- From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. take a history hike with to the YWCA. Meet at the Polsky’s Building Main Street entrance, walk to University of Akron Archival Services and then into Skywalk to the old YWCA building (now the closed City Center building. The history hike is free and open to the public. Park at State Street deck. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com or by emailing the society at email@example.com or call the society office at 330-535-1120.
- Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center will be hosting an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Anna YMCA, 500 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton, to showcase its new rehabilitation facility. The public will tour the therapy gym and aquatic therapy pool, meet with therapy and outpatient office staff, and learn about Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons. Free screenings for osteoporosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, grip strength, and full body strength and flexibility will also be offered. Those attending can enter to win one of four, one-month YMCA memberships and a gift basket, including a free month’s membership at the Lake Anna YMCA. To learn more, call 330-670-4216.
- Kids ages 7 to 10 can enjoy an early spring camp with fun, hands-on experiences to learn about birds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids will explore the park, do a craft and learn the basics about birds. Pack a lunch and dress to be outside for long periods of time. The cost is $10/person. Registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065.The event is being held at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area 40 Axline Ave.
- Kids Fishing will be held for kids 15 and younger from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids will learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line at Little Turtle Pond. A few rods and reels will be available for use. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children but are not permitted to fish. Firestone Metro Park/Little Turtle Pond is located at 2400 Harrington Road. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- From 1 to 2:30 p.m., hike along the Cuyahoga River with a naturalist to attempt to view bluebells and other wildflowers along the way. For information, call 330-865-8065. The hike will take place at Bluebell Valley located at Everett Road Covered Bridge, 2370 Everett Road. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Children ages 9 to 15 can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Beginning and practiced archers are welcome. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Must be 50 inches or taller. Advance registration is required at summitmetroparks.org and the cost is $10/person. For information, call 330-865-8065.
The Akron Sail and Power Squadron (ASPS) will discuss Lake Erie cruising destinations at its Summer Rendezvous Meeting, May 2, at the American Legion Hall, 1601 Front Street Cuyahoga Falls. The meeting starts at 7:30 with cruising information immediately following the meeting. Registration is required by April 26 or until the class is full. Learn more about ASPS at www.akronpowersquadron.com and follow on Facebook.
- Participants 16 and older can learn international-style target archery and test their marksmanship from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Beginning and practiced archers are welcome. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. The cost is $10/person. Registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Archery Games of Thrones for Adults will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Ave. Ages 16 and older will be assigned to a great "House of Westeros" and play games to build archery skills with an ice-and-fire twist. Participants must have already taken an Intro to Archery program. All equipment and hands-on instruction provided. Registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- From 9 a.m. to noon The City of New Franklin will conduct a confidential paper shredding for residents. Shredding is free to New Franklin residents and proof of residency is required. The truck will be located in the City Hall Parking lot and vehicles must use the entrance off of Manchester Road, next to the Fire Station. The limit is 10 file boxes or shopping bags. There is no need to remove staples or paper clips, however any plastic must be removed. Contact the City of New Franklin with questions, 330-882-4325.
- Register for a half-hour time slot from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to improve your shot during an archery open shoot. The event will be held at Firestone Metro Park/Coventry Oaks Area, 40 Axline Avenue. Participants must have already taken an Intro to Archery program. All equipment is provided, and advance registration is required at summitmetroparks.org. For information, call 330-865-8065. APRIL 28 From 1 to 3 p.m. observe the nesting behaviors of great blue herons through Metro Park spotting scopes. Meet at the Bath Road Heronry on Bath Road, between Riverview and Akron-Peninsula roads. For information, call 330-865-8065. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- What was courting, love, and marriage really like for our 1800s counterparts? Is it all sunshine and roses? Are we still marrying young ladies off to the highest bidder? What is hysteria and how was it treated? And what are we doing behind closed bedroom doors? Explore downtown Massillon and visit locations that would have been important to any young couple during their courtship and marriage. Learn how to flirt, who was really in charge, and how to make sure your Victorian marriage will be a happy one. Behind Bedroom Doors walking tours are happening in conjunction with Massillon’s Last Saturday at 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. The tour is not recommended for children due to some content. Purchase tickets by calling 330-833-6749 or at www.springhillhistorichome.org/walking-tour. Reservations in advance are recommended.
- Seventy percent of all bees nests are in the ground, and 90 percent are solitary. Join a naturalist from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and learn about some of the 455 different native bees found in Ohio, including bumble bees. For information, call 330-865-8065.390 W. Crosier Street. See what plants and animals will be growing, flying over or waking up in May at Summit Lake and in the Metro Parks. For information, call 330-865-8065. The program will be held at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm/Visitors Center, 1828 Smith Road.
- Portage Lakes Rowing Association will offer two Learn-to-Row sessions from 9 a.m.to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. The sessions are designed for inexperienced rowers to get introduced to the sport. During the session attendees will learn about the technique, calls, and equipment involved with rowing. The class is split into two segments with the first being on land, and the second being on the water. Experienced rowers from both the masters and competitive teams help run the course and will be out on the water with participants. The class is $50. Wear comfortable exercise clothes and bring a water bottle. Email LearnToRowPLRA@gmail.com to register or with questions. Did you row in high school or college? Email us to find out about our masters and competitive rowing programs. PLRA rows out of Rex Lake with our boathouse located at Craftsmen Park.
Heart to Heart Communications announced its 26th annual Greater Akron Speaks Out for Values Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Billy Taylor, director of global diversity and inclusion at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The event is held at the John S. Knight Center. The event aims to showcase values-based leaders who foster awareness, appreciation, and authenticity as a foundation for enriching workplaces and the community. The theme of Taylor’s presentation is “Everything that Matters…Cannot be Measured.” Doors open at 6:45 a.m. Tickets and registration is available at www.h2hc.org or contact Heart to Heart C
- New and experienced birdwatchers can join a naturalist for a bird walk around Alder Pond from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The walk takes place at Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pioneer Area, 550 Frazier Avenue. Binoculars are recommended. For information, call 330-865-8065.
- Fire on the Prairie will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road. Why do we periodically set the prairie ablaze? Explore fire-related equipment up close, then stroll through a section of freshly-burned prairie to learn how fire plays an essential role in sustaining healthy, diverse habitat. For information, call 330-865-8065.