July 13

- Kids 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line at Little Turtle Pond in the Firestone Metro Park, 2400 Harrington Road. The program is from 10 a.m. to noon. A few rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children but are not permitted to fish. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Enjoy the country music of Southern Cross at a free concert from 7 to 8 p.m. The concert will be held at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Main Entrance, 2077 Newton St. For more information, call 330-865-8065.

July 14

- The 21st Annual Parade of Ponds, a fundraiser for the Akron Children’s Hospital Burt Unit, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 15. It is a self-guided tour that highlights some of the best ponds in Northeast Ohio. It showcases unique, beautiful and relaxing ponds, water gardens and water features. Purchase a digital booklet copy online at the Water X Scapes website, waterxscapes.com/parade-of-ponds/, or at one of these stores: Hoffman's Water X Scapes, 1021 E Caston Road., Biggin' Big Dip, 197 Portage Lakes Drive., Graf Growers, 1015 White Pond Drive., Mock Property Services, 37 S. Cleveland Avenue.

- From 1 to 3 p.m., join Summit Metro Parks to learn how to hunt woolly mammoths and mastodons with an atlatl, an ancient Indian spear tool. The program takes place at Firestone Metro Park in the Tuscarawas Meadows Area. For more information, call 330-865-8065.

- Green Sibshop, a monthly recreational and fun program just for kids in grades 3 through 6 who have a brother or sister with special health or developmental needs, meets from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Greensburg United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road. For more information or to register, visit  http://www.greensburgumc.net or call 330-244-7650.  Lunch is provided and there is no charge.  Pre-registration is requested.  Also held on the same day is a new Sibshop for Teens, for youth in grades 7 through 12. It will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Greensburg United Methodist Church.

July 15

- Paddle the Cuyahoga River at the gorge to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your kayak from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 3 p.m. Minimum age is 13, and those between ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe 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. Cost is $15 person. Register in advance at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. The park is located at 1160 Front Street.

July 18

- The Akron Sail and Power Squadron (ASPS) will teach on-the-water kayak a paddle board seminar from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Springfield Lake Senior Community Center, 2491 Canfield Road. The seminar is open to the public and attendees will learn how to safely and skillfully operate kayaks and paddle boards. Bring a towel, a change of dry clothes, sunscreen, a hat or visor and a bottle of water. The seminar fee is $35 and includes handout materials. There is a limit of 10 kayakers and 10 paddleboarders to each class. To register, visit http://akronpowersquadron.com/wp/education/paddle-smart/ or call Robert Ball at 330-322-7975.

July 18

- Children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions unearth the world of ants from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at  Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. The program, Kinderealm Ants, includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. For information or to register, call 330-865-8065.

July 19

- "Healing Journey Support Group" will be held on Thursdays for six weeks beginning July 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Visiting Nurse Service Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. The program is free. Call to reserve a place, 330-668-4657 or 800-335-1455, ext. 84657.

July 20

- Springfield Rocks summer concert series will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lakefront Park Gazebo, 2491 Canfield Road. Swizzle Stick (Motown and Oldies) will perform. The concert is free to the public. For inclement weather updates, call the concert hotline at 330-794-1739.

- Join in a retreat July 20-22 with the Saints-Their Lives, Our Lives at Loyola Retreat House, 700 Killinger Road, with special Retreat Director Fr. Jeremy Merzweiler. Arrival is Friday at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. The cost is $165 per person. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or visit loyolaretreathouse.com.

July 21

 - The 21st Annual Parade of Ponds, a fundraiser for the Akron Children’s Hospital Burt Unit, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 2. It is a self-guided tour that highlights some of the best ponds in Northeast Ohio. It showcases unique, beautiful and relaxing ponds, water gardens and water features. Purchase a digital booklet copy online at the Water X Scapes website, waterxscapes.com/parade-of-ponds/, or at one of these stores: Hoffman's Water X Scapes, 1021 E Caston Road., Biggin' Big Dip, 197 Portage Lakes Drive., Graf Growers, 1015 White Pond Drive., Mock Property Services, 37 S. Cleveland Avenue.

- Wigs for Kids is hosting the 12th annual Wigs for Kids Day at the Zoo 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk along with a nationwide cut-a-thon at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. conditions. Since 1981, thousands of children in the United States have been served by Wigs for Kids. For more information or to sign up for the Wigs for Kids Day visit wigsforkids.org/wigs-for-kids-day-at-the-zoo for event details. The 5K run and 1- mile walk are $30 for pre-registration and $35 the day of the event. For children 10 and under, the 1-mile walk is $20. For more information or to register, visit wigsforkids.org/wigs-for-kids-day-at-the-zoo.

July 25

- The Akron Sail and Power Squadron (ASPS) will teach on-the-water kayak a paddle board seminar from 6 to 9 p.m. at Craftsmen Park Portage Lakes, 4450 Rex Lake Road. The seminar is open to the public and attendees will learn how to safely and skillfully operate kayaks and paddle boards. Bring a towel, a change of dry clothes, sunscreen, a hat or visor and a bottle of water. The seminar fee is $35 and includes handout materials. There is a limit of 10 kayakers and 10 paddleboarders to each class. To register, visit http://akronpowersquadron.com/wp/education/paddle-smart/ or call Robert Ball at 330-322-7975.

July 27

- The Springfield High School Class of 1973 will celebrate its 45th reunion July 27-29. At 6 p.m. July 27, there will be an informal meet-and-greet at the Iron Grill at Gala Common, 2215 Waterloo Road. At 6 p.m. July 28, there will be a buffet dinner at Bricco Prime, 4315 Manchester Road. Cost is $40 per person. At noon, July 29, a covered dish cookout and picnic will be at Lakemore Waterworks Park, 2834 Sanitarium Road. Guests are encouraged to bring a covered dish. For more information, go to "SHS Class of 1973" on Facebook, or email jlmccloskey55@aol.com or robert.bachmann@icloud.com.

- Springfield Rocks summer concert series will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lakefront Park Gazebo, 2491 Canfield Road. Dave, Jeff and the House Band (Beatles and Eagles 60s to 80s) will perform. The concert is free to the public. For inclement weather updates, call the concert hotline at 330-794-1739.

Aug. 8

- The Summit County Metro Parks is holding Wild Things campt for children ages 5 to 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Lodge, 40 Axline Ave. Naturalists will lead different age groups on nature-themed adventures, and day-campers will explore a park with fun, hands-on activities. Campers will hike, discover what’s in streams, make a take-home craft and learn all about the creatures that live in the Metro Parks. Each camp is $50 per child. Registration is required in advance for each camp and can be made online at 330tix.com.