- The Captains' Chris De La Cruz is on his way home . . . after taking part in the Salute to Duck Tape and Polka Night.
Never in our most fevered dreams would we have envisioned a world in which baseball, polka, and duct tape would exist under the same roof. Friday's Lake County Captains game against the Kannapolis Intimidators brings the triumvirate together for a Salute to Duck Tape and Polka Night at Classic Park. "We're working with various groups in the community" to bring people though the gates, says spokeswoman Kate Furman.
That means plenty of ethnic food and music, as well as prize giveaways for the most creative uses of duct tape. And lest we forget why we're here, there's some Class A ball being played too. It starts at 6 p.m. at Classic Park, 35300 Vine Street in Eastlake. Tickets are $5 to $8; call 440-954-9467. -- Chad Felton
Singles get together to mingle and watch a game.
Although Singles Night With the Akron Aeros is intended for the unattached, Michele Hubbard, of Meet, Mingle & Match, won't guarantee that anyone will get to first base. "We're not a dating service," she says. "We just like to find fun and different activities for singles who don't want to do them by themselves." On Saturday, an estimated 300 singles will meet in Akron for happy hour before the Aeros' 7:30 p.m. game against the Harrisburg Senators at Canal Park. Raffle tickets will be drawn for a bachelor-bachelorette auction of 10 available movers-and-shakers, including a couple of Aeros players. "You can meet new friends, someone to date," says Hubbard. "But we don't make any promises." Action starts at 4 p.m. at Panini's Bar & Grill, 271 South Main Street in Akron. Tickets are $35; call 216-406-6417. -- Cris Glaser
Hankering to cycle the park at night, but too chicken to go it alone? Cuyahoga Valley National Park's ranger-guided Spring Bike Ride on Saturday is just the ticket. "Everything seems amplified by the darkness," notes bike-riding ranger Steve Roberts. "All of your senses seem to be heightened by the dark. You never know what is around the next corner, even if you've taken this ride a million times during the day." The 13-mile spin rolls out from Lock 29 Trailhead (on Mill Street in Peninsula) at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call 800-257-9477 for more information. -- Lucy McKernan