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05/28/2020
International Institute of Akron

Si usted es un inmigrante que está pasando por dificultades financieras debido a la pandemia de COVID-19, IIA podría ayudarlo. Llame al (330) -376-5106 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected] para ver si califica.

If you are an immigrant experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IIA might be able to help. Please call (330)-376-5106 or email [email protected] to see if you qualify.

The International Institute of Akron contributes to the well being of our community by creating and implementing programs and services that assist the foreign-born in integrating into our society, promote public awareness of the value of diversity, and encourage international communication.

After the cancellation of summer races, Akron's running community decided to keep area fitness goals on track by forming...
05/27/2020
Area runners, organizations band together for community, common fitness goal - Akronist

After the cancellation of summer races, Akron's running community decided to keep area fitness goals on track by forming the Akron Running Project, which will feature coaching tips, virtual cross training classes and challenges and incentives. The group is free to join, and partners include Akron Marathon, Portage Lakes Running Club, Orange Theory Fitness of Akron and Copley, Second Sole Akrun, Run Well Be Well, LLC and Yoga Bliss Akron -- https://akronist.com/area-runners-organizations-band-together-for-common-fitness-goal/

When the first two races of the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series, the National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile and the Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k were canceled, key members of the Akron running community rallied together to ensure those focusing on their fitness goals had an outlet to...

Special Collections at ASCPL
05/25/2020

Special Collections at ASCPL

Memorial Day Parade, 1895, on South Main Street in Akron, taken from Mill Street. Akron Beacon Journal photograph.

City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office
05/22/2020

City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office

City of Akron offices will be closed Monday May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no curb service Monday. There will be a one-day delay of trash/recycle collections for the remainder of the week, with curb service resuming on Tuesday, May 26. https://www.akronohio.gov/cms/news/401e2de78c2b2224/index.html

05/20/2020
ArtsNow

ArtsNow

Did everyone enjoy our first Live From The Living Room with Zach Freidhof today?! 😍

Tomorrow at 7pm, our friend Jaron M. LeGrair Studio will be leading an informal discussion and Q&A for all things voice for the singer and the speaker. He'll be answering questions and sharing some essential tools and techniques to make sure your best voice is heard.

Plan to join us tomorrow at 7pm for Live from the Living Room: Jaron LeGrair.

To help artists during these difficult times, ArtsNow is offering a number of resources, like educational and funding op...
05/20/2020

To help artists during these difficult times, ArtsNow is offering a number of resources, like educational and funding opportunities. The nonprofit also is launching two new series, one of which debuts today on Facebook Live. “Live from the Living Room,” today at noon, will feature a performance from local songwriter and activist Zach Freidhof. Upcoming series installments will include online painting classes, theater for kids and meditation, among other topics.

Another new virtual session is “Dreamers & Doers,” which will pair community leaders from within the arts and beyond for a conversation about leadership during the pandemic, what and how they are creating and what innovations they are seeing. That first session kicks off tomorrow at noon.

To support programs like this for artists, visit artsnow.charityproud.org/Donate/MiniCampaign/7000. Or if you’re interested in creating a virtual experience for your club, family, or business, contact Grace Myers at [email protected].

Resources for Summit County nonprofits, arts and culture organizations, and individual artists and gig workers can be found at ArtsNow.org/covid-19-resources/.

The pandemic hasn't stopped Akron band Diamond Kites from producing a new EP, which will be released this Friday (May 22...
05/19/2020
Diamond Kites announce new EP, livestream release show May 23 - Akronist

The pandemic hasn't stopped Akron band Diamond Kites from producing a new EP, which will be released this Friday (May 22) followed by a Livestream performance Saturday, May 23, with proceeds supporting independent music venue Musica. The band's singer-songwriter Jeff Klemm is one of the area's hardest working performers and two of his bandmates are essential employees, which makes the EP's title, "Working Life," rather fitting. https://akronist.com/diamond-kites-announce-new-ep-livestream-release-show-may-23/

Akron band Diamond Kites will release of a new EP, titled “Working Life,” featuring three songs recorded before the pandemic and finished during the quarantine. The EP will be released Friday, May 22 on all digital platforms, with a livestream release show Saturday, May 23, at 8 p.m., on the gr...

05/18/2020
Around Akron with Blue Green

Did you catch the May episode of Around Akron with Blue Green? This month: Akron METRO Regional Transit Authority, Akron Civic Theatre, Akron-Summit County Public Library, and Summit Metro Parks.

It's all about public places this month on Around Akron with Blue Green. This month I visit: Akron METRO Regional Transit Authority, Akron Civic Theatre, Akron-Summit County Public Library, and Summit Metro Parks. Please share.

Greater Akron Chamber
05/14/2020

Greater Akron Chamber

The Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program has been provided by Summit County in order to assist small businesses throughout Summit County with the financial hardship imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund has previously distributed $1,546,000.00 and has been extended and refunded for the second round of funding not to exceed $5 million, that the County received through section 5001 of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (that “CARES Act”).

The amount of the grant per business will be a maximum of $5,000 for businesses with two to thirty employees, and a maximum of $2,000 for businesses with less than two employees. Applications for the upcoming second round of the Summit County COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program will begin to be accepted at 12 pm on Thursday, May 14, 2020, and will be accepted until 9 am, Friday, May 22, 2020. For more guidelines and how to apply, click here: https://bit.ly/2Ar33NJ

For more information on these grants, we are hosting information sessions daily. These sessions are designed to familiarize you with the program, eligibility requirements, and the application process. Learn more: https://bit.ly/360wDW8

City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office
05/13/2020

City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office

The City of Akron will be eliminating the recycling credit starting June 1. The recycling discount saved customers between $2.00 and $2.50 per month (depending on Homestead eligibility), and cost the City of Akron over $1.2 million per year.

There is a common misconception that the City of Akron profits off recycling. In reality, for many years, the City has heavily subsidized the program. The choice to eliminate the recycling credit is being made in order to sustain the recycling program under significant budgetary constraints caused by the decrease in Citywide revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers who do not currently have a recycling cart will see no change in their bill. Customers who no longer wish to recycle can contact the Mayor’s Action Center at 3-1-1 or (330) 375-2311.

The City does not have a specific date when bulk pickup will be resuming. We will update this page when that information is available. https://www.akronohio.gov/cms/news/8555aa758ab4278e/index.html

05/12/2020
Around Akron with Blue Green

This month on Around Akron with Blue Green: Akron METRO Regional Transit Authority, Akron Civic Theatre, Akron-Summit County Public Library, and Summit Metro Parks.
Premieres this Saturday 5/16 at 6:30 pm on PBS Western Reserve.
6:30 pm S 5/16; 6 pm TH 5/21; 4:30 am & 6 pm T 5/26; 12:30 pm S 5/30

Things have changed in Akron and the public space might never be the same again. This month is all about public space in Akron and how they are adapting and will overcome COVID-19. I visit Akron METRO Regional Transit Authority, the Akron Civic Theater, Akron-Summit County Public Library, and check out the Summit Metro Parks. Premier is this Saturday 5/16 at 6:30 pm on PBS Western Reserve. Please take 35 seconds to watch, learn, and share.

6:30 pm S 5/16; 6 pm TH 5/21; 4:30 am & 6 pm T 5/26; 12:30 pm S 5/30

05/07/2020
Around Akron with Blue Green

National First Ladies' Library on Around Akron with Blue Green.

"Mary Regula, wife of Ohio congressman Ralph Regula, spoke regularly about the nation's first ladies. Recognizing the paucity of research materials available she created a board to raise funds and for a historian to assemble a comprehensive bibliography on American first ladies." (Wikipedia)
Back in early January, I took a trip to Canton, to learn all about how Mrs. Mary Regula and how her passion and inspiration led to the founding of the National First Ladies' Library. Please take a few minutes to watch, learn, and share this short story with your friends and family.

05/05/2020
Akron-Summit County Public Library

An update from the Akron-Summit County Public Library:

Planning for Our Return to Service: A Letter from Our Executive Director

Dear Library Customers,

While the ASCPL buildings remain closed, teams of Library staff are developing plans to re-open our library buildings and restart library services in the safest way we possibly can. Your health and safety, along with the health and safety of Library staff, continue to be our top priorities.

As our state moves toward a re-opening of business based on Governor DeWine’s Responsible ReStart Ohio, the Library’s plans feature a slow, cautious, and phased-in return to service. For this reason, all Library buildings will remain closed until at least May 31. We want to make sure we have the quantity and types of supplies needed and that we have developed protocols and procedures in order to conform to best practices for operating during a pandemic. Also, all Library programming has been canceled through June 30.

We plan to begin accepting returns before we open but are still researching the safest way to manage the flood of returned items we are expecting. (Our customers currently have more than 300,000 physical items on their Library cards!) Please keep your eyes open for an announcement about opening our book returns in the next several weeks.

Additionally, please remember that we have many wonderful resources and services you can use online.

- a sizable digital collection of books, movies, and music, available 24-hours a day, via our website and our mobile app
- research databases such as Ancestry.com, Morningstar Investment Research, Transparent Languages, and Home Improvement Reference Center
- assistance from staff including suggestions for reading, listening, and viewing; tech help; and reference questions
- virtual programs available on the Library’s page, including story times, cooking, a Thursday evening readers advisory service, and [email protected] Social Distancing Edition
- free Wi-Fi available outside all ASCPL locations; please observe safe practices if you visit a location to use the Wi-Fi

While we are happy to be able to serve the public in these new ways at this time, we are sad that we cannot yet open our doors. There is no substitute for the relationships we have developed with all of you, and we can’t wait to restore full library service as soon as we can do so safely.

I hope you are staying well and safe. On behalf of the staff, we miss you and can’t wait to see you again.

Pam Hickson-Stevenson
Executive Director

The fear of an invisible enemy stalked all of humanity during the 1918 flu pandemic, and Akron was not spared. Only afte...
04/30/2020
Akron Civic Theatre was born out of 1918 flu pandemic, plans to survive COVID-19 - Akronist

The fear of an invisible enemy stalked all of humanity during the 1918 flu pandemic, and Akron was not spared. Only after killing between 25 and 50 million people worldwide did the enemy seem to disappear, but the fear still lingered for years among residents as many businesses, especially those in the entertainment and service industry, struggled to survive.

Around Akron with Blue Green full interview with Howard Parr Executive Director of the Akron Civic Theatre link below in the article. A whole lot of useful information about the Akron Civic Theatre.

The fear of an invisible enemy stalked all of humanity during the 1918 flu pandemic, and Akron was not spared. Only after killing between 25 and 50 million people worldwide did the enemy seem to disappear, but the fear still lingered for years among residents as many businesses, especially those in....

04/29/2020
Around Akron with Blue Green

Around Akron with Blue Green

Who was Emily Davis and what is the Emily Davis Gallery?
A few months back I had the pleasure of sitting down with Arnold Tunstall to talk all about the amazing Emily Davis Gallery at The University of Akron. Please take a few minutes to Watch, Learn, and Share this short story.

Two students at The University of Akron have created a free tutoring program for K-12 students in Summit County. The “Ho...
04/28/2020

Two students at The University of Akron have created a free tutoring program for K-12 students in Summit County. The “Homework Hotline” matches students with a trained education major to receive virtual assistance in the subjects of Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. The hotline is available starting Wednesday, April 29. Sign up at https://www.uakron.edu/education/homework/. The hotline also is accepting university student volunteer tutors.

It’s put into the air when a person with an infection of the lungs or throat coughs, speaks, or sings. People nearby may...
04/27/2020
Local parks and a history in social distancing - Akronist

It’s put into the air when a person with an infection of the lungs or throat coughs, speaks, or sings. People nearby may breathe it in and become infected. Sounds like COVID-19, but actually it’s a description of tuberculosis, better known as TB, the leading killer during the 1800s and a top killer well into the 1900s.

Around Akron with Blue Green full interview with Summit Metro Parks link in the article. A whole lot of useful information about the Metro Parks in and around Akron.

It’s put into the air when a person with an infection of the lungs or throat coughs, speaks or sings. People nearby may breathe it in and become infected. Sounds like COVID-19

04/24/2020
Indrawoti Creations

Indrawoti Creations

Support Program
Hand sanitizer, gloves & face mask free distribution in
Akron,Ohio USA by Intra National Welfare and Support Foundation of America.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the city's current guidelines for events and gatherings, the Akron Marathon has cancele...
04/23/2020
Akron Marathon cancels summer races, announces donation to Community Response Fund - Akronist

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the city's current guidelines for events and gatherings, the Akron Marathon has canceled this summer's races. Funds originally allocated to T-shirts and medals will be donated to Akron Community Foundation's Community Response Fund for Nonprofits, which helps local nonprofits as they continue to work with those residents most affected by the current health crisis. Runners also will have the option to donate their registration fees. https://akronist.com/akron-marathon-cancels-summer-races-announces-donation-to-community-response-fund/

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with the city of Akron’s restriction of hosting city-sponsored events of more than 250 people through Sept. 7, the first two races of the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series, the National Interstate 8k & 1 Mile on June 27, and the G...

Residents have been flocking to public parks during our period of sheltering in place and social distancing. To help acc...
04/23/2020
Stan Hywet opens outdoor garden spaces to public during pandemic - Akronist

Residents have been flocking to public parks during our period of sheltering in place and social distancing. To help accommodate our need for outdoor time, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is now offering its garden space for residents to tour for free. And the gardens at Stan Hywet provide some of the most visually stunning views of the estate. Residents must still follow CDC social distancing guidelines while visiting. https://akronist.com/stan-hywet-opens-outdoor-garden-spaces-to-public-during-pandemic/

The grounds at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens will open to the public Friday, April 24, for walking in the gardens, as a service to the community during the pandemic. Only the gardens and grounds will be open, and the number of guests will be limited to maintain a safe environment. Going forward, hours o...

Most city-led large events this spring and summer, including all Lock 3 concerts and festivals, are being postponed to 2...
04/22/2020

Most city-led large events this spring and summer, including all Lock 3 concerts and festivals, are being postponed to 2021. Smaller events are being carefully considered and tentatively planned with health precautions and social distancing in mind, according to the City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office.

These include:
-All City-sponsored events with an expected attendance of 250 or more, scheduled before Sept. 7, 2020.
-Friday Night Rock the Lock Series
-Lock 3 Saturday Night Concerts
-Lock 3 Festivals, including:
Kids Festival (would have been held June 20)
Rib, White and Blue (would have been held July 1-4)
Italian Festival (would have been held July 9-11)
African American Festival (would have been held July 18-19)
Taste of Ireland (would have been held August 8)
Pizza Festival (would have been held September 4-6)
-The annual Akron Arts Expo (would have been held July 23-26).
-Sunday Akron Symphony Orchestra concerts

For the list of categories for events that have been postponed until 2021 and those still being considered, visit https://www.akronohio.gov/cms/news/e2041ec72a745e8f/index.html

To go along with our previous announcement that there are changes to the City's event schedule for the 2020 Spring and Summer seasons, here is a list of the types of events which are no longer going to be held in 2020 and will be postponed until 2021:

-All City-sponsored events with an expected attendance of 250 or more, scheduled before September 7, 2020.
-Friday Night Rock the Lock Series
-Lock 3 Saturday Night Concerts
-Lock 3 Festivals, including:
Kids Festival (would have been held June 20)
Rib, White and Blue (would have been held July 1-4)
Italian Festival (would have been held July 9-11)
African American Festival (would have been held July 18-19)
Taste of Ireland (would have been held August 8)
Pizza Festival (would have been held September 4-6)
-The annual Akron Arts Expo (would have been held July 23-26).
-Sunday Akron Symphony Orchestra concerts

For the list of categories still being considered please read the full release: https://www.akronohio.gov/cms/news/e2041ec72a745e8f/index.html

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Looking for a fun way to spend your summer? Are you a child under the age of 18 that loves to act? Or loves to be involved in Theatre? Come be involved in the inaugural show of the Kenmore Youth Theater! Auditions are June 19 at 3pm and June 20 at 5pm at Kenmore Branch Library! Prepare a 500 word memorized piece. This could be a monologue, poem, song, or anything you want to share! Actors of all experience are welcome! For questions email [email protected] or call 330-962-8792. Alice in Wonderland Auditions -Day one- Alice in Wonderland auditions -Day Two- Kenmore Youth Theatre