What’s happening in your community (updated Sept. 23)

An exhibit memorabilia from the first 50 years of the Black Swamp Players is on display through the end of September in Four Corners Center in downtown Bowling Green.

NEWLY POSTED: Vive Ensemble to perform Stravinsky Debussy at museum, Oct. 8

Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia

The Vive Ensemble, conducted by Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia, will perform chamber music versions of Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” and Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” on Sunday, Oct. 8,  3 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery as part of the museum’s Great Performances series

Formed in 2016 VIVE! Ensemble has presented new and creative versions of revived classics, and has premiered new works by composers across the spectrum of the contemporary scene. Its members are a collective of performers connected to Bowling Green State University, including faculty, doctoral candidates, alumni and guest artists connected to its internationally acclaimed program in contemporary music.

Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.



NEWLY POSTED: “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.


NEWLY POSTED: Youth Basketball League Registration deadline Oct. 11

Bowling Green Parks and Recreation’s Youth Basketball League is now open for registration.  The league is for children in Kindergarten (or age 5) through 6th grade.  Divisions consist of K(5), 1st and 2nd grade, 3rd and 4th grade (boys/girls separate) and 5th and 6th grade( boys/girls separate).  Dates for the program run the week of October 16th-December 9th.  Players are required to attend a skills assessment date prior to participating in the league.  Program costs are $51 for residents and $60 for non-residents for participants in the K-4 grades (includes a league shirt).  For 5th and 6th grade participants, costs are $70(Res) and $79 (NR) or $95(Res) and $104 (NR) for the Bonus Pack (includes additional basketball skills training).  5th and 6th graders will also receive a reversible jersey.  The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 11th.  Registration, practice/skills assessment dates, times and other details may all be found at www.bgohio.org/parks  (at the Sports Tab).

Rigamajig at the Library, Sept. 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 Sept. 24th, 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.


Help Me Grow playdate at the library, Sept. 25

Parents and caregivers with young children are invited to the May Help Me Grow playdate at the Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library on Monday September 25th from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.  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.

Break-it Make-it with Home Depot” at the library, Sept. 30

Youth, ages ten and up, or younger accompanied by an adult, are invited to the Wood County District Public Library Children’s Place on Saturday, September 30, from 2-3 pm for “Break-It & Make-It with Home Depot”. Participants will tinker with and take apart computer keyboards this month as well as discuss how they work. Youth can also make personalized magnetic words and names with the letter keys to take home. “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 at419-352-8253 with any questions.

 Celebrity basketball charitable game, Oct. 1

The H.O.W. WE HOOP Celebrity Basketball Charitable Game will be held Oct. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Bowling Green Community Center. In addition to the celebrity game, there will be a youth basketball skills clinic and half-time scrimmage, and health screenings open to the public. Proceeds will go to the Youth Basketball Mentorship Program. There will be suggested donations at the door.

The event is being planned by Antrone “Juice” Moore, who suffered a stroke at age 37, and has worked to regain his abilities.

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.


Safety Council topic is Occupational Medicine, Oct. 3

Dr. Naheed Sufi, Director and Medical Review Officer at Wood County Hospital will address “Occupational Medicine: What Employers Need to Know”  at the the October Meeting for the Wood County Safety Council,  Tuesday October 3, from 7:30-9 a.m.  at Wood County Hospital – Bachman-Keil Meeting Rooms. A continental breakfast will be provided.

Review various types of drug screen collections and panels of drugs
Identify behaviors and physical impairments of an impaired worker
What are the employer/employee responsibilities in regards to work related injuries
Understanding the BWC process/forms required post evaluation of the work related injury

Monthly meetings provide ongoing updates on BWC requirements and programming. Also, get important OSHA information and updates to ensure businesses meet record keeping requirements. Eligible employers actively participating in a local safety council program from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 will receive a rebate of 2 percent on their annual premium.

RSVP’s are appreciated by Friday, September 29 by calling (419) 353-7945 or email Sandy Kerr at SafetyCouncil@BGChamber.net. Wood County Safety Council is managed by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation and Wood County Hospital.


Toledo Plant Exchange set for Oct. 7

The autumnal version of the Toledo Plant Exchange will be the morning of Saturday, Oct. 7, in the parking garage of the downtown Toledo library.

This beautify Greater Toledo-fest offers all attendees a few free plants,  while those who bring plants and gently-used garden items to share can select even more.  Fall is an ideal time to transplant perennials, bulbs, bushes, trees, and grasses.

People can drop off their shared items from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and by 10:30, most plants are headed for new homes. All plants should be labeled and weed free. Several informational booths will be set up for perusing and Master Gardener Volunteers will be happy to answer questions. Library staff will display its newest gardening books.
Enter the Main Library’s parking garage from Adams between 10th and Michigan streets and proceed to the far end. Parking is free.
In its 13th year, the Toledo Plant Exchange is held on the first Saturday mornings in October and May. It’s organized by OSU Extension Lucas County Master Gardeners and unaffiliated community gardeners with support from the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. Information: 419-578-6783 and Facebook.

Toledo fantasy writer to mark release latest chapter in Maeseloria series, Oct. 15

Toledo author Sandra Hults will celebrate the release of her new book “Shadow’s Journey” on October 15 from 2-5 p.m. at Gathering Volumes, 196 E South Boundary Street in Perrysburg.

Hults, a Toledo native, is the author of the fantasy series, Maeseloria. Her first book, “Maeseloria: Birth of Light” was published in 2012. Since then, she has released additions to the series annually. She describes self-publishing as an adventure and writing as her passio

The new volume takes place in the aftermath of the final battle. Queen Christiana Morningstar has finally found her footing. Yet, she still needs her Shadow. What place does a man with his background have in this quiet world? Is that quiet all that it seems?  In the South, whispers from Linborne to Mornesse reach the capital. These whispers tell of corruption, greed and wanton destruction. A familiar threat to the royal family lingers. Trials ahead will challenge and change them. A loss will stagger the four houses. Yet, hope remains.

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.