Updated April 16, 2018
Art Loop Season Begins On Thursday, April 19
The Arts Commission kicks off the Art Loop season on Thursday, April 19 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. with a celebration of creativity and innovation from institutional and student communities. Enjoy a blend of art and technology on display as young leaders share their vision of the future.
New Art Loop bus stops for 2018 include Imagination Station, Ottawa Street Studios, Oliver House, Market on the Green/Uptown Green and Jupmode.
Art Loop is free and open to all. Wristbands to ride the Art Loop bus are $1.25 and include unlimited bus rides all evening.
For additional information and complete April Art Loop offerings, visit www.theartscommission.org/artloop
Film Students’ Talent Showcased At UT Event
The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film will present a public screening of its film students’ best work in the 2018 University of Toledo Student Filmmakers Showcase, on Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center Theatre of the UT Center for Performing Arts.
Chosen in juried competition, the 19 entries scheduled to be shown include film, video and animation shorts created as part of the curriculum.
The Film Curators Club is providing free concessions during the screening and hosting a speakeasy-themed after party following the Showcase. All are welcome.
Tickets to the showcase are $10.00 general admission and $5.00 for UT employees/students/alumni, seniors 60 and older, kids and members of the military. Advance tickets are available through the UT Center for Performing Arts Box (419) 530-2787 or online at www.utoledo.Tix.com. The Center for Performing Arts is located on UT’s main campus at 1910 W. Rocket Dr. Parking is free during the screening and party in the lot across from the CPA.
Glass City Dance Parties Plans Seasonal Events
Glass City Dance Parties will host Friday dance parties in the coming months 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 Spring Fling on April 20, Mother’s Day on May 4, Super Hero Night on May 18, Baseball Friday on June 8 and father’s day on June 22.
A special Sunday memorial Day Dance party will take place on May 27.
These dances are held at Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd., Holland.
For more information, visit www.glasscitydanceparty.com.
57th Annual Artist Auction Featured At Maumee Elks
The Toledo Artists’ Club will hold its annual auction of members’ original works of art on Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Maumee Elks, 137 W. Wayne St., Maumee.
Doors open for a preview of the art prior to bidding at 6:00 p.m. All mediums may be entered in the auction, including: paintings, drawings, graphics, photography, sculptures, pottery, glass, fibers and jewelry. For more information, call (419) 531-4079.
Bee Free Yoga Champions Pollinator Preservation
Bee Free Yoga will host Protect and Preserve Our Pollinators at The Stables, 11781 Obee Rd., Whitehouse, on Saturday, April 21 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The event is designed to raise awareness and offer education and resources on various ways to protect and preserve pollinators (bees, butterflies, bats, etc.) and the unique Oak Openings region.
Free seed bombs, a lemonade stand with baked goods, vendors and two yoga classes at 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. will be featured.
Donations will be accepted to protect and preserve nature in the area and surrounding parks. Cash or checks made payable to Metroparks Toledo will be accepted.
For more information or to reserve a spot for yoga, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Day Celebration Planned At Lourdes
Lourdes University presents an Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Attendees can enjoy free shows at the Appold Planetarium and hands-on science activities in the Franciscan Center.
During the Earth Day Celebration, the Appold Planetarium will unveil the 2018 Explore Science toolkit. Through a competitive application process, the Appold Planetarium was awarded a 2018 Explore Science: Earth and Space physical toolkit. Assembled by the NISE (National Informal STEM Education) Network in collaboration with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), the toolkit offers high-quality hands-on activities that educate and engage through Earth and space science experiences.
The event is free and open to the public. No reservations required. For more information, contact Dr. Laura Megeath, Appold Planetarium coordinator, at email@example.com or call (419) 517-8897.
Wine-Tasting Series Dates Announced By Toledo Zoo
“Wine-down” from your day with a wine tasting on the wild side at the Toledo Zoo. Enjoy exhibits and animals while sipping wines from around the globe.
Upcoming dates in the zoo’s 2018 Wine-Tasting Series include:
Saturday, April 21 – Aquarium.
Friday, May 18 – Malawi Event Center.
Friday, June 8 – Africa! Overlook.
Each event also includes professionally paired hors d’oeuvres and live music. Reserve a space by calling (419) 385-5721, ext. 6001, or visit www.toledozoo.org/wine.Guests must be 21 or over with valid ID to attend.
Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail Adds Second Work Of Art
The Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPCAAC) and Ottawa County 4-H have teamed up to create the Ottawa County Barn Quilt Trail.
The public is invited to the installation of the second in a series of Barn Quilts on Saturday, April 21 at noon on the Diefenthaler barn, located at 7177 N. Ellison Towbridge Rd., Martin.
Barn quilts are painted quilt squares fashioned on boards and mounted on a barn or other building. Unlike cloth quilts that are made up of a series of squares, a barn quilt is almost always a single square.
For more information, visit www.ottawacountyarts.org.
Blissfield Model RR Club Announces Open House
The Blissfield Model Railroad Club, 109 E. Adrian St., Blissfield, Mich., will host an open house on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Multiple trains will be operating continuously on the railroad layout during the open houses, with trains running on three different levels.
Model railroaders, train enthusiasts, rail fans, seniors and children of all ages are invited.
Admission is free, but donations to the building fund are appreciated. For more information, visit www.bmrr.org or Blissfield MRC on Facebook.
Dinner & Silent Auction Set At Local Lodge
The Northern Lights Lodge Toledo Chapter 341 and Yondota Chapter 317 Order of the Eastern Star will sponsor a dinner and silent auction on Sunday, April 22 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. to raise funds for a 5-point handicap stroller for Caysen Tenney of Maumee.
Caysen has a condition known as Charge Syndrome.
For a donation of $10.00 attendees will receive a meat-loaf dinner with potatoes, vegetable, salad, rolls, butter, des-sert and a beverage. There will also be a silent auction to browse and bid on donated items.
The lodge is located at 114 W. Wayne St., Maumee.
Legendary Motown Artists Announce Toledo Concert
The Stranahan Theater, 4945 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, will host The Temptations and The Four Tops in concert on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Stranahan Theater box office, by phone at (419) 381-8851 or online at www.etix.com.Prices range from $32.50 to $62.50.
The Docks Celebrity Wait Supports Bethany House
Bethany House, a long-term transitional shelter for victims of domestic violence, will hold its ninth annual Celebrity Wait Night on Monday, April 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Real Seafood Company and Zia’s at The Docks.
This fun night of good food and fellowship will benefit Bethany House’s mission of providing safe long-term shelter and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence. The shelter gives them the necessary time and support to heal emotionally, physically and financially.
To join the fun and select a “celebrity” waiter of choice, make a reservation by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.All tips and proceeds go directly to Bethany House.
To make a donation or learn more about the mission of Bethany House, visit www.bethanyhousetoledo.org.
Petals For A Purpose Funds Summer Program
The Ability Center will host its annual flower sale, Petals for a Purpose, on Friday, May 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the campus located at 5605 Monroe St., Sylvania. The sale supports youth with disabilities participating in The Ability Center’s Next Steps Summer Program.
Hanging baskets, patio pots, flats and succulents will be available for purchase. Online presale orders begin on Monday, April 23 and will end on Monday, May 7. Presale orders will be collected on www.abilitycenter.org and can be picked up at The Ability Center during the parking lot sale hours.
Awake Community Group Hosts Leadership Author
Awake Community Coalition welcomes Todd Gongwer, author of Lead … For God’Sake! A Parable For Finding the Heart of Leadership,on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Anthony Wayne High School auditorium, 5967 Finzel Rd., Whitehouse.
With a foreword by Urban Meyer and positive reviews from Lou Holtz, Urban Meyer, Bob Stoops, Donnie Smith and Steve Alford, the book helps readers to discover a purpose in leadership and life.
Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased in advance at www.awake.org or by e-mailing email@example.com.Refreshments will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the Awake Community Coalition and its mission.
Perrysburg Commons Sets Luncheon Presentation
Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center, 10542 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg, will host a luncheon presentation on Thursday, April 26 at noon. Carolyn Nagy of the Women’s Veteran’s Initiative will speak about her military experiences in Desert Storm. RSVP to Susan Snoddy at (419) 874-1931.
Zoar Lutheran Musicians PerformLa Resurrezione
The music program of Zoar Lutheran Church, guest soloists and Zoar’s Chancel Choir will recreate one of Handel’s dramatic masterpieces on Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. with the performance of La Resurrezione(The Resurrection).The Easter Oratorio was composed in Rome in 1708.
Many elements of the original oratorio will be reproduced for an immersive historical experience, befitting the grandeur of the music. A freewill offering will be taken. Zoar Lutheran Church is located at the corner of Indiana and Sandusky avenues in Perrysburg. The community is invited to experience a rare performance of this obscure yet exuberant work by Handel.
Good Grief Event Hosts John Betts Testimonial Good Grief of Northwest Ohio will host its spring reception on Thursday, May 3 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Sylvania Country Club, 5201 Corey Rd., Sylvania.
Special guest is John Betts, a father who kept a promise and used his grief for good.
John’s son David was one of seven people killed in the Bluffton University bus crash on March 2, 2007 as the baseball team was making its way to Florida for a spring game.
The event is open to the public. Tickets are $75.00 per person. RSVP by Friday, April 27 at (419) 360-4939, or visit www.goodgriefnwo.org/events/woh2018 to purchase tickets. Proceeds benefit the programming at Good Grief of NW Ohio.
Valentine Theatre To Host Broadway At The Ballet
Toledo Ballet resident director/choreographer Michael Lang brings favorite Broadway show tunes and past original performances to life through the beauty of dance with Broadway at the Ballet.
Michael Lang and his wife, Lisa Mayer-Lang, Toledo Ballet artistic and school director, met while performing on Broadway. Mayer-Lang is an alumna of Toledo Ballet and this production – where it all began, and chronicles their return to Toledo Ballet to inspire and nurture other young dancers and performers.
Performances are on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. at The Valentine Theatre. For tickets visit http://www.valentinetheatre.com or call (419) 242-2787.
Luminations! Fundraiser Supports Scholarships
On Saturday, April 28, Lourdes University hosts its annual, premier scholarship fundraising event – Luminations! – at the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. The event begins at 6:00 p.m.
Throughout the evening, guests can enjoy cocktails, grazing stations, a live scholarship auction, an expansive silent auction and music by local band Organized K-OS.
In the theater, attendees will delight in performances by the Ballet Theatre of Toledo, the Toledo Opera and the Toledo Symphony. Lourdes alumna Chrys Peterson is the emcee for the evening.
Tickets are $125 each or $150 for patron tickets. Table and event sponsorships are also available.
For more information or to order tickets, contact Abbie Hall at (419) 824-3751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Spring Concert Held At Owens Arts Theater
The Owens Community College Concert Band will present a free spring concert on Sunday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Theater on the Owens campus.
A wide variety of music, including marches, a medley from Jesus Christ Superstar, ragtime, swing and more, will be featured.
Refreshments will be served in the lobby after the performance. For more information, call (567) 661-7081.
Ten Thousand Villages Holds Fair-Trade Sale
Ten Thousand Villages, 1201 S. Defiance St., Archbold, will host its annual Rug Event on May 2-5.
Attendees can explore the large selection of Tribal, Bokhara and Persian rugs. All of the rugs are hand-knotted by fairly paid adults in Pakistan.
Hosting the annual Buyaad Rug event supports its mission: to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair-trading relationships.
For more information, visit http://tenthousandvillages.com/archbold or call (419) 445-1926 ext. 300.
Rummage/Furniture Sale Planned At Browning
The residents at Browning Masonic will host a rummage and furniture sale fundraiser on Saturday, May 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Browning Masonic Community, 8883 Browning Dr., Waterville. Follow the signs to Harmony Hall.
WOW Foundation Event Offered At The Premier
The Women of Waterford (WOW) Foundation and Healing of Our Veterans Equine Services (HOOVES) will host “Thriving on Purpose,” on Monday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. at The Premier, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.
Featured speakers will be ultra-endurance cyclist Maria Vazquez and Teresa Lowinski.
Admission is $50.00 and includes appetizers, networking and cash bar. All ticket proceeds will benefit HOOVES. Reserve tickets online at http://ThrivingonPurpose.EventBrite.com.For more information, call (419) 931-8751 or visit www.facebook.com/thewowfoundation.
Annual PNC ZOOtoDO Planned At Toledo Zoo
The 2018 edition of the PNC ZOOtoDO presented by Skylight Financial Group will be held at the Toledo Zoo on Friday, June 15 from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.
Tickets are available now at toledozoo.org/zootodo or by calling (419) 385-5721 ext 2091. If purchased by Tuesday, May 15, individual tickets are $135 each. After May 15 the price increases to $150 per ticket.
New this year will be Cocktails for Cats, featuring feline-themed drinks and an envelope raffle with chances to win behind-the-scenes tours and Zoo PAL sponsorships of big cats at the zoo.
The evening of grown-up fun begins at 6:00 p.m. when guests are greeted with complimentary champagne, train rides around the 5-acre multi-species Africa! exhibit and the first morsels of tasty treats. At 7:30 p.m., the historic side of the zoo opens for guests to enjoy 40-plus samples of gourmet delicacies from the area’s favorite restaurants. The evening also features live music on multiple stages and multiple full-service cash bars, serving specialty drinks, beer and wine.
Rodney Carrington Show Slated At Hobart Arena
On Thursday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m., Rodney Carrington will perform at the Hobart Arena in Troy, Ohio. Audiences can experience and enjoy Carrington’s multifaceted performance, combining country music and stand-up comedy.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.hobartarena.com or by phone at (937) 339-2911.
Entre Amigos Fundraiser Held At Nana’s Kitchen
The 11th annual Entre Amigos Dinner Fundraiser will be held at Nana’s Kitchen and Event Center, 1225 Broadway St., Toledo on Friday, May 18.
Attendees will enjoy food from different Latin American countries, cash bars, entertainment and art.
Dinner times are 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Nana’s Gardens will be filled with art, music, a cash bar and a dessert bar. Tables will be set up with raffles, silent auctions and a 50/50.
The proceeds from this event will fund youth classes, community gardens, cultural cooking classes for residents and much more.
To purchase seats, call (419) 241-1655.
Glass City Film Festival To Make Its Third Run
The Glass City Film Fest (GCFF) will make its third run Thursday through Sunday, May 17-20, in downtown Toledo. The annual event aims to celebrate the art of filmmaking and be a resource for outstanding independent film in Northwest Ohio.
The festival will present a fantastic collection of nationally renowned feature films, as well as international and locally submitted short film blocks that will be screened simultaneously in multiple venues. Participating venues include the Ohio Theatre and Event Center, the Collingwood Arts Center, Toledo Museum of Art and nontraditional pop-up spaces such as Handmade Toledo and Seed Coworking.
There are more than 15 screenings and events during the festival. Screening blocks are mostly family-friendly, but some are adult-oriented and viewer discretion is advised. Seating begins 30 minutes prior to each screening.
Individual tickets are $10.00 per screening. Avid movie-goers and film festival fans can also purchase a “Fancy Pass” for $60.00 to have access to all screenings and activities at the film festival, including access to the VIP room during the After Party on opening night. Tickets can be purchased online at www.glasscityfilmfest.com.
Polish-American Culture Celebrated At Festival
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 18-20, a real Polish-American Festival will celebrate Polish-American culture with food, dancing, music, art and education. The festival will be held at Club 16 on King Road, just south of Hill Avenue in Springfield Township.
Vendors from all over the region will display Polish crafts and other specialty items. Polish food vendors from as far away as Hamtramck and Chicago will be at the festival, serving everyone’s favorite Polish foods. Children’s activities and a Polka Mass are among the festival’s highlights.
To purchase advance tickets or to see more information on the festival, visit www.toledopolishfestival.org.
Dart Frog Dash 5K Race Scheduled At Toledo Zoo
The Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash at the Toledo Zoo will take place on Saturday, May 19. The 5K race/walk, open to all ages, begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Kids’ Fun Run, open to children up to age 12, at 9:45 a.m. Both race routes begin and end on the historic side of the zoo.
To register, visit toledozoo.org/dartfrog or call Robin Guidera at (419)-385-5721, ext. 2091 to be sent a form.
May Mom-To-Mom Sale Set At Maumee Preschool
Elizabeth Wayne Preschool, 310 Elizabeth St., Maumee, will host a Mom-to-Mom Sale on Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Come shop for great deals on maternity wear, baby gear, toys and children’s clothing. If interested in renting a table to sell your gently used items, contact Cristy at email@example.com.Admission is $1.00 at the door. No strollers. Cash only. Pay at tables.
Spring Fundraiser Slated At Bittersweet Pavilion
Bittersweet will host its 4th annual spring fundraiser, Celebrating Possibilities on Thursday, May 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will celebrate the abilities and achievements of individuals with autism.
The celebration will be held under the pavilion on Bittersweet’s beautiful 80-acre farm and will include the best of local food, drinks, and music. Farm to table fare catered by Fowl and Fodder, desserts by the Bittersweet culinary team, and live music by local artist Nick Neenan will be featured.
Art pieces, culinary delights, and farm-fresh Bittersweet produce will be available for sale. Dan Cummins from WTOL11 will be the guest master of ceremonies. The event is rain or shine. Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased at https://tinyurl.com/CelebratingPossibilities2018.
British Historic Car Show Planned In Perrysburg
The 20th annual Lake Erie British Car Show will be held at Fort Meigs on Sunday, June 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
A wide variety of classic British cars will be available for spectator viewing. Food and memorabilia vendors will be on hand and the fort is open to visitors.
June WickedPerformances Announced At Stranahan
Wicked will return to the Stranahan Theater on June 6-17. Tickets are available online at www.BroadwayInToledo.com, at the Stranahan Theater box office, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., or by calling (419) 381-8851. Groups of 10-plus should call (866) 314-7687.
For more information about Wicked,please visit www.WickedTheMusical.com.
Big & Rich, Rick Springfield Perform At Fulton Co. Fair
The 2018 Fulton County Fair starts on Friday, August 31 and runs through Thursday, September 6. This year’s grandstand entertainment includes Rick Springfield on Sunday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m., and country duo Big & Rich with opening act Caroline Kole at 7:00 p.m. on Labor Day, Monday, September 3.
Festival seating for Rick Springfield is $26.00; grandstand seats are $23.00 and $20.00. Big & Rich and Caroline Kole festival seating is $36.00; grandstand seats are $33.00 and $30.00.
Prices do not include regular adult fair gate admission of $5.00; children 15 and under receive free gate admission when accompanied by an adult. Parking is free. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, July 10 at www.fultonocountyfair.com.