What’s happening in your community (updated April 22)

Art Walk will occur in downtown Bowling Green on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 Community Earth Day Celebration, April 22

Enjoy special Earth Day stories, art projects, activities, nature walks, and much more. Numerous organizations are partnering for great Earth Day events and activities throughout the month of April.Attend one of the many hands-on volunteer activities or educational experiences provided by our sponsoring organizations and listed on the website www.communityearthday.com.

Join us on Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Montessori School of BG for the culminating Community Earth Day Celebration.


BGSU professor to discuss memory & aging, April 23

We have all forgotten where the keys are or why we came into a room, but as we age those instances of forgetfulness can start to take on more worrisome overtones.  Dr. Jason Whitfield and the BGSU Optimal Aging Institute are teaming up to review what changes in memory and thinking are normal, and will share those changes in a workshop at the Wood County District Public Library on Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Whitfield is an Assistant Professor in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders where he directs the Motor Speech Lab and he is a licensed speech-language pathologist.
 “The Optimal Aging Institute is looking forward to addressing some of the common issues people in our community are facing. What is great about the sessions provided by the Optimal Aging Institute is that we try to give people very specific information that they can act on after the session has ended,” said Paula Davis, Director of the Optimal Aging Institute.
For questions about the event, please contact the Optimal Aging Institute by phone at 419-372-8244 or the Wood County District Public Library at 419-352-5050.
Free hearing, speech/language screenings offered at  BGSU, April 23-27
The Bowling Green State University Speech and Hearing Clinic is offering free hearing screenings and speech/language screenings for children and adults of all ages. Screenings are available by appointment April 23, 25 and 27 at the BGSU Speech and Hearing Clinic in 200 Health and Human Services Building on Ridge Street. Call 419-372-2515 for an appointment.

The BGSU Speech and Hearing Clinic offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic speech, language, and hearing services while acting as a training facility for master’s- and doctoral-level speech-language pathologists. Professionally experienced faculty and clinical staff are state licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Under the supervision of these professionals, enthusiastic graduate students receive valuable academic and clinical experiences.

Jazz Lab Band to play show at Cla-Zel, April 24

The BGSU Jazz Lab Band,  directed by David Bixler, will perform Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 in the Cla-Zel  in downtown Bowling Green.

The concert will include performances of original compositions and arrangements by students.



Gaming store celebrates opening, April 24

The Stacked Deck, a new tabletop gaming store, will  mark its  grand opening on Tuesday, April 24, at 4 p.m., at 188 S. Main Street Suite  2, Bowling Green.

The Stacked Deck is Bowling Green’s friendly local gaming store. Stop by to check out some Warhammer, Magic, D&D, Warmachine, and other tabletop gaming.

RSVPs are appreciated by contacting Marissa Muniz at MarissaMuniz@bgchamber.net or by calling the Bowling Green Chamber at (419) 353-7945. This event is presented by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Stacked Deck, Downtown Bowling Green and the City of Bowling Green.


Reading  tea leaves at library with Becky White-Schooner, April 26
Intrigued by references to reading tea leaves in novels such as Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline” and Emily Arsenault’s “The Leaf Reader,” the Wood County District Public Library is teaming with Becky White Schooner of Schooner Farms in an event that explores the art of reading tea leaves.  The event takes place Thursday, April 26 at 7 pm at the library’s historic Carter House, 307 North Church Street, Bowling Green.
“Reading tea leaves was once quite commonplace for ladies enjoying tea together,” said Becky White-Schooner.  “We are looking forward to enjoying time together and learning about this pastime.”
White-Schooner is well-known for her classes and workshops at Schooner Farms and she is active with the Friends of the Library.  “I have been coming across references to reading tea leaves in some of my favorite novels for many years,” said Michele Raine, Assistant Director at WCDPL.  “When I learned that Becky could do a presentation, I thought it would be fun to bring to life something I’ve been seeing in the pages of books.”
Space at the event is limited.  Please call 419-352-5050 to make your reservation.


Business Council to hear about employee retention, April 26

The Business Council of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will present the next session of their Small Business Management Series April 26, 8 a.m. at The Four Corners Center located at 130 S. Main St., Bowling Green,The session topic will be: Employee Retention.

• Why employee retention is critical to the growth of your organization

• The main reasons employees leave and why they stay

• Motivation and retention strategies

• How to build a high employee retention strategy that reduces employee turnover

The  presenter will Bob Bethel, SPHR of The Employers’ Association. Bethel is involved in the HR Professional community as the Director of the Ohio SHRM State Council and in the local community as a Springfield Township Trustee.

This event is free, but due to space limitations, reservations are required by April 25th. RSVP by contacting Marissa Muniz at MarissaMuniz@bgchamber.net or by calling (419) 353-7945. This seminar is presented by the Business Council of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, and in partnership with The Employers’ Association.


Registration begins for April 28 blood analysis program 

Wood County Hospital and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will host their 14th Annual Blood Analysis Program on Saturday, April 28 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Wood County Hospital.

This comprehensive blood analysis screening is for multiple health risk indicators. Cost of the program is $50 for BG Chamber Investors and $60 for Non-Investors, with $25 each for the additional tests.

Proceeds from the event will go to support the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and Wood County Hospital Foundation Scholarship Funds.

Appointments are required. Call the Chamber office at (419) 353-7945 to schedule an appointment. Registration will be taken until April 13th, or until all spots are filled.

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Certified First Aid course offered at Pemberville  library, April 28
A Certified First Aid Course will be presented at the Pemberville Public Library Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This course is the  complete American Heart Association  class. Cost is $20.
The hands-on  hands-on practice and testing session is  conducted by an American Heart Association instructor. The session is presented by the library and the Pemberville-Freedom Township Fire Department.
Those successfully completion the course will receive a course completion card,  which is valid for two years.
Participants must be 13.  Registration is required. Call   419-287-4012 or visit the library to register.
NEWLY POSTED:  Library, La Conexion partner for Book Day event, April 30 

The Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library is partnering with La Conexión for an annual celebration of El Día de los Niños/ El Día de los Libros, Children’s Day/ Book Day on Monday, April 30 at 7: p.m. Children re-enactors will be dressing as historically significant Latino figures and performing poems from Margarita Engle’s book, BRAVO! A variety of crafts will be available to enjoy, as well as refreshments with chips and salsa.

April 30 is an annual celebration of El Día de los Niños/ El Día de los Libros, Children’s Day/ Book Day, an American Library Association initiative emphasizing the importance of connecting all children from all backgrounds with library materials in many languages and about many cultures.  La Conexión is a welcoming resource of unity and representation for the Latino/a community of Wood and surrounding counties in Ohio.

See you at the Library! Nos vemos en la Biblioteca! Please call the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253 with any questions.


T-Ball and softball leagues open for registration, play begins May 15

Bowling Green Parks and Recreation’s Youth T-Ball and Softball Leagues are now open for registration.
Youth T-Ball is for ages 5-6 and Youth Softball Leagues are for the 7-8 year old and 9-12 year old age divisions.  All practices and games will be held at the Eli Joyce Ball Diamond in City Park.  All leagues are for boys and girls.  Youth Softball Leagues will consist of machine pitch style games.
Practice days and information regarding the league are listed on the attached flyer.  Leagues begin with practices the week of May 15th and games begin the week of June 4th.
Costs are $51/Residents and $60/ Non-Residents (cost includes a shirt and ball cap).
To register, please visit us at www.bgohio.org/parks, call 419-354-6223 or register at the Bowling Green Community Center, located at 1245 W. Newton Road.


Toledo Museum offers mummy-themed Saturday matinees, through May 5

Coinciding with its exhibition The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) presents a themed Saturday matinee film series called “He Went for a Little Walk: Mummies in the Movies” from Feb. 17 through May 5. Each film screening begins at 2 p.m. in the Little Theater. The first film in the series is “The Mummy,” a 1932 feature film starring Boris Karloff, which is
considered to be the pinnacle of mummy cinema.

The schedule for the free series is as follows:

March 3: “The Mummy’s Ghost” (1944, 61 minutes, not rated) and “The Mummy’s Curse” (1944, 61 minutes, not rated)

March 10: “The Mummy” (1959, 88 minutes, not rated)

March 17: “The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” (1964, 81 minutes, not rated)

March 24: “The Mummy’s Shroud” (1967, 90 minutes, not rated)

April 7: “Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb” (1971, 94 minutes, PG)

April 14: “The Night of Counting the Years, aka The Mummy” (1969, 102 minutes, not rated)

April 21: “The Mummy” (1999, 124 minutes, PG-13)

April 28: “Bubba Ho-Tep” (2002, 92 minutes, R)

May 5: “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy” (1955, 80 minutes, not rated) plus family-friendly short films

Chamber hosts 2nd Becoming Best Version  of You session, May 22

The Business Council of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will present the second of a four part session of the Round Table Series: Becoming the Best Version of You with Dr. Michael Brown to be held on May 22 t 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bowling Green State University’s Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

The second session topic will be “Twelve Daily Choices to Transforming Your Life”. Each roundtable discussion will be focused on an extremely relevant and somewhat provocative topic. These four 90-minute sessions will feature Dr. Michael Brown highlighting powerful principles and practices that will enhance your personal and professional life.

Registration is limited to 50 participants. Participants will receive complimentary parking passes for the closest parking lot at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. There are seven lunch options available for registrants to purchase at the Falcon’s Nest Food Court.

This event is $25 for Chamber Investors and $35 for Non-Investors, but due to space limitations, reservations are required by May 18. RSVP by contacting Marissa Muniz at MarissaMuniz@bgchamber.net or by calling (419) 353-7945. This seminar is presented by the Business Council of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Dr. Michael Brown, DMB Coaching.


Library Children’s Place offering free K-5 tutoring, throughout the school year

The Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library is partnering again with the BGSU Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center for free homework help, tutoring and reading support beginning September 18 and continuing during the 2017-18 school year.

Trained tutors will be available Monday through Thursday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for students in kindergarten – 5th grade. Scheduled breaks are posted for BGSU semester breaks. BGSU tutors will be available to meet with students in the Children’s Place Quiet Study Room for about a half an hour (or as needed) as often as a family’s schedule allows. Adults must remain in the building during tutoring sessions. Please call the Children’s Place desk at 419-352-8253 with any questions.


Park District has busy spring

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BGSU arts events

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