Franciscan Center

The Franciscan Center is a beautiful, full-service, state-of-the-art theater and conference center located on the Sylvania Franciscan Village campus in Sylvania, Ohio.

The center features a full-service theater that seats 850 patrons and is capable of hosting a fully staged and technically challenging performance or a simple lecture event. It also features smaller conference rooms seating anywhere from 15 to 200, a gymnasium, and a beautiful commons that’s often used for dinners, banquets, style shows, a multitude of special events and wedding receptions. As a rental facility, the Franciscan Center is available for wedding receptions, meetings, parties, trade shows, seminars and a variety of other types of events.

Faculty and staff receive a 10% discount on rental of the Franciscan Center facilities, and Alumni and non-profit organizations receive a 15% discount. Many types of entertainment events are presented at the Franciscan Center, including the Toledo Symphony Orchestra Association series. Cabaret concerts are held throughout the year in the intimate Commons area.

In addition to facility rental, the center also provides services and amenities to help make your event a success. Located in scenic Sylvania, it enjoys an ambience and tranquility unlike any other.

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Christ Child Society General Meeting

January 24 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

The Christ Child Society is holding a General Meeting at 9:30 a.m. The event is open to Christ Child Society members only. For more information about the organization, visit

2019-2020 School Choice School Fair for K-8

January 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Parents will have an opportunity to visit with and learn about different educational options and available funding for them. Area private schools, charter schools and homeschooling representatives will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. There will also be fun activities and entertainment for children. Snacks and drinks will be available, as well as free parking. Admission is free.

Special Event with Dr. Kelsey Crowe

February 1 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Good Grief of Northwest Ohio presents a special event featuring Dr. Kelsey Crowe

What Americans agree on when it comes to health

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Sylvania Franciscan Village and Lifelong Learning present What Americans agree on when it comes to health, a TED Talk with Rebecca Onie,

Sigma Theta Tau Annual Research Program

February 13 @ 5:15 pm - 8:30 pm

Sigma Theta Tau, Zeta Theta Chapter at Large presents its Annual Research Program from 5:15pm to 8:30pm. This event will feature research projects and non-fiction articles/books from members’ in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. The event is free and refreshments will be provided. Nursing contact hours are available. For more information, contact Robert Ingram at

Virtual Tour of the Toledo Botanical Garden

February 15 @ 9:15 am - 11:00 am

Lifelong learning presents Virtual Tour of the Toledo Botanical Garden featuring Jonathan Mildbrodt, from 10am to 11am. Refreshments served at 9:15am. Take a virtual tour, and learn about the history of this public garden as it evolved from George Crosby’s horse farm, into a regional center for horticulture with its nationally recognized plant collections. Contact Laura Megeath at 419.824.3707 or, for more information.

Tour through Time: Exploring History with Artifacts

February 15 @ 11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Lifelong learning presents Tour through Time: Exploring History with Artifacts, featuring Rebecca Wiewel, from 11.15am to 12:45pm. Explore collections of artifacts that tell the human story throughout the past. Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC) employee Rebecca Wiewel joins via computer, to talk about the National Park Service, and answer any questions. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Lunch provided. Reservations is required. Contact Laura Megeath at 419.824.3707 or, for more information

7th annual Liberator Awards

February 17 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) hosts its 7th annual Liberator Awards at Lourdes University, from 5pm to 9pm. The Liberator Awards unites those in Ohio and Michigan working to bring awareness to human trafficking. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the door, and includes dinner. This event is open to the public. For more information, contact S.O.A.P at 614.216.1619.

Zuzu African Acrobats

February 21 @ 5:30 pm

Lourdes University Campus Life presents Zuzu African Acrobats, at 5:30pm. Originating in Mombassa, Kenya, the Zuzu African Acrobats have performed in more than 25 countries. Their performances are a blend of circus style acrobatics and popular dance moves, set to both live and taped African Music. $5 per person. For more information, contact Ashley Jackson at 419.517.8413.

Shalom Bollywood

February 23 @ 7:00 pm

The Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo Film Club presents Shalom Bollywood at 7pm. A feature length documentary celebrating the history of the Indian Jewish film industry, Shalom Bollywood, is a winner of several awards, and was recognized at the UK Asian, Mumbai, and UK International Film Festivals. $7 per person. For more information, contact Hallie Freed at 419.724.0362 or

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