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and James L. Knight Foundation, with support by the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Akron Digital Media Center. Do you have a story to tell? Then join us.

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The Well Community Development Corporation has opened the Community Tool Library, which offers an avenue for residents t...
10/09/2020
Community Tool Library offers home improvement access for residents - Akronist

The Well Community Development Corporation has opened the Community Tool Library, which offers an avenue for residents to perform their own home maintenance. The library is part of a larger initiative that helps empower residents, along with inspiring investment, avoiding foreclosure and ending blight in the community.

https://akronist.com/community-tool-library-offers-home-improvement-access-for-residents/

The Well CDC, a place-based community development corporation devoted to the Middlebury neighborhood, has launched Akron’s first Community Tool Library, which offers more than 500 tools available for a nominal fee – particularly for Middlebury residents, but also available to the Greater Akron a...

Free COVID-19 testing will take place this weekend at Summit County Public Health.
10/08/2020

Free COVID-19 testing will take place this weekend at Summit County Public Health.

10/07/2020
Around Akron with Blue Green

The 5th year of Around Akron with Blue Green on PBS Western Reserve kicks off this October. This month Blue Green visits Justin Curry, Staci Jordan Shelton, Bob Pozarski, and Eric S. Vaughan of Red Point Digital, LLC.

Wow, we are now starting the 5th year! On the SEASON 5 premiere of Around Akron with Blue Green! This month I visit: Violinist Justin Curry; Performance Consultant/Strategist/Coach Staci Jordan Shelton; Glass Artist Bob Pozarski presently being displayed at Mustard Seed Market & Cafe; Eric S. Vaughan of Red Point Digital, LLC to learn about their latest production The Con. Please take 33 seconds to watch, learn, and share this short video for the SEASON 5 premiere of Around Akron with Blue Green on PBS Western Reserve.

Photo for Justin Curry by John Aylward
Photos for Staci Jordan Shelton by Jef Janis

Akron Public Schools has launched an after-hours support center to provide resources for students and families, ranging ...
10/05/2020

Akron Public Schools has launched an after-hours support center to provide resources for students and families, ranging from homework help to family counseling. The APS plus After-Hours Support Center will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The hotline number is (330) 761-7943. Students and families may also get to APS plus on Google Meet through a link on the APS website: https://sites.google.com/apslearns.org/apsreopening/after-hours-support-help-desk.

Just a reminder that today is the deadline to register to vote in Summit County. You can register online or in person.
10/05/2020

Just a reminder that today is the deadline to register to vote in Summit County. You can register online or in person.

Today, October 5, is the voter registration deadline for Ohio in order to vote in the November 2020 election.

You can register online today at VoteOhio.gov or by submitting your voter registration form to the Board of Elections at 470 Grant Street, Akron, OH 44311. The Summit County Board of Elections, Ohio is open until 9pm today.

10/05/2020
The Portage Path 2020

Today is North American First People’s Day, Akron's annual commemoration of Native American history, life and culture. And unlike previous years, today's celebration will take place virtually. This video, produced by the Portage Path Collaborative, with funding by Akron Community Foundation, will be used in local classrooms as a tool for teaching Native American history.

The Portage Path Collaborative helps to preserve Native American culture and history, along with educating residents about the Portage Path, an 8-mile trail created by indigenous people that crosses the watershed divide between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas rivers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkLL0nHNX8A

Along with the Akron Artwalk, today at Summit Artspace you can check out the art auction items in the main gallery,  fro...
10/03/2020

Along with the Akron Artwalk, today at Summit Artspace you can check out the art auction items in the main gallery, from noon to 8 pm. The Keeping Arts Alive Auction benefits local artists. Bid online at biddingforgood.com/summitartspace. Free, timed tickets are available at summitartspace.org.

Today! At #SummitArtspace, exciting things going on! Visit in person and check out the art auction items in our main gallery, 12-8 pm. This is the next to the last day for the Keeping Arts Alive 2020 Auction to benefit local artists through SA galleries and programs. Come in and be entered into a drawing for Audio-Technica USA wireless headphones/earbuds. Free, timed tickets at our website, summitartspace.org. Bidding online at biddingforgood.com/summitartspace. Bonus!! It’s Artwalk from 5-8! Downtown Akron Partnership The Akronist

While the annual Akron Pug Fest is canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event is seeking support through...
10/01/2020

While the annual Akron Pug Fest is canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event is seeking support through the sales of these cool 3/4 sleeve shirts. Presale orders are available through Oct. 4, and unisex sizes range from XS to ###L. The shirts are designed by local artist Sydnie Barnett. Proceeds will be split between Ohio Pug Rescue and One of A Kind Pet Rescue. To place an order, visit https://akron-pug-fest.myshopify.com.

The NoHi Pop-Up in North Hill returns this weekend with Jamaican cuisine.
09/30/2020

The NoHi Pop-Up in North Hill returns this weekend with Jamaican cuisine.

October is looking delicious 🤤 We're looking forward to opening up again next weekend with updated operating hours.

09/29/2020
Around Akron with Blue Green

Pyro Chromatic Artist - Pach Atomz on Around Akron with Blue Green. His artwork is literally created in the fire. 🔥🔥

“I figured out a way or cracked a code how to paint with fire, literally.” Errick Freeman - Pach Atomz
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Pach Atomz to discuss his artwork on Around Akron with Blue Green. Pach Atomz paints with fire using a unique technique he has created called Pyro Chromatic Art. Please take a few minutes to watch, and share this short story.

City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office
09/28/2020

City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office

City of Akron leaf removal will begin Monday, November 2 in Ward 5. Signs will be posted in wards prior to pick-up dates. We remind residents not to rake leaves into the street until the day before scheduled leaf pickup. For more information on the City's leaf removal program please read the release here: https://www.akronohio.gov/cms/news/6477368244f8c6ad/index.html

*** Free clinic Sept. 30 offers help to those in Ohio with criminal records ***James Wallace was looking for a better li...
09/28/2020
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*** Free clinic Sept. 30 offers help to those in Ohio with criminal records ***

James Wallace was looking for a better life for himself and his young kids when he decided to seal his criminal record. He wanted to pursue a career in the criminal justice field and help young men like himself get a fresh start.

“I really wanted to have a better life for me and my kids,” he said.
Before sealing his record, Wallace was one of an estimated 994,000 Ohioans with a criminal record of some kind, according to research conducted by Policy Matters Ohio.

It’s a widespread problem that impacts not only individuals and families, but also businesses and community economic growth, said Steven McGarrity, executive director of Community Legal Aid of central northeast Ohio.

“In order to attract businesses to our community, we have to have a workforce,” he explained. “When people have a criminal background, even if all their transgressions are in the past, and even if they are capable of performing the jobs, their hands are often tied with what kind of work they can do. It ends up stagnating growth for the community as a whole.”

The issue has been further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, McGarrity said. The business shutdowns and layoffs earlier this year only increased the number of people out of work.
That was the driving force behind a collaboration between Community Legal Aid and Goodyear. The two organizations are teaming up to offer a free online clinic for those looking to get a fresh start by sealing their criminal record.

“Goodyear is pleased to help with this important effort and proud to collaborate with Community Legal Aid of central northeast Ohio,” said David Phillips, Goodyear’s General Counsel. “Giving back to the communities where we operate is near and dear to the hearts of our associates, and this project is a unique opportunity to leverage our Law Department’s skills and talent to support the citizens and workforce of Akron and the surrounding communities in a virtual environment.”

While Community Legal Aid has hosted these types of clinics in the past, having Goodyear associates as volunteers will have a much greater impact, McGarrity said.

“Having Goodyear collaborate with us gives our clients access to such a wealth of expertise,” he shared. “We’ll be able to reach so many more people, thanks to their employees generously donating their time.”

The clinic will take place this Wednesday, Sept. 30th, from 5 to 7 p.m., via Zoom, to accommodate for safe practices during the pandemic. Anyone interested in learning more or registering can call Community Legal Aid at (800) 998-9454 or visit www.communitylegalaid.org/events.

A non-profit law firm serving the legal needs of low-income individuals and families in central northeast Ohio

A number of Akron-area locations will be spotlighted in a new short film in development by New York City-based writer, d...
09/24/2020
Rom-com film short will showcase Akron-area locations - Akronist

A number of Akron-area locations will be spotlighted in a new short film in development by New York City-based writer, director and actor Jessica Michael Davis, who's originally from Akron. “Escaping Ohio” is a rom-com whose characters wrestle with the idea of taking risks and the conflict between settling down or chasing your dreams.

https://akronist.com/rom-com-film-short-will-showcase-akron-area-locations/

The Akron area will play a pivotal role in an upcoming short film. “Escaping Ohio” is a rom-com that hearkens back to movies like “Clueless” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” while attempting to break the formulaic mold of typical movies in this genre. The film focuses on two 18...

The Center for Applied Drama & Autism is hosting two new virtual workshops, taught by Bhawna Sudhir. A proud mother of t...
09/23/2020

The Center for Applied Drama & Autism is hosting two new virtual workshops, taught by Bhawna Sudhir. A proud mother of two children with special needs, Ms. B is the founder and director of Dancing Bells LLC, a platform to sensitize individuals with different capabilities to express themselves and interact with one another through dance and movement.

"In Motion: Embracing Skill Display and Performance" takes place Saturday, Sept. 26, from 3 to 4 p.m. Participants will think and move along with teacher-guided prompts, in order to connect, communicate, and create through movement, dance-making, and visual art expressivity.

"An Introduction to the Art of Bollywood Dance" will take place Saturday, Oct. 17, from 3 to 4 p.m. Participants will explore the history of India’s dance traditions through dance-making, structured group discussions and journal writing.

These workshops are both free, but capacity is limited to 10 individuals. Prior knowledge of dance and music is not required and classes are open to families of all cultures. To register, visit www.centerforada.org/classes.html.

Ms. B holds several certifications from Dance Education Laboratory and Lincoln Center of Performing Arts Education in New York and earlier this year, she completed CADA’s Drama for People with Autism and Disabilities teacher’s training. Bhawna is a practicing teaching artist who creates authentic, interactive and individually-tailored sessions for all ability groups.

Akron Parks Collaborative
09/22/2020

Akron Parks Collaborative

We’re creating a new space in Hardesty Park and we need your help!

Over the last few months, the important role of parks as critical urban infrastructure has become clearer than ever. Parks safeguard the collective physical and mental health of our communities. People need beautiful, quality public places to connect with nature, relax and recharge. Please come out on Saturday, September 26 or Sunday September 27th to help build it!

sign up HERE: https://bit.ly/3hXkgzd

09/20/2020
Around Akron with Blue Green

The September episode of Around Akron with Blue Green is something you just might want to watch.

Did you miss the September premiere of Around Akron with Blue Green. This month: Karen Wilkie Edwards of City Sprouts; Old-Time Strongman Mark Burnett; Doug Meyer and Shawn David Hyde Rustbelt Rebirth; Courtney Cable and Becky Koscso of Summit Lapidary Club. PLEASE SHARE. :) 💙💚👇👇🔥🔥

A new show at Summit Artspace features artists who generously gave their talents to the nonprofit's annual auction last ...
09/18/2020

A new show at Summit Artspace features artists who generously gave their talents to the nonprofit's annual auction last year. "In-Kind: 2019 Arts Alive Auction Artists," can be seen in the Transition Gallery today noon to 7 p.m., and tomorrow (Saturday), noon to 5 p.m. The exhibit is free, and timed tickets are available at summitartspace.org/tickets, or you can stop by for an open time. Be sure to also check out Summit Artspace's 2020 Keeping Arts Alive Auction this fall.

Artists who excel in the art of generosity! See the work of the following in the new show, In-Kind: 2019 Arts Alive Auction Artists, in the Transition Gallery. Open Friday, 12-7, and Saturday, 12-5. Free, timed tickets at summitartspace.org/tickets or stop by for an open time. These artists donated last year to our annaul auction and now they have their own show! Thanks so much to them. And check out the new auction at 2020 Keeping Arts Alive Auction!
Susie Lilley
Laurel Winters
Corbett Teter
Joan Colbert
Janean Ray
Norman Mallard
Andre Pace
Anita Burgess
Diane Pribojan
Alex Morrison
Taylor Clapp
Care Hanson
Linda Murphy
Jacqui Sukie
Susan Yingling
Jennifer Worden

Sept. 22 is National Voter Registration Day, and volunteers are needed at 19 different library locations throughout Summ...
09/16/2020

Sept. 22 is National Voter Registration Day, and volunteers are needed at 19 different library locations throughout Summit County to help with voter registration, absentee ballot applications and 2020 Census checks. No experience is necessary. To sign up, visit bit.ly/NVRD-Vols. For info, email [email protected].

🇺🇸 SUMMIT COUNTY NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION 🇺🇸

VOLUNTEER TODAY: bit.ly/NVRD-Vols
FMI: [email protected]

09/16/2020
Around Akron with Blue Green

Internationally known artist Woodrow Nash on the August episode of Around Akron with Blue Green.

"It’s almost like the ancestors are speaking through me and I’m just the vessel that it’s coming through." Woodrow Nash.
I had the pleasure of visiting and sitting down with internationally-known African Nouveau artist Woodrow Nash of Woodrow Nash Studio in Akron Ohio. His artwork was recently featured in Beyoncé's short film Black Is King. His work is hauntingly realistic and it's beauty actually calls to you. Please take a few minutes to watch, learn, and share this short story.

Cleveland Clinic Akron General has launched its first Centering Pregnancy™ group, part of a national program that’s been...
09/15/2020
Cleveland Clinic Akron General launches its first Centering Pregnancy maternal support group - Akronist

Cleveland Clinic Akron General has launched its first Centering Pregnancy™ group, part of a national program that’s been shown to dramatically improve maternal outcomes.

As part of the program, a group of about 10 pregnant women with roughly the same due date meet together as a “circle” with a trained facilitator for 8 to 10 sessions to learn about many aspects of pregnancy, like labor and delivery and infant care. The circles are currently being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://akronist.com/cleveland-clinic-akron-general-launches-its-first-centering-pregnancy-maternal-support-group/

Cleveland Clinic Akron General has launched its first Centering Pregnancy™ group. part of a national program that’s been shown to dramatically improve maternal outcomes. As part of the program, a group of about 10 pregnant women with roughly the same due date meet together as a “circle” with...

Free COVID-19 testing this weekend in the Chapel Hill Mall parking lot.
09/09/2020

Free COVID-19 testing this weekend in the Chapel Hill Mall parking lot.

09/09/2020
Around Akron with Blue Green

The September episode of Around Akron with Blue Green premieres this Saturday on PBS Western Reserve.

This month is all about Soil, Rocks, and Metal on Around Akron with Blue Green. I visit with: Karen Wilkie Edwards of City Sprouts; Mark Burnett - Old-Time Strongman; Rustbelt Rebirth, Owner Doug Meyer and Assistant Shawn David Hyde; and Summit Lapidary Club President Becky Kascso and Vice President Courtney Cable. Please take 33 seconds to watch and share this link to help us get the word out.

The premiere is this Saturday 9/12 at 8:30 PM on PBS Western Reserve.

8:30 pm S 9/12; 10:30 am & 8:30 pm S 9/19; 11 am SU 9/20; 10:30 pm F 9/25; 3:30 am S 9/26; 10 pm M 9/28; 3 am T 9/29

Today, from noon to 4 p.m.: Free flu shots, courtesy of OPEN M Ministry.
09/08/2020

Today, from noon to 4 p.m.: Free flu shots, courtesy of OPEN M Ministry.

We are hosting a free flu shot clinic today from 12-4 p.m.!

Vaccines subject to availability. State, age and health-related restrictions may apply.

Mustard Seed Market & Cafe has reopened its Highland Square café. In an effort to create the safest environment possible...
09/08/2020

Mustard Seed Market & Cafe has reopened its Highland Square café. In an effort to create the safest environment possible, the company has transitioned away from the past traditional café model to a “touch-less” experience. In addition to the café following the state and CDC guidelines for food service, patrons will now order from their mobile phones and receive their orders in sustainable, single use containers. Customers are invited to dine in or take their food to go.

Mustard Seed also has installed Air Scrubber Technology, which puts out hydrogen peroxide to kill viruses both airborne and on surfaces.

“We are thrilled to reopen our cafes in what we believe to be the safest way possible,” said Abraham Nabors, second generation owner and director of education at Mustard Seed. “Our desire is for our guests to feel they are dining in a safe and responsible way. By going touch-less and utilizing Air Scrubber technology, we believe we are welcoming customers into an extremely safe dining experience.”

The café is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and is located in Highland Square at 867 W. Market St. For info, including the cafe menu, visit www.mustardseedmarket.com.

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