Weekend: Get Out!

July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will be offering a kids program called Marsh Mondays. Children from ages 3-5 and 6-12 will learn about native plants and animals, explore the outdoors, get creative with crafts and much more. You must make a reservation by calling the Visitor Center at 419-898-0014. Marsh Mondays will meet inside the Visitor Center. Admission: Free. Time: Children ages 3-5 will meet from 10 a.m. to noon and ages 6-12 will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 W. State Route 2, Oak Harbor. Information: 419-898-0014 or www.fws.gov/refuge/ottawa.

July 6
All Findlay-area car lovers are invited to attend the third Flag City U.S.A. “Cars & Coffee” Cruise-in of 2014, this Sunday morning hosted by Panera Bread. So, clean up those cars and trucks, rev up your engines and cruise-in with many of the nicest rides in the area and local car enthusiasts for a Sunday morning car display. Enjoy the morning talking cars and admiring the rides on display. Bring the kids, cameras and enjoy some Panera Bread coffee and pastries. There will be no judging, no trophies and no charge for the event — just car fun for everyone. Cruise-in car owners, please park in the reserved areas only. Admission: Free. Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Location: Panera Bread 1971 Tiffin Ave. Information: 419-423-2415.

July 12-13
The Van Wert County Historical Society will sponsor its 10th annual Railroad Heritage Weekend July 12 and 13. The show will be in the commercial building at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. There will be over 100 tables of model railroad and train items for sale. There will also be scale model railroad and Lionel train layouts operating or on display. Admission: $3 adults and free for children 12 and under. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Location: Van Wert County Fairgrounds, 1055 S. Washington St., Van Wert.

July 12
The annual Classics on Main Car Show rolls into Bowling Green on Saturday July 12. This year, the event organizers are adding social media games to the mix of free family fun the show offers. The first game has already begun, with the challenge to exhibitors and fans to “Show us your T-shirt” from past car shows. The game is a contest to garner the most “likes” on Facebook. The prize is $25 in Downtown Dollars, the gift certificates issued by the Downtown Bowling Green organization and honored by more than 70 Bowling Green businesses. Photos must be tagged #ClassicCarsBG and posted on the entrant’s own Facebook page. The contest ends at 5 p.m. on July 10 and the person who garners the most likes by that time wins the prize. Creativity and a spirit of fun are encouraged; the photos must be acceptable for viewing by a general audience. This is the first of several games and contests Downtown Bowling Green is running in conjunction with the Classics on Main event. Rules for all the Classics on Main social games are posted on the Downtown Bowling Green website at www.downtownbgohio.org. Admission: Free. Time: 5 p.m. Location: Facebook. Information: www.downtownbgohio.org.

July 12
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 for the duration of the afternoon. 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.
July 13
Kelleys Island Triathlon & Family Races will be held this summer on Sunday, July 13 at the Historic Village of Kelleys Island. This family friendly event has something to offer everyone as event day includes a Sprint Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, 10k Run, 5k Run, Kids FUN Run, awards ceremony and a shoreline lunch. The courses for each event have been designed with two things in mind: safety and scenery. Regardless of which event you are competing in you will be amazed by the rich landscape of Kelleys Island as you race through wooded preserves, open fields and breathtaking shorelines. Race Central can be seen from the Kelleys Island Ferry Dock so you don’t have to worry about paying for a taxi or worse getting lost on your way there. This event will raise money for the Kelleys Island Emergency Services including the EMS, Police & Volunteer Fire Department. The first Kelleys Island Ferry Boat leaves Marblehead at 7 a.m. on Sunday. If you are not staying the night prior to the event on the island we urge you to be on the 7 a.m. boat in order to guarantee you get registered and properly stretched for the start of the race. Cost of registration includes: Lunch for all participants, participation in desired event, awards for the top finishers in each group, T-shirts for tri, du, 10k & 5k participants (T-shirts available for purchase for all Kids FUN run participants & all spectators however pre-ordering is recommended to guarantee you receive a T-shirt), post race drinks and snacks, discounts to island attractions, golf carts, restaurants and pubs, and more. Admission: $75 for Triathalon and Duathlon, $20 for 5K and 10K and $15 for Kids FUN Run. Time: 8:40 a.m. Triathlon/Duathlon, 9:20 a.m. 5k/10k and 10 a.m. Kids FUN Run. Location: Kelleys Island Seaway Marina, 240 E Lakeshore Drive, Kelleys Island. Information: https://allsportfun.webconnex.com/KIT or 614-636-3386.
July 13
The Spiegel Grove Squires take on the local All-Stars at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13 at the Hayes Presidential Center. Plan now to bring the entire family to watch how base ball was played in its early years. Squires’ matches are living history lessons. They players follow base ball rules and customs that were in use during the 1860s, when the sport first was organized. They wear vintage-style uniforms, use 19th-century-style equipment, and observe such regulations as no cursing, no base stealing, and no calling other players by first names “” the courtesy title “Mister” is used in all references to teammates or rivals. The distinct differences between base ball’s early years and today’s sport make for delightful entertainment, as well as surprising enlightenment. Admission: Free. Time: 2 p.m. Location: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont, Ohio. Information: www.rbhayes.org or 419-332-2081.
July 28-Aug 9
Attention all singers, dancers, and most importantly actors, ages 10-18. Ever dreamed of participating in a summer production workshop? Well, now’s your chance. For the eighth year in a row, the Sylvania Arts Commission Theatre Department is offering a two-week summer production workshop at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University. “King Midas and the Golden Touch,” a new and vibrant musical, will be directed by our artistic director Irina Zaurov, MFA. Auditions will be held for non-alums and will be conducted by Ms. Irina. Please contact The Sylvania Community Theatre Department ASAP to reserve your spot. Anyone and everyone is invited to audition and join the workshop but, in the end, only 25 students will make the final cut. Come and join in on the fun and learn about what it really takes to put on an authentic theatre production. Please note that the deadline to apply on the website has been changed and is extended to July 18th. Admission: $200 Non-Sylvania Resident, $180 Sylvania Township Resident and $150 Sylvania City Resident. Time: 9 a.m. to noon. Location: Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. Information: 419-517-0118 or Sylvaniaarts.org.
Aug. 9
Pontifex will be hosting its first annual Glow Run 5k in Fremont on Saturday, Aug. 9. This stroller friendly event invites runners and walkers alike to don their best glow accessories and join the fun. Pre-registration is open until July 26 and all those pre-registered will be guaranteed an event t-shirt. You may also register through www.Facebook.com/BodyLinesGym or in person at Pontifex located 416 W. State St., Fremont. Admission: $25 adults and $10 for children 10 and under who are participating. Teams of four or more can register for $20 each. Race day registration is $30 and does not guarantee the participant a t-shirt. Time: Registration begins at 8:30 p.m. on race day. Location: Roger Young Memorial Park, South Front Street, Fremont. Information: 419-332-9792.
Through Aug. 20
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Terra State Brass Choir headlines the next Verandah Concert Series on July 9. The 80-foot long verandah of the home of 19th U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes serves as the stage for the performance. 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, the concert will be canceled; call 419-332-2081 for updates. Other performances in the 2014 series include: 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.
July 6
Russ Franzen will be presenting the second program of the Rhythm on the River Arts Series, sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society. An award-winning writer and amateur historian, Franzen’s musical program is titled “Great Lakes History in Song.” Accompanied by his 12-string guitar, his songs will tell stories of people, places and ships that make up the history of the Great Lakes. He has also just finished his second CD, which includes songs about northwestern Ohio. Lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. Admission: Free. Time: 4 p.m. Location: Wright Pavilion, located on the towpath between the canal and the Maumee River at the end of Lincoln Street behind LaRoe’s Restaurant in Grand Rapids, Ohio.
July 17-20
Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s Young Rep production of “Jekyll and Hyde” will run Thursday, July 17 through Sunday, July 20 on the 10th Street stage. This dramatic musical is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel about a man whose experiments with human nature unleash a monster within himself and endanger the two women whose love he is caught between. With a score by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Wildhorn, Leslie Bricusse and Steve Cuden, the dynamic production will be set to simple staging and feature memorable songs such as “This is the Moment,” “Once Upon A Dream” and “In His Eyes.” Directed by James MacFarlane and music director Jennifer Braun, the cast features performers age 14 through 19, with half making their debut on the Rep stage. Admission: $10 adults and $5 children ages 12 and under. Time: 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Location: Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St., Toledo. Information: 419-243-9277 and www.toledorep.org.

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 Misérables 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 Misérables 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.
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

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
Through 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.

Ticket Watch
Tickets are now on sale for the following events:
Motley Crue with Alice Cooper — July 8, 7 p.m., Schottenstein Center, Columbus. $36.50-$267; 614-292-2624, www.ticketmaster.com.
Sara Bareilles — July 11, 7:30 p.m., Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. $35-$55; 216-912-7032. www.livenation.com.
Crosby, Stills & Nash — July 18, 8 p.m., Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland. $37.50-$99; 216-912-7032. www.livenation.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.



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