The Franciscan Center announces December events

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 by: Helene Sheets | Category: Events

The Franciscan Center of Lourdes University is pleased to announce the December slate of events. Saturday, December 1 The Clarence Smith Community Chorus presents “A Community Celebration of Christmas” featuring guests - Voices at BGSU Choir, Positive Force Christian School of Dance, Toledo School for the Arts Holiday Orchestra, and C.J. Manning, Jazz Saxophone. An art reception is offered from 4:30-5:30 p.m. with the performance starting at 6 p.m. For more information, call 419-283-1434 or 419-243-1958. Tuesday, December 4 Lourdes University presents the Sharing the Spirit Christmas Buffet and Tree Lighting for its students, employees, alumni and families at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sister Barbara Vano, Director of Campus Ministry and Service Learning, at 419-824-3861 or Thursday, December 6 The Lourdes University Auxiliary will hold a Luncheon from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Northview’s Harmony Roadshow will perform at 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Abbie Hall at 419-824-3751 or Thursday, December 6 A Co-Op Student Teacher Meeting is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. This is an invitation only event. For more information, contact Therese Hernandez, Lourdes University Coordinator of Education Field Experiences at Saturday, December 8 A Recognition & Awards Ceremony is scheduled at 9 a.m. for Lourdes University Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Anesthesia Program graduates at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Briana Peters at 419-824-3871 or Sunday, December 9 The Toledo Craftsman Guild presents a Winter Festival of Crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick up holiday gifts or decorations that will make your holidays bright. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 419-842-1925 or visit Tuesday, December 11 The Sylvania Franciscan Village and Lourdes Lifelong Learning Program present the TED Talk Talk - “What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness.” The TED Talk viewing with Robert Waldinger begins at 12 p.m. with a discussion immediately following. The event is free and open to the public. TED Talks are compelling presentations in 20 minutes or less. Join them for a different topic each month from 12 to 1 p.m. Individuals are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Coffee and cookies are provided! For more information, contact Dr. Laura Megeath at 419-824-3707 or email Thursday, December 13 The Sylvania Franciscan Village presents “Our Call to Holiness with Guidance from Pope Francis” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Part of the Father James Bacik 2018 Lecture Series, this Advent Reflection draws on Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation 'Gaudete et Exsultate' (“Rejoice and Be Glad”). Fr. Jim Bacik will offer practical advice on how we can move forward toward greater holiness in and through our daily lives. Tickets: $10 reserved; $15 at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Laurie Bertke at or 419-824-3515. Please leave your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets may also be purchased online at Friday, December 14 The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program presents Bicycling Around the United States for a Cause with Toledo native and retired Sylvania Schools teacher Alan Thompson. In August 2015, Mr. Thompson began a 12,000 mile bicycle journey along the perimeter of the U.S. His goal was to raise money and awareness for two charities: Habitat For Humanity and Save The Children. Mr. Thompson raised over $32,000 for these two worthwhile organizations and volunteered at Habitat For Humanity build sites in 19 cities along the course of his ride. Riding 9,000 miles between August 2015 and May 2016, he bicycled the final 3,000 miles in summer 2017 along the northern perimeter. Come hear his stories of this epic ride! Refreshments are offered at 9:15 a.m. and the presentation begins at 10 a.m. Membership: $45. For more information, call 419-824-3707 or email Friday, December 14 Enjoy lunch and laughter with Lourdes University Lifelong Learning special presentation - Comedy of Reed K. Steele from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. A cross between Red Skelton, Dick Van Dyke and Danny Kaye, Mr. Steele is a master of physical comedy, mime, stand-up and improvisation. He combines comedy, music, mime, magic, stunts, sign language, and audience participation to make a memorable comedy, variety family-fun event that will capture an audience of any age. As an actor, mime, stuntman, comedian, clown, puppeteer, magician and director, Mr. Steele has performed literally thousands of times on stage, television, and film from Los Angeles to New York. The recipient of the 1990 “Hollywood USO Entertainer of the Year” award, he has worked with Bob Hope, Buddy Ebsen, Lee Greenwood and many others. Mr. Steele has also created sound effects for films, television, and cartoons working with Mel Blanc, Paul Winchell, and Bruce Willis. Having worked with the puppetry of Jim Henson’s Muppets, he performs professionally with his production company Saturn V Productions throughout the country as time permits. A delicious hot buffet luncheon is included, so please lunch and laugh with Lifelong Learning! $10 for Lifelong Learning members and $15 for non-members. Reservations are requested at least one week prior. Call 419-824-3707 to reserve your seat. For more information about Lifelong Learning, visit Saturday, December 15 D&D Dance Studio offers a Dance Recital from 5 to 7 p.m. For tickets or more information, contact Karen Kinsey at 419-283-6322 or 419-471-0171. The event is open to the public. Monday, December 17 The Lourdes University College of Nursing offers a Nursing Convocation from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Douglas Mold at 419-824-3791 or Wednesday, December 19 The Lourdes University Commencement begins at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Cindy Fisher, Executive Administration Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, at 419-824-3675 or

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