Summit Metro Parks programs, events for August

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Summit Metro Parks offers something for everyone, including the following programs and events during the month of August.

Continues through August 31
SUMMER BIKING SPREE
Multiple locations
Explore by bike the multipurpose trails managed by Summit Metro Parks – and earn rewards during this second annual two-month event! Cycling forms with the list of trail sections are available online at summitmetroparks.org, at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (1828 Smith Rd., Akron), the park district’s administrative offices (975 Treaty Line Rd., Akron), Century Cycles (1621 Main St., Peninsula) and all Acme Fresh Market stores in Summit County. For more information, visit summitmetroparks.org or call 330-865-8065.

Friday, August 1, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
SHOW & TELL ME A STORY
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Kids 1 to 3 join a naturalist for this special 30-minute story time for tots! ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/24. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, August 1, 5 & 7:30 p.m.
EVENING PADDLE
Silver Creek Metro Park / Boathouse
5171 S. Medina Line Rd., Norton
Learn about canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/22. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, August 1, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Main Entrance
2077 Newton St., Akron
The City of Akron presents the ReBeats, performing music from the British Invasion. For information, call 330-375-2311.

Saturday, August 2, 9 a.m.
CARDIO HIKE
Cascade Valley Metro Park / Schumacher Valley Area
1690 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Join a naturalist for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking more than five miles on strenuous terrain at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, August 2, 5 & 7:30 p.m.
EVENING PADDLE
Silver Creek Metro Park / Boathouse
5171 S. Medina Line Rd., Norton
Learn about canoe safety, paddling techniques and proper equipment, then put your skills to use on Silver Creek Lake. Space is limited. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/22. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, August 3, 3 p.m.
RIVER EXPLORATION
Bike & Hike Trail / SR 91 lot
130 N. Main St., Munroe Falls
Explore the Cuyahoga River at Brust Park with a naturalist. We'll look for crayfish, aquatic insects and fish that call the river home. Wear shoes and clothes that can get wet and dirty. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/25. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, August 3, 5:30 p.m.
SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERT: BOY=GIRL
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Onondaga Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the eclectic bluegrass music of Boy=Girl's Paul Kovac and Jen Mauer during this free concert. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the covered Seneca Deck. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, August 5, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Springfield Bog Metro Park
1400 Portage Line Rd., Springfield Twp.
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll on Prairie Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, August 5, 11 a.m.
NATURE CRAFTING FOR KIDS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Kids 6 to 12 with their adult companions join a naturalist to create a one-of-a-kind nature-inspired craft. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/29. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, August 5, 5 p.m.
MUSIC BY THE LAKE
Munroe Falls Metro Park / Lake Area
521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls
Enjoy an evening of free swimming from 5 to 8 p.m. and live music at 6:30 by the Metro Parks Ensemble. Concert cancelled if it rains. If wet weather is in the forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status.

Thursday, August 7, 10:30 a.m.
POND EXPLORATION FOR KIDS
Silver Creek Metro Park / Big Oak Area
5199 Medina Line Rd., Norton
Use dip nets to capture and examine various pond creatures with a naturalist. Adults must accompany their children. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, August 7, 7 p.m.
YOGA IN THE PARK
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist and a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Lounge and Barre, and see how nature can add to your yoga experience. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or large towel and drinking water. This program is designed for people who are new to yoga or seeking a gentle flow class. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 8/1: 330-865-8065.

Friday, August 8, 9 a.m.
NATURE CRAFTING FOR ADULTS: PACK BASKET
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Weave your own smaller version of the Adirondack pack basket and learn shaping techniques. Skill level: intermediate. Materials fee: $20. Please bring a flat-head screwdriver, needle-nose pliers, towel and 2-gallon bucket, if you can. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/31. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, August 8, 6 p.m.
TEA TIME
Cascade Valley Metro Park / Oxbow Area
1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron
Discover teas found in nature that were used by early civilizations. Participants will be able to enjoy a cup of natural herbal tea, too, while supplies last. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 8/2. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, August 8, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Main Entrance
2077 Newton St., Akron
The City of Akron presents Greased Lightning, a dance and show band. For information, call 330-375-2311.

Saturday, August 9, 10 a.m.
KIDS' FISHING
Firestone Metro Park / Little Turtle Pond
2400 Harrington Rd., Akron
Kids 15 and younger can learn the basics of fishing, then drop a line at Little Turtle Pond. A few rods and reels will be available for use during the program. Bait is provided. Adults must supervise their children but are not permitted to fish. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, August 9, 2 p.m.
COMEBACK KIDS: OSPREY
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist for this third program in a series in which we explore how once-common animals disappeared from Ohio and then made great comebacks. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, August 9, 6 p.m.
SENECA TRAIL THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
We're hiking Seneca Trail each month this year, taking a photographic record of the seasonal changes that happen. In December we'll come in from the cold and review the year in pictures. You can take your own pictures or just enjoy the hikes. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, August 10, 9 a.m.
SUMMER STROLL
Liberty Park / Twinsburg Ledges Area
9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg
Join naturalists to beat the heat in one of our most beautiful parks. We will find the perfect place to cool off as we hike along the trail, and we will update you on the Liberty Park Nature Center. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, August 10, 5:30 p.m.
SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERT: FOSTER BROWN & MARK SZABO
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Onondaga Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the fabulous music of Foster Brown and Mark Szabo during this free concert. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the covered Seneca Deck. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, August 10, 8:30 p.m.
SUPERMOON
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist on "Observatory Hill" for supermoon viewing and fun facts. Binoculars are recommended. A spotting scope will be available. Meet in the parking lot. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, August 11, 9 p.m.
ASTRONOMY: PERSEID METEOR SHOWER
Silver Creek Metro Park / Bathhouse
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Witness the Perseid meteor shower, one of nature's best light shows. Program will occur only one of three nights, 8/11 to 8/13, pending clear skies. Call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. to learn if a program is taking place that night. Bring a chair or blanket. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, August 12, 5 p.m.
MUSIC BY THE LAKE
Silver Creek Metro Park / Bathhouse
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Enjoy an evening of free swimming from 5 to 8 p.m. and live music at 6:30 by the Metro Parks Ensemble. Concert cancelled if it rains. If wet weather is in the forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status.

Thursday, August 14, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Deep Lock Quarry Metro Park
5779 Riverview Rd., Peninsula
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll on Quarry Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, August 15, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Main Entrance
2077 Newton St., Akron
The City of Akron presents 4 Us, featuring Mary White, performing modern R&B. For information, call 330-375-2311.

Friday, August 15, 8:30 p.m.
ATTRACTING MOTHS TO BLACK LIGHTS
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Did You Know? Moths outnumber butterflies by more than 11 to 1. Join naturalists to learn how to use black lights to attract these amazing creatures and for a chance to observe their beautiful colors, shapes and patterns up close. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, August 16, 9 a.m.
FERN WALK
Sand Run Metro Park / Shady Hollow Pavilion
1750 Sand Run Pkwy., Akron
Join a naturalist on a short hike to learn about some of the common ferns in the Metro Parks. Along the way we'll discuss ideas for the use of ferns in landscaping. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, August 16, 9 a.m.
PADDLE THE GORGE
Gorge Metro Park / Main Entrance
1160 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls
Tour the Cuyahoga River at the Gorge to see towering rock ledges and breathtaking scenery from your boat. Led by ACA-certified instructors from Crooked River Adventures and a Metro Parks naturalist. Ten rental spaces available. Ten more spaces available for those with their own canoes or kayaks, but only with current watercraft registration and a life jacket. Minimum age is 13; ages 13 to 17 must be with an adult. Bring binoculars, drinking water, sunscreen and dress to get wet. FREE. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/19: 330-865-8065.

Saturday, August 16, 10 a.m.
BIKING SPREE OPEN HOUSE
Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail / Big Bend Trailhead
1337 Merriman Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist during this open house to ask questions, get biking spree information, and to have your form signed. We will also have a challenge for you to complete while you cool off! Located on the towpath between the Big Bend and Memorial Parkway trailheads. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, August 16, 2 p.m.
WALK IT, WING IT, HOOF IT
Munroe Falls Metro Park / Tallmadge Meadows Area
1088 North Ave., Tallmadge
Learn with a naturalist about the beautiful animals that utilize our parks. Some fly, others walk. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, August 17, 9 a.m.
CARDIO HIKE
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join us for healthy outdoor exercise by hiking at a vigorous pace with few, if any, rest stops. Beginners are welcome, but talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. Drinking water is recommended. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, August 17, 2 p.m.
WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT HERBS?
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist to learn about herbs, different ways to cook with them, and how they can help get you through a stressful day or re-energize you. Participants will be able to sample foods and make a sachet to take home. We will start inside and then meet in the herb garden. Materials fee: $5. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 8/5: 330-865-8065.

Sunday, August 17, 5:30 p.m.
SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERT: SMOKIN' FEZ MONKEYS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Onondaga Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the eclectic, fun music of the Smokin' Fez Monkeys during this free concert. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the covered Seneca Deck. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, August 18, 10:30 a.m.
KINDEREALM: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Goodyear Heights Metro Park / Pavilion
2077 Newton St., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their families learn about creatures that are out and about while we're sleeping. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 8/12. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Wednesday, August 20, 1 p.m.
KINDEREALM: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Firestone Metro Park / Coventry Oaks Area
40 Axline Ave., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their families learn about creatures that are out and about while we're sleeping. Includes a craft and short hike. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 8/12. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Thursday, August 21, 10 a.m.
WEEKDAY WALKERS
Silver Creek Metro Park / Pheasant Run Area
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Join a naturalist for a leisurely stroll on Chippewa Trail with stops along the way to discover nature and history. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, August 22, 7 p.m.
KINDEREALM: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Children 3 to 6 and their families learn about creatures that are out and about while we're sleeping. Includes a craft and short hike. S’mores sponsored by Acme Fresh Market. Please make other arrangements for younger children unable to remain in infant seats or strollers. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 8/12: 330-865-8065.

Friday, August 22, 7 p.m.
FIRESTONE FRIDAY: SINGING OHIO HISTORY
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Enjoy an evening with Foster Brown as he brings Ohio history to life through song, story and audience participation around the campfire. S’mores sponsored by Acme Fresh Market. Bring chairs and marshmallow sticks. If it rains, the program will be moved to the shelter. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, August 23, 10 a.m.
KIDS' FISHING
Silver Creek Metro Park / Boathouse
5171 S. Medina Line Rd., Norton
Kids 15 and under learn the basics of fishing. A few rods and reels will be available. Bait is provided. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, August 23, 1 p.m.
WILDLIFE REHABILITATION: OPERATION ORPHAN
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join Fran Kitchen and her rescued wildlife for an up-close viewing and learning opportunity. Please bring a donation of laundry products or small wicker baskets to help her with injured and orphaned animals. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, August 23, 7 p.m.
YOGA IN THE PARK
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Join a naturalist and a certified yoga instructor from Yoga Lounge and Barre, and see how nature can add to your yoga experience. Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or large towel and drinking water. This program is designed for people with an active lifestyle. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 8/1: 330-865-8065.

Sunday, August 24, 12:30 p.m.
KIDS' YOGA
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Kids 6 to 10 join a naturalist and certified yoga instructor to mimic animal and other natural movements on the Seneca Deck. Books, music and other props will be used to add to the practice. Participants should wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat or large towel, and drinking water. Parents must stay with their children, but will not participate. ADVANCE REGISTRATION BEGINS 8/9: 330-865-8065.

Sunday, August 24, 2 p.m.
WOODLAND MUSHROOMS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
From mid-summer to late-autumn, a great variety of mushrooms may be found throughout Ohio. Enjoy an educational and fun walk with a naturalist to discover which mushrooms are out this time of the year. Edibles are not part of the program. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, August 24, 5:30 p.m.
SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERT: TROUBADOURS OF DIVINE BLISS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Onondaga Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the heartwarming music of the Troubadours of Divine Bliss during this free concert. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the covered Seneca Deck. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Monday, August 25, 7 p.m.
AKRON HISTORY HIKE: HISTORIC MARKET DISTRICT
Akron-Summit County Public Library
60 S. Main St., Akron
Join Metro Parks and the Summit County Historical Society for this outdoor walking tour of some of the masterful commercial buildings that grace Akron. In the case of rain, please bring an umbrella. Parking is available at the main library. On city streets and in garages it is free after 6 p.m. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Tuesday, August 26, 7: p.m.
RANDOM ACT OF MUSIC
Firestone Metro Park / Tuscarawas Meadows Area
2620 Harrington Rd., Akron
Weather permitting, the all-volunteer Metro Parks Ensemble will perform an hour of traditional marches, big band standards and oldies. Concert cancelled if it rains. If wet weather is in the forecast, call 330-865-8060 after 4 p.m. for status.

Wednesday, August 27, 7 p.m.
MEET ME IN THE GARDEN: BEYOND DAFFODILS, TULIPS & SPRING
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Explore the wide variety of bulbs in the garden for year-round enjoyment. Presented indoors by Jeanne Poremski, Master Gardener. Space is limited. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Friday, August 29, 7 p.m.
CAMPFIRE: POND LIFE
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Campfire Area
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Enjoy a campfire while learning about critters that live in a watery world. S’mores sponsored by Acme Fresh Market. Please bring a chair or blanket and a flashlight. If it rains, the event will be moved to the covered Seneca Deck. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, August 30, 10 a.m.
BUGS AT THE BOG
Springfield Bog Metro Park
1400 Portage Line Rd., Springfield Twp.
Butterflies, dragonflies and grasshoppers – Oh, my! Join a naturalist to explore field, prairie and wetland in search of the most abundant wildlife – insects – and discover the essential roles they play in our environment. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, August 30, 2 p.m.
MONARCH BUTTERFLIES
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
The monarch, king of the butterflies, is an amazing insect. Join a naturalist to learn about its life cycle, habitat and incredible migration to Mexico. Includes a craft for kids and an up-close look at the monarch butterfly. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Saturday, August 30, 7 p.m.
MUSICAL INSECTS
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Visitors Center
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Summer nights are the perfect time for hearing crickets and katydids! Join Dr. Lisa Rainsong from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Metro Parks naturalist to learn who is singing and how to look for them. An indoor presentation will be followed by a hike through the outdoor "concert hall." Bring a flashlight. We will provide the bug jars! For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, August 31, 12 p.m.
ANNUAL FALL HIKING SPREE KICKOFF
Silver Creek Metro Park / Bathhouse
5000 Hametown Rd., Norton
Get a head start on the 51st annual Fall Hiking Spree, and meet a naturalist and mascots. Hiking forms will be available and Fall Hiking Spree T-shirts will be for sale. Good for spree credit. For information, call 330-865-8065.

Sunday, August 31, 5:30 p.m.
SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERT: BILLY CROWBEAK
F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Onondaga Deck
1828 Smith Rd., Akron
Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy American Indian flute artist Billy Crowbeak, who plays his handmade flutes and tells their stories during this free concert. If it rains, the concert will be moved to the covered Seneca Deck. For information, call 330-865-8065.

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