What’s happening in your community (updated Oct. 20)

Pumpkins and gourds will be on sale and activities for kids and adults will be offered at Firefly Nights Fall Festival, Friday, Oct. 19, from 6-10 p.m. in downtown Bowling Green. For details see story at: http://bgindependentmedia.org/tricked-out-firefly-nights-will-offer-plenty-of-treats-for-kids-grownups/

NEWLY POSTED: ‘Clue’ cast hosts game night at Grounds, Oct. 26

The cast of the Black Swamp Players’ production of “Clue theMusical” all host a game night Friday, Oct. 26 at 6p.m. at Grounds for Thought in downtown Bowling Green.

The show runs Nov. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green. Click for tickets and showtimes.

Historical Center hosts Folklore & Funfest, Oct. 20

Everything we love about autumn in one place, at one time. Be sure to check out the family fun  brewing at the Wood County Park District for the 29th annual Folklore & Funfest event on Saturday, October 20 from 4 – 9 p.m. Parking, entrance and all activities are free. Activities include: Horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, games & prizes in Booville, face painting, festive crafts, s’mores on the campfire, nocturnal nature, scarecrow alley, jack-o-lantern walkway, popcorn, spooky trail, and self-guided tours of the Wood County Historical Center & Museum with exhibits on WWI and leisure time activities. Food is available for purchase. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. All ages are welcome.

The Wood County Historical Center & Museum is located at 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green.

For more information, visit www.wcparks.org.

(County Home Road is available to event traffic only and closed to throug traffic starting at 3:00 pm. The entrance from Route 6 to County Home Road will be open.)


Bob Manley & Friends at Grounds, Oct. 20

Bob Manley and Friends will perform a free show at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St., Bowling Green, Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m.

The veteran saxophonist and mainstay of the area music scene will perform with Galen Bundy, keyboard, John Johnson, bass, and Bob Rex, on drums.


BGSU arts events

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Class on the ‘ABCs of Pruning Trees,’ Oct. 20
The Bowling Green Tree Commission will be hosting a class on the “ABCs of Pruning Trees” on Saturday, Oct. 20,  from 9-11 a.m. at Simpson Garden Park – 1291 Conneaut Ave. The event is free to the public. The class will be held in the classroom and outside. Attendees will learn about proper pruning techniques and considerations for both young and mature trees. Part of the class will be spent outside as we prune several trees. Please contact the Bowling Green Arborist at gjones@bgohio.org or 419.353.4101 if you have any questions.

 ‘Our Lil’ Pumpkin’ story time at library, Oct. 20
The Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library is offering a special storytime for Babies and Toddlers with caregivers on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m.Our “Lil’ Pumpkin” storytime will feature tips from the early literacy initiative Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library.  This early literacy initiative encourages parents and caregivers to talk, sing, read, write and play with young children every day. Children’s Place staff will share pumpkin stories, songs, conversation, and finger-painting.For more information, contact the Children’s Place staff at 419-352-8253.


Smashing pumpkins & other projects on tap, Oct. 20
Youth, ages ten and up, or younger accompanied by an adult, are invited to the Wood County District Public Library Children’s Place to investigate pumpkins on Saturday, October 20, from 2-3 p.m. for “Break-It & Make-It with Home Depot”.Youth will break open a pumpkin, learn how to roast pumpkin seeds, make their own pumpkin from the pages of a discarded book, while eating the roasted pumpkin seeds.“Break-It & Make-It with Home Depot” is a hands-on program and monthly partnership between the Children’s Place and Home Depot.


Community Band gets in the Halloween spirit, Oct. 21
The Bowling Green Area Community Band will present a free concert, Halloween Hi-Jinks,  Sunday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m. at the Bowling Green Schools Performing Arts Center.  The afternoon program will include familiar seasonal selections with a focus on “family friendly” music.  Children of all ages are most welcome to attend, and are encouraged to wear “non scary” costumes.


Legopalooza at library, Oct. 21
Families are invited to the monthly Legopalooza program at the Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library on Sunday, October 21, 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.


St. Mark’s hosts Festival of Psalms, Oct. 21

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church will host a Festival of Psalms, Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

The University Choral Society, directed by Mark Munson, will open the program with Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” in observance of the 100-year anniversary of the birth of Bernstein.

Kevin McGill will lead the audience from the organ in a community sing of six hymns based on Psalm texts. The hymns will be sung in grand style, complete with creative organ accompaniments and soprano descants.

Four local church choirs will join the University Choral Society to close the program. with a performance of  César Franck’s setting of Psalm 150. Participating will be choirs from St. Mar’s,  St. Aloysius Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church, and First Presbyterian Church.

Cameo Pizza celebrates new BG site, Oct. 23

A ribbon cutting will be held to celebrate Cameo Pizza’s new site at 145 N. Main St., Bowling Green in Doc’s Big City Saloon on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m.

RSVPs are appreciated by Oct. 21. Contact Ivy Esser-Whidden at events@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 Cameo Pizza, and the City of Bowling Green.


Storytellers will share ghost tales, Oct. 23

Do you love a good ghost story or are you an amateur ghost hunter yourself? Then the Wood County District Public Library has the perfect event for you. On Tuesday October 23, starting at 6:30 p.m. storytellers will be stationed throughout the library, and they will regale visitors with tales of strange sounds, flashing lights, cold spots, and ghostly apparitions. This year’s stories feature sites from all around Ohio.
“This is the fourth year for this event, and I think it gets better every year,” said Marnie Pratt, local history librarian at WCDPL. “Our volunteers really enjoy researching and creating their stories, and I think it’s their creativity that brings the tales to life and makes the event so much fun.”

There will be Halloween treats for all visitors. Registration is not required.

BGSU hosts Oktoberfest Polka, Oct. 24

The Bowling Green State University German Club and the Department of World Languages and Cultures are hosting an Oktoberfest Polka event Oct. 24 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union featuring German-American polkas and popular music, played by Aaron Dussing and Polka Revolution. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a traditional German buffet featuring bratwurst and German potato salad will be served from 6-8 p.m. A cash bar serving soft drinks and beer will also be available. The $10 advance admission fee covers the buffet. Advance tickets may be purchased online at bg-oktoberfest.ticketleap.com. General public tickets will be $15 at the door.


Pianos to duel to raise funds for Cocoon, Oct. 26

The Cocoon will present Dueling Pianos Friday, Oct. 26 from 6-11 p.m. at The Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg.

The event will include a silent auction, hors d’oeurves, a cash bar, and live entertainment from The Mobile Dueling Pianos.

Tickets are $35 each. A Premier Package including two tickets, a hotel stay at The Hilton Garden Inn, and breakfast the next morning is available for $250. Table Sponsorships including eight tickets and sponsorship recognition the night of the event are available for $350.

For registration and additional event information, please visit https://bidr.co/events/duelingpianos.

Films on Holcomb Road  legend screened in Fostoria, Oct. 26 & 28

The films “Holcomb Woods: Stories from Beyond the Road” and “The Legend of Holcomb Road” will be screened at the Banquet Hall in Fostoria, Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The films, one a horror tale and the other a documentary, were directed and produced byMatt Erman.

Library invites families to build with Rigamajig, Oct. 28
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, October 28, from 2-3 p.m.  The library staff will provide 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.


Surviving active shooter topic for dinner seminar, Nov. 1

The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and UBS Financial Services Inc. will present  a dinner seminar on “How to Survive an Active Shooter Attack,” Thursday,  Nov. 1, at Stone Ridge Golf Club, 1553 Muirfield Drive, Bowling Green. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the program beginning at  at 6 p.m.

Sergeant Mike Bengela of the Bowling Green Police Department will be raising awareness and providing fundamental techniques to survive in an active shooter situation. A complementary meal will be served by Stone Ridge Golf Club.

RSVPs are required by Oct. 26, 2018. Contact Ivy Esser-Whidden at events@bgchamber.net or call the Bowling Green Chamber at (419) 353-7945. This event is sponsored by UBS Financial Services Inc. in collaboration with the Bowing Green Chamber of Commerce.

‘Ambassador of Soul’ sings with Toledo Symphony, Nov. 3
Ellis Hall, protégé of Ray Charles and former lead singer of Tower of Power, joins the Toledo Symphony Orchestra to perform Motown favorites  and Ray Charles greatest hits, n Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m.  at the Stranahan Theater.Hall is an accomplished and prolific performer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist. In a career spanning over four decades, Hall has electrified audiences throughout the world with his soulful R&B and has shared stages with giants ranging from James Taylor, Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle and Toby Keith to Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Bobby Womack, George Duke, and Sheila E. His reputation of excellence earned Ellis the moniker “The Ambassador of Soul.”Tickets are available at toledosymphony.com or by calling the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 419-246-8000.

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.