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4th Annual Akron Peace Week is Sept 29-Oct 5

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Members of the community participate in a free yoga session during last year's Akron Peace Week.

AKRON—The fourth annual Akron Peace Week takes place from September 30 through October 6, featuring activities and events for all ages promoting nonviolence in the self, home, and community. This year’s activities include everything from cooking classes, family yoga, and bike rides, to discussion panels and communication workshops.

Organized by the Akron Peace Project, Peace Week events encourage those in the Greater Akron area to explore community involvement, cross-cultural understanding, and personal growth through the cultivation of nonviolence.

The Akron Peace Project was co-founded in 2010 by local musician and activist, Zach, and local activist, Bekey Hewit. This year, Zach was named Akron Life & Leisure’s 2013 Humanitarian of the Year for his work with the Akron Peace Project, and his activism throughout the Greater Akron area.

Highlights of Akron Peace Week 2013 include:

Wednesday, October 2—“Finding the Path of Peace.” The Akron Area Interfaith Council and the Diversity Center at the University of Akron present this forum featuring Dr. Terry Gordon, and an interactive discussion panel of interfaith representatives, discussing nonviolence. First Congregational Church of Akron, 292 E. Market, Akron. 7pm, doors 6:30pm. Free.

Thursday, October 3—“Nonviolent Communication.” The Camp, Inc. has presented this workshop everywhere from schools to prisons, teaching peace through problem-solving and cooperation. Those in business, leadership, and using communication in a professional capacity are encouraged to attend. The Banyan Tree, 3850 Granger Rd, Bath, 6:30pm. Free.

Saturday, October 5—7th Evening for Chuck. The G.A.R. Hall and 91.3 The Summit sponsor this event honoring the life and memory of Chuck Freidhof, father of Peace Project co-founder Zach. This memorial brings together local artists in a full evening of music, raffles, and refreshments to raise funds for Stewart’s Caring Place. G.A.R. Hall, 1785 Main St., Peninsula. 7pm, doors 6:30pm. $5 admission benefits Stewart’s.

Sunday, October 6—Peace Ride. Riders cycle along the towpath from Akron to Valley View (or may stop at any RR stops before that point), and ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad back. Cyclists are encouraged to make their own peace flags to display on their bikes, and pack a lunch. CVSR will sponsor the train ride back for all Peace Riders. Meet at Mustill Store, 248 Ferndale St., Akron, 9am. Free.

The complete schedule of Peace Week events is available at


Akron Peace Project was founded in 2010 when co-founders, Bekey Hewit, local activist, and Zach, local singer-songwriter, wanted to organize an event to encourage peace and nonviolence in Akron. Akron Peace Project is focused on bringing organizations and individuals together whose missions align with the achieving nonviolence in some aspect of one’s life. The Peace Project hosts speakers, films, discussions, workshops, and concerts throughout the year. For more information, visit

Contact Akron Peace Project’s Co-Directors:

Zach: or 440.668.1687

Bekey Hewit:

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