Updated June 8, 2017
Celebrate Father’s Day With The Toledo Zoo
This Father’s Day, on Sunday, June 18, bring dad to meet the Toledo Zoo’s animal dads, including Batu the white-cheeked gibbon, Marty the polar bear, Boomer the orangutan and Silvio the mongoose lemur.
The Father’s Day celebration includes free admission for all dads accompanied by their child(ren) and fun, dad-friendly games throughout the zoo’s main plaza.
Visitors can also treat dad to a special barbecue lunch, prepared by the catering staff in The Lodge. Lunch prices include admission to the zoo and member discounts apply. Seating for the barbecue lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required. Additional information, including pricing, menu and online reservation procedures, can be found at www.toledozoo.org/fathersday or by calling (419) 385-5721, ext. 6001.
Crosby Festival Of The Arts Set At Botanical Garden
The Crosby Festival of the Arts takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 23-25 and is preceded by the Crosby Festival of the Arts Preview Party and the premiere of the garden’s 2017 theme, “Under the Sea.”
Presented by the Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Crosby Festival of the Arts is a highly recognized fine arts show featuring works by more than 200 artists from across the country. Now celebrating its 51st year, this festival is heralded as Ohio’s oldest outdoor-juried art festival. Hours are Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
On Friday, June 23 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., Festival Preview Party patrons can be the first to see and purchase art while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live music featuring Radio Free Honduras. Visitors can stroll through the garden and enjoy fine art, chats with artists and performance art.
Preview party tickets are $85.00 until Saturday, June 10. All members get into the festival on Saturday and Sunday for free. For more information, visit www.toledogarden.org.
Annual ZOO To DO Event Fundraises For Toledo Zoo
The Toledo Zoo’s annual black tie and tennis shoes affair, PNC ZOO to DO boasts glitz and glamour with a fun twist and an amazing array of delectable edibles on Friday, June 16 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.
During the evening, ticketholders can mingle throughout the party tents and zoo grounds, including the Africa! Overlook, while enjoying gourmet food samples from the area’s favorite restaurants and chefs before dancing the night away to live music on multiple stages.
Tickets are $150 per person and must be purchased in advance. Visit www.toledozoo.org/zootodo or call (419) 385-5721, ext. 2091 to reserve a ticket. Guests must be 21 or over and IDs are required. PNC ZOO to DO is a rain-or-shine event.
Summer Solstice Tea Set At Matthew Brown House
The Historic Vistula Foundation Summer Solstice Garden Tea will be held at the Matthew Brown House, 1107 N. Superior St., Toledo on Friday, June 16 at 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. and on Saturday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
The menu will feature six savories, scones, additional sweets, two hot teas and a special iced tea. The cost is $30.00. To make reservations, call (419) 266-8039.
TAPS Polish Summer Picnic Planned At Oak Shade Grove
The Toledo Area Polka Society (TAPS) will host its third annual Polish Summer Picnic on Friday and Saturday, June 16-17 at Oak Shade Grove Pavilion in Oregon.
In the spirit of Polish ethnic picnics of times past, TAPS will sponsor a two-day event featuring The Dynabrass of Waterford, Mich., on Friday, June 16, as well as The NuTones of western Pennsylvania and The Boys from Baltimore on Saturday, June 17. Toledo’s own Echoes of Poland Folk Song and Dance Ensemble, now in its 50th year, will perform on Saturday afternoon.
In addition, the picnic will feature authentic Polish food, an expanded bar featuring Polish beer, baked goods, apparel and souvenirs, a children’s area on Saturday and more.
Admission is as follows: Adults 16-59 $8.00, age 65 and above $6.00, children under 16 free. Hours are Friday 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday 2:00 to 11:00 p.m. Food and beverage tickets will be for sale throughout the grounds until one hour prior to closing on both days.
Annual Black Swamp Benefit Set At Fulton Co. Fairgrounds
The 16th annual Black Swamp Benefit will be held from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16 and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds, 8514 SR 108, Wauseon.
The free event features quilts, handcrafted art, a 5K Bullfrog run, music, kids’ crafts, music and a cornhole tournament, as well as fried pies, haystacks and other great food. Proceeds benefit the Maumee-based Sunshine Communities, which supports people with developmental disabilities, and the Goshen-based Mennonite Central Committee, which focus on global disaster relief.
Today’s Black Swamp Benefit has roots stretching to 1973 in the Sunshine Auxiliary Bazaar and Quilt Auction, which was held for many years at Southwyck Mall. For more information, visit www.blackswampbenefit.org or call (419) 335-3763, ext. 5012.
Maumee Legion Poker Run Benefits Veterans’ Program
The Maumee American Legion Riders Post 320 will host the fourth annual Poker Run to benefit Healing of Our Veterans through Equine Services (H.O.O.V.E.S.) on Saturday, June 17.
The ride starts and ends at the Legion at 204 Illinois Ave., Maumee. Registration is from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The cost is $15.00 per rider and $5.00 per passenger, which includes a poker hand and chicken dinner. Door prizes, raffles and 50/50 will be offered, as well.
For more information, call (419) 893-5861.
June Muddy Mini Marathon Accepts Runner Registrations
The Muddy Mini Half and Quarter Marathon will be held on Saturday, June 17. The event features a scenic run on River Road from historic uptown Maumee all the way to Fifth Third Field. The event is the second race in the Run the 419 Grand Prix series. Start time is at 7:30 a.m.
For complete information, registration or to volunteer, visit http://runtoledo.com/muddy-mini-half-marathon-quarter-marathon-maumee-toledo.
Perrysburg’s Garden Club Presents Its Annual Tour
The Perrysburg Garden Club presents “Blooms in the ’Burg,” a tour of nine private gardens in Perrysburg, on Saturday, June 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 per person.
Tickets are available at Ken’s Flower Shop in Perrysburg and Black Diamond in Perrysburg or on the day of the tour at any of the featured gardens listed below:
Sue and Larry Mullins at 30140 Morningside Dr., Luann and Larry Croy at 30110 Morningside Dr., Tom and Suellen Moore at 29553 Duxbury Ct., Kirk and Julie Werkman at 866 Locust St., Nancy and Paul Smithers at 1055 Locust St., Myra McClure at 940 Cherry St., Steven and Margery Kramer at 317 Sycamore Ln., and Linda and Brian McMahon at 542 Tonbridge Ct. There will also be a bonus garden at the home of Norma Stark Labrynith at 345 W. South Boundary St.
Summer Day Camp Offered For Kids Coping With Grief
Good Grief of Northwest Ohio will host a three-day Summer Day Camp experience for grieving children ages 6-18 in its Holland program space on Tuesday through Thursday, June 20-22 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Activities will feature visits from the Toledo Zoo and Imagination Station, plus a drum circle, yoga and art activities to help grieving children learn positive ways to cope with grief and loss.
Attendees do not need to be current Good Grief participants to attend, but preregistration is required.
To save a place, call (419) 360-4939 or e-mail Shanon@goodgriefnwo.org. For more information, visit www.GoodGriefNWO.org.
Zoo’s Wine-Tasting Series Announces Sipping Dates
The Toledo Zoo invites visitors to enjoy its dynamic exhibits and animals while sipping wines from around the globe at the zoo’s wine-tasting series.
Ages 21 and up will enjoy a delectable array of wines, hors d’oeuvres, live music and socializing.
Reserve space by calling (419) 385-5721, ext. 6001. Online reservations are also available at www.toledozoo.org/wine, and discounted pricing is available for groups and multiple-event packages. Tickets must be purchased in advance and reservations are required.
Dates in the 2017 Wine-Tasting Series include: Friday, June 23 – Nairobi.
Average White Band & More Featured At Music Festival
The Average White Band will headline the NW Ohio Music Festival on Saturday, June 24.
Additional outstanding acts to take the stage at International Park in downtown Toledo include rhythm and blues singer/songwriter Tinsley Ellis, cover band The New Fashioned and “Bluz Queen” Claudette King, daughter of blues legend B.B. King, who will hold a jam session later in the evening.
There will be food trucks, beer and wine and Pepsi products. Tickets are $20.00 per person and are available online at www.toledofoodbank.org or in person at 24 E. Woodruff Ave., Toledo, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets will also be available for $25.00 at the door.
The event is held in support of the Toledo Food Bank’s vision of a world without hunger; all proceeds from the festival go toward fighting hunger in Northwest Ohio.
Twylite Thursday Fundraiser To Benefit Rescue Group
The Golden Retriever Rescue Resource (GRRR) Twylite Thursday fundraiser will be held on Thursday, June 29, rain or shine, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee.
Tickets are $10.00 each. Cover charge includes appetizers and live entertainment provided by DAS Mobile Entertainment. A cash bar, basket raffles, silent auctions and 50/50 raffles will be featured.
Advance tickets can be purchased at upcoming dog adoptions. Visit www.gr-rescue.org for adoption dates.
Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the event or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Area Office On Aging Boards To Meet At Parkway Place
The Area Office on Aging of NW Ohio will host its joint annual meeting of the board of directors and areawide advisory board on Thursday, June 29 at Parkway Place, 2592 Parkway Plaza, Maumee.
Registration will be held at 9:30 a.m. during a continental breakfast and the program will begin at 10:00 a.m. Guest speaker will be Dan Rodgers, president/CEO of Cherry Street Mission Ministries.
RSVP to Darlene Sawyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (419) 382-0624, ext. 1162.
Glass City Dance Parties Sets Summer Calendar
Glass City Dance Parties will host Friday dance parties this spring from 8:00 p.m. to midnight with a free dance lesson at 7:15 p.m. with paid admission.
Upcoming Friday dance themes include a Goofy T-shirt dance on Friday, July 21.
A special Fourth of July dance will be held on Sunday, July 2 with a freestyle and couples’ dance contest.
Dances are held at Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd., Holland. For more information, visit www.glasscitydanceparty.com.
Kids’ Summer Safari Camps Offered At The Toledo Zoo
The Toledo Zoo Summer Safari Camps are weeklong day camps offered for ages 4-15.
Camp topics range from learning all about Australia in Critters Down Under and Journey Through the Outback, to participating in the ZooMazing Race and creating animal-tastic masterpieces in Wild Artist.
Older kids (ages 11-15) can spend time working as junior zookeepers or even venture out with zoo biologists for a hands-on project in Conservation Explorers.
Camps run through Friday, August 11.
For more information or to register, visit www.toledozoo.org/education.