All posts by Athena Cocoves

Steven J. Athanas: Living, Wake

From Tom Sawyer to Empire Records to Tuesdays with Morrie, the idea of faking a funeral to gain a new perspective— and perhaps a bit of unedited critical feedback— is as tempting as it is old. Yet, the tried and true method is demonstratively effective, so it’s never really the public sphere of fascination. Although local artist Steven

Kayak off the river

Interested in learning how to kayak without exposure to intimidating currents? Metroparks Toledo is offering a beginner kayak course in a heated indoor pool at the University of Toledo. Certified staff from the American Canoe Association will teach basic strokes and water safety. Register in advance. $15. 6-8pm Saturday, March 24. University of Toledo Rec

Yoga meets art

Experience yoga in a unique atmosphere. Monroga: bodyART class will move from outside into The Cloister, an intimate medieval stone courtyard at Toledo Museum of Art. Practice breathing and balance techniques, elements of dance and conditioning exercises during this full mind-body experience. $15/members. $20/non-members. 10:30-11:30am Saturday, March 17. Toledo Museum of Art GlasSalon 2445 Monroe

Toledo According to… Linda Parra

Years lived in Toledo: 18 Occupation: Founder-President of Nuestra Gente Community Projects, Inc., and 96.5 FM Nuestra Gente My story, in one sentence: I came to the United States in 2000, learned to speak English, started a nonprofit, finished my degree, and started the first 24 hour Spanish radio station in Toledo. One song lyric

Battle for freedom

Five-time grammy winner and Ohio native Kathleen Battle will present stories and spirituals inspired by the extraordinary journey to freedom during times of slavery, which she only performs in cities along the Underground Railroad. This event will also showcase local treasures, including the Clarence Smith Community Chorus and the Voices at BGSU. $49-$89. 7:30pm. 2445

Learn about orchids at these greater Detroit orchid events

Beyond their beauty, orchids are also known as one of the most difficult plants to grow. While most orchid owners know one tip for sustaining these botanical beauties— “just add ice”— bringing them to bloom is a bit more complicated. Learn all about orchids, or just enjoy gazing at many orchid varieties, during two upcoming