Pumpkin Hunt, Spooky Pooches and More This Weekend

From the Westlake Recreation Fall Festival to a dog parade, there's plenty to do this weekend.

Fall Festival and Pumpkin Hunt

The Westlake Recreation Center's Fall Festival and Pumpkin Hunt promises lots of kid-friendly Halloween fun on Saturday. Designed for children ages 10 and younger, the festival includes age-specific pumpkin patches, pioneer-era games, face painting, hay rides, treats, inflatable games and more. The pumpkin hunt kicks off at 1:30 p.m., with entertainment from 1 to 4 p.m. Best of all, it's free!

The North Union Farmers Market brings locally-grown produce and other handmade goodies to every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by and see what's in season!

The Un-Food Drive helps people in need with things food stamps and other food assistance usually don't cover. Drop off personal care items such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, baby wipes, diapers, razors, tampons, sanitary pads, first-aid items, incontinence pads. Paper goods such as toilet paper, paper towels and tissues also sought. The items will be donated to , which assists families in need in Avon and Avon Lake. Items can be dropped off at The Retirement People, 37271 Colorado Ave. in Avon.

Mary Beth Ions will take you on a musical journey with her program "Violin: Up Close and Personal" at 2 p.m. Sunday at .

Ions will travel through time with great composers like Bach, Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, mixing country fiddle, fiery Gypsy music and the sounds of Broadway with violin parts in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and American Idol.

She'll be doing some story-telling as well, talking about the history of the instrument and "how this queen of instruments has developed through the centuries into the shining star it is today."

This event is free and open to the public thanks to the Friends of Westlake Porter Public Libary.

Head over to Lakewood for the fourth annual Halloween costume parade for dogs and their owners. The parade steps off at 2 p.m. on Detroit Avenue at St. Charles Avenue and heads down past the judges box.

There will be vendors, entertainment and an awards ceremony. Cost to march is $15, but watching is free.


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