FYI

n Registration is now open for the 12th annual Tour Du Towpath family friendly bicycling event, with proceeds benefiting the continued development of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail and connector trails. The event is held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and is a day of outdoor fun that begins with a bicycle ride at the Canal Fulton Canalway Center in Canal Fulton, followed by a picnic lunch and live music at the St. Helena Heritage Park pavilion. Registration prices are $30 for non-members, $25 for members, $10 for children 12 and under and $60 for a family package that includes 2 adults and 2 youth (additional youth $6). Registrations can be purchased at the Richard Howe House in Akron by calling the office at 330-374-5657 or on the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition website at www.ohioeriecanal.org/events.

n Portages Lakes AARP 2214 will meet at Lakeview Christian Church, 4613 S. Main St. Lunch will be served at noon and entertainment begins at 1 p.m. with the meeting at 1:30 p.m. Call Lynn Pitz at 330-753-1306 by today for reservations. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 330-882-6019.

n Lakemore United Methodist Church is holding a yard/garage and rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 12 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 13. Also, on Aug. 13, the church's Mission Outreach Team is holding a community barbeque from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Dodds Park in Lakemore. For more information, call the church at 330-733-6531.

AUGUST 5

n The Diamond Project free concert will be held at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Main Entrance, 2077 Newton Street. Enjoy Neil Diamond classics. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. For more information about the City of Akron Summer Concert Series, visit akronohio.gov. For more information about Summit Metro Parks programs, call 330-865-8065 or visit summitmetroparks.org.   

n The Akron Zoo will host its annual summer fundraiser, Summer Safari, from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests will enjoy animal encounters, live music, drinks and food provided by local restaurants and caterers. Summer Safari is the Akron Zoo’s largest fundraiser of the year having raised over $1 million for animals and conservation programs in its ten years. During the event, the entire zoo will be open along with a silent auction and raffle. Guest must be 21 and over. Tickets are $120 for general admission and $85 for groups. For more information or to register, call 330-375-2550 ext. 7249 or visit online at www.akronzoo.org. The zoo is located at 500 Edgewood Avenue.

n Registration begins for Metro Parks Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Aug. 9-11. The park will hold Wild Things at the Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pavilion, 2077 Newton Street. Kids 9 and 10 can register for this exciting three-day drop-off camp, which will explore the world of critters with fun, hands-on experiences in the outdoors. Cost is $50 per child. Advance registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

AUGUST 8

n The Many Faces of Bond will be presented at 6:30 p.m. by Bill Brauning, popular culture historian. There have been many faces of James Bond since the first 007 film in 1962. This will see each one and their rise and fall from fame with this highly popular film character. It is an adult program and is held at the Green Branch Library.

n Coventry AARP #3820 will meet at 1:15 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club Civic Center, 727 Portage Lakes Drive. Michael Tripodi from Grace Hospice will be giving a general overview of Medicare Hospice benefit and will address eligibility and services available. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

AUGUST 9

n Summit County Children Services is sponsoring a free Foster Care and Adoption Information meeting at 6 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 Third Street. Those attending will learn a variety of details about foster care and adoption. Agency staff will be available to share basic information about the children coming into care. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations needed. For more information on Foster Care and Adoption through Summit County Children Services, call 330-379-1990.

AUGUST 10

n Meet the Coneheads from 7 to 9 p.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park located at 1400 Portage Line Road. These are not the Coneheads from planet Remulak, but they are katydids, crickets and grasshoppers. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

n Kids Fishing from noon to 3 p.m. at Firestone Park Little Turtle Pond, 2400 Harrington Road. Kids 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line in the pond. 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. 

AUGUST 12

n "Growing Up Akron," event which benefits Child Guidance and Family Solutions (CG&FS), Summit County’s leading mental healthcare agency for children and their families will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is held at Thirsty Dog Brewery, 529 Grant Street, and the cost is $50 a ticket. Food, music and tastings. Must be 21 years old to attend. Rubber City Roller Girls, caricature artists, a Chinese auction and other special attractions will add to the fun.  Make your reservation to drop by after work and celebrate the spirit of Akron. For reservations or for more information, go to cgfsevents.org or  contact the Development office 330-384-2882 or email at development@cgfs.org.

AUGUST 13

n A monthly program just for kids, Green Sibshop, will be held for kids who have a brother or sister with special health or developmental needs. The program will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Greensburg United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road. Lunch is provided and the program is free call 330-869-1936 to register or for more information.

n Boy Scout Troop 334 in Green will hold a Carolina slow smoked Bar-B-Q from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Queen of Heaven Church. The dinner will consist of pulled pork, leg-thigh quarter of chicken, smoked pork and beans, mac and cheese, cole slaw and corn bread. Beverages of sweet tea, lemonade, and water. The cost is $10 for adults, $7 child's portion (one meat and 2 sides) and $7 for an "all sides only." Free carnival games, a raffle drawing for a Chevy Equinox and a concert by "La Flavor" from 7 to 10 p.m.  

AUGUST 17

n Kinderealm Bees will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Avenue. Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions discover "sweet" facts about one of nature's busiest creatures. Includes a hike and craft. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Register in advance by calling  330-865-8065. 

n Weekday Walkers will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road. Join a naturalist on a leisurely stroll with stops along the way to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

AUGUST 18

n Looking for Charlotte's Web will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.at the Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road. Glowing eyes and intricate web designs will give the spiders away. Bring your flashlight, but try not to get tangled up in their webs! For information, call 330-865-8065. 

AUGUST 19

n The Popular Southern Gospel quartet, The Dixie Melody Boys, will be  featured at 7 p.m. at the CHM Event Center, 800 Wooster Road, Barberton. Since their original formation decades ago, the Dixie Melody Boys has enjoyed tremendous success, including a Grammy nomination.

n From 5 to 6:30 p.m., paddle a portion of the Nimsila Reservoir with an ACA-certified instructor and a naturalist to learn paddle strokes, safety and see wildlife around the water. Minimum age is 13. Ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult. Space is limited. Advanced registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065. The park is located at 6194 Christman Road.

n From 8 to 10 p.m., paddle a portion of the Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park in the Full Moon Kayak event. The park is located at 6194 Christman Road. Paddle under a shimmering full moon with an ACA-certified instructor and a naturalist. After instruction we will set out and hopefully see nighttime animals emerging before paddling back on the moonlit waters. It’s an easy paddle, even for first-timers. Space is limited and registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.