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Home and garden happenings — Week of Sept. 14

By Mary Beth Breckenridge
Beacon Journal home writer

Entries are sought for the Streetsboro Quilt Guild’s 31st annual quilt show, coming up in October.

Anyone can enter a quilt or quilted item. Although it’s a judged show, entrants can choose to display quilts without having them judged.

The fee is $3 per item for entries submitted by Tuesday and $6 each for entries submitted later. An entry form can be printed at

For information, contact Joyce Fath at 440-834-8511 or

The quilt show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at Faith Baptist Church, state Route 43 and Frost Road, Streetsboro. Admission is $5.

Wrapping contest

Sept. 22 is the deadline is entering the 17th annual Scotch Brand Most Gifted Wrapper Contest.

The annual contest pits top gift wrappers in a competition in New York City. Eight finalists get a three-day trip to New York for the Dec. 6 competition, and the winner receives $10,000.

To enter, create a three-minute video sharing your best gift-wrapping tips and explaining why you are America’s best gift wrapper. Submit your video at

Details and rules are on the website.

Take video inventory

Here’s a handy suggestion from the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America: Use your smartphone to create a video of every room of your home, showing all your possessions.

If your home is ever destroyed in a fire or other disaster, that documentation will help you create an inventory of your possessions when you file your claim.

Don’t forget to open drawers and doors to let that phone peek inside closets, cupboards and other storage spaces.

Events and programs

• Knitting and Crocheting Circle meeting, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township, Medina County. Learn the basics. Call for supply list. 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.

• Yankee Peddler Festival, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Sunday and Sept. 21-22, Clay’s Park Resort, two miles south of state Routes 21 and 93 near Canal Fulton. Early American arts and crafts, demonstrations, entertainment, food. Tickets: $10 ($9.50 if purchased in advance online); seniors 60 or older, $9; children 6-11, $3. 800-535-5634 or

• Secrest After Hours, 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, John Street Garden Amphitheater, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Secrest Arboretum, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Talk by researcher Charles Goebel on post-tornado reforestation at the arboretum, followed by hors d’oeuvres. Free. 330-464-2148 or

• Gardeners of Greater Akron meeting, Monday evening, St. George Fellowship Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Copley Township. Social hour starts at 5:30, dinner at 6:30. Program: fall garden cleanup. $13. Reservations: 330-336-6269. Information: 330-673-3553 or

• Knitting and Crocheting Circle meeting, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. 330-273-4150.

• Scrapbooking, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. Create four scrapbook pages. Bring adhesive. $8. Registration: or 330-273-4150.

• Beekeeping talk, 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, community garden at Kenmore Boulevard and Ira Avenue, Akron. Bring a chair. Free. Part of the Talking in the Garden series, co-sponsored by Akron Summit Community Action and Little Mike’s Corner Store. 330-572-8304.

• Native plant talk, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Akron-Summit County Main Library, 60 S. High St., Akron. Presentation by Doug Tallamy, an authority on the importance of native plants and biodiversity and author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife With Native Plants. Sponsored by Friends of Metro Parks, the Metro Parks Foundation and the Akron-Summit County Public Library. Free. or 330-865-1027.

• Wild and Cultivated flower show, 2:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hilton Akron/Fairlawn, 3180 W. Market St., Fairlawn. Three-state flower show involving 11 clubs affiliated with the Garden Club of America. Show highlights native species and their modern cultivars. Free.

• Bee webinar, 9-10 a.m. Wednesday. Topic: Beehive Chemistry: Hive Communication by Dr. Thomas Janini. Free. Part of the Ohio State University Bee Lab webinar series. To participate, join the Bee Lab mailing list at Webinar will be recorded for later viewing. Information: or 330-263-3723.

• Advanced Fairy Gardening Class, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Graf Growers Garden Center, 1015 White Pond Drive, Copley Township. Open to teens and adults. $25 for a 10-inch pot and accessories; $35 for a 12-inch pot and accessories. Space is limited. Register at 330-836-2727 or at the store.

• Fresh Flower Vase Arrangement Class, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls. Create a fall arrangement in a vase. Residents $20, others $22. Registration: 330-971-8425 or 330-971-8225.

• Needlework Circle meetings, 6 p.m. Thursdays, Seville Library, North Center Street. Information: 330-769-2852.

• Fall barn sale, 5-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and next Saturday, Portage Trail Barn, 151 Portage Trail Extension W, Cuyahoga Falls. Handmade and repurposed items for the home and family.

• Hook & Needle Club meeting, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road, York Township, Medina County. 330-725-4415.

• Ohio State African Violet Show and Sale, Friday and next Saturday, Kingwood Center, 900 Park Ave. W, Mansfield. Free African violet and gesneriad show, sale of plants and supplies, free workshops. Friday schedule: sale 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., show 1-5 p.m., workshop 3 p.m. Schedule for next Saturday: show and sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., workshops 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. 440-821-2967.

• Ripe! Fest No. 4, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. next Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Locally sourced food and drink, entertainment, children’s activities. Advance-sale tickets, available at or 216-721-1600, ext. 100: members $6 (members’ children $4); others $11 (children $6). Admission at the door: members $8 (members’ children $5); others $13 (children $7).

• Name That Tree, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27, Jack & Deb Miller Pavilion, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Secrest Arboretum, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Tree identification class. $35, including lunch. Registration deadline is Friday. Register at Information: 614-688-3421.

• Botanica 2013: Ideas and Inspiration, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Trinity United Church of Christ, 3909 Blackburn Road NW, Canton. Fall gardening symposium presented by the Master Gardeners of Stark County. Topics are garden trends, favorite vegetables, shade gardening and herbs. $30 for those who register by Tuesday; $35 afterward. Information and mail-in registration form at, or call 330-830-7700, ext. 102 or 116.

Submit notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to 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.

Mary Beth Breckenridge can be reached at 330-996-3756 or You can also become a fan on Facebook at, follow her on Twitter @MBBreckenridge and read her blog at


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