Try a Meatless Monday

September can mean a fresh start for more than just students. The first of the month is a good time to consider adopting Meatless Mondays.

Meatless Monday is a nonprofit initiative born out of the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. The goal is to help people reduce their meat consumption by 15 percent in order to improve personal health and the health of the planet.

Visit to read more about the effort and for a host of recipe ideas for cutting out the meat one day a week.

Last year for antiques fest

A Labor Day tradition is coming to an end.

Monday, the Western Reserve Academy Antiques Festival will be held in Hudson for the 32nd and last time. With online sales changing the way antiques dealers do business, festival organizers have decided to pursue other ways to raise money to support the school.

The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at College and Chapel streets and features 100 dealers. Tours of academy landmarks will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Regular admission is $8, or free for those younger than 18. Parking is free.

An Antique Lovers’ Preview & Breakfast offers early admission from 8:30 to 10 a.m. for $25.

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Reggae classic returns

Director Perry Henzell’s film The Harder They Come will mark the 40th anniversary of its U.S. debut on Thursday with one-night-only showings in theaters around the country, among them the Cedar Lee in Cleveland Heights.

Remastered and restored, the film stars singer Jimmy Cliff as an aspiring reggae singer-songwriter who becomes a criminal. Widely praised as a film, the movie was even more notable for a soundtrack that became the first reggae record in a lot of collections.

Songs include not only the title track but also You Can Get It If You Really Want, Many Rivers To Cross, Pressure Drop and Sitting in Limbo. Reggae icon Bob Marley was not on the soundtrack, but writer Richard Harland Smith has argued that the global success of The Harder They Come raised interest in the music genre and so opened the door for Marley as an international star.

Firehouse on stage

So you can’t get enough ’80s hair metal? You have an aching need for squealing guitar solos, dudes in tight leather pants headbanging their big, teased hair?

On Saturday night at the Rock Factory in downtown Akron, late ’80s metal band Firehouse will grace the stage and unleash their string of hits which include Don’t Treat Me Bad, Reach For The Sky, I Live My Life for You and When I Look Into Your Eyes.

The show, which also includes L.A. Knights and Chillen Sun, starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20-$50 call 330-376-3663 for more information.

Fun fact: At the 1992 American Music Awards, Firehouse beat out Nirvana and Alice In Chains for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist.

Yankee Peddler opens

Step back in time 200 years and visit with master artists and crafters at the Yankee Peddler Festival beginning Saturday and running for three weekends at Clay’s Park in Canal Fulton.

There will be nonstop entertainment throughout the 75-acre grounds. You can visit with the militia and mountain men. Master crafters and artists will demonstrate the way they transform nature into something unique. The 41st annual festival, which takes place on Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 22, is open from 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Admission is $10, $3 for children ages 6 through 11, $9 for 60 and older. Children 5 and under are free.