Events at the parks

- Learn about the first 100 years of Akron's industry, transportation and culture including the formation of the Akron Metropolitan Park District in 1921 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 27 at Sand Run Metro Park Mingo Lodge, 1501 Sand Run Road. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

- Stroll along the 1.6-mile Prairie Trail, with frequent stops to discover nature and history along the way from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Springfield Blog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

- Hibernation may get all of the hype, but there are many ways animals survive and thrive in the winter months. Join a naturalist on a leisurely hike from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 27 to discover the various ways that Ohio's wildlife make it through winter. The hike is located at Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

'Aladdin'

Green Middle School 7th grade student Brett Anderson has landed the lead role in "Aladdin" at The Kent Stage. Anderson's recent role as Lord Farquaad in "Shrek," presented by the Green Middle School musical theater, prepared him for this main role. "Aladdin" can be seen at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 and 27 and at 3 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., Kent. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children, and can purchased at the door one hour prior to each performance.

Women veterns

The Military Family Center of Pegasus Farm, 7490 Edison St. NE, Hartville, is hosting a new program "Women Veterans and Their Daughters/Mothers" at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 27. Enjoy a morning at the Military Family Center and learn more about this new endeavor dedicated to veterans, active-duty military, first responders and their families. Activities will include, scarf tying, manicures, wreath bows, horse activities and social time. To learn more, visit www.militaryfamilycenter.org or call 330-935-2300, ext. 104.