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The Highland Square Film Festival, a virtual event this year, kicks off this Friday, Dec. 11. https://akronist.com/highl...
12/08/2020
Highland Square Film Festival kicks off Dec. 11, is virtual for 2020 - Akronist

The Highland Square Film Festival, a virtual event this year, kicks off this Friday, Dec. 11. https://akronist.com/highland-square-film-festival-kicks-off-dec-11-is-virtual-for-2020/

The 3rd Annual Highland Square Film Festival kicks off Friday, Dec. 11, but this year’s festival will be different than years past, as attendees may watch from the comfort of their homes. The festival, which runs through Jan. 3, takes place virtually and attendees may watch for free by visiting ww...

The Highland Square Film Festival will return for its third year, but this time around it's a virtual event. The film fe...
12/03/2020

The Highland Square Film Festival will return for its third year, but this time around it's a virtual event. The film fest begins Dec. 11 and will be viewable through Jan. 3. The link to watch the films will be available at www.highlandsquareakron.org/film-fest. You can view the films for free, but donations are encouraged to help continue the event in future years. Thanks to Highland Square Neighborhood Association and all the sponsors for supporting our local artists.

Free COVID-19 testing is available this Friday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 6, at Summit County Public Health.
12/02/2020

Free COVID-19 testing is available this Friday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 6, at Summit County Public Health.

Today is #ArtistsSunday, a national movement to help support the livelihood of artists, craftspeople and other creatives...
11/29/2020

Today is #ArtistsSunday, a national movement to help support the livelihood of artists, craftspeople and other creatives. The effort comprises more than 300 arts agencies, cities, states, counties and nonprofit organizations. You can show your support by simply getting online and buying some quality art and gifts from a local artist. For a national directory that’s searchable by artist, city, state and type of work, visit www.artistssunday.com. For a locally focused holiday shopping guide, visit shopholidayhandmade.com.

Special thanks to ArtsNow and Crafty Mart for helping to bring this initiative to Akron!

As many of our local  businesses face economic challenges, we encourage residents to shop local this year. Your gifts wi...
11/27/2020
Pittsburgh, Akron, Cleveland holiday markets collaborate for Shop Holiday Handmade experience this season - Akronist

As many of our local businesses face economic challenges, we encourage residents to shop local this year. Your gifts will be wholly unique and you'll support local artists, entrepreneurs and their families. Crafty Mart is teaming up with I Made It! Market and Cleveland Bazaar for the Shop Holiday Handmade effort this weekend, which includes a full digital catalog and social media pages where vendors and customers can interact.

https://akronist.com/pittsburgh-akron-cleveland-holiday-markets-collaborate-for-shop-holiday-handmade-experience-this-season/

Supporting local small businesses and artisans will be more of a priority than in the past among many shoppers, with the goal of helping struggling small businesses and artisan friends stay afloat amid the pandemic’s economic strain. With safety at the forefront of all of our minds, three regional...

Today is the opening of NoTique in North Hill, a new retail experience created by the North Akron Community Development ...
11/27/2020

Today is the opening of NoTique in North Hill, a new retail experience created by the North Akron Community Development Corporation, and another way to buy local this holiday season. Located at 772 N. Main St., NoTique opens tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Online ordering will open at 5 p.m. and curbside shopping is available.

NoTique opens tonight from 6 to 9 pm and tomorrow from 10 to 4 pm! Here’s a sneak peak of what will be available for limited in-person and online curbside shopping. Some items will be in-store exclusives, and all sales are final. Online ordering will open at 5 pm.

11/21/2020
Around Akron with Blue Green

Around Akron with Blue Green at noon today on PBS Western Reserve

The November episode of Around Akron with Blue Green premieres Saturday, Nov. 21, at noon on PBS Western Reserve. This month I visit; Katie Beck Executive Director at North Akron Community Development Corporation; Hsa Win at the NoHi Pop-Up Restaurant; Photographer at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Jef Janis; and Mayor Dan Horrigan City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office to discuss the re-opening of Main Street. Please take about a minute to watch, learn, and share to help me get the stories of Akron out to the world. :)

Repeats Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 4:30 AM, Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 11:30 PM, Monday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 AM, Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2:30 AM, and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 PM. Also airs on Fusion on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3 PM, Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 PM, Saturday, Nov. 28, at 4:30 PM, and Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 PM

Law firm Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC will help give away free turkeys tomorrow at 2 pm. at the Akron-Canton Regional ...
11/19/2020
Law firm giving away 1,000 turkeys Friday at Akron food bank

Law firm Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC will help give away free turkeys tomorrow at 2 pm. at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. The event will be socially distanced and participants are asked to wait in their vehicles when they arrive.
https://www.cleveland.com/community/2020/11/law-firm-giving-away-1000-turkeys-friday-at-akron-food-bank.html

A 1,000-turkey giveaway is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank as part of an annual Kisling, Nestico & Redick donation event.

Gennesaret's annual Home Run for the Homeless is virtual this year, and runners may participate now through the end of t...
11/18/2020
29th Annual Home Run for the Homeless goes virtual this year - Akronist

Gennesaret's annual Home Run for the Homeless is virtual this year, and runners may participate now through the end of the month.

https://akronist.com/29th-annual-home-run-for-the-homeless-goes-virtual-this-year/

While runners won’t gather this upcoming Thanksgiving morning in the early morning hours for the annual Home Run for the Homeless, Gennesaret Inc.’s 29th-annual event is still taking place, albeit virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is happening now through Nov. 30.  The...

It's no secret that our local businesses are struggling right now. For this holiday season, please consider ramping up y...
11/18/2020

It's no secret that our local businesses are struggling right now. For this holiday season, please consider ramping up your support for locally sourced gifts, whether it's a gift card to a locally owned restaurant or retail store, or checking out some of the more than 150 artists, makers and small businesses featured in this cool Shop Holiday Handmade catalog, produced by Crafty Mart, in partnership with Cleveland Bazaar and I Made It! Market. To view the digital catalog, visit http://www.shopholidayhandmade.com/shop-now.

There’s still time to check out “Suffrage: Inequality. Persistence. Justice” at the Emily Davis Gallery, in The Universi...
11/18/2020

There’s still time to check out “Suffrage: Inequality. Persistence. Justice” at the Emily Davis Gallery, in The University of Akron’s Myers School of Art. The exhibit, which honors the women who fought and continue to fight to protect and defend women’s right to vote, features the work of local and regional artists Amber Anderson, April Bleakney , Elizabeth Emery, Corrie Slawson, Shani Richards, Adrienne Slane and Rebekah Wilhelm.

Myers School of Art alum Amber Anderson contributes photographic pieces documenting Ohio-based suffrage sites and their histories. Shani Richards, another Myers School of Art alum, says, “Art is a reflection of the time we are in.” She contributes a series of brooms that seek to disrupt racial hierarchy using hair as a metaphor for perceived racial difference. Additionally, Richards, a metalsmith, has created a collar in honor of the recently passed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The gallery is located at 150 E. Exchange St., and hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Please note the gallery will have partial access on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to close.)

11/13/2020
Around Akron with Blue Green

Old-Time Strongman Mark Burnett on Around Akron with Blue Green.

"Then you'll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself. Spoon Child - The Matrix
"Every human out there has far more capacity inside them than they will ever tap into." - Mark Burnett
When it comes to mind when you think of an old-time strongman? Is it a stereotypical bald, muscular guy, with a handle-bar mustache, in a singlet, lifting a giant dumbbell? I got to sit down with Old-Time Strongman Mark Burnett, who can bend steel with his hands and other tremendous tests of strength. Something told him he needed to learn to bend steel, and he made it happen. Mark not only a strongman, but he’s also a motivational speaker with a message that we all have the power within yourself to pursue your passions in life. Please take a few minutes to watch, learn, and share this short story to help me get the stories of Akron out that world. :)

Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio has created a new series that addresses virtual learning burnout while also offering a...
11/12/2020
Nonprofit offers free video ‘brain break’ series for area students - Akronist

Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio has created a new series that addresses virtual learning burnout while also offering a 'brain break' for area grade-school students. The nonprofit's BREAK Dance video series is free to local schools. https://akronist.com/nonprofit-offers-free-video-brain-break-series-for-area-students/

Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio is working around our socially distanced school year by “BREAK” Dancing for students. The nonprofit has launched a free virtual program that’s available to area grade-school classrooms, and the acronym BREAK stands for Breaks Reset Engagement Attention and Kno...

Summit County Public Health
11/06/2020

Summit County Public Health

SCPH is hosting a drive thru flu shot clinic on Wednesday, November 11th from 9:00a-1:00p (or while supplies last).

Both insured & uninsured are welcome!

Pre-registration is available (but not requried) by following this link: https://cutt.ly/kgHhBRb. For more information, see our press release at: https://www.scph.org/news#.

11/03/2020
Around Akron with Blue Green

Do you like Rocks, Gems, and Jewelry? Check out Summit Lapidary Club on Around Akron with Blue Green.

Do you know what the Ohio Gemstone is? (Answer below)

I meet up with Becky Koscso & Courtney Cable of the Summit Lapidary Club to learn all about making jewelry and crafts out of rocks, jewels, and gems. I love rocks and I know I'm not the only one out there. Please take a few minutes to watch, learn, and share this short story.

Answer: Flint

You are sure to find flint and marbles when you dig in the Akron area. :)

City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office
11/03/2020

City of Akron, Ohio - Mayor's Office

If you need a ride to your polling location or a ride to drop your absentee ballot off at the Board of Elections, there are free resources available to you today!

NoHi Pop-Up
10/23/2020

NoHi Pop-Up

Doors open today at noon with the Common Bread kitchen, serving up classic low country cuisine with a modern twist! Come try the Fried Green Tomatoes, Vegan Dirty Rice, and Cauliflower Étouffée before supplies run out. Online ordering is open, so click the link in our bio or go to northakroncdc.org/NoHi to plan a special lunch or dinner for this weekend!
#nohipopup #northakroncdc #northhillakron #akronohio

NoHi Pop-Up
10/22/2020

NoHi Pop-Up

***UPDATED!***
There were some mistakes on the last menu. We want you to know that we hear you and want to keep our food accessible to our incredibly valuable customers. Also, there’s now the option to add crab to the fried green tomatoes (yummy!!) and since we know how much everyone loves desserts, we added a pineapple upside down cake!
A note from the chefs: “Us chefs here at Common Bread are passionate about our food, we want to not only create wonderful food but also pay homage to the great chefs and cooks before us who created this cuisine. We strive to use mostly local products to keep the Akron economy stimulated and to put us on the map. We don’t use turn key products, we do our research, come into the lab and do everything from scratch. Just as our ancestors have done before us. We don’t mind spending the extra money for quality product to serve to our customers. You can count on us to bring you fresh, authentic, high quality food that was made with love and pride.”

Online ordering is now open for this week’s kitchen: Common Bread! Come taste the work of Chefs Xavier, Jess, Joel, and Alex this weekend, Friday and Saturday 12-8 and Sunday 1-6. Their take on Low country cuisine is fresh and modern while still embodying the comforting classics we all know and love. Click the link in our bio or go to northakroncdc.org/NoHi to place your orders for this weekend. Supplies are limited, so don’t wait!

#northakroncdc #nohipopup #northhillakron #akronohio @chef_xaviersmith

This year's Speedbump Fest, which helps support mental health and addiction awareness in partnership with the local musi...
10/21/2020

This year's Speedbump Fest, which helps support mental health and addiction awareness in partnership with the local music community, will take place virtually this year. You can catch the lineup this weekend via the Last Letter Project and Speedbump Fest's social media channels.

10/18/2020
Around Akron with Blue Green

The October 2020 Season 5 premiere of Around Akron with Blue Green.

Did you miss the year 5 premiere of Around Akron with Blue Green? This month: Justin Curry, Staci Jordan Shelton, Bob Pozarski, and Eric S. Vaughan of Red Point Digital, LLC to talk about The Con. Be sure to check out the bloopers in the credits!

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

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 16, 2019 Valentines Weekend! AFTER 7 will be returning to #Akron #Ohio for two big shows @ the Tangier Event & Entertainment Center. For more information & links to tix, visit us on FB: http://bit.ly/A7_Feb162019_Akron
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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