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Published: April 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Celebrate Mom with Metro Parks

On Mother's Day weekend, take part in three Summit Metro Parks programs in honor of Mom.

- A Mother's Day craft will be May 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm / Seneca Deck, 1828 Smith Road in Akron. Make a nature-themed gift and card for mother, grandmother, aunt or mother-figure in your life, while supplies last. Parental assistance is recommended for ages 8 and younger. Program will be moved indoors to the auditorium in the case of inclement weather.

- Mothers of Nature will be May 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Furnace Run Metro Park, on Daffodil Trail, 3100 Brush Road in Richfield. Celebrate Mom on this special day and learn to appreciate not only human mothers, but all of the mothers that nature gives us during spring time.

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Peak daffodilseason inFurnace Run

Thousands of daffodils -- including dozens of varieties -- are expected to be at or near peak-bloom through the middle part of next week along the H.S. Wagner Daffodil Trail in Furnace Run Metro Park, 3100 Brush Road in Richfield.

Parking in the gravel lot is limited to about 10 cars, so visitors are encouraged to be patient and go weekdays before 4 p.m. There are three picnic tables and a porta-potty near the start of the trail. The 0.6-mile Daffodil Trail is named for the first director of Summit Metro Parks. Harold S. Wagner planted the first bulbs there in the late 1930s.

For more information, call 330-865-8065 or visit summitmetroparks.org.

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Summit Metro Parks is will train individuals interested in working as lifeguards this summer and pay the costs of the certification tests. The catch? Potential lifeguards must already know how to swim. A water test includes, but is not limited to, treading water for two minutes and swimming a continuous distance of 550 yards. The park district will offer lifeguard and CPR training at no charge for individuals who qualify. Those who are interested must apply and contact park managers no later than April 21 at 3 p.m. To apply, visit: http://www.summitmetroparks.org/employment.aspx.

The manager of Munroe Falls Metro Park may be contacted at 330-630-9602, and pmeeker@summitmetroparks.org. The manager of Silver Creek Metro Park may be contacted at 330-825-8579, and jsimon@summitmetroparks.org.

Lake swimming is offered May 27 through Aug. 13 at the Lake Area in Munroe Falls (521 S. River Rd., Munroe Falls) and at Silver Creek (5000 Hametown Rd., Norton).

Other April events

- A "Croaking Chorus Frog Hike" will be April 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Wood Hollow Metro Park, 2121 Barlow Road in Hudson. American toads and gray tree frogs join the nightly frog choir. Join a naturalist to learn and listen for their calls on this night hike along Wood Hollow's Downy Loop Trail. Bring flashlights and waterproof shoes. For information, call 330-865-8065.

- Visit "Bluebell Valley" April 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Everett Road Covered Bridge, 2370 Everett Road in Peninsula. Enjoy a hike along the river with a naturalist in the hopes that we see a tremendous amount of bluebells and other wildflowers along the way. For information, call 330-865-8065.

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