Bob Downing

Today

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. 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.

Akron hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2 p.m. for a 5-mile hike on the Sand Run Jogging Trail. Meet at the Wadsworth Area off Sand Run Parkway in Sand Run Metro Park in northwest Akron. 330-923-6371.

Native peoples — The Medina County Park District is presenting a lecture, Native Peoples of Ohio, by Roger Moore, a Native American re-enactor and historian. The talk will be held at 7 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 9 to adult. Free. 330-722-9364.

Friday

Park concert — Mississippi Heat will perform in concert with music of 1950s Chicago blues at 8 p.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Meet at the Happy Days Lodge off state Route 303 in Boston Heights. Tickets are $17, $5 for children 3 to 12. Advance tickets are available by calling 330-657-2909, option 4, or going to www.conservancyforcvnp.org.

Night skies — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will present a program on the night skies at 7 p.m. at Firestone Metro Park. Meet at the Coventry Oaks Area off Axline Avenue in South Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Stark hike — The Stark County Park District is holding a hike on the West Branch Trail at 9 a.m. Meet at the Timken Gatehouse parking lot in Canton’s Stadium Park. 330-409-8096.

Photo reception — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a reception for its photography contest and exhibit from 7 to 9 p.m. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. 330-823-7487.

Saturday

Getting-started hike — The National Park Service is staging a getting-started hike of 1 mile round-trip at 10 a.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at the Ira Trailhead off Riverview Road north of Ira Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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.

Operation Restoration — The Cuyahoga Valley park is seeking volunteers from 2 to 4 p.m. to remove invasive vegetation and replant native plants. The location will be disclosed when you register. For details, call 330-657-2299 or go to www.nps.gov/cuva and click on volunteer.

Amphibians for kids — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is presenting a program on amphibians for youngsters at 11 a.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron, Craft included. Advance sign-up is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Amphibian migration — You can watch migrating amphibians in Sand Run Metro Park in northwest Akron, if conditions are right. The program is scheduled for 4 p.m. Meet in the Old Portage Area off Sand Run Parkway. The best conditions are light rain, temperatures above 45 degrees and darkness. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if a program is taking place that night. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Healthy hike — The Medina County Park District is holding a healthy hike at 9 a.m. on the Chippewa Inlet Trail North off U.S. 42 in Lafayette Township. For ages 10 to adult. Dress for the weather and have appropriate footwear. 330-722-9364.

Starting seeds — The Medina County Park District is holding a seed-starting program at 10 a.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. For ages 16 to adult. Advance sign up is required. The fee is $25. 330-722-9364.

Frog art — The Medina County Park District is holding a walk-in program on frog art from noon to 5 p.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. The program will be repeated from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 330-722-9364.

Rain-barrel workshop — The Stark County Park District is holding a rain-barrel workshop at 2 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. The fee is $65. Advance sign up is required. 330-409-8096.

Valley hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. for a hilly, 5-mile hike in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at the Pine Hollow Trailhead off Quick Road in Boston Township. 330-923-6371.

Summit hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 9 a.m. in Stow for hikes of four or six miles on the Bike & Hike Trail. Meet at Stow’s Town Centre Plaza at Darrow and Norton roads. Park at the east end of the parking lot. 330-673-6896.

Wilmot concert — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is staging a concert by the Craic Brothers at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 15 and younger. 877-359-5235.

Book discussion — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is holding a book club discussion on author Colin Fletcher’s The Man Who Walked Through Time at 2 p.m. The center is also holding a wood-carving class from 9 a.m. to noon. The wood-carving fee is $20. Advance sign up is required. 877-359-5235.

Civil War talk — Frank Barrett will speak on Civil War General John Hunt Morgan’s Ohio raid at 1 p.m. at Historic Zoar Village off state Route 212 in Zoar in northern Tuscarawas County. The talk will be held in the Historic Zoar Schoolhouse. Free. www.historiczoarvillage.com.

Sunday

Tree identification — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a winter tree identification hike at 1 p.m. at Cascade Valley Metro Park. Meet at the Oxbow Area off Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Seneca Trail hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting monthly hikes on the Seneca Trail to experience it through the year. Meet at 3 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Botzum hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. for a 5-mile hike on the Towpath Trail. Meet at the Botzum Trailhead off Riverview Road near West Bath Road in North Akron. 330-923-6371.

Photography workshop — The Medina County Park District is holding an introduction to digital photography from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Sharon Township. The fee is $25, For ages 16 to adult. Bring your own camera and owner’s manual. Advance sign up is required. 330-722-9364.

Monday

Sippo changes — The Stark County Park District is presenting a program on changes at Sippo Lake at 6 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. 330-409-8096.

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.

Akron hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 4 p.m. for a leisurely 3-mile hike at Firestone Metro Park. Meet at the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. 330-923-6371.

Wednesday

Amphibians on the move — The National Park Service and Cleveland Metroparks are sponsoring a two-part program on migrating amphibians. The program begins with an indoor program from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brecksville Nature Center off Chippewa Creek Drive in Brecksville. Part 2 will be a hike to a vernal pool. Advance sign-up is required. 440-526-1012.

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.

Clinton hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Clinton Trailhead in the village of Clinton for a 5-mile hike. The trailhead is off North Street west of Van Buren Road. 330-923-6371.

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

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