Munroe Falls Garden Club to meet

Munroe Falls Garden Club extends a cordial invitation to join members at the first meeting of the season at Lehner Community Center, 35 South River Road, Munroe Falls, on March 27 at 11 a.m.

Refreshments, games and prizes will be enjoyed at the Gardener Spring Social.

Contact Jeannie Denton with questions at 330-688-2212.

'Rose Project' spring distribution set

The Andrea Rose Teodosio Foundation "Rose Project" will be distributing free prom dresses and accessories at Reidinger Middle School located at 77 W. Thornton St., Akron. Donations will also be accepted at this time. Attendees should enter through Door #1. Distribution times are:

April 8 -- 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

April 12 -- 5-7 p.m.

April 29 -- 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

May 17 -- 5-7 p.m.

The Andrea Rose Teodosio Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit organization that diligently works to demonstrate the values Andrea held close to her heart. These include compassionately assisting the underprivileged and elderly, actively addressing environmental issues and promoting community service and education.

For more information, contact the Foundation at 330-630-2243 or visit the web page, andrearose.org.

100 Years of Caring for Sight

For 100 years Lions Clubs around the world have been committed to preventing blindness and preserving sight. The Stow-Munroe Falls Lions Club was chartered in 1939 and is the oldest service organization in Stow. Since 2012 the Lions Club has been providing an Eye Screening Program for children throughout Summit County. At the club's March 28 meeting, there will be a demonstration of the vision machines used to screen the students.

In 2016, there were 2,869 children who received these free screenings. Of that number, parents of 718 children were referred for additional eye examinations.

The screening process uses a Welch Allyn SureSight Vision Screener, which tests for common vision problems, astigmatism, and anisometropia (unequal power between eyes). A second test is conducted to detect signs of stereopsis, or, as the kids call it, the smiley face test.

The March 28 meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at "On Tap" on Kent Road in Stow.

Members of the eye screening team will demonstrate the eye screening machines that they use and answer questions about this important program in our schools. The meeting includes dinner, short business meeting, and the eye screening program.

For more information, contact membership chairman, Lion Maryann Aguilar, at 330-688-3479 or email: maryann.aguilar14@gmail.com.

Astronomy Club of Akron meets March 24

The Astronomy Club of Akron (ACA) will meet March 24 at 8 p.m. at New Franklin City Hall (located behind the fire station), 5611 Manchester Road, Akron.

Speakers will be Jodi and Roy McCullough, members of the Mahoning Valley Astronomical Society, who will present: "Chasing Eclipses, Getting Ready for August 21, 2017. Following the talk, ACA members will give pointers on how to prepare for the eclipse, planned locations throughout the U.S. and local observing. The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information and directions, visit http://www.acaoh.org.

Blossom Music Center volunteers needed

Are you friendly? Outgoing? A little bit country? A little bit rock and roll? Or is the Cleveland Orchestra more your jam? Blossom Action Council is accepting volunteers for the 2017 Blossom Music Center season. Volunteer greeters are needed to stand up to three hours at the gates welcoming concert-goers and answering questions. Anyone interested is welcome to attend an introductory meeting on April 6 at 7 p.m. at Faith Fellowship Baptist Church located at 4872 Darrow Road in Stow. Dues of $20 can be paid at that time. Attendance at monthly meetings is required. If you have any questions, send an email to blossomactioncouncil@gmail.com.

Swim passeson sale April 1

Season passes go on sale April 1 for lake swimming in two Metro Parks.

Passes offer access to the beach areas in Munroe Falls Metro Park in Munroe Falls and Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton, May 27 through Aug. 13. Both areas are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays, during swim season.

Pre-season passes for Summit County residents are $25 for adults and teens, $10 for ages 2 to 12 and seniors 65 and older. The out-of-county rate is $30 for adults and teens, $15 for ages 2 to 12 and seniors 65 and older. After May 26, season pass rates increase by $5. A person's age at the time of purchase determines the rate. Kids under 2 are always admitted free.

Season passes may be purchased at the following locations:

Online at summitmetroparks.org beginning April 1

The administrative offices (975 Treaty Line Road, Akron), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 3 through Aug. 13; cash, check, or credit card

Munroe Falls Metro Park / Lake Area (521 S. River Road, Munroe Falls) and Silver Creek Metro Park / Bathhouse (5000 Hametown Road, Norton), Saturdays and Sundays, May 6 through May 21, noon to 3 p.m., and each day throughout the season; cash or check only

Daily admission is $4 for all adults and teens, $3 for ages 2 to 12.

For more information, call 330-867-5511.

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.

Program on Parkinson's 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 participat-ing, visit www.stowhis-tory.org/harvest-festival/vendors/ for information and an application.

Veterans Roundtable Meeting on March 23

There will be World War II, Korean & Vietnam Wars Roundtable Meeting on March 23 at 6:45 p.m. at the Fairlawn Kiwanis Community Center, 3486 S. Smith Road (off Market Street) Fairlawn (across from Fairlawn City Hall and Fire Station).

Annual Dues are $15. To join, send payment and name, address, telephone number and email to World War II Roundtable, PO Box 13062, Fairlawn 44334. Checks should be payable to the World War II Roundtable.

Indicate your service branch: WWII, Korea, Vietnam or other.

For more information, contact Joe_C_Geiger@me.com. To volunteer as a speaker or recommend a speaker, call Lew Snodgras at 330-867-4800. To purchase VHS and/or DVDs of speaker presentations call Dick Sutherland at 330-666-4237.

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.

The Portage County Gardeners are hosting a Rummage Sale at 5154 S. Prospect St. Ravenna -The PC Garden Center on April 21-22 from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. Join in and find those bargins on books, clothing, accessories, home dcor, housewares, linens, craft supplies, garden items, knick-knacks, and more. Hot dogs and beverages will be available.

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 at Stow-Glen Retirement Village. The speaker will be local author Ann Otto on "Yours in a Hurry" - Valuing Local History.

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 330-688-7179.

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.

Junior Moms meets third Wednesday

Junior Moms of Stow and Adjacent Communities is a non-profit member-led social, service, and support group for mothers with at least one child from birth through kindergarten. The club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at On Tap Bar & Grille 4396 Kent Road, Stow at at 7 p.m. Babysitting is subject to availability. Visit juniormomsofstow.weebly.com or check out the group's Facebook page for more information.

MOMS Club meets monthly

The Stow Chapter of MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is a friendship and support group for the at-home mother of today. The group has a monthly activity calendar as well as a monthly newsletter and weekly updates. There are a wide variety of activities for kids of all ages including playgroups, field trips, charity work, kids crafts, potlucks and moms night out, and more.

The group has its monthly business meeting at 9:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Lifecenter Plus, 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson. Interested members are welcome to join the business meeting, contact the membership chair at stowmomsclub@yahoo.com or visit the website at www.stowmoms.com.

Investment Club meets at City Hall

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.

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.

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.