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Tickets available now for HYT’s “Cinderella”

Horizon Youth Theatre, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is proud to present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” June 22, 23, and 24th at 7:00 pm at Otsego High School. The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. It was recreated in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren, and again in 1997 with Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother; both were no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. This Enchanted Edition is based on the 1997 teleplay. Songs include “The Prince Is Giving A Ball,” “My Little Corner,” and “Impossible.” Directed by Cassie Greenlee, the musical features 55 students age 8 – 18 from many area schools including Bowling Green. The rest of the production team: Brittany Albrecht, stage manager; Tim Barker, choreographer; Kelly Frailly, music director; Christina Hoekstra, costuming; and Scarlet Frishman, assistant director. Stars are Skylar Frishman in the title role and Thomas Long as Prince Christopher; Olivia Strang and Narnia Rieske play Fairy Godmother and Stepmother. Otsego High School is only seven minutes from downtown BG. Come enjoy the singing, dancing, humor, puppetry, magic, and of course the happy ending! Tickets available now on Horizon Youth Theatre’s website. Prices are $8.00 student…

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“Build a Better World” is theme for library’s summer reading program

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY “Build a Better World” this summer with the Wood County District Public Library’s Youth Summer Reading Program.  Registration begins from the “Observation Deck” of the Children’s Place all day Wednesday, May 24th along with a “Touch a Truck” visit in the library parking lot between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration continues all summer and is also available online . Monthly calendars of programs and events can be found in the WCDPL Family Connect Magazine widely distributed to schools, organizations, and businesses as well as picked up from the library.  Calendars are also available from the library website Youth registrants receive a one use pass to the BG Pool and Water Park as well a coupon for a McDonald’s Happy Meal.  Later in the summer, one day passes to the Wood County Fair will be distributed to participants. The Children’s Place is encouraging everyone to set their own summer reading goals.  As readers report their reading progress, they earn incentive prizes to be picked up at the library.  All participants qualify for a final end of summer raffle, but the more stories climbed, the more chances to win!  Levels are set at the tallest building in Wood County, the tallest in Ohio, in the United States, and the tallest building in the world.  Readers will identify and learn about these buildings and other skyscrapers and engineering feats from the “Observation Deck” and the world map display in the “Observation Deck.”  All summer, a “Bridge to Literacy and Better Understanding” will be constructed by a growing community of readers. Everyone is invited to explore…

Memorial Service for fallen police officers, May 18

From THE WOOD COUNTY FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE The Wood County Police Memorial Service will be held on Thursday May 18, 2017 at 12:00 Noon. This service will be held on the front steps of the Wood County Court House. The Wood County Fraternal Order of Police will be paying special tribute to Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Jon Birchem. This year marks the 50th year Anniversary of when Trooper Birchem was killed in the line of duty. Here in Wood County, there has been 12 law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty dating back to 1896. The most recent officer killed in the line of duty in Wood County was back in 1984. Ohio House Representative Theresa Gavarone will provide our Memorial Address. Further, Wood County Commissioners Doris Herringshaw, Craig LaHote, Ted Bowlus, and Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards will present Proclamations for this annual Wood County Police Memorial Service. Officers from all police departments from Wood County will be participating in the service. This service is a combined effort of the Wood County Fraternal Order of Police and the Wood County Commissioners. In case of inclement weather, this service will be head in the Atrium Room at the court house. This service is open to the public.  

Wood County Park District opens Bradner Interpretive Center

(Submitted by Wood County Park District) Wood County Park District introduces the grand opening of the Bradner Interpretive Center. The Bradner Interpretive Center is a new hands-on nature museum with interactive exhibits and informational displays. The public is invited to the grand opening of the Interpretive Center which will feature science and nature-based activities, light refreshments, guided nature walks and a ribbon cutting. Join the fun on Saturday, May 20th from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bradner Preserve on 11540 Timmons Road, Bradner. The interpretive center will be free and open to the public. The purpose of the Bradner Interpretive Center is to provide interactive educational experiences that foster an understanding of our natural resources in Wood County. The Interpretive Center also features a classroom available for community groups in Wood County to meet in at no charge. Along with the interpretive center, there is a lot to explore at the 233.7 acre nature preserve. There are 2.6 miles of trails, a playground, sand dune, pond and pollinator gardens. The park and the Interpretive Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The Wood County Park District is proud to preserve and highlight our natural and cultural resources for all Wood County citizens to enjoy. For more information, please visit or call the Wood County Park District Headquarters at (419) 353-1897.

Perrysburg Musical Theatre to stage “The King and I”

From PERRYSBURG MUSICAL THEATRE Perrysburg Musical Theatre, in its last show of its seventh season, will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” to the Perrysburg community this June 22 – 25.   “The King and I” is a timeless and ever-important reminder about overcoming cultural differences with understanding, respect, and love, while maintaining unique and personal traditions and values.  The story takes place in the early 1860’s in Bangkok, Siam (now Thailand), where the newly-widowed Anna Leonowens and her son, Louis, arrive from England, where Anna has taken a position as the schoolteacher for the children of the King of Siam. The King is determined to usher Siam into the modern world, and he thinks Western education can be a part of that – yet, Anna is horrified by many of the traditions that he holds dear.  They discover that they have a lot to learn from each other.  Music from the score includes “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Getting to Know You,””Hello Young Lovers,” and “Shall We Dance?” The cast is comprised of community members throughout northwest Ohio, featuring Jennifer Braun (Anna) and Matt Boggs (King of Siam), and supported by a cast of more than 70 members.  The show is a family affair for many of the cast members:  mothers-and-daughters sharing the stage are Angela Paprocki and Paige Paprocki (Royal Wives), Carrie Sanderson (Lady Thiang) and Lindsay Sanderson (Royal Child/dancer), Tania Schneider (Royal Wife) and Caity Schneider (Royal Child/Buddha), and Amanda Hubaker (Royal Wife) and Alex Hubaker (Royal Child); husband-and-wife cast members include Chuck Kiskaddon (Captain Orton) and Wendie Kiskaddon (Nurse); and a number of siblings will…

NAMI to offer mental health conferences on trauma

(Submitted by the National Association on Mental Illness Wood County) Trauma is at the root of many emotional, psychiatric, and social problems. According to a recent study, survivors of trauma are fifteen times more likely than the general population to attempt suicide, four times more likely to become alcoholic, four times more likely to inject drugs, and three times more likely to experience depression. “Trauma survivors represent nearly eighty percent of clients at mental health clinics,” according to the same study (Breslau and Kessler, Biological Psychiatry, Issue 50, 2001.) Trauma is defined as “an occurrence wherein an individual sees or experiences a risk to their life or physical safety, or that of other people, and feels terror, fear, or helplessness” (Psychology Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is common among military veterans (The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports that around eleven to twenty of every 100 Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans suffer with PTSD, for example.) With these facts in mind, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Wood County is focusing on trauma at its spring mental health conference mini-series. Series sessions will take place at three locations in Wood County. There will be a nominal fee for each session, and CEUs for counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists are pending. On May 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Wood County Public Library, Candice Schmitt, LISW, will address trauma-informed care and dementia. Candice is a family therapist in the University of Toledo Medical Center’s Senior Behavioral Health Program, and has been an instructor at Defiance College. Pam Hayes, founder and president of Arms Forces, a veterans’ services…

Humane Society seeks donations for garage sale

(Submitted by Wood County Humane Society) Donations of clothing, household items, electronics, furniture, toys, collectibles and other good and useful items for the Wood County Humane Society Garage Sale will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 22, 23 and 24 under the grandstands at the Wood County Fairgrounds.  Early bird donations will also be received at the same location from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. All donations to the sale are tax deductible. The garage sale will be held at the same location May 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and May 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale features a wide variety of merchandise under the grandstand building at the Wood County Fairgrounds on West Poe Road in Bowling Green. Additionally, the sale will feature 10 cent clothing on May 26 and a $2 “Fill-a-Bag” sale on May 27. The garage sale, now in its 24th year,  is one of the Wood County Humane Society’s larger fundraisers and has raised more than $205,000 for the care of animals housed in the Minnebelle Conley Shelter, a no-kill humane shelter owned and operated by the humane society on Van Camp Road in Bowling Green. For more information about the sale, or to make an early bird donation of larger items, please call (419) 669-0701.