Removing exotics — The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is seeking volunteers to help remove exotic plants from 1 to 4 p.m. For location and details, call 330-657-2299 or go to www.nps.gov/cuva/supportyourpark/volunteer-activities.htm.
Contra dance — You can join the musical group Hu$hmoney with its jigs and reels and caller Carol Kopp in a contra dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Meet at the Boston Township School House at state Route 303 and Riverview Road in Peninsula. Instruction will be offered at 7 p.m. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. The fee is $6.
Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Tree Farm Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at Horseshoe Pond off Major Road west of Riverview Road in Boston Township. Wear sturdy boots and bring a small pack with lunch, water and work gloves. 216-407-6936.
Boston Heights hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the trailhead off state Route 303 west of state Route 8 in Boston Heights for a five-mile hike on the Bike & Hike Trail. 330-923-6371.
Beer train — The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is offering an Octoberfest beer run from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at Boston Mill Station off Riverview Road north of Peninsula in Boston Township. For ages 21 and over only. Tickets are $45, $65 and $80. Advance reservations are required. 800-468-4070 or www.cvsr.com.
Stars for kids — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding Kinderealm classes on stars for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. The program will be repeated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Advance registration is required. 330-865-8065,
Park concert — The musical group Vishten will perform at 8 p.m. in the Happy Days Lodge in the Cuyahoga Valley park. That’s off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. The group features new-traditional Acadian music with songs in French. Tickets are $17 for adults and $5 for children 3 to 12 years old. Advance tickets are available until 3 p.m. Friday by calling 330-657-2909, ext. 100. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Dinner in valley — Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is staging Dinner in the Valley with French-Canadian cuisine by chef Larkin Rogers at 6 p.m. at the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. Tickets are $45 and $12 for children 5 to 12. That includes a concert ticket to the Vishten show. Advance reservations are required. For details, go to www.conservancyforcvnp.org.
Family astronomy — Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville is offering a family astronomy program at 8 p.m. Meet at the Manor House parking lot. Bring binoculars and telescopes if you have them. Dress for the weather. The park is at 13480 Congress Lake Road NE, Lake Township. 330-877-6652 or www.quailhollowpark.org.
Fit Friday — The Stark County Park District is offering a Fit Friday hike at 9 a.m. on the Middle Branch Trail. Meet at Martindale Park. 330-409-8096.
Bird census — Volunteers are needed to conduct a fall bird census from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at park headquarters at Riverview and Vaughn roads in Brecksville. Beginners are invited to join the count. Bring binoculars and field guides.
Festival of steam — The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is conducting its Festival of Steam with steam-powered engine OC 1293. The festival continues on Sunday. For event details and tickets, call 800-468-4070 or visit www.cvsr.com.
Brandywine Falls walks — The National Park Service is offering guided walks at Brandywine Falls at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. The walks will be repeated at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. The falls are off Brandywine Road in Sagamore Hills Township.
Hanging at Hunt — The National Park Service is offering family activities from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center off Bolanz Road in Cuyahoga Falls. The activities continue from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Family camping — The National Park Service is offering an overnight family camping trip in the Cuyahoga Valley park. There will be a campfire and activities. Bring your own equipment. Advance reservations are required. To register, call 330-657-2752.
Farm life — Artwork on “Farm Life in the Valley” by the Crooked River Gang, a group of local artists, will be featured in an exhibit at the M.D. Garage in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1556 Boston Mills Road, Boston Township. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Gorge history — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is offering a look at the history and nature of the Gorge Metro Park at 1 p.m. Meet in the Front Street parking lot in Cuyahoga Falls. 330-865-8065.
Meet Cheeks — You can meet Cheeks the Chipmunk, the costumed mascot of Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Acme Fresh Markets store, 2420 Wedgewood Drive, Akron. 330-865-8065.
Night bike ride — Century Cycles in Peninsula is sponsoring a night bike ride on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley park. The ride will cover 12 to 15 miles. Meet at the store on state Route 303 by the tracks and the Cuyahoga River at 8 p.m. Lights and helmets are required. Call 330-657-2209 for more information.
Canalway pedal — The Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition is sponsoring a 12-mile bike tour from the Wolf Creek Trailhead in Barberton to Clinton and back. It will depart at 9 a.m. Advance reservations are required. The fee is $5. 330-374-5657.
Healthy hike — The Medina County Park District is holding a healthy hike from 9 to 11 a.m. at Buckeye Woods Park. That’s off state Route 162 in Lafayette Township. Meet at the central shelter by the pond. For ages 10 to adult. 330-722-9364.
Peanut Day — The Medina County Park District is celebrating National Peanut Day from noon to 5 p.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. The celebration continues from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 330-722-9364.
Train rides — The Northeastern Ohio Live Steamers will be offering rides on the miniature trains from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Lester Rail Trail off Lester Road north of state Route 18 in York Township. Free. 330-722-9364.
Fun with snakes — The Medina County Park District is conducting a nature program on snakes at 1 p.m. at Letha House Park East, 5745 Richman Road, Chatham Township. 330-722-9364.
Women’s camp out — The Stark County Park District is holding a women’s camp out at the Fry Family Park near East Sparta. The program begins at noon and concludes at noon on Sunday. Participants are encouraged to use their own camping gear, but some will be available. Campers must be at least 18 years old. The fee is $25 for Stark County residents and $35 for others. Advance reservations required. 330-409-8096.
Geneva hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the lodge at Geneva State Park in Ashtabula County. Members will have lunch after the hike and explore the area. 330-923-6371.
Night skies — The Astronomy Club of Akron is offering coffee plus a tour of the night skies at 8 p.m. Meet at the club’s observatory at Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Road (state Route 93), New Franklin. 330-837-5848.
Poker Run — The Massillon Area Greenways is conducting a poker run bicycle ride on the Sippo Valley Trail between Dalton and Massillon. It will begin between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Dalton’s Community Park. You get poker cards at checkpoints. The entry fee is $5 per hand. Prizes for the rider with the best poker hand. 800-291-0099 or www.massillonareagreenways.org.
Bird banding — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a bird-banding demonstration from 8 to 10 a.m. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.
Walborn hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. at Walborn Reservoir, 11324 Price St. NE, Marlboro Township. 330-673-6896.
Woodcarvers show — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is hosting its annual Woodcarvers Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will continue from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. The center is also conducting a bird walk at 8 a.m. 877-359-5235.
Creek festival — Twinsburg will host the seventh annual Tinker’s Creek Watershed Festival with exhibits, music, live animals, kids’ activities and more from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Twinsburg Square. Sponsored by the Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners.
Fall clambake — Sarah’s Vineyard Winery is conducting a fall clambake from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 1204 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Advance ticket purchase is required. For pricing and more information, go to www.sarahsvineyardwinery.com.
Fun Days — The Cuyahoga Valley park is conducting Sunday Fun Days with games, crafts, stories, hikes and more from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Octagon Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township. There will be Underground Railroad walks every half hour from 2 to 4 p.m. Free.
Yard plantings — Learn what plants you can plant around your home to aid wildlife in a program at 2 p.m. at Liberty Park in Twinsburg. Meet at the old stone house at 9207 Liberty Road. Sponsored by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, and the city of Twinsburg. 330-865-8065.
Healthy hike — The National Park Service is staging a healthful hike of seven miles on the Buckeye Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at park headquarters at Riverview and Vaughn roads in Brecksville at 9 a.m.
House concert — Musician Ed Caner will present a house concert at 7 p.m. at 1403 W. Hines Hill Road, Boston Township. Tickets are $8. Seating is limited and the facility is not handicap accessible. Advance tickets are available until 3 p.m. Friday by calling 330-657-2909, ext. 100.
Photo show opens — There will be a public reception to mark the opening of an exhibit of luminous floral photographs by Deborah Pinter from 2 to 4 p.m. in the John F. Seiberling Galley at the Hines Hill Conference Center, 1403 W. Hines Hill Road, Boston Township. The show runs through Nov. 16. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and by appointment on weekends.
Valley hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. at the Kendall Lake parking lot off Truxell Road in Boston Township for a hilly five-mile hike. 330-923-6371.
Mansion tour — Quail Hollow State Park near Hartvile is hosting a tour of the 40-room H.B. Stewart mansion at 2 p.m. Meet at the Manor House. The park is at 13480 Congress Lake Road NE, Lake Township. Free. 330-877-6652.
Cemetery tour — Local historian Margy Vogt will lead a walking tour of the Massillon cemetery at 2 p.m. The cemetery is at 1827 S. Erie St. The fee is $5. For more information, call 330-832-8469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For women only — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a womens-only hike on the 1.2-mile Rock Creek Trail at 10 a.m. at Furnace Run Metro Park. Meet in the Brushwood Area off Townsend Road in Richfield Township. 330-865-8065.
Intro to backpacking — Naturalist Dave Brumfield will direct a workshop designed to introduce beginners to backpacking. It will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. A second workshop will be held Sept. 25. Those who attend both sessions will be eligible to sign up for an October outing in the park district. Food and equipment will not be provided. Advance registration is required. Sponsored by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. 330-865-8065 or go to www.summitmetroparks.org.
Twinsburg hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a hike to the Twinsburg Ledges Area at Liberty park. Meet at 7 p.m. at 9999 Liberty Road. 330-865-8065.
Collecting seeds — The National Park Service is seeking volunteers to collect seeds from native plants from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Details at www.nps.gov/cuva/supportyourpark/volunteer-activities.htm or call 330-657-2299.
Munroe Falls hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 4 p.m. at Munroe Falls Metro Park off South River Road in Munroe Falls for a leisurely three-mile hike. 330-923-6371.
Molly Stark hike — The Stark County Park District is offering a history tour at Molly Stark Park at 11 a.m. The park is off Columbus Road Northeast in Nimishillen Township. 330-409-8096.
Stars for kids — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a Kinderealm program on stars for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults at 1 p.m. at the Coventry Oaks Pavilion at Firestone Metro Park. That’s off Axline Road in South Akron. Advance registration is required. 330-865-8065.
Healthy hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a heart-healthy hike at 10 a.m. in the Schumacher Valley Area of Cascade Valley Metro Park. That’s at 1690 Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. 330-865-8065.
Story time — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is hosting a story hour on the weather for 3 and 4 year olds and accompanying adults at 11 a.m. 877-359-5235.
Oberlin hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the bandstand on the Oberlin Green in Lorain County for a five-mile sidewalk hike. 330-923-6371.
Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or email@example.com.