Briefly, July 16

Pageant competitor wants

shot at Miss Vacationland

Chelsea Aiello of Tiffin, who was unsuccessful in her bid to win Miss Ohio 2013, is seeking donations to enter another local pageant, Miss Vacationland, set for Oct. 5.

If she wins, she can make another try for Miss Ohio 2014. The state title would give her a broader audience for her organ donation platform. She has set up a page online at with instructions on how to contribute.

Museum to present music

CLYDE – The next Family Program Series at the Clyde Museum is set for 2-3 p.m. Thursday. This segment of “The Creative Side of Clyde” is to focus on musical arts with local connections.

Attendees should be ready to pick up a kazoo, flute or a spoon and join the “kitchen band.” Guests are invited to bring their own instrument or a favorite music-related souvenir to share a tune or two. Supplies will be provided for children to make wrist or ankle bell bracelets and paper plate tambourines.

The program is free. Register by calling the museum at (419) 547-7946.

Local art on exhibit

FOSTORIA – The works of four Fostoria artists are featured in the Fostoria Community Arts Council gallery at 125 S. Main St., Fostoria. The whimsical wood carvings of Bill Davis and the photo realistic watercolors of Theresa Gwiner, Mary Hale and Chris Wenzke are on display through July 26.

The FCAC gallery will be open 1-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Farmers’ market on tap

FOSTORIA – “Good Ole’ Summertime” is the theme for the Fostoria Farmers’ Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 133 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria. Vendors are to offer produce, plants, baked goods, handmade crafts, jewelry, artwork, candles, chair massages, greeting cards and home business merchandise for sale.

Senior citizens can redeem their produce vouchers at the three main produce vendors. The Seneca County WIC Program also is to have the vouchers available for those who qualify. Fostoria Community Hospital is to pass out bottled water and information about free skin cancer screenings Aug. 3.

Oak Ridge Festival returns

ATTICA – The 2013 summer edition of the Oak Ridge Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday with gates opening at 10 a.m. both days. This outdoor festival has costumed artisans and crafters demonstrating their skills; antique machinery displays and demonstrations; and a living history encampment.

A classic car show is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Sunday’s activities include an antique tractor pull at 11 a.m. and a country auction at 1 p.m.

More than 170 vendors are to be selling a varied selection of quality, hand-crafted items in a wooded craft village. Stage locations throughout the woods are to provide a variety of musical entertainment, children’s attractions and activities. The food court is to serve up country-style selections.

The grounds are at 15498 E. TR 104, Attica. Admission for adults is $6, seniors $5 and children 8-12 $4.

Church to host festival

FREMONT – Sacred Heart Parish in Fremont is having its annual festival 6 p.m.- midnight Friday and Saturday and noon -6 p.m. Sunday. The grand prize is $5,000 and second prize is $2,000. Third prize is a new washer and dryer from Whirlpool.

Ice cream and music offered

FREMONT – Kerry Patrick Clark is to perform at 7 p.m. July 24 for the next Verandah Concert at the Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont. Listeners can come at 6:45 p.m. for free ice cream before the concert.

Bring something to sit on. Admission is free.

Flood program to be repeated

Local historian Mark Steinmetz is to give another flood presentation at 7:30 p.m. July 24 at the Seneca County Museum, 28 Clay St. He created his program, “The Great Flood of 1913 – Tiffin’s Tragedy Documented in Photos,” to mark the 100th anniversary of the event this year.

This program provides not only a large number of photos showing the destruction from 1913, but it also compares the same view now. In the Fort Ball Room, visitors also can examine the 1913 display that shows important events during and after the flood.

The museum is to open at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

Civil War buffs to meet

The monthly meeting of the Johnson’s Island Civil War Round Table is to meet at 7 p.m. July 28 at Carmie’s Grill and Bar, 2460 S. SR 231. Karel Lea Biggs is to speak about rebel hero Sam Davis.

Members and guests may choose to chat and dine beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Art classes rescheduled

Tiffin Art Guild has rescheduled its “Do a Van Gogh!” class for 6-10 p.m. Aug. 7, 21 and 28. Jon Adams is the instructor.

Students of any skill level can paint an 11- by 14-inch acrylic or oil painting of Van Gogh’s “Cypresses With Two Women” in the manner and style of Vincent Van Gogh. The cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members, which includes canvas. Acrylic paints are available, but students are asked to bring their own oils.

Also, the Plein Air Painting Day at the cottage of Judy Downey has been rescheduled to Aug. 3. Those planning to attend should call the gallery at (419) 443-0478.

Brush up on preparing healthy meals

FOSTORIA – Fostoria Community Hospital is sponsoring a cooking demonstration by dietician Diane Yoakam 6-8 p.m. July 23 at Wesley United Methodist Church. Free health information and screenings, light refreshments and door prizes also are being offered.

To register, visit or call (419) 436-6688.

Reserve a spot at ‘Gourmet Gala’

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center’s Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala has been scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Aug. 9 on the grounds of the St. Francis campus.

This annual event has undergone some changes for 2013. The evening will begin with gourmet hors d’oeuvres and the serving of local wines and micro brew beers under a tent on the campus.

There will be an opportunity to participate in an auction, with many of the items created by the Sisters. While enjoying the musical entertainment, guests will be served a gourmet meal, followed by an array of desserts.

Funds raised directly support the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center. Tickets are now available for purchase. To have an invitation mailed or for more information, including corporate sponsorship opportunities, call Linda Havens at (419) 447-0435, ext. 131.

Dine to make a difference

Bob Evans in Tiffin is to have a community fundraiser 6 a.m-9 p.m. July 31 to benefit the Tiffin Optimist Club. Patrons who present a flyer at the checkout can designate 15 percent of the sale to the club, to be used for local youth and youth projects.