1) Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet — 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. today, Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. The Little Mermaid. $5. 330-972-2504.
The Danish fairy tale transformed into a blockbuster animated Disney movie transformed into a ballet featuring kids.
Still master of his domain and rich enough to probably put a down payment on yours, too, the former sitcom star and observational comedian comes to Akron. Often when a big-time comedian plays smaller theaters in a smaller town, it means they’re working out new material.
3) Numbers Band — 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland; $7, 216-383-1124
Longtime local favorites still going at it 35-plus years in. Their most recent album, the David Thomas (Pere Ubu)-produced The Inward City from 2009, is pretty darn good.
4) An Evening With Charles Dickens — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Cuyahoga Falls Public Library, 2015 Third St. Free, 330-928-2117, www.cuyahogafalls library.org. Presented by Largely Literary Theater company director and co-founder Mark Dawidziak.
It is a far, far better thing that you do, than you have ever done, reminding your kids that reading material written in complete, well-constructed sentences is fundamental.
5) Party for the Planet — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave. 330-375-2550,
Sunday is the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day and both the Cleveland and Akron Zoos are celebrating. The Akron Zoo will have giveaways, crafts, animal encounters, zoo mascot Conrad Conservation and other activities to make you contemplate the many ways we daily violate Mama Earth.