Chris Stranahan, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, encourages homeowners to be considerate of the birds in their yard. When temperatures drop, birds need our help to keep warm, clean and fed. Give them shelter, clean water for drinking and bathing, and good seed, and you'll have happy, healthy backyard birds. For guidance, talk to Chris and the other experts at the store, which is located at 597 Howe Ave. next to Staples. For more information: 330.922.4990 or visit the website.
The fifth annual Case-Barlow Farm Doll House Exhibition opened Thanksgiving weekend and runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21. You'll see a variety of dollhouses ranging from elaborate to tiny, made of everything from wood to paper and metal. There's also a LEGO exhibit and a display of Hess toy vehicles, celebrating the toys' 50th anniversary. Admission, $15 for adults and $5 for children, goes to restore the property's 19th-century barn, which will be used for wedding receptions and other events. For more information about the farm: Case-Barlow Farm.
Renowned artist Don Drumm, whose metal sculptures grace numerous public spaces around Akron and the nation, says that gift-wrapping is not one of his skills. Luckily, the staff at Don Drumm Studios & Gallery have turned wrapping into an art form of its own. Visit the gallery and check out the crafts and fine art pieces made by more than 500 North American artisans, and take home some great gifts in beautiful and distinctive wrapping. Don Drumm Studios & Gallery is located at 437 Crouse St. in the University Park area. Holiday hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 to 6, and Sunday noon to 5. For more information, call 330.253.6268 or visit the website.
Mary Leuca, the overall chair of the Akron Children's Hospital 33rd annual Holiday Tree Festival, says that this year's event at the John S. Knight Center will be a feast for the senses, with 158 decorated trees, 60 wreaths and 180 holiday gift baskets. There's free admission from Saturday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 30. Attendees at the preview gala on Nov. 21 will have the first chance to see and purchase the trees and other items. Volunteers are needed for the nine days of the festival. Please call the volunteer office at 330.543.8424. For more information, visit the website.
Irv Korman, author of two books about his celebrity encounters, has taken a completely different direction with his latest book, "Citytown Christmas Conundrum." A children's book, it tells the tale of five characters who don't usually show up in a Christmas story (think a Valentine's Day cupid and a Halloween ghost, for example). The characters all use their own holiday talents to help a family in need on Christmas Eve. Irv will be at his publisher Loconeal's booth on Nov. 21-23 at the Cleveland Christmas Connection at the IX Center, and he'll be signing copies of his new book on Dec. 7 at the Learned Owl in Hudson. The book comes out officially on Dec. 1, but you can preorder on loconeal.com. For more information, visit Irv's website or Facebook page.
Kathy Hammonds is an advanced yoga and Ayruveda teacher and trainer who helps men and women attain a more vital and robust state of health through nutrition, exercise, breathing techniques and stress relief. She's helped many women overcome menopausal weight gain. Sometimes, she says, the simplest change can have a lasting positive impact. For instance, it's important to drink plenty of water, but don't drink ice water. Instead, drink water that's warm or hot, and you can lose up to 10 pounds in a year. For more information or to reach Kathy, visit her website.