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.

- A dog walking hike will be held at 9 a.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road. Follow a naturalist with your furry friend on a leash (8-foot max) for a walk around Prairie Trail. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

July 18

- Grace United Church of Christ, 13275 Cleveland Ave., Uniontown, is holding a free community lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call the church between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday-Friday at 330-699-3255.

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.

- Western Reserve Historical Society Presents Vehicles of the Western Reserve at 6 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Branch Library, 4261 Manchester Road. At one time, Cleveland was the automobile capital of the world. Take a ride through the Western Reserve at the turn of the 20th century and discover a treasure of Cleveland-made vehicles. This program is free and no registration is required. Light refreshments served. For more information, call the library at 330-644-7050.

- Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn to tell the differences and similarities between beavers and muskrats from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at  Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

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 21

- Manchester United Methodist Church is presenting an evening of "Foot Stompin" Blue Grass. The evening begins at 6 p.m. Bring a favorite covered dish to share for dinner at 7:30 p.m. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 330-882-4818.

- Enjoy the classic horn blues music of Blue Lunch at a free concert at 7 p.m. For more information, call 330-375-2311 or visit akronohio.gov. The concert will be held at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Main Entrance, 2077 Newton Street.

July 22

- A free showing of Willy Wonka will begin at 7 p.m.at Goodyear Heights Metro Park. The sled hill will provide amphitheater-style seating in the park, at 2077 Newton Street. The night includes a nature-themed craft at 7 p.m. and a food truck. The movie will begin after sunset (approximately 9 p.m.) Bring chairs and blankets, and a picnic to enjoy before the film. Moviegoers are asked to leave pets at home. The rain date is July 23. For information, call 330-865-8065.

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.

- The Hudson Stamp Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hudson Clarion Inn, 6625 Dean Memorial Parkway. There will be five dealers buying and selling U.S. and foreign stamps, covers, postcards and stamp supplies. Admission is free. For more information, contact Dave Pool at 330-832-5992 or email lincolnway@sssnet.com.

July 24

- In honor of Stephen King’s 70th birthday, the Green Branch Library will take a look at his works, adaptations, and influence on American pop culture at 2 p.m. Those who avoid King’s books may gain a better insight into his works, and ideas on where to begin reading. And long-time King fans may learn something about the author they didn’t know before.  The library is at 4046 Massillon Road. For more information, call 330-896-9074.

July 28

- Join a naturalist for an informal walk through the prairie to look and listen for birds, blossoms, butterflies, and more from 9 to 11 a.m. The prairie hike will be held at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road. Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, a hat and binoculars. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

Aug. 10

A program for adults with an aging driver will be held at 6 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Branch Library, 4261 Manchester Road. Keeping Us Safe provides a roadmap to help families address driving concerns with tact, compassion and empathy, so an older driver’s dignity and independence is never unnecessarily jeopardized. This program is free and no registration is required. Light refreshments served. For more information, call the library at 330-644-7050.

AUG. 11

It’s time to make a reservation for Growing Up Akron presented by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation - a fundraiser to support Child Guidance and Family Solutions and the 75+ years of mental health services they have provided to children, adolescents, and families throughout Summit County. The evening is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Thirsty Dog Brewery, 529 Grant Street. The cost is $60 per ticket, sponsorships are also available. This event celebrates the Akron community and benefits those who rely on the services provided by CG&FS. For reservations, sponsorship details and benefits, and information, visit cgfsevents.org or contact 330-384-2882 or email development@cgfs.org.