From an annual celebration to an outdoor cinema and a historic schoolhouse dedication, here are some fun things to do this weekend:
A free outdoor screening of "The Empire Strikes Back" will take place tonight at dusk at The Hometown Bank Plaza on the corner of Main and Water Streets in downtown Kent.
After Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) face an attack by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Skywalker begins Jedi training with Master Yoda and his friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke.
Bring a blanket and a lawn chair and munch on free popcorn donated by Kent Health Care Center or other local foods from street vendors. For more information, visit standingrock.net.
Kent Heritage Festival
The 22nd annual Kent Heritage Festival is on Saturday with more than 100 craft booths, food vendors, free music, a vintage car show, children's activities and fireworks in downtown Kent.
Entertainment will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on three stages. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. at the Main Stage on East Main Street. Rio Neon, Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts, Mo Mojo, John Patrick & The Outside Voices and Bluestones are among the performers on the lineup.
Food vendors will be stationed throughout East Main, North Water and Erie Streets and events, including the car show, ducks river race and safety vehicle display will be set up along the Cuyahoga River.
The Children's Game Area will be at the far end of North Water Street with fun for all ages, including airbrush tattoos and face painting, a free rock wall, bounce house and the Roosevelt High School cheerleader dunk tank. For more information, visit Kentbiz.com
Stewart School House Dedication
The Stewart School House in Stow will be dedicated on Sunday at Silver Springs Park as part of the two-week Stow Pride Festival, which culminates in the Stow Fourth of July parade on Tuesday.
Historical Houses will be open for tours beginning at 2 p.m. An ice cream social and children's games provided by Stow Parks and Recreation will be part of the fun from noon to 4 p.m.
Ceremony participants include members of the Stow-Munroe Falls High School Band, Boy Scout Troop No. 273, the Restoration Committee and longtime Historical Society members. Stow Mayor Sara Kline will conduct the dedication and ribbon cutting.