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Meet the farmers, restaurateurs and business owners working towards an eco-friendly future

Green Issue

Organic farmers (and family) Teri, Jim, Nathan, and Heather Bersée with dog Sage

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Jaci Riley crafts jewelry from discarded computer parts

p. 26 Sea change

Global warming, as sculpted by Ken Thompson

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Marketplace changes

UPDATES IN LOCAL BUSINESS Glamazon business owners/sisters Saeda and Mervat Ballut have expanded their Dolled Up Hair 2 Toe with a new location next to Bar 145. The one-stop, Kardashian-esque shop — think slinky dresses, edgy accessories, girl's clothing, and full salon services — is for local women in search of the L.A. look. (They carry True Religion jeans and Project Runway winner apparel.) 5307 Monroe St. Search on Facebook and Instagram: Dolled Up Hair 2 Toe. Mexican food purveyor Plaza Azteca has undergone a name change — the restaurant will now be known as Palacio Maya after the company split ownership. 5125 Monroe St. 419-841-9250. Rick's City Diner (the local spot made famous by a visit from a campaigning President Obama) is making a move to Monroe St.'s Hobby Lobby plaza, taking over the space formerly occupied by CiCi's Pizza. 5333 Monroe St. Facebook: Rick's City Diner. Big news for foodies: Rachel Michael's Gourmet Popcorn, a local business known for kernel flavors ranging from buffalo bleu cheese to s'mores, is opening it's first brick and mortar location in the plaza near Bar 145 this fall. Local hophead Joshua Smith is finalizing plans for his new venture, Glass City Brewing Co., which is slated for a (tentative) August debut in downtown Toledo. Smith is exploring locations (119 Ontario St. is a possibility), selling stock shares and finalizing other aspects of his beer-centric start-up in the meantime. For updates, visit the Facebook page: Glass City Brewing Company.

We ask our Facebook fans... "According to a recent article from MarketWatch, Toledo is the 7th fattest city in America. Do you think the city government should step in to address some of these issues?" Kyle Lee Tate: I'm all for

freedom of choice on what they eat, but obesity is a big epidemic and a health risk in the long run. Maybe Toledo should start an education program about how processed foods are bad and invest more in Toledo Grows. Get the middle schools and high schools involved with a mandatory horticulture class. We need to teach people healthier food choices.

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There’s still one weekend left (Sat. 4.27) to experience Artomatic 419! Now in its fifth incarnation, Artomatic 419! is like the Big Top of the creative class. It’s the most unique event in Toledo, and we’ve got the inside scoop.

It is the governments business. I moved to DC in October and I have not needed a gym membership because there is a community rec center in every ward (some with indoor pools). Access is key for many people. I went to SE DC the "bad area" and people were lined up for Zumba. Toledo parks and recreation needs to step up their game. Remember you're already paying taxes to support them-demand better programming.

Eric Clingo: Urban Farming! Chad Watt: Simply

enough, I believe there is a good variety of health conscious food stores and restaurants in Toledo and a numerous amount of gyms that both males and females can feel safe at. Obesity is like an addiction. You're going to have to want to change in order to have change. People are comfortable and just too LAZY to a make an effort.

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Adams Street Publishing Co. What’s the most wasteful habit that you can’t kick?

Publisher/Editor in Chief

Collette Jacobs ( weekly fresh-cut flowers — but i deserve it

Co-publisher/Chief Financial Officer Mark I. Jacobs ( Heating my swimming pool to 90°


Assignment Editor: Alia Orra ( everything i do is kinda wasteful Interim Arts & Entertainment Coordinator: Joseph Schafer ( buying bottled water Calendar: Julian Garcia ( wasting my time Social Media Specialist: Amanda Goldberg ( always forgetting leftovers at the restaurant Staff Writer: Griffin Messer-Kruse ( throwing out boxers after one wear Contributing Writers: Johnny Hildo, Sue Lovett, Alison Wood-Osmun


Art Director: Leah Foley ( cooking for 10 people instead of 2 Senior Designer: Kristi Polus ( A little part of me dies every time I toss aside a paper drink umbrella Graphic Design: Brittney Koehl ( I forget to eat my leftovers Megan Anderson

Tony Kreamer: Toledo is plenty

safe for dudes that exercise, I regularly run from the Old West End to the river side downtown and back. However, my female friends get hassled, so I'd recommend having something for self-defense unfortunately.

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TCP interviews Adam Levine Ok, ok, not THAT Adam Levine. We sat down with TMA’s newest Mellon Fellow (who is just as handsome as the Maroon 5 frontman, if we do say so ourselves) to talk about the future of museums, his favorite artist and his stay here in the Glass City.

always leaving food on my plate Sarah Baird ( buying my daughter lunchables Jameson Staneluis ( driving my suv


Sales Manager: Aubrey Hornsby ( sleeping with the lights on Sales Coordinator: Emily Gibb ( red box late fees Account Executives: Sharon Kornowa ( i’m not a very wasteful person, honestly Emily Lowe ( i don’t eat leftovers Sam Rotroff ( fast food

Alexis Vickery ( leaving the tv on even when i’m not watching

Amy Gunkler: Not the

government's business! Information about how to be reasonably healthy is already common knowledge in our society, so any new government education would not accomplish much beyond that. It's a matter of personal choices.

Tim Wright: Evidently To-

ledo has 100% safe access for fast food and potato chips.


We hear wedding bells... Tis the season to tie the knot. If you’re getting hitched this spring, take a peek at our wedding guide.

Accounting: Robin Armstrong ( driving in the country on a sunny day Distribution: Michelle Flanagan ( watching jersey shore Publisher’s Assistant: Jan Thomas ( taking hot soaks Office Assistant: Marisa Rubin ( i like to use a lot of teepee Kelli Mistry ( air travel

Advertising/General Info For advertising and general information, call 419/244-9859 or fax 419/244-9871. E-mail ads to Deadline for advertising copy 2 p.m. Friday before publication.

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Love your mother

Eco-friendly activities to show Mother Nature you care By Alison Wood-Osmun With Earth Day in our rearview and spring and summer ahead, this is a great time to celebrate Mother Earth. We've gathered the best local green activities to help you love our Mother.

Wild things

People bring over 1,800 sick, injured and orphaned types of wildlife yearly to the staff and volunteers at Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Education. These dedicated, compassionate people do everything they can to care for and rehabilitate the injured creatures. This non-profit relies on membership and donations to carry out its vital mission as well as to provide nature education programs/ presentations and volunteer opportunities to children, adults and groups. Visit Nature’s Nursery during their summer open houses, the second Sunday of the month, May through September, 1pm - 5 pm; for more info, visit or call 419-877-0060 .

Go native

Wild Ones is an organization promoting the establishment and restoration of native plant communities which are a definitive component of a healthy environment. Our local Oak Openings Region Chapter consists of passionate folks who endeavor to preserve the Oak Openings ecosystem and educate the public on the advantages of growing native plants in their landscapes. This group is well known for rescuing native plants from construction sites, eradicating non-native, invasive plant species as well as fostering and creating monarch butterfly way stations. Their incredible, dedicated efforts in hand-collecting seeds from native plants is a much-lauded labor of love as they sort, propagate and then give many of the resulting seeds and plants away. For volunteer activities visit wildones. org/chapter/toledo.

Garden grows

Toledo Grows raises crops in a cool, city-centric way on its farmstead at the Robert Anderson Urban Agriculture Center. Home to chickens, rain gardens, greenhouses, native plantings, bee hives and vegetable gardens, Toledo Grows provides classrooms for Owens Community College’s Urban Ag Program and hosts youth job coaching in partnership with the Lucas County Juvenile Court System. The hip staff also ventures around town to show groups how to start and maintain community gardens. The non-profit, funded by grants and donations, is helping to put the unity back into urban life as gardens enable neighbors to forge friendships, offers green spaces and provides fresh, free nutritious vegetables. Toledo Grows hosts a yearly seed swap and also grows vegetable plants for planting in qualifying community gardens. To donate, volunteer at Oneida (900 Oneida St.) or to find more info on community gardens and tours, visit or call 419-720-8714.

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This land is our land

Meet Black Swamp Conservancy’s Rob Krain By Jeff Berry After six years with Black Swamp Conservancy, Rob Krain took on the role of executive director at the relatively tender age of 33, making him the youngest executive director in 16 years. We spoke with Krain about the conservancy’s mission to protect agricultural land and natural areas.

What made you choose environmentalism as a career? It’s a culmination of a lot of things that started [when I was a] kid who ran around in the woods and the marshes. While I was in college, I did a lot of traveling and camping and got to experience a lot of our national parks and national forests. It was those formative experiences that really impressed upon me the importance of protecting land and drove me into this direction. Did your parents own a lot of land growing up? No. Actually, I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay, in the suburbs [laughs]. But I always had a lot of access to open areas. I spent a lot of my youth crabbing and catching frogs and turtles, that sort of thing. What would you say to the next generation, who may not think about the importance of preserving land? I’d like to think that’s not the case. We’re certainly moving in a direction of a more digital society and I do fear that kids today don’t necessarily get the same breadth of outdoor experiences that I may have had. But I’m really encouraged by a lot of the kids I do encounter. We did a couple of workshops at the Boys and Girls Club in Toledo last summer and for the Boy Scouts and to see those kids very engaged was a great experience. We had a young boy ask us "If you learn GPS, what sort of job can you get working with the environment?" Do you think technology in your line of work negatively affects the environment — as far as cell


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phone towers going up everywhere, etc.? It’s a two-sided coin. There are things that we do in our line of work that are enhanced by technology. The GPS units and the GIS mapping systems are phenomenal and the access we have to real estate records are great. That’s an organization and a movement that we don’t oppose — the advancement of technology. We recognize that cell phone towers and power lines need to go up. We’re hoping to set aside the best of our remaining natural resources…and hope there is comprehensive planning to condition those things in the areas where they’re most appropriate. How does Black Swamp actually protect land; what’s the process? There's a couple different ways we go about doing this, but our real focus is on private land conservation. We accomplish that through conservation agreements — that is a legally-binding agreement between our organization and the land owners to protect what we call conservation values on a property. Essentially, we're restricting future land uses. A landowner still owns their property; they still have the right sell it. They still have a right to give it to their kids. They retain all of the rights that they don't specifically give up in our agreement. But the agreements are written to make sure that woods stay woods and wet lands stay wet lands, farms stay farms. Where do you see Black Swamp five years from now? What are your goals for the organization? Our primary mission is preserving natural areas and agricultural lands, and there is much yet to be done in this regard. Five years from now, I expect that we will have protected more than 20,000 acres of land — likely far more than that. A better question may be "Where do you see the Conservancy in 100 years?" We are in a unique business, in that our work is based on the concept of perpetuity. Everything that

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Circuit trading

The guts of discarded computers crafted into unexpected jewelry By Nan Bauer


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Photo by Bridget Ril

Where the rest of us see tech debri to discard, Toledo native and artist Jaci (pronounced “Jackie”) Riley sees intricate design. “I had been working on one line of jewelry,” she says. “Then I looked at all the old computer parts lying around my house and thought maybe I could do something with them. Have you ever looked at a circuit board or a motherboard? They’re really cool.” Sparkover, Jaci’s current jewelry line available on Etsy (, turns computer innards into unique pendants, rings, and earrings. A 2009 graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Jaci comes from a creative family. “My father was always making things out of nothing,” she says. Jaci worked as an interior designer and made jewelry on the side, starting by making pieces for family and friends. People would see the work, and ask about it, often enough that she decided to open her own Etsy store in 2010. While she doesn’t have one particular process, Jaci’s designs start by simply looking at the circuit boards. “There are a lot of loops, big circles and small ones, and I think, those would be cool earrings or studs,” she says. She also cuts metal, sometimes etching it with acid, for pendants and pins into different shapes, including birds, stars, and the state of Ohio. “Every once in while, a European blog will find me, and then I’ll get a bunch of orders. They really love Americana over there.” Sparkover’s expanding at a manageable rate, as Jaci grows the business. She’s begun to work with craft fairs like the recent Maker’s Mart, the indie craft fair that was held during Artomatic 419! And she continues to see amazing things every time she pries open an old hard drive. “Circuit boards are all so different. The other day, I found one with ‘J4c1’ on it, and the way it was written looked just like my name.” As for the ecological aspect of her work, "I've always been an avid recycler, so to me, Sparkover is jewelry with an added bonus. It's awesome and you're keeping things out of landfills. Technology changes SO quickly, which leads to a lot of stuff lying around. I like to think that I'm saving the planet one circuit board at a time. It's the small things!" Keep track of Jaci and her collection on the Facebook page:


Artist Jaci Riley repurposes computer parts to make her jewelry

Szollosi State Rep. M. t the to resign. Le dominoes appointment Hearing voices in City Politics By Johnny Hildo e! start to tumbl

The calling

It’s that time of year again. The robins have returned, the daffodils are a-bloomin’, and nutcases across the swampy plains have decided that they have been “called” to run for office. Let us be the first to break it to ya, whackadoodles, the only thing calling you are the visions of public trough sugar plums dancing in your addled heads. We have to wonder where this whole “calling” idea started. Time was, you ran for office because you wanted to be in office.  Sure there are perks, like power, money and fame. Then there are the draw backs, like the intense public scrutiny and the constant pressure and accountability of being in the public eye.  And being the butt of sophomoric attempts at humor by silly newspaper columnists trying to make a name for themselves at your expense. But we digress. Basically, folks wanted to be elected so they could be in leadership. Period.

Controversial call

Somewhere along the line this personal ambition came to be considered too base for the anointed among us, and so the myth that they had been “called” to lead was conjured out of the blue. This of course, begs the question.  Called by whom, exactly? We don’t recall anyone clamoring for ol’ Carty of Finklebreath to lead us through the valley of death to the Prom-

ised Land, yet there he was, running again and again. Yup, it certainly wasn’t the voters putting out the call for The Fink’s enlightened leadership.  He ran and lost as Republican and Independent before being called to run as a Democrat. Fortunately for him since T-Town is something like a sixty-five to thirty-five split in favor of the braying donkeys. Hence his election to Toledo City Council in the 1980s. After finally breaking through to his personal public-trough promised land, the Finkley One was then called to create a charter change in favor of a strong mayor form of government, with his own bad self as the initial incarnation.  Voila!  His calling to create a broad, diverse coalition of old white men was confirmed with victory over upstart Independent Mike Ferner and his paltry coalition of poltroons in 1993. Mebbe Carty’s delusions of personal grandeur weren’t communicated properly from That Which Does the Calling, because the charter change that allowed for the strong mayor structure also placed strict term limits on the office.  Which meant that after Carty won re-election in 1997 someone else had to receive The Call for 2001. That someone was seemingly thenLC Treasurer Ray Kest, first in line to have received the call.  Except that the Dem leader at the time, Paula Ross, said

he’d be endorsed over her dead body. So she put out the call for a candidate to beat back the Kest minions, a call that was answered in due course by a sleepy ol’ walrus down in Cbus by the name of Jack. Ford, that is. So Smilin’ Jack left the state legislature to beat Kest to the punch in oh one.  But apparently the call was a bad connection, ‘cause Jack ticked off the powers that be, especially those in the powerful trades unions. Who quickly put out a call of their own, that is, somebody to beat the sleepy ol’ walrus in oh five. And who was there to answer the call? That ever eager beaver sitting next to the phone, waiting for that delightful ring, Carty Finkystinger!  He  beat Smilin’ Jack and took back the reins of T-Town power.  Except that soon into his second reign, irony of ironies, there was a movement of folks who wanted him recalled for real.  As in tossed out on his ear.  Seems they remembered what a difficult cuss the ol’ Finkystunk really is. So the call went out again, this time to beat the Fink in oh nine, and again it went down Cbus way.  At the other end was then-State Fire Marshal, Mikey P. Bellbottoms, the man with the ninetyplus T-Town approval rate. Carty threw a wrench in the works when he didn’t seek re-election, but ol’ Mikey went on to beat challenger Keith Wilkowski.

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Missed call

That brings us to twenty thirteen. Ol’ Bellbottoms has angered every union this time around with his declaration of “exigent circumstances” to abrogate union contracts and his support of the ill-fated SB5.  His cozying up to Chinese nationals hasn’t made him many friends swampside, either. So folks are again hearing The Call.  Perennial candidate Opal Covey has been called by The Almighty again.  Her string of defeats might indicate that it’s actually just creepy voices emanating from her own delirium, however. Current Democratic City Councilman Joe McNamara has been called by the memory of his father’s, albeit Republican, public service. And current Democratic LC Auditor, Stepping Stone Lopez, has been called by labor forces to run for school board, oops, recorder, nope, auditor, ummm, mayor, in order, in her words, to end divisiveness.  Apparently by dividing the loyalties of Democrats, thereby virtually assuring Bellbottoms another term. Enough with the calling, already. You’re all a bunch o’ self-ambitious mendicants.  Get over yourselves.  Can we just find someone who will do their level best to muddle toward a bit of prosperity?


Nathan Bersée decided to forgo a 9-to-5 to start an organic farm

Waste not

By Kevin Moore Photos by Robert Wagner


aste is a fact of life. No process is perfect. A little research will reveal waste of all kinds: energy waste, industrial waste, residential waste, government waste, corporate waste — the list goes on. Producing goods, operating a business or even just living a modern life inevitably creates byproducts that adversely affect the environment. But some brave and innovative Toledo entrepreneurs are challenging the paradigm of waste by solving the problems of inefficiency and committing to a cleaner business ethos.

Bersée & Utz Heirloom Farm come pick up their share.” A visit to Bersée & Utz Heirloom Farm in Waterville is a reminder of a warmer, richer but nevertheless bygone world that has been lost to the forces of industrialization and globalization. Bersée & Utz is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm operated by two couples: Jim and Teri Bersée and their son, Nathan, and his wife, Heather. For the uinitiated, CSA farming is a growing agriculture model in which independent farms supply local residents with fruits and vegetables on a subscription basis. Bersée & Utz offers a 22-week season where every week members can pick up ,or have delivered, a full or half share of the farm’s harvest of such things as strawberries, tomatoes, sweet corn and peppers.

All in the family: husband-and-wife Heather and Nathan Bersée, left, with Nathan’s father, Jim, and mother, Teri


“We work organically and sustainably,” says Teri, a fifth generation descendant of the first Utz to farm the property. “We’re trying to feed people the right kind of food grown in their backyard. There are organic sections in most stores, and some even say ‘local,’ but we’ve learned that often means regional. Would you call something grown five states away local?” Bersée and Utz’s emphasis on locality is a major component of their sustainability. “When you buy vegetables shipped long distances,” says Nathan, “think of all that oil, not only for shipping but packaging. We can help reduce that. We even ask that members bring reusable bags when they

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Bersée & Utz’s commitment to ecofriendliness is most evident in their farming methods. To combat harmful pests, the Bersées turn to nature by releasing predatory insects like ladybugs and only use pesticides approved by the National Organic Program as a last resort. At the end of every season, they till what remains of their crop back into the earth, where it provides a natural fertilizer for the following year. Their rows are lined with “companion crops,” such as clover, which feed nutrients back into the soil and limit weed growth. “I was struck by the lack of insects when we started,” says Heather. “Our field had been conventionally farmed, and the soil was dead and dusty. Now it’s dense, loamy and a home for earthworms, praying mantises and spiders. It’s alive like it should be.” After three years of farming, the family has found their niche. “Demand is growing,” says Jim. “Chefs want freshness, and people are becoming health-conscious. They want strawberries that taste like strawberries, and crisp spinach and kale that stays green. There’s a high demand for flavor and to keep dollars in the local economy.”   Visit for more information.

Who’s sorting our recycling bins? If you attended grade school within the last twenty years, you undoubtedly had to recite the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. In years gone by, enthusiastic recyclers had to sort their own recycling on fears that unsorted submissions would be discarded. But those days have come and gone, and many municipalities like Toledo offer “single stream” curbside recycling pickup that requires no pre-sorting whatsoever. “The recycling we collect in Toledo is transported to ReCommunity Recycling in Ann Arbor,” says Republic Services sales manager Paul Rasmusson. “They use a high-tech process involving magnets and lasers to separate glass, metal, plastic, paper and cardboard.”  Rasmusson says that several of the myths surrounding the do’s and don’ts of recycling are largely outdated. “They want bottle caps now because there is value in plastic these days, and in fact many caps contain nylon. Most pizza places now have a paper insert which absorbs pizza grease so you can recycle cardboard boxes. With better technology, there’s a greater tolerance in recycling.” But Rasmusson adds, “There are still things that can ruin a batch. Not all glass is recyclable; plate glass and auto glass should really go to an industrial recycling center. Ceramics tend to break into tiny unrecoverable pieces and can ruin glass collection, and styrofoam is entirely unacceptable.” A Single Stream Recycling Guide of acceptable materials can be found on the City of Toledo’s Refuse & Recycling Collection website. We encourage people to check this list regularly for changes,” says Rasmusson. “Now is not the time, but in the future we expect to collect used aluminum and iron cookware and electronic waste.” toledo.

LED Technologies Much of the public discussion over emerging green technologies centers on the supply side, mainly solar and wind power. The biggest setback to these new technologies is that they lack the ability to meet current U.S. energy demand. LED Technologies President Jon Flory and CEO Timothy Ruppel have decided in response — they’ll reduce the demand. A side company from Flory and Ruppel’s R/F Marketing Group, LED Technologies is a relatively new startup, only a few months old. It is the exclusive nationwide distributor for Custom LED Supply from Dayton, Ohio. LED, or light-emitting diode lighting, is the latest and most efficient development in green lighting. A 100-watt incandescent bulb will cost $44 per year to run and require replacement about three times per year in a frequented room like a kitchen. An 11-watt LED bulb will put out the same amount of light for less than $3 per year and won’t need replacement for 15 years. “We’re using a technology that has actually been around for a long time,” says Flory. “It’s the same technology in your phone, TV and computer. NASA’s been using it for years. But LED has only recently been adapted to commercial lighting.” LED Technologies specializes in the sale of LED lights of all shapes, sizes and colors to industrial and commercial customers. “Businesses have the potential to receive the greatest benefits from LED. They consume the most energy by far and they are eligible for federal grants [which are set to expire at the end of the year] if they can reduce their energy consumption across the board by 50%. Our LEDs can hit that by reducing lighting costs by 70%,” says Flory. Like all new tech, LED bulbs are more

LED Technologies President Jon Flory and CEO Timothy Ruppel

expensive than their conventional counterparts, but LED Technologies reports that their clients typically recoup their investment in three years. “There’s a strong demand for LED,” says Ruppel. “We started by asking ten companies, ‘do you want to upgrade your facility, finance it from the cost-savings and save money long term?’ Every one of them said yes. That’s unheard of.” The entrepreneurs who have ventured into the LED market believe it is growing because it presents an opportunity to revolutionize the power industry. “Our team’s passion is to change the world,” says Andy Bittner, CEO of Custom LED Supply, “Lighting is the most inefficient user of energy. We’re green guys and we’re energy guys. Our goal is that kids never know what it’s like to change a light bulb.” For more information, call 866-734-7687.

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Marc and Scott Dabuc of Homewood Press

Homewood Press “Print is dead” was a phrase uttered by Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters that has been adopted across the blogosphere of the twenty-first century as a way to describe the current state of traditional publishing. To the contrary, Homewood Press of northwest Toledo demonstrates that print is not only alive and well but green and vibrant.

“We’ve been recycling paper since the ‘90s,” says Homewood’s vice president Mark Dubuc, who runs the company with president and brother, Scott, “but we really jumped into sustainability in 2008 when we installed our wind turbine. There was a big push toward a ‘paperless society’ where everything would go online. There was this shadow cast that all printers are polluters. But advertisers and readers still need tangible material, and industry publications tell us print is still the most effective means of communicating to the public. Our answer is that printing can be sustainable and responsible if you’re working with the right company.” The wind turbine that ignited Homewood’s passion is light industrial model that is 90 feet tall, which allows it to catch the wind stream. “We were the first printer in the region to produce wind power on-site, and at the time, only Clay High School, the Toledo Zoo, and Homewood had wind turbines.” By harnessing wind energy, Homewood


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has reduced its power consumption by 10% and prevented the release of three tons of carbon dioxide. Homewood has switched to soy and vegetable-based inks and recycled paper stock, but the green initiative most staggering to visitors of Homewood’s operations is their massive recycling operation. All of the excess paper, known as “falloff,” no matter how small, gets recycled, as do their ink cartridges, congealed ink skins, aluminum design plates, rubber contact blankets, plastic bundling straps, broken wooden pallets and consumer recyclables from their workers. “Unfortunately, we used to send two six-yard dumpsters of garbage to the landfill every week,” says Dubuc. “Today, we only have a two-yard dumpster for monthly trash pick-up while we’ve hired Gateway Recycling & Waste Reduction to collect a whole semi-truck trailer of recycled material once a week. Green has become the core of who we are. It seems like every year we’re doing something new. Next, we’re looking at LED lighting.” Homewood Press also recycles back into the community by donating some of the falloff space from its print jobs for materials for local nonprofits such as the Toledo Opera, the Toledo Symphony and Little Sisters of the Poor.   

Homewood Press, 400 E. Stateline Rd., Toledo. 419-478-0695.

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An environmentally unfriendly timeline of American waste


American cities, specifically New York City, had no sanitation standards and little garbage collection. Mountains of garbage containing food, wood and scrap blocked the streets. In NYC, sailors could supposedly smell the city six miles offshore, and in 1830, the deplorable conditions caused a Cholera pandemic that killed off 12% of the population. Most cities did not start developing sanitation systems until the 1880s and 1890s.  


The process of “reclaiming” swampland and natural depressions by filling them with refuse, the concept we would associate with the modern landfill, was widely adopted during the 1920s. Previously, most cities dumped their waste directly in waterways or in “piggeries,” gigantic pig pens located at the edge of town where swine consumed organic waste. Landfill pratices would not be standardized until 1959.


The Osceola School District in Orlando, Florida made headlines when it dumped 4,000 pounds worth of books from the school library into the dumpster. The school said the action was done to limit redundancy in the newly created computerized inter-library loan system it was joining. Critics complained the discarded books could have been sold or donated elsewhere.

Recycling roadblocks for restaurants With so many venues, Toledo’s vast food service industry is naturally one of the area’s largest waste contributors and a sector with some of the greatest potential for becoming green. This city can be proud of the progress its local restaurants have made toward sustainability, but the green path is not an easy road. Rising costs, a stagnant economy and a lack of City services for businesses present substantial challenges for Toledo’s numerous eco-conscious restaurateurs. “We’re doing what we can when we can,” says George Mancy, general manager of Mancy’s Italian Grill. “When it comes time to replace something, we go with the green option. About five years ago we put in low flush toilets, and we just redid our kitchen with energy efficient equipment and recycled flooring.” Restaurants are often criticized for their use of styrofoam containers, but they seem to be a necessary evil for much of the industry right now. “We’ve looked into [recyclable] containers, but there’s such a huge cost difference. We’d love to invest in them, but our number one priority is maintaining quality and value, even as operating costs continue to go up.”


Pan-Asian Grille

HoChan Jang, co-owner and head chef at Balance PanAsian Grille

Unfortunately, the City does not offer recycling to businesses except for cardboard, and several restaurants such as Deet’s BBQ in Maumee would take full advantage of the service if offered. “Curbside recycling is available only to residents,” says Deet’s co-owner Lisa Deeter, “so occasionally we do take plastic bottles to the recycling dumpsters that are in The Anderson’s parking lot, just because we hate to put them all in the trash. However, time doesn’t allow for that very often.”


Since opening in 2010, Balance Pan-Asian Grille has developed a reputation for its culinary boldness, healthy menu and refreshing decor, so much so that this inexpensive yet “upscale urban” eatery spread to a second location in 2012. The restaurant’s founders, CEO and Creative Director Prakash Karamchandani and Head Chef HoChan Jang, are driven by a deep set of core values. “Being ecofriendly and a socially conscious business is at the base level of our concept,” says Karamchandani. “It’s in every decision we make.” Balance has made very pronounced decisions regarding eco-friendliness, including installing low-energy certified commercial kitchen equipment and frequenting local farmer’s markets. By utilizing social media advertising, digital menus, email receipts and a homemade ticketless POS system, Balance’s paper usage is almost nonexistent. Perhaps most noteworthy is their unique serving dish. The business originally used plates and reusable plastic takeout containers, but the company did away with plates altogether and adopted a standard 100% post-consumer and compostable container made from blended plant fibers, which the owners of Balance custom designed. “Why no plates? Plates aren’t that green. Washing plates consumes huge amounts of water and energy and releases more chemicals into the environment. We have high respect for water and are big on water conservation. It’s a principle in our training manual, and CONT. all of our staff are trained in it. This waterP 18

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During a trans-Pacific sailing race, oceanographer Charles J. Moore stumbled upon a floating debris field of plastic extending across the Pacific Ocean just north of Hawaii. Known as the Pacific Trash Vortex, this accumulation of fifty years’ worth of plastic refuse from the US West Coast and East Asia is trapped in the center of the Pacific’s current and is estimated to be the size of Texas.


In the dead of winter, The New York Times reported that H&M Clothing Company had been regularly discarding bags and bags of unsold clothing in the dumpster of one of their Manhattan locations. The discarded clothes were shredded with a box cutter to make them unwearable. The kicker? This particular H&M store was located only one block from a charity that provides clothing to the NYC’s homeless.


In Tampa, Florida, a Victoria’s Secret customer was shocked when she returned a pair of $70 “Pink” sweatpants and the clerk cut them up with scissors in front of her. The shopper then called Victoria’s Secret’s parent company to learn that the destruction of some returned items was indeed company policy. That same policy also recommended that employees destroy returned items out of customers’ view.

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The United Kingdom’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) released a report this January entitled Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not, which estimated that 30-50% of the world’s food ends up in landfills and never even makes it to a plate. The primary culprit, according to IMechE, is premature sell-by dates, B1G1 sales and consumer expectations that food be aesthetically pleasing.


CONT. fr P 16 saving approach does create more waste, but our waste is biodegradable.” Karamchandani and Jang have more eco-friendly plans for the future, including a transition to even greener chemicals, inhouse sorted recycling and a hydroponic or aquaponic garden on the roof or in the basement of a future location, so food is grown and consumed in one facility. “We’re looking for a landlord who would be open to the idea,” says Karamchandani. Anyone who has tried to “go green” knows that it is not the easiest nor the cheapest thing to do, but for the owners of Balance doing what’s right outweighs the cost. “If you’re going into business for the sole purpose of making as much profit as possible, then yes, you’ll buy the cheapest food and materials, and not care where they come from. The thing is people care about the environment and where their food comes from and they expect restaurants to care too. But customers put those expectations on hold when they go to a restaurant. Why shouldn’t they have those expectations fulfilled? When a customer chooses to spend their money with us, we have a choice, and we choose to give them value and to honor those expectations.” Balance Pan-Asian Grille is located at 5860 W. Central Ave., Toledo, and 514 The Blvd., Maumee. For more info, visit


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Photography by Robert Wagner, Man Overboard Images, 419-344-6604,


Wednesday, April 24

Special Event Wednesday Lunches Owens Community College Terrace View Cafe

Photos by Elliot Charney

Baked, and happy

Elizabeth Drake Brown pulls out the oven mittens with Earthen Dragon By Alia Orra One of Elizabeth Drake Brown’s earliest memories is of her mother Anne’s tiny kitchen filled with the chaos of their family’s most daunting baking assignment. Dad Harry had volunteered Anne to make 600 dozen cookies for the General Electric Christmas party. Available counter space was covered with mixers and balls of sticky dough, cookie sheets, cooling racks and containers. The oven timer went off like clockwork every 10 minutes or so, signaling her mother to pull out one tray for inspection and insert another. The then eight-year-old Brown woke up for school to find her mother hunched over the counter every morning that December, and after school she returned home to join her in baking until her bed time. Her tiny hands kneaded, mixed and cut like an old pro for the Iron Chef-like three-week challenge of turning out dozens upon dozens of sugar, ginger, and chocolate chunk flavors. It was back-breaking work; as any seasoned baker knows, the oven can inspire as many aches and pains as an elliptical trainer. But Brown, never averse to a little hard work, fell prey to the lure of the Kitchen Aid. She was in love with baking. Though she took a few career detours

(as an archeologist/church musician/ math teacher), Brown recently decided to capitalize on that childhood love for baking and embark on a culinary career. After snagging jobs at both Sylvania’s Element 112 (making macaroons and other delicacies) and the Toledo Country Club, she’s throwing her oven mitt into the cottage food industry with her home baking business Earthen Dragon. She caught an early break when, in January, Black Kite Coffee & Pies began carrying her scones, cookies and gluten-free brownies, and aims to parlay these early successes into an eventual brick and mortar location downtown or the Old West End. On the day we interviewed her she was finishing her semester commitments as an Owens Community College instructor, and keeping pace with a baking schedule that starts at 9:30 am and ends well into the night. “It’s busy, but I’m enjoying it,” Brown says. “I really like this kind of work, where you produce something and you look at it and say ‘this is what I made today.’ It’s very satisfying in a way you can’t really quantify in other jobs.” Brown’s aesthetic is equal parts wholesome and whimsical; she’s as comfortable making confections like

Elizabeth Drake Brown is the baking maven behind new local business Earthen Dragon

Saturday, April 27 marshmallows as she is rustic, not-toosweet scones. She’s not interested in giving her products the “lite” treatment, but is an adamant advocate for quality — local, organic, natural products are what she seeks. She gleans inspiration from do-good bakers, like her favorites, the Zen Buddhists who created Greyston Bakery in New York City. “They’re interested in sustainability and giving back to the community,” Brown says — a business model she admires and hopes to emulate as Earthen Dragon grows. “When I get a storefront, I want to make sure that we have profit we can feed back into local businesses or the community in some way,” Brown says. “I would really love to help rebuild, particularly the Old West End area.” Earthen Dragon products are available by special order via email or phone, or at Black Kite Coffee & Pies, 2499 Collingwood Ave. For a menu of goodies, search Earthen Dragon Bakery on Facebook. 419-376-2534;

The local joe

There’s nothing like a shot of caffeine to get the morning started. But what about a jolt to the economy? Toledo Choose Local, a nonprofit with a ‘buy local’ mantra, aims to put a spotlight on the area business owners behind our morning joe with a citywide Coffee Cash Mob event on Saturday, May 4. The daylong celebration of locally-owned coffee shops and roasters works like this: visit your neighborhood shop that day (or a few in different neighborhoods), buy a cup of coffee, then hashtag the experience #ToledoChooseLocal with a photo or update on your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Participating shops include Black Kite Coffee & Pies in the Old West End, Plate 21 in Maumee and The Flying Joe in Levis Commons. For more information and a list of participating locations, visit or —AO

Rescue soup

A warm bowl of soup has long been renowned for its TLC powers. Make that a free bowl, and it's downright healing. The soup purveyors at Zoup! aim to harness this power of the consomme with their Zoup! To The Rescue care packages. The process is easy: nominate a friend, family member or co-worker in need through the website; Zoup! then chooses the most worthy recipients and delivers a bowl, a hunk of bread and a drink to their door. Two locations: 4204 W. Sylvania Ave.,419-481-8700, and 310 W. Dussel Dr., Maumee, 419-724-9687. —AO

A variety of hors d’oeuvres and appetizers will be presented at Owens Community College culinary arts students present the fruits of their labors at the Terrace View Café’s Garde Manger (French for a lunch of appetizer-size dishes) and at the Dessert Buffet. Menu items at Garde Manger include sausages, smoked foods, cheeses, vegetable and fruit carvings, chutneys, crackers and various other options to complete the dining experience. Dessert Buffet includes sweets with touches of alcohol in keeping with the 21st birthday theme, like champagne panna cotta. Reservations necessary. $9 per person. Garde Manger 11am-noon; Dessert Buffet 5-6pm. College Hall Room 148 on the Toledo-area campus, 1301 Monroe St. 567-661-7359.

Annual Cupcake Showdown Fundraiser Collingwood Arts Center

The Children’s Theatre Workshop will be holding their “sweetest” second annual fundraiser to support arts and theatre programming for children in the Toledo area. Six of Toledo’s finest bakeries will be competing in the Willy Wonka-themed cupcake competition to see who makes the best treats in Northwest Ohio. There will also be heavy hors d’ouerves and refreshments. $10-$15. 6:30pm-9pm. 2413 Collingwood Blvd. 419-244-5061.

Saturday, May 4

Kentucky Derby Tea Party Clara J’s Tea Room

A Derby lunch will be accompanied by some Derby fun and a fashion show. Come join the fun and dress to impress with your most ravishing Derby hat. $20 per person; reservations required. 1pm. 219 W. Wayne St. 419-897-0219.

Saturday, May 4

Cold Brewfest Black Kite Coffee & Pies

Join the Old West End’s newest coffee house as they launch a new drinks menu, switch to summer hours, and unleash cold brewed coffee from the tap. 9am-7pm. 2499 Collingwood Ave. 419-720-5820. Facebook. com/BlackKiteCoffee.

high spirits Saturday, April 27

A swigging tribute

A pint of craft beer will have a slightly sentimental touch this month at area Mancy's restaurants, as the local restaurateurs partner with Maumee Bay Brewing Company with a series of special drafts in honor of their local history in the food industry. Papou's Pale Ale, a dry-hopped English malt with a citrus finish named for grandfather and 1921 founder of the Mancy's restaurant tradition Gus Mancy, is the first release in a four-part collaboration and is available through Memorial Day. There will be a brew for every season — the next will be showcased in early June — and each iteration will be available at all area Mancy's restaurants. "[There's] a little bit of a story behind each beer," says Mancy's Italian operator/owner George Mancy. "With craft beer growing, this is something we always wanted to do." $5 a pint. For locations, visit —AO

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Red Blends — A Global Perspective Walt Churchill’s Market

Discover what few wine drinkers realize — that most of the world’s vinos are red blends. Taste varieties from the common to the exotic, and how to decipher which wine bottles have the most taste potential. Prices vary. Noon5pm. 3320 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee. 419794-4000.

Saturday, April 27

Wine & Beer Tasting Rossford Library

Enjoy a wide selection of quality wines at this event, sponsored by the Rossford Library Foundation. Adults only; tickets available at Fifth Third Bank Rossford or at the Rossford Public Library. $20 advance/$25 door. 720 Dixie Hwy., Rossford. 419-666-3038.


Affleck has one hell of a beard

If you haven't seen Argo, 2012 academy award winner for best picture yet, here's your chance to see it for free. Ben Affleck showed great promise as a director for 2007's Gone Baby Gone and 2010's The Town, but Argo is on a whole different level. This taut political thriller, based on a true story,  pits Affleck as an extraction expert during the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis. His scheme to free the six American diplomats? Smuggle them out of Iran as the crew of a fake science fiction film. Argo features a great ensemble cast, a winning sense of humor and a classic rock soundtrack. But does it live up to the hype? Here's my two cents: this is the only Best Picture winner  past 1999, besides The Departed, that I agree with. Free. 2:00pm. May 9. Way Public Library. Perrysburg. 101 E. Indiana Ave. 419-874-3135.

Tickle your funny bone pink

We're all familiar with the classic theme song composed by Henry Mancini, and some of us are familiar with the iconic cartoon, but not everyone is familiar with the seminal Pink Panther films. Prepare to bust a gut: 1964's The Pink Panther is the movie that made Peter Sellers a famous comedian. In it he plays bumbling french detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau, who solves his cases through incompetence and dumb luck. In the film, he matches wits with The Phantom, an international jewel thief played by David Niven. The two clash repeatedly, often in glorious slapstick, over the eponymous Pink Panther Diamond. Niven's character is actually the main character in this film, but Sellers's Clouseau was so popular that he went on to star in five more Pink Panther films. Be glad they're showing the original, not the awful remake with Steve Martin. $5. April 26. 7:30pm. The Valentine Theater. 410 Adams St. 419-242-3490.

NWO Paradiso

The Annual Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival won't begin until September, but The Northwest Ohio Film Foundation will whet the state's appetite for cinema with a “Grand Prix” tour of small independent film screenings around Lima, OH between May and August. On Saturday, April 27, Paradise Recovered, the Audience Choice award winner from last year's festival, will screen at the Meeting Place on Market, 220 W. Market St. Paradise Recovered focuses on Esther, a fundamentalist Christian girl, and her relationship with the manager of a local health food store. $10 per event, $50 for the entire series. Screening times TBA. The Northwest Ohio Film Foundation. 419-979-9692.

film events wednesday, April 24

The Line

The Line documents the stories of people across the country living at or below the poverty line. LISC, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, and United Way of Greater Toledo are partnering to bring you this free movie screening exposing the new face of poverty in America through four real people struggling with real poverty. Discussion will follow, and guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the financial resources available in the community. Refreshments will be provided, and free parking is accessible off Adams Street. 5:30-8pm. Free. Toledo-Lucas County Main Public Library, 325 Michigan St. 419-254-4675.

monday, April 29

Big Drive

Film Focus: 'Award Winning Family Shorts'

An entertaining collection of short films recognized by the American Library Association, including Big Drive, Show Way, 55 Socks, Kali the Little Vampire, Anna, Emma and the Condors, Bink & Gollie, and Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion. An encore screening will be held Saturday, May 4. 6pm. Free. Toledo-Lucas County Main Public Library, 325 N. Michigan St. 419-259-5200.

"Samsara" - directed by Ron Fricke This is far from a perfect film, but the images are so incredible that you may forgive its shortcomings. All the places shown are credited at the end, but some of them look like they are CGI, they're so surreal. The film takes more than one pointer from "Koyaanisqatsi," with its sped up shooting, its use of minimal dialogue and its focus on strange, exotic places. There's another disc that attempts to explain it all, but like I said, the film's visuals are incredible enough to forgo a whole lotta explanation. "The Girl on the Bridge" - directed by Patrice Leconte - The intriguing story of a woebegone girl, who's about to jump off a bridge and end her miseries, when she's interrupted/saved by none other than a circus knife thrower, who persuades her to be the object of his pointy stunts. It is a little twist on the "boy meets girl" situation that works quite well. —SJA


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Photos by Todd Michaels

Suzanne Jennens and Michael Searle smolder as Linda and Willy Loman in Toledo Rep’s now-showing production of “Death of a Salesman”

Every man’s burden Burning down the American Dream. By Allan Sanders

For two weeks every summer, Salzburg, Austria, hosts the Salzburg Festival, which began with the first performance of Hugo Von Hofmannsthal’s morality masterpiece, Jedermann, (based on a play written in the late 1400’s by an unknown author) or as we have come to call it, Everyman. In the intervening 102 years, Everyman has been performed every summer outdoors in front of the Salzburg Cathedral, featuring famous and not-so-famous actors, directors and designers. The story: a rich man unexpectedly is called to his death in the middle of a lavish party. Told that he may bring someone with him on the journey, his friends, family, even his gold, all desert him. He is left alone, both God and Satan struggling for his soul. This coming weekend, The Toledo Rep presents another iconic character out of theatre history, this time a little closer to home. In Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning classic Death Of A Salesman, Willy Loman is a more recent version of “everyman”, for a different, American, generation. Opening in 1949, Salesman fell in between World War II and the Baby Boom; television was only 10 years old while radio was our lifeline; Frank Sinatra was huge, Elvis was about to be; and Willy Loman, a salesman, was stuck between a career with great promise and obsolescence.

Loman and every man

For all their differences, there are also similarities between Willy Loman and everyman that make both universal and multi-generational. An “everyman” is described as a normal person, and “average Joe” who represents us as we are; warts and al. In American theater, there is no man more every than Willy Loman. Death of a Salesman has been


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described as a scathing review of the American dream. Willy Loman lives that dream and maintains the belief that as long as you are liked, you will be admired and good things will come. He views his life as a disappointment that it could be otherwise, that being liked is not enough. Everyman can be seen as an indictment of those who are living the dream and have everything they could possibly want and how quickly that dream turns against them. Everyman realizes that having it all is not enough at the day of reckoning. Willy’s past is a constant reminder of choices he made that set him on the road to the death of the American dream; the choices everyman made in his past lead him to his sorrows as well. Everyman depends on his perceived qualities (good deeds, money, confession, etc) to lift him in the final hour to redemption. Willy has depended on other people (his wife, boss, his neighbor, and a mistress) to lift him up and allow him to be a hero to all. But everyman and Willy Loman, experience disappointment when trusting others. Where it ends for both men is the biggest difference: everyman is redeemed by faith and hope. We are left with the belief that our struggles are worth it and we will see a brighter day. For Willy Loman, the American dream dies, as it does for countless other “everyman” in our society even today. Making Death Of A Salesman, as relevant as it was in 1949; and as relevant as Everyman has been since the fifteenth century. $20 adults, $18 seniors, $10 students, $5 children. The show will run Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 2:30pm,until Sunday April 28. Toledo Repertoire Theatre. 16 10th St. 419-243-9277.

Free your heroes

Three’s company

In opera drama is always escalated when there’s more than one diva. Jump to the 60s and the rise of female pop groups and you can imagine the dramatic possibilities. This spring the Tony and Academy Award-winning musical, Dreamgirls, is coming to Toledo from April 25-28 at the Stranahan Theater. Follow the lives of an all girl singing group as the struggle with fame and fortune during a turbulent era of American history. The play features all the memorable hits from “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” to “One Night Only.” Thursday & Friday, 8pm. Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm & 7pm. $23-$68. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-381-8851.—JG

From page to stage

Classic children’s books will come to life on stage at the Valentine Theatre with Treasured Stories Eric Carle on Saturday, April 27. Share the imagination with your kids as The Very Hungry Caterpillar is joined by other favorite characters from Carle's stories including Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and Papa Please Get the Moon for Me for an educational and entertaining hour of fun. 2pm. Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St. 419-242-3490.—JG

theater events

saturday, May 4

Broadway Rocks

Musical theater fans, rejoice. the Toleod Symphony will present for one night only, Broadway Rocks! Four seasoned Broadway singers— Christiane Noll, Capathia Jenkins, Rob Evan and Doug LaBrecque—will belt out torch sggns and anthems from beloved rock operas like Jesus Christ Superstar, and the Who’s Tommy, as well as the latest generation of Broadway showstoppers, such as Jersey Boys and Mamma Mia! $64-24. 8-10pm. Stranahan Theatre, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-246-8000.

“The Braindead Megaphone, Essays”

friday, May 10

Into the Woods

Comic book and graphic novel fans unite! Free Comic Book Day takes place on Saturday, May 4 when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into the store. Toledo comic stores are in on the action, with two separate store fronts hosting events. First up is JC’s Comic Shop on 5329 Hill Avenue, which will have a sale on back issues, action figures, graphic novels, posters, and t-shirts (basically anything but new issues of comics.) Proprietor Jim Collins says that the store will be moving by summer’s end, “so make sure to come in and grab that special item you want before we relocate.” Over at Monarch Cards & Comics at 4400 Heatherdowns Blvd., the store will offer free cookies and pizza early in the day while supplies last, as well as free comic day material out on the rack. Don’t miss their store promotion at Levis Commons on Friday, May 4 from 6:30-11pm, where they will pass out free material in support of the Iron Man 3 premier. Free. May 4. For more information visit —GMK

Bedford Community Players will present Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The play intertwines the plots of Brothers Grimm fairy tales and explores the  consequences of  the  characters' quests.  The  main characters are taken from "Little Red Riding Hood", "Jack and the Beanstalk", as well as several others. $15.00 Regular, $14.00 Students and Seniors (60+). 8pm. Bedford Senior High School Auditorium. 8285 Jackman Rd. Temperance. 734-850-6069.

by George Saunders: OK, I promise, no more George Saunders after this (maybe). This series of essays (whoever thought essays could be so absorbing?) range from topics as broad as the title piece, which deals with the media-inflicted dumbing-down of America, to Mark Twain’s twisted brilliance (“The United States of Huck”) to the dichotomies of Dubai's glitz, and beyond. “Ask the Optimist!” is a laugh-out-loud mock advice column, with seekers asking such questions as: “A few years ago, I inadvertently declared war on the wrong country . . .” Or “Woof: A Plea of Sorts” written by a dog. But Saunders gets downright serious when discussing Kurt Vonnegut's challenges in writing “Slaughterhouse Five.” His writing is as refreshing as an ice cream cone on a hot summer's day. I can't say enough about this man's output (drool).    —SJA

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wednesday 24 Collingwood Arts Center Fundraiser

The Attic will host a fundraiser for the Collingwood Arts Center & Otis the Elevator. There will be light appetizers including Mano’s hummus, Grumpy’s garbage salad and more. Drink specials include the Otis Up-and-Down. There will be a 50/50 raffle as well as gift certificates available from Calvino’s. 6-9pm. $12. The Attic, 17th and Adams St. 419243-5350.

friday 26 Tecumseh Art Walk

Downtown Tecumseh will host its 6th Annual Art Walk. Downtown merchants will bring art into downtown businesses. Local artists will be on hand to greet people and talk about their work. You may find that perfect painting for over the mantle. 6-9pm. Downtown Tecumseh.

MFA Thesis Exhibition II Opening Reception

BGSU will present a reception for its second group of graduating MFA students, including Chelsea Younkman, Janna Wheeler, Jill Allan, Ken Fairclough and Chelsey Hammersmith. Free. 7-9pm. The Fine Arts Center, Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green. 1600 E. Wooster St. 419-372-2531. www. This exhibit will runh through Sunday, May 5.

Illustrating Stories With Michelle Duni

The Toledo Museum of Art’s Family Center is giving kids and their parents a new reason to say T.G.I.F. The last Friday of every month, the Family Center hosts a local artist who speaks to families with children 10 and under about their process and inspiration. 6pm. Free. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

It’s Friday! Free Public Tours

Local bird expert Kenn Kaufman celebrates John James Audubon’s birthday with a tour of the Museum’s collection of bird-related art at 7pm. Then, meet in Libbey Court for the Lines of the World tour at 9pm. 7-9pm. Free. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

saturday 27 Author and Sculptor: George Carruth, Signing

Known nationwide for his charismatic and charming stone carvings, renowned sculptor George Carruth will be featured at Waterville’s Garden Smiles. Mr. Carruth signs his work at least twice annually. Always the dreamer, Mr. Carruth consistently has his customers’ delight in mind. Since 1983, he has produced over 500 original designs for the home and garden. 10am-5pm. Garden Smiles by Carruth, 211


Mechanic Street, Waterville. 419-878-5412. www.

Slow Art

Slow Art Day, an international observance, encourages people to take their time looking at works of art, then gather to discuss what they saw with others. TMA selected five works to feature on Slow Art Day. Participants are suggested to spend at least 10 minutes observing each work. Those attending can bring or purchase a lunch from the Museum Cafe to eat in the Green Room during discussion of the works of art starting at noon. 10am-12pm. This event is free but advance registration is required. Register at slowarttma2013. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

sunday 28 Workshop: Basic Book-Binding: Sewing Signatures

Learn how to construct a book with a sewn signature binding and a hard cover. The finished book will make an excellent sketchbook, scrapbook, or journal. You will use 80lb white sulphite paper for the book contents, but participants are welcome to bring their own paper if some other surface is desired for the interior pages. No previous experience needed. 1-3pm. $55, includes all materials. The Art Supply Depot, 29 S. St. Clair St. 419-720-6462.

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Friday of each month and showcases a number of Bowling Green’s diverse art venues. Free. 5-8pm. Main St., Clay St. and Wooster St., Bowling Green. 419806-9116.

saturday 4 Derby Days Opening Reception

Enjoy the 3rd annual Derby Days exhibit at Manhattan’s from 20 North Gallery. The exhibition features eight local and regional artists displaying horse-themed artwork in a variety of media. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in Derby hats and fine sporting attire to partake in Toledo’s most authentic mint juleps. $5. 4-7pm. Manhattan’s Too Close to Call Prismacolor pencil by Robert E. Shorter is Restaurant, 1516 Adams Street. 419243-6675. part of the 3rd annual Derby Days exhibit at Manhattan’s. The exhibit will run through Saturday, May 18.

Kentucky Derby Party Dress in your Derby best and join Circle 2445 at the TMA for the 139th Kentucky Derby. All Derby activities will be simulcast on a big screen. The event will include Southern fare, a cash bar featuring mint juleps and live music by Kentucky Chrome. As part of a special promotion, those who join or renew their Museum membership along with joining Circle 2445 will receive one free ticket to the Derby Party. 4-7pm. $40 adv. / $50 door. Toledo

Art-A-Fair Opening Reception

PRIZM Creative Community will present its seventh annual juried art show. The show featuring some of the most talented authors and artists in the area, features both visual and literary works. Free. 3-6pm. Reception/ Party from 3-6 p.m. at the Fifth Third Center. One Seagate, 550 North Summit Street. 419-931-8732.


A Girl Doesn’t Get Killed by a Make-Believe Lover

Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art from the Hood Museum of Art

Barbie Huffman majored in art and history at the University of Toledo before traveling the country, honing her painting skills. Now she’s back in town with a solo exhibition of her paintings. The Bricks will play at the opening reception, and there will be a cash bar.711pm. Free. The Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. 419-244-2787.

Crossing Cultures features more than 120 works of indigenous Australian art from the collection of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Spanning five decades of creative activity, the works were produced by artists from outback communities as well as major metropolitan centers. Free. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419255-8000. This exhibit will run until Friday, July 15.

Light and Shadow: Art Werger and Tom Marino

Hudson Gallery presents an exhibition of 50 works by two artists: beautifully rendered etchings and aquatints by Art Werger and classically shaped vessels with atmospheric glazes by ceramicist Tom Marino. Opening reception April 20 6-8pm. Hudson Gallery, 5645 N. Main St., Sylvania. 419-885-8381. Show runs through Saturday, June 1.

Bowling Green Gallery Hop

Bowling Green’s First Friday Gallery Hop will take place Friday, May 3. Enjoy the work of resident artists at Akimbo Gallery, childhood artwork at Art-a-site!, Paintings at Café Havana, an evening of pottery at Calico Sage and Thyme, a solo exhibit by Mitch Raney at Grounds for Thought, outof-state artists at Studio 14 Tattoos and Body Piercings, and both paintings and sculpture at TOAD Gallery. More walks will be held on the first

Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

Barbie Huffman paints it hot with Marilyn.

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Duane Bastian. Dr. Duane Bastian, master ceramics artists and clay sculpture, and retired professor emeritus of Art Education at the Toledo Museum of Art for the University of Toledo from 1971 to 1999. Dr. Bastian has exhibited in numerous national and international juried exhibitions. His work won ‘Best of Show’ in the 85th Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art. 4-6pm. Free. The American Gallery, 6600 Sylvania Ave. 419882-8949. Through April 30.

One Last Day: Artomatic 419!

Mr. Atomic: 100 Years of Blood, Sweat, and

Paintings. Together, twins, Mark and Michael Kersey are Mr. Atomic. The brothers Kersey have been making their comics-inpsired art in Toledo since 1962. Their work is on display in the lobby of the DiSalle building. Free. The DiSalle Building, 1 Government Center. Through April 30.

Don’t miss your last chance to see one of the most exciting art events in the country, Artomatic 419!, because it won’t return until 2015. The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo has gathered over 500 visual artists in two buildings downtown, alongside live music, performing artists and poets. It's less like a gallery and more like a circus. Check out our guide to the event in April10-23 2013 issue. 11am-11pm. Free. The old Metropolitan Distributing Building, 911 Summit St. 419-254-2787.

UT BFA Exhibition

The annual group exhibition features the outstanding artworks of the Department’s graduating Bachelor of Arts students. Center for Visual Arts, 620 Grove Place (next to Toledo Museum of Art). This exhibit will run through Sunday, May 5.

Call for Art: Northwest Ohio Quilt Show

Quilters are urged to enter their work in the Kaleidoscope of Quilts XVI to be held Thursday July 19 and Friday, July 20 at the Sylvania TamO-Shanter Exhibition Hall. Deadline for quilt entry is Saturday, June 15. Detailed information and registration forms can be found at the Glass City Quilt Commission’s website. $5 per entry. Sylvania Tam-OShanter Exhibition Hall, 7060 Sylvania Ave. Sylvania. 419-346-4895.

The painted word

Launch Pad Cooperative is presenting ARText, a collaborative exhibition of visual art and words that experiments in cross-disciplinary methods of innovation by randomly pairing the work of each of the visual artists from Launch Pad with the literary context of local poets from Toledo’s prolific literary scene. The participating artist/poet pairings include: Timothy Gaewsky/ Andrew Field, Crystal Gale Phelps/Zach Fishel, Julia LaBay/Courtney Fillion, Ian Welch/Carl Deitrich, Hannah Lehmann/Kayla Williams and Tinola Mayfield-Guerrero/Tara Armstrong. This challenge of combining visual art and spoken word pushes the limits of routine creative processes while uniting the talent and imaginations of two distinctly different creative communities — the makings of this thought-provoking show. An opening reception will be held on Fri. April 26th from 6-9pm with light refreshments. Free. Launch Pad Cooperative, 911 Jefferson Ave.,

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The big two-zero

Julie A. Buetler is celebrating for good reason! After 20 years as a professional ceramic artist and twenty years of supporting local artists as owner of Anglewood Gallery in downtown Grand Rapids,  she is presenting 20...from the heart, a show featuring her own work. After 6 months of preparation, this show is her largest and most emotionally based collection of work in many years. The work, mostly functional pottery, is an intimate   glimpse into what drives her personal journey as an artist. Included in the exhibit will be drawings from her sketchbook, ceramic jewelry and a small line of photography corresponding with her new ceramic pieces. Julie will be sharing the spotlight showing new work by artists Tamra Mielke (pastels), Connie Stose Vasbinder (printmaker), Lonnie Rosenberg (mixed media), Alicia Munk (mixed media) and her stable of regular artists. Opening reception will be April 27th, 6-9pm and show will run until June 9th.  Free. Anglewood Gallery, 24195 Front St. Grand Rapids. 419-832-0625. www. —JT


Art of the storm Sculpting climate change By Russell Axon

Ken Thompson has something to say about global warming, and it isn’t pretty. The Illustrated Facts of Global Warming is the in-progress sculpture series by the master sculptor. Using rough materials and inelegant designs, Thompson’s latest works depict isolated scenes of damage and chaos reminiscent of images seen during hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, the latter he experienced firsthand. For each piece, Thompson constructs a destroyed or damaged representation of an object, typically a house, and installs it into a crudely shaped plate supported by branch-like legs. The complete effect appears coarse, despairing and treacherously balanced, which is part of Thompson’s goal. “As far as basic art composition and elements go — texture, space, form, shape and all that — that’s all there. But I also want people to feel uncomfortable when they look at these pieces,” he says. To aid with that unease, Thompson shaped the pieces primarily out of mild steel, which gives the sculptures a harsh, pessimistic sensibility. “I always like a material that fights back, that’s not just compliant. You want to have a bit of a struggle there,” he says. This latest series shares a kindred design with one of Thompson’s previous series inspired by images he saw during


Ken Thompson’s Illustrated Facts of Global Warming: Untitled One, Untitled Two, Untitled Three and Untitled Four utilizes rough materials and inelegant designs to depict scenes of damage and chaos. See them at Flatlanders Gallery in Blissfield. Hurricane Katrina. That series was characterized by smaller pieces with brittle aesthetics. Each piece was built from fragile materials like string, toothpicks and cardboard. Thompson gave the pieces provocative titles, like “George wants to give you a new home,” and “FEMA is going to make everything better and tie it up in bow.” The Katrina exhibit “was just the notion that spurred me on to go ahead and make these new pieces,” he says.

Getting Political

Thompson explained that most of his work follows a Popeye-inspired philosophy of “It is what it is,” i.e. there’s no grand message hidden within the pieces. However, this policy isn’t an absolute for him, and The Illustrated Facts of Global Warming is one such exception to the

rule. “Sometimes there’s things that I can get real political about, that I get up off my chair and go, ‘Listen, this isn’t right.’ And that’s when I’m inspired to do things like these pieces or the Katrina pieces,” he says. Currently, Thompson has started six pieces which are housed in the gallery section of Flatlanders Sculpture Supply and Art Gallery, which he founded. He joked that the series is “made, but not finished,” in that he knows what needs to be done to complete the series, he just needs to do it. These plans include creating at least seven more pieces and using weathering techniques to further sully the sculptures. He’s in no rush, though; the exhibit isn’t scheduled to premiere at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan, until the beginning of October. “You’re not late

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so long as you’re done at least five minutes before the deadline,” he joked. In the meantime, Thompson is working on multiple commissioned pieces, some in-progress, some in the prep stages. Recently, he also curated the annual Dogwood Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit in Knoxville, Tennessee, where, through the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, he helped bring in international artists for the first time in the show’s history. Ultimately, the freedom he’s afforded is what motivates him, and Thompson doesn’t plan on giving up this freedom any time soon. “Sculpture gives me the opportunity to do whatever I damn well please.” Flatlanders Sculpture Supply and Art Gallery is located at 11993 East US 223, Blissfield, MI. The gallery is free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm.

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Clifford Murphy & Mike Whitty Hamway’s On The Main / Every Saturday Experience Toledo's great jazz tradition while you dine every Saturday with Clifford Murphy & Mike Whitty. Murphy is one of the Glass City's jazz legends and master of the upright bass. Whitty represents the younger generation of jazz musicians trained and contributing to the local scene and plays the trombone, piano and sings. Together they perform a wide repertoire of jazz classics and contemporary tunes. 7:30-10:30pm. Hamway's On The Main, 5577 Monroe St. 419-885-0290.—JG

Headliners Middle Room: Professor, FDA, Shitty On Blatz, Dismantle, Chaos Rules, Don’t Get Bored MainStreet: Highbinder, The Grubs, Fail & Deliver, Lil’ Sis And The Whistletips Icons: The Junk Rumpus Room: Johnny Reed & The House Rockers Doc Watson’s: DFR Holiday Inn French Quarter: The Eight Fifteens Cheers Sports Eatery: Distant Cousinz Bar 145: The Personnel Ottawa Tavern: Hot Love, FUZZrites The Bronze Boar: Under The Covers

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic Claddagh’s Irish Pub: Gypsy Luvin’ Swig: Mike Merrit

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Hamways on the Main: Clifford Murphy & Mike Whitty Manhattan’s: Mo Joe Boes & His Noble Jones Dégagé Jazz Cafe: Cynthia Kaay-Bennett

Country & Bluegrass

Glass City Cafe: The Blowing Grains

wed, apr 24 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Mickey Finn’s: Schematic ft. Dave Elkins (vocalist from MAE), Asker, Daytrip, I Of Radio Grounds For Thought: The Open Mind Record Grind


Degage Jazz Café: Gene Parker Aqua Lounge @ Best Western Premier: Estar Cohen Trio

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic Potbelly: Don Coats The Village Idiot: Old West End Records Manhattan’s: Stephen Wooley Mutz @ The Oliver House: Joe Woods

Rosie’s Italian Grille: Don and Rachel Coats Papa’s Tavern: Bobby May & Frankie May and Friends The Bronze Boar: Open Mic w/ Steve Kennedy The Blarney Irish Pub: Dave Carpenter Swig: Gregg Aranda Stellas: Eddie Molina

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Longhorn Saloon: Jam Session Manhattan’s: Zac Kruez Jazz Trio

Dance & Techno

The Distillery: DJ Mark EP The Rocket Bar: College Night w/ DJ Manny The Library Bar: DJ BliZARD & Friends

Country & Bluegrass The Library Bar: Country Night

Classical & Spiritual

Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts: Owens Three Sopranos, One Piano “Arias! Duets! Trios!” Performance

Dance & Techno Duncan’s: DJ Chris

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Owens Community College Center for Fine & Performing Arts: Owens Pop Ensemble Concert Headliners: TWIZTID, (hed) PE, Potluck, Liquid Assassin, Sixx Digit, C-Fifth Frankie’s Inner City: Helsott, Organism, Truth Ascension Village Idiot: Mike Merrit Band Mickey Finns: Ex Cops, Cape Canyon Ottawa Tavern: Manray, Lazer/Wulf Ye Olde Cock & Bull: Captain Sweet Shoes

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic The Pour House: Chris Knopp


Mutz Pub (at the Oliver House): Karaoke The Oarhouse: Karaoke Bier Stube: Karaoke

FRI, apr 26 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Wesley’s: Old School Fridays Mickey Finns: Stepdad, Sea of Bears, Tropic Bombs & Bikini Babes Frankie’s Inner City: Motive, The Stationary Set, A.M. Radio, The Vintage Mojo Headliners Middle Room: Seven Romans, Siklid, Cadence, For Valor And Vengeance, It’s In The Blood, Constricted Village Idiot: Bobby May & The Dry Bones Revival The Blarney Irish Pub: Mas Fina H Lounge at Hollywood Casino: Journey Tribute Headliners: Kirko Bangz, Official Watson, Tum Tum Holiday Inn French Quarter: The Eight Fifteens Mutz @ The Oliver House: ACME Bar 145: The Menus Swig: Gingerlove Ottawa Tavern: She Bears

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The Bronze Boar: Joe Woods Trio

ACOUSTIC, FOLK & ETHNIC Rosie’s Italian Grille: Mitch Kahl Potbelly: Jaime Mills The Pour House: Nathan Cogan Doc Watson’s: Andrew Ellis

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Stranahan Great Hall: Big Band Dance Parties One@ Lounge @ Treo: Post Modern Blues Manhattan’s: The Good The Bad And The Blues Degage Jazz Cafe: Skip Turner Band Hamways on the Main: J-Bone & Friends

Mutz Pub (at the Oliver House): DJ Deep Dave Parkway Sports Bar: DJ DRE 32 Degrees: DJ BIg Rube


Bier Stube: Karaoke Lair Lounge: Karaoke

SUN, apr 28 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Duncan’s: Scotty Rock Headliners: Seven Romans, Siklid, Cadence, For Valor And Vengeance, It’s In The Blood, Constricted


Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Village Idiot: Bob Rex Trio, Dooley Wilson

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic

Manhattans’s: Open Mic

TUE, apr 30 Rocket Bar: Aaron Carter

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic

Oarhouse: Bobby May & Jon Barile Black Kite Coffee & Pies: Mike Steele & Friends

Sundown Cantina: Jaime Mills Potbelly: Tom Drummonds Village Idiot: Bobby May & Jon Barile 32 Degrees: Chris Shutters

Country & Bluegrass

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Blue Bird Cafe: Bobby May & Howard Murphy Village Idiot: Kentucky Chrome

Classical & Spiritual

Owens Community College Center for Fine & Performing Arts: Owens Concert Band Spring Concert Toledo Museum of Art: Great Performances In The Great Gallery: Bezonian Trio Epiphany Lutheran Church: Musica Antigua De Toledo Toledo Club: TSO Chamber IV


Bier Stube: Karaoke

MON, apr 29 Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic Village Idiot: Frankie May and Friends The Bronze Boar: Open Mic w/ Joe Woods

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Crystal’s Lounge @ Ramada Inn Ballroom: UT Jazz Night

Classical & Spiritual La-Z-Boy Center (Monroe): MCCC Symphony Band Concert

Trotter’s Tavern: Jeff McDonald’s Big Band All-Stars Manhattan’s: Blues Jam With Jeff Williams Basin Street Grille: Tom Turner & Slowburn Trio Jam Dégagé Jazz Cafe: Gene Parker Bar 145: Jazz Addiction

Classical & Spiritual La-Z-Boy Center (Monroe): Agora Chorale Concert


Claddagh Irish Pub: Karaoke The Bronze Boar: Karaoke Bier Stube: Karaoke RHouse: Karaoke Ye Olde Durty Bird: Open Mic

wed, may 1 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Frankie’s Inner City: The Faceless, Buried But Breathing, Parallax, The Brooklyn Enigma Mickey Finn’s: Valleys


Degage Jazz Café: Gene Parker Aqua Lounge @ The Grand Plaza Hotel: Kyle Turner & KMB3 Trio Manhattan’s: Jason Quick

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Country & Bluegrass

MainStreet: Rumpke Mountain Boys, Free Range

Dance & Techno

Parkway Sports Bar: DJ Big Rube 32 Degrees: DJ Mak


Bier Stube: Karaoke The Library Bar: Karaoke

SAT, apr 27 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

The Library Bar: Old School Saturday Night St. Clement Hall: Toledo Elvis Festival-D.J. Fontana, Anthony Shore, Matt King, Chris Solano, Nick Gutierrez, Joey Diaz, Walt Sanders, The Roustabout Show Band Rocket Bar: Hanzel N Gretyl Frankie’s Inner City: Beartooth (feat. Ex Attack Attack! Frontman Caleb Shomo), The Golden Dawn, Affairs, Trust Me Im A Doctor, Pyramids Village Idiot: Jim Miller Band The Blarney Irish Pub: Mas Fina The Pour House: The Rivets Mickey Finns: The Hard Lessons, Romans, Silent Lions, The Severe Lifestyle H Lounge at Hollywood Casino: Skoobie Snaks

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Dance & Techno

Frankie’s Inner City: Caleb Denison (formerly Of NeverShoutNever), Carter Hulsey, Jimmie Deeghan (of Every Avenue), DayTrip

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Aaron Carter Tuesday, April 30 / The Rocket Bar If you don't remember Aaron Carter, I bet your daughter, or even younger sister, does. The younger brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, Aaron ruled the Nickelodeon and Disney Channel music programs in 2000 and 2001 after the release of his platinum-selling debut album, Aaron's Party (Come Get It). His covers of "I Want Candy" and "Crush on You" were completely inescapable that year. Plus, he beat Shaq (at what is uncertain). Of course, times change and trends go, and now Aaron is headlining the Rocket Bar. The pop chart's loss is Toledo's gain! This will be the first major show at The Rocket Bar, formerly the Zodiac (and several other establishments) since it's re-opening in September. The Rocket Bar is now under the booking wing of Innovation concerts. The venue will probably serve as a venue of note to University of Toledo students, considering its proximity to campus. $15 advance, $20 door. 7pm. The Rocket Bar. 135 S. Byrne Rd. (419) 536-2582. —JS Continued from pg. 27

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic

Potbelly: Don Coats The Village Idiot: Old West End Records 32 Degrees: Zak Ward Mutz @ The Oliver House: Chris Knopp

Country & Bluegrass The Library Bar: Country Night

Dance & Techno Duncan’s: DJ Chris


Mickey Finn’s Pub: Open Mic Mutz Pub (at the Oliver House): Open Mic Manhattan’s: Open Mic The Oarhouse: Karaoke Bier Stube: Karaoke

THU, may 2 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Frankie’s Inner City: Alpha & Omega, Bent Life, The Beautiful Ones, NRR, Good Will, Bad Luck

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic

Rosie’s Italian Grille: Don and Rachel Coats Papa’s Tavern: Bobby May & Frankie May and Friends The Bronze Boar: Open Mic w/ Steve Kennedy The Blarney Irish Pub: Kyle White Swig: Shane Piasecki

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Longhorn Saloon: Jam Session Manhattan’s: Dick Lang Trio Dégagé Jazz Cafe: Jason Quick

Dance & Techno

The Distillery: DJ Mark EP The Rocket Bar: College Night w/ DJ Manny The Library Bar: DJ BliZARD & Friends


Mutz Pub (at the Oliver House): Karaoke The Oarhouse: Karaoke Bier Stube: Karaoke

FRI, may 3 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Wesley’s: Old School Fridays Collingwood Arts Center: Barbie Huffman Art Show w/ The Bricks


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The Blarney Irish Pub: The Bridges MainStreet: Escape The Fate, The Color Morale, Glamour Of The Kill Quimby’s (Lambertville): Four Twenty Seven Frankie’s Inner City: Cody Grup & Big D’s Birthday Bash w/ Gold, Lame-O, Silent Lions Mickey Finn’s: Joe Buck, Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss, Rachel Brooke, Viva Le Vox Mutz @ The Oliver House: Beg 2 Differ

ACOUSTIC, FOLK & ETHNIC Rosie’s Italian Grille: Mitch Kahl Potbelly: Jaime Mills Swig: Ryan Dunlap

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

One@ Lounge @ Treo: Scott Potter Trio Manhattan’s: Last Born Sons Hamway’s On the Main: Candice Coleman & Chris Brown Dégagé Jazz Cafe: Paul Vornhagen

Country & Bluegrass The Bronze Boar: Decent Folk

Dance & Techno

Parkway Sports Bar: DJ Big Rube 32 Degrees: DJ Kut-Off


Bier Stube: Karaoke The Library Bar: Karaoke

SAT, may 4 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

The Library Bar: Old School Saturday Night Mickey Finns: Full Strike Frenzy, Buried But Breathing. Demonshifter, Transcending Fate, A.S.S., Greenbelt Parkway Frankie’s Inner City: Cory Smoot Toledo Tribute Show W/ Mensrea, Illumira, Fail & Deliver, Anhedonia, Vile Hence Headliners: Mrs Skannotto The Blarney Irish Pub: The Bridges Quimby’s (Lambertville): Four Twenty Seven Stranahan Theater: TSO Broadway Rocks! The Bronze Boar: Beg To Differ Cheers Sports Eatery: BOFFO

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Hamways on the Main: Clifford Murphy & Mike Whitty One@ Lounge @ Treo: What’s Next, Raq The Casbah

Dégagé Jazz Cafe: Michael Peslikis Manhattan’s: Buddy Boy Slim & The Blues Rockers Rosie’s Italian Grille: The Skip Turner Band

ACOUSTIC, FOLK & ETHNIC Swig: Pete Fetters Village Idiot: Joe Pug

Country & Bluegrass Glass City Cafe: Andrew Ellis

Dance & Techno

Mutz Pub (at the Oliver House): DJ Q Parkway Sports Bar: DJ DRE 32 Degrees: DJ Big Rube


Bier Stube: Karaoke Lair Lounge: Karaoke

SUN, may 5 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop Duncan’s: Scotty Rock

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Village Idiot: Bob Rex Trio, Dooley Wilson Black Kite Coffee & Pies: Music From The Collingwood Quartet

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic Oarhouse: Bobby May & Jon Barile

Country & Bluegrass

Huntington Center: Carrie Underwood

Classical & Spiritual

Franciscan Center of Lourdes University: Spring Choral Concert


Bier Stube: Karaoke

MON, may 6 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Headliners: Falling In Reverse, American Fangs

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic

Village Idiot: Frankie May and Friends The Bronze Boar: Open Mic w/ Joe Woods

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Crystal’s Lounge @ Ramada Inn Ballroom: UT Jazz Night

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Joe Pug Saturday May 4, The Village Idiot Joe Pug (born Pugliese), like the dog his name evokes, is tiny but mighty. The singer-songwriter brings a tough attitude from his native Chicago to the sometimes tender folk-rock style he plays. Though he's not even thirty years old, Pug has opened up for folk giants like Josh Ritter and the mighty Steve Earle. His set at The Ark theater in Ann Arbor last spring is already the stuff of internet legend. Now, fresh out of a short stay in Austin, Pug is bringing his acoustic attack to Toledo. If that doesn't sell you, visit his website: www. Many of Pug's EP's are available for free download there. 8pm. $5. The Village Idiot, 309 Conant St., Maumee. 419-893-7281. —JS


Manhattans’s: Open Mic

TUE, may 7 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Frankie’s Inner City: Crown The Empire, Capture The Crown, Palisades, Famous Last Words, Northern Shores, Goodbye Blue Skies Mickey Finn’s: Spence

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic

Sundown Cantina: Jaime Mills Potbelly: Tom Drummonds Village Idiot: Bobby May & Jon Barile 32 Degrees: Kyle White

Jazz, Blues, & R&B

Trotter’s Tavern: Jeff McDonald’s Big Band All-Stars Manhattan’s: Blues Jam With Jeff Williams

Basin Street Grille: Tom Turner & Slowburn Trio Jam Dégagé Jazz Cafe: Gene Parker Bar 145: The Lori Lefevre Trio


Claddagh Irish Pub: Karaoke The Bronze Boar: Karaoke Bier Stube: Karaoke RHouse: Karaoke Ye Olde Durty Bird: Open Mic

wed, may 8 Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop

Frankie’s Inner City: Decker (Jane From Belle Histoire Solo Project), The Miracle Vitamins, Day Trip, Jeffrey Oliver B-Bop Records & Third Space: Antique Scream W/ Professor


Degage Jazz Café: Gene Parker

Acoustic, Folk, & Ethnic Potbelly: Don Coats The Village Idiot: Old West End Records Manhattan’s: Shawn Sanders Mutz @ The Oliver House: Cliff Millimen

Country & Bluegrass The Library Bar: Country Night

Dance & Techno Duncan’s: DJ Chris


Mickey Finn’s Pub: Open Mic Mutz Pub (at the Oliver House): Open Mic The Oarhouse: Karaoke Bier Stube: Karaoke

CDs: “Bastards” by Bjork:

I tend to think that there are only a handful of people on this planet who can absorb all that Bjork puts out - I am definitely not among them. But you can’t deny the beauty of what she does. “Bastards”, as the title implies, is the (illegitimate?) offspring or remixes of tracks from her 2011 “Biophilia” CD. That CD dealt with natural science, as well as a series of interactive iPad apps, with lyrics like “as fast as your fingernail grows/the Atlantic Ridge drifts” - not exactly make-out music. The remixes, with a degree of separation from the headiness of “Biophilia,” stands as a group of tunes that work on their own musical merits. The tracks are remixed by various artists, like Hudson Mohawke, Death Grips and Omar Souleyman, who takes “Crystalline” and “Thunderbolt” and puts her vocals over his own dabke music. If you like your music challenging, try this on for size. —SJA

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National Train Day Toledo Amtrack Station / Saturday, May 4

National Train Day rolls back to Toledo’s Amtrak Station to celebrate the heritage and importance of the country’s railroad system. The entire family will enjoy a number of different educational and fun activities. Exhibits displaying a look into the rich history and limitless future of passenger and freight rail will fill the grand Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza. Activities include the opportunity to board an Amtrak “Superliner,” 5 model train layouts, a “family lounge” with Thomas the Tank Engine layouts and a working children’s train that’s big enough for adult rides too! Cannonball Paul will entertain with railroad tunes and stories, and Engineer Steve will present a children’s rail safety program. There will be additional parking at Owens Corning with a shuttle bus for guests. 9:30am-4pm. Free. Toledo Amtrack Station, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, 415 Emerald Ave. 419-241-9155.—JG


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Sunshine Job Fair - Come to learn about and apply for jobs that are open and available at Sunshine. Sunshine is looking for people who want to take an ordinary day and make it extraordinary for someone with developmental disabilities in northwest Ohio. Visit the website for list of requirements. Opportunities may exist in the base facility, family care homes, supported living programs, vocational services and other areas. 4-7pm. Sunshine, 7223 Maumee Western Rd., Maumee. 419-865-0251.

Women’s Initiative of United Way Spring Event - Enjoy networking, hors d’oeuvres, and a program featuring a keynote speaker Connie L. Lindsey, National Board President of Girl Scouts of the USA. Guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the mission and programs of Women’s Initiative, and become inspired to get involved in their community. 5-7pm. $25 adv. / $15 students / $35 door. The Hotel @ UTMC, 3100 Glendale Ave. 419-254-4681.

Spring Plant Sale - Area residents seeking to add some new life and color to their gardens and yards this spring are encouraged to attend the Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club’s annual Spring Plant Sale at Owens Community College. The sale will feature a wide selection of shrubs and rare, unusual trees, as well as annuals, among other items. A majority of the shrubs will cost $15-25, while varieties of trees will cost between $20-50. All proceeds from the plant sale will help in supporting the organization’s participation in the annual PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Student Career Days, which is a national horticultural and landscape competition involving over 50 colleges and universities across the country. Wednesday, 10am-7pm; Thursday, 10am-5pm. Owens Community College, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg. 567-661-2787.

The Old Milwaukee Comedy Tour - The Old Milwaukee Comedy Tour is coming to Howard’s Club H. Sponsored by Funny Or Die, this hysterical show will feature Matt Braunger & Johnny Pemberton. 9pm. $10. Howard’s Club H, 210 N. Main St., Bowling Green. 419-352-3195.

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[ poetry ] Poetry Speaks - Six poets will be reading in honor of National Poetry Month. Featured readers are Ammon Allred, a professor in the Philosophy department at UT; Andrew Field, a second-year Masters student in the English department at the UT; Anthony Frame, co-founder and co-editor of Glass: A Journal of Poetry; Michael Grover proprietor of Red Fez; Christina Brooks, an author of Poet’s Haven; and Katrina Barnhill, an experienced poet with the group Turbulenz. Please note that lewd lyrics, profanity, or strong sexual content are not allowed during poetry performances. 6-8pm. Main Library, 325 Michigan St. 419-259-5218. cont. on pg 32

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friday 26 [ miscellaneous ] Glass City Singles Twist Contest - Have a fun and exciting time meeting great local singles. Everyone also has the chance to enter in the Grand Giveaway with a value of $250 to be given away on Memorial Day. Each time you attend a dance rises your opportunity to WIN. Also Glass City Singles is looking for their 2013 Twist Champ. For a cash prize and some discount coupons and good healthy enjoyable fun. Belinda will be there teaching a new and exciting free dance lesson. Then there’s, the two super fun speeding dating, events the circle and snow ball dance mixers. Plus lots of ladies and guys choices. 8pm-12am. $8. Holland Gardens, 6530 Angola Rd., Holland. 734-856-8963. Spring RV Show - The Northwest Ohio RV Dealers present this giant RV sale with over 100 RV’s on hand at special show prices. Friday & Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm. Free. Bass Pro Shop, 10000 Bass Pro Blvde., Rossford.

[ comedy ] Costaki Economopoulos - Costaki’s humor has been described as smart, pointed, hip, sharp, insightful, socially relevant, and gut-laugh funny. Thursday & Sunday, 7pm; Friday, 8pm & 10:30pm; Saturday, 7pm & 10pm. $12-$14. Funny Bone @ Fat Fish Blue, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-931-3474. Steve Burr - Burr has quickly become one of stand-up comedy’s most requested acts with an energetic, fast-paced style that has won him fans everywhere he’s performed. Combining great story telling, everyday observations and audience interaction with the simple desire to have fun, he truly brings the complete package to the stage. Thursday, 8pm; Friday & Saturday, 8pm & 10:30pm. $8-$15. Connxtions Comedy Club, 5319 Heatherdowns. 419-867-9041.

[ education ] Toledo Liberty - The University of Toledo chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) will host the first annual Toledo Liberty Festival in the university’s Student Union. YAL chapter president Ron Johns will start the event to give the youth activism perspective, followed by Republican Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski, Libertarian City Councilman Todd Grayson and keynote speaker Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher. The Toledo Liberty Festival’s topic is “How to make Toledo great again,” and speakers will present an informed local perspective on what Toledo citizens can do to improve the city through liberty-based policies and activism. 11am. Free and open to the public. The University of Toledo Student Union, Room 2582, 2801 W Bancroft St. 419-481-3568.

saturday 27 [ miscellaneous ] Global Youth Service Day - This is the largest annual service event in the world engaging youth ages 5-25. Locally, United Way Volunteer Center collaborates with youth, agencies, and companies to promote volunteerism. Groups of youth participate in volunteer projects around the area including neighborhood cleanup, gardening, and reading to kids. Participants are invited to attend a free celebration at the Toledo Zoo at 12:30pm, enjoying lunch, entertainment, and admission to the zoo. 9am-2pm. Free. Various locations, then Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway. 419-244-3063.


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roadtrip— Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti CornBowl 2013 - Northwest Ohio Cornhole presents a double elimination cornhole tournament. The top three teams will win cash prizes. There will be a private bar, food and 50/50 raffle throughout the day. Proceeds benefit the “Bomb Box” challenge for a local charity. 10am warm up; 11:30am tourney begins. $30 adv. / $40 door. The Blarney Event Center, 601 Monroe St. 419-913-4709. Louie the Elephant’s 10th Birthday - It’s hard to believe, but Louie the elephant turns 10 in April, and the Zoo wants you to be part of the fun! Come watch Louie enjoy enrichment presents and a mammoth cake. 10:30am; 1:30pm cake feeding. Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway. 419-385-4040. 12th Annual MultiFaith Banquet - Eight individuals or organizations were nominated and selected as exemplifying extraordinary compassion will be honored at the 12th Annual MultiFaith Banquet. Joe Balderas of the Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center, Wanda Butts at The Josh Project, youth advocate Liz Facey, Charlie Johnson founder of CITE (Community Integration & Training for Employment), Sara Mattson of Read for Literacy/ Creating Young Readers, Rev Melissa Micham of Glenwood Lutheran Church Giving Store, MultiFaith and Multi-Cultural Ambassador John Shousher, and Lisa Strawbridge of UU Kids Care Club “Good Night Bags” project. 3-7pm. $20 adult / $5 youth. Franciscan Center at Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd. Sylvania. Summer Camp Fair 2013 - Find the perfect summer camp for your kids’ wants and needs at Toledo Area Parent’s annual Summer Camp Fair. Browse through residential, local day, academic camps and more. There will also be door prizes and swag. 10am-6pm. Westfiled Franklin Park Mall, 5001 Monroe St. 419-244-9859.

[ education ]

Going for the Green: Confronting the Dirty Energy Dilemma - Toledo Move to Amend and the Western Lake Erie Group of the Ohio Chapter of Sierra Club are hosting a day-long conference addressing a range of current energy related topics. The keynote speaker will be Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party Presidential Candidate. Other featured speakers include renewable energy activist, Harvey Wasserman; social justice activist, Greg Coleridge; and environmental justice activist, Dr. Charles Simmons. The afternoon will include a peoples’ assembly and breakout sessions to discuss local grassroots action to work toward improvements in our energy supplies and systems. Space is limited, registration is suggested. 8am-6pm. Free and open to the public. University Church, 4747 Hill Ave. 419-893-0832.

Ottawa Hills, Wildwood Metropark, Sylvania and return to the finish line at the University. Categories include Kids Races, 5K, Half Marathon, Marathon and 5 Person Relay Marathon. Register online. 7am. University of Toledo, 2801 W Bancroft St.

[ miscellaneous ] 8th Annual Toledo Baby Child and Family Expo Join Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter for The 8th Annual Toledo Baby Child and Family Expo for expecting and new parents and families with young children. Designed with families in mind, the Expo will feature kids activities, entertainment and a chance to win great prizes. Patrons will enjoy the Diaper Dash, the Toddler Trot, Adult Musical Chairs, and demonstrations from area vendors. 11am-4pm. Free. Sylvania Tam-O-Shanter, 7060 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. 419-509-5336.

[ benefit ]

Creative Excellence Salon Extravaganza - The team at Creative Excellence is throwing a special event to benefit Nightingale’s Harvest, a non- profit organization that helps patients, family as well as caregivers affected by cancer. Attendees can enjoy $12 haircuts, $7 polishes and $7 eyebrow waxings with door prizes and snacks throughout the night. Bring in a non-perishable food item and receive $2 off. 12-4pm. Creative Excellence Salon, 2600 W. Sylvania Ave. 419-472-1454.

Sunday Artisan Market

11am-4pm. Free. Kerrytown Pavillion, 315 Detroit St. 734-915-9622.

The Sunday Artisan Market was founded in 1991 as a venue for local and regional artists to sell their work and to learn the business of “doing art”. Browse the market to see and shop the original, handmade creations of more than fifty artists and crafters in all major media.

wednesday 1 Billy Bragg

8pm. $40. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1818.

In more than two decades of performing and stirring people up, Billy Bragg has become the conscience of British music, a stalwart guardian of the radical dissenting tradition that stretches back over centuries of political, cultural, and social history

friday 3

The Big Hair Big Mouth Big Fat Fun Show!

10:30pm. $5, 18-21 / $10, 21+. Millennium Club, 210 S. First. 734-332-9900.

The Cavern Club is proud to present a cabaret production that celebrates the art of female impersonation! This cabaret production features professional entertainers who have performed in theatres, television studios and nightclubs all across the nation including Jennifer Foxx, a former Miss Gay America and Hershae Chocolatae, from “America’s Got Talent.”

saturday & sunday 4-5

Third Annual Chelsea Craft Fair and Chelsea Home Show

Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 12-5pm. Free. Chelsea Fairgrounds, 20501 Old US-12 Hwy., Chelsea.

The Chelsea Craft Show is a curated, high quality fair featuring paintings, sculpture and traditional mediums, as well as, wearable art and hand-crafted clothing items. The artists plan especially for Mothers Day the following weekend. The Chelsea Home Show offers an opportunity to meet a variety of the area’s finest vendors and contractors together at one location, so that patrons can find the ones best suited for their particular home improvement projects.

tuesday 30 [ education ]

Franciscanomics: Uplifting Stories for a Down Economy - Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment (S.A.V.E.) presents George Brymer, author of “Franciscanomics,” founder and President of All Square, Inc., creator of “The Leading from the Heart Workshop,” and graduate of Lourdes University for a lecture and book discussion. 7:30-9pm. Franciscan Center at Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd. Sylvania. 419-824-3691.

For more events around Ann Arbor check out the!

wednesday 1 [ miscellaneous ] 5th Annual Conference on Tourism - Destination Toledo is excited to announce the 5th Annual Conference on Tourism will take place at Hollywood Casino Toledo. Enjoy appetiz-ers and drinks as you network with your fellow Destination Toledo CVB partners at Hollywood Casino Toledo’s H Lounge. Special guest speakers will update you on the latest trends in state and local tourism. Learn about “what’s new” and get energized for another great summer tourism season in Northwest Ohio! R.S.V.P. 3-5pm. Hollywood Casino, 1968 Miami St.

[ benefit ]

thursday 2

Luminations! - Join Lourdes University for an evening of food and performances benefiting the Lourdes student scholarship fund. The night begins with cocktails and delicious grazing stations with the music of the Berlin Brothers. At 8pm, the Toledo Ballet, Toledo Opera and Toledo Symphony will perform. After the performances, the evening will continue with an array of desserts and drinks as well as music and dancing. 6pm. The Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. 419-824-3751.

[ benefit ]

sunday 28

sunday 28

“Bags, Baubles, and Baskets” Girls’ Night Out “Bags, Baubles, and Baskets” is a fun-filled dinner and auction to honor cancer survivors and support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives and create “a world with more birthdays.” The event includes purse raffles, silent auction, grazing stations for food, and a cash bar. In addition, Bryson Palmer will be recognized as the Honored Survivor, and 13 ABC’s Lissa Guyton will emcee the event. 6-9pm. $50. Parkway Place, 2592 Parkway Plaza, Maumee. 888-227-6446 ext. 5201.

[ sports ]

Glass City Marathon - Register now for the 37th Annual Glass City Marathon and join a running program that benefits various community organizations. Enjoy the beauty of the Toledo community and travel from the University of Toledo through

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cont. from pg 33 Press On: A Party to Benefit Toledo Streets Come out for a splendid evening to benefit Toledo Streets Newspaper, a micro social enterprise for the unhoused to sell at a 75% profit to themselves while they gain job skills. The event features performances by Candice Coleman and “Mic” Fisher, as well as, a variety of hors d’oeuvres and wines. In addition to displaying work by local artists, Zero In Photography has donated professional portraits. 6-10pm. $25. Mansion View Inn, 2035 Collingwood. 419-902-0333. Sight Center’s EyEvent - This is the Sight Center’s annual fundraiser to provide services for visually impaired and blind individuals residing in 16 counties of Northwest Ohio. Bob & Kim LaClair, CEO and President of Fifth Third Bank are the honorary chairs for the event. The featured guest speaker will be Rachael Scdoris. Rachael was born with a rare vision disorder leaving her with extreme vision loss, but this didn’t stop her from reaching her dreams of becoming a competitive sled dog racer and the first legally blind person to complete the Iditarod. 5:30-9pm. Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-720-3937.

[ comedy ]

Road Rage Comedy Tour - Two comics take the stage for this special evening. George Gallo is one of those performers that keeps his audiences riveted because they don’t want to miss a thing. Terry McNeely finds his comfort zone on stage discussing his bitter disgust for women and married life while mocking husbands everywhere. Thursday, 8pm; Friday & Saturday, 8pm & 10:30pm. $8-$15. Connxtions Comedy Club, 5319 Heatherdowns. 419-867-9041.

friday 3 [ miscellaneous ] Friday Night by the Tracks - You are invited to the inaugural Preview Party for National Day Train Day Toledo. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment in the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza the night before the big Train Day event. You’ll have a chance to see the exhibits before the crowd arrives. Please RSVP by April 26. 5:30-7:30pm. $30. Amtrak Station, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. 419-241-9155. A Night of 50 First Dates - Area singles are invited to come out for a speed dating event—Tequila Sheila-style. There’ll be free appetizers and a wine mixer event afterwards with raffles and prizes for the first couple to make a match. 7-10pm. Tequila Sheila’s, 702 Monroe St. 419-241-1117.

[ comedy ] John Caparulo - Best known for his sharp-witted sense of humor, John quickly became a crowd favorite when he began his stand-up career in the comedy clubs of Cleveland and Pittsburg in 1997. Friday, 8pm & 10:30pm; Saturday, 7pm & 10pm; Sunday, 7pm. $20-$22. Funny Bone @ Fat Fish Blue, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-931-3474. ProMedica Air and Mobile Bowling Tournament - ProMedica Air and Mobile’s second annual Bowling Tournament raises funds for the Semper Fi Fund that assists injured Marines. Teams of up to five will receive three games, a rental bowling ball and rental shoes. Awards and prizes will be given throughout the evening. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and other fundraising activities. Awards will be given for best representation of Team Spirit. 7-10pm. $20. Southwyck Lanes, 5255 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-843-8195.


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[ outdoors ] The Biggest Week in American Birding Organized and hosted by Black Swamp Bird Observatory, The Biggest Week in American Birding is a 10-day festival featuring some of the best birding in North America. The festival, to be held May 3-12, will be headquartered at Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center. The event features field trips, workshops, special events, vendors and evening recep-tions nightly with additional activities at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and Black Swamp Bird Observatory. Visit the website for a full schedule of events, activities, and accomadations. May 3-12. Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center, 1750 Park Road 2, Oregon. 419-836-1466.

saturday 4 9th Annual Toledo Plant Exchange - Join local gardeners and swap tips and plants to improve your own green space at home. Please bring labeled plants and gardening paraphernalia in good condition. You will receive five free plants plus an extra one free for each plant you bring. Used garden “junque” is also welcome. 9am drop off; 10am, exchange. Main Library, 325 N. Michigan. 419-872-5307.

sunday 5 [ miscellaneous ] Victorian Tea - The Toledo Woman’s Club (TWC) is hosting its 9th Annual Victorian Tea. TWC was founded in 1892 with its purpose to provide a venue in which women may come together to socialize and promote such philanthropic, educational, charitable, civic and social programs that may benefit the citizens of Northwest Ohio. There are currently 74 active members. 1-3pm. $16. Woodley Professional Center, 3829 Woodley Rd., Suite B-8. 419-704-2616.

monday 6 [ poetry ] Open Mic Poetry - Enjoy an evening of coffee and conversation and open mic poetry. 7-9pm. Free. Black Kite Coffee & Pies, 2499 Collingwood Ave. 419-720-5820.

wednesday 8 [ literary ] Authors! Authors! Authors! Anna Quindlen Author of five best-selling novels, including ‘One True Thing’, ‘Rise and Shine’, and ‘Black and Blue’, as well as seven non-fiction books, Quindlen also has won a Pulitzer Prize for her ‘Last Word’ column for Newsweek. 7pm. $10 / $8 students. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-259-5381.

Go online to find the best places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and where to take Mom for Mother’s Day!

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At your disposal

If there are leftover or expired antibiotics, pain killers, or other pharmaceuticals taking up space in your medicine cabinet, Saturday, April 27 is your opportunity to dispose of them safely. It’s one of two national Drug Take Back Days per year put on by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where participating law enforcement agencies accept all pills, tablets or capsules and pitch them in an environmentally safe way. The Sylvania Township and Sylvania city police departments, in partnership with Sylvania Community Action Team (SCAT), are a few of the many local agencies dispensing of expired or unused medications. Drug Take Back Days aim to prevent community members from incorrectly flushing meds down the toilet or throwing them in the trash (both negatively affect water systems), and prevent potential abuse, overdoses or poisoning. The Sylvania take back will be from 10am-2pm at the city police department, 6635 Maplewood Ave. and the township police department, 4420 King Rd. For a full list of area drop off sites and times, visit —AO

Community Blood Drive - ProMedica Toledo Hospital will host a community-wide blood drive in the hospital’s Croxton Auditorium. The blood drive is sponsored by the American Red Cross. The drive will help ensure that adequate blood supplies are available across northwest Ohio. All donors will have a chance to win door prizes. 9am–3pm. ProMedica Toledo Hospital, 2142 Cove Blvd. 419-887-2954.


Eating Disorder Support Network Meeting Learn how to support a loved one with an eating disorder with the River Centre Foundation. Meggan Schneider, MSW, LISW Director, Adolescent Residential Program, leads the discussion

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Tai Chi - With today’s hectic lifestyles that make it difficult to take time out for exercise, Tai Chi is finding fans in all age groups, walks of life, and levels of athletic abilities. Join practitioner Jan Gilson for a hands-on Tai Chi introduction at the Sylvania Branch Library on Saturdays, May 4-18 from 10-11am, and Reynolds Corners Branch Library on Mondays May 13-June 3 from 6:30-8pm. Sylvania Branch Library, 6749 Monroe St., Sylvania. 419-8822089.

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FOR SALE __________________________ 500 baseball cards $50 419-381-1675 __________________________ White Gold WWII era ladies ring for sale. Half Carot White Diamond Swirl 419-699-3398 __________________________ Free firewood. You cut. 419-389-5889 __________________________

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__________________________ Old Skool Motown with Lady K at Parkway Sports Bar and Grill 8:30-11:30 every Sunday night. 2550 Parkway Plaza at the Trail and Detroit __________________________ Libbey HS All Class Picnic June 22, 2013 Noon-8pm on the grounds of the former Libbey HS. Free Music & Games. All Alumni, friends and family welcome. For more info, contact: Francine Coogler Boyd 419-250-0491 __________________________ Toledo area mom’s group - mom2mom. We meet 2nd & 4th Wednesdays through May @ Christ the Word Church - near Secor Metropark. __________________________ Bedford High School Class of 1988 is gearing up for their 25 year reunion. The two day event begins September 27, 2013 with golf and social to follow. Then, on Saturday, Sept. 28th, the reunion at Bedford Hills Golf Pavilion. Please contact Terri (Riddle) Ormsby 419.392.2571 for further information or look for us on Facebook www.facebook. com/groups/165304940270249. __________________________ Studio Art Classes at Sylvania Senior Center, work in medium of your choice. Tues and Fri 9-11 Call 419-885-3913 __________________________ Elaine’s Little Picassos Children’s Art Camp at the Toledo Artists’ Club located at the Toledo Botanical Gardens July 8-12 9:30-12:30 Call 419-841-8153 __________________________

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) Follow your intu-

LIBRA (September 23-October 22)

ition, not your common sense on the 25th. Your finances are in good shape. You have strange ideas, some not too practical. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on the 5th. The 7th is a lazy day, so try not to overdo.

There is an adventure the weekend of the 26th. You are still smiling when you resume work the 29th. As May begins get money together for parties and weddings. Forget your diet at the Cinco de Mayo party.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) A weekend away the 27th and 28th is fun. Good news comes on the 1st. You do some of the cooking and a lot of the eating on Cinco de Mayo. Make a list of your goals and resolutions ... more on this next week.

SCORPIO (October 23-November 21)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) You are away the

27th and 28th and refreshed when you return to your routine on the 29th. You are alert and cheerful, thanks to Jupiter, the whole month of May. Go to a Derby party the 4th and a Cinco de Mayo party the 5th.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) You end April

ahead of where you started financially. This makes you happy and you feel healthy too! On the 3rd, 4th and 5th you are on a hectic schedule including showers, weddings, graduations, and it is all fun. LEO (July 23-August 22) You are the life of every party and a big winner as April comes to a close. May is exciting because of celebrations. On the 1st Beltane, on the 4th a Derby party (or maybe you go to Louisville) and the 5th Cinco de Mayo.

VIRGO (August 23-September 22) End April by contacting friends and family so you are organized for the holidays, Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day. You need a schedule for May to divide work and play plans. Your calendar is almost too full.

The full moon and eclipse the 25th shine directly on you. You are in great shape as April ends. In May a partner is helpful and considerate. Celebrate Beltane the 1st and be conservative at the Cinco de Mayo party.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22-December 20) Someone from your past returns

the 25th. The 26th and 27th are awesome. You are first in line to celebrate the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. Graduations and weddings are scheduled every weekend.

CAPRICORN (December 21-January 19) You are asked for help from charitable

organizations as April comes to a close. There is a bull’s eye on your back!Your assistance is valuable. You meet yourself coming and going. Busy-busy-busy.

AQUARIUS (January 20-February 18)

The full moon the 25th shines on your career and reputation. Enjoy the spotlight. Some work (volunteer) is necessary the 27th and 28th. In the month of May expect the unexpected in your personal life.

PISCES (February 19-March 20) The full

moon and eclipse the 25th tells you to make travel plans. Spring break? Memorial Day? Take time to buy gifts for graduations and weddings. Then party till you drop at Cinco de Mayo or Derby parties.

Sue Lovett is available for personal astrology readings and private parties. Visit her on the Web at or call her at 419-474-6399.


The symbol for Taurus is the bull. Taurus children often stomp the ground when angry. Often the adults do this also. They are extremely loyal and loving. They are musical and good chefs. Kelly Clarkson, Barbra Streisand and Shirley McLaine (in this lifetime) celebrate. Locally Jack Ford, former mayor, and Blizzard Bill Spencer of Channel 13 also celebrate.


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There is a lot to celebrate! The full moon and eclipse, Mercury changing signs, Beltane, the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. Something for everyone. — BY SUE LOVETT

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On the catwalk

The Toledo Opera Guild presented Phashion of the Opera on April 18 at the Toledo Club. The fashion show featured duds from NYC designer Michelle Cole, as well as Toledo native Kristi Iagulli. Local boutiques like Lady C, Sophie's Sister and Ticknor's took part as well in bringing the runway to life. Photos by Elliot Charney.

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For art's sake

Artomatic 419!, the Arts Commission's downtown free-for-all for local artists from every genre, took over a downtown warehouse at 911 Summit St. on Saturdays April 13 and 20. The event continues for one more day on Saturday, April 27. Photos by Christine Senack.

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Katie Maskey, co-host, Channel 24 WNWO Trendy Toledo

Katie Maskey, a self-proclaimed "style chameleon," is a woman of multiple fashion identities — and jobs (she’s also director of alumnae relations at Notre Dame Academy and holds the title of Mrs. Ohio Galaxy.) We caught up with Maskey to learn secrets of pageant style and talk fashion pet peeves.

How does pageant life influence your personal style?

It's brought a lot more bling into my life. I have tubs of rhinestones. I can show you my crown. I never leave home without it — you never know if you need to put it on somewhere.

As a co-host of WNWO’s segment, Trendy Toledo, what have you noticed about Toledo style?

The local boutiques are amazing here, places like Ragazza, The Pink Door Boutique, Lady C's, and Sofi Stella boutique in Monroe. I think the con is that there's a misconception that you have to have a lot of money to shop at the local boutiques. They have amazing deals and unique finds. I love supporting local — you get to know the owners and they get to know you.

George Mancy and Todd Beringer with other baseball-loving revelers

Anything you wouldn't be caught dead in?

Peanuts and cracker jack

Opening day at Fifth Third Field is practically a local holiday. This year, Continental Office Environments, Communica and other downtown offices held parties in celebration, as others partied in the suites at Fifth Third Field on April 11. Photos by Christine Senack.

Uggs. I think those are the most atrocious things — they are hideous. Or Crocs.

How do you define glamour?

Being comfortable in your own skin. For me, that skin happens to be quite sparkly.

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