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You can view Ben's annual Holiday Playbook catalog online.

Bowling Green's 2021 Farmers Market will be held indoors every Wednesday until November 17 at WLI at 991 S. Main St.  Hours of operation are 4:30pm-6:00pm. Beginning December 1 it will be held every other Wednesday.


  • Zach's mushrooms
  • Dirty Feet selling brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, squash, etc.
  • M & J Craft Bakery selling their popular macarons
  • Dolores Ann's Alterations selling fresh eggs, bread, dog treats, cookies, quilts, jewelry, etc.
  • Andrea selling handmade wreaths & crafts
  • Whole Heart Fragrance selling coconut wax candles and cocosoy wax melts
  • Paige Scott selling handmade jewelry

The list is growing!  Get some early holiday shopping done along with fresh produce!


The City of Bowling Green is accepting scholarship applications in the memory of Lyle B. Wright and Richard H. Gorsuch for their exemplary leadership in public power.  The nominee will be reviewed by the American Municipal Power Selection Committee.

Two $3,000 one-time scholarships are available to graduating seniors based on academic performance, good score on the public power test and participation in a variety of extracurricular activities/programs.

Lyle B. Wright Scholarship – Applicant must be a graduating senior living in a household that receives electricity from Bowling Green Municipal Utilities.  This scholarship is not available to those who qualify for the Richard H. Gorsuch Scholarship.

Richard H. Gorsuch Scholarship – Applicant must be a graduating senior who has a parent or guardian that is employed by the Bowling Green Municipal Electric System.

High School transcript showing the cumulative grade-point average is required.

Applications are available on the City website at or can be obtained in the Utility Director’s Office by calling 419.354.6246 or by emailing

Applications are due in the Utility Director’s Office, 304 North Church Street, or by email at by 4:00 p.m. on December 15, 2021.

Downtown Bowling Green SID has a page on their website dedicated to commercial space that is available for rent/sale. If you have commercial space located in the Special Improvement District that you would like showcased, you can contact them at

For a limited time, Efficiency Smart will reward small businesses with an increased incentive for purchasing qualifying LED bulbs or fixtures from a designated local supplier or contractor. Standard incentives still apply for all other qualifying purchases. Contact Efficiency Smart at 877-889-3777 to get started.

Free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests are available in a variety of locations across Wood County, including schools, public libraries, senior centers and Wood County Health Department. Working with Ohio Department of Health, Wood County Health Department has increased the number of free tests available for residents ages four and older who wish to use them before getting together with family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

“Rapid testing prior to attending an event or gathering is an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID,” said Benjamin Robison, Wood County Health Commissioner. “In addition to staying home when sick, taking a rapid test shortly before your Thanksgiving celebrations can help to keep your loved ones healthy.”

Anyone who tests positive or has symptoms of COVID should take precautions to isolate from others. “If you have symptoms of COVID, stay home even if you get a negative result on an at-home test,” said Robison. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID and tests negative using an at-home test should get a PCR test and stay home until they receive the results. PCR tests remain the gold standard for detecting an active COVID-19 infection.

Rapid at-home tests should not be used to shorten isolation or quarantine periods. Anyone who has previously tested positive and is still in the isolation period, or who is under quarantine due to exposure, should remain in isolation or quarantine.

Some rapid tests may require the use of an online service that guides the user through the testing process. Check the information on your test packet to confirm. A list of locations distributing free COVID tests is available on the Wood County Health Department website. Click the link below or go to and click on “Information on COVID-19” for details. Rapid tests can also be purchased at a number of pharmacies and supermarkets in the county.

Locations offering free at-home rapid tests for COVID-19.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Wood County is a leading self-help organization offering free events, educational classes, support groups, and other programs that address mental health for the Wood County community. NAMI Wood County has a variety of programming throughout the year! This programming is FREE and available to all Wood County residents.

  • The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Workshop is free of charge, a self-designed, course on identifying your personal wellness tools. WRAP was developed by Mary Ann Copeland. Your WRAP program is designed by you in practical, day-to-day terms, and holds the key to getting and staying well. It does not necessarily replace traditional treatments, but can be used as a complement to any other treatment options you have chosen. NAMI Wood County’s WRAP Workshop will be held Thursday, November 18th and Friday, November 19th from 10-4p.m. both days. The class will be hybrid via Zoom and held in-person at NAMI Wood County. Visit to register.

If you are interested in becoming a NAMI Wood County member, visit their website for more details. There are many benefits included in a NAMI Wood County member including: discounts on programs, newsletter subscriptions and more. Membership levels range from $5 to $60.

NAMI Wood County is continuing online support groups as well including Family Support Group, NAMI Connections, Parent & Caregiver, and others! Visit for more information and to register for their programming. Email or call 419-352-0626 for more information, and be sure to follow NAMI Wood County on social media: @NAMIWoodCounty for additional resources and updates.

The American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio will recognize and pay tribute to ordinary members of the community who have shown extraordinary courage, compassion, character or humanity by saving or improving the lives of others at the 2022 Red Cross of Northwest Ohio Hero Awards.

Residents of Lucas, Fulton, Henry, Ottawa, Sandusky, Wood, and Monroe County, Michigan are invited to nominate a hero or heroes who have responded to life’s challenges with a true humanitarian spirit, mirroring the values that motivate and inspire the work of the Red Cross.

A hero could be someone who entered a burning home to alert a family, a neighbor who performed CPR on a total stranger, or a passerby who pulled a drowning child to safety.
Visit to nominate a hero. All nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee. Nominations must be submitted by January 30, 2022. Those chosen as Northwest Ohio Heroes will be honored during a ceremony to be held in May, 2022.

Ohio Small Business Development Center at Terra State Community College is providing free seminars for anyone wanting to start, buy or expand a small business and focuses on business planning and development. The seminars last three hours and include learning the basics of: Name Registration, Licensing, Taxes, Advisors, Business Entities, Employees, Insurance, Financing, Business Planning, and more. To register, contact Bill Auxter at 419-559-2210 or

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds. MRC units engage these volunteers as well as local and state-level partners to strengthen public health, improve emergency response capabilities, and build community resiliency. MRC units prepare for and respond to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and floods, as well as other emergencies affecting public health, such as disease outbreaks.

Once you've registered or if you have any questions, you can reach out to Julie Kauffman at the Wood County Health Department.

The Wood County Museum has teamed up with Ortinau Art (Pemberville, OH) to create new shirts & sweatshirts to show off your Wood County Museum pride! As an added bonus, a portion of the proceeds from the sale will be donated back to the Museum! Sale runs through December 5 & Estimated delivery December 20

Visit the online store:


Join the Bowling Green Parks & Recreation Department on December 4th, 2021, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, for the inaugural City Park Winter Spark Holiday Market and Festival located at the Bowling Green City Park!

Family-Friendly Activities Include:

  • 1-mile “Jingle Bell Jog” Holiday Run/Walk (See Below)
  • Visit with Santa
  • Letters to Santa Drop Box
  • Craft and Farmers Market
  • Elf in the Park Family Scavenger Hunt
  • Arts and Craft Activities
  • Family Recreation Games
  • Community Contests (See Below)
  • Children's Storytime
  • Winter Wonderland of Crafts and Face Painting
  • Community Artificial Snowball Fight
  • Food Trucks
  • Hot Chocolate/Coffee/Juice & Donuts/Cookies

Jingle Bell Jog

A family-friendly 1-mile “Jingle Bell Jog” run/walk around City Park will take place the morning of this inaugural event.  The run/walk is open to youth and adults, both runners and walkers, and is free to participate in. Participants should check-in at 8:30 am in front of the City Pool Building in City Park. The run/walk will begin at 9:15 am. Participants may race competitively for the top prize or enjoy a holiday-themed walk with others from the community before the Winter Spark event begins. All participants will receive Jingle Bell pins.  Prizes will be awarded at 9:45 am for the following divisions:

  • Top finisher in the Teen/Adult Division (Age 13 & Up)
  • Top finisher in the Tween Division (Ages 9-12)
  • Top finisher in the Youth Division (Ages 8 & Under)
  • Participant with the best holiday-themed costume

No-Snow Giant Craft Snowman Contest

The No-Snow Giant Craft Snowman Contest allows participants to build a snowman with craft supplies, wood, cardboard, foamboard, and other store-bought or recycled products for a chance to win a prize.  All accepted entries will be displayed during the Winter Spark event, in the Snowman Sculpture Garden, where visitors will have an opportunity to judge their favorites.  Entries for this contest must be submitted prior to the event and are due no later than December 1st.

Winter Wonderland Wonderful Art Show

Children, ages 12 and under, are invited to help spread some holiday cheer in the community by participating in the Winter Wonderland Wonderful Art Show.  Participants may submit drawings, paintings, or other forms of artwork that will be displayed during the Winter Spark event, where visitors will have an opportunity to judge their favorites. Categories will be determined by age of the artist and type of art submission.  Entries for this contest must be submitted prior to the event and are due no later than December 1st.

Entries for the snowman and art show contest should be dropped off with an appropriate entry form at the Bowling Green Community Center, 1245 W. Newton Road, by Wednesday, December 1, 2021.  Event details and contest entry forms are available on the City’s website ( Questions about the Winter Spark event or contest entry details should be directed to Ivan Kovacevic by phone at 419-354-6224.

4pm; 200 Manville Ave

Habitat for Humanity of Wood County will be having a Home Dedication on the front lawn of their home on Manville Ave. Tours and refreshments to follow. RSVP to Jessica at or 419-481-8100 by December 6.

8am-12pm; Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom, Levis Commons

Registration is now open for the 2022 State of the Region Conference "Catalyzing Workforce Development Through Transformative Placemaking" with keynote speaker Jennifer Vey. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Register online.


City, State, & Federal Updates

City of Bowling Green Updates
  • Railroad Crossing Closures
    CSX is requiring closures on the railroad crossings on Clough, Court, Pike and Ridge Streets from Monday, November 29th through Thursday, December 2nd. Dates of closure are subject to change and are dependent on weather.
  • Bird Streets Sewer Work
    The City is in process of televising the sewers in the “Bird Street Area for monitoring and maintenance planning. Residents can expect to see a city vehicle and staff working near manholes and marking the sewers with flags and paint above ground. Residents should not remove flags that may be placed in their yards as this work progresses.  Crews will remove the flags once work is complete. This work will continue to take place for about 30 days.
  • Thurstin Closure
    On November 8th at 5:00 a.m., Thurstin Ave. from Wooster to Ridge streets, will close in preparation of the demolition of Bowling Green State University’s Administration Building.
    This closure is expected to last through January 6, 2022 and re-open to traffic on January 7, 2022 at 5:00 a.m.  The sidewalk in front of the work zone will also remain closed to pedestrian traffic.  Services provided by the nearby city fire station will not be affected by the closure.
    Weather permitting, demolition of the 10-story building will take place over four weeks. Crews will use a crane with a 30,000-pound wrecking ball to fracture the building's floors from top to bottom.  Additional work, including debris removal, will continue through early January 2022 with various closures and detours in place. Work will pause during the University's final exam week, Dec. 13-17, 2021; however, Thurstin will remain closed for safety considerations. Dates of closures are subject to change and are dependent on weather and progression of project.
  • BG Police Citizen Outreach Program (COP) Makes Lasting Impact
  • Ongoing Capital Projects
  • The City of Bowling Green Official Website
State of Ohio Updates