March 3

- Tickets are on sale for 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. Ticket prices are $110. Make your reservations today atVAPMG2018.gesture.com or by calling Victim Assistance Program at 330-376-0040. For more information about Mardi Gras Gala, how to sponsor, advertise, or donate, contact Kelly Kaufman, director of advancement, at 330-376-0040, ext. 200.

- The annual Victim Assistance Program’s Mardi Gras Gala is held at Tangier, 532 W. Market St., 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. Ticket prices are $110. Make your reservations today at VAPMG2018.gesture.com or by calling Victim Assistance Program at 330-376-0040. For more information about Mardi Gras Gala, how to sponsor, advertise, or donate, contact Kelly Kaufman, Director of Advancement, at 330-376-0040, ext. 200.

March 6

- Thinking spring? Join in the programs at the Metro Parks for helpful tips for your backyard. Composting 101 will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road. For program descriptions and more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-867-5511.

- Kent State at Stark is hosting an On Track to Transfer program at 3 p.m. designed for new transfer students to help them seamlessly transition to Kent State Stark’s 20 bachelor's degree programs, which can be completed entirely at the Stark Campus. Students also will learn about course equivalency, financial aid options and student support services. The Admissions team will help students navigate the transfer enrollment process. Each hour-long session takes place in the Learning Resource Center, 6000 Frank Ave. NW. Register today at www.kent.edu/stark/transfer-track.

- The Haven of Rest Women’s Auxiliary presents Ohio Author Charlotte J. Marky. Take an unforgettable and exciting "Journey to Freedom" through the pages of her autobiography. The journey takes visitors through devastation and destruction of WW II, the rise of communism, and the persecution of an evil dictatorship. The program begins at 1 p.m. A light luncheon is served at noon. The event takes place at the main building at 175 E. Market Street. For more information, call Rose Rose at 330-535-1563 or email rrose@havenofrest.org.

March 8

- If you or someone you love is considering weight-loss options, make plans to attend a free information session on weight-loss surgery hosted by Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Bariatric Center at 6 p.m. at Akron General, Boardroom, 1 Akron General Ave. The session will give an overview of the different types of weight-loss surgeries offered and the support provided by Akron General’s Bariatric Center. The risks, benefits and possible outcomes of surgery are also discussed. There is no cost to attend, but registration is appreciated and can be completed by calling 330-344-1950 or by registering online at akrongeneral.org/bariatric.

- Special needs families are invited to a free event from 5 to 7 p.m. at Norton Primary School, 3163 Greenwich Road. The event will have vendor resources from preschool to adult transition services. It is hosted by Norton City Schools for all communities. If Norton Schools are closed due to weather the date for the event will be March 15.

- From 7 to 8 p.m., the Thrursday Night Toastmasters in Green is hosting an open house. All are welcome to attend the free event held at Conference Room 1 at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Welness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. Refreshments will be served. Richard Brandenburg will be presenting the benefits of being a Toastmaster for professional and personal development. Contact Michele LaBasi with questions: tntohio.toastmasters@gmail.com and visit www.toastmaster.org to learn more.

- Children 3 to 6 with their adult companions will learn about different birds' beaks from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. A craft and hike are part of the program. 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. The program will be held at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton St. 

- The Akron Chapter of Public Relations of America will present Tameka L. Taylor, Ph.D., CDE, who will share her expertise in "Language Matters: Communicating Effectively and Respectively with Diverse Audiences." Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. at The Tangier, 532 W. Market St. Akron. Cost is $25 for PRSA members; $20 for Early Bird reservations before March 2; $30 for nonmembers; and $15 for students. Reservations are required by March 5 and may be made by contacting Lianne Fowler, PRSA Chapter Administrator, at 330-780-5175 or email: akronprsa@gmail.com. More information is available on the PRSA website at http://www.akronprsa.org.

March 10

- Art By Marla is hosting an art and exercise event from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Build A Body, 3339 Miller Park Road, Green. Parents and children ages 6 to 12 are invited to participate in a two hour fun event featuring art experiences for your children and health and wellness fun and information for you. At Chalk Art & Changes children create bright impact glow in the dark chalk artwork. Adults learn how small exercise and diet changes can make a big impact on their health. Classes are two hours. The cost is $30 for one adult and one child. Call Lisa at 330-361-9199 or Marla at 330-206-3319 for reservations.

- Green Sibshop, a monthly program for children who have a brother or sister with special needs, is meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Greensburg United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road, Green. Sibshops is a recreational and fun program in a save environment. For more information contact, Judy Martin at 330-607-3061.

March 11

- A day retreat for engaged couples will be held preparing for the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony at Loyal Retreat House, 700 Killinger Road, Green. The day will include prayer, presentations, quiet reflection time, Mass, a pizza lunch and dinner. Registration is at 11 a.m. and Mass is at 11:45 a.m. The cost is $75 per couple (due with advance registration). Dress is casual. Departure will follow the 7 p.m. closing. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or email office@loyolaretreathouse.com.  Visit loyolaretreathouse.com to register.

March 12

- A family program, "A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History" will be presented at 6:30 p.m. at the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road. The only author to ever rank the greatest cartoon characters of all time hosts this fun and funny family presentation. Marty Gitlin will show cartoon snippets and talk about such legends as Bugs Bunny, Homer Simpson and SpongeBob SquarePants. He will set up cartoon character games for the youngsters, provide cartoon trivia questions for one and all, and explain the criteria he used to rank the best of the best. For more information, call 330-896-9074.

March 14

- New and experienced birdwatchers can view ducks, geese and other water birds during the spring migration from 9 to 11 a.m. at Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail/Summit Lake Trailhead, 380 W. Crosier St. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

- Children 3 to 6 with their adult companions learn about different birds' beaks. A craft and hike are part of the program held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

March 15

- Thinking spring? Join in the programs at the Metro Parks for helpful tips for your backyard. Your Sustainable Yard will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Lodge located at 2077 Newton St. For program descriptions and more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-867-5511.

- From 6 to 8 p.m. "Your Sustainable Yard" will be held at Goodyear Heights Metro Park, 2077 Newton St. Attendees will learn about plants, pests, water conservation and yard trimmings. Gear up for spring and learn how to transform your yard into a high-functioning mini-ecosystem. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

March 16

- Join in the Gospel Blue Grass Jam from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Manchester United Methodist Church, 5625 Manchester Road. 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.

March 17

- Tuesday Musical presents A Tribute to Sarah Vaughan at 7:30 p.m. at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, 198 Hill Street. The concert features the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jeff Lindberg, plus musicians from Northeast Ohio and vocalists René Marie, Dee Alexander and Ann Hampton Callaway. Tickets are $25, $40, $45, and free for all students of any age. They are available at www.tuesdaymusical.org or call 330-761-3460, the ticket offices at EJ Thomas Hall and the Akron Civic Theatre, and at the door the evening of the concert if seats are still available. 

March 21

- New and experienced birdwatchers can view ducks, geese and other water birds during the spring migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope from 9 to 11 a.m. The waterfowl watch is at the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail/Wilbeth Road Trailhead, 392 W. Wilbeth Road. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

March 23

- A Palm Sunday Retreat – Called to Sainthood will be held at Loyola Retreat House, 700 Killinger Road, Green, from March 23 to March 25. Arrival is at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. The cost is $165 per person. For more information, callv330-896-2315 or email office@loyolaretreathouse.com. Visit loyolaretreathouse.com to register.

- Families with children 9 and older can learn international-style target archery together at the indoor range. The program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Participants must be 50 inches or taller. The program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Registration is required. For more information, call 330-865-8065. 

- Participants 16 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at the indoor range. The program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. The cost is $10 per person and registration is required and can be done online at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. The program is from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. 

March 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.

- A waterfowl watch will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at the Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park/Lot SM2, 5531 S. Main St. Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other waterfowl. New and experienced birdwatchers can join us during the migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope. For information, call 330-865-8065.  MARCH 24

- The Akron Canton Regional Foodbank and Main Street Gourmet have teamed up to hold a No Muffin Left Behind at 9 a.m. The event is held at the foodbank located at 350 Opportunity Parkway. Do your part to help end hunger in our area and take home some "sweet" deals. For more information, check out No Muffin Left Behind under the "About Us" tab at: www.mainstreetgourmet.com.

- Celebrate World Water Day 2018 in collaboration with Manchester High School. Students will host a variety of free water-related activities in the cafeteria of the high school from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Concurrently, Summit Metro Parks naturalists will host two programs at Nimisila Reservoir. For information, call 330-865-8065. Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park/Lot SM2 is at 5531 S. Main St.

- Join a naturalist from 1 to 2 p.m. to discover new and exciting facts about some of the creatures that lurk beneath the surface of Nimisila Reservoir and other freshwater bodies in Ohio. Enjoy a hands-on activity that will engage all ages. For information, call 330-865-8065. The park is at 5531 S. Main Street.

- Spring is in the air! Join a naturalist for a refreshing hike along Redwing Trail, looking and listening for signs of spring from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The hike takes place at Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road. For more information call 330-865-8065. 

- Lights out! This energy-conservation event is celebrated by 172 countries and territories worldwide. Join the Metro Parks for a short introduction to the Earth Hour event, followed by unplugged games and activities around a campfire. The event is from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road. For information, call 330-865-8065.