Certified Nerds is currently hosting its 3rd Annual Food Drive for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank now through Nov. 15. The public is welcome to drop donations off at either of Certified Nerds two locations during this collection period.
“We collected a ton of food last year. This year, with two locations, we are hoping to feed more families than ever before," said Kyle O’Brien, Certified Nerds Store Manager
With a goal of 50 pounds in food donations, each location hopes to collect at least 25 pounds this year. Donations can be dropped at either Certified Nerds' Merriman Valley location (1720 Merriman Road, in Akron) or Certified Nerds' Munroe Falls location next to Sarah Jane’s Bakery (297 N Main St., in Munroe Falls) during store hours (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
One of a Kind Pets is looking to turn one man’s trash into another’s treasure to find homes for homeless animals through the organization's 2nd annual Rummage Sale, which takes place July 7. Every Wednesday until then the nonprofit will host a drop-off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the shelter's drive-through location next to the spay and neuter clinic at 1710 West Exchange St. in Akron.
If you’ve done your spring cleaning and have gently used clothing and other items, One of a Kind Pets encourages you to donate.
One of a Kind Pets lives up to its name: creating a safe haven for abandoned, abused, and stray animals in imminent danger of euthanasia. The group rescues more than 1,200 animals a year, giving 1,154 a home last year.
Individual and corporate gifts propel Women’s Endowment Fund toward its goal of helping more women forever.
The Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation and GOJO Industries executives Joseph Kanfer and Marcella Kanfer Rolnick launched a recent campaign to nearly triple the fund’s $1.2 million endowment.
The announcement came at the fund’s annual dinner at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, where the Kanfers shared their insight on intergenerational philanthropy. The “For Women, Forever” campaign aims to raise $2.013 million by the fund’s 20th anniversary in 2013.
Legendary announcer Joe Tait, "the Voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers," will visit Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 4015 Medina Road, in Akron, Nov. 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. He'll share stories and autograph copies of his new book "Joe Tait: It’s Been a Real Ball," which celebrates Tait’s hall-of-fame career with his stories as well as those from dozens of fans, media colleagues and players.
The book is co-written by Tait and award-winning sportswriter Terry Pluto, who will also appear at the event.
Northeast Ohioans know Tait best as the voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He called the radio play-by-play from the team's first year in the NBA, 1970, until his retirement in 2011 (with the exception of two years in the early 1980s). His animated voice and no-nonsense announcing brought the excitement of the game home to listeners, from the "Miracle at Richfield" to the LeBron James years.
A number of medical advances have arisen from clinical trials. Sometimes, they can even revolutionize medicine. For example, a clinical study in Pittsburgh determined that the lumpectomy (known as a “breast-conserving” procedure) is as effective in breast cancer treatment as a mastectomy, or full breast removal, said Karen Snyder, a manager at Akron’s Austen BioInnovation Institute.
A series of informational meetings about the benefits of medical health research kicked off last week at the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s main library in downtown Akron.
Although there sometimes are risks involved with medical studies, it’s a chance to make a difference and help discover new treatments. “We want to increase the amount of research in the area, but to do that we need volunteers, and we need informed volunteers,” she added.
Nearly 200 people gathered at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn for Akron Community Foundation’s 56th annual meeting, which featured stories of growth, grants and personal philanthropy.
Outgoing Treasurer Mark Allio announced that as of March 31, the community foundation held more than $135 million in philanthropic capital, a 7.45 percent growth over the previous year. The foundation’s investment returns of more than 12 percent continued to outperform the market average, he said.
Navigating the sea of concrete at Summit Mall to find the closest parking spot may have just become easier with the addition of valet parking at the mall's main entrance. For $3, locally owned valet service Park For You will do just that: park for you.
The service just started and is offered only on weekends, Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A recent food drive at Chick-fil-A restaurants helped feed those who donated food to the hungry.
During this year's event, held June 16, if someone donated two cans of fruits or vegetables to Haven of Rest, they received a coupon for a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich. Locations in Chapel Hill (Cuyahoga Falls), Fairlawn, Macedonia, Belden Village Mall and Dressler Road in N. Canton all participated. Their combined efforts raised 3,677 pounds of much needed food for this ministry.
Fairlawn Winking Lizard server Jamie Gill glanced at the wall that displays names of tourists who call the Fairlawn location their home store. By early spring the wall is already full of names.
The Winking Lizard Tavern is celebrating its 25th anniversary of the World Tour of Beers. The anniversary celebration has brought more beers than ever before to each of the business’ 14 locations throughout Northeast Ohio.
The first Winking Lizard opened its doors in 1983 in Bedford Heights and began the first tour only three years later. The tour quickly exploded into a popular event for Ohioans. Beer lovers across the state are drawn back year after year to the Winking Lizard.
From Green to Kent, Streetsboro to Fairlawn, communities all around Greater Akron will honor their brave men and women who have served – and are still serving – in the military on Memorial Day.
Parades, car shows, old-fashioned community picnics and Neighbors Day celebrations are among the many events planned. Here's a listing of some of the activities throughout Greater Akron:
- Millennium Fund for Children tops $500,000 in grants to area youth programs
- 2014 Artsy Mart at the Summit Artspace
- J Paris Designs gives new life to reclaimed items
- UA volunteers help make Harvest Dinner a success for families facing homelessness
- Lighting of the Christmas Tree at Lock 3
- Grace Park Block Club appears in Welcome Santa Parade