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August 2014:

Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30 PM - Cruisin' with Johnny's
Every Wednesday, 5:30-8:30 PM, through October. CARS! Vintage, classic and hot rods, PLUS great food! Acme Plaza in front of Johnny's Diner.

Friday & Saturday nights, July 11 through August 22 - Summer Music Nights at First & Main
Grab some chairs and a blanket and head over to the First & Main Village Green for evenings of music, dancing and giveaways. Enjoy the sounds of top bands from the area as they perform lively cover music and originals to suit all tastes. Concerts run from 7-9 PM and are free to the public. [see schedule here]

August 15-17 - Jim Hjelm Bridal Trunk Show at All Brides Beautiful
Designed by Francesca Pitera, Jim Hjelm features gowns that satisfy the most discerning bride. Jim Hjelm is known for unique detailing, combined with luxurious fabrics and delicate embroidery. Excellent quality - proudly made in the USA. 10% OFF your JLM wedding gown order during the trunk show ~ this weekend only! Make your personal appointment today to reserve your private room and to work with our knowledgeable staff! 330-655-1339.

August 16, 1-3 PM - Author Terry Sykes-Bradshaw at The Learned Owl Book Shop
Terry Sykes-Bradshaw will visit to sign her newest book, Sibling Revelry, a thriller about two sisters whose vacation goes horribly wrong. Come meet the author and chat with her! Her first book, The Awful Truth About Dead Men, will also be available.

August 17, 2 PM - History Book Club at The Learned Owl Book Shop
Our History Book Club will meet to discuss the sinking of the Titanic. Read any book on the subject and join us! Authors Mary Ann Whitley (Ohio Tales of the Titanic) and Tad Fitch (On a Sea of Glass: The Life & Loss of the RMS Titanic) will also be attending.

August 23, 11 AM - Peanut Butter and Cupcake storytime at The Learned Owl Book Shop
Come to hear the story of Peanut Butter & Cupcake! This is a delightful story of Peanut Butter, new in town and looking for a friend. Illustrated with cleverly-created photographic vignettes, this is a refreshing approach to the subject about being lonely and making friends in a new place. Please call 330-653-2252 to sign up for this free event.

August 23, 7-8 PM - Yoga Lounge & Barre presents Yoga in the Park
Join Yoga Lounge & Barre for yoga in the Summit Metro Parks and see how nature can add to your yoga experience! Wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or large towel and drinking water. August 23rd: Active class at Nature Realm. For information, call 330-865-8065.

August 24, 12:30-1:30 PM - Yoga Lounge & Barre presents Kids Yoga in the Park
Join Megan Davis at the Nature Realm for Kids Yoga in the Park this summer!

August 26, 11 AM - Storytime at The Learned Owl Book Shop
Scott Campbell's new book Hug Machine is hitting the street on Tuesday, August 26th! This endearing story encourages a warm, caring and buoyantly affectionate approach to life. Bring the children at 11 AM on the 26th to hear the story - each child will receive a handmade "hug" to take home with them.

August 28, 7 PM - The Learned Owl Book Shop's Book Club in a Bar
Join us as our Book Club in a Bar meets to discuss White Heat by M. J. McGrath. Location TBA.

August 30, 10 AM-3 PM - FLEA at the Shops at the Evaporator Works (51 South Main St.)
Upscale Flea at the Evaporator Works, 51 S. Main Street, Hudson. Music * Industrial Repurposed * Vintage * Jewelry * Architectural Salvage * Food * Garden Decor * Serendipity * Upcycled * Lighting * Made by Hand * Reinvented. Vendors from Cleveland's Antique District and West Side to Medina and Hartville. Live music - Food trucks - Free demonstrations. Amazing vendors and shopping! For more information, call 330-655-2274.

August 30, 10 AM - Cultures of the World: Guatemala at Janet Rhodes brings you Fair Trade
We can't wait to welcome your children on a "trip" with us each month this summer! $5 per child; $15 max per family. Summer Programs are limited to 15 students. Call to register: 330-653-9006.

August 30, 1-3 PM - Author Laura Peskin at The Learned Owl Book Shop
Meet Laura Peskin, author of Deep Cover Cleveland: 99 Little Known Things about Northeast Ohio.

August 31, 4-6 PM - Hot air balloon rides with RE/MAX Trinity
This year the iconic RE/MAX hot air balloon will make a stop in Hudson Aug. 31 during the 2014 Labor Day festivities. Weather permitting, tethered rides will be offered from 4-6 PM at the Western Reserve Academy soccer field on Rt. 91. For a donation of $5 per person, you can rise above the trees for a bird's eye view of the community. All proceeds will go to the Western Reserve Academy Scholarship Fund. With nearly 95 RE/MAX hot air balloons around the globe, RE/MAX has the world's largest balloon fleet. The balloons make over 5,000 appearances each year. For further information, call Karen Velbeck, 330-653-5152.

September 2014:

Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30 PM - Cruisin' with Johnny's
Every Wednesday, 5:30-8:30 PM, through October. CARS! Vintage, classic and hot rods, PLUS great food! Acme Plaza in front of Johnny's Diner.

September 3, 5:30-9 PM - Author Julia Keller at The Learned Owl Book Shop
Meet author Julia Keller, who will be signing her newest book, Summer of the Dead, at The Learned Owl from 5:30-7 PM. There will also be a ticketed dinner with Ms. Keller from 7:30 to 9. Tickets will include dinner, drinks, and a copy of her new book, and are limited. Call the store for price and location: 330-653-2252.

September 4, 5-8 PM - First Thursday at the Shops at the Evaporator Works (51 South Main St.)
Come join in on the fun! Keep up with First Thursday plans on Facebook.

September 7, 5-7 PM - Writers' Workshop with Wayne Elliot at The Learned Owl Book Shop
The second in our Writers' Workshop Summer Series will focus on The Practical Side of Creative Non-Fiction (finer details of topic TBC), led by Wayne Elliot. Space is limited; call 330-653-2252 to register. The cost is $45 per workshop.

September 11, 7 PM - Author Thrity Umrigar at the Hudson Library
Meet author Thrity Umrigar, whose latest book is The Story Hour. The Learned Owl Book Shop will provide books for purchase at this event.

September 12, 5-8 PM - Second Friday Art Hop. Theme: "Hudson Icons"
Second Friday Art Hops are a collaborative effort designed to promote the arts in Hudson and support the work of studio artists and galleries. Artist studios and galleries in Hudson have teamed up with local businesses to host a regular monthly event for art lovers in the area. Visitors can tour working studios or art galleries in the downtown Hudson area. Peek inside an artist's studio and see firsthand the work that's being created in Hudson's expanding arts community. The studios and art galleries offer a wide variety of artwork: paintings, jewelry, watercolors, oil paintings, realistic work and abstract art. You can even catch live music around town. Many of the artists offer art classes and workshops and will be happy to tell you about them. Maps are available at participating studios and galleries or download one here.

September 13 and 14, 11 AM-5 PM - Catch the Hatch at Heinen's
It's Hatch Chile Roasting Time! Buy a case of Hatch chiles and we'll roast them for free. Don't miss out - available for a limited time!