My Beautiful Home Show

"My Beautiful Home" Live on the Main Stage

 Andy January and Kathryn DeLong present: "From Chaos to Serenity: Clearing, Cleaning and Beautifying Your Home."

Clear out your home and spruce it up with the help of our expert guests who will join us on the main stage at the Akron home show later this month. Margie and Ray Toombs from Maid Brigade will tell you how to clear out the clutter and give your home a thorough cleaning. Karen Starr of Hazel Tree Interiors will provide tips on how to stage your home once it's decluttered and clean. And Mary Ann Winkowski, who was the inspiration for the TV show "The Ghost Whisperer," will offer advice (and ghost stories!) on ridding your home of negative energy and ghosts.

Join the fun at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, on the main stage at the HBA Akron Home & Flower Show, which takes place at the John S. Knight Center, corner of Mill and Broadway in downtown Akron. Print your free admission ticket and bring it to the show. See you there.

HBA Akron Home & Flower Show Free Friday Ticket

HBA Akron Home & Flower Show Friday Ticket

               HBA Akron Home & Flower Show Complimentary Friday Ticket

EVENT: The 21st Annual HBA Home & Flower Show at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron

VOUCHER: Attendee Ticket-Value $10.00.

DATE OF USE: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 - only

INSTRUCTIONS: Print this ticket and present it at the box office for a complimentary admission.

Can't attend on Friday? Click here to purchase tickets online. Save $3.00 thanks in part to Unique Home Solutions. Visit them in booth #328.

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February 21, 2015

WITAN is having its 38th Annual French Market on Feb. 27 and 28 at Todaro's Party Center, 1820 Akron-Peninsula Rd., Akron. Kim Nickerson is the chair-elect of the event, which will feature 56 juried artists and craftspeople, lunch prepared by two nonprofits, Hattie Larham and Tastebuds, spring flowers and plants, a raffle and baked goods including biscotti and scones. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. WITAN, which stands for Women in Touch with Akron's Needs, gives all proceeds to organizations that benefit people in the community. For more information, visit the website.

The HBA Akron Home & Flower Show also takes place next weekend. Like the French Market, this is a great local event with a Giving Tree and raffles benefiting local charities, plenty of cool things for the kids, including Super Hero Saturday and miniature golf, more than 100 exhibitors and over 7,000 square feet of gardens. Don Brown of D.F. Brown Construction is the president of the Home Builders Association's Professional Remodeling Council, which will have a booth at the show. The council also is presenting the Giving Tree, which benefits HBA Charities and the Doggie Brigade at Akron Children's Hospital. Chris Eck is a spokesman for First Energy, the presenting sponsor of the show. First Energy, which gives millions of dollars back to the community through its foundation, will have a booth showcasing some of its consumer products. For more information, visit the HBA website.

February 14, 2015

In honor of Valentine's Day, Chris Stranahan of Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls says to take care of your tweetie -- actually, all the little tweety birds in your backyard. February is National Birdfeeding Month, so Chris and all the other birdfeeding experts at his store have a seed sale going on. Also, he reminds listeners that the Great Backyard Bird Count is going on this weekend, through Monday, Feb. 16. For more information, visit the website for the yearly event. For more on Wild Birds Unlimited, visit the store's website.

Mark Hushcroft of MJH Contractors is the garden sponor of the upcoming HBA Home & Flower Show, which takes place Feb. 27-March 1 at the John S. Knight Center. There will be 7,000 square feet of garden exhibits, including Mark's garden, which will have a pergala, a modular fireplace and a bubbling-urn water feature, among other enticing outdoor enhancements. For information about the Home & Flower Show, visit the show website. To reach Mark or to learn more about his company, which does outdoor living spaces as well as general remodeling, visit his website.

Rob and Joyce Bailey of Holland Remodeling will be in booth 638 at the HBA Home & Flower Show. This is important for two reasons: One, they'll have vignettes of various home remodeling projects, including a closet, fireplace and kitchen. The other big reason is that they'll be giving out little chocolate hammers, in milk, white and dark chocolate. For more about their business, which includes residential and commercial remodeling and a handyman service, visit their website.

"Hearts for Andrea," a fundraiser, is taking place today for Andrea Rubin, who was severely injured in a car accident in October. The event continues until 9 tonight at the Banyan Tree, 2242 Professor Ave. in Tremont. There will be great food, wine and raffles, but even if you can't attend, you can mail donations to 1464 W. 116th St., Cleveland, OH 44102. Please make checks payable to Andrea's longtime friend Amy Waxman. A portion of all sales at the Banyan Tree today go to Andrea's fund and all other proceeds from the benefit will help offset Andrea's care. For more information,visit the website. Thank you.


February 7, 2015


Master Gardener Mary O'Rourke says that the spring seminar presented by the Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County is a great deal all around. For $36, you'll enjoy a breakfast of homemade goodies, an entire day's worth of gardening seminars, a box lunch and a silent auction with gardening items, books, gift certificates and more. The catch is, it's important to sign up early because this annual event always sells out. "From Garden to Table" will be held Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Happy Days Lodge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Peninsula. Topics include seed saving, vegetable gardening with children, food safety, and vegetable gardening in small spaces and in containers. To register, visit the website.

Carmine Torio and Richard Bancroft of the Home Builders Association of Portage and Summit Counties say that this year's HBA Akron Home & Flower Show will be more family-friendly than ever, with an indoor miniature golf course, a playground and Super Hero Saturday. Children are encouraged to dress like their favorite superheroes for a day of fun at the show on Feb. 28. The event runs for one weekend only, Feb. 27 to March 1. There will be plenty of attractions for adults as well, including more than 200 exhibitors, 7,000 square feet of beautiful gardens, two appearances by celebrity appraiser Dr. Lori, and a bar featuring beverages from Thirsty Dog Brewery and Wolf Creek Winery. Discount tickets are available on the show's website and at Subway stores. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

While we're waiting for the end of February to get here, you can enjoy another home show that's now going on in Cleveland. The Great Big Home + Garden Show continues at the I-X Center through Sunday, Feb. 15. The show's many highlights include a 2,400-square-foot Idea Home built by Blossom Homes, a Cleveland-themed Garden Showcase feauring 18 gardens, fine dining at the Cambria Bistro, and displays by more than 600 exhibitors. For hours, discount tickets and more information, visit the website.

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