Bob Downing

Today

Akron hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Parkway Trailhead in northwest Akron for a 5-mile Towpath Trail hike. 330-923-6371.

Friday

Park concert — The bluegrass group Lonesome Highway will appear 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 for adults and $5 for children 3 to 12. For advance tickets, call 330-657-2909, option 4, or go to www.?conservancy?forcvnp.org. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Bird walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a bird walk at 7:30 a.m. at Firestone Metro Park. Meet in the Tuscarawas Meadows Area off Harrington Road in South Akron. Binoculars are recommended. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Story times — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding 30-minute story times for youngsters 1 to 3 years old and accompanying adults at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron, Advance sign up is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Wildflower walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a wildflower walk at 10 a.m. at Sand Run Metro Park. Meet in the Wadsworth Area off Sand Run Parkway in northwest Akron. Wear sturdy boots. Park in the Shadowfield Area off the parkway. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Home-schooled hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is offering a hike looking at migrating birds for home-schooled youngsters 7 and older. Meet at 1 p.m. at Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park off Riverview Road in Peninsula. Adults must accompany children. Advance sign up is required. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Beer train — The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a beer trip from 7 to 9 p.m. from the Rockside Station in Independence. Tickets are $47 to $82 a person. For 21 and older only. Advance reservations are required. Call 800-468-4070 or go to www.cvsr.com.

Medina hike — The Medina-based Happy Trails Hiking Club is sponsoring a hike at 10 a.m. at Hubbard Valley Park off Hubbard Valley Road in Guilford Township. Dress for the weather. Hikers may lunch together after the hike. For ages 10 to adult. 330-722-4558.

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. Call 330-780-7476 for more information.

Planetarium show — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is presenting a planetarium show at 8 p.m., followed by a public star watch. For all ages. Free. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Saturday

Spring bird walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is staging a spring bird walk at 8 a.m. at Liberty Park in Twinsburg. Meet in the Twinsburg Ledges Area, 9999 Liberty Road. Binoculars are recommended. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetro?parks.org.

Wildflower walk — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, will stage a wildflower walk at 10 a.m. at Hampton Hills Metro Park. Meet at the main trailhead off Akron-Peninsula Road in North Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

Fishing for women — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is presenting a fishing program for women only at 1 p.m. at Furnace Run Metro Park. Meet in the Brushwood Area off Townsend Road in Richfield Township. Poles, bait, tackle will be provided. No fishing licenses are needed. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetroparks.org.

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.

Bird walk — The National Park Service is presenting a spring bird walk from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in the Cuyahoga Valley. Meet at the Oak Hill Trailhead off Oak Hill Road in Boston Township. Bring binoculars and field guides.

Nature’s artwork — Artwork on Nature’s Palette 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.

Youth fishing — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife is holding a youth fishing program from 10 a.m. to noon at 912 Portage Lakes Dr., Coventry Township, as part of Free Fishing Days on May 3-4. Youth must be accompanied by adults but adults cannot fish. 330-644-2293.

Fishing derby — The Medina County Park District will stage its Youth Fishing Derby from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at River Styx Park off River Styx Road in Guilford Township. For youth 15 and under only. Bring fishing poles. A few poles may be available. Bait will be provided. Registration opens at 8 a.m. 330-722-9364.

Healthful hike — The Medina County Park District is holding a healthful hike at 9 a.m. in Cleveland Metroparks’ Hinckley Reservation. Meet at the Whipp’s Ledges Picnic Area off State Road in Hinckley Township. Dress for the weather and have appropriate footwear. For ages 10 to adult. 330-722-9364.

Bird banding — The Medina County Park District is hosting a bird-banding demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. Banding is dependent on good weather. Free. All ages welcome. 330-722-9364.

Organic gardening — The Medina County Park District is holding a class on organic gardening at 10 a.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. The fee is $25. For beginners and experts. For ages 16 to adult. Advance sign up is required. 330-722-9364. For more information, go to http://stonecottagefarm?andgarden.com.

Spring fun — The Medina County Park District is holding a walk-in program on spring from noon to 5 p.m. at the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 4173 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick. The program will continue from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For all ages. 330-722-9364.

Art, craft, herb fair — Quail Hollow State Park near Hartville is hosting its annual Art, Craft and Herb Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will continue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at 13480 Congress Lake Road NE. Lake Township. 330-877-6652 or www.quailhollowpark.net.

Labyrinth Day — Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath Township will participate in World Labyrinth Day, and everyone is welcome to walk the center’s labyrinth at 1 p.m. The center is at 3220 Ira Road. 330-668-8992.

Tuscarawas hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 10 a.m. at the Norma Johnson Conservation Center west of Dover off County Road No. 139 in Tuscarawas County. 330-923-6371.

Family bird walk — The University of Mount Union’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is hosting a family bird walk at 10 a.m. The center is on Dan Street in Washington Township. Advance sign up is required. 330-823-7487.

Reservoir cleanup — Volunteers are needed at 10 a.m. at the Kirwin Visitor Center in Paris Township in eastern Portage County at Wayland Road and Kestrel Way. Dress for the weather. Bring a snack and water bottle. Contact ranger Julie Stone at 330-358-2622 for more information.

Garlic mustard pull — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is seeking volunteers to pull invasive garlic mustard at 10 a.m. Bring work gloves, water and a sack lunch. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.org.

Wild doings — The Wilderness Center at 9877 Alabama Ave. SW in Sugar Creek Township is holding a spring nature walk at 2 p.m. and a nature book club discussion on The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 877-359-5235 or www.wildernesscenter.?org.

Solon hike — The Portage Trail Walkers hiking club will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Solon’s Forest Ridge Preserve for a hike. The trailhead is off Chagrin River Road. 330-673-6896.

Jane’s Walk — The Downtown Akron Partnership and the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study are sponsoring Jane’s Walk with three walks in downtown Akron. There will be a Towpath Trail hike at 11 a.m. at Lock 3 Park, a downtown history walk at 4 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s downtown branch and an arts-culture walk at 6 p.m. at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St. 330-375-2436 www.downtownakron.com.

Sunday

Poetry, ecology — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is conducting a program with poet Barbara Sabol on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. Meet at 1 p.m. in Cascade Valley Metro Park. Meet in the Oxbow Area off Cuyahoga Street in North Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summit?metroparks.org.

Seneca Trail hike — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is sponsoring monthly hikes to see the Seneca Trail through changing seasons. Meet at 3 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. 330-865-8065 or www.summitmetro?parks.org.

Getting-started hike — The National Park Service is conducting a getting-started hike for beginners at 10 a.m. at the Ira Trailhead off Riverview Road north of Ira Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Drop-in questing — The National Park Service is holding a walk-in program on questing from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hunt House (formerly the House Farm Visitor Information Center) off Bolanz Road in Cuyahoga Falls.

Portage hike — The Portage Park District is holding a hike at 2 p.m. at the Franklin Bog Preserve, 6872 State Route 43, Franklin Township. 330-297-7728.

Beginning photography — The Medina County Park District is holding an introduction to photography workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road (state Route 94), Sharon Township. The fee is $25. For ages 16 to adult. Bring your own digital camera with user manual to class. Advance sign up is required. 330-722-9364.

Mammal hike — The Medina County Park District is conducting a mammal hike to learn about moles, voles, shrews and mice at 3 p.m. at Buckeye Woods Park off state Route 162 in Lafayette Township. For ages 7 to adult. 330-722-9364.

Baby shower — The Stark County Park District is holding a wildlife baby shower from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Exploration Gateway, 5712 12th St. NW, Perry Township. A wish list of items needed to care for orphaned wildlife is at www.starkparks.com/wildlife.asp.

Akron hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park off Newton Street in East Akron. Meet near the sledding hill. 330-923-6371.

Kent concert — The Mountain Rose Concert Series will present a concert with Cleveland song writers Bob Sammon and Mal Sanmarco at 6:30 p.m. in the Roy Smith Shelter at Kent’s Fred Fuller Park, 497 Middlebury Road. Tickets are $7. 330-733-8845 or www.mountainroseconcerts.?org.

Monday

Vines for kids — Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is holding a Kinderealm class on vines for youngsters 3 to 6 years old and accompanying adults at 10:30 a.m. at Goodyear Heights Metro Park off Newton Street in East Akron. Meet at the pavilion. 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 Trailhead 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.

Messy kids — The Medina County Park District is holding a Creative Concoctions program for preschoolers at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Krabill Shelter, 7597 Ballash Road, Lafayette Township. Be prepared to get messy. For ages 3 to 6. Free. Advance sign up is required. 330-722-9364.

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

Wildflower walk — The Stark County Park District is holding a wildflower walk at 6 p.m. Meet at St. Helena Heritage Park in Canal Fulton. 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. 330-725-6097.

Nature walk — The Medina County Park District is holding a nature walk at 10 a.m. at Hubbard Valley Park off Hubbard Valley Road in Guilford Township. For ages 7 to adult. 330-722-9364.

Clinton hike — The Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Clinton Trailhead off North Street in Clinton for a 5-mile Towpath Trail hike. 330-923-6371.

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