AKRON

Zoo show returns

AKRON: The Akron Zoo’s “It’s a Wild World Animal Show” returns for its sixth season Saturday.

Showtimes will be 12:30 and 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday this summer at the zoo’s indoor theater in the Lehner Family Zoo Gardens.

The 30-minute show stars more than 10 animals and includes audience participation.

Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at the zoo on the day of the show.

The zoo is also offering an opportunity for those 8 years and older to appear in the show as part of the Trainer-for-a-Day program through Aug. 31.

The program allows guests to meet many of the animals that appear in the show close up and to take behind the scenes tours, helping education staff prepare for the show.

Fees range from $175 to $275.

For reservations or more information, call 330-375-2550, ext. 8973 or visit www.akronzoo.org.

Farewell event

AKRON: A farewell event for the old Voris School will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Voris Community Learning Center, 1885 Glenmount Ave.

The event will include a memorabilia display, a short program, light refreshments and a keepsake brick.

Cleveland

Casino festival

CLEVELAND: Horseshoe Casino Cleveland will hold a free festival on Public Square from noon to 10:30 p.m. today featuring live entertainment, $1.2 million in prize giveaways, a beer garden benefiting the Cleveland Police Foundation and food from Cleveland eateries.

The event is open to those 21 and over.

The Bally’s Las Vegas Jubilee! showgirls will attend to give away prizes and pose for photos. The grand prize of $1 million in free slot play will be handed out at 10 p.m., and the winner must be present.

The casino is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month.

For more details, go to www.horseshoecleveland.com.

MEDINA COUNTY

Rabid bat found

LITCHFIELD TWP.: Medina County and state health department officials have confirmed finding a rabid bat in Medina County.

The bat was found in a residence Wednesday near Litchfield Circle at state Routes 18 and 83, the county reported Thursday.

There was a potential for exposure to people and pets, the agency said.

In the past, a rabies case has occurred every one to three years in Medina County, but this is the third rabid bat found in the county in 2013. One was found in the city of Medina in mid-March, the other in Brunswick on May 16.

Rabies are common in bats, with up to 5 percent testing positive.

STARK COUNTY

Food drive

The State Highway Patrol’s “Can the Cruiser” effort will partner with the Stark County Hunger Task Force for Operation Feed.

The food drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Walmart, 4572 Mega St. NW, Jackson Township.

Representatives from both groups are asking for donations of nonperishable goods, including boxed cereal, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned vegetables and soups.

Rabies vaccines

CANTON: Stark County residents may get low-cost rabies vaccinations for pet cats, dogs and ferrets from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Stark County Fairgrounds Wildlife Building, 305 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton.

Cost of the vaccine is $7 per pet, cash only.

Pets must be leased or in a carrying cage, at least 3 months old and in good health. First-time shots protect an animal for one year. Thereafter, a rabies vaccine protects animals for three years.

Vaccinations will be administered by veterinarians, assisted by Public Health Department and dog warden staff and volunteers. All dogs and cats in Stark County are required to be vaccinated against the rabies virus by law.

Dog licenses also will be available.

For more information, call 330-489-3327.

SUMMIT COUNTY

Kickoff event

FAIRLAWN: Lifebanc will host a kickoff from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Summit Mall to recruit individuals and teams for its annual Gift of Life Walk and Run at the Macy’s concourse at Summit Mall.

All attendees will receive a free tote bag and fundraising materials with registration for the Gift of Life Walk and Run. Participants can also order a customized banner with their team name.

The Gift of Life Walk and Run will be held Aug. 3 at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls.

The event includes a 5K and 10K run, as well as entertainment, refreshments, kids activities and more. Proceeds from the walk and run provide the financial support necessary for staff and volunteers to educate nearly 100,000 students and adults annually about the need for organ, eye and tissue donation.

For more information, visit www.lifebanc.org.

Buchtel honored

GREEN: Akron industrialist John R. Buchtel, founder of Buchtel College, the forerunner of the University of Akron, will be remembered with the dedication of an Ohio Historical Marker at the Green Library.

The Friends of the Green Branch Library will present a documentary on Buchtel’s life at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd. A memorial service and marker dedication will take place immediately following the program at the library, 4046 Massillon Road. Refreshments will be served.

Buchtel, born in 1820 on a Green Township farm, went on to establish the public library system in Summit County and served as its first chairman of the board.

For more information, call the library at 330-896-9074.

ZOAR

Trail progress

ZOAR: The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail will grow by 2.7 miles Saturday, when a section between Zoar and Zoarville in northern Tuscarawas County is dedicated.

Ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. near the Canal Lands Trailhead, 8645 Dover-Zoar Road.

The new section of the Towpath Trail is the first to be built by volunteers.

With the new addition, about 84 miles of the trail is complete. Trail building continues in Tuscarawas County and in Cleveland to complete the trail that will be 101 miles when done.

PORTAGE COUNTY

Job fair set

ROOTSTOWN TWP.: The Northeast Ohio Jobs Fair, featuring local employers and colleges and career centers, will be Monday at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

All employers at the free fair will be hiring this year, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, which is host of the event.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the university’s Conference and Event Center, 4209 State Route 44.

Job seekers planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP, either by calling toll free at 888-896-6446, option 1 or by emailing Brown_RSVP@brown.senate.gov.

Employers, who will be hiring in 2013, should contact Brown’s office at Brown_Events@brown.senate.gov today for more information or to reserve a booth.