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NORTH CANTON — Malone College will be a major sponsor for the fourth annual Art of Worship Conference, featuring Christian artist Margaret Becker, July 13-14 at Canton First Friends Church, 5455 Market Ave. This year’s conference is themed “In the Way” and is intended to refresh, uplift and encourage artists of every genre (dance, writers, musicians, visual artists, etc.) Everyone ages 14 and older are welcome. Some lodging scholarships are available courtesy of the college. Conference workshops, clinics and roundtable discussions will be conducted in writing, drama, dance, visual art, musical worship, arts community, arts leadership and arts traditions. Complete descriptions for all sessions, including presenter bios and links, are available online at www.firstfriends.org/arts.
GREATER AKRON — Thrift store objects have become unique art pieces in the hands of area artists associated with The Log Cabin Gallery, 1671 Main St. in Pensinula. The objects they use are most often found at Goodwill Retail Stores. Twenty artists have donated what they dubbed recreARTed pieces for Goodwill’s signature fund-raising event Nov. 15. Goodwill currently has recreARTed displays in the stores at 570 E. Waterloo Road in South Akron and at 1500 Canton Road in Lakemore. The artists also will host a recreARTed show in October at The Log Cabin Gallery. This summer, five of the artists will teach classes, featuring different mediums and techniques, at the Goodwill store in Lakemore. “Antique and Vintage Linens and Lace” will be taught by Chris Collins July 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; “Table Lamp Revivals” will be taught by Susan Begin July 17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; “Monochromatic Shadow Boxes” will be taught by Gwen Waight July 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; “Conundrum Collage” will be taught by Victoria Hart Aug. 4 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and “Functional Felt” will be taught by Paula Singleton Aug. 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The classes are free to individuals ages 13 to adult, but the class size is limited to 12 students, with a minimum of five required. Some supplies are necessary. To register, call (330) 724-6995, ext. 229. BOSTON — Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) is bringing The Little Engine That Could back to Boston Mills Ski Resort Aug. 2-5. “The Little Engine That Could ‘I Think I Can’ Rail Tour” will feature train rides with The Little Engine That Could, live musical entertainment, story readings, clowns, magicians, face painting and other children’s activities. A variety of merchandise will be on display in the gift shop along with opportunities to have photos taken with The Little Engine That Could and characters from the book. Advance ticket sales are available through the CVSR by calling (800) 468-4070. Reservations are strongly suggested, as seating is limited and tickets are expected to sell out quickly, according to organizers. For more information, visit www.thelittleengine thatcouldtour.com or www.cvsr. com.
WEST AKRON — The Akron Zoo will host the ninth annual Pajama Party July 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Children are encouraged to come to the zoo in their favorite pajamas and experience the nocturnal wildlife at the zoo. Pajama Party will include a scavenger hunt, magic performances, up-close animal encounters and bedtime snacks. Project Learn, Cleveland’s adult literacy center, also will be present to help children make slippers and crafts. Musical Mark will perform his signature blend of music, comedy and education, and magician Rick Smith Jr. will perform magic all night. For ticket information, visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.
COVENTRY — A speed dating event for single professionals will take place July 16 starting at 8 p.m. at Hook, Line and Drinkers, 544 Portage Lakes Drive. Cupid.com/PreDating is for busy professionals ages 29-42. With Cupid.com/PreDating, participants go on up to 12 six-minute dates in one evening. The cost is $35. To attend, register at www.Cupid.com/PreDating. HARTVILLE — Quail Hollow State Park will present “Wildlife for Little Tikes” nature programs aimed at children ages 4-6 this summer. The programs, offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m., include:
√ July 16, “Bees, Birds & Butterflies” — participants will learn about similarities and differences and make a paper puppet with designs and details;
√ July 31, “Frogs & Toads” — visitors will learn facts about these two similar but different amphibians; and
√ Aug. 7, “If I Were a Bug” — participants will discover fun facts about insects and find out how fun it would be to be a bug and create an insect to take home.
Events are free but space is limited, and registration is requested by calling (330) 877-6652. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should meet in the Carriage House Nature Center. Quail Hollow State Park is located 1 mile north of state Route 619 on Congress Lake Avenue. For more information, visit www. quailhollow.org.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Main Street Gourmet is planning a celebration of its 20th anniversary. Muffin Day will take place July 17 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lock 3 Park. The free community event will include a children’s area, free entertainment, food vendors (who will donate a portion of their proceeds to the United Way) and an eating contest. Winners of a photo scavenger hunt and a most creative muffin contest will be announced. For more information, visit www.mainstreetgourmet.com/MuffinDay07.asp.
HARTVILLE — Quail Hollow State Park will present Junior Naturalist programs this summer aimed at children ages 7-12. Each event is free, but space is limited, so registration is required. To register, call (330) 877-6652. Adults are welcome to join in programs, which include:
√ July 20 from 9 a.m. to noon, “Sun Celebration” — participants will learn about the source of warmth and energy through hands-on activities and how plants and animals respond to the sun; and √ Aug. 24 from 8:30 to 10 p.m., “Junior Naturalist at Night” — participants will find out how well they can see in the dark, what the strange sounds they hear are, what creatures are active at night and how the darkness changes the way they experience nature.
For more information visit www.quailhollow.org.
GREEN — The Akron Circle Burners, a nonprofit youth model aviation-training program, will host its first casino night fund-raiser, “An Evening in Pair-a-Dice,” July 20 at 6 p.m. at Chenoweth Golf and Banquet Hall, 3087 Chenoweth Road. The event will include dinner, games, a silent auction and raffle prizes. Tickets are $45 per person, which includes dinner and $20 in casino chips. All proceeds will go to expanding the growth and opportunities for this youth training program. This program has a dedicated field at the Akron Fulton Airport beside the BMX track and across from Derby Downs. The area has been fenced and graded, and one flying area has been paved. For event reservations, send your name; company, if applicable; address; phone number; and e-mail address, along with a check, to Akron Circle Burners, 13468 Cleveland Ave. N.W., Uniontown, OH 44685, or call Bill Capinjola at (330) 620-9513.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Artspace Gallery is planning an exhibition titled Akronography featuring photographs taken in and around the Greater Akron area. Artists and photographers are invited to submit works for consideration now through Aug. 30. Chosen images will be on display Oct. 5 through Nov. 3 at 140 E. Market St. Professional photographer Andrew McAllister will serve as guest curator. He has divided the exhibition into four categories: portraiture, abstraction, landscape and documentary (photojournalism). Photos can be black and white or color and film or digital prints. All should be recent works taken of subjects within Summit, Medina and Portage counties. Photographers living, working or attending universities within these three counties are eligible. Photographers submitting in the first three categories may send four to six images. In the documentary category, McAllister is seeking photographic stories told in five to 10 images. Up to three stories may be submitted. All should be sent either as unframed photos, ink jet images, slides or on CD along with the Summit Artspace exhibition application, which is available at www.summitartspace.org or by calling (330) 376-8480. The dimensions of images should be marked as well as if they are printed from film or digitally. HARTVILLE — The “Hartville Railroad Heist” will be staged Aug. 18. The train ride, with passengers President William McKinley and his wife, Ada, will include a staged robbery, fashion show presented by ladies from the Civil War era, a tea, cloggers, dancers, Civil War encampments, music by the Anonymous Band and root beer sold by Flying Turtle Tavern. Tickets are $8 per person and seating is limited. Admission for babies sitting on a parent’s lap is free. The train will depart from the Maple Street Gallery station every half-hour from 9: 30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the gallery, the Hartville Chocolate Factory and Best Bib and Tucker. Tickets also may be ordered by calling the gallery at (330) 877-1689.
HARTVILLE — Edison
Park Shopping Center, located on West Maple Street,
will present a Summer Fun
Cruise-in July 25 and
Aug. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. The car entry fee is $5. The
event will include music by “The Spikeman,”
a trophy to be awarded for merchant’s choice,
dash plaques, door prizes and a display of Federated
Auto’s NASCAR pace truck.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Friends of Children’s Hospital is selling raffle tickets to benefit the Akron Children’s Hospital’s Eye Diagnostic Center as part of the 46th Annual Harness Race Rally. Raffle tickets are on sale now through Aug. 1, when the winners will be drawn during the Harness Race Rally event at Northfield Park in Northfield. Winners need not be present. A ride on the Goodyear blimp also will be auctioned the night of the race. Raffle tickets are being sold for $1 each or six for $5. The grand prize is a 2007 Toyota Corolla. Second prize is a pair of diamond earrings donated by Sterling Jewelers Inc. Third prize is a weekend package for two donated by Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls. Fourth prize is an LG 20-inch flat panel LCD HDTV donated by Akron Rubber Development Inc., and fifth prize is a $100 gift certificate donated by Loren’s Hallmark. Tickets are being sold at various locations each day throughout Northeast Ohio. Contact the Akron Children’s Hospital Development Office at (330) 543-8340 for ticket sale locations. MASSILLON — Malone College, in conjunction with The Light Christian Books and Music, will be the main stage sponsor of the third annual Tear Down the Walls Festival Aug. 11 at 11 a.m. The event will feature Decyfer Down, Since October, Spur58, Fighting Instinct, Broken3418, This Fires Embrace and Divine Soldiers, all on the main stage. The all-day event will take place at the Forty Corners Church of God, 3474 Beaumont Ave. N.W. In addition, Malone College is sponsoring the complete CBAM weekly concert series at 332 Erie St. S. For details, visit www.myspace.com/thelightcbam.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., will host JSK Café lunches on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Aug. 31. The cost is $7 and includes a beverage. Special/pick-up orders must be received before 11 a.m. Tours of the John S. Knight Center are conducted every 15 minutes. For more information, including a menu, call (330) 374-8900 or visit www.johnsknightcenter.org and click on “What’s New.”
CANTON — The Players Guild of Canton’s 76th season lineup will offer family-oriented entertainment along with social and medical issues such as racism and Lou Gehrig’s disease. Season subscriptions are on sale, and regular tickets are now on sale. All shows are open for sponsorships and include: “Bad Girls on Broadway,” Sept. 7-22; “Rumpelstiltskin,” Nov. 9-18; “A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 7-22; “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Jan. 18-27; “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Feb. 15-23; “Charlotte’s Web,” March 28 through April 12; and “Peter Pan,” May 23 through June 14.