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Published: Thursday, 5/16/2013 - Updated: 11 months ago

Festirama, outdoor events, gluten-free event highlight weekend activities

BLADE STAFF

This weekend Sylvania has a variety of events outdoors, including a festival, nature hikes, and a car show.  

■ FRIDAY
Poker, bingo, barbecued chicken, carnival rides, and the Chris Shutters Band are just some highlights of St. Joseph Parish’s annual three-day festival Festirama Expanding the Experience. The entertainment  is slated from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Parish, 5373 Main St. For a schedule of events, including serving times for the popular barbecue chicken dinner, visit stjoesylvania.org.

■ SATURDAY
Caution, Sylvania’s downtown portion of Main Street will be busy with car traffic all day long. Car  lovers from Ohio and area states  will be bringing their sweet rides to the the city for a day of classic car admiration. Main Street will be closed so you can view vintage cars and other sporty vehicles without interruption. Sponsored by the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce and the Sylvania Downtown Business Association, the Sylvania Car Show  will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details: 419-882-2135.

Reduce stress with the graceful moves of tai chi. The Sylvania Branch Library is hosting an adult introductory class to the physical activity that cleanses the body of negative energy. Attendees should wear loose comfortable clothing and supportive shoes. Instructor Jan Gilson will teach the class, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Sylvania Branch Library, 6749 Monroe St. .. Details: 419-882-2089.

Tap your inner Zen with Yoga on the Dunes. Olander Park will conduct an hour of meditative yoga under the oak trees. Bring a mat, comfortable attire, and water, and the instructor will bring the moves to help improve your mind, body, and overall health. Yoga starts at 11 a.m. at Nederhouser Community Hall, Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave. For more information, call 419-882-8313.

Take an evening hike searching for bats. Olander Park officials will take you on a guided tour to find the forest dwellers. The Bat Hike is just one of the events planned this weekend that celebrate northwest Ohio’s distinct ecosystem as part of the annual Oak Openings Region Green Ribbon Initiative Blue Week. The festivities are scheduled all weekend in Olander Park and other parks throughout the region. For a schedule of events visit oakopenings.org or olanderpark.com. The Bat Hike starts at 9 p.m. at Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave.

■ SUNDAY
Cheri Shinaver and others of the Beat the Wheat Committee are raising awareness on the autoimmune disease Celiac. Her 11-year-old daughter Kaylee was diagnosed with the disease after suffering from severe stomach pain for years. On Sunday, residents and those aware of the disease will run a 5K at Olander Park to help increase public knowledge about how gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye can damage the intestinal system, causing other complications. over time. Runners can register at 7:30 a.m. The race will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Information and guidelines on how to live gluten-free will be on hand during the event at Olander, 6930 Sylvania Ave. For more information visit beatthewheatrace.org.



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