- Kids can learn the basics of fishing, bait a hook and drop a line from 1 to 3 p.m. April 13 in Alder Pond at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave. A limited number of rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Participants 16 and older must have a fishing license. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- If you are interested in learning how to identify birds, but unsure where to start, join a naturalist from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to learn the identifying characteristics of birds and how to begin distinguishing one bird from the other. For information, call 330-865-8065. The program is being held at the Gorge Metro Park/Main Entrance located at 1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- To honor and celebrate Akron’s neighborhoods, Summit Artspace has created a new photography exhibit highlighting the city’s two dozen locales for a show simply titled 24. The opening reception with photographers and artists is from 5 to 8 p.m. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Summit Artspace is at 140 E. Market St. The exhibit runs until May 12, and its events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 330-376-8480 or visit www.summitartspace.org.
- The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve hosts the 2018 Aspire. The program raises funds for programs that reach more than 900 children each year. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. at St. George’s Family Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Fairlawn. Guests will have dinner, live and silent auctions, raffle items, and the world-famous "Dessert Dash," with all proceeds from the event supporting BGCWR programming. The cost for the event is $125 per ticket, which includes food and beverages. To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.wrkids.org/aspire.
- A Wild Science program will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton Street. Why do leaves change color in the fall? Why is the sky blue? Learn the answers to nature's mysteries with easy science experiments. Dress to get messy. Registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Cardboard Castles and Crunch Time Workouts will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Build A Body Personal Training, 3339 Miller Park Road, Green. Children will learn to make a stone-like or fairy castle by decorating and painting a cardboard form they can fold to take home. Adults will learn how to creatively incorporate exercise in their daily lives without scheduling extra time to exercise. As a bonus, they will gain informative insight on working out with no equipment, how to exercise while driving, and nutritional tips. For more information call 330-361-9199 to register.
- Volunteers are needed to help clean up two streams and trails in southeast Akron from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will kick off in the Haley’s Run parking, 730 Landon Ave., just north of Triplett Boulevard. Those interested in volunteering should register online at www.wrlandconservancy.org/event/adams18/ or call 440-528-4161.
- Cleveland Clinic Akron General Visiting Nurse Service is holding a free Advance Directives Workshop: Living Wills & More from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road. The program is free and refreshments will be served. Register by contacting Stephanie at 330-668-4683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions learn how nature uses slime. A short hike and craft are included. The program will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Registration is required by calling 330-865-8065. Make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers.
Cleveland Clinic Akron General will hold a free Minority Men's Health Fair from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Akron General, Ambulatory Care Center, 1 Akron General Ave., Akron. The fair is to help meet the needs of minority men, especially African-American and Hispanic males, in the greater Akron community. These minorities have a higher risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and prostate cancer. The fair will include free health seminars and information on these topics, as well as kidney function, stroke prevention, smoking cessation, nutrition, exercise and wellness, organ donation, sports health, reproductive health, pain management and colorectal cancer. Free screenings will include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose and more. Ride to Akron General’s Minority Men’s Health Fair for free using METRO’s regular line-service buses. For routes and times, call 330-762-0341 or visit akronmetro.org. Register for the fair online at clevelandclinic.org/MMHF or call 330-344-2462.
- 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.
- Works of art from Springfield Elementary, Junior High and Senior High students will be shown during Night of the Arts held 6 p.m. April 20 and 21 in the Springfield Junior Senior High School Rotunda. Following the art show will be the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" at 7:30 p.m.
- The Portage Lakes Library, 4261 Manchester Road, is holding its spring members only book sale from 3 to 5 p.m. Not a member? Join at the door for $5 and take home a bag of books for $5. All proceeds benefit the library’s programs. For more information, call 330-644-7050.
Michael Stanley and Friends will perform on the Kent Stage at 8 p.m., 175 E. Main Street, Kent. Gold Circle tickets are $70, reserved floor seats are $60 and reserved balcony seats are $50. Doors open at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit www.thekentstage.com or by phone at 877-987-6487.
- Celebrate Earth Day with the Metro Parks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sand Run Metro Park, 1400 Sand Run Pkwy. Join a naturalist to discover what is new this spring along Mingo Trail. Search for blooms, birds, and nature's beauty to discover what has already sprung this season.
- The Portage Lakes Library, 4261 Manchester Road, is holding a spring book sale open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit the library’s programs. Fill a bag for $5. For more information, call 330-644-7050.
- The Akron Area YMCA will host Healthy Kids Day from 1 to 4 p.m. at Camp Y-Noah, 815 Mt. Pleasant Road. It is a free afternoon for the entire family in the great outdoors. Enjoy canoeing, archery, pony rides, guided nature hikes, family Zumba, a basketball free-throw contest, Gaga (!) and healthy snack-making – plus more. Get the chance to win prizes, including a free week of summer camp. Open to all, but children need to be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 330-376-1335 or visit www.Akronymca.org/healthykidsday.
- To address the lack of diversity in the financial planning industry, The University of Akron (UA) will host its second annual "Financial Planning Women and Diversity Symposium – 2018" Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the event scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at UA’s Quaker Station Ballroom, 130 E. Mill St., Akron. For more information visit uakron.edu/fp-influence.
- Register for a half-hour time slot to improve your shot at the archery open shoot from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants must have previously taken the Intro to Archery program. All equipment provided. For information, call 330-865-8065. The location is Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave.
- 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.
- The City of New Franklin will hold a paper shredding for residents from 10 am to 1 pm, rain or shine. Proof of residency is required. The truck will be in the City Hall parking lot and vehicles must use the entrance from Manchester Road, next to the Fire Station. The limit is 15 file boxes or shopping bags. There is no need to remove staples or paper clips, however any plastic must be removed. Contact the city of New Franklin with questions at 330-882-4324.
- The 5th annual Suicide Prevention Walk will be held The University of Akron. Registration begins at noon and the walk starts at 1 p.m. at the Stile Field House. It is a community-based walk, and not just for college students but for anyone in the public. The Out of the Darkness Walk raises much needed funds and awareness to develop prevention programs and decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness. For more information, email email@example.com. To register visit afsp.org/UAkron.
- New and experienced birdwatchers can join a naturalist for a bird walk around Alder Pond from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Binoculars are recommended. The spring bird walk is held at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Heart to Heart Communications is hosting the annual Greater Akron Speaks Out for Values Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Ken Babby, Owner and CEO of the Akron RubberDucks. The event will be held at 6:30 a.m. at the John S. Knight Center. For ticket prices and registration, visit h2hc.org or contact Heart to Heart Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-434-3278.
Archery for adults will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Participants 16 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship at our temporary indoor range. Program good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Cost is $10/person. Advance registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. The program is being held at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave.