What’s happening in your community (updated March 23)

The Artists vs. Hunger: Empty Soup Bowl Fundraiser event to benefit the Brown Bag Food Project will be held Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum. Sponsored by the BGSU Ceramics Department and the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, the project will raise funds for the Brown Bag Food Project. Those attending will be able to buy a handcrafted ceramic bowl made by students in the BGSU Ceramic Department. The ticket also includes free admission to the museum. The meal will be a free will donation. Tickets can be purchased on Brown Bag Food Project’s Facebook page.
NEWLY POSTED: Author to speak on opioid crisis, April 1
Wood County District Public Library will bring New York Times bestselling author Beth Macy to Bowling Green o discuss her book “Dopesick” on Monday, April 1at 7 p.m. at the BG Schools Performing Arts Center on West Poe Road.
Macy,  a graduate of Bowling Green State University, chronicles the toll of the opioid crisis through portraits of those affected, addicts, their families, and first-responders. TheNew York Times called “Dopesick” “a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency.”
A book signing follows Macy’s talk. Books available to purchase from the Friends of the Library.

NEWLY POSTED: ‘Comedy of Errors”’ encore performance, March 24

The BGHS Drama Club is presenting an encore performance of their fall play “A Comedy of Errors” on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. in the

The cast and crew was selected to perform the the play as a Featured Main Stager production at the Ohio Thespian Conference next weekend.

The performance is free. Donations to support students’ conference fees will be happily accepted.

NEWLY POSTED: ‘Living in Fellowship’ theme for Lenten Lunch, March 27

The Bowling Green Ministerial Association and the combined churches of Bowling Green present the third in the 2019 Lenten Lunch Series  on Wednesday, March 27 from noon to 12:55 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, 1033 Conneaut Ave.   

The Rev. Helen Dukes, retired United Methodist pastor, will present  “Living in Fellowship”  as this week’s Tool for the Journey Toward Easter.  

The Lenten Lunch Series is free and open to the public.  A light lunch will be served, no reservation required.

NEWLY POSTED: Soccer for ages 3-14, starts April 1

D-League Soccer is starting soon for children ages 3-14.  D-League Soccer consists of one practice night per week and six Saturday games.   Dates for the program run from April 1 through May 18.  Costs are $60 for 3-4 year olds and $80 for ages 5-14. 

Participants will learn the game through various games and activities from current division one college soccer players and coaches.  Participants will also receive an official D-League t-shirt. 

Players will need to bring their own ball, shin guards and a water bottle.  All practices and games are located at the Dunbridge Soccer Fields.  To register, please visit www.bgohio.org/parks or call 419-354-6223.

NEWLY POSTED: Flag Football Fridays, starting April 5
Bowling Green Parks and Recreation is offering a new flag football program for youth athletes ages 8-12 for both boys and girls. This 8-week program will be on Fridays from 4:30-6 p.m. (April 5th-May 24th) at the BGPR athletic fields.

This program will help develop participants’ knowledge and skills in the game of football by introducing both terminology and rules. Also, participants will be able to develop skills through drills and scrimmage based practices. 

Costs are $45/residents and $54/non-residents. Costs include an NFL flag jersey with an NFL team of choice and flag belt.

The registration deadline to receive jerseys and belts in a timely manner is March 29th. In addition, participants should bring both an outdoor pair of shoes, cleats if possible, and a clean pair of tennis shoes if the program has been moved to the gym for the day.   To register or for more information, please call 419-354-6223 or visit www.bgohio.org/parks

NEWLY POSTED: Youth Lacrosse Programs, starting April 9   
Bowling Green Parks and Recreation will host two youth lacrosse offerings coming in April.  The youth lacrosse skills clinic is for boys and girls ages 7-12 and will run on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. at the Bowling Green Community Center. 

This clinic is for participants new to the game and teaches the fundamentals of the game.  Sticks, balls and nets are provided for participants.  Skills will be led under the direction of BGSU Lacrosse.  Costs are $26/residents and $35/non-residents for this 6 week program.

There will also be a youth lacrosse skill builder plus program for participants ages 8-14.  Participants will meet on Tuesdays (April 9-May 14th) from 6-7 p.m. and also on Sundays (April 28-May 19th) from 1-2:30 p.m.  Participants in this skill builder plus program will need to bring their own helmets, sticks and gloves in order to participate. 

Sunday programming will be led under the direction of the BGHS Boys Lacrosse Team.  Costs for this program are $44/resident and $53/non-resident.

Age appropriate groups as well as boys and girls will be divided if numbers permit for either programs.  Girls participating do not need to provide a helmet for the skill builder plus program. 

To register for either of these programs, please visit www.bgohio.org/parks  or call 419-354-6223 for more information.

NEWLY POSTED: Toledo Ballet going ‘Through the Looking Glass,” April 26 & 27

The Toledo Ballet will stage “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. in the Valentine Theatre.

As Alice encounters Carroll’s well-known whimsical characters Tweedledum & Tweedledee, Mad Hatter, and Humpty Dumpty, she struggles to find her Looking Glass World voice and thoughtfully transitions from a childlike pawn into the queendom of adolescence. 

The performance is directed by Michael Lang, the company’s resident choreographer, and features musicians from the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.


Wood County Park District’s March activities

BGSU arts events through March 27

‘High School Musical’ cast leads drama workshop, March 23

On Saturday, March 23, the Wood County District Public Library Children’s Place will host a drama workshop led by the Bowling Green High School Drama Club. The workshop will run from 10-11:30 a.m., and teach skills used by the Drama Club actors in their upcoming production of “High School Musical.” Participants will learn “High School Musical” related theatre warm-ups, create improv scenes that explore cliques and break their stereotypes, and learn the choreography for the show’s main dance, “We’re All in This Together.” Children ages 8 and up are invited to participate.

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

Family Rigamig session, March 24 

Families are invited to play and build with the library’s Rigamajig, a giant building set, in the programming room of the Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library on Sunday, March 24, from 2-3 p.m.  The library staff will provide stories and books for creative ideas.

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


50+ Shades of Grey exhibit on view through March 28

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

The exhibit is sponsored by the BG Arts Council and the Wood County Committee on Aging.

Toledo Museum hosts a day Van Gogh films, March 30

The Toledo Museum of Art will host a cinematic celebration of the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Little Theater.

Come celebrate the birthday of 19th-century painter Vincent van Gogh whose vivid life continues to fascinate filmmakers from around the world. This immersive marathon in the Little Theater will feature the 2018 film “At Eternity’s Gate” starring Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe; “Crows,” a short homage from the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa; Kirk Douglas in “Lust for Life, the 1956 biopic directed by Vincente Minelli. 

Tickets are $10, $7 for members, and $5 for students and military.

The schedule for the Vincent Van Gogh Celebration and Movie Marathon is:

  • 10 a.m., Lust for Life (1956, 2 hours 2 minutes, not rated)
  • 12:15 p.m., Lunch Break (Food and beverages purchased in the Museum Café are permitted in the Little Theater)
  • 1:15 p.m., Crows from Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990, 10 minutes, PG)
  • 1:30 p.m., Vincent and Theo (1990, 2 hours 18 minutes, PG-13)
  • 4 p.m., Dinner Break (Museum Café hours extended)
  • 5 p.m., Loving Vincent (2017, 1 hour 35 minutes, PG-13)
  • 7 p.m., At Eternity’s Gate (2018, 1 hour 51 minutes, PG-13)

Registration open for spring youth soccer, which starts April 1

Registration is now open for the spring season of D-League Youth Soccer.  This program is for children ages 3-14.  D-League Soccer consists of one practice night per week and six Saturday games.   

Dates for the program run from April 1-May 18.  Costs are $60 for 3-4 year olds and $80 for ages 5-14.  Participants will learn the game through various games and activities from current division one college soccer players and coaches. 

Participants will also receive an official D-League t-shirt.  Players will need to bring their own ball, shin guards and a water bottle.  All practices and games are located at the Dunbridge Soccer Fields.  For more information, please view the attached form.  To register, visit www.bgohio.org/parks or call 419-354-6223.

Jazz vocalist  Kim Nazarian to perform at UT, April 2

The University of Toledo Department of Music welcomes New York Voices jazz vocalist, Kim Nazarian, as the guest performer on the 2019 Jon Hendricks Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert. The concert will be held Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. They are available in advance from the UT Center for Performing Arts Box Office at 419-530.-2787 or online at www.utoledo.Tix.com. Tickets will also be available at the door. Parking is free in lot 12, across the street from the CPA building.

Toledo Jazz Orchestra to play TV theme songs, April 6

The Toledo Jazz Orchestra will perform The Great Television Theme Songs, Saturday, April 6, at 8 p.m.  at the Valentine Theatre, 410 N. Superior St., Toledo.

Hits from “Mission Impossible,” “Perry Mason,” “Frasier,” “Family Guy,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “I Love Lucy,” “Shaft,” “Pink Panther,” “Dragnet,” and “Batman” will be among the themes performed. The songs were written by the top songwriters and arrangers of the time.

Prizes will be given for guessing actors and their characters.

Toledo Opera presents ‘Baby Doe,” April 12 & 14

The Toledo Opera will present a semi-staged production of “The Ballad of Baby Doe,” Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. in the Valentine Theatre in Toledo.

Schyler Sheltrown stars in Douglas Moore’s tale of scandal in turn of the century Colorado during the silver rush.

Tickets are $30-$80.

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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Job & Family Services hosts Lunch & Learn, April 16

The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and the Wood County Job and Family Services are offering a Lunch and Learn program on the “You Hire, You Train, We Pay” service to help manufacturers develop their workforce with some financial assistance. The seminar will be held Tuesday, April 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wood County Job and Family Services, 1928 E. Gypsy Lane Road, Bowling Green,.

Mary Dewitt, Social Services Administrator, at Wood County Job and Family Services and a panel of those with experience in using the program will explain the process and answer questions.  Dee Meyer, HR Manager at Rosenboom Custom Crafted Cylinders will be a part of the panel.

The Wood County Job and Family Services Programs include but are not limited to Public Assistance, Social Services, Protective Services, and Ohio Means Jobs Wood County. 

The seminar without lunch is  free for investors and $10 for non-investors. With lunch; $10 for Chamber investors and $20 for non-investors. Reservations are required by Monday April 15th.  RSVP by emailing: Events@bgchamber.net or by calling 419-353-7945. 


 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