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Nate Eppink, chief of community engagement for Summit Metro Parks, talked about the Fall Hiking Spree, which is going on now through Nov. 30. He says that between 11,000 and 12,000 people get their hiking awards each year. That gives you an idea of the popularity of the spree, which was started in 1964. Nate also talked about the Fall Family Outings that will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 at Goodyear Heights Metro Park and Oct. 14 at Silver Creek Metro Park. For more information about all the activities at the Metro Parks, visit the website.

Meralie Pocock, owner of Mr. Fun's Costumes & Magic Emporium, came to the show dressed as Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potter series. Meralie was especially striking today in her black felt hat and green professorial robe. With Halloween coming up, this is Mr. Fun's most exciting time of the year, and the store is kicking things off with its annual sale until 6 p.m. today. But any time of the year, you can find a huge array of costumes and accessories for sale and rent, along with rental tuxes and ball gowns. For more information, visit the store's website or its Facebook page.

Marissa McClellan is the creator and coordinator of the second annual Pug Fest, which takes place next Sunday, Oct. 8, from noon to 4 One of A Kind Pet Rescue, 1929 W. Market St. in Akron. Activities at this one-of-a-kind festival include a pug costume contest, pug caricatures, a live interactive pug mural with local artist Matt Miller, and food and specialty pug-themed cocktails. Proceeds benefit One of A Kind and Ohio Pug Rescue. For more information, visit the website.


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