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August 2020

Akron Partners With Colu to Launch Akronite App to Support Small Business Recovery from COVID-19
August 10, 2020

Akron Zoo to Host Wild for Wine Event
August 10, 2020

Summit Metro Parks Announces Fall 2020 COVID-19 Response
August 6, 2020

Akron Zoo to Offer Summit County Community Appreciation Days
August 6, 2020

Akron Art Museum Announces Transformation Plan
August 5, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Issues Request for Proposals for New Residential Development on Theiss Road
August 3, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Administrator Named to Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors
August 3, 2020

All-Akron Student Engineering Program to Host Virtual Closing Ceremony to Honor Participants
August 3, 2020

July 2020

Board of Park Commissioners Meets August 11
July 29, 2020

DFA Welcomes New Community Development Program Officer
July 29, 2020

Summit County Public Health, Full Term First Birthday, and the Summit County Medical Examiner Urge Parents and Guardians to Follow Safe Sleep Tips for Infants
July 29, 2020

Staying Safe—Together! Akron-Summit County Public Library Reopens
July 29, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Designates Off-Site Location for Jury Trials
July 29, 2020

Mayor Dan Horrigan Reports Record Low Lead Levels in City of Akron Drinking Water
July 27, 2020

“Swing for Your Swag” Event Set for July 24 at Canal Park
July 22, 2020

Collaboration Among Social Service, Education, and Arts Organizations Brings Creativity Through Fully Inclusive Digital Classes
July 21, 2020

Akron City Council – Reimagining Public Safety
July 17, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Opens Applications for Fourth Annual Mayor’s Citizens Institute
July 16, 2020

Leadership Akron Announces Additions to Board of Directors
July 15, 2020

City of Akron Passes Local Face Covering Mandate
July 14, 2020

Walsh Jesuit, Massillon Washington Set to Face Off at Canal Park
July 14, 2020

ASO Interlude Season - Our Gift to the Community
July 13, 2020

City of Akron Establishes Public Art Program
July 9, 2020

Akron Zoo to Host Blood Drive
July 9, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Introduces Legislation to Make Face Coverings Mandatory in the City of Akron
July 9, 2020

City of Akron Outdoor Pools and Splash Pads Now Open to the Public with Health and Safety Restrictions in Place
July 6, 2020

June 2020

Archbishop Hoban, St. Vincent-St. Mary Set to Renew Rivalry at Canal Park July 11
June 30, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Makes Significant Resources Available to Akron Water and Sewer Customers In Need
June 30, 2020

2020 Akron RubberDucks Season Cancelled
June 30, 2020

City of Akron to Adopt Open and Equitable Plan for Neighborhood-Centric Public Art
June 29, 2020

City of Akron and Akron Children’s Hospital partner on “Jump into a Healthy Summer” Youth Wellness Program
June 29, 2020

Fourth on the Field Fireworks Presented by Goodyear Set for Saturday July 4
June 26, 2020

Leadership Akron Announces Signature Class 37
June 24, 2020

Summit County Public Health and Full Term First Birthday Agencies Team Up to Launch “Masks for Moms” Campaign
June 24, 2020

City of Akron and Summit DD Partner on The Akron Games “May There Always Be Summit DD”
June 23, 2020

Celebrating 5 Years, ArtsNow Announces New Board Members
June 23, 2020

City of Akron Announces First Round Winners of Rubber City Match
June 23, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Releases Summary of the City of Akron’s Ongoing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts
June 22, 2020

ArtsNow & Gener8tor Announce Emergency Response Program for Northeast Ohio Creatives
June 19, 2020

Mayor Dan Horrigan Announces Major Milestone in Downtown Tunnel Project: Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel is 100% Connected!
June 18, 2020

Mayors Announce Joint Effort to Support Public Safety Reforms
June 17, 2020

Summit Metro Parks Launches #Staysafesmp Contest to Promote Safe Summer Fun
June 16, 2020

City of Akron and Arts Partners Launch Art Blooms in Akron
June 15, 2020

City of Akron Announces Plans for Neighborhood-Based Fourth of July Fireworks
June 15, 2020

Akron Waterways Renewed! to host Virtual “Blue Heron Hangout” Educational Series
June 12, 2020

Judge Annalisa S. Williams to Receive the Kent State University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2020
June 12, 2020

Summit Lake Nature Center Takes Shape with Construction, Indoor Exhibit Work Underway
June 11, 2020

City of Akron Announces Temporary Summer Patio Permit Program
June 9, 2020

Akron Zoo to Open on June 17
June 5, 2020

Summit Metro Parks Announces Summer 2020 Covid-19 Response
June 4, 2020

Mayor Dan Horrigan Releases Procurement and Inclusion Report
June 4, 2020

17th Annual Spree for All Begins June 1 with New Virtual Option Available
June 1, 2020

Summit Metro Parks Introduces Virtual ‘Backyard Explorer’ Day Camp
June 1, 2020

City of Akron to Resume Bulk Pickup Services on June 8th
June 1, 2020

May 2020

Several Akron Municipal Court Departments to Continue Operating Remotely Through July 31
May 29, 2020

Akron Civic Theatre to offer Free LiveVirtually Master Class Edition
May 29, 2020

Akron Zoo to Hold Virtual Auction
May 29, 2020

METRO RTA Announces Service Updates Beginning June 8.
May 29, 2020

City of Akron Reveals Progress of Rubber Worker Statue Destined for Main Street Roundabout
May 28, 2020

Akron Zoo Receives Approval of Reopening Plan
May 28, 2020

City of Akron Offices Closed for Business on May 25 in Observance of Memorial Day
May 21, 2020

ArtsNow Announces Two Virtual Series to Connect Community Unable to Participate in Large Scale Activities
May 20, 2020

City of Akron Announces Alternate Programming for Summer 2020
May 20, 2020

Akron Zoo to Offer Virtual Programs
May 19, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Launches “Mow to Own” Program
May 18, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Announces Updates to City of Akron Recreation and Parks Programming
May 18, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Announces Changes to Safety and Streets Budget & Capital Budget
May 13, 2020

Akron Civil Rights Commission is Continuing to Accept Complaints of Discrimination During the “Stay Safe Ohio” Order
May 13, 2020

GAR teams up with Akron Institutions to Distribute Thousands of Masks to Community
May 12, 2020

Application Submitted for a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area along Main Street in Downtown Akron
May 12, 2020

Akron Zoo to Offer Meal Takeout and Shopping Opportunities
May 11, 2020

City of Akron to Standardize Curbside Charges to Sustain Recycling Program
May 11, 2020

Akron Zoo to Delay Opening of Wild Asia
May 7, 2020

Ohio Department of Health Recommends Water Supply Flushing for Reopening of Buildings Under Statewide COVID-19 Transition Plan
May 7, 2020

Start of RubberDucks’ Season Pushed to at Least June 15
May 5, 2020

Akron Zoo Volunteers to Create Masks for Local Community
May 1, 2020

Summit Metro Parks Update COVID-19 Response
May 1, 2020

Masks, Health Assessments Mandatory for Entry into Akron Municipal Court
May 1, 2020

April 2020

The City of Akron and Environmental Design Group Receive Outstanding Achievement Award for Aqueduct Street Green Improvements
April 30, 2020

Summit County Voters Approve Park Levy
April 29, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Outlines Transition Plan for City Operations under Governor DeWine’s Responsible RestartOhio Plan
April 29, 2020

Akron Waterways Renewed! Field Work Ongoing in North Hill Area of Akron
April 29, 2020

“Artifacts With Edie” Is Livestreaming from the Summit County Historical Society
April 24, 2020

Mayor Dan Horrigan Issues Statement Regarding President Miller’s Remarks “Redesigning the University of Akron”
April 24, 2020

A METRO RTA Bus Operator Tested Positive for COVID-19 on April 23, 2020.
April 23, 2020

Summit County Probate Court to Collect and Deliver Cards
April 22, 2020

City of Akron Announces Changes to Lock 3 and Recreation Programming
April 22, 2020

MASK-R-AID Call for Artists
April 20, 2020

Call for Artists: MASK-R-AID
April 17, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Will Continue Virtual Town Halls through April
April 16, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Modifies Procedures to Court Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic
April 16, 2020

Akron Children’s Museum Asks for Community Support with Postcards to Local Grocery Stores
April 16, 2020

City of Akron Workers Proactively Disinfecting City Buildings and Vehicles
April 14, 2020

Akron Waterways Renewed! Program Making Progress
April 14, 2020

THIRD Akron Parks Challenge POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
April 10, 2020

“Opening Day At Home” To Put New Spin On Ducks’ April 17 Home Opener
April 10, 2020

The City of Akron Reminds Residents Not to Flush “Flushable” Wipes
April 7, 2020

“At Home With The RubberDucks” Show Will Launch 640 WHLO As Team’s New Radio Home
April 7, 2020

City of Akron Extends Local Orders to Align with Extended State of Ohio Stay-at-Home Order
April 6, 2020

Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau Launches Akron[RE]bound
April 6, 2020

Northeast Ohio Parks Urge Public’s Cooperation To Remain Open During COVID-19
April 3, 2020

METRO RTA to Reduce Bus Service Beginning April 6.
April 3, 2020

April 4 Artwalk at Summit Artspace Goes Virtual!
April 2, 2020

Akron City Council to Meet via Videoconference on Monday, April 6th at 7:00 PM
April 2, 2020

The Akron Symphony Orchestra Will Debut the ASO Radio Hour on April 3 at 7 p.m.
April 2, 2020

March 2020

RubberDucks Launch QuAkron Cares Program To Assist With Covid-19 Relief Efforts
March 31, 2020

Mayor Horrigan and County Executive Shapiro Remind residents that April 1 is Census Day
March 31, 2020

Summit County Creates COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program
March 30, 2020

City of Akron Extends Income Tax Filing Deadline to July 15
March 27, 2020

Highlighting the Akron Community During the COVID-19 Response
March 25, 2020

Engage with the Akron Zoo During Zoo Closure
March 24, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Urges Residents to Stay at Home Following State Order
March 23, 2020

Tuesday Musical names new executive director
March 23, 2020

Parks and Trails Designated Essential Activity, Will Remain Open During Stay-At-Home Order
March 23, 2020

METRO RTA encourages passengers to limit travel to life-necessary trips.
March 23, 2020

Akron Zoo to Close Through March 31, 2020
March 17, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Announces Measures to Protect City Workforce
March 17, 2020

METRO RTA announces free fares beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020
March 16, 2020

Closings Due to COVID-19: Statement from Mayor Daniel Horrigan
March 15, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Outlines Plan for March in Response to COVID-19 Threat
March 15, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Additional Event Cancellations
March 11, 2020

METRO RTA Announces Public Outreach for Strategic Planning Process.
March 5, 2020

Akron Zoo to offer ZooCamp summer program
March 4, 2020

Akron Children’s Museum Hosts 2nd Annual All Aboard the Akron Express Train Event
March 4, 2020

Downtown Akron Partnership Seeks Business Owners and Entrepreneurs for Start Downtown Program
March 3, 2020

February 2020

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit With special guest Hiss Golden Messenger
February 27, 2020

Women’s History Project “Woman of the Year Awards”
February 24, 2020

Akron Zoo to Host Inclusion Day
February 24, 2020

Akron Symphony Orchestra Announces Stand Beside Her Essay Contest
February 19, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Receives Grant Funding from Supreme Court of Ohio
February 18, 2020

Akron Zoo welcomes Speke’s gazelle calf
February 14, 2020

14th Annual Firefighters’ Chili Challenge - Friday at Lock 3
February 14, 2020

National Register of Historic Places Finds Summit Metro Parks Facilities Worthy of Inclusion
February 11, 2020

Downtown Businesses Show Customers Some Love on Galentine's and Valentine's Day
February 5, 2020

The BOX Gallery Solo Show Opening February 21
February 5, 2020

RubberDucks to Extend Safety Netting For 2020 Season
February 5, 2020

January 2020

Musica to host winter Flannel & Music Fest fundraiser for UA’s Art Bomb Brigade
January 31, 2020

“Great Streets Initiative” LED Streetlight Installation Event at University of Akron
January 31, 2020

Wandering Aesthetics Announces “The Velveteen Rabbit” a Youth Production
January 31, 2020

From D.C. subway to Akron: Joshua Bell and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in concert Feb. 25
January 30, 2020

Mayor Horrigan Releases 2020 Safety and Streets Budget Detailing $15.8 Million of Investments in Akron’s Police, Fire, and Streets
January 30, 2020

Akron Zoo to host job fair on Feb. 8-9
January 30, 2020

Clint Black Grammy Award winning Country Singer Akron Civic Theatre – April 2, 2020 – 8 PM
January 28, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Specialized Docket Receives Final Certification, New Name
January 22, 2020

The Development Finance Authority elects a new Board Member and Board Officers
January 22, 2020

Akron Municipal Court Announces Off-Site Weddings at Historic Venues to Mark Holidays in February, March
January 17, 2020

November 2019

Indulge Chocolates, sister company of Chill Artisan Ice Cream Co, now open in downtown Akron
November 25, 2019

Akron Children's Museum Hosts 4th Annual Hands-On Holidays
November 21, 2019

Winterblast at Lock 3, Northeast Ohio's Most Popular Family Friendly Destination for Winter Fun, Announces 2019 Schedule
November 19, 2019

Metisentry Acquires ScholarVets
November 14, 2019

Victim Assistance Program to Honor Victims of Homicide at Annual Angel Tree Ceremony
November 7, 2019

Drips is the 20th Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2019 Technology Fast 500™
November 7, 2019

October 2019

Artist Angela Washko to speak at Akron Art Museum
October 31, 2019

METRO Regional Transit Authority to offer free fares on Election Day and Veteran’s Day
October 29, 2019

Pritt Entertainment Group moving to historic Carlton building in downtown Akron
October 29, 2019

Akron Zoo event, Penguin Palooza, to return due to popular demand
October 25, 2019

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical live on stage soars to Akron Civic Theatre on Dec. 19
October 25, 2019

Educators can get ideas for game-ifying classrooms at Akron Art Museum workshop
October 25, 2019

Akron Zoo to host Ghost Tours
October 18, 2019

Enter Poe's Garden for the mysterious at Summit Artspace Oct. 18-Nov. 9
October 16, 2019

The Experience Barber & Beauty Shop now open in downtown Akron
October 15, 2019

Trick or Treat on South High Street for families at the Akron Art Museum
October 9, 2019

September 2019

METRO Regional Transit Authority encourages Summit County to take the bus during Try Transit Week.
September 30, 2019

Mint Hair Collective now open in downtown Akron
September 24, 2019

Artists of Rubber City teams up with Summit Artspace to offer art classes Sept. 22-Oct. 19
September 19, 2019

Akron's longest running comic book store under new ownership in downtown Akron
September 17, 2019

Canal Park Festival of Beers to feature Ohio-based breweries
September 16, 2019

Downtown Akron Partnership and NCCAkron present #Dance4Coffee
September 13, 2019

The Akron Symphony Orchestra present Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, on Sept. 21
September 11, 2019

Akron Chilren's Museum hosts Music Garden ribbon cutting ceremony
September 6, 2019

The BOX Gallery presents ArtPrize in the BOX
September 4, 2019

August 2019

Pints and Pies: craft beer and pizza festival comes to Akron
August 27, 2019

Akron Art Museum offers free admission to University of Akron students, faculty and staff
August 26, 2019

Canal Park to host Festival of Beers on Sept. 21
August 23, 2019

Akron Art Museum adds work by Jenny Holzer to its collection
August 15, 2019

Exchange Street to begin two-way traffic on Monday, Aug. 19
August 14, 2019

AIDS Memorial Quilt coming to Akron
August 12, 2019

Joel Fuhrman and Ocean Robbins to present keynote talks at Wayside Wellness Fair on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Akron Civic Theatre
August 12, 2019

METRO Regional Transit Authority to celebrate 50th birthday on August 14
August 7, 2019

Akron Zoo to host Summer Safari on Aug. 9
August 5, 2019

RubberDucks announce 2020 home schedule
August 5, 2019

July 2019

Akron Zoo to hold naming contest for snow leopard cub
July 18, 2019

Grocery Grabbers provides personal shopping services from downtown Akron location
July 18, 2019

Movie Night at Canal Park: “The Secret Life of Pets” on July 27
July 17, 2019

Area artists display self-portraits in new juried show opening July 19 at Summit Artspace
July 10, 2019

Next Brew at the Akron Zoo is July 20
July 9, 2019

June 2019

Artists of Rubber City presents Small Gems
June 27, 2019

Musk deer born at the Akron Zoo
June 24, 2019

Fairy tales get dark in Dread & Delight at the Akron Art Museum
June 20, 2019

Akron Children's Museum host summer camp programs
June 11, 2019

Snow leopard cub born at the Akron Zoo
June 5, 2019

RubberDucks partner with United Way of Summit County for “Fourth on the Field”
June 3, 2019

May 2019

Akron Art Museum joins institutions nationwide in the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums
May 23, 2019

Artists of Rubber City presents trio of ceramic artists in The BOX Gallery
May 22, 2019

Summit Artspace announces 2019 Arts Alive awards honorees and finalists
May 20, 2019

Boa Mistura lends perspective on Decade of STEM
May 14, 2019

Akron Art Museum marks the 35th season of Downtown@Dusk with local favorites in a beautiful garden space
May 10, 2019

Community institutions hosting "Just Review It" to celebrate Small Business Week
May 7, 2019

Join the Akron Art Museum in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Art Museum Day
May 6, 2019

It's time for lunch in downtown Akron
May 1, 2019