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. 

- Try stand-up paddleboarding from 9 to 11 a.m. for beginners or from noon to 3 p.m. for indermediate levels. A certified instructor and a naturalist will guide you at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park/Lot C6, 6194 Christman Road. 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: $15/person. Registration is required and can be done online at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

- The Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret is back as Wandering Aesthetics gears up for the upcoming launch of Bigger Than A Breadbox! The #EPCooker is returning to Aqueduct Brewing, 529 Grant Street No. 106, at 8 p.m.,  making an official stop on the Summit Brew Path. It is open the public. There is a $5 cover charge or pay-what-you-can at the door. Audience members can pay their covers ahead of time and artists can pre-register for a performance slot online at epcooker.com or via phone at 330-612-3090. For more information, visit akronbreadbox.com or email watheatre@gmail.com.

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. 

- Green City Council invites the community to Get the Scoop, an ice cream social at 7 p.m. at the Central Park Community Hall, 1795 Steese Road. It is free to attend and all ages are welcome. Parking is available at Central Park and the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd. City Council members will be serving up bowls of ice cream, complements of Pav’s Creamery of Green, followed by a brief update on the city. In addition, council members will present residents who completed the City of Green Silver Coin 25th Anniversary Challenge with their silver coins. Residents interested in having their coin presented to them should contact City Council by Aug. 25. Council members may be reached at 330-896-6604 or council@cityofgreen.org.  

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.

- Summit Metro Parks is partnering with Cleveland Clinic Akron General to present a Healthy Strides Hike from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road. Join in on casual hike preceded by a brief, informative talk on family medicine and wellness, presented by Dr. Renee Markovich. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- The Portage County Chapter No. 600 of International Parents Without Partners will hold its monthly dance from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Ave., Tallmadge. The dance is open to the public and non-members are invited to join the organization. Cost is $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers.

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.

- The Portage County Chapter No. 600 of International Parents Without Partners will hold its annual picnic at noon at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House pavilion, 109 West Ave., Tallmadge. The picnic is open to the public and non-members are invited to join the organization. Bring a covered dish to share. The chapter will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns and the fixings.

Sept. 6

- At 6:30 p.m., author Robert H. Roman will discuss his book "Ohio State Football: The forgotten Dawn" at the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road. For more information, call 330-896-9074.

- In conjunction with the Springfield Parks Department, Summit County Master Gardeners will be giving a talk, Lasagna Gardening, by Sandy Barstow at 7 p.m. The talk will be held at Lakefront (Boyd D. Esler Senior/Community) Center, 2491Canfield Road. It is free and the public is welcome.

Sept. 7

- At 6:30 p.m., Matt Gurwell, founder and CEO of Keeping Us Safe, shows how you can help when a loved one’s ability to drive safely as a result of the natural aging process becomes a concern. A roadmap will be provided so families can address the issue with tact, compassion and empathy so that the older driver’s dignity and independence are never unnecessarily jeopardized. The program will be held at the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road. For more information call 330-896-9074.

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.

- Portage Lakes AARP 2213 will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Acme, 3235 Manchester Road. Call Donna at 330-644-4941 for reservations. Vistors are welcome.

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.

- L.A.-based dance company, MusEffect, will perform its show The Divine Direction at 7 p.m. at EJ Thomas Hall - University of Akron Performing Arts Center. MusEffect is a non-profit organization that devotes their time to empowering and educating their audience on social issues. The show is based on the pivotal moments we all face in life that take us down a different path than planned. Using dance, film, and speaking - MusEffect uses the The Divine Direction to inform their audiences on social issues including: domestic violence, marriage equality, cyberbullying, addiction, body image and depression awareness.

- One of Gospel music’s most popular quartets, The Dixie Melody Boys, will be featured at the Temple Baptist Church, 1212 Greensburg Road. The Quartet will share its unique, four-part harmony beginning at 2 p.m. Since organizing, The Dixie Melody Boys have enjoyed much success, including a Grammy nomination and numerous Fan Award nominations from The Singing News Magazine, Southern Gospel Music’s leading fan and trade publication. The program is for the entire family. For more information, call 330-896-1969 or visit www.dixiemelodyboys.com. 

Sept. 14

- The Akron-Canton Airport is hosting its first CAK Business Travel Forum from 8 to 10 a.m. The interactive event is designed to help small- and medium-sized business travelers discover new ways to save time and money. CAK is offering this event to local businesses at no charge, but a reservation is required. Those interested in attending this event should RSVP to jdemio@akroncantonairport.com, or on the airport’s website: http://www.akroncantonairport.com/business-travel/travel-forum-sign-up.

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.