West Side News and Notes

Saturday Gardening Series starting next month

WEST AKRON — The Summit County Master Gardner Saturday Gardening Series will take place March 5 beginning at 9 p.m. at The Ohio State University’s Summit County Extension Office, located at 440 Vernon Odom Blvd.
The event includes a full day of presentations on a variety of gardening topics.
Cost is $45 and includes continental breakfast and lunch, with registration available by visiting Summitcountymastergardeners.org.
Gardening topics scheduled for the day include:
• How to Attract and Feed Hummingbirds and the Role of HummerNet, presented by Allen Chartier: Attendees can learn how to feed and attract hummingbirds through gardening tips, then participate in HummerNet and its research.
• All About Bulbs, presented by Lee Paulsen: Discussion topics will include botany to horticulture — from soils, planting, seasonal change and the right bulb for a garden to protecting them from pests.
• The Brightness of Fall in the Garden, presented by Cynthia Druckenbrod: The focus will be on a few unusual and colorful small bulbs, perennials, shrubs and trees that are most vibrant in the fall.
• Why We Grow What We Grow, presented by Phyllis Mihalik: This topic will include how farmers went from corn and tobacco to every commodity grown today — a story filled with mystery, intrigue and murder, according to organizers.
For more information, visit the website.

The Women’s Endowment Fund will host the virtual event “For Women, Forever”

DOWNTOWN AKRON – The Akron Community Foundation (ACF) Women’s Endowment Fund will present its “For Women Forever” event virtually this year on March 9 from 6-7 p.m.
“For Women, Forever” celebrates women as philanthropists and benefits the Women’s Endowment Fund.
This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Ernst & Young LLP Vice President and Central US Managing Partner Julie Boland. Event officials said Boland has more than 30 years of professional experience and was honored as a YWCA Woman of Achievement, the 2018 Mayo Person of the Year, and graduated from Leadership Cleveland in 2006.
Also during the event, Sandy Auburn, a retired philanthropic development professional and active community volunteer, will receive the 2022 Judith A. Read Tribute Award for Service & Advocacy for Women, which was established in 2016 to honor the life Judy Read’s service and her extraordinary commitment to empowering women and girls, according to ACF officials. It is awarded annually to the individual or couple who best exemplifies their service, advocacy, leadership and passion in the community.
For tickets, visit www.akroncf.org and choose the “News and Events” link, then “Upcoming Events”.
The Women’s Endowment Fund was established in 1993 as a permanent endowment fund committed to encouraging the advancement of women and girls in Summit County. To date, it has grown to more than $4.3 million and awarded more than $1.7 million in grants, according to ACF officials. Contributions are accepted at www.akroncf.org/give/WEF or can be mailed to the Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, 345 W. Cedar St., Akron, OH 44307. For more information, call 330-376-8522 or visit the website.

Akron’s Altrusa is giving away free prom dresses

Here are some of the free prom dresses available from Altrusa International of Akron. Photo courtesy of Altrusa International of Akron

GREATER AKRON — Altrusa International Akron’s annual Princess Night project offers free prom dresses to area high school students.
This year’s event will take place March 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kohl Family YMCA, located at 477 E. Market St. in downtown Akron.
Once registered, girls can choose a dress with the help of helpers, who will act as “personal shoppers” to help girls browse over 1,000 dresses. Seamstresses will be available to perform minor alterations. A wide selection of dress shoes and accessories, such as handbags, shawls and jewelry, will also be available.
No endorsements or qualifications are necessary, but girls will be asked the name of their school and how they heard about the Princess Night Project.
All visitors will be required to wear face masks.
Altrusa accepts donations of new or gently used prom dresses, shoes, jewelry, handbags and scarves. Dresses and accessories can also be brought to the event location on March 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All donations are tax deductible, according to the event organizers.
For more information, call Linda at 330-338-3378, Alice at 330-606-5164 or Margaret at 440-529-8688.
Since 2001, local members of Altrusa International, a voluntary service organization, have helped more than 1,900 girls by offering them a free prom dress, according to organizers.

Legal Aid marks Black History Month with presentations

GREATER AKRON – In honor of Black History Month, Community Legal Aid, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm serving the legal needs of low-income people in Central and northeast Ohio, shares the stories of its lawyers making a difference in the community through “Amplifying Black Voices,” a collection of videos and written stories.
“We have incredible colleagues who not only make our organization better, but are dedicated to improving the lives of those they serve and enriching the communities where they live,” said CEO Steven McGarrity. “History unfolds around us and we believe these stories need to be told. As one of our advocates pointed out, ‘Black history is American history.’
These stories are featured at www.communitylegalaid.org/blackhistory throughout February, and Legal Aid plans to add to the collection regularly and continue to share these stories beyond.
McGarrity said the company renewed its commitment to doing internal work to create a more inclusive and diverse work environment, and the Black History Month project was one initiative born out of those efforts.
“We hope others will find the inspiration and the courage to engage in uncomfortable but critical conversations,” he said. “The first step to inclusion is understanding.”
Legal Aid will also shine a light on racial justice this month as part of its email blog series, “Big Ideas,” by hosting these free virtual educational events:
• Today, February 17, at noon, a one-hour virtual panel discussion exploring this year’s theme for Black History Month — Black Health and Wellness; and
• February 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., “Going beyond race-neutral policies to reduce disparities,” which will explore disparities in health, housing, employment, taxes, etc Continuing legal education credits will be available.
For more details on these events and to participate, visit www.communitylegalaid.org/events.

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