What’s happening in your community (updated July 16)

Firefly Nights will be staged Friday, July 20, from 6-10 p.m. in downtown Bowling Green. See details below. Artist Carol Smestad did portraits during the street festival held in June.

NEWLY POSTED: Firefly Nights aims to shine brighter, July 20

Firefly Nights will return to downtown Bowling Green, Friday, July 20, 6-10 p.m. with even more festivities.

The street fair will present more music, vendors, food trucks, and kids activities.

Set to perform are:

North Stage: 6:30 p.m.,  Vester Frey; 7:30 p.m., Dooley Wilson; and 9 p.m., Minglewood Labor Camp

South Stage: 6 p.m., Flannery Murnen; 7 p.m., Three 2 Many; and 8 p.m., Ryan Roth & The Sideshow.
For more details, announcements, and giveaways visit the festival’s website, Facebook page, Instagram account.

NEWLY POSTED: Water ski championships come to BG, July 21 & 22

The Ohio State Water Ski Championships welcomes 100 athletes from around the state to compete  at Bees & Skis Lake, 16559 King Road in Bowling Green, Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

This competition is an opportunity for competitors to win the state title and to advance to the Midwest Regional Championships in Wilmington, Illinois. The tournament is hosted by John Gorski and the Barking Shores Ski Club.

Skiers ranging in age from 8 – 80 will compete in three events, slalom, trick and jump. In addition to the State Championships, the final Buckeye Buoy Tour stop will be hosted at Bees & Skis Lake on Friday, July 20.

A banquet will be hosted Saturday night on site where the Ohio All-Star Team will be announced, junior awards presented and the Distinguished Service Award honoree recognized. Distinguished Service is the highest honor given to a volunteer in the Ohio Water Ski Association (OWSA).

NEWLY POSTED: Cronin Buick celebrates opening, July 17

A ribbon cutting and Business After Hours to celebrate the Grand Opening of Cronin Buick GMC at 1099 N. Main St., Bowling Green, will be held July 17. The Ribbon Cutting will be at 4 p.m. with the Business After Hours 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 Cronin Buick GMC and the City of Bowling Green.


NEWLY POSTED: Families invited to ‘Rock! Out with the Beetles,’ July 18

Families are invited to join Wood County District Public Library Children’s Place staff and a BG Parks and Recreation naturalist for a special “Rock Out! with the Beetles” program on Wednesday, July 18, 2 p.m. at Wintergarden Park. Enjoy beetle-themed stories, music, crafts and a nature presentation.  For more information, call the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.


NEWLY POSTED: Youth Volleyball Camp at the Community Center, July 23-27

Registration is still open for the youth volleyball camp at the Bowling Green Community Center.  The camp will take place from 1-3 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 23-27.  Boys and Girls, ages 7-12 will work on volleyball skills, learn rules of the game and scrimmage.  Age groups will be split appropriately.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the game while having fun.  Costs are $51 for residents and $60/non-residents.  To register, please visit www.bgohio.org/parks or call 419-354-6223 for more details.

NEWLY POSTED: Youth Lacrosse drop-in nights, July 18 and 25

Youth Lacrosse drop in nights continue on Wednesdays; July 18th and 25th from 6-8 p.m.  Drop ins will be held at the Bowling Green Athletic Fields located behind the Bowling Green Community Center at 1245 W. Newton Road.  Please park at the west end of the Community Center parking lot to drop off your children.  Youth Lacrosse drop in nights will consist of pick up play, various skills challenges and practice drills to help all skill levels (from beginner to advanced). For children new to the game, we will offer some learn to play type tips to get them started.  If children have proper equipment and numbers permit, some small sided scrimmaging will be allowed as well.  This is for children ages 6 and older.  Participants may come and go during this 6-8 p.m. time period.  Younger children may be accompanied by an adult.  Starter sticks and balls will be provided for participants who do not have their own.  This is a free event.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Eric Fletcher at 419-354-6223 or eric.fletcher@bgohio.org.


NEWLY POSTED: Library to host geologist, July 21

Families are invited to join Wood County District Public Library staff and geologist Kailey Snyder for a special program called Geology Rocks! on Saturday, July 21, at 2 p.m. at the library. Examine geodes, learn to identify and test different kinds of rocks and minerals, and see a volcanic eruption.  For more information, call the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.


NEWLY POSTED: Tween/Teen Book Group at library, July 20

The tween/teen book group, “Pizza and Pages,” meets next on Friday, July 20, at 11 a.m., in the Wood County District Public Library’s Children’s Place. The Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library has multiple copies of the pre-selected books available to check out. This summer, youth can choose one or more of the following “Books That Rock” titles: Solo by Kwame Alexander; Saving Marty by Paul Griffin; Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John; Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey; The First Rule of Punk by Cela Perez; or Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia.

Solo by Kwame Alexander is a novel in verse that tells the story of seventeen-year-old Blade, who endeavors to resolve painful issues from his past to navigate the challenges of his former rockstar father’s addictions, scathing tabloid rumors, and a protected secret that threatens his own identity.

Saving Marty by Paul Griffing is the story of Lorenzo, a twelve-year-old boy who adopts Marty, a runt piglet, but nothing prepares him for the life-changing bond they form or for the chaos a full grown pig can create.

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John is the story of eighteen-year-old Piper, a deaf student who becomes the manager for her classmates’ popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey is the story of Menolly, a young girl of Pern, who braves the deadly perils of Threadfall and redirects her life, aided by nine fire dragons, cecause of her father’s adamant disapproval of her unwomanly ambition to be a Harper.

The First Rule of Punk by Celia Perez is the story of twelve-year-old Maraia Luisa O’Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malâu), who reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang–violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school’s most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia is the story of aspiring bluesman Clayton Byrd who is devastated when his grandfather passes away and his mother forbids him from playing the blues, losses that compel him to run away in the hope of joining other bluesmen on the road.

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

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


NEWLY POSTED: Talent show auditions open to all ages, July 26

Got a talent you would like to present?  If the answer is yes, then come try out for our upcoming talent show on Aug. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

As part of the end of the summer Party in the Park event, BG Parks & Recreation is getting in on Wood County District Public Library’s summer reading theme of “Libraries Rock” by showing that the people of BG rock too, with our Bowling Green Parks & Recreation “Rockin’ Talent Show.”

Auditions will be on July 26, starting at 5:30 p.m. Sign up by July 24.

To sign up, email Ivy at iesserwhidden@bgohio.org or call the Bowling Green Community Center at (419) 354-6223.


NEWLY POSTED: Inaugural Throw to Glow disc golf date changed to July 28

The Inaugural “Throw to Glow” Disc Golf event has been moved to Saturday, July 28, from 8-9:30 p.m.

The event will take place at the Carter Park Disc Golf Course which is located at 401 Campbell Hill Road, Bowling Green. Participants who register by July 21 will receive a free glow disc. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Costs are $12/resident and $16/non-resident. To register, visit www.bgohio.org/parks or call 419-354-6223 for more details.


NEWLY POSTED: Musical theater camp in City Park, July 30 to Aug. 3

Registration is now open for the Bowling Green Parks & Recreation’s Musical Theater Camp.  This camp will be for boys and girls ages 6-12, and take place July 30-Aug. 3, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Needle Hall in City Park. The camp will culminate with a performance taking place at the Party in the Park event being held on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at BG City Park.

This summer learn the ins and outs of Musical Theatre. Start the week by learning a new dance combination, followed by a monologue, and a cut of your favorite musical theater song. You’ll play games and improve your acting, dancing, and singing – all while improving your confidence as a performer. The cost is $61 for residents, and $70 for non-residents.


Josh Almanson Basketball Camp for kids, July 16-19

The 13th Annual Josh Almanson Basketball Camp for children entering grades 2-9 will be July 16-19 at the Bowling Green Community Center.  The camp will be led under the direction of Former BG Bobcat and Former BGSU Falcon Josh Almanson.  Camp costs are $100/participant.  For more information visit:  www.joshalmansoncamp.com
Registration forms are available on the website.


Workshop explores opioid crisis’ effect on older population, July 18

The Opioid Crisis Workshop: The Unseen Impact on Elderly Adults will be presented Wednesday July 18, from noon to 5 p.m.  at Penta Career Center, 9301 Buck Road, Perrysburg.

Key leaders from Northwest Ohio will discuss the impact of the opioid crisis on middle-aged and older adults. Information on opioid use, misuse, abuse and dependency will be provided along with information on alternative strategies for pain management and community resources. This workshop will also address the unique challenges faced by grandparents who are raising the children of the opioid epidemic.

Workshop is free for grandparents raising their grandchildren and individuals aged  60 and older. For others, cost is $25 per person.

Registration required. To register download an application at  https://areaofficeonaging.com/event/4930 .

For questions, call  419-382-0624 or send an email to training@areaofficeonaging.com.

Sponsored by the Optimal Aging Institute at BGSU, The Wood County Committee on Aging, and the Area Office on Aging.

NEWLY POSTED: Malt supply, craft brewing trends focus of ag breakfast, July 19

Origin Malts co-founder, Victor Thorne, will present craft brewing trends and supply dynamics of raw material ingredients such as malting barley, at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, July 19, from 8 – 9:30 a.m.  The event is hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF).

Historical externalities have affected the craft brewing industry and have created opportunities for new entrants to solve gaps in the supply chain.  Origin Malts, a supply chain agribusiness focused on producing and processing small grains for the food and beverage industry, has been growing and testing Puffin, a two-row winter malting barley with Scottish bloodlines since the winter of 2010-11.  Regional brewers are currently testing the locally grown malt.

Arrive early, as breakfast and informal networking will start at 8 a.m., with the program to follow.  The cost is just $10 per person when you RSVP in advance, or $12 per person at the door without RSVP (cash or check) which includes breakfast and networking opportunities.


Best Hometown Celebration, July 19

A celebration of Ohio Magazine’s designation of Bowling Green as the state’s Best Hometown will be held Thursday, July 19  from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Simpson Building & Gardens. The city’s parks, events, retail, restaurants, venues, lodging and non-profits will offer displays, samples, giveaways, coupons and to celebrate why BG is a Best Hometown. Click for story.


Bob Evans celebrates re-modeling, July 25

A ribbon cutting to celebrate the re-modeling of Bob Evans,  1726 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green, will be held Wednesday, July 25 at 4 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 Bob Evans and the City of Bowling Green.

This event was originally scheduled for June 19.

Park District has full slate of nature classes in June

Click for schedule.

Youth golf tournament at BG Country Club, Aug. 1

The Andy Open Youth Golf Tournament is a month away.  The event will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Bowling Green Country Club, located at 923 Fairview Ave.  Youth golfers ages 6-18 will be able to participate in this event.  Participants must have some experience playing golf and should be able to carry their own golf bag throughout this course.  A t-shirt and hot dog lunch will be provided.  Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in their division.  Costs are $13/resident and $17/non-resident.  Tee times begin as early as 8:30 a.m.  The registration deadline is Monday, July 30.  To register, visit www.bgohio.org/parks or call 419-354-6223 for more details.

Registration for BG parks summer programs underway

Programs, which include swim lessons and camp programs, is now officially open to both Residents and Nonresidents to register. Check out everything that BG Parks & Recreation has to offer tin the electronic brochure.