Akron Court helps transition residents with mental illness
into the community

By: Staff Reporter


Akron Municipal Court

The Akron Municipal Court announces that the first Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) program participant will successfully complete the program this month. The Akron Municipal Court has partnered with...

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Akron Film+Pixel’s

Kickstarter funds reached, downtown Akron cinema
to open this year

By Theresa Attalla

Did you know that Akron is one of the largest cities in America without a cinema for independent and foreign films?

I didn’t, until I read this not-so-fun fact on Akron Film+Pixel’sKickstarter page. And guess what? The cinema is coming.

Akron Film+Pixel, which evolved from the Akron Film Festival and became a...

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Community Events:

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, April 25

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes provides an opportunity for the community to stand together against sexual assault and to raise awareness about this violent crime.  Akron's event is in it 9th year and is quickly becoming a unique tradition in the Akron community.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day, April 26

The following event is FREE and open to the public!
Visit for all location times and activities.

CVNP Electronic Recycling, April 26

Electronic Recycling Conservancy members only. Celebrate Earth Day by recycling your unwanted, outdated, or broken electronic equipment. Bring your membership card and a maximum of 10 items. Not a member yet? Sign up online today or in person at the event. To view a list of accepted items, visit Station Road Bridge Trailhead, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

29th annual Swim for Diabetes fundraiser, April 26

10 pools for 60 hours! This is the key fundraiser for diabetes education and support as well as for Camp Ho Mita Koda for children with diabetes. Check out the details of this year’s fun event on

Enjoy FREE admission to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, April 26

We're wild about The Cleveland Foundation's April 100th birthday gift to #Cleveland! Enjoy FREE admission to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on 4/26 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. This gift recognizes their remarkable history and continued partnership with the Zoo, the Cleveland Zoological Society and Cleveland Metroparks.

Summit County Historical Society 90th Anniversary Annual Meeting, April 26

The speaker at our annual meeting will be Dr. David Kyvig. He will be speaking on his book "Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940: How Americans Lived Through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression". Dr. Kyvig will highlight Akron in the 1920s. For more info, please visit:

April 26

Come play Tai Chi with us at STEM High School (Central-Hower)… Join the wave of healing energy moving around the globe! Get in on the raffle too. You could win some great prizes! For more info, please

21st Annual Greater Akron Speaks Out for Values Breakfast, April 28

Heart to Heart Communications will host their 21st Annual breakfast at the John S. Knight Center from 7:15 am to 8:45 am. The event will feature keynote speaker Dan Flowers, president & CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Visit theHeart to Heart website for more information.

50th Anniversary RubberDucks Celebration, April 28

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio will host it's 50th RubberDucks celebration at Canal Park, 300 S Main St. Akron. Gates open at 5:30,First Pitch at 6:35. Game tickets are $8 apiece. Add a Perfect Game Coupon for $5 and enjoy an all-beef hotdog, one 16 oz. soda and one bag of potato chips. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.


Join Dr. Rhonda Talford Knight on Wednesday, April 30, as she shares practical suggestions for how to teach in ways that support all students' academic achievement. The event, titled "Race Matters: Student Voice and the Real Gap," will be held at the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties (501 W. Market St.) from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and is hosted by the APS Community Relations Office. To RSVP, e-mail; or call 330.761.2829.

7th Annual Green & Clean day,
May 2

On the first Friday of May each year, Downtown Akron is overrun with volunteers clad in "safety green" shirts putting a deep clean on the Downtown footprint. Green & Clean Day is a part of Keep Akron Beautiful's Clean Up Akron Week/Great American Cleanup™. Morning or afternoon shifts are available. Form a team of colleagues and sign up today to help us keep our Downtown a destination for everyone. Registration will open soon! For more information please contact Kimberly Beckett at 330-374-7676

6th Annual Green Fair, May 2

Visit the Green Fair and learn about environmentally friendly products and find ways to make your business and workplace greener and safer. Interested in being a vendor? Contact Jerry Roberts, City of Akron, at (330) 375-2174 or

Growing Hope Film Series: “Growing Cities,” May 2

Healthy Potluck, movie and presentation. Bring a healthy dish to share and the recipe, if possible. To make these events more green and sustainable, please bring your own table service and serving utensils. Event is free and open to the public, for more info please call Katie Fry at 330.608.1454.

CVNP - Photo Society Workshop, May 2

Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society Workshop - Landscape Photography Intensive with Doug Johnson Led by professional landscape photographer Doug Johnson, this workshop will expand your understanding of how to approach landscapes to create images that express depth and visual interest. Includes lectures, demonstrations, field shooting, and critiques. Fee: $460, $395 CVPS members. For more information visit To register, call 330-657-2909 ext. 100 or click on Events at

Jane's Walk, May 3

Downtown Akron Partnership and the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) invite the community to participate in Jane's Walk, an international walking initiative. On Saturday, May 3 three walks will take place in Akron for the first time to explore three facets of the Downtown neighborhood: The Towpath, History and Arts & Culture. Everyone is invited to take part in these walking conversations. For more info, please visit or call 330.375.2436.

Downtown Akron Artwalk, May 3

Participating artists and galleries feature one of a kind art and collectibles available for purchase as well as art openings, gallery shows, demonstrations and interactive art. Experience local art, live music and fun for all ages at the award-winning Artwalk in Downtown Akron. Galleries are located in the Northside District, North High Street, East & West Market Street and Main Street.

12th Annual Walk, Rock & Run,
May 3

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, The Diversity Center and Partner Sponsor Medical Mutual of Ohio, will host over 6,000 walkers and 400 runners at their 12th Annual Walk, Rock & Run. The 3 mi Walk and 5k Run will start and finish at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Run registration begins at 7:30am and Walk registration begins at 8:00am. Registration is FREE for the Walk. There is a $25 registration fee for runners. Walk participants who donate $25 will receive a Walk t-shirt. For more information, please contact Marci Curtis at or 216-752-3000.

March for Babies, May 3

You're invited to join The March for Babies is a 4 mile walk or 1.5 mile family fun route that starts at Lock 3 Park and continues along the towpath trail and city streets, ending back at Lock 3 for food, entertainment We’ve been walking since 1970 and have raised an incredible $2.3 billion to benefit all babies. For additional information, go to

7th Annual GASP Spring Party,
May 4

At the Akron Zoo from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Join Special Honoree Sandra Haslinger. For her many years of supporting GASP. There will be Silent and Oral Auctions. Come enjoy Food, Fun and Friends. For more information contact Elizabeth England at 330.247.1402 or

Akron Marathon Training 101, May 5

The goal is to offer the necessary support to prepare you for successfully running the 12th annual Akron Marathon! The Akron Area YMCA has partnered with the Akron Marathon to offer the Akron Marathon Training 101 program. For more information about the Akron Marathon Training 101 program please visit or contact: Tracy Williams at (330) 899-9622 or Justine Carlson at (330) 745-9622

CVNP Local Food Networking,
May 5

Countryside U – Local Food Akron Networking Countryside offers classes and networking events for backyard gardeners, home cooks, and farmers of all experience levels. Free. No registration required. 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Goodwill Week, May 6

Bring the family and enjoy the fun - including agency tours, food, contests, classes, craft project demo and more! Free classes: - Resume/Interview Tips: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. and - Thrift Shopping Basics: 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. To register for the Resume/Interview Tips class call 1-800-989-8428. For more info. Jennifer Bako or



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from the heart to the shoebox

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Seasonal Events:

Downtown Passport Event: Akron Symphony Orchestra Concerts for Kids: Babar the Elephant, April 30th - May 9th

Geared toward children ages 2-6, these 45-minute concerts entertain and educate through interactive storytelling and engaging musical performance by Assistant Conductor, Levi Hammer. Reservations are encouraged. Visit for details.

CVNP - Girl Scout Weekend, May 2nd - 3rd

Girl Scouts can make new friends while working on the aMUSE Journey. For ages 8 - 12. Fee: $95 scouts, $50 chaperones. Fee includes programming, meals, snacks, and lodging. Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, Friday 6 p.m. - Sunday 1 p.m. For more information and to register call 330-657-2796 ext.100 or

7th annual Man-Up SELAH retreat
May 9th - May 10th

The MAN-UP Movement has impacted families throughout Ohio by touching the lives of men. Our SELAH retreat is an overnight getaway to encourage men to carefully measure and understand what God has said and is saying to them as His men.The SELAH retreat is life-changing experience that will send the men of your church or organization back renewed and empowered to be the men they were designed to be for their family, community, church, culture and world. For more information contact


Downtown Events:

Arts & Culture


Family Friendly

Shopping & Dining


Sports & Recreation

For more Events go to:

Ongoing Events:

Free Movies@Main Akron Public Library,
Every Thursday

Every week on Thursdays, join us for films. All films will be shown in the Main Library Auditorium starting at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.


All programs are FREE and open to the public. Parking is free in the High/Market St. deck for those arriving after 6 pm. For more info. go

Workforce Development Open House, 1st & 3rd Friday of the month

The next Open House Friday will be March 21st beginning at 1:30pm. The workforce development offers various employment related services. Placement for new workers. Job retention for those currently employed and Career mobility for others. This will cover overview of Services and Application to Program. For more info. call the Akron Urban League 330-434-3101 or visit the site:

FREE Homework Help for K - 6th

You'll find everything you need to get your homework dones here! Stuck on a math question? We've got someone to help you out. Can't find a ruler? We've got school supplies. Need to type a paper? We've got computers with Microsoft Word and Internet access. Best of all, everything is FREE! Drop in anytime you need help. No registration required. 1187 Copley Rd. Akron, Ohio 44320. For more info email Emmalee Coontz at

Season Creation Professional Development Program, Rural Action and Green Edge Gardens

Rural Action and Green Edge Organic Gardens will host more of their USDA SARE-funded season creation workshops for agriculture professionals and practitioners.  This workshop series trains agricultural professionals on season extension & creation, growing, and marketing techniques developed by Green Edge Organic Gardens.  All agriculture educators are encouraged to attend this free workshop. Potential educators include producers, school faculty, state and local agriculture personnel, and a variety of others. Contact Tom Redfern for more information (740-677-4047 ext. 27) or and register for free

The Good Earth Guide, available as a searchable online database

Connecting consumers to local farms and associated businesses so that their dollars support wholesome food and farm-related products produced using ecologically supportive practices. Connecting farmers with other farmers to network with and develop business relationships that support a successful farming community. And, connecting businesses and farmers who are working to provide healthy, local food and farm-related products. go to:

Feed People and Fight Hunger, Harvest for Hunger - Year-round

There are many ways you can support the campaign and help us in our mission to Feed People and Fight Hunger. The goal of this year’s Harvest for Hunger campaign is the largest and most aggressive in Foodbank history. With the support of the community and individuals, the Foodbank wants to raise more than $1 million. You can register to donate here: For more information contact Leslie Letner, Sr. Manager of Corporate Relations & Special Events, at 330.777.7572 or