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

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 Wood County Senior Center in downtown Bowling Green. The show will be on view through March 28.
NEWLY POSTED: Korean  chorus to perform in BG, March 23The Suwon Civic Chorale from South Korea will perform  at the Bowling Green  Performing Arts Center Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m.The free concert will featured both traditional and modern Korean music.

NEWLY POSTED: Spring Olympic Family Fun Night, March  23

Join BG Parks & Recreation as we host the Spring Olympic Family Fun Night at the BG Community Center this Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All families will participate in gym activities, minute-to-win-it games, and design their own Olympic torch craft project…every family walks away as winners and having fun on this night. Finally, we will end the night with a themed cookie decorating contest so bring your  competitive and creative spirit.
This event is free for family passholders of the BG Community Center. For non-passholders interested in attending, one child gets in free with each paid adult daily admission fee of $8 for BG resident/$10 for non-BG resident.  Additional children are $5 for BG resident/$6 for non-BG residents.
If you are planning on attending, we ask that you please RSVP by calling (419)354-6223 so we can plan accordingly.  Walk-ups will also be welcome.


NEWLY POSTED: Schocket to expose ‘Bunk Peddlers: Alternative History & Why  It Matters,’ March 28

We’ve heard of “fake news” and “junk science.” History, too, has fallen prey to charlatans. Celebrated by ideological opportunists, these think-tankers, popular writers and occasional academics exploit scholarly history to push bogus theses that further their political dogmas; these cranks are fully invested in the idea of alternative history as a legitimate enterprise, according to Dr. Andrew Schocket, a professor of history and director of American culture studies.

In his College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Schocket will present “Bunk Peddlers: Alternative History and Why It Matters” at 4 p.m. March 28 in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. He will explore how alternative history works, why it’s important and how we might combat it. Admission is free; a reception will follow.

Schocket is the author of “Founding Corporate Power in Early National Philadelphia” and “Fighting Over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution.” He has also published in a variety of academic journals and written articles for several newspapers. He is involved in various humanities projects, including the Magazine of Early American Datasets.


NEWLY POSTED: BG council members hold Wards 1 & 2 meeting on action plan, April 3

Bowling Green City Council Members Daniel Gordon (Ward 1) and John Zanfardino (Ward 2) are hosting a constituent meeting on Tuesday, April 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the Wood County District Public Library. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the final draft of the Community Action Plan, which seeks to revitalize neighborhoods, and gather public feedback. All are welcome. Attendees are asked to read the Plan, available at https://www.bgohio.org/community-action-plan, in advance of the meeting.


NEWLY POSTED: Super Dash and Hero Festival team up with Children’s Services, April 21

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Super Dash!  The Super Dash is a superhero themed Obstacle Course Run/Mud Run and Hero Festival being held at the Obstacle Course Trail behind the BG Community Center on Saturday April 21.   The event is for boys and girls, ages 3 to 14 and their parents.
The Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Department and title sponsor Wood County Children’s Services Foster Parent Recruitment will bring you a day of muddy family fun that will include the Obstacle Course Run, hero themed crafts, games, contests, and live music! Registration information can be found at https://www.bgohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-Super-Dash-Registration-Form-1.pdf
Register by March 30 to secure yourself a spot and save $10 too.
Click on the link below for a video that shows you what kind of fun you and your child can expect.


NEWLY POSTED: T-Ball and softball leagues open for registration, play begins May 15

Bowling Green Parks and Recreation’s Youth T-Ball and Softball Leagues are now open for registration.
Youth T-Ball is for ages 5-6 and Youth Softball Leagues are for the 7-8 year old and 9-12 year old age divisions.  All practices and games will be held at the Eli Joyce Ball Diamond in City Park.  All leagues are for boys and girls.  Youth Softball Leagues will consist of machine pitch style games.
Practice days and information regarding the league are listed on the attached flyer.  Leagues begin with practices the week of May 15th and games begin the week of June 4th.
Costs are $51/Residents and $60/ Non-Residents (cost includes a shirt and ball cap).
To register, please visit us at www.bgohio.org/parks, call 419-354-6223 or register at the Bowling Green Community Center, located at 1245 W. Newton Road.



Two Fox hosting Pro Musica fundraiser, March 23-25

Two Foxes Gastropub, in downtown Bowling Green, will be hosting a fundraiser for Pro Musica Friday,  March 23, through Sunday, March 25 .

Located at 121 S. Main Street in Bowling Green, the gastropub will give a donation to Pro Musica when patrons order the featured cocktail and dessert. Patrons should mention Pro Musica when they order.

Live music, presented by students from the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University, will be featured on Friday (March 23) at 9 p.m.

Pro Musica, funded by nearly 300 dedicated alumni, friends, parents and members of the Bowling Green community, sponsors a wide variety of musical events and provides financial support to music students for educational travel projects. In addition, the organization provides funding for scholarships and various awards at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts.

All monies raised from the event will be use to fund student travel grants for students in the college.


Reception  for Bianca Garza on exhibit at Art Supply Depo, March 25

Test Plot: An Exhibition of Medium Format Photography by Bianca Garza is now on exhibit at he Art Supply Depo, Bowling Green. 435 East Wooster, Bowling Green. A reception with the artist will be held   Saturday, March 24, from 5-7 p.m. The show continues through March 25.
Sustainable, locally sourced light finger foods from Fowl and Fodder will be served at the reception, as well as locally sourced beverages.

Click  for story.

Registration open for spring youth soccer beginning March 26

Registration is available for Spring D-League Youth Soccer.  The program will take place at the Dunbridge Soccer Fields, beginning March 26th and will run through May 12th.  The D-League Soccer program is for boys and girls ages 3-14.  Age groups consist of 3-4, 5-6, 7-9 and 10-14 year olds.  Costs are $60 for 3-4 year olds and $74 for participants ages 5 and up.  This 7 week program will include Monday practice sessions with Division 1 college soccer players and coaches and Saturday morning games.  Players are asked to bring their own shin guards, soccer ball and water bottles.  Practice and game times can be found on the attached flyer.  To register, please visit us at www.bgohio.org/parks or call 419-354-6223.


Issue 1 & gerrymandering explained, March 27

The League of Women Voters of BG (LWVBG) i\will host an informational proggram on Issue 1, which is on the May 8 ballot, Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 126 S Church St., Bowling Green.

ISSUE 1 provides for an amendment to the Ohio Constitution which would reform the redistricting process, which is how the US Congressional electoral district map is redrawn following each decennial census.  Click for more information.

Creation Care theme of Lenten Lunch, March 28

Creation Care is the subject of the final 2018 Bowling Green Lenten Lunch with Neocles Leontis sharing his experiences, arranged by Peace Lutheran Church. The meal this Wednesday(March 28) will be prepared by the congregation of First United Methodist Church.  Lenten Lunches are held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 200 N. Summit St. from noon to 1  p.m.The theme this year is “A Balm in Bowling Green: making BG a healthier, relationally healing city through faith.”

The Annual Lenten Lunch series is free and open to everyone; no reservation required.  It is sponsored by The Bowling Green Ministerial Association and the combined churches of Bowling Green. This is an opportunity for persons from BG’s various churches and the community to get to know each other over lunch.

Holocaust survivor to visit BGSU, March 28

BGSU Hillel and the BGSU Office of Multicultural Affairs present a talk by Holocaust survivor Dr. Irene Butter Wednesday, March 28 7-8:30 p.m.
Butter was born in Berlin and grew up as a Jewish child in Nazi-occupied Europe. She survived two concentration camps and came to the US in 1945. Since the late 1980s, Dr. Butter has been teaching students about the Holocaust and the lessons she learned during those traumatic years. She reminds us all of our ability to make meaningful change through seemingly small gestures, and that “refusing to be an enemy” and “never being a bystander” makes all the difference in the world.

Butter plans to sell and sign her newly published memoir, “Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story” at the event. This event is free of charge and open to all. Additional information on Dr. Butter can be found at: http://www.irenebutter.com/

Drum Circle meets, March 28

The Good Vibrations Community Drum Circle will meet Wednesday, March 28 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20189 N. Dixie Highway (Route 25), Bowling Green, OH. All are welcome. No experience is required. Bring a drum or instrument if you have one or use one of ours. The activity is free. Information: lisrael@accesstoledo.com.

This drum circle meets every fourth Wednesday at MVUUC.

‘Sex Ed for Adults’ offered, March 31

Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation (MVUUC) is proud to offer “Sex Ed for Adults” on March 31 from 5-9 p.m.  All adults—couples and single people– over 18 years old are invited to attend this entertaining, informative, and secular class developed and taught by Dr. Sarah Rainey-Smithback and Dr. Mary Krueger.  The course is $35, which includes a catered dinner.

Dr. Rainey-Smithback, through her role as Director of Religious Education at MVUUC, has been offering the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality curriculum to children and teens for several years, but consistently has requests from parents and other adults for a “class for grown-ups.” To meet this demand, Dr. Rainey-Smithback and Dr. Krueger have designed this single-session course to meet the time constraints and needs of adults.

The course will cover all the basics including anatomy and sexual response, gender and sexual orientation, and sexual behavior and communication—all in a fun, welcoming environment.  Attendees will be encouraged to explore their history of sexual messages, their own sexual values, and expand their knowledge and understanding of sexuality.  The goal of the course is to affirm all people’s right to a healthy, happy sex life.

Dr. Rainey-Smithback and Dr. Krueger have been teaching sexuality education in a variety of settings for decades. Dr. Rainey-Smithback has her PhD in Women’s Studies and specializes in sexuality.  She has taught sex ed in the community and in the classroom for over 15 years. Dr. Krueger has her PhD in Human Sexuality and has been teaching sex ed for over 27 years.  Attendees are asked to pre-register at https://goo.gl/forms/GM9ey3y41EGXpveA2 or by contacting Dr. Rainey-Smithback at dre@mvuuc.org or 419-806-2143.


Volleyball for little kids and parents offered through April 12
A developmentally appropriate introductory program for children 3 to 5 years old is being offered which prepares them for organized volleyball in a fun, non-threatening environment.  This program prepares children and their parents for organized volleyball programs without the threat of competition or the fear of getting hurt.  Parents and children work one-on-one during this six-week class.  Children will receive a t-shirt.  Parents and children who are participating must bring a clean pair of tennis shoes for this program.  Program will be held at The Bowling Green Community Center.  A facilitator will be on hand.  Costs are $51 for residents and $60 for non-residents.  Dates for the program run on Thursdays March 1 – April 12  from 5:15-6 p.m. For more details, please call 419-354-6223 or visit www.bgohio.org/parks


Registration open for youth soccer, program starts March 26

Registration is now available for Spring D-League Youth Soccer.  The program will take place at the Dunbridge Soccer Fields, beginning March 26 and will run through May 12.  The D-League Soccer program is for boys and girls ages 3-14.  Age groups consist of 3-4, 5-6, 7-9 and 10-14 year olds.  Costs are $60 for 3-4 year olds and $74 for participants ages 5 and up.

This seven-week program will include Monday practice sessions with Division 1 college soccer players and coaches and Saturday morning games.  Players are asked to bring their own shin guards, soccer ball and water bottles. To register, please visit us at www.bgohio.org/parks or call 419-354-6223.


Tiny Window concerts set through March

The Tiny Window concert series at Two Foxes,  121 S. Main, Bowling Green continues through March.
Scheduled performances are:
March 9 – Mike Bryce and Beau Hamann (Jazz/Blues)
March 16 – Richie Arndorfer (Singer-Songwriter/Indie/Electronic)
March 23 – Special Event:   7-9 p.m. – Adam O’Dell and Matt Magerkurth and  9-11 p.m. – BGSU music Students, sponsored by BGSU Pro Musica
March 30 – Tim Concannon (Blues/Rock/Singer-Songwriter)

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.


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 for the free series 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


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.


Park District has busy spring

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BGSU arts events

Click here for listing of arts events at BGSU.