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Working to RESTORE fathers — by Erin Marsh

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Making a splash on the Maumee — by Karen Zickes

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My children surprised me with this amazing photo of my eight grandchildren for my birthday. I feel so blessed to have them all live in Toledo close to their Gigi and Boppa! The photo was taken by AnnMarie Finn (Finn Photography) at Wildwood Metropark. ­— Diana Gabel

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ful diamond ring to celebrate the birth of each of our three boys. I want them to remember me wearing the rings and talking to them about how thankful we were to bring each of them into our lives. They will each have the opportunity to give “their” ring to their love as they grow up and get married (part of their wedding bands if wanted). This way- their father and I will always be with them. I love the idea!

Joanna Viola: I love this look and also the symbolism!

Mary Paap: My husband bought me a new ring to wear while I wait for my wedding ring to fit again. He gave it to me right after the birth. Stacy Johnson Vrooman:

My push presents are my children.

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Wicked at the Stranahan

Local charter school chosen as candidate for IB program When a kindergartner comes home with a working knowledge of photosynthesis, parents and teachers notice. “That was the clincher,” says Tiffany Adamski, Interim Principal at Central Academy of Ohio. The photosynthesis unit had been part of the pilot program for the International Baccalaureate (IB), a comprehensive, collaborative, whole-child approach to teaching and learning. When the 5 year old kindergartner’s mom reported her astonishment at her child’s understanding of such a complex process, teachers started to feel confident that the IB was right for Central. Getting the IB program designation is hard work. “There’s a rigorous application process, and then you spend about a year as a school of interest,” says Adamski. “In that time, school personnel really dive into the inner workings of the current programming in order to decide whether there’s a good fit with the IB.” Central now enters the 1-2 year candidacy stage, when a consultant from the IB will help develop and fully implement the program school wide. “There are only nine IB Primary Year Programs in the state, and we are on our way to being number ten,” says Adamski. So far, there’s a lot of excitement. “After the first level of IB training, our teachers came back with amazing ideas and put together some spectacular lessons that had parents calling the school to talk about the differences.” Central Academy of Ohio,

Billing itself as “the untold story of the witches of Oz,” “Wicked” has been thrilling audiences since it opened on Broadway in 2003. The touring company will be visiting the Stranahan Theater for a two-week run, to spellbind audiences with the origins of Glinda the Good, eventually the Witch of the North—you know, the one in the big white dress who comes down in a bubble—and Elphaba, the green-faced misunderstood girl who will grow up to be the Wicked Witch of the West. The show is recommended for children 8 and older; children under four will not be admitted. Parents who have seen the show recommend familiarizing children in advance with the story and soundtrack, which includes songs like “Defying Gravity” and “For Good,” for the best experience.

Photo by Joan Marcus Pictured Hayley Podschun and Jennifer DiNoia

August 14-September 1 Check website for times and to purchase tickets. $38-128 Stranahan Theater 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo. 419-381-8851

Positively Portable Preschool “NO MORE MONKEYS JUMPIN’ ON THE BED!!!”

Visit Black Kite Coffee at the right time, and you’re likely to chime in and start jumping on the “bed” yourself. The activity is part of Positively Portable Preschool, the brainchild of early childhood special educator Denice Rokicki. The Toledo native spent the last thirty-odd years educating elsewhere, primarily Phoenix, AZ, where she created a music and movement program heavy on stories. “Everything is related to books,” says Denice. “I incorporate songs and movement, including old standards that parents know, and newer stuff.” Her program is designed for children ages 0-5. “The zeros don’t watch me, they watch the other kids,” she says. Play is all-inclusive, and special needs kids are welcome.  Parents can join in or take a break with other parents, enjoying  Black Kite’s excellent coffee and breakfast offerings. Denice is available for chatting while she sets up the space about a half hour before. That includes putting together a puzzle-piece dance floor—kids are welcome to help—as well as bringing in four crates and two backpacks full of toys. Denice is looking to expand the program to other locations; call 419-280-1173 for details. Positively Portable Preschool, Black Kite Coffee, 10:30 on Saturdays, excluding the last Saturday of the month. 2499 Collingwood,( at the corner of Delaware) Toledo. 419-720-5820.

Maumee Summer Fair Art, crafts, music, food, and

special areas just for kids and dogs; what’s not to love about the Maumee Summer Fair? Festivities kick off on Friday night with Taste of Maumee, where you can stroll past booths manned by local restaurants selling fare ranging from a small taste to a full meal. Taste continues a through Saturday. Other attractions include the Kids Zone, with plenty of games and activities, and live music from bands like Venyx and 80’s-inspired, Reaganomics. A huge variety of local vendors will have booths with info and giveaways, and you can feast your eyes on art and crafts as well. On Saturday, the 3rd annual Bow-wow Bash provides “all kinds of dog-gone fun,” including a variety of contests, goody bags for dogs and owners, and baby pools so your pooch can chill out in the hot summer sun. And don’t miss the parade, at 10 AM, led by the Maumee High School marching band, and featuring dance groups, classic cars, wild imaginative floats, singers, pets and costumed children on bikes. The fair is sponsored by the Maumee Uptown Business Association. Friday, August 16, 5-11pm; Saturday, August 17, 9am-11pm (Fun Zone ends at 9 both nights). Downtown Maumee, summer_fair.php • August 2013 •


More than just popcorn By Christine A. Holliday Popcorn isn’t just for movie theatres any more. Rachel Matthews believes it is a great treat any time, and hopes customers at her new Rachel Michael Gourmet Popcorn shop will agree. “My sister and I always made caramel corn during the holidays,” she explains,“ and we had to make two batches because we pretty much consumed the first batch ourselves. We gave it as gifts to friends and families, and people were always asking for the recipe. So, when I lost my job as a pharmaceutical rep, the popcorn business was Plan B.  We’re starting out slow, but we are getting rave reviews!” Matthews set up shop with three ovens in her home kitchen, and works at night after her two young children have gone to bed. She starts with special popcorn popped in a movie theatre machine, applies a caramel coating and bakes the popcorn for an hour. Sometimes she forgoes the caramel and chooses different toppings (cheese, chocolate, peanut butter, mint, to name a few) which blend with the hot baked popcorn and provide the  signature flavors. The most popular is Buckeye Corn (think Buckeye candies), which is joined by Confetti, (with a mix of fruit flavors), Buffalo Bleu Cheese, White and Yellow Cheddar, Christmas, and S’Mores. Could a popcorn lover ask for anything more? How about Cinnamon Roll or Caramel Apple Bacon Brittle or Parmesan Basil Tomato flavors? Stay tuned ­­— they are in the planning stages! And all of Matthew’s offerings are available online for personal or corporate gift giving. The new venture will feature a retail shop and an open kitchen, where customers can watch Matthews prepare the popcorn for sale in bags or tins. She hopes to have a kids’ area, where young popcorn lovers can make their own flavored popcorn balls and celebrate birthdays. Rachel Michael’s Gourmet Popcorn is located near Gino’s Pizza and Bar 145 on Monroe Street at Nantucket. Phone: 419 304-8001. Website: and e-mail


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Special needs students affected by the closing of Mary Immaculate School in June will have a new place to call home in September. Former MI parent and Board president Dan LaValley has spearheaded the drive to open the new school, Hope Learning Academy, to be located in the former Hampton Park Christian Church at Rushland and Monroe Street in West Toledo. “Parents and friends of the school called me when they heard the news,” he explains. “They told me I had to do something. So I started the process of getting a school open in time for school this fall.”

Mellissa Hinton has been appointed “School Leader” of Hope Learning Academy of Toledo

He asked former MI coordinating intervention specialist Melissa Hinton to be his Head of School; they will work with teachers and staffers and a 5-person Board to provide a stringent curriculum in K-8 classrooms of no more than 10 students. “There is a tendency to go easy on these kids, because people don’t believe they can do the work,” LaValley said. “But they can, and we will do our best to help them. We will have a Sensory Integration Classroom, a state licensed counselor and occupational therapists on staff. The small student/teacher ratio will make us stand out from other schools.” Hope Learning Academy will open at 4234 Monroe Street, Toledo this fall. More information is available at 419 297-6313 or on their website


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THELINES TWEEN advice for parents with children 10-16

Out of This World Experiments at St.ByUrsula Academy Christine A. Holliday Six physics students at St. Ursula Academy were part of a joint STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education program run by NASA and Portland State University (PSU). The program, named CELERE 2013 (Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments) gives students in grades 5-12 an opportunity to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, through experiments similar to those conducted on the International Space Station. The students each learned to use a 2D CAD program, DraftSight, to diagram capillary channels and test a hypothesis about how the liquid will behave in the channels in microgravity. They submitted their drawings and PSU students manufactured the experiment hardware using the drawings and a computer-controlled laser.

The science behind it all

A quick reacting silicon oil (with low viscosity) is used in the University’s Dryden Drop Tower. The experiments’ models are dropped down a 22meter shaft and they behave as if there is very little gravity. It is easy to see and study capillary effects

in such an environment where there is free fall, which replicates the gravitational environment on the Space Station. Teacher Jackie Kane explains, “There is almost as much gravity in the Space Station. It is only that the Space Station is also falling toward the Students like Alysse Budd can submit experiments to be tested by NASA through STEM Earth like the experiment and therefore we see the effect of weightlessness. The Space Station is mov- the participants to create their own experiments to ing horizontally very fast so that as it falls, it moves be tested. I found it very cool to be able to submit away from the Earth horizontally in a straight line, my experiment to be tested by NASA through this resulting in a constant distance from Earth (i.e. or- program.” bit).” The CELERE program is a BETA program, designed to offer American students the opportunity The benefit for students to experimentally explore the properties of space The project is strongly tied to new STEM and while they remain on Earth. It takes the place of core curriculum at the all-girls school. Students are earlier programs that were eliminated due to cutencouraged to create open-ended inquiry based exbacks in NASA funding. periments, and senior Alysse Budd was pleased to participate. “I really enjoyed how easy it was for • August 2013 •



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Maybe not all teachers enjoy getting the classic apple as a gift from their students, but there are other – and less cliché – ways to build a strong working relationship with your child’s educator. Often the most efficient, effective and welcome way of opening the communication lines is via e-mail.

“I love when a parent sends me a quick e-mail to tell me, ‘My child was telling me a funny story about what happened at school today,”

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While you also want to avoid becoming a helicopter parent who steps in at every turn, Washington Junior High School Counselor Molly Mueller would rather have parents who are more involved rather than hands-off. Parents’ involvement in their child’s education is a lifelong event, it’s an investment and it needs to be taken seriously,” Mueller said. “[Junior high or middle school] is typically where we see a drop off in parent involvement, and that’s the most crucial time.”

Attend orientation or go with your older student to pick up their course schedule Get to know educators and administrators, including the counselor Join the Parent Teacher Association or other parent group

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How to... dress appropriately but maintain the cool factor Kylie Jenner may set the trends for teens and tweens in L.A., but a local boutique owner has tips to keep your tween dressing on-trend and age appropriately this school year.

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“For tweens, we’re seeing knits, things that look like the older kids but have more comfort and more coverage,” said Tania Snyder, owner of Kids Klothesline, 111 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. “Pleather is really hot, pleather jackets over comfortable, stretchy knit dresses.” Snyder suggested using pops of bright color such as peacock blue, teal, mustard or rust to add fun and grown up elements to an outfit with a more conservative shape, or mixing patterns and fabric. Another big trend for girls is wearing sheer leggings in darker colors under a longer skirt or dress rather than thicker, opaque tights. For boys, preppy is out. Snyder says boys are more into vintage-looking T-shirts, music themes and well-fitting, comfortable denim. “Even when they get dressed up, they just want a casual sweater they can wear again later with khakis or jeans,” Snyder said.

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Educators and parents agree – a child’s education is a team sport. Molly Mueller, the guidance counselor at Washington Junior High School and a former high school teacher and elementary school counselor, offered ways parents can help set their student up for success in the classroom and inspire passion for learning.

Start a schedule. Getting into a routine a week to two weeks

“If the parents are excited and positive it rubs off on the kids,” Mueller said.

Practice new elements. Pick up their schedule, walk to the bus

before school starts is crucial, where kids are doing activities that bring a curriculum back into their day. Refresh math skills they learned in the previous grade, or read books at their current grade level.

stop, tour the building, attend student orientation if it is available, map out their day and practice their locker combination.

Shop for supplies. Mueller suggests letting kids take ownership of the supplies they buy, even junior high and high school students. Make a production of going back to school.

Talk about everything.

Mueller reiterated the need for open communication with your children about their fears, anxieties and what excites them about the new school year.

Get active. “Physical activity automati-

cally reduces stress and anxiety,” said Mueller, pointing out that naturally anxious children benefit significantly from an active outlet. “Let them release those endorphins.”

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How to... start strong the first morning Bags are packed, first-day-of-school outfits are carefully selected, and your little scholars are tucked in bed, anticipating the beginning of a new adventure – what can you do to make the morning extra special? Toledo mom Debbie Dukes says she and her husband Brad focus on filling the first day of school with enthusiasm. “We make sure to be really excited for what’s happening with them individually [this school year],” Dukes said of her daughters Grace, 9, Karis, 7, and Anya, 4. “We like to take pictures. Just take some intentional time to be excited with them and for them about who they are and what’s happening.”

A good breakfast is non-negotiable. Make sure to wake up in time for small touches to make them feel loved. “Karis and I always have the routine of doing her hair every morning,” Dukes said. “When Brad packs their lunches, he writes them each a note.”

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How to... de-stress before the big first day Routine, routine, routine – local educators say the key to helping your child switch from summer fun mode to brain building mode is to get them back into a school-time routine a week or two before the school year starts. Danielle Darling, a kindergarten teacher with McGregor Elementary School, encourages parents to set a bedtime, have a good breakfast every morning and read books a week or two before school starts. She also recommended parents become familiar with the educator standards for each grade level set by the Ohio Department of Education. Understanding what your student will be learning this year and refreshing what they learned last year will help you converse with your kids to reduce their stress. Toledo mom Breanna Miller Filas encourages her 12-year-old son Hudson to maintain what he learned the previous year by engaging in fun activities throughout the summer.

“All summer I try to do things that keep him from losing what he’s learned,”

Filas said. “When he was little I used to do a bridge book every summer. I just try to make it less schoollike but still doing a lot of learning.”


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Easing back into learning rather than making an abrupt change from the pool to the classroom makes going back to school less stressful for children and parents alike. Resources to Calm Anxiety: For younger students, books about going back to school may help. Check out “First Day Jitters” by Julie Danneberg. The accompanying worksheets may be found at Middle-schoolers and teens can learn how to keep their cool by reading “My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Stress” by Michael A. Tompkins, PhD and Katherine A. Martinez, PsyD or “Stress Management for Dummies” by Allen Elkin. Become familiar with the Ohio Department of Education educator standards by visiting Academic-Content-Standards

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How to... Pack a healthy lunch Your kids will actually eat An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but it is not as much fun to eat as chips, French fries or other junk food. Is it possible to offer healthy lunches for your kids with stress-free prep for you? Toledo Area Parent went to the experts for some helpful hints. Colleen Rediger, a registered nurse at Toledo Children’s Hospital has worked in pediatrics for 25 years, says parents need to keep balance in mind when packing nutritious but fun lunches. “Make sure to balance carbohydrates with protein,” Rediger said, “All of those sugary juice drinks do nothing for the kids in the afternoon. Their blood sugar goes way up and then drops.” To incorporate healthy fats that provide longer lasting energy, she suggested trying pumpkin seeds, avocado and cheese.


“I encourage parents to involve kids in healthy food choices as often and as much as possible. Give them healthy options and let them choose. Turkey or ham? With lettuce, tomato or both? Would you like a wheat roll, a wrap or bread? Would you like an apple or banana? This way they are playing an important role in the food choices and I find they are more likely to eat them. I always encourage parents to give children some room to be kids. I let my children choose one food from the” sometimes” category. This is a food that should not be eaten all the time or frequently, but is okay with moderation. I realize raising a healthy family is a work in progress and it’s not going to happen overnight! My kids are learning what the healthy foods are and that they have a say in the foods they decide to eat. My goal is to raise healthy eaters and help guide them to live a healthy lifestyle!”

Luann Garber, a registered dietician and a nutritionist at ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital, says the best place to find inspiration is your own dinner table – pack leftovers for lunch the next day. “Sometimes what they had for dinner the night before is really appealing, and you know where it came from and that they’re going to like it,” Garber said. The one tips she had that surprised us: Stay away from Lunchables and other pre-packaged lunches. “They are loaded with fat and calories, way too many calories for an elementary school student,” she said. The bottom line: It’s all about being creative, and using color and texture to help balance nutrients and fun.

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TRY THESE FUN, HEALTHY OPTIONS Like any mom, Lisa Drayer, M.A., R.D., knows how hard it can be to get kids interested in healthy eating, but as a nutritionist she understands the importance of wholesome foods for a child’s growth and development. Through the years, Lisa has developed creative ideas for snacks that are both nutritious and “kid-approved.” Children enjoy making and eating the snacks listed here, and most travel well in the lunchbox, too! Fruit kabobs:  Cut cantaloupe, honeydew and pineapple into chunks. Wash and halve some strawberries, and wash a bunch of blueberries. Thread the fruit onto small wooden skewers, alternating colors, and then remove the skewers’ sharp ends before serving.   Peanut butter “face”:  This playful dish provides your child with protein and fiber. Spread allnatural peanut butter on one slice of whole wheat bread, then top with two banana slices for the eyes, two orange segments for eyebrows, a strawberry half for the nose, and a string of raisins to make a mouth.   Turkey roll-ups:  You and your child will have fun preparing this low fat but protein-rich snack! Spread low-fat honey mustard dressing on a whole-wheat tortilla. Place a slice of roasted turkey (avoid highly-processed deli meat that contains nitrates and fillers) and a slice of Swiss cheese on top. Roll it up and slice into bite-size pieces.   Creamy orange smoothie:  This orange refreshment is full of protein, calcium and vitamin C – perfect for after soccer or gymnastics. For four 8 ounce servings, combine 2½ cups low-fat plain yogurt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1½ cups fresh orange juice and 3 teaspoons NECTRESSE Natural No Calorie Sweetner. Blend until smooth. Serve well-chilled.   Crunchy chocolate-dipped kiwis:  This treat has antioxidants and vitamin C. Heat one ounce of dark chocolate in the microwave for 30-second intervals until soft; stir until smooth. Dip four peeled and sliced kiwis in melted chocolate. Place on wax paper and sprinkle with almonds, then chill until the chocolate solidifies. • August 2013 •



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Create an imagination bucket for your child’s quiet time and change out the contents to keep it interesting.

With an older child, set a timer and encourage him to play alone for 10 minutes. Model time alone whether through reading, journaling or simply resting.

Encourage self-directed play Even if your child complains about how bored she is, avoid jumping in as the designated Calling for a Little Peace and Quiet entertainer. How time spent alone can foster creativity and independence among children. By Christa Melnyk Hines

Ever felt the need for a peaceful retreat if for no other reason than to collect your thoughts? Your kids might need to do the same. Some experts fear that in a world muddied with thousands of distractions, structured activities and constant entertainment options, our children do not spend enough time alone simply relaxing or engaging in quiet, unplugged play. “The demise of children learning to amuse themselves has negative consequences...when they become adults,” says Ann Dunnewold, a psychologist and author of Even June Cleaver Would Forget the Juice Box. “As a society, we’re lacking on this kind of time. “Children who are constantly entertained prove less likely to show initiative and more likely to have problems motivating themselves upon entering the work world. On the other hand, kids given regular time alone are more likely to exhibit time management and problem solving abilities. Time alone also fosters creativity, self-confidence and independence. Plus, solitude gives kids the opportunity to drive their own play without having to compromise or go along with what the group demands.

Teresa Bondora, an educator and mother of two children, believes in respecting our children’s changing needs for social and solitary time. She says you may be surprised at how much time alone they choose on their own. ”In my opinion, time alone or (time) spent recreationally is just as personal and timely as hunger.And dictating (their time) is disrespectful and teaches children to ignore their own body speaking to them. If we ask and respect this need, then we teach them to respect it for themselves and listen to it,” Bondora says.

Follow your child’s cues

Babies as young as two-months-old can play on their own for a little while. “Have (your) baby play in five to ten minute increments on a blanket on the floor. Babies of this age can amuse themselves by looking at pictures in board books or at mirrors or lights,” Dunnewold says. Alternate between playing with your baby for five minutes and giving her five minutes to play on her own. Slowly increase the amount of time.

No doubt extracurricular activities enhance a child’s physical and social development. However, when those activities dominate a child’s day, she doesn’t get ample opportunity to unwind. A child’s reaction to over stimulation varies depending on her personality, but typical signs that your child might need some down time include crankiness, irritability and not getting along with others. 28

Schedule daily quiet time

Carve out quiet time in the day if your child isn’t used to initiating it on her own. Daily quiet time allows kids to relax, listen to music, read or simply daydream. But, your child’s needs may vary. While all children need down time, not every child must be alone to recharge. “Some children who really like to be with others might like it best if they are lying on the couch reading a book while mom reads her book right next to them. Other children might really want to be off alone,” Dunnewold says.

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With an older child, set a Building blocks are another excellent timer and encourage him to choice that encourage children to play alone for 10 minutes. practice fine motor skills while Babies as When the time is up, play using their imaginations. young as two for 10 minutes with your months can play Model time alone child and then set the timer again for 10 minon their own for Constantly playing the role of utes of solitary play. If a little while. entertainer or running from one your preschooler no activity to the next is exhaustlonger naps, set aside an ing and stressful. Set an example hour a day for your child to for your children about how to best play quietly, look at books and relax. manage stress by modeling quiet time on your own, whether through reading, Encourage self directed play journaling or simply resting.

Even if your child complains about how bored she is avoid jumping in as the designated entertainer. Self-directed play leads to more imaginative play. If your child isn’t used to playing alone, suggest activities that she can do on her own. List activities on a chart or have her pick an idea out of a jar. Afterward, reward her with a sticker or extra time with you and use positive reinforcement: “Didn’t you have fun?! What a big girl!” Create an “imagination bucket” for your child’s quiet time and change out the contents from time to time to keep it interesting. Depending on the age of your child, include popsicle sticks, crayons, glue, beads, pipe cleaners or stickers. Let her go to town creating, coloring or designing.

Ester Buchholz, a psychologist and author of the book The Call of Solitude, says time alone is needed more than ever in our lives. “Being alone gives us the power to regulate and adjust our lives,” she writes. “It can teach us fortitude and the ability to satisfy our own needs. It brings forth our longing to explore, our curiosity about the unknown, our will to be an individual... Alone time is fuel for life.”

Schedule daily quiet time

From enhanced introspection and creativity to valuable life skills, a restful respite in the middle of a busy day will support your child’s physical, mental and emotional health today and into the future. And, as a hardworking parent, you’ll reap the benefits, too!

Christa Melnyk Hines, the mother of two lively boys and finds moments of quiet time are instrumental to the well-being of her family. • August 2013 •


Traveling Dad:

A dad’s absence brings appreciation for home Matthew L. Reger

This summer has brought its share of memorable events in our family — horse lessons for my daughter, potty training for my son, another trip to Central Asia for me, and testing the patience and endurance of my wife. The Mongolia trip is an annual adventure that takes me to remote places as an election monitor. Through this ongoing project I have visited some far-flung parts of Central Asia, fulfilled an unending passion for travel and came home to a family enthusiastic about my return. After one of these trips, though, my wife admitted she did not know whether to “hug me or hit me.” Taking the long way home... The 2011 Kazakhstan presidential election looked like a great opportunity to visit somewhere I had never been. This was a ten-day trip and my wife insisted she would be fine alone with the kids. Even though I had some trepidation, my desire to travel caused me to overlook any harbingers of trouble. My days in Kazakhstan went fast and soon my obligation was complete. I was in the remote western edge of the country when we began our return. Before leaving, I contacted my wife after what had been an extended time of no contact. It was then that I found out how frustrated she was and how tough things had been. The news from home was “get home as soon as you can.” The first leg of my return was a flight to the capital. The plane took off, but two hours into the flight we


were diverted to another city because of weather. I rolled with it, even though I realized I was going to miss my next flight to Frankfurt and thereafter, the connecting flight to get home. The plane landed, our One of the man y Mongolian ad group of monitors disemventures taken by this travelin barked and tried to figure out what was going g dad to happen next. While several members of our group argued about the best move, I found a wifi connection and texted my wife. The response to “how are you” was “the dicament while she shared her’s. I never felt more helpcar broke down, what should I do?” less. The kids had been difficult; her mother had been I decided to hold off telling her about my own situ- critical of her child rearing; the dealership told her the ation. only option for the car was to spend $3,000.00; my father “What happened?” I texted. had not helped and all I could do was tell her that I was “I don’t know. It just stopped running. I am visiting stuck in Central Asia. mom and I don’t know what to do!” Ultimately, she got my father to speak to the dealer“Call my dad,” I texted back. ship and the car was fixed for less than $100; I returned “I did. He gave me options. Did not help!” That is not a day later than scheduled and we all met at the airport. what she wanted. My dad is a mechanic and she wanted It was there that I saw in her eyes a desire to hit me; she him to solve her problem. had every right. But in spite of her frustration she hugged Use in Emergencies Only me. I decided to call her on the “use only in an emergenThere certainly is no place like home, even for a facy” phone. This seemed to qualify. ther with an annual wanderlust that his wife patiently Through the frantic call I hurriedly explained my pre- indulges.

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A victim of fashion

Mother Mayhem attempts to be stylish By Mary Helen Darah

Until I got hips, I wore my brother’s hand-me-downs. It was actually a blessing since back in the day there were hardly any others that would fit. I towered over the “you must be this tall to ride” sign at the amusement park and could experience the scariest of coasters in the second grade. I loved skirts, not out of a burning desire to be feminine, but because I didn’t have to deal with my “Jolly Green Giant” inseam. Things have improved since then. However, the last time I was in Ann Taylor, I commented to the saleswoman that I had never seen capri pants made of corduroy. She curtly responded, “Those are NOT capris.” Eddie Bauer recently shortened their “tall” pants an inch so I guess I am destined to look like I am anticipating high water at any given moment. At least I have progressed from wearing holiday sweaters and homemade sweatshirts my girls decorated for more “toned down” options, but I refuse to give up my “critter attire” including my moose boxers and the ones with the big fish on the behind that proclaims “NICE BASS.” I have somehow managed to rise above the “fashion faux pas” moments of my past. The most memorable was when a gentleman came up to me during the intermission of a theater performance and asked “Are you having trouble telling them apart?” I had no idea what he was talking about until my child pointed out the big “L” (for large) sticker that I neglected to remove from my left breast. I am still recovering from the trauma of not trying on a swimsuit my friend lent me before a pool party I was to attend. She was adamant that my one piece Speedo was far too conservative. I had a “Meet the Parents” moment in a bikini as I spent the night hiding behind any and all objects that would cover me. Thank God for that well-placed ficus tree.


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In need of an exit strategy It is important to check and see if garments have an “exit strategy.” My friend Claudia kindly came over and helped me get into an “Alice in Wonderland” dress for a photo shoot. It wasn’t until everyone departed that I realized I couldn’t get out of it solo. There is nothing like spending eight hours as a Disney character to find your “inner Alice.” My friend also experienced a terrible case of “stuckness.” She had the brilliant idea of safety pinning her Spanx bodysuit to her strapless dress—as if a garment containing the chemical components equivalent to a seal suit would budge. She discovered when she was trying to go to the bathroom that she had pinned the zipper as well. She lost her balance when she tried to get free from her self-imposed bondage. Needless to say, her physical pain healed far faster than the emotional ordeal of being found spread eagle on the bathroom floor still wrapped in the shower curtain she had grabbed to break her fall.

A family matter Other family members have had their fair share of dressing disasters. My usually conservatively dressed father was convinced to step “outside the box” by a persuasive salesperson when he rented a tux for a charity event. He received numerous comments and questions about his attire most notably, “What instrument

do you play?” He was wearing the same tux as the band members. My daughter showed up at a family event wearing a t-shirt she got for free during spring break. Working in the medical field, she has been exposed to Latin, but her Greek still needs work. This became evident when her greatgrandmother read her t-shirt with Greek symbols that said, “I love Sigma Epsilon Chi” or in English “SEX.” All Gram could do is give her a knowing smile— especially since she once looked like the Hunchback of Notre Dame after one of her blouse’s shoulder pads came loose during a church service. It ended up taking up residence in the middle of her back. Gram and her new “hump” ended up on the prayer request list. A bit of wisdom I have learned a lot of fashion wisdom over the years. Remember, even if the chart on the back of the panty-hose box states, “up to six foot” the crotch will be four inches south from where it should be and if you hear a strange swishing noise while walking in the woods, it’s most likely coming from your 80’s parachute workout pants and not some unknown creature. In the future, I will desperately try to keep the Canadian mammal attire to a minimum (my Mom has a loon and wolf wardrobe that defies explanation), check my view from the “rear” for any unwanted external cling-on undergarments, and do what I always do: Rely on my inner beauty and sense of humor while wearing comfortable shoes.

Mark Robinson: from football to fatherhood

Robinson works to RESTORE fathers to their place within the family By Erin Marsh

Mark Robinson’s life story is the stuff of books. Robinson’s original dream was to play in the NFL, and after receiving a full ride scholarship to Alabama A&M University for football, he was well on his way to making that dream a reality. However, during his freshman year he shattered his ankle, which consequently shattered his “hopes and dreams” of professional ball. He attended college for only one more year because, as Robinson explains, “I lost all motivation after football. I didn’t have a plan B.” Unsure of what to do with his future, Robinson enrolled in the military. Yet after only 3 months, he was medically discharged; one of the three surgeries on his ankle was a skin graft, and the military-issued boots rubbed incessantly on his ankle, creating a painful lesion.

Talk to Mark

“I was trying to get my own life together at that point, but everyone kept asking me to help them through the challenges in their lives,” Robinson says. “Everyone was saying, ‘You should talk to Mark; he can help, he can help.’ It became so frequent that I approached one of my mentors [about it]...and she said, ‘You should embrace that because that’s a sign that God’s trying to use you.’” Thanks to his mentor’s encouragement, Robinson decided to go back to school at Syracuse University in order to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work.

During his studies, Robinson began working in the Head Start program as a male involvement specialist: “My responsibility was to get fathers involved in their Mark Robinson motivates and teaches men to be actively involved fathers children’s education. I designed the blueprint [for this program] because there was nothing in place, and I had Robinson frequents correctional institutions and to create the model for it and implement it.” churches to “teach men about God and His original deThis was a turning point in Robinson’s life. Mark sign for them as fathers.” He has many success stories, reflects, “I’ve always been relilike Robinson’s recent triumph: gious, but I hadn’t always been an unemployed man with “How can you leave fathers helping living like a Christian. It took some no home find a job, navigate the years of dealing with the conseout? They are supposed to be judicial system, pay child support, quences of poor choices before I and consequently reunite with his the heads of the family.” was able to embrace what God daughter, whom he had not seen for had already put in me. I was raised two years. and trained with a Christian background, but my own Robinson was recently recognized for all of his hard choices steered me away from that. When I became older, work when he was nominated to receive a Fatherhood I came to my senses.” Hero’s Award from President Obama’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative. A program for fathers After some twists and turns, Robinson ended up in Toledo, where his wife lived (they had been living states Mark’s inspirations apart for the first few months of their marriage). EvenHero: my mother; she instilled in me tually he started his fatherhood initiative: R.E.S.T.O.R.E. everything that’s good Robinson explains, “I realized that all of the local agenLaw of Life: “Work hard at whatever you do... cies provided for children and families, but not fathers. strive for excellence in everything you do.” How can you leave fathers out? They are supposed to be the heads of the family.” • August 2013 •


Miss Lily’s Makes A Splash Cookin’ with character on the Maumee By: Karen L. Zickes

Miss Lily’s

24174 Front St. Grand Rapids, OH 419-832-3000 Tue-Wed: 6a.m.-4p.m. Thur-Sat: 6a.m.-8p.m. Sun: 6a.m.-4p.m.

Miss Lily’s features live music every Thursday night

When life gets crazy busy I always enjoy a trip to Grand Rapids, Ohio to help my family slow down and experience the simpler things in life. Recently, we were in need a of that kind of family outing and decided to take a leisurely drive to the quaint village on the Maumee River.

Cozy atmosphere compliments the home cookin’

I had heard from several people that Miss Lily’s, which opened a year ago in downtown Grand Rapids, was a great little restaurant I just needed to try. That’s exactly where my family headed to address our “slower pace fix” that evening. With interior brick walls, a fireplace, and antique décor, customers are taken back in time. The restaurant has a grand piano and dining tables that sit among a mini antique store with countless items available for purchase. My children were a bit curious so I let them roam a bit and check it all out. Always on the hunt for the next best recipe, I enjoyed perusing the numerous shelves of cookbooks. I was sold on the atmosphere, but what about the food? We were there on a Thursday, one of the three evenings they are open for dinner. Other days they open only for breakfast and lunch. The menu offers a varied selection without being daunting.  My children would insist that I communicate right up front that they do not serve French fries. How excited I was to see the side options on the kids’ menu were a side salad, cut up veggies, or fresh fruit!   For $4.99 there were several options for the kiddos including homemade mac and cheese that passed our stringent test, and the cheeseburger my son ordered was closer to adult size. The lunch and dinner menu offers everything from four homemade soups each day, to salads, sandwiches, and hearty entrees such as meatloaf and beef and noodles, which my husband enjoyed that evening. Entrees are served with your choice of potato and a side salad.


They also offer pasta dishes as well as chicken, ribs and pork chops from the grill. Feeling nostalgic? How about liver and onions? That evening I devoured the chicken supreme stuffed with shrimp, mushrooms, provolone cheese and covered with a special sauce. If sandwiches are more your speed, they have a selection of ten with location- specific, unique names such as the Ludwig, Town Hall, Towpath etc. Our meals were served on a collection of old china dishes that added to the down home feel. We heard they have wonderful pies made fresh daily. We opted to get ours to go. Though not a fan of fruit pies, I have to say their peach and strawberry rhubarb pies were quite good. We balanced them out with some coconut cream pie as well. Yum.

Enjoy a great meal and more!

Miss Lily’s has live music on Thursday evenings. A couple of gentleman with their guitars provided great background music for our dinner. We were pleasantly surprised to learn it was also Ladies’ Night Out in Grand Rapids and all stores were open until 8 p.m. Ladies’ Night is the third Thursday of every month. After dinner we toured several shops including a used book

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store where my kids got in a quick game of Chinese checkers. It was such a beautiful night we even took a stroll out back where vibrant flowers were everywhere along the canal and we spent some time on the swings facing the river. My three little monkeys did a bit of tree climbing as well. The slower paced evening was just what the doctor ordered and we hope to return soon. Bottom Line: Miss Lily’s serves up hearty portions of homemade comfort food with a side of charming character. Located in the heart of Grand Rapids, it is a destination of sorts with more to see and do besides enjoying a fine meal. Stop in on Thursday nights for music and don’t forget the pie! Karen Zickes is the mom of three active children and a freelance writer who resides in Holland, OH. She can be reached in c/o


Kid friendly: Yes To avoid wait: Anytime Noise level: Moderate Bathroom amenities: Changing

station in women’s restroom High chairs? Yes Got milk? Yes, as well as chocolate milk, orange juice and soda

August2013 140th Wood County Fair Experience all your fair favorites—agricultural & livestock competitions and exhibits, demolition derby, arts & crafts competitions, entertainment and on Saturday, August 3 The Beach Boys perform! Through August 5. Monday-Thursday & Sunday, 8am-11pm; Friday & Saturday, 8am-12am; Monday, August 5, 8am-9pm. $6 / Free, children nine and under. Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Rd., Bowling Green. 419-352-0441. Dig into Magic with Ming the Magnificent - Allow yourself to be enchanted by Ming the Magnificent’s rare and unique act! Ming incorporates ancient Chinese magic, music, and storytelling into his spellbinding performance. This program has been made possible by a generous contribution from Directions Credit Union and the Library Legacy Foundation. 4-5pm. Washington Branch Library, 5560 Harvest Lane. 419-259-5330. Family Center: Gyotaku Prints! - Use fish replicas and paint as you discover the Japanese gyotaku (gyo “fish” + taku “slapping”) printmaking technique. For kids through age 10 and their caregivers. Sponsored in part by The Andersons. Thursday, 10am; Friday, 3:30pm. Free. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

3 SATURDAY Afternoon of Sun and Water Fun Olander Park Swim and Beach Facility welcomes you for a great afternoon at the beach. Create a craft and chill with a cold treat. Bring your own beach supplies. Registration is required before the day of the event. 11am-2pm. Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. 419-882-2089. BeMusical In The Park - Enjoy BeMusical In The Park’s First Annual Fundraiser. This free, family-oriented event featuring live music, refreshments, children’s activities, prizes and more! Donation of musical instruments will be accepted at the event! 10am-4pm. Free. Wildwood Metropark, Ward Pavilion, 5100 W. Central Ave. 419-297-6971. Doll & Teddy Bear Show - Doll lovers and collectors will enjoy browsing in Founder’s Hall as exhibitors share their antique dolls, original dolls, teddy bears, and modern collectibles as well as accessories, supplies, artist reproductions, clothing, doll furniture, books and patterns. A special guest artist will be at the Village for the weekend to sign dolls and talk with collectors. There will also be workshops, lectures and other doll-themed activities throughout the weekend. 10am-4pm. $15 adult / $8 student / 5 & under free. Sauder Village, 22611 State Route 2, Archbold. 800-590-9755.

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Toledo Parent Annual Back to School Fair Saturday, August 17 Drop by Westfield Franklin Park for the 19th annual Toledo Area Parent Back to School Fair. Taking place August 17, this event is the best way to make sure you have everything for the kids before they head back to the classroom. There will be booths where you can meet with daycare centers, tutoring centers, schools, and other businesses. There will also be performances that will take place in the food court throughout the day. Sponsored by Owens Community College and Buckeye Telesystem. 10am-5pm. Free. Westfield Franklin Park Mall, 5001 Monroe St. Call 419-244-9859 for questions or to reserve a booth. — DL

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Cont. from pg 35 Family Day - Children ages 4+ can come make monthly menu entrees every Saturday. Appointments encouraged to be guaranteed entree availability (especially braided breads) or you can walk in and choose from entrees available to make that day. There are up to 12 entrees each month to make! 12-3:30pm. Super Suppers, N Dixie Hwy & Progress Dr., Perrysburg. 419-872-MEAL. Homesteading Open House: Summer Kitchen - Calling pioneers of all ages, the Johlin Black Swamp Cabin is open to enjoy. See how much home life changed in the last 145 years. Meet the lady of the house, lend a hand with the daily activities, or just explore during this open house. In the heat of the summer, pioneering women of the black swamp cooked outside to beat the sweltering heat. Guests can lend a hand as the lady of the house cooks a meal over and open fire. 11am-3pm. Free. Pearson Metropark, Lallendorf Rd. near the corner of Navarre Ave (SR), Oregon. 419-407-9700.

4 SUNDAY Wordshop Workshop: Art Inspired Storytelling - Explore the galleries and write your own storybook in these free creative writing workshops developed by Women’s Initiative of United Way. Open to boys and girls in grades 1-5. Registration is requested, but walk-ins will be accepted if space is available. 1-3pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

Remember the Ladies Children’s Tea - Meet some extraordinary women who shaped the world during the years Robert and Page Stranahan lived in the Manor House. Enjoy tea and sweet treats following a short program presented by the ladies. Recommended for ages 4 and older. Register each participant. 1:303pm. $6 members / $7 nonmembers. Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. 419-407-9700. Family Center: Sculpture Form and Shape! - Explore the newly renovated galleries 4, 5, and 9 and get inspired to experiment with form and shape. For kids through age 10 and their caregivers. Sponsored in part by The Andersons. Sunday, 12pm; Tuesday & Thursday, 10am; Friday, 3:30pm. Free. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

5 MONDAY National Root Beer Float Day Float on over and celebrate National Root Beer Float day and the end of a fantastic Summer Reading Club with an ice cold root beer float! Registration required. 6:30-8pm. Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Rd., Maumee. 419-259-5360.

6 TUESDAY T-Shirt Transformation - Express yourself with a one of a kind t-shirt designed by you! Bring a plain t-shirt to the library and spray paint a design that is uniquely you! For youth grades 6-12. Registration required. 3-4pm. Sylvania Branch Library, 6749 Monroe St., Sylvania. 419-882-2089. Cont. on pg 38


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7 WEDNESDAY Rooftop Beach Party! - Bring your sunglasses! This party is on the roof! Come for games, crafts and lots of summer fun. Bad weather? The party will move inside to the Huntington Meeting Room. Main Library, 325 North Michigan St. 2-3pm. 419-259-5200. Toddler Trails - This outdoor, multisensory nature play and exploration program runs the first Wednesday of each month. Parent must accompany their child at the program. Register toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years only. 10am. Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. 419-407-9700.

8 THURSDAY Back to School Conference - Summer is coming to a close, are you ready to send your child back to school? If you have a child managing type 1 diabetes, join the Back to School Conference hosted by JDRF and DYS. You will receive information about making your child safe and healthy at school, from kindergarten to college! Learn about diabetes basics, “low boxes,” storing supplies, working with the school, etc. Give your child all the tools needed to have a great start to school. 6-8pm. Free. ProMedica St. Luke’s Hospital, 5757 Monclova Rd, Maumee. 419-873-1377. Jazzy Jewelry - Dig into a new jewelry creation under the guidance of Ashley Budzinski, jewelry artisan. This program has been made possible by the generous support of Directions Credit Union and The Library Legacy Foundation and is for children grades 6-12. Registration suggested. 6-7:30pm. West Toledo Branch Library, 1320 Sylvania Ave. 419-259-5290.

9 FRIDAY Noon Tunes on the Lawn: Wilson Lake and the Rock Bass - Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to turn your favorite trail into a dance floor. Wilson Lake and the Rock Bass turns all your favorite adventures into an outdoor Rock-n-Roll extravaganza with songs about fishing, hiking, swimming, woodland friends and more. The “Adventure Rock for All Ages” band has been delivering Summer Camp to Toledo area libraries, parks and festivals since 2004. 12pm. Free. Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. 419-407-9700. Henry County Fair - The 2013 Henry County Fair will be the 160th year! This year celebrate “County Scenes and Children’s Dream.” Families will enjoy NTPA Grand National Tractor Pulls, the Tomato Festival Parade & Pageant, demolition derby, music from Thomas Rhett, midway rides and more. Visit website for full schedule. August 9-15. Gates open everyday at 7am. $7 adult / Free, children 12 and under. Henry County Fairgrounds, 821 S. Perry St., Napoleon. 419-592-9096.

10 SATURDAY 175th Anniversary Time Capsule Pizza Party - Come for pizza and music and say goodbye to Summer Reading Club and pack and lock up our 175th Anniversary Time Capsule!The 38

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time capsule will be opened when the library celebrates their 200th anniversary. Registration required. 3-4pm. Sanger Branch Library, 3030 West Central Ave. 419-259-5370. Mill Fest: The Wonders of Woodworking - The 140 year-old Isaac Ludwig Mill forms the backdrop for this day of history, crafts and fun. Witness a 56-inch water-powered saw chew through logs, then see how the same water can power a delicate wood lathe for more detailed work. The best wood carvers, shavers and hewers since the nineteenth century provide demonstrations throughout the day. Save time to ride the mule-drawn canal boat and visit the Providence General Store. 12-4pm. Free. Providence Metropark, 3827 US 24 West (at SR 578), Grand Rapids. 419-4079700.

11 SUNDAY Family Center: Perry’s Victory! Visit the Battle of Lake Erie exhibition, then make your own version of a tall ship and sails using a variety of materials. For kids through age 10 and their caregivers. Sponsored in part by The Andersons. August 11-16. Sunday, 12pm; Tuesday & Thursday, 10am; Friday, 3:30pm. Free. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

12 MONDAY Fallen Timbers Battlefield Walk: 219th Anniversary - Enjoy an educational and inspiring four mile walk across the Fallen Timbers National Battlefiled. Discover the path of Anthony Wayne’s Legion and the details of the Battle of Fallen Timbers on the anniversary of this important battle. Registration required. 6:30-8:30pm. Side Cut Metropark, 1025 W. River Rd., Maumee. 419-407-9700. Metroparks Explorers - Camper’s appreciation and understanding of nature is sure to evolve during a week exploring change. Outdoor games, interactive activities and exploring for animals keep inquisitive kids engaged as Metroparks naturalists guide them through nature. Each day features a new theme making this a great experiance for children who enjoy nature, history and the outdoors. Wildwood Preserve is home-base with exciting trips planned to Pearson Metropark and more. Bring your own lunch and water bottle. Equipment, supplies and field trip transportation are provided. Camps are held rain or shine, with plenty of rainy day options. For children ages 5-7. Register by August 6. August 12-16. 9am-2pm. $95 members / $115 nonmembers. Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. 419-407-9700. www.

16 FRIDAY Baby Tour - Watch your child respond to large colorful paintings and learn ways to facilitate early visual literacy skills. Join us for a lively and free 30-minute Baby Tour. 6pm. Free. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 429-255-8000. Sand-sational Send Off - As the Wild walkabout celebration nears the end of its summer season, come see some amazing sand sculptures with Australian themes! Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. August 16-17. Regular Zoo hours & admission. Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway. 419-385-4040.

17 SATURDAY Back to School Music Festival Change for Kids Ministries will be hosting a Back to School Music Festival and school supply give-away while supplies last. Enjoy free food, fun, and live entertainment for all ages. 12-3pm. Wilson Park, (located behind Woodward High School), 600 E Oakland St. 419-704-6195. change4kids

18 SUNDAY Family Center: Sculpture Garden Favorites! - Stroll through the Sculpture Garden, then reproduce your favorite work of art using a variety of sculptural materials. For kids through age 10 and their caregivers. Sponsored in part by The Andersons. August 18-23. Sunday, 12pm; Tuesday & Thursday, 10am; Friday, 3:30pm. Free. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

20 TUESDAY Wee Workshop: Rivers & Rocks Learn about life in the Maumee River. Bring water shoes to explore the river up close by looking for life under the rocks and in the riffles of the river. Please do not wear open toed shoes or flip-flops. Wee Workshop is a hands-on nature experience designed to cultivate children’s love for the outdoors and includes a craft, story time and a nature walk. Register child only. Parent must attend the program with their child. 10-11:30am. $4 members / $5 nonmembers. Farnsworth Metropark, 8505 S. River Rd., Waterville. 419-4079700.

The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Thursday, August 29-September, 2 In September, 1813 Oliver Hazard Perry led the US Navy to a stunning nautical victory over the mighty British fleet off the coast of Put-in-Bay. The victory ensured the security of the Great Lakes region and ushered in the era of US Navy superiority. Hundreds of thousands of people from the US, Canada and all over the world are expected to flock to the shores of Lake Erie to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812’s most decisive nautical battle. The Bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie will feature replica Tall Ships, national speakers, arts & crafts, historical activities, live music, a reenactment village with historical demonstrations and much more. The weekend kicks off on Thursday with the Tall Ships Parade of Sail and a performance by Great Lakes storyteller and songwriter, Tom Kastle and ends Monday with a spectacular battle reenactment. So, “Don’t give up the ship!” and miss the opportunity to share this once in a lifetime fun and historical experience with your family! Visit website for full schedule of events. Friday-Sunday, 7am-6pm, Tall Ship day sails; 9am-5pm, onboard tours; 11am-5pm, concerts. Put-in-Bay, Port Clinton, Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island, Pelee Island and Catawba Island.—JG

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Cont. from pg 39 Sandusky County Fair - Experience all your fair favoritesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;agricultural & livestock competitions and exhibits, rides, games, carnival foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and other activities like the Great Lake Timber Show, Kachunga and the Alligator Show and more! Tuesday & Wednesday are Family Days with free admission until 2pm. Visit website for full schedule. August 20-25. $8 a day / Week passes available. Sandusky County Agricultural Society, 712 North St., Fremont. 419-332-5604.

24 SATURDAY Dance Dash 5K - Love to dance or love to dash, this Dance Dash 5k is for you! Dance Dash combines dancing and running/walking throughout a 5k, all to help raise funds for your Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miracle Network Hospital. Each kilometer, learn a new dance move or routine and join new friends and old in a giant flash mob at the end! 9am. The Town Center at Levis Commons, 3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-931-8888. Catastrophe Prevent Day - When a catastrophe strikes, who are the first ones to respond? Who helps prevent a catastrophe from occurring? Visit Imagination Station to find out! Meet Toledo area emergency organizations as they educate you on catastrophe risks, safety preparedness and career opportunities. You can explore emergency vehicles, try on safety gear, talk to a storm chaser and so much more! 10am-5pm. Included in admission. Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way.

Life in Early Ohio - Blacksmithing, coopering, and tinsmithing are just a few historic skills that are considered lost arts today. In 1813 they were common skills learned by tradesmen. See historic trades and skills and learn about a different side of life in early Ohio. August 24-25. 9:30am-5pm. $8 adults; $7, seniors; $4, students; Free, youth 5 & under, OHS Members & U.S. Military (Active Duty). Fort Meigs, 29100 W. River Rd. Perrysburg. 419-874-4121.

25 SUNDAY Family Center: Patterns and Printmaking! - Experiment with a variety of printmaking techniques from monoprints to colorgraphs. For kids through age 10 and their caregivers. Sponsored in part by The Andersons. August 25-30. Sunday, 12pm; Tuesday & Thursday, 10am; Friday, 3:30pm. Free. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419255-8000. Stranleigh and Me: The Scoop at Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Visit the Manor House to celebrate the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 75th birthday and discover what it was like for kids to live in the mansion, which was once known as Stranleigh. On a hot summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day, why not cool off by making a cold batch of vanilla ice cream. After using their grandparentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home as a private playground, the Stranahan kids often raided the ice cream freezer for their favorite sweet treat. Visit Stanleigh Manor and explore the grandkids domain, then make and eat this summer delight. For children 5-12 years old. Registration required. 1-2:30pm. $4 members / $5 nonmembers. Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. 419-407-9700.

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30 FRIDAY Haunted Canoe Paddle - Are you brave enough to voyage along the haunted waters of the Miami and Erie Canal? The chilling adventure begins at a campfire where residents of the ghost town of Providence share their tales. Petrified participants then navigate the waters of the old Miami and Erie Canal by canoe. Must be at least 11 years old, all minors must be in the same canoe as their legal guardian. Program cancelled for inclement weather. Registration required. 7-9pm. $10 members / $12 nonmembers. Providence Metropark, 3827 US 24 West (at SR 578), Grand Rapids. 419-4079700.

Families will love this program and kids will never forget it. 12-1:30pm; Program repeats at 3pm. Free. Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. 419407-9700. Butterfly and Bug Festival - Visit Nature’s Neighborhood for a day of fun, all dedicated to the little creatures that creep and crawl and float and flutter! 10am-4pm. Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway. 419-385-4040.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Courtney Macklin - On the last Friday of each month, meet some of the local artists who inspire and see how they create art in different mediums. Tonight, Courtney Macklin introduces us to simple and fun photography techniques. 6-7pm. Free. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

31 SATURDAY Dr. Insecta - Dr. Insecta is returning to Wildwood Preserve. Get up close and personal with hissing Madagascars, hairy arachnids, foot long millipedes and Darth Vader the emperor scorpion.

MONDAY-Saturday Kindermusik Preview Class,

THURSDAYS Mother Goose Storytime, A storytime pro-

Explore fun, musical adventures with your child. For children ages newborn through seven years. Call for available times and registration. Miss Barb’s Music Studio, 3307 N.Holland-Sylvania Rd. 419-842-8331.

gram 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. Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. 419-874-3135.

MONDAYs REFRESH Moms Group, Come enjoy a

Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo, Meet

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. 9:30-11am. 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. 12:30–2pm. Toledo Hospital, 2142 North Cove Blvd. 419-291-5666.


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.

WednESDAYs mom2mom, The Toledo area’s newest

moms’ group meets the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays every month. 9:15-11:15am. Christ the Word Church, 5432 West Central Ave.

other moms and let the kids play at the park playdates this summer. All rain days will be held at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Family Center. 10-11:30am. Free. Locations vary, visit website. summer.html

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 age range and registration details. Registration required. 10am. Waterville Branch Library, 800 Michigan Ave., Waterville. 419-878-3055. Creativity Corner, Children can enjoy a storytime every Friday. 11am. Barnes & Noble, 4940 Monroe St. 419-472-6164.


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.

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