Samples of materials such as wallpaper, carpet and glass will be given new life as art supplies during ZeroLandfill Akron, scheduled for Saturdays in February at a new location, 21 W. North St.
The program collects old material samples from interior designers, architects, graphic designers and others. It then makes them available free to artists and art educators for use in their work.
Donations of materials are being accepted from 9 a.m. to noon today and Feb. 9. They’re available for the taking during the same hours Feb. 9, 16 and 23.
Used books for sale
Gently used books on home improvement, woodworking, decorating and gardening are offered for sale during the Home & Garden Book Sale all this month at the Library Shop on Main in downtown Akron.
Next week, specially marked books will be half price from Tuesday through Thursday.
The shop is in the Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St. It’s open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Information is at www.lsom.org.
Guide for homebuyers
The Ohio State University Extension has a Homebuyer’s Guide to walk you through the process. It covers topics including the pros and cons of homeownership, types of mortgages, basic home maintenance and options to pursue if changing circumstances make it difficult to make mortgage payments.
The guide can be downloaded in PDF form for $5 at http://estore.osu-extension.org, or a printed copy can be ordered at the site for $9.75 plus shipping. The guide can also be purchased at OSU Extension offices.
• Spring Into Gardening, 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. today, Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St., Akron. Presentations on container, small-space and community gardening. Free admission and parking in the deck at High and Market streets.
• Knitting and Crocheting Circle meeting, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township, Medina County. Call for supply list. 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.
• Great Big Home + Garden Show, today through Feb. 10, I-X Center, off state Route 237 next to Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 10. $14; children 6-12, $5; younger children, free. Seniors $10 Monday through Thursday only. Discount tickets available at Home Depot stores, AAA locations and www.greatbighomeandgarden.com. Parking $8.
• Cleveland Botanical Garden events, 11030 East Blvd. Ask the Orchid Doctor, 1-3 p.m. today and Feb. 9. Orchid Mania, Tuesday through March 10. Green Gardener Certificate Program, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every other Saturday starting Feb. 9; members $200, others $240. Registration deadline is Wednesday. Garden admission: $9.50; children ages 3-12, $4; members and younger children, free. 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
• Quail Hollow Herb Society meeting, 2 p.m. Sunday, Quail Hollow State Park manor house, 13480 Congress Lake Ave., Lake Township near Hartville. Program: Herbal Teas. Information: 330-493-0913.
• Knitting and Crocheting Circle, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. Registration: 330-273-4150.
• Warm Up Akron meetings, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Danbury of Cuyahoga Falls, 1695 Queens Gate Circle, and 2 p.m. Thursday, Danbury of North Canton, 181 Applegrove St. NE. Members knit or crochet squares that are used to make afghans for needy people in the Akron area. 330-699-3252 or http://warmupakron.webs.com.
• Woodshop Orientation Class, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls. Learn about use and safety of machines. $6. After completing the class, participants may buy a user card to work independently in the workshop ($25, good for five visits) or sign up for a three-week class (residents $30, others $38). 330-971-8425 or 330-971-8225.
• 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.
• Needlework Circle meeting, 6 p.m. Thursdays, Seville Library, North Center Street. 330-769-2852.
• Card Making, 7 p.m. Thursday, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township, Medina County. Free. Registration: www.mcdl.info, 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.
• Creating a Perennial Garden With Perpetual Interest, 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 9, Graf Growers Garden Center, 1015 White Pond Drive, Copley Township. Speaker: Laura Deeter, Ohio State University. $12. Registration: 330-836-2727, or use the mail-in form at www.grafgrowers.com.
• Growing Orchids in Your Home, 11 a.m. Feb. 9, Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center, 937 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. Presentation by Greater Akron Orchid Society. Free. Registration: 330-724-0550, ext. 110.
• Designing a Garden With Whimsy, 11 a.m. Feb. 9, Dayton Nurseries, 3459 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. Speaker: Michelle Riley of All About You Signature Landscape Design. Garden club members, $6; others, $10. Seating is limited. Advance payment is requested, but participants may pay at the door. Registration: 330-825-3320 or email@example.com, or fill out the form at www.daytonnursery.com.
• Beech Creek Garden Symposium, 7:45 a.m. to 4:05 p.m. Feb. 16, R.G. Drage Career Center, 2800 Richville Drive SW, Massillon. Programs on various gardening topics. Keynote speech by Ohio State University’s Laura Deeter. Symposium presented by Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve. $45, or $35 for members of the botanical garden. Optional box lunch, $8. Information and registration form, www.bcbgarden.org (look in the event calendar section). Registration deadline Feb. 9.
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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