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Sassy • Spirited • Successful Summer should get a speeding ticket.

Co-editors Jennifer Ruple and Mary Helen Darah

The last moments of summer are zipping by. Enjoy a short trip north on U.S. Route 23, and discover the hidden treasures of Dundee, Mich. (pg. 3). Columnist Robert Alexander once again proves that Rock Matters by celebrating Women Who Rock (pg. 6). Local kayaker Bob Pulhuj explores our local waters with his fun posse of river runners (pg. 8). Got heat? Yes we do and fitness expert Erika D.White shows us how to keep our cool during the dog days of summer (pg. 11). There is still time for some leisurely summer reading. Head to Books for Boomers for some choice selections from our book guru, Sue Schafer (pg. 15). Although we can’t slam on the brakes to slow the end of summer, we can certainly enjoy a few last “hurrahs.” Thanks for reading!




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Editors Mary Helen Darah Jennifer Ruple Boomer Consultant Sharon Lange Contributing Writers Robert Alexander, Jeff Bucher, Mary Helen Darah, Jennifer Ruple, Sue Schafer and Erika D. White Distribution Donald Frazier, Nancy Jomantas and Paul Jomantas Layout and Design Elissa Cary, Penny Collins Boom Your Business with Advertising 419-824-0100 On The Web Boomers Hangout 5657 N. Main St. #1, Sylvania, Ohio 43560



• Day trip to Dundee


• Women who rock


• Pick up a paddle


• Let’s Dish summer pasta


• Keeping it cool


• Crossword fun • Money’s emotional side

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• Books for boomers


• It’s a date


So much water, so little time. Discover the joys of paddling in our local waterways.



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Plates and Places

More to Dundee than meets the eye By Jennifer Ruple

Oftentimes, the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words Dundee, Mich. is Cabela’s, the behemoth retail outlet for all things outdoors, Jennifer Ruple visible from U.S. Route 23. Located just 17 miles from the Ohio – Michigan border, this small town has realized significant growth since 2000 thanks to the influx of visitors to Cabela’s and the restaurants and hotels that serve them. However, there’s much more to Dundee than meets the eye. Ford Park East and West Located in the historic district of Dundee is Ford Park East and West. The park extends from both sides of the River Raisin and M-50. Amenities include a scenic riverwalk connecting the two parks, blooming perennials, three picnic shelters, fishing access, and a canoe and boat launch area. Free parking is available on the west side of the park behind Swan Creek Candle Company. River Raisin Canoe Livery Rent a kayak or canoe and spend the day paddling down the River Raisin. Half-day and full-day trips are offered daily through Labor Day and on weekends only through October. Reservations are recommended. Call 734-529-9029 or visit

Ford Park

Dundee Farmers Market

Dundee Farmers Market If you happen to miss all the Saturday farmers markets in the area, don’t despair. You still have a chance to catch the Sunday market in historic downtown Dundee right in the triangle of Riley and Park Place. The market, which features locally grown produce, herbs and plants, homemade soaps and candles, honey and handcrafted items, AUGUST 2017


is held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through midOctober. On Sept. 17, the market will also include a Vintage/Antiques Street Market with antiques, vintage, and repurposed items.

Michcato is the wine of the summer.

River’s Edge Pizza Pub and Grille A good choice for lunch or dinner is River’s Edge Pizza Pub and Grille located at 135 Riley St. The family-friendly restaurant is popular with visitors and locals alike and features hand-tossed pizzas, slow-roasted ribs and pulled pork, mouthwatering burgers and pasta. Try a burger with fried jalapeños and cheddar or a Sicilian specialty pizza loaded with veggies and sans the sauce. A second River’s Edge restaurant is located at the Carrington Golf Club in Monroe County.

Swan Creek Candle Outlet While in downtown, visit the Swan Creek Candle Outlet. The company’s flagship location was established in 1997 and is located at 129 Riley St. in three restored historic buildings. There you will find over 5,000 square feet of candles, candle related accessories, antiques and coffee.



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St. Julian Winery Tasting Room Sample award-winning wines at the St. Julian Winery Tasting Room, located at 700 Freedom Ct. in Dundee. At nearly 100 years old, St. Julian Winery, headquartered in Paw Paw Michigan, is Michigan’s oldest winery offering reds, whites, pinks, sparkling and dessert wines, plus ciders and spirits. While sampling, peruse the large assortment of wine-related and food items in the gift shop. Hours are Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tasting is $7 per person and includes six samples of your choice and a complimentary logo glass to take home.

Swan Creek Candle Company

The River Raisin



Rock Matters Celebrating women who rock By Robert Alexander Rock ‘n’ roll was and still is a maledominated musical genre. This is something I discovered while researching rock history. Only six songs on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 greatest rock songs feature female artists. Where, I Robert Alexander looks through the selection of 45s wondered, are the at Culture Clash Records. women, the women who rock, and how did this new sound of the 50s become a voice of women’s liberation? Coming back from WWII, the G.I.s wanted to settle down, buy a house, marry the right girl, and for her to have his babies. The woman’s role


was to take care of the house, watch the children, and stay “barefoot and pregnant,” while he was the provider, pursuing his career. It was Hugh Hefner’s vision of the American Dream, our movie stars (the Rat Pack), and our music idols who reflected this predominately male culture. A prevailing theme of rock songs was girl fantasies: “Oh Carol,” “Oh Donna,” “Oh Denise doobie doo,” “Oh Susie Q how I love you my Susie Q,” and let’s not forget “pretty, pretty, pretty little Peggy Sue.” Buddy Holly even provided a sequel: “Peggy Sue Got Married.” True, there were popular female singers: Teresa Brewer, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Patti Page, Della Reese, Dinah Shore and Sarah Vaughan, but they sure didn’t rock. Attractive girl singers would sing cute songs like “How Much is That Doggie in the Window” or sweet ballads like the “Tennessee Waltz.” You could tap your foot to “Jim Dandy” by LaVern Baker or “Lipstick on Your Collar” by Connie Francis, but it was the men - Elvis, Jerry Lee, Chuck Berry and Little Richard - who rocked. The great girl groups of the 60s, The Ronettes, The Crystals, The Shirelles and The Supremes led by singers Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love, Shirley Alston Reeves and Diana Ross, sang love songs about their boyfriends (“Be My Baby,” “He’s a Rebel,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Stop in The Name Of Love.”) And then, in the mid-60s, the game changed! Linda Ronstadt took a song written by Michael Nesmith (of Monkees fame), changed the words from masculine to feminine, and backed by the Stone Poneys, she belted out “Different Drum.” “I ain’t sayin’ you ain’t pretty. All I’m sayin’s I’m not ready for any person, place or thing to try to pull the reins in on me.”


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Aretha demanded R-E-S-P-E-C-T and told her man he’d better think ... “about what your trying to do to me.” Janis Joplin and Grace Slick blew away Woodstock, and what more could possibly be said about Tina Turner shaking her booty to “Proud Mary?” Stevie Nicks, who whirled with Fleetwood Mac, would also perform solo or with Tom Petty. Chrissie Hynde fronted The Women Who Rock Playlist “Be My Baby,” The Ronettes “He’s a Rebel,” The Crystals “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” The Shirelles (written by Carol King) “Stop in The Name of Love,” The Supremes “Walk On By,” Dionne Warwick “Different Drum,” Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys “Respect,” Aretha Franklin

Pretenders. Pat Benatar wanted to be hit with your best shot, and Joan Jett loved rock ‘n’ roll. Diana Ross left The Supremes, Cher left Sonny and Tina left Ike. Suddenly, female superstars were created. Women were finally rockin’! The music provided a voice for women to express their sexuality, demand respect and declare their independence. And that’s why Rock Matters! “Think,” Aretha again! “Proud Mary,” Ike and Tina Turner “Piece of My Heart,” Janis Joplin “Somebody To Love,” Jefferson Airplane “Rhiannon,” Fleetwood Mac “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty “Crazy On You,” Heart “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” Pat Benatar “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Joan Jett





Pick Up A Paddle

Kayakers explore local waterways By Mary Helen Darah

In case you haven’t noticed, local kayaking has been hitting the mainstream tell you, the or “main stream” socialization of being in a group of as the case fellow water lovers enhances the experience. may be. “We have a great group of

Local clubs such as the Northwest Ohio River Runners (NWORR) have seen an increase in members and paddlers out on their weekly voyages. The NWORR is an organization founded by the unofficial mayor of Point Place, Howard Pinkley, who desired to create a canoe/kayak club that would inspire others to pick up a paddle and enjoy our areas lakes and rivers. In June of 2009, his dream became a reality when the Northwest Ohio River Runners was founded in Point Place. Their mission is to “inform, teach, and share in the fun and safety of the sport.” NWORR member, Bob Pulhuj, has been dipping his paddle into local waters with the group since its inception. “I had shoulder surgery in both shoulders,” recalled Pulhuj. “The first surgery went fine but after the second one, I had issues. At that time our founder, Howard Pinkley, was starting a canoe and kayak club. I joined the club, tried kayaking, liked it and never went back to therapy.” Gabbing As many kayakers will

Recreational Kayaks


people in NWORR,” stated Pulhuj. “They are beautiful people to socialize with. The camaraderie is really awesome. We try to get people to try and join us and to join our Facebook page. Whether people have a kayak or not, they come out at 6 p.m. and talk with us. We love to share our experiences. Sometimes we don’t get into the water until 7 p.m. because we are still visiting with people.” Safety first Pulhuj, a seasoned paddler, wants others to know that all skill levels are welcome. “We have people who are totally afraid of water,” said Pulhuj. “Our club gives safety classes every spring in March and April. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary puts on two free classes in basic paddle sports safety training for us. We encourage everyone to attend. It is a good refresher. I also attend to educate people on safety and the importance of buying the right equipment. People learn from experience. If they buy a kayak from a big box store, they often have a negative experience. It’s like a glove. It has to be the right fit. We try to guide people toward what works for them. Most people start with a 10 ft. recreational kayak. Our core group of 20-30 members have recreational kayaks.


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NWORR Members

There are about 16% of them who now own 16 footers to go out in the big lake in the waves.� Giving back NWORR enjoys being part of the community and giving back. “We have a great relationship with the Metroparks of the Toledo Area, the U.S. Coast Guard and local kayak dealers,� stated Pulhuj. “It’s also a great thing to give back to the community. We helped build a dock at Cullen Park. A grant would have taken five years, and we came together and got it done which is great for a group that has no membership dues.

Water therapy In the group, I am nicknamed the ‘Skipper,’ said Pulhuj. “We have one guy who we call ‘Gilligan,’ a ‘professor,’ who is a prof at the University of Toledo and a young lady we nicknamed ‘Mary Ann.’� I can’t stress enough that it’s not just about the kayaking but about having fun with some wonderful people. It’s also very relaxing. We have people who come from a very stressful job and get into the water to work off some negative energy and some that like to go at a slow pace. Great people, soothing water, getting my paddle wet while trying to keep my butt dry... it just doesn’t get any better than that.�








Keep it light with summer vegetable pasta By Jennifer Ruple

This light and colorful pasta dish from the cookbook “As the Spur Stirs, The Art of Bringing a Western Family, Friends & Food Together” by Jacqueline Cavender, is easy to prepare and perfect for end of summer gatherings.

Summer Pasta

Serves 4 2 tablespoons safflower oil or coconut oil 2 garlic cloves, minced ½ red onion, sliced into half-rings 2 cups chopped broccolini 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cup corn kernels 1 serrano chile, finely chopped (optional) 8 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled 16 ounces pasta, cooked and drained 2 cups fresh spinach


Heat the safflower oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the broccolini, tomatoes, corn and serrano chile and sauté until the veggies are tender.

Add the cheese and cook until the cheese is melted, stirring frequently. Stir in the pasta.

Fold in the spinach. Cook covered, for 4 to 5 minutes; do not overcook the spinach.

Feel free to add cooked chicken or shrimp near the end of the cooking time.

(Recipe from “As The Spur Stirs”) Photo by Joy Zang Photography


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Keep It Cool

Three moves to neutralize summer stress By Erika D. White

The summer season can quickly go from 0 to 100 miles per hour when it comes to stress. The typical summer season is jampacked with heat, holidays, and happenings. Nearing summer's end, it is optimum to create a healthy aesthetic to minimizing stress. This season say goodbye to anything associated with Erika D. White being stressful, aka “extra.” Unless it is extra pepperoni, extra cute puppies, or an extra hot smile from Chris Pine, I think it is safe to say that we can all take a pass on the “extra.” Without understanding how to release summer stress, it is impossible to remain cool. No worries! I have three summer fitness moves designed to help you release, recharge and relax. Release it I would be the first to add the “Carlton dance” (from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) to my routine if it was a workout. I can truly see myself making those quick, little energetic moves while hoppin’ and poppin’ around. My first pick combines low-impact moves that will give you all the “Carlton” you can handle. Shadowboxing is a fun workout in which you can dance around and experience absolutely no stress. There is a calmness that engulfs you with no distractions, no target, and no gloves. Your mind is free in a serenity that comes from focusing on nothing but the moves. Remember, you are training, not fighting. Compete against your biggest opponent … YOU! Recharge it When talking about recharging to minimize and release stress, my favorite monster is the battle ropes. Don’t get me wrong, jumping rope is still king, but the battle ropes are the bad@$$ of the family when it comes to a fitness recharge. Battle ropes also minimize the stress of high-impact movements, while keeping the maximum calories burned. From the ten calories burned per minute to the full body workout to the highintensity training, you will leave the gym wanting to ask anyone you encounter, “who’s your daddy?” So slam em! Whip em! Wave em! Wham em! Tear apart Newton's Law and create a body that stays in motion no matter what stress it encounters!


Relax it Forget Jay & Bey (Jay Z and Beyoncé). If there is one true pairing (OTP) I adore, it is this stress-relieving duo of a sauna and swim. Often referred to as the “executive’s workout,” my next summer stress minimizer is also a practice of the Finnish. So, move over mundane aqua exercises. Completely relax while whisking away all the stress of the day. Spend about 810 minutes in the sauna followed by a light swim. The sauna provides a tranquil place to relax your muscles and your mind followed by the invigorating effect of the cooler temperature of the pool. It is like being rocked to sleep and then waking up in the middle of the zero gravity fall on Cedar Point's Millennium Force. Though the stark contrast sounds jarring, it is very relaxing and enables a complete release of tension, muscle relaxation, and stress.

Erika recharges with battle ropes. Erika D. White is a certified fitness professional who believes in building strong, healthy, ageless men & women. Connect with Erika at or every Tuesday at noon on 13abc’s Ask the Expert.




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Crossword Fun: Summer blockbusters

ACROSS 1. Q-tips 6. *”Straight Outta Compton” Cube 9. Twirled 13. Betty Page or Grable 14. Motion of approval 15. Speak up 16. Red-headed orphan 17. Rudolph’s Clarice, e.g. 18. 4:1, e.g. 19. *What Groot and Rocket were guarding 21. *”____ ____: Fury Road” 23. Like some martinis 24. Ditto 25. Perfect summer sandwich? 28. Lover’s strike 30. Dickens’ “The Pickwick ____” 35. Plural of lira 37. Zeal or elegance 39. Reduce pressure 40. Maple, to a botanist 41. Paisleys in paisley fabric, e.g. 43. Deceptive maneuver 44. Committee head 46. Tallest volcano in Europe 47. ____ en scene 48. Bean-shaped organ 50. Chows down 52. Ground cover 53. Movie-____ 55. Mont Blanc, e.g. 57. *Maverick and Goose movie 60. *Sigourney Weaver’s 1986 sequel 63. Isabel Allende’s “Portrait in _____” 64. Driver’s aid 66. Sweater style 68. Fill with optimism 69. Make mistakes 70. Follow 71. USSR to USA during WWII 72. Actor Liotta 73. Shabby and tatty DOWN 1. Health resort 2. POTUS’ West one 3. Tolstoy’s Karenina 4. ____-a-Bear Workshop 5. Britney of “Baby One More Time” fame


6. *Dr. Jones, to his friends 7. Make a pigeon sound 8. a.k.a. dropsy 9. Canned meat 10. Hummus holder 11. Windows alternative 12. Opposite of paleo15. Trying experience 20. Vascular tissue in plants 22. Unit of electric current 24. Cover with drops 25. *B in “MIB” 26. Chinese fruit 27. Do it lightly? 29. Sunburn soother 31. Make waves 32. Tiny purses 33. *Actress Rene in “Lethal Weapon 3” and 4 34. *Keanu Reeves’ 1994 action

thriller 36. Sportscaster Andrews 38. Fashion house founder Ricci 42. Bringing death 45. Bob Marley’s music 49. Texter’s u 51. Woodworker’s woe 54. *Bruce Lee’s “____ the Dragon” 56. Type of feather 57. “____ it like it is” 58. October stone 59. Feel for 60. Bald eagle’s home 61. #60 Down 62. Hare’s tail 63. *Black Pearl’s domain 65. Baseball stat 67. Anthem author


The Emotional Side of Money By Jeff Bucher

If you’ve ever felt a rush of excitement at making a big purchase or experienced feelings of shame at making a financial mistake, you know that our relationship with money isn’t completely rational. For most people, money comes with a lot Jeff Bucher of emotional and psychological baggage that affects the decisions we make. Psychologists call these emotions "money scripts" and have found that these unconscious beliefs can drive many positive and negative financial behaviors. As financial professionals, we know that money is a very emotional subject. We have seen many instances where emotions drive negative actions. • Emotional investing decisions can wreak havoc on long-term performance by leading to overconfidence when markets rally and panic when markets decline. • Anxiety about the unknown can leave people feeling paralyzed with worry and unable to make financial decisions or prepare for the future. • Shame and avoidance can lead to inaction and push people into ignoring critical financial tasks that make them uncomfortable. • Emotional spending can give people a brief feeling of euphoria or distraction but cripple your savings strategies if left unchecked. What Can You Do? The first step to unraveling your psychological relationship with money is to realize that you’re in good company; everyone has positive and negative emotions related to money that can lead them to make not-so-savvy decisions. One way to help you explore your internal money scripts is by imagining how you feel in certain common financial scenarios: • How do you feel about earning money? • How does saving for the future make you feel? • How do budgeting and tracking expenses make you feel?


• How do you feel when markets are up? • How do you feel when markets are down or volatile? • How do you feel about meeting with a financial professional? If you discover that you have strong positive or negative reactions to these questions, it’s a good idea to take note of those feelings and explore them in more depth – perhaps with the help of a professional. While some emotional triggers can lead to positive activities like saving and preparing for the future, others can cause negative behaviors like avoidance, overspending, and emotional investing. Even positive emotions like selfconfidence and optimism can lead to negative outcomes when they cause people to ignore the future. Another way to help avoid letting emotion derail your finances is by harnessing the power of psychology: • Build financial strategies to help neutralize your emotions during stressful periods. • Work with a professional to get guidance and positive reinforcement. • Automate your saving and investing through your workplace retirement plan to stay on track. • Take small steps toward better financial behaviors like bi-weekly family budget meetings. • Forgive yourself for mistakes and get back on track as quickly as possible. Jeff Bucher is the president and co-founder of Citizen Advisory Group, a comprehensive financial planning company in Perrysburg. You can contact him at 419-8720204; email at; visit at 770 Commerce Dr., Perrysburg; or visit the website at

Investment Advisory services are offered through Alphastar Capital Management. Alphastar Capital Management, LLC and Citizen Advisory Group are independent entities.

Jeff is giving away copies of “Beyond the Summit: The Hard-Working American’s Retirement Guide” to readers of Boomers & Beyond. If you would like a complimentary copy of the book, give the Citizen Advisory Group office a call at 419-8720204.


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Books for Boomers

Book clubs are great. You get to catch up with friends and read books you might not normally try. Here are some suggestions that may inspire your group and lead to interesting discussions. Leave Me, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2016 By Sue Schafer By Gayle Forman Manager, After a life threatening event, Maribeth Klein decides to leave Sylvania Branch, it all behind. Maribeth, wife, mom of 4-year-old twins, and Toledo Lucas County editor of a glossy magazine is told to rest. The choice she Public Library makes is not the one for most, but following Maribeth on this journey is compelling nonetheless. The Darkest Secret, Penguin Books, 2016 By Alex Marwood From the Edgar Award winning author comes another gripping psychological thriller. When a child goes missing at an opulent house party, it makes international news. But what really happened to Coco Jackson? A Prayer for Owen Meany, William Morrow, 1989 By John Irving Owen Meany hits a foul ball while playing baseball in the summer of 1953 that kills his best friend's mother, an accident that Owen is sure is the result of divine intervention. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, Free Press, 2012 By Susannah Cahalan This account of the author's struggle with a rare brainattacking autoimmune disease traces how she woke up in a hospital room with no memory of baffling psychotic symptoms, describing the last-minute intervention by a doctor who identified the source of her illness. The Bone Clocks, Random House, 2014 By David Mitchell Beginning in 1984 and moving in linear fashion through the years before ending in the 2040s, this complex, layered novel interweaves several different narratives to tell the story of a secret war between those Crossword Puzzle Solution who would steal souls and those who try to stop them. But it's also the story of Holly Sykes, who belongs to neither of these groups but whose life is nevertheless bound up in them. Do you have big home-improvement plans this year? THE BRUNNER COMPANY, INC. CAN HELP! We’ve remodeled hundreds of homes over the past 40+ years! Call us today for a free, no obligation estimate and schedule

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The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. Toledo Museum of Art Thru Oct. 1 Exhibition focuses on the art and career of the influential ancient Mediterranean artist known as the Berlin Painter. Eighty-four vessels and statuettes of bronze and terracotta from the early fifth century B.C. will be shown. $10 general admission.


Milan Bluegrass Festival Aug. 3-5 KC Campground 14048 Sherman Rd., Milan, Mich. Michigan’s premier Bluegrass Festival celebrates its 20th year with Country Music Legend Gene Watson and a lineup of established and up-and-coming artists. Three-day passes at the gate are $85/person. For details, call 734-439-1076 or visit ProMedica Summer Concert Series Promenade Park, downtown Toledo Friday, Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m. Free concert features Grammy Award-winning producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell with musicians from the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Food trucks and beer and wine available.


Toledo Farmers’ Market 525 Market St., downtown Toledo Saturdays, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Shop locally grown produce, herbs and flowers, baked goods, coffee, honey, jewelry, bath products and candles. Food trucks and live music on site.



Boomers Resource Network Uncle John’s Restaurant 3131 Secor Rd., Toledo Thursdays Boomers Resource Network, Lake Erie Region welcomes those born from 1946 to 1964 for its weekly event, 11:30 a.m. networking and lunch, 12 p.m. featured speaker, 1 p.m. networking. For speaker information, visit


Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail Chili Challenge Saturday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, noon-5 p.m. Enjoy samples of chili paired with wines, and vote for your favorite during this selfdriven tour of nine wineries. Tickets are $35/person or $5/designated driver. Includes souvenir wine glass. For tickets and details, visit


50+ Sports Classic Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. Individual and team athletic events for those 50 and over. Hosted by the Area Office on Aging and the YMCA of Greater Toledo. For event locations and details, visit

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