Cub Scout Pack 3334 Community Pinewood Derby and Chili Cook Off — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Queen of Heaven Parish Life Center, 1800 Steese Road, Green. Donate a crock pot of your “famous” chili and receive lunch for free with a chance to win the Community Best Chili trophy. Lunch is $7. Pinewood derby cars and kits are available for $50 and $20. Bring your own car for $10. More information about rules, registration and trophy categories at www.Pack3334.org.
Hospice of the Western Reserve — is holding volunteer training classes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 2 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 9 and 16 at the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 150 Springside Drive, Suite A-100, Fairlawn. To register and for more information, call Mary McGowan at 800-707-8922, ext. 6881, or go to www.hospicewr.org/volunteer.
Compassionate Care Hospice — The Akron office is accepting applications for its next training class for hospice volunteers. Volunteers can be friendly visitors, run errands or provide respite for patients in their homes. Compassionate Care is also recruiting volunteers for its Pet Visitation Program. For more information, contact the volunteer coordinator at 330-666-5242.
Believe in the Cure Kick Off Event — 5 p.m. Jan. 12 at Church of Our Savior, 471 Crosby St., Akron. The event will feature guest speakers Dr. Joseph Flynn of the James Cancer Center Ohio State University Medical Center and Dr. Nick Parasson of Summit Natural Wellness Center. Jann Klose will perform. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, Greek food, spirits and more. Tickets $50. For tickets, go to www.believeinthecure.org.
The Arc of Stark County Grape Possibilities Wine Tasting and Auction — 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Canton Civic Center’s McKinley Room, 1101 Market Ave. N. Featuring wine, food and a silent auction. $45, $60 platinum ticket. Reservations due by Jan. 11. For reservations, call 330-492-5225 or go to www.arcstark.org.
The 37th Annual Sugartown Express — 4:30-8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway, Akron. Family-friendly event features silent auction, raffles, music and entertainment. Benefits will support research, advocacy and the education efforts of the American Diabetes Association. $30. For tickets, go to www.diabetes.org/sugartownexpress.
2013 Pedal for Heroes — LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club is challenging Northeast Ohio fitness centers to join in an effort to honor and support Ohio veterans. On Feb. 24, fitness centers across Northeast Ohio will hold “2013 Pedal for Heroes” events, where participants will cycle for 276 minutes (represents the number of military personnel from Ohio who have sacrificed their lives for the country since 9/11/01). Event proceeds will provide services to local veterans. Fitness center directors interested in learning more about how to get involved should contact Jessica Shenker at LifeCenter Plus in Hudson at 330-655-2377, ext. 138. The deadline for fitness centers to sign up for the event is Feb. 1.
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