Pumpkin painting

Coventry Crossing Christian Church, 552 Swartz Road, is hosting Hallelujah Pumpkin Painting Celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event is free to all kids. Everyone is welcome. Free pumpkins, paint and decorating supplies, entertainment, games, refreshments. For more information, call 330-618-0468.

Rudy comes to town

Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Canton Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. N, for the Stark County Library's Speaking of Books Author Series. The series brings acclaimed writers to Stark County who inspire lively discussion and community conversation while exemplifying literary excellence. His book, "Rudy: My Story," chronicles the former Notre Dame football player’s story of fierce determination and the twenty-seven seconds that changed his life.

Interested explorers

Summit Metro Parks rangers are hosting an open house for individuals ages 16 to 20 who are interested in a new Explorers program. The event is held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Coventry Oaks Lodge in Firestone Metro Park, 40 Axline Ave. Beginning the third Wednesday of each month, learn CPR and first aid plus the ins and outs of being a park ranger, including patrolling on foot and on bike; how the criminal justice system works; and more. The average time commitment will be two hours per month, and each participant will be expected to complete up to six, 8-hour community service projects per year. Annual dues of $39 per Explorer will be good through December 2018. For more information, call the Summit Metro Parks ranger department at 330-865-8052. 

Breakfast, play preview

Manchester area senior citizens are invited to attend the Senior Citizens Breakfast/Fall Play Preview at 8 a.m. Thursday at Manchester High School. Seniors will receive breakfast and preview the play "Parents Just Don’t Understand". RSVP to 330-882-3291 are appreciated.