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 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

March 14

• All crafters in the area are invited to an eight-hour Scrapbooking Crop and Card-Making from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grace United Church of Christ (UCC), 13275 Cleveland Ave. NW, Uniontown. Advanced registration is required, and space is limited, so reserve your table now. A $25 per person registration fee includes the use of one 8-foot table per person for 8 hours,snacks throughout the day, a salad bar lunch, hourly door prize drawings, use of Circuit and Sizzix die-cutting and Cuttlebug embossing machines, 100+ punches and various stencils. Helpers will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. when the doors open to unload your vehicle and move your supplies to your reserved table. To register, contact Sandie Sourwine at 330-472-6369. This fundraiser typically sells out quickly.

March 15

• From 2 to 3:30 p.m. take a hike along the Tuscarawas River and through surrounding wetlands to learn about these critically important habitats and the critters that call them home. Please dress appropriately for the weather. The program takes place at Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area
 2620 Harrington Road. For information, call 330-865-8065.

March 16

• From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., a Kinderealm program of Amphibians nature Walk will be held for children ages 3 to 6 and their adult companions. Attendees will take a nature walk to look for amphibians along the trail, then come inside to make a craft. Be prepared to be outside for most of the program. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065. The program is being held at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave.

March 18

• From 10 a.m. to noon, join a naturalist to hike approximately 5.5 miles on the Towpath and Summit Lake Loop trails. For information, call 330-865-8065. The hike takes place at the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail/Wilbeth Road Trailhead, 392 W. Wilbeth Road.

March 19

• Disney Institute is bringing its professional development course, Disney’s Approach to Employee Engagement, to Hartville. The program, sponsored by the Lake Township Chamber of Commerce, is a one-day event held at Hartville Kitchen and will help area professionals explore how to adapt training strategies that ensure employees are confident in their roles by creating a holistic plan that drives employee engagement. This day of Disney Institute training uses business insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide to inspire individuals and organizations to enhance their own customer experience using Disney principles as their guide. Registration is $350 per person and includes all course materials as well as breakfast and lunch. For more information or to register, go to or call 330-417-4977.