A forum to help parents and students prepare for college will be at 7 p.m. Friday at First Apostolic Church, 790 Easter Ave., Akron.
The college prep panel discussion targets students in grades eight to 12. The panel will include Kelly Davidson, academic adviser at Ohio University and representatives from the University of Akron. UA panelists are Fedearia Nicholson, director of multicultural development; Dee Dee Pitts, director of advertising services, and Stancy Sykes-Cade, academic adviser.
The goal of the panel is to help prepare students for gaining admission to college and to offer advice for their high school years. Panelists will also answer questions from those in attendance.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Generation Unplugged Parent Alliance. Generation Unplugged is the youth ministry of the church. The ministry is designed to help young people develop spiritually, academically, emotionally and physically. For more information, call 330-762-9139.
In other religion news:
Centenary United Methodist Church — 1310 Superior Ave., Akron. 1 p.m. April 28. The Promise and Power of Qigong, which is general movement and meditation. Qigong Elite Fitness will give demonstrations and answer questions. Free and open to the public. 330-431-0800.
Christ Is the Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Friday. Elder Cassandra Marshall will be featured speaker at both services. 330-376-1869.
First United Methodist Church — 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. 4 to 8 p.m. April 28. Benefit for Gianna Smith, a toddler connected to the church who is struggling through cancer treatments. The fundraiser includes a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and raffle. Adults $10, children $5. Tickets available at the door. 330-221-0956.
Good Shepherd Baptist Church — 853 Copley Road, Akron. 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Spring Revival. The evangelist will be the Rev. Rodney G. McNab, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Pittsburg, Calif. 330-434-3243.
Great Galilee Church — 70 W. Huston St., Barberton. 4 p.m. Sunday. Celebrating the 96th church anniversary. Guests are New Hope Baptist Church and the Rev. David Nelson.
Journey Covenant Church — 2679 North Haven Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls. 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free, hot dinner to local residents on the last Tuesday of each month. Christ Kitchen Dinners are open to the public. 330-923-8021.
Lakemore United Methodist Church — 1536 Flickinger Road, Lakemore. 4 to 6:30 p.m. today. Swiss steak dinner. Includes mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, coleslaw, bread, dessert and beverage. New kids meal is hot dog and macaroni and cheese. Adults $7, ages 3-12 $3.50. Carryout available. 330-733-6531.
Loyola Retreat House — 700 Killinger Road, Green. 6:30 p.m. May 6. May Crowning and Candlelight Rosary. Advance registration is necessary. 330-896-2315 or www.loyolaretreathouse.com.
Manchester United Methodist Church — 5625 Manchester Road, New Franklin. 5 p.m. today. Chili supper and movie night. Supper from 5 to 6 p.m. A film presentation of Up at 7 p.m. Donations welcome.
And on April 28 from 7:30 to 11 a.m., all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, a semi-annual event sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 118, will be held. Includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, hash browns, sausage gravy and biscuits, coffee and juice. Adults $6.50, seniors and ages 12 and younger $5.50. 330-882-4818.
Mount Lebanon Baptist Church — 180 Edward Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Auxiliary Day will be celebrated. The Rev. C.P. Carter and his congregation from Second Baptist Church in Medina will be guests. 330-376-6378.
Northampton United Methodist Church — 852 W. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls. 5:30 p.m. April 28. Ninth annual Royal Family Kids Camp auction at the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St. 330-929-0015.
Sawyerwood United Methodist Church — 956 Mohawk Trail, Springfield Township. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. Spaghetti dinner. Cost is $6. 330-784-3323.
Shaw JCC — 750 White Pond Drive, Akron. 4 to 6 p.m. April 29. Israeli Street FairExperience to celebrate Israel’s 64th birthday. Food, music, shopping and more. 330-867-7850 or www.shawjcc.org.
Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church — 104 N. Prospect St., Akron. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The 81st Annual Women’s Day will be held. The Rev. Gloria Chaney-Robinson will be featured speaker.
Youngstown Diocesan Council of Catholic Women — at St. Barbara’s Parish, 2813 Lincoln Way W., Massillon. 8:30 a.m. May 9. The annual meeting will be held. Continental breakfast, business meeting and a presentation on three women doctors will highlight the morning session. After a mid-day Mass and lunch, there will be a panel discussion. Reservations required and due by May 4. Cost is $20. Contact Diana Leone, treasurer, 474 Garden Ridge Court, Boardman, OH 44512.
First United Methodist Church — 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Spring Ring Thing will feature the seven handbell and chime choirs in concert in the sanctuary. From noon to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, organist H. Dean Wagner is performing a weekly organ concert every Thursday. Pack a lunch to eat before or after the concert. 330-923-5241.
Faith Fellowship Church — 10277 Valley View Road, Macedonia. 7 p.m. April 28, 10 a.m. April 29. The youth ministry will perform the musical The Question. 330-467-1234.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church — 50 N. Prospect St., Akron. 8 p.m. David Higgs, organist from the Eastman School of Music, will perform as part of the Trinity Organ Series. 330-376-5154.
St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church — 1460 State St. NE, Lake Township. 7 p.m. April 28. The Hitman, a classic rock band, will perform at Garnes Social Hall. Free and open to the public. Freewill offering will benefit FISH, Lake Township’s emergency food pantry. 330-877-2676.
Fairlawn West United Church of Christ — 2095 W. Market St., Akron. 7 p.m. Thursday. Jake Nash, a leader in Ohio for transgendered folks and issues, will speak in the parlor of Fairlawn West. 330-864-2179.
Faith Family Church — 8200 Freedom Ave. NW, Jackson Township. 10 a.m. April 28. Joan Mussa, senior vice president of mobilization for World Vision, will address the 120th commencement ceremony for Malone University. 330-471-8239.
Magnificat of Stark County — at Walsh University David Center, 2020 E. Maple St., North Canton. 9 a.m. May 12. The women’s ministry will hold a breakfast. The Rev. Thomas Cebula will be guest speaker. Cost is $15. All names and money must be received by May 5. No tickets at the door. For more information, call Raquel Berroteeran at 330-686-2088.
Unity of Medina — 787 Lafayette Road, Medina. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5. Awakening the Healer Within: The Roadmap For Embodied Wellness. Presented by Dr. Matthew Howe and wellness educator Carrie Palk. Cost is $55, pre-pay to reserve space. Call 614-597-8338.
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