Public employee retirees meet June 6

Public Employee Retirees Incorporated (PERI) Chapter 21 Summit County meets six times per year for lunch and a program to support OPERS retirees and provide them with important information. The next Chapter 21 meeting is June 6 at noon. The Area Agency on Aging will provide the program about aspects and resources of long term care for the aging. For more information about Chapter 21 and this meeting, email name and phone number to by May 26. A reservation is needed to attend the meeting.

Sewing groups meet in region throughout June

On June 1, the American Sewing Guild Tallmadge group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Tallmadge Lutheran Church 759 East Ave., Tallmadge. Members will be making string backpacks for the Haven of Rest. Contact Leesa Hileman at 330-633-4602 Guests welcome.

On June 5, the American Sewing Guild special interest group "Gals and Dolls" members will take a road trip to Quilter's Fancy in Cortland. Contact Pam Klicman 330-633-7288 for details.

On June 6, the American Sewing Guild Fairlawn group will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Resnik CLC 65 N. Meadowcroft Dr., Akron (parking entrance on W. Market Street) This meeting will be dinner and planning. Contact Lavonne Meriweather 330-867-2583 or via email at

On June 17, the American Sewing Guild special interest group "Garment Gals and Guys" will meet at 10 a.m. at the Ellet Library at 2470 E. Market St. Members will be working on muslin fittings and showing their beach garments. Contact Margaret Crawford at 330-809-6354 or via email at

On June 21, the American Sewing Guild Wadsworth group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Trinity United Church of Christ, 215 High St., Wadsworth. Members will be working on a service project. Contact Laurie Schmeltzer at 330-336-4067 or via email at Guests welcome.

On June 28, the American Sewing Guild Ellet group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Drive. Members will bring items for lunch and work on planning. Contact Audrey Boyd at 330-628-4847 or on email at

Dixieland Jazz concert is June 4

Come enjoy the upbeat sounds of Dixieland Jazz played by local Dixieland Jazz musicians June 4 from 1:30 4:30 p.m. in the Akron Public Library-Main, Auditorium, 60 S. High St.

Free admission and free, handicap-accessible deck parking.

Clifford's Mini Auto Museum announces summer hours

Clifford's Mini Auto Museum on the corner of Front Street and Broad Boulevard will be open to the public this summer every Saturday and Sunday beginning on June 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. through Sept. 24. On Festival Weekends the museum will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. (Irish Festival - June 10 and 11, Sommerfest-Oktoberfest July 8 and 9, Fiesta Italiana - July 22 and 23). It will also be open on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. to coincide with the Riverfront Car Cruise-In events, which have now begun. Those interested in visiting may also call to make an appointment to see the museum any other time or to schedule a group tour. Call Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home at 330-928-2147 and ask for Marty or Steve. Admission is always free.

Falls Cancer Club Card Party/Raffle on June 9

The Falls Cancer Club Inc. will host its annual Card Party / Raffle on June 9 at Redeemer Lutheran Church (Corner of Portage Trail and Fifth Street) from noon to 3:30 pm. This year's theme is Teapots and A Tea Party. Tickets are advance sales only which reserves a TABLE and are $8 each. There will be a raffle with a color 32-inch TV, a .$100 gift card, Porthouse Theatre Tickets, a $100 juicer and more gifts and baskets. The menu is meatball sandwiches and salad and cakes for desert and beverage. Other activities besides the cards will be "grab bags, 50/50 raffle, the "$50 Prize Wheel" and many more door prizes. This isn't only for attendees to play cards. Attendees can do whatever their group wants to do, board games or come and enjoy lunch and all the activities. Most tables are set for four, but the Falls Cancer Club will set up attendees for whatever their needs are. Reserve a spot as soon as possible. Contact Linda at 330-928-1009 or Jane at 330-929-0727 for reservations or call the Falls Cancer Club Inc. at 330-929-2796. All monies go toward paying cancer-related bills for Cuyahoga Falls residents that are registered with the Falls Cancer Club.

Falls Historical Society will meet June 14

The Cuyahoga Falls Historical Society will meet June 14 at 7 p.m. in the Sutliff Meeting Room in the Cuyahoga Falls Library.

Dr. Richard A. Hasler will discuss the topic "Baseball and the Civil War."

Dr. Hasler will discuss the origin of baseball as the country's favorite pastime. Baseball was played by many of the soldiers of the North and South during the Civil War. Union General Abner Doubleday has been historically credited with inventing the game of baseball in 1839 in Cooperstown, New York. Most baseball historians do not hold that view today. Kenesaw Mountain Landis was born in Millville, Ohio, in 1866, and became the first Commissioner of Baseball in 1920. He held the position until his death in 1944. His firm actions and iron rule over baseball restored public confidence in baseball following the "Chicago Black Sox Scandal" from the 1919 World Series. Dr. Hasler will also show a Currier & Ives poster showing Abraham Lincoln swinging a baseball bat and defeating his opponents in a political theme.

The program is free and open to the public.

Akron Camera Club seeks members

All types of photography are welcome, including digital, prints and slides. The Akron Camera Club is also active in digital processing and manipulation such as using Lightroom, Photoshop, HDR, Nik Soft, Topaz and other software programs.

In addition to the regular meetings, the club has an awards banquet and its annual Members' Show. Visitors are always welcome but only members may participate in competitions. Membership is available to all levels of photographers. Annual dues are $35 per person or $50 per couple.

The Akron Camera Club traces its roots back to the late 1800s when photographers in the Akron area would meet to share photographs, equipment and information. With the onset of World War I, the group went on hiatus.

In 1937, the Akron Camera Club re-emerged and became incorporated and has had regular meetings since then. In the 1940s, the Akron Camera Club, along with other northeast Ohio camera clubs, broadcast programs on photography on local radio station WGAR.

In 1941 camera clubs in Ohio, including the Akron Camera Club, joined together to defeat Ohio House Bill 85. This bill would have required all photographers who sold or displayed their photos to be licensed.

One of the club's more famous members was Willard Seiberling, son of F. A. Seiberling- founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., and the uncle to John Seiberling, one of the creators of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In the late 1950s, Willard Seiberling would host photo outings at Stan Hywet Hall and Garden.

Group for widows, widowers meets for meals

A New Beginning, a social group for widows and widowers (all ages), will meet for breakfast and conversation every Saturday at 9 a.m. at Thano's Restaurant, 71 - 5th St., SE., Barberton. The group also meets for dinner and conversation the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 6 p.m. For restaurant location, call 330-745-6239.