July 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.
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.
TRIATHLON & FAMILY RACES
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.
CONCERT IN THE PARK
AND BEAN BAKE
The public is invited on Sunday to enjoy live music at the upcoming forth annual Concert in the Park and Bean Bake at Shanes Park in Rockford. The event is being hosted by local entertainment venue, The Rockford Belle. A bean bake lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with onstage performances set for noon to 5 p.m. The event features local performers and bands from the Midwest. Music styles represent a range of genres including pop, blues, folk, gospel and country music. Former longtime radio show host Jim Highley, will emcee. Featured performers are as follows: Blind Date, The Master’s Own, Jerry Garcia, The Jubilees and Jess King & Country Gospel. A food stand with available food items for purchase will be provided by the youth of New Horizons Community Church, delicious desserts provided by St. Paul’s UCC, and the tastiest beans supplied by the Willow Restaurant in Celina. The park is handicap accessible. Bring a lawn chair, relax and enjoy the day with us at the park. Admission: A love offering will be accepted with proceeds collected and turned back over to the performers. Time: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: Shanes Park, 705 W. Front St., Rockford. Information: Tom Rogers at 567-644-9993.
Through Aug. 20
Honey Creek Preservation “Jass” Band headlines the next Verandah Concert Series on July 23. 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: 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.
‘JEKYLL AND HYDE’
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 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.
July 18 and 19
The photography of Britt Lanicek will be on display at the Fostoria Community Arts Council Gallery during the Fostoria Summerfest. The FCAC antiques and homemade craft show will take place in the Bankquet Hall at the same time. A few spots are still available for vendors. For more information and registration, call Browning Payne. Admission: Free. Time: 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Location: Fostoria Community Arts Council Gallery, 125 S. Main St., Fostoria. Information: Browning Payne at 419-435-4324.
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
Tickets are now on sale for the following events:
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.