FYI

n Sign up for Vacation Bible School (VBS). The Grace United Church of Christ (UCC) in Uniontown is holding VBS June 6 through June 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. It is for all children who have completed one year of preschool thru 6th grade. Kids will learn what it means to follow Jesus through dark times while participating in memorable Bible-learning activities, songs, games, yummy treats, and one-of-a-kind Bible story adventures. Register in person at the church office weekday mornings, call 330-699-3255 to reserve a space, or email firestonegoalie@aol.com to request a registration form. A $10 registration fee per child ($25 maximum per household) is requested for Cave Quest VBS, which includes t-shirt, VBS song CD and the cost of materials. Families with financial hardships may contact Michael Farmer, Grace UCC Director of Christian Education and Youth, at 330-699-3255. Register your children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends. Grace UCC is located at 13275 Cleveland Avenue.

n Hartville is seeking talented musicians between the ages of 12 and 22 years old to perform in Hartville's Youth Music Showcase. The event will be held July 9 during Historic Downtown Hartville's Get Out and Play street festival. Vocal and instrumental acts of soloists or groups up to five members will perform 12 minute sets. prizes will be awarded. Apply online at www.discoverhartville.com/secondsaturday. Deadline to apply is June 10th.

MAY 27

n Kinderealm Wildflowers will be held by the Metro Parks from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. at the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center located at 1828 Smith Road. Children ages three to five and their adult companions find out about the beautiful wildflowers blossoming in our Metro Parks. Program includes a craft and short hike. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Advance registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.

n Tracks and Fire will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm/Campfire Area, 1828 Smith Road. Look for signs of wildlife on a short hike, then warm up around the campfire and roast marshmallows, while supplies last. For information, call 330-865-8065.

MAY 28

n Kinderealm Wildflowers, for children ages 3 to 5 and their adult companions, helps learn about about the beautiful wildflowers blossoming in the Metro Parks. Held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm/Visitors Center located at 1828 Smith Road. Program includes a craft and short hike. Please make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Registration required. For information, call 330-865-8065.

n A Metro Park program, Ferns and Fungi, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm/Campfire Area located at 1828 Smith Road. Now is a good time to search for some of the less noticeable plants of the forest floor along Cherry Lane and Fernwood trails. For information, call 330-865-8065. Return of the 17-year cicadas will be presented by Metro Parks from 1 to 4 p.m. at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm/Visitors Center. Learn about the amazing phenomenon of the 17-year cicadas. Stop by anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. to participate in activities that will explore the lives of these fascinating creatures. For information, call 330-865-8065. Metro Parks Book Club - Confessions of an Eco-Sinner - will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm/Visitors Center. Traveling more than 100,000 miles and to more than 20 countries, science-journalist Fred Pearce tracks down the sources of his stuff, literally. Drinks are provided, but please bring a mug. For information, call 330-865-8065.

n Widows and Widowers Starting Over Socially will meet at 10 a.m. for brunch and dominos at Perkin's, 4896 Everhard Rd. No reservations necessary. Diners pay for their own meals. Call Jackie at 330-802-5648 or Sue at 330-499-8727 for information.

MAY 31

n The Massillon Dixieland Jazz Band will present a live concert at 7 p.m. at the Massillon Senior Center, 39 Lincoln Way West. On-street parking and two-hour free parking in the parking deck behind the Senior Center building, is available to the public. Handicapped parking is also available on street level beneath the parking deck. Attendees may enter the rear of the building from the parking deck. For more information contact Jim Chatterton at jrchatt41@gmail.com or log onto the library’s website: www.massillonlibrary.org.

JUNE 1

n Maureen Van Duser will present Navigating Job Searches and Networking in the Digital Age at 6 p.m. at New Life Episcopal Church, 13118 Church Ave. NW, Uniontown. The free presentation is being provided as a community service by the church. For more information, call 330-705-6491 or visit www.ComeToNewLife.org.

n Aultman Hospital presents a free Health Talk program during the month of June. Seating for all health talks is limited, and reservations are required. Call 330-363-TALK (8255) to sign up. Presentations are for educational purposes only and do not in any way constitute professional advice.

n A free peer to peer education class will be held by Stark County's National Alliance on Mental Illness. It is a 10 week education program designed to foster learning, healing and empowerment among adults with neuobiological brain disorders (mental illness). The course provides participants with comprehensive information on mental illness. It also teaches strategies for personal and interpersonal awareness, coping skills, and promotes effective paths to recovery and wellness. This course will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mercy Health Center of Jackson, located at 7337 Caritas Circle NW, for 10 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning, June 1 and ending August 3. There is a monetary stipend given to participants for attendance and refreshments are available. Pre-registration is required. To learn more, or to register for the class, call 330-455-6264.

n How Do You See Others? will be presented by Beth McCready, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Aultman Orrville, 832 S. Main Street. There are a variety of ways in which you choose to see others. Perception is not always based on a true picture of reality. Join us as we learn how perceptions can create stereotypes. Reservations are required. Call 330-363-TALK (8255) to sign up.

JUNE 4

n Springfield Township will hold a meeting at 9 a.m. for residents to give their input on a possible contract for a community trash hauler. The meeting will be held at the Town Hall located at 2459 Canfield Road.

n Portage County Chapter #600 of International Parents Without Partners will hold its monthly dance from 7:30-11 p.m. at the Ritchie Memorial Shelter House, 109 West Ave., Tallmadge. Cost is $6 for members and $8 for nonmembers. For more information, call Warrine at 330-232-9559.

JUNE 6

n All retired educators in Summit County and surrounding areas are invited to the next meeting of the Summit County Retired Teachers Association (SCRTA) at noon at Guy's Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Rd., Akron. A luncheon will follow the meeting. Cost is $17. For more information, call Ruby Winter at 330-644-6886.

JUNE 19

n The Hudson Stamp Show will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Hudson Clarion Inn, 6625 Dean Memorial Pkwy. There will be five dealers buying and selling U.S. and foreign stamps, covers, postcards and stamp supplies. Admission and parking is free. For more information, call Dave Pool at 330-832-5992, or email lincolnway@sssnet.com.