Aug. 4

- Kids 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line at Little Turtle Pond 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.

Aug. 5

- Grace United Church of Christ, 13275 Cleveland Ave., Lake Twp., continues to celebrate its 175th anniversary with a free community ice cream social and Americana music concert by the Tuba-Fours beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the Grace UCC office at 330-699-3255.

- Paddle a portion of Nimisila Reservoir with a certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety and see wildlife around the water from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. The minimum age is 13; 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. Space is limited and cost: $15 per person. Meet at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park/Lot C6, 6194 Christman Road. Registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Aug. 6

- Manchester United Methodist Church is hosting vacation bible school "The Life and Times of Jesus" from Aug. 6 to 10 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The program is for ages four through sixth grade. Everyone is welcome. Call 330-882-4818 for more information or to reserve a spot.

- The Akron Canton Airport (CAK) is offering a full-experience tour designed to familiarize kids and parents with the airport experience. The CAK Moms' Tour will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 13. As this is an interactive program, groups will be small to allow for questions and comfort. Families will practice parking, riding the shuttle bus, security screening with baby gear, and wayfinding through the airport. During the tour, representatives from the airport and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will cover common questions, such as "Do I have to pay to check my stroller?" and "Does formula and milk fall under the 3.4 oz rule?" Parents who are interested can sign up at akroncantonairport.com by Aug. 6.

Aug. 7

- Enjoy free lake swimming from 3 to 6:45 p.m. and a one-hour concert by the Metro Parks Ensemble near Sherman Shelter at 6:30 p.m., Silver Creek Metro Park/Bathhouse & Pheasant Run Area, 5000 Hametown Road, Norton. The concert cancelled if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 if wet weather is in the forecast. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- The annual National Night Out Event is being held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Belden Village Target in Jackson Township. It is a free event with food from local restaurants, mounted patrol, SWAT demonstration, MAPS Museum helicopter and jeep, meet and greet safety forces, faire and military vehicles, K-9 demonstration, bounce house cookout, wing eating contests and much more.

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. 

- A special book club about "Emily and Einstein" by Linda Francis Lee will be held from 2 to 3:30 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 330-668-4657 or 800-335-1455, ext. 84657, to reserve a spot. Please read the book in advance to engage in the discussion about confronting the past and second chances in the wake of sudden loss.

- The benefits of local emerging talent driving sustainable change is the topic of the GAINS (Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability) meeting at the Lock 15 Event Space Cascade Lofts, 21 W. North St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the free program begins at 6:15 p.m. Speakers include Kelli Fetter, director of engagement and events for Downtown Akron Partnership; Eric Wise, co-founder and CEO of DriveIT; and Andrew Linebarger, planner Summit Reworks.

- Join a naturalist from 2 to 4 p.m. for a stroll along Piney Woods Trail with stops to discover nature and history along the way. The afternoon stroll takes place at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer Area 550 Frazier Ave. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Drawing outdoors will take place for 9 to 11 p.m. at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm/Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road. Bring your drawing pad and pencils for an outdoor lesson in drawing. Beginners are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. Portable chairs and drinking water are recommended. Program will be canceled during inclement weather. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Aug. 9

- From 1 to 2:30 p.m., learn about natural dyes from local plants with a naturalist, then tie-dye a shirt using RIT dye. Bring a plain T-shirt and wear clothes that can get stained. Shirts to Dye For will be held at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Aug. 10

- Enjoy the 1950s to 1980s music of Night School at a free concert, presented by the City of Akron, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Main Entrance, 2077 Newton St. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Join a naturalist for a short presentation to learn all about a misunderstood mammal, the coyote. Afterward, attendees will go on a quiet hike to listen for their calls. The program is from 7 to 8 p.m. at Silver Creek Metro Park/Pheasant Run Area, 5000 Hametown Road, Norton. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Aug. 11 

- Paddle the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 3 p.m. to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your kayak. 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-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. Space is limited and cost is $15 per person. Registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. Meet at Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance, 1160 Front Street.

Aug. 11

Witness the Perseid meteor shower, one of nature’s best shows in the sky from 9 to 11 p.m. Aug. 11, 12 or 13. A program will occur on only one of these three nights, pending clear skies. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if a program is taking place that night. Bring a flashlight and chairs or blankets. For information, call 330-865-8065. Meet at Silver Creek Metro Park/Bathhouse and Pheasant Run Area, 5000 Hametown Road, Norton.

- Summit Metro Parks is hosting Touch-A-Truck from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Munroe Falls Metro Park’s Lake area, 521 S. River Road. Kids and adults alike will enjoy "inspecting" and "driving" more than a dozen Summit Metro Parks vehicles. The event will also include local law enforcement vehicles, the Akron Children’s Hospital "Air Bear" helicopter and food trucks with refreshments for purchase. The event is free, For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.

Aug. 12

- A retreat with the Saints - Their Lives, Our Lives - is at Loyola Retreat House, 700 Killinger Road, will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Arrival is at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $165 per person. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or visit loyolaretreathouse.com to register.

- Brushstrokes: A Retreat for Educators will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Loyola Retreat House, 700 Killinger Road. Join Miguel Chavez, associate vice president for mission implementation at Walsh University, to explore how the conventional and unconventional classroom becomes the studio for creative transformation, using the spiritualities developed in the lives of the saints. Lunch and mass are included. The retreat is intended for all educators. The cost is $25 per person. Group discounts are available. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or visit loyolaretreathouse.com to register.

Aug. 13

- Coventry AARP #3820 will meet at 1:15 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club Civic Center, 725 Portage Lakes Drive. A Mystery Speaker will share historic information about a private property which is considered a Portage Lakes Landmark. Free refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Aug. 14

- ACCESS, Inc., Akron’s homeless shelter for women and children, will be hosting its annual breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Quaker Station in downtown Akron. The free event is the largest fundraiser of the year for ACCESS and will feature a full, complimentary breakfast, a heartwarming client testimonial, and ACCESS updates. Attendees will hear from supporters including Mayor Horrigan, Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro and Dr. Deborah Plate of Cleveland Clinic Akron General, and former ACCESS resident Teresa. To register or sponsor the event visit access-shelter.org.

- Weather permitting, the all-volunteer Metro Parks Ensemble will perform an hour of traditional marches, big band standards and oldies from 7 to 8 p.m. at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park/Lot C1, 5034 Christman Road. Concert cancelled if it rains. If wet weather is in the forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status. For information, call 330-865-8065.