Barbara Hendel: Easter celebrations brought bright colors and flavors

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Barbara Hendel, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio
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Apr. 8—EASTER was celebrated amid beautiful sunny weather and spring flowers.

MANY area country clubs hosted Easter dinners and egg hunts while practicing pandemic guidelines. An Easter Extravaganza was presented by Toledo Country Club. The socially-distanced event included a server assisted buffet indoors and out for six hours to accommodate the limited seating. Mmm, the traditional foods plus a spread of beautiful desserts, nearly too pretty to eat. Of course, the Easter bunny hopped around, too.

THE Town Center at Levis Commons hosted a fun all-ages Contactless Egg Hunt in search of 17 named eggs in multiple locations in honor of the Levis Commons 17th anniversary.

THE Toledo Opera Guild's first luncheon of the season was March 24th at Sylvania Country Club. Delightful decorations designed by Cindy Niggemyer with vases of spring flowers, delicious cupcakes, and Easter candy set the scene. Guests donned spring fashions and were a delight to see, too, after such a long year wearing sweats. Bright spring colors were seen on Theresa Andrews, Jim Norman in his striped seersucker blazer, and Jane Wurth all in blue.

A program highlighted the Opera's children's programming — Opera on Wheels — and the preschool program. A musical interlude by Grace Wipfli and Emily Morin included songs from Ophelia Lieder by Richard Strauss and "Stay With Me" from Steven Sondheim from Into the Woods.

The Opera's Executive Director Suzanne Rorick received a $5,000 check from Guild President Pat Nowak from the guild's Bakeless Bake Sale and golf event held last year. Among the more than 40 women were Bonnie Wrobel, Linda Burge, Theresa Andrews, Denise Colturi, Maureen Brown, Cathy McGuire, Laura Glover, and Sandy Roberts.

NATURE'S Nursery Center For Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation is hosting a Baby Shower for Baby Animals today, April 8, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at Ralphie's Sports Eatery in Spring Meadows. Each year, the nursery takes in thousands of orphaned baby animals including bunnies, squirrels, opossum, skunks, owls, foxes, and more and cares for them until they are old enough to be released back into the wild. "Usually, the babies come in due to the mom being killed or not returning to the nest," said Allison Schroeder, Executive Director.

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Baby animals will not be at the event, however there will be fun interactive baby animal displays, crafts, photos, raffles, and more and guests are invited to bring baby shower gifts. The registry includes: dry or canned cat food, jars of baby food (meat puree /fruit/veggies), Pedialyte, pine bedding, receiving blankets (no loops or holes), paper towels, Kroger gift cards, and cash. Go to natures-nursery.org/pay-for-a-baby or contact Allison Schroeder at aschroeder@natures-nursery.org or call 419-344-2988. Look for the flyer on the web and 10 percent of all food purchases will be donated to Nature's Nursery.

AS more places and events are springing open after a long pandemic nap, please retain pandemic safety precautions for everyone's sake.