My Beautiful Home Show

September 17, 2016

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Amber Oprean, market representative for CambriaUSA, talked about the beautiful countertops that her company installed in the Junior League Designer Showhouse, which opens tomorrow, Sept. 18. The fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Akron continues through Oct. 9 at the Junior League of Akron's headquarters, 929 W. Market St., and celebrates the Junior League's 90th anniversary. The 1915 Highland Square mansion was magnificently transformed by local designers and landscapers, showcasing an array of colors, furnishings, accessories and exterior accents to give you plenty of ideas for your own home. Tickets are $25 at the door or can be purchased online for $21 apiece. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18, 22, 23, 25 and 29, Oct. 1, 2, 6, 7 and 9. There are extended hours on Sept. 24, from 3 to 8 p.m., and Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For tickets and other information visit the Junior League website.

Zac Reinberger is the food operations director for Hattie's Food Hub, a grocery store and training facility that the nonprofit Hattie Larlham organization opened in June. The mission of Hattie's Food Hub is to make fresh produce and other good food available to underserved areas while also training people to work in the food industry. Anyone can contribute to this important initiative by donating to Hattie Larlham. The Food Hub is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 395 Douglas St. in Akron, at the corner of Cedar and Bell Streets. For more information, call 330.475.0353 or visit the website

Lisa Rene DeBenedictis is a screenwriter and the author of Short Skirts and Shorter Stories: Musings on Life, Love and Lust. This is her first book, which she self-published and for which she was just honored by the William Faulkner Society. It's available in both print and audiobook. You can find it locally at the Learned Owl in Hudson and Dorrie's Booktique in Canton, or on Amazon, Barnes & Noble online or iTunes

Clyde McDaniels is a filmmaker and videographer who has two businesses, Cleo Film Productions and the Family Heritage Media Group. One captures the history of Akron and the other captures people's individual life stories. For the latter, he will go to homes to videotape the histories of family members. Cleo Film Productions has produced such projects as Ye Olde Neighborhood about family hardware stores in Akron. The series is available at the Summit County Public Library and on YouTube. Clyde is now editing a second series called Akron Unique, which features such stellar Akron landmarks as January Paint & Wallpaper. You can reach Clyde by email or by calling him at 330.785.8576.

Richard Bancroft is on the board of the Home Builders of Summit, Portage & Medina Counties. He's also the chairman of the HBA's Parade of Homes, which opened today, Sept. 17, and continues through Sept. 25. Hours are Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $8 to visit the eight homes at the single-site location in Kings Ridge Community off Caston Road in Green. You can get $2 off the admission by bringing a nonperishable food item, which will go toward helping families in Green through the Blessings in a Backpack program, a national nonprofit. There's no charge to visit the other eight homes in the Parade, located in Sharon Township, Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Stow and Ravenna. Richard says to be sure to register at each home to be eligible to win a $1,000 gift card from Hartville Hardware. For more information, visit the HBA website.

September 10, 2016


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Jacqui Flaherty Ricchiuti, co-chair of the Junior League's Designer's Showhouse, reminded listeners that next Sunday, Sept. 18, the Showhouse will be opened to the public. For more information, call the Junior League at 330.836.4905 or visit the website.

Tomorrow is a big day for two of our "My Beautiful Home" guests.

The Cardboard Boat Race, sponsored by Two Men and a Truck and benefiting One of a Kind Pet Rescue, will be tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 11, starting at 1 p.m. Jessica Chapman and Joe Malacky, both marketing specialists for 2 Men and a Truck, said that this is the second year to see cardboard boats plying the waters of Turkeyfoot Lake at Portage Lakes State Park, 5031 Manchester Rd. In addition to food and other fun activities all afternoon, Janice Worley, manager of developement and volunteer programs said that her organization, One of a Kind Pets, will be there with adorable adoptable dogs. For more information, visit Two Men and a Truck's facebook page. Visit One of a Kind Pet's website.

Peter Martin, Director of Sales for Tower Industries, said that they are in the last days of the annual quartz and granite clearance sale. All their regular merchandise is on sale, however, there are extra great savings on small lots and mixed end peices. Pricing on the clearance items includes measuring and installation. But the sale ends tomorrow. Tower Industries is a short drive from Akron in Massilon. Co-host Andy January says that he drives to Massilon for hamburgers, so why not take the drive to have big savings on granite and quartz slabs? Check Tower Industries' website for details and directions.

Danni McIntyre, co-chairman of the 37th Annual Cuyahoga Falls Oktoberfest, says that the party begins next Friday, Sept. 16, and runs though Sunday, Sept 18. Yuengling Octoberfest beer is the featured drink as well as being the party's pilot sponsor. There will be plenty of tents for shelter from rain or the blazing sun. Games, food and entertainment will be there. For more informantion, visit the Cuyahoga Falls 37th Annual Oktoberfest website.

September 3, 2016

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Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti and Melissa Adams, co-chairs of the Junior League's Designer Showhouse, gave away two tickets to the Showhouse, which opens Sunday, Sept. 18, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Junior League of Akron headquarters, 929 W. Market St. in Highland Square. The Showhouse, which is celebrating the Junior League of Akron's 90th anniversary, kicks off with an opening-night gala on Friday, Sept. 16, including drinks and dinner at The Tangier followed by a private preview of the house, which is being redecorated by Northeast Ohio designers. Tickets for the gala must be purchased by Sept. 9. Visit the Junior League website for more information and to purchase tickets for the gala and for the tours.


August 27, 2016

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Evelyna Nightengale, who is on the board of the Hower House Victorians, says that the Puttin' on the Glitz event will be a fabulous way to take in the splendor of the historical Hower House Museum, 60 Fir Hill, on the University of Akron's campus. The fun begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, and continues until 8 with music, dance, beverages and appetizers, raffles, games, prizes and shopping at Hower House's recently redecorated Cellar Door Store. Reservations are required by Tuesday, Sept. 6; call 330.972.6909 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Evelyna says that everyone is welcome to the 1930s-themed event, especially "dukes and mobsters, flappers and dowagers." For more information, visit the Hower House website.

The day after the Hower House party, you will have the opportunity to buy and sell your no-longer needed household treasures at the Kenmore Kiwanis Community Trash & Treasure Sale. It takes place Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Prentice Funeral Home, 1154 Kenmore Blvd., Akron. As spokesman Dick Carderelli points out, "One person's trash is another person's treasure." Vendor space is available for $20 by calling 330.620.4778. For more information on selling your items, you can send an email to brentw777 at The Kiwanis also will have tables with items that have been donated, with all proceeds from the sale benefiting children in the community. Drop off your donations by 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 10.

Lindsay Smith, marketing coordinator for Summit Metro Parks, talked about the 53rd Annual Fall Hiking Spree, which begins Sept. 1 and continues through Nov. 30. There are numerous trails that you can hike at your own pace and schedule; complete eight of them by the end of November and you'll receive a walking staff and commemorative shield to put on it. You can even get a head-start on the spree at an event this Sunday, Aug. 28, from noon to 3 p.m. at Munroe Falls Metro Park. That hike will count toward the eight. To get more information, you can pick up a Hiking Spree form at any Acme store or call the Metro Parks office at 330.865.8065 or visit the website.

Nick Giancola, owner and chief creative director for SPRUCE Home Decor, is one of the designers for the Junor League Designer Showhouse, celebrating the Junior League of Akron's 90th anniversary. The showhouse is located at 929 W. Market St. in Akron's Highland Square. The preview gala takes place Friday, Sept. 16, beginning with cocktails and dinner at the Tangier followed by a private tour of the house, which is the Junior League of Akron's headquarters. The showhouse opens two days later, on Sept. 18, and continues through Oct. 9. For hours and more information, visit the Junior League website. For information about SPRUCE Home Decor, 600 Robbins Ave. in Niles, Ohio, you can call 330.766.4930, visit Nick's Facebook page or visit his company's website.

There's still time to buy tickets for the Keep Akron Beautiful 35th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum's new Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. Tickets are $35 per person and include food, wine, beer and other beverages, and trolley tours of flowerscapes throughout Akron. Visit the website or call 330.375.2116.



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