Owners of older homes in Akron, Green and Hudson can get free home-improvement advice through the Cleveland Restoration Society’s Heritage Home Program.
Staff members will answer technical questions on home improvement, maintenance and repair of homes 50 years and older. The staff will also do site visits, advise on increasing energy efficiency, provide resources on contractors and evaluate bids and estimates.
For some projects and properties, low-interest loans are available with no maximum income limits.
In Summit County, the program is offered only in the three cities, but additional communities could elect to participate.
More information is at www.heritagehomeprogram.org, or call 855-897-1949.
Garden photo exhibit
African-American folk gardens and their creators are the subject of a photo exhibit opening Friday in Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Guren Art Gallery.
Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens features the work of Vaughn Sills, who photographed gardens throughout the deep South that serve as means of self-expression. Some are whimsical, some contain spiritual elements, but all were influenced by the gardens of American slaves and their African heritage.
Sills published a book of her work, also titled Places for the Spirit, in 2010. It will be available for sale in the botanical garden’s store.
The exhibit will remain on view through Sept. 29.
Cleveland Botanical Garden is at 11030 East Blvd. in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood.
YMCA house raffle
Fifteen bucks could buy you a house.
That’s the price of a ticket for the Lake County YMCA’s 2013 Dream House raffle. The Y is raffling off a furnished, 2,650-square-foot house in Lake County’s Concord Township, plus a Chevy Cruze to put in the garage. The total value is about $450,000.
Don’t want a house in Lake County? The winner can elect to take $200,000 in cash instead.
Ticket holders can tour the house between noon and 8 p.m. daily starting Sunday. Tickets are $15 each, or $13 apiece if you buy three or more.
To read more or buy a ticket online, visit www.lakecountyymca.org. You can also purchase by phone at 440-354-5656.
• Historic Ridgewood Home and Garden Tour, noon to 4 p.m. today, starting at the parking lot at the northwest corner of Harvard Avenue and 25th Street, Canton. Six homes and 12 gardens open to visitors. $15. www.historicridgewood.com.
• GardenWalk Cleveland, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. 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.
• Cleveland Botanical Garden events, 11030 East Blvd. Ask the Gardener, noon to 4 p.m. today. Garden Book Club meeting, 2 p.m. today. Summer BotaniCool Camp: Around the World Session II, for ages pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday (members $140, others $170, registration required). S-HORT Course: Water Gardening, 3-4 p.m. June 30 (members $10, others $20, registration required). Garden admission: $9.50; children ages 3-12, $4; members and younger children, free. 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
• Goodyear Hall tour, 7 p.m. Monday, 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 individuals, $50 for families). www.preservationakron.org.
• Warm Up Akron meetings, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mogadore Branch Library, 144 S. Cleveland Ave. 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.
• Roses Are Not Annuals, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Presented by Joan Gangle, American Rose Society certified consulting rosarian and master gardener. Free. Part of the Summit County Master Gardeners’ Meet Me in the Garden series.
• Open house, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, John Brown House, 514 Diagonal Road, Akron. Tour the abolitionist’s home and visit the Summit Hall of Honor. Free. 330-535-1120 or www.summithistory.org.
• Play on Land, 9 a.m. to noon Friday or June 29, Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland. Part of the Learn How to Play in Nature series, which teaches about the benefits of outdoor play and how to engage children in specific outdoor environments. Members $15, others $20. Registration: 440-946-4400 or www.holdenarb.org.
• Fairy Garden Workshop, 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 29, 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.
• Tablet (Card) Weaving Workshop, 3-6 p.m. June 30, Spicy Lamb Farm, 6560 Akron-Peninsula Road, Peninsula (accessible from West Boston Mills Road). Use a no-loom technique to weave a camera strap, bookmark or hair ornament. $75 cost covers materials, including wooden tablets to take home. Reservations: 330-657-2012 or www.thespicylamb.com.
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