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Antique Book Fair in Akron
You probably won't discover an 1862 letter from Mary Todd Lincoln at this weekend's Antiquarian Book & Paper Fair in Akron: Unlike the one written to a Cleveland businessman that recently sold for a cool $46K, most of the letters, books, postcards, maps, prints, theater programs, and other ephemera is likely to be somewhat less expensive. But that doesn't mean it's not of value: Organizers expect more than 800 collectors and assorted curious types will cram into the John S. Knight Center to search through the goods from 40 or so dealers. This year's fair marks the 30th annual event for NOBS — the Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society. Executive coordinator Brian Meggitt says the group was established in 1983 to advance interest in books "both for their content and for their cultural significance." Admission at the door is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and zip for NOBS members. Today's hours are 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturday's hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include free workshops on collecting at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Check out the website for details. — Cicora
77 East Mill St., Akron, nobs.nobsweb.org.
Absolute Intense Wrestling
Ganging Up at Turner's Hall
Can't make it out to south L.A.? Tonight, the action comes to you with Straight Outta Compton, a multi-member "street fight" from the well-muscled gang at Absolute Intense Wrestling. Waging the no-rules war in and out of the ring: Chest Flexor, Bobby Beverly, and The Chad versus Tim Donst, BJ Whitmer, and Gauntlet for the Gold winner Johnny Gargano. After they've settled the score, you can ogle two of the fastest-rising stars in indie wrestling — Uhaa Nation and AR Fox — as they bounce each other off the rubber mat in a 30-minute Ironman Match. It all goes down at Turner's Hall starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Snag 'em online or at the door, but note: Online purchasers get first dibs on seats. — Cicora
7325 Guthrie Ave., aiwrestling.com.
An Egg Hunt in the Garden
Hopping into multiple venues around the region today, the Easter bunny is one busy dude. Take this morning's egg hunts in the Hershey Children's Garden. Part of the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the space already boasts a kid-friendly plant maze, old-fashioned farmhouse water pumps, and a giant tree house. Today it gets even cooler with the addition of crafts, games, story time, photo ops with Ol' Floppy Ears, and nearly 3,000 well-hidden eggs. This is the 10th year for the popular egg hunt; staffers say that a typical turnout is 300 youngsters — or close to 800 people when you count the kids' entourages. Youngsters ages 2 to 10 can take part in hunts at either 10:45 or 11:15 a.m.; the other fun stuff happens between 10:30 a.m. and noon. Cost is $15 for kids, and $9.50 for adults. Garden staffers expect a sellout, so register online or by phone asap. — Cicora
11030 East Blvd., 216-721-1600 x 100, cbgarden.org.
At Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Fun for Some Bunny
Do you suppose the Easter eggs at Akron's Stan Hywet Hall come from rubber chickens? After all, the fabulous estate was built by F.A. Seiberling, founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Sorry — the point is that kids 9 and under are invited to hunt for thousands of eggs hidden on the grounds of the circa-1912 mansion today between 10 a.m. and noon; start times depend on age, to ensure fairness. Meantime, the peripatetic Easter Bunny will be roaming the grounds with pals Little Red Riding Hood, Little Bo Peep, and Mother Goose. Refreshments will be served, and there should be plenty of time to stroll the 70 acres of budding trees, blooming flowers, and the beautiful Corbin Conservatory too. Tickets are $12 for kids and $8 for everyone 10 and older. Reservations are required; make yours online or by phone. And don't worry about the weather: The festivities go on, rain or shine. — Cicora
714 North Portage Path, Akron, 330-315-3287, stanhywet.org.
Breakfast With the Bunny
There still may be time to snag tickets for today's popular Breakfast With the Easter Bunny at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. On the agenda: an egg hunt, face painting, photo ops, an up-close animal encounter, and a bountiful buffet breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, spuds, freshly made waffles, yogurt parfaits, and more. Because it all goes down in the Primate, Cat, and Aquatics Building, you can burn off some of those calories by communing with the snow leopards, lemurs, and Western Lowland gorillas. Doors open at 8 a.m., and breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $22.50 for adults and $18.50 for kids ages 2 to 11. Make reservations by phone at the number below. — Cicora
3900 Wildlife Way, 216-635-3300, clemetzoo.com.
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