Hospital has upcoming
classes and programs
Cleveland Clinic Akron General is offering several classes and programs in the coming months.
A six-week smoking cessation class using the American Lung Association’s “Freedom From Smoking” Program will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through Feb. 12., at Akron General’s Heart and Vascular Center, Cardiac Rehab Classroom 1544, 1 Akron General Ave., Akron.
Taught by tobacco treatment specialists, the group sessions feature a step-by-step plan to quit smoking.
Class size is limited, so advance registration is required. To register, call 330-344-7640. The next session will be held Tuesdays, Feb. 26-April 2, same time and location.
The hospital is hosting a free casual one-mile “Healthy Strides” indoor walk monthly at Akron General’s three Health & Wellness Centers, preceded by a brief informative talk by Akron General physicians and caregivers.
Topics change each session. Registration is not required. Meet at the hospital's front entrance.
The walks at the Bath Health and Wellness Center, 4125 Medina Road, are at noon Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and March 8.
The walks at the Green Health and Wellness Center, 1940 Town Park Blvd., are at noon Jan. 18, Feb. 15 and March 15.
The walks at the Stow Health and Wellness Center, 4300 Allen Road, are at noon Jan. 25, Feb. 22 and March 22.
The hospital’s Bariatric Center is also offering free information sessions on weight-loss surgery at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 and Feb. 7 in the boardroom at 1 Akron General Ave.
Led by a bariatric surgeon, each free session will give an overview of the different types of weight-loss surgeries offered, the support provided by the Bariatric Center, and the risks, benefits and possible outcomes of surgery
Registration is appreciated by phone at 330-344-1950 or online at akrongeneral.org/bariatric.
Holidays delay trash
pickup by one day
There will be no trash pickup Christmas or New Year's days with a one-day delay for the remainder of each week. Refuse and recycle crews will work through Saturday. Pickups on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 will occur as scheduled.
The 2018 Holiday Clean-up Program is scheduled for all sanitation customers from Dec. 26 through 31. Extra bags of trash and bulk items will be picked up curbside free of charge on residents’ scheduled pickup day. Place all items curbside by 7 a.m. on their scheduled collection day.
Live Christmas tree pickups start Dec. 26 and continue through Jan. 18. Place trees at the curbside on the regularly scheduled trash collection day, and make sure all ornaments, tinsel, lights, tree stands and plastic tree bags are removed.
For questions or additional information, contact the sanitation department at 330-971-8010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
City offers holiday tree
recycling for residents
Residents can drop off holiday trees at the city’s designated Christmas tree drop-off area, 5070 Stow Road, adjacent to the community gardens and the brush drop-off site, starting Dec. 27 through the end of February.
Remove all ornaments and tinsel, and don’t place trees in bags, as the trees will be ground up and used for mulch.
The brush drop-off site will be closed Dec. 22 through 25 and will reopen Dec. 26, with normal weekday hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weekend hours of every second and fourth Saturday will continue as usual, with the next open date from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 29.
Third leaf collection set
for after Christmas
The city’s leaf collection has been extended this year, and a third collection will be provided to residents in all districts.
Leaf crews are working on completing their second pickup in District 2 and will move on to District 3. The weather affected the original schedule, throwing the program 11 days behind.
Once a second pickup has been concluded in all three districts, which may be sometime around Christmas, the city will offer a third pickup to residents in all districts, weather permitting.
The timeline for the third pickup is undetermined for now because of weather. Frozen, heavy leaves take longer to collect with leaf vacuum machines, and when the snow falls, leaf crews and trucks change over to snow plowing.