Franklin Elementary School in Kent is in the running for a decorative makeover.
The school is one of five finalists in Glidden’s Colorful Classrooms Contest. The finalists were chosen from 320 nominees in 43 states.
Now those finalists are up for a public vote to choose the winner. The winning school will receive a makeover from paint manufacturer AkzoNobel and its contractors, including up to 200 gallons of Glidden paint.
Franklin Elementary was built in 1922. Its contest entry describes its current color palette as “bleak, blah, and boring,” a combination of “mental hospital, soggy oatmeal, yellow snow, pink antacid medication, and T-shirt armpit white.”
Changing the colors of the classrooms and other areas would improve the school’s environment for its students and make the building more welcoming to the community members who use it for Scout meetings, blood drives, family dinners, fundraisers and other events, the entry notes.
You can vote through Oct. 26 at www.glidden.com. Only one vote per person is allowed.
Hower House ornaments
This year, kids can be part of the holiday decorating at the University of Akron’s Hower House museum.
Children are invited to donate handcrafted ornaments to decorate the trees in Santa’s workshop. Ornaments may be dropped off at Hower House at 60 Fir Hill, or they may be mailed to this address: Hower House, The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-2401.
The Victorian mansion will open its holiday season Nov. 7. Information is at www.uakron.edu/howerhse or 330-972-6909.
More holiday news: Cleveland Botanical Garden will bring back its popular gingerbread house competition during its upcoming winter show, Glow.
Entry forms for the contest were expected to be posted at http://tinyurl.com/glowatthegarden. They’re due Nov. 9.
The competition has categories for families and children, adults, businesses and not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations.
Glow opens Nov. 23 at the garden, 11030 East Blvd. in Cleveland’s University Circle.
• Antiques Appraisal Fair, Consignment Shop and Cafe, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Aurora Memorial Library, 115 E. Pioneer Trail. $5 for one appraisal, $10 for three. Sponsored by the Aurora Historical Society. http://aurorahistorical.org or 330-995-3336.
• Homegirl barn sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, 2357 Hudson-Aurora Road, Hudson. Sale of vintage and repurposed furniture, accessories and artwork. www.homegirlshop.com.
• Cleveland Botanical Garden events, 11030 East Blvd. Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Ask the Gardener, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Green Corps Farmers Market, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Bridal Floral Basics, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 20 (members $25, others $35; reservations required). BotaniCool School: Farm to Plate for ages 3 to 5 (members $7, others $10; reservations required). Garden admission: $9.50; children ages 3-12, $4; members and younger children, free. 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
• Gardeners of Greater Akron meeting, Monday evening, St. George Fellowship Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Copley Township. Social hour starts at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. Program: All About Pollinators. Cost: $13. Reservations: 330-336-6269. Information: 330-673-3553 or www.ohiogardeners.org.
• Beekeeping webinar, 9-10 a.m. Wednesday. Topic: Putting the Hive to Bed for Winter by Kim Flottum of Bee Culture magazine. Free. To participate, join the Ohio State University Bee Lab contact list at http://go.osu.edu/beelablist. Information: http://beelab.osu.edu, firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-263-3723.
• Needlework Circle meeting, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Seville Library, North Center Street. 330-769-2852.
• Yarncrafters meetings, 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway. Knitting and crocheting group. www.mcdl.info or 330-725-0588.
• Rain barrel program, 7 p.m. Thursday, Kiwanis Civic Center, 725 Portage Lakes Drive, Coventry Township. Program on how to make and use rain barrels to capture rainwater will be presented at a meeting of the Friends of Portage Lakes State Park. 330-644-2428.
• Love the Home You’re In, 9-11 a.m. Oct. 20, Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd., Green. Learn methods and programs for saving energy and money, especially with older homes. Free. Green residents in attendance will be eligible for a drawing for one of five energy audits. Space is limited. Registration: www.cityofgreen.org or 330-896-6621.
• Egg decorating classes, 10 a.m. Oct. 20, First United Methodist Church, 263 E. Mill St., Akron. Two classes offered simultaneously for students 10 and older. One class is on a fall motif created on a brown egg, either by etching or using a nontraditional pysanky method; the other class is on traditional psyanky. $10 for either class, due Wednesday. email@example.com, 330-322-7966 or http://theelegantegg.weebly.com.
• Water gardening seminars, Oct. 20, Hoffman’s Garden Center, 1021 E. Caston Road, Green. Winterizing Your Pond, 10 a.m. Tropical Lilies, noon. Both are free, but reservations are requested at 330-896-9811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Knitting and Crocheting Circle meeting, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township, Medina County. Learn the basics or bring your projects and swap tips. Registration: 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.
• Tablescapes, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27, Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path, Akron. Table settings, silent auction, purse action, lunch. $35. Proceeds benefit Victory Gallop. Reservations due Wednesday at 330-685-6086.
Submit notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to email@example.com or Home and Garden News, Features Department, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640. Please include name and phone number. All events must be open to the public.
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