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The Suburbanite
  • Zoo, library, farm offer fare from brew to ‘boo!’

  • Visitors can enjoy a beer and observe the animals from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave.

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  • Visitors can enjoy a beer and observe the animals from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave.
    Brew at the Zoo will feature light snacks, samples of beer from Northeast Ohio breweries, music and games such as cornhole and a golfing green.
    “The theme of this one is going to be ‘Christmas in July,’ so some of the breweries will be bringing their Christmas ales,” zoo spokesman David Barnhardt said.
    Having begun with one Brew at the Zoo four years ago, last year two events took place while this year three have been scheduled.
    “It’s definitely something that’s popular…We’ve sold out just about every one we’ve had here, typically the day of,” Barnhardt said.
    Along with a variety of free samples, full-sized beers will be available for $3 from Elevator Brewing, Indigo Imp Brewery, Ohio Brewing Co. and Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Visitors can buy dinner at the Komodo Kingdom Café in the zoo’s education center, where DJ Kenny Kidd will perform.
    Admission to the event, which includes access to the entire zoo, is $15 for Akron Zoo members and $21 for non-members. Brew at the Zoo is open to adults age 21 and older. Reservations are required either by calling 330-375-2550, ext. 7231, or going online to www.akronzoo.org.
    The last Brew at the Zoo this year, on Oct. 3, will be an Oktoberfest.
    For more information, call the Akron Zoo at 330-375-2550 or go online to www.akronzoo.org.
    Paranormal presentation
    Those wondering whether that sound coming from the basement may be a ghost can get some tips during an upcoming how-to demonstration by two members of World Paranormal Investigations.
    At 6 p.m. July 18, WPI investigators Greg and Kathy Feketik will give a free, public lecture at the Canal Fulton Library, 154 Market St., E. in Canal Fulton.
    “It’s going to be, basically, how to ghost hunt,” Greg Feketik said.
    Feketik and his wife are among eight paranormal investigators from the Cleveland office of the international organization, the U.S. branch of which John and Bea Brugge founded in 2004.
    “It’s a fun presentation for people who are serious about it, so that if people have something going on in their home they can do some investigation with some minimal equipment,” Feketik said.
    Last September, a team of Ohio members of World Paranormal Investigations spent the night at the Canal Fulton Library. The Feketiks will include some of the findings from that experience in their how-to demonstration.
    Some sounds, however suspicious, can be ruled out as deriving from paranormal activity.
    “One thing to look for is, if you do audio recordings, you have to be aware of your surroundings,” explained Feketik.
    Page 2 of 2 -  “So, we have some examples of things you could be hearing that is not paranormal. If you heard this noise and went to do a review, when you hear the recording you would be thinking you had something and it turned out to be nothing,” he said.
    The presentation is part of the library’s summer reading series, with the theme of, “Own the Night,” for the teen-reading portion.
    For more information or to register for the event, call the Canal Fulton Library at 330-854-4148 or go online to www.canalfultonlibrary.org.
    For more information about World Paranormal Investigators, go online to wpiusauk.com.
    Other events:
    Hale Farm and Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road in Bath, will host its first Country Fair and Antique Farm Equipment Show next weekend.
    From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 21-22, visitors can glimpse what everyday life in the Western Reserve may have been like over a span of 150 years.
    Admittance to the fair and equipment show is included in the regular admission fees: $10 for adults; $5 for children, ages 3 to 12; and, without cost for children, age 2 or younger, and for members of the Western Reserve Historical Society.
    “The country-fair portion of the event will take place in our village green,” said Jason Klein, director of Hale Farm and Village.
    “We’ll have historic games played bag in those days, like bag races, for visitors to participate,” he added.
    Along with displays of antique cultivators, planters, harrows, plows, bailers and sickle mowers will be demonstrations of wood-stove cooking, weaving, pottery, glass blowing and blacksmithing and other period activities.
    For more information on the Country Fair and Antique Farm Equipment Show, call Hale Farm and Village at 330-666-3711 or go online to www.halefarm.org.