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CITY MAIL BOT: An Open Book?

The “Best of Toledo” shouldn’t be a sex offender who engaged in a sexual relationship with a high school student while he was a teacher, who now has opened two bookstores in proximity to schools. John “Mitch” Balonek violated the safety and trust of his student. And now, the Toledo City Paper is giving him an award naming his bookstore as the “Best of Toledo” with the explanation “Because people voted for him.” Really? TCP will write, calling out and exposing Rust Belt and Claro as anti gay coffee shops, but when asked to stand up to sexually oriented offenders, and to publish the truth about them, you refuse. Your silence is deafening. Sexually oriented offenders are not “The Best Of Toledo” and it is everyone’s job to stand up to them to keep others safe.

- Allison Dow (Toledo) via email

Publisher’s Note: Ms. Dow has been persistent in making demands on social media for Toledo City Paper to adjust the results of the Best of Toledo voting based on the information she shares above. Mr. Balonek has completed any obligation imposed upon him by the law and the Court system and the legality, and concerns, about his businesses’ operations have been reviewed by local legal authorities, including the law director of the City of Maumee, who found no legal reason that his store, in that city, could not be opened in its location. See the Toledo Blade story at: The Toledo City Paper stands by the results of our annual Best of Toledo awards as they represent the votes of our readers. This year we had over 32,000 readers vote, casting more than 220,000 votes for local businesses, professionals and service providers in more than 200 categories.

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Mar. 14 - Mar. 27, 2018 • Vol. 21 • Issue 5

Marketplace changes

Adams Street Publishing Co.


Below is a list of our staff, members of “the media,” a group that our President has deemed to be “among the most dishonest people on earth.”

„„ Distinguished Affairs Event Planning will host a grand opening for their new location in the Secor Building on Thursday, March 29 from 6-8pm. #309. 425 Jefferson Ave.,

If you found a pot of gold— and could only treat yourself— what would you do?

Publisher/Editor in Chief

Collette Jacobs ( A leisurely trip around the world.

„„ Holy Toledo! Tavern has opened, replacing Hensville’s NINE restaurant, which closed for rebranding in January. The new casual dining restaurant aims to celebrate Toledo’s history. 9 N. St. Clair St., 419-724-4499.

Co-publisher/ Chief Financial Officer

Mark I. Jacobs ( You don’t want to know.


Assignment Editor: Athena Cocoves ( Retreat to a cabin and write a book.

Calendar Editor: Sarah Emily ( Open a bunch of bistros downtown. Digital Media Manager Saul T. Jacobs ( Even More 3d Printing.

Beyond Kitsch

„„ The nonprofit comprehensive behavioral health center The Zepf Center has opened a Bowling Green location at 221 S. Church St., Ste. 200, formerly the location of Huntington Insurance. 419-419-373-6560.

20 North Gallery serves the origins of Paint by Number By Sarah Emily

Web Guru Ashley Boardman ( Visit every country in the world.

„„ Following the donation of $3.5 million from ProMedica, the Toledo Zoo’s historic Museum of Science will be renamed the ProMedica Museum of Natural History. The two organizations will

Intern Morgan Kovacs. Contributing Writers: Erin Marsh, A.S. Coomer, Jon

Ruggiero, Jeff McGinnis, L. Kent Wolgamott, Jon Ruggiero, Johnny Hildo, Christine Senack and Rob Brezsny.


Production Manager: Imani Lateef ( Megan Davis is getting a house. Senior Designer: Leah Foley ( “Bye!”

Taking Flight with Toledo Naturalists By Eric Hehl

Sales Coordinator Jenny Leach ( Travel everywhere. Sales Assistant: Eddie Knight ( Purchase and rehab a warehouse downtown. Account Executives: Bonnie Hunter ( Catch me if you can. Kathleen Dewar ( Pay off my cottage. Suzanne Bell ( Buy an oceanfront home. Brittany Stahl ( Buy a cottage and pay off student loans. Katie Emans ( Buy a house in Charlevoix, MI. Classifieds Coordinator: Catherine Bohr ( Learn to sail and head for the ocean.


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For advertising and general information, call 419/244-9859 or fax 419/244-9871. E-mail ads to Deadline for advertising copy 2 p.m. Friday before publication. Toledo City Paper subscriptions are available by mail for $28/quarterly or $75 per year at Toledo City Paper, 1120 Adams St., Toledo, Ohio 43604. One copy free per person per week; extra copies $1 each. Persons taking copies for any reason other than personal use are subject to prosecution. Letters to the editor must be limited to 300 words, are subject to editing, and should include the writer’s full name and phone number. Any letter submitted to the editor or publisher may be printed at the publisher’s discretion in issues subsequent to its receipt. © 2018 by Adams Street Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form is prohibited without written permission of the publisher.

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March for Our Lives, March & Rally Students from all over Northwest Ohio will voice their concerns about the current state of education and safety within their community. Topics will include, but aren’t limited to, gun violence and graduation rates. 2-4pm. Promenade Park, 250 Water St.,

Friday, March 16

Water for Ishmael International Dinner & Bazaar - Join Water for Ishma-

el, a local group that welcomes immigrants and refugees into our community, during their annual fundraiser. Enjoy international fare prepared by English-language students and local restaurants, cultural performances, and a bazaar with international items for sale. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $65/family ticket. $20/adults. $12/children ages 5-12. Free for children under 5. 6:30-8:30pm. Grace Church Perrysburg, 601 E. Boundary St., 419-720-8089. Sunday, March 18

Just for You!

Women’s History Month: Words from Eleanor - See Gail Conrad, a local

• Ethically Sourced • Carefully Selected • Taste Matters

historian and member of the American Association of University Women, portray Eleanor Roosevelt and offering wisdom, wit, advice and more. 10-11am. First Unitarian Church of Toledo, 3205 Glendale Ave., 419-824-0917.

Official Coffee of Toledo City Paper

Fighting Heroin: The Heroin/Opiate Epidemic - Learn more about the opiate

Mon-Fri: 7:30am-1pm, Sat & Sun: Closed


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Amy Ressler Rough ( Train to become a yoga instructor.

„„ Nationally known advertising agency Hart Inc. has moved their headquarters from Maumee to downtown Toledo into the two floors of the Hylant Building at 811 Madison Ave.

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„„ The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) is eyeing the recently vacated Goodwill building and Cherry and Huron streets as a choice for a new bus station in downtown Toledo. TARTA’s board of trustees are negotiating to purchase the building for its appraised value of $1.52 million.


Intern Sam Tolson

„„ The Toledo Lucas County Public Library has announced a major renovation of the Main Branch. To allow for construction, the Main Library will close to the public in September for renovations for 10 – 12 months.

Kelli Miller ( If I told you I’d have to kill you! Norwin Lopez ( Nicaragua for life.


Designers: Anita Tipton ( Be On a beach permanently.

Follow that Bird!

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develop cooperative programming after the Museum’s renovations are complete in spring 2019.

Farmer’s Market: Sat. 9am-1pm

Tuesday, March 20

epidemic and receive free Naloxone training conducted by the Health Department. 6-7pm. Sanger Branch Library, 3030 W. Central Ave., 419-259-5370.

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Sunday, March 25

The Hero Within: A ‘Black Panther’ Community Forum - Discuss the film

and its impact on individuals and the Black community. 4:30-6pm. Frederick Douglass Community Association, 1001 Indiana Ave., 419-244-6722. Women’s Issues during the Trump Era and the #Metoo Movement -

Linda Alvarado-Arce, new owner of People Called Women bookstore, will discuss why it’s important to support local small minority businesses. 10-11am. First Unitarian Church of Toledo, 3205 Glendale Ave., 419-824-0917. Tuesday, March 27

Public Schools and Your Child’s Legal Rights - Parents, guardians, and

concerned citizens are welcome to this event, hosted by Nicole Indigo Camara along with other local advocates and educational rights attorney, Reem Subei. Under the United States constitution, every child is guaranteed legal rights, which are often ignored. Come learn what can be done to better serve Toledo’s students. Free. Kent Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd., 419-259-5340. For more activist opportunities, see


The decline and fall

Wade in the water

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Is there an issue that works you up enough that you want to do something about it? While protests, demonstrations and public events are an important part of this process, contacting elected officials lets them know constituents’ thoughts. Use “They Represent You 2018” (TRY), a directory of public officials recently published by the League of Women Voters of Toledo-Lucas County, available free throughout the Toledo-Lucas County Library System, at all League events and on the League website,, or call the League at 419-475-4371.

Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz along with representatives of the City of Toledo and other communities that utilize Toledo’s wholesale water seek to establish the Toledo Area Water Authority (TAWA). If established, this regional collaboration would give Toledo would have two voting members on a seven-member board that would seek to “better ensure a safe, redundant supply of water for the protection of public health,” according to the organization’s website. Join Toledo City Council President Matt Cherry and the Mayor for public meetings to discuss the proposed TAWA, to hear more about the plans and provide your own feedback. Upcoming meetings: 6-7:30pm on Thursday, March 15 at Sanger Branch Library (3030 W. Central Ave.) for Council District 5. 6-8pm on Thursday, March 22 at Friendship Park Community Center (2930 131st St.) for Council District 6. 6-7:30pm on Monday, March 26 at Gesu Sullivan Center (2049 Parkside Blvd.) for Council District 1. 5:30-7:30pm on Thursday, March 29 at Nexus Healthcare (1415 Jefferson Ave.) for Council District 4. For more information, go to: or Free

Time of reckoning in City Politics by Johnny Hildo


The reign is over. It wasn’t so long ago that the endorsement of the Democratic Party was a cherished prize in Lucas County. It routinely ensured victory in this Democratic stronghold. From new candidates to appointees, old hands and has-beens, an endorsement meant electoral bliss. Times have changed. Just this past year, Kurt Young won the endorsement and was subsequently appointed to Toledo City Council, only to finish woefully out of the running in the Primary and General elections. His star has not just waned, it has flamed out. Then there’s Sam Melden, endorsed as a young up-and-comer. He finished instead as a down-and-outer. Rumor has it he’ll make a come back shortly. We’re not banking on it. Y’all recall the biggest bust of the endorsed candidates from twenty seventeen. PHH, incumbent mayor, endorsed early on by the Dems. Couldn’t win for losing, so she lost. That’s a big oh-for for the Dems and Chair Joshua Hughes. At least the folks who beat the endorsed Ds were themselves endorsed Ds, or hardto-beat incumbents. With the addition of Gary Johnson and Nick Komives, City Council is still three-fourths D, and the mayor, Wade K., is a lifelong D as well. No harm, no foul, perhaps? Have the jackasses learned from these miscues?

Byers remorse

Nope. They’re about to suffer a more severe setback, losing a seat on the Lucas County Commissioners. Current City Council member Sandy Spang will beat endorsed D Gary Byers this November. Here’s why we’re so confident of that prediction. 1. Spang has a proven base of support. She has already shown to be popular in the largest voting block in the county, T-Town proper. She has slyly cast herself as an Independent, even though she’s a dyed-in-thewool R when it comes to her voting record. This subterfuge has proven effective, as she has easily won election as an At-Large member of Council, twice. She’s been on the ballot with a crafted reputation of smart and conscientious. Whether that rep is authentic, or smoke and mirrors, is irrelevant.



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2. Spang has a natural base in other parts of the County. Given the fact that she’s actually an R in thought, word, and deed, she should easily expand her base to the redder environs of places like Waterville, Whitehouse, and the townships. If she can hold serve in Toledo, she’s a shoo-in. 3. Byers, the endorsed D, has lost whatever minimal base he once had. Byers was the municipal judge in Maumee for election cycle after election cycle. Maumee is a small part of the electorate, and folks in Toledo have no idea who he is. And now folks in Maumee have turned on him, voting him out of office just last year. His natural base is lost, and he’s little known everywhere else. 4. The obvious choice for endorsement was cast aside. Carol Contrada decided at the last minute to forego re-election. Although a suburbanite, like Byers, she also had stellar name recognition from her family legal practice. Unlike Byers. Her long-time aide, young and fresh-faced Steven Spitler, was positioned to take her place and sought the party endorsement. Spitler would have been a first-time candidate who nevertheless could show a wealth of experience for the job. He’s been active in past campaigns, with an understanding of what it takes to win. A perfect choice!

Entitlement program

Except it seem the Dems ‘only concern is finding work for desperate members of the elected ranks. Endorsement is an entitlement program for Ds down on their luck. PHH loses? Run for the state house! Lindsay Webb term-limited, with questionable marketable skills? Here’s the treasurer’s seat! Gary Byers booted out of office over wranglings concerning the handling his court’s budget? Well, see above for how that’s about to work out. On second thought, we don’t know for certain that Spitler had a better chance at Spang than Byers. If both had been allowed to run in the Primary, rank-and-file D voters could have made the choice. The Primary election results would tell the tale of the tape, just like they’re ‘sposed to. Alas, the party endorsement cut that off at the pass. Spitler is out, and Byers is unopposed in the Primary, and will be on the November ballot. Welcome to the Eighth Floor, Commissioner Spang.

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For almost 30 years, Tony Arvanitis has worked as a commercial realtor, but began to focus on helping the buyers as a Residential Realtor in February 2006. Not only does Arvanitis understand the legal differences between commercial and residential transactions, but he also understands the emotions at play.

Here are some of his tips on minimizing the anxiety felt by first-time home buyers: „„ Work with a realtor that you are comfortable with. Not all real estate agents are the same. A buyer’s agent represents someone purchasing a home, and a seller’s agent is responsible for the sale of the home. While any realtor can find and show you a property available for sale, the listing agent, who’s name is on the for sale sign, would be a dual agent that maintains a neutral position in the transaction. „„ Make sure you are pre-approved by a lender. Consider working with a mortgage company, instead of a bank, to access more financing options. Ask your lender if you qualify for a $500 down payment OFHA loan (Ohio Financing Housing Authority). „„ Pick and choose title companies. Title companies are competitive in their rates and you have the right to choose a title company for a quote on closing costs. You can also save money by closing near the end of the month. „„ Inspect the home. This is a must. Ask your realtor for help finding a qualified inspector and make sure to get quotes for both home and pest inspection. „„ Trust your realtor. Your realtor will have the most accurate information about value and availability, as opposed to websites like Zillow and Trulia, which are often inaccurate.

When buying your first home, homeowners insurance shouldn’t be just an item on your loan closing checklist. Taking the time now to research and educate yourself can save you some stress down the line.

Here are some things to consider when purchasing homeowners insurance: „„ Credit Matters. A good credit rating can score you a better premium. Fix any mistakes on your report before you shop for a home. „„ Package Policies. Merge your auto and home with the same provider and you can save money. „„ Calculate Risks. The swimming pool may sound appealing, but it can affect your premium. Knowing risks in advance can help narrow down potential homes. „„ Quality. This is likely your biggest investment ever, protect it with quality coverage – not just the cheapest. „„ Know Your Policy. Reading the fine print will save you out of pocket in the long run. Wind damage, flooding and jewelry are typical riders to a policy that you should investigate. „„ Don’t Get Disracted By Excitement. While buying your first home is an exciting time, it’s also a time when things are overlooked due to information overload. Appraisals, inspections and negotiations can take over the process and insurance can sometimes become an afterthought. Taking the time to know your policy can help ensure that your home and your investment is protected for the long run. Evolve Insurance feels it is important to be with you throughout the process and we want to help you at every stage – before and after closing. Contact me today at 419-517-9895 to help you insure your dream home!

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The variety of yoga studios in Toledo provides a practice space for every sort of yogi By Erin Marsh Yoga experiences fall on a continuum. From gentle, restorative yoga to cardiointense power yoga, every practitioner— young or old, new or seasoned— there is a studio and classes that fits his/her needs. Besides physical boons, such as improving flexibility, building strength, preventing cartilage/joint breakdown, bettering bone health, increasing blood flow, strengthening immunity and decreasing blood pressure, yoga has numerous mental benefits, but those are best experienced for oneself. Check out the diversity of classes and studios in the Toledo area. Most studios have a discounted introductory offer, so experience the beauty of yoga and decide which type is best suited for you.


Kimi Rae Owner and Instructor

6625 Maplewood Ave., Sylvania Instagram @caliyogastudio

Unique because: We are authentic and


welcoming. Our spacious [studio with] wood floors, exposed brick and wood beams transports you to a California style of studio. We have infrared quartz heat and amazing savasana massage, which you just have to experience.

Students should know: We offer classes for all levels, demographics, ages and bodies. We have an apprenticeship program and teacher training for anyone to be able to deepen their practice! Classes: Restorative, Basic, Intermediate, and Power Yoga, Buti Yoga and Jivamukti.


Joni Johnson (curator and instructor) and Sydney Parker instructor 425 Jefferson Ave. 3rd floor, Instagram @thespacetoledo

Unique because: The Space is always

evolving. It’s a living and breathing source of love, connection and freedom to explore your higher self. It’s a place for students to support, nurture and safely tap into their curious spirits with teachers committed to adaptation and growth.

Our mission: The Space is committed to providing a peaceful and safe environment for you— as you are— to learn and discover new facets of yourself. Classes: There is something to offer the

physically driven, the intellectual, and the esoteric.

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Sue Briddell Owner and Instructor

5747 Main St., Sylvania 419.517.0047 Instagram @harmonyinlifecenter

Unique because: Harmony in Life

offers a wide variety of healing modalities that assist one on his/her journey to wholeness. Our Harmony Shoppe is filled with unique items such as crystals, singing bowls, jewelry, aromatherapy and many handmade items created by local artists.

Students should know: We offer many classes, concerts and events, all of which can be found on our website. Classes: Reiki, Naturopathic Medicine

with Dr. Lindsay Samuelson, Massage Therapy, Angel Readings and yoga with experienced teachers, including Jenn McCullough.



5441 S. Main St., Sylvania 419.913.7042 Instagram @fitness_shack

725 Ford St., Suite B. Maumee 419.873.6463 Instagram @essencembs

Diana Spiess Owner and Instructor

Renee Mason, MD Owner and Instructor

Unique because: We have a full service

Unique because: We offer over 70 classes per

commercial kitchen that provides our clients with healthy, fresh meals. We also offer multiple fitness formats for all levels of skill and interest...[and] nutrition counseling by a certified nutrition counselor and personal training by certified personal trainers.

week with a variety unmatched in the Toledo Area.

Our mission: To assist anyone on their journey to a healthier, happier life. We truly enjoy this amazing community and strive to [help] our clients live with joy.

Students should know: The Fitness Shack was developed as an adjunct to my medical practice, to educate and implement strategies for long-lasting health and wellness benefits.

Classes: We offer a full pilates studio, yoga, Yoga Teacher Certification Training, TRX, cycling, strength training, Zumba, drumming and private sessions.

Classes: Buti Yoga, Gentle and VInyasa

Yoga, HIIT and strength training classes, rowing, body sculpt and more.


(formerly Bikram Yoga Toledo) Tim Zeithamel Owner and Instructor

Marci’s Yoga Downtown

5107B Monroe St. 567.343.2298 or Instagram @hotroomtoledo

MARCI’S YOGA DOWNTOWN Marci Crawford Owner and Instructor 135 N. Michigan St. 419.704.4303

Unique because: The heat. That’s why

Unique because: Our friendly, welcom-

Our mission: The thing that I hear the most from the community is that we have created an encouraging and motivating environment where we can support one another.

I changed our name to The Hot Room because we have it all heated up.

ing atmosphere and our $10 drop-in fee.

Students should know: You are

welcome here! And we have two parking

lots! Classes: Noon, Monday-Friday. 6pm, Monday-Thursday. 9:30am on Saturdays. Noon on Sundays. We offer Ashtanga, Beginner, Vinyasa flow, and Yin Yoga.


Marie Russel Director of It’s Yoga International 701 Madison Ave.

Unique because: We feature The Rocket® Routines, derived from classical Ashtanga.

Our mission: Our vision is to enhance people’s day-to-day life experience. We want to show people they are stronger than they think they are by learning how to control their breathing, to embrace a more enlightened and positive thought system, while getting to know their body and how it works from the inside out. Classes: Ashtanga, Full Led Primary,

Modified Primary, Rocket Yoga, mixedlevel yoga and meditation).


Classes: 90-minute Bikram series,

60-minute Bikram express, Hot Yoga, Inferno Pilates (low impact HIIT style class in heated room), Yin. It’s a lot more than just Bikram.


Leslie Chapman Owner and Instructor

4324 W. Central Ave. 419.531.0006 Instagram @toledoyoga


Unique because: We are a Toledo-cen-

tric studio and it is our students and dedicated team that have cultivated a truly unique environment that transcends beyond the walls of our space. We work with local schools, nonprofit organizations, the University of Toledo Athletics, and UT Student Leaders.

Our mission: We are deeply rooted in our mission, which is to create a powerful community through the practice of yoga. We inspire people to fulfill their purpose of making a difference for themselves and others. Classes: We are open 365 days a year

and offer over 40 classes a week (power, yin, restorative, sculpt), monthly workshops, biannual 200-hour teacher training, advanced 300-hour teacher training, and a semester-long leadership program for collegiate students.

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Kathie Jaskolski Owner and Instructor

Malena Caruso Owner and Instructor

8115 Monclova Rd., Monclova 419.877.9038

407 Washington St. 330.388.1395 Instagram @toledoasanaroom

Unique because: Still Waters is a

vibrant and healing space that, for 20 years, has held the vibration of spiritual seekers, energy workers, grounded men and women like you, who are ready to create more health and happiness and long to discover the depth of who they are.

Unique because: Aside from our

central location right in the heart of downtown...we are also committed to the classic Ashtanga Yoga practice. Our space is clean and simple. There’s no music, added heating elements or other distractions.

Our mission: We believe yoga is a

practice of listening to your breath, your body and your instincts. Each class includes physical movement to provide strength, balance and flexibility and honors the full spectrum of the ancient art of yoga by teaching yoga wisdom gems, breathing techniques and meditation.

Our mission: People. Learning. Sharing information. This space is meant to encourage the student and lifelong learner in all of us. There is no finish line; we must keep growing, as humans and [as] spiritual beings. Classes: We practice Ashtanga Yoga

as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Our mornings are Mysore style... [and] the evening classes are led half-Ashtanga Primary Series. Saturdays are the Led Full Primary Series.


Classes: All levels: gentle and restorative yoga, Yin, Chair Yoga and more.



Margaret Penn Owner and Instructor

Phoebe Sloan Owner and Instructor

Cricket West, 3145 W. Central Ave., Instagram @yogajayoga

2221 River Rd., Maumee 419.794.4044 Instagram @tonicmaumee

Unique because: From a physical per-

spective, Yogaja [is unique] because we have two practice spaces [and] each studio space is quite roomy and has beautiful natural light. From a vibe perspective, I often hear from our students that Yogaja has a joyful atmosphere, and [students] are made to feel at home.

Students should know: Our staff will be working hard to make you feel very comfortable in each class you attend. Just this month, we opened a dedicated meditation studio and Yogaja Shop in the space directly below our back studio.

Unique because: The beautiful atmo-

sphere— in the physical details of the space to the welcoming atmosphere [is] what makes Tonic stand out. Although it’s really about the variety of classes and the amazing people that make up [our] community that sets us apart from anywhere else.

Our mission: The goal of Tonic has


always been about community. Creating a neighborhood place where anyone is welcome to take a class (or even several in a row), enjoy a cup of complimentary tea or coffee, make new friends and shop our premier retail boutique.

Classes: Over 50 classes a week: Beginner, Intermediate and Power Yoga; Restorative, Prenatal and Gentle Yoga; Yin yoga, Buti, BodyART, Movement & Meditation, Ashtanga/Mysore and meditation.

Classes: Offering daily a variety of yoga class styles, high energy Barre classes, Pilates Circuit classes and private appointments for yoga and our Pilates equipment.

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Zaza’s 3550 Executive Pkwy. 419-531-2400

Farm-fresh and locally sourced­— that’s what good food is all about. Check out these refreshing meals from seven restaurants around town and go to to vote for the best. Mediterranean meets pizza at this joint. You get the best of both cuisines with this popular choice; it’s basically a gyro on a pizza. While there’s no traditional pizza sauce on this one, the melted feta cheese makes up for it, along with spinach and shaved gyro meat made of lamb and beef. What really makes this dish so enticing is the homemade Tzatziki sauce with veggies smothered over top, making a perfect triumvirate of flavors. Complimenting the toppings is the satisfying crunch from the crispy thin crust. Take one bite and you won’t be stopping at just one slice!



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Georgette’s Fair Trade

25818 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg 419-931-9936

Grounds & Gifts 311 Conant St., Maumee 419-891-8888

3 We were in for a real treat with this one. Made special for the occasion, Chef Jose Castro prepared this unique dish. The beef cheek is so tender, a knife is unnecessary. Served over a bed of fluffy polenta and covered in a thick, stout mole, this is a satisfyingly filling meal. Pickled onions and a sesame seed garnish add a crunchy bite to this masterfully executed entrée. While this item isn’t actually on the menu, there’s no shortage of other creative dishes from Chef Castro. Locally sourced ingredients from: Tanks Meats, Great Greens, Stout from Black Cloister Brewing


What truly makes this place stand out is not only their farm-fresh food, but also their involvement in the community. They work directly with Sunshine Communities, a local supporter of people with developmental disabilities. The basil for the pesto of this wrap is grown at Sunshine’s greenhouse, then processed at Bittersweet Farms in Whitehouse, Ohio. The Basil Pesto makes for a pleasant accent to this dish, filled with grilled chicken, tomatoes, red onions, spinach, and mozzarella, all immersed in a lightly crisped wrap. So while you’re taking a lunch break, you’ll not only taste healthy goodness, but also support a great cause while doing it. Other locally sourced ingredients from: Monette’s

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Fowl & Fodder

Cocina de Carlos

614 Adams St. 7408 Central Ave., Sylvania

27072 Carronade Dr., Perrysburg 419-872-0200

Get ready for a feast for your eyes and your stomach. This impressive meal is big enough to share, may make you feel a bit selfish, but with no regrets. The Tarasco is served with guacamole garnish, refried beans and rice in hard tortilla bowls, a halfof-a-pineapple plate (literally) piled high with all the mouth-watering fixin’s cooked fresh daily; steak, chicken, chorizo, mushrooms, onions, and pineapple chunks all grilled in a palatable secret sauce, topped with Melted mexican cheese and two colossal shell-on shrimp. Or order the vegan option if you prefer. The Vegana replaces the meat with vegan sausage chorizo, served without cheese and sour cream. You won’t go home hungry or disappointed. Don’t forget to ask for extra napkins with this one… it can get messy!

Since opening their downtown location last October, this menu item has been a crowdpleaser, keeping it as an option despite the changes of the seasonal menus. Sink your teeth into the freshest ingredients prepared in-house, rolled into a multigrain wrap; almond crusted chicken, mango slaw, cabbage and cilantro fuze together to create a nice crunch. Accentuating the zest is the ancho pepper sauce, giving this recipe a slight kick. Choose between sweet potato chips, house chips, or apple slaw as a side. Locally sourced ingredients from: Riehm Farms, Turkeyfoot Creek Creamery, Bench’s Bees & Honey


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Coffee. On a mission. Georgette’s is more than a great cup of coffee. Georgette’s Grounds & Gifts is part of Sunshine Communities which supports people with developmental disabilities. That means that steaming hot mug of beans, fresh-baked muffin, or crispy salad help employ a hard working, dedicated crew behind the counter, in the kitchen, and at our nearby packaging facility. Plus Georgette’s is fair trade, so each cup is part of a more sustainable global coffee supply.

Warming the world one cup at a time.

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$ This delectable plate is an artisan preparation that will leave you wanting more. You get the delicious mix of crispy and juicy with the duck breast, rendered and seared, and the leg confit, meaning cooked slowly in its own fat. Normally served over polenta, Chef Jeff Dinnebeil decided to whip up a panzanella salad to accompany this presented dish. The Italian salad features sourdough bread, the highlight of the medley, served with tomatoes and leeks. The bread absorbs all the flavors, making this irresistible the second it hits your mouth. The Roasted Butternut Squash creates a balance with the crispiness of the duck. Adding to the addictive taste is the gastrique, a rich and sweet sauce made of apple cider vinegar, caramel, and maple syrup, drizzled over top. It looks and tastes good! Locally sourced ingredients from: All Crumbs Bakery (sourdough), Riehm Farms

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7 The way the chicken is prepared and seasoned with this dish is reminiscent of a home-cooked meal. Each bite provides a forkful of comfort, it’s no wonder this meal is featured on the menu. The rainbow carrots are cooked perfectly, between soft and crunchy, along with mushrooms absorbing the flavors of the garlic, onion, butter, and white wine saute. “I want to keep everything fresh and light for Spring,” as Chef Anthony Hoye described it, making it the right dish to welcome the season. Locally sourced ingredients from: Ottawa Lake Heritage Farm, Riehm Farms, Great Greens, Turkeyfoot Creek Creamery

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St. Patrick’s Day at BPH

Barr’s Public House 3355 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee. 419-866-8466. The pub will be opening its doors for lunch, featuring Irish specialties by Chef Dustin. Along with delicious fare, listen to two different sets of live music; Picking Kelley from 1-4pm and Last Born Sons 8pm-12am. Saturday, March 17.

Lunch Hours: Monday - Friday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

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Blarney Irish Pub 601 Monroe St. 419-418-2339.

The party lasts all weekend at this green celebration. Get ready to dance with two nights of music; Classic rock by Tammy & Dan Friday and Saturday from 6-9pm, then Glass City Sounds on Saturday from 2pm-2am. The shenanigans continue with Karaoke Friday and Sunday at 10pm with Jiggs Dinner served on Saturday from 11am7pm. Green beer and jello shots all weekend long. 11-2:30am Fri. and Sat., March 16-17.




Still Delaney’s Lounge 309 W. Alexis Rd. 419-467-2883.



An Irish Tea

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Bash



Downtown and Sylvania Wanting to catch ALL the food and drink specials without driving everywhere? Travel around Downtown and Sylvania with Toledo Area Soccer Association (TASA) bus loops, hitting 14 pubs. With eight busses and two routes, there’s plenty of room for you and your friends to indulge in the holiday. Purchase your pass in advance. $30. 1-11pm Saturday, March 17.

Get a head start before the party by running or walking this 3-Mile Shuffle. Wear all your green gear, and glow your way through downtown from 8-9pm. When you’re finished, continue the celebration inside the Blarney’s tent until 2am. A portion of the proceeds support the Firefighters MD Foundation. $40. Friday, March 16.



TASA Paddy’s Day PubCrawl

Sweet Shalom Tea Room 8216 Erie St., Sylvania. 419-297-9919. Now that we’re in the month of March, Spring has never felt closer. With Spring comes fresh and fragrant greens, a perfect time for Sweet Shalom to celebrate with their “Wear’n O the Green” Irish Tea. Enjoy a cup, along with a meal of Irish comfort food and spirited live music. $22.95. 11am-1pm and 2:30-4:30pm every Friday and Sunday through April 1.



This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls out on a Saturday— which means we get a full day of fun, and a full day of rest, before returning to work. Want to make the most of it? Take a look at a few of our favorite local events below, or visit to see more online.




Saint Patrick’s Day

Come get the Best Jiggs in town! Plus, more Irish Fare from Chef Dustin!

St. Patrick’s Day Party

Open for Lunch

Fleetwood’s Tap Room: 28 N. St. Clair St. 419-724-2337. Holy Toledo Tavern: 9 N. St. Clair St., 4

With the holiday falling on Saturday this year, Fleetwood’s is hosting an all-day bash to keep you entertained the whole time. DJ One Tyme will kick off the event at 11am and keep the music bumping until 7pm. Featuring beer from 48 taps, there’s plenty of hops to go around to keep you bouncing all day. In addition, the newly open Holy Toledo Tavern will serve pints (with 20 beers on tap), Irish Whiskey, fresh fare, and live music from the acoustic Irish band, Padraig’s Top Shelf (Noon-3pm) and duo Caveman & Ryan (3:30-7pm). No cover charge. 11am-midnight Saturday, March 17.

Sat. 3-17 at 11:30am

Two sets of live music: Picking Kelley 1 - 4pm. & Last Born Sons 8 -12am.

Local Irish beer plus Guinness on tap! 419.866.8466 • 3355 Briarfield Blvd • Maumee, OH 43537

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A Bit O’ Craik

Kiss of the Irish Sip and Shop

Amy’s Allie Boutique 6600 W. Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. 419-535-8048. Nosh on some snacks and enjoy drinks and music while shopping for savings on beauty products, gifts, and clothing. Local makeup artist Lori Litzer, will be answering beauty questions and available for scheduling consultations. 4-7pm Wednesday, March 14.

Monte Carlo Night: The Running of the Leprechauns

St. Ursula Academy 4025 Indian Rd. 419-531-1693. Featuring a $3,000 reverse raffle, “coaches” leprechaun race, gaming, a cash bar, silent auction and live entertainment by authentic Irish dancers, this rowdy St. Patrick’s day event will amuse with great fun and luck. Reverse raffle tickets are $50 per person. All proceeds benefit SUA athletics. 6:30pm-12am Saturday, March 17.

St. Patties Day Yoga in the Glow

Toledo Yoga 4324 W. Central Ave. 419-531-0006. Take a step back from the raging blowouts and go with the flow by taking a yoga class. Show up early and deck out in glow paint and other accessories to still get in the holiday spirit. $8/ students, $20/non-students. 4-5pm Saturday, March 17.

St. Patty’s Day Night

O’Malley’s Pub 1925 Tremainsville Rd. 419-472-2144. What better to accompany good drinks than with music? Feel the beat with Crucial 420’s one night only performance with all four original members for their 10 year reunion. Taking the stage as well is Kingston Dread and headliner Calvin “fuzzy” Samuel. Gather with your friends and wear your green gear for this special night of reggae music and performances. 9pm Saturday, March 17.

FROGtown GlassROOTs presents a Very Merry St. Patty’s Day

Sodbuster Bar 5758 Main St., Ste. 6, Sylvania. 419-517-1045. Live music without a cover is always a great way to get the party started. Bluegrass band Ind’Grass will keep you on your feet while enjoying cold drinks all night long. 9pm-1am Saturday, March 17.

St. Patty’s Day Dinner & Dance

Maumee Senior Center 2430 S. Detroit Ave. 419-893-1994. Fun for all ages, this lively event features a traditional Irish dinner with line dancing to follow. Choose between a Jigg’s dinner with corned beef and cabbage, or baked ham, both options with carrots, potatoes, Irish Soda Bread and dessert. Michael Gurtzweiler, line dance instructor at the center, will provide direction. Even if you don’t line dance, there will be music for anyone to enjoy. $8.50/individual, $80/table of 8. Doors open at 4:30pm Saturday, March 17.

Breakfast, Dinner & Cheer

Doc Watson’s 1515 S. Byrne Rd. 419-389-6003. Get the party started early before anyone else with a hearty breakfest featuring green eggs and green beer. Later, enjoy a Jiggs Dinner with plenty o’ Irish beer and cheer. 5:30am-2am Saturday, March 17.

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1925 Tremainsville Rd. • Toledo, Oh 43613 One night only!!! All four original members unite for the Ten Year Reunion Of Toledo’s own Crucial 420 Reggae Band, along with special guest Kingston Dread and a headlining performance from the one and only Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuel, famous for his role in The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Wailers. His unique mixture of Bass and Bazouki will be a performance not to miss, Saturday, March 17th, St. Patty’s Day Night at O’Malley’s Pub.


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Super Saturday with the Village on Adams

Hit up the Village on Adams in UpTown on Saturday, March 17 for plenty of parties, specials, and fun activities for St. Patrick’s Day. „„ Go shopping for “drink local” wear and Toledo glass at Handmade Toledo (1717 Adams St.), pick up a 25% discount on anything green from now until St. Patrick’s Day at the House of Dow (1501 Adams St.), or check out four styles shirts to show off you Toledo drinking pride at Jupmode (2022 Adams St.). „„ Feel the beat and soak up the vibes during Cali Phest 2018 at The Ottawa Tavern (1815 Adams St.), with live music from Black Market Rx, Rick Flare, among others, with live painting by Brooks Black, Lady Zahara Eclipse and Celestial Art. $5, or $8 for ages under 21. Doors at 9pm. Prior to this, the OT opens at noon with $2 green PBRs on special.

Parking Lot Party

Jamo’s Pub Toledo 3223 Sylvania Ave., 419-474-6158. See “Jamo’s Pub Toledo” on Facebook. The Sylvania Avenue bar will celebrate their first year with a parking lot party featuring a giant beer tent, shot stations, plenty of Jameson, games, a Jiggs Dinner, giveaways and more. Live music from Jim Lieber (Noon-3pm), Sharkbait (3-6pm), Ian Thomas (6-9pm), and DJ MANNNU MIX (9pm-2am). Saturday, March 17.

Green Smoke

Smoke Bar BQ 2556 Tremainsville Rd., 419-214-0404. Smoke Bar BQ is opening early for a non-stop party until midnight. Enjoy Jiggs Dinner, served all day, green beer, Guinness, seasonal shots and cocktails, $3.50 house drinks, $4 margaritas, and two shows from Johnny Reed & The House Rockers (2-5pm and 7-10pm). No cover. Noon-midnight. Saturday, March 17.

„„ Sip on beer specials at Wesley’s Bar (1201 Adams St.): $3 Killian’s, $4 Smithwick’s, $5 Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale and $5 Guinness. Open at noon. „„ Enjoy real green beer— locally crafted brews that are safe for the environment— at The Attic on Adams (1701 Adams St.) with these Toledo favorites: Maumee Bay Brewing Co.’s Glass Hopper IPA and their High Level Lager, Earnest Brewing Irish Red Cream Ale, Black Cloister Irish Dry Stout, and Flatrock Brewery Cucumber Jalapeno Mead. In addition, vegans and carnivores alike with enjoy Irish fare— a traditional Jiggs Dinners, Vegan Shepherds Pie and Vegan Irish Whiskey Cakes— as well as a car bomb station, frozen drinks and plenty of shots.

Here’s to a cold pint, and another one!


SAint ’ s k c i r Pat Day on Adams!

The Irish Spirit is strong in the Village on Adams at all of your favorite watering holes.

„„ Fill up at Manhattan’s Pub ‘n Cheer on an all day Jiggs Dinner Buffet, drink specials on Guinness, Jameson, Irish Mules and more (1516 Adams St.). „„ Georgjz419 Fun Food & Spirits (1205 Adams St.) will open at 1pm and offer a $9.50 Jiggs Dinner, $3 16oz green aluminum Miller Lt, $3 Jameson, Fireball and Shamrock shots. „„ Carlos’ Poco Loco (1809 Adams St.) will open at noon and offer green margaritas and Jamo shots for $5 and green PBR for $3.

Get Stube-pid

Bier Stube Bar & Grill 5333 Monroe St., 419-841-7999. One of the stops on the TASA Pub Crawl, the Stube will offer green beer, corn hole, live music and DJs, pool, Jiggs Dinner wraps, karaoke, and more.

1 Stop • 6 bars

St. Patrick’s Specials

Chubby’s American Grill 7050 W. Central Ave., Sylvania. 419-540-0500. Drink and be merry with green beer specials all night long–talls of Bud Light, Coors Lights and Miller Lite at $3. Then chow down on a Jiggs Dinner for only $9.25. 11am-midnight Saturday, March 17.

St. Patty’s Celebration

Swig 219 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. 419-873-6223. Cheers to the holiday by quenching your thirst with plenty of Irish beer on tap. Continue the celebration listening to Irish music by Rick & Isaac in the evening. More details TBD. 11-2am Saturday, March 17.

St. Patty’s Day Brunch

The Flying Joe 2130 Preston Pkwy., 419-931-0273. Nosh on some Irish fare during a special brunch during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Up for grabs: a Reuben quiche, vegan sweet potato hash, a lemon tart, Irish coffees, and Black Cloister’s Finn McCool on tap. 9am-1pm on Saturday, March 17. 10am-1pm on Sunday, March 18.

Get Your Jiggs Pizza

at the Original Gino’s Pizza! Official Pizza of UT

6 locations to serve you! At Central Avenue 3981 Monroe St. Toledo, OH (419) 472-3567 Monroe & Nantuckett 5307 Monroe St. Toledo, OH (419) 843-3567

Great Eastern Shopping Ctr. Suffolk Square Plaza 449 W. Dussel Dr. 2670 Woodville Rd. Maumee, OH Northwood, OH (419) 897-4466 (419) 690-4466 At Riverplace 26597 N. Dixie Hwy Perrysburg, OH Phone: (419) 874-9170

Alexis Road 1280 W Alexis Rd. Toledo, OH (419) 269-4466

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Wine Tastings Free Salsa Bar!

TUESDAY Taco Tuesday $1 Tacos WEDNESDAY Trivia Night $18 Pitchers

Friday, 3.16

Saturday, 3.24

Try a variety of Spanish-flare flavors at affordable prices. Prices vary. 4-7pm. 26625 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. 419-872-6900.

Get a taste of delectable samples around the world, great for any time of the year. Prices vary. 2-6pm. 3320 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee 419-794-4000.

Spanish Wine Tasting Walt Churchill’s Market

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Friday, 3.23

Discover your new favorite drink with improved, high quality wines from South America at a strong value. Prices vary. 2-6pm. 3320 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee 419-794-4000.

Craving beer instead of wine? All beers will be 55 IBU’s or higher at this tasting. Drink hoppy! Pours start at $1. 5:30-7:30pm. 5453 Monroe St. 419-824-2463.

Wines from South America Walt Churchill’s Market

Plus Half Off Appetizers! from 2-5pm Mon - Thurs.

Sunday, 3.18

Benefit Tasting for Rachel Noleff Bottle Shop at Mancy’s

We Have Fish for Le

nt! Fish Tacos • Mah i Mahi • Tilapia

HAPPY HOURm from 2-5p rs. Mon - Thu

Authentic Mexican Cuisine

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Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio Walt Churchill’s Market

All proceeds at this benefit will go to Rachel Nolff, daughter of the shop’s esteemed worker, Joe Moiser, for her medical and recovery expenses from a brain injury. Includes wine tastings, food, entertainment, and access to silent auction items. $25. 2-6pm. 5453 Monroe St. 419-824-2463.

Craft Beer Tasting “I Can’t Drive 55” Bottle Shop at Mancy’s

Saturday, 3.24

Spanish Wines Calvino’s Restaurant and Wine Bar

This reservations only tasting event will feature wines from Spain along with a select few from South Africa. Calvino’s wine shop is located on the first floor of the restaurant and features a wide selection of vintages. Each selection will be paired with housemade appetizers. Prices vary. 5:30-7:30pm. 3143 W. Central Ave. 419-531-5100.

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Culinary Events Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar 3324 Secor Road | Toledo in the Home Depot Plaza




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Friday, 3.16

Indulge with a delectable four-course dinner cooked by Chef Paul Cerveny, complete with wine pairings from the Pacific Northwest. Lisa Sweeney from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates will join the dinner as a guest speaker. Visit the website for menu information. Reservations required. $64.95 excluding tax and gratuity. 6-9pm. 22 Main St. 888-456-3463.

This adult only, beginner level course will focus on cooking with craft beers and making pub cuisines. Learn how to make Rubens, Cubans, and Cowboy Beef Wellingtons using craft beer and ciders. Bring your own drink for yourself or to share. Register in advance. $45. 6-9pm. 2059 W. Laskey Rd. 567970-7100.

Pacific Northwest Wine Dinner Real Seafood Company

Kombucha Brewing Workshop Boochy Mama’s Probiotic Tonic

Interested in brewing this centuries-old fermented tea? Join Boochy Mama’s workshop and transform your gut health with this hands-on, easier-thanyou-think experience. Ticket includes one gallon jar, SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast), reusable herb pouch, your choice of herbs or tea, and free kombucha as you work. Register in advance for guaranteed spot. $35/person, $45/ couple. 6-7pm. 130 10th St. 567-318-2240.

Thursday, 3.15

Chocolate & Wine Pairing Schedel Arboretum & Gardens

It’s the perfect mix of bitter and sweet– this event features five Italian wines imported by Signorelli Wolff Fine Wine Co., LLC and their delectable Godiva chocolate pairings. $25. 6:30-8pm. 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore. 419-862-3182.

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Pub Food & Craft Brews Foodology

Thursday, 3.22

Tap Takeover The Pub

Get involved in the community while enjoying a pint or two of brews from Catawba Island Brewing Co.–this gathering will teach you ways on how you can fight for equality. A portion of drink sale proceeds will benefit Associates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio (LAWO). Drink prices vary. 5:30-8pm Thursday, March 22. 912 Monroe St. 419-241-8100.

Monday, 3.26

Cooking for 1 or 2 Toledo Heights Branch Library

Want to learn how to cook and prep in smaller portions? Join the library in this educational demonstration offering tips and tricks and hearthealthy food options. 3-4pm. 423 Shasta Dr. 419259-5220. Free


A Family Tradition Since 1984 THE ORIGINAL ®

Who wants free chili? An elegant duo

A fine dinner is (usually) never complete without delicious wine pairings. Dine at Ciao! on March 21 for the Napa Cellars Wine Dinner— a delectable five-course meal with each dish paired with wine by vintner Joe Shirley. Courses include Pan Seared Scallops, Heirloom Tomatoes and Roasted Beet Salad, PretzelCrusted Halibut, Cabernet Marinated Grilled Wagyu Flank Steak, finishing with Strawberry Cake. Reservations required. $69.99. 6pm Wednesday, March 21. 888-456-3463.–CP

The battle for best Chili in Northwest Ohio is on at Mobile Meals’ 26th Annual Great Chili Cook-Off. Help to determine the winners by sampling a variety, from hot and spicy to sweet and tangy. Multiple categories including corporate, amateur, restaurant, and media, will crown both People’s Choice winners and winners selected by food-expert judges. All funds raised during this tasty event support the Mobile Meals home-delivered meal program, a nonprofit, volunteer-based service that delivers nutritional food to homes and schools. 12-4pm Saturday, March 24. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-255-7806. Free

Friday Nights at the Adam Street Cafe

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Haven’t had a chance to check out the Adams Street Cafe due to your busy work-week schedule? You’re in luck. The Cafe is now open for dinner on Friday nights. With a different atmosphere for evening dining, the menu changes weekly and the food is served family style, with selections ranging from fried chicken, walleye, pork ribs, striplion, along with plenty of side dishes and dessert. The cafe also accommodates vegans. It’s a great place for dinner with your family or as a new date-night spot. Reservations are encouraged. $25/person. 6-8pm. Every Friday. The Adams Street Cafe, 608 Adams St., 419-214-1819. —MK

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BOOK NOTES Uncovering regiments of the Civil War

After 18 years of Civil War research and digging through old newspapers from the era for stories on Ohio infantry regiments, the passion of author Daniel Masters led to the 2017 founding of creation of the Columbian Arsenal Press in an effort to make these findings available to a wider audience. Meet the author and learn about his years of research and his journey. 2-4pm Saturday, March 24. Gathering Volumes, 196 E. South Boundary, Perrysburg. 567-336-6188. Free


Let’s talk about food

Award-winning and best-selling author on food and agriculture Michael Pollan is coming to Toledo for the library’s “Authors! Authors!” event. Listen in on a talk as the critically acclaimed writer discusses his book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, recently made into a Netflix documentary series. A question-and-answer session plus book signing will follow the presentation. $15. 7-9pm. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-381-8851.

Toledo Rep gives local writers a voice By A.S. Coomer

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s Toledo Voices series presents previously unproduced plays by local writers. Each event in the series concludes with a talkback with the writer, cast and director. The first play, William McMillen’s First Do No Harm, was performed February 24. The next series event takes place on Saturday, March 31 with three short plays: K.S. Hardy’s The Minotaur, Tanner DuVall’s Ghost Light, and Kate Argow’s Did You Mean To?

The Minotaur

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We all have our struggles and hardships, that many might not want to share, but sharing is part of the healing process. Amanda Filippelli, 10-year writer and editor and mental health professional, helps others relieve their trauma with compelling storytelling. In the Write To Heal Workshop, participants will learn Filippelli’s process by connecting with others, practicing writing prompts, building confidence and sharing your story in a safe place. Price of this workshop also includes Filippelli’s new book, Blue Rooms, as well as Inspiration in My Shoes, written by the co-host, Diana Patton. $149. 6-9pm Thursday, March 29. The Oliver House Ottawa Room, 27 Broadway St. 419-243-1302.

“The Minotaur is about writer’s block and the struggles of being a writer,” K.S. Hardy explains. The play delves into the relationship of playwright Tennessee Williams and his love interest, another man, frowned upon in the puritanical 1950s, and the debilitating effect this had on his writing. “All these famous people, writers especially, have these myths built up about them,” Hardy said. “I think this abusive relationship created his writer’s block. He couldn’t write when his lover was around, and he couldn’t write when he was gone, which was often.” “The relationship was a destructive influence in his life,” Hardy said. The Minotaur will be Act II in Hardy’s not yet completed, The Tennessee Trilogy. “Act I, The Unicorn, focuses on Williams’ sister and her lobotomy. Act II, The Minotaur, is about the writer’s love interest and writer’s block. Act III, The Gorgon, is about the writer’s mother and their turbulent relationship due to the writer’s sexuality, which she did not approve of.” K.S. Hardy is a Defiance College alum, who’s been published widely including several collections of short fiction and poetry. For many years, Hardy was in the theater business, bringing many exclusive art and foreign films to the area. He was the last manager of the Jesse James Drive-In.

Ghost Light

“Ghost Light focuses on an elderly man named Robert, who owned a theater but had to step down,” Tanner DuVall relates. “Everyone thinks he’s kooky because he lights the ghost light at the theater every night.” The superstition of keeping at least one light on a theater’s stage lit, even when the theater isn’t in use, goes back many years. The various reasons for this practice all revolve around keeping the ghosts, which all theaters were thought to have, happy in one way or another, thus keeping them from cursing or haunting the theater and its productions.


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DuVall had a conversation about the paranormal. “I was working out on a military base and my supervisor talked about ghosts she thought she’d seen on base,” he said. “It reminded me of ghost lights and theater ghosts. I started scribbling on Post-It notes and I had a play before I knew it.” “I kept asking myself: Why am I writing this?” DuVall said. “I want people to walk out after seeing it and come up with their own reasons for living, their own purpose. Every second matters and I don’t want anyone to waste their time.” Tanner DuVall is enlisted in the 180th Fighter Wing of the National Guard. He is also a firefighter on Bedford Township’s Fire Department as well as a recruit at the Toledo Fire & Rescue Academy. DuVall is enrolled and taking classes at the University of Toledo.

Did You Mean To?

Kate Argow’s Did You Mean To? takes place at a gynecologist’s office waiting room. Two women are there for very different reasons: one is getting her tubes tied; the other is there for fertility treatment. The play centers around the two women’s conversation. “The title came from conversations I had with a friend of mine,” Argow said. “When she goes to reunions, people would ask her if she had any kids, she’d say ‘No’ and they’d say, ‘That’s too bad,’ then they’d tell her that they had five kids. She’d always ask them, ‘Did you mean to?’” Argow said the play presents both perspectives. “It doesn’t say you should or shouldn’t have children,” Argow said. “If you’re thinking about having kids, just make an intelligent choice because it is a choice; it’s not something that you have to do. I wrote this play a long time ago, maybe 10 years ago, but it’s more relevant now than ever.” Kate Argow has worked with the Rep. for over 45 years. She came to Toledo to teach but has since retired. She was on the creative team of the PBS educational children’s show, Abracadabra, which was a regional Emmy Award nominee. She now runs a jewelry and clothing embellishment company. $6.75/general. $4.75/students. 8pm. Saturday, March 31. The Toledo Repertoire Theatre 16 10th St., 419-243-9277.


THEATER NOTES Star-kissed circus

See what Toledo’s circus performers and their students have been working on during the Bird’s Eye View Circus Student/ Teacher Showcase, “Celestial Bodies.” The Collingwood Arts Center circus space opens for students and teachers to perform acts inspired by space, time and everything beyond. $10, cash only at the door. Two shows: 7pm and 9pm. Saturday, March 24. Collingwood Arts Center C-Wing Studio on the first floor, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., 567-298-6841.

Can love that’s lost be found?

Just like Earth, Wind & Fire, playwright and filmmaker C. L. Woodson III’s newest spiritual and comedic stage play asks what happens After The LOVE Has Gone? The Milwaukee-based performance, about social media’s effect on a marriage, will stop in Toledo for one night. Will social media troubles destroy the marriage, or will the couple find love they thought was lost? $30 in advance. $40, cash at the door. 7pm doors. 7:30pm show. Saturday, March 17. Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., 800-975-4011.

Dance on the yellow brick road

Moving on to Chapter Two Village Players stage Simon play By Jeff McGinnis

Neil Simon was at the height of his fame as a comedic playwright when his wife, dancer Joan Baim, suddenly passed away in 1973. The loss continued to fill him with grief even as he began a new relationship with actress Marsha Mason, who would become his second wife. In 1977, in tribute to both Baim and Mason, Simon wrote a semi-autobiographical play about moving on, named Chapter Two. The show won the 1978 Tony award for Best Play and ran on Broadway for over 800 performances, and has since become a staple of the Simon canon, along with classics like The Odd Couple and Brighton Beach Memoirs. Chapter Two will be performed at the Village Players Theatre beginning Friday, March 16. “Chapter Two is a charming comedy where two people fall in love. That’s literally what it’s about,” said Kate Argow, the show’s director. “I think it is very hopeful. It says love is definitely possible— it’s not always easy, but it’s worth it in the end.”

A deft touch

Working on a show that straddles the line between comedy and heartfelt truths about love and loss requires a deft touch— one that Argow said her actors provide in spades. “We’re very lucky, because we have a wonderful actor whose name is Jon Masters, and he has the ability to reach the depths of feeling . . . without it being depressing,” Argow said. “(The character) is still very much in love with his wife, who has died a year before. But Jon is handling that beautifully. Neil Simon is the master of comedy. And although this show certainly has moments of things that are not funny, it’s a comedy; it is funny.”

The show’s primary cast also includes Ashley McMahon as Jennie, a former soap opera actress who becomes an object of affection, as well as Jordan Killam as Faye and Brad Riker as Leo. Argow said the cast has begun finding a balance between being hilarious and heartfelt in rehearsals. “Acting in a play like this is always a process, and I think they’re coming to that,” she said.

Love and loss

On a technical level, the Toledo production will embrace a more stylized aesthetic, rather than aiming for realism, Argow said. “You see two apartments, sometimes at once, sometimes not. It’s a small stage, so what has been done is that there are two apartments, side by side, with a hint of a wall in the back between them. And when one stage is not in use, it will be in a darker light.”

Winged monkeys, wonderful (and evil) witches, a scarecrow, a fearful lion, and a man made of tin — the Emerald City is a magical place on its own. Though, the colorful, magical land will have an added flight of fancy when the River Raisin Ballet Company brings The Wizard of Oz to life on stage in this beautifully costumed and choreographed ballet. $15-$20. March 23-25. 7pm, Friday. 2pm & 7pm, Saturday. 3pm, Sunday. River Raisin Centre for the Arts, 114 S. Monroe St., Monroe, MI. 734-242-7722.

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Dealing with the loss of someone who was part of your soul is something that everyone can relate to. Argow said she believes most anyone who sees Chapter Two will identify with its characters— but also find time to laugh a lot. “Anyone who’s suffered a loss of any kind will relate to this play, and understand that we all suffer through them (losses), and we all live through them. But I think in the end people will be going, ‘Aww...,’ because it’s so sweet. It really is. Ashley and Jon are charming, and Jordan and Brad are the comic relief...” $18, general. $16, students and seniors. March 16-24. 8pm, Fridays, Saturdays, and Thursday, March 22. 2pm, Sundays. The Village Players Theatre 2740 Upton Ave., 419-472-6817.


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Thanks to the modern indie movement, many films are being made that would not have been financially viable in the past. For instance, 15 years ago, when local comedian Jeff Frey started writing things down on scraps of paper, he never thought that he’d make a movie from those notes. “I would jot ideas down every once in a while,” Frey said, “many times I started to write and then I just put it down because of two big factors: fear and self-doubt. “It pretty much lived on what some people call ‘Someday Isle,’” Frey explained. “You know, someday I’ll do this or someday I’ll do that.” That “someday” came when he took his ideas, combined them into a script, and found a local film production company to consider producing it. That company, One Stoplight Productions, has made a name for themselves locally by producing fun and weird indie films. Now, pre-production has begun on A Summer To Remember, Frey’s film about the wonderful experiences available to kids at summer camp.

From scraps to script

Frey began the journey to making A Summer To Remember with an assortment of notes compiled over the years. Once exposed to the local indie movie scene, he became excited about the possibility of having his script read. “I contributed to the (local horror film) Shelved that was being produced by One Stoplight Productions. A few weeks prior to the premiere I reached out to one of the actors to see if I should send (my script) to producer Lindsey LaForest to get some tips and ideas on how to make it better.” LaForest, who created One Stoplight Productions with her husband Clint, enjoyed what she read. Frey, his wife, and The LaForests met in January, 2017 and now A Summer To Remember is three months away from production.

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Jeff Frey, local comedian and writer for A Summer To Remember, a film made up of Northwest Ohio talent that begins filming this June.

The story follows Steve, a father looking forward to an upcoming summer camp reunion, with his son, Ricky, a teenage bully who aggravates his father so much he is tasked with cleaning up their attic. While cleaning, Ricky finds the mementos of Steve’s past summer camp experiences. Ricky learns that Steve was bullied by someone like Ricky as a kid, and was sent to summer camp to escape the bully. Feeling regret for what his dad went through, Ricky pieces together the info he has about Steve’s camp friends, so he can make sure the upcoming camp reunion exceeds Steve’s expectations.

Locally sourced scenes

To localize the film, talent and locations have been picked up from the surrounding area. Directing responsibilities are handled by Larry D. Williams II, a University of Toledo graduate who has worked on a number of area films and documentaries. Dustin Mills, a Maumee-based director, will direct the photography. Frey said, “We have an amazing cast of actors both locally and from places like Detroit, Cleveland, and even Canada.” Since this can’t be a camp movie without a great camp, filming will take place at the YMCA’s Camp Storer in Jackson, MI. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for film production. To give back to the community, part of the money that is raised will go to the YMCA of Greater Toledo, Frey explained, because he wants to continue to give families the opportunity to make their own camp memories: “Part of what we raise will be donated, so families that may not have the means to send their children to camp can have the chance to gain the values and experiences I did.” Filming for A Summer To Remember begins in June. To find out more about the film, it’s creators, and how to contribute, visit

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60 dizzying years

In 1958, Alfred Hitchcock mystified, and horrified, spellbound audiences when he released his San Francisco-based thriller, Vertigo. A case of mistaken identity, passion, murder and secrets make up the dizzying web of this acclaimed cinematic masterpiece. The feature film will play in theaters, as it did 60 years ago, during a special two-day run, with specially produced commentary from Turner Classic Movies. $8 matinee. $10.25 general. 2pm & 7pm. Sunday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 21. Franklin Park 16, 5001 Monroe St., 419-472-2324. Fallen Timbers 14 + Xtreme, 2300 Village Dr. W., Maumee. 419-878-3898.

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Unlikely alliance

In 1984, members of the British coal industry found an unlikely alliance with lesbian and gay activists. During the one year strike, which involved 142,000 miners, LGBTQ activists helped raise money for families affected by the bitter labor dispute. The work of those activists, known as the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign, is the groundwork for the 2014 award-winning film, Pride. Watch the inspiring and historical story at a screening presented by Equality Toledo. Popcorn and light refreshments will be provided. Bring blankets and pillows for added comfort. 2pm. Sunday, March 25. United Way of Greater Toledo, 424 Jackson St., 419-407-6225. Free

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A Motor City Muralist’s Journey Dr. Hubert Massey to speak at Lourdes University By Michael Pierce

For almost three decades, Dr. Hubert Massey has graced the city of Detroit with large-scale works of art that tell the story of that community. On Wednesday, March 14, the accomplished artist will discuss his journey and what it takes to do what he does during the Lourdes University Art Department’s 2018 Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak Art Lecture Series.

Setting the scene

A walk through any Detroit landmark structure will likely reveal a large piece of Massey’s artwork, including a largescale fresco-style piece at the Cobo Center or his piece at the Detroit Athletic Club. The award-winning muralist has spent nearly 30 years uplifting the Detroit community with his artwork. Massey studied with apprentices of the famous Diego Rivera while attending the Slade School of Fine Art at the University of London in the late ’70s. After graduating, he began working in Detroit as a sign painter— back when all billboards were hand-painted. It was the perfect training ground for anyone interested in being a professional painter because “we painted 40 to 50 hours a week, every week,” says Massey. By the early ’90s, billboards had gone to large scale printing or became digital, putting sign painters out of a job. By then, however, Massey had already started doing public art pieces in the city.

A wide range of styles

“I work in tile, terrazzo, oil, mosaic, stained glass— about five or six different mediums,” says Massey. His most


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notable style, however, is fresco, an oldschool technique that involves painting directly onto wet plaster. “The frescos lend themselves to being outside because they can be seen at any angle,” he explains. “They have a matte finish and the sun doesn’t reflect like it would on mosaic or tile.”

Telling a story

Having lived and worked as a professional artist in Detroit over the course of his career, Massey has witnessed firsthand the transformation and revitalization of the Motor City. “It’s been pretty amazing. A lot of artists come from all over the world to be here, and we’re seeing a lot of public art being brought to the city,” he says. In his lecture, Massey will talk about his journey and what inspires him. “I like to tell the story of the community,” he says. “I hear amazing stories from people in the community and I take that inspiration and put it into my artwork. These mediums last forever, and it lends itself to a greater purpose of doing the art.” He’ll also talk about the process of making public art and what it takes to make a living as an artist. “People say you can’t make a living doing art, but I’m proof that you can. It just has to be done a certain way,” he explains. 2-4pm. Wednesday, March 14. The Franciscan Center at Lourdes University 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. 419-824-3961. | Free

ART NOTES Kaptur(ing) youth creativity

Wednesday, 3.14 Yarn Night at Spoiled - For all yarn-lovers and friends, bring your projects with you and work with others in the class to finish them. $7.50/ online, $7 cash/in person. 6-8pm. Spoiled, 209 Conant St., Maumee. 419-794-3422.

Thursday, 3.15 Transformation Exhibit Opening - The Paula Brown Gallery will host an opening party for the exhibit, “The Abstract Story: Transformation”, featuring paintings by artists Julie Draeger and Kay Weprin. 5:30-9pm. Paula Brown Shop, 912 Monroe St. 419-241-8100. Free

Friday, 3.16 2018 Juried Student Exhibition Reception/ Awards - This exhibit, on display until March 23, showcases work from University of Toledo students. This event will announce the winners of the exhibition. 6-8pm. The Center for the Visual Arts, 620 W. Grove Pl. 419-530-8300. Free Perrysburg High School Exhibition with PRIZM - This showcase, presented by PRIZM, displays the works of advanced students, depicting Historic Perrysburg in different medias. Exhibit will run through Friday, April 20. 9am-8:30pm Monday-Thursday, 9am-6:30pm Friday, 9am-5:30pm Saturday, and 1-5pm Sunday. Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana St, Perrysburg. 419-874-3135. Free

Saturday, 3.17 Meet the artists behind “Bhutanese-Nepali Neighbors: Photographs by Tariq Tarey” The special exhibit showcases 30 photographs of members of the Bhutanese-Nepali community, one of the largest current-day refugee groups in Ohio. Meet award-winning photographer Tariq Tarey and Doug Rutledge, who wrote the accompanied narrative for each photo. 1pm. On view through May 25. Free for members and children age 5 or younger. Cost of museum admission for non-members: $5/adults. Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH. 419-332-2081.


Create Your Own Succulent Garden - Learn proper planting techniques and how to care for your garden. Bring your own container, or purchase one at the class. Succulents range in price from $2-$4. Register in advance. $15. 11am-1pm. Art and Performance Center of West Toledo, 2702 W. Sylvania Ave. 419-913-9010.

Monday, 3.19 The Intuitive Hand: Drawing Exercises to Enhance Focus For Adults - Lead by Yusef Lateef, this four day class will cover basic drawing instruction, drawing from a still life set up, engage students and reinforce concepts of challenging the processed information they “see”. Need basic drawing tools and an 18x24” pad of paper. Class repeats every Monday until April 9. $90. 6-8pm. The Art Supply Depo, 29 S. Saint Clair St. 419-720-6462.

Join The Arts Commission and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur in celebration of young talent and creativity during the 35th annual Ninth Congressional District Invitational Art Exhibition. Art teachers within Ohio’s Ninth District were invited to nominate up to three two-dimensional artworks from their high school students, and the best of the best will be on display in a competition judged by art educators and local artists such as photographer James Dickerson and University of Toledo art professor Tom Lingeman, as well as representatives from sponsoring institutions. See the recognized artworks during a reception and awards ceremony from 4-6pm Sunday, March 18. The works will be on view through Wednesday, April 4. Lobby of Fifth Third Center at One Seagate, Downtown Toledo. Free

Galaxy Art: Acrylic Canvas Workshop - Choose your own colors and style as you paint a galaxy with acrylic paint on a 9x12 gallery wrapped canvas. $25. 4:30-5:15pm. Create: Art Studio, 422 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. 419-873-6240.

Saturday, 3.24 Bianca Garza Photography Exhibition Reception - Garza’s exhibition, Test Plot, serves as a visual commentary on society’s tendency to replace the real with the synthetic. Meet the artist at this public reception, with light finger foods provided by Fowl and Fodder. On display until Sunday, March 25. Reception: 5-7pm. Display hours: 10am-7pm Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday. Art Supply Depo, 435 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green. 419-340-3915. Free Workshop: Intro to Block Printing - Learn the process of block printmaking and create a personalized canvas tote bag. The class will also explore carving techniques and various printing and transferring methods with hand-tools and block printing inks. $35. 2-5pm. Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams. St. 419-214-1717.

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“A Conversation with Dan Robbins” at 20 North Gallery - Meet Dan Robbins, inventor of the Paint By Number brand, during this free public reception, featuring a complimentary hors d’ oeuvres buffet and cash bar by Venue. Due to limited space, attendees are asked to respond prior to the event, by calling 419-241-2400 or email 4-7pm. 20 North Gallery, 18. N. St. Clair St., 419-2412400. Free

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Workshop: Intro to Screen Printing - Learn how to hand-print from a screen while using various provided images and phrases at this introductory, allages course. All materials provided. $35/adult, $15/ child with paying adult. 3-5pm. Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St. 419-214-1717.

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Introduction to Fusing - Learn about glass fusing with a 45 minute lecture and show and tell about basic concepts of fusing theory, then create 10 of your own works to be made into pendants or magnets. $95. 6-8pm. Prism GlassWorks, 102 W. Wayne St., Maumee. 419-897-4100.

Wanna throw down?

Looking to throw down clay for sculpting? Get fired up and learn new skills this fall during the Toledo Potters’ Guild pottery and clay classes for adults and children, beginning the week of Monday, March 26. Both adult and children’s classes will last 10 weeks, with adults meeting on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings and children meeting Wednesday evening. To register or for more information, contact Kelly Savino at 419-902-6800, or visit Classes begin at 6pm. $160/children. $187/firsttime adults. $175/returning adults. Toledo Potters’ Guild at the Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., 419-535 6937.

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James McMurtry

Tales from the van By L. Kent Wolgamott James McMurtry spends hundreds of hours in a van each year, traveling American’s highways on the way to 100 plus shows with his band. The travel, McMurtry explains, provides the inspiration for his geographic detail-filled songs. The song “South Dakota,” the story of a young military veteran returning to the small town and family farm from “Complicated Game,” his critically acclaimed 2015 album: “There ain’t much between the pole and South Dakota/Barbed wire won’t stop the wind/You won’t get nothin’ here but broke and older/If I was you I might re-up again.”

On the road again

I drive around a lot,” McMurtry said. While he frequently writes songs, McMurtry didn’t make ”Complicated Game” until the trigger for a new album: things slowing down on the road. “I didn’t make a record for four or five years because we didn’t need to,” McMurtry said. “Then the club, attendance started falling off, so we made another one. That’s what they’re for now. We make ‘em so guys like you write about them and write about us and people know we’re coming to town.” The music business is different now, says McMurtry: “We’re on the road half the year. It’s the only way to make money anymore. The mailbox money isn’t there anymore… I’ve been working for 25 years. It was a completely different world when I started out.”

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In the last 14 years, McMurtry has released just three studio albums, 2005’s “Childish Things,” which won the Americana Music Association’s album of the year award, 2008’s “Just Us Kids” and then, “Complicated Game.” While his newest album is story based, many of McMurtry’s songs, like the award-winning working-class anthem “We Can’t Make It Here,” are pointedly political.

Roots rocker James McMurtry (above) brings his freshly released, satirical single “State of the Union” along with tourmate John Moreland to perform with local folk artist Andrew Ellis, Friday, March 23 at the Ottawa Tavern. Asked for his assessment of the 2016 presidential campaign and the election of Donald Trump, he replied: “It’s a dangerous situation. To me, it (was) rather analogous to Reagan/Carter. At the time, no one believed Reagan stood a chance in the fall… but the thing I remember most about Reagan is he invented sound bite politics. You could remember what he said. They were so well delivered, and that changed politics. Since then, it’s been the best actor who wins each cycle, and (Bill) Clinton was the best actor anybody’d ever seen.” Songs from “Complicated Game” make up a good portion of McMurtry’s current set. But he said there are some songs he and the band have to play every night: “There are some places where they don’t get ‘Levelland’,’ like Maine for example. We basically play the same set for a while, then we change it and play that set for awhile.” Then McMurtry and his three compatriots get back in the van and head down the road, driving up to 10 hours between towns to play shows. If he’s lucky McMurtry may find inspiration for a song on the way.

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WED, MAR 14 Cock n Bull: Danny Mettler (covers, acoustic) Durty Bird: Tony Salazar Jr. (songwriter, acoustic) Howard’s: Mark Mikel (songwriter, rock) Manhattan’s: Open Mic w/ Carolyn Hock Come out, and bring your guitar to this laid-back open mic. 7pm. 1516 Adams St. 419-243-6675. Free (open mic)


THURS, MAR 15 Cock n Bull: Capt. Sweet Shoes (covers, acoustic) Durty Bird: Old State Line Local musicians breathe life into classic folk and country, and bluegrass tunes. 8pm. 2 S. St. Clair St. 419-243-2473. Free (folk, country) Howard’s: Open Mic Manhattan’s: Steve Kennedy (blues, acoustic)

FRI, MAR 16 Cock n Bull: Skittle Bots (covers, pop/rock) Distillery: The Bridges (covers, rock) Doc Watson’s: Bobby May (covers, acoustic) Durty Bird: New Orleans Party Asylum Members Dave Kosmyna, Ray Heitger, Tad Dickerson, and Riley Kloos will perform their brand of Dixieland Jazz. 8-11pm. 2 S. St. Clair St. 419-243-2473. Free (jazz) Frankie’s: Best of Week 2 (battle of the bands) Hollywood Casino: Ellison (covers, soul) Howard’s: Perception (rock, jam/rock) Majestic Oak Winery: Zak Ward (blues, acoustic) Manhattan’s: Ross Thompson (songwriter, acoustic) Ottawa Tavern: Stormy Chromer, Waxtastic, Cactus Jack (rock, indie/rock) The Pub: Ramona Collins (soul, jazz) Table 44: The 25’s (covers, pop/rock) TMA Peristyle: Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Kathleen Battle Underground Railroad, A Spiritual Journey A special night of stories and African American Spirituals with guest vocalist, Kathleen Battle. 7:30pm. $50. 2445 Monroe St. 419-246-8000. toledosymphony. com (classical, folk) Village Idiot: House Band (blues, rock)

SAT, MAR 17 Cock n Bull: St. Patrick’s Day w/ Sugar Pax (covers, pop/rock) Distillery: The Bridges (covers, rock) Durty Bird: Hepcat Revival (jazz, orchestra) Fleetwood’s: St. Patrick’s Day (variety) Frankie’s: In Theory, Ice Cream Militia, Ego and the Maniacs, American Spirits (rock, hard/rock) Howard’s: Amp Wagon (pop rock) Majestic Oak Winery: Eric Edwards (covers, acoustic) Manhattan’s: St. Patrick’s Day (variety) Ottawa Tavern: Cali Phest w/ Knightheart, Veez, KOGA, Cali n Fonix and more (hiphop, dj) Sodbuster’s: St. Patrick’s Day w/ Ind’Grass The popular Sylvania bar hosts five piece ensemble, Ind’Grass, bringing it’s unique blend of bluegrass, roots, and reggae. 10pm-1am. 5758 Main St., Sylvania. 419-517-1045. Free (folk, country) Table 44: Distant Cousinz (covers, pop/rock)

SUN, MAR 18 Art & Performance Center: Jay Mykol, Up Close Concerts (songwriter, acoustic) Civic Music Hall: Drake Bell, Tryon, Joe Kirk, Summer School, Blue Walls Bell, well known for his roles in television, has been performing music since


Five-time grammy winner and Ohio native Kathleen Battle will present stories and spirituals inspired by the extraordinary journey to freedom during times of slavery, which she only performs in cities along the Underground Railroad. This event will also showcase local treasures, including the Clarence Smith Community Chorus and the Voices at BGSU. $49-$89. 7:30pm. 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. 2005, touring with the band throughout the U.S. and Mexico. $20. 6:30pm. 135 S. Byrne Rd. 419-870-1898. (songwriter, folk/rock) Durty Bird: Minor Frett (jazz) TMA: Great Performances, Classical Piano and Violin (classical) Village Idiot: Bob Rex (blues, jazz)

MON, MAR 19 Durty Bird: New Mondays w/ A.S. Coomer (songwriter, acoustic) Village Idiot: Frank May Fully recovered from Acoustics for Autism, the Village Idiot is back to it’s weekly entertainment schedule. 10pm. 309 Conant St., Maumee. 419-893-7281. Free (blues, pop/rock)

TUES, MAR 20 Durty Bird: Chris Buzzelli Trio (jazz, guitar) Ottawa Tavern: Hail the Sun, Castle No Kings, Wild Nights, Awake At Last Self described as ‘progressive, posthardcore’, touring group, Hail the Sun is sure to rock the stage at the OT. 10pm. 1815 Adams St. 419-725-5483. (rock, indie/rock) Village Idiot: Barile & May (covers, acoustic)

WED, MAR 21 Cock n Bull: Danny Mettler (covers, acoustic) Durty Bird: The Truth w/ Eric Braizer (songwriter, rock/jam) Frankie’s: Doyle (ex-Misfits), Just Shy Of, Dethrats Serious hardcore fans won’t want to miss a minute of Doyle’s (ex-Misfits) performance at Frankie’s. $15. 8pm. 308 Main St. 419-698-4020. facebook/frankiesinnercitytoledo (rock, hard/rock) Manhattan’s: Open Mic w/ Slim (open mic)

THURS, MAR 22 Art & Performance Center: Men’s Songwriter Showcase A.S. Coomer, Groove Canoe, Craig James, Chase Brady, and Patrick McGee perform original songs in-the-round style, BYOB. $5+ donation. 7-11pm. 2702 W. Sylvania Ave. 419-913-9010. (songwriter, acoustic) Civic Music Hall: Twiztid, MADhouse, Special K, 10/31 (hardcore/rap)

Celebrate and support the Black Swamp Conservancy during the annual The Black Swamp Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting natural and agricultural land for generations to come. Enjoy music from The Mark Lavengood Band along with food, a cash bar, and live and silent auctions. $60. 6:30-10:30pm. 2 Hippo Way. 419-833-1025.

Cock n Bull: Capt. Sweet Shoes (covers, acoustic) Durty Bird: Minglewood Labor Camp (folk, country) Frankie’s: Best of Week 3 (battle of the bands) Manhattan’s: Jeff Stewart (songwriter, acoustic) Ottawa Tavern: Chole and the Steel Strings, Muddy, Alex Lepiarz, Jeffery Oliver (songwriter, country) TMA: Toledo Opera, I Dream The Toledo Opera will perform excerpts from the upcoming modern opera, I Dream, about the last days of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. Free (opera, soul)

FRI, MAR 23 The Blarney: Toast & Jam (acoustic, pop/rock) Cock n Bull: Overton Project (covers, pop/rock) Doc Watson’s: Andrew Ellis (songwriter, acoustic) Durty Bird: Amelia Airharts (covers, pop/rock) Fleetwood’s: Kyle White (songwriter, acoustic) Howard’s: Discount Nostalgia, American Spirits, Mindless Matters (rock, indie/rock) Majestic Oak Winery: Skoobie Snacks (covers, pop/rock) Huntington Center: Alan Jackson, Honky Tonk Highway Tour Country Hall of Fame star makes his way to downtown Toledo. $50. 7pm. 500 Jefferson Ave. 419-321-5007. (country) Manhattan’s: Jon Roth (songwriter, acoustic) Ottawa Tavern: James McMurty & John Moreland, Andrew Ellis (songwriter, folk/rock) Sodbuster’s: Duet To-It (songwriter, acoustic) Table 44: The Bridges (covers, rock) Village Idiot: House Band (blues, rock)

SAT, MAR 24 The Blarney: Screaming Heathens (covers, pop/rock) Cock n Bull: Distant Cousinz (covers, pop/rock) Distillery: Caveman & the Dinos (covers, pop/rock) Doc Watson’s: Steve Kennedy (covers, blues)

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Duet-to-it Durty Bird: The New Fashioned (jazz, pop/rock) Fleetwood’s: Duet To-It (covers, acoustic) Howard’s: Gam Gam Buckmaster, Spirit of the Bear, Fate of Orion GGB headlines this original music showcase, performing their unique take on jam band rock. Touring indie-rock band, Spirit of the Bear, also makes an appearance. $5. 10pm. 210 N. Main St., Bowling Green. 419-352-3195. (rock) Majestic Oak Winery: Engine 19 (covers, pop/rock) Ottawa Tavern: Rustik Waters, The Funk Factory, Jampool (funk, jam/rock) The Pub: Mojoe Boes and His Noble Jones (covers, blues) Sodbuster’s: RuKus (covers, pop/rock)

SUN, MAR 25 Civic Music Hall: Creed Bratton from the Office (comedy, acoustic) Cock n Bull: Open Blues Jam w/ Jason Hudson (open mic) Durty Bird: Hector Mendoza (classical, jazz) Table 44: The Bridges This group is a popular choice for classic rock and pop fans. They play the hits. 8pm. 610 Monroe St. 419-725-0044. Free (covers, rock) Village Idiot: Bob Rex (jazz, blues)








TUES, MAR 27 Durty Bird: Creole Jazz (jazz) Huntington Center: Brit Floyd A laser light show, monster amps, and the music of Pink Floyd. What more can you ask for? $70. 8pm. 500 Jefferson Ave. 419-321-5007. (Pink Floyd tribute band) Village Idiot: Barile & May (covers, acoustic)


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MON, MAR 26 Cock n Bull: Durty Bird: New Mondays w/ Chris Brady Enjoy acoustic music over drinks and dinner. 7pm. 2 S. St. Clair St. 419-243-2473. Free (songwriter, acoustic) Village Idiot: Frank May (blues, rock)


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Adult Learning Series: A Hooting Good Time - This lecture presented by Kim High, Metroparks Naturalist/Historical Interpreter, will address the life histories and conservation of owls and offer tips on when and where to search for them. Following the lecture is an optional short hike. 2-3:30pm. Fallen Timbers Battlefield, 4949 Jerome Rd., Maumee. 419270-0498. Free

Help out Food for Thought, an organization dedicated to feeding the hungry, by stocking their shelves while partying like it’s the 80’s at their PB & Jams: a Radically Retro PB&J Party. Come dressed in your best 80’s attire and donate peanut butter, jelly/jam and other snacks like cookies and chips. 6-7pm Friday, March 9. Food for Thought, 316 Adams St., Floor 2. 419-9720022. Free —CP

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Since 1996, the YWCA of Northwest Ohio has hosted the Milestone Awards to honor women in Northwest Ohio for their accomplishments and contributions in seven disciplines. Meet this year’s honorees— Cynthia Thompson (arts), Debra Monagan (business), WilliAnn Moore (education), Judge Denise Cubbon (government), Randa Mansour-Shousher (science), Jan Ruma (social services), and Sarah Skow (volunteerism)— during the 23rd Annual “Milestones: A Tribute to Women.” $66, individual ticket before March 17. $76, individual ticket after March 17. Tables of ten available. 11:30am-1pm. Wednesday, March 28. SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave., 419-241-3235. —AC

Thursday, 3.15 [lit] Wolcott History Museum Lecture Series Every Thursday, a local history lecture, featuring local authors and historians. 10pm. Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Rd., Maumee.

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Waterville Cookbook Club - Make a dish from a celebrity chef and bring to the meeting for this fun book club and potluck. 7-8pm. Waterville Branch Library, 800 Michigan Ave., Waterville. 419-878-3055. Free

Intuitive Readings - 20 minute Goddess Oracle Card readings with Joni. $25. 5pm. The Space, Secor Building 425 Jefferson Ave, 2nd floor. Register by emailing



An Evening of Beer Sampling - Make your way upstairs at Market on the Green to the Teaching Kitchen for beer and vendor samples. This month features MadTree Brewing. Ages 21+. $5. 6-8:30pm. Market on the Green, 1806 Madison Ave. 567-585-0055.

Monster Jam - Get the adrenaline pumping by watching the entertaining freestyle, “2-wheel skills” and racing competitions of huge monster trucks. $15-$50. 2pm and 7pm. Also showing 2pm Sunday, March 18. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. 419-255-3300.

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Learn to Curl - Interested in the sport of curling? Learn all about it and how to play at Northwest Ohio’s only Curling Club. Sign yourself up or with a team. $25. 5:45-8pm and 7:45-10pm. Black Swamp Curling Center, 19901 N. Dixie Hwy., Bowling Green.

[theater] Shrek the Musical - Watch Saint John Jesuit’s rendition of the movie “Shrek” in this fun musical. Other performances at 2-3:30pm and 7-8:30pm Saturday, March 17 and 2-3:30pm Sunday, March 18. The Valentine Theatre, 410 N. Superior St. 419-242-2787.

[health] Drake Yoga Flow - Enjoy relaxing sequence, mood lights, and great vibes during this special yoga class while listening to music by Drake. $8. 7-8pm. The Space, 425 Jefferson Ave. 3rd Floor. 419-601-9163.


Tuesday, 3.20 [outdoors] Evening Hike - Meet at Wildwood Preserve to join this night hike exploring nature afterdark. 6:30pm. Wildwood Preserve, 5100 Central Ave. 419-407-9700. Free

JUST ADD ICE Beyond their beauty, orchids are also known as one of the most difficult plants to grow. While most orchid owners know one tip for sustaining these botanical beauties— “just add ice”— bringing them to bloom is a bit more complicated. Learn all about orchids, or just enjoy gazing at many orchid varieties, during two upcoming events in Michigan: the Ann Arbor Orchid Festival (March 17-18) and the 63rd annual Orchid Show and Sale (March 24-25) in the greater Detroit area. Shop for flowers and supplies and attend free lectures and classes during both events. Ann Arbor event: 10am-4:30pm Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18. Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, 1800 N Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI. 734-647-7600. Orchid Sale and Show: 11am5pm Saturday, March 24. 11am-4pm Sunday, March 25. UFCW Local 876, 876 Horace Brown Dr., Madison Heights, MI. Free

Wednesday, 3.21

[culinary] Cooking Middle Eastern Foods - This class will focus on winter comfort foods with a demonstration and food to take home. Pre-registration required. $20. 1230pm. 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St. 419-874-4174.


NAMI Connections - If you or a loved one is living with a mental health diagnosis, you are not alone. Join the National Alliance on Mental Illness during their support group meeting to discuss feelings and challenges with other individuals experiencing the same conditions. This group meets every Monday. For ages 18+. 7-8:30pm. NAMI, 2753 W. Central Ave. 419243-1119. Free

Looking for a quick change of scenery and a taste of something different? Curious about our favorite events going on just a short drive from Toledo? Visit, or check out our sister publication, Current Magazine (covering Ann Arbor), at, to explore film, art, music and more. Here is a list of our top March must-attend, out-of-town events:

Fiber Craft Meet-Up - Join up for open crafting with the Fiberworks Orphans. Bring your current project to work on and get inspired. 10am-5pm. Heatherdowns Branch Library, 3265 Glanzman Rd. 419-259-5270. Free

Sunday, 3.18 [film] Orphans of the Storm - The Sunday Matinee Series presents, Orphans of the Storm, a 1922 film about the French Revolution by director D.W. Griffith, and starring Lillian and Dorothy Gish, for whom the Theatre is named. 3pm. Gish Film Theatre, 104 Hanna Hall, BGSU Campus, Bowling Green. 419-372-4474. Free

[gardening] Vegetable Gardening Workshop - Have you ever tried to plant something only to have it not grow or perform poorly in your garden? This class will offer advice on sowing, planting, and harvest tips for everything from artichokes to zucchini. Register in advance. $20. 6-8pm. 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St. 419-8744174.

[culinary] [health] The Wonders of Wheatgrass - Take this informative class to learn how wheatgrass can increase your energy, help with weight loss, and how it is a safe way to detox, plus other benefits. $5/advance, $10/door. Health Foods by Claudia, 3904 Secor Rd. 419-474-2400.

Thursday, 3.22 [music] [theatre] I Dream Preview & MLK Walking Tour - The Toledo Opera will be performing selections from their upcoming Opera, Douglas Tappin’s I Dream, which focuses on the last of Dr. King’s days on Earth. Cast members will be performing throughout the museum as visitors explore art focusing on social change and justice. $7 parking for non-members. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-2558000. Free

REEL FOCUS Since 1963, Ann Arbor has served as the home of North America’s oldest avant-garde and experimental film festival: the Ann Arbor Festival Festival (AAFF). Originally founded by George Manupelli as an alternative venue for filmmakers and artists to share their work, AAFF continues the tradition of celebrating the art of film and the bold, visionary and independent filmmakers who keep the industry fresh. Head to the 56th annual AAFF from Tuesday, March 20 through Sunday, March 25 to catch flicks, hear from creators, and enjoy cinematic magic. Times and prices of the events vary; some are free. See online for more information. The Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., 734-668-8397.—AC



‘Pollinator Gardens’ Lecture at Schedel Gardens - Learn how to turn your backyard into an environmental cause by planting more native plants. Now, more than ever, pollinators like honey bees, butterflies and bumblebees are losing populations due to declining food sources. Join Melanie Coulter of the Black Swamp Conservancy for more information on how to be part of positive change in a wonderful space. $3. 6:30-7:30pm. March 22.19255 W. Portage River South Rd, Elmore. 419-862-3182.

International Film Series presents “Persona Non Grata” - Watch the Japanese movie about Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese Schindler who issued several thousand visas to Jewish refugees in Lithuania before 1941. 7:30pm. Gish Film Theater, 104 Hanna Hall, Bowling Green. 419372-4474. Free

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Friday, 3.23 [music] Alan Jackson Concert - Alan Jackson, country music star, makes his way to Toledo’s downtown, touring with this ‘Honky Tonk Highway Tour’. $50+. 7:30pm. Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. 419-255-3300.

[music] Toledo Symphony Classics Series - The Symphony performs Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Berlioz with guest pianist, Jon Nakamatsu. $25. 8pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-246-8000.

[misc.] PRO Home and Garden Show - Meet contractors, remodelers and landscapers with your next home improvement project ideas, or get inspired to make your own improvements at this weekend-long event. $6. 4-8pm. 10am-8pm Saturday, March 24 and 11am-5pm Sunday, March 25. SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. 419-255-3300.

[theater] Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream - The Opera Ensemble of the University of Toledo presents Benjamin Britten’s opera of one of Shakespeare’s popular comedies. $10-$15. 7-9pm. Also performing 7-9pm Saturday, March 24 and 3-5pm Sunday, March 25. University of Toledo Doermann Theatre, 2801 W. Bancroft St. 419-530-2452.

Saturday, 3.24 [misc.] Ghost Hunt - Join other believers at the Collingwood Arts Center for it’s March Public Ghost Hunt. Explore the Gerber House, the Theatre and all the long, dark hallways at this famously haunted historical site. $30. 8pm-1am. Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. 419-244-2787.

[health] Road to Happiness - Author of’s book “The Art and Science of Happiness”, Dr. Zeev Gilkis, will share insights on how to be happy through the physiology, shades, and science of happiness. Space is limited, register in advance. $5. 1:30-3pm. 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. 419-874-4174.

[culinary] [music] Bluegrass Breakfast - Come out to the most musical breakfast this side of the Missouri. Wolf Creek Risin’ performs while the good stuff is served. 10am-1pm. Glass City Cafe, 1107 Jackson St. 419-241-4519. Wolf Creek Risin’ on Facebook.

[misc.] 2018 Autograph Signing Event - Meet and get autographs of your favorite Ohio State University and University of Michigan football players. Featured players are JT Barrett, Sam Hubbard, and Billy Price of OSU, Jake Butt of U of M/ Denver Brancos and Jabrill Peppers from U of M/ Cleveland Browns. Ticket prices vary with players. Photo Ops available for purchase. 10am-7pm. Franklin Park Mall, 5001 Monroe St. 419-473-3317.

[health] Essential Oils Weekend with Meghan Mencer - The first workshop in this weekend event is an introductory course covering the basics of essential oils and how to use them. The second workshop, on Sunday, March 25, discusses aromatherapy, relaxation response and emotions. There will be giveaways and exclusive promotions to participate in. $15/workshop, $20/ whole weekend. 2-3:15pm. The Space, 425 Jefferson Ave. 3rd Floor. 419-601-9163.


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Years lived in Toledo: 18 Occupation: Founder-President of Nuestra Gente Community Projects, Inc., and 96.5 FM Nuestra Gente

Sunday, 3.25 [film] LGBTQ Film Series: Pride - Join EqualityToledo’s viewing of this third film of the series; “Pride” depicting a group of lesbian and gay activists raising money for families affected by the 1984 British miners’ strike. 2-5pm. United Way of Greater Toledo, 424 Jackson St. 419-248-2424. Free

[misc.] The Hero Within: A ‘Black Panther’ Community Forum - After seeing the movie “Black Panther”, discuss with others the impact it has on you and the Black community, while also brainstorming strategic plans for heroic change. 4:30-6pm. Frederick Douglass Community Association, 1001 Indiana Ave. 419-244-6722. Free

Monday, 3.26 [misc.] Maumee River Yacht Club Open House - Check out why you would love being a part of the club. Explore all the amenities, sports bar and dining room. Open House runs through April 6th. 9-5pm. 2745 Broadway St. 419-382-3625.


[networking] TV Host Brigette Burnett of Daily Downtown at Cod City - Former 13abc and WAND-TV Newscenter 17 broadcast journalist, Burnett will be speaking about the industry. Come out and network with others. 6-8pm. Rustbelt Coffee, 119 N. Ontario St. 419-819-5988.


Tuesday, 3.27 [outdoors] Zoo Garden Tours - Join the Zoo’s horticulture staff for a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo’s greenhouse facility and Ziems Conservatory. Reservations required. $10/members, $15/non-members. 10:30am-noon. The Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-4040.

My story, in one sentence: I came to the United States in 2000, learned to speak English, started a nonprofit, finished my degree, and started the first 24 hour Spanish radio station in Toledo. One song lyric to describe my ideal self: “We are the world. We are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving” by Michael Jackson. Most people know me for: Through the work of our nonprofit, my radio program, and the church community, where I am very active. The street I drive on/walk on most often is: Anthony Wayne Trail. The best time I ever had in Toledo: The days when we were putting together the radio station. I learned so much, and I was so excited about what I was doing. I was working to make my dream a reality, and that’s so exciting. We will have a fundraiser for the radio station to buy more equipment on Monday, March 19 at 5:30pm at El Camino Real (2500 W. Sylvania Ave. Toledo) If I could change one thing about Toledo: Make the city more beautiful-is one of the things I mentioned to the previous mayor in an interview.

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The best view in Toledo: The Docks, Promenade Park, and Middlegrounds Park The Toledoan I most admire: Artists of painting, crafts, jewelry, wood, and musicians that, every day through their wonderful works, give their best for the arts here in Toledo. My ideal day look like, from morning to night: My days are very busy. A good day is when I complete my whole agenda. The best days are when we are helping people through Nuestra Gente service programs. The reason I am most proud of myself right now: Working on our mission through Nuestra Community Projects, Inc., and Nuestra Gente 96.5 FM What makes me truly feel alive: Helping others. The Toledoan I’ve met in passing that I’d love to get coffee with: The University of Toledo—My Alma Mater, President Dr. Sharon Gaber Favorite festival: The Barrio Latino Art Festival, celebrates diversity, innovation, and creative achievement—is been planned for Sunday August 12, 2018—by supporting artists, promoting artistic expression, and creating funds for local charitable organizations.


GET HEALTHY Kayak off the river

Interested in learning how to kayak without exposure to intimidating currents? Metroparks Toledo is offering a beginner kayak course in a heated indoor pool at the University of Toledo. Certified staff from the American Canoe Association will teach basic strokes and water safety. Register in advance. $15. 6-8pm Saturday, March 24. University of Toledo Rec Center, 419-530-3700.

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Experience yoga in a unique atmosphere. Monroga: bodyART class will move from outside into The Cloister, an intimate medieval stone courtyard at Toledo Museum of Art. Practice breathing and balance techniques, elements of dance and conditioning exercises during this full mind-body experience. $15/members. $20/non-members. 10:30-11:30am Saturday, March 17. Toledo Museum of Art GlasSalon, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

Drake Yoga Flow - Bend, pose and flex to some of your favorite music by Drake during this special yoga class. $8. 7-8pm. The Space, 425 Jefferson Ave. 3rd Floor, 419-601-9163.

Saturday, March 24 A Spa Tranquili-Tea - Find your peace of mind and feel relaxed with Reiki master Melanie Stinson during a lunch and info session about the powers of stress relieving touch through massage and other forms of alternative healing. Register in advance. $20. 12:30-2pm Clara J’s, 219 W. Wayne St., Maumee. 419-897-0219.]

4x4; Runs and drives. Can be seen at 1136 Shernan St, Toledo. Call 606-215-4755

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Grab your sneakers and fetch a furry friend for the Toledo Area Humane Society’s 33rd Annual Bark in the Park! This pet friendly 5K Run & 1.25 Mile Walk is a great way to get your family and friends outside for a fun-filled day! To register and start fundraising go online to: and create your own fundraising page and start earning PAW-SOME prizes!


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There will be games for kids and pups alike, great food and live entertainment. All funds raised at Bark in the Park go directly to caring for the nearly 5,000 animals that come to our shelter every year.

2015 JEEP CHEROKEE LATITUDE. Very good condition. 60,000 miles. Power locks/windows. $14,900. Call 419-559-6101

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2015 CHEVY CRUZE LT; White; 16,900 miles; tinted windows; still under factory warranty; $13,400. Call 419-779-3857


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SERVICES FREE, HEALTH CONSULTS. Contact Health Coach Joe. 419-346-5617.

EVENTS SATURDAY, APRIL 14 HOLISTIC HEALTH FAIR 10a-5p, 950 Webster St., Defiance, Ohio. Free to enter. $5 per presentation. holistic-health-fair

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Best of Toledo

Soto Signature Salon & Spa, winner of Best Women’s Salon and Best Day Spa. In addition, Soto stylist Nicole Urbanski winning Best Hair Stylist.

We celebrated the winners during our annual party at The Premier.

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Notre Dame Academy, winner of Best High School and Best Private School. The Stables, winner of Best Outdoor Wedding Venue.

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Glass City Beer Festival

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Love for over 40 craft breweries filled up the 12th year of this local festival.

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THE NOSE KNOWS Across 1. Like a church-going VIP 6. Go like Mikaela Shiffrin 9. The Raiders home, in 2019 14. Oscar-nominated director for “Get Out� 15. Punk rock icon Gordon 16. Show jubilation 17. Start of a one-liner by 23-Across 19. Bad feeling 20. Not forthcoming 21. Preposition that comes in handy in palindromes 22. Lacking direction, electrically 23. Comic with the TV show “Important Things� 27. Goes downhill fast 29. Conde ___ 30. Irreplaceable string 31. It has a campus in Kingston: Abbr. 32. Snapdragon, e.g. 35. One-liner, part 2 40. Knot things up 41. Namely, in Latin 42. T-shirt order 43. “Oh fuuuuu...� 45. Tennessee range, briefly 47. One-liner, part 3 51. Some brothers 52. Smack 53. Indian rule 56. Bubbe’s pancake 57. End of the one-liner 60. Suffered humiliation 61. Hill tender 62. Post-war agreements 63. Points in 62-Across 64. “Yoo-hoo!� 65. Zoo regulars (presumably if the nanny can’t think of anywhere else to take them)

Down 1. Bigger than big 2. Star of Netflix’s “The Outsider� 3. Lose water 4. Big Blue’s QB, familiarly 5. Swimsuit model Alexis 6. Hula outfits 7. Passer of bad checks 8. Sends a quick word 9. Italian scooters 10. Ship overseas 11. Catholic ___ 12. Asian mountain range 13. Rear end 18. Rather interested 22. Vigorously, poetically 24. Direction that becomes its opposite when an “O� is added to its front 25. Israel’s Golda 26. Sign on the cross 27. “Stop everything� 28. Big name in hotels 31. Pretzel brand 32. Comic with the 2018 stand-up special “Tamborine� 33. Notepad part 34. Rugged vehicles 36. Ones against all odds? 37. 42-Across, e.g. 38. Attach (onto) 39. It’s captured on a lot 43. Noah on the Knicks 44. Regal birds 45. Not that good, tbh 46. Thing debunked on Snopes 47. B equivalent 48. Say a few words in public 49. Coke purchase 50. Bonn river 54. It’s down when the chips are down 55. “New Girl� girl 57. Faux cry 58. Right on the money 59. Not of the cloth

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): According to my assessment of the astrological omens, you’re in a favorable phase to gain more power over your fears. You can reduce your susceptibility to chronic anxieties. You can draw on the help and insight necessary to dissipate insidious doubts that are rooted in habit but not based on objective evidence. I don’t want to sound too melodramatic, my dear Pisces, but THIS IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY! YOU ARE POTENTIALLY ON THE VERGE OF AN UNPRECEDENTED BREAKTHROUGH! In my opinion, nothing is more important for you to accomplish in the coming weeks than this inner conquest. ARIES (March 21-April 19): The men

who work on offshore oil rigs perform demanding, dangerous tasks on a regular basis. If they make mistakes, they may get injured or befoul the sea with petroleum. As you might guess, the culture on these rigs has traditionally been macho, stoic, and hard-driving. But in recent years, that has changed at one company. Shell Oil’s workers in the U.S. were trained by Holocaust survivor Claire Nuer to talk about their feelings, be willing to admit errors, and soften their attitudes. As a result, the company’s safety record has improved dramatically. If macho dudes toiling on oil rigs can become more vulnerable and open and tenderly expressive, so can you, Aries. And now would be a propitious time to do it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): How will

you celebrate your upcoming climax and culmination, Taurus? With a howl of triumph, a fist pump, and three cartwheels? With a humble speech thanking everyone who helped you along the way? With a bottle of champagne, a gourmet feast, and spectacular sex? However you choose to mark this transition from one chapter of your life story to the next chapter, I suggest that you include an action that will help the next chapter get off to a rousing start. In your ritual of completion, plant seeds for the future.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): On

April 23, 1516, the Germanic duchy of Bavaria issued a decree. From that day forward, all beer produced had to use just three ingredients: water, barley, and hops. Ever since then, for the last 500+ years, this edict has had an enduring influence on how German beer is manufactured. In accordance with astrological factors, I suggest that you proclaim three equally potent and systemic directives of your own. It’s an opportune time to be clear and forceful about how you want your story to unfold in the coming years.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): What’s

your most frustrating flaw? During the next seven weeks, you will have enhanced power to diminish its grip on you. It’s even possible you will partially correct it or outgrow it. To take maximum advantage of this opportunity, rise above any covert tendency you might have to cling to your familiar pain. Rebel against the attitude described by novelist Stephen King: “It’s hard to let go. Even when what you’re holding onto is full of thorns, it’s hard to let go. Maybe especially then.�

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In his

book *Whistling in the Dark,* author Frederick Buechner writes that the ancient Druids took “a special interest in in-between things like mistletoe, which is neither quite a plant nor quite a tree, and mist, which is neither quite rain nor quite air, and dreams, which are neither quite waking nor quite sleep.� According to my reading of the astrological omens, in-between phenomena will be your specialty in the coming weeks. You will also thrive in relationship to anything that lives in two worlds or that has paradoxical qualities. I hope you’ll exult in the educational delights that come from your willingness to be teased and mystified.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The

English word “velleity� refers to an empty wish that has no power behind it. If you feel a longing to make a pilgrimage to a holy site, but can’t summon the motivation to actually do so, you are under the spell of velleity. Your fantasy of communicating with more flair and candor is a velleity if you never initiate the practical steps to accomplish that goal. Most of us suffer from this weakness at one

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time or another. But the good news, Virgo, is that you are primed to overcome your version of it during the next six weeks. Life will conspire to assist you if you resolve to turn your wishy-washy wishes into potent action plans -- and then actually carry out those plans.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In the 2002 film

*Spiderman,* there’s a scene where the character Mary Jane slips on a spilled drink as she carries a tray full of food through a cafeteria. Spiderman, disguised as his alter ego Peter Parker, makes a miraculous save. He jumps up from his chair and catches Mary Jane before she falls. Meanwhile, he grabs her tray and uses it to gracefully capture her apple, sandwich, carton of milk, and bowl of jello before they hit the floor. The filmmakers say they didn’t use CGI to render this scene. The lead actor, Tobey Maguire, allegedly accomplished it in real life -although it took 156 takes before he finally mastered it. I hope you have that level of patient determination in the coming weeks, Libra. You, too, can perform a small miracle if you do.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio

mathematician BenoĂŽt Mandelbrot was a connoisseur of “the art of roughnessâ€? and “the uncontrolled element in life.â€? He liked to locate and study the hidden order in seemingly chaotic and messy things. “My life seemed to be a series of events and accidents,â€? he said. “Yet when I look back I see a pattern.â€? I bring his perspective to your attention, Scorpio, because you are entering a phase when the hidden order and secret meanings of your life will emerge into view. Be alert for surprising hints of coherence.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I

suspect that in July and August you will be invited to commune with rousing opportunities and exciting escapades. But right now I’m advising you to channel your intelligence into well-contained opportunities and sensible adventures. In fact, my projections suggest that your ability to capitalize fully on the future’s rousing opportunities and exciting escapades will depend on how well you master the current crop of well-contained opportunities and sensible adventures. Making the most of today’s small pleasures will qualify you to harvest bigger pleasures later.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If you

saw the animated film *The Lion King,* you may have been impressed with the authenticity of the lions’ roars and snarls. Did the producers place microphones in the vicinity of actual lions? No. Voice actor Frank Welker produced the sounds by growling and yelling into a metal garbage can. I propose this as a useful metaphor for you in the coming days. First, I hope it inspires you to generate a compelling and creative illusion of your own -- an illusion that serves a good purpose. Second, I hope it alerts you to the possibility that other people will be offering you compelling and creative illusions -- illusions that you should engage with only if they serve a good purpose.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I do a

lot of self-editing before I publish what I write. My horoscopes go through at least three drafts before I unleash them on the world. While polishing the manuscript of my first novel, I threw away over a thousand pages of stuff that I had worked on very hard. In contrast to my approach, science fiction writer Harlan Ellison dashed off one of his award-winning stories in a single night, and published it without making any changes to the first draft. As you work in your own chosen field, Aquarius, I suspect that for the next three weeks you will produce the best results by being more like me than Ellison. Beginning about three weeks from now, an Ellisonstyle strategy might be more warranted.


3/14/18 - Toledo City Paper  
3/14/18 - Toledo City Paper  

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