Ohio’s Building Doctors will make rounds in Summit County twice this year.
The “doctors” are historical preservation experts who teach owners of older buildings how to recognize and solve common maintenance problems. They’re scheduled to visit Peninsula on May 1 and 2 and Richfield on July 17 and 18.
In Peninsula, they’ll offer a clinic at 7 p.m. May 1 at the GAR Hall, 1785 Main St., and then make house calls from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2 to consult with owners of pre-1955 buildings.
In Richfield, they’ll lead a clinic at 7 p.m. July 17 at the Historical Museum of Richfield, 3907 Broadview Road, and offer homeowner consultations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18.
The clinics are free. So are the house calls, but they’re available only within five miles of the town center. To qualify for a home visit, a building owner must attend the seminar and request an appointment when he or she registers.
Information and online registration are at http://tinyurl.com/buildingdoctor2014, or call 800-499-2470.
For the third straight year, Hinckley resident Connie Ogilvie has been named Medina County Master Gardener of the Year.
Ogilvie, a certified master gardener since 2009, won the award for accumulating the most points for activities during 2013. Those activities included managing a volunteer horticulture hotline, serving as a phenology observer and interviewing and working with prospective master gardeners.
She also assists with master gardening projects in Summit and Cuyahoga counties.
Win some extra green
Community gardening or community “greening” projects could win up to $1,500 in plants through the 2014 Nature Hills Nursery Green America Awards.
The awards recognize nonprofit groups and organizations that are improving their local environments by planting trees, shrubs and other plants.
To learn more and apply, visit www.naturehills.com/green_america_awards.
Deadline is April 17.
Events and programs
• Great Big Home + Garden Show, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, I-X Center next to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Exhibits, two model homes, indoor gardens, stage programs. Appearances today by Frank Fritz of History Channel’s American Pickers. Tickets: $14; children 6-12, $5; younger children, free. Discount adult tickets at Discount Drug Mart stores, AAA locations and www.greatbighomeandgarden.com. Parking $8.
• Pinterest Parties, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Michaels stores, 697 Howe Ave., Cuyahoga Falls; 3750 W. Market St., Fairlawn; 6527 Strip Ave. NW, Jackson Township; and 7405 Market Place Drive, Aurora. Members of the social network Hometalk will present craft demonstrations. Free.
• Inca Gardening, 10 a.m. Monday, 705 Oakwood St., Ravenna. Retired Spanish teacher Kathy Robinson will present photos of contemporary terrace gardening in Peru and discuss the Incas’ experimental gardening techniques. Free. 330-296-6432.
• Knitty Gritters knitting club meeting, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Lake Community Branch of Stark County District Library, 11955 Market Ave. N, Lake Township. 330-877-9975.
• Urban Soil Assessment and Management for Tree Growth and Longevity, 7 p.m. Thursday, Reinberger Classroom, Holden Arboretum visitor center, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland. Talk by urban soil scientist Bryant C. Scharenbroch. Part of the arboretum’s Scientist Lecture Series. Free, but registration is required at www.holdenarb.org/visit/speakers.asp or 440-602-3833.
• Fiber CAFE (Center for Alternative Fiber Experience), 10 a.m. to noon next Saturday, Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 W. Mill St. Share a project or technique or get advice. 330-657-2248.
• Gardening programs, next Saturday, Graf Growers Garden Center, 1015 White Pond Drive, Copley Township. Gardening in Containers for All Seasons, 10-11:30 a.m. Program by Bob Rensel of Cleveland Botanical Garden. $12. Fairy Garden Workshop, 1-2:30 p.m. Instruction and soil are free, but plants and accessories must be purchased at Graf’s. Advance registration preferred for both programs, but walk-ins welcome. Mail-in registration forms at www.grafgrowers.com. Information: 330-836-2727.
• Seed Starting Basics, 11 a.m. next Saturday, Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center, 937 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. Program by Dan Stefancik of Donzell’s. Free, but reservations are requested at 330-724-0550, ext. 110. Details in the Events section of http://donzells-gales.com.
• The Birds, The Bees & Everything in Between, 11 a.m. next Saturday, Dayton Nurseries, 3459 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. Program by Carol Zeh, an Audubon Society member and Metro Parks volunteer. $6 for garden club members, $10 for others. Registration: 330-825-3320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• A Garden Affair, 1-4 p.m. next Saturday, Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St., Akron. Programs on gardening basics, garden trends and cooking with fresh vegetables. Free. No charge to park in the deck adjacent to the library. Registration: 330-643-9075 or email@example.com.
• Orchid Mania, through March 9, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Thousands of orchids on display, orchid information, room vignettes inspired by or accented with orchids. Ask the Orchid Doctor, 1-2 p.m. each Saturday. Greater Cleveland Orchid Society Show & Sale, today and Sunday. Meet the Designers, 6 p.m. each Wednesday. S-HORT Course: Build a Terrarium, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday (members $25, others $40, advance registration required). Sex in the Glasshouse benefit, 7-11 p.m. Friday (members $100, others $125, advance registration required). Orchid Mania hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $11; children ages 3-12, $6; members and younger children, free. 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
• Saturday Gardening Series, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 1 and 8, Messiah Lutheran Church, 4700 S. Main St., Akron. Series covering a range of gardening topics, organized by the Master Gardeners of Summit County. $37.50 for one day or $60 for both. Continental breakfast and box lunch included. Registration deadline is Friday. Details and online registration are at www.summitmastergardeners.org.
Submit notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org 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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