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Apr. 11- Apr. 24, 2018 • Vol. 21 • Issue 7

Adams Street Publishing Co.


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

Where will you be on 419 day? Publisher/Editor in Chief

Collette Jacobs ( ART LOOP, OF COURSE!

„„ The Stacked Deck, a Bowling Green tabletop gaming store, opened at 188 S. Main St. Ste. 2. „„ Citizens National Bank has a new branch at 3410 Secor Rd., Ste. 510, near Executive Pkwy. 419-534-3575.

Flames of Discontent



Assignment Editor: Athena Cocoves ( ADAMS STREET AND THE LIBRARY FOR OUR ODE TO THE ZIP CODE READING. Calendar Editor: Courtney Probert ( HANDMADE TOLEDO’S MINI MART Digital Media Manager Saul T. Jacobs ( WAITING ONE MORE DAY TO CELEBRATE. Web Guru Deanna Woods ( WORK FIRST, PLAY LATER. TAC’S APRIL ART LOOP. Intern Morgan Kovacs Contributing Writers: A.C. Coomer, Jeff McGinnis, Michael Pierce, Johnny Hildo, Christine Senack and Rob Brezsny.


Production Manager: Imani Lateef ( ADAMS STREET. Senior Designer: Leah Foley ( AT WORK ON ADAMS ST. Designers: Anita Tipton ( WORKING IN THE 419 ON ADAMS ST. Kelli Miller ( MY COUCH. Norwin Lopez ( THE DOG PARK.




Accounting: Robin Armstrong ( WORKING ON ADAMS Distribution Leslie Krasnewski ( WORKING ON ADAMS.

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

Also publishers of:

Meals on Wheels

A guide to Toledo area food trucks By Jeff McGinnis

Co-publisher/ Chief Financial Officer



Audited by

Folk singer Charlie King to perform at St. Paul’s Church By Jeff McGinnis

„„ Physical therapy and wellness studio Essential Therapies opened in Saxon Square, at 6600 W. Sylvania Ave., 419-344-9966.

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Toledo Lunches Under $10

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„„ Home2 Suites by Hilton has opened 105 suites in The Town Center at Levis Commons, 5995 Levis Commons Blvd., in Perrysburg. 419-931-8900.



2. 2018 Food Challenge

3. Women in

Business 2018

4. Dani Fuller’s Downtown Sylvania Transformation



Empowered Entrepreneurs





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„„ Women’s clothing and accessories store, GypsieSoul Boutique, moved from 408 to 123 Louisiana Ave. in downtown Perrysburg. 419-873-7266.

„„ Sheffield Road in downtown Sylvania will close at the end of April, with a 20-50% discount on select items until then. A new website will soon provide weekly deliveries to the Sylvania area. The Perrysburg location at 128 E. Front St. will remain open. „„ First Federal Bank has a new branch at 5520 Monroe St., Sylvania. The space is shared with First Insurance Group. 567-455-8223. „„ A new BIGGBY Coffee is under construction at 7427 W. Central Ave., in a plaza across from Meijer shared by Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Sakura Express. An opening date has not yet been announced. „„ GenoaBank will open a downtown Toledo branch at 210 Jefferson Ave. this fall.

There’s Still time

5. Honoring MLK

Know of any changes in the area? Send them to


Get involved. Democracy is not a spectator sport.

Wednesday, 4.11

Museum Place Residences Community Conversation - Join the

Toledo Museum of Art for a conversation about how to best utilize the Museum Place buildings. 6-7:30pm. The Arts Commission, 1838 Parkwood Ave. Ste. 120, 419-255-8000. Free

What Were You Wearing - View works by sexual assault survivors that challenge victim-blaming statements at this exhibition, a collaboration between Bowling Green State University, It’s on Us, and The Cocoon, with support from the BGSU Women’s Center and Apparel Merchandising and Product Development Program. 10am-5pm. 208 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, 419-372-9000. Free

Friday, 4.13 Lake Erie Foundation Conference -

Discuss Lake Erie’s challenges and opportunities during this annual conference, featuring local experts. $15, includes continental breakfast and lunch. 9am-3pm. W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Rd., Perrysburg. Register online at Saturday, 4.14

Bowling for Rhinos - Join the Toledo Zoo’s

chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) to bowl for the conservation of rhinos, with 100% of the revenue going directly to conservation efforts. Teams must register online. $27 per person. 6-9pm. Interstate Lanes, 819 Lime City Rd., Rossford. Tuesday, 4.17

Fighting Heroin: What is it, What Can I Do? A Free Presentation Learn

Saturday, 4.21

Literacy in the Park

Explore the ways literacy changes lives during this annual family event at Bowling Green State University. Participate in activities about financial, nutritional, physical education and other forms of literacy that enrich our lives and communities. Featured author, Don Tate, will offer two presentations. All families will receive a goodie bag with a free book by Tate. 10am-2pm. Perry Field House, 801 N. Mercer Rd., Bowling Green. 419-372-7401. Free Wednesday, 4.18

Museum Place Residences Community Conversation - Join the

conversation about how to best utilize the Museum Place buildings. 11:30am-1pm. The Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. Free

The Clothesline Project - View a

display of tee shirts designed by those hurt by violence against women. 10am-4pm. Bowling Green State University Education Lawn, 419-372-9000. Free

Thursday, 4.19

Keys to Home - Join civic leaders and

the community at the Cherry Street Mission Ministries Life Revitalization Center to learn about new services, vocational programs, and more through a tour of the building, with appetizers and dessert from Toledo restaurants. $25. 5:30-7:30pm. 105 17th St., 419-214-3008. sguidry@cherrystreetmission. org.

what you can do to help the community during this meeting, held as part of a series about the heroin/opiate epidemic. Free Naloxone training conducted by the Health Department. 6-7pm. King Road Branch Library, 3900 King Rd., 419-259-5380. Free

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Monday, 4.23

Workers Memorial Day - Join the United Labor Committee for an annual Workers Memorial Day celebration. 6-7pm. Toledo Area UAW CAP Council, 2300 Ashland Ave., 419-304-4846. See “Toledo Area UAW CAP Council” on Facebook. Free

Tuesday, 4.24

Sustainable Future: Ready or Not, Here We Come!- John Krochmalny, an

active member of S.A.V.E. (Science Alliance for Valuing the Environment, Inc.) and other community groups dicuss our present condition. 7:30-9pm. Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. 419-824-3691. Free


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For 25 years, Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio has served those affected by breast cancer by funding life-saving research and helping the uninsured in our community access services and education. Support the continuation of their mission and celebrate their accomplishments, during Komen of Northwest Ohio’s 25th Anniversary Gala. Enjoy dinner, dancing, and live music from Detroit’s Dan Rafferty Band. $150+. 6-10pm. Saturday, April 14. Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel, 4 44 N. Summit St.,

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„„ A project is currently underway to plant 35,000 trees on nearly 68 acres of land at Blue Creek, Oak Openings Preserve, Swan Creek Preserve and other properties in the Oak Openings Corridor, due to be completed on April 30. The reforestation is made possible through a grant award through The Nature Conservancy, which has donated $1.3 million in grant funds to the Metroparks since 2010. „„ The Metroparks Toledo board announced a bike share program to be managed by the City of Toledo. Gotcha Bike LLC (of Charleston, South Carolina) received a contract to install 100 bikes and 18 docking stations throughout the region. „„ Lucas County’s newest park, Howard Marsh Metropark, will open on Saturday, April 28. The 1,000-acre property is a functioning wetland with six miles of dike-top walking trails, a quarter mile of boardwalk, seven miles of navigable water and two kayak launch docks. 611 S. Howard Road, Curtice, just north of State Route 2, adjacent to the Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area.

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Join us to hear finalists read their poems and compete for the top prize. Share your own “zip ode” during open mic.

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Think you can explore the depths of our community’s ethnic and cultural diversity in nine hours? Probably not, but it will be fun to try during the 9th annual Toledo Sister Cities International Festival, with a full day of nonstop performances, foreign language education, international and family-friendly activities, and a wide variety of craft vendors and ethnic foods. Previously held at the University of Toledo, the Festival has moved to the SeaGate Centre in downtown Toledo to accommodate growing attendance. $7, general admission. $5, tickets purchased in advance, students with IDs, and seniors. Children under 10 are free. 11am-8pm. Saturday, April 14. Seagate Convention Centre, 410 Jefferson Ave., 419-245-3334.


LC Dems Looking for a hero Just joshin’ around

Turnover and indecision in City Politics by Johnny Hildo Like the great baseball wag once said, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over. Well, kiddeez, it’s over. The long embattled chair of the LC Dems has called it quits, effective at the end of the month. In an email, Chair Josh Hughes cited changing professional duties, plus the vagaries of April showers, as reasons for his sudden departure. It’s the culmination of a comedy of errors by Hughes.

Send in the clowns

Let’s be honest. Josh has been a lame duck for years. Under his leadership, the local Dems have endorsed certain sure losers, allowing insurgents to expose the weakness of the Hughes-led party. Witness the way-too-early endorsement of PHH last year, pushed by the state party on a compliant Hughes, when everyone knew PHH was vulnerable and likely would not be re-elected. Sure enough, long-time party stalwart Wade K. took a leap into the breach and is now Mayor Kapszukiewicz, proving how little the endorsement of PHH meant. Fast forward to this January, when the Dems voted to install Lindsay Webb as county treasurer without properly vetting her sordid financial past. Another endorsement, another black eye. Cap it off with the recent endorsement of long shot for County Commish, Gary Byers, and Hughes has run out of eyes to blacken. He had long ago lost the support of major donors to the party, amid frequent calls for his resignation. The only thing that has protected him until now was the lack of an heir apparent.

Looking for a hero

The Dems have three weeks to fill that void. Current LC Clerk of Courts Bernie Quilter has been floated in the past as

the leader of an ouster. Now that a coup is no longer needed, will Bernie become chair? Here’s the rub. It’s the party Central Committee that makes the choice. The same Central Committee that elected Junk-bond Lindsay to be County Treasurer. That doesn’t inspire us with confidence. The Dems need someone who can win the support of the many party factions and improve fund-raising. And they need someone, like, right now. The clock is winding down fast toward Hughes’ imminent departure, in an important electoral year. Dems are eyeing a Blue Wave come November, hoping to take key state-wide races now held by the GOP. As the state’s fourth-largest county, the esteemed County of Lucas will be essential to that goal. The LC Dems need a leader, one ready to take the helm without a learning curve. Will a former party chair like City Councilman Peter Ujvagi or Oregon Administrator Mike Beazley come back to right the ship? Or will someone new emerge, from the resurgent Young Democrats club, perhaps? Maybe a coalition of the former and the new can be built, to sweep out current leadership and start anew? The state primary election is in a few weeks. It’s one helluva time to start a mad scramble to captain a rudderless ship. And the local GOP may rise from its current ash heap to become a formidable foe, if former state elected Mark Wagoner takes the chair. Hughes probably couldn’t pick a worse time to resign. His lack of decisiveness has risen to bite the Dems one last time on his way out the door. The Dems need a champion. Is one waiting in the wings?


Kids Trout Derby SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST

Registration: 8:30 am to Noon; Derby: 9am to 1pm

Olander Park, Nederhouser Community Hall FREE to Sylvania School District Residents; $5 per car for Non-Residents. The Kids Trout Derby introduces youngsters to the fun and sportsmanship of fishing! The Ohio Department of Natural Resources stocks Lake Olander with over 2,000 trout. Each child receives a door prize and is eligible for a free raffle of great prizes donated by area businesses. The Derby is rain-or-shine, so dress appropriately. Register day of event. Special Thanks to Derby Sponsor: Jann’s Netcraft. 6930 Sylvania Ave. Sylvania, OH 43560 | (419) 882-8313 |

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MINDING OUR BUSINESS Reverend Guitars Strike a Chord Six-stringed holiness, made in Toledo by A.S. Coomer

Started in Detroit but since relocated to the Glass City, Reverend Guitars have been pleasing the ears of concert goers since the late nineties. Learn a little more about Toledo’s six-stringed holiness.

The road to Toledo

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Joe Naylor, originally from Ann Arbor, started Reverend Guitars in a garage behind a bicycle shop in Detroit in the late nineties. The company has since moved to Toledo, where it’s run by the husband/ wife team of Ken and Penny Haas, with Naylor still providing all the design work. “In 2010, the opportunity presented itself for Penny and I to buy the company from Joe,” Ken Haas said. “That was when Penny came on full-time. Penny and I have been running the company ever since.” “We moved the company to Livonia, first,” Penny Haas, company COO and Toledo native, said, “and we started hiring more people as we were expanding but the people we were hiring were all from Toledo.” “Initially, we kept the company up there to be close to Joe,” Ken Haas said. “When our lease was up, we needed more space and looked all over the area until we found this building. We had about four people coming up from Toledo already, so it just made sense to move the company here.”

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Naylor’s background in industrial design as well as his years of experience as a vintage guitar repairman and luthier enabled him to design and build unique guitars. Pushing instrument design boundaries, Reverend’s Airsonic HC sports radically thinner wings and thru-body f-holes for intense resonation, while a thick center ridge establishes solid sustain. As well, each instrument’s onboard electronics are the highest quality, including the patented Railhammer pickup. Ken Haas stumbled upon one of Naylor’s creations, a used Commando that Haas still owns, in a music store in Novi, Michigan in 1998. “I just thought it was cool looking,” Haas remembers, “then I saw that it said Eastpointe, Michigan on it. I asked the people that ran the store about it, but they didn’t know much. Back then, you couldn’t just Google ‘Reverend Guitars.’ I had to ask people and do some research.” Haas eventually tracked down Joe Naylor. The two became friends, Naylor bringing Haas, who was then selling automotive parts and playing in bands, with him to guitar trade shows. “I started working for him part-time, taking his guitars to trade shows, like

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Reverend Guitars COO Penny Haas and CEO Ken, who says that “Toledo’s overall charm and wit” brought the company to the city. the Dallas Guitar Festival,” Haas said. “I sold some guitars to several notable people and after doing that for a few years, it turned into a full-time job for me as the sales director. That was when the company was in Warren.”

Playing to the future

Since those beginnings, the company has designed and produced signature guitars and basses for a diverse roster of talented musicians including Mike Watt of The Stooges, Kyle Shutt of The Sword, Reeves Gabrels of The Cure, Rick Vito of Fleetwood Mac, Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, and Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, to name a few. Their instruments are used by a vast array of artists from all genres, including Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Chris Funk of The Decemberists, Elliot Easton of The Cars, Robin Finck of Nine Inch Nails, Billy Joel’s guitarist, Russell Javors, as well as local talent such as Josh Canode of Convictions and Ryland Oehlers of Citizen (check out their website for a complete list). Today, Reverend Guitars are designed and built at the Circle R Ranch in Toledo. All the guitars are manufactured by a boutique guitar manufacturer, Mirr Music, in South Korea. Joe Naylor still designs the company’s instruments, while Ken and Penny Haas handle the business side of things. To check out ive video demos of new and prototype guitars, visit



Wedding Guide When it comes down to it, it’s really all about the couple on their special day. See how one couple personalized their celebration of love and how local venues provide the perfect experience.


Age: 28 Occupation: Psychologist Three words to describe your partner: Hilarious. Ambitious. Sweet. First impression of your partner: Skinny and nerdy.

Did you imagine your wedding day as a little girl?

As a teenager I did. But I grew up watching wedding shows on tv, so it was constantly changing.

Did you love your dress?

It was so perfect. Tara Keely, satin mermaid dress with a layered skirt with horsehair stripes. It’s very modern with a crystal belt and I added crystal straps that crisscross in the back. It was the very first one I tried, although I went on to play dress up at other shops because it was so much fun.


Age: 30 Occupation: Insurance Broker. Three words to describe your partner: Loyal. Intelligent. Realist. First impression of your partner:

She was nothing like anyone I had dated before. She is incredibly loyal and caring.

What was it like seeing Erica walk down the aisle?

She found the perfect dress. Sophisticated, but form fitting. Most importantly, it made her happy, which in turn makes me happy. And I was also hoping she wouldn’t trip walking down the aisle, since the dress was long and she’s so short.

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Rehearsal dinner: Registry Bistro. 144 N. Superior St. 419-725-0444.

Wedding venue and Caterer: Registry Bistro.


Maher Designs Downtown Toledo

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How did you meet?

We were in high school. Justin went to another school, but he was dating my friend Karmen and I tagged along to a movie where I met his friend (who I dated). Those relationships flopped, but we kept in touch on the phone. Months later while talking on the phone, he said he thought I was cute. I said I thought he was cute too. Since we already talked on the phone all the time anyways, it seemed that we might as well just date. And that was it.

Who popped the question, and how?

He did, at Thanksgiving (which my family has always celebrated with 30 friends that are like family). He told my “Aunt” Anne, so she set him up with a toast poking fun at him, “When are you gonna make an honest woman out of this poor child? You’ve been groping her on my couch for 10 years!” I was laughing, but then he stood up and said, “Why don’t we change that?” I looked at him and he was on his knee with a ring. I’ve never seen him cry, but his eyes were red and glassy! I burst into tears and threw my arms around his neck, almost knocking him over.

How long was your engagement? 18 months.

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Flowers: Bartz Viviano

4505 Secor Rd. 419-474-1600.

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What made your wedding special?

Details. The theme was all about “us”. The table numbers were photos of us from each year of our relationship (12 tables, one for each year), I love to bake so 3 of the 5 different cakes were made by my bridesmaid using my recipes (I baked the raspberry one myself), the favors were recipe cards for the cakes. Justin is obsessed with Batman so I got the symbol engraved on his ring and made Batman props for the photo booth. The menu was designed just for us by the head chef of our favorite restaurant. Dinner was themed after our honeymoon to Europe, one dish for each country (Spain, France, and Italy).

During the wedding planning process, did you ever want to elope and just get it over with?

No, I actually loved wedding planning! I had a ball going to vendor meetings and watching wedding shows with my mom on weekends.

Three words to describe your wedding expectations:

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Expensive. Elegant. Delicious.

Three words to describe your wedding reality:

Modern. Fast. Fun.


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How big was your wedding?

100 guests, which was perfect. We wanted enough to fill the dance floor, but we also had a budget.

Wedding coordinator:

Bee for the Day. 844 Elm St. Perrysburg. 419-270-4359. Continued on P. 12

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Luckybird Photography. 517 W. 7th St. Perrysburg. 419-777-6555.

Music and entertainment: Decorative Sounds. 7410 Valhalla Dr. Maumee. 419-867-6733.


Frogtown Photos. 29885 Bradner Rd. Northwood. 419-704-2206.

Tips and tricks for other couples:

Get a good ‘day of’ coordinator! Mine were incredible! Every little thing we could possibly need, they took care of it. They even packed all our gifts and brought them to the hotel room before the end of the night! The most important thing, have the planner check all of your contracts before you sign. It was about 10% of our budget, but they saved us a fortune elsewhere and all we had to do for the wedding was show up.


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Erica and her bridesmaid baked the cakes. (Plus a back up cake from Wixey Bakery).


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Thank you for voting Nazareth Hall as best wedding venue of 2017! Visit us at!

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Make a smile your signature accessory.

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Hensville Wedding Show

2-5pm / Sunday, 4.22 The venues at Hensville have made many newlyweds happy on their wedding day. Curious about this downtown option? Check out Hensville’s gorgeous indoor and outdoor wedding spaces, including Fleetwood’s Rooftop, The Armory, Holy Toledo Room, Holy Toledo Rooftop, and Hensville Park, during an open house on Sunday, April 22. Learn about the variety of options with Hensville’s experienced event planning staff and discuss catering, music, lighting, photography, and other wedding services with local vendors. For more info,

Renovations at The Summit

On the corner of Summit and Perry Streets stands The Summit Event Center, a newly renovated prime location near Hensville, Fifth Third Field, Promenade Park and the Maumee River. Seating up to 300 guests, the versatile floor plan— which includes a portable dance floor, a centralized stage, and a raised mezzanine with garage doors that open on Summit Street for open air events— offers a variety of possible layouts for events and weddings. Other unique offerings include tech innovations, like customized dance floor lighting, smart TVs, light dimmers that all run off an iPad, and more, help events run smoothly. “Our service to our clients sits next to no other,” says owner Rebecca Kessler. “We brand ourselves on our rapport and above-and-beyond responsibilities to the people that work with us. We offer monthly complementary tastings for our catering clients. We also have an array of decor available with all rentals completely FREE of charge.” The Summit, 23 N. Summit St., 419-241-1110.


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Great Lakes Rental Event Center — Bridal Open House

5-8pm / Thursday, 4.19 The Great Lakes Rental Event Center is the newest addition to the lineup of downtown Toledo venue options. Offering a main space for up to 250 guests, a bar area and an outdoor patio, this industrial, Warehouse District venue is a gorgeous option for weddings and receptions. See the space, meet over 20 wedding vendors, enjoy appetizers, desserts, live music, a photobooth and a cash bar during their free open house. 540 S. St. Clair St., 419-720-8800.

Jensen’s Bridal Event Clara J’s Tea Room Hours: Tue - Sat: 11am to 2pm

Neapolitan Hours: Tue - Sat: 10am to 4pm

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Mimosas, Cake & Diamonds Bringing together wedding day essentials, from engagement rings and wedding bands to wedding day jewelry and gifts for the bridal party and the parents.

Looking for a different place to hold your wedding event?




Enjoy special, event only pricing! Buy your attendant gifts and get yours free! (on items priced under $100)

Saturday, april 28th

10am-4pm Haven’t done your cake tasting yet? Since wedding planning is all about working smarter, not harder, we’ve partnered up with Eston’s Bakery to provide wedding cake samples and information while you shop! Let’s check this off your to-do list while we’re at it! Please RSVP if you plan on attending!! No one likes a party that runs out of champagne or cake!

Our tea room is great for bridal lunches, teas, showers, engagement parties and much more. 219 W. Wayne St. | Maumee, OH | 419.897.0219 |


Jensen Jewelers

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Hundreds of gowns in stock from Popular Designers • Jade • Jade Couture • Black Label • MGNY • Ursula of Switzerland

4895 Monroe Street, Toledo, Ohio


Thursday, April 12 is the first home game of the Mud Hens 2018 season and it marks the first day downtown truly opens for the season. April will shower us with Toledo pride. Here’s how we’re celebrating the 419.

Opening Day: Thursday, April 12 Game Time: 4:05pm

The Toledo Mud Hens will face the Pawtucket Red Sox at 4:05pm for their first home game of the season. Flock over to Fifth Third Field and Hensville for the biggest game of the year to cheer on the team and have some fun. Not sure where to put your feet for baseball’s annual return to Toledo? Check out these Opening Day options:

Home Run King in the Hall of Fame

Toledo Mud Hens all-time home run king, Mike Hessman, will be inducted into the International League Hall of Fame. The baseball star is being recognized for his impressive stats during his minor league career between 1996 and 2015. Hessman hit a total of 433 home runs, most in minor league history. Celebrate his accomplishments at the special pregame induction ceremony before the home game on Thursday, August 16. This season, Hessman will serve as hitting coach of Detroit’s Eastern League affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Eats and treats

Hit up the new Holy Toledo! Tavern for local flavors and casual dining, head to Fleetwood’s Tap Room for an eclectic menu and 48 beers on draft, or The BirdCage Bar and Grill (located on the Club Level at Fifth Third Field) for a dining experience created by Chef Tony House, featuring hand-carved meats, antipasti, classic salads, and seasonal entrees.

Opening Day Brewfest

Beer lovers should head to Fifth Third Field for a bubbly celebration of baseball and beer from 3-6pm. Taste-test twelve 3oz beer samples and nosh from an all-you-can-eat buffet, featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, and picnic sides, before you head the to game. $45 admission price includes an Opening Day game ticket, the buffet, and twelve beer samples. Tickets are available for purchase by calling 419-725-HENS.

Opening Day Block Party

Party all day during the third annual opening day block party, featuring local musicians on multiple stages throughout Hensville. At Hensville Park, catch Distant Cousinz (Noon2:30pm), The Skittle Bots (3-6pm), and Last Born Sons (6:30-8:30pm). At Holy Toledo! Tavern, it’s Caveman & Ryan (Noon-3:30pm).

Opening Day Rooftop Party

Soak up the sun, and enjoy a great view of the game, during the first rooftop party of the season. For $70, enjoy rooftop access, a buffet, and a deluxe cash bar. CONT’D ON P18

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2018 Hensville Park Concert Series

Hensville isn’t all baseball— during the summer, the Owens Corning Stage, at Hensville Park adjacent to Fifth Third Field, hosts national acts. A fantastic lineup of country, blues and Southern rock bands includes: Blues Traveler (Saturday, July 7), Blackberry Smoke (Thursday, August 23), and Montgomery Gentry (Thursday, September 6). Flock and FINatics members, the exclusive clubs for Mud Hen and Walleye ticket plan holders, will receive discounted tickets, priced at $32. Prices for the general public: $37 for advanced tickets, $40 at the gate.

Hensville Live! Postgame Concert Series After the competitive heat of a long game, loosen up and blow off some steam at the Owens Corning Stage for with some postgame music, in a series that would be held after every Friday and Saturday Mud Hens home game between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Free and open to the public, you don’t even have to attend a game to enjoy the concerts. Fri., 5.25 - Live Bullet Detroit Bob Seger Tribute Show Sat., 5.26 - Boffo Fri., 6.8 – 56daze, 80’s Party Sat., 6.9 - Venyx Fri., 6.15 - Motor City Soul, Motown Tribute Show


Sat., 6.16 - Not Fast Enuff, #Youwilldobetterintoledo Party

Blues Traveler will play on the Owens Corning Stage at Hensville Park on Saturday, July 7.

Fri., 6.29 - Brent Lowry & The Drifters

Fri., 8.3 - Distant Cousinz

Sat., 6.30 - Zodiac Click

Sat., 8.4 - Fu5ion

Sun., 7.1 - Nashville Crush

Fri., 8.17 - Eric Sowers Band

Tues., 7.3 - Flatline Revival, Rock ‘n’ Blast

Sat., 8.18 - Hard Days Night Beatles Tribute Show

Fri., 7.20 - Arctic Clam

Fri., 8.24 - The Skittle Bots, 90’s Party

Sat., 7.21 - Organized K-os

Sat., 8.25 - Detroit Rock City Kiss Tribute Show

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Local business Handmade Toledo offers deals on the work of local artisans with extended hours 11am-9pm. From 5-9pm, as part of the Art Loop, check out the Mini Maker’s Mart, featuring food, drinks, live music, art, and other excitement. Toledo Spirits Company will stock a cocktail bar with live music by Selector Dub Narcotic from Krecs + goLab. Eats from multiple food trucks will accompany the party. Hop on the Art Loop bus - $1.25 per person, free for TARTA passholders. See more bus route info at 1717 Adams St. 419-214-1717.

419 DAY! Celebrate The Glass City during the unofficial holiday on Thursday, April 19.

Downtown will be lively with the first Art Loop of the season (read more on pg. 32) and plenty of Toledo-centric happenings all day long. Having a hard time knowing where to go? Go-to spots: • The Village on Adams from 6pm-2am. Participate in a scavenger hunt (posted on Facebook and Instagram on 4/19, prizes will go to the first 50 to complete the hunt), • Locally brewed beer and Toledo Spirits cocktail specials, plus happy hour all day, at Wesley’s Bar at 12th and Adams. • Head to the Toledo Spirits Company Gin Garden, between The Attic and Handmade Toledo, just west of 17th and Adams, for handcrafted cocktails. • The patio bar will be open at The Attic on Adams, with DJ Jon Zenz playing from 10pm-2am. With strolling magic by Martin Jarret from 7:30-9:30pm. • 419 Day Show at The Ottawa Tavern with Grubby Paws, Zimmerman Twins, Mike DuBose & the Antidepressants, Emma Lee, Reginald Leister, and others. 7pm. $5. $8 for ages under 21.

• Drink and pizza specials along with male entertainers and a drag show at Georgjz419 Fun Food & Spirits. • Local craft beers, Buckeye Beer, and a special Toledo Spirits craft cocktail list along with locally sourced food features, and live music by Steve Kennedy at Manhattan’s Pub ‘n Cheer. • $4.19 margaritas and Toledo brewed beers at Carlos’ Poco Loco.

• 25% off all 419 products at Jupmode at 21st and Adams. • 419-inspired tattoos at Ink and Iron Tattoo Parlour and Gallery.

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Toledo’s newest recording and production studio, Dream Louder Music, will offer an open house from 5-9pm. Founders Ben Cohen, Sam Woldenberg and Lucas Madrazo emphasize mixing, production, and custom composition for media outlets and artists. “Our primary focus at Dream Louder is connecting original music from our favorite Great Lakes based artists with media companies, filmmakers and content creators,” said Cohen. “There is so much incredible talent in our region, it made sense to create this centralized hub to let the music shine. Opening on 419 day makes sense to us.... it is a celebration of all things local and we are happy and proud to call that area code our home.”

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APRIL AND BEYOND Craft Cocktail Workshops

Thursday, 4.18 Known for their creative and sophisticated cocktails, Registry Bistro makes booze enthusiasts happy with a series of workshops. On the third Thursday of every month, Registry opens their bar to spirited cocktail aficionados eager to learn the art of mixology. During a hands-on lesson, enjoy nibbles while you learn a cocktail’s history and how to mix it. Space is limited, so register in advance. 6pm. $25 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Registry Bistro, 144 N. Superior St., 419-725-0444.

419 History Day

Saturday, 4.14 Learn about Toledo’s history at the Main Library during a day full of educational fun. Hear from local authors, Toledo historians, see living history reenactors and interpreters, and enjoy large screen showings of Toledo Stories, presented by WGTE Public Media, showcased between 1-5pm. Toledo Lucas County Public Library Main Branch, 325 N. Michigan St., 419-259-5200. Free

2nd Annual Edward Drummond Libbey Day

Tuesday, 4.17 Celebrate Libbey’s 164th birthday and his contributions to Toledo at this informative event highlighting Mr. and Mrs. Libbey’s role in building the Toledo community, including a tour of their historic home. 4:30-6pm. Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey House, 2008 Scottwood Ave. 419-270-6850. See the “Libbey House Foundation” on Facebbok. Free

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EPIC Toledo Birthday Bash Friday, 4.20 Our incredible region is driven by young professionals who start and grow their lives and careers here. Show how much Toledo’s young professionals mean to you during an evening of entertainment with DJ One Tyme and Organized K-OS, dancing, signature drinks and food from iconic Toledo restaurants. $25/EPIC members, $35/non-members. 7-11pm. Downtown Toledo Train Station, 415 Emerald Ave. 419-243-8198.

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

The food has been eaten, the votes have been cast and this year, these two farm-fresh and locally sourced options stand out.

311 Conant St. in Uptown Maumee

What truly makes this place stand out is not only their farm-fresh food, but also their involvement in the community. Working directly with Sunshine Communities, a local supporter of people with developmental disabilities, the basil for the pesto of this wrap is grown at Sunshine’s greenhouse, then processed at Bittersweet Farms in Whitehouse, Ohio. The Basil Pesto makes for a pleasant accent to this wrap, filled with grilled chicken, tomatoes, red onions, spinach, and mozzarella, then lightly toasted.


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

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Shawn’s Pub Fare A 50-year area tradition By Jeff McGinnis

For 50 years, Shawn’s Irish Tavern has been a staple of the Toledo pub scene. Originally opening in 1968 as “Shawn’s Back Door,” the look and feel of the place was a constant at its Heatherdowns location for over three decades. In 2002, the Lark brothers, John and Jeff, purchased the business and oversaw some major changes — renovating the original tavern and franchising the name for new locations.

Good things come in three

In 2009, the second Shawn’s Tavern opened, in Waterville, and a third location was added in Sylvania in 2012. “We all have the same menu, the same pricing,” Jeff Lark said. “I would say that each one might have a bit of an individual identity. I know that there’s entertainment that we have at the Toledo store where the entertainment is not a function of the everyday part of the business at the Waterville location. But by and large, they’re all similar.” Besides the expansion, though, Lark takes pride in Shawn’s consistency as a staple of Toledo pub dining. Through two ownership changes and five decades, Shawn’s basic fare— hamburgers, pizza, steak, Lake Erie Perch— has remained largely unchanged. “We pretty much kept the same menu with a couple little tweaks. The prior owner purchased all the original recipes, as did we,” Lark said.

Please seat yourself

Before walking in the door of the Waterville restaurant, one can’t help but smile. The scent of charred meat wafting through the air is an olfactory pronouncement that behind the green door, good and simple pub food is served. A fine welcome to a long-lasting neighborhood establishment. “PLEASE SEAT YOURSELF!” the chalkboard by the front door directs. At first glance, the decor feels like a standard sports pub. Booths and tables surround a central bar, memorabilia hangs on every wall, with numerous

televisions — including in the men’s restroom— to give guests a chance to keep up with the day’s Big Game. The fare, like the decor, at first glance, seems relatively standard for a pub — chicken, steak, burgers, sandwiches — but it’s not what a place serves, but how they serve it that matters.

Doesn’t need much

I ordered the Shawn’s Burger and fries— I’m always a sucker for a place that names a hamburger after itself— and some chicken chunks. The chunks arrived quickly, fresh-cut chicken, lightly breaded and smothered in barbecue sauce, a sports bar standard elevated by spot-on execution. Any night the chunks would be a satisfactory meal. I saved room, though, for the burger. The burger arrived with a generous portion of clearly, fresh cut fries— not particularly crisp, quite limp, actually— but still tasty. Shawn’s Burger, however, was something special. A half-pound of beef, lightly seasoned to accentuate, but not dominate, the meat’s flavor, served on a lightly toasted bun. I didn’t add any condiments — the burger didn’t need any. The Shawn’s Burger was one of the best hamburgers I’ve had in quite a while.

Five decades of comfort

Pub fare or “comfort food,” might imply that a place like Shawn’s serves food that will satisfy when your palate longs for something less adventurous. But Shawn’s has demonstrated for five decades, even a standard hamburger can become a genuinely excellent meal with the proper ingredients and effort. Shawn’s reminded me how fulfilling a simple meal can be, when done well. The smile on your face when you enter will be even broader as you leave. Waterville: South 3rd St., 419-441-1081. Toledo: 4400 Heatherdowns Blvd., 419-381-1281. Sylvania: 7436 W. Bancroft St., 419-724-7981.

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Can you identify food by its taste, without looking at it? Test yourself and your senses at the 7th Annual 2018 EyEvent Gala Dining in the Dark. Enjoy using your sense of taste, sound and touch with a specialist from Sight Center Vision Rehabilitation to guide the simulated darkness dining experience. 6-9pm Wednesday, April 25. The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Cir., Maumee. 419-891-7325.


Normally an invitation-only event for food-buyers and distributors, the Northwest Ohio Local Food Show, this year, allows guests to purchase from vendors directly. In 90 minutes, guests can learn about products and make purchases while interacting with vendors. Companies attending the event include Angry Irishman Hot Sauce, The Drip Coffee, Royal Cravings Gourmet Gifts and Treats, Ying’s Kitchen and more. Eat and support local with over 30 Toledo businesses at this flavorful show. Noon1:30pm Wednesday, April 11. Stranahan Theater Great Hall, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-381-8851. Free

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Drinks with fish

Enjoy the finer things in life at the Toledo Zoo’s Aquarium Wine Tasting. Sip on tasty selections paired with hors d’oeuvres and enjoy live music surrounded by fish and aquatic creatures. This gathering is great for a social night out with friends or a romantic date. $45/members, $50/non-members. 7-9pm Saturday, April 21. The Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-5721.



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Tastings Thursday, 4.12

Travel Tastings Oberammergau, Germany Manhattan’s Pub ‘n Cheer

Join guest speaker Debra Ruzbasan of Ed-Ventures, Inc. and other adventure seekers for an evening of informative travel discussion and German tastes prepared by Chef Chris Forgette. $15. 7-8:30pm. 1516 Adams St. 419243-6675.

Special Guest Appearance: Chloe Wines, John Hurt Inc. Walt Churchill’s Market

Don’t pass up this rare opportunity to try wine samples from a small, French family-owned estate that has a 3,000 year history of wine making. See more about their business at Prices vary. 5-7pm. 3320 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee. 419-794-4000.

Friday, 4.13

Wine by the Glass Pavilion Toledo Museum of Art

Wine tastings at the museum are back! Enjoy four budget friendly wines at this “Terrific Taxtime” tasting, paired with hors d’oeuvres. On Friday, April 20, try top rated New World Wines at their “American Award-winning Wines” tasting. $25/members, $35/non-members. 6:30-8:30pm. 2445 Monroe St. 410-255-8000.

Culinary Events Friday, 4.13

Vegetable Showcase: Carrots Culinary Vegetable Institute

Saturday, 4.14

UnWINEd Saturday Tasting The Pub at Paula Brown Shop

Check out what delicious wines The Pub is sampling at this weekly tasting event. In addition, enjoy fresh-cooked food by Diane Rogers. Prices vary. 10:30am-5pm. 912 Monroe St. 419-241-8100.

Friday, 4.20

ABCTasting: Anything but Chardonnay Walt Churchill’s Market

Jump into spring with alternative whites and lighter reds perfect for the season. Prices vary. 4-7pm. 26625 Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg. 419-872-6900. waltchurchillsmarket. com

Saturday, 4.21

Earth Day Celebration Walt Churchill’s Market

Get a head start on the celebration of Earth Day (April 22) with tastings from sustainable and organic wineries. Prices vary. 2-6pm. 3320 Briarfield Blvd., Maumee. 419794-4000.

$1 Wine & Beer Sample Saturday Bottle Shop at Mancy’s Italian

Get the best of both worlds with tastes of wine and craft beer at an affordable price. Stop in anytime during business hours for this deal. $1. 11am-9pm. 5453 Monroe St. 419-824-2463.

Thursday, 4.19

Lunch & Learn HeART Gallery and Studios

Enjoy a bowl of homemade soup, breads and sweets during a DIY demonstration. This month, meet Toledo Food Bank Director, Deborah Vos. Register in advance. 12:15-1:15pm. 428 N. Erie St. 419-2434214.

Explore the Umbelliferae family that includes carrots, fennel, celery, dill, and parsley with a delectable dinner consisting of the brilliant flavors. Price includes hospitality, gratuity not accepted. $108. 6:30pm. 12304 Mudbrook Rd., State Route 13, Milan. 419-499-7500.

Saturday, 4.14

Brunchy Bar March on Adams Village on Adams

Enjoy live entertainment, a brunch feature and drink specials at participating bars on Adams Street to raise funds for March of Dimes Ohio’s Ambassador Family, Matt and Amanda Kosinski. March of Dimes supports the health of babies and mothers during pregnancy. $5 wristband grants access to all participating bars. 3-7pm. 1700 Adams St.

Wednesday, 4.18

Third Wednesday Cooking Class ProMedica Ebeid Institute

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Check out a cooking demonstration based on topics of interest like seasonal classes, cooking from the garden, special health conditions, or just for fun. Registration required. 5pm. 1806 Madison Ave., 2nd Floor. 567-585-0055. Free

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Amazing Appetizers Foodology

This family friendly class will teach you how to create high-end looking appetizers while learning new techniques and knife skills. Some menu items include cucumber cups, BBQ pork wontons, Buffalo chicken meatballs, and cheesecake stuffed chocolate dipped strawberries. $45. 5:30-8:30pm. 2059 W. Laskey Rd. 567-970-7100.

Saturday, 4.21

Cooking on a Budget Main Branch Library

Tasty and healthy doesn’t always have to be expensive–Watch Patrice Powers-Barker of OSU Extension give this cooking demonstration on money-saving dishes and sample them at the end. 2-3:30pm. 325 Michigan St. 419-259-5200. Free

UPCOMING Tommy Davidson April 12-15th

Queer Queens of Qomedy April 24th

Kountry Wayne April 27th & 28th

Chris Porter

April 19-22nd

Deon Cole May 17-20

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Toledo City Paper joined The Fair Housing Center, the Arts Commission and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library asking Toledoans to submit short poems inspired by their zip code — with the number of words in each line of the poem determined by the corresponding digit in their zip code. The contest, which began in 2016, this year received over 250 submissions. Here’s a small selection of entries which scored highly with our judges. The winners will be determined during our 419 Day Celebration, from 5:30-7:30pm on Thursday, April 19 at Main Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library (325 N. Michigan St.) in downtown Toledo.

CAMILLE MORELOCK 43614 resident for roughly ten years.

I walk to Delaware Park when I need to get away from the roar of the trail and a few summers ago, I met a rough looking red fox. I’ve been calling them “Ghost” and I see them pretty often. If you need anything else, please let me know.


there’s a fox that lives in Delaware Park. He watches from the bushes, I pretend I don’t see.

KANAYAH RABBITT 43613 resident for two years.

Putting my boys to sleep in the city, all I want to do is to sit on my porch, look at the stars in the sky while listening to the vehicles on the highway. Instead, I hear random gunshots and numerous of dogs barking.


Midnight stars shine above Sounds of gunshots Vehicles on highway racing fast, loud Dogs Kids fast asleep

43612 resident for 18 years

What inspired my poem was finding out an old friend of mine lost his life from a heroin overdose, less than a mile from my home. It affects so many more people than you realize, and it’s a sad reality in many neighborhoods.


Silence, until you hear the ambulance sirens. Your friend took his last breath; sirens. Now silence.


43614 resident for about 30 years. I have great memories of growing up in 43614 and the area has so many hidden gems! Kids from the area know the thrill of sledding down the huge hill by Harvard Elementary and the excitement of a fresh donut from Wixey Bakery.


East Side/43605 resident for three years.


43615 resident for four and a half years. The inspiration for this poem came from a neighbor of mine who is also one of my mom’s students. Lately, he has been riding his bike through the neighborhood everyday, and it never ceases to make me smile.


On Harvard’s frozen hill we caught snow in our mouths, then thawed our tongues with Wixey’s chocolate glaze.



Monclova, home of homophobes. Ku Klux Klan In hooded robes, with those Trump Pence posters A most deplorable home to bloated voters. 28


to the autistic boy who just learned to ride a two wheeled bike thanks for wind on my face

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My poem was inspired by a need for change in my neighborhood. A lot more could be done to address economic injustice, homelessness, mental health issues, etc..., but priorities seem to lie elsewhere for now.


I see systemic poverty ugly and unnecessary potholes and panhandlers proliferate so abundantly ... Naively I dream of possibilities



43614 resident for three and a half years.

JUSTIN LONGACRE 43613 resident for most of my life.

This poem was inspired by an abandoned car with a beehive in the engine block. I am interested in nature reclaiming the vestiges of industry.


Pokeweed around the Pontiac in the backyard, a beehive in the engine block, dripping oil and honey.

When we first moved here, my husband and I struggled to find a place that felt like home to us, but then we found our little rental property near the Maumee River in south Toledo. We love walking our greyhound in our beautiful neighborhood overlooking the water.


We chose this house near the river, the dryness of our skin pulling us closer to the water





When the neighbors moved And left me Washed away with the sidewalk chalk, Dust, Once the sun reappeared

Manhattan, LaGrange, Stickney, Central Heritage, history, heart Known as the Old Polish Village Where my great great grandparents got their start

Casey Riley 43560 And now I need A glitchy GPS To get around a place I thought I could never forget. (But I did)


Outside the house, waiting To go in. I’m nervous to see the inside (holdingmybreathholdingmybreathholdingmybreath) The door opens and I gasp--



Community homes line up Unity sign-up, Now! Our homes are not a dump Trump! ( Unspoken Politics)

43609 resident no longer, but I spent many years there as a kid. My parents still live there, so I’m still in that area on a regular basis.


Vast potholes litter roads Garden, zoo, museum Streets cracked and broken, like citizens Industrial Lively; spring’s beginning


Up in the fort Built for two I spent my summer nights reading (Only sometimes past my bedtime) With the string lights and warm breeze guiding me


kids flock about houses playing with nature meeting your friend around the corner peaceful Playful


I’m in seventh grade Waiting for TARTA On the steps of El Tipico (no one waiting here speaks to anyone else) The others: smoking, sneering; Me: pretending I’m a horse

Dale’s colossal pancake breakfast 12 o’clock sun Safety colored grass and family Short drives and corn fields Welcoming






Ice in the river Spotted tiger lillies Ants in the grass and Cicada shells on the pines Yearly

When I was 13, I used to wait for the bus with a group of kids who were into heavy metal and were not interested in being my friends. To pass the (presmartphone) time, I would daydream about dorky stuff like instruments of the orchestra, my stamp collection, and horses.


Authors! Authors! presents Natalie Morales

As part of its Authors! Authors! Series, the Toledo Public Library welcomes Natalie Morales. An emmy award winning reporter, Morales has worked for a range of news platforms including Dateline NBC, NBC Nightly News, and MSNBC. Currently, Morales is West Coast Anchor for The Today Show. In her new book centered around the progression of The Today Show, Morales discusses how she juggles being a working mom while keeping her family’s well-being at the forefront. $20. Thursday, April 19. Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-381-8851.

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? ?? ? Literature Trivia Night

Put your love of literature to the test during this Literary Trivia night at Gathering Volumes. Form a squad of fellow book lovers and battle it out with other teams. That assortment of random facts you know about Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, or Harry Potter just might come in handy! To register, sign up in the store or call 567-336-6188. 7-9pm. Saturday, April 14. Gathering Volumes, 196 E. South Boundary, Perrysburg. 567-336-6188. Free


FILM NOTES Creative minds

Witness talent on the rise with University of Toledo’s Student Filmmakers Showcase. The University’s Department of Theatre and Film presents this exhibit, screening student short film, video and animation works named by judges as “the top” in the competition. $5-$10. 7:30pm Friday, April 20. University of Toledo Center for Performing Arts, 1910 W. Rocket Dr. 419-530-2787.

Featured flicks

The Library continues to screen compelling movies during its Film Focus: Independent Film Festival. On Monday, April 16, view the award-winning documentary Triple Divide [Redacted] (pictured bottom left) that reports the effects of fracking at Pennsylvania’s Triple Continental Divide, one of the country’s most pristine watersheds. On Monday, April 23, follow the thrilling story of a mother, Diane Kramer, in search of her son’s murderer in the French film Moka (pictured top left). See where obsession leads her and the driver of the hit-and-run incident that ultimately took her son’s life. Screenings start at 6:45pm. Main Branch Library McMaster Center, 325 Michigan St. 419-259-5200. Free


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New play A Life to debut at the Collingwood Arts Center by Jeff McGinnis Nate, a gay man who lives in New York, is recovering from his latest breakup, the most recent in a long line of failed connections in his life. Trying to make sense of it all, he begins focusing on astrology— hoping to find an answer to his heartache among the stars. But, as playwright Adam Bock will make clear before his show’s runtime is over, the true answer may have been in front of him all along.


That’s the premise of A Life, Bock’s new play that will make its Toledo debut at the Underground at the Collingwood Arts Center on Friday, April 20 at 8 pm. Directed by area veteran Jeffrey Albright, the show debuted in 2016 on Broadway with David Hyde Pierce in the lead role.

John DuVall (above) as Nate in A Life. “We’ve worked together so much, we have a familiarity with one another and sort of speak the same language,” director Albright said.


Albright said that there is a freedom that comes with presenting a new play like this to an unfamiliar audience. “With this play in particular, there’s a big surprise sort of midway through the show that completely makes the show change direction,” Albright said. “I actually saw this play in 2016 with David Hyde Pierce, and I’m glad I didn’t know when I saw it. “That’s very liberating, to be able to present a play, and people don’t really know what’s going to happen.” Albright submitted the show to the reading committee of Actors Collaborative Toledo for consideration and he is very familiar with John DuVall, the local actor who will be playing the incredibly challenging central role.

Rumored love


Finding Connections Among the Stars

Head to The Rep Theatre for the second installment in their LGBT Rainbow Series, The Children’s Hour. This classic gay play written in 1934 centers around an allgirls boarding school run by two women who face rumors of being lovers. Watch as the accusation threatens their careers, relationships, and lives. $12. 8pm. Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. The Toledo Repertoire Theatre,16 10th St., 419-243-9277.

Reina Mystique and Gabrielle Southwell rehearse A Life. Both actors will play multiple roles in the production. “He’s (John’s) done a lot of shows. One particular show we did together as actors some years ago, which was about a 45-minute monologue to begin with,” Albright said. “When I decided to do the show, I didn’t know that John would be the actor. He auditioned with several other people, and he’s the one that I picked.” “We’ve worked together so much, we have a familiarity with one another and sort of speak the same language— me as a director and he as an actor, and the communication, we have is like shorthand.”

Connecting with people

The rest of the cast includes Carol Ann Erford, Greg Kissner, Reina Mystique, and Gabrielle Southwell. The female performers each play multiple roles -- the details of which Albright is careful not to divulge, lest the play’s central surprise be spoiled. “Gabrielle, it’s her first time ever onstage, so that’s fun, to work with somebody who is completely inexperienced and raw, and watch her really blossom and grow in the rehearsals. Then, Carol Ann Erford, who’s a veteran, has been around for years, with a mix of people in other roles. So it’s a really sort of an eclectic cast that I’ve been very pleased with.” Above all, Albright said he hopes his audience will come away from A Life with a sense of how important connection with other people really is— and how we may not understand how many lives each of us have touched. “He’s talking about the stars and everything, but really what he’s talking about is looking for love and connection, and never quite being able to make it click. And him turning to astrology is sort of his last thing where we see him, where he’s tried everything else and he desperately wants to find connection with another human being,” Albright said. “The play speaks about how important interpersonal connection is, and about how sometimes when we don’t know that we have connections with people, we really do.”

Hey, Buddy

Falling in love

Good or bad, every relationship has two sides. Follow the love affair and marriage between an up-and-coming novelist and a struggling actress during the award winning Off-Broadway musical, The Last Five Years. Told over a period of five years, the musical follows the perspective of both individuals as their love develops. $20. 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday. April 20-21 and 2728. Manhattan’s Pub & Cheer, 1516 Adams St.,

Despite Buddy Holly’s short life, he made a deep impact on the world of rock and roll. The awardwinning musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story stops in Toledo to take audience members through Buddy Holly’s rise to stardom and tragic, early death. The hit musical features Holly’s biggest hits like Peggy Sue, That’ll Be The Day, Not Fade Away and more. $49-$79. 7:30pm. Thursday, April 12. The Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St., 419-242-3490.

$15. 8pm, Friday-Saturday. April 20-21, 27-28. The Underground at The Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd., 419-205-0409.

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ART TO HEART Back In The Loop 3rd Thursdays are back

Artists show works inside and outside shops during the Loop.


The Main Branch library serves as a central hub during the Loop. In 2015, The Arts Commission expanded monthly Art Walks into a more defined monthly series: the 3rd Thursday Art Loop. During the pilot year, the Art Loop featured around 30 creative spaces offering special events, art demonstrations, drink and food specials and more. With continued growth, the Art Loop will enter its fourth year even bigger and even better than before: the new season boasts almost 100 participating venues, two bus lines with 19 stops total, and a full season of themes. New stops this season include Imagination Station, Ottawa Street Studios, Oliver House, Market on the Green/Uptown Green, and Jupmode. While the last Art Loop was held last December, the 2018 Art Loop season officially kicks off on the perfect day to celebrate Toledo pride: 419 Day (also known as April 19).

„„ The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Main Branch (325 N. Michigan St.) is an easy place to start. Parking is available in the Library garage until 9pm. „„ Bring exact change of $1.25 to purchase a wristband for the bus line, unless you already have a TARTA pass. You’ll receive unlimited rides all evening long on the two bus lines to 19 stops scattered throughout the Loop.

„„ Mind your time. The Art Loop lasts from 5:30-9pm, but downtown stays lively well after the Loop is “over.” „„ Plan a route in advance, and even make a custom map online (also available on mobile) at „„ Don’t sweat it. You don’t need to hit every stop to be in the Loop— just focus on enjoying the ones you visit. „„ Check out featured stops, special events and details for the Loop every month at

April: Art & Ingenuity

What does the future look like? See how Toledoans blend art and technology to create unique, innovative visions of tomorrow during April’s Art Loop, themed “Art & Ingenuity.” Join in on the fun, and get inspired by downtown Toledo’s galleries, artists, murals, musicians and other creatives, by stopping at these highlights:

Live music, dancing, and other free activities are held throughout the streets of downtown.

Help keep the Loop, and other programming from The Arts Commissions, by volunteering.

1. Creative Renaissance

The Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel will offer a feast of 419 flavors for eyes and stomachs. View works by local artists, participate in a live painting with Matt Taylor, enjoy appetizers and refreshments, and vy for your chance to win a complimentary future night’s stay in the hotel’s 419 room. 5-9pm.

2. Hang 10

Love to cover your walls with décor? Don’t let tape wreck the paint. Learn more than 50 creative ways to display artwork, photos, and more at HeART Gallery and Studios. Check out the ideas, enjoy refreshments, and listen to live music by Scott Biddle from 5-8pm. The exhibit will also be on view from 5-8pm on Friday and from 11am-2pm on Saturday.


3. Spark your imagination.

The Imagination Station is new to the Loop this year, and there might not be a better place to celebrate the theme of creative technology. Explore hands-on exhibits and discover interactive and educational activities perfect for all ages. After 5pm during the Loops, Imagination Station offerw a reduced rate of $5 per person, with featured free activities in the lobby and outside, weather permitting.

4. Honorable Mentions

As much as we’d love to highlight the Ode the ZIP Code event at the Main Library, or the Handmade Toledo Mini-Mart, we already did. Check out more about the poetry reading on pg. 28, and learn more about Handmade Toledo’s 419 Day celebration on pg. 19.


The Arts Commission makes the Art Loop, and most of their events, free and open to the public— but they can’t do this without your support. Help support the arts organization by attending their ticketed event, The Mix Beacon on Friday, April 20 (learn more about the annual fundraiser on pg. 38). Can’t afford to attend a fundraiser, or just want to help more? Considering volunteering for the Art Loop, or other events, to lend a hand (for details, visit

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2018 ART LOOP SCHEDULE: „„ April 19: Art & Ingenuity

„„ May 17: Craft & Culinary (plus, the Glass City Film Festival) „„ June 21: Art of Automobiles „„ July 17: Summer Spectacular „„ August 16: Dog Days of Summer + Cats „„ September 20: Dancin’ In The Streets „„ October 18: Haunted Harvest „„ November 15: Holiday Loop „„ December 20: Light Up! Toledo

ART NOTES Friday, 4.13 EAR | EYE: Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art - This ongoing performance and discussion series explores the relationship of contemporary music and art through performances in response to specific artworks. 7pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. Free

GAPP Artist Lecture: Jen Blazina - The Philadelphia based contemporary artist will discuss her works and her Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) residency. 7pm. Toledo Museum of Art GlasSalon, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. Free

“I Am a Woman Because”

Embrace what makes you unique during this empowering photoshoot, ladies. The second annual “I Am a Woman Because” photoshoot centers around allowing women to be unapologetic, natural, and in true form. Wear what makes you most confident and spend the afternoon getting to know and celebrating other local women. 3:15-5:15pm. Saturday, April 21. The Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. See the event on Facebook. Free

Saturday, 4.14

TMA’s newest exhibit takes wing

The beautiful work of Scottish American poet and artist, Alexander Wilson, will be on exhibit at the Toledo Museum of Art, beginning Saturday, April 21. A self taught artist, Wilson self illustrated 314 species of birds. Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the United States will be on display during May’s American Birding Week, which brings thousands of visitors to NW Ohio. On view through July 15. The Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

Generative Writing Workshop- Use photographs to create a story and generate new writing. A meditation will start the class, followed by the writing workshop. Space is limited, register in advance. $10. 2-3:30pm. The 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. 419-874-4174. The Toledo Craftsman’s Guild Spring Showcase - Skilled crafters and vendors will show off and sell their creations. 10am-4pm. Tam-O-Shanter, 7060 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. 419-842-1925. Free George Carruth Spring Signing- The sculptor will speak with fans, exhibit pieces, and sign work. 10am-5pm. Garden Smiles, 211 Mechanic St., Waterville. 419-878-5412. Free Color Theory: How to Select and Use a Color Palette - Learn the basics of color theory in this five session series, held from 10:30am-1pm on Saturdays. April 14, 21, 28, May 5 and 12. Registration required. $120. The Art Supply Depo Toledo, 29 S. St. Clair St., 419-720-6462.

Saturday, 4.21 57th Annual Toledo Artists’ Club Auction - Auctioneer Charales Nafzinger will auction off original artwork by Toledo Artists’ Club members. This event will also feature door prizes and a cash bar. $2 admission. 6-10pm. Maumee Elks, 139 W. Wayne, Maumee. 419-893-7272. Kokedama Class - Learn the Japanese art of Kokedama while making your own string garden. Supplies included. Space is limited, register in advance. $25. 11am-12:30pm. Art and Performance Center of West Toledo, 2702 W. Sylvania Ave. 419-704-3576.

Eight times a charm

Get creative at the 8th Annual NW Ohio Bead Shop Hop, from Monday, April 16 through Saturday, April 21. Shop five local businesses, all owned by awesome women, for the best locally made jewelry and gifts. Make your own creation that just screams YOU! Explore the shops and be entered to win a gift certificate. Participating shops: Beads & Books, Bead Attic, Toledo, Bonita Bead Boutique, Maumee, Coyote Beads, Bowling Green, and JuJu Bead, Findlay. For more information visit,

Sunday, 4.22 Handcrafted Artisan Paper - Learn tips and project ideas on how to make recycled paper by hand. Space is limited, register in advance. $15. 2-3:30pm. The 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. 419-874-4174.

Thursday, 4.19 May They Live Forever: Ancient Egyptian Mummies - Dr. Salima Ikram, Professor at the American University in Cairo, will discuss details on ancient Egyption Mummies and how society’s perception of them have changed throughout the years. 6pm. Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. Free

Tuesday, 4.24 Art Book Club Discussion - This group gathering will make connections with works in the museum to “Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs” by Bob Brier. Registration required. 5:30-6:30pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., 419-255-8000. Free

Friday, 4.20 The Road to 150: An Exclusive Talk with Brian French - AIGA Toledo and Commerce Paper host a pop up show from 2-7:30pm, presenting the history of the French Paper Company, a sixth generation family owned mill based in SW Michigan. Current owner, Brian French, will offer an exclusive talk at 4pm (registration required). AIGA Toledo, 705 Monroe St., Free

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LISTEN HEAR More than vinyl

Record Store Day and the Legacy of Pat O’Connor By Michael Pierce

The late Pat O’Connor is remembered with a music and arts festival. Every April for the last eleven years, Record Store Day has put the spotlight on independent record stores around the country – giving music fans a oncea-year opportunity to binge on special releases, forgotten b-sides, and free merch (for those who show up early). This year’s event takes place on Saturday, April 21.

Local Hubs

Around the city, avid music fans and vinyl collectors will find all sorts of hidden gems at Culture Clash, Allied Records, and Friendly Beaver. “We open at 10am, and we’ll have all of the official Record Store Day releases, along with free pizza from Pizza Cat throughout the day”, says Broc Curry— owner of Friendly Beaver Records on Main Street. One of the highly anticipated releases this year will be Mac Demarco’s “Old Dog Demos”— a collection of never released b-sides and instrumental tracks— and his vinyl 7” done in collaboration with Shamir, titled “Beat Happening Covers.” Another one is the re-release of Harry Nilsson’s “Pussy Cats”, produced by John Lennon.

Celebrating Pat O’Connor

In Toledo, Record Store Day is also a day of celebration for the life of Pat O’Connor – founder of Culture Clash Records, who passed away at the end of 2016. Pat’s love of vinyl and the positive energy that he radiated lives on in the Glass City, as Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 is also a city-wide festival dedicated to the man who brought us Culture Clash Records. The Pat O’Connor Music and Arts Festival will kick off with live music by Tim Oehlers and Michael Gramza at the Glass City Cafe, followed by live performances from other local musicians at Bozo’s Bar and Grille, Wesley’s


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Bar, Ye Olde Durty Bird, and Culture Clash. (To see the full schedule, visit

Settling In

One year ago, music lover and entrepreneur Tim Friedman officially took over Culture Clash Records, ensuring the store’s continued existance. “It’s been a full year, it’s been a lot of fun. It’s an honor to take over for Pat, but it’s a little daunting”, says Friedman. “It’s been important for me to not change too much because it was already an incredible place.” For Record Store Day, Culture Clash will open at 10am and will have coffee and donuts from Holey Toledough and Kombucha from Boochy Mama’s. Rusty’s Road Trip will also be on site, offering free classic grilled cheese sandwiches with any record purchase. Aside from exclusive Record Store Day releases, “We’ll have hundreds of albums marked down, up to 50% off ”, says Friedman.

More Live Performances

Live music at Culture Clash will start at 3pm, kicking off with country singersongwriter Charles Hill Jr. from Cleveland, followed by folk singer Libby DeCamp from Romeo, Michigan. Closing out the day will be local folk trio Oliver Hazard – who’ve been making a splash on the national scene, being booked for the Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam mega-festivals, among other venues this year. “We’re trying to strike a balance between booking shows across the country and also supporting our local community back home. We think that both are equally important”, explains lead singer Michael Belazis. For more info, visit or

Highlighted events indicates our picks for the week

WED, APR 11 Bar 145: Kaiden & Big C (pop/rock, covers) Black Kite Coffee: Open Mic Wednesdays Join musicians and poets every Wednesday night this popular Old West End Coffee Shop. The Kite is a safe and welcoming space for the LGTBQ community taking PRIDE in its handmade drinks and savory pies. Meet new friends at this friendly Open Mic Night. Come early to sign up. Event is free, purchase a drink to support the shop. 6pm. 2499 Collingwood Blvd. 419- 720-5820. (open mic) Free Cock n Bull: Danny Mettler (acoustic, covers) Howard’s: Mark Mikel & His Playtime Pals (pop/rock) Manhattan’s: Open Mic (acoustic, open mic) Sodbuster’s: Ragtime Rick & His Chefs of Dixieland (jazz/swing) Swig: Rick & Isaac (acoustic, covers)

THURS, APR 12 Blarney: Last Born Sons (rock, covers) Club Sugarhill: H-Factor Jazz Show (jazz) Cock n Bull: Opening Day w/Captain Sweet Shoes Durty Bird: Opening Day w/Baccano (pop/rock, covers) Hensville Park: Distant Cousinz, the Skittle Bots, Last Born Sons ‘Opening day’ downtown is no joke. The Warehouse District throws a major block party all day- the fans roaring in the stadium and live music in Hensville Park. Located adjacent to the ballfield, and complete with a impressive festival stage, the concert is sure to turn some heads and attract a rockin’ crowd.12-8:30pm. 406 Washington St. 419-725-4367. (rock) Free Howard’s: Tree No Leaves, Groove Syndicate (rock, jam/rock) Manhattan’s: Kyle White (acoustic, songwriter) The Pub: Open Blues & Rock Jam (open mic) Swig: Dooley Wilson (blues/guitar) Table 44: Opening Day w/ Not Fast Enuff (pop/rock, covers)

FRI, APR 13 Bar 145: Arctic Clam (pop/rock, covers) Blarney: Bradberries (pop/rock, covers) BGSU: A Cappella Choir w/ Men’s Chorus (choral) Civic Music Hall: Full Borer, Deadbeat Moms, Mobile Deathcamp (hard/rock, hardcore) Cock n Bull: Barile & May and Not Fast Enuff The Mudhens will be in day two of a stretch of home games at the start of the season, so why not stick around downtown Saturday? Wander over to the Toledo Farmers’ Market before noon and pick up a fresh pretzel croissant and some organic greens. Go ahead and treat yourself to a coffee on St. Clair. Then it’s time to find your seats at Hensville Stadium and catch a great game of ball. Why leave while the night is young? Stop into the C&B for an evening worthy of song. 4pm-1am. 9 N. Huron St. 419-244-2855. cocknbulltoledo. com (pop/rock, acoustic, covers) Durty Bird: Athens Wheeler (pop/rock, covers) Distillery: Match City (pop/rock, covers) Fleetwood’s: Jeff Stewart (acoustic, songwriter)

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Saturday, 4.14 / Stranahan Theater

Ragtime Rick & His Chefs of dixieland

David Bowie’s music lives on during this tribute featuring his greatest hits and more performed by David Brighton. Let Brighton and his band transport you back in time and relive exciting moments in rock and roll history. $26-$56. 8pm. 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. 419-381-8851.

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Friday, 4.20 / Attic On Adams

The Attic’s outdoor patio will see some action at the 8th Annual Loonar Station Bash. Enjoy brews from Jackie O’s Athens, Ohio brewery, food trucks, and fun grab bags from Loonar Station. Bands Matt Truman Ego Trip, Me Time & My Raging Crush, and The Essentials, form the nights trippie soundtrack. Don’t be surprised if you go home feeling A++. 8pm2am. 1701 Adams St. Free

Frankie’s: Best Week 5 (battle of the bands) Howard’s: Creeping Nun, Desiring Dead Flesh, Inducing Panic, The Casket Company (rock, hard/rock) Majestic Oak Winery: Carolyn Hock (acoustic, songwriter) Manhattan’s: Joe Woods (acoustic, pop/rock) Ottawa Tavern: Mister Moon, Bliss Nova, Marcus Alan Ward, Klashing Black (alternative/rock, experimental) The Peacock Cafe: DJ Miss T (dance, dj) The Pub: Ramona Collins (jazz/pop, vocal/jazz) Sodbuster’s: Fish Fisher (country/blues, songwriter) Swig: Curtain 8 (pop/rock, covers) Table 44: Stone House Fans of improvisation and a good jam should check out Roman Meyer’s funky rock n roll group, Stonehouse. With a revolving cast of accomplished jazz, blues, and rock musicians, the band takes on a new shape every show, and so does the music. 10pm-1am. 610 Monroe St. 419-725-0044. (rock/jam, songwriter) Free Village Idiot: House Band (rock, blues)

SAT, APR 14 Bar 145: Jukebox (pop/rock, covers) BGSU: Collegiate Chorale w/ Women’s Chorus (choral) Cock n Bull: Arctic Clam (pop/rock, covers) Distillery: REkt (pop/rock, covers) Durty Bird: Chole & the Steel Strings Songwriter Chole Wagenhauser fronts this new group, performing original ballads and popular nostalgic songs. Grab a seat in the middle room for the best seat in the house. 8-11pm. 2 S. St. Clair St. 419243-2473. (folk/pop, songwriter) Free Fleetwood’s: Joe Woods (acoustic, blues)

Frankie’s: Flush, Getting Out Alive, REDFAN, Kidstock (alternative/rock, hard/rock) Howard’s: Discount Nostalgia, Juxtapose, Melted Purple, Matt Waters Howard’s, as it proudly states on it’s brown & orange awning, has been a BG tradition since 1928. The bar hasn’t changed much since the 80s, and still carries a little bit of a hair-band-biker kinda vibe, but the sound is good and the stage is well attended to. Howard’s does it’s best to keep the place packed, the music humming and provide talent a place to perform. Discount Nostalgia, Bowling Green, will bring their light-hearted indie pop to the stage playing songs off their latest upbeat release, Songs For Dogs. 210 N. Main St. 419-352-3195 (alternative/rock, jam/rock) Majestic Oak Winery: John Pickle (acoustic, covers) Manhattan’s: Shawn Sanders (acoustic, songwriter) Ottawa Tavern: Bone Folder, Poison Tongues, Trash Cat, Pop Con (heavy/rock, thrasher/rock) Sodbuster’s: Wyatt Trash (pop/rock, covers) Stranahan Theatre: Toledo Symphony Orchestra: The Music of David Bowie (classical, rock) Swig: Josh Morningstarrt (pop/rock, covers) Table 44: One Love (reggae, dance)

SUN, APR 15 Art & Performance Center: Up Close Concerts Series, Becca Nease (acoustic, songwriter) Cock n Bull: Open Blues Jam (open mic) Durty Bird: Jazz Brunch w/ Quick Trio (jazz, songwriter) Majestic Oak Winery: Mike Szafarowicz (acoustic, covers) Toledo Museum of Art: Great Performances: BGSU Chamber Music This classical recital features the student ensemble winners of the annual Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition at Bowling Green State University. Parking for non-members is $7. 3pm. TMA Great Gallery, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum. org (classical) Free





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MON, APR 16 BGSU: Afro-Caribbean Ensemble Recital (world/beat) Durty Bird: The New Mondays (pop/rock, variety) Village Idiot: Frankie May & Friends (acoustic, pop/rock) UT: Vocalstra Concert Vocalstra, a community ensemble formed under Jon Hendrick’s Distinguished Professor of Jazz residency at the University, combines vocal jazz with instrumental compositions. Before you go to the concert, check out Vocalese in all its glory and listen to some vintage Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross- preferably on vinyl. 7pm. $5. UT Center for Performing Arts, 1910 W. Rocket Dr. 419-530-2787. (jazz, vocal/jazz)

TUES, APR 17 BGSU: Guitar Ensemble Recital (classical/guitar) Cock n Bull: Elixer (acoustic, covers) Durty Bird: Eric Brazier and The Truth Blues and jazz guitarist Eric Brazier brings his band to the Durty Bird stage for a night of swingin’, toe tappin’ standards, and jumpin’ rhythm and blues. 7-10pm. 2 S. St. Clair St. 419-243-2473. (blues, jazz) Free Rocky’s: Open Jam with Joel Hazard and Mark Sentle (open mic) Swig: Andrew Ellis (acoustic, songwriter) UT: Latin Jazz Ensemble (jazz, world/beat) Village Idiot: Barile & Bobby May (acoustic, blues)

WED, APR 18 Art & Performance Center: Up Close Concerts Series, Justin Payne (acoustic, songwriter) Bar 145: Last Born Sons (pop/rock, covers) Black Kite Coffee: Open Mic (open mic) Cock n Bull: Danny Mettler (acoustic, covers) Durty Bird: Amelia Airharts (pop/rock, covers) Howard’s: Mark Mikel & His Playtime Pals (pop/rock)

Manhattan’s: Open Mic w/Jason Quick (acoustic, open mic) Ottawa Tavern: Pains, Nailed Through (hard/rock, metal) Sodbuster’s: Ragtime Rick & His Chefs of Dixieland (jazz/swing) Swig: Rick & Isaac (acoustic, covers) Village Idiot: Andrew Ellis Join the lovable crew at the Village Idiot in welcoming songwriter and guitarist Andrew Ellis to the stage. Every Wednesday. 10pm-1am. 309 Conant St., Maumee. 419-893-7281. (acoustic, songwriter) Free

THURS, APR 19 Club Sugarhill: 496 West (smooth jazz) Cock n Bull: Barile & May and Opening Day w/Captain Sweet Shoes (acoustic covers) Durty Bird: Andrew Ellis (acoustic, songwriter) Majestic Oak Winery: Open Mic (acoustic, open mic) Manhattan’s: Steve Kennedy (blues/guitar, covers) Handmade Toledo: 419 Day & Mini Marker’s Mart: goLab, Selector Dub Narcotic (experimental/electronic, dance) Howard’s: Open Mic (open mic) Ottawa Tavern: 419 Day Party w/ Emma Lee, The Zimmerman Twins, Grubby Paws, Mike DuBose, Reginald Leister Long-standing grunge rockers, The Zimmerman Twins will make a rare appearance. The band, “full of swampy, whiskey, rock, cigarette, country, trash, and a desperate hope for redemption” may save some lives. $5. 1815 Adams St. 419-725-5483. ot.toledo (hard/rock, various) The Pub: Box of Solz (jazz/funk) Swig: Melissa & Scott (acoustic, covers)

FRI, APR 20 Bar 145: Sushi Roll (pop/rock, covers) Blarney: The Bridges (pop/rock, covers) Civic Music Hall: Ekoostik Hookah (rock/jam, songwriter)

Cock n Bull: Barile & May (acoustic, covers) and Fu5ion (pop/rock, dance) Distillery: Noisy Neighbors (pop/rock, covers) Durty Bird: Chris Shutters Band (pop/rock, covers) Fleetwood’s: Jeff Stewart (acoustic, songwriter) Frankie’s: Springtime Spaceout w/ Light Horizon, Tugboat, American Spirits, Black Market Rx, and more Concert goers will have two floors of music and dancing to explore. The high-energy band, Light Horizon headlines the night, promoting their new release, Future Fossils, featured in New Noise Magazine. $5. 308 Main St. 419-698-4020. (alternative/rock, various) Howard’s: SubLemon 4/20 Show (Sublime tribute band) Majestic Oak Winery: Skoobie Snaks (pop/rock, covers) Manhattan’s: Terry & Charlie (acoustic, covers) The Pub: Old State Line (country/blues, folk) Rocky’s: The Corrells (rock) Sodbuster’s: Gramza & Roth (pop/rock, covers) Swig: Kaiden & Big C (pop/rock, covers) Table 44: Shane & Alan (acoustic, songwriter) TMA Peristyle: Toledo Symphony Orchestra: Classical Ellington (classical, jazz) Village Idiot: House Band (rock, blues)

SAT, APR 21 Bar 145: The Junk (pop/rock, covers) Blarney: the Bridges (pop/rock, covers) Boonies Roadhouse: Beatlemania Now (Beatles tribute band) Civic Music Hall: Ekoostik Hookah Ask anyone in NW Ohio, and they will have heard of this rock n roll group from Columbus. EK has been hosting camping, all weekend, music festivals for 25 years in Southern Ohio. The band stays connected to their fans in the tradition of the Grateful Dead, often playing acoustic guitar around the campfires after having performed for three hours on the festival stage. Check em’ out after Classical Ellington, they will be just getting started. $12 in advance. 9pm. 135 S. Byrne Rd. 419-870-1898. (rock/jam, songwriter) Cock n Bull: Organized K-OS (pop/rock, covers) Durty Bird: Joe Boes & His Noble Jones (blues, covers) Frankie’s: Chronic Tardiness Fest w/ Highbinder, Bathhousebetty, Cherry Drive and more (alternative/rock, rock) Howard’s: Record Store Day w/Cat Lung, Patmos, Uncle Mounty (alternative/rock, rock/jam) Majestic Oak Winery: DC Taylor (pop/rock, covers) Manhattan’s: Jon Roth (blues/guitar, covers) Sodbuster’s: The Aaron Stark Band “Like a familiar pair of well-worn cowboy boots, Aaron’s music leads listeners effortlessly through time -- back to fond memories of the past and forward to hopes of things yet to come.” 9pm-1am. 5758 Main St., Sylvania. 419-517-1045. (country/pop) Free Ottawa Tavern: Dooley Wilson, The Dougouts, Coffin Walker (blues, rock) Swig: Catd (pop/rock, covers) Table 44: Screaming Heathens (rock, covers)

SUN, APR 22 Art & Performance Center: Up Close Concerts Series, Brad Burkart (acoustic, songwriter) BGSU: BG Philharmonia w/ University Choirs “The BG Philharmonia and University Choirs will perform Brahms’ Requiem featuring the University Choral Society, A Cappella Choir, and Collegiate Chorale. Join us early for a pre-concert lecture by Mike Moore. $7. 3pm. Kobacker Hall, BGSU, Bowling Green. 419-3722181. calendar.bgsu.ed (classical, choral) Cock n Bull: Open Blues Jam (open mic) Durty Bird: Jazz Brunch w/ Hector Mendoza (classical, jazz/guitar)


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Majestic Oak Winery: John Pickle (acoustic, covers) Ottawa Tavern: Mac Lethal, Sadsace, C-Fifth, Wax, Riley Sager (rap, dance) Stranahan Theatre: The Temptations and The Four Tops (soul, motown) Toledo Museum of Art: UT Student Concert (classical)

MON, APR 23 Durty Bird: The New Mondays (pop/rock, variety) UT: University Jazz Ensemble (jazz) Village Idiot: Frankie May & Friends Friends and family join Frank on stage for a night of favorites and rockin’ jams. 10pm-1am. 309 Conant St., Maumee. 419-893-7281. (rock/jam, blues) Free

TUES, APR 24 Durty Bird: Gene Parker & Damen Cook (jazz, vocal/jazz) Rocky’s: Kyle Smithers Songwriter Night (open mic) Swig: Andrew Ellis (acoustic, songwriter) Village Idiot: Barile & Bobby May (acoustic, blues) Wildwood Manor: Spring Emersion Recital Woodwind ensemble, Black Swamp Winds performs in the lovely historic Manor House and spring is in full swing. 7pm. 5100 Central Ave. 419-407-9844. (classical) Free


Emerald Theatre, Mt. Clemens: Wyclef Jean, Family Funk Band Haitian-American songwriter, superstar-performer, composer, and actor Wyclef Jean brings his Carnival Tour to the small town of Mt. Clemens, north of Detroit. Jean hasn’t stopped making inspired music with powerful rhymes has always rally in support of an awakened, activist community on an international scale with albums like If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, and Carnival: Memories of An Immigrant. No doubt this show will be amazing. (hiphop/world, songwriter)

APR 15

Grog Shop, Cleveland: Acid Mothers Temple, Yoo Doo Right, Hiram-Maxim The Acid Mothers Temple, Japan, perform original, farout, psychedelic/experimental/noise/meditation space music. Hey, what were we talking about? $12. 8pm. 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd. 216-321-5588. (rock/experimental, various)

APR 17

El Club, Detroit: Margo Price Wow, Price is a real knock-out with her lyrics and melodies and her band knows how to rock n roll with a swinging country western sound. The songs she sings fashion witty, alternative stories compared to more traditional lowbrow country songs- i.e. women’s rights vs. check out my truck, and when she does go for the cliche it’s knowingly and hip. $48. 7pm. 4114 W. Vernor Hwy. (country/pop, songwriter)

APR 18

Fillmore, Detroit: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends Wouldn’t it be cool to see Bill Murray live? Make that wish come true and catch Murray as he sings and recites poems with classical cellist, Jan Vogler and pianist Vanessa Perez. It’s sounds strange on paper, but it works. Check out New Worlds, to get a feel for this avant garde project. $45. 2115 Woodward Ave. 313-961-5451. (classical,various)

APR 19

The Ark, Ann Arbor: Sierra Hull Songwriter and bluegrass musician, Sierra Hull, Nashville, makes her way up to The Ark for this Thursday night show. Her folk and string band sound will fit in well on the listening room stage. Her latest album, Weighted Mind, was produced by legendary Bela Fleck. 8pm. 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1800. (folk, songwriter)

APR 22

Sound Board, Detroit: Indigo Girls Songwriters Amy Ray & Emily Saliers, touring as the soulful duo the Indigo Girls since the 90s, have sold over 14 million records, and will be performing with the Toledo Symphony later this summer. Until then, see them in Detroit. $35. 7:30pm. 2901 Grand River Ave. 313-309-4700. (folk)

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Friday, 4.20 / The Attic If you don’t already know, April 20 is an unofficial holiday for the buds and buddies everywhere. Spark up some fun for the happy day during the 8th annual Loonar Station 420 Bash on the patio at The Attic on Adams, brought to you by Loonar Station and Jackie O’s Brewing Company. Sip Jackie O’s brews on special, satisfy your munchies with food trucks, pick up 420 grab bags from Loonar, and listen to live music from The Matt Truman Ego Trip, The Essentials, and Me Time and The Raging Crush. Ages 21+ only. 8pm-2am. 1701 Adams St., 419-243-5350. Free

Sunday, 4.15



Sunday, 4.15 / Ottawa Tavern Are you ready to feel nostalgic? Be prepared to sing your heart out at the Ottawa Tavern during their Drunk Disney Night. Watch classic, sing-along Disney movies The Jungle Book and Aladdin while taking advantage of drink specials. If Disney movies aren’t enough to get you harmonizing, the alcohol surely will. 7pm-midnight. 1815 Adams St., 419-725-5483. Free


Friday, 4.20 / Fort Industry Square

[outdoors] Save the Monarch - Learn about the decline of Monarch populations and the efforts on how to help them. Free/members and children 5 and under, $6/children 6-12, $9/seniors and AAA members, $10/adults. 6:30-7:30pm. Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore. 419-862-3182.

[history] [outdoors] The History of Fallen Timbers - Learn about the historic battle of the Fort and its consequences. The lecture will be followed by a walk of the battlefield. History can be very moving, especially on hollow ground. $2. 6pm. Fallen Timbers Visitor Center, 4949 Jerome Rd., Maumee.

Friday, 4.13 [activism]

[fundraiser] Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5k and Dog Walk - Run the 5k, walk with a canine friend or walk by yourself in this annual event to raise funds for the Cocoon, an emergency and comprehensive support service for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. $12/BGSU students, $20/non-students. 10am. Bowling Green State University, 1001 E. Wooster St. 419-372-9355.

[lit] Creative Writing Workshop - Learn generative writing techniques, utilizing photographs and images to create a story and concept. Writer Judy Matthews leads this one day class. Must register in advance. $10. 2-3:30pm. 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. 419-8744174.


Walk a Mile in Her Shoes - In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness, this walk helps raise awareness to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Start and finish line is the Lourdes University Mid-Campus parking lot. Donations of shoes, clothing, hats, gloves and personal care items are being accepted. 2pm. Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. 419-885-3211. Free

Dramatically Inspired Works Casting Call - The director of stage plays “A Second Chance at Christmas,” “The House I Live In” and “Solomon:Love Him-Leave Him” is looking for men, women and youth ages 10-65 to perform in the new upcoming act “F.A.C.E.S.” 11am6pm. Auditions also on Monday, April 16 at 6pm. St. Mark Baptist Church, 2340 N. Holland Sylvania Rd. 419-450-2022. Free

Saturday, 4.14


[outdoors] Straw Bale Gardening - Master Gardener, Viola Purdy will demonstrate and discuss how to make and maintain a straw bale garden. Register in advance. Free/members and children 5 and under, $6/children 6-12, $9/seniors and AAA members, $10/adults. 10:30-11:30am. Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore. 419-862-3182.


Monday, 4.16 [health] NAMI Connections - Individuals 18 years and older living with a mental health diagnosis come together in this support group to connect with others. Offered every Monday. 7-8:30pm. NAMI, 2753 W. Central Ave. 419-243-1119. Free

Wednesday, 4.18

Most of the year, The Arts Commission offers free programming. Help them pay the bills that help support our creative community during their annual fundraiser. Check out local works in the art auction, hear live music from The Overton Project, Los Aztecas, Rhyta Musik, and more, and sip on signature cocktails. $135/VIP. $85/general admission. 7-8pm, VIP Preview. 8pm-midnight, general. Fort Industry Square, 136 N. Summit St., 419254-2787.

Thursday, 4.12

Women Empowerment Workshop - Gain support and guidance through tools and techniques to achieve a vibrant mindset in an inspirational environment. Register in advance, space is limited. $30. 2-4pm. 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. 419-874-4174.

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

The Night of Counting the Years aka The Mummy - Explore the history of ancient Egypt during this 1932 silent film feature with Boris Karloff. Free/members, $5/non-members. 2-4pm. Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. 419-255-8000.

[fundraiser] Toledo BIG Wish® Gala - Celebrate with local families and the impact Make-A-Wish has had on them with a dinner, live and silent auctions, powerful stories from kids and their families, and other surprises. $150. 6:30-11pm. Hilton Garden Inn Toledo/Perrysburg, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 531-745-9474.

[music] A Temptations Revue - The classic songs of Motown will be brought back to life with former lead singer of the Temptations and Grammy Award Winner, Barrington “Bo” Henderson, at this unforgettable performance. $50-$80. 8pm. Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St. 419-242-2787.


Notable perv and all-around art/film legend John Waters has made a career out of being transgressive. Join the creator of cult classics, like Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, to celebrate his 72nd birthday in Detroit at the El Club during A John Waters Birthday. Waters will provide live commentary to his 1994 black comedy, Serial Mom, with a question and answer session and performances by local bands to follow. Prior to the birthday party, El Club will host a pre-party with a costume contest and live music by local DJs and the band Hunx and His Punx. $65-$250. 8pm. Sunday, April 22. El Club, 4114 Vernor Hwy., Detroit. 313-279-7382.

Saturday, 4.21 [misc.] [outdoors] Party for the Planet - Through educational displays and activities, learn all about recycling, reusing and conserving our world in celebration of Earth Day. Free with admission. $14-$17. 10am-4pm. The Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-5721.

Monday, 4.23 [fundraisers] 9th Annual Fundraiser for Bethany House - Join the good fight, and spend the night dining at the docks at this Celebrity Wait Night event. Patrons will enjoy drinks and dinner of their choice, while their “tip” or donation will raise funds for Bethany House, offering long term support and housing for domestic violence victims and their children. Register in advance. 6-8pm. Zia’s and the Real Seafood Company at the Docks, 22 Main St. 419-727-4948.

Tuesday, 4.24 [comedy] The Queer Queens of Qomedy Starring Carol Leifer - Spend the night full of laughs with standup comedy performances by Brooke Cartus, Poppy Champlin, and internationally acclaimed comic, Carol Leifer. $30/general admission, $40/VIP. 7:30pm. Toledo Funny Bone, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. 419-931-3474.

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Touko Valio Laaksonen was one of the most meticulous and talented pencil illustrators of the 20th century, but his subject matter kept him out of the mainstream. Known by his pseudonym Tom of Finland, the Finnish artist produced more than 3500 homoerotic illustrations of beefed up, hypermasculine men. See his impressive and downright erotic illustrations— as well as work by artists who supported and admired him over the years, including Richard Hawkins, Robert Mapplethorpe, Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw, and John Waters— during The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) exhibit, TOM House: The Work and Life of Tom of Finland, opening Thursday, April 19 and on view through May 19. In addition to the exhibit, special programming— like a screening of the Tom of Finland film and a Naughty Drawing class— will be hosted at the MOCAD. For full details, see online. $5 suggested admission. Prices for special events vary. Mature audiences only. MOCAD, 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-832-6622.


Brad Augustyniak Years lived in Toledo: 39 Occupation: Owner, GearUp419 My story, in one sentence: Proud Toledoan working to make a difference in our city by helping local business thrive. Your might know me from: My business, GearUp419, a local consulting agency dedicated to helping small businesses achieve their goals through marketing, technology and human capital consulting. We also have a new online marketplace where you can purchase branded apparel, drinkware, and other items from local businesses all in one place. We are locally owned and operated! Check us out at Most people know me for: My humor. I wish more people knew me for: My ambitions. The best thing I’ve ever eaten in Toledo was: Mancy’s steak. The street I drive on/walk on most often is: Central Ave.

The best time I ever had in Toledo: It’s really hard to pick just one, but most recently it was both the pub cycle and party trolley downtown. What great ideas and huge benefits for Toledo. If I could change one thing about Toledo: The negative association younger people have with the city; having lived in both Boston and Cleveland after college, there is so much about Toledo that is very similar to a “big” city. In many ways we are simply a smaller (and better) version of a larger, progressive city. If I knew I could afford it, I would: Build a cabin on a lake, surrounded by woods. There is something very tranquil about being in nature. It’s my favorite way to recharge. The best view in Toledo: The new rooftop bar at The Heights; from there you feel like anything is possible in this town! When I’m craving live music, I go to: Bar 145. The Toledoan I most admire: Mike Bell; I think he has great ideas and cares about the city If I could apologize to anyone: Myself 10 years ago for not pursuing my dreams earlier The thing I truly need to let go of: Overthinking things and trying to make everything perfect.

The reason I am most proud of myself right now: Landing some very unique opportunities to promote my brand. And being the emcee at my kids’ Cub Scout Pinewood Derby; it was awesome and my kids loved seeing me in front of a crowd for 8 hours.

job” and pursue my startup. Hands down one of the most scary, exciting, honest, excruciating and revealing experiences I’ve ever had. But when you believe in what you are doing, and you can literally feel in your gut that ‘this is your purpose in life’…it’s awesome.

The Toledoan I’ve met in passing that I’d love to get coffee with: Tony Packo. I had a very interesting phone conversation with him recently about new ideas to help local businesses and I would like to continue it. Tony – I’ll call you again soon.

The last time I had a serious-oh-mygod-my-stomach-hurts-now belly laugh was: Whenever I’m with my closest friends. It literally happens every time.

The hardest decision I have made in the past year: To abandon the “day

My favorite local people to follow on social media are: Meredith Soleau, Toledo Matters (podcast).

Inspiring happiness in the face of HIV, aging and its mental health challenges.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Radisson Hotel at The University of Toledo Dinner and Presentation Tickets: $150 Sponsorship info and tickets at: sweetdreams2018.

Special Guest Speaker: Jennifer Holliday, Star of the orginal Broadway cast of DreamGirls.


Supporting: The Ann Wayson Locher Memorial Fund for HIV Care. For more information call 419.383.4072.

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GET HEALTHY Minority Health Month

As part of the Monroe Street United Methodist Church, the Monroe Street Neighborhood Center seeks to enrich the community by offering exercise and fitness opportunities for youth and adults along with help for men and women entering the job market. Learn more about the Center during April, Minority Health Month, with two events made possible through a grant from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. On Thursday, April 12 from 9:30am-11pm, a Tai Chi Open House will offer demonstrations, mini-classes, and more. On Wednesday, April 25 from 11am-12:3pm, learn about Zumbo Gold, a seated cardio workout that mixes international and mainstream music during the Zumba Gold Open House. Monroe Street Neighborhood Center, 3613 Monroe St., 419-473-1167. Free

Glass City sprint

It is probably too late to start training for the 42nd annual Glass City Marathon — but that doesn’t mean you can’t participate in race weekend, April 21 and 22. Run or walk the Glass City 5k on Saturday morning. Then, on Sunday, cheer on your neighbors during the annual downtown Toledo marathon, the YARK Subaru 5-Person Relay Marathon, the 10th Anniversary Owens Corning Half Marathon, and the Medical Mutual Glass City 5k. For full details, pricing, tips, and registration information, visit

health and wellness events Saturday, 4.14 Stone Care and Healing Workshop - Learn about the care and handling of stones and crystals and their healing properties during this exploratory workshop. Stones and crystals will be available for purchase. $5. 1-3pm. Once in a Blue Moon, 4348 Monroe St. 419-810-1478. “Once in a Blue Moon” on Facebook.

Wednesday, 4.18 Spring Herb Walk - Stroll the grounds searching for wild food and medicine and discuss the characteristics, harvesting, use, and lore of the herbs in their environment. Space is limited, register in advance. $15. 6-7:30pm. The 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. 419-874-4174.

2004 VOLVO 2.5T V70 WAGON; white w/ natural leather interior; safe - comfortable - smooth; $5000. Call 419-290-5535 2002 SILVER HYUNDAI ELANTRA- Original owner, great runner, clean. 133k miles. Blue books for $3700 selling for only $3000. Call 419-309-3444 2002 FORD TAURUS SESGood condition, many new parts with receipts available. Daily driver. 115k miles $3200 419-932-5311 2002 OLDSMOBILE INTRIGUE- 3.5 liter V-6. Maroon/ Grey leathers 142k miles. Priced to go! $2650 419-309-3444

2004 FORD FOCUS - Sweet heat & Remote car starter $2000 OBO. Please call 419-309-5292

DODGE RAMPAGE $1,000. Call 419-290-2040 91 FORD CUSTOM VAN. Original 62K. New tires, shocks, A-C 2 134, brake lines, belt, alternator, radiator and hoses. $4,500. #419-352-3335 2002 DODGE DURANGO 168k,

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2015 JEEP CHEROKEE LATITUDE. Very good condition. 60,000 miles. Power locks/windows. $14,900. Call 419-559-6101 2005 HARLEY SPORTSTER. Model 1200XL. 6k Miles. Bags Included. Windshield. King-Queen seat. $4800 OBO

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Haywire. Call Rick at 419-460-7112. SEEKING FIDDLE PLAYER AND KEYBOARD PLAYER for

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musicians to form 80’s Rock Band. Studio & tons of equipment available. If interested please text 419.260.0084 LOOKING FOR MUSICIANS!

Guitarists/Drummer/Keyboard/ Singer for 70s, 80s on up Rock Band!! Journey, KISS, Scorpions, AC/DC, etc. Call Joe 419-260-0084

FOR SALE 14K MEDIUM SIZED LADIES RING FOR SALE. Made in 1940’s. Center white diamond plus 12 diamonds. 419699-3398 WHITE GE HOTPOINT GAS STOVE. Excellent Condition. Runs Great. Maumee Area. Pick up only. Cash Only. Call 419.350.5049 UPRIGHT WHIRLPOOL FREEZER. Excellent condition. $150 OBO. Maumee Area. Pick up only. Cash only. Call 419.350.5049 USED CAR DEALERSHIP IN W. TOLEDO FOR SALE. Over 1.1 acres w/5 Bay Auto Service Center. Call Tony Arvanitis 419.277.2993 TANNING & NUTRITION CENTERS. Over $700K Gross Sales Annually. Two Locations. Call Tony Arvanitis 419.277.2993 GENTLEMEN’S CLUB. Clean & well maintained. W/ Liquor Permit. Low Price. Call Tony Arvanitis 419.277.2993 W. TOLEDO TAVERN. In Business over 34 years. Great Opportunity. Call Tony Arvanitis 419.277.2993


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DRUMMER/VOCALIST looking for band. 419-754-3030 EXPERIENCED BASS PLAYER - Looking for fill in work. Blues, Classic Rock, Country. Call 419-917-3507 SKELETON CRUE

Now auditioning rhythm 2nd lead guitar, vocals, possible keyboard talents. We do original rock, and have new booking agent. Call us ASAP! 419-297-2928. Find us on Facebook & videos on YouTube!


Now Auditioning Drummers. Original music. No big hot shot egos. Call ASAP 419-297-2928 or 419-283-9235 find us on, Facebook or Youtube!

Ads For Local Artists are Free! Ads run for 2 issues and must be renewed after the two issues. You must be: advertising for band members or selling instruments under $200 or just looking to jam. Business related ads run for $20. Limit 20 words per ad; 40 cents per additional word.

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EVENTS SATURDAY, APRIL 14 HOLISTIC HEALTH FAIR 10a-5p, 950 Webster St., Defiance, Ohio. Free to enter. $5 per presentation. holistic-health-fair DRAMATICALLY INSPIRED WORKS CASTING CALL Calling All Actors, Singers, Technical Support Auditions for “F.A.C.E.S.” musical play production April 14th, 11am & 6pm, April 16th, 6pm Questions? 419450-2022 2340 N. Holland Sylvania Rd, Toledo (St. Mark)

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ANNOUNCEMENT THE CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP IS BEING RESURRECTED! We are seeking volunteers from the community to work with youth in the areas of Music, Art, Photography, Dance, Gardening & Community Development. If interested in our worthy endeavor please contact Robert or Michael 419.975.3543

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SOCIAL STUDIES Photos by Christine Senack

Toledo Heart Ball

Philanthropic locals benefited the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association during the annual gala.

Sara and Shaun Hegarty.

Alec Patterson, Ash Layman and Deja D. Dellataro.

Easter Extravaganza at Georgjz419 The Easter Bunny joined drag queens, Sugar and Deja, the crowd with a very hoppy Easter show.

Shannon and Matt Bova.

Randall Holtby and Chandni Pindoria.

Sugar Vermonte, Easter Bunny and Deja D. Dellataro.

Kristin Pedersen and Nancy DiSalle.


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LEAD THE WAY Across 1. Shit to do around the house 7. Internet jokey greeting 10. Shaking 13. Kosher-certified 14. Stitching stuff 15. Get sour 16. Stack of computer connections? 18. Singer Rita ___ 19. Wallop 20. Wallop 21. Not really there 23. Camry manufacturer defies authority? 26. Dude on Tinder, likely 27. Nickname for a tall man 28. Punish an alternative reader monetarily? 32. Put in the cloud 35. Pindaric work 36. [Is this mic on?] 38. Answer for “More Grenache and Brie?� 39. Gratin dauphinois ingredient 43. Decorative container at a courthouse? 47. Smartphone pics 49. Going both ways: Pref. 50. Arm bone moments of decline? 54. Without being said 55. Soprano Ponselle 56. Drops a line on Facebook 58. Sense of importance 59. All the latest about the ducts from the kidney? 63. “R U Talkin’ ___. Re: Me?� (Scott Aukerman and Adam Scott’s podcast) 64. Engages in crew 65. Its capital is Taipei 66. Anger 67. Name on a frozen tub 68. Starts off

Down 1. AMD product 2. Dank weed 3. Circumnavigate the world 4. Return to the factory settings, say 5. Mrs. Hitler 6. Emit 7. Poems that are in / A 5 7 5 form like / what I did right here 8. Bean bag toss’s path 9. Come into later in life 10. Half moons? 11. Rich cake 12. Doesn’t go anywhere 14. Rec. center that wouldn’t have made sense for the Village People to sing about 17. Watch lever 22. TV actor Ventimiglia 24. “___ first!� (Editor’s note: this would have been a better title for this puzzle) 25. Pair in a qt. 28. Dandy dude 29. Words with a ring 30. Bottom line 31. Polish off 33. Port.’s home 34. Loud noise 37. Accolade 40. Berry in a smoothie 41. Thankless neverending job, say 42. Opening number? 44. Gives out 45. Washboard ___ 46. What one is liable to do in their made bed, proverbially 48. Completely madcap 50. Egg holders 51. Pint selection 52. Piles and piles 53. Diving ducks 57. Swing at a fly 60. Sir Stewart 61. Credit card application encl. 62. ___ Bol (toilet cleaner brand)

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Eighty-three-year-old author Harlan Ellison has had a long and successful career. In the course of publishing hundreds of literary works in seven different genres, he has won numerous awards. But when he was in his thirties, there was an interruption in the upward arc of his career. The film production company Walt Disney Studios hired him as a writer. During his first day on the job, Roy Disney overheard Ellison joking with a co-worker about using Disney characters in an animated pornographic movie. Ellison was fired on the spot. I am by no means predicting a comparable event in your life, Aries. On the contrary. By giving you this heads-up, I’m hoping you’ll be scrupulous and adroit in how you act in the early stages of a new project -- so scrupulous and adroit that you will sail on to the next stages. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Are you an

evolving Taurus or an unevolving Taurus? Are you an aspiring master of gradual, incremental progress or a complacent excuse-maker who secretly welcomes inertia? Will the theme of your next social media post be “The Smart Art of Compromise� or “The Stingy Glory of Stubbornness�? I’m hoping you will opt for the former rather than the latter in each of the three choices I just offered. Your behavior in the coming weeks will be pivotal in your long-term ability to animate your highest self and avoid lapsing into your mediocre self.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you

fly in a passenger jet from New York to London, the trip usually takes more than six hours. But on January 8, 2015, a powerful jet stream surging across the North Atlantic reduced that time significantly. With the wind’s extra push, several flights completed the trip in five hours and 20 minutes. I suspect you’ll have comparable assistance in the course of your upcoming journeys and projects, Gemini. You’ll feel like the wind is at your back.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Actor Keanu Reeves’ career ascended to a higher level when he appeared as a lead character in the film *Speed.* It was the first time he had been a headliner in a big-budget production. But he turned down an offer to reprise his starring role in the sequel, *Speed 2.* Instead he toured with his grunge band Dogstar and played the role of Hamlet in a production staged by a local theater company in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I admire him for being motivated more by love and passion than by fame and fortune. In my estimation, Cancerian, you face a choice that in some ways resembles Keanu’s, but in other ways doesn’t. You shouldn’t automatically assume that what your ego craves is opposed to what your heart yearns for and your soul needs. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A Leo sculptor

I know is working on a forty- foot-long statue of a lion. Another Leo friend borrowed $30,000 to build a recording studio in her garage so she can pursue her quixotic dream of a music career. Of my other Leo acquaintances, one is writing a memoir of her time as a black-market orchid smuggler, another just did four sky dives in three days, and another embarked on a long-postponed pilgrimage to Slovenia, land of her ancestors. What about you? Are there any breathtaking challenges or smart gambles you’re considering? I trust you can surf the same astrological wave.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): How sexy

is it possible for you to be? I’m referring to authentic soul-stirring sexiness, not the contrived, glitzy, counterfeit version. I’m alluding to the irresistible magnetism that wells up in you when you tap in to your core self and summon a reverent devotion to your life’s mission. However sexy it is possible for you to be, Virgo, I suggest you unleash that magic in the coming weeks. It’s the most reliable strategy for attracting the spiritual experiences and material resources and psychological support you need.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): According

to my analysis of the cosmic omens, your impact is rising. You’re gaining influence. More people are tuning in to what you have to offer. And yet your stress levels also seem to be increasing. Why is that? Do you assume that having more power requires you to endure higher tension? Do you unconsciously believe that being more worried is the price of being more responsible?

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If so, banish that nonsense. The truth is this: The best way to manage your growing clout is to relax into it. The best way to express your growing clout is to relax into it.

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

immediate future will challenge you to revisit several fundamental Scorpio struggles. For best results, welcome these seeming intrusions as blessings and opportunities, and follow these guidelines: 1. Your control over external circumstances will increase in direct proportion to your control over your inner demons. 2. Your ability to do what you want will thrive to the degree that you stop focusing on what you don’t want. 3. Your skill at regulating and triumphing over chaos will be invincible if you’re not engrossed in blaming others.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

I’m about to say things that sound extraordinary. And it’s possible that they are in fact a bit overblown. But even if that’s the case, I trust that there is a core of truth in them. So rejoice in their oracular radiance. First, if you have been hoping for a miracle cure, the next four weeks will be a time when you’re more likely than usual to find it or generate it. Second, if you have fantasized about getting help to address a seemingly irremediable problem, asking aggressively for that help now will lead to at least a partial fix. Third, if you have wondered whether you could ever retrieve a lost or missing part of your soul, the odds are more in your favor than they’ve been in a long time.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The

French government defines books as an “essential good,� along with water, bread, and electricity. Would you add anything to that list of life’s basics? Companionship? Stories? Deep sleep? Pleasurable exercise and movement? Once you identify your “essential goods,� I invite you to raise the level of reverence and care you give them. Take an oath to treat them as holy treasures. Boost your determination and ability to get all you need of their blessings. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to enhance your appreciation of the fundamentals you sometimes take for granted.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

Buckingham Palace is the home and office of the Queen of England. It has been the main royal residence since Queen Victoria took the throne in 1837. But in earlier times, the site served other purposes. The 17th-century English lawyer Clement Walker described the building occupying that land as a brothel, a hotbed of “debauchery.� Before that the space was a mulberry garden where silkworms tuned mulberry leaves into raw material for silk fabrics. I see the potential for an almost equally dramatic transformation of a certain place in your life, Aquarius. Start dreaming and scheming about the possibilities.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Poet

Carolyn ForchÊ is a role model for how to leave one’s comfort zone. In her early career, she earned writing degrees at placid universities near her childhood home in the American Midwest. Her first book mined material about her family; its first poem is addressed to her grandmother. But then she relocated to El Salvador, where she served as a human rights advocate during that country’s civil war. Later she lived and wrote in Lebanon at the height of its political strife. Her drive to expand her range of experience invigorated her poetry and widened her audience. Would you consider drawing inspiration from ForchÊ in the coming weeks and months, Pisces? I don’t necessarily recommend quite so dramatic a departure for you, but even a mild version will be well rewarded.


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4/11/18 - Toledo City Paper  

Wedding Guide, Ode to the ZIP Code, Downtown's Open for the Season, 419 Day