Mary Faktor to speak to seniors
Mary Faktor will be the speaker for Going Strong Sept. 8. Her program is entitled "Inner Voices/Smart Choices." This motivational program promotes life balance, stress reduction, and relationship communication. The meeting will be in Wesley Hall at the First United Methodist Church in Cuyahoga Falls, 245 Portage Trail, starting at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available after the program.
Going Strong is open to all seniors and active retirees in the surrounding communities. Everyone is welcome. It is sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls. For more information call 330-923-5241 or 330-310-1030.
Family to Family training on mental illness
NAMI Summit County is currently registering for its free Family to Family training which begins Sept. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This course is designed for family members and close friends of those who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. It is a 12-week program which meets once a week for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. The course covers diagnoses and symptoms of the major mental illnesses, how the brain is affected, medications, coping and communication skills, and a lot more designed to assist families in helping their loved ones on their recovery journey. The course is conducted by trained family members and is offered free of charge with all materials provided. The next session will be at Harry Donovan Jr. Valor Home of Summit County, 1121 Exeter Road, Akron. To register, contact NAMI Summit County at email@example.com or 330-252-1188.
Historical Society seeking craft
Stow Historical Society is seeking craft vendors for the annual Harvest Festival, taking place Oct. 1 and 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family festival features entertainment, concession stand, old-fashioned apple butter, and interactive children's activities. Three historic houses and a schoolhouse will be open to visitors. Crafters are situated in the Heritage Barn, or in your own tent outside. For fees and application visit the website at http://www.stowhistory.org/harvest-festival. Handcrafters only -- no commercial vendors. There are still some spaces left in the Heritage Barn and lots of space available in your own tent outside. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiwanis Club to meet
The Stow-Munroe Falls Kiwanis Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month for a luncheon meeting.
All Kiwanis meetings begin at noon and usually end by 1:05 p.m.
The luncheon meetings usually take place at Silver Lake Country Club on Graham Road, and anyone who is interested in the meeting topic or Kiwanis itself is encouraged to attend.
Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools Superintendent Tom Bratten will be the guest speaker at the Sept. 14 luncheon.
For information, lunch costs or reservations, contact Faith Cook at 330-6887179 or Cindy Lewis at 330-686-0232.
Munroe Falls Garden Club to meet
Munroe Falls Garden Club meets on the fourth Monday of April through November at noon at the Lehner Community Center, 35 South River Road, Munroe Falls.
New members are graciously welcome. For information, contact Jeannie Denton at 330-688-2212 or email@example.com.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army of Summit County needs volunteers to help with programs all year long. Helpful people are needed to give a little or as much time as possible at the Maple Street facility in Akron and at the Barberton location on Wooster Road.
There are a wide range of needs to suit anyone's interest and time frame. Some examples include:
/ Drivers for pick-ups and deliveries
/ Kitchen helpers for daily meal prep assistance, serving and clean-up
/ Short-term "done-in-a-day" projects
/ Weekly scheduled help for a variety of projects
Corporate and group volunteers -- companies, churches, clubs, groups, agencies -- are welcome. Family-friendly projects are available and a perfect way to introduce children to the rewarding world of volunteering.
Training is provided. The only requirements are a willingness to help, the ability to lift the equivalent of a full grocery bag and able to stand for two hours. Drivers must have a valid Ohio driver's license and take a short, online test.
For more information, contact Jeanette Brown, volunteer coordinator, at 330-434-7365 or visit www.salvationarmyakron.org.
Stow-Munroe Falls Lions Club meets
The Stow-Munroe Falls Lions Club meets the second and fourth Tuesdays at On Tap, 4396 Kent Road in Stow, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with dinner followed by a meeting. Contact Lion Maryann Aguilar at 330-688-3479 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details, or visit smflions.com online.
donations of yarn
The Stow Blanketeers meet the second and fourth Wednesday of every month except July. The Stow Blanketeers knit and crochet blankets which are donated to local shelters.
This dedicated and industrious group of ladies who makeup the group are in need of community support. They would welcome donated yarns and/or cash contributions to purchase material.
For more information, contact Stow residents Margrit at 330-677-5511 or Dottie at 330-688-8866.
Lupus support group meets
The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter hosts a monthly lupus support group the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Stow-Munroe Falls Library, 3512 Darrow Road, in Stow. The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter also hosts a monthly call-in support group. Call 1-888-NO-LUPUS or visit LupusGreaterOhio.org to register and receive the call-in information.
The support group is an open, small-group environment that encourages discussion among lupus patients and their families. It is a place where people with lupus can share their experiences and ask questions. Most discussions focus on the "how-to's" of living with a chronic illness. It is a safe place for people to learn, share and help. Light refreshments will be provided.
Individual differences and confidentiality are respected.
For more information, contact the foundation at 440-717-0183 or visit www.lupusgreaterohio.org.
Junior Moms meets third Wednesday
Junior Moms of Stow and Adjacent Communities is a non-profit member-led social, service, and support group for mothers with at least one child from birth through kindergarten. The club meets on the third Wednesday of each month at On Tap Bar & Grille 4396 Kent Road, Stow at at 7 p.m. Babysitting is subject to availability. Visit juniormomsofstow.weebly.com or check out the group's Facebook page for more information.
Sewing guild group to meet in Stow
The Akron/Canton Chapter of the American Sewing Guild has a Special Interest Group (SIG) for garment sewing called Garment Gals. Activities will include taking measurements, fitting patterns and muslins.
The group meets the third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information and location of meetings, contact Margaret Crawford at 330-809-6354 or email@example.com.
MOMS Club meets monthly
The Stow Chapter of MOMS Club (Moms Offering Moms Support) is a friendship and support group for the at-home mother of today. The group has a monthly activity calendar as well as a monthly newsletter and weekly updates. There are a wide variety of activities for kids of all ages including playgroups, field trips, charity work, kids crafts, potlucks and moms night out, and more. The group has its monthly business meeting at 9:30 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Lifecenter Plus, 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson. Interested members are welcome to join the business meeting, contact the membership chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.stowmoms.com.
Support group for family, friends of those with drug
Nar-Anon is a 12-step support group for families and friends of those with drug addictions. There are no dues or fees to join. Just come to a meeting.
Attendees will hear others, who are going through similar problems, talk about how they cope and find recovery.
Meetings in Summit County take place every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 85 Heritage Drive, in Tallmadge.
To find meetings in other areas, go to the group's website: www.nar-anon.org.