14 Best Ways to Have Fun and Be a Happy Akronite This Week

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Wednesday, November 19

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Best Way to Pretend It’s Spring Again

Akron Rubberducks’ “20 Days of Giving” campaign

November 19 through noon on December 19

From getting your own Rubberducks baseball card to a free hot dog for all 71 home games to batting practice with the team to throwing out the ceremonial last pitch of the season, die-hard baseball fans have a shot at some amazing experiences with the Double-A home team if you make a qualifying purchase, which you can learn more about by clicking here. Or here.

Most Out-of-Town Opportunity to Represent Akron

Shivering Timbers at Music Box Supper Club at 7:30 PM ($28)

If you’re in the CLE and want to show your Rubber City love but aren’t into basketball, head to the Music Box Supper Club to catch Akron’s Shivering Timbers. And then leave as soon as headliner Robyn Hitchcock takes the stage. Just kidding. You probably like him too, right?

 

Thursday, November 20

jimmy haslamThe Closest You’ll Likely Ever Get to a Billionaire

Jimmy Haslam, noon at the Akron Roundtable ($20)

Thanks to the Akron Roundtable, you can get lunch with Jimmy Haslam, the billionaire owner of the Cleveland Browns and CEO of Pilot/Flying J. Ben Tate probably won’t be there.

Title Most Likely to End in a Bad “Walks-Into-A-Bar” Joke

“Three Men and a Horse,” through December 21 at Coach House Theatre ($12-$20)

The “hidden gem” at Akron Women’s Club hosts their last play this year, a classic comedy about a meek man being wooed for his talents by a bunch of down-on-their-luck gamblers who think he can make them all rich.

Jazziest Jam Session in Bounceback Town

Dan Wilson, Theron Brown, Cory Todd and Michael Ode, 8PM at Blu Jazz ($5 to listen; free to jam)

Cook Me Sumthin’ Good

Terra Milo, 5:30 PM at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuy Falls

Local health coach and blogger Terra Milo promises tasty food (and fun!) at her cooking demo for Western Reserve’s “Doctor’s Order” program.

Get Messy, Make Art for Charity

Ugly Sweater Party, 6:30 PM at Palladian Palette ($15)

Akron has a BYOB painting bar—that is, bring your booze and get your paint on—and on Thursday night, they’re donning ugly sweaters for a silent auction that benefits a local charity.

 

Friday, November 21

Best Chance to Stay Warm Is to Keep Moving

Akron Bike Party’s Retro Reveler Ride, 7:30 PM at Lock 3

Grab your bike and cruise the city for about 10 miles. Lights, music and costumes are encouraged.

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Theatre Most Likely to Awe You and Simultaneously Make You Feel like a Slacker

Trail Magic” at Balch St. Theatre, 8 PM on Nov. 21-22 and 2 PM, Nov. 23 ($15-$20)

When a 67-year-old grandmother of 24 hikes the Appalachian Trail in a pair of Keds, you know there’s a good story to tell. Thanks to Wandering Aesthetics and Eden Valley Enterprises, you can get the story and help others find out about Emma Gatewood at the same time. Sunday’s matinee is followed by a reception to benefit EVE’s effort to produce a PBS documentary about Grandma Gatewood.

Saturday, November 22

Most Fun You Can Have in the Freezing Cold Helping Others Live Better

Cranksgiving, 8 AM at the Bike Kitchen in Lock 3 ($20)

An alley cat race that’s part holiday giving drive and part scavenger hunt, you get a map and a list of things the less fortunate need then visit stores by bike to buy at least 10 of these things, returning with your booty to the Bike Kitchen so it can all be donated to the St. Bernard’s Food Pantry. And then—WHAM!—you get a free lunch and a nice memento.

countryside farmers marketFreshest Farm-to-Table Vittles for Your Thanksgiving Feast

Countryside Farmer’s Market, 9 am-noon at Old Trail School

Yeah, it may be colder than a coal miner’s daughter (or something like that) but you don’t have to miss your farm fresh foods thanks to Countryside Conservancy, who host their last farmer’s market of the month Saturday at Old Trail School so you can stock your pantry for Turkey Day.

How to Practice Excellence in Enlightened Self-Interest

Wine, Bourbon & Scotch Tasting at the Safety Forces Chaplaincy Center, 6 PM ($80)

When you help local police, fire, first-responders and their families, you’re ultimately helping yourself.  When you help them and get to enjoy prime rib, bourbon, scotch, wine, turkey and salmon in the process—AND you get to write 40% off on your taxes—you are a master of enlightened self-interest. Call (330) 376-0091 or email koch.shelley@gmail.com to learn more.

Quirkiest PG-13 Improv Comedy

Point of No Return Improv at the Quirk Cultural Center, 7:30 PM ($5)

Sure, you could stay home and yell ideas at the TV again. Or… you could head to Cuy Falls for an evening of improve with the Point of No Return crew.

trendyTrendiest Reunion Show of the Week

Trendy w/ Chil and Townhouse Captains, 9 PM at Musica

Returning stateside, fresh from Simeon Soul Charger’s extended European tour, Aaron Brooks reunites with his pop-punk brethren Davey Patterson and Jay “Money” Baskette for a reunion show as Trendy, which disbanded in 2008. Stow’s Chil and Akron’s Townhouse Captains.

 

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