Heather Jalbert is the co-chair of the WITAN Rummage and Bake sale, which takes place next Saturday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., Akron. WITAN stands for Women In Touch with Akron's Needs. All proceeds from the sale goes to nonprofit groups that help the community. This year's event is WITAN's biggest sale ever, with furniture, clothing, books, toys, jewelry, household goods, sports equipment and many more items available at great prices. If you have anything in good shape to donate, you can drop it off this Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Paul's, or call Heather at 330.281.1890. For more information about WITAN, visit the website.
Annette Fisher is the founder and executive director of Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, a nonprofit based in Ravenna that helps law enforcement agencies deal with abandoned, neglected and abused horses, pigs, goats, chickens and other farm animals. Visit the sanctuary for a hands-on tour, buy some of the apparel and accessories that bear the Happy Trails name and logo, or support the organization by attending its annual Compassionate Thanksgiving dinner in November. For more information, call 330.296.5914 or visit the website.
David Binkley and Mike Mace are co-producers and writers of the show "The Weirdness Really Bad Movie," which can be seen on 10 community outlets, on Roku and, starting in October, on satellite stations in the UK and Western Europe. David, Mike and their fellow hobbiests insert their own scripts and interviews into public domain films. Many of their interviews take place at area landmarks and businesses. To get a sample of their work, visit their website.
Patricia Falvey, author of The Yellow House, The Linen Queen and the upcoming The Girls of Ennismore, writes historical novels from the perspective of a native of Ireland who immigrated to the United States when she was 20. The Dallas resident will be in Ohio at the end of the month for the Dublin Irish Festival, which takes place July 31 and Aug. 1 and 2 outside of Columbus. Patricia will speak on "The Emigrant's Search for Home" and sign copies of her books. Her soon-to-be-published novel has been called the "Irish Downton Abbey." Visit her website.
Leslie McCafferty and Saule Narbutaitis are partners in Eclectique Interior Accessories Inc. Leslie is an artist who used to be a civil engineer for ODOT and Saule is an interior designer who used to be an occupational therapist. They have merged their talents to help homeowners improve their surroundings with beautiful and functional accessories. Visit Saule at the Bello Design showroom at the Ohio Design Centre in Beachwood. You can reach Leslie through her art site or reach them both through the Eclectique site.
Marina Schaum is the president of and creative force behind Ohio Valley Herbal Products, a natural skin-care line featuring wild herbs that grow in Ohio. The company, based in East Liverpool, offers an array of excellent products, from deoderant and shampoo to beauty bars and face and body cream. They're available online and at home and art shows throughout the region. Marina will be in Westlake next weekend at the St. John Medical Center Festival of the Arts, the premier fine art and boutique crafts show in the Cleveland area. It starts Friday, July 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. and continues next Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marina also is beginning to sell her herbal products through direct marketing. For more information, call 330.382.1229.
Jeffrey Paul is the co-founder with his wife Zina of Wigs for Kids, the Westlake, Ohio-based nonprofit that provides customized hair replacement systems to children who have lost their hair due to disease and other problems. The organization has been in existence for about 35 years and has helped countless individuals. One of the ways to support Wigs for Kids is to attend the 10th Annual Wigs for Kids Day at the Zoo, which takes place July 25 at the Cleveland MetroParks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way. To learn more about the event or how to donate your hair -- and get a free style by top Cleveland hairdressers -- visit the Wigs for Kids website. You also can find out how to support the organization by buying a T-shirt designed by a Kent State University fashion student in honor of her mother who died of cancer.
Margie and Ray Toombs are the owners of the local Maid Brigade, the green-clean certified cleaning company. Margie says that during the hot summer months, homeowners often notice mold in their bathrooms. Maid Brigade doesn't use bleach because it's a toxic product, but Margie says that homeowners may want to use it to kill the mold. You can sign up for an e-newsletter of tips and other information by going to the Maid Brigade site.
Dena McCall Crow is a consultant for Vivesan, a company that makes plant-based cleaning products. A couple of the products -- the global cleaner and the degreaser -- actually can kill mold without the use of toxic products, she says. For more information about Vivesan and its sister company, Vivebloom, visit the Vivesan website.
Dena also is one of three partners in Vintage Rose and Lace, a shop on Etsy, an online store for handmade and vintage items. The other partners are Mary Anne Cole and Barb Shilling. All three sell cool vintage items, including china, glassware, home decor, jewelry, kitchenware, linens, pottery, silver and toys. To see what's available, visit VintageRoseandLace on Etsy.
Michael Gurian is a marriage and family counselor and the New York Times best-selling author of 28 books. His latest is the terrific Lessons of Lifelong Intimacy: Building a Stronger Marriage without Losing Yourself -- The Nine Principles of a Balanced and Happy Relationship. Included are five practical strategies that can end your power struggles with your mate. The book is available on Michael's website and wherever books are sold, including on Amazon.