Community Voices

Annual Brown Bag Music Series starts Jan. 25

(Submitted by BG Parks and Recreation Department) The City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department along with the College of Musical Arts at BGSU will be kicking off the 13th Annual Brown Bag Music Series on Friday, Jan. 25, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave. Folks are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy a musical performance by students and faculty from the College of Musical Arts in a comfortable and warm setting. Drinks and dessert will be available for purchase. Following is a list of the performances: Jan. 25 – A Celebration of the Voice!Feb. 1 – A Musical Theatre Extravaganza!Feb. 15 – A Black History Month CelebrationMarch 1 – Performer To Be AnnouncedMarch 15 – Scenes from BGSU’s Opera Theatre production of Handel’s SemeleApril 5 – Chamber music from BGSUApril 26 – Performer To Be Announced For more information, call 419-354-6223 or visit Bring your lunch and enjoy a musical performance. Drinks and dessert will be available for purchase.

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Library trivia night kicks off Book Bingo

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Do you love books and love to share fun facts about them?  The Wood County District Public Library is sponsoring its second trivia contest on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. and has geared all the questions toward books. “This is our second trivia contest,” said Marnie Pratt, local history librarian and trivia event organizer.  “The first one covered music and was a lot of fun.  This time, questions will cover famous quotes from books, cover art, books made into movies, and a couple of other categories.” Teams of up to four people can enjoy snacks while competing for Downtown Dollars, which will be awarded to the top two teams.  People who need team members can also attend and teams will be formed that evening, if there are enough attendees.  “Not only are we going to have fun testing your book knowledge, this event is also the start of our winter Book Bingo game,”  said Michele Raine, WCDPL Assistant Director.  “There are some pretty interesting categories on the bingo card, and we hope people find new authors to enjoy this winter. We would love to make recommendations and find the right book for the square you are working on,” said Raine.  Information and Book Bingo rules can be found at the library’s website, cards can be picked up at the library during Book Trivia Night or downloaded from the library’s website after January 15.   Book Trivia Night starts at 6 p.m. at the library, 251 N. Main, Bowling Green.  For questions about the event, contact the library at 419-352-5050.

Scott Hamilton to return to BGSU to raise money for cancer research

From BGSU ATHLETICS Figure skating icon and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton has been leading the cause, lacing up skates, and skating in honor of loved ones in an effort to encourage people to raise funds for world class research to improve cancer survivorship as part of the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation’s Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer program. Join Scott Hamilton and guests for Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer as the community gathers together to raise money for cancer research on Feb. 9. Believing that together it’s possible to turn cancer upside down, in the same way that Hamilton captured the adoration of crowds with his jaw-dropping backflips, his foundation introduced this peer-to-peer fundraising campaign in 2015. Over 60 successful events have already been held and more are scheduled across the nation.  The Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 c (3) dedicated to changing the future of cancer by funding advanced, innovative research that treats the cancer while sparing the patient. For information about the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation including finances please contact us.  Your contribution is deductible to the extent permitted by federal law. Below is specific information on the Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer fundraiser in BOWLING GREEN, OHIO FEBRUARY 9TH The following are specific steps to join: Step 1: Go to and click the Bowling Green, OH location and register today! Step 2: Donate – Self donate Step 3: Ask friends and family to donate and support you through your personal page and website.  Step 5: Repeat the ‘Asks’ until you achieve your goal Tickets on sale now! For those who cannot attend, digital support is available through For more information on the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation and its Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer program, visit

Drowsy driving as dangerous as drunk driving

From SAFE COMMUNITIES OF WOOD COUNTY Safe Communities of Wood County wants to remind you that driving drowsy can be as deadly as driving drunk. As the darkness of winter season continues into the start of 2019, Safe Communities wants to remind you it’s essential to make sure you are always aware and alert while driving. Drowsy driving can be deadly so: Take a Break. Drive Awake. Everyone is vulnerable to the stress of life and lack of sleep. Unfortunately, drowsy driving is far too prevalent and is estimated to contribute to as many of 1.2 million collisions and 5,000 to 8,000 fatalities per year. Adults typically need 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night to be well rested and ready for the road; however, there are periods in the day, regardless of the previous night’s sleep, when people are most likely to feel sleepy: mid afternoon (2-6p.m.) and from midnight till 6 a.m. Spread the message: sleep is the only remedy for drowsy driving.The warning signs of drowsy driving include: o Having trouble keeping your eyes open and focused or the inability to keep your head up o Daydreaming or having wandering, disconnected thoughts o Drifting from your lane or off the road, or tailgating o Yawning frequently or rubbing your eyes repeatedly o Missing or not remembering signs of your intended turn or exit or how far you have traveled o Being unable to remember how far you have traveled, or landmarks you have passed If Driving While Drowsy – Take a Break. Drive Awake. • Sleep is the only remedy for drowsy driving • Rolling down the window, turning up the radio or AC, or drinking a caffeinated beverage is not enough to stave off drowsiness. • Take a break to recharge with exercise. Physical activity such as a brisk walk or moving around gives a natural boost of energy. On long trips, schedule breaks every two hours or 100 miles to stretch and move around. • Do not drive alone. Vehicles in which the driver is accompanied by a passenger are nearly 5o percent less likely to be involved in a drowsy-driving-related crash.

WGTE-FM to air daily poetry feature

From WGTE PUBLIC MEDIA WGTE Public Media is pleased to offer the broadcast of the celebrated podcast “The Slowdown” to public radio listeners. Hosted by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and produced by American Public Media (APM), “The Slowdown” has been bringing the power of poetry to listeners across the globe as a weekday podcast since its launch in November 2018. The radio feature of “The Slowdown” will present the same five-minute program, encouraging listeners to make a daily space for poetry in an increasingly busy and chaotic world. “The Slowdown” will air Monday, January 14 at 9 a.m. and is made possible through funding by the Poetry Foundation, a national independent literary organization and publisher of Poetry magazine, and the support of the Library of Congress, which appoints the nation’s poet laureate. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, is serving her second year as the nation’s 22nd poet laureate. In this role, she has focused on connecting with rural areas by visiting states across the country through her project “American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities.” Smith aims to spark conversations that prove poetry helps readers and listeners low down, think more passionately and deeply, and see the world through the eyes of others. Previous episodes of “The Slowdown” can be heard by visiting 

Community Night tonight at BGSU men’s basketball game

(Submitted by BG Parks and Recreation) Come on out to the BGSU Men’s Basketball Game tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 8, for Community Night.  See representatives from Bowling Green Parks & Recreation, the Mayor’s Office, Downtown BG, BG City Schools and the BG Chamber be recognized throughout the game as you cheer on the Falcons. Click the following for a link that will take you to special pricing for the game ––BG-Community-Night-WecfiR

Painter Aaron Pickens’ Toy Stories opens at 20 North Gallery in Toledo

From 20 NORTH GALLERY On Friday, January 11, 20 North Gallery will open “Toy Stories,” an exhibition of captivating oil paintings by Toledo area artist Aaron Pickens. The exhibit will continue through March 30, 2019. A free public reception will be held Friday, Jan. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. The “Toy Stories” exhibit features joyful and insouciant paintings with a whimsical sense of playfulness that belies the serious narratives they symbolize. Pickens’ paintings are created through dedicated observation of toy tableaux that the artist has built. With an emphasis on light and materiality, he carefully constructs these still life compositions to captivate the viewer. Pickens weaves an additional layer of depth into these bright, bold paintings with the toys and their depicted actions symbolizing and commenting on social issues relevant to today. A motif in Pickens’ artwork is to critique from a self-effacing position. Pickens states, “One of the unifying themes in my artwork has always been the desire to quietly disrupt some form of artistic convention in a highly refined manner, often using humor to do so.” Activism, art criticism, gun rights and environmental issues are examples of topics addressed in these vibrant works that entice and encourage the viewer to look longer and discover the underlying commentary. 20 North Gallery art director Condessa Croninger remarks, “We are proud to ring in the New Year and an exciting twenty-sixth exhibition season with celebrated and rising talent, Aaron Pickens. An artist with local roots, Pickens has an admirable dedication to the arts, fostering new talent through his role as an adjunct instructor at Adrian College among other institutions of higher education. As he expands his artistic career, we are delighted to be a venue hosting his popular and thought-provoking paintings that exhibit a strong duality. The way each viewer may bring a new perspective to each artwork is a true testament to the artist’s innate ability to create multi-layered paintings that discuss matters of social justice, yet are accessible to the child within all of us.” Aaron Pickens (Toledo, Ohio) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in digital arts from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) in 2011 and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania) in 2015. Aaron currently resides in Grand Rapids, Ohio and, in addition to his fine art painting, works as a studio assistant for a digital installation artist. Also, as an adjunct instructor, Pickens has taught art courses at Owens Community College (Perrysburg, Ohio) and Adrian College (Michigan). With a background in both digital and traditional media, Pickens’ two main bodies of artwork comprise toy tableaux still life and alla prima plein air oil paintings, both of which have been accepted into juried exhibitions throughout the United States. Recently, Pickens was awarded best of show at both NOWOH (The Annual Northwest Ohio Community Art Exhibition) 10 and NOWOH 11 held at Bowling Green…