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. 

- Springfield Rocks presents a concert featuring Colin Dussault Blue's Project (rock and soul) from 7 to 9 p.m. at the gazebo in Springfield's Lakefront Park, 2491 Canfield Road. The concert is free and open to the public. Call the concert hotline in case of inclement weather 330-794-1739. For more information, visit www.springfieldtownship.us.

- The Akron Zoo hosts its Summer Safari from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event includes a night of food, animals, auctions and live entertainment, with all proceeds benefiting the Akron Zoo and its conservation programs. The entire zoo will be open and guests can enjoy up-close animal encounters while sampling food from more than 15 fine food purveyors and enjoying beer, wine or a signature cocktail. For the first time ever, guests will be able to bid on more than 50 silent auction prizes or purchase raffle tickets from their phone or mobile device as they stroll through the zoo. Tickets for Summer Safari start at $120. For ticket information, log onto www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550 ext. 7231. The event is for adults 21 and older.

July 29

- Wandering Aesthetics, in collaboration with the Highland Square Neighborhood Association and Highland Square’s PorchRokr Festival, is conducting a free one-off workshop entitled The Performer’s Tool Box. The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Our Lady of the Elms, 1290 W. Market Street. It is a way for performers – of all genres and experience levels – to enhance their onstage presence, work through stage fright, brush up on invaluable performances skills and practice in front of an audience.

July 31

- 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.

Aug. 2

- State State Akron, 755 White Pond Drive, will hold an information session at 5:30 p.m. to help students learn how they can spend less on their way to a good-paying job or a bachelor's degree. Students and their families are invited to take enjoy refreshments, meet faculty members, speak with admissions representatives and more. Financial aid staff also will be on hand to help students and parents look at financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Aug. 3

- 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.

- Learn more about the upcoming solar eclipse with the Stark County Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Community Branch, 565 Market Ave. Learn fascinating facts about the eclipse with the Wilderness Center Astronomy Club. For more information call 330-877-9975.        

Aug. 5

- 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. Aug. 6 and 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 6. 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.

- Wandering Aesthetics, in collaboration with the Highland Square Neighborhood Association and Highland Square’s PorchRokr Festival, is conducting a free one-off workshop entitled The Performer’s Tool Box. The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Our Lady of the Elms, 1290 W. Market Street. It is a way for performers – of all genres and experience levels – to enhance their onstage presence, work through stage fright, brush up on invaluable performances skills and practice in front of an audience.

- Portage County Chapter No. 600 of International Parents Without Partners will have a ham dinner with side dishes, dessert and beverages from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Ave., Tallmadge. The dinner is open to the public and cost is $7. To reserve, call Warrine at 330-322-9559 by Aug. 4. Afterward, the chapter will hold its monthly dance from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

- Greensburg Church of God, 4691 Massillon Road, Green, is holding its inaugural Let Us Serve the Children" event from 12 to 3 p.m. at the pavilion in the parking lot to collect school supplies for area children. The event is for children in grades K-6 and there will be snacks, coloring contest, face painting an more. For more information, contact Diane Thompson ast 330-813-0081 or email dthom813@aol.com.

Aug. 6 

- 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.  

Aug. 9

- 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. 

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

- 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 development@cgfs.org.

- Springfield Rocks will hold a concert (featuring rock and soul) from 7 to 9 p.m. at the gazebo in Springfield's Lakefront Park, 2491 Canfield Road. The concert is free and open to the public. Call the concert hotline in case of inclement weather 330-794-1739. For more information, visit www.springfieldtownship.us.

Aug. 12

- 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. 

- Wandering Aesthetics, in collaboration with the Highland Square Neighborhood Association and Highland Square’s PorchRokr Festival, is conducting a free one-off workshop entitled The Performer’s Tool Box. The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Our Lady of the Elms, 1290 W. Market Street. It is a way for performers – of all genres and experience levels – to enhance their onstage presence, work through stage fright, brush up on invaluable performances skills and practice in front of an audience.

Aug. 13

- One of A Kind Pet Rescue will host a Howlin’ Summer Celebration from 4  to 8 p.m. at Crown Point Ecology Center, 3220 Ira Road in Bath. Guests will be treated to a barbeque and vegetarian dinner and dessert. Activities will include live music by Kevin Conaway, a silent auction and raffle, games, hayrides (weather permitting) and more. All proceeds from this event will benefit One of A Kind Pet Rescue. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $50 per person, $100 for Patron tickets, and $30 for children 12 and under and can be  purchased online at www.oneofakindpets.com/hsc or in person at One of A Kind Pet Rescue, 1929 West Market Street.

- Springfield Rocks is holding a concert featuring Remembering Elvis from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gazebo in Springfield's Lakefront Park, 2491 Canfield Road. The concert is free and open to the public. Call the concert hotline in case of inclement weather 330-794-1739. For more information, visit www.springfieldtownship.us.

Aug. 14

- 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.

Aug. 16

- 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.

Aug. 26

- The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) is holding a "Casino Royale" night beginning at 5:30 p.m., at Rosemont Country Club in Fairlawn. The James-Bond themed Poker Tournament and Casino event is raising money to benefit the Society’s "Swimming with Autism" program. The evening will include a Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament, casino games, silent auction, photo opportunities with "Bond cars" and raffle prizes.  First place winner of the Poker Tournament will be flown to Los Angeles to participate in the Ed Asner Celebrity Poker Tournament to be held on September 9. Second and Third place winners will receive prizes valued at $500 and $250 respectively. Visit autismakron.org/poker for cost for the event.

Aug. 29

- 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.

Aug. 31

- 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.