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

The Clothesline Project of Northwest Ohio was on display recently at Bowling Green State University. The display sponsored by The Cocoon bears witness to violence against women. Each shirt, made by either the survivor or a loved one, is decorated to represent a survivor's experience. The color of the shirts denote how the victim was abused. Red, pink, orange: survivor of sexual assault. Blue, green: adult survivor of sexual abuse . Yellow, beige,: survivor of domestic violence. Purple: survivor of violence toward LGBTQ+ persons. White: Victim of homicidal intimate partner violence. To speak with an advocate , call The Link, 419-352-1545.



NEWLY POSTED: Opera on Wheels brings “The Magic Flute” to library, May 5

The Toledo Opera’s Opera on Wheels program will present  Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”  in the Atrium of the Wood County District Public Library on Friday, May 5, at 10:30 a.m.

This touring show is a full experience for all ages of Mozart’s classic opera. Prince Tamino must save Princess Pamina from her evil mother, the Queen of the Night. To help him on his quest, three lovely ladies give him a magic flute that will charm both animals and humans. With the help of his flute and the companiship of his jovial friend, Papageno, Prince Tamino overcomes the trial of Silence and thereby wins the hand of Princess Pamina. A celebration of true love conquering all, The Magic Flute”  transports the audience into an enchanted world where good faces the forces of darkness and wins.

This live performance is free to the public and will last approximately 45 minutes.  It is generously supported by the WCDPL Marjorie Conrad Memorial Fund. For more information, contact the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.


NEWLY POSTED: Glass City Singers make debut,  April 25

Glass City Singers will present its premiere concert at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Toledo. The concert, held Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. will feature contemporary music written by living composers, including selections for choir, cello, and piano.

Glass City Singers is a new ensemble to Toledo, and is the first of its kind in Northwest Ohio. The ensemble is an auditioned group of singers aged 16-30, and includes high school students, young professionals, and college students majoring in everything from music to medicine. An alternative to the more traditional community chorus, Glass City Singers performs music composed exclusively in the 21st century.

Tickets for the concert are $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Conductor Brad Pierson is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Toledo, where he works with pianist Christina Montri. Dr. Brian Snow of Bowling Green State University will be featured on the cello.

Tickets are available at the door or from the University of Toledo Center for Performing Arts Box Office:http://utoledo.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=961050

NEWLY POSTED: April 27 hast day for homework help at library

Thursday, April 27 will be the last day for free homework help and tutoring in the Children’s Place of the Wood County District public library with America Reads tutors from BGSU  Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center.  Free tutoring will resume in the fall.  Please call the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253 with any questions.


NEWLY POSTED: Toledo Unitarians offer immigration discussion, May 7

As part of their ongoing “Bending Toward Justice” series, Toledo Unitarians invite the community to a discussion of trending immigration topics Sunday, May 7 at 10 a.m. The series upholds the Unitarian Universalist principle of affirming and promoting the inherent worth and dignity of all people, as well as the congregational mission of fostering spiritual growth and compassionate action.

The presentation will provide an overview of our immigration system and different immigration status categories, as well as current trends in immigration law and policy. Come to learn more about local resources in the community, including Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (Welcome TLC), which is a collaboration of community partners housed in the Board of Lucas County Commissioners in partnership with Toledo LISC. Welcome TLC works to build a welcoming and inclusive community for immigrants and people of diverse cultures that supports a vibrant civic, economic, and social fabric for all.

Presenter Eugenio Mollo, Jr. is the Managing Attorney of the Agricultural Worker and Immigrant Rights Practice Group at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE).


BG high drama club hosts theater workshop for kids, April 23

The Bowling Green High School Drama Club has a fun workshop planned for kids ages 6-12 on Sunday, April 23 from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in the Bowling Green Performing Arts Center.

The event will include theater games, Fairy Tale snacks, and a cool backstage tour of Shrek the Musical. The cost is $10, which includes all workshop materials (but not admission to the matinee performance).

Pre-registration encouraged.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdYaU_EGx4OFgh4OmulOMWyKj12zGZSkrqXZOtAmYXk__oPow/viewform

Library hosts Legopalooza, April 23

Families are invited to the monthly Legopalooza program at the Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library on Sunday, April 23, from 2 to 3 p.m..   The library staff will share their Lego collection along with pictures and books for creative ideas, as well as a group building challenge.

For more information, contact the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.

 Total Package Girl event, April 23

Girls with Goals:  Total Package Girl – Learn How to Be A Positive Role Model, will be held April 23, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., at the Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green. The event is for girls ages 12-15 with an adult present.

Total Package Girl is a new interactive book for every teen and pre-teen girl living through the challenges of growing up in the 21st century. Author Kristi Hoffman, a Northwest Ohio native, PBS TV personality, CEO and 23-year Girl Scout volunteer, is familiar with challenges facing girls today: cyber bullying, peer pressure, confidence, body image and more.

“This is a guide to help girls love themselves; be positive, steer clear of negative influences, feel powerful and live a fit, healthy and fun life,” Hoffman said. “It helps girls build confidence, knowledge and trust in themselves, develop strong communication skills, and create a master plan for living their dreams. It makes the perfect gift for girls.”

Space is limited. To register: Zonta Club of Bowling Green, P.O. Box 745, Bowling Green, OH 43402
Facebook: Zonta Club of Bowling Green, BGZonta@gmail.com, www.bgzonta.org
The event is in partnership with: BG Parks & Recreation, Kiwanis, Exchange Club, Rotary, AAUW & Women’s Club.


 Spring fingerling fish sale and pond clinic set, April 24

The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a spring fingerling fish sale and pond clinic on April 24, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the spring pond clinic at W. W. Knight Nature Preserve 29530 White Road, Perrysburg.

Bill Cody, the “Pond Doctor,” and Craig Everett, OSU Extension, will share general information on pond care and maintenance.  Bring your questions. They’ll have answers.

The pond clinic is free and open to the community. Please RSVP at wcswcd@woodswcd.com or call 419-354-5517. To ensure the correct amount of materials.

The deadline for ordering fish is Thursday, April 27. Fish species offered include: Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Fathead Minnows, and White Amur.  Order forms are available on the website at www.woodswcd.com, by calling the district office or by stopping by the office at 1616 E. Wooster St. (Greenwood Centre – The Courtyard) Bowling Green.


“Just Different” theme for Pizza and Pages, April 25 

Pizza and Pages, the middle school book group, meets on Tuesday, April 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Bowling Green Middle School’s Media Center. Enjoy pizza flavored snacks and a book discussion. Pizza and Pages is a partnership between BGCS and WCDPL and is open to all area 6th-8th graders. The Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library has multiple copies of the pre-selected books available to check out. This month, choose one or more of the following “Just Different” titles: “Sticks and Stones” by Abby Cooper; “Absolutely Almost” by Lisa Graff; and “OCDaniel” by Wesley King.

For more information, call the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.


 Pop’s Seafood ribbon cutting, April 25

A ribbon cutting will celebrate the Grand Opening of Pop’s Seafood Tuesday, April 25 at 11 a.m. at 1616 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green.

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 Pop’s Seafood and the City of Bowling Green.

BGSU student compositions & more featured at jazz benefit, April 27. 

The Bowling Green State University Student Jazz Club will hold a fundraiser at the Clazel, Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m.

The BGSU Lab Band I will perform pieces by student composers Jeff Bouck and Mitchell Borchardt as well as music by Duke Ellington, Sammy Nestico and others.There will also be card games and raffle baskets.

Cover charge will be $2.

Wood County Prevention Coalition to hear speaker, April 28

The next Wood County Prevention Coalition Community Meeting is set for April 28, at 8:30 to 10 a.m. The featured speaker is Scott C. Martin, PhD, Bowling Green State University history professor and department chair. Martin will present on the nation’s past history with opioids and addiction, which in many ways parallels current issues.

Martin is a social and cultural historian who specializes in the 19th-century United States and the history of drugs and alcohol. Since receiving his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 he has taught at the University of California, Riverside, and since 1993, BGSU. He has written or edited books on 19th-century American leisure, the market revolution in America, and the antebellum US temperance movement. He has a chapter on the 20th-century U.S. and alcohol drugs policy in the Oxford Handbook of American Political history, and is working on a study about alcohol and drugs in the American Civil War. Dr. Martin has experience as being a past president of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society and the Ohio Academy of History. Through this presentation, the coalition is hoping to get a better understanding of the history of drugs and alcohol, and where to go from here concerning the opiate epidemic.

Other topics that will be included in the meeting is a presentation on the #Push4Prevention stipend, We are The Majority report, coalition news and reports, announcements, and rountable discussion.


Music Against Domestic Violence Benefit to help Cocoon Shelter, April 29 

The Third Annual Music Against Domestic Violence Benefit will be held Saturday, April 29, noon to Sunday, April 30,  at 1 a.m. at the Alehouse Grill in the Woodland Mall, 1234 N. Main St., Bowling Green.

All proceeds will benefit the Cocoon Shelter.

Kids Karaoke will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. followed by Bliss at 3, Strange Generation at 5, Rock Candy at 7:30, and Spud Nutz at 10.

There will be raffles held including one for a perch charter for $25 per ticket with only 25 being sold.
Contact the venue or A New Doo Pet Salon at 419-352-1545.


Making sushi class offered  to benefit Brown Bag, April 29

A cooking class, Roll Sushi Roll with AJ and Zane, will be presented Saturday, April 29, from 11:30 .m. to 1:30 p.m, at the Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20189 N. Dixie Highway, Bowling Green.

The menu will include sushi, sashimi, and mocha.

Cost is $25 and includes cooking instruction and a full meal. Proceeds benefit the Brown Bag Food Project of Wood County.

The Brown Bag’s primary service is an emergency pantry for food, toiletries, and other household items.

Sign up underway for Blood Analysis Program, April 29

Wood County Hospital and the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will host the 13th Annual Blood Analysis Program on Saturday, April 29 from 7 to 11 a.m., at the Wood County Hospital.

This comprehensive blood analysis screening is for multiple health risk indicators including but not limited to kidney function, electrolytes, liver function and lipid profile and requires a 10 hour fast. Additional available tests are PSA for men and TSH (thyroid) for men and women. Cost of the program is $50 for BG Chamber Investors and $60 for Non-Investors, with $25 each for the additional tests. Blood pressure checks are also offered. The results of this fasting blood test should be used as a guide to determine urrent health status and to make positive changes in diet, exercise or lifestyle to enhance your well-being. The screening should not take the place of routine physicals.
Proceeds from the event will go to support the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Foundation 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 14, or until all spots are filled. Prepayment is required at time of registration by cash, check or credit card, and must be paid prior to event.

Family archery program offered in May

The Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department is offering a family evening archery program on Tuesdays in May, starting May 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., on the Conneaut sledding hill.

An extension of the after-school archery program, parents/guardians can now participate with their children in family evening archery. No experience is required. All equipment will be provided for a fun, friendly, challenging two-hour session that pits brothers against sisters and kids against adults for bragging rights.

This program will run two hours on Tuesday evenings in May for four weeks. Novice shooters will be taught safety and fundamentals of archery by trained staff, and weekly sessions will increase in difficulty to challenge adults and kids alike. This program is based outdoors and weather dependent, so if a session is canceled due to poor conditions, it will be rescheduled at a later date/time.

Register online or at the BG Training and Community Center.  For questions regarding this program, email Mike Przysiecki at mprzysi@bgohio.org.

Democratic Club host calls-to-action session, May 1

Perrysburg Area Democratic Club is hosting a special issues-based meeting open to the community at Way Public Library on Monday, May 1at 6:30 p.m.

Four local speakers will share information and specific calls-to-action that involve volunteering and/or advocacy to improve the following issues that are directly impacting our community:

Human Trafficking – Heather Paramore, LSW – activist and advocate for survivors of human trafficking.

Hunger  – Amy Jo Holland and Gwen Andrix – Brown Bag Food Project

Opiates – Jeremy Fofrich – author and clinical case manager, A Renewed Mind Behavioral Health.

Water Quality – Earl Campbell -Clean Water Advocate.

“We’re hearing from so many folks who feel strongly about these issues and who want to learn more about how they can get involved and make a difference,” stated Rachel Zickar, Club President. “We are happy to welcome all members of our community so we can all work together to improve the quality of life right here in northern Wood County.”


Safety Council to address fire safety, May 2

The Wood County Safety Council will hold its May meeting Tuesday, May 2,  7:30 -9 a.m. at the Wood County Hospital – Bachman-Keil Meeting Rooms. A continental breakfast will be provided.

Chief Tom Sanderson, of the City of Bowling Green Fire Department, will address Fire Safety for Manufacturing and Industry, “The Five E’s of Community Risk Reduction,”

The public is welcome to attend this meeting and any future meetings for a fee of $15 which can be applied toward the next program year’s membership dues. Contact the BG Chamber of Commerce for information. RSVP’for the meeting are appreciated by Monday, May 1 by calling (419) 353-7945 or email Sandy Kerr at SafetyCouncil@BGChamber.net. Wood County Safety Council is hosted by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Bowling Green – Fire Division, the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, and Wood County Hospital.


Broken Spectacle to present one-woman show “Every Brilliant Thing,” May 3-5

Broken Spectacle Productions will present the one-woman show “Every Brilliant Thing” performed by Kendra Beitzel Wednesday, May 3, through Friday May 5 at 7:30 p.m. each night at Grumpy Dave’s, upstairs at 104 S. Main St., Bowling Green.

According to director Sara Chambers: “At its core ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ is about the child of a depressed, suicidal parent dealing with her own depression. The story is hopeful and voices adamant opposition to suicide as she struggles to find beauty and joy in everyday experiences.”

Tickets are available online at:

*Wednesday, May 3: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=RUWHGG8SBSVRC

*Thursday, May 4: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=6WXNWCCVB9HPN

*Friday, May 5: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=CY482DR7X8SCS

There is also aone drink minimum.

Erin Williams is the assistant director and understory. Jonathan Chambers is executive producer.

Leadership BG alumni host golf ball drop, May 17

Leadership BG Alumni Association will host the Golf Ball Drop at the Bowling Green Country Club, 923 Fairview Ave., with proceeds benefiting the Alumni BG Community Projects, Wednesday, May 17. Golf balls can be purchased at the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, one ball for $5 or three for $10. Numbers will be assigned at the time of purchase.

Participants need not be present to win and golf balls can be purchased by anyone. There is a 50/50 cash prize to the winner of this event. Participants may pay in advance or purchase golf balls at the door. Purchased golf balls will be dropped over the Bowling Green Country Club’s practice green. The 1st ball to drop in the hole will be the winner of the 50/50 cash prize. Call The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce at (419) 353-7945 to purchase your golf balls.

This event will also include an Alumni networking lunch buffet available for purchase for $15. If Leadership BG Alumni are interested in purchasing the lunch, they must RSVP to the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce by May 11.


Amazing Race, May 19,  registration underway

The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce ACT*BG Project Team will host the annual Amazing Race Bowling Green with proceeds benefiting the Brown Bag Food Project of Wood County on Thursday, May 19 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home, 1460 W. Wooster St., Bowling Green.

Participants can sign up a team or sign up alone and be assigned to a team. Tickets are $25 plus a non-perishable item, per person if signed up by May 5 and $30 plus a non-perishable item per person after May 5. May 12 is the deadline for registration. Participants can RSVP to the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce by calling 419-353-7945 or email Marissa Muniz at MarissaMuniz@bgchamber.net.

Participants will partake in challenges and solve puzzles around the Bowling Green area to find the secret party location. The party will include heavy hors d ’oeuvres, a cash bar, and entertainment. For more information, contact Marissa Muniz or check out the flyer on the BG Chamber website.


English classes offered on campus

A Family English class, a free ESOL class, is being offered Mondays from 11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. in East Hall Room 406 on the Bowling Green State University campus.

The class is open to everyone, including family members of BGSU students, faculty, and staff; visiting faculty members; and community members wanting to improve their conversational English skills. No registration or sign up is necessary. Participants  do not have to attend every class.

For additional information, contact the Family English Instructor, Stephen Ohene-Larbi at sohenel@bgsu.edu.

Homework & reading help available at library 

Trained tutors from BGSU Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center are offering free homework help and read aloud support at the Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library .

The America Reads program is available for K-5th grade students  on Mondays through Thursdays between 6 and 8 p.m. Tutor sessions average thirty minutes. Students can drop in anytime during the scheduled sessions to register.

Parents and caregivers are expected to stay in the Library building during tutoring sessions.  Please call the Children’s Place desk at 419-352-8253 with any questions.