Lake Metroparks Harvests Five Weekends of Fun.

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Fall Harvest Weekends at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Saturdays & Sundays • 9 am to 5 pm
September 20 & 21                Antique Tractor Show
September 27 & 28                Live Music
October 4 & 5                         Apples
October 11 & 12, 18 & 19     Corn & Pumpkins

This year, Lake Metroparks is offering five weekends of fall harvest fun at Lake Metroparks Farmpark from September 20 to October 19. These weekends will provide visitors opportunities to enjoy the many family-friendly hands-on activities that are part of Farmpark’s harvest traditions. On all five weekends, little farmers can pedal their way on mini tractors through the farm maze in the Visitor Center Exhibit Hall. Outside, they can navigate the hay maze and play in the kid’s areas, while out in the field the whole family can explore the three-acre corn maze. Visitors can get a taste of apple cider and apple butter on certain weekends and help grind the apples and press the cider to make the next batch.

In addition to the many regular daily activities, learn how to drive a horse (miniature or large draft). Try your hands at fishing (catch and release) in our farm pond. And each weekend, our hand-cranked ice cream will take on different harvest flavors! Various seasonal take-home crafts will also be highlighted.

Each weekend will also have a special focus on some aspect of farming and harvest. On September 20 & 21, the Antique Tractor Show returns to Farmpark. Get your picture taken on one of Farmpark’s antique tractors and discover how tractors were designed to run or pull farm equipment as we grind corn and thresh grain. Kids can provide the power to shell corn on our kid-powered treadmill and help crank up some fall flavored ice cream.

Enjoy your fall harvest experience with the background of music on September 27 & 28 with a weekend of bluegrass and country music. You’ll also be able to help us dig up our potato crop and take a special tractor-drawn wagon ride around the fields.

On October 4 & 5, its apples, apples, apples. Apple butter, apple cider, apple sauce, apple ice cream and apple tasting are all part of the weekend. You’ll also be able to purchase apple fritters and apple pie.

October 11 & 12 and 18 & 19 top off our fall harvest experience with two weekends of corn and pumpkins. Take the opportunity to help husk, shell and grind corn. Take home your own handmade corn husk doll and play a little corn hole and corn darts. Sample our fall harvest stew made with Farmpark’s own potatoes, help crank up some pumpkin ice cream and learn how to plow behind Farmpark’s draft horses. And since we are getting close to Halloween, everyone will have the opportunity to paint a pumpkin and take it home (additional fee applies).

Come out to Farmpark this fall and make your own harvest traditions!

Fall Weekends, presented by Discount Drug Mart and Patterson’s Fruit Farm begin Saturday, September 20 and run Saturdays and Sundays through October 19. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm. Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company of Willoughby, Western Reserve Farm Cooperative and Pat Catan’s

All Fall Weekend harvest activities are included in the regular Farmpark admission; with the exception of the pumpkins and pony rides, where an additional fee applies ($4 each). Farmpark admission is only $4 for kids ages 2 to 11; $6 ages 12 to 59; $5 ages 60 and older; Farmpark members and children younger than 2 are free. Visit or call 440-256-2122 or 800-366-3276 for more information.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark is located only 25 miles east of Cleveland at 8800 Euclid Chardon Road in Kirtland. Take I 90 to the Rt. 306 exit; head south on Route 306 five miles to Euclid Chardon Road (Route 6); turn left on Route 6, and head east one mile. Entrance to Farmpark is on the right.





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Boo at the Akron Zoo tickets now on sale!


AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo doesn’t kick off until mid-October, but tickets for the popular Halloween event are now on sale for a discounted price at and at all Acme Fresh Markets in Northeast Ohio. Presale tickets are discounted if people buy tickets before the event starts between now and October 11, 2014.

Boo at the Akron Zoo runs Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2014. Hours are 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 11 a.m. for people who have presale tickets.

This safe and non-scary event allows visitors to enjoy festive decorations and lighted displays throughout the zoo, all while trick-or-treating at 12 different themed stations.

Tickets for Boo at the Akron Zoo are $11 for trick-or-treaters and $8 for observers. Akron Zoo member observers are $2. Boo at the Akron Zoo is presented by Acme Fresh Markets.

akronzoo175The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $8 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $3. For more information visit or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest-centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.


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The Cleveland Police Historical Society (CPHS) and Museum announces a new exhibit: The Cleveland Air Police

clevpolicmuseum2In recognition of the innovations of the Cleveland Division of Police over the decades, the Cleveland Police Museum is highlighting the first Cleveland “aerial police squadron.”  The only police department outside of New York City to implement an air corps in the 1930s.

A new display of the Cleveland Air Police is open in time for the 2014 Cleveland National Air show.  The display includes photos of the National Air Races and an official Air Police uniform blouse, complete with CPD buttons, a CPD “Air Police” badge and pilots wings.

Read the 1931 Cleveland Plain Dealer article that identifies the fourteen Cleveland pilots, all with long records of achievement in aviation, who comprised this squadron.

The Museum is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

clevpolicmuseumCleveland Police Museum
1300 Ontario Street
Cleveland, OH  44113
(Enter through County building)

Admission:   Free

About:  The Cleveland Police Historical Society and Museum is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 to collect and preserve police history and to use its collections and programs to educate the public and foster mutual understanding and respect between law enforcement and the public.

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Akron Zoo to host tailgate party for its Brew at the Zoo


AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zoo will hold their third of four Brew at the Zoo events on Wednesday, September 10, from 6 – 9 p.m. The event will have a football tailgate party theme. Visitors are encouraged to wear their favorite football team jersey and gear.

During the event visitors can sample beer from 12 breweries, including four new ones to the September event and the food truck, The Beachcomber, will be selling food. Music will be provided by DJ Kenny Kidd and the entire zoo will be open.

Visitors will get to taste a variety of beers from Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Ohio Brewing Company, Elevator Brewing & Draught Haus, Black Box Brewing, The Brew Kettle, Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company, MadCap Brewing Co. and Tramonte Distributing. For the September event the zoo has added Brew Dog Beer, Dogfish Head Brewery and Hoppin’ Frog Brewery and 5 Rabbit Cerveceria. Attendees will receive six free beer samples and full-sized beers will be available for $4. Additional tasting cards are available for $10.

Tickets are $17 for Akron Zoo members and $23 for non Akron Zoo members. During Brew at the Zoo, Max & Erma’s will be on-hand with free samples from their menu. For more information or to register call (330) 375-2550 ext. 7231 or visit online at Only guests 21 and older are permitted.

akronzoo175The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is $11 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $8 for children (ages 2-14). Children under two are free and parking is $3.00. For more information visit or call (330) 375-2550.

Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.

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Walk with History during Medina’s 19th Annual “Spirits of the Past”


Fascinating characters from local history will be waiting to greet you during a walk around Medina’s Public Square area on September 11, 12 and 13, 2014.  Audiences will be guided to different locations around the Medina Square where actors will entertain them with lively stories about early Medina.

Audiences will learn about Captain Wolf, a Native American who lived in the Medina area in the early 1800′s; and will hear four gentlemen “toasting the virtues of Medina” during a July 4th celebration in 1821.  Three temperance ladies, who lead the charge for a “dry Medina”, tell what they did in 1874 to pass an ordinance against the evils of alcohol.  Additional scenes involve O. N. Leach, proprietor of a local haberdasher, and the humorous story of a price war involving another retail merchant; learn about the experiences of a free black man, a popular barber at the American Hotel on the square; and an early telephone operator will share the “sneaky things going on” in 1901 as telephone lines were just being installed.

A special highlight of the event is a performance and Afternoon Tea at Miss Molly’s Tea Room on Sunday afternoon, September 14 at 2 p.m. The cost of this event is $23. and reservations are required: 330-725-6830.
Thurs., Sept. 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Fri. & Sat., Sept. 12 & 13, 7 to 9 p.m.
Advanced Purchase: Adults- $5., children 12 and under- $2.  Purchase from Ormandy’s, 10 Public Square.
Event Day: Adults- $6., Children 12 and under- $3.  Purchase at the beginning point of the walk at the Medina County Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway in Medina.
Sun., Sept.14, 2 p.m.,
Afternoon Tea and Performance is $23.
Reservations required: 330-725-6830
This year’s presentations are directed by Donna Bica and Marcia Aguiar.  The annual walk is cooperatively staged by the Medina County Arts Council, the Medina County Historical Society, and the Medina County Show Biz Company.  For information, please or call 330-723-7649.
Photo credit: Allyson Voller



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Ghoulish Fun Returns: Project: LEARN’s Third Annual 5K Run for Your Life Zombie Run Coming in October…Let’s Get Ready to Stumble!

August 29, 2014:  Project: LEARN of Medina County is pleased to announce the zombies are returning to Medina County!  Buckeye Woods will be taken over by zombies on Saturday, October 18th at 4pm (new spookier time for 2014!) for a different kind of 5k run. Each registered runner or walker will have 3 flags attached to them. These flags represent “lives.” Runners and walkers will traverse a 5k course through Buckeye Woods but will have to watch out for the zombies who might capture a flag and thus infect the runner. The winners will be the first to cross the finish line with at least one life still intact.  Medals will be awarded to the top finishers.

For those who are not runners (zombies stumble along rather than run) but can get into zombie character, this is your chance.  We welcome zombie brides, zombie cheerleaders, zombie prom dates, celebrity zombies, zombie lawyers, and zombies from all walks (or stumbles) of life!

Executive director of Project: LEARN, Karla Robinson, notes: “Local runners tell us this is one of their favorite events of the year.  Zombies love getting into costume and haunting the course, and the runners have a great time dodging the zombies.  Some of our runners even got into costume last year!”

Registration costs $20 for runners ($25 day of race); $10 for zombies  ($15 if the zombie wants a t-shirt). All proceeds benefit Project: LEARN’s adult and family literacy and tutoring programs in Medina County.  Project: LEARN helps adult students to change their lives by providing free tutoring in reading, math, and English as a second language. 

Runners and zombies can register in advance of October 10th by visiting  On-site registration will be available the day of the event at Buckeye Woods Park, 6335 Wedgewood Road in Medina.    

EVENT:           Project: LEARN’s 3rd Annual Run for Your Life 5K Zombie Run

LOCATION:    Buckeye Woods Park, 6335 Wedgewood Road, Medina

DATE:             Saturday, October 18th, 4:00pm

TIME:              Race time:  4pm; registration opens at 3pm; zombies arrive at 3pm for makeup, 3:30pm for

zombie training


COST:           Runners/walkers:  registration fee is $20; $25 day of race;

Zombies:  $10, $15 if the zombie wants a t-shirt (optional free makeup assistance available)


Contact:           Karla Robinson, Executive Director, Project: LEARN 
105 West Liberty Street
Medina, OH  44256                

330-723-1314 or or visit

If you would like 2013 Zombie Run photos to run with a story, please contact Karla.

(Press contacts on day of event, reach Karla Robinson by cell phone:  330/990-7369)


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5th Annual Liverpool Historical Spirit Walk

Liverpool Township Historical Society and Buckeye Community Theatre announce the 5th Annual Liverpool Historical Spirit Walk on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Step back into time and spirits from Myrtle Hill Cemetery will bring to life their tales of early Liverpool Township. Six new stories will be reenacted as you are led from gravestone to gravestone. Two of the stories focus on the 19th Century and four on the 20thcentury. This event is excellent for the entire family. Children, parents and grandparents will enjoy hearing of times past and learn some history while having fun! The stories are suitable for all ages and not scary. The park is handicapped accessible and some seating is available at each gravestone. This event will be held rain or shine. In the event of rain, all stories will be held under cover and seated. For more information go to; or call 330-483-3038 or 330-242-1541.

The Spirit Walk will be at Mill Steam Park, 1258 Maple Street, Valley City. On Rt 303 turn north at the Valley City Fire Station. Tours will commence every 15 minutes starting at 6pm with the last tour at 8:30pm. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 and under; free for 5 and under. Tickets will be available at the Park with advance sales at Buehlers/ Brunswick/Forest Meadows/River Styx; PNC Bank/Valley City.

For more fun things to do in Medina County:
Medina County Visitor’s Bureau
Medina’s Square
32 Public Square
Medina, OH 44256

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