May 8, 2019 - Toledo City Paper

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Pat Bassett

The legacy of the local health foodie



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What’s your favorite healthy snack?


Downtown Sylvania now boasts an outdoor drinking area. The designated outdoor refreshment area, or DORA, became official on May 1st and includes a two-block stretch along Main Street.

Mother’s Day

Brunches and activities to make mom feel special By Morgan Kovacs

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Assignment Editor: Athena Cocoves ( SPICY AND CRISPY CHICKPEAS. Editorial Assistance, Digital Media Courtney Probert ( GRANOLA BITES. Staff Writer Erin Holden ( TURKEY BREAST AND SWISS CHEESE ROLL-UPS. Calendar Editor Sarah Emily ( COCOA BANANA PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE. Contributing Writers: Alan Sculley, Morgan Kovacs, Erin Marsh, Michelle Wilson, Amy Campbell, Jeff McGinnis, Jon Ruggiero, Jason Webber, Johnny Hildo, Christine Senack, and Rob Brezsny.


52 Years of Chicago Talking to the legends before their May 24th Toledo show By Alan Sculley

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2. Top Chef: Good Eggs

Classifieds: Eddie Knight ( DEEP-FRIED TWINKIES.

3. Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s 76th Season

Account Executives: Bonnie Hunter ( BLUEBERRIES AND NUTS. Suzanne Bell ( GRANOLA BARS. Katie Emans ( AVOCADOS. Ramon Perez ( VEGETARIAN TAMALES.


Production Manager: Imani Lateef ( SARDINES. Senior Designer: Leah Foley ( APPLES AND CHEESE. Designers: Anita Tipton ( HARDBOILED EGGS. Kelli Miller ( PICKLES. Norwin Lopez ( CARROTS.


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Locally-owned Sylvania flower shop, Beautiful Blooms by Jen, has

CITY WATCH Saturday, 5.4

Support Miss Mae Hem Letter Writing Event - Participants will meet to write letters to the Ohio House of Representatives insisting that the introduction of HB180 should not include drag performances. Noon-3pm. Harvey House of Northwest Ohio, 2039 Laskey Rd. 419-356-1256. Learn more at harveyhousenwo. Free

Wednesday, 5.8

In the PINK Book Club - Join in on a discussion of Robin Marty’s book, Handbook for a Post-Roe America, which highlights the impact of increasingly restrictive abortion laws. 6-7:45pm. Brew House Coffee & Bake Shop, 320 Conant St., Maumee. 614-224-2235. planned-parenthood-advocates-ohio. Free

Friday, 5.10

Oh, the Places You’ll Go - Gather for food and an inspirational program to celebrate what Mom’s House of Toledo continues to do for families in our community. $75. 6-9pm. The Pinnacle, Toledo, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. 419-241-5554. Register on the organization’s Facebook page. Petals for a Purpose Flower Sale and Life Skills Open House - Learn

The Cinnamon Stick Pie Bakery has moved from 3535 N. HollandSylvania Rd. to 5960 Angola Rd., Suite 5. 567-202-3896. thecinnamonsticksylvania Marci’s Downtown Yoga has moved from 135 N. Michigan St. to 326 N. Erie St., the former Chicago Title Building. The studio offers drop-in classes for $10, including lunchtime yoga from 12:10-1pm on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. 419-704-4303. True REST Float Spa has opened a second area location at 5239 Monroe St., in the Target plaza. The float therapy spa opened its first location in The Town Center at Levis Commons. 567-402-4307. Potbelly Sandwich Shop has closed its two area locations, one on Talmadge Rd. by Franklin Park Mall and the other at 413 Madison Ave. downtown, next to the PNC Bank Building. The fast-casual restaurant PizzaFire at 3444 Secor Rd., in the plaza with FUSIAN and Orangetheory Fitness, has closed.

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Friday, 5.10 and Saturday, 5.11

Vintage, home and repurposed furniture boutique JoyFully Furnished Ltd. has opened at 1019 N. Main St. Bowling Green. 419-205-6121. JoyFullyFurnished Earth To Oven Bakery & Cafe has reopened after briefly closing for renovations and adjustments to the now-expanded menu, which includes vegan and vegetarian items. A coffee bar featuring Flying Rhino coffees, a bread case, refrigerated pastry display cases, among other updates, have been added, with outdoor seating and a delivery service still in the works. 5758 Main St., in Sylvania’s Haymarket Square. 419-824-0683.

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Sales Coordinator Jenny Leach ( PUMPKIN SEEDS.

The former Village Inn location at 4984 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd., at Brint Rd., in Sylvania, has been purchased by the owners of Bar 145 and Reset / Spike’s Beach Bar / Cameo Pizza. The restaurant will reopen in the fall as Cameo’s at the Inn and will serve Cameo’s pizza pies, well known from the Sandusky-based operator.

moved from their original 5646 Summit St. location to the downtown Sylvania strip at 5675 Main St., formerly TK Lanes Boutique. 419-517-8821.

Get involved. Democracy is not a spectator sport. about The Ability Center of Greater Toledo’s Life Skills Program for people ages 13 to 26 with disabilities. There will be hanging baskets, patio pots, and lots more for sale to benefit the program. 11am-6pm on Friday, May 10. 9am-2pm on Saturday, May 11. The Ability Center, 5605 Monroe St., Sylvania.

Tuesday, 5.14

League of Women Voters of ToledoLucas County Annual Meeting and Dinner - Learn from Ohio State Director of All Voting is Local, Mike Brickner, as he presents “Your Vote, Your Voice: How to Make Elections Free, Fair, and Accessible.” $25 per person. Doors open at 4:30pm and speech, to end the night, begins at 7:15pm. Highlands Meadows Country Club, 7455 Erie St., Sylvania. Register at 419-475-4371.

Sunday, 5.19

Iftar Gala - Socialize and organize with community members at this event hosted by the Young Muslim Democrats of Toledo. The reception, guest speaker Representative Rashida Tlaib, and dinner at sundown mark the end of Ramadan fasting. $50-$100. 7-10pm. Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, 25877 Scheider Rd., Perrysburg. 419-407-6350.

Tuesday, 5.21

The 2019 Access to Justice Awards is an opportunity to honor social justice advocates, while supporting legal aid programs in Northwest

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Saturday, 5.18

Support The Aggie Fund, a support system to help women who have difficulties accessing abortions. For this Dance-A-Thon Fundraiser, you can join a team or create your own with friends. Those who want to support the cause can also pay $20 to attend without dancing. 6pm-midnight. The Attic on Adams, 1701 Adams St. 419-243-5350. Ohio. The address will be given by James Bell, founder and president of W. Haywood Burns Institute, an organization that seeks equity for all. $125. 6-9pm. The Pinnacle, Toledo, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. 800-837-0814.

Wednesday, 5.22

Toledo for CEDAW forum - The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women requests your input for a city ordinance to promote gender equity. $18-$25 for lunch. Toledo Club, 235 14th St. 419-787-8258. Free

Wednesday, 5.29

Talking to the Media Workshop Assisted by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio Communications and Digital Manager Sarah Inskeep, this workshop is all about how to use the media as a tool for accomplishing your goals as an activist. 6-8pm. 1301 Jefferson Ave. 614-530-6997. planned-parenthood-advocates-ohio. Free


SOUP Social

Toledo SOUP and Launchpad Innovation’s partnership brought this crowdfunding concept together to help entrepreneurs fine-tune their ideas while raising funds. Attendees will pay $5, in cash, for a meal of soup, salad, and bread, plus a chance to vote for one of four presentations (each four minutes long). The winning presenter will receive a microgrant funded by your dinner fee, making it possible for them to win up to $1,500! $5 at door. 4-6pm. Sunday, May 19. Launchpad Innovation, 1510 N. Westwood Ave. 419-530-3520.


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Talking about hate

Lourdes presents a Ted Talk entitled “What We Can Do About the Culture of Hate,” a video presentation with political commentator and former Fox News contributor Sally Kohn sharing her personal experiences on the subject, pointing out different methods to recognize and combat hate. The 20-minute video will be followed by a group discussion and light refreshments. Noon-1pm. Tuesday, May 14. Lourdes Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. 419-824-3707. Free

Go wild for native plants SATURDAY MAY 18TH @

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1772 Indian Wood Cir, Maumee, OH DOORS OPEN @ 6PM. SHOW STARTS AT 7PM

Oak Openings Green Ribbon Initiative is promoting the propagation of native plant species with their 2019 Blue Week Native Plant Sale. Focused on plants naturally found in the Oak Openings Region and the Great Black Swamp, the event will be part of a Family Fun Day at Secor Park. $5 grasses and wildflowers, and $8 shrubs. Cash only. 10am-4pm. Sunday, May 19. Secor Metropark, 10001 Central Ave., Berkey. 419-867-1521. Free

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Toledo’s social set

The final Libbey House Salon Series lecture of the year, Early Years of Entertainment, is an eyeopening presentation about Toledo’s downtown social scene. The event includes light appetizers and wine, followed by the lecture and Q&A session. $10 in advance. $15 at door. 6:30pm. Thursday, May 9. Libbey House, 2008 Scottwood Ave. 419-252-0722. —EH




Downtown Toledo, RIP by Johnny Hildo


And now, the inevitable decline. Downtown revitalization seemed so promising. We have detailed all the good things happening over the past several years right here in these column inches. We have applauded the successes and named names of those responsible. We have also noted the laggards and the impediments. We have opined on what it would take to boost the momentum to a new level. Never have we warned of a slide toward catastrophe. Until now. All good things must end, or so they say. But we never would have predicted it would come to an end this fast.

Here are the signs of the coming Downtown apocalypse.

1. The death of Potbelly. We have noted regularly that only value-added industries like manufacturing grow wealth. Entertainment and service only spreads it around. And without a growing population, it can get spread too thin. Enter Downtown Toledo. The revitalization has been spurred by sports and entertainment venues, restaurants, and bars. Bringing Promedica downtown increases the captive patrons for these venues during the daytime, but not enough to sustain the massive increase in venues over the past year or so. The growth has been lopsided toward one economic sector, entertainment. Downtown needs retail and other amenities to bring and keep economic activity there. Until the predicted growth of downtown residency occurs, while commercial space sits empty, and while large building like those on the corners of Huron and Madison languish, there isn’t a big enough entertainment-dollar pie to split again and again. The closure of Potbelly is the harbinger of growing too fast, too soon. The growth has split the baby in an unsustainable way. Look for more closures to come.

2. Alphabet city. DTID (Downtown Improvement Corporation). DTDC (Downtown Development Corporation). PAC (Parking Advisory Committee). And now a new proposal for some unpronounceable string of letters to control parking downtown. DRPLIAC, or some such nonsense, which sounds like a pharmaceutical that induces vomiting. Behind every one of these acronyms is another executive director, another board, another fiefdom with a cloistered agenda for downtown. The money flows into them, and never the twain shall meet. What is needed is one unified vision for downtown. One agenda. One timeline, one budget, one set of strategic priorities, one group held accountable for enacting it. Instead we have a mishmash of letters. Alphabet soup. With little accomplished other than draining cash into some executive directors’ pockets.. 3. Out to lunch. And then there’s much ado about parking. Just as Downtown gets going, some chuckleheads have decided expanding the hours of parking meter enforcement and eliminating free parking at lunch is a good idea. No one with a brain agrees. Everyone supports free lunchtime parking. Patrons don’t want a change, and neither do downtown business owners. Sorta begs the question. Who exactly does want it? The Kapszukiewicz Administration, apparently. They proposed the bad idea to Council and are pushing a full speed ahead approach. As lunch spots start to fail, and the alphabet soup-types flail and flounder, we need cool-headed leadership. Instead we get a vision of gung-ho meter maids. Only Toledo City Council stands in the way of a disaster. We hate to say it, but we gotta say it. We’re doomed.

May 8 • May 21


CITY SIDE Oak Openings Blooming with Blue

Blue Week at Oak Openings celebrates spring colors and regional rarity By Michelle Emahiser Every year in May, a partnership of different organizations including, The Green Ribbon Initiative, come together for a week long event, Blue Week, encouraging people to get outside in the Oak Openings area and experience the beauty of what this unique region has to offer. This celebration will take place at multiple Metroparks including Oak Openings and Secor Metropark with a goal “to educate and excite the public about the globally rare Oak Openings Region that is right here in our backyard. We want to encourage conservation, preservation and restoration with landowners, businesses, schools and the entire community,” explains Kelly Milewski, Environmental Education Specialist for Metroparks Toledo.

Why so special

Almost two decades ago, an international conservation organization, Nature Conservancy, named Oak Openings one of the last great 100 places in the world. While there are similar areas along the Great Lakes, what sets this area apart from others is the one hundred and thirty square miles of land which is home to more rare animals and plants than anywhere else in the state. The Oak Openings region and corridors were once home to Lake Warren, a lake larger than Lake Erie. After the lake receded it left behind miles upon miles of unique sandy soil, beach bridges,


savannah wet prairie, wet woods, and purple grass prairie which has become the perfect habitat for thriving spring species.

Everything blue

Blanketing the vast grounds of Oak Openings you will see why this special event has been named Blue Week. Waves of wild blue lupine mixed with big and little bluestem blueberries provide habitat for the karner blue butterfly, spotted blue salamanders, blue racers, and don’t forget the bluebirds. These rare plants and animals are in abundance during the spring and early summer months and it is only here that you will enjoy such a display of blue beauty.

Events for the whole family

Twenty events will be held spreading across four counties including two new events; In Their Footsteps and Family Day. Ms. Milewski described In Their Footsteps, held each evening at different locations, as “a way to learn about Oak Openings from the early naturalists that were here, there were people that paved the way for Oak Openings”. A handful of professors, ecologists, and naturalists will be leading nature walks, speaking to the public and hosting film events that highlight the legacy of past preservationists. Family Day, Sunday, May 19 at Secor Metropark, will be a full day focused on introducing kids to what Oak Openings has to offer. Fun family activities such as face-painting, guided hikes, storytime, and crafts will be ongoing all day long. Other events include the popular native plant sale, native habitat for game hunting tour and discussion and an archery day. May 13-May 19 Free. For schedule and location information visit

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CITY SIDE A Local Movement, #withdrawthestraw


Less plastic, more earth, makes a difference By Michelle Wilson

The deterioration of coral reefs, partly caused by single-use plastics not being recycled properly, has started a movement that has reached Toledo that some hope will change the way we go about our daily lives.

Starts with a passion

Kaitlin Plate, a local woman determined to make a difference in saving our planet’s marine habitat, started a movement known as Withdraw The Straw. She discovered her passion as a scuba diver volunteering at the Toledo Zoo doing dive shows, feeding fish and talking to the guests and visitors about marine life. “It’s a good movement to help the planet. Similar movements have been taking place worldwide but we needed to bring it to the Toledo area to do our part in helping.” said Plate. Shortly after deciding to pursue her vision, she teamed up with Alex Goetz, a videographer who has also done work for National Geographic and the Toledo Zoo, and Rae Betz a local graphic designer, integral players in the effort to bring awareness to our area.

The problem

Even though recycling efforts have increased over the last few decades, most people are unaware that not everything that goes into a recycling bin actually gets recycled. Ms. Plate stated “ Only 2% of what makes it into a plastic recycling bin is recycled into equal quality material.” A December 20th, 2018 National Geographic article states “91% of all plastics produced are not recycled”. A May 29th, 2018 New York Times article quotes a Waste Management company

executive stating, “Approximately 25% of all recycling picked up by Waste Management is contaminated to the point that it is sent to landfills.”

The solution

​Plate believes Toledo can be part of the solution and devised Withdraw The Straw to bring awareness to the problem of single-use plastic straws. She has started a straw reduction movement and suggests that there are more eco-friendly alternatives to the plastic straw, with an end goal “to change the culture for single-use plastics.” An easy way to be part of the solution is to purchase paper, stainless steel or even glass straws. Plate also suggests hay straws, made of wheat and compostable materials, which are available online.

It takes a village

Withdraw The Straw teamed up with seventeen local restaurants, coffee shops, and businesses in a week-long straw reduction challenge. Katelyn Engel of Maddie & Bella Coffee Roasters said “The reception from customers went really well, only a couple people were thrown off and we were pleased with how many people were appreciative and wanted to learn more.” In an effort to continue this eco-friendly cultural change, Maddie & Bella Coffee Roasters are now selling stainless steel and glass straws at their locations. Gathered Glass, located in Toledo, also has glass straws for purchase, and stainless steel straws are available across the area. For more information:, Withdrawthestraw on Facebook

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Remembering Pat Bassett

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The legacy of local health foodies Pat & Joseph Bassett By Erin Marsh Pat Bassett, who Toledo knows from Bassett’s Health Foods, passed away in early February. Pat and her husband, Joseph, who passed away in 2012, founded Bassett’s in 1969 before the health food craze hit America and before the general public knew about the benefits of organic produce and the healing elements of herbs. The Bassetts’ were pioneers in the health food and nutritional movement, paving the way for personally aspiring each individual’s health concerns across the Toledo area.

Pat’s painful early years

Charmaine Bassett-Trimm, one of Pat’s daughters who now operates Bassett’s Secor, explains that the idea for the store came from her mother. Pat “literally spent the first two years of her life in the hospital” due to Osteomyelitis (staph infection in the bones) as a newborn. As an infant, Pat had “her legs repeatedly cut up and drained; they were covered in permanent scars. Most people with Osteomyelitis lost limbs and even died...they weren’t even sure she’d be able to walk. She went through a lot.”


Those early surgeries caused Pat a lot of pain over the years, but she never allowed her struggles to determine her fate. Not only did Pat walk, but she became a competitive ballroom dancer, which is how she met Joe, “the love of her life.” Charmaine gushes, “They were both impressive dancers. Even in their 70s, they would clear the floor whenever they danced--they were stunningly talented.” She adds, “And they were amazingly in love. They still held hands, and Dad wrote her poetry up until the end,” Charmaine reminisces. “They were the perfect 1-2 punch.” Despite Pat’s dancing and overall healthy lifestyle, Pat suffered from many health complications. Charmaine recalls the story of how her mother found natural healing: “She walked past a health food store, and in the window was one of those ‘Do you have…?’ with bullet points [of symptoms], and mom answered, ‘Yes, yes, yes, yes,” so she walked in to the store and talked to the lady for a few hours.” After that conversation, Pat hit the ground running.

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The founding of Bassett’s Health Foods

“When dad sold the computer programming institute down in Memphis, Tennessee--it was one of the first computer programming institutes in the country,” Charmaine continues, “they started a little health food store. It grew and grew, mom was such a prolific reader— she had such a passion— and it rubbed off on customers. Dad started phasing out his real estate and started working at the store….Mom was doing the day in, day out, and dad was dealing with the big picture.” Charmaine was a little girl when her parents opened Bassett’s, and she laughs that she was “basically attached to dad’s hip. Every class he took, I took.” As Joe expanded his knowledge base, studying first-hand from experts and bringing them to Toledo, Charmaine learned alongside him.

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“I was always drawn to natural healing,” Charmaine explains, “and while I have a Naturopathic Doctor degree, my best education was that we studied directly with our mentors. [Natural healing] is still my passion. That’s what I do...I eat it, live it, breathe it. It’s truly a calling.”

Passionate until the end


we haven’t heard about it in 50 years, it can’t be that good,’ but if we discovered something new and promising, we’d jump up and down and get all excited!” “Mom was just so passionate about health. Even at 80, just one month shy of 81, she was working 6 days a week...putting in 10 hours a day on a regular basis. She just loved it.” May 31 through June 2, Bassett’s Health Foods will have a “Thank you, Toledo” event in order to showcase memorabilia and photos from Pat and Joe, thank the community for their loyalty and hold the grand opening of Bassett’s Organic Cafe.

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On a scale of one to ten, how healthy do you feel? If you’re like most adults, it’s probably a lower number than you’d like to admit. Make your health a priority. Take the advice of these local health professionals by asking, “What’s up, doc?”

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What do you think the future holds for your practice?

Ear, nose and throat specialty is exciting because new minimally invasive treatments are always being developed.

What inspired you to pick your specialty?

My mother had polio as a child which left half her face paralyzed which required reconstructive surgery. I wanted to become a facial plastic surgeon to help others like my mother.

Five words you live by:

“Once you go to a chiropractor you have to keep coming back.” The truth is many patients willingly choose supportive chiropractic care, just like they'd go to the dentist periodically. Like keeping your teeth cavity-free, spinal hygiene and chiropractic adjustments are part of a healthy lifestyle.

Are there any healthcare trends that concern you?

Patients expect treatment results to be immediate and have become more unwilling to work through their health issues especially when it comes to pain and in many cases are more willing to take a pill or receive an injection which may only mask the cause of their symptoms. This, in my opinion, has helped to contribute to the current opioid crisis.

What are the most important self-care routines related to your field of practice?

I encourage patients to consider an anti-inflammatory diet like the Mediterranean diet and to perform daily stretches, core exercises, then a brisk walk for at least 20 minutes per day.

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Name one of your not-so-healthy guilty pleasures: Bourbon.


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What is an incorrect but commonly-held belief that you encounter?

Dr. Mickey E. Frame We offer a variety of treatments for the following conditions:

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What’s the top oversight that your patients make?

People tend to forget that the main purpose of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics is to correct misalignment of jaws and teeth for improved function. They assume it’s all cosmetic, but the nice smile after treatment is just part of the functional results.

What sets your practice apart from others?

We invite parents to come back for appointments and provide seating for them in our semi-private treatment areas. We are completely digital, including digital printing of models, so there is rarely a need for an impression. We also recently initiated a lifetime retainer insurance program that is proving very popular with our parents.

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THANK YOU, TOLEDO For again recognizing Dr. Frank Barone & Dr. Peter Koltz at evolv as the area’s leaders in Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery!

Dr. Frank Barone and Dr. Peter Koltz are board certified and fellowship trained plastic surgeons who are committed to:

• Balanced and natural appearing, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgery • State of the art and comprehensive nonsurgical aesthetic treatments • Botox, injectables, and laser and light energy rejuvenation • Personalized medical skin care to restore youthful, healthy skin, and reduce skin cancer risk

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Answered by Dr. Paulus What is an incorrect but commonly-held belief that you encounter? That you can stop wearing retainers.

What are the most important self-care routines related to your field of practice? Proper diet and good oral hygiene, which includes flossing once a day and brushing twice a day.

What fact about your practice would people be interested to know? We take digital impressions with our Invisalign scanner.

What sets your practice apart from others?

Our team that is friendly, provides great service and is well-trained.

Name one of your not-so-healthy guilty pleasures: Binge watching a good series on Netflix.


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What inspired you to pick your specialty? Dr. Lark: My father was a dentist. I worked there as a kid and grew up around the

practice. I enjoy helping with implant and dental orofacial pain needs. I specialized in orofacial pain in 1994.

Dr. Chaban: I have always been interested in teeth and always looked forward to going to the dentist. I assisted at a few offices when I was in college, and it was the perfect fit. Five words you live by: Dr. Lark: Integrity, service, family, lifelong learning/teaching, role model. Dr. Chaban: Respect, commitment, dedication, compassion, floss. What’s one symptom that readers should look out for?

Clicking, popping, locking in the jaw, snoring, pain in the jaw, bite not correct, broken or missing teeth, poor non-restoring sleep, or snoring— we can help with all areas of dentistry needed! Dr. Lark has been practicing for over 30 years. He is the only specialist for Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain in the area and does all areas of general dentistry. Dr. Lark has been on the UTMC staff for over 30 years. Dr. Chaban does all areas of general dentistry including clear aligners.

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What is an incorrect but commonly-held belief that you encounter?

Some patients say they don’t need sunscreen because they “barely go outside” or their skin “doesn’t burn, it tans.” Sun exposure, even without a sunburn, over time, contributes to skin cancer and sun damage. This includes light coming in through the windows and even the sunlight that makes it through the clouds.

What fact about your practice would people be interested to know?

Mohs skin cancer surgery, Dr. Molenda’s specialty, checks virtually 100 percent of the “margins” before the patient’s surgery area is declared clear of cancer while removals performed other ways check less than 1 percent of the margin. Mohs surgery has the highest cure rate available and leaves the smallest scars.

Something most people don’t know about me is:

I’m a technology nerd. I enjoy doing everything from web/graphic development, coding/scripting and even medical app development. I have several projects, some international in nature (i.e. The World Health Organization’s International Classification of Disease, revision 11 (ICD-11)) that are heavily rooted in technology. I’m always looking to develop or incorporate the latest technology to improve the way we practice and deliver the highest quality medical care possible. Like us on Facebook!


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May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month Matthew A. Molenda, MD, FAAD, FACMS Board Certified Dermatologist Skin cancer is THE most common form of cancer in mankind. In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. Skin cancer rates continue to rise, and some proven contributing factors are cumulative sun exposure, inadequate sun protection and sunscreen use, tanning bed use, and a history of sunburns. There are various types of skin cancer, depending on which skin cell type they originate from, but the three most common, in order, are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. Fortunately, the two most common types rarely spread into the body and have cure rates approaching 99% when treated early with Mohs Surgery. Melanoma is more likely to spread and is the deadliest form of skin cancer, but fortunately it is the least common of the three and still has excellent cure rates when detected and treated early. The most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of skin cancer is to practice good sun safety habits, such as wearing sun protective clothing/barriers whenever possible, wearing a daily sunscreen on exposed areas of skin (e.g. face every day, all year round), and avoiding the sun during peak hours (i.e. 10am-4pm). Current guidelines recommend broad-spectrum, SPF 30 or higher sunscreens that are reapplied every 2 hours if you are outside for prolonged periods of time, sweating, or swimming. The best way to detect skin cancer is to have a skin check at your dermatologist’s office, which is a great time to point out lesions your are concerned about -- such as spots that are changing colors, bleeding, itching, scaling, or otherwise symptomatic. Your dermatologist is well trained to identify lesions that may seem very subtle to the untrained eye, and may even find a different spot than you came in for. During your screening, here is some of what we will look for:

Basal Cell Carcinoma: pink, shiny, pearly lesions, “a pimple that won’t heal”, a spot that bleeds easily or bleeds without being picked at. Squamous Cell Carcinoma: scaly, crusty, red patches, open sores, “wart-like” growths, a spot that bleeds easily or bleeds without being picked at. Melanoma: odd-appearing moles, or moles that exhibit asymmetry, irregularity of borders, multiple colors within one mole or very dark colors, diameter > 6 mm, or moles that are evolving, changing or bleeding. See ABCD diagram below. When identified through a biopsy, most skin cancers are treated in the office with surgical removal by a dermatologic surgeon. The most effective treatment for Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma is Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery has a 99% cure rate, spares normal tissue, and leaves the smallest scar possible. With Mohs surgery, there is an on-site lab allowing you same day results that all of your cancer has been removed. Melanoma is treated differently depending on how aggressive the tumor is. Early melanomas are treated in the office with surgical removal. If the tumor has penetrated deeper into the skin your dermatologist may refer you for a sentinel lymph node biopsy to make sure the melanoma has not spread to other parts of the body. With early detection and treatment melanoma can be very curable. As you and your family enjoy the outdoors this spring and summer, remember these simple steps to protect yourselves. Get your skin checked. Wear your sunscreen and reapply. If a lesion is turning black, changing, or bleeding -- don’t wait. When it comes to skin cancer, early detection and treatment are the most important factors in having a good outcome and prognosis.



Nahrain M. Shasteen, OD, MS, FAAO

Modern Heritage Eye Care, LLC 5150 Chappel Dr., 419-873-7446.

What is an incorrect but commonly-held belief that you encounter?

The most common myth in regards to eye care is 20/20 vision equals healthy eyes. This is the furthest thing from the truth. Many eye disorders and diseases can be present even if you can see 20/20. Learning-related vision disorders can mimic ADD or ADHD. Many diseases do not have any symptoms. Vision screenings (looking at the eye chart) only evaluate how well you can see from 20 feet away. A yearly comprehensive eye exam is vital to your eye and general health. You would not (or should not) skip your annual physical or well check with your family doctor or pediatrician. So you shouldn’t neglect your eyes’ well check.

What fact about your practice would people be interested to know?

People might not know how much we give back to our community. Not only do we choose a local charity to give to each quarter, but the brands we carry also give back, too! We work with frame companies and lens companies that donate to those in need. Every exam and purchase helps support others in our community and around the world.

What are your thoughts on patients using the internet to self-diagnose?

Self-diagnosis is becoming more common. We have so much information at our fingertips. It often feels more convenient to just log on and go to Google. I think that this either leads patients to worry unnecessarily or miss a bigger problem. It’s why I strive to spend time with my patients and help answer their questions. I want them to leave with the confidence that we can manage their conditions together, the right way.

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What is an incorrect but commonly-held belief that you encounter?

Most people understand chiropractic to be for pain management. As that is definitely one thing chiropractic can be beneficial for, there are also so many other benefits people can experience from chiropractic care. Some of these benefits include stress reduction, enhanced sleep quality, digestive regularity, improved immune system, prenatal support, pediatric growth and development and so much more. The reason why people see improvements in not only pain but in the overall function of their body is that we focus on the spine AND its relationship to the brain and nervous system. The brain and nervous system are the master control system, so if we can improve the function of that, we can improve the health and function of the entire body!

According to the CDC, 50 million Americans, or about 20 percent of U.S. adults, are living with chronic pain.

What’s the top oversight that your patients make?

Dr. Nick Goin

Innate Health Chiropractic

The way they approach what being healthy actually means. Unfortunately, most people are reactive and not proactive in their health. I believe this happens because most people believe they are healthy if they feel good and they only pursue healthcare when they don’t. Health is so much more than just feeling good. That is why it is so important to practice healthy habits every day!

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One of the biggest trends we see is the amount of time people spend on technology. Unfortunately, this time is affecting the development of the spine due to poor posture it commonly puts the body into. We are seeing advanced stages of spinal degeneration in earlier ages and this is negatively impacting the quality of life people experience.

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evolv Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics 2000 Regency Ct, Suite 204. 419-720-2008.

What inspired you to pick your specialty?

Plastic surgery is a specialty focused on reconstruction as well as aesthetic or cosmetic procedures to improve patients’ quality of life— I love the unique blend of artistry and science that can be life-changing for patients.

How do you stay informed in the medical field?

My specialty in aesthetic medicine and surgery is experiencing an incredible evolution in new technology, medical products, and services— staying current requires constant learning, attending national meetings, seminars and read, read, read!

What do you think the future holds for your practice?

The application of new research in Bioregenerative Medicine…..using the body’s unlocked potential to repair, restore and rejuvenate has been game-changing in my specialty in obtaining more natural and long lasting results in reducing the signs of aging, cosmetic surgery, breast reconstruction, non-surgical aesthetic treatments, skin care, lowering skin cancer risk, hair loss therapies, and many other areas… exciting stuff!

I am most proud of:

Participating as a volunteer surgeon for over 25 years and in more than 40 overseas missions with Operation Smile to reconstruct facial deformities in thousands of children in the US and in over 20 countries worldwide. I am also proud of my staff at evolv Plastic Surgery and the staff at the Surgery Center at Regency Park… I feel privileged to work with such an exceptional group of caring and competent professionals!

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Dr. Shawn Brohl

Spring Meadows Chiropractic 6823 Spring Valley Dr., 419-866-6325.

What fact about your practice would people be interested to know?

Our goal for our patients is to show them how to take an active role in their care similar to a dentist telling their patients to brush and floss rather than do nothing and we'll see you when it hurts.

What inspired you to pick your specialty?

I was inspired to become a physician when I was young and broke my thumb skiing. The doctor who treated me was terrific which made me want to help others. I like to say my specialty of chiropractic picked me. I was in my first year of college and involved in a bad auto accident. chiropractic wasn't even on my radar. I didn't know much about it until after six months of frustration with continuing headaches and neck pain as a result of the accident. I was told I would have to live with it. So, not wanting to accept that answer, I finally listened to a friend that had been telling me all along to go to her chiropractor. After their treatments, I found out that I didn't have to live with it, and I knew then what type of doctor I wanted to be.

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Something most people don’t know about me is:

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What is an incorrect but commonly-held belief that you encounter?

Many patients think that it is okay to sit in the sun if they have applied sunscreen. Not true— we adamantly advise “no baking” in the sun under any circumstance. Seek the shade!

What’s one symptom that readers should look out for?

Early detection of skin cancer is important. Patients should do monthly self-exams of their skin looking for any changing mole or any non-healing sores. We offer total body skin exams and recommend that patients have this done yearly at a minimum.

How do you like to unwind?

To unwind I prefer peace and quiet over going to a party! A long walk in the park is relaxing.

Something most people don’t know about me is:

Most people don’t know that I was a lab animal caretaker in college and I had to change the cages of huge opossums all by myself.


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What is an incorrect but commonly-held belief that you encounter? Not needing a vision exam unless their vision is blurry.

What’s the top oversight that your patients make?

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What are the most important self-care routines related to your field of practice? Don’t smoke, wear sunglasses outside, and eat naturally pigmented vegetables and fruit.

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Frankel Dentistry Toledo: 5012 Talmadge Rd., 419-474-9611. Maumee: 4359 Keystone Dr., 419-893-0221.

Answered by Dr. Frankel What inspired you to pick your specialty?

My father, Dr. Sheldon Frankel, opened Frankel Dentistry in 1946, and we have served the Toledo area through dentistry with an always better attitude ever since. My father enjoyed being a dentist. When I realized I was not going to be a professional athlete it was a natural choice. I love what I do. At Frankel Dentistry, we are changing lives one smile at a time every day.

What sets your practice apart from others?

Amber Puhl, DDS & Jon Frankel, DDS

According to a study by MedicareAdvantage, 44 percent of U.S. adults haven’t seen their physician in the past year and 13 percent have neglected care for the last five years.

Our unique combination of great people, ease in access, and quality guarantee set us apart. Frankel Dentistry also opens the doors twice a year to serve those in need at no cost. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Wednesday before Memorial Day are Free Dentistry Days. Every year after Halloween, excess candy is purchased at a dollar a pound and sent to local Toledo troops overseas.

What is an incorrect but commonly-held belief that you encounter?

“Everyone in my family has bad teeth.” It is very rare to have weak or missing enamel. Generally, introducing adult bacteria in an infant’s mouth by sharing the same spoon or familial habits are the cause of dental disease. Home care and dietary habits are likely the sources of poor dental health. Crooked or crowded teeth are difficult to maintain. It is now recommended that parents bring their infants to the dentist as soon as the first tooth pops through.

Something most people don’t know about me is:

Yoga before work starts my day balanced and in a great frame of mind.

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POPPERS Merlot in Malawi

The Toledo Zoo’s Wine Tasting event will take place at the Malawi Event Center, where you can view exotic African fish in the center’s aquarium, enjoy tasty hors d’ ouvres, and sample wines from all over the world. The Event Center is located near the Africa! Overlook and the African Animal Carousel, a beautiful backdrop for this elegant evening. Call or visit the website to make reservations. $45 for members. $50 for non-members. 7-9pm. Friday, May 17. The Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-5721, Ext. 6001.

I’ll have a Rembrandt on Rye

Come to the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo’s first Jewish Food and Arts Festival— Rembrandt on Rye, where you can chow down on deli food, check out work by local Jewish artists, hear live music by the Klezmer Fusion Band and other musicians and bring the kids for bouncy house fun! 11am-5pm. Sunday, May 19. Congregation B’nai Israel, 6525 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. 419-724-0363. Free

Lena’s Mediterranean Chicken Tortellini.

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Jam City: The Gourmet PB&J Party is an event that takes every kid’s favorite to a new culinary level! All dishes served at the event will be PB&J-inspired. An auction, photo booth by Swatch Studios, music, awards ceremony and drinks will also be part of this unforgettable party, the proceeds of which go to support Food for Thought, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding the hungry. $40 per ticket. 6-9pm. Thursday, May 23. The Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. 419-972-0022. —EH

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tortellini Vincenzo… You really can’t go For those of us who don’t come from wrong with any of Lena’s dishes. Special a big Italian family but kind of wish we offerings like the seafood pizza, available did, dinner at Lena’s Italian Restaurant only during Lent, and the arancini— in Blissfield, Mich., is a good place to live stuffed, deep-fried balls of risotto the experience. An evening in the known simply as rice balls in cozy dining room feels more Blissfield— are posted on like a party, where warm the Lena’s Facebook page hospitality and great food to let fans know when are never in short supply. they’re available. And Stefano Zanger, the then there’s Lena’s second generation Special Chicken. of his family to run “That’s one of our the restaurant, was best sellers,” Zanger in high school when said, but he admits he his mother— yes, there wasn’t interested when really is a Lena— opened Lena urged him to put it on a small, carry-out pizza the menu. He’d run restaurants place in Lambertville. Six years later, he was in college and Stefano Zanger and before and was sure it wouldn’t running his uncle’s restaurant the next generation, sell. his son Drew. “I said, ‘Mom, no one is when a Blissfield restaurateur going to buy a piece of breaded approached the family. He was chicken with some garlic and olive oil on ready to sell and thought the Zangers top. Who wants to eat that?’” But when a might be interested. “It was exactly regular customer came in wanting to try what we wanted— in a small town, not something new, Lena made her special a lot of seats,” Zanger said. “I thought chicken. He loved it so much that he I might have a restaurant someday, but asked for a second order so other diners when this came up I said, ‘Yes, let’s do could try it. it. All in.’” Nineteen years later, Lena’s is a local favorite that continues to evolve They loved it, too. while keeping its founder at the heart of “She turned to me and said, ‘Now put everything they do. “I want it to be about it on the menu!’” Zanger said, reenacting my mom,” Zanger said. “She laid the his mom’s stern finger pointing. “That foundation, and I’m building on that.” reminded me to always listen to Lena.” Since Lena turned the restaurant over to her son there have been a few Mama’s recipes, made changes, including a new front entry to from scratch accommodate those waiting for a table, Lena came to the U.S. from Sicily a three-season patio and a redesigned when she was 21, and always loved logo: a cartoon Lena, a bowl of spaghetti to cook. She stepped away from the in one hand and a spoon in the other, restaurant three years ago for health welcoming everyone who comes reasons, but her recipes are still being through the door. served daily, made from scratch. “She thought of this place as her home, “It’s the same traditional Italian and I always want her represented food,” he said. “Our marinara sauce, here,” Zanger said. “This place is her.” that’s mom’s Sunday sauce. We had that as our Sunday dinner for years, and we Lena’s Italian Restaurant don’t make it any different here.” 214 E. Adrian St., Blissfield. Lasagna is their biggest seller, the 517-486-4385. pasta carbonara is amazing, and the

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Culinary Events Wednesdays

Westgate Farmers Market Westgate Farmers Market

The outdoor market begins on May 1st and continues through the month of October. Take advantage of the beautiful weather at this outdoor market, where you’ll find fresh local produce and other products from regional vendors. 3-7pm. 3301 Secor Rd. 419-255-6765. Free


Perrysburg Farmers’ Market Downtown Perrysburg

Visit Historic Perrysburg for the weekly outdoor market. Shop dozens of produce, craft and artisan food vendors. Live music will be featured throughout the warmer months held at the Commodore Park Gazebo. 3-8pm. Indiana Ave. & Louisiana. 419-874-9147.


Thursday, 5.9

May Chef’s Dinner Brim House

May’s dinner, Around the Campfire, focuses on smokey elements, served over an eight course dinner, paired with cocktails. $85 per person. 6:30-9:30pm. 444 N. Summit St. 419-243-7664.

Saturday, 5.11

Mother’s Day Brunch Brim House

Reserve your seat for a special brunch menu. The Rhubarb French Toast ($15) will hit everyone’s sweet spot while the Spring Lamb with Lemon Ramp Relish ($21) will satisfy the heartiest tastes. Prices vary. 10am-4pm. 444 N. Summit St. 419-243-7664.

Sunday, 5.12

Mother’s Day Brunch & Free Admission Toledo Zoo

Moms get free admission to the Toledo Zoo if accompanied by one or more children. In addition, a Mother’s Day Brunch will be served at the Malawi Center. Members $35-$40. Non-members $40-$45. Reservations for the brunch are for 9am and 11:30am. 10am-5pm. 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-5721.

Mother’s Day Brunch Plat8

Try the Duck & Waffle with Blueberry Jelly and Maple Hot Sauce ($17) or the Country Fried Chicken ($15), it’s all good! Prices vary. 11am-3pm. 4330 Central Ave. 419-214-0370.

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Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet Ice Restaurant

Enjoy a full service buffet that includes breakfast favorites and savory lunch options as well. Don’t choose, try a little of everything. $15 kids - $25. 11am-3pm. 405 Madison Ave. 419-246-3339.



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Wednesday, 6.12

Special Bluefin Tuna Tasting Kyoto Ka

Reserve your spot at the table for this popular culinary event. Head Sushi Chef Joe (owner of Kyoto Ka) will host a Bluefin Tuna tasting, along with Noregian Salmon sashimi and Wagyu Beef, accompanied by six different sake pours. $120 all inclusive. 5:30pm. Kyoto Ka, 6801 W. Central Ave. 419-841-2070.




Sip, Shop, Save Sofo’s Italian Market

Browse the store as you try different wine selections and samples of Sofo family recipes. Prices vary. 5-7pm. 253 Waggoner Blvd. 419-882-8555.


Friday Night Flights The Bottle Shop at Mancy’s Italian

Fridays in May treat yourself to craft beers from outstanding Michigan breweries. Choose from a long list ranging from porters to sours. Prices vary. 5-8pm. 5453 Monroe St., 419-824-2463.

Weekly Beer Tastings Joseph’s Beverage

Taste a variety of beers for a small fee. Selections change every week. 5-7pm. 4129 Talmadge Rd. 419-472-1421.

Wednesday, 5.8

Pedals & Pints Ride Patron Saints Brewery

Bike down to the small batch brewery in the Old West End and travel to the Casual Pint in Westgate via cycle and back to the start. 7-9pm. 4730 W. Bancroft St. 419-720-2337. patronsaintsbrewery Free

Friday, 5.10

Think Again About German Wines Walt Churchill’s Market Perrysburg

Saturday, 5.11

Wines for the Deck Walt Churchill’s Market Maumee

Sample crisp and lively white wines and lighter, silky red wines perfect for warm weather. 2-6pm. Prices vary. 3320 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee. 419-794-4000.

Thursday, 5.16

½ Cocked Registry Bistro

During Art Loop, enjoy three ½ sized craft cocktails for only $10. River House Gallery will be open for guests to explore, drink in hand. Full menu will be available. 5:30-9pm. 425 Jefferson Ave. 419-725-0444.

Friday, 5.17

Austin Beeman Celebrity Tasting Walt Churchill’s Market Perrysburg

Austin Beeman, Director of Sales & Marketing for Cutting Edge Importers, will guide a tasting of the best Pinot Noir wines from Oregon. Prices vary. 4:30-7:30pm. 26625 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. 419-872-6900. Also from 2-6pm on Saturday, 5.18 at Walt Chuchill’s Market Maumee.

Sunday, 5.19

Vitis Obscura Basil Pizza and Wine Bar

Sample obscure wines to fit any palate. Wines will be paired with cheese and fruit. $35. 5-8pm. 3145 Hollister Lane, Perrysburg. 419-873-6218.

Sample PB & J inspired creations from top Toledo chefs and help us crown our 2019 “Grand Jam-pion.”

German wines are more than just sweet rieslings. Explore the variety. Prices vary. 4:30-7:30pm. 26625 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. 419-872-6900.

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The Study

This comical web series project is about five college students competing for a scholarship. The creation of Bowling Green State University film students, and assistant professor of film Lucas Ostrowski who directed it, The Study promises to be a fun view into the world of student life. All episodes will be screened at this free premiere. 7-10pm. Friday, May 10. Bowen-Thompson Student Union, 806 Ridge St., Bowling Green. 419-372-2222. Free

You don’t know Big Jack

Bad Girl of Comedy Known for her roles in films ranging from Borat to A Star is Born, Luenell has been dubbed the Original Bad Girl of Comedy. She’ll be bringing that bad girl charm to Toledo’s Funny Bone in five stand-up acts that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter. $20. 7:30pm and 10:15pm. Friday, May 17. 7pm and 10pm. Saturday, May 18. 7pm. Sunday, May 19. Toledo Funny Bone, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-931-3474.

In a film presented by the WildOnes Oak Openings Chapter, during the Blue Week “In Their Footsteps” series, A Force for Nature chronicles the work of plant ecologist Dr. E. Lucy Braun, a pioneer researcher who preserved and documented plants in many areas of Southern Ohio and Kentucky. The film will be introduced by video producer Meg Hanrahan and followed by a Q&A session. 6:45-9pm. Tuesday, May 14. Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. 419-535-3050. —EH

Queen of Soul

The documentary Amazing Grace presents viewers with never-before-seen footage of Aretha Franklin recording her album of the same name at New Bethel Baptist Church in South Los Angeles. Watch the Queen of Soul at the height of her powers in 1972 bringing life to gospel music in way that only she could. $7.50-$10.50. 4:45pm and 7:10pm. Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday May 9. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI. 800-745-3000.

Local filmmakers shine light on unsung blues musician by Jason Webber

If you haven’t heard of Marshall “Big Jack” Reynolds, it’s understandable. There’s no Wikipedia page and a Google search doesn’t reveal much about the guy. But the new documentary, That’s A Good Way To Get to Heaven: The Music and Life of Big Jack Reynolds, aims to change that by showcasing some great reasons why this obscure bluesman should be remembered. “Jack was a real deal blues player with a mysterious past, a dynamic temperament, a soft heart, and a mean harmonica,” said the film’s executive producer John Henry. “He never found national success in his lifetime. But his deep blues and tough songs made him a legend to roots music connoisseurs and an example to many up-and-coming musicians in the Detroit and Toledo areas. Jack’s story touched many, we owed him this project and he hopefully gets the recognition he deserves.”

A four year project

Work on the film took about four years, with Henry and his production partners Larry Gold, and Glenn Burris—who also directed the documentary—tracking down rare live footage of Big Jack Reynolds. “This was a no budget show,” said Burris. “It took a long time to piece Jack’s mysterious story together. And it took time to locate the very few video recordings of Big Jack. Only about 90 minutes of video seems to exist of Jack’s entire career, including home movies, and not all of that is useful. So we really had to work to illustrate what is a lengthy and worthwhile story. The photographs taken by John Rockwood were essential.”


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Feeling blue

In addition to serving as president and CEO of the asset management firm OBS Financial, which was featured in Barron’s magazine as a national Top 100 advisory firm, Henry is also the founder of Third Street Cigar Records, a local blues label. Some of their releases, including ones from Bobby G. have charted on the Living Blues charts. The new album from Johnny Rawls has been nominated for Soul Blues Album of the Year at the 2019 National Blues Music Awards, which take place in Memphis on May 9.

Raw emotion and immediacy

“I like the raw emotion and immediacy of blues music, and that it serves as a foundation for all the other types of music that I enjoy,” said Burris, who owns the boutique production company E2HD. At 80 minutes long, That’s A Good Way To Get To Heaven provides a thorough overview of this mysterious bluesman. For these three dedicated blues fans, the film is a personal triumph and they can’t wait for its world premiere at the Maumee Indoor Theater on Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. “This is the first Third Street film and the first collaboration between myself and the label,” said Burris. “I hope we can do more such projects, as this one was very rewarding, personally.” “That’s A Good Way To Get To Heaven: The Music and Life of Big Jack Reynolds” premiers at the Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant Street, on Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. $10. A DVD/CD combo of the film will be for sale at the event. For more info, visit



Out of the Ordinary Theatre

Assassins unite


New musical performed by Cutting Edge By Jeff McGinnis

(L-R) Matt Zwyer, Sarah Stierman, Abigail Smitley and Matt Johnston star in Cutting Edge’s production of Ordinary Days. Two men, two women, 21 songs and some genuine ideas about how our lives intersect with one another— even among the hustle and bustle of one of the world’s most vibrant cities. All this is presented in Ordinary Days, Adam Gwon’s bright musical set in New York City. The show, which debuted in 2008, will see a new Cutting Edge Theatre Company production beginning on May 17, at the Center for Performing Arts at the University of Toledo.


“It is about two couples— one couple is romantically involved, one is not,” said Stephanie L. Dennehy, the show’s director and choreographer, as well as Cutting Edge’s Artistic Director. It looks at “just how interconnected we really are, (although we) seem to be distracted by other things. And then, at the end, we all have kind of a nice little happy moment.” Although she is an artist with 30 years of theatrical experience, Dennehy had never seen— or heard of— Ordinary Days before it was submitted to Cutting Edge as a possible production for its 2018-19 season. Sarah Stierman, a member of Cutting Edge’s board, suggested the show as part of the company’s “pick a show” initiative, allowing people to submit ideas for the upcoming season. “We chose to go forward with it, because we really liked the music and thought the presentation was good. So this is an interesting dynamic, because it’s not something that we searched out and selected for our season, it was presented to us and we accepted.” The show’s small cast and tight, 90-minute length both fit well within the comfort zone for Cutting Edge’s productions. The group doesn’t shy away from bigger productions— Hair, Cabaret, etc.— but really has special-

ized in more intimate pieces since the company’s founding in 2015.

Quirky and simple

Based on the book by John Weidman with music by Stephen Sondheim, Assassins is a one-act play where nine well-known assassins (and would-be assassins)— Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth among them— interact, encouraging each other to complete their dark deeds. $18-$20. All shows begin at 8pm, except for the Sunday, May 12 showing at 2pm. Friday, May 10-Saturday May 18. Village Players Theatre, 2740 Upton Ave. 419-472-6817.

Learning to improvise

Registration is now open for Glass City Improv classes, which run through Saturday, July 27 with a student showcase. Level 1 is “Fall in Love with Improv,” and is all about the basics of “yes-and” with games and other fun techniques taught by Erin Kanary. Level 2 is “Dig that Honeymoon Phase,” a class geared toward longer scenes and games to work well with group dynamics, all led by instructor Diana DePasquale. Both classes last 8 weeks, and each costs $150. Level 1 is on Thursdays from 6:30-9pm, beginning on May 30. Level 2 is on Tuesdays from 6:30-9pm, beginning May 28. Studio A Theater, 410 Adams St. 419-407-6082.

Toledo Voices

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s Toledo Voices series features plays by local writers. In You Don’t Miss Your Water, written by Rick Smith and directed by Liam Ellis, two couples find themselves embroiled in complicated battles in 1968, from labor strikes and the Vietnam War to the Women’s Liberation and Black Freedom movements. $4.75-$6.75. 8-10pm. Saturday, May 11. Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St. 419-243-9277. —EH

“I love quirky, off the cuff musicals. And Cutting Edge is trying to, if you will, find our niche— we’re trying to add our own spin on smaller to medium-sized musicals. Our last show was I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, that was a four-person show. We did a show called First Date, that was a seven person show.” What has Dennehy and Cutting Edge most excited about Ordinary Days may be its performance space— the Center Stage at UT’s Center for Performing Arts. This show will give the company a chance to stretch its legs, production-wise— though don’t expect anything too lavish, either. “I like simple, really pared down, so we’re just using platforms, some black boxes, a couple of media things that we may use,” Dennehy said. “The costuming will be— it’s very current, so they’ll be able to wear everyday clothing, it won’t be anything period-wise.” Throughout her career, Dennehy has gravitated toward shows with distinct characters and a real focus on relationships— and in this way her production of Ordinary Days feels like it fits right in her canon. “Whether you’re mad at me, or happy, or sad, [I hope] that you really enjoyed the journey with us. That it was an experience. I really want the audience to be emotionally engaged with the people on the stage.” $20. May 17-19. 8pm, Friday-Saturday. 2:30pm, Sunday. The University of Toledo Center for Performing Arts, 1910 W. Rocket Dr., 734-717-8776.

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ART TO HEART Celebrating Biodiversity at the Toledo Zoo


Graphite Build + Design create large-scale sculptures to bring our prehistoric past to life By Erin Holden

The mastodon is one of the largest sculptures in the ProMedica Museum of Natural History at the Toledo Zoo.

Doug Kampfer and Jeremy Link, coowners of Graphite Design + Build, became business partners almost a decade ago. Gaining attention for the sculptures they created for metroparks throughout the area, they’ve always had an appreciation for the biodiversity found in this region. They used the inspiration they found in the parks for one of their largest projects yet: the ProMedica Museum of Natural History at the Toledo Zoo.

Venomous displays

Graphite Design + Build has contributed to the Zoo’s design before, having made large-scale sculptures for the aquarium adventure trail, a success that led to the current, more intensive project, culminating in a grand opening on Friday, May 31. The Museum of Natural History’s 100 large sculptures of prehistoric animals, more than 15 murals, information panels, and many other components are all in keeping with the what the building was originally intended to be— a science museum. The designers made sure the historic Works Progress Administration site maintains the architectural detail of that time period.


The ProMedica Museum of Natural History opens on Friday, May 31 at The Toledo Zoo, promising to be an exciting reflection on Northwest Ohio’s prehistoric beginnings. The Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-5721. Check for hours.

“It’s an important building that blended in so that no one noticed it,” Link said. “Now it’s going to be the highlight of the Zoo. I think it will be everyone’s favorite building.” More than just a science museum, the Natural History Museum celebrates the ecosystems of Northwest Ohio, designed to inspire visitors to do their own research. “It’s kind of a mishmash of teaching everyone about the biodiversity of venom throughout the world, along with the ecosystems in Ohio,” Link said. “I think it shows how cool this area really is; it’s not just cornfields and shallow rivers. There are some really important things that happened around here 15,000 years ago.” Other than the focus on venom as a major theme, the specifics of which Link is keeping to himself for now, the zoo gave Graphite free creative reign in their approach. Working with the zoo’s architects and design team, Graphite also hired artists they’ve worked with

Graphite Design + Build Co-owner Doug Kampfer recreating ancient Northwest Ohio ecosystems.

over the years to help them with the project. “Sculptors, painters, cabinet makers, graphic designers, wood workers...we had to do a little bit of everything for this museum.”

Those tiny toads are no joke

The first thing visitors will be met with when they enter the museum is a frozen-in-time sculpture of a saber tooth tiger fighting a wooly mammoth, an iconic Ice Age image that Link expects to become a fixture that even outof-town visitors will come to associate with the Toledo Zoo. In contrast, another portion of the museum takes creatures— like toads you might walk right past without noticing in the park— and shows the drama happening all around us in nature on a larger scale. Link said, “We like the dynamic of these massive creatures. These toads [sculptures] are huge and show that

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they are apex predators on the forest floor of Ohio. They’re no joke— if you’re small, they’re pretty terrifying.” Graphite Design + Build’s goal is to show the link between Northwest Ohio’s prehistoric past to its present. “I think it’s important because there’s a common misconception that Ohio is boring, and that you need to go somewhere else to see nature,” Link said, adding that “you can go to Oak Openings and find sand dunes as a seagull flies overhead. That doesn’t happen in many areas of the world. ” The museum ties the diverse ecosystems that many take for granted today to the incredible biodiversity that has existed here. “People are going to feel like they’re on a little safari,” Link said. “I think it’s going to bring visitors to the Zoo from all over.”

ART SCENE At the Galleries

(Free unless otherwise noted) (Being) in a Hot Shop - Katherine Gray’s exhibition is set to close May 12 so make sure you stop by TMA to get a first-hand look at the colorful installation on view in Gallery 18. 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. In the Quiet - The fine art exhibition consists of 20+ paintings, monotypes and drawings depicting serene nature scenes by Angela Saxon. On view through May 31. Hudson Gallery, 5645 Main St., Sylvania. 419-885-8381. Tremble Group Exhibition - Visual artists Gianna Commito, Lane Cooper, and Sarah Kabot will be featured in a spring show at the River House gallery. “Tremble” connects viewers with the act of creating art through original multimedia works. On view through May 25. River House Arts, 425 Jefferson Ave. 419-441-4025.

Friday, 5.10

AIA Toledo Lecture - Archaeologist and author Elaine Gazda will discuss her work in uncovering the artwork and culture of ancient Rome. Her book “The Art of Wealth and Luxury: The Ancient Roman Villa of Poppaea at Oplontis, Italy” Gazda describes the restoration effort of murals and surrounding structures of a lavish Roman villa, buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. 7pm. TMA Little Theatre, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. Free

Light up the night

In a collaboration between the Arts Commission and the Ohio Department of Transportation, local artists have created ten designs for the recently upgraded lighting system on the Veteran’s Glass City Skyway. The designs, which rotate nightly, include creations by Brien Strancar, Imani Lateef, Yusuf Lateef, Natalie Lanese, and others. With titles like “Stained Glass, Matisse” (Gail Christofferson) and “Traffic, Color Growth,” (Anthony McCarty), it will be intriguing to see the variety of each design. Keep an eye out for these striking light sequences! You can find the monthly show schedule at —EH

The JAM Gallery - This monthly art gallery featured EDM music and prizes. Ages 18+. 6pm. Toledo’s Mainstreet Bar & Grill, 141 Main St., 419-697-6297. Free

Before Handmade Toledo opened their brick-andmortar Maker’s Shop on Adams Street in 2014, owner Jessica Crossfield hosted Toledo’s first juried indie craft fair, Maker’s Mart, in April of 2012. Celebrating the area’s scene of DIY artists and artisans, the single day, now semi-annual, fair feels like Etsy IRL and continues to grow each year, attracting more than 6,000 people last year. The can’t-miss event returns (just in time for Mother’s Day shopping) with the Maker’s Mart Spring Edition on Saturday, May 11. Shop over 100 handmade vendors while sipping locally roasted coffee, craft cocktails and beer and fare from local food trucks. $1. 10am-7pm. Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St., 419-214-1717.

Thursday, 5.16

Heart of glass

Art Village Spring Sale - Shop for artisan wares, enjoy glassblowing demos, and more during Mother’s Day Weekend. 10am-9pm, Friday. 10am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-4pm, Sunday. The Arts Village at the Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., 419-902-6800. Free

Saturday, 5.11

May Art Loop: Craft & Culinary - Celebrate the art of craft beer and creative dining during this Art Loop. Local venues will host specials and events sure to satisfy the artistic appetite of Toledo foodies. 5:30-9pm. For more details on the Art Loop, including a full list of venues and events, visit Free

Friday, 5.17

Kat Pahl-Nebulist Watercolors - The exhibition features 14 watercolors by artist Kathleen Pahl. The opening of the exhibition will feature live music by The Matt Truman Ego Trip from 1-4pm. Sunday, April 18. 1-3pm. On display through May 25. The Art Supply BG, 435 E. Wooster, Bowling Green. 419-352-9501.

Make it work

Watercolor Zodiac - Astrology and art combine for this workshop led by watercolorist Stephen Owczarzak. Learn watercolor basics, paint your zodiac sign, discuss astrology and receive a complementary reading from the instructor. $25. 6-8pm. The Art Supply Depo, 29 S. St. Clair St., 419-720-6462.

Vermont-based conceptual artist Charlotte Potter uses glass in her work, as a material and a metaphor. Like glass, Potter’s work explores duality— hot and cold, fragile and strong, elastic and brittle— to visualize how relationships and technology affect our identities. May 15-24, Potter is part of a Toledo Museum of Art Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) residency, working with artists in the TMA’s GlasSalon. Hear about her experience and learn more about her work during a GAPP Artist Lecture at 7pm on Friday, May 17. Toledo Museum of Art GlasSalon, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. Free —AC

Phung Vo - Colorful watercolor painting by artist Phung Vo will be displayed in the Jose Martinez Memorial Galeria at the Center. On display through May 17. Sofia Quintero Cultural Center, 1222 Broadway. 419-241-1655.

Art Events

Thursday, 5.9

AIGA Toledo’s Pulp symposium - Ellen Pizza, of Commerce Paper Company, welcomes guests from the Neenah Paper and Verso Paper companies to present samples, discuss features and educate the audience on what’s new in the exciting world of paper products. 5-7pm. Seed Coworking, 29 S. St. Clair St., Free Creating Cards For The Special Women In Our Lives - She empowers you and she inspires you, so show her some gratitude with a handmade card. Play with mixed media papers, collage, paint and more, to create a unique greeting card. Leave with a pack of three, matching envelopes and a sleeve to hold your special stationary! $40. 6-8pm. Fuller Art House, 5679 Main St., Sylvania. 419-882-8949. Instameet and Happy Hour - Get your IG game ready for summer during this meetup at the Collingwood Arts Center. Explore the beautiful historic building and enjoy a 5:30pm happy hour in the Gerber Mansion (cash bar). 4-6:30pm. Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., Free

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Saturday, 5.18

Yarn Spinning Workshop - Fiber artist Andrew Kimmey will lead a workshop on spinning wool using a step-by-step process. $50. 2-4:30pm. Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St. 419-214-1717.

Sunday, 5.19

Screen Print Notecards - Artist Melissa Dettloff will lead a three-hour workshop, guiding students through the screen printing process, layering patterns on 12 blank notecards. $45. 11am-2pm. Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St. 419-214-1717. Watercolor on the Go: Travel Watercolor Demo We’ve all been there— out and about with a sudden urge to paint, but there are no watercolors in sight! Learn how to be prepared by reviewing different watercolor travel sets during this fun and interactive demo. $10. 11am-1pm. The Art Supply Depo, 29 S. St. Clair St., 419-720-6462.

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Sunday, May 12

You should at least buy her flowers!



LISTEN HEAR Child’s Play

Kid Brother keeps the familial familiar By Athena Cocoves “Hallelujah gotta tell it to ya / All my friends are cool and I’m such a f#*ck!n loser / Oh my god don’t you dare applaud / For the kid brother fraud but you know that it’s all I got.” – “Good News,” Kid Brother Have you ever felt surprised that people actually like you? For those suffering from “imposter syndrome”— an uncanny feeling that one day, everyone else is going to realize you’re just a pathetic freak— take comfort in knowing that Kid Brother, a Northern Virginiabased poppy rock n’ roll five-piece, can relate. Despite almost three years of nonstop shows on mid-Atlantic stages, the award of “Best Rock Track” in an international music competition for their single “Good News,” and a successful debut album, Baltimore Street Rat, the band’s Toledo-native drummer Sam Athanas (son of prolific Toledo musical frontman Steven J. Athanas) seems unaffected by the accomplishments. Sam is focused on the future, an upcoming May 11th show at the Ottawa Tavern, and getting the band back in the studio to record.

Coming together

Back in the summer of 2016, Sam met Christian Neonakis (Kid Brother lead singer/guitarist) while working at a bar. After discussing their shared love of music (Modest Mouse, Portugal the Man, Tame Impala), the two started playing music together after the bar closed. While they had been in bands before, neither expected to play in front of audiences any time soon. “We both had not great experiences in the last bands we played with and mine kind of left a bad taste in my mouth,” recalls Sam. “Plus, we were both new to northern Virginia and didn’t know a lot of people who played music, so playing in a band didn’t seem like an opportunity that would present itself. But we were wrong.” What started as casual after-hours jam sessions at the bar quickly became small shows for the staff who stuck around to listen. Then, friends started to show up. Then friends of friends would start coming. “It became a thing that people really seemed to like,” says Sam. “And, we figured, ‘Alright, let’s actually go for it.’”

(L-R) Dylan Savopoulos, Piano Whitman, Christian Neonakis, Richard Smith and Sam Athanas are Kid Brother, an indie-rock five-piece made up of, mostly, youngest siblings. They play the Ottawa Tavern on May 11th. After fleshing out the duo to a fivepiece, Sam and Christian found themselves where they didn’t expect— back in a band— but this time it was perfect: “The five of us are inseparable. Three of us live together and the other two are over all the time, so we hit the jackpot on this family dynamic.”

tant to hear everyone out and take good ideas from lots of different people.” And the teamwork has paid off as Kid Brother is currently talking to a variety of professionals to assist with their next record. Sam explains, “It has been about a year of this process. We’re really anxious to get music out there.”

Coming into their own

Coming home

Sam’s love and respect for the band members is unmistakable. While he’s hesitant to say much about himself— despite keeping the pastiche of Kid Brother’s soaring vocal harmonies, poignant lyrics, twisting guitar progressions and playful sonic textures in rhythm with his hypnotic work as a drummer— he will excitedly gush about the rest of the band. “Richard, our bass player, is a madman and his energy is contagious, both for us onstage and for the crowd….” “Our new keyboard player, whose actual name is Piano, is amazing and has a crazy good voice...” “Dylan, our guitarist, is incredible and also designs all of the album artwork and merch…” “And Christian, our lead singer/usually lead guitar, writes pretty much everything… but he’s just selfless. It’s shocking,” says Sam. “Looking at other bands, people have egos, especially when with a frontman who writes all the music, but Christian is just a big teddy bear sweetheart.” It’s a family dynamic that creates Kid Brother’s infectious, collaborative sound, creating what Sam calls a ‘democratic atmosphere.’ “We make decisions together and we work through disagreements very well,” Sam explains. “It’s a team effort and we all do it together because we all have our specialties in different areas. It’s impor-


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On Saturday, May 11, when Kid Brother plays in Toledo, it will be the first time Sam Athanas plays with his own band in his hometown. As the son of Steven J. Athanas (the Coosters, Chinese Purple, The Homewreckers, Loved by Millions, YOBANANABOY) and the nephew of Dave Athanas (“my Uncle Dave is one of the gnarliest guitarists I know”), Sam is no stranger to the Toledo music scene. And for Sam, the ‘kid brother’ of his family, the performance could be a daunting experience, “Having old friends and family see you for the first time, you don’t want to suck… my family all around is very musical and talented, so it’s a little bit higher pressure than usual. They’ll notice everything. We can’t f*#k up.” We feel for Sam, but can’t help savor the irony of the ‘good news’— his excited-nervous energy feels ripped right out of a Kid Brother lyric: “Oh my god, don’t you dare applaud…” $8. 6pm. Saturday, May 11. Ottawa Tavern 1817 Adams St., 419-725-5483. To listen to Kid Brother’s first album, ‘Baltimore Street Rat’, visit

Highlighted events indicates our picks for the week

WED, MAY 8 Brew House Coffee: Open Mic (acoustic, open mic) Durty Bird: Amelia Airharts (country/pop, songwriter) Civic Hall: Bike Night with Angola Road (rock, covers) Cock n Bull: Danny Mettler (acoustic rock) Village Idiot: Andrew Ellis (acoustic rock)

THUR, MAY 9 Cock n Bull: Captain Sweet Shoes (acoustic rock) Distillery: Bumper Wallace (acoustic rock) Durty Bird: Deep Groove Trio (jazz, funk) Frankie’s: Neil Hilborn (acoustic rock) Huntington Center: MercyMe, Crowder, Micah Tyler (country/rock) Levis & Lilac’s: Chloe Wagenhauser (acoustic, covers) Marathon Center: Friends Around the World Concert The All-City Orchestra will be joined by their mentors from the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for a classical concert featuring music from around the world. 7-8pm. 200 W. Main Cross St., Findlay. 419-423-2787. (classical) Free Ottawa Tavern: JakeyPalooza with Jake Pavlica, Jake Pilewski, Jake Pachasa, Jake Cassidy, Jake Cervetto, Jake Hayes, Car Crash Jake, Jacob Scott, Jacob Zuniga, Jacob Reinhart (songwriter, various)

FRI, MAY 10 Brew House Coffee: Frens (acoustic rock) Civic Hall: DubtronicA, TLZMN, Peanutbutter Williams, SLAVE (electronic/dance, DJ) Cock n Bull: Barile & May, Zodiak Click (acoustic rock) (pop/rock, covers) Detroit Institute of Art: Sonya Belaya: Songs My Mother Taught Me Storyteller Patricia Wheeler and pianist Sonya Belaya present an evening of live storytelling set to an original score. Stories will draw from a ‘Mother’s Day theme’ as well as life in Detroit. $6-$14. 7pm. 5200 Woodward Ave. 313-833-7900. Distillery: Distant Cousinz (pop/rock, covers) Durty Bird: Max Boyle (acoustic, songwriter) Fleetwood’s Tap Room: The Western Pleasures (rockabilly, blues) Frankie’s: Seaway, Free Throw, Heart Attack Man, Young Culture (alternative/rock, songwriter) Hollywood Casino: Avon Bomb (pop/rock, covers) Levis & Lilac’s: Ashley Kelley (acoustic, covers) Majestic Oak Winery: Jeff Stewart (acoustic rock) Ottawa Tavern: Wear Your Wounds, Uniform, Bone Folder, Outside (hard/rock, metal) The Pub: Old State Line (country, folk) Summit Shack BG: Spacecadet, Jimmy Lofi, Alomar, Flight Patterns (alternative/rock, songwriter) Table Forty4: Stone House (jam/rock)

SAT, MAY 11 Civic Hall: Holy Diver, Vengeance, Messenger HD (Dio tribute) (hard/rock, metal) Cock n Bull: Fu5ion (pop/rock, covers) Distillery: Noisy Neighbors (pop/rock, covers) Durty Bird: The New Fashioned (jazz/pop, covers) Frankie’s: Hero’s Revival, Dirt Worship, Bubak, Blind Haven, Dream.Repair (hard/rock, songwriter) Hollywood Casino: The Rock Show (pop/rock, covers) Howard’s BG: The Go Rounds, Tree No Leaves The hard-hitting psych-rock band Tree No Leaves welcomes The Go Rounds (Kalamazoo) to Howard’s stage. Check out the Michigan ensemble’s 2019 release “Whatever You Maybe” before you go. The music starts at 9pm. $5. 8pm-1am. 210 N. Main St., Bowling Green. 419- 352-3195. Huntington Center: Jason Aldean, Kane Brown (country/rock) Levis & Lilac’s: Ross Thompson (acoustic, covers) Majestic Oak Winery: DC Taylor (acoustic rock) Ottawa Tavern: Kid Brother, Motel Stories, Space Narc, Scott Shere, Los Capybaros (alternative/rock, songwriter) The Pub: Tumbao Bravo The Cuban-American Jazz ensemble performs during the seasonal opening of the beer garden at Paula Brown Shop. 6:30-9:30pm. 912 Monroe St. 419-241-8100. Free Table Forty4: Organized KOS (pop/rock, covers) TMA Peristyle: Great Performances: Clarence Smith Community Chorus The Chorus presents a powerful program highlighting the importance of the African-American Spiritual, Gospel Hymns and the blues. $13-$15. 7-9pm. 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. (choral) Village Idiot: Flexadecibel (jam/rock)

SUN, MAY 12 Durty Bird: Jazz Brunch with Hector Mendoza (jazz/classical guitarist) Culture Clash Records: In Store with Dehd, Teamonade (alternative/rock, songwriter) Hollywood Casino: Swingmania, Walt Sanders (jazz/swing, orchestra) (Elvis tribute) Majestic Oak Winery: Scott Fish (acoustic rock) Summit Shack: Dogleg, American Spirits, Daddy and the Long Legs, The Onlys (alternative rock, songwriter) Village Idiot: The Ministry of Jazz (jazz/jam)

MONDAY, MAY 13 Village Idiot: Frankie May (rock, various)

TUESDAY, MAY 14 Durty Bird: Dooley Wilson (Delta Blues) Ottawa Tavern: Open Stage (band open mic) Village Idiot: Bobby May (acoustic rock)


WED, MAY 15 Brew House Coffee: Open Mic (acoustic, open mic) Civic Hall: Bike Night with Vengeance (hard/rock, covers) Cock n Bull: Danny Mettler (acoustic rock) Village Idiot: Andrew Ellis (acoustic rock)

THUR, MAY 16 Cock n Bull: Captain Sweet Shoes (acoustic rock) Distillery: Bumper Wallace (acoustic rock) Durty Bird: Gray & Cleveland (jazz/pop, covers) Frankie’s: Madame Mayhem, Seven Rast Sunset, The Infinity Process, Flush (rock, various) Gathered Glass: Old State Line (country, folk) Holland Haus: Hang Tight, Vena Morris, Second String Hero, Wild Nights, Space Narc (alternative/rock, songwriter) Levis & Lilac’s: Kaiden & Big C (acoustic, covers) Summit Shack: Girl Fox, Discount Nostalgia, Floor Candy, Teamonade The DIY space will donate all funds to the Wood County Brown Bag Food Project. Donation. 7pm. 217 E. Evers St., Bowling Green. (alternative rock, songwriter)

FRI, MAY 17 Civic Hall: Sir Cadian, Goodbye Blue Skies, The Casket Company, Raine Wilder (alternative/rock, various) Cock n Bull: Barile & May, Distant Cousinz (acoustic rock) (pop/rock, covers) Distillery: Pop’s Garage (pop/rock, covers) Durty Bird: Dueling Pianos (variety) Frankie’s: Vicious Rumors, Voodoo Terror Tribe, Volacious, Mujaw Creek, Dedfahl (hard/rock) Hollywood Casino: Black Swamp Rebels (rock, covers) Levis & Lilac’s: Jeff Stewart Majestic Oak Winery: Johnny Rod (acoustic rock) Ottawa Tavern: Society’s Ugly Son, Troublegiant, The Shakin’ Shivers, River Bottom Mud Junkies (rock, various) Over Yonder Concert House: Blue Mother Tupelo (folk/rock, acoustic) The Pub: Ramona & Trez (vocal jazz/pop) Sodbuster Bar: Green Acre Session (rock, funk) Table Forty4: The Bridges (pop/rock, covers) TMA Peristyle: Toledo Symphony Orchestra: Mahler’s Resurrection The Orchestra combined with a massive chorus will perform the powerful work in its entirety. Alain Trudel conducts. $25-$60. 8pm. Friday and Saturday, 5/18. 2445 Monroe St. 419-246-8000. Village Idiot: Box Era (jam/rock, funk)

SAT, MAY 18 Art & Performance Center: Hootenanny Get down with Ryan Roth & the Sideshow, Craig James, Groove Canoe, and The Coomers at this listening room performance space. BYOB. $5. 6-11pm. 2702 W. Sylvania Ave. 419-913-9010. (acoustic rock)

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra continues to break down musical barriers, blurring the lines between pop, jazz, hip hop, and alternative rock. The TSO String Quartet will present the Music of Radiohead for violin, viola and cello. Just imagine the songs “Exit Music (For a Film)” and “Idioteque” set to strings? Along with Radiohead compositions, the concert will include two iconic works by Arvo Pärt, a known influence of Tom Yorke. Tickets prices for the event are offered at $8 (seat at the bar) $12 (seat at a table) $60 (reserved table for four) and $90 (reserved table of six). Doors open at 6pm. Concert at 7pm. Wednesday, May 22. Fleetwood’s Tap Room, 28 N. Saint Clair St. 419-724-2337.


Join in celebrating the life of Cat Lambert, who gave selflessly to her community and lost her life to domestic violence. This event is intended to both raise awareness and to remember Lambert’s legacy. CAT FEST features 12 bands, many local artists, a raffle, silent auction, games, prizes and more. The event is donation only, benefitting Beach House Family Shelter. Preorder t-shirts for $20. Noon-midnight. Sunday, May 19. Bier Stube, 5333 Monroe St. 419-841-7999. —EH Civic Hall: Nightrain, Angola Road, Bad Ether (Guns N Roses tribute) (rock, covers) Cock n Bull: Arctic Clam (pop/rock, covers) Durty Bird: Mojoe Boes & His Noble Jones (blues/rock) Frankie’s: homegrownups, Atomica, Ellis Omega, Waiting on Zach, Half Step Back (alternative/rock, songwriter) Hollywood Casino: Ellison (pop/rock, covers) Howard’s BG: Mewvement & Subwoofers Wood County Humane Society Benefit Show your support of the animal shelter at this benefit concert. The event will showcase current adoptable animals, a 50/50 raffle and live music. $5. 7pm-midnight. 210 N. Main St., Bowling Green. 419-704-5902. (rock) Levis & Lilac’s: Addison Schmidt (acoustic, covers) Majestic Oak Winery: Acoustic Cousinz (acoustic rock) The Pub: The Western Pleasures (rockabilly) Table Forty4: The Bridges (pop/rock, covers)

SUN, MAY 19 Art & Performance Center: Laurie Swyers & Blue Moon (blues, rock) Brew House Coffee: Chloe & the Steel Strings (country/pop) Durty Bird: Jazz Brunch with Straight Up (jazz, covers) Franciscan Center: Sylvania Community Orchestra The concert will include lively works from Straus, Brahms and Borodin. Don’t be afraid to get up and dance, it’s encouraged! 3:30pm. 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. 419-517-0118. (classical, orchestra) Free

Majestic Oak Winery: Sarah Brosch (acoustic rock) Oak Shade Grove: Swiss Singers Armed Forces Salute (choral) Ottawa Tavern: Ryan Roth & the Sideshow, Kaleb Reiser Blues Agenda (rock, various) Summit Shack BG: Absinthe Father, Mango Tree, No Fun Club, Ship and Sail (alternative rock, songwriters) Toledo Museum of Art: Toledo Symphony School of Music Recital Students from the program will perform a 60-minute classical concert in the Great Gallery. 3-4pm. 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. (classical) Free Village Idiot: The Ministry of Jazz (jazz/jam)

MON, MAY 20 Village Idiot: Frankie May (rock, various)

TUE, MAY 21 Legion Post 384: Pickers & Fun Come to the bluegrass and old-time music dance at the American Legion. Join the jam if you’re able! 7-10pm. 6910 Providence St., Whitehouse. 419-877-5171. (folk, bluegrass) Free Ottawa Tavern: Open Stage (band open mic) Village Idiot: Bobby May (acoustic rock)

W E H AV E I T A L L O N L I N E ! C O M P L E T E M U S I C E V E N T S AT T O L E D O C I T Y PA P E R . C O M

May 8 • May 21


ROAD TRIP Schedel Community Festival - Visit the arboretum and gardens at Schedel during Community Day Festival. Food and craft vendors will be on site. Live music, hayrides, and kids activities are free all day. Bring a non-perishable food item for donation. 10am-2pm. Schedel Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore. 419-862-3182. Free Spring Fling - Visit beautiful Historic Grand Rapids for a two-day festival. Local artists will be showcasing their goods alongside crafters and plant and flower vendors. 10am-4pm, and noon4pm, Sunday 5/12. Grand Rapids Historical Society, 24232 Front St., Grand Rapids. 419-832-5461. Free


Who said fundraisers have to be sit down affairs? The Dance-A-Thon for Choice, raising donations to support a woman’s right to choose, will have you out on the dance floor all night long! To participate, create your own team or simply pay an entry fee. Can’t make it to the event? Donate to the cause or to a team online. No limit amount for donations. Funds raised go directly to The Agnes Reynolds Jackson Fund helping women access safe reproductive care. $20. 6pm-midnight. Saturday, 5/18. The Attic on Adams, 1701 Adams St. 419-243-5350. —SE

Thursday 5.16 [film] TSA’s Third Annual Film Festival - This juried film festival will screen short student films from the Toledo School for the Arts Video Production program. 6-8pm. Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St., 419-214-1717.


The Deep Roots Market Opening Day is finally here with a wide variety of local vendors to choose from. Always a popular summer shopping experience, the free weekly outdoor event will be held every Saturday until August 24. 11:30am-4:30pm. Saturday, May 11. Stranahan Theater & Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. Message Deep Roots Market on Facebook for more details. —EH

Authors! Authors! with Adam Savage Mythbusters star and author of Every Tool’s a Hammer Adam Savage will discuss what inspires us to create, explore and invent. Ticket price includes a copy of Adam’s book. $25. 7-9pm. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-381-8851.

Friday, 5.10 [dance] [LGTBQ+] The Diva Den Invasion Show - Support your local Drag Artist at the Invasion Show featuring host Deja D. Dellataro, with Rebecca Richards, Levi Tracy, Reginna Richards and Mary St. Jaymes. Positive vibes all night! 11pm and 12:30am. Georgjz419, 1205 Adams St. 419-842-4477.

[film] BGSU Film The Study - View the web series The Study a look into the 2018-19 Studio Experience by director Lucas Ostrowski. 8pm. Wolfe Arts, 1300 Ridge St., Bowling Green. 419-371-8171. Free

Kick off the summer season with an outdoor craft culinary festival. Plan your overnight stay in Ohio’s Capital for the 2019 Columbus Margarita Festival. The original drink is a classic combination of tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, lime juice, shaken with ice, perhaps with a crowning rim of salt or sugar. The Margarita knows no flavor limitations, so why not try all the cocktail creations on the menu? The Festival attracts a huge crowd which features a dozen food trucks, live music throughout the day and plenty of cold Margaritas. Tickets include five drinks to get you started. $25. Noon-8pm. Saturday, 5/11. John F. Wolf Commons, 160 S. High St., Columbus.

NWO Ag-Business Forum: The Nature Conservancy - Stephanie Singer will discuss current initiatives planned for the Conservancy and the organization’s ongoing efforts to protect land, water, and best sustainable practices. Open to the public. $12. 8am. AIF, 13737 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green. 419-535-6000.

Friday 5.17 Petals for a Purpose - The Ability Center will host a two-day flower sale to benefit its Life Skills Program. Hanging baskets, potted plants, and seedlings will be offered. Prices vary. 11am-6pm. And 9am-2pm, Saturday, May 11. The Ability Center, 5605 Monroe St., Sylvania. 419-855-5733.



Saturday 5.18

Toledo Night Market Kick-Off - Celebrate the season at the Artist Village with live music by Chloe & the Steel Strings, food vendors, Earnest Brew Works and local artisans. Be sure to visit the workshops at the Artist Village too! The Night Market officially begins June 15 at the Toledo Farmers Market. 5-9pm. Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. 419-902-6800. Free

[outdoors] Nature Hike at Night - Take a guided hike after dark at Swan Creek. Explore the trails and all the sights and sounds of the evening. 9:30-10:30pm. Swan Creek, 4659 Airport Hwy. 419-407-9700. Free

Saturday 5.11


[festivals] [outdoors]

Mom’s House Benefit - Join Mom’s House for an evening of appetizers, raffles, auctions and a cash bar, all presented in the Doc Suess theme, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” $75. 6pm. The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. 419-241-5554.

2nd Annual Halfway 2 Harvest Festival - Before the Sacred Harvest Fest in September, join FROGtown GlassROOTs and Waxtastic Productions for a one day and one night party celebrating local art and music. $20. 1pm on Saturday through noon on Sunday. Poe Road Sanctuary, 24401 Poe Rd., Grand Rapids, Ohio.


Tequila Daisies

[talks & lectures]

Thursday, 5.9 [lit]

Looking for a quick change of scenery and a taste of something different? Curious about our favorite events going on just a short drive from Toledo? Visit, or check out our sister publication, Current Magazine (covering Ann Arbor), at ecurrent. com, to explore film, art, music and more.

2019 Toledo Area Polish American Festival Celebrate traditional Polish heritage with the Polish American Community of Toledo. The Kielbasa Kings bring the polka disco party! Held on May 17, 18 and 19. $5-$10. Club Sixteen, 316 King Rd., Holland. 419-836-0556.

[festivals] Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration - The two-day festival highlights diverse community cultural groups through storytelling, dance, music, and lectures at the DIA. Admission $6-$14. 1:30-4pm. And 1-4pm, 5/19. 5200 Woodward Ave. 313-833-7900. Toledo Rave 8 - Five stages and 30 DJ’s make this one of Toledo biggest EDM events. Ages 18+ only. $10. 6pm. Toledo’s Mainstreet Bar & Grill, 141 Main St., 419-697-6297.

[misc.] Earnest Open Axe Throwing Tournament Throw axes to “Axe Out” child abuse with proceeds from the event going to the Family & Child Abuse Prevention Center of Toledo. $40 entry fee. 9am-3pm. AXE 419, 9851 Meridian Ct., Rossford. 419-351-2102. Game of Thrones Weekend at the Mud Hens Dress up as your favorite character for the Mud Hens home games. Take part in the Wall of Faces and Iron Throne displays and don’t forget to cheer on the conquering home team! $16-$26. 5-8pm. Toledo Mud Hens, 406 Washington St. 419-725-4367. Free

May 8 • May 21

Days of roses

The roots of Flower Day at the Eastern Market began all the way back in 1967 when the Market, then already over a hundred years old, began a tradition of selling flowers the Sunday after Mother’s Day. Today, the single event brings in well over 50,000 people to the massive 43-acre Market which includes several large indoor ‘sheds’ as well as sheltered outdoor space. Expect to see thousands of potted flowers, hanging baskets, fresh cut bouquets, and colorful flats in addition to the usual abundance of artisan foods and locally grown produce. 7am-5pm. Sunday, 5/19. Eastern Market, 2934 Russell St., Detroit. 313-833-9300. –SE

Sun 5.19 [outdoors] Blue Ribbon Plant Sale - Stop by Secor Park for a plant sale featuring plants and wildflowers native to the Black Swamp Region. Take home some seedlings and get gardening. Prices vary. 10am-2pm. Secor Metropark, 10001 Central Ave., Berkey. 419-407-9700.

Tue 5.21 [comedy] Fresh Drunk Stoned Tour - Three comedians Franco Harris, Matt Bellak and Tim Hanlon bring their national tour to the Funny Bone stage. Relax and don’t try to think too hard. $10. 6:30pm. Funny Bone, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-931-3474.



Jason Webber Years lived in Toledo: First time: 2004-2010; This time: 2018 - present. I hope to stay here for a while!


What makes me truly feel alive: Live music. A serving of steak tartare from the Chop House. Listening to Prince or The Rolling Stones. When I was in High School, I probably would have been described as: a grade-A neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie. And proud of it, man. What I’m listening to: I recently discovered The Shaggs, courtesy of Rob at No Noise Records. Outsider rock at its worst. And I mean that as a compliment.


What I like most about Toledo: It’s a great place to raise a kid. We have an amazing library system. Tony Packo’s is here.

Occupation: Creative Consultant at MadAveGroup. Also a freelance journalist and future author. My story, in one sentence: I formerly worked for insane clowns in both politics and the music industry and am now living my life and raising a family as a gentleman copywriter. The best thing I’ve ever eaten in Toledo was: The pumpkin pancakes at the sorely missed Pam’s Corner and anything Chef Erika Rapp makes at Registry Bistro. For dessert, gimme the tiramisu at Manhattan’s.


The best time I ever had in Toledo: Oh, man. So many. The Halloween parties in the Old West End. My brief but exciting time as a DJ at Frankie’s Underground. The Best of Toledo party of 2007 when I sang “Dancing With Myself” with The Bridges (and repeatedly smashed the mic into my forehead). The Adams Street Zombie Crawl of 2014 where myself and a beautiful woman dressed as an undead Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. The best times of my life have been in Toledo. If I could change one thing about Toledo: Everybody stop complaining about the potholes! Have you been to Detroit lately? Our streets are practically paved with gold compared to up there. In the words of Prince, “Shut up already! Damn!”

If I knew I could get away with it, I would: Throw a pie in a certain jabroni politician’s face. The best view in Toledo: The back deck of the Toledo City Paper offices. I miss that view. When I’m craving a drink, I go to Registry Bistro to get a drink made by Logan, who is one of the best mixologists I’ve ever encountered.


Local artists who make me happy: Dani Herrera for visual art. Whoever makes those awesome soaps and potions at Handmade Toledo. For music, I’m a huge Klashing Black groupie, and I still hold out hope for a We Are the Fury reunion and new album.


The Toledoan I most admire: Pat O’Connor, RIP. He taught me a lot about music and being a good person. The reason I am most proud of myself right now: I just made President’s Club at my workplace in my first year on the job and I’m 20,000 words into my book.


gathering may 18, 2019 3-10pM

6471 sugar ridge road pemberville, oh $15 event Ceremony & Feast for more info visit wolf moon retreat on Facebook

May 8 • May 21



Photos by Christine Senack

Patrick Peatee and Jason Lewinski.

Alex Graf, Allie Isaac, Katie Limburger and Meg Guthrie Ressner.

Janel Smith and Lara Whitson.

Eric Sielaff and Mark Main.

The Glass City Marathon

The 43rd annual marathon brought large crowds to celebrate active healthy lives in Toledo.

Elijah Rugut and Ken Samoei.

Saundra Irvine and Byron Wynn.

Marla Reinstein Schecht, Claudia Vercellotti, Sue Hague-Rogers and Kristen Howard.


This food and wine party (formerly Taste of the Nation Toledo) raised $100,000 to help NW Ohio children facing hunger. Terri Thompson and Marla Reinstein Schecht.


Manish and Shraddha Gupta.

May 8 • May 21


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Week of May 9

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): According to science writer Sarah Zielinski in *Smithsonian* magazine, fireflies produce the most efficient light on planet Earth. Nearly 100 percent of the energy produced by the chemical reaction inside the insect’s body is emitted as a brilliant glow. With that in mind, I propose that you regard the firefly as your spirit creature in the coming weeks. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you, too, will be a dynamic and proficient generator of luminosity. For best results, don’t tone down your brilliance, even if it illuminates shadows people are trying to hide. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Time to shake things up! In the next three weeks, I invite you to try at least three of the following experiments. 1. See unusual sights in familiar situations. 2. Seek out new music that both calms you and excites you. 3. Get an inspiring statue or image of a favorite deity or hero. 4. Ask for a message from the person you will be three years from now. 5. Use your hands and tongue in ways you don’t usually use them. 6. Go in quest of a cathartic release that purges frustration and rouses holy passion. 7. Locate the sweet spot where deep feeling and deep thinking overlap. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Here’s a message from author Susan J. Elliott: “This is not your week to run the Universe. Next week is not looking so good either.� Now here’s a message from me: Elliott’s revelation is very good news! Since you won’t have to worry about trying to manage and fine-tune the Universe, you can focus all your efforts on your own self-care. And the coming weeks will be a favorable time to do just that. You’re due to dramatically upgrade your understanding of what you need to feel healthy and happy, and then take the appropriate measures to put your new insights into action. CANCER (June 21-July 22): The next three weeks will be an excellent time to serve as your own visionary prophet and dynamic fortune-teller. The predictions and conjectures you make about your future destiny will have an 85-percent likelihood of being accurate. They will also be relatively free of fear and worries. So I urge you to give your imagination permission to engage in fun fantasies about what’s ahead for you. Be daringly optimistic and exuberantly hopeful and brazenly self-celebratory. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Leo poet Stanley Kunitz told his students, “You must be very careful not to deprive the poem of its wild origin.� That’s useful advice for anyone who spawns anything, not just poets. There’s something unruly and unpredictable about every creative idea or fresh perspective that rises up in us. Do you remember when you first felt the urge to look for a new job or move to a new city or search for a new kind of relationship? Wildness was there at the inception. And you needed to stay in touch with the wildness so as to follow through with practical action. That’s what I encourage you to do now. Reconnect with the wild origins of the important changes you’re nurturing. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I have no complaints about the measures you’ve taken recently to push past unnecessary limits and to break outworn taboos. In fact, I celebrate them. Keep going! You’ll be better off without those decaying constraints. Soon you’ll begin using all the energy you have liberated and the spaciousness you have made available. But I do have one concern: I wonder if part of you is worried that you have been too bold and have gone too far. To that part of you I say: No! You haven’t been too bold. You haven’t gone too far. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “Dreamt of a past that frees its prisoners.� So wrote Meena Alexander in her poem “Question Time.� I’d love for you to have that experience in the coming weeks. I’d love for you be released from the karma of your history so that you no longer have to repeat old patterns or feel weighed down by what happened to you once upon a time. I’d love for you to no longer have to answer to decayed traditions and outmoded commitments and lost causes. I’d love for you to escape the pull of memories that tend to drag you back toward things that can’t be changed and don’t matter any more.

May 8 • May 21

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Desire is a profoundly upsetting force,� writes author Elspeth Probyn. “It may totally rearrange what we think we want. Desire skews plans and sets forth unthought-of possibilities.� In my opinion, Probyn’s statements are half-true. The other half of the truth is that desire can also be a profoundly healing and rejuvenating force, and for the same reasons: it rearranges what we think we want, alters plans, and unleashes unthought-of possibilities. How does all this relate to you? From what I can tell, you are now on the cusp of desire’s two overlapping powers. What happens next could be upsetting or healing, disorienting or rejuvenating. If you’d like to emphasize the healing and rejuvenating, I suggest you treat desire as a sacred gift and a blessing. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “So much of what we learn about love is taught by people who never really loved us.� My Sagittarian friend Ellen made that sad observation. Is it true for you? Ellen added the following thoughts: so much of what we learn about love is taught by people who were too narcissistic or wounded to be able to love very well; and by people who didn’t have many listening skills and therefore didn’t know enough about us to love us for who we really are; and by people who love themselves poorly and so of course find it hard to love anyone else. Is any of this applicable to what you have experienced, Sagittarius? If so, here’s an antidote that I think you’ll find effective during the next seven weeks: identify the people who have loved you well and the people who might love you well in the future—and then vow to learn all you can from them. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn fantasy novelist Laini Taylor creates imaginary worlds where heroines use magic and wiles to follow their bliss while wrangling with gods and rascals. In describing her writing process, she says, “Like a magpie, I am a scavenger of shiny things: fairy tales, dead languages, weird folk beliefs, and fascinating religions.� She adds, “I have plundered tidbits of history and lore to build something new, using only the parts that light my mind on fire.� I encourage you to adopt her strategies for your own use in the coming weeks. Be alert for gleaming goodies and tricky delicacies and alluring treats. Use them to create new experiences that thrill your imagination. I believe the coming weeks will be an excellent time to use your magic and wiles to follow your bliss while wrangling with gods and rascals. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I was always asking for the specific thing that wasn’t mine,� wrote poet Joanne Kyger. “I wanted a haven that wasn’t my own.� If there is any part of you that resonates with that defeatist perspective, Aquarius, now is an excellent time to begin outgrowing or transforming it. I guarantee you that you’ll have the potency you need to retrain yourself: so that you will more and more ask for specific things that can potentially be yours; so that you will more and more want a haven that can be your own. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’m not a fan of nagging. I don’t like to be nagged and I scrupulously avoid nagging others. And yet now I will break my own rules so as to provide you with your most accurate and helpful horoscope. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you aren’t likely to get what you truly need and deserve in the coming days unless you engage in some polite, diplomatic nagging. So see what you can do to employ nagging as a graceful, even charming art. For best results, infuse it with humor and playfulness.


Outdoor adventures


All ages and levels of experience are welcome at the Metroparks Outdoor Expo, presented by Yark Subaru. Park experts will help participants with axe throwing, forest bathing, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, and cycling. May is Bike Month, so celebrate with the bike show at the Expo featuring The Right Direction and get involved with cycling groups! 10am-4pm.Saturday, May 18. Side Cut Metropark, 1025 W. River Rd., Maumee. 419-360-9187.

1995 VOLVO 850 Runs Good. $1000 obo Call 419.250.1780

2004 FORD FOCUS Sweet heat & Remote car starter $2000 OBO. Please call 419-309-5292


168k, 4x4; Runs and drives. Can be seen at 1136 Shernan St, Toledo. Call 606-215-4755

2014 HARLEY DAVIDSON, Sportster Super Low. 483 miles. Almost Brand New! Loaded. $4800 419-376-9264

2015 CHEVY CRUZE LT White; 16,900 miles; tinted windows; still under factory warranty; $13,400. Call 419-779-3857

2002 GRAND CARAVAN 203K highway miles. Dependable, one owner, typical rust, many newer parts. $950 Firm. 419-932-5311


EXPERIENCED BASS PLAYER Looking for fill in work. Blues, Classic Rock, Country. Call 419-917-3507



Lead Guitarist/Singer for Duo’s. 419.382.5024 ISO KEYBOARD PLAYER, THE STORMS, Toledo’s longest Active 50’s & 60’s R&B Band is for a Keyboard player to join in working with experienced musicians. Call Sam 419.345.8295

Training for Bike to the Bay

Pack your camping gear on your bike for a ride out to the Oak Openings Springbrook Campground! The 25-mile ride begins at Wersell’s Bike Shop and ends at the park (where you have the option to camp) with lots of fun with new cycling buddies. Though the ride is not associated with the Bike to the Bay charity ride, it’s intended as a training opportunity for it. Route sheets and maps will be provided, if you want to bike ahead of the group. Pricing on campsites is TBA. $2 fee for having Wersell’s transport gear to the campsite; otherwise free. Wersell’s Bike Shop, 2860 W. Central Ave. 419-474-7412. Register at —EH

Now auditioning rhythm 2nd lead guitar, vocals, possible keyboard talents. We do original rock, and have new booking agent. Call us ASAP! 419-297-2928. Find us on Facebook & videos on YouTube! Skeletoncrue

HIGH INTENSITY 80’S ROCK BAND. Seeking Any type of Musician.

SEEKING MUSICIANS OF TYPES FOR LIVE SHOWS. Jazz, R&B, Blues & Rock influences! Please contact for more info 419.810.8848

Call or text, Joe @ 419.250.7667


Marching Drum - Excellent Condition $199.


can also sing, Familiar with many Styles. Experienced. 567-377-9664 VINTAGE YAMAHA 70s Silver

Guitarists/Drummer/Keyboard/ Call 419-475-1100 Singer for 70s, 80s on up Rock Band!! Journey, KISS, Scorpions, AC/DC, etc. Call Joe 419.205.7667

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2008 HYUNDAI TIBURON Silver 62,500 miles, mint condition. $5300 OBO, 734-856-3552

CALL TO PLACE YOUR $10 CAR AD HERE! 419.244.9859


practice space with Drums. Currently Jamming near Sterns & Secor. Call Dan 313.320.5278

LOCAL ESTABLISHED COVER BAND is looking for a lead singer.

Please only serious inquiries. Call for an audition at 419-344-6929 FREE GUITAR LESSONS! In your home, experienced teacher. 567.377.9664 DRUMMER LOOKING to turn my experiences into a plus for your band! Preferred Classic, Country, 50’s & 60’s, Blues & Disco. 419.345.8295. Auditions at my home in Maumee. FOR SALE: LTD STRATOCASTER GUITAR, one piece ash body. Like

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Ads For Local Artists are Free! Ads run for 2 issues and must be renewed after the two issues. You must be: advertising for band members or selling instruments under $200 or just looking to jam. Business related ads run for $20. Limit 20 words per ad; 40 cents per additional word.

health and wellness events Wednesday, 4.24

Building a Home Apothecary - Join Willow Moon Botanicals for a 90 minute workshop discussing medicinal plants and their uses. The class will talk about how to cultivate these plants at home and how to make salves, teas and tinctures. $25 or $35 per two tickets. 6-7:30pm. Boochy Mama’s, 130 10th St. 567-318-2240.

Sunday, 4.28

Mercy Health Glass City Marathon - The annual Toledo Roadrunners Club marathon is back for the 43rd year. For full details, pricing, tips and registration information, visit

Thursday, 5.2

ToleGO Bike Day! - Join Gotcha for a group ride from various downtown ToledoGO hubs at 2:30pm, followed by a speech from Mayor Wade at Middlegrounds Metropark at 3:15pm. Learn how to use the ToledoGo bikes, sign up for a membership and enjoy giveaways. Space is limited, get full information and sign up today at Middlegrounds Metropark, 111 Ottawa St.,

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May 8 • May 21

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