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Fred Zumpano, owner of Fred Zumpano Design & Construction and a member of the board of trustees for the Home Builders Association of Portage & Summit Counties, talked about the HBA's seminars on "Planning to Build Your Dream Home." They will take place at four local libraries and will feature experts covering everything from finding a site and financing your project to designing your home and having it built. The seminars, which last one-and-one-half hours, are Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwest Akron Library; Saturday, Oct. 21, at 9:30 a.m. in Green; Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Kent; and Saturday, Nov. 4, at 9:30 a.m. in Hudson. The seminars are free, but attendees are asked to register at the HBA website.

Jarrod Hartzler is executive and artistic director of Tuesday Musical, which this season is celebrating its 130th anniversary.This Akron musical gem brings in world-class musicians such as the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, which is performing this Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall. Tuesday Musical also has a series of Decompression Chambers, which take place in high-stress workplaces. A recent Decompression Chamber performance was by the New York City-based Escher String Quartet at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. For information about Tuesday Musical performances, visit the website. Students of all ages get in free.

Pierre Lapointe, violist for the Escher String Quartet, gets a kick out of how Jarrod thinks of all kinds of unusual places for his group to play, including a recent gig in an Akron parking lot. The Escher String Quartet plays all over the world, so it's a real treat for area residents to be able to see the quartet play locally. And, like Tuesday Musical, the Escher musicians want to cultivate a new generation of classical music lovers. They'll be back in Akron to do some more musical cultivation by performing at places such as the Stow-Munroe Falls Library on Feb. 13. You can hear their music anytime by going to iTunes or buying one of their CDs. For more information, visit their website.

Cris Prillaman is the marketing and development director for New Destiny Treatment Center, which helps people with addiction problems. The center has a 13-acre campus in Clinton, Ohio, where it provides outpatient services for both men and women and also has an in-patient program for men only. Cris talked about its fundraiser coming up on Thursday, Oct. 19 -- a popular day for great events. As a clever promotion for the event, Cris dressed up as her alter-ego "Money Pearl, Minnie Pearl's lesser-known cousin," and had her daughter shoot a video of "Money" talking up the event. Cris posted it on Facebook, where the video almost immediately got 600 hits. It is a fun promotion for an event that addresses a serious problem. The fundraiser starts at 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium on the New Destiny campus, 6694 Taylor Rd. in Clinton. For more information and to buy tickets by the Wednesday, Oct. 18, deadline, visit the website or call Cris at 330.825.5202.


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