Square dance club offers free lesson

Western Whirlers Square Dance Club is offering one free beginning square dance lesson on Sept. 15 or 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ritchie Center, 109 West Ave. in Tallmadge. Additional classes will continue on Thursday evenings.

Gene Hammond will instruct. All those age 12 and older can participate.

For more information, call PJ or Bonnie Houck at 330-688-5075.

Those who cannot attend on Thursdays should still call, as other clubs in the Akron Federation are starting classes also.

Candidates Forum set for Oct. 6

The Leagues of Women Voters of the Akron Area, Hudson, and Tallmadge will jointly present a Candidates Forum for Summit County

residents that covers open positions on the ballot for the Nov. 8 General Election.

The evening will feature three parts: first the opportunity to meet the eight judicial candidates in an informal small group setting; the second will be a similar format for the 15 Summit County Council candidates; and finally a traditional panel session with the candidates for the Executive Offices. Before the panel, the state representative (34th, 35th, 36th, 38th

districts) and state senator (28th district) candidates will speak for 3 minutes each.

The Executive Offices that will be on the ballot include: County-at-large Candidates (4), Candidates for County Engineer (unopposed), Sheriff (unopposed), Prosecutor (2) and Clerks of Courts (2), Fiscal Officer (2), and County Executive (2).

The event is Oct. 6 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., free and open to the public, at Cuyahoga Falls High School, 2300 Fourth St., with parking close to the entrance off of Stow Street. Email lwvaa@lwvaa.org with any questions. The League, a non-partisan national grassroots organization, is committed to providing complete and impartial information to voters.

Open House at Case-Barlow Farm

As part of the°Ohio°History Connection's°Ohio°Open°Doors°Project, Case-Barlow Farm will host an°Open°House on°Sept. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the°historic Hudson farm at 1931 Barlow Road. The program,°entitled "Then and Now," will show comparisons of the changes during the years of the CBF homestead. The first 25 visitors will receive a Ohio History keychain.

Sponsored by the Ohio History Connection, Ohio Open Doors is a statewide effort where building and landmark hosts open their doors to the public for special tour and programs.° Over 75 building hosts will open their doors for tours, talks, and fun during 10-day periods in September, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservations Act with special, being-the-scenes tours and talks at buildings and historic places all over Ohio.°

Sewing guild plans meetings

The Akron Canton American Sewing Guild has meetings planned for September and October.

In Tallmadge, the group will meet the first Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Tallmadge Lutheran Church, 759 East Ave. in Tallmadge. On Oct. 6, the focus will be tiny caddy/origami bowl.

The Gals and Dolls special interest group meets the second Monday at 1 p.m. On Sept. 12, the topic will be shoes; on Oct. 10, the group will have lunch and a field trip to Quilter's Fancy in Cortland with the project featuring ribbon rosettes and flowers. For more information, contact Pam Klicman at 330-633-7288 or at fabricnana@aol.com

In Ellet, meetings take place the fourth Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Drive, Akron. On Sept. 28, the topic will be a tissue cover and a small trash bag. On Oct. 26, it will be machine pedal stay. For more information on the group, contact Audrey Boyd at 330-628-4847 or abie2683@gmail.com.

The Garment Gals will meet Sept. 17 and Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Ellet Branch Library for muslin fittings. Contact Margaret Crawford at 330-809-6354 or mcrawford3439@sssnet.com.

Historical Society seeking craft


Stow Historical Society is seeking craft vendors for the annual Harvest Festival, taking place Oct. 1 and 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family festival features entertainment, concession stand, old-fashioned apple butter, and interactive children's activities. Three historic houses and a schoolhouse will be open to visitors. Crafters are situated in the Heritage Barn, or in your own tent outside. For fees and application visit the website at http://www.stowhistory.org/harvest-festival. Handcrafters only -- no commercial vendors. There are still some spaces left in the Heritage Barn and lots of space available in your own tent outside. If interested, email shsfestival@gmail.com.

Kiwanis Club to meet

The Stow-Munroe Falls Kiwanis Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month for a luncheon meeting.

All Kiwanis meetings begin at noon and usually end by 1:05 p.m.

The luncheon meetings usually take place at Silver Lake Country Club on Graham Road, and anyone who is interested in the meeting topic or Kiwanis itself is encouraged to attend.

Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools Superintendent Tom Bratten will be the guest speaker at the Sept. 14 luncheon. He has been superintendent since February 2015. Bratten has a bachelor's degree in secondary English education from Miami University, a master's degree in educational administration from Xavier University, his principal's license from the University of Akron, and his superintendent's license from Ashland University.

For information, lunch costs or reservations, contact Faith Cook at 330-6887179 or Cindy Lewis at 330-686-0232.

Munroe Falls Garden Club to meet

Munroe Falls Garden Club meets on the fourth Monday of April through November at noon at the Lehner Community Center, 35 South River Road, Munroe Falls.

New members are graciously welcome. For information, contact Jeannie Denton at 330-688-2212 or jdentonpga@aol.com.


needed for The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of Summit County needs volunteers to help with programs all year long. Helpful people are needed to give a little or as much time as possible at the Maple Street facility in Akron and at the Barberton location on Wooster Road.

There are a wide range of needs to suit anyone's interest and time frame. Some examples include:

/ Drivers for pick-ups and deliveries

/ Kitchen helpers for daily meal prep assistance, serving and clean-up

/ Short-term "done-in-a-day" projects

/ Weekly scheduled help for a variety of projects

Corporate and group volunteers -- companies, churches, clubs, groups, agencies -- are welcome. Family-friendly projects are available and a perfect way to introduce children to the rewarding world of volunteering.

Training is provided. The only requirements are a willingness to help, the ability to lift the equivalent of a full grocery bag and able to stand for two hours. Drivers must have a valid Ohio driver's license and take a short, online test.

For more information, contact Jeanette Brown, volunteer coordinator, at 330-434-7365 or visit www.salvationarmyakron.org.

Stow-Munroe Falls Lions Club meets

The Stow-Munroe Falls Lions Club meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at On Tap, 4396 Kent Road in Stow, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with dinner followed by a meeting. Contact Lion Maryann Aguilar at 330-688-3479 or maryann.aguilar14@gmail.com for details, or visit smflions.com online.

Blanketeers seek

donations of yarn

The Stow Blanketeers meet the second and fourth Wednesday of every month except July. The Stow Blanketeers knit and crochet blankets which are donated to local shelters.

This dedicated and industrious group of ladies who makeup the group are in need of community support. They would welcome donated yarns and/or cash contributions to purchase material.

For more information, contact Stow residents Margrit at 330-677-5511 or Dottie at 330-688-8866.

Lupus support group meets


The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter hosts a monthly lupus support group the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Stow-Munroe Falls Library, 3512 Darrow Road, in Stow. The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter also hosts a monthly call-in support group. Call 1-888-NO-LUPUS or visit LupusGreaterOhio.org to register and receive the call-in information.

The support group is an open, small-group environment that encourages discussion among lupus patients and their families. It is a place where people with lupus can share their experiences and ask questions. Most discussions focus on the "how-to's" of living with a chronic illness. It is a safe place for people to learn, share and help. Light refreshments will be provided.

Individual differences and confidentiality are respected.

For more information, contact the foundation at 440-717-0183 or visit www.lupusgreaterohio.org.

Sewing guild group to meet in Stow

The Akron/Canton Chapter of the American Sewing Guild has a Special Interest Group (SIG) for garment sewing called Garment Gals. Activities will include taking measurements, fitting patterns and muslins.

The group meets the third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information and location of meetings, contact Margaret Crawford at 330-809-6354 or mcrawford3439@sssnet.com.

Investment Club meets

The Wampum Investment Club meets the third Wednesday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Stow City Hall.

The club is one of 8,600 that belong to Better Investment (BI), a national organization. BI has 90,000 members. Of these, 67,000 belong to a local club. BI has 82 regional chapters.

The local club is a small group of individual investors who come together to learn, share investing experiences and help each other to become more successful investors.

A small monthly investment from each member is combined to buy, build and manage a portfolio of stocks.

For additional information about the club, call Ed at 330-688-4132 or Pete at 330-204-7521.

Support group for family, friends of those with drug


Nar-Anon is a 12-step support group for families and friends of those with drug addictions. There are no dues or fees to join. Just come to a meeting.

Attendees will hear others, who are going through similar problems, talk about how they cope and find recovery.

Meetings in Summit County take place every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 85 Heritage Drive, in Tallmadge.

To find meetings in other areas, go to the group's website: www.nar-anon.org.

Toastmasters meets every Wednesday

Toastmasters International meets in the Community Room at the Acme on Kent Road (Route 59) in Stow, every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Email stowtoastmasters@gmail.com or visit www.toastmasters.org/for more information.

TBI monthly support group

Traumatic Brain Injury survivors and their families are invited to attend a free support group from 6 to 8 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month. The group, led by a brain injury survivor, meets at Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation, 3625 Marsh Road in Stow.


Anonymous meets in Stow

Every Tuesday evening at the Methodist Church of Stow, 4880 Fishcreek Road, a group of individuals who want to quit smoking and live nicotine-free lives come together from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.There are no dues or fees for NicA membership the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using nicotine.

NicA members meet in 38 countries, as well as by phone and via Internet meetings. Call 330-673-6784 for more information.