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DOWNTOWN AKRON — “The Grizzled Wizard of Waste Not Want Not” movie will premiere downtown at the Akron-Summit County Main Branch Library, 60 S. High St., April 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The hour-long movie will be introduced by Akron Deputy Mayor Dave Lieberth. Following the movie, producer/director Josh Gippin, as well as P.R. Miller, the Grizzled Wizard himself, will make statements. The film was produced and directed by local independent moviemaker Gippin with the help of his wife, photographer Shane Wynn. Both are Firestone High School graduates. “The Grizzled Wizard” also features an original musical score by Akron-native composer Chris “Mojo” Edwards. Posters and cover design are the work of Akron-native graphic designer Michael West. “The Grizzled Wizard” also will appear in the Akron Independent Film Festival April 29 at 11 a.m. in The University of Akron’s Student Union theater. For more information, contact Gippin at (330) 573-9104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Washington Post columnist David Broder will speak on “American Politics: 2006 and Beyond” as the featured speaker at a fund-raising event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The University of Akron’s (UA) Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. The event will take place April 26 at 5 p.m. in UA’s Student Union Ballroom, 303 Carroll St. Broder, a national political correspondent reporting the political scene for the Washington Post, writes a twice-weekly column. The cost of the event is $40 for individuals or $75 per couple. For reservations, call (330) 972-5182.
CUYAHOGA FALLS — St. Nicholas Orthodox School will present an International Music Festival April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium. Featured acts will be The O’Hare Irish Dancers, St. Nicholas Balalaika Orchestra, Men’s Kosovo Choir, The Serbian Orchestra and Jason Nicolacakis. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens and $6 for children younger than 12. Call (330) 922-3468 for ticket information. Tickets also will be available at the door. WEST AKRON — The Christ Child Society of Akron will host a live auction featuring fine art, sports and music memorabilia and works by local artists April 28 at St. Sebastian’s Zwisler Hall, 426 Mull Ave. The preview will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the auction at 8 p.m. Wine, cheese, coffee and desserts, as well as door prizes, will be available. Admission is $15 per person, and proceeds will benefit the Christ Child Society of Akron and its clothing center, whose members helped more than 1,500 area children last year by collecting and distributing clothing in cooperation with Akron Public Schools. For tickets, call Sylvia Goson at (330) 256-2412 or Becky Davis at (330) 836-8177.
WEST AKRON — Pat Catan’s Craft Centers will present a return of the “Iron Crafter” Student Craft Design Competition April 29. Teams from four local schools will square off in a head-to-head craft design contest to earn the title of “Iron Crafter.” The competition is limited to four teams. All crafting materials are provided free. Each team member will receive a gift certificate as a reward for their efforts. Art instructors or teachers who would like to enter a team can contact Pat Catan’s West Akron store at (330) 836-5600.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The University of Akron’s (UA) Hospitality Club will host a dinner April 29 to honor local ice carver and UA alumnus Aaron Costic. In February, Costic won a gold medal at the Cultural Olympics held in conjunction with the Winter Olympics. Members of the Akron Culinary Federation will prepare the seven-course dinner, which will begin with hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. in the Crystal Room in Gallucci Hall on Grant Street. The cost is $50 per person, with proceeds benefiting UA’s ice carving team and a newly established Aaron Costic Scholarship Fund. For reservations, call (330) 972-6615.