WW II drama

This week’s Movies@Main at the Akron-Summit County Public Library in downtown Akron will feature the Darkest Hour. Gary Oldman just won an Oscar for his portrayal of legendary British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. It screens at 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information, visit akronlibrary.org.

Tree tappin’ season

The Maple Sugar Festival at Hale Farm and Village starts this weekend. Visitors can purchase tickets for a pancake breakfast, then wander out to the Sugaring Camp to learn about tree tapping, the maple sugar process and even see oxen demonstrations. Admission for adults is $15 including breakfast, $10 for youth ages 3 to 12 years. Breakfast is served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit halefarm.org.

Tuesday Musical

This edition of Tuesday Musical features one of the most demanding solo works in the classical piano repertoire, with pianist Andreas Haefliger at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat Op. 106, also known as the “Hammerklavier” Sonata, is on the program along with Beethoven’s Sonata No. 28 in A major Op. 101 and Mozart’s Fantasy in C Minor and Adagio in B Minor. Tickets are $25, $40 and $45. Visit tuesdaymusical.org for more information.

Free museum admission

You can visit the Great Lakes Science Center for free from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The special event is part of NASA’s Glenn Research Center’s evening of space-related programming. Special guest: former astronaut Terry Virts. Virts, who spent 200 days aboard the International Space Station, is one of only four astronauts to have piloted a space shuttle, flown on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, performed space walks and commanded the space center. He will speak at 5:30 p.m. about his book View from Space. For more information, visit GreatScience.com.

Gallery Hop

The Art Hop in Hudson will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday. The galleries participating are Hudson Fine Art & Framing, Fair Trade on Main, Uncommon Art Gallery & Studios, The Red Twig and Standing Rock Gallery. The theme will be “Breath of Fresh Air.” For more, visit hudsonarthop.com.

Feeling Irish?

The Akron (one week early) St. Patrick’s Day Parade, organized by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, will step off at noon Saturday and march between Cedar and Bowery streets.