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, wcdpl.org.Bingo 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.
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 www.mysk8.org 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! http://bit.ly/sk8bgtickets For those who cannot attend, digital support is available through www.mysk8.org For more information on the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation and its Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer program, visit scottcares.org.
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.
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 slowdownshow.org.
(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 – https://www.fevo.com/edp/BGSU-MBB-vs-Ohio–BG-Community-Night-WecfiR
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…
From THE ARTS AT BGSU BGSU alumna and Academy Award-winning actress Eva Marie Saint will return to campus as part of the celebration of the re-opening of the Gish Film Theater—the newly renovated cinema now located in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m. The original Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall was dedicated in 1976 to honor the achievements of Ohio natives Dorothy and Lillian Gish, renowned actresses of the stage and screen. The evening will include a reception at 6 p.m. and a special appearance by Saint, who appeared with Lillian Gish in the classic television movie, “The Trip to Bountiful. “ The event is free; however, because there is limited seating, tickets are required and may be claimed by visiting our ticketing site. For more information, call 419-372-2222.
From CONTEMPORARY ART TOLEDO Contemporary Art Toledo and Owens Community College will present Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat. This extraordinary exhibition focuses on the creative community Jean-Michel Basquiat helped galvanize in gritty, pre-AIDS, downtown New York—A time when decay and dissolution fueled a boom in creativity and where the definition of fame, success, and power was not based on money, Facebook likes, or self-promotion. Zeitgeist complements and amplifies the film by Sara Driver, BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat released from Magnolia Pictures last May. Driver teamed with culture critic Carlo McCormick and Mary-Ann Monforton associate publisher of BOMB Magazine, along with the New York gallery Howl! Happening to curate this expansive exhibition which features works and ephemera by Basquiat himself and more than 3o friends and contemporaries, including Nan Goldin, Kenny Scharf, Al Diaz, and Lee Quiñones. Zeitgiest runs from January 25 through March 22. A public reception for the exhibition will be held on Feb. 9 from 5-7 p.m. followed by a public screening of the film BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Special guest for both the exhibition reception and the film will be curator Carlo McCormick. Known today for his outsized role in the rise of Neo Expressionism and recent record breaking auction sales, the late Jean-Michel Basquiat was first recognized for his graffiti work in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In the emerging artistic circles there, the focus was not on creating content the established art market could readily digest and profit from, but on creating a community that stood in opposition – fostering unfiltered, uninhibited expression. Basquiat’s work illuminated the contradictions of society – its opposing realities, inequalities, injustices – through a mix of disparate artistic traditions and unrefined, raw emotion fueled by the punk and hip-hop movements of the time. In only a few years, he went from supporting himself through panhandling and selling painted t shirts and postcards while homeless, to being one of the most celebrated artists in New York, bringing the street level politics of what was an underground counter-culture collective with him into the spotlight. Zeitgeist offers a unique opportunity to revisit the explosive, pre-fame period of Basquiat and his contemporaries. For these creators, to be a penniless published poet or a musician gigging at a local club was the height of success. In the rawness of the work, the focus on street art and graffiti, and the experimentation and cross-pollination of styles and disciplines, the era has become a flash point for younger generations seeking to learn about and understand the authenticity, closeness, and community expressed in the work of the artists in this truly unique exhibition. Featured artists and friends in both the film and exhibition include: Alexis Adler, Charlie Ahearn, Ted Barron, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Carrithers, Henry Chalfant, Brett De Palma, Al Diaz, Barbara Ess, Coleen Fitzgibbon, Fab…
From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT The Wood County Parks District is offering a full slate of programs to help young and old to get the most out of winter. Polar Parks Mini-Camp Wednesday – Friday, January 2 – 4; 9:00 am – noon W.W. Knight Nature Preserve 25930 White Road, Perrysburg Experience a wild Wood County winter through this 3-day mini-camp! Each day highlights a different educational theme and seeks to explore through hands-on and outdoor activities. Cost: $12/$10 FWCP per day, or $30/$25 FWCP for all three days. Ages 8-13. The registration deadline is one week before the beginning of the camp day. Leaders: Jim Witter and Craig Spicer Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 Introduction to Orienteering Sunday, January 6; 1:00 – 3:00 pm Bradner Interpretive Center 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner Find out what else the magnetic compass can do besides show you which way is north. This reliable low-tech tool can help you get from point A to point B. We will learn the basics indoors and then take it outside on a short orienteering course. Leader: Bill Hoefflin Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 EcoLit Book Group Meeting Thursday, January 10; 7:00 – 9:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg For this meeting, please read The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Senior Lecturer, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 Homeschoolers: Project Feederwatch Friday, January 11; 10:00 – 11:00 am Bradner Interpretive Center 11491 Fostoria Road, Bradner Learn how Wood County Park’s volunteers count birds at our windows on wildlife and how you can help scientists learn about bird populations in Wood County. Leader: Jim Witter Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 Native American Moccasin Making Workshop Series Saturdays, January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23; 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Carter Historic Farm 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green Learn the skill of making authentic Native American moccasins over the course of four sessions. The Plains two-piece style will be featured. Cost for series: $30. Leader: Stewart Orr Register at www.wcparks.org, or call (419) 353-1897 Arctic Open Archery Saturday, January 12; 12:30 – 3:00 pm Arrowwood Archery Range 11126 Linwood Road, Bowling Green Arrows fly in the crisp winter air! Arrive anytime between 12:30 and 3:00 to give this cool archery a shot. Leader: Craig Spicer This is an open program. There is no need to register. Ice Age Mammals of Ohio Tuesday, January 15; 6:30 – 8:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg An impressive array of extinct animals used to call Ohio home following the retreat of the last glacier. Discover these megafauna and learn about some of the theories behind their extinction. Leader: Bill HoefflinRegister at www.wcparks.org, or call…
From TOLEDO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA On Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 8 PM at the Stranahan Theater, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy takes center stage with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) for a night of jazz, swing, and more. Since its formation in the early 1990s, the band has toured virtually nonstop, performing over 150 shows a year, and has produced a sizable catalog of recorded music, with sales of over 2 million albums to date. This eight-piece ensemble features Scotty Morris on vocals and guitar, Joshua Levy on piano, Kurt Sodergren on drums and percussion, Dirk Shumaker on bass and vocals, Glen “The Kid” Marhevka on trumpet, Karl Hunter on tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones and clarinet, Alex Henderson on trombone, Andy Rowley on baritone saxophone and vocals, and Mitchel Cooper on lead trumpet. “We are so excited to present Big Bad Voodoo Daddy as part of our 75th Anniversary season,” says Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony. “They were responsible for the 1990s swing revival and have continued to make amazing music for the past several years. I can’t wait to see the energy they bring to the TSO. They’ll certainly have us singing and dancing along!” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s efforts to promote and revitalize swing music have taken shape as much more than a simple tribute. Taking inspiration from the creators of this uniquely American art form, the band’s original horn-infused music and legendary high energy show introduces the genre to a new and younger generation while remaining cognizant and respectful of the music’s rich legacy. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has appeared in countless films and television shows, including The Wild, Despicable Me, Phineas & Ferb, Friends, Third Rock From The Sun, Ally McBeal, and So You Think You Can Dance. They have appeared live on Dancing With The Stars, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a remarkable seven appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show. The band has also appeared as special guests with many of the country’s most distinguished symphony orchestras, and has performed for three U.S. Presidents.
From BOWLING GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Lunch and Learn business seminar Tuesday, Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m. at 1 p.m. at The Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main St., Bowling Green. This seminar titled Review Your Employee Handbook is being presented in partnership with The Employers Association and will be facilitated by Colleen House. The workshop cover; the basics of a solid handbook, highlight new requirements, determining how to prepare an employee handbook or review your current handbook for needed updates, and a general overview of the different sections and policies contained within a comprehensive handbook. A well planned employee handbook will minimize your potential liability with clearly defined structure. The seminar is free for Chamber Investors and $10 for Non-Investors.Â Lunch can also be provided for those who attend for an additional $10. Reservations are required by Jan. 25. RSVP by calling 419-353-7945 or emailing email@example.com. Space is limited. Watch for additional information from the Chamber on their 2019 WORK OUT! Each quarter will focus on specific topics for business: Q1—Resources and Training; Q2 — Workforce Development; Q3 — Marketing; and Q4 —Celebrating Business.
(Submitted by Bowling Green Parks and Recreation) Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the United States and modern life is sedentary for kids as they spend more time playing with electronic devices than any generation before them. Experts state that youth should get one hour or more of moderate to vigorous exercise every day. The Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce that we are taking steps to help fight against the growing epidemic of childhood obesity with policy changes to encourage children to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle. The long standing BG facility policy that required children under the age of 13 to be accompanied by an adult when visiting the Bowling Green Community Center is being amended to children ages 9 years and older are now permitted to be dropped off to use our facility without an adult accompanying them. Policies will be in effect to have them sign in on each visit and have emergency contact information on file at the front desk. The Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department feels that this policy change will help encourage more healthy physical activity among the youth of Bowling Green while making the opportunity to do so more convenient to busy parents. When parents are available to do so, we still encourage them to visit the facility with their children and be active with their children, but now parents will have the opportunity to tend to their busy lives of running errands, transporting siblings to various activities, and keeping up with the demands of running a household while dropping their children off in a warm, welcoming, safe, and healthy environment. Or they will also have the opportunity to get their workouts in upstairs in the fitness center or in one of our adult fitness classes while their children play in the gymnasium nearby. With these new policies in effect, the Bowling Green Community Center is excited in taking the lead of meeting the needs of our families and youth in our community. Our mission is to Enhance Lives Daily through parks, programs and facilities. With these changes, access to those facilities has become more convenient and steps towards a healthier future for youth and families has become more attainable. The new policy will go in effect Jan. 2, 2019. So when deciding on where to pursue your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions of a healthier, more active lifestyle and enjoying more quality time together as a family, remember BG Community Center as your best choice in Bowling Green! See some of what Bowling Green Community Center has to offer in the video below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYzTH2D-BP4
From TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART There is less than a week left to see the internationally acclaimed exhibition, Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion, which closes Sunday, Jan. 6. Following its time at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), the exhibition will travel to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and then to the Foundation Custodia Frits Lugt in Paris, France. Admission to Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion is for $10 for adults, $7 for senior/military/students, and $5 for youth ages 5-17. Children under 4 are free. Admission to the exhibition is free for Museum members. Admission to the exhibition is free this Thursday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. Frans Hals Portraits exhibition, which reunited three known sections of Hals Van Campen family portrait for the first time since the painting was separated over 200 years ago, also explores how the definition of family has changed over time and includes the photo contributions of hundreds of area families. “The reunion of these 17th-century masterworks served as the perfect platform to explore more broadly and deeply how family is defined and what the concept of family means to us in the 21st–century,” said Brian Kennedy, TMA’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director. “As part of the exploration, more than 500 families submitted photographs depicting their view of family. Some of those were included in the exhibition and others were used in a digital display in Libbey Court.” One of the greatest portraitists in the history of Western European painting, Frans Hals (1582/83-1666) is renowned for his revolutionary candid style of capturing sitters in seemingly
(Submitted by Wood Soil & Water Conservation District) American Farmland Trust, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Team, and Ohio’s Wood Soil & Water Conservation District have joined together to announce two Great Lakes Conservation Connect events on Jan. 22. In the morning, a women-dedicated learning circle will be held in Woodville. This workshop will focus on identifying what future you want for your land, and how to achieve that by working with your farmer and your family. Learning Circles provide women the opportunity to meet other land owners, share their farm successes and challenges, discuss their goals for their land, and access advice and technical assistance. At this learning circle, women will have the opportunity to learn about how to start a plan for your land that fulfills your needs and your values. David Marrison, from OSU Extension, will be introducing tools and resources to help you gain a deeper knowledge of who to speak with. American Farmland Trust and Ohio State University Extension partnered together to lead a dinner session workshop for farmers with a focus on transitioning the farm business to the next generation. This evening workshop will follow the women learning circle workshop and will also feature special guest speaker, David Marrison. What will happen to your farm business when you can no longer run it? Come to this workshop to learn tips and tricks to foster family harmony during this critical part of your farming legacy. Learn how to strengthen relationships with your landowners to keep your operation together as it’s passed to the next generation. Women for the Land Workshop, Conservation values – your land as your legacy; Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Luckey Farmers Inc., 1200 Main Street, Woodville. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch is provided, and the program will end at 1 p.m. RSVP by 5 p.m., Jan. 18, by signing up online at www.farmland.org/women or by calling (419) 354-5517. Farmer Workshop, Navigating the transfer of your farm business; Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Wood County Junior Fair Building, 13800 West Poe Road, Bowling Green. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Dinner is provided, and the program will end at 8 p.m. RSVP by 5 p.m., Jan. 18, by calling American Farmland Trust, Ashley 614-430-8130.
From CALICO, SAGE & THYME Calico Sage & Thyme, 115 Clay St., Bowling Green, is offering a free “Let’s Gut Healthy,” a series of wellness classes. Sessions on gut health will cover: “The Gut-Brain Connection”; “The Gut Cause of Inflammatory & Autoimmune Diseases”; “SIBO, Candida, & Leaky Gut”; “Gut Food Addictions?”; “Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics & Bone Broth”; and “Gluten, Gliadin & Opiates.” Classes will be held Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. starting Jan. 10 and continuing through Feb. 28 with no classes Jan. 24 and 31 and Feb. 7). Call 419-352-5417 to reserve a spot. Young Living Essential Oils Classes will also be offered Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.“Reflexology & Essential Oils” with Marie Bowerman will be offered Jan. 15, and Feb. 19. “Got Oils? Now What?” Bring your oils and your questions! Will be offered Jan. 8, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, and Feb. 26. Praise Moves! An alternative to yoga taught by Laurette Willis will be offered Wednesdays 9 a.m. There’s a $5 for the one hour workouts.