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Sassy • Spirited • Successful

February 2017

INSIDE Toasty Spots to Warm Your Heart

Hot Interior Design Trends • Take Heart - A Survivor’s Story Finding Love Along the Trail • Options for Your 401(K)

Sassy • Spirited • Successful

Co-editors Jennifer Ruple and Mary Helen Darah at TK Lanes Boutique in Sylvania.

Richard Bach once said, “True love stories never have endings.” In this edition we “take heart” and celebrate love, life and new beginnings. Kelly Parker shares her story of survivorship after having a heart attack at age 42 (pg.4). We will get your heart racing when we hit the road to share cozy places where you can find warmth and new adventures (pg. 6). Would you rather snuggle at home? Learn what is hot in home interior design for 2017 (pg. 8). Read a love story that began at the Metroparks of the Toledo Area when two volunteers found love on the trail (pg. 14). Got books? We do, and they celebrate amore (pg. 15). We wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day. In the words of Charles M. Schultz, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” May your love stories never have endings.




adjective very stylish; confident and energetic

adjective full of courage or energy; very lively or determined

adjective having the correct or desired result; ending in success having achieved wealth, respect, or fame

BOOMERS Inside & Beyond Editors Mary Helen Darah Jennifer Ruple Boomer Consultant Sharon Lange Sales Representative Nancy Rodgers Contributing Writers 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 Boom Your Business with Advertising 419-824-0100 On The Web Boomers Hangout 5655 N. Main St. #1, Sylvania, Ohio 43560


• Options for your 401(K)


• Tales of survivorship


• Toasty spots

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• Hot interior design trends • The carb conundrum • Crossword fun • Finding love along the trail • Books for boomers • It’s a date

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Sherri and Donald Frazier of Toledo warm up by the fireplace at Ciao! in Sylvania. - Photo by Jennifer Ruple


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Financial Planning Options for 401(K) accounts from former One of the common threads of a mobile workforce is that many individuals who leave their job are faced with a decision about what to do with their 401(k) account.¹ Individuals have three basic Jeff Bucher choices with the 401(k) account they accrued at a previous employer. Option 1: Leave It with Your Previous Employer You may choose to do nothing and leave your account in your previous employer’s 401(k) plan. However, if your account balance is under a certain amount, be aware that your ex-employer may elect to distribute the funds to you. While inertia is one of the primary reasons for not moving a 401(k), there may be reasons to keep it there—such as investments that are low cost or have limited availability outside of the plan. Other reasons are to maintain certain creditor protections that are unique to qualified retirement plans, or to retain the ability to borrow from it, if the plan allows for such loans to ex-employees.² The primary downside is that individuals can become disconnected from the old account and pay less attention to the ongoing management of its investments. Option 2: Transfer to Your New Employer’s 401(k) Plan Provided your current employer’s 401(k) accepts the transfer of assets from a pre-existing 401(k), you may want to consider moving these assets to your new plan. The primary benefits to transferring are the convenience of consolidating your assets, retaining their strong creditor protections, and keeping them accessible via the plan’s loan feature. Provided their new plan has a competitive investment menu, many individuals prefer to transfer their account and make a full break with their former employer. Option 3: Roll Over Assets to a Traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA) The last option is to roll assets over into a new or existing traditional IRA.³ A traditional IRA may FEBRUARY 2017

employers By Jeff Bucher provide a wider range of investment choices than what may exist in your new 401(k) plan. The drawback to this approach may be less creditor protection and the loss of access to these funds via a 401(k) loan feature. Remember, don’t feel rushed into making a decision. You have time to consider your choices and may want to seek professional guidance to answer any questions you may have.

1. Distributions from 401(k) plans and most other employersponsored retirement plans are taxed as ordinary income and, if taken before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty. Generally, once you reach age 70½, you must begin taking required minimum distributions. 2. A 401(k) loan not paid is deemed a distribution, subject to income taxes and a 10% tax penalty if the account owner is under 59½. If the account owner switches jobs or gets laid off, the 401(k) loan becomes immediately due. If the account owner does not have the cash to pay the balance, it will have tax consequences. 3. Withdrawals from traditional IRAs are taxed as ordinary income and, if taken before age 59½, may be subject to a 10% federal income tax penalty. Generally, once you reach age 70½, you must begin taking required minimum distributions.

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 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.

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.


Take Heart Tales from heart attack survivor Kelly Parker By Mary Helen Darah

Kelly Parker, a heart attack survivor, believes nausea, the back pain and arm pain. I went to her life is now defined as “before” and “after” feel for my pulse and I couldn’t find it. At the her traumatic cardiac experience. “In some time, I was married so I woke up my husband. ways, I love the ‘after’ more,” stated Parker. “I He looked at me and knew something was have certainly grown. I’m not the same person wrong. I then bent over and grabbed my chest. I used to be.” At the time He picked up the phone of her heart attack, Parker and called 911. was an active 40-year-old Paramedics came and gave entrepreneur who owned a me an IV and nitro. They cleaning business. She was couldn’t find a pulse or also a smoker, which she blood pressure. I was 90% adamantly states she will occluded in the upper never do again. “Many LAD (left anterior people equate smoking descending) that is known with cancer, but it also as the “widow maker.” takes a huge toll on your They used a stent to open heart,” she said. “There me up. I was very were warning signs fortunate.” leading up to my heart In November of 2010, attack. I got winded going Parker began to up the stairs. I had arm experience fatigue. She pain. I was sleeping 14 returned to her hours a day. I made up cardiologist and excuses for all my discovered she had issues Kelly Parker symptoms. My mom is the with her stent. Attempts at one who told me to go see treating her with a cardiologist. I finally went to Dr. Daniel medication failed. In 2011, she had bypass Cassavar, who, by the way, is wonderful. I told surgery. “I didn’t cry about it until the morning him my symptoms and family history, and he of the surgery when I saw my mom,” recalled wanted to do a stress test right then and there. I Parker. “Dr. Christopher Riordan performed told him I was too busy and I wanted to my surgery on Thursday, and I went home on schedule it for another time. As I was leaving, Sunday. But later I was in and out of the he opened the door and said, ‘You do hospital after the bypass for everything from understand that you are walking out of my pleurisy to having my gallbladder removed. It office without a stress test against my better was especially difficult to deal with not only judgment?’” physically but mentally.” Parker scheduled her stress test for July 15, Parker said she experienced an attitude change 2009. She had a heart attack on July 11. after spending a day with her mother. “My “Fortunately, I had the classic symptoms that a mom and I were heading to a motorcycle rally man would have,” she recalled. “I had it all; the in Cleveland and it started raining really hard,”



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she recalled. “My mom pulled over because she thought I was crying. I told her that I was laughing, not crying. At that moment, I had an epiphany. I just knew everything was going to be OK and realized that I’m not a victim of heart disease but a survivor of it. I could have sat on the couch these past years and let it consume me but I didn’t. Life is a gift. I have the best life. I volunteer with the American Heart Association and for my cardiologist’s office. I do everything from handing out


Kelly Parker and her granddaughter Zoey.

information to telling my story in front of 600 people. Also, I am always willing to talk about my experience with someone going through the journey and giving them hope. Some people ask me how I can be so happy. How can I not be? I have three beautiful grandchildren to enjoy, a supportive family and wonderful friends, some who have been with me from the beginning and others I met through this journey. At times, life can get a bit ‘bumpy’ but you push on through and enjoy the ride.”


Plates and Places

Toasty spots to warm your heart By Jennifer Ruple

Baby, it’s While sipping, enjoy Cherry cold outside! Scones, Cucumber and Stay cozy Herbed Cream Cheese this Sandwiches and Chocolate Valentine’s Lava Cakes...just a few of the Day, and the delectable treats on the menu rest of the created by the talented Chef Jennifer Ruple month, in Krissy Kruse. For some of the warmest spots in reservations, call 419-297town. Whether you’ll be 9919. Glassblowing demonstrations are held at the spending time with your Snuggle up and enjoy a Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. sweetheart, your dad, your classic movie while basking daughter, or your best friend, here in the grandeur of the Valentine are some toasty spots to take the Theatre downtown. Silver Screen chill out of your bones and warm up Classics are shown on Friday your hearts. nights throughout the year Feel the heat at the Toledo Museum including To Catch a Thief on of Art Glass Pavilion. Free February 17 and Groundhog Day glassblowing demonstrations are on February 24. Both movies held in one of the Hot Shops begin at 7:30 p.m. Cold, tall Thursdays through Sundays drinks, a full bar and popcorn are throughout February. also available. Admission is $5 per Demonstrations include gallery person, and if you purchase any seating and narration of the process four films together, you can save and techniques. Check the calendar $1 on each film. For information for specific dates and times at Find a peaceful spot in The Cloister regarding upcoming films in the at the Toledo Museum of Art. series, visit Enjoy a spot of tea at the Warm your inside and outside Sweet Shalom Tea Room, with a romantic dinner in one located at 8216 Erie Street in of these cozy area Sylvania. The warming effects restaurants: Enjoy classic of tea are only part of the country Italian cuisine at healthy benefits of drinking a Ciao! in Sylvania. For hot cup or two. Tea is full of authentic Lebanese and fine antioxidants and is one of the Italian fare, family-owned great superfoods. Formal teas Byblos on Reynolds Road is are held four times a week a classic. You can’t go wrong with two seatings on Friday with their famous Shish Sherri and Donald Frazier of Toledo share a Tawook. The ever-elegant and two seatings on Sunday. cozy moment at Ciao!



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Georgio’s Café International downtown is always perfect for that special occasion date. Enjoy the housemade pâté. For fine steaks and seafood in an upscale atmosphere, visit Rockwell’s Steakhouse and Delectable treats at Sweet Shalom Lounge in the Tea Room. historic Oliver House. Join friends or make it a date night with Wine by the Glass Pavilion on Friday, February 17, 6:308:30 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Enjoy four wines from the theme Best Bordeaux Beverages: Wines from Bordeaux, France and light snacks during It’s Friday! Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers and are available

for purchase during museum hours by phone at 419255-8000 ext. 7448 or at the information desks. Relax and invigorate, along with a friend or significant other, with an hour-long, side-by-side massage at Rêvé Salon and Spa, 5633 Main St., Sylvania. Or for the ultimate indulgence, schedule a Spa Day created specifically for couples. The intimate experience includes a 60-minute massage, essential facial, dream pedicure, almond manicure, and shampoo and blow Indulge in a spa day for couples. dry. The package includes a $100 gift certificate to Ciao! for a romantic dinner. To schedule a Spa Day, call 419-885-1140. Stay warm out there!

Jennifer Ruple is the author of the blog



On Trend Hot interior design looks for 2017 By Jennifer Ruple

Just as in the textured coverings such as grass cloth, canvas and fashion world, linen,” she advised. home décor The power of pink. “Pink has really taken off in trends change interiors. It’s coming in blush tones and roses and along with the can add a real richness to your decor,” said seasons. Beyersdorf. Just don’t overdo it. “Use it sparingly Whether and in smaller quantities like in accent pieces, you’re thinking pillows or a side chair. The shade is important too. about sprucing Go with more soft and muted tones. They can up a small area serve as a subtle neutral.” of your home Distressed finishes and painted woods. Thanks or completely to the Do it Yourself (DIY) and upcycling trends, redecorating it distressed finishes and painted woods are here to from top to stay, so go ahead and repurpose those heirloom bottom, the pieces that have great bones but just need some 2017 design TLC. forecast lends a Shift into neutral. Neutrals are still in, especially Carolyn Beyersdorf, IIDA lot to inspire. if they are refreshed with shades of grays. “The Carolyn Beyersdorf, IIDA, owner and interior key to decorating with neutrals is layering and designer at Decorating Den Interiors, shares her using lots of texture,” said Beyersdorf. Again, advice on the top decorating trends for the year to don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit. Woods, like keep in mind when choosing colors, textures and metals, can also be mixed. “Woods are natural, so materials for your home. no two pieces are alike,” said Beyersdorf. “Mixing Metallic finishes and mixed metals. Warm woods can be a beautiful and refreshing addition to metallics are coming back like matte gold as well your space. It depends on your taste. Anything as neutral metals like iron and oil-rubbed bronze. really goes today; it’s all about you and your And, good news for many of us, silver will stick style.” around for a while. If you once worried about using more than one metal color at a time, it’s time to rethink. When mixing metals, Beyersdorf suggested to find a unifying element or accessory that incorporates both metals like a floor lamp or art frame. “It’s about personal taste; use what you are comfortable with.” Dark accent walls. “A single accent wall in a black or dark gray looks stunning juxtaposed against light furnishings,” noted Beyersdorf. Wallcoverings are making a comeback as well, not the old style of the 1980s though. “Look for A black and white palette is always a classic.



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Black and white. “You can never go wrong with black and white. It’s a classic,” said Beyersdorf. “A black sofa or sectional looks particularly stylish with black and white or cream accent pillows.” Beyersdorf suggested to finish the room with black and white photography and then use a splash of color like yellow in vases or other accent pieces. “Orange and yellow are both refreshing and clean colors. They are optimistic colors,” she added. It’s all in the details. Furniture embellished with buttons, nail-head trims, and contrasting welts create a customized look in your home. Also, furniture with different fabric combinations have become increasingly popular. “For example, the back of a chair could be upholstered in a largescale fabric and the front could be in a solid. We call these pieces ‘Do Look Back’ pieces because we want people to look at the back of things,” explained Beyersdorf. Curves, curves, curves. Curved sofas are coming back in. “They do particularly well in open spaces,” said Beyersdorf. “Also, scalloped backs of sofas and chairs can help soften square rooms.” Acrylic accents. Accessories, as well as furniture pieces, are making a statement in acrylic. “We’re seeing them in chair legs, four poster beds, end table legs, and table tops in lieu of glass,” said Beyersdorf. “Clear and colored acrylic pieces are both trending at this time.” Natural elements. Natural pieces bring warmth and texture to a space. “Try incorporating nature into your rooms with wood or pieces from the earth. Handcrafted artisan pieces also add depth to your design,” said Beyersdorf. Refresh your space. If a total redo isn’t in your plan this year, Beyersdorf Some of the many fabrics available to suggested to update your home. spruce up your FEBRUARY 2017

Fabric samples hang from a wall display in Beyersdorf’s design studio.

space with a few simple changes. “Add pops of color with some houseplants, or change the colors of your throw pillows,” she said. “A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference.” Carolyn Beyersdorf, IIDA has 25 years of experience in commercial and residential interior design. Her business, Decorating Den Interiors, provides personal, in-home design consulting throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.


The Carb Conundrum

The good, the bad and the ugly of carbohydrates By Erika D. White

Carbohydrates, also referred to as carbs, play a vital Two of a kind To get a grasp on the carb conundrum, it is role in maintaining a healthy diet. Completely important to first examine the two classifications eliminating this macronutrient can do more harm for carbs, simple and complex. This classification than good. The focus instead should be depends solely on the chemical structure of the understanding how, what, and when carbs benefit your healthy lifestyle. Over the next few issues, we food, the time it takes to be digested, and how quickly it is absorbed by the body. Simple will be exploring the following power players of healthy eating: carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy carbohydrates are made up of one or two sugars while complex carbohydrates have three or more fats. This trio is more properly termed as sugars. Yes, the difference is that simple (pun macronutrients and is most identified with weight intended). Simple carbs deliver very few nutrients, gain, weight loss, and even weight maintenance. are broken down by the Macronutrients, or macros, body easily, and should be are simply a type of food reduced or eliminated from needed in large amount by your diet. Complex carbs our bodies. Out of the contain nutrients from fiber, three, carbohydrates are vitamins, and minerals and rated like a Mariah Carey are the body’s preferred performance; good, bad, or source of energy. ugly. The basic thought is Processed foods and cutting carbs equals weight refined sugars, derived loss (good) and eating from simple carbs, are carbs equals weight gain often referred to as "empty (bad). However, the real calories" which makes saboteur is not carbs at all. Erika White and Rebecca Regnier discuss carbs. them the biggest contributor It is the consistent to weight gain. Beginning this month, commit to overeating and increased intake of artificial, refined, and laboratory-made foods. Carbohydrates slowly eliminating processed foods and reducing simple carbs from your diet. Your reward will range are the main source of energy fueling our brain, from a dramatic increase of energy to a loss of circulatory system, and yes, our workouts. stubborn body fat; your body will begin functioning However, this macronutrient also serves another at its optimum level. In a sense you are giving up optimal function; it protects our muscles by carbs, but you are giving up the “right� ones. providing glucose for energy. Carbs provide an immediate source of energy for physical and mental Celebrations and life can push your willpower limits, so if you are ever in a situation where only activity along with sustained energy for aerobic sugary, simple carbs are available; eat a protein activity, including weight training. Carbohydrates with it. This combination will help to slow down protect our muscles from being catabolized by the the sugar from being released into the bloodstream body giving this protective, energizing macronutrient a rating surpassing post 2003 Mariah and can keep you moving toward your goals. If you need a list of simple and complex carbs to get Carey, and hailing it as a powerhouse performer. started, begin with your doctor or send me an email and I will recommend some reputable websites for you to explore. Grazing time matters Eating a diet composed of 45 to 65 percent carbohydrates helps ensure positive energy levels, exercise performance, mood, and overall function.



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Carb timing is also important to making sure that the body is not storing carbs as fat. Here a few suggestions that can maximize your graze time. • Eat carbs the first thing in the morning: Your metabolic rate is higher and your body has been in a fasting state, which is optimal to the body’s efficient use of carbs. • Eat carbs three to four hours before your workout or physical activity: This will provide your body with energy to replenish depleted glycogen from the workout and to prevent muscle loss. • Eat carbs 45 to 60 minutes after your workout or physical activity: This is usually the biggest meal of the day. It should contain your largest carb serving for the day, combined with at least 20g of protein. Your body will readily absorb all the extra nutrients, especially the carbohydrates. The suggested timing combined with physical activity increases your body’s ability to burn fat. It does not matter if your workout ends at 9 a.m. or 9 p.m., you definitely should be eating carbohydrates following your workouts. Not eating carbs after a certain time will not aid with long-term weight loss. Remember, it is when carbs are consumed that is the key to fat and weight loss not the time of day. Your body has its own timing system separate in determining if it is the right time to consume or burn energy. Keep in mind that no matter how "good" a carbohydrate is, eating too much of it isn’t. Quantity matters just as much as quality. So FEBRUARY 2017

incorporate your carbohydrates wisely. In the next issue, we will discuss the power of protein. Until then, keep it like Mariah; stay calm, make small changes, and sing for your supper. Erika D. White is a certified fitness professional who believes in building strong, healthy, ageless men and women. Connect with Erika at or every Tuesday at noon on 13abc’s Ask the Expert.

Sources: htm#ixzz30hETqXKW Gropper SS, Smith JL, Groff JL. "Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism." Fourth Edition. Belmont, CA. Wadsworth Pub Co. 2005.


Crossword fun: Finish the Lyrics

ACROSS 1. Face fringe 6. Go low, as in jeans 9. “Oh, my!” 13. Underway 14. Tire measurement 15. Wear away 16. Luciano Pavarotti, e.g. 17. Roman goddess of plenty 18. Previously an Oiler 19. * “...I’m ready, yes, I’m ready for you. I’m standing on my own ____ ____” 21. *“On a dark desert highway, cool wind in ____ ____” 23. It’s all the rage 24. Person, place or thing 25. PC brain 28. Bingo-like game 30. Moses’ older sister 35. Be in pain 37. Sail support 39. * “Come on, shake your body, baby, do the ____” 40. “Heat of the Moment” band 41. Single-cell protozoan 43. *Then along comes ____” 44. Great white, e.g. 46. “Goodness gracious!” 47. Commoner 48. * “Raindrops are falling on ____ ____” 50. Saharan-like 52. “Cause I’m a woman! W-O-M-A-N...” singer

53. Like Roman Empire 55. ENT’s first concern 57. *”My daddy’s sleeping and mama ain’t ____” 60. *”So put another dime in the ____” 64. *”...I’ll tell you all about it when I see you ____” 65. “____ to Joy” 67. Abomination 68. Formal dishes 69. *”So bye, bye Miss American ____” 70. *”Oh, I was only twenty four hours from ____” 71. Front-line combat vehicle 72. Credit card acr. 73. Wheel shafts DOWN 1. Quilter’s stuffing 2. Not many 3. Something that’s unacceptable 4. Disappear, like into the sunset 5. Unbroken series of events 6. See him run! 7. Cleopatra’s cause of death 8. Whatchamacallit 9. “Summertime” or “Porgy and Bess,” e.g. 10. “Laughing on the inside” in text 11. Month of Purim 12. D.C. bigwig 15. Thai or Mexican food, e.g.


20. a.k.a. dropsy 22. Delish! 24. Small bouquet 25. Geological rift 26. Aggressive 27. “Umble” Heep 29. *”I’ve got a blank space, baby, and I’ll write your ____” 31. Boisterous play 32. Collectively 33. Come to terms 34. *”...Here’s my number, so call me ____” 36. Container weight 38. Kind of ski lift 42. “Farewell” in Paris 45. V.I.P. in Hawaii

49. Draper of “Mad Men” 51. Actress Fanning 54. Parkinson’s drug 56. Updike’s “Rabbit ____” 57. Turkish honorific 58. *”All you get is pain. When I wanted sunshine I got ____” 59. Sound on Old MacDonald’s farm 60. Audience’s rejection 61. Hillary’s hubby 62. British river 63. December 25th, for short 64. Pre-college challenge 66. Party bowlful


Love in the Park

Volunteers find love along the trail By Mary Helen Darah

Joe and Pamela Rosol found love in the park and on the trail as members of the Volunteer Trail Patrol at Wildwood Metropark. The two are entering their 6th year of service to the Metroparks of the Toledo Area. After losing their spouses, they formed a friendship on the trails which led to Pamela asking Joe to accompany her to a lecture on bats at Secor Metropark because she didn’t want to go alone. “There was absolutely nothing romantic about it. It was all about bats that night,” she recalled. Joe then asked her out to dinner, and after a few


days of pondering, she agreed. The couple then began dating regularly. One day while patrolling the overlook, Joe got down on one knee and proposed. The couple wed on Sept. 20 of last year. A honeymoon is planned this month in St. Lucia. Before hitting the trail with her new husband, Pam offered some advice. “You can change your life no matter what tragedy happens to you. When you least expect it something amazing will happen.” As you head out this month, keep in mind that love could be just around the bend, down the road or in their case, on the trail ahead. Pamela and Joe Rosol


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Books for Boomers

With Valentine’s Day approaching, there is nothing better than settling down with a good book. Here are some suggestions for great reads about love.

Eleanor and Park, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013 By Rainbow Rowell Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love By Sue Schafer Manager, almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. Sylvania Branch, The Time Traveler’s Wife, MacAdam/Cage Pub., 2003 Toledo Lucas County By Audrey Niffenegger Public Library Passionately in love, Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts Henry involuntarily into the world of time travel. All There Is: Love Stories from Storycorps, Penguin Press, 2012 Edited by Dave Iszay The founder of StoryCorps, a national project that records, shares, and preserves the lives of Americans from all backgrounds, presents individuals’ love stories from early dating to finding connections and lifelong commitment. State of Wonder, Harper, 2011 By Ann Patchett A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years – a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past. Love in the Time of Cholera, Knopf, 1988 By Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fermina Daza and Florentino Ariza consummate their passion at the beginning of the 20th century after having waited over 50 years.

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It’s a Date

Volunteer Orientation Wildwood Preserve Metropark Metroparks Hall Feb. 7, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Those interested in volunteering with the Metroparks of the Toledo Area are encouraged to attend. Meet park volunteer services staff, learn about volunteer opportunities, and review park policies and procedures. Orientations are held the first Tuesday and Thursday of most months. Free. Reservations needed. Call 419-407-9701, or visit


BG Winterfest Chillabration Main Street, Bowling Green Feb. 10-12 Visit Bowling Green for the coolest weekend of the year! The annual event includes ice skating, ice carving demos, a chili and soup cook off, horsedrawn carriage rides, and the 1-mile Frostbite run. For details, visit or call 419-353-9445.


Metroparks Mutt: Furry Valentine Secor Metropark, NCNP parking lot Wednesday, Feb. 15, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. You and your four-legged valentine can enjoy an evening with other dog lovers in this puppy lovethemed nature walk. Dogs must be kept on a standard 6-foot long leash and be up to date on shots. Fee: $2. Reservations needed. Call 419-407-9701, or visit


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.

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Toledo Farmers’ Market 525 Water Street, downtown Toledo Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Winter hours through April) The market is enclosed and heated during our frosty winter months and a great place to shop for local items. Each week, you’ll find handmade pies, breads and pastries, jams and jellies, seasonal produce, honey, syrup, coffee, and cheese as well as handcrafted items.


American Style and Spirit 130 Years of Fashions and Lives of an Entrepreneurial Family Henry Ford Museum Through April 2 Walk through a living catalog of American style spanning 130 years. Rare in scope and detail, selected clothing from the collection brings the lives of the entrepreneurial Roddis family into sharp focus through fashion. Dozens of wearable time capsules — discovered carefully boxed up in the attic — tell an engaging epic of American style and spirit. Exhibit is free with museum admission.


Mellencamp Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 1100 E. Ninth St., Cleveland, Ohio Through Sept. 4 View over 100 artifacts from John Mellencamp’s personal collection including his 1966 Silver Honda Scrambler 305 motorcycle, original handwritten lyrics to “Small Town,” “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.,” and “Cherry Bomb,” his main Dove acoustic guitar used in his songwriting sessions and live performances, and six of his original paintings.

Boomers & Beyond FEB 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 FEB 2017  

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