Community Voices

BG Police gives safety tips for answering the door

(Submitted by Bowling Green Police Division) The Bowling Green Police Division would like to remind residents of a few safety reminders for answering your door. Think before you answer the door.  Are you expecting anyone?  If so do they have an appropriately marked vehicle? Use the peephole on your door to see who in knocking on your door. Ask for proper identification from repair or utility workers.  Do not be afraid to ask.  If they are legitimate they will not mind.  If you need to verify the identification of the repair person take a photo of them so you can confirm their identity to others. If you need to confirm the identity of a visitor call their office to check on them.  Do not call a number they supply to you.  Look up the phone number in the phone book or search for the number on the internet. If you can not verify the identity of the visitor, reschedule the appointment for a later date. Do not dismiss your gut feeling that something is not right. Educate your family to keep them and your belongings safe. If you do not feel comfortable opening the door at all, then don’t.  Ask them to leave through your door. If a visitor refuses to leave after being asked to or becomes argumentative close your door and do not allow them inside.  Call 911 for police assistance.

5K event aims to E-Race the Stigma of mental illness

ALYSSA ALFANO BG Independent Contributor Three organizations on Bowling Green State University’s campus will be combining fitness, education, and a lot of color to raise awareness about mental illness and to get rid of stigmas and stereotypes related to this issue. Active Minds, Undergraduate Psychology Association and National Alliance on Mental Illness BG are three student organizations that worked together to plan a 5K color run to raise money for an organization called Behavioral Connections. “Mental illness is so common, one out of five Americans have one. Mental illness affects many college students, but the stigma associated with mental illness is so great that they do not want to get help,” said Rena Onady, one of those involved with putting on this event. Last year, there was about 60 participants and around $1,000 dollars was raised. The money was donated to YouthMOVE, NAMI Wood County, and Behavioral Connections. This year, the race will be held on the BGSU campus and will be starting in the Union Oval at noon on April 2. The goal of this event, in addition to raising money for Behavioral Connection, is to raise awareness about mental illness. Despite the commonness of mental illnesses, there are still a lot of myths and stereotypes about these issues. In order to educate participants and others involved in the 5K, there will be signs containing facts about mental illnesses throughout the course. Participants will be able to view these to learn some truths about these issues. Onady said: “We chose to do a 5k because we agreed that this would be the easiest way we could get the students and the community involved. We wanted to create an event that would have a good turnout in order to show people who have a mental illness that their community supports them. We also wanted to create an event where everyone would have fun, and it is open to people of all ages.” To learn more about this event, visit the E-Race Stigma 5K Facebook page The Facebook page has additional information, a map for the course, information about how to buy E-Race the Stigma 5K apparel, and more. You can view registration info on the Facebook page as well or register through the website created for the event. However, registration ends on April 1 at 11:59pm. Race and check in time, registration information, and other important information is located on this page. So, if you like to run and enjoy getting colorful while you do, want a tshirt, and are interested in learning about and supporting mental illness then this is the event for you! Another reason to get involved in this event is for your loved ones. Onady says “if you know five people, statistically speaking at least one of those people will suffer from a diagnosable mental illness…

BGSU arts events through April 4

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS   Through March 31 – The BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition will be on display in the Bryan and Wankelman Galleries, located in the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m.Sundays. Free March 24 – Bowling Green Opera Theater features Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene.” The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Donnell Theatre located in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Advance tickets are $5 for students and children and $15 for adults. All tickets are $20 the day of the performance. Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the Wolfe Center, by calling 419-372-8171 or online at An additional performance will be at 3 p.m. on March 26. March 24 – EAR | EYE Listening and Looking: Contemporary Music and Art explores the relationship of contemporary music and art through music performances in response to specific works of art and discussion. It is a partnership between the doctoral program at BGSU’s College of Musical Arts and the Toledo Museum of Art. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. Free March 28 – Tuesdays at the Gish continues with the 1991 film “Thelma and Louise,” directed by Ridley Scott. Based on the award-winning screenplay by Callie Khouri, the film draws us into the remarkable but troubling adventures of Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) that arise from their desire to take a few days off from their oppressive lives as women in domestic/economic relationships. Their misadventures lead to encounters with a duplicitous hitchhiker (Brad Pitt) and a sympathetic policeman (Harvey Keitel). The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater located in Hanna Hall. Free March 28 – Jazz Week begins with the Vocal Jazz Ensemble in performance at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free March 28 – Music at the Manor House features viola students of Matthew McBride- Daline. The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Manor House, located at Wildwood Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave., Toledo. Free March 29 – In celebration of Jazz Week, the Faculty Artist Series will feature the Jazz Faculty Group, in performance at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free March 30 – The International Film Series kicks off with the Italian film “Le meraviglie (The Wonders),” directed by Alice Rohrwacher. Winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the coming-of-age tale merges a quirky premise with emotional storytelling. When a reality television show comes to rural Tuscany, Gelsomina (Maria Alexandra Lungu) sees an opportunity to win money for her poor beekeeping family. Family conflict and…

180th Fighter Wing partners with higher ed & Boy Scouts

THE 180th FIGHTER WING, OHIO NATIONAL GUARD The 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, hosted two community partnership agreement signing ceremonies March 22 as part of the Air Force Community Partnership program, creating mutually beneficial relationships between the 180FW and our local communities The signing ceremonies included two agreements: the Higher Degree Attainment Initiative, with five local-area universities, and a Memorandum of Understanding with the Boy Scouts of America’s Erie Shores Council. The Higher Degree Attainment Initiative provides additional education opportunities for 180FW Airmen while providing participating colleges with recruitment opportunities. The universities signing agreements include Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, Lourdes University and Tiffin University. “These partnerships are critical because we need to work together at shaping our community now and into the future,” said Peter Holbrook, provost for Tiffin University. Holbrook said it’s important for the universities to provide educational resources to the 180FW Airmen to allow them to achieve more in their military and civilian careers, which contributes to economic growth for the community by providing a workforce with skills in high-demand jobs. “The 180th Fighter Wing considers education to be a critical part of the professional development of our Airmen,” said Col. Scott Reed, vice wing commander of the 180FW. “We recognize the skillsets and knowledge our Airmen gain from higher education directly translate to a more efficient, more capable mission ready force. Our Airmen never stop learning, and never stop reaching for excellence. Higher education is an integral part of that journey, and we are humbled and grateful to have such incredible support from local colleges and universities as highlighted by this partnership agreement.” The Memorandum of Understanding with the Erie Shores Council provides a diverse leadership model to local Boy Scouts through exposure to 180FW Airmen and leaders, fostering a spirit of citizenship and civic responsibility while increasing event support, enhancing training opportunities and building stronger community relationships. Some of the events hosted by the 180FW include merit badge clinics, camporees and the annual Construction City event. “The purpose of our partnership is to teach skills,” said Ed Frey, president of the Erie Shores Council. “Our scouts see the 180th as role models. You can’t teach character by talking about it. You teach character through folks who demonstrate it, and that’s what we get from the Airmen here. This is a huge opportunity for us.” The AFCP program has inspired 61 installations nationwide to partner with their local communities across a wide range of initiatives, tapping into the intellectual capital and innovative spirit of Airmen and community leaders across the nation to develop creative ways to accomplish the U.S. Air Force mission and strengthen local communities. More than 1,000 initiatives and 250 agreements have generated $32 million in benefits for the Air Force and $24 million in…

Browne Conference deemed a success

BY BINCY ABDUL SAMAD Culture Club: Cultural Studies Scholars’ Association The Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Ray Broadus Browne (1922-2009), a visionary and pioneer in the academic study of popular culture. A folklorist and literary scholar, Dr. Browne was instrumental in the expansion of popular culture studies and founded the Center for Popular Culture Studies, the BGSU Department of Popular Culture, the Popular Press (now at the University of Wisconsin), the Popular Culture Association, the Journal of Popular Culture, and the Popular Culture Library, which now bears the names of he and his wife, Alice Maxine “Pat” Browne (1932-2013). The 2017, fourth annual Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies is co-hosted by the BGSU Culture Club: Cultural Studies Scholars’Association and the Popular Culture Scholars’ Association at BGSU. Bincy Abdul Samad, president of Culture Club and Courtney Bliss, president of PCSA were the co-chairs of the program. This year’s conference is titled, “Intersections of Identities: Difference and Coalition in a transnational Context.” And the conference theme draws on multiple perspectives of difference and coalition, as well as how we write about, discuss, and even experience them in our own lives. It was held from March 17-19, at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union in Bowling Green State University, Ohio, and there were over 127 participants for this year’s conference, which also included interesting events such as Safe Zone training, the Latino Student Union, and Black Student Union workshops, Scholar works workshop, discussion on Sanctuary campus, the second Annual Ray Browne film festival/screening, and also the tour of the Ray and Pat Browne Popular Culture library. President Mary Ellen Mazey delivered the opening remarks and there were two keynote speakers, Staceyann Chin for the Culture Club, and Laurenn McCubbin for the PCSA. Chin is a spoken-word poet, performing artist, activist, and novelist. Chin currently teaches a seminar at the arts-oriented Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn and is working as a part-time faculty member at New York University. McCubbin is a large-scale, immersive installation artist, documentarian, and Associate Professor of Foundations at Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. The conference was a grand success with concurrent panels happening all three days and the turnout was high even on Sunday, the final day of the conference. The conference concluded with the closing remarks by Dr. Angela Nelson, Interim Director of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies. Bincy Abdul Samad, president of the Culture Club seems very happy about the immense success of the conference. She said, “The conference was the dream and hard work of many people, including the Culture Club and PCSA members who had been planning this since last August.”

JoBeth Gonzalez inducted into Ohio EdTA Hall of Fame

From THE EDUCATIONAL THEATRE ASSOCIATION: OHIO CHAPTER The Educational Theatre Association: Ohio Chapter (Ohio EdTA) is thrilled to announce the Hall of Fame induction of Dr. JoBeth Gonzalez and Mr. Scott Wilson. Dr. JoBeth Gonzalez – known affectionately as Dr. G by her students – has been a leading advocate for theatre education in Ohio for decades. As a teacher at Bowling Green High School, she has directed innumerable plays and musicals, and served as the long-time leader of her school’s thespian troupe. Over 23 years at BGHS, she has earned a reputation for addressing challenging subjects of special relevance to her students, including eating disorders, teen suicide, bullying, and human trafficking. “Several years ago, JoBeth and I were part of a research group called Critical Links at the Educational Theatre Association. I had known JoBeth prior to that project, but became even more aware of the depth of care that she brings every day to her students and to her craft,” says Irene Imboden, Ohio EdTA co-director. “JoBeth is my inspiration. I often tease her, saying ‘When I grow up, I want to be JoBeth.’” Gonzalez is the author of two books: “Temporary Stages” and “Temporary Stages II: Critically-Oriented Drama Education,” which have inspired many theatre teachers to provide audition feedback rather than posting of cast lists. She is the past president for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the 2014-2015 Ohio EdTA Theatre Educator of the Year, and Bowling Green State University College of Education and Human Development’s 2016 Educator of the Year. Scott Wilson has taught theatre in Westerville, Olentangy and Columbus Public Schools for 19 years, directing numerous plays and musicals in that time. His work with students at Centennial High helped earn the school the 2011 Outstanding School Award from the Educational Theatre Association. From 2012-2014, Wilson was a member of the writing team for the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, helping drive the conversation and establish national standards for theatre. Since 2001, he has been a member of the Ohio EdTA Board of Directors, serving on a variety of committees and as chapter director from 2009-2013. “During Scott’s tenure as Ohio Chapter Director, he started the Send a Troupe grant in order to help troupes that couldn’t afford to come to conference,” says Pat Santanello, Ohio EdTA co-director. “Scott is always thinking of what benefits students, whether it’s raising money for thespian scholarships, raising money for Send a Troupe, or working with the International Thespian Officers. He is a reminder of the impact one person can make.” Wilson recently achieved his Masters Degree in School Counseling and transitioned into a counseling role within Columbus Public Schools. Over his many years in education, Wilson has demonstrated his dedication to Ohio students through his creation of curriculum, his establishing of key educational standards, a…

Ziggython getting ready to roll along

  By ALYSSA ALFANO BG Independent Student Contributor Twenty-four hours of dancing, 120 miles of biking and many months of fundraising all for the benefit of children and families at Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo. Participating students attend monthly meetings, fundraise, and in April, they participate in 24 hours of dancing at Ziggython, three days of biking from Cincinnati to Bowling Green, or 12 hours of gaming to bring the fundraiser to a close. This year’s Ziggython will be begin Saturday, April 8, at 6 p.m.,  and continue through April 9 at 6 p.m. i Perry Field House o the Bowling Green State University campus Nicole Masjlo, a sophomore at BGSU and Morale Captain for Dance Marathon, encourages students interested in Dance Marathon to find out the different ways to get involved and raise money by checking the organization’s social media pages. As a Morale Captain, Masjlo and the other captains make sure that the different organizations and dancers involved are keeping up with their fundraising.  In addition, they help dancers and other participants stay energized and excited throughout the event. Masjlo says that Dance Marathon works with surrounding high schools to hold mini-marathons where the students can go to have fun, dance, and raise money for the cause. Dancers are required to raise money for the organization before Ziggython.  When they reach a certain monetary goal, participants can earn rewards and incentives such as time to sit, a nap, time to shower and more. In addition, vendors come and sell promotional items such as t-shirts and headbands to raise money for the cause.  Friends of dancers can also come and pay to put their friends in “jail.”  These are both fun ways to draw people in and raise money. Dance Marathon puts a lot of emphasis on their slogan “for the kids.” Much of the proceeds go to children at the hospital who are in need of support.  However, there are others that receive support from Dance Marathon. Some of the money that the organization raises goes towards helping the families of the patients, especially those who have been staying in the hospital with their child. The money helps these families get what they need while dealing with the struggles of their child’s illness, according to Masjlo. There are a lot of fun activities to keep participants engaged throughout the event.  Some of the events that will be included at Ziggython this year are a rave in the early hours of the morning, zumba, performances from accapella groups, and, of course, food to name a few. Twenty-four hours is a long time to stand and dance, so having fun activities and incentives is a great way to keep people going.

Pro Musica, Naslada Bistro team up to raise funds for music student enrichment

From PRO MUSICA Naslada Bistro, in downtown Bowling Green, will be hosting a fundraiser for Pro Musica from March 27 (Monday) – April 1 (Saturday). A portion of each bill will be donated to Pro Musica during the weeklong event. All monies raised will be use to fund student travel grants for students in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University. Patrons need to mention Pro Musica when they order. Located at 1820 S. Main Street in Bowling Green, the bistros name mean “lingering over excellent food and sipping quality wine in the company of good friends” in Bulgarian. It is known for its authentic European and American cuisine prepared with the freshest of ingredients. Pro Musica, funded by nearly 250 dedicated alumni, friends, parents and members of the Bowling Green community, sponsors a wide variety of musical events and provides financial to music students for educational travel projects. In addition, the organization provides funding for scholarships and various awards at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts. The organization supports raises funds to support student-initiated educational travel projects to attend workshops, festivals, competitions or master classes, both domestically and internationally. Every dollar Pro Musica raises goes to help students. As a bonus, diners may wish to pair their meal with concerts being offered during the college’s annual Jazz Week events. Concerts include: Tuesday (March 28), Vocal Jazz Ensemble featuring jazz vocalist Kim Nazarian, 8 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall; Wednesday (March 29), Jazz Faculty Group, 8 p.m., Bryan Recital Hall; Thursday (March 30), Jazz Lab Band I with guest trombonist Alan Ferber, 8 p.m., Kobacker Hall, (March 30), Coffee & Classics, 7 p.m., Wood County Public Library and Saturday (April 1), Bravo BGSU! A Celebration of the Arts, 6 p.m., Wolfe Center for the Arts. Bryan Recital and Kobacker halls are located in the Moore Musical Arts Center. The Jazz Lab Band I concert and the Bravo! BGSU!! A Celebration of the Arts event require tickets. For further information, and how to purchase tickets, visit

Farming is more than plows, cows and bib overalls

(Submitted by Wood Soil & Water Conservation District) It’s more than plows, cows, and bib overalls.  Celebrate National Ag Day – March 21, 2017 Every American needs to understand how food and fiber are produced, appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy – especially in Wood County, and recognize and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, and fiber industry. In Wood County alone, 67% of land is dedicated to farming. Typically, Wood County’s crop production of corn, soybeans, and wheat rank in the top 5 throughout the state of Ohio. Grain produced in Wood County is used locally, transported nationally, and exported internationally. While some think farming is a seasonal job, there is always one more thing that needs done on the farm. Local farmer’s work year round to produce quality grain, livestock, and various other farm products. Many attend conferences, receive certifications, and/or hold college degrees striving to achieve a balance in bountiful yield, natural resource conservation, and the farm budget. Whether your farmer has 5 acres or 5,000 acres the end goal is still the same, provide safe and healthy food not only for our local community but for the world. Celebrate National Ag Day, March 21, 2017.  National Ag Day is organized by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA). ACA is a nonprofit organization composed of leaders in the agricultural, food and fiber community, dedicating its efforts to increasing public awareness of agriculture’s role in modern society. Visit for more information on National Ag Day. Visit to learn what the Wood Soil & Water Conservation is doing for both the agricultural and urban areas of Wood County. Like Farm4CleanWater on Facebook to get an inside look into Wood County farms.  

BG ‘quarterly spotlight’ on grants administration

(Quarterly spotlight submitted by City of Bowling Green) The City of Bowling Green’s Grants Administration office marked yet another successful year in 2016. During Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) FY 2015 (September 1, 2015-August 31, 2016), the City utilized over $245,000 in funding to carry out various activities directed at improving the quality of lives for persons with low and moderate incomes. In FY 2015, Fair Housing education and outreach was undertaken, 17 housing repair projects were completed, 84 elderly and disabled adults were granted half-price transit fares and 129 persons, who were homeless, received transitional housing as a result of CDBG-funded programming. In the first few months of FY 2016 (which began September 1, 2016), three mobile home repair projects were completed; whereas continued B.G. Transit fare assistance, Fair Housing education/outreach, and transitional housing for the homeless also continued. In the writing of the FY 2016 CDBG Annual Plan, a new program was developed by the department and approved by HUD for funding and implementation in FY 2016—a Direct Homeownership Assistance Program, which will serve to ease the cost burden of low-income homeowners purchasing a home, locally. Extensive marketing of this program began in the fall of 2016. Applications are currently being processed, and it is anticipated two income eligible applicants will receive direct homeownership assistance in the first quarter of 2017. During FY 2015, $454,500 in Business Revolving Loan Funds (RLF) was loaned to local businesses for start-up or expansion purposes. For every $50,000 issued to these businesses, one new job will be created and offered to a person at lower income levels. The businesses will have up to three years to create these jobs. As a result of Business RLF loans made (some from FY 2015; others from prior years), seven jobs were created in FY 2015. During CY 2016, the City of Bowling Green partnered with WSOS in order to provide down-payment assistance (DPA) to two lower-income households, locally. The City’s Housing Revolving Loan Fund was utilized to fund said DPA projects. The City also forged a win-win partnership with Wood County by requesting and being granted the ability for Bowling Green to be included as a service area under their Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) Program. This enables Wood County to serve local income-eligible households seeking down-payment assistance, owner-occupied rehabilitation and various other housing needs using their CHIP grant funding. In 2016, the Ohio Department of Transportation awarded $370,914 to the City of Bowling Green for the continued operation of its 5311 Rural Public Transit System, the B.G. Transit. The number of passenger rides provided in 2016 (32,431) remained relatively stable in comparison to the prior year. Regarding 2016 rides, nearly 87 percent were provided to persons qualifying for Elderly & Disabled Fare Assistance and 3 percent were provided to persons in the areas…

BGSU industrial & organizational psychology rank 2nd on U.S. News list

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked Bowling Green State University’s industrial and organizational psychology program one of the best in the nation. The program is tied for No. 2 on the recently released list of 2018 Best Grad Schools. “We are excited by BGSU’s No. 2 ranking,” said Dr. Michael Zickar, a professor and chair of the Department of Psychology. “Our program’s reputation is a function of our great faculty and the success that our alumni have had over the years.” U.S. News & World report shared this about the ranking: “Industrial and organizational psychologists strive to make workplaces more efficient, pleasant and productive through research and application. These are the top psychology programs for industrial and organizational psychology.” BGSU’s industrial and organizational psychology program regularly appears on this list, having placed No. 4 and No. 3 in previous rankings. Rankings are based on input from department chairs and senior faculty. BGSU shares this year’s honor with Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and University of South Florida. Industrial and organizational psychology aims to prepare students for careers as active contributors to the psychology of work. Learning and developmental experiences are provided through coursework, research and applied projects. Graduates of BGSU’s program can be found in a variety of professional settings, from academic to applied. Employers include Dow Chemical, IBM, Procter & Gamble and Wells Fargo. “Industrial-organizational psychology has been labeled one of the fastest-growing occupations by Money Magazine and the Wall Street Journal,” Zickar said. “Our graduates help increase the productivity of organizations as well as improve the daily lives of individual employees.”

Falcon Cam update: One egg visible

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS At least one more falcon is getting ready to call Bowling Green home, as a new peregrine falcon egg has made its appearance on the Falcon Cam, One egg is visible on the camera, which is provided by a partnership between the Wood County Commissioners and Bowling Green State University. Last year, three eggs hatched in the Wood County Courthouse tower. “It is great to see people get excited about our falcon family,” said Andrew Kalmar, Wood County administrator. “This is the seventh year we’ve gotten to watch the falcons grow their family – I know many people will be anxiously awaiting the hatching a month from now.” The peregrine falcon is BGSU’s official mascot. A pair of the raptors took refuge in the clock tower — just two blocks west of campus —seven years ago. “We’re happy they’ve made a habit of calling Bowling Green home,” said Dave Kielmeyer, chief marketing and communications officer of BGSU. “It’s fitting that the falcons have bonded with the town and University.” Peregrine falcon eggs typically have a 33-day gestation period, so the eggs are expected to hatch in mid-April.

BGSU arts events through March 29

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS March 16 – The Creative Writing Program’s Reading Series features visiting writer Dustin M. Hoffman. Author of the story collection “One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist” and winner of the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize, Hoffman earned his MFA in fiction from BGSU.  The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free March 17 – The Brown Bag Music Series continues with Opera! The performance will begin at 11:45 a.m. in the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green. Free March 17 – Elsewhere productions continue with “Jimmy and Sally.” The show will begin at 8 p.m. in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre located in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Additional performances will be at 8 p.m. on March 18 and 19. Free March 18 – The ARTalk series presents “Where Next: The Future of Art.” Prominent artists and scholars will discuss the future of art in work, education and careers. Featured speakers include Cynthia Crow, program officer for the Fulbright Scholar Program in New York; Regin Igloria, multidisciplinary artist and arts administrator in Chicago, and John Jennings, graphic designer and associate professor at the University of Buffalo. The ARTalk will begin at 4 p.m. in room 204 of the Fine Arts Center. Free March 18 – The opening reception for the BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition will begin at 7 p.m. in the Bryan and Wankelman Galleries located in the Fine Arts Center. Free Through March 31 – The BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition will be on display in the Bryan and Wankelman Galleries, located in the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m.Sundays. Free March 19 – The 10th annual Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition concludes with the Student Chamber Competition Finals. The finalists will perform at 3 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free March 21 – Tuesdays at the Gish presents the 2002 film “Far From Heaven,” directed by Todd Haynes. Julianne Moore is the perfect wife, Dennis Quaid is her husband, and Dennis Haysbert her gardener. The score by Elmer Bernstein, cinematography by Edward Lachman, and design by Mark Friedberg recreate the feel of Douglas Sirk’s melodramas; Haynes’ script updates the critique to include a look at normative views of race and sexuality. The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall. Free March 23 – Visiting writer Claire Vaye Watkins, author of “Gold Frame Citrus,” will share her work as part of the Creative Writing Program’s Reading Series. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free March 24 –Bowling Green Opera Theater presents Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene.” The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Donnell Theatre located in the Wolfe Center…

Optimal Aging Institute offers Ukulele for Beginners class

From OPTIMAL AGING INSTITUTE Bowling Green State University’s Optimal Aging Institute will offer a two-session Ukulele for Beginners class, co-sponsored by Bowling Green Parks and Recreation. The program will take place on March 22 and 29 from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Simpson Garden Community Center at 1291 Conneaut Ave. Learn how to strum, play a few chords, and sing familiar songs, all in a fun and relaxing environment with Lisa Gruenhagen, Ph.D. Dr. Gruenhagen is an associate professor of music education at BGSU. While studying flute and music education at Eastman School of Music, she became involved with the New Horizons International Music Association, which provides entry points to music making for adults that are age 50 and over. Gruenhagen has been playing the ukulele for approximately five years and has taught people of all ages. Along with other basics she will be teaching how to hold and tune the ukulele as well as how to balance playing within the group regardless of experience level. “Music makes you think. Music is thinking in sound. You are thinking about fingerings, chords, playing in tune, and balancing your sound with others. While playing ukulele, you are strumming to the pulse and might also be singing, coordinating all of these things at once. Actively making music strengthens muscles and can help build memory,” Gruenhagen says. The purpose of this program is to learn new musical skills as well as have fun. Ukulele is relatively easy to learn, only one or two fingers are required for some chords, and it is small and lightweight, according to Gruenhagen. Learning an instrument later in life also has its benefits. “There is community and a feeling of accomplishment. Taking a class or participating in an ensemble allows people to be a part of something,” Gruenhagen adds. Aging can limit social interaction and being part of a community is important, especially later in life. Music programs such as this provide time for adults to socialize and build friendships. Active music making can contribute to stronger physical and mental health while challenging the brain to think creatively, per Gruenhagen.

Home history & ukes on tap at library

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Ukulele enthusiasts return to the Wood County District Public Library on Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. Anyone who is looking for a lively group to play ukulele with is invited to join in the fun in the library’s firstt floor Meeting Room. Sheet music and songbooks will be provided; all you need is a sense of adventure and a ukulele. Have you ever wondered about your home’s history? Or about the stories it could tell of its past inhabitants? The library’s program “If These Walls Could Talk: Researching Your House History” on March 21 at 6:30 pm, will teach you to use library and community resources to discover the stories hidden within the walls of your home. The program will be led by Local History librarian Marnie Pratt in the second floor Meeting Room. For more information, contact the library at 419-352-5050.