What’s happening in your community (updated Feb. 24)

NEWLY POSTED: Library hosts AARP Fraud Watch session, March 14
On Wednesday, March 14 at 2 pm, Terry Supancic with the AARP Fraud Watch Network will give a presentation at the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main, Bowling Green, on how to protect yourself from fraud and scams.
Con artists steal billions every year and the workshop shows how the AARP Fraud Watch Network is arming Americans with the tools and resources to fight back. The workshop discusses how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud and how to protect yourself and your family. “Not all fraud takes place online,” said Supancic.  “We will also provide information about how to protect yourself from telemarketing and lottery scams.”
The AARP Fraud Watch Network is free, regardless of whether individuals are members of AARP and the information is useful for people of all ages.
For more information, contact Information Services at the Wood County District Public Library at 419-352-5050.


NEWLY POSTED: Lesley Cady to talk about Wood Area Ministries at Feb. 28 Lenten Lunch

Lesley Cady will share her experiences with Wood Area Ministries (WAM) this Wednesday (Feb. 28)  at the Bowling Green Lenten Lunch.  The Bowling Green Ministerial Association and the combined churches of BG present the series annually, this year entitled “A Balm in Bowling Green: Making BG a Healthier, Relationally Healing City through Faith.”

All luncheons are held Wednesdays from noon to 12:50 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 200 N. Summit St.  They are purposely held downtown over the lunch hour in order for working people to attend.  The Church of Latter Day Saints will prepare this week’s lunch.

The events are open to everyone: no reservation required. A free-will offering will be taken. This is an opportunity for persons from BG’s diverse churches and community to gather in unity and get to know each other over lunch.


NEWLY POSTED: Moral case for capitalism focus of Young Republicans, March 13

Wood County Young Republicans will be hosting Americans for Prosperity Foundation on the topic of moral case for capitalism March 13 at  6 p.m. at the Wood County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge on the Wood County Fairgrounds.


BGSU Arts Events

For listings of arts events at Bowling Green State University click here.

50+ Shades of Grey exhibit now on exhibit
The art show 50+ Shades of Grey exhibit features 2-D art by 28  senior artists from Northwest Ohio.  The artwork  will be on display for three weeks at the center.

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 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 [NOTE: This family event is free to the public]

Library presenting Family History Workshop, Feb. 26
Kristin Wetzel’s passion for family history has led her to some extraordinary discoveries.  She located letters testifying to an ancestor’s good character so his wife could receive a pension for his service in the War of 1812.  She found the name of the ship her grandfather sailed on when he moved to the United States in 1915, and she is in touch with cousins from across the globe.  With each exciting discovery, Kristin is more energized about what she learns and about teaching others  how to explore their own family’s story.
On Monday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 pm, Kristin will lead a beginning Family History Workshop at the Wood County District Public Library located at 251 N. Main, Bowling Green.  The workshop will cover everything from using specialized databases such as the Fold3 military history resource up to the basics of census research.  One star attraction at the library is the Ancestry database, and searching tips for using it will be featured in the workshop. Many people are familiar with Ancestry.com and Kristin will discuss how to get the most from the library’s Ancestry database.
“I truly enjoy digging into the past,” said Wetzel.  “It’s so much fun, and brings a lot of joy to people when they find ancestors.  I think that joy explains why genealogy research is becoming on of the most popular hobbies in the country.”
For more information, contact Kristin Wetzel at the Wood County District Public Library at 419-352-5050.
Help Me Grown playdate, Feb. 26
Parents and caregivers with young children are invited to the February Help Me Grow playdate at the Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library on Monday, February 26, 10- 11:30 a.m.  This session, open to everyone, offers stories, playtime and community support resources. For more information, contact the Children’s Place staff at 419-352-8253.

Chamber lobbyist to give Legislative Update, Feb. 27

The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will hold its Legislative Update of 2018 with Keith Lake, Vice President of Governmental Affairs at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, Feb. 27, at noon at the Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main St.

Attendeeswill hear about the highlights from 2017 and issues that will impact their business in 2018 and get information from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce on how they are advocating for business at the state level.

Keith Lake is heavily involved in the day to day operations of the Ohio Chamber’s Legislative Advocacy Program, as well as serving as a principle contact for members of the Ohio House and Senate.

This event is free, but due to space limitations, reservations are recommended. RSVP by contacting Marissa Muniz at MarissaMuniz@bgchamber.net or by calling (419) 353-7945. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch; water and coffee will be provided. RSVP’s appreciated by Monday, February 26. This seminar is presented by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs.


High school troupe to stage ‘Lily’s Shadow,’ Feb. 28
“Lily’s Shadow,” an original one-act play for young audiences, will be presented Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Bowling Green Performing Arts Center.Admission is free.The play was written by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce with members of the Bowling Green High School Drama Club.The performance will be followed by a talk-back on the dangers of human sex trafficking for minors. The play is a work-in-progress and the troupe is especially interested in hearing from those who did not see the production in October.The club received the Ohio/Michigan Liberator’s Award in the category of Student/Student Groups from S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution because of the work it has been doing the past five years using drama to bring attention to the issue human sex trafficking of minors.Click to see story on how “Lily’s Shadow” was created.

Drum circle to meet monthly at Unitarian Universalist congregation starting Feb. 28

The Good Vibrations Community Drum Circle will meet Wednesday, February 28 from 7-8:30 p..m at the Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20189 N. Dixie Highway (Route 25), Bowling Green.

Good Vibrations, the only ongoing drum circle in the Toledo metropolitan area, was formed in February, 2016, and always meets the fourth Wednesday of every month.  MVUUC has  allowed the use of its facility for this community activity. Future dates for 2018 are: March 28April 25May 23June 27July 25August 22September 26October 24November 28, and December 26.

All ages and abilities are welcome, even without a drum.  Many extra percussion instruments and drums are available for use. Dancers, players of other musical instruments, and singers are welcome to add their energy to the mix.  There is no cost to participate.

Contact Lynn Israel for information –  lisrael@accesstoledo.com.

Musical trivia night, Feb. 28

The BGSU chapter of Student National Association of Teachers of Singers will host a musical Trivia Nigh Wednesday, February 28 from 6-8 p.m. at Ziggy’s in Bowling Green.

The trivia will be written by musicology graduate student, Alexis Scangas and will include trivia customized to singers and musicians. Ziggy’s will be donating 10 percent  of their proceeds back to SNATS. Prizes have been donated by local businesses and organizations and include tickets to performances.  The cost is $5 per person and $20 for teams of three to five  with preregistration. At the door, the cost will be $7 per person and $25 for teams of three to five . To register, email bgsu.snats@gmail.com. All proceeds will benefit the SNATS chapter.

Schooner explains ‘hill mounds’ for gardens, March 10
It all starts with the dirt.  Everyone from beginning gardeners to master gardeners agrees this is true, but these gardeners also have first-hand experience of the digging, amending and watering that goes into preparing soil in traditional beds.  Wouldn’t a water-efficient, no-dig alternative be at the top of a grower’s wish list?  A practice called “hugelkulture” delivers both those benefits and is the topic of a free workshop presented by Don Schooner at the Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main St., Bowling Green) on Saturday, March 10 at 10 am.
Pronounced hoo-gul-culture, the word is German and means “hill culture” or “hill mound.”  The mounds certainly look different from traditional raised beds and can rise up from the ground as much as 3 to 4 feet, even more if support is provided.  “Hugelkulture is one of the best ways to create good soil with long-term water benefits,” said Don Schooner, a hugelkuture practitioner and one of the owners of Schooner Farms, located in Weston, Ohio. Schooner has been working with hugelkulture for several years and is pleased with the results he is seeing.  The practice also has the added benefit of using debris material that might otherwise go into the green dump.
The workshop covers the seven layers used to create a mound garden and gives examples of how the method is appropriate for both urban and rural areas.

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.

Click for more details.



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.