Jewell Cardwell

Here’s an opportunity to treat your entire family to a unique activity.

I’m talking about the Laughing Club of Northeast Ohio’s annual celebration of “World Laughter Day” 1 p.m. Sunday at Akron’s Hardesty Park (North Hawkins and West Market streets). And it’s free! Just show up and become part of a large laughing circle.

Carol Bailey Floyd, founder of the Akron club, says a laughing circle is “just what the name implies: a circle of laughing people! Why laugh? The healthful, mood-boosting benefits of laughter have been well documented.”

World Laughter Day was created in 1995 and is always held on the first Sunday in May.

The local club meets at 10 a.m. every Saturday at the Cuyahoga Falls Public Library and welcomes new participants. They also gather to cheer participants in the Akron Marathon. Call 330-414-3505.

Outstanding volunteer

Big, beautiful bouquets to Margaret Deacon who received United Way of Summit County’s “Outstanding Volunteer” award at its 13th annual volunteer celebration for her more than 10,000 lifetime hours of service at Summa Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls.

Deacon also was recognized at the 1950s-themed event as the Prom Queen, alongside Prom King and fellow volunteer Harvey Huebner.

As volunteer department assistant, Margaret helps maintain more than 100 active volunteer files and hundreds of inactive files.

“We strive to cultivate a strong, healthy relationship with the community, and nowhere is that relationship more apparent than in our wonderful, dedicated volunteers,” said Dr. Robert Kent, president/CEO of Western Reserve Hospital.

Special cupcakes

The Minerva Fund of Akron — a charitable arm of Delta Sigma Theta Inc., Akron Alumnae chapter — is hoping the public will have a taste for a special cupcake.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will support the Minerva Fund’s housing campaign.

The “Divalicious” chocolate/strawberry/cream cheese cupcake was created for the foundation by LaKisha Williams, co-owner and operator of Bakers Blvd. Decadent Cupcakes, 2890 Sand Run Parkway, Fairlawn. It sells for $2.25, also available in a push pop for $3, and a cake jar for $5.75. Order at 330-762-3436 for pickup on May 10.

May Salad Supper

Christ Child Society of Akron is hosting its May Salad Supper, “An Evening with Downton Abbey” at 6 p.m. May 21, at Our Lady of the Elms High School, 1375 W. Exchange St., Akron. Membership meeting is at 7:30 p.m.

The nonprofit is thanking its members for another year of tireless dedication to helping children in need, and nonmembers for their assistance. “Feel free to dress up as your favorite (Downton Abbey) character or wear a fancy hat!” the invitation reads.

In the past year alone, the Christ Child Society has done the following:

•?1,800 children received new clothing, including uniform pants, shirts, sweaters, coats, hats, gloves, socks and underwear.

•?300 newborns received layettes, which included infant clothing, socks, diapers, wipes, bottles, blankets and more.

Christ Child Society partners with Akron Public Schools, area charter schools, Summit County Children’s Services, Pregnancy Care and other agencies.

For more information, email president@christchildsocietyakron.org.

Bodies in Motion/Dance

A six-week class called Bodies in Motion/Dance for Parkinson’s gets underway May 11 at the Shaw Jewish Community Center in Akron, wrote Akron resident Ann Ennis, who is teaching the class.

“These classes engage the mind and body, and address specific concerns like balance, flexibility, coordination, strength, gait and depression for people living with Parkinson’s disease. This programs provides a safe, enjoyable and creative environment for participants, their caregivers, spouses, partners and friends.”

Cost is $20 for members, $30 nonmembers, free for care partners or spouses.

For more information, please call the Shaw JCC at 330-867-7850.

Walk for Kids

The Walk for Kids is slated for 9:30 a.m. May 17, starting behind the Spaghetti Warehouse on South Main Street in Akron, following the Towpath and ending at OPEN M (Opportunity for People Everywhere in Need Ministry). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Teams are encouraged, with each walker expected to raise $100.

Proceeds will benefit OPEN M’s Building Blocks and Continuing Education children’s programs, as well as providing medical, food and group support to families of Summit County. The goal is $20,000.

Please contact OPEN M’s Missy Klein at 330-434-0110, ext. 418 or email her at eventvol@openm.org.

Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or jcardwell@thebeaconjournal.com.