Culture Club: April 2016

Our picks for April community events

by M. Sophie Hamad

Friends of Metro Parks is partnering with Mustard Seed Market for their Earth Day event on April 16! They will give away trees and pollinators at the event and talk to people about the Metro Parks and what Friends is doing to support the parks and connect kids to nature.

Code Akron Q&A: Roger Riddle (Building Your Audience)
April 13 at OSC Tech Lab, 6-8 pm
Code Akron is reaching out to the urban professionals in the Akron area by connecting minorities to leaders in Akron’s growing startup scene. For Code Akron’s inaugural firechat, their first guest will be Unbox Akron Chief Curator, writer and DJ, Roger Riddle. Hosted by Kevin Lockett, the focus of the talk will be on “Targeting, Building and Maintaining Your Audience.” The discussion will weave from Roger’s life from DJ to marketer and how he attracts, builds and maintains an audience from the incubator to the dance floor. This event is FREE but strictly for professionals and college students. Please register through

Yoga in the Galleries
April 14 at Akron Art Museum, 6:30 pm
The transformational power of yoga for individuals, relationships, and communities comes alive in the Akron Art Museum galleries. Combine breath, flow and art in a beginner-friendly series taught by a certified Nirvana Yoga instructor. Bring your own mat. No water bottles allowed in the galleries. Register through Members: free; Non-members: $10.

11th annual Girls’ Nite
April 15 at Zeber-Martell Clay Studio and Gallery, 5-8 pm
Mark your calendar for the 11th annual Girls’ Nite with NOTO and Zeber-Martell. On Friday, April 15, this annual event returns with food, fun and fashion.

Adventures in Stamping
Workshops April 22-23 & Vendors April 23-24 at John S. Knight Center
Adventures In Stamping is Ohio’s premier rubber stamp, scrapbook and paper craft convention, offering the latest products and techniques by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, vendors, and teachers.  Get inspired by the great exhibits, hands-on classes, booth demonstrations. Have fun with door prizes, make and takes, and lots of shopping. Check out for more information and to purchase tickets.

Photo of Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience by Scott Norse
Photo of Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience by Scott Norse

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience
April 23 at Akron Civic Theatre, 8 pm
Perondi’s talented celebrity stunt dogs have been rescued from pounds and shelters from across the country. Their mission is to promote pet adoption, responsible pet ownership, and educate on the importance of spay and neutering. For tickets and more information, visit

Party for the Planet
April 23 at the Akron Zoo
Join the Akron Zoo for Earth Day festivities as they showcase the zoo’s sustainable and green efforts through different activities, crafts and more. Visit for details.


Past Events

Children’s Concert Society’s Premiere of Verb Ballet’s Peter Pan
April 6-7 at Akron Civic Theater
Children’s Concert Society will present the premiere of Verb Ballets Peter Pan choreographed by Pamela Pribisco, suggested for grades K-3. The cost is $5 per student, but scholarships are available for those who cannot pay part or any of the ticket price. Teachers and chaperones are free. CCS provides transportation for schools in Summit County that cannot provide their own. For more information, call 330-972-2504.

Happy Hour on Cascade Plaza
April 8 at Cascade Plaza, 5-8 pm
Help reimagine Cascade Plaza during a free happy hour event featuring music, games and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Remarks from Mayor Horrigan and Summit County Executive Russ Pry start at 5:30 pm

Death and Taxes: Strange & Ghostly Valley Tales
April 8 at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad/Akron Northside Station, 6:30 pm
Ben Franklin famously said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. With tax season upon us, come out for a special train ride through the valley and hear stories of crooked ghosts, shady dealings, and lost buried treasure. Beer, wine and other beverages will be available in the concession car. Tickets are $20 per person and pre-sale only. Visit for details.

Cleveland International Film Festival: Knight and Day in Akron
April 8-9 at multiple locations
The Knight Foundation brings the Cleveland International Film Festival to Akron for three days. Friday, April 8 kicks off the event with a 7 pm showing of AKRON: The Film at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Saturday films will be showing at the Akron Art Museum and The Nightlight all day and night, beginning at 11:30 am. For tickets and information, visit or call 877-304-FILM. Use discount code AKRON to get $2 off each ticket.

Microbusiness Center Grand Opening
April 7 at Akron-Summit County Public Library, 4-7 pm
With the help of a Knight Foundation grant, the Main Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library has created a multi-use space on the first floor to support emerging entrepreneurs, maker activities, digital media creation and community meetings. At the Grand Opening event, light appetizers will be served, followed by cake, tours and demos. Please register through Call or text Linda Hale with questions at 330-802-0839, or email


(Featured photo courtesy of Akron Art Museum)