Around Brimfield: Help a neighbor fighting cancer, plan for summer events and more

Has anyone ever actually won an argument with a 4-year-old? One morning this past week, I was driving our little grandson to our home to spend the day. I was excited about a program at the library that I was sure he would enjoy. The conversation went as follows:

Me: Gordon, would you like to go to the library this morning to learn about baby animals and their mommies?
Gordon: Is Grandpa going to go with us?
Me: I don’t think so. He’s working on a project.
Gordon: (Emphatically) Well then, that would be a hard NO!
Me trying not to laugh and trying to convince him that he and I could have a great time without Grandpa, to no avail.

I should have known better than to argue with a 4-year-old!

Bey family benefit dinner

Those who have the privilege of being acquainted with Lisa Bey know her to be an active member and vigorous supporter of our Field community. She has been a fighter for the children of Field Schools and for those less fortunate.

Lisa is now in a deeply personal and tough fight… a fight against cancer.

She is not alone though; she has an army of supporters rallying around her. For those wishing to join her rank of supporters, there will be a Bey Family Benefit Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. June 19 at The Event on Sunnybrook, 3734 Sunnybrook Rd. in Brimfield.

Dinner will be provided by Mike’s Place and includes rosemary chicken, Italian sausage, rigatoni, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, roll, and pop or water. Take-out is available. Dinners are pre-order only at $15 per person; children under 5 are free. There will also be raffle baskets, a 50/50, and a bake sale.

“Cancer cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot conquer the spirit.” Let’s show Lisa and her family that they are never alone!

Order here.

Big Red Community Foundation

June 20, All day – Second Annual Big Red Community Day at Cedar Point – Discounted tickets and more information are available at

Brimfield Historical Society

June 13, 6 p.m. – Annual Membership Dinner – The BHS will supply the meat entrée and beverages, and those attending are asked to bring a dish to share. Members and those wishing to join are invited. Memberships for individuals are $15, family memberships are $25, and lifetime memberships are $250.

June 29-30 – Civil War Living Encampment on the grounds of the Kelso House. This is a free event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Donations are appreciated. Food will be available for purchase.

German Family Society

June 22-23 – Annual Old European Days & Bierfest, 3871 Ranfield Rd., Brimfield – The fest will feature live music, dancing, food, pastries, beverages, and children’s activities on Sunday, including train rides, Moonwalk, and a balloon artist. Hours are 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 22 and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 23.

Lady Falcon Basketball Camp

June 17-20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. – For girls entering fourth through eighth grade. Cost is $70. Varsity coaches and players will be teaching fundamentals and skills at this fun camp. Bring basketball shoes and a water bottle. For more information and to register, text Paul Stoicoiu at 330-221-4262.

Young at Heart Group

June 3, 10 a.m. – Monday breakfast at Mike’s Place; RSVP at 330-592-4318.

June 14, noon – Monthly bag lunch at Brimfield Community Center, 4538 Edson Rd.

June 17, 10 a.m – Monday Breakfast at Mike’s Place; RSVP at 330-592-4318).

June 21, 7 p.m. – Rubber Ducks vs. Binghamton Rumble Ponies baseball game at Canal Park, Akron. Fireworks after the game. Cost is $15. Seats are on the shaded third base side. Contact Camilla Taylor, treasurer, at 330-221-9253 to make reservations and payment. No cash is accepted at the ballpark, so bring a credit card for food/drinks. For those who want to carpool, meet at 5:45 p.m. at Brimfield Methodist Church, 1235 Tallmadge Rd. Invite your friends and family.

July 18, 3 p.m. – Hartville Kitchen outing. Call Audrey Stillwell at 330-968-3813 to make a reservation.

Brimfield Branch Portage County Library

To register for events, please call the library at 330-442-4441.

June 3–Aug. 3 – Summer Reading Challenge. Starting June 3, participants can log their reading, activities and more for a chance to win some awesome prize baskets! Register by visiting your local PCDL branch or online by visiting Beanstack. Log your minutes/books to earn tracking badges, and complete five activities to earn an activity badge. Once you earn a badge, you will receive virtual tickets to enter to win a prize basket or a prize you pick up at a PCDL branch. The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all ages:

– Pre-readers (ages 0-5) can read up to eight hours or more in the challenge.
– School-age readers (ages 6-12) can read up to 100 hours or more in the challenge.
– Teen readers (ages 13-17) can read up to 12 books or more in the challenge.
– Adults readers (ages 18+) can read up to 20 books or more in the challenge.

June 3, 1-2 p.m. – REGISTERED EVENT: The Bubble Lady Show. Limited to 30 participants. All ages.

June 4, 3:30-5 p.m. – REGISTERED EVENT: Chess Club. Limited to 24 participants. Tweens, teens.

June 5, 4-5 p.m. – REGISTERED EVENT: Discover Native Plants with Brimfield Parks. Limited to 15 participants. Tweens, children.

June 6, 5-6 p.m. – REGISTERED EVENT: Yoga with Yoga Judith. Bring a yoga mat, water and comfortable clothing. Some mats will be available for use. Limited to 15 participants. Seniors, adults.

June 8, 10:30-11 a.m. – Summer Storytime for children 5 and under.

June 10, 3:30-5 p.m. – REGISTERED EVENT: Teen Art Club. Bring your works in progress and hang with friends. Limited to 10 participants.

June 11, 5:30-7 p.m. – Brimfield Book Club. Books are available at the circulation desk ahead of time. Feel free to bring snacks to share. Adults.

June 12-14, all day – Father’s Day Card Workshop. Make a card at the craft station while supplies last.

June 12, 1-2 p.m. – Afternoon Book Club. Books are available at the circulation desk. Seniors, adults.

June 13, 10:30 a.m.-noon – REGISTERED EVENT: Meet Your Local Firefighters with a walking field trip to the new Brimfield Fire Station. Limited to 20 participants. Children.

June 14, 10:30-11 a.m. – REGISTERED EVENT: Heart Healthy Storytime with Miss Gabbi from the Portage County Health District. Limited to 20 participants. Children.

June 15, 1-2 p.m. – Foundations of Investing 101 with Bella Marshall from Edward Jones Investments. Basics of how to start investing for the future. Adults.

June 17, 2-3 p.m. – REGISTERED EVENT. Welcome to Camp Half-Blood! Find out who your godly parent is, make camp necklaces and play capture the flag. Limited to 15 participants. Tweens, teens.

June 18, 5-6 p.m. – The Bee Talk with John Woodard, owner of Woodweyr Apiaries LLC.
Discuss honeybees and beekeeping. Adults.

June 22, 10:30-11 a.m. – Summer Storytime for children 5 and under.

June 25, 5:30-7 p.m. – Beginning Genealogy with Roger Marble. Where and how to start your family history. Adults.

June 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon – REGISTERED EVENT. Summer Music Special with Groovy Garfoose! Limited to 20 participants. Children.

Brimfield Parks and Recreation

June 1, 9-10:30 a.m. – National Trails Day Hike at McGuire Park. Celebrate National Trails Day and explore local trails!

June 1, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Pond Dipping Open House at McGuire Park. Participants will explore pond water samples and inhabitants of aquatic ecosystems. Recommended for ages 6 to adult.

June 5, 1 p.m. – Reptiles of Ohio at Lions Community Park: Carter Pavilion. Discover the reptiles native to Ohio, including snakes, turtles, lizards and more.

June 13, 1-3 p.m. – Timeless Memories Scrapbooking at the Brimfield Branch Library. Cost and registration information can be found at

June 15, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Touch-A-Truck at Lions Community Park. Free event. Explore fire trucks, police cruisers, construction vehicles, military vehicles and more! Sensory-friendly Hour: 11:00-noon. For more information, visit

June 20, 10 a.m. – Summer Solstice Bug Hunt at Cranberry Creek Park Pavilion. A family-friendly adventure into the enchanting world of insects! Long pants, long socks and closed-toed shoes recommended.

June 21, 6-9 p.m. – First Summer Concert: Keiper and Company at Brimfield Historical Society grounds. For more information about the concert series, visit

List of Brimfield Parks and facility amenities:

Brimfield Township

June 3-June 8 – Newton Street at Old Forge Road will be closed for railroad track repair. The detour will be south on Mogadore Road to Route 532.

June 12, 8 a.m. – Township trustee meeting.

June 25, 6 p.m. – Township trustee meeting.

Township trustee meetings are held at the Brimfield Community Center, 4538 Edson Rd., Brimfield.

Around Brimfield and Beyond

June 1, 7 p.m. – The Edwin George Cherokee art exhibit opens at Standing Rock Cultural Arts Center at 300 N Water St., Ste. H in downtown Kent. The exhibit will be up until June 29. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. As mentioned in my May column, Edwin was my step-father-in-law, affectionately called “Grandpa Indian” by our children. He was a master at painting the stories and lore of his culture. I loved watching his large hands paint such beautiful and intricate images.

Final thoughts: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain!”

Until next time. Got news? Share it by contacting Shirley Mars at 330-673-0241 or at [email protected].

Shirley Mars
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