FYI

- 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.

- 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.

- Catholic Charities Summit County will offer free parenting classes at the Lake Anna YMCA, 500 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton. There will be two sessions, using the nationally recognized and evidence-based Active Parenting curricula: one for parents of children ages 5 to 12 and the other for parents of teen-aged children. The workshops will be Feb. 28, March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28 and April 4. The sessions for parents of kids 5 to 12 will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sessions for parents of teen-aged children will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Active Parenting sessions tackle topics like: Cooperation and Communication, Responsibility and Discipline, Building Self-Esteem and Understanding and Redirecting Misbehavior. Active Parenting for Teens curriculum includes: Responsibility and Discipline, Issues surrounding Drugs, Sexuality and Violence and Building Courage. For more information, check out activeparenting.com. Free childcare for kids ages six weeks to 10 years old will be provided during the workshops. To register, contact Joann Zarkovacki at 330-724-7481, ext. 225. Check in at the YMCA front desk when you arrive.

- The Akron Zoo is offering a new event called "Why So Curious" on Saturdays in February. The event runs Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Why So Curious will highlight the newest Akron Zoo exhibit, Curious Creatures. During the event, guests can enjoy crafts, animal encounters and free hot chocolate, plus the Curious Creatures learning lab will be open during this special time for guests to interact with different creatures. For more information, visit www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550.

- 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.

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. 

- The surrounding community is invited to bring family and friends to a Swiss steak dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Grace United Church of Christ (UCC), 13275 Cleveland Ave., Uniontown. The menu includes Swiss steak, noodles, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw or applesauce, green beans, rolls, coffee or tea, and your choice of dessert.  Hot dogs are available as an alternative for children, and Grace UCC youth will sell pop for $1 as an activity fundraiser. Dinner costs $9 for adults, $4 for age 4 to 12 and free for ages 3 and under. No reservations are needed and walk-in carryout meals are welcome. Gluten-free meals are available and must be ordered in advance by calling 330-699-3255, Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

Feb. 6

- The Haven of Rest’s Women’s Auxillary program is featuring Love Songs sung by Bonnie Baughman. Her beautiful singing voice will be certain to stir some wonderful memories through nostalgic love songs and other familiar tunes. To enjoy some bargain shopping, come early.  Arrive at 10 a.m, stay for a delicious noon luncheon, and attend the program at 1 p.m. A door prize will be given after the program.  All activities take place at Haven of Rest’s main building at 175 E. Market Street, Akron. This event is free with all proceeds from the shopping going to support Haven of Rest Ministries. No membership is needed, and all are welcome. For more information, call Rose Rose at 330-535-1563 or email rrose@havenofrest.org

Feb. 8

- Akron General will celebrate Heart Month with the Akron Urban League by offering "Come Learn with Us: Healthy Heart" from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd. Stop by for free heart screenings, as well as tips from Akron General heart experts that everyone can incorporate into their daily routines. Call 330-344-2462 to register for this event.

- Children ages 3 to 6 will learn how plants and animals help each other. Includes a hike and craft from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Goodyear Heights metro Park at the Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton St. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Advance registration is required. For information, 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.

- PechaKucha Akron, a quarterly speaker series hosts speakers for its event. Doors open at 7 p.m. and speakers begin at 8 p.m. at Tangier, 532 W. Market St., Akron. PechaKucha speakers give quick presentations that include 20 images shown for 20 seconds each for a total of six minutes and forty seconds. And the results? A no time to lose, compelling performance fueled by intricately harmonized stories and images. To celebrate the tenth volume of PechaKucha in Akron, the event will be retrospective, highlighting PK speakers from previous volumes. Tickets are $5 each, with a limited number of VIP tickets ($20, includes preferred seating) at pechakucha-akron.eventbright.com. To learn more or to view past presentations, visit facebook.com/PKAkron or pechakucha.org/cities/akron.

Feb. 10

- Visitors can join a naturalist to learn the history and geology of Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park, 5779 Riverview Road., Peninsula, from 1 to 3 p.m. The program includes a hike on the 1.4-mile Quarry Trail, which takes hikers by interesting rock formations and eventually to the towering quarry steps – a marvel in both past and present times. Deep Lock Quarry was home to ancient Native American trails, pioneer quarrying, narrow gauge railroads and a hobo campsite. Stone from the quarry was used for canal locks, and in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to construct several facilities in the park district, including Pioneer Shelter in Goodyear Heights Metro Park. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065. 

- Akron General Community Access & Wellness is offering low-cost glucose and cholesterol screenings from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Green Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. To measure LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, be sure to fast for at least twelve hours. No appointments are necessary. Screenings are done by a finger-stick test. Costs range from $12 to $58 depending upon the combination of tests ordered. Cash, check or credit card accepted. Call 330-665-8248 with questions.

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. 13

- The Springfield Township Womens Club will resume its regular meetings on at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center on Springfield Lake. Speaker will be from Summit County Consumer Affairs. The subject is How to spot and Stop a Scam. All area women are welcome.

- Take charge of your heart health in honor of American Heart Month and attend Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s free "Show Your Heart Some Love: Panel Discussion and Screening"from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Health & Wellness Center, 4125 Medina Road, Bath Twp. Free health screenings will be offered from 5 to 6 p.m., including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), weight and waist circumference. Attendees will also receive a voucher to return to any of the three Akron General Health & Wellness Centers at a later date for a free total cholesterol and glucose screening through Akron General’s Community Access and Wellness Department. These are all essential numbers to know, as they are all modifiable risk factors for heart disease. The event includes refreshments and giveaways. Registration is required by calling 330-344-2462 or visiting akrongeneral.org/heartmonth.

Feb. 14

- Join a naturalist on a Valentine’s Day hike at O’Neil Woods Metro Park, 2550 Martin Road, Akron, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., to discover the different ways animals show their affection for one another. Learn about the unique lives of turtles, herons, fireflies. Hikers should note that the 1.8-mile trail is challenging. While most people think of spring as the time for love in nature, some animals begin courtship and mating during winter, around Valentine’s Day. 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.

- The Akron Chapter of Public Relations of America will present its annual Working with the Media panel discussion at The Tangier, 532 W. Market Street. The luncheon program is open to the public and helpful to anyone seeking to learn effective ways to get their organization’s message out to a wider audience. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m., and the program will begin at noon. The cost is $25 for PRSA members; $20 for Early Bird reservations before Feb. 9; $30 for nonmembers; and $15 for students. Reservations are required by Feb. 12 and may be made by contacting Lianne Fowler, at 330-780-5175 or email: akronprsa@gmail.com. More information is available on the PRSA website at http://www.akronprsa.org.

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.

Feb. 23

- The Humane Society of Summit County (HSSC) invites supporters to attend Bow Wow Bingo, a fundraiser hosted by Beth McLeod of WOIO Channel 19 News in Cleveland from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. George Family Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron. Attendees will play 8 fast-paced rounds of exciting bingo with a chance to win prizes. Guests will also enjoy dinner, dessert, a basket raffle, a separate $500 grand prize raffle, and a cash bar.  Attendees will be able to meet some adoptable pets over the course of the evening. Tickets are $50 each and available in a limited quantity. Tickets and more information are available online at summithumane.org/bingo. Event guests and the public are invited to enter the grand prize raffle for a chance to win a $500 VISA Gift card. Tickets are available for purchase in person at 7996 Darrow Road in Twinsburg or by calling 330-487-0333, ext. 223. Grand prize raffle tickets cost $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. Even those who can’t attend Bow Wow Bingo are still able to participate in the grand prize raffle. 

Feb. 24

- 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.

Feb. 27

- The Cleveland Clinic Akron General LifeStyles offers a free program, "NuFit: Nutrition & Fitness Education for a New You!" from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Green Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. The hour-long program provides information about the latest in nutrition and fitness, new recipes, tips and more from a registered dietitian and fitness expert. The class will focus on "Become Sodium Savvy" and"Cardiovascular Training and Weights." Call to register at 330-896-5000.

- Akron General Community Access & Wellness is offering low-cost glucose and cholesterol screenings from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Green Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. To measure LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, be sure to fast for at least twelve hours. No appointments are necessary. Screenings are done by a finger-stick test. Costs range from $12 to $58 depending upon the combination of tests ordered. Cash, check or credit card accepted. Call 330-665-8248 with questions.