February 26, 2020 - Toledo City Paper

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Issue 1

What a minor tax increase would mean for Toledo P. 7

Rev your engines— the results are in P8

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Marketplace changes

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The first Ohio location of the chain seafood boil restaurant Red Crab Juicy Seafood is open at 4941 Dorr St., formerly Mulvaney’s Bunker Irish Pub & Grub and Andy’s Bar & JoJo’s Pizza. 419-407-5390. Redcrabseafood.com Chain burger and casual dining restaurant Ground Round Grill & Bar is open at 27375 Carronade Dr. in Perrysburg, inside the Holiday Inn & Suites. 567-331-8613. Groundround.com. facebook.com/ GroundRoundPerrysburg Sterling’s Amish Deli is open at 133 E. Wooster St. in Bowling Green, formerly A Taste of Amish Deli, featuring Ohio Amish meats, cheeses, pies, hot dogs, burgers, cheese curds and more. The new deli is owned by BGSU alumnus Steven Sterling and his fiancé Danielle Holzwart. 11am8pm. Monday-Saturday. Noon-4pm, Sunday. 419-819-4369. facebook. com/SterlingsAmishDeli The popular Sichuan cuisine spot, formerly named Chuancai Fang Sichuan Restaurant and SPICY Asian Kitchen, is now called Little Asia. The eatery and carryout destination now offers halal chicken.

3527 Dorr St. by Byrne Rd. 11am-9:30pm, Monday. 11am-9:30p, Wednesday-Saturday. Noon-9pm, Sunday. 419-539-9329. littleasiaorder.com

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Shokudo Kitchen is open in Perrysburg at 27072 Carronade Dr. Suite D, in the Kroger plaza next to Cocina de Carlos. The “shared kitchen” concept includes: Bento Box, serving Japenese main dishes; Kuma Poke, with customizable, Hawaiin-style raw seafood and rice bowls; and Tori Taco, serving Bao Buns and Asian-style street tacos. The locale also offers bubble tea, smoothies and daily dine-in specials. 11am-9pm, Sunday-Thursday. 11am-10pm, Friday & Saturday. 567-331-8825. Shokudokitchen.com Inside the Five Brewing Company will open a second location in downtown Perrysburg sometime this summer. The Sylvania-based brewery is currently renovating an old auto shop, located off of Louisiana Ave., and the 5,000 square foot pub will offer a full kitchen, an outdoor patio and private event space for parties. insidethefive.com

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CITY WATCH Thursday 2.27

20th Annual Black Issues Conference A forum for research and discussion of African American culture and issues impacting the African American community. 10am-5pm. $0-$35. Bowling Green State University, 1001 E Wooster St, Bowling Green. 419-372-9000. Bgsu.edu Black History Month Celebration - Lourdes University presents the annual Black History Month Celebration The Power Within Us: Acknowledging the Past, Recognizing the Present, Focusing on the Future. 4-6pm. Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd, Sylvania. 419-517-8950. lourdes.edu Free

Friday, 2.28

Dancing and Dessert Reception - A selection of desserts and a night of urban line dancing led by Waverly “Shakey Shakey” Hawkins and Toni Quinn await attendees at this fundraiser. $10 6-8pm. Monroe Street Neighborhood Center, 3613 Monroe St. 419-473-1167. facebook.com/monroestreetnc

Thursday, 3.5

Fair Housing: Opening Doors to Opportunity As part of the First Thursday lunch series, Sarah Jenkins of The Fair Housing Center will discuss the importance of fair housing rights and responsibilities. RSVP to FirstThursdayToledo@gmail.com. $15 for lunch, presentation (cash or check at the door), and parking. Noon. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 428 N. Erie St., 419-243-4214. stpaulstoledo.org


Production Manager: Imani Lateef (imani@adamsstreetpublishing.com) best comic book artist.

Get involved. Democracy is not a spectator sport. Friday, 3.6

Designer Purse Bingo - 15 different designer purses will be up for grabs at this fundraiser for iLEAD Spring Meadows, featuring grazing stations and a cash bar. $45 in advance, $50 at the door. 6-10:30pm. The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Cir., Maumee. 419-491-7423. ileadspringmeadows.org

Sunday 3.8

Spring 2020 Idea Proposal Workshop First-time submitters, and individuals who have presented before, are welcome at this event to help prepare for the May 19 edition of Toledo SOUP. 3-5pm. Main Branch Library, Community Room, 325 Michigan St. toledosoup.com Free

Monday, 3.9

The Indonesian Politicide - A discussion of the 1965 massacre, by the Indonesian Army, of members and supporters of the Indonesian Communist Party and what that means for socialists today. 6:30-8pm. Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St. 419-259-5310. Dsanwo.org Meet the Matriots: Breakfast With An Elected Official - Join The Matriots PAC for a special conversation with Ohio Statehouse Sen. Teresa Fedor. RSVP by March 4 to Brigin Anthony at brigin.anthony@ matriotsohio.com or 614-623-8390. 8-9:15am. Scrambler Marie’s, 3344 Secor Rd., matriotsohio.com

Senior Designer: Leah Foley (leah@adamsstreetpublishing.com) best carrot Cake Baker.

Sunday, 3.1

Dr. Morton Goldberg Lecture: Halacha, Sharia Law, and the Dual Identity of Muslims and Jews in America Wayne State faculty members Dr. Howard Lupovitch and Professor Saeed Khan’s discussion focuses on fostering increased collaboration and connectivity between the Jewish and Muslim communities. 2-4pm. Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. 800-878-3210. lourdes.edu Free

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Accounting: Robin Armstrong (rarmstrong@toledocitypaper.com) Best Dog Walker. Distribution Hannah Wagner


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Tuesday, 3.10

Meet the Candidates Forum for Lucas County Sheriff - The Community Solidarity Response Network of Toledo for a Black Lives Matter forum with candidates for Sheriff. The moderator for the forum will be Albert “Mack” McCluster III, US Army Combat Military Police veteran. 6-8pm. Frederick Douglass Community Center, 1001 Indiana Ave., facebook.com/csrntoledo Free

Thursday, 3.12

What You Should Know About Human Trafficking - Find out what’s going on in the way of human trafficking in our area during this presention led by Det. Pete Swartz of the Toledo Police and FBI Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Task Force. 6:30pm. CrossPoint Community Church, 4212 Onondaga Ave. in Point Place. facebook.com/CoalitionForHope

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Putting glitz on the pits

On your mark, get set, grow

Have seeds? Bring seeds. Need seeds? Take seeds. Toledo GROWs Seed Swap will bring area gardeners together as they exchange potential crops and strategies. All attendees will receive five free packets of seeds and can bring up to 75 additional packets to trade. Workshops and raffles will also take place. Get a head start on planning for your spring crop and pick the brains of fellow gardeners at the Seed Swap. Noon-3pm. Saturday, February 29. Scott High School, 2400 Collingwood. 419-720-8714. toledogrows.org Free

For a decade the Lucas County Pit Crew has worked to find loving homes for Pit Bull Terriers and community cats. And once a year, to raise money for the cause, their rescue pets get dressed up and walk the runway at the Puttin’ on the Glitz event at the Pinnacle in Maumee. Tickets include a seat for the show, grazing stations, participation in both live and silent auctions and, of course, the warm fuzzy feeling you get helping a bunch of puppies and kitties find forever homes! $70. 7-11pm. Saturday, March 7. The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. Lucascountypitcrew.com

The Pinnacle of equality

Commemorate the International Day of Women, the Toledo Opera Guild and Women of Toledo luncheon to celebrate remarkable women at the Pinnacle, hosted by Meaghan Mick of 92.5FM, featuring speakers, including Senator Teresa Fedor, activist and abuse survivor Taniece Temple, Diane Larson of 13ABC and others, along with educational booths, lunch with the speakers and generational photos, this event looks back at, and ahead to, the progress of gender equality. $35. 10am-3pm. Sunday, March 8. The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. 419-461-0155. toledooperaguild.org

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A Family Tradition Since 1984

To celebrate the birthday of Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a special Lorax Day, in honor of the Seuss classic about a creature who speaks for the trees. The event, on Sunday, March 1 at the Refuge, will feature crafts and family events, as well as a costume contest for anyone dressed as a Seuss character. Donations for the Refuge’s mission to provide a habitat for waterfowl and other birds. 10am-2pm. Sunday, March 1. Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 14000 OH-2, Oak Harbor. 419-898-0014. facebook.com/OttawaNWR Free


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On February 11— 2/11— the United Way of Greater Toledo held a number of events in honor of National 2-1-1 Day, to draw attention to its 2-1-1 service for the Toledo area. 2-1-1 is a free, non-emergency phone line where Toledo residents can ask for assistance for connections to help and human service programs throughout the County. More than 60,000 contacts to the phone service were made in 2019, with up to 75,000 contacts estimated for 2020. In addition, 2-1-1 services can now also be accessed via text and online chatting. For more information or to access the service, visit unitedwaytoledo.org.

Cocktails and chronicles of the Great Lakes

Explore the history of the Great Lakes region while enjoying a lovely beverage. That’s the central idea behind the first installment of History Happy Hour, a new program at the National Museum of the Great Lakes. Attendees at this 5 o’clock event will receive a drink and snacks along with the chance to see the Museum after hours and to participate in unique interactive storytelling. The first event is scheduled for March 12 and, in honor of Women’s History Month, it will be themed around “The Women Who Made the Great Lakes.” $25 for members, $30 for non-members. 5:30-7:30pm. Thursday, March 12. 1701 Front St. 419-214-5000. nmgl.org —JM

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Wealth transfer in City Politics by Johnny Hildo It was perhaps D. Michael Collins’ greatest political victory. Even though he won it posthumously, and never got to see its fruits. It all started back when Collins was a curmudgeonly member of Toledo City Council, and Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee. The City’s budget was tight, and regularly money from City coffers, earmarked for capital improvements, was used to pay expenses from the general fund. A large chunk of that shortfall was traceable to the criminal justice budget, including the transportation and housing of defendants who had been arrested by the Toledo Police Department. The related costs for those defendants, at the Lucas County jail and the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, ran upwards of five million bucks. Collins was convinced the tax burden of those costs should not be borne on the backs of Toledo taxpayers. Toledo was paying costs for housing, transportation, and prosecution of prisoners arrested elsewhere in the County, outside of Toledo. He harangued successive City leaders, and TPD top brass, claiming that the City should stop charging those arrested under sections of the Toledo Municipal Code, and instead lodge charges under sections of the Ohio Revised Code, thus making the State of Ohio, not the City, responsible for those arrested, and the associated transportation and housing costs, shifting those costs to Lucas County, according to Collins. Then-Mayor of Toledo Mike Bell never bought Collins’ argument. But then Collins defeated Bell and became Mayor himself. He immediately instituted the change, and told TPD to charge under ORC whenever possible. For those of y’all unfamiliar, most parts of the TMC criminal code have analogous sections in the Ohio Revised Code. The County just as immediately pushed back, and made moves to prevent the cost shifting from the City to the County coffers. Collins argued that the City had been paying criminal justice costs for all parts of the County, including jurisdictions which do not pay City taxes, for years. It was only fair that the entire County pay its share, rather than shifting the burden to Toledo. The disagreement ended up in court. Meanwhile, Collins passed away in office, and Paul HH took his place.

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PHH doubled down on Collins’ argument, stating that it didn’t matter how anyone arrested was charged, instead arguing that all criminal justice costs belong to the County, because the Ohio Constitution creates a system of state courts at the County level. Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Andy Douglas was hired by the City to bring the argument home. The City won the case in the Court of Common Pleas. The County appealed. The

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dispute spilled over and became part of the wrangling over the location of a new County jail. The County, via Commissioner Pete Gerken, threatened to move the jail, and its hundreds of jobs, out of the City. Then the City offered its tow lot as a jail location, but refused to couple any negotiations about the Jail location with a discussion concerning the criminal justice costs. The County, meanwhile, demanded that any negotiations include all outstanding issues, so the talks broke off. Fast forward to today. The City ultimately prevailed in court, shifting criminal justice costs to the County. A new jail site still hasn’t been determined. As we’ve written before, a stance on the jail site should be the numero uno question for all candidates for Lucas County Sheriff. (Current Sheriff, John Tharp, is not seeking re-election which has led to a bevvy of candidates seeking his elected position.)

Spread the wealth

More importantly, the saga of cost shifting from the County to the City should be a cautionary tale in the upcoming elections. There are at least two additional ways that County costs are shifted to the backs of Toledoans. Remember, most of the County revenues are generated in the City, it being the largest jurisdiction and population center. Yet at least two County offices spend large sums of money outside the City, and nothing inside it. In fact, these two offices spend very little in any of the cities in the County, instead spending in the townships. One is the LC Sheriff. Deputies police those parts of the County that don’t have their own police departments. Meaning the townships. With the smallest populations. Which generate very little County revenue. There is nothing to prevent the Sheriff ’s office from collaborating with other police departments which would lead to spending County money in all parts of the County. The recent joint policing of Downtown Toledo is an example. Question? Will the new Sheriff expand this idea, and spread the expenditure of County revenue throughout the County? Likewise, the LC Engineer’s office spends gobs of money on road design in the townships, but nothing in Toledo. There’s a new elected County Engineer, Mike Pniewski. He is up for election this fall. Will he work collaboratively to spend County resources across the County? To Collins’ credit, he shined a light on the transfer of wealth from the City of Toledo to the rest of Lucas County, calling out the shift of the burden of criminal justice costs to the backs of City taxpayers. It’s time to root out this burden shifting elsewhere, or at least explore the reason why the City is paying for County costs in these areas. New LC Sheriff and LC Engineer, we’re looking at you.


Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz has spoken to literally hundreds of citizens groups over the last six months. Wade explains that it took his administration the first two years of his four-year term to achieve recognized accomplishments like the regional water accord with neighboring cities, resolving a problem which has been brewing for decades. The City’s budget deficit of $3,000,000 in 2017, when Wade entered office, became a surplus of $17 million dollars last year. Past practices, to transfer funds earmarked for longterm projects or capital improvements to stanch the need for funds for short-term fixes, which was allowed by a vote of the electorate in 2009 (during the last great depression) was not necessary for 2019. There have been cost efficiencies recognized from merging City of Toledo 911 services with the County, merging the City and County building inspection departments, as well as from other reductions in spending. But all of that relatively good news, Wade explains, cannot make up for the lack of revenue that is needed in order to undertake some of Toledo’s larger and more persistent issues. To do that, the mayor is advocating a tax increase, albeit a slight one, however, an increase none the less. In 1982, the City of Toledo passed a three quarter percent income tax increase. That “temporary increase”, 38 years ago, which required periodic voter approval to continue, raised the rate on income earned in Toledo from 1.5% to 2.25%. Since then, (remember, that was Ronald Regan’s FIRST term) every three or four years, Toledo voters have ratified the 1982 increase.


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$14 million in new services $8 million for budget stabilization The general fund’s new annual $22 million revenue from a 0.5% income tax increase would be spent on: $3 million for annual police class hiring(40 officers/year) $3 million for annual fire class hiring (40 officers/year) $1.5 million for recreation — youth and park investment $1.5 million for neighborhood stabilization $5 million for universal pre-K (every 4 year old attends)


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Issue 1 will increase the income tax rate to 2.75%. Passage of Issue 1 will eliminate the three quarter percent tax that has been ratified since 1982, instead, substituting a one and one-quarter percent tax - a net increase of 0.5%. A tax rate that will run from July 1, 2020 through December 1, 2030, a 10-year time frame.

It is time that we invest in ourselves and increase the income tax, by 0.5%. This will give Toledo the opportunity, over a 10-year period, a full decade, to demonstrate what can be done. Toledo is a wonderful place to live and work, and the passage of Issue 1 will make it even more so.

Major cities around the state of Ohio, defined as those with populations in excess of 150,000 residents, places you have heard of — Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Dayton, along with Toledo — all have increased income tax ra t e s i n r e c e n t y e a rs, EXCEPT, you guessed it, Toledo.

Income tax that is generated, and more importantly, the tax per capita, is greater in every major city in Ohio, EXCEPT Toledo. Further, and perhaps most telling, the total spending per capita in Toledo is less than any other major city in Ohio.



n Issue 1, if passed, will allow the City to repave OVER 70 MILES of

streets per year., each year, for 10 years. In 2019, the City’s limited funds allowed for LESS THAN 2 MILES to be repaved. n 162,500 potholes were filled in 2019. Issue 1 will REPAVE, NOT REPAIR

$40 million per year in residential road repairs $20 million per year for police cars, fire trucks, park equipment, building repairs and the elimination of blight elimination

Toledo has the lowest income tax rate of any major city in Ohio

Columbus: 2.50%, raised in 2009 Cleveland: 2.50%, raised in 2016 Cincinnati: 2.10%, raised in 2009 Akron: 2.50%, raised in 2017 Dayton: 2.50%, raised in 2016 Toledo: 2.25%, (since 1982)

ISSUE 1 would allow

n $40 million in residential road repairs annually

n Toledo would be able to repave 70 miles of roads per year

for the next 10 years. That is over 700 miles of residential road repaving — virtually every road, street, cul-de-sac and lane in the City— in 10 years. n In 2019, Toledo spent $4 million on road repair. Issue 1 would represent a 10x increase in spending every year for a decade.

2.75% after Issue 1 passes.


n TPD and Toledo Fire & Rescue employees are paid

less than other major Ohio cities, AND less than police and fire officers in Toledo’s suburbs.


Issue 1 would grow:


n TPD by 100 officers by 2023. n 50 new police cars each year. n 3 new firetrucks per year.

14,310 pop. gain, + 2%

n Major ongoing repairs to fire stations.

n Body cameras for every uniformed officer.


83% of the City’s current Parks & Recreation budget is spent on grass mowing n Toledo spends 1/5 of what Cincinnati spends on recreation programs n Toledo spends 1/2 of what Columbus spends on recreation programs n

Issue 1 would allow for: n 6 times more investment in youth rec leagues n Keep the city pools open and improve all

125 Toledo parks.

Toledo’s kids have the lowest preparedness rating of any other major Ohio city; 81% of Toledo children, on day one of kindergarten, do not meet the minimum standards for Ohio’s Readiness Assessment. n Toledo is the only major Ohio city that does not provide Universal Pre-K for every four-year-old, n Every other major Ohio city has taxpayers pay the entire Universal Pre-K bill. However, due to private donations, that would not be the case in Toledo n

To review the ballot language of Issue 1, or to read the unabridged version of this editorial or to view the major’s explaination in a video of his State of City address, please visit toledocitypaper.com

The new annual $22 million revenue collected, along with the issuance of bonds, leveraged over 10 years, would become $600 million of investment in Toledo infrastructure, including:

Income Tax Rates in Ohio’s Major Cities



Please vote on Tuesday, March 17th. Participatory democracy is essential to assuring that all perspectives are represented and that all voices are heard. Toledo is doing well, however, we can do better. With your help, that is a certain reality.



per year total additional tax revenue

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Population figures since 2010



Cleveland 36,265 lost pop., -3%

Columbus 146,886 pop. gain, +13%

Dayton 2,822 lost pop., - 0.5%

Akron 137 gain, 0%


Collected Per Capita

$1234 Spending per capita: $1639

$1143 Spending per capita: $2098

$995 Spending per capita: $1639

$892 Spending per capita: $1601

$872 Spending per capita: $1688

$637 Spending per capita: $1190

11,916 lost, - 3% Toledo generates less income tax per capita than any other major Ohio city



Shops Stores AND

New Store

Whole Foods Market wholefoodsmarket.com

Runner-up: Buff City Soap Co.

Floral Shop

Bartz Viviano Flowers & Gifts bartzviviano.com

The Vault Antiques & Treasures


Runner-up: 2 Guys From Philly Consignments

Hoen’s Garden Center & Landscaping hoensgardencenter.com


Whiteford Greenhouse

Home/Gift Shop

Fiddle Stix Boutique & Gallery fiddlestixboutique.com

Runner-up: Handmade Toledo

Locally Owned Men’s Boutique Diamond’s Men’s Shop

Runner-up: Szar’s Mens Shop Atlas Bridal Shop atlasbridalshop.com


Optical Shop

Runner-up: La-Z-Boy


Thrift/Resale Store

Toledo Area Humane Society ReTail Shop

Optical Arts Inc.

Runner-up: Pinnacle Eye Group

Sexy Business

Pleasure 365 pleasure365.com

Runner-up: Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Runner-up: Lindsay Nicole Studio Boudoir Photography

Mall/Shopping Area

Meat/Butcher Shop

The Shops at Fallen Timbers

House of Meats

Runner-up: Franklin Park Mall

Spiritual Shop


Place to Buy a Piece of Toledo


Blue by Atlas Bridal Shop

Runner-up: Belle Amour Bridal

Furniture Galleries

St. James Shoppes


Furniture Store


Sylvania West Toledo


Bridal Shop

Appliance Center

Levis Commons

You-nique Bou-tique


One Floor & Home

Fifth Third Center

Locally Owned Women’s Boutique


Runner-up: Harms Carpet

Downtown Toledo

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Flooring Store

Carpets by Otto

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Beautiful Blooms by Jen

Runner-up: For motorsport racers, speed begets glory. But, in Toledo, prestige is more than a matter of velocity. To truly go the distance in the Glass City, you need a solid reputation, adoring fans and the votes of Toledo City Paper readers. This year’s winners have all that and more, with over 708,000 votes speeding them past the blistering competition to cross the finish line and secure their title of Best of Toledo. Ready to see who landed in victory lane? Read on. It’s lights out and away we go!

A warning to the impulse buyer who stops in at The Vault just to “browse” or “see what they have”— you almost certainly will not leave empty-handed. The remarkable selection of vintage items and fair prices are certainly some of The Vault’s trademarks, but what really put this Toledo institution over the top with voters was its rock-solid and friendly customer service. Owner Brian Oberle has a genuine passion for helping his customers find that unique item they never knew they wanted. Whether you’re buying or selling, The Vault will treat you right.

Libbey Glass Factory Outlet libbey.com

Runner-up: Jupmode

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Runner-up: Frobose Meat Locker Reger’s Church Supplies & Religious Gifts regers.com

Runner-up: Kingdom

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Liquor Store


Joseph’s Beverage Center josephsbeveragecenter.com

Thank You

Runner-up: Pauken Wine & Liquor

Retail Wine Selection

Jeffrey Mann Fine Jewelers


Runner-up: Harold Jaffe Jewelers

Joseph’s Beverage Center

for your votes Toledo!


Runner-up: Walt Churchill’s Market

Candy Store


Boyd’s Retro Candy Store

Toledo’s largest music school: n More instructors n More studios n More opportunities!


Runner-up: Christie’s Candies

& Mints

Vape Shop

Wild Bill’s Tobacco wildbillstobacco.com

Runner-up: The Crave Cave

Cigar Shop

The Cigar Affair

Since 1984, one of the first names in Toledo jewelry has been “Jeffrey,” and one of the last names has been “Mann.” Whether you’re a veteran buyer of precious keepsakes or looking for an engagement ring for the first time, Jeffrey Mann’s staff will guide you through the process with a caring and knowledgeable hand. The selection of beautiful pieces from a variety of world-class designers must be seen to be believed, and Mann guarantees the craftsmanship of every item they sell, as well as offering free lifetime cleaning. If you want to be treated like a king and have the gems to match, Jeffrey Mann is the best.


Runner-up: Third Street Cigar

Tech Repair Shop Maumee Geeks

Like us on FB!


Runner-up: Virtual PC’s

Gaming/Comic Store Replay of Toledo 3208 W Sylvania Ave, Toledo, OH 43613

419-540-0070 • ForteMusic419.com


Runner-up: Dragon’s Roost Coffee and Games


All suits on sale Suits & Tuxes starting at $99 Thousands to choose from

Calvin Klein Over 2000 Ralph Lauren ◆ Caravelli Sizes 7½-15 ◆ Michael Kors ◆ and many more! ◆


Perfect fit ◆ Perfect Service Perfect Style ◆ Perfect Price


Locations To Serve you

Cashmere blend Top Coats from $199 We fit you all regular thru Big and Tall!

Thank You

Order For voting us Online At Toledo’s Best Pizza




3 Piece Suit


Available in black, light grey, navy, midnight blue & grey Thank You Toledo


1564 Spring Meadows Dr. • Holland February 26 • March 10

For Voting Us Best Men’s Boutique



February 26 • March 10





Hoen’s Garden Center and Landscaping hoensgardencenter.com


Shorty’s BBQ


Runner-up: Michael’s Gourmet Catering

Cleaning Service

Molly Maid of NW Ohio

Andy Handyman Services

Home Builder/Remodeling Dunright Building Services

Details by Sino

Runner-up: We’ll Frame It


Dry Cleaner

Runner-up: Jackman Laskey Car Wash

Lasalle Cleaners lasallecleaners.com

Runner-up: Twin Oaks

Heating & Air Service

Runner-up: Love is Greater Photography



Wedding DJ

Best Laundromat

Place to Buy a Car




Wedding Venue


Runner-up: Handy



Runner-up: Carissa’s Green Cleaning Service, LLC




Jena Knott Photography

Runner-up: A & J Landscape Blair Johnson (BMJ Enterprises)

Wedding Photographer/ Videographer


Professional Framing Service

Sew N Such


M&M Heating and Cooling Inc.

Runner-up: Wojo’s

Runner-up: Szar’s Mens Shop

DJ T.O. (DeeJay to Music)

Super Suds

Runner-up: DJ One Tyme

Yark Automotive

Runner-up: Duds N Suds Dryclean & Laundry

Toledo Zoo

Marina/Boat Club


Runner-up: The Stables


Junk Removal Service

Runner-up: Tri County Tire

Romantic Getaway

130 Oakdale Ave., 419-243-3796

Car Wash



Runner-up: Mavillino

Custom Homes

A+ Junk

Runner-up: Jeff’s Hauling & Cleanup

Exterminator/ Pest Control Company

Runner-up: Dave White Chevrolet

Place to Buy Tires

@ Wheeler Farms


Belamere Suites

Russ’s Auto Wash

Runner-up: Mill House


Runner-up: Expresso Car Wash

Bed & Breakfast, Grand Rapids

Limo Service

Event Planner



Frame’s Pest Control

Childers Limousine Service

Runner-up: DelRoy

Runner-up: Team Johnson Limo


Toledo Sailing Club


Bee For The Day

Look, everyone wants a clean and beautiful car, but no one wants to make it clean and beautiful. So why not give a call to Sino? From a basic wash and waxing to the deepest of deep cleans, Chris “Sino” Ellerson offers high quality detailing at an affordable price. Want a more long-lasting solution? Spring for a full ceramic coating and you’ll never have to wax your vehicle again. Sino will get your car looking like it just came off the showroom floor.

Runner-up: Your Perfect Day

Runner-up: Toledo Yacht Club

Pet Adoption Service

Toledo Area Humane Society toledohumane.org

Runner-up: Lucas County Pit Crew

Pet Grooming

Grateful Pet Grooming


Runner-up: Sheri May Meyers Pet Styling Salon

1st place Best Brewing Co. 2019

Board Certified

Christopher B. Perry, D.O.

Board Certified Christopher B. Perry, D.O. Specializing in Allergy, Nasal and Sinus Disorders

Specializing in Allergy, Nasal and Sinus Disorders




201 MO R R I S S T.


Tim Tinderman, John Johnson, Bob Manley & Clark Brooks band together to become Organic Ingredients! For an eclectic night of music in The Warehouse of MBBCo.

419 . 2 43.1302 27 BROADWAY | TO LE D O O H


Join us every Wednesday from 6:30-10pm for live music with no cover charge, various pub menu items, and of course, your favorite Maumee Bay brews & cocktails!

7 time winner BestTOLEDO ENT doctor THANK YOU For voting us the best ENT Doctors seven years in a row!


Call for an Initial Consultation

5800 Park Center Court, Suite C Toledo, OH 43615 www.Toledo Rhinoplasty.com


(419) 469-5770

(419) 469-5770

5800 Park Center Court, Suite C Toledo, Ohio 43615


February 26 • March 10


Pet Day Care/Boarding

Karnik Pet Lodge of Toledo karnik.us

Runner-up: Rover Come Over

Tattoo Artist

Theresa Alvarado, 4 Nineteen Ink



Runner-up: Leo Olivarez, Brass Monkey


Best Piercer

Janet Amid

Runner-up: Medium Sirena La Point

Tattoo Shop/Studio Needle Masters needlemasters.com

Piercings by Caitlin, 4 Nineteen Ink


Runner-up: Whitey Stachowiak, Needle Masters North

Runner-up: 4 Nineteen Ink CONTINUED ON P.14

4,884 people in the 43560 ZIP code voted.

Thank YOU Toledo!

Providing Physical Therapy In Toledo, Sylvania, Maumee, Swanton, Oak Harbor & Perrysburg To Help You Live A Pain-Free Life. FEEL BETTER QUICKLY AND NATURALLY WITH ONE-ON-ONE INDIVIDUALIZED TREATMENT

THANK YOU! BEST OF TOLEDO 10 YEARS IN A ROW! Frankel Dentistry TOLEDO: 5012 Talmadge Road 419.474.9611 MAUMEE: 4359 Keystone Drive 419.893.0221 jonfrankeldentistry.com


February 26 • March 10





Frame Chiropractic and Acupuncture


Mickey Frame, getwelltoledo.com

Runner-up: Carl Wheeler, Wheeler Orthodontics

Runner-up: Tamara TCM

Acupuncture and Herbs



Dr. Christy Lorton,

Dermatology Associates

Dr. Shawn Brohl,

Spring Meadows Chiropractic



Runner-up: Innate Health Chiropractic

Runner-up: Dr. Matthew Molenda, Bravia Dermatology



Great Lakes Audiology

Bravia Dermatology

Dr. Matthew Molenda,

Dr. Clint Keifer,



Runner-up: Dr. John Reno, Toledo Clinic

Runner-up: Sarah Stierman MD, Dermatology Associates



Frankel Dentistry

evolv Medical Aesthetics

Julie David,

Dr. Jon Frankel,



HLS Orthodontics



Runner-up: Katlyn Calandra

Runner-up: Drs. Howard, Nicholas and Baburek


Established 2000

Best Tattoo Shop in Toledo

THANK YOU to our Clients for voting us

on our

20 th Anniversary!

Needle Masters South 527 S. Reynolds Road  419-531-4652 

Needle Masters North 5801 Telegraph Road, Suite 10  419-476-9015  /Needle Masters Tattoo Studios


February 26 • March 10

@NeedleMasters www.toledocitypaper.com

Find Us, Follow Us

Russel Peters Mar. 6-7th

Text FATBONE to 31279 to become a VIP!


David Koechner Mar. 13-15th

Corey Holcomb Mar. 20-22nd

Deon Cole

Mar. 20-21st

Tommy Davidson Apr. 10-11th

Fat Fish Blue Home of the FunnyBone! Located in Levis Commons (near the Clock Tower) 6140 Levis Commons Blvd • Perrysburg, OH 43551 • 419.931.3474 • toledofunnybone.com


February 26 • March 10



Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor


Insurance Agent

Toledo Clinic

VCA SylvaniaVet

Evolve Insurance Consultants

Dr. Christopher Perry, toledoclinic.com

Thank You Toledo for Voting us #1 Audiologist Don’t just live life...


again !




Eye Care Professional






Dr. Preston Linley, promedia.org

Runner-up: Pinnacle Eye Group

Plastic Surgeon

Plastic Surgeons

Drug Rehab Treatment Facility Zepf Center zepfcenter.org

#1 Audiologist

Runner-up: Fifth Third

Credit Union

Seneca Weirich Harden

Runner-up: Glass City

Mobile Bonds

Financial Planning Firm

Runner-up: Tina Butts, A-1 Bail Bonds


Ad Agency

Federal Credit Union

Savage & Associates

Runner-up: Edward Jones

Runner-up: RE/MAX

Behavioral Health


Bail Bonds


Therapist/Counselor Runner-up: Harbor

Bruce Boerst

Directions Credit Union

Runner-up: Arrowhead Behavioral


Clint Keifer, Au.D.


Real Estate Office

The Willow Center

3780 King Rd., #2C, • Toledo • 419-EAR-CARE (327-2273)


Runner-up: Jackelyn Lee, Liberty Mutual

Runner-up: Arrowhead

• Personalized Approach • Comprehensive Ear Care • Gentle Earwax Removal • Skilled at Maximizing Hearing Aid Benefit • Tinnitus Care


Runner-up: West Toledo Animal Hospital




Carl Welch,

Runner-up: Dr. Vincent Toma, ENT Physicians Inc.

evolv Medical Aesthetics


Dr. Bob Esplin,

The Danberry Co., Realtors danberry.com

Preferred Associates

Sarah Stuart mobilebondsllc.com

Hanson Inc. hansoninc.com

Runner-up: Cooper-Smith

Web Design/Developer

J Woods Digital Marketing jwoodsdigitalmarketing.com

Runner-up: Madhouse CONTINUED ON P.18

2,492 people in the 43537 ZIP code voted.

February 26 • March 10


10 years in a row!

HealthFoodsbyClaudia.com Like us on Facebook!





Premiere Catering Heatherdowns Blvd. MUSIC | FOOD | FUN | SWAG

For more information

call 419.244.9859 PURCHASE TIX AT



February 26 • March 10



Beauty/ Health Wellness


Women’s Salon

Soto Signature Salon and Spa sotosalonspa.com

Runner-up: Rêvé Salon and Spa

Men’s Barber Shop

Lady Jane’s Haircuts for Men ladyjanes.com

At Directions Credit Union, you can be anywhere and everywhere. With the technology to bank your way, every day. Across devices. Across accounts. With mobile deposits and payments. Text alerts and transfers. With everything you need to direct your most brilliant life. Become a member today. And choose your own direction.

Runner-up: The Barber Lounge

Day Spa

Serenity Health & Wellness serenitywellness1.com

Runner-up: Soto Signature Salon and Spa

Medi Spa

Ada Aesthetics adaaesthetics.com


Runner-up: evolv Medical Aesthetics Join now at directionscu.org


Hair Stylist

Abby Goldsmith,

The Salon Uptown

facebook.com/TheSalonUptown Making Dreams come true since 1927!

Runner-up: Ashley Braatz, Studio 101

Nail Salon

Jonathan Khoi Nail Spa jknailspa.com

Runner-up: Sandals Nail Spa

Beauty School

Summit Salon Academy


Runner-up: Paul Mitchell the School Toledo

do’s Best Bridal Shop Tole of 2019

Thank You Toledo

Blue by Atlas Bridal - Runner-Up as Best Locally Owned Women’s Boutque


4895 Monroe Street, Toledo, Ohio 419.474.9119 | ww.atlasbridalshop.com




FOR APPOINTMENTS CALL 419-882-5510 or www.janetamid.com


$5 off

In-Office 30-60 . Minute Reading Exp. 08-01-2020


February 26 • March 10

Join Us!

Psychic/Astrologer 5600 Monroe St Bldg B, Ste 206 Sylvania, Ohio 43560



Makeup Artist Jess Sparks

Ada Aesthetics


Runner-up: Jordan Briones, Bless the Blend

Runner-up: Amy Hudik,

Massage Therapist


evolv Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics

Locally Owned Since 1997

Joani Donovan,

3D Wellness


Runner-up: Back to

Basics Massage Therapy

Holistic Health Center

Serenity Health and Wellness serenitywellness1.com

Runner-up: Lava Wellness Spa

Boutique Fitness Studio/Classes

Spring Meadows Chiropractic team is excited to show you the type of care that will not only get you out of pain, but change your life. With changing healthcare and lifestyles, it’s more important than ever to get yourself out of pain and then start down a journey of true health!

TrvFit Perrysburg

TAS Electronics


Runner-up: Redline Circuit Training


g Valley Dr.

valley Spring s Shop ing Shopp Center

Over the years, so many Toledoans have grown to trust Jarrod Del Vecchio’s expertise that he’s garnered the simple nickname “The Skin Care Guy.” From his days attending the Toledo Academy of Beauty to earning accreditation as an aesthetician, Del Vecchio’s treatment and advice have become a staple of Glass City residents who want to look and feel great, right down to their pores.

McCord Rd.

Dermatology Associates

We Are Here!

Airport Hwy.

McCord Rd.

Jarrod Del Vecchio

Guitar Center

Centers Dr.

Dr. Shawn Brohl, D.C, C.C.S.P.

Thank youToledo!



To 475 Airport Hwy.

Off of 475, Exit 8

6823 Spring Valley Dr. | Holland, Ohio 43528 | 419-866-6325 CONTINUED ON P.20

Thank you Toledo!

Look your best with


Book your appointment today & see why Soto has been voted Best Women’s Salon

Best Women’s Salon & Runner-Up for Day Spa


(419) 872-5555 • sotosalonspa.com 580 Craig Dr #6, Perrysburg, OH 43551

Thank You Toledo /masonjartapandgrill

Weekend Specials!

8504 Secor Rd, Lambertville, MI 48144 • (734) 854-8737 www.toledocitypaper.com

Advanced Cosmetology, Esthetics & Nail Technology Courses

Best Beauty School

116 W. South Boundary St. • Perrysburg, OH



February 26 • March 10




Essence Mind Body Studio essancembs.com


Runner-up: Hot Room Toledo

Gym/Athletic Club

TruvFit Perrysburg trufitstudio.com

Runner-up: LB’s Circuit Training

Personal Trainer

Lindsay Bowman,

LB’s Circuit Training lbs419.com

Runner-up: Matt Temby, TrvFit

Thank You Toledo For Voting Us Best Of Toledo

Physical Therapy

PT Link Physical Therapy ptlinktherapy.com

Runner-up: Wildwood (ProMedica)

Out of 161,973 registered voters, only 9,301 ballots were cast in Toledo’s 2019 September Primary Election.

Limousines Sedans Vans Charter Buses Limousine Buses Handicap Buses Airport Transportation Casino Transportation Large Event Coordinating

Phone 419-535-7019 Fax 419-866-7044 5825 Angola Road, Toledo • ChildersTransportation.com

If you want to get your stretch on, Diana Spiess and her dedicated staff at Essence will have a way for you to do it. Beginners to experts, gentle or hot, even prenatal for expectant mothers, Essence offers such a remarkable variety of classes it’s no wonder that City Paper readers have made them repeat winners of this award. Spiess has nearly three decades of experience working in the fitness and wellness industry, and her passion for what she does is palpable in every class she teaches at the studio she owns.

In the Lucas County 2019 November General Election, only 56,389 ballots were cast out of 287,509 registered voters. In the Toledo City Paper’s 2019 Best of Toledo voting, we received 708,664 votes from 53,357 people. CONTINUED ON P.22

Thank You Toledo

For Voting Us Runner-up Neigborhood Bar!

Follow us on

3515 W. Alexis Rd. Toledo | 419-690-4280 | Kitchen open till 12am on Weekends


February 26 • March 10



February 26 • March 10




Like Us On FB

Thank You Toledo! For Another Great Year

Natural Food Store

Ethnic Grocery

Sofo’s Italian Foods shopsofos.com

Runner-up: Tiger Bakery

Local Grocery

Walt Churchill’s Market waltchurchillsmarket.com

Runner-up: Sautter’s

for voting us:


Mayberry Diner mayberrydiners.com

1 st Place Winner!

BEST LGBTQ Bar BEST Karaoke Night 1205 Adams St. Toledo, Ohio | 419-842-4477


Runner-up: Schmucker’s

Health Foods by Claudia

Coffee Shop

Maddie & Bella


Runner-up: Whole Foods Market


In Toledo, you need more than just a big name to convince health-conscious locals that you have their best interest in mind. You need to be like Claudia David-Roscoe, the much-admired owner of Health Foods by Claudia, who has demonstrated her passion and wisdom since first opening her full-service health food store in 1990. Today, Toledoans continue to know and trust Claudia as the queen of clean, sustainable and healthy living, so it’s only natural that City Paper readers prove her royal title to be true year after year.

Runner-up: SIP


Holey Toledough holeytoledough.com

Runner-up: Wixey Bakery


Original Gino’s Pizza originalginos.com

Runner-up: Village Idiot



lace r 1st P hood Ba r o b h Neig

1st Place for Music Venue



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February 26 • March 10

2nd Place for Pizza 309 Conant St. Maumee OH 419.893.7281 www.toledocitypaper.com

Burger Joint



Shorty’s True American Roadhouse


Runner-up: Mason Jar Tap & Grill



Indian Restaurant



Real Seafood Co.

Runner-up: Deet’s BBQ Tandoor


Mancy’s Bluewater Grille

Hot Dogs Rudy’s

Runner-up: Star of India

Italian Restaurant

Runner-up: Tony Packo’s



Runner-up: Grape Leaf

Mexican Restaurant Te’kela


Runner-up: San Marcos

Asian Restaurant

Rosie’s Italian Grille

Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse

Runner-up: Inky’s

Runner-up: QQ Kitchen



Mediterranean Restaurant



Mancy’s Steakhouse mancys.com/steakhouse CONTINUED ON P.26

Runner-up: Benchmark An Ancient Dance.... A Contemporary Vision A New Year, a New Decade, a New You!

Classes begin March 16, 2020

Bring a friend and each gets a $5 credit

$65 for a 6 week session


Located at the Martin School | Holland - Sylvania at Hill Ave.

No prior dance training needed, all ages, shapes and sizes welcome!




946 W. SYLVANIA 419.478.7095 | 7170 ORCHARD CENTRE DR. 419.867.0321 3208 W. ALEXIS RD 419.471.9159 | 4747 GLENDALE AVE 419.382.2210 6069 N. SUMMIT ST 419.729.5781 | 4748 MONROE STREET 419.472.4813

Serving Our Original Hotdog And Our www.toledocitypaper.com


February 26 • March 10




February 26 • March 10



February 26 • March 10




Local TV Station



13abc WTVG

13abc WTVG

Jay Berschback,

Runner-up: WTOL 11

Best Anchor Duo Lee Conklin & Diane Larson

13abc WTVG




Robert Sheils, WTOL 11

Radio Station


Sashem Brey & Jeff Smith, 13abc WTVG



Lyn and Cliff

Jordan Strack,


92.5 KISS FM

Radio Show K100





Joe Nugent, 13abc WTVG

LIBBEY FACTORY OUTLET 205 S. Erie Street Toledo, OH 43604




for voting us the best place to Buy a Piece of Toledo


The Denny Schaffer Show, WRQN 93.5

Local Podcast Eric Chase




Rebecca Regnier rebeccaregnier.com

Runner-up: Mary Bilyeu, The Blade

Rebecca Regnier is an award-winning journalist, but most know her for her diet humor videos and blogs, which have been featured everywhere from Oprah.com to Shape! Most recently, in 2018, Regnier also launched her paranormal mystery series, Widow’s Bay, lauded as a witty mix of True Blood and Desperate Housewives. TCP Readers can’t wait to see what’s next for this Toledo-based journalist, television host, humor columnist, and author.

Girls Girls Podcast

2019 Mon-Sat 9am-10pm | Sun 10am-6pm



Shaken, THANK YOU stirred TOLEDO (AGAIN) and served 4129 Talmadge Rd, Toledo since the ‘60s (419) 841-3000

Thank You Toledo


1050 S. Reynolds Rd. Toledo, OH 43615 | Call Us: 419-382-1600


Best Liquor Store Best Retail Wine Selection

February 26 • March 10




Art Classes

Toledo Museum of Art


Visual Artist

(Painting & Drawing) Art by Mingo, Domingo Herrera See “Art by Mingo” on Facebook

Runner-up: Chris Rodriguez

Visual Artist

(Glass, Sculpture & Installation)

Positive Image Dance Studio danceatpids.wixsite.com/positiveimage

Runner-up: Company C Dance Club




Local Theater Group

Trumbull Photography

Toledo Repertoire Theatre

Independent Gallery

Runner-up: Actors




Runner-up: Shawn’s Irish Tavern

Runner-up: Earnest Brew Works

College Bar



Runner-up: Mojo’s and Legends

Runner-up: The Stubborn

Runner-up: Whisky & The Wolf


Georgjz419 Fun Food & Spirits

Tin Can


Runner-up: Shawn’s Irish Tavern

Brother Pizza Bar


Jeff’s Hauling & Cleanup Area since 1999

Serving the Toledo

Storm Cleanup • Vacant Properties • Rental Trashouts Business/Warehouses • Garages • Basements Attics Garage/Rummage Sale Leftovers • And More!


Collaborative Toledo

Local Actor/Performer

Place to Buy Local Art

Runner-up: Dylan Coale

of Art Gift Shop

The Blarney


Maumee Bay Brewing Co.


Runner-up: Fuller Art House

Runner-up: Toledo Museum

Irish Bar

Laurence St. John

Runner-up: Rebecca



Sports Bar

Bellwether at Toledo Spirits

Runner-up: Rebecca Regnier

Handmade Toledo

Runner-up: Benfield Winery

Mon Ami Winery

New Bar

Josh Nagel

Lindsay Nicole Studio


Runner-up: Levi & Lilac’s


Local Author/Writer

Fire Nation Glass


Dance Classes

Runner-up: Art by Mingo



Whiskey Room

Runner-up: Ellen Dziubek

Art Photographer


Inside the Five

Runner-up: Board & Brush Sylvania

Copper Moon Studio coppermstudio.com

Neighborhood Bar

Chris Stack


Corey W. King


Toledo’s Junk Removal Experts

(419) 508-3782 CALL TODAY! GIVE US A

Runner-up: Kool Keith

MAUMEE 4413 Keystone Dr. Maumee, OH 43537 419.887.1247

LAMBERTVILLE 7928 Secor Rd. • P.O. Box 860 Lambertville, MI 48144 734.854.6221

S Y LVA N I A 6407 Monroe St. Sylvania, OH 43560 419.882.1017


www.perfectbraces.com www.toledocitypaper.com

February 26 • March 10






MUSIC Band (covers)

The Skittle Bots

Abbigale Rose

Runner-up: Grizzly Grits

Runner-up: Natasha Salazar


Band (originals)

Amelia Airharts




Runner-up: Oliver Hazard

Blues/Jazz Artist Abbigale Rose


Runner-up: Hector Mendoza


DJ T.O. (DeeJay to Music) deejaytomusic.com

Runner-up: DJ One Tyme

Hip Hop Artist

facebook.com/abbigaleroseofficial With her slender glasses and curly hair, at first glance, you might get the impression that Abbigale Rose is a wispy, mellow performer. Don’t believe it for a second. Rose’s voice is one of the most powerful and hard-rocking sounds in the Glass City’s musical arsenal, whether it’s a solo gig or if she’s playing with notable bands like Detroit’s Moose and Da Sharks. Seriously, if Abbigale is playing nearby, you owe it to yourself to head out and see her. Just hold on tight or her voice will blow you out the back of the club.

Music Venue

Village Idiot


Runner-up: Centennial Terrace

Record Store

She Speaks

Culture Clash


Runner-up: Tony Patrón

Karaoke Night

Georgjz419 Fun, Food, & Spirits facebook.com/GeorgjzToledo

Runner-up: Bier Stube


Runner-up: Allied Records Exchange

Music Lessons

Forte Music School fortemusicandarts.com

Runner-up: Durdell’s Music



SUCH seamstress / tailor 2018

Premiere Catering Heatherdowns Blvd. MUSIC | FOOD | FUN | SWAG






For more information


We Also Do


Shorten Curtains & Drapes Replace & Fix Jacket Zippers Hem Slacks & Jeans Sew on Patches-Scouts to Military & Leather

Mending New Coat Linings Repair Furs Make Cushions and Pillows

1242 West Sylvania Ave, Toledo, OH | 419-478-5455 28

February 26 • March 10


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your entire purchase in our Swanton location Exp. 3-14-2020

Runner up for Best Drug Rehab Treatment Facility

117 North Main St. | Swanton, Oh | (419) 464-8545 www.facebook.com/YouBou.Biz




419-873-6961 adaaestheics.com www.toledocitypaper.com

February 26 • March 10




Amanda Lyons toledofirerescue.com

Almost seven years ago, Amanda Lyons left her social work career to join the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department as a firefighter. “I’ve always had an interest in bringing people up and solving problems and assisting them,” says Lyons, adding that her work as a firefighter feels like “a more interesting and dynamic way to help people.” Today, Lyons loves her job and is passionate about serving Toledo— and Toledo feels the love, voting for her as the best. “I love being a firefighter because you have no idea what you’re going to get into on any given day… but what I love most is the comradery around the station house. We all have a passion for this job. You can’t be successful if you aren’t passionate about it. You’ve got to be willing to give 100% and adapt and work with your crew.”


Runner-up: Chris Hartford

Country Club/Private Club

House of Worship



Brandywine Country Club

Runner-up: Sylvania Country Club

Best Neighborhood

Institution We’re Proud Of




Toledo Zoo

St. Joseph Maumee

Runner-up: CedarCreek


Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur kaptur.house.gov

Runner-up: Toledo Museum

Runner-up: Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz


Runner-up: Perrysburg

Place to Show Off Toledo to Out-of-Towners

Nonprofit Event


Runner-up: Perrysburg

Suburban Downtown Sylvania




Runner-up: Acoustics

of Art

Toledo Zoo

Runner-up: Toledo Museum

of Art

for Autism

High School



German-American Festival germanamericanfestival.net

Runner-up: MacQueens

Sylvania Southview

Runner-up: Notre Dame Academy

Apple Butter Festival

Private School



Toledo Area Humane Society toledohumane.org

Runner-up: Nature’s Nursery


University of Toledo utoledo.edu

Runner-up: Lourdes

St. Francis de Sales

Runner-up: St. John’s Jesuit

Vocational School/ Community College

UAW Local 12 uawlocal12.org

Runner-up: Toledo Federation of Teachers

Police Officer

Lt. Kevan Toney toledopolice.com

Runner-up: Andre Antoine

Best Dressed Man

Jason Mercurio Red Line Circuit Training redlinecircuittraining.com


Tyler Urbanski, Titus & Urbanski Inc.

Best Dressed Woman

Owens Community College

Laura Edgell Red Line Circuit Training

Runner-up: Penta Career

Runner-up: Kelly Latz, Howard Hanna

owens.edu Center



4,377 people in the 43551 ZIP code voted. 30

February 26 • March 10


Thank You TOLEDO! 2 nd Place

Antique Store


Thank you for voting us Best Framing Service once again! • • • • • • •

Locally owned & operated Picture framing/matting Memorabilia /shadowbox Photos Prints Original paintings So much more, Like us possibilities endless on FB!

328 W. Dussel Dr. Maumee, OH | 419-897-0591 | www.wellframeit.com

Check out all of the past winners at toledocitypaper.com

for your votes, Toledo! FIRST PL ACE

Best place to take art classes RUNNER UP



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Place to buy local art Institution we’re proud of Best place to show off Toledo to out-of-towners February 26 • March 10


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Culinary Events Sunday 3.1

Last Day of Restaurant Week Toledo Throughout Toledo

This is the last day to enjoy delicious meals at special prices from more than 35 of the Glass City’s best locally-owned restaurants while supporting Leadership Toledo’s tuition-free youth programs. Restaurantweektoledo.com

Monday, 3.2

Wine Dinner with Winemaker Massimo Piccin Souk Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar

Join for a five-course dinner with an Italian winemaker (and friend of Chef Moussa), Massimo Piccin. Reservations required. $65 per person +tax/tip. 6:30-9:30pm. 139 S. Huron. 567-777-7685. soukkitchenbar.com

Thursday 3.5

Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant Perfect Pairings Dinner The Chop House Toledo

Enjoy an incredible lineup of French wine paired perfectly with the culinary creations of Chef Tim Childers. Reservations required. $125 per person +tax/tip. 6:30pm. 300 N. Summit St., 888-456-3463. Toledochophouse.com

Chateau Grand Traverse Wine Dinner Real Seafood Company Toledo A five-course dinner featuring selections from Chateau Grand Traverse, a world-class, family-owned winery located in Traverse City, Michigan. Reservations required. $75.95 per person +tax/tip. 6pm. 888-456-3463. realseafoodcotoledo.com

Tastings Wednesdays

Irish Whiskey, Beer & Wine Dinner Schedel Arboretum & Gardens

Sip, Shop & Save Sofo’s Italian Market

Enjoy beer and wine paired with Irish foods, led by personal chef Jennifer Schuerman. $30.90 6:30-8pm. 19255 W. Portage River S. Rd. 419-862-3182. Schedel-gardens.org

Get a taste and see what’s on sale! Prices vary. 5-7pm. 5400 Monroe St. 419-882-8555. Shopsofos.com


Saturday, 3.7

Wine Tasting Joseph’s Beverage Center

Wine Around the World Knotty Vines Farm & Winery

Experience a five-course meal from different parts of the world, with each course paired with one of Knotty Vines’ Wines. $45. 5pm. 2920 County Rd. 19, Wauseon. 419-446-9463. knottyvineswinery.com

Sunday Brunch & Buffet Club 300

Enjoy a brunch buffet with beef, chicken, fish, fried corn, greens, mac & cheese and more. $16. Noon-5pm. 3304 Collingwood Blvd. 419-244-0620. eventful.com

Irish Dinner & Music Capers Restaurant & Bar

Featuring traditional Irish music ensemble, Toraigh, along with a choice of Jigs Dinner, Beef Stew, or Mac & Cheese. $30. 4-8pm. Caper’s Pizza Bar, 2038 S Byrne Rd. 419-389-9900. Caperstoledo.com

Tuesday, 3.10

Enjoy a decadent five-course dinner from Chef Eric Kish, and a special dessert created by co-owner (and Pastry Chef) Betsy Barone, paired with selections from Rombauer Vineyards. Reservations required. $75 per person +tax/tip. 606 N. McCord Rd., 419-866-5007. rosiesitaliangrille.com

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Come meet local roaster, Aaron Bremmer from Rubato Coffee Lab, and sample some sumptuous roasts. 10am-Noon. 120 Louisiana Ave. 567-336-6115. thebardscoffee.com Free

Pour into a new brew every week. 5-7pm. 4129 Talmadge Rd., 419-472-1421. Josephswinestoretoledooh.com

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Sunday 3.8

Rombauer Wine Dinner Rosie’s Italian Grille

Enjoy a new selection of great wines every week. 6-8pm. 4129 Talmadge Rd., 419-472-1421. Josephswinestoretoledooh.com

Craft Beer Tasting Bottle Shop at Mancy’s Italian

Try a craft beer during this weekly tasting. 5:30-7:30pm. 5453 Monroe St., 419-824-2463. mancys.com/#bottleshop


Dollar Sample Saturdays Bottle Shop at Mancy’s Italian

There’s something new to try every week. 2-6pm. 5453 Monroe St., 419-824-2463. mancys.com/#bottleshop

Saturday, 2.29

Leap Year Tap Takeover Six Fifths Distilling

All taps will be taken over by the beers and meads of the Funky Turtle Brewery Company. 3-11pm. 120 W S. Boundary, Perrysburg. 567-336-6057. sixfifthsdistilling.com

Who doesn’t love a “Hearty Burgundy,” especially when we’re still stuck inside by the fire? Prices vary. 2-6pm. 3320 Briarfield Blvd., 419-794-4000. waltchurchillsmarket.com

Thursday, 3.5

Urban Artifact Tap Takeover The Casual Pint

Try the deliciously different and tart beers of Urban Artifact Craft Brewery. 5pm. 3550 Executive Parkway. 419-469-8965. toledo.thecasualpint.com

Saturday, 3.7

Exchange Club of Toledo Wine Tasting Oliver House Nosh on some tasty hors d’oeuvres and sip samples from a “wall of wine” at this event to benefit area scholarship programs. $50. 7-9:30pm. 27 Broadway St. 419-535-3232. nationalexchangeclub.org

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Bavarian treats at Oliver House

Hamburger Mary’s

The Toledo branch of one of the world’s oldest culinary organizations presents an evening of traditional eats at the Oliver House. The Bailliage de Toledo of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs will host Bavarian Beer Flights and Dinner, with classic European cuisine paired with Maumee Bay brews. A selection of red and white wines will be available as well. $85 for members, $95 for guests. 6-9pm. Saturday, February 29. Maumee Bay Brewing Company, 27 Broadway St. 419-243-1302. Mbaybrew.com

We found the beef By Athena Cocoves

Some people claim to read Playboy for the articles. Others say they visit Hooters for the wings. We didn’t go to Hamburger Mary’s— Toledo’s new bar for burgers and drag queens— for the food, but we are glad we visited them.

A sweet happily ever after

You won’t find any magic beans at the Children’s Theatre Workshop’s 9th Annual Cupcake Showdown— just plenty of delicious cakes crafted by some of the area’s most talented bakers. Contestants in the Showdown will compete for top honors such as Best Themed Cupcake or Best Themed Display. Attendees can sample up to ten “cupcake punches” on their admission card. Vote for the People’s Choice prize! $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. 2-4:30pm. Sunday, March 1. Gesu’s Charles E Sullivan Center, 2049 Parkside Blvd. 419-244-5061. ctwtoledo.org

Big, bad and purple

Hamburger Mary’s opened in late November in the corner of The Docks, which once held Cousino’s Navy Bistro, Pier 7, and Forresters, among others. But the five owners— Lorrie and Steve Ricker, Joe Jones, Kevin Grames, and Ralph Clark— did more than slap a fresh coat of vibrant purple paint on the building. The interior is adorned with colorful murals, paintings of the drag-themed franchise’s mascot, “Mary,” and a flashy, purple sequined stage. The place is ripe for photo ops, and the bustling Thursday night crowd (which included the largest bachelorette party we’ve ever seen) took full advantage, raucously posing for snapshots.

Drinks and a side of entertainment

The restaurant’s first impressions include a quaint lounge on the left and a giant wrap-around bar. Mary’s bar boasts a huge variety — including Toledo Spirits selections and a (sharable) 60oz hollowed-out commemorative fishnet leg that can be filled with booze. The cocktail menu is as playful as the restaurant, with “Marytinis” and “Special Tease Cocktails”. Our orders— the Hurricane Mary and the ‘Total Top” Rita— while not “classic cocktails,” were creative concoctions typically found on college campuses and at bachelorette parties -- sweet, easily chugged and packing a punch. Order one. Or two. Or more. And bring a designated driver, as we did. The entertainment— Hamburger Mary’s most notable attraction— is comprised of local queens gracing the stage five nights a week. The Lady Porcelain offers Trivia Night at 7pm on Wednesdays. Ember Holiday Monroe— who kept our table laughing all night— entertains crowds with Name That Tune at 7pm Thursdays. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday nights, at 6pm, 8pm and 9pm, a roster of Toledo Queens take the stage for drag shows. The new drag brunches, on Sunday mornings at 11am and 1pm, give patrons a new reason to rise and shine.

Fare(ly) appealling

Hamburger Mary’s menu is succinct and clever, with burgers as the primary focus. Still, the eatery’s limited menu also showcases a selection of sandwiches, salads, and “special tease” entrees (like the chicken and waffles). Typical


bar-fare “appeteasers,” such as fried pickles, and”love me (chicken) tenders,” include a shockingly rich and creamy homemade mac-n-cheese. While we were tempted by the sandwiches— the turkey, bacon, lettuce and avocado “Bird of Paradise” caught the eye — we stuck with Mary’s namesake: “big and juicy Mary Burgers.” The menu highlights nine specialty styles, all with witty names. Patrons can choose between four protein options— fresh Angus beef, grilled chicken breast, the plant-based Beyond Burger, and a house-made black bean veggie patty. The Proud Mary— two Angus patties topped with grilled onions, bacon, mushrooms, cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, and Mary’s special sauce (a blend that will be familiar to fans of the Big Mac)— was juicy and decadent, even when served sans bun to please the calorically-conservative diner in our group. Experimenting with protein options, we moved beyond the Angus with two selections. The Queen Mary, served with a juicy grilled chicken breast, proved a smart option, though likely not such a “healthy choice,” as suggested by the menu. Our oddest selection was the Beyond Burger-styled (vegetarian) Barbarella-Que, topped with thick bacon (what a confluence— vegetarian and bacon), onion strings, jack and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, pickles, Mary Sauce and bacon. Our server smartly checked to make sure we did, indeed, want the bacon on the plant-based patty. We did, and the combo was delicious. Overall, Hamburger Mary’s fare was tasty “Good enough” feels like an understatement, though it’s unlikely we would order take-out. We didn’t have any specific complaints, but we also didn’t have any specifically brag-worthy bites— besides the deep-fried Twinkies (a dream come true). The food was better than expected and what we needed to maintain stamina for Mary’s real attractions— entertainment and strong drinks. We were impressed by Hamburger Mary’s local love and Toledo spirit. It’s a destination restaurant, but since the next closest location is in Chicago, we expect it to continue to blossom. Mary will enjoy one hot and proud summer at The Docks. Hamburger Mary’s 26 Main St., 419-205-9393. Hamburgermarys.com 11am-11pm, Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday. 11am1am, Friday-Saturday.

A Jones for great wine

Andrew Jones is more than just a winemaker— he’s a traveling grandmaster of grapes. Working as a vine nursery fieldman in California, Jones has cultivated relationships with growers throughout the area, gaining an eye for small, underappreciated vineyards, using those crops to create his highly coveted Field Recording wines. Meet Jones, learn more about his philosophy, and sample four different wines, during Registry Bistro’s Strolling Wine Dinner. $40. 6pm-9pm. Wednesday, March 11. Registry Bistro, 144 N Superior St. 419-725-0444. registrybistro.com

Kentucky’s finest export comes to Hollywood

Sample some of the best beverages matured in charred oak barrels at the Hollywood Bourbon Trail inside Toledo’s Hollywood Casino with interesting takes on classic American drinks. Attendees can purchase official merchandise from Maker’s Mark while trying all the varieties. $8. 5-10pm. Saturday, February 29. Hollywood Casino, 1968 Miami St. 419-661-5200. Hollywoodcasino.com —JM

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THEATER Who will go to the Big House?

All right, listen up here, see? There’s been a murder, and it ain’t pretty! The suspects will be rounded up and it’ll be up to YOU to finger the killer, see? There’ll be an Italianstyle buffet dinner and cash bar— shhh, don’t tell the coppers! This whole shindig is Prohibition Era-themed, so grab your best lookin’ gangster or dame, dress up in your finest zoot suit and head out to solve the crime! Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Monroe County. $60. 5:30pm. Saturday, February 29. Monroe Golf and Country Club, 611 Cole Rd., Monroe. 734-241-5190. Monroehumane.com

The American Dream, then and now Timeless classic, Raisin in the Sun, at The Rep By Jeff McGinnis

Grab a pint and listen up

Photo credit: Irina Zaurov.

Ever spend an evening down at the bar, having a few drinks, listening to an awesome house band and just loving every second of it? Take that experience and transport it to the Valentine Theatre, for The Choir of Man. A rocking song and dance show with a real working bar on stage— which some lucky audience members will be able to go up and sample for themselves— Choir of Man is a unique, powerful and joyous theater experience. $20-50. 7pm. Sunday, March 1. Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St. 419-242-2787. valentinetheatre.com

The power of the DRUM

You have never seen a performance quite like DRUM TAO, a group of male and female performers from Japan that combine percussion, dance and a variety of cultural influences to create a feast for the eyes and ears. The group’s previous North American tours have been wildly successful, and the current tour, DRUM TAO 2020, will not disappoint. Prepare for an exhilarating and thrilling evening. $44-89. 8pm. Saturday, March 7. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-381-8851. stranahantheater.com —JM

The cast of the Toledo Rep’s production of Raisin in the Sun. (Back, L-R) George Johnson, Tobias Manahan, Lisa Renée. (Front, L-R) Sabriyah Davis, Kimberly “Miss Pinctoes” Kane, Liam Ellis. “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” —Langston Hughes

FILM NOTES Maumee Film Fest turns 5

The 5th annual Maumee Film Festival features a full schedule of short and medium-length films by area filmmakers, both documentaries and fiction, as well as entries in Maumee’s February 48-Hour Film Challenge. The festival is judged by a panel of experts, including Toledo native Eric Kripke. Price: TBA. 6-10pm. Friday, March 6. 11am-10pm. Saturday, March 7. Maumee Indoor Theatre. 601 Conant St., Maumee. 419-897-8902. maumeeindoor.com ]Restoring Communities concludes The complicated consequences of well-meaning laws meant to protect the public and children against sexual predators are the subject of the fascinating documentary Untouchable by David Feige. The film will be screened as the final part of the Reentry: Restoring Communities Piece by Piece series at the First Unitarian Church of Toledo. A panel discussion will follow the screening. 6:30-9:30pm. Thursday, March 5. First Unitarian Church of Toledo, 3205 Glendale Ave. 419-381-6999. uutoledo.org

Se necesita una poca de gracia

Based on the life story of Chicano rock icon Ritchie Valens, La Bamba was a box office hit in 1987 and launched the career of Lou Diamond Phillips. With the Center’s first free movie screening of the year, the Sofia Quintero Center will celebrate Musica en Marzo with a showing of La Bamba. Walking tacos, popcorn and hot chocolate will be available, and, if you want to make a little music of your own, come an hour early at 6pm and make a musical instrument at the event for only $4. The movie begins at 7pm. Friday, March 6. Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center, 1225 Broadway St. 419-241-1655. Sqacc.org

On your mark, get set...

Not to be outdone, the Tree City Film Festival will kick off its 50 Hour Challenge for area filmmakers. Participating teams will meet at Sylvania’s Sodbuster Bar to receive a set of elements that must make it into the final product, like a prop, a line of dialogue, a specific location, etc. Then, teams have 50 hours to write, shoot, edit and submit a complete film, to include the elements they have been given. The winning films will be screened as part of the Tree City Film Festival on Saturday, April 18. The deadline for registration is March 1. $45 per team, $35 for a student team. 6pm. Friday, March 6. The Sodbuster Bar, 5758 Main St., Ste 6, Sylvania. 419-517-0118. Sylvaniaarts.org —JM


An African American family lives in a small apartment on the south side of Chicago, hoping that a soon-to-arrive life insurance check will be their ticket to a better life. Along the way, the members of the household struggle with the realities of their economic and social situation and seek a way to financial stability and peace with who they are. The simple, powerful story, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, has moved audiences since it debuted in 1959. More potent and relatable in the decades since, this production of the classic show will open at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, for a two-week run, on February 28. “It’s still so important for this time,” said director Irina Zaurov. “This play is so important, even six decades after it happened in American society.”

Classic story

Born in the former Soviet Union, Zaurov has been an acting coach and professor of theater in the Toledo area for almost 20 years. She first encountered A Raisin in the Sun while attending UT as an undergrad, and said she is thrilled that the Toledo Rep offered her the chance to bring it to the stage. “It’s so wonderful, and I’m so glad the Rep has put it on stage again, as an African American classic play,” Zaurov said. Zaurov has experience at the helm of classic plays about the African American experience— she directed the Rep’s successful production of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Fences last year. “We had an amazing turn-

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out, many sold-out shows. I think that Toledo audiences are yearning for theatre classics and the Rep is delivering,” Zaurov said. As with her Fences cast, Zaurov loves working with her collaborators on Raisin, a completely different group of actors than she worked with a year ago. “I like to work with strong actors,” Zaurov said. “I have one actor who came back for this show, Liam Ellis, who played the brother last year. It’s a different age and a different generation.”

Based in realism

The story has a hard basis in realism, as playwright Hansberry was inspired by her own family’s legal struggles to be heard on a matter of racially motivated housing restrictions. In that spirit, the Toledo Rep’s Raisin is aiming for a realistic, period-appropriate vibe from the show on a technical level, allowing audiences to lose themselves in the story. As the Younger family deal with changing fortunes, trust betrayed and dreams deferred— but perhaps not forever— Zaurov said she hopes audiences will appreciate how this is a story not only about the experiences of a black family in the 1950s but also about the American dream in a microcosm. “I would like [the audience] to still see, not only about race but by each and every family, how they struggle when they don’t have money, how people struggle if they move to some neighborhood where they’re not welcome at all,” she said. $19.75 for adults, $17.75 for seniors, $9.75 for students/children. February 28-March 8. 8pm, Thursday-Saturdays. 2:30pm, Sundays. Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 Tenth St. 419-243-9277. toledorep.org



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Art of the Cut returns to combine health education and flair By Kelly Thompson For the second year in a row, barbers will showcase their skills at the Art of the Cut, from 3-6pm on Sunday, March 1, in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle. Hosted by TMA affinity group Circle, the live showcase promotes Black barber culture in Toledo, highlighting style as a vehicle for awareness. This year, the show’s theme is “Past, Present, and Future,” featuring inspired trims from different eras. Last year, the event featured barbers from six local shops; while, this year, there are eight: Da Shop, Fletcher’s Hair Design, Foster’s Hair Concepts Unlimited, Groomed (two locations), Steve’s Sport-N-Cuts, Tal-Mon, and Victory. Attendees will see live barber cuts demonstrated on the Peristyle stage, and enjoy refreshments— along with entertainment by DJ Mpress, DJ Big Lou the Mayor, and Water, a barbershop quartet.

About the buzz

Photo courtesy of the Toledo Museum of Art.

The Art of the Cut, a unique combination of education and community, follows ProMedica’s Barbershop

Health and Wellness Program, which provides local barbershops with men’s health information, including where to go for services such as prostate screening, along with resources to be distributed to clients. The Art of the Cut promotes accessibility through men’s health initiatives within the Toledo area. This celebration intends to educate community members while simultaneously providing feedback to the medical system about critical needs. This year’s Art of the Cut showcases (L-R) Marcus Temple of Da Shop; Andre Johnson of Foster’s Hair Concepts Unlimited ProMedica Community and Circle Board member; Les Levesque of Tal-Mon; James Foster of Foster’s Hair Concepts Unlimited; Stacey Fletcher Liaison Robin Charney, of Fletcher’s Hair Design; Corvette Derden of Fletcher’s Hair Design; and Shaun Temple of Da Shop. Photo courtesy of the who steers the program, Toledo Museum of Art. Not pictured: Groomed, Steve’s Sport-N-Cuts, and Victory. explained, “The barbers provide the space, and we provide health screenings, education, and work on removing barriers that contribute to health disparities.” In addition to preventative services, other examples of program offerings include hands-only CPR training, financial counseling, and weight loss strategies. “The 36 barbers we have been working with are incredible advocates for their community,” said Charney; “We are not healthcare professionals coming in and telling a neighborhood what it

Corvette Derden of Fletcher’s Hair Design, cut a Jaume Plensa inspired design with his son, Armani Derden, at last year’s Art of the Cut.

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needs to be healthy— people already know what they need for good health... We are coming into the barbershops to learn about the community, cultural differences, and the needs of people.” Last year, the event sold out in less than a week, according to Charney. Although this year’s Art of the Cut is free and open to everyone, registration is recommended in advance. “It’s a celebration of Toledo’s barbershop art culture and an opportunity for folks to hang out with each other while watching the barbers practice their art

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on stage,” she said. “If it’s good for the community, it’s good for health.” Sponsored by Circle, the Toledo Museum of Art’s affinity organization, along with ProMedica and HCR Manorcare. Register at toledomuseum.org/cut or on Facebook. $5 suggested donation. 3-6pm. Sunday, March 1. Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, 2445 Monroe St. toledomuseum.org/cut.


Fall in Love


At the Galleries (Free, unless otherwise noted)

Crossroads - This juried art exhibition features an array of original works created within the last three years. Hosted by the Center for Fine and Performing Arts and River House Arts. On view through March 20. Walter E Terhune Gallery, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg. 567-661-2721. riverhousearts.com Intense Adornment: The Jewelry of Sue Szabo Szabo shows off her intimate understanding of imagery through forged metals and enamel with her powerful, intricate and timeless adornment pieces. On view through March 28. Noon-4pm. 20 North Gallery, 18 N. St. Clair St. 419-241-2400. 20northgallery.com ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends - Explore the impact still lifes of the 1860s had on 20th-century art during this new exhibit. On view through April 12, 2020. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. Toledomuseum.org


Wednesday 3.4

Find your Throne

Nature Crafting - Calling all green thumbs and crafters— this class is a fun way to get in touch with nature in a creative way! Take home a handmade project each week! $80. 6-9pm. Bensell Greenhouse, 5720 Dorr St. 419-536-3992. bensellgreenhouse.com

Thursday 3.5 ReStore It Yourself Workshop - This hands-on learning event is a social and skill developing workshop that will focus around materials people can purchase in the ReStore! All materials provided. Come for fun. $15. 6-8pm. Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity, 1310 Conant Street, Maumee, OH. 419-382-1658. mvhabitat.org

Friday 3.6 Sixth/Fifths Paint Night - Grab some artsy friends and fill up a cup for a paint night out at Sixth Fifths Distilling! Featuring Tote & Go Canvas as the instructor! $25. 5:30-8:30pm. Sixth Fifths Distilling, 120 W South Boundary St., Perrysburg. 419-575-6749.sixfifthsdistilling.com


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Thursday 2.27 Masters Series Lecture: Ivan Gaskell, Still Life, Trompe l’oeil, and Vanity - Explore how artists trick the eye during this lecture from Ivan Gaskell, professor of cultural history at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cezanne, Manet & Friends. 6-7pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free

Friday 2.28 AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Prof. Eric Cline Explore why the Bronze Age came to an end and whether its collapse might hold some warnings for our current society. 7-8pm. The Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org Free

Saturday 2.29 Miniature Gardens & Terrariums - Get down and dirty learning how to assemble and care for delicate little gardens during this workshop. 1-2:30pm. Hoen’s Garden Center, 1710 Perrysburg Holland Rd. 419-865-6566. hoensgardencenter.com Free

Tuesday 3.3 Drink & Draw - Get together and draw, share creative dialogue and collaborate. Nude model and music are provided, all mediums welcome except oils. BYOB. $10. 7-10pm. The Art Supply Depo, 29 S St Clair St. 419-720-6462. artsupplydepo.com

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Wednesday, 2.26 Arty Party - Come and be ‘arty’ at the Toledo Artists Club. Watercolor painting, a planned project and plenty of snacks make for a fun and creative evening with friends. $25. 6-9pm. Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. 419-841-8153. artvillage419.org

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ONGOING Photo Arts Club of Toledo’s 34th Annual Photo Contest - Wildlife preserves and more local scenes are the subjects of this photography contest. Interested participants may submit mounted photographs in a variety of categories— people, places, plants, animals and more, through March 21. $5 fee per photo. For a detailed list of the rules and locations to submit your work, visit photoartscluboftoledo.com/annualcontest2020


Visit thewhitehouseinn.net for our take out menu Skot Horn: People in Place - This solo exhibit features all-new paintings by the local artist. Opening reception from 6-8pm. On view through April 18. Hudson Gallery, 5645 N. Main St., Sylvania. 418-885-8381. Hudsongallery.net Free

Saturday 3.7 Spring Festival of Crafts - Find a beautiful, handmade item for your home, or as a gift at The Toledo Craftsman’s Guild’s annual craft show, where dozens of artists showcase their jewelry, pottery, woodworking, candles and more. 9am-4pm. Stranahan Theater and Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-842-1925. Toledocraftsmansguild.org Free

Sunday 3.8 Workshop: Intro to Crochet - Have you ever wanted to make a cozy blanket but just can’t seem to turn a chain? Want to wow loved ones with a beautiful handmade scarf? Cover all the basics and get started on your first project. $30. 11am-1:30pm. Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St. 419-214-1717. handmadetoledo.com

Tuesday 3.10 ReSouled’s Kokedama Workshop - The Japanese technique creates a ball of soil, wrapped in moss and bound with string, then grows a plant out of it. Learn how to create these remarkable, pot-free plants during the workshop. $30. 6:15-7:15pm. SIP Coffee, 3160 Markway Rd. 419-704-3576. Siptoledo.com

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Wednesday 3.11 Needle Arts Guild of Toledo Monthly Meeting Learn about the old art of needlework among friends and peers who share in this crafty passion. 6:30-8:30pm. Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio, Inc., 1701 Holland Rd, Maumee. 419-867-5950. epilepsycenter.org Free

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LISTEN HEAR Between drawing and painting

Pastels straddle the line between drawing and painting, with vibrant works created with a technique that goes far back to the Renaissance. The Fuller Art House exhibit, A Touch of Color, showcases the work of five pastel artists. Celebrated works of Anne Kindl and BGSU alum, Deb Buchanan, along with Ed Kennedy, Jill Wagner and Vianna Szabo, the striking pieces of this show are sure to leave an impression. Through Wednesday, April 22. Fuller Art House, 5679 Main St. 419-882-8949. Fullerarthouse.com —JM

Paula Baldoni, director and co-owner of downtown Toledo art gallery, River House Arts, will travel to NYC for the 2020 New York edition of the roving SPRING/BREAK Art Show, held in the former Madison Avenue offices of Ralph Lauren, from March 4-9. River House Arts’ 10th-anniversary show, CAKE, was selected as one of several curated exhibits for the nomadic art fair. Baldoni will show work from Alli Hoag, BGSU Assistant Professor, Head of Glass; Loraine Ruetz, BGSU Assistant Teaching Professor, First Year Program; Toledoan Crystal Gale Phelps; and Lane Cooper, Professor of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art.

Alli Hoag, “Trace Decay,” taxidermy fawn, cast glass, mixed media.

“This year’s Spring/Break theme is ‘In Excess’ and what’s more excessive than cake? Our CAKE artists are confronting the culture’s messages of positivity, optimism, and mindfulness by making work that is overloaded, over the top, and “over it,’” said Baldoni. “Kudos to Loraine Ruetz (Loraine Lynn) for pushing us to apply, and for her curatorial statement that knocked it out of the park. The fact that we made it into this show on our first attempt speaks volumes about the caliber of our artists.” For more information, visit riverhousearts.com —AC

BOOK NOTES Another month, another wine

Soulful storytelling

Bassel Almadani grew up in the college town of Kent, Ohio, but now finds himself on an international stage. His project, Bassel and the Supernaturals has performed all over the world, promoting awareness of the Syrian refugee crisis. On March 5, the soulful musical outfit will grace the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle stage. For Almadani, the rise to fame and media praise was never the point. As a first-generation Syrian, Bassel and his group work tirelessly to promote awareness of Syrian refugees and their plight following the aftermath of the 2011 Syrian Civil War. With a tagline of “Syrian Heart, Chicago Soul,” the band has partnered with nonprofits including The Karam Foundation, working with Syrian refugees to teach professional development skills.

Read about Ghost Readers

Ghost communication would probably grab our attention— before sending us running scared, of course. For Jessica, the young heroine of The City Workers: Ghost Readers, that interaction sets off a mystery sure to entertain young audiences. Hear from the author, Victoria Brown, during her upcoming visit to Gathering Volumes. The book is available for purchase at the store for $7. 2-3:30pm. Saturday, February 29. Gathering Volumes, 196 E. South Boundary, Perrysburg. 567-336-6188. Gatheringvolumes.com

Undocumented drinking

Go deep inside the issue of social justice with two of Lucas County’s poets laureate during Suburban Bottle’s monthly Wine & Words Beer & Books night. The book club will discuss the poetry collection Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice with two of the poets represented in the book, Jim Ferris and Joel Lipman, both of Lucas County. Registration includes a copy of the book and a beverage. $35. 6:30-7:30pm. Tuesday, March 3. Suburban Bottle, 218 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. 419-931-9946. Suburbanbottle.com —JM

Voice for the voiceless

The Ode to the ZIP Code poetry contest— hosted by The Fair Housing Center, The Arts Commission, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, the Toledo City Paper and Toledo Area Parent— is back for its fifth year! Submissions now run through Wednesday, March 4. For more details, visit toledocitypaper.com/online/ottzc-2020-submit.


Bassel Almadani, a first-generation Syrian-American, shines a light on the modern-day challenges facing Syrians across the world.

Bassel and the Supernaturals at TMA By Kelly Thompson

Enjoy some lovely conversation while holding a lovely glass of wine at the February edition of Vines and Lines, a book club held in collaboration with the Toledo Library. This month’s book selection is Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson’s story about a young woman reminiscing about her childhood as she returns to New York to bury her father. 6:30-8pm. Wednesday, February 26. Taste Wine Bar, 6801 W. Central Ave., Ste C. 419-517-0515. toledolibrary.org

Ode to the ZIP Code deadline extended

Photo credit Samer Almadani Photography

Toledo to NYC

The multi-instrumentalist Almadani moved from Kent to Chicago roughly ten years ago and connected with a group of musicians who share both his ear and his passions. Bassel and the Supernaturals is a project borne of love and hope. Though Almadani was born and raised in the U.S., much of his family, including his parents, are from Aleppo, Syria. “I was afforded the privilege to be [in the U.S.], and not have to experience the

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things [my parents] experienced,” he said. “I didn’t do anything to earn it or deserve it, and I’m unbelievably grateful. Songwriting has been a way for me to lift up [my family’s] voice and to help me stay connected with my cultural DNA, at a time when I feel it’s threatened.”

Focusing attention on Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees who were forced to flee from their homes at the onset of the Syrian Civil War in 2011 constitute an enormous population (a 2016 census quoted the number at 13.2 million people). A majority of refugees live in poverty and struggle to secure housing and medical care. The band’s goal is to help bring attention to those in need, using the medium they know best. Their music promotes both the dark realities of the crisis in Syria and the light of hope with a highpowered blend of funk and soul, infused with Motown influences. But above all, the band’s goal is to elevate the voices of the voiceless. “We have been working on changing our music into light that we can shine back through the darkness,” he said of the group’s work. “What I want people to take away is a different narrative— not just leaning on what they see on TV, but to be somebody who can open up the lens a little bit, to share this other narrative that helps to challenge their understanding, help them to think a little more critically about all of it.” Their newest album, Smoke and Mirrors, is set for release later this year. $15, general. $25, VIP. 7pm. Thursday, March 5. Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org


Highlighted events indicates our picks for the week

wednesday 2.26 Durty Bird: Tim Oehlers

Vocal and instrumental originals from the Toledo artist. A one-man act definitely worth checking out. 7-9pm. 2 S St Clair St. 419-243-2473. yeoldedurtybird.com. Free (singer/songwriter) Griffin Hines Blues Farm: Chloe And The Steel Strings (Americana, folk, pop) Local Thyme: Picking Kelley (acoustic) Saint Andrew’s Hall: Marc E. Bassy (pop) The Griselda Tour (hip-hop) in Detroit Sodbuster Bar: Ragtime Rick and the Chefs of Dixieland (jazz) Stubborn Brother Pizza Bar: Frank Lars (guitar) The Majestic Theatre: Jauz (DJ) in Detroit Ye Olde Cock & Bull: Danny Mettler (singer-songwriter)

Thursday 2.27 Barr’s Public House: Kaiden & Big C (acoustic guitar, rock) Blue LLama Jazz Club: Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates (mixed genres) Durty Bird: Swingmania (jazz, swing) Howards Club H: stop.drop.rewind (progressive/powerpop) Huntington Center: Brantley Gilbert (country, southern rock) Manhattan’s: Jason Quick (guitar) Mutz: Karaoke (amateur) Papa’s Tavern: Bobby and Frankie May (blues, rock, country) Plat8: Tim Oehlers (singer/songwriter) Plate One: Open Mic Night (amateur) Saint Andrew’s Hall: Refused (hardcore punk) in Detroit Six-Fifths Distilling: Mark Mikel (acoustic) The Spotlight Lounge: The Katch Band (blues, pop, R&B, jazz, rock, gospel)

The Toledo Club: Jazz in the Red Room

Flute/Sax/Vocalist Paul VornHagen, a mainstay on the Michigan jazz scene, visits to perform, as part of the ongoing monthly series. 6-9pm. 235 14th St., 419-243-2200. Toledoclub.org Ye Olde Cock & Bull: Captian Sweet Shoes (covers, acoustic)

Friday 2.28 Bar 145: The Rockshow

The ultimate rock tribute; so real, it’ll seem like Steve Perry is really performing on stage. $5.10:30pm-1am. 5305 Monroe St. 419-593-0073. bar-145.com (Tribute Band) Barr’s Public House: Dan Stewart (acoustic) Durty Bird: Andrew Ellis (Americana) Griffin Hines Blues Farm: Dirty Lies (acoustic rock, pop) Hollywood Casino: Madison Avenue Band (classic rock) Kip’s Retro: Carmen Miller (jazz, vocals) Levi & Lilac’s: Laurie Swyers (blues) Local Thyme: MUDDY(alt., indie) Majestic Oak Winery: Engine 19(acoustic) Manhattan’s: Tim Oehlers (singer/songwriter) Mutz: Aaron Krott (acoustic guitar) Papa’s Tavern: Radio Traffic (rock) Sodbuster Bar: Jojo Stella (funk/rock) The Pub: The Hollywood Jets (Rockabilly revival) Village Idiot: Matt Waters and The Recipe (pop, rock) Ye Olde Cock & Bull: Bobbie May and John Barile (acoustic)

Saturday 2.29 Art & Performance Center: Robot Mama (Druggie Rock) Bar 145: Tobi Lee & Mustang Sally (country) Benfield Wines: Leap Year Party - Music with Mike! (Acoustic) Bronze Boar: The Funk Factory (Jam, Funk, Blues, Rock, Reggae)

Curtice Hy-Flash: The Barcode

The ultimate in high-energy good time entertainment, rock out with The Barcode’s 70’s and modern beats. 8pm-12am. 7401 Jerusalem Rd, Oregon. 419-836-9747. Free (High Energy, Kick A**, Rock n Roll) Durty Bird: The New Fashioned (Southern rock, blues, soul, funk jazz) Gillig Winery: Christa McCutchen (acoustic/electric) Griffin Hines Blues Farm: Bobby G & Third Street Cigar Band (blues) Hollywood Casino: Elvis Tribute-Walt Wise (rock) Howards Club H: Rizzo (rock) Kip’s Retro: The Nu-Tones (British Invasion Era Rock classics) La-Z-Boy Center/Meyer Theatre: THE BIG GIG! (blues) Levi & Lilac’s: Rick Caswell (blues) Longbranch Saloon: Mike Williams (Vocalist) Majestic Oak Winery: Aaron Krott (acoustic guitar) Manhattan’s: Chris Knopp (jam/acoustic) Mutz: Steve Kennedy Duo (rock) Saint Andrew’s Hall Ryan Hurd (country) in Detroit Taste Wine Bar: Moths in The Attic (folk, rock, singer/songwriter) The Majestic Theatre Manic Focus (funk, soul, New Era Hip-hop) The Polish Ostrich: Black Swamp Punk Fest (punk) Toledo Symphony Orchestra: Strauss and His Idol (Classical) Ye Olde Cock & Bull: Distant Cousinz (rock, covers)

Sunday 3.1 Marathon Center: Chanticleer

A full-time male classical vocal ensemble from San Francisco specializing in interpretations of Renaissance music. They also perform a wide repertoire of jazz, gospel, and is widely known as an “Orchestra of Voices”. $19-$39. 3pm. 200 W Main Cross St, Findlay. 419-423-2787. mcpa.org (chorus) Oar House: Kj Acoustic (acoustic) Saint Andrew’s Hall: While She Sleeps (Variety) in Detroit Sodbuster Bar: Bobby May and Friends (rock) Toledo Symphony Orchestra: A Brahms Celebration (Classical) Valentine Theatre: Choir of Man (Varied) Village Idiot: Minglewood Labor Camp (Dustbowl Punk,Country Blues)

Monday 3.2 Howards Club H: Today is the Day

Since founded in Nashville way back in the early 1990s, rock/metal band Today Is the Day has compiled a catalog of unusual and disturbing sounds. Hear the band, headed up by legendary frontman Steve Austin (no, not Stone Cold, and not the Six Million Dollar Man, either), during their gig with local music acts Black Moon Cult, PYTHIAN and Bubak as openers. $7 pre-sale tickets, $10 at door. 8pm. 210 N. Main St., Bowling Green. 419-352-3195. howardsbg.com Saint Andrew’s Hall: Kamasi Washington (Jazz) in Detroit

Tuesday 3.3 Sodbuster Bar: Open Mic Night (Various)

wednesday 3.4 Local Thyme: Jeff Stewart

Locally renowned artist specializing in acoustic rock. Check out this worthy independent musician. 7-11pm. 6719 Providence St, Whitehouse, OH. 567-246-5014. localthyme.pub Free (acoustic/rock) Rosie’s: Tim Oehlers (singer/songwriter) Saint Andrew’s Hall: Dashboard Confessional (Acoustic/Rock/Indie)

Sodbuster Bar: Ragtime Rick and the Chefs of Dixieland (jazz) Ye Olde Cock & Bull: Danny Mettler (singer/songwriter)

THURSDAY 3.5 Barr’s Public House: Andrew Ellis (Americana)

Howards Club H: Sabbatical Bob

A highly unusual and colorful band of many flavors, with an energy to utterly captivate the stage. 7pm. $5. 210 N. Main St, Bowling Green. 419-352-3195.howardsbg.com (Funk, Soul, Blues) Levi & Lilac’s: Grace Mauk (singer/songwriter) Manhattan’s: Jason Quick (guitar) Marathon Center: EmiSunshine (Americana / Gospel) Mutz: Karaoke Papa’s Tavern: Bobby and Frankie May (Blues, rock, country) Plat8: Kyle White (acoustic, songwriter) Plate One: Open Mic Night Six-Fifths Distilling: Mark Mikel (acoustic) Stranahan Theater: Cole Swindell (country) The Majestic Theatre: EKALI (Jazz) in Detroit The Spotlight Lounge: Distant Cousinz (rock, covers) Ye Olde Cock & Bull: Captian Sweet Shoes (covers, acoustic)

The rebirth of the blues Saturday, 2.29 / La-Z-Boy Center

The longest-running blues celebration in Michigan reaches its climax on Saturday, February 29. The 33rd Black History Month Blues Series began on February 4 in Monroe, featuring a series of free concerts around the city. It all culminates with “The Big Gig!”, headlined by Detroit’s “Queen of the Blues” Thornetta Davis and Chicago’s Toronzo Cannon. 7pm. 1555 S Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI. 734-241-5770. monroe.lib.mi.us/blues Free

Friday 3.6 Barr’s Public House: Frankie May (Bassist) Bier Stube: The Reese Dailey Band (Blues, rock, southern rock) Fire Station Bar & Grill: Engine 19 (acoustic)

Griffin Hines Blues Farm: Three Two Many

An original rock n’ roll band based out of Port Angeles, WA and full of rocking, creative and innovative tunes guaranteed to get the mood jumping. $5. 7pm. 3950 S. Berkey Southern Rd., Swanton. 419-320-0216. griffinhinesfarm.com. (blues, rock) Hollywood Casino: Sugar Pax (dance) Kip’s Retro: Elektrick Mayhem (rock) Levi & Lilac’s: Addison Schmidt (jazz) Manhattan’s: Andrew Ellis (americana) Oar House: April Rain (post rock) Saint Andrew’s Hall: Ashley McBryde (country) in Detroit Stranahan Theater: Three Dog Night (rock) The Pub: Morgen Stiegler (Jazz/pop) Toledo Jazz Orchestra: TJO with Special Guest Alain Trudel (Jazz) Ye Olde Cock & Bull: Bobbie May and John Barile (acoustic)

Saturday 3.7 Art & Performance Center: Justin Payne & Co. (Indie)

Bar 145: BATTERY:

Fans around the world love Metallica, and if seeing them perform live isn’t possible, then BATTERY has got all bases covered as the next best thing. $5. 9pm-midnight. 5305 Monroe St. 419-593-0073.bar-145.com (Metallica Tribute) Barr’s Public House: Picking Kelley (Acoustic) Blue LLama Jazz Club: Keyon Harrold ft. Miles Davis Moon & Stars in Ann Arbor (jazz,classical, rock, blues and hip-hop) Curtice Hy-Flash: Two Left Missing (Rock) Griffin Hines Blues Farm: JT & Thunder Hill (Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass, Folk) Kip’s Retro: 56DAZE (Variety Party Music, Premier Wedding and Event Entertainment,) Levi & Lilac’s: Cindy Slee (singer/songwriter) Local Thyme: Johnny Rodriguez (acoustic guitar) Manhattan’s: Terry and Charlie (acoustic) Mutz: Jeffrey Oliver (acoustic, songwriter) Saint Andrew’s Hall: Sloan (rock/pop) in Detroit The Pub: Jeff Stewart (acoustic/rock)

Rocking Maumee

Sunday, 3.1 / Downtown Maumee For over a decade, Acoustics for Autism has been an anticipated event on the Glass City musical calendar. With dozens of bands playing on multiple stages in Maumee, the festival is more than just a fundraiser for the great work done by Project iAm. It’s also a celebration of great music and artists that keep Toledo rocking all year round. This year, with no less than 80 acts performing on seven different stages, the party will be bigger than ever. And as always, all funds raised will go toward assisting families affected by autism. Noon-2am. The Village Idiot and the surrounding area, 309 Conant St. 419-514-9817. acousticsforautism.com

Pines plays in the Swamp Friday, 3.13 / ProMedica Steam Plant

It’s fitting that the Black Swamp Conservancy’s annual fundraiser has booked Woody Pines as a headline act. No, for real. Pines, an acclaimed, self-described “hillbilly boogie” artist whose old school, hard-nosed style of southern music has made him a hit with audiences around the country, will be rocking Black Swamp’s Bluegrass and Green Acres. $100 for the 5:30pm reception meet-and-greet reception with Pines and concert. $75 for the 6:30pm concert. 100 Madison Ave. 419-833-1025. blackswamp.org/bluegrass-2020 —JM

Valentine Theatre: Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Brahms v. Radiohead (Classical/Alternative) Ye Olde Cock & Bull: Sugar Pax (covers)

Sunday 3.8 Majestic Oak Winery: Bob Stevens (Guitar)

Mutz: Neo Soul Sundays

Come and listen to a massive collaboration of soulful music performed by local favorites like Udogg the Funky Drummer. 7-11pm.27 Broadway St. 419-724-4060. mbaybrew.com Free (Jam collaboration)

Monday 3.9 Saint Andrew’s Hall: Mod Sun (Hip-hop) in Detroit

Tuesday 3.10 Saint Andrew’s Hall: Ally Brooke (pop) in Detroit

wednesday 3.11 Durty Bird: Picking Kelley (acoustic)

Local Thyme: Bob Stevens

Smooth guitar and a charismatic performer create a staggering stage show that is an absolute must see. 7-11pm. 6719 Providence St, Whitehouse. 567-246-5014. localthyme.pub Free (guitar) Saint Andrew’s Hall: Howard Jones Acoustic Trio (acoustic) in Detroit Ye Olde Cock & Bull: Danny Mettler (singer/songwriter)

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Start your engines

Friday, 3.6 / The Premier The Toledo City Paper’s annual Best of Toledo Party is off to the races on Friday, March 6th at The Premier on Heatherdowns. Celebrate with the winners, fuel up on great food and drinks, and live life in the fast lane with a buffet dinner, awards, entertainers, a cash bar and more. Take a lap with friends, coworkers and the Best of Toledo— thanks to our presenting sponsor Yark Automotive. Put the pedal to the metal and reserve your tickets or table today by calling at 419-244-9859 or visiting toledocitypaper.com. Doors open at 6:30pm. See you in Victory Lane!

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Saturday, 2.29



Nature Journaling 101 - For all those who love to doodle and relax observing the world around them, come and join fellow doodlers at Toledo Botanical and build up those calming skills. Supplies provided. 10-11am. Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr. 419-270-7500. metroparkstoledo.com Free

Glass City Wine Festival - Over 20 wineries will present tastes accompanied by food and entertainment for attendees throughout the day during the Toledo area’s signature celebration of fermented grapes. $27, afternoon session, 1-4pm. $32, evening session, 6-9pm. Seagate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. 419-255-3300. eriepromotions.com/glass-city-wine-festival

[lit] BGSU Spring 2020 Reading Series - Alison Mejias Santoro and Brenna Hosman are the featured readers of poetry and fiction. 7:30-8:30pm. Prout Chapel, Bowling Green State University. 419-372-9019. toledopoet.com Free

Friday, 2.28 [education] Ritter Planetarium: Phantom of the Universe This new planetarium show provides an exciting exploration of dark matter, revealing the first hints of existence through the eyes of Fritz Zwicky, the scientist who coined the term “dark matter.” 7:30pm. $6-$8. Ritter Planetarium, 2855 W Bancroft St. 419-530-2650. Utoledo.edu

[festivals] 14th Annual Glass City Beer Festival - Sample your choice from more than 200 beers from 40 craft breweries during this festival. Proceeds from the event support Courageous Community Services and the NWO Hemophilia Foundation. $40 advance, $50 at the door. VIP tickets $60. 6-10pm. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. glasscitybeerfest.com

[misc] Toledo Stamp Expo ‘20 - The 96th annual event held by the Stamp Collectors Club of Toledo will feature a celebration of the bicentennial of Wood County. Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-4pm. Greystone Banquet Hall, 29101 Hufford Rd., Perrysburg. toledostampclub.org Free

[lit] Kenn Kaufmann: A Season on the Wind Bird enthusiast, artist, author and naturalist Kenn Kaufmann will discuss his book A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration, focused on the annual migration of billions of birds to the shores of Lake Erie. 2pm. Toledo Museum of Art GlasSalon, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. Toledomuseum.org

Tuesday, 3.3 [misc] Maumee ValleyToastmasters Power Lunch Maumee Valley Power Lunch Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive learning experience where members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. Noon-1pm. Habitat for Humanity, 1310 Conant Street, Maumee. 419-382-1658. toastmastersclubs.org Free

[fundraisers] Designer Purse Bingo - Help support iLEAD Spring Meadows during an evening of raffles, grazing tables and, of course, bingo. $45, in advance. $50, at the door. 5:30-11pm. The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Cir., 419-891-7325. thepinnacletoledo.com

Saturday, 3.7 Simples and Sustainable Landscapes Seminar - Five experts in the field of landscaping will speak at this event hosted by the Hancock County Master Gardener Volunteers. $40. 8:30am-3pm. Hancock County Agricultural Service Center, 7868 County Rd. 140, Findlay. 419-422-3851. Search “Simple & Sustainable Landscapes Seminar” on Facebook.

The Blind Pig finds ska

Ready to roll and put some groove in your soul? The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor is hosting a gig with some amazing reggae and ska bands from Ohio and Michigan. Toledo’s own reggae/punk specialists The Essentials, Sandusky hip-hop/ reggae hybrid group Ancient Elephant, Ann Arbor ska/rocksteady outfit The Solid Eights and Detroit reggae band The Dirty Notion will all be there for an evening of joyous sounds inspired by the Caribbean. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 8pm. Thursday, March 5. 208 S 1st St., Ann Arbor. 734-996-8555. blindpigmusic.com

[fundraisers] Steppin’ Out 2020 - The 15th Annual “Funky Shoe Event,” to benefit TSA’s Opportunities Scholarship, features an auction, dinner, cash bar and prizes for funky footwear. $85, $750 for a table of ten. 6-9pm. Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel, 444 N Summit St. 419-246-8732. Ts4arts.org

[misc] Chocolate and Wine Affair - Help support Sylvania Area Family Services (SAFS) during an evening featuring a delicious assortment of sweets and sips, a silent auction, photo booth, dance floor and much more. $51.50. Sylvania Franciscan Center, 7-11pm. 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. 419-882-8415. sa-fs.org

[theater] Revenge of the Raven - Yarr! Join the Toledo Swiss Singers for this pirate-themed dinner theatre mystery event! $30, $20 for under 13. Saturday, 6:30pm; Sunday, 3:30pm. The Chalet at Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon. 419-206-0975. yodeltoledo.com

Summit for sustainability

Learn about sustainable, locally grown foods in and around Greater Washtenaw County at the 2020 edition of the Local Food Summit. The keynote speaker will be Leah Penniman, educator, farmer and author of Farming While Black. Participate in workshops, network with area farmers and learn how you can help create a thriving culinary ecosystem in Ohio and Michigan. $15-50. 8am4pm. Monday, March 9. Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 East Huron Dr. localfoodsummit.org —JM

Sunday, 3.8

Monday, 3.9



Backpacking 101 - There’s a lot that goes into a safe and successful backpacking trip. Metroparks outdoor skills staff are here to help all potential hikers learn all they need to know! 6:30-8:30pm. Oak Openings Preserve, 4139 Girdham Rd., Swanton. 419-360-9179. metroparkstoledo.com Free

Greater Toledo Train and Toy Show - Kids of all ages are welcome at this annual event in celebration of model trains, vintage toys and more. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. $6, $10 for early admission at 9am. 11am-3pm. Owens Community College Student health and Activities Center, 30335 Oregon Rd., Perrysburg. 419-215-4181. toymasters.org

Toledo Irish American Club St. Paddy’s Day Celebration - It’s the third annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser for the Irish Club at Earnest Brew. There will be live dancing, music and a kilt contest! $10. 5:30-10pm. Earnest Brew Works, 4342 S. Detroit Ave. 419-340-2589. earnestbrewworks.com

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Wednesday, 3.4 [outdoors]

[misc] Open House and Ribbon Cutting - Join a tour of the newly renovated adult day services program and office space and share in the excitement as the Yark Family conference room is unveiled with a ribbon cutting. 4-7pm. MemoryLane Care Services, 2500 N. Reynolds Rd., 419-720-4940. memorylanecareservices.org Free


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Elsewhere Productions presents Letter Purloined - The play by David Isaacson is based on Edgar Allen Poe’s The Purloined Letter and has a unique feature where the performance will be in a different order each night. 8-9pm. Bowling Green State University, 1001 E. Wooster St, Bowling Green. 419-372-9000. bgsu.edu 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 toledocitypaper.com, or check out our sister publication, Current Magazine (covering Ann Arbor), at ecurrent.com, to explore film, art, music and more.

Bike Programs - Pedal through the parks with Metroparks naturalists and enjoy glow rides, family rides, mountain biking classes, bike maintenance classes and more! Build new skills and have fun! 1-2pm. Beach Ridge Area,3520 Waterville Swanton Rd, Swanton, OH. metroparkstoledo.com Free

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Wednesday, 3.11 [health] Health Career Fair - Health care organizations will be on the Owens Toledo-area Campus to discuss their current job openings and application process. Job seekers are invited to attend this free event dressed to impress and with their resume. 4:30-6:30pm. Owens Community College, 30335 Oregon Rd. 567-661-7000. owens.edu Free



Phil Riehm Years lived in NW Ohio: I was born and raised here! I only lived away during college and three years after. Occupation: Farmer. One thing that describes me: I like sports and love challenges. I’m always trying to find unique flavorful varieties for our veggie boxes. It’s one of the main reasons we now grow over 50 different crops. What I’m doing, and what I want to achieve: I push the envelope for seasonality and that’s why I convinced my parents to grow all year round on our family farm. I want to help people enjoy the flavors of the season through our veggie boxes, as a result, members may become healthier and happier as well.

Growing for Good

In addition to the benefit of fresh, healthy, locally grown food delivered right to you, Riehm Produce Farm is

What inspires you to keep going when it gets tough? My ten years of working at the Chef’s Garden taught me to think outside the box. I saw so many times that “not giving up” and coming up with a different solution usually turned out for the best. Even if you have to use your second or third idea.”

If I could change one thing about Toledo: I want to bring farm-fresh food into our local school systems! We currently deliver our veggies to chefs and schools in the Cincinnati area through a food distribution hub called Local Food Connection. It would be great to also do this in NW Ohio.

Riehm Produce Farm celebrates Community Supported Agriculture Day, February 28 By Ila Ramone

February 28 is CSA Day! Community Supported Agriculture is an ever growing system of food share boxes supplied by local farmers for a flat fee. Veggie boxes can host a wide variety of items from fruit to beef to bread and, of course, farm fresh vegetables.

How did you get started: “My parents started the CSA farm shares after 28 years of struggling to make ends meet while growing for food warehouses and grocery stores. When I came back to the family farm we began to customize the veggie boxes online and grow year-round.”

Tell us about your deliveries: We have work-place drop-offs. You can switch your pick-up location if you won’t be in town on a particular day. You can put your delivery on vacation-hold three times a year and double up when you return and your refrigerator is empty.

the living farm with my toy tractors on Farmer Phil says, “I used to d.” bloo ss agriculture runs in my room carpet as a child, I gue

Keto, Vegan, Caveman…the list goes on. With any number of fad or trend diets and lifestyles, it can be hard to know where to start or what to look for. Luckily, with the help of local farmers, getting your daily nutrition doesn’t have to be a mystery. By subscribing to a weekly veggie box, you get farm-fresh food delivered right to you, while helping to support our local economy as well.

Tell us about your CSA farm shares and what it means to you: It is a weekly box of food that comes to you directly from the farmer. It is what helped Riehm Produce Farm become sustainable enough to bring me back after working away from the family farm for 13 years.

known for adding a little fun to the mix via unusual vegetables you likely won’t find at your grocery store. Some items that have found their way into previous boxes include Pineapple tomatillos, Pink Berkeley tie-dye tomatoes, Sungold cherry tomatoes, garlic scapes and purple potatoes. Best of all, when you receive these boxes chock full of freshness, you’ll also get recipe ideas on how to prepare them to showcase the unique flavors.

If I knew I could get away with it, I would: Have a CSA farm share delivery route from March to May. Who knows... maybe one day! The Toledoan I most admire: The ones that get our veggie boxes and say “We do this every year because we love what it does for us and supporting a local farmer is a cool”

Signing up for a CSA with Riehm Produce Farm is easy! Just visit FunAcres.net/csa for all the details and get your veg on!

My favorite local people to follow on social media are: The Girl in the Glass City. I love what she is doing for the local farm-to-table movement.

We spoke with Farmer Phil from Riehm Produce Farm about the benefits of joining a CSA and what the program means to him on a professional and personal level.

To contact Riehm Produce Farm: facebook.com/riehmproducefarm instagram.com/riehmfarms twitter.com/riehmfarms FunAcres.net riehmfarms@gmail.com

More CSA Options

Toledo area shoppers have a wide variety of deliciously fresh meats and produce that can be acquired directly from local growers via CSA shares. A few other options include:

Bittersweet Farms:

Toledo GROWs:

Legacy Acres Farm:

Shared Legacy Farms:

Pilbeam Family Farm:

Weber Ranch:

Member shares bring fresh crops to your table and support the farm’s mission to employ adults with autism. 419-875-6986. bittersweetfarms.org

GROWs’ Grown Food Hub gives urban farmers a chance to sell food to the hub, which then sells it to consumers as part of a CSA. 419-720-8714. toledogrows.org

Weekly or bi-weekly boxes, meat and produce. 419-217-8226. legacyacresfarm.com

Farmer Kurt in Elmore offers a variety of options, from a standard vegetable box to “The Works” featuring fruit, eggs and more. 419-344-7092. sharedlegacyfarms.com

Established in 1910, this generational farm offers CSA shares as well as a produce stand. 734-320-0589. facebook.com/ ThePilbeamFamilyFarm

Choose from a variety of pasture-raised meats, eggs and honey, then pick it up at a scheduled pick-up date in Perrysburg, Sylvania or Wayne. 419-575-5104. weberranchllc.com


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Photos by Christine Senack

Once Upon a Vine

Attendees enjoyed an elegant, gourmet evening inspired by flora and fauna at the Toledo Zoo’s beautifully revamped Museum of Natural History. Joe Snyder and Jessica Walter with Heather and Mike Rowe and Jennifer Van Horn.

Marcus and Adriana Harrison.

Sheila Phelan and Margaret Nashu.

Kristian Brown, Pam Clark, Shayla Moriarty and Stephanie Litle.


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ARIES (March 21-April 19): You may sometimes reach a point where you worry that conditions are not exactly right to pursue your dreams or fulfill your holy quest. Does that describe your current situation? If so, I invite you to draw inspiration from Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616), who’s regarded as one of history’s foremost novelists. Here’s how one observer described Cervantes during the time he was working on his masterpiece, the novel titled Don Quixote: “shabby, obscure, disreputable, pursued by debts, with only a noisy tenement room to work in.� Cervantes dealt with imperfect conditions just fine. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “True success is figuring out your life and career so you never have to be around jerks,� says Taurus filmmaker, actor, and author John Waters. I trust that you have been intensely cultivating that kind of success in the last few weeks, Taurus—and that you will climax this wondrous accomplishment with a flourish during the next few weeks. You’re on the verge of achieving a new level of mastery in the art of immersing yourself in environments that bring out the best in you.

By Brendan Emmett Quigley (www.brendanemmettquigley.com)

HOT SNACKS Across 1. Hand marks at rock clubs 7. Drink that comes with a straw 15. For the full prescribed time 16. Cadillac luxury SUV 17. Portugal’s area 18. Extra in “The Irishman� 19. Tomorrow’s vets today 20. D-Day assault boat 22. Slab of baloney 23. Passover soup fillers 27. Farm enclosure 30. Members of a brayer meeting 31. Stuff collected with a swab 32. Sticky solvent 34. Inits. in retro gaming 36. “I got the picture, ick,� initially 38. Huge in scope 39. White meat selection 43. One in a spat 44. Body spray brand 45. Phone game 46. Warm “welcome� 48. Anti-bullying ad 50. Small amounts 54. Mic drop, in a proof 55. British dessert made with suet and dried fruit 58. Buzzer at a pub 59. Swarthmore address ender 60. Guess made while high: Abbr. 61. Gave, as a property 66. Degree holder? 68. Buck naked 69. “Semper Fi� soldier 70. Pictures of tasty things, and the theme of this puzzle 71. Hand holders?

Down 1. Black mark 2. 76ers forward ___ Harris 3. Events that go “kaboomâ€? 4. Riviera draw 5. Nexium alternative 6. Blockbuster 7. Lustrous black 8. Value destroyer 9. “Show me what’cher holdingâ€? 10. Loose-fitting tunic 11. “What ___ is there?â€? 12. Cricket equipment 13. “To a Crossword Solver,â€? maybe 14. Any of the kids on “Stranger Things,â€? for short 21. “I haven’t figured it all out yet,â€? initially 24. Top point 25. Outdoor exterminator’s target 26. Doner kebab meat 27. Man of the house 28. Cloverleaf branch 29. MOMA’s home-a 33. Legume holder 35. Genre with a horn section 37. Fidelity account: Abbr. 39. ___ Haan (shoe brand) 40. Gang turf 41. Event when new products are previewed 42. Labor day shot 43. Answer page? 47. Not paying attention 49. Got goose down 51. Power suit embellishment 52. Temporarily filling in (as) 53. Senators wear them 56. Dodgers reliever BĂĄez 57. Wax-covered cheeses 58. Problem with focusing 61. “Makes no ___â€? 62. “Oblique Strategiesâ€? co-founder 63. Patton’s arena: Abbr. 64. Besmirch 65. Have in hand 67. Procedure with a test tube?

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Week of February 27

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If you’re like most of us, you harbor desires for experiences that might be gratifying in some ways but draining in others. If you’re like most of us, you may on occasion get attached to situations that are mildly interesting, but divert you from situations that could be amazingly interesting and enriching. The good news, Pisces, is that you are now in a phase when you have maximum power to wean yourself from these wasteful tendencies. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to identify your two or three most important and exciting longings—and take a sacred oath to devote yourself to them above all other wishes and hopes.

Š Copyright 2020 Rob Brezsny

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): I would love for you to become more powerful, Gemini—not necessarily in the sense of influencing the lives of others, but rather in the sense of managing your own affairs with relaxed confidence and crisp competence. What comes to mind when I urge you to expand your self-command and embolden your ambition? Is there an adventure you could initiate that would bring out more of the swashbuckler in you? CANCER (June 21-July 22): For my Cancerian readers in the Southern Hemisphere, this oracle will be in righteous alignment with the natural flow of the seasons. That’s because February is the hottest, laziest, most spacious time of year in that part of the world—a logical moment to take a lavish break from the daily rhythm and escape on a vacation or pilgrimage designed to provide relaxation and renewal. Which is exactly what I’m advising for all of the earth’s Cancerians, including those in the Northern Hemisphere. So for those of you above the equator, I urge you to consider thinking like those below the equator. If you can’t get away, make a blanket fort in your home and pretend. Or read a book that takes you on an imaginary journey. Or hang out at an exotic sanctuary in your hometown. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Leo author Walter Scott (1771–1832) was a pioneer in the genre of the historical novel. His stories were set in various eras of the Scottish past. In those pre-telephone and pre-Internet days, research was a demanding task. Scott traveled widely to gather tales from keepers of the oral tradition. In accordance with current astrological omens, Leo, I recommend that you draw inspiration from Scott’s oldfashioned approach. Seek out direct contact with the past. Put yourself in the physical presence of storytellers and elders. Get first-hand knowledge about historical events that will inspire your thoughts about the future of your life story. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Over a period of 40 years, the artist Rembrandt (1606–1663) gazed into a mirror as he created more than ninety self-portraits— about ten percent of his total work. Why? Art scholars don’t have a definitive answer. Some think he did self-portraits because they sold well. Others say that because he worked so slowly, he himself was the only person he could get to model for long periods. Still others believe this was his way of cultivating self-knowledge, equivalent to an author writing an autobiography. In the

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coming weeks, I highly recommend that you engage in your personal equivalent of extended mirror-gazing. It’s a favorable time to understand yourself better. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): From author Don DeLillo’s many literary works, I’ve gathered five quotes to serve as your guideposts in the coming weeks. These observations are all in synchronistic alignment with your current needs. 1. Sometimes a thing that’s hard is hard because you’re doing it wrong. 2. You have to break through the structure of your own stonework habit just to make yourself listen. 3. Something is always happening, even on the quietest days and deep into the night, if you stand awhile and look. 4. The world is full of abandoned meanings. In the commonplace, I find unexpected themes and intensities. 5. What we are reluctant to touch often seems the very fabric of our salvation. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): [Warning: “I remember a time when a cabbage could sell itself just by being a cabbage,� wrote Scorpio author Jean Giraudoux (1882–1944). “Nowadays it’s no good being a cabbage—unless you have an agent and pay him a commission.� He was making the point that for us humans, it’s not enough to simply become good at a skill and express that skill; we need to hire a publicist or marketing wizard or distributor to make sure the world knows about our offerings. Generally, I agree with Giradoux’s assessment. But I think that right now it applies to you only minimally. The coming weeks will be one of those rare times when your interestingness will shine so brightly, it will naturally attract its deserved attention. Your motto, from industrialist Henry J. Kaiser: “When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.� SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): When he was 29 years old, Sagittarian composer Ludwig Beethoven published his String Quartet, Op. 18, No. 4. Most scholars believe that the piece was an assemblage of older material he had created as a young man. A similar approach might work well for you in the coming weeks, Sagittarius. I invite you to consider the possibility of repurposing tricks and ideas that weren’t quite ripe when you first used them. Recycling yourself makes good sense. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Are there parts of your life that seem to undermine other parts of your life? Do you wish there was greater harmony between your heart and your head, between your giving and your taking, between your past and your future? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could infuse your cautiousness with the wildness of your secret self? I bring these questions to your attention, Capricorn, because I suspect you’re primed to address them with a surge of innovative energy. Here’s my prediction: Healing will come as you juxtapose apparent opposites and unite elements that have previously been unconnected. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): When he was 19, the young poet Robert Graves joined the British army to fight in World War I. Two years later, the Times of London newspaper reported that he had been killed at the Battle of the Somme in France. But it wasn’t true. Graves was very much alive, and continued to be for another 69 years. During that time, he wrote 55 books of poetry, 18 novels, and 55 other books. I’m going to be bold and predict that this story can serve as an apt metaphor for your destiny in the coming weeks and months. Some dream or situation or influence that you believed to be gone will in fact have a very long second life filled with interesting developments.



Healthy hip hop in heels? Heck yeah!

Dance workouts are a great way to have fun and get your cardio work in at the same time. Add a pair of heels for more fun and a new challenge. Lead by Ama Chi, Hip Hop in Heels is an intensive dance class for adults only. Whether you’re coming for fitness or want to have a blast shaking it in your finest footwear, you’ll have a ball in your heels. $25. 6-7:30pm. Saturday, March 7. Toledo’s Human Experience Modern Dance Co., 425 Jefferson Ave., 3rd Floor. 419-280-2543. themoderndancecompany.com

Hemp happy

As of last July, hemp is now legal in Ohio. What does that mean for the private grower, and what can you do with it? You can learn all about it at the Bayou Creek Farmstead’s Hemp Cannabis Class, the first in a series of courses all about cannabis. See hemp plants up close, learn about different strains and find out what their benefits are, discover how to handle hemp and prepare it for smoking or infusing into the oil. You’ll even get a notebook filled with an interesting history, and 1.5 grams of hemp flower to take home. $30. 11am-1pm. Saturday, February 29. 12148 West State Route 163, Oak Harbor. 419-355-3102. bayoucreekfarmstead.com —JM

health and wellness events Thursday, 3.5

Sacred Sisters Circle - This sacred space is about remembering our sovereignty and oneness through monthly connection. In March, discuss your inner voice and truth. Be ready to share your experiences and offer insight and support to all who attend. Spaced is limited, register in advance. $22. 7-8:30pm. Awakened To Vitality Inc., 5600 Monroe St., 419-215-5285. AwakenedToVitality.com

Saturday, 3.7

Yoga & Forest Bathing - Be one with the moment during this rain or shine event led by Jewels Daugherty of Jewels in Nature and Jenn McCullough of Integration Yoga with Jenn. Register in advance. $30. 1-3pm. W.W. Knight Nature Preserve - Wood County Park District, 29530 White Rd., Perrysburg. Reservations.woodcountyparkdistrict.org


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