Community Calendar

Updated July 9, 2020

Zoo Garden Tour Dates Slated For 2020 Season

The Toledo Zoo’s Garden Tour Series takes guests through the zoo’s beautiful gardens and grounds to better understand how its plants grow, bloom and change throughout the seasons.

Each tour is guided by a zoo horticulture staff member who will discuss different gardening topics, including growing tips, best management practices and much more. Whether you are a seasoned green thumb or gardening greenhorn, there will be something to learn and apply to at-home gardening projects.

Tours meet in front of Ziems Conservatory 15 minutes prior to start time, last approximately 90 minutes and happen rain or shine. Guests are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes, as tours may encompass the entire zoo. 

Cost is $10.00 for Toledo Zoo members and $15.00 for nonmembers, per person/tour. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Garden Tour Series dates and topics include:

Saturday, July 11 – Stop and Smell the Roses, begins at 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday, July 21 – Stop and Smell the Roses, begins at 10:30 a.m.; Tuesday, August 18 – Flowering Perennial Care, begins at 10:30 a.m.; and Tuesday, September 22 – Discovering Native Plants, begins at 10:30 a.m.

Appliance Center Plans Annual Cruiz-In Car Show

The Appliance Center, 321 Illinois Ave., Maumee, will host its annual Cruiz-In Car Show on Saturday, July 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Registration is free. Free dash plaques will be given to the first 100 cars. All vehicles are welcome. Four choice trophies will be awarded. Door prizes will be given every 30 minutes. 

The event will be held rain or shine. For registration contact Randy at Appliance Center at (419) 779-0017.

Virtual NOSF Fundraiser Boosts Area Scholarships

The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund (NOSF) will host its eighth annual Raise the Cap event virtually on Thursday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m. to help raise funds for scholarships. 

All donations will support scholarships for the 2020-21 school year and donors will be entered into a raffle for prizes. 

Proceeds for this annual event help children in the Northwest Ohio community receive an education that best meets their needs, which includes private education or homeschooling.

The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund is part of the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF) national network of scholarship granting organizations. CSF and its partner programs are committed to empowering families in need with the ability to choose the K-8 schools that best meet their children’s needs, regardless of their ability to pay or where they live.

To learn more about NOSF and the Raise the Cap event, visit or call (419) 720-7048. 

Westgate Farmers’ Market Offered Each Wednesday

The Westgate Farmers’ Market season will take place on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. through the month of October. The market is located at 3440 W. Central Ave., in the Westgate Village Office Center parking lot directly across the street from Costco.

COVID-19 safety measures that are in place include wider aisles to allow social distancing and additional room between vendors. Vendors will be wearing face coverings and gloves. 

Customers are encouraged to visit the Toledo Farmers’ Market website to pre-order directly from the vendors, allowing a touchless grab-and-go shopping experience. Customers are asked to: self-attest that they are healthy prior to coming to the market; if possible, shop alone; wear face coverings; maintain social distances of 6 feet; and please ask vendors for assistance, only touching items that you are buying. 

Market offerings will include produce, pork, poultry, eggs, coffee, honey, artisan breads, flowers, plants, baked goods, kettle corn and more.

Black Swamp Arts Festival Rescheduled For 2021

The Black Swamp Arts Festival, previously scheduled for September 11, 12 and 13 in Bowling Green, has been rescheduled for September 10, 11 and 12, 2021. 

All artists who have applied will receive a full refund. For more information, visit 

Terry Riley TMA Concert Postponed To October

A special concert planned for late April in the Toledo Museum of Art’s GlasSalon has been postponed until October. TMA will welcome Terry Riley with Gyan Riley: Live at 85! on October 30.

Riley, a California composer known as one of the founders of music’s minimalist movement, will perform with his son Gyan, who accompanies him on guitar. Their performance celebrates Riley’s musical career, family and the joys of improvisation. This will be a rare opportunity to experience an evening with Riley’s hypnotic, multi-layered, polymetric and eastern-flavored improvisations.

The composer’s seminal work, “In C (1964),” changed the course of 20th-century music with a form based on interlocking repetitive patterns.

Tickets are $25.00 for members and $35.00 for nonmembers and are available at Tickets already purchased for the April concert will be automatically transferred to the October performance date.

Zest Gala For Nonprofits Delayed Due To Virus

Zest of Toledo is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation. In accordance with city and state officials and at the recommendation of the CDC, organizers postponed the ZestToledo event in April.

The event will be rescheduled at Hensville for late summer or early fall, once the host partners, the Toledo Mud Hens, finalize their shortened baseball schedule. 

The sale of tickets will be extended. For additional questions or concerns, contact

Sister Cities Festival Put Off Until Fall

The 11th annual Toledo Sister Cities International Festival, which was scheduled to take place in April at the Toledo SeaGate Centre, 401 Jefferson St., Toledo, has been postponed until September 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

For more information on the 11th annual Toledo Sister Cities International Festival or to become a member of TSCI, visit 

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