Six homes and 12 gardens will be open to visitors from noon to 4 p.m. next Saturday for the Historic Ridgewood Home and Garden Tour in Canton.
The Historic Ridgewood neighborhood was home to industry and community leaders of the early 20th century. It is noteworthy for its brick streets, ornamental lampposts and homes in a variety of architectural styles, many designed by architects who were prominent in the region.
The neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The tour will feature six homes with gardens and six additional gardens. Tickets are $15 and will be available the day of the tour at a tent in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Harvard Avenue and 25th Street.
Tour proceeds support beautification projects in Historic Ridgewood. Information on the neighborhood is at www.historicridgewood.com.
It looks like some nonprofit organization in Summit County will be the big winner in Keep Akron Beautiful’s Dreamscape raffle.
When the winning ticket for the $10,000 landscaping makeover was pulled last week, the winner was Rocky River resident Ivette Immormino. But Dreamscape rules stipulate the winning project must be in Summit County, so Immormino is planning to transfer her prize to a nonprofit of her choice, Keep Akron Beautiful’s president and chief executive officer, Paula Davis, said.
“It was bound to happen,” Davis said with a laugh. Because Dreamscape is a fundraiser for Keep Akron Beautiful’s Flowerscape urban beautification program, tickets are often sold to people whose primary motivation is supporting the cause, she said. Sometimes those ticket buyers come from outside Summit County, Davis said, but until now, none has been a winner.
Immormino, president of JBI Scrap Processors in Cleveland, apparently bought her ticket from a friend on the Keep Akron Beautiful board, she said.
“She was very gracious and very sweet,” Davis said of the winner. Immormino is now working with board members to identify a recipient.
The raffle raised $27,625.
Volunteers from Republic Services’ Massillon Hauling Office got the chance to help one of their own earlier this month while they took part in a bigger neighborhood improvement effort by the nonprofit organization Community Outreach of Love.
COOL recruits hundreds of volunteers to descend on a low-income neighborhood for one day each year and fix up the properties there. The team from Republic Services had already volunteered to participate by “adopting” a house to fix up when it learned that one of the company’s employees lived in the neighborhood, said Doug Hay, sales manager at the Massillon office. So the volunteers took on their co-worker’s house, painting the front door, mulching flower beds, installing a mailbox and mowing weeds with the help of the employee and her son.
“It was just a really neat experience for everybody,” Hay said.
It was the first time a company had taken on a major project at a single home during one of COOL’s annual mission projects, the organization’s executive director, Cindy Mandrell, said.
The company also donated refuse bins for the project.
Altogether, 135 houses in the southwest Massillon neighborhood were improved by representatives of 35 area churches and a few businesses, along with some individual volunteers, Mandrell said.
• Bath Community Garage Sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Bath Township. 87 sales through the township. Map and detailed listing of items for sale available for $2 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Bath Elementary School parking lot, 3851 W. Bath Road. Sponsored by the Bath Business Association. Map sale proceeds support awards for Revere High School’s annual business plan competition.
• Recycle Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Graf Growers Garden Center, 1015 White Pond Drive, Copley Township. Bring used plastic garden tags and garden containers such as flats and pots (dirt removed) for recycling. 330-836-2727 or www.grafgrowers.com.
• Open Garden Days, 5-8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Freedom Gardens, 6193 Vair Road, Freedom Township, Portage County (near Ravenna). See more than 1,200 types of roses grown by rose collectors Susan and Peter Schneider, including some that can’t be seen elsewhere between Europe and California. Limited number of potted roses for sale. Free admission. 330-296-2618.
• Gracious Gardens of Shaker Heights tour and fair, today and Sunday, Shaker Historical Society, 16740 South Park Blvd. Gracious Gardens Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Tour of eight gardens, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. Walking tour, $20 in advance or $25 on tour day. Guided tour on Lolly the Trolley or a Euclid Beach rocket car, $25, available only with advance reservation. Tour tickets: 216-921-1201.
• Cleveland Botanical Garden events, 11030 East Blvd. Ask the Gardener, noon to 4 p.m. today and June 22. Cleveland Rose Society Show, noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Summer BotaniCool Camp: Around the World Session I, for ages pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday (members $140, others $170, advance registration required). Session II, June 24-28, same prices. Garden Book Club meeting, 2 p.m. June 22. Garden admission: $9.50; children ages 3-12, $4; members and younger children, free. 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
• 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.
• Gardeners of Greater Akron meeting, Monday evening, Coventry Oaks Pavilion, 40 Axline Road, Coventry Township. Strawberry festival. Bring meat to grill, place settings and a casserole or salad to share. 330-699-0509.
• Bee webinar, 9-10 a.m. Wednesday. Kim Flottum will present Setting Up the Honey House (Big and Small). Free. Part of the Ohio State University Bee Lab webinar series. To participate, join the Bee Lab mailing list at www.osupollination.com. Webinar will be recorded for later viewing. Information: email@example.com or 330-263-3723.
• Fairy Garden Workshop, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Graf Growers Garden Center, 1015 White Pond Drive, Copley Township. Children and adults can plant miniature gardens in containers brought from home or purchased at the garden center. Free, but plants and embellishments must be purchased at Graf Growers. Space is limited. Reservations: 330-836-2727. Workshop will be repeated from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 29.
• Author talk, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St., Akron. Talk by Ron Tanner, author of From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story, a book about restoring a Victorian house that once housed a notorious fraternity. The talk will showcase rarely seen do-it-yourself books, magazines and electronic resources. Book signing will follow. Free, but reservations are required by Tuesday at 330-643-9075.
• Northeast Ohio Lawn Care Seminar, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Seminar geared to those in the lawn and landscape maintenance fields. $45 for members of the Ohio Lawn Care Association, $90 for others. Space is limited. Information and registration: www.ohiolawncare.org.
• Tour of Gardens, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22. Self-guided tour of seven private gardens in Summit County, sponsored by the Summit County Master Gardeners. Theme is “Garden Spaces for Everyday Living.” Tickets: $15, available through Friday or until sold out at Donzell’s Flower and Garden Center in Akron, Graf Growers Garden Center in Copley Township and Suncrest Gardens in Boston Township. No tickets sold on tour day. www.summitmastergardeners.org or 330-861-6678.
• Advanced Beekeeping Principles and Hive Management, 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, June 22 and July 6 and 13, Case Western Reserve University’s Squire Valleevue Farm, 37125 Fairmount Blvd., Hunting Valley. Three-session course taught by Richard Manley, beekeeper and apiary inspector for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. $60. Registration: www.siegallifelonglearning.org/summer-in-the-country.
• GardenWalk Cleveland, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22-23. Free self-guided tour of gardens, urban farms, vineyards and orchards in 10 Cleveland neighborhoods. Guides and maps available at all Petitti Garden Centers and Dave’s Markets, or visit www.gardenwalkcleveland.org.
• Goodyear Hall tour, 7 p.m. June 24, 1201 E. Market St., Akron. Guided tour of the 1920 Gothic Revival building. Free to members of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Akron; others may attend by buying a membership at the door ($40 for an individual membership or $50 for a family membership). Optional dinner at 5:30 p.m., $15. Dinner reservations due by Wednesday at 330-671-4991. Information: www.preservationakron.org.
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