Bob Downing

Park concert

The California-based musical group Front Country will perform on Friday in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The progressive bluegrass group will appear in concert at 8 p.m. in the Happy Days Lodge. That’s off state Route 303 west of state Route 8 in Boston Heights.

The band members are Adam Roszkiewicz, Jacob Groopman, Jordan Klein, Leif Karlstrom, Melody Walker and Zach Sharpe.

The six musicians joined forces in 2011 while playing gigs in San Francisco’s Mission District.

The show is part of the Cuyahoga Valley Heritage Concert Series.

Tickets are $17, $5 for children 3 to 12.

Advance tickets are available at 330-657-2909, option 4, or www.conservancyforcvnp.org. Click on Events.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

Medina Marsh opening

The Medina County Park District’s new Medina Marsh Preserve will have an open house Saturday to mark the preserve’s grand opening.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4266 Fenn Road, Medina Township.

The 87-acre preserve includes about 90 nesting great blue herons and the West Branch of Rocky River.

There will be guided hikes to the heronry rookery, a chance to see rehabilitated hawks and owls from the Medina Raptor Center, nature crafts for families and youngsters and information from local eco-groups.

The open house is being staged by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy.

Parking will be off Rivendale Drive about one mile east of U.S. 42.

For more information, contact Emily Bacha at 440-528-4178 or ebacha@wrlandconservancy.org.

Her group worked with the Medina County Park District to acquire the property that was formerly a golf driving range.

It bought the land in 2013 with state and federal grants totaling nearly $1.3 million and then gave it to the county park district.

The new preserve connects to nearby green space and parks.

Caves, microbes

The Wilderness Center near Wilmot is hosting the 2001 IMAX film Journey Into Amazing Caves.

It will be shown at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Dr. Hazel Barton, a University of Akron biology professor who co-starred in the film, will also be a speaker.

She will speak at 2:30 p.m. on Amazing Caves, Amazing Microbes on research she has conducted on caves and the microbial life that can inhabit such harsh environments.

From 1 to 2:30 p.m., you can learn about the center’s Ohio Cavers and Climbers Club with demonstrations, photos, gear displays, refreshments and more.

It’s all free.

The center is at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township.

For more information, call 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Friday

Green Fair — The city of Akron, Summit County and the Downtown Akron Partnership are sponsoring the seventh annual Green Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron. The event is geared for people to learn more about environmentally friendly resources and products that can be used in the workplace. Bring old cellphones and cables to be recycled.

Bird walk — Summit Metro Parks is holding a spring bird walk at 7:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park. Meet in the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. Binoculars are recommended. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Ales on rails — The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is offering an ale-sampling run at 7 p.m. from Akron’s Northside Station. It will be an East-West battle of the brews. For ages 21 or older only. Tickets are $47 to $82 a person. Advance sign-ups are required. 800-468-4070 or www.cvsr.com.

Planetarium show — The Wilderness Center near Wilmot is presenting a planetarium show and star watch at 8 p.m. It is at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Saturday

Plant Discovery Day — Wayne County’s Secrest Arboretum will host its 22nd annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fisher Auditorium at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave. Wooster Township. There will be a silent auction from 9 a.m. to noon and an oral auction at 11 a.m. The event is a main fundraiser for the arboretum. 330-263-3761 or www.secrest.osu.edu.

Valley hike — The National Park Service is offering a 6½-mile hike on the Wetmore Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley. It will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Wetmore Trailhead off Wetmore Road in Boston Township. 330-657-2752.

Bird walk — Summit Metro Parks is holding a spring bird walk from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Meet in the Oxbow Area of Cascade Valley Metro Park. That’s off Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Fishing for adults — Summit Metro Parks is offering an introduction to fishing for adults from 10 a.m. to noon at Furnace Run Metro Park. Meet in the Brushwood Area off Townsend Road in Richfield Township. Some rods and reels will be available. Adults can fish on Saturday without having to buy a fishing license. Bait will be provided. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Woodcock walk — Summit Metro Parks is conducting a woodcock walk to watch the wacky aerial flights of the male birds. The program will run from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Meet at the Top O’ the World Area at Hampton Hills Metro Park. That’s off West Bath Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Check the day of event to be sure it is still on. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Bird walk — The Portage Park District is holding a bird walk at 7:30 a.m. at Towner’s Woods Park off Ravenna Road north of Brady Lake in Franklin Township. 330-297-7728 or www.portageparkdistrict.org.

Wildflower walk — Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve is hosting a wildflower walk from 10 a.m. to noon in northeast Portage County. Meet at 11027 Hopkins Road east of Garrettsville in Nelson Township. 330-527-5118.

Quail Hollow fest — Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville will host its annual Art, Craft and Herb Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will continue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 13480 Congress Lake Road NE, Lake Township. The fair is sponsored by the Quail Hollow Herbal Society and the Quail Hollow Volunteer Association. 330-877-6652 or www.quailhollowpark.net.

Bird banding — The Medina County Park District is holding a bird-banding demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. The demonstration by Gary and Jill Fowler will be canceled by bad weather. All ages welcome. 330-722-9364 or www.medinacountyparks.com.

Bird walk — The Medina County Park District is holding a spring bird walk at 7:30 a.m. at River Styx Park off River Styx Road in Guilford Township. Bring binoculars and field guides. 330-722-9364 or www.medinacountyparks.com.

Invasive pull — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township, is holding a garlic mustard pull from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Zoar talk — Author Wendy Koile will speak on Ohio lost treasures at 1 p.m. in the Historic Zoar Village. Her talk will be held in the Zoar Church. Free. www.historiczoarvillage.com.

Sunday

Full-moon hike — The National Park Service is staging a full-moon hike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The hike will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Meet at the Oak Hill Trailhead off Oak Hill Road in Boston Township. 330-657-2752.

Spring bird walk — Summit Metro Parks is holding a spring bird walk from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Liberty Park. Meet at the new nature center at 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg. Binoculars are suggested. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Art reception — Summit Metro Parks is holding a public reception for artist Danette Rushboldt from noon to 2 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Baby shower — The Stark County Park District is holding a baby shower for its animal orphans at 1 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. 330-409-8096 or www.starkparks.com.

Families on foot — The Stark County Park District is holding a family hike at 5 p.m. starting at Canal Fulton’s St. Helena Heritage Park. 330-409-8096 or www.starkparks.com.

Monday

Canal walk — The Stark County Park District is conducting a canal walk at 1 p.m. Meet at Canal Fulton’s St. Helena Heritage Park. 330-409-8096 or www.starkparks.com.

For a complete list, go to www.ohio.com.

Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or bdowning at the beaconjournal.com.