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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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Project Learn of Summit County Presents Night of Illumination on Mar. 10


Please join Project Learn of Summit County as they celebrate their Annual Signature Event - Night of Illumination!  The keynote speaker for the evening will be Matthew J. Wilson, President of The University of Akron, along with Honorary Chair Dr. Jarrod Tudor, Dean of Wayne College.  Enjoy an evening of hors d'oeuvres, drinks, dessert, silent auction, games and more!  Come help make a difference by "Empowering People and Advancing Communities."

Bellisimo Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Festival on Jul. 22


Don’t miss the 8th Annual Bellissimo on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 12-5 pm. Enjoy an afternoon stroll through the Pavilion and along our pathways where more than 50 artists and artisans will display their work for sale. This event is FREE to the public.

Young Professionals of Akron Presents Social Networking at The Town Tavern


Join Young Professionals of Akron as we check out one of the area’s newest taverns, The Town Tavern, for networking and happy hour! There will be happy hour drink specials until 7:00 p.m., complimentary appetizers and the chance to network and meet other young professionals at this new venue. This event is open to both members and non-members!

Bounce Hub Open House on Apr. 13


Join us to celebrate innovation in Akron with the official launch of Bounce - Akron's first Innovation Hub! This event is open to anybody in the community that is interested in innovation and learning about Bounce. Attendees will have the chance to network with local startups, small businesses, program leaders and supporters of innovation in our region.The open house will include:
  • Bounce companies will open the doors to their offices so you can see what our startups are up to! Each floor of the building will be open for touring
  • Progressive dinner on each floor featuring local food and drinks (cash bar)
  • Virtual reality experiences provided by New Territories VR Arcade
  • Live music and local artists featured throughout the building
  • Networking with local founders, investors, entrepreneruship program directors and civic leadership
  • Opportunities to meet Bounce leadership and get more information on programming and ways to get involved

Dan Rather Speaks on Patriotism on March 16


Legendary Journalist & News Anchor Dan Rather speaks about his new book, “What Unites Us:  Reflections on Patriotism,” at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.  Tickets ($58/$48/$38) go on sale at the Rocksino’s Box Office and www.Ticketmaster.com
Rather has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and personally covered history-making events from the Kennedy Assassination through Viet Nam, Watergate, Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall, 9/11 and the Iraq Invasion.
His new book of original essays, “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism", takes on the toxic political atmosphere and polarized opinions of our times with a hopeful reminder of the core ideals that all Americans share. Praised as a “tonic for our times” by USA Today, the book examines the principles that the U.S. was founded upon, the freedoms that define us, the values that have transformed us and the traits that have sustained us. It also incorporates Rather’s decades of experience as a living witness to history, covering the biggest events and news stories of our times.

Kent State Presents the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2018 July 16-22


Kent State University College of Aeronautics and Engineering and the British American Chamber of Commerce (BACC), Ohio, are partnering with the Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) and other aerospace associations to bring you the best opportunities for B2B meetings connections and contacts. You can join us in our prime location that is part of the FAC booth at Farnborough. Tap into our technical expertise and contacts to help you make the connections needed to grow your aerospace business internationally. Please contact us if you have an interest in being part of this exciting opportunity. Space is limited.

AxessPointe Community Health Centers Arlington Site Expansion Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Apr. 5


Our location in the Arlington Plaza has more than doubled its size!  We have added more room to serve patients, and our administrative offices will be relocating there as well.  Open to the community!  Tours will be provided. The grand "reopening" ribbon-cutting will take place at 5:30/5:45 p.m. with networking from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m., and the program beginning at 5:00 p.m. RSVP to Stephanie Berry at [email protected] by March 29.

Gervasi Vineyard Flights and Bites on Apr. 10


Wine & Appetizer Pairing
Join us at The Bistro for a fun and interactive experience in our casual, cozy Balconatta. Our wine steward will lead guests through three wines paired with three appetizer bites. Make it an evening, and enjoy dinner before or after the event. Reservations recommended for dining.
$16 per person / per session

A Delectable Weekend of Chocolate & Wine at Gervasi Vineyard on Mar. 16-18


Celebrate Chocolate! Join us for Chocolate Weekend, a delectable three days of indulgence at Gervasi Vineyard™. This is an extraordinary opportunity for chocolate lovers to explore and experience the world of chocolate. All event ticket purchases are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Cruise-Ins Gervasi Vineyard


Showcase your automobile at our weekly Gervasi Cruise-In, Wednesdays from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., June through September. Bring the whole family for a casual summer evening of car gazing, door prizes, food and live music!

Celia's Boutique Invites You to an Open House on Feb. 10


HOPE TO SEE YOU on Saturday!  For our amazing and loyal Tallmadge customers...we'll have a special treat for you just for coming in!  Enjoy refreshments and sales galore; and for every $10 you spend, you get a ticket for a drawing for a "Pamper Me" basket filled with Valentine goodies!

  • Every Tuesday in February - Meditation from 6-7:00 p.m.  Kelly Brown will lead a guided meditation, and we'll celetrate with chocolate afterwards! 
  • Wednesday, February 28 - from 6-8:00, Chris Beatty will lead a beginners alcohol ink class...prepare to have FUN!  Spots are filling up so make sure to sign up! 
  • Friday, March 2 - ribbon cutting with the City of Cuyahoga Falls.

The Akron Urban League and Temple Israel Present First Annual "It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race" Luncheon on Mar. 28


How do we begin to address our unconscious biases? That is the question the Akron Urban League, Temple Israel, and the YWCA of Greater Cleveland have partnered to try and begin to answer. We talk…. and we talk until we find solutions. No magic wand, but people talking to people who don’t look like them, speak like them, think or worship like them.

We expect over 350 diverse leaders from business, education, arts and community service will come together to move Akron and Summit County forward through honest conversation about race. Research shows the foundation for sustained change is engaging in dialogue.
Keynote Speaker will be  Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, CEO of DreamCatcher Educational Consulting Service.  Dr. Thornton coaches and provides professional development for new college and university presidents.

AAF-Akron Presents Annual ADDY® Awards on Feb. 23


The Akron Chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF-Akron) holds its annual American Advertising Awards (also known as ADDY® Awards) ceremony at The Akron Civic Theatre with a record-breaking 400 professionals expected to be in attendance. With entries from Akron, Canton and surrounding areas, it is the largest advertising and marketing event in the area.  RSVP by February 19.

Reception: 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Gallery of Entries, Tasting Stations, Cash Bar
Awards Show: 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Hosted by Chris Horne
After-Party Onstage: 9:00 - 11:00 p.m. - Live music by Daniel Kearsey, Dessert, Coffee and Cash Bar

AtNetPlus Presents Business Technology Forecast on Feb. 27


Let us help you keep your business at the forefront of what's happening in technology for small- and medium-sized businesses. Join us as we take a look at the future of Cyber Security, the next evolution of the Cloud, and maximizing your workday for tomorrow with Business Automation.  While we'll be discussing business technology, don't worry, topics will cover various levels of technical familiarity.  The event is free and breakfast will be included, but your RSVP is a must.

Froggerjobs.com Presents April Job & Career Exp on Apr. 20 & 21


We had Great Plans for our Mega March Job Fair; however, due to an unforeseen maintenance issue with the heating system at the former Macy’s Department Store – Akron Chapel Hill Mall, we have been asked to reschedule our job fair to April 20th & 21st. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to not only meet with potential candidates, but it also provides you with the ability to promote your business. Networking is what this EVENT is all about! This event is being held at the former Macy's Department Store - Akron Chapel Hill Mall - Akron, Ohio from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Over 500 booths are available for exhibiting.

Greater Summit Business Conference & Expo on Apr. 25


This unique event is free and brings together small businesses, minority business enterprises and corporations from across the state of Ohio in order to promote diversity, cooperation and innovation by connecting business of all sizes and industries with the opportunities needed to build success through business partnerships while contributing to the economic growth of the community at large. For more information, visit www.bpospecialevents.com or call (216) 391-7735.

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