After the monthly lecture, join us for a buffet lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert followed by a presentation and lively discussion. Fridays, 11:15 AM– 12:45 pm in the Franciscan Center Board Room. Reservations are requested at least one week prior.


Metroparks Toledo:  Connecting Parks to People

11:15 – 12:45 PM, Friday, September 16

With 19 parks, over 200 miles of trails, and a treehouse village, Metroparks Toledo continues to connect people to parks in an exceptional way. Learn about all the great things happening along the downtown riverfront, Glass City Metropark and at your favorite Metropark. Also, hear about the promises kept. With the opening of Manhattan Marsh in 2020, there is now a Metropark within 5 miles of every resident of Lucas County. Get connected to your Metroparks.

Presented by Trish Hausknecht, Marketing and Events Manager at Metroparks Toledo.


The Arts Commission and Community Engagement

11:15 – 12:45 PM, Friday, October 21

In 1977, Toledo was the first city in Ohio to adopt a One Percent for Art program which allocates a portion of City funds for public art. Some of those funds support The Arts Commission which compiled the city’s first comprehensive local arts calendar beginning in 1960. By the end of the decade, the organization was aiding in public art investments at Crosby Gardens (now Toledo Botanical Gardens). Come learn about the vital role that The Arts Commission has played in the cultural vibrancy of the City of Toledo, not only through Art in Public Places, but also the Art Loop, Momentum Festival and Young Artists At Work.

Nathan Mattimoe has managed the Art in Public Places program for ten years, and has been Director of the program for two years. He has a BA in Sculpture from the University of Toledo and is an active member of the Toledo Design Collective’s Board. He is also a visual artist, DJ and music producer.


Ending Homelessness in Toledo and Lucas County

11:15 – 12:45 PM, Friday, November 18

Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board (TLCHB) administers funding to support housing programs, and homeless service providers serving people experiencing homelessness in Toledo and Lucas County.

TLCHB administers Lucas County Housing Management Information System, collecting and reporting to HUD specified data regarding persons experiencing housing crisis and homelessness. In the past 12 months, TLCHB has started two new programs the Housing Problem Solving Program, and the Eviction Prevention Program. These programs focus on prevention, diversion and rapid resolutions.

Candace Bishop, Deputy Executive Director, has worked in various leadership roles in the nonprofit sector for 15 years. At TLCHB she uses career experience for mission advancement, working towards the elimination of homelessness, and the implementation of strategy. She believes housing is a right, not a privilege.

Laura Shaffer, Director of Policy & Programming, has 7 years of career nonprofit experience in various areas including food insecurity, mental health case management, workforce development, and housing. She has served on various committees in the community in efforts to drive change and resolutions.