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College Town Kent is Perfect for Families, Too

Thanks to its college town atmosphere and quaint, local feel, Kent is an eclectic city that offers great entertainment and a place to call home to both students and families. Kent State University — with roughly 29,000 students, about 6,500 of whom live on campus — helps put the city on the map, offering added perks for residents and attracting businesses.

Whether your family is considering a move to Kent, staying for just a day or taking part in a campus visit, there is plenty to see and do in the city.

Culture and Education
Located in the heart of downtown, the Kent Free Library ( caters to both children and adults through its materials, programming and special events. From adult book recommendations and discussion groups to separate programs dedicated to a range of children’s age groups, the library makes a point to meet the needs of all residents.rising101

When it comes to live theater performances, downtown’s Kent Stage Theater ( hosts roughly 150 concerts and events each year, including the Kent Folk Festival, the Kent Blues Fest, Kent Reggae Fest, the Kent State Around Town Music Festival, film festivals and numerous plays.

If art piques the interests of your family members, Kent does not disappoint. Several art galleries are located on Water and Main streets downtown, including Downtown Gallery, FJKluth Gallery and Group Ten Gallery. Standing Rock Cultural Arts ( brings art to the community through exhibitions, poetry readings, workshops, performances, festivals, public art projects and special events.

Open to the public, the KSU Museum ( is dedicated to the study and presentation of historic and contemporary fashion, textiles and related art forms. The special collections and exhibits housed in its eight galleries are unique resources for KSU students and the general public when it comes to historic and contemporary fashions, as well as costumes representing many of the world’s cultures.

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Parent’s Day Out — Renewing Love at Chagrin Falls

by Tarah King

photoAs parents of two daughters, a rambunctious 3-year-old and an infant born just this past September, my husband Kevin and I quickly learned how finding time for ourselves as a couple has become more and more challenging. As our five-year wedding anniversary approached in November, we decided that the best way to celebrate it was indulging in some “us” time. We would renew our vows at the very place it all began — in Chagrin Falls.

Kevin proposed to me in September 2008 on a park bench right in front of the beautiful waterfalls. He patiently waited for me to finish my ice cream cone from The Popcorn Shop (53 N. Main St.) before getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him. We spent the night listening and dancing to live music at the Greenville Inn (7150 Pine St.) with our families that evening.

This location also stood as the backdrop for our engagement photos. So, it only made sense that our vow renewal took place in front of that very bench.

We were blessed to have the big dream wedding five years ago, however, this vow experience was different.

Our Friday morning, 10-minute ceremony included just the two of us, standing in front of our officiant. We didn’t let our families know about our vow renewal until after the fact. It was cold and snow began to fall, but I couldn’t have imagined a more picturesque moment.

The water was tranquil and the leaves were vibrant in color. Friendly passersby excitedly shouted “Congratulations!” but our eyes never broke contact with each other. It felt as if time froze for us — I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the result of that snow.

After the ceremony, we snapped some pictures with our camera phones and walked over to Fresh Start Diner (16 N.

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