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Mother Mayhem remembers Halloween chills and thrills

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Dance FX's Chris Fellows passes along his gift

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Volume 24 • Issue 10 October 2012

5 horoscopes for kids 7 community snapshots 8 what’s briefly happening 9 new kids on the block 21 exceptional families 22 tween the lines 30 calendar


23 diary of a dad 26 mother mayhem The great sleep battle

Sleep deprivation on the parenting frontier — by Matthew Reger

25 healthy moms The balancing act

— compiled by Julian Garcia

A modern mom on her daily juggling act — by Michelle Rowe

Fright night

When dads wear tights — by Mary Helen Darah

27 parent profile Passing on the gift

DanceFX’s Chris Fellows on ballet versus sports — by Matt Desmond

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What was your most memorable Halloween costume as a kid? Matt Desmond,

staff writer

"I was a Rubik's Cube when I was six. It was the 80s — it could not be more of-the-moment. I was sure I was going to win best costume, but I lost to the bag of jelly beans."

Emily Gibb, classifieds

"I was a Hocus Pocus witch one year. I was the fat one — I don't remember her name."

Sarah Baird,

graphic designer

"I was Casper the Friendly Ghost. That was my first Ben Cooper. Everybody used to buy a Ben Cooper brand costume."

Mark Jacobs,


"I made my own costume out of a grocery bag. I replicated a box of Jello, right down to the ingredients. Hey, there's always room for Jello." 4

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29 food fight Family fine dining

Testing the kid-friendliness of Revolution Grille — by Karen L. Zickes

letters A closer look at daycare                                 I have two small children and am faced with the dilema of finding child care.  There are many choices — just calling and talking to someone doesn’t provide a good picture.  I encourage parents to visit several centers to observe before leaving your child. Searching for a center for the first time, I was amazed at the differences between them. I want the best possible care for my children and I want them to learn, be safe, and happy.  I do not want to worry about bad words or habits they might pick up. This has been a difficult task. 

Check it out! The new website is amazing! I love your paper and will now be visiting your website often! —Kerri Ann Wendt

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I want to share what I found, to help others make that difficult decision. I learned that Ohio Job and Family Services has a rating system for daycares, between 0 and 3 stars. They inspect centers regularly, then post the results on their website. To see a list of the area daycares, read their inspections. and know what is happening when you are not there go to jfs.ohio. gov/cdc/childcare.stm. Hope this is helpful. It was to me.  —Jim Schnieder,

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New website debute TAP debuted a new website in September! Visit to check out all the best in family news and events.



Born September 23 to October 22 By Sue Lovett The first thing you need to remember is that these children do not like to be alone. They can be startled by loud noises and they are happiest in quiet surroundings. They can invent imaginary playmates to avoid solitude. Decisions are difficult for them and they “weigh” their words. They are gentle souls and the path to their heart is candy and cookies. As they plan for Halloween, the little girls want to be princesses and the boys would dress up as golfers (the gentlemen’s sport). You cannot rush them. Remember to be patient as they agonize over proper choices. Always allow extra time for them to decide what to order in a restaurant. Parents cannot be in a hurry with Libra children. • October 2012 •


Will and Maira Scott then and now.

September 5 We asked area parents to tell us their cutest pet stories for a chance to win the fun cat flashlight above courtesy of We awarded Stacey Wenzel the prize for her story, below, of the adorable amount of care her son gives to his three cats, who sleep by his door every night. So cute! Stacey Wenzel My son plays with our dogs and loves them, but its our 3 cats that truly have his heart. He has a stuffed kitty that he takes just about everywhere with him. As soon as we come home from being out someplace he runs to find the cats and tells them how much he missed them when he was gone! The cats have taken to him as well ... every night when we close his door for bedtime, all 3 cats lay by his door. Jeanette Albright My kids race downstairs to feed the dog. Of course, that means she grazes off the floor since the food ends up between the food bin and her bowl. I guess that means they like ants too ;)

Then & Now: Cover Kids Grow Up

We’re still recovering from the birthday cake overload we enjoyed last month celebrating our 20th year covering all things family. One of our most popular stories in the September 2012 anniversary issue was “Then & Now,” where we revisited past cover kids now all grown up (some of whom are parents themselves now!). Readers were inspired to send in updates of their own and let us in on how the little models have changed. Here are two of our favorites, Micah Bays, below, (a three-time cover kid!) and Will and Maira Scott, above, siblings with style! Submit more cover kid updates to, subject line “Then & Now.”


Michelle Martin Rose My son is absolutely in love with our cat. In fact, his very first word at 10 months old was "cat." Forget "mama" and "dada" — we know who the favorite is around here. Wendy Lutz Mercurio my granddaughter josalyn (4) came to my house one day and she picked up my cat atari and placed her in the baby doll stroller, and attempted to take her for a walk. Once Atari escaped she asked me to call her so she could resume her walk. I said Jossie" you need to put your baby doll in there, she looked at me and said " grammie ... Atari IS my baby" Courtney Saul Karolak My Daughter Lilly (7) picked out our dog Cindy when Lilly was 3 yrs old they are in seperable and sleep together every night. One of the coolest things they do together is compete in Ultimate Air Dog Competitions.

Jennifer Cameron Cogan My kids love their dog, Abby, and 2 kitties! When we got the kittens last year my son, then 2, was a little rough trying to play with them but now he is very kind and gentle! They will come up to him for cuddles. They really want to play with our dog too but she is 12 and doesn't want to play catch anymore!


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Slumber Party! There was probably little sleeping for the young ladies above at the Toledo Zoo’s Zoo Snooze! The girls, members of Brownie Troop 10250 from St. Patrick of Heatherdowns, explored the Tembo Trail at night and got up close and personal with baby elephant Lucas and his mom. It’s every kid’s dream come true — fun that doesn’t have to end at bed time!

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West Side Montessori started the year off with their annual Sweet September Sundae. The September 16th featured inflatables and ice cream, which made for a fun back-to-school celebration!

10-year-old Scott Boschen and 8-year-old Alivia Boschen of Toledo

Too cool for school While the over 5 set prepared for the new school year, these babies enjoyed more of their regular schedule: sleeping, eating, and being adorable, or course.

Isabella Victoria Mugler, 15 months, Toledo

Kincade Mitchell, 6 months, Toledo

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A night outdoors

Get a glorious taste of the fall night air and hopefully spot some seldom-seen denizens of the woods, as the Friends of Side Cut invite you on Monday, October 29 from 7 to 9 pm for the Owls of Side Cut Full Moon Walk. Guides will use recordings to call out the stealthy airborne predators so hikers can catch a rare glimpse of them in action. (It’s open to anyone, but hikers will need to stay quiet and still, so it may not be ideal for the littlest ones.) On Sunday, October 28 from 7 to 9 pm there’s another nighttime adventure at Oak Openings, as guests are invited on a Moonlight Geocache Expedition. It’s an opportunity for the whole family to explore trendy recreational fun, where participants embark on a treasure hunt for geocaches (hidden containers) using GPS technology in the great outdoors. Bring your GPS unit (or call ahead to reserve one). Side Cut, 1025 W. River Rd., Maumee. Oak Openings, 4139 Girdham Rd., Swanton. 419-407-9700. —MD

LEGO master builders will show off their amazing creations at LEGO KidsFest this month

Brick by brick

Pack up for a mini-road trip to LEGO KidsFest in Novi, Michigan, a gigantic celebration of the joy of a timeless toy, on Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14. It’s one of only six events of its kind nationwide this year, and the only one that’s an easy drive from Toledo. Kids who have grown up while testing their creativity with these beloved colored blocks will be overwhelmed by the amount of interactive fun offered, with eyepopping large-scale LEGO models, huge group building activities, a Master Builder Academy with tips for LEGO pros and a whole lot more. Don’t miss the Challenge Zone and the Big Brick Pile! It’s spread out over three acres, so you can spend the whole day wandering and come home filled with ideas and an appetite for building. $18 kids, $20 adults. (Kids two and under are free!) 4pm-8:30pm Friday; 9am-1:30pm and 3pm-7:30pm Saturday and Sunday. Suburban Collection Showcase. 46100 Grand River, Novi, Michigan. 860-953-4500, ex. 144.—MD

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Art education is made fun with the Toledo Museum of Art’s Gallery Gear activity tote bags

A bag of beauty

Want to introduce your child to the world of art, but don’t feel qualified to be a tour guide on your own? The Toledo Musuem of Art has a way to help, with its new Gallery Gear “activity tote bags.” Check out one of the bags for free at a Museum information desk, and let the material in it guide your child’s experience. You’ll find themed books related to one of three works in the TMA collection (“The Architect’s Dream” by Thomas Cole, the Egyptian burial case for Ta-Mit and “Counterman-Diner” by Emily Brock). You’ll also find multimedia materials, from drawing pads to foam blocks to magnetic boards, to help guide your child through fun activities that will help them see art in a whole new way. 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. —MD


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Trevor Eissler is just your average father of three — jet pilot by day, YouTube activist and author by night. Alright, so typical he’s not, but the Texan has made waves in the education community with his passionate (and creative) advocacy of Montessori education. His Montessori Madness YouTube video, a 5 minute and 44 second Scan this QR code to quick draw explanation of the benefits of the philosophy, watch Trevor Eissler’s has earned more than 200,000 views. Throughout the Montessori Madness video he talks over the squeaks of his marker, masterfully drawing and narrating a story about education. He’ll share his experiences as a YouTuber author (Montessori Madness the book), advocate and parent during a speaking engagement called “It’s All About Making Connections” on Tuesday, October 9 at West Side Montessori’s 7115 W. Bancroft location. The event is free and open to the public — you’ll find even if you don’t subscribe to Eissler’s preferred style of education, his passion for igniting curiosity in children is a worthy topic of conversation for all parents of school-age children. To learn more about Eissler, visit —AO

Sugar, spice and everything nice — these ladies elevate sugar cookies to an art

Bracing for the best Drs. Simon, Haerian and Ludwig Orthodontics has been a part of area families’ lives for years, with three convenient locations in Sylvania, Lambertville and Maumee. Now, they aim to improve their service with the opening of a new state-of-the art facility on Monroe St. near downtown Sylvania. They’re moving about a quarter mile east of their former office, Drs. Simon, Haerian and Ludwig Orthodontics patients can and staff and patients are smile with confidence excited. “It’s beautiful,” says Director of Marketing Deana Butler. “We’ve always been very high-tech, but this is taking us up another level.” All-new imaging equipment makes planning a course of treatment easier than ever. The new office opened its doors on September 11. They offer more discreet orthodontic options, like Invisalign and Incognito braces, and they offer free consultations to find out what treatments are best for you. The Grand Opening Special offers $250 off of orthodontic treatment, valid through the end of the year. 6407 Monroe St., Sylvania. 419-882-1017. —MD

Sugar and spice “We’re big believers in the ‘yum’ factor,” says Linda Phillips. “I tell people to check their guilt at the door.” Phillips is happy, and she’s got reason to be — she’s realized a longtime dream by opening Sugar Plum Sweets, a brand new from-scratch bakery in Sylvania’s Starlite Plaza. After baking in her home for 20 years as a volunteer for Sylvania schools, Phillips launched her new venture with the help of her daughters, Megan and Brandi. They’re crafting all the sweet delicacies that Phillips created in her home kitchen, from cakes to cookies Owner Linda Phillips puts on the to pies, and they’ve got plenty to offer families. If finishing touches you’re planning a birthday party, Phillips is happy to sit down with you and your child to help create the cake they want. “It makes them feel important,” Phillips says, “like they’re in charge of their own party.” And for the frantic party-overwhelmed mom, Phillips is happy to deliver your cake. Even better, she hopes soon to offer baking classes for the under-13 crowd. Open Monday through Friday, 9am-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. 5700 Monroe St., Sylvania. 419-824-0100. —MD • October 2012 •



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The most spook-licious holiday of the year is upon us again. Here, TAP guides you through the scary and sweet things to do with your family — the options are hauntingly good! By Christine Holliday

t s o L Get Through month of October

Corn Maze Butterfly House 11455 Obee Rd., Whitehouse Whitehouse, OH 419-877-2733 You don’t have to be a football fan to love the corn maze, designed in honor of the UT Rockets and BGSU Falcons. 16.2 miles of maze cover 16 acres, more than enough territory to work up an appetite for cider and donuts. Admission for ages 10 and up, $8; kids 6-9 (accompanied by an adult) and seniors, $7. Kids under five get in free. Discounts for groups of 25 or more. Last tickets are sold one hour before closing. Thursday 5-10pm, Friday 5pm-midnight, Saturday noonmidnight, and Sunday noon-8pm.


Home of the maize Leaders farm Corner of St. Rt. 24 and Co. Rd. 16, Napoleon 419-599-1570 Keep busy all day long with the corn maze, Gem Mining, play areas for the children, the Coop Shoot, scenic hayrides, cow train rides, face painting, live entertainment, costume characters, pumpkins, exotic petting zoo, Barnyard Bouncer and so much more. After dark, there are screams of terror and delight at ScreamAcres Haunted Attractions. Get spooked in the Haunted Cornfield or brave your way through the halls of the PanDEMONium Project.

RIPE FOR THE PICKING Through the month of October

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Hoen’s Greenhouse 2540 County Rd. 702, Delta 419-822-4080 A hand-carved or painted pumpkin is a Halloween must. Find the perfect pumpkin for your family, then add some cornstalks, straw, gourds, and Indian corn to make your home Halloween-ready! 9am-7pm. Fleitz Orchard 7133 Seaman Rd., Oregon 419-836-7613 Families can enjoy a full farm experience surrounded by the largest selection of pumpkins and squash in this part of Ohio. Kids can climb a straw tower and tackle a kiddie maze, as well as a “Grand Prix” bike and scooter track, while their older siblings and parents work their way through the one or five acre mazes. Goats and chickens are waiting to be fed by your group, and kids can do small art projects in a craft barn. Fresh donuts and cider available, too, maybe after a hayride! Open weekdays, 10am-7 pm. Hayrides offered weekdays 4:30-7pm; weekends all day, $1/person. Maze is $1-$2/person. Gust Brothers Pumpkin Farm 13639 Mulberry Rd., Ottawa Lake 517-486-2237 See a working farm with all its wonders. Families can pick a peck of vegetables (like tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, and peppers) for $5 or shop for jams, jellies, and honey. All the barns are open and children can see cattle, sheep, goats, and bunnies up close. Purchase holiday decorations including

Indian corn, straw bales, and gourds. Weekend hayrides are $2/person. Finish off the day with cider, donuts and popcorn treats. Open 9am-7pm daily.

Saturday, Oct. 27

Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree Toledo Farmers Market 525 Market St. 419-255-6765 Select a pumpkin from the farmers themselves! Pick your prize squash, then carve it or decorate it as a jacko-lantern! 9am-noon.  

Weekends, Oct. 6-7, 13-14 & 20-21

Pumpkin Train Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc. 11600 County Rd. 99, Findlay 419-423-2995 Double fall fun — a train ride and pick-your-own pumpkin treat. The train travels to the pumpkin patch where visitors find their favorite, then returns to the station with those special vegetables. Railroad gift shop on site, too. Trains depart every 15 minutes. $2/adults, $1/children 12 and under. 1-4pm.

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Tuesday, Oct. 9 Wood County Historical Center 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green 419-661-1697 Scarecrow contest workshop: Make your own scarecrow to enter into the 10th annual contest (which has cash prizes!). Voting for the winning





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scarecrows you create will be held at the Halloween Folklore and Funfest on October 20. Register by Oct. 8. 6pm.

Saturday, Oct. 13 Fall Fur All Toledo Zoo 2 Hippo Way (off the Anthony Wayne Trail) 419-385-5271 Decorate pumpkins to be put on display at the Little Boo event and feed the animals at the Jumping Pumpkins celebration. Come for the bounce house, pumpkin ring toss and special activities in Nature’s Neighborhood. Free with zoo admission. $11-$14 for non-members. 11am-3pm. Thursday, Oct. 18 Wood County Historical Center 13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green 419-661-1697 Pumpkin Carving Contest Enjoy cider and snacks as you practice your pumpkin carving skills. All materials and pumpkins provided … just bring your creativity! Free. 6-8pm.

Friday, Oct. 19Saturday, Oct. 20 Sauder Village                 22611 State Rt. 2, Archbold 800-590-9755 www.saudervillage. com See the village come alive at night. Decorate a pumpkin in the Sauder Barn, and visit Mrs. Stuckey in the farmhouse kitchen. Camp fire treats for all! Members and lodging guest tickets are $8.50 for adults, $5.50 for students. Nonmembers adults pay $10, students $6 and children 3 and under admitted free. Pre-registration is required. 6-8pm.    Thursday, Oct. 24-Oct. 27; Monday, Oct. 29-Oct. 30 Boo Cruise Sandpiper Boat At the foot of Jefferson Ave. in Promenade Park 419-537-1212 Nothing gory or really scary, just waterfront fun for families. Take a 30-minute party ride on the Maumee River and give your costumed kids a chance to get a look at downtown Toledo. The boat is decorated for the event, and your ships mates tell Halloween jokes and stories. Parents,

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please dress your little goblins for the weather! $5/person. The boat leaves dock weeknights every 45 minutes between 5pm & 7:15pm; Saturdays at 12:45, 1:30, and 2:15pm. Call for reservations. Sunday, Oct. 28. Halloween Excursion Train Blissfield, MI 1-888-467-2451 Dress up and experience a kids party by train, with a costume contest, hot dogs, donuts and cider, and a ride on the Old Road Train. Leaving from Blissfield. 5-7pm. $20 child/$25 adult. Reservations required.

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Sophia Hartland, 5, Perrysburg

Wednesday, Oct. 24. Cont. from pg 15

Open through October

Haunted Engine House Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc. 11600 CR 99 @ 1-75 Exit #161, Findlay 419-721-1175 Older Halloweeners (12 and up) will enjoy this walk through a dark train engine house at this railroad museum. Is it haunted? You’ll have to come to see — but be prepared for lots of surprises! Admission $7. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-midnight, and Sundays 7-11pm.

Halloween Folklore Tea Wolcott House 1035 River Rd., Maumee 419-893-9602 Kids who like to read about bats, black cats and witches will want to meet Amy Danforth, who will be autographing copies of her children’s book It Happened One Halloween. Bring your youngsters in costume to set the mood! $10 fee; reservations necessary. 2pm.

Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Candlelit Tour Wolcott House This spooky experience is not for the squeamish or under-12 set. Paranormal groups have documented

unexplained events at the Wolcott House; here’s your chance to see (and maybe experience) them for yourself. Bring a flashlight and take a tour that focuses on the sounds of footsteps and doors closing in what is supposed to be an empty house. Will you feel as if somebody is watching you? Tickets are $5 each and will be sold in front of the house before the tours, which run every half hour from 8-10pm.

Fridays Oct. 19 & 26, Saturdays Oct. 20 & 27.

Garrison Ghost Walk Fort Meigs 29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg 419-874-4121 There aren’t soldiers at Ft. Meigs any more ... or are there? Join the Ghost Walk, led by guides in 1812 period clothing, to see if you meet any former residents. Stop at campsites to hear stories about the fort and those who called it home. Costumed kids are welcome; they will certainly enjoy seeing the fort by lantern lights, then talking about their visit over hot cider and donuts, available for purchase. Weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes strongly suggested. Reservations required. One-hour tours begin at 7pm; last tour begins around 9pm. $8/adults, $4/children 12 and under.

Special FX Makeup: Ghoulishly good looking

Saturday, Oct. 27

Ghost of Providence Lantern Walk Providence Metropark 13827 U.S. 24/West at SR 578 opposite Grand Rapids on the Maumee River 419-307-9701 There may be ghosts at Providence Park — you’re invited to meet them and figure out the mysteries of their deaths. Come for this Autumn Adventure Tour; join your lanternbearing guide as you meet characters from the past. 7:15pm-8pm. $5 regular admission/$4 members.  

Saturdays Oct. 21 & 27; Sundays Oct. 21 & 28

Spooky Science Imagination Station One Discovery Way (corner of Summit and Adams Streets) 419-244-2674 Science can be creepy and fun, and here’s the proof. Learn how to make cool Halloween illusions like ooey gooey slime, boo bubbles and other magic potions that will amaze your trick or treaters. For a real party punch, learn how to make edible blood from regular household items. $7.50-$9.50/admission; children 2

Get gruesome and get glamorous! If your kids have showbiz dreams or just want the best Halloween costume on the block, they'll love "Special FX Makeup For Kids," a new class at Owens Community College for ages 10 and up. In the four week class, kids will learn the tricks of the trade of Hollywood and stage makeup pros, and pick up the magic that can make them look older, younger, horribly injured or appear as if they are from outer space. Instructor Bianca Marcia Naves will even teach you the secrets of glamour makeup, for aspiring movie stars. $99. 8pm. Wednesdays, October 3 - October 24. Owens Community College Center for Performing Arts. 30335 Oregon Rd. 567-661-7000.  —MD Mia Bays, 3, Toledo 16

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Natalie Hartland, 5, Perrysburg

and under free. Lucas County residents receive a 50 percent discount. Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Andrew Martin Halloween Spooktacular Toledo Lucas County Public Library Sanger Branch 3030 West Central Ave. 419-259-5370 Magician Andrew Martin brings ghost-

ly games, creepy fun and lots of magic to several library branches. These are the best tricks to go with the treats — helping to develop a love of books, just in time for Halloween reading. Costumes welcome and treats provided. Registration required. 7-8pm.  

Andrew Martin is scheduled at these locations, with reservations required at each: • Monday, Oct. 22. Waterville Branch Meeting Room, 800 Michigan Ave., Waterville. 419 878-3055. 7pm-8pm. • Tuesday, Oct. 23. Maumee Branch Auditorium, 501 River Rd., Maumee. 419-259-5360. 6:30-8pm. • Tuesday, Oct. 23. Heatherdowns Blvd. Branch, 3265 Glanzman Rd. 419-259-5360. 6:30-8pm. • Monday, Oct. 29. Washington Branch Meeting Room, 5560 Harvest Ln. 419-259-5330. 7pm-8pm. • Tuesday, Oct. 30. Reynolds Corner Branch, 4833 Dorr St. 419-259-5320. 6:30-7:30pm.

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Reese Parseghian, 7 months, Perrysburg

E D O C S S E R D Halloween Express 3448 W. Sylvania Ave. 419-474-2000 Toledo’s branch of the Halloween Express empire, the largest in the chain, can turn your kids into ghouls and goblins or your home into a haunted mansion. It’s no wonder that the Travel Channel series Making Monsters is turning up for a visit on Sunday, September 30. They’re in for a world of fright, as the main attraction is a zombie photo op that’ll have you begging for escape from the walking dead’s hungry grasp, and back into the tamer world of fairies and pirates! Open Monday through Saturday, 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm. Kostumes, Ltd. 7313 International Dr., Holland 419-865-5533 Sophisticated Halloweeners will appreciate this selection of one-day rentals. They offer the “tried and true” choices — flappers, Bonnie & Clyde, pirates, and superheroes — but have the unusual, too. Pick medieval characters, princesses, even nun costumes, with plenty of masks and other accessories. Consider placing your rental order two weeks before Halloween to get the best selection. Open Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm. Star Costumes 2708 W. Sylvania Ave. 419-473-2584 Get everything Halloween here, from hanging decorations to wigs to makeup. Store also features costumes from toddler size to adult, and has a fine collection of 3D wounds, blood and other gory accessories. Customers can shop online 24/7 and pick up the costumes at the store. Costume prices range from $15-$100, and include children’s favorites to zombies, science fiction characters and steampunk. Open Monday through Friday, 10am-9pm; Saturday, noon-6pm.   Costume Holiday House 5300 Monroe St. 419-843-5693 Local theatre companies have discovered the 50,000 costumes at Costume Holiday House, and trick or treaters can take advantage of the large inventory, too. Their collection includes all accessories — from swords to hats to shoes — and service includes taking customers’ measurements to find the perfect fit. Kids’ classics, costumes from decades of American history, even Elvis and zombies are available, and rentals are for weekend use, just in case you’ve got more than one party to attend. Monday through Friday, 10am-9pm; Saturday noon-6pm.


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It’s not particularly sinister, nor does it reek of fire and brimstone. In fact, if you blink, you’ll miss it. But with a town named Hell only an hour and a half roadtrip into Michigan, why resist temptation? And what better time of year to go than Halloween? The HQ for it all: Screams, a gift shop with an astonishing variety of devil and witch kitsch, and with an event every weekend leading up to October 31st. Here, you can buy your own little piece of Hell one square inch at a reasonable rate, and a deal some would term “priceless.” You can mail a flame-singed card with the town postmark, arrange to have your name etched into the Walk of Shame, and buy a diploma from Damn U. This is Hell, after all. Why earn merit when

you can pay for it? If you’re hungry, pop over to Hell in a Handbasket for pizza, pastries, and ice cream treats that include the Grave Digger Sundae. And if you feel like something outdoors and, shudder to think, somewhat healthy, there’s a fine putt-putt course with even more verbal pun-ishment than you and your loved ones have already been subjected to. There are also canoe and kayak rentals, and several painted wood cut-outs for photo ops. It’s only slightly scary, but very corny, fun. For kids who are outgrowing the cute animal costumes but not quite ready for zombie masks, it’s perfect.

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Bridget Allen & Kaiden Rogers at Buddy Walk 2011; families march in support of the Down syndrome community

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Take the time on a beautiful fall afternoon to show support for families with special needs, as the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo presents the 13th annual Buddy Walk on Sunday, October 7. Sign in at the University of Toledo’s Rocket Hall at noon and enjoy family fun including games, face-painting and a blow-up obstacle course. You’ll get a t-shirt and lunch from Amie’s Pizza, and when the walk begins at 2 pm, the chance to show your support for the Down Syndrome community. Proceeds will benefit the Down Syndrome Association’s educational and advocacy programs. $15 adults, $8 children. Family fun starts at noon; walk starts at 2pm. Corner of Dorr Street and Secor Road. Register online at or call 419-410-2819. —MD

Special and sensational

When Sensational Kids began four years ago, director and owner Heather Eberly envisioned a daycare and learning center for kids of all needs, both special and typical. What she’s created goes beyond that original vision — it’s not only a place for comprehensive care and early intervention, but unique programs like hippotherapy, led by physical therapist Stacey Creps, where children work with horses on their physical, occupational and speech goals. “What it has done for our students [is amazing]. Kids that haven’t talked before — it’s brought about a whole different therapy for them,” Eberly says. Children don’t have to be enrolled at Sensational Kids to sign up for hippotherapy, which is one of many therapeutic tools available to allow parents to avoid shuttling their children between providers to get needed treatments. There’s also an emphasis on finding a diagnosis for potential issues early on, by taking advantage of the therapists who are on site. “Early intervention is unbelievably important,” Eberly says. “The thing that’s nice about our program is that our teachers are trained in therapeutic development. If there are things that we notice right away, we can have the therapist come in and look at them.” Sensational Kids starts a kindergarten program this year, in addition to the preschool, before school, and after-school care that was previously available. And they even occasionally host “parent’s night out” for moms and dads who need an evening away. —AO Sensational Kids Daycare and Learning Center, 6060 Merger Dr., Holland. 419-724-5434. • October 2012 •


THELINES TWEEN advice for parents with children 10-16

App pupil

Young Toledo developer has fun for your phone by Matt Desmond

It’s a wild new wired world we all live in, and the people who are going to run and thrive in it aren’t always the ones you’d expect. It might not be a Nerd Genius or driven entrepreneur like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates who comes up with the next big digital thing. It might be your friend or your neighbor — or it might be a local 10-year-old. Maumee Valley Country Day School student Jonathan Buchanan recently became the youngest person in the world to have an officially approved app for sale at Apple’s store, with the release of his homebrewed math-puzzle game ChipTrading. We caught up with Jonathan for a chat. How did you get into developing? Did anyone give you any help? When I was about six, my dad wanted me to learn how to make websites. At first I didn’t want to, but then later I decided I did. About a year after that, I decided I wanted to make iOS apps [Apple’s iPhone and iPod operating system]. So I got a book to teach me how to do it, and I started developing! I think it’s fun. Was this game, ChipTrading, your first project? Actually, I make a lot, but that’s the only one I’ve ever sent to the App Store. I’ve got one that’s like a story with imag-


es, and you have to make decisions. I also made one that’s kind of like Hangman, and one where a ball bounces around on the screen and you have to catch it. Why ChipTrading? It’s a game I used to play in school. All of my friends liked it, but we were kind of upset that we could only play it in school. I told them “Hey, I can make an app for that!” They thought it was pretty cool. What do you like to do when you’re not at a computer? I play baseball. I like to play second base and pitcher. I’m a big Indians fan! And I also play the violin — I’ve done it for four years. And I’m on a LEGO robotics team. Any other projects in the works? I’m working on one with my dad called Daystream. It’s like a social networking site. My dad’s doing the website and I’m doing the iOS app.

10-year-old Jonathan Buchanan is the youngest person in the world to have an officially approved app for sale at Apple’s store Would you want to do this for a living? Maybe I would. I’m thinking of maybe starting a computer company later. Would you hire your dad? Probably not. [Lots of laughter.] I don’t know. Maybe. Search for “ChipTrading” at the App Store if you want to check out Jonathan’s craftsmanship. It sells for only 99¢, and is fun and educational for any kid learning multiplication.

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Have a high schooler interested in the power of the pencil? The Art Supply Depo’s Intro To Drawing workshop is open to high school students who want to learn the basics. Talented Toledo artist Paul Brand will guide teens and adults alike in shading, basic shapes, light direction and perspective. Materials provided. $25. Saturday, October 6. 1:303:30pm.

The great sleep battle

Sleep deprivation on the parenting frontier By Matthew Reger

I have a confession to make about a constant, and at times, overwhelming parenting problem. A great struggle at our house is getting our kids to sleep at night. By this admission, I am venturing into a hotly debated parenting topic and opening myself up to ridicule. Despite the potential wrath of the reading public, I understand that this is a problem that transcends both nature and nurture. I have to admit, I am likely the genetic source of our children’s sleep aversion. Before we had kids, I burned the candle at both ends. I was late to sleep and early to rise. In fact, that aspect of my routine had my future wife decline an offered introduction to me — when our mutual friend described me as a “person who never slept,” she immediately told her friend that she was not interested. My wife enjoys and appreciates her sleep. Our pairing, despite my sleep issues, is a much longer story. The nurture side of our sleep battle comes from our own jam packed schedule. We just have too much going on.

The sleep battle usually begins at 8 pm. I take our son up to bed while my wife spends time with our daughter. The battle starts quietly. He feels the need to make sure his cars are arranged just so and settles down by being read a story. In the course of this routine, there are usually several attempts to get out

of bed. When it is time for lights out, my wife may hear from our daughter “I don’t want to go to bed” or a stealthy plea for “one more story.” As she deals with these stall tactics, I am having my own difficulties with our son. I get a request for water. Our daughter walks upstairs to bed, accompanied

by my wife. I pass my bride in the hall and she gives me the look that tells me it’s another night of late to bed — at least for us. Shortly after 10 pm, with the bedtime battle almost over, we meet in our own bedroom. As we wind down and talk about our day we realize and even comment on what time our son will venture into our room to crawl in with us.  Usually it’s around 5 am — about the time I have to get out of bed anyway. If his sister joins us, we are definitely out of room in our queen bed. Just before I go to sleep I check on our kids to ensure they are breathing and resting comfortably — a holdover habit from when they were infants — and bask in the beauty of their peaceful sleep. I savor the moment, realizing it is only for a short time that they are truly kids, and that they remain truly mine, both in nature and nurture. Matt Reger is the sleep-deprived father of two. To send Reger a comment or question, email, subject line “Diary of a Dad.” • October 2012 •



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healthy moms

The balancing act, part I A modern mom on juggling family life By Michelle Rowe Pack lunch, kids to school, sign fieldtrip release, work, meeting, phone call, dog to vet, pick up kids, dinner, laundry and exercise if time allows. Does this sound anything like your daily routine? Do you frequently find your needs falling to the bottom of the to-do list? If you answered emphatically YES, you are not alone. Finding balance while juggling a full plate is not always easy, but finding balance, nonetheless, is essential. I would be lying to you if I told you I thought motherhood was a breeze. I would also be lying to myself if I thought I had everything balanced perfectly. Many days I feel like a circus clown juggling different roles as a nurse, mother, wife, taxi driver and referee. I constantly look around at other women and find myself asking, “Am I the only one who feels stressed and overwhelmed?” In my quest for balance I have had to prioritize my personal commitments and my family’s full plate.

Balancing priorities

I have become more relaxed about laundry and household chores. I have learned not to lose sleep if there is a dirty dish in the sink. My definition of balance is very different from the images we are bombarded with of modern moms in commercials, TV shows and magazines as they take it all on glamorously. My house would definitely not pass Martha Stewart’s rigorous standards or even the white glove test, but I am at peace with that. I would rather take a walk at the park with the kids or share dinner with my family than sweat over the little things — those details can wait until tomorrow.

So the question remains, how does today’s modern mom find balance in her mind, body and spirit? When it comes to women’s health and well-being, women often neglect their health while taking care of their family, work and coping with daily stressors. So how can one find balance everyday?

Stress management

Balance can be found in so many different ways. It can be as simple as gardening, chatting with friends, even getting your hair styled, devoting some time to much needed personal attention. Whatever you find that relieves stress, and that you enjoy, can help you find balance. Sometimes I laugh at the moments when I find that elusive balance. I’ve made hair appointments at 7pm midweek, just so I could share dinner beforehand with my family, and I’ve left the salon with soaking wet hair so I could be home to tuck the kids in bed. My balance was feeling good about pampering myself, but still making time to share the moments with my family that are important to me. It’s important for mothers to remember that their well-being and health can influence the family in so many positive ways. When moms are feeling stressed and they don’t make their personal balance a priority, they struggle with giving 100% to their career, family, faith and health. Women are a pivotal part of a family’s success and health. Michelle Rowe is a local mom who can juggle reader responses too! To reach her, email, subject line “Healthy Mom.” • October 2012 •


Fright night

When dads wear tights By Mary Helen Darah


I love Halloween. As a mom it’s the only holiday where dust and cobwebs go with the decorations, eating large amounts of chocolate and baked goods are given a thumbs up and you can dress according to whatever happens to be going on with your body. That pretty much explains why I have been everything from a killer bee (pregnant), Cher (a rare moment where my stomach saw the light of day) to a “the honeymoon’s over” costume complete with bunny slippers, pore-cleansing face mask and fluffy robe (pretty self-explanatory). Anytime you factor motherhood into the equation, it takes things to a whole new level and Halloween is no exception. My oldest loved to dress up, and her choice of costumes made this woman who breaks out into hives at the mere sight of a sewing machine a The Darah kids tested Mother Mayhem’s sewing skills happy camper. My highly creative middle child on the other hand informed me one year she wanted to be an elephant. My youngest wanted to be “herself,” and is Monster bash My kids will say (along with close to STILL miffed at me for making her wear the “cow” outfit complete with udders that 100 neighbors, friends, and family) that our annual Halloween party is the best I borrowed from the neighbors. part of the holiday. As with most things in Personality study this house it started out as a small gatherI gained some valuable insights into ing and, as one friend put it, “it grew legs.” their psyches every 31st of October espe- Even the most conservative guests, includcially in dealing with their “loot.” Lauren, ing my father, get into the spirit of things. in stereotypical first-born style, would ar- For 364 days my dad is the former Eagle range her candy with all the Snickers in a Scout, army man, entrepreneur we know row, then the Hershey Bars, and so on, to and love but, just like a werewolf, he andetermine the statistical probabilities and nually transforms into another form. Some ratios of each. She would then make a of his most memorable transformations graph to confirm her findings. The girl and were as a Hawaiian dancer complete with recent grad is now titrating paralytic drugs coconut bra, cheerleader and, my all-time as an ICU nurse. Helena would make pretty favorite, World Cup Wrestler, when he decorations out of her wrappers (her goal is borrowed (as if I wanted them back) a pair to be a special ed teacher) and Maria would of my tights. hoard hers in a secret hiding spot and was Through the years we have had some known to swipe the “good stuff” from her eyebrow-raising moments including a sisters and attempt to sell it back to them at middle-aged mother of three dressed as a a later date. She wants to major in profes- Victoria’s Secret swimsuit model. We also sional sales. had a former 6’7” college basketball player Through the years we have enjoyed come dressed as a transvestite. I did not the hallowed eve with family and friends. know where not to look first. The most upI even survived the years of dressing two setting costume to walk through our doors families in themed costumes. I was almost was worn by my daughter’s high school thrown over the edge when my ambitious friend who came dressed as part of the male friend Terry decided that if we were go- anatomy. We immediately removed him ing to be dressed as people in the shower from the party and told my little confused (loofas, shower caps and encircled by a godson that he was a giant “Twinkie.” shower curtain) that the look wouldn’t be Some parting words of advice my pretcomplete without constructing individual ties: make 100% certain that the person showerheads. To this day I have an aver- who you THINK is wearing an inflatable sion to paper towel rolls and foil. My Mom costume actually IS before making comgave her two cents worth and helped me ments. Also, when you find yourself surslit the back of my “curtain” to reveal a set rounded by kitchen clean-up helpers at 2 of fake “buns.” I totally forgot how I looked am all wearing tights (including Mr. and from behind until I stared into the eyes of a Mrs. Incredible, Robin Hood, and yes, even poor little trick or treater at my door after I Rocky Horror dad) realize that you are one bent over to give him some candy. lucky witch.

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Chris Fellows chose ballet over football long ago — the master dancer is now a master teacher

Passing on the gift

Dance FX’s Chris Fellows shares the art of dance with the next generation By Matt Desmond

Could he have been the next great athlete like Stephen Strasburg or Dirk Nowitski? We’ll never know — Christopher Fellows, an instructor at Toledo’s Dance FX Academy of the Arts, might have been born with an athlete’s build, but the world of sports was too small to hold him. And long before he reached his current height of six foot one, he’d accidentally found his lifelong passion — dance. “It started when I was six,” Fellows remembers. “My sister was taking ballet classes, and I liked to make fun of them. Then, one day, the teacher challenged me to try it myself.” Ballet wasn’t the most obvious path for a kid growing up in Ithaca, New York, but Fellows took to it immediately. “It was something I had fun doing.” Fellows trained at the Ithaca Ballet, then moved on to the School of American Ballet in New York City. He studied with the man who’d become his mentor, Azerbaijani dancer Rafael Grigorian. “He brought over a bunch of Russians to do a show on Mark Twain,” Fellows remembers. He then spent 13 full seasons as a professional dancer, with companies in Alabama, Chicago and Milwaukee. “Because of my height I tended to play a fair number of villains,” he says. “Sometimes I’d be passed over for a role because I couldn’t fit into the costume. But sometimes it opened up other opportunities.” A friend at the Milwaukee ballet recommended Fellows for a guest-teaching job at DanceFX, and he enjoyed the experience. “I always felt there was a lot of potential in this area,” he says. When

the full-time job became available, he jumped at the chance to relocate. Now in his fourth year at Dance FX, Fellows is eager to share those opportunities with new dancers, and to show them that they can succeed, despite physical limitations. “I like helping people overcome obstacles and learn something about themselves,” he says. “That discipline to achieve goals can be translated to anything. Even if [students] don’t ‘get it’ until they’re older.” He focuses mainly on ballet, though Dance FX offers instruction from jazz to tap to hip-hop — “pretty much anything you can imagine,” Fellows says. “We like to give all our students an opportunity to get onstage. We have a strong curriculum and there’s a lot of opportunity going forward.” Fellows is happy to be here, and he takes seriously the opportunity he’s been given. “Anytime you train for something, you have a lot of people who devote time and energy to you, whether you realize it or not. I feel like it’s a responsibility to pass on what you’ve learned. It’s the only way to keep the art form alive.” There’s nothing more precious than passing on your art to your own children, and Fellows has that opportunity, too. His five-year-old son, Aidan, is taking lessons at Dance FX, and Fellows couldn’t be happier. “He likes moving, and being around other kids,” Fellows says. But he knows that every child eventually chooses his own path, and he’s at peace with that. “If he’s not enjoying it,” Fellows wryly muses, “maybe I should push him to football.” • October 2012 •



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A revolutionary experience A restaurant that dares to be different By Karen L. Zickes

Revolution Grille

5333 Monroe St. (in Hobby Lobby plaza) Monday-Thursday, 4:30-11pm Friday-Saturday, 4:30pm12am Sunday, 4-9pm My children have seen the likes of far more restaurants than my husband and I ever experienced growing up. Times are different these days, and going out to eat is a norm for many families. However, it’s still something special for my kids when we treat ourselves to an upscale dining experience.  

Taking it up a notch

I gathered from Revolution Grille’s website that it was a step up from the usual eateries we frequent. When we arrived, luck was on my side and we were seated in a semi private dining area. After the diners at the table next to us had finished, we had the room to ourselves. Out of the flow is the way I LOVE to dine in nicer restaurants when I have children in tow. Now that my youngest is six years old, however, I’m less skittish about taking the kids to nicer venues. That new calm didn’t keep me from immediately removing all the sparkling stemware from our pre-set table before one of my little ones inadvertently sent glass shattering across the floor. The atmosphere was welcoming, with the open all-madefrom-scratch kitchen as a focal point. There are even seats available that put you nearly in the kitchen with the chef.

Ready for a revolution

Proprietor and Chef Rob Campbell opened Revolution Grille in June. After years of working in top notch restaurants, Chef Rob was ready to do it his way. ‘His way,’ it should be conveyed, is not conventional, but that’s exactly why

THE SHORT COURSE Kid-friendly: Yes, but it’s a

The children’s menu and kids’ beverano it was delicious age cups are available. That evening and exciting. my boys enjoyed a tasty flatbread pizza Our waitress recommended on weekends and cheeseburger with homemade chips could see my daughNoise level: Loud from the kids’ menu. Fun dessert items, ter’s hesitation to try Bathroom amenities: No changing station like a bacon and marshmallow covered anything other than High chairs? Yes fudge cupcake, are creative finishes to a the cheese flatbread. Got milk? Yes, as well as meal. She brought up the freshly-made virgin raspberOur trip to Revolution was a fun treat picture and descripry daquiris, raspberry and for our entire family. We were fortunate tion of the Chicken apple juice, and lemonade to meet Chef Rob personally and talk to Schnitzel a la HolKids’ menu? Yes, ask server him about his restaurant. As you might stein for $13.95. With for selections guess, my kids really enjoyed chatting it chicken, prosciutto, up with him. asparagus, red onion, you’ll love it. “My goal lemon beurre blanc is for it to be completely Bottom Line: Revolution Grille is a sauce, and a fried egg, I thought, ‘No spontaneous,” Chef Rob says. He best welcome adventure in dining. Guests way would she try that.’ She also offered describes the food as ‘eclectic American will love the unique combinations of flaways my daughter could alter the dish cuisine with ethnic influences.’ vors throughout the menu and the wide if there was something that didn’t sound Our attentive waitress Beccie handvariety of entrees. Though a bit more appealing. My daughter embraced the ed each of us an Android tablet (which upscale, it is still family friendly should dining adventure and ate every last looks a lot like an iPad) that served as you decide to bring the kids along. You morsel, including the egg on top! Unforour menu. My kids’ eyes grew wide. might even want to request the semi-pritunately, my husband devoured his sauRevolution Grille is the first and only vate area where you can relax a bit while téed walleye before I ever got a bite. He restaurant in the area to use Menuvadining with the younger set. assured me it was delicious. tive, an interactive electronic menu that Karen Zickes is a mom of three active They do offer kids’ entrees such as provides detailed information and fabuchildren and freelance writer who resides mini cheeseburgers, cheese flatbread, lous photos about every dish. It even in Holland, Oh. She can be reached in and grilled chicken for $4.95 plus drink. uses a pairing program to assist guests c/o in choosing the best wines to complement each offered entrée. This is most definitely less conventional, as our waitThe toxic lunchbox? ress said most upscale restaurants never Images of Disney princesses are de rigueur around the school cafeteria, but they have photos on the menu. For the record, may not be as wholesome as they look. The Center for Health, Enmy camp loved the tablet menus and I’m vironment and Justice did a recent study that discovered Disney certain my children looked at every piclunch boxes have unsafe levels of phthalates, a toxic ture available. Admittedly, I did too. chemical banned in toys. Massachusetts mom Lori more upscale venue

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Awaken your taste buds

They aren’t just cooking at Revolution Grille; rather, they are constantly creating. Trying new things is half the adventure there. I have experienced a variety of ravioli dishes, but nothing quite like the eclectic goat cheese ravioli at Revolution. With roasted plum tomatoes, grilled eggplant, arugula and oreg-

Alper has recently launched the petition, a public request to Disney to stop selling “toxic lunch boxes.” “Parents like me want to know that when they pack lunch every morning, they’re not putting their kids’ health in jeopardy,” Alper said in a press release. For more info or to sign the petition, visit To view the CHEJ study, visit chej. org/2012/08/backtoschool2012. —AO • October 2012 •


October 2012 All calendar events are subject to change, cancellation, and limited size. Calling ahead for confirmation is recommended.

Make sure to check out pg. 11 for all your spooky thrills! 2 TUESDAY Billy Elliot the Musical - Based on the international smash-hit film, Billy Elliot the Musical is brought to life on stage. A young British boy, Billy Elliot, follows his dream to be a professional ballet dancer despite his coal mining family’s opposition. Recommended for ages 8+. Show contains adult language. October 2-7. Tuesday-Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm & 7:30pm. $28-$63. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-381-8851.

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3 WEDNESDAY Toddler Trails - This outdoor, multisensory nature play and exploration program runs the first Wednesday of each month. Adult must accompany the child at the program. For children ages 18 months to 3 years. Register toddlers only. 10am. Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. 419-407-9700.

6 SATURDAY Hockey Showdown in T-Town - Get ready for Walleye Opening Night with an entire day of hockey at the Huntington Center! The hockey extravaganza features youth games, an AHL exhibition between

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Inaugural Family Promise of Greater Toledo Bed Race - Family Promise of Greater Toledo, a non-profit organization at the heart of the community’s fight against family homelessness, invites teams to join the Bed Race, a firstof-its-kind fundraiser held in Toledo. A bed race is a fun tournament where teams of five race decorated beds on a track. In addition to the races there will be other family fun activities including inflatables, face painting, music, food and more. 9:30am. Free. Lucas County Rec Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee. 8th Annual Kids In The Kitchen Join the Junior League of Toledo in celebrating healthy food and empowering local youth to make healthy lifestyle choices. Help reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues. Join Chef Saundra from the Andersons Market in healthy cooking demonstrations throughout the day. Twenty-five Vendors will be hosting healthy and fun treats, information and games! Panera will be providing delicious and healthy free lunch to the first five hundred kids! Open to all ages under 12 and must be accompanied by a parent. 10am-2pm. Free. Seagate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. 419-474-6262. Maumee River Canoe Paddle: ‘Autumn Adventure’ - Explore the Maumee River on this 3-mile canoe paddle. See one of northwest Ohio’s natural gems and get some exercise on this

naturalist led excursion. For ages 12 and up. Participants under 18 must be in the same canoe as their guardian. Program canceled if water is high. Two people per canoe. Registration required. 1pm. Farnsworth Metropark, 8505 S. River Rd., Waterville. 419-407-9700.

7 SUNDAY Black Swamp Festival - Celebrate the best season of the year with an Autumn Adventure walk, music, activities at the Johlin Cabin, family friendly activities, food and historical characters. 1pm. Pearson Metropark, Lallendorf Rd. near the corner of Navarre Ave (SR), Oregon. 419-407-9700.

8 MONDAY Polish-American Heritage Celebration - Celebrate Polish-American Heritage Month with a Kielbasa Taste-Off. Choose your favorite among Toledo’s finest. Yuk-Yuk, the clown will be here to entertain as well! 4-6pm. Lagrange Branch Library, 3422 Lagrange St., 419-259-5280.

TSO’s Promedica Halloween Spooktacular Sunday, October 28 It is never too early to introduce kids to the joy of classical music, and no event all year gives young music lovers more of a shiver of anticipation than the Toledo Symphony’s annual Promedica Halloween Spooktacular. It’s a thrilling and chilling afternoon at the Peristyle, packed with seasonal family fun. You’ll get a tour of some of the more pleasantly eerie corners of the classical repertoire, presented with plenty of flair. Your kids will definitely want to be in costume — the musicians sure will be! And be sure to come early for pre-show activities, brought to you this time by Toledo School For the Arts. 2-4pm. $20-25. Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater, 2445 Monroe St. 419-246-8000. —MD

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the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Lake Erie Monsters, the Walleye facing off against the Kalamazoo Wings, and more! All proceeds to charity! 10am-11pm. $5. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. 419-725-9255.

Family Curiosity Club: Harroun Community Park - Explore Harroun Community Park with The Sylvania Branch Library and The Olander Park System. TOPS Naturalist Sandy Gratop and Children’s Librarian Heidi Yeager make reading and the outdoors come alive in this natural habitat. Registration required. 6pm. Harroun Community Park, 5500 Main St., Sylvania. 419-882-2089. Pete the Popcorn Author Visit Don’t miss the chance to meet some local authors and hear a wonderful story of encouragement! The creators of Pete the • October 2012 •



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Popcorn will present an evening “bursting” with fun activities, food, and a few surprises. For Grades K–5. 6-7:30pm. Free. West Toledo Branch Library, 1320 W. Sylvania Ave. 419-259-5290.

9 TUESDAY Ming the Magnificent - Ming the Magnificent will amaze audiences of all ages with a unique blend of Chinese legend, lore and magic. 4pm. Birmingham Branch Library, 203 Paine Ave. 419-259-5210.

10 WEDNESDAY Senior High One Acts - The surprising range and depth of TSA’s acting students shine in scenes and short acts, directed and acted by students. 7-8pm. $6 Adult / $4 students & seniors. Toledo School for

the Arts: Attic Theater, 333 14th St. 419-246-8732.

11 THURSDAY Touch and Glue Time: Crafts for Preschoolers - Why should the big kids have all the fun? The Library will introduce arts and crafts to preschoolers. Lots of big projects and ideas for the little ones in your family at T & G today. Registration required.4pm. Sylvania Branch Library, 6749 Monroe St., Sylvania. 419-8822089.



Preschool Pioneers: Pumpkins, Gourds and Turnips! - The children are in for spooky good fun when they hear a Halloween story and carve the American jack-o-lantern, just like the settlers did. Each child will get to take home a goody bag. Please dress appropriately because this will be a messy task and

involve both parent and child. Come to the little cabin in the big swamp and experience what life was like 145 years ago. Register children 3-5 years only. Adult must accompany child during program. 10am. Pearson Metropark, Lallendorf Rd. near the corner of Navarre Ave (SR), Oregon. 419-407-9700.

13 SATURDAY 7th Annual Race for Progeria Monclova resident Kaylee Halko was diagnosed just before her first birthday 7 years ago with a rapid aging disease known as Progeria. The disease takes a heavy toll on their little bodies and causes children with Progeria to typically live to only 13 years. To help with this cost, Kaylee’s family and friends, along with the support of The Progeria Research Foundation, will be holding the 7th Annual Race for Progeria. The race includes a 5K run/2mile walk with

silent auction to raise money to continue research. 9am. Monclova Elementary School, 8035 Monclova Rd., Monclova. 419-878-3231.

14 SUNDAY Leaves Across the Water - Escape the crowds at the Apple Butter Festival for an hour of peace and colors. Board “The Volunteer” and journey along the vividly colored banks of the Miami and Erie Canal. Listen to the birds chirp, as a Metroparks Naturalist leads you on this fall color canal boat ride, explaining the changes taking place as autumn approaches. Save some time to visit the Ludwig Mill and Providence General Store. Reservations required. Providence Metropark, 3827 US 24 West (at SR 578), Grand Rapids. 419-407-9741. • October 2012 •

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Charlotte’s Web Turns 60 - Happy Birthday, Charlotte! She is “Some Spider!” Take the time to honor this special spider and her friends from the beloved children’s book by E.B. White. Students in K-grade 6 are invited to share treats, games and crafts in honor of Wilbur and Templeton’s good friend in the barnyard. 9am-5:30pm. Free. West Toledo Branch Library, 1320 Sylvania Ave. 419-259-5290.

25 THURSDAY Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: DRAGONS - Circus performers from the farthest reaches of the earth have assembled for Ringling Bros. to showcase their astounding acts of bravery and astonishing athleticism. Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson presides over this fantastical celebratory tournament of circus champions that

brings together mystic dragon lore with authentic circus feats. October 25-28. Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 11am, 3pm & 7pm; Sunday, 1pm & 5pm. $19-$75.45. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. 419-321-5007.

28 FRIDAY Sensory Friendly Movies - These events are intended to provide an accepting environment for individuals with challenges who may find it difficult to attend a movie at a traditional theater. The lights will remain on softly and the volume will be lowered. All movies will be rated PG or G and are appropriate for all ages. When possible, they will be recently released to second run theaters or to DVD. 10am. $4.50 and includes a small pop and popcorn. Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St., Maumee. 419-380-5126.

Natural Parenting Class Thursday, October 25 Cloth diapering is an age-old practice that has had a resurgence amongst new parents as they become more environmentally aware. Sweet Cheeks wants to help new parents as well as experienced ones learn everything about the benefits of cloth diapering and baby wearing. In this class Sweet Cheeks will guide parents from types of diapers to washing and even how to properly use and choose the right carrier. Already have little ones? While mom and dad are learning, they’ll keep the older kids entertained. Plus, there are secret savings at the store for those that attend. Registration required. 6-7:30pm. Free. Sweet Cheeks, 5577 Monroe St., Sylvania.—JG

MONDAYs REFRESH Moms Group, Come enjoy a light breakfast and be refreshed by connecting with other moms 2nd & 4th Monday each month. Open to all moms with children birth-elementary school. Childcare provided. Hope Community Church, 5650 Starr Extension, Oregon. TUESDAYs Nursing Mothers Group, These meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month (except major holidays). Nursing moms and new babies are invited to attend informal discussion about breastfeeding issues. 12:30–2:00pm. Harris McIntosh Tower, Toledo Hospital, 2142 North Cove Blvd. 419-291-5666. TUESDAYs & THURSDAYS Family Center Fun, Kids up to age 10 participate in themed art activities in the Museum’s Family Center. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am-3pm. Free. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. 34

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WednESDAYs mom2mom, The Toledo area’s newest moms’ group is the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays every month. 9:15-11:15am. Christ the Word Church, 5432 West Central Ave. THURSDAYS Mother Goose Storytime, A storytime program for 12–23 month old children. The program involves active participation and interaction between the child, the caregiver and a member of the Library staff. 9:30am and 10:30am. Free. The Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. 419-874-3135.

Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo, Mothers meet for fun, food and friendship in the Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo. Reliable and safe childcare provided. 9:45-11:15am. McCord Road Christian Church, 4765 N. McCord Rd., Sylvania. The group is not affiliated with the church.

FRIDAYS Babytime, Have fun with stories, rhymes and music and discover ways to develop early literacy skills in your young child. Join us for a book program designed just for the littlest learners. Go online for each Library’s age range and registration details. Registration required. 10am. Waterville Branch Library, 800 Michigan Ave., Waterville. 419-878-3055. SUNDAYS Free Family Time Tour, Children and their adult partners tour works of art related to the Family Center’s weekly art project, then roll up their sleeves back at the Center for hands-on creating. 2pm & 2:30pm. Toledo Museum of Art Family Center, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.



ADVERTISING IN MARKETPLACE Free Classifieds: Individuals may receive one free 20-word ad per month (products offered in ads must sell for under $100). Each additional word 40 cents, payment must accompany ad. Free ads run 1 month and are reserved for private-parties use, noncommercial concerns and free services. FREE Ads MUST be typed or neatly printed and MAILED, EMAILED, or ENTERED ONLINE at or DROPPED OFF to Toledo Area Parent Classifieds by the15th of the month prior to publication.

Line Classifieds: Only $10 per month for 20

words or less. Each additional word is 40 cents each and any artwork will be $5 extra. Display Classifieds: Display classifieds with


Freelance writers needed. Send resume to:

Display Advertising Sales Executives

Adams Street Publishing Company is looking for bright, articulate and creative display advertising sales executives. Full and part time positions available. We publish the area's largest circulation free papers -Toledo City Paper, Toledo Parent, Ann Arbor Family and Ann Arbor Current. You will be working with a base of current and prospective clients within a geographic territory. Your job will be to sell print and online advertising to an eclectic and exciting group of clients, business owners and advertising decision makers through relationship building and on-going account management. We offer a fast paced, fun environment with great earning potential for highly motivated individuals. Commission and benefits available. If you are self-motivated and want to work in a great non-corporate environment where creativity and commitment abound, email your resume to Aubrey Hornsby

or fax to:


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a box may be purchased for $25 per column inch. Photos are accepted with ads for an additional $5 per photo. Deadlines: Ad copy must be received by the 15th of the month prior to publication. Payment: Payment must be received before an ad can be placed. We accept checks, cash, money orders and credit cards (Visa/Mastercard).

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INTERNS NEEDED Fun job. Great experience. Being on Toledo’s cutting edge. If you like taking pictures, presenting ideas, going to events for free and working in a team environment but don’t want to deal with the corporate ladder, ask us about an internship with the Toledo City Paper. College credit can be provided. We are looking for part time and full time interns. Apply at Staff writers needed Do you know what a lead, nutgraph, and kicker are? If so, read on. Toledo Area Parent is always looking for enterprising, dedicated reporters. We pay for good work: writing that is easy to read, succinct and well-researched. If you struggle with basic grammar, spelling or deadlines, please don’t apply. Email a cover letter, resume and clips to with the subject line “TAP Writer.”

Street performers, astrologers, tarot card/palm readers, musicians, jugglers & other entertainers needed for the Nightfall Festival


Inflatables, Rides, Tents, Tables, Chairs, Carnival Games, Concession Machines, Picnic Games, Casino Equipment, Dunk Tank, and all your event needs

ANNOUNCEMENTS NEW! Toledo area mom’s group mom2mom. 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 9:15 - 11:15am at Christ the Word Church near Secor Metropark. gluten free support group for children and their families. Meets first Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm at First United Methodist Church in Sylvania. Contact Cheri or Holly at

Make your Party Extraordinary with Energizing Enthusiasm Entertainment! Juggling on 5’ unicycle, balancing 12 chairs on chin & balloon animals.


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419.244.9859 to sell your stuff today

for sale house sale 571 Western Ave. Back yard, front porch, in house. Winter clothes, oak wood bunk beds, furniture and misc. WedMon 419-537-3721 mini motions costume & accessory sale Oct. 13 1-4pm, Saturday. Sizes 2-8. Everything under $10. Costumes, accessories,

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at Toledo Botanical Garden Various shifts available. For more information call 419.536.5588

dance class for hearing impaired school age children. Sunday, 4pm 419-3091610. Classes start Sept. 16

DISTRIBUTORS WANTED for Revolutionary Products. Tightens, Tones & Firms Skin in 45 minutes! Call Pam 313-399-9326

Shorties Tuesdays 6-8 PM Pizza Papalis Wednesdays 6-8 PM


Tutoring K-8, Specializing in reading, math & study skills. Will meet each student at Public Library at your convenience. Call 419-360-2558

violin lessons: Want to have fun while learning? Experienced, compassionate instructor offering creative coaching for all ages and levels.

October 5 & 6, 4pm-10pm.


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Toledo Area Parent Classifieds, 1120 Adams St., Toledo, Ohio 43604 Phone: 419-244-9859 E-Mail: REFUNDS: Sorry, NO REFUNDS given. MISPRINTS: Credit toward future ads.

Birthdays • Banquets Schools • Scouts • More!

children’s art classes at the Toledo Artists’ Club at the Toledo Botanical Gardens. Wed. 4:00 p.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m. Call 419841-8153 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

engineer wanted Minimum 10 years experience. Equipment design experience with use of Solid Works & Auto Cad software. Knowledge of stress analysis, welding, hydraulics, machining, pneumatics, electrical control circuitry and finish processes. Military specifications & requirements including MIL-STD-100/ ASME Y14.100 drawing requirements. Send resume to: career opportunity: Develop a sales/ construction management profession with established company. 419-754-1152

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