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Some local events and issues to check out

(my July 2008 post)

[From an e-mail that I received]

Hello advocates for Downtown Toledo and ReUrbanism.

Pam Burns at Downtown Latte has a speaker on Urban Living for Wednesday, July 23, so please save your evening to join the next edition of Downtown Toledo ReUrbanism.

Also :

1) The Arts Zone Third Thursday Art Walk - this Thursday, July 17, from 7-10 PM - more information below from Kelly McGilvery of Live Work Create Toledo

2) Slow Foods Event - this Thursday, July 17, at 6:30pm with Brian Schlatter, master cheesemaker for C/J Natural Meats in Defiance, Ohio - more information below from Paula Ross1

3) Host a Teenager for three weeks from our Chinese Sister City of Qinhuangdao, China - a great experience for everyone, especially families with high school children - contact info: Cecilia Martin, (419) 245-3334 (more below)2

4) Music Under the Starts Line Up - Free Concerts at the Toledo Zoo, every Sunday night at 7:30 through August - (more below)3

5) Dragon Boat Festival - Saturday, July 26, 2008 from 8 am - 5 pm - great fun at the International Park with music, Chinese cultural performances and Chinese Village and a day of intense Dragon Boat races to benefit Partners in Education http://www.partnerstoledo.org/dragonboat.html

6) Giant Puppets perform at Main Library - Wednesday, August 7, 10:30 AM - "Once Upon A Clock" - (more below)4

7) Forbes rates Woodward corridor of Detroit among top 10 most fuel efficient areas in America, 12% ride mass transit (more below)5

8) Help Design Ohio's Mass Transit for the Future - participate in an on-line survey with your recommendations: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/21ctptf/ (more below)6

The Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force is bringing all Ohioans to the table to explore the broad spectrum of transportation issues facing the state. With your input, we will prioritize how the state balances the movement of people and freight, promotes safety and reduces congestion, creates jobs and encourages responsible growth, helps to build sustainable communities, and links all modes of transportation - connecting highways to rail, aviation, water ports, and transit.

Slow Foods

1 Maumee Valley Slow Foods - 6:30 PM, Thursday, July 17 with Brian Schlatter, master cheesemaker for C/J Natural Meats in Defiance, Ohio ( http:www.farmersmarketonline.com/cjgrassfed.htm ). Learn about the history of cheesemaking and about his experience, which is a new addition to the Northwest Ohio food scene.

After his presentation, there will be a potluck. The theme is cheese so dishes made with cheese, dishes that go with cheese, dishes inspired by cheese are recommended. Bring your recipe, your place setting and your own beverage. For reservations and directions visit slowfoodmaumeevalley@gmail.com .

For more about Slow Foods, check out the great article in The Blade: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080715/ART06/683311305

Host a Teenager

2 Host a Teenager for three weeks this summer from our Chinese Sister City of Qinhuangdao, China - a great experience for everyone, especially families with high school children - contact info: Cecilia Martin, (419) 245-3334 (more below)

FOR QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:Toledo Sister Cities International, One Government Center, Suite 2100, Toledo, Oh. 43604 PH: 419-245-3334, FAX: 419-245-1834 Email: Cecilia.martin@toledo.oh.gov, http://www.toledosistercities.org

Zoo Concerts

3 2008 Zoo Concerts Announced!

The Toledo tradition of free Sunday evening concerts, Music Under the Stars, returns to the Zoo's historic Amphitheater. The concert series begins July 13. As always, these inspired performances are filled with fun for the entire family.

Sundays at 7:30 p.m.

Sam Szor | Music director and conductor
Gordon Ward | Commentator

July 20 Fun Facts: Disney

July 27 Andrew Lloyd Weber: Different by Design

August 3 America: Passing the Baton

August 10 Hollywood: Dreams We Share

August 17 Lerner and Loewe: With Class

August 24 Jazz - Musical Diversity

August 31 Rodgers and Hammerstein: Top Music Team

Music Under the Stars summer concerts remain FREE and open to the public due to the generosity of these major sponsors: The Andersons, Inc., Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, GM Powertrain/UAW Local 14, Sunoco and UAW Region 2-B. Music Under the Stars is pleased to WELCOME its newest sponsor - Mathews Ford of Oregon. Mercy Health Partners returns as Guest Artist sponsor.

http://www.toledozoo.org/events/events_musicstars.html

Giant Puppets

4 Madcap Puppets Fun-filled Library Tour!

Giant puppets visit three branch locations August 7

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library welcomes the Cincinnati-based giant puppet company Madcap Puppets for three shows of the exciting performance Once Upon A Clock on Thursday, August 7.

The free and open to the public shows are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Library Program Room at Main Library, 325 Michigan St., at 2:30 p.m. at the Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd., and again at 7 p.m. at the Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Rd. Once Upon A Clock is designed for all age groups.

For more details, please open attachment or visit http://toledolibrary.org .

Woodward Corridor

5 July 15, 2008 - Forbes rates Woodward corridor among top 10 most fuel efficient areas in America - from Model D http://www.modeldmedia.com/inthenews/forbes15108.aspx
Source: Forbes.com
You probably wouldn't think this right off the bat, but it does make sense. So, kudos to Forbes for putting it down in writing (and actually not writing something gloom and doom about Detroit, for a change). By their accounts, the Woodword corridor ranks in the top 10 for fuel efficient areas.

Excerpt:

Encompassing the Ferndale, Huntington Woods and Berkeley sections of metropolitan Detroit, the dense corridor stretches 27 miles over 11 municipalities and is home to the largest number of jobs. It means something in Motor City that upwards of 12% of residents use public transport; the ridership rate in nearby Sterling Heights is below 5%. The average commute time in Berkeley, 19 minutes, is half as long as that of other downtown neighborhoods.

ODOT

6 The Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force is bringing all Ohioans to the table to explore the broad spectrum of transportation issues facing the state. With your input, we will prioritize how the state balances the movement of people and freight, promotes safety and reduces congestion, creates jobs and encourages responsible growth, helps to build sustainable communities, and links all modes of transportation - connecting highways to rail, aviation, water ports, and transit. FROM: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/21ctptf/

ODOT invites all Ohioans to
Join the "Transportation Conversation"
Industry experts and state leaders named to
Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force

(April 14, 2008) - Inviting all Ohioans to join in a first-of-its-kind "Transportation Conversation" to determine the type of transportation system the state needs for the future, the Ohio Department of Transportation officially launched the Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force by naming the diverse mix of industry experts and state leaders who will lead the historic endeavor.

Leading the task force will be Chairman Ty Marsh, president of the Columbus Chamber, Vice-Chair Frank Jackson, mayor of Cleveland, and Vice-Chair Deborah Lieberman, commissioner for Montgomery County. The statewide conversations will be led by individual steering committees centered on three key issues: promoting a multi-modal system, maximizing public investment, and generating economic development.

Supporting the effort will be a host of individuals and experts serving on working committees, with backgrounds ranging from business and industry, shipping and logistics, finance and development, urban planning and agriculture, education and health care, transportation, and state and local government.

In addition to gathering public input and information at a series of open meetings across the state, the task force is encouraging all Ohioans to join the conversation by submitting their ideas and opinions.

Also, please take a moment to complete a public opinion survey regarding transportation in Ohio.

The Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force will convene its inaugural meeting May 7 at ODOT's Central Office in Columbus.

A final report from the Task Force is expected by this Fall. Through a consensus around these important issues, Ohio can have one voice on it transportation needs as we enter debate on the state's next biennium budget and the authorization of a new federal transportation bill.

mailing address:
Ohio Department of Transportation
Attn: Transportation for Tomorrow
1980 W. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43223

For more information contact ODOT Communications, at 614-644-8640


(my late July 2008 follow-up post)

ReUrbanism meeting tonight at the Downtown Latte

Dear advocates, friends and supporters of Downtown Toledo ReUrbanism,

Tonight, Wednesday, July 23 at 6:00 PM, Dr. Sam R. Snyder, PhD Michigan, Retired as Associate Professor Emeritus, Social Foundations of Education, will present on "Can We Afford the American Life Style?" at Downtown Latte, 44 S. St. Clair St, Warehouse District.

From Dr. Snyder:

"Much of what I am going to talk about is based on the late Jane Jacobs's 2004 book, "Dark Age Ahead. Jane Jacobs asserts that a family cannot possibly satisfy all the needcs of a family household; a community is needed. A community is a complex organism with complicated resources... [and her theories on] the community resources that are thoroughly informal, thoroughly intangible, and probably most important."

Also, news from plans to save Scott High School: forwarded from Judy Stone and originally from Jeff Nelson.


Save Our Scott

Attached is a press release about Save Our Scott (SOS) events in the coming week. Basically, there are 3 components:

Our Press Release highlights the 3 things we'll be doing in the next 6 days - Please try to attend as many as you can:

Thursday, July 24th, 9 am: Press conference at Scott, followed immediately by trip to Columbus to deliver petition to Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) and wave our signs.

Monday, July 28th, 5:30 pm: Public Walkthrough of Scott, meeting of Toledo Public Schools (TPS) subcommittee on OSFC affairs (also at Scott). If you’ve never been inside Scott, you should go - it's beautiful!

Tuesday, July 29th, 5:30 pm: All-important TPS school board meeting, at which they will decide the fate of Scott. We will present our petition to TPS and insist they renovate Scott. We need hundreds of people to attend this meeting – at least 100 inside the meeting room, and people in the hallways outside, and people outside the building holding big signs I've made.

We are definitely looking for people to come with us down to Columbus on Thursday morning. The OSFC is meeting at 1:30 pm, and it is open to the public. We're not yet sure what form our participation will take (standing outside with big signs, or voicing our opinions during the brief period allowed for public comment), but we want to try to be in place by 12:00 noon as people come and go, to make sure we are seen by the 3 voting members who are going to be helping decide the fate of Scott. We will leave from Scott High School after the press conference, so I would imagine we would try and leave by 9:30 or 9:45 - 10:00 at the latest.

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