Photo program — Photographer Ian Adams of Cuyahoga Falls will speak on self publishing and e-books from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. Presented by the Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society. 330-657-2909.
Contra dance — Join Hu$hmoney with its jigs and reels and caller Carol Kopp in a contra dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Meet at the Boston Township School House, at Riverview Road and state Route 303 in Peninsula. Instruction at 7 p.m. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. The fee is $6.
Valley hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Ira Trailhead in the Cuyahoga Valley for a five-mile Towpath Trail hike. The trailhead is off Riverview Road north of Ira Road in Cuyahoga Falls. 330-923-6371.
Underground Railroad — Hale Farm & Village in Bath Township will present a program on the Underground Railroad. Tours will depart every 20 minutes from 6 to 8:20 p.m. at 2686 Oak Hill Road. Tickets are $20. The program will be repeated on Friday. and Saturday. To register, call 330-666-3711, ext. 1720, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seiberling film — The new film about Akron’s John F. Seiberling, A Tree Grows in Washington: The John Seiberling Story, will premiere at 7 p.m. at the Happy Days Lodge, off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. The film is the project of filmmaker Paul Jacoway. $6, $3 children 3 to 12. Doors open at 6 p.m. Call 330-657-2909 for advance sales.
Beer train — The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is staging a beer run with hoppy brews from 7 to 9 p.m. from the Boston Mill Station off Riverview Road north of Peninsula in Boston Township. Tickets $47-$82. Advance reservations are required. For ages 21 and older only. To register, visit www.cvsr.com or call 800-468-4070.
Fit Friday — The Stark County Park District is holding a Fit Friday hike at 9 a.m. at Walborn Reservoir. Meet at the trailhead off Reeder Avenue Northeast in Marlboro Township. 330-409-8096.
Trout Derby — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting its Trout Derby for anglers 15 and under from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at Little Turtle Pond off Harrington Road in Firestone Metro Park in South Akron. Bring fishing gear. A few rods and reels may be available. No minnows; worms available for purchase. Adults cannot fish. Sponsored by the Goodyear Hunting and Fishing Club and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Humor hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a humor hike at 1 p.m. at Hampton Hills Metro Park. Meet at the main trailhead off Akron-Peninsula Road in North Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Pulling invasives — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is seeking volunteers to pull invasive garlic mustard from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Silver Creek Metro Park in Norton. Meet at the Big Oak Area off South Medina Line Road. Dress for off-trail work and bring a hat, work gloves, water and a snack. To sign up, call 330-865-8057, ext. 226.
Emerging eagles — Join a hike on the Towpath Trail to visit a bald eagle nest in the Cuyahoga Valley from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet at the Station Road Bridge Trailhead off Riverview Road in Brecksville.
Orienteering for beginners — Learn to navigate a cross-country course with a map and compass with the North Eastern Ohio Orienteering Club. Meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Kendall Lake Shelter, off Truxell Road in Boston Township. $15 per individual or group. Hiking shoes and compass are recommended. www.neooc.com.
Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon on the Stanford and Brandywine Gorge trails. Meet at the Boston Store Visitor Center parking lot off Boston Mills Road in Boston Township. Wear sturdy boots and bring a small pack with lunch, water and work gloves. 216-261-0307.
For new birders — The Medina County Park District is presenting a program for new birders at 10 a.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 12 to adult. Advance sign-up is required. 330-722-9364. Free.
Frog fun — The Medina County Park District is staging Frogtastic! to learn about frogs at 1 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. All ages welcome. Free. 330-722-9364.
Stark hike —The Stark County Park District is holding a hike on the West Branch Trail at 9 a.m. Meet at the Timken Gatehouse parking lot. 330-409-8096.
Sippo Valley hiking — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 8 or 9 a.m. from Massillon’s Lincoln Park for hikes of one to 18 miles on the Sippo Valley Trail that runs to Dalton. The longer hikes begin at 8 a.m.; the shorter hikes at 9 a.m. 330-923-6371.
Frog Night — Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville will host Night of the Frogs at 8 p.m. with an indoor-outdoor program. The park is at 13480 Congress Lake Road NE, Lake Township. Dress for the weather and bring flashlights. Rubber boots highly recommended. 330-877-6652 or www.quailhollowpark.org.
Galaxies galore — The Astronomy Club of Akron is presenting a program on Galaxies Galore at 8:30 p.m. at the club’s observatory at Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Road (state Route 93), New Franklin. 330-837-5848.
Eagle Creek hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. at the Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve off Hopkins Road near Garrettsville for a flowery, five-mile hike. No dogs allowed. 330-673-6896.
Wilderness concert — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is staging a concert by the Back Porch Swing Band at 7 p.m. $10; children 15 and under $5 if accompanied by adults. 877-359-5235.
Wild doings — The Wilderness Center is conducting a wetlands program at North Canton’s Hoover recreational complex on East Maple Street. 877-359-5235.
Bird banding — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a bird-banding demonstration from 8 to 10 a.m. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.
Bird walk — Wooster’s Secrest Arboretum will be the site of a spring bird walk from 9 to 11 a.m. Sponsored by the Greater Mohican Audubon Society. Meet at the Seaman Orientation Plaza at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Free.
Heron watch — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a great blue heron watch from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bath Road heronry between Riverview and Akron-Peninsula Road in North Akron. Binoculars and spotting scopes will be available. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Valley hike — The National Park Service is conducting a three-mile hike along the headwaters of Boston Run in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Be prepared for off-trail, in-the-water conditions. No dogs. Meet at 9 a.m. at the north parking lot at the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights.
Park pancakes — Enjoy a pancake breakfast and hike the Stanford Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stanford House off Stanford Road in Boston Township. $8, $6 children 12 and under. Park at the Boston Store Visitor Center and grab a shuttle to the Stanford House.
Orienteering meet — Beginners and experts are invited to participate in an orienteering meet staged by the North Eastern Ohio Orienteering Club at 11:30 a.m. Meet at the Kendall Lake Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township. Bring a whistle and compass. Map fee for nonmembers is $8. www.neooc.com.
Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon on the Furnace Run Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at the Everett Road Covered Bridge off Everett Road in Boston Township. Wear sturdy boots and bring a small pack with lunch, water and work gloves. 330-666-3822.
Canine hike — The Medina County Park District is holding a canine hike at 3 p.m. at Lake Medina off state Route 18 east of the city of Medina. Dogs must be on leashes and under owners’ control. Bring a towel for muddy feet and a water bowl. 330-722-9364.
Photo workshop — The Medina County Park District is presenting a photo workshop on Digital Darkroom Magic from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 16 to adult. Advance sign-up is required. $30. 330-722-9364.
Molly Stark tour — The Stark County Park District is offering a history tour of Molly Stark Park off Columbus Road Northeast in Nimishillen Township. It will begin at 10 a.m. 330-409-8096.
Kent concert — The Mountain Rose Concert Series is presenting Cleveland singer-songwriter Gary Hall at 6:30 p.m. in the Roy Smith Shelter at Kent’s Fred Fuller Park, 497 Middlebury Road. $7. 330-733-8845 or www.twistintomradio.com.
Reservoir hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. at Mogadore Reservoir for a five-mile hike. Meet at the boat house behind the old Ankor Inn off state Route 43 in Suffield Township. 330-923-6371.
Reservoir cleanup — Volunteers needed for the Mogadore Reservoir Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the boat house behind the old Ankor Inn off state Route 43 in Suffield Township. Contact Jennifer or Tim Spaulding at 330-678-1457.
Natural burials — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is presenting a program on natural burials in its Foxfield Preserve at 2 p.m. The center is also holding trail games for families in its family nature club from 2 to 4 p.m. 877-359-5235.
Hummingbirds for kids — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a Kinderealm class on hummingbirds for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults at 10:30 a.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park. Meet at the pavilion off Newton Street in East Akron. Advance reservations are required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.
Spring sounds — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a night hike with University of Mount Union assistant biology professor Dr. Spiro Mavroides to listen to the sounds of spring. The hike will begin at 8 p.m. Advance registration is required. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.
Furnace Run hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 3 p.m. at the Brushwood Area of Furnace Run Metro Park off Townsend Road in Richfield Township for a leisurely three-mile hike. 330-923-6371.
Valley dinner — The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is holding a dinner in the valley with Spanish food and wine at 6 p.m. at the Hines Hill Conference Center, 1403 W. Hines Hill Road, Boston Township. For pricing and reservations, call 330-657-2909, ext. 100, or visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org.
Brown-bag concert — Pat Vaughn will entertain from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in a brown-bag lunch concert at Akron’s Mustill Store off West North Street. You can purchase lunch items at the store. Free. 330-374-5625.
Earth Day stories — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is presenting Earth Day stories for 3- and 4-year-olds and accompanying adults at 11 a.m. Dress for the weather. Free for members; donations requested of others. 1-877-359-5235.
Hudson hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. near the Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St., Hudson, for a five-mile hike. 330-923-6371.
Bird walk — The Canton Audubon Society is holding a bird walk at 5:30 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. 330-409-8096.
Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or bdowning at the beaconjournal.com.