FYI

- From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church North Canton is presenting Summer Youth Honor Chorus, involving talented middle school students. It is a one week day camp which cultivates the art of singing in promising vocal students. Students will receive music and vocal training in four afternoon sessions. The camp is for incoming 7 through 9 graders. The cost is $50 and registration includes camp t-shirt, snacks and lunches as well as dinner before the performance. To register call the office to make a credit card payment at 330-455-1000 or visit http://voicesofcanton.org/ for a registration brochure and more information.

May 19

- Enjoy and 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.

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

MAY 20

- Cleveland Clinic Akron General LifeStyles offers “NuFit: Nutrition and Fitness Education for a New You!” from 6 to 7 p.m. at Green Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Boulevard. The 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 “Benefits and Risks of Red Meat” and “Take Control of Blood Sugar with Exercise.”  Call to register at 330-896-5000.

- Bring your own canoe or kayak that has current watercraft registration to volunteer your time cleaning up our waterways for Boating Week while learning about safety on the water. We will weigh the debris collected. All participants must have a life jacket. Ages 13 and older only. Advance registration is required. The event is from 1 to 3 p.m. at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park/Lot C6, 6194 Christman Road in Green.. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

- Limitless Ambition presents the Ladies of Legacy Fundraising Gala which will benefit youth and women in the Northeast Ohio community. The Gala will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. and will be held at the Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Boulevard. Registration is necessary. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.limitlessambition.org.  For more information or to register, visit www.limitlessambition.org or email info@limitlessambition.org.

- DRB Systems and Stark State College will hold an information session about a unique certificate program beginning this fall, focusing on carwash hardware and software. Students in the program earn a one-year certificate in computer maintenance and desktop support technician. Opportunities exist for tuition discounts of 50 to 100 percent, and paid internships at DRB Systems during the program and career opportunities after degree completion. The information session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at DRB Systems, 3245 Pickle Road in Akron. Information session seating is limited; reservations can be made at www.starkstate.edu/DRB.

- The Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Belden Village celebrates being open one year with an event open to the public, Jumpin’ Jamboree. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Sky Zone Belden Village, 4381 Belden Whipple Ave. NW and offers a day full of discounted jumping fun, food, prizes and more. Jump passes will be 50 percent off for one day only. All ages are welcome all day. For the schedule of events call 330-538-8300, visit www.SkyZone.com/BeldenVillage and follow updates at www.Facebook.com/SkyZoneBeldenVillage.

- Twinbrooks Garden Cub is having its annual plant sale from 9 to noon at Columbia Woods Park Pavilion located at, 4070 Columbia Woods Drive, Norton, off Greenwich Road behind the Norton Community Center. Perennials for shade and sun, herbs, daylilies, hostas, grasses, and much more. Plants from $1 to $5.

May 21

A Pre-Cana Engaged Couple Retreat will be held 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 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. Loyola Retreat House is at 700 Killinger Road, Green.

- Collect insects and learn to identify them using a field guide. Bring your own jar, insect net and/or field guide, if you have them. The event is 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Area  550 Frazier Avenue. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

- The Hudson Stamp Show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hudson Clarion Inn, 6625 Dean Memorial Pkwy. There will be five dealers buying and selling U.S. and foreign stamps, covers, some postcards and stamp supplies. Admission and parking is free. For more information, contact Dave Pool at 330-882-5992 or email lincolnway@sssnet.com.

May 22

- Learn how to plan your garden to both maximize your harvest and your seed-saving ability. Hear about the Seed Sharing Library available at the Science and Technology Division at the Portage Lakes Branch Library and get a chance to select some seeds donated by local gardeners to get your garden started. The program begins at 6 p.m. A mini-sized "Seed Sharing Library To Go" will be available at the library from mid-May through the end of June. For more information, call 330-644-7050.

- Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions celebrate the arrival of hummingbirds and learn why these little birds travel so far to raise their babies from10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton St. The day includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

May 23

- Akron General Community Access and Wellness is offering low-cost glucose and cholesterol screenings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Green Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. To measure LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, fast for 12 hours. No appointments required. Screenings are done by a finger-stick test. 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 or visit akrongeneral.org/screenings.

- The Greater Akron Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. at the Mingo Shelter in the Sand Run MetroPark in Akron. The public is welcome as Jeff Reutter, OSU Stone Laboratory (ret.), will present “Toxic Algae and Dead Zones in Lake Erie.” If interested, visit www.akronaudubon.org. Questions about the meeting or the society should be addressed to 330-645-0953 or info@akronaudubon.org.

- The city of Green AARP No. 5042 will meet at 1 p.m. at Greensburg United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road.

May 24

- At 6:30 p.m., Branching Out: U.S. Vital Records and Obituaries, will be held at the Green Branch Library. The class focuses on the types of genealogical information and sources researchers encounter, what to expect when working with U.S. vital records and obituaries, and basic strategies for finding these records. Basic computer skills are recommended. Register in advance at 330-896-9074. The library is at 4046 Massillon Road.

- Is it opossum or possum? Come discover the answer and learn about North America's only marsupial from 3 to 4 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Join the Master Gardeners of Summit County to learn about tropical plants and how to care for them in Northeast Ohio. Meet Me In the Garden will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm/Visitors Center, at 1828 Smith Road. For more information, call 330-865-8065 or visit summitmetroparks.com.

  May 25

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

- A Year of Herbs: Medicinals will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm/Visitor Center, 1828 Smith Road. Join in to learn about some herbs that may help relieve some common ailments. For more information, call 330-865-8065 or visit summitmetroparks.org. 

May 28

- Attract the birds, bees and everything in between to your yard this season. Take a tour and learn the basics of wildlife planting at Gardening for Wildlife from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The event is held at, F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm/Seneca Deck, 1828 Smith Road. For more information, call 330-865-8065 or visit summitmetroparks.org. 

May 31

- Akron General Community Access and Wellness is offering low-cost glucose and cholesterol screenings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Acme, 2420 Wedgewood Drive in Ellet. To measure LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, fast for 12 hours. No appointments required. Screenings are done by a finger-stick test. Costs range from $12 to $58 depending upon the combination of tests ordered. Cash or check accepted. Call 330-665-8248 with questions or visit akrongeneral.org/screenings.

- Learn new ways to garden around your home. A talk about vertical planting possibilities and ways to contain plants that spread quickly will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bring plants or seeds to swap that are in containers. The Spring Planting Ideas and Plant Swap will be held at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm/Visitor Center, 1828 Smith Road. For more information, call 330-865-8065 or visit summitmetroparks.org. 

- The Green Branch Library hosts Devil's Triangle at 6:30 p.m. Ernie Stadvec will discuss his flight through the Bermuda Triangle during which he lost all radio contact and electronics.  Numerous theories will be discussed about this phenomenon in this region of the world.

June 2

- Enjoy a round of golf and help support Loyola’s retreat house ministry. The event begins at 7 a.m. and includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, steak dinner, snacks, and chances at prizes. The cost is $100 per person ($400 per foursome). For more information, call 330-896-2315 or email office@loyolaretreathouse.com. Visit loyolaretreathouse.com to register.

June 3

- The Manchester United Methodist Church is holding a craft extravaganza and Cruz-In Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting. All makes, models and years are welcome. Motorcycles will not be judged. The registration fee is $5 and registration is from 10 a.m. to noon. The awards ceremony is at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 330-882-4818. The church is located at 5625 Manchester Road.

June 5

- Hartville Church of the Brethren is holding its Vacation Bible Study program from 9 a.m. to noon. It is a week of searching the visible to discover the invisible at Galactic Starveyors. Kids will begin each day at a worship rally, then off to the Starveyors Clubhouse where they will explore God's work. For more information call 330-877-9480.

June 6

- Coventry AARP #3820 will meet at Prime 93, 4315 Manchester Road, at 11 a.m. June 12 for a banquet. Lunch is at noon. The cost is $20 per person and there will be baskets raffled off. For reservations, call Pat Keefe at 330-644-9728 or Joyce Berkenstock at 330-644-9045 by June 6. Everyone is welcome.

June 7

- Join in and learn more about spring gardening at the Spring Garden Talk Series at 7 p.m. at the Lakefront (Boyd D. Esler Senior/Community) Center, 2491 Canfield Road. The free talk, Growing Peppers by Pat Ungashick, is provided by the Springfield Parks Department and Summit County Master Gardeners. For more information, contact Doug Foltz at 330-733-2556.

June 14

- A book sale, presented by the Friends of the Lake Community Library, will be held on June 14-17 at the library, 565 Market Ave. SW. On June 14, the sale will be for members only and run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The sale is then open to the public and runs from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 15, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 16 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17. The sale included books, CDs, DVDs and jigsaw puzzles. Memberships are available at the door.