Feb. 23

- Join the Metro Parks for a special introductory program. Couples can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship together at our temporary indoor range. The program is good for beginning and practiced archers. The program will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Firestone metro Park Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Participants must be at least 18. The cost is $15 a couple. Registration is required at summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065. 

- The Humane Society of Summit County (HSSC) invites supporters to attend Bow Wow Bingo, a fundraiser hosted by Beth McLeod of WOIO Channel 19 News in Cleveland from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. George Family Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron. Attendees will play 8 fast-paced rounds of exciting bingo with a chance to win prizes. Guests will also enjoy dinner, dessert, a basket raffle, a separate $500 grand prize raffle, and a cash bar. Attendees will be able to meet some adoptable pets over the course of the evening. Tickets are $50 each and available in a limited quantity. Tickets and more information are available online at summithumane.org/bingo. Event guests and the public are invited to enter the grand prize raffle for a chance to win a $500 VISA Gift card. Tickets are available for purchase in person at 7996 Darrow Road in Twinsburg or by calling 330-487-0333, ext. 223. Grand prize raffle tickets cost $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. Even those who can’t attend Bow Wow Bingo are still able to participate in the grand prize raffle. 

Feb. 24

- The Manchester United Methodist Church is hosting a Homemade Soup, Salad and dessert dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church, 5625 Manchester Road. Donations are accepted. For more information, call the church office at 330-882-4818.

- An event exclusively for inclusive and special needs cheer teams will be held at 1 p.m. at Springfield Junior Senior High School. The doors open at noon and the showcase begins at 1.

- At 9:30 a.m., enjoy a morning at the new Military Family Center and learn more about this endeavor dedicated to veterans, active-duty military, first responders and their families. Activities will include horse activities, painting project with Walsh University Art Club and social time. To learn more, visit www.militaryfamilycenter.org or call Missy to register at 330-935-2300, ext. 105.

- Portage Lakes Branch Library, 4261 Manchester Road, presents A Celebration of Animation: The 100 Greatest Cartoon Characters in Television History at 2 p.m. Marty Gitlin will entertain you with cartoon snippets while discussing such legends as Bugs Bunny, Homer Simpson and SpongeBob SquarePants. He provides insight into the characters from a historical context, tests your cartoon trivia, and explains the criteria he used to rank the best of the best. No registration required. For more information, call 330-644-7050.

- Join a naturalist on a hike in search of birds that reside in Ohio year-round, along with winter's winged visitors. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. The hike will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

- Children 9 to 15 can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship from 10:30 to noon and those 16 and older from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 at Firestone Metro Park Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. The program is good for beginning and practiced archers. All equipment and hands-on instruction is provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Cost is $10/person. Registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

- The Veterans Service Commission of Summit County (VSC) will host a "Job Boot Camp" employment workshop from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in an effort to help local veterans improve their chances of a successful employment search. The free event, which takes place at VSC headquarters, 1060 E. Waterloo Road, will expose attendees to career advice, critical training opportunities and other forms of assistance. The event is open to all veterans seeking employment opportunities or considering a career change. To pre register visit www.VSCsummitOH.us or call 330-643-7636. Attendees should come dressed ready to interview and bring a copy of their DD Form 214 and resumes to hand out to local employers, who will offer on-site advice and training. Public transportation is available through Akron Metro RTA bus No. 2, via the Arlington route. For a schedule, visit www.AkronMetro.org. Summit County veterans and their families also can connect with the VSC at Facebook.com/SummitCountyVSC and Twitter.com/VSCsummitOH.

Feb. 25

- A program about Harriet Tubman, The Woman and soldier of Freedom, will be held at 2 p.m. at the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road. Jewell Jones, historian and ardent admirer of Harriet Tubman, has visited Tubman’s home in Auburn, N.Y., and will share stories along with photos taken by Jewell’s husband when they made their visit.

Feb. 27

- The Cleveland Clinic Akron General LifeStyles offers a free program, "NuFit: Nutrition & Fitness Education for a New You!" from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Green Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. The hour-long program provides information about the latest in nutrition and fitness, new recipes, tips and more from a registered dietitian and fitness expert. The class will focus on "Become Sodium Savvy" and"Cardiovascular Training and Weights." Call to register at 330-896-5000.

- Akron General Community Access & Wellness is offering low-cost glucose and cholesterol screenings from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Green Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. To measure LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, be sure to fast for at least twelve hours. No appointments are necessary. Screenings are done by a finger-stick test. Costs range from $12 to $58 depending upon the combination of tests ordered. Cash, check or credit card accepted. Call 330-665-8248 with questions.

- Catholic Charities Summit County will offer free parenting classes at the Lake Anna YMCA, 500 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton. There will be two sessions, using the nationally-recognized and evidence-based Active Parenting curricula: one for parents of children ages 5 to 12 and the other for parents of teen-aged children. The workshops will be Feb. 28, March 7, March 14, March 21, March 28 and April 4. The sessions for parents of kids 5 to 12 will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sessions for parents of teen-aged children will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Active Parenting sessions tackle topics like: Cooperation and Communication, Responsibility and Discipline, Building Self-Esteem and Understanding and Redirecting Misbehavior. Active Parenting for Teens curriculum includes: Responsibility and Discipline, Issues surrounding Drugs, Sexuality and Violence and Building Courage. For more information, check out activeparenting.com. Free childcare for kids ages six weeks to 10 years old will be provided during the workshops. To register, contact Joann Zarkovacki at 330-724-7481, ext. 225.

March 1

- From 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road, join a naturalist to learn what the expression "once in a blue moon" actually means and why a blue moon is so unique, and discover other lunar facts as the full moon lights our way. For information, call 330-865-8065. 

March 3

- Tickets are on sale for the annual Victim Assistance Program’s Mardi Gras Gala to be held March 3 at Tangier in Akron. Gala guests will enjoy a gourmet meal, open bar, live music, and bid on live and silent auction items to reach an event fundraising goal of $115,000. Tickets are $95 per person. Ticket prices are $110. Make your reservations today atVAPMG2018.gesture.com or by calling Victim Assistance Program at 330-376-0040. For more information about Mardi Gras Gala, how to sponsor, advertise, or donate, contact Kelly Kaufman, director of advancement, at 330-376-0040, ext. 200.

March 6

- Thinking spring? Join in the programs at the Metro Parks for helpful tips for your backyard. Composting 101 will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road. For program descriptions and more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-867-5511.

March 8

- If you or someone you love is considering weight-loss options, make plans to attend a free information session on weight-loss surgery hosted by Cleveland Clinic Akron General’s Bariatric Center at 6 p.m. at Akron General, Boardroom, 1 Akron General Ave. The session will give an overview of the different types of weight-loss surgeries offered and the support provided by Akron General’s Bariatric Center. The risks, benefits and possible outcomes of surgery are also discussed. There is no cost to attend, but registration is appreciated and can be completed by calling 330-344-1950 or by registering online at akrongeneral.org/bariatric.

- Special needs families are invited to a free event from 5 to 7 p.m. at Norton Primary School, 3163 Greenwich Road. The event will have vendor resources from preschool to adult transition services. It is hosted by Norton City Schools for all communities. If Norton Schools are closed due to weather the date for the event will be March 15.

- From 7 to 8 p.m., the Thrursday Night Toastmasters in Green is hosting an open house. All are welcome to attend the free event held at Conference Room 1 at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Welness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd. Refreshments will be served. Richard Brandenburg will be presenting the benefits of being a Toastmaster for professional and personal development. Contact Michele LaBasi with questions: tntohio.toastmasters@gmail.com and visit www.toastmaster.org to learn more.

- Children 3 to 6 with their adult companions will learn about different birds' beaks from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. A craft and hike are part of the program. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Advance registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065. The program will be held at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton St. 

March 10

- Art By Marla is hosting an art and exercise event from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Build A Body, 3339 Miller Park Road, Green. Parents and children ages 6 to 12 are invited to participate in a two hour fun event featuring art experiences for your children and health and wellness fun and information for you. At Chalk Art & Changes children create bright impact glow in the dark chalk artwork. Adults learn how small exercise and diet changes can make a big impact on their health. Classes are two hours. The cost is $30 for one adult and one child. Call Lisa at 330-361-9199 or Marla at 330-206-3319 for reservations.