- Enjoy the 1950s to 1980s music of Night School at a free concert, presented by the City of Akron, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Main Entrance, 2077 Newton St. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Join a naturalist for a short presentation to learn all about a misunderstood mammal, the coyote. Afterward, attendees will go on a quiet hike to listen for their calls. The program is from 7 to 8 p.m. at Silver Creek Metro Park/Pheasant Run Area, 5000 Hametown Road, Norton. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Paddle the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 3 p.m. to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your kayak. Led by a certified instructor and a naturalist. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wear clothes that can get wet. Fee includes loan of kayak, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited and cost is $15 per person. Registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. Meet at Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance, 1160 Front Street.
- Witness the Perseid meteor shower, one of nature’s best shows in the sky from 9 to 11 p.m. Aug. 11, 12 or 13. A program will occur on only one of these three nights, pending clear skies. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if a program is taking place that night. Bring a flashlight and chairs or blankets. For information, call 330-865-8065. Meet at Silver Creek Metro Park/Bathhouse and Pheasant Run Area, 5000 Hametown Road, Norton.
- Summit Metro Parks is hosting Touch-A-Truck from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Munroe Falls Metro Park’s Lake area, 521 S. River Road. Kids and adults alike will enjoy "inspecting" and "driving" more than a dozen Summit Metro Parks vehicles. The event will also include local law enforcement vehicles, the Akron Children’s Hospital "Air Bear" helicopter and food trucks with refreshments for purchase. The event is free, For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.
- Green Sibshop, a monthly program for kids in grades 3-6 who have a sibling with special needs, will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Greensburg United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road. The free program offers recreational and fun programming and lunch is provided. For more information, call 330-244-7650.
- Uniontown Methodist Church, 13370 Cleveland Ave. NW, Uniontown, is holding an indoor/outdoor local vendor and craft fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- A retreat with the Saints - Their Lives, Our Lives - is at Loyola Retreat House, 700 Killinger Road, will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Arrival is at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $165 per person. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or visit loyolaretreathouse.com to register.
- Brushstrokes: A Retreat for Educators will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Loyola Retreat House, 700 Killinger Road. Join Miguel Chavez, associate vice president for mission implementation at Walsh University, to explore how the conventional and unconventional classroom becomes the studio for creative transformation, using the spiritualities developed in the lives of the saints. Lunch and mass are included. The retreat is intended for all educators. The cost is $25 per person. Group discounts are available. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or visit loyolaretreathouse.com to register.
- Coventry AARP #3820 will meet at 1:15 p.m. at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club Civic Center, 725 Portage Lakes Drive. A Mystery Speaker will share historic information about a private property which is considered a Portage Lakes Landmark. Free refreshments will be served and all are welcome.
- ACCESS, Inc., Akron’s homeless shelter for women and children, will be hosting its annual breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Quaker Station in downtown Akron. The free event is the largest fundraiser of the year for ACCESS and will feature a full, complimentary breakfast, a heartwarming client testimonial, and ACCESS updates. Attendees will hear from supporters including Mayor Horrigan, Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro and Dr. Deborah Plate of Cleveland Clinic Akron General, and former ACCESS resident Teresa. To register or sponsor the event visit access-shelter.org.
- Weather permitting, the all-volunteer Metro Parks Ensemble will perform an hour of traditional marches, big band standards and oldies from 7 to 8 p.m. at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park/Lot C1, 5034 Christman Road. Concert cancelled if it rains. If wet weather is in the forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Children 3 to 6 and their adult companions discover the wild and wonderful world of opossums from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. The program includes a hike and craft. Make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Registration is required. For more information call 330-865-8065.
- Families with young children can stop by our Nature Play Area across from Pioneer Shelter at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave., to dig and look for critters in the soil. The program runs from 3 to 4 p.m. Dress to get messy. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Lakemore Church of God, 1536 Flickinger Road, is holding a yard/garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17 and from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 18. Items included are furniture, housewares, appliances, electronics, exercise equipment, metal chairs, sewing machine, tools, golf sets, sheet music, piano books. record albums, CDs/dvds/vhs tapes, toys, costume jewelry, seasonal items and more. For more information, call 330-733-6531.
- Discover the importance of pollinators and how to attract them to your garden from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Goodyear Lodge, 2077 Newton St. Tour the Community Garden to see the park’s "insect condos." For information, call 330-865-8065.
- The Uniontown Lions Car Show, which is part of the Uniontown Lions Festival, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Hartville Market Place. Registration is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and is $10. Awards are at 8:30 p.m. Dash plaques for the first 75 cars and door prizes and 50/50 raffle. All proceeds go to support local Uniontown Lions Club Charities. For more information, visit uniontownlions.org or call Jim Rafer at 330-618-5076
- Greensburg Church of God, 4692 Massillon Road, is holding a backpack giveaway from noon to 3 p.m. for children in grades K-6. Children must be present in order to receive a backpack. There will also be face painting, coloring contest, snacks and more.
- Experience the kaleidoscope of color at Springfield Bog, 1400 Portage Line Road, and discover which late summer wildflowers are blooming during a hike from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants may wish to bring a water bottle, sunscreen and a hat. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- From 1 to 3 p.m., Paul Wischt from the Cuyahoga and Chippewa Valley Archaeology societies will demonstrate the ancient skill of flint knapping and share the different spear points used by early Native Americans. For information, call 330-865-8065.The program will be held at Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road.
- Mensa admission testing will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 2121 Sixth St., Cuyahoga Falls. There is a $60 fee for the test, payable at the time of the test or with a voucher purchased on-line in advance. For more information and to register, contact Marilyn Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ecom.us.mensa.org.
- Green Valley United Methodist Church is sponsoring Summerfest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Liberty Park in Green, 471 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road. The free event features food, games, splash tank and inflatable obstacle course. For more information, call 330-896-4357 or visit www.greenvalleyumc.com.
- Try stand-up paddleboarding from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m., as a certified instructor and a naturalist will guide you. No experience needed. Minimum age is 13 and those ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult participant. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to swim. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and wear clothes that can get wet. Fee includes loan of paddleboard, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited and cost is $15 per person. Registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. Meet at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park/Lot C6, 6194 Christman Road.
- From 7 to 8 p.m. enjoy a free concert by the Akron Symphony Orchestra at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Main Entrance, 2077 Newton St. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Kids come out and learn through games and activities how animals survive using their senses from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave. For information, call 330-865-8065.