Lee Spencer Photography Wishes Can Happen Picture Party — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Lee Spencer Photography Studio, 440 N. Main St., Suite B, North Canton. Benefits Wishes Can Happen. Guests can have photographs taken with friends and family, using props provided by the studio. IBake sale, silent auction, 50/50, raffle baskets, face painting, and a children’s play area. www.facebook.com/leespencerphoto.
Elms Gala 2013: Vogue Masquerade Ball — 6 p.m. April 12 at Our Lady of the Elms, 1375 W. Exchange St., Akron. Dinner, auction and more. $125. Reservations due today. 234-542-3973 or www.theelms.org.
Spirits of the Civic — 6:30 p.m. April 13 at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron, to benefit the theater. Speakeasy with hearty appetizers; entertainment by Helen Welch, Verb Ballets, Josh Rzepka and the Keystone Cops; bourbon, vodka and Goose Island beer tastings; cigar tent; live auction; casino gaming and dancing. Come in 1920s clothing or evening attire. $150, includes valet parking. 330-253-2488 or www.spiritsofthecivic.com.
3rd Annual Purse Swap “In Pursuit of Fun” — 6-8 p.m. April 16 at Zwisler Hall, 500 Mull Ave., Akron. Trade in a new or gently used purse for one you can’t live without. All proceeds benefit Magical Theatre Company. $25. 330-848-3708.
Stow-Munroe Falls Library’s Dessert Extravaganza — 7 p.m. April 18 at Roses Run Country Club, 2636 N. River Road, Stow. Gourmet desserts and silent auction. $30. 330-688-3295, ext. 100.
Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter 18th Annual Forget-Me-Not-Gala — 6 p.m. April 20 at Fairlawn Country Club. Food, entertainment, dancing, live and silent auction. $150; patron $250. Contact Nancy Shapiro at 330-650-0552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Petrosino Personal Well Being Foundation “Second Hope Benefit: Changing Lives for a Better Tomorrow” — 6:30-11:30 p.m. April 20 at St. George Fellowship Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron. Gourmet dinner, cash bar, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and music by LaFlavour. $50. 330-929-0613 or www.petrosinowellbeingfoundation.org/index.html.
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