My Beautiful Home Show

August 27, 2016

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Evelyna Nightengale, who is on the board of the Hower House Victorians, says that the Puttin' on the Glitz event will be a fabulous way to take in the splendor of the historical Hower House Museum, 60 Fir Hill, on the University of Akron's campus. The fun begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, and continues until 8 with music, dance, beverages and appetizers, raffles, games, prizes and shopping at Hower House's recently redecorated Cellar Door Store. Reservations are required by Tuesday, Sept. 6; call 330.972.6909 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Evelyna says that everyone is welcome to the 1930s-themed event, especially "dukes and mobsters, flappers and dowagers." For more information, visit the Hower House website.

The day after the Hower House party, you will have the opportunity to buy and sell your no-longer needed household treasures at the Kenmore Kiwanis Community Trash & Treasure Sale. It takes place Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Prentice Funeral Home, 1154 Kenmore Blvd., Akron. As spokesman Dick Carderelli points out, "One person's trash is another person's treasure." Vendor space is available for $20 by calling 330.620.4778. For more information on selling your items, you can send an email to brentw777 at The Kiwanis also will have tables with items that have been donated, with all proceeds from the sale benefiting children in the community. Drop off your donations by 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 10.

Lindsay Smith, marketing coordinator for Summit Metro Parks, talked about the 53rd Annual Fall Hiking Spree, which begins Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 30. There are numerous trails that you can hike at your own pace and schedule; complete eight of them by the end of November and you'll receive a walking staff and commemorative shield to put on it. You can even get a head-start on the spree at an event this Sunday, Aug. 28, from noon to 3 p.m. at Munroe Falls Metro Park. That hike will count toward the eight. To get more information, you can pick up a Hiking Spree form at any Acme store or call the Metro Parks office at 330.865.8065 or visit the website.

Nick Giancola, owner and chief creative director for SPRUCE Home Decor, is one of the designers for the Junor League Designer Showhouse, celebrating the Junior League of Akron's 90th anniversary. The showhouse is located at 929 W. Market St. in Akron's Highland Square. The preview gala takes place Friday, Sept. 16, beginning with cocktails and dinner at the Tangier followed by a private tour of the house, which is the Junior League of Akron's headquarters. The showhouse opens two days later, on Sept. 18, and continues through Oct. 9. For hours and more information, visit the Junior League website. For information about SPRUCE Home Decor, 600 Robbins Ave. in Niles, Ohio, you can call 330.766.4930, visit Nick's Facebook page or visit his company's website.

There's still time to buy tickets for the Keep Akron Beautiful 35th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum's new Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. Tickets are $35 per person and include food, wine, beer and other beverages, and trolley tours of flowerscapes throughout Akron. Visit the website or call 330.375.2116.



August 20, 2016

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John Kosmides, customer experience manager for Perfect Power Wash, says that the first thing to ask when you decide that your roof, siding or concrete needs to be pressure-washed is a question to ask yourself, and that is, "How do I want to spend my time -- pressure-washing my house or doing something fun like golfing or spending time with my kids?" If you conclude that you'd rather hire an expert to do the work, give Perfect Power Wash a call for a free estimate over the phone. Perfect Power Wash has been in business for 16 years and is offering a 16 percent discount on powerwashing as long as you book the service by Aug. 31, 2016. Call 888.860.WASH or visit the PPW website.

Gary Lichten, MD, is a dermatologist who developed the CompariSkin app for iPhone and iPad. He's also developing a version for Android devices. What's unique about this app is that it helps consumers manage their health by easily tracking the size and shape of moles, which can turn deadly. Skin cancer statistics are alarming, with one out of five Americans diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every year. In addition to providing a solution to a serious problem, the app also helps consumers track the effectiveness of their wrinkle creams and other skin-care products. For more information, visit the CompariSkin website.

Matthew Anderson, chef de cuisine at Table 45 in the InterContinental in Cleveland, talked about the lasting culinary influence of renowned chef Julia Child, whose cooking show, "The French Chef," premiered in 1963 long before the Food Network was even a twinkle in a television executive's eye. In honor of what would have been the 104th birthday of Ms. Child, who died in 2004, Matthew recently prepared a tribute dinner of recipes from her iconic cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." The dinner was one of Table 45's monthly special dinners. Visit the Table 45 website for future events. Matthew expects that the Julia Child birthday dinner will continue as an annual celebration. Look for the next one on Aug. 15, 2017.  

August 13, 2016

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Melanie Bonsignore is the owner of Classic Additions, the chic consignment boutique in Hudson's First & Main shopping district. She carries current fashions and accessories for women, though she occasionally has high-end menswear available as well. Melanie has a great eye for good-quality, stylish fashion. Her store, at 72 Village Way, is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can reach Melanie at 330.656.2244.

Frank Chaff wrote and directed "Pure Imagination," a play that will be performed during next Saturday's Tallmadge Circle Festival & Light Parade. The Aug. 20 festivities begin at 5 p.m., with the play starting at 7 in the church that was built in 1822 when the circle was still a square. Frank says that the play will last only 45 to 50 minutes, so play-goers won't miss out on the food, music and rest of the night's attractions, including the parade, which begins at 9. Attendance is free for all of the festival activities; there also will be food and beverages for purchase. Visit the website for more information.

August 6, 2016

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Don Corbett, founder of ServiceMaster by Corbett, says that if your home is damaged by fire or flooding, don't wait to call the ServiceMaster experts for help even if it's 3 in the morning on a holiday weekend. Call 330.864.7300, and a ServiceMaster representative will get back to you within a half-hour to schedule a clean-up crew that will arrive at your house just a few hours later. In addition to disaster clean-up and restoration, ServiceMaster does routine cleaning. Call the same number, 330.864.7300, to make an appointment and get a coupon for 20 percent off carpet or furniture cleaning. As a bonus, all callers can request a free yellow tag to put on their main water shut-off valve. For more information visit the website

Jennifer Davis is a visual arts educator, facilitator of creativity and owner of SmARTStudio, 678 Payne Ave. in Akron's Highland Square, where she leads art entrichment workshops for all ages, kids to adults. Jennifer also is teaching a Prince Portrait Painting workshop this evening from 7 to 9 as part of Crafty Mart, an event featuring local artisans, musicians and food vendors at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St. Jennifer is on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can call her at 330.703.6505 or visit her website.

Rick Thoerig is the manager of ReStore, "where you shop for yourself and help build homes for others." All proceeds from ReStore's sales support Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, which improves neighborhoods by building and renovating homes. Open Thursdays through Saturdays, the store is located at 2301 Romig Rd. in Akron. If you have large items that you want to donate to ReStore, Rick will send out a crew to pick them up from your home. You can call him at the store, 330.745.9098, or on his cell, 330.714.2384. For more information, visit the website.

Beekeper and Summit County Bee Inspector Emily Mueller says that Ohio's honeybee population dropped 44 percent this year over last. Why is this important? Because one out of every three bites of the food we eat is due to honeybees. So it behooves all of us to do good things for local bees, including planting native species such as coneflower, butterfly bushes and hydrangeas that will nourish honeybees. Emily and her husband own Mueller Honey Bee Removal, so you can call them if you have honeybees that have take up residence in a wall of your home or in one of your trees. They also sell honey at local farmers' markets and from their Akron home. You can find them on Facebook by searching Mueller Honey Bee, visit their website or call Emily on her cell, 330.357.9185. 

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