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Red Cross Bash Fundraiser — 6 p.m. April 13 at the MAPS Air Museum, 2260 International Parkway, North Canton. Live and silent auctions, raffle and more. Wear khakis, medical or military attire. $75. 330-453-0146.

Spirits of the Civic — 6:30 p.m. April 13 at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron, to benefit the theater. Speakeasy with hearty appetizers; entertainment by Helen Welch, Verb Ballets, Josh Rzepka and the Keystone Cops; bourbon, vodka and Goose Island beer tastings; cigar tent; live auction; casino gaming and dancing. Come in 1920s clothing or evening attire. $150, includes valet parking. 330-253-2488 or

Coach House Theatre 85th Anniversary Gala “ … And All That Jazz” — 6:30 p.m. April 13 at the Akron Woman’s City Club, 732 W. Exchange St., Akron. 1928 theme dinner, demonstrations by the Anita Converse Dance Studio, and music by the Atkinson Ensemble. $85-$250. 330-864-7007.

“Purses are Like Friends” for Friends of Akron Children’s Hospital — Doors open at 11:30 a.m. April 16 at Fairlawn Country Club, 200 N. Wheaton Road, Akron. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Sale and auction of donated new and gently used purses, wallets, totes and beach bags. $18, $10 for children. Reservations due by Saturday; call Jean Rodgers at 330-794-9144 or Linda Churchman at 330-666-5844.

Purse Swap “In Pursuit of Fun” — 6-8 p.m. April 16 at Zwisler Hall, 500 Mull Ave., Akron. Trade in a new or gently used purse for one you can’t live without. Proceeds benefit Magical Theatre Company. $25. 330-848-3708.

Stow-Munroe Falls Library’s Dessert Extravaganza — 7 p.m. April 18 at Roses Run Country Club, 2636 N. River Road, Stow. Gourmet desserts and silent auction. $30. 330-688-3295, ext. 100.

The Arc of Summit and Portage Counties Reverse Raffle and Auction — 6 p.m. April 19 at Guy’s Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. Dinner, $2,000 grand prize, reverse raffle, live and silent auction. All proceeds go to The Arc. $75, $500 table of eight. 330-836-5863.

Children’s Concert Society Celebrates 65 Years — 6:30 p.m. April 27 at Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path, Akron. Cocktail hour with entertainment by the 7 Mile Isle Steel band, dinner, and concert with jazz trumpeter Jack Schantz, pianist Joe Augustine, and singer Patty LaNasa. $65-$160. Call 330-972-2504 by April 19.

Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter Forget-Me-Not-Gala — 6 p.m. April 20 at Fairlawn Country Club, 200 N. Wheaton Road, Akron. Food, entertainment, dancing, live and silent auction. $150; patron $250. Contact Nancy Shapiro at 330-650-0552 or

Petrosino Personal Well Being Foundation “Second Hope Benefit: Changing Lives for a Better Tomorrow” — 6:30-11:30 p.m. April 20 at St. George Fellowship Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron. Gourmet dinner, cash bar, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and music by LaFlavour. $50. 330-929-0613 or

Send information about social and charity events to The Scene, c/o Lynne Sherwin, Features Department, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309. Or e-mail with “The Scene” in the subject line. Event notices should be sent at least two weeks in advance. Merits of all organizations have not been investigated by the Beacon Journal, so potential donors should verify the worthiness of a cause before committing.