Stow Historical Society Meeting

Stow Historical Society will have a Membership meeting in Stow City Hall's Council Chambers starting at 7 p.m. on April 24. Laura Peskin will present a program on education, transportation, women's history and more near Summit County.

For more information, visit the Stow Historical Society website at for these programs and other programs for the rest of the year.

Bible journaling class offered

A free Bible journaling class will be offered at Stow-Munroe Falls public library from April 15 to May 20 every Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Come for fun and creativity while spending time in God's word. RSVP to Ann Murray at 330-686-1396.

NAMI to have Family to Family Training

NAMI Summit County is currently registering for its free Family to Family training which begins June 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This course is designed for family members and close friends of those who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. It is a 12 session program which meets once a week for 2-2.5 hours. The course covers diagnoses and symptoms of the major mental illnesses, how the brain is affected, medications, coping and communication skills, and a lot more designed to assist families in helping their loved ones on their recovery journey. The course is conducted by trained family members and is offered free of charge with all materials provided. The next session will be at Community Support Services 150 Cross St., Akron. To register, contact NAMI Summit County at or 330-252-1188.

'Rose Project' spring distribution dates 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 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,

Swim passes on sale

Season passes are on sale 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

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.

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 for information and an application.

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 sale, workshop

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.

Close Up students to speak to Kiwanis

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 April 12 at Joshua's restaurant at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. SMFHS students who attended the Close Up program in Washington, D.C. will be the guest speakers.

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.

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.

For ages 15 and older, registration is $45/person 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 for more information and to register online.

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

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.

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 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

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:

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.