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Updated: November 29, 2018

Bittersweet Offers Holiday Cookie Sales
Embrace the joy of giving this holiday season by shop-ping local. Bittersweet Farms offers homemade baked goods for sale that are local, under $10.00 and made by individuals with autism.
Bittersweet’s culinary program sells a variety of homemade cookies and a sea salt caramel brownie. Cookies can be purchased by the dozen or in packs of three. Flavors include: sugar with frosting (variety of holiday festive shapes available), chewy brownie, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, oatmeal butterscotch, peanut butter, monster and white chocolate deluxe. Bittersweet cookies are perfect for holiday parties, family gatherings, birthdays, weddings, showers and other special events.
The culinary team is running a 25 Days of Christmas promotion – the first day was Saturday, November 17. All Christmas cookie orders placed before Tuesday, December 11 will receive a 25-percent discount. Any Christmas orders placed after December 11 will be considered rush orders and will incur an additional $5.00 charge.
Cookie orders may be placed online at www.bittersweetfarms.org/bittersweet-gardens. Please include in the “Notes” section that you saw the promotion for holiday cookies.

Make-A-Wish Holiday Craft Show Set In Maumee
The 13th annual “Crafting Wishes” Holiday Craft Show for Make-A-Wish will be held on Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lucas County Rec Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee.
More than 100 crafters as well as several vendors from home businesses will offer a wide variety of goods. Pictures with Santa, chair massages for a donation, live musical performances, raffles and food will also be featured.
Special guest is Olivia Nitz, a local 16-year-old, who received her wish to visit a Disney park earlier this year with support from the show last year.
Admission and parking are free. Donations to Make-A-Wish can be made at the door.
For information and sneak peeks, visit the Facebook “Holiday Craft Show for Make-A-Wish page” or contact Tracey at (419) 494-5247 or tselmore@aol.com.

Holiday Fundraising Dinner Set At Toledo Club
The Toledo Animal Rescue annual holiday fundraising dinner will be held on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the Toledo Club’s Centennial Room, 235 14th St., Toledo.
The cost is $75.00 per person with all proceeds benefiting Toledo Animal Rescue.
Reservations are required by Wednesday, November 28; visit www.toledoanimalrescue.org.

Scholarship Dinner And Silent Auction Announced
The culinary arts program at Penta Career Center will host its annual scholarship dinner and silent auction on Thursday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Commons area on the Penta campus, 9301 Buck Rd., Perrysburg Township.
The theme for the event is “Bring on the Southern Charm.” Proceeds from the dinner and silent auction benefit a general scholarship fund and the Hirzel Scholarship fund at Penta. The scholarships assist students with either post-secondary tuition or tools.
The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $75.00 per person or $500.00 for a table of eight. Special guest musician Dave Carpenter will provide live entertainment.
Bring on the Southern Charm features an extensive menu, including gourmet appetizers and multiple gourmet food stations. The culinary arts students are working together with instructors to prepare the dishes. The silent auction will feature items created by Penta students and staff, along with donations from area businesses.
Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Elizabeth Wray at (419) 661-6486 or ewray@pentacc.org.

Valet Shuttle Drivers Sought At St. Luke’s Hospital
Are you interested in helping others and serving your community? If so, consider becoming a St. Luke’s Hospital volunteer valet shuttle driver.
St. Luke’s offers a free valet van service for the convenience of patients, visitors and employees. As part of its commitment to offering the warmth and comfort of a small-town hospital in a medically advanced hospital environment, the valet van transports people between the hospital and their vehicles on regular, established routes for drop-off and pickup at the visitor entrance and the outpatient center.
The service operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information on how to become a valet shuttle volunteer, please contact Gina Kasch, volunteer and community services manager, at (419) 893-5919 or gi-na.kasch@stlukeshospital.com.

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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