Aug. 17

- PechaKucha Akron, a quarterly speaker series, is hosting community speakers at The Trailhead at Cascade Lofts, 21 W. North St., Akron. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the speakers will begin at 8 p.m. PechaKucha translates as "chit chat" in Japanese and was created in Tokyo. Since its inception, PechaKucha Akron has brought unique storytelling and inspiration to audiences ranging in size from 100 to 400. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at pk12.eventbrite.com. VIP tickets are available for $20 and include preferred seating. Complimentary snacks will be provided, as well as beer and wine for purchase. To learn more or to view past presentations, visit facebook.com/PKAkron or pechakucha.org/cities/akron.

- Lakemore United Methodist Church is holding a Huge Yard Sale at 1536 Flickinger Road. Furniture, housewares, appliances, electronics ,exercise equipment, office furniture, metal chairs, sewing machines, tools, gold sets and much more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 and 9 a.m. to noon Aug 18. For more information, call 330-733-6531, email lakemoreumc@att.net or visit www.lakemoreumc.com.

 Aug. 18

- 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.

- 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 testing@ecom.us.mensa.org or visit ecom.us.mensa.org.

Aug. 19

- 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.

Aug. 20

- The Humane Society of Summit County is holding the Pawsibility Ball from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 25 to benefit more than 2,500 animals rescued by the society. Tickets must be purchased by Aug. 20. The ball will be held at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn. The evening features a gourmet dinner, live and silent auctions, a moving tribute to the Animal Hero honorees and a showcase of adoptable dogs, cats and critters that represent the thousands of animals rescued each year by the Humane Society of Summit County. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit summithumane.org/pb18 or call 234-212-9826.

Aug. 22

- 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.

Aug. 23

- College-bound students can overcome testing anxieties and learn new skills to record higher ACT marks after joining a local test-preparation course. They will master testing strategies, conquer core subjects and build confidence to ace the college entrance exam and stay competitive among their peers. The program will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. for five sessions, Aug. 23, 28, 30 and Sept. 4 and 6 at Copley High School, 3807 Ridgewood Road. The course costs $179 and includes materials. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. To register or for more information, call Laura Icardi of ACT Test Preparation at 330-722-7235, or email licardi@ActTestPrep.info. Parents and students also can check out the website atwww.ActTestPrep.info or Facebook.

Aug. 25 

- From 9 to 11 a.m., try stand-up paddleboarding as a certified instructor and a naturalist will guide you. No experience needed. 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 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.

- Join a certified instructor and naturalist to learn moving on the board, advanced paddle strokes and rescue techniques from noon to 3 p.m. Participants are required to have already completed our Beginner Stand-up Paddleboarding class. 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 paddleboard, paddle, life jacket and instruction. Space is limited. Cost is $15. Registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. Meet at Nimisila Reservoir Metro Park/Lot C6, 6194 Christman Road.

Aug. 26

- Nature Crafting for adults making a bushel basket will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Participants will create a bushel-style basket. Skill level is intermediate. Please bring a flat-head screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, towel and two-gallon bucket. Cost is $35 per person. Registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Get a head start on the 55th annual Fall Hiking Spree and meet a naturalist and mascots at Firestone Metro Park from noon to 3 p.m. Hiking forms will be available, and Fall Hiking Spree T-shirts will be for sale. To receive your hiking shield, all other hikes must be completed Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. For information, call 330-865-8065. The kickoff will be held at Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road.

Aug. 29 

- Paddle in the "Heart of Akron" on Summit Lake from 10 a.m. to noon. Explore nature by water while discovering the marvelous history of the community, which surrounds the lake. 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 person. Registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. Meet at Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail/Summit Lake Trailhead, 380 W. Crosier Street. 

Aug. 31 

- Kids 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line at Alder Pond in Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m. 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.