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.

- 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.

- Child Support Solutions Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the City of Joy Life Enrichment Center, 610 W. Exchange Street.This event gives people who owe child support a chance to make their payments that are behind. There will also be time for parents to have a one-on-one time with a case manager to discuss their case and what’s holding them back. Then they can access programs to help them overcome the common obstacles to payment, such as unemployment, criminal records and lack of formal education and training. No criminal or civil warrants will be handled at the event. For more information, including questions about outstanding warrants call 330-643-2765.

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.

- Hoban High School’s Class of 1977 will celebrate its 40th reunion Aug. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Legends Sports Pub and Grille in Uniontown. For more information, contact Liz (Henley) Sargent at sargent1158@gmail.com, or Carol (Considine) Titus at cjtitus@sssnet.com. Cost is $20 per person and reservations are due Aug. 10.

- Nurses of all denominations and all areas and status of service, their families and the entire community are invited to join in a Mass of thanksgiving honoring nurses at 7 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Church. Peace Together Choir, an interdenominational group of vocalists/musicians, will sing/lead music for the Mass. A social will follow. For more information, call Louise Hellwig 330-603-0385 or Jo Ernst 330-896-1039. The church is at 1800 Steese Road in Green.

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.

- Lil' Lambs Closet is holding its fall and winter sale from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Shoppers will find great deals on clothing for all ages, accessories, furniture, nursery, toys, books, bikes and much more and, 30 percent of proceeds will be donated to children in need. The sale is at Church of the Lakes, 5944 Fulton Drive NW, Jackson Twp. For more information visit www.cotl-lillambscloset.com.

- Create your own mini-world full of beautiful plants from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer area, 550 Frazier Avenue. All necessary materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own fairy garden pieces or special touches. The cost is $5 per person and advance registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

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.

- Inclusion Day will be held at Derby Downs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event is for youth with all different abilities and their siblings, giving them the opportunity to ride down the 989-foot Derby Downs Track in a dual-operated Soap Box Derby car. Offered at the event is a place where families can enjoy lunch, entertainment, and other activities that encourage involvement and inclusion. Requirements for riders are they must be ages 5 or older, weigh less than 185 pounds, must be able to wear a helmet and be able to ride down the Soap Box Derby track with trained pilot. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit inclusionday.soapboxderby.org or call 330-733-8723 x20.

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.

- The Portage Lakes Library will present Vintage Postcards of Portage Lakes at 6:30 p.m.. Get a look at the new book published by the Portage Lakes Historical Society featuring life as it was many years ago. Coventry Township residents George Beckham and Carol Eubank share postcard buying and collecting tips and how the book Vintage Postcards of Portage Lakes came to be published. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. For more information, call 330-644-7050. No reservations necessary.

Aug. 19

- For 100 years, Gorge Metro Park in Akron and Cuyahoga Falls has coexisted with a 420-foot-wide, 60-foot-tall dam. Now, that dam is being studied for removal. From 10 a.m. to noon at the Mustill Store (on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, at 248 Ferndale Street), visitors can learn how Akron Waterways Renewed, the city of Akron’s largest environmental investment in its history, is improving water quality, and how the project may coincide with efforts to remove the Gorge Dam. After a hike on the trail, presenters will answer questions while participants eat their brown-bag lunches brought from home. For more information, call 330-865-8065. 

- Art-A-Palozza is being held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Boettler Park, 5300 Massillon Road, Green. See 75 artists and their works of art, enjoy food, children's activities and entertainment. The event is free.

- The Fathers and Sons of Northeast Ohio organization and the Greater Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ Men’s Mentorship Group are hosting an event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 980 Rhodes Ave., Akron. The key purpose of this event is to unite the community in love and to influence and help men become better fathers to their children. The theme of this event is "It’s More Than Just a Feeling, It’s Love." The event is free and will have food, games, inspirational speakers, and much more.

Aug. 21 

- The Lake Community Branch Library will be handing out free glasses to view the solar eclipse safely. From 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., visitors will receive the glasses and then head out to the garden where the eclipse will be visible. For more information about the event or to register, visit StarkLibrary.org or call 330-452-0665.

Aug. 25

- Young adults and youth groups are invited to a fun, musical outreach event; complete with a food truck, contemporary Christian rock, worship and a gospel presentation. The musical group Polen is performing at the CHM Event Center, 800 Wooster Road, at 7 p.m. in Barberton. Playing the same night is Akron’s Jonathan Kurz, with his debut album "Heartsoulmind". Tickets are $5 a person and can be purchased at itickets.com or by calling 800-965-9324. BOGO rates available for groups who purchase ten or more tickets. Food truck begins at 5 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. For more information call, 330-798-6595

- Father and son Christian artists Paul Todd and Paul Todd Jr. will be in concert at Queen of Heaven Church, 1800 Steese Road, at 7 p.m. They have performed together for more than 10 years and perform about 70 concerts per year to raise funds for charities. For more information, call 330-896-2345.

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. 27

- Green Valley United Methodist Church is hosting Disciplefest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will be held at East Liberty Park, 471 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, and will feature a worship service at 11 a.m. followed by a picnic with ministry displays, bounce house, dunk tank, games and music. For more information, contact the church at 330-896-4357 or www.greenvalleyumc.com.

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.