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Sheila E to Perform Charity Concert Benefiting the Akron Urban League on Aug. 16


Concert will be hosted by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park World renowned, multi-talented musician, Sheila E., will perform a benefit concert to support the Akron Urban League at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The event will be the first in a series of three-day events which will serve as the kickoff to the Urban League’s three-year sustainability campaign. As the agency approaches its 100th anniversary, the campaign will aim to ensure the organization’s future presence and growth in Summit County.

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United Disability Services Offers Buckeye Baskets Holiday Selections Corporate Discounts


We specialize in all-Ohio baskets with local companies producing small-batch specialty foods. We'll ship your corporate orders, offer same day pick-up and corporate discounts. Customize baskets with company items and a gift tag featuring your logo. Every order benefits our non-profit and provides creative employment to people with disabilities. Our motivated work force is ready to work! Buckeye Baskets is the gift that gives twice!

Extremely Simple VoIP Strategies Lunch-n-Learn at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton on Dec. 13


Replacing your phone system or upgrading your network soon? If so, this event is for you. Please join the BCS Team and Extreme Networks as we discuss a winning game plan for implementing VoIP in 2018. You'll learn about the newest Extreme Networks solutions and how these can complement your next VoIP phone system. Also, the BCS Team will share strategies and features of a leading VoIP solution...a must see demo included!  

Jilly's Music Room's 5th Annual New Year's Eve Bash on Dec. 31


WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR'S EVE?  Ring in 2018 at  Jilly's Music Room's 5th Annual New Year's Eve Bash!  $75 per person includes a kick-up-your-heels great time with the Swizzle Stick Band, special all-night buffet, champagne toast and complimentary JMR logo flute to take home, giveaways, party favors, and more!  Click here to buy your tickets online now!  Seating is limited; reserve yours early!
SPECIAL OVERNIGHT PACKAGE: We've partnered with the Courtyard Akron Downtown (conveniently located right across the street) to offer an overnight package.  $295 includes: Two Tickets to Jilly's New Year's Eve Bash, overnight accommodations in a room with a king or two queen beds, and breakfast for two on New Year's Day. Call the Courtyard at (800) 321-2211 to take advantage of this offer.

Historic Tax Credit Coffee on Nov. 6


Have you been wondering about historic tax credit programs here in Ohio?
Wondering about the application and review process? Here is an easy introduction to the 20% federal historic tax credit and 25% Ohio historic preservation tax credit which you can use to rehabilitate your historic building.
Come chat at a quick informal get together to learn about how the historic tax credit programs work and meet the people who manage them.

2nd Annual Merry Mingle on Nov. 30


A  collaborative social event with AAF-Akron, AMA, NEO, NSME, NEOCC, and PRSA, this second annual holiday charity networking event benefits YEPAW (Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop).  $10 cover charge. There will be a cash bar, food stations, themed basket silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle.  6:00 p.m. YEPAW performance; 7:30 p.m. Raffle winners announced.  YEPAW uses the arts to engage middle and high school urban youth in activities that provide positive options for developing their talents, skills, and self-esteem.

Summit County Animal Control to Hold Adopt-A-Thon on Nov. 4


The County of Summit will host an Adopt-a-Thon on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Summit County Animal Control Facility, located at 250 Opportunity Parkway in downtown Akron. The event is sponsored by Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro and Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise.
Dogs and cats will be made available for adoption from the Division of Animal Control for the low price of $10 per animal (regularly $94 per dog, $60 per cat). The animals will be fully vetted (blood work, flea treatments, intestinal de-worming, spay/neuter and vaccinations) and ready to be taken home that day. Citizens who adopt a dog will also be required to purchase a 2018 Summit County Dog License for $18.
“Summit County’s Adopt-A-Thons have been hugely successful, and are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees at the Animal Control facility to find these animals good homes,” said County Executive Ilene Shapiro. “I encourage families of Summit County to come to the Adopt-a-Thon and help us find these wonderful animals their forever homes.”
“The Division of Animal Control does a wonderful job hosting the annual Adopt-a-Thon,” said Fiscal Officer Scalise. “My office will be there again this year to ensure dogs and puppies are registered with the County before they go to their new homes. A County dog tag is their ticket home if they are ever lost, stolen or run away.”
Residents are also encouraged to donate dog or cat food for the animals housed at the shelter during the Adopt-a-Thon. For more information contact the Summit County Division of Animal Control at 330-643-2845. To view photos of adoptable animals visit https://co.summitoh.net/index.php/departments/administrative-services/animal-control, click on ADOPT-A-PET in the left column.

Flowering Financial Presents Finance Fundamentals 101 on Nov. 7 & 8


Please join us for a two-hour educational workshop led by an experienced instructor covering the financial basics you need to understand today for a brighter tomorrow. Two Course Dates: Tuesday November 7th Courtyard by Marriott Stow OR Wednesday November 8th Doubletree by Hilton Fairlawn.  Course Fee: $20 for you and one guest.  Call (330) 529-7016 to reserve your spot today!

Navigate Power: The Time for Solar is Now! Event on Nov. 14


Join the Verde Solutions team to learn how renewable energy technologies can save your business money and help you gain independence from your utilities.  Our innovative financing solutions often make projects CASH FLOW POSITIVE IN ONE YEAR!  

The event is 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and lunch is provided.  RSVP to [email protected] or call (330) 388-6850.

Consumers National Bank Receives Second Consecutive SBA "Top Community Bank Lender Award"


Consumers National Bank has received the Top Community Bank Lender Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Cleveland District Office for the second consecutive time. The award recognizes the bank’s outstanding performance making SBA 7(a) and SBA Express loans during SBA fiscal year 2017, ranking first among community banks in the 28 northern Ohio counties served by the Cleveland SBA Office.

Hard Rock Rocksino Hosts a Job Fair on Nov. 9 and Buffet on Nov. 11


To honor and give thanks to all veterans, active duty military personnel, and their spouses, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park will hold a job fair.  The event is open to the public.  However, veterans, activity duty military personnel, and their spouses will receive special consideration for available positions.
Hiring managers from each department will be on hand to conduct candidate screenings and interviews. Potential job offers are contingent on the applicant passing required drug tests, background checks, and obtaining non-gaming or gaming licenses from the Ohio Lottery Commission.  Job candidates should dress in business attire.
Hard Rock Rocksino expects to fill a variety of positions, including chefs, security officers, Players Club representatives, cashiers, servers, valet attendants, and more.  All available career opportunities are listed on line at www.hrrnp.com.  Applicants must apply on-line prior to attending the job fair and be at least 18 years of age. 
Also, on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, the Rocksino will salute our country’s brave men and women for their sacrifice and dedication to protect our freedom. All veterans and active duty military personnel who present their military identification will receive:
One free buffet from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (must be in line by 2:00 p.m.) 
15% Discount at the Rock Shop (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.) 

For more information, visit www.hrrnp.com.

Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony on Nov. 9


Guest speaker will be Kevin Lacz, former Navy SEAL, New York Times best-selling author, and co-star of American Sniper.  Flags raised by ROTC at 10:30 a.m.  All are invited to come and pay tribute to America’s veterans.  A special invitation is extended to Kent State faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members who are veterans, active service members or have family members in the armed forces. Refreshments to follow in the Kiva lobby.  Free parking available in the Kent Student Center parking lot.

Skye Forney Scholarship Foundation Presents Beyond Vision Conference on Feb. 10


Our Beyond Vision Program allocates visual aid equipment to blind and low vision individuals. Raising Public Awareness to the daily achievements of people whom are visually impaired. We work to create a base of support for community groups forming an alliance to provide and dramatically accelerate development in visually impaired awareness. The foundation will be introducing the Beyond Vision Performing Arts Academy.  Our Beyond Vision Conference features speaker Pastor Donald N. Mayes Jr., and guest gospel recording artist, J-West, Texas.  Call (234) 738-0797 or e-mail [email protected].

Hale Farm & Village Presents "Holiday Market on the Farm" on Dec. 1


Join us for our Holiday Market on the Farm. We will be celebrating the holidays with local artist! Fifteen local artists will be at Hale Farm offering their on-of-a-kind hand-crafted items. The Hale Café will be taken over by Bomba Tacos and Rum from Fairlawn, Peace, Love and Little Donuts will be here and Native Hill Coffee will be serving up hot cups of coffee. We will also have Ohio beers and wines available to enjoy while you shop!  Admission is FREE.  

Froggerjobs.com a National Jobs Board has a Special Announcement!


On November 1, 2017, you will be able to find Froggerjobs.com on the SHRM Human Resource Vendor Directory: http://vendordirectory.shrm.org/. Froggerjobs.com is actively reaching out to all 48 Million US and Canadian Employers. The SHRM Human Resource Vendor Directory will allow access to our website to 50,000 Human Resources Personnel every month. We are seeking to develop working relationships with all HR Managers and Decision Makers.

Hale Farm & Village Presents "Holiday Lantern Tours" Throughout December


Take a charming lantern-lit tour of the Village and visit the historic houses, delightfully decorated for the season. Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of the holiday season as celebrated in the 19th century Western Reserve. Dates: December 2, 3, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 19-23 from 5:40 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Reservations are required. Call (330) 666-3711 ext.1720. $20 nonmembers; $15 members; $12 children (ages 3-12); group rates available.

Junior Achievement Financial Services Industry Bowl-a-Thon Event on Nov. 16


JA Bowl-A-Thons are held to raise awareness and resources to support Junior Achievement's mission: to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.  Each year, thousands of people participate to have fun, enjoy the camaraderie and partake in our Bowl-A-Thon events! These events give companies an opportunity to give back to the community in a fun and unique way. Participants enjoy bowling, prizes, music and the chance to interact with their coworkers and peers from throughout the community.
Please support Junior Achievement by registering for a JA Bowl-A-Thon and make a difference in a child's life today!  For information on available sponsorships, please contact Carol Carbary at (330) 434-1875 ext 14 or [email protected].

Turkey Trot 5K Run and Kids Fun Run Hosted by Kent State University at Stark on Nov. 18


Kent State University at Stark will host the annual Turkey Trot, an adult 5K and a children’s ¼ mile Fun Run, on Saturday, Nov. 18. The events will be held on Kent State Stark’s beautiful, 200-acre campus, located at 6000 Frank Ave. NW in Jackson Township. 
The Kids Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration takes place on the day of the event, beginning at 7:30 a.m., at Kent State Stark’s Recreation & Wellness Center.  The fee is $5 per child and may be paid on the day of the event. Participants in the children’s Fun Run will receive a medal. They also will make a craft to take home.
The adult 5K race begins at 9 a.m. Registration will take place between 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. Registration is required. The pre-pay fee, accepted through Nov. 3, is $20 per person. From Nov. 4-18, the fee is $25 per person. Participants can pay online with their registration at ohioraceday.com. If registering at the event, payment will be accepted by cash or check (payable to Kent State University at Stark). 
In addition to the monetary fee, adult and children participants should bring one non-perishable food item to benefit the Stark County Hunger Task Force. All 5K participants will receive a T-shirt and a medal. The top male and female adult runners will each win a turkey.  For more information, visit www.kent.edu/stark/turkey-trot or contact Stacie Humm at (330) 244-3390 or [email protected].

HallowScene Indoor Trick or Treat on Oct. 26


Calling all ghosts, goblins, princes, and fairies! Check out Scene75’s indoor trick or treat event, a safe night full of treats and no scaries!  Kids are back in school, pumpkin spice is everywhere, and the leaves are starting to change.  Fall is finally here! For Scene75 Cleveland this means that our first ever FREE Indoor Trick-or-Treat Event is right around the corner!  We are looking forward to seeing all of the families and smiling faces on Thursday, October 26th from 6:00pm-9:00pm for a warm, safe, and fun trick-or-treat event!
In typical Scene75 “do it big” fashion, we are preparing over a ton of candy for the event (literally 2,000+ pounds of candy)!  Located throughout our facility there will be 10+ stations welcoming costumed children to say “trick-or-treat” in exchange for a handful of candy and the occasional toy.  Plus, we will have a series of costume contests for kids starting at 7:00 p.m., with a prize for each of the winners. Last year there were some super cute and scary costumes, lets see if we can top them this year! (Ages 0-3 at 7:00 p.m., Ages 4-7 at 7:30 p.m., Ages 8-12 at 8:00 p.m.)

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