Local Briefs

Jim Morrison Tribute Concert Returns, benefits Project iAm

MAUMEE — Phil Barone, owner of Rosie’s Italian Grille, Rosie’s the Rolling Chefs, and a new restaurant in downtown Perrysburg, Rosaria’s on Third Street, is again teaming up with the Cruisers for a collaboration and Jim Morrison Tribute Concert.

This tribute features several local musicians, including Barone on lead vocals as Morrison, Pat McDonagh on lead guitar, Mike Perzynski on bass, Nate Woodward on the keyboard, Bill Leonhardt on drums, and a horn section led by John Grafing on the trumpet, Al Ashby on the tenor sax, and Melanie Case on the trombone. In addition, there will be special guest performances by violinist Aaron Rutter and pianist Janet Rutter.

The band will perform songs by the Doors, and will be accompanied by an exhibit of lights and special effects from Wet Sun Light Show.

All guests 18 years and older are welcome.

The concert will be Dec, 17 at the historic Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and there will be catered food for purchase and drinks from the bar. The show will begin at 7 p.m. with the opening act Mikey “Blue” Barone playing harmonica, guitar and vocals.

Purchase tickets at Rosie’s Italian Grille, Rosaria’s on Third Street, from Barone and online through Eventbrite. Tickets will also be available at the theater on the day of the event. VIP tickets are $45, which includes two drink tickets, access to the VIP bar and cocktail service during the show. General admission tickets are $25.

All proceeds will benefit the local non-profit Project iAm – which organizes the annual Acoustics for Autism event held in downtown Maumee. Project iAm provides support, information, resourcesand financial assistance to families affected by autism.

Maumee church offers free Christmas concert, recital

MAUMEE — The community is invited to enjoy special musical Christmas offerings Dec. 11 and 15 at First Presbyterian Church of Maumee.

The annual Christmas Concert will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The monthly recital series continues at 1 p.m. on Dec. 15. Both events are free and will be held in the church’s Sanctuary at 200 E. Broadway St.

The two-part Christmas Concert will highlight First Pres Maumee musicians and guest artists, with traditional Christmas performances presented by the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir and organist, Wayne Whitten to begin the concert. The second part features the church’s modern service musicians sharing a performance of “Behold the Lamb of God,” a folk-style, Advent song-cycle by Andrew Peterson that traces the story and hope of Christ found throughout the scriptures. A reception of wassail punch and Christmas cookies will follow.

The monthly Afternoon Recital Series on Dec. 15 will include performances from area musicians Yasmeen Perrin, soprano, Julia Gries, mezzo-soprano, Nick Kottman, tenor, and Lucas Lourenco, baritone, along with sing-alongs of classic Christmas carols. An informal reception will follow.

For more information, visit firstpresmaumee.org or call 419-893-0223.

Patrol continues to focus on impaired driving arrests

As part of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s ongoing efforts to make Ohio roadways safe, troopers continue to focus on impaired driving this month and throughout the holiday season.

Since 2019 there have been 49,785 impaired driving-related crashes on Ohio roadways, killing 2,497 people and injuring 30,280 others. Alcohol and drugs played a role in more than 50% of fatal crashes in Ohio. During that same period, troopers removed more than 71,000 impaired drivers from Ohio roadways.

“The worst part of being on the scene of a fatal crash involving alcohol is knowing you will have to tell family that their loved ones will not be coming home,” said Lt. Evan Slates, Findlay Post commander. “These crashes are senseless and preventable.”

Call #677 to report reckless or impaired drivers and drug activity.

Forecast

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 45. South wind 6 to 9 mph.

Tonight: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 36. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday: A slight chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 46. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. A chance of showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 38. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Extended: A chance of showers before 1 p.m. Wednesday. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. A chance of showers Thursday. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 40%. A chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 40%. A chance of showers Friday. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 32. Mostly cloudy Saturday, with a high near 42.