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Lions Club bike ride benefits Sight Center
Journey for Sight, the 12th annual charity bicycle ride sponsored by the Lions Club of Toledo, is set for May 3. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by the ride from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Participants have the option of riding a 10- or 28-mile course, said Michael Managhan, an event organizer. Each route begins at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg and ends in Grand Rapids. About 40 participants are expected to participate in this year’s ride, he said, which is open to children, adults, families and teams.
Proceeds from Journey For Sight will benefit the Sight Center of Northwest Ohio. Specifically, the funds will help to provide educational classes and in-home services to visually impaired children, Managhan said.
Registration fees before April 30 are $10 (children under 16); $20 (adults); $30 (families); and $70 (teams). After May 1, the fees increase to $15, $30, $45 and $115, respectively.
To register, visit www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1513241 or call (419) 460-6492.
— By Lori Golaszewski
YE Walk of Fame
The Coalition for Youth Enrichment (CYE), a subcommittee of The Community Partnership, in partnership with The Toledo Zoo and through support from the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board of Lucas County, recognized this year’s CYE Youth Walk of Fame honorees at a banquet April 21. This year’s winners were nominated for their contribution to the Toledo/Lucas County community in the areas of Service to Others (Salesha Baksh, 17, Springfield, Personal Courage (Zac Zies, 12, Perrysburg) and Sharing Talents (Icee Johnson, 17, Toledo).
National ‘Cover the Uninsured’ Week
United Way 2-1-1 is partnering with Lucas County Job and Family Service, CareNet, Neighborhood Health Association, Mercy Health Partners, and the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio to raise awareness of the issue of health care coverage and to help area residents learn about available options.
April 27 through May 3 is National Cover the Uninsured Week. Locally, the week will be marked with several opportunities for residents to meet with community partners who are familiar with the issues of health insurance.
Representatives from the partnering agencies will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at: The Madison (1919 Madison Ave.) on April 29; The South Branch Library (1736 Broadway St.) on April 30; River East Community Health Center (117 Main St.) on May 1; Sanger Branch Library (3030 W. Central Ave.) on May 2.
Make sure to bring a picture identification, income verification, birth certificates for children under 18 and your questions. For information, dial 2-1-1 or visit the Web site www.unitedwaytoledo.org.
Heidelberg president is Texas-bound
Dominic Dottavio, the president of Heidelberg College the past five years, has been named the new president at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, effective Aug. 1.
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents confirmed Dottavio’s nomination at its meeting April 23.
He had been selected as the sole finalist for the position at the March Board of Regents meeting, according to a news release.
Greater Toledo HBA honors industry best
The Home Builders Association of Greater Toledo (HBA) recently honored the Residential Home Building Industries Best at the Sales and Marketing (SAM) Awards Ceremony hosted by the Sales and Marketing Council of the HBA of Greater Toledo.
The event took place April 11 at Parkway Place in Maumee and was sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. Forrester Wehrle Homes, Inc. received eight awards including “The Builder of the Year” for the third time. This is the third year out of the past four years, that Forrester Wehrle Homes has won this award. The other awards Forrester Wehrle won that night were:
• Best Community/Subdivision;
• The Home of the Year priced under $199,999;
• Best Television ad;
• Best Radio ad;
• Best Special Promotion;
• Best Interior Marketing of the Year under $300,000; and
• Best Direct Mail Piece.
Elderhostel host educational programs on Lake Erie
Elderhostel, a nonprofit organization promoting education through travel, is hosting a Day of Discovery series of one-day programs, which explores the islands of Lake Erie, beginning May 4.
“Islands for the Birds,” the first program, features UT Professor Tom Bartlett, an expert bird bander, who will discuss identifying birds by sight and sound as well as exploring the migrating patterns of ducks, geese and swans.
The series will continue with a new program each month through August. The program are intergenerational, intended for grandparents to share experiences with their grandchildren, but are open to everyone.
Cost is $64, which includes lunch. To make reservations, call (877) 426-8056 or for more information, www.elderhostel.org/daysofdiscovery.