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. 

- Hoffman's Water X Scapes is holding its annual open house weekend Friday-Sunday. The event will have seminars, live entertainment, tasty treats and some all-around great family fun to kick off the summer. The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details and to see a full list of our free seminars, visit  www.waterxscapes.com/seminars. Phone calls are always welcome at 330-896-9811.

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.

- Springfield Township Parks is hosting a family event to dedicated the Spartan Trail and Lakefront Playground from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The day is about pirates, so kids dress in your best pirate gear; prizes will be given for the best costumes. Families can walk the Spartan Trail, enjoy the zip line, climbers and play area and join in the Treasure Hunt. Lunch will be provided.

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

- 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. 

- 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.

- “Financial Planning Women and Diversity Symposium – 2017” will be held at the University Of Akron's Quaker Station Ballroom, 130 E. Mill Street. The symposium will identify best practices for recruiting a diverse population of college-bound students and career-changers into the financial planning profession. It is targeting people currently in the financial advising industry as well as “career influencers” – those who formally and informally advise and encourage students and career-changers on career choices. The symposium offers two programs visit uakron.edu/fp-influence for information and to register.

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.

- 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 smueller@alz.org or 330-650-0552. Cocktail attire is requested.

- The Friends of the Green Branch Library are hosting a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is at 4046 Massillon Road. For more information, call 330-896-9074.

- Bring your family and friends to the Grace United Church of Christ (UCC) Swiss steak dinner  from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Hot dogs are available as an alternative for children and Grace UCC youth will sell pop for $1 as an activity fundraiser. Dinner costs are $9 for adults, $4 for age 12 to 4 years, and free for ages 3 and under. The center is wheelchair accessible. No reservations are needed and walk-in carryout meals are welcome. Gluten-free meals only must be ordered in advance by calling the Grace church office at 330-699-3255 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. The church is at 13275 Cleveland Ave.

May 2

- 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.

May 3

- In conjunction with the Springfield Parks Department, the Summit County Master Gardeners will present Totally Terrific Tomatoes by Lee Paulson. The talk begins at 7 p.m. at the Lakefront (Boyd D. Esler Senior/Community) Center, 2491 Canfield Road. The talks are free. For more information, contact Doug Foltz at 330-734-4121.

May 6

- 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.

- The Bark in the Park pledge walk and pet expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Springfield Lake Park. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Summit County’s animals who are victims of cruelty, neglect, illness and injury, as well as support adoption services. Get registered and create your fundraising page now and start collecting donations for animals that were victims of at www.summithumane.org/bitp”. It is a family friendly event that includes the walk, vendors, food trucks, interactive games, demonstrations, raffles and much more. Registration begins at 11a.m. and the walk starts at noon. For more information visit www.summithumane.org.

May 7

- 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.

May 8

- 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. 

May 11

The Corporate University at Kent State University at Stark is holding a one-day conference targeting novice and seasoned professionals for a day of immersion with Lean Six Sigma experts. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Kent State Stark Conference Center, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, in North Canton. Cost of the conference is $295 and includes breakfast and lunch. To register, contact Mona Zink at 330-244-3508 or mzink@kent.edu. For an agenda and more information about the conference, visit http://www.kent.edu/stark/cucc/conferences.

May 12

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.