- Recycle live Christmas trees at the Summit County Metro Parks. Trees – cleaned of all decorations, garland and tinsel – can be dropped off at Firestone Metro Park, Little Turtle Pond and Goodyear Heights Metro Park through Jan. 31. Visitors should look for the small signs that identify the drop-off locations. On average, more than 2,000 trees are collected each year. The resulting mulch is spread out near trailheads and used to create landscaping compost. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.
- Cleveland Clinic Akron General is offering a free six-week smoking cessation class using the American Lung Association’s "Freedom From Smoking" Program, taught by tobacco treatment specialists. The group sessions feature a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking. Each session is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. The format encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting both individually and as part of a group. The class will meet on Tuesdays, Jan. 17 through Feb. 21, with an additional class on Feb. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Akron General, Heart and Vascular Center, Cardiac Classroom 1544, 1 Akron General Avenue. The program is free and registration is required by calling 330-344-2462.
- Journey to Peace Bereavement Support," a ministry of information, consolation, spiritual and emotional support will be held at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 1800 Steese Road, will offer a free six-week series. For those of any faith having experienced the death of a loved one, the series will be held on six Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 23 through Feb. 27 in the church. The ministry members will strive to provide Christian support and guidance for daily living for anyone suffering grief, whether recent or lingering from the past. For more information or to register, call Sue Lyons at 330-499-3937.
- Archery for kids will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave Jan. 14 and 15. Children 9 to 15 can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at the Metro Park's temporary indoor range. The program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. People must be 50 inches or taller. Registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Archery for adults will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Participants 16 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at the Metro Parks temporary indoor range. The program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Register in advance. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Green Sibshop, a monthly program for kids in the third through sixth grades who have a brother or sister with special health or developmental needs, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Greensburg United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road. Those interested or wanting to register a child may visit https://www.facebook.com/greensibshops/ or call the church office at 330-896-1936. A free lunch will be provided. Pre-registration required.
- Akron General Community Access and Wellness is offering low-cost bone, glucose and cholesterol screenings from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Green Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. To measure LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, be sure to fast for at least twelve hours. No appointments required. Free parking is provided. Cholesterol and blood glucose screenings are done by a finger-stick test. The bone density screening is a fast, painless ultrasound. Costs range from $12 to $58 depending upon the combination of tests ordered. Cash, check or credit card accepted. Call 330-665-8248 with questions.
- A free SCORE workshop will be conducted on the subject of Introduction to Patents and Patent Searching at 10:15 a.m. to noon at the Akron/Summit County Main Library. Additional workshop details are available on the SCORE website at www.akron.score.org. Individuals and companies interested in attending can register at the website or by calling 330-379-3163.
- Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions can explore which hawks and eagles. The program is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton Street. A craft and short hike will be included. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Advance registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Get out and Move for Martin at your Akron Area YMCA branches from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Join the leadership team from Summa Health and the YMCA as they share their favorite inspirational quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before taking part in a free, family friendly healthy activity. You do not need to be a YMCA member to particiapate, but it is requested to register in advance. For a complete list of what's happening, visit www.moveformartin.eventbrite.com.
- Join in a discussion with No. 1 New York Times bestselling "Outlander" author Diana Gabaldon from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Community Branch Library. This virtual author event will connect patrons with Gabaldon via Skype where she will discuss her historical sci-fi adventure romance novels, the hit BBC show Outlander, time travel, Scotland and more. This unique and free event will include an audience question and answer session. The event is free and registration is requested. For more information, visit StarkLibrary.org or call 330-877-9975. The Lake Community Branch is at 585 Market Avenue SW.
- David Parkes, an Irish recording artist and director of pilgrimages in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, will be presenting an "Evening of Prayer Through Song" at 6:30 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Church, 1800 Steese Road. Parkes will talk about his miraculous healing at Medjugorje and recording the pro-life song "Let Me Live" to fulfill his promise for his healing. A professional soccer player, who was struck down by Crohn’s disease and healed, Parkes continues to travel and spread his message when not in Medjugorje. He has recorded seven albums of inspirational songs. A reception will follow the presentation. For more information, call 330-896-2345.
- A SCORE workshop will be conducted on the subject of Starting Your Own Business from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Taylor Institute at The University of Akron. Additional workshop details are available on the SCORE website at www.akron.score.org. Individuals and companies interested in attending can register at the website or by calling 330-379-3163.
- Join in a Healthy Strides indoor walk at 1 p.m. at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, 1940 Town Park Blvd., Green. It is a free, casual one-mile walk preceded by a brief informative talk by Akron General physicians and caregivers.
The Manchester United Methodist Church is holding an evening of foot stompin' Blue Grass. The evening begins at 6 p.m. Bring a favorite covered dish to share for dinner at 7:30 p.m. and then enjoy more music until 9:30 p.m. There is ample parking and the building is wheelchair accessible. Donations are welcome. The church is at 5625 Manchester Road (at Center Road). For more information, call 330-882-4818.
- Wayside Furniture is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a series of community events this year. The first will be at 2:30 p.m. at The Civic Theatre in downtown Akron for the showing of the Disney-Pixar film "Ratatouille." Wayside has a showroom in Springfield Township, 1367 Canton Road, and a warehouse in Mogadore.
- The Greater Akron Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. at the Mingo Shelter in the Sand Run MetroPark. Joe Ferrara of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will present "Injured and Orphaned Wildlife." Visit www.akronaudubon.org or call 330-645-0953 for more information. The public is welcome.
- A SCORE workshop will be conducted on the subject of Thinking About Building a Website? from 6 to 9 p.m. at Goodwill Industries, 570 Waterloo Road. Additional workshop details are available on the SCORE website at www.akron.score.org. Individuals and companies interested in attending can register at the website or by calling 330-379-3163.
- Antique and Classic Bicycle and Motorbike Display will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside =Hartville MarketPlace, 1289 Edison St. NW. Free Admission. For information, contact Dan Schwaberow at 330-699-4517, Ron Ashley at 330-618-7134 (cell), or Bob Hirschfelt at 330-699-9798.
- Enjoy an evening of southern gospel music at 5 p.m. at the Manchester United Methodist Church, 5625 Manchester Road.
- An adult program, "My Brain Made Me Do It" will be held at 6 p.m. at the Green Branch Library. The program discusses how irrational human emotions can impact our everyday investment decisions and is presented by Rob Moser of Edward Jones. Register in advance. The library is at 4046 Massillon Road. For more information, call 330-896-9074.