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Peter Martin of Tower Industries talked about the company's annual Granite & Quartz Countertop Sale, which continues today, Sept. 9, until 3 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everything the company makes, including solid-surface showers, are on sale at the showroom, 2101 9th St. SW in Massillon. For more information, call 330.837.2216 or visit the website.

Jessica Chapman, Joe Malacky and Janice Worley all are involved in the second annual Cardboard Boat Race, which takes place Sunday, Sept. 10, from noon to 2 p.m. at Turkeyfoot Beach, 5031 Manchester Rd. in Akron. Sponsored by Two Men and a Truck, the event benefits One of A Kind Pets, the largest no-kill animal shelter in Summit County. Last year, according to Janice, the shelter adopted out 2,600 pets. Jessica says that the Cardboard Boat Race is the kickoff event for a nearly two-month-long fundraising effort on behalf of One of A Kind. The event is free for spectators with all proceeds from food vendors and participants going toward benefiting the animals. Feel free to help the shelter by bringing cleaning supplies, old towels, blankets, pet food and even cash donations to the event, and expect to have a lot of fun. For more: Two Men and a Truck or One of A Kind Pets



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You can hear Tina Boyes, a fifth-generation Kenmore resident and chairperson of the Kenmore Better Block street festival, talking about how this is much more than a one-time event. Instead, it demonstrates what Kenmore Boulevard can be: a vibrant business district once again. For more information, visit the Kenmore Better Block website or listen to the shows from today and last week.

This week's other guests are:

Chris Stranahan, who owns the Wild Birds Unlimited store on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls. Next Saturday, Sept. 9, the store will host a naturalist who will tell you how caterpillars turn into Monarch butterflies. And every day, he and his staff can give you everything you need to know about keeping the birds in your yard happy and well fed. For more information, visit the store's Facebook page, call 330.922.4990 or check out the website.

Dave Kirschbaum of the Cascade Locks Park Association talked about the organization's Life & Death on the Locks, an 1800s Murder Mystery Gala. It takes place Sept. 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the New Trailhead Event Space at Cascade Lofts, 21 W. North St. in Akron. For more information, call 330.374.5625 or visit the Cascade Locks website.


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Jewelry artist Kate Rieppel grew up in Kent where her mother, Janet, still lives. However, Kate has been living and working in London for years. That would be London, England, not London, Ohio. She was back home for a successful show in Cleveland, where she sold most of the work she brought with her from across the pond. But no worries, Kate's beautiful enamel and metal pieces are available year-round on her website.

Tina Boyes of Kenmore Better Block talked about next weekend's event that will re-imagine Kenmore Boulevard as a vibrant business district. Featuring street buskers, all kinds of other music, food trucks, a beer garden and vendors including a pop-up vinyl store, the event takes place Friday, Sept. 1, from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 2, from noon to 10. For more information, visit the website.  

Bobby Wesner is the artistic director of Neos Dance Theatre, the premier ballet and contemporary dance company serving Northeast Ohio. He talked about the company, which has performances in both nontraditional and traditional venues. The dancers are hitting the road next week to begin a series of guest performances around the region. Their next local performance is Creole Cinderella, set in1920s New Orleans with Dixieland music. It will be at the Civic Theatre in Akron in October; dates to follow. For more information, visit the website.

Paula Rabinowitz, Alyssa Karant and Rick Harig talked about the Akron Recovery Walk, which is starting at noon on Sept. 9 in the rear parking lot of Oriana House on 750 W. Market St. in Highland Square. The free event, which is child and pet friendly, takes participants by historically significant recovery locations like the famous house of the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. The atmosphere for the annual walk is convivial, showing that "you can have fun in sobriety," Rick says. Be sure to arrive before noon, because the walk starts on time. For more information, call Paula, who founded the Akron Recovery Walk, at 330.524.5495.


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Heather Jalbert and Liz Lenke are the co-chairs of this year's Holiday Tree Festival benefiting Akron Children's Hospital. The 36th annual event takes place Saturday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 26, at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. Admission is free to the festival, which is a grand holiday tradition for about 400,000 people every year. Also, attendees have a chance to buy beautifully decorated trees and other holiday decorations. Liz and Heather say that there's a great need for volunteers, especially for doing set-up before the start of the festival and coordinating the delivery of the trees afterward. If you're interested, call the volunteer office at 330.543.8424. Speaking of holiday decor, individuals and companies still have time to sign up to donate a decorated tree, wreath, or mantel or table display. There's no cost to participate, but the deadline is Sept. 30. Visit the website for more information about donating a tree, or about attending the invitation-only gala or the festival in general. Finally, anyone who wants to be an underwriter for the festival can call the foundation office at 330.543.0325. It's a great opportunity for companies, for instance, to reach loads of people while helping the young patients at Akron Children's.

Glass PumpkinsJack Baker, owner of Akron Glass Works and Architectural Greenery, has been a judge for the Holiday Tree Festival and is planning to donate a tree this year that will be decorated with glass ornaments made at his studio. His place is located at 421 Spicer St. in the former Presbyterian church near the Don Drumm Studios & Gallery. Akron Glass Works holds workshops throughout the year for people who want to make their own glass-blown art. Novices are more than welcome. Coming up soon: glass pumpkin workshops that start Sept. 9 and continue to the second week of November. Each participant will come away from each two-hour workshop with a beautiful glass pumpkin suitable for display on a shelf or tabletop. For more information, call 330.253.5888 Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday from 10 to 5 or visit Jack's website.  

Speaking of Jack's friend, Don Drumm, the first shipment of Don's aluminum dog and cat ornaments has arrived at One of A Kind Pets. All proceeds from the sale of these popular ornaments go toward helping the furry wards of One of A Kind, 1929 W. Market St.

Carli Molinelli, events and marketing coordinator for the Akron Zoo, talked about the zoo's first-ever Wild for Wine event happening next Saturday, Aug. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. There are only 90 tickets left. They cost $50 per wine drinker or $30 for each designated driver; if you're a member of the zoo, the tickets cost $45 and $25. They include beverages, appetizers, live entertainment and -- here's something you don't see every day -- animals that paint! Attendees will have the chance to see Pickpocket the giant snake, Perry the opossum, Pandora the box turtle and Daisy the armadillo express themselves artistically. There will be four raffle winners who will be able to choose the paint colors for Pickpocket, Perry, Pandora and Daisy to use, and take the paintings home. For tickets or more information, visit the website.  

Quick reminders: Casino Royale, benefiting the Autism Society of Greater Akron's Swimming with Autism scholarship program, will be Aug. 26 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Rosemont Country Club in Fairlawn. Swimming lessons are important because drowning is the leading cause of death for children and adults with autism. For tickets to the event, visit the organization's website.  Also, Green the Scene, the major fundraising event for Keep Akron Beautiful, takes place Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum. Keep Akron Beautiful creates all the flowerscapes throughout Akron and does many other things to beautify the city. Buy tickets online by Aug. 29 by visiting the Keep Akron Beautiful website.




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We did a remote this week at the MAPS (Military Aviation Preservation Society) Air Museum, which is located on the west side of the Akron Canton Airport. What a great place this is! Besides all the exhibits and restored aircraft that are there year-round, the museum also hosted The Wings of Freedom Tour over the weekend of Aug. 11-13. To plan your own trip to the MAPS museum, and we highly recommend doing so, visit the website for hours, address and other information.

We had the opportunity to interview three veterans who were there for the festivities. The Vietnam-era veterans were Jim Boyea and Bob Zeh. Then, a little later in the show, we talked to Frank Mekina, who was a Navy Seabee during World War II. Frank is turning 100 on Sept. 6, and he's sharp, active and looks terrific.

We also interviewed our scheduled guests: Emily Mueller from Mueller Honey Bees (be kind to honey bees because without them we wouldn't have food); Joyce Pelz, who owns the NaturaLawn of America franchise in Stow (her company specializes in chemical-free lawn care that's safe for humans, pets and, of course, bees); and Carol Haines, who was representing the Autism Society of Greater Akron. Carol talked about the upcoming Casino Royale event that will raise money to start a program to teach swimming to kids with autism. For more information about the Aug. 26 event at Rosemont Country Club in Fairlawn, visit the Autism Society's website. To reach Emily and Joyce, visit their Facebook pages. 


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