- Summer Camp Registration is open for the City of Green Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camps for kids ages 7 to 12. Camps are held at the John Torok Community Center and Central Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost for residents is $60 for non-residents $70. Camps include sports, drama, dance, digital art, sci-fi, wild water warriors and cooking camp. To register visit www.cityofgreen.org.
- Registration is open for Stewart’s Caring Place Annual Hope Walk for Cancer Patients. Visit www.StewartsCaringPlace.org, www.crowdrise.com/11thHopeWalk, or call 330-836-1772 to register or donate. The first 600 registrants receive a Hope Walk t-shirt at the event, and any team that raises more than $500 will receive a $50 gift card to Lucky Shoes. Proceeds from the walk make it possible for Stewart’s to provide cancer wellness services free of charge, to individuals and their families touched by cancer. The walk is a 2.3 mile loop beginning and ending at Stewart’s Caring Place, 2955 W. Market Street, Suite R, Akron. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m. Water and bananas will be available during registration at the start. There will be food trucks selling items for lunch, live music, exhibitors and much more.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bring the family and join the Easter Bunny at 1 p.m. for the annual City of Green Easter Egg hunt at Green’s Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd. Parking for the event is available at Central Park, 1795 Steese Road, Green Memorial Stadium and Green Intermediate School. Toddlers up to 10 year olds, who are Green residents, are invited to attend this free event. Registration is requested through the city of Green’s Parks and Recreation Division by calling 330-896-6621, emailing email@example.com or registering online at www.cityofgreen.org on or before 4:00 p.m. today. In the event of inclement weather, visit the City of Green’s websitewww.cityofgreen.org or the city’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cityofgreenohio for cancellation information.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Artists with studios at the Akron and Barberton locations of Summit Artspace will have an exhibition in the downtown Akron gallery. The public is invited to a free reception with the artists from 5 to 8 p.m. in the second floor lobby, of Summit Artspace, 140 East Market St. The exhibition, runs until May 20 and is in the first floor gallery. For information about Summit Artspace and hours, go to summitartspace.org or call 330-376-8480.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit loyolaretreathouse.com to register.
- 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 email@example.com or call 330-434-3278.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Cleveland Clinic Akron General is partnering with area community agencies to offer a Minority Health Fair from 3 to 6 p.m. at Mason Park Community Center, 700 E. Exchange St. Learn about major health issues affecting the community – such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and infant mortality – and the resources available to address them. Enjoy cooking demonstrations and samples, free health screenings, family fun activities and raffle prizes. Refreshments will be served.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bring your bike for a preseason tune-up and have fun while doing so. The city of Green will hold the event from 10 a.m. to noon at Central Park, 1795 Steese Road. Ernie's Bicycle Shop will perform the bike checks and Boy Scout Troop 330 invites kids under the age of 12 to ride the Skills Course. The Summit County Sheriff will be on hand and the city will be accepting used or old bikes to be reconditioned and donated to those in need. For more information, visit www.cityofgreen.org.
- The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter will hold its annual “Paint the Night Purple” benefit dinner and auction beginning at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Suites Cuyahoga Falls, 1989 Front St. The evening will begin with cocktails and a silent auction with dinner and live auction to follow at 7:15 p.m. The event helps to support the Alzheimer’s Association and the much needed programs and services offered locally to the residents of Summit, Stark, Portage and Medina counties. Tickets are $150 and are available at AkronPTNP.auction-bid.org or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-650-0552. Cocktail attire is requested.
- Garden Brothers Circus celebrates 100 years entertaining families throughout North America from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 2 and 3 at the Summit County Fairgrounds. It is the last chance to see elephants live. Other acts include Motorcycle Madness, with motorcycle daredevils somersaulting and spinning in a big Globe of Doom; Chinese acrobats, the Human Slingshot, racing camels, crazy comedy with circus clowns, daring aerialists; cirque artists. First 100 adult tickets sold online are only $9.95 at www.GardenBrosCircus.com. The circus is held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.at the Summit County Fairgrounds.
- Boy Scout Troop 118 will hold an all-you-can-eat Breakfast Buffet from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Manchester United Methodist Church, 5625 Manchester Road, New Franklin. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, hash browns, sausage gravy and biscuits, coffee and juice. The cost is $6.50 for adults, $6 for seniors and children 12 and under.
- Quail Hollow Park will hold its annual Art, Craft and Herb Fair, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Various artists and crafters will be set up on all three floors of the historic Stewart Manor House. Displays will also be stationed on the rolling, scenic lawn surrounding the house. More than 150 varieties of culinary and decorative herbs and flowering plants, as well as art and handmade crafts will be for sale. The Hartville Lions Club will be selling food items. They will also be selling beautiful hanging flower baskets. All proceeds from the go toward maintaining the formal herb garden, historic rock garden and historic buildings at the park. It is free to the public and the park is located at Congress Lake Avenue. For more information, visit www.quailhollowpark.net or call 330-608-1487.
- Coventry AARP #3820 will meet at 1:15 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club Civic Center, 727 Portage Lakes Drive. Activities will include the group's annual Kentucky Derby horse racing event. Visitors are encouraged to wear a derby hat for a chance to win a $10 gift card plus maybe a $10 gift card for being a winner at your table. Free refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
- The Portage Lakes Rowing Association is offering Learn to Row classes from 9 a.m. to noon. May 8 and from 6 to 9 p.m. May 10. The cost is $50. Any adult interested can register at plra.club Graduates can choose whether or not to join the club and enter the novice rowing program, a ten week course.
The Tri-County Bowling Hall of Fame will be holding its Annual Induction Ceremonies beginning at 6 p.m. May 19 at the Prestwick Country Club, 3751 Glen Eagles Blvd. The Inductions will take place as part of the Tri-County Bowling Hall of Fame Dinner, which will have a Cash Bar at 6 p.m., and dinner at 7 p.m. Besides honoring the inductees, the first Josephine Stafinski Outstanding Service Award will be announced at the Dinner and also the Association Award Winners. Tickets are $28 and can be ordered at 330-929-3329 or 330-896-9643. Reservations close May 12.