Below Toledo Lions’ trademark Wall of Honor image is a brick bearing an inscription, along with applications for adding an engraved brick to Toledo’s war memorial to service members present and past, living and deceased.
Gallery 505 Artists Co-Op is open Tuesday - Saturday 1-5 p.m. On Facebook.
*November 12 Lewis County Veterans Parade begins noon at 5th & Augustus, terminating at The Wall of Honor in Kemp Olson Park. Details on Toledo Lions Club Facebook.
Recap: Author Maggie Stuckey’s presentation Soup Night at Toledo Community Library drew an intimate group of avid readers and cooks to share tomato basil, kielbasa vegetable and bean with ham soups with crackers plus the inevitable dessert table.
At latitude 45 degrees 30 minutes north, almost exactly halfway between the equator and the north pole, it’s fully dark by 6 p.m. in January. In Portland, Oregon, the streetlights have been on for almost an hour. A bit before 6, in an older, sedate neighborhood on Portland’s urban east side, front doors all up and down the street begin to open. For the next 10 to 15 minutes, individuals, couples, and families come out their front doors and stroll easily but with purpose in the same direction. They’re all heading toward the same house, just about in the middle of the block, on the left-hand side.
Everyone is carrying something. Some of the adults have gigantic salad bowls, or warm bread wrapped in dish towels, or those familiar rectangular pans that hold the promise of homemade brownies. Some have a wineglass threaded through the fingers of one hand. Kids skip ahead, bright plastic cups firn in little fists or looper onto belts through the handle. Most people have spoons, wrapped in paper napkins and tucked into jeans pockets. One dapper fellow wears a cloth napkin folded just so in the breast pocket of his sports coat, like a fancy silk handkerchief; one soup spoon stands in the exact middle. And each person in this gentle parade carries a soup bowl. An empty soup bowl.
It’s Soup Night on Stanton Street.
~from Soup Night: Introduction by Maggie Stuckey
Members of the Toledo’s Adult Page Turners Book Club, small business owners and retirees joined library supporters and volunteers to sit down at paper-covered tables, embodying what Stuckey refers to as “neighbors who might not otherwise have a natural point of contact to get to know one another.” She describes this phenomenon of breaking out of the routine of arriving home after a long day working, hungry and tired, heading indoors and not reemerging until the next morning. In this manner, she points out, neighbors unintentionally become isolated from one another. Soup Night lifts a street, a block, out of this rut, with the enticement of a steaming hot bowl of soup. She tells of a widow whose social life dwindled to zero following the loss of her husband, and how she sought out other widows to create a regular Soup Night that became so popular that a waiting list developed.
*The soup was delicious, the company first-rate, and I got to know more of my neighbors.
Thanks to Toledo Community Library and Humanities Washington for a great evening. A special shout out to Charlie Pruett, the best source for local info any columnist could want.
Toledo Community Library is open Wednesday until 7 p.m., Thursday and Saturday until 5 p.m. On Facebook.
Today: Steamboat Alley paint party 10 a.m. Make your mark on this historic Toledo feature and assure your place in it’s future. Won’t the Cool & Connected crowd be impressed November 10th when they notice No Alley Left Blank?
Support: Al-Anon AFG meets 7 p.m. Fridays at the Presbyterian Church, 312 Augustus.
Saturday: Toledo Youth Cheerleading is hosting Family Bingo Night Saturday November 5 at the High School. Desserts, prize baskets and 20 games kick off at 1 p.m. Cards are $5 each, and $20/5 cards. Proceeds support Toledo Youth Cheerleading.*
*Not a Toledo School District sponsored event.
Sunday: Daylight Savings ends 2 a.m. Set your clocks back an hour before bed and enjoy the well-deserved extra hour. Unless, of course, you’re in Australia which moved into Daylight Savings Time last Sunday.
Monday: Toledo City Council meets 6 p.m. first and third Mondays monthly at City Hall. Visit www.toledowa.us or call (360)864-4564.
Tuesday: Toledo High School hosts its popular Coffee House…
Reservations required: Wednesday Toledo Senior Center Nutrition Lunch serves up Marinara chicken with chicken rice pilaf, Sausalito veggies, fruit combo, garlic herb roll and spumoni ice cream. Closed Friday November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. Nutrition Lunches Wednesday and Friday are sponsored in part by Area Agency on Aging. Suggested donation $3 for those 60+ years of age. Contact Diana, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360)864-2112.
Photos from TOT archives unless otherwise noted.
Everyday Heroes: Envisioned as a local September 11 observation recognizing lesser-known acts of kindness and heroism. Send your nominations to email@example.com.
Email your news, reviews and events to: firstname.lastname@example.org