What’s happening in your community (updated Nov. 15)

The Bowling Green Holiday Parade will step off Saturday, Nov. 17 at 9:50 a.m.
NEWLY POSTED: work Leads to Independence hosting holiday fair, Dec. 7

Work Leads to Independence will present a Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair, on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to  8 p.m. at 991 S. Main, Bowling Green.  Admission is free.  

More than 30 vendors and crafters will display a variety of gift ideas. We will have food available for purchase.  Santa and his elf will be available for pictures. Family pets are  are welcome to join the picture fun. Children can participate in the cookie decorating and a holiday craft during the fair.  

Orders are being taken for live Frasier fir wreaths and fresh poinsettias for $25 each until Nov. 16.  We will have extra available for sale on the same day as the fair.  For more information, call 419-352-5059.

Vendot openings are still available for $20.  

Since 1985, Work Leads to Indedpendence has assisted the business community to meet their staffing and diversity needs by offering a pool of qualified and competent workers with disabilities.  

NEWLY POSTED: Library presents Peanuts’ Thanksgiving marathon, Nov. 21
The Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library will be showing a Thanksgiving movie marathon all day on Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 10  a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Drop in anytime on Wednesday to enjoy popcorn while watching Charlie Brown and all his friends in this fall favorite film. For more information, contact the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.

NEWLY POSTED: Music for oboe & flute featured at concert, Nov. 16
Oboists Mayuri Yoshii and David Munro, and flutist Laura Norton with pianist Xavier Suarez will present a recital  Friday, Nov 16 at 8 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 315 S. College Drive, Bowling Green.The performers are all master’s degree students in the Bowling Green State UniversityCollege of Musical Arts.


NEWLY POSTED: Register now for holiday nature crafts on Dec. 1

Join Bowling Green Parks and Recreation for some free holiday fun. Registration is now open for the Holiday Nature Crafts at the Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve. Make a variety of nature crafts to decorate your house for the holiday season or give as gifts with your 3- to 11-year-old children. Treats for toasting over the fire will also be provided.

Choose between a morning session (10 a.m. until noon) or the afternoon session (1 to 3 p.m.) on Saturday, Dec. 1. Space is limited to 25 participants each session so sign up soon. For more information and to register go to the Parks and Recreation Department website at www.bgohio.org or call the Bowling Green Community Center at 419-354-6223.


BGSU arts events

Check out all the arts events happening on campus.


Decoy carving and painting lesson offered, Nov. 17

Free demonstrations on how to carve and paint hunting-style decoys, shorebirds, and songbirds, and an opportunity for kids to paint duck head silhouettes are just some of the activities to be offered by the Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association, the Maumee Bay Carvers, and the Wood County Park District on Saturday, Nov. 17.

This family-friendly event will be held 1 to 4 p.m. at the Otsego Park Shelter house (Thompson Stone Hall), located at 20000 West River Road overlooking the Maumee River, at the intersection of Ohio 65 at Ohio 235, just east of Grand Rapids.

“People of all ages can learn about the process of carving and painting wildfowl that live in Northwest Ohio. This art form originated from Native Americans,” said Bob Lund, ODCCA president. “And if you have a carving project and need a few tips, bring it along.”

Visitors also will find a display of vintage decoys and wildfowl carvings – many that were made by Ohio Carvers. “We encourage people to bring along their family decoys and to share their stories,” Lund said.

Information about the Ohio-Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition, flat art competitions, carving contests and learning opportunities also will be available.

“Our focus is to encourage people to put down their cell phones and computers, to get outside and observe nature, and make things by hand, one-at a time.”

For more information, visit the www.wcparks.org.



Unitarians hosting “Art-In” to help Poor People’s Campaign, Nov. 18
The Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20189 North Dixie Highway, Bowling Green,  will host an  “Art-In” to raise awareness and funds for the Poor People’s Campaign, Sunday, November 18   12:30-3:30 p.m.
This arts-and-crafts fundraising event will feature:

  • An arts & crafts supply sale
  • A bake sale
  • Crafting tables where guests can learn a new crafting skill ($5-10 suggested donation)

Find arts and crafts supplies at deep discounts while enjoying delicious homemade baked goods and learning a new artistic craft just in time for the holidays. Admission is free.

The Poor People’s Campaign is a national movement to unite the poor, disenfranchised, and marginalized across difference to take action together and become what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called “a new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.”

Funds raised by this event will go to support the Poor People’s Campaign and MVUUC.

Library hosting Legopalooza, Nov. 18

Families are invited to the monthly Legopalooza program at the Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 2-3 p.m.  The library staff will share their Lego collection along with stories and books for creative ideas, as well as a group building challenge. For more information, contact the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253.


Adler cantata commemorating Kristallnacht to be performed, Nov. 18 

“Stars in the Dust: Cantata for Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Chorus, Instrumental Ensemble, and Narrator”  composed by  Samuel Adler with words by Samuel Rosenbaum, will be performed Sunday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m., at Temple Shomer Emunim, 6453 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania.

The free performance commemorates the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. The performance features Cantor Andrea Rae Markowicz, soprano, Christopher Scholl, tenor, Lance Ashmore, baritone, Michelle Azor, narrator, BGSU Orchestra conducted by Emily Freeman Brown, and BGSU Collegiate Chorale conducted by Richard Schnipke.


Solungga Liu performs with Formosa Quartet at museum, Nov. 18
Pianist Solungga Liu of Bowling Green State University faculty and the Formosa Quartet  will perform Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 1 in D Major and Alfred Schnittke’s Piano Quintet in a Great Performances concert in the Toledo Museum of At’s Great Gallery, Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m.  The event is free.



Help Me Grown playdate at library, Nov. 19

Parents and caregivers with young children are invited to the November Help Me Grow playdate at the Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library on Monday, Nov. 19 from 10 to 11 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.



Artists 4 Animals exhibit continues through  Nov. 28

The Bowling Green Arts Council and Four Corners Center is hosting Artists 4 Animals 5 at the Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main Street, from Nov. 9 through Nov. 28.  

Thirty-six artists of all ages, kindergarten through adult, will exhibit their work in the exhibition, which is free and open to the public during regular Four Corners hours. Juror Jane Vanden Eynden, a fine art photographer and educator, selected the top winners in each age category.

These images will be reproduced on note cards that will be available at the opening reception and at venues in town.  Sales of the cards will benefit the Wood County Humane Society and the Bowling Green Arts Council.


Free tutoring, homework help 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 that continues through the 2018-19 school year. 
Trained tutors will be available Monday through Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. for students in kindergarten – 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.
Please call the Children’s Place desk at 419-352-8253 with any questions.