Portage Lakes Cruises — Portage Lakes Cruises is a pontoon charter service through Nov. 15. Tour departure is from Craftsmen Park, 4450 Rex Lake Road, New Franklin, unless otherwise arranged. Free parking is available inside the park. A golf cart is available if needed. Each excursion is customized to suit the passengers, and can accommodate eight people in a safe, friendly environment. Fees start at $35 per person. 330-760-0270, www.portagelakescruises.com.
J.E. Reeves Victorian Home and Carriage House Museum — Open for guided tours noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31 at 325 E. Iron Ave., Dover. $8, $7 seniors, $3 school-age children. 330-343-7040, www.doverhistory.org.
Akron Art Museum Free Thursdays — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays starting Oct. 3 at Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., Akron. Free all-day gallery admission and programming throughout the day that includes art talks, films, classes, concerts and other special events. For more information, go to www.akronartmuseum.org.
Mrs. Farnam’s Ladies Circle: A Civil War Tea — 1-3 p.m. today at Farnam Manor, 4223 Brecksville Road, Richfield. Take part in the discussion on aiding our boys in uniform while working on a needle book or hankie. $25. For more information, call 234-200-6547 or go to www.olhs.org.
Summit County Historical Society John Brown House Open House — 4-6 p.m. today at the John Brown House, 514 Diagonal Road, Akron. The tour includes the Summit Hall of Honor, featuring displays honoring the Summit Award winners. Free. For more information, call 330-535-1120 or go to www.summithistory.org.
Author visit — 6 tonight at Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Hudson. Jen Ator will be at the shop with her new book, Shape-Up Shortcuts! 330-653-2252.
Learned Owl’s Book Club in a Bar — 7 tonight at Lager & Vine, 30 W. Streetsboro St., Hudson. Will discuss, The Anatomist’s Wife with author Anna Lee Huber. Free. 330-653-2252.
Polish American Club Fish Fry — 4:30-8 p.m. Friday at the Polish American Club, 472 E. Glenwood Ave., Akron. Starting at $7.95. 330-253-0496.
A New Adventure Widows & Widowers social group — 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Eat’n Park, 200 Howe Ave., Cuyahoga Falls. 330-929-5430 or 330-630-9275.
Unattached Seniors — 9 a.m. Saturday at the Waterloo Restaurant, 423 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. 330-644-6624.
A New Beginning Social Group for Widows and Widowers — 9 a.m. Saturday at Thano’s Restaurant, 71 Fifth St. SE, Barberton. 330-745-6239.
Widows & Widowers (SOS) Starting Over Socially Brunch & Dominoes — 10 a.m. Saturday at Perkins, 4896 Everhard Road NW, Jackson Township. Participants pay for their meals. For information, call Norma at 330-452-5889 or Bernie at 330-477-5325.
Mum Fest — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lake Anna Park, Barberton. 20,000 mums in bloom, food, entertainment, children’s activities, water ski shows, arts and crafts and more. Free. www.cityofbarberton.com or 330-848-6653.
Lake View Cemetery Coppers, Mobsters & Robbers Walking Tour — 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lake View Cemetery, 12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Allan May, organized crime historian, will lead a tour that looks at some of Cleveland’s notorious criminal cases. $10. Reservations required, call 216-421-2687.
Great Lakes Science Center Steamship William G. Mather Tours — Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October. Located at Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland. $8, $7 seniors, $6 ages 5-12 and free under age 5. www.GreatScience.com.
Peninsula’s fifth annual Music on the Porches — 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. A villagewide happening that celebrates music in the Cuyahoga Valley. Merchants and residents welcome musicians to their porches to “make a joyful noise” and fill the valley with music of all genres. This year, in addition to the 20-plus music acts, the Peninsula Foundation Inc. and Ohio Arts Council are offering free workshops throughout the day and an evening ticketed musical event featuring Boy=Girl and Hey Mavis. Visit www.peninsulahistory.org for workshop and ticket information. Visit www.explorepeninsula.com for details.
Colorful Canvas Step-by-Step Painting Class — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Century Barn at Crown Point Ecology Center, 3220 Ira Road, Bath Township. Presented by Hillary Ash, participants will receive step-by-step instructions to paint their own original piece of art. $35. To register, call 330-668-8992 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book signing — Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Rittman Public Library, 49 W. Ohio Ave. Ron L. Kuntz will sign copies of his book Doodlin Ducks. For more information, call 877-727-0697.
Book signing — Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Sew Deja Vu, 1608 Norton Road, Stow. Rachel Griffith will sign copies of her book Quilts Made With Love. For more information, call 330-653-5598.
Minerva’s Oktoberfest — Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday at Municipal Park. There will be music performers, traditional German foods, beer tastings, contests, corn-hole tournament, children’s activities and more. For more information, call Denise at 330-868-7979 or email email@example.com.
St. Helena III canalboat rides — 1-2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 13 at 125 Tuscarawas St., Canal Fulton. $8, $7 for seniors 60 or older, $5 for children 6-13, free for children 5 or younger. Tickets are available on site, by phone at 330-854-6835 and at www.cityofcanalfulton-oh.gov.
Author visit — 1 p.m. Saturday at Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Hudson. Patricia Averbach will sign copies of her debut novel, Painting Bridges. 330-653-2252.
Hoover-Price Planetarium Shows — 1 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, Canton. Looking Back in Time through Nov. 3. 330-455-7043.
Sharon Myers Presents War of 1812 Program — 2 p.m. Saturday at Northfield Town Hall, 9546 Brandywine Road. Learn about Summit County’s involvement in the War of 1812. Free. For more information, call 330-794-5099.
Canton Postage Stamp Show — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn, 4520 Everhard Road NW, Jackson Township. Free admission. 330-832-5992.
First Responders Appreciation Day Celebration — 12:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday at Falls River Square, downtown Cuyahoga Falls. Police dog demonstrations, free ID cards for children, police cars and firetrucks on display, face painting, rock climbing and more. Buck Naked band will perform at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 330-971-7408.
Historical Book Club — 2 p.m. Sunday at Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Hudson. Topic will be Abraham Lincoln. 330-653-2252.
Kachina Dolls Program — 2 p.m. Sunday at Indian Museum, 25 Public Square, Willoughby. Ed Hughes will talk about the history of the dolls, what they stand for and how to identify the best ones. For more information, call 440-951-3813.
It’s a Wild World Animal Show — 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. Theatrical presentation combined with music, video and audience participation featuring animals from around the world. Presented by the Akron Zoo. $10. $5 ages 3-12. 330-253-2488 or www.akroncivic.com.
Northeast Ohio Blues Association Road to Memphis Fundraiser — 3-7 p.m. Sunday at North Canton Eagles, 5979 Sunset Strip Ave. NW. Performers will feature: Colin John of Aurora and the Juke Hounds of Akron. The acts will go on to represent the North East Ohio Blues Association, a Blues Foundation affiliate, at the 30th International Blues Challenge. For more information, go to www.bluesneoba.org.
Massillon Museum’s History Discussion Group — 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E. Chris Craft will moderate a “show and tell” session. Free. For more information, call 330-833-4061 or go to www.massillonmuseum.org.
Carovillese Club Spaghetti Dinner — 4-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Carovillese Club, 570 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron. $6 to $8.25. 330-929-6767.
Old Time, Celtic and Bluegrass Music Jam — 7-10 p.m. Tuesday at the College of Wooster, in the college snack bar, Mom’s Truck Stop, Lowry Center, Wooster. The College of Wooster Scottish Arts Society along with local community players sponsor musical jam sessions where guests may sit in. For information, call Kim Tapie at 330-345-5208 or Charlene Adzima at 330-263-6504.
Writing for Children Workshop — 7 p.m. Tuesday at Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road, Stow. Dianne Ochiltree will share how she develops and markets her stories, as well as the process of working with illustrators. Free. To register, call 330-688-3295, ext. 4, or go to www.smfpl.org.
Halloween Flower Arrangement Class — 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls. Registration fee: $5, $3 residents. Class fee $16. To register, call 330-971-8425 or 330-971-8225.
Summit County Historical Society Perkins Stone Mansion Tours — 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Perkins Stone Mansion, 550 Copley Road, Akron. $6, $4 seniors, $2 students. 330-535-1120 or go to www.summithistory.org.
Canal Fulton Public Library Bookworm Club — 4 p.m. Wednesday at Canal Fulton Public Library, 154 Market St. NE. Ages 8-12. A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. 330-854-4148.
Group Guitar Lessons — 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 2-23, at Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls. Registration fee: $8 residents/$16 nonresidents. Class fee $40. To register, call 330-971-8425 or 330-971-8225.
Brunswick Art Works Monthly Meeting — 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Brunswick City Hall, 4095 Center Road. Featured Artist is Deb Schultz. For information, go to www.brunswickartworks.org.
47th annual Ohio Mart — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3-5, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N . Portage Path, Akron. Artisan crafts showcase featuring sculpture, garden art, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and hand-crafted furniture. $9, $2 for youth ages 6-17. Children 5 or younger are free with an adult. Combo tickets for Ohio Mart include a self-guided tour of the Manor House, a visit to Inspiration in Bloom flower display and Fallscape, fall home decor lecture are $15, $5 youth. Ohio Mart tickets may be purchased at the event, or in advance by calling 330-315-3287 or visiting www.stanhywet.org.