AKRON: A downtown Akron block watch meeting will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday in meeting rooms A and B of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St.
Michelle Difiore of Akron’s Engineering Bureau will give a presentation on the giant tunnel that will be built through downtown as part of the city’s massive sewer overhaul, including the proposed timeline for the work that will begin next year. The tunnel project will affect traffic flow through parts of downtown.
Those attending are asked to RSVP to lfry@downtownakron. com or 330-374-7618.
Ward 6 meeting
AKRON: Bob Hoch, the Ward 6 councilman, will have a ward meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Ellet Community Center, 2449 Wedgewood Dr.
An Akron Zoo representative will discuss the zoo’s renewal levy on the Nov. 5 ballot and may bring along an animal to show.
AKRON: Community Support Services, a behavioral health care agency celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, will hold its inaugural fundraiser, The Art of Recovery, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Greystone Hall.
The art exhibition will recognize the artists of Community Support Services. There also will be a silent auction featuring a Goodyear blimp ride and an autographed guitar from the Black Keys.
Tickets are $25 or $40 per couple. They may be purchased by calling 330-996-9141 ext. 177 or at www.cssbh.org.
The Art of Recovery was made possible through the support of many local and national sponsors, including the Akron General Health System, Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, Roetzel and Andress, and the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board.
AKRON: Akron Board of Education member Bruce D. Alexander will host a meet and greet at 6 p.m. Wednesday as he campaigns for re-election.
The event will be at On Point Seafood and Carryout, 2200 Romig Road.
Suggested donation is $25.
AKRON: Marilyn Keith, Ward 8 councilwoman, will have a fundraiser from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Rockne’s, 7 Merriman Road.
Donations of $35 or $100 per person are suggested.
Auction to aid kids
AKRON: The Citizen’s Committee for Children Services is holding its annual live and silent auction fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday at Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path in Akron.
The event, A Night of Sweet Adventure, will help support future Summit County Children Services’ levy campaigns. Inspired by the children’s board game Candyland, the evening will feature bidding on silent and live auction items.
Tickets are $50 per person.
For more information or to purchase tickets, email summit email@example.com or call 330-379-1918.
COVENTRY TWP.: The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife is seeking volunteers interested in learning about taking youngsters fishing.
A free workshop on becoming a certified Passport to Fishing instructor will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the district office, 912 Portage Lakes Drive.
To register, call Ken Fry at 330-245-3030. Participants will be required to pass a background check.
For more information, go to www.wildohio.com.
NORTON: City firefighters will conduct live training Saturday when two adjacent, abandoned houses will be set afire on Cleveland-Massillon Road.
The Norton Board of Education recently purchased the properties north of the public library.
The road will be closed from 7 a.m. until completion of the procedure, which is expected about 1 p.m.
Detours will use Shellhart, Easton, Greenwich and Wadsworth roads.
KENT: Roosevelt High School Bridges Academy’s annual Chili Challenge will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday in the school’s cafeteria, 200 N. Mantua St.. Kent.
The community is invited to taste chili from various community members, Roosevelt clubs, sports and educational departments, local businesses and chefs.
Community members who would like to participate in the Chili Challenge can register for $10 by filling out a registration form by Wednesday.
Cost is $3 for ages 6 and under and for senior citizens, and $5 for adults and students.
Proceeds will benefit Miller Community House, an emergency shelter in Kent.
For information and to register, call 330-676-8650.
Civil War talk
LAKE TWP:. History professor Bradley Keefer will discuss Which was the Real Turning Point of the Civil War: Gettysburg or Chickamauga? at the next meeting of the Stark County Civil War Roundtable 7 p.m. Thursday at Greentown United Methodist Church, 3088 State St. NW, Lake Township.
The talk will compare details of the battles, commanders, strategy and tactics, goals of each campaign and the significance of each battle.
Keefer is an associate professor of history at Kent State University’s Ashtabula campus.
His book Conflicting Memories on the River of Death: The Chickamauga Battlefield and the Spanish-American War, 1863-1933 will be sold at the meeting.
Try the Y Day
AKRON: The community is invited to Try the Y Day on Saturday at Akron-area YMCAs.
The day event will include activities and tours of the facility.
There will be different activities being held at each Akron Area YMCA branch location.
The hours of the events vary by location.
Attendees who become members on Try the Y Day will receive 50 percent off the Start-Up Fee.
To learn more about Try the Y Day and activities, visit www.akronymca.org/join.
WADSWORTH: City Council will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. today on a proposal to rezone acreage at the west end of College Street near the intersection with state Route 57 to a classification to be called the College Street Gateway District.
The new classification would be more restrictive than the C-1 and C-5 classifications that the land is zoned currently.
The restrictions are designed to lessen the impact commercial development might have on neighboring residents.
Neighborhood residents have expressed concerns about noise, light spillover, increased crime and increased traffic.
In August, the city’s Planning Commission unanimously recommended council adopt the zoning. The hearing will be at City Hall, 120 Maple St.