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Toledo makes healthy drinks default options for kids

A recent vote by the Toledo City Council is aimed at cutting down on kids’ consumption of sugary drinks at area restaurants. On April 13, Council approved a measure that makes healthy drinks— such as low-fat milk, fruit juice or water— the default options offered with kids’ meals at area restaurants. Parents will still be able to request different drinks, if they wish. The program will be rolled out gradually over a period of six months to allow restaurants to change their menus and to retrain staff.

Amazon donates to TPS

Amazon presented a check for $7,500 to Toledo Public School

s on May 6. The donation was made in part to celebrate the opening and completion of Amazon’s

150,000 square foot sorting hub on Reynolds Rd. (at the former site of Southwyck Mall). The donation was made in a ceremony at Byrnedale Elementary School with a check presented to TPS Superintendent Romules Durant. Amazon noted that the company hopes to partner with the school district in the future, including

collaborating on educational programs and offering internships.

Area celebrities share their favorite children’s stories

Gather around the computer, kids— it’s time to hear a story! In defiance of the pandemic, the 8th season of the Valentine Theatre’s popular Gretchen Zyndorf School Days Educational Theatre Series is showcased on the Valentine’s YouTube channel and webpages, with notable locals reading some of their favorite children’s stories to young listeners. Participants this season included former Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, current Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, City Council member Dr. Cecelia Adams and Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine. To join the storytime, visit valentinetheatre.com.

Oregon Theatre presents the Bare Necessities of the Jungle Book

The classic Rudyard Kipling novel and beloved Disney musical comes to life with an Oregon Community Theatre (OCT) production of The Jungle Book Kids. Presented as part of OCT’s Summer Children’s Theatre Camp, the show presents an abridged version of the animated musical featuring its classic songs. Two separate stagings of the show will be produced simultaneously as part of OTC’s summer camp, with one session presenting their show on Saturday, July 17, and the other performing on Sunday, July 18. For more information on Jungle Book Kids, visit facebook.com/OCTKidsShow.


Spreading love through stories of a panda

Local author and illustrator Myra G. Love released the third book in her series of tales for children focused on a character named Davey Panda. God Will Bless Those Who Are Sad follows its young protagonist as he helps his friends deal with experiencing loss. Written in the style of a nursery rhyme, Love’s book series spreads the word of the gospel and helps her young audiences remember scripture. Visit Love’s website at myraglove.com.