Contra dance — You can join the musical group Hu$hmoney with its jigs and reels and caller Carol Kopp in a contra dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Boston Township School House at Riverview Road and state Route 303 in Peninsula. Instruction will be offered at 7 p.m. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. The fee is $6.
Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Tree Farm Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at Horseshoe Pond off Major Road west of Riverview Road in Boston Township. Wear sturdy boots and bring a small pack with lunch, water and work gloves. 216-407-6936.
Valley hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2 p.m. at the Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center off Bolanz Road in Cuyahoga Falls for a five-mile hike. 330-923-6371.
Stories for kids —The Medina County Park District is holding story programs on night creatures for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. The program will be repeated at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday. Advance sign-up is required. 330-722-9364.
Interurban past — The Stark County Park District will look at the history of the interurban rail line in Stark County at 6:30 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. 330-409-8096.
Scat, tracks — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is offering a program on wildlife scat and tracks at 10:30 a.m. at Munroe Falls Metro Park. Meet at the Tallmadge Meadows Area off North Avenue (state Route 91) in Tallmadge. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Lantern tours — Hale Farm & Village is offering lantern tours of the holiday-decorated village, starting at 6 p.m. The fee is $20, $12 for students. The tours will also be offered on Saturday, Sunday and again on Wednesday. For reservations, call 330-666-3711 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakfast hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a breakfast hike at 8 a.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park. Meet at the shelter off Newton Street in East Akron. Register in advance and be told what food items to bring. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Feeder workshop — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a workshop to build backyard bird feeders at 11 a.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Limit one kit per family. The fee is $5 per kit. Advance sign-up is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Nature walk — How animals spend the winter is the topic of a nature walk on the 2.2-mile Indian Spring Trail at Munroe Falls Metro Park. Meet at 2 p.m. at the park off South River Road in Munroe Falls. Sponsored by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Marsh hike — The National Park Service is staging a three-mile off-trail hike behind the Beaver Marsh in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet Ranger Rebecca Jones at 9 a.m. at the Ira Trailhead off Riverview Road north of Ira Road in Cuyahoga Falls. The hike could be shortened, depending on trail and marsh conditions.
Ski workshop — Ranger Paul Motts will direct a workshop on cross-country ski preparation from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at the Kendall Lake Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township. The fee is $10. To register, call 330-657-2752.
Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Plateau Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at Oak Hill Trailhead off Oak Hill Road in Boston Township. Wear sturdy boots and bring a small pack with lunch, water and work gloves. 330-678-9028.
Open house — The Cascade Lock Park Association is holding a holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mustill Store off West North Street near downtown Akron. Local authors will be on hand. Refreshments. 330-374-5625 or www.cascadelocks.org.
Santa on hand — Santa Claus will be at the Trail Mix Store in Peninsula from 1 to 3 p.m. The store is off East Mill Street near the Peninsula Depot. Santa will also be there from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Puzzle art — The Medina County Park District will help you turn old jigsaw puzzles into works of art from noon to 5 p.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. The program will be repeated from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For all ages. Free. 330-722-9364.
Stark hike — The Stark County Park District is holding a hike at 9 a.m. on the Middle Branch Trail. Meet at Martindale Park in Plain Township. 330-409-8096.
Valley hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9 a.m. at the Lock 29 Trailhead in Peninsula for hikes of five or six miles. 330-923-6371.
Quail Hollow hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. at Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville for a hike. The club will then serve a potluck lunch and conduct its annual meeting at 10:30 a.m. Bring a dish to share. The park is at 13480 Congress Lake Road NE, Lake Township. 330-673-6896.
Holiday crafts — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a holiday crafts program from 1 to 4 p.m. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. Call 330-823-7487 for more information.
German star workshop — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is holding a walk-in German star ornament workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Free. 877-359-5235.
Park concert — Fiddler-violinist Ed Caner will perform in a concert at 7 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at the Hines Hill Conference Center, 1403 W. Hines Hill Road, Boston Township. Tickets are $8, The facility is not wheelchair accessible. Advance tickets are available by calling 330-657-2909.
Bird count — You can join in the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas bird count. Volunteers are welcome to meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Kendall Lake Shelter in the Cuyahoga Valley park. That’s off Truxell Road in Boston Township. The count will run to noon. An optional donation of $5 is requested. A chili dinner will be served at 5 p.m. at the Mingo Shelter off Sand Run Parkway in Sand Run Metro Park in northwest Akron. www.akronaudubon.org.
Recycle old beads — Artist Pam Daum will direct a workshop on recycling old beads at 2 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Sponsored by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. You must furnish the beads. Advance sign-up is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Mini-concerts — Peninsula’s historical Bronson Memorial Church will host holiday mini-concerts at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The church is off state Route 303. Free. www.peninsulahistory.org.
Winter solstice — Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath Township is hosting a winter solstice celebration at 6 p.m. at 3220 Ira Road. A potluck dessert will be served. Bring cookies. RSVP to Mariellen at 330-668-8992 or email@example.com. Dress in warm clothing.
Lakemore hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. for a five-mile hike on sidewalks and roads in Lakemore. Meet at the Tri-County Plaza off Canton Road. 330-923-6371.
Fairlawn hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the southeast corner of the parking lot at Summit Mall in Fairlawn. Park near the Dillard’s lower level entrance. It will be a four-mile hike on roads and parks. 330-923-6371.
Nature drawing — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a nature drawing class for senior citizens at 11 a.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Beginners are welcome. Bring paper and a pencil. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetro parks.org.
Cuyahoga Falls hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Cuyahoga Falls for a five-mile sidewalks hike plus a Christmas luncheon. Park near the Burger King restaurant on State Road. The luncheon will be at the Cathedral Buffet after the hike. 330-923-6371.
Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or bdowning at the beaconjournal.com.