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Going Beyond

Toledo is thrown a LifeLine

Steve North is a man on a mission
by Mary Helen Darah
PUBLICATION DATE: Dec 2016

Steve North leads a unique and diverse community where people feel valued, accepted and celebrated.

Steve North leads a unique and diverse community where people feel valued, accepted and celebrated.

If you ask Steve North what his occupation is he will say, “Pastor …but a really weird one.” Originally from Detroit, the Pastor relocated to southern Ohio when he was “called” to begin a new mission. “I wanted to do something new and different,” recalled North. “It will be 10 years this past summer that I walked away from everything with my wife and three teenage kids to start this new “thing” even though I doubted it would work. I was in grad school working on a Master of Divinity degree and suddenly, over the course of several years, things changed. The process culminated in 2004. I wanted to start a new ministry but I couldn’t define it, so I began to write. When I finished, I distributed it to people and the response I received was overwhelmingly positive. I began doing research, and in about a year, I had this feeling that I had to begin this new ministry or die inside. If I had known everything that would accompany the move, I would have chickened out.”

The “everything” in moving to the Toledo area that North was referring to includes being robbed, vandalized, the loss of 12 cars and having four heart attacks. Yet, he endured and threw Toledo a “LifeLine.”

LifeLine has two facets. The first is the spiritual community. “We created a truly organic and highly spiritual community, particularly in the inner city,” explained North, Senior Pastor, founder and CEO of LifeLine. “Many feel disconnected from organized church. They have been hurt, disenchanted, disillusioned, and whatever ‘dis’ you want to apply. I have a real affinity for them. I love atheists and love people from every faith stream. We create safe places for them to explore. One of my mantras is ‘belonging is before believing.’ The Lifeline ‘church’ meets in our home. We also meet in coffee shops and ‘homeless guy’ places. It certainly is not about buildings.”

A year after North moved here, he met a man who would increase the outreach of his ministry. “I met a man named Jim,” he recalled. “He has a higher IQ than anyone I have known. He is completely outrageous, which usually goes with higher intellect. I heard him talking and went and introduced myself. I told him why I was in Toledo and he told me he had a group of people I should meet. I went to a poetry reading with Jim at the Collingwood Arts Center. People there had no use for God, pastors, or religious everything. What they read was so raw, vulnerable and real. Later that night we went to this homeless guy’s fire pit. It took my breath away. I realized this was his sanctuary. That week I did something I had not done in 35 years. I wrote a poem about the homeless guy’s place and went back to the group and read it.”

North came to realize that many in the poetry group were poor and never ate a real meal. He decided to have a chili super for them in his home. “There were 15 that came and I made enough chili for 100. I am the master of overkill. They stayed for twelve hours. It was great,” he stated. “We had another dinner a few weeks later. In September, we celebrated our ninth anniversary. We have had as many as 200 people attend. No one is asked to bring anything. I would never want someone not to attend because they do not have anything to bring. Today it is not just poets but people from every walk of life. At any given dinner, there are dropouts, Ph.Ds, CEOs, people with no jobs, people with no faith and those who have devout faith. No matter what human spectrum you want to name, we have someone. We always start with belonging. There are no outsiders. People are learning to cross lines that normally divide. Over time, people learn to respect one another. We still have an open mic for poetry reading and musicians to honor our roots. It is a place that is iconic in the city of Toledo. The common thread is building community.”

The second facet of North’s ministry is to be immersed and responsive in the community. “I got up to my eyeballs in the joy, the pain, the hard stuff,” he stated. “It took me a good five minutes to fall in love with Toledo. I am involved with everything that involves the homeless in Toledo. A few years ago, I bought a greyhound bus to provide services to people without medical care. It is staffed with volunteer medical students and docs. It has a professional and very private exam room. This isn’t ‘kids building a fort with a blanket.’ We provided free pap tests and free vouchers for mammograms at this year’s ‘Tent City.’ I have never recruited anyone. They come to me. I told Dr. Anne Ruch about my dream to have a real clinic for those in need. After researching other clinic models, she embraced the dream. On Aug. 21, she left her job at ProMedica and began ‘Compassion Health Toledo.’ I will be the speaker at the grand opening in 2017.”

North feels the people involved in their ministry have a ‘lifeline heart.’

“You hear people’s stories. People know they are heard and seen. The same DNA that created the community dinners created the medical bus,” stated North. “If I were a boxer I would be a ‘counter puncher.’ I respond to what comes at me and LifeLine responds to what is happening around us by providing a sense of belonging and unconditional love.”

For more information about Lifeline visit: lifelinetoledo.com

‘LifeLine Community Dinners’ take place the first Saturday of each month in North’s Old West End home and offer acceptance, love and respect ... and LOTS of food.

‘LifeLine Community Dinners’ take place the first Saturday of each month in North’s Old West End home and offer acceptance, love and respect … and LOTS of food.

 

 

Financial resolutions

Ten ways to make 2017 a financial success
–by Jeff Bucher
PUBLICATION DATE: Dec 2016

Jeff Bucher

Jeff Bucher

As the end of 2016 approaches, it’s time to start thinking about how to make 2017 a success for you and your loved ones.

Here are 10 financial resolutions to help make 2017 healthy, happy, and successful:

1. Create emergency savings
Life is full of unexpected emergencies, and some extra cash can help a serious illness, home repair, or other sudden financial need from derailing your finances. Prepare for unpredictable expenses by putting aside six to eight months of expenses in an easily accessible cash-equivalent account.

2. Make a monthly budget and stick to it
Budgets may sound like a lot of unnecessary work, especially if you’re financially comfortable, but it’s quite easy to let your spending go off the rails if you’re not tracking it in some way. Set a budget and work on sticking to it for a couple of months. Don’t aim for perfection; instead, try for incremental improvement.

3. Make retirement plan contributions regularly (instead of all at once)
We believe that “time in the market” is critical to long-term investing success. Instead of waiting until the last minute to make your annual contributions, give your money more time to grow by making automatic contributions to your accounts every month.

4. Maximize your retirement plan contributions
Tax-managed retirement accounts are one of the most powerful ways to save for a more comfortable retirement. Make the most of them by contributing as much as you can each tax year. We usually recommend maxing out employer-sponsored plans first to take advantage of any matching contributions your employer may offer. Give us a call if you need help understanding your retirement account options.

5. Pay down high-interest debt
High-interest debt can make it very hard to get ahead financially. If you’re carrying a lot of debt, make paying it down a priority. Contact us for help managing expenses and getting on top of your debt.

6. Review your estate planning and legal documents
Your core legal documents should be regularly reviewed to make sure that they keep up with your life. If it’s been a few years since you took a look at your documents, dust them off and make sure that they still represent your wishes.

7. Review the beneficiaries of your financial accounts and insurance policies
When is the last time you updated your beneficiaries? Since beneficiary provisions are independent of your will or other estate provisions, it’s critical to keep them current. Contact us for assistance with gathering account documents and making needed updates.

8. Stay on top of your health
Healthcare is a major expense for most Americans, especially when serious illness strikes. Take steps to protect your health (and your wallet) by building a healthy lifestyle and being proactive about preventative care.

9. Protect your credit and identity
Identity theft and financial fraud are serious threats that can compromise your financial wellbeing. Protect yourself by reviewing financial statements and bills carefully for unauthorized activity. There are many websites where you can check your credit report for free.

10. Involve your loved ones in your finances
If you (or your spouse) don’t get involved in the family finances, it’s time to start. Work together to make financial decisions and make sure that each of you understands the overall game plan for your finances. At minimum, make sure that your loved ones know how to access financial accounts and understand your wishes.

If you have questions about your future or would like some support in keeping your financial resolutions, give us a call at 419/872-0204. Together, let’s make 2017 a success.

 

Jeff Bucher is the President and co- founder of Citizen Advisory Group, a comprehensive financial planning company in Perrysburg.
You can contact him at 419/872-0204
email at jeff@citizenadvisory.com

visit at: 770 Commerce Dr., Perrysburg;

or visit the website at: citizenadvisory.com

Investment Advisory Services offered through AlphaStar Capital Management, LLC, a SEC Registered Investment Adviser. SEC registration does not constitute an endorsement of the firm by the Commission nor does it indicate that the adviser has attained a particular level of skill or ability.
AlphaStar Capital Management, LLC and Citizen Advisory Group are independent entities.

 

Behind the lens

Expert tips for better photos
–by Gary Bendig Kohne – Camera & Photo
PUBLICATION DATE: Dec 2016

If you’re new to photography, the controls on your new SLR camera may as well be the controls on a spaceship. Right out of the box you’ll probably put your new camera into the green or Automatic Mode and go take pictures in the hope that the significant expenditure you made for your new camera will give you professional results.

Although Automatic Mode will sometimes give you wonderful results, perhaps even award-winning results, most often you’ll take a picture, then look at the screen and say, “Gee, THAT didn’t come out the way I wanted it to!” This is why there are all those controls, but don’t worry!

These days, the camera manufacturers have made it significantly simple to get great results by allowing you different exposure modes to get you the photographs you want without the need to learn all about apertures and shutter speeds, the ISO, how they all work, what they all do, and how to set them yourself.

If you were born with a camera in your hand or learned how to use one as a pre-teen, then you would use one of the modes with single or double letter abbreviations on the dial at the top of the camera and set the camera settings by hand simply because those settings and concepts have become second nature to you. If, however, you’re just starting out then you’ll want to use the “cue card” modes because those will give nearly identical results but without the years of study.

For example, there’s a mode that features a graphic of a person’s head. This is called Portrait Mode. When you use this mode, you’re telling the camera that you want your subject to be in focus and you want the background to be blurred.

Gary Bendig is an owner and Vice President of Kohne Camera & Photo in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Gary Bendig is an owner and Vice President of Kohne Camera & Photo in Perrysburg, Ohio.

For example, there’s a mode that features a graphic of a person’s head. This is called Portrait Mode. When you use this mode, you’re telling the camera that you want your subject to be in focus and you want the background to be blurred.

First, be sure to put some space between the subject and the background. If the subject is leaning against a wall, that wall will not blur no matter what. Give more distance between the subject and the background than between you and the subject.

Next, use a long lens. If you own an 18-55mm zoom lens that came with the camera and you also have a 75-300mm zoom lens, use the longer lens for your portrait because it will accentuate the blurring of the background. If you don’t have a longer lens, then set the 18-55mm to its longest focal length available (55mm) and simply adjust your body position forward or backward to compose the picture to your liking. Portrait Mode, a long lens, and some distance between your subject and the background will give you a professional result every time.

The opposite of the Portrait Mode is Landscape Mode. When you use that, you’re telling the camera that you want everything sharp and in focus from your feet to the wildflowers three yards away, and on to the pond with a canoe on it, and beyond to the mountains and moon in the background. In other words, a travel book shot. Since this is the opposite of a portrait shot, you would accentuate the sharpness of everything from right-here-to-forever by using your short zoom lens, and for best results you would use the shortest focal length it has, such as 18mm on an 18-55mm zoom.

When you set your camera on Sports Mode, an icon of a running sports figure, three things happen automatically. First, if it’s not already set this way, the camera goes into a continuous shooting situation. When you lean on the shutter button it will keep firing at several frames per second until you run out of room on your memory card or let up on the button.

Secondly, the camera will use the fastest shutter speed it possibly can based on the lighting condition you’re within. The more light you have, the faster of a shutter speed it can use, thereby freezing the action just like you see in sports magazines.

Lastly, the camera goes into continuous focus. Maintain your right finger halfway depressing the shutter button and keep aiming at your moving subject. The focus will actually follow the subject as it moves nearer and farther. Press the button all the way down when you want to take the picture and that moving subject will be in focus simply because it’s been in focus all along! An expensive camera, expensive lens, and lots of light on your subject will all accentuate the performance on this feature.

These three exposure modes, Portrait, Landscape, and Sports, are the modes you’ll likely use the most, but there are more features your camera has that are beyond the scope of this article. Kohne Camera & Photo offers classes and one-on-one consultations to get you fully up to speed on the care and operation of your digital SLR camera.

Meanwhile, just get out and practice!

Gary Bendig is a Canon shooter, a natural-born teacher, a musician, and a nature and wildlife specialist.

Gary Bendig is a Canon shooter, a natural-born teacher, a musician, and a nature and wildlife specialist.

Gary Bendig is an owner and vice president of Kohne Camera & Photo in Perrysburg, Ohio, the only premier camera store and professional grade photo lab in the area. Gary is a Canon shooter, a natural-born teacher, a musician, and a nature and wildlife specialist.

Contact him at: 419/385-9500.

The season of giving

Fred LeFebvre maintains the spirit of giving all year
by Mary Helen Darah
PUBLICATION DATE: Dec 2016

Fred LeFebvre loves playing ‘Santa’ by donating his time to nonprofits throughout the year.

Fred LeFebvre loves playing ‘Santa’ by donating his time to nonprofits throughout the year.

Fred LeFebvre, morning host at 1370 WSPD, loves to “play Santa” throughout the year. The philanthropic radio personality, originally from Detroit, landed in Toledo in 1980 and has been here ever since. LeFebvre is known for highlighting and participating in nonprofit events. “When I first got here we had some charity stuff going on every weekend at the radio station,” he recalled. “We were involved in local nonprofit events all the time. It became a part of what we did and giving back became ingrained in my daily life.” According to LeFebvre, many stations have currently changed their philosophy and involvement in freely assisting charities. However, he has personally maintained the spirit of giving by continuing to help in any way he can. “I don’t have a lot of money,” stated LeFebvre. “Yet there are many ways to help besides giving funds. I offer my time as a participant to give organizations a louder voice and to let people know how they can get involved in their community. Toledo has always been generous. Anyone who has done charity work in this area knows they can get a pretty good response here.”

LeFebvre has supported an eclectic mix of organizations. The one with the greatest longevity for the radio host is the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Society. “I started getting involved with the MS Society when my coworker Trisha Courtney Tischler was diagnosed with MS,” said LeFebvre. “The following year, I started riding in the ‘MS Bike to the Bay.’ This is going to be my tenth year.”

This year LeFebvre participated in the American Cancer Society’s ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ initiative. “I wore a different pink shirt every day for the month of October,” he recalled. “I then spread awareness throughout ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ via my social media venues.”

LeFebvre, who has a stepson in the U.S. Army Reserve, is also supportive of veterans and active members of the military. “I enjoy being part of ‘Dancing with the Military Stars’ and ‘Trees for Troops,’ which gives over 170,000 farm-grown Christmas trees to those who are actively serving in all branches of the military. I never served but those guys have given it all for their country. They deserve everything we can give them. I will do anything and everything for our vets.”

For those interested in giving back this holiday season, LeFebvre has a list of his favorite charities on his website, fred@wspd.com. He believes that everyone can make a difference.

“I know that this stuff works when somebody tells me that they heard something on the show or my Facebook or Twitter and has taken advantage of it,” he stated. “Recently, we did something with a suicide prevention group. They called to thank me and to tell me that someone contemplating suicide had called them and they were able to help. That was very meaningful. You don’t often get to hear those success stories and when you do, it’s very gratifying.”

In the year ahead, LeFebvre plans to continue giving to the community. “I’m not planning on retiring any time soon. I will keep going as long as I have a voice,” he said. “I will use any time I can to promote the local nonprofits and causes I believe in.”

Have a cause that needs a shout out?
You may contact LeFebvre at fred@wspd.com.

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45th Annual Historic Old West End Festival
Old West End Neighborhood
Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5
The annual festival includes house tours, the King
Wamba Parade, a juried art fair, entertainment,
antique car show and vendors alley. There is still
time to sign up for the OWE 5K run/walk!
Come join the fun this year and enjoy the
experience that’s been voted Toledo’s Best
Neighborhood!

5th Annual Maple and Main Street Art Fair
Downtown Sylvania
Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12
Join in for a fun weekend of fine art, great music
and delicious food in downtown Sylvania. More
than 100 artists and musicians will take part
in this annual art fair lining Main Street, from
Monroe to Erie Street. Additional information
available at www.sylvaniaarts.org/maple-main/.

A Chorus Line
Toledo Repertoire Theatre
June 3-19, 8 p.m.
A Chorus Line celebrates those unsung heroes
of American Musical Theatre – the chorus dancers.
It is a celebration of the American Musical itself,
showing exactly the talent it takes to make it into
a chorus line. Additional information available at
419/243-9277 or at www.toledorep.org.

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Pyrate Fest
DeRivera Park, Put-in-Bay, Ohio
June 17-20
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Put-in-Bay’s 8th annual Pyrate Fest sees the return
of the Pyrate King for 4 days to find his stolen
treasure. The US Brig Niagara will be open for tours
at the Fox’s Docks – join in the official cannon
ceremony with a stage show and a few surprises.
Saturday opens the Pyrate encampment and
Marketplace at the east end of downtown.
Additional information available at
visitputinbay.com.

National Parks Adventure 3D
Through September 5
COSI, Columbus, OH
Narrated by Robert Redford and captured with
IMAX® 3D cameras, this ultimate off-trail adventure
features the majestic beauty of our National Parks –
Yellowstone, Yosemite, The Everglades, Arches in full glory.cosi.org

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Happy Trails 5K Run/Walk
Wildwood Preserve Metropark, Toledo, Ohio
Saturday, June 11, 8 a.m.
Experience the scenery at Wildwood Preserve as you
run or walk the trails during this fundraising event.
Proceeds help fund maintenance and improvements
to Metroparks trails. Register now at
www.metroparkstoledo.com.

Adult Learn to Sail Program
North Cape Yacht Club, LaSalle, Mich.
Tuesday, June 14-23
6:30-9:00 p.m.
The Yacht Club offers a great opportunity to learn
new skills, build confidence and increase your
knowledge on easy to sail 26’ keelboats. There is
one instructor for every 3-4 students. The session is
$200 for four nights. Additional information is
available at 734/430-0930.

2016 Bike MS Bike-to-the-Bay
Owens Community College
Saturday, June 25-26
The two-day ride will start at Perrysburg High School
and ride along the scenic back roads to Port Clinton.
One-day rides will also start at Perrysburg High
School and ride to Pemberville. A fantastic finish
awaits you with great food, music and massages.
main.nationalmssociety.org.

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Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Oak Harbor, Ohio
Learn about service opportunities through the
association volunteer orientation program.
Opportunities are available both indoors and
outdoors. Call 419/898-0014.

Food for Thought
Toledo, Ohio
Food for Thought operates a food pantry and
distributes sack lunches to Toledo’s homeless.
Additional information is available at
feedtoledo.org.

Read for Literacy
Toledo, Ohio
Work with preschoolers/kindergarteners and adults
who need help reading. A four hour training for
preschool/kdg, 12 hour training for adults. Additional
information is available at readforliteracytoledo.org.

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www.ohiotraveler.com
Ohio travel and tourism guide to Ohio attractions

www.Michigan.org
The guide to everything Michigan

www.cdc.gov/familiy/minutes/tips
Five minutes or less for health weekly tips

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Toledo Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
Toledo Botanical Garden
May 6-8, times vary
Come celebrate spring and kick off planting season by adding some color to your garden! A wide variety of plants available, plus additional herbs from Maumee Valley Herb Society and seedlings available from Toledo Grows. Event information available at 419/536-5566 or toledogarden.org.

Rhythm & Brews, too
Chandler Café, Sylvania, Ohio
May 12, 5-10 p.m.
Grab your friends and head to Sylvania for the coolest concert series in Sylvania history. Enjoy the music of The Good, The Bad and The Blues along with the Overton Project and more. Beer and food trucks will be available. Event information available on Facebook.

Glass City Film Festival
Ohio Theatre and Event Center, 3114 Lagrange St.,
Toledo, Ohio
May 19-21, 6 p.m.
The Glass City Film Festival is the first juried film festival presented by the Ohio Theatre and Event Center. Enjoy short and feature length narratives, documentaries, animations and music videos. Event and ticket information available at glasscityfilmfestival.com/.

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The Biggest Week in American Birding
Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, Oak Harbor, Ohio
May 6-15
This week celebrates the peak of spring migration in the Lake Erie Marsh region of northwest Ohio. This birding week will be packed with workshops, warblers, guided field trips, speakers, workshops and more. Event information available at www.biggestweekinamericanbirding.com.

Holland Tulip Festival
Holland, Mich.
May 7-14
Located throughout the 7 mile radius in city of Holland. In the center of town, parades march down 8th street and Dutch Dancers perform. Event information available at 616/396-4221 and www.tuliptime.com.

Art Hop
Port Huron, Mich.
May 20
Downtown Port Huron merchants will be turning their storefronts into art galleries. Each Art Hopstop will feature one or more artists who have created unique pieces for viewing or purchase on this very special night. Event information available at 810/937 5049.

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Cinco De Mayo 5K and 1 Mile Fun Walk
Pearson Metropark, Oregon, Ohio
Sunday, May 1, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
This race/walk will be held rain or shine. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a race start time at 10 a.m. All monies raised from the race/walk will support the ongoing programs and social services at Adelante, The Latino Resource Center. Online registration available at imathlete.com.

Toledo Heart Walk & Run
Huntington Center, Downtown Toledo, Ohio
Saturday, May 14, 8 a.m.
The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to defeating heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular disease. Registration begins at 8 a.m., 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m., walk will begin after ceremony at 9 a.m. Event and registration information available at heartwalk.kintera.org.

The Loop
Downtown Toledo
Thursday, May 19, 5:30-9 p.m.
The Loop is Downtown Toledo’s premier arts and culture event. Guest are invited to walk, cycle, or dance through the Loop while visiting one or more of the 30 plus participating venues. Event information and maps are available at theartscommission.org or 419/254-2787

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Weed and Wine
Toledo Botanical Gardens
Third Wednesday of the month, 6-8 p.m. Pair an evening of light garden work and instruction from a TBG horticulturalist with a glass of wine, conversation and fun.

Adopt a Road
Olander Park, Sylvania, Ohio
May 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Assist TOPS staff in the community clean-up along Sylvania Ave. from King to Mitchaw Road. More info at 419/882-8313 or www.olanderpark.com.

ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital
Looking for dedicated people to give their time and talent through hospital volunteer programs and hospital volunteer auxiliary. To learn more or request an application call 419/291-3648.

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Sunday Short Hort
Toledo Botanical Garden
Main Campus Conference Center
April 3, 9:30 a.m.-Noon
A brief horticultural topic followed by light garden work. The topic will be dividing perennials. Free and open to public.

Mud Hens Season Opener
Fifth Third Field
April 7, 4:05 p.m.
Come celebrate the opening day of Hensville and the Mud Hens Opening Day. The Toledo Mud Hens will play the Louisville Bats.

The Metal House Preserve: Extreme Gardening in Small Places
Olander Park, Nederhouser Community Hall
Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization whose members promote the use of native plants and natural landscaping. The program is free and open to the public, no registration is required.

It’s Friday
Toledo Museum of Art
Friday, April 22, the museum is open until 10 p.m.
The evening offers an ever-changing combination of events for adults and families. The evening includes free tours, activities, live music, glassblowing demonstrations, wine tasting and more. Information regarding the schedule of events can be found at www.toledomuseum.org/events/friday/.

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Schedel Arboretum and Gardens
Elmore, Ohio
Visitors are welcome to admire the beauty and to enjoy an opportunity for quiet reflection on the 17 acres of gardens. Art abounds at the Arboretum and Gardens with garden sculptures and art shows year round. For more information call 419/862- 3182 or www.schedelgardens.org.

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area
State Route 2, west of Port Clinton, Ohio
Magee March Wildlife Area supports an abundance of wildlife, but is best known as one of the top birding spots in North America. Special events, naturalist programs and bird walks are scheduled throughout the year. For more information, call 419/898-0960, ext. 31.

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Tuesday Latin Dance Class
Company C Dance Club, Toledo, Ohio
Tuesday, May 5, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Join in for a wonderful time learning how to move to the Latin beat. Classes meet every Tuesday, $10 per class. For additional information call 419/708-2194 or michaltpromotions@gmail.com.

Toledo Metroparks Walking Series
Various Toledo-area Metroparks
You can walk with a member of the Metroparks staff four days a week. Register online for these free, 50 minute trail walks. Preregistration is required at www.metroparkstoledo.com.

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LivingBetter50.com
An online women’s magazine covering everything from beauty to business.

GypsyNester.com
Enjoy the humorous chronicles of discovering the world of becoming parents of adult children and rediscovering the fun couple who fell in love years ago.

www.ohio.org
Your adventure starts here! The inside scoop from around the state.

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Toledo Zoo
2 Hippo Way, Toledo, Ohio
The Zoo Educator program is a year-round volunteer opportunity for adults who have great people skills, love of animals, nature and conservation. If interested, contact the volunteer coordinator at 419/385-5721, ext. 20145 or volunteers@toledozoo.org.

Olander Park
6930 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania, Ohio
Special events volunteers needed for Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Kid’s Trout Derby. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks from arts/crafts to fishing assistance. If interested call 419/882-8313 or email info@olanderpark.com

Toledo Area Humane Society
827 Illinois Ave., Maumee, Ohio
Volunteer activities involve direct contact with animals, other non-animal opportunities available. All volunteer projects help to improve the quality of life for the animals in the Toledo area. More information is available by calling 419/891-0705.

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Wine and Cheese Tasting

TREO Restaurant, Sylvania Thursday, March 3, 6 p.m.
Sample from the best wine regions around the globe. Artisan cheeses provided in cooperation with The Boulevard Market.

It’s Friday!
Toledo Museum of Art Friday, March 11
It’s Friday! is the name for the extended museum hours until 10 p.m. every Friday. Visit www.toledomuseum.org/events/itsfriday/ for a complete list of events.

Hensville St. Patrick’s Day Rooftop Party
Hensville, 406 Washington St., Toledo Thursday, March 17, 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and be the first to party on the new High Five Rooftop on top of the Fleetwood Building overlooking Fifth Third Field. The event will feature multi-level entertainment, live music, drinks and great food. For info, visit hensville.com/upcoming-events/.

Pink Martini with TSO
Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater Thursday, March 24, 8-9 p.m.
Pink Martini returns to Toledo! Event and ticket information available at toledosymphony.com.

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SeniorPlanet.org

The site celebrates aging and helps people who were born before the digital revolution to stay engaged and active by bringing a digital technology focus to a range of importance.

WorkCoachCafe.com
WorkCoachCafe helps job seekers understand how the process works and also to respond appropriately.

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Maple Madness Driving Tour

March 5-6, 12-13, 19-20
Throughout Ohio, map available at www.ohiomaple.org
Sugarhouses across Ohio open their doors and invite visitors to see firsthand how pure maple syrup is made. Amish farms are not open on Sunday. Additional information available at 440/834-1415.

Backstage Brews
Croswell Opera House, Adrian, Mich.
March 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sample craft beer and wine from across Michigan and around the world on the stage of Michigan’s oldest theater. Admission $25 (includes 10 tastes). Event information available at 517/264-SHOW or www.croswell.org.

Hinckley Buzzard Sunday
Hinckley Reservation, Hinckley, Ohio
March 20, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
See buzzards (turkey vultures) come home to roost in rock cliffs and ledges in Hinckley. Learn about the legend that surrounds Buzzard Day and why so many buzzards come out in March. Event information available at 330/278-2066

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You’ve Got to Move it, Move It!
Metroparks of the Toledo Area
March 8, 16, 25, times and locations vary.
Good health is just a few dance steps away. This is for dancing/exercise enthusiasts of all ages. Classes held inside until weather warms up. For locations and reservations, call 419/407-9701.

Blarney Shamrockin’ Shuffle
Blarney Irish Pub, Toledo
Saturday, March 19, 4-5 p.m.
Registration and race details at runtoledo.com/blarney-irish-pub-3mile-shuffle.

Open Skate at Tam-O-Shanter
Tam-O-Shanter, Sylvania
All open skates are subject to change without notice Admission-$6 Skate Rental-$4 Seniors (55 plus)-$2

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Toledo Botanical Garden
TBG are the heart and soul of the garden. The volunteers perform an array of duties to include gardening, children’s activities, clerical and more! Contact Nikki at 419/536-5592

Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank
Volunteers needed for sorting, stocking, general maintenance, office work and other opportunities available. Contact Volunteer Coordinator at 419/242-5000

Natures Nursery
Volunteers are needed to assist with day to day animal care and facility maintenance. Online volunteer form available at www.natures-nursery.org

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Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection
Toledo Museum of Art, Canaday Gallery Feb. 12- May 8 This exhibition celebrates the visionary creativity and technical mastery of the Native North American artist from tribes across the continent. Admission to this exhibit is free.
Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7:30pm & Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 2pm
Student Night at the Opera Performance on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7pm
The Historic Valentine Theatre – Conducted by James MeenaGeorge Gershwin’s classic American folk opera went from Broadway in 1935 to the Met in 1985.  “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So” are just two of the musical gems you will hear in our concert version presented with evocative digital projections.  This is opera in your native language: not just the words, but also the music!
While eternally controversial in its depiction of racial stereotypes, Porgy has secured its place as a piece of Americana, a mixture of jazz and opera.  This production features acclaimed Wagner baritone Gordon Hawkins, soprano Laquita Mitchell whose Bess with San Francisco Opera was just released on DVD, and is conducted by Toledo Opera Principal Artistic Advisor, Maestro James Meena.
Don’t miss this piece which could only have been made in America!
Perrysburg Winterfest
Feb. 19-21 Levis Commons and Downtown Perrysburg will come alive with the excitement of winter weather fun. Twenty first-class master and professional ice carvers will compete for prize money and national titles. Visit perrysburgwinterfest.org.
Winterfest at Olander Park, Sylvania
Feb. 20, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Embrace all that winter has to offer! Snowman building, ice skating, curling and broomball on Lake Olander and throughout Olander Park. Live music and a chili cook off are scheduled as well. For more information: olanderpark.com or 419/882-8313, ext. 1013.
11th Annual Swap, Sow, Grow
Feb. 28, 12-3 p.m. Presented by Toledo Botanical Gardens At Scott High School Celebrate the kickoff of the gardening season. Browse thousands of seeds; swap your favorites with other gardeners. Workshops, gardening advice, children’s activities and more. Contact Toledo Botanical Gardens at 419/536-5566 for more information

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fifty.com
A bilingual community that celebrates being 50+.
sixtyandme.com
Connecting woman 60+.
rodaleorganiclife.com
Ten best indoor herb gardens.

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Medina Ice Festival
Feb. 12-15 Downtown Medina, Ohio Enjoy four days of frozen fun as one of Medina’s favorite events returns to the historic Medina Square. Over 50 sponsored ice carvings will be on view. www.mainstreetmedina.com or 330/952-0910.
Findlay Market
1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio The only surviving municipal market house of the nine public markets operating in Cincinnati in the 19th and early 20th century. Visit this year-round street and flea market full of fresh foods, ethnic cuisine and more. Closed Mondays. For more information visit findlaymarket.org.
Winterfest in Pentwater and Hart, Mich.
Second and third weekends in February. Get your freeze on! Presented by Hart Main Street and the Pentwater Chamber of Commerce. Go for a polar dip, enter the fishing tournament or enjoy the art show, just a few of the weekend events. Visit Pentwater.org/winter activities.

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Legal Aid of Western Ohio Mobile Benefit Bank Program
Assists families in applying for public benefits and legal services. Volunteer opportunities available. lawolaw.org
Nightingales Harvest
Many volunteer opportunities available at the first food and toiletry pantry in the United States for cancer patients and families. Call 419/725-1190 for more information.
Metroparks Toledo Area
No previous experience needed; various volunteer positions available. Contact Trish at 419/407-9703 for more information.

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Blizzard Breakfast Run/Walk
Saturday, Feb. 6 740 Glenwood Rd., Rossford, Ohio Race time – 9 a.m. Registration on davesrace.com
Sylvania Community Action Team Hot Cocoa Run 5K Run/1 Mile Walk
Saturday, Feb. 20 Race time – 9 a.m. Registration on runsignup.com/race/OH/Sylvania/hotcocoa5K

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