- The 10th Annual Summit Senior Expo will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Summit Mall. Admission and parking is free. The event will feature a variety of free activities including a prize wheel, welcome bags, health screenings and the ever-popular Bingo and Price is Right game shows. The expo will feature exhibits providing information on healthcare, senior living, financial planning, home improvement, retirement, recreational activities, insurance and a wide variety of other services. Health screenings will be offered including glucose and blood pressure testing, and medication reviews and flu vaccines. Flu vaccines are $30 each or free for patients covered by Medicare Part B, Medicare Advantage Plans and most insurances. For more information about the Summit Senior Expo, contact Event Day Marketing at 330-556-9974.
- Rubber City Theatre will produce the Shakespearean classic "Hamlet" from Oct. 6-22. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2:30 p.m. All performances are at 2207 Romig Road. Tickets begin at $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. They can be purchased by phone at 234-252-0272, online at rubbercitytheatre.com/tickets, or at the door within one hour to show time. Students with valid school or university ID can also take advantage of $5 student rush tickets (at the door only, subject to availability). In addition, audience members aged 18 and under can attend Youth Rush on Thursday or Sunday performances for free (available at the door only, subject to availability, under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult). Flex Passes, group pricing, and Season Memberships are also available.
- Portage Path Behavioral Health will be hosting an event called KJ’s 5K for Mental Health and Animal Rescue in remembrance of Kyle "KJ" Hamblin. Portage Path has partnered with KJ’s family to honor the memory of KJ and others who have been lost to suicide, and raise awareness for the importance of recognizing signs of suicidality. Proceeds will benefit the Portage Path Support Hotline, Summit County’s free suicide prevention service, and Portage Path’s affordable mental health programs. As KJ was a lover of animals, the event will also incorporate a dog walk/run. Participants are welcome to bring their pets to accompany them on the scenic course along Portage Lakes. In addition, local agencies will be on hand with rescue dogs which can be partnered with walkers, and are available to be adopted. The event takes place at Portage Lakes State Park in New Franklin. Entry is $25 for adults, with kids under 16 free. To register, volunteer, or sponsor, visit https://runsignup.com/kJs5k, or call 330-253-3100, ext. 1115.
- The Tadmor Shrine Kid's Haunted House and Hayride, built specifically for children, is open from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and 4 to 10 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 7 through the Oct. 29 at 3000 Krebs Drive, Green. The haunted house and hayride adventure is filled with screams and laughter. There’s food, and adventure galore. Cost is $10 per person, with $1 off coupons available by visiting www.hallowfun.net.
- QVC on-air personality and Vionic representative Liam Bourke is appearing at an exclusive meet and greet at the Vionic location in Fairlawn. He will be talking with guests about new fall styles, the technology of Vionic, and the combination of science and style, resulting in innovative biomechanics that match the season’s most coveted trends. At the event, guests will have the opportunity to shop with Bourke and will receive refreshments and a gift with any Vionic shoe purchase. Doors will open at 10 a.m. 2693 W. Market St. For more information visit, facebook.com/vionicstoreakron.
- Moana is Sailing to Portage Lakes Branch Library at 1 p.m. Enjoy a special meet and greet with Moana; don’t forget to bring your camera for this special photo opportunity. Share Moana’s love of nature with movie-inspired crafts and games. All ages welcome. Please register in advance at 330-644-7050. The library is at 4261 Manchester Road.
- Paddle the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 3 p.m. to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your kayak. Led by a certified instructor and a naturalist. 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 kayak, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Cost is $15/person and advance registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. The park is located at 1160 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls.
- A Day in the Country returns to Northeast Ohio at the Portage County Randolph Fairgrounds (4215 Fairground Road, Atwater) on Oct. 7 and 8. The market features local artists, craftsmen, and business owners showcasing handmade and vintage goods. It will open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8. Tickets are $5 for an adult admission.
- Fall into autumn fun with free hayrides, bonfires, naturalist activities, live music, apple cider, cookies and more. A wheelchair-accessible hay wagon is available. The fall family outing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park, 2077 Newton Street. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- One of A Kind Pet Rescue is hosting Akron’s First Annual Pug Fest from noon to 5 p.m. The event is to raise awareness for pet adoption through One of A Kind Pet Rescue and Ohio Pug Rescue. The event is at 1929 W. Market Street and offers pug costume contests, vendors, nail trims, photo opportunities, raffle and more. The "Dreemers" will perform. For more information, call 330-865-6200 or visit www.oneofakindpets.com.
- A day retreat for engaged couples will be held at 11:15 a.m. beginning with registration and ending at 6:45 p.m. The cost is $75 per couple (due with advance registration). Dress is casual. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or visit www.loyolaretreathouse.com to download a registration form.
- Trick or Tweet will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road. Take a hike in search of some feathered friends, then try your hand at feeding the birds. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Coventry AARP #3820 will meet at 1:15 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club Civic Center, 727 Portage Lakes Drive. The Tuba Four will entertain. Free refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
- Earn Fall Hiking Spree credit while hiking with doctors from Cleveland Clinic Akron General and a Summit Metro Parks naturalist. From noon to 1:30 p.m., learn how to decrease pain and inflammation with a healthy lifestyle with Dr. David Vincent and Dr. Theresa Sheridan at Firestone Metro Park/Willow Trail, 2400 Harrington Road. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.
- The Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau is sponsoring "Planning Successful Reunions in Greater Akron/Summit County" as part of their Partnerships in Motion - The Workshop Series. The event will be from 8:30-10 a.m. at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill Street. The workshop is free and open to the public by registering by Oct. 9 by calling 330-374-7576 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Register by Oct. 11 for Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons' inaugural "Pink Runway" fashion show from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at its office at 3925 Embassy Parkway in Montrose. The free event will feature the practice’s breast reconstruction patients strutting the Pink Runway in the latest fall fashions. In an effort to raise awareness about breast reconstruction surgery, attendees will have the opportunity to personally speak with Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons physicians to learn more about their options following cancer treatment. Other vendors will also be on hand to discuss their services. Kristi Capel of Fox 8 will be the emcee. RSVP, email each attendee’s name and number of people attending to PinkRunway@crystalclinic.com.
- The 2017 Jack-O-Lantern Jog will be the spookiest 5K in Akron as runners move through Akron's historic Glendale Cemetery beginning at 6 p.m. The race starts and ends at Lock 3, 200 S. Main Street. Register early to receive T-shirt and more. All finishers of the 5K will get a one-of-a-kind race medal. To register, visit www.hermescleveland.com and click the "register now" button. Participation for the 5K run is $25 until race day, then $30 (cash or check) on the day of the event. For more information about the race, visit www.akronymca.org/KohlFamily/2016_Jack_O_Lantern_Jog_5k/ or call 330-434-9622, ext. 12.
- St. Jacob’s apple dumplings will be on sale from 1 to 4 p.m. until sold out. Profits go to the Martin Center (a faith-based facility in Canton for youths in grades 7-12), Camp Quality Ohio (support program for children with cancer) and the Young Adult Canter in Hartville. The "Apple Dumpling Gang," are preparing 4,000 of the frozen treats, which come six to a package priced at $9. Instructions for baking and making a topping are included. No advance orders will be taken. St. Jacob’s is located at 1460 State St. NE between Ohio Route 43 and Market Ave. NE in Lake Township.
- A reverse raffle will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Guy's Party Centre, 500 East Waterloo Road, to benefit Loyola Retreat House. Tickets are $125 each (includes two buffet dinners, open bar, hors d’oeuvres) $3,000 Grand Prize (plus additional prizes). For more information, call 330-896-2315, email email@example.com, or visit www.loyolaretreathouse.com.
- Buchtel High School Class of 1962 will hold its 55th high school reunion from 6 to 10 p.m. with a "Howdy" party that includes heavy hor d’oeuvres. The cost is $15 per person and will be held at the Mustard Seed Market and Café, 3885 Medina Road, in Montrose. Memory books can be purchased for $15. From 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 14 will be dinner, conversation, open bar and music at Todaro’s Party Center, 1820 Akron Peninsula Road. The cost is $55 per person and includes a memory book. To make reservations or for more information contact Nancy Cook Daniels, firstname.lastname@example.org, 330-882-6115 or Fred Gissendaner, email@example.com, 330-686-1773.
- Bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux presents a concert at 8 p.m. at the Blu Jazz+, 47 E. Market St. Tickets are $25 and $20 in advance. For more information, call 330-252-1190 or visit http://bit.ly/2gXU615.
- Friends of the Portage Lakes Library will hold a members-only pre-sale from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 13. Join at the door for $5. Fill a bag for $5. All proceeds benefit library programs. No scanners. For more information, call the library 330-644-7050. On Oct. 14, there will be a book sale for the general public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is located at 4261 Manchester Road. The event is free and open to all, with hundreds of volumes of all types.
- Greentown United Methodist Church is holding a Swiss steak dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 13, children ages 5 and under are free. The church is 3088 State St. NW. Carryout is available. The kitchen phone is 330-499-3262.
- 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.
- Earn hiking spree credit alongside Summit Metro Parks Executive Director Lisa King. The hike begins at 6 p.m. at the Prairie Trail in Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road.
- Green Valley United Methodist Church, 620 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, will hold a Pumpkin Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. The free event will feature hay rides, food, games, music and pumpkin decorating. Pumpkins will be provided. For more information, call the church at 330- 896-4357.
- Cleveland Clinic Akron General and the American Red Cross of Summit, Portage and Medina Counties chapter are teaming up to offer free hands-only CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training. In just one hour you can get the knowledge and skills to be ready to respond quickly should a loved one or friend collapse from a sudden cardiac arrest. The class will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2:20 to 3:30 p.m. at 1940 Town Park Blvd., Green. Register by calling 330-344-2462.
- At 6:30 p.m., at the Summi County Main Branch Library, 60 S. High St., Akron, learn the differences of various types of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets), what they are, how to get them and how much they cost. Find out how best to protect your creative work. Presented by Akron-Summit County Science & Technology Librarian Curtis Bower. Please register in advance for this program at 330-643-9075.
- The Portage Lakes Historical Society is hosting an open house from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Akron Rotary Camp, 4460 Rex Lake Drive (off Route 619). Light refreshments will be served and the public is welcome. Parking overflow lot at Wayfarer Lodge, 4395 Rex Lake Drive. George Beckham's vast postcard collection will be on display .
- Cleveland Clinic Akron General Visiting Nurse Service will hold a "Joyful Tastes of Life" benefit from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. George’s Family Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road. The event is casual features the best seasonal foods from local restaurants, craft beer from local breweries, and wines from local wineries and distributors. All proceeds go toward end-of-life hospice care and supportive services at Akron General Visiting Nurse Service. The evening includes a silent auction, exciting raffle and live music by Patrick Munford. The event will be emceed by WQMX’s Sue Wilson and WONE’s Tim Daugherty. Raffle tickets are on sale now for a $1,700 vacation package to New York City. The second place raffle prize is $500 cash and third place is an Apple iPad. Only 1,500 raffle tickets will be sold. Tickets are $60 each and raffle tickets are $10 per ticket or 6 for $50. All tickets are available online at akrongeneral.org/joy or by calling the Akron General Foundation, 330-344-6888.