The Butterfly House at Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve is open for the season.
The greenhouse-style building houses native Ohio butterflies, moths and skippers at all stages of their life cycles. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets are $2 at the visitor center. Children 2 and younger are admitted free, as are Beech Creek members.
The butterfly house will remain open until Sept. 15.
Beech Creek is at 11929 Beech St. NE, Washington Township, Stark County. For information, call 330-829-7050 or visit www.bcbgarden.org.
Weeding service offered
Graf Growers is offering a service that tackles one of the most dreaded of gardening tasks: weeding.
Graf’s crews can be hired for a one-time cleanup, perhaps for a big backyard party, or for regular visits. Mulching, pruning, water and other maintenance services are also available.
The company started the weeding service a couple of years ago when flooding destroyed the corn crop and workers were left idle, said Lisa Graf, one of the owners. Demand for weeding service tends to vary with the weather and is high this year because of the rainfall.
The company will provide an estimate based on a number of factors, including the area to be weeded and the complexity of the job. For more information, call the garden center at 330-836-2727.
Vacation safety tips
When the rest of us go on vacation, thieves go to work.
Thieves often gain entrance through a garage, so Family Handyman magazine offers these garage-door strategies for foiling crooks:
• Don’t leave the door’s remote control in the car. It provides easy access to thieves. You can easily take your remote with you if you buy a key chain version from a home center or a garage door opener dealer.
• Unplug the opener to disable the overhead door when you go away on vacation. If you don’t have an opener, padlock the latch or put a bolt through one of the holes in the garage door track.
• Even when you’re home, keep your garage door closed so people passing by can’t see what’s inside. If you or other family members tend to forget, consider installing a device that signals the garage door to close after a predetermined amount of time.
• When you leave the house, don’t drive away until you’ve made sure the door has closed and hasn’t reopened.
• Cleveland Botanical Garden events, 11030 East Blvd. Ask the Gardener, noon to 4 p.m. today. Eleanor Squire Library Book Collectors’ Special, Friday through July 14. Garden admission: $9.50; children ages 3-12, $4; members and younger children, free. 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
• Pond Construction, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Water X Scapes, 1021 E. Caston Road, Green. Free, but reservations are requested at 330-896-9811.
• Warm Up Akron meetings, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mogadore Branch Library, 144 S. Cleveland Ave., and 2 p.m. Thursday, Danbury of North Canton, 181 Applegrove St. NE. 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.
• Workshop Orientation Class, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls. Learn the use and safety of machines. $6. Those who complete the orientation class may work independently in the workshop by purchasing a user card for $25, good for five visits. 330-971-8425 or 330-971-8225.
• Summer Celebration, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and July 13, Lehman’s, 4779 Kidron Road, Kidron area of Sugar Creek Township, Wayne County (for GPS directions, use Dalton). Demonstrations, talks on outdoor living, food samples, children’s activities. 877-438-5346 or www.lehmans.com.
• Needle Felted Sheep Workshop, 3-6 p.m. July 13, Spicy Lamb Farm, 6560 Akron-Peninsula Road, Peninsula (accessible from West Boston Mills Road). Introduction to sculptural needle felting. $65. 330-657-2012 or www.thespicylamb.com.
• Parade of Ponds, July 13, 14, 20 and 21. Self-guided tour of more than 25 ponds and water features in Northeast Ohio. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Sundays. Ponds north of U.S. 224 open July 13-14; those south of U.S. 224 open July 20-21. Tour booklets, $9 through Friday and $11 afterward, available at Water X Scapes, 1021 E. Caston Road, Green; Biggins’ Big Dip, 197 Portage Lakes Drive, Coventry Township; Graf Growers, 1015 White Pond Drive, Copley Township; and Mock Property Services, 37 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. Tour benefits Akron Children’s Hospital and its burn unit. 330-896-9811.
• Quail Hollow Herb Society Tea, 2-4 p.m. July 14, Quail Hollow State Park, 13480 Congress Lake Ave., Lake Township near Hartville. Teas, treats, program on edible flowers, herb show. Garden tour available. $15. To order tickets, write a check to QHHS and mail it to Mary Lovin, 2615 Trares Road, Mogadore, OH 44260. Deadline is Tuesday. 330-325-3028.
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