Culture Club: May 2016

Our picks for Community and Culture events in May


PechaKucha Akron, Volume 3

Friday, May 6 at The Bit Factory, doors open at 7 pm, event runs from 8-10 pm

PechaKucha International hits Akron again. As always, there will be free food and a cash bar. The event is free, but a $2 donation is suggested to support PK International. Seats must be reserved in advance through


March for Babies presented by March of Dimes

Saturday, May 7 at Lock 3, 9 am-1 pm

Get ready to walk in the March for Babies! It promises to be a fun day out with people who share a passion for improving the health of babies. There’ll be family teams, company teams and people walking with friends. Money raised will go to help babies right here in our community. The March for Babies is a 4 mile walk or 1 mile family fun route that starts at Lock 3 park, ending back at Lock 3 for food and entertainment.


000676_8640722942_e403e2e794_o-2Akron Symphony and GroundWorks DanceTheater Present Carmina Burana

Saturday, May 7 at EJ Thomas Hall, 8 pm

EJ Thomas Hall will reverberate with the power of nearly 200 musicians when the Akron Symphony Orchestra (ASO), conducted by Christopher Wilkins, and GroundWorks DanceTheater, directed by David Shimotakahara, present Carmina burana, Carl Orff’s well-known work celebrating fate and chance. The production will feature 24 adult and student dancers performing new choreography to music presented by ASO and the Akron Symphony Chorus, as well as sophisticated lighting to create a projected set.

The evening will also feature the On the Waterfront Symphonic Suite by Leonard Bernstein. Bernstein’s Academy Award-nominated score for the 1954 film was the starting point for the Symphonic Suite. A year after the release of the film, Bernstein adapted the score into a 20-minute suite consisting of six continuously flowing movements. Some consider it to be one of the most distinctive symphonic portraits of an American scene.


Babywearing Salsa

Tuesday, May 10 at Uncorked Wine Bar, 7 pm

Parents will learn basic steps for salsa and merengue–all while wearing their babies in a baby carrier!  The dances learned will be fairly low to moderate intensity for beginners. Be sure to dress in comfortable clothing that allows for movement, and wear suitable shoes (any shoe that has support, but doesn’t have a ton of grip, such as a jazz shoe). Cost is $8 per parent, available at the door or through


13087330_1764313443802769_3943855321872853336_nExploring the World through Storytelling

Saturday, May 14 at Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Branch, 10 am-4 pm

Once Upon A Time…the stories of the world come alive in an interactive and multidimensional festival.

The festival celebrates stories of the world and multilingual and multicultural storybooks.  The celebration includes interactive, hands-on experiences through which students and families can explore world cultures with authentic cultural exhibits, stories and book readings, music, art, dance, storytelling, puppets and world languages. For more information, check out the facebook event page:


OSCTechLabSocial Media Marketing Panel

Monday, May 16 at OSC Tech Lab, 6:30-8:30 pm

What does the future of Social Media look like? The power of social media is radically transforming the marketing function for startups and the role of the marketing professional. Join our panel of experts for a conversation on social media trends for 2016. Our panel will share their insights, experiences and predictions that will change the way you use social media for your brand or business, while sharing best practices for applying them. The panel discussion will be followed by drinks and networking courtesy of Launch League.


The Club @ the Civic – Motherhood presented by Wandering Aesthetics

Friday, May 20 at Akron Civic Theatre, 8 pm

Motherhood is a beautiful thing, but do you really know your mother?  While she was busy adoring you and taking care of your every need, she was also busy being a person– a wife, daughter, co-worker and friend… did you see all the balls she had in the air? Get to know your mother at this storytelling performance. This is a cabaret performance, set on the Civic stage. Performers and audience are on the beautiful Civic stage for the performance. Seating is limited!


Just Be: A Relaxed Gathering for All Women

Saturday, May 21 at The Bit Factory, 9:30 am-4 pm

Just Be is an opportunity for women to come together and do just that: “Just Be.” Women will be encouraged to be themselves, share their hearts’ desires, begin charting their goals, and expose their areas of challenge. Moreover, the attendees will have the opportunity to hear from various speakers throughout the course of the event who used life’s challenges as a platform to boost themselves to higher ways of thinking and new ways of approaching and conquering their personal, family, career, and community goals.

Just Be will provide access to local business and community organizations who have programs, products, and services that are in alignment with the overall well-being of women (mind, body, and spirit). Additionally, there will be the opportunity for local business and other organizations to showcase their offerings in an area designated for vendors. Tickets are $45 and available through


A Walk in the Garden Night

Thursday, May 26 at Buchtel Community Learning Center, 5:30-8 pm

Wetland Play to take place from 7-8 pm in the auditorium

Check out the new community garden, native shade garden, walking path and exercise garden, and hear student composed music, student-created videos, and presentations centered around a healthy environment and community. Students have written a wetland play and will perform it in the auditorium to end the evening. Bring the whole family and come have fun with the students and community of Buchtel CLC!



Food Truck Frenzy and Food Truck Fridays

Friday, May 13 kick-off event, 4-8 pm

Every Friday May 20 through Sept 2, 11:30 am-1 pm

In the CG&FS parking lot facing East Market Street at the corner of North Forge Street

They are back!  Food trucks are serving to help our kids. Child Guidance & Family Solutions (CG&FS) and food truck chefs are partnering again to bring the best of ‘street food’ to Akron for the summer. This is the third year for Food Truck Fridays and the trucks and the staff at CG&FS are excited for the summer eating season to begin.

Favorite trucks will be returning – OrangeTruk, Wholly Frijoles, Manna Truck, Firetruck Pizza, Stone Pelican, The Spread, Beachcomber, Swenson’s, and Popsmith;  joined by new trucks that include to-date Lobster Louie’s, Betty’s Bomb A** Burgers, The Slop Truck, Hunger Squad and ForkfulTruck. Each week there will be a selection of 4-5 trucks offering a variety of tasty lunchtime choices.  Check the CG&FS website or Akron Food Truck Fridays Facebook page to see which trucks will be there each week. Rain or shine, they will be serving the best of truck food – tailgate and eat it there or pick up enough for your office and take it back. This is some great eating at more-than-reasonable prices.

This year, to kick off the Food Truck Friday season, CG&FS and the trucks are creating a ‘Frenzy’….a Food Truck Frenzy!  On May 13th from 4-8 pm more than a dozen trucks will be serving up their specialties, from crab cakes to tacos, fruit pops to mud cake.  

All the trucks donate a portion of their proceeds to support the work of CG&FS.

Since 1939, Child Guidance & Family Solutions has been helping our children become healthier, our families and our community richer by providing mental, emotional, and behavioral healthcare to children and adolescents who are suffering. With offices in Akron, Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls and Twinsburg, CG&FS works closely with doctors, hospitals, school districts and the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board (ADM Board) to provide a safety net of services for children who are facing the challenges of mental, emotional and behavioral health issues. For more information about the programs of Child Guidance & Family Solutions, call CG&FS at 330-762-0591 or visit