My Beautiful Home Show

September 24, 2016

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Artists Don Drumm and his daughter Leandra Drumm invited listeners to the upcoming fall show at Don Drumm Studios & Gallery, 437 Crouse St. near the University of Akron. Titled "A Look Back and to the Future," the show features the work of Claire Marks, a young up-and-coming Akron artist who creates monoprints including a series of all the U.S. presidents. Also starring in the show are Don's spectacular "art-o-mobiles," his new pewter car sculptures. The fall show takes place Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the gallery's website for more information or call 330.253.6850 .

Julie Johnson and Steve Kleiber of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, talked about the nonprofit organization's Give Five campaign, which continues through Oct. 16. They're asking Akron residents to give $5 or five minutes of their time to support programs that help young people in the area succeed in life. You also can support the organization's good work by going to Five Guys in Fairlawn or Cuyahoga Falls between Sept. 27 and Oct. 1. When you place your order, say that you want to support the Boys & Girls Clubs, and Five Guys will donate up to 25 percent of your purchase to the organization. Or save your receipts at Acme Fresh Market, and the club will earn 5 percent from the sale of Acme store brands. In addition to the campaign, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve needs your support all year long. For more information, visit the website.

Nan McClenaghan is president and CEO of Goodwill Industries, which decorated a bedroom in the 2016 Designer Showhouse celebrating the Junior League of Akron's 90th anniversary. All the furnishings and accessories in the room came from 17 Goodwill sites in Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland counties. L.B. Naugles donated the electrical services, and our own January Paint & Wallpaper donated -- you guessed it -- the room's paint and wallpaper. You can check out Goodwill's bedroom along with all the other beautifully decorated rooms in the stately 1915 home, which serves as the Showhouse through Oct. 9. All the rest of the time, the home at 929 W. Market St. in Higland Square is the headquarters of the Junior League of Akron. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit the Junior League's website. For more information about Goodwill, including blogs on donating and repurposing household items, visit the Goodwill website.

Ron Krueger, who has worked in wildlife management for 30 years, is the owner of A Plus Wildlife Control. He offers 24-hour emergency service and specializes in the removal of racoons, squirrels, bats, skunks, birds and moles. With cold weather on its way, wild animals are looking to find warm surroundings and your home might be an appealing option for them. They can move in, but they don't have a lease, so you can evict them anytime. That's where Ron and his crew come in. It's not safe to approach wild animals without proper tools and training. Ron's company covers all of Summit, Medina and Wayne counties, and parts of Stark and Cuyahoga. Call 866.606.9188 or visit his website to learn more.

September 17, 2016

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Amber Oprean, market representative for CambriaUSA, talked about the beautiful countertops that her company installed in the Junior League Designer Showhouse, which opens tomorrow, Sept. 18. The fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Akron continues through Oct. 9 at the Junior League of Akron's headquarters, 929 W. Market St., and celebrates the Junior League's 90th anniversary. The 1915 Highland Square mansion was magnificently transformed by local designers and landscapers, showcasing an array of colors, furnishings, accessories and exterior accents to give you plenty of ideas for your own home. Tickets are $25 at the door or can be purchased online for $21 apiece. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18, 22, 23, 25 and 29, Oct. 1, 2, 6, 7 and 9. There are extended hours on Sept. 24, from 3 to 8 p.m., and Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For tickets and other information visit the Junior League website.

Zac Reinberger is the food operations director for Hattie's Food Hub, a grocery store and training facility that the nonprofit Hattie Larlham organization opened in June. The mission of Hattie's Food Hub is to make fresh produce and other good food available to underserved areas while also training people to work in the food industry. Anyone can contribute to this important initiative by donating to Hattie Larlham. The Food Hub is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 395 Douglas St. in Akron, at the corner of Cedar and Bell Streets. For more information, call 330.475.0353 or visit the website

Lisa Rene DeBenedictis is a screenwriter and the author of Short Skirts and Shorter Stories: Musings on Life, Love and Lust. This is her first book, which she self-published and for which she was just honored by the William Faulkner Society. It's available in both print and audiobook. You can find it locally at the Learned Owl in Hudson and Dorrie's Booktique in Canton, or on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online or iTunes

Clyde McDaniels is a filmmaker and videographer who has two businesses, Cleo Film Productions and the Family Heritage Media Group. One captures the history of Akron and the other captures people's individual life stories. For the latter, he will go to homes to videotape the histories of family members. Cleo Film Productions has produced such projects as Ye Olde Neighborhood about family hardware stores in Akron. The series is available at the Summit County Public Library and on YouTube. Clyde is now editing a second series called Akron Unique, which features such stellar Akron landmarks as January Paint & Wallpaper. You can reach Clyde by email or by calling him at 330.785.8576.

Richard Bancroft is on the board of the Home Builders of Summit, Portage & Medina Counties. He's also the chairman of the HBA's Parade of Homes, which opened today, Sept. 17, and continues through Sept. 25. Hours are Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $8 to visit the eight homes at the single-site location in Kings Ridge Community off Caston Road in Green. You can get $2 off the admission by bringing a nonperishable food item, which will go toward helping families in Green through the Blessings in a Backpack program, a national nonprofit. There's no charge to visit the other eight homes in the Parade, located in Sharon Township, Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Stow and Ravenna. Richard says to be sure to register at each home to be eligible to win a $1,000 gift card from Hartville Hardware. For more information, visit the HBA website.

September 10, 2016


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Jacqui Flaherty Ricchiuti, co-chair of the Junior League's Designer's Showhouse, reminded listeners that next Sunday, Sept. 18, the Showhouse will be opened to the public. For more information, call the Junior League at 330.836.4905 or visit the website.

Tomorrow is a big day for two of our "My Beautiful Home" guests.

The Cardboard Boat Race, sponsored by Two Men and a Truck and benefiting One of a Kind Pet Rescue, will be tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 11, starting at 1 p.m. Jessica Chapman and Joe Malacky, both marketing specialists for 2 Men and a Truck, said that this is the second year to see cardboard boats plying the waters of Turkeyfoot Lake at Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Rd. In addition to food and other fun activities all afternoon, Janice Worley, manager of developement and volunteer programs said that her organization, One of a Kind Pets, will be there with adorable adoptable dogs. For more information, visit Two Men and a Truck's facebook page. Visit One of a Kind Pet's website.

Peter Martin, Director of Sales for Tower Industries, said that they are in the last days of the annual quartz and granite clearance sale. All their regular merchandise is on sale, however, there are extra great savings on small lots and mixed end peices. Pricing on the clearance items includes measuring and installation. But the sale ends tomorrow. Tower Industries is a short drive from Akron in Massilon. Co-host Andy January says that he drives to Massilon for hamburgers, so why not take the drive to have big savings on granite and quartz slabs? Check Tower Industries' website for details and directions.

Danni McIntyre, co-chairman of the 37th Annual Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest, says that the party begins next Friday, Sept. 16, and runs though Sunday, Sept 18. Yuengling Octoberfest beer is the featured drink as well as being the party's pilot sponsor. There will be plenty of tents for shelter from rain or the blazing sun. Games, food and entertainment will be there. For more informantion, visit the Cuyahoga Falls 37th Annual Oktoberfest website.

September 3, 2016

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Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti and Melissa Adams, co-chairs of the Junior League's Designer Showhouse, gave away two tickets to the Showhouse, which opens Sunday, Sept. 18, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Junior League of Akron headquarters, 929 W. Market St. in Highland Square. The Showhouse, which is celebrating the Junior League of Akron's 90th anniversary, kicks off with an opening-night gala on Friday, Sept. 16, including drinks and dinner at The Tangier followed by a private preview of the house, which is being redecorated by Northeast Ohio designers. Tickets for the gala must be purchased by Sept. 9. Visit the Junior League website for more information and to purchase tickets for the gala and for the tours.


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