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Businesses and organizations from the 419 talk Toledo p12


Dunright Building Services discusses the hometown advantage.

Locally Grown Quality AND Service. 2018


Tony Rock

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Indoor Recess with Joe Dombrowski

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Businesses and organizations from the 419 talk Toledo p12

10th Year of Pride p8

Toledo’s annual LGBTQ+ event hits a big milestone

Laugh it Up Comedy nights in


the Glass City

ES IST WUNDERBAR! The 54th German-American Festival, August 23-25

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„„ Lowrider Cafe is now open at 316 N. Michigan St. (formerly Yer Mom’s House of Eats and Saints & Sinners) across from the Main Branch Library. The Mexican eatery is open 7am-5pm, Monday-Saturday. See “Lowrider Cafe” on Facebook.

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„„ The Libbie Bacon Kitchen has opened in downtown Monroe at 123 S. Monroe St., offering farm-to-table Michigan-sourced foods, including fresh pies, pasties, pierogies and more. 11am2pm, Monday-Wednesday. 248-991-5760.

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„„ Deet’s BBQ will open its fifth location this fall in the former downtown Toledo Potbelly Sandwich Shop space at 413 Madison Ave.. The new location, “Deet’s BBQ and Brew,” will operate with a full bar.

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„„ Sofo’s Italian Market has reopened after renovations, which include a new look and layout, including an open-air cafe. 9am-8pm, Monday-Friday. 11am-5pm, Sunday. 5400 Monroe St., 419-882-8555.

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One Hot Summer August’s best parties, concerts and festivals, P16 & 17


most read online 1. 2019 Dining Guide Ballot 2. Single And Loving It in the Glass City 3. The Happiest Hours in Toledo 4. Guide to Jeep Fest

„„ The Leaf and Seed Cafe, a popular food truck offering plant-based comfort food, will open its first brick and mortar in The Davis Building, at 151 N. Michigan St. (formerly Pam’s Corner), this fall. „„ T-Town Nutrition, offering more than 120 combinations of Herbalife shakes and teas, will opens at 612 Adams St. (formerly Bleak House Coffee).



Cover 1: Bill Dunright, owner of Dunright Building Services. Cover 2: Lexi HaymanStaples, executive director of Toledo Pride.


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Sylvania STEM Center Fundraiser - A fun night filled with arcade games, dinner from Calvino’s, trivia and standup comedy by Ken Leslie, this fundraiser helps the Center continue their mission of encouraging young people to enter STEM fields. $50. 6-10pm. Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way. 419-283-3084. Annual Multifaith Family Picnic - This potluck picnic features appetizers and dinner at 5pm, followed by great conversation with folks from diverse religious backgrounds. 3-7pm. Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, 25877 Scheider Rd., Perrysburg. 419-874-3509. Free

„„ ProMedica has committed $5 million toward the renovation of the SeaGate Convention Centre, which will include the addition of a 1,000 seat ballroom. The arrangement allows the health care provider exclusive naming rights. A new name is expected in the future. „„ The Toledo Museum of Art has purchased land, from the neighboring Glenwood Lutheran Church’s rear parking lot, to be used for an art handing building, still to be developed, as part of the Museum’s Master Plan. „„ will build a fulfillment center in Rossford on 100 acres in The Crossroads, just east of I-75 and north of U.S. 20/23. The facility, expected to be up and running by August 2020, will create at least 1,000 jobs. A 15-year abatement for real estate taxes was approved for the project by Rossford’s City Council, Board of Education and the Wood County Commissioners. „„ 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria at 5380 Monroe St. has closed. „„ The downtown Toledo Subway location, at 401 N. Superior St., has closed.

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„„ Croak Asset Management has moved from 1070 Commerce Dr. in Perrysburg to the office building at 432 N. Superior St., The financial services firm purchased the building from The Fair Housing Center, which has relocated its offices to the lower level.

Tammy’s Walk - Attend this event to support Advocates for Victims & Justice, Inc., and to remember Tammy Bowlin-Macrae, a local victim who lost her life due to domestic violence. Donations accepted. Registration at 8:30am. Walk at 9:30am. Walbridge Park Gazebo, 2761 Broadway St. 419-508-6152. 3rd Annual Mikie’s Minutes Fundraiser Named in honor of Sgt. Michael Ingram, who was killed in action in 2010, this nonprofit raises money for prepaid calling cards to allow troops all over the world to contact their families. $15. $10 raffle. 3-9pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, 202 W. Front St., Monroe, MI. 734-999-0500.

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Twylite Thursday with Women of Toledo Twylite Thursdays are weekly fundraisers that support a varied nonprofit agencies. Enjoy live music and drinks while helping out Women of Toledo, an organization that empowers women and girls through education and community engagement. $10. 5-8pm. The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. 419-891-7325.

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Women’s Economic Empowerment III: The Future of Work - Different generations of women discuss the world of work, providing different perspectives on the rapidly changing professional environment. Includes lunch. $15. $30 to attend and to provide a scholarship for someone in financial need to attend. 11:30am-1pm. The United Way of Greater Toledo, 424 Jackson St. 567-970-7172.


Tammy’s Walk

In remembrance of Tammy Bowlin-Macrae, who was murdered by her boyfriend 12 years ago on the date of this event, the purpose of this 2.5 mile walk is also to shed light on domestic violence and to raise money for Advocates for Victims & Justice, Inc. Donations accepted. Registration at 8:30am. Walk at 9:30am. Saturday, August 24. Walbridge Park Gazebo. 2761 Broadway St. 419-508-6152. —EH

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Going green

Known for their natural health, hygiene and beauty products, SONIA Organics has been a strong presence in Toledo’s wellness scene for years. The company is celebrating a new chapter with a space in Tatum Park, a newly acquired green space next to the historic Art Tatum House, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication to mark the occasion. 10am. Saturday, August 17. Tatum Park, 1123 City Park. 419-724-2585. —EH

Girl Parts Workshop

Rachel Richardson coordinates this bi-weekly meeting to support women’s creative projects. All are welcome to attend with project ideas. Share ideas, the progress you’ve made, hear feedback from others and set goals for your creative journey. $10 per meeting. 6:30-8:30pm. First meeting is Tuesday, August 20. The Ebeid Institute, 1806 Madison Ave., 2nd Floor. —EH


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Loc’d— The Lifestyle Meetup for All Stages of Locs, a forum for people to learn more about dreadlock care from locticians, will provide a chance to discuss the culture surrounding wearing natural hair styles, including office cultures, acceptance/resistance surrounding hairstyles and other topics. Products and accessories will also be available. $10. 3-6pm. Saturday, August 24. The Truth Art Gallery, 1811 Adams St. 419-243-0007. Purchase tickets at —EH

Hurray for hemp

On July 30, Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 57 decriminalizing hemp, a move that opens up new possibilities for Ohio businesses selling the non-psychoactive cannabis product. The Ohio Department of Agriculture has created a hemp program allowing universities to grow crops for research and testing of CBD. —EH


Wade through self-infliction by Johnny Hildo

One-termer. It’s the ultimate political insult. It refers to someone who is elected to office, only to be turned out of office by voters after a single term. Winning re-election is supposed to be easy. An incumbent has the bully pulpit. Media coverage is pretty much automatic. Call a press event, and they will come. Name recognition, the mother’s milk of election campaigns, is a done deal for an incumbent. Thousands of voters have already seen the incumbent’s name on the ballot, and a large percentage of those voters granted the incumbent their vote. In order to lose, an incumbent has to have really screwed the pooch. Think Adam Martinez, the one-term Toledo City Councilman. Elected to office as a fresh, young, dynamic face in twenty oh nine, Martinez promptly cast his lot with then-Mayor Mike Bell’s call for exigent circumstances to overturn duly negotiated labor contracts. Martinez became a pariah to organized labor, who targeted him in twenty thirteen. When he felt the heat, Martinez doubled down and endorsed Bell himself for re-election as Mayor. Needless to say, Martinez was a one-termer. Martinez’ story is a cautionary tale. He was smart and good looking. He should have been a shoo-in for re-election. But one bad misstep haunted him throughout his single term, and he became a target for a powerful political force. Bye, Felicia.

The HWSNBN exception

The record for Toledo Mayors is a string of one-termers, with only one exception. That one exception is He Who Shall Not Be Named, who barely won re-election in nineteen ninety-seven against a graveyard marker salesman who no one has heard of before or since, Nick something or other. And even HWSNBN became a one-termer later in his career when he bowed out in twenty oh nine because of the looming economic collapse he had failed to prepare the city budget for. The real oddity in the mix is PHH, who was elevated to Mayor upon the death of former-Mayor Mike Collins, and won election to the full term in a special election later that year. She won the election with less than fifty percent of the vote due to the vagaries of the Toledo City Charter. She then promptly lost her bid at another term in twenty seventeen. The other two mayors since the strong mayor form of government, Jack Ford and Bell, were one-termers, and Collins failed to complete even one term due to his untimely death. The record for Toledo Mayors is, to say the least, littered with one-termers.



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Wade on the hook


All of which brings us to the present day, and first-term Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz. Wade made Paula a one-termer in twenty seventeen, choosing to run after polling showed she might lose to Republican Tom Waniewski, and beating her easily. Wade has been a political mainstay for decades, most recently serving as a popular County Treasurer. He has been a popular Mayor, presiding over a strong Toledo economy. He looks poised to be exception number two to the string of one-term Toledo Mayors. If he can stop shooting himself in the foot, that is. First, it was the wildly unpopular change to the free lunchtime parking downtown. We have no idea why Wade would waste political goodwill on such a bonehead move. The impact of this gaffe won’t be felt until its full implementation next year. But Wade will still have time for the public to forget before his re-election campaign in twenty twenty-one. Then there are the interminable road construction projects. Take Monroe and Secor. This intersection is a nightmare during rush hour in the best of times. This year it has been under construction endlessly, with little noticeable progress. Nothing enrages voters like long commute delays. This too may pass, though, as it will likely be forgotten in two years. As long as Wade doesn’t allow similarly year-long construction delays in twenty twenty-one, he should be okay. His latest self-inflicted wound might be longer-lasting, however. While the average voter might not notice, or care, Wade’s administration has poked the powerful building trades unions by failing to include them on a large City construction project. The administration quickly scrambled to right the wrong. Labor has been largely supportive of the Wade mayoralty. While voters are fickle and may forget their parking and road construction angst, labor unions never forget. Wade is staring the dreaded moniker of one-termer in the face. He has two years to make amends. And, go.

Barefoot at the Beach raises critical annual funding to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo. This one-of-a-kind event unfolds on a relaxing summer evening on the beach. Join for a night of fun, food, and entertainment!

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Lexi Hayman-Staples, executive director of Toledo Pride.


“We were inside the Erie Street Market, and we used a wish and some duct tape, just to try and turn it into something,” said Hayman-Staples. “But I think that people really wanted to see an event like this in our city. And so I think that for that same reason, it has just kept growing and growing.”


Nine years ago, Lexi Hayman-Staples was the driving force behind the first Toledo Pride event in August 2010. The first Pride event had organizers anticipating a crowd of 1,000 attendees. About 2,500 people showed up.


In 1969, 50 years ago, police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City, triggering a riot that would crystallize America’s LGBTQ community and launch what would become known as the gay liberation movement. A year later, groups in Chicago, Los Angeles and elsewhere commemorated the anniversary of the riots with marches which eventually evolved into today’s Pride celebrations.


By Jeff McGinnis


Toledo’s annual LGBTQ+ event hits a big milestone

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ANNUAL TRADITION Over the past decade, Toledo Pride has grown into an area tradition, a multi-day event featuring a kick-off fundraiser gala, a parade, Sunday family events and more, aimed at raising awareness for the LGBTQ+ community and raising funds for area charities. And as the group prepares to celebrate the 10th Toledo Pride event, HaymanStaples— still working as the event’s director— can’t help but be awed at how far the event has come. “I think that when we started this whole thing if you told us that we were going to be at year ten and that the scale of the event would have grown so much, we would have been shocked, and very, very pleased,” Hayman-Staples explains. “We’re very excited at how the community has been very receptive to the event, and with all its kindness.”

ACCEPTANCE AND PRIDE It’s not just Pride as an event that has grown by leaps and bounds, though. The visibility and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community have grown along with it. “Because of the size of the event, we have to work with a couple of other vendors than we usually use, because things just keep growing and growing. And when I first started to rent things for the event, I was hesitant to explain exactly what the event was, because I didn’t know how supportive certain companies would be. “And now, I’m just, like, very plain about it. This is an LGBTQ Pride event. And we know that there’s enough support in the community to pick up any slack that may be left off by somebody not wanting to be involved. And we really haven’t had anybody who didn’t want to be involved, so that’s really cool, too.”



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YOU WILL DO BETTER IN DRAG This year’s festivities begin on Friday, August 16 at Promenade Park, with “You Will Do Better in Drag” beginning at 6 pm. The Friday gathering, a Pride kick-off gala, is hosted by area radio personalities Eric Chase and Floyd Anderson, or rather Anderson’s alter-ego, Deja D. Dellataro. “It is literally just a huge Pride kickoff party with local ‘illusionists’— that means drag queens, drag kings, we may even have some male performers, some female performers,” Anderson said. “It’s just a local event where performers from Northwest Ohio’s LGBTQ+ community perform a show at Promenade Park.”

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the venue that night. So we understood, “we need to go to a bigger venue.’” “You Will Do Better in Drag” has since evolved into a major fundraiser, with all donations going to Northwest Ohio Community Shares, which supports over 20 area nonprofit groups. “Inside the LGBT community, NWO Community Shares supports both Harvey House and Equality Toledo,” said Hayman-Staples. “They also support the Collingwood Arts Center and various other agencies that are doing amazing things in our community.

Anderson has been the host since the show first began, under the name “Kiss ‘n Drag”, five years ago. The gala weekend kickoff performance was the brainchild of then-92.5 personality Phillipe Taylor. “Our first show was at Bretz nightclub, which has since closed,” Anderson said. “It was one of those things where we thought, ‘Oh, this sounds like a great idea! No one will really come out.’ And then the crowd was at capacity for

Floyd Anderson aka Deja D. Dellataro will co-host the “You Will Do Better in Drag” event on Friday, August 16 at Promenade Park. PHOTO COURTESY: FLOYD ANDERSON.

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MORE EVENTS the stage. It’s cool that we’re at this point and people have been fighting for LGBTQ rights for 50 years,” said Hayman-Staples. The introduction of the Sunday brunch is part of an effort to have more events geared toward families, Hayman-Staples noted, though Toledo Pride has always been an event for all ages, at least until the sun goes down. “We try to keep Pride pretty PG13— like about 90% PG-13— up to about 9 pm. And then we ask that we don’t have any unaccompanied minors floating around. If people want to have their kids out, we think that’s great, but we don’t welcome unaccompanied minors after 9 pm.”

Toledo City Council member Nick Komives.


The festivities continue on Saturday, August 17 at noon, with the annual Pride parade down Adams St., followed by the Toledo Pride Main Event, held at Promenade Park at 1 pm, featuring more than 10 musical acts. The weekend closes out on Sunday, August 18 with the inaugural Rainbow Brunch Crawl down Adams St. in UpTown. All events are free to attend, though individuals who wish to sample the food on Sunday must purchase a $5 wristband. “We always try to improve upon things and we will definitely be memorializing the Stonewall anniversary from

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VISIBILITY Celebrating with other Pride events across the nation and commemorating major milestones, those who have worked to make Toledo Pride a reality explained what the events over the past ten years have meant to them and to their community “Toledo Pride, to me, means visibility,” Anderson said. “Not just for us in the LGBTQ+ community who are out, but also for those who aren’t allowed to be out, or who are afraid to come out. It’s visibility. Just know that there is a community there, waiting for you with open arms.

We are everyday people. We all wake up, we go to a 9-5, we pay bills, we pay taxes, we have families at home. We are everyday Americans, just like everyone else. We participate in Pride to show that we are here. We’ve positively made some strides for the gay/lesbian/transgender community, but we still have a long way to go.” “People can come out and see that there are many people that support us, and feel comfortable,” Hayman-Staples relates. “Just feel safe for that moment in time, that you can feel unjudged, wear what you want and be who you want, and not feel like anyone’s thinking anything negative about you. Just feel safe and at home. That’s our goal.” For more information about Toledo Pride and its events, visit

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2040 W. Central Ave. 419-291-7031. Open by appointment. Inspiring the growth of opportunities that will create a limitless future for all touched by autism.

How did your organization begin?

More than 50 years ago, Bob and Suzy Tyner knew their two-year-old son was different. He wasn’t like other children. They took him to numerous professionals and no one could tell them what was wrong. After 10 years of searching for an answer, the Tyners finally learned that their son had autism. Through their generosity and love for their son, they created the Great Lakes Center for Autism through the Tyner Foundation in 2004. The Tyners do not want other parents to travel the difficult path they had to take to get a diagnosis before they could help their son. They established the organization as a loving tribute to him, all people with autism and their families. In 2011, The Great Lakes Center for Autism changed its name to Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism (GLCA) to reflect the community commitment to working together. Since its inception, the GLCA has raised and distributed millions of dollars, launching several programs into the community, keeping an eye on emerging needs and identifying gaps in services.


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413 N. Michigan St., 1(855)ToledoLaw. Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Law Firm How does your business make an impact?

“At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.” – Aristotle. At The Boerst Law Office, we spend every day fighting for justice for THE PEOPLE! Our personal injury practice is dedicated to representing individuals who have been seriously injured as a result of someone else’s negligence. Often, this puts us up against big businesses who try very hard to interfere with an individual’s right to justice and fair compensation. Our criminal defense practice focuses on providing top-notch legal representation for individuals facing all levels of criminal and/or traffic charges. We believe in individual rights and liberties and are tireless champions for justice and the 7th Amendment (Right to Trial by Jury).

Three words to describe your business: “Law, Done Differently.”

How do you become a better you?

Along with a never-ending thirst for knowledge, I’d say my self-improvement requires honest self-reflection and surrounding myself with truly incredible and inspiring people.

Where would we find you on a Friday night?

If I am not snuggled up on the couch with my family on a Friday night (the usual), you might find me listening to some of the best local musicians at The Village Idiot.




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3930 Secor Rd., 419-292-1990. Noon-8pm, daily.


Quality tattoos and friendly staff.

How has Toledo changed since the business began? Better city pride, more artists and a growing downtown.

How do you fit into the cultural landscape of Toledo? We help create trends and make tattoos more acceptable.

What do you love most about your job? I get to do what I love while also helping people.


What are three Toledo businesses that you love? Jupmode, The Art Supply Depo, and Barrys.

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1242 W. Sylvania Ave., 419-478-5455. 9am-6:30om, Monday & Thursday. 9am-5:30pm, Tuesday & Friday. 9am-noon, Wednesday & Saturday. Sewing and alterations— fix it & make it fit. How does your business make an impact?

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815 Phillips Ave, Toledo (Just East of Mancy’s)

What do you love most about your job?

Never knowing what item will come through the door from plain to bizarre.

What’s your favorite local luxury?

Manicure and pedicure at Universal Nails.

What are two Toledo businesses that you love?

Mancy’s and Sofo’s.

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132 Chesterfield Ln., 419-887-1862. 9am-7pm, Monday-Friday. 9am-5pm, Saturday.


Clean, friendly and professional service in a friendly environment.

How does your business make an impact?

JKNS is changing the nail industry and what clients have come to expect of nail salons. We offer a cleaner, friendlier, and more professional environment. We are also offering an environment and culture that allows our team to thrive and grow professionally.

What do you love most about your job?

Since 2001

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As cliché as it sounds, we love how we can make a difference in people’s lives. Whether it’s putting a smile on a client’s face or creating an environment where our team members can succeed and change their own family tree.

What are three Toledo businesses that you love?

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Lenhart Orthodontics. Kengo Sushi & Yakitori. Carefree Irrigation.

What’s your purpose, and how did you find it?

To be the happiest we can be. We try to surround ourselves around good, positive people so we can help each other win in life.

27072 Carronade Dr., Perrysburg. 419-872-0200. 11am-9pm, Sunday-Thursday. 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday.

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How has Toledo changed since the business began?

Toledo has changed a lot, especially in food and restaurants, with a high-quality offer and an excellent variety of restaurants for an increasingly demanding clientele.

How does your business make an impact:

We are always trying to be part of the community, helping in noble causes, sharing our pride in being Latino and promoting the consumption of local products.

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Three words to describe your business: Authentic. Fresh. Honest.

What are three Toledo businesses that you love?

Belamere Suites, Balance Pan-Asian Grille, and Holey Toledough Handcrafted Donuts.

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Since 1981

Enhancing smiles and supporting the community.

How does your business make an impact?

$2.50 domestic Beers $7 Tiki Drinks

A smile can make a huge difference in someone’s life! By straightening teeth, we help patients gain confidence in themselves. People want to show off their teeth much more after the braces come off, and everyone deserves a smile they’re proud of.

Homemade pan fried and boiled dumplings Crispy Green onion flatbread Sake flights

What do you love most about your job?

I love meeting new people and deciding what type of treatment is best for each patient. Every patient is different, and customizing each one’s treatment plan is almost like a puzzle. It’s fun putting together a plan that will accomplish all of the goals that I and the patient have for their teeth.

Proudly serving NW Ohio and SE Michigan for 33 years

How do you become a better you?

4424 Secor Rd. Toledo, OH • 419.472.9612 •

I make time for my favorite hobby— running! Running keeps me in shape, physically and mentally, and I love the feeling I get every time I cross the finish line of a race. I support a lot of the local runs, so you might see me out on the course!


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Since 2005

3217 Dorr St., 419-531-3332. 8am-6:30pm, Monday. 7am-6:30pm, Tuesday-Friday. 7am-5pm, Saturday. 7am-3:30pm, Sunday.


Part of a global health care company with a legacy of improving people’s health and well-being through the development of life-saving plasma medicines.

How does your business make an impact?

Biomat employs 40 full-time employees from the local area. No experience is necessary, and starting wages are above the current minimum wage. Toledo Biomat collects human plasma to make life-saving medications that can only be produced from human plasma proteins, without which the quality of life for millions of people would be greatly impacted.

Three words to describe your business: Pride. Passion. Innovation.

What do you love most about your job?

Steven Steinmetz, Center Manager

It has to be people! Our donors are amazing with their selfless commitment to saving lives, and our employees are among the most dedicated and caring in the industry.




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Locally owned and operated with a concentration on quality food made with only the best ingredients, while providing comfort energetic for all.

Three words to describe your business: Comfortable. Energetic. Value.

MON - FRI: 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM | SAT: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | SUN: CLOSED

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What do you love most about your job?


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Building a team of employees that share your passion.

What’s your favorite local luxury? Hollywood Casino.

What is one Toledo businesses that you love? Ahmed’s Steakhouse.

What do you want your legacy to be?

Company that treated employees and customers like family.


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A local and national award-winning company declared to providing the best experience possible.

1057 Custer Dr., 419-537-7465. 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. By appointment on Saturday.

Chuck Kreutz, owner Six locations to serve you Hours vary by location.

How does your business make an impact?

We offer products and services that everyone can afford.

How has Toledo changed since the business began?


Since 1953

Great pizza tradition.

How does your business make an impact?

Our neighbors all seem to be doing better economically.

Between sponsorships, donations and support of events and races, we give back every year.

Three words to describe your business: Knowledgeable. Honest. Fair.

Three words to describe your business:

What do you want your legacy to be?

Best pizza ever!

That we leave behind a model for others. Come by today or schedule an appointment! That we leave behind a model for other contractors; that a profitable business can be run with compassion, integrity and determination.

What do you love most about your job? Engaging with the customers and creating new concepts; playing with food.

Where would we find you on a Friday night?

Where would we find you on a Friday night?

Behind my desk.

Charlie’s Tavern in Maumee with my wonderful wife, Robin.

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Since 2018

How has Toledo changed since the business began?

More and more people in NW Ohio are willing to try local craft beers. There is a new appreciation of local craftsman, and this market allows local craft beers to be available outside of the sampling rooms where the beers are produced.

Mon - Thurs: 11am-10pm • Fri - Sat: 11am-11pm • Sun: 11am-9pm

How do you fit into the cultural landscape of Toledo?

Craft beer has its own local culture, and the level of cooperation between brewers is impressive. It’s almost like they don’t compete with each other and know that by cooperating, they can save money AND make a better product.

Lunch Buffet EV ERY DAY

What do you love most about your job?

From 11am to 2:30pm

Building relationships with brewers, introducing brews to customers and meeting with customers to hear what they think.

What do you want your legacy to be?

3302 GLANZMAN RD. | TOLEDO, OHIO | (419) 380-0411

Helping breweries introduce their beers to the community.


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Schmucker’s Restaurant 2103 N. Reynolds Rd., 419-535-9116. 5am-11pm, Monday-Saturday.

Since 1948

A third generation diner serving homemade food and over 20 kinds of made-from-scratch pies. How does Toledo bring you success?

Toledo loves its hometown businesses. Toledo’s support is amazing and is what has helped us make it to our 70th anniversary.

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What’s something unique about your business that people might not know?

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Our 70-year-old payphone is our business phone.

How does your business make an impact?

We believe in giving back to the community. Cherry Street Mission Ministries and Sunshine Communities are two of our favorites.

What’s your favorite part of interacting with customers? I love hearing the stories of their life’s journey and offering words of encouragement. I also get excited hearing stories of Schmucker’s of yesteryears.

Since 2014

A Toledo Tradition for 34 years!

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1755 Indian Wood Crc., Maumee. 419-482-0280. 9am-5:30pm, Monday-Thursday. 9am-4pm. Friday.


Guiding Toledoans to make the best possible choices in finance and insurance.

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How does your business make an impact?

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Beacon is an education-first business, and we are known for our educational process. We make sure our clients understand their options so they can make the best decisions for themselves, and by themselves, with the education we provide to them. Whether it is choices for their Medicare plans, their retirement, or whatever the case may be, “knowledge is power” and the impact is felt. It’s rewarding to us when our clients refer their family or friends to us because they had a positive experience with Beacon and felt comfortable knowing that we would take care of their loved ones. Our clients are our extended family, and their referrals show that the feeling is mutual.


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What are three Toledo businesses that you love?

Toledo Chop House— Beef Wellington and Chop House Martinis And Whiskey Sours are the best! Mancy’s Bluewater Grille— their selection of oysters are the best in town! Sheffield Road— the best little shopping place for gifts. Did you notice that they all revolve around eating, drinking and retail therapy? CONTINUED ON P.22

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1757 Tremainsville Ave., 1-419-740-6151.


A funeral home which celebrates individuals and focuses on one family at a time What do you love most about your job? Serving the families of Toledo.

What’s your favorite local luxury? Promenade Park.

What are three Toledo businesses that you love?

Five Pints Bar & Grille, El Nuevo Vallarta, and the Turner Vault Company.

What do you want your legacy to be?

Since 2016

To be the rock for families going through hard times. I found my purpose through mentorship with some of the finest funeral directors in the industry.

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That my profession focuses on the celebration of life rather than the usual doom and gloom of the funeral industry.

What’s your purpose, and how did you find it?

4 1 9 Foodie ‘The 419 Foodie’ Dishing out happy hours, specials, new chef intros, redesigns, menu reboots, brand new brews… and any other happenings you’d like to share with our readers, your customers.

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Since 2013


815 Phillips Ave., 419-724-9588. 10am-6pm, Monday-Friday. 10am-5pm, Saturday.

Providing a better quality of life for all ages How does your business make an impact? We make an impact by helping the community in various ways. Hosting community cookouts, water collections, and helping the homeless during the winter hosting a blanket drive.

How has Toledo changed since the business began?

Toledo has become more accepting and educated on the cannabis industry.

Three words to describe your business: Compassionate. Educational. Quality.

What do you love most about your job?

The thing I love most about my job is seeing people come back with a better quality of life.

Toledo Hemp Center Payton DeMoe, Manager

A health and weight loss center under one roof. How does your business make an impact?


“I love seeing Tamara - I’ve made it now part of my weekly routine and I’ve noticed it’s helped me mentally, physically and in some of the areas where I had some physical trauma (sprained ankle) it’s helped my recovery tremendously. Tamara is very in-tune and empathetic to my physical and mental needs. She’s good for the soul and body...highly recommended.” - Denise L.

We change lives through natural health solutions and clinical excellence.

This story is just one of many successes at Tamara TCM Wellness Clinic. Many conditions are effectively treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

How has Toledo changed since the business began?

Businesses really seem to be thriving on Monroe Street. I have seen a big difference with the new influx of businesses.

How do you become a better you?

Helping others but also focusing on your own health. Too often, people put themselves second and see their own health decline.

Where would we find you on a Friday night? On a tennis court with my daughters.

What do you want your legacy to be?

with Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Massage Therapy.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is whole-body health, and a healthy body can certainly help cultivate a happy soul! See what one of our satisfied patients had to say about her experience:

5215 Monroe St., Ste. 4. 419-517-1030.


To help as many people with their health and weight as possible, knowing it was the “right way”— all-natural!

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Since 2013

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Call to book with one of our highly trained Licensed Acupuncturists.

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Since 2018

Sunika Sneaker

5689 Main St., Sylvania. 419-779-4899. Noon-6pm, Monday-Thursday. 11am-7pm, Friday-Saturday.


Mike Orra, owner

the way people think of style compared [ Changing to the same old style that is marketed to them. How has Toledo changed since the business began? It’s only been one year but you already see the demand increase for more crazy sneakers or the newest capsule drop.

How do you fit into the cultural landscape of Toledo?

Toledo has a great mix of people from all cultures. We have a lot of people who need more avenues to express their own style. The mall is not the only outlet, not anymore at least...

Three words to describe your business: Trending. Fashion. Exclusive.

What do you love most about your job?

Meeting new people everyday who appreciate us trying to make a difference and change the way you shop for clothing. It’s the experience you get when coming here versus clicking “add to cart.” You will never walk out of here unhappy. We make sure of that, no questions asked. Just come back and will take care of the matter.

What are three Toledo businesses that you love?

Spacebar (best neighbor anyone can ask for), Balance Pan Asian (Respect them and have been friends with them since they first started), and J&G Pizza (its the f@#king best pizza).





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Heather Downs Country Club Keith Bourdo, general manager

3910 Heatherdowns Blvd., Clubhouse: 419-382-3481. Pro Shop: 419-385-0248. Hours are seasonal.

Toledo’s public country club, with all types of services include weddings, showers, reunions, golf outings, leagues, and more.

Since 1925

How does your business make an impact? The growth of Junior Golf.

How do you fit into the cultural landscape of Toledo? We’ve been part of Toledo’s history for nearly a century.

Three words to describe your business: Challenging. Competitive. Seasonal.

What’s a tech gadget or app that you couldn’t live without? My smart watch and my Fitbit.


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Whiskey & The Wolf

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Since 2012

Untamed Salon


2712 W. Central Ave., 419-725-8404. 9am-5pm, Tuesday-Friday. By appointment, Saturday.

Giving each and every client a pleasurable experience and a feeling of self-assurance. How has Toledo changed since the business began? It continues to flourish in its revitalization and makeover.

How do you fit into the cultural landscape of Toledo?

Like Toledo, we are completely diverse and everyone is welcome.

Three words to describe your business: Relaxing. Authentic. Fun.

What’s your favorite local luxury?

3515 W. Alexis Rd., 419-690-4280. 3-10pm, Monday. 11:30-10pm, Tuesday-Thursday. 11:30am-midnight, Friday-Saturday.

A neighborhood restaurant and bar with approachable food and great whiskey. How does your business make an impact? We offer great food in a friendly environment.

Three words to describe your business: Passion. Food. Whiskey.

What do you love most about your job? Creating a concept that people enjoy.

What are three Toledo businesses that you love?

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Since 1985

4424 Secor Rd., 419-472-9612. 11:30am-2:30pm & 4:30-9:30pm, Tues.-Thurs. 11:30am-2:30pm & 4:30-10:30pm, Fri. 4:30-10:30pm, Sat. 11:30am-9pm, Sun.

A Chinese restaurant with one basic concept in mind— Making delicious food from scratch with only the freshest ingredients, everyday. How has Toledo changed since the business began?

Jing Chuan opened its doors in 1985 by Shanteh and Peiying Sun. The restaurateur couple immigrated from Korea, ultimately landing in Toledo with hopes of seeking better opportunities for their family. 34 years and three generations later, Jings is still proudly serving NW Ohio and SE Michigan. Over the course of three decades, there have been many changes, but I think one of the biggest is that Toledo has become more adventurous in their food choices. Back in the 80s and 90s, most people wanted the basic Chinese American favorites like sweet and sour chicken, General Tso and chop suey, etc., but now with access to the internet and YouTube, many want to try more ethnic cuisines from different countries.

Three words to describe your business: Authentic. Family-owned. Homemade.

What’s your purpose, and how did you find it?

Joni and Wesley Sun, Gen

eral Managers (L-R)

When you have a restaurant, I guess feeding and nurturing people with our food would probably be our main purpose but it also goes hand in hand with entertaining. The restaurant industry comes easy to us because it has always been intertwined with our lives, extending back to when our great grandparents owned several restaurants overseas.

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1560 W. Sylvania Ave., 567-806-2437. 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. By appointment, Saturday-Sunday.

Cleaning houses so people can do other things. How does your business make an impact? 2018

We are partnered with a nonprofit organization called Cleaning for a Reason which provides two free cleans (over the course of two months) to patients who are battling cancer.

Three words to describe your business: Quality. Service. Always.

What do you love most about your job?

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I like being able to get out into the city and some of the outlining areas and seeing what is going on. I like to interact with people and develop relationships with our clients. I want them to always feel like they can call me if they have anything good or bad to say.

Since 2019

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Tim Tinderman, John Johnson, Bob Manley & Clark Brooks band together to become Organic Ingredients! For an eclectic night of music in The Warehouse of MBBCo.

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Join us every Wednesday from 6:30-10pm for live music with no cover charge, various pub menu items, and of course, your favorite Maumee Bay brews & cocktails!


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How does your business make an impact?

In the lighting end of the business, we help people “see”! People think that lighting is just about a “pretty fixture”, but there is a lot of science in lighting design. And we help people light their spaces correctly so that they can “see.” We help them get the most out of the lighting in their home or business.

How do you fit into the cultural landscape of Toledo?

We’ve been here for 109 years, for our 100th anniversary we counted how many employees we have had over the years, it was well over 5,000 people. People constantly tell us they had a relative work for us at one time.


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Lindsay Bowman, owner


LBs Circuit Training

6 Locations!

2715 W Central Ave. 419-279-5921. 4:45am-12:50pm & 3:45-9pm, Monday-Thursday. 4:45am-12:50pm & 3:45-7pm, Friday. 5:45am-1pm, Saturday. 7:45am-10:30am & 3:45-6:30pm, Sunday.



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How does your business make an impact?

We provide a “good vibes only” atmosphere that is designed to be welcoming to everyone! We have 17 different types of classes and 70 classes per week, so everyone can find something that motivates them. We also offer 3-4 local charity events for our members to be a part of every month!

How do you become a better you?

Keep learning, keep working hard and remembering to take some time for myself.

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What’s your purpose, and how did you find it?

Congresswoman Marcy

While growing up, my dad continuously told me to find a career that helps people and makes a difference. I feel blessed to be able to live out his advice.


Where would we find you on a Friday night? Happy Hour Circuit at the gym!!

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La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant Lui s Arturo Fuentes, founder and owner 1406 Reynolds Rd, Maumee. 419-897-9222. 11am-10pm, Monday-Thursday. 11am-11pm, Friday-Saturday. 11am-9pm, Sunday.

Since 2001

Taking pride in making fresh, delicious food, giving the best service and making all of our customers feel like they’re family, and creating a happy atmosphere. How does your business make an impact?

By providing good quality food and a unique experience that citizens of Maumee and the surrounding areas are unable to get elsewhere in the area. Besides being actively involved in the community by helping and sponsoring

Three words to describe your business:

We work by the motto “calidad, rapidez y limpieza.” (Quality, speed, and cleanliness.)

What’s your purpose, and how did you find it?

At the beginning of 2001, I was a part owner (and manager) of a restaurant in Champaign, Illinois that I started in 1998 with other partners. I was part owner and manager but, after a while, it was not what I was looking for. I didn’t really care for the partnership so I decided to go on my own and look for a building to open my own restaurant. I started driving from Champaign through various towns, talking to multiple real estate people, before eventually coming to Troy, where I opened the first La Fiesta location. There was already a Mexican restaurant for three years where La Fiesta stands today, and I knew the owner, so I stopped to visit him and tell him my intentions and about what I was doing in Troy. He told me that he could sell me the restaurant, so we talked numbers and made a deal and that’s how everything started. The first day that I took over was June 1, 2001, and it took a lot of time and hard work, but eventually the business grew to such an extent that I was able to expand the restaurant with a patio, a bar room, and an upstairs balcony.


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201 Morris St., 419-243-1302. 7-10pm, Wednesday. A live jazz and blues music venue that includes food and spirits. How does your business make an impact?

Downtown Toledo

The impact of the Tip Jar is to provide a venue for a truly eclectic mix of great listening music that is currently not being heard anywhere in the area. The Hammond organ based group is unique to Toledo’s music scene.

1809 Adams St, Downtown Toledo (419) 214-1655

Three words to describe your business: Unique. Funky. Cool.

What are three Toledo businesses that you love?

Wixey’s Bakery— I’ve been stopping in there since 1969. Cherry St. Mission— they are doing the most important work of anyone. The Toledo Express Airport and the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority— they work tirelessly to make Toledo more accessible to the world around us.

What’s a tech gadget or app that you couldn’t live without? YouTube. The ability to search for a video about tying a bow tie and then with a few clicks find yourself two hours later watching a documentary about Sister Rosetta Tharp, and then on to a how-to about repairing your dryer! What a resource. I have spent many an hour bewitched by it— and it’s free!

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Registry Bistro


Since 2012

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144 N. Superior St., 419-725-0444. Bar opens at 4pm and dinner service begins at 5pm. Tuesday-Saturday. Take 5 Cocktail Hour: 4-6pm, Tuesday – Thursday.


Casual elegant modern midwest dining.

How has Toledo changed since the business began?

When Registry opened in 2012 we were one of only a few restaurants in Downtown Toledo. Since 2017, quite a few new restaurants opened in our area, which means there are even more reasons to visit downtown!

How do you fit into the cultural landscape of Toledo?

We are very proud to be part of Downtown Toledo’s revitalization within the entertainment district. We are proud to feature work from local artists on our walls and partner with and support our neighbors, such as River House Gallery and the Toledo Opera.

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How does your business make an impact?

It makes people come together to enjoy food and conversation. Plus, they leave full and relaxed.

How do you fit into the cultural landscape of Toledo?

I am from here, using local products, and serving the community.

What are three Toledo businesses that you love?

The Toledo Farmers Market, Libbey Glass, and Tank’s Meats.

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What do you want your legacy to be? Honest, hardworking and thoughtful.

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A family-owned Italian specialty store, serving the Toledo area for over 70 years. Opened by Antonio Sofo and his son, Joe Sofo.

How does your business make an impact?

Shop, sip, eat, play,

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How do you fit into the cultural landscape of Toledo?

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What’s your favorite local luxury?

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How do you become a better you?

Looking up to those who have mentored me, such as my dad and my uncles.

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How does your business make an impact? We offer a place where a diverse array of cultures and people can join together.

What are three Toledo businesses that you love? The Village on Adams, the Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo Zoo.

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Food and drink are serious business. Our readers determine who makes the best use of local ingredients, what food truck is the best, where to find the best craft cocktail selection, or when a restaurant is worth the drive. Help us identify the best in Toledo’s food scene by selecting your favorites, in nearly 100 categories, during our 2019 Dining Guide voting.

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POPPERS Five star dinner

The Toledo Zoo’s signature culinary event, Feast with the Beasts, features four of the area’s favorite chefs serving up an amazing five-course dinner. Chefs Ken Bredeson of Hollywood Casino, Erika Rapp of Registry Bistro, Michael Rosendaul of Mancy’s Steakhouse and Moussa Salloukh of Souk will take this year’s event to new culinary heights with speciality selections reflecting the chefs’ individual styles and tastes. The dinner will be held in the new Great Hall at the Zoo. $250. 6:30pm. Friday, August 23. Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-5721. feast —SE

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Serving up what’s new at the 54th German-American Festival— with a side of nostalgia By Erin Holden

419 Cocktail Caravan

Schedel Gardens in Elmore Ohio will take visitors on a guided tour of the two Toledo establishments, Toledo Spirits and Black Cloister Brewing via motorcoach transportation. Start with a tour of the gardens and arboretum on the estate. Then take a luxury coach with onboard entertainment by DJ Class Act. Travel to Toledo Spirits for a tour of the distillery. Sample appetizers and beverages in the Bellwether Tasting Room. The bus will stop next at Black Cloister for a sampling of brews before heading back to Elmore. Make your reservation today. $59. 6-11pm. Fridays, August 23, September 20 and October 11. Schedel Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore. 419-862-3182. —SE

Brunch fit for a queen

Celebrate good times, come on! You’ll be singing along with the magnificent Drag Stars at 10th Anniversary Drag Brunch, an all-inclusive party featuring live performances, special Pride-themed drinks, pastries, brunch options and a wood-fired pizza buffet. Thanks to Toledo Pride for their hard work putting on this year’s event, come on! $35-$40. 11am-2pm. Saturday, August 18. The Heights Toledo, 444 N. Summit St. 419-243-7565. —SE

All things rib

The 36th Annual Northwest Ohio Rib Off is upon us, with three nights of live music— Night Ranger and Justin Moore included— giveaways, contests and all kinds of fun for the kids on Family Day (Sunday). BBQ vendors abound, from Pigfoot to Deet’s, plus Little Blessings Petting Zoo and the Team Johnson Gaming Bus, when you want to take a break from eating for a hot second. Friday and Saturday admission is free until 2pm. Sunday, free all day. $13-$46. Begins at noon. Friday, August 16. Ends at 7pm. Sunday, August 18. Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key St., Maumee. Message on Facebook with questions. —EH

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Learn about how you can major in Craft Beverages at Lourdes University. That’s right, you can study to be a brewmaster! Complete with internships at breweries in Ireland, students can earn a B.S. in the subject with course requirements ranging from business principles to fermentation. The University’s Craft Beverages Info Night will answer all your questions about the major. 6-7:30pm. Thursday, August 15. Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd. 800-878-3210. RSVP at —EH


TMA Highway Ride

The Toledo Museum of Art Ambassadors present the TMA Highway Ride, a night filled with good food and entertainment, like live music from The Grape Smugglers! A cash bar with a specialty cocktail will keep the good times rolling as you race against your friends on the slot car track or jump on the Eleetus simulator to experience the g-force pull of a Formula 1 race car. TMA Hot Shop glass artists will create car-themed pieces to commemorate the event. Tickets include food. Free parking. $100-$150. 7-11pm. Saturday, August 24. Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. —EH

What’s new The first German“About five years in As if the food, drinks, American Festival a row, my friends and music and dancing weren’t was the result of I would all dress in a enough to keep people seven Germantheme when going coming back to Oak Shade speaking societies to the GAF. One of Grove year after year, there that came together my favorites was are plenty of unique tradito celebrate their “Plaid for the GAF.” tions to keep your attention heritage— German, Getting almost 10 for the full weekend of fun. Swiss and Bavarian people together to There’s the M.I. Hummel influences that dress head to toe contest for children from continue to form a in plaid is pretty two to ten years old, a stonestrong presence in funny and, when you throwing contest (steinstosour region. Held add some brats and sen), and a German church in Raceway Park copious amounts of service/food drive, to name for the first ten German beer, you get a few of the interactive culyears, the Germanthe best of times.” tural activities you can parAmerican Festival Dylan Kahle ticipate in. is now known for This year you’ll find a its yearly presfew additions to GAF, with a ence at Oak Shade Yark BMW raffle for a twoGrove, a place that year lease on a new transforms into a wondervehicle, a new beer land of old-world traditions debut from Earnest complete with lederhosen, Brew Works, and a potato pancakes and a smor“One year, I worked new music lineup gasbord of German beers. As a beer tent and that that will keep you on the Festival’s loyal attendees was probably the your feet all day danctwirl around the dance floor BEST experience I ing off that schnitzel to the tune of polka music, had from the GAF. sandwich. taking a break only to indulge Interacting with in a bratwurst, both kids and festival-goers from August 23-25. 4pmadults alike recognize how the serving side was 1am, Friday. Noon-1am, special the festival is in its a blast and absoSaturday. Noon-11pm, celebration of rich heritage. lutely hilarious!!!!! Sunday. Admission Since GAF is the oldest My experiences on starts at $8. A shuttle ethnic festival in the area, the other side were service is also available we asked our readers fun, especially when for $8, with pick-ups to recall their most everyone is gathand drop-offs available memorable moment at ered harmonizing to at various Toledo-area GAF. Below are a few that “Sweet Caroline.” locations. Oak Shade stood out. Share your story - Bobbi Jo Blunk Grove, 3624 Seaman at Rd., Oregon.

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Market Festival Culinary Events 1stTheFarmhouse Farmhouse

Farmers Markets Tuesdays

Downtown Sylvania

Support local food producers at this weekly outdoor market. 3-7pm. Maplewood & Main St. 419-360-1212.


Whitehouse Community Market Village Plaza

Downtown Whitehouse comes alive with vendors throughout the spring, summer and fall. `4:30-7:30pm. 6751 Providence St. 419-877-5383.


Perrysburg Farmers Market Downtown Perrysburg

Market days May through early October. 3-8pm.


Toledo Farmers Market Warehouse District

One of the area’s largest, year-round market features everything from artisan pastries, fresh veggies, ice cream and seasonal fruits. 8am-2pm. 525 Market St. 419-255-6765.

Over 50 vendors will set up shop at the Farmhouse for the Market Festival. From culinary delights to homemade crafts and gifts, the market will be bursting with unique, local items. 3188 SR. 120, Metamora. 419-344-7280. Free

Wednesday 8.21

Swirl Final Cut at Hollywood Casino

Three wines of the world will be paired with a Final Cut course like yakitori steak and fresh oysters. Featured wines include Corvidae Sauvignon Blanc and Owen Roe Grenache. $50. 6-8pm. 1968 Miami St. 419-661-5200.

Saturday 8.24

Honey Harvest Toledo Grows

Visit the urban farm at Toledo Grows to watch the honey harvest. It takes a lot of bees to get honey to the table. $5 donation. 10am-noon. 900 Oneida St. 419-720-8714.

Sunday 8.25

Soul Brunch Over the Top Catering

Enjoy an omelette bar, smoked turkey, cabbage and green beans, fried fish and chicken, biscuits, cornbread, deserts and more! $25. 5359 Dorr St. 419-508-5070.

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Wednesday 8.28

Reserve your seat at the tea party. Enjoy tea sandwiches, desert and tea service at this fairy themed party. All ages welcome. $25. 11am-1pm. 219 W. Wayne St., Maumee. 419-897-0219.

Tickets include a white white flight and a hot buttered Maine lobster roll. Yum. $49. 6:30-9:30pm. 912 Monroe St. 419-241-8100. thepubatpaulabrownshop

Fairy Tea Party Clara J’s Tea Room

Tastings Wednesday 8.14

Shorts Tap Takeover Stubborn Brother Pizza

The Northern Michigan brewery takes over with new and old beers like Local’s Light, Smores Stout and Mosa Cider. Prices vary. 3115 W. Bancroft St. 419-720-1818.

Kombucha Workshop Boochy Mama’s

Learn how to brew kombucha in your home with simple ingredients, herbs, tea and fruits. Take home a brew kit and sample kombucha on tap. $35 or $40 per couple. 6:30pm. 130 10th St. 567-318-2240.

Sunday 8.18

French Connection Tasting Basil Pizza and Wine Bar

Sample a variety of French wines paired with fruit, cheese and bread. $35. 5-8pm. 3145 Hollister Lane, Perrysburg. 419-873-6218.

Wednesday 8.21

Walt Churchill’s Perrysburg Cristom Vineyards

Winemaker Winemaker Steve Doerne from Cristom Vineyards will discuss his work with Cristom in Oregon. From Pinot Noir to Chardonnay, sample some of Steve’s favorites. Prices vary. 4:30-7:30pm. 26625 Dixie Hwy.,Perrysburg. 419-872-6900.

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Craft Cocktail Workshop Registry Bistro

This month’s class “Mixing Beer into Cocktails” samples a variety of brew-infused drinks and light snacks. $25. 6-8pm. 144 N. Superior St. 419-725-0444.

Thursday 8.22

German/Austrian Tasting Bottle Shop at Mancy’s Italian

Wines from Germany and Austria will be featured all week. Special pours offered Thursday to pair with appetizers at the bar. Prices vary. 5:30-7:30pm. 5453 Monroe St. 419-824-2463. bottleshopmig

Team Johnson Winery Tours Various

Take a chauffeured tour of three wineries including Majestic Oak and Leisure Time. Why drive? Meet at Brandywine no later than 4:30pm. 4:30-9:30pm. 69004 Salisbury Rd., Maumee. 419-388-5800.

Saturday 8.24

Terry Theise Portfolio Champagne Tasting Walt Churchill’s Maumee

Sample some amazing Champagne pours. Its a celebration of everything light and bubbly. Find your favorite today. Prices vary. 2-6pm. 3320 Briarfield Blvd. 419-794-4000.

Sunday 8.25

Napa Valley Wines Basil Pizza and Wine Bar

Sample amazing California wines at their best paired with fruit, cheese and bread. $35. 5-8pm. 3145 Hollister Lane, Perrysburg. 419-873-6218.


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Films in the Great Outdoors: American Graffiti

Spend the evening outdoors watching George Lucas’s second feature film American Graffiti starring Harrison Ford, Ron Howard and Richard Dreyfuss. The 1973 classic, considered a homage to Lucas’s hometown of Modesto, California, follows the graduating class of 62’ as they search for meaning in turbulent times in America, seeking out danger and the need for speed above all else. The film will be shown in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition “American Car Culture” at TMA. 9pm. Friday, August 23. Toledo Museum of Art, 2455 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. Free

Summer Classics: Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

The 1969 American Western brought together actors Paul Newman and Robert Redford for the first time in their careers and began the start of a lifetime friendship between the pair. At that time, Newman’s career had the actor playing mostly serious screen roles, while Redford was typecast as the light and happy foil. Things changed when the pair decided to reverse roles for the film, with Newman playing the quickwitted, ever-plotting Butch Cassidy, and Redford the quiet mysterious sharpshooter Sundance. What remains is one of the most famous ‘buddy’ films ever made and a long-lasting friendship that draws viewers into the heart of the story. Burt Bacharach’s soundtrack plays on the 60s feel. $8.50$10.50. 1:30pm Sunday, August 18. 7pm Wednesday, August 21. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-668-8397. –SE

Crying for Help

Local comedian, Queen Cookie, gets serious By Matthew Sackmann “Everyday I blow a kiss in his direction,” Earlean “Queen Cookie” Belcher tells me, talking about a photo of her grandson, Ajané “AJ” Burt, that she keeps in her china cabinet along with other remembrances of him. She lost AJ to suicide in February 2017. Belcher, a local comedian, is currently producing a documentary about Burt, his life, his death and his struggles. The trailer for the documentary, A Cry for Help: the Ajané Burt Story, begins with a social media feed of Burt speaking to the camera. “I know I’m just like my Mom,” he says, “She couldn’t survive, she couldn’t make it through the struggle. I’m going through the same shit but even worse.” Not long after the video was recorded, Burt took his own life, just like his mother had 14 years earlier. It is a powerful trailer, forshadowing a powerful film.

The idea for the film came about while Belcher was visiting Burt’s friends and family in San Antonio and Santa Rosa, Texas, where her grandson is buried with his mother. During a suicide prevention march in Toledo, Belcher states “It dawned on me that to rechannel my grief I had to do something in order to help others that are struggling with this thing called life.” She had made two earlier documentaries about Burt before she found Marcus Reyes, a director in New York that loved the idea of the film, currently entered in four film festivals. Belcher plans to host a local screening in Toledo, as well as one in San Antonio.

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Belcher has many reasons for producing the film. One is to share Burt’s story so that others dealing with similar issues might seek help. “Sometimes we can’t deal with life by ourselves,” she says, “we need help, and it’s not being weak.” A point she feels is especially important for young men, who “have always been told ‘you don’t cry, buckle up your bootstraps and keep going.’” She also hopes it will inspire others to take action when they see the same signs in a loved one, imploring us to “try to reach out to them with not only your love but also remember to not abandon and reject them. When you see a troubled person, there’s a story behind that trouble. Because we all have a root to our lives it didn’t just -BAM- happen over night.” She also speaks about how important it is for us to develop “tools” to help us through the difficult parts of life.

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Burt was a “very happy child” according to Belcher, but his life quickly became filled with trauma. His mother abruptly left Toledo with Burt to move closer to her family in Texas. He spent his early life moving back and forth between San Antonio with his mother and Toledo with his father and paternal grandparents. His mother, who suffered from mental issues and substance abuse problems, took her own life when he was twelve. He was the oldest of her five children but the only one sent to foster care. His family didn’t visit while he was in foster care, which caused him to feel rejected by them. “How would you feel?” Belcher asks, “At twelve knowing and feeling like nobody wanted you. He held onto that. It festered. It caused bitterness. It caused anger. It caused loneliness from abandonment and rejection.” He quickly started experiencing depression, running away from foster care and cutting his wrists. He left foster care at 18. Like his mother, he developed a substance abuse problem. At twenty-five, he took his life. By sharing Burt’s tragic story, Belcher hopes that she can save other lives from the same tragedy. If you or someone you love is in need of help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Find the trailer on YouTube at


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Hensville Rooftop Comedy Thursdays, August 15 and 29 at 8pm. 419-725-4367.

Wanna laugh? Come out to a Toledo comedy night By Jon Ruggiero In our sleepy little town, people can forget that we have a lot in common with bigger cities. We have a wonderful art museum, several entertainment districts and a growing comedy scene. One can see comedy almost every night in Toledo, from seasoned comedy vets to newcomers telling corny jokes. The events, either showcases (with a group of established comedians) or open mic nights (where anyone can sign up and tell jokes), are listed on Facebook, where line-ups and sign-ups are most likely to be found.

Looking for a funny time in Toledo? Give these spots a try... Home Slice Comedy Night Every Thursday at 8pm, beginning in September. 28 S. St. Clair St., 419-724-7437.

Coming up on it’s second anniversary, Home Slice Comedy Night is Toledo’s longest-running show above a pizza joint. Hosted by three of Toledo’s favorite local comics, Keith Bergman, Jenson Strock, and Jon Ruggiero (me), the show took a summer hiatus, but will continue with a show on Thursday, August 22. In September, the performances resume to showcase the best comics in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.

If you like your comedy with a scenic view, there’s no better spot than the roof of Fleetwood’s in Hensville. During the summer, local comedy godfather Keith Bergman currates a fantastic list of touring and local comedy vets, who put on a show as the sun sets over our fair city. This season’s great run of shows ends in August, with Gwen Sunkel at Holy Toledo Tavern on August 15 and Dennis Piper at Fleetwood’s Tap Room on August 29.

The Kool Comedy Lounge at the Peacock Cafe Every first Thursday. Doors at 8pm. Show at 9pm. 2007 Monroe St. 419-241-8004. Purchase tickets at

Bier Stube Comedy Showcase First Monday of every month. 5333 Monroe St., 419-841-7999. Regional comedy king Dave Crumbley wants to show you his funny friends from around the area on the first Monday of every month when he hosts a comedy showcase at the Bier Stube. Touring comics, and big names from Detroit, Columbus and Cleveland, have stopped by to entertain an audience that knows how to start out the week right.

Comedy Night at The Ottawa Tavern Every Monday at 7:30pm. 1815 Adams St., 419-725-5483. This show is the newest addition to the growing comedy scene, inside one of Toledo’s cherished watering holes. Hosted by a smile turned into a human, Ryan Chernick, this open mic is like a gym for jokes, giving budding comedians plenty of exercise to try out new material every week. If you’re looking to give stand-up a shot, this is a great place to start.

Grumpy Dave’s Every Tuesday at 9:30pm(ish). 104 S. Main St., Bowling Green. 419-353-0988. Though the name is deceiving, this dive bar above Main Street in Bowling Green hosts a fun Tuesday open mic where anyone can sign up to test their jokes in front of a college-and-townie-mixed audience.

You’ve got to hit up the Peacock Cafe’s Kool Comedy Lounge, not only for their excellent standup lineups, but for the food and music they provide. Who doesn’t want to chow down on nachos and lemon lime pound cake while being entertained by comedians like Kool Keith, Calvon Brown, and Detroit Red? You never know who’s going to show up at this venue, but make sure to book your tickets quickly, as seats for the shows fill up quickly. Oh, important detail— these comedy nights are free!

Based on the film starring Whoopi Goldberg, the play Sister Act follows a Vegas headliner who goes undercover as a nun after witnessing a crime. “Sister Mary Clarence” soon finds herself taking charge of the convent’s music program, which needs a lot of work. Hilarity ensues, but the story is also a testament to how people from opposing worlds can come together to help others and learn from each other. The music is a mix of gospel and old show-tune style numbers with new music added by Alan Menken. Appropriate for all ages. $15-$40. Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 18. 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 2:30pm on Sundays. The Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian, MI. 517-264-7469. —EH

Downtown’s Black Cloister Brewing Company hosts the Up and Amped series, which gives local comedians and songwriters an outlet for their craft. Each month has two Up and Amped shows: a songwriter showcase and a comedy showcase. Comedian Lorenzo Melchor and musician Jake Pilewski put together the line-ups, which are per-

Toledo Funny Bone Shows every weekend. 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., 419-931-3474. This true comedy club is in Levis Commons, sharing space with Fat Fish Blue, regularly bringing incredible national headliners to town. Coming up: Tacarra Williams (August 16-18), Tony Rock (August 23-25), John Morgan (August 30-September 1), and DeRay Davis (September 6-8). For Tickets and showtimes, visit

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Catawba Island Brewing Company Thursday, August 15, September 19 and October 17. 2330 E. Harbor Rd., Port Clinton. 419-960-7764. An hour drive brings you to a wonderful monthly comedy show in a brewery, showcasing the best of Northern Ohio comedy and suds. Find out more about these venues and shows, including details on how to sign up and showtimes, by visiting their pages on Facebook.

Glass City Improv co-founder Erin Kanary directs the Ctrl+Z Sketch Show, a production the group describes as being like Are You Afraid of the Dark? meets M*A*S*H meets Smallville, and so on. Basically, you never know what you’re going to get with this group. With Kanary’s background at Second City in Chicago, you can be sure she will put together a good show. $10. 8:30-10:30pm. Friday, August 16. Glass City Improv, Studio A, 410 Adams St. 419-242-2787. Visit for tickets. —EH

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Up and Amped Live Comedy Showcase Dates announced each month. 619 Monroe St., 419-214-1500.

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Shown here is Jon Ruggiero, a local comedian and the writer of this article.

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Want to prove to your friends just how acrobatic you are? Now’s your chance. Bird’s Eye View Circus is hosting a shoot with Ruben Kappler, who will take photos of you on silks, on a trapeze, while hula hooping, or any number of options you can conceive of. You can bring your own props, but there will be plenty on site. See the Facebook page for details on the photo package. $75. 10am-5:30pm. Sunday, August 18. Bird’s Eye View Circus, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., Room C116. 567-6946628. —EH


CITY PAGES Journey of a Lifetime

Karen M. Vaughn discusses her memoir of transition By Erin Holden Local LGBTQ+ advocate, public speaker and author Karen Marie Vaughn has struggled with gender dysphoria throughout her life. At the suggestion of her therapist a few years ago, Vaughn began keeping a journal on her computer, outlining her process of coming out to family members and friends, the progress of her hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and her memories of past struggles that formed the difficult path toward transition. The first edition of The Journey of a Lifetime, published in 2017, presents Vaughn’s private, raw, and personal reflections with the hope of providing comfort to those in the transgender community who feel alone in a private struggle to be who they are. Vaughn is set to do a reading at Gathering Volumes this month, where she’ll discuss the 2nd edition that was released last year.

Catholic school trauma

“I was 11-years-old,” Vaughn says of her early struggles with gender dysphoria. “I got bullied and thrown in the creek in our backyard.” When the time came to join the Boy Scouts, as all the boys in her private Catholic school were doing, Vaughn felt that she had to confide in her mother that she was a girl, not a boy. “I told her, but she didn’t take me seriously,” says Vaughn, adding that the boys in the Scouts were the ones bullying her. She had to join the Boy Scouts, and was immediately paralyzed by fear as a camping trip approached. “It scared me. I thought something bad would happen to me, and I stopped eating. At that time my mom realized something was off.” When Vaughn reiterated to both her parents that she was a girl, they relied on their devout religious background and arranged for conversion therapy with the local priest. She never told her parents, but her “therapy” consisted of sexual abuse that lasted for several months. “I was told not to tell anyone about it, that it was my penance. If I told my parents, I would go to hell.”

Taking the leap

Fast forward to Vaughn’s closeted life as a man, on her third marriage that led to two children, Cass and Hailey. She always knew that she wanted children, and felt that the only way would be through a traditional, nuclear family where she was the father in the household. When Cass was in college and Hailey was close to graduating from high school, Vaughn decided to take the leap.


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With only one friend as a confidant who knew about her secret life of wearing girl’s clothes, Vaughn sought out therapy and began to pen the journal entries that would become her book.

Transition timing

“When I first started transitioning, I was about 260 pounds,” Vaughn remembers. “I was this big plump person who still looked very masculine, wearing the best-fitting clothes I could get.” Before she felt that she was “passing,” Vaughn went shopping at Levis Commons and was very heartened by most people’s reactions. She’s had very few negative reactions, though, notably, her primary physician of 26 years told her that the transition would lead her to “do gay porn to survive”— the most extreme response she has heard. The publication of The Journey of a Lifetime led Vaughn and her nowdivorced-wife, Bev, to be on the TLC reality show, Lost in Transition, which focused on older married couples going through the process. It was difficult for Vaughn, as she was required to dress as a man for the backstory, and (in typical reality show fashion) it brought out the worst in both parties of the marriage that was already falling apart. “They depicted Bev as a mean, spiteful person, but she’s very loving,” says Vaughn, though she hopes that some good came out of their participation in the show, educating people about what it means to be transgender. It’s Vaughn’s hope that her book will be a beacon for people struggling to transition, as “suicide is a big dark cloud over the trans community. I wrote this book to let transgender people know they aren’t alone. We’re all on the same journey.” Proceeds from book sales go to The Trevor Project, which helps prevent LGBTQ+ suicides. You can hear Vaughn read from “The Journey of a Lifetime” at Gathering Volumes. 6:30pm. Wednesday, August 28. 196 E. S. Boundary, Perrysburg. 567-336-6188.

BOOK Celebrate Romance Day

Gathering Volumes bookstore has deemed it Romance Day, and what better way to celebrate than to have acclaimed romance novelist Miranda Kruse sell and sign books for her devoted fans? Kruse is best known for her To Be Thy Loved series which consists of the delightful mix of paranormal, fantasy and, of course, romance. 11am-3pm. Saturday, August 17. Gathering Volumes, 196 E. S. Boundary, Perrysburg. 567-336-6188. —EH

Karin Slaughter at Authors! Series

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library is bringing the thrills with a visit from best-selling mystery author, Karin Slaughter, to discuss her newest installment of the popular Will Trent series— The Last Widow. It’s full of action from mysterious abductions to bombings, with an undercover operation where Trent is determined to save his beguiling partner, medical examiner Sara Linton. Fans of the series are dying to know how Slaughter so artfully weaves her riveting stories into consistent bestsellers. $25. 7pm. Monday, August 26. Scott High School, 2400 Collingwood Blvd. 419-259-5200. —EH

The Bell Jar

Powerful images of isolation driven by an impending mental breakdown drive this classic novel by Sylvia Plath. It’s both difficult and illuminating to find yourself inside the main character’s head, where reality and the symptoms of her psychosis often mingle indistinguishably. If you’ve read the classic novel about Esther Greenwood’s struggle to maintain a promising life, you’ll love the discussion of it at Gathering Volumes, led by the Perrysburg Book Club. It’s an opportunity to learn about Plath’s life, connecting her own struggle with mental illness to Esther’s. 7-8pm. Saturday, August 27. Gathering Volumes, 196 E. S. Boundary, Perrysburg. 567-336-6188. —EH

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A Trove of Toledo History Library receives docs of prominent Toledoan By Jeff McGinnis

A collection of rare documents connected to Toledo history— and to the history of one of the most prominent African American schools in the country— has been donated to the ToledoLucas County Public Library. The collection consists of two books, one a scrapbook of personal pieces connected to former Toledo lawyer James Slater Gibson, the other a 1918 yearbook from the Tuskegee Institute, a university that Gibson attended, which was founded in 1881 by Booker T. Washington.

James Slater Gibson

Both of the items shed light on the personal history of Gibson, a famous figure in Toledo history who was the first African American lawyer to work for the City of Toledo. The scrapbook in particular features a great deal of information about Gibson’s father, Charles Hansford Gibson, who worked at the Tuskegee Institute. Among the most valuable pieces preserved in the scrapbook are three letters written to Charles by Booker T. Washington himself.

“You cannot realize how valuable your services to the school are and how much it would weaken us to lose you.” Letter from Booker T. Washington to Charles Hanford Gibson, 1904. Part of the collection donated by Kip Leahy to the Toledo Library. IMAGE COURTESY: TOLEDO-


“They’re glued into the scrapbook. They’re handwritten, and the earliest one dates [to] 1897,” said Gayle Harmon-Hebert, librarian with the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. “The second one is dated 1904, and in that one, Washington is basically thanking Gibson for staying with the Tuskegee Institute. He had received a different job offer. So they are a glimpse into someone who was personally not connected to Toledo, but whose son was.”

A fascinating individual

The collection was donated to the library by Kip M. Leahy, a former Toledo resident who had been doing some research into the life and career of his father, another former attorney from Toledo. “My dad was an attorney for almost 20 years in Toledo. So I was doing research on him, and I know he had some cases and involvement with James Slater Gibson,” Leahy, who now resides in Phoenix, explains. “As I’m researching, James Slater Gibson was a fascinating individual with an interesting background. Of course I knew a lot about my family history, but I wanted to find out more about (Gibson). So as I looked into his family, I found the wife of his grandson is living in California. So I contacted her, and went to visit.” Gibson’s grandson, Slater Gibson Leverette, passed away in 2015. His widow, Betty, gave Leahy the materials when he visited her, expressing her late husband’s wishes that the pieces be donated.


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“When I talked with Betty, (she explained that her husband’s) Slater Gibson Leverette’s wishes, were that whatever family papers and documents there were should be donated to some kind of museum or library, to be available to others,” Leahy said.

Preserving history

Leahy himself suggested the Toledo Library as the documents’ final destination. The donation thrilled HarmonHebert and her colleagues at the department of Local History and Genealogy, and they’ve been working to digitally scan and preserve the fragile materials. “They’ve probably been handled in the last month more than they’ve been handled in the last 75 years,” Harmon-Hebert said. “People are able to see them if they make an appointment, but the less they’re handled, of course, the better. So we’ve started the process of scanning the items. The first thing that I scanned were the Booker T. Washington letters, but really everything needs to be scanned, and that’s the plan.” To view the documents related to James Slater Gibson and the Tuskegee Institute, make an appointment by calling the Library’s department of Local History and Genealogy at 419-259-5233.

ART SCENE At the Galleries (All exhibitions are Free unless otherwise noted.)

Tuesday 8.20 Painting Course - This three week painting course lead by Dani Fuller will explore acrylic technique. Open to beginners or any artist. 6-8:30pm, Tuesday 8.20, 8.27, 8.3. Fuller Art House, 5679 Main St., Sylvania. 419-882-8949.

Saturday 8.24 Culinary Pottery Course - Create several

ceramic serving dishes, glaze the pottery and enjoy a potluck dinner using your work. $85. 10am-3pm. And 6-8pm, Thursday 8.29 & 9.5. 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg.

Pastel Painting - Artist Anne Kindl will lead Everything is Rhythm - The multimedia

exhibition Everything is Rhythm connects modern abstract paintings and sculpture with a musical composition. Each artwork is flanked by a description of the work and a musical selection, pairing each mid-century artwork with a complimentary song. On view through February 2020. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

Poison Garden - A solo exhibition featuring 3D installations and work of Toledo artist Phybr will open at River House. Wander the gallery, exploring the sculptures and multimedia work. On view through August 20, 7th floor Gallery. River House Arts, 425 Jefferson Ave. 419- 441-4025. Looking-Glass - Detroit artist Brach Tiller’s super vivid paintings pull heavily from neo-pop art, graffiti and existentialism. On view through August 24. River House Arts, 425 Jefferson Ave. 419- 441-4025. Steele Paintings - See Colorado artist John Steele’s oil paintings of western landscapes through September 28. The artist, who lives with Parkinson’s disease, is donating 20 percent of his sales to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, for Parkinson’s research. 20 North Gallery, 18 N. St. Clair St. 419-241-2400.

three hour art class using pastels and pastel paper. The class will create a floral landscape. $65. 11:30am. Fuller Art House, 5679 Main St., Sylvania. 419-882-8949.

Swan Creek Pathway - All skill levels are welcome to draw a nature landscape using pastels. Supplies provided. $35. 10:30am-1:30pm. Art Supply Depo, 29 S. Saint Clair St. 419-720-6462. See, Think, Drink: Coffee and Car Culture - The class will combine conversation and observation with sketching, imparting a new way of seeing art. Coffee will be provided. Register. $20-$25. 10am-noon. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

Glass Discovery: Libbey-Inspired Vessel - Instructors Loraine Ruetz and Eric

Art of Automobiles

This month, the Art Loop hones in on Northwest Ohio’s rich history in car culture, from free entry to the Toledo Museum of Art’s Life is a Highway exhibit to the classic vehicles on display at the Uptown Green Park. Stops on the Loop will teach the history of bicycles in Toledo, lowriders, rooftop deck yoga and creative activities at Imagination Station. Prices at each stop vary. 5:309pm. Thursday, August 15. Art Loop Toledo, 1858 Parkwood Ave. #120. 419-254-2787. —EH

Collaborative coloring book

Join Preserve! Toledo to get involved in the Young Ohio Preservationists’ collaborative coloring book, a chance for artists of all ages to let their creative side shine and to learn about the value of preserving historic buildings in our community. The coloring book will be filled with historic buildings, restored with historic tax credits, which participants will learn about. All skill levels are welcome (you’ll use tracing paper), and your name will be credited in the final book! 5:30pm-9pm. Thursday, August 15. Art Supply Depo, 29 S. Saint Clair St. 419-720-6462. —EH

Levis Commons Art Fair

With over 130 artists’ work on display, you’ll find jewelry, ceramics, photography and many other mediums to explore and purchase. It’s a nice way to spend your day shopping and dining at the area restaurants. 10am-7pm. Saturday, August 17. 11am-5pm. Sunday, August 18. The Town Center at Levis Commons, 3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 734-662-3382. Free —EH


Kim Collins will be teaching a beginner’s workshop on hand lettering using an approach she calls “fauxlligraphy.” Essentially, it’s taking your own signature style of writing in cursive and adding elements of traditional calligraphy to it, which results in a unique flair. Your handwriting will stand out and look amazing after taking this workshop. Supplies are included in the cost. $35. 5:30-7pm. Tuesday, August 27. Art Supply Depo, 29 S. Saint Clair St. 419-7206462. —EH

Slawson will lead a project-based workshop modeled after Libbey Glass vessels. Prior experience not necessary. $65-$75. 9am-noon. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

Art Events Saturday 8.17 Glass Discovery: Labino-Inspired Sculpture - Instructors Kelly Sheehan and

Misha Nalepa will lead a project-based workshop at the TMA Hot Shop. This workshop will focus on artist Dominick Labino’s sculpture work. $65-$75. 9am-noon. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

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The Black Sabbath tribute band offers a whoppin’ good time with Okilly Dokilly, a metal band inspired by Ned Flanders of The Simpsons, on Friday, August 30 at Frankie’s. Mike Odd has a tough job. He’s the man in charge of Mac Sabbath, the world’s greatest drive-through metal band that’s made up of twisted doppelgangers of McDonaldland inhabitants led by a creepy clown who’s got a problem with fast food and sings about it via Black Sabbath songs.

Out of the Frying Pan

An instant sensation after Black Sabbath posted its video for “Frying Pan,” a reworking of “Iron Man” on social media on New Year’s Day 2015, Mac Sabbath burst out of Southern California and has since been wreaking its fries-meetheavy-rock havoc around the world. ‘Ronald’ Osbourne, the twisted genius behind Mac Sabbath, who bears a striking resemblance to a certain clown from the fast-food chain which is not named to avoid copyright infringement claims, shares his last name with Black Sabbath’s star, Ozzy. He’s joined in Mac Sabbath by cheeseburger headed guitarist Slayer Mac Cheeze, gumdrop-shaped bassist Grimalice, who may or may not be related to Grimace, and drummer Catburgler, a particularly twisted cross between the Hamburgler and The Catman from Kiss. Their repertoire consists of Black Sabbath songs repurposed for Ronald’s campaign to free the earth of fast food. So “Paranoid” becomes “Pair-a-Buns,” “Sweet Leaf ” is in Mac Sabbath’s hands, “Sweet Beef ” and “Never Say Die” becomes “Never Say Diet.”. The band began playing shows around California. Then came the social media posts from Black Sabbath. “That’s what really made it happen,” Odd said. “You’ve got to give it up to Black Sabbath, not just for influencing the band, but for promoting the band, It wouldn’t have gotten to this level if they didn’t get the joke and support it.”


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Creepy, psychadelic and delicious

The Black Sabbath post landed the band an invitation to play England’s Download Festival, along with Kiss, Judas Priest and Motley Crue. Returning to the U.S., Mac Sabbath has extensively toured the country, continuing to connect with fans. “There’s something that happened with these characters and Black Sabbath,” he said. “ I guess it’s the way they work together so well. They’re both so psychedelic and ‘70s and creepy at the same time. There’s something about the nature of people who like Black Sabbath that relates to the cheeseburger culture as well— for reasons that don’t need to be enumerated.” For now, Mac Sabbath exists only on stage, where it brings its thundering chaos. “It lasts a little over an hour,” Odd said. “It depends on Ronald. He’s not very predictable. There are a good eight to 12 songs depending on what happens.” Ultimately it’s good, clean, loud rocking fun for the whole family— at least that’s how Odd sees it. “One of the most amazing things about it is it looks like this big scary, gnarly thing with these laser-eyed skull clowns and this heavy creepy music, this absolute heavy metal evil thing,” he said “When you break it all down after it’s over, everything he’s doing is a kid-friendly, family thing. No sex or drugs or anything of that stuff. It’s entertainment that the family could enjoy.” See Mac Sabbath play with Okilly Dokilly (metal inspired by Ned Flanders of The Simpsons), Playboy Manbaby, and local act The Ice Cream Militia. 7pm. Friday, August 30. Frankie’s Inner-City, 308 Main St., 419-724-8000. $18, in advance. $20, day of show. $23 for under 21 without a ticket.

Highlighted events indicates our picks for the week

MONDAYS Village Idiot: Frankie May (rock)

TUESDAYS Village Idiot: May & Barile (acoustic rock)

WEDNESDAYS Village Idiot: Andrew Ellis (acoustic rock) (acoustic rock)


Downtown Perrysburg: Music at the Market Live music during the Perrysburg Farmers Markets through August 29. 8.15 Suburban Legend, 8.22 Cake Walkin’ Jass Band, 8.29 Madison Ave. Band. 7-8pm. 140 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. 419-874-9147. Free Toledo Botanical Gardens: Jazz in the Garden The outdoor concert series continues. 8.15 Quick Trio, 8.22 Quartet Bernadette, 8.29 Distant Cousinz. Discounts for all Metroparks members $5-$10. 6:308:30pm. 5403 Elmer Dr. 419-270-7500.

SATURDAYS Wesley’s Bar: Old School DJs DJs Marc Folk and Nate Mattimoe put on a dance party every Saturday night. 10pm-1am. 1201 Adams St. 419-255-3333.

WEDNESDAY 8.14 Brew House Coffee: Chris Shutters (acoustic) Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: David Carpenter (acoustic) Rocky’s Bar: Chuck Williams (acoustic rock)

THURSDAY 8.15 The Attic on Adams: Excellent Enemies, Matt Truman Ego Trip (alternative/rock, songwriter) Durty Bird: Max Boyle (acoustic rock) Levis & Lilac’s: Jonesy Old Souls (acoustic) Majestic Oak: Dirty Lies (acoustic) The Pub: Much 2 Much (rock) Rosie’s Italian: Frankie May (acoustic rock) Swig: Justin March (acoustic rock)

FRIDAY 8.16 Bellwether Explorers Club (world beat/dance) Centennial Terrace: 80s Dance Party (pop, dance) Civic Hall: Saliva, Angola Road, Karie, Flush (hard/rock) Cock n Bull: Barile & May, Joe Wood Band (acoustic rock) (rock) Durty Bird: Andrew Ellis (acoustic rock) Frankie’s: Papii Gang, Bailey Of The 9th District, Defonix, Philay Mignon, KOGA, Letta Mone, Dez, IVSIN, 555 ( rap, hip hop) Hollywood Casino: Pop’s Garage (pop/rock, covers) Howard’s BG: Buzz Anderson Project (jazz/rock)

Levis & Lilac’s: Sara Brosch (acoustic) Majestic Oak: Rose & Barile (acoustic) Rocky’s Bar: Old State Line (folk, country) Rosie’s Italian: Lady K & Jay Bone (pop, acoustic) Ottawa Tavern: DJ Grotzy Versace (alternative/rock, dance) Summit Shack: Sweet Peach, Knope, Equipment, Tunnel Songs, Space Narc (alternative/rock, songwriter) Swig: Jake Pilewski (acoustic rock) Table Forty4: Grizzly Grits (pop/rock, covers) Toledo Museum of Art: It’s Friday: King Size Drag (rockabilly, blues) Village Idiot: The Nutones (pop/rock)

SATURDAY 8.17 Brew House: Kristin Nicole (acoustic) Civic Hall: The Whoremoans, Action Pants, Half Knocked Out (hard/rock) Dream Louder: After Ours The music studio opens it’s event space for a special live performance by After Ours (South Bend) and davekevinadam. Donations. 7pm-midnight. 303 Morris St. (jazz/rock, songwriter) Durty Bird: The New Fashioned (pop/jazz, covers) Hollywood Casino: Atomic Punks (Van Halen tribute) Howard’s BG: Klashing Black, Thinkless, Leopold the Ghost (alternative/rock, songwriter) Levis & Lilac’s: Rick Caswell (acoustic) Majestic Oak: Zak Ward (acoustic) Ottawa Tavern: Grubby Paws, Shitty Neighbors, Princess Whatever, Water Fountain Coins, Sacred Canopy (alternative/rock) The Pub: Night Session Band (big band/jazz) Rosie’s Italian: Skip Turner Swig: King Sized Drag (rockabilly) Table Forty4: Mas Fina (pop/rock, covers) Village Idiot: The Hellroys (rock)

SUNDAY 8.18 Centennial Terrace: Tara Renee, JT Hayden Band, Moths in the Attic, Funk Factory (various, songwriter) Durty Bird: Nate Kester Group (jazz) Majestic Oak: Terry & Charlie (acoustic)

MONDAY 8.19 Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: Chris Shutters (acoustic)

TUESDAY 8.20 Culture Clash Records: In-Store with Julia Julian, Blankat (alternative/rock, songwriter) Durty Bird: Dorothy Gray & John Cleveland (jazz/pop) Rocky’s Bar: Open Jam (jam/rock)

WEDNESDAY 8.21 Brew House: Chris Shutters (acoustic) Durty Bird: Jake Pilewski (acoustic rock)

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: Erie Brazier Duo (acoustic) Holland Haus: Twin Frames, Excellent Enemies, Brett Kamiski (alternative/rock)

THURSDAY 8.22 Bluffton Town Hall: Town Hall Concert Enjoy a folk concert upstairs in the community room of the Historic Town Hall. The Rough & Tumble duo will perform. $5-$10 donations. 7-9pm. Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N Main St., Bluffont. 419-358-2066. Durty Bird: Hector Mendoza (jazz/pop) Levis & Lilac’s: Haffercamp & May (acoustic) The Pub: Veluda Duo (jazz, pop) Rosie’s Italian: Trez Gregory (pop) Swig: Kennedy & Harshman (acoustic rock)

FRIDAY 8.23 Bellwether at Toledo Spirits: Taster’s Choice DJs Mattimoe & Folk (lounge/dance) Cock n Bull: Barile & May, Beg 2 Differ (acoustic rock) (pop/rock, covers) Durty Bird: Dueling Pianos (variety) Frankie’s: Rich Porter, Meko, Relly Cole, Black Market Rx, FAM, Rare Population, Wordplay AD, Ve’Ton, Brock Holland, Chris Stephans (rap, hip hop) Hollywood Casino: Union Rising (pop/rock, covers) Levis & Lilac’s: Kristie Marie (acoustic) Majestic Oak: Spudnutz (acoustic) Ottawa Tavern: The Zimmerman Twins, The Scrappers, Second Hand Mojo (hard/rock) Promenade Park: Martina McBride (country, pop) Rocky’s Bar: Dan & Don (acoustic rock) Rosie’s Italian: Lone Wolf Hippies (acoustic rock) Swig: Screams & Whispers (acoustic rock) Table Forty4: The Bridges (rock, covers) Toledo Museum of Art: It’s Friday: Intuition (blues/pop, rock) Village Idiot: Mellow Phobic (rock)

SATURDAY 8.24 Brew House: John Barile (acoustic) Centennial Terrace: The Menus (pop/rock) Durty Bird: Max Boyle (acoustic rock) Frankie’s: DJ Press Play, Knightheart, FromDaBottom, Jacy Howes, Kambion, Amarey Pain, GBG, Redstar (various) Hollywood Casino: Full Moon Fever (Tom Petty tribute) Holy Toledo Tavern: The Accidentals Michigan-based trio The Accidentals return to Toledo for an intimate rooftop concert at Hensville. Check out their folk/ pop alternative sound on their website. $15. 6:30-10pm. 9 N. St. Clair St. 419-724-4499. Levis & Lilac’s: Josh Whitney (acoustic) Majestic Oak: The Milly (acoustic)

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Oliver Hazard headlines this event in their hometown of Waterville, accompanied by five other bands from across the region— Michigan Rattlers, Daniel Donato, Libby DeCamp, Jacob Sigman, and Andrew Ellis. There will be food vendors, a guitar school for kids, records from Culture Clash and a special brew from a collaboration between Oliver Hazard and Wild Side Brewing Company. $12. 5-11pm. Saturday, August 17. N. 3rd St., Waterville. Contact via Facebook chat with questions. —EH


Hear local jazz greats in downtown Grand Rapids for the Sunset Jazz and Art Festival. Jazz at the Rapids features Big Band B.G., Hector Mendoza, Ramona Collins with Organic Ingredients and 6th Edition. No coolers are allowed for this event, but there will be plenty of adult beverages and food for sale on site. 2pm-Sunset. Sunday, August 18. Downtown Grand Rapids towpath. 419-832-5664. —EH


Come out to The Village Idiot to hear Nashville Americana-folk husband and wife duo, Fort Defiance. Described by That Music Mag as “breathtakingly seductive,” the singer-songwriters are known for their ability to get a crowd riled up with lively performances and beautiful harmonies. $5. 10pm. Thursday, August 22. The Village Idiot, 309 Conant St., Maumee. 419-893-7281. —EH Ottawa Tavern: Bone Folder, Full Borer, Natural Selection (hard/rock) Rosie’s Italian: Hector Mendoza (acoustic, jazz) OWE Arboretum: Summer Concert Pack a cooler and a comfy chair for a free outdoor concert at the Old West End Arboretum.The Amelia Airharts perform a mix of contemporary hits and originals. 6-8:30pm. Reynolds-Jackson Arboretum, Delaware St. at Robinwood Ave. Free The Pub: Bobby Gray (blues/rock) Swig: Jeffery Oliver (acoustic rock) Table Forty4: The Bridges (rock, covers) Village Idiot: Distant Cousinz (pop/rock)

SUNDAY 8.25 Art & Performance Center: Songwriters Listening Room: Jake Pavlica (acoustic, songwriter) Durty Bird: Straight Up (jazz, pop)

MONDAY 8.26 Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: Jeff Stewart (acoustic rock) (acoustic)


Rocky’s Bar: Open Mic (acoustic, songwriter)





Drawing inspiration from nightly bazaars across the world, the 419’s own night market offers a plethora of shopping and entertainment in an open-air setting. While wandering the vendors’ unique selections, enjoy an array of food, desserts and drinks while taking in the sights and sounds of live music in twilight and then under the stars! Proceeds from the August 17 event will benefit It’s My Mommy’s Business Association, a nonprofit that was created to guide moms into entrepreneurship, and Food for Thought, a nonprofit dedicated to feeding the hungry in the Toledo region and offering dignity, welcome and relationship to anyone in need. $3-5. 6-11pm. 525 Market St. —HH


Sunday, 8.18 [sports/outdoors] Olde Thyme Baseball - The Spiegel Grove Squires take on the Canton Cornshuckers in a head-to-head game of 1860s baseball on the Hayes Home lawn. 2-5pm. Hayes Museum, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. 419-332-2081. Free


Wednesday, 8.21

Make sure to mark your calendars for this Toledo cultural staple. It’s always a celebration of Hungarian culture, food (think chicken paprikas and hunky turkey), ceremonies, ethnic dance groups and much more. It’s truly a weekend in the Old Country at the Birmingham Ethnic Festival. Noon-9pm. BirminghamEthnicFestival Free —EH

[music/outdoors] Verandah Concert - Enjoy an ice cream social and a live outdoor concert with the North Coast Big Band, playing swing and jazz from the 1940s and beyond. 6:30pm. Hayes Museum, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. 419-332-2081. Free

Saturday, 8.24




This year marks the 54th year of Toledo’s oldest ethnic festival, an event known for its authentic German food and beer. You’ll learn lots about German and Swiss culture from lederhosen-clad volunteers staffing Oak Shade Grove. Live music abounds, so hit the dance floor with the upbeat polka music. 4pm-1am, Friday. Noon-1am, Saturday. Noon-11pm, Sunday. Admission starts at $8. A shuttle service is also available for $8, with pick-ups and drop-offs available at various Toledo-area locations. Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon.—EH



[fundraisers] Twylite Thursdays - Support a local non-profit over drinks and catering. Each week a different organization will benefit from the event. Sponsored by The Pinnacle $10. 5-8pm. The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood, Maumee. 419-891-7235.

Standup Comedian Tacarra Williams - Tacarra will light up the room with her outspoken act. The artist has appeared on Comedy Central at the Apollo Theatre and at The Laugh Factory. $15. Two performances each night at 7pm & 10pm. Friday, Aug. 16 - Sunday. Aug. 18. Toledo Funny Bone, 6140 Levis Commons, Perrysburg. 419-931-3474.

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Friday, 8.16

Blanchard River Farms Tour - Take a guided tour to three local farms and learn about modern conservation efforts and organic practices. Register to attend. A bus tour will be scheduled. Hosted by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. 9am-3pm. 616-249-2400. Free


Saturday, 8.17

Firefly Nights Music Festival - Enjoy a night of local fare, shopping, a farmer’s market and more all while accompanied by tunes in the heart of Downtown Bowling Green. 6-10pm. Main Street. 419-354-2323. Free


$5 Thursday - Admission for the whole family is only $5 after 5pm on the third Thursday of the month. 5-8pm. Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way. 419-244-2674.


18th Barefoot at the Beach - A true feast for foodies— more than 40 top Toledo restaurants will set up on the beach to serve delightful bites. Live music and fireworks are the icing on the cake. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Toledo. $125. 6-11pm. Maumee Bay St. Park, 1400 St. Park Rd, Oregon. 419-241-4258.

Green Space Opening - A new community green space and site of Sonia Organics Urban Farm will open in the Junction Neighborhood. The site, located next to the Art Tatum House Historical Site, will host community events and a farmers market. Art Tatum Park, 123 City Park. 419-724-2585. urbancityrevitalization Free

Rossford Riverfest - Locals gather at Veteran’s Memorial Park for an afternoon of live music, food vendors, carnival games and a children’s tent. August 25. $1. 4-11pm. Veteran’s Memorial Park, 300 Hannum Ave. 419-666-2905.

[museums/outdoors] TMA Car Show - Explore classic and unique automobiles on the museum grounds. Live music and kids activities add to the experience. Noon-3pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. Free

[festivals] 15th African-American Parade - Rescheduled to this date, get down to Dorr & Collingwood for the parade and festivities. 10am-noon. Toledo Urban Federal Credit Union, 1441 Dorr St., 419-255-8876. facebook event Free

[musuems/nightlife] TMA Highway Ride - TMA Art Ambassadors invite you on an evening of car racing simulators, live music and hot shop demonstrations. The Motor City’s Mini Motorways slot car race track takes you on a ride you won’t forget. 7-10pm. $100-$125. TMA Glass Pavilion, 2445 Monroe St.

[community/outdoors] Ridin’ Late in County 48 - This community bike ride will take families on a slow-paced ride through Sylvania. The first 300 riders will receive free bike lights. Helmets and lights required. For safety, a police escort will accompany the bike ride. $20. 8:30pm. Downtown Sylvania. 419-882-0800.

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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, to explore film, art, music and more.

We got the blues

The Ann Arbor Blues Festival, touted as an event to “make Ann Arbor Gyrate Again,” has been around since 1969. That year, thousands of people were introduced to blues musicians who hadn’t been getting much mainstream media coverage, unlike their white counterparts. John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Big Mamma Thornton— were acts that made for an unprecedented 3-day festival. In fact, the first electric blues festival in North America. The stellar lineups continue with this year’s 50th anniversary festival. From Thornetta Davis and John Primer to The Altered Five Blues Band, the music will make concert-goers gyrate (as promised). $40-$135. Gates open at 5pm. Friday, August 16. Ends at 9pm. Sunday, August 18. Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. 323-908-0607. —EH

Michigan Renaissance Festival

A road trip back in time, the seven-weekend Michigan Renaissance Festival offers a step into both the chivalry and boisterousness of the 16th century. Explore the lively 17-acre village of Hollygrove, packed with interactive entertainment amongst its population of nobles and peasants. With 17 stages sprawling with things to see and do, including horsedrawn jousts, theater and comedy shows, live celtic music, art and shops, the interesting opportunities just do not end. There’s also a feast of foods including turkey, baked goods, bread-bowl soups and dumplings. Check online for additional details and ticketing. $23.95-150. Saturday, August 17 through Sunday, September 29. 12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly, MI. —HH

DIYpsi Summer Festival

This annual event is a bucket list item for art fanatics or someone just looking for a day of fun. Every year, dozens of vendors from across the region come together in Ypsilanti to support and celebrate a thriving art community. From canvas art, to jewelry, to handmade crafts and more, there’s something for everyone. Shop around these unique selections while enjoying a smorgasbord of food, sweets and drinks, as well as a line-up of area-renowned indie performers! Check online for vendor previews, entertainment setlists and more. ($1 donation recommended). 11am-8pm Saturday, August 24, 12-6pm Sunday, August 25. ABC Microbrewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti, MI. —HH

Drunk Art History

The Ann Arbor Art Center and A2 Distilling Company have partnered for a night of adult libations and learning, complete with a special absinthe cocktail. A2 Distilling Company’s head distiller, John Britton, and music historian, Lena Leson, will enjoy a couple of drinks while they teach visitors the history of absinthe and art. $25. 6:30-8pm. Wednesday, August 28. Ann Arbor Art Center, 115 W. Liberty St. 734-994-8004. —EH


Gathered Glassblowing Studio 23 N. Huron St., 419-262-5501. The studio proudly produces all of their work in Toledo, where the American Studio Glass Movement began in 1962. Specializing in handmade functional objects for everyday pleasure, along with custom site-specific glass installations, Gathered’s skilled team of artists strive to let their materials speak through the harmonization of glass’ inherent qualities: fluidity, transparency and color.

“This large installation is our most recent major project titled Inside Looking Out, located in the Generations Tower at Toledo Hospital. Inside Looking Out consists of 3,888 cast glass cubes that reference windows and utilize colors found in the Northwest Ohio landscape. The colors, scale and arrangement are meant to produce a relaxed and calming effect on the viewer.” — Adam Goldberg, Gathered Co-Owner

Adam Goldberg, Co-owner.

Mike Stevens, Co-owner

Savanna Hudson, Content Creator

Ian Welch, Gallery Manager

Watercolor Vase Collection.

Eggs, Handblown cane (zanfirico) glass eggs by Mike Stevens.

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Photos by Christine Senack



Guests immersed themselves in Indian culture, tradition, and flavors during the annual Festival of India.


Ankita and Alok Ahlawat.

Ben Nowak, Jordan Pack, Ojal Kakrecha and Sean Fernandez.

Sneha Mashalkar, Evangelina Louis, Ananya Haldankar and Tina Maly.

Dimple Shah, Nirmiti Shah, Sowmini Singh, Avinash Singh and Munish Shah. The Jim Mangione Collection Five iterations of “America’s sports car”



Engines = Revved Jeep lovers celebrated on and off-road all weekend long in downtown Toledo during the 2019 Toledo Jeep Fest.


Michael Mihelich, Krista Kunkel, Katie Deroche, Chambliss Fewell.


Kassandra Schultz, Zofia Martinez and Jackie Berger.

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GO HAM Across 1. Tests for future Wharton graduates: Abbr. 6. Union breaker 10. Test sites 14. Very strange 15. Danish shoe brand 16. Somewhat 17. Ellen who was the first Hispanic female astronaut 18. Repeat “breaker breaker 1-9â€? and “you want to give me a 10-9 on that pig penâ€?? 20. School whose mascot drives a Model T? 22. That over there, Tomas 23. Pasta suffix 24. Relating to birth 26. Dancing while covering your face 29. Crucial 31. The same partner 32. ___ Koothrappali (“The Big Bang Theoryâ€? character) 33. University of Michigan football coach Harbaugh 34. Toledo’s lake 35. Yellow fruit makes fun of you? 38. Small plot 40. Broheim 41. Old t-shirt’s new purpose 42. Sinn FĂŠin leader Mary ___ McDonald 43. It’s got a little charge 44. Way, way, way back in the past 48. 2001 Nobel Peace Prize co-winner 50. “How Bizarreâ€? band 51. “Issues in the Newsâ€? radio station: Abbr. 52. Employ glissando in the style of guitar god Jeff? 57. Kids in a ship’s jail? 58. Weasley family Owl in Harry Potter novels 59. Teheran coin 60. One with an avatar 61. Fine hosiery material 62. Wings leftover 63. Kind of terrier 64. Like a no-tell motel

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Moray eels have two sets of jaws. The front set does their chewing. The second set, normally located behind the first, can be launched forward to snag prey they want to eat. In invoking this aggressive strategy to serve as a metaphor for you in the coming weeks, I want to suggest that you be very dynamic and enterprising as you go after what you want and need. Don’t be rude and invasive, of course, but consider the possibility of being audacious and zealous. ARIES (March 21-April 19): How did sound technicians create the signature roar of the fictional monster Godzilla? They slathered pine-tar resin on a leather glove and stroked it against the strings of a double bass. How about the famous howl of the fictional character Tarzan? Sonic artists blended a hyena’s screech played backwards, a dog’s growl, a soprano singer’s fluttered intonation slowed down, and an actor’s yell. Karen O, lead singer of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, periodically unleashes very long screams that may make the hair stand up on the back of her listeners’ necks. In accordance with astrological omens, I’d love to see you experiment with creating your own personal Yowl or Laugh or Whisper of Power in the coming weeks: a unique sound that would boost your wild confidence and help give you full access to your primal lust for life. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough,� said Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, ex-President of Liberia. In accordance with astrological imperatives, I propose that we make that your watchword for the foreseeable future. From what I can tell, you’re due to upgrade your long-term goals. You have the courage and vision necessary to dare yourself toward an even more fulfilling destiny than you’ve been willing or ready to imagine up until now. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): How did our ancestors ever figure out that the calendula flower can be used as healing medicine for irritated and inflamed skin? It must have been a very long process of trial and error. (Or did the plant somehow “communicate� to indigenous herbalists, informing them of its use?) In any case, this curative herb is only one of hundreds of plants that people somehow came to adjudge as having healing properties. “Miraculous� is not too strong a word to describe such discoveries. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Gemini, you now have the patience and perspicacity to engage in a comparable process: to find useful resources through experiment and close observation—with a hardy assist from your intuition. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Today the city of Timbuktu in Mali is poor and in the throes of desertification. But from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries, it was one of the great cultural centers of the world. Its libraries filled up with thousands of influential books, which remained intact until fairly recently. In 2012, Al-Qaeda jihadists conceived a plan to destroy the vast trove of learning and scholarship. One man foiled them. Abba al-Hadi, an illiterate guard who had worked at one of the libraries, smuggled out many of the books in empty rice sacks. By the time the jihadists started burning, most of the treasure had been relocated. I don’t think the problem in your sphere is anywhere near as dire as this, Cancerian. But I do hope you will be proactive about saving and preserving valuable resources before they’re at risk of being diluted, compromised, or neglected. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It’s relatively rare, but now and then people receive money or gifts from donors they don’t know. Relatives they’ve never met may bequeath them diamond tiaras or alpaca farms or bundles of cash. I don’t think that’s exactly what will occur for you in the coming weeks, but I do suspect that you’ll garner blessings or help from unexpected sources. To help ensure the best possible versions of these acts of grace, I suggest that you be as generous as possible in the kindness and attention you offer. Remember this verse from the Bible: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.� LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Libra-born Ronald McNair was an African American who grew up in a racist town in South Carolina in the 1950s. The bigotry cramped his freedom, but he rebelled. When he was nine years old, he refused to leave a segregated library, which prompted authorities to summon the police. Years later, McNair

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earned a PhD in Physics from MIT and became renowned for his research on laser physics. Eventually, NASA chose him to be an astronaut from a pool of 10,000 candidates. That library in South Carolina? It’s now named after him. I suspect that you, too, will soon receive some vindication, Libra: a reward or blessing or consecration that will reconfigure your past.

SCORPIO (Oct. 3-Nov. 21): Scorpio author Zadie Smith wrote, “In the end, your past is not my past and your truth is not my truth and your solution—is not my solution.â€? I think it will be perfectly fine if sometime soon you speak those words to a person you care about. In delivering such a message, you won’t be angry or dismissive. Rather, you will be establishing good boundaries between you and your ally; you will be acknowledging the fact that the two of you are different people with different approaches to life. And I bet that will ultimately make you closer. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Nothing fruitful ever comes when plants are forced to flower in the wrong season,â€? wrote author and activist Bette Lord. That’s not entirely true. For example, skilled and meticulous gardeners can compel tulip and hyacinth bulbs to flower before they would naturally be able to. But as a metaphor, Lord’s insight is largely accurate. And I think you’ll be wise to keep it in mind during the coming weeks. So my advice is: don’t try to make people and processes ripen before they are ready. But here’s a caveat: you might have modest success working to render them a bit more ready. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “For though we often need to be restored to the small, concrete, limited, and certain, we as often need to be reminded of the large, vague, unlimited, unknown.â€? Poet A. R. Ammons formulated that shiny burst of wisdom, and now I’m passing it on to you. As I think you know, you tend to have more skill at and a greater inclination toward the small, concrete, limited, and certain. That’s why, in my opinion, it’s rejuvenating for you to periodically exult in and explore what’s large, vague, unlimited, unknown. Now is one of those times. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Look into my eyes. Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.â€? Poet Sylvia Plath wrote that, and now, in accordance with astrological omens, I’m authorizing you to say something similar to anyone who is interested in you but would benefit from gazing more deeply into your soul and entering into a more profound relationship with your mysteries. In other words, you have cosmic permission to be more forthcoming in showing people your beauty and value. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In his *Anti-Memoirs*, author AndrĂŠ Malraux quotes a tough-minded priest who served in the French Resistance during World War II. He spent his adult life hearing his parishioners’ confessions. “The fundamental fact is that there’s no such thing as a grown-up person,â€? the priest declared. Even if that’s mostly true, Pisces, my sense is that it is less true about you right now than it has ever been. In the past months, you have been doing good work to become more of a fully realized version of yourself. I expect that the deepening and maturation process is reaching a culmination. Don’t underestimate your success! Celebrate it!


Ridin’ Late in County 48


Load up your bike for a scenic twilight ride! This 13-mile roll will take you through Toledo Memorial Park, the Sylvania River Trail and Pacesetter Park, capping off with an after-party in downtown Sylvania with snacks, cold drinks and craft beer! A helmet, headlights and taillights must accompany your wheels. Reserve your spot online! $15-20. 9pm-1am Saturday, August 26. Spoke Life Cycles, 6363 Monroe St., Sylvania. —HH

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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

JAM health and wellness events Mondays

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Drop in Mondays and Wednesdays for a fitness class that combines an all-body workout using aerial silks, dance and aerobics. $25. 7:30-8:45pm. Paulette’s Studio of Dance, 4853 Monroe St. 419-654-3262/


This yoga series is led by Malena Caruso from Toledo Asana Room. 11am-noon. Saturdays through 9.14. Hensville, 406 Washington St. Free

Get moving with a free outdoor fitness class. Zumba combines gentle movement and breathing exercise with the goal to shape up and calm the mind. Friendship Park, 2930 131st St. 419-936-3079. 6:30-7:30pm. takeitofftoledo Free





LOCAL ESTABLISHED COVER BAND is looking for a lead singer.

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AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Get FAA approved hands on Aviation training. Financial aid for qualified students - Career placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 877818-0783

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OUTSIDE SALES REP You know Toledo. You’re hungry to join a growing, fast-paced and fun team with a ton of potential. You prize integrity, hard work, and savor the opportunity to learn. You have sales experience (and if not, you’re such a great communicator that you seem to create meaningful relationships with nearly everyone you talk to). You’re comfortable warm calling, but you’re in your absolute element cold calling.You’re reliable and accessible. You’re open to accepting constructive feedback and finding a rhythm. For you, there’s no such thing as a tough sell. Adams Street Publishing is looking for a rockstar sales professional who can expect to enjoy robust support booking appointments and winning sales. A competitive spirit is a must, as is a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. We’re excited to work with the right person who shares our vision and values. Welcome aboard. Send resume with references to

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