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Sassy • Spirited • Successful

January 2017

INSIDE Rediscover the 419

Cut the Clutter at Home • Charitable Giving Trends Get a Grip on your Handles • Regear your New Year

Sassy • Spirited • Successful

Co-editors Jennifer Ruple and Mary Helen Darah

The new year means a fresh start, an unwritten chapter just waiting to be written. REsolve to get fit with advice from fitness guru Erika D. White (pg. 3), clear out the clutter with helpful tips from Carrie Briskin of ShelfGenie (pg. 4), give and give some more with tips from Jeff Bucher (pg. 6) explore your hometown with new eyes and enthusiasm (pg. 8). Get some astrological insight from star gazer Janet Amid (pg. 10), and get a handle on your post-holiday handles (pg. 12). Helen Keller once wrote, “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” We wish you a happy, healthy year ahead. Keep your resolve and be invincible.




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• Regear your new year


• Cut the clutter at home


• Charitable giving trends

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• Exploring downtown Toledo • Astrologically speaking • Get a grip on your handles • Crossword fun • Books for boomers • It’s a date

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Toledo’s newest urban park - Middlegrounds Metropark in downtown. - Photo by Jennifer Ruple


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REgear your new year

Using 'whatcha' got By Erika D White, Fitness Motivator & Creator of Fitzone When the letters “R” and “E” are combined, they become two of the most powerful letters in the alphabet. Once molded together, they form the prefix “re” which changes the meaning of any word it attaches to. “RE” acts as a breath of fresh air to Erika White terms such as rethink, reinvigorate, refresh. These words give us the courage to try again, the confidence to go back and do better, and the will power to never give up. I want to help you renew your goals this year and move into a mindset that will remove your doubts and reflect on where you have been. Begin this year with a renewed sense of power using all things “re.” Rethink and renew your results in a way that will outlast the calendar this year with my four simple tips. Redirect your focus The longer you spend focused on the scale, your diet, your consistency, or even your thighs, the more those thoughts will begin to dominate your feelings of confidence and motivation. Redirect your thoughts into something productive. Get up and get moving! Redirect your focus to the gym, the park, or even walking at your favorite mall. Use this time as your personal getaway and to focus on releasing positive energy. Rediscover your motivation Everyone starts with it, but few of us actually end up keeping it. Somewhere between getting started and achieving a goal, we can find ourselves in a valley of doubt and lose sight of why we even started. This is when you have to stop and think back to how you felt after that first walk around the block; or when you finally walked the stairs at work without losing your breath; or how good it felt when you weighed yourself after that first week. Now, jot down all those feelings you experienced when you started. What was

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the reason you started this goal of changing your lifestyle? Why is it still important to you? The only difference between those who reach their goals and those who don’t is staying motivated. Post your affirmations in a place where you can see them daily and reaffirm your goal! Reconnect with a buddy Working out can be tedious, so switch up your routine and add a workout partner to help push past your plateau. Variety is the spice of life and rediscovering your motivation also means that you have changed in the process. Therefore, you may also need to change the way you go after your goal by adding a few key motivators that can help you get it back on track. Look at your goal as a journey and a chance for exploration. Schedule your workouts with a partner, and keep in mind that life happens; that means showing up even if one of you cannot make it and also holding each other accountable. A workout partner acknowledges your efforts and can also make the fitness journey far more exciting and fulfilling by taking the journey with you. (HINT: It is also a good idea to have more than one workout buddy.) Refocus on your accomplishments The easiest way to get rid of frustration and gain motivation is to find something worth training for. A good way to stay on track is to take pictures of yourself during your journey. Take front pics, back pics, side pics, close ups and selfies. Every month take those poses in the same clothes and check your progress. When you hit the point of frustration, refocus on what you have accomplished. You see yourself daily and it is hard to notice the changes your body is making. Refocus on how you feel and how you are changing instead of what the scale says … and remember, a picture can speak a thousand words. This year, you will achieve all your goals when you begin with a renewed mindset. Physical activity and healthy eating won’t change you unless it is combined with the positivity that can only come from within. So, restart, retry, fall and get up with the power of RE This year can be a rediscovery of yourself that will lead to an overall healthier you … which can be very REwarding. Erika D. White is a certified fitness professional that believes in building strong, healthy, ageless men and women. Connect with Erika at www.ErikaWhite.net.


Cut the clutter Give your home a post-holiday makeover By Jennifer Ruple

It’s January and time to shape up – your home that is. Once the tree and other holiday ornaments have been neatly packed away, it’s time to tackle the rest of the house, particularly the kitchen and bath where clutter tends to build up. “Everything has to have a home,” said Carrie Briskin, owner of ShelfGenie of Southeastern Before ShelfGenie Michigan, a home organization company that strives to put everything within reach with its custom pull-out shelving system. Briskin offers these suggestions to help you get your home back in organizational shape: “Start by taking a good look around your home. Is it functioning well for you?” asked Briskin. “Many people are afraid to rearrange their kitchen because it’s always been that way. Ask yourself, ‘Does this really need to be here?’” Briskin suggests looking at your kitchen differently. “Go through the process of making a meal and think about where


you have to go to get what you need. Are things convenient? Then give yourself permission to make changes and rearrange items so it makes your tasks easier.” Store items that are only used occasionally in the basement or other areas of the home. “The kitchen is prime real estate,” said Briskin. “The only things that deserve to be stored there are the ones you use every day. For example, I use my crockpot religiously during winter months, so it has a place in my kitchen. In the summer, it goes into the basement, and my summer entertaining pieces come out,” she explained. “A lot of people don’t want to part with things because they think they might need them someday,” said Briskin. She suggests to put all the items in a storage box. Attach a detailed list of what’s After ShelfGenie


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inside and the date in which you stored them. If you haven’t gone to that box within a year, it’s ready to be donated, and you already have an itemized list for tax purposes. The beginning of the year is a great time to clean out the refrigerator and pantry. “It’s important to wipe the insides of cabinets regularly because it forces you to pull everything out and evaluate whether you need it. Throw away anything that has expired. What’s not needed, give to a local food bank,” said Briskin. The bathroom is another area where items tend to multiply. “Make a resolution and decide which products you should get rid of and which you should keep. If you choose to keep something, use it up before you buy anything else,” said Briskin. She also mentioned that some women’s shelters do accept donations of gently used toiletries and beauty care items.


Evaluate your medicine cabinet. “Go through your medications and make sure they have not expired,” said Briskin. “If they have, it’s time to dispose of them, but do so responsibly. Many cities have hazardous waste days when you can drop off expired or not needed medications.” What to do with all those magazines that build up? Briskin suggests to go through each one to see if there is anything you want to save. “If it’s a recipe, tear it out and save it in a binder with categories and plastic sleeves. Or you can look for it online and then save it to a Pinterest board,” she advised. With children’s toys, go through them and donate anything that is outgrown or unused. As for other clutter, everything needs to have its place. “At the end of the day, everything needs to be put back where it belongs.”


Charitable giving trends

Many options available to support a cause; leave a legacy By Jeff Bucher Americans give to charity for two main reasons: To support a cause or organization they care about, or to leave a legacy through their support. When giving to charitable organizations, some people Jeff Bucher elect to support through cash donations. Others, however, understand that supporting an organization may generate tax benefits. They may opt to follow techniques that can maximize both the gift and the potential tax benefit. Here’s a quick review of a few charitable choices. Direct gifts are just that: contributions made directly to charitable organizations. Direct gifts may be deductible from income taxes depending on your individual situation. Charitable gift annuities are not related to annuities offered by insurance companies. Under this arrangement, the donor gives money, securities, or real estate, and in return, the charitable organization agrees to pay the donor a Jeff is giving away copies of “Beyond the Summit: The Hard-Working American’s Retirement Guide” to readers of this month’s edition of Boomers & Beyond. If you would like a complimentary copy of the book, give the Citizen Advisory Group office a call at 419-872-0204.


fixed income. Upon the death of the donor, the assets pass to the charitable organization. Charitable gift annuities enable donors to receive consistent income and potentially manage taxes. Pooled-income funds pool contributions from various donors into a fund, which is invested by the charitable organization. Income from the fund is distributed to the donors according to their share of the fund. Pooled-income funds enable donors to receive income, potentially manage taxes, and make a future gift to charity. Gifts in trust enable donors to contribute to a charity and leave assets to beneficiaries. Generally, these irrevocable trusts take one of two forms. With a charitable remainder trust, the donor can receive lifetime income from the assets in the trust, which then pass to the charity when the donor dies; in the case of a charitable lead trust, the charity receives the income from the assets in the trust, which then pass to the donor’s beneficiaries when the donor dies. Using a trust involves a complex set of tax rules and regulations. Before moving forward with a trust, consider working with a professional who is familiar with the rules and regulations. Donor-advised funds are funds administered by a charity to which a donor can make irrevocable contributions. This gift may have tax considerations, which is another benefit. The donor also can recommend that the fund make distributions to qualified charitable organizations. Some people are comfortable with their current gifting strategies. Others, however, may want a more advanced strategy that can maximize their gift and generate potential tax benefits. A financial professional can help you assess which approach may work best for you.


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Jeff Bucher is the President and cofounder of Citizen Advisory Group, a comprehensive financial planning company in Perrysburg. You can contact him at 419-872-0204; email at jeff@citizenadvisory.com; visit at 770 Commerce Dr., Perrysburg; or visit the website at www.citizenadvisory.com.

Chart Source: Giving USA Foundation, 2016.

Where the Money Goes The biggest percentage of charitable contributions, 32 percent, went to churches and religious organizations. A variety of different types of groups were on the receiving end of charitable gifts. If you have questions about your charitable giving contributions or would like to review your individual financial situation, please give us a call at 419-872-0204. Together, let’s make 2017 a successful year.


Remember, the information in this article is not intended as tax or legal advice. And it may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. Investment Advisory Services offered through AlphaStar Capital Management, LLC, a SEC Registered Investment Adviser. SEC registration does not constitute an endorsement of the firm by the Commission nor does it indicate that the adviser has attained a particular level of skill or ability. AlphaStar Capital Management, LLC and Citizen Advisory Group are independent entities.


Plates and Places

Rediscover the 419 – Downtown Toledo By Jennifer Ruple

Downtown Toledo Afterwards, is happening! If warm up with you haven’t been a signature there in a while, crushed you’re in for a espresso or a pleasant surprise. cup of chai The landscape latte at Jennifer Ruple continues to evolve Rustbelt as new opportunities to dine, sip, Coffee at 119 shop and be entertained are popping N. Ontario St. Toledo Farmer’s Market up all over. Open since August, the coffee shop has quickly become a If you happen to be visiting downtown on a trendy hangout for families, college students, and Saturday, begin your trip at the Toledo Farmers’ Market located at 525 Market Street. The market is the downtown business crowd. Its massive interior is decorated in sleek, urban industrial style but enclosed and heated during our frosty winter remains cozy with its leather couches, comfy months and a great place to shop for local items. Each week, you’ll find homemade pies, breads and throws and pastries; jams and jellies; seasonal produce; honey, seasonal decor. While there, spend syrup, coffee and cheese; as well as unique some time handcrafted soaps, candles, mittens and more. browsing at Cream Winter market hours are 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Dec. – Living, which is April). Next, bundle up and take a stroll along the banks of located toward the the Maumee River back of the coffee at Toledo’s newest shop. The boutique offers new, vintage urban park. and repurposed Middlegrounds treasures for the Metropark is home. Also located located at 111 within Rustbelt is a Ottawa Street and small gathering Brooke and Grant Perry of offers a 1.5-mile room that can be Rustbelt Coffee walking and biking rented by the hour path that begins at for meetings, showers or other special events. the Anthony Wayne Bridge and When it’s time for lunch, head to the Davis meanders along the Building, 151 N. Michigan, where you’ll find Pam’s Corner. Owner Pam Weirauch has been river with scenic cooking breakfast and lunch for downtown diners views. Middlegrounds Metropark for decades. The bright and cheerful space serves a



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variety of salads, soups and sandwiches and offers specials like the Crabby Abby salad with crab balls. The macaroni and cheese is incredible. Tip: get there early. For an eclectic and one-of-a-kind shopping experience, step into the Paula Brown Shop. The store, located at 912 Monroe St. and just across the parking lot from Pam’s, offers a wide variety of products including home accessories, stationary, jewelry, linens, beer, wine, specialty foods and gifts for everyone including children and babies.

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Paula Brown of Paula Brown Shop The Pub, a full-service bar located within the shop, is always open during shop hours and on ThursdaySaturday evenings. Live entertainment and special events including wine tastings and tap takeovers are held weekly. For current events, check The Pub calendar at paulabrownshop.com. Don’t let the wintery weather keep you cooped inside all month. Go out and get some fresh air and take in some new scenery in our own hometown. Jennifer Ruple is the author of the blog somedaycowgirl.blogspot.com.


Astrologically speaking

What lies ahead for Boomers By Janet Amid

SIGNS: Baby Boomers, myself included, have been the most successful, wealthiest, pro-active and Aries (March 21-April 20) physically fit generation in which they arrived. We It’s time to make good, healthy choices for 2017 were the first to grow up expecting that the world through lifestyle changes or emotional shifts. could improve, and we as a group took Either way, you can start your year off right as the responsibility for trying to make positive changes. planets very favorably create a nice little trine for Also, this is the generation that peaked in income, you. Release worn ways and conditions and where women sought out careers previously establish new interests this year with lots of moxie. designated specifically for men. The Baby Any periods of confinement/limitations Boomers made changes relating to are a sign to think about future goals. retirement programs, agriculture, and Make a list. even went so far as tap into the Taurus (April 21- May 21) “midlife crisis” syndrome, trying to Though you resist change, understand as well as accept it for what it is. This is and was a special abundant exchanges, messages generation where actions were and chance-opportunities in early taken to create a shift, and modify 2017 will occur whether you want our lifestyles, a generation very it or not. Accept the positive shifts different from those that came before that will take place. Time to join a and after. We are and always will be The club, step out of your box and meet and Baby Boomers. greet. Great attractions build through Janet Amid Astrologically Speaking – job/social events. Be willing to re-learn Full Moon on Jan. 12 – Emotions run high – Pay love and all that it has to offer. Inspiration for all attention to what you feel as well as how you react. those creative ones is out there as you reach new Cancers are most affected, as well as Capricorns. levels of expression. Radiate the love and passion Mercury retrograde – Moving direct on Jan. 8 in that you feel. Pass it on! Capricorn – With Mercury in retrograde our Gemini (May 22-June 21) communication is stifled; we find ourselves Time to reduce stress or sacrifice your health. Time rethinking old patterns, questioning our motives to take a stand and get motivated. With Saturn in and thoughts. As it moves direct, implementation is opposition to you (last occurrence 1985 through easier, less strained, and thoughts are clearer. Those 1988) it’s time for you to initiate a change. Be proinfluenced the most are Virgo (your ruling planet), active and constructive. Something new that will Gemini (your ruling planet) and Capricorn (the help boost your confidence and thwart any anxiety sign it is taking place in). Venus, the planet of pleasure and play, conjunct with Mars, the planets of action are both in Pisces. Sentiment is at its best and nostalgia brings a more dreamy state of mind and influence. We may find ourselves more in-tune to others, more romantic and prone to tapping into our intuitive as well as creative nature. Those influenced the most – Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius, Libra and Gemini. New Moon – Jan 27 – in Aquarius – A New Moon is always a welcomed influence as it allows us to broaden our perception as well as perspectives. In the sign of Aquarius it brings to light a sense of electricity with clarity, and it influences all signs.



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you may feel. You’re more in control than you thought possible. Cancer (June 22-July 23) Though loved ones can drain you emotionally, it is up to you to set the guidelines this year. Learn to say no while maintaining a positive attitude. If needed re-evaluate relationships from the past. Also, the benefits of learning and travel can do you wonders; find the rhythm of your emotions, then set a sensible pace to make the changes necessary. Leo (July 24-Aug. 23) Show abundant affection to loved ones, even those that may disappoint. Make sure you have alternative strategies when dealing with family and friends. Buy or improve property; make peace in your home. Catch a trend this year, and make it your own personal gold mine. This is your year to shine, so do it well. Virgo (Aug. 24-Sept. 23) This will be a busy year with family and friends, specifically where children are concerned. Activity and motivation are your keywords this year. Also, you may without realizing it change someone else’s circumstances so pay attention to what or who may enter your life. Stabilize your life by allowing for growth and change. Libra (Sept. 24-Oct. 23) Develop personal fitness by knowing what you want and finally getting it. Abandon stale ploys that may hinder your progress. Refine inner and emotional security for best results. Expand your skills this year; focus on the beauty that you cherish. Choose people and conditions that have only your best good in mind. Create the balance that you crave. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Shed old skin this year; revamp your image and relationships. Loved ones and old friends may go through their irritating phases this year; their needs may distract you from your own growth, so set some limits. Personal and other groups that you are connected to will gain some amazing momentum this year. You’re also in fine form this year financially so do not sweat the small stuff. Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) Make private plans now through spring – whether it is travel, educational, personal growth, or love


related. Concentrate on yourself and making your inner life more secure. Family changes may cause you to rethink the past, deep feelings may be revealed. Time to heal. Time to celebrate. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20) You’re supercharged this year and ready to take 2017 on! But, don’t push others that may not be ready for growth.. Cultivate patience as well as proper balance. Luck through family and friends may trigger a huge response from you. Share your knowledge with others. Spread the wealth! Aquarius (Jan. 21-Feb. 19) The direction of your life flows into a new path. View losses as opportunities. Also maintain personal boundaries and try to display consistency to gain the trust you so deserve. Learn lessons in love, and more importantly stay out of debt! You’re too trusting by nature, so it’s time to set some healthy boundaries. The year ahead proves to be one of peace and balance. Membership to leadership! Pisces (Feb. 20- March 20) Potent dreams become reality, precipitating life changes that may be favorable as well as life changing. Welcome the year ahead as it brings to life more of your creative juices. A good year to start fresh with what you know and love. Cherish the fresh starts and those that inspire!

Janet Amid is a columnist who writes for Sylvania AdVantage and can be heard on 92.5 KISS FM Monday mornings between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. She can reached at 419-882-5510 or by e-mail at JanetAmid@aol.com. Check out her website at www.JanetAmid.com.




Get a grip

Take control of your post-holiday handles By Mary Helen Darah

It's hard to imagine that a month ago I was surrounded by images of sugar-frosted cookies, succulent, fat-laden foods and countless other culinary indulgences. It was all A-OK because it was the holidays. Now the same society that not only approved but supported my holiday gluttony, expects me to miraculously lower my cholesterol, drop some pounds and lose my Spanx for the new year. What makes getting a handle on my postholiday handles even more difficult is the fact that I have never met a baked good that I didn’t bond with immediately. I am also a certified foodie who shows her love for family and friends by feeding them. Soon I will be dealing with Valentine’s Day making my fitness goals even more challenging. I know I should just buy mushy cards but I am a big believer that nothing says "I love you" like chocolate, wine or any dense carb right out of the oven. This year, I vow to be stronger and to adhere to my New Year's resolutions to get back on track.



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Get rid of the “stuff” The first few days of any weight loss program comes with some pretty high octane psychological “stuff.” The first being the, “I am going to eat every carb in sight today because tomorrow I begin the healthier me” mentality. For me, this state of mind usually lasts about three weeks. Once I get beyond the negative behavior of the, “You’re telling me I can’t have that? Well, I’ll show me!” phase, I finally see some progress. I am going to shorten this phase by reminding myself that I find it necessary to hold my upper arm steady when waving goodbye so I don’t flab someone to death. Be a fitness techie There are numerous apps on smart phones and computers that allow you to track your caloric intake and exercise. Last year, I tracked my calories and found out at the end of day that if I were a 6’4”, 280 pound male, I stayed within my budgeted limits. As a 5’10” female, I went through my allotted food consumption by 2 p.m. I know I can make it to at least 6 o'clock this year. Get moving to a DVD Last year I attempted to follow along with the various models and celebrities breathing seductively while glistening through an intense workout. While they were able to continue shouting instructions without missing a beat, I sounded like I was giving birth without an epidural as I moved through their insanely difficult routines. Also, seeing their perfect bodies move in their skin-tight yoga pants was a tad deflating. This year I am going BOOMERS

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to purchase something a bit more realistic. I haven't found an exercise DVD with real woman with a few curves and jiggles clad in sweat pants and hoodies yet but I will keep you posted. Eat your veggies and get moving Once again I am going to try to eat more fruits and vegetables. I will add anything green into my day whenever possible, add fruit to my cereal and I vow to not count a blueberry scone as a fruit serving. One thing that I have had success with is in the area of walking. I purchased a Fitbit and got a Golden Retriever who could outlast the Energizer Bunny on any day that ends in “Y.” I meet a friend and her dog everyday in the park before heading to work. It has been the one thing that I have been able to commit to because I don't want to let them


down. The bottom line in reducing your bottom line, is find something that brings you joy. Hopping on a treadmill would be pure torture for me but heading out to one of our great Metroparks is something that gives me the benefits of exercise, socialization, fresh air and a puppy who doesn’t follow me around 24/7 with a squeaky toy. Crazy diet plans have been around for centuries. In 1087, William the Conqueror, of England, was upset because his wide girth kept him from riding his horse. His brilliant plan of action was to shed his unwanted pounds by substituting alcohol for food. He died from falling off his horse. In the year ahead, I wish you good health, and I hope you find a safe, enjoyable and sane way to get a grip on your post-holiday handles.


Crossword fun: Year in review

ACROSS 1. Minimal in magnitude 6. Club alternative 9. Angelina to Maddox 13. Cattiness 14. “___ the land of the free ...” 15. Permissible 16. 1/100 of a rial 17. Oahu greeting gift 18. Foolish 19. * “Harry Potter and the ____ Child” 21. *UK’s 2016 withdrawal vote 23. Christian minister, abbr. 24. Long, long time 25. Scottish cap 28. Sushi selection 30. African tree 35. Faubourg SaintHonore and Rivoli, e.g. 37. Brown seaweed 39. Latin American plain 40. Sky bear 41. Don’t go out for dinner 43. *This Barrymore got divorced in 2016 44. New Zealander 46. Ring-around-the-rosy flower 47. Prima donna’s numbers 48. George Town state, Malaysia 50. Mary’s follower 52. Born, in society pages 53. Fix a horse 55. *Ezekiel Elliott became one in 2016 57. Popular flowering shrub


60. *Cubs, e.g. 63. *Ciara, on her special day 64. Wade opponent 66. Eagerness, pl. 68. Comic book expression for fear 69. Soccer mom’s ride 70. Icy hut 71. Enthusiasm 72. Product of creativity 73. Cut one’s leg off, e.g. DOWN 1. Aldous Huxley’s drug of choice 2. “The Iliad,” e.g. 3. Hokkaido language 4. One Beatle 5. Less verbose 6. “The ____ and the Beautiful” 7. *Harper ____, 19262016 8. *A ____ Called Quest issued comeback album 9. Seductive one 10. Berry high in antioxidants 11. Creme de menthe flavor 12. Absorbed, as a loss 15. Relating to spleen 20. What some smells do to memories 22. *Kardashian brother who

became a dad 24. In total 25. *Election winner 26. Sign of a saint, pl. 27. Subatomic particle 29. *Like 2016 31. One of auto pioneers 32. Sacha Cohen’s middle name 33. Anoint 34. * “Major Tom” singer, 1947-2016 36. Mystery writer, ____ Paretsky 38. Site of Leaning Tower 42. Naiad or maenad

45. English in Spain 49. “Fancy that!” 51. *Olympic host 54. Caterpillar precursor 56. Opposite end of alpha 57. Seed coat 58. *Mosquito-borne threat 59. Yemeni port 60. Rapper and actor, 50 ____ 61. Rodeo Drive tree 62. ____ gin 63. Ciao in the U.S. 65. Argo propeller 67. Rolled grass


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Books for Boomers

Are you a busy person who never seems to have the time to read all of the books that you want to read? Why not listen to audiobooks? Whether you are cooking, driving, or cleaning, audiobooks are a great way to get some reading done. Try some of these great audiobooks with fantastic readers! The Night Circus, Random House Audio, 2011 By Erin Morgenstern; Reader: Jim Dale; 11 CDs (Unabridged) A fierce competition is underway, a contest between two young magicians, Celia By Sue Schafer and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in "a game," in Manager, which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to Sylvania Branch, them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a Toledo Lucas County remarkable battle of imagination and will. Public Library Dad is Fat, Random House Audio, 2013 By Erin Morgenstern; Reader: Jim Dale; 5 CDs (Unabridged) The popular comedian shares his misadventures as an unlikely father of five, from his formative years in a large Irish-Catholic family, to his middle-of-the-night diaper-changing foibles, to his struggles to lull tyrannical tots to sleep. Everybody’s Fool, Random House Audio, 2016 By Richard Russo; Reader: Mark Bramhall; 15 CDs (Unabridged) The story returns to the setting of "Nobody's Fool" to find Sully confronting a daunting health prognosis, which he hides from his loved ones, including his longtime mistress, an increasingly distant best friend, and an obsessive chief of police. Series: Nobody's fool, 2 Me Talk Pretty One Day, Time Warner Audiobooks, 2001 By David Sedaris; Reader: David Sedaris; 5 CDs (Unabridged) In a collection of essays, observations, and commentaries, the humorist describes his recent move to Paris, life as an American in Paris, his struggle to learn French, his family, and restaurant meals. The Rosie Effect, Simon and Schuster Audio, 2014 By Graeme Simsion; Reader: Dan O’Grady; 7 CDs (Unabridged) Don Tillman and Rosie are back again, and they’ve relocated to New York. Rosie is continuing her studies, while Don is teaching and even adding to his small circle of friends. But when Rosie  announces that she is pregnant, Don is once again out of his depth. What follows are crazy situations that could only happen when Don is involved. Series: Rosie novels (Graeme Simsion), 2

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Silver Screen Classics Silver Screen Classics Valentine Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 - Gone With The Wind Jan. 13 – Hook Toledo’s new, old fashioned night out. Cold tall drinks, full bar and popcorn available. $5 admission. valentinetheatre.com


Barn Sale The Butter Barn 5541 Consear Rd., Ottawa Lake, Mich. Jan. 19-22 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day Monthly sale showcases antique, repurposed and restored treasures in a beautiful barn setting. butterbeansantiques.com



Boomers Resource Network Uncle John’s Restaurant 3131 Secor Rd., Toledo Thursdays 11:30 a.m. Boomers Resource Network, Lake Erie Region welcomes those born from 1946 to 1964 for its weekly event featuring networking, lunch and guest speakers. boomersrn.com

The Great Art Escape Toledo Museum of Art Jan. 1, 12 - 5 p.m. Spend New Year’s Day at the Toledo Museum of Art. Bring family, friends and holiday guests to experience performances and art activities in the galleries and Glass Pavilion. toledomuseum.org

Greater Toledo 2017 Auto Show SeaGate Convention Centre Jan. 26-29 (times vary) The perfect stop for car lovers. Check out the latest and greatest models and automotive technologies. Admission: Adults $7, Seniors (age 55+) $5 on Friday only, Children 9 and under free when accompanied by an adult. toledoautoshow.org

Hot Topics Franciscan Center Board Room Jan. 20, 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Technology: stimulus or detractor of learning? Presented by Mary Ann Gawelek, Ed.D., President of Lourdes University. A lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert is included. $10 member/$15 nonmembers Reservations are strongly encouraged at least one week prior: call 419-824-3707 or email lifelong@lourdes.edu.


Jersey Boys Stranahan Great Hall Jan. 10-15 Jersey Boys, winner of the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical, features over 30 hits including Big Girls Don't Cry and Can't Take My Eyes Off You. The hit musical tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown kids from New Jersey to pop stars. For tickets, call 866-381-7469 or visit boxofficetickets.com/Stranahan/Toledo.

on stage Dance Theatre of Harlem Valentine Theatre, 410 Adams St. Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. The iconic company performs exceptional ballet masterpieces from around the world from classical ballet to cutting-edge new works. For tickets, visit valentinetheatre.com or call 419/242-2787.

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Boomers & Beyond JAN 2017  

Boomers & Beyond is a monthly publication in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan dedicated to the unique joys and challenges of being born...

Boomers & Beyond JAN 2017  

Boomers & Beyond is a monthly publication in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan dedicated to the unique joys and challenges of being born...


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