The 23rd annual RiverDay on Saturday will feature 26 events at 16 locations along the once-troubled Cuyahoga River in Summit, Portage, Cuyahoga and Geauga counties.
The event typically draws several thousand participants — depending on the weather — to hikes, cleanups, habitat restorations, community festivals, art exhibits and concerts to celebrate the river.
Here are some area RiverDay 2013 events.
Cuyahoga Valley cleanups — From 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Volunteers are needed to plant trees and remove trash. Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, sturdy boots and work gloves. For ages 7 and up. Advance sign-up is required. The locations will be disclosed when you register. Sponsored by the park and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. To register, call 330-657-2299 or email@example.com.
Rambling on river — A Junior Ranger’s program for youngsters 7 to 12 to learn about water-quality testing on a hike from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The location will be disclosed when you register. Presented by the National Park Service. To register, call 800-642-3297, ext. 100.
Water quality testing — From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Cuyahoga Valley park’s Boston Store Visitor Center off Boston Mills Road in Boston Township. Presented by the park service. 330-657-2752.
Art, music and fairies — The Peninsula Art Academy (330-657-2248) will hold an open art show, Ebb and Flow, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at 1600 Mill St. W. The Log Cabin Gallery (330-657-2670) will stage a spring exhibit opening from 3 to 5 p.m. at 1671 Main St. Heritage Farms (330-657-2330) will present fairy activities and Irish music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 6059 Riverview Road.
Night bike ride — Century Cycle in Peninsula is staging a night bike ride on the Towpath Trail starting at 8 p.m. Ride is 12 to 15 miles. You must provide your own bike, helmet and light. 330-657-2209 or www.centurycycles.com/for/nightrides.
Cascade Village cleanup — From 10 a.m. to noon. Learn about the Little Cuyahoga River and clean up its banks. Meet at the Cascade Village Community Center, 210 E. North St., Akron. Long sleeves, long pants and work gloves are recommended. Pre-registration required for groups. Children under 18 must have adult supervision. Sponsored by the University of Akron and Cascade Village Public Art. 330-253-9484 or 330-414-4954.
Little Cuyahoga bike ride — At 11 a.m. from the Mustill Store off West North Street near downtown Akron. Helmets required. Sponsored by the Cascade Locks Park Association. 330-374-5625.
Cuyahoga Falls cleanup — From 10 a.m. to noon. Location will be provided when you register. Sponsored by the city of Cuyahoga Falls, Keep America Beautiful and State Road Donato’s Pizza. Advance registration is required. To register, contact Becky McCleary at 330-971-8201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Munroe Falls celebration — Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with animals, exhibits, music, refreshments at Brust Park, 128 N. Main St. Sponsored by the Munroe Falls Park Board. Pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at fire station, 43 Munroe Falls Ave. Invasive plant pull from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at Brust Park.
Kent events — Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Plum Creek Park on Cherry Street. 330-673-8897. Sponsored by Kent Parks and Recreation and the Kent Environmental Council. Kayak, canoe, tube, bike rentals at Tannery Park. Fee. Reservations are advised. 330-541-7467. Community dinner 6 to 8 p.m. at Plum Creek Park. Organized by All Together Now Inc. 330-678-8760. Native American celebration of the river with campfire from 8 to 10 p.m. at Plum Creek Park. Coordinated by Kent State University’s Native American Student Association.