In Pursuit of Fun Purse Swap — 6-8 p.m. at Zwisler Hall, 500 Mull Ave., Akron. Swap of new or gently used purses, mystery purse raffle, other prizes. $25. All proceeds benefit Magical Theatre Company. 330-848-3708.
Celebrity Cuisine — 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Canton Memorial Civic Center. Samples of food and drink from local restaurants and food purveyors, live music, silent auction, 50/50 raffle. Benefits Community Harvest. $25; available at Tri-County Restaurant Association, 100 30th St. NW, Suite 102, Canton, or at door. 330-499-7007.
Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Benefit — 7-11 p.m. at the Barley House, 222 S. Main St., Akron. Guest bartenders will raise money for the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children program through Akron Children’s Hospital. 50/50 drawing and raffle.
Friends Night Out Open House and Book Sale — 5-8 p.m. at Medina County District Library, 210 S. Broadway St. Fill a bag with reading or media materials for $5. Benefits Friends of Medina County District Library. www.friendsofmcdl.info.
Dessert Extravaganza — 7-9 p.m at Silver Lake Country Club, 1325 Graham Road. Sample desserts and appetizers, silent auction, cash bar. Benefits Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library. $25. 330-688-3295, ext. 110 or ext. 228.
Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland’s 27th annual Swim for Diabetes — 4-7 p.m. Friday, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at University of Akron Ocasek Natatorium, 382 Carroll St., Akron; 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Natatorium in Cuyahoga Falls, 2345 Fourth St.; 2-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Ada Cooper Natatorium, East Woods Elementary, 120 N. Hayden Parkway, Hudson; 6-9 p.m. Friday, 2-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Life Center Plus, 5133 Darrow Road, Hudson; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Macedonia Family Recreation Center, 1494 E. Aurora Road; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Akron General Lifestyles: Stow, 4300 Allen Road; 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Twinsburg Fitness Center, 10075 Ravenna Road. 216-591-0800 or www.diabetespartnership.org.
The Arc Reverse Raffle & Auction — 6 p.m. at Guy’s Party Centre, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. Benefits The Arc of Summit & Portage Counties, which advocates for people with developmental disabilities. $75. 330-836-5863.
GroundWorks DanceTheatre Benefit — 6 p.m. at Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland. Seven celebrities will perform duets with GroundWorks artists. $125-$175. 216-751-0088 or www.groundworksdance.org.
Canton Symphony Orchestra Charity Night — 6-8:30 p.m. at Bonefish Grill, 6341 Strip Ave. NW, Jackson Township. Seafood, cocktails, music. All proceeds go to orchestra. Minimum donation $25. 330-452-2094 or www.cantonsymphony.org.
A Tribute to the Civic: Jump Back to the ’80s with Lights — 8:30 p.m. at Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St. Concert by Journey tribute band Lights. VIP party at 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit theater. $10-$15 for concert only, $80 VIP. 330-253-2488 or www.akroncivic.com.
Empty Bowl fundraiser — 1 to 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn. $15; includes a handcrafted bowl to fill with soup. Benefits Family Promise of Summit County. www.familypromisesc.org or 330-253-8081.
In The Woods Charity Dog Walk — Registration at 10 a.m. at In The Wood Barn & Garden Center, 9916 Nichols Road, Freedom Township. Proceeds benefit Hattie Larlham Constant Companions. $15 adult, $10 children. 330-527-0021 or www.horsesinthewoods.com.
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