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Roaring 1920s Gala Fundraiser planned at historical center

(Submitted by the Wood County Historical Center & Museum) Relive the Jazz Age at a Roaring 20s Gala Fundraiser at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. Come together at this annual event to enjoy the ritzy festivities of a speakeasy with 1920’s-inspired hors d’oeuvers, cocktails and mocktails, live music, and a holiday gift courtesy of the Historical Society Gift Shop. There will also be a silent auction featuring a variety of themed gift baskets with local goodies from artists, merchants, and restaurants at the event. Some of the items include: a zamboni ride and tickets to the Toledo Walleye, glass bowl from Toledo Museum of Art, and a House Jazz Concert courtesy of Jeffrey Halsey. An additional 50-50 raffle will also take place during the event. Live entertainment will be provided by the BGSU Chamber Jazz Quartet. The gala will take place throughout the museum, where visitors can have the last tour of the WWI exhibit “Over There! Send Word, the Wood County Boys are Coming!”  and“The Return to Normalcy: A Life of Leisure in Wood County.” Gala tickets are $60/person. For tickets, please call 419-352-0967 or purchase online at

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BG Holiday Parade to step off early

From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The start of the holiday season in Bowling Green is official when the Community Holiday Parade makes its way down Main Street through the historic Downtown on Saturday, Nov. 17.  The tradition continues and is especially exciting with WTOL broadcasting live through the support of our Presenting Sponsors; Julie’s Dance Studio, Rosenboom Custom Crafted Cylinders, Regel Beloit and the City of Bowling Green. This parade is billed as the largest holiday parade in Northwest Ohio and those that attend can look forward to seeing floats, marching bands, baton twirlers, antique tractors, dancers and so much more.  The parade will be emceed by Jerry Anderson and Jordan Strack and the WTOL Defender vehicle will be a part of the parade.  We have worked really closely with WTOL members to make sure we bring excellent broadcast of this parade to those that can’t be here.  This will be a three hour broadcast starting at 9 am with a listing of all the area holiday activities.  At 10 am the commercial free coverage of the entire parade will start and will conclude at noon. Because of this live broadcast we would like everyone to be aware that the parade will step off at 9:50 am to provide time for the first units to make their way to the four corners close to the start of the 10 am broadcast. This year the parade is chaired by Greg Esposito, InTech IT Solutions.  Greg is the At-Large representative of the Chamber of Commerce Executive Board.  Project Team members for the parade help in many capacities and the chamber can’t thank them enough for the roughly seven months they have been working on the parade.  These team members include:  Jerid Friar, Melinda Kale, Julie Setzer, Brian Paskvan, Wendy Headley, Marissa Muniz, Wendy Chambers, Pam Fahle, Jacquelyn Gaines, Greg Kegler, Atonn Smeltzer and Mary Hinkelman. Judges for this year’s parade are Earlene Kilpatrick, Francis Scruci and Abby Paskvan.  They will be looking for units that have adhered to the theme of the parade, creativity, performance and other features that make their appearance in the parade exceptional.

Toledo Symphony & youth orchestra to join forces in concert commemorating the end of WWI

From  TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA On Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17,  at 8 P.M. at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) joins Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) members on stage in a massive orchestra to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, paying tribute to the courageous men and women who served their country and the rest of the world. “This concert brings together heroic themes and programmatic music about courage and triumph,” says TSO President & CEO, Zak Vassar. “As we celebrate our 100th Veteran’s Day, it’s important to remember the stories of those who fought and defended our nation. I think this music does that in a really beautiful and appropriate way.” The program on Friday and Saturday evening features great American favorites—including Battle Hymn of the Republic, John Williams’ Summon the Heroes, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Symbolon, and Richard Strauss’ masterpiece, Ein Heldenleben (“A Hero’s Life”). Written in 1898, Ein Heldenleben is one of Richard Strauss’ most monumental tone poems and is among his most autobiographical works. Each movement tells the story of the hero (Strauss) and his struggles with mankind, love, and most importantly, the enemy on the battlefield. Last performed by the TSO in 1999 under the direction of Andrew Massey, this is the first time the orchestra will perform Strauss’ stunning music under Music Director Alain Trudel’s baton. “This is a very important concert that reflects on a very important time in history,” says Alain Trudel, Music Director of the Toledo Symphony. “It’s a big piece, and it’s a piece I love. More than 100 musicians of varying ages will join together on stage to perform Strauss’ famous Ein Heldenleben, one of his great symphonic works.” “What a wonderful opportunity for the TSYO Philharmonic Orchestra members to perform side-by-side with their professional TSO counterparts,” says Joan Weiler, Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras Coordinator. “These types of performances serve a greater educational purpose and it gives these students added confidence to perform with such high caliber musicians.” A Hero’s Life will take place Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater. Tickets are available at or by calling the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 419.246.8000.  

Tickets on sale soon for 2019 Toledo Air Show

(Submitted by the 180th Fighter Wing) The 180th Fighter Wing, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce the Toledo Air Show is returning for another action-packed event on July 13-14, 2019. The show will be hosted at Toledo Express Airport and feature renowned military and civilian aerobatic performances, aircraft on display and more—offering outstanding family-oriented entertainment. Performers will include nationally renowned acts including Tora Tora Tora, Class of ‘45 warbirds, Mig 17, Jackie B, Rob Holland and Shockwave Jet Truck among many others. There will be plenty of military jet action including our region’s own 180th Fighter Wing and other exciting military demo teams to be announced in coming months. Static displays will include modern military aircraft, classic warbirds and general aviation aircraft for all to enjoy and spectators will also find a kids zone, simulators, interactive exhibits, helicopter rides, food, fun and more.  Tickets will go on sale this month, on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Children 15 and under will be admitted free. There are also premium seating options available, including box seating and a Flightline Club that offers a VIP experience.  Additional details, sponsorship and ticket information will be released as available between now and the show at

Children invited to have breakfast with Santa Claus

(Submitted by Bowling Green Park and Recreation) The Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Department along with the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club, and the Wood County Committee on Aging announces the 22nd Annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 to 11 a.m., in the Senior Center, located at 305 N. Main St. Participants will eat breakfast, listen to a story time presented by the library, and participate in an arts and crafts activity while waiting to sit on Santa’s lap. Families can take pictures of their children with Santa. This is a free program for children ages 5 and younger, but families must register in advance with the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department.  Call 419-354-6223 or visit for more information.

BGSU gets grant to continue Safe Communities program

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University has received a $50,000 grant from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Ohio Traffic Safety Office to continue the Safe Communities of Wood County program through Sept. 30, 2019. This is the fifth consecutive year BGSU has received the grant. Grant money will be used to continue education and raising awareness regarding the use of seatbelts, operating a vehicle under the influence, motorcycle safety, distracted driving, senior citizen driving and commercial vehicles. Safe Communities will continue to participate in local community events throughout Wood County as well as education at local businesses and professional organizations. Safe Communities of Wood County was created in 2012 to establish a partnership of individuals from law enforcement, local governments, schools, businesses, health departments and community organizations to collaborate, creating awareness and prevention of death and injuries caused by traffic crashes. Safe Communities works to reduce the number of traffic-related deaths and injuries in Wood County through analysis of problem areas and promotion of and education about proper safety. Program goals include coalition building and fatality data review. New members interested in assisting with coalition goals are welcome; email for more information.

Panel to discuss factors influencing migration from Mexico and Central America

(Submitted by LaConexion Immigrant Solidarity Committee) The La Conexion Immigrant Solidarity Committee invites the community to attend an educational program to understand the factors influencing migration out of Central America and Mexico.  The program, entitled “Pushed Out: The Root Causes of Migration from Mexico and Central America,” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Wood County District Public Library Atrium. The program is free and open to the public. Speakers for the program will include Rev. Herb Weber from Saint John XXIII, Dr. Valeria Grinberg Pla from BGSU, Deb Boyce from Toledo Catholic Diocese, and Dr. Michaela Walsh from BGSU.  Weber and Boyce have done humanitarian work in Guatemala and the U.S./Mexico border, respectively.  Grinberg Pla and Walsh will discuss the current and past situations in Central America and Mexico.