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Becoming a parent requires monumental decisions: will both parents return to work? What will childcare be? Or will one parent stay home and leave his/her career?

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Letter from the EDITOR

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The Preschool Experience Is Worth It Even if it’s terrifying Sending my oldest child, Dexter, to preschool for the first time filled me with mixed emotions. I had all sorts of worries, both realistic and unrealistic, but I also welcomed the respite as I was juggling a toddler with speech apraxia plus a newborn.

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When it came time for my youngest, Camille, to start preschool, surprisingly, I had a much harder time with the transition. She was an easy toddler, and I wasn’t spread thin with the needs of an infant as I was when her older brother Dexter started preschool. Plus, she is my youngest, and knowing that I will never have another child entering preschool made it all that much harder (I had an ugly cry, post drop-off). My two babies (because they will ALWAYS be “my babies”) could not be more different. Dexter struggled with communication at three, but he is confident, outgoing, and adaptable. Camille, whose vocabulary is advanced, is introverted, routine-oriented and incredibly bright. Yet despite their personality differences, they both thrived under the guidance of their amazing preschool teachers and staff. Dexter’s speech level caught up with that of his peers, and Camille now tells strangers random things about her life. While preschool/daycare is scary (maybe more for us parents than our kids), the social, emotional and academic growth children gain from the experience is indisputable. My only recommendation: find a program that fits your child’s needs and has amazing teachers. Each preschool/childcare setting offers different benefits, and you know your child’s needs best. Hopefully this month’s Toledo Parent Childcare & Preschool Guide will help make your search a bit easier. Happy hunting! Erin Schoen Marsh Toledo Parent Editor

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Feb. 19 - March 20 Your imaginative Pisces child has extraordinary intuition, sometimes surprising others with dreams and visions that eventually become reality. While they may appear somewhat dreamy or lost in their own world, Pisces perceive everything happening around them (even if they do not yet fully understand what they are observing). This is the perfect month for your little dreamer to express themselves because the planet of communication is illuminating and materializing their dreams. Ask your little Pisces what they want to do when they grow up and make a dream book with them by drawing or pasting cut-out pictures in the book. Let them use different colors and use all five senses when arranging their dreams in the book. Pisces manifest best when seeing holographically!

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Perrysburg, Sylvania, and Maumee among Top Cities to Raise a Family In the annual WalletHub analysis, measuring cities by family life and fun, education, health and safety, affordability and socioeconomic status. Perrysburg placed second, Sylvania 21 and Maumee 24. According to the study, Ohio competes strongly against coastal states like California and Florida, offering a strong economy, a rich culture and history, plus plenty of scenery with many nature preserves. Wallethub.com

Inclusive Playground Initiative

F3 and FiA, local organizations focused on fitness, faith, and fellowship, have joined efforts with Wood County Plays to raise $25,000, toward a goal of $750,000, to build an all-inclusive playground in Perrysburg that allows all to enjoy the benefits of a playground, no matter their level of ability. A fundraising event, featuring The Skittle Bots, is on March 14 at 7PM at Graystone Hall in Perrysburg. The $40 admission includes food from area restaurants, adult beverages, games of chance and raffle gift baskets.

Young Artists at Work (YAAW) Summer 2020

Young Artists at Work is a six-week, paid summer apprenticeship program where teens, ages 1418, learn artistic and professional skills, under the direction of professional artists. Apprentices work 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm at minimum wage. Benefits include a complimentary bus pass and hot lunch daily. Applicants must be 14 years old by June 29, 2020 to be eligible. Application deadline March 20. Apply online or print an application, visit theartscommission.org/youth.

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Lutheran Services in America and local Genacross Lutheran Services have been awarded a grant from Aetna Better Health of Ohio to work together on a framework to strengthen families and improve overall health in 10 targeted communities throughout Ohio. This will be the first major step in creating what will be the new Partners in Treatment Preservation Program (PTPP). PTPP will build on the Partners in Treatment Program Genacross currently offers, which “provides family preservation and reunification programming along with individual family therapy, multi-family group therapy, and Community and Psychiatric Supports and Treatment for youth and their families,” said Rick Marshall, president and CEO of Genacross Lutheran Services. GenacrossLutheranServices.org

PreK for Toledo

Preschool is extremely beneficial for the emotional, academic, and social development of young children. Children who attend pre-k are typically more prepared for school than those who do not. Toledo is the only major city in Ohio that does not have universal access to pre-k, leaving around 80% of our children unprepared when going to kindergarten. Now, the City of Toledo and ProMedica, along with TPS, Washington Local Schools, Toledo Community Foundation and the United Way of Greater Toledo, are working together to determine how Toledo can provide universal pre-k. As of now the pre-k program will focus on four-year-olds in Toledo, which will provide education to close to 4,000 children. An expected implementation date is set for September 2020.

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Kalahari Resorts “Sensory Friendly Certification” for 2020

Kalahari Resorts has committed to making its Sandusky waterpark “ sensory friendly” with the help of Sensory City, a Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and children with disabilities. Kalahari employees will receive sensory awareness training to help accommodate adults, youth and children with sensory needs. Kalahari has also created a sensory room where individuals who experience sensory overload can retreat for some peace and quiet. Sensory kits, safety kits and comfort kits are available upon request. kalahariresorts.com/Ohio

The Kadens Family Fitness Center, which opened at the start of 2020, provides students at Ottawa Hills Local Schools with the opportunity to incorporate physical exercise into their overall wellness program. In addition to the new stateof-the art health facility, the $1.5 million Kadens Family Health & Wellness Capital Campaign delivered renovated varsity locker rooms and a remodeled, more versatile multipurpose room. The Kadens Family Fitness Center, Ottawa Hills Junior Senior High School, 2532 Evergreen Rd., Ottawa Hills.

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ProMedica Children’s Hospital Getting New Name

ProMedica is changing the name of its Children’s Hospital to ProMedica Russell J. Ebeid Children’s Hospital. Along with the name change, ProMedica unveiled recent renovations, including a new pediatric intensive care unit. The name change honors the late Mr. Ebeid, whose family donated $28.5 million after his passing in 2017. promedica.org

Sophia Center Moves Offices to Silica Drive in Sylvania

Sophia Center, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis, which offers comprehensive testing services for all ages, will now provide services at the Canticle Center Building, 5335 Silica Drive. Psychoeducational and psychosocial testing is available to understand diagnoses and create strategies related to concerns about learning disabilities, attention issues, behavioral issues, processing issues, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder and neurological dysfunction. sophia.center

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Sylvania Children’s Center 3421 Talmadge Road, Toledo | 419-537-1122 sylvaniachildren.com Sylvania Children’s Center believes in letting kids be kids and ensures that the children in their care can grow and develop at their own pace. Sylvania Children’s Center is open from 7:30am-6pm from September to June with summer options as well. Children from as young as six weeks to six years old are welcome to attend. Unique to this center is the focus on classroom layout. Each classroom includes areas of interest for all children including writing, reading, science, math, dramatic arts and expressive arts. The emphasis on the classroom layout helps create an at-home feel for the children and allows them to comfortably explore and develop their own knowledge. Also unique to Sylvania Children’s Center are the top credentials that the Center has earned from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. All staff members are trained by the organization and all teachers regularly attend professional development sessions.


For parents of preschool-aged children, finding the perfect program for their child can be challenging. Preschool is fundamental for a child’s development and the start of their love for learning. To help ease the burden, Toledo Parent has compiled a list of stellar preschools and daycare centers in the Toledo area.



Children’s Discovery Center Downtown Toledo: 338 N St Clair St. | 419-255-4890 West Toledo: 3839 Talmadge Rd. | 419-474-8303 Perrysburg: 11090 Avenue Rd. | 419-874-8203 childrensdiscoverycenters.com Children’s Discovery Center (CDC) is focused on helping children learn through discovery. The idea came about from Reggio Emilia’s educational philosophy, an inquiry-based approach to student learning. Children are encouraged to investigate, create and collaborate with others in order to solve problems. The center has an experienced group of teachers who work with the children to design projects that will lead to intellectual, emotional, creative, and physical development. CDC has programs for children of all ages, from infancy to fourth grade. Transportation is provided to and from select schools for elementary students, and full-day care is provided when other schools are closed. There are six local centers in the Toledo area and hours for each center can be found online. CONTINUED ON P. 10


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West Side Montessori 7115 W. Bancroft, Toledo 419-866-1931 13587 Roachton Rd., Perrysburg 419-874-9385 montessoritoledo.org Montessori education is very unique as it revolves around cognitive learning through hands-on activities. Children’s lessons are determined based on their own individual learning styles, and students set their own learning pace. Additionally students choose work based on their own interests and abilities. Class sizes are often very small and students often have the same teacher for multiple years which really allows educators to have a more individual focus on their students. West Side Montessori offers classes for toddlers all the way up to eighth grade. At a young age students are introduced to foreign language studies, musical/performing arts, and technology courses. Extracurricular activities are also available for children of all ages, and for working parents the child care option is very appealing. Any enrolled student qualifies to participate in the before and after school child care which runs until 6pm at both the Toledo and Perrysburg locations.


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Maumee Valley Country Day School 1715 South Reynolds Road, Toledo 419-381-1313 mvcds.org With a commitment to inclusion, Maumee Valley Country Day School ensures that all students feel accepted and safe. The school works hard to create a community with their students, teachers, and parents where learning is a top priority for everyone. Maumee Valley’s Early Learning Center provides schooling for children as young as 2 ½ through kindergarten. The preschool program is very hands-on and playbased where children can learn at their own pace in a classroom and outside of the classroom. As children continue through the grade levels, they have many opportunities to participate in fine arts programs and athletics. As students get closer to college, they experience college counseling which is an individualized program to help students create a four-year portfolio and prepare for college. 100% of graduates from Maumee Valley Country Day School go on to four-year institutions. CONTINUED ON P. 13


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The idea emerged in Denmark in the 1950s: why not take preschool students out of the classroom and into a natural environment? This outdoor education would help children grasp social skills and learn new concepts in a hands-on way, allowing them to grow as they play. The concept, given the simple moniker “Forest School,” soon became a staple curriculum in its native country.

Maumee Valley Country Day School (MVCDS) embraced the idea as part of its Early Learning Center’s new curriculum. Students in Junior

Kindergarten begin each day with a lengthy session in their “outdoor classroom.” Michelle Thomas, director of the Early Learning Center, explains, “[It’s] letting kids explore and learn in nature at their own pace and based on their own interests so we have a balanced approach between teacherled curriculum and children-led learning.”

A revamped curriculum

This new approach to educating Junior Kindergarten students came about as the school worked to revamp its curriculum last year.


“While we were outside, we were beginning to explore the 75-acre campus with our students and thinking: ‘we need to utilize more of our campus’...it’s right here,” said Lindsay Tassos, MVCDS Junior Kindergarten teacher. The program began in August, with students spending two-and-a-half hours outside every day. If there’s lightning, they’ll come back indoors, but otherwise— rain, snow or shine— they dress for conditions and hold class outside. “Forest School is a new kind of concept, but outdoor learning is nothing new for Maumee Valley. It reaffirms our Country Day School roots,” Thomas said.

Outside learning

The outdoor education is not limited to Junior Kindergarten, either. This year’s preschool, pre-k and kindergarten students also began the school year with a two-week intensive session of Forest School-inspired learning. A second intensive session will follow at the end of the year, and teachers are experimenting with adding other types of outdoor education classes.

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“They are going outside on a weekly basis. Kindergarten has Forest School Fridays, and preschool and pre-k, are going outside every day as well,” Thomas said. Thus far, both students and parents have greeted the program with enthusiasm. Parents note how kids are thrilled to talk about their day at school while expressing interest in going outside even more. The Early Learning Center is looking at ways to expand the program in future years, including connecting with the Metroparks and the Boy Scouts to supplement their work. “The research is showing that even older children are benefitting from the fresh air and the unstructured time spent outside, making a connection with nature that is getting pretty lost with all the technology and extra-curricular activities,” said teacher Christine Marker.


Sleek Academy 519 Ordway Avenue, Bowling Green 419-353-3898 sleekacademy.us Sleek Academy is a newer private school in the area that serves students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Sleek Academy teaches using modern educational methods, namely project-based learning and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Traditional subjects, like English and History, are taught using a hands-on approach to engage students, facilitate retention, and explore real-world situations at their own pace. While state testing is a major concern for public schools, Sleek Academy looks to assess students on projects that align with state standards, rather than testing. Another benefit to this school is the small class sizes that allow teachers the opportunity to work one-onone with individual students.

Thrive Child Care Oregon: 3530 Seaman Rd. 419-691-6313 Perrysburg: 1134 Professional Dr. | 419-873-0870 thrivechildcare.org Thrive Child Care provides quality, faith-based childcare and educational services to families in Oregon, Perrysburg and the surrounding communities. Thrive believes that all children are special and loved in God’s eyes and teach this to little ones through Bible stories, prayer and music. Children are encouraged to grow and learn at their own pace with a play-based curriculum. Consistent daily routines provide the emotional security necessary for children to feel comfortable to explore and learn in the classroom, allowing parents to raise a happy and healthy child. Childcare is provided for infants (6 weeks) to age five with the Perrysburg location offering kindergarten as well. Before and after school care is offered for school-age children.


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Kids and Chiropractors

Setting kids up for a lifetime of good health

(L-R) Allison, Brittanie and their two children. Brittanie Kuhr credits chiropractic care for keeping her family healthy and happy.

By Kimberly Feldkamp

It’s something everyone wants: to be healthy, happy and living their best life. Parents want their families to be healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. While parents make sure kids eat well, get enough sleep and visit the doctor and dentist for routine checkups, could regular visits to the chiropractor help to achieve optimal health? Right from the start The word chiropractor might conjure up images of adults with lower back pain, headaches or neck pain. Yet chiropractors aren’t just about helping adults alleviate pain. They actually help children, from infancy to the teen years, as part of wellness care. While the birth process is a normal and essential part of life, it can be stressful for mom and also for a newborn. Sometimes the birthing process puts stress on a baby’s spine and neck. This stress can directly affect a child’s nervous system, a challenge to proper growth and development. It can affect things like breastfeeding, a baby’s digestive system, reflux or even colic, and that’s where a chiropractor can help. “A chiropractic adjustment focuses on muscles, ligaments, bones and the nervous system — the biggest system in our bodies, ” said Dr. Nick Goin, a chiropractor at Innate Health Chiro-

practic in Perrysburg who focuses on pediatric care. “If we can help with the proper function of the nervous system right away, kids can thrive from an early age.”

Specialized care for each patient Dr. Nick realized kids were a population not being served well: “I saw an opportunity to help kids and influence their health. If we can raise healthy kids, it means we’ll have healthy adults.”

Brittanie Kuhr is a busy mom with two kids under the age of two. Dr. Nick treats each patient Routine visits to a local with a specialized plan, chiropractor for both tailored for his/her specific kids has been someneeds and health goals. thing she’s done from He does this with the an early age. “My help of a non-invasive daughter is almost neurological scan, which 2 and my son is 3 is the first step for any months. They’ve new patient. The surface each been going to level rolling scan starts at see a chiropractor the bottom of the hips and since they were about 2 goes to the top of the spine weeks old. We are all on Dr. Nick Goin, a chiropractor using a highly sensitive a monthly adjustment at Innate Health Chiropractic, temperature reading to pick rotation, so they conup different levels of imbalspecializes in pediatrics and tinue to go regularly for ance or inflammation in family care. “If we can raise preventative care.” the spine. “The entire scan healthy kids, it means we’ll Wondering how a takes about 20 seconds, but have healthy adults.” chiropractic adjustment it gives us the information would be done for a we need to create a tailored treatment newborn? Dr. Nick says his practice plan and to offer the best recommendaspecializes in gentle techniques. “It’s tions to reach a patient’s health goals,” such a light pressure on an infant — it’s Dr. Nick explained. like what you would do to check the Because chiropractic care can help ripeness of a tomato or avocado — but children heal, function and feel better, it makes a difference for that baby.” it’s used to help children with cerebral palsy, autism, ADHD, allergies, sensory processing and more. “We can help

create balance and better function of the nervous system, which helps set the tone for success overall,” said Dr. Nick. Kuhr echoes this thought for overall wellness: “We have been very fortunate to have two healthy children. We credit our regular chiropractic care... for preventing a number of common illnesses and boosting our immune systems,” Kuhr added. “At two years old, our daughter has been sick only once. Our son, who originally was spitting up after almost every feeding, has improved significantly...rarely spitting up now. He’s also sleeping much better overnight. We have supplemented chiropractic care with a well-balanced diet for our children and believe that the combination is the most effective medicine for their fragile bodies.” Not just child’s play Chiropractic care isn’t just beneficial for kids. Adults can see many positive changes in their health, too, with regular adjustments. “My wife and I have both experienced many benefits, including mental clarity, better sleep, reduced anxiety, and overall improved functioning as a result of chiropractic care. We have learned a lot about the benefits of alignment and a properly functioning nervous system, which is why we made chiropractic care a priority for our children,” Kuhr said.

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New Guidelines for Toddler Screen Time WHO encourages more physical activity By Aya Khalil

digital age The World Health Organization [WHO] recently released new guidelines on screen limits and sedentary behaviors for children under the age of five. “For the greatest health benefits, infants, and young children, should meet all the recommendations for physical activity, sedentary [behavior] and sleep in a 24-hour period,” the

guide explains. “Replacing restrained or sedentary screen time with more moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity, while preserving sufficient sleep, can provide additional health benefits.” Research continues to show that physical activity improves fitness and motor and cognitive development.

WHO additionally warns that children under age five should not be restrained for over an hour, which includes strollers, high chairs, and baby-wearing devices. When sitting still, reading and story-telling is recommended over screen time.

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West Side Mother and Head of School Illuminates a Unique Educational Environment Jenn Schoepf: A curator of cooperation By Phoebe Samuel Rapp

Jenn Schoepf, West Side Montessori (WSM) Head of School, always knew she wanted to be a teacher. Twenty-five years ago, with a newly acquired Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Schoepf walked into WSM seeking her first teaching job. Finding that the Montessori method embodied her passion for education, Schoepf went on to earn her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with Montessori emphasis.

What is your favorite activity to do with your family? Spending time at our family cottage on the weekends.

Working as the director and teacher at the Perrysburg Campus for 19 years and as the Director of Elementary and Middle School Education for five, Schoepf and husband, Derek, who have been married for 21 years, saw their two children flourish at WSM. “Both my children started at West Side when they were 13 months old,” Schoepf shared. Now-high school sophomore Alec graduated from the school in 2018 and sixth grader Aida currently attends West Side’s Upper Elementary program.

Best memory around town from your childhood? Visiting the lights at the Toledo Zoo created unforgettable family moments.

Learning By Doing Schoepf describes the Montessori method simply as “peaceful productivity.” She explains, “Children learn best when they are engaged in hands-on, real-world learning experiences. They learn by doing.” This educational philosophy extends throughout the school and gives students a sense of ownership and self-possession. As Head of School, Schoepf sees herself as the curator of a great collaboration between herself, teachers, students and parents. “I collaborate and coordinate with all the members of the West Side community to foster an environment where students and staff can reach their full potential.” The school community is intrinsically connected, and mutual respect for every member is the foundation of the entire structure. Schoepf relates that, “The Montessori learning environment is like no other. Children are nurtured to reach their full potential in an environment fostering mutual respect, social responsibility, and a love of learning.” Each classroom at WSM is equipped with “manipulatives” or materials for learning in a concrete manner through physical interaction with representative objects. These tools allow students to be self-directed as independent learners, teachers are therefore in a position to 18

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What is your favorite book to read to your children? My children loved Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

What is your go-to activity when you have a few minutes to yourself? Running with my dog. Describe your life in five words or less: Joyful, active, fulfilling, caring, family-focused. Describe Toledo in a sentence: Toledo has big-city excitement with a small-town charm which makes the Glass City the perfect place to raise a family. observe the students work to their own potential. Schoepf describes the teachers as “collaborative, compassionate and demonstrat[ing a] mutual respect and positive energy.” Looking Ahead With 37 acres of land full of trails, playgrounds, and various natural elements, Schoepf has her eyes set on the next big opportunity for West Side Montessori. Through consultation with classroom teachers, she foresees a highly developed curriculum covering ecology, botany, and prairie development and aspires to facilitate a love of learning that inspires WSM students to become true “stewards of the earth.”

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Four-year-old Braxton having fun in the pool during his swim lesson.

Diving in with SafeSplash + SwimLabs Swim School Swim lessons for all ages and abilities By Emily Remaklus

SafeSplash + SwimLabs Swim School teaches water safety and swimming skills. The Holland location is one of a number of branches across North America — but the only one in Northwest Ohio — teaching swimming skills. “Swimming is the only thing we do,” explains Chris Peters, the school’s owner, adding, “...we’ve consciously made the decision to be singular in our focus and direct all of our energy in becoming the experts [for swimming] in the area. We focus on swimming, that makes us a unique addition to the Toledo area. Swimming instruction is available for all ages and ability levels, starting with ParentTot classes (parents with infants) to individual instruction for adults. After a student learns all four swimming strokes, they have the option to have their strokes filmed and analyzed.

“We can have kiddos learning how to swim... who have aspirations of becoming an Olympian in the water,” explains Peters. To ensure every student has the chance to learn to swim, they have numerous instructors who are skilled in teaching students with special needs. “Our goal is to be as inclusive as possible and offer the learn-to-swim experience to everyone in our community,” Peters said. SafeSplash + SwimLabs Swim School understands how busy life can be, so lessons are scheduled for days and times that work best for the learner, and times can be changed if needed. For those interested in signing up for lessons you can call 419-370-2801 or register online at safesplash.com/locations/holland.

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Ameera Mediterranean Bistro

5127 Main St. Sylvania, OH SouthBriar Shopping Center 419-517-9999 Mon-Thur: 11a.m.-9p.m. Fri-Sat: 11a.m.-10p.m. Sun: 11a.m.-4p.m. www.facebook.com/ AmeeraMediterraneanBistro/

Situated at the end of the SouthBriar Shopping Center in Sylvania, in the former PaPa G’s Pizza, you may have missed the new Mediterranean bistro that opened in late October. Ameera Mediterranean Bistro owner, Nassif (Nick) Chamoun, a Sylvania resident, is excited to open his newest restaurant where he lives. “[Sylvania residents] love to support local businesses,” said Mr. Chamoun who will be sure to meet you before you leave. “Come as a customer. Leave as a friend,” is what they say at Ameera.

By Karen L. Zickes

Insanely fresh fare Chamoun (Nick, as he prefers to be called) was born in Lebanon and moved to Boston in 1999. After relocating to Toledo, he owned Aladdin’s near the mall for about 11 years. However, he longed to make his Mediterranean cuisine with his own family’s recipes. Ameera, meaning princess, was his grandmother’s name. “I loved her more than anything,” said Nick, getting a little sentimental thinking about his beloved teta (grandmother). He told me she had a passion for excellence and so many incredible recipes. The menu combines typical Mediterranean cuisine with a few surprises. No matter what you find on the menu, Nick believes in providing his customers with only the freshest of ingredients.

Besides the traditional fare of tabouli, hummus, and falafel, the cauliflower appetizer was a hit. Cauliflower florets are lightly fried and topped with Nick’s special seasoning and tahini yogurt dressing. Rolled pitas came in 12 varieties, with seven vegetarian versions. Pita pizzas, salads, and specialty plates were also on the menu. For a small restaurant, the menu packs a punch.

Dine with confidence As the mother of a child with food allergies, I am always extra careful about where we choose to eat and how our meals are prepared. With allergies that include ALL nuts, legumes and sesame, a Mediterranean restaurant can be a little scary for me, but Nick assured me that my son’s meal would be prepared separately and not near any of the allergens. Menu items are also clearly marked as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or if they contain nuts. I was confident about my son safely enjoying a meal. Healthy options Though not able to enjoy many of the dishes we ordered that evening due to allergies, my youngest loved the Ameera’s Pita Pizza for $8.25. It included honey Dijon dressing, curried chicken, banana peppers, fried onions, and cheddar

Kid-friendly: Yes. To avoid wait: Anytime. Noise level: Quiet to moderate. Bathroom amenities: Very clean, no changing station. High chairs? Yes. Kids’ menu? Yes. Allergies? Items are marked on the menu if they are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or contain nuts. Always alert your server so special precautions can be taken in the kitchen.

cheese. I shared with him some of my meat from my Ameera’s Favorite Combo. The beef kafta, shish kabob and shish tawook were tasty with garlic sauce and tahini sauce that really enhanced the flavors. The other two enjoyed the rolled pitas. My daughter loved the variety of vegetarian choices on the menu. Sticking by the mantra of healthy eating and healthy lifestyle, you won’t find anything fried on the kid’s menu. The six options are $5.25 or less and include things such as beef kafta, grilled chicken tenders, chicken and cheese pita, and sides such as fresh fruit, rice, or vermicelli.




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Children’s Theatre Workshop’s Players Company Presents Rapunzel March 20-22, times vary Collingwood Arts Center 2413 Collingwood Blvd.

Enjoy a boisterously entertaining rescue attempt based on the classic story adapted by Karen Boettcher-Tate. $8, adults. $6, students. March 20-22. 9:45am and 12:30pm, Friday. 2pm & 5pm, Saturday and Sunday. Collingwood Arts Center Lois Nelson Theatre, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., ctwtoledo.booktix.com

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

1 SUNDAY 9th Annual Cupcake Showdown! Inspired by “Into The Woods,” this year’s cupcakes will be fantastically spectacular. Sample delicious cupcakes and savory snacks, or even compete with your own cupcake finesse. $10-$15. 2-4:30pm. Charles E Sullivan Center, 2049 Parkside Blvd. 419-531-1421. booktix.com. Acoustics for Autism - Annual day of concerts to raise funds for kids with autism. Come and take part in a fun and worthy cause. Donations welcome. Noon-2am. The Village Idiot, 309 Conant St. 419-893-7281. acousticsforautism.com Free All-Ages Glass Art Workshop: Frosty Glass - Work with glass instructors to create a customized, one-of-a-kind frosty glass. $20-$25. Noon-2pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. Toledomuseum.org

2 MONDAY Youth Open House - Here, youth with disabilities can learn new independent living skills and recreational activities, as well as explore the impact of therapy dogs. RSVP required. 4-6:30pm. The Ability Center, 5605 Monroe St., Sylvania. 419-885-5733. abilitycenter.org. Free Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve made a pocket for your wocket, plus more fun Seuss-ical activities in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. 3:30-4:30pm. Holland Branch Library, 1032 S. McCord Rd. 419-259-5240. toledolibrary.org Free

4 WEDNESDAY Cupcake Decorating Workshop Join your friends at the library and spend a fun, messy evening decorating delicious cupcakes. Creativity and sloppiness encouraged! 4-5pm. Sylvania Branch Library, 6749 Monroe St. 419-882-2089. toledolibrary.org Free

7 SATURDAY Lego Freeplay - Practice your engineering skills and put your creativity to work in this fun building program. 2-3pm. Main Library, 325 N Michigan St. 419-259-5200. toledolibrary.org Free One World One Sky - Sesame Street’s very own Big Bird takes his youngest viewers on an amazing trip around the world, and even up to the moon, in this special on-screen event. Donations welcome. 3:30-4:30pm. Bowling Green State University, 1001 E Wooster St, Bowling Green. 419-372-2531. bgsu.edu Campfire Cooking - Learn and try out camping for the first time with your family, or expand your camping skills. $8. 4-6pm. Oak Openings Preserve, 4139 Girdham Rd. 419-360-9179. metroparkstoledo.com

Greater Toledo Train & Toy Show

March 8, 9am-3pm SHAC 156 Owens 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg toymasters.org

The Greater Toledo Train and Toy Show is the only train and toy show in the tri-state area that specifically serves a younger audience. Family members who love trains and their tiny toy counterparts can enjoy a day filled with interactive exhibits that encourage imagination and support core learning skills. Parking included with price of admission.EarlyBird discount available.

Autism Awareness Free Training

March 25, 6am-8pm Lucas County Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West 2275 Collingwood Blvd, Conference Room 1 ocecd.org

8 SUNDAY Super Hero Boot Camp! - Great for kiddos’ social skills, and exercise with new friends. Every little hero will receive a cape when they come! $25. Noon1pm. Wynn Center- 5224 BayShore Rd. 419-972-2622. livingwordoregon.com

This free training, designed for parents and professionals, will discuss autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and educational services for children with autism. Learn about the five types of autism and the three developmental areas most commonly affected by an autism diagnosis. Discussion will address Individual Education Program (IEP) goals along with strategies for educating children identified on the autism spectrum. Register by calling Wendy Smenner at 419-214-3066 or emailing wsmenner@esclakeeriewest.org.

10 TUESDAY Mini Explorers Club - The world is an amazing place, and the Mini Explorers Club invites little adventurers ages 3-5 to learn all about it with their families! 1-4pm. Imagination Station, One Discovery Way. 419-244-2674. imaginationstationtoledo.org Free

13 FRIDAY Family Fun Night - Something for everyone— inflatables, face painting, euchre tournament, chess, ping pong, a photo booth, appearances by superheroes and princesses, a scavenger hunt, a 50/50 raffle, and the list goes on! Donations welcome. 6-9pm. The Korakas Event Center, 7112 Angola Rd. 419-865-9767. eventful.com


EASTER BUNNY HAYRIDE/EGG HUNT & BABY ANIMAL TOUR APRIL 4, 5 & 11, 2020 (11AM - 4PM) • NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED The Easter Bunny will take you on a special hayride to his egg patch where children will collect eggs for candy prizes! Back at the farm, there will be Baby Bunnies, ducks, chicks, lambs and baby goats to hold & cuddle with. Feed all the large animals, get a pony ride, barrel train ride and go thru a Straw Maze!

Thursday, March 5th 4:30-6:30pm

Now Enrolling Grades K-9

TUITION-FREE CLASSICAL Public Community School in Affiliation with Hillsdale College Devoted to the Education of Young Americans

Come ready to take pictures of your “Lil” Ones with our “Lil Farm Babies” and the Easter Bunny! COST: CHILDREN 2 AND UP $10; ADULTS $5

5025 Glendale Avenue Toledo, Ohio 43614

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3525 N. Bolander Rd. Genoa, Ohio 43430 • 419.461.1298 www.countrylanetreefarm.com • Check Facebook for up to date event & weather info!

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Youtheatre’s The Little Mermaid Jr. The story of Ariel and her friends under the sea has been adapted to the small stage for all audiences to enjoy. $13-$16. March 13-14. 7-8pm, Friday. 2-3pm, Saturday. Youtheatre, 200 W. Main Cross St. 419-423-2787. mcpa.org

14 SATURDAY Party for a Playground! - With fun games, great music by The Skittle Bots, and food from local restaurants, this benefit for Wood County Plays is a mustattend for anyone searching for a fun way to spend an evening. $40. 7pm-12am. Graystone Banquet Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd. 419-874-5016. graystonehall.com Mother-Daughter Tea - Mothers and daughters can enjoy a relaxing afternoon filled with tea, delicious snacks, and quiet bonding time. $5. 10:30am12:30pm. Swan Creek Tea Room, 225 W Sandusky St. 419-429-7926. swanhousetea.co Lil’ Kids in the Kitchen: Italian Favorites! - Kids 6+ are invited to come and learn how to prepare their favorite Italian dishes. It’s never too soon to learn to cook! $36. Noon-2pm. Foodology, 2059 W. Laskey Rd. 419-567-7100. foodologytoledo.com Slow Brew at Toledo Zoo At Toledo’s first-ever coffee sampling event, visitors can taste a wide variety of sumptuous dark and light roasts, see animal demonstrations, get snacks from food trucks, and participate in yoga classes. $15-$25. 9am-1pm. The Toledo Zoo and Aquarium, 2 Hippo Way.419-385-4040. toledozoo.org


15 SUNDAY Cartwheel-a-thon - Gymnasts ages 6-18 get to show off their abilities by doing as many cartwheels as they can. This event benefits the YMCA and its programs. Donation-based. 1-3pm. YMCA Gymnastics Center, 12745 Eckel Junction Rd., Perrysburg. 419-874-1815. ymcatoledo.org

17 TUESDAY Hug a Pup - Meet with puppies from the Ability Center’s Assistance Dogs Program to help with their socialization skills. 6:30-7:30pm. Toledo Heights Library, 423 Shasta Dr. 419-259-5220. toledolibrary.org Free Game Night - The public is invited to gather their family and friends for a fun night of board-game playing. Choose from the facility’s collection, or bring your own to share with others. 6:30-10:30pm. Jolly Roger Sailing Club, 5961 Edgewater Dr. 419-729-4971. facebook.com/ jollyrogersailingclub Free

19 THURSDAY 69th Annual Zenobia Shrine Circus This year the Circus returns to Toledo to, once again, provide an array of breathtaking acts for audience enjoyment. As the lights dim, close the program, sit back in the seat, and witness the excitement of these fantastic acts. $20-$35. Times vary. Through Sunday, March 22. SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. 419-255-3300. toledo-seagate.com

$5 after 5pm - Imagination Station invites the curious, inventive and playful to drop by after school and explore the science center. $5. 5-8pm. Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way. 419-244-2674. imaginationstationtoledo.org

21 SATURDAY Youth Entrepreneurs EXPO Youth & Kids ONLY! Small business owners entrepreneurs can browse products for service and sell. Designed for ages 5-18, this event encourages all young business owners to keep up their passions and dreams. 10am-2pm. African American Legacy Project, 1326 Collingwood Blvd. 419-720-4369. africanamericanlegacy.org Free Family Series: Llama Llama LIVE! What’s Baby Llama to do? He has all the necessities for a night of peaceful slumber, except a goodnight kiss from Mama Llama! Kids will delight in the heartwarming and hilarious adventures. $19-$25. 2-3pm. Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. 419-423-2787. mcpa.org Winter Sister Celebration - Anna and Elsa cordially invite their young fans to attend their celebration, hosted by Pineapples & Parties! Enjoy an afternoon full of singing, storytime, crafts, snacks, and plenty of photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite Winter Sisters. $20. 3-5pm. W.W. Knight Nature Preserve Wood County Park District, 29530 White Rd. 419-661-1697. wcparks.org

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Magic School Bus - Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series. 2-5pm. The Valentine Theatre, 410 N. Superior St., 419-242-2787. valentinetheatre.com

22 SUNDAY Maple Sugaring Festival - Learn the history and techniques behind the creation of syrup and cheer on the participants of the TOPS Pancake Cook-Off as part of this celebration of all things maple. 11am-2pm. Olander Park, Nederhouser Community Hall, 6930 Sylvania Ave. 419-882-8313. olanderpark.com Free

28 SATURDAY Buddy and Me candy class! Kids 6+ and their adult buddies are welcome to join in for a candy-making workshop at Cake Arts. Advanced pay required. $20. 1-2pm. Cake Arts, 2858 W Sylvania Ave. 419-472-4959. allevents.com Loving Vincent - See the film, depicted in oil painted animation. $5-$7. 2-3:30pm. The Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org

31 TUESDAY Montessori Preview Day - Meet teachers, check out the facilities, and see the Montessori difference in action. No registration required. 9-10:30am. Toledo Campus: 7115 W. Bancroft St., 419-866-1931. Perrysburg Campus: 13587 Roachton Rd., 419-874-9385. montessoritoledo.com

Weekly Family Center Open The Family Center at TMA is open to kids and their adults to create crafts, read story books and play games. Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am-3pm. Fridays, 3:30-8pm. Saturdays & Sundays, Noon-5pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free


Think Tank Workshops During March and April, explore chemistry concepts and fill your basket with decorated eggs! Personalize your eggs with an EggBot robot! Dates vary. 2pm. Imagination Station, 1 Discovery Way. 419-244-2674. imaginationstationtoledo.org


Kids Movement & Mindfullness Class - Children learn and practice yoga/meditation with dance, games, crafts and more. $7/child, $75 for 15 classes. Open Arms Wellness Center, 2300 Navarre Ave., Oregon. 419-720-8604. openarmsmassagestudio.com

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