Activities/Events of interest

The City of Toledo would like you to Save the Date for the 2014 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony which will be on Friday, December 5th, 2014.  This year the City of Toledo is holding a tree lighting event, sponsored by both ProMedica and Fifth Third Bank, from 5 to 7 pm with the tree lighting taking place at 6 pm.  A natural 60 foot blue spruce tree has been selected near the Ottawa Park Ice Skating rink and will be brightly lit with thousands of LED lights.   Activities will include $5 carriage rides, Christmas carols, an ice sculpture demonstration, and ice skating (both ice activities are weather permitting). Refreshments and cookies will also be available. The Ottawa Park Ice Rink is located off of Bancroft Street between Upton and Parkside.

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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) 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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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.