Boy Scouts to serve pancakes

Boy Scout Troop #177 of Holy Family Church in Stow will have a Pancake Breakfast on March 12 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Donations will be accepted for breakfast of eggs, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes.

The event will take place in the lower church hall of Holy Family Church in Stow and is open to the public.

Fish fry dinners at Holy Family Church

The Knights of Columbus will offer its Annual Lenten Fish Frys each Friday during Lent through April 7. Cost for each dinner is $8.50. Menu items include entrees of Baked Tilapia, Fried Beer Battered Cod, Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp, Mac & Cheese and Cheese Pizza. A choice of any two side dishes are included: French Fries, Hush Puppies, Seasoned Rice, Mac & Cheese, Pierogies, Salad, Cole Slaw, or Veggie Pie. Coffee & Punch are provided along with a Roll and Butter. Also available are bottled water, soft drinks and assorted dessert items at a nominal charge. Dinners will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Lower Church Hall of Holy Family Church at 3179 Kent Road in Stow.

Bulldog Bag Spirit Night fundraiser

Bulldog Bags, a weekend food program for eligible children in the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, will have a fundraiser on March 15 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Beef 'O' Brady's on Darrow Road in Stow or at the Wadsworth location. Bring your family and help support Bulldog Bags and the children in the community.

Beef 'O' Brady's will donate up to 20 percent of food sales during that time period to Bulldog Bags. Carry-out is available. A Spirit Night coupon is required to participate and available at Acme, City Hall, schools, churches and on the Bulldog Bags Inc. Facebook page.

If you have questions, email: bulldogbags44224@gmail.com.

Program on Parkinson's disease on March 23

The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), a division of the Parkinson's Foundation, invites patients, families and caregivers living with Parkinson's disease (PD) to the free educational program, Cognitive Changes in Parkinson's Disease, presented by Philip Fastenau, PhD.

Approximately 50 percent of patients with Parkinson's will experience some form of cognitive impairment. Philip Fastenau, PhD, Director of Neuropsychology at UH Cleveland Medical Center will discuss the implications of these cognitive changes, how to manage them, and when to ask whether dementia is a concern.

This free lunch & learn will be March 23 at Stow Glen Retirement Village, 4285 Kent Road, Stow, in Cedar Hall, with registration at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation and lunch from noon to 1 p.m.. Register by emailing Bob Pontius at BPontius@stowglen.com or calling 330-612-6940.

This program is free, and is made possible through Moving Day° Cleveland, a Walk for Parkinson's, and through partners: Stow Glen Retirement Village, AbbVie, US WorldMeds, UCB and Lundbeck.

Society seeking vendors for Harvest Festival

Stow Historical Society is now accepting vendor applications for the annual Harvest Festival which will take place Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. If interested in participating, visit www.stowhistory.org/harvest-festival/vendors/ for information and an application.

Zane's Foundation meets March 14

Zane's Foundation will meetMarch 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Church in Silver Lake, 2951 Kent Road, Silver Lake, 44224, Fellowship Hall.

The topic will be "Reducing Toxins in Your Environment & the Medical Home" presented by Charisse Montgomery, Certified Patient Advocate, Vice President of Patient & Family Advisory Council for Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland.

Toxic chemicals can be found everywhere, from the air to the plastic in everyday items. The potential exposure to common toxic material can be even higher in a home with medical supplies and equipment than in a typical home. This workshop will teach attendees how to take common sense steps to identify the most common sense toxic materials in their homes and work to reduce exposure to them and make a healthier home for special needs loved ones.

No child care is available for this program.

Author to speak on Ohio craft beers

Fans of Ohio's booming craft beer industry will have an opportunity to enjoy a tour with author Paul Gaston. Christ Church Episcopal, located on the Green in Hudson, will host a forum on March 19 at 4 p.m. Gaston will discuss his book, "Ohio's Craft Beers: Discovering the Variety, Enjoying the Quality, Relishing the Experience," published by the Kent State University Press.

Gaston, a KSU professor and an Episcopal priest, visited more than 40 breweries throughout Ohio. The book, with many full color photographs taken by the author, provides information and inspiration about the culture of brewing and breweries. Gaston will share photos and stories from the book.

Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for book signing and for refreshments. Copies of the book can be purchased at local bookstores or on Amazon.

The public is invited to enjoy this discussion in the Parish Hall. Christ Church Episcopal is located at 21 Aurora St. Parking is available on Aurora Street or in the parking lot at the rear, turning from Main Street between "Windstream" and "All Brides Beautiful."

The Arc to host Reverse Raffle, Auction

The Arc of Summit and Portage Counties will host its 30th Annual Reverse Raffle and Auction on April 21 at Guy's Party Centre in Akron. The event includes a dinner, $2,000 grand prize, reverse raffle, as well as a live and silent auction. The proceeds raised at this event will be used to directly benefit the people served through The Arc.

The Arc of Summit and Portage Counties is a nonprofit organization that advocates for people with developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. For over 60 years, The Arc of Summit and Portage Counties has been on the front lines of change for people with developmental disabilities.

The Arc helps individuals achieve their life goals and participate in the community by creating opportunities for education, employment, housing and recreation. The local chapter is just one of more than 700 chapters across the nation working together to change public attitudes and foster respect, access and inclusion.

Local merchants have been generously donating merchandise and gift certificates for the auction. Corporate sponsorships and tables are also available. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails and the silent auction. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The silent and live auctions will feature entertainment tickets, sports memorabilia, jewelry, artwork and a variety of gift baskets.

The 30th Reverse Raffle and Auction is open to the public. Individual tickets for the dinner and raffle are $80 per person and reserved tables of eight are $540. Individual tickets for only the dinner are $45 per person. All donations to the event are tax deductible. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, sponsoring the event or donating items to the auction, contact The Arc office at 330-836-5863.

Portage County Gardeners to offer show, workshop

The Ravenna Club of the Portage County Gardeners will have a Spring Craft Show on March 25 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Portage County Gardeners' Center, 5154 S. Prospect St. in Ravenna.

The show will include door prizes, a raffle, lunch and more than 20 crafters to find one of a kind or unusual gifts for purchase.

The Portage County Gardeners are sponsoring the "Forever Flower Workshop" back by popular demand on April 15 at 10 a.m. at 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna.

Instructor, Jackie Guilitto, will provide the materials for a fee of $25 made payable to Portage County Gardeners. Jackie will have other products on hand for sale.

Call Becky Kuchenbecker at 330-296-2437 for registration and pre-pay. The deadline for registration and pre-pay is April 7. There is a limited number of spaces.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group meetings set

The Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter makes Alzheimer's caregiver support groups available free of charge, open to all caregivers, family members, and friends with a loved with affected by the disease or a related dementia.

First Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls.

Last Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 85 Heritage Dr., Tallmadge.

Groups meet monthly. For more information or to confirm, contact the Alzheimer's Association HelpLine at 1-800-272-3900.

Kiwanis meet twice a month

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

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

All Kiwanis meetings begin at noon and usually end by 1:15 p.m. The cost is $15. The next luncheon will be March 22.

Anyone who is interested in the meeting topic or Kiwanis itself is encouraged to attend.

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

Register for Mother's Day 5K

The 6th annual Mother's Day 5K is May 14 at 8 a.m., at Munroe Falls Metro Park (521 S. River Road, Munroe Falls), where participants can run, jog or walk to celebrate Mom.

Take advantage of discounted pricing by registering early.

For ages 15 and older, registration is $35/person through March 31.

For ages 15 and older, registration is $45/person April 1 through April 30.

Runners 14 and younger are free, but they must be registered in advance.

Registration is not required for children in strollers.

Proceeds benefit the park district's outreach and community programs.

The asphalt course, which travels twice around the park's scenic lake, is not ADA compliant, but wheelchair athletes and jogging strollers are welcome. Timing is provided by North Coast MultiSports.

Visit summitmetroparks.org for more information and to register online.

Support for the Mother's Day 5K is provided by Acme Fresh Market and Akron Life Magazine.

TOPS Clubs meet

TOPS Club Inc is a non-profit, noncommercial support and accountability group for individuals interested in losing weight and maintaining their weight loss for a lifetime.

There are TOPS Chapters in and around Summit and Portage county including Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Green, Macedonia, Norton, Sagamore Hills and Twinsburg.

In addition to various locations around Akron, area meetings are at the following locations and times:

Elmcroft of Sagamore Hills, 997 W Aurora Road, Each Wedneday at 6 pm for weigh in, 6:30 pm for program;

St Andrew the Apostle, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton, Each Tuesday at 8:30 am for weigh in, 9:30 am for program;

Twinsburg Public Library, 10050 Ravenna Road, Each Thursday at 5:45 pm for weigh in, 6:15 pm for program;

Green United Methodist Church, 2161 Greensburg Road, Each Thursday at 5:45 pm for weigh in, 6:30 pm for program;

Macedonia City Hall, 9691 Valley View Road, Each Thurs at 5:30 pm for weigh in, 6 pm for program; and

Cuyahoga Falls at United Presbyterian Church, 2819 Hudson Drive, Each Thursday at 8:15 am for weigh, 9:30 am for program or Northminister Presbyterian Church, 104 Portage Trail Ext W, Each Monday at 6:30 pm for weigh, 7:05 for program.

There is an annual fee of $32 with nominal weekly dues.

For more information, contact Laurene Neval at 216-832-1106, email huey15@roadrunner.com or check www.tops.org.

Blanketeers seek donations of yarn

The Stow Blanketeers meet the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. 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.

Recovery program for people with food issues

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating, or bulimia.

There are three area meetings:

Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Western Reserve Hospital, 1900 23rd St., Cuyahoga Falls (Enter through the Falls Family Practice entrance at the back of the hospital)

Saturdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Christ Community Chapel, 750 W Streetsboro Road (303), Hudson (Enter door#2 - In basement Room 16)

Sundays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Montrose Zion United Methodist Church, 565 N Cleveland-Massillon Road, Akron (Lower level, Room 5)

For more information or a list of additional meetings call 781-932-6300 or visit www.foodaddicts.org.

Lupus support group meets monthly

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.

Emotions Anonymous to meet

If you have emotional or living problems, and want help, Emotions Anonymous meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1940 Town Park Blvd., (Akron General Wellness Center) in Uniontown and every Thursday at

8 p.m. at 130 Broad Blvd. (Pilgrim United Church of Christ) in Cuyahoga Falls,

Ohio. Call 234-206-1232 or email emotionsanon@yahoo.com for meeting places and more information.

Nicotine 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.

Support group for family, friends of those with drug addictions

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.

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.