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West Side Cause for Celebration

6/5/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Books for Africa Library Project

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Largely Literary Theater Company will present a 45-minute version of its two-person show “Shades of Blue and Gray: Ghosts of the Civil War” at the Books for Africa Library Project’s annual fundraising dinner. The event will begin with dinner and music at 5:40 p.m. June 7 in the St. Bernard/St. Mary Church Historical Room. Those attending the free event should enter the lower-level East State Street door. The Books for Africa Library Project is a nonprofit organization that helps communities set up libraries in rural Africa. The project has established libraries in Ghana and Liberia. Compiled and performed by Largely Literary Theater Company co-founders Sara Showman (from the South) and Mark Dawidziak (from the North), “Shades of Blue and Gray” blends literary selections with actual ghost stories from Ohio and other states, including South Carolina and Virginia. Selections for the Books for Africa benefit will include three Ohio ghost stories and a special section about Abraham Lincoln. At 6:25 p.m., Books for Africa’s Kirt and Hilda Bromley will present a short video and describe their recent mission efforts to build libraries in West Africa. After a question-and-answer period, the basket will be passed for donations. “Shades of Blue and Gray” will follow at about 7:15 p.m.

Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

SOUTH AKRON — To kick off the 2014 World Cup, Akron’s American Outlaws chapter will have its Third Annual AO Akron for Kids event and fundraiser for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The event will take place at Manny’s Pub, 394 Brown St., June 7 from 6 to 11 p.m., when the U.S. Men’s National Soccer team takes the field against Nigeria for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Tickets are $25 per person, which covers beer, food and one entry into a prize raffle including jerseys, scarves, gift cards and more. All proceeds will go to providing research to develop new treatments, supporting the families affected by childhood brain tumors and raising awareness. Additionally, the Akron chapter of the American Outlaws will host watch parties that are open to the public for each U.S. game. The U.S. starts off its first of three group matches June 16 at 6 p.m. facing Ghana. On June 22 at 6 p.m., the U.S. faces Portugal and finishes group play with Germany June 26 at noon. For more information, visit www.theamericanoutlaws.com or follow the Akron American Outlaws on Facebook or on Twitter @aoakron.

Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis

MERRIMAN VALLEY — The Third Annual Oak Clinic MS Benefit fundraiser will take place June 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. at The Getaway Pub, 1462 N. Portage Path. The dinner and music show, honoring the late Getaway Pub chef Tracy “Tray” Dodridge, will feature a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and 50/50 raffle. The cost is $15 per person. To make a reservation, contact Sarah at 330-867-8700 or TheGetaway7800@yahoo.com.

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