FYI

- Wandering Aesthetics will host Summer Theatre Camp, a series of one-to-two-week-long summer camps held at Akron: Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market Street. Camp Dreamcatcher will be held for ages 7 through 13 from June 19-30. Camp Neverland for ages 5 to 9 is from July 10-14 for ages 9 to 13 from July 24-28. For more information, call 330-612-3090, email info@watheatre.com or visit watheatre.com/registration to register.

April 7

- The University of Akron will host the Black Male Symposium, a one-day event designed to equip high school and college students, educators, counselors, administrators and community leaders with tools they need to better serve Ohio’s African-American male students. Attendees will learn the best practices to achieve academic success, and they will engage in conversations about contemporary issues that affect their lives. The symposium will feature two tracks, one for university and community members and one for high school and university students. The cost is $30 for university and community members, except UA students, who will be admitted for free (but they still need to register). Lunch is included. For more information and to register visit  uakron.edu/bms.

April 8

- Low cost glucose and cholesterol screenings will be offered  from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Cleveland Clinic Akron General LifeStyles located at 1940 Town Park Boulevard. To measure LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, be sure to fast for at least twelve hours. No appointments required. Free parking is provided. Screenings are done by a finger-stick test. Costs range from $12-$58 depending upon the combination of tests ordered. Cash, check or credit card accepted. Call 330-665-8248 with questions. A schedule with complete dates, times and locations for the year is available at the front desk of each of the Akron General Health and Wellness Centers or atakrongeneral.org/screenings.

- The Goodyear Hunting & Fishing Club will host its annual Trout Derby from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families and individuals can join the fun at this free event held at Little Turtle Pond at Firestone Metro Park (2400 Harrington Road, Akron). Children 15 and younger may fish during the event. Adults and guardians must supervise and can assist, but may not fish. Trophies will be awarded for the three largest fish caught. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment and bait. Some equipment and bait will be provided; the use of minnows will not be permitted. Hot dogs, chips and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, call 330-865-8065 or visit summitmetroparks.org. 

April 10

Coventry AARP #3820 will meet at 1:15 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club Civic Center, 727 Portage Lakes Drive. Singing troubadour Harry Canary will bring back memories of the past with old favorites.  Free refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

April 12

- Free lunchtime Tai Chi will be held from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum's Wellness Wednesdays. It is a time to de-stress and get moving. The community wellness program introduces you to breathing and movement techniques that will boost energy, improve balance and help reduce and manage stress. Visit  https://akronartmuseum.org/calendar/ or at www.ngenergy.us for more information or  call 330-945-5533.

April 14

- Portage Lakes AARP 2213 will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Acme Fresh Market, 3235 Manchester Road. Call Donna for reservations at 330-644-4941 by April 7. Visitors are welcome.

- From 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.,  Friday Firestone Feathers and Friends - new and experienced birders can enjoy bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway. Binoculars are recommended. All participants will receive a checklist and final tally of birds seen this season. The event is held at Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road.

April 15

- Join in the Grace United Church of Christ (UCC) in Uniontown for a community children's Easter Egg-stravaganza at 10 a.m. in the Family Activity Center. This event for all children through sixth grade will be held rain or shine. Family activities, games and crafts geared toward celebrating the resurrection, and ending in a traditional Easter egg hunt. The church is at 13275 Cleveland Avenue, a quarter mile north Route 619 and directly across the street from Uniontown Elementary School.  For questions, call the church office at 330-699-3255.

April 17

- Children ages 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn will learn how April showers prepare plants and animals for spring. A craft and hike are part of the program. Make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. The program is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton Street. Registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.

April 18

- Summit County Public Health (SCPH) and Summit County Department of Community and Economic Development will host a program at the Springfield Township Town Hall with information about home assistance programs available to county residents. Information will presented on how to apply for a HUD grant to replace windows, doors, porches, siding and other parts of pre-1978 houses with lead paint, where children under age 6 years live or spend time. Information will also be available on weatherization assistance program and household sewage treatment system program. The meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Springfield Township Town Hall located at 2459 Canfield Road. Park and enter through the main entrance at the Clock Tower on the south side of the building. All Summit County residents are welcome. For more information, call 330-926-5632.

- Akron History Hike of the Skywalks of Akron will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tour leaders from the Summit County Historical Society and Summit Metro Parks will travel through the skywalks and highlight history. Meet in the lobby of the Polsky Building, 275 South High Street. In case of rain, bring an umbrella. For more information, call 330-865-8065. 

April 19

- Free lunchtime Tai Chi will be held from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum's Wellness Wednesdays. It is a time to de-stress and get moving. The community wellness program introduces you to breathing and movement techniques that will boost energy, improve balance and help reduce and manage stress. Visit  https://akronartmuseum.org/calendar/ or at www.ngenergy.us for more information or call 330-945-5533.

- Saxophonist Noah Preminger will perform at  8 p.m. at BLU Jazz+, 47 E. Market Street, Akron. Tickets are $20 and $10 for students. Preminger will also present a free master class at 6 p.m. For more information, call 330-252-1190 or visit https://blujazzakron.ticketleap.com/noah-preminger-04-19-2017/contact/, or visit www.smallslive.com .

- Kids ages 7 to 10 will enjoy Day Camp with the Metro Parks April 19 and 20. It is adventure with fun, hands-on experiences while exploring the park, doing a craft and learning basic outdoor skills. Pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton St. The cost is $10. Registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Metro Parks April Showers will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Children 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn how April showers prepare plants and animals for spring. A craft and hike are part of the program. Make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

April 21

- The Greater Akron Chamber's Morning Buzz, a monthly speaker breakfast series, which aims to connect small and medium sized businesses is hosting speaker Jay Mellon, CEO, AtNetPlus. Mellon will present "Simple Solutions to Protect Yourself from Cyber Crime." He will discuss how to recognize fake e-mails and when not to click, how to protect your business’s network and all the latest e-mail phishing scams you should be aware of. The event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1307 E. Market Street. Business connections, registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. The cost is $25 for members, $50 for non-members and includes a breakfast buffet. To make a reservation, call 330-376-5550 or register on-line at www.greaterakronchamber.org.

- Enjoy an evening of foot stompin' blue grass music and a covered dish dinner from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Manchester United Methodist Church, 5625 Manchester Road. Bring your favorite covered dish to share for dinner at 7:30 p.m. The church is wheelchair accessible. Donations welcome. For more information, call 330-882-4818.

- Firestone Feathers and Friends will be held from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road. New and experienced birders will enjoy spring bird walks along the Tuscarawas River migratory flyway. Binoculars are recommended. All participants will receive a checklist and final tally of birds seen this season. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

- Walk Like an Animal will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave. Bear crawl, frog hop come out and walk like different animals as you learn about them. The program is for children ages 3 to 8 and their families. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

April 22

- Friends of the Portage Lakes Branch Library is holding its annual book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale supports children's programs at the branch. The event is free and open to the public. With thousands of books of all types there is something for everyone. Hardbacks are $1, paperbacks and children's books are 50 cents. The library is at 4261 Manchester Road. Please, no scanners or strollers either day. Call the library at 330-644-7050 for more information.

April 23

- A day retreat held at Loyola Retreat House, 700 Killinger Road, for engaged couples preparing for the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony. The day will include prayer, presentations, quiet reflection time, Mass and dinner. Registration is at 11:15 a.m. and Mass is at noon. Departure is following the 6:45 p.m. closing. Dress is casual. The cost is $75 per couple. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or email loyolaretreat@aol.com. Visit loyolaretreathouse.com to register.

April 24

- Heart to Heart Communications is holding its annual Greater Akron Speaks Out for Values breakfast featuring keynote speaker Judge Linda Teodosio of Summit County Juvenile Court. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. and the program begins at 7:15 a.m. For ticket prices, availability and registration, visit h2hc.org. For further information regarding ticket,  contact Heart to Heart Communications at info@h2hc.org or call 330-434-3278.

April 25

- A free monthly lecture series "NuFit: Nutrition and Fitness Education for a New You!" at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd., Green. The hour-long program covers two topics and provides information about the latest in nutrition and fitness, new recipes, tips and more from a registered dietitian and fitness expert. The class will focus on "Eight Secrets for Aging Well" and "Fitness for Baby Boomers." The class is from 6 to 7 p.m. Call to register: or Green 330-896-5000.

- Low cost glucose and cholesterol screenings will be offered from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Cleveland Clinic Akron General LifeStyles located at 1940 Town Park Blvd., Green. To measure LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, be sure to fast for at least twelve hours. No appointments required. Free parking is provided. Screenings are done by a finger-stick test. Costs range from $12-$58 depending upon the combination of tests ordered. Cash, check or credit card accepted. Call 330-665-8248 with questions. A schedule with complete dates, times and locations for the year is available at the front desk of each of the Akron General Health and Wellness Centers or atakrongeneral.org/screenings.

April 26

Free lunchtime Tai Chi will be held from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum's Wellness Wednesdays. It is a time to de-stress and get moving. The community wellness program introduces you to breathing and movement techniques that will boost energy, improve balance and help reduce and manage stress. Visit  https://akronartmuseum.org/calendar/ or at www.ngenergy.us for more information or call 330-945-5533.

- Take control of your financial freedom at Financial Peace University. it is a nine-lesson money class that will teach you step-by-step ways to create a budget, pay off debt, spend wisely, save for the future, give generously and so much more. Classes are held at Hope Lutheran Church, 999 Portage Lakes Drive, beginning at  6:30 p.m. for more information, call 330-644-3522. Register by going to http://bit.ly/HopeFPU.

April 27

- From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., poeple of all ages can stop by the Metro Park nature play area at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave., and engage in fun, hands-on experiences with nature during Wild in the Woods. A naturalist will be on hand to help guide your experience. Getting dirty is encouraged, so dress appropriately. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

April 28

- Join a naturalist for a Spring Bird Walk. Walk the trails and see which birds have arrived during the spring migration from 7:30 to 11 a.m. The walk is at Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

April 29

- The Akron Area YMCA and branches in Summit and Medina counties are holding free on-site activities to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day. The day features activities such as a color fun run, open swimming in the indoor pool, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, kid-centric fitness classes and volunteers from C.A.T.C.H. (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) to teach families how to develop healthy routines at home. For more information, visit https://www.akronymca.org/HealthyLiving/KidsDay/.

- Enjoy a spring wildflower hike around Alder Pond followed by a delicious breakfast. Participants will be asked to contribute to the feast. Registration is required. The event is from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton Street. For information, call 330-865-8065.