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

Mosaic created by Gail Christofferson in the Bowling Green Community Center.
NEWLY POSTED:  Toledo Symphony plays live to ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ Jan. 20

Voted the greatest movie musical of all time by the American Film Institute, beloved classic “Singin’ in the Rain” comes to life on the big screen with live orchestral accompaniment by the Toledo Symphony, Saturday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m. in the Stranahan Theater.

The movie features award-winning onscreen performances by song and dance legends Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds.

Sara Jobin will conduct the orchestra.

NEWLY POSTED:  Violinist Maria Sampen returns for Great Performance recital, Jan. 21

Violinist Maria Sampen and pianist Thomas Rosenkranz will present violin sonatas by Johannes Brahms along with contemporary works in a Great Performances concert at the Toledo Museum of Art, Sunday Jan. 21 at 3 p.m.This is the first of two concerts featuring Sampen, who grew up in Bowling Green and is now a professor of violin at the University of Puget Sound and Rosenkranz, associate professor of piano at Bowling Green State University.

Program includes the Sonatas no. 1 and 2 for Violin and Piano by Brahms, Clara Schumann’s Three Romances and William Bolcom’s Second Sonata for Violin and Piano.


NEWLY POSTED:  Toledo Opera staging ‘Rigoletto,” Jan. 26 & 28

The Toledo Opera  will present Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto”  Friday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 28, at 2 p.m. in the Valentine Theatre.

Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Rigoletto returns to Toledo Opera after a ten-year absence. The court jester Rigoletto (Anooshah Golesorkhi) is happy to aid the amorous Duke (Raffaele Abete) in his seductions until the Duke turns his attention to Rigoletto’s own daughter Gilda (Magali Simard Galdès), but vengeance proves a curse. James Meena will conduct an acclaimed international cast, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and the Toledo Opera Chorus.

Tickets are available now by calling 419-255-7464 or by visiting Toledo Opera’s Online Box Office. If you have any questions, please email boxoffice@toledoopera.org.

All opera-goers are invited to join Toledo Opera with acclaimed Bowling Green State University musicologist Dr. Eftychia Papanikolaou for a free Pre-Opera Talk one hour before each opera in the Grand Lobby of The Valentine Theatre. Dr. Papanikolaou provides historical context and insight for before each production with the aid of a projected slideshow and is available to take questions after each talk.


NEWLY POSTED: Tim Story releasing “Buzzle” vinyl at museum event, Jan. 25

The Toledo Museum of Art will host a “Buzzle” Listening Party with Tim Story and Russ Curry, Thursday, Jan. 25, 7-9 p.m., in  GlasSalon.
In March 2017, TMA presented “The Roedelius Cells,” an audio installation by Maumee-based composer, producer, and performing artist Tim Story who returns to the GlasSalon to celebrate his newly re-released album “Buzzle” on the Curious Music.

Based in Coralville, Iowa, Curious Music founder Russ Curry will join Story in conversation about the album, the return of vinyl, and an evolving music scene that supports global reach even for those creating and distributing music in small town Ohio and Iowa. Following the conversation, Story will sign copies of “Buzzle” and other works.

NEWLY POSTED: Molsky’s Mountain Drifters to perform at Toledo Mueum, Feb. 1

Molsky’s Mountain Drifters will perform Feb. 1 at  8 p.m., in the Toledo Museum of Art GlasSalon as part of the Great Performances series.
Tickets are $10 for Museum members, $15 for nonmembers.

Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is  active touring with his trio, including a stop last September at the Black Swamp Arts Festival. (Click for story.) Visit toledomuseum.org to purchase tickets.

Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

NEWLY POSTED: Museum screens silent film, “Flying Ace,” with live jazz score, Feb. 8

The 1926 film “Flying Ace” will be screened as part of the Toledo Museum of Arts The Sound of Silents series Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Peristyle.

Aviators are rivals on the ground and in the air in this Hollywood-style adventure film featuring an African American cast and based on real people who fought in World War I. The film stars Laurence Criner and Kathryn Boyd .

This program features a jazz score performed by acclaimed Detroit bass player Marion Hayden with Alvin Wattles playing both piano and TMA’s historic Skinner organ. Tickets are free for Museum members and $5 for nonmembers.


NEWLY POSTED: Perrysburg Musical Theatre casting ‘Hands on a Hardbody,’ Jan. 31 & Feb. 2

Perrysburg Musical Theatre Company (PMT) will hold auditions for its production of the Broadway musical “Hands on a Hardbody” 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31 and Friday, Feb. 2 at the St. Timothy’s Church, Perrysburg.
“Hands on a Hardbody” is a three-time Tony-nominated musical with book by Doug Wright, lyrics by Amanda Green, and music by Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green. In addition, the musical was nominated for nine Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical.
Performances will be May 18-20 at Owens Community College.
Inspired by the cult classic documentary of the same name, “Hands on a Hardbody” tell s 10 hard-luck Texans vying to win a brand new truck by seeing who can remain standing the longest with their hand on the vehicle.
“Hands on a Hardbody” is directed and choreographed by Clark Ausloos with music direction by Michael Kadin Craig and  produced and managed by PMT’s artistic director, Julie Bermudez.
For more information, contact Julie Bermudez, perrysburgmusicaltheatre@gmail.com.
For more information and to download an audition packet that includes
character breakdown and rehearsal information visit www.perrysburgmusicaltheatre.org.

‘Game On at the Library,’ Jan. 20
 The Wood County District Public Library invites community members for a game day during “Game On at the Library” on Saturday, January 20 from 1 -4 p.m. Gamers from Cameron’s Comics and Stuff, Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Retro, and more will be on hand to teach people some of their favorite tabletop games. Participants are also welcome to bring their own family-friendly tabletop games to play and share as well.
 “People may even want to break out a classic favorite like Monopoly or Checkers. We really just want to provide a welcoming and fun space for anyone and everyone who loves to play games.  People might not always think of the library as a gaming location, but we’d like that to change. We are about providing a space, as well as materials,” explained librarian Marnie Pratt.
The event will take place in the library’s first floor atrium.  Popcorn and snacks will be provided, and one lucky participant will even take home a brand new game.
For more information please the Wood County District Public Library’s Information Department at 419-352-5050.

Music of Irving Berlin featured in Perrysburg concert, Jan. 21

“The Song is Ended (but the Melody Lingers on): An Afternoon with the Vocal Music of Irving Berlin” will be presented as part of the St. Tim’s Discovers series Sunday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m.,  in the sanctuary of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 871 East Boundary Street, Perrysburg. 

(See story: http://bgindependentmedia.org/st-tims-discovers-features-music-of-irving-berlin/)

Information on all upcoming events in the series is available at www.saint-timothy.net.


Chamber presents Tax Update, Jan. 22

The Business Council of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce will present a Tax Update and Planning event  in partnership with Lee Ann DuBois, manager , Clark Schaefer Hackett and Michael Richter, CPA with Radel, Smith & Associates. This Tax Update will be held January 23, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main St., Bowling Green.

DuBois and Richter will give updates to the 2017 Tax Year and discuss the regulations taking effect on January 1, 2018 under the Tax Cut & Job Act (H.R.1).

Please RSVP by January 22nd, 2018. The event is free to attend, but space is limited. A light continental breakfast will be provided. Send RSVP’s to Marissa Muniz at MarissaMuniz@bgchamber.net or by calling (419) 353-7945.

This event is presented by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Business Council, in partnership with Clark Schaefer Hackett & Radel, Smith & Associates.


Series starters theme for Pizza and Pages, Jan. 23

The middle school book group, Pizza and Pages, meets next on Tuesday, January 23, at 2:30 p.m. in the Bowling Green Middle School’s Media Center. “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 January, youth can choose one or more of the following “Series Starters” titles: Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty; Princess Academy by Shannon Hale; and Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt.

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty is the story of a twelve-year-old rat catcher on North Carolina’s Biltmore estate in 1899 who teams up with the estate owner’s young nephew to battle a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past.

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale is the story of fourteen-year-old Miri, too small to work at the quarry like everyone else, who struggles to prove herself to her father. She receives her chance when the prince announces he will choose his bride, and Miri is sent to an isolated school to learn the skills and values needed if chosen. There, she discovers her special ability to protect herself and fellow schoolmates.

Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voigt is the story of a young boy whose parents leave the country without him and who must rely on his wits to get by. Before long he is running his own rather unusual business.

The discussion with staff from BGMS and WCDPL will include any or all of these titles, along with pizza snacks.

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

Tennis clinics for kids 4-9 start Jan. 24 

Bowling Green Parks and Recreation and the Bowling Green Community Tennis Association are hosting youth tennis clinics for children ages 4-9.  The clinics will run on Wednesdays from 6-6:50 p.m. for children ages 4-6 and 7-7:50 p.m. for children ages 7-9.  Dates for the program are Jan. 24 through Feb. 28.  Costs are $35 per resident and $44 per non-resident.  Loaner racquets will be provided for participants who do not have one.  Clinics will be held at the Veteran’s Building in City Park.  To register or  for more details, visit www.bgohio.org/parks or call 419-354-6223.


Work Leads to Independence marks grand opening, Jan. 24

A ribbon cutting to mark the grand opening of Work Leads to Independence, formerly Wood Lane Industries., will be held
Wednesday, January 24, at 4 p.m. at 991 S. Main St., Bowling Green. The ceremony will be followed by a Business After Hours from 4:30-6 p.m.

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
Work Leads to Independence and the City of Bowling Green.

Library presenting ‘eBay Basics,” Jan. 25
Millions of items are bought and sold on eBay each year, and the Wood County District Public  Library (251 N. Main, Bowling Green) wants to help you learn to be a part of this.
During the class on “eBay Basics” on Thursday, January 25 at 10:30 a.m., you will learn how to open eBay and PayPal accounts, bid on and purchase items, and even make a little money by selling items yourself.
The class will be taught by WCDPL librarian, Marnie Pratt, who has been buying and selling items on the popular eCommerce site for years. “I’m hoping I can make the process a little less intimidating to people by sharing a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned. I think there are a lot of steps and policies which scare people off, but honestly once you get your feet wet, it can be a lot of fun.”
The class will be held in the second floor meeting room at 251 N. Main Street in Bowling Green.  Reservations are required.
To reserve your place,  please contact the Wood County District Public Library’s Information Department at 419-352-5050.
Naslada hosts Burns Night festivities, Jan. 25

Naslada Bistro, 182 S. Main St., Bowling Green,  will hold its Third Annual Robert Burns Night, Thursday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m.

Hosted by Chef Boby Mitov and Elliott MacFarland, Bard of the St. Andrews Society, the evening will feature food, whiskey, poetry, songs, and the presentation of The Immortal Memory – The Life of Robert Burns.

The four course dinner will feature Mitov’s distinctive versions of traditional Scottish foods paired with four regional single malt whiskies. (See details.)

The cost is $120 per person. Call 419-373-6050 for resrvations. The event has sold out the previous two years.

(See for story on last year’s event.)


Aardvark Printing celebrates remodeling, Jan. 31

A ribbon cutting  to celebrate the remodeled of Aardvark Screen Printing & Embroidery will be held January 31, at 11 a.m., at 123 S. Main St., Bowling Green.

RSVP’ 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
Aardvark Screen Printing & Embroidery and the City of Bowling Green.


Chocolate lovers are invited to ‘Unite for United Way,’ Feb. 9

Downtown Bowling Green will host its first Chocolate Crawl to benefit the United Way on Friday, Feb. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m.  Visitors can stroll the downtown with their Golden Tickets and sip, nibble and drizzle themselves into chocolate heaven.  Eighteen Downtown merchants will offer up everything from a sample box of fudge to a chocolate flowing fountain, all  for a $10 donation to the United Way in Wood County.  

Purchase your ticket for this event at any of the participating merchants below, the Downtown office or online at ticketwizard.events.  The event is the kick off for the Winterfest Chillabration in the Downtown and merchants are preparing to delight you with the treats and in-store/restaurant specials for a great cause.   Follow the announcements on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Downtown-Bowling-Green-58181037150/.

Participating businesses are:  art-a-site! Studio, Ben Franklin Crafts, Beckett’s Burger Bar, Call of the Canyon, Cookie Jar, Coyote Beads & Jewelry, Eden Fashion Boutique, The Farm Girls Vintage Boutique, For Keeps Gifts, Grounds for Thought, Mode Elle Boutique, Painted Clovers, Reverend’s Bar and Grill,      Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Retro, SamB’s, Sugar Ridge Brewery, United Way and Waddington Jewelers. 

For more information, call  Downtown BG at 419-354-4332.  


Men’s basketball begins at community center, Feb. 18
Registration is open for the Adult Men’s Basketball Leagues at the Bowling Green Community Center.  The season begins February 18th and runs through mid/late April.  Divisions will consist of Competitive (ages 18 and over), Recreational and 30+ Recreational (Recreational divisions may be combined if necessary).   Teams will receive a minimum 5 games and a single elimination tournament.  Game times vary from 12PM-6PM on Sundays and will take place at the Bowling Green Community Center.  Team fees are $145/team (by February 5th), plus officials fees ($20 cash/game).  Non-Resident player fees are $15 per player for 2018.  Team fees are $195 after Monday, February 5th.  For more details, please call 419-354-6223 or visit www.bgohio.org/parks


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.