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Scenes from we did the detour

August 15th, 2017

 The see Rosie party is this Saturday, August 19. We will be working at that time and it seemed only fitting we ride the TowPath to check out Rosie and ride the detour.  We set out on Sunday from Spaghetti Warehouse and rode towards Canal Park, Downtown Akron and ultimately the start of the Towpath detour. We have ridden to Canal Park from Barberton several times, however we have not been beyond for a couple of years. There have been some artistic additions to the path and surroundings in Downtown that make it an interesting place for cycling.

We found the signage for the detour as well as the road signs marking the route. Along the detour route we said hello to Rosie. Watch the rail road crossings on Hickory Street. In specific the crossing that is at a 45 degree angle to the road. A bicycle is a highly maneuverable machine, but it stays upright only by being balanced. You have to take extra care at a diagonal railroad crossing as it can push your front wheel to the side and sweep your bike out from under you. When you cannot avoid it, cross it at nearly as possible at a right angle.

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Scenes from Barberton Better Block

August 1st, 2017

First the streets were prepared to encourage safe traffic patterns for all vehicles  on the road. 

The theme of Friday night was entertainment, the Smooth & Blue trio entertained our customers inside the shop. Outside there were many activities and entertainment options.

Saturday featured the Bike 2 Barberton Ride, more live music, food and games.

Unwind on Tuesday -check out a free concert

July 31st, 2017

The City of Barberton Summer Concert Series was extended this summer. There are free concerts at Lake Anna on Wednesdays at 11:30 AM, as well as at 7:00 PM on Friday. The concerts began in June, the last Wednesday concert will be August 9th -with the return of the Chardon Polka Band. The Friday concerts will wind up on September 1. Tuesday evening concerts were added this summer- a 6 PM concert rotating through the other city parks.

The concert on Tuesday, August 1 will be held at Edgewood Park. Have you had a chance to check out Edgewood Park, it is a bike ride from R-D Bike Shop. Edgewood Park is one of the City of Barberton’s most widely used parks with approximately 10 acres of green space. The park is located on the West side of the city in a mostly residential area and is also close in location to the city’s new elementary school. This beautiful park boasts a pavilion with picnic tables, restrooms and electric, basketball courts, tennis courts, a playground, and a spray park. The park has two entrances by vehicle and is easily accessible by foot to area residents. There is one larger parking lot with approximately 20 parking spots, and another smaller lot with 10 parking spots.

The performer this Tuesday will be Steve Jochum.

This weekend brings fun for everyone

July 25th, 2017

Fridays theme is come to be entertained, and entertainment will be offered all over Downtown Barberton. Barberton Better Block will be on 2nd St NW  from the Lake Anna YMCA and the Barberton Liedertafel up to Park Avenue. Come and enjoy live music on the street and at R-D Bike Shop. We will have the Smooth & Blue Jazz Trio perform. There will be food trucks, pop- up vendors, games, a free movie shown on the side of R-D Bike Shop. You will want to bring a lawn chair to relax and enjoy the fun. Friday’s Better Block is from 5-10 PM

It will also be the Forth Friday so you will want to head over the W. Tuscarawas Ave. The theme for July is Summertime Fun and there will be free activities, fun outside games, music, art and pop up vendors from 5 PM to 9 PM. 

There will be a concert at the Lake Anna Gazebo at 7:00 PM: The Jersey Beat Band. The Jersey Beat Band is a Frankie Valli Tribute. Take a step back into the past listening and singing along to the sounds of one of the best vocal groups of its time…..Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

With all that is going to be offered next Friday what is the best way to get to Downtown-by Metro. Take METRO (Akron METRO Regional Transit Authority) to Barberton Better Block for free on July 28th or 29th! Simply show this flier or show a digital copy of this flier to the bus operator. This is good for your entire family. *not valid on METRO SCAT, NCX or call-A-Bus routes. Visit akronmetro.org or call 3300762.0341 to see what routes you can get you there. 

Your free ticket on Metro next Friday, Saturday

Second choice would be to bicycle to town. There are bicycle racks all around downtown. We recommend you use a lock to lock your bicycle to the rack and as the events go to 10 pm use head lights and tail lights. Stop in the shop and we can discuss lights and locks that meet your needs.

You can also drive to the fun. The street will be open on 2nd Street NW, however you can also park at the lots across the street from the Lake Anna Y or at Block 9. 

Barberton Better Block is this weekend-some volunteer spots remain

July 25th, 2017

This coming weekend Barberton Citizens will take on an exciting project to encourage revitalization and investment, showcasing essential assets of this great city. By focusing on an area of Second Street in our Historic Downtown District, Better Block will create quick, inexpensive, high-impact changes that improve and revitalize underused properties, while highlighting the potential for creating abundant “Complete Streets”.

Are you willing to be an essential part of this great and meaningful grass roots community project? After all, we wouldn’t want you to miss out on being part of this unique opportunity to be involved in the betterment of the City of Barberton.  There are open volunteer spots on the sign up list-on Wednesday July 26 and Thursday, July 27

Barberton Better Block: Friday July 28 through Saturday, July 29

Barberton Better Block: Friday July 28 through Saturday, July 29

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