Feb. 28


• Join a naturalist from 10:30 to noon for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. Munroe Falls Park, Tallmadge Meadows, 1088 North Ave.


Feb. 29


• Join a naturalist for a hike as we look for coyotes and evidence of their presence in the park from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dress appropriately for an outdoor winter excursion. Goodyear Heights Park, Main Entrance, 2077 Newton St.


FEB. 29


Join the Summit County Master Gardeners for presentations by Jacqueline Kowalski, Phyllis Mihalik, Amp Giles and John Palmer as part of the Saturday Garden Series. There will be a silent auction, raffle baskets and a books and bulbs sale. A breakfast buffet and lunch are also included. The cost is $60 for both days (MARCH 7) or $37.50 for one day. Location: Todaro’s Party Center, 1820 Akron – Peninsula Road.


March 1


• From 2 to 4 p.m. the Quail Hollow Herbal Society will meet at Quail Hollow in the Manor House, 13480 Congress Lake Road. Laura Alexandria, master gardener, will be the featured speaker. Meetings are open to the public and guests are free to attend.


March 2


• Area residents are invited to Chapel Hill Community’s monthly Walk with a Doc program at 10 a.m. at Chapel Hill’s Basler Community Building, 12200 Strausser St. NW., Canal Fulton. Participants will enjoy a rejuvenating walk with Dr. Aruna Rao, a nocturnist at Mercy Medical Center, and other local healthcare professionals. The program includes a discussion of a health topic and blood pressure checks. Participation is free. Register by contacting Jerry Martin at 330-854-4177.


March 7




• Come out for a walk on Alder Trail from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.to learn about animals with spots and how these animals are less likely to be spotted by you.The walk is held at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave. For information, call 330-865-8065.


March 8


• Join Metro Parks from 2 to 3 p.m. to learn the history of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of one of the world's largest organizations for girls: Girls Scouts of the USA. Learn how Low's efforts to teach young girls about the environment had a local impact on Summit Metro Parks. The program is being held at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Road. For information, call 330-865-8065.


• Relish the extra hour of sunlight by taking an evening prairie hike with a naturalist from 7 to 8 p.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road. Bring a pair of binoculars to spot birds and other critters. Please dress appropriately for the weather. For information, call 330-865-8065.


March 12


• The public is invited to celebrate Art of Recovery from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall, Goodrich Lobby. The event showcases the creations of participants in CSS’ Expressive Arts Therapy program. Art of Recovery helps to educate the public about mental illness. The event will feature a display of more than 50 original artworks, all professionally framed and available via auction. General admission tickets are $60. Limited edition artwork tickets will be available for $125. For more information and tickets, visit www.cssbh.org/art-of-recovery. A preview of the artwork will be on display at the Judge Stormer’s Probate Court, 209 S. High Street through March 11.


March 13


• Girls from area high schools can choose the prom dress of their dreams free from Altrusa International of Akron's annual Princess Night Project from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Family of Faith United Methodist Church, 800 E. Market St. No recommendation or qualification is needed. Any girl who attends can choose from over 1,000 gowns hanging by size on the many racks. Altrusa asks only for the name of the girl’s school and how she heard about Princess Night Project.


• Summit County Master Gardener Volunteers will host a program from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Springfield Community Center, 2491 Canfield Road. Master Gardener Lee Paulson will share tips on seed starting to get an early start to the gardening season. The program is free. For more information go to http://www.summitmastergardeners.org