What’s happening in your community (updated April 25)

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: Community Earth Day Celebration, April 30
The annual Community Earth Day Celebration will be held Sunday, April 30, from 2-4 p.m. at the Montessori School of BG. There will be Earth Day stories, art projects, activities, nature walks, and much more.
The event at 515 Sand Ridge Road, is free and open to residents of Wood County. Activities will be held inside if rain is in the forecast.
NEWLY POSTED: City to celebrate Arbor Day, May 5

The City of Bowling Green will be celebrating Arbor Day on Friday, May 5, at Crim Elementary, 1020 Scott Hamilton Ave., between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. During the event, a proclamation will be presented by Mayor Dick Edwards and fifth grade students from Crim Elementary will display posters of their “Favorite Tree in Bowling Green.” The Bowling Green Tree Commission will give awards to the students creating the top posters with the winning posters being displayed at the school and at the City Building. Students will also help plant a honeylocust tree on the school’s grounds.

Bowling Green has a history of strong commitment to its trees. The city has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for 37 years. Additionally, BG has received the Growth Award 22 times for enhancing its tree program which is the most in Ohio.


NEWLY POSTED: NAMI to host free Hearts and Minds course, May 19

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Wood County is offering its free Hearts and Minds course on May 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at its offices at 541 W. Wooster St. Physical health and mental wellness are closely connected, and people who live with mental illness can be more prone than the general population to diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and elevated cholesterol. (Some psychiatric medications can make these conditions worse.)

To help participants establish a healthy lifestyle, Hearts and Minds covers exercise, proper diet, and setting wellness goals. Trained NAMI members with personal experience of mental illness facilitate the program. It incorporates presentations, discussion, exercises, and take-home materials. For more information on this free course, call NAMI Wood County at 419-352-0626 or go online at info@namiwoodcounty.org.

Since 1987, NAMI Wood County has provided support, education, and advocacy for all those in Wood County affected by mental illness. It is one of over 1,200 NAMI affiliates nationwide.

BG Community Development annual lunch, April 26
The Bowling Green Community Development Foundation will hold its annual meeting lunch Wednesday, April 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Stone Ridge Golf Club at 1553 Muirfield Drive, Bowling Green.
Tim Brown, president of Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, will be the speaker.
Cost per person for Buffet Lunch is $20. RSVP to 419-353-3591 or hboblitt@bowlinggreen-oh.com, or pay at the door.


April 27 last 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.


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.


Safe Communities to hold motorcycle, vehicle safety event April 29
Safe Communities of Wood County  will hold its annual Motorcycle Kickoff and Spring Vehicle Checkup, Saturday April 29 from 1-4 pm at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Post, 12891 Middleton Pike.
Child Car Seat checks will be available as well as Vehicle Equipment checks. The driving simulator plans to be there as well. Come interact with members of the Highway Patrol, ABATE, and Safe Communities coalition partners.


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.


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.



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).

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.