Bob Downing

Today

Weekday walkers — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a weekday walk at 10 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park. Meet at the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Contra dance — You can join the musical group Hu$hmoney with its jigs and reels and caller Carol Kopp 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. The fee is $6.

Environmental speaker — Author David Kline will speak on The Farmer as Conservationist at 7 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. Sponsored by the Medina County Park District. For ages 9 to adult. Free. 330-722-9364.

Underground Railroad — Hale Farm & Village in Bath Township is presenting a look at life on the Underground Railroad in 90-minute tours. There are afternoon tours. The program continues Monday through Wednesday. Fee. Advance reservations are required. 330-666-3711 or halereservations@wrhs.org.

Valley hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2 p.m. for a five-mile hike on the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at the Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center off Bolanz Road in Cuyahoga Falls. 330-923-6371.

Bike clinic — Century Cycles in Peninsula is offering a free program on preparing for long-distance fund-raising rides at 6:30 p.m. at 1621 Main St. (state Route 303). 330-657-2209 or www.centurycycles.com/goto/clinics.

Friday

Park concert — Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band will perform in concert at 8 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The show will be held at the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. Tickets are $17, $5 for children 3 to 12. Tickets are available until 3 p.m. Friday by calling 330-657-2909, ext. 100. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Vernal pools — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a vernal pools hike for home-schooled youngsters 7 and older at 1 p.m. at Liberty Park. Meet at the Pond Brook Conservation Area, 3973 E. Aurora Road (state Route 82), Twinsburg Township. Wear boots that can get muddy and wet. Adult companions required. Advance sign-up is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

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.

Fit Friday — The Stark County Park District is holding a Fit Friday hike at 9 a.m. Meet at the Deer Creek Reservoir parking lot near Alliance. 330-409-8096.

Photo show — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a reception for the new photo show from 7 to 9 p.m. The show runs through April 8. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Planetarium show — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is conducting a planetarium show and, weather permitting, a star watch, starting at 8 p.m. Free. 877-359-5235.

Saturday

Helping plants — The Cuyahoga Valley park is seeking volunteers to help restore native plants from 2 to 4 p.m. Help prepare seedlings for planting. For details, call 330-657-2299 or www.nps.gov/cuva/supportyourpark/volunteer-activities.htm.

Trail cleanup — Volunteers are needed from 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.

Healthy hike — The Medina County Park District is holding a healthy hike from 9 to 11 a.m. at Letha House Park East at 5745 Richman Road, Chatham Township. Dress for the weather and have appropriate footwear. For ages 10 to adult. 330-722-9364.

Happy Trails — The Medina-based Happy Trails Hiking Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the Chippewa Inlet South off Chippewa Road in Lafayette Township for a hike. Dress for the weather. 330-722-4558.

Basket weaving — The Medina County Park District is offering a basket-weaving class to make lucky clover baskets 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. Advance sign-up is required. Contact Betty Rettig at 330-336-5951 to register. For ages 14 to adult.

Portage hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. on the Portage Hike & Bike Trail in Ravenna for a five-mile hike. Meet at the trailhead off Cleveland Road in Ravenna across from Kauffman Tire. 330-673-6896.

Wilmot hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Wilderness Center near Wilmot for a six-mile hike. The center is off Alabama Avenue SW in Sugar Creek Township. 330-923-6371.

Book club — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township will host a meeting of its nature book club from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The book is The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elizabeth Tova Bailey. 877-359-5235.

Shearing Days — The Spicy Lamb Farm is conducting sheep-shearing demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The demonstrations will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The farm is at 6560 Akron Peninsula Road off Boston Mills Road north of Peninsula. Admission is $5. 330-657-2012 or www.thespicylamb.com.

Sunday

Boston Run hike — Hike two to three miles up Boston Run from Peninsula in the Cuyahoga Valley park. Be prepared for an off-trail, in-the-water hike. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Peninsula Depot. Leave dogs at home.

Seeking-spring hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a searching-for-spring hike at 1 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Tree identification — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a winter tree identification hike at 3 p.m. on the 1.2-mile Oxbow Trail in Cascade Valley Metro Park. The trailhead is off Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Summit hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. for a hilly five-mile hike at Hampton Hills Metro park. Meet at the trailhead off Akron Peninsula Road in North Akron. 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 in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Lake Erie plants — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is hosting a program on Lake Erie coastal plants by Marvin Smith of the Botanizers botany club at 2 p.m. Free. 877-359-5235.

Tuesday

Women’s hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is offering a women-only hike at 10 a.m. at Silver Creek Metro Park off Hametown Road in Norton. Meet in the Pheasant Run Area. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

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

Bike clinic — Century Cycles in Peninsula is offering a free program on riding in traffic at 6:30 p.m. at 1621 Main St. (state Route 303). 330-657-2209 or www.centurycycles.com/goto/clinics.

Bluebird-box workshop — The Stark County Park District is holding a workshop to build bluebird boxes at 6 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. The fee is $10. 330-409-8096.

Wednesday

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.

Tallmadge hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. for a 5-mile hike in the Tallmadge Meadows Area of Munroe Falls Metro Park. That’s off North Avenue (state Route 91) in Tallmadge. 330-923-6371.

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

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