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Charity events — week of Oct. 28

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Wednesday

Viva La Panza 75th Anniversary — 6 p.m. at Todaro’s Party Center, 1820 Akron-Peninsula Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Viva La Panza is a fundraising and networking event of the Italian community in Summit County. The goal is to raise $75,000 for scholarships for Akron-area students of Italian heritage. Contact John Montisano at 330-697-9363 or Ralph Trecaso at 330-414-6873.

Friday

Magic City Kiwanis Art Auction — 6 p.m. at Barberton Moose, 272 31st St. NW, Barberton. Live auction begins at 7 p.m. Call Diane Breiding at 330-742-0366 or email mckartauction@yahoo.com.

Saturday

25th Annual Firestone High School Swim Marathon — 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Firestone Natatorium, 333 Rampart Ave., Akron. All funds raised will be divided between the team and Akron Children’s Hospital to support the new in-house patient rehabilitation center. To donate, call 330-873-3321 or go to www.firestoneswimming.org.

Spin for Life Spinathon Fundraiser and Cocktail Party — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. spinning and 4 p.m. cocktail party at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St., Akron. 50 spin bikes, smoothie station by Mustard Seed Market. Jackie Banyan of Jackie’s Gym will lead 6 one-hour sessions as each participant spins to raise money for the Comunale Family Cancer Foundation to help cancer patients and their families. Yoga Bliss and TruBarre Pose will host classes. Contact Monica Stevens at 330-835-5985 or email monica@stephencomunale.org.

Sunday

2013 Arts Alive Awards Celebration — 5 p.m. at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron. Winners are Dorothea Barlowe, Outstanding Visual Artist; Kurt Reed, Outstanding Artist in Music; Jacqueline Tinnemeyer, Rising Young Star/Leadership; Joan Colbert, Arts Volunteer; Gayle and David Noble, Arts Patron; Docs Who Rock, Collaborative Arts Project; Andrea Shearer, Arts Educator; Akron Symphony Orchestra and GroundWorks DanceTheater, Arts Outreach; and Mitchell Kahan, Lifetime Achievement. $100, $150 patron. 330-376-8480.

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The Akron Urban League Women of Power Luncheon — 11:30 a.m. Nov. 7 at the President’s Hall, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. Honorees are: Virginia Albanese, president and CEO of FedEx Custom Critical; Raxia Boykin, vice president, community benefit and diversity, Summa Health System; Patricia Divorky, director of Summit County Department of Job & Family Services; U.S. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, 11th District of Ohio; Iris Harvey, vice president of university relations, Kent State University; Carolyn Hofmann, employee activities coordinator, Akron Children’s Hospital; and the Rev. Diana Swoope, senior pastor, Arlington Church of God. $50. RSVP by today. Call Gail Warren at 234-542-4136, email gwarren@akronurbanleague.org or go to www.akronurbanleague.org.

Send information about social and charity events to The Scene, c/o Lynne Sherwin, Features Department, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309. Or e-mail lsherwin@thebeaconjournal.com with ‘‘The Scene’’ in the subject line. Event notices should be sent at least two weeks in advance. Merits of all organizations have not been investigated by the Beacon Journal, so potential donors should verify the worthiness of a cause before committing.


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