What’s happening in your community (updated Aug. 20)

BiG Band BG will perform at Four Corners Center Tursday, Aug. 23. See story below.
NEWLY POSTED: BG Kiwanis Club to host speaker from First Solar, Aug. 23

Bob Clark-Phelps, an engineer at First Solar Inc., is the guest speaker at the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club Thursday noon luncheon at Stone Ridge Golf Club.

First Solar is building a new solar module manufacturing facility near its existing Perrysburg Township flagship plant.  The new $400 million facility in Lake Township is expected to be up and running in late 2019 and create 500 new jobs.  It will be located at the corner of Route 795 and Tracy Road.


NEWLY POSTED: Community bike ride to focus on safe routes to school, Aug. 26

The third of a series of themed “slow roll” bike rides will be held Sunday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. This ride titled, Back to School, will include a leisurely ride to Bowling Green City Schools. Stops will feature safe route suggestions for students riding to school, bike safety education, and important tips for all riders.

The ride will meet and end at the Girl Scout Building, City Park. Rides are free, family-friendly, and open to everyone. Each rider is required to wear a properly-fitted helmet and ride a correctly-sized bicycle in safe, working mechanical order.

The route for this ride covers six miles. It is highly recommended that young riders, not able to travel this distance on their own, participate via a tow behind trailer or child bike seat. These rides are meant to be more recreational in nature and will travel at a speed comfortable for all riders.

While designed for fun and exploration, monthly rides will also stress the importance of safe riding practices and responsibilities of riders while navigating city streets. Multiple trained leaders will facilitate the ride to ensure that all riders complete the route, including providing assistance for mechanical or personal issues that may arise.

Additional monthly rides are planned for September and October and will take place on the last Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Stay tuned for more fun themes including story books and Halloween. To register for monthly rides, please visit www.bgohio.org and follow the Bike BG link provided on the home page or call 419-354-6222.


NEWLY POSTED: Annual Evensong event planned, Aug. 26

Evensong, an outdoor evening of music, fellowship, snacks and worship, will be held Sunday, Aug. 26, on the lawn of Peace Lutheran Church, 1021 W. Wooster St., Bowling Green.  The annual event is a joint program of the churches of Bowling Green and will begin at 7 p.m. and end with worship at sunset.

Attendees are asked to bring a snack to share and a lawn chair or ground cover.  Everyone is welcome and there will be an activity area for children.

Featured musicians will be Trinity Choir, the Latter Day Saints and Peace Band. Evensong has been sponsored by the Bowling Green Ministerial Association for the last six years. In previous years, the event was held in a park, but this year the Wooster Green will be under construction.   In case of rain the event will be moved into the church building.


NEWLY POSTED: Women’s volleyball leagues starting at community center

Registration is open for the Women’s Fall Volleyball Leagues at the Bowling Green Community Center. Teams will play round robin through a regular season and participate in the double elimination season ending tournament.

The league consists of 6 versus 6 play on Thursday evenings.  Game times range from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Teams may have double headers based on the schedule.  Costs are $145/team (due Sept. 21st) and $7 cash/match for officials (on game day).  Non-resident participants must pay the yearly $15 non-resident fee.

To register, stop by the Bowling Green Community Center at 1245 W. Newton Road or call 419-354-6223 for more information.


NEWLY POSTED: Youth basketball skills camp, starting Sept. 5

Bowling Green Parks and Recreation is holding a youth basketball skills and conditioning camp for girls and boys in grades 5-8.  The camp will be held on Wednesdays for six weeks, starting on Sept. 5 and ending on Oct. 10.

Participants will work through various exercises and basketball skills each week to prepare for their upcoming basketball seasons.  The camp will run an hour long each week from 6 to 7 p.m.  Participants will be asked to bring a positive working attitude, and in return, for best effort, will receive improved results.

You can register anytime from now until Sept. 4.  Costs are $41 for residents and $50 for non residents.  To register, visit website www.bgohio.org/parks, call 419-354-6223, or come in and visit the community center.


NEWLY POSTED: Youth dodgeball on Fridays, starting Sept. 14

The youth dodgeball frenzy returns to action on Friday, Sept. 14.

Registration is open for boys and girls in grades 3-8.  Teams are split age appropriately if numbers permit.   Participants will play various rounds of dodgeball using shark skin dodgeballs.  Times for the program run from 3:45-5:15 p.m. on Fridays, Sept. 14 through Oct. 19.  The second session of dodgeball runs Friday, Oct. 26 through Dec. 14.

Costs for the youth dodgeball six week session is $33 for residents and $41 for non-residents.  One day drop in passes are $7/player.  To register, visit www.bgohio.org/parks or call 419-354-6223 for more information.



Flag disposal ceremony at Camp Miakonda, Aug. 22

Boy Scouts of America Troop 87 will be conducting a flag disposal ceremony on Wednesday Aug. 22, at Camp Miakonda at 5600 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

The United States Flag Code 36s 176(k) states: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” This solemn ceremony is designed to show Scouts and citizens of all ages how to provide for disposal of unserviceable flags in a dignified manner.

If anyone has a flag that is tattered or torn (no longer “serviceable”), they can bring it to the ceremony or drop it off in the lobby of the Scout Service Center at Camp Miakonda, 5600 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo, OH 43623.

Perrysburg troupe casting thought-provoking musical, ‘Parade,’ Aug. 22 & 23

Perrysburg Musical Theatre Company will hold auditions for its production of the Broadway musical “Parade” 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, August 22 and Thursday, August 23. Auditions are open to the community and will be held at the St. Timothy’s Church, Perrysburg.

“Parade” is the stirring Tony Award-winning musical that explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds. With a book by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry (“Driving Miss Daisy”) and a rousing, colorful and haunting score by Jason Robert Brown (“Songs For a New World,” “The Last Five Years,” “Bridges of Madison County”), “Parade” is a moving examination of the darkest corners of America’s history. The tragic, true story of the trial and lynching of a man, Leo Frank, wrongly accused of murder is brought to theatrical life.

PMT is collaborating with the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo and St. Timothy’s Church in Perrysburg to incorporate panel discussions relating to the musical. Cast will have opportunities to take part in the panel discussions as well.

Directing this “think theatre” musical is PMT’s Artistic Director, Julie Bermudez. Logan Maccariella will be the Musical Director and Nicole Spadafore will round out the production staff as the choreographer.

PMT’s performance dates are Nov. 9-11, 2018 at St. Timothy’s Church, Perrysburg.

For more information, contact Julie Bermudez, perrysburgmusicaltheatre@gmail.com.

BiG Band BG to perform, Aug. 23
BiG Band BG will present a night of “free flowing jazz music” Thursday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. in the four Corners Center, 130 S. Main St., in downtown Bowling Green.

The band, an affiliate of the Bowling Green Area Community Band, will be selling its CD at the concert.

Doors open for the free concert at 7:30 p.m.

Novel draws on Druidic tradition in addressing bullying, Aug. 25

Local author H.A. Bryan’s book “Healing in the Woods,” showcases twins Annie and Drew, outcasts at school who are bullied by fellow classmates. will hold a book reading and signing, Saturday August 25, 2-4 p.m. at Gathering Volumes, 196 E. S. Boundary Perrysburg.  First 50 attendees will receive a free gift.

In the book readers will discover how the twins overcome obstacles through self confidence, Herbalism, Runes, and old family secrets.

H. A. Bryan has been writing for over 30 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Concentration in Journalism from the University of Toledo, Ohio. Now, she combines her journalistic background with a childhood full of bullies and structured education to create a unique, first person, mystery and shares the natural healing process of self-empowerment with you.

H. A. Bryan, is a Natural Witch drawn to the Irish Celtic, Druidic, tradition as an eclectic solitary practitioner. She has been studying the Craft for over 20 years, actively supports Circle of the Sacred Grove – Temple of the Old Religion, and promotes the celebration of our interconnected differences.


First-time author debuts historical novel at Gathering Volumes, Sept. 8

Perrysburg author  Genevieve Geha Kirkbride will hold a reading and book signing for her debut historical novel, “Carmen,” Saturday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at Gathering Volumes, 196 E. South Boundary, Perrsyburg.

The novel tells the immigrant story of Carmen T. and Elias A. Geha. Set in Damascus, Syria, the story takes the reader back to 1888 in Zahleh, Lebanon. A box of scribbled notes were the skeletons of “old-country” stories told long ago. Ten years in the making, the story tells of scandal rooted in deceit but tempered by sacrifice and faith.

The scandals spoke of dishonor, humiliation not only of the clergy but of a prominent Catholic family in Damascus, Syria in the 1930s. Were the stories exaggerated? Based on actual events, this narrative seeks to validate these tales by revealing the plight of 18-year-old Carmen – a naive young girl looking for marriage and security from the American, Elias – twenty years her senior, wealthy, charismatic but with a mysterious past. Unsettling secrets surrounded him. Reluctantly, Carmen came with her husband and three children to Toledo, Ohio in 1946.

“Carmen, is a compelling narrative of the life and legacy of a girl who left her family home full of hopes and dreams for a better future” – Samir Abu-Absi, Professor Emeritus, The University of Toledo.


Wendell Mayo to read from new story collection, Sept. 9

Writer Wendell Mayo will read from his new book of short stories, “Survival House,” Sunday, September 9 at 6 p.m. at Calvino’s Restaurant and Wine Bar 3143 Central Ave, Toledo.

Mayo recently retired from the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at Bowling Green State University.

Bulb gardening talk set for Sept. 10
Bowling Green Parks and Recreation in association with the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Foundation and the Kuebeck Forum on Nature and Environment will host Brent Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs to Simpson Garden Park on Monday and Tuesday, September 10 and 11.
Heath, from Gloucester, Virginia, will be sharing his knowledge of bulb gardening on September 10 at 7 p.m. at the Simpson Building Banquet Hall, Simpson Garden Park,1291 Conneaut Avenue, Bowling Green. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Heath’s expertise in gardening with bulbs is widely recognized nationwide.For questions or more information, contact Chris Gajewicz, natural Resources and Garden Park Coordinator for Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department, 419-353-0301.
Class to teach residents how to save trees, Sept. 15

The Bowling Green Tree Commission will be hosting a class on “15 Ways to Save a Tree” on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9-11 a.m. at the Rotary Nature Center at Wintergarden Park, 615 S. Wintergarden Road. The event is free to the public. The class will be held in the classroom and outside.

Attendees will learn about good cultural practices that can extend the life of trees at their property. Contact the Bowling Green arborist at gjones@bgohio.org or 419.353.4101 if you have any questions.

More ‘Dreamscapes’ on exhibit at Sam B’s through Sept. 30

Phase II, of the exhibit “Dreamscapes, Small Town Americana, paintings of Art Shumaker” is open for viewing at the Sam B’s Gallery in Bowling Green through Sept. 30. On display is a new collection of never before viewed paintings depicting favorite American pastimes. As a complement other local artists are featured with the Shumaker Collection.

A closing Reception to meet Shumaker will be held on Thursday, Sept. the 27, 7-9 p.m. in the back bar area of Sam B’s, 163 S. Main Street in Bowling Green.

Shumaker was born in 1939 in the rural farming community of Malinta, Henry County, Ohio.   He grew up and attended school in nearby Napoleon. His adult career included being a maintenance worker for Henry County Hospital and several cable companies in Napoleon.  While working, he did side jobs painting commercial signs for many area businesses.   Upon his retirement in 2001 he began painting imaginary scenes, inspired by the glowing windows in Thomas Kinkaid’s paintings and the small-town values illustrated by Norman Rockwell in his Saturday Evening Post covers.