Community Voices

NIOT plans ‘Real Talk with Real Cops’ at BGSU

(As submitted by Not In Our Town BG) Not In Our Town BG stands with all who grieve following the deaths in Tulsa and Charlotte last week.  We also witness to the deep feelings of anger, frustration and fear that these events have generated among people of color and others here in Bowling Green and on campuses and in communities around the country. One of our NIOT cornerstones remains our commitment both to truth-telling and to improving the relations of our BG and BGSU police with the Bowling Green community at large.  We continue to support “coffee with cops” events, and we highlight the coming community/police conversation called “It’s Just Us:  Real Talk with Real Cops.”  This will take place Friday Oct. 14 in the theater (room 206) of BGSU’s Bowen Thompson Student Union at 6 p.m.  There is no overstating the importance of open and honest communication with and by our officers, particularly involving those who have reason to be fearful due to current and past events. The tragedies of last week underscore the value of the cooperation and the partnership of the two police departments with NIOT-BG since our origin.  But they also show that we in Bowling Green must continue with the hard work required to reject prejudice and violence in our town, and to become a community in which all people are not just included but are respected and safe.  

Hospital to mark opening of new ICU with ribbon cutting, Oct. 12

Submitted by BG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Wood County Hospital (WCH) will be hosting an introduction and ribbon cutting ceremony, open to the public, for the new Intensive Care Unit at the hospital Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Mayor Richard Edwards will be in attendance and will assist with the ribbon cutting. There will be refreshments and tours of the new patient rooms as well as a meet and greet with staff. Guests are asked to enter through the main entrance to the hospital and will be directed to the second floor ICU. The event is brought to you by Wood County Hospital and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. The new Intensive Care Unit at Wood County Hospital will have ten new and larger rooms with technology and infrastructure enhancements that allow for advanced treatment options. Sue Brezina, MSN RN, is the Director of the ICU and has spent her entire 35-year nursing career at Wood County Hospital. “The physical improvements of the new ICU will provide a patient care area that’s more conducive to safe, efficient, family-centered care.” WCH recognizes the importance of family support and family can mean different things to different people. All loved ones will be welcome in the new ICU. The visitation policy will also allow for family and support people to be involved in the patient’s care and will promote education, understanding, and preparedness for discharge. The new rooms also offer more comfort for visitors. There will be sleeping sofas in each room for loved ones to stay bedside during the patient’s stay.

Silent Witness unveiling set for Oct. 4

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Bowling Green State University Women’s Center has announced the unveiling of the 2016 collection of the northwest Ohio chapter of the Silent Witness Project. The evening will include an address by keynote speaker Paula Walters, a certified paramedic, domestic violence survivor and founder of Standing Courageous, Inc. Walters will share her personal story and honor the family and friends of local domestic violence victims who did not survive. She also will invite audience members to join her effort to convince legislators of the need for a Violence Offender Registry, which would allow citizens to be informed about those who are habitually dangerous to others. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at Parkway Place, 2500 Parkway Plaza in Maumee. It is free and open to the public; however, due to the intense nature of the program, organizers ask that those in attendance do not bring young children. The 2016 Silent Witness Project collection includes 62 free-standing, life-sized wooden silhouettes, each one bearing the name and story of a girl or woman whose life ended violently at the hands of a husband, boyfriend, dating partner or stalker. All Silent Witnesses in the collection were from northwest Ohio and all were murdered within the past decade. During the unveiling, the silhouettes will be revealed one by one in a solemn ceremony. Each Silent Witness will be represented by an individual reader, who will recount the story of the girl or woman represented by that figure. The Silent Witness Project is a national initiative, founded in 1990 in Minnesota, in response to an epidemic of domestic violence homicides. There are local Silent Witness Project chapters in all 50 states. The BGSU Women’s Center founded the northwest Ohio chapter in 2001, and it is now one of the largest chapters in the United States. Friends and allies for the 2016 Unveiling ceremony include: AAUW (Bowling Green branch), BGSU FORCE, BGSU Graduate Women’s Caucus, BGSU Police Department, BGSU Queens of Color, BGSU School of Family and Consumer Sciences, BGSU Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Bethany House (Toledo), Center for Child and Family Advocacy (Napoleon), The Cocoon (Wood County), Crossroads Crisis Center (Lima), Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (Lucas County), Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (Wood County), Domestic Violence Resource Center (Toledo), El Centro de la Mujer (Toledo), Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center (Lucas, Ottawa and Wood Counties), Family Service Counseling Center (Wood County), Hermanas Unidas program of Adelante (northwest Ohio), House of Ruth (Defiance), La Conexcion de Wood County, Lutheran Social Services (Northwest Ohio), National Council of Negro Women (Bowling Green section), Not In Our Town (Bowling Green), Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services (Findlay), Project Genesis, Family Service of Northwest Ohio (Lucas County), Safe Harbor Domestic Violence Shelter (Erie County), Toledo Take Back the Night Collective, University of Toledo Eberly Center for Women, University of Toledo Police Department, University of Toledo Women and Gender Studies Program, Victim-Witness Assistance Program (Toledo/Lucas County), Women of Toledo, YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter (Toledo), Zonta Club (Bowling Green), and Zonta Club I (Toledo).

GRÜBS ready to unveil new recording

From GRÜBS The Grande Royale Ükulelists of the Black Swamp, a.k.a. the GRÜBS, will celebrate the release of their new CD if you think that way on Tuesday, October 4, at Grounds for Thought coffeehouse, 174 S. Main St. in Bowling Green, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. The band will play some of their tunes and CDs will be available for purchase and autographs. The quartet of ükulele players and vocalists are Sheri Wells-Jensen, Jason Wells-Jensen, Anne Kidder, and Geoff Howes. “If you think that way”includes five original songs and seven cover versions ranging from folk (John Prine’s “Paradise”) to 1920s musical (Brecht and Weill’s “Mack the Knife,” sung in German) to classical (Pachelbel’s Canon in D, but done in C) to rock (Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4”). Recording and releasing “if you think that way”  has involved the talents of many collaborators, most of them local: The CD was recorded at Stone Soup Recording Studios in Maumee by Eric Sills, who also assisted the group with production and arrangements. A guest artist, Dave Fogle of Perrysburg, who runs Dave’s Drum Depot in Toledo, sat in on drums for the original song “Sweet Rebecca.” The cover photograph and album design are by Ashley Donaldson of Findlay. Kate Kamphuis of Bowling Green contributed additional photography. Phil Klum of Phillip Klum Mastering in New York City mastered the recording. For the past three and a half years, the GRÜBS have been entertaining in Northwest Ohio, performing at the Black Swamp Arts Festival, the Downtown BG Art Walk, the BG Farmer’s Market, the Stones Throw Tavern, the Hump Day Revue, Coffee Amici in Findlay, the Sunset Bistro, Leisure Time Winery in Napoleon, National Train Day in Toledo, the Relay for Life, Rhythm on the River in Grand Rapids, the Ohio Chautauqua in Rossford, the Wood County District Public Library, the Wood County Historical Museum, Fremont’s Got Talent, on WTOL Channel 11 and Fox Toledo’s “Daybreak,” on WBGU televsion and WBGU-FM radio, and at many benefits, fairs, and private parties. In 2015, the quartet released Uke Tide, an album of Christmas music, which will also be available for purchase at the CD release event. Both CDs will also be on sale at Finders Records in Bowling Green, as well as on line at CD Baby, iTunes, and For more information, notes, schedules, and links to music videos, go to

Wendy Manning appointed president elect of national population association

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Dr. Wendy Manning, Distinguished Research Professor of sociology, is president-elect of the Population Association of America (PAA). She was elected to the position at the association’s recent conference. Manning, who is director of BGSU’s Center for Family and Demographic Research and co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR), begins her term in January 2017 and will be president in 2018. Her key duties include organizing the 2018 annual meeting and delivering the 2018 presidential address. “I am honored and excited about the position,” Manning said. She has been actively involved with PAA, serving on several committees, as a member of the board and as vice president. She credits the visibility and strong reputation of BGSU and her colleagues as an important factor in winning the election. Manning is a family demographer; her research examines how family members define and understand their obligations to each other in an era of increasingly diverse and complex family relationships. She led the research for the ASA Amicus Brief filed to the U.S. Supreme Court in same-sex marriage cases. She has examined the meaning of cohabitation with her work on the measurement of cohabitation, fertility in cohabiting unions, the stability of cohabiting unions, transitions to marriage and implications of cohabitation for adult and child well-being. Her work has focused on adolescent sexual decision-making as well as the patterning and quality of young adult relationships. “This is a significant achievement in Wendy’s exceptionally distinguished career,” said Dr. Susan Brown, NCFMR co-director with Manning and chair of the Department of Sociology. “Simply put, she is a luminary in demography. Her election as PAA president affirms the high esteem and regard she has earned in the field of population science. It’s a tremendous honor to have her as our colleague here at BGSU.”

BGSU Lively Arts through Oct. 5

Through Sept. 28 — The 33rd annual juried exhibition of Ohio designer craftsmen continues in the Willard Wankelman Gallery in BGSU’s Fine Arts Center. The exhibit showcases works in clay, glass, fiber, wood, metal and mixed media by many nationally recognized Ohio artists. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Free Through Oct. 6 — “Face It: Reimagining Contemporary Portraits” continues in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery in the BGSU Fine Arts Center. “Face It” explores an expanded definition of photographic portraiture. Curated by BGSU art faculty Lynn Whitney and Andrew Hershberger and BGSU Galleries Director Jacqueline Nathan, the exhibit features photos by 27 renowned artists. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Free Sept. 21 – The BGSU Faculty Artist Series features pianist Cole Burger in recital at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Sept. 22 – Creative writing students in BGSU’s Master of Fine Arts program read from their work beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Sept. 22 – BGSU The International Film Series features the 2010 Guatemalan film “AbUSed: The Postville Raid,” directed by Luis Argueta. The film conveys personal stories from a small Iowa town that witnessed the May 2008 mass arrest of 400 immigrants at a meatpacking plant. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall. Free Sept. 22 – The BGSU Guest Artist Series puts a spotlight on jazz with Carl Allen on percussion. In addition to his work as a drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur and educator, Allen has more than 200 recordings to his name. His performance begins at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Sept. 22 – Elsewhere productions begins the season with “Spineless: A Staged Reading” written by Elise Lockwood and directed by Rebekah Sinewe. The reading will begin at 8 p.m. in the Margit Bloch Heskett Classroom located in the BGSU Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free Sept. 24 – The Bowling Green Philharmonia will perform as a part of the Honors String Festival, presenting compositions by Mozart, Weber, Brahms, Elgar and Wagner. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the BGSU Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students. All tickets the day of the concert are $10. Tickets can be purchased from the BGSU Arts Box Office at 419-372-8171 or visit Sept. 25 – The Sunday Matinee Series continues with “The Mothering Heart,” (1919), directed by D.W. Griffith. Lillian Gish’s finest achievement at Biograph was this stunning two-reeler, a tale of marriage gone awry – a Greek tragedy in miniature, with sublime moments that raise it to a level not equaled elsewhere in pre-WWI American movies. It will be followed by “The Night of the Hunter,” (1955), directed by Charles Laughton. The film is a truly a lyrical, haunting experience like none other. Lillian Gish, with her golden voice, gives it the kind of radiance she alone manages to create. The screening begins at 3 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater located in BGSU’s Hanna Hall….

Time to sign up for “Lights, Camera… Angels!” Holiday Parade

From BG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Annual Bowling Green Comunity Holiday Parade Project Team announces the 2016 parade theme “Lights, Camera…Angels!”. This year’s parade will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, starting at 10a.m., in Downtown Bowling Green. Come and join community groups, businesses, bands, and Santa for some fun in the sun this year. With many local participants, this can be your year to join in on all the excitement! Unit Registration & Sponsorship forms are now available for the parade in the Chamber office or at The deadline to register units for the 2016 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. Registration is $50 for Non-Investors, $25 for Investors and $15 for Non-Profits, with the fees supporting band stipends, parade publicity, general administrative costs, as well as the cost of filming and rebroadcasting the parade (dates and times TBD). Sponsorships or donations to help offset expenses of the parade are also appreciated. Sponsorship and unit registration forms can be downloaded from and mailed to the BG Chamber at P.O Box 31, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. Sponsorship forms must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 to be recognized in the media outlets. The 2016 Annual Bowling Green Community Holiday Parade is brought to you by the Premiere Sponsor, Julie’s Dance Studio, with support from BGSU-WBGU-PBS and the City of Bowling Green. The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce helps improve Investor’s bottom line by offering group discounts on health insurance, informational seminars, creating networking opportunities, and keeping members up-to-date on changing legislation. For more information contact the BG Chamber at (419) 353-7945 or visit

CASA looking for runners and walkers for event

(As submitted by Friends of Wood County CASA Board) Please plan on attending to support the Friends of Wood County CASA Board who will be holding the Karen Swartz Memorial 5K Run/Family Walk on Saturday, October 8, starting at 8:00 am at the Rossford Recreation Center, 400 Dixie Highway.  This year’s 5 K Run will wind through Rossford, beginning and ending at the Rec Center. The Friends of Wood County CASA Board is a nonprofit organization which lends support to the Wood County Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad litem program through promoting community awareness, fund raising, and monitoring the fiscal needs of the organization. This community event is to commemorate the memory of Karen Swartz.  In addition to being a teacher, coach, advisor, dean of students, and athletic director at Rossford High School, Karen made a great contribution to the Wood Co CASA/GAL program by serving as a CASA/GAL volunteer and then volunteer coordinator for ten years. The walk is a wonderful tribute to Karen Swartz, according to her daughter, Karrie Failor, who is a Wood County Friends of CASA Board Member. But even better is the opportunity to bring awareness to the needs of CASA and to promote more volunteerism so more children can be served, Failor said. This event, which began in 2011, has drawn between 125-175 attendees each year.  This will be the first year that a 5 K Run option will be available.  Participants will have the option to run, run/walk, or walk. In 2016,  with the assistance of 35 volunteers, the Wood County CASA program has served the voices of 113 neglected and a used children in the Wood County Juvenile Court system. The Friends of Wood County CASA Board hopes to use this event to raise community awareness and recruit additional volunteers in order to ensure that these victims of neglect and abuse are given a safe, permanent home. For additional information on the program or the Friends Board, please check out our website @ For information on this year’s Run/Walk and to register, please click the link to the October races on   http://daves    

Change in leadership at Inner Peace Homes

From INNER PEACE HOMES, INC. Inner Peace Homes, Inc. (IPH), a Bowling Green-based non-profit foster care and adoption agency, has announced the appointment of Mindy Martin as Executive Director.  IPH has served families and children across Northwest Ohio since its founding in 1994, and Ms. Martin will be leading the agency into a brand new era of community outreach and organizational development. Located on South Main Street, IPH provides for the needs of children and adolescents who require out-of-home placements because of abuse, neglect or dependency and need a safe, secure and nurturing environment.  In situations where reunification with one’s birth family is not possible, IPH homes are able to provide long-term foster care or assist in preparation for adoption or emancipation. Before accepting the position of Executive Director, Ms. Martin served as a case manager at IPH.  Prior to joining IPH, Ms. Martin worked for 15 years at Williams County Department of Job and Family Services in the Children Services Unit.  Her primary role was to work with foster and adoptive families, and she gained diverse experience in the child welfare field during that time. Ms. Martin earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Sciences with the focus being in Social Work.  She has gone on to complete the Adoption Certificate Program through Rutgers University. Not only does Ms. Martin bring experience from working in the field, but she also has firsthand experience of being a foster/adoptive parent.  Ms. Martin and her husband are foster parents and have adopted two children.  She continues to be passionate about children as she has worked as a youth leader and continues to work with the children’s program at her church. She succeeds the creator and founding director Paul Thompson who founded Inner Peace Homes, Inc. the home in 1994. IPH has served families and children across Northwest Ohio since that time, realizing his vision of ensuring safe and happy homes for children in need. Mr. Thompson retired on June 15. Mr. Thompson received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work from Bowling Green University. He has gained experience by working with youth in various capacities, including as a Detention Officer, Detention Supervisor, and Assistant Director of Wood County Juvenile Detention Center, an Assessment and Admissions Counselor at a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital, and as a therapist in a geriatric partial hospitalization program. He was also the first Vice President of the Ohio Foster Care Association. For over 10 years he was a youth sponsor with church youth groups. He also found himself involved for 10 years as a Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Thompson and his wife, Alice, have been foster parents for well over 18 years, allowing him to provide direct care for more than 40 children. They have five children of their own, three of whom adopted.  

Wood County Park District plans programs

(As submitted by Wood County Park District) Following is a list of programs coming up at the Wood County Park District: Tai Chi Tuesdays, October 18 and 25; 2:00 – 3:00 pm Carter Historic Farm 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green Tai Chi is a slow-moving low-impact aerobic art form that encompasses stretching. The benefits include relaxing the mind as well as the body. This is free, open to the public, does not require registration and is great for all ages and abilities. For more information:, (419) 353-1897   Fall Colors Evening Hike Thursday, October 20; 6:00 – 7:15 pm Bradner Interpretive Center 11540 Timmons Road, Bradner Enjoy the fall colors and discover the science behind how and why the leaves change. Cider and doughnuts will be provided for a seasonal after-hike snack. For more information:, (419) 353-1897   Friends’ Fall Colors Bus Tour Saturday, October 22; 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Park District Headquarters 18729 Mercer Road, BG This special edition of the bus tour series includes brief hikes at two parks. Friends of the Wood County Parks provide seasonal snacks and beverages at the last stop. Cost: $15/person; $10 Friends of the Wood County Parks Member. For more information:,  (419) 353-1897   PiPs – Corny Corn Saturday, October 22, 4:00 – 4:45 pm Carter Historic Farm 18331 Carter Road, BG As the adults harvest the corn in the fall, children can get involved, too. From corn husk dolls to corn meal treats, experience some corny fun. Please register ALL people (adults and children) attending the program. Adults must stay with their preschoolers. For more information:,  (419) 353-1897   Farm Chores: Corn Harvest Campfire Saturday, October 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Carter Historic Farm 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green Harvesting corn used to be intense manual labor with some serious celebrations following. Visit the corn field and corn crib to learn about picking, storing, shelling, and milling ear corn. Finish with stories around the campfire as we sample fresh corn bread and homemade honey butter. For more information:,  (419) 353-1897   Jack – O’ – Lantern Open Archery Monday, October 24; 4:30 – 7:00 pm Otsego Park 20000 West River Road, BG Registration is not needed. Arrive anytime to give this eerie archery program a shot! Carve your own pumpkin-target, or use arrows to make a “holey” jack-o’-lantern for a scary good time! All pumpkins, carving tools, and archery gear provided. Participants must be 7 years or older. Minors must be with a legal guardian. For more information:,  (419) 353-1897 Geocache – n’ – Candy! Wednesday, October 26; 5:00 – 6:30 pm William Henry Harrison Park 644 Bierley Avenue, Pemberville Dress in a spooky costume and embark on this high-tech hunt for tricks and treats. GPS units provided. Dress for the weather and for walking in rough terrain during brief self-guided exploration. Costumes are encouraged! For more information:,  (419) 353-1897   “Carter Ruggers” Monthly Meeting Carter Historic Farm Park Thursday, October 27; 7:00 – 9:00 pm 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green Join us from 7:00-9:00 pm on the 4th Thursday of each month as we work on crocheted rugs. Open to those just beginning or experienced. Bring your own cotton material for personal pieces; we provide materials for working on farm pieces. Registration…

Roger Schupp’s legacy celebrated in memorial concert, Sept. 25

Percussionists at Bowling Green State University will beat their drums in memory of Roger Schupp Sunday, Sept.25 at 3 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Musical Arts Center on campus. Schupp, who taught percussion and jazz at BGSU for almost 25 years, died Dec. 15 at 55. He continued teaching up until a few days before his passing from cancer. The concert will feature performances by his students and colleagues, as well as internationally renowned jazz drummer Carl Allen. Allen will perform Thad Jones’ “Groove Merchant” with the Jazz Lab Band I. Speaking about Schupp and his legacy will be his widow, Tracy Schupp, long-time colleague Jeff Halsey and former student and owner of Black Swamp percussion Eric Sooy. Former student and colleague Olman Piedra will also participate as a special guest. The program will reflect the range of Schupp’s interests and influence. That includes a performance by the faculty jazz ensemble with Halsey, bass, David Bixler, alto saxophone, Isabelle Huang, marimba, Ariel Kasler, guitar, Daniel Piccolo, drums and cymbals, and Charles Saenz, trumpet. Schupp was the drummer for the group throughout his time at BGSU and organized its weekly sessions in downtown Bowling Green venues. Also performing will be a marimba quartet of his students from his last semester, the BGSU Percussion Ensemble, and the Afro-Caribbean Ensemble. A reception will follow the memorial concert. The Missouri native was a versatile performer in the areas of classical, jazz, and world music.  Schupp performed in a variety of ensembles including the Toledo and Austin symphonies, the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, and Austin Jazz Orchestra. He was a member of the Toledo Symphony Percussion Trio, Toledo Symphony Concert Band, and Toledo Jazz Orchestra. Schupp performed on recordings with the Hawk-Richard Jazz Orchestra, the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, the BGSU Jazz Faculty Ensemble and guitarist Chris Buzzelli as well as on recordings of works by composers Samuel Adler, Michael Daugherty, and Shane Hoose. He also performed and recorded with such diverse artists and ensembles as the Royal Ballet of London, New York Voices, Marvin Hamlisch, Tommy Tune, Bob James, Clark Terry, Terrance Blanchard, Chuck Berry, Amy Grant and the Broadway touring casts of “A Chorus Line”, “Spamalot”, and “Wicked.” Schupp presented concerts, clinics, and master classes in more than 30 states and 20 countries on five continents.            

BGSU Lively Arts through Sept. 28

Sept. 14 – The Faculty Artist Series features Caroline Chin, assistant professor of violin. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Sept. 15 – BGSU’s creative writing MFA students present their work. Their reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Sept 16 – The first ARTalk of the season features Joshua Kosker, a visiting professor of art in jewelry and metals from Indiana University. Kosker’s work is rooted in contemporary craft and body adornment. His talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in 204 Fine Arts Center. A reception will follow in the Willard Wankelman Gallery. Free Sept 16 – EAR l EYE: Listening and Looking: Contemporary Music and Art features BGSU doctoral candidates from the College of Musical Arts responding to works of art. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Free Sept. 18 – The Sunday Matinee Series continues at 3 p.m. with two 1919 films, “The Breath of a Nation,” directed by Gregory La Cava, followed by “The Greatest Question,” directed by D.W. Griffith, with Lillian Gish and Robert Harron. In 1919 Griffith was in top form, this being a year of the masterworks “Broken Blossoms” and “True Heart Susie.” However, no less inspired is the gorgeously photographed “The Greatest Question” (by Billy Bitzer, cameraman on all the Griffith features that incredibly busy year). Somehow it has been mysteriously overlooked, yet is no less fascinating and no less a worthy role for the extraordinary, resilient, ageless Lillian Gish. Free Sept. 18 – Celebrate the history and the future of the Bryan Recital Hall, which has undergone major renovations in the last year, including completely new seating, acoustics and lighting. A rededication concert will be held at 3 p.m. in the hall, located at the Moore Musical Arts Center. For details, see: Sept. 19 – ARTalk features Jess T. Dugan, whose work explores gender, sexuality, identity and community. Named a 2015 White House Champion of Change, Dugan will discuss a decade of visual activism. The talk starts at 5 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Free Sept. 20 – Tuesdays at Gish continues at 7:30 p.m. with “Get Shorty” (1995), directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Enjoy the fun when loan shark Chili Palmer (John Travolta) travels to Hollywood to collect a debt. Meeting a B-movie producer (Gene Hackman) and his alluring girlfriend (Rene Russo) prompts Chili to join the movie business. Plot twists involve Danny De Vito as an egotistical star, Delroy Lindo as a drug dealer turned movie producer, James Gandolfini as a stunt man turned body guard, and Dennis Farina as a hit man who gets no respect. Free Sept. 21 – The Faculty Artist Series features pianist Cole Burger in recital at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Sept. 22 – Creative writing students in BGSU’s Master of Fine Arts program read from their work, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Sept. 22 – The International Film Series at 7:30 p.m. features the 2010 Guatemalan film “AbUSed: The Postville Raid,” directed by Luis Argueta. The film conveys personal stories from a small Iowa town that…

BGSU hosting STEM in the park, Sept. 24

From BGSU MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS STEM in the Park, a free family day of hands-on fun at Bowling Green State University, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Perry Field House, with plenty of free parking available. STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in the Park will feature interactive displays and activities created by community partners, local businesses and area universities to engage children of all ages in the STEM fields. More than 140 unique hands-on STEM activity stations will be offered for individuals and families to enjoy. This event allows participants to make ice cream, dabble in robotics, launch pop rockets, pet lizards and much more. Everyone who attends the event will receive an event map, take home free STEM materials and activity ideas, and enjoy a complimentary catered lunch. Last year’s event drew more than 4,300 visitors from northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Back by popular demand is the “Science of Sports” zone, which displays activity stations that examine how fast participants can run, how high participants can jump, and how far participants can throw a ball. New this year will be a golf simulator where participants can take part in the longest drive contest. A “Roots to STEM Pre K-2” zone also returns this year, which features activities that cater specifically to younger children. The STEM Stage will once again feature super-sized demonstrations from Imagination Station and the Soar & Explore Bird Show presented by the Toledo Zoo. New activities for 2016 include the H2O Zone, where visitors can explore the science behind all of water’s amazing uses; the Food Science Zone for budding food technologists; and the Digital Arts Animation Station for getting immersed in the world of virtual reality. Activity Station hosts include BGSU’s Marine Lab and Herpetarium, Verizon, Toledo Botanical Garden, Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West, Nature’s Nursery, Ohio Northern University Engineering, Wood County Hospital, plus more than 80 other institutions and organizations. STEM in the Park is the brainchild of Drs. Emilio and Lena Duran, both faculty members in BGSU’s College of Education and Human Development. Inspired by Literacy in the Park, an on-campus spring event that brings families in for a variety of literacy-boosting activities, STEM in the Park seeks to increase public engagement in the STEM disciplines. According to Jenna Pollock, education program manager, “the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education at BGSU (NWO) is committed to increasing attendance among low-income and at-risk children. For the fourth consecutive year we are able to provide transportation for families from several school districts in urban and low-income neighborhoods.” NWO organizes the free event on campus for the entire northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan community. NWO is a partnership among a number of area universities, K-12 schools, and community partners who all come together at this event to showcase innovation and educational opportunities and promote positive attitudes toward STEM teaching and learning. STEM in the Park’s Presenting Sponsors for 2016 are Bowling Green State University, BP, First Solar, Lubrizol, PPG and Verizon. Community Sponsors include Carolina Biological, Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education, Perrysburg Rotary Club, SSOE, Thayer Family Dealerships and The Andersons. AT&T, Biggby, BG Community Foundation, Bostdorff’s, Environmental Water Engineering, Master Chemical, Tony Packo’s and Walmart are General Sponsors. Visit…

Child Passenger Safety Seat Awareness Week

(As submitted by Safe Communities of Wood County) Safe Communities of Wood County announced that there have been 8 fatal crashes to date in 2016 in Wood County compared to 10 from this time last year. September 18-24 is Child Passenger Safety Seat Awareness week. In Wood County, there were no fatalities involving children under the age of 13 in calendar year 2016. Child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. Car seats are most effective when installed properly in your vehicle and used correctly. It is essential for parents to make sure their child safety equipment in their vehicles is current with state and federal regulations and is installed properly. Residents of Wood County are encouraged to contact either Wood County Hospital or Safe Kids of Greater Toledo to schedule a car seat inspection.

Bryan rededication concert to raise funds for scholarships

The College of Musical Arts will present a rededication concert of the newly renovated Bryan Recital Hall Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. in the venue.The concert will feature performances by 38 university faculty and graduate student musicians. Interim Dean of the College of Musical Arts William Mathis will host the concert which will raise money for music scholarships. Tickets are $50. Contact: Further questions call 419-372-8654. The concert will be followed by a reception and tour of the hall. Brad Cresswell, of WGTE Radio will serve as master of ceremonies. The program will feature music for voice, piano, strings, brass and woodwinds, jazz, and opera and Broadway selections. In his notes for the performance, Mathis writes: “The impact and rich history of music performance, music instruction and community outreach in Bryan Hall is difficult to measure. Notable guests have performed and taught here including names such as David Brubeck, Yo Yo Ma, Ray Brown, Marilyn Horne, John Cage, and BGSU alumna and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon. The hall plays host to featured guest artists, faculty recitals, daily classes and rehearsals, and scores of student performances each year. “ The recital hall was originally supported by a gift from Ashel and Dorothy Bryan. The renovation was made possible by a gift from their son David Bryan and his wife, Myrna.