Sunday announcements, March 10

Blooming Artist Stroll

Downtown Tiffin is sponsoring the Blooming Artist Stroll 4-8p.m. April 18.

The stroll will feature musicians and local artists who will set up their creations inside of downtown Tiffin businesses.

Door prize entries will be available at each location. Artists are needed to set up at this event for a small fee.

For more information call Mary Lewis (419) 448-0370 or email Jill Groves manorridgecreations@gmail.com

County DD board to meet March 12

The Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities is to meet at 4:30 p.m. March 12 at the Opportunity Center, 780 E. CR 20, Tiffin.

Board of Control to meet March 21

Tiffin’s Board of Control is to meet at 11 a.m. March 21 in the Council Committee Room, 51 E. Market St., to open bids for the Miami Street Project.

Original Broadway cast of Jersey Boys to perform hits from the ’60s at the Ritz

The Midtown Men –Stars From the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys are to perform 7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin.

For ticket information contact The Ritz Theatre Box Office at (419) 448-8544 or www.ritztheatre.org

Drive 4 UR School at Reineke

Reineke Family Dealerships is bringing Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR School program to the Tiffin community in an effort to raise up to a maximum donation of $6,000 for Hopewell-Loudon.

For every person who test-drives a new Ford vehicle at Reineke’s Tiffin Ford Lincoln 3:30-7p.m. Thursday, Ford will donate $20 to Hopewell-Loudon. The funds will go toward the Hopewell-Loudon Elementary, Senior Class and Athletic Boosters.

To participate in this exciting event and test-drive your favorite Ford vehicle, please visit Reineke’s Tiffin Ford Lincoln, 2020 W. Market St., Tiffin.

Zoomba at the Toledo Zoo

TOLEDO — Get your sweat on at Zoomba at the Toledo Zoo 9 – 10 a.m. March 31. Move and groove to traditional Latin rhythms and animal-inspired tunes for an hour of energetic exercise to benefit the Zoo’s Raising Up Red Pandas campaign!

The workout will be in the Malawi Event Center and led by a local Zumba instructor. Event is open to ages 10 and up, fitness attire is required and water will be provided. No experience is necessary- all ability levels welcome.

Cost to participate in Zoomba is $15 per person for non Zoo members and $10 per person for Toledo Zoo members. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the zoo’s Raising Up Red Pandas campaign to build a new on-ground breeding facility for the cute redheads!

Complimentary parking will be available in the Anthony Wayne Trail parking lot. Event is rain, snow or shine. Participants are welcome to stay and enjoy the Zoo for the rest of the day, too.

To participate, register online, in advance at toledozoo.org/zoomba. If space permits, day of registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and accept cash or credit.

Kids can dress up, enjoy Victorian tea at Kids Days @ Hayes

FREMONT — Kids ages 5 and older can dress up and enjoy a Victorian tea on March 16, during Kids Days @ Hayes (formerly Second Saturdays R 4 Kids).

During this event, kids will enjoy tea, games and learn about tea time and etiquette during President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes’ era.

Two sessions for this event will be offered: 10:30 -11:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Kids are encouraged but not required to dress up.

Cost is $5 for kids and grandkids of Hayes Presidential Library & Museums members at the family level and higher and $7 for non-member kids. There is no cost for adults who bring kids to this event. Adults who bring kids are welcome to attend, observe and take pictures of their kids.

Kids will also receive a 10-percent discount coupon to use in the Museum Store. After the event, kids can tour the museum and Hayes Home for free. Non-member accompanying adults would pay regular admission to tour the home and museum.

RSVPs for the tea are required and can be made by contacting Education Coordinator Joan Eardly at (419) 332-2081, ext. 246, or jeardly@rbhayes.org. Event sponsors are Pamela & Joy at Billy’s Restaurant.

Hayes Easter Egg roll brings a White House tradition to Fremont

FREMONT — Kids are invited to an afternoon of fun on April 20, at the annual Hayes Easter Egg Roll, which replicates the White House Easter Egg Roll that Rutherford B. Hayes started when he was president.

The event is for kids ages 3-10 and is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Hayes Home at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove.

Admission is free. Kids are asked to bring three hard-boiled, colored eggs for use in traditional egg games like those played at the White House Easter Egg Roll.

Prizes in the egg games are awarded in six age categories, and each kid receives a balloon and treats. Additionally, the Easter Bunny will make an appearance.

There will also be face painting, cornhole games, story time and craft activities. Kids also can bring a hard-boiled, decorated egg to enter in an egg-decorating contest.

The egg roll is sponsored by Root’s Poultry and Welly’s Horseradish and Seasonings.

President Hayes started the first White House egg roll in 1877. Before that, kids played egg games on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol building on Easter Monday. Congress, however, banned the event because of the mess.

Undeterred, a young boy approached President Hayes just before Easter 1877 an asked if the egg games could take place at the White House instead. President Hayes agreed, creating a tradition at the White House that continues today.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums has offered its egg roll since 1986.

For information, call (419) 332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org. Like HPLM on Facebook at fb.me/rbhayespres and follow on Twitter at @rbhayespres and Instagram at rbhayespres.

GLCAP director appears before House subcommittee to discuss weatherization

Great Lakes Community Action Partnership Housing & Energy Director Terry Jacobs appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee at a Feb. 13 hearing regarding the Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and its impact on communities.

GLCAP was invited to the hearing by U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), who serves as chairperson of the subcommittee.

Jacobs explained how GLCAP implements the weatherization program in its northwest Ohio service region that includes Erie, Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca and Wood counties. HWAP improves home energy efficiency and utility usage for low-income households through the installing insulation, sealing air ducts, and implementing other measures. The program reduces energy expenditures for participants as well as improves the safety of their homes.

When GLCAP (then WSOS Community Action Commission) hosted a Weatherization Day event at an Oak Harbor residence in 2017, Rep. Kaptur visited the event to see the home first-hand, meet the homeowner and learn about the specifics of weatherization. That year, GLCAP weatherized 142 homes. Jacobs thanked Rep. Kaptur for her continued interest in weatherization and also noted that GLCAP frequently receives thank you letters from residents who are grateful for the program.

“These letters often touch on how the program has impacted their lives by lowering heating and electric bills, and made their home safer and more comfortable to live in,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs joined three other witnesses during the hearing, including Annamaria Garcia, U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office director; Amy Klusmeier, National Association for State Community Services Program Weatherization Assistance Program director; and Michael Furze, Washington State Department of Commerce, Energy Division, assistant director.

Witnesses gave a comprehensive overview of the weatherization program, including improvements that could be made to better assist low-income households through HWAP.

Jacobs supported weatherization’s drive to add additional health and safety measures such as addressing indoor air quality, lead and radon in homes. He noted that these measures also need funding for the added labor and material costs, and production goals need to be adjusted to allow for the additional time needed to address these concerns.

Jacobs also stressed that added funding would help agencies retain and competitively compensate weatherization crew staff for their work.