June 15

- At 7 p.m., enjoy the classic rock music of the Prowlers at a free concert, presented by the City of Akron at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Main Entrance, 2077 Newton St. For more information, call 330-375-2311 or visit akronohio.gov. 

- From 11 a.m. to noon, bring the kids to the Nature Play area along Alder Trail, Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave., and use your senses to discover wildlife around us. We'll learn how some animals use their senses, too. Getting messy is encouraged so please dress for a mess. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Join Wayside Furniture, 1367 Canton Road, from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23 for its Inaugural Summer Fun Bocce Ball Tournament. The tournament will be held in the Outdoor Furniture area in between the main showroom and the Red Brick Amish Shop. Register a two-person team by June 15 in the store or online at www.wayside-furniture.com. The winning team will receive a $500 Wayside Gift Card. Italian refreshments from Wayside Café will be served to all contestants and their fans.

June 16

- From 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m., join in Gorge Kayaking at Gorge Metro Park/Main Entrance, 1160 Front St. Paddle the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery. Led by a certified instructor and a naturalist. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes and be able to swim. We suggest bringing water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wearing clothes that can get wet. Fee includes loan of kayak, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited. Cost: $15/person. Advanced registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865- 8065.

- The Autism 5k Run and Walk will take to the streets of Akron. The family 5k and walk will be held at Firestone Stadium. In addition to the timed 5k, which can either be walked or ran, the event will feature a one-mile fun walk for teams who raise money to support the community initiatives. Other events include a live DJ, petting zoo, inflatable kid’s zone, vendor fair, and a kid’s fun run around the bases of Firestone Stadium’s infield. Registration for the timed 5k run or walk costs $35 and increases to $40 on the day of the event. The registration fee includes an official event t-shirt. A discounted rate of $20 is offered to students and individuals with a disability. Participation in the one-mile fun walk is focused on each walk team’s fundraising goals and does not have a registration fee. Learn more and register at https://autism5kandwalk.enmotive.com

June 19

- At 7 p.m., the all-volunteer Metro Parks Ensemble performs an hour of traditional marches, big band standards and oldies at Towpath Trail/Clinton Trailhead, 2749 North Street. The concert will be cancelled if it rains. If wet weather is in the forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status. 

June 21

- From 6 to 7:30 p.m., a Good Gardens program will be held at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Goodyear Lodge 2077 Newton St. Making your own non-toxic pesticide and herbicide is easy to do, and keeps your garden free of chemicals which might harm you. Join a naturalist to learn the basics, then make a sample to take home. For information, call 330-865-8065.

June 22

- At 7 p.m., enjoy pop and rock favorites by Rock Radio at a free concert, presented by the City of Akron at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Main Entrance, 2077 Newton St. For more information, call 330-375-2311 or visit akronohio.gov. 

- The Rock the Dock festival will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. June 22, from noon to 11 p.m. June 23 and from noon to 6 p.m. June 24 at Springfield Lake Park. Parking on site is $5, handicap parking is free with state valid plaque and parking off site is free at Gala Commons or Lakemore Plaza with free pick up and drop off shuttle bus service. There will be carnival rides, carnival food, entertainment for the entire family. Wrist bands for rides are available but no refunds are available (check the weather before purchasing.) Fireworks will be at 9:45 June 23.

June 23

- From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., tour the Master Gardeners Six Gardens of Distinction. Tickets are $20 and are available online at www.summitmastergardeners.org or at Donzell’s Garden Center, 937 E. Waterloo Road and Dayton Nursery and Garden Center, 3459 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. Proceeds will benefit the Summit County Master Gardeners’ educational horticulture programs. Visit the Summit County Master Gardeners website for additional information and upcoming programs.

June 24

- From 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., paddle a portion of Nimisila Reservoir with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety and see wildlife around the water. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes and be able to swim. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wear clothes that can get wet. Fee includes loan of kayak, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited. The cost is $15 a person and registration is required online at www.summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. Meet at the Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park/Lot C6, 6194 Christman Road.

June 25

- Summit County ArtsNow is hosting a free reception and panel discussion on the topic of funding from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Andrew Jackson House. The panelist of funders will be discussing best funding practices, the funding landscape in the arts and culture sector, public space in Summit County, and strategic vision for our community partners. Registration is free and open to the public.

June 29

- Enjoy the American roots rock music of the JiMiller Band at a free concert, presented by the City of Akron at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Main Entrance, 2077 Newton St. For more information, call 330-375-2311 or visit akronohio.gov. 

June 30

- From 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m., join the metro parks at beginner stand-up paddleboarding at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park/Lot C6, 6194 Christman Road. A certified instructor and a naturalist will guide participants and no experience is needed. The minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes and be able to swim. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wear clothes that can get wet. Fee includes loan of paddleboard, paddle, life jacket and instruction. The cost is $15 per person and registration I required at www.summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330- 865-8065.

- From 1 to 3 p.m., Paul Wischt from the Cuyahoga and Chippewa Valley Archaeology societies will demonstrate the ancient skill of flint knapping and share the different spear points used by early Native Americans. The program will be held at Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road. For information, call 330-865-8065