What’s happening in your community (updated Oct. 16)

NEWLY POSTED: “Yellow Submarine” animator Ron Campbell in Toledo, Oct. 17 & 18

Ron Campbell, an animator who worked on the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” appear live painting and discussing his worked in the ballroom of the Secor Building at 425 Jefferson St, Toledo, Tuesday, Oct. 17 and Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 3 to 8 p.m.

In addition to his work with the Beatles, Ron was involved in scores of cartoons during the hey day of Saturday morning programming, including “Scooby Doo,” “The Smurfs,” “Rugrats,” “Flintstones,” “Jetsons,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “George of the Jungle,” “Yogi Bear” and others. (His PBS show the “Big Blue Marble” won his studio an Emmy and a Peabody).

Campbell will be exhibiting artwork featuring the beloved cartoon characters that marked his 50-year career as a gifted animator.


NEWLY POSTED: Fairy House Program, Oct. 24

On Tuesday, October 24, 5 p.m., the Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library will collaborate with BG Parks and Recreation naturalists at Wintergarden Park for an annual Fairy House Program.

Families are invited to meet at the Wintergarden Park in the Rotary Nature Center, 615 South Wintergarden Road, for fairy stories followed by a nature walk to collect items to build their own Fairy Houses. Please call the Children’s Place desk at 419-352-8253 with any questions.


NEWLY POSTED: Help Me Grow playdate at library, Oct. 23

Parents and caregivers with young children are invited to the Help Me Grow playdate at the Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library on Monday October 23 from 10-11:30 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.


NEWLY POSTED: Area author to sign third novel in Christian adventure trilogy, Oct. 29

Sylvania author Julie Arnold will celebrate the release of her novel “Gold in the Dust” with a book signing at Gathering Volumes, 196 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg, on Sunday, October 29 from 1-3 p.m. .

The novel, which mixes suspense, romance, and humor, caps off her three-book Christian fiction series about a young and brilliant archeologist, Dr. Helena Thessaylia.  Copies of the previous two books in her series, “Garden of Nymphs” and “Hiatus” will also be available.    The entire series is also available on Amazon.  For more information, visit her website at jarnold793.wixsite.com/website.

In “Gold in the Dust,” Helena discovers an ancient and fabled treasure in Syria, attracting the attention of warring factions in the area.  Together with her love interest, attorney Jason Eros, Helena finds herself in a race to unearth a long-lost treasure before it falls into the wrong hands.  

Arnold is a French teacher at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo.  She studied French literature at Western Michigan University and Bowling Green State University.  Her travels to Europe are an inspiration for her novels, set in Greece and France.


NEWLY POSTED: Classic  “Phantom” on screen at Peristyle, Oct. 19

The silent movie classic “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925) will be screened as part of the Toledo Museum of Art’s The Sound of Silents series, Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., in the  Peristyle
A forerunner of the American horror film, and one of the most lavish productions of the silent cinema, “The Phantom of the Opera” has inspired countless remakes and imitations.  This edition of the Lon Chaney original presents the 1929 theatrical version, highlighted by the Technicolor Bal Masque sequence (in which the Phantom interrupts the revelry wearing the scarlet robes of the Red Death), as well as meticulously hand-colored sequences.

This program features Stephen Warner playing TMA’s historic Skinner organ.

Tickets are $5, free for members.

NEWLY POSTED: Farm Girls celebrates new location, Oct. 26

The Farm Girls Vintage Boutique will celebrate their new location at 127 S Main St., Bowling Green, with a ribbon cutting on October 26 at  11 a.m.

The Farm Girls Vintage Boutique offers chalk/clay/mineral paints, re-purposed furniture, home decor, soaps, lotions, jewelry and more! In addition to the store front they also offer paint classes for anyone looking to transform their own piece of furniture.

RSVPs are appreciated by October 25. Contact Marissa Muniz at MarissaMuniz@bgchamber.net or call the Bowling Green Chamber at (419) 353-7945. This event is presented by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The Farm Girls Vintage Boutique, Downtown Bowling Green and the City of Bowling Green.

NEWLY POSTED: Pumpkin-themed storybook walk opens

Families are invited to explore and read a new storybook walk installed at the Pumpkin Peddler, located at 20354 North Dixie Highway, featuring “It’s Pumpkin Time!” by Zoe Hall and illustrated by Shari Halpern.

This seasonal “Storybook Walk” is a partnership between Bowling Green Kiwanis Club and the Wood County District Public Library with assistance from Vicki Knauerhase. Call the Children’s Place desk at 419-352-8253 with any questions.

NEWLY POSTED: St. Mark’s hosts musical celebration of 500th anniversary of Reformation, Oct. 29
 St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bowling Green Sunday, will host a musical observance of the Reformation, Sunday, October 29th at 4 p.m.
The University Choral Society will join Bowling Green State University faculty soloists, the choir of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, and instrumentalists in a program featuring Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God).
 Soloists for the performance are Chelsea Cloeter, soprano; Ellen Scholl, mezzo, Christopher Scholl, tenor; and Lance Ashmore, baritone.
Organists Kevin McGill and Michael Gartz will both play a chorale prelude based on “Ein feste Burg.”

October 31 marks the 500-year anniversary of Martin Luther famously posting his Ninety-five Theses on the doors of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg in 1517. A paraphrase of Psalm 46, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” is one of the most beloved hymns written by Luther. Bach’s famous Reformation cantata is based on that well-known hymn.


Pisanello’s Pizza celebrates remodeling, Oct. 19

Pisanello’s Pizza will celebrate its remodeling with a ribbon cutting on October 19 4 p.m. at 203 N Main St., Bowling Green.

Since opening in 1964, Pisanello’s Pizza has been family owned and operated. Pisanello’s Pizza has been voted best pizza in Wood County for 23 years in a row.

RSVP’s are appreciated by October 18. Contact Marissa Muniz at MarissaMuniz@bgchamber.net or call the Bowling Green Chamber at (419) 353-7945. This event is presented by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Pisanello’s Pizza and the City of Bowling Green.


The Cocoon Dueling Pianos fundraising event, Oct. 19

A fundraising event benefiting the Cocoon will be held Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring Dueling Pianos. The Cocoon is a Wood County agency providing comprehensive services 24-hours-a-day to sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and their family members/friends.

The event will be held at Nazareth Hall, 21211 West River Road, Grand Rapids. Tickets are $30 each. Raffle entry for $500, $250 and $100 will be included with ticket purchase. Winners need not be present.

The event will also feature hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, card raffle and silent auction throughout.

Registration information is at 419-373-1730, extension 1002, or events@cocoonshelter.org.

Country star  Kip Moore starts tour at Stroh Center, Oct. 19

Tickets are now on sale for best-selling country artist Kip Moore’s concert at Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center on Oct. 19 at  p.m..

The show begin his Plead the Fifth Tour. Moore will be taking the stage with Drake White & the Big Fire along with special guest Jordan Davis. Tickets on sale now at the Stroh Center Box Office or online here.

Ticket prices are  for general admission standing floor and  reserved seat back.

3B staging “The Rocky Horror Show,” Oct. 19-22

3B Productions will present the musical “The Rocky Horror Show” at the Maumee Indoor Theatre Oct. 19 through Oct. 22. Performance schedule is: Thursday, October 19 8 p.m., Friday, October 20 8 p.m., Saturday, October 21 7 p.m., followed later that night by a midnight show. Tickets are $17 Preferred Seating (First 5 rows), $15 , $13 Students/Seniors. For tickets, visit www.3Bproductions.org, or stop in at The Maumee Indoor Theatre.

Kids get to tinker with computers and speakers, Oct. 21

Youth, ages 10 and up, or younger accompanied by an adult, are invited to the Wood County District Public Library Children’s Place on Saturday, October 21, from 2-3 pm for “Break-It & Make-It with Home Depot”. Participants will tinker with and take apart computer and electronic speakers this month as well as discuss how they work. “Break-It & Make-It with Home Depot” is a hands-on program and partnership between the Children’s Place and Home Depot. All tools and safety equipment will be provided. Please call the Children’s Place desk at 419-352-8253 with any questions.


New Curling Center celebrates  opening, Oct. 21

A ribbon cutting will mark the grand opening of the Black Swamp Curling Center, new home of the Bowling Green Curling Club on Oct. 21, noon at 19901 North Dixie Highway, Bowling Green.

Founded in 1968, The Bowling Green Curling Club called the BGSU Ice Arena home. After many years of at the BGSU Ice Arena, the Club is excited to announce the grand opening of the new Black Swamp Curling Center, home of the Bowling Green Curling Club! It is the only curling club in Northwest Ohio.

Contact Marissa Muniz at MarissaMuniz@bgchamber.net or by calling the BG Chamber at (419) 353-7945. This event is presented by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Bowling Green Curling Club and the City of Bowling Green.

Girl Scouts host Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 21

The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Trunk-or-Treat will be held at Toledo Memorial Park Oct. 21 from 4:30-6 p.m.
“We’re offering this event for area families to have a safe place to trick-or-treat, show off their Halloween costumes and raise awareness for Veterans Matter, a nonprofit with a mission to give homeless veterans a fresh start,” said Janice French, a community girl scout leader. “An important part of scouting is teaching the girls how to give back to the community, and there’s no better way than to help those who have sacrificed so much for all of us. We are asking trunk sponsors and trick-or-treaters to donate canned food items to support hungry area veterans.”
Along with trick-or-treating, there will be a trunk decorating competition with prizes awarded for the scariest, funniest, most original and best character. Individuals or families are welcome to host a trunk. Additionally, sponsoring a trunk is a unique opportunity for businesses and organizations to raise awareness for their own work. More than 50 groups have already signed up as trunk sponsors.
To learn more or register, please visit the event website.  There is no limit on the number of trunk spaces available.


 John Romstadt to sign copes of romantic suspense novel, Oct. 21

Toledo writer John Romstadt will sign copies if his first full length novel “My Depthless Love” at Gathering Volumes, 6 E. Boundary St., Perrysburg, on October 21, from 2–4 p.m.

“My Depthless Love” is a romance suspense novel about Connor Knightley, a writer, who after suffering the loss of his wife, Emma, finds love in her unknown of, identical twin sister, Elise. However, Elise is trapped in an abusive marriage to Michael DiFranco, an art dealer from Miami, who has ties in organized crime.

Romstadt is a 1972 graduate of Toledo Waite High. He graduated from Owens Community College in 1985 with a degree in Nursing., and works at The University of Michigan Hospital in the Surgical Critical Care.


“Bella and the Bully” event, Oct. 22

Jan Schmidt will be reading and signing her children’s book,  “Bella and the Bully,” Oct 22 at 1 p.m. at Gathering Volumes Bookstore , 196 E South Boundary, Perrysburg. The book includes history of  Grand Rapids, Ohio.


Historical Museum presents Folklore, Trick, & Tour, Oct. 27

The Friday Night Folklore Trick, Treat, & Tour will be held on Friday, October 27 7-10 p.m. at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green.

Guests will set their own path around the grounds of the Wood County Historical Center with story-stops at the Pauper’s Cemetery, Lunatic Asylum, Linwood Walking Bridge, spooky trail, scarecrow alley, and the Oil Derrick. Costumes welcome (but not necessary) to make the most of the Victorian Death Culture Selfie Barn. Inside the Museum, witness a séance gone wrong, the Mary Bach fingers, and a special feature from local magician and entertainer Andrew Martin. Magic performances are limited to only five shows.

Tickets are $15 per adult with discounts for Wood County Historical Society members and student ID holders, and can be purchased by calling 419-352-0967 or visiting woodcountyhistory.org. Dress appropriate for weather, especially footwear and outerwear, and bring a flashlight. Museum Gift Shop open.

Andrew Martin magician sponsored by Dolores Black and Janet Parks. Scarecrow Alley sponsored by David and Linda Ernsthausen. Event sponsors include Wood County Committee on Aging, Pendleton & Sons, and Kroger.

The Wood County Historical Center & Museum will also host several Wood County Park District folklore events in October: scarecrow-making contest and workshop (Oct. 10), pumpkin contest and workshop (Oct. 12) , and the annual free Folklore & Funfest (October 14). Details for all events can be found at woodcountyhistory.org

Scholars to discuss National Parks, Oct. 30 & Nov. 13

“Our National Parks: Photography and Geology,” will be presented Oct. 16, Oct.  30, and Nov. 13 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. at the Simpson Garden Community Center in Bowling Green. Photographic historian Dr. Andrew Hershberger will discuss high-quality reproductions of some of the earliest photographs created in the region during the 1800s. Geologist Dr. Kurt Panter will describe the geological processes that formed the incredible landscapes captured in the photographs.co-present about Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national park areas.

Sponsored by the BGSU Optimal Aging Institute and the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation.

Book discussion on ‘Being Mortal,’ Nov. 4

A book discussion on “Are You Aging Well?” will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Wood County Senior Center.

Author of the book, “Being Mortal,” Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures – in his own practices as well as others’ – as life draws to a close. And he discovers how we can do better. He finds people who show us how to have the hard conversations and how to ensure we never sacrifice what people really care about. First 15 registrants will receive the book. Maximum of 25. Cost: $5

Please read the book prior to Nov. 4.

Discussion will be facilitated by Paul Haas, Dianne Klein, John Calderonello and Alice Calderonello.

Event sponsored by Kathy Williams, Independent Insurance Agent

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.

Elmwood Community Choir to start rehearsing for Dec. 3 concert

The Elmwood Community Choir will begin rehearsals for this year’s Community Choir Christmas Concert. Rehearsals will be held Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Elmwood Schools High School Choir Room. This year’s concert will include many well known Christmas songs. The choir is under the direction of Daniel Landis. The concert will be presented Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., in the Elmwood Community Auditorium. The choir is open to all interested community members. For more
information call 419-288-3297 or 419-575-2351.