Metro Parks, Serving Summit County Winter Activities — Cross-country skiing: Cascade Valley Park, Chuckery Area; Firestone Metro Park, Warner Road Area; Furnace Run Metro Park, Brushwood Area; Goodyear Heights Metro Park, Pioneer Area; Munroe Falls Metro Park, Lake Area and Tallmadge Meadows Area; Silver Creek Metro Park, Pheasant Run Area; and Springfield Bog Metro Park. Ice skating: Furnace Run Metro Park, Brushwood Lake; Gorge Metro Park, Main Entrance; and Sand Run Metro Park, Big Bend Area. Sledding: Cascade Valley Park, Oxbow Area; Firestone Metro Park, Warner Road Area and Tuscarawas Meadows Area; Furnace Run Metro Park, Brushwood Area; Goodyear Heights Metro Park, Main Entrance; Munroe Falls Metro Park, Lake Area; and Sand Run Metro Park, North Hawkins Area. Visitors must bring their own equipment. To learn if winter sports areas are open, call 330-865-8060.
Seventh annual Firefighters’ Chili Challenge — 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lock 3 Park, 200 S. Main St., Akron. Akron firefighters will present a challenge to other city departments and businesses to see who can concoct the best chili. $5 for four tickets that can be used for four cups of chili.
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. A social group for widows and widowers. For more information, call 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 3 Sons Restaurant, 3725 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. 330-745-6239 or 330-388-0463.
Getting Started in Family History — 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St., Akron. Free. 330-643-9030.
Widows & Widowers (SOS) Starting Over Socially Brunch and 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.
Hoover-Price Planetarium Solar Max — 1 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 24 at McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, Canton. For more information, call 330-455-7043.
Author Visit and Book Signing — 1 p.m. Saturday at the Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St., Hudson. Sam Thomas will sign copies of his debut novel, The Midwife’s Tale. 330-653-2252.
Today’s Bride Magazine Bridal Show — 2-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the I-X Center, 1 I-X Center Drive, Cleveland. $10. For tickets go to www.todaysbride.com.
Rubber City Roller Girls home opener — Doors open 5 p.m. Saturday at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., Akron. $9, $5 for kids in advance, $13, $6 for kids at the door. www.rubbercityrollergirls.com.
Glassblowing Demonstrations — 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Akron Glass Works, 106 N. Main St. 330-253-5888.
Bluegrass Saturday Nights — 7-11 p.m. Saturday at Homerville Community Center, state Route 301. All pickers welcome; open stage and jam rooms. Information, 330-416-2222.
Quail Hollow Herb Society — 2 p.m. Sunday at the Manor House, Quail Hollow State Park, 13480 Congress Lake Ave., Hartville. Joan Mencer will share memories and photos of growing up at Quail Hollow when it was the Stuart family farm. Information, call Carol Totten at 330-493-0913.
FolkNite — 7:30-10 p.m. Sunday at Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 Mill St. W., Peninsula. Acoustic open jam with Greg Canda. 330-657-2248.
McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Tea With the Curator: Miniature Pianos — 10 a.m. Monday at McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, Canton. Join museum volunteer Jim Wertz for a look at the history of miniature pianos. $15. Reservations required, 330-455-7043.
Breast Cancer Stretch Class — 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 18 in the Kent State Stark Physical Education Building, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, Jackson Township. Free. To register or for more information, call 330-244-3392 or email email@example.com.
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.
Widows & Widowers (SOS) Starting Over Socially Dinner — 6 p.m. Tuesday at La Pizzaria, 3656 Dressler Road NW, Jackson Township. Participants pay for their meals. Reservations required. For information, call Norma at 330-452-5889 or Bernie at 330-477-5325.
What’s Happening at Playhouse Square — 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hudson Library, 96 Library St. George McNulty will preview 2013 Broadway season and Children’s Theater series. Information, 330-653-6658, ext. 1010.
Musical Open Mic — Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Erewhon Gallery & Studios, 111 N. Main St., Akron. 330-920-4221. Free.