Family friendly St. Patrick's Day

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 17, the Akron Zoo, 505 Euclid Ave., is hosting a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day event with extended evening hours. Go green with fun scavenger hunt, crafts, green enrichment, up-close animal encounters and more. Special kid-friendly and adult-only beverages will be available.  food, music from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free for zoo members, regular admission rates apply for nonmembers. Discounts and coupons not valid.

Blackberry Smoke

Southern country rockers Blackberry Smoke will perform on the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., March 17. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Gold Circle tickets are $45 and reserved seats are $35 and can be purchased at where the full calendar of concerts can be accessed. Tickets also available by phone at 877-987-6487.

Wine and Paint

Create an animal-themed masterpiece at the Akron Zoo’s new event, Wine and Paint, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 20. During the class guests can choose to paint one of three animal-themed paintings. Light appetizers and a glass of wine will be included during the class, along with up-close animal encounters. A live painting demonstration from one of the zoo’s animal ambassadors will take place, and the painting will be raffled off during the event. Tickets are on sale at or at the zoo’s box office. Cost is $35 for Akron Zoo members and $40 for non-members. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend. This event has a limited number of tickets available and is expected to sell out. Registration is required. For more information visit or call 330-375-2550. 

Battle of the Bowls

The Lakemore Police Department presents Battle of the Bowls, a chili cookoff, held from 4 to 7 p.m. at Tadmor Shrine Center, 3000 Krebs Drive. All proceeds benefit the Lakemore Share a Christmas Program. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded. For more information call Gwen at the police department, 330-733-6125 or email