What’s happening in your community (updated Feb. 18)

The art show 50+ Shades of Grey exhibit features art by senior artists from Northwest Ohio.  The exhibit opens Feb. 22 at the Wood County Senior Center in downtown Bowling Green. The show will be on view through March 28.

NEWLY POSTED: BGSU Chorale opens tour in Perrysburg, Feb. 20

On Wednesday, February 20, the BGSU Collegiate Chorale is starting its 2019
spring tour with an hour-long recital in the nave of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 871 East Boundary Street, Perrysburg, Ohio. Beginning at 7 pm, the mixed-voice Chorale will present a varied program of music ranging from the Renaissance through the 20th century. Accompanied by St. Timothy’s organist Michael Gartz, the chorale is led by Dr. Richard Schnipke, assistant professor at Bowling Green State University.

NEWLY POSTED: Children’s book author Lindsay Moore headlines Polar Day at Gathering Volumes, Feb. 23

The Toledo Zoo and Harper Collins author and illustrator Lindsay Moore are headed to Perrysburg to celebrate National Polar Bear Day on Saturday, Feb. 23. Throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m.  there will be activities at Gathering Volumes to learn about, celebrate, and appreciate Polar Bears.

The schedule is:

• 11:30 am: Little Bear Dreams Read Aloud & Activity

• 1:30 pm: Decorate Your Own Polar Bear (cupcake)
•  2:30 pm: Meet Author Lindsay Moore
•  5:30 pm: Ice Tower Competition

International Polar Bear Day, an annual event celebrated every February 27 to raise awareness about the conservation status of the polar bear, was founded by Polar Bears International in 2011. 

NEWLY POSTED: Yontov to perform piano recital, Feb. 24

Pianist  Yevgeny Yontov will present a solo recital as part of the St. Tim’s Discovers, Sunday, Feb. 24  at 3 p.m. in the nave of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 871 East Boundary Street, Perrysburg

Yontov, on the piano faculty at Bowling Green State University, is considered one of the most promising Israeli pianists of his generation. A finalist in the 2017 Rubenstein International Piano Competition, he has received multiple awards.
Yontov’s debut CD, “Schubert: Piano Variations” was released on Naxos
Records in 2017.
The Sunday recital will include music by  Maurice Ravel, Sergei
Prokofiev, Claude Debussy and Nicolai Medtner, a contemporary of the great
Russian composer Sergie Rachmaninoff. A graduate of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel-Aviv and Yale University, Yontov currently is pursuing his DMA at Yale.

NEWLY POSTED: LWV of Perrysburg hosting Brews& Views, Feb. 25  

The League of Women Voters of the Perrysburg Area will host Brews & Views for Monday, Feb. 25 from 5-6:30 at Te’Kela, 25481 Dixie Highway, Perrysburg. All are invited to gather in the back room for discussions on the latest issues affecting the area. 
Light appetizers will be provided. 
NEWLY POSTED: Fishing films to be screened, March 2
Fallen Timbers Chapter of Trout Unlimited  will host the 2019
Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) at the Maumee Indoor Theater in Maumee on Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6.


NEWLY POSTED: Family concert feature ‘Gawain & the Green Knight,’ March 9

The Toledo Museum of Art will host a free family concert from the Spoleto Festival USA in the GlasSalon on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Visitors will have the opportunity to play instruments, create artwork and then listen and sing along to “Gawain and the Green Knight,” a brand-new work about Camelot by composer Doug Balliett who will be playing bass in this concert. 

Led by violinist Geoff Nuttall of Spoleto Festival USA, this informal concert is for all ages.


NEWLY POSTED: Yoga & poetry, restorative yoga offered, April 13

In honor or National Poetry Month, join Amanda Rzicznek for an all-levels yoga class ideal for beginners and seasoned yogis while local poet Dan Rzicznek reads poems centered on the class’ theme, Saturday, April 13, from 11;30-12:30 at Simpson Building at Simpson Garden Park. Participants should bring their own mats.  Tickets are $15.

A Restorative Yoga session 1-2:30 p.m.  The session is aimed at providing rest and rejuvenation for those with fast-paced hectic lives. Restorative Yoga gradually leads participants  through slow movements to complete stillness and ultimate rest that feels like the most luxurious spa day. Dress in layers and bring your own mat. Tickets are $25.

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BGSU plans full slate of arts events



Homeschool Hangout at the Library, Feb. 20

This month’s “Homeschool Hangout” will be on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 1-3 p.m. For more information, please contact the Children’s Place staff at 419-352-8253.

Students of all ages and their parents/guardians are welcome to participate in this friendly get-together, with opportunities for conversation, resource sharing, and play. As hosts, the Children’s Place shares a variety of board games, as well as a Wii gaming system. 

Black Lives Matter founder to speak at BGSU, Feb. 20

Opal Tometi, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement will deliver the keynote address for the University’s “Beyond the Dream” series Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 7-8 p.m. in the ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union at Bowling Green State University.

She co-founded Black Lives Matters with two other women, and today is the executive director of Black-Alliance for Just Immigration. Her talk is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of the Provost.

This event is free, however, registration is required and a ticket must be presented at the door.

Register here to attend her keynote address.

Livestock feed company executive guest speaker at ag breakfast, Feb. 21

The vice president of one of the leading livestock feed companies in Ohio will discuss the future of the industry including recent changes, regulations and growth trends at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, Feb. 21,  from 8 – 9:30 a.m.  The event is hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF).

Andy Bishop, vice president of operations, Kalmbach Feeds will share current trends and developments in the Ohio feed industry.  He will be addressing issues in nutrition, food safety, including the Food Safety Modernization Act as it relates to feed, animal production, and the economics of feed production.

The cost is just $10 in advance. (Without RSVP it is $12/person at the door.  Click here to register.

50+ Shades of Grey exhibit opens, Feb. 22

Bowling Green Arts Council will present 50+ Shades of Grey, an exhibit that features the work of artists who are 50 years of age or older, Feb. 22 through March 28 at the Wood County Senior Center, 305 N. Main St., Bowling Green.

An opening reception at the Senior Center with refreshments and entertainment will be held from 5-7 p.m on Friday, February 22. Guests will be able to vote for a People’s Choice Award to be announced at 6:30. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate courtesy of The Art Supply Depo. The exhibit is sponsored by the BG Arts Council and the Wood County Committee on Aging.

Chamber celebrates poor farm exhibit at Historical Center, Feb. 22

Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will present a ribbon cutting  to celebrate the opening of the “For Comfort & Convenience: Public Charity in Ohio by Way of the Poor Farm” at the Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green, Friday, February 22, at 4:45 p.m.

 Following the ribbon cutting; a public reception and self-guided tours will be from  5-8 p.m. Exhibit photographer, Jeff Hall, will speak at 6 p.m. about his 5,000-mile journey to Ohio’s poor farm sites.


Glass artist explores audience participation, Feb. 22

Sheri Simons, a Detroit-native known for her large-scale installations related to sound and movement, will participate in the Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) from Feb. 20 to March 1.

She will give a free artist talk on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the GlasSalon.

During her GAPP residency, Simons will work with the Glass Studio team on how to incorporate active audience participation in experiencing her glass works, as well as techniques related to both casting and glassblowing.


Players’ to stage ‘The Music Man,’ through Feb. 24

The Black Swamp Players will present The Music Man” performance dates are: Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, February 17 at 2: p.m.; Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. All performances will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster St.,  Bowling Green.

The classic music will be directed by Amy Spaulding-Heuring and feature Bradley King as the huckster Harold Hill and Jennifer Braun as Marian, the librarian.

Tickets for all performances are $15, and$12 for seniors and students from the Players’ website and at the door.

 Chamber hosts identity theft seminar, Feb. 28

Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and UBS Financial Services Inc. will present an Identity Theft Seminar focused on fraud and cyber security on Thursday, Feb. 28 at Stone Ridge Country Club, 1553 Muirfield Drive, Bowling Green,  at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Dick Eppstein, President of Better Business Bureau. Meal is included. This event is open to the public. Seats are limited. RSVP by calling (419) 353-7945 or emailing events@chamber.net.

‘7th Heaven’ screened in museum series, Feb. 28
The 1927 silent film “7th Heaven” will be shown at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

Frank Borzage directs this film in which a street cleaner saves a young woman’s life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes.

The score will be performed by organist John Lauter. 

Tickets are $5 for museum members, $7 for nonmembers, and $4 for students and military personnel.


Rafiq Bhatia performs immersive musical experience, March 9

Rafiq Bhatia leads a trio that will perform “Breaking English,” an immersive multimedia experience on the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle stage Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

“Breaking English” is an evening-length live performance, featuring composer, producer, and guitarist Bhatia’s latest work for electroacoustic trio transformed with visuals by Michael Cina and Hal Lovemelt. Special guest WILLS will open for Bhatia.

Tickets for the event are now on sale. The cost is $20 for Museum members, $25 for nonmembers, and $15 for students and military from toledomuseum.org.


“Bhatia is known for his embrace of improvisational, multisensory soundscapes,” said Scott Boberg, TMA’s manager of programs. “This performance will be an immersive visual and sonic experience that brings together indie style, sound art, jazz, and electronica.”

Registration open for youth volleyball leagues starting March 11

Registration for the youth volleyball leagues is now open.  The youth volleyball leagues are for children in grades 3-6.  Leagues will run from March 11 to May 11. Third and fourth grade participants will practice on Mondays (4,5,6 or 7 p.m.) and fifth and sixth grade participants will practice on Tuesdays (4,5,6 or 7 p.m.).  Games will be on Saturday mornings into the early afternoon.

Players will be asked to participate in one of the two skill dates offered: Thursday, Feb. 21 (6:30-7:30 p.m. for grades 3-4, and 7:45-8:45 p.m. for grades 5-6) or Tuesday, March 5 (5:30-6:30 p.m. for grades 3-4, and 6:45-7:45 p.m. for grades 5-6).  

All practices and games will be held at the Bowling Green Community Center, located at 1245 W. Newton Road.

Costs are $53/residents and $62/non-residents and will include a t-shirt for each player.  Volunteer coaches are needed for this program as well. The coaches meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Bowling Green Community Center.  To register, please visit www.bgohio.org/parks or call 419-354-6223.


Free tutoring offered at library

The Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library is partnering again with BGSU for free homework help, tutoring and reading support during the 2018-19 school year.

Trained tutors will be available Monday through Thursday from 6:00pm to 8 p.m. for students in kindergarten through fifth 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.

Call the Children’s Place desk at 419-352-8253 with any questions.


Basic boating classes offered during March & April

Basic boating classes are being offered by Toledo Sail & Power Squadron, instructors certified by United States Power Squadrons.  Upcoming classes are in February at Toledo Port Authority downtown Toledo, in March at Monroe Community College, in March again at Toledo Port Authority, in April at Perrysburg Township Fire Department.  Mandatory boater education is required for a boat operator born on or after Jan. 1, 1982. For class details, contact information and fees go to www.toledopowersquadron.org