by Sean Gerski

Editor

Stow -- Stow Pride activities will be in full swing this week, with activities available every day for residents.

The festival, which will run from June 23 to July 4, will include flyovers, crafts and food.

Pride Festival Flyovers

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.

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.

Interested residents should call 330-686-1234 for reservations and leave their name and phone number if no one is available.

Hands on Stow

Cleanup Day

Hands on Stow Community Cleanup Day is scheduled for June 23 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Participants will clean up Graham, Fishcreek, Darrow, Call and Stow roads and Hudson Drive. The day also will include the cleanup of several parks and other public areas in the city.

Volunteers must be 16 and older to participate. Registration for the event will begin at 8 a.m. in Stow City Hall at 3750 Darrow Road.

Following a breakfast for volunteers, participants will split into crews and head to their designated cleanup areas. Volunteers will receive shirts, gloves, bags and tools and pick up trash, tree limbs and other debris.

At noon, the crews will meet back at City Hall for lunch.

While participants can register for the cleanup the day of the event, pre-registration is encouraged.

Pre-register by calling McKinney at 330-673-3443 or visit www.handsonstow.com/ register-today-form.cfm.

Joshua Stow Fest

This year's Joshua Stow Fest takes place June 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage at Lake Silver Springs Park off Young Road. There will be free parking and admission for the event.

During the two-day festival, the Minnie Darrow House, the Mary Starr House, the Heritage Museum and the Stow Historical Society's workshop will be open.

The Joshua Stow Fest will offer activities for children -- including a petting zoo, crafts from the Stow Parks and Recreation Department, and story time with staff from the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library. The petting zoo will take place June 23 from noon to 4 p.m. and June 24 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Disc jockey George Novak will provide music from the 1940s and 1950s, said Baranek, adding the event will feature crafters.

"They're out there selling homemade items and jewelry," he said.

Society members also will sell refreshments and apple butter during the event.

Stow Sancturetum

Open House

This year's open house in the Sancturetum will take place June 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. and offer free hot dogs and other refreshments to visitors.

Holly Tree Trail, a road perhaps known better by residents as the road that sits just south of the local Post Office off Darrow Road, will lead residents to the entrance of the property, said Sue Mottl, the city's landscape arborist.

Once inside the site, she said residents can find a number of areas featuring perennials and other various flower beds.

One highlight of the Sancturetum is the third-largest holly tree in the state, which was transplanted from Kent Road. The Sancturetum also has a sequoia, a limber pine, a Himalayan fir and a Japanese umbrella tree.

There also are remnants of a house that once stood on the site, which Mottl said cannot be missed.

To volunteer or for other questions, call Mottl at 330-689-5121.

Pride Community Breakfast

The 34th annual Pride Community Breakfast will take place June 27 and provide pancakes to attendees from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Stow-Munroe Falls High School, 3227 E. Graham Road.

The event is sponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Stow-Munroe Falls Rotary Club and the Stow-Munroe Falls School District.

Aside from pancakes, the event features the Chamber's Community Recognition Awards, which honor outstanding members of Stow. Awards include Business Person of the Year, Friend of the Community and Volunteer of the Year. Chamber members nominate people for the awards.

Breakfast reservations must be made by June 25. Call the Chamber office at 330-688-1579 for reservations.

The cost to attend is $6 for adults and $3.50 for children.

Pride Ice Cream Social

The First Christian Church in Stow's Pride Ice Cream Social will mark its 30th year June 27.

The event is set to take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m., rain or shine.

The social will take place on the front lawn of the church, but will move indoors to the social hall if it rains. Tours of the church's chapel also will be given during the event.

Aside from ice cream, the menu will include sloppy-joes, potato salad, chips, different kinds of homemade pies and cakes and beverages.

The cost to attend is $4.95. Proceeds from the social will benefit the church's Property Improvement Fund, which has helped with remodeling various areas of the church and provided for additions to the building.

For more information, call 330-688-4450. First Christian Church is at 3493 Darrow Road.

E-mail: sgerski@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-686-3918