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.

- Akron General Community Access and Wellness is offering low-cost glucose and cholesterol screenings from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Green Health and Wellness Center located at 1940 Town Park Boulevard. To measure LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, be sure to fast for at least twelve hours. No appointments are necessary. Free parking is provided. 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 Call330-665-8175 with questions.

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.

- Cleveland Clinic Akron General Visiting Nurse Service will offer a free support groups to assist people through the grief process. "Life after the Loss of an Adult Child" will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 12, 19 and 26. Attendees will consider the multiple meanings, effects and impact the death of an adult child has on everyone, including their parents. The program will be held at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road. Call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, Ext. 4662, to reserve a place.

- Coventry AARP #3820 will meet at 1:15 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club Civic Center, 727 Portage Lakes Drive. Pat and Bill Butke will share some interesting facts about Irish competitive dancing of which they have 45 years of involvement with local dance companies. Pat will bring some of her beautiful dance creations. Free refreshments will be served and all seniors are welcome.

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. 

- Cleveland Clinic Akron General Visiting Nurse Service will offer "Healing Journey Support Group" on Thursdays for six weeks from 2 to 4 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. Focus on rebuilding life after the death of a loved one and incorporating hope. Help normalize the grief experience through sharing with others facing similar challenges. Choose to attend either the afternoon or evening group. The program will be held at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road. Call to reserve a place, 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, ext. 4662.

- At 1 p.m., the Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s free casual one-mile "Healthy Strides" indoor walking program will be held. The walk is preceded by a brief informative talk by Akron General physicians and caregivers. Registration is not required. Meet at the front entrance of the facility, 1940 Town Park Blvd., Green.

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.

- Kent State at Stark is hosting an On Track to Transfer program at 1 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.

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. 

- Tickets are now on sale for Breakfast with the Bunny at the Akron Zoo. The event runs on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. March 17, 18, 24, 25 and 31. Reservations are required and space is limited. Tickets to the event include a full breakfast buffet, crafts, activities and visits with the Easter Bunny. Guests will also receive admission into the zoo following the event. An outdoor egg hunt will take place at 10:30 a.m. for children to participate in and each child will receive a goody bag. Tickets can be purchased at akronzoo.org or in person at the zoo’s box office. Prices for the event are $16 for adults and $23 for children for Akron Zoo members, and $24 for adults and $29 for children for non-members. Children under two who do not plan to receive a goody bag are free, but do need an event ticket. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call 330-375-2550.

March 20

- Travel to some of the important sites in the Old Testament including the northernmost point of Israel. Then learn about the sites of Qumran and the magnificent building projects of Herod the Great from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road. For more information, call 330-896-9074.

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. 

- From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at North High School, 985 Gorge Blvd., speakers from Summit Metro Parks will discuss the unique habitat of Gorge Metro Park and the park district’s efforts to protect its ecology, which includes rare and endangered species, and share an update on the Gorge Dam’s removal. The protection and restoration of the ecosystem, during and after removal of the Gorge Dam, will also be discussed. A brief reception starting at 6 p.m. will precede the program. For more 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. 

March 25

- Celebrate the return of great blue herons while viewing them through spotting scopes and binoculars from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Meet at the Bath Road Heronry on Bath Road, between Riverview and Akron-Peninsula roads in Akron. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

- Children 9 to 15 can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. The program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. The cost is $10/person and registration is required and can be done online at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

- Participants 16 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. The program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. The cost is $10/person and advanced registration is required and can be done online at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

March 26,

From 10 to 11:30 a.m., people 16 and older can play different games to build archery skills in a fun and exciting way. Participants must have already taken one of the Intro to Archery programs. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. The free program will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Registration is required. For more information call  330-865-8065. 

- Families with children 9 and older can play different games to build archery skills together in a fun and exciting way. Participants must have already taken one of the Intro to Archery programs. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. The free program is from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and is held at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

March 27

- Akron General Community Access and 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. Free parking is provided. 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 Call330-665-8175 with questions.

- The Cleveland Clinic Akron General LifeStyles is offering a free monthly lecture series, "NuFit: Nutrition & Fitness Education for a New You!" The event will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Green Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. The program is an hour-long and covers two topics providing information about the latest in nutrition and fitness, new recipes, tips and more from a registered dietitian and fitness expert. The March class will focus on "Fad Diets and Exercises." Call to register at 330-896-5000.

March 28 

- Spring is a great time to view ducks, geese and other waterfowl. From 9 to 11 a.m. at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park/Lot SM2, 5531 S. Main Street, new and experienced birdwatchers can join in during the migration. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope.  Call 330-865-8065 for more information. 

- Thinking spring? Join in the programs at the Metro Parks for helpful tips for your backyard. Meet Me In The Garden will be held from 7 to 9 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. 

March 29

- People of all ages can play at the Nature Play area along Alder Trail to hop, croak, slide and crawl like amphibians from 1 to 2 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave. Come prepared to get dirty. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

March 31

- Getting ready for hummingbirds will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Lodge, 2077 Newton St. During this lecture-style program, learn all about these fascinating little birds and how we can get ready for their arrival. Call 330-865-8065 for more information. 

- Thinking spring? Join in the programs at the Metro Parks for helpful tips for your backyard. Getting Ready for Hummingbirds will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Lodge, 2077 Newton Street. For program descriptions and more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-867-5511.