Devil's Dozen | Our picks for the 12 best choices you can make in January

January 8

Nature Drawing for Adults

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm // 10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm // Join an interpretative artist for an entertaining lesson in nature drawing. Bring a sketchbook and a pencil. Advance registration is required. Free.

January 9

The Beyonderers at Midwinter Blues

Akron Art Museum // 5:30-9 pm // Catch local music in the AAM auditorium on select Thursdays this winter. The Beyonderers will play at 7 pm. The Rubber City & Highland Square Ukes will play in the galleries, and all visitors will be invited to add their 2020 intentions to a graffiti wall. Museum admission is free on Thursdays. Concert tickets are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers in advance and $9/$12 at the door. Midwinter Blues shows later in January will feature Cory Grinder Band, Shivering Timbers and Floco Torres. METRO: #1, #5, #6, #7, #10, #12, #26, #33, #34, DASH, #102, #103, #104

January 9-11

“Almost, Maine” by John Cariani

Firestone Theatre // 7 pm // Come join the residents of Almost, Maine for a cold night under the northern lights and learn about the unexpected and hilarious ways they find themselves falling in love. The production consists of nine short plays, each directed by a Firestone student. $8. 

January 15

Volunteer Fair

Vantage Aging (2279 Romig Rd., Akron) // 4:30-6:30 pm // Meet community-based organizations that could use your help and sign up to volunteer with them! Opportunities are designed for older adults (55+) who want to make a difference. Free to attend. Contact Erica Banks at 330-253-4597 or with questions. Nonprofits in Summit and Medina Counties: Tables at the volunteer fair are free for organizations who already partner with VANTAGE RSVP and $25 for others. METRO: #3, #14

January 16

A Gluttonous Affair

336 Hampshire Road // 6 pm // The Summit County Historical Society invites you to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition and the Volstead Act. The tour will peek into three historic homes in Fairlawn Heights. Food, wine and historic cocktails will be served along the way. Ticket includes transportation, food, drinks and the tour. $50 or $45 for Historical Society members.

January 17

Land of Panda with Ancient Elephant and Dynamo Love

Jilly’s Music Room // 8 pm // Catch local rockers Land of Panda and Dynamo Love with Sandusky’s Ancient Elephant. Free. 

January 18

January Reentry/VALID Clinic

OhioMeansJobs Summit County (1030 East Tallmadge Ave., Akron) // 9 am-12 pm // If you need help with restoring your driver’s license, or if you have been denied a job, housing or benefits because of a criminal record, volunteers can help. Services available may include record expungement or sealing, a certificate of qualification for employment, or license registration. Visit for more information about the services provided at clinics. Free, but volunteers cannot cover fees and fines. METRO: #12

January 21 and 28

Free Homebuyer Education Class

Fair Housing Contact Service // 5:30-9:30 pm // Learn the basics of homebuying at this two-part series of classes. Speakers will cover credit, managing your money, becoming a homeowner, protecting your home and more. Light refreshments included. Register by January 17 at 330-376-6191. METRO: #13

January 24 

Laughing with the Snow Angels

Tangier // 8-10:30 pm // Join Laughing with the Snow Angels for their third annual comedy night fundraiser. General admission is $50 and includes the show, two drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and a swag bag. VIP packages are $400 for four people and include reserved seating for four people, eight drink tickets, a personal hor -d’oeuvres platter, a dessert table for your sweet tooth, a bottle of sparkling wine at your table and swag bags upon departure. METRO: #1

January 24

Mourning [A] BLKstar with Free Black!

Musica // 8 pm // “Multi-generational, gender and genre non-conforming amalgam of Black Culture” Mourning [A] BLKstar returns to Akron with special guests Free Black. The Roundtable Turntablists will spin jazz, funk, soul, neo-soul and more before, during and after the show. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets at METRO: #1, #7, #10, #12, #33, #34, #102, #103, #104

January 26

Verb Ballets presents Mowgli’s Jungle Adventures

Main Library Auditorium // 2-3:30 pm // See the new full-length ballet from Verb Ballets, based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale of a boy abandoned and raised by wolves. Choreographed by Richard Dickinson. Free. METRO: #1, #6, #7, #10, #12, #34

January 31

Recycle the Candles! 

Butts Candles, 361 Massillon Road, Akron // 1-8 pm // Bring your unused or unwanted candles to Butts Candles for recycling! See the process, ask any questions you have, and check out the new candles that have been made. Located across the street from Two Monks Brewing Company. Free. METRO: #5

Akron Art Museum photo by Shane Wynn via Akronstock.