FYI

- TOPS Club, a nonprofit, noncommercial support and accountability group for individuals interested in losing weight and maintaining their weight loss, holds weekly chapter meetings where members learn about nutrition, portion control, food planning, exercise, motivation and more. The club holds meetings at Clearview United Methodist Church, 1733 Massillon Road, from 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays; Green United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road, Green, from 5:45-6:30 p.m. Thursdays; and Lakemore United Methodist Church, 1536 Flickinger Road, from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. For more information, contact Laurene Neval at 216-832-1106 or email huey15@roadrunner.com.

- One of A Kind Pet Rescue will host the Chase Your Tail 5k Run/Walk, and the one-mile Doggie Dash on Oct. 15. Racers can participate in any of the events with their dog. The races begin and end at Summit Lake Community Center, and will be run on both the road and the Towpath, taking participants on the floating Towpath Trail across the middle of Summit Lake. This event benefits One of A Kind Pet Rescue, a no-kill, no time-limit shelter. Register online at www.oneofakindpets.com/5k with a credit card. Early registration by Sept. 15 is $30, preregistration from Sept. 16 through Oct. 14 is $35, and race day registration is $40. Race day registration and packet pickup will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Summit Lake Community Center, 380 W. Crosier.

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.

- Constitution Day will be marked by the Center for Constitutional Law at the University of Akron School of Law in Brennan Courtroom (150 University Ave.) at 12:15 p.m. Speaking will be Professor Julie Suk from the Cardozo Law School in New York. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact thomast@uakron.edu, call 330-972-7988 or email sfauppe@uakron.edu. 

Sept. 19

- Grace United Church of Christ (UCC) in Uniontown invites individuals in the surrounding area who would like to share a meal and fellowship with others, to join them for a free community lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is at 13275 Cleveland Ave., 1/4 mile north of Route 619 and across the street from Uniontown Elementary. Lunch will be served in the church’s Family Activity Center. For more information, call 330-699-3255.

Sept. 20

- Children ages 3 to 6 with their adult companions will learn how mushrooms grow and how they benefit wildlife. A craft and hike are part of the program, which will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.

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.

- Raylene Hlavaty will speak on the topic, "Margaret Junkin Preston - Poetess of the Confederacy" at 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 3088 State St. NW, Greentown. A Northern woman married to a Southern man, Margaret Junkin Preston shared the sufferings and passions of the South. Her book "Beechenbrook: A Rhyme of the War" was beloved throughout the South as a tribute to the families devoted to the "lost cause." Throughout a life filled with loss and disrupted by war, her faith in God and devotion to family gave her strength to persevere. Margaret will be presented in first person and in costume.

- The Springfield Township Board of Trustees will meet with residents to hear their concerns, and provide an update on programs at 6 p.m. at Pressler Park, 2342 Pressler Road. More information will also be provided about the upcoming police and park levies.  Future Meetings will be held at other community locations.

Sept. 22

- Kids can learn the basics of fishing, bait a hook, and drop a line in Alder Pond at the After School Fishing program from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park, 550 Frazier Ave. A limited number of rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Participants 16 and older must have a fishing license.

- Join naturalists while they attract moths to black lights, and observe the insects' amazingly beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. The program is from 8 to 10 p.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road. For more information, call 330-865-8065. 

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.

- Join in an Ethiopian coffee ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road. Attendees will benefit from taking in the aroma of freshly roasted coffee. You will be enlightened to the facts and history of the bean and take comfort in the fine delicacy and smooth authentic taste of true coffee. Register in advance for this program at the library or call 330-896-9074.

- Come be a part of "Seeing A Difference" when A Chorus for a Cause presents a fun concert of songs that "see" at 7 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church, 1516 Edison St. NW, Lake Township. Some of the songs that you’ll hear are "Fire and Rain," "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You" and many more. The cause is for the Lions Club's sight programs (MEJones Eye-care Foundation of Northeast Ohio). Tickets are $15 with proceeds going to the sight program. Tickets are available online at www.achorusforacause.org, from any chorus member, or at the door.  

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.

- A discussion of books that illuminate our lives will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road. Come and have the fun of learning with Frank Henninger, emeritus professor of literature at the University of Dayton. "The Old Man and The Sea" by Ernest Hemingway will be discussed. Call 330-896-9074 for more information.

Sept. 27

- A Power of Choice program will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road. The Power of Choice program can help participants to understand how Ohio’s energy markets work, how to find and compare offers from competitive suppliers and how to deal with energy marketer’s door-to-door and telemarketing sales people. For more infromation, call 330-896-9074.

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.