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Join us for a banquet, a silent auction and a live auction celebrating the work of the Padua Center.

The guest speaker for our annual event is Arto Woodly, an urban innovator. He led an inner city nonprofit from 1998-2014 where he created a model to equip young leaders starting at preschool.

He is a native of Toledo and passionate about helping youth. In addition, the even will feature art work from the children of Padua Center.

Padua Promoter Award: Jack Ford (posthumously).

Tickets are $35 per person. To register for the event, please call the center at (419) 241-6465 or e-mail us at thepaduacenter@gmail.com

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This fundraiser features Raffles, a Rummage Sale, Bargains, Vendors and Entertainment. All games for children are free. Children can also feed the chickens, play games and have fun! All proceeds go to support the Padua Center. 
Food that will be served at the festival includes BBQ Chicken, Polish Sausages, Hot Dogs (prices will vary depending on the item).
Raffle Tickets Cost: $1 per ticket; $5 for a book of 6; 6 books for $25
• First Prize: Beats Solo 2
• Second Prize: 7”Galaxy Tablet 3
• Third Prize: LG Wireless Streaming Blu-Ray/DVD Player (BP360)

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Representative Marcy Kaptur visited with Jason Askins, Tyler, Kyle Besner and Wade Smith as the Hoop House was erected. The majority of the hoop house was put up on April 18th. Jason Askins, P.E. was coordinator for the project. Tyler is our videographer, Kyle Besner is with "Engineers without Borders" and Wade Smith of Daylily Farms previously owned the Hoop House and was instrumental in assisting in the erection of this garden system.
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Tree Toledo arrived at The Padua Center on Earth Day, April 22 at 4:00 to plant two trees. The children assisted in planting an apricot tree and a redbud. The cold weather and brisk wind kept the children bundled up.
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Jim Etzel is ready to cut the ribbon at the ramp dedication at The Padua Center on Tuesday, April 21. Thanks to the Toledo Rotary for the grant that paid for the ramp.
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The Padua Center’s Ujima Garden will celebrate Earth Day Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. with the planting of the first two seedlings as Tree Toledo kicks off its five-year plan to plant a tree for every Toledo resident in the effort to mitigate climate change.

Tree Toledo encourages every Toledoan to plant a tree or two now, noting that 20 years from now the mature tree will breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out enough oxygen to keep two people alive.

Tree Toledo was formed last fall after hearing local environmentalists Melissa Greene, Chair of the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission; and Jim Witter, Program Coordinator with the Wood County Park District, say that “If you can do only one thing for the environment, plant a tree.”

“Eighty percent of the urban forest is in backyards,” according to Tom McDonald of Tree Toledo. “Planting a tree is one thing that ordinary people can do to turn back climate change.” The group will be distributing a limited number of free seedlings at various locations in the coming weeks and urges residents to consider planting at least one tree in their yard.

McDonald pointed out that the urban poor are the first to be impacted by the disasters brought on by climate change and that people of all faiths must gather to work on the problem. “We created this problem,” he said, “and we must act to solve it. Governments and corporations have a lot to do, but ordinary citizens are called to do their part, and we can each do something. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step—and the way to save our planet begins with planting one tree, or establishing one rain garden, or turning one square yard of lawn into edible landscaping.”

Padua Center, located at 1416 Nebraska Avenue, is a Christian community-based presence empowering people at all stages of life to achieve their maximum potential through education, counseling, support, and community involvement. Its Ujima Garden is named for the Kwanzaa principle ujima, a Swahili word that means “achieved with the help of others.” Sister Virginia Welsh, OSF, serves as Director of Padua Center.

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#SaintMartindePorres  Pray for Us.
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We have received word that Representative Marcy Kaptur​ will be stopping by around 11:00 AM this Saturday for the raising of the Hoop House.

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Lot's of fun on Saturday, April 18th at The Padua Center. We will be putting up our Hoop House! Volunteers needed. Come Join Us as we build our Hoop House!
After 18 months of planning, negotiating, and getting permits -WE ARE READY. Don't miss stopping by and helping in whatever way you can. When we finish with the hoop house, we will "Spring Clean" the Ujima Park and Garden. Starting at 8:00 am we hope to finish in the afternoon, at 503 Junction Street, in view of The Padua Center,1416 Nebraska Ave. Stop by and enjoy the revival in Kwanzaa Park!

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Congratulations to Padua Center Board Member Dennis Jarret for being named the Knights of Columbus Monsignor O'Connell Council 386's "Volunteer of the Year." Dennis, a member of Council #386, was given the award based on his service to Saint Martin de Porres Parish and the Padua Center. Congratulations, Dennis! #kofc386   #paduacenter     #saintmartindeporres   #VolunteeroftheYear  
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