SUMMER BREAK WITH GIRL
Girls will have an opportunity to participate in Girl Scout Animal Discovery Days, a way for girls to explore the fun and adventure of Girl Scouts. Girls will learn about the many different ways they can work with animals and discover how animals are trained, while having fun with girls their own age. This Girl Scouting opportunity is open to all girls entering fourth through eighth grade. A session will be held June 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ottawa Scout House in Ottawa. Admission is $10. Information: Lynn Bryan at 419-225-4085 or email@example.com.
RALPH’S JOY OF LIVING
June 21-Oct. 8
The ninth season of the Ralph’s Joy of Living Farmer’s Markets in downtown Fremont began Saturday. The Farmer’s Markets will take place rain or shine on Front Street. Over 50 vendors are signed up to participate and will be offering a variety of items including in-season fruits and vegetables, baked goods, herbs, jams, perennials, fresh cut flowers, shrubs, plants and more. Visitors will also be able to enjoy product demonstrations and wine tastings during the markets at Ralph’s Joy of Living located at 113 S. Front Street. There will also be a car show. Admission: Free. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Downtown Fremont. Information: Hope Schumacher Sheidler at 567-342-4758.
TIFFIN FLEA MARKET
Start your summer with a visit to the Tiffin Flea Market on the Seneca County Fairgrounds. The Tiffin Flea Market is one of the largest in northwestern Ohio. Parking is free. There are over eight buildings and 200 outside vendors offering a variety of things, available rain or shine. A breakfast is offered from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and food concessions will also be available. Camping is also available for $20 a night and includes water and electricity. Pets are not allowed in the show areas. Admission: Free. Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Location: Seneca County Fairgrounds, 100 Hopewell Ave., Tiffin. Information: www.tiffinfleamarket.com or 419-447-9613.
TIFFIN GLASS SHOW AND SALE
The Tiffin Glass Collectors Club will host its 29th annual glass show and sale at the Seneca County Opportunity Center. In addition to Tiffin Glass, dealers will be offering other glassware and collectibles for sale. Lunch will be available and door prizes will be awarded. The club sales booth will offer ornaments, Tiffin Glass books, catalogs and other fundraisers to benefit the Tiffin Glass Museum. The raffle prize is a black-handled cake plate with gold Deerwood etching from the 1920s. The drawing will take place Sunday afternoon. Admission: $3 adults and children are free. Admission is good for both days. Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Location: Seneca County Opportunity Center, 780 E. County 20, south of Tiffin, off Ohio 100. Information: 419-447-5505, 419-448-0200, www.tiffinglass.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHARE OUR DREAMS
Northwest Ohio Community Shares’ annual fundraiser “Share Our Dreams” will take place Saturday, June 28. This year’s event theme is “Blue Hawaii” and will be held at Toledo Harley-Davidson complex. Live music from “Fu5ion” will be featured, along with celebrity emcee Shaun Hegarty of 13abc. The event will have food catered by Big C BBQ, and a cash bar with beer and wine, plus a martini and cigar bar. Amlin Auction Service will host a silent and live auction, and a guaranteed $1,000 raffle will be held with 300 tickets available for $20 apiece. Tickets are available for purchase through eventbrite.com or by contacting the Community Shares office. Admission: $40, which includes one drink ticket. Time: 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Location: Toledo Harley-Davidson complex, 7960 W. Central Ave. Information: 419-243-6637 or email@example.com.
PORT CLINTON ART WALK
More than 25 artists, the Ottawa County Bluegrass Band and Lake Erie Adventure Play will be featured at the Art Walk June 26 in downtown Port Clinton. The downtown art celebration features artists, live music and galleries, restaurants and other businesses. Bergman’s Orchard Farm Market and the Ida Rupp Library also will be part of the event, titled “Dance of the Mayflies.” Browse art on the sidewalks, in the galleries and businesses, stop for a bite and beverage at a downtown restaurant, or listen to the fast-picking sounds of the Ottawa County Bluegrass Band, with members from Ohio and southwestern Virginia, home to many legendary bluegrass musicians. The kids will enjoy creating their own adventures with cardboard, fabric and other recycled materials at LEAP’s “pop-up playground” at Friendship Park. Admission: Free. Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Downtown Port Clinton. Information: www.ottawacountyarts.org.
SOAP BOX RACE
The Children’s Museum of Findlay is hosting the first Soap Box Race. Registration ended June 13. Come out and join the fun on Saturday. Enjoy food, games, prizes, activities and the soap box race. The race is intended for children in kindergarten up to adults, but all ages are welcome. Admission: $35 to participate, free to watch. Time: 10 a.m. Location: Findlay Village Mall, 1800 Tiffin Ave. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cmfindlay.com/soapbox.
ARTISTS INVITED TO ENTER 95TH TOLEDO AREA ARTISTS EXHIBITION
The Toledo Museum of Art is accepting submissions for the 95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition. This year the call for submissions has a new twist. Artists will be invited to take part in the show based on a digital portfolio of their work. The exhibition, which will be on view Nov. 21 through Jan. 3, 2015, in the Canaday Gallery, continues the museum’s tradition of celebrating and recognizing work by artists in this region. While the exhibition has been in existence nearly a century, the museum has made a number of changes this year to keep it fresh and relevant to the growing artistic community within a 150-mile radius. In addition to boosting prize money to $10,000 — the best of show award is $5,000 — the exhibition will be displayed primarily in the Canaday Gallery, where a greater variety of media, including site-specific installations, can be shown. Artists are asked to submit a digital portfolio of up to 10 works representing their best work in any medium. The portfolios will be reviewed by museum Associate Director Amy Gilman and Mellon Fellow Halona Norton-Westbrook, who is exhibition curator. Artists invited to take part will work with Norton-Westbrook in selecting which of their works will represent them in the show. A yet-to-be named outside adjudicator will select the prize winners. The deadline to submit portfolios is midnight June 30. Artists selected will be notified in mid-July. Location: Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St, Toledo. Information: www.toledomuseum.org.
If you like to discover hidden history, experience an archeology dig this summer at the Wood County Historical Center. Participants must be age 10 and up. Ages 10 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult. A number of workshops are offered including field work. These workshops provide a more hands-on experience. Participants should bring a lunch and bottled water, and dress to be outside. The workshop includes a tour of the center and interpretation of found objects. For more information about the archeology dig event, go to the center’s website. Admission: $15. Preregister at 419-352-0967. Time: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Location: Wood County Historical Center, 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green. Information: www.woodcountyhistory.org or Kelli Kling 419-352-0967.
VERANDAH CONCERT SERIES
Through Aug. 20
The 2014 Verandah Concert series at the Hayes Presidential Center is underway. Attendees should bring their own chairs or blankets and choose a favorite spot on the expansive and shady lawn in front of the home. Before the music begins at 7 p.m., everyone is invited to enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social. Serving begins at 6:45 p.m. In the event of thunderstorms, concerts will be canceled; call 419-332-2081 for updates. Performances in the 2014 series include: June 25 “” Lake Plains Chorus (barbershop music); July 9 “” Terra Brass Choir; July 23 “” Honey Creek Preservation “Jass” Band; Aug. 6 “” Cottonwood Jam String Band; and Aug. 20 “” North Coast Big Band. Admission: Free. Time: 7 p.m. Location: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont. Information: 419-332-2081 or www.rbhayes.org.
JAILHOUSE ROCK DINNER THEATER
A fun summer adventure for the whole family. The Jailhouse Rock Dinner Theater features costumed staff, live entertainment, a meal served in the cell block, and a story-filled tour of the jail, dungeon and gallows hall. Cameras are welcome and guests receive a souvenir mugshot at the end of the night to take home. The dinner takes place in the historic Sandusky County Jail in Fremont. Tickets are available at the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau office at 712 N. St., Fremont, or online at http://www.sanduskycounty.org/index.php/explore/things-to-do/museums/sandusky-county-jail-dungeon-tours. Admission: $20. Dinner theater limited to 30 people. Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and chow line begins at 6 p.m. Location: Sandusky County Jail, 622 Croghan St., Fremont. Information: 419-332-4470 or www.sanduskycounty.org.
To end its 2013-14 main stage season, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre will present “The New Mel Brooks Musical: Young Frankenstein” for nine performances in June. Based on the 1974 cult-classic movie, the musical tells the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a brilliant medical professor (played by Trent Dorner), who must go to Transylvania to settle the estate of his late grandfather, Dr. Victor Frankenstein (played by Patrick Flanagan). After arriving, he meets his new assistant Igor (played by Patrick Boyer) and the housekeeper Frau Blucher (played by Lydia Schafer). Frederick must decide whether to keep his respectable medical career and socialite fiancee, Elizabeth Benning (played by Lindsey Denham) or embrace his destiny and true love Inga (played by Kristen Kukic) and make a monster (played by Reed Reamsnyder). Other cast members include Heath Huber as Inspector Kemp, Matthew Johnston as Ziggy the Village Idiot, and Brien Sewell as Harold the Hermit. The book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan is brimming with favorite jokes from the movie (“Put the candle back!”), slapstick and sight-gags. Brooks also wrote new music and lyrics for the show, and the audience favorite, Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” remains in the musical. The production is under the direction of Amy Spaulding-Heuring with music direction by Jamie Dauel and choreography by Ashley Nowak. Admission: $24.75 adults, $22.75 seniors 60 and over, $9.75 students and $4.75 child 12 and under. Time: 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Location: Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St., Toledo. Information: www.toledorep.org or 419-243-9277.
July 11, 12, 19 and 20
This international smash hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter. His world view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long. Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Miserables packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera overflows with melodies that are already standards. Les Miserables book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Admission: $15 adults, $10 students. Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Location: The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin. Information: www.ritztheatre.org.
THE ART OF VIDEO GAMES
Through Sept. 28
Striking visual effects and the creative use of new technology in games take center stage in this interactive traveling exhibition, one of the first to examine video games as an art form. The exhibition features playable games, such as PacMan, Super Mario Brothers and Flower, and renderings and video interviews with key game developers and artists. The Art of Video Games also displays interactive kiosks with an extensive selection of home consoles from the Atari VCS to the PlayStation 3. Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Location: Canaday Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St, Toledo. Information: www.toledomuseum.org
IN FINE FEATHER: BIRDS, ART & SCIENCE
Through July 6
John James Audubon, Alexander Wilson, John Gould and Roger Tory Peterson are among the well-known artists represented in this exhibition of 45 works from the Middle Ages forward, including hand-colored engravings, etchings, lithographs, watercolors and books. While some are from the Museum’s own collection, many are on loan from local libraries and collectors, including the Toledo Club, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and the Ohio Historical Society. The exhibition chronicles the intersection of natural science and art in the pursuit of describing and identifying birds, from a medieval treatise on falconry to John James Audubon’s Birds of America and today’s modern field guide. Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m.””4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Location: Gallery 18, Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Information: www.toledomuseum.org
FUN & GAMES: THE PURSUIT OF LEISURE
June 27-Sept. 21
For centuries, humankind has enjoyed a wealth of leisure diversions. Drawing on works from local and Toledo Museum of Art collections, Fun & Games shows a variety of those activities and pursuits–games, sports, racing, theater, dancing and gossip–depicted by artists over the years. The exhibition includes paintings, ceramics and works of art on paper by such artists as Honore Daumier, James A. M. Whistler, George Wesley Bellows, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Lucas Cranach, Winslow Homer, Albrecht Durer, Marc Chagall and Rembrandt van Rijn. Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m.””4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.””9 p.m. Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.””5 p.m. Saturday and noon””5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. Location: Toledo Museum of Art, Works on Paper Gallery, 2445 Monroe Street, Toledo. Information: www.toledomuseum.org.
PEOPLE GET READY: 50 YEARS OF CIVIL RIGHTS
June 27-Sept. 21
After a year of social tumult and Congressional debate, the U.S. Civil Rights Act was signed into law on July 2, 1964. In honor of those who fought for the right of all citizens to be treated fairly and equally, this exhibition features works of art that examine slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement in the United States. It includes more than 35 works from the TMA collection by Elizabeth Catlett, David Levinthal, Gordon Parks, Aminah Robinson, W. Eugene Smith, Ernest C. Withers and others who have illuminated and challenged prejudice and bigotry through their photographs, prints and books. Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m.””4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.””9 p.m. Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.””5 p.m. Saturday and noon””5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays. Location: Toledo Museum of Art, Hitchcock Gallery, 2445 Monroe Street, Toledo. Information: www.toledomuseum.org.
Tickets are now on sale for the following events:
Arctic Monkeys — June 22, 8 p.m., Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. $47.35; 216-912-7032. www.livenation.com.
Dave Matthews Band — June 27, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $53.35-$89.90; 330-920-8040, www.ticketmaster.com.
Motley Crue with Alice Cooper — July 8, 7 p.m., Schottenstein Center, Columbus. $36.50-$267; 614-292-2624, www.ticketmaster.com.
James Taylor — July 25, 8 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $40-$123.65; 330-920-8040, www.ticketmaster.com.
Panic! At The Disco — July 30, 7:30 p.m., Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. $29.50-$39.50; 216-912-7032. www.livenation.com.
OneRepublic with The Script — Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $42.50-$96.90; 330-920-8040, www.ticketmaster.com.
Katy Perry — Aug. 14, 7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. $29.50-$103.50; 216-241-2121, www.theqarena.com.
Kiss & Def Leppard — Aug. 26, 7 p.m., Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls. $31.50-$1.250; 330-920-8040, www.ticketmaster.com.