Join us for presentations on hot topics, with lunch and lively discussion! Hot Topics are held the third Friday of the month. A lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert is included.

Reservations are strongly encouraged at least one week prior: call 419-824-3707 or email

Fridays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Franciscan Center Board Room
$10 member/$15 non-members, per meeting

Fact vs. Opinion: Distinguishing Between Them in the News
January 18

Take a test to see how good you are in separating fact from opinion, then compare your results with a nationwide survey. Learn whether age makes a difference! Discuss social media sources of news and how to judge their accuracy. Discussion led by veteran facilitator Norm Thal.

Tour through Time: Exploring History with Artifacts
February 15

The Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC) uses archeological expertise and innovative research methods to support the National Park Service and partners in documenting, investigating, and preserving cultural resources, data, and collections. Take a virtual tour of these collections to see how artifacts tell the human story throughout the past. MWAC employee Rebecca Wiewel will join us via computer link to tell us about this division of the National Park Service and answer your questions.

Caring for Our Community’s Children
March 15

Abuse and neglect of children happens everywhere, including in our own community. Lucas County Children Services leads the community in the protection of these children. Come learn about all the work they do to support safe, stable and permanent families for children, including recruiting and supporting foster families.

Divisions in America
April 12

What a difference 50 years makes! Most Lifelong Learners are from the Silent/Greatest generation. We’re struggling to understand the Millennials, but how do Millennials today really compare with their grandparents? Then add into the mix America’s division into almost three different countries (urban, suburban and rural America), depending upon where you live! Finally consider the changing American family structure and what it means for our children and our future. Discussion led by veteran facilitator Norm Thal.

Bicycling in and around Sylvania: it’s easier than you think!
May 3
11:30 – noon lunch
noon – 1:00 pm presentation

May is National Bike Month! We Are Traffic is a local advocacy group that promotes transportation by bicycle through “good” infrastructure and education. Keith Webb, Director of We Are Traffic, will give an overview of laws pertaining to cyclists and strategies to safely navigate the roadway and/or bike trail. Topics will include sidewalk and path safety, road safety and other topics to make your bike ride enjoyable. Also learn about local bike groups that provide opportunities for group rides and fellowship such as the May 4 ride listed under “Special Events.”