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. 

- Rubber City Theatre is kicking off its season with "Pippin," which runs through Aug. 27. The Aug. 11 production opens with Pay-As-You-Like-It performance, where admission charges are waived (audiences are encouraged to "pay as you like it" or donate what they can after the show). Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2:30 p.m. All performances are located at The Well, CDC, 647 E. Market Street and tickets begin at $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 234- 252-0272, online at rubbercitytheatre.com/tickets, or at the door within one hour to show time. In addition, audience members age 18 and under can attend Youth Rush on Thursday or Sunday performances for free (available at the door only, subject to availability, under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult). Flex Passes, group pricing, and Season Memberships are also available.

- Growing Up Akron is presented by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation and is a fundraiser to support Child Guidance and Family Solutions. The event 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 evening 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.

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, ext. 20.

- Queen of Heaven Church is holding a parish and community picnic from 5 to 7:30 p.m., 1800 Steese Road, Green. The cost for an adult dinner is $10 and $7 for children. A free concert by the Out of Sequence band begins at 7 p.m. A raffle will be held for a new 2017 Chevy Trax SUV and a $500 cash prize will be announced at 7 p.m. Picnic and raffle tickets are available at the Queen of Heaven office, after weekend Masses and at the picnic. In the event of rain the picnic will be held inside. For  more information call 330-896-2345.

- Paddle the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your kayak. Led by a certified instructor and a naturalist from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 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. The cost is $15/person and registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. Meet at Gorge Metro Park Main entrance, 1160 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls.

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.

- See Springfield Bog at its peak as while taking macro images, focusing on flowers and insects. Volunteer photographers will demonstrate how they capture the amazing images you see on social media from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Bring your camera and drinking water. For information, call 330-865-8065.  The park is at 1400 Portage Line Road, Springfield Township. 

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. 15

- Grace United Church of Christ (UCC) in Uniontown is hosting a free community lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whether you’re in need of a good home-cooked meal or would simply enjoy some companionship over lunch you are welcome to join in the free meal time. Grace UCC is at 13275 Cleveland Ave. Lunch will be served in the church’s Family Activity Center, accessed through the west doors. Contact the church office at 330-699-3255 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon for more information.

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.

- Kids 9 to 12 have the opportunity to learn basic weaving techniques to complete a basket from 9:30 a.m. to noon and teens ages 13 to 17 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area. Bring a small flathead screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, towel and a two gallon bucket, if possible. The cost is $15 and registration is required. For more information or to register, call 330-865-8065. The park is located at 40 Axline Avenue.

Aug. 18

- From 6 to 8 p.m., kids 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line at Little Turtle Pond at Firestone Metro Park. A few rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children but are not permitted to fish. For information, call 330-865-8065. The park is at 2400 Harrington Road.

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.

- Participate in the 2017 Akron Heart Walk to help raise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the Heart Walk begins at 10 a.m. at The University of Akron's Stiles Athletics Field House. The Akron Children’s Hospital Kids’ Zone will feature arts and crafts, games, surprise guests and more. The Association will also debut the Heart Hero art display, introducing unique pieces created by children who are heart survivors. Free blood pressure screenings and Hands-Only CPR training will be available at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General tent and mobile clinic. 

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.

- The 54th annual Fall Hiking Spree begins Sept. 1, but for those that would like to get a head start Summit Metro Parks staff and mascots will be at Liberty Park (9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg), from noon to 3 p.m. Visitors can hike the 1.1 mile Ledges Trail for spree credit with staff members. Hiking forms will be available and Fall Hiking Spree T-shirts, along with other gift shop merchandise, will be for sale. All other spree hikes must be completed Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. During the kickoff event, visitors can join Naturalist Joe Malmisur from 1 to 2:30 p.m. to hike through the meadows of Liberty Park to look for spiders, grasshoppers, crickets, coneheads and beetles. Some nets and bug jars will be provided. For information about the Fall Hiking Spree, including trails and locations, visit hikingspree.summitmetroparks.org. 

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.

Sept. 2

- Barberton Parks and Recreation offers the Jeep Davis 5K Run and Walk beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The race begins at Lake Anna Park, tours the Sports Complex and ends back near the lake.  The race is an Elite Division race in the Subway Challenge Series with awards given to the top qualifiers in both the run and walk divisions. It is a fundraiser for the Jeep Davis Youth Sports Fund that supports youth sports within the City of Barberton. Register online at www.runsignup.com.  For more information contact Barberton Parks and Recreation at 330-848-6740.

Sept. 4

- At 9 a.m. a Labor Day Mass will be held outside in the pavilion at Queen of Heaven Church, 1800 Steese Road. A donut social will follow the mass. In the case of rain the mass will be held inside. For more information, call 330-896-2345.

Sept. 9

- The Women’s Auxiliary Board of Summit County Children Services is holding a Rummage Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fairlawn Community Center, 3486 South Smith Road, Fairlawn. Rummage donations – such as clothing, house wares, lawn and garden items, craft supplies or accessories – are welcome. No furniture, TVs or electronics. Donated rummage items can be dropped off at the Fairlawn Community Center on Sept. 8 between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Proceeds from the Rummage Sale will be used to directly benefit the children in the care of Summit County Children Services. For more information, contact Sandy Deluca 330-379-1994 or e-mail sdeluca@summitkids.org.