Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio for its 6th Annual Celebrity Wait Night on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Forrester’s On The River, 26 Main Street, Toledo, OH 43605. You will enjoy a delicious dinner while listening to inspiring and heart-warming Big Brothers Big Sisters success stories. Sena Mourad Friedman from Toledo Fair Housing will serve as the emcee for the evening. Tickets to the event, which are $80, along with several sponsorship opportunities, are still available. For details and prices, or to make a donation, please call (419) 243-4600.

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo. Other traditions continuing at Lights this year include the Ice Slide with Winter Village, ice carvings, live animal encounters and, of course, Santa. New this year is the Talking Tree that leads a short holiday sing-along and more cold weather animals than ever before. Hours of operation for Lights Before Christmas are 3-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Zoo will close one hour after last admission to allow guests to finish their visit. The display will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve night, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Toledo Zoo members receive free and unlimited Monday-Thursday Lights Before Christmas visits plus one free weekend visit.  Visitors can save $1 per ticket by ordering online at

Community members invited to support the second annual, Schools Helping Schools, a partnership with the Valentine Theatre’s education outreach program, by purchasing a patron ticket that includes a private dessert reception following Owens Theatre performance, Theatre Express.  The patron ticket will cover the cost of 10 students from a Toledo Public School to attend a Valentine School Day performance throughout the 2015-16 school year. Schools located in underserved areas will be the recipients of these tickets. Patron tickets are $30 each.  To purchase patron tickets, please visit or call 419-242-2787. Your total purchase is tax deductible.

Are you someone who loves kids and wants to make a difference in a child’s life? If so, consider becoming a foster parent through Lucas County Children Services (LCCS).  LCCS needs all kinds of individuals to care for all kinds of children, but has a particular need right now for families able to care for groups of brothers and sisters, and for caregivers experienced in working with children with developmental and behavioral challenges. To learn more about becoming a foster parent, call LCCS foster care recruiter Celine Woods at 419-213-3336.