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Not In Our Town stands in solidarity with victims in Sri Lanka

(Submitted by Not In Our Town Bowling Green) Not In Our Town Bowling Green stands in solidarity and support with all of those impacted in Sri Lanka with the senseless acts of violence at houses of worship and hotels on Sunday.  Our hearts are heavy and broken with grief for the incident lives taken.  An act of violence to any one person or place is an act of violence to us all.  While we do not have answers for the ever increasing violence, we certainly know that silence and complacency is not an answer.  We will continue to champion diversity and advance the mission of guiding and inspiring people and the community to work together to stop hate and build safe, inclusive environments for all.   We will continue to share ideas, such as “10 Ways Communities Can Connect and Take Action Against Hate” (, plan educational forums, and provide safe spaces to get to know those each other.  We will try to make our corner of the world the best it can be through these ideas, but can only do that with your help.  NIOT BG holds monthly meetings and we welcome all members of the community who want to work together to further our mission, and ensure that Bowling Green is an inclusive and welcoming community for all.   In the meantime, let’s take a few moments of silence in honor of the victims and in support of their families.   

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BGSU plans Earth Week celebrations

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will celebrate Earth Week 2019 April 22-28 with a series of free events intended to raise awareness of environmental matters. Two events will be held April 22 to kick off the week, including a tree planting service project and the Earth Week speaker, Channel 11 WTOL Meteorologist Chris Vickers. The tree planting service project will be held at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Oaks Dining Center entrance. Everyone is invited to grab a shovel and help add to BGSU’s native tree population. Trees reduce carbon dioxide, produce oxygen and help lower our carbon footprints. Tools and gloves will be provided; no open-toed shoes. Vickers’ lecture, “Climate Change: Today and Our Future,” will begin at 6 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. He will discuss how extreme weather events in northwest Ohio are related to climate change and what to expect in the short- and long-term. Events continue throughout the week, demonstrating the University’s commitment to sustainability, one of the reasons it was named among the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the 2018 Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges. On April 23, the campus-wide reuse and waste reduction initiative, “When You Move Out, Don’t Throw It Out,” begins. Collection boxes will be located in all residence hall lobbies, Greek townhouses, the Bowen-Thompson Student Union and Outtakes locations for nonperishable food and still-usable items such as clothing, shoes, school supplies and books, and personal items. The popular Eco Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24 in the Union Oval. Environmental and sustainability-related organizations, both on and off campus, will have information to share. Participants can view electric and hybrid vehicles, meet live animals and birds from Back to the Wild, pick up a tree seedling and plants, grab a reusable bag and learn about involvement opportunities. In the event of rain, the fair will be held in the Union Multipurpose Room (Room 228). Environmental Action Group members will demonstrate how much we throw away, its impact on us and how to reduce that impact during the Trash Audit from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. April 25 at the Union Oval. The week will once again include a tour of the DG AMP Solar Field on Carter Road, which is the largest solar field in the state. Participants will learn about solar technology and how it is produced and used in Bowling Green. Prior registration for the April 26 tour is required by visiting At 6:30 p.m. April 26, students will come together to turn off lights in selected buildings to save energy, thus reducing BGSU’s carbon-based emissions, and money. Volunteers should meet in 206 Union; they will receive Earth Week treats. Later that evening, at 8, two bands will participate in an Earth Week Concert at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St. The free concert will also include an open mic. Donations will go to local nonprofit environmental organizations. The concert is sponsored by the Environmental Action Group. The week culminates with the 10th annual Community Earth Day Celebration at the Montessori School of Bowling Green. BGSU’s Campus Sustainability and Department of Environment and Sustainability classes will join with other community and municipal groups for this outdoor, family-friendly event. Guests can plant a sunflower, ride an energy-producing bike, see river-dwelling critters and chase the Earth Ball across a field, among many other activities. The Office of Campus Sustainability and the Department of the Environment and Sustainability co-sponsor Earth Week; events are free and open to the public. More information is available at In 2012, BGSU…

Exchange Club reverse raffle supports high school scholarships

(Submitted by BG Exchange Club) A top prize of $1,500 and other cash awards highlight the Exchange Club’s annual Reverse Raffle and Game Night to benefit Bowling Green High School scholarships on Friday, May 3 at the Simpson Garden Park Building. In the past five years, Exchange Club has awarded $25,000 to 21 students. This year five students each will receive $1,000 towards their college expenses. “The Exchange Club takes great pride in being able to recognize deserving students with these awards and we hope to be able to offer these kinds of honors for many years to come,” said Mindy McCarthy, Reverse Raffle co-chair. The event, which is open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. at Simpson Garden Park. Tickets, which include dinner, drinks and entertainment, are $75 and can be obtained from any Exchange Club member or online at Anyone wanting to purchase tickets can also call Matt Karaffa at 419-354-2749 or Clif Boutelle at 419-352-5625. In addition to the $1,500 top prize, an additional $1,000 will go to winners of various sideboard games that will be part of the evening’s entertainment. Wine Pull winners will have an opportunity to get back into the raffle. Only 150 tickets will be sold and numbers are periodically eliminated until only five names remain. They then will have to make a choice on whether to split the money or continue the drawing until a winner is named. Money will also be given to participants who are eliminated at various places in the draw down. Also, there will be a silent auction with various gift baskets. Exchange Club scholarship recipients are not necessarily the top students in the class, nor are they the most active. Rather key criteria include students who have faced and overcome significant challenges during their high school careers. Some of those challenges have included family and friend deaths, family breakups, hearing impairments, physical and health challenges, and severe shyness. Other criteria are grades (a 3.0 or above), volunteerism, working a part-time job and school activities.

Dance Marathon celebrates 24 years, $5 million raised

By ABBY SHIFLEY BG Independent Correspondent Dance Marathon at BGSU raised over $250,000 for Mercy Health Children’s Hospital in Toledo. This year was Dance Marathon’s 24th anniversary, and all the donations from the past years amounted to $5 million. Participants in the organization’s biggest event, Ziggython, stood for 24 hours in an effort to raise more donations. The event took place in the Perry Field House, started at 6 p.m. Saturday and ended at 6 p.m. on Sunday. “My feet hurt, but it’s really about the change we’re making,” Alex Stroh, director of Dance Marathon, said. Stroh has been involved in Dance Marathon since he was a freshman and remembers when Ziggython used to last 32 hours instead of 24. He has been on leadership for the past three years. “I’ve made a couple life-long friends in this organization, from this university. But I’ve also made life-long friends that are people that we’ve actually helped with the money and we’ve seen the effects that it has on their families and making their lives better,” Stroh said. Stroh said they had more than 200 dancers and nearly 100 bikers. The bikers’ journey started on Friday in Cincinnati and they biked 180 miles (60 miles per day) to reach the Perry Field House by 6 p.m. on Sunday. “There’s a lot of logistics. There’s events that come in-between,” Stroh said. “We work with local high schools and communities to host what we call ‘mini Dance Marathons.’” The organization hosted as many as six mini Dance Marathons this past year. “This is just the biggest event of the year that’s a celebration and a cumulation of all the work we’ve done all year,” Stroh said. One of the main features of the event was the “line dance,” a 14-minute dance originally performed by the Morale Captains, who serve as leaders for the dancers. Throughout the 24 hours, all the dancers had to learn this dance and perform it at the end. One of the Morale Captains, Jay Conner, said he’s been doing dance marathon for the past two years and this is his first year in leadership. His girlfriend (also a Morale Captain) was the one who told him to do Dance Marathon. “I’ve loved it ever since,” Conner said. By raising money for Mercy Health Children’s Hospital, Dance Marathon is able support few admirable causes, including research into pediatric cancer. “Lexi, my girlfriend, she was diagnosed with cancer, and it was a pediatric cancer. Pediatric cancers don’t get enough funding like adult cancers do, which is really sad because the future is the kids,” Conner said. “We get to raise money for kids who really need it, and that’s what I love about it.” Dance Marathon leadership kept dancers busy throughout the night, to distract from their aching feet. The events included hip-hop dance lessons, a drag show, a rave at 3 a.m. and many more. At the end of Ziggython, the dancers were still in high-spirits — despite being very tired — because there were a few things keeping them going. Several miracle children shared their stories throughout the 24 hours. Sofie Tedesco, a dancer who had been up for 24 hours, said, “My favorite part is getting to see the kids, because when you’re tired or when you’re sore, seeing them it really reminds you why you do it and it fills you with energy.” A Morale Captain Aubrie Montie said, “I just love how everybody is coming together even though everyone is crazy tired, and supporting each other here, having fun.”

Adult Egg Hunt planned at Simpson Garden Park

(Submitted by BG Parks and Recreation Department) It’s that eggsciting time of year again.  The Bowling Green Parks & Recreation’s 16th Annual Adult Egg Scramble returns to Simpson Garden Park on Friday April 26, at 8:30 p.m. Adults 18 and over are invited to grab a basket or bag, a flashlight and join us in our after dark egg hunt.  Eggs will be filled with great prizes like cash, candy, raffle tickets, and sponsored prizes from local businesses. Pre-register at or visit the Community Center at 1245 W. Newton Road or Simpson Building at 1291 Conneaut Ave., or register the night of the event, but space is limited so register early to guarantee yourself a spot. For questions or more information, call 419-354-6223.  The registration fee is $15 for BG City residents and $19 for non-residents. This year’s major prize sponsors include:  Bowling Green Parks & Recreation, A Cut Above Salon,  BIGGBY Coffee, Call of the Canyon Café, McDonalds, Pisanello’s Pizza, and the Toledo Mudhens /Toledo Walleye. To see a video of this fun event, click the link below

BGSU presents ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University’s Department of Theatre and Film will present William Shakespeare’s classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts for one weekend only, May 2-5. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” follows Hermia as she escapes into the mysterious forest with her lover, pursued by an unwanted suitor and his admirer, when her father demands she marry the man of his choosing. When the four young lovers find themselves bewitched by warring fairies, the world turns upside down in a frantic game of “who loves whom” cat-and-mouse. Meanwhile, a group of tradespeople are stymied in their plans to produce a play of their own when fairy magic gives their leading player the head of a donkey. Featuring some of Shakespeare’s most delightful characters – trickster fairy Puck and beloved buffoon Bottom – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” challenges notions of power, patriarchy and the unknown with equal doses of magic and mayhem. BGSU Assistant Professor Heidi L. Nees directs the production, assisted by undergraduate student Libby Zamiska. BGSU Associate Professor of English Stephannie Gearhart serves as dramaturg. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” features scenic design and properties by Kelly Mangan, lighting design by Marcus Sherrell, costume design by Margaret McCubbin and make-up design by Sacarra Bridgeforth and Tiffany Voland. Original music and music direction are provided by Jarod Dorotiak. The cast includes more than 20 BGSU students from theatre, film and other majors. The production is stage managed by undergraduate student Nora Long. Performances are at 8 p.m. May 2-4 and 2 p.m. May 4 and 5 in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets purchased in advance are $5 for students, $10 for seniors and $15 for adults. All tickets are $20 if purchased on the day of performance. Advance discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased through the BGSU Arts Box Office in the Wolfe Center for the Arts, online at, or by calling 419-372-8171.  Guests with disabilities, should indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at or Theatre and Film at 419-372–8495 prior to the event. 

Toledo Symphony to perform live with HD screening of ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’

From  TOLEDO ALLIANCE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS On Saturday, May 4, 2019, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will present “Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert” at the Huntington Center in celebration of National Star Wars Day. Local area restaurants, businesses, and coffee establishments are partnering with the TSO to promote special deals and themed-nights leading up to the event. The featured event of the day will take place at the Huntington Center at 8 p.m. on May the Fourth. The Toledo Symphony will present “Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert,” a screening of the 1977 film on a gigantic, high-definition screen while over 70 musicians of the Toledo Symphony perform John Williams’ Oscar-winning score live and in-sync with the movie. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’ score to 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope” as the greatest American film score of all time. Steven Jarvi, acclaimed conductor and Interim Artistic Director of the Charlottesville Opera, will conduct. Tickets start at $27 and may be purchased through the Toledo Symphony Box Office by calling 419-246-8000, in person at the Toledo Symphony Box Office located 1838 Parkwood Avenue, in person at the Huntington Box Office located at 500 Jefferson Avenue, or by visiting “We are all about breaking down what people perceive orchestral music to be,” says Zak Vassar, President and CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “Orchestral music always had deep roots in pop culture, and the entire Star Wars franchise is a perfect example of that. The music John Williams wrote for Star Wars is iconic, and it’s part of what makes the films so memorable and transcend generations.” John Williams has received five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Emmy Awards, and 23 Grammy Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the Academy’s most nominated living person and the second most-nominated individual in history, after Walt Disney. Williams scored all eight of the Star Wars saga films to date, beginning with 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope” for which he earned an Academy Award® for Best Original Score. His scores for “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens, “and most recently, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” were each nominated for Best Original Score. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’ score to 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope” as the greatest American film score of all time. “This event would not be possible without support from the Dana Charitable Foundation,” says Vassar. “They have been a long-standing advocate for the arts in Toledo, and we are happy to be able to present Star Wars: A New Hope—one of the greatest films of all time—with our exceptional musicians during our 75th Anniversary Season.” COSTUME CONTEST Dressing up as Star Wars characters is encouraged. Concert goers may also enter a costume contest for a chance to win signed memorabilia, concert tickets, various prizes from area businesses, and most importantly, bragging rights. Those who wish to enter the costume contest must purchase a ticket through the Toledo Symphony Box Office by calling 419-246-8000 or by visiting Applicants must also register online at Costume categories include individual, couple/pair, group/family, and kids. The costume contest will take place at the Huntington Center prior to the show at 7:15 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tony Geftos from 13abc will emcee the costume contest. COMMUNITY PARTNERS “May the Fourth would not be complete without celebrating with all of our friends in town,” says Felecia Kanney, Director of Marketing for the Toledo Symphony. “What began…