn helpful child-raising techniques. Free childcare provided. Questions: 419-666-1812.

● Sjogren’s (an autoimmune disease) Support Group meeting at the ProMedica Flower Hospital, Conference Center Building, 5200 Harroun Rd., Sylvania, Ohio, noon-2 p.m. Sunday. Speaker: Dr. Elkhatib on Alternative Medicine. Free. Reservations/​information: 419-855-4082 or wendy@midohio.twcbc.com.

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; Harvest Lane Alliance Church, 5132 Harvest Lane, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 419-392-2420; and Mercy St. Anne’s Hospital in the 3rd Floor Conference Room #3, 3404 W. Sylvania Ave.,10-11 a.m. Saturdays, 248-408-1853.

TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) 1961 support group at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6517 Brint Rd., Sylvania, 6-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Questions: 419-472-3192.

GriefShare Support Group at First Presbyterian Church of Maumee, 200 E. Broadway St., meal provided at 6 p.m., program 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays (started Sept. 4) for a 13-week program. Community members who have experienced the death of someone close are invited to attend. This nondenominational group features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. Small group discussion. Call church, 419-893-0223 or visit griefshare.org.

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 palgroup.org.

Parents and guardians of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) support group at A Renewed Mind Double ARC Center for FASD, 5164 Monroe St., from 7-8 p.m. every second Tuesday of each month. You also have the option to join meeting online from your devices, or with a phone call. Sign up/​details: https://​www.doublearc.org/​parent-support-group/ or 419-890-1225.

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.

Shakin’ Not Stirred’s Monroe County and Contiguous Areas Parkinson’s Support Group at Monroe Charter Township in the Nature Center, 4925 E. Dunbar Rd., Monroe, 6:30 p.m. every third Wednesday of each month. For individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones. Learn the latest about this disease and how to cope successfully with daily challenges. Details: Jennifer Traver, 734-497-5683 (call/​text) or email shakinnstirred@gmail.com or Michigan Parkinson Foundation, 800-852-9781.

Stroke Support Group at Stroke Life Center, 2526 Reynolds Rd. (behind Alternative Physical Therapy), 1-2:30 p.m. every Wednesday. For stroke survivors and caregivers. For details: 419-214-1226.

Are you a Widow? Widows Empowered Strengthened and I support group at Reynolds Corners Branch Library, 4833 Dorr St., 1-3 p.m. every third Saturday of each month. Details: 419-359-4001, w.e.s.andIinc@gmail.com or website, widowsempowered.com.

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.