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.
Summer Shakespeare festival brings the Bard to Stan Hywet
Be certain, there’s a sizable chunk of humanity who if the term "Shakespeare" is spoken, a mass exodus may follow. But you’d never know that with the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, embarking on its 13th year at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens this summer.
One of the fans of the Bard is a couple who faithfully drives from Wooster each season, recalls Terry Burgler, who with his wife, Nancy Cates, founded the festival and are its artistic directors.
“We would never miss this; this is summer camp!” Burgler says the couple once told him. This year’s plays, which run Thursdays through Sundays at 8 p.m., are “The Comedy of Errors,” July 4 through 21, and “Cymbeline,” Aug. 1 through 18.
Friends of Glendale help preserve historic cemetery
Unlike other local burial grounds, the Glendale Cemetery (founded as the Akron Rural Cemetery) seems to stand apart from the rest, with its lush tree canopy, meandering serpentine roads and century-old mausoleums.
It’s almost as if, though some may find it odd, the grounds beckon one to linger.
And while the cemetery has provided a final resting place to some of Akron’s movers and shakers -- the Seiberlings, Spicers and Barbers, to name a few -- Glendale also has provided a verdant backdrop for joggers, walkers, ballets and summer concerts.
Steven Kaut wants folks to know that the 174-year-old cemetery still provides a viable and unique resting place.
A Return to the Rubber City
It's good to be home after living here and there across America.
Once again, Akron's now home. And I discovered something while re-settling in: The regions I've inhabited truly have their own folkways and idiosyncrasies, which for good, bad or indifferent made me come to appreciate Akron's individuality — including the habitual front runners of sauerkraut balls, our "devil's strip" and the myriad of ways to pronounce Montrose.
I left Akron at 18 in the late '70s for L.A., where almost everyone has an agent but is serving you an omelette at Denny's. At a beach one afternoon, a surfer called, "Dude, you surf?"
"No, I'm from Akron," I replied.
Puzzled, he then said, "Oh yeah, tires, the Motor City ... cool!"
I then realized Rand McNally wouldn't be calling Gidget's counterpart for his cartography skills.
"Akron's the Rubber City," I corrected with a sniff.
Annual competition benefits Akron art community
Once again, Akron welcomes the artistic talents of locals and beyond with its 2nd annual Akron Art Prize, a competition in which prizes are awarded based on votes from the public.
As with the inaugural event last year, the Hudson-based nonprofit Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation will sponsor and is the benefactor of the event, which awards the top winner a $5,000 prize, whose piece will be displayed at the Akron Art Museum for a week following the competition. The five runners-up will receive $1,000 each.
"There's certainly an incredible arts scene here, and in Northeast, Ohio, overall," says Sandy Kreisman, executive director of the Akron Area Arts Alliance, an arts service and advocacy organization serving Summit, Portage and Medina counties. "People here concentrate on developing themselves in other ways, and I think the cultural scene has really benefitted from that."
Porch Rokr rocks out in Highland Square
The seed was planted a few years ago by a long-time Highland Square resident, Sharon Lorentzen, who was taken with a musical event in Larchmere, a neighborhood near Cleveland's Shaker Square.
Now, thanks to the Highland Square Neighborhood Association and countless volunteers, this vision will play out in the Square's first-ever Porch Rokr Festival.
Rokr will roll out eight hours of free music to locals and beyond on Saturday, June 8, from noon to 8 p.m. — rain or shine. Musical groups, soloists, choirs and ensembles will offer an incredibly eclectic range of music including gospel, jazz and hip-hop to reggae, blue and classical.
Downtown Akron Partnership seeks project ideas for My Akron initiative
Submissions accepted through May 17
Ohio’s neighbor to the northwest, Detroit, proved a catalyst for area professionals with the city’s Emerging Leaders to launch the My Akron initiative.
Kimberly Beckett, director of business relations for the Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP), says of My Akron, “It’s a way to engage the younger demographic to get involved in downtown.”
Still in its infancy and founded in March 2013, My Akron allows participants to weigh in with, “What would you like to see downtown?” by submitting small project proposals to enhance downtown, Beckett says.
Mother of nine has lots to be thankful for on Mother's Day
A long dining table during lunch time in a Highland Square home is invitingly set with with a big bowl of mixed greens in the center. A heaping plate of freshly grilled chicken and other salad toppings in bowls of shredded cheeses, olives, vegetables and dressings surround it, along with hearty, grain breads and fruity preserves.
Evelyn “Evey” Williams says a blessing while five of her nine children and her husband Michael bow their heads. The table conversation is at first a low whirr, like an airliner idling on a tarmac. But then, after bread is broken, it takes off full throttle down the runway, with laughter, shrieks and gentle ribbing among siblings.
With Mother’s Day approaching, the Williams household recently spent time sharing what’s it’s like to be a part of a large family whose mom wears enough hats to make a milliner blush.
Akron Police offers ticket to ride with bicycle auction
With warmer weather having arrived — and hopefully with no further interruption of a cold flashback — folks young and old will be strapping on their helmets and biking down the area’s many bike paths.
And for those in the market for a ride, the Akron Police Department will provide an opportunity, as it has done for more than 30 years, to purchase one at its annual public bike auction.
The event is free, open to the public and will take place May 18 at 1085 Sweitzer Ave. (corner of East Miller and Sweitzer avenues).
Having a 'hospice heart': Summa seeks volunteers for palliative care, hospice services
There are two terms that easily may strike fear in any individual: hospice services and palliative care. In part, the former certainly signals finality, that a life will be ending, the latter that there may be pain or side effects to be managed, among other things.
Some patients may start with palliative care and progress to hospice while others are placed straight into a hospice setting. And along the way, some may have the luxury of close friends and family to comfort them during their journey. But try to imagine there are others who do not, who have to go it alone, save for the medical staff overseeing their care.
Sickness and dying creates a host of challenges emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and of course physically, not only just for the patient but for the loved ones in the peripheral as well. And although it would be comforting, and frankly, ideal, for both patients and their loved ones dealing with mortality to know that there will be a strong support system in place, unfortunately, that's not always the case.
Twofold benefit for foodbank's CORE members
About five to six times a year at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, a group of individuals gathers in its sprawling 85,000-square-foot warehouse to help pack meals for the area's hungry. And they do it all during their free time. This group called CORE was started last year by the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank (ACRFB) and affords its participants a twofold benefit.
The volunteers not only have the reward of giving back to their community by helping to further ACRFB's mission but the opportunity to network with other young professionals as well. CORE was "created to broaden the engagement of young leaders in our community," said Kat Pestian, communications coordinator for ACRFB.
"The foodbank wanted a space for people to see the tangible difference they make by volunteering, and at the same time, connect to other leaders who deeply care about our community."
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- 2014 Artsy Mart at the Summit Artspace
- J Paris Designs gives new life to reclaimed items
- UA volunteers help make Harvest Dinner a success for families facing homelessness
- Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Lock 3
- Grace Park Block Club appears in Welcome Santa Parade