Because Akron’s Chic Diverse barbershop and beauty salon is an unofficial cheerleader for higher education, particularly students attending the University of Akron, part owner Willie Derricott is rolling out the blue and gold carpet, as it were, for UA students to get greatly discounted haircuts and other salon services from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1, at the shop, which is at 88 E. Mill St.
Derricott is so committed to the cause that he’s opening the business on what otherwise would be his day off. And, drum roll, please, he’s even staffing a second location, the nearby Quaker Square ballroom.
The inaugural event, called “The Roo Day,” is open to all UA students and faculty showing ZIP card IDs.
Haircuts this day are going for $5, with other salon services at reduced rates.
The following week, Chic Diverse is rolling out the Thank You carpet for military veterans, offering them free haircuts Tuesday through Saturday — Oct. 9-13 — at the downtown salon. Military veterans service cards are a must.
By the way, tips certainly are appropriate, don’t you think?
Guitarist in concert
Nationally recognized jazz guitarist Russell Malone will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Akron- Summit County Public Library auditorium, with all proceeds benefiting Akron Children’s Hospital.
Joining Malone will be saxophonist Harry Allen and vocalist Rebecca Kilgore.
These days Malone, who has spent time touring as a member of bands led by the likes of Harry Connick Jr. and Diana Krall, is an integral member of bands led by Grammy Award-winning artists such as legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins, vocalist Dianne Reeves and bassist Ron Carter.
Malone’s self-titled debut in 1992 rushed to No. 1 on the radio charts and was followed by Black Butterfly. Three more releases soon followed: Sweet Georgia Peach, Look Who’s Here and Heartstrings, all before he launched the strings series for the MAXJAZZ label with Playground (2004). He followed that with the release of two volumes of critically acclaimed recordings, Live at Jazz Standard (2006 and 2007). His most recent release, Triple Play, appeared in the fall of 2010 on MAXJAZZ.
Tickets for the concert are $50 at www.nightisalive.com. Additional ticket packages also are available.
NAMI benefit walk
Changing Minds One Step at a Time is the theme for Summit County’s National Alliance on Mental Illness’ NAMI Walk at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at Munroe Falls Metro Park, 521 S. River Road. Registration gets under way at 8:30 a.m.
The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation is the premier sponsor and Tom Strauss, chief executive of Summa Health System, is walk marshal. NAMI spokesman Rob Rett has a long list of programs the walk supports:
• Housewarming: Provides bedding, dishes, glassware, pots, pans and housewares for clients moving into apartments from group homes.
• Needy Soles: Provides shoes and boots for clients unable to afford them, with participation by Payless locations.
• Creative Kids: Provides creative outlet for children with mental health disorders through martial arts, dance, vocal, horseback riding and other activities.
•Hair care: Provides haircuts/styling for clients, the philosophy being, if they are better groomed, others will be more accepting of them.
• Free classes for family members, along with weekly support sessions.
Register for the NAMI Walk at www.namiwalks.org/Summit County or call 330-252-1188.
A wealth of information for families is at www.nami summit.org.
Ohio 9th District Court of Appeals Judge Carla Moore will be the keynote speaker when Freedom House for Women hosts its fifth-year anniversary and recognition dinner at 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Akron Urban League (President’s Hall), 440 Vernon Odom Blvd. Hope and recovery are the themes.
“Our mission is to assist the community in addressing the need to prevent homelessness for chemically dependent adult women,” said Eva Moore, Freedom House for Women’s executive director.
Tickets for the dinner are $50 and can be purchased by calling 330-785-9720 or visiting www.fh4women.org/.
Freedom House for Women also is an Ohio Benefit Bank site assisting individuals in need of such services as HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program), WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), just to name a few.
The Women’s Auxiliary Board of Summit County Children Services is sponsoring its annual rummage sale from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Fairlawn Community Center, 3486 S. Smith Road.
Donations, such as clothing, housewares, lawn and garden items, craft supplies or accessories, are still needed and can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and noon Oct. 5.
Proceeds from the sale will be used to benefit the children in the care of the agency.
The all-volunteer and highly dedicated Women’s Auxiliary has been a fixture in the Greater Akron community since 1948 and has supported many projects at Children Services, including the popular Holiday Toy Room.
Garage sale fundraiser
Big, beautiful bouquets to Pat and Ron Halvorson, who recently were the hosts of a three-day garage sale to benefit Manchester residents Bobby and Wendy Wilson, whose infant daughter, Mia, was hospitalized for the first year of her life in intensive care in Michigan.
Mia, who was born with an extremely rare heart defect called Ebstein’s anomaly, is finally home, still battling for life. Her parents and three sisters moved to Michigan to be with her, experiencing a large loss of income.
Ron Halvorson called the benefit a huge success, netting $1,500 for the Wilsons.
Hospice volunteer training
Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) will conduct free, comprehensive volunteer training 5-9 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30 at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley Township. Attendance at both sessions is required to complete the training. Registration deadline is Oct. 10.
Volunteers are needed to visit patients in their homes or skilled nursing facilities throughout Summit County (with particular needs in West and North Akron, as well as the Stow and Cuyahoga Falls areas), Portage County (particularly Kent and Brimfield Township) and western Stark County (particularly the North Canton area), Akron General Medical Center spokesman Jim Gosky and VNS spokeswoman Kelly Ward-Smith said in news release.
For information about volunteering for Hospice of VNS or to register for volunteer training, please call Terri DeGeorge, manager of volunteer services, at 330-668-4650, or Joyce Hargreaves, coordinator of volunteer training, at 330-668-4637.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com.