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.

- The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, along with the Feeding America Nationwide Network of Food Banks, will mobilize across all 50 states in an effort to raise awareness to bring an end to hunger. Join the Foodbank for its fifth annual 24-hour volunteer event, Operation Orange, sign up at oporange.com. Assist with network partners such as food pantries, hot meal sites and shelters, in completing projects at their sites from 9 a.m. to noon. To sign up to volunteer contact Tasha Ledrich at 330-777-1065. Visit the Foodbank’s website to sign up for action alerts, akroncantonfoodbank.org/advocate.

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.

- LA-based dance company, MusEffect, will perform the show Divine Direction at 7 p.m. at EJ Thomas Hall, the University of Akron's Performing Arts Center. MusEffect is a non-profit organization that devotes its time to empowering and educating their audience on social issues in our society today. 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.

- From 5 to 7 p.m., Greentown United Methodist Church, 3088 State St NW, will hold a Swiss Steak Dinner. The cost is $10 for adult dinners and $4 for children ages 6 to 13 and children under 5 are free. Carryout is available. For more information, call 330-499-3262.

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.

- 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. 

- The Portage County Beekeepers will be holding a fall field day event at 1 p.m. Bring your veil and a lawn chair. Free and open to the public. This meeting will be at the Portage Soil and Water Office, 6970 State Route 88, Ravenna. For more information, contact Mary Lovin, 330-325-3028

Sept. 11

- Coventry AARP will hold a picnic at noon at the Coventry Senior Community Center, 335 E. Willowview Drive. Bring a covered dish to share. Call Anne Riegler at 330-724-4190 to confirm attendance.  All are welcome to attend and have a fun day of games and a chance at door prizes.

Sept. 12

- The all-volunteer Metro Parks Ensemble will perform an hour of traditional marches, big band standards and oldies at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. In the case of rain, the concert will be held indoors. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

Sept. 13

- From 4 to 7 p.m., the Akron Global Business Accelerator is hosting an informational session for those interested in starting their own business or who have recently started a business. Participants will learn about the planning process, initial financial projections, ownership options, review of the required forms, licensing, loan options and additional funding availability. Participants will also receive the business plan outline during the session. The seminar is free, but advance registration is required. To register, call 330-375-2111, or email info@akronsbdc.org . The session is held at 526 S. Main Street, "M" Floor Conference Room #904.

- Learning about the role of innovation and entrepreneurial eco-systems in sustainability will be the topic of the GAINS (Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability) meeting held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bit Factory on the 5th Floor in the Akron Accelerator, 526 S. Main Street. The program is free. For more information, call Gina Burk at 330 592-4185 or Kaley Foster 330 957-0006.

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.

- A seminar on how to write a business plan will be held  from 10 a.m. to noon by Akron global Business accelerator, 526 S. Main Street, "M" Floor Conference Room #904.The most important aspect of a business plan is to serve as a guide during the life of a business. This workshop will not only teach how to write a business plan, it will show the value of having a business plan and keeping it current. The seminar is free, but advance registration is required. To register, call 330-375-2111, or email info@akronsbdc.org. 

- Join a naturalist for an early morning hike, and view the colors of the sky from the sunrise just minutes before. The hike will be held at Springfield Bog Metro park, 1400 Portage Line Road. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

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.

- Looking for Ladybugs? Join a naturalist to "spot" these polka-dotted critters along Willow Trail from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park's Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Registration is now open for the 2017 Champions for Wellness Conference: Enhancing Worksite Wellness. The event is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Summit County Public Health Auditorium, 1867 W. Market Street. The conference will focus on utilizing the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Worksite Health Scorecard, a free tool designed to help employers evaluate existing healthy worksite approaches to prevent heart disease, stroke and related conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Registration is free and limited, so be sure to register early to secure your spot. Register at:champs4wellness.eventbrite.com. For more information, email dskoda@schd.org or call 330-926-5654.

Sept. 16

- From 7 to 9 p.m., at Firestone Metro Park, 2620 Harrington Road, a naturalist will help visitors listen for katydids, crickets and cicadas, and will share a lesson about their language. During the program, participants can enjoy a campfire with marshmallows, while supplies last. For more information, call 330-865-8065. 

- Join Summit Metro Parks to enjoy the Hampton Hills Mountain Bike Area, whether you own a bike or not. Several local cycling shops will have free adult loaner bikes for use during the event. The event will be postponed to Sept. 30 if there is rain or wet conditions. For status, call 330-865-8060 or follow @SMPmountainbike on Twitter. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the bike area, 2092 Theiss Road, Akron.

Sept. 18

B4 Bed: Stories For Adults is back at Firestone Park Library for another rendition of radio drama. The event is held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to all. Feel like a kid again and have a good story read to you. Let your imagination wander as you join Storyteller Kyle Jozsa from Wandering Aesthetics as he shares a series of short stories – radio play style – for adults only. Participants should feel free to bring their sewing, knitting or crocheting projects, coloring books or other handheld fidget toys to enjoy as Kyle leads listeners on a tale of boys, girls and personal discovery. The library is at 1486 Aster Ave.,  Akron. Register for the program by filling out the form at  http://www.watheatre.com/b4bed/ or by sending an email to info@watheatre.com.

Sept. 21

- The American Red Cross of Summit, Portage, and Medina Counties will host the perfect philanthropic Ladies-Night Out featuring a variety of designer theme-filled purses, from clutches to carryalls, at the ninth annual Power of the Purse silent auction and bling bazaar. The event will take place at 6 p.m. at Weymouth Country Club, 3946 Weymouth Road, Medina, and will raise funds to help local families prevent, prepare for and cope with disasters, like home fires or floods. Tickets are $50 per seat. Reserve a table of 8 for $400, or table of 10 for $500. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, wine, soft drinks and dessert. A cash bar will also be available.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.redcross.org/pop17 or by calling 330-535-2312. Reservations are a must.

Sept. 23

- The Akron Rotary Camp Regatta will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at 4460 Rex Lake Drive, New Franklin. The evening will include cocktails, entertainment, food and fireworks. Register for the event at https://rotarycampregatta.wordpress.com/. Catering by Beau’s Grille at the Hilton and Beau’s on the River at the Sheraton Suites.

Sept. 25

- A presentation about the story of the Gorge Dam will be held at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High Street, Akron, from 6 to 7 p.m. For 100 years, the 420-foot-wide, 60-foot-tall dam has existed on the Cuyahoga River within Gorge Metro Park. Now, that dam is being studied for removal. The dam is one of the largest unresolved water quality problems for the Cuyahoga River. Removing the dam and its contaminated sediment will restore the original grandeur of the Gorge, revealing the city’s namesake falls. For more information, call 330-865-8065. 

Sept. 26

- Cleveland Clinic Akron General LifeStyles offers "NuFit: Nutrition and Fitness Education for a New You!" from 6 to 7 p.m. The class will focus on "The Wonders of Nuts and Seeds"and "The Wonders of Group Exercise." The class is held at Green Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. To register, call 330-896-5000.

Sept. 30

- Summit Metro Parks staff are encouraging visitors to learn about and collect native plant seeds to strengthen the local ecosystem. From 10 a.m. to noon at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road, join a naturalist and biologist to learn the many benefits of planting native plants. It is an opportunity to learn about some of our native prairie plants and the wildlife that can be attracted to them. The 186-acre park features a restored prairie habitat, ripe with native plants and wildlife. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org.