FYI

- Presper Financial Architects will host a retirement workshop at Wadsworth High School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 15 and 22. The program is designed as a how-to guide for retirement success. The three-session workshop will review a comprehensive workbook full of time-tested financial strategies to help participants make informed financial and retirement decisions. The seminar is open to the public, but preregistration is required. Registration fees for the seminar are $49 and include a take-home work book. For more information, or to register visit presperfinancial.com/ passport-retirement or call 330-253-6000.

- Want to try snowshoeing? The Summit Metro Parks is loaning out snowshoes for free to be used in the Liberty Park Nature Center area, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg. Take the family on an adventure on Bluebird Trail. Snow shoes must be returned by 4:45 p.m. so allow plenty of time for snow fun. Park hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Call ahead for availability and inventory of sizes at 330-487-0493.

- Early bird tickets are on sale through Feb. 1 to the annual Victim Assistance Program’s Mardi Gras Gala to be held March 3 at Tangier in Akron. Gala guests will enjoy a gourmet meal, open bar, live music, and bid on live and silent auction items to reach an event fundraising goal of $115,000. Tickets are $95 per person. After Feb. 1, ticket prices are $110. Make your reservations atVAPMG2018.gesture.com or by calling Victim Assistance Program at 330-376-0040. For more information about Mardi Gras Gala, contact Kelly Kaufman, Director of Advancement, at 330.376.0040 ext. 200.

- Theatre 8:15 is holding Youth Winter Theatrical Classes from Feb. 3 to March 31 on Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The classes are for ages 7 and up. Attendees will learn stage direction, vocalization, improvisation, movement, how to create a character and more. Students will work on and perform a play at 8:15 p.m. March 31. The cost is $150. Theatre 8:15 is located at 4740 Massillon Road. For more information, call 330-896-0339 or email info@theatre815.com.

- A new grief support group, for men only, will be held by the Akron Visiting Nurse Service on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Every man mourns a death in his own way but does not need to face that journey alone. This group will provide a supportive space for men to learn about the process of grief. Build camaraderie and draw strength from one another while learning tools that will help in the journey through grief.  The program will be held at 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. To register, or for more information, call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, ext. 4662.

Jan. 27

- The Manchester United Methodist Church is hosting a Homemade Soup, Salad and dessert dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church, 5625 Manchester Road. Donations are accepted. For more information, call the church office at 330-882-4818.

- Acoustic singer songwriter Bryan Stahl will perform a three-hour show at 8 p.m. at Grapes in a Glass, 575 Market Ave. N., Canton. This performance will feature original music by Stahl and his wife, Mandy Altimus Stahl, as well as covers. Admission is free but tips are welcome. Wine, beer, liquor, and creative small plate creations are available. To learn more, visit 50shadesofvine.com or call 330-453-9463.

Feb. 1

- Lake High School marketing and business management students will host the 14th annual Lake High School Prom Fashion show at 6 p.m (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at Hartville Collectibles, 1015 Edison St. NW. Proceeds go toward students scholarships. A special act will feature staff members showcasing professional and casual wear from the Hartville Collectables and the Hartville Hardware. Music will be provided and there will be plenty of raffle prizes available, local vendors and entertainment. Tickets will be available at the door for $5; children 10 and under are free. For more information, contact Aja Tompot, marketing and business management teacher, at tompotaja@lakelocal.org.

- From 6:30 to 8 p.m., "Prowl for Owls" and learn bird identification at Silver Creek Metro Park’s Pheasant Run Area, 5000 Hametown Road. Explore for owls with a naturalist. Patience and silence are essential. The program is for ages 6 and older. No dogs. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065. 

- The Canton Ballet Barre Association has chosen a Beauty and the Beast storybook theme for Belle’s Ball, its annual Father-Daughter dance from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Great Court of the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N, Canton. The evening will include dinner, dancing, basket raffles and photos. Flowers will be available at the door for fathers to present to their daughters.  Reservations are due by Feb. 1. The cost per person is $20. Flowers are $5 each and must be preordered. To purchase tickets/flowers call or visit the ballet office at 330-455-7220. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. The office is located on the west side of the Cultural Center for the Arts. 

Feb. 3

- From 10 to 11:30 a.m., join a Metro Park’s naturalist at Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg, to learn how to identify various birds of prey in flight and at rest. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065. 

Feb. 9

- "Kids’ Loving Memories Grief Support" will offer support for children ages 6 to 12 who have experienced a death of a significant loved one, such as a parent, sibling or grandparent. The special class will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Participants will remember those special loved ones using crafts, storytelling and music. The program will be held at 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. To register, or for more information, call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, ext. 4662.

Feb. 11

- Long before legislation requiring the fair and equal treatment of all people, some locals chose to make their home in an integrated community on Honeywell Drive in what is now the Valley View Area of Cascade Valley Metro Park. A naturalist will share the history of this special place during a free program from 2 to 3 p.m. in the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road. After completing archaeological work at the Valley View Area (formerly the Valley View Golf Club), park district staff found evidence of the unique neighborhood that existed decades ago including old newspaper ads from the Akron Beacon Journal from the late 1940s and early 1950s that marketed lots along Honeywell  — an area sometimes called "Wheelock Acres" —  to "whites or colored."  For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065. 

Feb. 15

- Cleveland Clinic Akron General will hold a free casual one-mile "Healthy Strides" indoor walk at the Health and Wellness Center in Green at 1 p.m. The center is at 1940 Town Park Blvd. Registration is not required. Meet at front entrance to facility.

Feb. 16

- Join in the Gospel Blue Grass Jam held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Manchester United Methodist Church, 5625 Manchester Road (Rt. 93). It is an evening of foot stompin’ music. Bring a covered dish to share for dinner at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 330-882-4818.

Feb. 17

The 2018Summit Bridal Show will be held inside the Summit Mall Feb. 17 and 18. The show will provide area couples with information on how to create the perfect wedding experience. Brides and grooms can spin the Prize Wheel to win prizes donated by show exhibitors and play the Honeymoon Hunt. Each bride will receive a complimentary issue of Akron Canton Weddings magazine. Sign up for the chance to be a contestant in the Price is Right Game Show and the Nearly Newlywed Game. A fashion show will be held at 2 p.m. Brides and grooms may pre-register for the event at http://bit.ly/SummitBridal18for the chance to win a Bachelorette Party at Gervasi Vineyard.