We're kicking off the summer season with a go-to guide on events and fun things to do in Portage County and Northeastern Ohio. Here are our top picks to plan for this weekend:
Porthouse's '9 to 5'
Performances continue tonight through July 1 of "9 to 5" starring Kent State University professors Courtney Brown and Amy Fritsche and KSU alumni Erin Diroll at Porthouse Theatre, Kent State's outdoor summer theatre located at Blossom Music Center.
Based on the hit 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, "9 to 5" follows three female coworkers who are pushed to their boiling point and craft a plan to get even with their boss. While their boss (Kent State acting prof Fabio Polanco) is away, the women live out their wildest fantasy -- taking over the company and giving the boss the boot. More info: porthousetheatre.com.
Old European Days & Bierfest
The German Family Society's annual Old European Days and Bierfest runs Saturday and Sunday with plenty of children's games, dancing and German food to sample. Jam out with Cleveland's own Deutscher Musik Verein, Al Zimmerman Band, the Fred Ziwich Band and K & C Band on Saturday.
Sunday will kick off with a Kirchweih Mass by Father David Misbrenner. On both Saturday and Sunday, the GFS Tanzgruppe, GFS Youth Group and the GFS Kindergruppe will perform.
The fun starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free for children under 12. Brimfield Township, 3871 Ranfield Road.
Cheer on pro-softball team the Akron Racers and Kent State grad Maddy Grimm as they play against the USSSA Florida Pride and join in on the "Return to the Olympics 2020" celebration with The Buckeye Corvette Club tonight at 7 p.m. at the new "Field of Dreams" at Firestone Stadium in Akron. Tickets are $7-$10.
On Saturday, the Racers will play the Pride and "Pink in the Park" will help raise money for the Muffins for Mammograms program, which provides mammograms for men and women in the community that can't afford them.
Sunday is "Pepsi Kids Day" where kids can run the bases, be entered in raffle drawings and compete in games for prizes. More info: akronracers.org.
Ravenna Creates Art on Main
More than 40 artists of all ages and an addition of offerings from area wineries are some of the changes coming to the second annual Art on Main festival on Saturday.
The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Ravenna, closing Main Street will be closed between Meridian and Prospect streets.
In addition, Main Street Ravenna will be offering a historic walking tour of the downtown area beginning at 2 p.m. at the flagpole at the corner of Main and Chestnut streets. More info: www.facebook.com/ravennacreates.