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On the Table Greater Akron to Dig Into Akron's Issues on Oct. 3


Akron Beacon Journal On the Table Greater Akron returns next month with more public mealtime conversations designed to improve the community. “On the Table is an opportunity for everyone in the community to have their voice heard,” Akron Community Foundation Vice President of Community Investment John Garofalo said in a prepared statement. “We want to ensure all residents have the opportunity to participate, even if they don’t know someone hosting a conversation or are not comfortable hosting themselves. We’re excited that this will also give attendees the opportunity to meet and interact with people from different backgrounds and neighborhoods.” The conversations, headed by the foundation, are open to Summit and Medina County residents.  They will be held Oct. 3 at various locations.

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Peak Viewing for Daffodils in Furnace Run Metro Park


Thousands of daffodils – including dozens of varieties – are expected to be at or near peak-bloom by this weekend and through the middle part of next week along the H.S. Wagner Daffodil Trail in Furnace Run Metro Park (3100 Brush Rd., Richfield). Parking in the gravel lot is limited to about 10 cars, so visitors are encouraged to be patient and go weekdays before 4 p.m. There are three picnic tables and a porta-potty near the start of the trail. The 0.6-mile Daffodil Trail is named for the first director of Summit Metro Parks. Harold S. Wagner planted the first bulbs there in the late 1930s. For more information, call (330) 865-8065.

Hale Farm & Village Presents Glassblowing Workshops


Glass blowing is mesmerizing to watch, and even more amazing when you do it yourself! The glass blower will guide you through the process, from handling equipment, gathering molten glass, applying color, and creating your glass piece.

Hale Farm & Village Presents Natural Deying Workshop


Choose from June 24, July 22, and September 16, from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Use a variety of hand-building techniques to craft a ceramic piece that’s all your own. Slab, coil and pinch construction and surface design provide creative options for the finished piece, a beautiful and functional reflection of historical salt-glazed earthenware.

Hale Farm & Village Presents Pottery Hand-Building Workshops


Use a variety of hand-building techniques to craft a ceramic piece that’s all your own. Slab, coil and pinch construction and surface design provide creative options for the finished piece, a beautiful and functional reflection of historical salt-glazed earthenware.

Stewart's Caring Place Presents 12th Annual Hope Walk on May 12


Registration starts at 9:00 a.m.  Walk begins at 10:00 a.m.  Walking Route is a 2.0 mile walk - handicapped accessible route.  Start and Finish at Stewart's Caring Place.  Water and bananas available at start.  Register or make a donation.

Become a NEOVETS Certified Military Talent Employer on May 18


This event is intended for HR Managers, Hiring Managers, and C-Suite Executives in Summit, Stark, Medina, Portage and Cuyahoga Counties. This event is primarily for persons or organizations who have not previously attended one of our training events.  Click here for more information.

The 'Secrets' to Content Marketing Success on May 15


Join the AAF Akron for this informative luncheon. The presentation will cover trends and predictions about where content is heading.  Presented by Content Marketing Institute's 2016 Content Marketer of the Year, Amanda Todorovich, Senior Director, Content & Creative Services, at Cleveland Clinic.

Amanda manages a team of writers, designers, digital engagement strategists and project managers to serve enterprise content needs both on- and off-line.  Her team is responsible for the #1 most-visited hospital blog in the country, Health Essentials (health.clevelandclinic.org). Amanda joined Cleveland Clinic in February 2013, after serving for four years as chief content officer and co-founder of MedCity News, one of the fastest growing online publishers in the healthcare and life sciences industry. With more than 15 years of storytelling experience, Amanda is passionate about finding innovative ways to leverage every piece of content her team produces.

First Glance Open House on Apr. 22


Please join us for our Annual Open House. Come for a tour, a light lunch and a short presentation. Doors open at 12:00.  Short presentation begins at 12:45 p.m. Kids are welcome. 

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio Has Summer Job Opportunities!


Summer is short – work somewhere awesome! We are looking for fun, energetic people to join our summer camp team. Serve as a role model and have fun working with girls aged 5-17. You will receive free room and board while camp is in session and make lifelong friends with other camp staff, including international staff. No Girl Scout experience? No problem! You bring the enthusiasm, and we’ll provide all the training you’ll need

United Way of Summit County's Bold Glow 2018 on May 18


Join us for an unforgetable evening!  We’re teeing off our 100-year anniversary in a BOLD way with a dazzling night golf experience – line up your shot in the dark, guided by the glow of hundreds of light sticks.  Enjoy a casual buffet dinner, open bar, games and entertainment before golf. Sample a taste of Akron as local breweries are featured throughout the evening. Then, relax in the after-glow with live music by The Beyonderers, late-night snacks and a nightcap.

6:30 P.M. | Registration & Buffet Dinner
7:30 P.M. | Games & Entertainment
8:30 P.M. | Glow Golf Shotgun Start (4-Person Scramble)
10:00 P.M. | After-Glow Party

Cal Thomas and Juan Williams to Speak at Kent State University at Stark on Apr. 12


Kent State University at Stark’s next featured speakers are distinct voices on the American political scene, Cal Thomas and Juan Williams.  In a fair and balanced format, the duo will debate about issues driving America’s future and political leadership at 7:30 p.m. April 12 at the Kent State University at Stark Conference Center.
With more than 60 years on the frontlines of American politics, Thomas, a syndicated newspaper columnist and Fox News contributor, and Williams, a political analysist who launched his journalistic career at The Washington Post, will share their knowledge and commitment to presenting the facts.

Bloom Event Planners "Seeds to Seasoning" on Apr. 25


Enjoy a 3-course dinner prepared by executive chef Anthony Scolaro while learning about growing and using herbs to enhance the flavor of your dishes. Members from the Medina Herb Society will share their knowledge on planting and growing herbs and you will leave with your very own mini herb garden. To register click link below.

Employee Tip Video on Apr. 5 & 6


Job-Applications.com will be paying $20 for interviews with former employees of major brands for our YouTube channel. The event will take place in the Student Union on The University of Akron's main campus- 303 Carroll St, Akron Ohio 44325 on April 5th and 6th from 10am-4pm both days in Room 318. Candidates are required to sign a waiver.

FASTSIGNS of Medina Expands, Merges with Pilot Signs


Tob Coss, owner of FASTSIGNS® of Medina, and Ed Gonzales, owner of Pilot Signs, are coming together to merge their resources, personnel and experience to expand their business and production capabilities. Effective April 1, 2018, the merged businesses will operate under FASTSIGNS of Medina in the center’s current location at 2736 Medina Road.



Hilscher-Clarke provides 24-hour emergency maintenance and a full breadth of services – ranging from advanced testing, automation, data, voice and video work and more. We do it all, and we do it well. We know your community. There’s a benefit to being close to home. After continued success in Stark and Coshocton counties, we’ve expanded in Akron to better serve our customers. Our growing crew of nearly 400 employees welcomed to the team 60 new local electricians with our Akron expansion at 441 Munroe Falls Road.

One of Environmental Design Group's Founding Members Passes


William J. Bandy, Jr., one of Environmental Design Group's founding members, recently passed away at the age of 78. Bill was instrumental in leading the leverage buyout of Snell Environmental to form Environmental Design Group, Inc. in 1984. He served as President and Chairman of the Board from 1984 until his retirement in 2004. He was quiet in nature but held himself with the utmost integrity and garnered great respect from his staff and peers. Dedicated to his profession, his career spanned more than 45-years as an active member of ASME and ASCE. He supported numerous student development alumni programs at the University of Akron, most notably its Women in Engineering program which encourages women to join the field. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, April 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home in Cuyahoga Falls. A colleague, a mentor, and a friend, Bill's presence will be greatly missed.

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