Phil Yeh, founder and president of Cartoonists Across America, also is known as the Godfather of the Modern Graphic Novel. He has been promoting literacy, creativity and the arts all over the world for the last 28 years. His series of comics, titled The Winged Tiger, features advice on creativity from artists as diverse as Star Wars creator George Lucas, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, actors Henry Winkler and Jason Scott Lee, and Lynn Johnston, creator of the "For Better or For Worse" comic strip. The 15th installment of the series is about to be published. For more information: wingedtiger
Jacob Grimm, owner of Brothers Grimm Landscape & Design, says that the late start of the growing season -- after this year's long, brutal winter -- has a silver lining: fewer pests are predicted, including a 90 percent reduction in stink bugs. That's good news. Jacob specializes in creating outdoor living spaces specifically suited to homeowners' tastes and needs. You can reach him on Facebook, at 330.882.4639 or brothersgrimm
Jacqui Flaherty, program manager for Keep Akron Beautiful, says that there's a lot going on for her agency, including the annual Clean Up Akron Month project, which is accepting volunteers to pick up trash in parks and neighborhoods through the first weekend in May, and the Dreamscape raffle sale, which continues until June 2 and offers residents of Summit County the chance to win a $10,000 yard makeover. The latter is the nonprofit's biggest fundraiser of the year. Also, the agency's Flowerscape crew is starting this week to ready beds around the city, and the Community Pride Trailer is open for business: community groups can sign out the trailer -- which is stocked with landscaping tools -- to spruce up vacant lots around the city. For more information on all of these efforts and more: keepakronbeautiful.org
Chris Stranahan, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Avenue, says that hummingbirds are on their way. You can attract them more easily by tying a brightly colored ribbon around your feeder. If you need a new feeder for your yard, check out the array at Chris' store, where you also can get your questions about birds answered and see live videos of nesting birds from around the country. Visit Wild Birds Unlimited, 597 Howe Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, OH, or Wild Birds. Call 330.922.4990.
Jack Carroll of South Akron Awning says that the company -- which last year celebrated its 100th anniversary -- has records dating back almost a century. If you're thinking about getting awnings and your home looks as if it might have had them at one time, you can ask South Akron Awning to see whether your address is on file. Awnings can help a great deal when it comes to energy conservation. For more information: South Akron Awning, 763 Kenmore Blvd., Akron, OH; 330.848.7611; or South Akron Awning. The sister store, Celebrations Unlimited, has all the supplies for your next party, including tents and a 30-by-30 dance floor. For more information: 330.745.1117 or Celebrations Unlimited
Specialty baker Evelyna Nightengale welcomes everyone to the 2014 Artisan Fair at Hower House on Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at the elegant 1871 mansion, 60 Fir Hill on the University of Akron campus. You can shop for vintage linens, distinctive jewelry, whimsical pottery, gourmet food items and much more on Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also on Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m., there will be a "Gnibbles & Gnosh" wine tasting with local wine and light hors d'oeuvres. For more information: 330.972.6909 or Hower House
, call 330.762.5422 or visit stagecoach-antiques.
Down the street from Stagecoach Antiques is the Bookseller Inc., a purveyor of unusual, used and rare books, with large holdings in local history, areonautics, military subjects, fiction, cookbooks, art books, postcards, maps and ephemera. Co-owner Andrea Klein says that her father, Frank Klein, still works in the family business, which her grandfather started more than 60 years ago. The Bookseller is participating in the upcoming Akron Antiquarian Book & Paper Show on April 18 and 19 at the John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., in downtown Akron. Hours of the show are Friday from 3 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information: 330.865.5831 or The Bookseller
Designer Allison Perley-Harter of Perley Gates Art & Design has been doing set design on an independent film by a New York City director who's filming in Akron. It's a love story set on a university campus. Allison says that set design is a lot like interior design for homes: determining the function of a room, the taste of the characters and how each section of a room should be arranged for the best shot. Allison works with homeowners who have a range of budgets and tastes. Contact her at 330.931.1804 or Perley Gates Art & Design.
Edd Krammer, president and CEO of Krammer Comfort Services, says that routine maintenance of your heating and cooling systems will save you significant amounts of energy, and that translates into money. If nothing else, change your filters every three months -- unless you have pets, and then you'll want to change them more frequently. For more information: 440.709.HEAT (4328) or krammercomfort.com.
. Reservations and payments and/or donations also can be mailed to Happy Tails Cat Sanctuary, P.O. Box 581, Chesterland, OH 44026.