Five homes will be dressed in their festive finest for this year’s Sugar Plum Tour, an annual event that marks the start of the holiday season for many in the Akron area.
Tickets are on sale for the home tour, which takes place from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Five homes in West Akron and Copley and Bath townships will be featured, including an English manor-style home from the 1920s, a postwar Cape Cod that has been tripled in size and a house built in 1876 that was owned by four generations of a family.
General admission tickets are $25 and can be ordered at www.sugarplumtour.org or purchased for cash at Angel Falls Coffee Co., 792 W. Market St., Akron. Tour guests may check in at Angel Falls starting at 1 p.m. on tour day.
Proceeds from the tour benefit the Akron Community Foundation’s Gay Community Endowment Fund.
Akron residents Jane and Ron Hopkins will sign copies of their book, Remodel for Accessibility, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 2301 Romig Road, Akron.
The Hopkinses wrote the book after dealing with accessibility issues in their own home. They offer examples and suggestions for simple changes that can be made to a home to make it easier and more enjoyable to live in.
The book will be available for $8 at the event. It’s also available at the Market Path, 833 W. Market St., Akron, and the Sampler, 5850 Darrow Road, Hudson, or it can also be ordered from the Summit Developmental Disabilities Board by contacting Gary Peters at email@example.com or 330-634-8186.
Operation Home Turf
Grass Seed USA, a coalition of American grass seed farmers, will award a lawn revitalization worth $500 to a deserving member of the military through its Operation Home Turf recognition program.
Both current military members and veterans are eligible. To nominate someone, “like” the We Seed America Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WeSeedAmerica), and then write a nomination in 200 words or fewer. Deadline is Nov. 18.
• Olde Stark Antique Faire, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Stark County Fairgrounds Exhibition Building, 305 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton. Antiques and collectibles show with more than 100 vendors. $4; children 12 and younger, free. Free parking. 330-794-9100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Weaver Industries Holiday Mart, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Summit County Fairgrounds Arena, 229 E. Howe Road, Tallmadge. Craft show featuring more than 170 vendors. Admission $4 today and $3 Sunday.
• Christkindl Markt, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N. Fine arts and crafts show. $7; children 11 and younger admitted free. Strollers not permitted. Free parking. www.cantonart.org/44.
• Teen Make ’N’ Take, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township, Medina County. Make a locker magnet while supplies last. www.mcdl.info, 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.
• Warm Up Akron meetings, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mogadore Branch Library, 144 S. Cleveland Ave. Members knit and crochet rectangles that are used to make afghans for needy people in the Akron area, and they’ll teach others the skills. 330-699-3252 or http://warmupakron.webs.com.
• Needlework Circle meeting, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Seville Library, North Center Street. 330-769-2852.
• Yarncrafters meetings, 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway. Knitting and crocheting group. www.mcdl.info or 330-725-0588.
• Twinsburg Garden Club meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Twinsburg Community Center craft room, 10260 Ravenna Road. The group will make fresh swags to be hung around the city and initial-shape wreaths to take home. Bring a wire coat hanger in the shape of your first or last initial. Greens and holly will be provided, or you may bring your own. Information: 330-425-3626 or www.twinsburg-garden-club.com.
• I-X Christmas Connection, Friday through Nov. 18, I-X Center, 1 I-X Center Drive off state Route 237, next to Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Gifts, holiday decor, children’s activities, entertainment. Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Nov. 17; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 18. Tickets: $10.99 at the door, $8.99 in advance at Marc’s stores or $9.99 in advance at www.ixchristmasconnection.com. Children 12 and younger admitted free. Parking is $8. Family Christmas Pack of four general admission tickets plus a parking pass, $39.99 at Marc’s.
• Holiday Decorating Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 17, Graf Growers Garden Center, 1015 White Pond Drive, Copley Township. Learn about new decorating techniques and practical ways to transform your home for the holidays, and create one or more decorations using live greens (wreath, porch pot, swag or centerpiece). $15 plus the cost of the materials you select. Registration: 330-836-2727.
• Seasonal Wreath Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 17, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Members $70, others $90. Registration: 216-721-1600, ext,. 100, or www.cbgarden.org.
• Knitting and Crocheting Circle, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17, 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.
• Teen Open Studio, 2-5 p.m. Nov. 17, Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 W. Mill St. Teens will create gifts from found objects. Materials will be provided, but you can also bring your own. Members $25, others $30. Registration: www.peninsulaartacademy.com.
• Holiday Memories, through Dec. 30, Hower House, 60 Fir Hill, Akron. Victorian mansion is decorated to reflect memories of holidays past. Self-guided tours noon to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays; guided and group tours by appointment. Closed Nov. 22 and Dec. 24-26. $8; 65 and older, $6; students, $2; children 6 and younger, free with adult. 330-972-6909 or www.uakron.edu/howerhse.
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