2014 Public Leadership in the Arts Award goes to Plusquellic

Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), presented Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic with the 2014 Public Leadership in the Arts Award for Local Arts Leadership for cities with a population of 100,000 or more. The award was presented Jan. 14 at the USCM winter meeting in Washington, DC.

“Extensive art and cultural programming has helped bring our city to life,” said Plusquellic. “Just as importantly, we help our young people by exposing them to those free arts programs, workshops and performances, knowing that many of them might not otherwise get to experience these activities. These encounters make big impressions on our young, foster their artistic nature, and allow them to follow their dreams.”

Mayor Plusquellic currently directs city investment of more than $1 million annually to the performing and visual arts in Akron. During his tenure, the city has supported the arts with direct contributions in excess of $8 million, capital contributions of $10 million and loan guarantees of $18 million.

“Every year, the U.S. Conference of Mayors recognizes the efforts of those who believe as much as we do, that the arts are the heart of our society. Arts and culture help shape a city’s quality of life, but mayors also understand the connection between the arts and business and the arts’ impact on the local economy,” said U.S. Conference of Mayors CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran.

Homebuyer seminar and credit score

Barb Sabo, a 26-year veteran of the real estate industry, will present a homebuyer seminar at 7 p.m. Feb. 4, at Kremer Realty, 25 South Main Street, Munroe Falls. Credit score will be provided by Tim Bullock, vice president of Union Home Mortgage. Refreshments will be served. Reservations required. Send a text to 330-620-5484 or an email to barbsabo@neo.rr.com.

Free seminar on real estate career opportunities

“Today’s Opportunities in Real Estate,” a free, one-hour seminar covering career opportunities in the real estate industry will be presented by DeHoff Realtors at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the agency’s corporate office, 821 South Main Street in North Canton. Dave Maltese, DeHoff general sales manager, and Linda DeHoff, company president, will cover the ins and outs of the business, how it has changed over the past few years and current opportunities within the industry. The session also will focus on the real estate outlook for Stark and Summit counties, as well as the training and benefits that are available to real estate sales associates. Reservations are necessary. Contact DeHoff Realtors at jwhite@dehoff.com or 330-499-8153, Ext. 210.

West Hill Neighborhood Organization announces fund-raiser

The West Hill Neighborhood Organization (WHNO) announced plans to partner with the Akron Civic Theatre for an inaugural Academy Awards viewing party beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Civic. The fund-raiser will feature paparazzi, a red carpet, prizes for the predictions and best celebrity look-a-likes, and much, much more, said WHNO Board President, Jane Startzman. Tickets are $40 for an individual or $75 per couple and include hors d’ouevres, drink tickets and entry to the exclusive skybox viewing area. General admission tickets are $10 for viewing from the main floor. Proceeds will help support WHNO’s efforts to enhance the quality and vitality of the West Hill / Highland Square neighborhoods.

Tickets are available at the Akron Civic Theatre Box Office, by calling (330) 253-2488 or online at www.akroncivic.com, or TicketMaster (1-800-745-3000).