Activities/Events of interest

ProMedica, The Andersons and Toledo Walleye are teaming up to help keep the community warm this winter.  Beginning on November 14, donate new or handmade mittens, hats, gloves, or scarves to the ‘Share the Warmth’ mitten drive.  Collection bins will be located throughout the area at all three Andersons locations, ProMedica hospitals and Toledo Walleye home games at the Huntington Center.  Donations will be collected through November 26. 

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Humane Ohio’s “Pet Photos with Santa” fundraiser will take place at Lambertville Hardware (8100 Secor Rd., Lambertville MI 48144, three miles north of the state line) on November 22nd from 10 am – 2 pm.

Santa will return from the North Pole for more pictures at Lambertville Hardware on Saturday, December 6th from 10 am – 2 pm.  Children and families photos are welcome too (with or without a pet, with or without Santa).  Photos will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.  No appointments.

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Monroe County Community College will host a panel discussion on the challenges facing Native Americans and a presentation on the Wounded Knee massacre in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Both events are free.The panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Dining Room of the Audrey M. Warrick Student Services/Administration Building. Dr. Lani Van Eck, a cultural anthropologist who cofounded Wounded Knee: The Museum in Wall, S.D., will present “Massacre at Wounded Knee Creek,” in the Dining Room of the Audrey M. Warrick Student Services/Administration Building on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

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Since 1986, the Lights Before Christmas has drawn families to the Toledo Zoo for dazzling lights, holiday treats and festive good cheer. On Friday, Nov. 14, the holiday season starts with the ceremonial lighting of the Zoo’s 85-foot Norway spruce tree,  at approximately 6 p.m. The Lights run from Nov. 14 through Jan. 4, 2015 (closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve night, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day). Hours are 3 – 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, with the Zoo closing at 9 p.m.; on Friday and Saturday, the hours are 3 – 9 p.m., with the Zoo closing at 10 p.m.

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Central Catholic High School’s 23rd Annual Dinner Auction, The One Evening, will take place Friday, Nov. 21, at Central Catholic, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  All proceeds from this event will benefit the school’s scholarship fund. For reservations or more information, please contact Marlena Kleine at 419-469-8757 or email mkleine@centralcatholic.org.

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Journey back 2000 years to Bethlehem and discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. The Appold Planetarium’s newest holiday show The Mystery of the Christmas Star investigates possible dates for the birth of Jesus and looks at recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during this timeframe. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held on the following Fridays and Saturdays in December:

Fridays: December 12 & 19
Saturdays: December 6 / December 13 / December 20

Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children under 12 and for Lourdes students presenting their student ID. Shows at the Appold Planetarium are limited to 50 and often sell out. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Dr. Laura Megeath, Appold Planetarium Coordinator, email planetarium@lourdes.edu or call at 419-517-8897.

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The Vistula Historic District, Toledo’s “first neighborhood,” will celebrate the holiday season with its 14th annual Victorian Christmas Tea and Open House on December 12, 13 and 14 at the Matthew Brown House, 1107 North Superior Street. All proceeds from this annual fundraiser benefit the Historic Vistula Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on preserving the integrity of the neighborhood’s historic properties. Reservations for all nine sittings are available through advance ticket purchase at $30 per person. Each sitting can accommodate 30 guests, so early reservations are encouraged. Call (419) 266-8039 or visit www.historicvistulafoundation.org for more information.

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On Sunday, Dec. 14, the midways of Cedar Point will once again be filled with guests of all ages as the park hosts the 3rd annual Santa Hustle Half-Marathon and 5K. New this year, both the 5K and the half-marathon races will begin in the park’s main parking lot and will wind their way around the towering rides and roller coasters of Cedar Point. To help get runners in the spirit, holiday music, cookies and candy will be featured throughout the courses. All participants will receive a Santa hat, beard and a newly-designed dri-fit Santa Hustle sweatshirt to wear and keep. The 13.1-mile half-marathon begins at 9 a.m. and is followed by a 3.1-mile run/walk at 9:30 a.m. Participants and spectators can also spread holiday cheer by donating unopened toys to the Toys for Tots boxes at the race. For more information or to register, visit cedarpoint.com/events.

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The 30,000-square-foot mansion at Wildwood Preserve Metropark will glitter and glow with holiday cheer during Holidays in the Manor House, Sunday, December 6 through Sunday, December 14. The free event will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day

For example, this year:

  • One room will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the iconic Ford Mustang in an exhibit called “Holiday Horsepower”
  • From Star Wars to Sock Monkeys, personal collections will make up many of the displays. “Owl be Home for Christmas” will be designed around a personal collection of owl-themed items.
  • One whimsical room, called “Elf Mischief,” will imagine what might happen if the “Elf On A Shelf” ran amok in the stately manor.

Visitors can shop for gifts or enjoy refreshments at Metroparks Hall, nearby. The annual Holiday Café and Craft show, sponsored by Volunteers In Parks, will be open daily during the event hours.

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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in partnership with OhioMeansJobs, the state’s electronic job placement system, has launched a new website designed to help people with physical and developmental disabilities find work.   OhioMeansAccessibility.com  functions as a job board for those looking for work and a resource for employers with job openings. It also acts as a tool for service providers who need to pair people served with employment opportunities.