COPLEY

Trustees honor student

for community park project

The idea for the community project encompassed two simple words, Peace Out. The words are now on signs that mark a path in Copley Community Park's trail system.

At a board meeting earlier this week, township trustees commended Copley High School sophomore Virginia Williams, 15, for the idea and her work on the project. She proposed the project this summer to trustees, who approved it.

Williams is a member of local Girl Scout Troop 968. With Williams' father, Mike, and mother, Heather, looking on, Board of Trustees President Scott Dressler said he hoped her signs would encourage park visitors on the trail to slow down and meditate on their walks.

FAIRLAWN

Santa to arrive on fire truck

to light tree outside mall

Summit Mall will hold its first Community Tree Lighting on Saturday at the roundabout at the mall’s main entrance.

The activities will begin at 3 p.m. and culminate at 6 p.m. with the arrival of Santa Claus on a Fairlawn fire truck. Santa will then light a 30-foot Christmas tree in the roundabout.

Other activities include games, crafts, an “Elfie Selfie” station, food vendors, carolers, local choirs and dance companies. Keys will be given out for one of three prize boxes stuffed with items donated by mall tenants, each valued at $650 to $800.

The mall also is collecting items to fill holiday stockings for needy children in the Akron area through the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve. The children range from ages 6 to 18 and needed items include toothbrushes, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, art supplies, clothing and toys. A complete list is available at the mall management office, located to the left of the Dillard’s entrance near the Santa set.

Items can be donated on the day of the tree lighting event from 3 to 7 p.m. in the food court or during normal mall hours until 4:30 p.m. Friday at the mall office.

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

C-SPAN to air professor's

lecture on U.S. arrests

Kent State University history professor Elaine Frantz's lecture on the "Experience of Being Arrested" will air on American History TV on C-SPAN 3 at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The program is part of American History TV’s “Lectures in History” program.

Frantz, a historian of violence, teaches a class about what it is like to be arrested in the United States, from the 1850s to now.

She examines which groups are most likely to be arrested and how the process changed with the introduction of police sidearms and patrol vehicles.

The class took place at the Trumbull Correctional Institution, in Warren Township in Trumbull County, as part of the national Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, which brings together college students and inmates for classes.

The show also will air at midnight Saturday and 5:45 a.m. Sunday, as well as noon Dec. 9, also on C-SPAN 3.

UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Art school's holiday shop

open to community Friday

The Myers School of Art Holiday Shop at the University of Akron is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

The shop, in the Emily Davis Gallery in Folk Hall at 150 E. Exchange St., features jewelry, ceramics, prints, paintings, stationery, journals, cards, ornaments and other gifts made by students and faculty and staff members.

Admission is free. Convenient parking is available in the Folk Hall parking lots off East Exchange and Wheeler streets.