Plan ahead for Mother's Day
Mother's Day will soon be here - May 14. The Stow-Munroe Falls Lions Club will help you with the perfect gift for mother, grandmother, wife, or mother-to-be.
Hanging Baskets and Potted Plants will be available at theLions' Flower Sale Fundraiser on May 13 at Eddie's Bike Plaza, 3707 Darrow Road in Stow from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the sale help fund many community activities such as Holiday Food Baskets, PreSchool Eye Screenings and Realeyes, scholarships for graduating seniors at Stow Munroe Falls High School, Safety Town, Safety Buckets, and the purchase of 27 Pilot Dogs.
If interested in serving your community and helping those in need right here in Stow, consider coming to a Lions meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at "On Tap" on Kent Road in Stow. Visitors will be treated to a complimentary dinner and introduced to neighbors and friends that are a part of this active group of men and women. For more information, call Membership Chairman, Lion Maryann Aguilar, 330-688-3479 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stow Historical Society Meeting
Stow Historical Society will have a Membership meeting in Stow City Hall's Council Chambers starting at 7 p.m. on April 24. Laura Peskin will present a program on education, transportation, women's history and more near Summit County.
For more information, visit the Stow Historical Society website at www.stowhistory.org for these programs and other programs for the rest of the year.
Bible journaling class offered
A free Bible journaling class will be offered at Stow-Munroe Falls public library through May 20 every Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Come for fun and creativity while spending time in God's word. RSVP to Ann Murray at 330-686-1396.
NAMI to have Family to Family Training
NAMI Summit County is currently registering for its free Family to Family training which begins June 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This course is designed for family members and close friends of those who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. It is a 12 session program which meets once a week for 2-2.5 hours. The course covers diagnoses and symptoms of the major mental illnesses, how the brain is affected, medications, coping and communication skills, and a lot more designed to assist families in helping their loved ones on their recovery journey. The course is conducted by trained family members and is offered free of charge with all materials provided. The next session will be at Community Support Services 150 Cross St., Akron. To register, contact NAMI Summit County at email@example.com or 330-252-1188.
'Rose Project' distribution dates set
The Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation "Rose Project" will be distributing free prom dresses and accessories at Reidinger Middle School located at 77 W. Thornton St., Akron. Donations will also be accepted at this time. Attendees should enter through Door #1. Distribution times are:
April 29 -- 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 17 -- 5-7 p.m.
The Andrea Rose Teodosio Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit organization that diligently works to demonstrate the values Andrea held close to her heart. These include compassionately assisting the underprivileged and elderly, actively addressing environmental issues and promoting community service and education.
For more information, contact the Foundation at 330-630-2243 or visit the web page, andrearose.org.
Season passes are on sale for lake swimming in two Metro Parks.
Passes offer access to the beach areas in Munroe Falls Metro Park in Munroe Falls and Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton, May 27 through Aug. 13. Both areas are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays, during swim season.
Pre-season passes for Summit County residents are $25 for adults and teens, $10 for ages 2 to 12 and seniors 65 and older. The out-of-county rate is $30 for adults and teens, $15 for ages 2 to 12 and seniors 65 and older.
After May 26, season pass rates increase by $5. A person's age at the time of purchase determines the rate.
Kids under 2 are always admitted free.
Season passes may be purchased at the following locations:
Online at summitmetroparks.org
The administrative offices (975 Treaty Line Road, Akron), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 3 through Aug. 13; cash, check, or credit card
Munroe Falls Metro Park / Lake Area (521 S. River Road, Munroe Falls) and Silver Creek Metro Park / Bathhouse (5000 Hametown Road, Norton), Saturdays and Sundays, May 6 through May 21, noon to 3 p.m., and each day throughout the season; cash or check only
Daily admission is $4 for all adults and teens, $3 for ages 2 to 12.
For more information, call 330-867-5511.
Society seeking vendors for Harvest Festival
Stow Historical Society is now accepting vendor applications for the annual Harvest Festival which will take place Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. If interested in participating, visit www.stowhistory.org/harvest-festival/vendors/ for information and an application.
The Arc to host Reverse Raffle, Auction
The Arc of Summit and Portage Counties will host its 30th Annual Reverse Raffle and Auction on April 21 at Guy's Party Centre in Akron. The event includes a dinner, $2,000 grand prize, reverse raffle, as well as a live and silent auction. The proceeds raised at this event will be used to directly benefit the people served through The Arc.
The Arc of Summit and Portage Counties is a nonprofit organization that advocates for people with developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. For over 60 years, The Arc of Summit and Portage Counties has been on the front lines of change for people with developmental disabilities. The Arc helps individuals achieve their life goals and participate in the community by creating opportunities for education, employment, housing and recreation. The local chapter is just one of more than 700 chapters across the nation working together to change public attitudes and foster respect, access and inclusion.
Local merchants have been generously donating merchandise and gift certificates for the auction. Corporate sponsorships and tables are also available. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and the silent auction. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The silent and live auctions will feature entertainment tickets, sports memorabilia, jewelry, artwork and a variety of gift baskets.
The 30th Reverse Raffle and Auction is open to the public. Individual tickets for the dinner and raffle are $80 per person and reserved tables of eight are $540. Individual tickets for only the dinner are $45 per person. All donations to the event are tax deductible. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, sponsoring the event or donating items to the auction, contact The Arc office at 330-836-5863.
Portage County Gardeners to offer rummage sale
The Portage County Gardeners are hosting a Rummage Sale at 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna -The PC Garden Center on April 21-22 from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. Join in and find those bargins on books, clothing, accessories, home dcor, housewares, linens, craft supplies, garden items, knick-knacks, and more. Hot dogs and beverages will be available.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group
The Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter makes Alzheimer's caregiver support groups available free of charge, open to all caregivers, family members, and friends with a loved with affected by the disease or a related dementia.
First Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls.
Last Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 85 Heritage Dr., Tallmadge.
Groups meet monthly. For more information or to confirm, contact the Alzheimer's Association HelpLine at 1-800-272-3900.
Kiwanis meet twice a month
The Stow-Munroe Falls Kiwanis Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month for a luncheon meeting.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
All Kiwanis meetings begin at noon and usually end by 1:15 p.m. The cost is $15. The next luncheon will be April 26 at Stow-Glen Retirement Village.
Anyone who is interested in the meeting topic or Kiwanis itself is encouraged to attend.
For information, lunch costs or reservations, contact Faith Cook at 330-6887179.
Register for Mother's Day 5K
The 6th annual Mother's Day 5K is May 14 at 8 a.m., at Munroe Falls Metro Park (521 S. River Road, Munroe Falls), where participants can run, jog or walk to celebrate Mom.
For ages 15 and older, registration is $45/person through April 30.
Runners 14 and younger are free, but they must be registered in advance.
Registration is not required for children in strollers.
Proceeds benefit the park district's outreach and community programs.
The asphalt course, which travels twice around the park's scenic lake, is not ADA compliant, but wheelchair athletes and jogging strollers are welcome. Timing is provided by North Coast MultiSports.
Visit summitmetroparks.org for more information and to register online.
Support for the Mother's Day 5K is provided by Acme Fresh Market and Akron Life Magazine.
TOPS Clubs meet
TOPS Club Inc is a non-profit, noncommercial support and accountability group for individuals interested in losing weight and maintaining their weight loss for a lifetime.
There are TOPS Chapters in and around Summit and Portage county including Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Green, Macedonia, Norton, Sagamore Hills and Twinsburg. In addition to various locations around Akron, area meetings are at the following locations and times:
Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills, 997 W Aurora Road, Each Wedneday at 6 pm for weigh in, 6:30 pm for program;
St Andrew the Apostle, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton, Each Tuesday at 8:30 am for weigh in, 9:30 am for program;
Twinsburg Public Library, 10050 Ravenna Road, Each Thursday at 5:45 pm for weigh in, 6:15 pm for program;
Green United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road, Each Thursday at 5:45 pm for weigh in, 6:30 pm for program;
Macedonia City Hall, 9691 Valley View Road, Each Thurs at 5:30 pm for weigh in, 6 pm for program; and
Cuyahoga Falls at United Presbyterian Church, 2819 Hudson Drive, Each Thursday at 8:15 am for weigh, 9:30 am for program or Northminister Presbyterian Church, 104 Portage Trail Ext W, Each Monday at 6:30 pm for weigh, 7:05 for program.
There is an annual fee of $32 with nominal weekly dues. For more information, contact Laurene Neval at 216-832-1106, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check www.tops.org.
Blanketeers seek donations of yarn
The Stow Blanketeers meet the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. The Stow Blanketeers knit and crochet blankets which are donated to local shelters.
This dedicated and industrious group of ladies who makeup the group are in need of community support. They would welcome donated yarns and/or cash contributions to purchase material.
For more information, contact Stow residents Margrit at 330-677-5511 or Dottie at 330-688-8866.
Recovery program for people with food issues
Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating, or bulimia.
There are three area meetings:
Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Western Reserve Hospital, 1900 23rd St., Cuyahoga Falls (Enter through the Falls Family Practice entrance at the back of the hospital)
Saturdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Christ Community Chapel, 750 W Streetsboro Road (303), Hudson (Enter door#2 - In basement Room 16)
Sundays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Montrose Zion United Methodist Church, 565 N Cleveland-Massillon Road, Akron (Lower level, Room 5)
For more information or a list of additional meetings call 781-932-6300 or visit www.foodaddicts.org.
Lupus support group meets monthly
The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter hosts a monthly lupus support group the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Stow-Munroe Falls Library, 3512 Darrow Road, in Stow. The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter also hosts a monthly call-in support group. Call 1-888-NO-LUPUS or visit LupusGreaterOhio.org to register and receive the call-in information.
The support group is an open, small-group environment that encourages discussion among lupus patients and their families. It is a place where people with lupus can share their experiences and ask questions. Most discussions focus on the "how-to's" of living with a chronic illness. It is a safe place for people to learn, share and help. Light refreshments will be provided.
Individual differences and confidentiality are respected.
For more information, contact the foundation at 440-717-0183 or visit www.lupusgreaterohio.org.
Investment Club meets at City Hall
The Wampum Investment Club meets the third Wednesday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Stow City Hall.
The club is one of 8,600 that belong to Better Investment (BI), a national organization. BI has 90,000 members. Of these, 67,000 belong to a local club. BI has 82 regional chapters.
The local club is a small group of individual investors who come together to learn, share investing experiences and help each other to become more successful investors.
A small monthly investment from each member is combined to buy, build and manage a portfolio of stocks.
For additional information about the club, call Ed at 330-688-4132 or Pete at 330-204-7521.
Nicotine Anonymous meets in Stow
Every Tuesday evening at the Methodist Church of Stow, 4880 Fishcreek Road, a group of individuals who want to quit smoking and live nicotine-free lives come together from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
There are no dues or fees for NicA membership the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using nicotine.
NicA members meet in 38 countries, as well as by phone and via Internet meetings. Call 330-673-6784 for more information.
Support group for family, friends of those with drug addictions
Nar-Anon is a 12-step support group for families and friends of those with drug addictions.
There are no dues or fees to join. Just come to a meeting.
Attendees will hear others, who are going through similar problems, talk about how they cope and find recovery.
Meetings in Summit County take place every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 85 Heritage Drive, in Tallmadge.
To find meetings in other areas, go to the group's website: www.nar-anon.org.
TBI monthly support group
Traumatic Brain Injury survivors and their families are invited to attend a free support group from 6 to 8 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month.
The group, led by a brain injury survivor, meets at Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation, 3625 Marsh Road in Stow.