- Springfield Cares is holding a "Fill the Bus" event July 28-30 in the parking lot across from the Lakemore United Methodist Church (LUMC) on Flickinger Road in Lakemore. School supplies and non-perishable food items are being accepted to help with the School Supply Giveaway and the newly formed Spartan Snack Pack program. Items can be dropped off at the bus any of the three days from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or Monday through Friday at LUMC. Donations will also be accepted at S.U.P.E.R. Learning Center Monday through Thursday between 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- 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.
- "Annie" the musical will be performed at Theatre 8:15, 4741 Massillon Road, through July 30. Performances are Friday's and Saturday's at 8;15 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. For Reservations, call 330-896-0339 or online at email@example.com.
- 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.
- Green Valley United Methodist Church, 620 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, is hosting the annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A presale will be July 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. with $5 admission. All proceeds from the sale will benefit missions. For more information, contact the church at (330) 896-4357.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- Ritzman Pharmacy will offer a first aid and CPR class from 6-8 p.m. at the Green location, 1790 Graybill Road. Cost for the event is $19.99 per person. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Space is limited and guests are encouraged to register for the event in-store or online. For more information, visit ritzmanrx.com or call 330-899-8600.
- 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.
- Paul Goebbel, Civil War historian, will cover weapons, communication, transportation and other things that not only changed war, but also the new United States with the presentation of "Civil War Technology that Changed the World" at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road. For more information, call 330-896-9074.
- Qigong (pronounced "chee gung") focuses on movements and breathing that build and circulate Qi, the life-force energy that flows through us. Qigong can help you deal effectively with stress, keep your body relaxed and supple, and improve the quality and flow of your Qi. The summer fitness program with instructor Nancy Gardner will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road. For more information, call 330-896-9074.
- A Look Beyond, an art show for all abilities will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St. Local artists with developmental disabilities will display and sell various styles of their works of art. After the show, the collection will move to the Summit County Court House and remain on display from Aug. 7-18.
- Paddle a portion of Nimisila Reservoir Aug. 5 and 6 with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety and see wildlife around the water. Times are 4 to 6 p.m. or 7 to 9 p.m. Minimum age is 13. Ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. 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. Cost: $15/person. Registration is required. Visit www.summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065. Meet at lot C6, 6194 Christman Road.
- Enjoy a performance by the Akron Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m., at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Main Entrance, 2077 Newton Street. For more, call 330-375-2311 or visit akronohio.gov.
Young visitors to Goodyear Heights Metro Park can get creative with tree cookies (i.e., stackable discs cut from fallen trees), a potting bench for making mud pies, A-frame forts and stump hoppers, plus a log climber and other items. From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. kids can build, hop, crawl, dig and discover off-trail, just like the many wild creatures that call the parks home. Naturalists will be on hand to help guide nature play experiences during the "Wild in the Woods" program. The park is at 550 Frazier Avenue. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org.
- 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.
- Make reservations for Growing Up Akron presented by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation - a fundraiser to support Child Guidance and Family Solutions and the 75-plus years of mental health services it has 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 St. 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 email@example.com.
- Take the kids and kids at heart to the Touch-A-Truck event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Munroe Falls Metro Park's Lake Area, 521 S. River Road. Summit Metro Parks trucks and local law enforcement vehicles will be open for kids of all ages to "inspect" and sit in. Air Bear – the helicopter from Akron Children’s Hospital – will be there, too. The event is free. For information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.
- Coventry AARP #3820 will meet at 1:15 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club Civic Center, 727 Portage Lakes Drive. The topic will be "Chrome Beauties" presented by Chris Steiner who has collected more than 350 toasters. He will bring some of his favorites. Free refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
- Join the Akron Sail and Power Squadron for a "Paddle Smart" seminar. The seminar teaches how to safely navigate the water with a canoe or kayak. It covers the different types of paddle crafts and the safety gear necessary to have onboard. Participants will be taught paddling techniques, safety practices and how to have fun safely. Bring a towel, a change of dry clothes, sunscreen, a hat or visor and a water bottle. The seminar will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Springfield Lake. To register, visit http://akronpowersquadron.com/wp/education/paddle-smart/ or contact Bob Ball at 330-322-7975 or Robert@henrybball.com. The cost is $35 for non-members and includes handouts.
- At 7 p.m., weather permitting, the all-volunteer Metro Parks Ensemble, Random Acts of Music, will perform an hour of traditional marches, big band standards and oldies. If wet weather is in the forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status. The concert will be held at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park/Lot C1, 5034 Christman Road.
- Seniors from Northeast Ohio will get a chance to take on the hill at Derby Downs. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Soap Box Derby Senior Day presented by Cleveland Clinic Akron General will be held at derby Downs, 789 Derby Downs Drive. Tickets are $14 and include a trip down Derby Downs in an adult Soap Box Derby car, as well as access to health screenings and health information. Complimentary lunch will be served between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health & Wellness Centers in Bath, Stow and Green, Akron-area AAA branch offices and the Soap Box Derby Headquarters office located at Derby Downs.