Get Out and Play Fest

Kids take over Historic Downtown Hartville for the Get Out and Play Fest on Saturday. More than 40 community organizations, churches and businesses come together to put on this super summer block party. The street and sidewalks are filled with games, crafts and giggles. Activities for toddlers through pre-teens include a Touch a Truck, mascot appearances, photo booth, a pop-up marke and jump rope making. Hartville Elevator’s iconic mural is scheduled to be repainted this summer and festival goers are invited to pick up a brush and help add the first coat. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Downtown shops and restaurants are open and make great cooling and refueling stops. Parking and admission are free. For more information, visit

Brew at the Zoo

The Akron Zoo will host its second of three Brew at the Zoo events this year from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Fourteen breweries and three wineries will be on hand and several breweries will feature Christmas ales, as part of Christmas in July. People are encouraged to dress up in their favorite holiday outfit. During the event, visitors can sample beer and wine from many different breweries and wineries. DJ Kenny Kidd will be playing requests along with holiday music and the fashion truck, rockEVERYwear will be selling merchandise during the event. Tickets are $27 for Akron Zoo members and $33 for non-members. Designated driver tickets are also available for $16 for an Akron Zoo member and $22 for a non-Akron Zoo member. Attendees will receive eight free samples, tasting glass and a giveaway. Full-sized beer and wine will be available for $4. Additional tasting cards are available for $10. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 330-375-2550 ext. 7230. Only guests 21 and older are permitted, including designated drivers.

Summer Adopt-A-Thon

Summit County Animal Control is holding Summer Adopt-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 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, click on ADOPT-A-PET in the left column.