Community Briefs: 3-29-23


Make a planter, take it home

Habitat for Humanity of Wood County is hosting the third annual Make It and Take It event on Friday and Saturday at the Wood County Fairgrounds.

Tickets are $50.

This workshop provides women the opportunity to build a planter box and take home at the end of the workshop.

This workshop is led by the Habitat for Humanity of Wood County’s Women Build Committee and the Purple Hard Hats at Bowling Green State University. All money raised will go to support the construction of three homes for three deserving families in Wood County during 2023.

Register at

Celebrate Easter in Tontogany

TONTOGANY — Tontogany American Legion will hold an Easter benefit on Saturday at 18086 Tontogany Road.

Bingo starts at 6 p.m., with doors open at 4 p.m.

Play bingo for chances to win hams, chickens, eggs, flowers, cash and bunnies. There will be free door prizes for everyone and a 50-50 drawing.

Food, including homemade soups, sandwiches, pies and cakes, will be available.

T-Bone Paxton & Old Town Stompers will be Live! In the House

PEMBERVILLE — T-Bone Paxton & the Old Town Stompers will perform as part of the Pemberville Freedom Area Historical Society’s Live! In the House Concert Series on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The show is at the Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St.

With the primary goals of inspiring connections with audiences and simply having a good time, T-Bone and the Stompers relate an authentic translation of the studied yet spontaneous spirit of 1920s traditional jazz.

Tickets $12 and are available at Beeker’s General Store, at the door or by contacting Carol Bailey at 419-287-4848

BGSU Cherry Blossom Fest celebrates Japanese culture

The 22nd Ohanami Cherry Blossom Festival will be held Sunday from noon-4 p.m. at the Lenhart Grand Ballroom, Bowen-Thompson Student Union on the Bowling Green State University campus.

It is free and open to the public. The festival is presented by the BGSU Japanese Club and the Asian Studies Program.

The indoor activities include caricatures, Japanese calligraphy, origami, traditional Japanese games, water games: yoyo and super balls, kimono try-ons, Ikebana — flower arranging, a tea ceremony with tea tasting, Taiko performance, martial arts demonstrations, tap dance, Bon-odori and sushi tasting and authentic Japanese refreshments.

Holy Week services at St. Luke’s Lutheran

NORTH BALTIMORE — Holy Week services at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church are planned. All services, led by Pastor Rob Johnson, will be in person and live on Facebook at

The services:

Palm/Passion Sunday, this Sunday, 10:15 a.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m.

Good Friday, April 7, 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 9, 10:15 a.m.

BG Community Good Friday: A Tenebrae Service of Darkness

The Bowling Green Ministerial Association invites all to attend a Good Friday Tenebrae Service on April 7 at 8 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 315 S. College Drive.

This is an ecumenical service that will bring together clergy, lay leaders and choirs to unite in this solemn observance of Jesus’ passion and death.

Tenebrae is a Latin word meaning shadows or darkness. God’s sacrificial love is made real in the dramatic narrative of Jesus’s betrayal, arrest and crucifixion. The service marks Jesus’ journey to Golgotha and allows for extended meditation through proclamation of the word in scripture and sermon, as well as through music, increasing darkness, and silent reflection.

BGMA is a fellowship of clergy who gather to pray, share, study, communicate and plan worship, times of Christian fellowship and education for all Christian churches. The churches of the BGMA work together to organize and support Christian service organizations for the benefit of the city. It is inclusive and supportive of all clergy/churches in Bowling Green and has been a central part of the BG religious community since 1917.

LED streetlights installed in Perrysburg

PERRYSBURG – FirstEnergy electric company Toledo Edison has installed the first of about 1,000 LED streetlight fixtures to kick off the city’s $251,000 streetlight conversion project.

The new LEDs are about 50% more efficient than the high-pressure sodium lights and are expected to save the city $30,000 in energy costs annually. They are also expected to last 15 to 20 years, compared to three to five years for the previous lights.

Perrysburg received federal funding through the American Rescue Plan Act to cover the entire cost. City officials estimate the return on investment will be approximately six years.

Heinze Insurance receives top designation

WAYNE — Heinze Insurance Agency has been named one of Celina Insurance Group’s 2023 Master Agencies. Celina awards the Master Agency designation to those partners who display exceptional commitment to the company and achieve superior operating results.

Heinze Insurance Agency provides a wide range of services to meet clients’ home, auto, business, farm and life insurance needs. Located in Wayne, the agency has served the local community for over 40 years. The Heinze Insurance motto is “large enough to serve, small enough to care.” To learn more, visit or call 419-288-3762.

Have questions about local flora? Ask an arborist

If you’re interested in local flora and want to know more about selecting and taking care of trees in your yard and community, join the Wood County District Public Library to ask an arborist.

Ask an Arborist: Care & Selection with the City of Bowling Green will take place April 10 at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A&B at the library, 251 N. Main St.

Adrien Lowien-Kirian, arborist for the City of Bowling Green, will discuss the importance of trees in the local area. Learn how to care for trees and what to look for when caring for or planting trees on the property.

Registration is required. To register, call 419-352-5050, email [email protected], or register online at

Rotary’s Piano Wars will benefit local projects

Piano Wars, Rotary Club of Bowling Green’s annual fundraising event, returns April 21 with all of the proceeds donated to local and global causes. The evening at the City Park’s Veterans Memorial Building begins at 6 p.m. with food, drinks and dueling pianos.

There will be many silent auction items for guests to bid on throughout the evening, as well as some special items auctioned off by WTOL’s Ryan Wichman.

The dual pianos, performed by the nationally known tour company out of Detroit, will provide music from a variety of styles and eras, many of which the audience can sing along.

The Italian dinner buffet is being catered by Beckett’s restaurant. Drinks will be served.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased from any Rotarian or online at

Past Piano War events have supported many worthy projects and programs, including the inclusive playground at Carter Park, emergency defibrillators located throughout downtown, Wooster Green Archway, the Wintergarden Park Nature Center, Bowling Green’s City Schools scholarships and Student Athlete of the Week.

For additional information, or to arrange for a speaker, email Trevor Jessee at [email protected] or contact him at 567-341-4640.

BG chamber’s Amazing Race benefits Cocoon

The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce ACT*BG Project Team will host the annual Amazing Race on May 12.

Presented by Bowling Green Manor, all proceeds will benefit the Cocoon. Participants can sign up a team or sign up alone and be placed on a team.

Tickets are $30 per person and May 11 is the deadline for registration. Register online at, email Kristen Kreienkamp at [email protected], or call 419-353-7945.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. on rain or shine, at the Veterans Building Atrium at City Park.

Complete challenges and solve puzzles around BG to win the race. Juniper Brewing Company will hold the after party with heavy appetizers, a cash bar and live music from AmpWagon. The party will include prizes for Top Team, Best Dressed Team and Best Team Name.

No posts to display