Arc of Stark County Premier Event — 6 p.m. at the Canton Civic Center, 1101 Market Ave. N., Canton. Reception with music by the Scenic Route, basket raffle. Variety show at 7:15 p.m. next door at the Players Guild Theatre, featuring performances by individuals with developmental disabilities. $25, advance only; call 330-492-5225.
Joyful Tastes of Life — 6 to 9 p.m. at St. George Family Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Copley Township. Wines from around the world, craft beer from local breweries and food by area restaurants. Benefits Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service. $50. www.akrongeneral.org/joy or 330-344-6888.
Battered Women’s Shelter Casino Night — 7-11 p.m. at Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St. Bid on silent auction items including condos, vacations, flat screen TV. Hors d’oeuvres, dessert buffet and open bar. $10 starter fun money, can purchase more. $60, $100 couple. http://bwscasinonight2013.eventbrite.com.
Western Reserve Playhouse Fundraiser — 8 p.m. at the playhouse, 3326 Everett Road, Bath Township. Salute to the music of Al Jolson, Eddie Canto and Sophie Tucker; audience is invited to sing along. Raffles and prizes at intermission. $10, $15 and $20. 330-620-7314.
Tetelestai Rock & Bowl Fundraiser — 10-4 p.m. at Roseland Lanes, 26383 Broadway, Oakwood Village. $20, $15 ages 4-12, includes shoe rental, three games, pizza, drink, ice cream. Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing and basket raffle. 440-944-0635 or www.livethepassion.org.
Soroptimist International of Canton/Stark County Fundraiser — 10 a.m. at Brookside Country Club, 1800 Canton Ave. NW, Canton. Silent auction, basket raffle, live auction and fashion show by the Fashion Student Organization at Kent State University. $35, advance only. 330-289-6623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heroes & Heroines in the Struggle Community Awards Brunch — 11 a.m. at First Grace United Church of Christ, 350 S. Portage Path, Akron. $25. Call Kisha Davidson at 330-803-7771.
First Annual Akron Area NOW Film Festival — 2-5 p.m. at the Canton Women’s Club, 822 Market Ave., Canton. Please join us for an evening of Title IX Films, speakers, and Q&A. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Included in the ticket price is the film, food and one glass of wine or beer. Additional wine and beer may be purchased. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. For tickets and information, go to www.titleixfilmfestival.charityhappenings.org.
Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition Bike & Brew — 4 p.m. bicycle ride on the Towpath Trail beginning at Canal Lands Park, 5 p.m. Oktoberfest at Canal Tavern at Zoar. $35, $5 ages 5-16. 330-374-5657 or www.ohioeriecanal.org.
Jewel of Portage County Gala — 6 p.m. in the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, 215 S. Depeyster St., Kent. Music by AZjazz, food and drink, raffle prizes. Benefits Robinson Memorial Hospital. 330-297-8802 or www.robinsonmemorial.org/gala.
Falls Cancer Club Euchre Tournament — 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Elks Lodge, 2525 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Proceeds will help the Falls Cancer Club Inc. pay cancer-related doctor, hospital and pharmacy bills for patients registered with the Falls Cancer Club. 80 seats available at $20. Registration deadline is Thursday. For information, call Melinda Dull and 330-687-9253 or email Melsbterry@att.net.
The Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet Masquerade Gala — 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at Quaker Station, 130 E. Mill St., Akron. There will be foxtrot lessons on the dance floor, a silent auction, live auction, 50/50 raffle and a special performance by the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet. $50 per person. Reservation deadline is Thursday. For reservations, call 330-524-3400 or go to www.cvyb.org.
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