Mum Festival at Lake Anna

Lake Anna Park will be bursting with color during this weekend's Mum Festival. The event runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 23 and 24 and will feature 17,000 chrysanthemums that will create over a million blooms in a rainbow of colors. The floral display will provide a brilliant backdrop for a weekend filled with free family entertainment, children’s activities, arts and crafts, gardening tips, and unique food vendors. This year’s Fest will include sand sculpture, chalk art, music, vegetable carving, and canoe races on Lake Anna. A children’s activity area will include children’s crafts, a scavenger hunt, a sand play area, inflatables, and balloon art. New to the Mum Festival will be the Lonesome Meadow Bluegrass Band from Westerville. Off-site parking will be available at Barberton Middle School, 477 Fourth Street NW. Free Lake Anna shuttles will leave every fifteen minutes from the school between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. For times of events and more, visit www.cityofbarberton.com/oc/beautification_mum.shtml.

Savor the Summit

Summit Food Coalition invites you to attend the first Savor the Summit: Celebrating Local Food, Brews, and Heroes event and fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 26 at HiHO Brewing Company, 1707 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. The event will include local food and brews and live music from The Gage Brothers. A cash bar will be available. The Coalition will also be presenting the inaugural Local Food Hero Award during the event. Tickets for are $45 pre-sale or $50 at the door and can be purchased through the Coalition’s website: summitfoodcoalition.org/upcoming-events.

Metro Parks events

Kids can learn the basics of fishing and drop a line in Alder Pond at the After School Fishing program from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Goodyear Heights Metro Park, 550 Frazier Ave., Akron. A limited number of rods and reels will be available for use. Participants 16 and older must have a fishing license. Also on Sept. 22, j oin 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. Then, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 28, people of all ages can stop by the Nature Play area at Goodyear Heights Metro Park and engage in fun, hands-on experiences with nature. A naturalist will be on hand to help guide your experience. For more information, call 330-865-8065.