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. 

- 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.

- 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.

- Coventry Schools Foundation will host its 9th annual corn roast from 5-9 p.m. at Dusty's Landing Pavilion. This year, the foundation welcomes the OUt of Sequence Band. Bricco Prime and corn from Figaro Farms donated the food. Tickets are $25 if purchased in advance or $35 at the door and includes, all food, beverages and entertainment. There will be raffle prizes, a 50/50 drawing, gift card games and cornhole. The foundation was started in 2008 and had raised more than $35,000 in classroom grants and more than $11,000 to graduationg seniors. Tickets can be purchased at Ayers Insurance, 500 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, or contact the foundation through Facebook: @coventryschoolsfoundation.

Aug. 20

- There will be a pair of courses on stand-up paddleboarding, the fastest-growing water sport. The beginner's course is from 9 to 11 a.m. and the intermediate course from noon to 3 p.m. A certified instructor and a naturalist will guide you. No experience needed. 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 paddleboard, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Cost is $15 per person. Registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. Held at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park/Lot C6, 6194 Christman Road. 

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. 22

- Summit County Metro Parks' volunteer ensemble will perform at Cascade Valley Metro Park, 837 Cuyahoga St, Akron. For more information, email dday@summitmetroparks.org or call 330-867-4711.

Aug. 23

- Kinderealm Kampfire Summer Sounds will be held for children ages 3 to 6 and their families from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bring a meal to eat by the campfire. We'll provide lemonade and marshmallows. For information, call 330-865-8065. The event is held at Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area  2620 Harrington Road.

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.

- Used, but well-maintained items including a dump truck, landscape pavers, power tools, appliances, office equipment and more, will be auctioned off by Summit Metro Parks at 4:30 p.m. at the Valley View Area of Cascade Valley Metro Park (formerly Valley View Golf Club), 1212 Cuyahoga St. Public viewing of the items is possible from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the address above on the Tuesday and Wednesday before the auction. A complete list of items will be available in advance on the auctioneer’s website: farnsworthauctions.com. For more information, call 330-867-5511. 

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. 3

- Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown will perform at 6 and 7:30 p.m. at Blu Jazz+, 47 E. Market St. Tickets are $15. For information, call 330-252-1190 or visit www.blujazzakron.com. Ticket information can be found at https://blujazzakron.ticketleap.com/chad-lefkowitz-brown-09-03-2017/.

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. 8

- Join Retreat Master Abbot Clement Zeleznik, O.S.B. at Loyola Retreat House, Setp. 8-10 as he investigates the mystery of why an unconditionally loving God would allow suffering and offers guidance on how to suffer well. The cost is $165. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or emailoffice@loyolaretreathouse.com. Visit loyolaretreathouse.com to register. Loyola is at 700 Killinger Road.

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.

Sept. 10

- A day retreat will be held at Loyola Retreat House for engaged couples preparing for the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony. The day will include prayer, presentations, quiet reflection time, Mass and dinner. Registration is at 11:15 a.m. and mass is at noon. Departure is following the 6:45 p.m. closing. Dress is casual. The cost is $75 per couple. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or email office@loyolaretreathouse.com.  Visit loyolaretreathouse.com to register. Loyola is at 700 Killinger Road.

Sept. 15

- The Constitution Day Event Planning Committee of the Akron Bar Association invites the public to its annual Constitution Day Celebration, including the swearing in of new citizens beginning at 4 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, Main Branch, 60 S High Street. New United States citizens will be sworn in by The Honorable Sara Lioi of the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio. The theme for this year’s Constitution Day is "Checks and Balances Under the Constitution: The Role of the Court." Professor Elizabeth Knowles, assistant clinical professor of law with the Immigration & Human Rights Clinic at the University of Akron School of Law, will deliver the keynote address. Featured performers for the celebration include a dance troupe performing a traditional Nepali dance and vocalists from the ETC School of Musical Arts singing patriotic songs.