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January


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  • Chocolate Soiree
  • Junior League of Toledo
  • @ Crowne Plaza Toledo
  • January 21st, 2012

The Chocolate Soiree is a cocktail party showcasing and judging chocolate desserts from various local restaurants and stores while also providing vital financial support for the League’s leadership training programming for women. The evening will include grazing stations of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, dancing, the 56-Daze Band, John K. Cleveland - pianist, Janet Amid - Astrologer,  and of course fabulous chocolate creations by local restaurants. Check out delicious goodies from Babycakes2go, Cake Bite Company, The Chocolate Shoppe, Clara J's Tea Room, Del Sol Restaurant, Healthy Chocolate, Java Sensations, Maumee Valley Chocolate  and Candy, The Melting Pot, Rosie's Italian Grille, Super Suppers, The Toledo Club and Two Seasoned Chicks.

February


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  • Toledo Opera Gala: From Vienna To Paris To New York
  • @ Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater
  • February 11th, 2012

Toledo Symphony's Principal Conductor, Stefan Sanderling, will lead vocal artists, the Symphony, and the Toledo Opera Chorus in this festive evening at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater.

www.toledoopera.org


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  • Seed Swap & All Species Ball
  • @ Erie Street Market
  • February 25th, 2012

The annual All Species Ball is a masquerade ball where guests come dressed as any "non-human" species. All proceeds benefit a program that offers Toledo youth the opportunity to raise small livestock with Toledo GROWs, the community outreach program of Toledo Botanical Garden.

www.toledogarden.org


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  • Oscar Night Presented by the American Red Cross, Greater Toledo Chapter
  • @ Owens Center for Fine & Performing Arts
  • February 26, 2012
The red carpet will be rolled out at Owens Community College, Center for Fine and Performing Arts, for a spectacular night filled with fun, dancing, music, glamor, and the best food and drinks in town! Guests will get to witness the Academy Awards on the big screen and cheer for their favorite movie. 

We are pleased to announce that Columbia Gas of Ohio will once again be a Red Carpet sponsor of OSCAR Night and help us continue our mission of helping our community prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

For more information or to learn how you can purchase tickets, call 419-329-2619 or send e-mail to copseyj@usa.redcross.org.

www.redcrosstoledo.org

March


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  • Glass City Heart Ball
  • @ The Pinnacle
  • March 10th, 2012

Join us for an unforgettable evening of entertainment and hope at the 2012 Glass City Heart Ball. Each year, community members, medical professionals and corporate leaders come together to celebrate the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. From the gourmet dinner to the silent and live auction it's an exciting night of glitz and glamor.The annual event benefits the American Heart Association's research, education, and advocacy efforts to fight heart disease and stroke, America's No.1 and No. 3 killers.

www.heart.org/toledoohheartball


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  • BIG Wish Gala
  • To benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northwest Ohio
  • March 22, 2012

The BIG Wish Gala is about Big dreams, Big fun and Big wishes for kids in Northwest Ohio. Guests will enjoy a delicious gourmet meal, live entertainment and have the opportunity to bid on spectacular silent and live auction packages. Sponsorships and individual tickets are now available for this premier event.

www.northwestohio.wish.org

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  • 20th Annual Chili Cook Off to benefit Mobile Meals
  • @ Stranahan Great Hall
  • March 24th, 2012

Chili, Chili, and more chili……did we mention chili. This is a fun event for a great cause, which also features music, a children’s area, chef demonstrations, but best of all the competition to see who has the best chili around.

www.mobilemeals.org/chili_cookoff.htm


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  • The Mix Perspective: a fundraiser for Arts Commission of Greater Toledo
  • @ One SeaGate
  • March 24th, 2012

Stay tuned for more information about the Arts Commission's biggest celebration of the year.

www.acgt.org

April


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  • Toledo Mud Hens & Detroit Tigers Exhibition Game
  • @ Fifth Third Field
  • April 4th, 2012

The Toledo Mud Hens and Detroit Tigers announced plans for an exhibition game between the two teams to take place at Toledo’s Fifth Third Field on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. This game will mark the first exhibition game between the clubs since they met at Ned Skeldon Stadium in Maumee on June 1, 2000.

www.mudhens.com


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  • Toledo Mud Hens Opening Day
  • @ Fifth Third Field
  • April 6th, 2012

Be there for the biggest party of 2011...Opening Day 2011 at Fifth Third Field! The Mud Hens take on Indianapolis at 5 p.m.

www.mudhens.com


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  • Weak Signals
  • @ the SeaGate Convention Centre
  • April 13th, 14th & 15th, 2012

Toledo plays host to North America's largest remote controlled show and exposition. This show is a standout event, attracting vendors, products and beautiful models from the around the world. admission is only $8.00 per person per day. Kids 12 and under are FREE!

www.toledoshow.com


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  • MS Walk 2012
  • @ UT Health Education Building
  • April 15th, 2012

The Walk MS event is the signature fundraising event of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. By participating in one of the the Walk MS events you can know that you've shared a remarkable achievement with over 250,000 other walkers in more than 700 cities across the country. But most importantly, you'll be making a difference by raising essential funds for research and services for people with MS.

walkoho.nationalmssociety.org


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  • 36th Annual Glass City Marathon
  • near University of Toledo Campus
  • April 22nd, 2012

One of the fastest marathon courses in the Midwest, The Glass City Marathon will begin in the center of the University of Toledo campus heading northwest into the quiet neighborhoods of Old Orchard, Ottawa Hills, and Sylvania. A fast flat surface along the University Parks Trail is sure to provide ample shade and scenery concluding with a grand finish in the Glass Bowl Stadium. Events include the marathon, 5-person marathon relay, half-marathon and companion 5K. All courses are USATF certified.

www.glasscitymarathon.org


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  • Luminations
  • @ Franciscan Center (Lourdes College)
  • April 28th, 2012

Luminations is Lourdes' signature scholarship fundraising event. Guests will enjoy this fantastic opportunity to support Lourdes, entertain clients, and sample of Toledo’s incredible fine arts. The evening will begin with cocktails, grazing stations and an exceptional silent auction from 6 - 8 p.m., as the Maxx Band entertains. At 8 p.m., the program will begin and will include performances by the Toledo Ballet, the Toledo Opera, the Toledo Symphony and a special guest performer. Guests will take pleasure in a luscious array of desserts, coffee and after dinner drinks as they continue to enjoy dancing and music from 9 - 11 p.m. For more information, please contact Kelly Dilworth, Assistant Director of Development, at 419-824-3751 or kdilworth@lourdes.edu.

www.lourdes.edu


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  • 16th Annual Taste of the Nation Toledo
  • @ Toledo Club
  • April 28th, 2012

Toledo's finest chefs and restaurateurs, as well as nationally known chefs, offer their culinary talents, time, food and staff to support Taste of the Nation at this wine and culinary tasting gala. Black Tie Optional.

http://www.toledotaste.org

May


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  • Toledo Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
  • @ Toledo Botanical Garden
  • Open to the Public May 11th - 13th, 2012

This is your chance to purchase plants carefully tended for throughout the year by expert horticulturists. Beautify your garden by filling it with rare plants and everyday favorites. A beautiful selection of annuals and perennials.

www.toledogarden.org


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  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
  • to benefit American Cancer Society
  • @ Town Center at Levis Commons
  • May 12th, 2012

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a great way to fight back against breast cancer and provide hope to all people facing the disease. Making Strides is not a race; it is a celebration of survivorship, an occasion to express hope, and a shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. Making Strides walks do not have a registration fee or minimum fundraising amount. They are open to men, women, and children of all ages. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer unites friends, families, and coworkers to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. Your support enables the American Cancer Society to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer prevention and early detection information, help ensure all women have access to mammograms and follow-up care, and provide free programs and services that improve the quality of life for people facing breast cancer.

makingstrides.acsevents.org


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  • Dart Frog Dash 5K Walk/Run
  • @ The Toledo Zoo
  • May 12th, 2012

This 5K Walk/Run and 1K kids run is a great family event supporting the Zoo. The accurately measured course will take you through the grounds of the Toledo Zoo and surrounding neighborhoods. Prizes, entertainment and much more! Register early to get a Dart Frog Dash T-Shirt.

www.toledozoo.org/events/dartfrogdash.html


  • 11th Annual Claire’s Night & Claire’s Day
  • @ The Main Library and Maumee Branch Library
  • May 17th & 19th, 2012

Claire’s Day is a free family book festival held annually in honor of Claire Lynsey Rubini who passed away from a heart condition in 2000, when she was just ten years old.   Claire’s Day embraces all of her favorite activities, including telling stories, dancing, making crafts, but most of all, reading. The Claire’s Day Inc. mission is to inspire children of all ages and their families to be lifelong readers through exposure to a variety of literary opportunities and experiences. Claire’s Day Inc. is a 501(c) 3organization, and through the efforts of a part-time executive director and volunteers, plans and coordinates a variety of events and activities the week leading up to the book festival. These events include visits to area schools by authors and illustrators; a grant program to benefit schools and libraries, and Claire’s Night, a fund-raising event for adults. Claire’s Day is held on the third Saturday in May at the Maumee branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, 501 River Road, Maumee, Ohio. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 19.

www.clairesday.org


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  • Heart Walk
  • to benefit American Heart Association
  • @ UT Glass Bowl Stadium
  • May 19th, 2012

More than 5,000 Toledo-area area residents are walking to raise funds for the American Heart Association. And this year, they’ll also be encouraged to start a journey to a healthier lifestyle with Start! The American Heart Association’s physical activity movement, Start!, is transforming Heart Walk, the association’s annual fund-raising event, into an experience that will create hope, inspire change and celebrate success.

http://heartwalk.kintera.org


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  • First Siege 1813
  • @ Fort Meigs State Memorial
  • May, 2012

The British are coming! United States and British soldiers as well as Woodland Indians recreate historic 1813 battles at Fort Meigs. See recreated battles, musket and artillery demonstrations, and camp life demonstrations. Returning this year is "1813 Patrol." Accompany a squad of American soldiers as they scout around the fort.

http://www.fortmeigs.org

June


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  • 39th Annual Historic Old West End Festival
  • June 2nd & 3rd, 2012

This downtown festival truly has a community feel that no other local event can provide. The elegant Old West End is one of Toledo's most historically significant neighborhoods and provides a great backdrop for this annual favorite, which celebrates the finest in art, music and food all in the museum's backyard. With hundreds of artists works on display, plan to spend at least a whole day exploring exploring the fun. This is the Old West End's time to shine and residents in this area always roll out the red carpet.

http://www.toledooldwestend.com


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  • The Whitehouse Cherry Festival
  • in Whitehouse, Ohio
  • June 7th, 8th & 9th, 2012

Come spend the day and enjoy a good old fashioned, fun-filled event featuring rides, games, food, beverages, live bands, and a huge parade!

www.whitehouseohchamber.com/cherryfest.html


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  • Glass Art Society's 42nd Annual Conference
  • Various locations
  • June 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th, 2012

In recognition of the Toledo Museum of Art's role as the cradle of the American Studio Glass Movement, GAS will be holding its 2012 conference in Toledo, Ohio. In 1962, two experimental glass workshops held at the Museum proved that glass was a medium suitable for the expression of artistic ideas in a studio environment. They launched a movement that was propelled by an unprecedented collective enthusiasm and since has turned into an international phenomenon that continues to inspire experimentation. Toledo, America's Glass City, is welcoming again artists from around the world to celebrate the achievements of the past and to explore the seemingly endless possibilities of glass.

www.glassart.org.



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  • 5th Annual Walk for Wishes to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of NWO
  • @ Olander Park
  • June 16th, 2012

The Walk for Wishes is a non-competitive 5k (3.5 mile) walk complete with food and fun for the entire family. Highlights include special opening and closing ceremonies, complimentary food, beverages, entertainment, activities and a memorable morning for all. All money raised will be used to grant the wishes of northwestern Ohio children who have life-threatening medical conditions.

www.northwestohio.wish.org


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  • 2012 Art Walk Series
  • in downtown Toledo's Arts Zone, Warehouse District and other downtown neighborhoods
  • Dates TBD

The Art Walk series is a great opportunity to browse and purchase affordable local art while getting to know the artists, studios, and galleries that populate the Arts Zone, the Warehouse District, and other neighborhoods in the Downtown area. The Art Walk is presented ACGT in partnership with the artists, galleries, and arts enthusiasts that populate the Downtown core. Art Walks will take place on the Third Thursday of each month, June through September 2012 predominantly in Downtown’s Art Zone, Warehouse District and Uptown neighborhoods. Maps will be downloadable via www.acgt.org in advance of the event each month, as well as available at participating locations during the event. Art Walk is a program of ACGT’s Live Work Create Toledo initiative, embracing economic development and revitalization through the arts.

www.acgt.org


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  • ZOOtoDO
  • @ the Toledo Zoo
  • Date TBD

We'll skip the "party animal" jokes here, but don't skip this party!! The Toledo Zoo's annual black-tie-and-tennis-shoe event features more than 45 of the Toledo area's premier caterers and restaurateurs, entertainment from local and regional bands, and one of the hottest social event tickets of the season. ZOOtoDO hosts more than 1,800 guests annually, raises funds for the continued development of Zoo exhibits and programs.

www.toledozoo.org/events/zootodo.html


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  • LatinoFest 2011
  • @ Promenade Park (downtown Toledo)
  • Date TBD

LatinoFest 2012 was a great success and a wonderful community event designed to create a greater awareness and understanding of the region's growing and diverse Latino community. It was attended by people who enjoyed live national and regional Latino music performers, folkloric & contemporary dance, food representing various Latino countries and vendors from throughout the region with goods from Latin America.

www.latinofesttoledo.com


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  • Muster on the Maumee
  • @ Fort Meigs State Memorial
  • June 16th & 17th, 2012

See the evolution of the common soldier from the Roman Legionnaire through the 20th Century. Soldiers, artisans, and civilians give demonstrations throughout the weekend. Period military camps are open for visiting. Weapons demonstrations take place throughout each day. Try your hand at the "pike college" too! Period trades people offer their wares for sale and food is available from a variety of vendors. Co-sponsored by Smoke & Fire Co.

www.fortmeigs.org


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  • 17th Annual Summer Disco Party
  • @ Centennial Terrace
  • Date TBD

Toledo's biggest disco blowout!! An annual favorite for those that love to dance to retro hits.

www.centennialterrace.org/


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  • 47th Annual Crosby Festival of the Arts & Gala Preview Party
  • @ the Toledo Botanical Garden
  • June 22nd 24th, 2012

Crosby Festival of the Arts has always been known as our region's original, premiere fine arts festival. 2012 will mark its 47th year and will continue the tradition of quality and originality of art offered through a rigorous jury process. Festival-goers will continue to see stunning work from many exciting new artists as well as their returning favorites. In addition to the exquisite artwork from over 230 artists, visitors will enjoy live entertainment throughout the weekend, a delicious selection of edibles, children's activities in the Children's Artistic Playhouse, beer and wine available for purchase throughout the weekend, and much more. Admission is $8.00. Children 12 and under and TBG members get in free. Call 419.536.5566 for group discount information.

www.toledogarden.org


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  • 2012 Bike MS Reeves Northrup Memorial Bike-to-the-Bay
  • DATE TBD

An Unforgettable Ride! An Unbeatable Destination! A world Free of MS! Bike-to-the-Bay is the premier 2-day bicycling event in the Midwest. The ride begins at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee, and takes (2-day) riders along scenic back roads to Port Clinton, Ohio. Challenge yourself and your friends to get on your bike for a good time and good cause.

www.nationalmssociety.org/OHO/home/

July


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  • Jazz in the Garden
  • @ Toledo Botanical Garden
  • Thursday Evenings beginning July and into September, 2012

www.toledogarden.org



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  • Lagrange Street Polish Festival
  • On Lagrange Street Commercial Corridor
  • July 13th-15th, 2012

Once a year in July, Lagrange Street is transformed into a truly ethnic Polish Village. And every year tens of thousands of visitors help our neighborhood celebrate its Polish heritage. You'll find games for the children, polka bands and dance contests, and a variety of craft and food vendors featuring pierogies, kielbasa, and delicious Polish pastries such as paczki and chrusciki.

www.polishfestival.org


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  • A Literary Bash at Main Library
  • @ Main Library
  • Date TBD

Main Library is the perfect storybook setting for a mid-summer night of fun and frolic. Join us for A Literary Bash at Main Library presented by PNC Bank, an evening of cool jazz and fabulous food in the Wintergarden and star-gazing on the Library’s spectacular rooftop, 325 Michigan St., scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. Take a spin on the dance floor with Snow White or Peter Pan or sit and enjoy an enlightening conversation with Ernest Hemingway and other literary characters. Top off this spell-binding evening, coordinated by the Library Legacy Foundation, with a champagne toast. Guests can dress in casual cocktail attire or as a favorite literary character! Tickets are $75 per person. Proceeds from A Literary Bash at Main Library presented by PNC Bank to benefit Youth Services and Books at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

www.toledolibrary.org


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  • Downtown SoundTrek
  • in Toledo’s Uptown neighborhood and Stadium/Arena District
  • Date TBD

The Downtown SoundTrek is a new annual ACGT event that designed to put the FUN in fundraising! Featuring some of the most popular names in the Toledo-area music scene, the Downtown SoundTrek is one-night showcase of excellent local music, great local venues, and, of course, Toledo’s unrivaled music-loving populace. Featured at this event are performers from across the musical map, from hip-hop and rock to DJ and dance music to jazz, blues, funk, and soul, to rockabilly, folk, and bluegrass. Twelve local venues in downtown Toledo’s Uptown neighborhood and Stadium/Arena District will feature roughly 20 groups and individuals, with sponsored ACGT Street Performers sprucing up the sidewalks along the route. The purchase of one wristband will allow visitors access to all venues, bus rides between locations, and other great perks. Wristbands are $15 in advance, $20 day of the event. All proceeds benefit The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, with specific support of the Artomatic 419! program. Individual venue admission is $5 per venue. VIP packages will be made available and announced closer to the event date.

www.acgt.org


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  • Great Maumee River Dragon Boat Festival
  • @ International Park in the Maumee River
  • Date TBD

Gather a team of co-workers and friends to create teams of 21-25 paddlers (at least 8 females per boat) and race 500 meters down the Maumee River, competing for trophies, awards and prizes. Fun, fitness, teamwork, and team-building. Ideal for corporate/business, church, civic, school and neighborhood groups. The event raises funds to support the mission of Partners In Education of Toledo.

www.partnerstoledo.org/dragonboat.html


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  • 2011 U.S. Senior Open Championship
  • @ Inverness Club
  • Date TBD

Inverness Club, site of eight major golf championships, will once again be on center stage in the golf world when it hosts the 2012 U.S. Senior Open Championship.

www.2011ussenioropen.com/


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  • 19th Annual Art on the Mall
  • @ University of Toledo Campus
  • Date TBD

Over 100 of the areas top artists will return to the beautiful Centennial Mall in the heart of the UT Campus to display their creations. Over 15,000 people annually attend this juried art fair to enjoy many different styles and mediums.

www.alumni.utoledo.edu/index.asp?id=354


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  • Lucas County Fair
  • @ Lucas County Rec Center (Maumee)
  • July 10th-15th, 2012

www.lucascountyfair.com/

August


 

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  • Wood County Fair
  • @ Wood County Fairgrounds
  • July 30th-August 6th, 2012

www.woodcounty-fair.com/


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  • Rock N' Roar
  • @ Toledo Zoo
  • Date TBD

What's a party without a live music, a DJ and the King of the Jungle? Once again, the Toledo Zoo opens its gates (not the gates to the cages, crazy!) for a summer blowout. Trust us….if it's anything like last year's party, there will be a few extra wildebeests in the zoo for this one. Guests must be 21 years of age and IDs will be checked at the door. Tickets include admission with cash bars and grill foods available for sale.

www.toledozoo.org/events/events_rockroar.html


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  • Smoke on the Water: Ribs for the Red Cross
  • @ Promenade Park
  • Date TBD

Get your bibs and wet naps ready! The Greater Toledo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will team up with Columbia Gas of Ohio and KeyBank to bring "Smoke on the Water Ribs for the Red Cross." The downtown riverfront location is the perfect venue to sample mouth watering BBQ ribs from local and national vendors, while enjoying the music from live bands. Come enjoy the weekend with friends at Smoke on the Water and help support the American Red Cross, too!

www.ribs4redcross.com


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  • Arts in the Garden
  • @ Toledo Botanical Garden
  • August 5, 2012

www.toledogarden.org


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  • Barefoot at the Beach
  • to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo
  • @ Maumee Bay State Park
  • Date TBD

Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo in celebrating the end of summer at the 8th annual Barefoot at the Beach outdoor fundraiser held right on the beach of Lake Erie! A Tiki bar, live music, great food from local restaurants, bonfires, fireworks and more await you as you walk on the beach beneath the stars. Over 1,000 guests are expected. 21 and over.

www.barefootatthebeach.org


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  • 31st Sylvania Triathalon/Duathalon
  • @ Olander Park (Sylvania, OH)
  • August 12th, 2012

Consistently, one of the best organized Triathalon/duathalons in this region. Participants are put to the test as they swim, bike and run. This event offers an Olympic triathalon, a sprint triathalon and a duathalon as well as a kid’s event. If you are not up to the task, you will be inspired as a spectator.

www.eliteendeavors.com/race_sylvania.htm


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  • Ohio's South of the Border Festival
  • @ 12282 Jefferson St. (Perrysburg Township)
  • Date TBD

The festival offers so much for everyone: Music, Dancing, Food, Crafts, Fellowship, Fun, Rides, Contests and networking with agencies, organizations and peers! The Ohio's South of the Border Festival is the Perrysburg Heights Community Association's most publicized fundraiser each year. Established to raise money for operating and programming dollars at the Perrysburg Heights Community Center. The festival is always the second weekend in August and designed to allow all advocates and patrons to enjoy themselves as well as financially contribute to the association's programs.

www.myspace.com/ohiosouthoftheborder


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  • 34th Annual Maumee Summer Fair
  • in downtown Maumee
  • Date TBD

Held on the lovely tree-lined streets in historic uptown Maumee, Ohio this event is sponsored by the Maumee Uptown Business Association. Friday evening kicks off the event at the "The Taste of Maumee" with 13 area restaurants serving food and a street concert for the 21and over crowd. Saturday morning a large parade begins at 10 a.m. with marching bands, horses, clowns, dancers, classic cars, floats, singers and children on bikes and trikes. In addition to our 240 arts and craft booths, we feature a variety of entertainment on various stages, a kid's fun zone & classic car show. There is something for the whole family.

www.maumeesummerfair.com


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  • National Tractor Pulling Championship
  • Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green
  • August 17th-19th, 2012

Visit the Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green for the rumble of the largest outdoor truck and tractor pull in the nation.

www.pulltown.com


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  • 94th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition
  • @ Toledo Museum of Art
  • Date TBD

TMA Director Brian Kennedy and Associate Director Amy Gilman will be jurors for the 94th annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition. This show celebrates the best of Northwest Ohio's vibrant artistic community, and one entrant this year will be chosen for a solo exhibition at the Museum to take place in 2013.

www.toledomuseum.org/taa.htm


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  • German American Festival
  • @ Oak Shade Grove in Oregon
  • August 24th-26th, 2012

At northwest Ohio's largest ethnic festival, there will be live German music, dancing, food, and, of course, beer, as people experience the German culture. The purpose of the German-American Festival is to promote and enhance the German and Swiss cultures as well as generates revenue to support the German and Swiss cultural center in Oregon and a wide variety of scholarship, athletic and other philanthropic programs in the Toledo area.

www.gafsociety.org/fest.htm


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  • Music Fest 2011
  • @ University of Toledo - Centennial Mall
  • Date TBD

This FREE music festival is open to all. Current students, former students, future students, faculty, staff, and community members are all invited to rock out before the first football game of the season. Complete with a pep rally with Coach Beckman and the UT Rockets, cheerleaders, Rocky and the Rocket Marching Band.

www.utoledo.edu/musicfest/

September


 

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  • 39th Annual Greek American Festival
  • Near Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral (downtown)
  • September 7th-9th, 2012

Sponsored by the parishioners of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. This is one of Toledo’s most popular annual festivals. They share their Orthodox faith, Greek culture, entertainment, food, pastries and most importantly, their filoxenia (hospitality).

www.toledogreekfest.com


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  • Feast With The Beasts
  • @ Toledo Zoo
  • Date TBD

A five-course gourmet dinner. The perfect wine. A sumptuous dessert. And a unique animal encounter. The net proceeds from Feast with the Beasts directly support the continued development of Zoo programs and exhibits. Please check back for updates on the location and special behind-the-scenes opportunity that will be available.

www.toledozoo.org/events/feast.html


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  • Black Swamp Arts Festival
  • Downtown Bowling Green
  • September 7th-9th, 2012

Downtown Bowling Green comes alive with this showcase of visual & performance art. In addition, organizers recognize pay special attention to all genres of music, as well as the importance of good times for teens….and they deliver with a special teen concert. So much talent, young and old, packed into one unbeatable weekend….a true community effort that brings out the best.

www.blackswamparts.org


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  • Harrison Rally Day
  • in downtown historic Perrysburg
  • September 15th, 2012

Perrysburg comes alive with this street festival that brings out all types of food vendors and arts & crafts booths. One of the areas fests that offers a wide variety of fun and entertainment, as well as a beautiful stroll down to the banks of the Maumee River.

www.visitperrysburg.com


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  • Zoo Brew Fest
  • @ Toledo Zoo Nairobi Pavilion
  • Date TBD

Whether you prefer pilsners or pale ales, Zoo Brew has the right suds to please your palate. Sample a variety of fine microbrews in the sort of wild atmosphere you’d expect from your Toledo Zoo! Zoo Brew also features tasty appetizers to keep your energy up as you groove to great live entertainment. Join us for the fun in the Zoo’s Nairobi Pavilion! You must be 21 or over to attend Zoo Brew. Tickets must be purchased in advance and reservations are required. Tickets are $35 for Zoo members and $40 for non-members.

www.toledozoo.org/events/zoobrew.html


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  • EPIC Rocks Fashion
  • @ Grand Aire Hangar at Toledo Express Airport
  • Date TBD

On September 24, 2011 EPIC Rocks Fashion will come alive with a unique blend of multi-media, local retailers, fashion designers and live music in a nightclub setting. The premier fashion event in the city will take place in the Grand Aire Hangar at the Toledo Express Airport from 8pm to Midnight. Professional models will strut the Ultimate Runway featuring the latest styles and trends in fashion.

www.epictoledo.com/engaging_people/epic_rocks_fashion.aspx


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  • 19th Annual Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure (5K Run/Walk)
  • @ Fifth Third Field (downtown)
  • Date TBD

This Komen NWO’s signature event and is critical to their efforts to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. As always, it promises to be a true celebration of life, as well as a time for us to remember those we have lost to breast cancer, but who remain with us in spirit. This community gives a tremendous response and support and always proves to be a successful endeavor.

www.komennwohio.org

October


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  • Northwest Ohio Walk to Cure Diabetes
  • @ Ottawa Park
  • Date TBD

JDRF's Walks are family-friendly, held at great locations, and feature plenty of entertainment, food, and fun. You’re invited to become one of the 500,000+ people at 200 Walk sites nationwide this year who are making a difference in the lives of people with type 1 diabetes. You'll have a great time, get some exercise, and most importantly be a part of the cure!

www.jdrf.org/northwestohio


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  • Junior League's Kids in the Kitchen
  • @ SeaGate Convention Centre
  • Date TBD

www.juniorleaguetoledo.org


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  • Applebutter Fest
  • Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Date TBD

If you're the type who appreciates life's simple pleasures, then this is the event for you. Take a quick trip south of Toledo to the village of Grand Rapids for an afternoon you won't forget! Always held the second Sunday of October, this festival features Heritage Craftsmen, juried crafts, entertainment, great food, vintage farm equipment, re-enactment groups and pioneer demonstrations, the traditional apple butter stir, and shops brimming with goodies.

www.grandrapidsohio.com


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  • The Gallery Loop
  • in downtown Toledo
  • Date TBD

Formerly known as the Meet & Greet Series, this popular program typically takes place in the spring and fall of each year. This year, however, the spring event will be replaced by Artomatic 419!. The Gallery Loop features more than 20 galleries, studios, and other arts-related businesses open to the public for perusal, with free bus rides transporting them from one venue to the next. A wide range of demographics, media, and talent are showcased during this event, making it an easy, free, fun way for the public to get acclimated to the local arts community and its offerings. Participating galleries and studios will be announced in detail closer to the event date. The Gallery Loop is a program of ACGT’s Live Work Create Toledo initiative, embracing economic development and revitalization through the arts.

www.acgt.org


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  • The Bash2
  • @ Imagination Station
  • Date TBD

THE BASH2, Imagination Station's annual fundraiser, infuses the sciences of taste and sound into one unforgettable evening, with a twist. A twist of lemon, that is. Guests will be surrounded by delicious samples from over 25 of Toledo's favorite restaurants and an array of chemistry inspired cocktails from Sweet Science to our signature Molecular Martini. The Motown sounds of Lady K will keep guests moving and shaking across the dance floor while our mixologists pour it on doing what we do best science mixology style.

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  • Little Boo at The Zoo & Pumpkin Path
  • @ Toledo Zoo
  • Dates TBD

Little Boo is the perfect Halloween party for preschoolers who may be too young to enjoy Pumpkin Path. Trick-or-treat stations, games, and Fisher-Price's giant play area are just part of the fun! Costumes are encouraged. (Note: there are fewer trick-or-treat stations for Little Boo, as a condensed version of Pumpkin Path so the little one's little legs don't have to go as far to get their treats!)

The Toledo Zoo is the most exciting place to be this Halloween! Don't miss all the fun of this Halloween "ghost-travaganza"! Pumpkin Path offers more trick-or-treat stations than Little Boo, but there are no age restrictions -- if you can't make it out for Little Boo, your preschool poltergeists will enjoy Pumpkin Path too!

www.toledozoo.org/events/lbpp.html

November


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  • Wine Gala to benefit Mobile Meals
  • @ Stranahan Great Hall
  • Date TBD

Wine tasting, gourmet dinner, live & silent auctions, music & dancing. This high class event is a wonderful evening out, especially for those that love wine culture.

www.mobilemeals.org/wine_gala.htm


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  • Downtown Holiday Parade
  • November 2012

The spirit of the holidays comes alive each November as the Holiday Parade takes to the streets of downtown Toledo. Thousands will line the route to watch as zany clowns, magical floats, marching bands, giant helium balloons and elegant equestrian units transform the parade route into a winter wonderland. This community event has warmed hearts and generated smiles throughout the years. Each year, a special early visit from Santa Claus delights the crowd and kicks-off the holiday season.


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  • Lights Before Christmas
  • @ the Toledo Zoo
  • November 18th - December 31st, 2011

During the holiday season, the Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland. The Lights Before Christmas holiday event features over one million lights, over 200 images of some of your favorite animals, ice-carving demonstrations on Thursday evenings, carolers, holiday treats, the Swanton Area Railroad model trains, and visits with Santa in the Indoor Theatre. Also be sure to check out our 85-foot Norway spruce located behind the Conservatory. Adorned with over 32,000 lights, this spruce boasts more lights than the famous Christmas tree in New York City's Rockefeller Center! You can also find unique gifts and souvenirs in the North Star Trading Post® gift shop. Don't miss out on this family tradition!

Back by popular demand! The dynamic Dancing Lights show, featuring state-of-the-art LED wide-angle mini-lights, synchronized to classic holiday tunes. The show, which is repeated throughout the evening for visitors' convenience, is located in a large grove of trees near Cheetah Valley. And while you're here, don't forget to visit Santa through December 23!

www.toledozoo.org/events/lbc.html

December


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  • Heralding the Holidays
  • @ Toledo Botanical Garden
  • December 2nd thru 4th, 2011

Wine tasting, gourmet dinner, live & silent auctions, music & dancing. This high class event is a wonderful evening out, especially for those that love wine culture.

www.toledogarden.org





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