Bob Downing

Today

Nature for kids — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a family nature program at 11 a.m. at Furnace Run Metro Park. Meet at the Brushwood Area off Townsend Road in Richfield Township. Adults must accompany youngsters. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Sunset yoga — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, and the Yoga Lounge and Barre will present a sunset yoga class at 7 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Wear comfortable clothes. Bring a yoga mat or large towel and water. 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 7 to 9 p.m. Meet at the Everett Road Covered Bridge off Everett Road in Boston Township. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. The fee is $6.

Ice cream hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Station Road Bridge Trailhead off Riverview Road in Brecksville for its 5-mile ice cream hike. 330-923-6371.

Friday

Boston Mills Artfest — Fine art and crafts including ceramics, paintings, glass, mixed media, fiber, jewelry and more will be for sale at the Boston Mills Artfest at the Boston Mills Ski Resort off Riverview Road north of Peninsula in Boston Township. It will open with a special preview from 6 to 9 p.m. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It also continues July 5-7. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students 13 to 21. Twelve and younger are free. 330-657-2334 or www.bmbw.com.

Junior Rangers — The Cuyahoga Valley park is presenting a Junior Rangers program on animals in the woods for youngsters 7 to 12 years old. It will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.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.

Firestone Friday — The Brick Road Ramblers will appear in a campfire concert at 7 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park. Meet in the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. Bring a chair or blanket. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Park concert — Gary Shreve and the Memphis Prowlers will entertain in a free park concert at 7 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park off Newton Street in East Akron. Presented by the city of Akron Recreation Bureau. 330-375-2804.

Moth fun — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a nature program on moths at 8:30 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Wonder of seasons — The Medina County Park District is staging a program on the wonder of the seasons for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults at 10:30 a.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. Advance sign-up is required. 330-722-9364.

All about birds — The Medina County Park District is holding a walk-in program on birds from noon to 5 p.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. It will continue from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. 330-722-9364.

Saturday

Canal Fest — The Cascade Locks Park Association is holding its fourth annual Duck Derby and Canal Fest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with two stages of music, food, art, local beers and a children’s play area off West North Street near downtown Akron. There will be a kick-off party from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at 21 North St. 330-374-5625 or www.clpacanalfest.com.

Purple martins — Celebrate purple martins and watch the banding of babies by the Portage Lakes Purple Martin Association from 2 to 4 p.m. at the State Mill Boat Launch at Portage Lakes State Park. That’s at 809 State Mill Road, Coventry Township. It is the 12th annual Buckeye Martinfest. 330-644-1540 or 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Kids’ fishing — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a kids’ fishing program for youngsters 15 and younger from 10 a.m. to noon at Brushwood Lake in Furnace Run Metro Park. That’s off Townsend Road in Richfield Township. A few rods and reels will be available. Bait will be provided. Adults must supervise their youngsters but cannot fish without a state fishing license. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Ladybug fun — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will be collecting ladybugs at 11 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park. Meet in the Warner Road Area off Warner Road in South Akron. Wear sunscreen and bring water. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Valley camp-in — The National Park Service is staging an overnight camp out in the Cuyahoga Valley. Bring your own equipment. Free. Advance sign-up is required. 330-657-2752.

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

Peninsula art walks — Peninsula is hosting art walks all day throughout the village. There will also be an artists’ reception and awards ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Peninsula Art Academy. 330-657-2788 or www.explorepeninsula.com.

Down on farm — Artwork on Down on the Farm 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 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.

Summer skies — The Astronomy Club of Akron is holding a summer observing session at 9 p.m. at the club’s observatory at Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Road (state Route 93), New Franklin. 330-837-5848.

Boston Store hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9 a.m. at the Boston Store Visitor Center for hikes of 5 or 6 miles in the Cuyahoga Valley. 330-923-6371.

Valley hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Kendall Lake in the Cuyahoga Valley to hike the Salt Run and Lake trails. Meet at the Kendall Lake Shelter parking lot off Truxell Road in Boston Township. 330-722-9364.

Firefly fun — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a program on fireflies from 8 to 10 p.m. The center is on Dan Street off state Route 183, 6 miles south of Alliance in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Moonlight Serenade — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township, is holding its Moonlight Serenade from 7 to 10 p.m. with wine tasting, local food and music by the Kentland String Ensemble. Tickets are $45 a person. Must be 21 years old. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Foxfield Preserve — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township, is presenting a program on its Foxfield Preserve natural burials at 2 p.m. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Corsair fly-in — The Corsair Model Aircraft Club is hosting a fly-in of float planes from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Nimisila Reservoir. Meet in parking lot C-6 off Christman Road in the city of Green. Pilots must be sanctioned. 330-697-1748 or www.cmac.org.

Family theater — The Canal Corners Farm and Market off Canal Road in Valley View will stage plays at 1 and 3 p.m. A play will also be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations and more information, 216-401-5131 or www.lanterntheatreohio.com.

Kids fishing — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is opening its ponds for youth fishing involving youngsters 15 and under. Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 8912 Portage Lakes Drive, Coventry Township. Youth anglers must be accompanied by adults, and adults are not allowed to fish in the youth area. 330-644-2293.

Sunday

Bike Spree begins — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will kick off its new Summer Bike Spree from noon to 3 p.m. at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron. Live music, vendors, displays. Buy lunch and a spree T-shirt (while supplies last) for $10. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Valley train, hike — You can ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and then hike back 5.6 miles on the tough Buckeye Trail. Meet at 9:20 a.m. at the Boston Store Visitor Center off Boston Mills Road in Boston Township. The fee is $3 per hiker.

Forest explorers — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a nature program for youngsters 5 to 10 years old who can get dirty in the woods. Meet at 2 p.m. at Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park off Riverview Road in Peninsula. Wear long pants, boots and bug spray. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Chuckery hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. at Cascade Valley Metro Park for a 5-mile hike. Meet in the Chuckery Area off Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. 330-923-6371.

Fiber workshop — The Spicy Lamb Farm near Peninsula is holding a fiber workshop. Topics are wet-felted soap, tablet weaving, needle felting and felted scarf making. Times and fees vary. Advance reservations are required. 330-657-2012 or www.thespicylambfarm.com.

Open house — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a retirement open house for longtime staffer Patty Rickard from 1 to 5 p.m. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Monday

Nature for kids — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a family nature program at 11 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park. Meet at the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. Adults must accompany youngsters. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Mustill hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 10 a.m. for a 4-mile hike from the Mustill Store off West North Street near downtown Akron. 330-923-6371.

Portage hike — The Portage Park District is sponsoring a hike on the Headwaters Trail at 6 p.m. Meet at the State Route 700 Trailhead in Hiram Township. Hikers will go east to Garrettsville. 330-297-7728.

Mill tours — The Stark County Park District is offering a tour of the historical Magnolia Flouring Mills at 2 p.m. in southeast Stark County. 330-409-8096.

Tuesday

Nature for kids — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a family nature program at 11 a.m. at Cascade Valley Metro Park. Meet at the Oxbow Area off Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. Adults must accompany youngsters. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Junior Rangers — The Cuyahoga Valley park is presenting a Junior Rangers program on birds for youngsters 7 to 12 years old. It will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.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.

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. for a 3-mile hike at Firestone Metro park. Meet in the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. 330-923-6371.

Stroller walk — The Medina County Park District is holding a stroller walk at 10:30 a.m. in Brunswick. Meet at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd. 330-722-9364.

Wednesday

Weekday walkers — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a walk on the Chuckery Trail at 10 a.m. at Cascade Valley Metro Park. Meet in the Chuckery Area off Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. 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 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.

Gentle yoga — The Medina County Park District is holding a gentle yoga for fitness class at 6:30 p.m. at River Styx Park. That’s off River Styx Road in Guilford Township. The fee is $7. For ages 16 and up. Beginners are welcome. suebielawski@gmail.com.

Twinsburg hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Twinsburg’s Glenmeadow Park for a 5-mile hike. 330-923-6371.

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

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