July 7

- Enjoy the Latin jazz music of Latin Jazz Orchestra at a free concert held at 7 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Main Entrance, 2077 Newton Street. For more, call 330-375-2311 or visit akronohio.gov.

- Rock with The Adjustments, a country and rock band, at Springfield Rocks. It is part of the Summer Concert Series at Lakefront Park Gazebo, 2491 Canfield Road in Springfield Township. The concert is held from 7 to 9 p.m. Check the concert hotline at 330-794-1739 or www.springfieldtownship.us for weather related cancellations.

- Register for the All-Star Jam Youth Skills Clinic which will be held July 14 in the LeBron James Arena at St. Vincent-St. Mary. Boys and girls of all abilities in grades 3 to 8 will have the opportunity to learn new basketball skills or strengthen existing ones. A statistician clinic will also be held for those who want to learn more about how to score a game and record team stats. The skills clinic is free and lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Reneé Pieronek at 330-762-9755.

July 8

- Cleveland Clinic Akron General Challenge Golf will host the Tom Gearhart Memorial golf Outing. Tee times are 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Golfers may register as a twosome or as an individual. Cost is $55 per person and includes lunch, green fees, cart and prizes.  This is a fundraiser and proceeds benefit the Challenge Golf Program. For more information, call 330-784-5400.

- The Green Sibshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Greensburg United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road. Sibshop is a recreational program for kids who have a brother or sister with special health or developmental needs. It is offered for those grades 3 through 6. To register, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greensibshops/ or call the church office at 330-896-1936.  Lunch is provided, there is no charge for the program, but registration is required.  

- Hike a different trail each month, taking a photographic record of the seasonal changes that happen. Take your own pictures or just enjoy the hikes. The hike is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

- Paddle a portion of Nimisila Reservoir with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety and see wildlife around the water. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wear clothes that can get wet. Fee includes use of kayak, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited and advance registration is required. The cost is $15/person. For information, call 330-865-8065. Meet at Lot C6, 6194 Christman Road, Green.

July 10

- Coventry AARP #3820 will meet at 1:15 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club Civic Center, 727 Portage Lakes Drive. Summit Up Cloggers will entertain. Free refreshments will be served. All are welcome to join.

July 11

- Akron SCORE is holding Non-Profit Basics from 5:30 to 8:39 p.m. at the Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing, 225 S. Main Street, fifth floor. The workshop provides information and practical advice on starting and operating a successful not-for-profit business. Topics covered include: characteristics of businesses, advantages and disadvantages of operating as a not-for-profit, developing a business plan, incorporating and obtaining tax-exempt status. For more information, visit www.akron.score.org. Individuals and companies can register at the website or by calling 330-379-3163.

July 14

- The Bluegrass Mountaineers (Bluegrass) will rock Springfield as part of the Summer Concert Series at Lakefront Park Gazebo, 2491 Canfield Road in Springfield Township. The concert is held from 7 to 9 p.m. Check the concert hotline, 330-794-1739 or www.springfieldtownship.us for weather related cancellations.

- Enjoy the blues classics of the Mostly Blues Band at a free concert beginning at 7 p.m. The concert is being held at the Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Main Entrance, 2077 Newton Street. For more information, call 330-375-2311 or visit akronohio.gov. 

- Hope Over Heroin will be holding a special event July 14 and 15 at Grace Park in Akron. The organization works to bring salvation and sobriety to those struggling with narcotic addiction by pointing them to Jesus. The event will feature testimonies, speakers and Christian music. Resources are available for those in need. The event is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday. Hope Over Heroin is a collaborative effort by churches in Ohio to reach those suffering from drug-related issues.

July 15

- The United Disability Services (UDS) is hosting the All-Star Jam 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament fundraiser at the St. Vincent-St. Mary LeBron James Arena. The event begins at 9 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the UDS All-Star Training Club inclusive sports program. This year’s honorary chair is St. Vincent-St. Mary Director of Athletics Willie McGee. The All-Star Jam is a family-friendly event packed with food, fun and plenty of hoops. The event will include grades 6-8, high school and adult/corporate divisions (co-ed teams welcome), and an inclusive division open to all players of all abilities. Entry fee for teams of up to 5 players is $60 (includes an event t-shirt). For more information or to registe,r contact Danielle Marino 330-762-9755, ext. 233, email at dmarino@udsakron.org, or visit www.AllStarJam.org. Volunteers are also needed.

- Summit County Animal Control is holding Summer Adopt-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Animal Control Facility, 250 Opportunity Parkway, Akron. Dogs and cats will be made available for adoption from the Division of Animal Control for $10 per animal (regularly $94 per dog, $60 per cat). The animals will be fully vetted (blood work, flea treatments, intestinal de-worming, spay/neuter and vaccinations) and ready to be taken home that day. Citizens who adopt a dog will also be required to purchase a Summit County Dog License for $18, bringing the total for a dog to $28. For more information, call 330-643-2845. To view photos of adoptable animals, visit https://co.summitoh.net/index.php/departments/administrativeservices/animal-control, click on ADOPT-A-PET in the left column.

- The Midland and North Coast Hosta Societies are hosting a free judged Hosta leaf show from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Kiwanis Civic Center, 725 Portage Lakes Drive. Viewing show and vendors are open to the public. The hosts are for more information contact commstat@sbcglobal.net.

July 16

- Portage Lakes AARP 2213 will hold a picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Toric Lodge in Green. Please bring a covered dish and Bingo prize. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 330-882-6019 or 330-644-4941.

July 19

- Akron SCORE is holding a seminar on SBA Loans and Understanding Your Credit Report from 6 to 8 p.m. at Goodwill Industries, 570 E. Waterloo Road. Find out what you need in order to obtain a loan, including: creating a business plan and projections, the Small Business Loan Application process and types of loans and terms available. Second half of workshop will focus on understanding your credit report and score and steps to take to improve your score. For more information, visit www.akron.score.org. Individuals and companies can register at the website or by calling 330-379-3163.

July 20


- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina and Stark Counties will be hosting Over the Edge, a fundraiser that will send people over the rooftop edge of the 13-story Historic Onesto Hotel, 225 Second St. NW, Canton. The event begins at 4 p.m. as people can cheer on the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ staff as they Toss the Boss and send Executive Director Raland Hatchett "Over the Edge." On July 21, those who donate will take their turn tackling the 13-story drop. The first edger steps off at 9 a.m. Funds raised will go directly back into the community through Big Brothers Big Sisters’ approach to answering the call for at-risk youth. Rappel participants can learn more and also sign up over the phone by contacting Jackie Hronek at 330-376-6503, ext. 211, or emailing jhronek@mentorwithme.org.

July 23

The Salvation Army, in collaboration with The Akron Symphony Orchestra and the City of Akron Parks and Recreation, will be collecting used musical instruments for students of its Music Conservatory at the symphony performance at 7:30 p.m. at Hardesty Park, 1615 W. Market Street. The Salvation Army is seeking grantors to help pay for refurbishing the donated instruments. Used instruments can be dropped off during business hours at the Army’s offices at 190 S. Maple Street in Akron.