Akron Pride Festival New Year's Eve Rainbow Ball: 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 at the Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., Akron. Food by Moe’s Restaurant, open bar, DJ dance party, midnight celebration. Appearances by Cherry Veneer and 2018 Miss Akron Pride Festival Alejandra J-Love. $100. www.akroncivic.com.

 

LaunchHouse Bootstrap Bash: 7:30 p.m. Jan 19 at RED Space, 2400 Superior Ave., Cleveland. Showcasing area startups and presenting Joe Kanfer, chair and venturer of GOJO Industries, with the Visionary Entrepreneur Award. $125. http://launchhouse.com/bootstrapbash.

 

Main Street Kent 2019 Chocolate Walk: Noon to 4 p.m. Feb 9 in downtown Kent. Ticket holders will check in at the Destination Kent Visitor Center, 201 E. Erie St., to pick up Chocolate Walk maps, “passes” and bags to collect chocolate treats. Guests can stop at 20 participating businesses to collect a chocolate surprise while shopping, having lunch or drinks along the way. Tickets, $25, go on sale at noon Jan. 7. For tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com.

 

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate, Darling!: 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. Showcasing 45 different wines, both domestic and international. Tastings will be paired with 18 different cheeses and chocolates presented by local purveyors. Tickets are $45. All attendees must be 21 or older. For tickets, call 330-253-2488 or www.akroncivic.com.

 

Hospice of Medina County Volunteer Education Series: 1-4 p.m. Feb. 11, 13, 18 and 20 at Hospice of Medina County, 5075 Windfall Road, Medina. Seeking volunteers to assist in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living communities, the three Hospice House locations, and hospital settings. Nonclinical volunteers attend only the first three hours on Feb. 11, whole most other volunteers attend all classes. Registration is required. Call 216-255-9090.

 

Hospice of the Western Reserve Warehouse Sale: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16 and noon to 4 p.m. Feb 17 at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland. Find gently used home furnishings, accents and accessory pieces. For more information, go to www.hospicewr.org/cleveland-resale-shop.

 

Dancing Wheels’ 10th annual Night at the Races: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, 19481 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland. A night of games including pizza, snacks, nonalcoholic beverages. $15 per person. For tickets or more information, go to https://dancingwheels.org/10th-annual-night-at-the-races/.

 

Magic City Kiwanis Esther Ryan Shoe Fund Spaghetti Dinner: 4-7 p.m. March 1 at Prince of Peace Hall, 1281 Shannon Ave., Barberton. $7 adults, $4 under 10. Proceeds go to furnish shoes to income qualified children in Barberton schools.

 

The Minerva Fund of Akron's Jazz Brunch: 10:30 a.m. March 2 at Fairlawn Country Club, 200 N. Wheaton Road, Akron. Music by Hubbs Groove featuring “Sarah’s Girl.” For more information, call Sharon Dennis at 330-671-1284 or email shd647@aol.com.

 

Paws and Prayers presents Paws Vegas: 5:30 p.m. March 2 at Todaro’s Party Center, 1820 Akron-Peninsula Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Dinner, open bar, gambling, games, raffles, adoptable pets and more. $60, $110 couple. http://paws19.eventbrite.com.

 

The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation “For Women, Forever” Dinner: March 5, Goodyear Hall, 1201 E. Market St., Akron. Speaker Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, CEO of GOJO Industries. www.regonline.com/ForWomenForever.

 

Canton Ballet’s Touchdowns and Tutus Fundraiser: March 9 at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th St. NW, Canton. Touchdowns and Tutus pairs area high school football players with Canton Ballet dancers in front of celebrity judges. Proceeds will benefit the ballet’s scholarship and community outreach programs. For more information or tickets, call 330-455-7220 or go to www.cantonballet.com.

 

Second annual Sunburst Gala: March 16 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Presented by the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters to benefit the Up Side of Downs (USOD). Director Toni Mullee will give a short presentation on the organization’s newest education initiatives. The evening includes dinner, open bar, sideboards, 50/50 raffle and other prizes. Entertainment will be provided by Inspirations Dance Academy. Tickets are $105 until Jan. 17 and $115 until Feb. 17 or while supplies last. For tickets, go to www.usod.org.

 

Verb Ballets White Party: April 29 at Verb Ballets Center for Dance, 3558 Lee Road, Shaker Heights. Details to follow. For more information, call 216-397-3757.

 

Cleveland Play House "Copacabana": June 1, at Playhouse Square Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Dinner and dancing, live auction and a theatrical presentation. Call Beverly Gans at 216-400-7030 or email bgans@clevelandplayhouse.com.

 

Send information about social and charity events to The Scene, c/o Lynne Sherwin, Features Department, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309. Or email lsherwin@thebeaconjournal.com with ‘‘The Scene’’ in the subject line. Event notices should be sent at least two weeks in advance. Merits of all organizations have not been investigated by the Beacon Journal, so potential donors should verify the worthiness of a cause before committing.