Spring Garden Waldorf School and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron, have joined forces to feed West Akron on Wednesdays. Produce grown and harvested by students and their families at Spring Garden school is donated to St. Paul’s community meal – a free sitdown dinner where all are welcome for food and fellowship.
Spring Garden was able to donate 50 pounds of potatoes the children recently harvested for the fall meals.
Suzanne Smaltz, volunteer at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, said, "The longer we host the dinners the more stories we hear; the needs of our local community are many and varied. One young woman was excited that it was a true community dinner and she didn’t feel as if she were accepting a handout. Another guest who attends regularly was absent for a few weeks, and one of her friends let our clergy know that the woman had been ill in the hospital. She had visits not only from the clergy, but from some of the members of St. Paul's. We are happy that she has been able to return to our community meals.”
Christel Silas, Community liaison for A New Way Project, has been training for the Akron Marathon by running on the Towpath early in the morning or at dusk and says she doesn't always feel safe when on the trail alone. Silas and Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh are hosting a self-defense class for women, Monday, Sept. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gus Johnson Community Center, in the United Baptist Church, 1007 S. Hawkins Ave.
Silas and Walsh are supporters of awareness against domestic violence in the Akron area and have come together to host this informative, hands-on experience in which women can learn how to defend themselves against potential attackers. Silas said during an an outing with the running and walking group called Run Sistah Run “many of the other members expressed the same feeling” of being unsafe.
Many women face dangerous situations and should know how to defend themselves, and that is exactly what Walsh wants to promote in this self-defense class. Walsh has been teaching self-defense to senior citizens for a decade now and the classes have expanded to include a woman’s self-defense class.
The West Hill Neighborhood Organization (WHNO) and Akron Digital Media Center (ADMC) announce their second annual free outdoor movie night on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the historic Glendale Cemetery near downtown Akron. The event is made possible by the generous support of PNC Bank and WHNO. In kind support is provided by the city of Akron, ADMC and Glendale Cemetery.
The selected film will be the highly quotable fairy tale comedy "The Princess Bride," preceded by audience storytelling around the theme "Real Life Heroes." Visitors are encouraged to picnic on the Great Meadow and are welcome to bring their own low chairs, blankets and flashlights, along with a story about real life heroes to share with audience members. Popcorn, snacks and soft drinks will be sold with proceeds to benefit WHNO.
Parking will be available outside the main gate in the new city parking lot on Glendale Avenue and across the street from the West entrance at January Paint & Wallpaper, 394 W. Exchange St. Gates will open at 7 p.m. and trolleys provided by the city of Akron will run on a loop between the main gate and the meadow until 8:30 p.m. and then resume following the movie. The Civil War Memorial Chapel will be open for visitors prior to the film.
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.
March 23 event includes raffle, buffet, 'horse race'
It seems a lifetime ago that a sinister virus was at the forefront, what would eventually become identified as AIDS by the National Institutes of Health. Since 1981, scores of individuals have perished from the disease, but thankfully progress in AIDS research and education has been made.
But AIDS has not been eradicated, and leaves no room for apathy, yet, “I tell people if they’re between the ages of 13 and 90, straight or gay, white or black, Hispanic ... they’re at risk for HIV if sexually active,” says Dawn Jones, the director of operations for the Akron-based Community Aids Network and the Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI). “There’s still risk all across the board.”
And to further its mission, the Community AIDS Network will host its annual fundraiser, Race at the Raffle, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Family Center, 610 W. Exchange Street.