Music fills the air

- Join the Manchester United Methodist Church, 5625 Manchester Road, July 20 for an evening of "Foot Stompin" Gospel Blue Grass from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Bring your favorite covered dish to share with everyone for dinner at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 330-882-4818.

- Springfield Rocks summer concert series will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. July 20 at the Lakefront Park Gazebo, 2491 Canfield Road. Swizzle Stick (Motown and Oldies) will perform. The concert is free to the public. For inclement weather updates, call the concert hotline at 330-794-1739.

- Enjoy the jazz music of Sausalito at a free concert July 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Main Entrance, 2077 Newton Street. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Parade of Ponds


The 21st Annual Parade of Ponds, a fundraiser for the Akron Children’s Hospital Burt Unit, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 22. It is a self-guided tour that highlights some of the best ponds in Northeast Ohio. It showcases unique, beautiful and relaxing ponds, water gardens and water features. Purchase a digital booklet copy online at the Water X Scapes website,, or at one of these stores: Hoffman's Water X Scapes, 1021 E Caston Road; Biggin' Big Dip, 197 Portage Lakes Drive; Graf Growers, 1015 White Pond Drive; Mock Property Services, 37 S. Cleveland Avenue.

Brew at the Zoo

Brew at the Zoo: Paradise Island will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 21 at the Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave. Enjoy a beer or glass of wine while exploring the zoo after hours. Tickets include a four-ounce souvenir tasting glass, eight sample tastings, admission to the zoo after hours and a giveaway. Event is for those 21 and older only, including designated driver tickets. Tickets are available at