AKRON

Grand derby race

AKRON: Grandparents will race against their grandchildren at Derby Downs in a first-ever event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15.

Kids ages 7 and older will be able to ride in their own cars. Children 4 to 6 years old can join their grandparents for a shared ride down the hill. Younger children who donít fit properly with their grandparents will have the option of riding with a recreation staff person.

Grandparents with multiple grandchildren can go down the hill with each grandchild. Adult grandchildren are welcome to attend with their grandparents, as well.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children, which includes lunch and beverages.

To register, call 330-375-2839 or 330-375-2852 by June 11.

Art display

AKRON: Metro Parks, Serving Summit County, is opening a new art exhibit on upcycling June 1. The reception on Friday will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road.

The upcycling exhibit will run through Dec. 31. It features artwork made of recycled materials. In addition, a community art project of 1,500 origami peace cranes will be unveiled. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Volunteers needed

AKRON: The Cascade Locks Park Association is seeking artists, crafters and those to organize childrenís activities on June 30 for Canal Days and the Duck Derby.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Schumacher Mill site off West North Street near downtown Akron. Call 330-374-5625 for more information.

CUYAHOGA VALLEY

Summer hours set

The Boston Store Visitor Center in Boston Township in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in June, July and August.

The Hunt Farm Center in Cuyahoga Falls and the Canal Center in Valley View will both be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily under summer hours that go into effect Friday.

The Peninsula Depot Visitor Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays under new summer hours that also start Friday. Call 330-657-2752 or 800-445-9667.

GREEN

Recycling events

GREEN: The city is hosting three special recycling events for residents this summer: a household hazardous waste drop-off, an electronic waste drop-off and a document-shredding event.

Hazardous household waste will be accepted from 1 a.m. to noon Saturday at the South Annex Administrative Building, 5383 Massillon Road. Items that will be accepted include paint/paint products, aerosols, pesticide liquids/solids/aerosols, cleaners, reactives, adhesives/roof tar/driveway sealers, fuel (gasoline, kerosene), automotive products, mercury, propane, helium, Freon, oxygen, and carbon dioxide cylinders and fluorescent lamps.

Electronic waste will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon July 14 at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd. Items that will be accepted include computers, printers, cable boxes, televisions up to 40 inches, telephones, keyboards, fax machines, switches and batteries.

For both of these events, items will be accepted only from residents of Green. A driverís license and current utility bill will be accepted as proof of residency.

For the complete list of accepted items, visit www.?cityofgreen.org.

Green and the Summit Akron Solid Waste Management Authority are hosting a Document Shredding Day from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 4 at the Central Administration Building. A maximum of 10 file boxes or bags will be accepted from each person or business.