The Leadership Ottawa County class of 2014 is hosting a fun-filled evening featuring local “home-grown” talent, including some celebrity talent that you may not have ever known about. It’s called “Pop-Up Talent” and it will be held this Saturday, April 26, at the Port Clinton Elk’s Lodge. Tickets are $40 per person, $70 per couple, and can be purchased at Mary’s Blossom Shoppe in Port Clinton; Danbury Township Zoning Department; Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce; and the Crafty Needle in Elmore. Doors open at 6. I have been asked to serve as Emcee, so I will look forward to seeing you there. Can’t wait to hear Commissioner Jim Sass’s Pig Call!!!
Don’t forget that Friday night (April 25) is the annual Port Clinton Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner from Noon to 7 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church on Adams Street. Mark Giaco makes it a family project for the spaghetti, and it is really good. You can call ahead for a carry-out at 419-734-2014 after 9 a.m. Free delivery is available in the 43452 zip code.
Our Find Wylie winner this week is Bill Wolf of Marblehead, who was one of 166 people who found our friendly fish in the ad for Catawba Bay on page 6B in last week’s Beacon. Bill wins our weekly $20 gift card from Friendship Food Stores. We’ll be hiding Wylie again this week, so if you find him, drop off an entry form at our office in the Beacon Place Business Center or click on the Find Wylie Icon at our website, www.thebeacon.net.
Speaking of Kiwanis, more specifically local Kiwanians, I got a note from Kassie Anderson about her daughter Shelby,who has been informed by the Senior VP for Academic Affairs at Bowling Green State University that she is a candidate to graduate Magna Cum Laude next month. Congratulations Shelby, and to their proud mom and pop, Kassie and Eric Anderson.
Last week Mel and Barb Ayers celebrated the first Anniversary of Ciao Bella. This week we are happy to report the first anniversary for JT’s Catawba Café, the home of the famous Mayhew’s donut. On Saturday they will be giving away one free donut to all their patrons. Sounds good to me!!!
The Musical Arts Series at Firelands Presbyterian Church is sponsoring two free concerts today (April 24) by the Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet, thanks to a grant from the Ottawa County Community Foundation. The concerts will be at Riverview Healthcare Campus on SR 163 in Oak Harbor at 2 p.m. and then at Otterbein North Shore on North Shore Boulevard near Lakeside at 3:30 p.m. The public, as well as friends and relatives of residents of those communities, are invited.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced that the culvert replacement project on State Route 163 between Cottage Cove Drive and Lakeland Drive in Marblehead has been completed.
St. Paul United Church of Christ in Oak Harbor will host a Rummage Sale this Friday, April 25, from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will have lots of items for sale and great prices. For more information contact Jackie Timmons at 419-898-2045.
Don’t forget our “Coffee with the Editor” session at Common Grounds every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. Lots of interesting local topics are discussed. It is our opportunity to have a sit-down with our readers and learn about what YOU want to see in The Beacon as we enter our 32nd year of community publishing. Common Grounds offers their gourmet coffee for just 99-cents with one refill or you can also get 10% off your order on Wednesday mornings.
The Ottawa County Senior Resources and Magruder Hospital present this year’s Spring Senior Day, a Hawaiian Luau, on Wednesday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Clubhouse at Camp Perry. This year’s entertainment will be provided by Ohana Aloha, a Polynesian dance troupe. They will also present the awards for the 2014 Senior Hall of Fame class. Attendees are asked to wear their favorite Hawaiian outfit. For more information or to purchase a ticket for the event, contact your local Senior Center, the Magruder Hospital Gift Shop, or the main office of Senior Resources at 877-898-6458.
LEAP, a new program of United Way that provides child-directed play opportunities for kids 12 and under and their caregivers, is ready to launch this Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church on Adams Street in Port Clinton. They will be at Bataan Elementary on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Magruder Hospital, in conjunction with the Port Clinton Kiwanis Club, will hold their annual Health Screening on Saturday, May 3, from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Magruder Conference Center. Appointments are required by leaving your name and number at 419-734-3131, extension 3671. Participants must fast for 12 hours prior to appointment time. The deadline to sign up is next Wednesday, April 30. Blood Analysis is $40 and a Colorectal Test Kit is an additional $6.
The Faith United Methodist Women’s Group of Port Clinton is seeking vendors for their 5th Annual Fabulous Flea Market, Artist and Crafter’s Show to be held on Saturday, June 21. They have limited spaces left for flea market/garage sale vendors, artists, crafters, local businesses, home-based businesses and non-profit organizations. For more information contact Stacey at 419-635-2257.
Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 3, from 9-11 a.m. They are looking for service clubs, youth groups, church groups and individual volunteers to help clean up downtown Oak Harbor. If you would like to help, just meet in the back of the Community Markets parking lot at 9 a.m. on that day.
The Ottawa County Republican Party is hosting its first Mother’s Day Luncheon, Fashion Show and fundraiser on Saturday, May 10, at Catawba Island Club. This even includes great food, fabulous fashions and jewelry, raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are on sale for $40 per person and open to the public. Seating is limited so contact Renee Claycomb at 419-960-7371 or visit www.ottawacountyohiogop.com for more information. Proceeds benefit the Ottawa County Republican Party.