Plan ahead for Mother's Day

Mother's Day will soon be here - May 14. The Stow-Munroe Falls Lions Club will help you with the perfect gift for mother, grandmother, wife, or mother-to-be.

Hanging Baskets and Potted Plants will be available at theLions' Flower Sale Fundraiser on May 13 at Eddie's Bike Plaza, 3707 Darrow Road in Stow from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds from the sale help fund many community activities such as Holiday Food Baskets, PreSchool Eye Screenings and Realeyes, scholarships for graduating seniors at Stow Munroe Falls High School, Safety Town, Safety Buckets, and the purchase of 27 Pilot Dogs.

If interested in serving your community and helping those in need right here in Stow, consider coming to a Lions meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at "On Tap" on Kent Road in Stow. Visitors will be treated to a complimentary dinner and introduced to neighbors and friends that are a part of this active group of men and women. For more information, call Membership Chairman, Lion Maryann Aguilar, 330-688-3479 or email:

Stow Lions are 'Hitting 4 Home'

You are invited to attend the April 25 meeting of the Stow Munroe Falls Lions club to hear Stow teacher, Silvia Gehring, and several student members of "Hitting 4 Home" tell their story. "Hitting 4 Home" is a Stow High School organization that was formed in memory of 16 yr. old Jakob Gehring who lost his life in a fatal car accident in 2004. Through the use of personal experience, the students challenge their peers within the community to fully realize the impact of their decisions. Every 7th and 8th grader in our school district gets to hear Jakob's story in the hopes that it will impact someone else's life and serve as a reminder to make the right choices in their own lives.

The Lions' meeting includes dinner and begins at 6:30 p.m. at "On Tap" on Kent Rd. in Stow. There will be a short business meeting before dinner, with the speakers' presentation to follow. For more info pls. call Lion Maryann Aguilar, Membership Chairman, at 330-688-3479 or email:

Stow HistoricalSociety 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.

Kiwanis to hear about decluttering

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 26 at Stow-Glen Retirement Village. The topic will be '"Decluttering and Getting Organized for Spring" (w/Props) by Laura Armbruster, Smooth Transitions.

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.

Bible journaling class offered

A free Bible journaling class will be offered at Stow-Munroe Falls public library through 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 toFamily 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.

Scrabble Clubat Falls library

The Scrabble Club will meet April 30 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 Third St. Scrabble enthusiasts will gather for an afternoon of friendly competition. Attendees are asked to bring a board if they have one. This is only open to participants ages 16 and older. For more information, email

'Rose Project' distribution dates

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 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 passesnow 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.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group

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, contact the Alzheimer's Association HelpLine at 1-800-272-3900.

Register forMother'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.

TOPSClubs 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 or check

Blanketeers seek donations of yarn

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

The ladies who makeup the group are in need of community support. They would 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.

Food issues program

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a free Twelve Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating, or bulimia.


Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Western Reserve Hospital, 1900 23rd St., Cuyahoga Falls.

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

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

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:

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.