Akron Ohio News - West Side News & Notes. West Side Leader. By Staff Writer. Walking Challenge program to begin April 1. GREATER AKRON — Local residents are encouraged to get walking for better health as part of the 1.
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Million Steps Akron Walking Challenge. The effort begins April 1.
Local officials from Summit County, the City of Akron, Summit County Public Health and the Akron Marathon touted the program during an April 6 kick- off at Greystone Hall in Downtown Akron. According to local officials, 1. Million Steps Akron aims to promote healthy lifestyles and stimulate civic engagement by uniting the Akron community around a single goal: to collectively walk 1. The challenge welcomes individuals, friends, families, community organizations and local businesses to challenge themselves and others to grab their sneakers, get out and get active. Participants can compete individually or form teams.
Participants can register for the challenge at www. Akron. walkertracker. Once registered, participants can set daily goals and track their steps by logging activities manually on the website or smartphone app, or by syncing an approved fitness device or pedometer.
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Participants are encouraged to engage with others and share their progress in the challenge by sharing photos and posts on social media using #Akron. Steps. 10. 0. The final step count will take place at the Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series 8. K and 1 Mile presented by National Interstate Insurance on June 2.
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Individuals and teams will be eligible for prizes. Winners will be announced at a July Akron Rubber.
Ducks game. For more information, contact Jeffrey Krauss at Summit County Public Health at jkrauss@schd. Mustard Seed to celebrate birthday with plant, tree giveaway. GREATER AKRON — Mustard Seed Market & Caf. The day also will include a birthday- themed taste fair with music from noon to 4 p. We set out years ago to change the world by selling the best organic food the earth has to offer,” said company founder Margaret Nabors.
We can only continue this journey if we work in harmony with nature.”Mustard Seed locations are at 8. W. For more information, go to mustardseedmarket. Two local projects selected for Knight Cities Challenge funds. GREATER AKRON — Two local projects were selected to receive some of the $5 million in funding provided by the John S. Knight Foundation as winners of the Knight Cities Challenge.
Downtown Akron Innerbelt Bicycle Park by Jonathan Morschl was selected to receive $1. Cuyahoga Explore- a- Foot project by Brian and Tracy Davis will get $7. April 1. 2. Morschl, a Highland Square resident, proposed providing new life for an abandoned section of the Innerbelt by creating a “bicycle park” that promotes cycling, encourages new riders and attracts cyclists from throughout the region and nation. The project proposed by the Davises, of Moreland Hills, will encourage visitors to explore remote regions of Cuyahoga Valley National Park by providing services and amenities, such as help with travel arrangements and baggage transport, to make it more accessible. A total of 3. 7 projects were selected from 4,5.
Each of the ideas centers on helping cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunities and create a culture of civic engagement. Participants were challenged to submit ideas to make the 2. Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work.“At its core, the Knight Cities Challenge is about discovering and connecting civic innovators, creative interventionists who inspire positive change,” said Alberto Ibarg. Their ideas have the potential to create stronger communities and spaces that spur learning, engagement and growth.”This was the second year of the Knight Cities Challenge.
The challenge will reopen for submissions this fall, according to foundation officials. For more information, go to knightcities. Daffodil Trail peak coming soon. RICHFIELD — The H. S. Wagner Daffodil Trail in Furnace Run Metro Park is expected to be at its blooming peak next week, according to Summit Metro Parks officials. The thousands of daffodils there — which represent dozens of varieties — are expected to be at or near peak bloom through the middle part of the week of April 1.
The trail is located at 3. Brush Road. The 0. Daffodil Trail is named for the first director of Summit Metro Parks.
Harold Wagner planted the first bulbs there in the late 1. Parking in the gravel lot near the trail is limited to about 1. The area also features three picnic tables and a temporary restroom facility near the start of the trail. For more information, call 3. Tax filing deadline April 1. GREATER AKRON — Tax Day this year falls on April 1. To meet federal tax filing deadlines, submissions should be postmarked by April 1.
Post offices in Ohio will maintain regular retail hours on tax day, according to the U. S. Postal Service (USPS), which offers the following tips for tax filers. To ensure an April 1.
Your submission may weigh more than an ounce. Postal workers or retail associates can weigh and rate your submission. Taxing agencies will not pay postage due and a returned submission may cause you to miss the deadline.
Items without sufficient postage will be returned. If your submission does not have a return address, it will be sent to the postal mail recovery office, delaying its return to you. Check local libraries or online at irs.
Ohio forms. The Internal Revenue Service will accept returns sent via Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express for those customers who would like verification that their returns were delivered, according to Postal Service officials. The IRS accepts the postmark on the envelope as proof of timely filing. Post office retail hours and mail collection times vary and customers may visit usps.
ASK- USPS for information on local post office retail hours and collection box locations, hours and pickup times. The District of Columbia will celebrate Emancipation Day April 1.
USPS officials. SCORE offering workshops. DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron SCORE, a no- cost mentoring program for new and existing businesses, will host seven workshops in April and May. Founded in 1. 96.
Akron SCORE serves Medina, Summit, Portage and Wayne counties and is composed of 7. The organization will offer workshops to help new businesses get started and existing businesses improve their operations and profitability. All workshops are free and conducted by professional counselors certified by SCORE, the nonprofit Small Business Administration- affiliated organization. The workshops include: Fundamentals of Writing a Business Plan, April 1.
Main St. Introduction to Intellectual Property, April 1. High St.; Introduction to Patents and Patent Searching, April 2. High St., will host three speakers to answer consumer finance questions April 2.
Teresa Dixon Murray, banking and consumer finance columnist at The Plain Dealer, will speak at 1. Greg Radosevic, a financial services specialist with Apprisen. Kathleen Seminatore, an investigator with the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs, will speak at 1 p. According to library officials, topics will include tips on budgeting, saving and boosting credit scores. Information on home energy programs and other assistance programs also will be available. Registration is not necessary for the free event. Parking is free in the High Street parking deck adjacent to the library.
For more details, visit www. Business and Government Division at 3. Falls’ Earth Week display to feature artwork, auction. CUYAHOGA FALLS — The City of Cuyahoga Falls’ Earth Week Display will be exhibited April 1. Included in this year’s display will be posters designed by local second- grade students and information on the city’s environmental programs and initiatives. Also planned is a silent auction of two rain barrels designed to help harvest rainwater for gardens and plantings.
Bids on the rain barrels will include an option that includes a rain barrel art kit for citizens interested in painting the rain barrel. Bidding on a rain barrel without the art kit will begin at $6. Bidding on a rain barrel with the art kit will begin at $8. Each bid must be a minimum increase of $2 over the previous bid.
Bidding will close April 2. All proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Summit Soil & Water Conservation District Public Involvement/Public Education program, according to city officials. For more information, contact Rebecca Mc. Cleary at Mc. Cleary. RM@cityofcf. com or 3. Food production, sales topic of forum.
WEST AKRON — Summit County Public Health (SCPH) will host a forum for those who are interested in selling food products at local events and out of their homes.“Cottage Foods and Farmers’ Markets: A Beginner’s Guide” will take place April 2. Market St. Attendees will learn about rules and regulations regarding cottage foods, farmers’ markets and mobile and temporary food service licensing at community events. Representatives of the Ohio Department of Agriculture and SCPH will give a presentation, followed by an open question and answer forum. SCPH’s Tom Campensa said the forum will address what kinds of foods vendors can sell, what the licensing requirements are and how vendors can sell safely to the public.
The program is free. To register, email aharris@schd.
Fund benefits from Mother’s Day tribute. MEDINA — The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation (ACF) is offering community members the chance to give a Mother’s Day gift that will benefit women and children across Medina County for years to come. Through April 3. 0, donors can make tribute or memorial gifts in honor of the special women they know. Each honoree will receive a Mother’s Day card informing her a gift was made in her name, although the amount of the gift will not be disclosed. The donations will ultimately support the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund’s grantmaking, which to date exceeds $1. ACF officials. The fund most recently awarded $1.