When the question “Is there a doctor in the house?” is asked Oct. 19 at E.J. Thomas Hall, watch out for the roar.
That’s when United Way of Summit County will host its 10th annual Docs Who Rock physician talent show, meaning there will be several doctors taking to the stage and scores more cheering them on from the audience.
Master of ceremonies and retired Akron cardiologist Dr. Terry Gordon’s performances, as usual, are veiled in secrecy until the night of the big show. Rest assured that Gordon, co-founder of the popular and fun-filled show, has again set the bar high.
Other highly competitive acts lined up include:
• The Big Adventure featuring Dr. Andrew McIntosh.
• CCC Cafe Band with Dr. Richard Brower.
• The Chrome Brothers with Dr. Timothy Lee.
• Code Blues with Drs. Debbie Plate and Paul LeCat.
• Collideascope with Dr. Rob Hermanowski.
• The Loose Tooth Band featuring Dr. Brad Crombie.
• Malunion featuring Dr. Michael Magoline.
• The Rhythm Method with Drs. Tom Javorsky, Joe Pietrolungo and Fred Slezak.
Local musician Hal Walker also is lending his talents to the cause.
Docs Who Rock, sponsored by the University of Akron, is the winner of the Arts Alive “Best Arts Collaboration” award for 2013. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show start at $17, and are available at the E.J. Thomas Hall box office on the campus of the University of Akron, or at www.ticketmaster.com.
Summit County Children Services’ Women’s Auxiliary Board sponsors its annual Rummage Sale 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Fairlawn Community Center, 3486 S. Smith Road, Fairlawn. Proceeds will benefit the children in the care of SCCS.
Those still interested in donating items — toys, holiday items, housewares, accessories, lawn and garden items and children’s clothing — may drop them off between 8:30 a.m. and noon Friday at the Fairlawn Community Center. For more information, please call 330-923-6520.
Benefit in Peninsula
“An Evening for Chuck,” featuring music, raffles and great food, is planned for 7 p.m. Saturday at the G.A.R. Hall, 1785 Main St., state Route 303, Peninsula. Proceeds from the event, in its seventh year, go to Stewart’s Caring Place, a resource center for cancer patients and their families, in Fairlawn.
The event was created by local singer/songwriter Zach in memory of his father, Chuck Freidhof, a businessman, soundman and a mentor to many in the arts community, who died in 2006 of pancreatic cancer.
Entertainment is by Colin John, Rachel Roberts, the Poplars and the Light of Loon, with Zach and the Bright Lights as the headliners. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a $5 donation at the door.
Dining for Women
The Dining For Women (DFW) movement — which for the most part takes place under the radar — is living proof that you can do two things at one time: enjoy the company of friends while improving the lives of strangers, namely women who make less than $1 a day.
The national DFW recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. The Massillon chapter, led by President Dawn Hansard, is approaching its eighth anniversary.
The concept is a simple one, as earlier explained by Hansard:
“We ‘dine in’ together once a month, each bringing a dish to share. We donate what we would have spent to go out to international programs empowering women [there is no minimum amount — give what you want and give what you can]. Through our combined dinner donations with the many chapters around the country, we support grass-roots programs for women fostering good health, education, vocational training, micro-credit loans and economic development. …
“By educating women about the situation of other women living in some of the poorest countries in the world, we become agents of change, inspired to make a difference through the power of collective giving.”
Hansard is pleased with what her chapter has been able to accomplish: food for thought, and so much more.
“We have had over 60 women and men attend at least one gathering and we average 10 to 15, with a core of eight to 10 attending regularly. People from Stark and Summit counties have attended our events … everyone from pastors, nurses, social workers, office managers, engineers, teachers and retirees.”
Each of the projects that will receive a donation is vetted by DFW’s board of directors. This month’s recipient will be the Unforgotten Fund.
“The Unforgotten Fund shares the United Nation’s vision of promoting sustainable development in the poorest areas of this planet, as in the Millennium Development Goals,” according to the DFW website. “UNFF focuses on projects that aid the most vulnerable — mothers and girls living in extreme poverty. Their website is www.unforgotten.org.”;
Interested in learning more about Dining For Women, possibly starting your own chapter? Please email Dawn Hansard at email@example.com.
I have Marling “Newt” Engle of Randolph Township to thank for this sweet slice of life:
“As a young Sandy Barco was mischievously growing up in Rocky River, her mother — out of frustration — made this comment: ‘One of these days, you are going to have a little girl just like you.’ Years later, Sandy was married [to Newt Engle], living in Akron and expecting her first child. The child, Angela, arrived healthy and happy, on Sept. 29, 1983, which also happened to be Sandy’s birthday. Since then, mother and daughter lovingly shared their birthday every year.
“But could it happen again? When Angela and her husband Adam received a due date of Oct. 6 for their third child, they smiled with the thought of their daughter having her own birthday. But as fate would have it, late on Sept. 29, Angela gave birth to her happy and healthy daughter Avery Ella Booth. Three generations all with the same birthday! It probably means something special, but the elated grandfather, Newt Engle, feels his job of remembering birthdays just got a little easier!”
Morbid Estates in Kent
Major kudos to two 22-year-old friends who have their hearts in the right place while bringing to Kent one of the most extravagant Halloween haunted houses ever. Much of the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity of Portage County.
The attraction known as Morbid Estates occupies a massive space at 1416 S. Water St. in University Plaza. It’s the brainchild of David Shonk and Chad Collins.
Collins said he and Shonk, a University of Akron student and a veteran at doing Halloween attractions, have been putting in countless hours designing and building this project over the last two months. They’ve been aided by a few friends.
Morbid Estates opens Friday and involves three separate houses — “A Funeral Home,” “Infestation” and “The Estate.” Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays plus the last two Thursdays this month. Cost is $18, or $15 with a coupon that’s available at a variety of venues in Kent.
Collins, who also works for Habitat, said building a haunted house in many ways is similar to building a regular house, using the same skill set.
Collins and Shonk invite you to bring the family and come see for yourselves.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.