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COLLABORATION OVER COMPETITION s a Montessori teacher, parent, and administrator, I’m asked all the time about competition in Montessori. It seems that some families value competition and some families avoid it like the plague! Competition, for some children, drives fear, disappointment, and envy. Everyone feels envy at times. The question is whether we can get past it; whether our children can learn to transcend it. By removing structures that require a child to compete at another’s expense, the child can learn to appreciate and respect others, not envy them. So, the next question naturally is, “How do you handle competition in

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Montessori?” My response is simple… children learn to love success and love watching others have success. We celebrate it, together. Feeling inspired is the healthiest kind of competition. Feeling inspired when someone else is better than you intrinsically motivates you to reach a higher level. This type of motivation is healthy competition and is seen all the time in Montessori. This type of competition is encouraged. It’s the feeling that “you can do something amazing and I want to do it, too!” In Montessori classrooms students demonstrate what is possible, the bar is set, and peers strive to teach, lead, model, and encourage each other’s success.

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The Mouth-Body Connection

Growing up, I experienced hearing loss and horrendous eyesight, but I was lucky enough to have naturally straight teeth and a big smile, which earned me compliments from generous adults (despite my thick glasses, frizzy hair, and repetitive “I’m sorry -- what did you say?”). Not surprisingly, dental hygiene became important to me. I brushed and flossed religiously, and I reveled in compliments from dental hygienists and dentists. I even cried as a young adult when age and/or wisdom teeth caused some crowding in my lower jaw, resulting in a few crooked teeth. My perfect teeth were no longer perfect. Now, as a mom, I’m that annoying parent who makes their kids brush twice a day. Dexter, who just turned 7, is a rule-follower and brushes religiously. Camille, my 4-year-old, has a penchant for lying when it comes to dental hygiene and insists, wide-eyed and innocent, that she “already brushed her teeth.” When my grandma was dying of cancer, she gave me these words of wisdom: “Take care of your neck and your teeth.” At 26, I simply nodded unquestioningly, though her advice, then, made little sense. As I near 40, I have a whole new appreciation for those simple suggestions! We may not be able to control our hearing, eyesight, or general physical build, but we can control the health of our mouth (even crooked teeth can be made flawless with an orthodontist’s intervention). This month’s issue of Toledo Parent offers a guide to help you choose the best dentist and/or orthodontist to fit your family’s needs.

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Potential hearing damage from popular technology use

Are you worried about your children’s hearing? A new national poll, commissioned by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Associationn (ASHA) and conducted by YouGov, suggests you aren’t alone. The survey, based on input from over 1,000 parents of children under 18, found that in seven in 10 parents are concerned about their child developing hearing damage from listening to popular technology devices such as music players, tablets, and smartphones. Eighty-six percent think their children listen to the devices at volumes that are too loud. To help parents protect their children’s hearing, ASHA offers three simple and effective tips for hearing protection: turn the volume down, take listening breaks, and model safe listening.

The Toledo Walleye Hockey Teams encourages kids to read by rewarding them with tickets to a Walleye game and a chance to win $529 in savings from Ohio’s 529 College Savings Plan. Teachers can enroll their classes in Spike’s Reading Club, geared toward grades kindergarten through eighth. Each student who reads five books receives a free ticket to a game, and five student readers will be randomly selected to win the 529 Plan awards. toledowalleye.com/reading

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Parents understand first-hand the substantial financial investment of raising a child. SmartAsset analyzed the data to uncover the places across the 100 largest U.S. cities where families are having more children, and Toledo ranked 17th. Key findings from the study revealed that Texas and Nebraska cities dominated the top 10, no northeastern states made the top 25, and changes in children’s population within the top 10 cities showed an incremental increase of .26%. While nationwide, the total number of children is declining. Smartasset.com

Mercy Health announces affiliation

Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital have announced an innovative affiliation to enhance pediatric health care services for children and their families in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The two children’s hospitals have entered a partnership to offer patients greater access to cost-effective pediatric services, to enhance the continuum of care within the region, and to provide seamless access to Nationwide Children’s staff. They will work collaboratively to share best practices for clinical and non-clinical operations to further Mercy Health –Children’s Hospital’s 20-year legacy of quality care. Mercy.com

Hearing Loss Association of America partners with American Girl® to increase awareness of hearing loss Imagination Station Membership Kids don’t calm down simply because it’s too cold to play outside! An IST family membership pays for itself in just two visits. Kids get out of the house, move around and learn important STEM skills. Imaginationstationtoledo.org 6

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization representing people with hearing loss, has partnered with American Girl to honor the company’s 2020 Girl of the Year, Joss Kendrick, to increase education and awareness of hearing loss. Joss — a fierce athlete with a passion for surfing and competitive cheering, who also has hearing loss and wears hearing aids — joins American Girl’s lineup of inspirational characters. Joss shows girls the importance of trying new things, pushing past stereotypes and being a good team player. American Girl is donating $25,000 to support HLAA’s educational programs while also supporting the organization’s 2020 Walk4Hearing with a donation of Joss dolls. Through 2020 the company will collect donations for HLAA at americangirl.com and at American Girl stores nationwide. Hearingloss.org.

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Cedar Point Sports Center wows athletes

The Cedar Point Sports Center, a new recreational facility geared toward youth sports, is located a few miles from the amusement park. Sports Force Parks includes a championship soccer field, a field dedicated to baseball and softball, seven multi-purpose fields, and an ADA-accessible community use field that has garnered regional awards. Families attending tournaments can enjoy activities like an 18-hole miniature golf course, trampoline play structure, towering ropes course and playground, a great lawn for outdoor activities, concessions and more. Phase two is a world-class Indoor Sports Complex, a 145,000 square foot structure featuring 10 full-size basketball courts that convert to 20 full-size volleyball courts. Phase 3 will be waterfront development that includes biking and walking trails, scenic spaces to relax, and unparalleled views of Lake Erie and Cedar Point. Cedarpoint.com

The Ability Center opens new canine training center

The new training facility will be home to The Ability Center’s Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence Program and Agility Angels. The standalone building provides ample dog training space, a consumer service center, a model independent living apartment and extended programming opportunities for children and adults with autism. Abilitycenter.org

Central Catholic High School’s New Therapy Dog

Central Catholic High School (CCHS) is working with a 1-year-old English bulldog named Georgia as she trains to become an emotional therapy dog. Georgia, a stray from Atlanta, was relocated to the Lenawee Humane Society in Adrian, Michigan. An infection, contracted during her time as a stray, partially eroded the bones in her back legs, and she now occasionally needs a wagon, or a “doggie wheelchair,” for mobility. Kristin McKinley, CCHS’s psychology and sociology teacher who discovered Georgia, has a background in animal and child psychology from OSU. Georgia and McKinley have completed emotional support dog training classes, and Georgia now resides in McKinley’s classroom, where students work with her daily, and goes home with McKinley each night. Centralcatholic.org

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School is where children learn, make their first friends and begin to address who they are as individuals in this big, complicated world. Some of Toledo’s leaders in education weigh in with their educational philosophies and what may make their school the best fit for your child(ren).

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Maumee Valley Country Day School’s vision—a personal, experiential, and global education—guides each student along their educational journey of exploration and discovery. Head of School Lynn Casto attributes, “The student-centered focus, innovative academic programs, extensive educational opportunities and a diverse community of learners,” as the foundation of a Maumee Valley education. “MVCDS is a place where each child can dream, explore, and cultivate their passions and strengths. Learning at Maumee Valley expands beyond classroom walls, into our surrounding community, (even reaching) other countries.” MVCDS’s mission is to enable students to become enlightened, compassionate and contributing citizens of our global community while preparing graduates for their best opportunities in higher education. With a 75-acre, sprawling campus, students in preschool through 12th grade learn by doing, both on and off the campus grounds. MVCDS offers a safe and inclusive environment where a diverse student body finds the freedom to express their opinions, make their own decisions and explore their interests. Students learn through real-world experiences utilizing experimentation, exploration and world travel.

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Jenn Schoepf, Head of School

West Side Montessori

Sarah Hawley, School Director

7115 W Bancroft, Toledo 419-866-1931 montessoritoledo.org

West Side Montessori’s philosophy of experiential learning at all ages (13 months through 8th grade) inspires children to discover their potential and produces confident communicators, compassionate leaders, and independent, self-motivated learners who make decisions with integrity. The Montessori classroom is a highly organized learning environment that gives children countless opportunities to move, make choices, and take charge of their own learning. The enriched curriculum includes French and Spanish introduced at age 3, leading to a world language immersion program in the upper grades. Jenn Schoepf, the new head of school who has been with WSM for 25 years, explains that she “collaborates and coordinates with all the members of the West Side Community to foster an environment where students and staff can reach their full potential.” She adds, “Children learn best when they are engaged in hands-on, real-world learning experiences. They learn by doing.” West Side Montessori is a family-oriented educational community engaging and inspiring children to discover their potential within an environment promoting mutual respect, social responsibility, natural curiosity and a love of learning.

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1615 Timberwolf Dr, Holland 419-491-7243 ileadspringmeadows.org Sarah Hawley, School Director of iLead Schools, explains her simple and powerful educational philosophy: “The purpose of education is to develop skills that will make the world a better place for everyone.” Hawley helps facilitate that goal by maintaining a “positive school culture and climate where our facilitators can best be supported in developing learners into independent, creative thinkers.” Hawley continues, “Learners at iLEAD have the benefit of being immersed in hands-on, real-world activities. Starting in kindergarten, learners access the curriculum through project-based programs aligned to state standards to develop their interpersonal skills and to support their love of learning through investigation and collaborating with their peers.” She concludes, “When learners leave iLEAD, they discover they have stronger problem-solving skills than their peers. They also leave with a voice to advocate for themselves and others and the confidence to take risks that will help them grow.”

Gabriel Jakubisin, Principal and Educational Leader

St. Joan of Arc School 5856 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, OH 419-866-6181 joanofarc.org/school St. Joan of Arc (SJA), combines a Catholic education with a conventional school curriculum, “which makes our school unique,” explains Gabriel Jakubisin, Principal and educational leader of St. Joan of Arc School. Jakubisin explains that SJA offers “smaller class sizes, accelerated learning opportunities and Spanish, starting in younger grades. We strive for excellence in our threefold aim... to form saints, servants, and scholars. Goodness, service and perseverance in learning are developed in all of our students. That’s the SJA difference.” Jakubisin continues, “Learning brings about the flourishing of the human person. As we learn more about the world, the people around us, and how to communicate with each other, we move toward becoming our better selves. A holistic and well-rounded education brings out the best in each of us.” SJA teachers are passionate, dedicated, loving, knowledgeable and creative, which explains why so many SJA students return to visit with their teachers. One graduate recalls, “My time at SJA really prepared me for my high school experience... The teachers at SJA work with you on a personal level and want you to succeed.” Continued on P. 10

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Erica Sleek, Owner

Sleek Academy

Erin Schreiner, Principal

519 Ordway Ave. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 419-378-3044

Horizon Science Academy

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630 S Reynolds Rd, Toledo 419-535-0524 Horizonspringfield.org Mrs. Erin Schreiner has been the principal of Horizon Science Academy Springfield (HSAS) for the past five years. “At HSAS,” she explains, “we foster an environment of inquiry and a love of learning, so students are prepared to thrive in STEM-focused high school, college, and the world.” Much of HSAS’s success, according to Mrs. Schreiner, “can be attributed to their high-quality teaching staff, who,` in addition to preparing students to tackle any academic challenge, have strived to create a positive school culture.” The team at Horizon Springfield was awarded the “Bronze” distinction from the Ohio PBIS Network and the Ohio Department of Education for their work in providing staff, students, and families with systems and frameworks that reinforce positive behaviors and educational outcomes.

Erica Sleek, owner of private, charter school Sleek Academy and in charge of daily operations for the K-12 STEAM school, explains that her educational philosophy means that “Students should learn by working with their hands and minds! When a student can teach what they have learned to someone else, we as teachers are doing it the right way!” Sleek describes her teachers as “amazing, creative, supportive, outside-of-the-box thinkers,” which allows students in grades K-12 the ability to learn together in the same classrooms, following a projectbased/problem-based learning style with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). A bonus of attending Sleek Academy is that there is “no teaching to the test,” and Sleek explains that the school’s mission is to offer a more diverse, project-based learning environment for students to enhance their individuality and exploration and to promote community involvement.

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childrensdiscoverycenters.com Children’s Discovery Center was founded on a mission to cultivate and nurture young minds through the unique Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. This inquiry-based approach invites children to explore concepts by investigating, creating and collaboratively solving problems as a group. The Directors of Children’s Discovery Center— Lisa, Angel, Mikkel, Allison, Lindsey and Natalie— view children as “competent, capable and amazing” and they “seek to nurture their interests by creating developmentally appropriate learning centers that focus on each child’s interests while incorporating S.T.E.A.M..” The directors describe their teachers as “passionate, loving, creative, and professionally trained,” which allows Children’s Discovery Center, a premier early care and education provider, to “inspire children within an innovative environment while supporting Christian values.” Besides utilizing the Reggio Emilia approach to early education and incorporating STEAM, Children’s Discovery Center also has a personal chef that provides nutritionally balanced meals!

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The smiles and laughter of children bring joy to the world. These dentists and orthodontists committed their lives to making children’s smiles shine as brightly as possible. Learn the common misconceptions when it comes to baby teeth, the advice each dentist and orthodontist has for parents, and why these doctors chose their specific specialty.

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What made you want to be a pediatric dentist?

Make good oral hygiene a family priority.

Providing children with positive experiences early on helps them to develop a good relationship with dental health. I didn’t start out as a pediatric dentist; however, I found the most joy in the days when my schedule had children primarily, so I went back to school so I could learn how to best care for them. Kids feel so much pride and accomplishment when they complete a dental visit with flying colors and facilitating that is such a rewarding feeling.

Pediatric Dentist:

Erin Knierim, DMD, MS

What is different about a pediatric dentist?

A pediatric dentist has a minimum of two additional years of specialized training where we learn to treat the unique needs of your growing child. We love hanging out with kids all day (and their parents, too) as a focus of our practice.

What sets your practice apart from others in town?

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Toledo is a great town with many highly qualified providers to treat your child. My practice is small, which allows us to get to know our families well, and they get to know us. Patients can expect to see the same smiling faces at each visit, which can help them feel comfortable in the dental environment.

What is one thing you want parents to know about their child’s oral health?

Coming to see the dentist early and often is important, but what has the most value in terms of maintaining overall dental health is what you do at home, on your own time, in between your dental visits. Make healthy food choices and make good oral hygiene a family priority.

3036 W. Sylvania Ave. 419-474-0733 | drknierim.com

Why did you choose to become a dentist?

I wanted a career in sports. I was tempted to become a professional tennis player, but my dad’s passion for dentistry was contagious. I saw how his patients were considered friends. I heard over and over again from patients (inside and outside the office) about the quality of his work, and I wanted to be a part of it.

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Frankel Dentistry

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dr. timothy voss catering to special needs patients

What made you decide to become a pediatric dentist?

5635 monclova rd. • maumee, oh find your local pediatric dentist at aapd.org

I’ve always enjoyed being around children and their energy. I chose pediatric dentistry because I wanted a career where I could combine both art and science with being an educator. I get to have fun and be silly while establishing wonderful relationships with families and advocating for their child’s oral health.

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What is different about a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentists have an additional 2-3 years of pediatric-specific training after dental school to learn about growth and development. We treat children of all ages, from their first tooth to their high school graduation. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends establishing a dental home by your child’s first birthday.

What sets your practice apart?

It is our goal to make each visit an enjoyable one for our patients and their families. We understand that every child is unique and strive to give each of our patients the best personalized dental experience possible.

What is one thing you wish parents knew about their child’s oral health?

Prevention is key. Establishing good habits early sets the foundation for a lifelong healthy smile. That includes good brushing and flossing techniques as well as a healthy, low sugar diet. It is important to minimize snacking between meals and encourage your child to drink more water.

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Pediatric Dentist:

Timothy D. Voss, DDS

5635 Monclova Rd., Maumee 419-893-0708 Maumeepediatricdental.com

Why did you choose to become a dentist?

I remember how improving my smile improved my self esteem

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Why did you choose to become an orthodontist?

My orthodontist seemed to really enjoy what he did, and I remember how improving my smile improved my self-esteem. I wanted to have a career I was passionate about and could positively impact the community.

What is different about an orthodontist (versus a dentist)?

What is a pediatric dentist?

An orthodontist is a dentist that chose to attend a 2-3 year residency to receive additional training specific to orthodontics. Once the training is completed, we are eligible to sit for our specialty board exam and become a certified orthodontist. I treat all ages, with the most common age being 12.

As the “pediatricians of teeth,” pediatric dentists are specialized in the oral care of children as they transition from infants to adults.

What sets your practice apart from others in town?

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Let Noor Run

Sylvania high school athlete reflects on unfair disqualification By Aya Khalil

When 16-year-old Noor Abukaram from Sylvania participated in a cross country meet last October 19, she never imagined that her fastest 5k, at 22 minutes and 22 seconds, would not officially count. Officials disqualified Abukaram, a member of the Sylvania Northview’s girls cross country team, at the Division 1 Northwest District cross country meet in Findlay because of her hijab (which was made by a high profile sports clothing and equipment company). The Ohio High School Athletic Association [OHHAA] requires a waiver be submitted before competitions if runners wear religious headwear, such as a hijab. Abukaram had no idea about this rule until after the Findlay competition, although she had participated in several competitions before with no issues. No advance notice Abukaram recalled the shocking moment when she found out she was disqualified: “They were checking my teammates and me as they usually do,” she remembers. “They made one of my teammates change her shorts because

they did not match the rest of the team’s uniform, and immediately in the back of my head, all I could think about was ‘Oh shoot...they’re going to say something about what I’m wearing.’” But the teammate changed her shorts, nothing was said to Abukaram, and the meet continued as usual. “I finished my race and gave my teammates hugs,” she said. “Overall, I was having a great day. I found out my team was going to regionals, and we were through the roof (with excitement). So, a couple teammates and me... went to see the placings of the race... and my name wasn’t on there.” Abukaram thought it was a mistake and asked the other girls on her team why she wasn’t on the list. The girls were silent for a moment, then admitted, ‘They say you got disqualified’. “I didn’t immediately think anything of it,” Abukaram recalls. “I chuckled and asked, ‘Why?’ but [the other girls] were not laughing. One of the girls looked at me and said ‘because of your hijab.’”

Viral on social A couple of days later, Abukaram’s cousin, Zobaida Falah, a local entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded CURE bars, posted Abukaram’s story on social media and it went viral. “Zobaida has dealt closely with the media before, so when I decided to come out with my story, she was the first person I went to. She knows how to manage the crazy world of social media,” Abukaram said. Abukaram received an outpouring of support from around the world, including from Rep. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and from her role model, Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American Muslim athlete who competed for the United States in the 2016 Olympics while wearing her hijab. Abukaram was featured in Teen Vogue, CNN, Huffington Post, Sports Illustrated and a number of international news outlets. A whole community “I love the positive feedback, and it validated how I am feeling because it took me a while to want to tell my story. It seems there are so many things going on in the world that people need to worry about,” she said. “But once I told my story, it wasn’t just me. There are plenty of other Muslim girls going through the same thing, and it opened my eyes to a whole new community.” When asked how she deals with the negative comments and Islamophobic remarks, she said she doesn’t look at the hate comments.

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OHHAA plans to modify the religious headwear waiver so disqualification can be avoided in the future. Abukaram believes that things would have been different if the officials had communicated with her before the race, as they did with her teammate with the shorts violation. “The official at the race did not seem to have the same respect for me as he did my teammate,” confesses Abukaram.

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She has advice for athletes who may look or dress differently than others: “Don’t ever compromise a part of yourself to make the person next to you feel comfortable.” Abukaram hopes the #LetNoorRun campaign creates dialogue and a platform for athletes to fight discrimination, with upcoming events planned in the Toledo area. Check out letnoorrun.com for more information.

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What’s your favorite activity to do with your family? Play soccer, hike and go on road trips.

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Inside the Five

5703 Main St. Sylvania, OH 43560 567-408-7212 Mon-Thur: 11a.m.-11p.m. Fri-Sat: 11a.m.-12a.m. Sun: 10a.m.-10p.m. www.insidethefive.com

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Craft beer. Football. Great food. Add to that two retired professional football players who love all three and you get Inside The Five Brewing Co. located in downtown Sylvania. Since May of 2018, locals have been declaring the new brewpub a winner in their playbook. Back to their turf Chris Morris and Brandon Fields met while playing football at Michigan State. They were teammates and roommates, and then each went on to play professional football. Morris grew up in Bedford, and Fields grew up in Sylvania. Fields played for the Dolphins, and Morris played for the Panthers and the Raiders. During the offseasons, Fields discovered his love for brewing beer and would often invite friends and teammates over to try his latest brew. As Fields considered retiring from football, he decided to open a brewpub, then spent a couple of years looking for the perfect location. “We wanted the community aspect,” Fields explained. He reached out to Morris, asking him to be his partner, and the rest is history. Fields’ wife, Katie, jumped in to handle the organizational details and the food, and with a lot of practice and hard work, they have made Inside the Five a winner in Sylvania. Fun, welcoming atmosphere I first stopped by Inside the Five soon after they opened in the summer of 2018. At that time, they still had a few bugs to work out. On a recent visit with my kids, it was clear that their hard work and dedication has paid off, as we enjoyed 20

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The restaurant was full, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. With Morris and Fields having children of their own, they made a point to create a family-friendly brewpub. The evening we stopped in, we saw young families with children, older couples and unmarried young adults, all enjoying time with friends. The atmosphere and food are appealing to everyone. Game on! “We have 18 beers on tap every day,” said Fields. “We have everything, light to dark, hoppy to not hoppy. Something for everyone.” The beers on tap often change while keeping a few staples. I tried the All-American, with $1 of every glass sold donated to a local veteran’s organization. I loved that they were giving back to the community. We enjoyed burgers with toppings such as fried onions, roasted garlic onion jam and much more. Having a choice of tater tots was a bonus for the kids. One of the “fantasy flatbreads” was the “fan favorite” BLT flatbread. And of course, we went into “overtime”, indulging in the fried Oreos for dessert. I almost lost a finger trying to get a taste. For the first time in a long time, none of my kids were able to completely finish their meals. The portions were on point. For kids 12 and under, the meals are only $6, which includes an entrée, a side and a drink, which will have parents yelling, “Score!”

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Kid-friendly: Yes. To avoid wait: Call for reservations if a weekend night. Noise level: Moderate. Bathroom amenities: Changing station. High Chairs: Yes. Kids’ menu? Yes. Allergy info: Let your server know when you place your order so special preparations can be made in the kitchen. The menu offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.

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It says a lot about the community we live in when people move away and choose to come back to work, play, and open a business. Inside the Five is a perfect example of just that. You and your family will love the atmosphere, food, drinks and friendly service. You’ll also love knowing you’re supporting people who chose to come back to their roots and actively support the community. Be sure to check out the weekday specials as well as their Sunday brunch.

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1 SATURDAY Ultimate Cheer Experience Support your local cheer squads at the Midwest Showdown, an exciting cheer and dance competition with the winner earning a paid bid to the One Cheer and Dance FInals. $20-75. 8am-8pm. SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. 419-255-3300. Ucecheer.com Search for Skunk Cabbage - Set out on a fun adventure in search of the first blooming flower of the season and learn about its interesting quirks. 11am-noon. Oak Openings Preserve, 4139 Girdham Rd., Swanton. 419-360-9179. metroparkstoledo.com Free Where in The World? Reading the Stars - Learn how to read the stars during this brand new interactive planetarium show. $5, adults. $4, children. 1:30pm. Lourdes University Appold Planetarium, 6832 Convent Blvd., 800-78-3210. lourdes.ed One World, One Sky - Sesame Street’s very own Big Bird takes us on a trip to China and then straight to the moon during this workshop. Donations welcome. 3:30-4:30pm. BGSU Planetarium, 112 Physical Sciences Lab Bld., Bowling Green. 419-372-2531. events.bgsu.edu Free

2 SUNDAY Family Center Activities: Shadow Shapes! - Inspired by Anila Quayyum Agha’s Between Light and Shadow exhibit, your family can create a work of art using light and shadow. Feb. 2, 4, 6-8. 10am-3pm, Tuesday & Thursday. 3:30-8pm, Friday. Noon-5pm, SaturdaySunday. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free

3 MONDAY Harlem Globetrotters - The original hilarious hoopsters will be making a stop in Bowling Green to take on their eternal opponents the Washington Generals. $18-43. 7-9pm. Stroh Center, 1535 E Wooster St., Bowling Green. 419-372-0000. strohcenter.com Paint a Mural of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Paint a mural of one of the most famous civil rights leaders in American history. 4-5pm. Mott Branch Library, 1085 Dorr St. 419-259-5200. toledolibrary.org Free

4 TUESDAY National Engineering Week Help design and build a rollercoaster, learn about architecture and moreduring this week-long event, held through Feb. 7 $13 for adults, $11 for kids. 10am-5pm. Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way. 419-244-2674. imaginationstationtoledo.org

5 WEDNESDAY Fishing 101: Kayak Fly Fishing Learn how to fly fish on land and on kayaks. $5. 5-6pm. Oak Openings Preserve, 4139 Girdham Road, Swanton. 419-360-9179. metroparkstoledo.com Read with Thee Toledo Reign A fun afternoon of stories read by a member of Toledo’s womens’ pro football team. 3:30pm-4:30pm. Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St., 419-259-5200. toledolibrary.org Free

6 THURSDAY Newborn Sleep Class - Tips for all new moms struggling to help their babies sleep. An in-depth class on different techniques from feeding to sleep environments. $10. 9-10am. Bowinkles, 5627 Main St., Sylvania. 567-455-5939 facebook.com/ bowinklestoledo Free Greater Toledo Auto Show Come and see some of the greatest models of cars of all types in an enormous display full of fun for the whole family. $8 for adults, $6 for students, seniors and online buyers. Thursday- Sunday. 3-9pm. Thursday. Noon-9pm. Friday. 10am-9pm. Saturday. 10am-5p. Sunday. SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. 800-686-9100. toledoautoshow.org Wakanda Night - Rogers Community Hub will host this school-wide event to promote Rogers’ programs, host parentteacher conferences and connect families to community resources. 5:30-8:30pm. Rogers High School, 222 McTigue Dr. 419-671-1000. facebook.com/ RHSChampions Free

Are the little ones suffering from cabin fever? Pop over to Zooper Bowl at the Toledo Zoo for coloring, crafts and more (all day), tiger enrichment (10:30am), football toss games (11am), polar bear enrichment (1:30pm) and more. See the full schedule of events at toledozoo.org.

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Feb. 7-9 Ottawa Hills Music & Theatre Association 3600 Indian Rd., Ottawa Hills Take your little ones to the Acting Out! production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. (rated G), with four shows to choose from: Friday, Feb. 7 at 7pm, Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2pm & 7pm, Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 pm. ottawahillsschools.org/ Content2/20690

Yoga at TMA: Monroga

Feb. 15, 10:30AM Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St., Toledo

Monroga returns to the GlasSalon for a one-hour class with an instructor from one of Toledo’s wonderful yoga studios. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and $7.50 for military and students. Toledomuseum.org

7 FRIDAY BG Winterfest Chillibration 2020 Join in Bowling Green’s coolest two-day celebration featuring ice carving demonstrations, live entertainment, a winter market, carriage rides and more. 4-11pm, Friday. 9-11pm, Saturday. Bowling Green. 419-372-0000. bgohio.org/parks Free First Friday Art Walk - Enjoy a hearty stroll through downtown Sylvania at the First Friday Art Walk, with Valentine Day sales, winter brews and more to make the cold month blahs go away. 5-8pm. Red Bird Arts District, Downtown Sylvania. 419-360-1212. downtownsylvania.org Free Art Crawl - Get your youngest excited about art with this event, where parents can explore the galleries with their child and then let them get messy with babyfriendly art supplies. $7 for members, $10 for non-members. 6-7pm on Friday, Feb. 7. 1-2pm on Saturday, Feb. 29. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org

What better way for kids to learn their ZIP code than through poetry? The Ode to the ZIP Code poetry contest— hosted by The Fair Housing Center, The Arts Commission, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, the Toledo City Paper and Toledo Area Parent— is back for its fifth annual year! The contest invites participants to submit short poems inspired by their ZIP Code, where the number of words in each line of the poem is determined by the corresponding digit of the ZIP Code. Parents and teachers can begin submitting their children’s and/or students’ work in one of two youth categories: ages 12-17 or ages 11 and under. An adult category, for ages 18+, is also available. Submissions run from Wednesday, February 12 through Friday, February 28. Enter online at toledocitypaper.com/online/ottzc-2020-submit.

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8 SATURDAY International Cat Show - If you’re a fine friend of felines, make your way to this show to look at hundreds of cats, many of which are up for adoption, and visit vendors. Door prizes. $5. 9am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday. Lucas County Rec Center, 2901 Key St., Maumee. 419-794-7150. toledocatshow.com A Valentine from The Prairie - Make that special someone a heartfelt gift at this event, transforming leftover plant material from the Metroparks into paper. Register in advance. $3. 2-3pm. Oak Openings Preserve, 4139 Girdham Road, Swanton. 419-360-9179. metroparkstoledo.com Winter Family Game Night Basketball, a family spin class and an open pool are all part of this family event designed to chase Jack Frost’s bitter chill away. 5-7pm. Fort Meigs YMCA, 13415 Eckel Junction Rd., Perrysburg. 419-251-9622. ymcatoledo.org

9 SUNDAY Family Center Activities: Love Notes! - Inspired by the exhibition “Everything is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art and Music, create a special work of art for someone you love using a wide variety of supplies. Feb. 9, 11, 13-15. 10am3pm, Tuesday & Thursday. 3:30-8pm, Friday. Noon-5pm, Saturday-Sunday. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free Tea & Crafts - Enjoy a cup of tea and learn a new craft inspired by the skills of yesteryear! 2-4pm. $5-10. Fort Meigs, 29100 W River Rd, Perrysburg. 419-874-4121. fortmeigs.org/tea 6th Annual CommUNITY Film Fest Films created by artists with developmental disabilities are the focus of the CommUNITY festival. 2-5pm. Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St., Maumee. 419-897-8902. communityfilmfest.org

12 WEDNESDAY Rooted Motherhood - Ministering to young mothers, from birth through elementary school age, this supportive program from Emmanuel Christian School also offers childcare. 9:15-11:15am. Emmanuel Christian School, 4607 W Laskey Rd. 419-885-2558. ecstoledo.org Free Pizza With Police - Meet UT police officers for pizza and questions about their exciting jobs. Noon-1pm. Health and Human Services East Lobby, University of Toledo. 419-530-2158. utoledo.edu Free

13 THURSDAY Toddler Sleep Class - An informative class dealing with all facets of toddler sleep, from travel advice to escape artists, to nap dropping. Speak with other toddler moms and learn how to tame the little nocturnal troublemaker. $10 space holder. 9-10am. Bowinkles, 5627 Main St., Sylvania. 567-455-5939. Visit Bowinkles at Facebook.com. Free No-Bake Cooking Adventures Kids from 9-13 can join this Oregon Parks and Rec event to make some delicious Valentine’s Day food and desserts. $30. 6:30-8pm. Oregon Community Room, 5330 Seaman Rd., Oregon. 419-698-7146. oregonohio.org/rec 22

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15 SATURDAY Behind the Scenes - Come and discover the previous life of the Manor House, formerly known as the Stranleigh Mansion. Discover the secrets behind the closed doors and all of the oncevibrant functions of this glorious old mansion. Refreshments provided. Register in advance. $10. 9am-noon. Wildwood Preserve, 5100 W. Central Ave., 419-270-7500. Metroparkstoledo.com BashCon 2020 - Tabletop gamers and board game enthusiasts, gather! The time has come to once again battle the forces of playing card darkness for victory, featuring Michael “Knightmage” Wilson as a guest and plenty of events and activities to entertain kids for hours. $15-35. 9am-11:50pm. University of Toledo, 2801 Central Ave. 419-530-4654. ut-bash.com Sibshops - This event, designed for any kids with a special needs sibling, is the perfect place to meet other kids, as well as meet with professionals who can help them better understand their special needs family member. 10am-4pm. Alternate Learning Center, 3939 Wrenwood. 419-214-3066. esclakeeriewest.org Free Love Your Pet Party - Show your furry friend how much you care with a day out at Pet Supplies Plus, featuring plenty of activities, free giveaways and refreshments. 1-4pm. Pet Supplies Plus, 849 W Alexis Rd #5. 419-269-1622. petsuppliesplus.com Free Stuffed Animal Adoption Teach kids about the responsibilities of pet ownership as they can “adopt” a stuffed animal, be taught how to care of it, and learn how to meet new animals safely. $15 for YMCA members, $30 for program participants. 5-8pm. Wolf Creek YMCA, 2100 S Holland Sylvania Rd., Maumee. 419-866-9622. ymcatoledo.org

16 SUNDAY Family Center Activities: Fluorescent Fireflies! - Create your own flickering fireflies inspired by the exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water. Feb. 16, 18, 20-22. 10am-3pm, Tuesday & Thursday. 3:30-8pm, Friday. Noon-5pm, Saturday-Sunday. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free Princess Palooza: Walleye Vs. Steelheads- Come dressed as fairytale royalty for an evening of fantasy fun at the Huntington Center and take photos with some of your favorite characters. $22-28. 5:15-8:15pm. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. 419-255-3300. toledowalleye.com

17 MONDAY Animal Tracks - Become a detective and decode the secrets of the animal world; learn to track and take a nature walk to see animals in their homes, weather permitting. Register in advance. 10-11am. Swan Creek Park, 4659 Airport Hwy., 419-360-9186. metroparkstoledo.com Free


Youth Theatre Classes Registration Deadline - The Sylvania Arts Youth Theatre offers ten-week drama courses for students from grades 3-12, but all must be registered by February 17 at 8pm. Classes begin the week of February 24. Sylvania Branch Library, 6749 Monroe St. 419-517-0118. facebook.com/sylvaniaarts

19 WEDNESDAY Brundibár - Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, this performance will recreate an opera performed by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp. $20. 7pm. Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, 2445 Monroe St. 419-246-8000. toledosymphony.com

21 FRIDAY Winterfest - Perrysburg’s famous Winterfest is back with local ice carving competitions, tasty treats, live music and tons of activities, for kids and adults alike, to make the season bright and cheery. 11am-11pm, Friday and Saturday. Downtown Perrysburg. downtownperrysburg.org Free

22 SATURDAY Cabin Fever Art, Craft & Gift Marketplace - Get out and conquer cabin fever by shopping and browsing arts and crafts, gifts, and home decor at this two-day event. $4-5. 10am-5pm, Saturday. 11am-4pm, Sunday. Lucas County Agricultural Society, 1406 Key St., Maumee. 419-893-2127. lucascountyfair.com Especially for Kids: The Forest is With You - During this outdoor class, children ages 7-10 will learn the healing potential and de-stressing power of being outside, surrounded by the plants and animals of nature. Register in advance. $10. 1-3pm. Secor Preserve, 10001 W. Central Ave., 419-360-9179. metroparkstoledo.com Super Hero Meet and Greet Both Spider-Man and Captain America will be on hand to take photos and give out autographs at this event held as part of Winterfest. 1:30-2pm. Julie Spann Johnson State Farm, 221 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. 2:05-3pm. Heated Tent, Downtown Perrysburg. Downtownperrysburg.org Great Performances: Black History Month Celebration - A two-day celebration in the Great Gallery will see spoken word performances on Saturday and musical performances on Sunday, themed around African Americans and the Vote. 3-4pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free

28 FRIDAY Visiting Artist: Mary Gaynier Meet the local artist and discover the art of paper cutting. Create your own paper cut snowflake under her direction in The Family Center. 6-7pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free DC Comics Weekend: Walleye vs. Komets - Get pumped for the game while watching our Walleye play in specialty jerseys, and meet some DC characters too. Before the game on Friday, the Club Level will be open for ticket holders to meet the players! $17-$20. 7:15-10:15pm, Friday and Saturday. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. 419-255-3300. Toledowalleye.com

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Cabin Fever Weekends - Beat the winter blahs and explore a new indoor Zoo exhibit each week with animal encounters, demonstrations and more. $16-20. 10am-4pm. The Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-5721. toledozoo.org Think Tank Workshops Explore astronomy, anatomy, and many other subjects with your little scientists. For ages 7+. $6-8, plus admission cost. 2pm. Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way. 419-244-2674. Imaginationstation.org

Tuesdays

Cabin Fever Days at the Reptile House - Celebrate Leap Day with a full day of activities at the Toledo Zoo, including ice carving demonstrations, activities with animals and more. Free with admission. All day. Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-5721. toledozoo.org Toledo GROWs Seed Swap - Get started preparing for Spring planting with this event. All attendees will receive five packets of seeds for free, bring some to swap and take some home. Noon-3pm. Toledo GROWs, 900 Oneida St. 419-720-8714. toledogrows.org Free

Parent and Child Preschool Playtime - Children age 18 months to 3-years are invited with their parents to this eight-week event to engage the child in a variety of handson play and learning opportunities. $100 per session. 10-11:30am. Maumee Valley Country Day School, 1715 S. Reynolds Rd., 419-381-1313. mvcds.org Preschool Storytime - Geared towards ages 3-6 (with an adult) this weekly storytime runs about 30 minutes. 10:30am. Wood County Library, 108 N Main St., 419-666-9900. wcdpl.org Free

CARE Support Group - If you or a loved one have experienced losing a child, these weekly community support groups are here to help. 7-8:30pm. Ronald McDonald House, 3883 Monroe St., 419-291-9475. promedica.org

Wednesdays

Junior Jitterbugs Youth Dance Classes - Kids who love to move and groove to the beat are perfect fits to be junior jitterbugs! $15-50. 6-6:45pm. Monclova Community Center, 8115 Monclova Road, Monclova, OH. 530-324-2883. dancefam.studio/ group-classes

Weekly

Family Center Activities Visit The Family Center at the Toledo Museum of Art for activities designed for children up to the age of 10 accompanied by an adult. 10am-3pm, Tuesday & Thursday. 3:30-8pm, Friday. Noon-5pm, Saturday-Sunday. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free

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23 SUNDAY Family Center Activities: Healthy Foods Collage! - Inspired by the exhibition ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends create a collage of your favorite foods using a wide variety of supplies. Feb. 23, 25, 27-29. 10am-3pm, Tuesday & Thursday. 3:30-8pm, Friday. Noon-5pm, Saturday-Sunday. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free

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