1 Learn about the history of education, transportation:
Stow Historical Society will have a Membership meeting in Stow City Hall's Council Chambers starting at 7 p.m. on April 24. Laura Peskin will present a program on education, transportation, women's history and more near Summit County. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, visit the Stow Historical Society website at www.stowhistory.org for these programs and other programs for the rest of the year.
2 Give the Gift of Life:
The American Red Cross will have a Blood Drive on April 24 from 1 7 p.m. in the Stow-Munroe Falls Room in the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road. Thank you for donating.
3 Cleveland kidnapping victim to share her story:
A Night with Lily Rose Lee, aka Michelle Knight, will take place April 28 at Cuyahoga Falls High School auditorium, 2300 Fourth St. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The program is being hosted by the Six District Compact's Criminal Justice program. Knight was 21 years old when she was kidnapped on Aug. 23, 2002, in Cleveland, according to Lee's Facebook page. "She was held prisoner by Ariel Castro, suffering abuse at his hands for more than 10 years," the page stated. "After another captive, Amanda Berry, escaped, Knight and a third victim, Gina DeJesus, were rescued in May 2013."
Lee will share her story. "Lily, formerly known as Michelle Knight, made the decision to change her name to Lillian Rose Lee, symbolizing her favorite flowers and representing patience and love," stated the website, http://lilyroselee.com. "After 11 years of captivity, Lily is looking beyond her past filled with trauma and abuse, and she is redefining her life."
Half of all event proceeds will go directly to the Battered Woman's Shelter of Akron, according to an event notice. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for students and seniors (ages 65 and older). Tickets can be purchased at the door or at lilyroselee.com/events.
4 On your mark . . . get set . . . go cheer on the racers!:
The Sixth Annual Raccoon Run will be on Sunday, April 30, and will consist of a 5K and 1-mile Fun Run centered around the neighborhoods of Fishcreek Elementary School.
The Fishcreek PTA organizes the race to promote health and wellness for their students as well as the community. The Raccoon Run is also a fundraiser for Fishcreek Elementary and funds raised are used to support health and wellness programs, increase the student's access to technology for educational purposes and ensure the student's safety while in the learning environment.
Last year, the PTA was able to provide each teacher with a $750 grant to spend on classroom materials. Last year's race had 700 registrants from all over Northeast Ohio to compete.