AKRON

City’s homecoming at plant

AKRON: The city of Akron will host its fourth annual Blue Heron Homecoming from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Akron Water Reclamation Facility, 2640 Akron-Peninsula Road.

The free, family-friendly event will be held inside this year, allowing festivities to take place rain or shine.

Akron Public Schools will offer free transportation to and from the event from high schools and community learning centers spread over six locations across the city.

Visitors can learn about the Akron Waterways Renewed! program. There will be vendor booths, sign-ups for free rain barrels and free seedlings, walking tours of the Akron Water Reclamation Facility, trolley tours of the KB BioEnergy facility and the blue heron rookery on Bath Road, free lunch, and videos of Akron’s tunnel boring machine “Rosie.”

Parking locations will be marked in the vicinity of the event. To find them online, as well as more information about the event, visit www.akronwaterwaysrenewed.com.

Special-needs folks to fish

AKRON: The Goodyear Hunting & Fishing Club will host a Trout Derby in May for children and adults with special needs.

The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 12. Families and individuals can join the fun at wheelchair-accessible Little Turtle Pond at Firestone Metro Park, 2400 Harrington Road, Akron.

Only special-needs children and special-needs adults may fish during the event. Adults and guardians must supervise and can assist, but they may not fish. Trophies will be awarded to kids 15 and under for the three largest fish caught.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment and bait. Some equipment and bait will be provided, and minnows are not permitted. Free hot dogs, chips and beverages will be served.

The Trout Derby is co-sponsored by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Summit Metro Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

For more information, call 330-865-8065 or contact Steve Isaacs with the Goodyear Hunting and Fishing Club at 330-928-7169.

Go for walking tour in Akron

AKRON: The Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) will sponsor a series of citizen-led neighborhood walking tours in the Greater Akron area Friday-Sunday.

The Jane’s Walk Akron will feature more than 10 walks in Akron, Cuyahoga Falls and Barberton.

Named after urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walks are an international, annually held series of walks that work to advance walkable neighborhoods, increase urban literacy and promote neighborhood cohesion, civic engagement and leadership.

The walks are open to the public.

AMATS will host a public meeting about the series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St.

For more details, go to: www.facebook.com/janeswalkakron.

HUDSON

UA head to salute grads

HUDSON: University of Akron President Matthew Wilson is set to deliver the commencement address at the Western Reserve Academy graduation May 27.

The speech comes among a period of transition for UA as Wilson, after less than two years of serving as president, is stepping down from his position to rejoin the UA law faculty on Aug. 1.

Wilson surprised many at UA when he made the announcement to step down in March.

Since then, he has been a top finalist for two university presidency jobs — one at the University of Central Florida and the other at Utah Valley University.

Wilson currently resides in Hudson.

“WRA and the University of Akron share a commitment to elevating education in our region and for our students,” said Head of School Christopher Burner in a news release.

Commencement will start at 10 a.m. on the chapel lawn.