Bob Downing

Today

High Bridge Glens — Author Mary McClure of Cuyahoga Falls will speak on the old High Bridge Glens amusement park where the Gorge Metro Park is today between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls. Her talk will be at 7 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Sponsored by Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

German star ornaments — The Medina County Park District is presenting a workshop to make German star ornaments from 7 to 9 p.m. Meet at the Krabill Shelter, 7597 Ballash Road, Lafayette Township. For ages 12 to adult. All supplies will be provided. Advance sign-up is required. 330-722-9364.

Winter walk — The Stark County Park District is staging a winter walk at 6 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. 330-409-8096.

Candlelight walk — Peninsula is holding a candlelight walk from 5 to 8 p.m. through the village. Free.

Clinton hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club is holding a five-mile hike in Clinton at 2 p.m. Meet at the trailhead off North Street. 330-923-6371.

Friday

Park concert — The musical group the Stray Birds will perform at 8 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The concert will be held in the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. It is part of the park’s Cuyahoga Valley Heritage Series. Tickets are $17, $5 for children 3 to 12. The doors open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are available until 3 p.m. Friday at 330-657-2909, ext. 100.

Night hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is offering an under-the-stars night hike at 6:30 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Pinecone bird feeders — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a workshop to make pinecone bird feeders at 10:30 a.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Saturday

Coffee with birds — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a bird-watching program with coffee from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Bring your own mug and any bird questions you have. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Bird watching — The National Park Service is offering a bird-watching program in its Junior Ranger program for youngsters 7 and older. It will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Boston Store Visitor Center off Boston Mills Road in Boston Township.

Marshlands hike — The National Park Service is staging a wetlands hike from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at the Ira Trailhead off Riverview Road north of Ira Road in Cuyahoga Falls.

Santa in Peninsula — Santa Claus will visit the Trail Mix store off East Mill Street in Peninsula from 1 to 3 p.m. There will also be kids’ crafts and treats. It will be repeated from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Pine Grove and Ledges trails in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Meet at the Octagon Shelter off Truxell Road in Boston Township. Wear sturdy boots and bring a small pack with lunch, water and work gloves. 330-622-0437.

Lantern tours — Hale Farm & Village in Bath Township is offering lantern tours of the village starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20, $12 for students. The farm is at 2686 Oak Hill Road. Reservations suggested. 330-666-3711.

Wolf Creek hikes — The Medina County Park District is holding a healthy hike at 9 a.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. For ages 10 to adult. 330-722-9364. In addition, the Happy Trails Hiking Club is holding a hike at 10 a.m. at Wolf Creek. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served after the hike. For ages 12 to adult. 330-722-4558.

Basket-weaving class — The Medina County Park District is holding a basket-weaving class from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. The fee is $12 per basket. For ages 14 to adult. Advance registration is required. 330-336-5951.

Backyard birds — The Medina County Park District is holding a walk-in program on birds and backyard feeders from noon to 5 p.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. There will be bird crafts and hot chocolate. The program will also run from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 330-722-9364.

Munroe Falls hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. at Munroe Falls Metro Park off South River Road in Munroe Falls. It will be a 2.2-mile hike. 330-678-6896.

Boston Heights hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club is holding a seven-mile hike on the Bike & Hike Trail. Meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead off state Route 303 west of state Route 8. 330-923-6371.

Book club — The Nature Book Club at the Wilderness Center will meet at 2 p.m. to discuss Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Free. The center is at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Sunday

Winter at Ledges — The National Park Service is sponsoring a winter hike to the Ledges in the Cuyahoga Valley. 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 1 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Tree hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a tree identification hike at 1 p.m. at Silver Creek Metro Park. Meet at the Pheasant Run Area. The park is off Hametown Road in Norton. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Homemade holidays — The Medina County Park District is staging a program to make homemade holiday gifts from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 7 to adult. Free. Bring a nonperishable food item or paper product to go to St. Paul Lutheran Church’s food pantry. 330-722-9364.

Reservoir hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club is holding a five-mile hike at Mogadore Reservoir at 2:30 p.m. Meet behind the Ankor Inn off state Route 43 in Suffield Township. 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 in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Botany show — The Botanizers botany club at the Wilderness Center will meet at 2 p.m. for a brag show on botanical finds of 2012. The center is at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Monday

Deer for kids — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a Kinderealm program on white-tailed deer 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 sign-up is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

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 parking lot 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 is holding a three-mile hike at Firestone Metro Park. Meet at 4 p.m. in the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. 330-923-6371.

Suet feeder workshop — The Stark County Park District is offering a suet feeder class at 6 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. The fee is $5. Reservations required. 330-409-8096.

Wednesday

Deer for kids — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a Kinderealm program on white-tailed deer for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults at 1 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park. Meet at the Coventry Oaks Pavilion off Axline Avenue in South Akron. Advance sign-up is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

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.

Nature walk — The Medina County Park District is holding a nature walk at 10 a.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 7 to adult. 330-722-9364.

Homemade holidays — The Medina County Park District is staging a program to make homemade holiday gifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. All supplies provided. For ages 7 to adult. Free. Bring a nonperishable food item or paper product to go to St. Paul Lutheran Church’s food pantry. 330-722-9364.

Brandywine Falls hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club is holding a five-mile hike to Brandywine Falls in northern Summit County. Meet at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot off Brandywine Road west of Olde Eight Road in Boston Heights. 330-923-6371.

Nature walk — The Wilderness Center is holding a nature walk at 10 a.m. The center is at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township. Free. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

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