Community events this weekend will be good for your holiday heart and soul, offering gift shopping opportunities that give it forward as well as chances to take a break from the seasonal rush.
Proceeds from the Crafting for Charity craft show Friday at O-I Plaza Two, One Michael Owens Way, Perrysburg, will benefit the Ability Center of Greater Toledo, a nonprofit agency that assists people with disabilities to live, work, and socialize within a fully accessible community.
The craft show, which runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., is open to the public. Admission is free, and raffle tickets will be sold for prizes. For information, call 419-574-1420.
First United Methodist's Chancel Choir and Orchestra will present "A Canticle of Christmas" concert at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, 200 West Second St., Perrysburg.
Nearly 50 musicians from Perrysburg and surrounding areas will perform this cantata, featuring familiar carols and newer seasonal songs under the direction of Leland Tetz.
This concert, part of First United Methodist's music outreach program, is free and open to the public. For information, call the church at 419-874-1911.
The halls of Fort Meigs' Visitor Center will be decked with holly and other decorative trimmings for its Holiday Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the fort, 29100 West River Rd., Perrysburg.
Admission is $1 for adults and youth, and free for Ohio Historical Society Members and children 5 and younger.
Re-enactors portraying soldiers and civilians from the War of 1812 era will provide musket demonstrations and discuss camp life during the winter, and the music group Back Porch Dulcimers will provide entertainment.
Children's activities will be offered, including cookie decorating, costume dress-up, and crafting a soldier's shako cap or a lady's bonnet. Father Christmas is rumored to be planning a stop as well.
The museum shop will be open and several local artisans will have items for sale. For information, call Fort Meigs at 800-283-8916.
At Way Public Library, medical doctor, author, and Perrysburg resident Alphonsus Obayuwana will share his 30-year study of human hope and its importance in people's well-being.
He wrote the book The Five Sources of Human Hope: Mirror of Our Humanity -- Your Glimpse into the Human Soul.
His presentation, free and open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the library, 101 East Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. For information, call the library at 419-874-3135.
Owens Community College Concert Band will present a free holiday concert Sunday that also will honor the efforts of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American fighter pilots in the 1940s and pioneers in equality and integration of the U.S. military.
The concert, which is open to the public, will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts on the Perrysburg Township campus.
During the concert, Owens will honor World War II Tuskegee Airman Col. Harold H. Brown, of Catawba Island, who served in the 332nd Fighter Group and completed 30 missions before being shot down and held as a POW in Germany. He returned home in 1945 and served more than 23 years in the U.S. Air Force.
"We are eternally grateful to the brave service men and women who have defended our country's freedom and democracy for hundreds of years," Fred Dais, Owens adjunct instructor in Fine and Performing Arts and Concert Band conductor, said in a news release. "It is truly an honor to celebrate them and their heroism."
Owens Concert Band is comprised of students, staff, and community members. Concert selections will include "Stars and Stripes for Christmas," "Harlem Nocturne," "A Jazzy Christmas," "March Grandioso," "Of Honor and Valor," "A Hanukkah Festival," "Winterfest," and "Merry Christmas Everyone."
For information about Owens’ Holiday and Tuskegee Airmen Tribute Concert, call Owens' Fine and Performing Arts Department at 567-661-7081 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, extension 7081.
Contact Rebecca Conklin Kleiboemer at 419-356-8786, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @RebeccaConklinK.