My Beautiful Home Show

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.

January 31, 2015

Rosanna Hrabnicky is show manager for the Great Big Home + Garden Show, which opens Friday, Feb. 6, at the I-X Center in Cleveland. The show's many highlights include a 2,400-square-foot Idea Home built by Blossom Homes, a Cleveland-themed Garden Showcase designed by 17 of the area's top landscapers, the Cambria Bistro featuring fine dining and beverages amid the gardens, and informative displays by more than 600 exhibitors. Celebrity presenters Matt Muenster of DIY's Bath Crashers and HGTV's 2015 Dream Home and Todd Wilbur, author of Top Secret Recipes, will appear on the Main Stage. The show runs through Sunday, Feb. 15. For hours, discount tickets and more information, visit the website.

Mary Jo Alexander, artistic co-director of Actors' Summit, a professional equity theater based in Akron's Greystone Hall, is directing the company's next production, The Book Club Play. The comedy, which opens Feb. 26 and continues through March 15, gently and hilariously skewers the interactions of book clubbers. To buy tickets for the current production of Einstein, which closes Feb. 1, or for The Book Club Play, visit the Actors' Summit website or call 330.374.7568.

Dave Halaby of Heather's Heat & Flavor says the store has an array of delicious barbecue sauces, salsas and chips for your Super Bowl party. Heather's inventory ranges from mild to scorching, and all of it is flavorful. The small and charming shop also carries rubs, herbs, hostess and Valentine's Day gifts, and more. It's located at 94 First St. in Hudson's First & Main shopping district. For more information and recipes, visit Facebook.


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