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Updated: February 12, 2018

Linus Blanket Day Volunteers Needed
The Toledo/Lucas County 13th annual National Project Linus Blanket Day will be held on Saturday, February 17 at Living Faith United Methodist Church, 1240 Columbus Ave., Holland.
The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade, washable blankets and afghans, lovingly crafted by volunteer blanketeers. Quilts for children in need will be assembled during the event.
Anyone who can learn to tie a square knot is invited to join in the fun anytime from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
At the Quilt-A-Thon last year, volunteers made more than 60 blankets with 15 volunteers. This year’s goal is to complete 100 blankets and to have 30 volunteers.
The Toledo/Lucas County Project Linus started 13 years ago. The volunteer organization has delivered 8,500 handmade blankets to Toledo Children’s Hospital and Lucas County Children Services.
For more information on the Quilt-A-Thon and to learn more about Project Linus, call Billie Szymanski at (419) 866-1427 or e-mail tolprolinus@yahoo.com.

Ritzee Resale Seeks Donations For Fundraiser
Ritzee Resale is accepting donations of new and gently used women’s and men’s accessories and formal wear such as; jewelry, shoes, purses, belts, scarves, hats, gloves, eye wear, ties, etc. and unopened bath and beauty products.
Drop off items at the Monclova Community Center, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Or contact Cathy Craig for pick up at (419) 351-6218.
The sale will be held on Friday, March 23 from 9:0 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Monclova Community Center.
All proceeds benefit Monclova Community Center and Historical Foundation and its many programs for people throughout our communities.
For more information on the Center or Ritzee Resale visit www.ritzeeresale.com, www.MonclovaCommunityCenter.com or call (419) 861-1336. The Monclova Historical Foundation is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization; your donation may be tax-deductible.

Dance Planned For Alzheimer’s Assoc.
A Round and Square Dance featuring live dance calling by John Wargowsky and DJ Rick Clark with Touch the Sky DJs will be held on Saturday, March 3 from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. The event will be held at Hope United Methodist Church 10610 Waterville St., Whitehouse.
The family friendly event will also offer snacks, an auction, 50/50 raffle and line dancing. All proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling West Park Place at (419) 531-9211. The cost is $12.00 adults and $5.00 for ages 8 and younger.

Serve Up An Ace Planned In March
The Zepf Center will host the 11th annual “Serve Up an Ace” tennis fundraiser and silent auction event at Twos Athletic Club on Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. Adult and children’s clinics will be held during the day and the wrap- up festivities will be held after the clinics. This signature event raises funds to provide critical care and support for families in the community being impacted by addiction. Register for the daytime clinics and purchase tickets for the evening fundraiser ($50.00 each) at www.zepfcenter.org.
For more information about the event or sponsorship opportunities, visit the website at www.zepfcenter.org or call (419) 841-7701.

Wolcott Museum Complex Seeks Docents
The Wolcott Museum is in need of docents to guide tours through the complex buildings. Docents are needed two to four hours on Saturdays and Sundays and on some weekdays for school visits. Training will begin next month.
This is a volunteer position, but those who participate are welcome to attend the many social events that take place at the complex.
This is a perfect opportunity for a retired schoolteacher or for someone who enjoys sharing education.
Those interested in becoming a docent may call the museum at (419) 893-9602 or e-mail Kathy Dowd at curator@wolcotthouse.org.

Toledo Jazz Orchestra Seeks Financial Support
The Toledo Jazz Orchestra (TJO) is seeking support for its year-round educational programs.
The TJO has been selected to receive an additional $6,400 matching grant for its educational programs for 2017-18 from a private foundation. This is a very high honor for the organization and speaks to the creativity and quality of the youth programs that have been operationalized. It also places significant responsibility on the TJO to solicit and receive matching contributions in the same amount or more for the same programs. There will be a need to solicit perhaps as much as $25,000 to $30,000 in matching funds this season.
Its budget is small and the organization has no paid staff. Music director Ron Kischuk brings out the best sound from the group.
Gifts to help fund the educational programs of the TJO are 100-percent tax-deductible. Checks can be mailed to the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, P.O. Box 353123, Toledo, OH 43635, or visit www.toledojazz.org and click on the PayPal button under the “Donate Now” heading on the left side of the home page. Those who prefer to call, may call Ann Sanford at (419) 297-5971 and she can take a credit card contribution over the phone.

Host Families Needed For AFS Exchange Students
AFS is looking for host families in Northwest Ohio willing to open their homes to exchange students for the 2017-18 school year. By hosting an AFS exchange student, families help build bridges of intercultural understanding at home and abroad while connecting with an outstanding young person.
Each year, AFS Intercultural Programs/USA welcomes 2,300 high school students from more than 90 countries into communities. Host families provide a bed and meals, share their daily lives with students, and help guide and support students as they would their own children. AFS spends time finding students to match the interests of host families, whether it’s the arts, academics, sports or other interests. Families and hosted students receive ongoing support from AFS staff and experienced, local volunteers.
There are currently 18 students attending high schools throughout Northwest Ohio, including Sylvania Southview, Ottawa Hills, Perrysburg, Springfield, Bowling Green, St. Frances de Sales, Tiffin, Upper Sandusky, Pettisville, Buckeye Central, Liberty Center, Madison and New London.
For more information about how to host a student, study abroad, or volunteer with AFS, call (800) AFS-INFO or visit www.afsusa.org.

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