An overview of community events happening in Akron in June 2016
compiled by Amanda Sedlak-Hevener
Sunday Story Time Sampler
June 5, 12, 19, 26 at Akron-Summit Public Library, 2 pm
A quick, half-hour story time might be all that you need to turn your young children into lifelong readers. This Story Time Sampler is open to kids aged 3 through 9 (preschool through primary school) and accompanying parents and caregivers.
World Oceans Day
June 8 at Akron Zoo, all day
Celebrate World Oceans Day during regular zoo hours at the Akron Zoo. There will be talks about ocean dwelling creatures, including jellyfish, octopus and more. Plus, you’ll receive half off one admission if you wear a Hawaiian shirt that day!
Brew at the Zoo
June 9 at Akron Zoo, 6-9 pm
Are you ready for 80s night? Grab your stonewashed jeans, high top sneakers, and off-the shoulder sweatshirts and head on over to the Akron Zoo. Brew at the Zoo is a 21-and-over event complete with food trucks, a DJ, and sample tastings from local breweries and wineries.
Yoga in the Galleries
June 9 at Akron Art Museum, 6:30 pm
Whether you’re new to yoga, or are an experienced practitioner, you’ll enjoy this particular session at the Akron Art Museum. Taught by a certified yoga instructor, you’ll go over the basic poses and forms in one of the galleries at the museum. You’ll need to bring your own yoga mat, but please keep in mind that bottles of water are not allowed in the galleries.
June 10, 17, 24 at Akron Art Museum, 11:30 am -12:30 pm
This series of workshops is designed exclusively for seniors. Designed by the Verb Ballet in order to help seniors socialize with one another while stretching therapeutically, the exercises have been found to enhance cognitive skills. There is no charge for these workshops.
Paws for Reading
June 11 at Norton Branch of Akron-Summit Public Library, 11 am
Bring your child and have him or her read to a certified therapy dog at the Norton Branch of the Akron-Summit Public Library. This event promises to be soothing in more ways than one. Your little ones will enhance their literary skills, while enjoying the companionship of a furry friend.
Rubber City Road Rally
June 11 at Perkins Stone Mansion, 4 pm
Join in on a scavenger hunt through the streets of Akron! All that you need is a car (classic cars are more than welcome), a driver, a navigator, and to be over the age of 21. The road rally end at Turkeyfoot Island Club, where dinner will be served. Lawn games, s’mores around the fire pit, and an open bar are all included.
59th Annual Father’s Day Car Show
June 19 at Stan Hywet Hall, 9 am – 5:30 pm
More than just a car show, this Father’s Day celebration features live classical music performed by the Tuesday Musical Association and En Plein Air paintings completed before your eyes. You can also wander Stan Hywet’s gardens, or enjoy some Canalway Questing, as well as enjoy the more than 400 unique and classic cars that will be on display.
Akron Skywalk History Hike
June 21 at Polsky Building, University of Akron Campus, 11:30 am – 1 pm
View Akron from a different vantage point with this hike around the skywalks of the city. The hike ends at the Cascade Plaza, where you can sit and eat your own brought from home brown bag lunch, or purchase it from a local vendor.
Crafty Mart – The Maker Sessions
June 22 at The Bit Factory, 6-9 pm
Learn the basics of pricing, budgeting and bookkeeping in order to help you turn your creative business dreams into a successful reality. The second of these important sessions focuses on the numbers involved in running a business, from start to finish.
LeBron James Grandmothers Fan Club to Hold their 4th Annual Fundraising Event
According to Alder Champman, President and Founder of The LeBron James Grandmothers Fan Club, the Akron-based nonprofit’s goal is to maintain an international network of grandmothers who are LeBron James fans to interact with other fans in any way they can–via the web, email, and face-to-face at games or watch parties–to support LeBron in all he does. Even if he ever leaves us again. Even if he leaves basketball.
These grandmas are dedicated. And they don’t just fawn all over him like good grandmothers should, they also follow in LeBron’s philanthropic footsteps, holding events to raise funds for community outreach. The money they raise goes toward helping the local food banks, volunteering at nursing homes, and a mentorship program they hope to start in September.
Chapman sees the importance of uplifting children starting when they are young. “You’ve got to feel good about yourself before you can excel in school or anyplace else,” she says. The organization hopes to mentor parents as well, to help them learn how to uplift their children.
While membership to the fan club is exclusive to grandmothers, everyone is encouraged to attend their events. The next fundraiser is their 4th annual Sounds and Taste of Soul event. All proceeds will go toward mentoring children at the Helen E. Arnold CLC and the Urban League.
Sounds and Taste of Soul
Saturday, June 18, 5-8 pm
Helen E. Arnold Community Learning Center
450 Vernon Odom Blvd, Akron, 44307
Tickets for Entry: Adults $10, Children 13 and up $7
Food Tickets: $1 per ticket
Food Cost: Meat, Chicken and Fish at vendor prices, side dishes 2 tickets, bread and drinks 1 ticket
If you would like to be a vendor, or with other questions, please contact:
President and Founder Alder Chapman 330-784-2544
Activity Committee Chairperson Selaria Woodall 330-701-6619
(Featured photo courtesy of Stan Hywet)