Square Fest 2013 set to take place August 31

Square Fest 2013, presented by Mustard Seed and the City of Akron, showcases the diverse neighborhood of Highland Square in Akron. The event will take place on West Market Street between Portage Path and Casterton Avenue from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 31.

Square Fest is a family friendly event featuring live local entertainment on 5 stages, over 50 exhibitors including artists, community organizations, and neighborhood businesses. Other features include street performers, a contest for Akron’s best pizza sponsored by the West Akron and North Akron Kiwanis clubs and a large interactive children’s area. Admission is free and street parking will be available nearby and free lots will be provided. For a complete listing of bands and event schedule visit www.akronsquarefest.org.

Call for local makers and crafters

The Akron-Summit County Public Library is seeking exhibitors of all ages for the first-ever Akron Mini Maker Faire to be held Saturday, Nov. 2, 1 to 4 p.m. at Main Library, Akron. The Faire is a grassroots celebration of local innovation that will feature projects, either complete or works in progress, which both showcase the exhibitor’s creativity and inspire the viewer to want to know more.

Applications may be submitted from individuals as well as from groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools. Exhibits that are interactive and highlight the process of making things are encouraged. Exhibitors must be willing to teach, share and demonstrate.

A limited number of exhibit spaces are available. Local makers may apply by calling the Science and Technology Division at 330-643-9075, or emailing makerfaire@akronlibrary.org

Akron Zoo hosts a special day for seniors

The Akron Zoo’s annual Senior Safari will be held on Friday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults 62 and older will be admitted to the zoo for a discounted price of $3 per person. Seniors’ caregivers will also be admitted at a discounted price of $5 per person. Senior citizens can enjoy the entire zoo as well as informational booths highlighting senior services, live entertainment and activities.

Seniors can enjoy live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from the band Keyed-Up Quartet and bingo will take place in the zoo’s picnic area. Over 30 vendors will be on-hand to offer information regarding services for active seniors.

Senior Safari is sponsored by SummaCare and Summa Health System. The Akron Zoo is ADA accessible and provides wheelchairs free of charge and a limited number of electric scooters for $25 per day. All rentals are on a first come, first serve basis. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.

Downtown Akron Restaurant Week extends to eight day event and adds 10 new participating venues

In its third year, Downtown Akron Restaurant Week has been extended to include a second week. Restaurant Week, running Mondays through Thursdays, Sept. 9 through 19, includes 10 new participants brining the total to 21 restaurants and bars offering food and drink specials.

Downtown Akron Restaurant Week was developed by the Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) Emerging Leaders to encourage residents of the Akron area to explore the burgeoning dining scene in Downtown Akron. The event provides reasonably priced dinner menus at a variety of restaurants, making it easy and enjoyable to try something new. This year includes the addition of specialty drinks at participating bars with a selection of restaurants offering lunch menus.

“Downtown Akron is the gathering place for the Greater Akron area. It’s a place in which the diversity of the community is celebrated,” said Kimberly Beckett, DAP director of business relations. “Locally owned Downtown restaurants are important members of this diverse community and essential to the local economy. ”

Reservations are encouraged and menus for participating restaurants can be found at www.downtownakron.com/restaurantweek.

Public input requested for Massillon Road improvements

The City of Green’s Engineering Department is collecting comments, suggestions and ideas from residents and businesses in Green regarding their thoughts on improving Massillon Road north of I-77. A brief survey is available online. Responses are due by Sept. 16, 2013. More information about the project can be found online at www.cityofgreen.org/massillon-road-north.

If you have any questions, please contact the City of Green Engineering Department at 330.896.5510.