Bob Downing

Today

Old-time music — Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville will host an old-time music program from 6 to 9 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in. The park is at 13480 Congress Lake Road NE, Lake Township. Admission is $1. 330-877-6652.

Boston Heights hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2 p.m. at the Boston Heights Trailhead off state Route 303 west of state Route 8 in Boston Heights. It will be a five-mile hike on the Bike & Hike Trail. 330-923-6371.

Drum circle — The Medina County Park District is conducting a full-moon drum circle at 7 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. Bring a drum, if you have one. For ages 16 to adult. Advance registration is required. 330-722-9364.

Friday

Meadow hike — Twinsburg and Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, are sponsoring a meadow hike at 6:30 p.m. at Liberty Park. Meet in the recreation area at 9385 Liberty Road, Twinsburg. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Woodpeckers for kids — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting Kinderealm programs on woodpeckers for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. The program will be repeated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Advance registration is required. 330-865-8065.

Home-schooled hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is offering a family hike for home-schooled youngsters 7 and older at 1 p.m. at Silver Creek Metro Park. The hike will look at how plants and animals prepare for winter. Meet at the Pheasant Run Area. The park is off Hametown Road in Norton. Advance sign-up is required. 330-865-8065.

Quilt show — Hearts, Hands & Homes: Quilts of the Cuyahoga Valley will be open for visitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the GAR Hall and Museum at Riverview Road and state Route 303 in Peninsula. $3. The show continues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. www.peninsulahistory.org.

Fit Friday — The Stark County Park District is holding a Fit Friday hike at 9 a.m. at Sippo Lake Park off Tyner Avenue NW in Perry Township. 330-409-8096.

Drum circle — The Terra Amma Drum Circle with Rebekah Benner will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn. Bring drums and percussion toys. No experience needed. 330-780-7476.

Saturday

Gorge hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a hike looking at the nature and history of the Gorge Metro Park. Meet at 1 p.m. in the Front Street parking lot in Cuyahoga Falls. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Young birders — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is presenting a birding program on bog suckers and gobblers in its Young Birders program at 11 a.m. Meet at the Shady Hollow Pavilion in Sand Run Metro Park. That’s at 1750 Sand Run Parkway in northwest Akron. Wear boots for a short hike. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Bird walk — The National Park Service is holding a bird walk looking for November rarities along the Towpath Trail from 9 to 11 a.m. Meet volunteer Dwight Chasar at park headquarters at Vaughn and Riverview roads in Brecksville.

Beer train — The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is conducting a seasonal beer ride from 2 to 4 p.m. from the Rockside Station in Independence. For ages 21 and older. Tickets are $45, $65 and $80 a person. Five seasonal beers will be served along with appetizers. Advance reservations are required. 800-468-4070 or www.cvsr.com.

Underground Railroad — You can experience what life was like on the Underground Railroad for escaped slaves in the 1850s on a two-mile lantern hike and train ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Hikes depart every 30 minutes from 6 to 8 p.m. from Howe Meadow off Riverview Road north of Ira Road in Cuyahoga Falls. For ages 14 and older. Tickets are $12. Advance reservations are required. 800-468-4070 or www.cvsr.com.

Underground Railroad II — Hale Farm and Village at 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath Township, is offering an Underground Railroad program with the first tour at 6 p.m. Fee. For information and reservations, call 330-666-3711 or email halereservations@wrhs.org.

Junior Rangers — The Cuyahoga Valley park is presenting a Junior Rangers program on night creatures for youngsters 4 to 6 years old. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. The fee is $8. Adults must attend with participating children at no charge. Call 800-642-3297, ext. 100, for reservations, location and more information.

Wild mushrooms — The Medina County Park District is staging a nature program on mushrooms with Julie Powell-Albright at 10 a.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 12 to adult. Free. 330-722-9364.

Healthy hike — The Medina County Park District is offering a healthy hike from 9 to 11 a.m. at Plum Creek Park South off Plum Creek Parkway in Brunswick Hills Township. Wear appropriate footwear. For ages 10 to adult. 330-722-9364.

Peninsula hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9 a.m. at the Lock 29 Trailhead off West Mill Street in Peninsula for a six-mile Towpath Trail hike. 330-923-6371.

Hiking club — The Medina-based Happy Trails Hiking Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick, for a hike. For ages 12 to adult. 330-722-4558.

Trail trot-run — There will be a trail race along Stark County’s Middlebranch Trail, starting at 9 a.m. The race will start at Schreiber Park and run to Schneider Park. The fee is $15. 330-409-8096.

Akron hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. at the Big Bend Area of Sand Run Metro Park for a 6½-mile round-trip hike to the Mustill Store. The Big Bend Area is off Merriman Road in northwest Akron. 330-673-6896.

Bird seed sale — Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville is conducting a winter bird seed sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A truck will be parked in front of the Quail’s Nest Gift Shop. Proceeds will benefit the Quail Hollow Volunteer Association. The park is at 13480 Congress Lake Road NE, Lake Township. 330-877-6652 or www.quailhollowpark.org.

Arts, crafts show — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township will stage its Nature Fest Arts and Crafts Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 877-359-5235.

Nature book club — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township will hold a book discussion on Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals at 2 p.m. 877-359-5235.

Zoar talk — Jim Lehman, author of Mennonites, Amish and the American Civil War, will speak at 1 p.m. at the Historic Zoar School House in Zoar in northern Tuscarawas County. Free. 330-874-3011 or www.historiczoarvillage.com.

Sunday

Ledges hike — The National Park Service is conducting a 1½-mile hike to Ritchie Ledges in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at 2 p.m. at the Ledges Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township.

Puppet show — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a puppet show for youngsters at 2 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Portage hike — The Portage Park District is conducting a Headwaters Trail hike at 1 p.m., starting at Buchert Park in Mantua. 330-297-7728.

Music for kids — The Medina County Park District is holding a singalong for youngsters 3 to 9 years old at 2 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. 330-722-9364.

Mustill hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. at the Mustill Store off West North Street near downtown Akron. It will be a five-mile hike. 330-923-6371.

Folk jam — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a folk jam at 2 p.m. The center is on Dan Street off state Route 183 six miles south of Alliance in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Sensational seeds — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township will hold a nature program on seeds by Sandy Smith and the Botanizers in an indoor program at 2 p.m. 877-359-5235.

Tuesday

Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Salt Run Trail in the Cuyahoga valley park. Meet at the Pine Hollow Trailhead off Quick Road in Boston Township. Wear sturdy boots and bring a small pack with lunch, water and work gloves. 330-725-6097.

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

Fun for pre-schoolers — The Medina County Park District is holding Creative Concoctions programs for youngsters 3 to 6 years old who are willing to get messy. Meet at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. Advance registration is required. 330-722-9364.

Wednesday

Healthy hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a healthy hike at 10 a.m. at Liberty Park. Meet at the Twinsburg Ledges Area, 9999 Liberty Road, Twinsburg. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Woodpeckers for kids — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting Kinderealm programs on woodpeckers for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults at 1 p.m. at the Coventry Oaks Pavilion. That’s at Firestone Metro Park and off Axline Road in South Akron. Advance registration is required. 330-865-8065.

Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Lake and Cross Country trails in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at the Kendall Lake Shelter parking lot off Truxell Road in Boston Township. Wear sturdy boots and bring a small pack with lunch, water and work gloves. 330-688-1767.

Barberton hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Wolf Creek Trailhead off Snyder Avenue in Barberton for a five-mile Towpath Trail hike. 330-923-6371.

Nature walk — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is hosting a naturalist-led nature walk at 10 a.m. 877-359-5235.

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