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Toledo Museum of Art Community Block Party set for Saturday, July 13

Block Party

Make plans to attend the Glass City’s premier summer event when the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) hosts its sixth annual community Block Party Saturday, July 13 from 6 ­to 10 p.m. The indoor and outdoor event has activities for all ages.

On the Museum grounds, and along Monroe Street, guests can enjoy live music, glassblowing demonstrations, delicious food and a Jeep-themed car show. Also on display will be monster trucks and a mechanical dragon, created by self-taught artist and engineer, Tim Willis.

Performing at this year’s Block Party is MOVING in STEREO who will recreate the sights and sounds of The Cars, who at the height of its career was one of the most popular American rock and roll bands of the late '70s and early '80s. Also appearing at the Block Party is Ramona Collins, who is sure to entertain with her powerful but soulful jazz voice. Concluding the night will be a unicycle performance by Cirque Amongus. Serving as emcee and spinning tunes between music sets will be DJ Big Lou the Mayor.

Throughout the evening, caricature artist Isaac Klunk, magician Martin Jarret, performance group Cirque Amongus, Toledo School for the Arts Pageant Puppets, and the Bubble Sharks will perform across the Museum campus.

The Family Center will offer hands-on art activities for all ages, and the Toledo School for the Arts’ Art Force will showcase face painting and chalk drawing. There will also be pop-up studios throughout the grounds featuring drawing and painting for adults.

In addition to the outdoor events, visitors can visit Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture, which is located in Canaday Gallery and is free for Museum members. Admission to the exhibition is $12 for nonmembers and discounts for seniors, college students, military, and youth are available.

Monroe Street will be closed to traffic from Scottwood Avenue to Collingwood Boulevard to allow for easy access between the main Museum and the Glass Pavilion. Admission to the Block Party is free; there is a charge for some activities and refreshments. Parking for the event is available in all Museum lots and is free for Museum members, $8 for nonmembers. Block Party guests may also park in the Mercy College parking garage, located at 2200 Jefferson Ave. For more information visit toledomuseum.org.