Local Parenting News in Toledo: Spring Edition

Become a Zoo PAL for polar bears 

For animal enthusiasts who find it difficult to part with the furry friends when it is time to leave the Toledo Zoo, the Zoo PAL (Proud Animal Lovers) program is a perfect solution. As the Toledo Zoo welcomes new baby polar bear cubs or other animal offspring, Zoo PALs provides the opportunity to sponsor these featured animals. With a donation of $500 or more, Zoo PALs will receive an exclusive first look at Crystal (the new mom) and her polar bear cubs, along with baby photos of the cubs when available. Visit the Zoo PALs webpage toledozoo.org/zoopal for more information about sponsorship tiers and the benefits of joining the program. 

The Arts Commission’s Young Artists at Work program hiring youth apprentices

The Arts Commission is the longest standing arts commission in Ohio, and has provided quality arts programming in Toledo since 1959. One of The Arts Commission’s award-winning initiatives, the Young Artists at Work (YAAW) program, has fostered the creativity, work ethic, exploration, idea development and cross-cultural exposure of young artists since 1994. As a part of the program, apprentices between the ages of 14 and 18 are selected for a six-week paid summer apprenticeship to gain experience in working as an artist. The 2023 YAAW program will run from June 26-Aug 4, with apprentices expected to work Monday-Friday from 9am-4 pm. Apprenticeship experiences will feature collaborative work with staff, participation in discussions and artwork production. To be eligible for the apprenticeship, young artists must complete an application and be at least 14 years old by June 26. Applications must be completed by March 17 at 4:30 pm. Visit theartscommission.org for more information. 

New playgrounds in Bicentennial and Municipal Parks in Perrysburg coming soon

December 2022 marked the start of work to replace the playgrounds at Bicentennial and Municipal Parks with new, inclusive equipment. Reasons for the replacement include the age of some equipment and the difficulty of finding replacement parts. Winter plans for the park renovations include taking down existing playground equipment, filling excavated areas, and allowing the ground to settle before installing the new parks, planned for April (weather-permitting). 

The goal is to have the improvement process at all parks completed by mid-June. Some playground equipment from Municipal and Woodlands Parks will be donated to a 501(c)(3) organization, Missions International of America, and will be used to construct a school playground in Haiti. 

Glass City Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to eligible students 

For eligible students, Glass City Federal Credit Union will offer five scholarship awards: one award for $2,500 and the other four for $1,000 each.  To be eligible, the student must: (1) attend a 2- or 4-year accredited post-secondary institution for the 2022-2023 school year, (2) be a member of Glass City Federal Union or have a parent/step-parent/legal guardian who is a member and (3) complete the required application and essay by the March 31 deadline. To secure an application form, interested students can visit any Glass City Federal Credit Union branch (locations include Maumee, Toledo and Bowling Green) or find the application at glasscityfcu.com.  


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