- The Stark County NAACP will host the 88th NAACP Ohio State Convention at the Holiday Inn in Belden Village on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8. Among the events taking place are keynote speakers Ohio House Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes (D-34); Thelma T. Daley, national director for the women in the NAACP and a past national president of Delta Sigma Theta; and Quincy Bates, national manager for the NAACP Youth. Also, a peek at an exciting collaboration on community and police relationships with the Football Hall of Fame and the Ohio Association of Police Chiefs, a workshop aimed to dispel the stigma of mental illness in the Black community and more. Convention information can be found at naacp-ohio.net. Registration is through EventBrite.
- 2018 is for the birds. Mark the Year of the Bird with a hike to discover bird facts, then listen to campfire stories about our feathered friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065. The event is at Firestone Metro Park/Tuscarawas Meadows Area, 2620 Harrington Road.
- Summit County Children Services’ Women’s Auxiliary Board is holding a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fairlawn Community Center, 3486 South Smith Road. Rummage donations such as housewares, lawn and garden items, craft supplies or accessories are welcome. No clothing, large furniture, or TVs. Donated rummage items can be dropped off at the Fairlawn Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 6 or 7. Proceeds from the sale will be used to directly benefit the children in the care of Summit County Children Services. For more information, contact Sandy DeLuca at 330-379-1994 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cleveland Clinic Akron General Women’s Board presents "A Night of Music" featuring Face: 2, The Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel at the Akron Civic Theater, 182 S. Main Street. A VIP reception begins at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit patients and staff in need at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, through their patient assistance fund, employee emergency hardship fund, and patient-centered care initiatives. To purchase general admission concert tickets for $25 each, call 330-253-2488 or visit Ticketmaster. To purchase VIP event tickets for $200 or $500, or for sponsorship information, call 330-344-6888 or visit Cleveland Clinic Giving. Raffle tickets are also on sale for $150 each for a 1 in 300 chance to win $10,000 cash, call 330-344-6888. For full terms and conditions, visitwww.akrongeneral.org/WomensBoard.
- From 7 p.m. to midnight join in the Grown-Up Play Date: A Great Gatsby Affair at the Akron Children’s Museum, 216 S. Main Street. The fun, interactive adult-only fundraiser to support the museum includes appetizers, dinner. Drinks, dessert, casino tables, games, dancing, live auction, wine pull and much more. Purchase tickets at www.akronkids.org/programs.html and click on the Grown-Up Play Date banner.
- Join the Green Branch Library, 4046 Massillon Road, at 10:30 a.m. for Engineering for Kids. It is hands on fun and building inspiration. The program will introduce young engineers to the fascinating world of Lego EV3 robotics and programming. Call 330-896-9074 for more information.
- Green Sibshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for kids in grades 3 to 6 and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. for teens in grades 7 through 12 at Greensburg United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road. Sibshops is a free recreational and fun program in a safe environment for brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. More information can be found at www.greensburgumc.net and www.facebook.com/greensibshops/ or by calling 330-244-7650. A meal is provided for both groups. Pre-registration is requested.
- Theatre 8:15 is having auditions for "Babes in Toyland" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for those ages 10 to adult. Character descriptions are available at www.theatre815.com. The theatre is at 4740 Massillon Road in Green. Performance dates are Nov. 9-18 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
- The Springfield Township Womens Club is holding a meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center on Springfield Lake. The speaker will be Travis and Shelley Bornstein with HOPE UNITED, a major organization working toward safer communities, healthier families and ending the stigma of addiction every day.
- 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 Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. The concert moves indoors if it rains. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Children ages 3 to 6 with their adult companions will discover the wildlife living under logs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. A short hike and craft are included. Make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Children ages 3 to 6 with their adult companions will discover what wildlife lives under logs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park/Goodyear Lodge 2077 Newton St. A short hike and craft are included. Make arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. Registration is required. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Join a naturalist for your daily dose of nature and fulfill some spree credit while you're at it from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Clinton Trailhead 2749 North Street. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Green High Class of 1968 will celebrate its 50th reunion at Prestwick Country Club, 3751 Glen Eagles Boulevard. Social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per person. For more information email email@example.com.
- Join the Best Bib and Tucker as it kicks off Fall DIY Classes. Build your own necklace incorporating natural stone, leaf pendants, and other earthy elements in a 45-minute design class. It begins at 5:30 p.m. but attendees can start a piece as late as 6:15 p.m. and have time to finish. Fee is $16. Pre-registration and payment is required. Sign up at Best Bib and Tucker, 127 Mill St. in Hartville or by calling 330-877-3308.
- Ryan Humbert performs "Old Souls, New Shoes" in a 10th anniversary concert featuring an 11-piece band performing the album in its entirety. The concert will be at 8 p.m. at Gervasi Vineyard Pavilion, 1700 55th St NE, Canton. Limited tickets available. Ticket prices are $19 for general admission and $39 for a deluxe ticket, which includes a reserved seat, a copy of the Deluxe Edition album, a glass of wine and a Q&A with the band from 6 to 7 p.m. before the show. Tickets are available online at www.gervasivineyard.com. For more information, call 330-497-1000.
- 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, beginning Sept. 20 and continuing through Oct. 18 each Thursday at Wadsworth High School, 625 Broad Street. 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.