San Francisco artist Hunter Franks is the creator of the 500 Plates Project, which is bringing together Akron residents from all 22 neighborhoods around one very long table to share stories over a catered meal. This cultural exchange will take place Oct. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. somewhere in downtown Akron. Hunter says the exact location probably will be announced next week. The free event is open to the public, and Hunter encourages Akron residents in particular to attend and get acquainted with people in different parts of the city. For more information, visit the 500 Plates website.
Hunter also started the Akron Chapter of the League of Creative Interventionists. For more on that group, visit the website.
To learn more about Hunter, visit Hunter Franks website.
Maureen McFarland, senior academic director for Kent State University's Aeronautics Program, invites everyone to the annual Aviation Heritage Fair on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kent State's Andrew W. Paton Field, 4020 Kent Rd. in Stow. There will be historical airplanes, fun, food, airplane rides and much more. Admission is free; proceeds from the sales of food and plane rides go toward scholarships for aeronautics students and to help the program's flight instructors, who are elite pilots in their own right, pay their way to national competitions. For more information, visit the website.
Yoga therapist Kathy Hammonds, who has helped clients overcome health problems for more than 28 years, will present a six-week series of workshops on Pain-Free Living. The classes will be held in Kent starting Sunday, Sept. 13. Kathy, who also works with people on an individual basis, has further information on her website. Chronic pain, she notes, is a leading cause of disability in this country, affecting 47 percent of Americans.
Julian Severyn is a painter and the owner of Julian Severyn Studio Gallery in Bath. He's also a gardening enthusiast who prefers pachysandara and ferns to more high-mainentance plants. To add color to his garden, he loves to use flower pots and other accessories. He recommends Don Drumm Studio & Gallery for colorful garden benches and metal flowers and Avera Products for beautiful Talavera pottery from Mexico. To reach Julian, call 330.665.0565.
Speaking of the outdoors, Chris Stranahan is an expert on birds, who add color to your backyard as well. Chris owns the Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Avenue. This is the time, he says, to make sure that your hummingbird feeders are clean and full, because those little birds need a lot of fuel for their upcoming trip south. Wild Birds Unlimited has high-quality seed and everything else you need to keep your feathered friends happy. For more information, visit the website.
Jane Ann Turzillo started her writing career when most new moms would be resting. When her newborn napped, she would work on her first book about Ohio train disasters. Jane, a true crime and history writer, says that the first civilian train robbery in the U.S. happened in Ohio. Then the train robbers, like most adventurous sorts of the late 19th century, moved out west where they believed train-robbing opportunities would abound. Jane's books, Wicked Women of Northeast Ohio, Murder and Mayhem on Ohio's Rails and Ohio Train Disasters, are available at the Learned Owl in Hudson, at national bookstores across the counrty and online.
Mark Mucci, account manager at Servpro Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, says it's important to let anyone responsible for your home know where the main water shutoff valve is located. Even a small leak can turn into a major disaster. Servpro has free water shutoff marker tags available. To get one, call Mark at 330.904.2395. In the event of a mess in your home or business, call Servpro's 24-hour hotline, 1.800.253.5791. For more information visit the website.
Bob Doherty is regional sales manager for Wolff Bros. Supply. The company, a distributor of plumbing and electrical supplies as well as kitchen cabinets, has been in business 50 years. To celebrate the event, Wolff Bros. Supply had an open house Aug. 20 at its Akron branch, 1200 Kelly Ave. For more information about Wolff Bros. Supply, visit the website.
Gailmarie Fort, vice president of outreach and communications at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, describes next Sunday's Community Day as the manor house's gift to Akron residents. The official celebration of Stan Hywet's 100th anniversary, the free event takes place Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes tours, food, family games, vintage baseball and performances by Tuesday Musical Association and Goodyear Concert Band. Michigan artist Craig Mitchell Smith will be on hand to give tours of "Bloom!," his exhibit of poppies, daisies and other colorful, oversized flowers that he fashioned out of glass. Guests must register for Community Day by visiting the Stan Hywet website, where you can learn more about next Sunday's celebration and other upcoming events, including "Twilight & Flashlights," a series of evening tours of the gardens; "Holistic Health in a Home/House," two workshops for health professionals that explore how Stan Hywet was designed to promote the health and wellbeing of its inhabitants; and "Vintage Base Ball," featuring a historically accurate game between the Akron Black Stockings and the Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder. Worth attending the game to check out how "frosty sons of thunder" play ball!