Ring in Noon Year’s Eve at Way

PERRYSBURG — Is midnight past your bedtime? Then join us for a Noon Year’s celebration on Dec. 31 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave. All ages are welcome.

There will be games, crafts, and snacks to celebrate the new year and a special countdown to noon. All ages are welcome and no registration is required. For more information, please contact Melissa Tallis, youth services coordinator, at melissa.tallis@waylibrary.info or at 419-874-3135 x109.

Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra to present free concert

TOLEDO — The Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra will present a free concert Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. in the Peristyle Theater at the Toledo Museum of Art.

More than 40 student musicians will play a variety of classical pieces, including Sinfonia in G by Mozart, Violin Concerto in A minor by Vivaldi, and the Radetsky March by Johann Strauss. The student musicians represent several school districts in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

This is an annual event for the string orchestra, led by conductor Yang Kun Song and assistant conductor David Oliver. The Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra is supported in part by The University of Toledo and guided by Dr. Jason Stumbo, director of Visual and Performing Arts.

Earlier this year, the orchestra traveled to Qinhuangdao and Nanchong, Toledo’s sister cities in China. In 2020, the group plans a trip to Japan. The Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra will represent the City of Toledo as part of the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Toledo and Toyahashi. They will perform there, and hope to add other performances as they visit Tokyo, Hiroshima and Kyoto.

Song has led the GTIYO on tours around the world since 2013. Besides touring China twice, the group has performed in Germany, Switzerland, Canada, and Austria.

Celebrate Noon Year’s Eve at the zoo

TOLEDO – Bring the entire family to the Toledo Zoo on New Year’s Eve to ring in the New Year a little early, at noon.

This family-friendly event, focusing on making 2020 a greener year, will take place Dec. 31 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Together with family and friends, the zoo will celebrate the stroke of noon with the rising of our re-designed recycling ball, a cascade of biodegradable confetti, apple juice toast and a chorus of “Auld Lang Syne.”

Throughout the celebration, guests can make conservation reZOOlutions, enjoy craft time, an ice carving demonstration, animal feeds/enrichment, along with the Ice Slide in the Winter Village.

Noon Year’s Eve is free with zoo admission. Zoo admission gates will be open on New Year’s Eve from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. with Lights Before Christmas beginning at 3 p.m. and grounds closing at 9 p.m.

More information can be found at toledozoo.org.

Visiting artist to teach creative scrapbooking

TOLEDO – Local artist Amy Sweeney will share how to use scrapbooking to document special occasions during the Visiting Artist series at the Toledo Museum of Art Family Center on Dec. 27 at 6 p.m. The free recurring event, held the last Friday of the month, offers families the opportunity to hear directly from local artists and musicians.

Sweeney will share creative ways to enhance scrapbooking pages during her visit to the Family Center. Participants are encouraged to bring images from an event to build a scrapbooking page that evening.

The Visiting Artist series offers an opportunity for both children and their adult caregivers to see the importance of art at a young age and how they can nurture the talent of their young children.

The Family Center is a free drop-in, hands-on art studio and play space for families with young children. Families work together to create works of art using a wide variety of mediums. The Family Center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Fridays from 3:30-8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5 p.m.