Bob Downing

Today

Stars for kids — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will hold a Kinderealm program about stars for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults at 10:30 a.m. Meet at the Brushwood Area at Furnace Run Metro Park off Townsend Road in Richfield Township. Registration is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summit?metroparks.org.

Contra dance — You can join the musical group Hu$hmoney with its jigs and reels in a contra dance from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Meet at the Boston Township School House at state Route 303 and Riverview Road in Peninsula. Instruction will be offered at 7 p.m. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Fee is $6.

Pet walk — The Stark County Park District will hold a pet walk for senior citizens at 9:30 a.m. on the Hoover Trail. Meet at the East Maple Street ball field entrance in North Canton. 330-409-8096.

Civil War lecture — Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson will be the subject of a Civil War lecture at 7 p.m. at the GAR Hall at state Route 303 and Riverview Road in Peninsula. www.peninsulahistory.org.

Friday

Family campfire — The Medina County Park District will stage a family campfire with American Indian tales at 7 p.m. at Hidden Hollow Camp off Richman Road near Lodi in Harrisville Township. 330-722-9364.

Coyote lessons — The Medina County Park District will hold a nature program about coyotes at 7:30 p.m. at the Krabill Shelter, 7597 Ballash Road, Lafayette Township. The program includes trying to call in a coyote. For ages 8 to adult. 330-722-9364.

Fit Friday — The Stark County Park District will hold a Fit Friday hike at 9 a.m. at Petros Lake Park off Perry Road SW in Perry Township. Meet in the parking lot by the trail shelter. 330-409-8096.

Barn dance — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center will host a barn dance from 7 to 10:30 p.m. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Astronomy — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township will host a talk at 7:30 p.m. by Dalton teacher Laura Grimm, who attended the NASA Honeywell Space Academy for Educators. Free. 877-359-5235.

Saturday

Towpath hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will offer a Towpath Trail hike at 9 a.m. Meet at the Wolf Creek Trailhead at 33 Snyder Ave., Barberton. 330-865-8065.

Rock Creek hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will conduct a hike along Rock Creek at Furnace Run Metro Park. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Brushwood Area off Townsend Road in Richfield Township. 330-865-8065.

Family fun — Camp Christopher in Bath Township will host a family program with stories, crafts, games and animals from 5 to 9 p.m. Bigfoot researcher Mark Maisel will speak. The event is sponsored by Wild4Ever, a grass-roots animal conservation group. The camp is at 1930 N. Hametown Road. Free. Registration required at 330-825-2434 or www.wild4ever.com.

Full-moon hike — The National Park Service will sponsor a full-moon hike in the Cuyahoga Valley from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Meet at the Octagon Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township. The hike will cover two miles on the Pine Grove Trail.

Festival of Steam — The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will hold its Festival of Steam, which will continue on Sunday, at various locations. For event details and ticket prices, call 800-468-4070 or www.cvsr.com.

Falls walks — The National Park Service will hold guided walks at Brandywine Falls at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The hikes will be repeated at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Hanging at Hunt — The National Park Service will conduct family activities from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center off Bolanz Road in Cuyahoga Falls. They will continue from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Porch music — Peninsula will host Music on the Porches with diverse musicians from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. throughout the village. Free.

Night orienteering — You can negotiate a cross-country course with a map and compass in the Cuyahoga Valley. Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. with staggered starts. Courses for all skill levels. Sponsored by the North Eastern Ohio Orienteering Club. Bring a whistle and compass. The fee is $8 a person. 216-285-0627 or www.neooc.com.

Farm life — Artwork on Farm Life in the Valley by the Crooked River Gang, a group of local artists, will be featured in an exhibit at the M.D. Garage in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1556 Boston Mills Road, Boston Township. The show continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Public Lands Day — The National Park Service is seeking volunteers to help from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on National Public Lands Day. Volunteers are needed to plant trees and to improve a bridle trail. Registration is required at 330-657-2299 or www.conservancy forcvnp.org.

Night bike ride — Century Cycles in Peninsula will sponsor a night bike ride on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The ride will cover 12 to 15 miles. Meet at the store on state Route 303 by the railroad tracks and the Cuyahoga River at 8 p.m. Lights and helmets are required. 330-657-2209.

Scavenger hunts — The Medina County Park District will hold scavenger hunts from noon to 5 p.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. You can also do the hunt from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For all ages. 330-722-9364.

Full-moon hike — Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville will host a full-moon hike at 8:30 p.m. Meet in the Manor House parking area. The park is at 13480 Congress Lake Road NE, Lake Township. 330-877-6652.

Cascade Valley hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. at Cascade Valley Metro Park off Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. Meet in the first parking lot on the left in the Chuckery Area. 330-673-6896.

Wilmot hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave. SW, Sugar Creek Township, for a six-mile hike. 330-923-6371.

Bird banding — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center will host a bird-banding demonstration from 8 to 10 a.m. It will also present a family labyrinth walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Full-moon sit — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township will hold a full-moon sit, not a walk, at 6:30 p.m. Bring an MP3 player with your favorite moon song. 877-359-5235.

Hinckley paddle — Cleveland Metroparks will offer full-moon paddles in its 34-foot Voyager canoe at 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. on Hinckley Lake in the Hinckley Reservation. The rides will also be offered at 11 a.m. and 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Meet at the Hinckley Lake boathouse off West Drive in Hinckley Township in Medina County. Admission is $5. Reservations are encouraged. Call 440-786-8530 for reservations and information.

Auto art — The Cascade Locks Park Association is showing Automobile Art by Denise Bowman from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will also be on display on Sunday. at the Mustill Store off West North Street near downtown Akron. 330-374-5625.

Sunday

Sunday Fun Day — The National Park Service will hold holding Sunday Fun Day with games, crafts, storytelling and hiking from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Octagon Shelter in the Cuyahoga Valley park. That’s off Truxell Road in Boston Township. There will be Underground Railroad tours every half-hour from 2 to 4 p.m. 330-657-2752.

Book club — The Metro Parks Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. to discuss The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds With Common Birds by Julie Zickefoose. Meet at the Shady Hollow Pavilion off Sand Run Parkway in Northwest Akron. 330-865-8065.

Family hike — The National Park Service will conduct a 1½-mile family hike from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at the Oak Hill Trailhead off Oak Hill Road in Boston Township.

Healthy hike — You can join a seven-mile hike on the Buckeye Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Station Road Bridge Trailhead off Riverview Road, south of state Route 82 in Brecksville.

Photo workshop — The Medina County Park District will offer a digital photography workshop for beginners from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. Fee is $25. For 16 and older. Registration is required at 330-722-9364.

Reservoir hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. for a five-mile hike at Mogadore Reservoir. Meet at the boathouse parking lot off state Route 43 behind the Ankor Inn in Portage County’s Suffield Township. 330-923-6371.

FallFest — Cleveland Metroparks will hold FallFest: 18th-Century Festival with pioneer crafts and an American Revolution encampment from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Brecksville Reservation’s Meadows Picnic Area off Meadows Drive in Brecksville. 440-526-1012 or www.cleveland?metroparks.com.

Tuesday

Fall running — Runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels are invited to the Fall Running Series in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at 6 p.m. at the Octagon Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township. The event will be timed. There will be a just-for-fun run at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Octagon Shelter. Sponsored by the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 330-657-2909, ext. 136.

Redwing hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will direct a hike on the 1.1-mile Redwing Trail at Firestone Metro Park. Meet at 7 p.m. in the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. 330-865-8065.

Firestone hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 4 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park for a three-mile hike. Meet at the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. 330-923-6371.

Collecting seeds — The National Park Service is seeking volunteers to collect seeds from native plants from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Call 330-657-2299 or go to www.nps.gov/cuva/supportyourpark/volunteer-activities.htm.

Wednesday

Healthy hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will hold a healthy hike at 10 a.m. on the 1.4-mile Parcours Trail in the Treaty Line Area of Sand Run Metro Park. That’s off Treaty Line Road in Northwest Akron. 330-865-8065.

Bog, lake hikes — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Springfield Bog Metro Park, 1400 Portage Line Road. Hikers will then move to Wingfoot Lake State Park in Portage County’s Suffield Township for additional hiking. 330-923-6371.

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