UA volunteers help make Harvest Dinner a success for families facing homelessness
Written by Staff Report
The Salvation Army recently hosted the sixth Annual Project RISE Parent RISE-ing Harvest Dinner for the students and families in varying homeless situations in the Akron Public School District. The Harvest Dinner gives these families and youth who are experiencing homelessness the opportunity to celebrate this festive time of year with food, fun and friendship. The evening included arts and literacy activities, parent-child activities, Thanksgiving dinner, giveaways, and entertainment.
With more than 150 people in attendance, the event would not have been as successful without the help of some special volunteers. Many volunteers were from Debra Manteghi's Family Homelessness Class from the University of Akron were in attendance at the event. The class spans over two weekends and teaches students about causes and effects of homelessness as well as laws surrounding the issue.
Several of these volunteers were members of the Zips football team, which delighted the children young and old! The students were able to help set up, clean up and help the young students with their activities.
Earlier in November, the students in the Family Homelessness Class got an in-depth look at Akron's Project RISE and how the organization helps children and families experiencing homelessness.
Locally Owned Holiday Gift Guide
There's no need to fight with shoppers at big box chains to find the perfect holiday gift for your friends, acquaintances and loved ones. In fact, there are a plethora of unique choices here in the Akron area, gifts provided by locally owned businesses, and many of these gifts so unique that they will have a lasting impact on the recipient, a piece of this city. From art, food and experience gifts that won't clutter your house, to unique items that are made from upcycled and recycled materials, we'd like to present the Akronist's Inaugural Locally Owned Holiday Gift Guide.
We've arranged entries by category. We also encourage you to frequent these amazing local businesses and organizations long after the holiday season.
(Keep in mind that this list is a work in progress. We know there are many more local businesses than those listed below. If you'd like to submit a business or organization for the guide, please e-mail us.)
J Paris Designs gives new life to reclaimed items
Falls store reclaims, reimagines home furnishings
When Jessica Paris comes across old, outdated furniture, she sees the potential for something so much more. "I like the fact that it has good bones and structure and they don't make it like that anymore," said Paris, who owns J Paris Designs in Cuyahoga Falls. "You can turn something really old and ugly and outdated into something beautiful."
At Paris' store, 13 to 15 artists and designers offer their wares. Paris' speciality is furniture, like tasteful bits of color added to antiques, and chalkboard paint over wood surfaces, and her artists sell soy candles, repurposed frames made from barn wood and pillows, among the inventory.
Walking into the store, a customer is met with an eclectic array of colorful furnishings, but it's in no way cluttered or "thrift store" like. Everything fits in its place. And even the displays are recycled, as pallets serve as shelves and repainted industrial radiator covers offer their efforts as tables.
RubberDucks launch 20 Days of Giving
In the spirit of the upcoming winter holiday season, the Akron RubberDucks is bringing back the “20 Days of Giving” promotion, starting Wednesday. Nov. 20. The promotion is packed with unique, experience-based prizes only available during this once-a-year promotion.
Some of the prizes include traveling with the RubberDucks on a road trip, a personalized card in the 2014 team set, a custom concourse sign at Canal Park, and an authentic, personalized Akron RubberDucks jersey.
“With the positive feedback from the ’20 Days of Giving’ in 2013, we knew we had to bring back the promotion this year in a big way for the first RubberDucks’ season," said Brian Flenner, director of ticketing. "I think our amazing lineup of experience-based prizes is something any baseball fan would always remember."
Advertising, youth culture intersect in Clever Little Devils art show
More than 40 contemporary artists will explore the boundaries between youth culture and advertising for the Clever Little Devils art show, which opens Nov. 15 at the Box Gallery, on the third floor of Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St.
From the unusual to the extraordinary, this show features a number of Akron's freshest contemporary artists all under one roof. Sponsored by Artists of Rubber City, the show will be on display through Dec. 31.
The opening night party starts at 5 p.m. Nov. 15 and includes live music by Ashley Brooke Toussant and Kyndra Heischman. Street music outside of the gallery is provided by Zack Lint Zack Lint.
Robots, crafts, electronics, and drones at Akron's Mini Maker Faire
Gay Games celebrates elite sponsorship
Gay Community Endowment Fund supports Gay Games at elite level
The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation has made a $100,000 commitment to the 2014 Gay Games. At yesterday's welcome rally at The University of Akron, area leaders in attendance signed welcome cards that will be given to out-of-town participants of next year's games.They also signed a banner that will be posted at an Akron venue next year during the Gay Games.
With its elite-level support, the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation is now recognized as the Host Sponsor of the 2014 Gay Games Sports in Akron and Summit County.
The Gay Games will bring in athletes and spectators from all over the world. Events will take place Aug. 9 through 16, 2014, and about one-third of the expected 10,000 Gay Games participants will compete in Summit County events
From Aeros to RubberDucks: residents react to team name change
Seeking a safe haven: profiles of homelessness (ARTICLE and PODCAST)
Every night in the Akron area, more than 800 people are uncertain of where they will lay their head at night, and as winter approaches, the bitter cold makes this struggle for shelter even more significant for our area's homeless population.
We interviewed a number of men at a local homeless shelter, and many of them spoke about the positive side of their situations. Like Zachary Harper, who's been on dialysis for 14 years. Harper, 56, said he was thankful for the shelter's proximity to downtown hospitals, and his experience at the shelter has helped him to better appreciate his life.
"I want to live," said Harper. "Being like this for 14 years, contemplating death, and now being down here with this group of fellas, I want to live."
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