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We’re not clowning around

Lions, tigers and bears- oh my! The Zenobia Shriners present the 63rd annual Shrine Circus, providing thrills and laughs to audiences in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan since 1952. This year, the circus is proud to present the famous Jordon World Circus and their acts that are guaranteed to take your breath away. This family-oriented show provides balancing bears in the Steeple’s Performing Bruins act. Other acts include The Kambarova Horseback Troupe which features riding skills and stunts. Guests will be on the edge of their seat as trapeze performers glide through the air at great heights. Look up, as The Flying Wallendas demonstrate their death-defying tight rope abilities. Performances by BMX stunt teams will also provide thrills. Contortionists will bend in ways you never dreamt possible. Many exotic animals as well as plenty of clowns will amuse and add to the family fun.

Thursday, March 20 at 6:30pm; Friday, March 21 at 4pm and 7pm,
Saturday, March 22 at 11am, 3pm and 7pm; Sunday, March 23 at 2pm and 5pm.
SeaGate Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave., Toledo. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster by visiting Ticketmaster.com or you may order them directly from the Zenobia Shriners by calling 419-661-5060. For groups of ten or more please contact Ashley Cichocki at 419-321-5030 or email adimasso@meettoledo.org. For further information call 800-GO CIRCUS or
visit zenobiashrinecircus.com.

Get your sap flowing

It’s syrup time! Enjoy some time with your family discovering the origins of the sweet treat of maple syrup. Olander Park is hosting two maple sugaring events that will fill your bucket with educational and family fun.

At the first event, March 4, guests will have the opportunity to learn from Maureen Schell, of ECO Discovery!, the “ins” and “outs” of maple sugaring, discovering how the sap that drips into the buckets ends up being poured over pancakes. Sip on warm, spiced cider and enjoy a real maple treat. The second event, Olander Park’s 6th Annual Maple Sugaring Fest on March 22, also presented by ECO Discovery!, will allow for a stroll through the park while teaching the origins of maple syrup. The event begins with a ride to the north end of Olander Park to learn  Native American and pioneer extraction techniques  for syrup. Attendees will help in the “boiling down” process, creating “real” syrup.

The first event is being held Tuesday, March 4 at 10am in the Gorman Nature Education Center on the grounds of Olander Park. The 6th Annual Maple Sugaring Fest is being held Saturday, March 22 from 1pm-4pm at the Nederhouser Community Hall on the grounds of Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. For more information contact 419-882-8313 or visit olanderpark.com. Free.

Be a community hero

Lisa Eisenbach, founder of Nightingales Harvest, knows first-hand how a cancer diagnosis can devastate a family. She lost her father and her best friend of 22 years to colon cancer. “I was with my Dad and my friend Kim every step of the way,” says Eisenbach, “and after seeing what Kim and her family endured, I was motivated to take action.” She founded the Nightingales Harvest, a nonprofit organization that provides healthy nutrition and infection control products to cancer patients and their families at no cost, in their honor. A Walk/Run promises to be a fun-filled day for the whole family. Individual and team participation is encouraged. Participants may enjoy free, healthy snacks as well as food for purchase, entertainment and family fun including face painting and a moonwalk while helping a worthy cause. According to Eisenbach, “Those participating in the Walk/Run are community heroes to us. A cancer diagnosis is no longer a guaranteed death sentence."

Saturday, March 29 at 9am. Event day registration begins at 7am.
Participants may pre-register at Nightingales-harvest.org.
Registration is $15. UTMCO campus, 3000 Arlington Ave., Toledo.
For more information contact 419-725-1190 or 419-779-2961.

Teddy Bear Care Fair is stuffed with fun

Does your teddy bear, monkey or other assorted stuffed animal need a check-up for minor repair? If so, bring them and your family to the Toledo Zoo for the Teddy Bear Care Fair. Take this opportunity to talk with animal keepers and observe animal demonstrations. The Teddy Bear Care Fair will help show youngsters the importance of looking after their furry-finned and feathery friends. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed buddy to Nature’s Neighborhood, where their stuffed friend will receive a thorough examination from a teddy bear care specialist.  "The event is really all about how we take exceptional care of our animals," says Jennifer Brassil, event coordinator at the Toledo Zoo. "Visitors will have a chance to hear from our zoo vet and staff from our animal behavior department and animal feeding department. It's a great day to learn about animal care and have fun being involved in the demonstrations."

Saturday, March 22 from
11am-4pm. Regular admission prices apply. Free admission for Toledo Zoo members. Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Way, Toledo. Contact 419-385-4040 or visit toledozoo.org for additional information.