An overview of community events happening in Akron this July
by Amanda Sedlak-Hevener
Tai Chi with Nancy Gardner
July 6 at Akron-Summit Public Library, 12:15 – 1 pm
Tai Chi features a series of breathing exercises and slow movements, which makes it ideal for people of all ages and levels of fitness. This ancient Chinese form of martial arts dates back to the 1500s, and has been called “meditation in motion.”
July 11, 18, 25 at PNC Center, 5:15 pm
This series of 60 minute-long yoga classes are hosted by Akron Yoga and Wellness. You’ll need to bring your own yoga mat and go through bank security before the class begins, but don’t let that deter you. Tickets can be purchased online, or you can pay $5 at the door.
Art and Ale on Location
July 14 at Acme Fresh Market #1, 6 – 9 pm
An offshoot of the Akron Art Museum’s annual Art and Ale event, Art and Ale on Location features special guests John Najeway, a Master Brewer for the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, Theresa Bembnister, the Associate Curator of the Akron Art Museum, and local artists whose work is on the walls of Acme Fresh Market #1 on West Market Street. Beer tastings and food are included.
Brew at the Zoo
July 14 at Akron Zoo, 6 – 9 pm
Christmas in July is the theme of this adults-only event, and those that attend are encouraged to wear ugly holiday sweaters and similarly themed outfits. You’ll be able to sample beers from the Mucky Duck Brewery, Ohio Brewing Company, and the Hoppin’ Frog Brewery, among others. There will also be a DJ spinning tunes, food trucks, and even a fashion truck on the premises.
July 15, 16, 17 at Cuyahoga Falls River Square, all day
Whether or not you can trace your heritage back to Italy, you can enjoy this annual Italian Heritage Festival. There will be food vendors, live music, grape stomping, dance performances, a bocce tournament and much more. All ages are welcome.
Family Fun Day
July 16 at Perkins Stone Mansion, 12 – 4 pm
Family Fun Day with the Summit County Historical Society features crafts made from wool, games designed specifically for children, live music, and even free tours of the John Brown House and Perkins Stone Mansion. This event is free and designed for people of all ages.
Crafty Mart – The Maker Sessions
July 27 at The Bit Factory, 6-9 pm
Running your own craft business is almost impossible without the help of social media and store websites. This session of the Crafty Mart focuses on the importance of branding and taking good pictures of your merchandise.
Nerd’s Night Out
August 3 at Perkins Stone Mansion, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Launch model rockets in honor of Akron’s own astronaut, Judith Resnick at Perkins Stone Mansion. This is the second Nerd’s Night Out, a series of Akron-based events for those in the millennial generation. The event is free, and food and drinks will be provided.