by Kristin Casale
Stow -- Commercial Aviation will continue a more-than-10-year tradition of offering plane rides during Stow Pride this year.
Al Beckwith, owner of Commercial Aviation, said residents can purchase a plane ride for three people, with a total weight not to exceed 375 pounds, in a Cessna-172 Skyhawk for $85. Flights will depart from Kent State University Airport.
The flights will last 20 minutes and fly approximately 1,000 feet above the ground. The rides can be taken throughout the duration of Stow Pride, from June 23 to July 4, Beckwith said.
"We can either go east and go around Kent State University and Lake Rockwell, or we go northwest to the area around Blossom Music Center and over Gorge Park in Cuyahoga Falls," he said.
Residents will have the opportunity to catch a view of city landmarks, such as Stow City Hall, or see their home from the air, he said.
As part of the flight, residents will receive background information about aviation, a look at the flight instruments and a chance to observe pre-flight checks, said Beckwith.
"I recommend bringing a camera," he said, "so everyone can take a picture standing in front of the air plane before the flight."
Flight times are from 5 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on weekends and July 4. All flights can be rescheduled if they are canceled due to bad weather, Beckwith said.
The Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce will receive a portion of the proceeds from the flights, he said.
Beckwith said even though the planes used by his company are smaller in size, residents do not need to worry about having a safe flight. He said Commercial Aviation has been in business since 1966, and he has a total of 350,000 hours in the air.
Reservations are required to take a plane ride.
"We'll start with whoever calls first for a particular day," said Beckwith.
Interested residents should call 330-686-1234 for reservations and leave their name and phone number if no one is available.
Gift certificates are available.
PRIDE FESTIVAL FLYOVERS
An introduction of Aviation Flight
Sponsored by Commercial Aviation
June 23 to July 4
KSU Airport Airplane rides over Stow by reservation: 330-686-1234
HANDS ON STOW COMMUNITY
CLEAN UP DAY
Sponsored by Hands On Stow and
Stow-Munroe Falls Community Foundation
9 a.m. to noon
Meet at Stow City Hall
Get your friends, company, organization or church involved and make Stow a better place to live and work.
Pre-register online at www.HandsOnStow.com or call 330-673-3443
JOSHUA STOW FEST
Sponsored by the Stow Historical Society
June 23 and 24
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Heritage Lake at Silver Springs Park off Young Road
Family activities, food, fun, crafters
Free parking and admission
STOW SANCTURETUM OPEN HOUSE
Sponsored by City of Stow and Team Sancturetum
6 to 8 p.m.
Stow City Center
Organized tours of the history, development and horticultural aspects of this community asset
Hot dog roast
Free of charge
PRIDE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST
Sponsored by the SMF Chamber of Commerce and Stow-Munroe Falls Rotary Club
7:30 to 9 a.m.
Stow-Munroe Falls High School
$6 for adults or $3.50 for children
Reservations Required to 330-688-1579
Community Recognition and Awards
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Sponsored by First Christian Church Open Circle Sunday School Class
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Front lawn of First Christian Church
Sloppy joe, potato salad, pie, ice cream, cake and more
To benefit the property improvement fund
PRIDE IN YOUR LIBRARY DAY
Sponsored by Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Mini book sale, Community Jazz Band
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Children's crafts, exhibits
Free of charge
PRIDE GOLF OUTING
Sponsored by Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce
Fox Den Fairways
18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, steak dinner, beverages
$80 per golfer, or $25 for dinner only
Call 330-688-1579 for reservations
PRIDE IN FITNESS DAY
Sponsored by LifeCenter Plus
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
LifeCenter Plus, Hudson
Stow residents are free guests of the facility for the day
BOW WOW BEACH GRAND OPENING
Sponsored by City of Stow
Silver Springs Park
Join the celebration for the official opening of Stow's New Dog Park
PRIDE ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Sponsored by Stow Symphony Orchestra
Performance at Stow-Munroe Falls High School
Patriotic classics and favorites
$7 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; and children under 12 are free
Call 330-678-0029 for more information
PRIDE LAWN CONCERT
Sponsored by City of Stow
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Time Warp will perform classic rock and oldies
Dancing and singing under the Big Tent at the Stow City Center Complex,
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs
Refreshments will be sold
Admission is free
PRIDE PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Sponsored by First Christian Church
7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Juice, coffee, sausage and all the pancakes you can eat
First Christian Church
$5 for 13 and older; $2 for those 6 to 12; and free for those under 6
Proceeds benefit Good Neighbors, Salvation Army and Boy Scout Troop No. 169
Sponsored by Stow Parks and Recreation
Starts at Holy Family School
3K Fun Run or 4-Mile Run
Contact Stow Parks and Recreation to register at 330-689-5100
FOURTH OF JULY PARADE
Sponsored by City of Stow and Kiwanis Club
10 a.m. to noon
Starts at Stow-Kent Shopping Center and ends at Holy Family School
Theme: "Sweet Land of Liberty"
Parade Grand Marshal: Donald J. Coughlin
Master of Ceremonies: Tom Stephan