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CLEVELAND — Comedian Charlie Wiener, a Cleveland native, will premiere his latest project, “Autobiography of a Lesser Mind,” at Kennedy’s at Playhouse Square Center April 28 through May 21. For “Autobiography,” Wiener combines his comedic talents with his prowess as a musician/singer/songwriter. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, on sale at the Playhouse Square Ticket Office, at the Web site www.playhousesquare.com or by calling (216) 241-6000.
WEST AKRON — Woodland Preschool’s Rummage Sale will take place April 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, located inside Woodland United Methodist Church, 444 N. Hawkins Ave. Jewelry, small appliances, housewares, hardware, lawn and garden items, furniture, linens, books and children’s clothing, toys and games will be available. For more information, call (330) 867-4311. Organizers request no “early birds.”
AKRON — The Akron Art Museum will host an afternoon of poetry at The O’Neil House, 1290 W. Exchange St., April 30 at 2 p.m. Guest poet Clare Rossini will read selections from her second book of poetry, “Lingo,” which was recently released by The University of Akron Press. That press also published her first book, “Winter Morning With Crow,” which won the Akron Poetry Prize in 1996. Rossini has won numerous other awards. After Rossini’s reading, finalists from Akron Art Museum’s New Words 2006 poetry contest will read their award-winning poems. The afternoon will conclude with a reception in honor of all the poets and a book signing by Rossini. For more information, call (330) 376-9186, ext. 241.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron Art Museum will present an exclusive visit to the studio of Kent artist Janice Lessman-Moss. She will give an intimate glimpse of the artistic process May 13 at 1:30 p.m. Lessman-Moss is the head of textile arts for the Kent State University School of Art. Light refreshments will be served. Preregistration is required at least one week before the visit. The cost for the studio visit is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Further details and directions will be provided upon registration. For more information or to register, call (330) 376-9186, ext. 230. Attendance is limited.
SANDUSKY — The Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross, in cooperation with Cedar Point, is having an auction for thrill-seekers who want a chance to be among the first riders on the park’s new Skyhawk thrill ride. The Red Cross is auctioning seats on Skyhawk to the highest bidders, with bids starting at $75. A winning bid will include breakfast at the park, a commemorative medallion, the inaugural ride on Skyhawk and complimentary admission to Cedar Point on opening day, May 6. Skyhawk will feature two giant swinging arms, each 86 feet in length, with 20 seats on each arm. Using pneumatic technology, riders will be launched forward and backward, swinging higher and faster. At the peak of the arc, riders on Skyhawk will swing more than 125 feet in the air and reach speeds exceeding 60 mph in both directions. The Firelands Chapter is accepting Skyhawk bids through 8: 30 a.m. May 3. For more information, visit www.firelandsredcross.org or call (419) 626-1641. Bids will also be accepted by fax at (419) 626-9244.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Hattie Larlham is accepting applications for exhibitors and vendors for its fourth annual Family Affair July 29 at Canal Park Stadium. Last year, more than 7,000 people attended the daylong event created to promote community inclusion and understanding of individuals with disabilities. The cost for a commercial 10-by-10 space is $175. The nonprofit rate is $75. A discounted rate is available to those who purchase more than one area. Hattie Larlham also welcomes local musicians and entertainers to perform at the event. Those who are interested may call the event hotline at (330) 620-9340 or Jennifer Hartman at (800) 233-8611, ext. 3182, or visit www.familyaffaironline.com.
MEDINA — Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz will present a talk titled “Life Happens” on behalf of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund (MCWEF) of Akron Community Foundation May 16 at 7 p.m. Schultz also will sign copies of her recently published Random House book, “Life Happens — and Other Unavoidable Truths,” a collection of her prize-winning columns. Copies will be available for purchase, courtesy of the Village Booksmith. The event will take place in Broadway Hall in the Medina County Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway St. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. All proceeds are tax-deductible and will benefit the MCWEF. Reservations must be made by May 10 by sending a check payable to ACF — MCWEF to the Akron Community Foundation — MCWEF, 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307-2407.
CLEVELAND — Tickets are now on sale for Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever live arena event, Delirium, coming to Quicken Loans Arena Aug. 4-5 at 8 p.m. The show transports audiences into a universe of delirious sensory folly through state-of-the-art music, dance, theater and multimedia presentations. For the first time in Cirque du Soleil history, musical lyrics have been added to traditional instrument-only tracks and real words have been integrated in place of invented language. Also for the first time, Cirque du Soleil musicians and singers will take center stage, as their music will be the driving force of this event. Reserved tickets, at a cost of $112, $91.50 and $71.50, will be available at “The Q” ticket office and all TicketMaster outlets by calling (330) 945-9400. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, www.cirquedusoleil.com or www.livenation.com.
SOUTH AKRON — More than 100 hand-made quilts and needlework items will be on display at the seventh Spring Quilt, Craft and Flower Show May 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Firestone Park United Methodist Church, 250 N. Firestone Blvd. Highlighted this year will be quilts from Akron Children’s Hospital and Coming Together Akron’s commemorative quilt. There also will be crafts, flowers, hanging baskets and refreshments for sale. For more information, call the church office at (330) 773-7636.
COPLEY — The Akron Fossils and Science Center, a creation-based science center located at 2080 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, will host Al Gotch, Ph.D., May 6. Gotch will present “Skin Deep: DNA, Information & Race” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A Cleveland native, Gotch received his doctorate degree in physical chemistry in 1991 from Purdue University. He has taught chemistry at the college level for 15 years and has published 10 peer-reviewed scientific papers. His research interests include novel materials, chemical sensors and solar energy conversion. Gotch is chairman of the Chemistry Department at Mount Union College. The lecture is recommended for older students and adults. The cost is $2 per person. For more information, call (330) 665-DINO, or visit www.akronfossils.com.
HUDSON — The 14th Annual Ohio Toy Soldier Show will take place May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holiday Inn Hudson, located at state Route 8 and the Ohio Turnpike. The show’s dealers will offer all types of toy soldiers, from antique lead to plastic 1950s figures to modern creations. Anyone who comes to the show dressed in a military re-enactment uniform will be admitted for free. The show would like to highlight the re-enactors’ efforts to preserve history. For more information, call (330) 722-7651.
CLEVELAND — Are you looking for a special activity for your Scouting, youth or church group? Check out Night Tracks, an overnight program for groups at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, which offers adventure, Get-Close encounters with animals and a sleepover at the zoo. Night Tracks is designed for groups with a minimum of 15 participants and must include one adult for every 10 children. Children must be 6 years old and older. The fee is $35 per person, which covers the curriculum, equipment, counselor(s) who stay with each group through the entire program, sleeping arrangements in Northern Trek or the Administration Building, refreshments in the evening and a light breakfast in the morning. Additionally, each Night Tracks participant receives a souvenir Wolf Wilderness patch for completing the Night Tracks program and admission into the zoo and The RainForest immediately following the program. Night Tracks will take place on weekends from September through May, but registration is taking place now. For more information or to make a reservation, call (216) 635-3391.
COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Development’s Division of Travel and Tourism has unveiled the 2006 Ohio Travel Planner. The 172-page annual planner is 28 percent larger than its biannual predecessor, the Discover Ohio Travel Planner, and presents information in a more traveler-friendly style, according to Division of Travel officials. The full-color planner contains a shorter editorial section focused on Ohio travel experiences divided into four areas: arts and culture, history and heritage, sports and recreation and family fun. A majority of the publication consists of seven geographic regional sections containing information for more than 2,000 attractions, recreation facilities, shopping venues, restaurants, lodging facilities and more. The 2006 Ohio Travel Planner is available free of charge at www.discoverohio.com or by calling (800) BUCKEYE.